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adult - 18+

How to Hack a Hacker (Unholy Trifecta #3) by A.J. Sherwood

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54673491-how-to-hack-a-hacker?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=udGAgU19Rm&rank=3

Blurb

Kyou has a routine. A system. He guards Brannigan Genovese, hacks for his family of choice, and drinks far too much caffeine for any living being. He has contingency plans for everything except for the following:

• Brannigan buying up real estate from the Irish Mob
• Kyou’s band of brothers figuring out who Brannigan actually is
• Ivan sneaking into said Irish Mob headquarters for the fun of it
• Feelings for one Brannigan Genovese that undermines his own common sense

Oddly enough, it might be the feelings that get Kyou in the most trouble. Because when Brannigan is in danger, Kyou breaks every rule he has to save the man.

And damn the consequences.

Tags:
It’s not stalking (totally stalking), Brannigan doesn’t envision being on the run from the mob as his meet cute, but he’ll take it, its not stalking if he likes it, Kyou needs all the naps, does it count as a heist if they’re blowing stuff up, Ivan votes yes, band of brothers, pansexual character, Kyou is utterly done, family of choice, emotional growth, Ivan’s actually serious for once, yes the world almost ended, sleep deprived hackers make poor snap decisions, fortunately for Brannigan

Review

This hits all the high notes! Nerd. Grumpy. Hot smexy times after a prolonged bout of flirting. Sweet and funny co-stars. Mystery with a fair amount of totally over the top heroics. Cute kid. Funny banter.

Super fun. I really enjoyed the entire thing -start to finish. I started with the third book but am going back to book 1 because it won me over so solidly.

Highly recommended!


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adult - 18+

Audiobook: A Guy Walks Into My Bar by Lauren Blakely Narrated by Shane East, Joe Arden and full cast

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53486618-a-guy-walks-into-my-bar?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=zt5u4l6nkz&rank=1

Blurb

A sexy, passionate, utterly addictive standalone MM romance from #1 NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely!

Every bartender should follow one simple rule—don’t go home with the customers.

That’s been easy for me to stick to, until the night a cocky, confident, and sinfully charming hockey star walks into my bar. This sexy athlete is too hard to resist, especially when he makes it clear how much he wants the “sarcastic, witty, hot AF” guy behind the bar—also known as me.

Still, I’m not keen on breaking my own rules since I know where that can lead—no place good.

But when that man makes his case with one bone-searing kiss on the streets of London, I throw resistance out the window.

What could go wrong with a hot, dirty, no-strings-attached fling before he leaves town in five days?

Trouble is, soon our nights together lead to days, to long conversations, to getting to know each other, and to something I never expected—falling ridiculously hard for a man who’s getting on a plane to America when I live a world away.

My life is here. His is there. And no amount of falling or feeling will change that one big problem.

Warning: contains hot hotel sex, loads of dirty talk, PDA all over London, and two sexy, witty, charming alpha heroes…

Review

Yay! I’d enjoyed this author before so when I saw she wrote an m/m AND that it was full cast as an audiobook… YES!

It’s terribly cute. The competitiveness is adorable. The “Brit v American” is minimal but cute when it happens. They each have great supporting cast friends and family. The HEA is super sweet and sappy and wonderful! I worry when M/F authors write their first or only M/M that the sex will be weird, but it was awesome!

Now, for the not as awesome. There was next to no hockey  I was waiting and waiting for Dean to go to a game and have Fitz explain it or at least watch one on tv but… no. Instead, they literally have sex in almost every chapter. I mean, yes, it was hot. Yes, I’m a fan. But, in general, I need some interaction, romance that isn’t based on the sex. I had to skim. Sigh. I know.

Now for the mega awesome! The audio is a full cast which means not only is each character voiced separately but they keep the character – not just flip chapters back and forth – and actual females do female roles etc! LOL. Ok, well, it was still amazing. Like an old time radio show with an ensemble 

Highly recommended!

4 for the story
5 for audio

Overall 4.5



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adult - 18+

Common Goal (Game Changers #4) by Rachel Reid

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52739475-common-goal

Blurb

New York Admirals goalie Eric never thought his friends-with-benefits arrangement with much-younger Kyle would leave them both wanting more…

Veteran goaltender Eric Bennett has faced down some of the toughest shooters on the ice, but nothing prepared him for his latest challenge—life after hockey. It’s time to make some big changes, starting with finally dating men for the first time.

Graduate student Kyle Swift moved to New York nursing a broken heart. He’d sworn to find someone his own age to crush on (for once). Until he meets a gorgeous, distinguished silver fox hockey player. Despite their intense physical attraction, Kyle has no intention of getting emotionally involved. He’ll teach Eric a few tricks, have some mutually consensual fun, then walk away.

Eric is more than happy to learn anything Kyle brings to the table. And Kyle never expected their friends-with-benefits arrangement to leave him wanting more. Happily-ever-after might be staring them in the face, but it won’t happen if they’re too stubborn to come clean about their feelings.

Everything they both want is within reach… They just have to be brave enough to grab it.

Review

The bar was set so high. I absolutely loved the second book in this series- Heated Rivalry. It hit on all the points. Unfortunately, the others in this series are just not as good in comparison.

It’s about hockey, and the author – a Habs fan- so there’s that- does a great job of bringing the game to the story, and for that reason I will always want to read her books 

I liked these guys but didn’t love them. I feel like this is a lot about personal preference, but I just didn’t get the chemical attraction between these two like I did in other books in the series. I thought each character was great, well fleshed out and interesting on their own. However, I didn’t like them together much and I was seriously skimming by the middle of the book wishing they’d just friggin’ get together already!

I know some folks love them some UST but I was over it.

So for me, this was a bit of a miss but still not bad.

 

(I was picturing Lundquist as Benny the entire story – hubba hubba!)

3.5 stars



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adult - 18+

Where Love Grows by Jay Northcote Narrated by Hamish Long

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https://www.audible.com/pd/Where-Love-Grows-Audiobook/B08FNHCYYJ?qid=1598094909&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=QJM4STCKDHFSPQ5A34ZW

Blurb
When two broken men look to each other for help, an unexpected romance blooms.
Stephen’s home, deep in the heart of the Welsh valleys, suits his reclusive nature. However, as he recovers from illness, he’s struggling to manage alone. As nature reclaims the land he’s poured his heart into cultivating, he becomes increasingly unhappy. His only outlet is his blog, where he documents the decline of the garden that had been his pride and joy.
He was a high-flyer, living and working in London, until addiction sent him into free fall. Now on the road to recovery, he still wants to make some changes, but he’s unsure where to find the purpose and fulfilment he craves.
A mutual acquaintance suggests Luke visits Stephen to help him out for a while, and a seed of hope is planted. From prickly beginnings, shoots of friendship emerge, blossoming into a deeper connection when they act on their mutual attraction.
This was only ever supposed to be a temporary arrangement, and soon Stephen will be able to manage on his own again. But both men need each other in ways they’re afraid to admit. If their love is going to last for more than one season, they’ll need to find the courage to be honest.
Review
Story: I think this might very well be the best book Jay Northcote has written so far. There’s just so much emotion in this story. And the writing… it’s simply incredible. Such a pleasure to listen to, especially the almost poetic, evocative descriptions of nature and some of the MC’s internal musings. A book to be savored and enjoyed, never rushed.
Luke and Stephen get off to a rough start, but I very much enjoyed the slow but sure way their friendship developed. Stephen is a tough nut to crack. His heart, health, pride and self-esteem have suffered countless blows. He’s lost so much: his parents, his health, a job he loved, … and he finds it nearly impossible to believe he can have happiness again. He’s super prickly and antagonistic as a result, but so vulnerable underneath his hard exterior. Luke, on the other hand, is very open about how he feels and tries his hardest to form a connection with Stephen. He’s such a sweetheart and has his own cross to bear, unfortunately. Luke and Stephen both tugged on my heartstrings something fierce.
This book has an almost magical “Secret Garden” feel to it, with a prominent role going to Nature, with all its beauty and promise of growth and resilience. The garden slowly blossoming under Luke’s care wonderfully mirrors the progress both Luke and Stephen make as well.

Narration: Hamish Long is the perfect choice for this audiobook. His honeyed voice and wonderful ability to capture every emotion, however small or subtle, make this into a mesmerizing listen. I love the voices he does for both Stephen and Luke, though Stephen’s slight accent is especially enjoyable to listen to.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 6


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adult - 18+

Strays (Urban Soul Book 2) by Garrett Leigh Narrated by Dan Calley

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Audible

https://www.audible.com/pd/Strays-Audiobook/B08FCMRNBV?qid=1597893157&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=JCJAE1K33RYJWTKF9K23

Blurb:

Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend Cass asks him to take on a new apprentice – a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerized by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.
Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm – a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.
Fast-forward a month, and a neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.

Review:

When Lenny’s stalker issues become too much he does not know where to turn and begins to have a meltdown. Lucky for him his boss is there to help and finds him a safe place to stay while everything is sorted out. Lenny finds himself on Nero’s couch and working as his apprentice. As the two work and live together feelings begin to emerge and soon the two are dancing around what could be a relationship if only, they could both leave their demons behind.

Lenny and Nero’s story is an emotional listen. Both men have issues to deal with and must decide if they are going to let the issues rule their lives or try to heal. The men are opposites but there is no denying the attraction that they have. It was interesting to see their relationship take shape. Soon they are more than just coworkers and Lenny longs for more, but can Nero find it in him to take that final step and give what he has never given another? Their story is full of angst and as their relationship grows you get to see the depth of these characters. The two are good for each other and make a good couple. Although some of the story is predictable it is an engaging listen, but the narration was lacking for me. Narrator Dan Calley keeps the narrative flowing but the characters did not seem to have a lot of depth or emotion to them especially Nero who came off a as flat to me during much of the book.

Number of stars out of 3.5


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adult - 18+

Ends of the Earth by Keira Andrews

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52303267-ends-of-the-earth?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=kdghhlBJX9&rank=1

Blurb

A desperate young father. A lonely ranger. A race against time.

Jason Kellerman’s life revolves around his eight-year-old daughter. Teenage curiosity with his best friend led to Maggie’s birth, and her mother tragically died soon after. Only twenty-five and a single dad, Jason hasn’t had time to even think about romance. Disowned by his wealthy family, he’s scrimped and saved to bring Maggie west for a camping vacation. The last thing Jason expects is to question his sexuality after meeting a sexy, older park ranger.

Ben Hettler’s stuck. He loves working in the wild under Montana’s big sky, but at forty-one, his love life is non-existent, his ex-boyfriend just married and adopted, and Ben’s own dream of fatherhood feels impossibly out of reach. He’s attracted to Jason, but what’s the point? Besides the age difference and skittish Jason’s lack of experience, they live thousands of miles apart. Ben wants more than a meaningless fling.

Then a hunted criminal on the run takes Jason’s daughter hostage, throwing Jason and Ben together in a desperate and dangerous search through endless miles of mountain forest. They’ll go to the ends of the earth to rescue Maggie—but what comes next? Can they build a new family together and find a place to call home?

Ends of the Earth is an age-gap gay romance from Keira Andrews featuring sexual awakening, action and adventure, a plucky kid, and of course a happy ending. Note: Previously published as Road to the Sun.

Review

First, I don’t know why I ever even hesitate. Keira Andrews is always so enjoyable!  I just didn’t think I could deal with a missing daughter.

The story is really fast paced and I appreciated that but the pacing was definitely skewed. The “I didn’t know I was gay” portion is SUPER fast as is the “But we live so far apart”. I also thought the smexy times felt really rushed. I know every child is different but I also thought the 8 year old was a little “mature”.

But… those are pesky complaints. It was mostly a joy to read and very entertaining and satisfying.

4 star

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adult - 18+

Lone Wolf (Wilde Wolves #3) by Aja Foxx, Ciena Foxx

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54645501-lone-wolf

Blurb

Retired Sheriff Dan Miller thought life was pretty good until he was attacked by a man bent on using him against the Wilde Wolf Pack. When he’s made into a shifter to save his life, he discovers that the world he knew as a human was nothing compared to that of a wolf. He just can’t seem to figure out how to shift.

Lion shifter Sean is running for his life. More importantly, he’s running to save the lives of the two small children he has stolen from his alpha. When he stumbles across the Wilde Wolf Pack, he finds more than he ever expected. A pack, safety, and his mate. He’s just afraid to trust it.

When the evil hunting him arrives at the gates of Belle Grove, Sean knows time has run out. Learning to trust those around him isn’t easy when he’s never had that before, but fighting for his mate and those in the pack just might be worth the battle to come.

Review

Gah! A wealth of amazing stories all at once! I loved this! First, the house. So. Cool.

Second. I love Dan’s transformation 😉

Third. Super sweet romance and the chance to spend more time with the MCs from the other books.

Loved it!

5 stars

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adult - 18+

Wild Warrior (The Weavers Circle #2) by Jocelynn Drake , Rinda Elliott

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54370619-wild-warrior?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=tm8orny2e0&rank=1

Blurb

Baer Manning

What happens when Baer spills his big secret about monsters and magic to a total stranger?

Chaos.

In Baer’s defense, he really thought Wiley was a lost brother.

This case of mistaken identity forces the cute artist to stay at the plantation house for his own protection while they search for a way to take down a witch.

Wiley Stuart

He never should have gotten in Baer’s Jeep.

But in Wiley’s defense, Baer is really sexy. And funny. And so sweet. And did he mention sexy?

All his life he’d dreamed of superheroes and a life of action. He just never expected to find himself swept up into a world filled with monsters and goddesses.

Wiley will do anything to stay with this magical band of brothers and help them with their fight. He just wished he could be Baer’s soul mate.

Wild Warrior is the second book in the Weavers Circle series. It includes fast-paced action, running through Savannah, secrets, swimming pool fun, shapeshifting, an elephant, sexy times, lots of snakes, insecurity, three crazy old ladies, and magic!

Review

I love this series!

It’s fast paced, loads of magic, a fair amount of smexy times and a good amount of humor.

I LOVED the animal involvement and the nerd element. It was so touching and so sweet when we finally connect all the dots.

I just can’t wait for the next one!

6 of 5

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adult - 18+

Wood by AE Via

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53423103-wood?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=BA6ejbNuPN&rank=1

Blurb
It’s been a long seventeen years but Herschel Wood Jr. is finally a free man and he’s looking forward to reconnecting with his old cellmate, Bishop Stockley, who promised him a place to stay and some help getting back on his feet. Wood had a good life once upon time when he’d owned one of the most successful tattoo shops on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront – until a fatal accident that was his fault cost him everything.

Now at forty-six years old, all Wood wants is to work in another shop on the beach and find a mature, easygoing man to settle down with. But when he gets to his new place and finds he has to share the small trailer with Bishop’s childhood friend, he wasn’t expecting a sexy, smart-mouthed brat that enjoys pushing a man to his limits.

Wood pressed in tight until there was only misunderstanding between them, his mouth mere inches from Trent’s parted lips. “You wanted to get a reaction out of me you annoying, immature little shit… now you’ve got one.”

Trent Armstrong has never been considered a catch. He’s a twenty-nine year old laborer, an ex-con, and not the easiest person to get along with. He’s used to being the one people cast to the side when they’re done with him. Everyone he’s ever cared about has walked out of his life without a backward glance, so he’s used to the loneliness. His foul mouth and quick temper are a great defense mechanism and an easy way to hide his hurt.

From the moment the tattooed, silver-haired man walked into the house there had been nothing but tension, side-eyeing, and sparks between them. Trent has always held back a side of himself that he’s terrified to explore, and without warning Wood’s voice, his maturity, that maddening scent, and even his damaged past all trigger feelings that Trent thought he’d buried deep long ago.

Trent went completely still when Wood dragged his nose over his forehead and down the side of his face. His voice was shaky, and his breaths were hot and swift along Wood’s throat. “What the hell are you doing?”
“I’m doing what you want me to do.” Wood whispered. “I’m playing your bullshit game, Trent.”

Review

I loved Bishop and was psyhed to see book 2 in the series! On the one hand, I was not disappointed and by the end of the book I was left satisfied and as always with this author, I was pleased to have read the book.

On the other hand, I did not connect with either of these characters like I did with Bishop (or other AE Via stories) and I was a little annoyed by them both.

Trent grew on me, and I liked him more and more as the story drew on. He was bratty and grumpy but also sweet.

Wood was more meh for me. I was glad when he began working again with his art because he was kind of annoying otherwise.

This sounds like I didn’t like it, but I generally love most of what AE Via writes, I just didn’t love this as much.

3.75 of 5 stars


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adult - 18+

Convincing Conrad (Bodyguard Pack #1) by Casey Drake

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54294821-convincing-conrad?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=DAleCUTpJI&rank=1

Blurb

Conrad Stokes knows he’s in trouble when he uncovers an embezzlement scheme and watches as his boss’s office is ransacked… by glowing-eyed shadows. Now his boss is dead, and Conrad is understandably freaked out and doesn’t want to go home alone. Enter Ryder, the gorgeous security specialist sent by his sister.

Ryder Weller didn’t know what to expect when he answered Connie’s call to escort her twin brother home from a seedy bar across town. A trashed apartment, the scent of dangerous wolves, and the overwhelming need to protect the human in his care at all costs wasn’t it. He sure wasn’t dreaming of forever… or finding a true mate. But it might all be within his grasp—after he breaks the news that “werewolves are real, and hey, I’m one of them,” that is.

Review

Super fun! I was a bit annoyed by how hard it was for Ryder to figure out Conrad but not too badly. I didn’t really love the Conrad/Constance thing and was frequently confused by who the Eff was “Connie”. I super loved the twin boys though!

This was a great spin off and even if you’ve not read any of the other books you will enjoy this on it’s own.

Wouldn’t this make a great mpreg… hmmm.

In any case…
4 of 5 stars