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Enforcing Emory Audiobook by Mickie B Ashling Narrated by John Solo

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Olympic figure skater Emory Lowe falls in lust the moment he lays eyes on his new neighbor, hockey player Nikolai Vetrov. On the surface, Nik is a typical badass enforcer, intimidating and dangerous, on and off the ice. The only son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nik has been groomed from childhood to fulfill his father’s dreams of seeing him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Igor guides his son toward that goal with a controlling—and abusive—hand, steering him clear of anyone who might ruin his chances.

Although Emory is the US National Figure Skating champion, he’s in-your-face gay, and his audacious persona rubs Nik and his family the wrong way. Raised by supportive and loving parents, Emory is Nik’s polar opposite in every way but one—his desire to succeed. Underneath the fluff and glitter beats the heart of a fierce competitor, and this side of Emory’s personality begins to close the distance between the two athletes.

While the attraction is one-sided in the beginning, Nik finds himself responding to Emory’s flirting. But before the incongruous pair have a chance at any sort of relationship, they must survive the pressures of career, separation, and most importantly, Igor’s ruthless homophobia.

Review

(Book previously reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/enforcing-emory-by-mickie-b-ashling/)

Abridged

Emory and Nik become neighbors. Emory is 18 living at home and training for the Olympics. Nik is 20, a professional hockey player in the bush leagues.

This is a case of opposites attract but full of similarities. In their own ways, both fathers are bigoted, though Emory’s dad eventually gets over it and Nik’s dad seriously goes off the rails into psychotic. Nik is engaged to a woman and in denial of his sexuality (and a gay-virgin!) and Emory is super-flamboyant to the extreme and NOT a virgin.

The boys feel instant attraction and though it is fairly dangerous for Nik , they begin a relationship. There is a lot of drama about the families and their approval. Danger surrounding Emory’s Olympic games and his risk as a homosexual in a homophobic country. Danger surrounding Nik’s career (hockey) and his coming out to his father. Lots of steamy sex. Some very sweet and tender moments between the boys. And a nice if unrealistic ending that will make you smile.

I really appreciated that the relationship develops fairly quickly so most of the struggle is the couple working out how they can be together given the obstacles they face.

I enjoyed Nik and Emory but the fathers felt a little too much like caricatures to feel real. Though I enjoyed the resolution it felt a bit rushed at the end and a little too “easy”.

All in all it was a good book and I enjoyed it.

Audiobook

John Solo tries to do a Russian accent and he mostly succeeds. John has a great general narrators voice- good with emotions, timing and his voice is nice to listen to. I think that this is a great way to experience this story and I enjoyed it.

4 of 5 stars

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Two Howls by Sean Michael

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Max is on the run, but is he running from his past, or toward his future? Only Ulf knows…

Werewolf Max knows desiring males is wrong, but he can’t help himself. When his pack nearly kills him in an attempt to cleanse him, Max runs. Jumping on his motorcycle, he heads north.

Ulf has lived on his own in the wilds of Northern Ontario for a long time. When he catches the scent of a stranger in his territory, he’s angry at first, until he realizes that Max is more than just another werewolf. They’re mates.

Ulf must make Max believe that two males can be mates, but just as he’s about to succeed, Max’s past catches up with him. Will the home they’ve been hoping to build together be lost for good?

Review

Max is outcast and being stalked for destruction by his old pack. His exhausted wolf finds shelter in a storm and is rescued by another shifter, Ulf.

Ulf is a lone wolf who has resigned himself to being alone when he finds the small and scared wolf on his property. He immediately recognizes his mate and sets about earning his trust.

Max’s pack isn’t done with him and together the two must navigate their relationship full of misunderstandings and defend themselves from an evil pack.

**

Don’t let the cover fool you – this is a great book!

I love Sean Michael’s paranormal works because he’s so visceral and really gets into the mindset of an animal when it’s appropriate.

Max and Ulf are a sweet couple and the drama is appropriate for the story.

It’s a short story but well-written and I highly recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16) by Kresley Cole

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An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty…

A foundling raised in a world of humans.

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl… to would-be superhero… to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood – and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him.When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

Review

First- this is part of a series (M/F – unfortunately) and though each book can definitely be read as a stand-alone I don’t recommend it. It’s an amazing series and each adds to the enjoyment of the next.

Second- it’s M/F. So if that’s not your thing – stop now ☺

We have not met Rune nor Jo before (as far as I know). Ruin is one of the Møriør – sort of a primordial God like guy who lives between dimensions and acts as an assassin for Orion or an information gatherer when asked.

Jo is… well, she doesn’t know and neither do we… until later in the book.

What we do know is that when Jo and Rune (who she calls Ruin to make him mad!) meet it’s immediate lustful attraction. Rune the insatiable (as he’s called) suddenly can’t get enough… of Jo!

Jo, who isn’t too interested in anything but a commitment, is –almost- tempted to give in to his lusty demands, but manages to hold out – barely.

They end up bound to the other in a quest to save Jo’s brother and bring down …. Ok, enough of that. You’ll have to read the book to figure out who is after who and why… I don’t want to give it all away!

**

I read almost exclusively m/m books anymore. So it takes A LOT for me to pick up a m/f book. Kresley Cole is one of three or four authors who can tempt me back to the female side. The reason being – her females KICK ASS!!!

I despise weak female characters who need a man to save them. Hate. It. Jo kicks ass and takes names. Hands down she doesn’t NEED Rune, but maybe the reverse!

This was funny, sweet, sexy, exciting… you name it. It’s long but I didn’t mind it one bit!

I absolutely loved each and every page. My only sadness is that there isn’t more!

I highly recommend this book and the series… it’s amazing.

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A Kind of Truth (A Kind Of book 1) by Lane Hayes

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Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, which include he keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.

Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.

Review

Rand is part of a band that is slowly gaining fame. He’s dedicated to this 100%. He needs a new lead guitarist – he won’t settle for anything less than perfection. When he interviews a slew of potentials, none make the grade but he gets a valuable recommendation for a music tutor – if he can’t find the best guitarist he’ll become one himself!

Will is a quiet and in the closet guitar musical genius. He has no aspirations of fame and in fact likes to keep under the radar at all times about all things. He agrees to tutor Rand but the chemistry between them is undeniable.

When Will and Rand begin to get more involved, Will finds himself sucked into Rand’s musical life as well. He’s allowed to show parts of himself he never thought would see the light of day and though he likes it – it’s also terrifying. He’s got secrets Rand doesn’t know and when those surface both their relationship and the band are at risk.

**

This is my favorite book in this series! I have a huge bias for rock-band titles, but I don’t think that’s influencing my choice ;).

Will is a GREAT character! He’s so multi-faceted. He’s geeky and shy one moment, then brazen and shocking the next. He’s inexperienced but daring to try and experiment, too.

Rand is nothing if not consistent. He wants what’s best for the band and he pretty much stays true to that endeavor. Inadvertently people get hurt along the way, but truly, that’s only his blindness to the situation, not any real desire to see them in pain.

The sexual chemistry is off the charts and I really like them as a couple.

If I have any complaints is that the ending wraps things up pretty quickly and we don’t get to see them as a happy couple for very long.

All in all this was a great book and I highly recommend it!

(And OMG can we swoon about the cover – YUM!)

4.5 of 5 stars

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Nuts About You by Kate Lowell – Review

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Nathan’s been crushing on one of his regular Bulk Mart customers for a while now. In his squirrel form, he sits on Vince’s bird feeders, munching on seeds and enjoying the eye candy. Until the day Vince catches him raiding the feeder…

 

 

 

Review

This is a super quick little shifter story about Nathan – a squirrel shifter – who has been crushing on his neighbor – Vince.

One day Vince accidentally knocks Nathan out of the tree he’s been spying Vince from and ends up meeting the man behind the squirrel.

It’s very funny, sweet and a little sexy.

Totally recommended!

4.25 of 5 stars

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My Boss is a Grumpy Werewolf and I Think He Wants to Eat Me! By Jane Wallace-Knight

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On Cole Morgan’s first day working at Prowl magazine he sends an innocent email to his friend, not realizing that all internal emails are monitored. It wouldn’t be a big deal except for the fact that the email is all about his new boss, sexy werewolf Evan West. The email leads to an incredibly awkward workplace harassment seminar which just makes Evan hate him all the more. It couldn’t possibly get worse, right? Wrong.

Evan West has always had trouble controlling his wolf. He’s worked hard to master the beast within. So when Cole Morgan walks in his boardroom and Evan’s instincts go wild it causes him to automatically dislike the man. It doesn’t matter that he wants to throw him down on the table, there and then, and take him in front of the entire office, the human is still annoying as hell.

Review

Cole is a human who gets a job at an all werewolf magazine (his friend – a werewolf- got him the job) and he makes a faux pas the first day and insults his boss. They end up thrown together on an assignment and the “hate” between them changes quickly to lust.

Evan is a werewolf through and through and though he’s not exactly bigoted against humans – per se – he’d never think one was strong enough to be his mate.

Though it isn’t a “fated mates” type of thing, the chemistry between these two is instant and incendiary.

When they finally act on their mutual attraction there’s a bit of drama about Evan and a human and also some angst between the two about their feelings.

All in all this was a very well-written, sexy shifter book full of humor, some great feels and lots of hot shifter sex!

5 of 5 stars

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The Greatest Gift (Memories #2.5) by Felice Stevens

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After five years, Alex Stern and Rafe Hazelton have what seems to be the perfect marriage. Alex is entering his last years of residency and Rafe’s veterinary business is busier than ever. For Rafe, all that is missing is a child, but Alex, afraid of ending up to be a man like his father, isn’t as sure. He doesn’t want to make any mistakes.

When a new patient enters the hospital, Alex is drawn to the young, desperately ill single mother, who shares her fears for the future of her young son. Rafe worries about the toll on Alex becoming emotionally invested in a patient, yet he too can’t walk away once he meets the little boy, and together they vow to help in any way possible.

Families are not always born of blood— love is a gift no one can plan for. And sometimes from the darkest of tragedies, the brightest light will shine.

Review

This is an epilogue to both books one and two because we get to see both couples years after their marriage.

Josh and Micah have twins and are leading a happily married life, leaving Rafe a bit jealous. Alex, however, is in his residency and can’t see having kids yet (and maybe ever?) so the two are fighting a bit.

While on duty Alex meets Jude, a single mother with an aggressive cancer who has a four year old that needs attention. Alex and Rafe offer to spend time with the cutie and end up losing their hearts.

Will Alex decide it’s time to build a family? Will Jude give these guys something nobody would ever guess?

**

Such a delightful, sweet and tear-producing epilogue. I just love these couples and this was a big helping of sugary sweet wonderful deliciousness!

5 of 5 stars

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Cold Fusion by Harper Fox

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Their love is the catalyst that could save the planet…or cost their lives.
As an environmental activist for Peace Warrior, Kier Mallory never hesitated to throw himself into dangerous situations. Until his hotheadedness costs the lives of two fellow crewmembers on an anti-whaling mission.
He finds no refuge in his hometown on Scotland’s north coast, where everyone knows what this son of a broken fisherman has done. Effectively homeless, Mal returns to one of his favorite places—Spindrift, a rustic colony of artist and crafter huts.
Spindrift is dilapidated and empty, save for a lone resident. Vivian Calder, a brilliant but emotionally detached scientist who appears to have done the impossible—mastered cold fusion. A clean, free, limitless source of power.
Despite Viv’s aversion to contact, a fragile bond forms between them, seemingly one atom at a time. Until Mal, determined to redeem himself by revealing Viv’s accomplishment to the world, brings down the wrath of an oil-dependent establishment, risking not only their love, but Viv’s life.
Warning: Contains a disgraced environmentalist and an autistic genius who go from strangers to lovers-for-life in thirteen days. Don’t believe in miracles? We’ll make you.
Review

Kier is a mis-understood environmentalist/poet who hides from his shame in the wilds of Scotland. He drunkenly stumbles onto Laird Vivian (a man) who has Asperger’s and is brilliant and working on cold fusion.

Kier is the opposite of Viv. He’s wild, untamed, loose, crazy, colorful and explosive. Viv is calculating, organized, proper, straight forward and calm. When they meet it’s opposites attracting x 1000.

There are lots of things going on in this story: Kier’s story from the ocean, Viv’s family, the oil company, Kier’s ex, Viv’s studies, Viv’s “legacy”, Kier’s family… lots and lots. Much of it ends up tied together but still and all this is a complex story with many threads.

Without telling too much of the story – let’s just say that Kier helps Viv, they solve some mysteries and end up with the world’s best HEA ever!

**

Kier tells this story and it fits his character to a T. It rambles and rolls and boils and bubbles – it goes all over the place in splashes and spouts of color and action and emotion.

There are times when this really works for the story and is beautiful, at other times it’s disjointed, bulky and confusing.

More times than not, however, it’s a beautiful and funny and touching story about two flawed individuals finding each other in a true fairy tale – worthy of Hans Christian Andersen at times – where dark things go bump in the night but the hero saves the day!

The love Viv and Kier share is absolutely breath taking and wonderful and easily overshadows some of the “mystery” and the family “legacy” that ends up being wrapped up so neatly at the end. (Maybe a little too neatly? But – it’s a fairy tale so – miracles do happen and coincidences do occur…)

I highly recommend this to fans of the author, to fans of MCs who are socially awkward, to fans of Scotland and the UK in general, and to fans of fairy tales with a dark side.

4.25 of 5 stars

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So Into You (PI Guys Book 2) by SE Harmon

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Screenwriter Noah Ashley has a few four-letter words for his agent when she suggests he improve his script by shadowing a PI. Still, because he’s an artist dedicated to his craft and she knows where the bodies are buried, he agrees. Then he spends a little time with the gorgeous PI, and suddenly it seems like a really good plan. The PI doesn’t seem to entirely love the idea, but Noah has never been afraid to go after what he wants.

PI Drew Rodriguez is used to people depending on him. He’s the classic rock for his family. Responsible. Dependable. The classic rock would never succumb to the borderline sleazy temptation of friends with benefits, no matter how sexy that temptation is. Drew is looking for something enduring.

Despite Drew’s misgivings, it’s not long before they’ve got all the requisites for friends with benefits going. Friendly, good conversation? Check. Fun times in and out of bed? Check. Hot, electrolyte-sapping sex? Double check. Falling in love? Yeah. About that….

Review

The blurb tells you that this is gonna be an “enemies to lovers” sort of book between the know it all detective and the smarmy Hollywood guy. What it doesn’t tell you is that they are chock full of snark and sass and lots of barbs.]

When they get over themselves and begin having smexy times – then it’s also full of hot smexy times!

**

My feelings on this are pretty much my same as book one. I think the writing itself is good – no grammatical errors, etc. I liked the characters and their humor very much. I love the HEA and catching up with previous MCs. I think the setting is fun and the smexy times were really hot.

What makes this a 3.5 book for me is the fact that it’s really long and doesn’t need to be. I think that a stiff editing would take this from a “good book” to a “great book”. The first 3 chapters could have been shrunk to one maybe even a half a chapter. And this happens a lot.

Part of what makes an excellent book (IMHO) is making every word counts. A reader should have to read each word and be excited to do so. There is a lot of “side information” and time when our MCs aren’t together in this book. In order for that to “work” in a romance the reader needs to be on the edge of her seat and “hooked”. I was skimming through this trying to find the part when our MCs got back together. And it’s a lot of pages. I know that there are a TON of people who really liked Stay With Me and that may simply be a matter of taste.

If you loved Stay With Me, you’ll love this as well. It can be read as a standalone but is better in order.

For me this was 3.5 of 5 stars.

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