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About Last Night (Thornwood Book 2) By Caitlin Ricci

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Before jumping into his first semester of college, Thomas Maloney decides to lose his virginity at a party to a stranger he’s sure he’ll never see again. Only the next day, he’s surprised to learn the same one-night stand will be sharing his dorm room. Thomas considers himself lucky, but his new roommate—not so much.

Closeted as they come, football jock Remington “Rem” Daniels is on track for a shot at the pros. Rem tries to play it cool and avoid falling for the confidently gay Thomas, which could hurt his chances. Dealing with their constant need to get in bed together wouldn’t be so hard if Rem didn’t have a girlfriend and Thomas didn’t have a conscience.

When she delivers news that will change Rem’s life forever, Thomas knows it’s time to move back home to Thornwood, Colorado. But neither the distance nor knowing Rem belongs to someone else helps Thomas get over him. Rem’s feelings haven’t changed either. When it comes down to love or football, Rem will have to make the hardest choice of his life and hope Thomas will still be waiting for him when he does.

Review

Let me start by saying that Caitlin Ricci is hit or miss for me. I’ve really loved some of her series like “The Watchers” and “Master of Dragons” and “Patching Up” but this was a total miss for me.

The premise was interesting – that’s why I chose it to review – a planned loss of virginity to a one night stand goes wrong when they end up being roommates.

 

 

 

 

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*I didn’t understand why Thomas wanted a stranger to take his virginity – sure he told us – but I didn’t buy it.
*I HATED that both Thomas and Rem were willing to cheat on Rem’s girlfriend.
*I thought the whole adoption thing where Rem’s girlfriend gives the baby to Rem’s roommate’s (and boyfriend’s) parents was preposterous and totally unbelievable.
*I had no earthly idea why Rem felt he needed to marry said girlfriend once the baby was out of the picture – especially when he didn’t even really like her all that much.
*I thought Thomas acted like a doormat in allowing Rem to treat him like a booty call up to and including where he calls him a fag.
*The idea of these boys having any relationship whatsoever is totally unbelievable as they only demonstrable feelings they have for one another is a very unbalanced and unhealthy sexual obsession with the other.
*I felt very bad for Rem’s daughter as she was going to have a rough time reconciling her role in this family with Thomas and his parents and then later Rem all acting as parental figures.

I usually don’t go into specifics but I was so surprised by this book. I am absolutely willing to look over plot holes and gloss over improbabilities when it moves a story forward in a meaningful way. I never liked these characters or felt compassion for them and so it was very difficult to look over the other problems in this story.

I cannot recommend this story. I still admire and respect the author and will continue to read her other works – especially the paranormal series – but I won’t be reading book one or other books in this series. I rounded up from a 1 to a 2 because the writing was fine and I liked Thomas’ family so much.

2 of 5 stars

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Strong Side by Alison Hendricks

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Their chemistry on the field is undeniable. But can they ever be more than friends?

Jason Hawkins is about to throw the biggest Hail Mary pass of his career.

If he can’t turn NFL recruiters’ heads this year, he’ll lose his shot at the one thing he’s ever been good at. But every quarterback needs a man he can count on down-field. For Jason, that man just might be the Tigers’ new receiver, Derek Griffin.

Four years ago, Derek nearly lost everything after being outed by his teammates.

Now he finally has a chance to get it all back as a walk-on for Eastshore College… if he can resist his immediate attraction to the gorgeous and very straight star quarterback.

An instant connection during practice leads to an easy friendship that only grows stronger off the field. Derek is convinced friendship is all it’ll ever be, but a very confusing moment of impulse leaves both of them fumbling for answers about their relationship.

As curiosity gives way to passion and passion gives way to something deeper, Jason and Derek will have to tackle their own personal demons to bring home the win and earn their happy ending.

Review

Derek was injured in high school playing football after he was outed to his team, he’s physically fit but mentally struggling with some of the aspects of the game. He needs football for his scholarship so he’s motivated to get past his insecurities. He’s also learned his lesson, and is staying in the closet.

Jason is a straight guy. Star quarterback. Determined to win. Dedicated to the game. And miserable. When he sees Derek struggling, he sees in him a great player and agrees to help him get over his challenges with a lot of practice. Derek – in turn – ends up helping Jason with his school work. They quickly become inseperable and best friends – which is both amazing and awful – since Derek has a massive crush on Jason.

After a particularly lingering tackle one day, Jason begins to question his attraction to Derek. Is it more than just friends? If he acts on it what will happen? Derek wonders, too – will he lose his best friend? Will he be putting himself at risk on the field again? Will he lose his scholarship?

**

Sometimes you get so lucky with these free Kindle Unlimited books! This is a new author and a freebie and WOW – what an amazing book!

The writing is crisp, evocative and erotic. There is very little “telling” and yet we get a nice, slow, BELIEVABLE and gradual move from straight guy to gay lover.

Derek really read as authentic to me – both in his fears on the field and with Jason romantically. If there are any areas where the story frayed a bit it is with Jason’s father. He’s portrayed, at first, as this quasi-alcoholic hard ass, and then that story line is kind of dropped and he becomes a slight annoyance and then an ally.

But for that one piece, this is a great story of GFY, friends to lovers, college aged, football loving, sweet and romantic yumminess!

Highly recommended and I can’t wait for the next in the series!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Gay For Pay (All Cocks Book 1) Audiobook by TM Smith Narrated by Tony Clark

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Christopher Allan Roberts thought he had a promising future: captain of the football team with the promise of a scholarship to play for Alabama, his high school sweetheart and best friend for as long as he could remember, Amanda, by his side, and the love and support of his family. One night, one mistake changed everything. Chris moves to New York, adrift and alone. A walk one night brings him to the flashing lights, loud music and thrumming bodies at Club Berlin. A flyer in the men’s room promises fame and fortune for anyone willing to go on camera and have sex, with another man, as well as put on single shows with dildos and how to cum with one. Money is money, and how hard could it be, right? Christopher Allan Roberts becomes Kris Alen, All Cocks’ newest addition, a gay for pay porn star.

Lincoln Carter is honest with everyone in his life, including his family, about who he is and about his sexual preferences. Linc Larson, the openly bisexual gay porn star who you’d be likely to see playing a starring role in movies shown on fuckedgay.xxx, will do anything with anyone, which pretty much writes his ticket in a versatility-charged industry. It’s not his sexuality that interferes with his personal life; it’s his inability to trust. What Linc wants right now, more than anything, is the chance to do a scene with All Cocks’ newest acquisition, Kris Alen. Six-foot-two with auburn hair, an exquisitely toned and inked up body, Kris Alen is sex personified. Linc doesn’t know if it’s the “I want the shiny new toy” aspect that calls to him, or the distant and wounded expression that haunts Kris’s eyes.

Linc figures out early on that Kris is only working the gay for pay angle that All Cocks brings to his bank account. Can a bisexual man with trust issues break down the barriers that Kris has built around himself and help Christopher overcome the painful past he is running from?

Review

Kris kills his girlfriend by driving drunk in his last year of high school. He loses all his friends, family, the scholarship, everything. He’s devastated and broke. While living on friends’ couches in New York he finds Gay For Pay and decides to go for it – he’s got nothing to lose.

Linc is happy with his life as a bi-sexual porn star similar to what you’ve seen on websites similar to www.animehentaivideos.xxx – but leery of relationships since his last boyfriend cheated on him with one of his co-stars.

They don’t hook up right away, but instead become friends. As that friendship grows so do their feelings. Even in this industry, they manage to keep sex out of their relationship for a very long time. When Kris finally admits to his feelings, Linc is already right there with him.

The question now is – where do they go from here?

**

This was such a surprising book! It was not at all what I was expecting. Having read a few “gay for pay porn” books, I was expecting Kris and Linc to be hooked up from the start and for them to fall for one another that way. Instead… Gabe is the wonderfully sweet guy who introduces Kris to his gay porn career and he ends up really being a great friend.

I loved the seemingly honest look at gay for pay that we get here. Kris struggles to stay hard at times, he still wants to date women, he likes Gabe because he’s so feminine in nature… but he truly likes Linc as a person and that’s what initially attracts him.

I think this is one of the few books out there that put forth a compelling “demi-sexual” story in that I do believe Kris is NOT gay. He loves Linc for Linc and not guys in general. Sure, you can call him bi-sexual in that he eventually comes to enjoy both gay and het sex but in terms of romance I think he’s a demi-sexual.

The sequels are already published – YAY! – and show an interesting “pre-quel” to the throuple that is Kris’ boss and his partners – which makes me psyched because I had wanted to know more about them as they were introduced. The third book is the slutty Kory who steals Linc’s beau but it looks like he gets redemption.

I’m excited to read the next two books and highly recommend this.

4.5 of 5 stars (there were some editing and grammatical mistakes that take it from a 5 star, but minor.)

PS the cover is absolutely spot on and GORGEOUS!

Audio

Tony Clark is a new narrator for me and he does a nice job of giving each person a unique voice and he attempts both the southern accent of Kris and the Eastern European accent of Victory very bravely (if not totally perfectly)! There are times when he comes off a bit flat as he’s narrating the non-dialog parts but not enough to detract from the overall enjoyment of this as an audiobook.

Again, highly recommended. 4.5 of 5 stars

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Full Domain (Nice Guys Book 3) by Kindle Alexander

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Honor, integrity, and loyalty are how Deputy US Marshal Kreed Sinacola lives his life. A former SEAL now employed by the Special Operations Group of the US Marshal Service, Kreed spent most of his life working covert operations and avoiding relationships. Never one to mix business with pleasure, his boundaries blur and his convictions are put to the test when he finally comes face-to-face with the hot computer geek he’s been partnered with. Hell-bent on closing the ongoing case for his longtime friend, he pushes past his own limits and uncovers more than he expects.

Aaron Stuart strives for one thing: justice. Young and full of idealism, his highly sought after computer skills land him a position with the National Security Agency. Aaron’s biggest hazard at his job is cramped fingers, but all that changes when he is drawn into the middle of a dangerous federal investigation. Aaron gets more than he bargained for when the FBI partners him with a handsome and tempting deputy US marshal. His attraction to the inked up, dark-haired man provides another kind of threat altogether. Aaron tries desperately to place a firewall around his heart and fight his developing feelings, knowing one misstep on his part could ultimately destroy him.

The solution isn’t as easy as solving the case, which is treacherous enough as it is. But the growing sexual attraction between them threatens to derail more than just Kreed’s personal convictions as he quickly learns temptation and matters of the heart rarely fit easily into the rules he’s lived by. Will Kreed be able to convince Aaron to open his heart and face the fact that sometimes the answers aren’t always hidden in code?

Review

Kreed – Mitch’s partner from book 2 – is still after the guy who shot Cody (Mitch’s lover) and is after Colt and Jace (from book 1). He and Mitch convince Aaron to physically join in the mission instead of remaining behind the screens of his computer.

Aaron is a modern day Robin Hood who does his work through his amazing abilities to hack and REALLY doesn’t want to be physically involved in this mess but absolutely wants justice to prevail so he reluctantly agrees – hoping it’ll be a short mission.

Little does he know that he’ll end up actually going under cover – and loving it! – in the face of true danger in order to bring the bad guy down. AND – along the way he and Kreed who strike sparks off each other before and after they’ve met – will become frenemies then lovers then true partners in every aspect of the word.
**

I wasn’t going to review this book because it’s already gotten like a million reviews of it – but I loved it so much so I had to put in my two cents!

There is SO MUCH TENSION in this book. There is some seriously hot and potent sexual tension between Kreed and Aaron and then – mixed in – there’s some serious tension because the mission is so dicey and dangerous. Normally, I do not like the “other part of the story” – ie the mystery, the mission, the quest – to get in the way of my romance – which is what I read these books for – but in this case I didn’t mind ONE BIT!

This is a LONG book (434 pages) and I was a bit daunted because – what are all those pages gonna be filled with and do I want to read it? Well – mostly of course I do because I’ve yet to read a Kindle Alexander book that I didn’t like and most of them I ADORED so – I dove in and trusted and OMG! My only warning – don’t start this at ten o’clock at night – you will find yourself unable to put it down and the next thing you know it’s three in the morning and you’re not done and you CAN’T PUT IT DOWN!

Getting to see Jace and Colt and Mitch and Cody again was fantastic! I loved seeing them fight with each other and play pranks on one another – that was hysterical. It was also great seeing their love and tenderness, too.

Aaron is my favorite character amongst these six – hands down. He’s complex and unique and captivating – I just loved him! Kreed comes across as pretty superficial and less interesting – at first – but as the story develops we see his hidden character traits and unique qualities come out, and he becomes quite worthy of Aaron by the end.

The evil that was the Church was awesome and I felt that it went far to demonstrate that it wasn’t religion that was evil – just this crazy brand of fanaticism that really couldn’t even claim to be true to it’s religious base after it’d been twisted for use by the powers that be. So, if you’re worried about it bashing religion – don’t be – it really doesn’t do that.

I highly recommend reading these in order. I’m sure you’d enjoy this on it’s own, but there’s a lot lost if you’re not keeping up with the series.

There aren’t many books that can be this long and still make me wish for more when I’m done – but this is one of them. Bravo Kindle Alexander – this was a truly wonderful ending for our boys and I’m sad to see them go but I was so happy to see them get their HEA here.

(And that cover – WOW!)

6 of 5 stars

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Tackling the Tight End by Tara Lain

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Everyone wants the best for SCU student and tight end Raven Nez — and they know exactly what that is. Enter the NFL draft, become a big football hero, promote his tribe’s casino, and make a lot of money to help people on the reservation. Just one problem. Raven’s gay and he really wants to work with gay kids. Plus he figures a gay Native tight end will get flattened in the NFL. Then the casino board hires a talented student filmmaker to create ads for the tribal business and asks Raven to work with him. But the filmmaker is Dennis Hascomb, a guy with so much to hide and a life so ugly it’s beyond Raven’s understanding. Still he’s drawn to Dennis’s pain and incredible ability to survive. Captivated by Raven’s stories of the two-spirited and by the amazing joy of finally having a friend, Dennis knows he has to break free from everything he’s ever been taught was good—but that’s a struggle that could kill him and Raven too. Is there a chance for “the great red hope” and the “whitest guy on earth”? A future for the serpent and the raven?

Review

I’m going to say right now that Tara Lain is an amazing author. I was SO uncomfortable reading this – a hallmark that she really made the characters and their situation come to life.

I’m not going to give a summary because the blurb tells the highlights and I don’t want to give too much away.

It is HARD to read about Dennis and his “activities”. SO HARD. I was skeeved the hell out and wanted it to all stop! I knew he’d be redeemed in the end and I needed it to come quickly because my heart was seriously hurting for all his family’s victims.

Raven is so perfect.

He’s the all-American boy (only Native American!) and tries so hard to do the right thing all the time that it’s tearing him up inside. Life isn’t black or white and he has some really hard decisions to make.

I found their relationship so fascinating as Dennis opened up to his newfound sexuality and Raven let him in.

I also really loved Walter. What an amazing friend and what a clever twist on the “beard”.

In terms of reading this – I’d tell you to brace yourself for some serious ugliness. The first half of the book is painful – but sets things up beautifully for a fantastic HEA at the end.

(When this goes to Audiobook I hope Andrew McFerrin does it – he did Andrew Grey’s Good Fight series and I really liked his accents.)

Highly recommended but be warned – you’ll work for your HEA.

5 of 5 stars

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A Christmas Memory Book 2 by Max Vos

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It’s been a year since coach Adam Sutton changed JJ’s life with a Christmas proposal. Now happily married, the two men are dealing with everything life is throwing at them – new family members, homophobia and prejudice, not to mention an unexpected offer that is about to change both their lives – forever.

Review

We met Adam and JJ in A Christmas Memory, this is a year later to the day. They’ve married and are very happy together. A lot has happened in that year – one of Adam’s brother’s lost his girlfriend because she didn’t want to be associated with a gay man. Another brother is having a second child. Adam’s mother is moving out of their childhood home and JJ finds a former student homeless.

The family works together to help Maggie find a new home, the student find a place in this world and Adam’s sister-in-law gives them the best Christmas present a person could ask for.

**

I just love this couple. They’re sweet and horny and loving… a lot of stuff happens in this book and it’s all good.

I highly recommend this to fans of book one.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Wish Come True Anthology

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Wish Come True is a collection of contemporary, new adult, holiday short stories by some of our favorite authors!

A Very English Christmas by Keira Andrews
Isaac and David have created a new life together outside the Amish world. Living “English,” they’ve left behind the rigid, isolated community where they discovered their forbidden love. Staying with Isaac’s older brother in San Francisco, they yearn for a home—and bed—of their very own. As they experience the bright lights and merry carols of modern Christmas for the first time, can they make their holiday wishes come true?

Mr Perfect’s Christmas by Joanna Chambers
Sam Warren’s new job hasn’t been going so well so the last thing he’s in the mood for is the obligatory office Christmas party, particularly since Nick Foster’s going to be there. Nick–the guy whose shoes Sam has been trying to fill–seems to take very opportunity to point out where Sam’s going wrong. But when Sam receives an unexpected Secret Santa gift at the party, he’s forced to question his assumptions about his rival. Could it be that he’s been misinterpreting Nick’s actions all along? And is it possible that his reluctant attraction to Nick is reciprocated?

The Christmas Ship by Amy Jo Cousins
When a twink who’s finally ready to grow up accidentally catfishes a college football player headed to the NFL, it’s going to take a lot of honesty and all the faith they can muster in their own One True Pairing to set this Christmas ship sailing.

That Thing by Megan Erickson
Helping his wedding planner sister work an event is not Devin Master’s idea of what he wants to do on his winter break from college. But saying no to his sister isn’t in his wheelhouse, which is why he finds himself embedded in a drama-filled wedding. His first task? Babysit the “troublesome” best man.

Adrian Alvarez wants to do just about anything on New Year’s Eve except attending his best friend’s wedding. Ever since Adrian came out, he’s been shunned in his hometown. By everyone but his best friend, Tony. Which is why he finds himself trudging through the airport to fulfill his best man duties. He doesn’t expect to find out his ride to the hotel is a hot blond with a cocky grin.

Devin can’t get involved with a member of the wedding party, or his sister will kill him, and Adrian just wants to lay low and not draw attention to himself. But neither can resist the chemistry between them and they have to decide if they are willing to ignite or let their attraction fizzle out.

Just Like Heaven by Suki Fleet
One rainy night in December, David helps a busker with pretty eyes get his stolen money back. He doesn’t imagine the strong attraction he feels is mutual. But after overcoming his shyness, David discovers Jess is definitely interested.

Jess just isn’t interested in anything but a one night stand. Or maybe two. Falling for David is definitely not part of his plan. But when David gets trapped in a snowstorm the night before Christmas Eve, Jess realises a night or two is never going to be enough.

Not Your Grandfather’s Magic by Kaje Harper
A month away from Zeb Crowe’s twenty-first birthday — just a month before the ceremony that will awaken his psychic heritage — Zeb’s grandfather predicts cryptically, “Hold your mind and heart ready, and something good will come to you.” Shortly afterward, Zeb meets Matt, a smart, gawky, unexpectedly appealing guy who might warm the lonely corners of his heart. But is Matt really the “something good” his grandfather predicted? And is it fair to get close to him, when very soon Zeb’s whole life will change? If Zeb’s dad wasn’t missing, or his grandfather wasn’t such an enigmatic old bastard, his path to love, or power, would be so much clearer.

Bottle Boys by Anyta Sunday
Benjamin Otto is a bottle of liquid luck. Good looks. Good brain. Whatever the challenge: good odds. Except, what happens when those odds change?

Dad’s had enough bankrolling Ben and requests him to get a job. The challenge: make enough money to finance Christmas or face telling his little brother the holidays are dead.

Then there’s Sebastian. The guy from his politics class who is always coming in second after him. The guy who steals Ben’s idea to collect bottles for quick cash. The guy who makes Ben wonder if any amount of luck will be enough to win him what he really wants…

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Proceeds will be donated to Lost-N-Found Youth , an Atlanta-based nonprofit corporation whose mission is to take homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youths to age 26 off the street and transition them into more permanent housing.

Review

This is such a gem! I loved all the stories in this anthology and it goes toward a good cause!

Keira Andrews gives us another story from her Amish series with David and Isaac talking about getting their own place. It’s amazingly sweet with just enough smexy to curl your toes.

5 of 5 stars

Joanna Chambers gives us a British story about a young lawyer making his way at a small town firm after losing his job in London. He thinks his predecessor and boss all hate him and he struggles to find his place. Little does he know that Nick, the predecessor has the hots for him!

This was a fun little enemies to lovers story.

4 of 5 stars

Amy Jo Cousins gives us a college story about two friends who met online. One’s a closeted football hero and the other an effeminate massage school student. They fall in love on line but have a lot of questions between them when they meet for the first time.

I found this a little confusing but sweet and satisfying in the end.

4 of 5 stars

Megan Ericson gives us an insta-love story between a grumpy best man and the wedding planner’s brother. It’s funny, sweet and sexy. Very satisfying for a short story!

5 of 5 stars

Suki Fleet gives us a story of a busker and a nursing student who meet during a dramatic save one night. David is a terribly shy guy with a heart of gold and Jess is a hurt musician trying to find his way in the world. It’s a beautiful story filled with love.

5 of 5 stars

Kaje Harper gives us a really dark and sometimes eerie story filled with magic and misdirection. Totally unexpected ending. Absolutely wonderful!

6 of 5 stars

Anyta Sunday gives us a German story about the true meaning of giving. Ben and Sebastian are college students who compete for top marks. Ben has everything going for him and Seb has to work hard for every little thing. When Ben’s dad gives him an ultimatum and pulls his cash, Ben has to do some creative work to make ends meet. But seeing how hard Seb’s life is, Ben ends up giving up his hard earned cash and earning more respect and a boyfriend in the process.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Putting Out Fires (Coda 4.5) by Marie Sexton

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A Coda Valentine’s Day Story

Matt Richards has never given much thought to Valentine’s Day, but when his lover of almost three years, Jared Thomas, hints that he feels unappreciated, Matt realizes he needs to do something. He’s determined to make this Valentine’s Day special, but nothing is going to turn out the way Matt plans.

 

 

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Very cute little story about Jared and Matt’s first Valentine’s Day together. Matt needs to remember who Jared is … NOT a chick!

5 of 5 stars

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A Christmas Memory by Max Vos

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J.J. has always hated the holidays. Presents, decorations, the traditional family Christmas…It’s all his colleagues in the staffroom can talk about. J.J. avoids these conversations like the plague. He’d do anything to keep his co-workers from seeing the real J.J, the gay man who doesn’t want to be noticed. When he slips up and reveals that he is all alone with no plans for Christmas, the well-meaning ladies of his high school want to take him in for the holidays.

Oh hell….

Enter Coach Adam Sutton who comes to his rescue—and now J.J. is trapped by this hulk of a man who won’t take no for an answer. And he would have to be someone J.J finds attractive, wouldn’t he? Too bad he’s straight and J.J’s not about to step out of the shadows and make a move on him. He likes his arms where they are, thank you very much.

But Adam has a secret, one which is going to turn J.J’s world upside-down. Adam wants to give J.J. a Christmas to remember, but as it turns out, both men’s lives are never going to be the same again…

Review

JJ is a nerd. He’s a history buff and a teacher at a high school. He’s not out and proud but he’s not really hiding his sexuality either. He kind of, sort of has a crush on the football coach – who is “obviously” straight-  and just wants to keep his lonely Christmases to himself.

Adam, the coach in question, hears that JJ has no plans for Christmas and invites him to share the holiday with him and his big family. Reluctantly, JJ agrees.

It doesn’t take long before things begin to get very interesting and suddenly JJ is wondering where things with Adam are headed.

**

Oh man! This is now free on Kindle Unlimited and I highly recommend it! It’s a very sweet nerd/jock, OFY story that has Max Vos’ signature hot and messy sex involved!

JJ is a sweetheart who gets bowled over by the exuberant and giant hearted football coach and his wonderful family. I loved seeing how sweet and appreciative Adam was for every thing JJ did and vice versa. They are an absolutely wonderful couple and I always re-read this when I need a pick-me-up!

I highly recommend it and give it 5 of 5 stars!

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The Letter Z (Coda Book #3) by Marie Sexton

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Sequel to A to Z
Spin-off of Promises

Zach and Angelo have settled into their new lives in Coda, Colorado, finding their place in the community with the help of their good friends Matt and Jared. Zach and Angelo are also working out the particulars of their relationship, but when they make a decision Jared disagrees with, Angelo finds himself at odds with his partner’s best friend. And his best friend’s partner.

When the four decide on a quick trip to Vegas, Angelo thinks he and Jared may be back on the right track. But a chance encounter with Zach’s ex-boyfriend will make Angelo question everything about himself and his relationship with Zach. Matt and Jared have always been there when Zach and Angelo needed help. But when it comes to sorting out their relationship, their friends may do more harm than good.

Review

(This is the third book in the series and it definitely needs to be read in order.)

Matt and Jared invite Zach and Angelo to go with them to Las Vegas for a weekend. There is a bit of tension between Jared and Angelo as Jared can’t understand how Angelo could have “cheated” on Zach with Cole. Zach has no such worries and Matt knows enough to let things lie. But… Angelo’s enthusiasm for exploring Vegas soon has them all mostly comfortable with one another again and having fun, until…

Zach’s ex, Jonathan, runs into the group unexpectedly and joins them for dinner and dancing. Things are amazingly awkward and then suddenly violent when Jon tries to kiss Zach in an attempt at reconciliation.

Fortunately, the boys are good at talking things out, and in fact, by hammering out their issues surrounding this kiss, they become even more bonded and safe in one another’s love.

Meanwhile, Matt and Jared also have some soul searching to do and they, too, hammer out some issues.

In the end, things are still “cool” between Jared and Zach, but they’ve agreed to disagree and are still friends while each couple is now stronger than ever.

**

Marie Sexton does not shy away from “taboos” in this genre. A lot of romances really steer clear of anything considered “cheating” as it turns many readers off. What I appreciate – so much – about this book and these characters is that she doesn’t only tackle the issue, but she also goes so far as to show the reader how something like this not only works for the couple but can be quite sexy, too.

Zach and Angelo are NOT Jared and Matt. Both couples have their own hang ups. Matt and Jared will not touch in public. Matt resists any form of anal penetration (either him or Jared) due to his own hang-ups about what that “means” to be a bottom. Angelo still worries that he’s not worthy of Zach. Zach stumbles around blindly trying to make Angelo happy and worrying that he’ll push him away. But when these guys find this thing – that really works for them both – it acts as a way to make their relationship more concrete. Matt and Jared have to accept that the way they do “love and relationships” is different than others and that nobody does it “wrong”.

Personally, I found the dance club scene where Zach and Angelo explore this new aspect of their relationship exceedingly hot – one of the hottest scenes in ANY m/m book I’ve read. I’ve come back to it time and again. So – though I am not a fan of “open relationships” at all, Marie managed to show me how this absolutely works for these guys and makes it sexy as hell!

I highly recommend this series and this book in particular but I do warn people that it’s not at all the “typical” sequel or m/m romance.

6 of 5 stars

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