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Retro Review: Rampage (Out for Justice #3) by Reese Knightley

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46157085-rampage?from_search=true&qid=GbldCNoPVl&rank=3

Blurb

Explosive action, bullets flying, heroes, villains, and love, you don’t want to miss this next installment in Reese Knightley’s Out for Justice series. Read Ricochet and Collide before diving into the next story!

-Rampage –
Three strong, independent, and protective badasses are on the cusp of romance when tragedy and disaster come at them like a landslide. While they chase down a sex trafficking kingpin with a devious plan, life throws one challenge after another in their path.
Grumpy Phoenix sniper, Storm, wears a perpetual frown to keep others at bay. There’s a reason they call him stormy, which has nothing to do with the color of his eyes. He equates communicating with people to chewing on glass. It’s not that he doesn’t want to connect, it’s just that he sucks at it.
Easygoing FBI Agent Roscoe Burns navigates an unexpected tragedy that sends his comfortable world in a tailspin right when he’s found what he wants in life. But then, sometimes life has a way of providing the extraordinary.
Spirited Phoenix tracker, Wild, is reeling from a past he thought he’d left behind. When a golden chance for something greater emerges, his propensity to overthink things might just ruin his chances.
Storm, Roscoe, and Wild flirt around a burning attraction as Phoenix continues the fight against crime. Communication, tailspins, and tragic pasts are just some of the things these men will need to face when death comes knocking. Can three strong men survive the trials they face or will history destroy them all?

*Note from author – Rampage is not a standalone novel. To get the full enjoyment out of the story and characters, reading from book one is strongly recommended. Trigger warning: Human trafficking, mention of child abuse and murder

Review

This one I both liked as much as and less than book 1.
I thought the romance was great – BUT – I did NOT see the connection between all 3 guys. I could see it between any set of 2 of them, but I did not see why they HAD to be a triad. It just didn’t feel organic in the way that you hope to see triads develop.

There were times when I thought Roscoe was an afterthought, and I didn’t like that.

The crime/mystery stuff is a HUGE part of this and the wide array of characters can be dizzying.

You have to read these all in order and even then it’s a bit much to keep track of everything.

Overall, I enjoyed it – but I didn’t love it.

3.5 stars


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Audiobook: Angel In Black Leather Pants by Lisa Oliver Narrated by John York

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Blurb
Adair was tired of waiting. He knew he had a mate, although they’d never met, and his waiting wasn’t made any easier watching Tobias snuggling close with his two mates. He’d thought a lot of the smaller wolf at one time.
All he had was the company of his two brothers and endless patrols trying to keep the Cloverleah pack lands safe. A trip to Claude’s with his brothers one night has some unexpected but pleasant consequences, and after an initial misunderstanding, Adair is suddenly thrust into the world of magic and the demands of a relationship.
Vassago’s never had a chance to be proud of who he was. As the second son of the king of the djinn and being a lot smaller than his father or brother, Vassago spent a lot of time on the human realm, avoiding his family and those who had nothing better to do than bully him.
After spending a horrible nine months trapped in Jake Poindexter’s body, he knew he had to find his potestatem before he could claim his mate. Unfortunately, that was easier said than done. When help is offered, he’s hesitant to take it, but the lure of finally being in his mate’s arms was too strong to ignore.
The troubles hitting Cloverleah are falling thick and fast. Insane plans of wiping out all paranormal life isn’t confined to a few errant humans. It’ll take the steadfast nature of a wolf shifter who still has a habit of saying the wrong thing and the magic of a djinn who’s struggling to believe in himself before these two will find their HEA.
Please note: The book contains M/M adult content. If this isn’t your preference, please don’t buy. Each book in the Cloverleah Pack series can be listened to as a stand-alone. However, to fully appreciate the relationships between secondary characters, it might be wise to listen to the other books in the series in order.

Review

OOOOO I love Vassago!

While it looked like Vassago might have been a sneaky, almost bad-guy in the last book, we find out that he’s really, really not. He’s super sweet and very misunderstood in his own world and amazingly powerful.

Adair, if anything, seems to follow the Kane “Stick my foot in my mouth at every turn” pattern and ends up making Vassago mad more often than not. However, both these guys end up being really sweet together – as you’d expect.

There’s a lot of fun “powers” in this – djinn can do almost anything really – and that was a great addition to the Cloverleah pack. (The markings Adair gets are hysterical!)

It was great seeing Luke and Kurt and Tobias again – as well as the other couples. I really like Vadim and we got to see a lot of him, as well.

This was another great addition to the series with a few surprises and lots of magic!

4 of 5 stars

Audio

John York does a nice job with this, as the others.

3 of 5 stars

Overall 3.5 stars


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Holiday Theme: AN ELF TO MYSELF by Emy Calirel

Dreamspinner Press
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/an-elf-to-myself-by-emy-calirel-11589-b

Blurb
The last thing Wilhelm expects to find at Michaels, three days before
Christmas and in search of a gift to make for his niece, is one of Santa’s elves
—a cute one with a wicked, inappropriate sense of humor and a kinky streak.
Alabastair may have been kicked out of Santa’s village, but he’s still a
Christmas expert. And he’s determined to give Wilhelm and his family the
best holiday he can.
With only two days to turn the Grinch’s house into a Christmassy
wonderland, they have a lot on their plate. Among the glitter and the cheer,
Wilhelm and Alabastair might find more than just the holiday’s magic. But
will it be enough to keep Alabastair in Wilhelm’s bed and life when the
North Pole calls him back?

Review:
As the saying goes you always find love when you are not looking. Wilhelm does not know what to do when his sister declares that she and her family are coming to visit and that instead of buying the gifts they will be making them. Wilhelm cannot imagine what he will do for his niece and since she is young, he wants her to have a special memory of this Christmas. He soon finds himself at a craft store and overwhelmed. When Alabastair comes to his rescue he is grateful. As the two spend time together emotions begin to emerge, and the two men must decide just where their relationship stands and when Alabastair is called back to the North Pole another choice must be made.
I enjoyed this sweet story. The men are a good match. Alabastair does a wonderful job of helping Wilhelm find the magic in Christmas again. It was fun to see the relationship grow as the two go about decorating and buying for the holiday. They are good men each with their own problems to deal with and they find that leaning on each other is worth more than anything else. Their attraction cannot be denied, and it was nice to see the men work towards finding happiness.

Number of stars out of 5: 3.5



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Recent Release: The Captain and the Best Man (Captivating Captains #4) by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48424754-the-captain-and-the-best-man?from_search=true&qid=M83lWfSYYb&rank=19

Blurb:

Review: While I enjoyed the story overall, I did find it to be a little sweet and slightly improbable – but hey, we read to escape mundane reality and this does it well.
When Guy and Josh meet, there is pretty much an instant attraction between them. They flirt and banter almost immediately, which is fun. When it turns out that they are bound for the same place, they are all over each other, and this is where the story became a little less fun for me. To me they were a little over the top in expressing how attracted they were to each other – Josh especially – there was a lot of ‘how handsome the captain is’, ‘how capable the captain is’ (just a lot of ‘captain’ awe).
The family drama added a welcome bite to the saccharin sweetness of the story.
Overall, the story held my interest and was a good to spend a couple of hours.

3.5 stars out of 5

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Holiday Review: Get Lit by K. Fielding

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Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/get-lit-by-kim-fielding-11590-b

Blurb: Uri Kessler is a bit of a klutz. Recently divorced from a guy he married too quickly and yearning to have a holiday that feels special, he decides to make Hanukkah candles. The results are literally a blazing disaster. But Uri’s mishap helps him get to know Oscar Cortez, his sexy new neighbor, and the two men instantly hit it off. While Uri finds himself drawn to Oscar, he’s also afraid to make a mess of their budding relationship. It’ll take a small miracle to make things work between them.

Review: A nicely written story of a mishap leading two men to the beginnings of a relationship.
Uri and Oscar are very nice characters – simple, but three-dimensional. The author does a good job of blending the season’s celebrations by having each man help the other gather the things needed to celebrate their different traditions.

3.5 stars out of 5

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Holiday Review: Silver and Solstice by TJ Nichols

Dreamspinner Press
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/silver-and-solstice-by-tj-nichols-11569-b

Blurb
Calvin is good at two things: stealing and being the worst boyfriend
ever. He can’t help his sticky fingers, even though Rafe has pleaded with him
to stop. When a job goes horribly wrong, Calvin’s fate is in the hands of his
silversmith boyfriend.
Rafe has done everything he can to put distance between himself and the
restrictions of being a princeling. He has a craft, a shop, a shifter boyfriend,
and lives a completely disreputable life.
But to save Calvin from spending Solstice in a cage, Rafe will have to
step up and face his father, head of the city guard. Rafe’s father has had
enough of Calvin flouting the law. Shifters are supposed to be collared in the
city.
Calvin finally knows what to make for Rafe for solstice, though it breaks
the promise they made to each other….

Review

Calvin and Rafe have a special relationship but Rafe’s family is not pleased about the two men and how they are living. They believe that Calvin should know and stay in his place far away from Rafe. Yet the bond that Calvin and Rafe have cannot be broken or can it? Will one last job cost Calvin the love he shares with Rafe or will the two find a way to happiness?

This is a sweet and fast paced story. The characters are engaging, and I was pulled into the story right from the start. Love and trust is strong between Calvin and Rafe. Each man shows what a good man he truly is and is more than willing to sacrifice everything for the other man. The author has created a wonderous world full of magic and emotions. I wish it had been longer and that we got to see more form this couple.

3.5 stars


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Holiday Review: The Carpenter’s Prince by J. Ellis

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-carpenters-prince-by-jayce-ellis-11568-b

Blurb:

Sean Edwards would do anything for his nephew, including designing the props for a children’s version of the Nutcracker. He’s ready for the long nights and weekends in the workshop—they’re part of the job, especially given the short notice. The insanely sexy head ballerino is completely unexpected, however.
All principal danseur Keni Jackson wants is to surpass last year’s performance, blow people’s socks off, and cement his place in the studio. The last thing he needs is something to shatter his carefully held control—like a cuddly carpenter who favors jazz over Tchaikovsky.
Sean and Keni are drawn to each other, but not everyone is a fan of their relationship. When Keni’s position is threatened, they have to decide whether to walk away for good, or if what they’ve found is worth fighting for.

Review:

Very nicely written story. The characters were well-defined characters and there was quite a bit of emotional depth to the story, despite its brevity. Keni and Sean worked well together, both trying to be the others anchor.

3.5 stars out of 5


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Recent Release: Mr. Right Now by Annabeth Albert

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48481844-mr-right-now?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=gmVbM2DFaa&rank=1

Blurb
He’s Mr. Right Now, but for how long?

When Russ suffers a Thanksgiving disaster, his gorgeous neighbor Esteban is there to save the day. And after an innocent mix-up leads to the former Hollywood hottie playing the role of Russ’s date, Russ thinks scoring Esteban as his fake boyfriend is a huge win. The newly discharged marine is healing inside and out and could use some holiday cheer.

For his part, Esteban is intrigued by his big, bad neighbor. He likes how his matchmaking cat brings out an unexpected caring side of Russ. Desire flares as the reasons to continue their ruse pile up for both men.

And pretending feels so good. From chocolaty kisses to late night cuddles, their burgeoning friendship is getting cozier and cozier. But as the end date for their little deception looms, all the real feelings they’ve tried to ignore come tumbling in. Each must decide whether they have what it takes to ring in the New Year as a couple.

Mr. Right Now is a stand-alone holiday novella with sweet, low-angst feels, spicy love scenes, and foodie inspired, quirky Oregon romance with a military flavor. Happy ending guaranteed with no cliffhangers!

Review

This is the perfect Fake relationship trope story, I like that they stumble into it and not plan in as a scheme of some sort. Russ and Esteban have this easy friendship that gets better the more time they spend together. I also enjoyed how, despite them making plans to ‘break up’, they keep getting pushed back, until they realize this had become much more then pretend.
Russ was my favorite character, he’s doing some big life changes and I could relate to that. He’s going after his dreams, figuring out what he wants, and that includes Esteban. Never giving up and going for it even when it’s out of his comfort zone. He inspires me to dream nigger, do better.

They are both well rounded characters for such a short story, with specific interests, tastes and personalities. Annabeth puts her unique touch into every story, with military heroes I always enjoy reading about. Also, there was just enough heat to keep satisfied, even though I would love more, but in a novella you have to balance every story component.
Sweet HEA, Romantic with just the right amount of taste for more, Mr. Right Now is the perfect Christmas Romance to bring a smile and warmth to your heart this holiday season.

Number of stars out of 5
3.5


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Recent Release: Savage Wolf by Angelique Voisen

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47956222-savage-wolf?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Finn Brenner’s time is up. To save his brother’s hide, he promised to give himself to a sadistic Alpha who only sees Omegas as toys. Finn’s having second thoughts but there’s nowhere to run. When it’s time to face the music, Finn is thrown into a hellish hunt where he’s the prize. The last thing Finn expects is a savior in the form of a savage black wolf.

Jakob Stone’s barely holding onto his humanity. He buried his grief and lingered in the skin of his beast. When he hears Finn’s cry for help he knows this Omega is the one he’s been searching for his entire life. Jakob would do anything in his power to keep Finn safe, even if that means going up against an entire pack.

Review

This was a great find! Jakob is nearly feral and Finn’s alpha is pretty much going to kill him as do anything else.
The romance between Finn and Jakob is fairly predictable with the Alpha/omega thing playing out as it always does, but the world building is pretty good and the story moves along quickly.
All in all I enjoyed it and will look for more from this series/author.

3.5 stars


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Audiobook: Rule Breaker by Lily Morton Audiobook narrated by Joel Leslie

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Blurb

Is it really wrong to want to murder your boss?

Dylan has worked for Gabe for two years. Two long years of sarcastic comments. Two long years of insults, and having to redo the coffee pot four times in the mornings to meet his exacting standards.

Not surprisingly he has devoted a lot of time to increasingly inventive ways to murder Gabe. From stabbing him with a cake fork, to garrotting him with his expensive tie, Dylan has thought of everything.

However, a chance encounter opens his eyes to the attraction that has always lain between them, concealed by the layers of antipathy. There are only two problems – Gabe is still a bastard, and he makes wedding planners look like hardened pessimists.

But what happens when Dylan starts to see the real Gabe? What happens when he starts to fall in love with the warm, wary man that he sees glimpses of as the days pass?

Because Gabe is still the same commitment shy, cold man that he’s always been, or is he? Has Dylan had the same effect on Gabe, and has his solid gold rule of no commitment finally been broken? With his heart taken Dylan desperately needs to know, but will he get hurt trying to find the answers?

From the author of ‘The Summer of Us’ comes another scorchingly hot romantic comedy, showing what happens between two men when rules get broken.

Review

This book was very funny, the banter between the characters witty and addicting. The attraction between Gabe and Dylan ran deep and I liked the build of it as well as the e-mail correspondence that started every chapter that really showed their humor. When I was reading this book in e-book format I had a hard time liking it about halfway through, and in the audio I liked it much better.
I think my one main issue is Gabe, even though I understand why he is the way he is its too hard for me to like him. In the end, despite the romance and sweet ending I feel like Gabe went too far and lost my affection.
Dylan on the other hand, is so likable, and caring. I really enjoyed his character and the way he evolved in the book. His family is funny, and have that ‘real’ feel of authenticity I like in books- with each member being quirky and unique.
The narration by Joel Leslie is fantastic, it’s as if Dylan was tailored to fit him, I can easily imagine him as Dylan. He does great accent work, making each character shine and ramped up the humor. He was a great choice to narrate this book and, like I said, the audio was a much better reading experience for me then the printed version.

Number of stars out of 5
3.5


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