Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Review: Hot Asset

Hot Asset Hot Asset by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Wall Street Stars

This is my first Lauren Layne book, but it will not be my last! I am so excited about this series and the characters. They have such charm and they are so much fun!

This is the story of Ian Bradley and Lara McKenzie. Can I tell you a little something about Ian Bradley? Yes? Good. That man, oh that man, has my number. He's all suited up and he's all charm and charisma and power and confidence. He's alpha. He's in control.

Until something happens and he isn't in control. But even when he's playing someone else's game, he's still impressive, formidable, and intimidating. He's not a man you want to cross.

Ian has the coolest group of friends I've ever met. They're hilarious. They're supportive. They're everything to him. And watching him with Matt, Kennedy, Sabrina, and Kate? And then Lara? It's what I want my friendships to look like.

Lauren Layne has found herself a new reader. A loyal reader if the rest of her writing is like this. She writes chemistry and tension and lust with just the right amount of flirty fun. I'm ready for Matt and Kennedy!!

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Review: Us

Us Us by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yep. It's still a 5 star read. I just love these boys. I love this story. This is what it's like when you're in a relationship. These are the hardships--well, I guess they'd be the hardships--that come after you finally settle into your routine with your partner. What I love is that there isn't any miscommunication, lies, or deceit causing problems. The problems are problems any regular couple would experience.
Laundry? Dirty dishes? Cooking dinner? All real life problems.
Getting stupid sick, dealing with the media, and being in a same-sex relationship? Not as normal, but all possible. All of these things could happen.

And that's what makes Wes and Jamie's story so freaking real.

They love each other and would do anything to be together.

This is just another example of that love.

And we can't forget to mention those teammates and the Canning Clan. All fantastic characters who are just as important to this story as our main characters.
I may also love Blake Riley.
He makes me smiley. =)

(review 5/23/2018)
5 Vitamin C Stars

I can't get enough of Jamie and Wes. I fell in love with them in Him and this just cemented their perfect spot on my top ten favorite couple lists.

This is what happens when the newness of a relationship wears off.
Jamie and Wes are trying to figure out their way in this crazy relationship they want more than anything else. And it isn't easy, what with trying to hide their relationship from their peers.

I've realized there is always a moment in a book that solidifies itself as something worth reading--well, there should be, but whatever. There is that moment when I sit back and say 'yes, that's the moment.'
The moment in Him was the first kiss. That first kiss was sheer perfection and ranks in my top five best first kisses ever. That moment in Us was the moment Wes dropped everything to be with Jamie. The moment he placed his lips to Jamie's forehead and then his lips was the moment I won't forget. It's the moment I'll want to replay over and over just to experience it again.

Jamie and Wes may have a few obstacles to overcome, but they have the help of the Canning clan and their new neighbor/Wes's teammate, Blake. Blake is awesomsauce. Buckle up because he'll have you laughing in a nanosecond. And I know he has his own book, but this first meeting is to die for! I love him so much! He's the perfect counter to the seriousness of Wes and Jamie.

So, Wes and Jamie are my go-to couple when I want a story that will make me happy. I know I'll be listening to them at least once a year from now on.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review: Complicated Parts-Book 1 of the Complicated Parts Duet.

Complicated Parts-Book 1 of the Complicated Parts Duet. Complicated Parts-Book 1 of the Complicated Parts Duet. by Ashley Jade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just when she blew me away with her Complicated Hearts duet, Ashley Jade has managed to leave me questioning the fluidity of sexuality and how two people can be so perfect for each other, yet fight against everything telling them to be together.

Preston and Kit are a slow burn. This isn't going to be what you want unless you like watching characters fall in love and not realize it. And not because of some silly reasoning, but because every fiber of their being is telling them it isn't possible.

So, when you start this, just know you're in for the long haul. You're in for the slow burn, the pain, and the people.

You're going to be asking how in the hell these two people can ever come together. You're going to ask yourself why they can't see it. You're going to want to know how it'll all work out.

Is this love in the cards?
Or will they continue to crash and burn?

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: Player in a Suit

Player in a Suit Player in a Suit by Alex Wolf
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another quick and dirty read from Alex Wolf. In this novella you get to meet Jenna and Jaxson.

Jaxson is the bad boy you want to tame, but he can only be tamed by one woman. The woman with the kryptonite pussy.

Yep. He doesn't want to admit it, but his match has come back and she's there for him.

How does he handle Jenna?

Grab Player in a Suit to find out.

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Review: Him

Him Him by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(review for May 18, 2018)

I read it again. I was in the mood to experience one of my favorite couples again. The first kiss still gets me when I hear it (I did the audio of this for this go). I get goosebumps and butterflies--and it's not even my first kiss!

I'm a sucker for these boys. I love Cassell (still waiting on his book, btw) and Wes and Jamie and Holly. I love the Canning Clan. I love the love Wes has for Jamie and that Jamie has for Wes. If you ever want to see true love, read Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. This book is it.

One would think that I'd get tired of reading this, but I don't. This is the third time I've hung out with Jamie and Wes and they never become less perfect. There is something so refreshing about the Canning clan. There's something beautiful about a love that started before either realized it was love.

Jamie and Wes still hold the top spot for "best first kiss of all time." I don't know what it is about that first kiss, but it gets me every single time. The uncertainty, the hesitation, the nervousness. The surety, the want, the lust. It's all there. It's conflicting, but it's perfect. Wes is unsure. Jamie is confused. Lines are blurred. Lines are rewritten.

This wasn't my first M/M, but it is my favorite. I haven't met another couple that has captivated me quite like Him. Honestly, M/M or not this is one of my favorite couples. I can count on one hand the number of books I've reread over the years and this is one of them. Top 5 book of all time. Top kiss of all time. I think that says something.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: Sidecar Crush

Sidecar Crush Sidecar Crush by Claire Kingsley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you find a town that you just want to live in. You're ready to pack your bags, sell your current home, and move to the new town you've just fallen in love with. You know that your life will be better and amazing and that it's just the right place for you. You know that nothing will get you, nothing will bring you down, that you will have met your people.

That's Bootleg Springs for me. I'm ready to sell my home and pack my belongings and move to Bootleg. I'm ready to make my children Bootleggers, even if they are transplants. I know they'll love the town, the people, and the Bootleg justice.

I say all of that, to bring you to the book.

Jameson and Leah Mae.

Jameson Bodine is the silent, broody type. He's artsy (my favorite) and quiet and he's thoughtful. He had a best friend growing up. A best friend who got to see the real him, the unfiltered him. He fell in love with his best friend before he knew what love was.

Leah Mae Larkin wanted more for her life. Not more than Bootleg Springs, just more. Fame, fortune, something more. But she never forgot her roots. When her mother moved her out of Bootleg, she came back every summer. Every summer until Callie Kendall, that is. But what she didn't realize when she left, when she stopped returning, she left a piece of herself in Bootleg.

When Leah Mae returns to Bootleg, the real party begins. This is when Jameson comes out of his shell, this is when Leah Mae finds the missing piece, and this is when you get some good ol' fashioned Bootleg justice.

You're going to LOVE seeing the Bodine group together again. You're going to love hanging out in Bootleg Springs. You're going to laugh out loud. And you'll never want to leave.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: Bro Code

Bro Code Bro Code by Kendall Ryan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love, love, love Ava and Barrett.

It probably helps that brother's best friend/best friend's sister is a favorite trope of mine, but even if that doesn't play a part, this book is fun.

It's just the right mix of sexy and flirty and angsty.

The sex is on point. The feelings are all there. The best friend/brother, depending on the POV, is just the right amount of sexy, totally clueless my sister has been in love with my best friend for ages clueless. And the parents, the factory, the factory workers are all that little something extra that make me love this book even more.

**I listened to the audio of this. I'm a whore for Jacob Morgan so it comes as no surprise that I enjoyed every second of this audio. And Ava Erickson? She's fantastic. The perfect narrating duo.

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