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Book Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

I loved this book. This is the next in the Barons series by Santino Hassell and Illegal Contact was a hard act to follow but Simeon and Adrian were up for it I’d say. I don’t know where this author finds the time to sleep, much less write his 5 bazillion books he seems to have coming out every year. You’d think the work would suffer but in my opinion it definitely has not! Continue reading “Book Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell”

Book Review: On Davis Row by N.R. Walker

On Davis Row is a really well-written book with themes about getting a second chance at life and overcoming societal expectations as well as your own.

 

Noah begins his role as a Parole Office almost as Suzy Sunshine wanting to make a difference in all of his parolee’s lives. He believes in what he’s doing and that people can turn their lives around. When he meets CJ Davis, a parolee who is coming up on the end of his parole time Noah wants to do everything he can to have him make more of his life in the future. But CJ is incredibly resistant…his entire family is in prison, he can barely read, and no one believes he can do anything with his life. Least of all himself.

Every time I hugged him, he held on for dear life. I loved it, truly I did, but it tugged at my heartstrings, reminding me of all the things he’d missed. Of all the things he’s been deprived of.

What I loved so much about this book is that the angst level is what I would consider medium. I don’t always love high angst, I have to really be in the mood for that kind of book. My heart can’t always take the drama that comes along angst, but this level was perfect for me. It definitely had some and I wouldn’t ever say it was a smooth – sailing relationship type of book by any means but the angst level was just right. Most of the angst comes from CJ and his family. The tension slowly builds throughout the book in such a slow burning way that by the time it came to a head I was more than ready for it to happen.

Fierce, strong, safe, and everything — everything — I needed. I melted against him and could literally feel him mending the broken pieces of my heart, putting me back together again.
I didn’t ever want to let him go.

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Melinda

Title: On Davis Row

Author: NR Walker

Release Date: November 27, 2017

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Book Review: Citywide by Santino Hassell

Citywide is Five Boroughs #6 – a novella grouping of stories about three sets of characters we’ve seen throughout the first 5 books in this series. First of all I ADORE this cover. It is simply beautiful and in my opinion perfect for a book that can’t be pinned down since it covers literally the whole spectrum of relationships – male/male, female/female, male/female, poly…everything. So this cover is great since this series encompasses the city perfectly as well. Continue reading “Book Review: Citywide by Santino Hassell”

Book Review: The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake

This is a surprising debut from Melissa Eastlake. Heavy on the paranormal elements with dashes of fairy tales and quite a lot of sarcasm and humor thrown in, this m/m book was one that I really enjoyed from beginning to end. Continue reading “Book Review: The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake”

Audiobook Review: Leaning Into Love by Lane Hayes/Narrated by Seth Clayton

Leaning into Love was first released as part of It Was Always You Anthology; I never read that one, but I love a good friends-to-lovers trope and I generally enjoy Lane Hayes’ works, plus I really enjoy audiobooks. I’ve been going through them left and right lately so I was excited to listen to this one. Continue reading “Audiobook Review: Leaning Into Love by Lane Hayes/Narrated by Seth Clayton”

Spotlight: Permanent Ink by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

As anyone who has read any of my reviews over the last few months knows – I love Avon Gale! She writes amazing hockey m/m books, co-wrote a great m/m book with Roan Parrish just last month, and now is co-writing with Piper Vaughn here. I hadn’t read any Piper Vaughn books before but this features a LOT of tattooing and art and those are things I love so YES please! Continue reading “Spotlight: Permanent Ink by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn”

Book Review: Chasing Destiny by Megan Erickson

Chasing Destiny is book 2 in Megan Erickson’s werewolf/zombie apocalyptic series. And that sentence just sounds odd but I LOVE this series and highly recommend it. I was really anticipating this book and it did not let me down at all. Continue reading “Book Review: Chasing Destiny by Megan Erickson”

Book Review/Tour: Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale & Roan Parrish

Roan Parrish – who wrote the Middle of Somewhere series I love- and Avon Gale – who wrote the Scoring Chances series I adore and a ton of other books – teamed up and wrote a book! Male/Male romance seems filled with these amazing writing duo’s; Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy, Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell and now we can add Roan and Avon to this great list. Continue reading “Book Review/Tour: Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale & Roan Parrish”

Book Review – Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale

Coach’s Challenge is the next in one of my favorite series – the Scoring Chances series by Avon Gale. I’m a huge fan of hockey books (hello Sarina Bowen!) and a friend introduced me to Gale’s writing last year and since then I’ve devoured literally every single thing she has ever published. I’m not exaggerating when I say that all of them have been 4, 4.5, or 5 stars. So any time there’s a new one I’m there for it! Continue reading “Book Review – Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale”

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