Review: Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

The sequel to Him sees Jamie and Wes several months into their relationship. Their secret relationship, I should say, as Wes’s rookie NFL career is underway, and he doesn’t want it overshadowed by him being outed as the first openly gay ice hockey player in the league.

Jamie has given up his own playing career and taken up a coaching post, teaching elite kids how to be goalies. It’s his calling and he loves it, but it doesn’t go easily. He’s also having to navigate the new world where he’s suddenly bisexual and in a gay relationship. Whereas his family and friends are happy and supportive, it’s a lot for him to deal with, and he hates not being able to be with Wes publicly. Plus he’s in a new city and the isolation adds to his woes. [Read more…]

Review: Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Joanna

I read this New Adult sports romance series out of order, picking up the first book of the spinoff series Wags before coming to the start. Silly me, as book one and two couple are sweet as sugar.

Wes and Jamie were camp buddies as kids, seeing each other once a year for six weeks at a time at ice hockey summer camp. Wes knew he was gay, but struggled with it, including receiving rejection from his parents. He also knew he was attracted to his best friend – the guy he loved on a number of different levels. One day when they were eighteen, something happened between them, a bet gone wrong. It gave Wes a terrible case of the guilts. He broke off their friendship and stopped attending the camp. [Read more…]

Review: Wolfsong by TJ Klune

Reviewed by Joanna

Lots of the books I read are great, I get into the plot, I love the heroine and fall for the hero, I immerse myself and fall into a different world for a short time.

Then occasionally a book comes along that grips me, holds me close and changes a little something about my soul. This is one of those books. (Or at least the first half was.)

To my shame, I passed it over when it was offered to the blog for an early review. I wasn’t in the mood for wolf shifters as we get a lot in that ilk which can be repetitive. Then someone recommended this book to a reader group I’m part of. It’s wonderful – you really ought to read it, they said. So I did. [Read more…]

Review: Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

fast-connectionReview by Janell

In this second installment of the Cyberlove series, we follow Dominic Costigan home from Afghanistan to his family’s deli on Staten Island. Dominic was introduced in the first book as kind of a prick, but now we understand that it was just him learning to accept his bisexuality.

Dominic is bored and depressed. He works for free room and board, and can’t figure out what kind of career he wants that doesn’t involve guns, because he is over carrying a weapon, so he’s kind of stuck. He decides to join Grindr because, basically, he’s horny. [Read more…]

Review: Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry

adultingReviewed by Janell

This is the story of Nick’s summer after high school graduation. The POV, while third person, is very deep, so you really get inside the brain of a guy who just isn’t ready to be an adult. Sometimes I really felt for him, but other times I really felt like shouting, “Dude, grow up!” Does this mean I’m old and out of touch? Perhaps.

Nick’s dad got him a summer office job at a construction company so that he can learn responsibility. Instead, Nick practices with the stapler.

His record is thirty-eight staples on one thing. Then he picked thirty-seven of them out again because he remembered he was supposed to be professional. Adulting is hard. The struggle is real.

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Review: The Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

soldiers-scoundrelReviewed by Janell

I bought this book because Tessa Dare told me to. I’ve read very few male/male historicals, and I think that’s because the necessity of hiding their relationship makes me sad. It’s hard for them to carve out a happy ending. Then again, that’s what brings so much drama. Anyway, to get to the point: I loved this book. [Read more…]

Review: Overexposed by Megan Erickson

overexposedReview by Janell

I’ve mainly enjoyed this New Adult male/male series , but I admit that I was excited about this story in particular because the characters meet while hiking on the Appalachian Trail. I live in the Northwest, and had just read a memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, a trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada and passes about fifty miles from my backyard. I was all, “Thru-hiking stories! Endurance and pain! Yes! Maybe I’ll finally read Wild!” [Read more…]

Review: Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne

counterbalanceReviewed by Jen

This is the second time I’ve been reeled in by a blurb on an Aidan Wayne story. It’s the second time I was totally bummed to realize that it was only a novella instead of a full length story. And it’s the second time the two heroes don’t really seal the deal on page.

But. Just like with the first novella I read from this author, both heroes are sweet and likeable. They’re an unlikely pairing, but they fit. They fill a void in one another, and because of that –and because of their vulnerabilities– it’s so very easy to root for their HEA. [Read more…]

Review: His Royal Favorite by Lilah Pace

his royal favoriteReview by Janell

This is the conclusion to His Royal Secret, which came out a few months ago. This review will contain some spoilers for the first book, because plot progression, so if you’re interested at all in the tale of a gay Prince of Wales, go read the other book first! Or not, I can’t force you!

The first book ended with James deciding to come out to the country, and Ben deciding to come out as James’s partner. This book begins right after, with James working with his magical assistant Kimberly to create the perfect speech. Ben has strategy meetings of his own, and it’s decided to have Ben move in with James for a while, so that he can benefit from the privacy and security. [Read more…]

Review: Showing Him the Ropes by Christa Tomlinson

showing him the ropesReviewed by Jen

I generally enjoy a burly, strong, stoic hero and not only did I find one here, it’s in context of a closeted pro-wrestler who is finally about to find love.

Chance is has built his life around his career in the ring. He doesn’t have the time or inclination to find a relationship –and rarely even picks up a one-night stand on the road. Coming out could be disastrous for his reputation and it’s never been worth the risk. Until Devin enters the picture. [Read more…]