3.5 Charms. This book just wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The pacing was slower than I expected and the romance was a VERY slow burn. It was well written but it was also easy to put down and then come back to later.
I liked the idea of the book and my heart broke for Gio. I love police stories and I like a good hurt/comfort book so I expected to love this one. The romance was very slow and the first half of the book was mostly the two cops going on routine calls and teaching Gio the ropes of being a cop in the small community. I really didn’t feel the chemistry between the two characters and although there are a couple of sex scenes it wasn’t super hot. I think they spend more time not in a relationship then in it and at the end of the book they are really just beginning a relationship. Maybe book two will expand on the same characters/relationship because this felt like a book that was setting up the relationship.
Still if you don’t mind a slower pace and a relationship that is slow burn and just getting started then give this one a try.
This wasn’t a bad book but it also didn’t have anything new or a romance that really drew me in. It was easy to put down and I did that several times before I finished it. I liked Mike and Renny but didn’t necessarily love them as a couple. It was a typical “true mate” instant lust which is okay but both were saying I love you very quickly and I never really believed the love – lust yes but love not so much. Mike had a really interesting background with the potential for some huge emotional impact but it just never really happened. He was able to get over his past and start fresh with his new mate without much of an issue (after the first 18 hours of their meeting each other). I wanted his past to have more impact on the now. As for Renny she was a strong heroine but it seemed she expected/needed Mike to love her extremely quickly and had no patience if he didn’t admit he loved her right now which annoyed me a bit.
The plot was good but there were no unexpected surprises and the villains were a bit OTT caricatures. I think if the coyotes were a little less horrible and we got to see their dynamics a bit more it would have added to the story. I was also disappointed in the final battle <spoiler>Mike took out his entire old pact but then he gets hurt so quickly that he coyote is about to kill him so Renny has to shoot him? The whole book he is supposed to be this really bad-ass alpha so I expected more from the last fight</spoiler>
I did really enjoy some of the secondary characters and thought the town Alphaville was interesting. So while it didn’t set any new trends it was a solid shifter romance and it may be more of what you like to read then me so read some of the other reviews that gave this one a 4 or 5 star.
Tribute Act is the 8th book in the Porthkennack Series but can easily be read as a stand alone. This book centers around Nathan who is a fixer and is told from his POV. Nathan likes to take care of people and he is hardwired to fix their problems. He quit his job in London and returned home to save his family’s business to the extent that he even gave his inheritance to do so. He is busy taking care of his mother, his sister, his stepdad and the family business and doesn’t spend much thought/time on himself. He meets Mack who is aloof and doesn’t like to be touched much and obviously hiding some pretty deep pain. The two have a very hot hook-up and are shocked when they come face to face and find out they are step-brothers.
Nathan has some insecurities that make him very down to earth and lovable and he is such a giver. A very sweet, real guy you can’t help but like. Mack doesn’t let anyone in and we find out that a lot of that has to do with the fact that his father abandoned him at age 15. You can’t help but just want to hug him and help him (that’s the way Nathan feels as well).
Nathan and Mack’s family play a big role in the book and are great secondary characters. While Derek, the stepfather/father isn’t a villain you can’t help but want to smack him a couple of times. He isn’t the most likable character but it keeps the book well rounded.
I love a good hurt/comfort book and this one had that in spades. I loved how the relationship progressed and built. The only thing I do wish is that it hadn’t jumped time quite so much. I loved the little moments between Nathan and Mack and could have read more of them.
I like the way the story progressed. I’m a sucker for hurt-comfort, and this story has both in spades. Mack is a wounded bird; his physical scars heal quickly, but his heart takes much longer to mend.
I really enjoyed this story and having the epilogue in Mack’s POC was a perfect end. This was my first book by Joanna Chambers but I’ll be taking a look at her other books to find a few more to read!
Seduction on the Slopes was a quick, hot and fun read that I really enjoyed. It had some of my favorite things in it: sports, opposites attract, age difference, childhood crush, interracial couple and some humor.
I really liked the characters and while I found the initial reasons for them to hookup sexually unbelievable I just went with it and enjoyed the fun. I felt like the feelings from Crash were more believable than on Miles side and I wish there had been a better transition from hooking up to having feelings for each other. The whole thing happened it such a short time frame that I think it would have been more believable had the time period been longer. However, I still enjoyed the two men together and the sex was hot. The ending was wrapped up a little bit too easily and again I’m not sure an athlete at that level would ever make that decision but it was sweet.
So overall, while there were a few things that were a bit unbelievable I enjoyed the characters, the romance and the plot of the book. I didn’t read the first book in this series but I will go back and read it now.
Cam Boy is the 3rd book in the series and can be read as a stand alone easily. Cam Boy centers around Josh who decides he wants to be a porn star because he likes the idea of the amount of money they make in a short amount of time. He is clueless when it comes to what is involved and does no research before going in for his audition. I’ll be honest I wasn’t a big fan of Josh in the beginning of this book – he was a bit selfish and definitely immature. His audition is set up with Mike who has been in the adult entertainment business for years and has become a bit jaded. The two have instant chemistry but Josh is nervous and clueless. Mike tries to help him out and get him to relax during their initial audition and when the two kiss the chemistry explodes enough that Josh gets a call back and an opportunity for his first role and he is once again paired up with Mike. To say things don’t go well between the two of them is a bit of an understatement and there are lots of mixed signals, hurt feelings and miscommunication but considering they don’t really know each other that’s to be expected. Josh decides that porn really isn’t for him. I thought the way the author continued the plot so that Josh and Mike stay in contact was very well done. I’m not sure I would have believed the two of them intentionally contacting each other for any other reason. I also loved the way their friendship grew. I don’t want to say too much more about that without giving too much away.
Thankfully Josh grew up a lot in this book and by the end I really liked him. I also liked Mike and the two had some great chemistry together. It was sweet with just a bit of angst and I enjoyed the secondary characters as well.
Once again this book revolves around a case and the romance is very much in the background of this book. In this book Robin is a newly promoted Chief Inspector and he’s moving in with Adam who is now a Deputy Headteacher. Adam is of course trying to stay out of his cases as he’s been in the middle of the last two but unfortunately Robin’s first big case takes place close to Adam’s new school and involves one of his student’s parents.
This case was a bit confusing and there were so many characters to keep straight that I found it a bit difficult. The majority of the book takes place during the questioning of witnesses and suspects and a lot of brain storming sessions while Robin tries to make sense of the clues. There are a lot of red herrings and that along with the mistaken identities and impersonations made this one a bit difficult to figure out what was going on. Sergeant Anderson plays an interesting role in this book and I can’t say whether I liked it or not but I found it a little surprising as I had liked him more in the previous books.
Overall, since so much of this book depends on the mystery and I found it just a bit frustrating this is a series that just might not be for me. I like more romance in my M/M books.
This book really can’t be read as a stand alone IMO but it’s a great series so start at the beginning if you haven’t already.
The first three books the action was non-stop and Andreas and Darren faced one crisis after another. In this book we finally get to a point where the two guys can just be together and plan their wedding. The pace is slower in this book and there is no big case running through it but it’s a wonderful HEA and although there is not a lot of sex in this book there is one very hot scene between the two of them. Of course, not everything can be simple and there are some family issues along the way as well as some wedding stress but as with everything else Andreas and Darren face it all together. This has been a really great series and I really enjoyed reading about Andreas and Darren (I’m just a bit sad for it to end).
Silent Threat is the first book in Mission Recovery and I really enjoyed it. Both Annie and Cole are very likable characters with a strong backstory and great character development. I really enjoyed the way they met and the relationship that developed. It was a slow friends to more build while Cole slowly came to the realization that his disabilities didn’t define him and Annie learned to trust someone. There was some angst but it was just the right amount and not OTT. A great mix of suspense and a slow burn romance as well. I really enjoyed the way the stalker plot and Cole’s reasons for “seeking treatment” came together. There were plenty of red herrings that kept me guessing and although I figured the villain out by the 50% mark I did second guess myself several times. I really liked that Annie was able to help Cole and the echo therapy was interesting but I’m also glad that it wasn’t a miracle cure for him. I also loved the banter and bit of humor that added to the book and made it a very well rounded read. I did think the climax was just a little bit rushed but I really enjoyed the epilogue at the end.
I really enjoyed this romantic suspense and look forward to another book in the series.
There were some things I really liked about this book and a few things that frustrated me a bit. I really enjoyed the mystery of this story and thought it was very well done. The romance however was a bit odd. I never really believed the connection between Tom and Phil. It was all a bit awkward and every time they would start to connect one would say something that the other would take the wrong way and they’d blow up at each other. There was a lot of tension between the two of them but I didn’t feel like it resolved itself – it just disappeared and they decided to have sex with each other. The relationship was an extremely slow burn and until the very end it was more about sexual desire then anything else IMO. The pacing is a bit slow but as I mentioned I did really enjoy the mystery and although I figured out the motive very early on it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of watching Phil and Tom solve the mystery. I hope that in the future we get to know more about Phil. We were given a few bits of information about his past but really not enough that I connected with him as much as I did Tom. I want to know more about him and understand him a bit better. It’s hard to buy into the relationship since Phil still has so many barriers up and hasn’t really let Tom in.
Still overall I enjoyed this and I’m curious about where this relationship will go. I also liked the mystery and while I felt this was more mystery than romance since it’s the first book in a series I’m okay with that. I’ll read the next book to see where this one goes.
4.5 Charms! This book isn’t a stand a lone and you should definitely read books 1 & 2 first. The third book takes off right after the second book with Andreas still dealing with his ankle and of course Darren is still dealing with his brother’s health issues.
This book is incredibly fast paced and the characters are in crises mode for 95% or more of the book. This means no sex in the book but honestly with the situation they are dealing with it’s understandable. Now normally I want more heat and romance in my book but it would have felt out of place with the plot of this book. There may not have been any sex or big romantic moments but there was a lot of love, loyalty and devotion in this book. Andreas and Darren were 100% there for each other and they leaned on each other to get through. I loved this and I’m so glad that the relationship didn’t falter under all the strain of the situation.
The suspense is edge of your seat as the characters try to figure out who is behind the kidnapping and of course find Andreas kids. I couldn’t put it down until I got to the end and then I could finally take a breath and relax.
Reckless Behavior is a high octane, suspenseful book that tests the limits of both our MC’s and shows us that they can get through anything as long as they have each other. I enjoyed every minute of it and I’m really looking forward to the last book which should have some of the heat/romance this one didn’t. A series I highly recommend – lots of suspense, action, likable characters, great family moments and two men you can’t help but root for.