About afgypsysoul

I have always loved to read. My first memory of reading is winning a stuffed animal turtle for reading the most books in my 2nd grade class. I am a retired Air Force Officer who has traveled around the world with my kindle! I love anything with a romance. I'm a big fan of paranormal romance, urban fantasy (as long as there's a little bit or romance), romantic suspense, contemporary romance and M/M. I have over 1000 books on my kindle that I haven't read yet and somehow I keep adding more. I never leave home without my kindle and I love reading challenges. I currently live in Phoenix with my husband and two kids. I also have two wonderful dogs a lovable pitbull and a cute dachshund. I'm still hoping my kids will pick up my love for reading!

M/M Monday Controlled Burn Review

34834900.jpgA fabulous debut book that has me looking forward to more from Erin McLellan!

This book centers around Joel who is a young college student who has never moved past the loss of his high school boyfriend who was killed while reading a sext from him. He wallows in his guilt and has built an emotional wall to keep everyone out. When he meets Paulie who is a funny and sweet guy who is very open with his affection and his sexuality. I loved that two started off as friends and it took awhile before they jumped into bed. It made the first sex scene between them extremely hot and emotional and the payoff was wonderful. Joel takes a long time to start to open up to Paulie and unfortunately makes some big mistakes along the way during a time when Paulie is already in a bad state with family issues. There was a lot of angst towards the end of this book but I also thought it had one of the best groveling scenes EVER!

“I want you, in every way. I want to hear your laughter and see your smiling face every morning. I want to hold your hand when life sucks. I want to be your boyfriend, and i want to be your friend. But… I will be whatever you need, whatever it is you want. If you don’t want me at all anymore, that’s okay. I understand. But please say that I don’t have to face another day with you hating me.”

I also absolutely adored Joel’s roommate Travis. He is such an amazing friend and I really want him to get his own book! Joel and Paulie have a HFN ending so hopefully we will see more of them in a book about Travis.

I really liked this book. It had an emotional impact, really hot sex with lots of dirty talk and two boys who grew into men. I believe we will see a lot of really great books from this new author!

 

Ride Me Right Review

35283207Ride Me Right was so much better than the two previous stories Burned by Lust & Burned by Blackmail that were in the book Burning to Ride. In this book neither character is part of the Hellfire MC but they do interact with the club quite a bit.

I liked both Jake and Lucy although I would have liked a bit more character development. I really liked the stunt aspect of Jake’s life and found it interesting. Lucy took me a bit longer to like as her I hate the world vibe took a bit to get past. Once I did though, I found her to be likable and enjoyed reading about her. I liked her take charge attitude and the fact that she was trying to be taken seriously in a male oriented career and I loved that she was an amazing mechanic.

There are quite a few misunderstandings and miscommunication for such a short book and I felt like it ended with a HFN.

Irresistible You Review

294390014.5 Stars! I find I either love sports romances or really don’t like them at all. Thankfully, I loved this one! This series had interesting and well developed characters, chemistry and hot love scenes, a hockey plot that was well integrated into the book and on top of that a plot I could sink my teeth into!

Irresistible You is the first book in the Chicago Rebel series (I didn’t read the prequel) that introduces the Chase sisters. Three sisters with different mothers but the same father who owned a hockey team. His oldest daughter, Harper has worked for her father but when he dies he gives the hockey team to all three sisters and gives them one year to take the failing team to the playoffs or the team is to be sold. Harper who has never been close to either sister is devastated but convinced she can make this happen.

Harper fires the general manager and assumes the role but it’s hard to get respect as a female owner/manager in hockey let alone with two sisters as co-owners. Harper’s first move is to bring in a veteran hockey player to turn her team around. This is where Remy “Jinx” DuPre comes in. He has always wanted to win the cup and this is his last chance as he plans to retire but his unwanted and unexpected trade throws all his plans out the window. Unfortunately, the Chicago team is nowhere close to the playoffs and he doesn’t want anything to do with Haper and her team.

Harper and Remy’s initial meeting is anything but cordial and this begins a relationship of snide comments, arguments and a ton of sexual chemistry. I really enjoyed watching this relationship develop into a friendship and then into more.

I really, really loved Remy! He was the perfect book boyfriend and did I mention Cajun? He’s charming, and sweet but also a bit arrogant. Harper was the perfect match for him and she had so much depth. The more I learned about her the more I liked her and her take no prisoners attitude.
This book also introduces a lot of interesting secondary characters including both of Harper’s sisters. While we get a HFN for Remy and Harper the overall plot isn’t completed and I’m looking forward to how it all plays out in the next two books which will feature Harper’s sisters.

A great start to a new series that’s full of everything a sports romance could want – a hot, alpha hockey star, a snarky, touch heroine, an engaging plot, interesting secondary characters and just the right amount of steam!

M/M Monday – Dirty Deeds Review

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3.5 Charms – rounded up to 4.  Dirty Deeds is the first book in the Dirty series and a spinoff from the Tough Love series but can easily be read as a stand alone book. This book centers around Alec who is a billionaire who runs a company that does something with food (honestly I’m not exactly sure what but in the big scheme of things that didn’t matter all that much). He is the ex-boyfriend of one of the characters from the Tough Love series. Seth who is also a character from that book is in this one but he is kind of a jerk and we never really find out if he has decent motives or not. I really didn’t like that he wasn’t such a jerk in this book since I had liked him in the previous book.

So in this book, Gaige who is a computer genius is being blackmailed by Seth into working/spying on Alec and helping him discover some anomalies with a top secret vault that stores seeds in case of an emergency/doomsday scenario (the leak is supposedly from Alec’s company). The part I really didn’t understand was why Seth was blackmailing Gaige and wouldn’t give either Gaige or Alec much information and why he wanted Gaige to spy on Alec in addition to working with him. In fact, he brings the two men together by having Gaige break into Alec’s business. Obviously, this means that there is a lot of distrust between Gaige and Alec. Because of the distrust Alec decides he needs to keep Gaige next to him at all times and basically makes him live with him when they aren’t at work. (I found this very contrived and wish the scenario was a bit more believable).

So if I put aside the reason these two men are forced together I really enjoyed it. There is an immediate attraction between the two men and it isn’t long before they are acting on it. The sex between the two was hot and I liked them together. I found Gaige a really interesting character and I liked that although he was kind of a geek he was also really sexy and saved Alec’s life more than once. The second half of this book was intense and fast paced and honestly I didn’t see the villain coming.

So while there were some plot issues I really liked the characters, the writing, the sex scenes, and the action-packed second half of the book.

Crossing the Line Review

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Crossing The Line is the second book in the Cross Creek series but can be read as a stand alone book. This book center’s around Eli who has been labeled as the brother who doesn’t work as hard on the farm and a bit of a goof-off. He’s also known as cocky and charming. The reader finds out quickly that while Eli loves his family and the farm he doesn’t love farming and doesn’t feel like he fits at the farm. His true passion is writing but he has been keeping this a secret from his family. When he makes an ill-conceived bet with a rival about which farm can make more money his family decides that he can help by being the point of contact for Scarlett, a famous photographer who is gong to be at the farm for a month doing a series of articles for her friend’s magazine.

Although, I enjoyed the characters and the writing I had two big problems with this book. I just never really understood why Eli felt the need to keep his love for writing a secret from his family. The explanation given just never rang true to me and it bothered me throughout the book. I also found it strange that such a close knit family never bothered to look a little below the surface of Eli’s constant deflection and easy going attitude.

The second issue I had was with the portrayal of Scarlett when she is first introduced. She is an internationally famous photographer who has traveled all over the world and photographed different things including war zones. Yet she shows up on a farm in heels and thinks flip-flops are fine for walking across the farm all day. Then she seems surprised when Eli tells her she needs to cover her skin so she won’t be burnt and the first day she wears a shirt that shows her lower back. She also complains about being at the farm by 5:30 am because it’s so early to have to be up. I just didn’t think that rang true with someone who did what she did for a living and it really threw me a bit and therefore it took me longer to accept her as a professional.

I expected Eli, to deflect and charm Scarlett to stay away from his secrets but he actually came across as aloof and distanced which also threw me off a bit. I admit I didn’t necessarily see these characters together but as the story went on I could see how there backgrounds and feelings of not having or fitting into a home brought them together. As they let each other in to their secrets and found some common ground I enjoyed the bond they created together.

I could of actually done without the end of the book drama as it seemed to be a bit of a cliched let’s throw some conflict in to cause problems for the MCs. Eli’s behavior was again a bit strange and I didn’t believe his reasons. It also led to a rushed reunion and left me with the feeling of a HFN rather than an HEA.

So while I enjoyed the first book more I did enjoy this book as well and I love the way the writer describes farm life and the relationship between the brothers and their father. I’ve been drawn to Owen’s character since the first book so I’m really looking forward to reading his book.

Making It Review

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3.5 Charms. Making It is the 3rd book in Ringside Romance but can easily be read as a stand alone. This book centers around Eli who is an MMA fighter and his husband Devan. Usually, I like to see the beginning of a relationship and in this book we are dropped in after Eli and Devan had a whirlwind courtship, got married and are trying to begin a family. When their surrogate mother has a miscarriage Eli leaves Devan. He tells Devan it’s because he doesn’t want a family and can’t deal with the pressure but the truth is that Eli is under pressure from a lot of different things and hasn’t opened up to Devan about any of them.

When Eli returns to help his friends promote Ringside gym it’s been three years and he’s had no contact with Devan although Devan has tried to contact him to get divorce papers signed. (Okay there are few things about this scenario that were a bit unbelievable but I just went with it). Eli knows he still has strong feelings for Devan but he doesn’t feel like he deserves him after walking out on him. When Eli takes the divorce papers over to Devan he meets his 11 month old son who could possibly be his biological son. There is still a strong spark between the two of them and Eli decides to see if he can salvage their relationship.

I liked both MCs and wanted things to work out for them but I struggled a little bit with Eli’s passive behavior at times. He wanted to give Devan the space he said he needed and yet I never felt like he really pursued Devan and worked hard enough to be forgiven. At the same time, I loved that Eli takes a hard look at the marriage and realizes that there were some faults on his side as well (although he doesn’t excuse Eli’s walking out he is realistic that they both made mistakes.)

I really enjoyed seeing Eli bond with the baby and open to Eli about all the things he had previously held back.

I enjoyed this relationship centered and engaging book although I would have liked to see a more solid HEA.  3 1/2 Charms rounded up to 4.

Leave the Night On Review

31450643Leave the Night On is the 4th book in the Cottonbloom series but the first book I’ve read in it and it felt like a book #1 in a series. I was actually surprised when I noticed it wasn’t because I felt like I was being introduced to the characters and never felt like I had missed anything from a previous book.

This book centers around Wyatt who is an auto mechanic who is also breaking into the car restoration business. He works in a family owned garage with his 3 brothers and has known Sutton since they were kids. In fact, he had a crush on her when he was younger but showed it by teasing her mercilessly so Sutton has a very different view of their childhood relationship. Sutton is from the other side of the river and the daughter of a judge and hasn’t seen Wyatt in years. When she drops off her fiance’s car to have it restored she discovers her fiance has been cheating on her when she helps Wyatt clean out the car and Wyatt is so sweet and protective of her that the two form a bond. When Sutton is faced with her fiance and the other woman she tells them that she has been seeing someone else as well and then enlists Wyatt’s help so no one will know she made it up.

I really loved Wyatt. He is sweet, sexy, protective but with a bit of an edge as well. While I liked Sutton I’ll be honest she isn’t my favorite heroine and a bit to concerned with what other people think for me. However, she was also sweet and caring and has a big capacity for forgiveness. Although I didn’t always like the fact that she was so unsure of herself and even Wyatt I could understand it after finding out that two of the people you trust the most had betrayed you. I can see how that made her not believe in her own ability to judge people and that it would be hard to trust again. I liked the slow burn relationship between the two of them and I found it sweet and believable.

The small town feel of the community was wonderful and I feel a little in love with both Mack and Jackson and I can’t help but hate Ford and wonder how the author will eventually redeem him. I very much enjoyed the writing style and will definitely go back and read the previous books in this series as well as look forward to the future books that will no doubt feature Wyatt’s brothers.

Wicked Bite Review

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I love this series but I have to say this was my favorite! I absolutely loved Bear and Tessa. They were a perfect match and throw in lots of action, a resolution to a plot that’s been open for awhile, a very hot romance and plenty of humor and you have Wicked Bite, an amazing book!

I admit it – I love the Realm. There isn’t a character I have disliked and I love all the politics and interactions between the witches, demons, shifters and vampires. Although we’ve met Bear in the previous stories who was known for being anti-social and just a bit crazy we didn’t really get to see the depths of his character and a little bit of a soft side with Nessa. In this book we really got to dig into his layers and there was nothing about him I didn’t love. Bear was also protective and alpha and a bit raw just like you want from a shifter.

“Why are we in bed together?” “I was tired, and you were snuggly.” His breath brusherd her ear.

“Do you think I ended up leading the grizzly nation because I always win the July chili cook-off?

Nessa comes off as very straight laced and proper but it doesn’t take long to see that there is a lot more to her. She is the perfect match for Bear. She’s tough, loyal and she pushes Bear enough that he doesn’t hold back. She’s also a witch so she is keeping secrets and trying to manipulate things behind the scenes.

Nessa and Bear were perfect together. So many times I like one MC more than the other but in this case I loved them both. They made each other stronger and they also challenged each other. I loved seeing the softer side of Bear when he fell for Nessa and the sweet side of Nessa when she was with Bear. We also had a bunch of cameos which I loved. My two favorite characters Logan and Garrett were back in this story along with some scenes with Dage and Emma and Nick and Simone. It was fun to see the vampires, demons, shifters and witches working together.

Demons and vampires. Bear couldn’t breathe. “There are witches on my perimeter. Now demons and vampires close in. Oh God. It’s purgatory.

I really loved the humor in this book that lightened the mood with all the violence and action that was happening. Every time Dage gets upset because people are surprised he knows something just cracks me up.

“How did you find out so quickly?” They hadn’t gone public yet. Dage’s chin lowered. “The. King. Me. I’m the damn king.”

Somehow I did figure out who the villain was but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment at all and I imagine it will take some people by surprise. I really liked that we got a resolution to the overall plot but can only hope/pray that doesn’t mean the end for books in the Realm! These books are just too amazing and I’m not at all ready to say goodbye!

Bottom Line: An amazing, humorous, hot, action-filled, fast paced book with in-depth characters and fun cameos from previous books! If you’re a fan of the series don’t miss this one and if you haven’t started I don’t know what you’re waiting for – pick up the first Realm book and dive in.

 

Spellbinder Review

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I was Spellbound by this book and couldn’t put it down once I started it. Although it’s possible you could read this as a standalone I recommend reading the first book prior to diving into this one. This is Morgan’s book and although he was one of the villains in the previous book we find out quickly in this book that all is not what it seems.

Morgan is under a spell by the Queen Isabeau of the Fae Light Court so that he must obey any direct order she gives him. For hundreds of years he’s lived without his freedom, with only his hate and desire for revenge. When we first see Morgan in this book he is a very stoic character who no longer has much hope and certainly no happiness but when an opportunity for a small bit of freedom opens up he grabs it. This is when he meets Sidonie (Sid) who is a famous musician. Morgan is moved by her music and begins to attend all her concerts. Unfortunately someone else notices that Morgan is fascinated by Sid and the consequences for Sid are horrible and life altering.

Although the book started off a little slow and it took me a little bit to connect with Sid and Morgan once the two meet face to face and start to interact I was hooked. I believed the connection between them and the heat between the two of them. Although Sid wasn’t a kick-ass heroine she had an inner strength and intelligence that I admired and I enjoyed watching her grow throughout her captivity. Another side of Morgan came out when he was with Sid and we got to see his protective and caring side. I loved seeing Morgan put his own freedom on the line to watch over and protect Sid and for her to do the same for him.

I loved the slight elements from Arthurian legends that were included and the originality of the plot. This book had plenty of suspense, danger, magic, wonderfully complex characters, a thrilling romance, villains you love to hate and twists I didn’t see coming. The last few chapters had me in tears and then smiling like crazy. I also loved the small cameo of Dragos at the end. Thea Harrison never ceases to amaze me and the world she created with this series is complex, interesting, and magical. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read the next book!

A definite 5 charm book!

Resilient Review

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True Brothers is a MC series that I have been enjoying and I enjoyed this one probably even a bit more than the last one. I loved Tank and in fact he is one of my all time favorite MC characters. My problem was that I thought Nicole was just a bit too judgmental and it lasted far too long. I get that she had a background that didn’t show bikers in the best of light but her two best friends are in love with bikers and she has been around them enough to know you can’t judge everyone based off of one person you had a bad experience with. I also hated the way Jessica acted in this book. It was way OTT (I’ve never actually seen a bride act that mean and irritable) and so I didn’t enjoy the Bridezilla aspect of a character I had previously liked.

However, I did enjoy a lot of other parts of the book and I liked Tank and Nicole together. I loved the way he handled her – he accepted her but didn’t put up with her crap. This book had a few unexpected moments that made me tear up that I didn’t see coming. Overall, another really good addition to this series – I’m looking forward to more from this author.