M/M Monday – Reckless Behavior Review


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.


Blood Visions Review

365425001.5 Charms. I really liked the idea behind this book and the concept was really interesting. However, the execution was really lacking. The flow was incredibly choppy and the dialogue unrealistic. The author gives us too much information about small details and does a lot of telling versus showing. The name of the MC’s is repeated over and over again further throwing the flow of the book off. An example of the way the writing bugged me:


Ronan wants to start by checking out the building Ann Beth was taken from. Ronan read in the police file that there were some drag marks.

However, despite the writing style I kept reading and I did like the characters and the plot. However, even ignoring the grammar mistakes and editing issues the writing style just didn’t work for me.


M/M Monday – Only You Review


Only You had some potential and actually started off really good for me and then it completely derailed and was a bit of a mess IMO.

I love a irritable, but sexy sheriff so I was looking forward to this book. I actually didn’t feel like Rawley’s PTSD played a big role in the book and expected it to have a bit more impact but the fact that it didn’t was fine and didn’t effect my enjoyment of the book. As mentioned the book started off promising. I felt the chemistry between the sheriff and Case(y) and loved the scene where Rawley pins Case to a wall during a town BBQ and then drags a very willing Case to his truck and then to his house where some pretty hot sex takes place.

Unfortunately Rawley kind of turns into an immature, jealous man when Case gets a text from one of his ex-boyfriends. Case is also a pretty immature character who is basically a big ol’ slut who is sleeping with six men back home until he wakes up and figures out that they are just using him for sex and money. Although he’s basically using them right back for sex. He decides to change his life although not really seeing that as he starts having sex with Rawley within a week of meeting and the first time Rawley shows an interest. There’s quite a bit of cheesy dialogue (especially when Rawley answers Case’s phone the morning after their first night of sex when he sees it’s his aunt). BTW – didn’t really see why the previously closeted sheriff would answer the phone knowing that Case’s aunt would know they spent the night together and the fact that she’s a big gossip. Although I could understand Rawley’s jealousy a little bit when he sees the text he continues to throw jealous fits and demand that he be the only guy in Case’s life (after just being together the one time).

Case is an idiot at times. The author continually brings up the fact that he has six boyfriends back home and was having sex with all of them (sometimes more than one at a time) for the past few years. So Case breaks up with all the men via text (apparently he isn’t mature enough to do it in person) and then one of them comes to visit him. Instead of insisting that he means it and they are broken up he pays for a hotel room for his ex for a couple of weeks so he can stay near by. I never understood this and it’s never really explained except that it adds a little drama to the story by having Case’s ex hanging around.

Rawley is also still dealing with the loss of his partner (both romantic and professional) when he was killed a year ago. In the span of days Rawley gets over this and figures out he wasn’t to blame for the shooting. (Which reading the flashbacks seemed really strange and although I’m no expert on police procedure I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t happen like that).

Case and Rawley fall in love instantly. This was a huge case of instant love and it didn’t work for me at all. Rawley is a jealous jerk who leaves town for a week and doesn’t tell Case that he’s leaving or why until he gets back. Case tells Rawley he doesn’t want to jump right into a relationship but wants to date but as soon as Rawley gets back from his week away he’s admitting his love.

Finally, this book ends at a very bizarre point. There’s no real feeling that the book is over until you turn the page and realize that it is. Definitely could have used an epilogue or at least a bit of a wrap up at the end.

So after a promising beginning the immaturity of the MC’s and the instant love had me rolling my eyes and I this one just didn’t really work for me.

M/M Monday – New Hand Review


I’m a fan of L.A. Witt but this wasn’t one of my favorite books. I never really felt the connection between Garrett and Jesse. I think Garrett still had so much grieving to do and I didn’t feel like he was in a place to move on so I never really believed the love between the two of them. Another issue was that there was a lot of information “dumped” into the book about the game Jessie played, HIV and the grief process. I liked both Garrett and Jesse a lot but they seemed more like two friends than two men falling in love.

Jesse, I loved him. He’d had a tough time, scarily what happened to him is probably commoner than we think, in terms of STDs rather than full on HIV. Poor kid. It must be hard coming to terms with being sexually different to most of your peers without having that lumped on top. He copes really well, and I understood his anger at others actions. People are scared though of what they don’t understand, and I liked that Garret took the trouble to look things up, ask professionals and not just give poor Jesse the elbow over something out of his control. I never felt like the age difference was an issue in this story and even occasionally forgot that there was an age gap of 15 or so years.

I also will admit I may just not have been in the mood for a book that was dealing with a grief stricken widow. Being this close to Christmas I like my books to be happy and although I won’t say this was angsty it did have a lot of sadness in it.

Overall, a good book but I’ve read books by L.A. Witt that I enjoyed a lot more.

Amid the Winter Snow Anthology Review

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In the Darkest Midnight – Grace Draven 4 charms

I loved Grace Draven’s Radiance and Eidolon but I haven’t read her other books yet. I believe this book takes place in the same world as both her series and there was a cameo appearance from a character that was in Eidolon. I didn’t have any trouble following the storyline and so I don’t think it’s necessary to have read any of her previous books. I enjoyed this story and although I’m not a fan of really long separations it worked in this story and I enjoyed both Jahna and Radimar. I really enjoyed that Jahna wasn’t a traditional beautiful woman nor was Radimar a gorgeous male. They were realistic and I really loved the slow burn between the two. I’m definitely interesting in reading more by Grace Draven.

The Chosen – Thea Harrison 5 charms
I’m a big fan of The Elder Races books but I think this can be read as a stand alone without much difficulty. Wulf was a wonderful character that I fell for and I loved that Lily brought out a softer side to him. Lily was strong but not necessarily in the traditional warrior way and she fit perfectly with Wulf. There was just enough action, humor and romance to make this a fantastic story. My only complaint is that I was hooked on these characters and wanted more!

The Storm – Elizabeth Hunter 3 charms
I’ve only read one book from the series that this novella takes place in so while I understood most of the story there were some questions that I didn’t feel were answered and left me wondering why certain things happened. I’m not a fan of leaving someone for their own good and so that took some of my enjoyment away from this story. I believe these two characters were probably introduced in the series and I think if I had read about them my enjoyment of this novella would have been a lot stronger.

The Snows of Windoven – Jeffe Kennedy 2.5 charms
This is a novella from a series I haven’t read and while I didn’t feel lost I do feel like a lot happened between these characters that I was unaware of. I think fans of the series who know these characters will really enjoy this novella. I do wish there hadn’t been quiet so much miscommunication and the poor me, I’m not good enough for her hero drove me a little bit crazy.


So Over You Review

34951225So Over You is the second book in the Chicago Rebels series but can easily be read as a stand alone book. I love a good sports romance if it’s done right and this one hits all the marks! Plenty of sports – check, hot/sexy Alpha sports hero – check, strong heroine – check, steamy sex – check, humor – double check!

First of all I love the concept of the three estranged sisters who are thrown together after the death of their father to try to hold on to the hockey team he left them with some very difficult stipulations. They are fighting to enter a man’s domain and still stay true to themselves and on top of that navigate a relationship with each other. I really loved the relationship/banter between the three sisters.

The second book features Isobel Chase. Isobel was the closest to their father since she was an amazing hockey player who won a silver medal and who was very briefly a professional hockey player until a horrible injury took away her chance to play professionally. Isobel was pushed hard to be a great hockey player and her whole life revolved around that. She had a brief fling with a Russian hockey player who took her virginity (and it was an experience easily forgotten) but hockey was always first for her.

Now she’s part owner of her family’s hockey team, the Russian has been traded to the team and she will be coaching him since he is coming off of an injury as well. Isobel has a lot on her plate and she still hasn’t adjusted to her loss. She isn’t sure where she belongs and how she fits in and those struggles play out in this book.

Vadim fell hard for Isobel as a young man but their brief time together cost him alot as well. Isobel’s dad forced his return to Russia to keep him away from Isobel so she could concentrate on hockey and Vadim lost three years that he would have been playing for the NHL. At first, Vadim is angry with Isobel and the two start off as enemies but it isn’t long before the sexual chemistry is heating things up!

I loved Vadim (and honestly he could be a bit of a overpowering, grumpy jerk) but somehow he was also endearing, funny and sweet. I couldn’t get enough of him and I loved the banter between him and Isobel. There was also plenty of humor and when Vadim was told by another player who overheard Isobel telling her sister that her one time with Vadim was not good and that she didn’t have an orgasm his reaction was priceless.

Vadim desperately wants to make up for his first time with Isobel and prove that he can be an amazing lover. The sexual tension between Isobel and Vadim was hot and I couldn’t wait for the two of them to give in to their attraction. Both Isobel and Vadim made a few pour decisions along the way but their motivations where realistic and it just made these not perfect characters realistic. Although I didn’t like Isobel’s decisions at times I completely understood where she was coming from and her anger was justified. I also understood where Vadim was coming from and his frustration with Isobel’s stubbornness.

This was a very sexy, funny second chance romance with a good mix of sports, humor and romance. I couldn’t put it down once I started it! If you’re looking for an entertaining, fun, fast paced and hot sports romance look no further! Can’t wait for the next book.


“This little job is the difference between you playing and not. Dancing with the Stars, Vaddy baby. It’s where all the washed-up pros end up.”

Annoyed at his reaction to her, he skated away, throwing out over his shoulder, “I will be playing, Isobel. You will have no say in that. I spoke with Moretti—it is clear why you have this job.”

Her brow crimped. Naturally, it was adorable. “Please. Enlighten me.”

“He is new and no doubt under pressure to bow to the owners. You can write your own ticket.”

“If that’s the case, I’d just appoint myself as head coach and be done with it.”

“You are also conscious of what the fans and media think, so you are starting small. Really, you could have called or texted, Isobel. Buying my contract seems like a lot of work to bring me back into your world.”

“You weren’t my first choice. But luckily your poor play this season meant Quebec was happy to offload you.”

He ignored the brief stab. The last six months had been difficult. Isobel understood this, yet they could not resist these little cuts.

“I think you wanted to be closer to me. Just like before, right, Bella?”

A blush crept up her cheeks on hearing his endearment for her.

He would test her. Make her angry and emotional. Make her cry. Because angry, emotional criers were not the stuff of coaches. If she was serious about a career in the NHL, she would hear worse.

She would get him game fit. He would get her battle ready.

He continued to needle. “Yes, I think that must be it. It seems that the female owners of the Rebels would like to abuse their position and use the players for their personal pleasure. Your sister and Remy DuPre—that is interesting.”

“Is it?”

“Harper may have duped a Rebel player into her bed, but please don’t imagine you and I will be renewing our acquaintance in a similar manner.”

That got her attention, at last. Her creamy skin blazed, her crimson mouth twitched, and even from a distance he could see those melted-shamrock eyes darken. She looked like she wanted scream at him. Burst into tears. Slap his face.

Yes, Bella. Let us see if you can handle the barbs of every player, coach, and fan who will dismiss you. Let us see if you can handle me.

Fury powering her stride, she skated over, skidding to a halt mere inches from his face. As before, she was magnificent.

“You’ve found me out, Petrov.”

“I have?”

“It’s all an elaborate ruse. We bought your contract even though you really haven’t been performing well this season. Let’s face it, you’ve sucked donkey balls, Vadikins. But I convinced my sisters that I alone could bring you back to top condition. Make you a valuable asset to the team. I also made sure I’d be the only one working with you . . .” She leaned up on the tips of her blades, a balancing act that required great skill and remarkable ankle strength. Close enough that he could have slipped his tongue between his lips and tasted hers.

Her breath was a hot puff of temptation. “So we would have all this alone time.”

With that fiery gaze, she held his own.



Until her mouth creased, and she broke into a laugh. He remembered that laugh. Just as before, it hit him right in the balls.

She used the edge of the iPad to poke him in the chest. “You thought I’d go to all this trouble to try to get into your hockey shorts, Petrov? I’m a team owner—I can have any of these Rebel boys with the click of my fingers!” She chuckled, clearly enjoying herself. “Despite what that supersized ego of yours thinks, the only performance I want from you is on the ice. Maybe if you spent less time carousing—”


“Yes, it’s nicer than calling you a club-hopping, vodka-sodden manwhore. Less of that and more effort on your day job, please. And don’t worry yourself that I’m interested in ‘renewing our acquaintance.’ I’ve had better lays with the Ukrainian delegation at the last Games.”

He had to say he enjoyed this sharp-tongued, quick-witted version of Isobel. But not enough to admit it to her.

“There is nothing you can teach me.”

“So sure, Russian.”

“I am positive.”

“We’ll see.” She skated back to the edge of the rink. “Again.”

Chicago Rebels series, Book 2
Kate Meader
Pocket Star EBooks
December 4, 2017
ISBN 9781501168567

“Meader serves up a delicious mix of sports, sexy romance, and complicated, captivating characters with her second Chicago Rebels hockey contemporary (after Irresistible You)…Meader’s erotic scenes could melt ice, and her complex protagonists will keep readers eagerly turning pages.”
—Publishers Weekly (So Over You)

“Things heat up on the ice in Meaer’s latest installment of the Chicago Revels series (Irresistible You, 2017)…Isobel and Vadim’s chemistry is off the charts, and Meader’s engaging details of hockey and Chicago pull you further into their world. Even nonhockey fans will be rooting for the Rebels by the last page.”
—Booklist (So Over You)

“Hockey is a sport that moves a mile a minute, and it’s even more thrilling when the action off the ice has even more speed. In the second Chicago Rebels book, external conflicts make the path to a happy ending difficult for the couple, but that makes it even more satisfying in the end. Meader’s thought-provoking tale has well-rounded characters who touch each other’s lives — sometimes not too gently.”
—RT Book Reviews (So Over You)

“Meader’s strength is creating characters who live, breathe, and jump off the page; Remy and Harper shine, and the supporting cast of characters, including Harper’s half-sisters, is very strong. The mix of sexual tension and emotional decisions will lead Meader’s series launch to many a keeper shelf.”
—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW (Irresistible You, Book 1)

“Meader takes her readers on a breathtaking, non-stop, glorious ride. The sex scenes are lyrically written with fresh, descriptive prose. Enough is included about hockey to add its fast rhythm to the book. Remy’s family is multi-faceted and fills the pages with joy. Readers will love the relationship between Remy and Harper, and will be excited for the next story — Isobel’s.”
—RT Book Reviews Four and a Half Star TOP PICK (Irresistible You, Book 1)

About the book:
Three estranged sisters struggle to sustain their late father’s failing hockey franchise in Kate Meader’s SO OVER YOU, Book 2 in the new sizzling Chicago Rebels series. Middle sister Isobel is at a crossroads in her personal and professional lives. But both are about to get a significant boost with the addition of a domineering Russian powerhouse to the Rebels…

Isobel Chase knows hockey. She played NCAA, won silver at the Games, and made it thirty-seven minutes into the new National Women’s Hockey League before an injury sidelined her dreams. Those who can’t, coach, and a position as a skating consultant to her late father’s hockey franchise, the Chicago Rebels, seems like a perfect fit. Until she’s assigned her first job: the man who skated into her heart as a teen and relieved her of her pesky virginity. These days, left-winger Vadim Petrov is known as the Czar of Pleasure, a magnet for puck bunnies and the tabloids alike. But back then…let’s just say his inability to sink the puck left Isobel frustratingly scoreless.

Vadim has a first name that means “ruler,” and it doesn’t stop at his birth certificate. He dominates on the ice, the practice rink, and in the backseat of a limo. But a knee injury has produced a bad year, and bad years in the NHL don’t go unrewarded. His penance? To be traded to a troubled team where his personal coach is Isobel Chase, the woman who drove him wild years ago when they were hormonal teens. But apparently the feeling was not entirely mutual.

That Vadim might have failed to give Isobel the pleasure that was her right is intolerable, and he plans to make it up to her—one bone-melting orgasm at a time. After all, no player can perfect his game without a helluva lot of practice…

About the author:
Kate Meader was raised on romance. An Irish girl, she started with Catherine Cookson and Jilly Cooper novels, and spiced it up with some Mills & Boon. Now based in Chicago, she writes romances of her own, where sexy contemporary alpha heroes and strong heroines match each other quip for quip. When not immersed in tales of brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, Kate lives on the web at Kate Meader.

Kate Meader will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card during release week. To enter, please go here!



Kiss Kiss Bang Review


Kiss Kiss Bang is the 3rd book in the series but can easily be read as a stand alone book. I read the first really loved it and somehow missed the second (but I will definitely be getting that book so I can fix that because so far I’ve really enjoyed this series). It has a great mix of strong, likable characters, suspense and romance.

The prologue of Kiss Kiss Bang caught my attention right away and I was really interested to see how Olivia’s past was going to effect her present. I really liked the way that Olivia and Joey met and I felt their chemistry and found that their introduction made the possibility of a relationship between them more believable. It isn’t long before Joey realizes Olivia has a stalker and that her current bodyguard isn’t up to the task of keeping her safe. I liked the political plot that was meshed into the suspense and the romance and thought the author did a great job blending it all together.

Joey is a wonderful hero – he is an alpha but he’s the brainy one (a hacker). He’s also sweet, charming, sexy, stubborn and willing to go after what he wants and what he wants is Olivia and her daughter. Olivia’s daughter was just the right mix of adorable and realistic. She wasn’t perfect but she was cute and the scenes between her and Joey were so sweet. Olivia takes a little longer to warm up to but I ended up really liking her and respecting her. She was willing to fight for her beliefs and she was a wonderful mom. The romance was quick but even though it happened fairly instantly I never felt put off by that and I loved watching them begin a relationship while taking into consideration that Olivia had a little girl.

Although the suspense wasn’t too terribly hard to figure out it was enough to keep interested and to keep me turning the pages. I read this book very quickly in one setting and was surprised by how fast it seemed to go. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and kept me entertained until the HEA at the end.

M/M Monday – Junkyard Heart Review


Although Junkyard Heart is the 7th book int he Porthkennack series it can be read as a stand alone easily (I did).

The books I’ve read by Garrett Leigh tend to be very angsty but this one although it did have angst was the perfect level for me. Not too much but plenty to keep you hooked and hoping for the best. Both Jas and Kim are very realistic characters with real problems and baggage. Jas is coming out of a relationship where he found out his boyfriend had been married with children and Kim is facing his demons of addiction.

The two men are instantly attracted to each other and start a sexual relationship right away but the rest of their relationship grows over time. They build a solid friendship as they get to know each other and begin to fall for one another. I thought the author did a fantastic job dealing with a character with an addiction and the difficulties of facing both past decisions and the one day at a time struggle. Jas and Kim worked together and the way they came together and grew together felt realistic. Although there were some struggles along the way, a bit of miscommunication and some drama there was also an overall thread of hope throughout the book.

The secondary characters were interesting although the relationship between Kim and Lena was a bit confusing to me at first (and this probably stems from not reading the previous book). I really loved Brix and Calum and will definitely go back and read their book.

I loved the way the author concluded the book and I believed the HFN. Overall, a very good book that I can recommend.

The Remaking of Corbin Wales Review

36359430Here’s another holiday romance as we enter the season!  This one actually centers around Chanukah.  It’s different but not in a bad way.  It has a bit of a magical/mystical feel to it at times at yet it’s possible that all of that is just in the mind of the main character Corbin Wale.  It does have that feel good, hopeful and sweet theme that makes for a wonderful holiday read.

Wow I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book. Did I enjoy it? Yes Did I completely understand the characters? No Was it charming? Absolutely

Corbin is a fascinating character but I’ll be honest I’m not sure if he was supposed to be magical (his communication with animals/ability to sense what others felt) or if he had a mental illness like autism or if it was a combination of both. The author never makes it clear and leaves it to the reader to draw their own conclusions. You couldn’t help but like Corbin and to feel deeply for his troubled childhood. As a child he was different and shunned by the other children and really not given much attention from the aunts who raised him except to convince him he could never have love. That part really made me sad and I wanted a happy ending for Corbin.

Alex was a really great guy and incredibly patient and giving. He wanted to be needed and Corbin needed him. He was also willing to let the relationship be whatever Corbin needed whether that meant a close friendship or a romantic relationship. He understood Corbin like no one else in his life ever had and accepted him for exactly who he was. (I guess that’s where I felt some of the realism was lost). I loved that Alex accepted Corbin but I think I would have liked him to have a few doubts/concerns and then figured out that loving Corbin was worth it versus just full out never worrying about the fact that Corbin could check out of reality or that he had this entire imaginary world he’d created for himself.

This was a very slow burn romance that worked for these characters and they don’t even touch until almost 75% through the story but given the context of Corbin’s background and belief that he was cursed it was realistic. The love scenes were interesting and very different – I can’t say that I found them hot but they were emotional. The author paints a picture with her words that is completely different from anything else I’ve ever read.

I also very much enjoyed the holding setting and that the book revolved around Chanukah. It fit the sweet and magical/mystical aspects of the book. I also really liked that we got both Alex and Corbin’s POVs although I never really felt like I got to know enough about Alex except for how he felt about food and Corbin. I loved Gareth, Alex’s best friend and I really hope that we get his story. He was a great secondary character that added a lot to the book.

I’m not sure this book will be for everyone – it’s as different as the character it portrays. It was for me an intriguing book that was just right to read around the holidays and while curled up next to the fire. I’m still not 100% sure how to rate this book so I think I’ll go with 3.5 charms and round up.




Catalyst Review


Catalyst is the second book in the Flashpoint series but can easily be read as a stand alone. It’s part thriller, part suspense and part romance with a complex and interesting setting. Grant has a way of writing a book that hits some very real world horrible situations such as sex-trafficking, Native American issues and of course the social and political issues surrounding Africa. She sets up an fascinating yet very politically charged situation and throws her characters in to very complex situations with a lot of gray areas. I loved the story and the details which while thorough did not bog the story down at all.

Both the main MCs where well developed and very complex and although I liked them I never connected to them as much as I wanted (and this is why this is a 4 star vs 5 star book). Brie was just a bit too needy and self pity and the continuous reminders about her past decisions and the I need to do penance thoughts made it a bit too hard to really connect with her. As for Bastian he was just a bit too uncaring when it came to other people’s feelings and while I admired that he accepted that about himself that acceptance made it a bit harder to empathize with his character. I didn’t necessarily enjoy the games they both played with each other in the second half of the book and so for me the romance wasn’t as strong as the suspense aspect of the book.

I loved the first half of the book and while I liked the second half it did require me to suspend my disbelief some. I was however, up until the wee hours of the morning turning pages to see how it all played out.

Overall, a very enjoyable read. If you love an action filled, politically charged suspense book with a secondary romance then look no further. I’m looking forward to continuing this series and I hope that we see more of Savannah and Cal whose few scenes had me riveted!