Hi folks! I’m still somewhere deep and south and – oh hell!
So here’s what I’ve been looking forward this month and I’m also pretty excited about it – the release of Kindle Alexander’s new novel under the “Nice Guys series” entitled “Full Disclosure.” For those of you who have not read the first book [Double Full] – it features Mitch Knox (who’s the MC in Full Disclosure), a secondary character shown at the latter part of said novel but don’t fret bb’s because this second book can be read as a stand-alone story. I thought it’d be great for you to grab a copy of the first book as well. Its expected publication is on September 16 as per Miss Alexander and don’t you just love that wickedly sexy cover? I almost cannot contain my excitement; I guess I’m still nursing my hangover from her previously released books and this one could really help my yearning for another “Always, Up In Arms, The Current Between Us, Texas Pride and Double Full” – whew! I mentioned them all I think. Hey’ since you’re reading this, why not read my reviews on these books and grab yourself a copy yeah?
Up In Arms
The Current Between Us
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Here’s the synopsis of Full Disclosure:
Deputy United States Marshal Mitch Knox apprehends fugitives for a living. His calm, cool, collected attitude and devastatingly handsome good looks earn him a well-deserved bad boy reputation, both in the field and out. While away on an assignment, he blows off some steam at a notorious Dallas nightclub. Solving the case that has plagued him for months takes a sudden backseat to finding out all there is to know about the gorgeous, shy blond sitting alone at the bar.
Texas State Trooper Cody Turner is moving up the ranks, well on his way to his dream of being a Texas Ranger. While on a two-week mandatory vacation, he plans to relax and help out on his family’s farm. Mitch is the last distraction Cody needs, but the tatted up temptation that walks into the bar and steals his baseball cap is too hard to ignore.
As Mitch’s case gains nationwide attention, how will he convince the sexy state trooper that giving him a chance won’t jeopardize his life’s plan…especially when the evil he’s tracking brings the hate directly to his doorstep, threatening more than just their careers. via goodreads
Don’t Let Me Go is an emotionally charged book that encompasses the joy and perils of young love between homosexual teens. I’ve a lot of difficulty reading this book because it felt too heavy – yeah, it’s just hitting closer to home I guess. More than half of the story was in flashback and I usually find that annoying but in this book, I’ve this intense feeling of wanting to know more about Adam and Nate.
There’s just so much of a reality in this book that at one point, I find myself grinding my teeth in annoyance and perhaps anger. [I just don’t get parents who couldn’t give conditional love to their child]
I loved how the character of Danial puts it about how short life is: “You don’t have to understand. You don’t have to agree. Just leave people alone. When I look at the moon and planets and stars, all that narrow-mindedness and hate seem so petty. The universe is such a big place. One hundred thousand light years just from one end of the Milky Way to the other. One hundred. Thousand. Light years. In the time it’s taken for light to travel from one end of our galaxy
to the other, thousands of generations have passed. It really makes you realize how small we are, doesn’t it? How short our time on earth is.”
Don’t Let Me Go is a stirring narrative of young love, fear, forgiveness, acceptance, defiance, ignorance and most of all – truth. A book that’s worth every second of your time!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Utterly realistic and a bit depressing, The Coil tackles a lot of things – the joy and struggles of raising a special child, making ends meet, reaching for your goals, letting go and finally giving yourself a second chance at love and life. Mattie is illiterate and works in a diner making sandwiches. To make ends meet, he also succumb to prostitution the side. Simon, a successful writer is raising his special child and is not ready (does not allow himself) to fall in love in order to protect his child and himself. Overtime as their world collide, the two men gravitated to each other and tried to forge a new life with all their issues hanging. Will they be able to carry on or will they have to sacrifice everything they have worked for?
I thought the whole scenario about Mattie’s life was just bleak. It’s too depressing and even his success at the end doesn’t even feel much of a consolation. I loved the use of “If you love someone, set them free” and I wish there was more dialogues in it or a narration from either character perhaps.
The middle part of the book was like a dripping faucet. It was alright but it was too slow-paced. I keep on hoping that the whole “flashbacks” of the book will be haltered in the middle and will continue at the end but unfortunately, it didn’t go that way. Overall, I thought the book was consistent enough with its mood, though, it became boring at some parts, it still have a pull from the readers to finish it. It’s not exactly my thing but it was an okay read.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is the second book I’ve read by Sloan Parker and I’ve to say how impressed I am with the consistency of her writing style. So far the story of this one centers on two men who met on a sex club trying to solve the mysterious disappearance of its club members who are mostly younger men. Walter is a retired cop handling the security of the club and is determined to find out the truth about the missing members. Kevin, a klutzy reporter going undercover is dead set on unraveling the truth about the club. With their combined effort to catch the culprit, Walter and Kevin also developed a deep passion for each other but with some complications. Kevin is closeted and Walter can’t get past their relatively wide age gap.
I loved the fact that Sloan Parker isn’t ageist! (+ points! I love me some older guys) I for one find it so hot whenever the story involves a May-December affair. That’s not weird at all right? Walter Simon is apparently a secondary character in Parker’s “More” novel which I haven’t read and I’m glad that he’s such an interesting character that he got his own story! Kevin Price on the other hand is simply the most adorable character ever! Like seriously, being klutzy and all those boxers are just fucking cute!
It’s nice that the story is quick-paced and does not involve unnecessary dramas (repetitive plot lines prolonging the story just because the author can.) I’m not sure about its second book (I guess it’s about Vargas and Seth – guess I’ll have to see about that). This I promised is worth-every-penny read so get your copy now! Yay!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
This book is an unfathomable and almost ominous story recounting the young life of Trey Grey. Sexually abused by his stepfather since he was twelve, Trey has developed an obsessive compulsive disorder and can’t seem to escape his past – now working as a prostitute to support himself while schooling. Heavily burdened by his abusive past, Trey foray into a relationship with Justin – a sweet young man who’s suffering from manic-depressive and anxiety disorder similarly caused by an abuse as a child. Sharing something in common, Trey saw a glimpse of hope of finally moving forward with his life and finding love that will help him escape the darker side of his life.
The book is a stark portrayal of teenage abuse that is quite difficult to swallow because of its gravity. I wasn’t moved to tears by the writing and reading it but it got me awfully mad because I know that these sort of things happens in real life. I loved how the author has offer a lot of “love interest” options for Trey ending it with probably the most suited no matter how unstable the other guy is. I loved that there was no sugar coating in presenting Trey’s flesh gig and ordeal that I could almost feel what’s going in his head.
With an utterly realistic rendition of Trey’s character, this book will take you to that darker side of this young boy’s life and will make you feel hopeful somehow – about things, love, life or just about anything.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The Backup Boyfriend is my first book by River Jaymes and I’m just floored by how good her writing style is. Here she’s got amazing characters delivering amazing lines. I have been bitching for sometime now about one of the MC’s suddenly realizing their sexuality and I think I disregarded the fact that there are people who are truly bisexuals – thus the creation of bisexual characters. Thought I’m not really buying the idea in this book – within the confines of the ideal world woven in the literary world. This is a really good story with interesting, witty and drool worthy characters!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Now, I’ve to tell you how I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. At first, I was hesitant to give it a go because of its awful book cover but when I started reading it, I can’t seem to stop until I reach its last page. There’s obviously so much about this book having like a gazillion secondary characters which made me almost confused at times. Although sandwiched by tons of supporting characters, I loved that the central characters still have the spotlight for themselves.
Sam’s character can get pretty annoying at times but the funny thing is how he almost always contradicts himself when it comes to Mac that it’s almost adorable. Mac on the other hand is a wet dream personified. I just wished that he’s not such a power bottom for Sam. Oops. LOL
Anyhoo, this is the first book from the “By Degrees” series and yes, the book ain’t finish and sadly – no resolution was concluded with all the amazing characters in it but it was still a very nice read of course. It’s like am appetizer to the main course. Now I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is a book that has so much potential but didn’t quite reach it. Kellan Brooks lost everything when his dad threw him out and cut all of his resources. That’s when he found himself in a gay bar proposing to be the boyfriend of Nate Gray – his childhood best friend who hated him for what he did when they were younger. Despite their troubled past, Nate agreed to Kellan’s plan unaware that it will eventually backfired on him the moment he find himself falling inlove for his “straight” best friend.
Now my main problem with the story is the fact that Kellan is/was supposed to be straight and realized that he’s actually not. I mean, that’s BS right? This doesn’t sit well with me at all. But hey, I didn’t mean to awfully take the story so seriously but I just don’t like that fact that I was really annoyed by it.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
New York City Vice Detective Evan Cerelli has lost his wife, the only person he ever loved and slept with. He’s trying to get on with his life, build a life for his children. Former Homicide Detective Matt Haight is a ladies’ man, all sex/no commitment. He’s depressed, having a midlife crisis, and not sure where his life is headed.
The two find friendship in the bottom of a shared bottle. When the friendship turns to love, it shakes two straight men to the core and flips their lives inside out. Kids, families, careers that are not gay-friendly — can all the love in the world overcome the obstacles to faith and fidelity? via Goodreads
I totally enjoyed reading this book for a lot of reason. The writing was exemplary and the characters are very, very interesting – unexpected but interesting. I’m not really buying the “suddenly gay” stuff between Evan and Matt but I’m a firm believer that you cannot choose who you love. Really. Harhar.
I loved how realistic the sex scenes were written as well as the issue with Evan’s in-laws. I’m glad that Tere Michaels didn’t go that way trying to make a fairy tale ending. I thought the ending was just perfect as it is.
This was a rather relaxing and feel good book that will make you smile wistfully and believe in love and second chances.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First, can I just say that the title for each chapter were a bit anti-climactic. I thought the writing was really good and the dialogues are spot on. On the downside, Austin’s interesting character does not seem to fit in at all in the story. His lines were genius and were very funny but somehow it felt forced because of the book’s premise.
The “I found out I was gay at 26” didn’t really sit well with me. The Jessie connection with Iss was a bit forced If I may say so. The overprotective nature of Peter was almost a disorder. I’ve also noticed how there’s too many things happening in the story that were rather unnecessary. Overall, it was an a-ok read. A bit slow-paced with uninteresting characters aside from Austin but like what I’ve said, it’s still pretty decent for a book with a very ambitious plot.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reading this book was like watching The Hurt Locker, it was told through Cooper’s perspective – an ex-Juilliard student who’s trying to escape his past that led him to St.Nacho’s – a popular gay bar in California. There, he met Shawn, the beautiful deaf bus boy who showed him something that renewed his belief in love and forgiveness. But his past came gnawing at him that took him back to where all the dark demons of his life started.
The book was painfully slow-paced and the tone of the narration was too depressing – as in all throughout the book! This is my third book by Maxfield and the writing was totally different from the first two books I’ve read from her. This first book from the St.Nacho’s series felt a bit too detached in comparison.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars