Book Review: Marriage of Inconvenience – M.J. O’Shea

Marriage of InconvenienceDate of Publication: August 15, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQI, Romance, Hollywood
Format: 214 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
ISBN: 9781634775281
Characters: Kerry Pickering, Jericho Knox

Blurb:
Lights, Camera, Lies.

Kerry Pickering has a problem. As a publicist for Hollywood bad boy Jericho Knox, it’s Kerry’s job to keep Jericho in the news. So far, Jericho’s partying and public escapades have made it easy. But Jericho has a secret, and when that secret is revealed in the most spectacularly disastrous way, it’s up to Kerry to spin it.

The team decides the best course of action is to make the public fall in love—with Jericho’s secret committed relationship. The one that doesn’t exist. Yet.

The team wants someone they can trust. Someone in the inner circle. That someone is Kerry. But what will happen when Kerry realizes that for him, the romance is no longer pretend? Can Jericho love him back, or is he just playing a role?

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It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve read something from M.J. O’Shea! She’s one of my favorite authors so to have read this beautiful story is such a treat because I feel like she’s in her element with this one 100%!!!! I’m so ready to dance like there’s no tomorrow because I fucking love it!!! My thirst has been quenched! M.J. is so back!!!

Okay, that’s me fantarding over M.J.  because I just totally adore this story!!! And this may just be the best one from the Dreamspun Desires Series! Whoot Hoot!  There’s nothing extraordinarily new about the story, it’s just that the writing is overflowing with loveliness!   I super-loved Kerry’s character. He’s a classic M.J. ‘s character – the all kinds of adorable kind of character. Jericho’s character however was not as likable until he stops being a jerk to Kerry. There was no major conflict here but it didn’t bother me one bit because it’s just all kinds of lovely – what with Kerry and Jericho falling for each other during their supposed ‘charade.’  I liked that they didn’t fall for each other hours upon their meeting.

 This is a book goodie all of you mm book lovers should get a hold of. Short, sweet, and just overall feelgood.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Buy Link: Dreamspinner Press

About The Author
M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.

Facebook: M.J. O’Shea

Model Focus: Ethan Bodhi Robertson

LM Ethan RobertsonI’ve been meaning to feature Ethan since posting about Bertold last month but I didn’t know much about him then. I still don’t know much about him now tho (hah!) but I just loved his Instagram posts and he seems like a pretty nice guy!  I think you should follow him too.

Sorry for defaming your sarfing board like this @stephaniegilmore lol

A photo posted by ETHAN BØDHI ROBERTSON (@ethan_bodhi_robertson) on

What really piqued my interest though is the fact that he’s actually diabetic (one of his video shows him administering an insulin pump).

Have a bad day hey? 😜

A video posted by ETHAN BØDHI ROBERTSON (@ethan_bodhi_robertson) on

 My family has a history of diabetes. My mom passed away from complications six years back, three of my uncles did too and two of my aunts are still battling it on a day-to-day basis so it’s always refreshing to see someone who has it live so actively and with such exuberance. My sister and I are pre-diabetic so we really try to be mindful of everything – health wise.

He’s also a movie superstar waiting to happen! Hah!

Going back to Ethan – I am just so inspired by him. I mean, I already love looking at his videos and pictures but knowing that he’s got diabetes but doesn’t let it hinder his life makes me want to be him when I grow up. Hah! I really do!

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Agencies: London Mgt (Syd) , Two management (LA), 2morrow models (Milan)

 

Book Review: Priddy’s Tale – Harper Fox

Priddys TaleDate of Publication: June 20, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQI, Romance, Fantasy, Folklore
Format: 159 pages, ebook
Publisher: FoxTales Publications
Cover Artist: Harper Fox
ISBN: 9781910224557
Characters: Priddy, Merou

Blurb: What doesn’t kill you sometimes makes you wish it had…

Priddy’s a lost soul in a part of Cornwall the tourists don’t get to see. He’s young, sweet-natured and gorgeous, but that’s not enough to achieve escape velocity from his deadbeat village and rotten family life.

He’s a drifter and a dreamer, and self-preservation isn’t his strong suit. An accidental overdose of a nightclub high leaves him fractured, hallucinating, too many vital circuits fried to function in a tough world. When a friend offers him winter work in a lighthouse – nothing to do but press the occasional button and keep the windows clean – he gratefully accepts.

His plans to live quietly and stay out of trouble don’t last very long. A ferocious Atlantic storm washes a stranger to Priddy’s lonely shore. For a shipwrecked sailor, the new arrival seems very composed. He’s also handsome as hell, debonair, and completely unconcerned by Priddy’s dreadful past.

Priddy has almost given up on the prospect of any kind of friendship, and a new boyfriend – let alone a six-foot beauty with eerily good swimming skills – out of the question entirely. But Merou seems to see undreamed-of promise in Priddy, and when they hit the water together, Priddy has to adapt to Merou’s potentials too, and fast. His lover from the sea might be a mere mortal from the waist up, but south of that line…

Far-flung west Cornwall has a hundred mermaid tales. Priddy’s loved the stories all his life. Now he has to face up to a wildly impossible truth. Merou’s life depends upon his courage and strength, and if Priddy can only find his way in the extraordinary world opening up all around him, all the ocean and a human lifetime needn’t be enough to contain the love between merman and mortal.

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Let me say right off the bat that this one is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Do I even need to write more after that? Hah! Okay, let’s do it but tis’ really going to be a short one. Okay, so at first I wasn’t sure about the blurb because it obviously involves a “creature of the sea” – a merman no less! I was thinking – oh no, this is going to be corny as hell! But let me tell you why I always say Harper Fox is a genius storyteller. Reading ‘Priddy’s Tale,’ she made me believe everything about Priddy – his struggles from his abusive father, his ‘drugging’ incident, his lonesomeness and finally meeting his one true love – Merou! She made me believe it all. Ugh. I’m getting choked. Oookay… Harper Fox if you must know is a whimsical storyteller so this story is basically no different from most of her stories in terms of her skills in world and character building. Her apt description of the rolling sea surrounding the lonesomeness of Priddy is so crisp I could almost taste salt in my tongue. Hah! I know right? This is how good a writer Harper Fox is. So if you’re hesitant to read this just like me in the beginning, you really shouldn’t be. It’s really good and I know that I will be rereading this one very soon! I cannot recommend this highly enough!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

BUY LINK: SMASHWORDS

About The Author
Harper Fox is an M/M author with a mission. She’s produced six critically acclaimed novels in a year and is trying to dispel rumours that she has a clone/twin sister locked away in a study in her basement. In fact she simply continues working on what she loves best– creating worlds and stories for the huge cast of lovely gay men queuing up inside her head. She lives in rural Northumberland in northern England and does most of her writing at a pensioned-off kitchen table in her back garden, often with blanket and hot water bottle.

She lives with her SO Jane, who has somehow put up with her for a quarter of a century now, and three enigmatic cats, chief among whom is Lucy, who knows the secret of the universe but isn’t letting on. When not writing, she either despairs or makes bread, specialities foccacia and her amazing seven-strand challah. If she has any other skills, she’s yet to discover them.

ARC Book Review: Rented Heart – Garrett Leigh

Rented HeartDate of Publication: September 12, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQI, Romance, Contemporary
Format: 228 pages, ebook
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
ISBN: 9781626493919
Characters: Liam Mallaney, Zac Payne

How I enjoyed reading this one! So far, I’ve read three books from the author just this year (including this one) and I enjoyed them all!

First though, can we just take a minute to admire the book’s beautiful cover?

Now with the story; it’s actually pretty simple but with a lot of angst from its main characters. We have Liam languishing in his lonesomeness months after his husband’s death and we have rent boy Zac who shoulders the responsibility of looking after his best friend, Jamie who apparently saved his life in the past. When they made their initial ‘transaction,’ they didn’t expect the spark that will ignite between them. Liam thinks that he’ll never fall in love again. Zac on the other hand doesn’t think he deserves Liam’s attention. When Zac’s life was put in peril, Liam had to decide whether he’d allow love to find its way between them and heal Zac’s rented heart.

Okay, so that’s my version of the blurb ^^ sounds more dramatic yeah? But I just loved Liam and Zac! They have such likability that you’d really root for them right off the bat. The plot of this story has been told several times if I’m being honest but the way Leigh told Zac and Liam’s story is just beautiful. There’s vibrancy in it, there’s the emotional depth with her characters and there’s consistency from start to finish so you’d really have to be on a comfy couch or bed before reading this one because I’m telling you, once you started this one, you’d want to finish it right away!

I am now getting the drift of Garrett Leigh’s writing style. She’s the kind of author who loves her character damaged and needed saving, she loves a good story of redemption, she’s the kind of author who writes about second chances. This feels like her own kind of sub-genre and she’s just so good in it. I am highly recommending this book! It’s just worth every minute reading it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

BUY LINK: RIPTIDE PUBLISHING

About The Author
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an impartial review.

ARC Book Review: Running With The Pack – A.M. Burns & Caitlin Ricci

Running with the packDate of Publication: September 8, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQI, Romance, Young Adult, Polyamory
Format: 180 pages, ebook
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
ISBN: 9781634770644
Characters: Finn, Ivan, Adrian

Blurb: Finn is about to start his senior year of high school when he and his family move from Austin, Texas, to Woodland Park, Colorado. Everything is different—even the elevation—and Finn’s having a hard time getting used to his new home. Life takes a turn for the better when he meets Ivan Dubovasky at a farmers’ market. Finn finds not only a close new friend but a fulfilling volunteer position at the High Mountain Wolf and Wild Dog Center, which Ivan’s family runs. Before long Finn develops an affinity for the wolves under the center’s protection.

Things only get better for Finn when he starts a relationship with Ivan; and Ivan’s best friend, Adrian, who’s asexual, completes their small pack. But it all comes crashing down when the bully plaguing Adrian crosses the line and Adrian goes missing. Finn and Ivan are determined to bring their boyfriend home safe, but they might not be able to do it alone. Luckily there’s a special wolf ready to lend a paw.

***

This book is a very quick and pleasant read. Initially, I thought it involves “shifters” based on how the blurb was written and all throughout the first few chapters so I was surprised (and perhaps a bit disappointed) that it is actually about three boys coming-of-age with the “wolves” as their main link into discovering each other.

The story was told from Finn’s perspective whose family just moved to town. When he decided to volunteer into a wolf’s sanctuary, he meets the charismatic son of the sanctuary’s owner – Ivan and his best friend Adrian. Their friendship soon developed into a polyamorous relationship. Uhm, yeah. I’ll get to that later.

I’ve a couple of issues about the story. First, there’s no real conflict here. I thought the whole thing was focused on Adrian’s insecurity and his continuous need for self-assurance only because he’s asexual and keeps on getting bullied by the these two ‘homeschooled’ brothers who just go to school for a couple of subjects and made it their mission to bully Adrian. To be honest, the story doesn’t even need their characters.

Second, I thought they’re too young for such commitment *cough* the polyamorous relationship *cough* I find the development there way too fast for their age and it feels like it’s more of a set-up for convenience. Though I loved that the author presented it in a very wholesome way (no sex on page – to be honest, I don’t even remember if there’s even any.)

Overall, I thought the three of them (Finn, Ivan and Adrian) are real likable and for me to enjoy a story, I need to be able to like the characters. If I couldn’t relate to them, at least they’re likable enough for me to stick with it and this one did it for me. It’s something sweet, something quick and a good enough read to pass the time.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

BUY LINK: HARMONY INK PRESS

About A.M. Burns
Urban fantasy writer, falconer and all around good guy. Author of the popular Yellow Sky series.

A.M. Burns lives in the Colorado Rockies with his partner, several dogs, cats, horses, and birds. When he’s not writing, he’s often fixing fences, splitting wood, hiking in the mountains, or flying his hawks. He’s enjoyed writing since he was in high school, but it wasn’t until the past few years that he’s begun truly honing his craft. He is the president of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group: http://www.csfwg.org. Having lived both in Colorado and Texas, rugged frontier types and independent attitudes often show up in his work.

About Caitlin Ricci
Caitlin began writing when she was in middle school but it wasn’t until 2012 that she first got up the guts to submit something to a publisher. That first short story was accepted and later that same year she quit her job and became a full time author. She is forever grateful to her readers for giving her first short story a chance and for their continued support as well.

Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn’t writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful fiance and their two dogs. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an impartial review.

ARC Book Review: Connection Error (#gaymers #3) – Annabeth Albert

Connection ErrorDate of Publication: September 5, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQI, Romance, Contemporary
Format: 66,000 words, ebook
Publisher: Carina Press
ASIN: B01A5O2ENG
Characters: Josiah Simmons, Ryan Orson

Blurb: It’s typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he’s (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can’t handle another distraction. But he also can’t ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man’s a fan of his game.

Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He’s got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn’t mean he’s above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.

When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it’s even begun?

***

So this is the third book off the ‘Gaymers Series’ and having read the last two installments and liking them, I’d say that the author is consistently hitting all the marks with this series. This one here is a different couple, of course. First chapter and I’m already in love with Josiah’s character. I didn’t even remember him in the second book – apparently, he was the guy who made the ‘bet’ from the last book. Not a big deal and you won’t missed out so you can enjoy this as a stand-alone book altogether.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of Ryan’s character but as I go along with the story – I kinda understood why he’s such an angsty bastard. There wasn’t really something new about the story but I loved how the author created the story in a rather straightforward approach. The two met, had sex, realized they need each other, move in together and they live happily ever after. In short, despite the cliche story – it’s still very much enjoyable. Though I’ve a bit of an issue involving Ryan, I didn’t particularly liked how he handled his ‘failure’ in the story. It feels like Josiah was used as some kind of a rebound . That was just me tho, being all indignant for Josiah’s sake. LOL.

Aside from this, as I’ve said it was an overall enjoyable read. Heat is somewhere between 4 to 4.5, characters well developed and just a great addition to the series. I hope there’s more to come!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an impartial review.

About The Author
Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

Book Review: Swear On This Life – Renée Carlino

Swear On This LifeDate of Publication: August 9, 2016
Genre and Themes: Romance, Contemporary
Format: 320 pages, ebook
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: 9781501105791
Cover Artist: Rodrigo Corral Design Inc
Characters: Emiline, Jase, Trevor, Cara

Blurb: When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

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This is going to be a very quick review because I just don’t want to say things this and that mightily justifying my reason for giving this book such a low rating. There, low rating so I didn’t like it.

Below are a ‘number’ of reasons why it just didn’t work for me.

1. Promising start but when she started reading ‘the book inside this book, ‘ it became increasingly predictable.

2. Jase – seriously? That’s your lame-ass way of reuniting with Em?

3. That reunion? I mean, that’s the reunion? Like seriously, THAT’S IT?

4. Em unable to finish the book like a normal book geek – jeez, this isn’t Lonesome Dove or House of Leaves love’.

This isn’t the Lord of the Rings trilogy either…ugh.

I mean, I get that she’s emotional and shit because that’s her life story but seriously? Again – awfully predictable and annoying AF.

5. Staying with Trevor is cruel, tbh.

6. Jase is nothing like the ‘book inside the book’ – Well, Em said it best – it’s not them.

This is the author’s most YA’ish work and it just didn’t work for me. It’s nowhere near the Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain and that super lovely Before We Were Strangers…

One star for the story and another star for that awesome cover.

I feel bad for giving the story a single star but that’s just it…it’s a totally one star story.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of romantic women’s novels and new adult fiction. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

Book Review: Fight The Tide (Kick At The Darkness, #2) – Keira Andrews

Fight The TideDate of Publication: July 26, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Romance, Shifters, Sci-Fi,
Format: 250 pages, ebook
Publisher: KA Books
ISBN: 9781988260068
Cover Artist: Dar Albert
Characters: Parker Osborne, Adam Hawkins

Fight The Tide picks up where Kick At The Darkness left off so you really have to get hold of the first book before picking this one up. Don’t fret though, it going to be worth it for you. (will be inserting the blub here)

Adrift in a post-apocalyptic world, they only have each other. Is it enough?

A virus that turns the infected into zombie-like killers spreads through a burning world thrown into lawless chaos. Lovers Parker and Adam have escaped to the open sea when they hear a message over the airwaves from a place called Salvation Island—a supposed safe haven.

Orphaned as a child, werewolf Adam has always longed for a pack. He’s eager to investigate the island, but Parker doesn’t think for a nanosecond that the voice on the radio can be believed. He doesn’t trust anyone but Adam and is determined to keep it that way. They don’t need anyone else complicating their struggle to survive. Or do they?

Danger on the high seas can surface in a heartbeat, and if Parker and Adam aren’t careful, the current will drag them under.

Now, let’s talk about this second installment. I was already expecting this sequel and wished for it even so I was a very much happy kid when I finally got my copy! I totally enjoyed the first book and I loved Parker and Adam so it was nice to see how they are dealing with their lives trying to survive on a daily basis. There are differences between the two books. For one, this second book is devoid of humor. Parker’s monologues in the first book were hilarious and just a couple of months after the “Zombie apocalypse,” he just sounded all grown-up (in this sequel.) This has zero humor. But hey, no biggie with me. I thought it’s a nice touch that goes with the over-all story. Second, I loved that Parker’s taking charge of everything in this book with Adam being a bit – sorry – I really, have to say this but I thought he was a bit selfish here. I know he’s been yearning for something innate in him but for Pete’s sake – he was just freaking annoying at times. Plus, he’s not as charming as he is in the first book. Hands down, this was Parker’s book more than anyone else. The rest are secondary characters.

There was also this very touching scene involving secondary characters. It was just sad but I loved how realistic that scene was. Shit happens right? Internally, I was clapping while weeping. There’s also a rather surprising scene that I’d rather not share in this review. One clue tho: Hands. I feel like I’ve just read the whole chapter without feeling anything. I’m like, did that scene really just happen? Okay –

It was a solid story. The ending could’ve been a lot more exciting but it’s obviously a set up for the third (and final) book. There’s definitely a lot more we have to learn about Adam. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a smooth road for the couple. I could smell an enemy lurking behind Adam trying to steal him from Parker. LOL. Don’t worry – it’s just my imagination already working the details for the third book but there was a great HFN for our couple here so all’s good. This one is a fantastic addition to Keira’s growing catalogue! Another worthwhile read for fans of the MM romance!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and–although she loves delicious angst along the way–Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.” Find out more about Keira and her books at http://www.keiraandrews.com.

The Debate Schedules Between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

I am so ready for this! Like, sooooo ready!

Trump and Clinton
First Debate
Date: September 26, 2016, Monday 9PM E.T.
Loc: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
-a rather fitting location since both candidates are New York voters and both has won their respective primaries in the state.

Second Debate
Date: October 9, 2016 Sunday
Loc: Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

Third Debate
Date: October 19, 2016
Loc: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Vice Presidential Debate
Date: October 4, 2016 Tuesday
Loc: Longwood University in Virginia.

To be televised by major broadcast networks!

DSquared2 X Pietro Boselli: Bitch Where

‘Just thought you’d like to take a peek…

Pietro 1

DSquared2 designer duo Dean and Dan Caten got their hands on the hottest Math Teacher Pietro Boselli for their “Bitch Where” fashion campaign and he’s seriously rocking this photo shoot. I mean, look at him…

Pietro 2

Like, I cant even!

Pietro 3

This collection includes T-shirts, gym shorts, and a “Bitch Where” baseball cap. Check out the rest of it HERE

photos via dsquared2