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Review: Synchronicity by Keira Andrews

Prompt: Dear Author,
I could look at him all day. But sometimes, when he thinks I’m not looking, he seems so sad…

Blurb: It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Tyler Bourne to compete in Olympic synchronized diving with veteran Aiden Oxford. The last thing he expects is to fall head over heels for his gorgeous partner. Friendly but distant, Aiden keeps him at arm’s length, and Tyler knows his feelings are hopelessly one-sided. But as the Games begin, Tyler learns nothing is certain until the final dive.

I totally loved the prompt for this one. I always enjoy reading sports theme story only if they don’t get too technical. Keira didn’t overdo it with this shorty and both MCs are adorable! I loved the ending as well although I’m still yearning more from Aiden because the story was told through Tyler’s POV and it’d be fun to have a follow up and perhaps getting the gold in the next Olympics although Aiden’s pretty old here so a twist is in need if ever the author decided (for some reason) to ever come up with a follow up.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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This story was written as a part of the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
Kindle Edition, 52 pages
Published July 14th 2014 (first published June 18th 2013)

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.”

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

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.

Book Review: Wish Come True (A Very English Christmas) – Keira Andrews

Wish Come True

ebook, 2nd , 55 pages
Published November 16th 2016 by KA Books (first published November 29th 2015)

Wish Come True is a collection of contemporary, new adult, holiday short stories by some of our favorite authors!

Isaac and David have created a new life together outside the Amish world. Living “English,” they’ve left behind the rigid, isolated community where they discovered their forbidden love. Staying with Isaac’s older brother in San Francisco, they yearn for a home—and bed—of their very own. As they experience the bright lights and merry carols of modern Christmas for the first time, can they make their holiday wishes come true?

Okay, so there are six other authors in this collection but I bought this specifically because of Keira’s A Very English Christmas because – David and Isaac. I missed my boys and this short but sweet holiday offering from Keira gave us a glimpse of what we could expect for the fourth book! It’s just so good but too short and I’m yearning for more I’m going feral! LOL

Seriously, this is a fun fun read for those who love Isaac and David like moi.

‘will try to read the other shorts but this one alone is super worth it guys! Happy Holidays!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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.”

Book Review: If Only In My Dreams – Keira Andrews

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00058]If Only In My Dreams is a Christmassy story about forgiveness, acceptance, missed opportunities and young love. It started when Charlie Yates’ flight home for Christmas was delayed due to terrible weather condition. In his haste to get to the other side of the country to fulfill his Christmas promise to his sister who’s on remission from leukemia, he agreed to share the last rental car available with his childhood frenemy Gavin Bloomberg.

Stuck in the car together for a drive across the country, will Charlie and Gavin be able to reconcile their differences and find a way to change their future together?

The story is a quick read. There is well-written backstories for both guys but somehow there’s still something that feels like lacking about it. I was maybe looking for the angst factor. I could understand Gavin’s withdrawal from his friendship with Charlie (even though it was a dick move) but I was really ticked off by his involvement with Candace and their continued closeness. Charlie on the other hand was a bit intense for me sexually. I thought the sex scenes between the boys were just too much that totally negates the supposed charm of the story.

As I’ve said, it’s a well-written story but it didn’t push enough to produce that chemistry between the characters thus lacking steam to power up that holiday charm.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Published November 19th 2015 by KA Books

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.”

Book Review: Valor on the Move – Keira Andrews

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00073]I’m sad to say that this isn’t what I’m used to reading from Keira. I guess my baby Amish boys have spoiled me. Let me set you straight though, it isn’t a bad book. It was actually a well-written story  that ended on a solid note. My main issue about it is that, I do not believe the chemistry between Rafa and Shane – didn’t see it and didn’t feel it at all.

Rafael Castillo aka “Valor” is the 21-year-old son of the US president who has lived a sheltered life from time immemorial (his dad’s a politico through and through) and decided to come out of the closet once his dad is out of the White House. Despite his family’s ambition for him to enter politics, Rafa is determined to do what he wants once his dad is out of the office – and that is cooking.

Then there’s the newest secret service assigned to guard Rafa. Shane find it easy to look after Rafa whom he built a friendship in a short period. He could see beyond the prim, shy Rafa and the sexual tension and intense attraction between them is what made his job harder to maintain professionally.

Another thing that concerns me here is their age-gap in terms of emotional maturity. I am very much for May-December affair but Rafa’s character just doesn’t sound like a mature guy to be entering a relationship with an experienced, out and proud gay man. I don’t know. I just find it all too improbable for their relationship to last until the end. For now it’s 60/40 for me so I guess, that’s still a win.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Published September 9th 2015 by KA Books (first published September 7th 2015)

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.”

Book Review: A Way Home (Gay Amish Romance #3) – Keira Andrews

A Way HomeIt took me forever to write the review for this book because I just can’t seem to get over their story yet. This was the last of the Gay Amish Romance trilogy and saying goodbye to my boys wasn’t that easy. So I summoned the courage to at least provide the review it deserves because this is one of the series from its genre that will really resonate with a lot of readers and something that readers of MM and non-MM would really enjoy.

The events from the last installment where David’s insecurity and self-doubt led him to distance himself from Isaac instead of talking about it made a great precedent for this third book. The betrayal aka the dick move of Clark (Aaron and Jen’s friend) became the eventual catalyst for Isaac to question David’s faithfulness. But Isaac (deep in his heart) couldn’t do it because he loves David more than his life and David (wrecked and a mess after what happened) feels the same way and even more If I may say so.

Now they need to head back to Zebulon – something that they didn’t see coming at all. When Isaac’s brother Nathan was diagnosed with cancer, they know that they have to be there for him.  Despite the strain in their relationship, both Isaac and David still faced their respective families together, which proved to be more complicated than before because they’re constantly being pressured to return to their Amish life.

Their relationship is now at a fragile state and mixed it with family issues from both side – will they succumb to pressure or will they finally be able to find their way back to each other?

There are a lot of emotions that this book stirred up from me more than the first two installments. It was like the culmination of something that they have fought for and though I already know that they will have a happy ending, I was thinking how they would go about it. Will there be another “squabble” between the two? Will there be more feelings to be hurt, more jealousy to come or will there be a massive catfight. You have to read it to find out of course.

I was very happy with the turn of events for our boys. Of course, their families are still adamant for them to repent and return home but their conviction is sealed and neither plea nor any desperate measure could separate the two. They’re one at heart and I think that is what’ so beautiful from the very start about Isaac and David. Their love for each other is so pure that it almost hurt.

Even the eventual return of Aaron was so beautiful that it’s heartbreaking. All throughout the process when Nathan was confined in the hospital, I was seething with rage about the hypocrisy of the whole thing and they even have to think about what Aaron’s was offering. Goodness, I’d just like to whack them so hard!

At last, I just have to mention Isaac and David’s reunion after the incident in San Francisco – it was beautiful, just beautiful. I loved how tender it was and I loved how author didn’t see the need to drag the drama that was Clark. After reading the second book, I was so mad with Clark after this installment – it’s almost pointless to even talk about the incident. I think that was real wise of the author to still discuss it but push aside the topic right away.

And that conclusion! God, these boys are like my little babies. I want them to do well in the “English life” and I want all of their dreams to come true. I want them to get married and I want them to have cute little babies!

I guess with all my blabbering, I just wanted to thank Keira Andrews for giving us a beautiful finale of this trilogy. It’s definitely one of the best series out there and I couldn’t ask for a better conclusion for the series. Thank you Keira!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published April 8th 2015 by KA Books (first published April 6th 2015)

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 www.keiraandrews.com.

Book Review: Kick At The Darkness – Keira Andrews

Kick At The DarknessAfter a shitty day at school where he got a C- from a TA who’s too sexy for his own good, Parker felt like he woke up in a bizarre universe when people started acting like zombies. When the mob of “zombies” started to attack him, he was saved by none other than Adam; the very TA who refused to change his grade and who also makes his heart skipped a beat.

The chaos even got worst when they found out that this phenomenon has spread all over the continent. And if the zombie apocalypse isn’t enough, Adam’s most kept secret was revealed while saving Parker from the zombies aka “creepers.”

Now, what’s a boy to do with all of these going around him? Parker has no idea but he’s got to do something and simply follow his heart…

Adam + Parker. Sigh. These two just got me from the very first time their name appeared on the page. Parker is a college freshie, an overachiever who wanted to prove something to his family and cute as a button as well! I loved his characterization – it was easily relatable and I loved that he loves talking to himself!! Haha. Massive pep talk or just plain cray-cray?  You gotta admit though, he’s just too adorable!

Then there’s Adam. The sexy, mysterious and zen Adam. His demeanor was a dead giveaway from the very start if you are keen on reading stuff about shifters and all but it’s the good kind of being predictable. What’s not to love about Adam? I was swooning all over the book and those few times he’s blushing were like “awwwee” moments.

All throughout the book leading to the last few chapters, I was worried that this one would have a too hasty of a resolution for my liking but it ended well considering their hopeless circumstances and their hopeful determination. I certainly wouldn’t mind a second book because If I’m being honest – I felt like I was heavily teased by Keira with this book and  REALLY, there should be a second book because one book with Adam and Parker in it isn’t nearly enough!!!!

But again, this is Keira and she knows what she’s doing and I’m sincerely hoping that we’d get more… just how do you do a standing ovation on a review???

Keira Andrew, fantastic work yet again!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published May 28th 2015 by KA Books (first published May 26th 2015)

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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.

 

Book Review: A Clean Break (Gay Amish Romance #2) – Keira Andrews

A Clean BreakSo if you haven’t read the first book (A Forbidden Rumspringa), I suggest you get a hold of it first before reading this one.

 Okay, first reaction after reading it – I was seething! I was mad, and wanted to bitchslap everyone within five feet. After a couple of days, I got it together and thought about David and Isaac’s first foray into the “outside” world.

 It’s been difficult for Isaac and David to leave their Amish settlement in Zebulon much more for David because he knows that he’s abandoning his mother and two sisters to fend for themselves. He was ridden with guilt and with Isaac’s love; he’s trying to make it day by day.

The boys made their way to San Francisco and settled into Isaac’s big bro Aaron and his wife’s place. Things seemed to go easy for Isaac as he decided to continue his schooling and makes new friends. David on the other hand, still struggles to reconcile with his guilt and his new environment. With guilt, insecurity and fear marring their new life, Isaac and David needs to remember why they’ve escaped from their former world in the first place.

The whole story was told from David’s POV this time. His voice was very different from Isaac’s. With a stark realization of their new life finally dawning on him, David finds himself struggling to come to terms with it. I loved that the author made it a point to tackle every issue warring inside David’s mind. We’re flooded with his insecurities, with his fears and his hesitation to move forward with this new life. We also see how he truly loves his Isaac and how much he’s willing to sacrifice for his happiness. I was honestly hurting for him all throughout his lamentation. It was heartbreaking whenever he feels so alone with his internal battles. He doesn’t want to show Isaac his weakness and it’s painful to see how he’s not coping well with his new environment.

Can I just mention how I loved the part when Jen’s family visited their place? That was awesome and just 100% pinoy. It was very authentic and I was touched that Keira Andrews made it a point to really reflect the usual Filipino flare for siestas and family togetherness. I wonder who the inspiration was for Jen’s character.

Oh, no. Don’t even get me started with Clark. Okay, I won’t say anything more about this a-hole but something needs to happen to him in the final book. Like really, something bad.

I’ve been reading tons of comments about this installment not having some kind of a “peaceful agreement” between our main couple regardless of the intended cliffhanger. I was pretty satisfied with it though. I see the direction the author was going and I totally understand why some people feel that there should’ve been more to it at the end before the cliffie. I don’t know but the whole vibe of this second book was apt to David’s character and that ending gives so much reflection to his character. How he’s got so much to overcome especially with all his internal battles and his needs to overcome his anxiety. When his resolve to go back to Zebulon to follow Isaac and not leave without him – it was then I realized how really strong his character was despite everything that happened. A Clean Break was David’s story of trying to acknowledge his flaws, trying to ask for help and trying to come to terms with all his decisions.

This for me was a perfect sequel to their story and I’m so looking forward to the final book of this series! Thank you Keira Andrews for another stunning story!

Rating: 5 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

Book Review: A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance #1) – Keira Andrews

A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance #1)I’m first to admit that I was rather hesitant to read this book because of the whole religious undertone from its blurb but upon reading the first two chapters, I just started tapping my reader until I finished it. Needless to say, I was more than satisfied with the story.

At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside their very close-knitted and strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota. Things here were controlled by rules of the church and there is no rumspringa to explore anything beyond the confines of their community. Isaac also knows that he needs to join the church soon and find himself a wife but beyond these expectations, there’s a gnawing yearning within him.

David Lantz was left alone to support his mother and sisters and was pressured to finally join the church. When he takes on Isaac as his apprentice, their mutual attraction turns into something they struggled to reconcile with their faith and their community.

When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?

I’m just totally floored with this story. As I mentioned, my hesitation upon reading this book dissolved merely a couple of chapters into the story. Isaac and David easily captivated my attention and I just fell for them right away. I feel like a stage mom watching a performance of my children and wildly rooting for them. It’s like when they’re struggling to define their relationship, I just want it to be easy for them and felt the need to give them both some really big bear hugs. I loved when characters are able to reduce readers into a big pile of mess. That’s what happened to me midway through the story. I’m like, cmon’ now – please just let them be happy and get together already!

Of course things doesn’t always go their way and something or someone will always get in their happy-ever after. These men were raised to believe that what they have is a sin, an abomination and just downright dirty and the realization of their newfound love was just too bittersweet.

I’m not totally disparaging their faith but time’s evolving and things are changing. I loved that both Isaac and David are asking questions – things they don’t have answers to or mostly stuff that they do not understand.

This story was told through Isaac’s perspective and I loved how solid the whole narration from start to finish. The author didn’t falter with the continuity of his voice and the whole development of the story up to the very climactic end was a good way to tease the reader into reading the next series.

It’s another sublime writing from Keira Andrews – if you enjoyed Sempre Fi, you’d definitely loved this as well!

Rating: 5 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

Book Review: Semper Fi – Keira Andrews

Semper FiSemper fidelis is a Latin phrase that means “always faithful” or “always loyal”. Well known in the United States as the motto of the United States Marine Corps (and often shortened to semper fi in Marine contexts).

This is a story of two marines who fought the war together. Jim and Cal have been inseparable since they first met at the train on their way to training camp and up to the coast of the pacific to defend the country. Both survived the ugly war but both men will never be the same again. This is also a story of love.

This book begins each chapter with a flashback from their time together in the war and ends each at present time (three years since they got back). I normally don’t like tons of flashbacks in a story because it tends to dispel the buildup of the story for me despite the back-story it would provide. Here though, these flashbacks throughout the story are welcome distractions as they let us see how these two men formed their bond.

Jim’s wife just died and was left with two kids to take care of. In need of a hand to tend his apple orchard, Cal immediately lends himself to his best friend and the love of his life.

In an era where blatant homosexuality was considered a criminal offense, Cal was always careful especially around Jim who had no idea at all about his secret. Not until their friendship developed into something deeper that neither Jim nor Cal ever hoped to flourish. It was difficult for them especially for Jim who has been raised to deem what they’re doing as a sin.

I loved that Keira Andrews stayed with the era and didn’t deviate from its hostile acceptance / non-acceptance towards homosexuality [which sadly is still prevalent at some parts of the world]. The vividness of each flashback was also drawn to make you feel like you’re actually watching it happen in front of you. It feels like watching The Pacific while reading their war memories. Jim and Cal’s character are both so realistic that you’d really feel for them and root for them real bad.

This story is a story that is made for the movies. I think it’s high time for people to embrace another tandem [aside from Jack And Ennis] in the mainstream cinema. [Just a thought though, it’s a good one yeah?]

I wouldn’t change anything in the story because there’s perfect balance of the main characters, the secondary ones and even the era where the story evolves. This was my first read by Keira Andrews and I’m sure glad to have chosen this one. Miss Andrews, you are truly magnificent!

Rating: 5 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