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Book Review: Game Point (Dreamspun Desires #45) – M.J. O’Shea

Date of Publication: November 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Theme & Genres: LGBTQI, Romance, Contemporary, Age-Gap
Format: Ebook, 194 pages
ISBN: 9781635337563
Characters: Quinn Valenzuela, Porter Davis

Blurb:
Game, set… match made in heaven.

Spoiled socialite Quinn Valenzuela has no interest in sports or his family’s huge sporting goods empire, Sparta Athletics. So when Quinn learns his grandfather has died and he’s in control of the corporation, no one is more surprised than Quinn himself.

Dedicated COO Porter Davis has little time and less patience for brats like Quinn who have never done a day’s work, but circumstances leave him with little choice. Quinn claims he’s ready to leave partying behind and grow up, but it’ll take more than words to earn Porter’s respect. As it turns out, they can work—and play—together after all. A friends with benefits arrangement makes sense for the two busy men, but are they too different for it to ever develop into more? Not if Quinn can convince Porter he has his head in the game

This whole Dreamspun Desires Series is a hit or missed thing and this one definitely hit the target! I loved both MCs. I liked Quinn onset of the story with bits of his backstory being explained on why he became a party boy. Porter at first was a bit annoying but I guess he made up for his awful attitude midway through. I still want to learn more about him though. The few things we learned about him are his fuck-up social climbing parents, him being a previous Tennis player and his sister Perry and nothing else.

It felt a bit rushed and I wished the ending was a bit longer but overall, the story is sweet with hot sexy scenes and likable characters so that’s a win for the author!

‘Will definitely recommend this one!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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.

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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.

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Book Review: Soufflés at Sunrise (Just Desserts, #2) – M.J. O’Shea & Anna Martin

Soufflés at Sunrise (Just Desserts, #2) M.J. O'Shea & Anna MartinThe first book of the series has set the tone of M.J. O’Shea and Anna Martin’s collaboration into something that is maybe a hit or miss for both authors’ fans. These two are in my top 10 favorite authors from this genre and for some reason; their partnership doesn’t quite equate into something spectacular as a fan of both (moi!) would expect. That’s not to say the book was awful though, it’s actually far from that.

Soufflés at Sunrise is a cute story – two guys who found each other in the midst of a reality cooking TV show. Kailua Chin is a chef who left Hawaii and settled in California to try out for the show. He’s confident and very intense and sees himself already winning the top plum in the show. Country boy Chase Christensen grew up in a farm and has his own Ice-cream business in Wisconsin. He’s shy, sweet and very easy in the eye. At the show, they were pitted against each other with the producer orchestrating a mock rivalry for the viewers. But behind the scenes and off cam – they can’t seem to get their hands off each other.Things went wrong when their personal involvement started to get in the way of the competition. And then Chase discovered something that may change their plans for the show…and change things with Kai.

The first half of the story was a bit dull for my taste. I thought it was repetitive until Chase and Kai spent their days off at Kai’s loft (If I remember it right, it was during chapter seven when things started to pick up. Thank gawd!) The sex scenes between them were hot but there’s not too many of it. I thought the D/s tinge in those scenes was such a treat but I’m glad that the authors didn’t overdo it. I would’ve been mad if they did. It was already out of character from Chase and if they went beyond those verbal “domination” then I’m totally refunding this book!

I think it’s safe to say that anyone who’s into cooking / baking desserts would have an orgasm reading this oh-so-sweet story. The chemistry between Chase and Kai was incredible and the oh-so-many desserts in the story was almost info overload for me since I didn’t care one bit about it.

 Needless to say, the story has its moments and just like the first book in the series – there are some things that’s still lacking (I want excessive romancing from the MCs next time please!) but overall, it’s still an enjoyable read.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published February 23rd 2015 by Dreamspinner Press

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About The Authors
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.

Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.

Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, pre-reading and creative ass-kicking provided by her closest friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept any responsibility for anything Anna has written.

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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.

She can be contacted at mjosheaseattle@gmail.com

Book Review: The Luckiest (Lucky Moon #2) – Piper Vaughn, M.J. O’Shea

The Luckiest MoonThis one was an okay follow up for Moonlight Becomes You. It  focuses on Shane Ventura’s brother – Nick Ventura. Yup, he’s the a-hole brother of Shane who’s jealous of his brother’s love life so he succumb to his usual vices and ends up crashing into a department store leading him into a rehabilitation center.

There he meets the openly gay nutritionist Luka Novak. The soft spoken Luka is the type of gay man that Nick usually sneered at. [Just a note, in the blurb it says Luka was flamboyant and effeminate but reading the book – I really didn’t get that vibe. NOT AT ALL]. What started out as a nutrition consultation turns into a friendship and when Nick was released from the rehab, he started to pursue Luka until the other guy finally gave in.

But Nick’s not ready to come out and is more concern with his reputation. Given an ultimatum by Luka, will he do the right thing or will he be left alone as always?

I honestly wanted to bitchslap Nick every time he messed up with Luka. I mean, how many more chances is Luka willing to give for him to change? If I were Luka, I would’ve let him suffer more. He’s really such a dick and doesn’t deserve the third and fourth chances even. In the end, I’m still not convinced with Nick’s sincerity but I’m still happy that somehow, Luka was able to worm its way into his life and perhaps help him change for the better. I still loved the writing though although I’m really not a fan of Nick but as usual, Piper and M.J. does not know how not to deliver! Bravo!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published March 27th 2012 by Loose Id

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Book Review: Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1) – Piper Vaughn, M.J. O’Shea

Moonlight Becomes YouThis is a story of redemption, forgiveness and second chance at love. I loved the history between this couple and their young love was obviously a bittersweet one.

Eleven years ago, Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he was pressured by his record label to kick his best friend Jesse Seider out of their band, Luck. Guilt-ridden until now, he still can’t fill that gaping hole Jesse left behind despite the success they’ve accomplished.

When he meets Kayden Berlin, the front man of  Britain’s hottest band Moonlight – instant attraction ensues but for whatever reason, Kayden keeps on pushing him away.  Until one night, secrets from Kayden have been revealed that left Shane yet again with another broken heart.

The story actually has a fairly simple plot. The ugly guy got kick out from the band, he made himself better. He changed his name and looks and got successful and voila! Instant revenge from hell! But it’s not easy to hurt a person who wronged you especially if that person is the same person you used to love or still in love with.

The whole revenge thing from Kayden would have been better if he made Shane grovel more for his affection. I loved the turnaround he did on his looks and I wonder why it took so long for him to plot his comeback into Shane’s life.

Anyhoo, the story was wonderful as usual – if you’ve enjoyed reading the authors’ collaboration in the One Thing series, you’d definitely enjoy this one as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published August 9th 2011 by Loose Id

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Book Review: Loveblood – M.J. O’Shea

LovebloodMax Appleton and his Mother Celia run away from home to escape his abusive father and husband who also happen to be a bad pack leader. They found their sanctuary in Holly Court, a garden cottage offered by Celia’s oldest friend who lives with her pack alpha husband, three daughters, and teenaged son Jonah.

Jonah Spellman’s life has been mapped out for him since his birth. He was born to be the next Alpha and continue his father’s legacy to lead their pack. When the runaway mother and son came into his life, everything from his world turned inside out. Max and Jonah had something that will change everything upon meeting at first sight.

I am totally in love with Max and Jonah and I just loved the whole Teen Wolf thing going on with it. I loved their chemistry and their connection was just totally electrifying. I was a bit annoyed though when Jonah was rutting and he made love with his girlfriend Zoe which of course has been happening pre-Max but I was still rolling my eyes through it and hurting for Max. Ugh. That silly bitch.

Anyhoo, I loved the many plot points in the story and thought that the blood baths were a bit too much only because a lot of them (the good ones) died in the process. I’ve no problem with characters dying but I was maybe hoping that the last person who died in the book was spared. Oh well, I guess that’s what made the story and the couple’s love stronger because they have each other.

I totally adore how M.J. O’Shea created this cute-love connection between Max and Jonah. It was totally swoon-worthy and the underlying sexual tension was too much at one point and I’m like screaming in my head – just fucking do it already! Damnit!

I really am hoping that there’ll be a second book although this clearly is a standalone but really, it’s so good that I want to read more about Jonah and Max and their foray to college and adulthood! How’s that yeah?

This is a must-read book for everyone into YA and shifters’ story. Another five stars for the author no less! Thank you M.J. O’Shea!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: Coming Home (Rock Bay #1) – M.J. O’Shea

[Book 1 of Rock Bay Series]

coming homeBLURB: Tallis Carrington ruled Rock Bay with his gang of jocks and an iron fist-until a scandal destroyed his family’s name. Ten years later Tallis is dead broke, newly homeless, and on the walk of shame to end all walks of shame. He needs money and needs it fast, and Rock Bay is the only home he knows. But the people of Rock Bay haven’t forgotten him-or the spoiled brat he used to be. The only person in town willing to overlook his past is Lex, the new coffee shop owner, who offers Tally a job even though he appears to despise Tally based on his reputation alone. When Tally discovers his gorgeous boss is the kid he tortured back in high school, Lex’s hot and cold routine finally makes sense. Now Tally has to pull out all the stops to prove he was never really the jerk he seemed to be. After all, if he can win Lex’s heart, the rest of the town should be a piece of coffee cake.

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I always loved me some M.J. O’Shea’s goody and she’s one of my favorite authors when it comes to light-feels, low-angst stories. This would’ve been perfect if not for the last half. I both loved Lex and Tally and how their relationship developed overtime but midway – the plot went a bit downhill with how childish the conflict was. I am also extremely annoyed with Drew’s character – really brew? balls-less much? I was even thinking that Brock retaliated because he’s actually in the closet himself but that doesn’t matter. The ending was a bit anti-climactic and I thought with the length of the novel, there should’ve been more about the bigots in the story getting served and not just getting a punch in return. There’s definitely more about Tally and Lex here that I would like to read in the future books in the series – I want Tally’s character to get a full-redemption story arc and Broc’s crew get what they deserved. This is what I didn’t get, the coffee shop was thriving and people were very accepting with Lex’s sexuality and liked him so much but a crew of capital A-hole get to harass him almost in their entire encounter? It feels like no one’s siding with Lex at all which is very ironic given how he was very much liked.

I’m not sure if I’ll get the second book in the series because Drew’s awfully annoying, tbh so I’m going to chill it a bit with this series. I’d still recommend this book though because it’s still a good read despite some things I didn’t like about it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Book Review: Impractical Magic (Newton’s Laws of Attraction #2) – M.J. O’Shea

Impractical Magic[Book 2 of Newton’s Laws of Attraction Series]

I liked Fen’s story better than Ben and Rory. It’s not that I didn’t like Ben and Rory as a couple but for some reason; I get to appreciate them more here.

Physics teacher Fenton Keene is the supposed straight BFF of Ben who’s lost and lonely without his trouble twin Ben. Then over the summer, he met young, sexy and out firefighter Kevin. Initially just an invite for a dinner at his flat turned into a one sexy summer romance leading Fen to come out to his friends and his family.

I noticed the difference between the narratives of this one compared to Newton’s Law of Attraction. It’s somehow more convincing and alive. I feel that through Fenton’s story – we got more of Ben and Rory which I loved because I thought the first novel’s ending was a bit abrupt.

I like Fenton’s character although I find his characterization a bit contrived at times. There are times that I find his bond towards Ben sounds like more of adoration which I find kind of weird, like without Rory in the picture – he’ll totally grab Ben for himself. He’s also a bit clingy at times. But hey, I liked that he’s actually open with his friends though and doesn’t have that much of a baggage.

Kevin on the other hand was another story. For some reason, I tend to get really turned-off with one of the MCs getting it on with others except for his supposed love interest. Although they’re technically not together, him sleeping with two other guys (even if he stated his reason –which I thought isn’t valid at all) was just a no-no for me and knowing that it didn’t take him that long to do it! I thought that’s where his age come into play. One unanswered issue about Kevin is why he’s so different with his San Diego friends and his Chico’s friends. There’s more to it that we didn’t get so much especially when he was telling Fen that he was the one who had to take care of his little sister Janet because his parents were always busy working. I actually didn’t buy that one bit. There’s just a lot about Kevin that was a bit off or the much better term is under developed. It’s like we didn’t get much from Kevin aside from his sister and his job as a firefighter. He’s likeable alright but there’s should’ve been more about him.

I also liked Jeremy’s character, though a straight guy – I loved how he’s very much comfortable with his gay friends. I almost wished that he’s actually single because I’d love for him to turn gay and have his own story. Now, I wonder what would be in store for us the next time. This was definitely a big pick-up from the first book which was rather lazy. This one’s juicy and the story’s well developed albeit some flaws with some of the characters.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Newton’s Laws of Attraction – M.J. O’Shea

Newtons Laws Of Attraction[Book 1 of Newton’s Laws of Attractions Series]

Okay, so this is going to suck big time because I loved M.J. O’Shea’s writing and her books are like my comfort books – some of my favorite rereads because they’re just happy stories and each character are all so likeable and you’d really root for them.

Newton’s Laws of Attractions centers on Ben Parsons and Rory Newton. They are best of friends since they were seven who fell for each other when they turned seventeen. Then during their senior year, things changed when Ben became one of the jocks and he started getting shit for hanging out with the science fag. He pushed Rory away until he stopped contacting him which ended everything for them. Eight years later, Ben now teaches art at his old high school and to his surprise, Rory went back as the school’s new chemistry teacher. Now that Ben’s very out of the closet and proud of it – he wanted to make it up to Rory and he’ll do everything to win the guy over although it may very well be too late for him…

I didn’t get Rory at all with the whole dating other people and all. I know he’s still hurting for what Ben did to him in high school but once they started fooling around again, I thought he’d at least not be a dick about “rejecting” Ben again before realizing at the end that he loves the guy. I thought the last part of the story was a bit lazy and ended abruptly. I didn’t get the way it just suddenly finished when there’s more to it that should’ve been dealt with. But since this was the first book of the series, I’m guessing we’ll be hearing more from them in the second book.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Book Review: One True Thing – Piper Vaughn & M.J. O’Shea

One True Thing[Book 2 of One Thing Series]

We met Dustin Davis in One Small Thing as Rue’s bestfriend and now that Rue’s all in love with Eric and his daughter Alice, Dustin was left to wonder when his prince charming will swept him off his feet. Then he meets Archer Kyriakides whom he thought was the one when he initially saw the guy but something’s telling him that there was off about their budding romance – until he meets Archer’s identical twin Asher.

 Asher Kyriakides dreams of snapping fashion shots but he’s stuck with a job he hates and with an irresponsible twin brother. He’s got the shock of his life when he saw that he’s playboy twin is dating the cute blond he initially saw and can’t seem to forget. When things goes wrong with Archer and Dustin, the latter took comfort from Asher and that’s when feelings started to bloom between them – but now without his wicked twin getting in the way of their relationship.

I really loved the first book of this series. Rue and Eric are just so adorable and the combo of Piper Vaugh and M.J. O’Shea is just something that has magic in it. This time though, I didn’t quite see that magic from One Small Thing. Dustin’s character came off a bit whiny with very low self-esteem. Of course, I’ve known that he’s got trust issue with the guys he was dating especially after his tumultuous experience with his previous ex but like in the first book, Dustin didn’t deliver the charm. The same could be said about Asher’s character. It was a bit trying hard and his character was even less charming than Dustin. Don’t get me wrong though, I still enjoyed the book but the predictability of it all and my apathy towards the MCs just dampen that enjoyment for me. It’ll still be good for you to try reading it out guys!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars