Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G.

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Thirty Day Boyfriend

by Whitney G.
Publication Date: November 2, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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I should’ve never agreed to this arrangement…

Thirty days ago, my boss–Mr. Wolf of Wall Street, came to me with an offer I couldn’t refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a “very generous” severance package.

The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I’ve secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met.

I definitely didn’t need to think twice about this. I signed my name and started counting down the seconds to when I would never have to deal with his special brand of ass-holery again.

I only made it to one minute…

We argued the entire four-hour flight to his hometown, failed to make a convincing impression with the welcoming press, and right when I was about to knock that arrogant look off his face in real life? He purposely dropped his bath towel in front of me, distracting me with his nine-inch cock to “show me who the bigger person was” in our relationship. Then he gave me his trademark smirk once again and asked if I wanted to consummate our marriage.

Tragically, this is only day one.
We still have 29 more days to go…

BOOK REVIEW:  four-half-stars

Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥½
Narration by Erin Mallon & Zachary Webber: ♥♥♥♥½
Plot: ♥♥♥♥
Writing: ♥♥♥♥

This novella was witty, sexy and just entertaining. It is one of the best novellas I’ve heard all year. I laughed my way through this book. the beginning, there seemed to be an adversarial relationship between the boss Nicholas Wolf and his executive assistant Emily Johnson. Considering she was paid really well, she could have quit but she was determined to find another job first. Meanwhile, Nicholas was equally determined to keep Emily from gaining employment elsewhere.

The tug of war between them was so comical. They worked well together and seemed to understand each other in a way no one else did. So it boggles the mind why neither seemed to notice their mutual attraction. When a business deal required Nicholas to appear to be settling down and leaving his playboy ways behind him, Emily was the perfect person to help him close the deal. Emily and Nicholas pretending to be a couple began to blur the lines and that’s when the real fun began.

This audiobook was so amusing because of both the narrators and the character dialogues. The plot was well done even though it ended quicker than I would have liked. I wish I had a little more of both Nicholas and Emily’s background but they were so fun together. I wasn’t expecting it but this book was just so cheeky. I haven’t read anything by this author before but I will certainly check out more of her work.

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About Whitney G.

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.

When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)

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Burn (Dark in You, #1) by Suzanne Wright

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Title: Burn by Suzanne Wright
Series: Dark in You, Book 1
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Format: Audiobook (13 hrs and 32 mins)
Narrator: Cat Doucette

Burn (Dark in You, #1)Burn by Suzanne Wright
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


three-stars
I’m on the fence with this book. I can’t honestly say that I enjoyed it or would want to read it again, but I also think it has potential. This world of demons reminds me of the shifter world where there is inner demon (Charles Cornick calls it Brother Wolf in Cry Wolf) that shares consciousness with the host body.
Each demon has an anchor, but they have the free will to accept or reject bonding with the anchor. The bond gives mental stability, enhanced power and keeps the demon from going rogue.
The weird thing is that an anchor doesn’t mean a mate. A demon can have a different anchor from his mate. I can foresee all kind of jealousy between an anchor and a mate.

Harper Wallis, a free spirit demon, goes to a fight club with friends and ends up meeting her anchor, Knox Thorne, the most powerful demon and ruler (Prime) of the Las Vegas Demon Lair. This began the tug of war between Harper who didn’t want to be tied to someone who will eventually leave and Knox who isn’t used to being turned down for anything.

What I liked:
The diversity in demon subtypes: (view spoiler) and they had different powers and abilities.
I loved Jolene and the imps around her. I liked the sentinels and their loyalty.
I actually liked Dario’s plan for a new demon power sharing system.

What I didn’t like:
An anchor isn’t a mate but share mental and psychic bond. One can hear their anchor in their head and sense where they are or if they are in trouble.
The anchor bond seems possessive and territorial even though one can rejects the bond.
Rejection risks both of them being unstable.
A seemingly strong female is reduced to the sexual whims of an over-dominating demon.
I never could tell if Harper had icy sexy fingers to fiddle with Knox the way he did with her.

The world was underdeveloped and the plot was just okay. I am hoping that in book 2 we will have much more explanation about the world and the characters connection to it and the humans around.

Lastly, the narrator’s whiny voice almost caused me to quit this audiobook. Her character voices were pretty bad. The narrator did Lucifer and the other demons a disservice with that whiny voice

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One True Love by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Title & Author: One True Love by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Release Date: June 7th, 2016
Format: Audiobook (8 hrs and 10 mins)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published By: Dreamscape Media, LLC

BLURB: In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly? Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥♥
Narration by Julia Whenlan: ♥♥♥♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥♥♥
Writing: ♥♥♥♥♥
OVERALL RATING: five-stars
Wow. This book was so full of emotion and angst, that I had to keep fighting myself not to go straight to the end to see the end. It wasn’t the ending I predicted but it was the right ending and it felt good.

Emma and Jesse were high school sweethearts and were two peas in a pod. Unfortunately, tragedy struck and Jesse’s plane crashed. After an exhaustive research, Jesse is declared dead and Emma’s world is shattered.

Fast forward, three years and Emma is engaged to be married to a wonderful guy and two months until her wedding, when she got a phone call that Jesse has been rescued. OMG, Emma has a fiancee and her “dead” husband is back.

I applaud this author because she didn’t make this choice easy. Normally, authors make the choice obvious by having one guy that is a jerk or selfish. I liked both men for different reasons. They were good men, good husbands and fulfilled different things for Emma. Who will best fit into the future Emma envisions for herself?It was well written and heartfelt.

I had to grappled with my personal beliefs on issues like Can you believe in love with two men? Is there such a thing as soul mates? Is your second or adult relationship better/stronger than your childhood/first love?

Whatever your thoughts on the subject are, you will be moved by this story. It was intense, touching and endearing. I couldn’t put this book down even though my heart was beating like crazy.
I love these kinds of books because I find myself talking about it to other people. What an awesome book. The ending was just right. Bravo

 

Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey, Book 2) by Layla Reyne

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Title: Cask Strength by Layla Reyne
Series: Agents Irish and Whiskey, Book 2
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Format: Audiobook (6 hrs and 58 mins)
Genre: Romance
Published By: Carina Press

BLURB:
Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it’s a different story. Aidan’s feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won’t risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake.

Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer’s radar. They’re assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie’s home state, where Jamie’s past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the court brings more than old memories.

As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie’s been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan’s husband that could blow his partner’s world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them.

four-stars
Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥
Narration by Tristan James: ♥♥♥♥♥
Plot: ♥♥♥♥
Writing: ♥♥♥♥

This audiobook was as entertaining as the first book and maybe even more.

The agents Aiden Talley (Irish) and Jameson Walker (Whiskey) are still partners after five months but their “relationship” has hit a snag. Aiden still wants to keep things casual but Jamie wants to be exclusive.
On top of that Jamie is continuing the secret investigation into the death of Aiden’s husband Gabe and his partner Tom.

When the Irish and Whiskey are sent undercover to investigate a college team’s online betting ring, past issues resurface for Jamie. He has to make decisions whether to fall back into old familiar routines or to chart new courses both in his professional life and his personal life.

This book was entertaining and the plot was both interesting and easy to follow. This author’s writing flowed really well and the narrator did an awesome job with the voices. This story was suspenseful and I didn’t know who the villains were until the end. There was a good mix of romance with mystery and I was rooting for Irish and Whiskey the whole time.

I am ready for book 3 because this series is quite promising. I have been waiting for one like this since Cut and Run finished.

About Layla Reyne

2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist, Layla Reyne, was raised in North Carolina but now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs.

Audio Review: Tap Left by A. Zavarelli

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Title: Tap Left by A.Zavarelli
Release Date: November 1st 2017
Format: Audiobook (7 hrs and 53 mins)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published By: A.Zavarelli

BLURB:
Daire:
Lola Bell could easily bring an army of men to their knees… as long as she never opened her mouth.

She’s soft in too many ways. A people pleaser who goes the extra mile. Some might call her an easy target. In short, she has all of the qualities that I despise. But when it comes to me, she doesn’t hesitate to fling her poison arrows my way. She has every right to her feelings. Over the years, I’ve given her plenty of ammo.
Yeah, I hate Lola. But it doesn’t stop me from wanting her too. When she makes me a proposition I can’t refuse, there’s just one problem. She tastes so f*cking sweet. So f*cking good. So f*cking mine.

three-half-stars
Enjoyment: ♥♥♥♥
Narration by Tracy Marks & Aaron Shedlock: ♥♥♥½
Plot: ♥♥♥½
Writing: ♥♥♥½

This book wasn’t what it appeared but I enjoyed it. At first glance, I thought it was story featuring a rich douchebag named Adrian Daire and a sweet poor young woman named Lola Bell. They shared a past that included a loss of someone that connected them. It became increasingly obvious that Daire’s feigned indifference was nothing but a ruse to cover up his attraction and affection for Lola.

The author wove a story where the reader had to dig past the surface to truly see these broken characters and their pain. As their past unravels, Daire and Lola are forced to deal with what has been between them, the secrets, the pain and the lies. The journey isn’t a smooth or straight one. However, in it’s darkness of this story, there was always an undercurrent of hope. I didn’t know how or in what way, but I knew that love would conquer all here.

I really liked Daire because he wasn’t the jerk I thought he was and he sacrificed much. I also liked Lola because she was compassionate and not the airhead that I she appeared.
I would have loved it if the author gave us a little more depth regarding the person that connected Lola and Daire. What inspired such loyalty and sense of protection from all? I didn’t understand why everyone risked all and continued to preserve the memory.

The story was different and the characters were seriously flawed but I found them likeable. I found myself engaged to their plight. The love scenes were steamy and their chemistry was undeniable. Still the thread that bound them together didn’t make sense to me. I do love the fact that the characters grew and evolved as the plot developed. The ending was the best part of the story. It was the culmination of the journey.

Blog Tour: Flame in the Dark (Soulwood #3) by Faith Hunterrdr

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Title: FLAME IN THE DARK by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #3
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Format (Pages): Paperback (352 pages)
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic
Published By: Ace/Roc

Blurb: Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

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FLAME IN THE DARK – EXCERPT
The sun was setting over the bend of the Tennessee River when I pulled up to the mansion, parked, and slid to the ground. The rear of the place was engulfed, flames flinging themselves out the windows and doors and the holes in the roof created by the firefighters. The roar and crackle of the fire, the rushing of water through the fire hose, the thrum of diesel generators, all created a rush of heat and noise unlike any other.
I had never seen such a huge inferno and found myself struck still and speechless as the fire’s heat and might reached out and gripped me in its raging fingers, scorching my face even out in the street. Glowing embers and stinking ash fell from the sky, burning. I tossed my good coat back in the truck and pulled a hand-me-down on instead. The heavy coat had belonged to John, my husband, and it hung on my too-slender form, but it was something I didn’t mind getting burned, and it had a hood, which I raised over my hair as I watched the scene. I reseated my weapon in the holster, made sure my badge was in view before I locked up the C10.
Three fire trucks were on- site, pulled up in the grass, two pumping water in through the roof holes, one watering down trees nearby to keep the fire from spreading. Firefighters strode through the ruined lawn, each wearing heavy gear and oxygen tanks and fire-blackened yellow coats.
Feds were on- site too, as was P. Simon—the former Green Beret ALT Security guy, from the Holloways’ party—and Rick, his black and silver-laced hair sparkling. A group had gathered beneath the protection of the wide arms of a fir tree. I looked around and saw a small sign that read ALT security. It was interesting that a man with so many personal problems was at the site of another situation involving the Tollivers. I sent that info to headquarters and heard back instantly that ALT was the highest rated private security firm in Eastern Tennessee. All the rich and famous used them for protection and security. Before I left the truck I sent back a two word text. “Still strange.”

About Faith Hunter

New York Times and USAToday bestselling fantasy author Faith Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Altogether she has 40+ books in print under the names Gary Hunter, Gwen Hunter, and Faith Hunter. As Faith, she writes two contemporary Urban Fantasy series: the Jane Yellowrock series, featuring a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, and the Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. Her Rogue Mage novels are a dark, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. The role playing game based on the series, is ROGUE MAGE, RPG.

Standalone Sunday: We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!
Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list

My Standalone Pick this week is: We’re Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union.

BLURB: In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.

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I chose this book because I love Gabrielle Union aka Miss Mary Jane. She seems to be a down to earth person and a straight shooter. My husband said it was an interesting look into her life and views. I believe I will enjoy it because she keeps it real.

Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breed #14.6) by Lara Adrian

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Title: Midnight Unbound by Lara Adrian
Series: Midnight Breed #14.6
Release Date: March 11th, 2017
Format: Audiobook (3 hrs and 53 mins)
Genre: PNR, UF, Fantasy, Romance
Published By: Lara Adrian, LLC
Narrator: Hilary Huber

A lethal Breed warrior is called upon by his brethren in the Order to bodyguard a beautiful young widow he’s craved from afar, in this new novella in the “steamy and intense” (Publishers Weekly) Midnight Breed vampire romance series from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Lara Adrian.

As a former Hunter bred to be a killing machine in the hell of Dragos’s lab, Scythe is a dangerous loner whose heart has been steeled by decades of torment and violence. He has no room in his world for love or desire–especially when it comes in the form of a vulnerable, yet courageous, Breedmate in need of protection. Scythe has loved–and lost–once before, and paid a hefty price for the weakness of his emotions. He’s not about to put himself in those chains again, no matter how deeply he hungers for lovely Chiara.

For Chiara Genova, a widow and mother with a young Breed son, the last thing she needs is to put her fate and that of her child in the hands of a lethal male like Scythe. But when she’s targeted by a hidden enemy, the obsidian-eyed assassin is her best hope for survival . . . even at the risk of her heart.

four-half-stars

I loved this book even though I normally prefer full stories to novellas.

Somehow the author made this short story feel familiar so the pace was pretty fast. As I was reading this story, I was wondering, who is Trigg, Savage and Bella and what book were they in. I was able to follow the action well though.

Scythe is a Gen One Warrior created by Dragos back in Deeper than Midnight to be his assassins/hunters. He gets a request from the Order to protect a widow Chiara Genova and her 3 yr old son Pietro, and this loner hunter is forced to interact with the woman he can’t get out of his head for the past few months. Their journey to discover who was after Chiara gave them the opportunity to really get to know each other in an isolated environment, which also created more intimacy.

The way the story was written was so smooth and the author kept the tension and chemistry between Scythe and Chiara so palpable. The narrator had a foreign accent that made the characters extra sexy. The anticipation of them getting to get together kept me reading just as much as the mystery of the stalker’s identity. I was able to deduce that I didn’t read the novella prior to this one and that’s where they were introduced. Scythe and Chiara were a pleasurable couple to read and I am amazed that Lara Adrian keeps this series so engaging.

This couple is one of my favorites in these new Gen One hunter stories. They just fit and this story hit the spot for me.

Ezi

Audiobook Review: Drawn That Way by Bronwyn Green

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Title: Drawn That Way by Bronwyn Green
Series: Bound #2
Release Date: April 9th, 2015
Format: Kindle edition (168 pages)
Genre: Contemporary romance, BDSM
Published By: Bronwyn Green
When video games evolve into sex games, she has no idea what she’s risking

Tristan Weaver, accountant for a successful video game company, is in way over her head. Honestly answering a company-wide survey and criticizing the sexist stereotypes used in the company’s games was enough to catch her boss’ attention. But speculating on his sex life within his earshot has unexpected consequences when her hot, but nerdy, boss invites her to model for him.

Owner, artist and lead developer of Brecken Games, Rory Brecken, has a strict no fraternizing with employees rule. However, when he overhears Tristan’s conversation with her friend about his rumored kinks and begins to suspect her curiosity in the submissive side of sex, he’s more than a little tempted. When her interest is undeniably confirmed, he suggests a onetime only, colleagues with benefits hook-up.

Though neither want a relationship, once isn’t enough for either one of them. As their encounters become more intense, Rory makes a huge mistake that may cost him the woman he’s coming to love.

three-half-stars

I enjoyed this audiobook more than I expected. The narrator, Tatiana Sokolov, did an impressive job with this office romance. It was light and fluffy with a very surface emphasis on BDSM. The story flowed very well and entertained from beginning to the end.

Rory Brecken, CEO of a videon gaming company named Brecken Games, sent out an office survey in hopes of improving employee relations as well as find out new ways to improve the video games he offers. When he overhears his accountant Tristan Weavers discussing the one dimensional characterization in the video games as well as the rumors about the CEO’s sex life, Rory decides to indulge Tristan’s curiosity. The rest is a journey of mutual exploration and personal growth as Rory and Tristan have to deal with their perceptions about sex and relationships.

The author did a great job in telling the story in a snapshot of moment style. There wasn’t a lot of character building or development as to who they were. Instead, the narrative is a present accounting of the Tristan and Rory in the workplace and who they are right now. I enjoyed their banter, their trysts, and their discovering of their own personal desires in and out of bed.

This author is new to me, but I will be reading this author again because I found the writing style kept me interested and engaged. The narrator did a great job with the various voices and I listened to the entire audiobook within two days. I docked it half a star because of the very little character development. I had wanted a little more information to truly understand why the characters were unfulfilled and hesitant in asking for what they truly wanted. Still, it was a good read.

Ezi

Audiobook Review: Lost and Found (Twist of Fate #1) by Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy

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Lost and FoundTitle: Lost and Found by Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy
Narrator: Michael Pauley
Series: Twist of Fate #1
Release Date: August 2nd, 2017
Format: 9 hrs 25 mins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published By: SKLL Books LLC

He promised to never leave me. But when I needed him the most, that was exactly what he did. Wilderness guide Xander Reed has spent fifteen years trying to forget the night he turned to his best friend in his darkest hour, only to find the young man who’d sworn to always have his back was turning his on Xander instead. Two thousand miles and fifteen years of building a new life in the quiet backcountry of the Rocky Mountains should have been enough to put the memory of Bennett Crawford out of his mind forever, but old wounds run deep and when Bennett suddenly reappears in his life as part of a wilderness expedition Xander is guiding, the scars he thought long healed break wide open.

two-half-stars

I found this book to be quite disappointing. The characters were not developed well and the plot was quite flimsy. The narrator was spot on but that wasn’t enough to save the slow paced story.

The main characters Xander and Bennett were best friends growing. An unfortunate event (and miscommunication) led to a 15 year grudge by Xander against Bennett. As the story unfolded, I found it Xander’s behaviour immature, bitter and irrational in that he wouldn’t even give his best friend an opportunity to explain himself. When the event was finally revealed, I rolled my eyes like nobody’s business. It seems like Xander never gave his best friend the benefit of the doubt despite the many things Bennett did to show his love and loyalty. Also, Xander took our his hurt over life’s painful lumps on a convenient target, the one person who really had his back. Talk about a bunch of big babies. Xander was a like a big kid for most of the book, and Bennett was the sympathetic friend trying to defend him or make things better. I actually thought Xander was self-centered and ungrateful. It’s not Bennett’s fault for Xander’s family situation but Bennett kept trying to compensate.

Then there was the added new bestie Aiden, whom alternated from being Bennett’s protective friend to a jealous ex while trying to mediate between Bennett and Xander. I didn’t feel Aiden’s character because I wasn’t sure what his true motivation was. It felt like he was waiting in the wings to be the clean up man.

The story ended in a reconciliation but since I never felt invested in the relationship, it didn’t create that satisfaction I normally get when all ends well. I just felt relieved that these two grown men finally put on their big boy panties and acted like adults.

Ezi

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About Sloane Kennedy

Although Sloane Kennedy always dreamed of being a writer as a teenager, she didn’t take the plunge until March of 2015 when she released her first novel as an independent author. Since then, she has released more than a dozen books including the Amazon best-selling “Barretti Security” series, “Finding” series and “Protectors” series. While she initially began writing M/F romance, she found her true passion writing gay romance and all four of her most recent releases reached the #1 spot on Amazon’s Gay Romance bestseller list and Freeing Zane, her final book in the Barretti Security series, made it to Amazon’s overall bestseller list. Sloane was born in Germany and grew up in Virginia and Wisconsin. Although she currently lives in Wisconsin, the place where she has always felt most at home is Seattle and many of her books take place in the Emerald city. Although she is unmarried, a menagerie of 2 dogs and 3 cats keeps her busy enough and 3 young nieces take care of the rest of her free time. Sloane loves being able to share her passion for romance with readers and she is truly humbled by all the support she’s received from fans and fellow authors alike.