Audiobook Review: Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

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Title: Egomaniac by Vi Keeland
Release Date: January 14th 2017
Pages:  289 • Format: Audiobook (8 hrs and 8 mins)
Published By: C. Scott Publishing Corp.
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The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant.  Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind.
I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.  And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

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Vi Keeland smashed this one out of park. I immediately dismissed this book when I saw the title but don’t make the mistake I did. This book was such a great read. The person who titled this book did it a great disservice. I mean, epic fail. I don’t know if it was an attempt to get attention and sell books but Drew Jagger was absolutely not an egomaniac. I looked up the definition and Egomaniac is “a person obsessed with their own importance.”
I don’t believe heroine Emerie Rose fit that bill either. This book was actually the opposite of that title. I think the two main characters didn’t take themselves that seriously, and that was part of the book’s charm.

This story is not one of those billionaire romances. Its a story about common sense versus book smarts, personal growth and learning to open one’s eyes and heart. I really really enjoyed it. I am mega impressed with the writing. The comedic timing, the emotional touches, even Emerie’s naivete was touching. I loved the contrast between the more celebral and mild mannered therapist from Oklahoma and the playful, yet hard working New York attorney. The tone of the story was humorous, sweet and touching in parts. It was completely delightful. The author did a great job building the characters and making them relatable. Drew can be both a jerk and a sweetheart. Emerie was both clueless and yet perceptive. The character perfection lies in their flaws. They make you want to shake sense into them, laugh with them and give them comforting hugs.

What a fun audiobook. Joe Arden and Andi Arndt were awesome narrators. I found them so believable and I enjoyed every minute of this story. They really projected the chemistry and camaraderie between the characters. I couldn’t help but be sucked into Emerie and Drew’s banter. From the funny dialogue, to the sharing past pains and the building of solid relationship, I was all in this story. I have read The Baller by this same author and didn’t enjoy it half as much as this one. This is a book that will be on my re-read shelf for when I need a pick me up when I hit a reading funk. I will definitely be checking out more of Vi Keeland’s work.

If you want an entertaining romance that balances humor, chemistry and personal growth, this is the book for you.
Ezi

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

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Title: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Release Date: August 2nd 2016
Pages: 367  Format: 11 hrs 11 mins (Audiobook)
Published By: Atria Books
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SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

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five-stars

It is no secret that I love Colleen Hoover but this book took a sensitive subject and made it relateable. Without spoiling this story, I loved just about all the characters in this story. It’s hard to discuss the plot without revealing things so I will stick to the characters.

I love Lily and her mom, Atlas Corrigan, Ryle Kincaid, his sister Alyssa & her husband Marshall, even Atlas’ three friends because these characters were humanized despite their flaws. This story was full of angst and emotion. I truly felt for all. I know I am in the minority, but I would have loved Lily to have professional counseling as it may have been beneficial for all involved.

Colleen Hoover is an expert at delivering touching, heart-rending and at the same time inspiring characters who just rise above tragic circumstances to bask in the light at the end of the tunnel. I always feel joy and happiness at the end of a Colleen Hoover book and this one was no exception.

Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if the author wrote a book on Atlas and/or Ryle’s upbringing. There was a lot of story left there and it has been on my mind since I read the book.
This book was a masterpiece.

About Colleen Hoover

#1 NYT bestselling author of books that will destroy you, then put you back together.

Colleen Hoover is the author of ten New York Times bestselling novels. She self-published her first novel, SLAMMED, in 2012. Five months later it debuted on The New York Times. Colleen has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

So This is Christmas by Josh Lanyon

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So This is Christmas: by Josh Lanyon
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, #5.5
Release Date: December 30, 2016
Pages: 127 • Format: eARC
Published By: Just Joshin Publishing, Inc
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God Help You Merry Gentlemen…

Arriving home early after spending Christmas in jolly old England, sometimes amateur sleuth Adrien English discovers alarming developments at Cloak and Dagger Books–and an old acquaintance seeking help in finding his missing boyfriend.

Fortunately, Adrien just happens to know a really good private eye…

 

 

 

five-stars

It took me a couple of days to try to figure out what words to describe this story, but I still have no words because this book has been one of my happiest book pleasures ever. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought we would see Adrien & Jake again. They are in my Book Royalty. I love the Adrien & Jake story. It isn’t nice, easy, or sweet. These two have fought extremely hard to get where they are and it’s PERFECT.

This picks up right after book 5. Jake & Adrien are returning from a holiday in London. We see the old gang, some familiar faces and the love between these two. I don’t think we’ve ever see Adrien this content and happy before, and its a beautiful thing. It wouldn’t be an Adrien English story without someone contacting him directly or sometimes indirectly for help. This time it’s Kevin, the cute hottie from book 2 needs some help. Reading this I often found myself smiling for no apparent reason then it feels great to revisit these two. I truly love Josh Lanyon’s style, and felt like this was the most contemporary story we’ve seen from her ever in my opinion.

Ask anyone and they will tell you I wasn’t team Jake ever in a day. I re-read the series prior to reading this and sometimes I forgot why I was so angry at him, but book 4 and seeing him change was something else. I forgive all the tears, anger, and pain that he put Adrien in. We see Jake grow as much as Adrien did in the years since the first book. You can see the personal growth that Jake obtained because in this last book he was so carefree, open and loving. It was like seeing a new Jake, but I firmly believe he just grew up.

With all the happiness and that ending, I couldn’t ask for a better ending to these two. I am forever grateful that Lanyon decided to bless us with this happiness. I loved it, and it’s highly recommendable to fans of this series.

About Josh Lanyon

Bestselling author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON has been called “arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today.” Granted, that was yesterday.

Today Josh’s work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the 2nd Annual All Time Favorite Male Male Couple by the Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Favorite M/M Author Lifetime Achievement award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

Ezi’s Best Books of 2016

   From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon


Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

The Dark Light of Day by T.M. Frazier

Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

Undecided by Julianna Keyes

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott & Larry Platt

Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

Absolution by Sloane Kennedy

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Ezi

Mika’s Favorite Books of 2016!!!

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This has been an amazing year for the blog! We’ve seen people come and go, but Ezi & Mika stayed true to our selves. I found some new series that I can’t believe I’ve never read. (**Shoutout to Quil Carter**)  I do have less favorite books then last year. I’ve found some really good new authors to add to the folks, and have found my calling in Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels Series! Shout out to my Snakes badgering me about this series. I’ve seen a few series come to an end. **Ugly Tears** for Rhys Ford Cole McGinnis Series coming to an end. I will never ever leave this series. Another favorite series had a surprise novella interested at the end of the year. Josh Lanyon surprised us with a new Adrien English novella that I’ve currently reading. I can’t pick a single book as numero uno. I’ll list them according to my read date. I’m feeling very generous and in the holiday spirit.  I’m offering a $20 Gift Certificate to Dreamspinner Press. All you have to do is comment below with your top 5 favorite books of 2016 and why!!!

Without further ado it’s my favorite books of 2016!!!

It was my first favorite book of 2016. The ending to a series who I love, cried, laughed and swooned over. I will forever recommend this series, and talk about these characters to people. Rhys Ford has a fan for life and I’m happy to say in 2017 I’ll be reading more of her books. Saranghaeyo guys!

 

 

I’m super surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. It stayed with me throughout the year and it was a favorite of mine to recommend. I don’t do steampunk, but I do Heidi Cullinan steampunk series. I think you should definitely give this one a shot!

 

 

Are we really surprised this book made my list? Come on now, I gushed and raved over this book. Hell I own this book in different formats, E-book from two different vendors, an ARC copy of course, and a signed paperback copy. This duo of authors should school everyone else on co-writing. You can definitely see the difference of writings and character building, but I’m of mind where I love each author separately. This book gave me all types of feels and I <3 Kai & Garrett for ever!

 

I’m pretty certain Santino Hassell made my list a bunch of times so get ready for more. Not surprisingly that this series continues to rock. I mean every book in the series so far has been 5 star reads for me. I am completely obsessed with everything Raymond. I just wanted to put that out there. This book has one of my favorite scenes of the year as well!!! Oli & Caleb were adorable, but so freaking realistic as well.

 

This book had me reading it in one setting. I think from the second book or so I was interested in Lord Richard Vane and his valet Cyprian. It surpassed all my expectations. But then I think and realize its K.J. Charles dummy. There is only two authors writing Historical mm and she’s one of them. I really did enjoy this series, and it was a hard feat beating my Wednesday by Wednesday boys, but I enjoyed this nonetheless.

 

One of the best contemporary series in Gay Romance ever. I truly adored this series, and wish it was full length novels, but I am happy overall with the products. Spencer & Andrew were adorable, amazing, and so hot together. I found it real, funny, and even cried at moments. I really do think N.R. Walker hit this out of the park this year with this series. Give it a try, you won’t be mad!

 

Remember that 1 of 2 comment about the authors above, well this is the other one. JLH introduced us to a brand new series and it was astounding from the very beginning. Love the idea of witches, familiars, historical’s and mm in New York City. It was a super fun read, slightly lighter then her award winning Whyborne & Griffin series. I do think people will appreciate how authentic she is in her research. I cannot wait to 2017 to read more from this series.

 

One of the best series to date and I’ve highly rated all of them. This book though is super special to me. It was lite on the hockey, (I’m still clueless) and focused more on the relationship aspect. Plus I love Russians characters. It might seem cliche, but I feel like they are so more passionate and emotional. Stoic, but passionate. Misha could never disappoint me. I feel like Avon had an amazing year in writing, you can tell by all the highly rated stories she’s produced and all her glorious goodness and words. Plus she rocks big time.

 

Cara Dee is one of the few writers that I read that can write such realistic fiction. I’m always able to connect emotionally with her characters and this book was no different. The reason why I find her writing so humbling is because she’s one of the most relatable voices in this genre that I read. She writes about perfectly flawed characters. Dominic & Adrian stole my breath away from the very beginning. It’s certain books that you can go back and re-read again for the first time, and this is one I wish I can do over.

 

T.J. Klune is one of my favorite authors of all time. He’s my go to crier author. If I need to decompress then I’ll grab any book available and end up balling like a big baby. Wolfsong is a lot of people’s favorite book this year. I can agree it’s a top contender in my list as well. I’ve had conflicted emotions on putting it at #1 or #2, but the one thing I will say is its well deserved. In a year where shifters, and paranormal romance seems to take off in the genre it’s on a shelf all by itself. T.J wrote a heartbreaking tale, but it was so good, authentic, and amazing. I can’t think of much to say as of now about this, but if you need a reason why to grab it then go ahead and read my review!

 

New Author Alert: Yeah this happened, and made it on my list. Contemporary M/M book, and very romantic at best. Never read anything by K.E. Belledonne before and I was left feeling giddy as hell once it was over. I enjoyed the past and present scenes. Loved seeing them grow together and deal with wedding preparations. It’s hard, so I enjoyed someone else misery! I got to use Sex and the City gifs in my review. Always makes a girl happy there.

 

 

Tee Hee!!! Dominic and Luke is where its at. Writing this now, make me want to go re-read this. So this was very different from book one, and just as good. At the end of the story I had to struggle with which book was my favorite, and as you can see they both landed on this list. I look forward to Hardwire the next in the series. I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it. Oh and most of the scenes in this book made my day. Megtino had a good year with writing!

 

 

This book was everything. Tiffany Reisz is one of my favorite writers ever! I live for her pen game. It’s something about her writing and the emotions she conveys to her audience. This book was a tale of sorrow, heartbreak, love, and devotion. I love the idea of the novel, and I think she did an amazing job with the characters. I guarantee you that you will never guess the ending, and I love books like this. One of the only good mf romance writers who I auto-buy and read.

 

This series just gets better and better IMO. I really enjoyed the first book, but this book blew me away. The writing, the plot, the chemistry!!! Everything was explosive. The age-gap, and I loved the Science Fiction spin on it. If you closed your eyes, then you can picture the entire novel playing out right behind your lids! I think this was a great edition for the Sci-Fi fans.

 

 

 

JLH has made it possible to love a series for so long when its about the same couple for more then 2 books. This is book 8 in the Whyborne & Griffin series. We still see the love these two have for each other, still get the strong Christine and loving Iskander, and a new couple on the horizon. I love reading this series because we learn something new each time, and get to fall in love with them all over again. It’s definitely a comfort read series.

 

New Author Alert: When you can cosigned from the lovely Josh Lanyon then you are on the right path. This Mystery/Thriller was so good. It was super suspenseful with the right amount of romance. Out the woodwork I was enthralled with the writing, and the characters. Definitely an author to look forward to next year!

 

 

Well what did you expect? First of all its Raymond & David’s book. If you don’t know then Raymond was added to my Harem while reading Sunset Park. Anything he is in, does, and should be in I’ll read. This was good as well. Another relatable read from this author. Hassell should us the sophomore year of a relationship that’s what I’ll call it. It’s the stage after the honeymoon and real life starts affecting the time being spent together. Hassell definitely puts us through the ringer, but in the end love prevails.

 

 

Leta Blake kicked butt with her Will & Patrick series last year, but to fall up with another series was just crazy. Book one drove me to alcohol, and book two drove me to my secret stash of Hersey’s nuggets. The feels and emotions were so heightened in this book. I don’t know who I felt bad or worst for. I won’t even go in detail since the series is ongoing, I just can’t wait to see what’s next for these two. Definitely a series to be on the look out for.

 

 

Anyta Sunday was a new author to me. For years I’ve been suggested books by her, but never got around to reading it. Well this sweet, witty story was a definite win in my book. It was really good. It was comical at times, and teeth pulling at others. I like the writing style of this author, and I really enjoyed the romance between Theo & Jamie. I love the growth of the relationship/friendship it’s sweet and whimsical.

 

 

The book we’ve been waiting for!!! Soren & Kingsley. Kingsley and Soren were amazing. I highlighted the entire book it seems like. I have nothing to say about it, because I want to tackle hug Tiffany Reisz for doing this novella. I want to bow down and thanks her graciously for doing this. I’ve always wanted to see something special between these two. We know the history and love that they have for one another. If this series isn’t on your Read list, TBR list or radar then get on it. Amazing writing from this lady.

 

 

 

I’ve had a great year with books. I’ve surpassed my reading goal of 350 and so far had read 450. Yeah, I am going to slow down big time next year. Reading for me is an escape. It takes away the grime, disruption, and difficulty of RL. It allows me to escape to other people’s lives and rejoice in their happiness. It doesn’t seem like alot of books considering I’ve read 450 books this year. I’ve put alot of time, effort, tears, and happiness into blogging. I really want to thank the authors, and  publishers for being kind enough for me to get early copies. I want to thank the blog followers for putting up with my quirky reviews. Plus I want to thanks my special group of girls! It was an honor to text, talk, email, and laugh with you guys this year. Reading has brought us together, and hopefully we can get the same enjoyment next year.

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Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

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Leo Loves Aries: by Anyta Sunday
Series: Signs of Love, #1
Release Date: December 4th, 2016
Pages: 268 • Format: eARC
Published By: Anyta Sunday
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A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…

Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.

All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be the one for her, and the friend for him.

But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…

four-half-stars


This is the best reaction to 67%. I do not like angst of any kind, and this just took to long to happen, but when it did it was freaking magical.

Brace yourself ladies and gents, this is my first Anyta Sunday book. **Duck & covers**, I know. I honestly do not know how this happened.

Leo Loves Aries was such a witty, romantic, feel good story. I really enjoyed the easiness of the reading style. Everything was well written and flowed perfectly. Yes, it didn’t happen 13% in the book like I wanted to. Talk about Chemistry!!! I’ve started signing things like #CancerlovesPisces. These guys were super relatable. I honestly think Theo was the blind one here, he couldn’t see what was directly in front of his eyes, but when he did…. Boy, he went right in and went full throttle. It was no playing around for him. I am so in love with Jamie. Gosh my husband is the SHIT, but a Jamie is a needed necessity for 2017. He’s the type of guy who just wants to see you succeed, be happy and healthy. What more can you ask for?

This book made me happy. I love the little illustrations and factoids at the beginning of each chapter. I adore the parents alot. It shows what good parenting and upbringing produces. These were so responsible young adults. I love the relationship that each had with their counterpart. I adore Leone parts as well. Loved that her disability didn’t stop her from doing anything. She’s such an inspiration, and dare I say I would be interested in a Leone & Sam novel some day.

Gotta say, after reading this; the next day I went and read my horoscope and it said 2018 was my year. I got super excited. I use to be a big horoscope reader in my early twenties, I’ve gradually stopped, but I think I might go back to reading them. I do agree about compatibility when it comes to zodiac signs. I was involved with an Aries and we didn’t work out at all, but the Pisces and Cancer go together like fat girls and chocolate cake. Speaking from experience now folks. LOL. I am rambling, because I can go on, and on about how awesome they both are, but you read it! You don’t get to live vicariously through my fangirling, just know it made my Best of 2016 list and will leave you smitten and happy. I want to leave you with this quote because it means so much to me, it’s a line I used in my wedding vows, and to hear you say it to someone special means the world to them. It’s endearing and all encompassing when it comes to love.

Theo:You are not the best part of my day, you make my day.

About Anyta Sunday

Anyta Sunday – New Zealand writer in Berlin, Germany.

A born and raised New Zealander from Wellington, I’ve been exploring the literary world since I started reading Roald Dahl as a kid. Stories have been piling up in my head ever since. Fast forward to my mid-twenties and jump a few countries (Germany, America, and back again), I started to put them to paper.

My genre of choice is romance, both adult and YA, gay and straight. You can take a closer look at my books, available as e-books for download in many formats!

When I’m not pushing my characters deeper into adventure, I chase my sons around the house and fight my two comical cats for the desk chair.

Interlude: First Noel by Tal Bauer

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Interlude:First Noel by Tal Bauer
Series:The Executive Office #1.5
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Pages: 125 • Format: eARC
Published By: NineStar Press
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Before Ethan returns to DC…
Before he becomes Jack’s first gentleman…
Jack and Ethan share their first Christmas together.

Step back to Jack and Ethan’s first Christmas season and the tentative early months of their relationship under the world’s spotlight.

Three months into Ethan’s transfer-in-exile in Des Moines, Iowa, the pressures of dating Jack, the president of the United States, start to wear Ethan down. His weeks are measured by the days he works in Iowa, chasing counterfeiters and financial crimes, and the weekends he manages to steal with Jack back in DC. The media stalks his every move, he’s isolated by his coworkers, and loneliness hammers at his heart.

In DC, Jack tries to piece together a global alliance to take down the Caliphate, while the world seems focused on tearing apart his personal life. Hostility surrounds him from all corners of the globe, but a surprise offer from President Sergey Puchkov may pave the way for a tentative alliance…and perhaps the beginning of a friendship.

As Ethan finds himself in the middle of an investigation that rubs too deeply against his soul and Jack tries to balance leading the free world and keeping his and Ethan’s relationship going, the two men must face what their love has become…and where they are heading together.

five-stars

While I’m ecstatic to get this novel, it’s making me a little ragey because I want the next in the series so bad. Excuse my grouchy ways, I’m battling the cold demon in my City. I’m not ready for freezing temperatures! I’m pleasantly happy to see Ethan & Jack again. Man, Tal doesn’t do anything half assed. They went into this book with more then a Holiday novella in store. This was a solid storm with so much happy, romancy, feelings. I always wanted to read about their mini break when Ethan was away, and it was everything I could want and more.

Ethan & Jack are just now getting to that special place in their relationship but they are apart from each other. They have most weekends when Jack isn’t busy. This is definitely not a stand alone. Don’t even think about reading it without book one. We see them grow together as a couple, and a lot of first happens here in this book. I really enjoyed seeing Jack open up about his feelings and being super protective of Ethan.

I’m not going to lie, I was starting to worry about Ethan. I don’t think he can handle being alone from his friends and Jack. He was able to do his job, well I should say and stay true to his love with Jack. I did like the relationship that he was building up with Becker his partner. Hopefully we’ll see him in the future somewhere in this series.

It is so going on a favorite of mine this year. I enjoyed all the little things they did for each other, to the big pronouncements of love, endearments, first dances, and special Christmas presents. I will admit to being worried that being such a short book in length we would have to deal with the political formula like the rest of the books in the series. Do not be worried folks, this is strictly romantic. It’s all about the romance and their relationship and what’s to come in the future. If you are fans of this series, then I definitely recommend this to you. If you haven’t read Enemies of State then I dare say get on it folks! Don’t miss out on a brand new fan favorite couple! Tal, I’ll be looking for book 3’s release date soon. I don’t have much wine left to hold me out!!

About Tal Bauer

Tal Bauer writes LGBT fiction and romance, bringing together a career in law enforcement, trauma medicine, and international humanitarian and disaster relief work to create dynamic, strong characters, intriguing plots, and unique, exotic locations. Tal’s stories weave together pulse-pounding adventure, cunning intrigue, and sweeping romance. Tal is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers of America.

The Mistletoe Effect by Cate Ashwood

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The Mistletoe Effect: by Cate Ashwood
Release Date: December 9th, 2016
Pages: 116 • Format: eARC
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Although Christmas is his favorite time of year, all is not merry and bright for Danny Ellis. After being laid off and facing eviction, he’s eager to make a fresh start. When a friend mentions an opportunity in Sin City, he packs up and heads west. Unfortunately, plans run awry when his truck breaks down a little more than halfway there and he’s stranded in the cold with no money, nowhere to stay, and no way to get to Vegas.

‘Tis the season, but not for Merrick Holland, who loves being a part of the community in the small town of Rowley Bridge. Christmas has been a little tainted since his father died three years ago, and when people start to deck the halls, he withdraws. When Merrick finds a man asleep inside his bakery one morning, rather than call the police, Merrick makes him a cup of coffee, and after hearing his story offers him a job and a place to stay.

The two men strike up an unlikely friendship, but with Christmas only three weeks away, could a little holiday magic bring them together? 

four-half-stars

 

Definitely one of my top reads this year!!! Call it the quintessential holiday read, Christmas read or straight sugary fluff, but what you won’t do is call it bad. This was pure romance!! Sugary sweet amazing-ness for Danny & Merrick. I don’t read many Cate Ashwood books, but I might start if they leave me happy and content!! My one downfall is that it isn’t longer. I know, I ask for a lot from these authors, but this book could have been 50 pages longer, or Christmas never ends in Rowley Bridge for me.

 


This is Rowley Bridge in my mind!!

Danny is down on his luck. He’s at rock bottom people, and just trying to drive cross country to Las Vegas for a a job. Things don’t go according to plan. His truck breaks down in this cute little picturesque town. It’s Christmas in a few weeks, and having not eating a full meal in weeks Danny breaks into a bakery. Unbeknownst to him, it was the best thing he could have done in his whole life. I think meeting Merrick gave Danny more stability then he could ever know. Both guys are lonely, and have dealt with tragedy. At such a special time in the year, they both are dealing with internal strife. Ashwood popped my heart right open with these two. I love them from the first interaction to the last one. I am super happy with this book, and its definitely put me in the baking mood!!!!

Merrick is such a great guy. I really appreciated him opening up his doors, arms, and heart to a complete stranger. It puts a little faith back in humanity for me. Everyone thinks Merrick hates Christmas, but in actuality the holiday is a reminder of his father’s death a few years back. He doesn’t hate it, but it brings sadness to his life. I think him meeting Danny was the best thing for him as well. His true nurturer side came out, and it allowed him to pick himself up and also got him back into the spirit of life. I really think him being with Danny also gave him reason to live again. He wasn’t doing much but working, he didn’t seem to have a social life at all, not even a pet. Hell, I expected a pet in a situation like this, but was surprised that he didn’t have one.

I read this book in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down, and maybe the ending was rushed. If anything, I’m a little peeved at that seeing as the rest of the book was gloriously paced. They fit together so well. I would not mind seeing these two together again in the future. I think Cate did an amazing job with the atmosphere and characters. I will definitely shelf this on my comfort reads shelf, I can see myself grabbing this to make me happy in the future, or in a week. LOL. I highly recommend this book friends, really great holiday read!!!!

About Cate Ashwood

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, son, and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

The Unlikely Prospect by Lex Chase

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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

unlikelyprospectthefs_v1The Unlikely Prospect: by Lex Chase
Series: States of Love
Release Date: December 7th, 2016
Pages: 126 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
Purchase Links:
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In Prospect Harbor, Maine, lobsterman Harper Cook has always loved the sea. He and his two brothers work the harbor waters, in a fishing village of one thousand where everybody knows everybody else’s business and nobody wants to be different.

When it’s time for the annual Men of Maine pinup calendar, Harper’s brothers eagerly volunteer him. Harper isn’t thrilled to bare it all to raise money for an elementary school playground—until he meets out-and-proud Los Angeles out-a-statah Sean Blackburn: the highly available first-grade teacher with Hollywood heartthrob looks.

Harper has no desire to ever stand out from the crowd, but Sean persists and earns Harper’s friendship. Through Sean, Harper opens up to new possibilities. Things get steamy, but Harper still protects his heart. Though the right pressure in the right place might crack even a loner lobsterman out of his shell.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

four-half-stars

Fits all my Checkmark List people!

√ Cheesy and Fluffy Goodness
Adorable Older MC
Virgin
Pinup Calendar
√ A little bit of kink
Noisy Siblings
Shy MC
√ More adorableness
√ A Novelist

I loved this book!!! The right amount of swoony cheesiness and fluff for me! Harper and Sean were truly adorable together. I loved the Cook brothers. I thought they showed real camaraderie between siblings. This was my first read by Lex Chase and I really liked it. It was a bit choppy at times, and transitions were a little bad, but I was able to forget that because I was enthralled with the story.

Harper is a loner by nature, only working and hanging out with the family when he’s forced to. He’s the oldest of 3 boys who are all Lobster-man. This book caught me in the right mood. I loved how shy, awkward, and lovable Harper was. He was prepared to spend the rest of his life alone until his brother Joe asks him to pose for a calendar to support his niece’s playground. Harper will do anything for his family at the end of the day. Forget about talking, or him being socially awkward, his family matters because Mumma said it does. He meets Sean who is completely opposite him of every way. Sean awakens a need in Harper that he didn’t know he had. It was such a quick angst free love story.

The building of their relationship was magical. I liked how well they fit together. Again some of the transitions bothered me, but I was able to look passed it because the story was super good, and swoony. I couldn’t flip the page fast enough to see what was going to happen next. I really wish this was a full length novel. Both guys were able to explore each other and learn what works for them. I love how tender and caring Sean was when it came to their physical relationship. It was a no pressure book, they became friends and lovers all in one go. I would have liked to meet Joe and Danny’s family since they talked about them enough. Would also have liked to see Sean in his element at school. I would definitely recommend this cheesy goodness, definitely caught me in the right mood and it’s a feel good favorite of mine this year!

About Lex Chase

Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” Now, she’s on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting.
Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. Her pride is in telling stories of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. If you’re going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.
Lex is a pop culture diva, her DVR is constantly backlogged, she has intense emotions about Hannibal’s Hannigram, and unapologetically loved the ending of Lost. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind.
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Krampus Hates Christmas by Andi Van

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krampusKrampus Hates Christmas: by Andi Van
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar-Bah Humbug
Release Date: December 1st, 2016
Pages: 104 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Karl Kringle hates the modern-day Christmas. He was born to be Krampus, but the Holiday Council refuses to let him help his brother Nick—aka Santa Claus—with the Naughty List until he finds his holiday spirit. To meet that challenge, he’s turned human and dumped in a strange apartment.

Lewis Weatherby loves the holidays and always has. Not only do his parents own a pumpkin patch and tree farm, he’s also inherited a Christmas-themed shop. All he wants from Santa is the man of his dreams, and the Big Guy might’ve just delivered. Lewis’s new neighbor Karl is gorgeous, sweet, and has a fantastic sense of humor—if his jokes about being Krampus are any indication.

Soon getting home is less important to Karl than what will happen when Lewis inevitably realizes the truth behind his jokes. He’s finally starting to understand the real joy of the season—now he just has to figure out how to hold on to it.

four-stars

Krampus was AMAZEBALLS!!!!

Definitely a top contender in my 2016 favorite Holiday Reads!

This was my first book by Andi Van, and I loved there quirky sense of humor, and writing. Krampus is a different take on the holiday romance aspect. He’s the twin to Saint Nick, opposite in every way, shape, size and form. In in my mind Krampus original form is a Minotaur. I couldn’t get that image out my mind. LOL. I found myself laughing at the antics of these characters, having the best cheese smile on my face, and tearing up at the end.

Krampus just wants to help his brother with Christmas, but the council decides he’s not ready and doesn’t have the right spirit for it. Noel (Santa’s Husband) decides to step in and help his brother in law out. He sends Krampus to California, to stay in a nice apartment and find his holiday cheer. He’s given an illusion to look like an attractive tall guy named Karl, and staying next door to sweet Lewis who owns a holiday shop.

I really liked Lewis, and adored his best friend Jerry. Lewis is smidge overweight in his 40’s and doesn’t feel so great about himself. Putting these two together just seemed right. They were super compatible from the first meeting. I liked how open they were with each other,( within reason on Karl’s side). I loved how Karl was to willing to do new things, but stay true to himself. I think their journey was really adorable and sweet. I loved NOEL!!! I wanted more parts with him and Nick. Andi Van if you do read this, please consider giving us another holiday treat with these two! I liked Lewis’s family alot. I think they were great and very accepting of Karl and his family history when everything came to the light.

This was super fun to read! Highly recommend it, and can’t stop smiling thinking about it!

About Andi Van

Andi Van is a foul-mouthed troublemaker who lives near San Diego with a small fluffy thing named Koi, a baseball bat that’s forever being used for things other than baseball, and a fondness for rum and caffeine (though not necessarily together).

Andi is fluent in three languages (English, sarcasm, and profanity), and takes pride in a highly developed — if somewhat bizarre — sense of humor.