Review: Soul to Keep (Rented Heart #2) by Garrett Leigh

Soul to Keep (Rented Heart, #2)


Recovering addict Jamie Yorke has returned to England from California. With no home or family to speak of, he sticks a pin in a map and finds a small town in the Derbyshire Peak District. Matlock Bath is a quiet place—he just needs to get there, keep his head down, and stay clean. Simple, right? Until a chance meeting on the flight home alters the course of his so-called life forever.

Ex-Army medic Marc Ramsey is recovering from life-changing combat injuries while pulling nights as a trauma specialist at the local hospital. Keeping busy is a habit he can’t quit, but when Jamie—so wild and beautiful—bursts into his life, working himself into the ground isn’t as compelling as it used to be.

Marc falls hard, but chaos lurks behind Jamie’s fragile facade. He’s winning his battle against addiction, but another old foe is slowly consuming him. Both men have weathered many storms, but the path to the peace they deserve might prove the roughest ride yet.




Finding love and peace when the life seems to be falling apart, is one of the experiences Jamie and Marc will have to learn in SOUL TO KEEP.

Jamie is a recovering addict that is trying to put his life together going back to England. Marc is an Ex-Army medic dealing with his own demons. Meeting Jamie in a flight is going to change things for them forever. The many battles they have to face together might become one of the toughest tasks that they have to fight in order to find the peace they deserve.

This is the second book in a series. I haven’t read the first one and, even though it would help to know some of the characters mentioned who seemed to have an important role in the main characters’ life, I don’t really think that it altered my overall thoughts of the book or make me enjoy it any less. That being said, I wasn’t particularly impressed by the book. It had a lot of things that I liked but it was mostly underwhelming.

I felt like it took all my energy. I was exhausted like I often am when I’m talking with emotionally troubled people. On that matter, I appreciate it, because it generate the same emotion I would feel in real life, but it became bothersome and made it harder to read the book. It was very slow paced and that seemed appropriate for the story, but it didn’t help or motivate me to keep reading.

It does have some great parts that I loved and, at the end, I guess those parts I liked were stronger than the ones that I didn’t. Among them, the constant struggle Jamie had, not only with addiction but also with self-acceptance. It felt realistic. The support he found in Marc and how important they became to each other was also something that I enjoy a lot. It wasn’t extremely romantic and was mostly centered on the struggles they have. That’s perfectly fine with me, but I guess some readers looking for romance might find that aspect a little inconvenient.

Overall it was a good book, I have some issues with it but it had some great redeeming elements. Readers who aren’t troubled by angsty books will be able to enjoy it.

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Review: Consequences (The Flesh Cartel #4) by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

Consequences (The Flesh Cartel #4)


In episode four of The Flesh Cartel, Mat and Dougie Carmichael begin their training with their new master, Nikolai, where they both learn the meaning of servitude . . . and of consequences for their choices.

For Mat, destined to be trained but not broken—to always fight but never win—life with Nikolai is suffering stacked on suffering. Nikolai pushes him to the edge but not over; he must never lose the hatred in his eyes. Dougie, on the other hand, is fated to love and crave service. For that, Nikolai must teach him the pleasures of a pampered sex slave, but training a straight man to revel in his gay captor’s touch is no easy feat.

As if the challenges Mat and Dougie face aren’t difficult enough, one last complication remains: before either brother can submit fully to Nikolai, they must first give up their strongest, most powerful loyalty: their dedication to each other.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes: Non-consent




This is exactly what I have in mind when I choose to read a new chapter on the series, at least Dougie’s part. It was everything I wanted. I liked this chapter a lot. This time I found Mat’s part surprisingly nice. I generally feel more attracted to Dougie’s point of view, but this time both brothers did a great job to keep me entertain.

What I loved about Mat was his defiance even under the circumstances he was and his loyalty to Dougie. What I liked about Dougie was the internal struggle he was living. I also liked the few moments of defiance and the subsequent regret of the possible consequences his choices might bring for him. It was great. Of course, I also enjoy Nikolai. This time he redeem himself and the dislike I felt for him in the previous one. I liked him as I used to this time around.

Overall a great installment, maybe one of my favorites but I’m to early in this series to choose favorites yet.

Review: Iudicium by T.C. Orton



After being incarcerated at a prison that leans over the edge of the world, Fayt must do whatever it takes to escape (or simply survive) the horrors that await him. You will take control of Fayt and guide him on his path, but be careful, for not everyone posing as an ally will lead you down the road to freedom.

Note: This is an interactive story, and it is important that you keep a record of your choices close by.

Fayt is in your hands…




What an inventive way of telling a story. I found it very entertaining. It was thrilling to see the outcome of the decisions I was making while reading.

The story itself goes in the darker side. Is this consider a romance? I really don’t know. It didn’t feel romantic at all despite the ending I got. But it didn’t make me enjoy it any less. Maybe it was because I wasn’t looking a romance when I choose to read the story. I loved the dark elements of it, it was exactly what I was looking for.

The main character is nice. I didn’t find him particularly charming but I loved to see the struggles he had with the abuses he was facing. I did have a few issues with some of his reactions, and I understand is fiction, but there are times when I prefer some things to be more realistic. I still had a great time reading it and I’m so intrigued by the author who was new to me. I’ll definitely plan on keep reading more of his books.

I would recommend to consider the note on the blurb and keep record of your choices, I had the need to go back a few times to remember what my choices had been. It was so exciting. I don’t know it this would be in all the possibilities the book has, but beware it could contain non-con scenes that might not be ok with all readers.

Review: Joy by C.S. Poe

Joy (States of Love)


Down on his luck is Gideon Joy’s default state. He doesn’t know why he expected anything different on his cross-country trip, but not surprisingly, the hits keep coming—literally this time. Gideon strikes a moose with his car in New Hampshire, not only totaling his own vehicle, but damaging one belonging to local construction worker Silas Bright. He has no choice but to stay in Lancaster and take a job that’ll pay for the repairs. And in a town so small, Gideon’s always running into Silas. What starts as annoyance between them soon blooms into something much more romantic. But when Gideon’s notorious bad luck rears its head yet again, how many disastrous dates will Silas be willing to weather before realizing Gideon’s not worth it?

Despite Gideon’s desire to remain in the quaint community that has accepted him as one of their own, past fears of inadequacy threaten the very joy he left Los Angeles to discover. If he’s to find a happily ever after with Silas, Gideon must learn that sometimes it’s okay to not be the best. And true happiness might be waiting in a small town nestled among the great White Mountains.

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




JOY was such a lighthearted and fun book to read, I had a great time with it and the characters were really sweet.

Gideon is trying to live a normal life, but chaos seem to find him everywhere he goes. Trying to keep himself away from that chaos isn’t that easy for him when he finds himself in an unknown town, without a car or money. Now he has to put his bad luck aside and rely on the town folk’s kindness. When he meet Silas, one of the locals, he finds in him what he didn’t know he was looking for.

This was such a fun book to read. It is really short and the light spirit of it makes it so easy to read. The plot was nice and it had a nice humorous tone without taking the attention from the romance. I think it didn’t deliver that much in the romance area, it start developing a little bit too advance in the story, but I still like it a lot.

The characters were great. I loved them both and it also had some nice secondary characters, although none of them stole the show. Gideon was so nice, and I liked him most of the time but I had a bit of an issue with him near the ending. I think he was overreacting, mostly on the last pages and it made me so mad at him. However, most of the time he was a nice character as well as Silas, who was wonderful.

Overall JOY was a great, fun and lighthearted story. This author is becoming one to keep an eye on. I would recommend it to any reader who likes M/M Romance and enjoy free of angst books.

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Review: Working Stiffs by Elliot Cooper

Working Stiffs


Dennis’s manager has either set him up for failure or a chance to become lunch for the first zombie in the office. But as the days creep by, he finds sharing a cubicle with the undead isn’t what he expects.




This was an interesting read. I star reading it with some doubts about it but I ended up having a lot of fun with it. The main characters were both nice. I’m not that much fond on a zombie main character but I really liked Ted, he was a nice guy as well as Dennis.

The plot is good, it had a steady pace and being so short it was really easy to read it. I finish it in less than an hour and, even struggling a little bit at the beginning, the more I kept reading, the more interesting it became. I didn’t liked the ending too much, but overall I have fun time with it.

Review: Two Man Station by Lisa Henry

Two Man Station (Emergency Services, #1)


Gio Valeri is a big city police officer who’s been transferred to the small outback town of Richmond with his professional reputation in tatters. His transfer is a punishment, and Gio just wants to keep his head down and survive the next two years. No more mistakes. No more complications.

Except Gio isn’t counting on Jason Quinn.

Jason Quinn, officer in charge of Richmond Station, is a single dad struggling with balancing the demands of shift work with the challenges of raising his son. The last thing he needs is a new senior constable with a history of destroying other people’s careers. But like it or not, Jason has to work with Gio.

In a remote two man station hours away from the next town, Gio and Jason have to learn to trust and rely on each another. Close quarters and a growing attraction mean that the lines between professional and personal are blurring. And even in Richmond, being a copper can be dangerous enough without risking their hearts as well.




Two men struggling with their own demons are trying to open their hearts to a new love in the remote Richmond station.

Gio has been transferred to the small town of Richmond where Jason Quinn is the officer in charge. Gio’s reputation is not in the best place right now and Jason isn’t looking for a troublemaker on his station. He had enough problems trying to balance his career and the demands of being a single parent. But when attraction start to sizzle between them, they try to leave their own demons behind and give an opportunity to a new possibility of love.

I really was wishing to love this book. I love the authors’ work and I expected to love this one as well, but I struggled a lot while reading it, though it did had some amazing redeeming elements that made me enjoy some parts of it. What I liked the most about it were the scenes that had the most emotion, mostly something painful to read, but there was so much feelings that I couldn’t help but love it, even if it made me feel sad at times.

The story is really slow paced which was bothersome mostly because I felt like nothing was really happening for nearly 60% of the book, although it felt an appropriate pace for the story and it made perfect sense considering the location the book was set on. It helped to understand how life would feel like for the main characters, something slow but not lacking emotions.

The main characters were really nice as individuals, and I know this book is considered a romance, but I really couldn’t care at all for Gio and Jason as a couple, I don’t think they have any chemistry. The secondary characters were good. Taylor was really lovely but it was Alana and her story that got my heart. The hurt/comfort elements on the story were really strong and that is exactly what I loved the most about the book. The whole situation Gio was dealing with was so difficult and was one of the things that got most of my attention as well as Jason’s grief.

Overall it was a good book. I liked it because of its hurt/comfort elements, but I think the angst on it and little romance might be a little troublesome for some readers looking for a more lighthearted romance.

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Review: Trick Roller by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Trick Roller (Seven of Spades, #2)


It’s the height of summer in Las Vegas. Everyone believes the serial killer Seven of Spades is dead—except Levi Abrams and Dominic Russo—and it’s back to business as usual. For Levi, that means investigating a suspicious overdose at the Mirage that looks like the work of a high-class call girl, while Dominic pursues a tough internship with a local private investigator. The one bright spot for both of them is their blossoming relationship.

But things aren’t so simple. Soon Levi is sucked into a dangerous web of secrets and lies, even as his obsession with the Seven of Spades intensifies. Dominic knows that Levi isn’t crazy. He knows the Seven of Spades is still out there, and he’ll do anything to prove it. But Dominic has his own demons to battle, and he may be fighting a losing war.

One thing is certain: the Seven of Spades holds all the cards. It won’t be long before they show their hand.




TRICK ROLLER was an engaging and solid second instalment of a series that is slowly taking a high place among my favorites. It brings back the strong mystery elements that made me love Kill Game and it gives us more of the romance I’ve been waiting for.

Everything started getting back to normal after most people thinks the Seven of Spades mystery is already solved. Levi has to get back to work investigating a suspicious overdose and Dominic starts working as a private detective. Both men are trying to focus on their new relationship, but Levi’s obsession with his previous case won’t let him alone and Dominic’s own demons are still hunting him, risking the start of what seems like a promising relationship.

This was an amazing second book for this series. It kept the strong mystery elements that were the hook for me in the first place, but in this new instalment, it gives more of a spotlight to the starting romance between Dominic and Levi, that already looks strong and full of love. I liked the little details between them, how they are still getting to know each other and the people in their lives. They are a fantastic couple, very caring and unexpectedly sweet. I loved to see their personality traits remain the same, they still are true to themselves and they still have some flaws that made them perfect to my eyes. The secondary characters were great too and they also give us some beautiful and romantic moment to enjoy.

The mystery is an important part of the plot. It is just as good as in its predecessor, there are still some investigations around the Seven of Spades being made, but most of the time is spent trying to solve the new case. It was at a slow pace at the beginning but near the end it became a lot faster and those last pages were so amazing, I was unable to put it down. The story is so interesting that it was very hard to stop reading. It felt shorter than its actual length.

Overall this was a magnificent book. I’m loving how the series is going. I’m absolutely hooked to this and I will read the next instalments. I would recommend this book to any reader who likes a well-made mystery.

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