Review: Love Spell by Mia Kerick

 

Love Spell

 

Chance César is fabulously gay, but his gender identity—or, as he phrases it, “being stuck in the gray area between girl and boy”—remains confusing. Nonetheless, he struts his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug-in-all-the-right (wrong)-places orange tuxedo as the winner of this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon Festival. He rules supreme at the local Beans and Greens Farm’s annual fall celebration, serenaded by the enthusiastic catcalls of his BFF, Emily Benson.

Although he refuses to visually fade into the background of his rural New Hampshire town, Chance is socially invisible—except when being tormented by familiar bullies. But sparks fly when Chance, Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper (Jazz) Donahue, winner of the Pumpkin Carving King contest. Chance wants to be noticed and admired and romantically embraced by Jazz, in all of his neon-orange-haired glory.

And so at a sleepover, Chance and Emily conduct intense, late-night research, and find an online article: “Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love With You.” Along with a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure, it becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart.

But will this “no-fail” plan work? Can Chance and Jazz fall under the fickle spell of love?

 

 

REVIEW

 

It was such a lovely book. Really fun and charming. It was the first book I’d read from the author and it was a very nice first impression. I’m looking forward to read more of her books.

I was very skeptical for the first chapters. I was thinking I’d choose the wrong books because it took me a while to feel interested on the story and also because I really wasn’t liking the sense of humor that much. I did struggle with some things until the end, but that might be because YA isn’t really my favorite genre. I still enjoyed the book a lot because the characters were great.

I liked Chance, he was a little fun at times, a little annoying at others. One of the things I liked about him was the internal dialogue about how insecure he was. It was interesting to see how he could portray something so different than he was really feeling. Even though I liked that from him, the character I liked the most was Jazz, because he seem so genuine. He was really sweet and sometimes I felt so bad for him because of all the tactics Chance had and how confusing that could have been for him. He was lovely.

Overall, even with the issues I had, I had a wonderful time with this book. Considering I’m not much of a YA fan, I can only imagine how much more fun it would be for readers who love the genre.

*Book provided by NetGalley.

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Review: In The Shadows (Social Sinners, #2) by T.L. Travis

 

In The Shadows (Social Sinners, #2)

 

For Ricky “Stoli” Branson, the stars were on his side. Social Sinners was headlining their first sold out US tour. Radio stations across the states were playing their songs, and he’d won the heart of the man he loved.

Everything was going great, or so he foolishly believed…

When an accident has them burying one of their own and leaves another fighting for his life, Stoli questions his beliefs. Or lack thereof.

“Have faith,” his mother tells him. But how can you have faith in something that threatens to take away your only reason for breathing?

Book 1 – Behind the lights (MM) Joey’s POV
Book 2 – In the shadows (MM) Stoli’s POV
Book 3 – A heart divided (MMM) Mickey’s POV
Book 4 – Beyond the curtain (MM) Diamond’s POV
Book 5 – After the final curtain (MM/MMM) All

 

REVIEW

 

The second installment in the Social Sinners series is more emotional and touching than the first book. This time from Stoli’s point of view, we get to follow the first steps of Joey and Stoli as a couple and to see the band facing adversity while they keep fighting like brothers.

Ricky “Stoli” Branson is having one of the best moments of his life, finally at the side of the man he loves and with their band in one of its higher points, facing their first sold out US tour. But an accident threatens to change life as they know it. Now, Stoli has to fight hard to find strength to keep going while risking losing his reason for living.

I liked this book better than the first one, but there’s still something that keep me away from fully getting hooked by the series. I struggle a lot at the beginning even though it was a lot more romantic and sweeter than the rest of the book but there was also a higher heat level. Seeing Stoli and Joey as a couple was something I was expecting and I loved it. I felt a little bit underwhelmed by the immature conduct of the members of the band, more often than not, but I still enjoy the overall feeling of brotherhood.

One of the things that make this book better for me was that they had to face some important and very difficult situation, there was a lot of pain in it and from that event on, I feel like I had a newfound love for the book. It became more emotional, more realistic and more captivating than it had been to me. I found it easier to get in touch with Stoli’s feelings and to care for him and Joey as a couple. I was also very happy to see the support from the others. It was really good.

Overall, it was an entertaining book, there was a little bit of everything, romance, pain, music and a nice experience of brotherhood all along. I would recommend it to readers who enjoy M/M pairing and the ones that like reading hurt/comfort books.

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Review: Owned by T. M. Chris

 

Owned

 

Liam should never have sassed his best friend Kurt’s father that way, not when he knows how discipline is handled in the Santino household. Now Liam’s got two problems: Mr. Santino’s belt and Kurt’s bare hand. Or rather, he’s got one problem: the fact that all this old-fashioned discipline is making him hornier than hell.

 

REVIEW

 

It was ok. It was entertaining enough to keep me reading until the end, but I just couldn’t get myself to care much about the characters. It was so awkward at the beginning with Kurt’s father involved in the spanking and I was considering stop reading at that point, but I keep reading and it did get better but not as I expected. There was so little romance and no real chemistry between Kurt and Liam that I really wasn’t much into the story. Sure, there was spanking and there was a lot of it. I would guess that it would be enough to make me like the book but I was wrong. Even though I like spanking stories, it seem I need to believe more in the reasons for it and this just didn’t work that well to me.  So, I guess it wasn’t the right book for me. I still feel tempted to give the author another opportunity so I guess I’ll be reading another of her books sometime.
 

BOOK LINKS

Amazon | Goodreads

 

AUTHOR

Amazon | Goodreads

Review: Just One Night by Jack Harbon

 

Just One Night

 

Twenty-something love and romance “expert” Cam is having a bit of a hard time. Not only is his ex-girlfriend shamelessly showing off her new boyfriend online, but his boss is breathing down his neck about writing something more interesting than “23 Chick-Flicks to Watch when You’ve Been Dumped.”

It isn’t until a sizzling night with a stranger that Cam comes up with something new to write about, and to his boss’s surprise, readers love it. The problem? Cam has to make sure he has enough sexy, steamy experiences with this stranger to keep the fans happy. He’s in a tight spot, and not necessarily the good kind!

 

 

REVIEW

 

It was a fun and entertaining read. It was very easy to read, very short and it had some nice characters.

I liked the chemistry between the main characters. They were nice couple. It wasn’t really a very romantic story, it is what it is, just a one night stand with, maybe, the promise of something more in the future. I liked that there wasn’t an insta-love kind of story, I’m not too fond on such relationships.

Cam was a lovely character. The events in the last chapter were something that I enjoy a lot, to guess were things would go and the reaction of the ones involved. I loved that part. Overall it was an entreating book to read.

*Book provided by NetGalley.

 

BOOK LINKS

Amazon | Goodreads

| NineStar Press

Author

Amazon | Goodreads

Review: Equilibrium (Superpowered Love #1) by Katey Hawthorne

Equilibrium (Superpowered Love #1)

 

Hansen has been hot for Sam since they first bonded over their secret superpowers—literally hot, since Hansen can produce fire from thin air. But Sam is always covered in girls, so Hansen keeps his feelings deeply buried and settles for being Sam’s best friend.

Then Sam’s electrical powers go haywire in public, and in the fallout a mutual attraction is forced to the surface—but bisexuality is new to Sam, and Hansen is afraid to admit he’s in love. And in the midst of trying to figure out themselves and each other, they have to face—and survive—the unfriendly witness to Sam’s explosion.

 

REVIEW

 

It was an entertaining book. It took me a while to get myself into it but eventually I got to a point where I was hook to it. The final moments of it were really interesting.

I liked the whole paranormal thing going on about the guys but I think I couldn’t really understand the sense of it or what it meant. It that matter, I felt the plot was underdeveloped. It had a lot of potential but I don’t think it really get to be explored. What I did liked about it was the final moments, there were some events that were very exciting that I just couldn’t read fast enough. Sadly, I didn’t feel the same way for the rest of the book.

Hansen and Sam were a very nice couple. I liked their moments together, even though I did felt like there was too much sex. I would rather have more emotion between them than it actually was. Even with the issues I had I did enjoy the story and being part of a series and really interested on discovering what will come next. I do think the plot whole will be solve in the next instalments.

 

BOOK LINKS

Amazon | Goodreads

| Publisher

AUTHOR

Amazon | Website | Goodreads

Review: Spanking Haunted House: A M/M Halloween Spanking Tale by Ace Regent

Spanking Haunted House: A M/M Halloween Spanking Tale by [Regent, Ace]

 

It’s Halloween, and Fran is taking his new boyfriend, Jamie, to a very unusual haunted house. Fran’s heard that this haunt, created by a spanko friend of his, offers painful consequences to all brats who pass through it. Could a trip through the Spanking Haunted House be just what Fran and Jamie need to get over their shyness and ask for what they truly want from each other?

 

REVIEW

 

This was a fun short story. I had a good time reading it but I’ll admit it hasn’t been my favorite from the author. I had a little bit of a hard time trying to keep my attention and fully understand some aspects of the story but it was fun to read and since I was looking for something short to rea, this was perfect.

It was kind of sweet. Jamie and Fran were really cute together. I loved how unique the idea of the spanking haunted house was. I couldn’t read fast enough to know what the next scenes was going to be about. Really fun to read.

Review: Master (Tamed & Trained #3) by R. Phoenix and M.A. Innes

 

Master (Tamed & Trained, #3)

 

With a human-pup slave and a werewolf pet, Liam is perfectly content with where his life is — right up until the point where everything shattered. In his haste to satisfy his sire, he makes a choice that fractures the untraditional family he’d created, and he’s left to pick up the pieces in the aftermath. But Zain isn’t a mindless pet, and Caleb isn’t as much a pup as he might seem… and all three of them definitely have opinions on what the future looks like… and who’s in it.

Will a fight for their pup’s affection further damage their relationship, or will it bring them back together?

This is the final book in the Tamed & Trained trilogy, and it cannot be read as a standalone. Please read the warnings on Puppy (Tamed & Trained #1) before starting Caleb, Liam, and Zain’s journey!

 

REVIEW

 

So, I guess I still don’t like puppy play. It was an interesting book. I was so intrigued about Isaiah and his relationship with Liam but I wasn’t much impressed after a while of reading about them. Isaiah was so rigid and it, kind of, made Liam look like the pup he claim Caleb to be. He seem just a little toy for Isaiah to play and even when he argue with him, he didn’t put real effort on it. I felt so bad for Zain and Caleb.

 

Caleb was odd. I just can’t get quite there with all this puppy play thing. I like Caleb when completely human. I like to know what he thinks, how he feels and the attitude he always gives when he is not happy with how things are going, but being so much in this puppy head space it just isn’t my thing.

 

I liked where the story went. I liked some tense moments between Liam, Isaiah and the others and overall it was an entertaining book to read, just not my favorite in the series. I guess it takes to like puppy play to really get to love it as much as I hope I would. So I guess anyone into it would be able to have a great time with this book.

 

BOOK LINKS

Amazon | Goodreads

 

R. Phoenix

Amazon | Goodreads

 

M.A Innes

Amazon | Goodreads