Review: Roughing It (Men at Work) by Elizabeth Black

Roughing It

 

Blurb

 

When a strange outbreak occurs at a lakeside campground, Jake Walker and Lance Cameron investigate. Not only are they biologists, they’re lovers who share a passion for science.

The outbreak has locals terrified. Nine campers become sick; four die, and one victim reports an increase in her sex drive so serious, she attacks her best friend’s husband. Is this lustiness caused by the disease? What’s behind the odd rainstorm that falls over a small geographic area and the strange red dust around the cabins? Is this outbreak a new disease or something much more dire?

Together Jake and Lance must find the cause before others are infected … and before they come down with the plague themselves.

 

Review
When an unknown disease starts affecting some campers, have two biologists the ability to unmask the source of the trouble?

Jake and Lance are going into field work, investigating an outbreak of a mysterious disease that is affecting the visitors of a lakeside campground. They have to risk themselves, in order to prevent this illness from killing more people.

The plot was interesting; it had a fast pace and it was very easy to get into the story. I have a soft spot for medical mysteries and this was very nice. It wasn’t too complex, and the author managed to keep it intriguing.

Jake was a little annoying at times, complaining of everything, but not enough to make him unlikable; they both were nice characters.

I didn’t see much romance here, I don’t think readers looking for a heartfelt and breathtaking romance would be too happy about it. But what I did see, was a very nice established couple, with strong feelings for each other, that had learn to work together and are capable of taking care of one another. It was great to see the interactions between them.

The book was nice, but it was too short. I think the length compromised not only the plot, by making it a bit simpler, but also the main character’s relationship that wasn’t too developed. I also felt a little lost about the cover which doesn’t make any sense for the story.

Overall it was a very nice book, fun and easy to read. I know I had a few issues about it but all of them weren’t enough to stop me from enjoying it. It was very entertaining and I think anyone will be able to like it.

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Review: Wonderland by Jude Ouvrard

Wonderland

 

Blurb

Lucas Colton is far too young to go through all this pain but meeting poetry teacher, Preston Davidson, changed everything. His life went from heartbreak to joyful and then, from friendship to love. The impact Preston had on Lucas’ life was mesmerising. What would you do if you knew you may not have a tomorrow?

 

Review

This was a very sweet and heartbreaking story, I enjoyed so much. It was beautiful.

It’s hard for me trying to explain why I liked it so much without giving some spoilers, but I’ll do my best. The events in the book happened in a short period of time, but it was great to see how the author was able to create such intense and realistic emotions.

The main characters were likable, it was easy to connect with their feelings, and they seemed very honest. I’m not a big fan of poetry, but the poems were really nice too. Lucas and Preston’s relationship was sweet. I didn’t seemed forced and the way it grow was believable.

The plot was interesting, it was easy to get myself into the story and care for the main characters. Once I started reading, I didn’t wanted to stop. It was a great but bittersweet story, the strongest part, for me, was the emotions portray, it was very good. I would definitely recommend it to any reader.

Review: The Runaway Model (The Runaway Model #1) by Parker Avrile

The Runaway Model (The Runaway Model, #1)

Blurb

Kyle’s music blog gets a boost from rumors about his affair with a closeted rock star, but his followers have no idea of the reality of his life on the streets of Vegas. Men? He only lets them get close enough to pick their pockets.

Until Bryce– a wildcatter who struck it rich in North Dakota. He wants one last wild weekend without the bodyguards hovering. The hustler with the sexy English accent seems perfect for no-strings sex. But now Bryce can’t get Kyle out of his head. Especially since that tempting smile is suddenly on every other magazine cover…

Kyle can steal a heart as easily as a precious sapphire. But can he keep the heart he stole once the truth is out about his past?

If you like contemporary gay romance with real characters in a setting that’s a little glitzy and a little gritty, you’ll love The Runaway Model. This full-length 75,000 novel is a complete in one volume, and it’s absolutely cliffhanger free.

 

Review

 

This was a nice book to read, it had some ups and downs but I enjoyed reading it.

I was a little lost at the first half of it and I wasn’t getting too interested by it, but there was something about it that made me keep reading and as I keep doing it, it got better and better. The last pages were very exciting and I couldn’t put it down.

I had the exact opposite feelings about the main characters. I loved Bryce, he was a likable character and his emotions are the ones I felt the most realistic. I think it lack a little development but I liked him a lot. Kyle, on the other side, was so annoying, I felt he was a little immature for his age, which I think it was on purpose, and sometimes it was ok, but some other was frustrating. I had a lot of trouble connecting with his emotions and in general, I didn’t care much for him.

The relationship between them was odd, I felt they were a bit disconnected, I don’t feel it was particularly romantic and they spent too little time together. Kyle always seemed to have his mind somewhere else, but never in Bryce and that was bothersome for me, I didn’t finished the book feeling love from each of them, I do believe they will get there, but right now, I’m not too convinced.

It did have some very interesting moments, the last pages were so exciting, some aspects a little unrealistic, but in general very entertaining. There was a character who I liked very much, a Kyle’s friend, I think he was great and the events around him were very nice to read, I can’t wait to know what will happen to him.

Overall was a nice book, I enjoyed it and I think I will be reading the next in the series because I really want to know what will happen the Kyle’s friend.

Review: Ravel: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story by R. Phoenix

Ravel: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story

 

Blurb

Revised & expanded edition as of 3/22/16. Please note that content, publisher, and other aspects of the work have changed.

For the past few years, Reese has hidden away in his home, refusing to venture out where he might have to face what reminds him of all that he’s lost. When Ashton, a human thief, breaks into his home one night, he doesn’t have a choice but to face the harsh truths of the world he’s turned his back on. He knows he supports the society monsters of myth and lore built upon the backs of humans through his silence, but the new leaders don’t tolerate sympathizers.

If a werewolf can’t act against the status quo without facing severe consequences, a human with Ashton’s cunning and experience circumventing supernatural predators certainly can’t risk drawing their attention. Their chance encounter leaves them both shaken and questioning whether they are living life as they were intended—or if surviving is really living at all.

Ravel is approximately 23,600 words (excluding front/back matter).

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The Ripples in the Status Quo works are set within a world where supernatural beings seized control from humans and relegated them to the bottom of the food chain. Used for food, entertainment, and worse, nothing protects them from the hands of those who claim them as slaves. But not everyone adheres to the status quo the world at large has accepted…

Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity–and the author’s idea of romance may not match yours. As such, there are no guarantees of happily ever afters, and content may be offensive to some readers.

The suggested reading order is below, though these works can be read as standalones.

1. Bought. [Dark Erotica]
2. Ravel. [Romance]
3. Recoil. [Dark Erotic Romance]
4. Owned. [Dark Erotic Romance. Follows events in Bought and Recoil.]

 

Review

 

I liked this book very much. I’m really enjoying this series. This book is a little very different from the previous, it lack some on the dark elements I loved from it, but I still had a great time reading it and now I’m more certain that I will read the next ones.

 

The plot is a little simple but it was easy to feel attracted by it. One of the things I enjoyed the most was trying to figure out how the world worked for them, for humans, werewolves and others involved in the story. It was very intriguing and I finished the book wanting to know more about it. For me it was a very nice hook to keep reading the next books on the series.

 

The characters were so good, I generally have one favorite, but in this case both main characters were very nice and I just can’t choose one I liked more than the other, I liked them both so much. It was interesting for me realizing that some of the aspects I disliked from Ashton at the beginning, were the things I liked the most when I finished it. What I loved the most from them was their attitudes, it annoyed me but also make the story more entertaining. I loved the interaction between them and I think their relationship was very realistic, it didn’t appeared too forced, and they seemed to have very natural reactions to the events they had to live.

 

There were so many questions unanswered at the end of the book, mostly about the world, but there were also some characters with brief appearances that made want to know about them. I can’t wait to get the next book.

 

A brief comment unrelated to the story, i loved that cover. It looks so simple and yet so beautiful.

 

In general I think it was great, I’m into darker stories and perhaps this won’t be my favorite of the series, but it was a sweet story and I think that can be more attractive to most readers.

Review: Quickshot by Pippa Jay

Quickshot

Blurb

Sal, a legal carrier (just about) of whatever comes her way, puts her trust in just two things: her guns.

Keeping out from under Imperium eyes—especially those belonging to a certain Ehi Wahu—while making a living, and trying to keep a lover who can tolerate her twitchy trigger fingers, are the extent of her ambitions.

Then a kiss from a passing stranger, and a promise of the biggest score in a long time, tempt her. Devin fulfils more than one need, but he comes with more trouble than one woman can handle. And this time it’ll take more than her guns to save her. She’ll have to trust a man again.

WARNING: for over 18s only. Adult content including sex, bad language, & implied extreme violence.

 

Review

QUICKSHOT is a very exciting and sexy adventure in space.

Sal is a very self-confident woman who doesn’t trust in anyone but herself. She is impulsive and used to calling the shots, but things are about to change when a stranger on the run, with a tempting offer, forced her to trust someone other than herself.

It was a great story, full of action from beginning to end. There is no boring moment here. It was a very entertaining, fast paced, dangerous and extremely hot adventure.

Both characters are very nice. Sal was a very strong character, really interesting and Devin was a very mysterious and captivating man. Both were likable, but I ended the story wanting to know more of them.

The futuristic world created by the author is really pleasant. The plot is not too complex, but for its length, managed to create a very interesting and attractive story.

As for romance, it wasn’t the most endearing relationship I’ve seen, but they had good chemistry, and the moments they spent together were absolutely amazing. It’s refreshing to see a female lead who is able to enjoy her sexuality.

Overall, it was really entertaining, easy to read, and anyone who like sci-fi and strong female characters would be able to enjoy it.
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Review: Loose Ends (Broken #7) by Kol Anderson

Loose Ends (Broken, #7)

 

Blurb

What will become of Carter? Will ‘Master’ turn out to be a bigger evil than Vincent or will he be the savior Carter has been waiting for?
Will Eric get away with what he plans to do with Aaron?
Find out in this final installment of the Broken Series where all the loose ends will be tied.

 

Review

I guess I haven’t expect this book as long as the other reader. I read the series last year, so it’s only a year for me. This was one of the first M/M series I’d read, and it was amazing. I remember I couldn’t stop reading it, but I guess I thought it had ended, so this book came to me as a surprise for me, a magnificent one, but a surprise.

 

I didn’t re-read it before starting this book, and it was a little hard to remember some events, but after a while I was right on track. It had most of the things I liked from the other books. Perhaps this one is a little softer in the abuse part, not meaning it doesn’t happen, but I do remember the first season was a lot darker and hard to read because of how aggressive it was.

 

It was very well written and a very intense pace.  It has some amazing characters, it was so great to remember them. I’ve always liked Vincent the most, but in these book I found my-self more attracted to Carter, his scenes were the ones that I liked the most. I didn’t remember him as much as I did Aaron, but now his my new favorite. I think it lack a little in the transmission of emotions, but I’m taking the blame on that matter because I was so rushed to know what would happen, that I didn’t take time thinking or trying to feel what the characters were feeling

 

There are a lot of this that get a well conclusion in this book, but I can’t help to think there can be so much more from the point the book ends. The summary says this is the final installment of the broken series, but if this is true I will be heart broken, because now I remember what an amazing series this was and I want more, so much more.

 

Overall, it was really good, I just loved this series so much. I think it might not be appropriate for all readers, but the ones who like dark themes, and have no trouble reading stories that contain non/con this one is great. Perhaps it won’t work as a standalone, I recommend reading the first books on the series before this one.

Review: Trapdoor by Vixen Phillips

Trapdoor

 

Blurb

Raven and Pegasus each have their own reasons for denying their feelings for one another, but once they are all they have left in the entire world, how long can this charade really hold out? Sometimes, if you wish hard enough, dreams can come true, even if you should wake to find them gone like shadows in the morning. Set in Melbourne in the late 90s, Trapdoor is a psychological journey through darkness and light-a story of love, obsession, and beautiful self-destruction.

 

Review

This was a nice book. I was expecting to like it more, but there was something about it that didn’t allow me to enjoy it that much.

 

The plot is very interesting and some of the issues they deal with were very realistic. I was very attracted to the interaction with Wendy who is not mention in the summary, but has an important part on the development of the plot. She was as destructive as both main characters and I felt very interested on the motives she had for acting the way she did. She was not a likable character, but she was a very well made one. She always create a reaction in the reader, mostly a negative one, but a reaction nonetheless.

 

Raven and Pegasus were both very frustrating characters to read. The structure of the book shows both points of view that made easy to understand the way they think and why it was so hard for them to deal with the things life presents them. The constant despair and emptiness they felt was ok for a while, but after reading a big part of the book, it became tiresome. It was frustrating and I don’t think there was too much growth on neither of them. Sure, that made the book a little more realistic, but it’s still fiction, and I was expecting something different for them.

 

The relationship they shared was very nicely made, I think it was nice to see the struggle they had, none of them was perfect, and that is always something I like to read. What they felt for each other felt real and I, putting aside the frustrations they made me feel so many times, I really loved the happy moments they had together.

 

The pace is really slow, that make it a bit hard for me to read it and I think it was too long, it was nice to read it, but I felt like the story could have been told, just as good, with fewer words.

 

In general, it was a nice book. It had some themes that might not be appropriate for all reader, like violence, abuse and self-harm, so beware of it before reading it. I had some issues about it, but I guess other readers can be able to enjoy it.