Review: Fallen Angel (Life Without Parole #1) by Jeff Erno

Fallen Angel (Life Without Parole #1)

 

Blurb

Their love, forbidden yet beautiful, hardly stood a chance of surviving a place like this.

Trey Palmer killed his stepfather three years ago, stabbed him repeatedly with a butcher knife, and now he’s facing life behind bars. He doesn’t deny what he did, nor does he regret it. But he’s plagued with flashbacks of a torturous childhood in which he was abused by this man he finally extinguished. In prison, Trey employs a strategy of avoidance. He becomes a loner and a workaholic, steering clear of the gangs and their drama. His life changes one day, however, when a new cellmate arrives. Jeremy Banks, also in for murder, decries his innocence. With his long hair and angelic face, he’s too pretty for a men’s prison. Though at first annoying and mouthy, Jeremy begins to wiggle his way into Trey’s heart, and Trey starts to wonder if maybe the kid really is innocent. He really does seem like an angel. Their feelings for each other evolve, blossoming into something forbidden yet beautiful. But how can a love like theirs last in a place like this?

 

Review

Fallen Angel is the first book in a series, and it introduce the reader to a prison life that does a great job trying to keep it real. It had some nicely done characters that will easily keep the attention and get the reader to an interesting journey into the darkness.

 

Trey is used to keep a low profile in jail, where he was sent after killing his stepfather. He has no interest in getting involved in any drama and spend his days absorbed by his routine. But when Jeremy, his new cellmate, arrives Trey becomes interested in the innocent looking guy and feelings start to appear in the previously isolated man.

 

The life in prison was described in a way that seemed very realistic, it’s definitely less violent than other books that address such subject, which was a nice touch because it was center in other aspects rather than just gangs and aggressions. It’s not like it’s not present but it’s done in a softer way. I really enjoyed reading that part. I don’t think the plot was too developed, perhaps the author is taking things slowly in this one and will create more conflicts in the next books. I did enjoyed the story and some character were very nice.

 

Since it’s the first book in the series, it take a while introducing the main characters and some of the secondary characters too. I found more sympathy for Jeremy, he was a sweet and awfully naïve man. It was so easy to get in touch with his feelings. Trey was harder to care for. He had a hard cover that made very difficult to get so much as an emotion out of him, but I think it was a positive thing because it seemed like the characters was made to create such reaction.

 

The romantic element was very minimum here and I wasn’t too convinced by the few moments that were shared in such situation, but I think it let a nice promise of something bigger and more genuine.

 

In general was a nice book to read, but I think that, to fully enjoy it, the reader should be ready to read the other books in the series too. It had some possible triggers for which I recommend to read the warnings before start reading it.
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Review: Personal Trainer Book 1 by Turner Kane

Personal Trainer Book 1

 

Blurb

 

“I always hoped it would be with someone special. Someone like you.”

Kyle Baker is a personal trainer eager to make it on his own in a new and exciting city. But by moving away from home, he’s also leaving his best friend, Pearson, behind him. Despite the opportunities, and all the hot guys he encounters in his new life is he missing out on the chance of true love? And what exactly is going on in the mysterious back room of the gym where he has just started work?

“Even though I moved away I want you to know how much you still mean to me.”

Book 1 in the Personal Trainer series. 10,000 word M/M erotic romance series with an HEA. Contains sexually explicit material unsuitable for anyone under 18

 

Review

 

Kyle is a personal trainer who is moving away from home, or rather his best friend’s home, looking for a new life. But leaving also means to giving up the possibility of a new relationship, that haven’t being explore in order to keep their friendship intact. Now that the day to part has come, Kyle face decisions that might change the way he and Pearson see each other.

The writing was very good, that part was nice, the only issue I had about it is that I would like a more romantic language, but it was nice. Kyle was a little frustrating main character, I just wasn’t too convinced by his feelings and he was too fast to jump from one guy to another. Is something I just can’t stand in a main character and maybe that’s why I didn’t care much for him. He just felt so detached from feelings.

I felt like there was just too much sex scenes and it take away time for a better developed story I think a reader who is looking for stories that center mostly on detailed sex scenes, this one would be fine, but I kind of hope there would be some more romance. It does leaves the reader with the possibility of more, which was interesting, I end up wondering where things will go for Kyle.

I guess it wasn’t the right book for me. There were some things I liked of it, near the end there’s a mystery beginning to show and it leaves the book with a nice hook for a next one.

 
I Received a copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

Audiobook review: Dancing Lessons by R. Cooper

Dancing Lessons

 

Blurb

Two years of living with his controlling boyfriend left Chico worn down long before that boyfriend revealed he’d been seeing someone else. With no other choice, Chico moves in above his cousin’s garage in a small town in the redwoods, where he merely goes through the motions. To get him out of the house, his cousin pushes him to volunteer at a local dance studio to help with their annual show.

He’s not expecting to end up in a dance class, or to start feeling alive again in the arms of his dance instructor. Rafael is the studio owners’ son and was once a well-known dancer in his own right, but now enjoys being a teacher. Although Chico likes him, he’s afraid of taking a chance. But Rafael is determined, and it only takes one dance for Chico to start to realize he might still have something to learn.

 

Review

A fun and sweet story, free of angst and with some lovely and extremely anxious main character.

Chico is trying to get over a breakup. After moving above his cousin’s garage, a sudden turn of events put him in front of Rafael’s dancing class. He start to feel something for the dance instructor, but is too afraid to take any chances. Rafael is also interested in Chico, but is Chico ready to overcome the fear and take the risk of a new relationship?

This was a nice and sweet story, it was easy to understand Chico’s insecurities but sometimes it became too much and he start being a little frustrating. Most of the times he was a very likable characters, but there was those moments when I just couldn’t stand him. He felt a little immature. The anxiety issues he had felt very realistic at times. Rafael was ok, but I didn’t feel like I got to know much of him, he felt sort of the opposite of Chico, very self-confident and unafraid to ask for what he want.

Their relationship was very nice. It’s the kind of relationship development I like, taking things a little slow, giving enough time to make it believable. They had some moments together that were great, I wish it would be more, but I was happy with it.

I think I would enjoyed the story a little more, but I felt like the narration take some of the sweetness from it. While the moments when it was only narrating it was good and with a nice pace. When the dialogues begin, I was totally lost. It was hard to difference the characters from each other and it became a little monotonous, I just had a very hard time with it.

Overall it was good, I think reader who like free of angst stories can like it.

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Audiobook Review: The Merchant of Death (Playing the Fool #2) by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

The Merchant of Death (Playing the Fool, #2)

 

Blurb

All’s fair in love and war.

There’s something rotten in the state of Indiana. When con man Henry Page takes it upon himself to investigate the death of an elderly patient at a care facility, he does so in true Shakespearean tradition: dressed as a girl.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness has more to worry about than Henry’s latest crazy idea. Someone is trying to send him a message—via a corpse with a couple of bullets in it. He needs to figure out who’s trying to set him up before he gets arrested, and he really doesn’t have time for Henry’s shenanigans. Then again, he’d probably be able to focus better if Henry didn’t look so damn distracting in a babydoll dress and a wig.

But when Mac discovers that Henry has been keeping a secret that connects the cases, he has to find a way to live on the right side of the law when he just might be in love with the wrong sort of man.

 

Review

This was a nice story, I already knew and love the characters, especially Henry. It had the same humorous style the previous book had, but I feel like this one was a bit more serious and it take some attention to a very interesting subjects, not usually mention in books.

I loved the relationship between Henry and Viola, it was very sweet and also heartbroken to understand the whole situation. Viola among some other secondary characters were amazing. I really enjoyed her and Remi, and loved to hate some others.

Mac was also fun to read, it was very interesting to expect his reactions from the situations he was into and how much he let his feelings get involved in his job. His relationship with Henry is so much entertaining, I love the way they interact with each other, they’re great together.

The narration was great, I’m don’t generally like audiobooks, but this one is one of the exceptions, I think the narrator made a great job giving voices to Mac and Henry, it was so easy to know one from the other. It had a very nice way to make transmit the emotion, it was a great experience.

I feel like I liked the first book better, but I really enjoyed this one, and I’ll surely move on to the next one to know what the authors have prepare for Henry and Mac.

Review: Reading Steele: A Motorcycle Bad Boy M/M Romance

Reading Steele: A Motorcycle Bad Boy M/M Romance

 

Blurb

Bitten by a mutant scorpion in a motorcycle club initiation gone wrong, former rich kid Damon awakens with the power to read minds.

Damon doesn’t belong in this Arizona town. Until a few months ago, he was out and proud and studying theater in his Brooklyn prep school. Then his father went to prison, and Damon was shipped off to live with his redneck uncle. There’s no way he’s joining his cousin’s MC– even if one of the riders has the most amazing hazel eyes.
Steele figures the New York boy can’t be interested in a guy covered in dragon tats. But he wants Damon near him just the same. Why not initiate him into the MC? It’s one bite. They’ve all gone through it.  But who knew that this particular scorpion’s bite would give Damon the power to see straight into Steele’s soul?

“Reading Steele” is a 14,000 word, 54 page novella about two eighteen-year-olds from different worlds who find out they have more in common than they ever suspected. This bad boy male/male romance includes strong language and some sexual situations. It’s a complete Happy For Now story with no cliffhangers and no cheating.
Review

I really liked the way the book begin. It had something fun about the way the Damon thinks about the Motorcycle Club guys, I really love how mocking he was about the way they conduct themselves, it was very entertaining. The pace was ok for most of the book, but I felt like the ending was a little rushed and it finished leaving a lot of questions in the air.

It had an interesting concept, but after a while of Damon’s ability to listening into people’s thoughts it became a little predictable, and I was expecting it to go away and that the story would only concentrate in the relationship between Damon and Steele, which sort of did, but I wanted that particular feature of Damon to disappear. It also made me feel angry at him because it is a really mean thing to do, to know what people think, and not tell them. I think that made him a little unlikable for me.

Steele was ok, but I don’t think really got to know him, only some of his thoughts. What I knew of him was nice, he was very unsecure guy behind a hard cover. I can’t help to think Damon take advantage of him, I really feel bad for him.

The plot was nice, but I think it would be just fine without the mind reading stuff. I wasn’t too sure about the bad guys, they didn’t convinced me too much, they were a little soft for what they were portraying.

Overall it was a nice book to read, I enjoy most of it and even with the issues I had, it was fun to read.

I Received copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

Review: Withered + Sere by T.J. Klune

Withered + Sere (Immemorial Year, #1)

 

Blurb

Once upon a time, humanity could no longer contain the rage that swelled within, and the world ended in a wave of fire.

One hundred years later, in the wasteland formerly known as America, a broken man who goes only by the name of Cavalo survives. Purposefully cutting himself off from what remains of civilization, Cavalo resides in the crumbling ruins of the Northern Idaho Correctional Institution. A mutt called Bad Dog and a robot on the verge of insanity comprise his only companions. Cavalo himself is deteriorating, his memories rising like ghosts and haunting the prison cells.

It’s not until he makes the dangerous choice of crossing into the irradiated Deadlands that Cavalo comes into contact with a mute psychopath, one who belongs to the murderous group of people known as the Dead Rabbits. Taking the man prisoner, Cavalo is forced not only to face the horrors of his past, but the ramifications of the choices made for his stark present. And it is in the prisoner that he will find a possible future where redemption is but a glimmer that darkly shines.

The world has died.

This is the story of its remains.

Illustrated by Blake Dorner.

 

Review

 

This was an amazing book, it’s definitely one of the best I’ve read, not only this year but in general. It had the most magnificent characters. I was impressed by how original and diverse they were. I loved the way they communicate with each other, it was one of the things I liked most of the book.

The plot was a little confusing, I didn’t really understood where the story was going, but still I felt completely captivated by the character. The dead rabbit was my favorite, it was great to see someone so different. He’s one of the most appealing characters I’ve ever read, such a mystery around him, such and intriguing mind and the fact that he doesn’t even said a word, it was just amazing.

Cavalo was nice, but I couldn’t care for him as much I did for the other MC. The secondary characters were also great, especially bad dog. He surely take the spotlight from Cavalo, I loved the way he thinks, it was so special.

There were some confusing moments, but as I kept reading I start to understand them. By the end of the book I think I got to fully understand Cavalo, but he certainly remain as a mystery from most of the book. I think it was important to happen that way and it made the book more interesting. I also enjoyed the illustratrions, they were great. The first to appeard was stunning.

Overall an amazing book, I would definitely recommend it to readers that are looking for complex characters, enjoy reading dark dystopian stories and who wouldn’t mind reading violent scenes.

Review: Marriage of Inconvenience by M.J. O’Shea

Marriage of Inconvenience

 

Blurb

 

Lights, Camera, Lies.

Kerry Pickering has a problem. As a publicist for Hollywood bad boy Jericho Knox, it’s Kerry’s job to keep Jericho in the news. So far, Jericho’s partying and public escapades have made it easy. But Jericho has a secret, and when that secret is revealed in the most spectacularly disastrous way, it’s up to Kerry to spin it.

The team decides the best course of action is to make the public fall in love—with Jericho’s secret committed relationship. The one that doesn’t exist. Yet.

The team wants someone they can trust. Someone in the inner circle. That someone is Kerry. But what will happen when Kerry realizes that for him, the romance is no longer pretend? Can Jericho love him back, or is he just playing a role?

 

Review

 

This was a great book to read. It was a beautiful, Hollywood-style story with great characters with some attitude problems.

Jericho has made a terrible mistake that might put his career in jeopardy. Now it’s time for Kerry, a member of his Public Relations team, to come to the rescue and help him create a believable committed relationship. But once feelings get in the middle, the plan might not be as good an idea as they thought.

The plot was nice; it was fun, entertaining and a very well written story. It got my attention the whole time. It had some great secondary characters, but they didn’t steal the spotlight from the main ones.

Kerry was very charming. It was easy to like him from the start. I think most readers would be able to identify with him–the hard working employee who is willing to do anything for his job. It wasn’t hard to connect with his feelings and the insecurity he sometimes had. He was great.

Jericho was also a great character. He might be portrayed as the opposite of Kerry, but they really were very much alike in some aspects of their personalities. I loved the hard cover he seemed to have. His bad attitude was a little fun to read, but I guess most readers would dislike that part of him. It was amazing to see the character’s growth.

I just loved how realistic the development of the relationship was. I’m not one to believe in love at first sight, maybe that’s why I loved the way Kerry and Jericho’s relationship was built. It was really sweet and beautiful to see the changes these characters went through during the story and how they had to put their defenses down to be able to make it work.

Overall, MARRIAGE OF INCONVENIENCE was a really entertaining book to read. I think it can be easily enjoyed by any reader who like M/M paring.

 

 

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