Review: Manic Pixie Dream Boy by K.A. Merikan

Manic Pixie Dream Boy (The Underdogs, #1)

 

—. You can’t hide the cracks under the spotlight .—

Dusk. Leader of The Underdogs. Destined for greatness. Lives in the now.
Abe. AKA Lolly. Iridescent. Unicorn.

All Dusk wants out of life is for his band to become world famous. He also wants to have a lot of fun along the way. And to get his rocks off. When he wants something, he goes for it, consequences be damned.

So when he sees a gorgeous pink-haired guy who is the human equivalent of tattooed cotton candy, he can’t help but have a taste. But it’s when Lolly ends up on their tour bus that Dusk knows their meeting was destiny.

Abe is the kind of guy who goes with the flow. He was hitchhiking anyway, so why not spend the week with a hot piece of rocker beefcake, getting smothered by his sexy long hair? And why not play the part of the supportive cutie while he’s at it? It’s not like he’d be sticking around for long anyway.

All plans hit a wall when photos of Abe and Dusk emerge online, suddenly pushing the band into the spotlight. To take advantage of the sudden popularity, the band offers Abe money for staying.

Which means money for being in a fake relationship with Dusk.

Which isn’t even fake.

Or is it?

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: 
rock band, alternative lifestyles, tattoos, bisexuality, commitment, instalove, abandonment issues, fame, outing, coming out, life on tour
Genre: Contemporary M/M Rocker Romance
Heat level: Scorching hot, explicit scenes

Length: ~52,000 words (Can be read as standalone, HEA)

 

REVIEW

 

This was amazing. I’m in love with this books and the beautiful characters created by the authors. It goes against everything I love in romance and yet it was fantastic. I really dislike instalove kind of stories, and this one is just that, but it worked so great for me. I couldn’t be happier with it. I was even trying to read it as slow as possible so it could last a little longer.

What I like about it was the sweet moments Dusk and Abe shared. I wouldn’t expect such adorable scenes coming from someone like Dusk but it was so beautiful. Abe was a lovely character, from the way he look to every part of his personality, everything was beautiful about him. I also enjoyed so much the dirty talk and all that flirty moments they had, it was so much fun. I didn’t liked Dusk as much as I did Abe, but he was a nice character too.

I also enjoyed the secondary characters, most of all Dawn that was a joy to read and I liked the protective way Dusk act towards him, although sometimes he was a little bit too excessive. The plot was nice, I liked how things worked out. It had some angst but nothing too overwhelming, overall it was a fantastic book. I loved it and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

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Review: Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne

Counterbalance

 

John loves his job as head rigger for Cirque Brilliance. The heavy scarring over half his face makes it a little hard to meet new people, but John’s got a good crew and a nice found family, and he’s content with his lot in life.

When Cirque hires talent for a new show, John meets Bao, a bright, ever-cheerful acrobat. Bao seems drawn to John and becomes a constant presence at his side—talking to him during downtime, spending time with him at lunch, and generally seeking out his company.

John doesn’t know what to make of this. Sure, he likes Bao—maybe a little too much, honestly—but he’s had enough experience to know that Bao couldn’t possibly like him back. Or so he thinks, anyway. Fortunately, Bao seems determined to prove him wrong.

 

REVIEW

 

This was so cute. I loved it. This is a new author to me, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was so pleased with this book.

It was free of angst which is always appreciate. The characters were very nice, especially Bao that was so sweet, always so happy that became a little contagious, he was a great character to read about and put me in such good mood. I also liked John, he was good, not as good and lovely as Bao, but he was a very likable character that the reader can easily care for.

The plot was nice, not too angsty but interesting enough to keep my attention the whole time. I would love to know so much more the circus. That was the only part of the book that disappoint me, but I don’t think it change my opinion of it. It was really fun to read. I had a great time.

Review: Burn by Aleksandr Voinov

Burn

 

Flight Lieutenant Chris Waters is the pilot of a cutting-edge unmanned SAD fighter drone that is used for secret government missions. Chris is cutting-edge technology himself: his neural network is upgraded with cyber-technology and software that makes him the interface of his combat drone.

Then, something goes wrong as he connects to his drone. Haunted by strange, disorientating impressions, a so-called “ghost”, he hooks up on leave with fellow pilot Cyril for a night. But Cyril is not the man Chris thought he is, and Chris soon finds out what the “ghost” in his body really is, as well as the truth about his missions.

 

REVIEW

 

I was very impressed by this story. I was looking for something short to listen to and this was seemed to be exactly what I wanted. I don’t really like military book so much, but I have read some books from the author and I liked them, so I decided to give it a try. I listen to the audiobook and I was very impressed by how easy was to picture the scenes that were being describe. It was so good, I can’t say if it was the writer, the narrator or a mixed of both that made it so good, but I had a great time listening to it.

It had a very interesting plot. It had some unexpected twists. I start with it not knowing what to expect. I pay little attention to the book description. I just decided it was what I wanted and got it, so I was almost blind to what might happen. Looking back to the blurb, I couldn’t be prepare to the events I’d just read. It was really good.

There is little romance. I couldn’t care for the relationship between the main characters. It wasn’t more than a random hook up as I could see it, maybe some that could come in the future but not much of a romantic vibe from this one. I still enjoyed it. It was really short, but the story was told in a way that the conflict was solved without feeling too rushed or incomplete. It was really good.

Review: SELIA’s Promise by Christina McMullen

SELIA's Promise

 

In the near future, a hyper-intelligent supercomputer promises to usher in a new era for humanity. But instead of utopia, the brilliant machine discovers an asteroid on an unavoidable collision course with Earth. Is this the end? Or will SELIA uphold its promise for a better and brighter tomorrow?

 

REVIEW

 

This was a great surprise. I got this book for two reasons, it was on kindle unlimited and it was being promoted by another author. This is a new to me author. I was pleasantly surprise. The story is told from the main character’s point of view and it doesn’t have any interactions with other characters. This would be something I generally wouldn’t like, I get easily bored by such writing style, but I keep reading and the more I did it, the more I liked it. I was so intrigued by everything and what might happen. It was really good. I loved the ending.

Review: The Lion and the Tiger: A Shiva XIV Story by Lyra Shanti

The Lion and the Tiger: A Shiva XIV Story

 

Lovers and warriors, immortal in love.

Before he became the general of The Tah army in the Shiva XIV series, Hynfir was a young Lirhan soldier in love with a boy he couldn’t have. Find out why he would stop at nothing to be with Leif, his tiger among men.

 

REVIEW

 

I really didn’t liked this much. Maybe it had something to do with the length. I liked the way the plot was going, but being so short, everything seemed extremely rushed.
Also I had a lot of issues with Hynfir’s attitude. He was too aggressive and that make me disliked so easily. I wish he could have been a little bit more subtle. Lief was nice, I have fewer issues with him than with Hynfir, he was a nicer character.
I’m not really ok with such strong feelings in such short amount of time, maybe that was also one of the things I didn’t like. I think if the story would be a little longer then I might like it a little more, as I mention, I did liked where it was going but the extremely fast paced was disturbing to me.

Review: Caught In Between (Daniel and Ryan #8) by Tamryn Eradani

Caught In Between (Daniel and Ryan, #8)

 

As a natural extension of their last scene, Daniel and Ryan invite a third to join them for one night.

 

REVIEW

 

This, the eight instalments of the series, raise the heat level to its maximus. It was really unexpected. I couldn’t picture Daniel wanting and doing some of the things that happened in the book but it was all a great surprise.

There was a thing that made me struggle a little bit with the book, I don’t like ménages. It was a little difficult for me to enjoy that particular scene, but it wasn’t as hard as I expected. I might have issues with it, but the rest of the book compensate the little struggle I had. The events that lead to the sexual encounter were something I really liked.

I loved little details that show growth in their relationship, like spontaneous kisses that I don’t remember seen before. They are still being a little slower than I would like to, but I’m enjoying the steps they are giving. I also loved the way Ryan knows Daniel. I wouldn’t think Daniel knows Ryan as much as Ryan does him but it still shows the great connection they share.

There is a new character that is very intriguing. I wouldn’t mind to know more about him in the future. Overall it was a great chapter of this series. I had a great time reading it.

 

* ARC provided by published in exchange of an honest review

Review: Weekend Getaway (Daniel and Ryan #7) by Tamryn Eradani

Weekend Getaway (Daniel and Ryan, #7)

 

Daniel wants to test his control in a more public setting than he and Ryan have used before. It takes some negotiation, takes some planning, but they make it work.

 

REVIEW

 

This instalment has been the sexiest so far. I couldn’t stop reading, it was so good. It is one of the best I’d read. I couldn’t get enough of Daniel.

This has been the scene I have enjoyed the most of the series. Maybe it had something to do with Daniel giving more control than he is used to and his willingness to try new things. It was amazing. He also was more vulnerable than in other situations and It was fantastic to see him struggling so badly. I don’t remember he ever had so much trouble doing what he’s been ask to, but it definitely made me loved this instalment so much more than the others.

I also liked Ryan’s attitude. It is so amazing to see how well he knows Daniel and how he know how exactly what he can ask and how much he can push. The only issue I’m having right now is that I think I already read a lot of part of the series and I want something more for them. It had become a little bit expected and everything is just too good and perfect. I would love for them to either have more conflict or see the relationship taking other steps, because right now it seems a little stationary.

Overall it was great. One of my favorites so far.

* ARC provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review.