Review: Suspicious Behavior by L.A. Witt and Cari Z.

Suspicious Behavior (Bad Behavior, #2)

 

Detective Darren Corliss is hanging by a thread. In between recovering from a near-fatal wound and returning to work at a hostile precinct, he’s struggling to help care for his ailing brother. His partner and boyfriend, Detective Andreas Ruffner, wants to help, but doesn’t know how. And with his own family crises brewing, Andreas is spread almost as thin as Darren.

For cops, though, life takes a backseat to the job. When a stack of unsolved homicides drops into their laps, Andreas and Darren think they’re unrelated cold cases. But when a connection surfaces, they find themselves on the tail of a prolific serial killer who’s about to strike again.

Except they’ve got nothing. No leads. No suspects. Just a pile of circumstantial evidence and a whole lot of hunches. Time is running out to stop the next murder—and to pull themselves back from their breaking points.

 

REVIEW

 

This was amazing. I love this so much. The plot was great, the characters also as great and the mystery involved was really well done.

I get more and more in love with this series as I keep reading. I liked this one a little bit better than the first one, maybe because Andreas have his defenses a little more down and we get to know him better. Darren seem so different in this one but in a reasonable and believable way. He didn’t seem out of character, he just seem stressed and how wouldn’t under the circumstances he was in.

The family issues they deal with were an important part of the plot and make them more human. I loved the way family and worked try to get in the middle of one another. This seem such an accurate portray of the like of someone doing what Andreas and Darren do for a living. I loved every part of it.

Romance isn’t an important part of this instalments but that doesn’t mean is absent. Their relationship seem pretty solid at this point and even though I would enjoy more couple time, I understand that the whole situations they were dealing time wouldn’t allow them to have some more romance.

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Review: Junkyard Heart by Garrett Leigh

Junkyard Heart (Porthkennack, #7)

 

Tired of the London rat race and the heartbreak that comes with it, photographer Jas Manning returns to Porthkennack, the Cornish seaside town where he spent every childhood summer on his father’s farm. Resigned to year-round rain, wind, and homemade jam, he’s sorely unprepared for the impact that artsy carpenter Kim Penrose has on his heart.

Kim’s free-loving reputation precedes him, and he’s as generous with his inked-up body as he is with his time. The sex is hot, the easy friendship even better, and Jas’s time with him building his family’s new farmhouse canteen is everything Jas was missing in his empty city life.

But Kim’s carefree existence isn’t as simple as it appears. He’s worked hard to vanquish his demons and build his dreams, but the devil on his shoulder is ruthless, and when it comes to call, their happy bubble bursts like it was never there at all. The canteen opening looms, but Kim is gone in more ways than one, and it’s down to Jas to shore up Kim’s soul and convince him that he deserves his place in Jas’s heart.

 

REVIEW

 

I loved the beautifully flawed characters created by the author in this magnificent book. The internal struggles were extraordinary. And the way love made its entry into these broken souls was something to be remember.

Out of London with a broken heart, Jas goes to Porthkennack for a new start. He wasn’t prepared for the force of nature by the name Kim. When the two men meet, the attraction is clear and the feelings begin to grow. But Kim’s fight with his own demons and the reputation that precedes him endangers the new relationship and they have to decide if their love is strong enough to conquer all the battles they have to fight.

It had a little slow pace but I think it was appropriate to the kind of story this was. I don’t think it made me enjoy it any bit less. The story is told from Jas’s point of view. I would expect that it would make the readers relate more to him because we could understand how he felt, and it wasn’t that I didn’t liked him, I did, he was a great. But maybe it was how Kim was being seen though Jas’s eyes that made Kim a more attractive character. He remains as a mystery which was a fantastic because it kept me guessing his reactions and what his feelings were which enhanced him as a character; I was so intrigued by him.

Although the story had some nice secondary characters, Lena was the more remarkable. She was really supportive. She was nice, but an issue I had with her was that I couldn’t get to know her better. I know she wasn’t a main character and I get that it wouldn’t be okay to spend too much time on her since we had Kim and Jas to get our attention, but it felt like she would be a great main character. There was a moment when her presence disturbed me a little, but that’s on me, she was great and as mysterious as Kim, which was wonderful.

The importance given to one of Kim’s biggest problems was something I appreciate very much. Kim’s state of mind and how it relates to his self-esteem and interaction with others was magnificent. On this matter, I think that not knowing what he was feeling or thinking gave the reader a better understanding of how it is for the others, how frustrating such problems can be, and yet the others’ support was something so nice. I loved the fact that love didn’t change who he was and didn’t make his problems go away, but it gave him more reasons to fight.

Overall a beautifully written book, recommend for those who like M/M pairing.

Review: The Christmas Office Party by L.J. Hamlin

The Christmas Office Party

 

Jake likes his job working in a call center office, especially as it brings the added bonus of seeing Liam every day. But Jake is determined not to act on his crush, even when he discovers Liam is a submissive.

But at the office Christmas party everyone cuts loose, even Liam, who seems determined to bring Jake over to his way of celebrating.

 

REVIEW

 

This was a fun short Christmas story. I enjoy it a lot. Both MC were likable. I liked the way Liam was the one making the first step, it was more interesting that way. I liked the scenes they shared but, considering it was BDSM, it felt a little bit too sweet to my taste. It was good but the DBSM was a little lighter than I like.

Liam and Jake made a nice couple. I liked the story but, at times, it felt like Jake ask too many questions and it cut the flow of the scene, but it was still very nice. Overall I had a good time reading.

Review: Broken in Silence by Katze Snow

Broken in Silence (Demons and Wolves #1)

 

Tannerian Wulfric is a leader—a strong alpha who bows to no-one, especially those who try to undermine his authority.

When an opportunity arises, he grabs it with both hands and lets nothing get in his way. Trouble is, his brother has been caught in the crossfire of glorious retribution, and Tanner is in need of assistance.

For many years, Alex Jonas has lived his life in peace. But when fate lands him in the hands of his ex-lover and alpha, he finds himself in the centre of a feud he never knew existed, and must immerse himself in ways he had never imagined. One chance encounter, one night, and everything comes crashing down around him. Alex must fight for his life while Tanner fights for one thing and one thing only—vengeance, which has never tasted sweeter.

Can Tanner avenge his family’s death without spilling more blood? Or will his inner demon tear apart everything he has worked for, and lose the man who owns his heart?

Warning: Contains strong language, violence, and graphic, erotic scenes. This is NOT a romance. It’s hot, it’s sticky, and all kinds of messed up.

 

REVIEW

 

This was great. The blurb didn’t really prepared me to what the book is about. I found that amazing because while I was reading I found so much interesting surprises. I loved most of it and even though it said is not a romance, it does have a little bit of romance on it.

Tanner was morally ambiguous, just the kind of character I love. He claim to have no feelings for some people but he’s only fooling himself. Sure, he doesn’t feel the way everyone does and he doesn’t touch his heart to hurt others, even the ones he care about, but he isn’t really lacking emotions entirely. He was such an amazing character, he keep me guessing all the time what he would do because he is so complex that is so hard to predict his actions. I loved that about him.

Alex was a nice character, I loved him too, maybe as much as Tanner. What I loved about him was how much he second-guess his feelings or at least how much conflict it meant for him to feel what he was feeling for Tanner. I loved his defiance and how stubborn he could be at times.

One of the few issues I had with it was the fact that even though it had some sex scenes, there were times when it just fade to black and it was so frustrating. I wanted more. I guess it was on purpose, maybe the author didn’t wanted to overload us, readers, with too much in little time, and it’s ok, most of the times I’m ok with that but sometimes it just seem like it was needed. Also some mild BDSM scenes that could have been so great and they were just cut. I was mad.

The plot was really good, sometimes a little bit confusing as I start to understand how the world was functioning, but it was very interesting. Overall I had a great time reading It. There were times when I couldn’t read fast enough, it was so exciting. I’m definitely planning on read the next book on the series.

Review: Seven-Sided Spy by Hannah Carmack

Seven-Sided Spy

 

In the midst of the cold war, the CIA’s finest and most fatal female agent, Diana Riley, vanishes. Kidnapped by the KGB and taken to the backcountry of North Carolina, she and her team of unsavory partners are forced to undergo illegal experimentation.

But, when the experiments leave them horribly deformed and unable to reenter society without someone crying monster, the previously glamorous and high-maintenance spies must escape KGB captivity and avoid recapture at the hands of Nikola, a ruthless KGB agent with an intense and well-justified grudge against her former flame.

 

REVIEW

 

I choose this book by mistake. I thought, I don’t even know why, that there was a romance involved in the story, but what a magnificent mistake to make, It was an amazing book. I loved it.

It is under the historical genre in the publisher, but I get a bigger paranormal influence than historical from it. I also think the mystery was an important element, and certainly something I enjoyed a lot about it. The plot was fantastic, it is full of twists. It was very exciting. The book description made me believe it was going to be center only on Diana, and maybe that’s what made me think there was romance involved ,because it also mention her former flame, Nikola. But it wasn’t only about her, the story was told from several points of view, what I found that really interesting and made it easier to know all of the characters.

It was almost impossible to choose a favorite character. Every single one of them had an interesting story to tell. I particularly liked the fact that none of them was perfect. There wasn’t good guys and bad guys, just individuals trying to survive under a very difficult situation.

I did have some issues about it, mostly related to the fact that sometimes, especially at the beginning, it was hard to tell when the story had gone to tell us something from the past and then get back to the present. After I advance a little in the book, it got easier to tell. It was bothersome at first, but nothing that made me enjoy the book any less.

Overall it was an amazing book. I loved it. This is, obviously, the first book from the author that I read, since is a debut novel, but I’m definitely going to keep an eye on this new author after this great first experience.

 

*ARC provided by NineStar Press through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

Review: Fall on Your Knees by J.A. Rock and Lisa Henry

 

Fall on Your Knees

Asa and his longtime partner, Javier, are looking forward to a cozy, kinky Christmas together. But when Asa discovers his coworker Drew has nowhere to go for the holidays, he invites Drew home for dinner. His motives aren’t entirely pure: Asa and Javier are both dominant, and occasionally arrange one night stands with submissives. Asa’s been hot for Drew for months, even though he has no proof Drew is kinky.

Drew has wanted Asa since the day they met. Drew would never come between Asa and his partner, but that doesn’t stop him from fantasizing about Asa doing filthy, painful, incredible things to him. He accepts Asa’s dinner invitation reluctantly, not eager to witness Asa and Javier’s domestic bliss firsthand.

When Javier discovers Drew’s profile on a BDSM site shortly before Drew’s arrival, the game changes. A bold proposition leads to Asa and Jav sharing a night of play and passion with a dinner guest who’s nowhere near as innocent as he looks. But as their not-so-silent night progresses, all three find themselves on shaky ground. Can they keep this arrangement no strings attached? Or is there a way for each man to get what he really wants for Christmas?

A 33,000 word novel previously published in the anthology RATED: XXX-mas.

 

REVIEW

 

This was so much fun to read. It had an amazing mixed between steam and playfulness that had me smiling all the time. Asa and Javier differ for what they want from Drew, and it makes it really interesting to see what each of them likes. Poor Drew seem to be in a little bit of trouble, there is an intense internal struggle, not only for what he wants but also about his feelings toward Asa.

I loved Asa and Javier as a couple, they seem so well connected. I also loved the jealousy that was present most of time. It made me keep guessing their actions and how things might work. I’m not so quick to accept a third person into a relationship, but the way the story was managed, it made me believe it could be possible for them to make it work, not just yet, but sometime in the future.

Another thing I loved about it was the time spend on the BDSM scenes, the authors took enough time to make a good description of what was going on. It was really easy to picture the scenes most of the times.

Overall it was a very fun Christmas story to read. I’m not usually a holiday’s stories reader, but this wasn’t a typical holiday story either. I had a great time with it.

Audiobook Review: Mark and Tony (Men of Smithfield #1) by L.B. Gregg

Mark and Tony (Men of Smithfield #1)

 

Coming home from work to find my boyfriend banging our hairy, married landlord — in our bed — was bad enough. Discovering Jamie had also cleaned out my bank accounts made it officially the worst day of my life. I think I can be forgiven for wanting revenge, even if a few little laws (and possibly Jamie’s nose) got bent in the process.

Fortunately, the law is on my side in the form of my oldest friend, Tony Gervase. I’ve tried to deny my attraction to the sexy trooper for years. After all, he made it clear long ago that he wasn’t interested in me that way. But if the hot encounter in his kitchen is any indication, he is now. At least the day is ending a whole lot better than it began…

But the morning after, the Jamie situation goes from bad to seriously messed up. The jerk’s in more trouble than I could have imagined. And as it turns out, I don’t know Tony as well as I thought I did either…

 

REVIEW

 

I had a great time listening to the audiobook. It was the first time I listen to the narrator and it was really a good first experience. I have read books from the author and it was as good as the ones I read and liked.

I had a lot of issues about Mark, but I love a character who isn’t a perfect prince charming. He’s not exactly the kind of imperfect that I like since he had some really disturbing conduct but I guess that was the idea and also it was part of the fun.

The book had a little bit of everything, some fun moments, some action, serious moments and also a little romance. I did find it a little lacking in the romance area, not that was absent or that Mark and Tony didn’t make a good couple, but I felt there was little emotion.

The narration was very good. I enjoyed both, the story and the way the book was narrated. Overall I had a really fun time with it.