Review: The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish

The Remaking of Corbin Wale

 

A 2017 Riptide Holiday Charity Novel

Last month, Alex Barrow’s whole life imploded—partner, home, job, all gone in forty-eight hours. But sometimes when everything falls apart, better things appear almost like magic. Now, he’s back in his Michigan hometown, finally opening the bakery he’s always dreamed of. But the pleasure of opening day is nothing compared to the lonely and beautiful man who bewitches Alex before he even orders.

Corbin Wale is a weirdo. At least, that’s what he’s heard his whole life. He knows he’s often in a fantasy world, but the things he feels are very real. And so is the reason why he can never, ever be with Alex Barrow. Even if Alex is everything he’s always fantasized about. Even if maybe, just maybe, Corbin is Alex’s fantasy too.

When Corbin begins working at the bakery, he and Alex can’t deny their connection any longer. As the holiday season works its magic, Alex yearns for the man who seems out of reach. But to be with Alex, Corbin will have to challenge every truth he’s ever known. If his holiday risk pays off, two men from different worlds will get the love they’ve always longed for.

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Twenty percent of all proceeds from this title will be donated to the Russian LGBT Network.

The Russian LGBT network was founded in April 2006. It is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. They unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.

 

REVIEW

 

THE REMAKING OF CORBIN WALE was such a beautiful and magical book. It has one of the most unique and precious characters I’d ever read about. It was very easy to love it.

Alex is back in his hometown to open the bakery he had dreamed of. When Corbin starts working with Alex, none of them is ready for the connection between them. But when the feelings became stronger, Corbin’s way to see things makes it impossible for them to be together, even when Alex’s yearning makes things a lot harder than it was supposed to be.

Corbin was a delightful character. I loved everything about him, his odd attitude, the way he sees the world, the way he showed his emotions, the way he communicates with his beloved friends. There are so many reasons why he was such a stunning character. Alex was also a nice character. He was charming, caring and really kind. He can be easily loved by any reader but he wasn’t as remarkable as Corbin was. They’ll be on my mind for a long time.

As a couple, they were amazing. It was so obvious they love each other. Corbin’s struggle with his beliefs was so heartbreaking but Alex’s presence and constant support made all the pain seem worthy. The moments they were together, those moments of happiness, were so beautiful. Every way they interact had so much meaning, every word, glance or gesture, it was amazing. They made me smile with such easiness.

The secondary characters were also very interesting, but the ones that got my attention the most were the ones that had a meaning for Corbin, their relationship was very intriguing. The plot was great. It seems a little simple, but it’s Corbin and his way of seeing things that made it so interesting and unique. The only problem I had with the book was the ending. It was satisfying enough and I did like it, but it felt like something was missing. Like some of the magic I learned to love wasn’t as present there as it was all through the book.

Overall it was a fantastic book full of joy and hope. It had some angst in it, but not something too unbearable and the lighter moments made it all worth it. It was beautiful.

 

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Review: Nectar by Laura Susan Johnson

Nectar

 

Nectar tells of the atrocities of the Armenian genocide through the story of one young woman’s lifetime—the family she lost, the love she found, and her determination to survive.

(Part of Never Too Late – a collection of nine stories featuring LGBTQIA characters over the age of fifty)

 

REVIEW

 

This was hard, extremely hard to read. I haven’t figure my mind about this one yet. I don’t consider myself a too sensitive reader. I don’t get easily offended by violence or similar things in books and yet, this story push really hard my limits. It’s been one of the few occasions when I even consider stop reading something, but keep reading expecting some redeeming elements that were, eventually, delivered.

Negdar, the main character was a strong and determined women that show a great message of hope. The narrative was amazing, the author did such a great job that I could feel present in every scenes described, maybe that what made it such a hard read. I still think that was one of the things I liked the most about it. I appreciate a lot the fact that the author wasn’t too graphic about the abuses.

Overall it was a very well reading but a difficult story to read because of the subject it address. I don’t think it’ll be appropriate for every reader and I think the blurb fell short with the warnings. Before reading it beware it contains genocide, infanticide, torture, rape and violence. That known, the story is really good and I certainly feel intrigued by the author and I would like to try another of her books, maybe on a lighter subject.

Review: Anticipation by R. Phoenix and Morgan Noel

Anticipation

 

Kieran has been able to avoid meeting his stepbrother’s notorious lover for six months, but the Butcher always gets what the Butcher wants. Forced to meet the man of his nightmares, he expects to get hell for being in love with Romulus… but he might just like it.

[Anticipation takes place 5 months after Spoiled. This can be read as a standalone erotic novella, but it does have major spoilers for… Spoiled.
Anticipation contains consensual mature content such as BDSM, edging, and MMM, Mac & Cheese.]

 

REVIEW

 

This was great, so hot. I might be a hypocrite with this one because I know I always say I don’t like MMM and I generally don’t, but there was something about this book that was so good.

I remember I was left intrigued by Romi and the Butcher’s relationship after reading Spoiled and I find this beyond what I could imagine, not only between them but also how things went for Kieran. Somehow the things were a little different for me this time around with these characters, I was feeling more fond on Romi the in Spoiled, but now it was Kieran’s reaction to everything that was going on and his emotions that got my attention. The Butcher also fill every expectation that I could have about him.

Maybe one of the reason I like this so much, even being MMM, was because the relationship between all of them never try to be anything it wasn’t. There wasn’t forced feelings involved. Everything felt natural and it hit the highest steam levels I’d read in a while. It was great, I had such a good time reading it.

Review: Arrows Through Archer by Nash Summers

Arrows Through Archer

 

After the loss of his parents, Archer Hart is consumed by grief. Each day, he struggles his way through classes, parties, and trying to put on a good front for the sake of his best friend. But at night, he falls asleep to the sound of gunshots ringing in his ears.

Mallory is a man fighting a war of emotions all his own. When his son invites his best friend back home to Banff over a college break, he’s happy for the company.

Some time during the late-night talks, subtle smiles, and long, long silences, the two men begin to find solace in one another.

But love isn’t always easy, especially when it strikes you straight through the heart.

 

REVIEW

 

This book was so heartbreaking and beautiful. I loved it. It was so amazing to see the sweet character that Archer was. I loved him above everything else.

Reading this book was a great experience, it had a lot of sad moments but along with the sorrow there was a lot of hope. It was a bit too slow pace but it work fine considering the emotions portray by the main characters, there were a few moments when it was bothersome but overall I enjoy it.

I loved how the book didn’t try to force the idea that love would conquer everything. They love, but they still struggle with their emotions. They still have a long way to go to overcome grief, but it seem easier by the side of a beloved one. Mallory and Archer’s relationship felt realistic. The age gap was something I generally wouldn’t feel that much comfortable with, but I didn’t find any problem with it, they were just two people in love and so perfect for each other. I just wanted them to be happy, it feel like they deserve it.

It was a great book, there were very few things that I didn’t liked, among them sometimes the pace, and sometimes too Danny’s attitude. None of them important enough to make me like it any less.

Review: Breaking Jade (A Companion Book To Fallocaust #1) by Quil Carter

Breaking Jade (A Companion Book to The Fallocaust Series, #1)

 

Skyfall, the only city that King Silas spared when he started the Fallocaust. It is a safe haven from the radiation, and a place where there is plant life, electricity, protection; things never seen or felt in the lawless, savage greywastes.

In Skyfall lives a teenager named Jade, born and raised in the ‘slum district’ Moros by an insane mother. He steals and cheats in any way he can to keep him and his boyfriend alive for another winter, all while longing for a better life, some place warm beyond the slums.

Then a chance encounter brings Jade into the sights of the most important and most feared chimera in Skyfall, Elish Dekker. A man of statuesque elegance, cold beauty, and a reputation for being the most heartless and cruel chimera in existence.

And though Elish may not understand why, he does know one thing for sure… the boy will be his pet.

Note: This is a companion book to Book 1 of The Fallocaust Series, it is extremely urged that you read Fallocaust Book 1 before reading Breaking Jade, since this book does contain plot spoilers for the series.

 

REVIEW

 

This book was amazing. I loved it so much. There was a moment when I just couldn’t put it down and I just hate that I wasn’t a faster reader. It was amazing.

It is really dark and I believe that it should had warnings because it contain some scenes that might be consider offensive and some that might be triggering for some reader. If anyone is thinking of reading it beware it contain some serious violent scenes, dub/con and non/con scenes and a lot of morally questionable conducts. That being said, I like reading dark theme books and this one was exactly what I was looking for.

Jade was a stunning character, I was quickly loving his defiance and all the rage he had in him, and to see his development as a character was simply beautiful. It was so interesting to see the way he think and I was always trying to predict his actions, fool of me because he was unpredictable. Elish was also such a great character, so cold, so contain and manipulative, it is the kind of character I usually love and this time wasn’t any different, although it was surprising to me, how I tend to take Jade’s side every time and if I would choose between them I would choose Jade as my favorite. It might have something to do with the fact that he suffer so beautifully. I loved him. Every single one of the characters was so fantastic, even the ones that had little spotlight.

The plot was great. I t was so full of surprises. As unpredictable as Jade himself. It make me feel such and wide range of emotion, it made me gasp so many times and some others made me want to throw my kindle across the room. The way it connect the story with the events of Fallocaust was brilliant. It really was a pleasure to read it but beware it might not be suitable for every reader.

Review: Cue The Music by Alexis Woods

Cue The Music

 

Every relationship has had it at some point. The singular argument that escalates, that lingers. More often than not, the couple finds their way back to status quo. But what happens when they don’t? What happens when one gives up?

After months of trying to resolve their issues, Ty loses hope. He leaves, with only his music to keep him company. Until one day, he feels someone watching him intently from the bar. Maybe, just maybe, Ty won’t end up alone after all.

Cue the Music is a stand-alone short story in the Southern Jersey Shores series.

(Part of Never Too Late – a collection of nine stories featuring LGBTQIA characters over the age of fifty)

 

REVIEW

 

This is part of a series I haven’t read, and I don’t think I needed to read the previous books to be able to enjoy it. It was a little bittersweet story, really short but full of hope, I really liked it.

This is the first time I read something from the author, I do have a few books but haven’t read them yet. I liked the main characters and I liked how the story went. It was a little bit too short to get the whole outlook of their relationship but somehow it didn’t felt rush. There was a connection already between them and I loved it.

I particularly liked the way the music was related to emotions in the story and I’ll admit that I didn’t knew most of the songs mention, but the author tempted my curiosity enough to make me go searching for the songs. Overall a nice read. It is part of the Never Too Late collections, which concept I love.

Audiobook Review: Test Drive by L.A. Witt

Test Drive

 

Sean Waters is down on his luck thanks to the economy, and winds up working for his domineering father’s car dealership. It’s not the greatest job, but it’s a paycheck. The only problem? He’s got a wicked crush on the general manager, Jackson Rayburn.

When Jackson suggests a drive in one of the brand new sports cars, Sean has no idea it’s not the car Jackson really wants to take for a spin.

They both need this job, though, and the boss isn’t keen on employees getting involved with each other. But it’s just a lusty little crush anyway, so they can move on and pretend nothing ever happened.

Can’t they?

This short story was previously published, and has been revised and expanded to 15,000 words.

 

REVIEW

 

It was a nice book. It was fun and hot but I didn’t feel like there was too much connection between the main characters or that I really got to know them too well. I still liked it and I have a great time with it. It was short and that was exactly what I was looking for, I guess the length wouldn’t permit it to be a little more complicated than it was, but it was very entertaining.

I did have a little issues with the narration, I felt like it was difficult to understand the change of characters, the voices seem too alike and became confusing at times. The narration itself was good and I enjoyed it, but the dialogs were the ones that were bothersome.

Overall it was enjoyable and a great choice for someone looking for a short fun read without a lot of angst.