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

Romantic Behavior (Bad Behavior, #4)

 

Detective Andreas Ruffner is no fool—he’s found a man who loves him, puts up with him, and has stuck with him through hell and back, and it’s time to put a ring on it. Darren Corliss is the love of his life, and he wants the whole world to know it.

Now the fun part—the wedding!

Well, after the not-so-fun part of planning the wedding in between dealing with overbearing and impossible-to-please family members. With future mothers-in-law driving them both up a wall, the guest list growing out of control, and the wedding getting ever more complicated, Darren and Andreas have to wonder if they’re in over their heads.

But they’re going to make it to the altar if it kills them . . . and at this rate, it just might.

 

REVIEW

 

A perfect final to what has been an amazing series. This time around we are being kept away from mystery and get our attention on the romance. This has been without a doubt the most romantic instalment of the series and it’s just as great was its predecessors.

Andreas and Darren have been through really hard times together. Their relationship has only been growing stronger despite the difficult times they had to face. Now is the time to leave the problems aside and face a future together. Andreas decided it was time to get married and as they start planning the wedding, the responsibilities associated to it and the difficult family relationships are starting to overwhelm the pair and have them thinking if all of it is really worth it.

This was just beautiful. I didn’t think I would miss the action associated with this series but I did, that’s the only issue I had with it, but I’m certainly pleased with what this instalment bring and I’m feeling really grateful that the authors finally had shown some mercy on this beautiful couple and let them enjoy their love. Sure, not everything was perfect, in fact there were a lot of problems for them, but the different kind they are used to.

It is a more lightened up story with a steady pace, it had a lot of romance on it and it worked as a perfect ending to the series. I guess we all wanted to see a happy ending after all that Andreas and Darren have been through. I was smiling all the time and, sure, I struggle a bit to hold back tears at some moment. It was impossible not to understand how much Darren and Andreas love each other. It was simply beautiful. I loved the family dynamics too, it’s always something that got my attention. The families were as imperfect as they are themselves, exactly the kind of touch of reality I expect when I read a book. They made things so complicated and it was absolutely believable and so frustrating. I loved it.

Overall this was a fantastic book. Recommended to people looking for something romantic to read, but it wouldn’t work as a standalone. To be able to enjoy it, it’s better to read the previous instalments of this highly recommended series.

 

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Review: Tribute Act by Joanna Chambers

Tribute Act (Porthkennack, #8)

 

Nathan Bridges hadn’t intended to settle down in his home town of Porthkennack—he just ended up staying after saving the family business from ruin. The truth is, Nathan can’t stop himself from stepping in when problems arise. He’s a fixer, the man everyone turns to. But even fixers can’t solve everything.

When Nathan’s sister needs an organ transplant, it’s his stepbrother, Mack, who the family turns to as Rosie’s only potential living donor. Nathan’s curiosity about the stepbrother he’s never met turns to shock when he realises that Mack is his latest—and hottest ever—one-night stand.

Nathan and Mack agree to forget their single night together, but that’s easier said than done. When Mack moves in to Nathan’s place to recuperate after surgery, it’s not just the sexual tension between them that keeps growing. Against all the odds, and despite Mack’s wariness of intimacy, the two men grow close enough that Nathan begins to wonder what it would take to mend the rift that’s kept Mack and his father estranged for over a decade . . . and whether Mack might consider staying with Nathan in Porthkennack for good.

 

REVIEW

 

There was a lot of family drama in this beautiful and bittersweet romance that made me fall in love with its remarkable characters. I’m really impressed by this first experience reading this book from the author.

Nathan is used to fixing everyone’s problems, but his sister’s need for a transplant is something that goes out of his hands. He had to rely on Mack, the stepbrother he didn’t know, to conquer the family issues and to be able to provide the help they need. Nathan wasn’t expecting this stepbrother to be his latest one night stand. The sexual tension between them increased as Mack moves in with Nathan and they have to face the possibility of a new relationship, and the implications this might mean to an already fading family relationship.

It was a fantastic book. I really loved it. It is a little slow paced so I guess some readers would have an issue with that, but I felt it was very appropriate for the kind of story that was being told. The plot isn’t as simple as it seemed in the blurb. The heavy emotional baggage Mack has makes things a lot more complicated than it appears. And Nathan’s constant need to fix other’s problems also puts him in complex situations at times.

Mack’s problems with intimacy made their relationship stumble a lot, but it was clear that there was love involved. I loved how we got to know Mack from Nathan’s point of view. It made him more mysterious and increased his appeal. I would expect to care more for Nathan, since the story was being told from his perspective and we get to know what’s on his mind, but it was the opposite. I loved Mack the most, which was amazing and made it easier to understand why Nathan loved him so much.

It was a slow-burn romance with characters struggling with family issues and with their own demons, exactly the kind of book I love to read. It’s not overloaded with a lot of sex scenes, it doesn’t lack them either, but it centers more in the emotional aspect of their relationship. I would recommend it to any reader who enjoys M/M pairing.

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Review: Tournament of Champions by Tamryn Eradani

Tournament of Champions (Daniel and Ryan, #10)

 

After figuring out where their relationship is and where it’s going, Daniel and Ryan begin to tell the people closest to them.

 

REVIEW

 

I wish I would know this was going to be the last book. I’m a little bit sad to say goodbye to this pair but I had a great time reading about them.

This was an unusually sweet instalment. I wasn’t expecting either of them to be as nice or as fun as they shown me here, but I enjoy it so much. I definitely loved the way their relationship has been manage, it seem more realistic that way, sometimes a little frustrated because I wanted them to make some choices already but I love them anyway.

In terms of heat, this is a little low, something a little against of what I expect, but didn’t make me enjoy it less. I loved the characters we get to know here and the way they interact with each-other. I’m really not sure if this is going to be the last time we get to read about Ryan and Daniel, but it it’s so it felt like a good closure.

Audiobook Review: UnPrison by Yamila Abraham

UnPrison

 

A scrawny Princeton freshman gets sent to prison where he becomes the property of a powerful yet compassionate inmate. By the author of Hostile Taking!

 

REVIEW

 

This as surprisingly sweet compare to what I expect. I love prison books, mostly because I love hurt/comfort books and also dark theme books and most of the times one of those is involved in this kind of story. On that matter I felt a little disappointed for what I expected but not by the books itself that was really good.

I liked a lot of things about it and have a few issues about it too. I liked the main characters, both of them seem nice and even though I don’t think they had great chemistry, their relationship felt right, sure a little forced but at least it wasn’t an insta-love thing that I dislike so bad. The things I don’t liked were more related to what I expect, I felt like the MC got it too easy in prison and I also didn’t liked the guards that didn’t seem too smart.

Overall I had a great time with it. I listen to the audiobook and I enjoy the narration. I did felt like it lack a little bit of emotion in the steamiest moments but overall it was really good. Another thing that I liked about it, not story related, was the cover. It was actually what attrack my attention to it in the first place.

Review: Testing the Limits by Tamryn Eradani

Testing the Limits (Daniel and Ryan, #9)

 

Daniel and Ryan take their relationship to the next level, trying new things in scene and clarifying what they mean to each other.

 

REVIEW

 

It was a nice instalment but I it was among the ones I liked the least. I still enjoy a lot of it. I think the way they have growth as a couple is what I’m liking the most and every little gesture and every little step towards that direction made me smile.

The problem I had with this one was that not only was lower in steam, but also in emotional connection. I get that now they know each-other very well and, even though testing the limits is something I like a lot and the title seem really interesting, I expected something different. Along the series I had loved the unusual ways they had to express in their sexual encounters, but in this one I was a little disappointed.

The things that I liked about it was the way their relationship is developing. I’m having a great time seeing little details that show how much they care for each-other, even if they might not express it in words. Overall it was a nice read.

Review: Ghost (Executioners #1) by J.M. Dabney

Ghost (Executioners, #1)

 

Gideon Jane earned the name Ghost for his reclusive nature when he joined a group of guys in Powers, Georgia in a band called Executioners. It had been his way of settling into small town life after living in New York for the past twenty years. He loved the band and his small organic farm. What he didn’t love was being single, but it appeared it was his new reality. He didn’t want his ex back, although he did want something. What that was eluded him until the evening he walked into Nightingale’s Books.

Small town girl Harper Sage knew pain, and she’d lived with it—she had the scars both mental and physical to prove it. It would’ve been easier to hop in her car to find safety and anonymity, but Harper stayed to prove she was stronger than hurled fists and bruising prejudice. She found herself within the safety of a close-knit group of rough bikers and bar bouncers. That didn’t mean it was all perfect.

What’s a girl to do when she craves normalcy and acceptance: she just smiles. Choices are made, some with dire consequences and others that bring her closer to her dream. Will she make the right decision or finally discover escape is her best option?

Author Note: This book contains scenes of violence and descriptions of self-harm.

 

REVIEW

 

It was a nice book but I wasn’t too impressed by it. I was attracted by this book when I see the fourth book in the series being release. I loved the cover and I got interested on the story but I wanted to read the previous instalments first. I’m not disappointed by it, there were a lot of things I did liked and I think I might read the next books on the series, but I did found a lot of issues with it.

What I liked about it was mostly Harper, she was a nice character, I love characters that are somehow broken and can walk to a happy ending. Although she was nice, there were moments when she was just too insightful about some of the aspects of her, sort of romantic, relationship with someone. I would prefer things to be more in the subconscious as it usually is. I also prefer MM pairing, but I was ok with her and Gideon together, they seem right for each other.

Another thing that bother me a lot was the frequency of people’s names being trough in the story. I couldn’t keep track with all the persons mention in the story that I didn’t even meet. It became distracting and it cut the flow of the story just to try to remember who they were talking about, and more often than not, the person wasn’t even relevant for the plot development.

I liked Joker, he seem like a nice character and I noticed he got his own book. Either he or the twins are enough for me to get interested in the next instalments but I’m really hope I don’t have the same issues I had with this one. I think I can give it a try to the series.

Review: Maelstrom by Yamila Abraham

Maelstrom 8

 

The Maelstrom Conclusion! ***Explicit Adult Content.*** Part 8 picks up right where 7 left off–in the bedroom with Demetri and Malstrum! When the fun is over it’s time for Malstrum to lead his revolutionaries. Earth tried to lure them into a trap in the Capitol. Now that they know Earth and Bifenggang are working together Malstrum is running out of allies he can trust. Their last hope–Demetri’s cherished General Atmeyer–has decided to betray them, too! Will Demetri and Malstrum end up as the evil Li Gang’s play things?

 

REVIEW

 

This is the last instalment but my thoughts are for the whole series. I’m not really sure if it’s ok to call it a series considering this is only one single story told in several different books that are definitely not working as stand-alone. That itself is enough to make me feel angry about it and, under other circumstances, it would have been enough to keep me away from reading it, but the story sound good so I’d give it a try.

The plot was really interesting, the whole thing, not just this one. I loved Demetri’s internal struggle and how he come to terms with his emotions. I loved the scenes that Brainbox put into Demetri’s dreams, it was really fun to see his reactions. I loved how the whole story went, even though this was one of the chapters I liked the least. I loved Malstrum and Demetri’s relationship. The way it developed was great,is one of my favorite things to read in romance.

One of the things that made me like this so much was the narration. It was so much fun at times. I think otherwise I wouldn’t get as far as I did with the book. I loved the narrator’s work with the voices. Overall it was a nice book. I’ll have to think about it about the author because I did liked it a lot but if the usual way to present the books is cut into several parts, then I guess it’s not really my thing.