Monday, July 22, 2019

FF - All the Worlds Between Us by Morgan Lee Miller


Seventeen-year-old Quinn Hughes needs to be in top shape if she wants to medal at the swimming World Championships in ten months. This means no easy distractions, no matter how pretty they are.

She’s still piecing her confidence back together after not qualifying for the Olympics, her relationship with her twin brother is getting worse the more he hangs out with the popular kids, and then Kennedy Reed suddenly squeezes herself back into Quinn’s life. The girl who was her best friend. The girl who gave Quinn her first kiss. The girl who hasn’t spoken to her since.

Soon, Quinn finds herself juggling her new girlfriend, training for the biggest competition of her life, and discovering she’s not the only Hughes twin with a crush on Kennedy Reed. All these distractions are getting to her, and if she wants that medal she needs to find a way to stop drowning on dry land.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

All the Worlds Between Us is absolutely riveting young adult romance.

Quinn's a swimmer with Olympic aspirations, but she suffers this isn't an easy thing, as instead it just complicated her life. Her closeted ex best friend, Kennedy, is also causing her grief. 

It's a story of fear, denial, and confusion. A tale of hurt and anger.
My heart was breaking for Quinn.

This's a story of going from shame to acceptance and pride of who one is.

It has all the typical drama and typical characters you'd find in high school. It's a tough, yet wonderful journey and transformation. The writing is divine, full of descriptions without ever coming across as too wordy.

It's a complicated tale involving so much pain, fear,betrayal and humiliation. 

All The Worlds Between Us is a terrific tale of taking what you want. I'm thrilled to have found this book. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

American Fairytale (Dreamers #2) by Adriana Herrera


Fairy-tale endings don’t just happen; they have to be fought for.New York City social worker Camilo Santiago Briggs grew up surrounded by survivors who taught him to never rely on anything you didn’t earn yourself. He’s always dreamed of his own happily-ever-after, but he lives in the real world. Men who seem too good to be true…usually are. And Milo never ever mixes business with pleasure…until the mysterious man he had an unforgettable hookup with turns out to be the wealthy donor behind his agency’s new, next-level funding.

Thomas Hughes built a billion-dollar business from nothing: he knows what he wants and isn’t shy about going after it. When the enthralling stranger who blew his mind at a black-tie gala reappears, Tom’s more than ready to be his Prince Charming. Showering Milo with the very best of everything is how Tom shows his affection.

Trouble is, Milo’s not interested in any of it. The only thing Milo wants is Tom.

Fairy-tale endings take work as well as love. For Milo, that means learning to let someone take care of him, for a change. And for Tom, it’s figuring out that real love is the one thing you can’t buy.

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My Rating - 5 Stars!

An American Fairytale is a unique gay romance by Adriana Herrera. It's a beautiful story of finding someone who loves you for who you are, instead of in spite of who you are. 

It wonderfully centers around two immigrants who struggle with their nationality while in America. Together, with a mutual Dominican background, Milo and Tom are able to appreciate each other in a way they've never found before. 

It explores depression and the struggle to even want help. It's a story of coming from 2 different worlds, and trying to bridge the gap between their economic divide. It's a story of pride, and learning to accept help. It's a story of control, compromise, and gifts of love. And it's compelling, riveting, and one of those special reads. 

The change in Tom from the start to end is fantastic, as he learns to appreciate his relationships and make an effort, instead of just taking control.

Having never read the first book in the series, I definitely need to go back and read it. That said, this is easily read as a standalone. But, loving these men and their world so much, I want more. 

An American Fairytale is poignant, tender, and romantic. I definitely fell in love with these men and their story. I also fell in love with the atmospheric setting and culture. Well done Adriana Herrera. 

An Opposite Attraction by Brook Adams


Reid Ainsworth, a sandy-haired, blue eyed veterinarian, is escaping his wealthy yet suffocating Boston family by moving to the seaside town of Castro Cove. Reid, despite being hot as hell, also happens to be a virgin. Is he purposefully avoiding having his cherry popped by choosing to live in a small community, where the chances of any possible relationship are slim to zero?

Black-haired, olive-skinned Tom Dubois has lived in Castro Cove for most of his life. Tom, reared by foster parents, is only slightly more sexually experienced than Reid — his new boss — but in every other way he couldn’t be more different. Can Tom keep relations cordial and hold onto his job despite his and Reid’s apparent incompatibility? Or will Tom’s shady past come back to haunt him?

Nobody — including Reid and Tom themselves — could have predicted the emotional explosions and sensual eruptions that flare up between them. ‘An Opposite Attraction’ is a story of male to male romance, littered with sexual fireworks. A blazing display, full of the thrills of first connection, torments of separation, intensity of sexual encounter, and finally, the delirium of deep love. For adults only.

My Rating - 3.5 Stars!

Brook Adams' An Opposite Attraction is an entertaining small town romance.

Reid and Tom are definitely opposites, both with their backgrounds and their current lives. But the chemistry between them is strong and they can't resist one another.

Their tale contains hot sex, light angst, racism, and discrimination. It's mostly sex scenes when they aren't dealing with interfering relatives.

An Opposite Attraction is ultimately a story of learning to trust and struggling to bridge the gap between their standings. It's a fairly simple, sweet read that I definitely enjoyed. I suggest it when you're in the mood for a light, steamy read.

Sweet Things (Rainbow River #1) by Mia Scott


This bad boy Chef just lost the only home he’s ever had.

I spent the last decade building a restaurant and running a kitchen I’m proud of, but with one selfish choice, my brother destroys it all. I’ve sacrificed everything—including any chance at a love life—and I’ve ended up with nothing.

Well, not exactly nothing.

Inheriting part ownership of a dilapidated inn and sprawling lavender farm in a wacky river town with four other guys I’ve never met is not exactly my idea of a great career change. But I’ve got to cook somewhere and Rainbow River isn’t Portland, but the town’s got a brisk tourist trade and my new business partners have the skills to whip the inn and land into shape as long as I can bring the kitchen up to snuff. It’ll be a new start.

And this time, I’ll take the lesson my brother’s betrayal taught me to heart and trust no one.

I’m resolved. I’m determined. Then Liam Tindall walks back into my life.

And all that resolve? Out the damn window.

This sweet Baker is all about hearth and home.

I never expected to see the sad-eyed Chef I’d spent a steamy and delicious night with again. But just days after I get home to Rainbow River after my better-than-chocolate encounter with Clay and there he is: standing on the old inn’s steps and telling me that he’s part owner of the place. Which means Clay is one of my best friend’s new business partners.

More than anything, my best friend wants the inn to succeed. Which means I can’t be flirting with the Chef who’s going to be a big part of that success. So now I’ve got a man hotter-than-scorched-sugar living right down the road from me and I shouldn’t even be looking, let alone thinking about touching. I tell myself I can stay away from temptation. That it’s the kind of messy even I won’t get involved in.

Next thing I know, Clay’s in my bakery every day making lunches for the inn’s construction crew and getting me to school him on the finer quirks of our illustrious town council in exchange for meat-smoking lessons (no, not that kind of meat, get your mind out of the gutter!), plus being all irresistible and stuff.

So when one kiss leads to another…well, you know the deal.

Some sweet things are hard to resist and even harder to keep secret.

But secrets in a small town don’t stay secret for long. And when this secret gets out?

Whoo, boy. Rainbow River is never going to be the same.

SWEET THINGS is 92K and is the first book in the Rainbow River Series, where five very different men receive an unexpected inheritance and come together to bring a beloved friend’s old Inn back to its former glory—while finding love and a new home in the quirky town of Rainbow River, where true love is never lost without being found again. 

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Sometimes you find that special book that you never knew was coming; that book that grips you immediately and leaves you dying for more. Sweet Things is one such book. As the first book in Mia Scott's Rainbow River series, it's a magnificent surprise.

From the start, I love how perfect Jack's voice is for his personality. Non stop chatter, non stop thoughts, long winded monologues. He comes in like a hurricane and the author perfectly captures this aspect of him.

The story itself is a complex tale with many complicated dynamics between different characters. Everyone is developed in a way that's easy to remember who everyone is, and easy to follow. An amazing small town romance, some of the older town folks are wonderful. Hopefully you'll be charmed by them as much as I am. I love the town, I love the people. The mentor backstory is charming and inspiring, as is everything in this book.

Clay and Liam are a fabulous couple. Both are likeable characters who quickly worm their way in the reader's heart. Clay's transformation from the reclusive chef we meet at the beginning to the open and loving man he is at the end is fantastic. If you love character growth, you'll love Clay.

Their tale includes a hot hook up, a surprise meeting, and what seems like a little bit of fate. It includes new opportunities, and a well executed reason to keep Clay in town. 

Mia Scott clearly excels at writing interesting, natural, and seemless dialogue. As this can be one of my big pet peeves, I am beyond impressed. It's flawless in my eyes, as it's perfectly developed and executed. The characters and the town are clearly described, bringing us along for the ride. 

Sweet Things is absolutely delightful. I am thrilled to have found this gem.  It's perfect when you're looking for something with Hallmark movie feel to it. And it's clearly the start of what could be an extraordinary series. I desperately need more of the
se people, more of this town, and will anxiously awaiting more of them.

How to Walk like a Man (Howl at the Moon #2) by Eli Easton


Deputy Roman Charsguard survived Afghanistan where he lost his best friend—his K-9 handler James. Roman was a military dog until two years ago when he developed the ability to shift into a human. It’s not easy to learn how to be a man. He found a place to live in Mad Creek, a haven for the secret world of dog shifters. Finding a reason to live has been harder. That is, until a certain human walks into the Mad Creek Sheriff’s office and starts making trouble.

Matt Barclay has the worst luck. First he was shot in a SWAT drug raid, then he was sent as DEA investigator to Mad Creek, a little town in the California mountains. Matt’s job is to keep a lookout for illegal drug farms, but nobody in the town wants him there. And then there’s Roman, Matt’s erstwhile baby-sitter. He’s the hottest guy Matt’s ever seen, even if he is a bit peculiar. If the town doesn’t kill him, sexual frustration just might.

The town is counting on Roman to prevent Matt from learning about dog shifters, Matt’s counting on Roman to be his work partner and tell him the truth, and Roman’s trying to navigate love, sex, and a whole lot of messy human emotions. Who knew it was so complicated to walk like a man?

My Rating - 5 Stars!

From the start, How to Walk Like a Man grabbed my attention and I couldn't put it down. Book two in Eli Easton's amazing Howl at the Moon series, it is fantastic!

One can't help but to fall in love with Roman. After meeting him in How to Howl at the Moon, it's delightful to get his story. Raised as a dog, and only turning into a shifter later in life, his story is truly fascinating. I love the unique nature of his background and how everything is still new to him now. The author allows us to fully experience all these firsts with him.

In general, all of Roman's human aspects developing is extremely entertaining.
I was already in love with this book, and then Roman had to go and get his first boner. Omg. So funny. For that alone, I will definitely re-read this book often.

I am in awe of how much I love this series so far. Not a big fan of shifter books, this one just melts my heart. Dogs, not wolves, makes it so special, makes it more relatable, and it's downright heart-warming.

How to Walk Like a Man is a fantastic, sweet and tender shifter romance. 

FF - All the Worlds Between Us by Morgan Lee Miller

Amazon Link Goodreads Link Blurb Seventeen-year-old Quinn Hughes needs to be in top shape if she wants to medal at th...