Review: “Practice Makes Perfect” by Jay Northcote

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Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex-to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list. Continue reading

Review: “Te Quiero” by Suki Fleet

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When Ally discovers dozens of naked photos of him have been posted online, he’s devastated and tries to contain the situation, hoping it doesn’t get worse. Only problem is his laptop has died, and Levi Francis—the guy Ally knows doesn’t like him—sees Ally acting suspiciously on the computers in the University’s Physics lab. Ally’s day can’t get much worse.

But after Levi accidentally drops a love letter written in Spanish, Ally returns it and finds his assumptions about Levi are turned upside down. Betrayed and hurt by his ex, Ally knows it’s the worst possible time to start trusting someone but there’s something about shy, glittery Levi that gets under his skin.

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Review: “Out Of Frame” by Megan Erickson

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Romance trades the open road for the high seas in the latest from the author of Focus on Me and Trust the Focus

Perpetually shy, Quinn Mathers is content to remain in the shadow of his brash best friend Jess Hartman. But before their college graduation, he and Jess have planned one last hurrah: a spring break Caribbean cruise.

And it won’t be just any cruise. On board are members of the reality show Trip League, which follows young twenty-somethings on adventures around the world. Since the show’s beginning, Quinn has been fascinated by J. R. Butler, with his amazing body, warm eyes, and killer grin. Unfortunately, he’s straight—or so the world thinks.

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Review: “Simple Things” by Kade Boehme

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Carter Darling’s life has been a whirlwind since his mother was elected to senate when he was a teen. From private school to joining the military, he tried to make his own path while making as few ripples as possible. But an injury forced him to figure out new goals for his life. After his parents are involved a sex scandal, he decides to go back home to Tennessee to get some distance and out of the madness.

He didn’t figure on Jeremy Beck returning at the same time.

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Review: “Tied To Trouble” by Megan Erickson

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Tied To Trouble by Megan Erickson

ABOUT:

A sexy new M/M romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Between love and hate, there’s a whole lot of trouble…

Chad Lake only showed up at his sister’s party for the free food, but when he spots an uptight nerd at the edge of the crowd, he can’t resist trying to ruffle the guy’s perfect bow tie and impeccable hair. The hottie’s ready for him, though, and in the end, it’s Chad who’s left wide-eyed, his ears still ringing with the filthy things Bow Tie whispered in his ear. No one gets the upper hand on Chad. Ever.

Owen Hawkins has heard all about the cocky Adonis from Chad’s sister–the same sister who holds Owen’s career advancement in her hands. He has every intention of steering clear of the other man…until Chad’s sexy taunts push him too far. There’s something intriguing about Chad, and even though Owen knows that getting tangled up with the infuriating man is trouble, he can’t seem to stay away…

*This book can be read as standalone*


 

REVIEW:

This was a lovely, fun, shortish read! And damn sexy! *blushes*

So this is the third book in the series, and I can testify that it can totally be read as a stand alone – I never read the first two (but I sure will).

This is Owen and Chad’s story. They are as different as day and night. Their interests are practically nothing to do one with the other. They live life in a very different way. They do not like each other at all… Yet, they can’t keep their hands off each other… This book is the definition of HOT. A hot, steamy, book. Not one scene or two. ALL OF THEM. And dude, there are many. I blushed while I was reading. I fuckingblushed. I still can’t believe that.

Sexyness aside, the characters were well worked out. I liked Owen a lot, and at times I felt a bit protective of him because I didn’t always like Chad. Or the way Chad treated him, at least in the beginning. Actually, at some point I was worried I was never going to warm up to Chad at all. It fills me with joy to say that in the end I did. Barely. Somehow the author managed to make me understand him and want to hug him and bake him cookies.

Both characters are perfect in their realistic flawed way. Their being opposites added a nice edge to their relationship that seemed to work naturally. I liked that a lot.

So, yeah. Definitely reading the first two books. This book made me curious enough to learn more about Marley. There is a proposal scene (with the couple of the first two books) .. I liked it but it felt a bit overdone for me. However, that’s because of my very lame personal taste when it comes to proposals… That’s basically the only thing that didn’t work for me. There are also one or two things that are way too predictable.. You just know what’s coming… :S I prefer to be surprised. I prefer to be hit with the “WTF where did this come from” element. It still was good, and I liked how it worked out.

So, all in all. I do recommend this sexy read with stubborn men! 🙂

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Review: How To Be A Normal Person by T.J Klune

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How To Be A Normal Person by TJ Klune

 

ABOUT:

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.

Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.

But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.

After all, what could possibly go wrong?

 


 

REVIEW:

4.5 Stars

You know when you read a book and you just keep smiling and/or cracking up, over and over. And, you know when you read a book and you kinda want to cry because it’s so emotionally charged that you could stop the reading for a few minutes and actually hold said book, cuz, dude, it must be hard to hold all that feeling? You know that roller coaster? This book gave me that. And I loved it for it.

When I first heard about this book was actually in one of TJ’s FB posts. As simple as it is, I fell in love with the cover. I loved how simplistic, and telling it was in a very special way… And then… The title. More often than not I’ve found myself talking with friends and trying to come up with How a The Fuck To Be More … Normal. So, even from the title I felt like I’d created a sort of bond. Then I realized that this book has a character that is kinda snarky, and an asexual stoner… And boy, if that doesn’t seem like an awesome match, then I don’t know what does. Was I worried before I read? Hell, yes! I kept thinking that even though the awesomeness this was going to hurt… I was wrong.

This is the story of Gustavo Tiberius… Gus is the owner of a video store that once belonged to his beloved dad. Gus is snarky, sarcastic, kinda fond of routines. He’s not into the Internet. He hates Instagram cuz WTF who the fuck instagrams their food (*raises hand shyly*). He owns a ferret (now I want one. I don’t know how TJ does it, but animal he brings up in a book, animal I end up wanting as a pet). Every morning Gus gets up, does some exercise, showers, gets ready for the video shop. On the way he goes to the coffee across the street, always expecting to see Lotty, an awesome woman with drag queen hair. Lotty is a friend Of his, and so are the three lesbians that could or could not be in a polyamorous relationship or could or could not be… Sisters… Anyway, one morning there is no Lotty… But all there is is Casey.

And, that, ladies and gentlemen, is how Gus’s world turns up and down.

Casey is just… Incredible. He’s the opposite of Gus. He’s extremely sociable and talks with everyone. He uses Instagram for everything, and it’s pretty much on social media in general. He’s always smiling and it’s pretty laid back. For some reason Gux can’t help but feel drawn to Casey, and he hates the feeling. Or not… Casey, the hipster asexual stoner managed to get into Gus’ head.

And so Gus decided he has to find a way to be a normal person…

This is a story about finding yourself, or rather, about finding that being yourself is the best and most amazing version of you that you can be. This is a story of wanting to be better for someone you know will change your life. This is a story about acceptance, both self acceptance and of/by others. This is a story of hope. A story that tells you that there’s always something more. That your story goes on and on, and that it’s worth living it and embracing it.

This is a story about love. It’s a story that shows you all kinds of love that a person experienced. The love for a parent, and the grief that comes with losing them. The beautiful love of a friendship, and that no matter the age gap when you love and consider someone a friend, nothing else matters. The love between two people that are finding that they mean more to each other than they initially thought.

This is a story bout boundaries, and respecting those boundaries because you love and respect someone.

I loved Gus and Casey’s relationship. I loved how it evolved, and how good they actually were for each other. I loved how they cared for each other. Not only the how much part, but actually the *how*, the way they showed they care. I loved that Gus chose not to label himself. I love that he was just Gus. And that for him he was in love with Casey. And that Casey was Casey, and nothing else mattered. The asexuality aspect of the book was refreshing, and while I had an idea of asexuality before, I think that this book helped me to understand a bit more about it.

The secondary characters were brilliant. I always enjoy TJ’s secondary characters because they are extremely well defined, and add lots to the story.
The humor was as amazing. One of the things I enjoyed the most were the Internet bits. Boy did I crack up! Hahaha
I love how TJ always finds a way to bring or hint at his other book characters in a new book. It never fails to make me smile, and it always leaves me with a nostalgic feeling and wanting to reread past books. I love that. So. Very. Much.

So, guys… If you weren’t considering reading this, please give it a second thought. Give a book that steps completely out of your typical M/M Romance a chance. We need more books that step outside the box. And we need to read and promote those books.

P.S. I’m talking hubs into stoner scrabble. Wish me luck

 


 

 

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Review: “Cam Girl” by Leah Raeder

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Cam Girl, by Leah Raeder

 

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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Unteachable and Black Iris comes a new, sexy romantic suspense novel about two best friends who are torn apart by a life-shattering accident…and the secrets left behind.

Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

She’s got nothing left to lose.

So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question:

Can we meet IRL?

Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that will bring back a ghost from her past.

Now Vada must confront what she’s been running from. A past full of devastating secrets—those of others and those she’s been keeping from herself…


 

REVIEW:

 

Before you read this review:
1. Sorry because it’s darn long. I’ll send you margaritas to ease the pain.
2. I tried to be as vague as I could about this, because I feel like if I spill one detail, I’ll end up giving half of the plot away.
3. Thanks to Karen, who recommended this book endlessly to me.

Now to the thing!

I wanted to wait a couple of days before writing this review because my mind is a mess, but then I figured that one of the most beautiful things about reading a book that leaves you not knowing where you stand, is precisely that. So, please, excuse the mess I’ll be sharing with you.

This was my first Leah Raeder. One of the things that stuck with me the most about her writing was not only that she managed to write a wonderful book in first person (I normally struggle with those) and made it interesting and engaging. But also – her prose, the way she describes things through analogies and metaphors that suit so perfectly well her characters (Vada’s voice, in this case, who is an artist) was just gorgeous to read. More than once I sighed and reread a sentence or paragraph because it was so beautifully written, that it seemed like … Dumb… Not to read it again. Her descriptions of things are so vivid, so real, so powerful, that they suck you in. Whether she’s describing an accident (which, let me tell you was just… Beautifully written which made it awfully creepy for me – in a good way), or describing a simple snowflake, or Frida Kahlo, she just transports you, and you feel what she wrote for you.
The same way she sucks you in with her descriptions, she sucks you in with her… – I’m not sure if this will be right – but I think of it as reflective writing. As you read, the characters somehow resonate with you… I say this both as a praise and as a… Well, not so much of a praise.

You see, both girls in this book, Vada and Ellis, hide things. Or ignore things. Or crush things. Things about themselves that are causing them a very strong inner struggle. What you read here is two women who can’t fully accept themselves, so they hurt themselves. And each other. And they hurt others on the way too. It’s not lovely. It’s not cute or pretty. It’s raw, and it makes you wonder. It makes you question, not only th character, but yourself. It made ME question myself. It’s been a darn long time since a book has actually caused me to take a closer look to a part of me that maybe I’ve managed to bury… And it brought it out to the surface a bit. Only a bit.. and it was…interesting.

Vada and Ellis have been friends for ages, and friends with benefits for a very long time. Their inner struggles, their fears, their insecurities. It all played a part. This book presents you with a very realistic portrayal of codependency. Of that.. Sweet and sour obsession that sometimes come with it.

Vada’s ingrained homophobia (and misogyny – I thought this was spot on, and I appreciate that someone wrote about it. A sad but real thing that continuously goes on in RL), keeps her from enjoying herself and being truly honest. I didn’t always like Vada. I don’t think I was actually supposed to like her. But her inner war, every battle that she was fighting seemed so real. She was selfish. She was, at times, a bit manipulative. She was honest though.. Most of the times, anyway. And i found her honesty painful and liberating at the same time. I loved how she just realized that her bisexuality was part of her. That whether she decided to settle down with a man or a woman, she would always be bisexual. She would always be attracted to both sexes. That committing to a man wouldn’t make her straight, just like committing to a woman wouldn’t make her gay. I loved this because this is something that seems forgotten or overlooked in books. This was a refreshing and powerful read in that way.

Ellis, dear… How I struggled with her. At first I liked her a lot. Of the two, she seemed to be one who knew where her heart was. What she wanted, and how she wanted it. I still think she was the one who never doubted what she wanted from Vada. I think Ellis was effortlessly wise, but I also think her comfusuion. Her jealousy. Her insecurities. Those demons that she was fighting alone, made her act.. Recklessly. I loved her character because she is different from many other characters I’ve read, but I still had a difficult time getting her. I’m not sure I fully did.

One of the things I loved the most was he Ryan/Max subplot, which went perfectly well and made this story work beautifully for me. It was Blue, though, who kept me going and on my toes. Inside me lives a detective (who sucks at detective shit but who cares) , so give me a mystery and I’ll be yours fact that my mind was working furiously throug characters and reading clues in lines here and there was incredibly incentive for me.

This book, as you can imagine from its title, deals with sex. I think some of the scenes in this book were incredibly sexy. Some of them actually surprised me because I’ve never been fan of… Cyber sex. I don’t quite… Buy it… But .. Um.. Yeah. The way the author worked the sex for money thing was also interesting and refreshing. Here we see a girl (Vada, artist and cam girl) who is in complete control of her sexuality. I think, that usually, we get a different picture. I’m sure that in RL it runs both ways, but it was nice to see this as not being stigmatized, if that makes any sense.

There were moments of right anger and frustration in this book. Like I’ve said before, I didn’t always understand the MCs motivations for some stuff. They both pulled some not very nice things on themselves and each other. I found myself wondering if I’d be able to forgive some of the things I read. I want to think I would.. But.. God only knows. Because of this, I was in awe at the deep love and connection these two girls shared. The deep love and understanding that in the end shows that they have for each other.

My only niggle with this book is that.. I’m not sure I completely buy Vada’s change of heart after the Blue incident. I’m not quite sure her change of heart actually came from the heart. It seemed to me like a knee jerk reaction and that troubles me a bit, even though the outcome of it all was lovely. I still have a weird feeling in my belly about it.

Finally, I think you all should read this book. Not only is the story great, but you’ll also read the beautifully touching, and heartfelt acknowledgements by the end of the book.

ETA: This book features a Latin (Puerto Rican) character. As a Latina this filled me with happines and joyious grinning. While the focus was not on the cultural side of the character, what we saw of it it was well written. All the kudos and love for the use of “mamá” vs “mami”. I suspect that this will make, my dear Mexican friend, Mónica, extremely happy! 🙂


 

 

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