Books and Reviews – July 25, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and had time to read or listen to some wonderful books.  I read two books and listened to two audiobooks this week.  It was a very good week. 😉

 

The two audiobooks I listened to were very different.   The first was recommended by Atom Yang and is titled All I believe (First and Forever series #10) by Alexa Land and narrated by Greg Tremblay.

All I Believe Alexa LandTitle:  All I Believe
Series: The First and Forever series ( Book 10)
Author: Alexa Land
Publisher: Audrey Larsen
Publication Date: May 09, 2016
Length: 8 hours and 47 minutes
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Genre: Contemporary, humor

Blurb:  Nico Dombruso has learned to keep the world at arm’s length after being badly burned by his last relationship. Even so, he decides to let himself enjoy a summer fling while on vacation in Italy. It’s just sex after all, so what’s the harm?

He gets so much more than he bargained for when he meets gorgeous, mysterious, art dealer Luca Caruso. The connection between them is undeniable, and for the first time in years, Nico starts to consider the possibility of trusting his tattered heart to someone again.

But when a secret is revealed that shakes him to his core and threatens to tear his family apart, Nico runs, so far and so fast that no one, not even the man who was making him believe he could love again, might ever be able to reach him.

This gay romance is approximately 95,000 words in length. It is the tenth book in the Firsts and Forever Series, but each book is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere.

Please note: Contains adult language and graphic sex. Only intended for adult readers.

Thoughts:  I started this series at book ten.  You would think that I would be lost but these appear to be written as standalone books.  There are many characters that I was curious about and when I checked the previous releases, I found that they had their own books.  I guess I will be starting a new series. 🙂

This book is fun, Over The Top, sexy, romantic, and very Romeo and Juliet without our MC’s dying.  I gave it four-star-review

I found a lovely Five Star review at Prism Book Alliance  by Caroline Brand that sums it up perfectly.

The next book I listened to was the first in a series, Pinned (SSU Boys #1) by Maris Black.  I had listened to her Kage series and loved it.

Pinned (SSU Boys #1) Maris BlackPinned (SSU Boys #1)
Author: Maris Black
Publisher: Audible Studions
Publication date: August 18, 2015
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
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four-star-review

 

3.5 rounded up to 4.0
Blurb:

On his first day of college, all Jeremy Miller can think about is getting away from his hellish home life, making the wrestling team, and finally getting a real boyfriend. He’s sick to death of being used by closeted football players who are too afraid to admit they like guys. What he doesn’t count on is losing his mind over the gorgeous, golden-eyed wrestling captain who needs to keep their attraction a secret at all costs.

After earning a full-ride wrestling scholarship and getting accepted into an elite sports medicine program, Beck thinks he’s got it made. Now he’s a favorite for the national championship in his weight class. Life has never been sweeter or more predictable. Never mind that he’s gay and wishing he didn’t have to hide it. There will be plenty of time for a social life after graduation. Until then he doesn’t need anything to get in the way of his big plans, and that includes the adorable little wrestler who’s got him all tied up in knots.

Thoughts: I picked up this series because I listened to the authors Kage Trilogy and loved it. This one has a younger cast of characters, in a college setting and the MC’s in this story are on the wrestling team.
It took me a while to warm up to the characters. Lack of communication, misunderstandings and what felt like a lopsided relationship in the beginning, then there is a turning point in the book. From that point the book picked up for me and the characters matured. There is some very emotional parts in the story that were tough to go through with the characters and also sweet and sexy times as well.
Overall I enjoyed the story and will be looking at listening to the other books in this series.

I also read two books this week. The first is an urban fairy tale by Harper Fox.

Priddy's Tale by Harper FoxPriddy’s Tale
Author: Harper Fox
Publisher: FoxTales
Publication date: June 18, 2016

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Blurb:  What doesn’t kill you sometimes makes you wish it had…

Priddy’s a lost soul in a part of Cornwall the tourists don’t get to see. He’s young, sweet-natured and gorgeous, but that’s not enough to achieve escape velocity from his deadbeat village and rotten family life.

He’s a drifter and a dreamer, and self-preservation isn’t his strong suit. An accidental overdose of a nightclub high leaves him fractured, hallucinating, too many vital circuits fried to function in a tough world. When a friend offers him winter work in a lighthouse – nothing to do but press the occasional button and keep the windows clean – he gratefully accepts.

His plans to live quietly and stay out of trouble don’t last very long. A ferocious Atlantic storm washes a stranger to Priddy’s lonely shore. For a shipwrecked sailor, the new arrival seems very composed. He’s also handsome as hell, debonair, and completely unconcerned by Priddy’s dreadful past.

Priddy has almost given up on the prospect of any kind of friendship, and a new boyfriend – let alone a six-foot beauty with eerily good swimming skills – out of the question entirely. But Merou seems to see undreamed-of promise in Priddy, and when they hit the water together, Priddy has to adapt to Merou’s potentials too, and fast. His lover from the sea might be a mere mortal from the waist up, but south of that line…

Far-flung west Cornwall has a hundred mermaid tales. Priddy’s loved the stories all his life. Now he has to face up to a wildly impossible truth. Merou’s life depends upon his courage and strength, and if Priddy can only find his way in the extraordinary world opening up all around him, all the ocean and a human lifetime needn’t be enough to contain the love between merman and mortal.

Thoughts:  I loved this book!  It is beautifully written, lyrical, moving, romantic, tragic, sexy and humorous. The characters are very likeable, especially Priddy, Kit and Merou.  I am pretty sure this is my first mermaid/merman book. I loved the lore and development of the myths come to life.  I found a great Review by Lisa at the Novel Approach Reviews that I would like to share with you.   Recommended.

Last is another contemporary romance with a lovely setting and endearing MC’s

Solo Honeymoon by Lisa WorrallSolo Honeymoon
Author: Lisa Worrall
Publisher: White Stiletto Press
Publication date:  June 13, 2016
LYLBTB 50 star
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Blurb:  Leo Barratt hadn’t written his bucket list, but he was pretty sure there were several things hewouldn’t have put on it. Like… waking up to a Dear John letter from his fiance, Eric, the day before their wedding… or going on his honeymoon – alone.

But, under the strict instructions of his mother, he found himself in Venice at Bauta, the beautiful bed and breakfast where he’d supposed to have started off married life. Instead, he planned to spend three weeks inside his room and wait for the pain to go away.

Or at least that’s what he thought…

Bauta, was run by Matteo Leghissa and his mother, Luana. Used to getting his own way, Matteo refused to allow Leo to wallow in self-pity and appointed himself as Leo’s official guide.

Apparently, falling in love with a beautiful stranger wasn’t on Leo’s bucket list either but…..

Thoughts:  This was another book recommended to me by My friend Janice – Enabler Extraordinaire . 🙂  I was saying we did not always agree on sweet, sappy romances. Next thing I know, she is sending this recommendation.  This is not sappy in the least and it is a very lovely romance.   I found this Review by Sammie for The Novel Approach Reviews.  Perfect.  Enjoy.

 

Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

FBS, coffee and reading

Melyna

Finn and library

 

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