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Janette is a Midwestern girl who passes her days sweating her butt off in the South. She loves alt rock, live sports and a good book. You can find her on twitter when she's not reading or busy deciding what she wants to be when she grows up. Whether or not she will is debatable.

Dex in Blue by Amy Lane

Release Date: October 1, 2012
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Purchased Copy

Having read and loved her Talker series, I’m no stranger to Amy Lane. She writes amazing stories about troubled, broken guys. The Johnnies series is no exception. In the first story, Chase in Shadow,  she introduces us to a really unique, diverse group of guys. Each has his own reason for joining Johnnies, a gay-for-pay porn site, and Dex has been there almost since the beginning.

About half way through book one, I felt like I knew Dex or at least had a fairly decent handle on him. He’s everyone’s rock, he manages their schedules, he’s the go-to guy. Hell, he makes sure everyone knows about the importance of fiber. But by the end, Amy Lane changed all the rules of the game, and I wasn’t sure what was true about Dex except that there was WAY more to him than I originally thought. Dex needed something, but everything that should have fulfilled that need failed to help.

I loved Dex in Blue. It’s the ultimate in not being able to see what you need is right in front of you. The way Dex and Kane discover this together was really fulfilling for me.  I was so sad when it ended that I stalked Amy Lane on Twitter trying to get clues or hints about what’s to come for the Johnnies crew. (She is SUPER nice & friendly BTW!)  I’m happy to say there are a few more books in the works, but it’s going to be hard to keep myself busy.  Tom Petty was right, the waiting is the hardest part.

RATING: STILETTOS!

Double Time by Olivia Cunning

Sinners #3Release Date: Nov. 1, 2012
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Obtained for review from NetGalley

 

To say I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time would be the understatement of the year. I’ve been hooked on Olivia Cunning’s Sinners on Tour series since reading Backstage Pass earlier this year. I devoured the first two books in under 48 hours, and the wait for the third book seemed depressingly long. I was looking forward to seeing how the story progressed in Jace’s book.

You see, the writing in this series just sucks you in. Despite the hot & steamy scenes between characters, you start to feel for these guys as musicians and people. Each has his own hang up, and you want to be there as they work through them. Brian & Sed’s stories were each riveting in their own regard, but the two band members that piqued my curiosity most were Jace & Trey.  There’s just something about them that made me wonder and want more.

Not long after finishing Rock Hard came the news that Trey’s book would be released third. I think my fellow Sinners groupies and I did the happiest of happy dances – we all LOVE Trey Mills. Just the mere mention of cherry suckers makes women everywhere want to cry. So to have Trey’s book next seemed like a dream come true. Unfortunately that’s where the dream ended.

Now to be fair, Trey’s story is AMAZING. I can’t say enough about how much I love this book – Sinners groupies everywhere will be very pleased. You see a depth to Trey that has been there from the beginning and is now fully explored. The relationships in this book are well done and the sex is HOT. I think Olivia Cunning has beaten her own gold standard for hotness in a book.  My issue with Trey’s story being Sinners #3 is this book isn’t a continuation from Rock Hard. There are spoilers abounding from Jace & Eric’s stories, and as a reader I feel kind of cheated. Going back to their books now will seem like a flashback since I already know where they end up. As for Brian & Trey’s bromance/friendship, how will I be able to believe the feelings Trey’s supposed to have for Brian again knowing how that all ends? The ending of this book feels like goodbye; all the plot lines are resolved and everything is wrapped up. Not to mention that Exodus End plays a prominent role in this book, and that would have been the perfect segue into their series. (Yes, I’m still hoping that Olivia Cunning will write those books. I have a serious obsession with Dare Mills. LOL)

I’m not sure who made the decision to release the books out of order, but I’m afraid it wasn’t the right one for me.  I almost wish I could go back and unread it so I could wait and read them in order.  As hard as it was to wait for the third book, waiting even longer and getting the story as it was intended would be worth it.  I’m a huge fan of Olivia Cunning and all her books, so it’s been difficult for me to recommend to friends that they should wait. I’m not saying never read it, just not yet. Trey Mills will be worth the wait.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!

Men of Holsum College Series by Daisy Harris

We LOVE this series. We aren’t ashamed to admit we’re regular Holsum College groupies. We follow Daisy Harris just about every place we can find her: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, her blog…we love these guys.

Holsum College is a lot like most Liberal Arts colleges: small, quaint and full of hot guys. (What? My own small Liberal Arts school was FULL of them. Okay, maybe not full.) There are frat boys, sporty boys, nerdy boys, shy boys and every kind of boy in between. Daisy does a great job of bringing together even the most unlikely of guys and tells their story in a way that makes you unable to stop reading. There’s angst, drama and sometimes (MUCH) more.

This series has sparked MANY lengthy conversations by late night DM to discuss the guys, their stories & how they make us feel. KristyZ & I have been known to rank our faves in order after each release. Sometimes they change, sometimes they stay the same, but one thing’s for certain – THEY’RE ALL GOOD.