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Hiatus by L.A. Witt

Hiatus by LA WittHiatus by L.A. Witt

Released on July 19, 2016

Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Word count/pages: 244 pages

Categories: Contemporary, LGBT, Romance, Mènage

Blurb:

Three’s a disaster when things come unraveled.

Rock star Nate Keller is on top of the world, but his headlining tour has one drawback. It keeps him away from his boyfriends, Theo and Cameron, for weeks at a time. Yet after four-and-a-half years—and a lot of hard work—the trio is still going strong.

But then Cam comes to visit with devastating news. After seventeen years together, he and Theo have agreed to a trial separation. Nate tries desperately to fix his lovers’ broken relationship, but there’s only so much he can do from the road.

At home, Cam tries to carry on, but feels like his whole life is spiraling out of control. Theo struggles to cope with the split as his depression worsens. They’re both spinning their wheels, quickly losing hope they can keep it together—and keep the man they both still love.

Desperate, Nate drops everything in a last-ditch attempt to pull their trio back together before they hit rock bottom. Except their love could already be shattered beyond repair.

Warning: Contains two men who must face how broken they are before they can fix their failing marriage, and the man who loves them both—but doesn’t know how to save them.

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Our Thoughts:

I’m not usually one to grab a book with mènage, but something about Hiatus‘ synopsis sang to me. I went for it and I’m glad I did! It’s one of the few mènage stories that actually felt real to me. I could believe these three as a unit whereas usually that’s not the case.

Hiatus was a difficult novel to read because it isn’t rainbows and cupcakes and joy, joy, joy. The content is laden with conflict, separation and imminent divorce. Cam and Theo have been together for 17 years, but they both have issues that have caused too much conflict. It weighs heavily and eventually drives them to a trial separation.

Another problem is that they have a lover, Nate, of 6 years and now he’s stuck in the middle. It really felt like he was the child of a divorced couple. Seeing each of them separately. Everyone trying not to be jealous. It was just sad and stressful. But Nate, no matter how torn apart by what has happened, is determined to work towards getting Cam and Theo back together.

That’s great in theory, but the task is more draining and difficult than Nate could have ever imagined. It takes Nate leaving, Cam reaching his breaking point, and Theo truly flying apart for them to gravitate back to each other.

Basically, Cam and Theo have real life debilitating issues that came to be unmanageable thanks to stressful jobs and the market crash. That huge event in their lives put them on a runaway train towards anxiety disorder and depression. Two issues left untreated and not shared. They became the biggest obstacles between them and now they not only have to accept their problems but overcome them in order to be together.

Hiatus is sad and draining at times but then again, so if real life. If you like a bit of realness in your books this is a perfect read. If you want only happiness and roses, this probably won’t satisfy you. The chemistry between the guys is really intense and totally off the charts so if you can get through the tough times to the hot ones, it’s worth it to see the passion and love they share.

RATING:  BAD ASS BOOTS!!

The Heart As He Hears It (Perspectives #3) by AM Arthur

The Heart As He Hears It
The Heart As He Hears It (Perspectives #3) by AM Arthur

Released: April 19th 2016

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Blurb:

Love can slip through the smallest crack in the door.

While most of his friends have moved on to “real” careers, Jon Buchanan is content skating through life as a part-time waiter and gay porn star. Firmly single thanks to a previous relationship disaster, he focuses his spare time on Henry, a dear friend dying of cancer.

And with Henry’s happiness paramount, Jon is on a mission to help Henry meet his recently discovered grandson.

Isaac Gregory hasn’t set foot outside for the past year. He has everything he needs delivered, and his remaining family knows better than to visit. When a complete stranger shows up claiming to be his grandfather—with a distractingly handsome younger man in tow—his carefully structured routines are shaken.

Despite his instant attraction, Jon senses Isaac is too fragile for a relationship. Yet tentative friendship grows into genuine companionship. And when Henry’s health begins to fail, they realize Fate brought them together for a reason.

Warning: Product contains a neurotic porn star with body image issues, a virgin hero with severe agoraphobia, and a fluffy ball of gray cuteness you’ll want to take home and cuddle. Also contains references to past abuse some readers might find disturbing.

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Our thoughts:

I always enjoy sitting down with an AM Arthur novel. I know I’m going to get a full range of emotions and real life struggles. The Heart As He Hears It is part of the Perspectives series. Jon is one of the porn models at Mean Green and a friend of Gabe from the second book in the series,  The World As He Sees It. That’s the tie in. It is not necessary to read the prior two books in the series to enjoy this book. Gabe and his partner, Tristan, are mentioned a few times but it won’t prevent you from keeping up with Jon’s story.

Jon is determined to stay with Henry as his cancer progresses. He’s the father Jon doesn’t have and he will do anything to help Henry be comfortable and cared for. When Henry finds out he has a long-lost grandson, he wants to get to know him. His days are numbered, it’s now or never. The only problem? A big one. Isaac is a recluse and suffers severe agoraphobia and fears from past abuse. He’s also suffered hearing loss from the abuse. For Isaac, life is safer when he is alone, locked inside his home.

Jon and Henry showing up on his doorstep, with his grandmother, is quite the shock. Not as shocking as the attraction Isaac instantly feels towards Jon. In the beginning, Isaac agrees to meet up with Henry again so he can see and spend time with Jon. Eventually they become good friends and with it, a relationship with Henry is born. A win situation for them all.

A large portion of this story involves Jon helping Isaac navigate his issues. Isaac wants to improve and be able to be in the real world. Jon is compassionate and understanding. He’s not without his own faults so he never pressures Isaac. The two seem to rely more and more on each other for comfort and companionship.

Isaac is sheltered but he’s what I’d call a researcher. He isn’t naive at all. He knows the world and educates himself on a wide range of topics. Even Jon’s years as a porn model aren’t upsetting to him. Isaac sees it as an interesting business model and is more intrigued that put off.

Jon helps Isaac break out of his shell. Issac helps Jon see what he really wants out of life. Together they help each other and fall perfectly in love while doing it. Jon’s past comes hurtling back at them and Henry’s health deteriorates more, but together they can get through anything. They’re never going to let go, they’re each other’s home.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Release Day Reviews: Love Me Like a Rock and Hard Candy (Bend or Break #6 & 7) by Amy Jo Cousins

Love Me Like a RockLove Me Like a Rock (Bend or Break #6) by Amy Jo Cousins

Released 22 March 2016

Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Pages: 154

Categories: MM Romance, Contemporary

Blurb:

In art and in love, it s the rough edges that make things interesting.

Having grown up with artistic implements always in hand, there’s almost nothing Austin can’t make real. Except for one thing—an official relationship with his best friend, rowing teammate and occasional hookup, Vinnie.

The combination of emotional and sexual frustration fuels a spark between Austin and the nude model in his drawing class. Austin isn’t used to having trouble focusing; models are merely challenging subjects to be rendered on paper. But the geology TA’s direct blue gaze is powerful enough to drag Austin’s focus away from his physique.

After a quick and very dirty post-class encounter, all the reasons that Austin has been waiting for his best friend go fuzzy in his mind. Sean is nothing like Vinnie. Sean is persistent, pays attention, and makes it clear he wants to be together.

But if Austin can’t get his head and his heart on the same page, he could lose his friend, or his lover. Or both.

Warning: Contains rock geeks, tent sex, a dictatorial cox whose idea of a good time is drawing naked dudes, plus one naked dude who wants to be more than a good time.

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Our thoughts:

Sometimes the sweet, easy stories can really satisfy. Love Me Like a Rock is a perfect mix of opposites attract, easy love and low angst. I’m not a fan of angst, so it was just right for me. Happy from start to finish!

Austin is a an art student at University. He’s a bit quirky. Always lost in his art projects and not really taking too much seriously. At least that’s what all his friends think. Deep inside, Austin has a lot of thoughts and feelings he never let’s loose because he’d rather just go with the flow. That’s how he became a causal hook-up for his best friend, Vinnie. Years of waiting around for Vinnie to express that he wanted or needed from Austin and it never happens.

Austin’s in a model sketching session when he is consumed by the model. Feelings he can’t quite turn off bombard him and it becomes obvious the same is happening to the model, Sean. So begins a whirlwind of lustful adventures for Sean and Austin. Good dating intentions are thwarted by hormones many times over! All the years needing attention from Vinnie and now Austin has Sean’s undivided attention.

Austin discovers a life outside of his rowing team and art. His small circle of friends grows with Sean’s geologist crew. Yes, geologist! Some of the best moments are when Austin is experiencing camping and a new outlook on nature with Sean. Sean is the ultimate boyfriend, attentive and caring. He likes Austin for who he is with full acceptance. He’s also patient enough to let Austin discover what he wants and needs from Sean in their relationship.

I found these two to be sensitive but not sappy. Loving yet passionate and sensual. Eager yet relaxed with each other. They have their moment of misunderstanding but it’s worked through and they move on and become stronger. It’s nice to read a fun, sweet couple!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Hard CandyHard Candy (Bend or Break #7) by Amy Jo Cousins

Released 22 March 2016

Published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Categories: MM Romance, Contemporary

Blurb:

How to get over someone? Get under someone else—as soon as possible.

Vincent Lim always assumed his best friend (and occasional hookup) Austin would be waiting for him—that eventually they’d end up together. But now that Austin’s in love with another man, Vinnie is at a loss.

After the world’s most awkward one-night stand with a dance major, Vinnie knows the drill. Minimize the embarrassment by pretending they’ve never met. Yet Bryan’s vibrant spirit and calm center lure Vinnie like a shelter from an emotional storm.

But Vinnie’s thrown off his game by the rest of Bryan’s total package. Vinnie’s a rowing jock with a single-minded focus on living up to his parents’ academic and social expectations. Bryan might as well be outfitted with glittery butterfly wings—with plenty of pride to match. Vinnie’s haphazard attention to a lover won’t cut it this time.

Physically, they can match each other stroke for booty pop. But for the lovers to meet on common ground, they’ll have to find a way to get moving in the same direction.

Warning: Contains one uptight rower, a dancer who can rock a skirt like nobody’s business, yoga lessons, and the benefits of being very bendy.

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Our thoughts:

After knowing so much about Vinnie through Austin in Love Like a Rock, I was anxious to see how Amy Jo Cousins would redeem him. Redeem? Yes. Vinnie’s wound tight and a user. Maybe a tyrant would be an accurate description. Actually, those are a bit harsh, but not far off the mark.

Vinnie was fine with using Austin for release once his stress had built up enough during a paper or leading into an important exam. He’d get drunk and then pull Austin into his bed, letting Austin lead from there. Vinnie would get his release and Austin was left hanging on, wondering if Vinnie would ever want more, even a real relationship. Vinnie overstepped their friendship and then would back off, time and time again.

One night Austin isn’t willing to be the stress relief. He has Sean and Vinnie is on his own. That leads to Vinnie in Bryan’s bed, sick from over indulging. Bryan is sweet and kind to Vinnie. He seems to actually care about him and the state he’s in. Vinnie is just mortified. Those small sentiments and kindnesses worm into Vinnie’s psyche and won’t pull back. Bryan has consumed Vinnie’s every thought and he can’t resist seeking him out.

Bryan is tall, lean and in dancer shape. Beautiful and charming. A very no-nonsense personality who’s very straightforward. Bryan doesn’t have time for song and dance. He also isn’t going to deal with not being a priority. All this scares Vinnie a little but he also likes those qualities in Bryan. He is who he is and isn’t willing to change, Vinnie could learn something about bravery from him.

Bryan’s peacefulness and touches are healing for Vinnie. He’s never felt so much before and he knows he’s falling for Bryan. He just has to work through his hang ups before Bryan gets fed up and walks away for good.

I really enjoy Austin’s companion novel and worried I wouldn’t like Vinnie’s story as much. Wrong! So wrong! He shows growth and courage. He’s willing to fix his shortcomings and never once intentionally hurts Bryan. Pleasantly unexpected! Vinnie was suffering more than we knew and Bryan is the perfect one to soothe him mind, body and soul. Bryan is all kinds of wonderful.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

Convincing the Secretary (London Legal #3) by Ava March

Convincing the Secretary by Ava March
Released: 8 March 2016
Published: Samhaim Publishing
Word count/Pages: 138 page
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Blurb:

Business and pleasure is a mix no gentleman should consider.

Lord Grayson Holloway goes after what he wants—be it in the law office on his clients’ behalf or in the bedchamber. His new position as partner puts him closer to achieving his goal of becoming the most successful solicitor in London. There’s just one problem—his new secretary. Broad of shoulder yet mild of manner, Edward tempts Gray like no other. Yet the young man barely notices him.

Edward Fenton tries to be a good secretary, but being in Lord Grayson’s hard, commanding presence rouses Edward’s most forbidden desires. Wicked, naughty desires no gentleman should consider giving in to, let alone with his new employer.

Gray is more than willing to mix business with pleasure. But convincing Edward to take a chance on a future with him? That might be the most challenging case Gray has ever taken on.

Warning: Includes buttoned-up gentlemen who become undone, improper use of a desk, spankings, and a big bad lord who has a soft spot for his virgin secretary.

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Our thoughts:

I’ve read everything that Ava March has released and of all those stories, Arthur and Leopold have always been my favorites. When March decided to re-release the first two books and expand them into a series, I was ecstatic. Even if the newest book only gives a glimpse here and there of Arthur Barrington and Leopold Thornton, I’ll take it! Plus, we get the luxury of another stellar couples story with Gray and Edward.

Lord Grayson Holloway is now Arthur Barrington’s partner. He’s known for being aggressive and sharp in his field, He’ll take cases others would back down from. He’s a force and he intends to win his cases with any means possible. All of that confidence as a solicitor doesn’t shine through into Gray’s private life. He longs to be able to wake up next to a man who loves him. Someone he can also lavish with love, affection, and share his days with. Most men slink away in the night, leaving him alone and just as lonely the next morning. That’s why Gray cannot figure out Edward. He’s obviously keen on men but seems to be lacking any game! With two men a bit shy to start anything where can this possibly lead?

Edward is worried. He can’t control his urges around Gray and he fears he’ll be hauled off to prison for being a sodomite! When he gets a bit turned on in Gray’s presences he’s certain the end is near. Never in his wild and kinky dreams would he have imagined Gray shared the same interest in men. Gray not only likes men, he likes Edward and he’s more than happy to oblige his more kinkier side.

March perfectly juggles the historic ton, the forbidden desire and the kinky lust in Convincing the Secretary. Edward gets fulfilment he dreamily longed for with Gray. Gray is able to find what he’s needing most with Edward. Their story unfolds quickly yet completely. They’re quick to judge and have a huge misunderstanding but they’re adults and work it through. Less time is spent in conflict which leaves much more time for the good parts: finding their center, love and purpose – together.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!