Book Review – Making Love

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Title: Making Love

Author: Aidan Wayne

Synopsis: Carla the cupid is an excellent shot, but her chemistry is so bad that most of her matches don’t last. Her dream is to shoot a True Love pair, but until her scores improve, she’s relegated to the Puppy Love division of Aphrodite Agency.

Leeta, a succubus, is looking for a True Love match. Which is highly unusual, as most succubi are aromantic. But Aphrodite Agency—her only hope—turns her away because the receptionist can’t believe she’s not just looking for an easy meal.

Carla agrees to take Leeta’s case on freelance. She figures it’s a win-win: Carla gets to put a succubus’s True Love match on her résumé, and Leeta gets to find her True Love! Except as Carla tries to find a match for Leeta, she finds herself maybe . . . relieved when the matches don’t end well. And Leeta seems to be getting pickier and pickier. Things will never work out until Carla learns enough about chemistry to figure out who’s truly best for Leeta, and until Leeta can admit what—or who—she truly wants.

Rating: 3 stars

Review: I received this title from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an incredibly short read – only just under 100 pages long in total – but it was sweet. When I saw this on Netgalley, I was intrigued by the notion of a romance between a succubus and a cupid, so I gave it a go.

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Personally I found it to be overly brief, if that makes any sense? There wasn’t a lot of character building, and everything seemed to be over with very quickly. If it had been a full length novel, I would have gotten into it more, but this was very short and over too fast.

 

 

The concept is fantastic, I admit, and after finishing my last ARC (a serious romance novel), I was delighted to be able to indulge in a spot of super-cute fluffiness, because it really was very cute. I loved the upbeat nature of Carla, and her determination to find True Love for everyone, even for someone whom everyone says is incapable of True Love. I do wish we had more character building for Carla and Leeta though – they have the potential for so much development, but the novella was so short that their whole interaction seemed rushed.

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If you’re looking for a cute novella to read over your lunch break, with a demisexual Cupid and a succubus who just wants love, then this is something you’d enjoy.

 

Making Love is due to be published by Riptide Publishing on Jan 30th 2017.

Book Review – Fierce And Fabulous

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Title: Fierce and Fabulous (Sassy Boyz #1)

Author: Elizabeth Varlet

Synopsis: ​Fitch Donovan never thought a lap dance could change his life, but from the moment the gorgeous dancer’s lips touch his, his world comes screeching to a halt. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t shake the desire that rocks him to his core. He’s longed for this passion all his life—he just never dreamed he’d find it with another man.

Sharing a soul-shaking kiss with a straight boy is the kind of drama Ansel Becke just doesn’t need. Spotlights aren’t made for two and Ansel prefers to keep things on a one-night-only basis. So when Fitch shows up asking for an encore, Ansel knows he should send his gorgeous ass packing.

Though Ansel tries to pretend that what’s between him and Fitch is far from fabulous, there’s something about the big, burly contractor that makes Ansel’s world sparkle in a way no amount of glitter ever could. And Fitch will do whatever it takes to convince Ansel that when the thing you need most in the world falls right into your lap, you’d be a fool to let it go​.​

Rating: 4 stars

Review: This is a review of an ARC I received on Netgalley from the publisher, and this is a totally honest review.

Warning – this may contain gifs and fangirling.

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This book! Oh my god, I’m still getting over it. It’s so hot and sexy, and emotional – it’s got the whole package! Okay, Becca, calm down. Let’s take    it back to the start.

Ansel is a Yanis-Marshall-style dancer who is fabulous and smashing gender roles with his glitter and his painted nails and everything. Then you have Fitch, who is as straight as you can get, working for his family’s construction company. When they meet at a gay club – for Fitch’s sister’s birthday party – their encounter leaves Fitch seriously questioning his sexuality, and Ansel searching for a way to deal with his surprisingly strong feelings.

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This is basically what Ansel and the rest of the Sassy Boyz do:

Fabulous, right?

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If I had to nitpick one reason why I’m not giving this a five star rating, it’s that the sex scenes lasted too long and were too often for my liking. They seemed to go on forever, and have at least one per chapter. Less is more in erotic books, in my personal opinion.

Aside from that though, I absolutely loved it. I loved the different layers to the different characters, and getting to know the other characters aside from the main ones. Everyone’s just so fabulously complicated, and just…aah!

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This is the first in a series, so it’s my guess that the author is going to do a book for each of the Sassy Boyz. The next book is called Dark And Dazzling, and it apparently focuses on Azariah ‘Z’ Hayes, which I’m excited for.

This book is published on June 27, but isn’t going to be archived on Netgalley until the end of July, so go and request it, because this is incredible. It thoroughly deserves to be rated four stars.

Now, because this book is so freaking awesome, here are some quotes I pulled from it, to get you jazzed about reading it:

“I’m a blinking rainbow sign that says Queer as Fuck.”

“This is all you need to know about me. I like pretty things, but I also love my cock. I don’t want to be a woman, but I happen to look like one. I enjoy wearing heels, experimenting with makeup, and sparkly things. I also enjoy sticking my hand down my pants and scratching my balls, ’cause, yes, I do have them. So, if you asked me out tonight because you thought I was almost a woman or might eventually be one, you’re going to be disappointed.”

“I’m just Ansel fucking Becke and screw anyone who has a problem with it.”

“Stop looking at me like I’m special,” Ansel whispered. It was so quiet and said with such a plea, Fitch barely heard because he was so focused on his own discovery. But when he finally did, the heart in his throat grew so large it almost choked him.

It took a moment to swallow back the emotion enough to respond. “Sorry, Angel, but that’s one thing I can’t do for you.”

Book Review – Hiatus

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Title: Hiatus

Author: L.A Witt

Synopsis: 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.

Rating: 4 Stars

Review: *I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This is not the first L.A. Witt book I’ve read – last year I stumbled upon ‘Running With Scissors’ on Netgalley, and I fell head over heels with it. That’s why when I saw this on Netgalley, I was over the moon. Trust me, I so wasn’t disappointed!

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Is it possible for something to be totally adorable and totally hot at the same time?

This is something I’ve been interested in for a while – a polyamorous relationship.I was instantly intrigued by the premise of the book from the synopsis – a rockstar who happens to have two boyfriends, who in turn happen to be married to each other? Fascinating. However, as soon as I started reading, I was drawn into this triad of drama and feelings and emotions that is the relationship between Nate, Cam and Theo.

Let’s see, how can I summarise this succinctly? Nate’s a musician who’s making it big with his band and touring almost constantly, but this puts a spanner in his relationship with Theo – oh yeah, and Theo’s husband, Cam. It’s hard enough for Nate to be away from his boyfriends for months on end, but it gets even harder when Cam appears and breaks the news that the two husbands are having a ‘break.’ You think being in a triad relationship is hard? The drama and tears are just starting.

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The three different points of view threw me off a little at the start, and a little thoughout because just as I would get into Nate’s POV, it would switch suddenly to Theo, and I’d have to re-adjust, but that’s pretty much the only bad part. Okay, now we’ve got that out of the way, lets get into the fangirling and squealing.

It’s so refreshing to read something where it’s about the existing relationship and working with that, rather than establishing a brand new relationship. Theo and Cam work on fixing their relationship with each other, their relationship with Nate, and also fixing themselves. They’re all just so adorably pathetic and sad, and I ended up head over fictional heels in love with each and every one of them.

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There is graphic sex scenes in it, but they’re few and far between, so you’ll be okay even if smut isn’t your cup of tea. Actually, they’re kind of hot – dyad (two-person) sex scenes, and then an explosively hot threesome later in the book. Ooh la la!

This is a definite recommendation from me if you like guy-on-guy romance novels, or any books where there’s a poly relationship. I can’t wait to get the hard copy of it when it’s released on July 19th.

Happy reading!

Book Review – How Not To Summon Your True Love

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Title: How Not To Summon Your True Love

Author: Sasha L. Miller

Synopsis: Though it doesn’t really come as a surprise, Cy is still crushed when he’s dumped. His relationship with Alex had lasted longer than all previous attempts, and started promising when Alex had proclaimed he was perfectly okay with Cy being asexual. On impulse, convinced no one will ever really see him as worthy relationship material, Cy turns to a book that belonged to his late mother, a grimoire of magic spells that obviously won’t work. It’s a stupid idea, and even if magic was real there’s no way a true love summoning spell would work for him…

Rating: 3 and a half stars

Review: I received this e-ARC through Netgalley from Less Than Three Press in exchange for an honest review, and honestly? I’ve read better. That’s not to say that it wasn’t good – it just means that it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Let me explain.

Cy has just been dumped by his boyfriend, who can’t deal with Cy’s asexuality, and so Cy decides to cheer himself up by trying one of the so-called spells in his mother’s spellbook, not really expecting any of them to work. However, when he does a spell to summon his true love, a hot naked man covered in suds appears. Oops.

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It’s just a cute cross-country road trip story, with witches thrown into the mix. I did enjoy reading it, and I might read it again in future, but to be perfectly honest, if I only had a choice between this or one other book, I’d pick up the other book first.

I found the characters interesting on their own, but I don’t think I could get behind them as a couple. There was very little romance there, except right at the tail end. If it had been a full book (which it had the potential to be), I’d have gotten a lot more invested in the characters and the world.

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On the general scale, this novella falls under the grey area – not that interesting, but not bad either. If you like urban fantasy, or modern witches, or even books with asexual characters, then go read this. It’s being published on March 16th, or you can request it on Netgalley if you have an account on there.

Happy reading!

Book Review – More Than Fashion (Chasing The Dream #3)

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Title: More Than Fashion

Author: Elizabeth Briggs

Synopsis: They’re enemies who will do anything to win…including each other.

When Julie Hong wins a spot on a fashion design reality TV show, she celebrates by picking up a hot English guy in a hotel bar. But too many drinks leads to a night of embarrassment and a major hangover, and wow is she glad she’ll never see him again. Until the show starts, and he’s on it too.

Julie quickly realizes she’s out of her league among the other designers, and Gavin Bennett, with his cocky grin and sexy accent, is her biggest competition. Julie can’t decide if she wants to kiss him or kill him. Or both.

After she’s almost kicked off, Julie convinces Gavin to pretend they’re sleeping together for the camera. The ploy works, but as they get closer to the show’s finale their fake relationship starts to become too real. But only one of them can win the show—and they might both end up heartbroken.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: I’m gradually dipping my toes into the New Adult genre, and this one caught ny attention, so here I am.

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I give this book a whole raging five stars – whoo! What a thrill ride this book was. It’s the third in a series, but is also a standalone book. Think of Stephanie Perkins’ books – characters overlapping in each book, but each book with their own storyline and separate plot. This book follows Julie as she takes part in a show not unlike Project Runway, but throughout the book we meet her roommate Maddie (who has her own story in More Than Music), the girls’ other roommate Carla who is going to get her own story this year.

Julie’s been invited to compete in one of the most prestigious fashion designing competitions in the world – think, Project Runway – and the night before they are due to start, she has a few too many drinks, and picks up a hot British guy at the bar. The next morning, he’s gone before she wakes up, but he just so happens to be one of her designer opponents on the show. From there on, it’s the life of a reality show star. Or is it?

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This was a very easy read – I read it in just one sitting, and absolutely loved it. Elizabeth Briggs definitely has the knack for balancing out the sex scenes with the rest of the plot; there weren’t too many that it seemed unrealistic, but just enough to keep the lust alive.

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It wasn’t insta-love. It was more like lust at first sight, which really makes it seem realistic. I’m just as much a fan of love at first sight as the next girl, but sometimes you just look at someone and really want to just have your wicked way with them, and I really want to have my way with Gavin Bennett….

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Gavin is the main male protagonist (no love triangles, thank god), and he’s so sexy I just wanted to drag him out of the novel and into my bed. He’s hot, he’s British, and he can design some awesome clothes.

Julie, while occasionally a bit of a bitch, was a character whose narrative wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed reading it and feeling her emotions and hearing her thoughts throughout the book. As a reader, I went along with her for the ride, and loved almost every moment.

I got all caught up in the action and drama of ‘More Than Fashion’, and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series. A whopping five star rating from me.

Book Review – She’s With Me

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Title: She’s With Me

Author: Vanessa Cardui

Synopsis: It’s a fact that Izzy likes men. Meeka’s rule is never crush on straight friends. But a single fact isn’t the whole picture, and sometimes rules get broken. On a night out drinking, the two friends stumble into territory that breaks all the unwritten rules, and Izzy learns that ‘likes men’ doesn’t keep her from enjoying the rush of giving Meeka orders—and Meeka will do anything to keep her attention.

Rating: 3 stars

Review: I received this story as an e-ARC from Less Than Three Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

If I’m completely honest, this was the most boring thing I’ve read in a long time. Thank goodness it was so short because otherwise I would have marked it as DNF. That doesn’t mean it’s totally bad though.

The characters were vaguely interesting – Meeka is totally secure in her sexuality, and Izzy is quite a sexy dominant. I’d love to see these characters in a full book of their own, rather than just this 12,000 word story. It could be a proper erotic romance – without the abuse – a I’d be very interested in reading a full-blown book like that.

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There isn’t much I can think of to say about this, except: if you like girl-on-girl explicit content, with a BDSM edge, this is definitely something you’ll love.

Book Review – carefully, everywhere, descending

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Title: carefully everywhere descending

Author: L.B Bedford

Synopsis: Audrey Anderson has one chance to escape poverty—excel academically and get into a good school. She’ll let nothing stand between her and her goal: not dating and certainly not snotty Scarlett West. The girls can’t stand each other, so why is Scarlett hanging around Audrey and getting under Audrey’s skin—in more ways than one? Scarlett needs a tutor, and Audrey doesn’t want the job. She still resents Scarlett offering to pay Audrey to do her homework, but her compassionate best friend talks Audrey into giving Scarlett a second chance. The more time they spend together, the harder it becomes for Audrey to fight her growing attraction to the other young woman. At the same time, Audrey’s interest in her new neighbor’s bizarre behavior gnaws at her, and she can’t leave the mystery alone. Her relentless curiosity might cost her everything.

Rating: 2 and a half stars

Review: First of all, thank you to Harmony Ink Press for providing me with this e-ARC via Netgalley.

It’s the same story that’s been told a million times before in different guises – the girl falls for the guy/girl who she’s hated for years. Not particularly new, but this one has a mystery as well….

I tried to get into this book, but I just couldn’t, which is why this is a DNF. I don’t know what happened – I was interested in it when I requested it, but once I got reading it, I just couldn’t get into the story, and got distracted way too easily. Maybe it’s just bad timing for this? I don’t know.

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I just didn’t really like it, but maybe someone else will. I’ll link the Goodreads and Netgalley pages below if you want to request it for yourself.

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Happy reading!

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