Since MM Romance is a genre I read a fair bit of but don’t always publish a blog post for my reviews, I thought I might do a monthly round-up of any I have read for those who are interested.
Sink or Swim (Shore Leave #2) by Annabeth Albert
I absolutely loved book 2 in the Shore Leave series, Sink or Swim was another winner for me, after Sailor Proof which I also loved, I was really looking forward to Calder’s story.
Calder is a big gambler and when he wins a ski cabin in a poker game and heads up there to see what it’s like, he finds out he’s been taken for a ride in a divorce dispute with Felix’s ex-husband.
Calder and Felix make a fabulous couple, and despite both not wanting anything at all when they first meet, that changes when they both realise what they’ve been missing and what could be. They both had lots of issues to work through, but I liked that they communicated and didn’t get bogged down in misunderstandings. I loved that Calder was the braver one, willing to fight for what he wanted all the way through, realising that despite not looking for love or ‘feelings’, what he had found was worth keeping. Their intimate relationship builds and is different in the bedroom compared to many, I really appreciated that Felix and Calder were so on the same page and that they both understood each sexual relationship is unique to that couple. I could really feel the closeness and emotions that passed between these to MC’s.
Felix’s nieces, Madeline and Charlotte were both great additions to the story and added a lot to their relationship. I especially enjoyed Charlotte, she was such a wonderful character and I felt I got to know her better than her quieter sister.
I did like catching up with Derrick & Arthur and seeing how their relationship was going. This can easily be read as a standalone, but you’ll be missing out if you don’t read Sailor Proof too. I look forward to seeing what Annabeth Alberth brings us next.
Thanks to NetGalley and Carina Adores for a digital copy in return for an honest review.
The Trouble With Trying To Date A Murderer by Jennifer Cody
I didn’t quite know what to expect with this, it was definitely a unique concept and being a Jennifer Cody novel that is a given, and the verdict, I LOVED this so much. Full of humour and heart, I just adored Romily (who wouldn’t) is non-verbal and I fell for Fox too as he fell for Romily. I loved how Romily who was non-verbal, was able to convey so much with just a look and loved that Fox got him straight away. With body parts flying and blood getting Romily’s clothes messy, these two were made for each other, and as Romily notes from the get-go, Fox is his ‘Future Husband’ for sure. This book is too good to give anything much away, so I recommend you pick it up and find out all about how hard it is trying to date a murderer. This was a great read and I can’t wait for more.
Egotistical Puckboy by Eden Finley & Saxon James
Egotistical Puckboy (Puckboys #1) was a really enjoyable start to a new series. I really enjoyed these authors’ previous collaboration with the CU Hockey series and this new one didn’t disappoint.
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Wicked Heat by Ella Frank
Wicked Heat is book 1 of 2 about MCs Ryan and Jameson in a 4 book series. Wicked heat is a spin-off series from a couple of Ella Frank’s other series, I’ve met several of the characters before and now want to go back and meet the ones in the books I’ve missed.
Ryan, a sunshiney, outwardly outgoing PA for Prime-time news anchor Alexander (from the Prime TIme series), is a character I immediately loved. Jameson a firefighter (at the same precinct that Keiran from Dare to Try series recently left) who prefers to keep himself to himself and not make friends or have relationships is taciturn in his nature towards everyone.
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Code Blue by N.R Walker
Wow, I didn’t want to put this novel down. Following on from Code Red, this book focuses on band member Jeremy and Atrous’ head of security Steve. The story is told from Steve’s perspective and what a story it is. I really enjoyed Code Red, but I enjoyed Code Blue even more. And the fact it’s over 400 pages is just awesome, I do enjoy a long book I can really sink my teeth into.
Steve is gay but has kept this undercover, he’s had a thing for Jeremy for a while, but Jeremy is straight and why would he look at Steve, except he does and Jeremy is confused and angry about what he is feeling and he takes it out on Steve for a while as well as some self-destructive behaviour, as he tries to work through what is going on. Oh, I did love these two, they worked so well together, I loved Jeremy to bits and Steve was my hero.
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Capture (Shattered Pawns #2) by Jennifer Cody
I am loving this series just as much as The Diviner’s Game series which is set in the same universe with many of the same characters. Capture, the second book in the Shattered Pawns series was brilliant, I really don’t know how Jennifer Cody manages to come up with the storylines, theme and plot, so amazingly twisted and intricately orchestrated, each story though happening at the same time frame, building on to the previous one, giving us more information without rehashing everything that happened with the other characters.
I adored Qis and Monet, these two were definitely made for each other and though I don’t understand the whole pain/pleasure/comfort kink, I know there’s a kink out there for everyone, and Monet was made for showing Qis what it was he needed. There are some very hot and interesting and kinky sex scenes that had me wondering whether they were actually possible, I’m assured they definitely are and I have a fabulous imagination so I didn’t need to check it out for myself.
I love the whole Aquino family and enjoy my time with them every novel. You do need to have read Pass (read my review here) before reading Capture for maximum enjoyment as they each build on to the story. There are gods, fighting, intrigue and danger for everyone and these guys are going to learn who they really are and what they are capable of when it all hits the fan.
I can’t wait for book 3 when we find out how it all ends and we get to see how Kim and Ryan get together.
Restored Ruins by G.R Lyons
This turned out to be a fun and original read which pulled at my emotions at times and had me grinning at others. In my first book by G.R Lyons, I enjoyed his writing and I enjoyed the characters and the world he has created in this new paranormal/speculative fiction MMM romance series Gentleman Hackers.
I really liked Connor, a young man who has been rejected all his life, he is of a different race, one who has the gift of telepathy/telekinesis and also the ability to change himself on a genetic level. Connor was a lonely soul who hid behind his computers as a way of protecting himself from more rejection. He also had a fun sassy side to him which comes out after he is kidnapped by Brendan after he finds he has hacked into his webcam.
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