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Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: Unforgiven by Ruth Clampett

I love friends to lovers romance stories and I was really excited to read Unforgiven by Ruth Clampett. I especially love this trope in M/M romance books, and Jason and Dean's story was one that I really thought was going to be a home run for me. Unfortunately I had too many issues to love this one, and I am unsure at this point if I would read more from this author. 

Dean and Jason have been best friends since childhood, following their dreams of opening up their own architecture firm by going to the same college and joining the same program. As roommates though, everything changes when Dean sees Jason with another guy. Jason has secretly wanted Dean for years, but has been forced to watch him go through countless women. When things suddenly start to heat up between them though, both struggle with what it means for their friendship and their future. 

One of my biggest issues here was the fact that Dean was almost impossible to like for the majority of this book. He was an absolute homophobic jerk, making so many comments that were beyond acceptable that I didn't know that he could ever recover from them. Jason was often times a complete doormat that it made him hard to like as well. While these two clearly had a connection and chemistry, I just couldn't get beyond those things. Seriously it was shocking the thoughts and words that Dean had.

I also have to say that for a M/M story this book had a shocking amount of M/F action, and that really just didn't work for me. While I enjoy M/F books as well as M/M, I felt like it really hurt my opinion of this one right from the start and that along with the character issues here were enough to kill this story for me. If those things weren't enough though, there was a huge communication problem that led to cheating and it was all just brushed to the side and wasn't dealt with as though it was okay. That was the final nail in the coffin on this one for me. If you are looking for an asshole hero that makes a ton of homophobic remarks and is the least supportive friend ever when it comes to his best friend and future boyfriend coming out as well as some giant communication issues that lead to cheating then this one might be for you. However, I can't recommend this one based on everything that I had problems with here.

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ARC Review: Maverick by Karina Halle

I'll be honest, after reading the first North Ridge book I really wanted Fox and Del's story. But I was also really curious about Mav and Karina Halle definitely didn't disappoint. This book was so good and I couldn't put it down. I loved it even more than the first book in the series, and I really enjoyed that one! This series is shaping up to be one of my favorites from Karina yet! 

John Maverick Nelson is the leader of a search and rescue team and is used to putting his life on the line for others. But when it comes to relationships and commitment, he prefers to stay away from them. He loves women, but prefers to keep it strictly casual. When he meets Riley Clarke though, he finds himself tempted for more. The only problem is that Riley is off-limits as the newest member of his team according to a no fraternization rule that could have one or both of them losing their jobs. Riley wants Maverick just as badly though, and the chemistry between them becomes harder to fight the more time they spend together. 

I loved these two so much. Mav was sexy and there was so much more to him than you first see. I really liked what a good guy he was and straightforward he was. Riley was one of my favorite heroines that I have ever read. She was seriously awesome, strong and confident and unafraid to go after what she wanted. She wasn't afraid to admit that she liked sex and could have it without needing more. She wasn't afraid to risk her own life for others and work in a field that few women do. And I absolutely loved seeing her flirt with Mav and push his boundaries, knowing that he wanted her just as much. She was feisty and I just really enjoyed reading about her. These two had smoking hot chemistry and the connection between them just continued to grow the more they got to know one another and it felt very real and genuine.

Honestly, this was one of my favorite books I have read from Karina. I have loved everything I've read from her, but this book I just couldn't get enough of. I think a lot of that was that not only was the story really great, but the characters were just so much fun to read about and I felt so connected to them. They are unique and special and I didn't want their story to end. I definitely can't wait for Fox and Del's book next. This series is such that each book can be read as a standalone. I have enjoyed both books though and I would suggest reading them in order if possible, even though you don't need to. Trust me you won't want to miss out on any of these characters and this captivating world that Karina Halle has created.

**ARC Provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

ARC Review: In Too Deep by Jordan Marie

I have never read anything by Jordan Marie before, but the blurb for In Too Deep was one that called to me as soon as I read it. I love a good enemies to lovers story, so this one sounded really good. Unfortunately though, this one just didn't work for me at all and I ended up throwing in the towel at 30%. 

Aden is looking to get away from Hollywood and all that comes with being a star in California. So when his friend sets him up with a hotel in a small town in Idaho, he jumps at the chance to get out. But when Aden shows up and meets his friend's cousin that owns the hotel, things get off on the wrong foot quickly. Hope does everything she can to get rid of him, but reluctantly agrees to let him stay knowing that she needs the money he offers her. But when she saves his life and says she is his wife so that the hospital will inform her on how he is, she never expects that he will believe her too!

I'll be honest here, Aden is the main reason I quit reading. This guy is an absolute jerk and what's worse is that he knows it! He is constantly saying the most horrible things to Hope and even as he does he admits to himself that he is being terrible. Yet he never apologizes and just keeps on saying and doing horrible things! I just couldn't keep going on because I just couldn't see any redeeming qualities for someone who is so burnt out on the way things are in California, yet he continues to be an asshole and act just like them. Talk about a judgmental hypocrite. I also couldn't really relate to Hope. It wasn't that I didn't like her, I just felt indifferent towards her. I wasn't feeling any chemistry between them and at 30% in I just felt like I wasn't going to believe in any kind of connection between them in the future. 

Overall, this one was just a miss for me and I had to give up. I think that there are readers out there that will enjoy this one and if it sounds like one you might like you might give it a shot. For me though it just didn't work and I don't know that I will read more from this author in the future. 

**ARC Provided by Ardent PRose**

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Feature and Giveaway: NSFW by Piper Lawson

Being bad never felt so good...

The office is full of rules. Everything is off-limits. Making a charity calendar of the sexy guys on your floor? Not allowed. Shrinking your boss' underwear when he sends it for dry-cleaning? Can't do that either.

But those things keep the natural balance. See, Avery Banks, our resident rising star, is a shark. The tall, blond, and gorgeous kind with zero patience and even less forgiveness.

Good thing I'm the Mae West of executive assistants. I live to put grown men in their place.

He wasn't supposed to find out...

Now he's made it his personal vendetta to screw me the way I screwed him. I'm at his beck and call, 24/7, for every humiliating, meaningless request.

Until we stumble on a new game. One we both want to play. One we both need to win.

And once we start...I'm not sure Avery wants to replace me.

I'm not sure I want him to.

All I want is more of this. The fire under the ice. What happens behind closed doors.

It's twisted, and so damn hot. But he's my boss. And with the company coming off a scandal even I couldn't engineer? What we're doing is strictly NSFW.

Lucky for me, Avery and I have one thing in common...

We both suck at following the rules.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: Grand Slam by Tracie Delaney

A destroyed career.

A bitter break-up.

After Tally’s perfect life implodes, she moves to Greece. There she finds a country overcome with refugees fleeing the crisis in the Middle East.

She vows to help and, in the process, begins to heal herself.

Shattered by his loss, Cash commits to months of therapy, determined to win back the love of his life. His struggles, though, are far from over.

When a shocking turn of events thrusts Tally back into Cash’s life a moment of joy brings a stranger into their lives.

Who is she? What does she want?

And will Tally and Cash ever find lasting happiness?

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