Talking Trouble (Barbara Elsborg)

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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first Barbara Elsborg book and as there are quite some of her books on my TBR I was very curious how I would like it.
I really enjoyed the story of Lysander, Flint and Molly. All three are interesting, individual characters and each one brings his / her own baggage. Only the last part of the story is really about building a triad and developing such a kind of relationship. The biggest part is for each of the three to start a journey of recovering from the past and overcoming their issues and how they help each other in accomplishing this.
The story is told from all three POV so its easy to connect with the characters and accompany them on their journey.
The cast of supportive characters is not big, but well written and interesting.
I did not like the subplot of Mollie’s „last secret“, it felt a bit forced for me. And in my opinion the last third of the book had a bit too much bed scenes, especially since there was almost nothing in the first part of the book. It sometimes felt almost like suddenly reading another story.
But these are just minor critics and altogether I really liked this book and I will definitley return to this author soon 🙂

Out of the Shade (S.A. McAuley)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

„Out of the Shade“ is the latest book from previoulsy new to me author S.A. McAuley.
As I didn’t know the author I had no real expectations starting with the story of Jesse and Chuck and I was very pleasantly surprised.
The story starts more on the light side with an instant attraction between the two men and a beautifully developing friendship after their first encounter. We get to know both characters as well as the important people in their respective lifes especially the group of the „Kensington Boys“ and their wives.
As Jesse is deep in the closet he forces Chuck into hiding and tries to separate their evolving relationship from the rest of his life. But soon this bubble bursts, bringing  lots of angst and heavy themes with it. Both characters have to face some very painful truths about themselves and have to decide how to progress from this point on. Both have to start their own journey to overcome their fears and problems.
In my opinion the author did an exceptionally great job of character and realtionship development of Jesse and Chuck with the help of an amazing cast of supportive characters and I just couldn’t put the book down until everything was solved 🙂
I highly recommend this book to all readers who love good character description and development and enjoy the heroes having to put some hard work into their HEA.

 

Immortal Mates 2: The Captive Incubus (Liv Rider)

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Rating: 5 from 5 stars

„Angel’s Fall“ was my first book ever from author Liv Rider and I was absolutely thrilled when the author announced a sequel staring incubus Shay as main character. I totally loved Shay in the first book and was very curious what the author has in store for him. And I definitley wasn’t disappointed.
The story of incubus Shay and warlock Alex was fast paced like all Liv Rider books, funny, romantic mixed with steamy scenes, but also with an interesting plot involving Alex’s sister Madison and a big plot which startet in the first book and will surely continue in the (hopefully soon following 🙂 )third installment of the „Immortal Mates“ series. The main characters are really great and loveable and their chemistry is just hot. And I totally enjoyed the reconnection with Dashiell and Cael from the first book 🙂
This series definitley has me hooked and I’m totally looking forward to the next story and the next couple (dragon and vampire, oh my 🙂 ).

Twisted Wishes 3: Reverb (Anna Zabo)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a huge Anna Zabo fan and totally enjoyed her „Twisted Wishes“ series so far and this third installement definitley lived up to my high expectations.
In „Reverb“ finally Mish gets her HEA. I really enjoyed this character throughout the series and was very happy with her newly introduced partner David. Their story was a bit less sexy and kinky than the previous two, the main focus of attention in this one was on family and friendship. But of course there also was great chemistry and some very hot scenes nonetheless 🙂
And there was quite a big part about the problems with Mish’s stalker as well which was written really thrilling and very believable. The author does an absolutely great job to not only show the golden side of stardom but in every book in this series we also learn about different dark sides as well. This aspects give the stories and the characters so much more depths!
I totally loved to reconnect with all the other band mates from „Twisted Wishes“ and I really enjoyed to learn a bit more about Marcella. There could be an interesting story there *wink*

Black Edge Pack 2: The Broken Werewolf’s Mate (Liv Rider)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a huge fan of Liv Rider’s writing and I was absolutely thrilled to see that she is starting to build some of her books into series. I really loved the first story of the Black Edge Pack and was always curious how the story continues and especially what happens with Aidan (and Zeke, of course *gg*).
I totally loved this second story. Aidan and Dev are great and loveable characters with amazing chemistry. It was also great to reconnect with old acquaintances from the former book and it increased my hope to get more books in this series, especially after reading the ending of this one. What a tease! 🙂
The story could be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend to read the books in order. Not only because the first one is definitley a great story worth reading, but it also introduces the world, important characters, the relationship between different paranormal species etc. And the second story starts right where the first ended, so it is way easier to get the whole picture.
And now I’m impatiently waiting for the next book from Liv Rider and hope she will revisit Black Edge soon 🙂

Broken Bones (Deja Black)

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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, what a journey! Broken Bones was my first book from author Deja Black and I really enjoyed the read!
This book is not easy, not your average paranormal love story. It begins quite dark, one character, Dan, struggling with his experienced abuse and rape through his former boyfriend Keith. Dan seems timid, almost broken. But throughout the story he becomes so much stronger and reclaims his life and happiness. True, in parts his development seems a bit too extreme, but I think the author gives good reasons for it. On the other hand you have his in the beginning very strong and capable seeming counterpart Aiden who makes a similar extreme development, but in a different direction. I think, he just became what his true mate really needed, but I also understand that some readers may find it difficult to accept such strong changes in one’s personality and behavior. I loved reading about Aiden beeing a sandman, it was really refreshing to get a non standard paranormal creature 🙂
Despite the dark and heavy beginnig, the romance itself is almost sweet and I really enjoyed reading how the two men are building their relatinship 🙂
I also really enjoyed Dan’s family and friends, such a great cast of supportive characters! They bring the light into the dark story with Keith and are, in addition to Aiden, the main reason why Dan is able to fight the horrors of his past (figurativley and literally). I really hope the author will visit this world again very soon 🙂

Frozen Hearts 1: Artic Sun (Annabeth Albert)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a really big fan of author Annabeth Albert, especially her Gamers/Out of Uniform series and was super exited for this first installment to her new „Frozen Hearts“ trilogy.And I totally loved Arctic Sun!!!
The description of the Alaskan nature, people and way of life is just great, the author really takes us on a journey to this fascinating place 🙂
Told in her typical fluent and captivating writing style, as always with great editing, the reader gets the story of Griffin and River. Both men are kind of broken with lots of issues, but also with great inner strength. The development of their relationship and therefore of themselves was a pleasure to follow. There are funny moments as well as angsty ones, snarky dialogues, sweet romance and hot encounters.
Interwined in this great romance is the journey each man has to take on himself to overcome inner fears and insecurities and to learn when and how to ask for help if needed.
Highly emotional and absolutely worth every tissue I needed for this one!
And now I’m excitedly waiting for Toby’s story 🙂

Sawyer’s Ferry 2: Bishop Ridge (Cate Ashwood)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a big fan of Cate Ashwood’s „Sawyer’s Ferry“ series and was very happy to now get Logan’s story, who we’ve already met in Gage and Holden’s story „Alaska“.
The story of Logan and Jackson is a bit more physical than the first book and the feelings are slower developing. Both men are well descriped, although I would have loved to learn a bit more about Jackson’s brother. The side charaters are well developed and I really hope we get to read Witt’s story 🙂
Once again the author did a great job to give you the feeling for the small and secluded Alaskan towns and their inhabitants. The writing style is fluent and the editing very well done.
My only critique is the solution to Jackson’s situation of leaving. It feld a bit rushed and more like a HFN than a HEA, but perhaps we can see the development of their relationship in the following books to which I’m very looking forward to 🙂

Find You Out (Rachel Kane)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the first book „Lost with you“ (the story of Eli and Jack) in which Cam makes his first appearance. I did not like him then and was very curious if and how the author will be able to turn this character around to someone evoking compassion in the reader. Well, the author did an excellent job and managed to show the real Cam with all his flaws as well as strengths and now I totally like him 🙂 His love interest Alex has as many layers as Cam and it was really fascinating to witness how they slowly open up to each other and find their happiness in the end.
Mixed in this sometimes heartbreaking romance were some funny moments, quite some angst, a reunion with the characters from the first book and a touch of suspense.
I really enjoyed to accompany Alex and Cam on their very bumpy road to happiness and I’m totally looking forward to the next book from this author 🙂

Deviant Hearts 2: Radical Hearts (A.E. Ryecart)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

With „Radical Hearts“ we get the second book in the „Deviant Hearts“ series by A.E. Ryecart. I totally loved the first book „Captive Hearts“ and was  thrilled to read that this second installement contains the story of Lee. You don’t have to read the first book to enjoy the second – but in my opinion you really should 😉 First of all, the first book is just an amazing and absolute wonderful story, but more important, it shows the darker sides of Lee’s former undercover job which let to his descision to leave the police. This knowledge helps to understnad the present Lee much easier!

Lee and his counterpart Dominic both are really great and loveable. As always with this author we don’t have plain or stereotypical characters, both men come with strengths as well as flaws. And both have depths and secrets.

The main part of the book is about the developing relationship between Lee and Dominic, but we also have some elements of action and suspense. These parts are well dosed and don’t distract from the actual heartwarming romance.

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and I can’t wait for the next installment 🙂