Review ~ Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert

KnitTightBook: Knit Tight

Series: Portland Heat #4

Author: Annabeth Albert

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 112

Published: Lyrical Shine, April 12, 2016

Source: Publisher

It’s no secret that Portland, Oregon, has some of best restaurants, shops, and cafés in the country. But it’s the hard-working men who serve it all up that keep us coming back for more…

One of Portland’s hottest young baristas, Brady is famous for his java-topping flair, turning a regular cup of joe into a work of art. Every Wednesday—aka “Knit Night”—hordes of women and their needles descend on the coffeehouse, and Brady’s feeling the heat. Into the fray walks a tall, dark, and distractingly handsome stranger from New York. His name is Evren, and he’s the sexy nephew of Brady’s sweetest customer, the owner of the yarn shop down the street. He’s also got a killer smile, confident air, and masculine charm that’s tying Brady’s stomach in knots. The smitten barista can’t wait to see him at the next week’s gathering. But when he tries to ask Evren out, his plans unravel faster than an unfinished edge. If Brady hopes to warm up more than Evren’s coffee, he’ll have to find a way to untangle their feelings, get out of the friend zone, and form a close-knit bond that’s bound to last a lifetime…

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Oh dear. It’s been quite a while since I finished this story but I put thoughts down right after I finished  lest I get lost in the expected-yet-no-less-affecting emotional turmoil later. This was a sweet story. One of the biggest and sweetest suprises for me was one of the heroes, calm and collected Evren. He happened to be Turkish, and guess who else could relate? Yep, reading a character from your own country is, as you might expect, not something I come across in my reads. So yeah, that was a nice surprise. So far in the books I’ve read, I’ve had to decipher Scottish dialect, ask my sis for translations of French words, tried to use my rusted Italian to understand words in Spanish, but this was the first ever in a book there were foreign words, so to speak, and this reader knew their exact meaning. What a pleasant feeling.

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Review ~ Double Full by Kindle Alexander

DoubleFullBook: Double Full

Series: Nice Guys #1

Author: Kindle Alexander

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 275

Published: Kindle Alexander, October 8, 2013

Source: Hodgepodge Shelf

Up and coming football hero, Colton Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving, especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play.

Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully-placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?

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This was a surprisingly more emotional book than I expected. Reading the blurb, I thought a somewhat traditional, albeit very much appreciated, romance, but what I got went a little deeper.

We meet the two heroes when they’re in their college years. Despite this book being labeled as New Adult, a genre that’s generally referring to protagonists in their college years, early twenties, and the fact that we spend some considerable time with Jace and Colt during these times, this book was not a New Adult book. I’m specifying this for those who’re meticulous with their genre reading. Even though we see how their deep bond and their relationship started when they’re both in college, the majority of the story takes place ten years later, when both the heroes are in their thirties. I’m hoping this does not count as spoilers. Like I said, for those who’re particular with their reading, this book might be a miss, but I wouldn’t want it to be.

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Review ~ Not Safe For Work by L. A. Witt

NotSafeForWorkBook: Not Safe For Work

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Author: L. A. Witt

Genre: Erotic M/M Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 290

Published: Samhain Publishing, December 15, 2015

Source: Publisher

They’re a match made in the dungeon…until their secret gets out.

Bored senseless in a meeting, architectural modeler Jon McNeill amuses himself with a kinky dating app on his phone. Then the app matches him with another user…who’s six feet away. Suddenly Jon finds himself on the same page as someone way above his pay grade: millionaire property developer Rick Pierce. His firm’s biggest—and hottest—client.

The app isn’t kidding either. They’re a perfect match. Jon’s a Dom, Rick’s a sub, and bondage is their thing. Both guys are well into their forties, know their way around the bedroom, and definitely appreciate a good suit. And the best part? They’re a match outside the bedroom too.

But office relationships aren’t easy to keep a secret. When the truth comes out, Jon is certain he’s about to get fired. Instead, his bosses throw him a curve ball—an ultimatum that puts both his job and his relationship in jeopardy.

Warning: Contains literal and figurative sex machines, blindfolds, a sub being punished during a business meeting, enough rope to tangle up a millionaire, and a Golden Girls marathon.

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I haven’t read that many erotica books. In fact, the number of erotica I’ve read so far probably wouldn’t be any more than the total number of fingers in one hand. But. Oh but, this book? Yes, it was erotica for the sheer number of sex scenes included-and here comes that ‘but’ again- but, it was one of the most romantic books I’ve read. Though I’m a stranger to most of the bdsm scene, I still have an idea of what it’s all about. And the love, the respect, the wonderful balance the heroes had with each other, the trust, I’d say to die for, but to hell with dying I would’ve loved to live through that. I think I can honestly say Jon and Rick’s love was one of the sexiest, sweetest romances I’ve read to this day. I don’t know, it was close to perfect if you take away all the shit they had to overcome.

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Review ~ Taking a Chance by A. M. Arthur

TakingAChanceBook: Taking A Chance

Series: Restoration #3

Author: A. M. Arthur

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 262

Published: Carina Press, September 14, 2015

Source: Publisher

The last time Elliott fell in love, his fiancé cheated on him. Now fresh out of rehab, Elliott’s confidence lags behind his libido—not that that stops him from lusting after the sexy carpenter working on his kitchen—from a distance. He won’t risk his sobriety on another potential broken heart.

As half of an experienced home renovation duo, Augustus expects this job will be easy. Until he sees the house’s tenant, a man he never thought he’d meet—his ex’s other man. Augustus knows he should say something about their secret, shared past, but he’s tongue-tied by their intense, unwanted attraction.

Despite attempts to keep things professional, the two men give in to temptation and forge a genuine connection—and his developing feelings for Elliott leave Augustus in an impossible situation. If he stays, his secret will always hang over the relationship. But telling the truth might send Elliott spiraling to a new rock bottom and cost Augustus the only man he’s ever really loved.

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I’m not one to usually reread a book, but after finishing this I realized that I can, and probably will be, one to reread a whole series. I got into the RESTORATION series by chance, and it has been a rough ride, an extremely emotional ride, but definitely a worthy one. This final book in the series may mark an ending of sorts, but I feel like this won’t be the last I’ll be hearing from these guys. Just like its predecessors, this one took me on an emotional roller coaster that ended up being a worthy experience.

For those who are familiar with the storyline-and I strongly suggest you read these books in order if you’re considering the series- it was obvious that this was going to be a difficult journey for Elliott and Auggie. Having unknowingly shared a man, they had a chance to finally put things to rest and move on with each other, and theirs was a beautiful story.

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Review ~ The Neighbor by Bernadette Chapman

TheNeighborBook: The Neighbor

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Author: Bernadette Chapman

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 61

Published: Less Than Three Press, November 4, 2015

Source: Publisher

Anders like his life the way it is: quiet, ordered, neat. If that gets him called antisocial, well, it also gets him left alone and that’s the way he likes it.

Then a new neighbor, Finch, moves in and he is everything Anders hates. He’s nosy, over-friendly, and doesn’t know when to quit. He’s also cute and infuriatingly charismatic. Which is the only possible explanation for the way Anders keeps putting up with Finch and his crazy ideas, like training for a wife-carrying contest, instead of telling him to go away once and for all the way he should.

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It was difficult writing a review for this one. Not only was the story so short that there was no room for details at all, but also I think the author could’ve used her existing number of pages a bit better to give us a chance to get to know the characters more.

THE NEIGHBOR was a short story of two very different people who are neighbors-duh- who I suppose will form some sort of romantic entanglement in the end. While Anders was a control freak with what I assume is an obsessive compulsive disorder, Finch, his new neighbor, was an outgoing, careless-and sometimes a bit thoughtless- person who didn’t know and care much about personal space.

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