Mini ARC REVIEW: Something to Remember by Elliot Junkyard

35910898Title: Something to Remember

Author: Elliott Junkyard

Publication Date:August 4, 2017

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Magic, f/nb romance, Fantasy

When Emma applied to study healing magic with one of the most prestigious mages in the country, she never thought she’d actually be accepted into the program. Her bags are packed but she is not ready to go. Accepting the position means she’ll be apart from her partner, Sky for three long months. But Sky has a night planned that Emma won’t soon forget.

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REVIEW: Takeover by Anna Zabo

20922758Title: Takeover (Takeover Series #1)

Author: Anna Zabo

Publication Date: August 19, 2014

Publisher: InterMix

Rating: ★★★/ 3 Stars

Genre: contemporary, m/m romance, bdsm

Michael Sebastian thought Curacao would be the perfect place to have a little fun in the sun—and between the sheets. So far, no one has struck his interest, until Sam Anderson walks into the bar. With one look at his tense body and expensive suit, Michael knows that this is a man in need of release. And Michael is more than willing to lend a hand.

Shattered by the most intense sex he’s ever had, Sam has to face the facts—one night with a handsome, dominating stranger is all he gets before returning to the closet he’s been suffocating in for years. But when Sam starts his new job as the CEO of a failing technology company, he discovers that Michael is one of his new employees.

While Michael is desperate for another night with Sam, he knows he shouldn’t get involved with his boss, let alone another man who can’t accept who he is. But as they’re forced to work together to save the company, the desire sparking between them becomes impossible to ignore…

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eARC REVIEW: All the Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso

All The Wrong Chords CoverTitle: All the Wrong Chords

Author: Christine Hurley Deriso

Expected Publication Date: December 12th 2017

Publisher: Flux

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Contemporary, music, ya

Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn’t exactly what she had in mind.

Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy–a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can’t pass on an opportunity like this, and she can’t take her eyes off the band’s hot lead singer either.

Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother’s death?

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eARC REVIEW: Fast Forward by Xio Axelrod

35392066Title: Fast Forward

Author: Xio Axelrod

Publication Date: June 27, 2017

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance (music as a subgenre?)

As a nineteen-year-old, wunderkind doctoral candidate, Ian Waters had little interest in social interaction. Books were his companions, and that had suited him just fine. Then a hurricane named Jessen Sørensen blew into his life, throwing Ian off his axis.

On the cusp of rock stardom, Jessen had burned brightly, and Ian had fallen heart-first under his spell. But Ian soon learned he was only a temptation, a pit stop on the road to the rocker’s dreams, and Jessen was gone as quickly as he’d come. Ian buried his heartache in academia, the only home he’d ever known.

When Ian encounters Jessen at a party, the seven-year separation seems insurmountable. There’s too much pain, too much distrust. But Jessen declares he has a new dream, and that’s a life with Ian.

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eARC REVIEW: Taproot by Keezy Young

35833506Title: Taproot

Author: Keezy Young

Expected Publication Date: September 26, 2017

Publisher: Lion Forge

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Comic, necromancy, ghost/human, m/m romance

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal’s strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means… leaving him

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eARC REVIEW: Starswept by Mary Fan

cover118113-mediumTitle: Starswept

Author: Mary Fan

Expected Publication Date: August 29, 2017

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Sci-fi, romance, YA

Some melodies reach across the stars.

In 2157, the Adryil—an advanced race of telepathic humanoids—contacted Earth. A century later, 15-year-old violist Iris Lei considers herself lucky to attend Papilio, a prestigious performing arts school powered by their technology. Born penniless, Iris’s one shot at a better life is to attract an Adryil patron. But only the best get hired, and competition is fierce.

A sudden encounter with an Adryil boy upends her world. Iris longs to learn about him and his faraway realm, but after the authorities arrest him for trespassing, the only evidence she has of his existence is the mysterious alien device he slipped to her.

When she starts hearing his voice in her head, she wonders if her world of backstabbing artists and pressure for perfection is driving her insane. Then, she discovers that her visions of him are real—by way of telepathy—and soon finds herself lost in the kind of impossible love she depicts in her music.

But even as their bond deepens, Iris realizes that he’s hiding something from her—and it’s dangerous. Her quest for answers leads her past her sheltered world to a strange planet lightyears away, where she uncovers secrets about Earth’s alien allies that shatter everything she knows.

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LIST: July Wrap Up

img_2232Hello Beautifuls!

I’m quite happy July is ending. As you might have seen in my TBR Breakdown July post, I focused mainly on electronic arcs this month that I’ve received from Netgalley and Edelweiss. This experience was so tough because not only did I want to read already published books, but also because some of the arcs I had practically no interest in and some proved very disappointing. But, among them were true gems that I am so happy to have given a chance to. My July was spent trying to be very peaceful and giving my depression a chance to somewhat calm the heck down. I got into another car accident, not serious! I saw a great movie (Homecoming!!) and I got to hang out with my friends.

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eARC REVIEW: My Fair Lover by Nicole Jordan

My Fair Lover CoverTitle: My Fair Lover (Legendary Lovers #5)

Author: Nicole Jordan

Expected Publication Date: August 29, 2017

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Rating: ★★★/ 3 Stars

Genre: Historical Romance

Lady Katherine Wilde believes she has crushed any lingering romantic feelings toward Brandon Deverill, who spurned her six years ago. And now that the rough-edged rogue needs polishing to claim his inheritance, she’s willing to strike a practical bargain: Kate will mold the brash privateer into an acceptable English nobleman if Deverill will safeguard her from brigands on a voyage to recover lost family treasure. However, the soul-melting kiss that seals their agreement just may reignite blazing passion.

Brandon’s fortitude was sorely tested when he turned Kate away from his bed all those years ago. Even a rake such as he wouldn’t seduce an innocent beauty before sailing into battle. But now that he’s inherited a title and must take a suitable bride, he sets his sights on Kate. Though he fiercely desires her, true love is a notion that baffles him–until their adventure turns perilous and Brandon realizes he’d gladly trade his life to save the woman who has captured his heart.

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REVIEW: Just Drive by L. A. Witt

just driveTitle: Just Drive (Anchor Point #1)

Author: L. A. Witt

Publication Date: November 19, 2016

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary, m/m romance

For Sean Wright, driving a cab in the tiny Navy town of Anchor Point isn’t an exciting job . . . until he picks up just-dumped Paul Richards. A drive turns into a walk on the pier, which turns into the hottest hookup Sean’s had in ages.

After a long overdue breakup, Paul can’t believe his luck. Of all the drivers, he’s picked up by the gorgeous, gay, and very willing Sean. Younger guys aren’t usually his thing, but Paul can’t resist.

One taste and neither man can get enough . . . right up until they realize that Paul is Sean’s father’s commanding officer and the last man Sean should be involved with.

With two careers on the line, their only option is to back off. It’s not easy, though; the sex and the emotional connection are exactly what both men have been craving for a long time. But Paul has devoted twenty-four years to his career and his dream of making admiral. If he’s caught with Sean, that’s all over. He has to choose—stay the course, or trade it all for the man who drove off with his heart.

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