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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LIST: ARC August 2017

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Hi Beautifuls! It’s another month and I’m participating in something fun! It’s called ARC August and basically it’s about me crying for a whole month and reading arcs! Just… kidding, I guess. It’s hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat and this is their fifth year! Awesome stuff.  I already did this in July, I read around six of the list that I had, which I edited now. I’m excited to read the ones I’ve got left from emails and netgalley! Continue reading

eARC REVIEW: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

Illegal Contact CoverTitle: Illegal Contact (The Barons #1)

Author: Santino Hassell

Expected Publication Date: August 15, 2017

Publisher: InterMix

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary, sports, M/M romance

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel.

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

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You’re Not Good Enough

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This tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Beccathebookreviewer, and the premise of the tag is this: Write down 30 character names on a individual slips of paper and toss them in a bowl (hat, dish, whatever). For each of the 15 question, select two names. From the two names selected, pick who you would keep and who you would say “You’re not good enough” to!

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REVIEW: For Real by Alexis Hall

25376011Title: For Real

Author: Alexis Hall

Publication Date: June 1, 2015

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, BDSM, M/M Romance

Laurence Dalziel is worn down and washed up, and for him, the BDSM scene is all played out. Six years on from his last relationship, he’s pushing forty and tired of going through the motions of submission.

Then he meets Toby Finch. Nineteen years old. Fearless, fierce, and vulnerable. Everything Laurie can’t remember being.

Toby doesn’t know who he wants to be or what he wants to do. But he knows, with all the certainty of youth, that he wants Laurie. He wants him on his knees. He wants to make him hurt, he wants to make him beg, he wants to make him fall in love.

The problem is, while Laurie will surrender his body, he won’t surrender his heart. Because Toby is too young, too intense, too easy to hurt. And what they have—no matter how right it feels—can’t last. It can’t mean anything.

It can’t be real.

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eARC REVIEW: Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith

32970056Title: Mr. 60%

Author: Clete Barrett Smith

Expected Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Contemporary YA

Matt Nolan is the high school drug dealer, deadbeat, and soon-to-be dropout according to everyone at his school. His vice principal is counting down the days until Mr. 60% (aka Matt) finally flunks out and is no longer his problem. What no one knows is the only reason Matt sells drugs is to take care of his uncle Jack, who is dying of cancer.

Meet Amanda. The overly cheerful social outcast whose optimism makes Matt want to hurl. Stuck as partners during an after-school club (mandatory for Matt), it’s only a matter of time until Amanda discovers Matt’s secret. But Amanda is used to dealing with heartbreak, and she’s determined to help Matt find a way to give life 100 percent.

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eARC REVIEW: Caterpillars Can’t Swim by Liane Shaw

Title: Caterpillars Can’t Swim

Author: Liane Shaw

Expected Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Publisher: Second Story Press

Rating: ★★★/ 3 Stars

Genre: Contemporary YA

Ryan finds his freedom in the water, where he is not bound by gravity and his wheelchair. When he rescues his schoolmate, Jack, from the water their lives become connected, whether they like it or not. Ryan keeps Jack’s secret about that day in the water, but he knows that Jack needs help. The school is full of rumors about Jack’s sexuality, and he has few friends. Almost against his better judgement, Ryan decides to invite Jack on a trip to Comic Con he’s planned with his best friend Cody, the captain of the school’s swim team. The three boys make an unlikely combination, but they will each have the chance to show whether they are brave enough to go against the stereotypes the world wants to define them by.

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eARC REVIEW: Jaya and Rasa by Sonia Patel

34146751Title: Jaya and Rasa: A Love Story

Author: Sonia Patel

Expected Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Contemporary YA

Seventeen-year-old Jaya Mehta detests wealth, secrets, and privilege, though he has them all. His family is Indian, originally from Gujarat. Rasa Santos, like many in Hawaii, is of mixed ethnicity. All she has are siblings, three of them, plus a mother who controls men like a black widow spider and leaves her children whenever she wants to. Neither Jaya nor Rasa have ever known real love or close family―not until their chance meeting one sunny day on a mountain in Hau’ula.

The unlikely love that blooms between them must survive the stranglehold their respective pasts have on them. Each of their present identities has been shaped by years of extreme family struggles. By the time they cross paths, Jaya is a transgender outsider with depressive tendencies and the stunningly beautiful Rasa thinks sex is her only power until a violent pimp takes over her life. Will their love transcend and pull them forward, or will they remain stuck and separate in the chaos of their pasts?

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eARC REVIEW: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee

30116958Title: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

Author: F. C. Yee

Expected Publication Date: August 8, 2017

Publisher: Amulet Books

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy YA

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…

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