Review of Flawed Perfection by M.A. Innes

Flawed PerfectionFlawed Perfection by M.A. Innes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was super cute. I know it states in the blurb that this is a puppy play novel, and it does contain some puppy play, but mostly it is an incredibly sweet romance between two roommates and a lovely story about finding out who you are and what you want.

Nathan is a forensic accountant who lives in his own head. He has a squirrely brain and no brain to mouth filter. He is sweetness personified but really do need a keeper. He has one, in the shape of his roommate Gabriel, who discreetly manages Nathan whilst quietly obsessing over how attractive he is and how much he wants him.

Nathan is a virgin, not from any hard held beliefs, but only due to the fact that he has never gotten interested enough in anyone to go any further than casual dating. He is not sure if he is gay or straight or bi or something else, because nothing feels right. When he accidentally finds out that his roommate seems to be into BDSM and puppy play however, he is intrigued.

Nathan is a great character, because not only is he completely clueless, he is also curious and has no social inhibitions, so he googles and asks the questions the reader has about the lifestyle and the kink. This is a common theme in M.A. Innes’ work, that the author always tries to educate the reader as to what the participants may get out of the specific kink. And he always manages to do it in a way that never makes it seem like he is info-dumping on you.

This is a lot more romance than it is erotica, despite the puppy play and the steamy scenes the main focus of the book is Nathan’s road to discovery of he his and what he wants. Very sweet story and probably a good gateway book for people interested in puppy play as a kink, explanatory without being preachy and nothing too hardcore for a newbie.

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Review of An Unnatural Vice by K.J. Charles

An Unnatural Vice (Sins of the Cities, #2)An Unnatural Vice by K.J. Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4-4.5 stars

The second installment in KJ Charles’ Sins of the cities series is a wonderful enemies to lovers story, with two completely opposite men clashing on every page, with a great deal of angry sex to follow, but also some fantastic character growth.

Each book revolves around a new couple, but the overall mystery story arc continues, so you really need to read the series in order to get the full picture.

Justin Lazarus is know as “The seer of London”, a complete fraud and charlatan, he has no issue with manipulating and tricking people in grief, when he pretends to speak to their loved ones ‘behind the veil’. Justin knows no guilt for his actions, quite the opposite, if someone is stupid enough to pay him to lie to their face, why shouldn’t he?

When Justin is set opposite to Nathaniel Roy, whom we met in book one, the arch bishops son, a trained barrister and investigative journalist, with a strict moral code, who lost the love of his life in a freak accident, sparks fly.

The two suffer an instant mutual dislike and also a fierce mutual attraction. When the ongoing mystery and drama of the late earl’s bigamy and lost heir bring them together over and over again. The attraction wins over the dislike.

Nathaniel and Justin are great together. Everything about them is opposite. Their upbringing, their moral codex, their thoughts about friendship, love and humanity as a whole. It leads to a fascinating tale of opposites and enemies to lovers.

The plot thickens in the mystery too, and although I guessed who the lost heir was right off the bat, there are still a lot of things left unsolved for the next book. I cannot wait to read it! Warmly recommended.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.com, for my reading pleasure.

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Review of Foxe Tail by Haley Walsh

Foxe Tail (A Skyler Foxe Mystery, #1)Foxe Tail by Haley Walsh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this audiobook from AudioBookBoom in exchange for an honest review.

This was fun!Be aware though, that you need to be able to suspend your beliefs a bit and that this is the first of a series and many details are left hanging at the end of book 1.

Skyler Foxe is a young closeted high school teacher, who happens upon a dead body one night out dancing with friends at a club. The young man turns out to be the son of Skyler’s principal at school and he invests himself in the case, to the point where he actually starts to investigate it himself. This is the parts where you have to suspend your beliefs, or at least I had to, because I found it quite unrealistic that he would actually do this, to the extend he takes it too, including withholding evidence and knowledge from the police…

The murder investigation is not the only thing going on though, there are also strange going on’s at the High School, where everyone seem to be hiding something or other. Teachers as well as students. Add to that Skyler’s crush on his new co-worker, his jilted hook up smashing up his car and almost outing him at his work place and his students acting up in class…. Skyler is a busy man!

The narrator did a great job, the story was fun and so was the mystery. Skyler is quite a likeable, albeit a bit annoying, character and I would definitely consider getting the second one of the series. If nothing else, then to find out what happened to poor Julia with the great t-shirts.

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Review of Interborough by Santino Hassell

Interborough (Five Boroughs, #4)Interborough by Santino Hassell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.com, in exchange for an honest review***

4-4.5 stars

I love Santino Hassell and I love this series. It’s gritty and cynical and real and yet also so very romantic and fairytale-like. It just pushes all of my buttons. I took the opportunity to re-read all of the series in audio before diving into this one -great timing as book 3 First and First was just released as an audiobook.

Originally I had loved Sunset Park, but mainly because I was in love with Raymond. David, not so much. But a second read of their story made me warm up to David, insecurities, faults and all. And good thing that it did, because otherwise I am not sure I would have loved this book as much as I did!

This is the story of what happens after the happy ever after. It’s a story readers of romance not often get and in many ways that suits me just fine. It’s nice to live in that suspended moment of time when the lovers ride off into the sunset and not worry about whether or not they will still be happy when mortgages and laundry and dirty dishes clutter their lives. That is however, exactly the story that we get to see, between Raymond and David, in Interborough.

Raymond and David have been together for a year and a half. David is stressing over his job, as his yearly results have not been as impressive as his supervisor could have wanted and his tenure interview is coming up soon. Raymond has really turned a new leaf. He is working two jobs and going to college. Unfortunately that means that the two rarely see eachother, as Raymond is working 18 hour days and is literally exhausted whenever he is at home. Add to that the fact that Raymond is still not out to his coworkers, at either job, and David’s insecurities return in full bloom.

As always Santino Hassell’s characters act like real people, with all their insecurities, flaws and cowardice, which is what makes his books such great reads. You may want to slap them, but they feel like real three dimensional people and not two dimensional cardboard cut outs.

There should be a tag on this book to not read whilst depressed as it will certainly make you bawl then, but rest assured, that this is still romance and you will be able to draw a happy and very contended sigh of relief at the end, but you will need to sit through some pretty rough stuff before you get there!

Interborough will be released on October 24th, but if you haven’t read the series yet, you should go check out the first 3 books.

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Review of The 13th Hex by Jordan L. Hawk

The 13th Hex (Hexworld, #0.5)The 13th Hex by Jordan L. Hawk

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun and cute prequel to an interesting new series. 4 stars

Jordan L. Hawk is a great storyteller and even if this little gem is a bit too short and therefore feels a tiny bit rushed, it was still interesting enough to hook me into this world.

I had already bought the first book in the Hexworld series, based on the autbor’s name alone. I adored her Whyborne and Griffin series, and can’t wait to immerse myself into another paranormal historical universe.

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Review of Short Stay by Heidi Cullinan

Short Stay (Love Lessons, #3.5)Short Stay by Heidi Cullinan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is basically a love letter from Heidi Cullinan to the fans of her Love Lessons and Special Delivery series. It’s Baz and Elijah – in Vegas. Prominently featuring Randy, doing what he does best: being a fairy godmother bringing about everyone’s happy ever after. And with cameos of everyone else lovers of the two series know and love.

It’s the mother of all epilogues and it’s adorable and delicious. 4 lovely stars.

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Review of Into You by Jay Northcote

Into YouInto You by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

4-4.5 stars
This book was so adorable, I want to roll it over at pet it’s stomach!

Olly and Scott are BFFs all through their childhood, until a kiss at 14 confuses and ruins everything, leaving the boys angry and ignoring each other for years. At 18, in their final month of school, a minor accident and a small portion of magical help from a weird old neighbour, Mrs. Wychwood, leads them to being trapped in each others bodies and having to find a way to co-exist and work together to be themselves again.

The bodyswapping trope is fun and Jay Northcote does it right, with hilarious and cute results – and some very sweet and guilty masturbation scenes. But despite the magical undercurrent of the book, it is actually mainly a story about being true to yourself and finding out who you want to be.

Olly is out and proud and have been in love with Scott forever, still is, despite the mixed feelings and animosity between them after the kiss 4 years earlier. Scott on the other hand is a bit of a mess. Stuck in a life he really doesn’t want, with a girlfriend he doesn’t really like and A-level courses that doesn’t interest him, but too afraid to find his way out it.

Naturally, Scott is the one with the most character growth through the story, but Olly too does grow, if in more subtle ways. Now, I am generally not a HEA kind of girl when it comes to very young characters, as I have a hard time believing in that, but for these two, I would believe it.

Warmly recommended story, which I read in one sitting on a rainy day. Left me warm and cheerful with a happy grin on my face.

Into You will be released on September 9th 2016.

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