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 The Wizard’s Desire by Anna Wineheart

The Wizard's DesireThe Wizard’s Desire by Anna Wineheart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the author, for my reading pleasure.  This has in no way affected my review of this book.

Kei hates anything to do with magic, since a wizard ruined his childhood by erasing his parent’s memory of him as their son, and his upstairs witch neighbour flooding his apartment does nothing to endear him to the magical folk. Neither does accidentally falling into an enchanted snow globe and being trapped there with a recluse of a wizard and a goat who despises him.

This story had a fun and interesting premise, but to me the pacing was too slow for the first half of the book and I had a trouble keeping interested. I never really warmed to either of the MC’s, which for me makes it harder to love a story. I found Kei rather annoying and Orion was just so insecure that he came across as pathetic. I understand that his act’s were kind of noble, but they just seemed cowardly to me.

After the halfway point though, the story and pacing picked up and I found it easier to keep interested. There was some lovely steamy scenes and the MC’s redeemed themselves slightly, even if I never actually got around to liking them and rooting for them. I really liked Billy though. I did not, however, like the epilogue. That was not enough for me, I am not as forgiving a soul as Kei, it would seem.

All in all, an interesting premise and a sweet story, which was just lacking a little for me, others have loved it, so please do not let my review stand alone if you are considering buying it. I enjoyed the writing well enough, that I would still try another book from this author.

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Review of Out in the Open by A.J. Truman

Out in the Open (Browerton University, #1)Out in the Open by A.J. Truman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4-4.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ethan is a sophomore in college, he lives in the dorm, takes his classes, has a group of friends, and yet he doesn’t feel like he fits in anywhere. He has no idea who he is, so he tries to blend in and does it so well he becomes almost invisible.

His goal in life is to become a lawyer and his spot in the Constitutional Law class with his dream professor is the first step. Unfortunately Ethan’s idea of how this was supposed to go doesn’t mesh with reality and he ends up stuck at the back of class with frat boy Greg, who lives up to every prejudice Ethan has about frat boys!
Through a series of unfortunate events, Ethan ends up grabbing Greg’s crotch, just to get back at him, but that turns out to have a completely different outcome than what Ethan thought as well and before he knows it the two are involved in a series of hot and heavy hook ups across campus.

The story is told from Ethan’s point of view and through him we experience the very real pain and angst of figuring out who you are and having the courage to actually become that person. As he slowly comes out of his shell, his interactions with his peers starts to show other sides of them as well.

This is a great coming of age story with a cute romance on top, I do wish the ending had been a bit longer though. It felt a bit too rushed, but all in all it was a great story. Well written, flowed nicely and I would recommend it to everyone who remembers what it’s like being young and insecure and desperately wishing you were cool.

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Review of Released by A.J. Ridges

ReleasedReleased by A.J. Ridges

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was enjoyable sci-fi erotica, but not much else. On the planet of Noval, where males outnumber females in alarming numbers, Krial has been chosen for a quarterly selection of the best breeders. The men compete against each other and the winner gets a female mate. Krial is gay though, and not interested in winning. The only reason he has made it to the final few, is the fact that he is in lust and awe with his trainer Dax.

Our story starts at the very final test of the “competition” and the events after. Had this been a complete novel, that followed Krial’s training under Dax tutelage, with some heavy sexual tension (same sex partnerships are banned on Noval) underlying all of their interactions. Well, this would have been a smoking hot romance!

As it is, the lack of length and thereby lack of knowledge of the two men’s relationship, it becomes hot erotica which fizzles out a bit at the end, when the future is all tied up with a dose of insta-love and a neat little bow.

3 stars.

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Review of One of Those Days by Zathyn Priest

One of Those DaysOne of Those Days by Zathyn Priest

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful story of high school tormentor turned love interest. My only complaint was that it wasn’t longer. Would have loved a drawn out enemies to lovers story between these two. Yummy. But putting aside the fact that this is only 25 pages long, you do feel like you have read a complete story when you finished.

Beautiful writing and storytelling, really made me want to buy everything by this author. 4.5 stars

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Review of Continental Divide by Laura Harner and Lisa Worrall

Continental Divide (Separate Ways, #1)Continental Divide by Laura Harner

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

1-1.5 stars

*****Warning: spoilers ahead******

I am all for suspending belief and just going with the flow, but this pushed the outer limits of what i was capable off…

Meet Remy and Jamie, the two most unprofessional and incompetent cops you’ll ever meet. They are working separately on a missing persons case on each side of the atlantic, when separate interpol searches ends up matching their two cases as one.

Through an unbelievable series of events the two end up being sent undercover to take down a human trafficking / pedophile business. And this is where the real ‘fun’ begins.

Remy and Jamie cannot stand each other, but also cannot help having a lot of angry sex together, except that the line between love and hate is apparently wafer thin, because suddenly they actually love each other. How that came about, I will never know, because the two never have an actual conversation – not even about the case!
I am assuming that the raving jealousy Remy feels when Jamie tries to get close to their target, is what I should perceive as love? But it only came across as unprofessional behavior and an extremely unattractive personality flaw.

They do a bit of dodgy police work here and there – Remy even goes AWOL in the middle of the case and does some “work” on a completely unrelated case in the middle of it, set up for book two, I am guessing. But they never work together though, and they never discuss their findings – mostly they just fuck or monologue in their heads about the other being sooo attractive and what not…. Luckily the criminals they are after, are equally dense and the case ends up being solved through some star trek puns. Great work guys!

I listened to the audio version, which was the only reason I could manage to finish this book. The narration was fine – and was very impressed that I couldn’t hear the narrator rolling his eyes.

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