Review of On Point by Annabeth Albert

On Point (Out of Uniform #3)On Point by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Had you asked me a while back, if I liked military men in romances I would have said: not really. I rarely seek them out, and yet, here I am reading and loving the third book in Annabeth Alberts Out of Uniform series and eagerly awaiting the fourth one.

On Point is a best-friends-to-lovers story. A theme I greatly enjoy when it’s done right and boy, does Ms Albert do it right! So much buildup and tension between the two, so much awkwardness and angst everywhere else but the bedroom. Because Ben and Maddox are dynamite in the bedroom, even if they find it hard to find the balance outside of it.

The start of the book is Ben and Maddox on a mission, which goes wrong, interspersed with flashbacks from the last couple of months, where their decade long friendship has taken a turn for the weird. Even though I am not normally the biggest fan of the “I almost died, so I need to take a chance on this”-trope, it worked really well here. The intensity of the experience and the aftermath of it made sense and was engaging.

This is very much a relationship driven story, with angst, hurt and comfort, which will leave you turning the pages and sighing happily at the epilogue – I even got a bit teary, I was so happy for them!

All of these books can be read as standalones, but they are all great, so don’t cheat yourself out of some great books. Happily awaiting the next in the series.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Review of Falling Down by Eli Easton

Falling DownFalling Down by Eli Easton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Eli Easton. I love her when she is doing sweetness, light and fun and I love her when she goes more serious and give us depth and emotional turmoil. And this one is probably her darkest, most melancholy story yet.

Both of our MCs are haunted by emotional wounds. Josh is 18, left adrift when his mother dies suddenly of a brain aneurism, homeless and all alone in the world he just gives up. He decides to travel to New England to watch the fall leaves his mother always wanted them to go see and then end it all. He has nothing left to live for.

Mark is in his twenties. A former marine, broken by his experiences in Afghanistan, working as a handyman in a small village in The White Mountains. Closeted to his large family and plagued by nightmares and loneliness.

He discovers Josh sleeping under a bridge outside his cabin one night and end up giving him a sleeping bag. Coffee and breakfast. A job and place to sleep.
The relationship between the two move slowly and organically. Josh is seesawing between despair and hope through most of the story and it is not a light read. His mother is so much a part of him, that she walks beside him and talks to him often, but not really offering the advice and words he needs.

Even if we all see it coming, the last couple of chapters are still hard to push through. There was definite ugly crying for my part. But thank you god, Ms. Easton gives us a lovely epilogue, which makes all that melancholy lift and leaves us with hope instead.

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Review of Coin Tricks by Willow Scarlett

Coin TricksCoin Tricks by Willow Scarlett

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Well, this was just too adorable. I may have actually sighed ‘aaawwww’ out loud a couple of times during reading!

Wire is big and scary looking. His size and looks is well utilized in his jobs as security guard and bouncer. But however tough he looks on the outside, he is a big old softie on the inside, dreaming impossible dreams of love, home and family.

When he catches Sid shoplifting he decides to help him instead of turning him in. And so begins the unlikely friendship and slow burn of this romance between the huge Maori bear and the tiny ginger twink.

The New Zealand setting and Maori culture plays a big part of the story and adds a lot to the story. It was interesting and exotic, the Maori words littering the text were fun and I had no issue with looking them up in the glossary during the read.
Wire’s big extended rowdy family were fun, but there were so many of them, that I did lose track of who was who outside of the immediate members.

The two MCs are both charming and insecure, maybe even a tad too insecure. The romance is slow burn, because neither of them believe in themselves enough to take that first step. But it was lovely all the same and their first kiss was ‘Kindle hugging’ cute.

There were some issues that did bother me, Sid’s later shop lifting being one of them, a few editing errors as well, but in general this was an incredibly sweet story that I would recommend to everyone who enjoy a simple slow burn romance with a Kiwi flavour.

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Review of Give An Inch by K.D Sarge

Give An InchGive An Inch by K.D. Sarge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars. This was a very interesting story with an angsty premise, that I would have loved to have known more about. The two MC are great together, but I really wanted to know more about both of their pasts! The bits and pieces we are guven are intriguing! I really wish this had been longer! I wanted to know more!

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Review of Love You More by Sienna Bishop

Love You MoreLove You More by Sienna Bishop

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tucker and Deacon are childhood friends. Tucker is a womanizer and not ashamed to admit it. Deacon on the other hand is gay and celibate after a rape in his youth. When Tucker finds out he goes above and beyond to heal his best friend. Super cute GFY friends to lovers hurt comfort story, told from the straight friend’s point of view. Very recommendable.

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