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 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 Wes’ Denial by Joseph Lance Tonlet

Wes' Denial (Tease and Denial, #2)Wes’ Denial by Joseph Lance Tonlet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s 6.30 in the morning and I am a sobbing mess! Review to come!

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I have waited years, well ok, a year and a half, for this story. I almost wanted to slap Joseph Lance Tonlet, and declare October 1st 2015 a day of mourning, when he postponed the release date. I even speculated if the evil man had planned it that way, to ensure that the series lived up it’s name…
That also meant, that I had pretty high expectations of this book. And I am happy to say, that they were met and that Wes’ story was worth the wait.

This book cannot be read as a stand alone, you need to pick up Grif’s Toy first, as this one continues right were we left of, this time through Wes’ eyes. Like the first book the author chose time jumps to slowly build the complex puzzle that is Wes De Luca. I thought it worked well in Grif’s Toy, but man does it work here. Every chapter and new facet shown made me want more.

We see snippets of teenage Wes, exploring his sexuality and his dominance, his experiences in boot camp in his early twenties and him developing as a Dom in his thirties. But mainly we see him and Grif develop and grow together and it is beautiful and so romantic.

Don’t get me wrong, there is still kink here, in fact there’s a lot and Grif and Wes expand Chocolate quite a bit during the course of the book, and yet, just like in Grif’s Toy, the author manages to convey clearly the incredible love between the two. You are never left in any doubt as to whether they are both completely into what they are doing. Because, at it’s core, this series is actually an incredibly sweet romance. And that, to me, is quite an amazing feat!

I am aware, that this may leave the author with a book that does not speak to everyone. Readers looking for the sadism, might find it ‘diluted’ by the ‘fluffy stuff’ and fluff readers may be scared off by the level of sadism and humiliation. But for me, it works perfectly.

I had a few niggles a long the way, but since I stayed up all night, finished reading this as the sun came up, sitting in my sofa crying uncontrollably, there is no way I will be able to grant this less than 5 stars.

Warmly recommended, but be aware of the tags and that you need to read both books.

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Review of Knight of Flames by Amelia Faulkner

Knight of Flames (Inheritance, #2)Knight of Flames by Amelia Faulkner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

This is the second in the Inheritance series by Amelia Faulkner and I would not recommend it to be read as a standalone, as you would miss too much of the back story and Laurence’s background, as well as how our unlikely couple met.

In this second instalment we focus mainly on Quentin’s story. We start off a short while after book 1 finished. Both are recovered from Jack’s attack, both are sober and have been for weeks on end and Laurence is frustrated and horny as Quentin’s issues will not allow any intimacies beyond kissing.

Out jogging Quentin meets a mysterious stranger, who attempt to mug him with no success. The stranger later seeks Quentin out again, laying out the fact, that he is another psychic and a self proclaimed Robin Hood, who steals from the rich to feed and care for gifted children.

Quentin’s brother shows up in San Diego and Quentin has to figure out how to stop running from his past or else to live without Laurence.

This story was great. Gripping from the get go and I loved that it was mainly centered around Quentin and his powers and personal growth. Don’t get me wrong, there is loads of action and suspense too, but mainly this is a story of Quentin coming into his powers. Magnificently so. There are still layers and layers of vulnerability and secrets to be discovered about him and his past, but the parts that are revealed in Knight of Flames, shows a man that moves in leaps and bounds from the person we first met at the beginning of Jack of Thorns.

Once again Ms. Faulkner leaves us with enough of a HFN ending to satisfy, but also with an alluring tidbit of what’s to come, which will leave you chomping at the bit for the next book in the series!

4-4.5 stars. A warmly recommended series so far. Cannot wait to continue.

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Review of Balancing Act by K. Vale

Balancing Act (Shooting Stars, #4)Balancing Act by K. Vale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4-4.5 stars

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

I love this series! Sweet, fun, easily read and thoroughly enjoyable. All of the first three books works as stand alones, all though the couples ‘visit’ in other books, so we get to see snippets of their HEA, which is lovely for those of us that have read them all, but not confusing for those who haven’t. That being said I will not recommend anyone read this one as a stand alone. This is the continued story of Kyrie and Greg from book 3, about what happens after the ‘I love you’.

Kyrie and Greg are living together now and have been for more than a year since we last saw them. Kyrie has been offered some modelling jobs and takes them for the exposure. This leaves the couple rattled. Kyrie is suddenly surrounded by out and proud beautiful gay men, where as Greg is still struggling with getting more than a toe out of the closet. Jealousy and secrets are not conducive to a healthy relationship, no matter how hot the sex is and how affectionate and happy you are behind closed doors and when Greg’s mother come for an extended stay, and even the privacy of their own home is no longer safe, feelings and emotions reach a boiling point.

Ms. Vale is a very evil person, there I’ve said it. I loved Greg in ‘A Hard Act to Follow’. Truly. I did. But I have never wanted to smack someone upside the head as much as I wanted to smack Greg in this book.
The story was great, as always. The writig flowed nicely and the reader is kept engaged all the way through. I read it in one sitting, all during Sunday, completely ignoring all of the things I should have done instead.

No matter how much I wanted to smack Greg though, and how frustrated and quite frankly anxious I was whilst reading it, I can happily report that everything turns out well in the end and I will warmly recommended this book and the whole of the series.

The book comes out on June 27th this year. But whilst you wait, why not go to your local book seller and pick up the other three in the ‘Shooting Stars’ series. Forever Is Now, Double Takes, Hard Act to Follow. You won’t be sorry.

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Review of When Adam Kissed Me by Chris Scully

When Adam Kissed Me (Inseparable, #2)When Adam Kissed Me by Chris Scully

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3-3.5 stars

Cute little sequel to Inseparable, where we follow up on what happened after Adam kissed Joe at the end of book 1. This story is from Joe’s point of view and there is quite a lot more angst than in book 1.

Neither Joe nor Adam is sure how to move forward with their relationship and they both really suck at communicating.

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Review of Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling, #2)Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do enjoy this strange Psy-Changeling world Ms. singh has built, but I find, that I need to take a break in between each book in the series, as they are a bit too insta-love / possessive alpha-hole for my general liking… She gets away with it, because it’s AU / paranormal and not contemporary.

3.5 stars.

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