Dine with me (Layla Reyne)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

So far, I really loved every book from author Layla Reyne and „Dine with me“ was no exception.
This book is something unique and very different to the normally more action laden books from this author, but it was written with the same love to detail and great characters as her „normal“ books.
The food and the shared love for it really was the main part of the book (so the reader should be at least a bit interested in something like this ­čśë ), but interwoven in the culinary journey was a personal kind of journey for both the main characters. And so we can witness not only a slowly and sweetly developing (despite some really sizzling chemistry) relationship between the two men, but also individual development for Clany as well as for Miller. There were funny as well as angsty moments, a really loveable supportive cast and, most important, an satisfying ending ­čÖé
I can’t wait for the next journey the author will take us on ­čÖé

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Fog City 1: Prince of Killers (Layla Reyne)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a huge fan of author Layla Reyne and especially her Irish & Whiskey / Trouble Brewing series. Knowing her preference to write tightly interwoven trilogies I always tell myself to only start reading when all three books are published, so I don’t have to suffer through the cliffhangers. But always my curiosity wins and I’m diving right into the next adventure ­čÖé
So of course when Prince of Killers was released I had to start right away and couldn’t put my kindle down till the aforementioned cliffhanger. And now I’m waiting impatiently for the second part of this great new series ­čÖé
We once again have a fantastic cast of complex characters with great interactions, an interesting setting, a very slow burning romance and an engaging suspense part.
I highly recommend this book as long as you don’t mind cliffhangers ­čśë

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Frozen Hearts 2: Arctic Wild (Annabeth Albert)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the first „Frozen Hearts“ book and was very looking forward to Toby’s story. Although the characters of the first book are mentioned one or two times and even make a short appearance, this book can easily be read as a standalone. In the first book we had a very rich and detailed description of Alaska, its nature and its inhabitants. This takes a much smaller part in the second book. So if you want to get the whole Alaskan experience and be able to truly delve into it and also to better understand the people and what moves them, than you definitley should read the books in order. If you are more interested in the relationship part of the story, you can just go ahead and treat it as a single story!
The romance between Reuben and Toby is very slowburning which is fitting for their circumstances and their respective personalities. I really enjoyed accompanying them on their journey from strangers to friends to lovers. Their struggles were realistic and comprehensible.
Annabeth Albert always writes great and complex characters and Reuben and Toby were no exception. I also really liked the character of Amelia and her development. I had some problems with Toby’s family, especially his dad, and I wasn’t really able to connect to them and to feel the love between them. This love was always mentioned, but the words and actions between the characters did not really show it for me.
But altogether I really enjoyed this story and couldn’t stop reading. And now I’m looking forward to the final installment which will be Quill’s story ­čÖé

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Dirty Games (Barbara Elsborg)

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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was only my second Barbara Elsborg book and I quite enjoyed reading the story of Linton and Thorne.
All the characters, main as well as supporting, are interesting and unique, the story is engaging and the writing style fluent. There is good chemistry between Linton and Thorne, which leads to great dialogues as well as hot scenes in the bedroom.
But for my opinion all the appearing characters were a bit too troubled. I love my stories angsty and the heroes broken, but in this book it was difficult to find any „normal“ acting adult person. Everybody has some kind of trauma, dysfunctional family or self issues. In the right amount all interesting story elements, but when it comes in such high amount it becomes a bit overwhelming and unbelievable.
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this story and had a hard time putting my kindle down. So I will definitley look into more books from this author ­čÖé

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Talking Trouble (Barbara Elsborg)

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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first Barbara Elsborg book and as there are quite some of her books on my TBR I was very curious how I would like it.
I really enjoyed the story of Lysander, Flint and Molly. All three are interesting, individual characters and each one brings his / her own baggage. Only the last part of the story is really about building a triad and developing such a kind of relationship. The biggest part is for each of the three to start a journey of recovering from the past and overcoming their issues and how they help each other in accomplishing this.
The story is told from all three POV so its easy to connect with the characters and accompany them on their journey.
The cast of supportive characters is not big, but well written and interesting.
I did not like the subplot of Mollie’s „last secret“, it felt a bit forced for me. And in my opinion the last third of the book had a bit too much bed scenes, especially since there was almost nothing in the first part of the book. It sometimes felt almost like suddenly reading another story.
But these are just minor critics and altogether I really liked this book and I will definitley return to this author soon ­čÖé

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Out of the Shade (S.A. McAuley)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

„Out of the Shade“ is the latest book from previoulsy new to me author S.A. McAuley.
As I didn’t know the author I had no real expectations starting with the story of Jesse and Chuck and I was very pleasantly surprised.
The story starts more on the light side with an instant attraction between the two men and a beautifully developing friendship after their first encounter. We get to know both characters as well as the important people in their respective lifes especially the group of the „Kensington Boys“ and their wives.
As Jesse is deep in the closet he forces Chuck into hiding and tries to separate their evolving relationship from the rest of his life. But soon this bubble bursts, bringing  lots of angst and heavy themes with it. Both characters have to face some very painful truths about themselves and have to decide how to progress from this point on. Both have to start their own journey to overcome their fears and problems.
In my opinion the author did an exceptionally great job of character and realtionship development of Jesse and Chuck with the help of an amazing cast of supportive characters and I just couldn’t put the book down until everything was solved ­čÖé
I highly recommend this book to all readers who love good character description and development and enjoy the heroes having to put some hard work into their HEA.

 

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Immortal Mates 2: The Captive Incubus (Liv Rider)

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Rating: 5 from 5 stars

„Angel’s Fall“ was my first book ever from author Liv Rider and I was absolutely thrilled when the author announced a sequel staring incubus Shay as main character. I totally loved Shay in the first book and was very curious what the author has in store for him. And I definitley wasn’t disappointed.
The story of incubus Shay and warlock Alex was fast paced like all Liv Rider books, funny, romantic mixed with steamy scenes, but also with an interesting plot involving Alex’s sister Madison and a big plot which startet in the first book and will surely continue in the (hopefully soon following ­čÖé )third installment of the „Immortal Mates“ series. The main characters are really great and loveable and their chemistry is just hot. And I totally enjoyed the reconnection with Dashiell and Cael from the first book ­čÖé
This series definitley has me hooked and I’m totally looking forward to the next story and the next couple (dragon and vampire, oh my ­čÖé ).

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Twisted Wishes 3: Reverb (Anna Zabo)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a huge Anna Zabo fan and totally enjoyed her „Twisted Wishes“ series so far and this third installement definitley lived up to my high expectations.
In „Reverb“ finally Mish gets her HEA. I really enjoyed this character throughout the series and was very happy with her newly introduced partner David. Their story was a bit less sexy and kinky than the previous two, the main focus of attention in this one was on family and friendship. But of course there also was great chemistry and some very hot scenes nonetheless ­čÖé
And there was quite a big part about the problems with Mish’s stalker as well which was written really thrilling and very believable. The author does an absolutely great job to not only show the golden side of stardom but in every book in this series we also learn about different dark sides as well. This aspects give the stories and the characters so much more depths!
I totally loved to reconnect with all the other band mates from „Twisted Wishes“ and I really enjoyed to learn a bit more about Marcella. There could be an interesting story there *wink*

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Black Edge Pack 2: The Broken Werewolf’s Mate (Liv Rider)

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Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a huge fan of Liv Rider’s writing and I was absolutely thrilled to see that she is starting to build some of her books into series. I really loved the first story of the Black Edge Pack and was always curious how the story continues and especially what happens with Aidan (and Zeke, of course *gg*).
I totally loved this second story. Aidan and Dev are great and loveable characters with amazing chemistry. It was also great to reconnect with old acquaintances from the former book and it increased my hope to get more books in this series, especially after reading the ending of this one. What a tease! ­čÖé
The story could be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend to read the books in order. Not only because the first one is definitley a great story worth reading, but it also introduces the world, important characters, the relationship between different paranormal species etc. And the second story starts right where the first ended, so it is way easier to get the whole picture.
And now I’m impatiently waiting for the next book from Liv Rider and hope she will revisit Black Edge soon ­čÖé

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Broken Bones (Deja Black)

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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, what a journey! Broken Bones was my first book from author Deja Black and I really enjoyed the read!
This book is not easy, not your average paranormal love story. It begins quite dark, one character, Dan, struggling with his experienced abuse and rape through his former boyfriend Keith. Dan seems timid, almost broken. But throughout the story he becomes so much stronger and reclaims his life and happiness. True, in parts his development seems a bit too extreme, but I think the author gives good reasons for it. On the other hand you have his in the beginning very strong and capable seeming counterpart Aiden who makes a similar extreme development, but in a different direction. I think, he just became what his true mate really needed, but I also understand that some readers may find it difficult to accept such strong changes in one’s personality and behavior. I loved reading about Aiden beeing a sandman, it was really refreshing to get a non standard paranormal creature ­čÖé
Despite the dark and heavy beginnig, the romance itself is almost sweet and I really enjoyed reading how the two men are building their relatinship ­čÖé
I also really enjoyed Dan’s family and friends, such a great cast of supportive characters! They bring the light into the dark story with Keith and are, in addition to Aiden, the main reason why Dan is able to fight the horrors of his past (figurativley and literally). I really hope the author will visit this world again very soon ­čÖé

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