Rating: 4 of 5 stars
So far I have enjoyed everything from author Louisa Keller and her newest book „Passing Stranger“ was no exception.
Altogether it is a very sweet romance with only a touch of angst, but also some funny moments.
I really liked both main characters and how they helped each other to develop and become better and stronger. But in the case of Riker the development was a bit too quick and too smooth for me. The first impression is just „what a bastard“ and not so many pages later he becomes sweet and caring? I would have prefered to see a bit more struggling and problems before he and Bryce can form any kind of relationship. Bryce on the other hand was perhaps a little bit too sweet and naive after everything he had to go through in his past.
My second issue was the relationship between Riker and his parents, especially his father. The whole book this was a major problem for Riker and made him the bitter man he is when he first meets Bryce. The father is always a looming thread and I totally expected some kind of showdown which unfortunately never happend. This was a bit disappointing in my opinion because I was left with the feeling of a missing closure to this topic.
But these were only minor critic points and altogether I really enjoyed this story and I’m totally looking forward to the next book from this author 🙂
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
With „Home Skillet“ authors Cate Ahswood and Sandra Damien present the first book in their new collaborative series „Culinary Kings“.
The story of best friends James and Ben uses the classic topics of second chance and friends to lovers seasoned with some insights into the culinary world. But we don’t get the classic strong characters, instead both have their flaws and issues and especially James has to earn the sympathy of the reader throughout the book. But both characters accomplish to grow and while doing so they find strength in one another.
I really enjoyed their journey to themselves and to each other and I will definitley grab the second book as soon as it is available 🙂
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
With „The Last Summer“ we get to read author Ruthie Luhnow’s latest novel. The story of Wynn and Alfie is heartbreaking, full of angst and sometimes just made me cry. But on the other hand it is a story about friendship and hope and finding oneself. A very emotional journey not only for the two boys, but also for the readers.
I totally loved the first part, where we experience the last shared summer of highschool best friends Wynn and Alfie. We witness sweet and funny moments as well as very sad and depressing ones. It was really heartbreaking to see the two young men struggling against their surroundings.
The second part takes place twelve years later and tells about the reunion. In my opinion this part was a bit too short, I really would have loved to read more about how the two start to build their future together. I also think the reunion itself was too smooth. No hard feelings, no real hesitation or second guessing. After the angst ladden beginning this just felt a touch too sweet.
But this is only a minor critic and altogether I totally enjoyed reading this book and I’m already looking forward to the next story from this great author.
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
As impossible as it seems, but this series just gets better and better. So far, I really loved every book from the „Men of Meadowfall“ and this last installement was no exception.
It is the first time we have a love triangle and although I was a little sceptic at first, the author did a great job to give every single men enough room to shine. She also manages it really well to describe the dynamic between the three men and also the problems such a constellation can cause.
This time, the author works with some very serious topics, as domestic violence, miscarriage and the loss of an beloved one. And although this book has quite some angsty moments and had my eyes in tears at some points, altogether it is a sweet, hopeful and heartwarming romance with three absolutely great and unique characters, some scorching hot encounters and an totally satisfying HEA.
I can’t wait for the next return to Meadowfall 🙂
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
I‘m a big fan of Louisa Keller’s books and so I was really thrilled to start her new „The Travel Boys“ series.
„The Limelight“ is the story of upcoming music star Levi and silent bartender Porter. Both characters are really loveable and each has his own strengths and flaws. Their chemistry was also great from the start. I absolutely enjoyed the build up of their relationship and the physical encounters were scorching hot.
The supportive cast of Levi’s and Porter’s friends and family was great and I’m totally looking forward to the next one finding their happiness 🙂
So why not five stars? For me the second half of the book felt a bit off. In the beginning we have an immediate connection between the two men and everything develops smooth and almost without troubles. And than suddenly comes the big break in the middle of the book and afterward the connection didn’t feel the same for me. I don’t mind a bit tension and angst in a romance, but it felt a bit strange to get all the negativity only in the second half of the book whereas the beginning was totally sweet. It almost read like two different stories. Both parts for themself great, but together a little bumpy.
But altogether it is still a very well written story with great characters that leaves me impatiently waiting for the next one in series 🙂
Rachel Kane’s new addition to her „Cray’s Quarry“ series was as good as the other two books.
I really enjoyed reading Lucas‘ and Ash’s story. The two men are interesting characters with depth and quite some issues they try to hide from anyone. Their chemistry is great from the start and the author did a really good job to turn the anger and frustration into lust and love.
Although the story had a bit more angst than the former ones, we nevertheless get some funny and heartwarming moments.
It was also interesting to learn a bit more about Rex and Peter and I really can’t wait for their stories!
Altogether a great addition to this series which lefts you wanting for the next book 🙂
I’m a really big fan of Anna Wineheart’s Ironwrought series and I totally enjoyed reading this third book.
„Best Friend’s Blood“ is a very sweet friends-to-lovers story with quite some angst. Mitch and Leo, the two main characters, are both very loveable and I felt immediatley connected to them and their story.
I loved the first two books of this series and was very pleased about the reconnection with the men from the former books, although it was a short one. I totally hope to read more from this group in the next book 🙂
I really like how we get a glimpse of the big main plot in every single novel and how the picture magnifies with every snippet of information the author grants us.
I once again enjoyed a trip to the world of Ironwrought and can’t wait to get the next one in series!
With „A Perfect Love“ we can now read the second installement of Grant C. Holland’s „Forever Young“ series.
In this novel Doug finds his HEA with his longtime acquaintance Greg.
It was once again a sweet and easy read with only some little bumps along the road to happiness. The writing style was fluid as always with this author but the descriptions of landscaping and flowers were a bit too much for me. There were also some logic issues and an occasionally mix-up of names which were disturbing the reading experience.
Altogether I liked this second book more than the first one. I found the relationship development much more realistic and I also liked the two main characters a bit more. But of course I enjoyed reconnecting with the men from the former book nevertheless 🙂
The third installement in Aspen Grey’s „Scarlet Mountain Pack“ series was once again a sweet and easy read, with a touch of angst and some obstacles on the way to the characters happiness.
The books of this series always follow a similar pattern, but I really like the concept and I once again totally enjoyed reading this book.
Sometimes the course of action of some people were a bit too unrealistic for me, especially Pablo’s reaction, but altogether a good read for an nice afternoon 🙂
I will definitely grab the next book in this series!
I’m a big fan of Casey Cameron’s books and I really was looking forward to this proclaimed „sweet and silly“ Halloween novel.
The other books from this author I’ve read so far were always great stories, often with a touch of angst. But apparently the author can also do funny stories very well and I absolutely enjoyed this crazy roadtrip of to-good-to-be-true Sean and the amazingly un-devlish demon Gideon. I loved both characters and the chemistry between them was absolutely great.
My only „critic“ would be that it was over too fast, I really would have loved to spend more time with the two. But perhaps some day the author will delight us with a follow up? 🙂