Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post

Saturday, August 19, 2017

I am linking up again this weekend with Tynga at Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer for Sunday Post to share all of the books I picked up lately, share my posts for the past week, and also share what's coming up soon! 

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Life lately:
It's been another pretty busy week for me again.  My husband and I did some PreK school clothes and bookbag shopping for our daughter, there was a food festival, and my husband has got some sort of stomach funk that's been going around.  I also did an insane amount of laundry.  Seriously, where did it all come from?!

Anyway,  I feel like I got a decent amount of reading done this week but there were a lot of underwhelming reads.  I'm hoping my next reads will be a little better.  I'm still holding strong with my "book requesting freeze" streak.  I've decided to start including what books I've gotten from my Kindle Unlimited subscription on Amazon too.  I've actually got 10 books from KU right now but they've all been waiting a while.  I will start including them as I get them now tho.

I also wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone that voted on my survey last week.  I included it in this post too since there are still a few more days left to vote.  I'm super excited to start picking up some of these books.

Recently on my blog:
Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell - Review
Making It by Christine d'Abo - Review
Waiting on Wednesday- Rank & File by L.A. Witt
A Fashionable Indulgence by K.J. Charles - Review
My Artwork: Wonder Woman

Coming up next on my blog:
Series Review: The Turner series by Cat Sebastian
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller - Review
Waiting on Wednesday
Trust with a Chaser by Annabeth Albert - Review
#Blur by Cambria Hebert - Mini Review

I posted this survey last week too, but there are a couple more days left to vote so I figured I would share it one more time!  Can't wait to see what everyone chooses!

What should I read in September?

My Bookish Art: Wonder Woman

Friday, August 18, 2017

Just in case you are new here: I've been sharing my artwork on my blog for a couple months now.  I was a little unsure about sharing it at first because this is primarily a bookish blog, so I decided to share my book inspired artwork to sort of tie it in.  I've got plans to eventually start an Etsy/Society 6 site but I haven't made the jump yet.  I'm just nervous to take that first step, I think.  This is the 6th painting of mine that I've shared so far on my blog.  I've included the links to the others below my newest painting. Right now, I'm trying to decide what painting I want to try next.  I just need to find the time and motivation. lol

I'm actually not too sure if I'm completely done with this one or not. lol!  I feel like I want to go back and add more highlights/lowlights in her hair, and maybe some more on her face too.  I also think I want to eventually add a really epic background behind her.  But for now, this is my acrylic painting of Wonder Woman.

(some progress shots because I think they are fun to share. lol)

Other art posts:

What do you think?

Quickie Review: A Fashionable Indulgence by K.J. Charles

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Title: A Fashionable Indulgence
Author: K.J. Charles
Series: Society of Gentlemen #1
Genre: Historical MM Romance
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: August 11th 2015

 In the first novel of an explosive new series from K. J. Charles, a young gentleman and his elegant mentor fight for love in a world of wealth, power, and manipulation.

When he learns that he could be the heir to an unexpected fortune, Harry Vane rejects his past as a Radical fighting for government reform and sets about wooing his lovely cousin. But his heart is captured instead by the most beautiful, chic man he’s ever met: the dandy tasked with instructing him in the manners and style of the ton. Harry’s new station demands conformity—and yet the one thing he desires is a taste of the wrong pair of lips.

After witnessing firsthand the horrors of Waterloo, Julius Norreys sought refuge behind the luxurious facade of the upper crust. Now he concerns himself exclusively with the cut of his coat and the quality of his boots. And yet his protégé is so unblemished by cynicism that he inspires the first flare of genuine desire Julius has felt in years. He cannot protect Harry from the worst excesses of society. But together they can withstand the high price of passion.

Unpopular opinion time: I didn't love it.  EVERYONE I know that has read this one has loved it!  I read the third book in this series and decided to go back to read this one, but I just felt bored.  It was written very well and seemed historically accurate for the time, but I just couldn't get into this one at all.  I didn't feel as if there was a strong enough pull of the chemistry between them, and then there was SO MUCH going on with the plot that I just couldn't fully get into their relationship.  That being said, I'm probably still going to read the second book because K.J. Charles is great at leaving you wanting more with her secondary characters.  I need to know more about Dominic and Silas.  I didn't think this was a bad book by any means, I just liked the third book a lot better.

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Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme where we have the opportunity to let others know about books that we are eagerly waiting for.

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Rank & File
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Anchor Point, #4
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Releases On: September 25th 2017!

Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he’s had his eye on the prize—making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.

Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He’s lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he’s destined for great things—once he’s done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.

When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn’t stop them. It also doesn’t keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give—Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they’ll both face court-martial.

But there’s also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.

Except—too late.

Why I'm waiting: I've read all of the previous books in this series, and I can't get enough of them.  I read just about every book I see from L.A. Witt, even though a lot of her books are hit or miss for me.  I've been enjoying all of these so far tho, and I can't say no to a forbidden romance.

What books are you excited for?

Review: Making It by Christine d'Abo

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Title: Making It
Author: Christine d'Abo
Series: A Ringside Romance #3
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Publication Date: August 7th 2017

 Devan knows exactly what he wants from life: a good career, a husband who loves him, and a child to call his own. He’s working at the perfect job, and has found the man of his dreams in Eli. That only leaves one box left to tick. When his friend offers to be a surrogate mother for Devan and Eli, he’s convinced all his dreams have come true.

Eli has been fighting his entire life. Fighting to keep his sick mother safe, fighting his frustration, and fighting daily as an up-and-coming MMA star. The one thing he can’t fight is the feeling that he’s made a terrible mistake agreeing to be a father with Devan. On the worst night of their lives, Eli knows Devan is better off without him, and leaves.

When Eli returns three years later he comes face-to-face with Devan and a son who might be his. Devan has moved on with his life, but seeing Eli once again reignites forgotten passion. Yet if Eli wants to make it work with Devan, he must decide if he’s ready for the biggest fight of his life.

Making It is the third book in Christine d'Abo's Ringside Romance series.  They can all be read as standalones, but you so see the couples from the previous story in this one.  You wouldn't be lost if you read them out of order tho.  Ever since I first read the synopsis for this one, I knew I needed to get my hands on it.  It sounded like one I would absolutely love.  Unfortunately, I didn't end up loving this one as much as I had hoped.

I had issues "shipping" these two character's relationship.  Eli was a really hard character to connect with.  He is very closed off and hides all of his emotions, except for maybe aggression.  He drove me crazy because any time there was a moment when he was starting to feel emotional about something he ran away.  He never talked about anything that was going on.  He was like a robot.  He barely had any character growth in the story, so it's not like he "got any better" either. lol!  Devon's character, on the other hand, was very likable and personable.  He was a wonderful father and had a very caring nature.  He frustrated me at times too, tho.

There were quite a few things about this one that I didn't end up loving so much.  For one, I did not like how fast Devon forgives Eli.  What Eli did was really unforgivable, but because Devon had the hots for him, he just gave in.  That made me mad.  He even let Eli watch his son!  That was a little unbelievable for me, especially because Eli has NO experience with children.  I really wanted a big grovel from Eli and we never really got it.  He gives a pretty half-assed apology and hasn't seemed to change too much at all.  I normally really enjoy 2nd chance romances, but only when the characters seem to learn from their mistakes and are trying to change.  Eli doesn't have that change until the very end of the story and that bugs me.  *SPOILER* Another thing that had me rolling my eyes, was that Devon is involved in an accident at the end and Eli comes running...and the accident is the ONLY reason that Eli was showing back up.  He was ready to walk away again.  Grr! *END SPOILER*

There were only a couple intimate scenes between the two of them, so the steam doesn't take over the story.  It just takes a while for things to happen because things are so confusing between them and they are both wondering where they stand most of the time.  

This one wasn't a win for me, but I did enjoy the previous 2 books in this series, and will probably continue to try new romances from Christine d'Abo.

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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Review: Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

Monday, August 14, 2017

Title: Illegal Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons, #1
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: InterMix
Publication Date: August 15th 2017

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love.

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin's timeout is over…

I originally heard of Santino Hassel from the Cyberlove series that he co-wrote with Megan Erickson.  I absolutely love that series so I've been giving more and more of his books a try.  I LOVE his "The Community" series, so I jumped on this one as soon as I saw it.  Illegal Contact is the first book in a brand new series called The Barons.  The Barons are a football team in the NFL.  We all know how much I love a good sports romance, especially when it's a sort of enemies to lovers story!

Noah was definitely my favorite.  He doesn't take anyone's crap and fiercely loyal.  He is also really funny and caring.  I did like Gavin too, but he took a while for me to warm up to.  I like a grumpy MC with a soft side, but it took a while for that soft side to show.  He can be a real ass sometimes but he's a very protective and loyal friend.  Gavin also has some anger issues and a short temper.  

These guys had some really intense sexual tension, but they have a very slow burn relationship and it takes a long time for things to actually happen.  That's not normally a bad thing for me, but I don't love when other lovers are thrown in someone's face.  Of course, that's just a personal preference.  They weren't even close to being together or anything but they were already lusting after each other pretty hard.  When we did get to the steamy scenes between the two of them, they burnt up my Kindle. lol!  They had great chemistry together.  I actually really liked that it took a while for them to physically get together because it let them get to know each other more and care about each other.  Gavin was such a prickly person that it took a while to break down those walls, and it was really worth it when they did.

Even though I had a couple little issues with this one, I still really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one!  There are some great secondary characters in this one that I can't wait to learn more about, ahem, Simeon!  I need Simeon's story! lol

* I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I am linking up again this weekend with Tynga at Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer for Sunday Post to share all of the books I picked up lately, share my posts for the past week, and also share what's coming up soon! 

For Review:

Freebies From Amazon:


Recently on my blog:
Barrel Proof by Layla Reyne - Review
10 Books Involving Road Trips
Takeover by Anna Zabo - Review
Waiting on Wednesday - Chasing Christmas by Jill Shalvis
Winter Kill by Josh Lanyon, Strong Enough by Cardeno C., and Permanent Ink by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn - Quickie Reviews
Irresistible You by Kate Meader - Review

Coming up next on my blog:
Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell - Review
Making It by Christine d'Abo - Review
Waiting on Wednesday
A Fashionable Indulgence by K.J. Charles - Review
My Artwork: Wonder Woman

Life Lately:
Not too much has happened this week. lol!  I'm pretty boring.  I got really motivated and pulled all the weeds outside, and cleaned our entire upstairs top to bottom but that's about it.  I've really been a slacker when it comes to reading and my blog.  I've still got all of next week scheduled but I need to start catching up with my reading and the following week's posts.  I spent all day yesterday catching up on visiting other blogs and commenting (when the internet was actually working. Grr!). lol!  I'm trying!  Today I may not be around too much because we are going to my husband's family reunion, but I will try my best to visit all of your weekend posts as well.

I'm trying something a little different this week.  I decided to ask YOU what I should read in September.  I haven't been getting many ARCs because I've been trying to give myself some time to get to some of the great books I already own.  I've made I list of 10 books that I own that I really want to read, and made a poll so you can vote on which ones I read next.  I REALLY hope the poll works because this is the first time I've ever tried it. lol.  You can pick more than one book because I would like to read 4-5 of the top picks!  The poll ends on 8/31.  I'm really excited to see what you guys pick!

What should I read in September?

Review: Irresistible You by Kate Meader

Friday, August 11, 2017

Title: Irresistible You
Author: Kate Meader
Series: The Chicago Rebels #1
Genre: MF Romance
Publisher: Pocket Star
Publication Date: August 14th 2017

 Hot in Chicago series author Kate Meader returns with her all new, scorching Chicago Rebels hockey series, featuring her signature “steamy sex scenes, colorful characters, and riveting dialogue” (Romantic Times). Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem, a chip on his shoulder, and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?

He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

After the death of  her father, Harper Chase and her two estranged sisters inherit the Chicago Rebels. The Chicago Rebels is a hockey team hockey team that isn't doing so well. They came in second to last the previous year, but Harper is determined to change that now that she is in charge.  Harper has always worked really hard to prove to her dad that she could handle the job but her father did nothing but put her down and say she couldn't do it.  Now she wants to prove him wrong.  Harper acquires Remy from another team to try to add a little bit of leadership to the team.  The only problem with her plan is that he is not happy about the trade at all, and wants nothing more than to be on a team that has the possibility of winning the Stanley Cup. He is planning on retiring and wants to go out with a win under his belt.  He knows that the chances of that happening if he's on the Rebel's is very slim, so he makes a deal with Harper: he will help the team but she'll have to trade him in a couple months to a better team. Harper made a strict rule with her sisters that they are not to get involved with any of the players on the team because she wants them to be taken seriously.  With the chemistry sizzling between her and Remy, she's having issues taking her own advice.

I really enjoyed this one a lot.  Kate Meader writes some of the best steamy romances.  I'm always excited to pick up one of her books.  Her Hot in Chicago series is still one of my favorites!  I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series.  I have a feeling I'm going to love them all.

Remy was absolutely swoon-worthy.  I didn't think I was going to like him at the very beginning of the story, but he ended up being my favorite thing about the book.  He was such a gentleman and had great family values.  That being said, he could also make your head spin with his dirty talk.  I loved the way he pursued Harper.  She was not an easy person to be with but he was patient, and very protective.

Harper was a harder character for me to enjoy.  She was very bossy and didn't seem to think about anything but becoming successful.  The three sisters inherited the team equally but she took over just about everything and that bothered me.  I know that she was on a mission to prove herself, but she came across very cold at times.  She has a lot of emotional baggage from the way her father treated her and also a past abusive relationship, so she closes herself off emotionally.

Harper and Remy had amazing chemistry together.  At first they didn't like each other very much, but they always had the chemistry between them.  They have some pretty sizzling scenes together and some great witty banter throughout the story.  They were such opposites in personality, with Remy being extremely laid back and Harper being really uptight, but they balanced each other out really well.

I really loved getting to know all of the secondary characters in this book as well.  Remy's family was so much fun.  We get to meet quite a few members of the Rebel's hockey team, and I can't wait to read more about them (especially the broody captain!).  We also get to know Harper's sisters better as the story continues and I'm really excited to be getting Isobel's story next.  It looks like it's going to be an enemies to lovers story.  We get to see a little sneak peak at the end of this story.  I really enjoyed seeing Harper, Isobel, and Violet start to open up with each other.  At the beginning of the story they are almost strangers and don't trust each other at all, but they start to share more and come together as a team.  I definitely wand to know more about Violet too, so I hope her story is after Isobel's. lol!  I'm already thinking ahead!

*I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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Quickie Reviews: Winter Kill, Strong Enough & Permanent Ink

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Winter Kill by Josh Lanyon

Synopsis: Clever and ambitious, Special Agent Adam Darling (yeah, he's heard all the jokes before) was on the fast track to promotion and success until his mishandling of a high profile operation left one person dead and Adam "On the Beach." Now he's got a new partner, a new case, and a new chance to resurrect his career, hunting a legendary serial killer known as The Crow in a remote mountain resort in Oregon.

Deputy Sheriff Robert Haskell may seem laid-back, but he's a tough and efficient cop -- and he's none too thrilled to see feebs on his turf -- even when one of the agents is smart, handsome, and probably gay. But a butchered body in a Native American museum is out of his small town department's league. For that matter, icy, uptight Adam Darling is out of Rob's league, but that doesn't mean Rob won't take his best shot.

Review:  I didn't end up enjoying this one as much as I had hoped.  While I'm completely okay with a plot line taking over the romance in the story, especially when it's a suspenseful story, but I still thought we needed more moments with them just being together.  We were told a few times that the characters started developing more of an attachment to each other, but I never got a chance to feel it.  I couldn't connect with either character.  I also didn't love their super rushed ending.  I felt as if the mystery was a little "all over the place" and unbelievable as well. 

Strong Enough by Cardeno C.

Synopsis: When a casual hookup turns into the potential for love, staid Spencer realizes he wants to build a life with vibrant Emilio.

When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.
 Review:  This one was definitely a love-at-first sight type of romance and they also have an age gap, which normally I don't go for either of those things, but I ended up really enjoying this one.  Strong Enough was a really sweet and also sizzling romance.  Emilio was absolutely swoon-worthy and so patient and sweet with Spencer.  There was a little bit of ex drama here and there but nothing angst-worthy.  I did have to take off a star for Spencer's emotional trauma being so quickly "cured".  That always bothers me in books.

Permanent Ink by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Synopsis: At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.

Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.

Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent.

Review: Permanent Ink is a mixture of a bunch of different romance tropes.  We have a forbidden romance, age gap, slow burn, and some daddy kink sprinkled on top. lol!  Poe really annoyed me throughout a good part of this story because he acts like an immature brat.  Once his character started to "grow up" a little bit and take things more seriously, I started to enjoy him more.  I loved Jericho.  He was really sweet and willing to take a chance on someone like Poe.  I'm always interested in stories that have artists involved too.  I mentioned before that this one has a slow burn kind of romance, but once things start they burnt up the pages.  They have intense chemistry.  While I did think they were really hot together, I wanted to see their relationship grow a little more.  We didn't get enough moments of just them hanging out, cuddling or talking.  We didn't get to "see" their relationship develop because the story jumped a couple weeks ahead here and there.  I liked it but I didn't love it.

Have you read any of these books?

Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme where we have the opportunity to let others know about books that we are eagerly waiting for.

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

Title: Chasing Christmas Eve
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay, #4
Genre: MF Romance
Publisher: Avon
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Releases On: September 26th 2017!

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

Why I'm Waiting: Is it too early to start thinking about holiday romances to add to my shelf?? lol!  I love reading holiday romances as it gets closer to Christmas.  It really helps me get excited for all the craziness it will bring.

What books are you waiting for?

Review: Takeover by Anna Zabo

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Title: Takeover
Author: Anna Zabo
Series: Takeover series #1
Genre: MM Romance
Publisher: InterMix
Publication Date: August 19th 2014

 Michael Sebastian thought Curacao would be the perfect place to have a little fun in the sun—and between the sheets. So far, no one has struck his interest, until Sam Anderson walks into the bar. With one look at his tense body and expensive suit, Michael knows that this is a man in need of release. And Michael is more than willing to lend a hand.

Shattered by the most intense sex he’s ever had, Sam has to face the facts—one night with a handsome, dominating stranger is all he gets before returning to the closet he’s been suffocating in for years. But when Sam starts his new job as the CEO of a failing technology company, he discovers that Michael is one of his new employees.

While Michael is desperate for another night with Sam, he knows he shouldn’t get involved with his boss, let alone another man who can’t accept who he is. But as they’re forced to work together to save the company, the desire sparking between them becomes impossible to ignore…

Michael and Sam meet in a bar while vacationing in Curacao, and decide to have one night of fun together before heading back to their "real lives".  They don't exchange any information about their lives other than their first names.  They feel a strong connection with each other but ultimately go their separate ways.  But both Michael and Sam are surprised when Sam turns out to be Michael's new CEO.  They both agree to try to forget their night together and attempt just a friendship.  That agreement is easier said than done, because they both have a hard time fighting the chemistry between them.  There are a lot of things against them other than Sam being Michael's new boss; Michael has emotional baggage from his last relationship and Sam is still in the closet with his sexuality at work.

Michael and Sam completed and complimented each other perfectly. I really enjoyed watching them work through their emotions while having to deal with office politics. In their own way, they had to finally stand up for what they wanted, make a decision, and take a stand.  The steamy moments between them were sizzling. Their steamy moments included some light BDSM (ex: spanking, begging) but nothing too extreme.  These two were really hot together.  While Sam was the one in charge during the day, when it came to their sex life Michael was the one in charge.

I did have a few frustrations with this one as well.  One issue I had with this one was that there was maybe TOO much talk of the business at times.  I know it's part of the plot of the story but I felt as if it was a little too much, and a tad boring at times.  Sometimes Sam's internal monologues really annoyed me.  His issues were really repetitive so I found myself skimming through sections.  I also wanted a little more from them at the end.  It felt really abrupt and rushed.  After the in depth discussions of the business, I was disappointed that their HEA felt so rushed.

All in all, I did end up enjoying this one.  This was my first read from Anna Zabo, but I will definitely be picking up more from her in the future.  I look forward to continuing this series as well.  

* I received a free copy of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. *

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10 Books Involving Road Trips

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I am a HUGE fan of stories involving road trips.  I know there are a ton of them out there but I wanted to put together a list of the ones that I've read so far.  I've included my ratings and if I wrote reviews for them.  I've only been blogging for a year so I didn't start writing actual reviews until a little over a year ago. lol!  Keep in mind that these ratings/reviews are just my opinion.  You may absolutely love one of the books that I didn't love so much.  Actually, a few of these lower ratings, I was the unpopular opinion. lol!

Do you like books that involve a road trip?
Have you read any of these?
What's your favorite road trip book?

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