Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, October 18, 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: Starry Eyes
Author: Jenn Bennett
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Find it on Goodreads

Releases On:  April 3rd 2018!

In this romantic dramedy from the author of Alex, Approximately, a teen girl’s way-too-ordinary life is driven off the beaten path when she’s abandoned in the wilderness with her worst adversary—the boy who broke her heart.

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

Why I'm Waiting:  I LOVED Alex, Approximately and I can't wait to read more from this author.  I really love the idea of best friends-turned-best enemies turned second chance romance!! Yes, please!!  This one sounds soooo good!

What books are you excited about?

Review: Tender with a Twist by Annabeth Albert

Friday, October 13, 2017

Title: Tender with a Twist
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Rainbow Cove, #2
Genre: MM Romance
Publication date: October 2nd 2017
Find it here: Goodreads, Amazon

 One kinky wood carver. One younger chef looking to try new things. A series of lessons that bring both men more than they bargained for… 

Curtis Hunt has made a name for himself as a chainsaw wood carver, winning national competitions and operating a small business in Rainbow Cove, Oregon. As winter whittles away his tourist traffic, his goal is just to survive the season and try to not get lost in grief for his dead lover. It’s been two years, but he’s sure he’ll never be over the love of a lifetime. However, his body has a certain restlessness that he doesn’t quite know how to calm. 

Logan Rosner knows a thing or two about restlessness. It’s what drove him to Rainbow Cove to be a chef at a bar and grill run by his friends. And it’s what drives him to a single sizzling encounter with the local legendary lumberjack. Both men get far more than they expected and learn that first impressions aren’t always accurate… 

But when Logan proposes a series of sexy lessons, Curtis must decide how much he’s willing to risk. He knows he can’t afford to get attached to Logan’s good cooking, his easy smiles, or his caretaking, but he keeps going back for more, even as deeper emotions become involved. Soon, Curtis must decide whether to risk his heart again or risk losing Logan for good. 

This is the second book in the Rainbow Cove series, we met both Logan and Curtis in the previous book. Logan is one of Mason's business partners and chef at the restaurant and Curtis is Nash's grieving friend. 

There were so many things I ended up really loving about this one. One of my absolute favorite things about this one was that the characters were different than their typical stereotypes.  The alpha-looking woodcarver was a submissive, and the smaller and younger, baby-faced guy was the dom.  I loved this switch!  I also really love the small town setting.  There's something about a small town love story that gets me every time!  The secondary characters in the small town are so much fun.  We see a lot of the same people from the first book and I personally, love seeing the previous book's couple in the second book.  It's like another look into their little HEA.

Of course I also have to mention the chemistry between these two.  Annabeth Albert is great at writing chemistry.  Logan and Curtis were the perfect blend of hot and vulnerable.  I'm not a big BDSM fan but this one didn't bother me too much.  I really loved Logan's vulnerable moments since he was new to being a dom.  Logan was really caring with Curtis as soon as their scenes were done, and I loved the way Curtis tried to deny how much he loved being taken care of at first.  There was a lot of tenderness between them in those moments and I love it.  Because of their friends-with-benefits arrangement there are quite a few steamy scenes.  This book is very relationship focused.

There were a couple little things that I didn't absolutely love, but they didn't take too much away from my enjoyment of their story.  The first one is that Logan's parents drove me crazy!  They treated him like he was a child.  They even went as far as to tell him what hairstyle to have, how to dress, and who he should be dating!  I was so happy when Logan finally stood up to them.  Don't get me wrong, they are loving parents, but they are the overbearing and smothering type.

Another thing that I didn't absolutely love was that Curtis was a widower.  That sounds really bad, but here me out!  I can understand the grief that comes with losing someone and how hard it would be to open yourself back up, but I think some of his behavior was a little bit much at times.  It just got a bit repetitive with his constant feelings of "you deserve better than me".  He ended up pushing Logan at a time when he really needed him and that bothered me a lot.

Even with those couple little issues, I liked this one a lot and can't wait to read book #3!  I almost always pick up all of Annabeth Albert's books, but I really want to see more from this little town and a certain secondary character!

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