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Reading progress update: I've read 54%.

— feeling sad
Tate  - Ella Frank

Until now I was a little bored with this book. Now I’m heartbroken

Looking For Love  - Stella Starling

It’s all good :)
Two very sweet guys falling in love and growing real close in a short time. Because that’s what happens when you find ‘the spark’ as we learn from Zach’s wonderful neighbor, Ana.
In the middle of all the sweet, the queen bitch shows up to cause trouble. We are talking serious levels of nasty bitchiness here. And the best part? She stayed a bitch until the end. There was no “oh, that’s ok, you’re sorry. You’re forgiven.” Just her being a bitch but not getting away with her evil scheming. Because love wins.
And then there was, of course, the sweetest epilogue. Just wonderful. All good.
Now can we please have Brody’s story real soon?

Yanni's Story - N.R. Walker

What a nice surprise.

We met Yanni earlier in the series when Spencer was sent to find him and get him back for his ex. Spencer quickly realized that something was off and it became clear that Yanni had run away from an abusive relationship.

This book follows Yanni after Spencer found him. With the help of Andrew’s parents and the Acacia Foundation, which helps homeless LGBT youth get back on their feet, Yanni starts rebuilding his life after his ex broke him. Along the way he meets Peter, another client of Spencer’s who had hoped to win his ex back with Spencer’s help. Since that didn’t work, Peter is single again and he and Yanni bond over a mutual love of silent movies.

Peter is about twice Yanni’s age – obviously a perfect fit since Yanni has a thing for older men and Peter likes them young.

 

Still, I did not see the Daddy/Son relationship coming. I loved it, though. Very refreshing as it was different from anything I have read so far involving Daddies and their boys. Those stories usually have aspects of dominance and submission – which I am perfectly fine with, btw – but Yanni and Peter don’t take their relationship in that direction. They remain equals. Peter never dominates, never tells Yanni what to do. They just have these defined roles within the relationship which gives them a satisfaction and fulfillment they both need.

 

Their way to a romantic relationship is slow. They start out just watching movies together and spend hours just talking while slowly moving towards the relationship they both know they want. It really was slow, but never boring. And it had to be slow considering Yanni’s past so I was glad things were never rushed.

Reading progress update: I've read 23%.

Looking For Love  - Stella Starling

Zach ran a thumb over Micah’s lower lip, tugging it out from between his teeth, and Micah caught his breath, his heart racing so hard he thought he might literally die. Which, God, he really, really didn’t want to do if it was going to mess up whatever was about to happen with Zach.

Reading progress update: I've read 23%.

Looking For Love  - Stella Starling

“Do you want to do something, Micah?” Zach asked, his voice suddenly lower and deeper and so ridiculously sexy that it was all Micah could do to stop himself from swaying right into his arms, or climbing up Zach’s body and just wrapping himself around him completely.
Which would be too much, right?
 
Well, yeah. Maybe a little, at this point :)

Reading progress update: I've read 37%.

Yanni's Story - N.R. Walker

I wasn’t ready for another relationship. Not yet. I needed time to be myself before I could be part of someone else’s life. Yet, I wanted him. I wanted to be his boy. For him to protect me always, keep me safe.
Like a good daddy should.

 

Boy? Daddy? I like where this is going... ;-)

Reading progress update: I've read 74%.

Cross & Crown - Abigail Roux, Brock Thompson

Nick zipped up his pants and stalked off, heading toward JD’s and Julian’s room.

“Hey,” Kelly called after him. “Does this mean I’m not getting fucked, because I don’t like this new plan at all!”

 

Reading progress update: I've read 73%.

Cross & Crown - Abigail Roux, Brock Thompson

Kelly blinked up at the emergency lights.

“You’re really going to fuck me in the elevator, aren’t you?”

“No,” Nick hissed. Although he did want to. Badly. “Not enough lube to go half as hard at you as I want to. I’m going to take you back to our room. I’m going to bend you over the end of our fucking bed, and I’m going to fill you so full of me you’ll be screaming in a Boston accent. Make you forget everything you saw and heard tonight.”

Kelly licked his lips slowly. “Promise?”

Tender with a Twist (Rainbow Cove Book 2) - Annabeth Albert

Trust With a Chaser was great but this one was even better. I mean - it had spankings and stuff. What's not to like?
Ok, maybe that fact that once I again we had the 'I'm not good enough for him' and the 'I'm not looking for a relationship' tropes which I am frankly getting quite tired of hearing.
Still, I really enjoyed watching Logan come into himself and become his own person rather than the one his past environment had made him into. Curtis played a major part in Logan finding the strength to change, find his own way and finally stand up to his parents who refused to accept that he was quite capable of making his own decisions.
Curtis himself was in a dark place at the beginning of the book. But Logan's enthusiasm slowly pulls him into the light and into a place of hopes and dreams. And no, it wasn't really as sappy as this sounds. It was very well done despite my initial comments. Looking forward to the next ones in the series.

Reading progress update: I've read 6%.

Cross & Crown - Abigail Roux, Brock Thompson

Nick tried to give him a reassuring smile, but he knew himself well enough to know that when he smiled, it rarely reassured anyone.

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Alpha Barman  - Sue  Brown, Greg Boudreaux

Rereading in preparation for Alpha Chef. This time in audio. And with Greg Boudreaux narrating, that won't be a hardship :-)

 

 

Owning It  - Devon McCormack, Riley Hart, Michael Pauley

I really liked Derek in the first books but this one was too much.

 

He jokes and talks about sex non-stop to keep people from seeing through the mask. To keep them from getting to know the real him.

 

Luckily, Jackson doesn’t keep his distance and keeps working on Derek’s walls. Once he finally gets through and we get to see more of the real Derek, it’s all good. They are good together – I liked the age difference and the Daddy/boy dynamic they had going on. But the most part of the book, we saw Derek as he has presented himself to the world for years.

Boy, if there ever was a guy with a one-track mind. It is nearly impossible for anyone to have a normal conversation with the man. Everything is turned towards sex and flirting. I felt nothing but annoyance and exhaustion.

 

Although this book was disappointing, I will definitely be jumping on Frankie and Evan’s story. Those two sound promising.

Sweet Thing - Isobel Starling

This books starts with Simeon preparing to rebuild his life after treatment at a rehab facility. While he is prepared to fight his addiction to drugs and alcohol, he sticks with his usual pattern of quick hookups and generally meaningless sex. It's all he has ever known. And since he could never have his best friend, he has never wanted anything more with anyone.
Until he meets Bastian Roth. Bastian is grieving for a lost lover and struggling to move on. After a rough start, the two start building a relationship.
So far, so good. And then it turned less good! The secrets that come out later regarding people in Bastian's past were just too much. I struggled not to roll my eyes.
After some drama, the ending was sweet enough.
Normally, I would just mark it as read, enter my rating and move on. But I have an agreement with myself that if I go lower than three stars, I write something to explain why.
The main reason I cannot give a higher rating was a couple of things that annoyed me with the writing. It was repetitive in how many times Sim was pouting and in how he was constantly referred to as 'the male model'. First of all, he's a man and he's a model. You do not need the 'male' mentioned every time. Secondly, this reference created an odd distance; Bastian wasn't just looking at 'him' or at 'Sim' - he was looking at the male model sitting on the couch opposite. Like he was some stranger. (I made this example up to try and explain the issue, not sure if there was ever a scene exactly like that).
Even worse were the non-English dialogue parts. There was German in there and there was French. And not just a word here or there but complete sentences which were then translated into English in brackets after the non-English parts. So you fly over the parts you don't understand to get to the translation. And if you do understand the German or French, you tend to still read the English so you read the same text twice. It completely ruins the flow and there are much more elegant ways to describe that a character says something in another language.
Last but not least: If you need to put something in there in a different language, do have someone edit it who actually speaks that language. I don't know about the French but the German was cringeworthy and downright abysmal. Just throwing German lines in there and not making the effort to make sure they are correct? Well, to be honest, to me it feels disrespectful somehow.

Reading progress update: I've read 60%.

Dirty Games - Barbara Elsborg

“What the hell do you have in there?”

“My favourite dildo, toothbrush, pyjamas and a dummies guide to fisting. Oh and my pony play equipment.”

“I’m not sure whether I want you to be joking or not.”

Promises  - A.E. Via

This is A.E. Via as we know her. And that is a good thing!

The Bounty Hunters are all a bunch of big, strong, tough-guy alphas and when they pair up outside of work things get hot and explosive. Dana and Ford are no exception. They’ve been dancing around each other for years before the current between them finally gets to too strong to ignore and they jump in with both feet.

Of course, this is the Bounty Hunters, so there are also bad guys and plenty of gun power. The usual highly entertaining action-movie-in-a-book which I happen to like a lot.

However - apologies to Dana and Ford – but the very best part of this book were the hints/glimpses of Brian’s story which I so want to have. Like right now....

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

Touch & Geaux - Abigail Roux, J.T. Harding

“It’s all right, lads, daddy’s here,” Liam drawled. He stepped up to the door, digging in the backpack he was carrying.
“What are you doing?” Nick asked.
“Blowing your mind, love.” Liam pulled out two small squares of off-white clay.
“Is that C4?” Zane asked.
“PE4, thank you very much.” Liam molded the plastic explosive against the hinges of the door.
“You don’t really understand going under the radar, do you?” Nick grumbled.
“You Recon boys sneak under the radar,” Liam said as he set the charges. “The Special Air Service gets shit done.”
Owen raised an eyebrow at Nick. “If you want to hit him again, I’ll hold him down.”

 

 

Harding's British voice for Liam is just perfect :)

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