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Reading progress update: I've read 80%.

Armed & Dangerous - Abigail Roux, Sean Crisden

“And these are their… friends, Julian and Cameron,” Deuce said as he waved at the other two men.
“Nice to meet you,” Cameron mumbled.
She greeted them each, overwhelmed by the surprise, then looked at the doorknob and the string of straws, shaking her head. “What is all this?”
“It was a security measure. We’re running from the CIA,” Ty told her, not even attempting to spare her. “They’re trying to kill us.”
“Well, kill him, specifically,” Zane added as he pointed at Julian.
“I sell antiques,” Julian said, monotone.
She narrowed her eyes, looking amongst them and then at Deuce. “Is this some sort of boys’ weekend that I’m not supposed to intrude on? Because I can totally leave before they hurt themselves trying to lie convincingly.”

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

Armed & Dangerous - Abigail Roux, Sean Crisden

Deuce glanced at him before turning his attention back to Zane and Julian. "Dare I ask what you've done to deserve protective custody?" he asked Julian.
"I deal antiques," Julian answered in a soft voice.
Deuce nodded, looking Julian up and down. He turned his head to look at Ty speculatively. "That's a euphemism for 'I kill things', isn't it?"
Ty closed his eyes and nodded.

Reading progress update: I've read 3%.

Secrets of You - Skylar M. Cates

“Forget it,“ Marc had said, snorting, when he caught Morgan staring. “River won’t ever go for you because River won’t go for anybody.” He dug into his lunch. “Have a cookie instead.”

“Like that will help. What am I? In fucking kindergarten?”

“They’re homemade.”

Morgan paused. “Maybe just one.”

Inherit the Sky - Ariel Tachna, William James

Just as good the second around. I have no idea if William James is Australian, but the accent in this narration sounds absolutely perfect to me. I love listening to the audiobooks in this series.

Feat of Clay - Susan Mac Nicol

I've read four books in this series so far and they are quite different even though many characters appear regularly throughout the books.


The first two were fairly angst free with a touch of paranormal, Suit Yourself was pure fluff - I adored Leslie.


Feat of Clay was a surprise after the first three; it was so much darker and at times almost difficult to read when we got descriptions of and insight into the things Tate had gone through in the course of his last case as an undercover cop.
But even so, this book is my favorite of the series so far. Now, as I mentioned already, I have no problems with bouncy, colorful twinks - Leslie is amazing - but I do like myself a pair of not quite that young, big, strong alpha guys going all soft and vulnerable with each other. And I got that in spades with Tate and Clay.
They had known each other for many years and where already together as lovers at the start of the book, so the drama of the story didn't come from within the relationship. Another plus in my book as that can get rather exhausting at times.

 

I am looking forward to the next ones in the series - although I do wish they didn't have quite so many editorial/textual issues. It's not typos, but there are quite a few cases of missing prepositions or words swapped around in a sentence.

Sight and Sinners - Susan Mac Nicol

This one is difficult for me to rate. The fact that I did enjoy reading a story with a psychic as one of the MCs certainly speaks in its favor – that’s not usually my thing. But I really liked Taylor and even Draven grew on me after a while. There were, however, also a few things I had some problems with.

 

Taylor and Draven had first met a while back on a murder case and Draven, who at that point did not believe in Taylor’s abilities, had been rather nasty to him. Now they meet again in connection with the death of a mutual friend and nothing has changed. There’s some serious animosity here, folks. And plenty of sexual tension...

Both men feel the attraction but for various reasons both are reluctant to let anyone come close. When they finally do, it’s explosive. The relationship quickly progresses from there until Draven lets out his inner douchebag again. I had little sympathy for him at this point and when I then had to read through one of my number one peeves, I had quite an inner rant going on;

Draven needed to apologize. Instead he lets out a few words of regrets and kisses Taylor before even using the word ‘sorry’. No f.... way, man. You were nowhere near done groveling as far as I am concerned. The forgiveness came way too easily. Not like it was the first time either that he was a douche!

(show spoiler)

 

 

Thet last part of the book is focused on Draven and a very personal issue he has to deal with. It took up so much page time I was torn between wondering what happened to my romance story and being amazed at how well this part was done (not that I can claim to have any knowledge of what it must be like to be in that situation). Very heavy on the emotions and bittersweet.

The ending is short but so very sweet. Just the way I like it.

Reading progress update: I've read 8%.

Defiance - Sloane Kennedy

“I’m not going anywhere until you tell me what the hell is going on!”

Figured the guy would be an ungrateful asshole. I shoved him back against the wall and said, “In case you missed it, you stupid fuck, you almost got your ass blown off. When that happens, you typically don’t want to stick around to give them a SECOND FUCKING CHANCE!”

 

Makes sense, I guess...

 

 

Divide & Conquer  - Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban, Sean Crisden

Ty and Zane, sigh. Amazing as always. But damn - the ending of this book...

 


 

Beyond Duty (Expanded Edition) - SJD Peterson

Why did I wait so long to read this? So glad I finally did.

Mac and Gunny have served over twenty years in the USMC. They have been lovers almost as long. Something no one could ever know about due to DADT. They are best friends, they have each other's backs and their relationship is solid.
Now retirement is lurking around the corner and Gunny suddenly feels uncertain, no longer sure of his place in Mac's life now that everything will change and they don't have to hide anymore. Maybe Mac stayed with him because it was convenient and there was no risk of Gunny outing him since Gunny himself was in the same situation? But now? Mac can have anyone, right?
I hurt for Gunny when these insecurities surfaced. Luckily, Mac did not take long to make quite clear he had no intention of going anywhere.

There is not a lot of drama in this book. Just two guys preparing for the next phase of their lives which includes coming out to families and friends and taking their relationship out in the open.
I absolutely loved these guys. I loved how solid they were, how after so many years they know each other inside out. Nothing like two hot, grown men with some life experience (yeah, I admit, I feel kind of too old for most college boy stories...!) And the passion between them is palpable. Boy, these guys are hot together. I wish we'd gotten to see a bit more of the BDSM aspect of the relationship, but I have a feeling I will get that in Mauled (Beyond Duty, book 2).

Northern Star - Ethan Day, Jason Frazier

It's Christmas time and Deacon is having a seriously bad day. Which is saying a lot since he has generally not exactly been a winner in life's lottery.
As he is drowning his sorrows in a hotel bar, Steve walks in and strikes up a conversation. Steve is quite a bit older than Deacon (17 years, I think it was) and fresh out of the closet. The two spend an intense night together - the connection between them somehow deeper than either of them expected from a one-night stand.
But Deacon has shit to deal with and the two lose contact after that first night.
Months later, they run into each other again and reconnect. They both want more than a fling but Deacon still has shit to deal with and a past that has left him unable to believe that good things can happen to him. Luckily, he has people in his life willing to fight for him so it all works out in the end.
I liked the story and the characters a lot; the cute kid did not take over the story, the very nasty parent was not suddenly forgiven in the end (one of my peeves - I cannot stand it when bad people suddenly do a one-eighty and all is forgiven), and Steve's co-workers trying show their support for their newly gay boss by including gay topics into their usual banter and sex-talk was just hilarious.
The added bonus of the whole thing, of course, was the narration by Jason Frazier. The man is a master at the steamy stuff (well, we already knew that) but what really stood out for me in this one, were the tearful voices. Simply amazing.

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.

Beyond Duty (Expanded Edition) - SJD Peterson

One simply did not talk while devouring heroically delicious meatball heroes. Even Mac’s attention shifted, and they inhaled their meals, with only the occasional grunt or groan in true famished caveman fashion. It was a beautiful thing.

 

Snort – and a guy thing, I presume :)

Reading progress update: I've read 17%.

Beyond Duty (Expanded Edition) - SJD Peterson

Aww, Mac – what an amazing declaration of love. Sigh.

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Northern Star - Ethan Day, Jason Frazier

A new one from Jason Frazier - Finally!

On Point  - Annabeth Albert

Without a doubt the best one in the series so far.


Ben and Maddox have known each other for more than a decade. They are best friends, share a house and are on the same SEAL team.
Not wanting to risk their friendship as well as a conviction they don't want the same things in life keep both of them from acting on the attraction they have for each other.

Until their next mission goes tits up. The reminder how fragile life can be makes them take a closer look at what they want in life. Unfortunately, their life plans still don't quite mesh. Add to that Ben's ingrained fear that he will never be enough and that everyone leaves eventually, and all they can agree to initially is some kind of boyfriend/friends with benefits experiment - more than a little painful to watch.

 

And then there was a fallout. And there was making up. And all was fine once Ben finally realized that he really could trust Maddox to always have his back.

 

Maddox gave so much of himself to Ben, and for the first time, he really saw that for the gift it was.
Maddox didn't just give him the courage to be strong - he gave him the space to be vulnerable.

Reading progress update: I've read 59%.

Reclaiming Hope - Shell Taylor

”SOOOO...” KOLLIN sat back in Adam’s chair.

“Do you want me to warn you ahead of time that we’re about to have an awkward conversation, or do you just want to be surprised?”

Reading progress update: I've read 22%.

Reclaiming Hope - Shell Taylor

“Oh, loosen up. It‘ll all be fine.” Kollin grinned.
“Look how well this is turning out. We haven’t even been on our first date, and we’re already fighting like an old married couple. This’ll be epic.”

 

 

Nothing like a good dose of optimism ;)

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