Wolfsong by T.J. Klune

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Five out of Five Stars

Summary:

Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

The Review

As soon as I finished Wolfsong, I immediately purchased the next books in the series. I found a werewolf novel that was just like what I loved growing up. There was pack, found families, danger, discovery, and love. While there is the alpha, beta, omega dynamics explored it isn’t sex here. It was the hierarchy in the pack. This is the werewolf story that I freaking love (and secretly want to write one day)!

Ox was sixteen when he met Joe. He had never met anyone like Joe. Slowly, he was pulled into the Bennett’s family and into a life he didn’t know was possible to exist. Werewolves exist and he’s found himself part of a pack. He and his mother become part of their pack, taking on the danger that comes with being associated with the Bennetts.

I had so much love for Ox. He’s an outcast, but there’s something about him that I was able to connect with and understand entirely. He’s damaged goods, but with the help of Bennetts he’s learning that he’s better than what his father said to him. He’s strong, important, and perhaps the person they need in their lives.

Joe, there were times I wanted to hug him and then times I just wanted to shake him. How could he do this to Ox? Didn’t he see that his pack needed him home? But I understood his need to do what he did. I still hated it.

I think I fell a little bit in love with each character in this novel. They were each vital to pushing the plot forward, they were each important for every dangerous situation that the Bennett pack came across. I loved Gordo and the body shop guys. They cracked me up. You could tell they had worked together for years and considered themselves to be brother.

Ox and Joe’s relationship *wistful sigh* it grew from childhood to adulthood so naturally. You could feel their bond. Once they both (Joe is younger by a few years) reached adulthood, their flirting was so goooood. Then they had to relearn each other and their spot in the pack.

There’s so many good things I could say about Wolfsong, but I feel like I would give the book away. If you haven’t had the chance to read this, go grab a copy and read it.

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Single by R.J. Scott

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3 out of 5 Stars

The Summary: Reeling from the painful rejection of a man he thought he loved, Asher is left holding the baby.

Ash wants a family, and is determined to continue with a surrogacy he’d begun with his ex. Bringing baby Mia home, he vows that he will be the best father he can be. Nothing in this world matters more to him than caring for his daughter, not even accidentally falling in lust with the doctor next door. Challenged by his growing attraction to Sean, and confronted by painful memories of his family, Ash has to learn that love is all that matters.

When ER doctor Sean moves in with his friends next door to sexy single father Ash, he falls so quickly it takes his breath away. The sex they have is hot, but Ash is adamant his heart is too full with love for his daughter to let anyone else in. Why is Sean the only one who sees how scared Ash is, and how can he prove to his new lover that he desperately wants the three of them to become a family?

The Review

I love reading stories about single parents, doing their thing and finding love at the same time. There’s just something about it that normally hits the spot for me. There’s a quiet strength that is present in characters like that. I was missing that feeling in Single by R.J. Scott. I’m usually a HUGE fan of hers but this, just didn’t do it for me.

So on to what I enjoyed about Single.

I liked Sean, Eric and Leo. A house full of first responders trying to find their place in the world. What isn’t to like about this? Also, they have a dog named Cap (short for Captain America)! Asher was every bit the flustered first-time parent. Some of his actions were things that anyone can be like, ‘yep, so-and-so totally did that’.

I really enjoyed Asher’s interactions with Brady. They got my mind moving and I was secretly rooting for a relationship to begin between the two of them. I wanted more text conversations and clues as to who Brady really is. I have my conspiracy theories, but I doubt they’ll come to be, seeing as the tone of Single is not that of a dramatic thriller.

What I didn’t enjoy …

There was so much information left out. I’m a huge believer in tossing the reader into the action of the story. But we barely got any back story to Asher or Sean. The characters were flat. I feel like I knew more about the secondary characters than I did about the Ash and Sean. There wasn’t that much interaction between Sean and Asher. I didn’t feel the chemistry between them. It was extremely short, I read it in about an hour and a half and if it were longer, their interactions drawn out, then perhaps I would have enjoyed this a lot more.

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Brave for You by Crystal Lacy

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Five out of Five Stars

The Summary: Less than a year after moving to Hawaii, construction foreman Nate Ellison’s wife leaves him and their infant son for another man. Months into single-fatherhood, Nate meets Andrew “An” Hoang and is slowly drawn into An’s life. Through An’s friendship, he finds himself finally enjoying his new home in paradise.

An Hoang hasn’t had a real relationship in years. With his pediatrics practice and a niece to care for on his days off, he doesn’t have the headspace for more than a simple roll in the sack. But when he meets Nate—who just happens to be the gorgeous construction worker he encountered in the lobby of his apartment building—something about Nate makes it impossible for him not to care. When Nate needs An’s help with his son, An doesn’t refuse.

What happens when Nate’s past and An’s old-fashioned parents interfere just as the two men begin to fall for each other? Will they find the means to be brave and give their love a chance to flourish?

A sweet and steamy slow burn M/M romance set in Hawaii.

The Review

Brave for You is a story about discovering yourself, finding love and family. I started it and I actually didn’t put it down until I was finished. That’s how much I enjoyed this. I stayed in bed reading all afternoon.  The backdrop of Hawaii only served to enhance the romance between An and Nate.

Nate is a newly minted father whose wife disappeared and he never expects her to come back. An is a pediatrician who loves his niece Diah and lives three doors down from Nate. It’s a chance encounter on a rainy morning the starts to push these two men together. What really solidifies their friendship is Nate calling on An when his son is ill. They bond they form is intense and only strengthens with every weekend trip they take with each other. An and Diah are slowly showing Nate more of the island and their favorite places to go.

It is a slow burn between the two, but it’s such a good burn.

Their relationship doesn’t develop without issues though. An’s parents aren’t accepting of his homosexuality and it makes for quite a few awkward moments. It made me feel for An because he lived his entire life around what they might think about him. He never had a long term relationship, never brought anyone home to be introduced to his family.

Then Nate is still married, even though you forget about it for a while. I’m not a fan of Nate having a wife but, like I said it wasn’t something I lingered on. I kept my fingers crossed for the result that I really hoped for.

The romance scenes, Nate is learning what he likes in bed and what he enjoys giving to his partner. I liked these scenes because it wasn’t like everything just clicked and they were magical together. It was real. They communicated; they worked together and found what worked for them. It was a bit steamy in parts, which I’m all for.

I didn’t want to put this down once I started reading it, and that’s been a hard task for me lately. So the fact that Crystal Lacy held my attention and kept me wanting to flip pages, that’s a sign of an excellent book.

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A Dance for You by Collette Davison

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Four out of Five Stars!

The Summary: New job, new city: Mason hopes both will lead to him escaping burnout as a ballet dancer. Not living out of a suitcase anymore is a bonus. His new life gets off to a steamy start when he encounters his new neighbour, David. Things soon become complicated when Mason turns up for his first day at BalletEast, to discover that David is not only his choreographer, but the man who inspired him to take up dancing in the first place.

With two divorces and a string of failed relationships behind him, David has no intention of promising ‘forever’ to anyone. But when he meets Mason, he falls hard and fast for the enigmatic young dancer. As David becomes more serious about Mason, he wants to open his lover’s eyes to the kinks that he enjoys.

Whilst the two men are navigating the early stages of their romance, Mason is facing immense pressures in the rehearsal studios that threaten to dampen his natural enthusiasm for life. Will David’s love and support be enough to help Mason continue to hold his head high and dance like he’s never danced before?

**Contains explicit language and sex scenes, including mild, consensual BDSM**

The Review

 

We briefly met Mason in A Dance for Two. I’m glad that we’ve gotten the opportunity to learn more about Mason and see his story expand. In A Dance for you Mason has left one ballet company that traveled nonstop and has started working with BalletEast, where he can put down roots. He’s afraid of burning out and this is the change that will allow him to take better care of himself while doing what he loves, dancing.

In a way, Mason is starting anew

Mason meets David, his older neighbor, as he’s trying to get his boxed up furniture to his apartment. David offers to help and they form a connection that burns white hot. As they’re putting together Mason’s furniture, you can feel the tension and their chemistry building. One thing leads to another and they end up in bed.

Neither of them expect to see each other at the dance studio. It was even more of surprise to find out that David was his choreographer and the same man who inspired him to dance. The do keep a firm boundary in place while at work. Mason is a dancer and David is his boss. Mason is going to prove to everyone that he deserves the role he ends up cast as. The entire time though, Mason is a target of one of the senior dancers, Kirk. Oh, how much I wanted to shake Kirk and tell him to grow up.

What I really enjoyed is the pacing of David’s character. He is a Dom and that is a large part of his romantic life. He doesn’t hide it. He approached Mason honestly and kindly. He didn’t push Mason into anything he wouldn’t want to do. David made sure there was a consistent level of trust and understanding between the two of them. As much as he taught Mason about being a sub, he listened to Mason’s fears. Anytime he took from Mason, afterwards he made sure he cared for Mason. He never left Mason feeling broken, hurt, or confused.

They are an amazing couple together. The BDSM was mild but the age gap, boss/employee relationship they had? Oh boy, that made my heart race. Just a little bit. I’m a sucker for age gap romances and this hit every button for me.

 

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A Different Light by Morningstar Ashley

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Five out of Five Stars

Book one in the Begin Again Series

Summary: Bennett Cole had lived next door to Mitchell “Mac” Campbell, III for eighteen years of his life, in the small town of White Acre. They’d never gotten along, never seen eye to eye, and never understood one another…not that they’d ever cared to try.

But when Bennett’s so-called buddies ditched him at a party in the woods where he was assaulted and left for dead, Bennett pulled through. The emotional scars rendered him too terrified to go back to school and face his “friends” or his attackers. With little choice, his family packed up and left town.

Ten years later—at the request of his mother—Bennett returned to the place he’d grown up and the home he’d once felt safe, to oversee the repairs before his childhood house was sold. The contractor? None other than Mac, the once annoying boy next door, who still lives there in the home his parents gifted him.

Being in such close proximity—working together every day, to repair the Coles’ family home—Bennett and Mac’s contentious relationship goes from bad to worse as their personalities continue to clash. But their heated exchanges may not be as antagonistic as they seem. And when new information is revealed, can the men begin to see each other in a different light?

The Review

Bennett returns to White Acre at the request of his mother, when he would rather be anywhere else. In high school his friends left him for dead, his next door neighbor got on his very last nerve. There was no reason for him to come back to White Acre. He doesn’t expect that the boy next door, Mac, has turned into one hell of a man. He’s attractive, smart and is doing the remodel on Bennett’s parents house while Bennett is in town.

The attraction between the two was immediate. Even when they were bickering with each other, you could feel the tension that was shifting from annoyance into sexual attraction.  It takes one moment to change everything between them. Once it does, wow. They were explosive together, in the best possible way.

I loved how they challenged each other. Mac didn’t let Bennett out of doing new things, like camping. And Bennett pushed Mac to realize he was a successful man and perfect doing what he loved. You don’t need a fancy degree to be happy with your job. If your parents can’t see that, honey, let me take care of that for you.

During the entire novel, I could see everything playing like a movie in my head. Morningstar was rich in her descriptions and put you in the house with Bennett and Mac. I don’t often imagine character voices, unless the book is amazing, but I could hear their voices. Not what I hear in my head reading everything else. These two stuck out and worked together with each other to find their happy.

Would I recommend this book? Hell yes. Go buy it now. I’m getting her other release as soon as I post this. Just saying.

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