Unbreak Broken by J.K. Hogan

UnbreakBroken_cvr_100dpiTitle: Unbreak Broken
Series: Coming About, #3
Author: J.K. Hogan
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (350 pages)
Publisher: Wilde City Press (September 16th, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Rory Donovan’s life is a hot mess. His marriage is failing and he’s in intensive psychotherapy, working through the unfortunate side effects of memories from a childhood trauma. The only thing good in his life right now is his job—teaching photography to gifted high school students.

Harbor Patrol Officer Bennett Foster is co-parenting his teenage daughter with his high school best friend Jessie. When he meets Addison’s teacher and realizes they’ve met before, he can’t get the sexy stranger out of his head.

Striking up a sexual-tension-filled friendship, together they must help an angsty teenager deal with a dying friend. Bennett must keep his little family from falling apart while Rory struggles to come to terms with his new reality. Somewhere along the way, most unexpectedly…love happens.

ISBN: 9781925313505

Product Link: https://www.wildecity.com/books/gay-romance/unbreak-broken-coming-about-book-three/#.Vf4mvZdw7fc

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I was completely blown away by this book! I absolutely loved it! And you know what? I haven’t even read the first two books – though you can be damn sure that I want to now!!! I think I’ve used up my exclamation marks quota, but to paraphrase singer/song writer Nick Cave: I use three exclamation marks because it’s awesome.

So that being said, I am sure that this series is meant to be read in order, but there is enough background on the couples from the two previous books that I was in no way confused about the characters or the past storylines that were referred to. Namely, one MC Rory was actually married around the time of book 1 (maybe, could be book 2) and this is the continuation of his story.

Just as the blurb suggests, Rory Donovan’s life is a hot mess. He has a great career as a photography teacher and you can tell that his passion is teaching his art. His personal life, however, is not so great. His marriage is falling apart and he has been seeing a psychiatrist since before his marriage about “performance” issues.

The poor guy just really needs to find himself and that is why from the start I love Rory, was sympathetic to his plight and I just wanted him to have a HEA just like his besties have.

On the other hand we have Bennett Foster, he’s a Coast guard officer and while he is generally out he doesn’t advertise the fact that he’s gay, especially at work. When he was a teen, he and his best friend, Jessica, fooled around which resulted in their now emo teenage daughter, Addison. He’s a great guy, supportive of Jessie and a great father. The fact that he’s a hot coast guard is just the icing on the cake.

As minor characters go, I have to give a special mention to Addison and Jessica. I love the relationship between Ben and his BFF, which never fell apart despite the fact they had a daughter. Jessie always knew and accepted that Ben was gay.

As for Addison, she’s that special character that kind of gives us those important life lessons you get throughout books. She’s a dark horse, that’s for sure, and beneath all that teenage emo personality and going through her own difficult time, she certainly taught the guys (and the reader) a lot.

This is one of those books that I would give a blanket recommendation. If you like your romance with: sweetness, angsty/emotive kids, a character on a journey of self discovery, wonderful BFF’s, HEAs – there is even a sprinkling of illness and danger, I think it’s safe to say you’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of this one.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

If I Were Fire by Heloise West

IfIWereFireLGTitle: If I Were Fire
Series: N/A
Author: Heloise West
Genre: Historical
Length: Novella (59 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (16 Sept 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts
Blurb: In 18th century Siena, Count Salvesto Masello returns home to find the family villa and his father’s estate deeply in debt. In order to save it, he sells valuable heirlooms, but he is running out of silverware. Somewhere in the villa, his deceased father has hidden the art treasures that will pay the debt—but Salvesto can’t find them anywhere.

Amadeo Neruccio has been on the run from the vicious pimp, thief, and pawnbroker Guelfetto, whose toughs finally catch him and bring him to the cellar where Count Masello is selling off his silver. When the count learns what fate Guelfetto has in store for Amadeo, he intervenes, and trades the last of his mother’s dowry for the young man’s freedom.

Salvesto left home over ten years ago to live the life of adventure he craved and leave his broken heart behind. When he rescues Amadeo, he does not expect to find love again—or the start of his next adventure.

ISBN: 9781634765664

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6854

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is a rather enjoyable historical fiction about a Count, Salvesto, with heavy debts and the young man, Amadeo, he finds along the way. This is the type of book that I would normally love, but I feel that the rather awkward writing style. Sometimes I felt a bit muddled when, to use a phrase, five words were used when only one would do. Other than that, this is a real enjoyable adventure, somewhere between swashbuckling heroes, scandal in the Court and summer in the country.

Salvesto arrives home to find the family estate in debt and in dire straits. He’s desperate to pay off the debts and though he is guilty about selling the family heirlooms he knows he will feel even worse if he loses the estate. The crook/thief/loan shark that he is selling off his heirlooms to also happens to be after another man for his debts, Amadeo.

It’s rather complicated but Amadeo ends up with Salvestro. The story is really about these guys getting along and Amadeo be rehabilitated from his wicked ways. There isn’t a particularly large amount of romance in the story but what there is reflects a wonderful tension between the two with a bit of “will he or won’t he?” going back and forth. Salvestro and Amadeo are both likable characters, I would have just liked to see more complexity come out of them.

I don’t normally comment on covers but this one I have to because I feel that this one is a bit misleading. The historical looking building and the rather smouldering looking gents on the front is not my issue, I think that’s great.

I just feel that the horses on the cover are rather misleading because I thought, “hey, maybe the guy likes horses”. No such luck, though one MC does own a horse. Then again, I suppose you aren’t meant to judge a book by its cover.

Most people who enjoy historical fiction will enjoy this one, especially since it’s in a rather picturesque area of Europe – then it was called Siena, now it is part of Spain.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Diamond Edge by Laura Harner

51310MPqpyL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Diamond Edge
Series: Ace of Diamonds, #3/Pulp Friction 2015: Altered States, #12
Author: Laura Harner
Genre: Paranormal/Horror/ Drama
Length: Novella (73 pages)
Publisher: Hot Corner Press (July 30, 2015)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: Alpha Jet Gorman might once have been a reluctant leader, but when he discovers someone is willing to murder in order to hide the origins of the newest members of the pack, his protective instincts are out in full force. To prevent further injury to the younger wolves, he works to uncover the truth of his deceased lover’s past—but the real answers he seeks may remain elusive as ever.

As an ancient vampire and former executioner for the Vampire Council, Nico Sanzio da Urbino takes a longer view when it comes to telling the truth—all is fair if you get there eventually—but the conflict between duty and heart have never been so personal. The price may be more than he is willing to pay as he attempts to keep his own secrets intact while helping Jet uncover the previous Alpha’s mysterious past.

With the New Orleans preternatural population continuing to increase at an unnatural rate, the local Alpha and the Odd Squad’s chief enforcer should have their attention focused on maintaining the human-to-super status quo, but with things between them heating up.

Their mutual distraction could prove deadly.

ISBN: 9781941841105

Product Link(s): https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-diamondedgeaceofdiamondsthree-1859805-148.html


Reviewer: Cat

Review: Jet and Nico are investigating the murders of the rogue wolves and also tying in the in vitro to the same time the Vampires were outed three years ago. They still haven’t font the one behind it but have suspicions. In digging Jet finds out more about Russ that he didn’t want to know and Nico has a secret that could make Russ’s betrayal seem minor.

I really like this series. There is a lot going on and you really should read all of this collection and Altered States for full effect …but you can follow the series fairly well on its own there will just be some characters you wonder the significance of and where they fit.

There is a lot of plot here which is good. You can see the relationship develop each book. And who doesn’t like a sexy vampire and hot werewolf?

If you like paranormal suspense, vampires, werewolves, and lots of mystery you will like this!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Discovering Dalton by Nicole Colville Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hiya guys, we have Nicole Colville stopping by with her newest release Discovering Dalton, we have a short chat with Nicole, there’s a fantastic excerpt, an awesome giveaway and Tams review, so enjoy the post and click that rafflecopter link ❤ ~Pixie~

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Discovering Dalton

(Manchester Ménage Collection 02)

Nicole Colville

At fifteen, Troy and Liam were fostered by the same family, and although they hated each other at first, they gradually became solid friends. As adults, the two foster brothers live together. Both experience tough times, each being a rock for the other, but their love had never been anything other than brotherly.

Until they both fall for the same guy, and things get… complicated.

Dalton is fresh out of a ten year marriage. Feeling lost, he concentrates on the only thing he can control—his body. Developing from a chubby, unfit police officer into a lean, mean inked one, Dalton has never looked better, but inside, he’s never felt worse. A relationship is far from his thoughts, and one with another man makes Dalton even more confused. He takes time to get to know Troy and Liam separately, but Manchester isn’t that big, and sparks fly when fate throws the three together.

Together, these three fight it out between them. Both Troy and Liam demand Dalton choose between them, but what if he didn’t have to choose? What if it could work between three?

The things in life we fight for are never the easiest, but they’re the ones worth holding onto forever.

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