lunedì 28 marzo 2016

Review: Totally Worth It by Maggie Cummings

TITLE: Totally Worth It

AUTHOR: Maggie Cummings

SERIES: Bay West Social #1

GENRE: F/F Contemporary Romance

PUBLICATION: December 15th 2015 by Bold Strokes Books 

 

MY RATING: 3 1/2 STARS



 Welcome to the world of Bay West Social.

Twenty-something Meg McTiernan is all about her career when her house hunt unexpectedly lands her at Bay West—a lesbian mecca tucked away in the suburbs of NYC—and her social life is given a turbo boost. There’s a pool, a softball league, even a nightclub practically in her backyard. In this loaded environment, finding the right girl just got a lot more interesting.

Case in point: law student Lexi Russo grew up at Bay West and is about to start an internship at the law firm of another local, self-assured, sexy Jesse Ducane. Lexi’s had a crush on Jesse forever, but Jesse’s the one Bay West woman she can’t possibly have. And not just because she’s her boss.

Together, new friends Meg and Lexi navigate romances, fun flirtations, juicy gossip, tons of drama, and maybe just the right amount of true love.

 ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

A good debut novel. It's not the typical “romance”. The story is set in a lesbian community, Bay West, where most ot the characters of this book live. The main characters are Meg and Lexi, but the focus of the story is not only on them, but on a circle of friends' relationships on different level: love, friend, work, family. None of the relationships are easy or too much complicated. The day-by-day life of the characters made them real, women to whom the reader can relate to easily. Not all the love stories between the different couples ended with a HEA.

What I loved of this book is that the sexual orientation of the characters is not the central focus of their identity. They are lesbians, that's a fact, in their lives they have struggled for sure to become what thery are now, but lesbian it's not what define them. They have their personality, 
their professions and being lesbian is just a secondary aspect, no big issues no dramas.

What I didn't find to much realistic was the community, something so distant from my experience and I couldn't relate to or fully understand.
The book didn't engaged me at the beginning, but I loved its progression and the final that has a good lead-in in the next installment.

An enjoyable read with a lot of potential for the books to come in the series.
I couldn't give the book a full 4 stars just because it wasn't totally what I expected but totally worth it.







I grew up in Staten Island NY, which is where I live now with my wife and our two kids.



In college I studied English and Theatre and then I became a police officer. Go figure. I did study criminal justice too, but honestly that came after the fact.



Totally Worth It is my first novel and I'm pretty excited about it. It was born out of an idea that popped into my head one day when I was walking my dog right after I bought my house. I was thinking that my block was kind of nice and my neighbors seemed friendly enough but the one thing that would make it better was if there were more lesbians. Or any other lesbians. Even better, all lesbians. And the rest is history...or actually fiction...



Totally Worth It is the first book in the Bay West Social series. Serious Potential ties up some loose ends and adds some new characters, too.

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sabato 26 marzo 2016

REVIEW: Reunited by JJ Harper




TITLE: Reunited

AUTHOR: JJ Harper

SERIES: Reunion #2

PUBLICATION: March 16th 2016 

GENRE: M/M Romance


MY RATING: 5 STARS




The reunion between Ryan and Nico was sweet as sugar and as hot as hell, but after ten years apart can they find true happiness?
When the one man Nico had wished to never see again suddenly appears, is it purely the coincidence it appears to be, or is there a reason he showed up at the exact moment Nico and Ryan found each other again?
Ryan and Nico both discover living with each other is not easy. They know the love they share is real but they're not the same men they once were. The passion between the two men continues to rocket sky high but so does the tension, causing tempers to rise between them. When secrets emerge and the past threatens the two men, can they pull together or will it too much for Ryan to cope with?
By the time the puzzle has been solved it may just be too late for one or even both of them.








 ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review





I closed Reunion, the first book in this series, with a “OMG-face”



I expected something bad coming on the second one.

In Reunited we found Ryan and Nico exactly where we left them at the end of the first book.

Nico’s past is back, with a new name. Ethan is now Tate and he’s married to Marcus, Ryan and Nico’s ex classmate. When Nico starts to receive old, compromising photos and mysterious messages, it’s clear that someone is trying to tear Nico and Ryan apart. Will their love be strong enough to survive the approaching storm?


I liked how Ryan and Nico’s relationship is growing. After ten years apart they don’t want to be separate again, for no reason. Every moment is good to have great, hot, steamy, explosive sex and open their hearts to each other. Both have some serious trust issues and the threat hovering over them is no help. Insecurity and fear seem to rule their actions. I found them say “I'm sorry” and “I'm not going anywhere” so many times that it felt quite painful because in those words there is all the fear and pain suffered in their past. But love is the glue that can fix them, that can put their broken pieces together and make them whole again.
I feel so much more alive now, my eyes are brighter and it's because of Nico.” - (Ryan)

You are my other half, shit my better half, my everything.” - (Nico)
In this book Troy, Nico’s friend, that we've met in the first book, keeps supporting him even at distance and a new character comes to help: Mason, Nico’s lawyer. I found out that Mason is not new to JJ Harper's followers as he’s the hero of Rising Up. I loved the interaction between Mason and Nico and Ryan, I've laughed at some exchange of witty remarks (…Rising Up is on my 'Read Soon' book list now).

The final chapter is suspenseful, I hold tight my Kindle fearing something really really bad was going to happen. The end is what I’ve hoped for Ryan and Nico, with no cliffhanger. But this wicked author just left a “message” for the readers announcing the third book.
And I didn’t liked it JJ Harper, be warned! You left me like this:









A book full of love, hot sex (OMG just thinking about those handcuffs...) and mistery, a Must Read series!







BOOK 1: Reunion
After being cast out by his family, Nico leaves his home town and his one true love Ryan behind. A meeting of a fellow outcast leads him down a dark and ultimately dangerous road. Discarded and left for dead, Nico is found by a man who helps him turn his life around, but even with success and fame Nico is lost without his love by his side.

The chance sighting of a Ten Year School Reunion on a social media site gives him the excuse to return home. He needs to apologize to the man he still loves, hoping Ryan will accept it. Deep down he wants Ryan back but imagines him married to a man who deserves him, not a coward that ran.

‘The ache for Ryan has been so strong and so real it has taken every ounce of strength I have to keep away, to let him lead his life without me. With me being a deadbeat, a loser and no good for anyone. Or so I’ve been told.’

Ryan retires from the army after the death of his mother, settling down again in his home town and his new life as a cop. Still single, his heart has always belonged to the one man he wasn’t able to keep. As the reunion gets closer Ryan searches for his man’s name as the list of attendees grows…

'It’s there…Nico Angeles. He’s coming, he’s coming home!'

Will they be able to forget the past or has the last ten years apart been too long?

Warning: Contains explicit hot gay sex and strong language.

Intended for audiences over 18 years of age

venerdì 25 marzo 2016

COVER REVEAL: My Lucky Catch (A University Park Series Novel) by CM Doporto

Title: My Lucky Catch, A University Park Series Novella

Author: CM Doporto

Release Date: May 9, 2016

ISBN: 9781524228095

ASIN: B01D56NW78

Genre: New Adult Sports Romance



They'll do anything to hide what they want, even though it's each other they want most. Determined to keep their friends-with-benefits status under-wraps, Luke and Delaney spend their junior year of college sneaking around. Once the truth is revealed, their relationship takes off, but not without the challenges from Delaney's carefree attitude or Luke's overbearing parents. Luke’s determined to standby the girl he loves and trust she’s doing the right thing, despite his hectic baseball schedule that keeps him on the road. When Delaney's past threatens to destroy them, will forgiveness be enough for them to realize they were each other's lucky catch? ***Standalone but it is recommended you read the entire series***


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Luke

“That was fucking amazing!” The hottie peeled her body off mine and moaned a few times before falling to her side of the bed.
“You were damn, good, too.” I panted for air, trying desperately to refill my lungs. This woman was desperate to wear me out. After a few deep breaths, I rolled to my side, eyeing the gorgeous brunette next to me. “So, are you going to tell me your name?”
“No.” She laughed, finger-combing her messy hair. “You don’t need to know it. Trust me.”
Strike one.
I grunted. “That’s not fair.” 
“What’s not fair?” She stared at me with a dubious look, even though she knew what I was talking about.
“You know my name and I don’t know yours.”
A slight smile emerged through her fake stare. “Everyone knows your name, Luke Thompson.” She winked.
I shook my head. “I doubt it.” 
“Whatever.” She waved a hand. “First baseman for Park Hill University. You’re known around here.”
Despite what she thought, I wasn’t that popular. Unless you followed baseball most people on campus didn’t know me, which was fine. I could do without all the attention – helped me keep my focus. Or at least what my parents wanted me to focus on – landing with a major league baseball team. I loved playing, but wasn’t sure I wanted to do it for a living. My passion was in the training room and earning a degree in sports exercise would hopefully work to my advantage.
“Are you a stalker or something?” I retracted slightly, hoping she wasn’t some kind of bat-shit crazy woman.
“I guess you can say that.” She gave me a sexy shrug. “I’ve had you on my To Do List for a while.”
“Your what?” I half laughed, half shuddered at the thought that this woman was after me. I normally kept an eye out for those only interested in a Mrs. Degree, but between the beer and shots, I’d somehow gotten careless. She made it damn easy to get in her pants so I figured what the hell.
“Yay, you know, a list of guys I want to have sex with.”
I choked on my spit and coughed. “I guess you don’t have any issues with consensual sex, huh?”
“Not at all.” Her bright, sparkling blue eyes surveyed me purposefully. I wasn’t sure if she wore color enhancing contacts or what, but I’d never seen eyes that blue before. “We’re adults.”
“In that case, you want to hook up again?” I rose up on my forearms as she crawled out of bed. Long, dark hair cascaded down her back leading to hips like I’d never seen before. With a perfect ass and a tiny waist, I couldn’t wait to get her from behind.
“Maybe,” she said, gathering her clothes. 
“Can you at least give me your phone number?” My eyes stayed fixed, unable to stop watching her dress. She didn’t seem to mind, giving me a full frontal view of everything. And boy do I mean everything. 
“No.” Her voice was blunt, without a hint of teasing or flirting present. 
Strike two.
I fell back against the pillow. How I managed to get this woman in bed was beyond me. Then it occurred to me that she was the one that got me in bed. This game was totally in her control. 
 

CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband, son, and daughter enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot and several fish. She writes Young Adult and New Adult swexy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.
Twitter: @cm_doporto