Monday, February 27, 2017

Homerun by strictlybecca

Homerun by strictlybecca

In the midst of a zombie apocalypse, Agron and Duro honed their fighting skills and effectively rid the world of quite a few "crawlers". Agron is immediately mesmerized when they come to the aid of a stranger who is almost overtaken by a horde. Duro can't help but roll his eyes at the fact that his brother finds time to flirt while also killing zombies.
 
I couldn't help but laugh during this quick read! Agron and Duro are the ultimate silly zombie-killing duo! They have some pretty cool moves, but my favorite part of this story is Duro's reactions to his brother's shameless flirting. Nasir can hold his own, but something about the unfiltered giant of a man intrigues him. Give this funny story a try!
 
~ M


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review: Heart Trouble (Ashe Sentinel Connections #6) by D.J. Jamison

When Gage Evans gets a look at his hot nurse, he's smitten immediately. Too bad he's given the nurse the impression he's some kind of daredevil. It couldn't be further from the truth. Gage is a college journalism instructor writing a series of guest columns that require him to jump into new experiences -- a fun bucket list, but one that does nothing to convince Ben he's not an adrenaline junkie.

Fresh off his latest heartbreak, nurse Ben Griggs is wary when one of his patients shows an interest in him -- especially when that patient showed up in the ER after a motorcycle accident. Ben's ex was a biker, a friend with benefits, and he dropped Ben cold when someone more interesting came along. Ben isn't the kind of guy who can hold the interest of an adrenaline junkie like Gage Evans for long. The last thing he wants is to lose his heart to the wrong man again.

The more Ben gets to know Gage, the harder he is to resist. He can only hold on for the ride and keep his guard up as much as he can. But Ben's lack of trust seriously gets in the way of building a relationship, and Gage will only be patient so long. Can he trust Gage enough to give him heart, or are they destined to have a fling that goes nowhere?


This was a frustrating read for me. I did not find any fault in the writing or the flow of the story. Everything came down to the characters; well, one character in particular. Gage is a complete delight. He is kind, patient, funny and a total sweetheart. He's willing to do anything for the people he cares for and I admired his determination. Ben, on the other hand, was very hard to like. His constant insecurities, doubt, pessimism and occasional selfishness and manipulative attitude made me wonder why Gage want to be with him so badly. Yes, Ben is good looking and he and Gage shared a passionate sex life, but, in my opinion, that's not enough to put up with all of his baggage.

All in all, this is a nice read, but be warned Ben will frustrate you. However, Gage and side character Zane will give you a nice, calming respite in between Ben's Debbie Downer fits.





I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

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~ M

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Review: Paint the Stars (Free Fall #3) by Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn

Ezra Greene has made a pretty decent life for himself. He has a nice apartment and spends his days doing the one thing he’s always loved—creating art. Despite being somewhat of a grumpy recluse, he’s even made a few loyal friends. When he takes a side job painting a mural at a local holistic center, he can’t help being curious about a certain friendly and self-assured yoga instructor, even if he doesn’t buy into any of that Zen crap. His holier-than-thou family already tried fitting him inside a box, and he swore he’d never be molded into anybody’s belief system again.

For Daevonte Randall, adulthood has worked out pretty well. He’s close to his parents and lives with an awesome roommate. He’s content with weekend hookups, teaching yoga, and taking college courses. What he doesn’t expect is to be so intrigued by the brooding and reserved painter he’s been tasked to stay after hours with at the center. Something fascinates him about Ezra, even after Daevonte’s attempts at flirting gets him friend-zoned on the spot.


As weeks pass, Ezra and Dae get to know each other, and soon their friendship catches fire. But Ezra’s been burned pretty badly before so trust and intimacy has to be earned. Daevonte feels up to the task, but it proves difficult as Ezra continues to keep his emotions in check. Dae’s only willing to wait so long, and when they’re dealt a surprising blow, Ezra needs to decide if love is worth the risk, that is…if it’s not too late.


I really enjoyed this story! Both Daevonte and Ezra are likable characters, even though Ezra could be a little too grumpy and set in his ways. I like how they both brought out different, positive aspects in each other and learned from one another. This is a very slow build, but the pay off is well worth it. Definitely give this story a try. It's filled with complex characters that will keep you on your toes and wondering what's going to happen next. 


I received a copy of this book from the authors and voluntarily provided my honest review.

 
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~ M

Water Birth by KireinaAme

Water Birth by KireinaAme

Makoto and Haru are happy, in love and married. Of course the next step would be children, so now the two men are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first. It should come as no surprise that Haru chose a water birth.

This is a very sweet one shot! I know some people are turned off by mpreg, but I think the author did a pretty good job with it. You can feel love Makoto and Haru have for one another, and the joy the experience once their child is born. Give this story a try!

~ M

artwork credit: yuilien

Monday, February 20, 2017

You Know How to be the Bigger Person by chelztoddbrooke

You Know How to be the Bigger Person by chelztoddbrooke

While grocery shopping with their young son and daughter, Agron and Nasir's family experiences the ugliness of society. Even though the situation is handled, Agron worries how the incident has affected his children.

This story is wonderful! Although the subject matter is somewhat heavy, I loved the family dynamic. The kids are really adorable, and I found myself wishing I could continue reading about this family long after I'd finished the fic. Highly recommended!

~ M

photo credit: Starz, Inc.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review & GIVEAWAY: You Had Me at Hero by Michael P. Thomas

When seventeen-year-old Mark Potts fell from a balcony, he lost both the use of his legs and any faith in heroes. Now twenty-nine, he’s long-since come to terms with his injury. His job provides more opportunities for eye-rolling than for riding to anybody’s rescue, but with two kids to bring up, he barely has time for his husband, much less for heroics. Besides, Starr Bradford is a policeman -- how many heroes does one family need?

Mark and Starr love each other madly, but stress management is a load-bearing pillar of their happiness. When Mark’s coping skills fail him at exactly the wrong moment, he’s left hanging by a thread of words he should’ve kept in his mouth. He has the power to repair their relationship, but when Starr’s workday suddenly goes south, will he get to wield it? Keeping it together long enough to find out is a job worthy of any superhero!


This was a pretty quick read that flowed well. I liked the main characters and thought they had a great, relatively uncomplicated, relationship. It was interesting to read about how children came into their lives and how well both Mark and Starr took on the role of father. Even though there was a small amount of exposition for Mark and Starr, I wish there had been more. Sometimes I felt as though I picked up their story somewhere in the middle. There were pieces I felt were missing that could have fleshed out the characters and the overall storyline much better. 


The "big misunderstanding," in my opinion, seemed a little overblown by both of the main characters. I was confused as to why that particular incident caused so much worry and angst, at least from Mark's point of view.

All in all, this is a nice read. I appreciated how Michael P. Thomas inserted important social commentary into the book, particularly when it came to race. It's not perfect, but the effort is there and I respect him for that.
I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.


Buy Links
JMS Books | Amazon

~ M


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stand Up for the One You Love by Lycosolen

Stand Up for the One You Love by Lycosolen

Michaela has a few words she'd like to share with Oliver after discovering he knows about Sam's murder. Connor is taken aback by her condescension and decides to have a few words with her.

Tense and engrossing, this story is a great complement to episode 3x11. I loved the way that Connor stands up for Oliver and shows that Oliver is one of the few people they can trust. Give this quick read a try!

~ M

picture credit: ABC