KB: Confessions: Julien


Confessions Julien

Author: Ella Frank

Series: confessions#2

Rating: 5/5

Summary: People are complex.

Love a double-edged sword.

And when it comes to a broken heart, there are no rules, only time…

For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about.

To the outside world, he has it all.

A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life.

But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It’s a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.

But unlike Priest, Robbie doesn’t know what he’s helping Julien to fight. He doesn’t know what Julien did all those years ago. And with the anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, the time for explanations is running out.

And thus the question: will the princess be able to forgive the prick as the priest once did?

Only time will tell.

When we were first introduced to Julien in the Temptation series I didn’t really think I like him. For he seemed like another love interest for Robbie and I loved the thought of it just being Robbie and Priest. For as much as they argued in these books, their chemistry was off the charts. Then, of course, we found out that he’s married to Priest and so on. Still didn’t like love him until I started reading these books.

I love Julien and not just because he has an accent which I always swoon on. He fills in the gaps of Priest to Robbie when needed and he just loves both men so much. In his book, he is dealing with a lot especially with his newest restaurant opening up and an important Anniversary that he wants to avoid but knows he can’t. So he leans on his two men for help for he has a really hard time handling it.

Let’s talk about his men and how supportive they are. Robbie may be new to all this but he takes in strives. Robbie is really good at being able to read people and he does that with Julien and helps him deal with the past though it’s hard on Julien. And then there’s Priest who have been through this countless times with Julien and is his rock. Julien has said multiple times that Priest keeps the darkness away and makes sure everything is alright.

Also the story. Learning more about Julien and Priest past is always a treat. And learning about why Julien is suffering so hurt my heart. I love how this story wasn’t all about the sex. It was more about connecting and being there for one another. Having Priest actually joke around and tell jokes which reading the temptation series you wouldn’t believe he could. To Julien taking steps to forgiving himself for something he didn’t do. And sweet Robbie is the glue for both his broken men and slowing finding his place between them.

Until the ending which makes me want to read this book even more. Because now where getting to Priest and soon learn why he’s the way he is.

KB Review: Confessions: Robbie


Author: Ella Frank

Series: Confessions # 1

Format: Kindle

Page Count: 314

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

Relationships are complex.
Love ever-changing.
And when it comes to rules of the heart,
they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.
Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:
If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

SIDEBAR: You don’t need to read the Temptation series however highly suggest it. For Logan and Tate’s story needs to be read because I love them. Plus we meet the characters from this story, and their beginning.

I forgot to gush about this book but just for everyone to know i 100% loved this book. To see more Robbie and fall more in love with his stubborn and sassy behavior. He knows who he is and isn’t gong to hide or stop being himself which I love most about him. Plus he’s loyal and so family based that I see why Priest and Julien want him.

PRIEST & ROBBIE CONTINUED:

Now since Priest and Robbie meet they’ve been on each others bad side, so I knew/ hopped that they would get together. But the ending of True came a surprise that 1st Priest is married and 2nd that him and his husband want to bring Robbie into a three way relationship. Color me shock but totally ready for it.

THE NEW/OLD GUY:
Julien we don’t meet until True when he meets Robbie at the Pop Cherry and they hit off but it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. However we get more of him in this book and i simply love him. I already loved Priest because he’s one of those silent but don’t take crap and always tell you the truth. I love how that honest comes out of him and Robbie ask questions and tries to make sense of why Priest and Julien want to bring him in their marriage.

THE STORY:
This book has lots of funny moment but also serious ones because Priest and Julien have lots of baggage and in this first book only touch a bit of what those men has been through. Plus I have to say the touching moments between all three of them made me make awe noises in public and get weird looks. Plus the sexy parts are so hot that being at work and reading got me questioned a lot.
But I wouldn’t change a thing and I can’t wait until Julien’s story comes out later this year. Hopefully all three would be released this year because I am addicted to it.

I will be rereading the temptation series before I review them. Not because I don’t remember the stories, but because I just want the memories fresh when I review.

Also has anyone read the temptation series or this first book in this trilogy. If so please let me know because am obsessed with everything that goes on in these books. Also the second book comes out next month and so excited.

Audiobook Review: The Shadow Cipher


Author: Laura Ruby

Series: York#1

Format: audiobook

narrator: Andy Verner

Length: 10/14

Summary: it was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

My Thoughts:

This was a sweet mystery about three children who want to try and save there apartment. And so Tess, Theo, Jamie, and a big cat go around New York looking for answers. Where no 7th graders should go alone but hey this is there city so who knows.

This book was told in each of the children POV which was easy to get because it was changed for each chapter. The narrator was done by Adam Verner and he did a wonderful job putting a difference between each voice. For a 10 hour audio this one went fast and kept me interested the whole time.
I loved how they each had a role to play, Jamie drew out when they found a new thing. While Theo was the textbook giving the history. And Tess she is also very smart, but also can lie the best out of the three of them. Also the friendship is sweet for they all are fighting for a common cause and that’s so no one would leave the only home they know. Plus the twins have a giant cat who is everything. She goes along with most of there adventure. She keeps Tess calm and scare off baddies what’s not to love.
Where the puzzles took them was basically all around New York from the Statue of Liberty, to visit Alexander Hamilton, to get on crazy trains, and even go under ground. There was plenty twist and turns some obvious, but there was plenty of them to keep me going into the end.

Alas cliffhangers are not fun, because that ending makes me want the next book which isn’t until next year.

 

Audiobook: RoomHate


Author: Penelope Ward

Series: n/a

Format: audible

Narrator: Zoe McKay

Length: 9h/3m

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Amelia and Justin where childhood best friends until a misunderstanding made her leave him behind. That was until Amelia’s grandmother passed away and left her house to both of them. And now have to spend the summer with the boy she left behind along with his girlfriend. Awkward.

My Thoughts:

And it kept going and I couldn’t stop listening and so finished it in a day.

Justin though was a bastard in the beginning I still loved him because hello bad boys make me just a happy reader. While Amelia just want to talk to Justin to settle there differences and maybe become friends again. However Justin wants nothing to do with her. The battle in the beginning had me pause my audiobook because I couldn’t handle it. Laughter and smiling like a lone makes you have weird looks. Then as they slowly went into friendship mode and the slow burn I lived for.

Let me just say this book had no cheating. I know I was shocked and very happy that Penelope didn’t take that route. Because yes there was some sexual tension and long looks between Justin and Amelia however they respected Jill enough not to act on it. I loved Jill to and would love a spin off for to have a happy ending. Because she became friends with Amelia when Justin was being a bully. So yes for her story and have Justin and Amelia costar.

Another thing I loved the development of this book. It wasn’t just the summer and they reconnected and end there’s no there was more. The setting was cute in the way that the house was on a little island. So small town along with living on the water. This was such a realistic way that a relationship should develop especially with the history they have. It had to go slow and work the way up to more and I got that with this book and was surprised.

The narrator Zoe McKay did a wonderful job at telling the story in both voices. Plus mainly you get the story in Amelia’s voice and in the epilogue you get Justin. Which kind of sucks because there are parts I would have loved read through Justin’s view.

Other than that I loved this story and highly recommend to anyone who loves childhood friends who get a second chance at something more.

BR: A Little Bit Like Love// male/male second chance romance


Author: Brooke Blaine

Series: South Haven-1

Page Count: 278

Format: Kindle

Summary:

My Thoughts:

This is a duel POV of Jackson and Lucas who meet at a all boy school became friends and started feeling more. However Jackson disappear and it takes him 8 years to come back. But coming back they find out that they have changed while still being highly attracted to each other.

The Boys:

Jackson and Lucas had such a rough reunion and moments afterward. Since Jackson wants to explain unfortunate for him Lucas doesn’t want to hear it. How much work the both have to do start talking and being open. It was a roller-coaster. Which to come find out both where tricked by Jackson’s dad so that they would never see each other.

Disliked:

Lets talk about his father for a moment. There was plenty of times I yelled at my phone because he was simply a bastard. Not only did he twist the situation 8 years ago to keep them away from each other. But also the way he talked to Jackson pissed me off which is the ending was one of my favorite part.

Favorite:

On a more positive note I LOVED Shaw and Bash and simply wanted more of them. There best friends to Lucas and try to be the voice of reason type role. Shaw is the one you go to for a tattoo or a drink, but gives great advice without asking. Then there is Bash who you need for a bad day while also being a cutthroat when needed. I loved them both so much that I just want more.

Plus its based in Safe Haven which is a small southern town where everyone knows everyone and there secrets. However this small town is somewhere I really would love to visit. Or any small town would do.

So this book took me by surprise and I couldn’t stop reading it. So I just the next book come out now so I can revisit this small town with there southern charm. While following some of favorite guys fall in love.

Also reading this has completed my goodreads challenge of reading 50 books. How my reading has been of late I had to take it down from 100 to 50 and even then I wasn’t sure if I would get that. So from now until Dec 31st am set. 

Has anyone else hit there goodreads goal yet or have you changed it to go higher or lower? Let me know in the comments along with any book recommentions about small towns. m/m romance because I haven’t gotten enough yet. second chance loves.

Until next time bye 🙂