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.

EB-REVIEW: Belonging Trilogy by A.M. Arthur


These are m/m romances of all the friends who fall in love. Each man has issues that the books deal with as they slowing form friendships that lead to romance.

Arthur(nst)

No Such Thing:

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Alessandro has come back to help his foster mother, while Jamie is finally living a life after being sick for a long time. With a bit of luck Alessandro gets hired at Jamie’s sisters shop busting tables and bringing out orders. Which leads to both men seeing each other daily. So when it comes out that Jamie is unexperienced thanks for him being sick. Alessandro strikes a  deal to help him out as long as it stays in a teaching situation. However of course it doesn’t work that way. Because Alessandro is a little bit more hard headed, and very  protective of  Jamie while also letting him experience in a safe place. Which Jamie feels he can because Alessandro is there to protect if needed. I love that they understand each other and that they grew together. Even though the outside world brings lots of drama some being from Alessandro’s foster brother and a old class mates secret. While Jamie deals with hate for being gay that works out and just bring them closer.

Arthur(mtt)

Maybe This Time:

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As a regular at Pot of Gold Ezra is known as pretty much a one stand man, and as a bartender Donner have seen and heard all about Ezra’s antics. That was until a chance meeting in the bathroom Erza has now set his eyes on Donner whose hesitant. It was supposed to be a one night thing however it doesn’t work out that way and they try to work toward something more. Something I love most about this book is how opposite Donner and Ezra is personality wise. Donner is more the quiet type who is trying to start dating after losing his partner. Then there’s Ezra whose out and proud who is also have
a huge wall up that is hard for him to let Donner in which of course cause problems. Yet slowly and with lots of love and patience.

Arthur(sby)

Stand By You:

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Romy & Brendan are everything. This is a story of Romy who is trying to come to terms to what he went through and try to get back to some what normal. Which Romy has plenty of support especially from Brendan who is a silent support. I love how the relationship of Romy & Brendan started for it was friendship for most of the book. Then grow slowly to them having more stronger feelings for each other. This is Brendan’s first real gay relationship and this is the first time Romy went into a relationship where sex isn’t a major factor. So it was really something to watch them learn how to be together since neither have before. They have lots going against them including Romy’s PSTD, crazy ex’s, and keeping each other honest. Plus the others from the belong trilogy are present and a wonderful support system for my boys.

All these books star two different boys yet has the prior couples in them being supportive and giving advice. This whole triogy I give them 4 stars and highly recommend.

 

Audiobooks Review: The Hazel Woods//descent story until the end


Title: The Hazel Woods

Arthur:Melissa Albert

Rating:3/5 stars

Format:Audiobook

Narrator:Rebecca Soler

Length:10/30

Summary: Alice and her mother have always traveled around trying to escape the bad luck that always seemed to follow them. That was until they get word that Alice’s grandmother who Alice has never meet. Who she only know is her mother wants to keep her away from her and that she’s a famous author. They believe their safe until one day Alice’s mother is taken and with the help of a fellow classmate try to follow her mother’s trail which leads to the one place her mother never wanted Alice to go. The Hazel Woods.

MY THOUGHTS:

This would have been such a 4 stars for though I didn’t really like Alice but enjoyed the secondary characters. Also though the story was a bit slow I still really enjoyed how the story went and seen the twist but could get behind it. Even all that it would still be a 4 stars read, until the ending.

The secondary characters are what makes this book, because Alice is annoying. How she was hot and cold so fast and was just a brat for the most part. Yes her mother was missing, yet don’t be a bully to the person that is trying to help you. Flinch is the rich popular boy who isn’t shown any attention at home, so the magically world of the Hinterland is such a wonderland for him. Which is why he started helping the granddaughter of his favorite book.

Again I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I cannot get over how the author decided to write it. There was some build up and it just crashed and I couldn’t help but be upset. Something I didn’t realize is that this book is book one and I don’t know how Melissa is going to continue on with this story. Just hoping that the next book isn’t Alice, but maybe another of the characters of the Hinterland. That I would totally read.

Lastly the audiobook was really good and Rebecca Soler made the story very fairytale like which made the slow bits not that hard to get through. Which if you ever heard her do the Lunar Chronicles series know how smooth she makes story telling.

Audiobook Review:Kage Trilogy


Titles: Kage, Kage Unleashed, Kage Unmasked

Author: Maris Black

Series: Kage 1-3

Format: audible

Narrator: J.F. Harding

Lengths: 8h 2m/7h 9m/ 5h 28m

Summary: M/M with boxing and a mafia vibe. All three books are about a chance meeting between boxing uprise and want to be reporter and how they try to be in a relationship together.

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The 1st book is my favorite for it was the start of the cat and mouse that Jamie and Kage began  playing. Especially how Jamie ended up working for Kage and the craziness that comes with it. I love the start of relationships when its slow and don’t know if this is what they really want. Also if they could be anymore different personality wise that lead to a long summer. 4 stars

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2nd book its more who isnt trying to keep them away from each other. It being Jamies family, or Kage’s uncle. Plus it didnt help that Jamie had to go back to school so they were separate. Which lead to them to trust each other and not what they see or hear. To listen to Kage getting jealous is dangerous to those who threaten I thought it was sweet. 3.5 stars

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3rd book is where the mafia elements come more pronounced. This is where we also see Kage fighting to come to terms with his dark pass and try to get out from his uncles thumb. This was my least favorite of the trilogy because though the beginning was good and the ending was rushed to the happy ending. Plus there was somethings I still needed answers to but didn’t get. 3 stars

I read these through audiobook and J.F. Harding was a good narrator he did a good job. I understood who he was talking through since it did go from both main characters. Plus the stories was quick to get through and was a fun time.

Overall I give this trilogy a 3 stars the first one is my favorite the second meh and the third was rushed. However I did enjoy it and recommend it to those who like boxing/mafia moments and m/m romance.

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 🙂

BR: Rebel of the Sands


Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: The Rebel of the Sands-1
Publisher: Viking Books-2016
Format: Hardback/Audiobook
Page Count: 314/ 9 hrs. 31mins
Narrator: Soneela Nankani
Rating: 4/5

Summary: Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic.  For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. 

Amani Al’Hiza is all three.  She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead.

Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew.

PRO’S:
The writing was beautiful. The way that Hamilton describe things just made me want to highlight all the passages. Especially when listening to it because Soneela Nankani has a beautiful storyteller voice that brings the images more real.

The Dev’s Valley ran like a wound deep into the skin of the desert, a shallow river exposed vein at the bottom. -189

This book gripped me from the first because I loved how tough Amani is and how hard she worked to changing her life. She wasn’t going to be like all the other girls in her small town. Amani taught herself how to shoot and raised money to get out of her uncle’s thumb and I have to give her props for that. The smart mouth on Amani and how quick she is with her comments while having a smile on her face. From the first paragraph, I could tell that Amani is going to be a straight up badass and I was right.

“I’m looking for a man.”
“Funny, most men round here are looking for a woman.”-16%

You stole it first. If you hadn’t set such a bad example, maybe I would’ve never stolen your broken compass.”-36%

The humor between Jin and Amani is so adorable. They both are quick with a comment and are sarcastic which I totally get behind.

“You’re too smart to play dumb, Bandit.”
“You’re mistaking my playing dumb for my thinking you’re an idiot for wanting a beat-up compass”-36%

“I don’t mean to worry you and all,” I said, trying to keep my voice calm, “but have you noticed that you’ve been shot?” “Ah.” Looking at him closer now, I could see he was clutching the counter to stay upright. “I’d almost forgotten about that.”-18%

I could predict Jin’s secret so when that was revealed I wasn’t surprise. Jin was supposed to be this mystery who’s that guy type of thing, but it didn’t really work on me. I loved though that he didn’t try to stop Amani from being herself.

However, when Amani twist came I was actual surprised. I probably should have seen it coming, but since I didn’t I had a bit of a shock. Plus, the tag on the cover that says she’ll always be more gunpower than girl. The desert has other plans. Is very true once you read the book.
Disliked:
Something I didn’t like about Amani is her breaking promises. She left her best friend to suffer and promises herself she won’t break another and does it anyway. Which came back to bite her as things like this usually happened. But then when she had the option to leave Jin after he is injured Amani stays with him.

Currently there is no love triangle which is a relief and how it carries onto the second book.
Which because there wasn’t a cliffhanger I can wait a bit before I pick up the next book. Not that I didn’t enjoy the ending, and that there isn’t question I need answered. I just have plenty of books to read currently first.

BR: Love & Gelato


Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Series: N/A

Genre: Ya/Contemporary

Format: hardback

Page Count: 389

Publisher/Year: Simon Pulse-2016

Summary: “I made the wrong choice.”
Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.
But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.
People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.


I REALLY WANT TO ITALY!!!! I mean I’ve always wanted to go to Italy because am a pasta lover and so it makes sense to go where it was born right. To see Italy through Lina’s eyes and hearing the stories it felt magically.

Another thing I couldn’t help but love is the characters yes there is some I hated and others I thought may not be as bad as I first thought. However Lin.a, Howard, Ren, and Sonia there is other cool characters like Ren family who are funny, and Ren’s group of friends. These are my favorite though.

Lina is our main character and she come’s to Italy after her mothers death to live her father which she’s never know about. Not only that but she lives in a WW2 cemetery that doesn’t help someone grieving. However finding her mothers journal and learning how she spent her year in Italy helped her.

Howard was one of  Lina’s mothers best friend when she came to Italy for college and is Lina’s father. He is such a small town gentleman thanks to his South Carolina roots. He is so understanding about space and enjoys telling stories about history. He also have a sense of humor that I can totally get behind.

Lorenzo or Ren as his friends call him. Ren is the first person to befriend Lina and helps her learn about her mothers past. He is half American and lives in a gingerbread house. Riding around Italy on his little scooter being overly protective of Lina thanks to being afraid of Howard. Just puts a smile on face.

Sonia to be truthful I thought she would be Howards love interest. Instead she’s a friend and there seems to be no love love between them. Which is fine because Lina needed a friend and women influence that Sonia brings to the story.

Loves other than the characters:
This book does a great way of making a person fall in love with Italy by describing the culture/food/and sites that makes people want to go.

The way Ren is afraid of Howard after just one conversation. How Howard kept at it even though he knew Ren was a good guy.

The way Howard and Lina’s relationship was a work in progress.

Dislike:
The fact that there was no easy translation for the Italian words/phases. It would have been nice if there was a back glossary or even a easy translation after it. However most of the time they just go right by it like am supposed to know what there saying. Instead I have to look it up which takes me out of my book for a bit.

Another thing is how predictably it is. The big plot twist wasn’t  a surprise for you can guess at it in the beginning. Also about it being a bit predictable is how Lina is pretty much doing what her mother did relationship wise. Which I won’t say because spoilers.

All in all read this book if you want to learn more about Italy and become very hungry with all the food. Also you learn a bit about its history and stories that make you feel like your there listening to them. This is a great summer read that everyone should try.

BR: Fixer Uppers


Author: Devon McCormack

Series: N/A

Format: kindle

Page Count: 328

Genre: M/M Romance

Publisher: Devon McCormack

Published Year: 2017

Rating: 3/5

Summary:

MIKEY
I’ve never messed around with a guy before. Not that I haven’t been attracted to guys. The opportunity just never came up.
I stand at the front door, naked. My bro’s roomie, Scott, is pissed about how much noise I made with the girl I just escorted out of their apartment, but I figured we were alone, and I couldn’t help that she liked to scream out to let me know she was enjoying herself. Just like I can’t help that the raging boner I have right now is for Scott, not her. I don’t know what it is about the angry glare he’s giving me that turns me on so much, but I just want to tug on his curly brown locks and hear him call out my name as I show him a good time.
Scott doesn’t want anything to do with me. At least, I think that’s the case, but I learn just how wrong I am one night when we wind up tearing each other’s clothes off and racing for the bedroom. He blows my mind…and well, me too. We spend the next few days messing around before I head back to California. That’s supposed to be the end of it. But after my sister makes a crap investment on a rundown house near my bro’s apartment in Atlanta, I jump at the opportunity to help her fix it up. I don’t want her to have to stay with our parents, who I’ve avoided since I left for college–don’t get me started.
Scott volunteers to work on the project too, which gives us plenty of time to have a little fun together. It’s supposed to be about fixing up the house, but the more time I spend with him, the more I realize it’s not the only fixer upper Scott’s working on. He’s doing something to me–making me better. And even though I’m heading back home when this is all over, I don’t want it to end. Because I’m falling for Scott…so hard.


This hurts me for the fact that am a fan of Devon McCormack books after reading three of his other books other and loved them. However this book was missing what I loved about the other books.

I Think my biggest issue is the writing felt off to me. It just felt different from hi other books I’ve read. It was a bit cheesy for me that I had some omg I can’t believe they said that.

I still loved the two main characters Scott and Mickey and have a soft spot for what they went through. They both have family issues that they have to deal with. And they also was each others support system when needed it was sweet. However for a duel POV it was a bit one sided with Mickey being center which is fine since he has the most family issues. However Scott to had some issues that was glimpsed at then wrapped up pretty fast. I would of just liked it to be more equal and seeing more Scott with his family and not just a couple times.

There is somethings I did like about this book. Like the sibling relationship. Mickey may not have the best relationship with his parents however he has a real tight one with his siblings. The building aspect when it actually was getting done was cool with Mickey doing that for a living and being a good teacher to Scott the graphic designer they made a good time.

The romance was a up and down thing to me. Sometimes I was so for it other time it was just straight up cheesy. They seemed to want to just have the relation part but not the ship part. Which is annoying how they kept everything in there head and asked what’s going to happen next their like I don’t know. If they talked about it more it would have been much easier to mange but of course need the drama.

I liked this book for the relationship between Mickey and his sibling and how Mickey and Scott did start to bound. On the other hands it was cheesy read and has lots of weird worded things in it, and the spacing was off. So for your first of these who are first time with these author these should be your first book to read of his. I would recommend Between these Sheets, Filthy Little Secret, and Tight End.  These are the reason I enjoyed the author so much and should be tired out.

Audiobook Review: The Graveyard Book


Author: Neil Gaiman

Narrators: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margoyles, Andrew Scott, Julian Rhind-Tutt

Length: 8 hrs & 24 mins.

Rating: 4/5

Nobody (Bod) Owen  as a toddler has been raised by ghost after his real family was killed. With the killer is still looking for Bod lucky enough he is protected by his guardian Silas.  This book is Bod journey from toddler to 15 and I loved every second of it. pretty much him growing up and showing stages of his childhood that we all faced at one point.

I loved Bod because he loved to learn by any source. It being from books or by stories he’s always eager to listen and learn. He was such a sweet boy who tries to helpful and respectable to those living or dead. To see him grow up and make friends, go to school, get in trouble was just heart warming to see. Also he has a stubborn and fearless side that makes me want to root for him and call him brave.

Silas is a character that I loved for never sugar coating anything when it comes to Bod.  His role in Bod life is to be able to keep the boy feed since he was the only one who could leave the graveyard. Which made me question what exactly Silas was. Because I don’t think he was a ghost, but he’s lived for a long time. Anyway I still loved him and how he let Bod learn from his mistake while being still being close enough to protect him.

I think my favorite part was having a full cast along with music. It was just plan fun to hear everyone have their own voice with ascents and other things to make the sound unique. So I wasn’t confused. Plus usually I don’t like music with audio’s because it sometimes bugs me. However in
this book it was used to transition from end of chapter to the next one. So it actually helped to tell me when the new one begin.

One thing I didn’t like was the Jack and the reason behind Bod’s families death. It just felt like a easy out and no real explanation of who they really were. Also I knew who was who when Jack and Bod meet up after 13 years of hiding. The whole finally lets say battle scene was pretty cool though how Bod used his years in the graveyard to great use.

I still fully enjoyed this book and happy that I finally got to it. If I had to recommend the book or audiobook I have to say audio with the full cast. Because I believe it brings more fun to the story while we reading through Bod’s childhood. Either way if your a fan or just starting with his work I totally think you should give this a try.

Audible Review: One of Us is Lying


Author: Karen M. McMonus

Narrators: Kim Mai Guest, MacLead Andrews, Shannon McManus, Robbie Daymond

Length: 10 hours & 43 minutes

Rating: 5/5

I didn’t expect much of this book for the fact that its set in a high school. However I was totally into this story from start to finish.We have the breakfast club in the year 2017 and instead of a couple hours having fun in the library they have to deal with a murder they were witness to. So Addy, Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Simon are in dentation that none them believe they deserve. During the time the teacher leaves Simon ends up with what seemed liked a accidental death. But, when it comes out that Simon’s death wasn’t accidently and that he had dirt that he was going to spill about the others starts a investigation in all their lives.

When I first heard the premise I had the question how the heck does one person die in dentation and no one knows what happened. Well I got that solved for me  pretty quickly and have to say it was smart way to get it done. Especially if you want to frame the other people in the room.

The other breakfast clubbers I enjoyed especially with each of them getting their own narrators. At first I’ll admit I didn’t know who was who but as the story continued I feel for each character in their own special way. Addy who was pretty much a arm accessory for her jock of a boyfriend grew the most for me. For after all the dirt came out (which of course it did their in high school) Addy went from the top to the bottom real fast. Yes she cried for the lost however she bounced back like a boss, and showed her more independent side. I love how Bronwyn became a little detective, and how she used all her smarts to figure out who really did Simon in. Cooper is the all American good boy who tries to please everyone and I just love how southern he is. I kind of guessed what his secret is and I was more than okay with it. Then we have our bad guy Nate who has a hard life and doesn’t care about much. However as the book process you see that he isn’t as hard as he means himself to be. I think he’s just precious. Each of them grew throughout the book and am glad they didn’t take what was happening laying down.

When you found out the whys and motto I didn’t expect, and the other twist behind everything took me by surprise as well. Though it does make sense for how the character acted. However I never expected that or how it got all wrap up. But I loved it all and so glad how it ended.

Also there is a romance between two of the four which I simply loved through out because it started slow and steady until the end and I loved every minute of it. And can I say I cared for some of the parents, but loved their siblings. For though some of the parents were understanding yet gave them a hard time. The siblings where always supportive of their older sibling.

This is Karen M. McManus debut novel and I will be reading more of her books in the future if she keeps writing like this. So I highly recommend this for young adult reader who like a bit of mystery to there stories. The friendship and sibling love is really big in these book with a dash of a sweet romance. So please read and let me know what you think.