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Friday, October 21, 2016

Spaces Between Notes by Kristina M. Sanchez ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

Utterly beautiful love story. It's the kind of book you simply don't want to put down - so I didn't :) I sat a full evening engulfing myself with Kristina's unique characters. I really enjoyed the love story, but above that I enjoyed getting to know Niko and Carys but also Niko's best friend Jamie, his siblings and even Carys' brother which isn't the easiest character to like in the book.. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Poster Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #5) [Toby & Jock] by Anne Tenino ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ½ ~~~

This was another funny and sweet (and also the last) installment in the "Theta Alpha Gamma" frat house series. I enjoyed getting to know both Toby and Jock and having more of some of the others who are SO silly, it's really is impossible not to laugh about how CUTE they are. Yet this one wasn't a favorite. For me, it was too long. The whole story is somehow more focused on the frat boys than on the couple or at least it seemed that way because it takes WAY TOO LONG for Toby and Jock to find their way to one another. It made them both insecure in a way I thought mostly charming and sweet, mostly when it concerns Toby who unlike Jock is actually a confident guy.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Good Boy (Theta Alpha Gamma #4) [Brad & Sebastian] by Anne Tenino ~~~ ★ ★ ~~~

I'm disappointed.  I mean, I KNEW where this one was going but it's not just the fact that Brad and Sebastian are s/D (now), that was half obvious to happen from the first installment in the series - "Frat Boy and Toppy" - in which we were introduced to them..It's the fact that I LIKED Sebastian before, yeah he had a little bit of a mean streak to him, but I thought it funny at the time, as he's being sarcastic, now I realize I just don't like him as a person and so him getting a HEA with a guy I actually DO really like - Brad - made their whole relationship turn sour in my mouth. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Sweet Young Thang (Theta Alpha Gamma #3) [Collin & Eric] by Anne Tenino ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

We've met Collin in the first installment, he was Brad's new roommate and fellow frat boy in Theta Alpha Gamma. He knew he was gay, even came on to Brad but he isn't out. That didn't seem to be possible to change for a while.. Not when his uncle Monty, the guy who raised him after his father died have so many expectations from him.. This book was the turning point for Collin, from the guy who agrees with his uncle just because he has to, to the guy who can stand for himself with a full frat house behind him. 

It all started when TAG decided to make it clear on their acceptance registration that gay men are welcome to be a part of the frat house. It seems the Alumni Committee wasn't so into the idea not to mention they were afraid people would take actions against the frat house because of this change. TAG weren't about to back down no matter what, and I gotta say they had pretty cool ideas how to make a stand with their beliefs. Even though it was still funny as hell to see those guys and how they conduct serious business :D 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Love, Hypothetically (Theta Alpha Gamma #2) [Paul & Trevor] by Anne Tenino ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ ~~~

This was somehow a bit different from the previous one, I mean, it was still a funny read, but it had a lot more drama to it and I guess, Paul isn't a guy it's easy to love (or even like).. he is bitter and annoying most of the time but I think this short novella was his turning point. Which was hilarious to read :)

Paul and Trevor were high school sweethearts but since Trevor was a jock interested in playing professionally he couldn't be out. So though it felt very serious between the two, Paul was "the dirty little secret", having to deal with Trevor having a girlfriend and not being able to truly BE with Trevor. Then the ultimate act of betrayal from Trevor brought us the Paul we've met (9 years later) as Sebastian's friend and roommate who HATES jocks. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Frat Boy and Toppy (Theta Alpha Gamma #1) [Brad & Sebastian] by Anne Tenino ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

This was a FUN read, easily a Laugh Out Loud romance, not heavy, very mild on the drama, almost no angst, all the characters are easy going and FUN. FUN is THE word for this book. It's a light weight romance, we only get a HFN but it's enough because it's SO SWEET and funny. I"m not usually impressed with college jocks and them acting stupid, but hearing Brad's thoughts was GREAT. Sebastian was more mature, age-wise as well as generally, more serious but he was so damn sweet towards Brad I couldn't NOT love him as well. It got a bit kinky but really, not too much (considering frat boys are full of hormones and there's quite a lot of sex in this not so long novel).

Brad just realized he's gay. He might have realized it sooner but he was doing his best ignoring it, mainly with looking as though he is screwing around. Well, besides, Ashley, they were together months.. but didn't have sex.. he didn't want to.. Looking between Sebastian the HOT PA in his History class and Ashley it's no brainer really, only getting TO Sebastian is another matter entirely... 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Chase the Sun (Free Fall #2) [Jaime & Conner] by Christina Lee & Nyrae Dawn ~~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

This was a sweet "coming of age" novel. I liked  both Jaime and Conner, they sound different when we first get to know them, but as the plot unfolds, it's easy to see they are perfect for one another, and the past they shared together only make it more clear why being together is the only thing that could make sense mostly to Conner but also to Jaime. 

Jaime and Conner grew up together in a small town, their knew each other from small age since Conner used to stay a lot at his uncle's house which is the one next to Jaime's family. Conner is a care-free kind of guy who likes to enjoy life to the fullest, it's the way he was raised by his hippie parents. Jaime on the other hand, is a family oriented guy, an introvert. He works for his father's garage, lives at home with his parents, helping out his mother who has MS. He doesn't go out much and when he does it's usually to a bar with his best friend or a gay bar in the next town to hook up. In the small town he lives in, being gay isn't something he can really flaunt. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 2016 Goals

Though I had a horrible month in September, this month I want things to get back in track, meaning my LIFE BACK. Dealing with losing Eric, my new puppy Lin, dealing with so many assignments left me without breath. This month is full of holidays I tend to fully take advantage of. 

I've recently read "Touch the Sky" - the first book in this New Adult MM Romance Series and LOVED it, oh how I loved it! So getting a new one so soon - YES PLEASE! Wonder if it's going to be soul wrenching as the first one was... mmm, I haven't even read the synopsis, why bother? ;) This one launched in the beginning of September.

It's been a while since I've read any book by Anne, and so I hope this New Adult MM Romance would be a fun way to start this month's reading. 

This is a totally surprise release and I'm really excited about it! Kristina has only 3 books out and I really loved them! There was a cover reveal a short while ago but the book isn't even on GoodReads yet though the book will be released somewhere in the middle of October I think. It's going to be a Contemporary Romance novel. 

  • Defy the Dawn (Midnight Breed, #14) 
  • Midnight Untamed (Midnight Breed, #14.5)
  • By Lara Adrian
Yeah, there are 13 AWESOME books in the "Midnight Breed" Paranormal Romance Series so getting another one (and a half..) is always a bonus. Lara did an amazing job with this series. I loved the way the whole arc was played and the new arc from a few novels back. Right now it's my favorite long Paranormal series. These two are new releases in the series, as always with the short novellas in this one it can be read a standalone. 

  • Immortal
  • Hammer & Air
  • The Bells of Time Square
  • The Locker Room
  • Mourning Heaven
  • Winter Ball
  • By Amy Lane
This year have been full of Amy's books. I don't think I'll finish as many as I wanted but if it means I'll have more for later on it's also a good thing, right? This month I have a few Paranormal MM Romance, one Historical MM Romance and a few Contemporary MM Romance. Love the diversity in Amy's writing. Can't wait!

  • Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers, #1) 
  • Keepsake (True North, #3)
  • By Sarina Bowen
A new series by Sarina - sign me up! The first one is a new Contemporary Romance series, a spin off to the AWESOME New Adult "The Ivy Years" Series. They are all grown up after finishing college. The second is also a new Contemporary Romance series but not sports relate. I LOVED the previous one so I"m really excited about this one! 

Check out more of my Recap and Goals of the past months!

Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016 Goals & Recap (in one..)

Though I basically didn't plan a lot for this month due to the fact I STILL haven't finished  last month's reading (the "Bluewater Bay" series) this month started with a huge heart break. My beloved Eric died. I couldn't concentrate enough to read and when I finished a book (only twice this month) I found myself crying because he always used to KNOW I finished a book and not just closing the kindle because I wanted to - go to the bathroom / look something up on my phone / go to sleep.. I used to think it was a special sigh I made for a fulfilling end but I'm still not sure. 

Besides that I brought home a new puppy, she wasn't exactly planned, or at least not for NOW. She is the sweetest, really, but waking up early or in the middle of the night for her, sleeping light to hear what's going on with her, all of that, on top of losing him made me literally incapable of concentrating on a book. Not to mention I have two essays to write in two different courses I recently finished. These took A LOT of my energy as well.. 

So what I was left with really? two books.. 
A Contemporary Romance novel of friends to novel which was EXACTLY what I needed, a light read, beautiful, sweet, lovable and yet realistic MC. Highly Recommended! 
I gotta say I LOVED reading Christina's NA novels but the previous CR I read wasn't exactly "it" for me, THIS one gave me everything I wanted it to be <3
Usually I'm a BIG fan of Garrett's book, they are angsty and always have a morbid vibe to them but they are worth the torture FOR SURE. This one was a nice read, but too depressing I think. I mean, l liked it, I enjoyed it, but I'm not such a fan of the "Pretty Woman" story-line, also I think the connection was building too quickly for my liking. 

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The beginning of next month I have an essay to write but since it's the New Year here, at least I'll have the days off to write it. After that I have a WHOLE MONTH OFF (from studying) and my next course will be self awareness course I'm really excited about. Hope it means I'll be getting back to myself and to reading more. Truly I feel I NEED my reading, it gives me a sort of piece of mind I'm lacking the past two months.  

Check out more of my Recap and Goals of the past months!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh ~~~ ★ ★ ★ ★ ~~~

I liked this book but can't say I loved it. I enjoyed the writing as I always do with Garrett's books but the total vibe of the book was too, mmm, well, sad? depressing? Also though I could feel the connection between the two characters I think they connected too quickly and too much on the basis of "acceptance" and "loneliness" and less because it was Liam and Zac if it makes any sense.. 

Liam recently lost his husband whom he loved dearly. He left him the business they founded together but doing his ex's work doesn't fill him with accomplishment it just leaves him sad and lonely. Meeting by chance Zac - the rent boy - brings him a night he is not as lonely as he was before. 

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