Review: “Webb” by April Kelley

TITLE: Webb
AUTHOR: April Kelley
SERIES: Demon Elite series
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST:Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 107 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Dario Navarro is a twenty-four-year-old man who has taken care of his ill mother his entire life. When his mother’s illness gets to be too much and he has to put her in a nursing home, rediscovering himself turns out to be harder than it seems. All he wants is someone to rely on, who has his back. He’d thought maybe Webb could be that person, but Webb’s issues with their age difference stand in the way.


levilogooptimummThe book is the 9th of the series “Demon Elite”.

Webb is keeping an eye on Dario and his mother whom, after her accident, is losing her sanity. She often becomes violent. She is unpredictable. The job Webb has wouldn’t be a problem if not for Dario. Dario is way younger than Webb, and it seems that the young man doesn’t waste any opportunity to tease the older one.

Webb is self-conscious about the age gap between the two. Every “move” of Dario’s, is counterattacked by Webb gestures like hair ruffling or calling him kid. These actions are deliberate, Webb is trying to protect himself. He’s also concerned of what Dario’s brother, Creed, would say if he would make a move on his “way” younger brother. Then one evening, Webb has enough of teasing, and he kisses the boy. That makes him panicky, and he leaves the house. Later that evening when Dario is calling him, he thinks the boy wants to talk about what happened, so he ignores the call. But this time Dario really needs him…

Dario for his entire life knew that he can count only on his brother Creed. When he’s calling Webb to ask for help with his mother, who attacked him with a knife, he comes to realize that even if he would like too, he can’t count on Webb.

From that moment on, his behavior toward Webb is changed completely. He stops teasing the man, he accepts not asking or waiting for any help from the older man. He’s also tired of the fact that, for Webb, their age difference is an issue. Dario knows he’s not a kid anymore and he knows what he wants, and he wants Webb.

When the opportunity comes to catch their enemy, he volunteers as bait. That makes Webb lose his cool as does his brother Creed. But they all know that he, Dario, is the perfect subject for this task.

Even though finishing the book didn’t take too much time, I enjoyed the angst.

****The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “It Started With a Dare” by S.L. Danielson, Julie Lynn Hayes

TITLE: It Started With a Dare
AUTHOR: S.L. Danielson, Julie Lynn Hayes
SERIES: Southern Comfort
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Come To Age
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 231 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2017, 2nd edition.
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Boredom at the Junior Prom leads to a dare that leads to a kiss between two seventeen year old boys. Being gay in rural Georgia is no picnic. As circumstances force them together, Mark and Blake uncover truths about themselves, embarking on a daring relationship. But they’ve got one major strike against them already—Mark is unwilling to come out about his sexuality, and Blake doesn’t want to live in a closet.Can they fan the flames of their relationship, or will it sputter and die?


I had such a good time reading this book.
The story it develops in New Liberty where Dylan, Mark’s friend dare him to kiss the nerdy Blake. Mark being Mark just does that in the middle of prom in front of everybody.

Blake, mortified, runs out. That’s where the story begins…

Mark is living with his grandpa George. Nobody knows, not even his best bud Dylan, that his grandpa is regularly disciplining him, sometimes with belts and sometimes with his fist. That makes Mark have anger issues. He’s hot headed and he’s harsh with everybody.
Summer comes, and he finds a job in a burger house, not that there’s many offers in the small town of New Liberty. But there is Todd, his coworker, who’s teasing him about his “boyfriend”. Words lead to action, and Mark finds himself suspended from work for a week. Later, when Todd comes along to apologise, things become even worse. George comes to find out that Mark got suspended and he kicks him out of the house. He ends up in Dylan’s parent’s house.
Blake is a shy guy, and ever since Mark kissed him, he’s been battling between hating him and wanting to be kissed again. When all his hope is gone to have a summer job, him having applied late, he got a call that he can start at this burger house he likes to go. He doesn’t know just yet that he will end up being coworkers with none other than Mark.
With them being forced to work together, they call a truce…and that truce moves forward to friendship…and that friendship moves forward being…more.

Reading the book, it brought me into that hot summer lazy atmosphere, where you can hear the fly buzzing. It’s a sweet story about two teenagers finding themselves and each other in a small town where being gay is not accepted. Through losing family and friends, they manage to fall in love and be intimate for the very first time in their lives…

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: Cozzi Cove
PUBLISHER: Ninestar Press Ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 130 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 23, 2017
PRICE: $4.98 -e-book / $12.99 –paperback
  

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It’s time for another summer of sun, sand, suntan lotion, sandals, and Speedos on Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey Shore. Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are once again open for love.
This summer, sexy Cal welcomes back his brother and sister, who are confronted with people from their pasts. Connor, the maid packed with muscle and mayhem, becomes the subject of a handsome young psychologist’s study on human sexuality. Tommy, the strapping, bald and tattooed local bartender, is captivated with guest Cory Magnum, a police officer with a secret. Another guest, Bill, a disbelieving pastor, is inspired by a vision of two sexy male angels on the cove. And Cal and Michael reach a plateau in their relationship.
What secrets, humor, tragedies, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold in this magical place called Cozzi Cove?


jologooptimummCozzi Cove works its romantic magic again, in this, the third book in the series. The summer season is kicking off at the gay-friendly resort of Cozzi Cove. There’s the same awesome balance of humour and emotion in this book that I found so engaging in the first two.

Owner Cal Cozzi is ‘happily’ settled with his younger boyfriend, Michael, but Michael wants more. Cal’s half brother George is again staying in bungalow seven while their sister, Taylor, is recovering from a mild heart attack and staying in the main bungalow with Cal. Can Taylor’s oldest and dearest friend Carla persuade her to admit her feelings and come back to Cozzi Cove for good?

Taylor’s cardiologist, Aaron, is in bungalow one and he just happens to be George’s ex. Did Taylor hatch a plan to get them in the same place at the same time? There’s pain and hurt to be worked out between them but can George forgive and forget? Connor the ‘maid’ is still working at the Cove and a new guest, in bungalow three, Dr. Nastas Flowingstream, a psychology professor, has rubbed him up the wrong way right from the start. Connor grudgingly agrees to analysis sessions to help Nastas write a paper on nymphomania, but things take an unexpected twist!

There’s a strange ‘woman’, Blue Magnum, in bungalow four who seems to know all the locals but no one can quite place her. She even makes gay bar owner, Tommy, question his sexuality. Her harrowing story involves all of the local residents in some way. Pastor Bill is having a crisis of faith in bungalow two following a string of bad events in his life, that is, until he meets three ‘angels’ staying in bungalows five and six, Gabriel, Raphael and their leader, Kamael. Kamael opens Bill’s eyes to a new way of showing his faith, but will Bill give up being a minister?

Will siblings Cal, George and Taylor get over their fears of commitment? The stories of Cal and Michael, George and Aaron, and Taylor and Carla are brilliant and are cleverly described alongside those of the guests.

I loved this book, and the wonderful feel good factor it evoked. For me, it’s the best of the series so far. The characters are, again, perfect for the stories that unwind slowly and are then wound up again into ideal conclusions. The ending ties up all the residents and guests stories but leaves enough open for more. Cozzi Cove, where dreams really do come true.

 4.5 OptimuMM's

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Calvin” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Calvin
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Gillham Pack series
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST:Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 121 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Sometimes you have to let the fear go to welcome happiness.
Calvin was assaulted when he arrived in Gillham two months ago, after living on the streets for two years, but it wasn’t enough to dissuade him to leave the town and his new life. He never expected to be assaulted again, though, especially not by the same man.
Alex has been envious ever since both his brothers found their mates, but at only twenty-one, he never expected to find his own. He especially didn’t expect the man he rescues from a beating to be it.
Calvin and Alex have to learn to navigate their new relationship. Calvin is shy and hesitant, and Alex does his best to give him enough time to get used to his presence. They move in together—as housemates—but their fragile relationship is threatened by the appearance of a teenage brother Calvin didn’t know he had. What will this mean for Calvin and Alex’s relationship? Will Calvin finally believe Alex is in it for life, or will he let his insecurity win?


levilogooptimummAlthough this was the first book from the series I’ve read, I had no problems following the plot.
Apparently, shifters came out to the world. There’s a quite big pack in Gillham, and it’s growing. That’s where Calvin is living now after he was on the streets for two years.

Calvin’s experiences growing up in the system make him skittish, introverted and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Two months ago, he was found beaten up in an alley by a pack member, and ever since then he’s been staying with two pack members. Calvin seems to try to find his place in the pack, without any success. The only thing he knows is that he wants be stronger, to protect himself. He’s only nineteen, and he feels all alone. Then, one day, walking the Main Street of Gillham, Calvin finds himself face to face with the guys who attacked him previously. Although he was training with the pack enforcers, he gets beaten up…again.

Alex is a bat shifter. He has two older brothers and two loving parents. He’s the baby of the family, being the smallest of the brothers. He didn’t expect to find his mate yet, him being just twenty-one, but he can’t deny that he feels a little jealous of his brothers, whom now live happily with their mates. Walking with his two friends one day, they hear some “skin hitting skin” sounds, and they rush to see what’s going on. They find a boy on the ground, curled up and seemingly unconscious. After they had chased away the attackers, they approach the unconscious boy, and Alex is overwhelmed…the boy is his mate.

The story is about Calvin and Alex coming to know each other. Although Alex is full of confidence, he finds himself hesitant regarding Calvin. Alex doesn’t want to scare away his mate.

The book has only 85 pages, it’s an easy read…if you want to have a few hours to yourself and read about two youngsters mating this is definitely for you… it was for me for sure!

****The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: Cozzi Cove
PUBLISHER: Ninestar Press Ltd
COVER ARTIST: Aria Tan
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 213 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2016
PRICE: $5.49 -e-book / $12.99 –paperback
  

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On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey Shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are once again open for summer and love. The vacationers include Rodney Maxwell and Dennis O’Halloran, a Tony Award winning actor and his estranged producer/husband with their two hired studs, Jarek and Zeus. Computer analyst Sam enlists his best friend Chase in a scheme to attract hunky Raul. Middle aged Gil Van Truren wants to end it all—until he sees a vision of his first love. Cal also has his hands full with college student Michael—his new young lover—Michael’s study buddy Carlo, man of mystery George Valis, and Connor, the houseboy packed with muscles and a wondering sponge. All the while Hunter, a female gay romance novel enthusiast, experiences gay life off the page. What secrets, humor, tragedy, mysteries, and passions lie in the magical place called Cozzi Cove?


jologooptimummAnother great book from Joe Cosentino. This series is fast becoming a firm favourite of mine. A year on from book one of the Cozzi Cove series, book two begins with the start of another summer season at Cal Cozzi’s gay-friendly bungalows. A new group of guests, with their troubles and secrets, arrive for the Cove to work its magic on.

The first guest to arrive is George, bungalow seven, who was born in Cozzi Cove. He’s newly single, returning in search of answers and with a big secret. Cal feels oddly at ease and attracted to George but not in a sexual way. Why is that and why does Cal feel the need to drag his sister, Taylor, back to the Cove as a result? Cal’s young boyfriend Michael has a new study partner, Carlos, and Cal’s jealous, but Michael is also jealous of the obvious attraction and friendship between Cal and George.

The next guests are Sam and Chase and their ‘straight’ friend Raul, bungalow five, but are Sam and Chase really together? Sam has a crush on Raul and is convinced he’s gay, but he also has a plan for him. Next is a straight woman, Hunter, bungalow six, who forms an instant bond with the ‘maid’, Connor when she tells him she’s an avid reader of gay romance and wants to meet, and be friends with, gay men like those in the books she loves to read. Then she meets Raul on the beach and assumes he’s gay. Will Raul and Hunter be honest with each other? Next, comes Jarek and his older boyfriend, actor Rodney, who are in bungalow one but they’re followed closely by Rodney’s ex Dennis, also his producer, and Zeus, an escort, who Dennis ‘met online’. They’re in bungalow two. But why are they here at the same resort? Arriving late is Gil, bungalow four, acting strangely. Gil has a tragic past and sees no future for himself, but his life is turned around by the couple staying in bungalow three and some memories from his past.

As with book one, book two contains an interwoven set of awesome, emotional and often funny tales about the guests and residents of Cozzi Cove. All the characters need the magic that Cozzi Cove weaves around people’s lives and its healing touch, but will they all get what they need? By the time the guests are ready to check out at the end of the week, everything will have changed for them and for some of the residents too. As with book one, I became deeply immersed in these stories and didn’t want the book to end so thank goodness there’s a book three!

 4.5 OptimuMM's

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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