Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#REVIEW @NetGalley Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin @DianeAlberts @Audible_com

Dare to Lie Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin
My rating: 4 of 5 strawberries

Dare to Lie is the third book in McLaughlin's suspense series. Filled with intrigue and more delicious heat, the story focuses on little brother Scotty, a secondary character from previous book. Tender (and hot) moments between the main characters are interspersed with a gang war, but the balance is just right and made for a satisfying read. Narrators definitely delivered an entertaining experience. I'm hoping there's going to be a fourth book about Tate. Fingers crossed!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nicky & Noah Mystery Series by @JoeCosen #REVIEW #AUDIO #SERIESSUNDAY

Drama Queen, Joe Cosentino
Nicky & Noah Mystery #1
It could be curtains for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodies popping up all over campus, Nicky must use his drama skills to figure out who is playing the role of murderer before it is lights out for Nicky and his colleagues. Complicating matters is Nicky's huge crush on Noah Oliver, a gorgeous assistant professor in his department, who may or may not be involved with a cocky graduate assistant...and is also the top suspect for the murders! You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino's fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat, delightfully entertaining novel. Curtain up!

If Clue had taken place on a college campus it would have been Drama Queen. This was a fun, campy, sexy romp.

When Nicky and Noah are asked to play Sherlock and Watson by their department head to get to the bottom of the murders taking place in the drama dept, it gives Nicky the alone time he craves with the sexy younger professor. If it wasn't for the dead bodies popping up everywhere it would be the perfect seduction scene.

I liked the story  and the murder was not obvious at all, but for me the narration was a bit stilted. This was my first book by narrator Michael Gilboe and it was just ok for me.

RATING: 3 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries This book was given to us by the author.

Drama Muscle
Nicky & Noah Mystery #2
It could be lights out for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodybuilders popping up on campus, Nicky, and his favorite colleague/life partner Noah Oliver, must use their drama skills to figure out who is taking down pumped up musclemen in the Physical Education building before it is curtain down for Nicky and Noah. Complicating matters is a visit from Noah’s parents from Wisconsin, and Nicky’s suspicion that Noah may be hiding more than a cut, smooth body.

You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining second novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and weights up!

The Students are dropping like flies again but this time it's the Physical Education department. So how did Nicky and Noah end up in the middle of all the bodies once again?

Nicky and Noah are asked to help bring some flair to the annual bodybuilding competition on campus, which is great, except for the dead bodies piling up again. With an abundance of interesting, crazy suspects the couple have their hands full trying to find the killer...all while dealing with personal issue in their relationship.

The addition of Noah's parents made this book for me. They were hilarious! While the mystery's conclusion was a little more obvious in this story the narration by Chip Hurley was much smoother and made the listen much more enjoyable for me.

RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries This book was given to us by the author.

Friday, March 17, 2017

There's This Guy by @Rhys_Ford @dreamspinners #REVIEW

There's This Guy, Rhys Ford, Dreamspinner Press
How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?

Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.

It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued Art Deco building on the WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the artistic, sweet man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.

When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him.

Seriously one of the hardest first chapters I have ever read. It's so graphic, I felt Jake's pain reach out and grab me by the throat, and I choked on my tears.  Ms. Ford writes broken characters better than anyone I have read.

To say that Jake hasn't had an easy life would be the ultimate understatement. From an abusive father to both parents being homophobic, the amount of self loathing that Jake has is understandable and explains the very heart wrenching opening chapter. But you can also see and feel the caring that he has in his heart by the way his does his job and the artistry that comes from his soul.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rough Edges by @CardenoC #REVIEW

Rough Edges, Cardeno C
Kyle has an unwelcome crush on his nemesis Brent. Brent has a welcome crush on his friend Kyle. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

Born on the wrong side of the tracks to the wrong family, Kyle Potter has spent his life clawing his way toward a better future. When he gets the perfect job at the perfect firm in perfect Los Angeles, Kyle is sure there are only blue skies ahead. And then he meets perfect Brent Haralson.
Born with a silver spoon to a well-established family, Brent Haralson has never been interested in leveraging his connections. Friends, success, and dates come easily to Brent and rejection isn’t something he has to deal with in life. And then he meets perfect Kyle Potter.

Kyle despises his unwelcome crush on his lazy, arrogant nemesis. Brent welcomes his feelings for his stubborn, brilliant friend. As it turns out, the line between a friend and an enemy doesn’t have to be a line at all.

So, yeah...this book has the perfect title, because Kyle Potter is about as prickly and rough as they come. Ok, lets face it Kyle is an ass, and I admit I really didn't like him for most of the book. 

Brent on the other had was very likable and made me smile the way he just kept picking away the grumpy layers that surrounded Kyle. You had to love his tenacity!

This is a quick satisfying read with more layers then it's length would lead you to believe. 


4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.
This book was given to us by the author.

Monday, March 13, 2017

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