[ARC REVIEW] How to Elude a Vampire by Alice Winters

About the book

How To Elude A Vampire
(VRC: Vampire Related Crimes #2)
by Alice Winters

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Publication Date: April 16th 2020

Finn
When the vampire stalking me sent me a letter, I was prepared for my new life with the man I love to get thrown into chaos. But as the days stretch on and nothing happens, I become determined not to allow that monster to rule my life, and decide that Marcus and I will move on. We can’t always allow the past to haunt us. If that includes pestering Marcus and harassing my fellow detectives, they’d better learn to love it, because I’m not going anywhere even if they like to remind me I’m the only human working in a department filled with vampires. But Marcus loves me for who I am, even if he’s not crazy about the cute pet names I call him like McBitey. Being with him is more than I could have dreamed, and even with the trials thrown in our way, he never fails to make me smile.

Marcus
When Finn joined the VRC, I never expected how everything would change. Now that he’s the brightest part of my days, I’m unsure of how I existed without him. Before Finn and I can settle into our new life together, we’re called in as lead detectives when a body is found in the river, and the case soon hits closer to home than we anticipated. I want to be by Finn’s side to keep him safe, but at the same time, Finn’s fighting for the freedom he’s always wanted after being forced to live a life of fear. What I do know is that my future is with Finn, no matter what happens.

How to Elude a Vampire is the second in the VRC series and contains a display of manly prowess that doesn’t go as desired, reluctant bonding with a new pet, interfering with a snarky Russian’s love life, misuse of office supplies, a vampire with a killer fashion sense but very little game, a total lack of ancient kung fu powers, a feisty human who almost always gets his way and the possessive vampire who adores him.

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~ ARC won through a giveaway and I’m in no way obligated to write a review… but I want to lol

I loved and adored book one “How to Vex a Vampire”. It was the first book I gave five stars to in a very long time and I wasn’t sure if “How to Elude a Vampire” would be able to reach the same height… It was even BETTER than the first one. How am I supposed to rate this one if I gave book one five stars? I guess I’ll give this one 5.5 stars out of 5?

I absolutely loved it. It made me laugh and cry from laughing and it make me cry cry. This book was a mix of hilarious and serious moments and I loved it.

Also I’m kind of giddy because I actually was right with my guess who the evil vampire was. My guess wasn’t actually based on any facts. I just didn’t like the character so I wanted that character to be evil lol but let me tell you, totally not obvious who it was. I was actually shocked that I was right, I just didn’t expect that it would actually happen. Let’s move on before I accidently give any clues about who this character might be.

We also got a new character in this book. I was equal parts annoyed and in love with that particular character and can’t wait to see more about him.

Then, of course, Marcus and Finn. I love those two and their relationship. They hold a special place in my heart together with Sloane and Dex from the Thirds series by Charlie Cochet.

By the way, I got this arc yesterday and I have already read it twice. It’s really good, guys. If you loved the first one, you will absolutely love How to Elude a Vampire as well.

Now if anyone would please be so kind to tell me that Alice Winters is already writing book three… PLEASE?

Rating: 5.5 stars

 

[ARC REVIEW] Hard Ride by A.M. Arthur

About the book

Hard Ride
(Clean Slade Ranch #5)
by A.M. Arthur

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Publication Date: February 17th 2020

Five Weddings and a Fake Boyfriend

City slicker Derrick Massey has always had a thing for cowboys. So a roll in the hay with Kendall “Slater” Stamos during a rustic weekend wedding is more than A-OK. But when Slater’s forced to hang up his saddle for the season, Derrick surprises even himself with his proposition: be my fake boyfriend and get my family off my back about finding a permanent partner.

Though unexpected, the arrangement is a win-win. Derrick gets a plus-one for a slew of summer weddings and Slater gets a place to stay while he recuperates…with lots of casual fun in between. Which is just how the sexy cowboy likes it: casual. Yet it’s obvious the chemistry between them is anything but.

With the countdown to their “breakup” on, the more time the two men spend together. And the more it becomes clear that what they have could be real, if only they let it be.

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~ ARC provided by publisher in exchange for my honest opinion

When I wrote my review for the previous book of the series I promised myself I wouldn’t request another one for review… I caved. As you can see by the title I absolute caved and hit request again. But hear me out, I had a reason. My reason being that this was A.M. Arthur’s first (!) fake boyfriend book. I never realised that she never featured that trope in one of her other books. All other series by A.M. Arthur I love, this one though is a hit and miss series for me but I definitely liked Hard Ride more than the previous book in the series.

I struggled a bit with the beginning because they had sex right at the very start and I’m not really a fan of that. I like semi-slow-burners. Thankfully it turned more into friendship and than lovers after that.

I liked the story, characters and writing style but if you were hoping for an original fake boyfriend book, you won’t find it here. Hard Ride hit every criteria for a fake boyfriend clichee story in its relationship development. At least in my book. Even the “conflict” at the end. But to be fair, you can only do so much with the trope before it turns completely unbelieveable.

I liked it and I had fun reading it but I will probably stay true to my promise now and won’t request or read the next book in the series.

Rating: 3,5 stars

Mini Reviews #10

Darkest Sinner by Rachel Van Dyken

When I started Darkest Sinner I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I didn’t really have an opinion on Timber, but now after finishing this book in one sitting, I can wholeheartly say that I was thoroughly entertained and I’m quite curious about the next book. At least I hope there will be a next one, seeing as we now have this particular person around (can’t tell you the name because then I would spoil your fun, which I won’t do lol)

Rating: 4 stars

~ ARC provided by author in exchange for my honest opinion

 

Goalie Interference by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

When I picked up Goalie Interference I was afraid that it would be to similar to my previous read (Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid), so I thought about reading something else first but my curiousity got the better of me and the two things those books had in common were the enemies-to-lovers and ice hockey theme, otherwise they were totally different, so there’s that.

I really liked Goalie Interference, I read it at the airport and on my flight. It was an awesome travel companion. Ryu and Emmitt were a lot of fun together, I really liked their dynamics.

Also I can’t wait for the next – and sadly last – book in this series.

Rating: 4 stars

~ ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion

[ARC REVIEW] Deke by Eden Finley

About the book

Deke
(Fake Boyfriend #3)
by Eden Finley

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Publication Date: January 9th 2019

Ollie

Word of advice: don’t come out to random guys in public restrooms. Even if they’re charming and adorably nerdy and offer to help.

My family believe I can’t be happy if I’m not out to the world. I have a bitter ex-boyfriend and an unstable NHL career to show for it. A fake boyfriend seems like an easy and quick solution to get my family off my back, and this guy is volunteering. I take him up on it without asking his name.

I really should’ve asked for his name.

Lennon

Word of advice: learn how to introduce yourself properly.

In my defense, I don’t recognize Ollie Strömberg right away. I cover football, not hockey.

I’m not supposed to see him again, and he’s never supposed to find out I’m a reporter.

That all changes when my editor reassigns me.

It’s a lesson I should’ve learned by now. Nothing’s changed since high school. Jocks still hate nerds. But even worse, athletes hate journalists. Especially ones who know their secret.

*Deke is a full-length MM novel with a HFN/HEA and no cliffhanger*

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~ ARC provided by author in exchange for my honest opinion

Sweet Neil Patrick in a harness (read the book and you will understand this), this book was soooo good. The ARC hit my kindle when I still had a friend over and it might have been possible that I was a bit annoyed that she hasn’t gone home yet, so I could read it. Just a teeny-tiny bit.

After reading Trick Play, the second book in the series, I was totally expected a book about Talon, because his story was kind of teased about, but instead Eden gave us Lennon and Ollie and I have to say I’m absolutely not mad about that.

Like the previous books Deke was an absolute joy to read. It was funny – freaking hilarious to be honest, that joint scene really got me laughing my ass off – and I loved the characters, even though I wasn’t sure I would like Lennon, when Eden announced that he would be one of the main characters. I had absolutely no reason to worry, he was awesome.

Even though the next book in this series won’t be a fake boyfriend type of book, I can’t wait for Talon’s book and would love to get my hand on it yesterday.

I totally recommend Deke to anyone, in fact I’m planning to reread it again this evening. You might want to start with Fake Out though so you get to meet the whole clan, even though all the books can be read as stand-alones in my opinion.

I want to give 4,75 stars, because I rarely give the full 5 stars but to hell with it, every single book of this series deserves 5 stars.

Rating: 5 stars

ARC REVIEW: Tight Quarters by Annabeth Albert

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Tight Quarters
(Out Of Uniform #6)
by Annabeth Albert

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Publication Date: July 9th 2018 by Carina Press
>> Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion <<

Petty Officer Bacon, a navy SEAL and ace sharpshooter, has been on the front lines of more than his fair share of dangerous ops. Yet when a minor injury relegates him to the beta team, he’s tasked with what may be his riskiest assignment yet: the silver fox journalist he’s babysitting is the hottest, most charismatic man he’s ever encountered.

Award-winning journalist Spencer Bryant may have been named one of Pride magazine’s most eligible bachelors of the year, but he’s not looking to change his relationship status. He’s a consummate professional who won’t risk his ethics or impeccable reputation by getting involved with a source. Even a sexy-as-hell military man. But while Spencer can resist his physical attraction to Bacon, he has less control over his emotions—especially when the mission goes sideways and the two men are trapped alone.

Getting out of the jungle alive turns out to be easy compared to facing the truth about their feelings for one another back in the real world. And whether or not they can build a future is a different story altogether.

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Tight Quarters is the sixth book in the Out Of Uniform series and I kinda don’t know what I’m supposed to say about this series anymore. I like it! Didn’t loved it, but I liked it. I like the way its written. I like the way the characters are portrayed. I like the story. I like the romance. If I didn’t like this series or this particular book I would have abandoned it long ago, but I’m still here, so that should tell you everything.

The thing I especially liked about Tight Quarters is that the age-gap wasn’t make into a big deal. I think it was mentioned once – in a thought – and that was it. Really liked that. Normally, at least in most m/f romances I’ve read it was always made into a problem, even though in most cases it just wasn’t one. That’s one of the reasons I like m/m romances. Way less unnecessary drama in my opinion. There was some drama in Tight Quarters but not related to the age thing, just saying.

Overall I really liked it and can’t wait to read the seventh and if I’m not mistaken last (*cry*) book in this series.

Rating: 3,75 stars

ARC REVIEW: Unprincely by Eden Finley

About the book

Unprincely
(Royal Obligation #1)
by Eden Finley

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Publication Date: May 15th 2018
>> Review copy provided by author in exchange for my honest opinion <<

A bisexual prince isn’t the only scandal in this palace.

Destined for the crown he doesn’t want.
Bad boy Alexander hates his title. He’s the tabloids’ favourite hot mess. Xander thrives in the attention but wishes they’d leave those rumours about him on the editing room floor. The ones about the type of company he likes to keep.

Irresponsibility takes a backseat when tragedy strikes the royal family. Gone are the days of being the reluctant prince. Instead, duty and obligation become Xander’s life. Until he meets Delia.

Not as lady-like as she seems.
Lady Cordelia Hillington was raised right. She knows how to act appropriately in public and appear demure in front of the dignitaries she grew up around. Which is why Prince Alexander is taken aback by dirty promises falling out of her mouth at a charity event.

After a steamy night at an anonymous, high-end sex club with a handsome stranger wearing a mask, Xander and Delia are desperate to find their Cinderella man. Little do they know, he’s closer than either of them would suspect.

Determined to remain professional.
Roman Elliot, former soldier turned royal guard, has kept his feelings for the prince a secret for years. His job is everything to him, and he’s not going to do anything to jeopardize it. That’s the plan until he finds Prince Alexander at a sex club with none of his security detail accompanying him.

It’s a night Roman wishes he could forget but being assigned as Delia’s protector for the summer makes it hard. He can’t let them know it was him they spent a night with, but he gets the feeling both Xander and Delia already might know …

**Unprincely is a 54,000-word MMF contemporary royal novel with over the top characters, impromptu proposals, and just a touch of Cinderella-ism. HEA guaranteed.**

review

This was way better than I anticipated. Why you ask?

When Eden Finley offered ARCs, I told her I would love to read it but I was also upfront and told her I wasn’t sure I would like it, because quite frankly m/m/f is not really my genre. She gave me one anyway, which makes her awesome.

Starting this book I tried to go into it without comparing it to any other m/m/f book I read and disliked before, and I think that worked out great. Another thing that made me like this book was definitely Eden Finley’s writing style. There is just something about it that drew me in from the first page and I probably would have finished it in one sitting if I hadn’t decided to start it in a parking lot waiting for my brother.

While I’m still not 100% on board with the whole threesome relationship going on in this book, I liked a lot better than in other books I’ve read. Maybe because I really liked all three of the people involved individually as well. Xander, Roman and Delia were just really likeable characters and while I may have rooted for Xander and Roman to kick Delia out and start a M/M relationship – I hope you can forgive me for that lol – I actually liked those three together. They fit.

I’m actually surprised I liked this book so much and I am going to read the second book in this series – willingly, because I want to ;). One other reason I can think of why I liked this better than other books, is that there weren’t as many sex scenes as I thought there would be. Don’t get me wrong, I had nothing against threesome sex scenes, they are pretty hot. It’s just that in my opinion m/m/f books are usually flotted with them and there is no story aside from it whatsoever. It’s just one sex scene after another after another, you get my drift. Unprincely was different in that regard. I liked it. The three different POVs might have also been a factor. I’m a sucker of various POVs.

Unprincely might be the first m/m/f book I actually enjoyed, so kudos to you Eden Finley. Well done.

Rating: 4 stars

[Review] Dirty Girl by Meghan March

~ Dirty Girl by Meghan March ~

(Dirty Girl Duet #1)
Genre: Fiction, Adult, Romance
Date of Publication: May 17th 2016 by Meghan March LLC
Source: Author

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Synopsis:

From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes a sexy new spin-off duet from The Dirty Billionaire Trilogy. Are you ready to get dirty again?

>>Desperately seeking rich, famous, single guy with a giant cock to make my lying, cheating, should’ve-been-born-dickless ex-boyfriend realize what he’s just lost.
Oh, and I give great head. Just sayin’.<<

No man in his right mind would answer that ad.
Except thousands did.
My name is Greer Karas, and I should never be allowed near another bottle of booze again. Because when I drink, my friend and I do stupid things. Like take a page out of my older brother Creighton’s playbook and post something completely asinine on the Internet. Waking up with a giant hangover to find my humiliating personal ad has gone viral is not my finest moment.
Cue my look of shock when one of Hollywood’s hottest new bad boys, Cavanaugh Westman, comes knocking at my door and drops his pants to prove that he does indeed have a giant cock.
What he doesn’t have is an explanation for why he disappeared from my life without a word three years ago, only to show up on the big screen two years later, killing bad guys in action flicks.
And now he wants me again.
What the hell do I do now?

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Come What May by A.M. Arthur

~ Come What May by A.M. Arthur ~

(All Saints #1)
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
Date of Publication: May 23rd 2016 by Carina Press
Source: Author, NetGalley

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Synopsis:

Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone —especially himself— didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.

Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.

But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.

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[Review] Beneath These Lies by Meghan March

~ Beneath These Lies by Meghan March ~

(Beneath #5)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Date of Publication: March 15th 2016 by Meghan March LLC
Source: Author

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Look, but don’t touch…she might as well wear a neon sign that says it. It just makes me want her more.

She might be above me in every way, but I still want her under me.

I’ve got no business touching her rich-girl skin, but that won’t stop me from stealing a taste. Because rules were meant to be broken—especially when the prize is so fine.

In a world where nothing is as it seems, what’s buried beneath these lies?

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[Review] My Sweet Demise by Shana Vanterpool

~ My Sweet Demise by Shana Vanterpool ~

(Demise #1)
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Date of Publication: January 5th 2016 by Limitless Publishing
Source: Author

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Synopsis:

Desperation makes a girl do crazy things…

When twenty-one year old Raina O’Connor is kicked out of her room on short notice, she’s thrown into a frantic search for a new place to stay. As the situation becomes more urgent, her choices have dwindled to her least favorite option—ladies’ man, Kent Nicholson.

Kent Nicholson loves women, just not as a roommate…

When a gorgeous blonde with big hazel eyes answers Kent’s ad for a roommate, his red flags start flying. He’s looking for a wingman, not a chick who will put a damper on his game or drench his apartment in pink. It’s clear she’s in a bind, and something about her makes him break his own rules. But when he reluctantly accepts, it’s with four concrete conditions.

Be his wingman. Don’t get in his way with other girls. No bitchy attitudes. And most importantly, she can’t fall for him.

Pretty sure this was the world’s worst idea—ever…

Trust is something earned. Raina learned that the hard way when her father broke her heart as a child, making it easy to steer clear of relationships. But living with Kent somehow stirs emotions Raina has always forbidden herself to have. Plus, he’s everything she never wanted—untrustworthy, pigheaded…and gorgeous. Something tells her Kent isn’t free of his own secret scars…

Love can drag you down and spit you out, and be worth every second.

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