Nerdy Rockstar meets Dominant Computer Programmer: Book Review: Counterpoint (Twisted Wishes #2) by Anna Zabo

Counterpoint (Twisted Wishes #2)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: ARC provided through Netgalley
Publication Date: September 24, 2018
Publisher: Carina Press
Point of View: Third Person (Dom & Adrian)
Genres & Themes:  M/M/Romance, LGBTQIA+, Rockstar, BDSM, Anxiety,

BLURB:

Twisted Wishes lead guitarist Dominic “Domino” Bradley is an animal onstage. But behind his tight leather pants and skull-crusher boots lies a different man entirely, one who needs his stage persona not only to perform, but to have the anonymity he craves. A self-imposed exile makes it impossible to get close to anyone outside the band, so he’s forced to get his sexual fix through a few hot nights with a stranger.

When computer programmer Adrian Doran meets Dominic, he’s drawn to the other man’s quiet voice and shy smile. But after a few dirty, demanding nights exploring Dominic’s need to be dominated, Adrian wants more than a casual distraction. He has no idea he’s fallen for Domino Grinder—the outlandish, larger-than-life rock god.

Dominic is reluctant to trust Adrian with his true identity. But when the truth is revealed prematurely, Dominic is forced to reevaluate both his need for Adrian and everything he believes about himself.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

This book is approximately 93,000 words

Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Mackenzie Walton

REVIEW:

Counterpoint is all about Twisted Wishes lead guitarist Dominic “Domino” Bradley, a man who’s juggling two worlds. Domino is the stage persona—brash, brave, and wild. Dominic is his “real” self, one that has major stage fright and one that he doesn’t share with the world. The only ones who know of his “real life” persona are his bandmates, and now—Adrian Doran.

Adrian Doran is a computer programmer he meets in a bar whilst he’s reading an erotica book. From there it’s a juggle between two worlds. Trying to find a balance between his personas and who he really is.

Syncopation completely overwhelmed me—in the best of ways. Counterpoint was no different. I’m absolutely loving books that make the characters so complex, making them feel all the more raw and authentic. I loved how Dom and Adrian were more than meet the eye. But, I think, even more than that I love how the reader can see why they could fall in love with each other. This book actually had them going on dates (fun dates!), they talked, and the reader along with the characters get to know each of them.

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(Quick!) Book Review: Julien (Confessions #2) by Ella Frank

Julien (Confessions #2)My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Own
Publication Date: June 3, 2018
Publisher: Ella Frank, LLC
Point of View: Third Person (Julien, Priest & Robbie)
Genres & Themes:  M/M/M Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary

BLURB:

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.

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Please note this book contains sensitive situations regarding drug use. 

REVIEW:

Confession: I can’t quit this series.

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Book Review: Exhale by Joel Abernathy

Exhale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Own
Publication Date: March 28, 2018
Publisher: Joel Abernathy
Point of View: First Person (Jack)
Genres & Themes:  M/M Romance, Paranormal, LGBTQIA+, Shifters, Werewolves, Kinks, Knotting

BLURB:

An MM Shifter Romance

Two men haunted by the same ghost…

Falling for “the other man” in my marriage was never part of the plan. Then again, according to Nicolae Ursache, I am the other man, and human wedding vows don’t apply. Not to werewolves.

Nicolae is a smug, arrogant alpha male stereotype–and I do mean alpha in the literal sense–but when the same people who killed my wife kidnap my teenage daughter, he’s my only chance at getting her back. The fact that Nicolae was my wife’s rightful mate means that we share a mutual interest in bringing Ellie home, but I never could’ve imagined how he planned to do it.

I will do anything to protect my daughter. Even if it means becoming the plaything, or worse, of the man I loathe most.

This dark shifter romance contains mature subject matter.

**NOTE: There is no mpreg in this universe.**

REVIEW:

I keep thinking about this great book. I mean at the end of the book I literally uttered, “what a great book!”

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Plus, that cover is stunning!

There’s something about enemies-to-lovers that I absolutely love. I mean, I love captive prince, after all. The thing with this trope is that it’s tricky. You have to SELL the enemies part and then you have to win the reader over with the to-lovers part. Joel Abernathy knows where it is AT.

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Book Review: Riven by Roan Parrish

Riven

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: ARC provided by Netgalley
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Point of View: First Person (Theo and Caleb)
Genres & Themes:  M/M Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Drugs, Music, Rockstar

BLURB:

Theo Decker might be the lead singer of Riven, but he hates being a rock star. The paparazzi, the endless tours, being recognized everywhere he goes—it all makes him squirm. The only thing he doesn’t hate is the music. Feeling an audience’s energy as they lose themselves in Riven’s music is a rush unlike anything else . . . until he meets Caleb Blake Whitman. Caleb is rough and damaged, yet his fingers on his guitar are pure poetry. And his hands on Theo? They’re all he can think about. But Caleb’s no groupie—and one night with him won’t be enough.

Just when Caleb is accepting his new life as a loner, Theo Decker slinks into it and turns his world upside-down. Theo’s sexy and brilliant and addictively vulnerable, and all Caleb wants is another hit. And another. That’s how he knows Theo’s trouble. Caleb can’t even handle performing these days. How the hell is he going to survive an affair with a tabloid superstar? But after Caleb sees the man behind the rock star, he begins to wonder if Theo might be his chance at a future he thought he’d lost forever.

REVIEW:

This isn’t Roan Parrish debut novel (that’s In the Middle of Nowhere), but it is the first novel I’ve read by Parrish. And I’m so glad that’s the case.

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Book Review: Burro Hills by Julia Lynn Rubin

Burro Hills

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: ARC provided by Netgalley
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Publisher: Diversion Books
Point of View: First Person (Jack)
Genres & Themes:  M/M Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+,Young Adult, Drugs, Violence, Homophobia

BLURB:

In a town like Burro Hills, you either figure out who you are or die trying.

Seventeen-year-old Jack has lived in the troubled California town his entire life. He hides the truth about his sexuality from everyone, including his best friend Jess and his childhood rival and drug dealing partner, Toby. Keeping your head down, Jack knows, is the best way to survive.

But when Connor, a fearless new arrival, enrolls at school, he sees right through Jack’s façade. Jack finds himself falling for Connor, and the feeling is mutual―but their relationship will set into a motion a series of events with lasting consequences. After a falling out with Jess, Jack is worried to see her growing close to the manipulative Toby. To make matters worse, Jack is becoming increasingly paranoid that Toby will expose his relationship with Connor.

As tensions rise and more secrets come to a head, Jack cuts off ties with Toby. Hungry for revenge, Toby comes after Jack, jeopardizing his budding romance with Connor and the life he’s tried so hard to salvage in Burro Hills.

REVIEW:

I feel like any time I do review these days, it’s because I thoroughly enjoy a novel I’m reading (or I absolutely hate it and just need to share my thoughts lol).

 

Burro Hills completely took me by surprise. From the beginning, I almost didn’t read it. First, because this has been in my anticipating title list for so long, that when I saw it on the Netgalley site, I thought it was another book and that they had stolen the graphic design, especially the font. Only for me to realize that it was the book in my mind I was comparing it to. And then, I got into this slump.

Yes, that dreaded slump.

I didn’t feel like much of anything, but I decided to go with Burro Hills. Now that I think about it, maybe it was calling to me, and I’m glad I picked up that call.

Burro Hills is where Jack lives, a town full of drugs, disappointment, and dead-ends. This is a novel about a guy finding himself in the midst of so much wrongness and toxicity; from the school to the parents to his friends.

And then there’s Connor.

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang Blog Tour!

THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER Join us for a blog tour for Jen Wang’s wonderful upcoming graphic novel — The Prince and the Dressmaker! This book is the story of a prince who hires a dressmaker to make dresses for him to wear … and in the process,...

 

 

Blog Tour: THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER

Guys! The Prince and the Dressmaker Blog Tour has commenced! This beautiful graphic novel by Jen Wang is out February 13, 2018!

Read the official synopsis: 

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

 

As part of the blog tour, each blogger gets to pick their favorite panel from the book.

My favorite panel:

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Let me tell you, narrowing it down to just one was hard. I loved all of the interactions (even the sad ones) of Sebastian and Frances, but one that I just kept going back was that of Sebastian and his father. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I just love stories where acceptance comes especially from the parents. Plus, seeing the King in a dress is a plus. Horray for supportive fathers!

Check out my 5-star review here! 

Meet the Author!

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Jen Wang is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles. Her works have appeared in the Adventure Time comics and LA Magazine. She recently illustrated Tom Angleberger’s Fake Mustache.  Her graphic novels Koko Be Good and In Real Life (with author Cory Doctorow) were published by First Second. jenwang.net
ALSO! Check back on Valentines Day for your very own dressmaker valentine cards!

Book Review: Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love #3) by Anyta Sunday

 

Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love, #3)My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: ARC provided by A Novel Take PR
Publication Date: December 18, 2017
Publisher: N/A
Point of View: Third Person (Wesley)
Genres & Themes:  M/M Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Sports, Romance, Football

BLURB:

Sometimes, one stubborn Capricorn is all it takes… to drive Wesley Hidaka to crazy, flirtatious lengths.

Wesley loves annoying his RA, Lloyd Reynolds. He just can’t help it. Lloyd is focused, decisive, grounded. He has this amusing ability to follow rules.
Of course Wesley wants Lloyd to break one… or three hundred.

Sometimes, one smirking Gemini is all it takes… to have Lloyd laying down the law and marching Wesley straight back to his dorm room.

It doesn’t stop Wesley teasing again. And again. And again…
But damn. Lloyd doesn’t crack easily. He’s full of principles. He’s unshakable.
He’s the perfect friend to have when Wesley needs help. Like with his truant brother and his old high school principal.

Sometimes, one little lie is all it takes… to find Wesley fake-engaged to his off-limits RA.

What can he say? It seemed like a good idea at the time…

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“Gemini Keeps Capricorn” serves up a double shot of cluelessness, with a side of rock’n’roll and topped with a slow burn HEA.
It can be read as a standalone.

Tropes: friends-to-lovers, slow burn, will-they-or-won’t-they, fake fiancé
Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance

REVIEW:

I’m done.

Done…doubting Anyta Sunday, that is!

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