Book Review: Pisces Hooks Taurus (Signs of Love #4) by Anyta Sunday

Pisces Hooks Taurus (Signs of Love, #4)

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: ARC provided through A Novel Take PR
Publication Date: October 14th, 2018
Publisher: Unknown
Point of View: First Person (Matt)
Genres & Themes: M/M/Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary

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It’s a time for searching, and a time for finding, Pisces: keep casting your line and you will hook what you’re looking for.

Zane has it all planned out: land the perfect Meet Cute, fall in love, and live happily ever after.
Should be simple enough if he put his mind to it. A little creativity and some thinking outside of the box, and voila, he’d be married to the woman of his dreams.
It would be perfect.
And it would be before his visa ran out.

But why are his feelings running wild now that the pressure’s on? Why is his picture-perfect plan turning into a muddled mess of morphed metaphors he can’t make sense of anymore?

Just as well he’s met an English professor to help. And even though their first meet is anything but cute, this down-to-earth teacher may just be the realist Zane needs to ground him and give him a shot at love after all.

Don’t cast your line too wide, Pisces. Your perfect catch may already have bitten.

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Pisces Hooks Taurus (Signs of Love #4) is an MM opposites-attract romantic comedy featuring an unapologetic romantic and a broken realist.
More wit, banter and bad puns – and even more heart-stopping slow burn!
Can be read as a standalone.

REVIEW:

The Signs of Love series is a gift that keeps on giving. You want the sweetest slow-burn, chemistry off the charts, romantic as hell books? Well, this is it. From oblivious characters to enemies-to-lovers, to TA-roommate love story, to age gap romance between a professor and a super romantic main character—this series has them all.

 

If the latter intrigued you, because you’ve had your fill of the formers but need more then! Pisces Hooks Taurus is the book for you. In this installment, you have a somewhat grumpy professor who is disillusioned with romance and believes that love doesn’t exist—much less love at first sight. Then we have a determined, hopeless romantic who believes in love at first sight and will only marry for love Taurus.

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Book Review: Rend (Riven #2) by Roan Parrish

Rend (Riven, #2)

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: ARC provided through NetGalley
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Point of View: First Person (Matt)
Genres & Themes: M/M/Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary

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After a whirlwind romance, a man with a painful past learns to trust the musician who makes him believe in happy endings.

Matt Argento knows what it feels like to be alone. After a childhood of abandonment, he never imagined someone might love him—much less someone like Rhys Nyland, who has the voice of an angel, the looks of a god, and the worship of his fans.

Matt and Rhys come from different worlds, but when they meet, their chemistry is incendiary. Their romance is unexpected, intense, and forever—at least, that’s what their vows promise. Suddenly, Matt finds himself living a life he never thought possible: safe and secure in the arms of a man who feels like home. But when Rhys leaves to go on tour for his new album, Matt finds himself haunted by the ghosts of his past.

When Rhys returns, he finds Matt twisted by doubt. But Rhys loves Matt fiercely, and he’ll go to hell and back to triumph over Matt’s fears. After secrets are revealed and desires are confessed, Rhys and Matt must learn to trust each other if they’re going to make it. That means they have to fall in love all over again—and this time, it really will be forever.

Roan Parrish’s pitch-perfect Riven novels can be read together or separately:
RIVEN | REND

REVIEW:

 

Take me apart and put me together, will you?

 

Riven was my first Roan Parrish novel, and I was immediately struck with how powerful and emotional Caleb and Theo’s story was, but I was not prepared at all, was I?

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Hitmen & Hackers! Book Review: Final Day (Wired & Dangerous #2.5) by Megan Erickson

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: ARC provided through NetGalley
Publication Date: October 16th, 2018
Publisher: Forever Years
Point of View: Third Person (Erick & Tarr)
Genres & Themes: M/M/Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary

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USA Today bestselling author Megan Erickson doubles the suspense when two intense and sexy heroes are drawn together in her thrilling Wired & Dangerous series.

When his boyfriend is murdered, Erick Lee makes it his life’s mission to hunt down the killer. The question is, how far is he willing to go to catch him?

Erick has been asked to team up by a dangerously captivating hitman who has reasons of his own to want this man dead. But can he trust another killer? And do two wrongs ever make a right?

Everett “Tarr” Hawk isn’t just some lethal hitman. He has his own code of honor. With Erick and Tarr facing a common enemy, it’s only by combining forces that they’ll survive. But Tarr’s code doesn’t include a fierce attraction for someone he’s sworn to defend with his life. Because in Tarr’s world, every night presents a new danger . . . and listening to his own heart could get them both killed.

REVIEW:

I have a habit of picking up books solely on me liking the premise. Never mind the fact that it could be #20 in a series of 50. So you can guess where I am going with this, right? If you didn’t, then know that I picked this up based on the synopsis but I’ve never read the other titles in the Wired & Dangerous series.

 

Right off the bat, the reader is dropped into the action. Erick Lee is chasing after Everett “Tarr” Hawk, because the hitman had saved his life. From there, it’s whirlwind of action, romance, angst and two bickering guys who totally have the hots for each other.

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FAKE-DATING! Book Review: How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee

How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: ARC provided through Edelweiss
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Point of View: First Person (Nolan)
Genres & Themes:  Young adult, M/M/Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary

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Nolan Grant is sixteen, gay, and (definitely) still a virgin. He’s never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. It’s not like Penn Valley is brimming with prospects. And when his big sister stages an elaborate “prom-posal” so Nolan can ask out his not-so-secret crush, Nolan freezes. He’s saved from further embarrassment by bad boy Bern, who, for his own reasons, offers to fake-date Nolan.

Nolan thinks it’s the perfect way to get Daphne off his back and spend the rest of the year drawing narwhals, tending to plants, and avoiding whatever died under his bed a few weeks ago. What he doesn’t think about is Bern’s ex-girlfriend, who seriously wants to kill him

REVIEW: 

Things to know about Nolan Grant:

    • loves plants
    • artist
    • “summer baby, has a hard-on for narwhals, attached at the hip to Evie Cho, sucks at drawing faces, wants Purdy to drop dead,” description by Bern
    • can’t say no to his sister
    • like at all
    • would even fake-date bad boy Bern because his sister made him ask out his crush because she broke with her boyfriend (who Nolan didn’t ever truly like so) but now she needs to fix Nolan’s love-life—or lack-of.

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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,

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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

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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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