Blog Tour: Oversight (The Community #2) by Santino Hassell + Review!

Oversight (The Community, #2)

 

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Received: ARC provided by/from A Novel Take PR
Publication Date: June 26, 2017
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Point of View: Third Person (Holden)
Genres & Themes: MM Romance, LGBTQ+, Paranormal, Thriller, Mystery Romance,

BLURB:

Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.

Holden Payne has it all . . . or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.

Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man-bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an Invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.

As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.

REVIEW:

A reader said that it’s first a thriller. Second, a mystery, and third, a romance. And that could very be the case for Insight ( The Community #1), but for Oversight (The Community #2), Santino Hassell masters the perfect blend of all three, simultaneously. The perfect coalesced blend of thriller, mystery, and romance. Without one overtaking or dominating the book.

Although, I have to come clean and say that Six and Holden, and their banter and connection was one of the best part of the book. See, I’m a sucker for soul mates (not saying this is what Six and Holden have), strong connections, and just like a bond.

“But you’re gorgeous. The combination of your skin color and black hair is gorgeous. If you weren’t such an asshole, I could probably get lost in your eyes. They’re beautiful.”

“A woman at the Farm told me I had devil eyes, and the description got around.(…)”

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Book Review: Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Autoboyography

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Received: ARC provided by/from Edelweiss
Publication Date:: September 12, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Point of View: First Person (Tanner)
Genres & Themes: MM Romance, LGBTQ+, Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult

BLURB:

Fangirl meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this funny and poignant coming-of-age novel from New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren about two boys who fall in love in a writing class—one from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious community.

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

REVIEW:

“It opens with a boy and a girl, a dare, and crumbs on a bed.

But where it really begins is with a double take and the words “His smile ruins me.”

We all know that LGBTQ+ films are rare and few, and even rarer is happy endings. I’m always on the look out for rep and a couple of years back I stumbled upon Latter Days. A movie about a young Mormon who has just moved to LA. He’s living next door to an out, gay man. I don’t want to spoil the movie, but if you want a happy ending, check it out.

Really the mormon part is really as close to Autoboyography as it gets, but I couldn’t help and remember the film. I was hoping, and praying (bad pun?), that it wouldn’t disappoint.

Most of my most anticipated LGBTQ+ books have been falling short this years, not because they’re bad, but because most have the pairings together until maybe the last 80% (if I’m lucky) together and the beginning pure angst, or just doubting everything.

I have to note that I really don’t know LDS, at all. Apart from them coming to my home every now and then, therefore I cannot say if the rep is represented well or not, regardless to how it reads to me. Therefore, I’ll not comment if it’s properly portrayed or not.

Autoboyography is a win in my book. The biggest win of all, since it’s full of heart and emotions, and a beautiful love story, with a full cast of characters that bring so much to the story.

It’s the beginning of a new year for Tanner, and he has the daunting task of choosing classes. His best friend, Autumn, urges him to take a seminar that’s about completing a novel in four months. Sounds long, right? Well, maybe. Last time someone took the class, they got a publishing deal and now said author is mentoring the class.

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Book Review: Mature Content (Cyberlove #4) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Mature Content (Cyberlove, #4)

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: ARC via Novel Take
Publication Date:June 2, 2017
Publisher: Megtino Press
Point of View: Third Person (Multiple)
Genres & Themes: M/M Romance, Contemporary, Romance, Cyber Love

BLURB:

My life plan is to be brutally honest all the way to the bank. Don’t believe me? I run a popular YouTube channel called TrashyZane, and my claim to fame is oversharing about every aspect of my personal life. Sometimes while tipsy. Not everyone loves my style, but I have a long history of icing out people who can’t handle me. I have no time for judgmental foolishness.

Except, apparently, when it comes to Beau Starr. His channel is the polar opposite of mine, and so is he. Wholesome, inspirational, and clean-cut. Everything about him should turn me off, but when we hook up following a confrontation at a convention, my world flips upside down. Not only does Beau Starr turn me on, he uses the exact combination of dirty talk and roughness needed to turn me out.

But we still hate each other. I think.

REVIEW:

He tasted like alcohol, pop rocks, and bad decisions.

Dare I say this is The Hottest book in the Cyberlove series?

I think I dare.

Youtube is my thing, not like my thing that I do (although I maybe want?) but something that I know pretty well watching for years now. It’s obvious that Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell know what they’re doing (although I would want to see how they would write actual recording—what with the messing up and re-saying things, but maybe it would be to much reiteration?), and wow do they knock this out of the park.

Hardwire introduces Beau and Zane, youtube rivals that bicker and fight every time the other’s name is so much as uttered near their vicinity.  You can imagine how their coming together is something that is Needed, capitals and all. And when they do….well, they come together in the only way they can whilst still hating each other

“He wasn’t pretending to like this, there was no way he was that food of an actor. He got off on the hair-pulling, the hand-tying. He got off on me telling him what to do in a tone I hadn’t used in years. It wasn’t every day I met a guy who got this turned on by my brand of sex. “

The Love-Hate sex is on point. The banter is on point. The kink is ON. Point. Everything is on point. 

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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your House

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: ARC via Edelweiss
Publication Date:September 26, 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Point of View: Third Person (Multiple)
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Horror, Slasher

BLURB:

Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

REVIEW:

His question was curious, though his voice was dead. “Why aren’t you screaming?”

Because I don’t want to wake up my brother and sister. When she didn’t answer out loud, he finished her off. 

There’s something about binge watching slasher movies that just makes my day. There’s a difference between scary movies and slasher movies, both of which I love, and it’s important to note that this is a YA Slasher-esque book.

How someone who wrote Anna and the French Kiss could possibly write There’s Someone Inside Your House is exciting and intriguing. Stephanie Perkins doe not write fluff and rainbows in this one. She does not hold her punches, either.

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Book Review: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (The Only Love Triangle I’ll be Reading)

The Love Interest

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: ARC via Edelweiss
Publication Date:May 16th 2017
Publisher:Feiwel & Friends
Point of View: First Person (Caden)
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, LGBTQ+, Contemporary

BLURB:

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

REVIEW:

“Do you think you will fall in love with her?”

“It doesn’t matter,” I say. ” She’s the hero of this story, so how I feel is irrelevant.” 

I sometimes feel like my life is made up by the books I’ve read, my future shaped by the movies I’ve, and songs sometimes make up my favorite quotes. So obviously that extends even to reading. Sometimes I’ll read the plot line of something and in my head there this insert movie AU here sign going off. And ya’ll know I love fanfics.

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The Love Interest translated to This Means War AU. No lie, whilst watching that movie all I could think was what if Tom Hardy and Chris Pine would be fighting for Reese Witherspoon but end up falling for each other. W H O A . (I could also take Reese Witherspoon falling for a girl, and TH and CP falling for each other. D O U B L E   W H O A). But Hollywood stays sleeping and in came Cale Dietrich.

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Book Review: True Colors (True Love #2) by Anyta Sunday

True Colors (True Love, #2)

 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: ARC via Netgalley
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Anyta Sunday
Point of View: First Person (Marco)
Genres & Themes: MM Romance, LGBTQ+, MM Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, College

BLURB:

Oskar used to be Marco’s best friend. His everything. His sunshine yellow.

But that was before. Before Marco stopped being a hot jock. Before he learned to live with scars and pain. And before Oskar tore their friendship apart.

Now the boy next door has returned home, determined to rekindle his friendship with Marco, and Marco’s more afraid than ever. Afraid of getting hurt. Afraid of being humiliated.

Afraid of falling in love.

Can Oskar find a way through Marco’s fear, back into his heart?

True Colors is an enemies to lovers, boy next door, first time, slow burn M/M romance with a generous helping of UST. This no-cliffhanger, HEA book can be read as a standalone.

REVIEW:

“What colors am I supposed to be?”

His answer has me drawing him into a sensual kiss.

“All of them, Marco. You’re all of them.”

There’s few writers that make me feel like I’m reading some magic words in a contemporary world. For example, Suki Fleet, who I’m always cautious because I know it’ll hurt. Nash Summers, who captured me with Maps and Fawn, because wow are this character dazzling. And Anyta Sunday, who writes characters as if they’re something magical, who love and feel in such a way that you can’t help but root for a HEA.

True Colors was like the epitome of my daydreams. I know, it’s a weird sentence. See, I often say I don’t like angst, but I do when it isn’t the entire plot, or when it’s because of some miscommunication. But I love angst when you want that character to grovel, and pine, hard.

Reading about Marco and Oskar was hard. Mostly, because I didn’t know how Marco could get pass those six words. I felt for the kid. I felt for the kid who trusted and instead got six letter words that impacted his life, his outlook, and his self-esteem. And Oskar, little cocky shithead who at times I wanted him to hurt, because how dare you.

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This story featured a friends-to enemies-to-friends-to-lovers trope, and hell yeah was it enjoyable. I loved that Marco took his time, that it wasn’t shoved under the rug.

But. True Colors wasn’t perfect, by all means. For example, Oskar’s sister has had Marco as a brother of sorts since he’s moved away. There’s this moment when Marco, justifiably so, snaps at Oskar. Then, Zoe (sister), gets so mad at him that she uninvited him to her game, made him feel guilt and demanded him to make it up to him. Like I get it it’s your brother, but you’ve known this guy maybe not get in the middle of something you might not understand?

I also had a problem with Oskar and his boyfriend. I don’t know if Jessie (boyfriend) was a plot device, because things don’t add up.

Lastly, the sex scene. I don’t want to get super spoilery, but six words change Marco’s life. Those six words have impacted his life in a big way, and then when they have sex, in this defining scene, I wish it wouldn’t have been “tighly-wrapped-in-a-bow” type of scene. I wanted the, look, things will take a while, and they will because no magic dick will heal my insecurities.

Regardless, I did love reading about Opa, Zoe, the play ( I want this type of plays in my life, and it actually was so vivid in my mind, what the heck), Marco standing up to Oskar’s mom. And I especially loved reading Marco and Oskar’s journey. A journey filled with pain, forgiveness, and friendship. Learning what happened, and why those six words were uttered.

At times I didn’t want Marco to forgive Oskar, but Oskar won me over, little by little.

Hope this story wins you over. 

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Book Review: What Remains by Garrett Leigh

What Remains

 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Own
Publication Date:July 4th 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Point of View: Third Person (Jodie, Rupert)
Genres & Themes: MM Romance, LGBTQ+, MM Romance, Amnesia

BLURB:

Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?

Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.

Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can’t remember and shatters Rupert’s heart. Jodi doesn’t know him—or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.

REVIEW:

This is my third attempt at this review. Third time’s the charm, right?

What Remains is the type of book that you just have to be ready for, you know. It’s not for everyone. It definitely wouldn’t had been for me a couple months ago, definitely not when it published, and that’s why it’s been in my TBR pile for so long. And then, something just aligned and I started reading and wow.

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