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Training Season by Leta Blake

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Published: December 2nd 2013 by Leta Blake

Pages: 253

Summary: Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before. Now the pressure’s on. He needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don’t come cheap, and Matty can’t afford to stay in the game no matter how badly he wants to win.

When a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana, Matty does his best to maintain his training regimen. Local residents turn out to be surprisingly tolerant of his flamboyant style, especially handsome young rancher Rob Lovely, who proves to be much more than a cowboy stereotype. Just as Matty requires a firm hand to perform his best on the ice, Rob shows him how strong he can be when he relinquishes control in the bedroom. With new-found self-assurance, he drives himself harder to go straight to the top.

But competition has a timetable, and to achieve his Olympic dream, Matty will have to join his new coach in New York City, leaving Rob behind. Now he must face the ultimate test. Has he truly learned how to win—on and off the ice—during his training season?

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Read from December 08 to 09, 2013


Well, damn.

I can’t write anything coherent enough to make my admiration simple and clear.

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I’ve read two parts of Training Season at night and I had to put it back and go to sleep. Yet I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters, about their intense relationship and the very good plot, so I went to work moody since I haven’t had my sleep up and frustrated since I couldn’t get back to read. Yes, it was just damn peachy.

But it was worth it.

This book it’s an epitomy of perfection.

Rating: 5/5 shining bright North Stars

 

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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in reviews

 

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Don’t… by Jack L. Pyke

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Published: December 13th 2012 by Fantastic Fiction Publishing

Pages: 354

Summary: “Don’t… open me.”

Three simple words that tease Jack, taking him places from his dark past. For Jack, BDSM is a way to resist his worst impulses. Yet, the stranger calling himself The Unknown seeks to use that to seduce him.

As Jack slips further down into the abyss, two men hold the power to save him. Will it be Gray, the Master who knows Jack’s every secret? Or Jan, the first man to give Jack a reason to hope? With deadly ghosts coming out to play, Jack may lose everything, even his life.

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Read from December 03 to 04, 2013


Why GR keeps asking me what did I think when I trying to type any coherent sentence? I didn’t bother me before, but now..

Just don’t.

I really don’t know what to write, what to think. I’ve finished this book about an hour ago and I can’t stop thinking about what the hell did I just read, about why the hell the characters and the situations are still in my head, itching and coming back while I do some random things.

Don’t… is brilliant, midfucking piece of art. And I’m really not into BDSM theme, not at all. Yet here I loved it.

Can I give it 6 stars? Please.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in reviews

 

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After Midnight by Santino Hassell

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Published: September 17th 2013 by Santino Hassell

Pages: 267

Summary: Gordon Frost is a survivor. He survived a war that ravaged the nation, and he made it through the orphanages and crime-ridden slums that followed. With few prospects for the future, Gordon carved out a niche for himself in the expanding drug trade of Lexington, PA. It’s not pretty, but it’s his, and it beats what he was doing before. But a classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time results in a brush with death, going by the name of Adam. Afterward, the life that seemed good enough before, isn’t quite the same.

Adam Blake is an assassin on the brink of being terminated by the very organization that controls him. He completed his mission, but not without being seen. With his secrets in danger of being exposed by Gordon, Adam knows he should kill the smart-mouthed redhead, but finds himself intrigued by the troublesome civilian instead.

When Gordon’s knack for finding trouble combines with the dangerous consequences of Adam’s indecision, their worlds intertwine in an explosive way.

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Read from December 02 to 03, 2013

 

Lets start with this: After Midnight is dedicated to me, me, me!

To me and my friends – To readers of “In the Company of Shadows” for being encouraging, enthusiastic and for looking past the flaws. Hell, yeah.

And I was enthusiastic while reading this spin-off too. I prepared myself for one hell of a ride, even it was way too short for me – Sonny and Ais spoiled me with four slowly paced installments of ICOS.

And my enthusiasm brought me straight to love.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in reviews

 

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ARC Review: Gifts of Honor: Starting from Scratch / Hero’s Homecoming Dualogy

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Expected publication: November 21st 2013 by Carina Press

Summary: I’ll be home for Christmas…

A batch of special Christmas cookies helps a wounded ex-Ranger remember the love of his life. A surprise phone call reunites a woman with the soldier who once broke her heart. There’s no place like home for the holidays, and there’s no better way to spend them than with the one you love.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail
Hero’s Homecoming by Rebecca Crowley

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Read from September 26 to 27, 2013


My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher for an honest review.

I have no idea how to rate this book. I’ll explain that later.

Sometimes I’m right in the kind of mood that makes me want to read a simple, angsty book and it has to be a quick read. I decided to give Gifts of Honor a try. There were two reason – the motif of damaged military hero coming back home, and southern setting.

The first story in this dualogy is Starting from Scratch by Stacy Gail and the plot follows the struggling of two protaginsts, Lucy Crabtree and Sullivan Jax, with coming to terms that they belong to each others. I will not provide spoilers, the story is simple and even the one detail would spoil the fun. But it’s very good story and I’ve read it with pleasure. If the book of Stacy Gail was the standalone novel, I would give it 3.5 stars rounded up.

The second book is Hero’s Homecoming by Rebecca Crowley. The main characters, Chris Walker and Beth Tate need to decide if they wanted be together or not after the breakup. I dare to say that the story surely had some potential, but it just seems shallow compared to the story of Stacy Gail. I would give it 2 stars.

So, that’s why I had no idea how to rate it. I just calculated the average.

Rating: 3/5
 
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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in reviews

 

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Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma

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Published September 5th 2013 by Definitions

Summary: At seventeen, Mathéo Walsh appears to have it all. He is a champion diver and a hot prospect for the upcoming Olympics. He is a heartthrob, a straight A student and lives in one of the wealthiest areas of London. He has great friends and is the envy of many around him. And most importantly of all, he is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Lola. He has always been a stable, well-adjusted guy . . .

Until one weekend. A weekend he cannot seem to remember. All he knows is that he has come back a changed person. One who no longer knows how to have fun, no longer wants to spend time with his friends, no longer enjoys diving. Something terrible happened that weekend – something violent and bloody and twisted. He no longer knows who he is. He no longer trusts himself around people: he only wants to hurt, wound and destroy. Slowly, he begins to piece back the buried, fragmented memories, and finds himself staring at the reflection of a monster.

Tormented, Mathéo suddenly finds himself faced with the most devastating choice of his life. Keep his secret, and put those closest to him in terrible danger. Or confess, and lose Lola forever . . .

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I was so excited. Tabitha Suzuma! Hurt! I’ve expected the long, angsty journey through the pages and my hands trembling – Forbidden did exactly THAT to me.
Yet I got nothing.

The mysterious reason of main character’s break down was so painfully predictable I wanted to scream: just say it, for Christ sake… And the end of the book? It was farfetched and unfair.

But I found the writing of Tabitha Suzuma as amazing as always.

 

Rating: 2/5
 
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Posted by on September 21, 2013 in reviews

 

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Give Me Reason (Reason #1) by Zoey Derrick

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Published September 8th 2013 by Zoey Derrick

Summary: Vivienne Callahan has known only hardship. As if growing up with an alcoholic, drug addicted mother wasn’t traumatic enough, she’s escaped from her physically and verbally abusive boyfriend only to struggle every day to make ends meet as a waitress in a Minneapolis diner.

Along comes Mikah Blake, a handsome stranger who quickly takes an unexpected and persistent interest in her. On the surface, “Mr. Suit” seems to be Vivienne’s opposite: rich, well-fed, successful. As Vivienne will learn, Mikah is more than he seems, and for reasons unknown, he’s determined to be her knight in shining armor. But after having finally found her own two feet after years of abuse, it’s difficult for her to accept Mikah’s help.

Will her body’s unexpected response to Mikah’s touch be reason enough to overcome her pride and traumatic past and learn to love and trust? Or will her past, refusing to be left behind, come back to claim her?

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What is wrong with all those indie writers? Or with all those indie publishers? I just hate that common and newly founded strategy called be-sure-you-buy-the-next-installment, since we provided you with the cliffhanger of the year.
Seriously, wtf?
It’s all about the money, sing a-long.
Well, they just gave me a reason (heck, there’s no “a” in this title…) to buy the next book in the series.

And now I’m not sure if I liked this book or not.
I liked it.
I didn’t like it.

But I want to read part two.

So, back to the book. I can’t say a bad word about the writing, even if the prologue left me pleased – it is written in third person. But the story goes and hey, first person, Viv’s point of view reigns… Too bad.

The heroine is a starved, abused waitress – got your sympathy yet? Then she meets a handsome CEO with a hint of paranormal feel. Sounds familiar?
I bet the answer is yes.

It’s a good story, true tearjerker.

Alas I can’t stop myself from adding: If you’re abused in any kind of way, please don’t wait for your prince charming. Take care of yourself, you won’t spot your CEO on the street or he won’t spot you. Sadly, there’s too few of them.

 

Rating: 3/5
 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in reviews

 

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