Nose in a Book Reviews – The Market Garden Series by Witt & Voinov

Quid Pro Quo (Market Garden, #1)Quid Pro Quo by L.A. Witt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three-star-rating

Genre – Erotic LGBT Romance  – M/M

Well.. that was a hot little read. It was pretty short, but the author did a good job giving us enough story to want to read more of these characters. Hot m/m sexy times.

Jared is selling sex at Market Garden, a club that caters to only the wealthiest of clientele. In his spare time, Jared enjoys keeping a keen eye on fellow rent-boy Tristan. Just as Jared is about to chat up Tristin, a businessman inquires about something a little different. He books both Jared & Tristan and what happens after is pretty damn hot. Looking forward to the next in the series.

Take It Off (Market Garden, #2)Take It Off by L.A. Witt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three-star-rating

Genre: Erotic LGBT Romance – M/M

Take it Off is another hot read. The second book in this series is told all from Tristan’s pov, and I think I liked Jared’s voice better in Quid Pro Quo.

In this one, Tristan and Jared are back, doing their thing for Rolex. In this one it’s Tristan’s turn to be teased by Jared. This book had a bit more of an emotional connection than the first, but the steam factor was just as hot.

Really enjoying this series. Hoping for the future installments to be a little longer. Would like a bit more connection for these characters & to get to know the world a bit better.

If It Flies (Market Garden, #3)If It Flies by L.A. Witt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three-star-rating

Genre: Erotic BDSM LGBT Romance

The third novella in the Market Garden series and it is the tale about closeted lawyer Spencer. He is introduced to the Market Garden by his colleague/friend, Percy. As soon as he enters the club he spots a hot blond, Nick. He’s the club’s resident dominant and with a bit of wooing, take Spencer to a world he didn’t even know he needed.

Spencer is soon one of Nick’s regular clients, meeting him every Friday for his regularly scheduled BDSM session. Spencer is awkward and a look, but takes to Nick’s guidance with grace and ease. Nick appears cold and calculating, but is a caring and nurturing dom. This book really showed the give and take of a Dom/Sub relationship. It was refreshing to a truly consensual take on this type of relationship. Nick really was concerned about Nick’s well being and exactly how much he could take in one session.

The book is really hot and steamy, and my only real complaint is that we don’t really see these two really forge the non-business side of their relationship until the very end. I would have liked to have seen that a bit more.

Really enjoyed this series and can’t wait for more.

If It Fornicates (Market Garden, #4)If It Fornicates by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre: Erotic BDSM LGBT Romance

Ah… another fabulous read in the Market Garden series. This one picks up after If It Flys and is told in Nick’s POV and I really enjoyed his voice. The glimpses of his trust issues broke my heart.

In this story, Nick is trying to come to terms with how to be a boyfriend and a Rent Boy. Ultimately he comes to the decision that he really can’t do both, and the story is about how he comes to that realization.

Nick’s work is starting to suffer because of his relationship with Spencer. He finds that he’s not a focused as he should be, and an unfocused Dom, is not someone you to be a Sub for. I like how Nick becomes a more fleshed out character in this one. His evolution as a person, as a boyfriend and even as a Dom was really refreshing. He relinquishes a bit of control to Spencer, something that he doesn’t part with lightly. Spencer is quietly patient and allows Nick to come to terms with everything in his own time. I love that about him. Granted, he has way more patience that I would ever have in the same situation, but he knows what he wants and has the confidence in himself and the relationship to allow things to progress the way it needed to be.

Bravo to Witt & Voinov – another really excellent and hot read. Looking forward to what you two come up with next.

Capture & Surrender (Market Garden, #5)Capture & Surrender by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre: Erotic LGBT Romance

Wow, another satisfying read from the Market Garden series.

This one tells the tale of Frank, the owner of the Market Garden.
He suddenly finds himself short of one rentboy when someone quits. Carlos, the bartender brings in someone he KNOWS Frank will like. In walks tall and hunky military man, Stephan. Frank’s immediately turned on the by mysterious man. The pair form a friendship and Frank takes Stephan to a paintball game that gives a whole new meaning to leaving it all on the field. Aside from the sexual antics on and off the field, the pair dance around each other like the Maypole. When Frank finally reveals his deep dark secret, it is so delicately woven into the story and so carefully handled.

And then there’s Stephan, man, oh man I do love a well written military man. He is so kind and gentle with Frank, it really was just lovely to read. Not only that, but WOOOWeee it was a steamy read as well. I’m coming to learn that these authors do NOT disappoint!

Coming soon

Payoff (Market Garden, #6) and 19604427
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Nose in a Book Reviews: Crash into You by @KatieMcGarry #RealBooks

Real Book Challenge

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3)Crash into You by Katie McGarry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre: Mature Young Adult

This is the first book I’ve read towards my Real Books of 2014.

Katie McGarry is one of the few authors that I’ve come to count on for a great story with well rounded characters and a well paced plot. This book was no exception.

I’ve seen a few other people mention that they couldn’t really get into this book, while I had the opposite happen. The first couple of chapters I was trying to figure out how these two were going to actually be in the same worlds, but McGarry wove the tale masterfully.

I was actually on the edge of my seat for most of the book trying to figure out how she was going to wrap up, what seemed to be a very dire situation for Rachel and Isaiah.

The story revolves around Isaiah, one of McGarry’s characters from her first book in the series, Pushing the Limits. And man, I have loved Isaiah, since the very first book. It broke my heart to see him hurt by Beth in the Dare You To. I was thrilled when he got his own book and his own happily ever after. Of course with tattooed, bad boy Isaiah, nothing comes easy. He’s got a tough as nail image, with a soft and gooey center that most people don’t get to see. He doesn’t like owing people, and rarely sticks his neck out for anyone.

Then there’s Rachel, a beautiful, but awkward and socially panicked seventeen year old who in order to escape her privileged, yet severely dysfunctional family loves to take her Mustang out for long, speed filled drives along back country roads. I have to be honest, her family are a bunch of self centered, selfish assholes. They use Rachel to make their Mother happy, so the rest of the family doesn’t have to. Rachel is also the innocent, never been kissed type because her brothers scare away what interest anyone might ever have in here. The brothers are bullies not only to her would-be suitors, but to Rachel herself.

Rachel and Isaiah meet when she finds herself at a street race. Being the naive, rich girl, she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. For some unknown reason, Isaiah feels sorry for this girl and sticks his neck out for her. The rest of the story weaves itself around what happens after that race.

The plot is fast paced and the world McGarry builds is dark and suspenseful. I liked how both Rachel and Isaiah realize not only what being in love is, but also what lengths true friends will go through for you.

I recommend this story, in fact I recommend this entire series. One of the things I love about these stories is that while there isn’t an epilogue in her books, she weaves the futures of her characters in subsequent books. In this one, we learn a little more about what Noah and Echo are up to. It really solidifies the stories into a well rounded series. I see the next story is about West, one of Rachel’s brothers, so I hope we’ll get a glimpse of Rachel and Isaiah in that one too. I also hope Ally get’s her own book, because she is all sorts of awesome!

Can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Live by @maryann_rivers

Live (Burnside, #1)Live by Mary Ann Rivers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre: Romance

Enjoyed this book a lot. While I love River’s prose, in this book there were times the flowery-ness overwhelmed the story and managed to bog it down a bit. I have a feeling perhaps her writing may be better suited to novella length type of stories, as I muddled through sections that were just mired in too many words.

The story itself was quite lovely and the last few chapters of the book really sealed the 4 stars from me.

We meet ‘Des’, Destiny, an unemployed woman on the brink of bankruptcy who comes to the local library everyday to do her job search . She has a secret crush on a man who has been hired to fix up and replace some of the rotting wood carvings that have been hanging in the library for a long time. She doesn’t know much except that he’s a bit quiet, has a foreign accent and is extremely focused on his work. When Des gets her most recent Job rejection, she breaks down in the middle of the library.

Seeing the woman he’s been eyeing for months suddenly falling apart at one of the study carrels, Hefin can’t sit by and do nothing. He comes over to try and find out what’s wrong and cheer her up. The courtship that transpires is slow and ambling, but man there are some make out sessions that are pretty damn steamy. I’ll never think about the backseat of a beat up ol’ limo the same, that’s for sure.

I enjoyed how Destiny finally came around to seeing that she needed to grow up and stop being the ‘mom’ to her siblings. They each used her as a crutch in their own way, and Destiny let them. I liked that Hefin held his ground, that he needed to find his own way in the world as well, after moving to the states to marry an American. He wasn’t stubborn for the sake of being stubborn, but rather his reasons were valid and actually proved to be the catalyst for Destiny to see her own as well.

I enjoyed the plot, even with the heavy handed prose. If you have a little time, I recommend this one. It’s not your easy, breezy light romance novel, but it is still definitely worth a read.

Curious to see where she takes this series in the future and I hope she eases up on her weighty words as well.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Deeper by Robin York @RobinYorkNA

Deeper (Caroline & West, #1)Deeper by Robin York

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Genre: New Adult

Lordy, this book. I loved it! It was angsty dosed with a heaping spoonful of smut, some of my favorite desserts!

Caroline never imagined that the man she grew up loving would betray her in one of the worst ways possible – spreading pictures of her in very compromising positions. What she thought was a simple breakup turns vicious when the images spread like wildfire across the web and the college she attends. When she realizes how extensive the damage is to her online persona, she fears her future and the dreams she held so dear are now ruined.

West is the bad boy pot dealer that Caroline knows of, but doesn’t really know. She remembers him from her first day of school, but with her father’s insistence, steers clear of him. That is until Caroline’s Ex starts making comments and adding fuel to the inferno Caroline is already dealing with. She accidentally gets hit by a rogue punch when West and Caroline’s Ex get into a fight, sparking the catalyst for their friendship.

West and Caroline aren’t friends. But Caroline shows up at the bakery West works at every night. They dance around having an actual relationship for a long time, but the push and pull between them is lovely.

West comes from a very different background than Caroline and after her father’s stern threat on the first day of school he steers clear. He also can’t pretend he’ll ever fit in to Caroline’s privileged world.

I love how lovingly York has created her characters. Each is amazingly flawed in their own ways. I adore how focused West is to help his family in any way he can. And Caroline, once she pulled on her big girl panties, I loved how kick-ass she became. She didn’t let her humiliation rule her life, instead rose above and started over.

All in all, I LOVED this book. Robin York has written what I think is one of my favorite NA books and I can’t wait to read what else she comes up in this genre. Well done and I can NOT wait to read book two in this series.

Go preorder Deeper, it really was a fantastic read.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein

Sneaking CandySneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre: Romance / New Adult

Cute, quick read. A little cliche, but I fell in love with James’ voice and once Candice stopped being a puss, she grew on me as well.

Candice is a graduate creative writing student who has the privilege of having the acclaimed writer, Professor Dylan as her advisor. Being his TA, she works very closely with him, and harbors a bit of a crush on the handsome and worldly man. Her only issue is that in order to make ends meet, her roommate convinces her to write Erotica under the pen name of Candy. She’s forced to keep this a secret, as Professor Dylan thinks self publishing, especially of the erotica genre, to be the downfall of fiction as he knows it.

Candice meets James, a local barista who she also harbors a bit of a crush for. She gets the nerve up to leave him a little ‘tip’ that includes her phone number only to realize a short time later that he’s actually a student in the class where she’s a TA. James is a very sexy man and I really enjoyed his character. He was the voice of reason, especially when Candice was being a complete wuss. Forced to sneak around, I kept waiting for the shoe to drop when they would both be exposed.

The plot was pretty cliched and predictable, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying this story. All in all, an enjoyable, fluffy read. I can’t wait to read what Burlstein comes up with next.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Heating up the Holidays

Better late, than never, right?

Heating Up the Holidays 3-Story BundleHeating Up the Holidays 3-Story Bundle by Lisa Renee Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a nice little holiday read with three very different stories.

Genre:  Holiday Romance

 

Play With Me by Lisa Renee Jones

2 and a half stars

This story was the cliched story about a boss falling in love with his assistant. I found the story to be extremely rushed and the circumstances were just really predictable and almost felt like fan fiction for the way the plot moved. You know, down on her luck woman gets a job with the very difficult to work for hunky boss and they both have crazy chemistry right off the bat. This makes hunky boss suddenly very protective and crazy. The professional implications of this affair is not even handled, which pisses me off a bit. So what if we can both get sued and fired… lets keep seeing each other. Yeah… been there, read that. All in all, just average for me.

Snowfall by Mary Ann Rivers

4-and-one-half-star-rating

Just like Mary Ann’s previous Novella, The Story Guy, I absolutely loved this story. The story does follow a similar plot device as the Story Guy, and while you could see where the story was going, I still enjoyed it immensely. Jenny is slowly loosing her eye sight and has been having erotic online chats with a stranger she only knows as ‘C’. After her last Doctor’s appointment she is told to try working with a therapist to help her deal with her approaching blindness. Through the push and pull of not wanting to accept her disability, nor the man who’s making her fight to deal with it, they find love.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I really enjoyed this story and the lovely prose that only Mary Ann Rivers can provide.

After Midnight by Serena Bell

4star
This story took a long time for me to get in to, but once I did I really enjoyed it.

This is a Meet on New Year’s Eve sort of story – a little bit like cinderella, Nora and Miles have an instant connection as a friend of a friend’s party. The only problem is that Miles has to make a quick exit to avoid an altercation with a man much bigger than he was.

The pair each seem to think they’ll never see each other again, especially since Miles lives in Ohio and when he left the party they hadn’t exchanged names. With the help of their friends, Nora finds Miles and calls him up a year later. They exchange calls and enjoy each other just as much as they had when they first met. When they finally do come together, it really helped the story move along.

Out of the three stories in this book, skip the first and check out the last two. You won’t be sorry.

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Nose in a Book Reviews: Yours to Keep by Serena Bell

Yours to KeepYours to Keep by Serena Bell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Three-star-rating

Genre: Romance

I wanted to enjoy this story more than I actually did. The writing was good and the characters were likeable, but the story was both a bit cliched and predictable.

The story is about illegal immigrant, Ana and a wealthy pediatrician, Ethan. Anna meets Ethan when she’s at the local High School, speaking with the principal trying to get her name added to the Spanish tutor list. The guy tries to blackmail her for ‘services’ when she won’t agree to a background check, where she knows she’ll be found out to be in the country illegally. Ethan hears the argument and saves Ana from what could have been a dangerous situation.

Ethan is dealing with a son who is rebelling after his dad gets a divorce. Trying to figure some way of getting through to his son, he hires Ana to tutor Theo and it ultimately becomes the catalyst for a change not only to Theo, but also to his relationship with his dad.

I liked how even though it wasn’t Anna’s fault that she was here illegally, she still worked hard and handled every challenge with pride and grace. I found Ethan to be kind of a wuss who was so distracted he didn’t even realize his son was crying out for his dad to pay attention to him.

An average read, but if you like Serena Bell’s writing, you might enjoy this one too.

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