Thursday, February 25, 2016

ARC REVIEW: Finding North by Carmen Jenner #MM #LGBT #Romance

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 25, 2016
Publisher:  Carmen Jenner
Length: 203 pages

Description: Red Maine’s blue-collared bad boy, North Underwood, has a dirty little secret—Will Tanner. Friends since kindergarten, North had been the one to jump first, and his fall into Will’s bed ten years ago had been no exception. Will and North had been inseparable, but things change, people grow apart, and even a blazing flame can dwindle to a dying ember over time. 

The more things change the more they stay the same. 

After a run in with a bottle of Bundy rum, Will and North find themselves in a compromising and all too familiar position. 

Blurred lines, bad decisions, and one wrong foot after another lead these two down a spiral of sarcasm, secrets, and sex, but when North’s hetero status is called into question he can’t figure up from down. And despite Will telling himself he wouldn’t fall again, he’s head over heels and wandering without a compass. 

Love is love. 
Love is truth. 
Love … shouldn’t be this damn hard to figure out. 

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First off, let me just say - that cover? Hot!! And a fabulous introduction to one of our heroes, Will. He's tattooed, pierced, and out in a little town that doesn't do gay. In fact, Will's gay-ness and the feelings he stirs up in his straight childhood friend, North, is what causes the rift between the two that lasts for more than a decade. North is determined to keep his hetero status, until the day he can't. The day he finally gets his hands on Will again and everything changes.

This GFY story (gay for you) has it all: hot guys, steamy sex, and tons of reasons for the "straight" guy to say no. The timeline flashes back every so often to when these two guys were in their early teens so we can see how deep their friendship was and the string of events and circumstances that led to their estrangement. It's a story that's all too real. 
"You gonna buy a drink? Or should I pull up the couch so you can lie down and tell me all your feelings?" Will smiles in that cocky way only Will can. If he were anyone else, he'd get his skull beaten in because of that douche-kebab smile. Always the shit stirrer.
I have to say that I loved the humor in this story. Some of the Aussie expressions had me giggling for hours. And since much of the story takes place in and around Will's bar, there is a whole host of secondary characters to round things out. 
My lip is all busted up, my jaw is bruised too where North tapped it a couple of times, and I had two rounds of Berocca this morning and it hasn't done jack. I'm still fucking lagging like a cock at a christening. 
Will and North's story is exciting and the sex is rough and hot. It takes a lot for these two guys to get to the point where they can even begin to get over the hurt they've caused each other. But a love that deep deserves a second chance. 

OUR RATING:  4 stars!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

ARC REVIEW: Flying Solo (Men of London #6) by Susan Mac Nicol #MM #LGBT #Romance

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance, part of the Men of London Series
Release Date: January 28, 2016
Publisher:  Boroughs Publishing Group
Length: 173 pages

Description: Flight attendant Maxwell Lewis has spent years cultivating a bon vivant image only to find he finally wants something more—and that something more includes the never-does-repeats game designer Gibson Henry. 


Maxwell Lewis is proud of the life he’s made. Having turned tragedy into triumph, he’s now a beloved member of a Target Airlines cabin crew with more than his fair share of attention both in the air and on the ground. But lately he’s wanted something more than the occasional hook-up or sometime sex buddy—particularly after meeting game designer and passenger Gibson Henry. 

Talented and driven, Gibson has built a company ready to be the next big thing in gaming. Devoted to his work, he takes onetime pleasures where he finds them and never does repeats…which is what he tells handsome, sexy Maxwell Lewis after a little mile-high flight attendance. But a chance encounter in a London club is about to change things forever. Two men, one who’s flown solo and another who’s only ever played alone, are about to find that at some point all games come to end, it’s time to bare your heart and try for love. 

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Flying Solo is the tale of two very different men. One, Maxwell, has crawled and scraped himself off the streets, where he did whatever he could to survive, and into a respectable position as part of the cabin crew at Target Airlines. But he's getting tired of the mile-high club and the array of sexual partners at every port. He wants something more. He wants Gibson.

Unfortunately, Gibson wants something less. A man with a relatively uncomplicated past, he's a computer nerd who is determined to make it in the gaming world. He never sleeps with the same man twice because why bother with relationships? He's far too busy getting his new company off the ground. He never even thinks about past sexual partners... But that all changes when he meets Max. 

I loved seeing how the relationship between these two men evolved from one focused on sex only to one where trust and friendship become the main elements. As they share more of themselves, more of their hearts, their bond deepens until neither man can imagine a life without the other. 

Susan did a great job of incorporating humor into her writing with this book. Maxwell is always up for a great one-liner, and while he keeps his most outrageous thoughts to himself, we as the reader are privy to them. These two had me laughing out loud:
When he was released and Gibson stepped back, lips swollen and wet, Maxwell tried to gather his brains back into his head from his crotch so he could form a sentence. He was still trying to when Gibson spoke.
Wall to wall geek. Maxwell wasn't sure what the collective noun was for a bunch of them gathered at a gaming conference, but he thought that perhaps a google of geeks might be a good term. Maybe even a nerd herd.

Flying Solo is some of Susan Mac Nicol's best writing!

OUR RATING: 4.5 stars!


See more of Outrageous Heroes of Romance reviews for the Men of London series: 

Suit Yourself (Men of London #3):

Cross to Bare (Men of London #5):