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Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye # 1)

By Sarina Bowen

Synopsis

Most people called it a cult. But for twenty years, Josh and Caleb called it home. 

In Paradise, there is no television. No fast food. Just long hours of farm work and prayer on a dusty Wyoming ranch, and nights in a crowded bunkhouse. The boys of the Compound are kept far from the sinners’ world. 

But Joshua doesn’t need temptation to sin. His whole life, he’s wanted his best friend, Caleb. By day they work side by side. Only when Josh closes his eyes at night can they be together the way he craves. 

It can never be. And his survival depends on keeping his terrible desires secret.

Caleb has always protected Josh against the worst of the bullying at the Compound. But he has secrets of his own, and a plan to get away — until it all backfires. 

Josh finds himself homeless in a world that doesn’t want him. Can Caleb find him in time? And will they find a place of safety, where he can admit to Josh how he really feels? 

Warning: Contains a hot male/male romance, copious instances of taking the Lord’s name in vain, and love against the kitchen counter. This book was previously released under the title: In Front of God & Everyone.

Review

GOODBYE PARADISE is an amazing read with plenty of heartwarming scenes and beautiful characters.

Josh is an absolute sweetheart; one with a very kind and gentle soul.  Having been treated badly at the farm, he feels worthless and like nothing he does is ever good enough and, because of their religious upbringing, he also feels ashamed of his feelings towards Caleb.  But over time, and with reassurances from Caleb and their new friends, he slowly begins to let go of everything that was drilled into his head his whole life to find peace and happiness within himself.

“They think God doesn’t like it when you curse?  But god is just fine with throwing you out by the side of the road?  Do you hear how messed up that is?”

Caleb is the more confident, skilled and dominant of the two; he wasn’t bullied like Josh was because he held some rank at the farm.  He’s also a natural protector and spent most of his days at the farm shielding Josh.  I would go so far as to say he has a slight hero complex, because his need to protect sometimes went too far and he often felt responsible for things he had no control over.

“A real man does what needs doing.  He takes care of the people he loves.  You know this instinctively, even though every man in your own life treated you like shit.”

I not only loved Josh and Caleb, but almost everyone else in this story too.  Washington was their saviour when they needed one and seemed to become a father figure of sorts.  Maggie (a farm runaway from years before) was a lovely young woman who helped them adjust to life outside the farm.  Maggie’s husband, Daniel, was a cool guy who had no problem opening up his home to strangers in need.

GOODBYE PARADISE has loose ties to the True North series, but you don’t have to read those books to understand and enjoy this one.  GOODBYE PARADISE is told in dual POVs and comes with a lovely HEA for Josh and Caleb.  I truly hope we’ll be seeing more of them in the future, and I’d also like to see a book about Maggie’s sister, Miriam, because that young woman needs some happiness in her life after what she endured at the farm.

Goodbye Paradise (Hello Goodbye # 1)

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Wound Tight (Made In Jersey # 4)

By Tessa Bailey

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Synopsis

When CEO Renner Bastion walks into a room, everyone keeps their distance. Well, everyone but the sarcastic, tattooed, Boston-bred security guard whose presence has kept Renner in New Jersey longer than intended. As if the unwanted attraction isn’t unsettling enough, Renner finds out his protector isn’t as unavailable as originally thought.

Milo Bautista just came out to his wealthy, ultra-confident boss, a man he secretly respects and admires…in more ways than he’ll admit. Worldly, experienced Renner would never look in his direction, let alone share some of that confidence he wears like a cloak, so Milo has set his sights on someone else to be his first.

Until Renner offers him private lessons in seduction…

Review

WOUND TIGHT is the first book I’ve read from Tessa Bailey and I quite enjoyed it.  The story flowed well and chemistry between Renner and Milo was hot.  Really hot.

I liked Renner, despite him spending most of the book being an emotionally closed-off hard arse.  He comes across as uncaring but, thanks to his POV, we quickly learn that it’s just a front to keep people at arms length.  Milo is tough, being ex-military and working in security, but he’s also very fun loving and sweet, a complete opposite to Renner’s alpha personality.  I really liked Milo because despite only having sexual experience with women, when he started having feelings for another man, he embraced them instead of hiding from them.

WOUND TIGHT is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  There are references made to past couples and past events, but you don’t need to read the other books in the series to follow and enjoy this story.

Wound Tight (Made In Jersey # 4)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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The Ghost In The Mirror (Samuel Dexter # 1)

By Faith Gibson

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Synopsis

What do you do when you have no memories of your life except the one moment that took everything away? 

My name is Dex and I’m a Marine. Somewhere in the horrors of the sand overseas, an explosion took out not only most of my unit but also my memories of everything that happened before that day. When my memories don’t return, the explosion also ends my career in the military. That one moment costs me everything. 

Starting from scratch sucks. I don’t even know what foods I like or what types of music I listen to. Am I a boxer or briefs man? Do I like women or men? I also have to figure out what I’m going to do with my life from this point on. 

While adjusting to my new life, I start seeing things — things that no one else can see. I think that maybe my head injury caused more than amnesia. When one of my “visions” won’t leave me alone, I have no choice but to believe in ghosts. 

Along with the ghosts during the day, at night I dream vividly of two men. But are these two men merely dreams, or are they memories? When one man steps through the door of my hospital room, I have the answer. This man literally tries to lead me down memory lane, culminating in a searing kiss. Too bad my brain isn’t cooperating, because this man is breathtaking. 

With the help of my sassy grandmother, I begin to rebuild my life. 

I am Samuel Dexter, and these are my stories.

Review

I loved THE GHOST IN THE MIRROR and ended up reading it in one sitting.  We have an ex-Marine and his detective ex-boyfriend.  We have romance.  We have ghosts.  We have PI cases to close and a crime to solve.  We also have one hell of a sassy grandmother.

Sammy Lou?  Oh, hell no.  My name was…was…Oh shit.  I was pretty sure at that point if Sammy Lou was my real name, I never wanted to recover my memories.  Fuck me.

I loved the characters in this story, from Dex to Orlando to Gram to Cindy to Zayden.  There are a few more, but I won’t mention them all here.  Dex is a nice guy who is fairly easy going considering he lost his entire life history.  You’d expect someone in that situation to be filled with anger and frustration, but he’s not.  When he realises he’s not hallucinating and is in fact seeing a real ghost, he makes it his mission to help her.  This mission has him moving on from the military and becoming a Private Investigator.  Orlando is also a good guy that, judging by how he is with his nephew, will make a wonderful father some day.  I also respected the hell out of him when he acknowledged the break-up with Dex all those years ago was completely his fault.  Dex’s grandmother is hilarious and you can tell that’s where he gets a lot of his personality from.  I loved that she was sassy but would always tell Dex off for his sass.  The kids, Cindy and Zayden, are both adorable and sweet, with both of their stories breaking my heart.

How unfair was it that I had known the love of not one but two men in my life and couldn’t remember either one.

Don’t be like me and think that the ghosts mentioned in the blurb are metaphors, because they’re not.  After his head injury, Dex can see real ghosts.  That didn’t phase me though because even though I wasn’t aware it was going to be a paranormal, I just went with the flow.  My only issue with the story is that almost everyone believes Dex immediately when he says he sees ghosts.  No-one thought he was crazy or blamed his head injury, which I thought was odd.

THE GHOST IN THE MIRROR is told mostly in Dex’s POV, but Orlando does get some one-on-one time with the reader as well.  It’s the first book in the series and I for one am looking forward to reading more in the future.  I’m not sure if the future books will focus on Dex’s relationship with Orlando, or if they’ll focus on his PI work.  In this book, one case gets closed, but another two remain open: the cheating spouse and the ghosts living in his boss’s house.  I would like more closure in regards to the missing girls and their families, especially Cindy’s, and maybe we’ll see that in a future book.

The Ghost In The Mirror (Samuel Dexter # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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On The Brink (In The Zone # 0)

By Kate Willoughby

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Synopsis

Due to popular demand, Kate Willoughby brings you Hart Griffin and Jeremy Fenton’s origin story. Find out how these two met and fell in love… 

Holtzer University junior Hart Griffin won’t let anything interfere with his future as a professional hockey player. No way, no how. He’s the star forward of his college team and a first round NHL draft pick. 

A night with a male super fan calls into question everything Hart thought he knew about his sexuality and launches Hart on a soul-searching journey in which nothing is as it seems and his entire world is turned upside down. 

Review

If you’ve been keeping up-to-date with this series, you’ll know that in ACROSS THE LINE, Hart revealed to the world that he was gay and in a relationship with his roommate, Jeremy.  ON THE BRINK is a prequel novella that shows how the two met and became a couple.

While we’ve seen a bit of Hart throughout the series, Jeremy has remained mostly in the background, but that’s not the case with this book.  Here we see that Jeremy is an out and proud gay man in college, where his vehicle is targeted with vandalism and his body is targeted with physical assault.  Despite the threats to himself and his property, he never hides who he is.  He’s funny and easygoing, and nothing gets him down for long.  The best word I can think of to describe Jeremy is ‘cute’; even his crush on Hart was cute.

Jeremy had never actually met him in person.  He’d only ogled him from afar, but judging from appearances, he was flawless.

While Jeremy is out and proud, Hart is struggling with his sexuality.  I don’t think he ever really questioned it until he saw Jeremy and felt a spark.  But he dreams of playing in the NHL and he believes that being gay will ruin that dream, so he spends quite a lot of the story denying his feelings and hurting Jeremy in the process.

ON THE BRINK is told in dual POVs and while it’s a prequel novella, I’d recommend reading it after ACROSS THE LINE.  As with most novellas, the story is very rushed and I wish it had been fleshed out a bit more as it was hard to feel their connection when they hadn’t really spent much time together.  I should mention that this is set in 2003 and there were a couple of instances where I believe the technology mentioned was more advanced than what it was for that time period.  But overall, I enjoyed learning how Hart and Jeremy came to be a couple and thought this was a very nice addition to the series.

On The Brink (In The Zone # 0)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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His Heart’s Revenge (49th Floor # 4)

By Jenny Holiday

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Synopsis

Twenty years ago, I was too smart and too poor to be cool. Now I’m laughing my way to the bank–the bank I’m CEO of. Nothing can touch me.
Except maybe him.
We met at summer camp. We made out under the stars. Then he stabbed me in the back.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But I’m gonna go with hot.

Alexander Evangelista is a millionaire with all the trappings: houses all over the world and hot guys lined up whenever he’s in need of some no-strings-attached company. He’s on his way to world domination.

A CEO in his own right, Cary Bell is competing for a major client with his boyhood crush. He’s never forgiven himself for betraying Alex. But with his professional reputation on the line, he’s going to have to find his inner cutthroat if he wants his new company to succeed.

Alex isn’t about to let his nemesis steal a client out from under him. It’s time to break Cary’s company–and his heart.

Review

Cary has boldly stepped away from his family’s business to start his own financial investment firm.  Things are going well enough, until he finds out he’s in direct competition with Dominion Bank and its CEO, Alex, for an account that is worth millions; an account that could really put Cary’s fledgling business on the map.  Unfortunately for Cary, Alex is the man he humiliated twenty years ago when they were both teens at camp, and he has never forgiven or forgotten what Cary did to him all those years ago.  Alex has declared war and is not afraid of playing dirty to come out as the winner.

HIS HEART’S REVENGE is told in present tense but also includes flashbacks to when Alex and Cary were at camp.  I really felt for Alex, who only came to camp every year to spend time with Cary, so it was heartbreaking when Cary turned around and humiliated him in front of everyone to save his own reputation.  That single event turned Alex into the cold and ruthless businessman he is today.  It has also haunted Cary, who wonders at what they could have had if he had the courage to stand up for Alex on that fateful day.  Now in their mid-thirties, both men are openly gay, strong, intelligent, and dominant.  The word “Alpha” suits them both to a T.

HIS HEART’S REVENGE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  I have to admit, I liked Cary more than Alex, only because Alex was very cold, distant and hurtful throughout almost the entire story.  I also have to say that I felt more of an emotional connection between them as teens than I did as adults, which was why I struggled to understand how they fell in love in the present.  That being said, the sex was hot.  Overall, I found this book to be an enjoyable way to spend a few hours and I thought the ending was sweet.

His Heart’s Revenge (49th Floor # 4)

My Rating:  4 Hearts

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Release Me (The Music Within # 2)

By Faith Gibson

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Synopsis

Fifteen Years…
For fifteen years, Cade Anderson, drummer for the world-famous rock band 7’s Mistress, has been in love with his best friend, the band’s lead singer. Even though it’s been years since they were lovers, Cade still wants the man. When his best friend falls in love with someone else, life as Cade knows it is over. The band breaks up and Cade has to figure out how to move on. 

Ten Years…
For ten years, Mal Wilson has hidden who he really is from the small-minded people of Arlo, Kentucky. The family farm is dwindling down to nothing, and the bar he owns is draining him dry. When it looks like he’s going to lose both, Mal has to figure out where to go from here. 

Three Months…
For three months, Cade has been drinking and f*cking his way across the country, trying to forget about his former friend and lover. When he finds himself at a redneck joint in the middle of nowhere, he is drawn to the handsome roughneck tending bar. Something in the man stirs Cade for the first time in years. 

One Night…
When Mal ends up in a hotel room with the handsome blond man who sat in his bar for hours, the man asks for one night together. When Mal wakes up, he knows that one night will never be enough, but it has to be. 

Two men…
One musician, rich and famous, out and proud of his sexuality. One cowboy, poor as the dirt under his boots, hiding who he is from the world. It’ll never work. Or will it? 

Release Me is a love story between a hard rockin’ drummer and a hard workin’ cowboy.

Review

Sometimes when I sign up to review a book, I look back and think to myself “Why did I sign up to this one again?”.  I’ll be honest, that was how I felt about RELEASE ME and I was worried that I wasn’t going to enjoy it.  I couldn’t have been more wrong because what I found here was an absolutely amazing story.  You have Cade, a famous rockstar who’s not ashamed of his sexuality and is wealthy enough to buy anything he wants.  Then you have Mal, who is his exact opposite; a lonely cowboy who’s hiding who he is after an attack left him hospitalised and who’s so broke he’s about to lose his family’s farm.

I absolutely loved RELEASE ME and Cade and Mal make an amazing couple.  There’s no fighting for dominance and no unnecessary drama between the pair.  They meet, they like, they fall in love, they have some problems, they sort them out, they get their HEA.  The supporting characters were also enjoyable to read; they weren’t in your face, but they weren’t so deep in the background that you forgot who they were when they popped back in again.

RELEASE ME is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It’s the first book I’ve read from Faith Gibson and I would gladly read more from her.  The only issue I have with the story is the number of times Cade makes comparisons to his previous lover, Tag.  I get that he had to realise that what he felt for Tag paled in comparison to what he was feeling for Mal, but it was just one of those things that was repeated one too many times.  Other than that, the romance was sweet, the sex was hot, the conflict was heartbreaking, and the ending was beautiful and tied things up nicely.  The story as a whole was very well written, flowed nicely and was enjoyable from beginning to end.

Release Me (The Music Within # 2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Wicked Need (Wicked Horse # 3)

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

Rand Bishop’s dreams of Olympic gold were shattered years ago but he’s left that all behind, settling into a new career and lifestyle that would make any man jealous. While he may not be competitively racing down the ski slopes anymore, he’s just as happy getting his rocks off as a Fantasy Maker for The Silo. 

He’s good at what he does. 
Damn good. 

But while life couldn’t be better for Rand, it seems to be falling apart for Catherine Lyons Vaughn, the dark haired, brown-eyed beauty that has captivated an entire sex club. 

Having spent years degrading herself on her husband’s whim and now left destitute after his death, Catherine has hit rock bottom. With nothing but her body to peddle, Catherine is merely trying to figure out how to survive in a harsh, cruel world. Lucky for her, Rand has taken her under his tattooed wing, and he’s determined to give her a safe life where she can be the woman she was always meant to be. 

Now all Catherine has to do is believe she deserves the chance. 

Review

In WICKED NEED, we have Cat, a young woman left homeless and penniless after her much older billionaire husband died and cut her out of his will.  When Rand finds her sleeping in her car in the Silo parking lot, he offers her a place to stay while she gets back on her feet.  Cat’s had a fairly miserable life.  Her mother neglected and used her and she’s never known her father.  She married a wealthy man in the hopes he’d provide her with a home and financial stability, but she quickly learnt that she had to earn those two things by servicing her husband’s associates.  What can I say about Rand?  He’s a nice guy who likes to help those in need.  His financial future is set thanks to his time as an Olympian.  He’s very adventurous when it comes to sex, so anything goes, and I do mean anything.  In short, he’s nice, he’s rich and he’s a kinky mo-fo.  Really, what more do you need to know?

What I really liked about this story was how open and honest Rand and Cat were with each other.  They revealed all their secrets and were both very mature when it came to their relationship.  When Rand’s ex-girlfriend popped up, he didn’t try to hide it for “Cat’s own good”.  He hung up the phone and told her all about it.  When Cat revealed what her life has been like, Rand held no judgement and gave her the encouragement to move forward with her life.  When Cat had doubts about her self-worth, Rand went above and beyond to show her that she meant something to him.

Rand:  “I’m falling in love with you and I’m sorry if that makes you uncomfortable, but you need to know for a woman who doesn’t think she amounts to much, you’re pretty much amounting to my everything.”

WICKED NEED is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I think each book in the Wicked Horse series gets better and hotter.  The scene with Cat, Rand and Logan was F#$&ing HOT!!!  God, I’d love to be a fly on that wall.  Scratch that.  I’d love to be Cat in that room with those two hot men going at it.  Damn!  Sawyer told me this was the hottest one yet and she wasn’t kidding, but I honestly think it could get hotter still.  What I’ve noticed is that when the men of the Silo meet their women, their need for the Silo tends to fall away, which I suppose is romantic, but at the same time it kinda sucks.  Let’s face it, the series is based around a secret sex club, yet we don’t see much action happening inside the club.  From memory, this story only contains two scenes in the Silo and one of those didn’t even involve sex.  Logan’s story is next in WICKED RIDE, which comes out on June 28 and maybe, just maybe, we’ll see some more scenes from the Silo.

Wicked Need (Wicked Horse # 3)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Us (Him # 2)

By Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Synopsis

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice. 

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves. 

Or can they? When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly? 

Review

What can I say?  I absolutely love Jamie and Wes.  Wes is cocky and funny, but when he’s alone with Jamie, he’s also very sweet.  He oozes confidence, but Jamie is the one chink in his armour because he’s truly afraid that he’s not enough to keep Jamie interested in being with him.  While Wes is your classic fun-time guy, Jamie is the more serious of the two and they compliment each other perfectly.  But no matter how much they love each other, their relationship is not all smooth sailing.  Wes wants to keep his sexual orientation a secret until his rookie NHL season is over, to be known for his skills on the ice instead of who he’s sleeping with.  And while Jamie understands and agrees, hiding is not something he likes or is used to.  The hiding, the constant fear that they will be found out and the stress of an NHL career all take their toll on them and their relationship.

US is told in dual POVs and is book 2 in the Him series.  I suppose it could be read as a stand-alone, but I’d recommend reading HIM first to see how Jamie and Wes got started.  The ending was beautiful and perfect, and I wonder if this is the last time we’ll see these two.  Maybe we’ll see more of them if Blake gets his own story⎯wink wink, nudge nudge, Elle & Sarina.  I wasn’t sure what to make of Blake initially.  He’s annoying, for sure, but he’s also stupidly funny and he proved himself to be a trustworthy friend and a really nice guy.  If this is the end for Jamie and Wes, I will miss them.  Lucky for me, I can pick them up again whenever I want.

P.S.  The Laundry Fairy does exist, just ask my husband.

Us (Him # 2)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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The Understatement Of The Year (The Ivy Years # 3)

By Sarina Bowen

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Synopsis

What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now. 

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexual orientation from everyone. Including himself. 

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it. 

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused. 

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room. 

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice. 

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

Review

THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR is a second chance romance between Graham and Rikker after their budding teen relationship was destroyed by a terrible event.  Both men meet again when Rikker transfers to the Harkness hockey team after being kicked off his old team.

I liked Rikker and Graham and thought they made a hot couple, but Rikker was my favourite because although he didn’t like to promote that he was gay, he was at least honest about who he was.  Unlike Graham, who was in denial and so firmly entrenched in the closet out of fear of what people would think of him if they ever found out.  Sadly for Rikker, with Graham refusing to acknowledge their connection outside of the bedroom, he is destined to being nothing more than Graham’s dirty little secret.  He has to question if his love for Graham is worth the crumbs of affection he receives from him, and Graham has to question whether staying in the closet is worth losing the love of his life over.

Apart from some oral sex, there are no sex scenes in this book.  I thought this was a little odd as from memory, the sex scenes weren’t skipped over in her previous books as they were in this one.  So if you’re expecting to read some hot and heavy scenes between two very hot guys, you’ll end up as disappointed as I was.  I was also disappointed that Saint B’s was seemingly never punished for their deplorable actions and behaviour.  Call me bitter or vengeful, but I really would have liked to have seen them suffer for what they did.

THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE YEAR was another great read in The Ivy Years series.  I like how Sarina takes serious issues and turns them into an amazing story.  I liked how not everyone on the team accepted Rikker with open arms and he was still subjected to gay slurs from a handful of players.  Did I like the gay slurs or how he was treated?  No.  But sadly that’s how it is in the real world.  Sarina keeps it real and I love that about her.

Graham:  “It’s always been you for me.  Always.”

The Understatement Of The Year (The Ivy Years # 3)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Him (Him # 1)

By Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

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Synopsis

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died. 

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever. 

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions— 
can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself. 

Warning: contains sexual situations, hotties on hockey skates, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

Review

I’m loving Sarina Bowen’s The Ivy Years series and I’m also loving Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series.  So when you put these two authors together, you end up with HIM, a sweet, hot, heartbreaking and beautiful story that is one hell of a ride.

I absolutely loved both Wes and Jamie.  Wes is gay, he acknowledged that about himself years ago, but Jamie is straight, having only ever been with women, except for that one night four years ago when he messed around with Wes.  Wes comes off as a confident and cocky young man, but just under the surface you see his fear and insecurity; fear about how his sexual orientation will be accepted by his NHL team, and insecurity that as much as he loves Jamie, he can’t see a future between them.

Wes:  I feel sick when I picture him leaving me.  I feel sicker knowing I’m competing with not one, but two gender pools for his affection.

Jamie is amazing.  He’s confused by his growing feelings and desires for Wes, but being the laid back guy that he is, he simply accepts them as a part of who he is.  I like to think that Jamie easily accepted his sexual relationship with Wes not because he came to the realisation that he was bisexual, but because it was Wes; that entering into a sexual relationship with his best friend was simply the natural progression of their friendship and affection for one another.

I absolutely loved HIM.  The chemistry was amazing.  The sex was hot.  The relationship was beautiful.  The roadblocks were heartbreaking.  Jamie’s family was adorable.  Wes’s family sucks.  It’s a story you don’t want to miss.  A must read.  In fact, HIM is going on my Must Read Again shelf pronto.

Wes:  He doesn’t need skill-he just needs to be here.  Him.  Here.  With me.

Him (Him # 1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Him Series