March Books

Here’s a look of what we are reading and reviewing in March. 

CRASH:

Out March 1. Goodreads Info

  Out March 15. Goodreads

  Out March 15. Goodreads
  Out March 31. Amazon

VI:

  

 Out March 1. Goodreads

  Out (hahaha) March 8. Goodreads
  Out March 17. Goodreads
   
 Out March 7 & March 28 (2-part serial). Goodreads

Other Books of Interest:

  Out March 1. Goodreads

  Out March 8. Goodreads
  Out March 8. Goodreads 
 Out March 22. It’s a standalone.  Goodreads
  Out March 29. Goodreads

  Out March 29. Goodreads
Tell us what book(s) you are excited to read. 
 

Review: Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

25686927 Summary: 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.

Review: When I found out that two of my more recent favorite authors were going to be co-authoring a book together I may have squee-ed out loud. A lot. Sarina Bowen writes The Ivy Years series which I love and Elle Kennedy writes the Off Campus series which I also love and many other books as well. Then I realized it was going to be m/m – which is one of my newest genres that I’ve been reading more and more. So to say I was excited was an understatement and I’m so happy that I wasn’t disappointed at all!

I don’t really get how co-authoring works because it sounds hard to me but these two pulled it off really well. I didn’t get overwhelmed by either of their voices at all – not that that would have been a bad thing since I like both of their writing styles, but instead I found that this read as one cohesive voice. I found that there was a fluidity to the book so much so that I would never have suspected there were two authors if I hadn’t known. Recently the authors shared that they didn’t even switch POV’s or write one particular person which blows my mind. Even funnier to me is that they can’t particularly point out which parts of the book which one of them wrote – and I can definitely tell!

I can’t pick out which hero I loved more – Wes or Jamie. Wes knew exactly who he was. He was sure of his sexuality, knew he was gay and didn’t want to have to hide that from almost anyone. Wes has been in love with Jamie since he was 13 years old, but Jamie is straight. Watching Wes struggle with his feelings was heart breaking. He had felt so incredibly guilty over the years because he felt that he almost forced Jamie into a hookup with him and that loss of their friendship had kind of broken Wes. He had a balance of such confidence and vulnerability that it tugged at my heart strings!

Jamie was just as wonderful – he was so incredibly hurt that Wes has cut off their friendship after their drunken hookup and he could never figure out why. I loved that about him, he never assumed it was because of the hookup, he just missed his best friend. He’s so self assured in a different way that when Wes tells him he’s gay Jamie doesn’t even blink, just accepts it. And when Jamie starts to question his own sexuality he becomes more vulnerable and realizes he is definitely attracted to Wes.

Why hadn’t anyone ever told me the prostate was some kind of magical pleasure zone? Are there unicorns and orgasm fairies dancing around in there?

Jamie and Wes kind of evolve together over the book with their relationship becoming deeper. I love romance books because I love watching two people falling in love and these two falling in love slowly was both hilarious and romantic.

His laughter sends my heart soaring. Which is the most confusing thing of all, because it adds an element to the sex I didn’t expect. I’m comfortable with him. I have fun with him. I’m not trying to impress anyone. It’s…easy. Like splashing in the lake. But with orgasms.

Oh and honorable mention goes to Jamie’s amazing family! They were a hidden gem in this book, they cracked me up and I loved them so much. Everyone deserves a family like that!

Everything about this book is what I’ve come to love about m/m books in general – the incredible sweetness of this relationship combined with how hot it was completely worked for me. If you haven’t read any m/m before but love either of these authors and are hesitating because of the genre, it’s a great entry point for anyone.

ARC provided by the authors in return for an honest review.

5 Stars.

Melinda

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Cover Reveal – Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

We don’t do a lot of cover reveals here because in general I don’t care about cover reveals. But in this case I totally care because I’m really excited about this book! Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy is a book that’s coming out on July 28th and I am not patiently waiting at all. I’m a big fan of both of their books so I can’t wait to read it.  So here’s the wonderful cover! I can’t wait for actual release day!!

Profile portrait of businessman working on laptop  in black suit at studio

 

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Book Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Garrett Graham is the captain of the hockey team at Briar University. He also just flunked his Philosophy Ethics midterm. He needs to maintain a C+ average to keep playing. Luckily, his professor is allowing students to take a makeup exam.

Hannah Wells is a singer/songwriter at the same Ivy League School. She just aced her midterm.

Their meet-cute happens when Garrett helps Hannah gather her items after she stumbles outside of the classroom. He spots her grade on the exam and tries to charm her into tutoring him.

“C’mon, do me a solid. If I fail this makeup, my GPA will implode. Please?” I flash a smile, the one that makes my dimples pop out and never fails to make girls melt.
“Does that usually work?” she asks curiously.
“What?”
“The aw-shucks little boy grin…Does it help you get your way?”
“Always,” I answer without hesitation.

Well, it doesn’t work on Hannah. But Garrett doesn’t give up. He comes into her workplace and again tries to charm her into tutoring him. When that fails, he texts her. There’s a cute exchange between them which involves Garrett sending her a pic of his chest. Yet again, she declines to help him.

They meet again at a frat party. Garrett figures out that she has a crush on Justin Kohl, wide receiver for the football team. He doesn’t think Hannah has a chance with Justin because she doesn’t have social status. Of course, Garrett offers to help change that.
He takes her to huge bash and she to tutor him. She reluctantly agrees.

Through the tutoring sessions, they get to know each other and a friendship builds along with a growing attraction. One of Hannah’s secrets is that she was raped in high school and can’t obtain an orgasm. Garrett helps her with this, in stages. Which she doesn’t like.

“Let’s have sex,” she announces.
“No.”
“What do you mean, no?” she demand.
“Tonight was a big step for you, but I think that’s how we need to handle it from now on. In steps.”

Garrett also has secrets of his own which involve his father. He has told no one but eventually opens up to Hannah about it.

This book may sound like many of the NA books out there, but what makes this book shine how Elle Kennedy writes it. There is cute, funny banter between Garrett and Wellsy (the nickname that Garrett gives her.) Yes, they have tragic pasts, but they don’t allow it to rule who they are. It’s also very sweet and heartbreaking as Garrett and Wellsy try to decide if what they feel for each other is just an intense sexual attraction or possibly something more.

There are so many great scenes in this book, from the interactions with Hannah and Garrett’s friends, to Garrett Googling how to help Hannah with her first orgasm to the penis locker room.

I was charmed by Wellsy and Garrett’s story and smiled and chuckled through most of it. Fortunately, this is the start of series and I can’t wait for the the next book.

4.5/ 5 stars

ARC provided by author.

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