July 2017 Wrap-Up

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Hello, lovelies!!! I’m changing up how I do wrap-up posts. I’ve been on a roll reading books lately and it gets really time-consuming putting a list of allllll the books I read a month! So, I’ve been trying to come up with a way to still share some of my favorite reads, and I’m trying out something new! Let me know what your favorite books were this month in the comments! ^^

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Review: Axel’s Pup (Werewolves & Dragons #1) by Kim Dare

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Author: Kim Dare
Publication Date: March 11, 2015
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 560 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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As the landlord of The Dragon’s Lair and leader of The Black Dragons Motorcycle Club, Axel Carmichael has seen it all and done it all. He’s a respected and experienced dom. Nothing shocks him any more, and nobody catches him off guard.

When Bayden rides up to The Dragon’s Lair on a bike worth more than most men earn in a year, and immediately demonstrates that he has far more attitude than sense, it’s easy for Axel to write him off as a silly little rich boy who’s about to get himself killed.

But, there’s more to Bayden than meets the eye. He’s no silly little boy, rich or otherwise, and werewolves aren’t easy to kill.

This book is unexpected. Judging from the series title, I wasn’t entirely sure if this is a book of both wolves and dragon shifters. But, alas, this is not the case. Just wolf shifters in this one. I highly enjoyed reading this book and the characters. It has a very positive look into what a healthy D/s BDSM relationship should be? I normally would not feel comfortable reading about a a Dom having a 24/7 submissive (it’s just personally not my thing), but in the context of a wolf pack with an alpha and an omega? It just works in this story.

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Review: Murmuration by T.J. Klune

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Author: T.J. Klune
Publication Date: January 16, 2017
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Kirt Graves
Audiobook Length: 12 hours, 10 minutes
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

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In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.

The people here know certain things as fact:

Amorea is the best little town there is.

The only good Commie is a dead Commie.

The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.

And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.

Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.

But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls, and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.

Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.

To put this lightly, this book is one of the biggest mindfucks of all the books I’ve ever read. And it is fantastic. Admittedly, I did try to start this as an e-book before, but it never worked out. However, when I found out that the same narrator (Kirt Graves) who did Wolfsong also narrated this book, that was an auto-buy for me. His narration is clear and his voices are so distinct, that I have no issues telling one character from another.

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Review: The Escape: Soren’s Saga (No Regrets #3) by Nicky James

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Author: Nicky James
Publication Date: July 14, 2017
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 270 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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Dancing, loud music, drinking and sex…
Who wouldn’t love a job that entailed all these things?
After giving up on school and being cast aside by an unsupportive family, Soren Matheson figured he’d landed every young man’s dream job.
But… there is a catch.
Not everything is as it seems and at the end of the day…
Maybe even dream jobs don’t exist.

Remy Moretti lives in a world of precision and order. When a chance run-in with a sassy, sarcastic blond one evening upsets his structured world, Remy needs to find out who he is.
What he discovers makes his hair stand on end.
The defeat and fear hidden behind the young man’s eyes gives him nightmares.
Someone needs to get to the bottom of this.
Until then, Remy will need to do whatever it takes to keep Soren safe.

I have waited for Soren’s book, after finishing Abel’s. This book isn’t as heavy as the last two books, but it definitely still packs an emotional punch. I absolutely loved the first two books in this series, No Regrets and New Beginnings: Abel’s Journey. And after much anticipation, we get Soren’s story. I was looking forward to reading about Soren, because, and I know Abel was in a very bad place, Abel was awful to Soren without ever really trying to understand him and what he did for a living. Soren’s a bit resigned to Abel calling him a “whore,” but it still hurt to read, especially knowing all the details now.

Soren works at The Escape on Friday and Saturday evenings. It’s a club that once looked like a dream to underage Soren. It was a quick way to earn money doing the things he already enjoyed – dancing and sex. Soren rooms with another dancer, Ash, but after years at doing the same thing, the same type of men, Soren wants out. Everything about his weekends are starting to look more like a burden than an escape from reality. Until he meets Remy.

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ARC Review: Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish

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Author(s): Avon Gale and Roan Parrish
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 296 pages
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

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Responsible, disciplined William Fox channeled his love for art and his faith in the rules into being an FBI Art Crimes agent. Right and wrong, justice and injustice—the differences are clear, and Will has spent his career drawing a line between them. Maybe his convictions have cost him relationships, but he’s not willing to compromise what he knows is right. Until the night he meets Amory Vaughn.

As the head of his family’s philanthropic foundation, Vaughn knows very well that being rich and powerful can get him almost anything he wants. And when he meets endearingly grumpy and slightly awkward William Fox, he wants him more than he’s wanted anything. Vaughn is used to being desired for his name and his money, but Will doesn’t care about either.

When Vaughn falls back on old habits and attempts to impress Will by stealing a painting Will admires, their nascent bond blows up in his face. But Vaughn isn’t willing to give up on the glimpse of passion he saw the night he took Will apart. Before Will knows it, he’s falling for the man he should have arrested, and Vaughn has to realize that some things can’t be bought or stolen. Love has to be given freely. But can a man who lives by the rules, and a man who thinks the rules don’t apply to him, ever see eye to eye?

Heart of the Steal is a standalone romance with a happy ending. It features a Southern gentleman who thinks he’s always right, a buttoned-up FBI agent who secretly likes his buttons unbuttoned, and wall sex. And desk sex. And picnic blanket sex.

I didn’t know what to expect from this book. It did take me until about 25% to be fully immersed into this book, but when I did, I really liked the story. I have read books from both Avon Gale and Roan Parrish, so as a writing duo, I’m not surprised that I came to like Heart of the Steal.

Will is a black and white kind of guy. He works with the FBI Art Crimes unit and when he attends a function his twin sister, Charlotte, helped coordinate and plan, he meets Amory Vaughn, the well-to-do, rich, fundraiser guy. It soon becomes evident that Vaughn loves skirting the line between what is legal and that makes Will’s job that much harder. Will is attracted to the grey haired, Lucious Malfoy lookalike, but when he might have to arrest Vaughn if he gets caught stealing art worth millions of dollars? That makes Vaughn that much more attractive, and dangerous for Will to get close to.

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ARC Review: Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove #1) by Annabeth Albert

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Author: Annabeth Albert
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 255 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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One hot cop. One bar owner out for redemption. One smoking-hot summer fling destined to leave scorch marks…

Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don’t piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who’s not so sure he’s on board with Mason’s big plans.

Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He’s not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason’s troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers. But Mason slowly wins him over with fantastic cooking and the sort of friendship Nash has been starving for.

When their unlikely friendship takes a turn for the sexy, both men try to steer clear of trouble. Nash believes he’s too set in his ways for Mason, and Mason worries that his family’s reputation will ruin any future with Nash. Burning up the sheets in secret is a surefire way to crash and burn, and discovery forces a heart-wrenching decision—is love worth the risk of losing everything?

Trust with a Chaser is a 75,000 word stand-alone gay romance with a May/December theme, a hot law-enforcement hero, opposites attract, plenty of sexy times, and one hard-fought, guaranteed happy ending with no cliffhangers.

This book is a classic Annabeth Albert story. The story is cute, the characters are lovable, and it manages to tug at your heartstrings just enough to make you cry. The last book I read by the author was On Point in the Out of Uniform series and that has been my absolute favorite book ever by the author. This book was a slight change of pace since it’s in an entirely new setting and new characters, but it held its own.

Mason Hanks has returned to his small, hometown of Rainbow Cove, Oregon with his two best friends to start a tourist-friendly, LGBTQ welcome restaurant and bar. He has a reputation in Rainbow Cove, but not for anything that he’s ever done, just his family name to weight him down. The Hanks are notorious for getting into trouble with law enforcement, especially his two older brothers, and it’s a reputation that he wants to escape from.

The man who placed his older brother Freddy in prison is Nash Flint, the Police Chief of Rainbow Cove. The last police chief of the town was Nash’s father and this is the only life Nash has ever known. He has his job and his fishing, but that makes up his entire life. His sister has moved to Portland, and his mother with her after their father died, leaving Nash all on his own in a childhood home now too empty. Mason may be out, but Nash certainly isn’t. And in a small town like Rainbow Cove where everyone gossips about everyone else’s business? Nash has no plans on coming out anytime soon. Or ever.

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ARC Review: Chasing Destiny (Silver Tip Pack #2) by Megan Erickson

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Author: Megan Erickson
Publication Date: July 21, 2017
Format: ARC
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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Some live on memories…

Almost dying during a pack uprising has a way of shaking things up. I’m no longer Mr. Laid Back now that there’s an itch under my skin I can’t scratch.

On a volunteer mission that goes beyond the walls of our compound, we enter the territory of a pack long thought dead, and find ourselves on the business end of their spears.

What I’m not prepared for is what I find within their walls—The one shifter I never thought I’d see alive, the one I’d mourned twice, the one I’d always loved. He is alive, and if I have anything to do with it, he’ll stay that way. But he’s got secrets, and exposing them could lead us to an enemy worse than the bloodthirsty undead shifters wanting to kill us all…

I liked this book a lot. I don’t think it’s a spoiler that the blurb is written from Bay’s POV? Bay is the brother to the Silver Tip pack’s alpha, Dare, who was one of the protagonists in the first book of the series. It’s not entirely necessary to have read book one, Daring Fate, before reading this book, but I would still highly recommend it just for the world-building and understanding the characters mentioned in this book.

At the end of the first book, Bay has been getting restless staying within the Silver Tip walls. He longs to get out, see what more lies beyond the walls, and he takes two Weres with him. His mission is to see what has become of the Whitethroat pack, Dare’s True Mate’s werewolf pack. There have been rumors that the pack didn’t get wiped out 10 years ago, and Bay, Vaughn, and Dal have set out on a journey to discover the truth.

So, it’s kind of obvious after reading book one who the other love interest is in this story, but I’m going to put everything else below the cut, just in case of spoilers!

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