82 Followers
71 Following
marcomanganiello

⚣ MM Does MM ⚣

Review: "Trick Roller" (Seven of Spades, #2) by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Trick Roller - Cordelia Kingsbridge

1st read: September 19th, 2018

1st reread: March 4th, 2019

 

********************************

 

My initial rating was 4 stars, but I’m bumping it up to *5 stars* and put this book on my “favorites” shelf. This series just gets better and better with each reread.

 

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "Kill Game" (Seven of Spades, #1) by Cordelia Kingsbridge

Kill Game - Cordelia Kingsbridge

1st read: September 15th, 2018

1st reread: March 1st, 2019

 

********************************

 

My initial rating was 4 stars, but I’m bumping it up to *5 stars* and put this book on my “favorites” shelf.

 

Everything about this series is just sooo outrageously good - the writing, the MCs, the characterizations (for the MCs AND the secondary characters), the relationship development, the criminal case, the suspense etc.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "The Other Book" by Roe Horvat

The Other Book - Roe Horvat

I'm sad to say that this book left me a little disappointed. After all those rave reviews, I expected something… more. Something more steamy, more kinky, more filthy. I dunno.

 

 

I wouldn’t even call this book "erotica". In my opinion, this was simply a romance novella with just a lot of sex scenes. And to be honest, those sex scenes weren't even especially outstanding or unique. I've read many other books with much dirtier sex than here.

 

And as for the romance aspect, the relationship went WAY too fast from "I hate him!" to "I want him!" to "I love him!" for my taste. I also couldn’t really connect to the MCs since I barely got to know them in the beginning (some build-up in the first few chapters would have been nice). So when it came to the more emotional stuff in the last 25%, I simply didn't care at this point. 

 

 

So I’m going with 3.5 stars. It wasn’t really the kinky fuck-fest that I was hoping for (#sadface), and for a romance it lacked exposition and character/relationship development for me.

 

But it was an ok read. Nothing more, but also nothing less.

 

 

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

 

Review: "Boy Shattered" by Eli Easton

Boy Shattered - Eli Easton

Dark but not depressing.

 

Angsty but not hopeless.

 

Heavy but with a silver lining.

 

Relevant but not preachy.

 

And since this is Eli Easton, very heartbreaking yet also very romantic.

 

There's a reason she is a favorite author of mine.

 

PS: The mystery aspect felt a little out of place, but I wasn't really bothered by that.

 

PPS: Brian’s dad can go step on a Lego.

 

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

Review: "Shades" by Jaime Reese

Shades - Jaime Reese

It took me FOREVER to finish this book. With 344 pages, it was at least 150 pages too long. It was a struggle to finish.

 

The story was 30% plot and 70% internal monologues (pining ones in the first, schmaltzy love declarations ones in the second half).

 

 

This book also had some of the most far-fetched and ridiculous plot twists that I’ve read in a long time.

 

For example, that island? The hell? Am I supposed to take this seriously?

 

 

This was my first book by this author and even though I’m not totally put off by her storytelling, I probably won’t read another book from her in the foreseeable future.

 

I’m giving this book a really weak 3 stars-rating, because even though I wasn’t really enjoying it, the writing wasn’t that awful or offensive to justify a lower rating. But this author is in serious need to improve her storytelling.

 

 

 

~ 3 stars ~

 

Reading progress update: I've read 56%.

Shades - Jaime Reese

This book is sooooooooo long. I've been reading and reading for days and it just won't end.

 

344 (!) pages, that's at least 200 pages too many when nothing really happens.

 

Review: "Blaze" (Unbreakable Bonds, #5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Blaze - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

For the first time in this series I had some minor issues regarding the story.

 

For example, I HATE it when a character doesn’t want any children and explicitly says so, and yet his partner tries to convince him otherwise. Some people/couples just really, truly don’t want any children and like it that way, authors.

 

 

I also wasn’t very enthusiastic about that storyline with Lucas’ sister Nicole. I found his strong reaction towards her a little weird and also out of character. I didn’t get why he still held such a huge grudge against her after all these years for something she said to him when she was 14 (!) years old and basically still a child.

 

But this is just small stuff. Because when this series shines, it shines. And it never shines brighter than when (any) two characters have a heart to heart (Lucas and Snow!). Those are the moments that make this series.

 

Oh, and that wedding of course. That was everything one could wish for.

 

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Blaze - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

"He smirked. "Yeah, maybe. But don't think you're off the damn hook. Ian will turn his sights to you next."
"Fuck if he will. He's the one who's engaged, so he's up for penguin suits next."

 

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hold your horses. Ian and Hollis are engaged? When the fuck did this happen? Off-Page?

 

Please don't tell me this happened in the spin-off series, or I'm gonna throw the mother of all hissy fits.

Review: "Unbreakable Stories: Ian" (Unbreakable Bonds, #4.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Unbreakable Stories: Ian - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

Normally, reading several chapters about 8 guys who do nothing but simply fix up a house would bore me to death.

 

But leave it to this crazy cast of adorable weirdos that I had a blast from start to finish. They made me laugh and blush and giggle so hard; man, I love each and every single one of these characters.

 

The cherry on the cake were those little Valentine’s Day short stories at the end, which just put the biggest smile on my face.

 

 

Perfect!

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "Devour" (Unbreakable Bonds, #4) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Devour - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

I’ve been looking forward to my sweet little Ian’s story ever since the first book in this series, "Shiver". And man, am I happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Not in the least.

 

 

I’m glad that there was no kind of relationship angst or any other self-doubts between Ian and Harris' attraction towards each other. They (FINALLY!) got together pretty early in the story, and let’s be real: anything else would have felt forced because these two have been pining for each other over the course of three books at this point.

 

So with Ian and Harris’ romance (again: FINALLY!!!) being dealt with from the get-go, the authors were able to focus on the overarching Jagger storyline and bring it to a closure. And they did a pretty good job IMO, with a great and suspenseful final showdown (I will forever remember and cherish this series for those HILARIOUS code names alone).

 

So yeah, what can I say?

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "Unbreakable Stories: Rowe" (Unbreakable Bonds, #3.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Unbreakable Stories: Rowe - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

SURPRISE! Guess what? I loved this compilation of short stories too, just like every other book from this series.

 

 

Other than that, I really don't know how to proper review this book, other than repeating myself that I absolutely LOVE those characters, I LOVE this universe, I LOVE the feelz between each couple, I LOVE the writing and I absolutely LOVE these shorts.

 

And the best part? My sweet little Ian's book is next!

 

 

I might need a chill pill for that.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "Torch" (Unbreakable Bonds, #3) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Torch - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

Yep. Still on a winning streak with this series.

 

 

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

Review: "Unbreakable Stories: Snow" (Unbreakable Bonds, #2.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Unbreakable Stories: Snow - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

I love all these follow-up collections of short stories for each couple. This one is about Snow and Jude from "Shatter".

 

I'm usually not a big fan of stories about a couple's everyday life after they got their HEA, but it is really lovely to see how smitten these alpha men are for each other and how they are continually working on their relationship.

 

But the highlight of each #1.5, #2.5, etc. collection in this series are those stories that involve all the four friends together, which was the "Camping" story in this one, and which alone deserves all the 5 stars.

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

 

Review: "Shatter" (Unbreakable Bonds, #2) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Shatter - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

Wow. Just wow. My mind is blown.

 

This series just gets better and better.

 

Seriously, everything about these books is so outrageously and unashamedly good, I'm the happiest Mo-Fo right now.

 

I have to admit that I don’t even like book series that are set in an “Everyone and his mother is gay” universe, but these authors succeed to make each and every (side) character so damn likeable and memorable that I couldn’t pick a favourite at this point, even if my life depended on it.

 

No really, I love them all: every single hot alpha, the sweet and tender twenty-something, the ragged-edged detective, the feisty Greek mother etc.

 

But what I’m really looking forward to right now is Geoffrey and Sven’s story AKA the pretty elfin twink and the big bulky Viking.

 

Seriously, how these authors manage to believably (!) pull of this diverse cast of characters is truly remarkable.

 

So excuse me while I'm being here, fanboying all over these books and diving right into the next one.

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

 

FREEBIE: "Vanilla Clouds" by Roe Horvat

— feeling money

 

~ Currently FREE on Amazon. ~

Review: "Unbreakable Stories: Lucas" (Unbreakable Bonds, #1.5) by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Unbreakable Stories: Lucas  - Rinda Elliott, Jocelynn Drake

A much appreciated follow-up collection, which turns the HFN from the first book “Shiver” into a solid HEA during the course of 6 short stories.

 

This series is quickly becoming a favourite of mine, and I’m giddy with pleasure that I’m only at the beginning and that there are many more books left for me to read.

 

~ 5 STARS ~