Adulting 101 (Lisa Henry)

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The struggle is real.

Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?

That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.

Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.

Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.

This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.


This was yet another book I read as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, you can check out her review of this book here.

I had so much fun reading this book. SO MUCH FUN!!!

I didn’t quite know what to expect from this book. I requested it because it is a LGBT book, and I’m a sucker for M/M stories, so I wanted it, bad. I was so pleasantly surprised by this one. The book is told in dual POV, from Nick and Jai’s POVs, and it is told in the third person. I’m not the biggest fan of the third person narrative, but it somewhat worked on this one.

I liked both main characters, though I felt like Nick was much more developed and given more importance than Jai in most regards. Nick was such an hilarious kid. I was laughing most of the time he was doing something, and I could identify with him in so many things, mostly because a lot of people at 18 don’t have a clue what they want out of their lives. So I loved that it wasn’t a must that he figured it out, but instead that he learned that it was ok not knowing, and learning to stand up for himself.

I liked Jai as well, he was an unique character, but I somehow wanted more from him. I did love his relationship with Nick and how they helped each other throughout their time together.

The books was a lot more about friendship than the romance itself, and the friendship between Nick and Jai is awesome. But most of all, Nick’s friendship with Devon was the greatest thing of all. Devon was amazing! I loved their friendship and how close they were, and their cuddle sessions.

Guys, read this book. It’s hilarious, fun, and it talks about some serious subjects. READ IT!!!

Connection Error (Annabeth Albert)

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It’s typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he’s (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can’t handle another distraction. But he also can’t ignore his rugged seatmate — especially once he learns the military man’s a fan of his game. 

Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He’s got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn’t mean he’s above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah. 

When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it’s even begun? 

Book Three of the #gaymers series


This book was a treat. I wasn’t expecting the depth that I got, and I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.

This book is told in the third person, with dual POV, but the “problem” is that the POVs are not clearly indicated. This wasn’t a huge drawback or anything, but sometimes, especially when the characters were together, it was hard to tell which POV it was from the start. With that said, I did enjoy the writing.

Both characters were like nothing I read before, and I absolutely loved that. Josiah was a young guy, struggling with his ADHD. This was completely unique, because having a little experience with people with this disorder, it was great to read about his challenges, and the difficulties he found in such simple tasks as paying the bills, or even remembering to eat. He’s growth was tremendous, because he has to go from “one of the guys” to a real project manager, and while it took him a while to get a hang of it, he does get there.

Ryan was a real surprise… I wasn’t quite expecting him. It’s the first book I’ve ever read with his kind of injuries, and I not only loved that, but also how the book dealt with the psychological effects of it. He also has an amazing growth during this book, going from someone who loses his whole identity and needs to be needed, to someone who learns more about himself and what he can still be and do with his life.

The relationship between Josiah and Ryan was great, and I particularly liked how Jos always looked at Ryan – you’ll get what I mean. They were really there for each other, and even though their attraction is there from the start, their feelings develop through time, even with them living always far apart. They truly become each other’s best friends before becoming boyfriends, and that’s the goal, a relationship based on friendship.

This book is very character driven, and even the conflicts and plot points have to do with the growth that both characters need to do. And I liked this.

All in all, this was a great book, and I loved this couple, though I honestly couldn’t identify with either of them… and maybe that’s why I only gave this story 4 stars. I do recommend it big time, and it now made me curious to read the rest of this series.

Have you read this book? Would you be interested in it? Have you read any book in which a character had war injuries?

Books With LGBT+ Characters

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Hello people! This is Pride Month, so I thought it was about time to do a post about some of the books I read which had LGBT+ main characters, secondary (important) characters and/or dealt with LGBT issues.


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#Rev (GearShark #2) (Cambria Hebert)

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Trent Mask puts the REV in revolution.
A line has been drawn.
Indie vs Pro
Here at GearShark, we’re straddling that line to bring you exclusive coverage of what some have dubbed the war of racing.
Every war starts with a spark and ends in revolution.
Drew Forrester was the spark,
but his second-in-command is the REVolution.
What does it take to stand brave in the face of opposition?
Resolve of steel…
Stubborn will…
And a heart that refuses to give up.
It isn’t just the drivers in this war.
The revolution is about more than just racing.
It’s about shattering labels and taking risks.
So we asked Trent Mask: Truth or Dare?
His answer?
Both.

Check out the full feature article inside…

*This is book 2 in the GearShark series.
This book contains french fries, fast cars and two men in love.


A little while back I reviewed the first book of this series, #Junkie, be sure to read that review, because it’s quite difficult for me to separate both books completely.

#Rev starts exactly where #Junkie lets off, with the aftermath of an horrible attack on Trent and the couple dealing with it. Trent is clear in what he wants, he never ever wants Drew to be in danger, he can’t bear the thought of the love of his life being hurt. But Drew doesn’t accept that easily, and had to fight to convince Trent that they’re better together, stronger.

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While in the first book they both have to come to terms with their sexuality and their feelings towards one another, in this second book they have to deal with what the world thinks of their love and how the people they love will react. That’s the whole theme of this book: the coming out.

I liked this second book better than the first one. I thought that their voices were more distinct, the fact that I had already read a whole book about them helped a lot, and their romance was even sweeter and more swoon-worthy than book 1. There’s no doubt that these 2 were meant to be. It also has less car racing in it, which is good in my opinion.

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I did feel like the book dragged a bit, and it was over the top romantic and extra sweet at times. As well as some strong co-dependency… let’s chalk it out to the honeymoon period that never faded. I also disliked some of the reactions they got to their relationship. Although negative backlash was to be expected, I somehow thought they would have some support from at least some important people in their lives…

To sum it up, this was an enjoyable duology, and Trent and Drew have their own (small) space on my heart. If you enjoy a good M/M romance, give this series a try.

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Book Traveling Thursdays: My Favorite LGBTQ Couple (It’s totally Jamie & Wes!!!)

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Choose a book that features your favorite LGBTQ couple“. A couple of months ago I would have some trouble deciding… now? Not so much! Jamie Canning and Ryan Wesley stole my heart in Him and Us, and have since become the kings of my LGBT ships. They also have a very high ranking in the whole general shipping thing. I’m doing something a bit different today, because both book have too few covers to fill all of the spots, so I’ll show you guys both books, in what’s available, ok?


Original and Favorite COvers:

                                    

I really like the original covers of these 2 books, though I think I like the Him cover just a bit better… maybe it’s because I wanted to see Wes’ tattoos on Us

Other Covers:

                                

The only other edition available (soon) is the german one. And I have to be honest, I kind of like the covers, though they don’t scream Wes and Jamie to me, nor to they remind me of Hockey… at all!

#Junkie (GearShark #1) (Cambria Hebert)

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Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline junkie. 

His high of choice? Cars. The faster, the better.

He’s been making waves in Maryland’s underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he’s not hitting the brakes anytime soon.

So what exactly does it take to burn rubber and make a name for yourself in a world where the only rule is there are no rules? 

You gotta be hungry… You gotta have balls… And you can never back down.

What’ve we learned here at GearShark? Drew is all of the above.  

We also know he’s got some secrets buried under his hood. Secrets we think are loaded with octane and just might set the world of cars on fire.

Check out the full feature article inside…

** This book contains an M/M romance relationship. **


Oh wow, this review took me long enough to write… ups! I’m here now, so lets do it!

After reading Him and Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy a while back, I was curious to try another M/M romance, to see if my love for the Him series was just a fluke. So when I came across this book, with high ratings, and a good price, I decided to give this series a shot.

First of all, let me just say that I love this cover. The format of the cover and the blurb are unique, and they catch your attention. The fact that both things are actually part of the book, is a plus. However, the blurb is not informative at all, and if it wasn’t for the warning I would never would have guessed that this is a M/M romance.

To sum it up a bit, given that this info is nowhere, this book is told in dual POV, from Drew and Trent’s perspectives. Drew and Trent are best friends, and treat each other like family, until they realize that what they feel for each other goes over the friendship line. So they have to realize what this means, what do they want out of each of their lives and of each other.

I liked the writing for the most part, but it was too introspective at times, which worked sometimes, but was not necessary during most of the book. Also, can I say that it was a little bit too mushy?

I will admit that I was majorly confused when I started this book. The reason? Despite this being a new series, these characters, and the secondary characters, were introduced in the Hashtag series… which is quite a big series. So it took me awhile to grasp completely the relationships and concept of family between all members of their group.

I liked both Trend and Drew, though contrary to Jamie and Wes in Him and Us, it did take me sometime to differentiate their voices. They are ultimately very different people, but it shows a lot more when they are with each other than when they’re with everybody else, and I had to check more than once whose chapter I was in fact reading.

The romance is slow and oh so sweet, and their moments together were definitly my favorite part of this book. I liked how in it they were, there was never a chance in either of their minds that they would be something less than together. Completely. I really liked that, they were kind of perfect.

I’m not the biggest fan of racing – not at all in fact – but I did like the concept created here, and the descriptions of the races were cool. Also cool, and a bit sad too, was the dynamic Trent had inside his frat house – you’ll see what I mean.

You have to keep in mind, however, that this book is not a standalone, it ends on a cliffhanger, and for you to read the whole story and for it to make sense and for you to be satisfied with it, you need to read both books of this series.

Ultimatly I think I would have enjoyed it better if I had read the Hashtag series before, and if this book and the next one, #Rev, would have been condensed into one, because the book ran way too long and slow at times. I would still highly recommend it if you like sports romance, and M/M romance.

Us (Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy)

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Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated? 

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?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.


This book! THIS BOOK!!! I loved the first book, Him, but this one? OMG! Us will forever be in my list of favorite books because it just messed with my emotions so damn much.

Once again the writing was perfect, Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen are a hell of an amazing team. And Jamie and Wes are as perfect as ever! And I loved to see their relationship develop and all the issues that came from it.

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I was so afraid throughout all the book, because it showed that no matter how much you love someone, life can still mess things up, and sometimes love is not enough. 😦 My heart was breaking for Jamie and Wes during this book, so much, I wanted to cry 😦 (I might have cried a few times for real).

I loved the role of the family and friends in this story, and I absolutely adored Blake and I’m so so excited that he will have his own book, because he was a TRUE friend to Wes and Jamie, even if they took a little while to see how awesome he truly was.

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Overall I loved this book beyond words. I loved Wes and Jamie falling in love in Him, but watching their relationship in this book was amazing and perfect and painful. I would read anything about these two, I just love them that much.

Him (Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy)

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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, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.


Guys, this series, wow, just wow, I’m in love with it! Here’s the story though, last month I read a LGBT book that I didn’t love at all, South of Sunshine, and I wanted and needed a LGBT romance that would knock my socks off. So, after having seen a few awesome reviews of Him, I took a trip to Amazon Kindle store and bought Him and Us. I started this book that same night and I couldn’t put it down.

The writing is perfect! I’m a huge fan of male POVs, and I’m a huge fan of Hockey books, and this book has it all. I was worried for a moment that Jamie and Wes’ voices wouldn’t be distinctive enough to tell the two guys apart, but I shouldn’t have worried, because the boys are so awesomely different.

I love Jamie and Wes so much. SO MUCH!!! I love how different they are and how they totally complete each other. SO GOOD!

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The romance was so swoon worthy. I love BFFs to lovers romances, because they’re awesome, and this one didn’t disappoint at all. And even though Wes always had feelings for Jamie, and Jamie didn’t (or he just didn’t name them), I never once doubted how much Jamie cared for his best friend. Also, I loved how Jamie came to terms with his sexuality, he’s awesome.

I can’t say I loved this enough. If you like New Adult romances, and you’re cool with M/M explicit scenes, I BEG YOU TO READ THIS! You won’t be sorry. I will read anything that Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen write, that’s for sure.