Genre: Contemporary

ASCEND by Michelle King

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ASCEND by Michelle KingAscend by Michelle King
Series: Portland's Men #3
Published by Loose Id Genres: Contemporary, MM

The disappearance of his mother when he was thirteen left Bohai Tran at the mercy of a stepfather who regularly peddled the boy to the highest bidder.  Using his own intelligence and inner strength Bo managed to break free when he reached legal age.  Having a limited skill set Bo used what he knew to become a self-employed rent boy.

 

College student and licensed tattoo artist Diego Villanueva comes from a large, hardworking racially mixed family.  Older brother Luis is a Portland homicide detective who’s taught Diego a great deal about the dark side of life and what to watch out for.

 

Fleeing a violent client Bo is in bad shape when Diego first sees him in a men’s bathroom.  Bo tries to brush his errant knight off, but Diego isn’t having it and insists on lending his help.  A run in with the client doesn’t even shake Diego loose.  As the sexual chemistry begins to heat up between the two, neither realize they are being stalked.  They’ve made an enemy that won’t stop.  It’s definitely going to get worse before it gets better, much worse.

 

Fraught with danger, Ascend risks everything for the possibility of love.  Opposites in every way, yet Bo and Diego are clearly meant to be in this action packed, steamy drama.  Tense situations are the back drop to this erotic romance.  A terrifying protagonist balanced against a carnal love story.  Embrace Bo and Diego’s difficult journey, it’s pure seduction.

WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING by Matthew Robbins

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WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING by Matthew RobbinsWhen Irish Eyes are Smiling by Matthew Robbins
Published by JMS Books LLC Genres: Contemporary, MM

Waking up in a field wearing nothing more than his boxers is not the way Felix expected his European vacation to start.  The American couldn’t remember for the life of him how he’d gotten there.  It’s disconcerting to say the least.

 

Being found by farmer Ronan Malloy and his faithful dog is better than some things Felix could think of.  But as the Irishman helps Felix recount his memories the day becomes worse, if that’s possible.  It seems that he did some damage in town that the local police, the Garda, aren’t happy about at all.  What caps the awful day is the lack of help from his friends Sam and Katelyn who he’s traveling with.

 

A stupid, idiotic mistake injures Ronan in a split second and suddenly Felix can’t continue the trip he’d saved for so long.  He’s to work at the farm until Ronan can get on his feet.  And perhaps Felix exaggerated a tiny bit about his farming skills.  As the days pass Felix and Ronan’s convoluted relationship takes a turn that no one saw coming.  Maybe Ireland does hold something more than a vacation stop.

 

Enjoy a charming, endearing romance unfold When Irish Eyes are Smiling. Not that anyone in their right mind would want to be in Felix’s shoes, but his mishaps are mostly humorous.  Engaging characters make the lively plotline shine.  Felix is the star of When Irish Eyes are Smiling while Ronan is the grounding force behind him.  An easy, sweet read anybody will embrace.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION by B. A. Tortuga

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TROPICAL DEPRESSION by B. A. TortugaTropical Depression by B. A. Tortuga
Series: Stormy Weather #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

Southern heat and humidity can’t stop the passion Galen ‘Len’ Frost and Shane Barton feel for each other.  They’ve had troubles, made mistakes, and seen it through.  Hell, they even have a pet gator living in the kiddie pool in their back yard these days.

 

Retired football player Len runs a small bait shop near their house while Shane works as manager and bartender at a popular hot spot nearby.  Recently Len was given the opportunity to buy into a ball team and decided to give it a shot.

 

They have full, busy lives, but they always put their relationship first after learning from past mistakes.  Len’s new venture however is beginning to take up every spare minute and more, plus he’s going out of town a lot.  Never seeing each other is starting to put a strain on a once hot and heavy love life.  Changes better come soon or the mistakes they once made are going to come back to bite them, hard.

 

Feel the steamy, sweltering heat as the Tropical Depression takes hold.  Character development continues to expand in the second Stormy Weather book as the lovers deal with several issues.  Key to Len and Shane’s problems are being too busy with business and not enough time for romance.  Carnal loving takes a back seat to emotional drama in Tropical Depression.  A realistic, satisfying slice of love and life.

IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate Meader

IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate Meader

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IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate MeaderIrresistible You by Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #1
Published by Pocket Genres: Contemporary


 

Three estranged sisters inherit their late father’s failing hockey franchise and are forced to confront a man’s world, their family’s demons, and the battle-hardened ice warriors skating into their hearts.

Harper Chase has just become the most powerful woman in the NHL after the death of her father Clifford Chase, maverick owner of the Chicago Rebels. But the team is a hot mess—underfunded, overweight, and close to tapping out of the league. Hell-bent on turning the luckless franchise around, Harper won’t let anything stand in her way. Not her gender, not her sisters, and especially not a veteran player with an attitude problem and a smoldering gaze designed to melt her ice-compacted defenses.

Veteran center Remy “Jinx” DuPre is on the downside of a career that’s seen him win big sponsorships, fans’ hearts, and more than a few notches on his stick. Only one goal has eluded him: the Stanley Cup. Sure, he’s been labeled as the unluckiest guy in the league, but with his recent streak of good play, he knows this is his year. So why the hell is he being shunted off to a failing hockey franchise run by a ball-buster in heels? And is she seriously expecting him to lead her band of misfit losers to a coveted spot in the playoffs?

He’d have a better chance of leading Harper on a merry skate to his bed…

I was attracted to Kate Meader’s Irresistible You from the description.  I thought it was unique for three estranged sisters to inherit a hockey team, be forced to work and live together.  This basically guaranteed lots of emotion and I love a story that gives the feels. Ms. Meader didn’t disappoint.  Irresistible You is just freaking great.  I will be the first to say that I am a bit of a suspense junkie so a straight up contemporary is unusual for me.  However, the blurb hooked me and the seductive chemistry between Harper and Remy kept me turning the pages.

 

Irresistible You didn’t have as much of the sister storyline as I anticipated but Meader more than made up for it with the romance.  The scenes where all three sisters are together are hilarious especially pottery night 😊 Each of the girls are wildly different which I find intriguing. I cannot wait to find out what happens when they find their men.

 

Harper and Remy are two fascinating characters.  Each are stereotyped by their peers and each other.  As they pull apart each other’s layers the emotional and sexual tension becomes palpable and downright irresistible. Pun intended 😊 Ms. Meader is very good at creating a bond between the reader and her characters.  For instance, Remy’s family is simply gold.  It’s impossible not to fall in love with them and it’s easy to see how he became a good man.  While he thrived from his family and their support Harper thrived from her determination to surpass all her naysayers.  The number one naysayer being her father.  Irresistible You is a heady romance that will make you weak in the knees but it is also a powerful story built around strong characters.

 

Kate Meader’s Chicago Rebels series is a Hit! I Loved it and I’m Joyfully Recommending it! Irresistible You is a sexy, sassy, oh so tasty feast.

THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

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THE GAME by Vanessa FewingsThe Game by Vanessa Fewings
Series: ICON #2
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense


 

Can she outwit the ultimate master in a timeless game of seduction? 

Chasing Icon, the world's slickest art thief, was the most seductive thrill of London art investigator Zara Leighton's career…until the clues led her to the man who holds command of her body and heart, Tobias Wilder, an American billionaire with charisma to spare. Her duty to capture him is complicated by the intensity of their passion. Her will to end their connection is tinted with red-hot need to never let him go.

Tobias's heists are about more than money and ego. His plot to orchestrate the perfect deception in Los Angeles is destiny. No one—not even Zara—knows the depths of his motivation. And no one suspects the truth behind a single artifact that holds the secrets to an entire civilization. Forced to deny one calling to satisfy another, he knows something must be sacrificed: his code of honor or his loyalty to Zara.

Vanessa Fewings has the magic touch.  I didn’t think there was any way The Game could live up to the excitement within Fewings first ICON book, The Chase, but boy did it!  Zara and Tobias totally Rock My World!  I’m so in love with this couple and their adventure!   Fewings impressive writing style takes the reader on a journey of a lifetime.  I’m not sure I can properly express how magical it was visiting all the art galleries in these books.  I could see each piece and feel the beauty as if I was standing before them.

 

The Chase featured mostly classic art but The Game gives us some sensational modern pieces that boggle the mind and make you beg for more. Fewings spectacular description of one piece will leave you breathless, guaranteed!  The Game delivers everything.  The suspenseful romance lover will eat this up in one sitting.  I am thoroughly impressed with Vanessa Fewings ICON series.  I was so geared up for The Game that I went back and read The Chase again which only reminded me why I love Zara and Tobias so much!  This is a couple you can’t help but root for!

 

I need more and I need it now! I was shocked by the ending and now I’m counting down the days until the final book in the trilogy, The Prize comes out! I hope this is very soon because I am excited to find out what happens to Zara and Tobias next!  I’m also sad because it means I will be saying goodbye to these fabulous characters and riveting story.  The Game is one sexy, sweet, edge of your seat treat!  If you hear me squeeing you will know I’ve gotten my hands on The Prize! 🙂

BINDING THE EDGES by L. M. Somerton

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THE CHASE by Vanessa Fewings

THE CHASE by Vanessa Fewings

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WILD RIDE by Julie Ann Walker

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THE FEELING OF FOREVER by Jamie Howard

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LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill Shalvis

LOST AND FOUND SISTERS by Jill Shalvis

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PLAYING WITH FIRE by Dirk Greyson

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MAPPING THE FOREST by Brandon Witt

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HONEYMOON THEIR WAY by Morticia Knight

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CHECKING IT TWICE by Meg Harding

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A KIND OF HONESTY by Lane Hayes

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SAFEWORD by Samantha Cayto

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THE CLOSET RIDE by Sean Michael

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LORD OF A THOUSAND STEPS by Tara Lain

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COIN OF THE REALM by Michael Murphy

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ABSINTHE OF MALICE by Rhys Ford

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