Wednesday, August 30, 2017

REVIEW: Lover at Last by JR Ward

Summary:

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has found an identity as a brutal fighter in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: it seems Qhuinn has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young. It’s hard for Blay to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. And Qhuinn needs to come to terms with some dark things before he can move forward…

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions, but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn learns the true meaning of courage, and two hearts meant to be together finally become one.

Title:  Lover at Last
Series:  Black Dagger Brotherhood
Book #: 11
Author:  JR Ward
Approximate Book Length:  604 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I read MM romance and was really excited for a gay couple in the BDB series as well as Blay and Quinn to finally get their HEA. Their path is a very rocky one. They have some sweet moments, but given their history, there are many awkward situations and much to overcome. The defining moment was satisfying and the epilogue is so incredibly adorable that I had trouble reading it because I was so giddy (even during a re-read). My only complaint is the love scenes were lacking authenticity. There are just certain realities for a MM couple, the most notable of which being the need for lube. I'm just sayin'.

Other than the awesomeness that is "Quay" as Blay and Quinn are affectionately called in a few circles, the storyline is riveting. We get more of Assail, Trez, and i'Am, and Layla and see that there is clearly a LOT in store for each of them. The way things start out for Layla had me crying hard. The BoB are taking a new tactic and it's a slick one. That had me nervous. Then there are the just plain intense scenes. The plane one had me in tears (again, even during a re-read) and the change in the brotherhood had me really excited. There is just so much coming in future books.

Bottom Line:

Lover at Last is aptly named. It's a satisfying culmination for Blay and Quinn and left so many unanswered questions that the next book has a lot of expectations fo fulfill.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Fool of Main Beach by Tara Lain




The unlikeliest of lovers. The sweetest of loves.




Summary:

Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.

Tom Henry defies description. As unsophisticated and simple as an angel, he walks through life content with who he is and asking for very little except to care for his sister, Lily, and the dogs he loves. Then he meets Merle, the embodiment of dreams he barely knows he has. Merle knows the people who hold his future in their hands might love Tom—but they’ll never understand Merle and Tom together. Tom knows it too. With lives this far apart, who’s really the fool of Main Beach?

Title:  Fool of Main Beach
Series:  Love in Laguna
Book #: 5
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  294 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

This book carried on the trend of sweetness. It's yet another adorable and endearing story that had me turning the pages with ease. I had trouble picturing Tom and my first impression was the same as everyone else's - that he's pretty simple minded. There was definitely more than met the eye though. He's got the softest heart and is the kind of guy you just want to have around you for the sheer positive vibes. Merle had a a real struggle when it came to his work and his life and how they really meshed, but it worked out beautifully. Merle and Tom were there for each other even when they were trying to stay apart, and I'm not a dog person, but the dogs in these men's lives made me want one. They were every bit as integral to the story as Merle and Tom in my opinion lol. I loved all the other characters too, Tom's sister in particular. The couples from previous books were awesome to see, as usual. They all just warmed my heart and I even cried during the last chapter.

Bottom Line:

Fool of Main Beach definitely lives up to the standard that's been set by its predecessors in the series. It holds you captivated, and makes you fall in love and feel happy.

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Tom sat on the side of the double bed that Merle kept for company. “This is nice.”

“I’ll have a better place when my house is done. The bathroom is across the hall. The towels are clean. I’ll see if I have an extra toothbrush.”

Tom looked up with those big eyes. “Thank you for saving me.”

“I’m just glad you called.”

“I didn’t know who else to call. I was thinking maybe Billy if I couldn’t get you.” He looked at his hands folded in his lap. “I figured you’d be with Renee.”

“No. We left right after you did, and I came here.”

Tom glanced up quickly and then back down.

Merle swallowed a little too loudly. “I might have some pajama bottoms that will fit you, but they’ll be way too short.”

“That’s okay. I’ll wear my undies.”

“So, uh, sleep well.” He turned and practically raced to his own room before his nobility faded.

Tom stared at his hands some more. Merle sure did want to go back to sleep. I must have bothered him. But I’m still happy he came to get me. I didn’t want to fuck Aaron or even suck his cock like he said.

Tom stood and walked to the bathroom across the hall. He glanced toward the other door just a little way away. That’s where Merle is. Light still showed under the door. Not asleep yet.

No toothbrush. Merle forgot. But Tom found some toothpaste in a drawer and put some on his finger and slid it around. After rinsing, he peed, washed his hands and face, and went back into the bedroom, stripped to his boxer briefs, and hung his jeans and shirt and jacket on hangers in the closet.

He pulled back the covers and found nice white sheets, then crawled in and flipped off the light beside the bed. Wonder if Merle’s asleep? I hope the boys are okay and don’t miss me too much. He almost never left them overnight. Mrs. A. wouldn’t like it if he did it very much. The boys wouldn’t like it either.

He sighed and stretched his hands behind his head. I shouldn’t have said I’d go dancing with Aaron. Why did I do that?

He followed the patterns of headlights streaking across the wall through a gap in the curtains. I like to dance. His lips compressed in a line. I wanted to dance, but not with Aaron. I wanted to dance with Merle. He smiled. I got to and it was rad. Merle’s the best dancer ever.

Oh boy. He shook his head. I really like Merle. I never should’ve said I’d go with Aaron when I wanted to go with Merle. That was dumb. And not very nice. He blew out his breath in a long stream and felt it tickle his chest. But Merle didn’t ask me.

Flipping to his side, he stroked the soft sheets. But maybe Merle wants me to ask him. When I called him, he came right away like—like nobody ever has. What would he do if I just told him?



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Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in gay romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 40. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, Best Romantic Suspense, and more. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!


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