Friday, June 30, 2017

Book Talk Review; Male/Male

I am riding a high like I've never experienced before. 


"All I had to do was write a book about him. All I did in the end was fall in love with him..."

Talon Cooper is a struggling young writer who decides to enter the male/male, or gay romance, genre to expand his horizons. Alexander Mendes is an established gay fiction author who takes Talon under his (muscled) wing to introduce him to the vibrant LGBT+ world and ensure he approaches the subject respectfully.

As two old friends get closer and long-repressed feelings start rising into the light, life starts imitating art in a way Talon never expected – because he is not just writing his first gay love story anymore. He is living it in real life.

“All I wanted to do was write about Alexander and his world. All I wanted was to capture his unique magic and hope to do it some justice on the page – but now I have been taken prisoner by that magic. My muse has become my master, and I have no idea what to do about it…”

*Warning: lately I have come across many “warning labels” accompanying books about two men who love each other. Consider this an un-warning label. The fact that these “warnings” exist at all is why I have dedicated my adult life to pushing diverse stories out into a world that is still so judgmental and puritanical, it requires disclaimers for stories containing love between two humans who do not happen to be male and female. To “warn” of something is to indicate that it is somehow wrong or shocking or taboo, and that mindset is frankly dangerous. We don’t need to be warned about love. In nations only a plane ride away, gay men are being rounded up and killed – please do not contribute to this notion that associates homosexuality with shame and scandal. Love is never wrong or shocking. It is just love.  

Before I go into my actual review I have to say that the "un-warning" almost did me in. I already knew I was going to buy and read this book, yet I am the type of person that will read a blurb multiple times before I actually start the book, and sometimes I'll stop in the middle of the first or second chapter and just go back to the blurb. I am a blurb whore. I love blurbs. 

So when I read the un-warning I teared up and knew that what ever was in the pages of the book, it was going to be beautiful. 

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Book Talkers, I've been doing this a long time. Almost three and a half years if we want to get technical. And I've been reading since long before that. I've been apart of the indie world for six years. But, never have I ever felt this type of high. Never have I ever felt that I was saying goodbye to my favorite people. I fell in love so hard and so fast that it shocked me. Male/Male easily became one of the top books I have ever read. 

The only book that ever made me feel this much was Straight by Seth King. (You can read that review here) Is it a coincidence that my two absolute favorite books are by the same author? I don't think so. Let me tell you  why: 

Seth King writes from his soul. He pours so much of himself into every single thing he writes that it's almost amazing to think he has anything left. But he does, because he emits a beauty that I have never seen before. And I feel blessed as a reader to be able to read and enjoy these pieces of him. 

Male/Male is a story about two people who fall in love. And that's it. They meet, they fall in love, and they try their hardest to live in a world that has problems with accepting that love. 

I've read tons of M/M books this year. Most of the 81 books on my Goodreads profile are books about the love between two men. I've dug myself deep into the LGBT+ world. But those are works of fiction. And while Male/Male is also a work of fiction; it isn't at the same time. It's so much more. 

Male/Male is a love story. A pure true love story set in the reality of our society. And that, that is what makes it the best love story. It's real. The love is real.  And in the end, that is the most important thing.

I don't think I've ever loved two characters more. I don't think I've ever fallen in love so hard so fast with a book. Like always Seth's words touched something inside me-something I can't even begin to explain.

I had fun reading this book. It's been a long time since I met two characters who just breathed life and loved and were perfectly amazing. I laughed, I teared up, I loved. I cannot wait to read it again and that rarely happens. Very quickly it threatened to knock Straight off it's pedestal. And that shocked the hell out of me as I loved Straight like I've never loved a book before. 

I don't know how he does it. Each and every time he make me love his work more. Seth King make me admire his work more with every single book.  

I connected with Talon in a way I haven't connected with a character before. He's a writer, I'm a writer. His thoughts and feelings about the struggles that come with our chosen profession struck a chord so deep inside of me. 

Alexander-I fell in love with him right away. He just breathed life and love and my heart filled with so much joy and love for him. For the both of them. 

Seth King made me fall in love. I didn't fall in love with a book. I didn't fall in love with it's characters. I fell in love with the people that made up this beautiful love story. 

*Quote-

"The most important love you will ever find is love for yourself, but if someone nudges you along that road, good for you. It's all still love in the end." -Talon 

"I feel more alive than I ever have, but then again, maybe none of us are really alive until we smack into our soul mates." -Talon 

-Abri 

Cover Reveal; Ruck Me





Title: Ruck Me
Series: Dublin Rugby #2
Author: Rebecca Norinne
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: August 9, 2017



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She’s a free spirit; he’s a no nonsense kind of guy. When these opposites attract ... oh baby! It's game on!

I’ve called Aoife O’Shaughnessy a number of things, but dumb was never one of them. Through all the insane things she’s done—all the trouble she’s gotten into—I never once thought she was actually stupid. Until now. Because I just heard her plan to lose her virginity to the vilest human being I’ve ever met.

My first thought? How the f*ck is Aoife still a virgin? The second? Over my dead body.

So I volunteered for the job instead.

It might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, but once the words were out of my mouth, I couldn’t take them back. Now, I can’t stop wondering what it will be like to kiss the pink-haired sprite I’ve known my whole life, to hear her moan my name when she comes.

And I know she’s wondering about me too.

What started off as a bit of fun has spiraled out of control and now I’m in deep. I never meant to fall in love with Aoife … it was never supposed to go this far. 
And what happens next, just might break both of us.





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USA TODAY bestselling author Rebecca Norinne writes contemporary romance featuring smart and sexy heroines and the men who adore them. When not writing, Rebecca is watching rugby, drinking craft beer, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next story. Her favorite foods are popcorn, sushi, and French fries and she’s never met a Kelly Clarkson song she didn’t like. For more information, visit http://www.rebeccanorinne.com.



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Cover Reveal; Turn The Page



Cover Reveal
Turn the Page

 Author: Sydney Logan

Genre: Contemporary/Sweet Romance

Cover design by: T.M. Franklin


Release Date: July 11, 2017

Sydney Logan writes heartfelt romances that feature strong women and the men who love them. In addition to her novels, she has penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is a Netflix junkie, music lover, and a Vol for Life. Sydney and her husband make their home in beautiful East Tennessee.


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Sex. Drugs. Rock and roll.

Life in the fast lane is nothing new to Corbin James.

After completing his second stint in rehab, Corbin heads home to Riverview, determined to leave the music world behind and focus on his family, his songwriting, and his sobriety.

Crippled with debt but determined to make it on her own, Jolie Daniels pours her heart and soul into the town's bookstore. When Corbin finds his debut album in Jolie’s discount bin, sparks fly between the pretty bookstore owner and the rock star musician.

Corbin knows he’s nowhere near good enough for a sweet girl like Jolie . . .

But he wants to be.

When a record label approaches Corbin with the chance to make a musical comeback, he doesn’t think twice before saying no. He’s ready to settle down, and he wants to do it with Jolie. However, when her beloved bookstore is threatened with foreclosure, Corbin finds himself signing a contract that will take him away from home and back on tour for three months.

Can Corbin resist the temptations of the tour? Or will the loneliness of the road resurrect all the demons he’s worked so hard to bury?

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Blog Tour; Mica



The man could hold his own in a fight... but would he fight for Mica, and help bury her demons?

Title: Mica
Author: MariaLisa deMora
Series: Rebel Wayfarers MC, book 1
Genre: MC Romance


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When Mica Scott moved into a quiet Chicago suburb, she wasn’t ready for what she found. Her new neighbor is bossy, kinda scary, and defines hotness. Sure, he’s a hunky alpha male, the kind most women secretly long for, but the man oozes danger. And Mica isn’t most women. After a chance encounter brings a new man to her door, Mica struggles to find a path between what she wants, and what she needs.


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Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, with the help of a gracious librarian who did not believe in age-restricted stacks, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says “I always loved to read, then I discovered writing, and I adored that, too. For reading … if nothing else is available, I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal box.” She still reads voraciously, and always has a few books going in paperback, hardback, or on devices.


Cover Reveal; Where The Night Ends



Title: Where the Night Ends

Author: Melissa Toppen
Genre: Coming to Age Romance

Release Date: July 18, 2017
 

It only takes one night—one moment, one small snippet of time—to change everything. At sixteen-years-old, Sebastian Baxter taught me that. He taught me a lot of things. He never had to work for my heart. In some unexplainable way I think it had always belonged to him anyway. We spent years loving each other, hurting each other, trying to forget each other, but no matter how hard I tried, I could never erase the memory of him. His eyes, his smile, his touch—these are all things that are embedded in my brain, tattooed on my skin, and etched into my heart. Some might think our love story is over, but deep down I know it’s only just beginning. Because it’s not about where the night begins, it’s about where it ends… Where the Night Ends is a standalone, coming of age, romance.
 
Melissa Toppen is a Reader's Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Romance Author of New Adult, Contemporary, Erotic and Romantic Suspense. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read. Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and now resides in Cincinnati with her husband and two children, where she writes full time. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Melissa loves going to concerts and is obsessed with the T.V. shows Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time and Outlander.
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