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Review: It Takes a Village by C.R. Guiliano

Title: It Takes a Village by C.R. Guiliano
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, M/F, M/M
Length: 214 pages/ Word Count: 43489
Book Rating: B

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher

Summary:

Too much alcohol results in a pregnancy between Skylar and her gay best friend, Jonah. But Jonah’s passions belong to another man, and Skylar flees with her secret. Tensions rise as the relationships grow more complicated and hearts intertwine.

To Skylar, Jonah’s the most perfect man in the world–sexy, sweet, and funny. But there’s one problem–he’s gay. After too much alcohol is consumed one night, her dreams come true, and she finds herself in his arms.

The closer Jonah gets to Triston, the more he believes this is the man of his dreams. However, Triston holds some resentment against Jonah’s best friend, which Jonah believes led to Skylar’s sudden and inexplicable disappearance. Burying the ache he feels at her loss, Jonah plunges headfirst into his relationship and gives his heart to Triston.

Aaron finally locates his estranged cousin, Jonah, and briefly meeting the shattered Skylar has turned Aaron upside down. Her disappearance is flaying Aaron as well as Jonah, but a chance meeting draws the threads of all three men’s lives back to one point–Skylar.

The Review:

C.R. Guiliano’s It Takes a Village is a very emotional, slightly melodramatic romance that is quite enjoyable. It is a complicated story about an unexpected pregnancy, unrequited love and new beginnings.

Skylar Taylor and Jonah Winters are childhood friends who are also BFFs and roommates. Skylar has been in love with Jonah forever although she knows he is gay. One drunken night later, Skylar discovers she is pregnant and now that Jonah is in a serious relationship with Triston Gallant, she decides to keep her news to herself and moves out. To make things even more confusing, Skylar is attracted to Jonah’s cousin, Aaron, who bears a striking resemblance to Jonah. Aaron is instantly drawn to Skylar, but any chance he has of pursuing a relationship with her ends with her disappearance. Until a chance meeting turns all four lives upside down….

Jonah is crushed and bewildered by Skylar’s disappearance, but since she refuses to see him, he concentrates his attention on his burgeoning relationship with Triston and rebuilding his relationship with Aaron. The relationship between Jonah and Triston is realistic and it grows slowly over several months. They are at a critical juncture when Skylar comes back into their lives and throws them into a tailspin. Given Triston’s background, his reaction to the situation is credible but it is his stubborn refusal to listen to Jonah that moves the story into an overly dramatic direction.

While I completely believed there were real emotions between Jonah and Triston, I cannot say the same about Skylar and Aaron. Aaron’s close resemblance to Jonah casts serious doubt about Skylar’s attraction to him and their romance progresses extremely fast. Their part of the storyline was very rushed and their romance had an insta-love quality to it. I was never quite sure if Skylar truly loved Aaron for who he is rather than who he resembled. Maybe if more time had been devoted to their relationship, I would have had an easier time accepting that she truly loved him.

Despite a few flaws, It Takes a Village is a unique story that I found quite engrossing. The characters are well-developed and three-dimensional. C.R. Guiliano’s epilogue brings the whole story together and I greatly enjoyed seeing how these four people found a way to make their relationship work for all of them. The happily ever after is unconventional but quite heartwarming.

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Angel’s Redemption by Andi Anderson

Title: Angel’s Redemption by Andi Anderson
Men of Charlestown Book Four
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Word Count: 41,642/202 pages
Book Rating: C+

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher

Summary:

Since his partner died, Jackson exists in a routine with his beloved dog Shep as his companion. When he meets his new mysterious neighbor, Elijah, Jackson’s orderly world is uprooted forever and passion prevails.

Since Jackson’s partner died, life is one big routine. When he meets his neighbor, Elijah, he’s intrigued by the mysterious man, and his somber world becomes exciting and beautiful.

Elijah needed a fresh start after working in the dark world of pornography. Finding the strength to move away from drug abuse and his despised existence, he moves to Charlestown and discovers a connection with Jackson unlike anything before.

Fear of losing the one man he’s come to rely on keeps Elijah silent even as he grows determined to be a man worthy of Jackson’s love. When Elijah’s secrets are revealed, will Jackson be able to see past his former life and stand proudly beside the man Elijah is today?

The Review:

Angel’s Redemption by Andi Anderson is a sweet second chance at love May/December romance.

Still mourning his partner’s death, Jackson Edwards has been living a quiet life, going to work and hanging out with his friends. Even though Ben died four years earlier, Jackson has not had any interest in dating. That all changes when Elijah Patterson moves in next door.

Neither Jackson nor Elijah is looking for love when they become neighbors. Instead of acting on their attraction for one another, they form a close friendship and take the time to get to know one another before they become lovers. Both have issues from their pasts to overcome and their support for each other is unconditional.

The prologue reveals the depths of Elijah’s despair but overall, Angel’s Redemption is light and conflict free. Elijah reveals his painful past to an understanding Jackson and their romance is pretty smooth sailing. Characters from previous books in the Men of Charlestown series are supportive of the new relationship and they welcome Elijah into their close knit circle of friends.

Since Angel’s Redemption is told from both Elijah and Jackson’s perspectives, the reader has a fairly good understanding of what emotions the two men are experiencing. Of the two characters, I felt like I knew Jackson the best. We learn of his past relationship with Ben and we get a pretty clear idea of what is going on inside his head regarding his feelings for Elijah.

Through Elijah’s point of view, we discover his insecurities, fears and doubts. But we are left guessing as to how he finally escaped from his life as a porn star. I was unclear how much time passed from the ending of the prologue to Elijah moving in next door to Jackson. Elijah explained to Jackson how he ended up in the porn industry, but he never reveals how or when he got out of it.

Angel’s Redemption by Andi Anderson is a quick read with engaging and likeable characters. If you like your romances on the lighter side, then you will definitely enjoy this story.

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Beyond Complicated by Mercy Celeste

Title: Beyond Complicated by Mercy Celeste
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Erotic, Contemporary, Romance, M/M, Ménage, M/M/M
Length: 375 pages, word count: 89660
Book Rating: B

Review Copy Obtained from Publisher

Summary:

Liam McGuire has the perfect life–his job is a nightmare, his apartment was swank back in the eighties, and he has a secret so painful it could destroy him. What can top that? Meeting his son’s new boyfriend, that’s what.

For former porn star Liam McGuire, life is pretty tame, except that his twenty-one year old son is now dating the love of Liam’s life. At the ripe old age of thirty-eight, Liam’s entire world is collapsing around him, his past catching up with him, his secrets and his lies are coming back to bite him. All because Kel had to go and fall in love with Seth.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains incestuous subject matter.

The Review:

Mercy Celeste’s Beyond Complicated is an extremely hot and highly emotional story that ventures into taboo territory. Complicated does not even begin to cover the intricate relationship between Liam McGuire, his son Kel and his ex-lover Seth Vincent.

Liam’s part of the story is particularly heartbreaking. One mistake as a teenager turns his life upside down and leads him to make unthinkable decisions. A horrible act of violence destroys his relationship with Seth and sets Liam on downward spiral that nearly destroys him. Emerging from his dark days, Liam is leading a rather boring life when Seth re-enters his life as Kel’s latest boyfriend.

Kel is mature for his age and wise beyond his years. His childhood was dysfunctional and his relationship with his parents is now distant. Kel’s relationship with Liam is more like a close friendship than father/son, and they too have drifted apart.

Seth is the cause of Liam’s downfall but in the end, he also proves to be Liam’s salvation. He somehow manages to make the unforgivable forgivable and rights the wrongs of Liam’s incredibly painful past.

Beyond Complicated is a sometimes uncomfortable but always compelling read. Sexual boundaries are blurred and crossed resulting in exquisitely erotic sex scenes. The sex between Liam and Seth is often raw, gritty and overflowing with dark emotions.

Beyond Complicated by Mercy Celeste is an intense novel that is quite complex. It is full of secrets and convoluted twists and turns. The plot is without a doubt controversial and not for the sexually faint of heart. The book is not for everyone, but it is an incredible journey of love and healing that I am glad I took.

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Always MJ by SJD Peterson Review & Contest

Title: Always MJ by SJD Peterson
From the A Mind Is a Sexy Thing Anthology
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: M/M, Erotic, Romance
Length: 98 pages
Book Rating: B+

Review Copy Obtained from Author

Summary:

Matthew Jonathon Parker, Matty to his friends, never did anything spontaneous. Yet six months ago, during a ‘poor-me’ moment, he entered an online chat room and may have met the man of his dreams.

Matthew Jonathon Parker planned every aspect of his day. From the time he woke up until the exact minute he crawled back into bed, his day was set. He wasn’t the kind of man to seek out other men in chat rooms. He certainly wasn’t the type to fall in love with someone he only knew from typed words.
After a six-month online affair, Matty agrees to meet Jay in Florida for a weekend getaway. Only Jay isn’t what Matty expected; although, perhaps he should have known it was too good to be true.

After all, Jay’s screen name AlwaysMJ stands for ‘Always making jokes’–or does it?

The Review:

Always MJ by SJD Peterson is an absolutely charming love story. It is a delightfully fun and sexy read about finding love where you least expect it. It is also a beautiful example of taking a risk and opening your heart to love no matter how great the risk.

Matty Parker is just flat out adorable. He is predictable, logical and quite analytical and the only thing that saves him from total geekdom is his passion for hockey. The only spontaneous thing he has done in his life might just turn out to be the best decision he has ever made. However, Matty is in for the shock of his life when he comes face to face with the man he has been chatting with online for the past six month.

Jay is the complete opposite of Matty. He is a doer not a thinker and he acts on his instincts. Fun loving, life of the party and never taking anything or anyone seriously, Jay is the king of one night stands. That is until he falls for Matty. Now he has to convince Matty to give him the opportunity to prove his love and give their relationship a chance.

Always MJ by SJD Peterson is a wonderful heartwarming romance that will have you grinning from ear to ear as Matty and Jay fight their way to happily ever after. The plot is fresh and unique and an unexpected twist adds another layer to the Matty’s new relationship. The protagonists are marvelously flawed and easy to relate to. There is just enough conflict to keep the story moving at a fast pace and SJD Peterson perfectly wraps up this divine romance with a fabulous epilogue.

Definitely a book for the keeper shelf.


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Battle Buddy by S.J.D. Peterson

Title: Battle Buddy by S.J.D. Peterson
Rough Rangers One
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Length: 67 pages
Book Rating: B+

Review Copy Obtained from Author

Summary:
Shane Tucker joined the Army to hide behind “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. It was working too, until he was paired with sexy Owen Bradford as his Battle Buddy. If boot camp doesn’t kill him, the temptation of Owen’s sinful body surely will.

Shane Tucker joins Uncle Sam’s Army at nineteen. Tucker is gay, but not ready to be open about his orientation and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” seems like a convenient way to avoid having to dealing with his sexuality.

The Army suits Tucker; he does well right from the beginning. Things get harder for Tucker during boot camp when he is assigned a “Battle Buddy”. Owen Bradford is a walking, talking wet dream, with no concept of personal space–he especially likes being in Tucker’s personal space. Tucker barely survives boot camp living with the constant temptation that is Owen Bradford.

Two years later, Tucker–now in the Army Ranger program–is paired up with Owen once again. Getting through training while ignoring the sizzling sexual tension between him and his “Battle Buddy” might be the biggest test of Tucker’s military career.

The Review:

Battle Buddy is a richly drawn and authentic portrayal of Army training. S.J.D. Peterson brings Shane Tucker and Owen Bradford vividly to life as they are constantly thrown together during their Army training.

Battle Buddy is an entertaining story written in first person from Shane Tucker’s point of view. Shane and Owen are well-developed vibrant characters that are wonderfully realistic and immensely appealing. Shane’s self-deprecating humor and easy going personality fully engages the reader in this past paced story. Ms. Peterson keeps the sexual tension high as Shane fights his attraction to Owen.

If you are a fan of m/m romances with super hot, testosterone laden protagonists, you will enjoy Battle Buddy. It is guaranteed to set your e-reader on fire when passion explodes between Shane and Owen.

I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of S.J.D. Peterson’s Rough Rangers series.

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