I love reading romantic, steamy love stories with lots of dialogue and a solid HEA.
M/M & PNR are my favorites.

Gone Girl Movie Review - No Spoilers

I didn't read the book so I have no comparison. The movie was interesting, but I'm not sure why it's getting such rave reviews. A bit bloated at 2 1/2 hours, I think I should have rented it instead. The main actress spoke so softly that I sometimes had a hard time hearing her. I have to believe that the book was better.



A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance #1) by Keira Andrews (5 Stars)

A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance Book 1) - Keira Andrews

Isaac was an extremely engaging character, and listening to him tell the story kept me hooked from the beginning until the end. This was the first book I’ve read about a gay Amish couple. Although there were enough details to give me a better idea of how they lived on a daily basis, I didn’t think it overwhelmed the story. Instead, it helped to give a real sense of the challenge for Isaac and David to have a relationship. Needless to say, there was a lot of angst in this story leading to quite a few tears on my part. Although there was a definite happy ending for the couple, there were enough open issues to make me excited about reading the next story in their saga.


A Most Wanted Man (Movie Review)

I really didn't want to see this movie. It was the hubby's turn to pick, and this seemed tolerable. I'm glad I went. This could certainly be seen as a rental. There's really not a lot of action. Instead, there was a very steady, extremely interesting, easy to follow, but not brainless, plot taking place. The acting was phenomenal. It made me miss Philip Seymour Hoffman even more. He was brilliant.  I spent the whole movie wondering what would happen next and never took my eyes off the screen.  I didn't read the book so I have no comparison to offer on that front.



Plot Summary:

When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene.


McFarland's Farm (Hope #1) by Cardeno C. (5 Stars)

McFarland's Farm - Cardeno C.

A touching love story with the amazing character depth that Cardeno C. always brings to the table. Jared is such a beautiful person. He works hard on his farm to bring healthy food to the community where he lives. He cares about the people, and as we quickly learn, they love and care about him. Learning about his life, and how the neighbors stepped up to take care of him when he was young, brought tears to my eyes. Watching him deal with the bratty Lucas was a treat. Although Lucas matured during the story, it was funny to watch some of his antics when he refused to admit he was lusting after Jared. I was glad we were in Lucas' head when he was being rude so we knew why he was doing it. It just made it that much sweeter and sexier when these two finally connect.


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Originally reviewed for Swept Away By Romance. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.



Guarded by L.A. Witt and Cat Grant (4 Stars)

Guarded - Cat Grant, L.A. Witt

Overall, I really enjoyed this story about a rock star and his bodyguard navigating a relationship in the midst of other issues. Unfortunately, there were a few issues that bothered me during the story and took my enjoyment down a notch. There were elements of BDSM, including breath play, whipping, and multiple partners, but it didn’t include a lot of discussion outside of a single safeword. Jordan and Jase were both fairly well-developed characters, but their relationship needed more dialogue to establish a more believable connection outside of sex. In addition to dealing with their own issues, they were also dealing with the drug addiction of Jordan’s best friend and band mate, Daniel. I liked the writing style of the two authors together.


November Man (Movie Review)

Worth the price of a matinee ticket. I enjoyed the movie, liked the actors, and found the plot to be interesting and easy to follow. Not a lot of action so it doesn't have to be seen on the big screen. Pierce's accent was a tad hard to understand sometimes so closed captioning might have been helpful in this case. 



Per IMDBAn ex-CIA operative is brought back in on a very personal mission and finds himself pitted against his former pupil in a deadly game involving high level CIA officials and the Russian president-elect. 


 Pierce BrosnanLuke BraceyOlga Kurylenko

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Simple by SJD Peterson (4 Stars)

Brycen and John are insecure in their ability to have a relationship due to their past boyfriends. It’s unfortunate because both of them are very kind and compassionate people. What starts out as an incredible physical connection, quickly turns into an easy-going romance. Unfortunately, they can’t help but bring their prior issues into their current affair. The spent a lot of time having sex, interpreting words and actions incorrectly, and avoiding discussions.


Wes and Kit by Hollis Shiloh (4 Stars)

Wes and Kit (steampunk mystery gay romance) - Hollis Shiloh

Interesting and enjoyable characters meet under unfortunate circumstances and fall in love. Very sweet story romance with a mystery running in the background. I would have liked a bit more dialogue with Kit and Wes, but I still felt like I got to know them well enough to believe the connection. I really liked how the different issues with their hearts were presented. I also adored their spunky dog, Lolly, who always managed to make me smile. All sex takes place off-page, but there was plenty of cuddling. Although this couple gets their HEA, the mystery isn't resolved yet and continues in the next story which I will definitely be reading.


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Updated to mention I got this through Amazon Unlimited. I have to remember to tag these.


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An interesting article on the purchase. For the sake of Twitch fans, I hope it doesn't go the way of Goodreads.

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Caught (The Shamwell Tales #1) by JL Merrow (3.5 Stars)

Caught! (The Shamwell Tales) - J.L. Merrow

Told from Robert’s POV, he just wasn’t interesting enough to make me want to spend that much time watching him live his life. Sean seemed to have more going on in his life, and his job in pest control could have made for some really fun stories, but that didn’t happen much. I was never convinced of the romance between the two of them. They broke up and got back together several times which did nothing to convince me that they would stay together. As Robert’s best friend, Rose was a tad over-the-top, but at least she provided some comedic relief.


Born this Way by Poppy Dennison (3 Stars)

Born This Way - Poppy Dennison

Nice shifter story with a focus on Hart, a liger, trying to claim Dayton, his human mate. Hart’s character needed more development to give the story a stronger emotional connection. There were a few unanswered questions that left me wondering why certain things happened. I liked how Dayton made it clear that just because Hart knew Dayton was his mate, it didn’t mean that Dayton felt the same way. I thought this was going to lead to a strong development of the relationship between the two characters, and we would see them spend a lot of time together. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and the story focused on everything but their relationship.


An Unauthorized Field Guide to the Hunt (DNF)

An Unauthorized Field Guide to the Hunt - Kari Gregg

I'm saying DNF but I actually skimmed the book because I had to see how the mystery played out. However, since I didn't really read it, I'm not going to bother to rate it. I wasn't expecting the story to include sex between a human and a large cat. I guess the cat was an alien humanoid that looked like a cat - or something like that. The majority of the story was told from one guy's POV and had very little dialogue. Just didn't work for me. 

Tiger Boys by Linda Gayle (4.5 Stars)

Tiger Boys - Linda Gayle

Can Sergei and Jules save the tiger clans from coming under the rule of an evil leader?


Sergei Sidorenko is the powerful prince of the Sidorenko tiger clan. He is sent on a mission to retrieve Jules Kasimov, the prince of the rival Kasimov clan. Jules isn't aware of his status or of his magical capabilities. Sergei must train him, and then hope that Jules will take his rightful spot as leader of the clan. This will hopefully allow peace to be maintained between the two clans.


Although the beginning was a bit slow, once the relationship was established and the world-building laid out, the story really hit its stride. The somewhat jaded Sergei and the naive yet strong Jules were an interesting pair, and I adored watching their love grow. The training sessions, where Jules learned to control his powers, were fun.


I loved the action-packed ending and could easily see everything play out in my mind with the author's excellent descriptions. There was just enough development of the history of their clans to make it very unique and interesting without getting overwhelming or boring. The love scenes were sensuous and steamy.


Jules' brother, Anton, was determined to become the clan leader and didn't mind killing anybody in his way. We were brought into Anton's mind several times throughout the story, and it wasn't a pleasant experience. He murdered several people and listening to his sickening thoughts was disturbing and realistic.


Extremely entertaining romance brought to vivid life by the lovely writing style of the author.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Note: TRR only allows full stars, but this story was really 4.5 stars for me. Not quite as amazing as her other stories, but I still really loved it.



Like and Subscribe by Jay Bell (5 Stars)

Like and Subscribe - Jay Bell

Very sweet story about the beginning of a romance. I liked the imagination the author showed with the plot. Two engaging characters who discover that they fell in love with an image instead of a person.


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The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye (4.5 Stars)

The Blinding Light - Renae Kaye

An enjoyable romance with interesting characters that had me flying through the pages.

Jake Manning was extremely engaging and adorable. In addition to being generous with both his time and money, he was also very entertaining. Jake’s dialogue was brilliant and humorous whether he was talking to somebody or to himself. Patrick’s abrasive personality was quickly adjusted by Jake. The development of their relationship felt realistic, and it became very obvious that these two were meant for each other. My favorite interactions were the notes that they left for each other.


My only issue with the story was the ending. The last few chapters took us away from the relationship between Jake and Patrick and put us in the middle of some family drama and decisions which I didn’t enjoy.


Originally reviewed for Swept Away By Romance. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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