Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon by Leta Blake

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5stars

“You love me.”
“It’s really gross, and I don’t recommend the emotion to anyone with sense enough to avoid falling into it, but, yes. I do.”

Title: Will & Patrick’s Endless Honeymoon
Author: Leta Blake
Series: Wake Up Married #7
Number of pages: 144 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: We see what happened to Will & Patrick after they got married.
Bad things about this book: It’s the end, the true end.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this series is really entertaining and sexy!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I missed them. I truly missed them and I didn’t even know it. I found the Wake Up Married books by chance and read them all in a couple of days. My eyes were almost falling out from staring at a display for so long. I liked how flawed the characters were; I loved how easily they doubted themselves. They were two men trying to figure out what did they feel for each other while trying to survive Will’s crazy parents and a pretty nosey coworker.

Finding out, again by mistake, that there was a new Will & Patrick book made me smile so hard out of the blue I think I looked pretty off to someone who didn’t know why I was smiling so hard about. I bought the ebook right away; there was no doubt about that action. Zero regrets from my part. I needed to know how my beloved Patrick was doing; he is the most precious cinnamon roll there is. It hurt so much seeing him sad, and I wanted to see how happy he was with his brand new hubby.

“Sometimes I think you forget that aside from being the most brilliant doctor in the country, I’m also the coolest man on the planet.”
“And the humblest,” Will says.

Two years have passed since Will & Patrick’s second wedding and they are finally going on their honeymoon. Yes, after two whole years. Better late than never, right? Will’s family is still a nightmare and Patrick’s still a brutally honest person. Now it’s time for the both of them to have some real alone time, having virgin cocktails by some paradisiac pool, having lots of steamy sex, and showing the world how much they love each other. But this isn’t a short book about all the sexy fun they have on their honeymoon. Don’t get me wrong, there’s lot of it, enough to keep you warm and cozy on Pluto. There’s more here: family interference, drama, loss, grievance, happiness, self-doubt, lust, dreams, and everything that has made this series worth reading.

This isn’t a conversation fit for public consumption, but so few of his conversations are: either no one wants to hear about brains because of the gore factor or no one wants to hear about sex because of the TMI factor. In Patrick’s opinion, that’s their problem, not his.

Maybe Will and Patrick didn’t spend the most relaxing and stress free honeymoon, but it was a wonderful ten-day vacation nonetheless. Maybe they weren’t always alone, even if they were free from their phones and the outside world, but they still managed to get closer to each other. Maybe Patrick ended up getting sunburnt as the redhead he is, but in Will’s eyes he is and he will be always the most wonderful creature in the whole world. Maybe they aren’t the most conventional couple, with the most conventional family, or the most conventional friends, but they are Will and Patrick and we love them just the way they are. Always.

“Want to play superhero and villain again?”
“No.” Patrick kisses Will’s cheek before whispering in his ear, “Let’s just play Will and Patrick.”

I don’t think there’s going to be another book in this series, but if there is, I want to be the first one to know what’s going to happen in the lives of Will and Patrick in the crazy little gossipy town they live in and love.

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Five Dares by Eli Easton

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4stars

“When there’s a conflict between what’s practical and what the heart wants, the heart usually wins. And when it doesn’t, there’s regret. A lot of regret.”

Title: Five Dares
Author: Eli Easton
Number of pages: 245 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s cute and sexy.
Bad things about this book: It has a rushed ending.
Do I recommend it? Yes, to everyone who likes a hot and steamy love story.
Rate: 4/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Oh holy bisexuality!!! I loved this. Sweet with a few surprises. My heart did make weird twists, of too much love and the suffering!!! The suffering that luckily didn’t last long. I barely kept myself from screaming of frustration as it was.

I almost judged this book by its cover and didn’t read it. Luckily I’ve been spotting it here and there on my goodreads timeline and I decided that, yes, I was not going to keep myself from enjoying a book because I don’t like very much the cover. I’m never that shallow so I don’t know why I did think that at first.

“Emotions sucked, and we mostly pretended we didn’t have them.”

The story is about two best friends, Andy and Jake, forever the daredevils among their friends, who find themselves with their hands bandaged after a dare gone wrong. With both their summers ruined and futures on hold, they keep themselves company being helped and fed in Andy’s cottage until they can use their hands again.

There’s only one problem, tough, they can’t use their hands and one thing among the many they can’t do is the one that is driving them, mainly Andy, crazy. They can’t masturbate. Andy’s great idea will put Jake’s temptation to test; Andy doesn’t know that Jake is bisexual and have been pining for him almost since the dawn of time. Can Jake put a line between necessity and desire? Maybe not. It’s not that easy having the object of his desires there for the take. I don’t blame him for saying yes to that crazy idea but I do think he should’ve been more straightforward since the beginning. They were going to go their separate ways after NYU so Jake should’ve come clean and say it. Say that he is bisexual. That would’ve opened the door to so many possibilities so much sooner.

“We were crossing a line that was more significant than any stunt we’d ever dared before.”

He chose the hard road and there were consequences, one that I didn’t see coming even if I should have. I overlooked Andy’s fragility and the pressure his father put on him and his future. I didn’t see it like the big deal it actually was. But if there’s a book I like, it’s one without much drama. Drama usually takes too much space in a book we all know (and hope) is going to have the happy ending the characters and the readers deserve.

“The ocean had existed before Andy and I were born, and it would be there long after we were dust. It didn’t care about our drama. I wished I could borrow a bit of that objectivity. But my stomach was tied in knots. The sea might not care about our drama, but I did.”

I love almost everything about this book. From the bisexual representation we don’t see everyday to the slowly ascension of steamy scenes, from zero to holy moly guacamole. The dreaded miscommunication was there and it made me mad, as usual, but the need for release of the boys made it bearable because you can’t deny the obvious chemistry when it’s there for everyone to see.

“There might be a universe where Jake Masterson could resist Andy Tyler, but it wasn’t this one.”

The one thing I didn’t like much was the rushed conclusion. It felt unnecessary to give this kind of fast ending to a story so cute and well developed. I would’ve loved something a little bit different nonetheless the story gave me goose bumps of love and hormones and I thank it for all of it. Absolutely recommended.

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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5stars

You don’t need your eyes to love, right? You just feel it inside you.

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Series: Wonder #1
Number of pages: 410 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It’s emotional and it makes you think which is always a good thing.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, it’s the right length and it’s well-written.
Do I recommend it? Yes, to everyone.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Lovely, emotional, important. Everything I like in a book. I received Wonder for free during the International Book Day a couple years ago. Of course I then proceeded to put it in my bookshelf and I forgot about it. Thanks to the movie being released this month, I finally decided to read it. I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner; it was an adorable book with the most adorable little main character. He warmed my heart.

August is a good kid, no, a great kid! Smart, curious, and above all very brave and mature for a 10-year-old. People can’t seem to understand what it’s truly like to be like him, being born with a face that’s not quite like the others. If they did, they’ll probably see how his appearance is just one piece of the complex puzzle of Auggie! He is so sweet and he doesn’t deserve what the world is giving him!!

Sometimes you don’t have to mean to hurt someone to hurt someone.

At one point in the book a character said that the world hasn’t been kind to Auggie and the first thing that came to my mind wasn’t his face. The unkindness referred made me think of all the times people had been mean to him, either if they didn’t know they were and when they were being mean on purpose. I hated grown up people being scared, treating him like he’s less that their own children because he doesn’t have an ordinary face. What’s wrong with you, people? What are you getting from being an awful person? Nothing, that’s what. No, wait. You’re getting bad karma, that’s what you’re getting from being the bane of mankind. Really Bad Karma.

People being unnecessarily mean are the worst kind. They also usually think what they do is right and justified. Privilege at its worst. Bullies make me so angry; why the hell do you enjoy spending your time tormenting someone you don’t like? Making the life of someone you dislike for reasons that usually are dumb and childish is pathetic. Reading about bullies makes me furious. If only I was more intimidating I’ll be volunteering in schools like a vigilante putting bullies where they belong with my very long speeches about why they have to start behaving like human beings.

He’s just a kid. The weirdest-looking kid I’ve ever seen, yes. But just a kid.

Auggie is a ray of sunshine. He knows his appearance makes people stare, whisper behind his back, and it drives them away. Yet he learns to be himself and soon you forget about his face and start really seeing him. The Auggie beyond; the Wonder. This amazing kid whose bravery teaches lessons of humanity every single day and he doesn’t even notice it. He is just himself. He is a kid and has a kid’s brain. He may have some baggage other kids don’t have, but beyond all that, he is simply just a kid facing the world and learning from it. Making friends, studying, shielding himself from the worst and getting used to the usual. Auggie doesn’t even realize how brave he is but his kindness doesn’t go unnoticed, and the people who meet him find themselves changed.

‘Shall we make a new rule of life … always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?’

As Auggie’s mom said, they are always going to be mean people but as long as there are good people standing up for what’s right, the world we live in is going to shine a little bit brighter. Be the light, be the difference, don’t turn a blind eye because it doesn’t concern you or because it’s easier to stay away. Choose to make a difference if you are in the position to make it. Choose to be kind, always. You really don’t know how important it is. Be the better you.

I will take this little book with me and wear it like glasses. I’ll watch the world through it and I won’t take for granted what I have. I’ll fight for the ones that can’t fight. I’ll raise my voice when it’s necessary. I’ll be part of the solution. I’ll always choose to be kind; I may be small and only one in billions, but I’m still me, not afraid to fight, and I’ll use all the tools I’m given to make this world safer for whoever doesn’t feel safe in it.

“You really are a wonder, Auggie. You are a wonder.”

Told from various points of view, this story is enlightening and perfect for people of all ages. A year in the life of wonder boy, August Pullman, a boy you all should meet.

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Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie DiRisio & illustrated by Linnea Gear

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3stars

When in doubt, lean and smirk.

Title: Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me
Author: Carrie DiRisio (Author) & Linnea Gear (Illustrator)
Number of pages: 288 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a fun and light read.
Bad things about this book: I think the content was best suited for a novella not an over 200 pages book.
Do I recommend it? Maybe not but I’ll tell you to give it a chance if you want to read it but are unsure.
Rate: 3/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I bought this book based solely on the cover. I found it cute and the title was funny. I didn’t know what it was about. I found out when I got the book and opened it to see how it was inside, a thing I do for every single book I buy; you’ve got to calculate time of reading based on font size, margins, and number of pages, right?

I wasn’t entirely disappointed but I was hoping in something different. I thought I was getting a simple story about a clichéd YA hero doing cliché stuff while instead I got a guide of how to become a clichéd main character of a young-adult book. It was fun to read, I giggled quite a lot because I recognized so many clichés overly used.

I’m stern, serious, and incredibly muscular. I’ll probably be in charge of training you to be a better warrior, which I will do shirtless.

Broody is the perfect excessively described guy with chiseled jaw, marbled abs, jeweled-colored eyes, tousled hair, and smirk that makes you swoon. He’s usually the guy that gets the love interest almost at first sight no matter his personality and obvious flaws. Times are changing, though, and Authors want someone different to be their main characters; more and more books have multiple povs and more characters are a little closer to how real people look like and behave. Of course there are people with Broody’s exact qualities in the real world, but let’s be real, it’s very probable there are not.

You will probably find out that you are the absolutely most special of all the special supernatural beings. However, your internal narration will still remind us every page or so about how average you are. Sadly, self-esteem is not one of the magical powers you’ll ever acquire.

It was a nice book to read, light and easy. The kind of book you need to take a break from reading without really avoiding reading. When you finish a book that consumed you, left you empty blankly staring at the world, you need something to keep you going, something to keep you from the dreaded reading slump. I knew I needed it. Reading is wonderful but it can fill your head with many thoughts, too many sometimes, and all you need is a break. I did want to read so this was the perfect choice.

If you find yourself in a situation similar to mine, then this book might be for you.

My Author has decided I am a Scorpio. This is because Scorpios are the perfect fit for any broody hero: passionate, deadly, and totally overused in fiction.

Yay for Scorpios, by the way. We are great!

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Fence by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad

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5stars

“I don’t care how good he is. I’m here to fence.”

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Artist)
Series: Fence #1

Number of pages: 27 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a comic book so it has drawings and they’re amazing.
Bad things about this book: It’s a comic book so it’s short. It requires patience!
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s promising.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I forgot how frustrating it was to follow comics! Only a few pages, beautifully illustrated pages, and then you have to wait a whole month for more. Then the story repeats itself after a month; it’s a never-ending nightmare.

We start by meeting Nick and Seiji, the two main characters. Nick is a hotheaded teen who has set his goal to be the best fencer after finding out the father who left him was one. Seiji is arrogant and egocentric, being the very best fencer there is now, but you can see that’s only a mask. I sense he’s going to be super sweet. Both characters are going to be forced to collaborate, team up, and the results are going to be sweet sweet bonding; I can see the brooding and the smirking already.

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We’re going to see sparks!! Heart-shaped sparks! Can’t wait for the romance but the comic is mainly about something else; fencing is a super interesting sport, interesting enough to be among the very few I follow during the Olympics. Who doesn’t like fighting with swords? En garde!!

It was very short but it delivered the foundation of a story that’s promising and it’s going to deliver all kinds of fireworks. I love the potential, the story, and the characters! I want more; the second volume comes out in more than a month. Help!

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Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

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5stars

“Don’t punish yourselves for people’s ignorant reactions to what we all are.”
“Don’t let ignorance win,” said Ms. Stevenson. “Let love.”

Title: Annie on My Mind
Author: Nancy Garden
Number of pages: 183 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It really is a magical love story written sweetly and flawlessly.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, just the neverending frustration because people are the worst.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a wonderful book.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Copy given by NetGalley

This book surprised me. I requested it on Netgalley not knowing it was a book first published in 1982 and if it wasn’t for Goodreads I would’ve start reading the book not knowing it. It didn’t sound like a book from the 80’s (if you bypass the no cellphones thing): the school system is mostly still the same so I didn’t notice a difference but most of all people are still ignorant and close-minded today as they were back there. It all sounded very contemporary. Things are better now and I’m positive it will get better and better every year while there’s still someone fighting! While we still fight ignorance and violence every single day.

Much of that winter was— magical is the only word again— and a big part of that magic was that no matter how much of ourselves we found to give each other, there was always more we wanted to give.

Liza and Annie met one day at the museum and that was it, they were destined to be one, to fall in love. Their love does not come easily because both girls are confused and finding out more and more about themselves every day. Looking back it all makes sense but being gay isn’t easy; it comes with too much unnecessary pain. Will Liza and Annie be able to love each other as much as they both deserve without the ignorance of people compromising their happiness? This is a book about first loves, first struggles, and the strength that we have to find inside our hearts to overcome everything in the face of injustice and in order to live true to ourselves. Not an easy journey yet one they both can’t ignore.

“Unicorns. Maidens and knights. Staring at noses, even. I don’t want to pretend any more. You make me— want to be real.”

From the very beginning the story sounded genuine and relatable. The characters of Liza and Annie were very different from each other but at the same time they could represent parts of us readers. The message is not one of disgrace but one of hope, because if we don’t fight for what we believe is right, for what else are we supposed to fight for? These girls start a journey that will put a toll on them but it’s a worth one. The plot flows calm but steady giving us insights of their dates, their walks, their share smiles and knowing gazes. We are silent spectators to something magical, to fate doing a perfect job. I enjoyed being part of their magic, and I shared tears of joy and sadness with both of them. It hurt, the feeling of frustration, it crushed my heart. I deserved to see a happy ending as much as Liza and Annie deserved one.

“There are a lot of unfair things in this world, and gay people certainly come in for their share of them— but so do lots of other people, and besides, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the truth of loving, of two people finding each other. That’s what’s important, and don’t you forget it.”

I’m not sad I found this book this late because at least I found it. If you haven’t read this book I strongly recommend you do it. As soon as I started it, I received positive comments from people who knew and read it. It made the reading experience so much better knowing how much love this book had all around the world. I wanted to be part of the loving fandom. I want to let love win, always!

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Lovers Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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5stars

“We’re fucking different but we’re still two superheroes who’d die for each other. In any era, any alternate universe. Like Captain America and the Winter Solider.”

Title: Lovers Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #2
Number of pages: 365 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Fun, interesting, hot, well-written, you will keep reading until you finish it. Guaranteed.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this series is beautiful.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I know I loved Damaged Like Us because it was different from any other book I’ve ever read. Its pace was different, fresh, it kept me glued to the virtual pages and I didn’t want it to end. So I knew I was going to love this sequel but I wasn’t expecting to love it this much. There is not much drama, there’s action, steamy and not, we get to know more relatives and we have the exclusive of Moffy and Farrow’s relationship. Did I say there is little to no love drama? Oh, how I love that, you have no idea!
I loved everything. I was on edge so many times, a little scared, super happy, very entertained, and more often than not, awfully turned on. I’m only human, after all.

“Vote for whoever looks the best.” Farrow, my mind blurts out in response. I swear my brain is one terrifying step from making shrines of the guy. Which is not cool. Not cool.

Damaged Like Us ended with the whole family finding out Farrow and Moffy were boyfriends and hell broke loose. Harsh words were said, people got offended, things were changing but maybe that wasn’t a bad thing. Now, as damage control, Moffy and the oldest Hales-Cobalts-Meadows are going on tour with their bodyguards: all of them, cramped inside a bus for four months. Things are going to get heated. There is a troll account threatening Moffy and Farrow is restless because he needs to save the man he loves both as his boyfriend and as his personal bodyguard. It will get messy and butts will be seen; so many butts it’s glorious.

“She’ll ‘revoke’ your membership to that Rainbow Brigade shit if you’re not careful.”
Oscar almost laughs, and he reties a rolled bandana around his forehead. “It’s not real until she makes pins.”

Maximoff, Jane, Charlie, Beckett and Sulli are participating in a few fan conventions to raise money for lgbtqia youth all around the US and of course their bodyguards came along. I was happy to see more of the famous kids and also I loved the bodyguards; they were all hilarious, even Thatcher, and they made the book richer and more interesting. They are as much part of the story as the rich and gorgeous: and they are also quite hot! The camaraderie between bodyguards and the love and care they have for the families they serve is profound and true; they share almost every second of their lives with them and they are like their own families. It’s lovely!

My eyes burn. I wake up every morning, and I’m more in love with him than the day before.

Besides the obvious bonding and some pretty interesting events that happen on the bus, the book’s story is told from Farrow and Moffy’s POV and so we are inside their heads while they brood, while they flirt, while they desire nothing more than kiss each other’s faces and get naughty. It’s hilarious and adorable. They love each other and they can barely believe they have found someone who knows, supports and understands what the other is going through. Moffy may not know everything about Farrow’s past but he is absolutely certain that if he asks, the answers are going to be 100% true. There’s so much trust between the both of them and that is the reason there is no love drama; they communicate trying not to leave anything left to be misunderstood. I hate miscommunication because people aren’t mind readers; you need to say out loud if something is wrong or else suck it, the world isn’t waiting for you. Do something and stop whining!

His mouth curves upward. “Welcome back, space cadet.”
I scowl and unbutton my jeans. “I barely spaced out.”

The ending was perfect, just as much as it was perfect everything else. Sweetness galore and happy smiles: my favorites. Everything I needed to have the dumb face I usually have when a story is dreamy and I’m jealousy wishing I could have what they have. This series was a surprise; I am scared about the third and last book but I trust the authors. They won’t disappoint me because until now these books have been flawless so I don’t expect they’ll stop now, right? Give me Alphas Like Us right now or right this moment, either is fine by me.

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