Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

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5stars

“The more time and emotional dollars you invest into a relationship, the more you inspire trust that encourages the other person to spend more of their own emotional dollars. In a positive outcome, this spending will lead to more emotional wealth. Or, translated, love.”

Title: Leo Loves Aries
Author: Anyta Sunday
Good things about this book: All the main characters are adorable and relatable!
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I loved it.
Do I recommend it? I do, very much recommended!
Rate: 5/5

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All hail Matthew Daddario! He is the reason I read this book, besides being also the reason of so many swooning moments (the Daddario siblings are something else | we’re not worthy). I happened to notice the cover of this book randomly and clicked it because the cover model looked so much like my beloved Matthew and I, of course, couldn’t leave a Daddario picture unclicked, that’s not how I was raised. One innocent click led me to read the blurb and I was sold.

This was exactly the kind of love story that brings me joy and laughter and hope and sunshine and rainbows. Was I wrong to think that? Of course not. It brought me feelings I wanted to have and it left me craving for more and not only literary and virtual feelings, I now want real life feelings too! Oh, this is bad! A side effect I was not expecting.

Theo Wallace lives with his blind sister, Leone, and is looking for a roommate. What a lucky coincidence a certain ex-tutor of Theo, Mr. Jamie Cooper, is looking for a place to live. Theo and Leone are trying hard to move on from the end of both their love relationships (his girlfriend and her boyfriend fell for each other and now they’re getting married. Sucks, right?); Theo thinks Jamie might be perfect for his sister.

Really, Theo. You’re an idiot. That’s an F on the paper of life.

Was he the only one in the whole world who didn’t see how Jamie had his eyes set on him from their very first conversation via email? It was so obvious and Theo’s obliviousness was at the same time adorable and frustrating. It was clear as day Theo had more than friendship feelings towards Jamie but he didn’t really entertained the idea of Jamie being gay so everything the boy did to get his attention passed as a best friend kind of thing. Poor Jamie, he tried so hard, so many sentences with obvious double meanings, all wasted.

Theo followed the hot yumminess—and the pizza.

Theo has always thought he was attracted only to women so he didn’t really think about having feelings for a guy. Sure he can see and admire a guy’s good looks but how do you start realizing this is more than just a friend’s thing starting to become a real crush, and then possibly love? How are we to understand if a person is flirting, being funny or just being really friendly? I liked how, when Theo realized he was curious, he didn’t hide it; he went to Jamie and said how he didn’t see himself falling for a guy (oh, you fool boy) but he was willing to explore the sexual part of said curiosity? *PSA: Steamy moments of lust straight ahead*

“Are you insane? I’m sleeping until seven.”
“Your choice.” Jamie swatted his ass. “But you can’t complain when there’s no time for morning fun.”
“Six hours is good. Know what? So is five and a half.”

He’s in for a rollercoaster of a situation. This is a slow-burn kind of love. Things happen slowly yet not in a boring way: seeing those two develop a relationship that transcends the “original plan of Theo” gives it a reality stamp of approval from yours truly. Not everything is instant in life, things take time and the more they know each other, the more they see how it’s not an impulsive decision to try to be more than what they are now and, being such great friends, nothing but good things can come out of it. So it’s worth a try, right?

Theo: Maybe you’re overthinking it? You’ve been staring at that document all night.
Jamie: Almost as long as you’ve been staring at me, then.

I love Theo and Jamie and their shenanigans. I could read about them grocery shopping for thousands of pages and not get bored. Well, I could read about them doing their assignments separately from opposite sides of the dining room and still not get bored. That’s how much I loved them and this entire book.

“If you want to understand the principle of scarcity, just look in the fridge for vegetables after your brother has gone shopping.”

I can understand Theo’s behavior very well. You see someone you think is cute and you don’t see anything wrong in thinking that. Then some time later you see someone else being really cute and funny and still you think it’s normal, you like this person as a potential friend. Then time goes by and you keep looking at people and getting these feelings and you start having different kind of thoughts and your brain kindly announces you that, dear girl, you’re definitely not straight. Then the world gets a little bit brighter and maybe you can have it all, the possibilities multiplied, right? Right??

Reality checks in and you remember you’re not like Theo: you’re not easy going with a charmingly funny personality, with beautiful green eyes, dimples for days and a handsome face. You also don’t have a Jamie who enters your world like a gray-eyed fairy HOTmother. You get a bit sad, of course, but maybe that’s just me: the entire world to love but not a single soul to love me back. Guess I have to start reading my horoscope and hope this Scorpio woman gets a little bit of action. Stars, don’t disappoint me, I’m not getting any younger here!

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Secrets by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

I’m not sure which part was weirder—that it had taken me so long to find someone I was that serious about, or that it had even happened to me at all.

Title: Secrets [PsyCop #4]
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne, but not when he thinks about Crash!
Bad things about this book: The secrets. Are there more of them? Should I be worried?
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Victor Bayne and Jacob Marks are living together and things are a mess: tons of boxes lying around and useful things cannot be found. Victor is supposed to organize everything since he has time off from work but let’s face it, he is a lazy beauty and we all know it. Jacob knew it; in fact, I don’t think he was surprised that Vic didn’t do much to take their stuff out the boxes. He’s just like me, a master procrastinator.

When things go well you know that bad things are just around the corner and, guess what? That’s exactly what happened. And when things go bad guess who is always in the middle of it all? Yeah, that’s right, it’s Crash. I already didn’t like him and now my feelings towards him are even worse.

Jacob brushed my hair off my forehead and stared down at me like he was about to scoop me up in his arms and ride off into the sunset with me.

I want to blame him for what’s going on Vic’s mind every time they talk or see each other. I want to blame him real bad and I hope he stops whatever he’s doing because as much as I trust Vic and his perverted mind, sometimes we are weak when we’re not at our best and I really really really don’t want him to make mistakes he will certainly regret. Because he will regret it and he knows it! Jacob is a great guy, not flawless but they are perfect for each other.

“You need to take a bath in High John the Conqueror, make sure you clean and all your thoughts be pure.” Pure? Oh, great. I’d be in the tub until April.

This book’s mystery/crime is a tough one and, as the title suggests, this book contains many secrets that will come out and many that still needs to be uncovered. Like Vic or his friends at Camp Hell not being online, or the weird cops following Vic around when he works a difficult case. As much as I understood the reason they didn’t want to publicly reveal Vic’s identity for his safety, they at least could’ve told him all of that. I think he would’ve understood.

I don’t know if I’m ready to read about what went down in Camp Hell and all the bad stuff they did to my Victor, but I want him to face what happened and come out stronger, for Jacob, for his relationship, but above all for himself because he deserves all the best and right now he feels unworthy of the happiness and maybe he will unwillingly sabotage it. Victor needs cuddles, hugs and a happily ever after.

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Body and Soul by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“Maybe I needed therapy. Scratch that. Obviously, I needed therapy”

Title: Body and Soul [PsyCop #3]
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Good things about this book: Victor Bayne, ghost whisperer!
Bad things about this book: Crash; can’t help it, I don’t like him even if he appears in just a few pages.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Vic and Jacob are looking for a new place to live; a place with possibly a nice view, a wide kitchen, no roaches and zero ghosts. No ghosts, that’s a must. It seems that people pretty much have died everywhere and this house hunt is becoming stressful for our Vic who has a lot of issues on his own.

“He coordinated very well with my apartment, when he was mostly naked. He made it look kind of classy”

Victor still thinks Jacob is going to get tired of him, of his abilities and peculiarities and throw him away. I don’t like seeing Victor so down and full of insecurities. After that short story, the awful one with Crash crossing the line and kissing Vic, I’ve been feeling anxious. I don’t want Vic making mistakes because he thinks he’s not worth the happiness he’s clearly experiencing. He doesn’t want Crash, never will, and he needs to set his mind into going full throttle into his relationship with Jacob.

“I was a boy scout.”
“That’s creepy. And hot. At the same time.”

The mystery in this book was not as interesting as in the last two but it has something the last books didn’t have. We see Victor interact with ghosts in a friendly way, more or less. We have only seen annoyed Victor and scared Victor but now the ghosts are truly useful to solve the crime they’ve been assigned to.

There are missing people and since the police don’t know whether they’re still alive or not, Victor’s squad is called to help. But Victor is half a squad right now, given that his last partner kidnapped him and is now behind bars. So, new partner for Vic and, after finishing this book, I have to say that he is a nice one and I hope he’s not going anywhere for now.

“My stomach clenched up and I fought back the urge to tell Zig that I was just kidding, and laugh, and give him a hearty, heterosexual clap on the back.”

Zigler, aka Zig, is the name of Vic’s other half at work and he is proving himself the right man for the job. He doesn’t make fun of Victor’s abilities, he trusts him, and he didn’t make remarks or faces when Vic told him about his sexual orientation. Are we going to see more of him in the sequel? Let’s hope so. I think Vic needs someone else to confide in.

I’m throwing myself into this series hoping not to have to deal with the dreaded love triangle or the miscommunication. I hope that both of them, being adults, will handle whatever problems they may face the right way. Let’s just hope there won’t be many of them. The more I see my Vic smile, the more I smile, the more the world will smile.

My anger didn’t last because the ending was so perfect, just what I was hoping for but didn’t dare of saying because what if I jinxed it? No way. I want my boys living happily ever after.

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Criss Cross by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

I was straight most of the week (in the drug sense, anyhow) because it made working easier.

Title: Criss Cross [PsyCop #2]
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Good things about this book: Detective Victor Bayne always and forever!
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

My new book crush, Victor Bayne, is having problems with his ability. His powers seem amplified and ghosts appear to be more solid, can move from where they died and they are trying to grab him. Victor is troubled. He is scared. His house, his safe haven, is compromised, too. He sees faces when he turns on the tv and he is scratching Jacob without realizing it. He can’t catch a break. Poor Vic!

I was still too fixated on Jacob to really give a damn if Roger Burke slept with men, women, or inflatable farm animals, for that matter.

Victor has a new partner, Roger, kind of bland, but he buys him expensive coffee from Starbucks every single day so he’s not really complaining. Lisa is still at PsyTrain and she is always unreachable but the few times she leaves Victor or Jacob a message is cryptic and ominous and with all that’s happening with his abilities, the situation is getting out of hand.

One scary episode of ghosts trying to grab Victor ends in him being told his liver is a mess, that he has to start eating healthy and that he has to stop taking his beloved Auracel, the only pills that keep the ghosts at bay. Carolyn takes him to Crash, Jacob’s ex-boyfriend, who is an empathic healer to see if he can help Victor get rid of the dead making his life hell. Let me tell you, Crash is a peculiar character and I still don’t know if I like him or not. He dared doubting Vic’s abilities and I was fuming, I was so angry!!

Did straight guys eat salads? Maurice never had one unless his wife made it. That was about the extent of my knowledge of the eating habits of the heterosexual world.

There are many things happening that lead you to make a few guesses as to what the hell is happening and then it all falls into place; flashbacks appear in my mind and I think “well of course, I should’ve seen it coming” and I got mad and I wanted my Victor to be happy. I wanted Vic to be able to sleep with Jacob without scratches incidents and I wanted him to get home to a place without ghosts bothering him.

I wondered if that was something like being ambidextrous, the ability to speak and write at the same time. I’m lucky I can walk and breathe simultaneously without choking.

I think I won’t be able to stop reading this series now that I have started and I know it’s not finished yet, that after the Crash’s prequel book there’s going to be a final book with I hope a perfect ending for my Victor. I will fight whoever wants to harm him, I swear!

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Release by Patrick Ness ☆

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5starsplus

“Ain’t no shame in a broken heart.”

Title: Release
Author: Patrick Ness
Good things about this book: The way Ness writes is bewitching!
Bad things about this book: Nothing, at least for me. Check the trigger warnings before reading, though.
Do I recommend it? Yes, absolutely.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I couldn’t put it down and this is the third Ness’s book that has done this to me. I loved it with all my heart; there is something in Ness’s books that resonates with my soul and I feel them embracing me and cuddling me. The magic touch, at first peculiar, settles into the narration almost unnoticed and unforced. All of this makes Release one hell of a book to read and treasure.

This is not the easiest of books, it is a book about life and the obstacles it throws at you; it gives you hope in a better future if you’re willing to fight for it. It is so hard to fight for something you don’t think you deserve because you’ve been “taught” that what you are goes against nature, against the will of a lord you think doesn’t really care how you live your life.

“Through prayer, everything is possible-“
“I don’t know, I’ve prayed for years to change your heart. Nothing’s happened so far.”

Adam Thorn doesn’t believe he deserves being loved. He grew up in a very religious family being the son that’s different in a way they don’t dare to say out loud. Adam is gay and his family thinks it’s merely a phase, they think what he feels is not real. How much realer can it be if it breaks his heart in a million pieces? Adam Thorn has loved and his broken heart is the result of it. Will he ever let go of the past and fight for a future worth living? Will he ever let go of the boy he gave his all to but apparently was never willing to give anything back?

Where on earth had this day come from? And where was it headed?

We follow Adam throughout one day of his life; one day that will change everything. He will wake up, run errands, exercise, go to work, help his father and say goodbye to the boy who broke his heart. It’s going to be a long day, a day of news that will test his mind and episodes that will test his heart. Today everything changes.

He starts his day going to buy flowers his mother will certainly hate, and then running to clear his mind thinking how everything he does is never and will never be enough. He wants to go away and be himself but at the same time he is struggling to find some kind of peace in a home that has conditions for you to be worth being in it.

He can’t evade and find peace at work either with a boss sexual harassing him who knows pretty well how these accusations will go away easily; after all, who will believe a 17-year-old gay boy saying his boss touches him inappropriately? Here comes the frustration, the realization that a teenage boy is helpless, unable to reach for help because the world has this unbelievably twisted conviction that teenagers can only say lies and you should never believe them.

“They’re your parents. They’re meant to love you because. Never in spite.”

Adam finds his peace with Angela, his best friend. She is a tough girl and she is there for him whenever he needs it. Her family is different, open minded and kind, a safe refuge when he needs to get away from his cruel reality. Angela and Adam are a wonderful duo, ready to take the world head high. Their flashbacks show how incredible their friendship is.

“I’m always gay?”
“In every universe.”
“That makes sense. Are you always short?”
“Except in the universes where I’m Beyoncé.”
“In some universes, we’re all Beyoncé.”

I was so happy about Angela because at this point in the book I was ready to fight everyone who was in the way of my big blonde guy and his happiness. Adam deserves the world and I was more than ready to give it to him. Letting go is hard, painful, but once it’s done you’re free to live and start again. Our brain is one hell of an instrument: it tortures us when it decides on its own accord to fish memories you wanted hidden. Mastering the cohabitation with your bad memories is the way to keep them at bay and not letting them hurt you ever again. They are there, you sense them, but they don’t control you; you don’t allow them to do it.

Will Adam be ready to let go? This day will decide it; it will decide his fate.

While we follow Adam on the day his life is going to change forever, a spirit called by one single, an apparently innocent, action will leave the safety of her home to answer questions she doesn’t even know were asked. The magical realism, very similar to the one in the other Ness’ favourite of mine “The Rest of Us Just Live Here”, can seem out of place but you need to let it flow, no questions asked. It’s a parallel quest, seemingly unrelated, to our Adam’s journey, that will set in motion the end of the world, as we know it.

This book left me shaken. I related to parts of the book and sympathize with everything else. I was frustrated and angry, I wanted to scream, I wanted to cry but I also wanted to have hope and believe that maybe the world doesn’t really hate us the way we sometimes think. That maybe we can build ourselves a safe heaven in the midst of our not so very perfect lives.

I loved Release and it confirmed my love for Patrick Ness and the way he writes. It’s a hit or miss in my opinion and I understand when the story doesn’t reach everyone the way it reached me. Nonetheless, it is a story worth reading.

“Never pass up the chance to be kissing someone. It’s the worst kind of regret.”

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Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

Title: Among the Living [PsyCop #1]
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Good things about this book: Detective Victor Bayne!
Bad things about this book: It’s too short but there are so many other books in the series to it’s not a bad thing after all.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

A guy who can see dead people? Yes, please. What if he can also see dead animals? Interesting. And what if he can also talk to dead people? Even better. After knowing what this was about I was sure there was not going to be anything about this book that I wasn’t going to like. As usual, I was right.

Victor Bayne is a medium and he is a detective in the PsyCop program of the police. He works in murder investigations since he can ask directly the spirits of the victims who was the one who kill them. It’s really easy that way; everyone should think that, right? Wrong. People are scared of him and talk bad about him behind his back. That’s rude. He is adorable and sloppy and funny and I love him.

Victor was as surprise as me when Jacob Marks, the super handsome detective from the sex crimes unit, kissed him in the bathroom during the retirement party of his former partner. That kiss was followed by a full-on make out session and hands in very good places. Sexy places, OH YEAH! That was a good party, no doubt in that. Wish I had gone to more parties like that one. Lucky Victor; he is finally ending his centuries of abstinence and he is ending it with a very fine man.

A new serial killer is in town and thanks to him Victor has to collaborate with Jacob and his partner to catch him. Unfortunately this killer is more mysterious than anticipated and using the usual methods isn’t going to help them solve this crime. The ability of the killer, already explained in the summary was intriguing. I guess that if I’m going to be killed while having sex it is indeed better to go while looking at the hottest person I can picture.

I can already say that I love Victor. He is my favourite but all the other characters that were introduced were just as nice. Jacob is still a bit of a mystery, he is sexy as hell, and has passion to sell. Jacob’s partner, Carolyn, is a human serigraph so you can’t lie to her and she won’t be able to lie either. Then there’s Victor’s new partner, Lisa, and she is a surprise and I can’t wait to see more about her in future books.

I’m so glad I finally decided to start this series of books. They are short, interesting, sexy and funny and there’s nothing more I’d like to keep me smiling and happy when work and life give me a hard time.

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Threshold by Jordan L. Hawk

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5stars

I spoke thirteen languages, and yet all my words deserted me in these moments.

Title: Threshold
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Good things about this book: Whyborne & Griffin OTP!
Bad things about this book: It has the dreaded ex who messes things up.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this and all the others as well even if I haven’t read them yet.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

My new OTP, Whyborne and Griffin, are happy, living together with a cat and being all lovey dovey whenever they find themselves alone. It’s still a new relationship but it feels right, it feels that it’s the one they both were waiting for. What do you think happens when you are happier than you’ve ever been? Yeah, bad things happen. Every single time.

After being hired by Whyborne’s father, Griffin, Whyborne and Christine left the comfort of Widdershins to investigate strange disappearances in Threshold. Who did they find in Threshold if not the ex-lover of our dear Griffin? What a coincidence, a hateful and bothering coincidence, that’s what it is! I knew things were obviously too good to stay that way but a girl can only hope.

They would not take me without a fight, even if a pitiful one.

In Threshold things are worse than initially imagined and it seems hard to trust anyone. I sure didn’t trust Elliott, the infamous ex, and I didn’t trust anything he said. He was a hateful character and he was put there to mess with Griffin and Whyborne’s mind. Why would you disrupt what they have? Why? No matter how handsome and perfect you are, there’s only one person for Griffin and that’s Whyborne.

“My dearest pudding pie,” I read aloud.
“Yes, my little turnip?”

The mysteries of Threshold surprised me. I wasn’t expecting any of that. It was weirder than the mystery in the first book. I guessed a couple of things but some other things caught me off guard. I love being caught off guard when things don’t concern the wellbeing of my favourite characters. That’s the exception. You can twist the story in all the ways you want but don’t mess with my boys’ happiness. That’s where I draw the line.

I can’t wait to keep reading about Griffin, Whyborne and Christine’s adventures. There are still so many books left and a few more to come!

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