Damaged Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

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5stars

“He’s my bodyguard – that’s not changing.
It’s not.
But I can’t even think about anyone else. He hasn’t just pitched a tent in my brain and dick. He’s built a fucking stone castle.”

Title: Damaged Like Us
Author: Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #1
Number of pages: 352 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I loved the different POVs.
Bad things about this book: It has sequels and bad things can still happen.
Do I recommend it? Yes, do read it.
Rate: 5/5

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This was just perfect. No real drama at all. Two wonderful main characters and super interesting side characters. There are so many names to remember but at the beginning of the book there is a very useful characters list. Thank you for that! This is my first book by the Ritchie sisters so I don’t know the background stories of Maximoff’s parents, uncles and aunts but it is still a very enjoyable book to read as a stand-alone of a brand new series. I don’t know if I’m going to read the other series introducing the parents. We’ll see.

There’s only one thing that scares the hell out of me, though. There’s going to be sequels, at least two, so there’s still room for drama and for things to go unnecessarily wrong. I don’t want it, ok? People can be lucky and have a drama free love life! It happens and I wish for it!

Maximoff Hale, aka Moffy, is a handsome bisexual cinnamon roll, named after Quicksilver from the X-Men, super rich with a heart of gold and eyes so green they were described at every possible occasion. I get he has wonderful forest green eyes but I don’t need to be reminded of them constantly. In real life I don’t think people goes all “He turned those forest green at me etc”; it just doesn’t sound right. It was funny, though, because of its cheesiness. I love improbable cheesy lines; they are my number one source of entertainment in romance novels.

Farrow Keene is the handsome tattooed and pierced bodyguard of Moffy, who changes hair color frequently, and has been Maximoff’s crush since he was sixteen years old. Farrow finds Moffy very attractive and he now sees him as a man, even with the 5 years age gap. Five years isn’t much; Moffy is 22 so Farrow being 27 isn’t scandalous or illegal. They’re both grown up men and they are everyday fighting the sexual tension, the very palpable sexual tension between them. The flirting was off the charts! I also find Farrow hilarious and I loved their scenes together.

I would choose the words: sexually frustrated and fucking complicated. But let’s go with excited. It’ll cause the least amount of friction right now.

Since Moffy can’t have friends (I repeat, people are disgusting), he spends his non-working hours with his cousin and roommate Jane and her many cats. Jane is a cat lady and I love her: eccentric and adventurous, she has too many haters because of her body, because of what she wears and what her parents did when they were younger. She is a strong girl but she needs protection so I will fight anyone who wants to do her harm! Those brats and their filthy hater mouths need to learn a lesson and I hope someone is willing to slap the stupidity out of them. I volunteer myself!

“I’ve heard you call Walrus a little bastard about thirty times.”
“With affection,” I say.

The hate towards Moffy and his siblings is over the top, infuriating and unfair and is often what sets him off and takes him to be violent against people (read: sucky people) in public places. He loves his family and is willing to do anything in his power to make their lives easier. Moffy lives to protect his family and Farrow is paid to protect Moffy. What are they going to do now that they have more to fight for? It’s a story worth waiting for. The love story of the century!

“We’re in this shit together, and we’re going to get out together. No matter what.”

I hope we’ll see more of the siblings and the cousins in the next book. I know I want to know more about the ballet rebel with his tattoo and the rainbow brigade. Tom sounds like a very interesting guy! Things are going to get messy, and even if I’m pretty sure of that, I’m not one bit ready to see it happening! Please, gods of Asgard grant my wish, let them have the happy ending they truly deserve!

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Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

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5stars

Everyone went gaga over my smile, but they never stopped to wonder who caused it.

Title: Illegal Contact
Author: Santino Hassell
Series: The Barons #1
Good things about this book: Gavin Brawley!
Bad things about this book: Nothing, it was perfect.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

One of the sweetest love stories I’ve read in a while. Feelings all over, heart-shaped eyes all the time, so many happy giggles, and swoon moments galore. This is my kind of thing and I loved every page of it.

I know nothing about football. Really nothing. I know the word quarterback but I really don’t know what does it mean: what does a quarterback do? Catch the ball? Throw it? Who knows? Not me!

Gavin is a tight end, whatever that is, for the Barons and he is good at what he does. He is great at it! He is also great at having anger issues and getting into fights, he makes everyone mad; that’s why he is missing one whole season in house arrest and is in need of a personal assistant for all the things he can’t do but also for all the others he doesn’t really want to do. There are lots of things he doesn’t like to do: Gavin is a grumpy guy, all muscles and wit. I loved Gavin with all my heart even if I still don’t know what the hell is his role in the team. Oh, well, I think I’ll never know and I’m okay with it.

Noah was starting to look incredulous, which turned into him giving me this hilariously sassy eyebrow arch. He really was cute as hell.

Noah needs money because he is drowning in debts and, not knowing almost anything about football, Gavin thinks he is right for the job. And Noah being also cute as a button and all kinds of sexy doesn’t hurt either. Noah ogling Gavin’s body was hilarious. Gavin is built to be ogled, that’s for sure, and Noah stares without a single hint of subtlety. Who can blame him? Having Gavin all sweaty and wet, half naked and without his usual “f*ck off” mask was a thing from dreams. From everyone’s dreams.

I hated Joe, Gavin’s manager. How dare you think Noah was a gold-digger? My boy, a gold-digger? You take that back. I don’t want to catch you staring badly at Noah or being nowhere near him, you hear me? Mind your own business!

“You were working out at six in the morning?”
“How do you think I maintain the body you were just checking out?”
Heat rose to my face. “I was not checking you out. Get over yourself.”

This was supposed to be a “from enemies to lovers” story but, from the beginning, this was all about love. It was such a sweet love story and it took my breath away. It brought me feelings that made my spinster’s heart shiver. Gavin has an attitude but so does Noah and they banter quite a lot telling each other all kinds of things. They both have a big mouth and have straightforward natures, but none of their little fights were really fights. They were flirting all along and it was fun and super sexy: it was impossible for them not be attracted to each and to resist the temptation to rip each other’s clothes to shreds and do all the Kama sutra from beginning to end.

“You know I feel the same way, right?”
“Wrong.” I nipped at his thumb. “I wanna hear it. In detail. In fact, I want a sonnet.”

I loved this book more than anticipated and it wasn’t only because of the chemistry between Gavin and Noah: it was also because there was no real drama. It was all about the two of them finding more and more things about each other, growing as persons, and trying their best to be who they are in a reality that is not easy for them because of who they love. Gavin is a closeted bisexual because he doesn’t want to lose endorsements or his spot in the team: homophobia is all over sports and the poor guy can’t be who he really is and it sucks.

“I mean I want to be with you. Be the Lois to your Clark, as Simeon said.”
“I love the fact that you’re Lois.”
“I knew you would.”

Steaming scenes, sweetness all over the place, lovingly sappy stares, jealousy, love sweet love; there was really anything not to love about this book and about the beautiful ending. It was perfect!! The sequel will focus on one of Gavin’s best friends and Barons player, Simeon. He sounds adorable, all touchy freely and flirty; I can’t wait to read his story! January can’t come fast enough.

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[ARC] The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens

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5stars

He walked out of the bathroom not at all ready to face whatever was waiting for him, but totally ready to fake it.

Title: The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic
Author: F.T. Lukens
Release date: September 7th 2017
Good things about this book: Myths, magic and great characters.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, this book is precious.
Do I recommend it? Yes, wait for its release and read it.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

*ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I’m so happy I found this book. This book, THIS BOOK, made me so happy; it filled me with lots of giggles. Never underestimate a spontaneous giggle. I laughed so much out loud I freaked out my dog a little bit: he got worried about my safeness and came by my side to see if I was okay. I had so much fun reading it I want everyone to enjoy it as much as I did.

Bridger is a very sexually confused teenage boy looking for a job to pay for college. He is funny, very brave but as I said he is going through many difficulties that are going to put not few obstacles in our poor boy’s road to happiness. He found out he is bisexual and has a very obvious crush on his neighbor and high school football star, Leo. He is scared to come out, to be hated, left alone, so he plans to escape, to go far away for college. Oh boy, that idea was destined to failed from the beginning!

“I’m going to go be bisexual in my room. If that’s okay with you? Great? Great.”

Money for college means a job and Bridger lands the weirdest job he could find. He works for Pavel, the intermediary for myths of the state they live in. His job will be to assist Pavel in order to maintain the mythical world hidden from the human world. It seems something is disrupting the balance of things and Bridger’s job is going to be harder than anticipated. Pavel, who has a family made of pixies, a gorgeous werewolf and seemingly apathetic secretary, is a wonderful boss; he listens to Bridger, helps him out and gives useful advice right when he needed it. I think Pavel is magical and not only because he has magic; when he understands a pop reference he is so proud of himself and the most adorable man ever. You gotta love Pavel, he’s one of a kind!

“You have no idea the amount of research I have put into keeping up with the things you say.” Bridger smiled, despite everything.

Bridger finds himself dealing with feelings he can’t fully express and mythical creatures that need to be convinced to be elsewhere because they’re in places they shouldn’t be.

The Leo problem is only known to his best friend, Astrid; she tries to help him but if one is stubborn and more than a little afraid then there’s little she can do to make a difference. Leo (full name freaking LEONIDAS, as in this-is-Sparta Leonidas!) is adorable and he clearly flirts with Bridger every time he can; he has a crush on our boy but our boy is not ready and my heart hurt a little. I was so glad there wasn’t the dreaded misunderstanding or unnecessary love triangles but still, I was scared for them because they were so cute together and I wanted only good things for them like cuddles and many many kisses. It was the perfect romance, sweet, with a twist of mythical magic. I loved it!

“Well, if you’re going to go gay over someone, not a bad choice.”
“Astrid!” he whispered hotly. “For one, I still like girls. And two, keep your voice down!”
“Fine. If you are going to go bi, not a bad choice.”

For a moment I was genuinely scared because there were many things that could go wrong but I trusted the author to not break my heart. I was on edge until the very end and I loved loved loved how the story unfolded. It was a magnificent book and, I repeat myself, I am so happy I found it.

Go read it as soon as it comes out. It’s worth it!

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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

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

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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