Friday, April 22, 2016

5 Star Book Review: Phase Shift (Chaos Station #5)

Title: Phase Shift (Chaos Station #5)

Author: Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

Publisher/GR Link: Carina Press

Genre: MM Science Fiction

Vice: Spaceships, PTSD, Injury

Rating: 5 Stars- 5+ for this series

Lock this book up: 3 keys…this is a sexy companion to the series

Length: Novel

Satisfaction: HEA+

Cover Impressions: I love it.  I love the look of the whole series.

Best Line: “I’m more than okay.”

Synopsis: Zander and Felix’s relationship has always pushed boundaries—personal and professional alike—but their love and commitment is stronger than ever. So strong that Zander’s ready to ask commitment-shy Felix the question of a lifetime when he’s interrupted. The Chaos is being hacked, and crucial, top secret information about the project that created Zander—and his fellow super soldiers—has been leaked.

Neither man could have expected the enormity of what’s discovered at the end of the data trail: an entire colony of super soldiers run by the very doctor who changed Zander’s life forever. And now she needs them both—Zander to train her new crop of soldiers, and Felix’s new crystalline arm to stabilize their body chemistry.

With help from the unlikeliest of allies, Zander, Felix and the Chaos crew must destroy the project and all its ill-gotten information. But when the team is split up and Felix is MIA after a dangerous run, galactic disaster is a very real possibility…and Zander may have missed his chance to ask for forever.

Impressions: I have not been shy about my unwavering love for this series.  This book is a perfect culmination to an amazing series.  This is definitely one of my favorite science fiction series of all time, and one of my favorite series in general.  I have never read a book where the world building is so thorough and complete that I immediately feel like I am along for every part of the wild ride. 

In this book, sadly the last in the series, Zed and Flick face horrible challenges, and yet their love and connection remains unwavering, and in fact it is essential to their survival and fight.

I was pulled right into the action in the story, and I loved seeing Zed and Flick be able to depend on each other and their connection.  I love the cast of amazing secondary characters, and it was good to revisit them again too.

I am so sad to see this series end, but I know that I will be revisiting it again in the future.  If you haven’t read book 1 yet, grab it now and set aside a few days to power read the whole series.  You won’t want to stop!

Highly recommended!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Reviews: In the Privacy of their Home

Title: In the Privacy of their Home

Author: R.A. Padmos

Publisher/GR Link: Manifold Press, GR

Genre: MM Historical

Vice: Closets, 1960’s

Rating: 5 Stars

Lock this book up:3 keys, the sex is sweet and sexy and supports the love story. 

Length: Novel (Short novel)

Satisfaction: HEA

Cover Impressions: Classy

Synopsis: Dylan’s life is regulated and precise, and as a gay man in the England of the 1960s it’s also necessarily secretive; the law regarding homosexuality may have changed, but unfortunately society’s attitudes are slow to catch up. Meeting Max – younger and less inhibited – is a shock to Dylan’s system; suddenly his world, which has been black and white, explodes into vivid colour. But loving Max is not without difficulty; Max is an artist, talented and ambitious, and there’s no way someone as ordinary as Dylan can hold on to him for long … or is there?

Impressions:  This was a really amazing book, and something out of the ordinary.  This is a moving, beautiful story of love in a time that, though not that many years ago, can seem like a life time ago.  Dylan lives a predictable and very lonely life.  When he meets Max, that loneliness starts to evolve into friendship, and then love.  How do these men navigate love in a time when it can literally cost them their freedom?  How do they learn how to love when there are almost no models of the relationships they want and deserve?

This book reminded me of the movie A Solitary Man but it left me with a smile on my face.  This was beautiful.  I’ve read other things by this author, and I will be sure to add the rest to my TBR pile ASAP.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Book Review: Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert

Title: Knit Tight

Author: Annabeth Albert

Publisher/GR Link: Lyrical Shine, GR

Genre: MM Contemporary

Vice: Bisexuality, Knitting, Care taking

Rating: 5 Stars

Lock this book up: 3 keys.  The sex is hot and supported by the story line

Length: Short Novel

Satisfaction: HEA

Cover Impressions: Adorable!

Synopsis: One of Portland’s hottest young baristas, Brady is famous for his java-topping flair, turning a regular cup of joe into a work of art. Every Wednesday—aka “Knit Night”—hordes of women and their needles descend on the coffeehouse, and Brady’s feeling the heat. Into the fray walks a tall, dark, and distractingly handsome stranger from New York. His name is Evren, and he’s the sexy nephew of Brady’s sweetest customer, the owner of the yarn shop down the street. He’s also got a killer smile, confident air, and masculine charm that’s tying Brady’s stomach in knots. The smitten barista can’t wait to see him at the next week’s gathering. But when he tries to ask Evren out, his plans unravel faster than an unfinished edge. If Brady hopes to warm up more than Evren’s coffee, he’ll have to find a way to untangle their feelings, get out of the friend zone, and form a close-knit bond that’s bound to last a lifetime…

Impressions:  I have loved this series from book 1, and this was no exception.  Ev and Brady were a perfect match.  As a full time single mom/teacher who sometimes doesn’t know how she will ever fit a relationship into her life, I totally identified with Brady, and I loved watching him balance real life responsibilities with the draw he feels towards Ev.  I also really loved Ev’s dedication to his aunt, and I was so intrigued by him that I wanted even more of his backstory.

This was a great book that wrapped me up and knitted a warm blanket of love and family around me as I read it.  Don’t miss this, or any of the others in the series!

Highly Recommended