Mini Reviews #1

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I swear to God I didn’t give the ratings for the sole purpose of making them look like a descending pyramid. 


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Title: Yours For The Holiday 

Author: DJ Jamison 

Genre: M/M Holiday Romance

  3 stars

Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis

Fresh off a break-up, Remy is in no mood to share a room with his brother’s best friend during a holiday stay at home. Jason Hendricks has always treated him like a little brother to tease and taunt, all the more embarrassing because Remy has secretly crushed on the jerk since puberty. But when Jason confides he’s bisexual, Remy realizes the crush he loves to hate could be the perfect rebound.

Jason has always found Remy appealing. He didn’t handle his attraction well when he was younger, but now Remy’s a grown man and Jason’s no longer afraid of his feelings. Some playful flirtation sounds like a great way to spend Thanksgiving break, but he’s not prepared for Remy’s newfound sex appeal or his decision to make Jason his rebound fling. Jason doesn’t want to risk fallout with a family that’s always been there for him, but he’s not sure he can resist.

When the two part ways, they don’t plan to stay in touch, but soon they’re texting, trading sexy pictures and helping each other cope with family drama. Remy agrees to be his for the holiday, continuing their secret fling over Christmas, but Jason knows that won’t be enough. He’ll have to find the courage to be open and honest with his best friend — and the whole Wells family — if he wants a chance at love in the new year.

Yours For the Holiday is a great lighthearted read for those looking for M/M holiday romance sprinkled with some snow.

The story is centered around the best-friend’s sibling to lovers trope and I loved it for that. The narration doesn’t simply begin to explore the romantic aspect of the story, it takes the time to let the history of Remy and Jason take the front space. Jason is Remy’s elder brother’s best-friend and have always been there in Remy’s life, mostly for the pranks he and Derek used to pull off on poor Remy. It’s nice to see how both of them grow out from these past instances and evolve their feelings for each in a steady manner. 

I appreciate the queer factor of the story very much. Remy is openly gay, have always been, and is fresh out of a break up. I liked how things weren’t purposefully made different simply because he was gay; Remy had his heart broken and it was evident while he was over for Thanksgiving. Jason has always been a straight guy but recently came to terms with his sexual preferences and has labelled himself as bisexual. Again, there wasn’t unnecessary cliches shoved at this point; Jason’s fear of coming out to people he has always known and always appeared straight to is involuntarily evident and completely natural. He had been raised in a dysfunctional family and had no clue how his surrogate family–the Wells–would react to his label, especially when he wanted to be associated with Remy Wells.

The steamy scenes were well written and weren’t just for the sake of it. The kisses developed their relationship and they fell in love with each other gradually. A few exchanges and conversations were funny and added a pinch of humor to the overall plot.

Having said that, I didn’t understand why Derek’s break up took the spotlight for a few pages or why that break up was even included. It didn’t do anything to propel the plot forward, especially nothing in the context of Jason or Remy and I was a tad bit disappointed at that point.

Overall, I would recommend this to all those who are looking for a quick, cute gay romance with steamy scenes warming up the cold weather and HEA that would delight you. 

Disclaimer: I received a digital ARC from the Signal Boost Promotions in exchange of an honest review. Thank you Rachel and DJ Jamison! 

Review also on Goodreads.More about the Author.


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Title: A Drop Of Paradise

Author: Alex L. Michaels

Genre: Adult Romance

2 stars

Goodreads | Amazon 

Synopsis:

A woman of words! A man of action! One hot mess!

She needs peace and quiet. He’s a distraction.
She wants to be left alone. He’s inevitable.
She has a writer’s block. He might be the cure.

The only thing Jessica Slade wanted was some peace and quiet, and to finally finish her book.

So, a place called A Drop of Paradise was supposed to do the trick. With its stunning sandy beaches, crystal clear, aquamarine waters and tropical sunsets, it was supposed to cure more than a writer’s block. But, when an unfortunate series of events leaves her stranded on a remote island with an overbearing, arrogant, roguish, but ruggedly handsome stranger, her life starts to seem much more like the romance novels that she writes about. 
Broad-shouldered Mike Stone is irresistible, sexy and cooler than a mojito in your hand, and maybe even a perfect, muscled ideal for the cover of her next novel, but not all the imagination in the world could prepare her for what can happen between two strangers on a spit of sand, when sparks start to fly and anger turns to lust.

A Drop of Paradise is a predictable story with only the steamy scenes that made it a good read.

I knew from the blurb itself that it would be one of those predictable tropes but it isn’t as cheesy as I’d expected it to be; a point for that. Both the characters, Mike and Jessica, were completely opposite to each other. While one was a writer and had her book’s perfect boyfriend, David, to raise up her expectations of a partner, Mike was a captain of a boat and lived life at his own pace.

The humor and interactions in the story were realistic and gave a life to the story. There was loads of teasing, intense kisses and sexual tension build-ups, they were genuinely the best part of the book. In fact, the entire romance aspect of the story makes it worth reading, especially for those who love the hate-to-love trope and live for the cute banter and playful provocations.

Having said that, there weren’t emotions that I could feel in the story and many things could’ve been well avoided; there were twists and turns that didn’t propel the story forward and merely increased the word count. Furthermore, like I’ve already mentioned, the story was predictable so the twists and turns didn’t favor the story in any manner, for me.

I would recommend this to those looking for a light, quick read for pleasure and some sexy scenes that can actually make it worth reading.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book as a part of the author’s promotional strategy but that in no way influences my rating or opinions.

Review also on Goodreads.More about the Author.


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Title: Storm and Silence

Author: Robert Thier

Genre: Historical Romance 

1 star

Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis: 

Freedom—that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!
But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end—until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever…

Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money!

Maybe this book just wasn’t for me. This line probably shows more romance than the entire story. I’d started reading this book on Wattpad when it was first posted on there and regardless to say, I hadn’t come around to finishing it because there were ton of things that didn’t make sense to me. Then this was published last year. And now my cousin has a paperback copy of this book so I thought, why not give it another chance?

Now, hear me out. I‘ve read some amazing works on Wattpad; both that would make some great published books and those that are already published because they were great. But this book wasn’t any of those, for me.

There isn’t much I can even say because the book didn’t make me feel anything. I was left frustrated and merely annoyed but not angry or sad. It was almost like I knew where the story was being headed but didn’t expect it to take such a torturous route to the ending–and by torturous, I mean no route at all. As for the romance aspect of the story, nah, that didn’t work for me either and the fact that Lilly had used the word ‘chauvinist’, to describe men, probably over hundred times in the name of being a feminist was the trigger point to give this book the rating and a vow to not read the rest of the series.

I don’t do this often but I won’t be recommending this to anyone.

Review also on Goodreads.More about the Author.


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