Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Solitude by Anna Martin & Tia Fielding

What it’s about

When his whirlwind life in LA became too much, Liam Barton escaped to Solitude, a Utah ski resort. Not only did Liam leave his career as a gay porn star, he said good-bye to Gael Torres, his costar at Woodspring Manor Entertainment. 

Rumors run rampant that Liam is dead. But Gael doesn’t believe the gossip. Knowing something is wrong with Liam, Gael hunts him down to get his answers. 

Liam is shocked when Gael turns up in Solitude and takes up residence. To Liam's chagrin, Gael is determined to stick around to help Liam through whatever spooked him enough to run away. As Gael breaks through Liam’s armor, both men begin to realize that no matter what life throws their way, they don’t have to deal with it alone.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press

 KindleRomance’s Review

5 Stars!
Captivating writing kept me quickly turning the pages in this sweet and sexy story.  The beginning of the story is a mixture of timelines with Liam providing his POV today and Gael sharing what was happening in the past. It made for an interesting way to watch the progression of their relationship. Since they are both porn stars, and Liam is a rent boy, there is quite a bit of hot, steamy sex in this story. They also have sex with other characters on the set and outside of it. I enjoyed the glimpses into their jobs, but I was glad the story was mostly focused on their growing romance. Liam's insecurities make it hard for him to believe Gael will stick around for the long run, but Gael knows he and Liam work perfectly together. The other characters in the story really added to the plot and made everything that much more emotional. The writing style of these two authors together was flawless, and I hope they turn this story into the beginning of a series. Several other characters definitely had a story to tell.

*A copy of the book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review*

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Texas Twist (Texas Montgomery Mavericks #4) by Cynthia D'Alba

What it’s about

Real bad boys can grow up to be real good men.

Hit hard by the death of her parents, Paige Ryan needs to figure out what to do with her life. She moves to Whispering Springs, Texas, to be near her step-brother. But just as she starts to get her life on track, the last man she ever wanted to see again sends it right back off the rails.

Cash Montgomery was on the cusp of having it all. Three bull riding titles, fame, fortune and respect from his family. Until a bad bull leaves him injured, angry and searching for comfort at the bottom of a bottle. With nowhere to go, he moves into his sister-in-law's old ranch house in Whispering Springs which he's surprised to find already occupied.

As Cash rebuilds the dilapidated home and Paige starts out on her medical career, their old friendship begins to reemerge and sparks are ignited. Paige knows that Cash is nothing but a heartache waiting to happen. But maybe this bad boy has grown up to be a real good man?

Warning: Watch out for falling lumber, falling in holes, and falling for the wrong guy again. You can leave your hard hat on.

 Kathleen & Karla's Dual Review

What worked

Kathleen says: Once again Cynthia D’Alba penned a book that included characters from all the previous books in this series. The whole Montgomery family is front and center and I loved how they are always there for each other.
The story line and characters were so good that my feeling and emotions were engaged throughout the entire read. I found myself laughing, smiling, mad and sad; I even shed a few tears along the way.

Karla says: The family element! It's done really well, and it doesn't just involve the immediate family, but extended family members and friends.
The circumstances that bring Cash and Paige back together, and for that matter the reasons that pulled them apart. They both need some healing from horrific events that touched their lives, but it also gave them a chance to mend their relationship. They were both very young when they explored each other the first time. Cash was Paige's crush, and she was a hopeful dream for him. He hurt her when he walked away, but considering where they were at in their lives, it was the best thing to do. They both needed to mature, find their way, and although tragedy brought them back together, it also made them realize the value of a second chance and what they could have with each other!

What didn’t work

Kathleen says: I’m not sure if this is the last book in this series but once again for me, I would have LOVED if this book would have included an epilogue.

Karla says
: The crazed guy in the clinic. I did quite understand the purpose of that scene.
The ending was a quick finish and a little disappointing, especially after what happened prior to the conclusion. However, I felt that Paige and Cash got their happily ever after, and I'm sure if there are more books in this series, we'll no doubt see this adorable couple again.

Best scene(s)
Kathleen says: I adored the scene where Cash took on an abandoned puppy. I also loved when Paige was reunited with her horse Lady Jane Grey which she had not seen in 7 years. This made me love Cash and Paige’s characters even more.
The picnic at Cash’s mom and dad’s Bar M Ranch. The hayloft scene was SCORCHING! And later on while everyone was eating there was a particular scene that was really hilarious, LOVED IT!
Near the end something happens that has Paige in danger. This scene was gripping and I was glued to the pages. This is when Cash finally realizes just how much Paige means to him.

Karla says: I can't really pinpoint one scene in particular, but I liked the everyday normal times that Paige and Cash spent together. Chatting over breakfast, cooking dinner, Cash working on the house, Paige making cookies, having fun with Ruby and Buster...like an old married couple. I enjoyed the comfort they found in these times and that they didn't feel the need to torment each other and create unnecessary angst.

Favorite character(s)
Kathleen says: This is hard for me because I really LOVED Paige but in the end, I’d have to say my favorite character was Cash. In the beginning he was full of pity for himself, doing things that were not good. As the story moved along his behavior starting changing and by the end of the book he became the hero I always crave in my romances.

Karla says: Cash! One minute he's on top of the world and the next he's under the hooves of a bull. Once he set his mind to it, he didn't waver on his decision to recover from the deep hole he buried himself in. He found something else he was good at and moved forward. He found joy in the little things in life. He had heart the size of Texas and absolutely no ego considering his celebrity, and that was the sexiest thing about him! I love a man who doesn't realize how amazing he really is!

Overall Thoughts
Kathleen says: Texas Twist was a REALLY good read. I thought the story line and characters were so well done that I was totally invested in this book from the first to the last page. This book also includes some VERY HOT sex/love scenes, which is always a plus for me. I love the way this whole series flows from book to book including all the characters in each read. Even though there was not an epilogue, I still had a grin on my face at the conclusion of this book. ~ BIG 4 TEXAS STARS!

Karla says: I've really come to enjoy this series and Texas Twist was a standout! So much of the story hit my "I like" buttons; childhood crush, second chance at love, overcoming tragedy, slow build to intimacy, two cute animals (Ruby and Buster), plenty of dialogue, amusing moments, an emotional connection to the characters and their plight, and the way family and friends played a huge part in the storyline. I was thrilled to catch up with all the characters from the previous books and meet the new members of their families. So in my book Texas Twist is a winner!!

I'm hoping that the series will continue, because there are a few characters (Marc, Leo, Magda...maybe Noah??) that I would love to read about. I'm also wondering what will happen with Jason and Lydia? Will they stay together or part ways? Their relationship is questionable at best. Not sure what Cynthia D'Alba has planned for them, but I'm trusting we find out and that she continues to expand on this enjoyable series. ~ 4.5 Stars!

Kathleen and Karla both say: If you're a fan of Lorelei James Rough Rider series like we are, then give the Texas Montgomery Mavericks a shot! While this series is unique in its own respect, it has a lot of what we both love about the RR series; hot cowboys, the family connection, great storytelling, and steamy sex!! Cynthia D'Alba has done something special with the Texas Montgomery Mavericks and we think it's worth a read!!

*A copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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