As You Wish (Shatterproof Bond #1) by Isobel Starling

This was another one of those books where I can’t quite decide if the good outweighs the bad. Almost the entire read I thought it was the former but then the book just… ended. It wasn’t a cliff-hanger, that wasn’t it at all. It was more like the story never took off in the first place.

Synopsis: Sam Aiken and Declan Ramsay have written to each other a year before they meet the first time. They’re to share the responsibility of being best men to the groom when Sam’s sister marries Declan’s brother. Declan knows Sam is gay, but he isn’t prepared to be attracted to him. Declan’s straight, that’s something he’d never questioned before Sam. But as the two men connect, in more ways than one, they know they only have a week before their obligations will separate them again.

I’ve heard lots of praise for the Shatterproof Bond series, so when the box set was on offer I bought it. And I did like As You Wish. The characters, their chemistry. It had great potential and I was just waiting for a direction to story, for the plot to be revealed. Only there wasn’t any.

There’s plenty to enjoy about the book though. Not least the Declan and Sam nakey-fest. And since most of the story takes place in Scotland, during a wedding, there are kilts involved. Kilts! I’d say this story is worth reading for that reason alone. Almost.

I know this is a series, and the first installment needs to lay the groundwork for the following ones, but still. Even though I liked both Sam and Declan – a lot – that’s not enough in itself, not even with all the sizzling shenanigans those two got up two. So, I haven’t completely written off Shatterproof Bond yet. I’ll continue with Illuminate the Shadows, the next in the series, to see if there is a plot. And I really hope there is because I would love to see more of Sam and Declan. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed with the aimless storytelling of As You Wish.

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24. October 2020 by swedishgirl
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A Matter of Time (A Matter of Time #1 and #2) by Mary Calmes

I can’t really say if I love or hate A Matter of Time or – as I like to call it The adventures of Jory, a gay airhead. What is clear though, is that it’s as entertaining as it is irritating. Because the protagonist is just too stupid.

Synopsis: This is the story about Jory Keyes, a young gay man who happens to witness a murder. And even though the murderer and his companions have sworn to kill Jory, Jory refuses to go into protective custody despite the police trying to convince him. Instead, Jory goes on with his life as nothing happened, partying with his friends almost every night. Detective Sam Kage is determined to protect Jory however, but it also turns out the detective has a more personal interest in the young man. Sam isn’t out and has no intention of coming out, but he still wants Jory.

What made me finish the story was that Jory was so bloody endearing. He may be dumb as a post, but he’s so cute and kind you just have to forgive him. He’s like an adorable puppy that keeps peeing on the floor. On the one hand you want to throw him out until he’s been potty-trained, but on the other, he’s too cute to stay mad at.

In fact, nothing in this story would have happened if Jory was smart. But I just can’t decide if it’s on purpose or not. The first book starts out with Jory calling himself the poster-child of ADHD and that his biggest flaw is his way of tuning out in the middle of conversations. So it could absolutely be intentional on Calmes’ part. Because in every other sense, Jory is perfect. He’s beautiful as an angel and everyone loves him, or want to fuck him, or both. And since nothing is more boring than perfection, Jory’s flaw must obviously be a low IQ.

Yeah, that must be it.

Also. In order to enjoy A Matter of Time, you need to be able to overlook not only Jory’s stupidity, but also the most idiotic dialogues ever written. I lost track of how many conversations that went something like this:

Any other person: But why did you do that?

Jory: What?

Any other person: What?

Jory: What?

Any other person: What do you mean what?

Jory: I don’t know.

Any other person: Can’t you tell me?

Jory: Tell you what?

Okay, I admit, I’m paraphrasing here, but you get the gist of it. I’ve never encountered a book where “what” was used to such an extent in dialogues. And as if that’s not enough. Probably half of the dialogues in book 1 and 2 consisted of Jory and (insert name) lobbing questions at each other without anyone ever answering them.

So yes. This is an excruciatingly irritating story. And it’s bloody hilarious – without meaning to. So either way I couldn’t help to be thoroughly entertained. Meaning, despite all its flaws, it’s still a 3-star read. With less inane dialogue, it would be a 4-star though.

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20. October 2020 by swedishgirl
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Resisting Rein (Gilcrest University Guys #3) by M.E. Parker

I’ve been waiting for this book ever since I devoured the first two books in the Gilcrest University Guys series. Those two gave me the worst book hangover, and I had almost given up hope that there would ever be a story for Cameron.

This is a mix of the fake-boyfriend, first-time-gay and brother’s-best-friend tropes. It’s made even more delicious by a good helping of sexytimes. And I adored this book. I consumed it pretty much in one sitting and I’m praying the second (and final) part of Cam’s and Rein’s story will be available soon.

Synopsis: Cameron – Cam – Ansley and Rein Davenport have an agreement. Namely, Cameron has signed a contract agreeing to act as Rein’s boyfriend in order to get the press, and Rein’s father, to leave Rein alone. That Rein isn’t gay, that he’s Cameron’s brother’s best friend and a total ass to boot are minor details in the grand scheme of things. Only, he’s sexy AF and Cameron starts to develop the very thing he despises the most – feelings. It doesn’t help that Rein is sending mixed signals either.

This is a dual POV story, so you get Rein’s perspective as well. But Cam still feels like the main character. Which probably isn’t surprising considering he’s been a part of the series from the start.

Cameron is prickly and snarky as hell, and he hadn’t completely won me over in the first two installments. But getting the story from his viewpoint and getting to understand where he came from made all the difference. His hurt was heart-wrenching and that snark and seeming detachment was obviously a self preservation tactic.

Strangely enough, even though there are some darker elements to this story (abusive and bigoted father, grief for a dead brother and mother), it’s still a light-hearted and hopeful read. So yes, I got misty-eyed on occasion, but mostly I just loved the general warmth and heartening feel of Cam’s friends and family. His uncles especially, were so awesome! And his friends always had Cam’s back. Even though I did find it sad that he kept them so much in the dark. They’re like his chosen, adopted family, and he still doesn’t dare rely on them fully.

So basically, it’s a bit bittersweet to follow Cameron’s growing affection for Rein. He’s fighting it all the way and even in the end he hasn’t accepted what they’ve grown to mean for each other. But it’s still a very fulfilling HFN ending and I can’t wait to read the second part of their story, Reaching Rein.

Anyway. Technically, this could be read as a stand alone. But if you haven’t already read book #1 and #2, you’re seriously missing out! So read them all and thank me later!

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17. October 2020 by swedishgirl
Categories: 4-star, Delicious smut, M/M, Romance | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

Cold Hard Cash (Cold Hard Cash #1) by K.L. Hiers

So here’s an interesting book. It’s rated at 4.4 on Amazon, 4.15 on Goodreads and a whopping 4.8 on Bookbub.

And yet, this is terrible storytelling. Awful really.

It’s labelled as a dark, mafia romance. It’s about a young bisexual man who – not so wisely – borrows a quarter of a million dollars from the mob to pay for a lawyer to get his wrongfully sentenced father out of jail. Then, when not being able to pay his debt, he offers himself up as payment to the gay, mafia kingpin – Boss Cold.

Yes it’s an incredibly cheezy plot-line. But no matter the story, talented writers can pull that off without a problem. Unfortunately, this in not the case for Cold Hard Cash.

This story is like a massive compilation of my top no-nos. To name a few:

  1. The author writes about something she doesn’t know anything about (the mafia) and it shows. So instead of doing research on the subject and trying to construct a credible sub-plot about the rivaling Luchesi mafia family, only a few non-crucial scenes are actually included in the story. Most of the “mafia-events” are only re-told, glossed over and described after-the-fact. It’s obviously easier for the author but makes the writing way too much high school creative writing class.

  2. The characters are more or less stereotypes. There’s nothing interesting or surprising about them and they are all very superficially portrayed. Jimmy is the young, beautiful and trusting puppy-dog. Boss Cold is the hard, in-control older guy who’s unfeeling on the surface but shows his tender side to a selected few.

  3. The start of the read is embarrassingly stilted and uncomfortably rushed. It was poorly written in that obvious way where it’s only there because it’s necessary in order to get to the good stuff, i.e. the whoring out to the mob boss.

  4. The naïveté of Jimmy is astounding. And by naïveté I actually mean stupidity. He borrows insane amounts of money from a mafia loan-shark with no plan whatsoever as how to pay it back. It would have been so easy to invent a story, any story, where Jimmy originally had a plan for paying his debt but then something happened to thwart that. But no. Stupidity was the way to go apparently.

  5. Insta-love. Well, one-sided insta-love at least. Within a few days of Jimmy meeting Cold, he claims to love him. And not soon after that, he seems to be planning to grow old together with Cold. *shudders*

It’s not the writing per se that is the problem, it’s the story-telling that’s painfully lacking. The plot is crude, naïve and unlikely. There’s no character development at all. All of the characters are more or less one-dimensional. And the main character is nothing but a silly, silly boy.

I can’t understand how this book has gotten so good ratings, or even gotten published.

So to conclude, I strongly recommend you stay clear of this read.

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14. October 2020 by swedishgirl
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The Art of Murder series by Josh Lanyon

So, I might have become slightly obsessed with Josh Lanyon’s mystery/suspense novels…

I’ve been listening my way through the four installments of her The Art of Murder series and since the fifth one won’t be released until next year, I’ve continued on with The Adrien English Mysteries series. To say that I’m completely captivated is an understatement.

The Art of Murder books are – so far – The Mermaid Murders, The Monet Murders, The Magician Murders and The Monuments Men Murders. The main character is Jason West, a Special Agent at the Arts Crime Team of the FBI. And despite the arts-y focus of his work, Jason keeps stumbling into murder investigations.

In The Mermaid Murders, Jason is temporarily paired with the legendary Special Agent Sam Kennedy in an investigation that seems eerily similar to one of Kennedy’s previous cases, the capture of a serial-killer called The Huntsman. Even as Jason and Sam butt heads on the job, that animosity translates to another kind of passion when they fall into bed.

In The Monet Murders, Jason’s and Sam’s respective cases converge. Sam’s investigating the murder of an art dealer. An art dealer who also appears to be connected to the art gallery Jason’s currently investigating for fraud.

In The Magician Murders, Jason and Sam are visiting Sam’s mother in Wyoming while Jason is recuperating from being hit by a car. Despite Jason’s injuries, he’s pulled into the investigation of the theft of a huge art collection from a local magician. The same magician who’s soon found hanging upside down from a tree. Murdered.

In The Monuments Men Murders, Jason is following a lead on a veritable trove of stolen art from WWII. He’s heading the investigating despite his grandfather being implicated as a possible complicit to the thefts. Jason is determined to prove his grandfather innocent, at the same time the stress of having acquired a dangerous stalker is taking its toll.

What I find so utterly engaging with this series (and, to be honest, Lanyon’s writing in general) is the delicious and perfect combination of classic detective mystery with compelling, in-depth, character development and the complicated relationship between the two love interests. Each book covers a new and intriguing case while there’s still an underlying long-term plot continuing throughout the series. Add to that the ups and downs of a romantic entanglement between two colleagues and it’s pretty much perfection.

These stories are exclusively told from Jason’s viewpoint which makes the portrayal of his and Sam’s relationship all the more frustrating. Sam’s gruff as hell, and often appears to be a complete ass. Yet he always manages to redeem himself. It’s an emotional roller-coaster of the very best kind and Lanyon made me feel it all together with Jason. Throughout this series I’ve been mad, sad, joyous and horny. All depending on Jason’s mindset – and Sam’s level of ass-holery. It was awesome.

I can’t recommend this series enough. Just read (or listen) to it. Now.

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10. October 2020 by swedishgirl
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Love Always, Wild by A.M. Johnson

Release date: October 8th

The first two chapters of Love Always, Wild slayed me. They were like a punch to the gut. I thought I was prepared, but apparently I wasn’t. Johnson’s stories are always emotional. Her writing always hurts. It’s raw and tragic and honest. In other words, brilliant but painful.

Synopsis: This is the story about Wilder and Jaxon, their love, their separation and their fight for each other. The story starts with a prologue of Wilder and Jax in College. Wilder is out, Jax is not. But they’re in love. Then everything changes in the worst possible way. The story continues in present day, nine years later, with Wilder not knowing what happened to Jax so many years ago. Wilder’s a newly published author and his book about his and Jax’ secret relationship has become a bestseller. Meanwhile Jax, who’s been trapped by circumstance and prejudice, stumbles across Wilder’s book and decides to risk contacting him.

After the first two chapters, the story lightened up a bit. But Wilder’s life in present day, even as a successful writer with close and loyal friends, is still empty since he’s never managed to get over Jax. Then, a guy – “Jordan” who’s read his book – sends an e-mail, and Wilder answers. They start writing each other and even though Jordan is a total stranger, Wilder connects with him in a way he hasn’t connected with anyone in a long time. But the sense of betrayal and shock when Wilder discovers Jordan’s true identity is heartbreaking.

Love Always, Wild is very different from Johnson’s earlier books. Her usual, almost poetic, writing style is missing. This read is more straight forward and blunt. Also, the nooky is explicit as heck – which is not at all Johnson’s usual M.O. But it’s safe to say I liked it!

This is a beautiful story. Tragic, but also hopeful. I loved it. I loved Wilder in particular. So strong on the surface but with the old hurt from Jax’s disappearance keeping him from trusting and loving again. I had more trouble with Jax. Maybe it was because I couldn’t really understand the choices he made.

Religion is central to the storyline of Love Always, Wild. And I can readily admit that the society Johnson describes in the American south might as well have been on another planet, it seems so alien to me. Alien, or something from the the 1950’s. And I have no way of knowing if such close-minded, sanctimonious hypocrisy is an actual thing, or if it’s just used for dramatic effect. If it’s the former, then that’s bloody tragic. But either way, the fact that some kind of twisted, hateful, so called faith, was the reason for Jax’s and Wilder’s separation made me pretty mad.

And it’s too far removed from my own reality for me to really accept such narrow-mindedness as an acceptable excuse for Jax to cut ties with Wilder.

But it’s the ‘promise to God’ thing that in the end lowered my opinion of this read, from a 5-star to a 4-star. I have very little patience for religion when it’s of the denouncing and hateful kind. And I thought the story lost quite a bit of credibility with that small detail. I just couldn’t see Jax as a person believing in the kind of God that would condemn him for the way he was born.

That being said, Love Always, Wild is still a beautiful romance with a love-conquers-all ending, and I highly recommend it for those who need the HEA but can handle angst and tears in the middle.

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05. October 2020 by swedishgirl
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The Difference Between by Leta Blake/Blake Moreno

The Difference Between is a dark as hell story. I picked it because I needed something to balance out all the sugar I’ve consumed lately, and also, it came highly recommended.

However, I didn’t finish it. At 60% in, I gave up. I won’t waste my time reading stuff I don’t enjoy.

Synopsis: The story is about Wade, a young, gay man, who’s kidnapped, tortured and sexually abused by an ex lover. After his rescue, the story goes on describing how a deeply traumatized Wade is trying to take back control of his life. By his side is his boyfriend/partner, Russ, who’s willing to do anything to help the man he loves. And what the book focus on is some kind of sex-therapy where Wade and Russ are slowly trying to overcome Wade’s newly instilled fear of intimacy and physical pleasure.

In theory, this is a viable plotline. And Blake can no doubt write. So the problem isn’t the execution as such, it’s the extreme focus on sex that bored me to death.

The story started with Wade’s kidnapping and the horrific events that followed. It was nauseating, but absolutely sucked me in. I wanted to keep reading and was eager to get to know about Wade’s rescue. But the details about that were few and the overall description vague.

Yet, I still wanted to keep reading to learn how Wade coped, and finally emerged stronger in the end. And that’s when the sex-therapy began.

I like reading smut. And there is no such thing as too much good smut. But this isn’t good. The never-ending, detailed, descriptions of Wade’s and Russ’ therapy-sexing was extremely off-putting and also boring to boot because of the sheer amount.

I’m sure some readers view this story as a beautiful description of two lovers working together through sexual healing (Yup, Marvin Gaye must have influenced Blake somehow) to overcome the fear caused by abuse. But to me it just seemed so clinical and felt mostly like mechanics; A tongue here, a hand there, suck, lick, nibble and rub.

This story could have been great if it hadn’t been focused only on the sexual aspect of Wade’s and Russ’ relationship. If that had been the case, I probably would have finished the book. But as it is, this story is only a 2-star to me. The writing is excellent though, so the overall grade will still have to be a 3.

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30. September 2020 by swedishgirl
Categories: Crappy smut, Dark, DNF - Did not finish, M/M | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on The Difference Between by Leta Blake/Blake Moreno

Face Offs & Cheap Shots by Eden Finley & Saxon James

Release date: October 5th

This was a true happy-read.

The entire book, I just felt all warm inside. Sure, there’s snark and banter. And there’s a heck of a lot of sexytimes. But mostly it’s just an altogether feel-good story of two guys falling in love. And I highly recommend it to anyone needing a pick-me-up.

Synopsis: Jacobs and Beck are hockey teammates and have always been rivals. Jacobs, attending Colchester University on a Hockey scholarship, despises Beck for his entitled and carefree way of never worrying about consequences. Beck is determined to enjoy himself during College. And one of his favourite pastimes is to get under Jacobs’ skin. They’re both determined to win the Team Captain title, but when its to be decided by a vote, their immature teammates decide to make it into a competition. Jacobs and Beck are all in, even when one of the challenges is a game of gay chicken. Only, neither Jacobs or Beck had expected kissing the other would be so damn hot.

So this is a delicious merge of tropes. Enemies-to-lovers. College sports romance. Gay/bi awakening. The rich and the poor.

As usual, Finley’s and Saxon’s books are dual POVs so you’re allowed into the heads of both Jacobs and Beck. And I’m amazed how the lady writers managed to make both Jacobs and Beck appear so imperfectly perfect. Jacobs has a gargantuan chip on his shoulder, yet he’s so likable, if a bit uptight. And Beck is indeed super irritating, but his heart is in the right place.

The story really takes off with the first of the challenges. And then, when Beck and Jacobs kiss… It’s epic. And while they both struggle with their own reactions to that kiss, the cause isn’t mainly because they liked kissing another dude. It’s their reaction to the person and not the sex that makes them confused and have them questioning themselves. And that’s so refreshing and hopeful. You can’t help but get all gooey over it.

And then, when the guys are forced together during their competition and during training, and start to realize that they’re actually attracted to each other, there are no major angsty moments over being gay. They sort of just jump right in and it’s awesome. Yes, the nakey is super-hot (thank you Finley and James!), but it’s more than that. Jacobs and Beck embrace their new reality and just go with it. Of course, they have their doubts, and it’s a long while until they dare admit there’s more than just chemistry between them.

But it wasn’t only the progression of the guys’ relationship that got to me. Their families also did me in, just in different ways. Jacobs’ big, welcoming family was awesome. I would so have liked a few more chapters about them. Beck’s family was trickier, but his sister was the best, and in the end the conflict with his dad was resolved in a great way without it feeling forced.

I’m actually a bit dumbfounded that I loved this book as much as I did. Because I generally like more drama to spice up my reads. And Face Offs & Cheap Shots is just so utterly sweet and wholesome (yes, I absolutely consider sweaty, hot shenanigans to be wholesome). But whatever the reason, Beck and Jacobs – Teddy and Topher – were the absolute cutest.

When I think about it, one of the main reasons this story made me so happy was probably the complete lack of homophobia. This was just a lovestory. And (almost) nobody had issues with it being two guys falling for each other. Granted, bigotry makes for great dramatics, and I usually like my protagonists to suffer a bit before their HEA. But this story just made me feel so bloody happy.

To think that this is the kind of world we could live in.

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27. September 2020 by swedishgirl
Categories: 5-star reads, Delicious smut, M/M, Romance, Sweet sweeter sweetest | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Face Offs & Cheap Shots by Eden Finley & Saxon James

The All’s Fair series by Josh Lanyon

So here’s a quick recommendation for a great series I’ve just binge listened my way through the last couple of days. It’s the All’s Fair series, by Josh Lanyon, that had me totally hooked. It’s a three installment series; Fair Game, Fair Play and Fair Chance. Despite the uninspired and generic titles, they’re actually awesome stories.

The series main character is the former FBI agent Elliot Mills. After a crippling injury, he left the bureau and is now working as a College history professor.

In Fair Game, Elliot agrees to look into the disappearance of the son of a family friend. This forces him back in contact with agent Tucker Lance, Elliot’s former lover and the agent in charge of the missing person’s case. And while old feelings are re-awakened, Elliot has unwittingly caught the interest of a serial-killer.

 

In Fair Play, someone tries to kill Elliot’s father in order to prevent him from publishing his memoirs. There’s arson, cross-bow shootings and former peace activist shenanigans. The events from Fair Game aren’t forgotten but they’re not the main focus here.

In Fair Chance, the series finale, the serial killer angle is back in full force and this was by far the most intense of the three books. Not only because of the plot developments but because at this point I had gotten way more invested in Elliot and Tucker and had my heart in my throat for fear of their happily ever after being thwarted.    

Each book has a distinct ending and case conclusion, but the events of each installment still meld together nicely, forming a cohesive, overall storyline. It’s great really.

Suspense isn’t my favourite genre, but there’s no denying that paired with romance it can be bloody brilliant. And the All’s Fair series is captivating. It’s mystery. It’s nail-biting suspense. It’s crazy murderers. And it’s love of the M/M variety. So, this is just an incredibly yummy series.

I love how the two main attractions of the books – solving tricky cases and the relationship between Elliot and Tucker – are seamlessly weaved together to drive the story forward. So there’s never a dull moment. If it’s not a crazy guy with a cross-bow or a serial killer, it’s steamy sex and man-love. It can’t get much better than that really.

The only thing I’m not happy about is that it’s only a three part series. I would have loved to continue reading about Elliot and Tucker.

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24. September 2020 by swedishgirl
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Timber Pack Chronicles by Rob Colton

Now this is some juicy, M/M smut!

And not only that, it’s juicy smut combined with my favourite trope; wolf shifter romance.

However, you should know that even though I do love me some hot, man-on-man action, this story has so much more going for it than hide-the-salami. Because Timber Pack Chronicles has this new, fresh take on the whole wolf-shifter genre. Or maybe it’s actually more of a return to the classic werewolf story roots. The world is one where wolf-shifters are unknown to society in general. A bite from a wolf can turn a human into one, but that’s strictly forbidden. It’s also risky since a bitten human might not survive their first shift.

Synopsis: There’s Parker, a slight and somewhat nerdy gay guy, just starting his senior year in High school (High school stories usually creeps me out because I can never remember the ages of the students. But Parker’s just starting his senior year and turns 18 before anything naughty happens so don’t worry. Granted, in my head, I choose to imagine these guys being even older because … you know, eww cradle-robbing). Anyway, Parker is the twink in this story. Then there’s Colton, a hot and built wolf shifter, who knows that Parker is his mate. Only he keeps his distance since Parker’s still a minor while Colton is 19. When Colton finally makes his move, there’s more to overcome than just the fact that Parker’s human. There’s bigotry within Colton’s pack, a rogue wolf appearing to stalk Parker and the obnoxious school bully who’s the Pack Alpha’s son.

So, I basically devoured this story. There was just never a dull moment. There were always something driving the story forward. Whether it was the progression of Colton’s and Parker’s budding romance or outside forces working against them, it was non-stop action. Sure, there was such an abundance of dick that it was almost straight out porn, but it was dispersed pretty evenly throughout the story, so it worked.

There were also a lot of great secondary characters that made the world-building that much more nuanced and interesting. The sole focus wasn’t just on Colton and Parker which absolutely made me crave to know more of this world. I’ve already bought the second installment – Enforcer, Timber Pack Chronicles Book 2 – which is Colton’s enforcer Jed’s story.

Parker was an insta-love for me. He was cute and likable. Insecure, with a big heart but with surprising strength. Colton, though, was harder to like. His most redeeming quality was his love for Parker and his loyalty to his friends. Personality-wise he was a cocky and slightly overbearing a-hole and a sore loser. That being said, Timber Pack Chronicles is still an awesome, delicious read. It would have been even better with a less arrogant Colton, but then, no book is perfect I guess.

However, there were two things about this story that made me cringe.

First, the book cover. This is a story with mature content. Soooo very, very mature. But the cover makes it look like a kids book. Creepy!

Then it’s the way Colton keeps calling Parker “pup” all the time. It’s supposed to be an endearment, I get that. But to me it’s just infantilizing and disturbing since it makes me think of daddy-kink and – I wish I didn’t even know what this was but – puppy-play. *Full body shudder*. Also, Colton may be physically bigger than Parker but he’s only one year older. So, the pup-thing most definitely doesn’t work for me.

Now, if I haven’t been clear enough, I’ll just point out – again – that there’s an extreme abundance of D in this story. It’s hot, sure, but it’s also quite repetitive and mostly not of the sweet lovin’ variety. So be prepared for that if you decide to give this book a try.

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20. September 2020 by swedishgirl
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