ARC Mini-Reviews: Making Up, Riven

ARC Mini-Reviews: Making Up, Riven

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

Making Up by Lucy Parker
Series: London Celebrities #3
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Contemporary romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Anyone who is a fan of enemies-to-lovers needs to read this!

No one writes romances like Lucy Parker! The banter between the MCs, Trix and Leo, is so smile-inducing. The writing was on point, and the romance leaves you completely satisfied.

Beatirx Lane finds herself as the star of The Festival of Masks after the lead performer gets hurt. Leo Magasiva is the new makeup artist of the production, Trix’s bane of existence.

Individually, Trix and Leo are spectacular characters! Trix is creative, passionate, and just an overall force of nature. Leo is snarky, but very kind and caring. I loved them both so much.

I’m always a bit wary of the enemies-to-lovers trope. It can get messy real quick, but I had faith that Lucy would do it justice! She always makes sure the romances between the characters are organic and natural. She also makes sure the characters have something outside their romantic relationships: like friendships, and their dreams and goals.

This romance is absolutely swoony. If you’re a romance fan and aren’t reading Lucy’s books, why??

4 stars

Riven by Roan Parrish
Series: Riven #1
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This story was such a roller coaster!

This book follows Theo, a very kind and gentle soul who wants to please his loved ones. He’s an amazing and gifted musician, and I just want to protect him. Then we have Caleb, who is trying to find some stability in his life after the drugs and alcohol.

This book is the perfect example of the hurt/comfort trope. We have two broken men just trying to find themselves. Individually and together.

I loved that Caleb’s addictions weren’t swept under the rug. I recently read a book where this happened and it is the absolute worst. I appreciated that Roan showed the ups and downs of addiction, and I loved that we saw Caleb interact with his sponsor. Overall, I thought this very well done.

Riven was filled with heartwarming and heartbreaking scenes, I definitely recommend it!

3 stars

Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Invitation to the Blues

Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Invitation to the Blues

Invitation to the Blues by Roan Parrish
Series: Small Change #2
Release Date: March 28, 2018
Genres: M/M romance

Eight months ago Jude Lucen fled his partner, his career, and a hospital in Boston after a suicide attempt. Now back in Philadelphia, he feels like a complete failure. Piano has always been his passion and his only escape. Without it, he has nothing. Well, nothing except a pathetic crush on the most gorgeous man he’s ever seen.

Faron Locklear came to Philly looking for a fresh start and has thrown himself into tattooing at Small Change. He’s only met Jude a few times, but something about the red-haired man with the haunted eyes calls to him. Faron is blown away by Jude’s talent. What he isn’t expecting is the electricity he feels the first time they kiss—and the way Jude’s needs in bed speak directly to his own deepest desires.

Jude and Faron fall fast and hard, but Jude has spent a lifetime learning that he can’t be what the people he loves need. So when the opportunity arises to renew his career in Boston, he thinks he has to choose: music, or Faron? Only by taking a huge risk—and finally believing he’s worthy of love just as he is—can he have the chance for both.

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Mini-Reviews: Off the Ice, The Remaking of Corbin Wale, Heart of the Steal

Mini-Reviews: Off the Ice, The Remaking of Corbin Wale, Heart of the Steal

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

Off the Ice (Hat Trick #1) by Avon Gale, Piper Vaughn
Release Date: October 30, 2017
Genre: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This book takes a popular, sometimes not very great, trope and turns it into something special. This story follows Tristan Holt, a professional hockey player who is taking a few summer classes to finish his degree, and Sebastian Cruz, his grumpy and uptight professor.

I adored all of these characters. Sebastian, a 35-year-old Latino professor, was a bit of an ass, but he was so passionate about everything he did. He wasn’t afraid to apologize when he was wrong. He was so grumpy and deadpan about everything, it just made me want to hug him. Tristan was actual sunshine. I dare you to read this and not fall for him.

Tristan and Sebastian’s relationship was so… perfect. Their communication was A+, their banter was impossible not to smile at. The plot also deals with an MC coming-out, but all the minor characters were so supportive which makes me 100x more excited for upcoming books in the series.

5 stars

The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish
Release Date: November 27, 2017
Genre: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Nothing about this book really caught my attention before reading it. But for the past few days there were so many of my mutual’s on Twitter who kept raving about it, so I gave it a chance.

I am so glad I did. This story was magical.

When Alex’s life does a complete 180, he finds himself moving back to his hometown to take over his parents bakery. One day he meets Corbin Wale, and he is instantly interested. Corbin lives in his own head, he is a recluse, lonely, and an artist… and he believes his family is cursed.

Corbin has always thought that no one would accept him for who he is, so when he meets Alex and Alex loves him flaws and quirks and all, it honestly brought tears to my eyes. They were both instantly drawn to each other from the start, but they had such a beautiful and slow-burn romance.

The remaking of Corbin Wale was a constant overturning, like the ocean tides.

The remaking of Alex Barrow had been far less tempestuous. It had been a deepening, an underscoring.

This is unlike anything I’ve ever read. It was a bit odd, but these characters were pretty remarkable, and their relationships with friends and families were so authentic. The writing had an ethereal feeling to it, and I definitely recommend it.

I’m never going to get over this.

5 stars

Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale, Roan Parrish
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Genre: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This was a short and sweet read. It follows an FBI Arts Crime agent, William Fox, and an art thief named Vaughn.

I was a bit worried about how their relationship would go, because I honestly think there can be people who are just too different to make a relationship work. William is responsible, kind of rigid in his ways, and has a very strong moral compass. Vaughn is much more easy going, he thinks he can bend the rules to benefit him, and yeah, he steals art sometimes.

This was nothing to what I was expecting. Considering this book has an FBI MC I thought it would be a bit more action packed, or have a mystery or something. This was a very fluffy book. This is the perfect book if you’re a fan of domestic ships, or if you’re in the mood for something light-hearted.

4 stars