Sunday, July 18, 2021

Review: Chasing Fate

Chasing Fate (Friendship and Desire #2)Chasing Fate by Mia Monroe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, Diego is hot. Not gonna lie.

Baby bi.

Beardless.

Bestie.

All reasons to stop hoping he takes the rest of his clothes off in front of me.





I could have sworn that I mentioned just how much I loved Dirty Forty and one particular side character in that book that totally stole my heart during his failed date with Zach. And I mean, if you didn't originally think his HEA was with his energy-cleansing-tarot-card-reading-friend Isaac (aka Cashmere), then I would be seriously shocked but Sydney's story was just what I wanted for him. It was goofy, endearing, and showed just how two childhood best friends could reconnect and find so much more than just friendship at the core of their relationship.



I love friend love stories. Even when BFFs have spent a few years apart due to distance and space, when they reconnect and find themselves in the same place and realize that that crush they felt growing up is still there... Beautiful! It's just beautiful! Friends make the best partners and that is what Chasing Fate is at its core, a story about friendship blossoming into something more. And my sweet Sydney (you knew how much I loved Sydney, didn't you?) deserved to find the love he was hoping so desperately for.



Chasing Fate by the wonderful Mia Monroe means that the world of Dirty Forty became the Friendship and Desire series and it is the second book. I have no complaints whatsoever - I needed to know what Sydney's HEA looked like, and let me tell you, I am in LOVE with his man Diego. They were friends during their childhood and lost touch for a while but Diego reaches out when an accident causes him to re-evaluate his life and the road he's travelling. He remembers his friend, remembers that Sydney was the first man he truly had a crush on and when they reconnect he sees that those feelings never really went away. They're still there, and he's even more enamoured with the man that Sydney has grown up to be. The only problem is Sydney and his unflappable belief that his forever love is with a bearded prince.


“I’m not a bear, right?”

“No. You’re not a twink either. You’re kind of a pretty boy.”

“Pretty boy, huh? Is that bad?”

“Everyone has a type. You’ll be somebody’s.”

But not his. Got it.





It kills me poor Diego, because Sydney throws him so many mixed signals. He tries so hard to guard his heart because his past romantic traumas, but Sydney's heart can't hide from Diego and the wooing (seriously like that word for what he did) that he's showered with. Poor Diego felt this pang a few times, and I wanted to slap Sydney but he eventually comes around.

Through all of that the love, support, mutual respect and kindness that they both have for each other are the highlight of the story. This really is a story of love being friendship set on fire and I LOVE IT!



I could wax poetic about Diego and Sydney for hours, but instead because I want you to actually READ the story, I'm going to leave you with some of my...



Favourite Lines -



It’s always the same. I want to find love. Toe-curling, soul-stealing love. Ideally, with a hunky bearded prince who has a good job, his absolute shit together, and is one hundred percent ready to settle down.








At sixteen, I would sometimes even get hard when we wrestled or when his leg brushed against mine at sleepovers. I kind of wanted to tell him, but I was scared that would weird him out. He never looked at me like that.








He would show me his favorite celebrities, and his eyes would light up. I felt jealous, like I wanted his eyes to light up for me.








“Any chance of a love connection?”

I laugh. I never thought my parents would be so encouraging when I told them about my expanded sexuality. “We’re just friends, Mom.”

“Friends make great relationships. Your dad and I were friends first.”








“I’ll tell you a secret,” he whispers loudly.

“Okay.”

“I figured out my type.”

“Oh, right. What is it?”

“You.” He laughs. “Night, Sydney.”

It takes me a hundred years to react. By the time I do, Diego is snoring softly. Okay, he’s drunk. He’ll forget all of this in the morning. I close my eyes. I’ll forget it too.








Up to this point, I felt like I was still trying it on a bit, this bisexual title, but now I’m wondering if I was so hung up on which label to assign myself that I wasn’t focusing on the big picture. I date guys. I like guys. I want to fuck guys. A smile pulls at my lips. Yeah. That feels right.








Part of me wishes I was brave enough to walk away from a steady, good-paying job, but then what? Become one of a million influencers on the internet? Build a lifestyle brand from scratch? Does anyone want to follow tips from a super short, very gay, not highly motivated guy whose only achievement to date is successfully not finding the love of his life?








I have no idea what we’re doing tonight, but it doesn’t really matter as long as I’m with Sydney.

Oof. That thought hits me right in the gut. I’m already just as attached to him as I always was.








"If I needed something major, Zach and Dom would be there, I know that, but I wouldn’t call them to tell them I’m lonely and afraid I’ll spend the rest of my life that way. I wouldn’t call Isaac either.”

“But?”

“I would call you. I know you’d listen.”

“I’d come over with wine.”

“I would do that for you too.”

“I know, Syd.”

And just like when we were kids, I know I would rearrange the planets for him just to see him happy.








“You make it sound easy.”

“I never got the memo that said life was going to be easy.”








“How did your cards tell you what the guy looks like?”

“Well, they didn’t exactly, but I know how to ask the right questions to narrow it down. I’m positive he has a beard.”

“Because you have a beard fetish, or…”

Sydney twists his lips. “I mean, doesn’t that make sense? That the thing you’re most attracted to is a quality your mate would have?”








“He’s not my type.”

“Oh? How has your type been working out for you?”

“Ouch.”








But last night, that kiss. That was a life-changing kiss, like it actually rearranged my DNA. I felt it in every part of me. It just felt so…right. I remember his words. Then Isaac telling me he’ll be an important part of my life. Is it possible that Isaac is right, and all this time, I’ve been misinterpreting the cards?








If I was a gambling man, I’d bet maybe he was going to tell me he loves me and, holy patron saint of baby bis, I think I want him to. I’m so fucked.








"Are you sure?”

“Are the summers hot in Phoenix?”

I nod as a tear falls. “Yep.”

“I’m as sure as that."








Folks, I want you to run - RUN



- don't walk you have to run and one-click this baby today. You're going to love everything about Sydney and Diego - I promise you, you won't to regret it.



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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Review: The Grumpy Player Next Door

The Grumpy Player Next Door (Copper Valley Fireballs #3)The Grumpy Player Next Door by Pippa Grant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THIS BOOK! I was the epitome of the rolling on the floor laughing emoji while reading this book! That shouldn't be a surprise, but it surprised the hell out of me because I wasn't sure that Pippa Grant could top my previous favourites, and yet...

It was great going back to Shipwreck and seeing the insanity that is the Rock family - especially when Tillie Jean and Cooper's teasing/pranking is on full display. I love pirates, so really any mention of pirates and I'm sold. Shipwreck is top in my books!

This was Tillie Jean and Max's story - I could wax poetic about them all day and how I laughed so hard my coffee shot out my nose during one particular roof scene involving my other favourite animal character - Long Beak Silver is the BEST, I said what I said! I love how even though there were some serious issues dealt with for Max predominantly, the laughter never felt forced or ill timed. And I did laugh A LOT throughout this book. Like a LOT. I think I need a new keyboard based on how many times I spit out some kind of liquid because I was laughing too hard even though I KNOW not to drink and read Pippa Grant books. That's a dangerous combination folks, don't do it! Your electronics will thank you!

The best way for you to experience how it's totally possible to stick two people who have some serious issues (some of them worse than others) together and wonder if they'll come out the other side with a happily ever after is to READ THIS BOOK!

Normally I would give you some of my favourite lines and some incredible gif action here - but I have to do this one on my phone and that makes that sooooo much harder for me to do accurately (the gifs) and I can't quote nearly an entire book. Seriously, you should see my highlights - there are so many there is barely any clear text in the book. I'm trying to narrow it down - so when I have the ability to get on my computer and make that happen I will circle back and add a handful.

One-click this baby today! You're going to love it, I swear.

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Review: Exploring Daddy

Exploring Daddy (Love in LA #2)Exploring Daddy by Mia Monroe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“If I were your boy, would you still let me do stuff like this?”

“I would happily watch you do things like this.” He steps closer, wrapping his arms around my waist and lifting me gently from the stage. “You just unlocked my little kink.”

My throat tightens in a really nice way. “What’s that?”

“Voyeurism. I get off on watching.” He cups my chin. “And, kitten, I could watch you for days.”






I knew while reading Legendary Daddy that Matteo and Fin were going to be adorable together. He was absolutely meant for the cuddly, guiding hand of a Daddy that is Matteo. I knew that this series was going to be fire, I just knew it.



Exploring Daddy is the second book in Mia Monroe's latest series Love in LA and it takes off fairly quickly with Matteo and Finn's love story. You can read this as a standalone, but I don't recommend it. A lot happens to poor Finny and contributes to what keeps these two from acting on their attraction to one another in Legendary Daddy (because Finny is Bentley's BFF kind of like Matteo is Legend's BFF) and it really helps to have read that so you know the relationships between the friends but also what both men are coming into this relationship with as baggage. That's not to say that this isn't covered, but I feel like it's best read in context with the other stories.



Finn spends most of the lead up to them becoming a couple so scared that he wouldn't be enough for Matteo. That he would somehow fail at being a boy, and that fear guides him so much that he holds off on asking for the help he needs for too long out of a stubborn want to prove that he's not helpless, that he can be what he considers a functioning adult. I think there were moments where I thought maybe that stubbornness might make Finny more of a bratty boy - but honestly, it helps solidify just how well the two of them work in their Daddy/boy relationship and makes it stronger. I think Finn's vulnerability and stubborn nature is what endeared me to him. You just want to wrap him up in blankets and promise him that everything will be ok if he just learns to accept help when it's offered - especially when it's offered by one sexy, handsome, caring Daddy like Matteo.



Normally, I would leave you with a selection of my favourite lines.... And I do still have favourite lines, but there are less of them because this book was the story for FAVOURITE CONVERSATIONS which I can't share them because that would give too much away and I want you to read the book so...

Here are a few of my...



Favourite Lines -


He looks like a sexy, gay butterfly rock star. If that was a thing.


I mean, we can make it a thing Matty! *shrug*





“Are you not attracted to me?”

He guffaws. “Oh, please. Not attracted to you? Is the sky blue?”

I chuckle. “It is.”

“There’s your answer.”









Holy Fuckenstein.




True story - the F word as a prefix is my favourite thing ever. Most useful word in the English language, indeed!






Bentley turns around and grins so wide I’m surprised his lips can stretch that far, but then again, I’ve seen Legend’s dick.







“But you guys treated me like I was one of you. None of you cared about my past. You trusted me to stay in your place. So did Legend. Gave me a job. I thought, if these men think I’m worth it, maybe I am.”







“It’s one of those things that inspires me. It fills me with hope that someday someone is going to walk into my world and I’m just gonna know that’s my person, you know?”







“I’m sorry.” His voice cracks. “I didn’t mean to make it so hard.”

“You have nothing to be sorry for, kitten. You’ve been through so much. You were just trying to figure things out.”







"You fill me up like nothing I’ve ever known."








I swear to you, you will love (and I think this is ADORABLE) Matty & Finny. I swear that you will love them EVEN MORE if you read Legendary Daddy first so if you haven't read it go and get it.



And if you have read it, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????? Run and grab Exploring Daddy and love on Matteo and Finny TODAY! And once you're hooked, you can wait impatiently like me for Ramos' story Becoming Daddy (coming in August we hope) because that scene in this book??? His story is already crackling with chemistry and we've barely scratched the surface of what's going to be an HEA that's FIRE!



But I digress, one click this baby today!!! I promise you, you won't regret it!




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