2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews has read 7 books toward her goal of 100 books.
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Hell & High Water





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Hell & High Water
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When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent. 

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.



My Thoughts.

4.75 WOW. what an amazing start to a kick ass new series.

This was such a fantastic start to a new paranormal series, with simple and effective world building. Charlie Cochet has created something new, fresh and I am here for it. This one was very enjoyable, and i was surprisingly delighted at how much I loved everything that was Hell & High Water. The two main characters, Dex and Sloan... YIKES. There chemistry was HOT, very push and pull and it was very well written, I really loved there relationship and I can not wait to see what happens with them in the future. The writing in my opinion was excellent, had a tight flow and I for once never got bored or distracted.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

My Top Romance m/m series or Standalone Part 2.



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I wanted to celebrate #pridemonth with a series of my favourite m/m series or standalone's. Because I have read 100's of m/m romance books I thought to release these blog posts over the next few days or more. At this stage I have 5 parts to be released. I really hope you enjoy them, and let me know if you have read any or are planning too in the comments.

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Today's post will be about some STANDALONE titles. Part 2. I have a big list, so again I will split it up so I do not overwhelm you with the amount of books I highly recommend.

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In no particular order of like what I love the most. Because lets face it I love a lot.


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Ethan, Who Loved Carter by [Loveless, Ryan]
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By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette's dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He'll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn't anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live. 

From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won't see past Ethan's damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there's a bigger issue: he's been burned by so-called "perfect" matches, and he won't risk his heart again. 

One way or another, Ethan's determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?

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My Quick Thoughts.
I adored how each of these guys had a different disability and when together they meshed so well!
I laughed I cried I laughed some more I cried some more

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Fighter: (A Gay Romance) (The Brick Yard Book 1) by [Lynne, Carol]
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FROM INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR CAROL LYNNE
‘The story is a wonderful love story and a story about the connections we forge in life.’ ~ Gay Book Reviews
‘I loved Brick, and Flint, and Mac, and Jax...I loved how Dray fights for Lucky when he won’t fight for himself...I loved the connection between the two men. I loved the relationship between Brick and Lucky. And Brick and Dray. Everything about it was excellent.’ ~ Love Bytes Reviews
Book one in The Brick Yard series.
For Lucky Gunn, the hardest fight of his life happens outside the cage.
On the South Side of Chicago sits an old gym called The Brick Yard.
Ten years ago, on a bitterly cold day, Lucky Gunn wandered into The Brick Yard dressed in a threadbare jacket, looking for refuge. He hadn't expected the owner, Tony Brick, to welcome him with a job and a place to sleep when Lucky's abusive and drug-addicted mother made it too dangerous to return home.
Dray was a gay man living in a world of straight fighters. When his secret was exposed to the media, he dropped out, giving Lucky a piece of advice-if you want to make it as a MMA fighter, bury the part of yourself that won't be accepted.
Lucky discovered the cage was the perfect place to keep his demons at bay, but when he learns his trainer and mentor, Brick, is suffering from end-stage cancer, he begins to spiral out of control. After eight years, Dray returns to help Lucky and Brick deal with the devastating news.
With Dray so close, Lucky's old desires return, and Dray teaches him more than how to fight. Torn between his career and the passion he feels for Dray, Lucky's past demons resurface in full force, threatening his sanity and his budding relationship with Dray.
Despite leaving the cage years earlier, Dray finds himself in the battle of his life with the only man he's ever loved. Will he stand and fight or walk away like he did years earlier?

My Quick Thoughts.
I read this years ago when Carol was first writing it, when it was called the brick yard! 



I can't even explain how truly amazing this story is about Lucky and Dray, Brick and the boys. 


So many emotions, it truly is one of Carols best books she has ever written, I loved the new little scenes and the tidy up this book went through.

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Trouble & the Wallflower by [Boehme, Kade]   Trouble & the Wallflower
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Raised in near seclusion by an agoraphobic mother, Davy Cooper's social skills are almost nonexistent. Now that his mother has died, he needs to make friends for the first time in his life. He catches Gavin Walker's eye, but the sexy, confident, bad boy hipster intimidates shy Davy so much that he throws away Gavin's number every time he offers it.



When Gavin defends Davy from a rude guy, Davy begins to warm to him. However, with his limited experience, he thinks he and Gavin are too different, and anything more than a casual acquaintance will end in complete disaster.

My Quick Thoughts.
Seriously LOVED this story, at the end I was like 

I need more of these Boys!

Davy and Gavin have a special piece of my heart

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We Found Love by [Boehme, Kade, Cassatta, Allison]
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It’s no surprise Riley Connors is dealing with issues. He was kidnapped as a young boy, and his parents abandoned him after his newsworthy return. He bounced from foster home to facility and back. Now an adult, ghosts from his past continue to haunt him. After a suicide attempt, he is locked away in Hartfield so that people can make him tune in to emotions he has tried to bury.


Hunter Morgan had the kind of love that spans ages. But the stress of college and adulthood became too much to handle, and the love of Hunter’s life turned to drugs. After he overdoses, Hunter finds himself soaring out of control on the same miserable path. His brother finds him and calls an ambulance, and the sister Hunter would rather not have calls it a suicide attempt, landing Hunter in Hartfield.



Finding love isn’t easy, but it can happen under the most dire circumstances. Together Hunter and Riley may be able to grow from their pain. But they will need to learn to live for themselves, letting love come second.


My Quick Thoughts.
We Found Love takes you on a Emotional roller coaster ride,Filled With So many emotions i couldn't keep up.
So different from the normal romance books i have read in the past, the story its self is just beautiful and so brilliant. 


You cant not fall in love with Riley and Hunter, these two boys will Pull at your heart strings and have you crossing your fingers, routing for there HEA.


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Don't Trust the Cut by [Boehme, Kade]
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Tucker Gray is a Baltimore, MD waiter, hailing from the Deep South, whose mental health issues and past relationships have made trusting others—and himself—a hard task. After he hits what he thought was rock bottom Tucker decides to stay close to the ones who stood by him and keep his head down.


Jesse Bauer is unsure what his future holds after an injury forces him out of the marines earlier than expected. With all of the decisions he has to make in his civilian life, with all of its freedoms and possibilities, he feels staying closeted and keeping the people in his life happy will keep down the chaos.



Until the night he met Tucker Gray at a party he thought that'd be possible, but both of them are instantly and strongly in lust. As their relationship grows, Jesse has to prove himself, and Tucker has to learn to trust more than the cut


My Quick Thoughts.
Bring Tissues, and just enjoy this train wreck of feelings you will go through.

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Daddy, Daddy and Me by Sean Michael
Daddy, Daddy, and Me by [Michael, Sean]
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When Jeff agreed to be the sperm donor to his best friend Beth, he never expected a tragedy to leave his newborn and three-year-old motherless. Beth’s loss has totally thrown his life into chaos: his lover has left him, his house isn’t anywhere near childproof, and his boss feels the restaurant has been patient enough with Jeff’s time off.

Donny has always known he wanted to work with kids, and he just finished his degree in early childhood education. He didn’t count on the prejudice he’d face as not only a male nanny, but a gay one at that. Job-hunting has been frustrating to say the least, so when he knocks on Jeff's door and is greeted by the sounds of things breaking and a pair of screaming children, he thinks maybe he can begin this particular interview with a trial by fire.

Becoming the nanny to Jeff's children might be a dream come true for Danny and exactly what Jeff needs, but are either of them ready to really be a family?


My Quick Thoughts.
This story is the cutest thing you will read, or one of the cutest. I really enjoyed this one. It's a sugary treat!

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Louder than sirens,Louder then Bells by KD Sarge
Louder Than Sirens, Louder Than Bells
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Photo Description: Two young men stare at each other through a chain-link fence. They are holding hands through it; one has nail polish and lip gloss.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group's "Love is Always Write" event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Read it online or find it in Love Is Always Write: Volume 11 - Bonus Volume.

MY Quick Thoughts.
5+☆☆☆☆☆☆
Every one should go and read this!

Then come and thank me <3

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When One Door Opens by [Ruskin, JD]
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Logan Sellers's parole officer has issued three commandments: stay sober, stay employed, and stay out of trouble. At first Logan thought those three simple rules would be easy to follow. But that was before he accepted a side job assisting his boss’s housebound agoraphobic nephew, Caleb. 

Caleb is deceptively normal for a guy who hasn't left his apartment in three years, and his friendly, caring personality tugs on heartstrings Logan didn’t know he had. But hitting on his boss’s nephew is asking to be unemployed. Logan has enough problems with booze on every corner and a supervisor trying to jump into his bed. He doesn’t need to work out how to free Caleb from the anxiety that keeps him in his apartment; he needs to keep his nose clean, attend his AA meetings, and make a fresh start—alone. 

If only his heart would get with the program.


My Quick Thoughts.
 I love loved this book, these two boys broke my heart made me giggle, sigh and go awe. Totally re read worthy! 

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Runner by [Williams, Parker]
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Matt Bowers’s life ended at sixteen, when a vicious betrayal by someone who he should have been able to trust left him a shell of himself, fighting OCD and PTSD, living in constant fear and always running. When he buys a remote tract of land, he thinks he’s found the perfect place to hide from the world and attempt to establish some peace. For ten years he believes he’s found a measure of comfort, until the day a stranger begins to run on Matt’s road.

He returns every day, an unwelcome intrusion into Matt’s carefully structured life. Matt appeals to the local sheriff, who cannot help him since the jogger is doing nothing wrong. Gradually, after tentatively breaking the ice, Matt begins to accept the man’s presence—

But when the runner doesn’t show up one day, it throws Matt’s world into chaos and he must make the hardest decision of his life.

My Quick Thoughts.
“It takes courage to ask for help.”

Bookish Lovers, I have a fantastic recommendation for you!
It’s called Runner.


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All I Want (Rocking Racers Book 5) by [Lowe, Megan]
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Bishop Royal is a sleaze. He’s a cheat, a copycat, a bastard. He knows what you think of him and he doesn’t care. All he cares about is his best friend, Jake.

Jake Ellis has loved Bishop Royal for sixteen years. He’s been by his side through everything: deaths, hardships, and triumphs.

When Bishop’s life is pulled out from underneath him, he figures with nothing left to lose, it’s time to tell Jake how he feels.

Under pressure to be the picture-perfect boyfriend and his father’s perfect son, will Bishop fold or go after the only thing he’s ever truly wanted?


While All I Want is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone gay romance

My Quick Thoughts.

Holy smokes, I was not expecting that. No seriously I haven’t got any fancy words to explain what I went through reading this story. I felt like at one stage maybe two that I was being sucker punched. At one stage I put the book down and walked away. 
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Breaking Ground: An Enemies-to-Lovers M/M Romance (Rocking Racers Book 8) by [Lowe, Megan]
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If you risk it, love is the ultimate reward.

Mason Thompson hates motorbike racing. It’s stupid, pointless, and dangerous. The glorified man-children who partake in this idiocy are even worse. None more so than Liam Ryan.

Liam Ryan is cocky, and he has every reason to be. There’s not a person on the track—or off it—who can get the better of him. He’ll be damned if drop-dead gorgeous paramedic Mason Thompson is the first.

But when events and overzealous bloggers seek to force them even further apart, will they risk everything to be together?

Will they break ground and realise sometimes the greatest risk results in the ultimate reward?

Breaking Ground is a M/M romance prequel to Megan Lowe's Australian sports romance series. This book can be read as a stand-alone novella

My Quick Thoughts.
Liam & Mason, Mason & Liam, they have always been that solid relationship, and now we get to see them be bold together. This is a beautiful, heartwarming story.

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Threadbare Gypsy Souls by T. A. Chase

Threadbare Gypsy Souls by [Chase, T.A.]
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Nash Rhodes roars into Fallen Creek one day, and nothing is ever the same again.
Nash Rhodes is trying to find his path in life, after leaving Nashville and his motorcycle gang in the dust. Fallen Creek, Wyoming, isn’t where he plans on spending the rest of his life, but it’s a nice place to rest for a while and take stock of things so far. Yet Nash has secrets he doesn’t want to share with anyone, especially not a taciturn, scarred cowboy.
Cullen O’Murphy is a lone wolf, and he’s been fighting a losing battle against the local shifter pack. He doesn’t want to become part of their pack, knowing what they do for a living. Oh, he’s not afraid. Cullen knows he can defeat the Alpha, but Cullen doesn’t want to lead. He simply wishes to be left alone.
One night, he goes for a drink at The Watering Hole, a local bar, and he meets Nash. The lust is combustible, yet both men are leery about trusting the other with all their secrets.
Unfortunately, neither one might have a choice as circumstances spiral out of their control.

My Quick Thoughts.
Everything I have read by her is amazing brilliant and so just so enjoyable that I can't put down till I finish
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Grey's Awakening by [Dane, Cameron]   Grey's Awakening (Cabin Fever, #2)
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This book is related to The Sweetest Tattoo but can be read as a stand alone title.
Greyson Cole needs to get out of Raleigh. Everywhere he turns, he sees people falling in love, getting married and starting families. It’s enough to make a grown man want to rip out his own hair. And for a cynic like Grey, one more employee getting engaged signals the need for a long overdue vacation. Grey owns a cabin in the mountains he has never even used, and he figures that’s just the ticket out of this nightmare of happily paired-up couples.

Grey doesn’t expect to be greeted by a belligerent, half-naked man the minute he opens his cabin door.

Sirus Wilder has known Grey’s twin sister for years, and she has given him permission to stay in the cabin while his residence across the lake is under repair. Sirus has never met Greyson Cole before, but he is thankful when the man lets him share the cabin for a few days. There is plenty enough room for them each to keep to themselves. Sirus has had his heart broken and isn’t interested in a hook-up, let alone something more.

Even so, Grey is, hands-down, one of the sexiest men Sirus has ever seen. Too bad he’s an arrogant ass and his eyes are so damn cold. Every once in a while, though, Sirus thinks he sees a hint of fiery passion in the controlled man sleeping one room away.

For Grey, one look at the roughly handsome Sirus puts Grey’s celibacy pact in serious jeopardy. One problem: Grey doesn’t believe in love, has even less patience for relationships, and he refuses to get mixed up in another messy romantic partnership that can only end badly.

Two weeks. Two hard men. Both running like hell from love.

Look out. Something’s gotta give.

My Quick Thoughts.
loved it, sweet romance = SMUT.
Cameron Dane is a very naughty read ;)

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                        I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier

I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier
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Ryan Gracin had a good life until he told his parents he was gay. Since they yanked their support for college he had to find a way to pay for it. Little did he know that joining the Army was going to change his life forever. Especially when he was introduced to a Drill Sergeant who was nicknamed 'Big Daddy'.

Phillip Grabowski had joined the Army to follow in his father's footsteps; by the time Ryan entered, he had already made a name for himself. He was a soldier's soldier, but Ryan was making it really hard for him to remember that.

69,653 words
Right, So you probably can not buy this anywhere, but this book fucken rocks. If you look at the reviews on Good reads, there was movement when this book dropped 9 years ago. it was so good, yet long. but so freaking good.
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A Fostered Love (Coleman, Florida Book 1) by [Dane, Cameron]
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Christian Sanchez never thought he would see Jonah Roberts again. Foster brothers for a short time as teens, Christian developed a massive crush on Jonah, his tough, older roommate. That all ended when the cops came and arrested Jonah, stealing him from Christian’s uncertain world.
Jonah never forgot Christian, even though he cut off all contact with the boy. Jonah knew the kid with the crush on him would be better off forgetting that Jonah ever existed.
Upon her death fifteen years later, foster mother Marisol leaves a request that Jonah come home and help Christian renovate her house. Jonah can’t refuse, even though he knows he will have to face Christian once again.
Although they haven’t seen each other in years, neither man has forgotten the other. Neither man will deny Marisol her final request, even if it means facing their past, working together, sharing the room they had as teens, getting to know one another now as men, and discovering that the brief friendship they shared has altered into a consuming, abiding love.
CONTENT NOTE: This is an erotic romance novel, and contains adult language and explicit scenes of male/male sex and loving.

My Quick Thoughts.

** spoiler alert **
 Wow, Where do I begin??

This has to be one of my fave reads this year!!
Just so many awwww that so cute moments....

First of all I love Jonah, He is so so I don't have the best words to describe him... but *Thud* I fell in love with him!!

"But I don't want to go.I don't want to leave you."He pressed his lips to Christian's and squeezed his eyes shut."I love you."

Christian and Jonah are meant to be together!! they meet when they were in Foster care so many yrs ago, and something sad happens that Jonah got sent to JD!! And they don't see each other until their Foster mum passes away..Now that they are much older men,so so Hot Adorable Men they are drawn to each other and cant keep there hand of each other... With a great Romance between them a Crazy Ex and Oh so Hot Moments this is a FANTASTIC book!!
I loved meeting Christian's Friends Abby, Rodrigo Santiago, and then we meet Braden Crenshaw...That Story is going to be Good, but its a PM, and im not into them.. But i will read it to see what happens between the three of them!!

Back to Jonah!! He has never let any one in before, has no idea what a relationship is,love is and never been with a Guy before,apart from a BJ!! But he Hungers for Christian, there Love Story is just so beautiful written, i want to re read it again!!

"Never, ever,had he kissed some one like this,where he clutched hair and rubbed his belly and...."

So Jonah comes back to town,and is there to help Christian with the House to renovate,and while he is there the boys re-kindle their friends ship and more!!

I cant say enough about this story, i just LOVED it so much! Jonah made it for me!!
but even Christian was really really Sweet!!

Quote from Christian when he was younger
"I wanted you to like me so you would tell me why you're sad and mad and dont like anybody.I wanted us to be friends and even though im smaller than you i wanted to have your back and hang out with you"

as one of my fave books i have read :)

"I've never taken a bath with anyone before."
Damn it.He kills me without even trying

Love Cameron Dane!! Cant wait to read more, So far every thing i have read I have Loved!!

I just have to add a few of my Fave Lines!!!! this being one of them and the others i have entered!!

"You are the other half of my freedom.I believe I can fly now because I have you."

***Thud Thud Thud***

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Dance With Me by Heidi 
Cullinan 
Dance With Me (Dancing, #1)
BLURB:Sometimes life requires a partner.

Ed Maurer has bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semipro football career. He hates his soul-killing office job, but he loves volunteering at a local community center. The only fly in his ointment is the dance instructor, Laurie Parker, who can’t seem to stay out of his way.

Laurie was once one of the most celebrated ballet dancers in the world, but now he volunteers at Halcyon Center to avoid his society mother’s machinations. It would be a perfect escape, except for the oaf of a football player cutting him glares from across the room.

When Laurie has a ballroom dancing emergency and Ed stands in as his partner, their perceptions of each other turn upside down. Dancing leads to friendship, being friends leads to becoming lovers, but most important of all, their partnership shows them how to heal the pain of their pasts. Because with every turn across the floor, Ed and Laurie realize the only escape from their personal demons is to keep dancing—together
My Quick Thoughts.
READ This BOOK!
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How about that, Part 2 is over. You have made it this far *clasp hands* Thank you. I have more I could recommended but we could be here for a very long time. The best bet, if you are curious at what else I have read or have enjoyed you should check out my Good Read shelves.

Tomorrow is part 3, Series. We will be chatting what series are amazing and what you should check out.