Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Hot Boy Summer; A Charity Anthology

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Hot Boy Summer; A Charity Anthology
(An Anthology)

Publication Date: June 7, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Anthology/Contemporary Romance

Author: Various

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Filled with everything from sweet to steamy and everything in between, the stories all take place in the summer and about hot, hot boys.

I read Gabriel by Amie Knight. It’s a short story, about two coworkers who definitely begin their summer vacation as enemies but end up as lovers in this summer tale. It’s sweet, but spicy and just the right length to read while sunning on the beach or sitting outside while sipping my favorite cold beverage.

I also had a brief moment to pick up Jensen by Persephone Autumn. It’s a sweet short story about two long time lovers who were vacationing and perhaps looking towards their future. It was a perfect ending to a long summer night.

The anthology is jammed packed with a ton more and I’ll keep reading as my own summer continues.

Toes in the sand. Umbrella cocktails. Shirtless hot boys. One fleeting summer. Will your heart survive? It’s about to heat up in here…

Hot Boy Summer: A Charity Anthology is a collection of brand new stories from 31 amazingly talented authors. Each brings to the table their own unique take on the connections we form when we live wildly under the guise of momentary fervor. It’s poolside cocktails with little umbrellas, it’s island vacations, toes in the sand, and the shirtless hot boy making eye contact with you from across the way. Dive in and experience the sizzling passion that erupts in the heat of a fleeting summer.

*HBS is a limited edition anthology collection and 100% of proceeds will be donated to children’s charities.*

Participating Authors:
Alys Fraser・Amie Knight・Ashley Cade・C.M. Radcliff・C.M. Steele・Cary Hart・Christy Pastore・Claire Hastings・Cynthia A. Rodriguez・Elena M. Reyes・Ellie Isaacson・Fabiola Francisco・J.R. Rogue・K Leigh・Kat Savage・Kat Singleton・Kate Bailey・Liz Durano・Lori Worley・Mae Harden・Persephone Autumn・Shaw Hart・Shannon O’Connor ・S.A. Clayton・Stephanie Nichole・Trish Anderson・Victoria Ellis・Whitley Cox・Zoey Drake

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Book Reviews, LGBTQA+, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Blindsided by Becca Steele

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Blindsided; LSU #1
(A standalone within an interconnected series)

Publication Date: June 9, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Enemies-to-Lovers/New Adult/MM Romance

Author: Becca Steele

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Absolute angsty, emotional perfection!! The perfect book to kick off my reading for LGBTQ+ month. Liam’s bi-awakening was moving and heartfelt and Noah was the perfect partner to guide him on that journey.

My heart melted for these two men over and over. It constantly went back and forth wavering for who to side with. It bleed for Noah and his need to be needed and accepted. While he’d been openly gay for years, it’s still not an easy path for young men to travel down. His history of being used as an experiment by straight boys bruised his self esteem time again, so he was leery when Liam, a boy who claimed he was straight, kissed him. Yes, Noah was attracted, but he wasn’t about to make the same mistake he’d made in the past. Sweet, sweet Noah. I wanted to hug him over and over.

Liam is torn in two. He doesn’t understand his mixed up feelings and his new housemate,Noah, throws him out of whack time and time again. Liam’s only ever been with women, but there is something about Noah that draws his eyes and he can’t seem to stop staring. Liam’s entire world gets flipped upside down and he doesn’t know what to do or if he wants it flipped back. He recognizes that he’s never felt this way, but those particular thoughts also scare him. He’s a mess and that angst is heartbreaking. The man we meet in the beginning is not who we get to know by the end, so Liam’s journey is A-MA-ZING!! I also want to throw my small two cents in on a very tiny scene with his mum…totally brought tears to my eyes and I loved her!! Everyone needs unconditional love in their world, so thank you to Becca for giving us that.

Their journey together isn’t all sunshine and flowers. They both have baggage and issues to hurdle, but it was also very realistic. Probably one of the more realistic bi-awakening journey’s I’ve read and I really enjoyed the authenticity of their relationship, while still keeping it steamy and in a place where I could escape my own reality if that makes sense.

All of the secondary characters were fantastic, I believe some might be from other spinoff series, but this is my first solo Becca Steele book, as I’ve only read co-authored books of hers, but I didn’t have a single problem catching on to who they were or references they made. So jumping in to this book was easy peasy.

My first year at university started with a bang…literally.
I crashed into someone’s car. Even worse? It turns out that the person I blindsided is my new housemate, Liam, second-year student and football player.

It’s hate at first sight…until it isn’t.
But even if he doesn’t hate me anymore, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s straight.
At least, I thought he was.

One night, one kiss, and everything I thought I knew turns upside down.
They say actions speak louder than words.
And his actions tell me that he wants me.

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Book Reviews, Dark Romance, LGBTQA+, Paranormal/Science Fi/Fantasy Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Hell Gate by Veronica Eden

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Hell Gate; Twisted Legends Collection #5
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: June 9, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Twisted Myth/Paranormal/Reverse Harem/Dark Romance

Author: Veronica Eden

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


I love a tale or myth that is twisted with new flair and makes me giddy to turn each page to discover how it will end. Hell Gate is a fantastic twist on an old lore, classic legend, and centuries old myth that I adored and pretty much salvated over until the very end.

A take on hell and the hierarchy, lore, and legend that comes out of there can really go so many ways and yet it can also go poorly very quickly. That is not the case with Eden’s newest book. Three demons, Valerian, Matthias, and Alder guard one hell gate, a portal between the mortal world and hell. Lily, a mortal, just so happens to be the one who summons those three and thus begins their epic journey.

Their journey to save, not only themselves, but Lily, is full of suspense, adventure, and self discovery. Lily has been shuffled from foster home to foster home and not only has she always felt inadequate, but there is something inside her that sets her apart from others. Her journey to discover why she feels this way and gaining her self worth is magical.

As for the demons that Lily summoned from hell, each unique and picking my favorite is nearly impossible. I could go with the obvious, Matthias, he’s fun, wears his emotions and feelings on his sleeve and always says what he’s thinking. From the moment he meets Lily he’s basically smitten with her and never fails to affirm her inner beauty and strength while praising how much he loves her outer beauty. He’s a total charmer and a key component to the mix.

Alder is the warrier, the strength and always makes Lily feel safe. He can be the reasonable one of the bunch, but he’s also very much an alpha when it comes to Lily. However, he shares very nicely with his demon brothers…is it getting hotter in here?!?

Lastly we come to, Valerian, the broody, silent demon. Lily and Vale bicker and fight like its their foreplay, but he always pulls away. It’s hard for him to admit weakness, especially given his past and right in the midst of what they are going through, Lily is a huge weakness. However, Valerian will never abandon her and he will always protect her. It’s so hard not to like him, even when he’s super broody.

So like I said, who can pick, I want all three just like Lily does, yum. The bond all four of them create is not only steamy to the extreme, but it’s quite beautiful too. The weaving myths and legends were unexpected and I love reading new twists on old tales. This entire book took me on a journey that was new and refreshing and I loved every moment of it. Extremely well thought out and written. It deserves way more than five stars!!

From USA Today & International bestselling author, Veronica Eden, comes an all-new standalone reverse harem paranormal romance with a headstrong heroine and twisted demons who left their morals in the last century.

Open the gate…if you dare.

The first thing I’m warned about when I arrive at the girls’ home is to stay away from the abandoned graveyard. Local urban legend claims it’s host to a gate to Hell.

Then I was dared…

The legend is as real as the monsters I’ve summoned by activating the gate. Demons guard it, waiting for skeptical idiots like me to do the ritual. Three sinfully hot, dangerously powerful demons.



The gate’s three wicked protectors won’t let me get away without paying their price.
I’m at their mercy, fighting to survive them and the supernatural world they drag me into.
But none of us are prepared for what is awakening within me.

A long buried secret and hidden ancient magic will change everything.
The match is lit and together we’re all going up in flames.

*Hell Gate is a standalone PNR reverse harem romance. Due to dark themes, strong language, and graphic violent/sexual situations it is recommended for mature readers.

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