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Review: How to Walk Like a Man (Howl at the Moon #2) by Eli Easton

Friday, June 30

My rating:
5 Stars…

Soooo. Turns out dog shifter M/M romances are my jam in a big way.
Quote…"You're gonna be okay. You're gonna be okay."
Roman licked the salt away.
I love you, I love you, I love you. Please don't leave me. Please don't leave me!Quote…
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What I loved:

Holy shit. Everything. I loved everything in this book. Easily a thousand star rating for me.

Also, not to be psychotically self-absorbed here, but I feel like this book was written for my heart. It's got all the amazing things I didn't know I could expect before I started...

Dogs, obviously. Awesome dogs, with dog behaviours, and dog mannerisms, and dog thoughts. And people who are still coming to terms with not being dogs. A whole town full!! I loved them all a tremendously unhealthy amount.

There was humour! I snortled so hard through so many chapters of this. When Matt goes to the movies. When Roman gets donuts. When he discovers underarm hair. And rubbing one out! And Lance trying to answer Roman's questions. And Penny the poodle, Charlie's suggestion, everyones' concern for Paco, all of it. If I wasn't soaking up the sexy times or crying over the sad stuff, I was snorting in a very ladylike and attractive way.
Quote…Blushing, he decided, was not something he liked very much, as human traits went. And it certainly wasn't nearly as fun as masturbating. Quote…
And there was heartbreak. But it was manageable. Like, I'll tell you now - no animals were killed in the making of this gorgeous little book that means everything to me. This review could have gone a whole other way if that happened, so millions of thank you's coming your way, Eli Easton!

And there was hot M/M smut-tasticness.

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Also - I thought it might be weird having smut in a shifter book that has animals, but it really wasn't even a factor at all. So I'm not a creep, which I appreciate tremendously.

Also, sexuality issues, family dramas, etc were resolved quickly and smoothly. And there's great action that made me cheer like a crazy cheering thing.

What I didn’t love:
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Overall…
Phenomenal.
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Review: How to Howl at the Moon (Howl at the Moon #1) by Eli Easton

Wednesday, June 28

My rating:
4 Stars…
Quote…Lance's inner dog was wagging it's tail so hard, he had difficulty keeping his hips still. Quote…
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What I loved:

I'm a sucker for friends-to-enemies romance, so I loved how Lance pissed Tim off early on. You could actually feel Lance screwing everything up.
Quote…Tim could just picture Sheriff Blowhard staring at him all disgusted because he'd hit a poor defenseless dog.
Tim was such a loveable, HEA deserving character. He's been through some shit, but he's trying so hard to get back on his feet, and he's got such a sweet nature. Also, the way he cares for his plants made me care about his plants... and that's just something I never thought I'd be able to muster.

Lance's sweet side. A lot of the time I thought he was such an idiot, but the way he realised he was bonding way quicker than Tim, and how he fell apart when Tim got mad, and how he wanted to take care of Tim forever - all of that was wonderful!
Quote…He himself had moved ahead in his feelings about Tim. But Tim was still standing still at that 'bat-shit crazy sheriff guy' first impression
Lily - the ultimate interfering mother-in-law. I couldn't believe what she did, but in her own overbearing way, she was trying to help, so she won me over.

The writing. I love the way Eli Easton weaves her yarn - there's no rambling, no hella long descriptions about shit that doesn't matter. It's all about her characters, and wonderful words.
Quote…He watered them with H2O and gut-felt prayers.

What I didn’t love:

I read book #2 first, and it's one of my faves of all time. My biggest concern before I started that one was how dog shifter sex was going to be done in an un-weird way. That story did it amazingly well. This one, not as much. It bordered uncomfortable for me, even though Quickened sex only happens between humans - like, it's not freaky. But there's an awful lot of crotch sniffing, and this gem:
Quote…...it was like being rimmed by a gopher determined to burrow. And that was way hotter than it sounded.

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Also, it's just a me-thing, but I didn't like how Marshall was dealt with. It felt a bit cheesy.

Overall…
Awesome story, and if you read this one first it's a great set up for Roman & Matt in book 2!

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Review: Mature Content (Cyberlove #4) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Tuesday, June 27

My rating:
2 Stars…

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What I loved:

In many ways this is Enemies-to-Lovers done right. These two legitimately hate each other in the beginning. With this also comes one of my major negatives, but I really liked how Ms Erickson & Mr Hassell built up the enemy thing.

The writing is very good. Like - grammar, punctuation, dialogue, all of that was all the good things that I've come to expect from these authors.

The sexy times later in the book. Like.. hellz yeah. I love the Cyberlove series smut level.
Quote…Let me turn it up. I'll come so hard for you, Beau. Quote…
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What I didn’t love:

So, it turns out I only like rough, bossy smut when there's something between the characters. Hatefucking clearly is not my thing, so as much as I loved the enemies-to-lovers trope here, I did not love how this parlayed into rough, cold, emotionless sex. Don't get me wrong - the smut is hot - but I didn't enjoy it when the characters hated each other so much. Once they warmed to each other, I was super onboard widdit.

The drama and blackmail just felt so unneccesary. I thought Beau's reasons for pulling the shit he pulls are redundant - and the fact that he takes the whooooole book to come to that same conclusion bugged me a tremendous amount.

I found both the main characters, and pretty much all their friends, to be kinda bitchy. Like, camp bitchy (which I love not) as opposed to take no shit bitchy (which I adore).

Overall…

I watch this channel on youtube. It's called Travis & Jack, and I swear. to. God. This book could be fanfic for those two, until they became online boyfriends. TrashyZane is Jack (except with short hair), Beau is Travis, both youtube famous for their own channels... Anyway.

Review: Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2) by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Monday, June 26

My rating:
4.5 Stars…
Quote…Luke: I have a thing to tell you.
Dominic: If you break up with me, I'll shank you.
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What I loved:

The banter between Luke & Dominic. They're so funny, and un-cheesy, and sexy. Just, yum - and I love their txt convos.
Quote…Luke: Maybe we should all do something then. So she can get to know me.
Dominic: ...
Dominic: Who are you??
Luke: lol. I don't know. You did this to me, you asshole.
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These authors are an awesome pair! I loved how this story focused on real, flawed, awesome characters, and how ME and SH took the time to help us fall in love with our heroes. Like, ok, in the beginning I thought Luke was such a twat. When he threw Dominic out of his house? Boy. I wanted to beat his ass so hard. But, thanks to some stellar writing and lots of glorious redemption (which I loves) I was just as obsessed with Luke as I was with our Nicky.

Special mention for how amazing and genuine Nicky was. Love him ♥ 

Also, everything about the military vet coming home and struggling to acclimate. Everything about the smut because holy-raunch-factor-five-billion-batman that shit was hot.
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And one of my favourite things: Family loyalty. This story isn't based on ridiculous, manufactured drama that didn't fit. This was all about family, loyalty, honesty, sincerity, and everyday people trying to make their way in the world. I mean, yeah, Nicky's dad could have been less of a cunt, but he was stressed. And I liked that Nicky defended him. And Luke lashing out out of misplaced anger with his kids. It was all real. I loved it all!
Quote…I clenched my fists, but it did no good. He was still slipping through my fingers. Quote…
What I didn’t love:

Yeah, so early on - Luke was an asshole. I kept telling my book oooooh, you better make that cunt grovel! He was so rude and obnoxious and cold and blah. But he gets way better! Then he gets worse again. Then he's the best!

Nicky feeling so down on himself made me sad. And I know this is book #2, and Garrett's story is first, but I'm really pissed off that Garrett is ignoring him when Nicky clearly is looking for support! Except Garrett gave him Grindr tips, so it's not all bad.
Quote…You look like Chris Evans, so they'll respond with thirst. Quote…
Overall…

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