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Broken Pieces by Riley Hart Review

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Can three broken pieces make a whole?

Josiah Evans is the orphan who lost both his parents. He’s sweet, shy, and all heart. He wants nothing more than to be loved.

Mateo Sanchez is the son of a gang leader. He’s seen it all, and never hesitates to do what needs to be done, no matter what it is.

Tristan Croft is the wealthy attorney who clawed his way up from the bottom to rule his own world. He’ll never depend on anyone but himself again.

Three men who couldn’t be more different…and yet, as their lives intersect they find an uncommon balance that calms the storms inside each of them, and ignites fires hotter than they ever thought imaginable.

Told uniquely in three parts and spanning over ten years, BROKEN PIECES is a journey of healing for three fragmented souls, finding love in the unlikeliest of places—with each other.

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http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Pieces-Riley-Hart-ebook/dp/B00I87FILS

   Silvana's Review

5+++++ Whole Stars for Broken Pieces

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“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book?”

“Books, not which affords us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institutions—such I call good books”

Henry David Thoreau

I love a book that stays with me days after I have read it, that leaves me wanting more. There are many reasons why I read and this book has them all! There are hardly any light moments, still it was a pleasure to read,  loved the loyalty, strength and vulnerability displayed by our three protagonists. This is such an emotional read, stories within a story, stories about loyalty, sacrifice, surviving abuse and redemption. Josiah being the center and the heart of this amazing threesome, the glue that finally holds all their broken pieces together.

I am not too big on angst and this book has it in LOADS, yet I have to reiterate how much I loved reading every word. I enjoyed feeling every emotion they went through, also the fact it made me want to cry so MANY times.

Told in three parts, we start the book with young Mateo the son of a gang leader and Josiah an orphan as foster kids living together.  Afterwards they are forced to live on the streets where Mateo realizes the only way he can can save Josiah from a harsh life is by walking away!

Without letting himself look back, he walked away from Heaven and headed back toward Hell.

After Mateo leaves, Josiah lives half a life, an empty shell of a person. He cannot forget Teo and doesn’t try to. In comes Tristan who is just as broken, after a failed attempt on Tristan’s part to pick up Josiah, the two develop a friendship.  So many things happen after this to my favorite trio  and I am so happy we get another book. YAY!!

Looking forward to book 2 yet dreading it at the same time, all these scenarios play in my mind as to the direction the author can take and some of them are unpleasant, I need them to be happy and they need to be happy together!

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I really really NEED book two!

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The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1) by K.J. Charles

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A lord in danger. A magician in turmoil. A snowball in hell.

A Charm of Magpies, Book 1

Exiled to China for twenty years, Lucien Vaudrey never planned to return to England. But with the mysterious deaths of his father and brother, it seems the new Lord Crane has inherited an earldom. He’s also inherited his family’s enemies. He needs magical assistance, fast. He doesn’t expect it to turn up angry.

Magician Stephen Day has good reason to hate Crane’s family. Unfortunately, it’s his job to deal with supernatural threats. Besides, the earl is unlike any aristocrat he’s ever met, with the tattoos, the attitude…and the way Crane seems determined to get him into bed. That’s definitely unusual.

Soon Stephen is falling hard for the worst possible man, at the worst possible time. But Crane’s dangerous appeal isn’t the only thing rendering Stephen powerless. Evil pervades the house, a web of plots is closing round Crane, and if Stephen can’t find a way through it—they’re both going to die.

Warning: Contains hot m/m sex between a deeply inappropriate earl and a very confused magician, dark plots in a magical version of Victorian England, family values (not the good kind), and a lot of swearing.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.ca/Magpie-Lord-Charm-Magpies-Book-ebook/dp/B00C6ZTNAU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386254702&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Magpie+Lord

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I’m gonna let you in a little secret…. Shhh don’t tell anyone!

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I’m the biggest scaredy cat you will ever meet in your whole entire life. I do NOT do, ghosts and goblins and things that go bump in the night~ EVER!

With that being said, I went into The Magpie Lord without reading the synopsis of the book, yes yes I did. I find when I read the synopsis or other people’s reviews I don’t end up reading a book and I find that I usually do myself a great disservice most of the time.

And you know what! I LOVED THIS BOOK!

I was in a complete state of Numinous…. what is that you ask???

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In all actuality it wasn’t that fearful, but truly who wants to go to bed after reading about a ghost that tries to rip his head off? (not me) but I was completely fascinated! Fascinated because:

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Lord Crane was a cantankerous bastard and I LOVED HIM for it

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Stephen Day is a wicked name for a Magician

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Merrick deserves a Gold star best friend medal.

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The witty banter between Lord Crane and Stephen~ was epically hilarious!

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For the sexy scene in the woods

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For good always winning over evil

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For finally giving me the sexy ass sex scene right at the end of the book!!!!

And because I now can’t get this damn poem out of my head, I hope it gets stuck in your’s too 😉

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Collide (Blackcreek Series, #1) by Riley Hart

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At ten years old, Noah Jameson and Cooper Bradshaw collided mid-air when they dove for the same football. For three years, they were inseparable…until one day when Noah and his parents disappeared in the middle of the night.

Noah and Cooper never knew what happened to each other. Now, seventeen years later, after finding his boyfriend in bed with another man, Noah returns to Blackcreek looking for a fresh start. And damned if he doesn’t find his old friend grew up to be sexy as sin. Coop can’t believe Noah—the only person he trusted with the guilt over his parents’ death—is back. And gay… Or that Cooper himself suddenly wants another man in his bed for the first time.

There’s no denying the attraction and emotion between them, but can they overcome the ghosts of their pasts to have a future together?

This title contains two strong, sexy men, and a passionate friendship that transforms into a sizzling hot romance.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00GK9L2XO?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00GK9L2XO&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2

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4 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY BFF STARS

Riley Hart, I loved your opening sentence! Anyone who can start a book with the word “MOTHERFUCKER” gets my sole attention 😉

This is a story of 2 best friends that literally COLLIDED with each other twice.

2 boys/men with demons that help each other in times of need. When they were boys and again as men.

Flashbacks onto their childhood, which are sweet moments btwn 2 friends, are added throughout this book and give us great clarity into the past.

There is angst because this is a GFY kinda book, lots of bashing through talk and being scared to come out of the closet.

“For the life of me, I will never understand why people give a shit who someone else loves.”

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“Love doesn’t always make sense. Not whom we love or how we do it, but no one is perfect.”

I enjoyed walking in the shoes of both Noah and Cooper. I liked that we got POV from both men and I love how they knew that what they had was what they deserved.

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TRY By Ella Frank

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Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case…someone.

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed—after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?

And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind. He’s starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.

The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.

Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.

As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.

Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?

GENRE: M/M

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Silvana's Review

*** ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review***

4.5 STARS!!!

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“Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.'” Kahlil Gibran

“So…what’s your truth, Logan?”
Logan stared at him so intently that Tate wondered what was going on inside his head before he replied, “I think you are,” leaving Tate speechless.

“I did it because you got in my face and made me see how irresistible you are, regardless of your gender. And Logan?”
“Yeah?”
“I still think that, but now, there’s so much more to it.”

I am so in love with this book, loved Logan, loved Tate, loved how they met and loved taking this journey with them. I enjoyed their banter, whether it was flirty, angry, sweet or funny, Logan’s mouth is to die for and Tate gave as good as he got. Loved how they realized it is not about sexuality but rather fate!

This book was HOT, the build-up of sexual tension was perfect, their first kiss had me swooning!

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I delighted in how possessive the guys were of each other, it was so sweet to see their jealousy and it was not over done or obsessive, reading the blurb I feared that there may be other people but no there was no cheating whether emotional or physical, there are books where I can tolerate that but in the case of Tate and Logan I felt protective of their relationship.

There was a lot of character development for both our guys, they still  have a long way to go. I do hope in the next book Take to see their relationship grow outside of the bedroom, for the two of them to take a bigger chance on each other! Cannot wait to take the next journey with Tate and Logan and see what Ella has in store for these two.

Ella Frank proved that she is a master teller, there is not a novel by her that I have not enjoyed, she excelled in writing her first M/M novel and left me wanting more of her books. I loved that many fans are willing to TRY and read their first M/M novel just knowing that Ella wrote it and I am sure they will love it!

Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case…someone.

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed—after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?

And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind. He’s starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.

The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.

Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.

As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.

Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?

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Don’t look back. Don’t you ever look back…

Shy tattoo artist Ash has a troubled past. Years of neglect, drug abuse, and life on the streets have taken their toll, and sometimes it seems the deep, unspoken bond with his lover is the only balm for wounds he doesn’t quite understand.

Chicago paramedic Pete is warmth, love, and strength—things Ash never knew he could have, and never even knew he wanted until Pete showed him. But fate is a cruel, cruel mistress, and when nightmares collide with the present, their tentatively built world comes crashing down.

Traumatic events in Pete’s work life distance him from home, and he doesn’t realize until it’s too late that Ash has slipped away. Betrayal, secrets, and lies unfold, and when a devastating coincidence takes hold, Pete must fight with all he has to save the love of his life.

Amazon Links:

Slide, Roads Book 1: http://www.amazon.ca/Slide-Roads-ebook/dp/B00FVPL9E0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383577247&sr=8-1&keywords=Garrett+Leigh

Marked, Roads Book 1.5: FREE!! http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4305

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4.5 I want my very own ASH stars

I loved the 2 MC’s so much! But I swear my heart belongs to ASH… he is so broken and sweet and broken.

I liked that the story gave us both POV’s from both the MC’s.

Ash: A tattoo artist, recovering drug addict, a street kid, so freaking broken that you think he will never get put back 2gether. He sent little cracks into my heart.  He broke me. He had me. He captivated me. He wrecked me

Pete: Fun, funny, a paramedic, has a big heart, loves his mama and he loves my Ash. He had me. He captivated me. He wrecked me

 

They met

They loved

They crushed

They failed

They won 

He saved

He overcame

 

The lyrics to Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball can define this book. Well it did for me. This song was on replay over and over again as I read this series.

“Wrecking Ball”

We clawed, we chained our hearts in vain
We jumped never asking why
We kissed, I fell under your spell.
A love no one could deny

Don’t you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you
I can’t live a lie, running for my life
I will always want you

I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me

I put you high up in the sky
And now, you’re not coming down
It slowly turned, you let me burn
And now, we’re ashes on the ground

Don’t you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you
I can’t live a lie, running for my life
I will always want you

I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was wreck me

I came in like a wrecking ball
Yeah, I just closed my eyes and swung
Left me crashing in a blazing fall
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me

I never meant to start a war
I just wanted you to let me in
And instead of using force
I guess I should’ve let you win
I never meant to start a war
I just wanted you to let me in
I guess I should’ve let you win

Don’t you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you

I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was wreck me

I came in like a wrecking ball
Yeah, I just closed my eyes and swung
Left me crashing in a blazing fall
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me
Yeah, you, you wreck me”

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4.5 I want my very own ASH stars

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Social Skills by Sara Alva

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Music is the only form of communication Connor Owens controls. No matter how badly he wishes to fit in, friendly banter and casual conversations have never been his thing. College is yet another social universe he has no clue how to navigate—until he meets Jared, a football player with chestnut eyes and a cocky grin that holds the power to shatter his self-imposed prison.

Jared’s attention opens Connor up to a new realm of emotional and physical intimacy. But as Connor’s self-confidence grows, so does his fear that everything will fall apart. Because in this socially stratified world, how long can a relationship between an introverted violinist and a closeted football player really last?

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.ca/Social-Skills-ebook/dp/B00B45MZOE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383405739&sr=8-1&keywords=Social+Skills

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4 CONNERIFIC STARS

This is a tale of coming out, coming out of your shell and coming out to the world to be the REAL you.

A slow build on love, on 1st love, on heartbreak, on joy, on pain, on friendship, on self reflection, on family.

Once again Sara Alva spun me in a web of words, of emotions, of FEELINGS.

I HAD SOO MANY FEELINGS READING THIS BOOK!!!

Feelings of sweetness:

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“Finally Jared brushed his lips- more the touch of breath than body. Ticklish waves passed through Conner’s mouth and hummed all the way to his toes. His arms and legs tensed, and then his whole body was trembling, the vibrations rising up like a crescendo and hovering at the climax. And God, that was barely even a kiss.”

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“In a deafening silence, Conner’s pulse sped up, his mind more captive to Jared’s touch than it had been the first time they’d kissed. He couldn’t look away, even if his fear wanted him to. He couldn’t blink. He couldn’t draw his next breath. Because this … this was all searching eyes and gentle caresses, and somehow, unbelievably, a connection 

Feelings of angst:

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*when Jared left Conner* Dear Lord I wanted to throat punch him!!!!!

Conner’s depression:

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Heart swelling:

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Sigh, the love Conner has in his heart slayed me… SLAYED ME…

Coming out….. probably the most realistic coming out that I have read to DATE

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Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water #2) by S.E. Jakes

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When a tornado meets a volcano, nothing is safe.

Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning ofbeing alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.

Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too.

Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.ca/Long-Time-Gone-Water-ebook/dp/B00G8RZUPE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382984521&sr=1-1&keywords=9781626490604

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5 I WILL VOODOO YOU STARS

1ST OFF~ SE JAKES HAS WORMED HER WAY INTO MY HEART AND SHE IS NEVER GOING TO LEAVE IT~ EVER

ITS AS IF SHE KNEW THAT MY FAVORITE LYRIC EVER IN THIS WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD IS

” I GUESS THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A TORNADO MEETS A VOLCANO, ALL I KNOW IS I LOVE YOU TO MUCH TO WALK AWAY THOUGH” EMINEM

I THINK SHE WROTE THIS BOOK JUST FOR ME AND IM NOT LISTENING TO ANY OF YOU HATERS THAT SAYS THAT SHE DIDN’T 😉

AND THAT LYRIC, RIGHT ^^ BEST STATEMENT FOR THIS BOOK

BOOK 2 WAS AMAZING, A TESTAMENT TO FANTASTIC WRITING AND AN AMAZING MIND..

THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT~PERFECT

THE 2 MC’S~PERFECT

THE OTHER CHARACTERS~PERFECT

AND THEN WE HAVE PROPHET~ PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT I CAN’T EVEN TALK ABOUT HIM~ I DON’T WANT TO SHARE HIM, EVEN TOMMY MADE ME JEALOUS! 😉 SO BROKEN AND SARCASTIC AND AWESOME AND SEXY AND ALL FREAKING MINE! 

TOMMY STOLE MY HEART IN THIS BOOK~ BECAUSE HE LOVES MY FUCKING BROKEN PROPHET SO MUCH! 

THE ANGST, THE MYSTERY, THE WHO DUN IT, THE SEX, THE SEX, THE SWAMP, THE ALLIGATORS… BLENDED SO WELL 2GETHER

PROPHET AND TOMMY~ THE BACK AND FORTHS BETWEEN THEM, SO EPIC! I LIVE AND BREATHE  SARCASM… I NEED IT LIKE SOMEONE NEEDS AIR… AND I GOT IT IN SPADES WITH BOOK 2

THE SEX AND KISSING SCENES~ AMAZINGLY HOT, MADE ME TWITCH IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES AND AGAIN I WILL ADD THAT I LOVED THE FACT THAT IN THIS RELATIONSHIP THERE IS NO TOP AND NO BOTTOM~ JUST MAD LOVE~ I ACTUALLY WANNA GO TO NEW ORLEANS AND RELIVE THAT HURRICANE SCENE 😉 CAUSE THAT WAS JUST MM MM MMM

AND SE JAKES, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART THANK YOU FOR NOT LEAVING THIS ONE IN A CLIFFY! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

I HEART YOU

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Next up Cillian and Mal~ AND I CANT WAIT FOR THIS!!! 2014 YOU ARE TO DAMN FAR AWAY! 

 

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