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Erwecke mein Innerstes (Mates Collection)

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McFarlands Farm (Hope Collections 1)

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Mein Glück in deinen Augen (Mates)

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The Lions of Berk - Johnnie

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Jake & Nathaniel: Grenzenlos

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Rezension zu "The Half of Us (Family Collection) (Volume 1)" von Cardeno C.

Sexy, domestic bliss, low on the cheesy stuff
Sakukovor 10 Monaten

Since his divorce from his wife, Jason only does one-night-stands. He doesn't believe he can have a family with another man. One night be picks up Abe, a younger, shy man with an infectious laughter. A few month later they see each other again an Jason breaks his and asks for an encore.
Jason becomes fascinated with Abe, and Abe is certainly not discouraging the attention. The sex is hot, after all, and slowly but surely things shift from just fucking to more.

I liked this part better than the third book (Not sure why it shows up as #1, this is #4, I haven't read 1 & 2 though).

This is a rather quiet book, if you discount all the sex scenes. It's pretty much just smoking hot sexy times with great dirty talk and a rough edge and quiet domesticity. A lot of people call it fluffy, which is true in execution, if not in language, if you know what I mean. There is no lengthy spouting of love declarations or sappy dialog, it's all in what they do and share. Hell, even Jason's filthy innuendo can end up being sweet. And it's almost entirely drama and angst free.
Even though Jason was very much against relationships in the beginning, he just slides into the one with Abe without really noticing, and when he does notice, instead of freaking out or drawing back, he things about it and is ok with it, which was actually pretty awesome. I wondered why Abe didn't just talk to Jason about some of the stuff earlier (or at all), though. It's not like Abe was afraid something bad would happen. He just kinda seemed to enjoy to wait for Jason to figure it out.

I really liked the characters. Abe just might be a bit too perfect. Sweet, understanding, clever, patient, endless sex drive, great with kids, everything. I can't think of a single character flaw on him...
I liked Jason more. He has made a lot of mistakes, but he is capable of learning from them, he has a quick temper, loves silly innuendo, bit absent-minded. He felt a lot more human than Abe and very much sympathetic since he actually has to overcome his difficulties, instead of being perfect like Abe. ;)
But the side characters are great too. I complained that in the third part of the series the kids where pretty much just window dressing. That is not the case here. They feel like actual people with personality and problems and they are a relevant part of the plot and the narrative, even though we don't get to see them much in the first half of the book or so. The ex-wife is also great, witty and understanding. She pushes Jason, but she's supportive.

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Rezension zu "More Than Everything: A MMM Contemporary Gay Romance (Family Collection)" von Cardeno C.

Good style, the triad just fell flat
Sakukovor 10 Monaten

Dancer Charlie loved twice in his live. The first was his neighbor as a teenager, kind, gorgeous jock Scott, who moved away to go to college. Later he fell for the prickly, over-confident Adan, who was ashamed of Charlie's effeminate manner. Suddenly, the two men Charlie loved show up at his doorstep, now themselves a couple, and they want him back.

I have to say, this is not quite what I expected. I like triangle relationship books a lot, but this was different, since it started out with each of the couples separately, so it's 30% Scott/Charlie, 30% Adan/Chase and only the rest is Charlie/Scott/Adan together.

I liked the style a lot. Charlies scrapbook storytelling kind of way is engaging and I enjoyed Charlies voice in general, the snark and fun in it. I just wish they'd actually included the pictures Charlie describes. That would have been the icing on the cake.
I did not like Adan a lot, especially in the beginning, which seems to be a problem for a lot of people. Though I have to say, I mostly found him weirdly stupid. Rather detached from the world, I mean, not intellectually sub-par. The stereotyping and assholeyness I could deal with, mostly.

But my major problem is, that I just did not get into the triad relationship. I thought it was not build very realistically or even very entertaining.
The whole getting together part stretches over 6 month, which makes sense, I just felt we where not shown the good bits. There was really not a lot of communication going on, I thought, or it was simply off-screen. Scott and Adan felt a bit pushy at times and often I wasn't really sure what the exact configuration of their relationship was right now. Because they don't really speak about expectations and wishes and organization on page, so it feels weird. It was just too easy, I guess. Without having talked about it before, when they see Charlie again, they are immediately "Yes, want!". No insecurities, no talking about it? Really?
I get that the book in it's entirety is rather on the fairy tale scale of sweet/sappy, but I just felt I needed a bit more anything to buy the whole concept. Could have been talks or meaningful moments together or something.

Also, the kids where entirely prop, which I'm not too much of a fan of. They where around only when needed as a distraction, when all of the adults needed to have a talk, or sexy times, they where conveniently absent until the scene was finished.

I still had fun and I thought the sex scenes where really quite well done and very hot, but I enjoyed the style more than the relationship content, so 3,5 stars, I guess.

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Rezension zu "Not a Game" von Cardeno C.

Sweet, slow romance with a twist
Sakukovor 10 Monaten

Oliver just moved to Seattle for a new job. He's shy, reclusive and didn't date much and now he wants to change that, too. Since he feels his sexual inexperience is a major strike against him, together with his weight and looks, he's hired an escort to teach him some tricks.
Jamie sees the prefect guy for him at a bar, but when he tries to chat him up, he finds himself confused for an escort. But Oliver's adorably shy confessions draw him in and he decides to play along instead of clearing up the mistake.



Oh, this is just so adorable. I didn't realize how similar it`s to Professional Distance, which I only just finished, but that's ok, this one is more sweet and slow.

So, the secret twist (which is really not all that secret, or much of a twist, since it gets telegraphed pretty strongly from chapter one) takes a bit of suspension of disbelieve, but everything else is just perfect, hot adorkableness.

I just love the MCs. Oliver is shy, dorky and awkward, but he's pretty funny when he comes out of his shell. I felt bad for him but could very much relate to his low self-esteem and body issues.
He just can't believe Jamie is actually attracted to him as he is, because it's so ingrained in him, that Jamie's body type is the "right" one. But Jamie is so understanding, loving and patient.

And I adored them together. Oliver is really thoughtful and puts himself out there for Jamie, and Jamie tries very hard to make Oliver feel wanted, included and comfortable. They are just so damn perfect together is nearly sickeningly sweet. But only nearly. I do like sweet, after all. ;)

There's plenty sex in the book, especially in the beginning, but it's all rather slow, explorative, with lots of talking thrown in. Oliver is not a virgin per se but he has very little experience and they take it pretty slow. I thought it was still really hot, though. Oliver is very much into taste and smell. Maybe some find that a bit gross, I can relate, so it worked for me.

I thought the twist actually went on a bit longer than it should have, but I was very happy there was not a big, dumb blowup (not that it would be unreasonable, really, I just don't enjoy them in romance). Both guys acted really maturely about it, which is rare, but good.

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