A Veiled & Hallowed Eve (Soulbound VII) | Hailey Turner

Releasing: October 1, 2021
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Death is the last lover you will ever know.

SOA Special Agent Patrick Collins has lived a life full of lies, and it has finally caught up with him. There’s no denying his past any longer, not after giving up the truth to save himself from a murder charge. But truth alone can’t set Patrick free, and time is running out to stop the Dominion Sect from turning his father into a god.

Jonothon de Vere knows survival isn’t a guarantee, but he’s desperate to keep Patrick safe, even as hope slips through his fingers. With the future unknown, Jono will follow Patrick wherever he goes, even to Salem, where a family reunion reveals a bitter secret that was never going to stay buried.

With New York City under control of their god pack, Patrick and Jono must fall back on every alliance they’ve brokered to fill the front lines of a war coming directly to the city streets. The veil is always thinnest on Samhain, and what awaits them on the other side is the stuff of nightmares. For when it tears, all hell will break loose, and the gods will be summoned to face a reckoning the world isn’t ready for.



The stakes have never been higher, failure has never been so deadly, and the Fates have never been kind to heroes. Patrick knows that better than anyone–because everything has a price, every debt always comes due, and it’s finally time for Patrick to pay his. 

How was it?

I dreaded the final installment of the Soulbound series. As much as I wanted to read it, the idea that it’s the last one did not sit well with me. But Hailey Turner managed to get me to a place – after playing way too much with my emotions – where the possibility of not having another book or spin-off, which I still want, might be ok. It might be the denial talking.

Soulbound VII put me through a vast array of emotions from start to finish, there were many gut punches, surprises, and thrills throughout. Some of these emotional gut punches hit harder than I would have expected, this book has more surprises than the seventh book of a series that I’ve re-read several times should have. The action in this last entry is also astounding and very cinematic. The mythology and lore is here in full forces, and once again they are very well used, the avengers have assembled and they’re kicking ass. But as thrilling as the book is, there’s a healthy amount of fear that kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

The series as a whole is well-crafted, the details that went into it is inspiring. Not only the use of myths and lores from around the world is impressive but the growth of the characters from installment to installment is also amazing.

As for the audiobook, Garry Furlong once again does an amazing job but I couldn’t enjoy it as much, because it’s harder for me now to pretend the story hasn’t ended. For some reason there’s a finality in his performance throughout that I don’t like to hear. I want at least a spin-off, another story set in this world. At this point I’d settle for one that doesn’t even have to feature any of the characters in Soulbound. Anyway I guess now that my collection is complete, I have all the ebooks and audiobooks, and I’ll try to refrain on getting the physical copies until I can get them signed.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Death is the last lover you will ever know.

SOA Special Agent Patrick Collins has lived a life full of lies, and it has finally caught up with him. There’s no denying his past any longer, not after giving up the truth to save himself from a murder charge. But truth alone can’t set Patrick free, and time is running out to stop the Dominion Sect from turning his father into a god.

Jonothon de Vere knows survival isn’t a guarantee, but he’s desperate to keep Patrick safe, even as hope slips through his fingers. With the future unknown, Jono will follow Patrick wherever he goes, even to Salem, where a family reunion reveals a bitter secret that was never going to stay buried.

With New York City under control of their god pack, Patrick and Jono must fall back on every alliance they’ve brokered to fill the front lines of a war coming directly to the city streets. The veil is always thinnest on Samhain, and what awaits them on the other side is the stuff of nightmares. For when it tears, all hell will break loose, and the gods will be summoned to face a reckoning the world isn’t ready for.



The stakes have never been higher, failure has never been so deadly, and the Fates have never been kind to heroes. Patrick knows that better than anyone–because everything has a price, every debt always comes due, and it’s finally time for Patrick to pay his. 

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Series: Easton U Pirates #1
Author: Christina Lee
Genre(s): Contemporary, MM, Sports, Romance
Page count: 218 pages
Published: 20 November 2020

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Series: Auckland Med. #1
Author: Jay Hogan
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Crime, MM
Page count: 351 pages
Published: 15 December 2019

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Series: Simon Snow #1
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBT, Romance
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Title: True Mate
Series: Prosper Woods Chronicles #1
Author: Patricia Logan
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBT, Romance
Page count: 202 pages
Published: 30 April 2021

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Series: The Knight and the Necromancer
Author: A.H. Lee
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, MM, Fiction, Short stories
Page count: 78 pages
Published: 12 January 2021

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Author: Sarina Bowen
Genre(s): Contemporary, Queer, Romance, Fiction
Page count: 304 pages
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Author: Ryan Douglass
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Page count: 257 pages
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First Impressions | Jay Hogan

First Impressions (Auckland Med. 1) by Jay Hogan published 15 December 2019
Michael:
Two years ago I made a mistake, a big one. Then I added a couple more just for good measure. I screwed up my life, but I survived. Now, I have the opportunity for a fresh start. Two years in New Zealand. Away from the LA gossip, a chance to breathe, to rebuild my life. But I’m taking my new set of rules with me.
I don’t do relationships.
I don’t do commitment.
I don’t do white picket fences.
And I especially don’t do arrogant, holier-than-thou, smoking hot K9 officers who walk into my ER and rock my world.

Josh:
One thing for certain, Dr. Michael Oliver is an arrogant, untrustworthy player, and I barely survived the last one of those. He might be gorgeous, but my daughter takes number one priority. I won’t risk her being hurt, again. I’m a solo dad, a K9 cop and a son to pain-in-the-ass parents.
I don’t have time for games.
I don’t have time for taking chances.
I don’t have time for more complications in my life.
And I sure as hell don’t have time for the infuriating Dr. Michael Oliver, however damn sexy he is. 

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How was it?

I wanted to read this book for a while, a friend of mine even gifted it to me since she saw it on my wish lis, but I didn’t have time to sit and read it. Instead I turned to the audiobook when I saw that Gary Furlong was narrating it because I’ve only experienced his work on the Soulbound series so I was curious, and he totally delivers.

As for the story, there’s a gentle mix of genres that works. There’s a mystery crime element in it, which I liked, that could have been the main theme / focus of the book. But Michael being who is he, meaning that he does all that he can to help then kind of lets it go, and Josh’s lack of direct involvement with the investigation makes the mystery crime thriller aspects of the story more of a set-up for their relationship and characterization than the focus.
We also really get to know the characters through their actions more than anything else. Going back to the way Michael handles the crime and investigation that follows says a lot about about him. It’s that very attitude that is how he got himself in a tight spot in the past. Not being able to cope with the feeling of not having done everything that he could have with the information available to him. The story is field with little acts like this that gives you a clear idea of who these men are.

Speaking of the main characters, I love Josh and Michael’s rich history. They’ve both been through some though things and it makes them more interesting to me in particular when we see how they’re dealing with their past. There’s also an emphasis on each them as individuals that I appreciate, because too often in books when there’s a romantic pairing they kind of become one, or defined by each other and have little to no individuality. The fact that they start of as friends with benefits, which is so hot in this book, helps. The strong secondary characters do that as well, painting a good picture of what Josh and Michael’s individual lives are like apart from each other.

There’s a bit of angst in this story, enough to flirt with my threshold but it didn’t get to a point that it annoyed me too much. Giving how serious most of the events Josh and Michael went through the author does a great job at not rushing things for the most part, asking real questions about a viability of their relationship.

The Auckland Med series starts off strong, the characters are great, the story feels real and not looked at through rose-tinted glasses. I’m hungry for grittier, down to earth mm romance novels and this book delivers.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Bat Boy | Christina Lee

Bat Boy (Easton U Pirates #1) by Christina Lee
published 10 November 2020

Brady Donovan

With a baseball scholarship to Easton University and awesome family and friends, my life is pretty golden. Except, things have never come together for me in the romance department. Until Kellan Crawford walks onto the field as the team’s newest bat boy. Bells and whistles go off in my body, and just like that, I’m totally crushing on a guy for the first time in my life. Too bad he’s the coach’s son and officially off-limits.

Kellan Crawford

I’m working toward my statistics degree, so landing the bat-boy position with the Easton U Pirates is right up my alley. It keeps me close to the action on the field, even if that means hauling equipment, picking up sweaty jockstraps, and putting up with the players’ antics. My dad’s the coach, and his number-one rule is never to play favorites…which probably includes getting too friendly with the team captain. But Brady Donovan’s annoyingly perfect smile and protective nature are making that nearly impossible.

When something shifts between us at an away game, everything is thrown off-kilter. Donovan’s never been with a guy before, and I certainly don’t want to be his test case. But I can’t seem to help myself. He’s sweet and hot and somehow charms the baseball pants right off me. If Coach ever catches wind of this, he’ll bench us both. Disappointing my dad might kill me, but so would losing the guy who makes my heart pound harder than a home run in the bottom of the ninth.

So much for not playing favorites. 

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How was it?

I started this book in the middle of reading “Line Mates & Study Dates” because Asher in CU Hockey 4 was annoying me a bit. So the similar plot points between Kellan and and Kole did make me feel like I was reading the same book since they’re both sport romances, have equivalent jobs, and a coach father who’d disagree with their choice of partner. These two books are not the same but explore the same themes. Usually when I start another story before finishing a previous one I’m looking for something different if not another genre entirely.

However Bat Boy won me over with its characters. I loved Brady and his family, in particular his little brother Ricky; the same goes for Kellan and his circle of family and friends. The story may be about Kellan and Brady but the people in their lives are a big part of it, they’re not window dressing. I felt like the author knew exactly who each of the characters featured where inside and out, even when they were simply mentioned. It made the story real despite the low to non-existent angst and drama, because stories in which everyone is supportive are real too.

Kellan and Brady are a great pair, the build up to their relationship is sweet and kind of hot, which make Bat Boy a nice comfort read, a feel good story that I’d recommend to anyone looking to read something light and fluffy.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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June reads | Sizzling Short Stories, Paranormal Romances, Mercenaries and Hockey

Title: Just Friends
Series: Never Just Friends #1
Author: Saxon James
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, MM
Page count: 259 pages (ebook)
Published: 27 August 2020

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Editor: Shane Allison
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Page count: 232 pages
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Page count: 214 pages
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Author: Alice Winters
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Page count: 332 pages
Published: 6 November 2020

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Author: Jocelynn Drake
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Page count: 378 pages
Published: 29 May 2020

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Author: Shane Allison
Genre(s): Short Stories, Anthologies, Romance
Page count: 232 pages
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Author: Mark Greaney
Genre(s): Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy, Fiction, Mystery
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Title: Line Mates & Study Dates
Series: CU Hockey #4
Author: Eden Finley, Saxon James
Genre(s): Hockey, College, Romance, LGBT
Page count: 306 pages
Published: 23 June 2021

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Line Mates and Study Dates | Eden Finley, Saxon James

Line Mates & Study Dates (CU Hockey 4)
by Eden Finley, Saxon James
published 23 June 2021

ASHER

Hockey, studying, and school runs. That’s my life now.

After a tragic accident that took our parents’ lives, it’s up to me and my big brother to take care of our five younger siblings.

In between burning their meals and keeping them from killing each other, I’m supposed to get a college degree. It’s hard when I don’t have time to breathe let alone study, and if I don’t get my grades up, I’m in danger of losing the one thing that makes me happy: my spot on the hockey team.

Which is why when the new equipment manager offers to tutor me, I really can’t afford to say no. Even though I should.

He’s Coach’s son and way too tempting.

KOLE

As this year’s equipment manager for Dad’s hockey team, I’m expected to deal with sweaty jock straps and herding hockey players to their rooms at away games.

The job is easy, but babysitting Asher Dalton is not supposed to be a part of it.

So why, when his brother asks me to keep an eye on him, do I agree?

Why, when he’s struggling in classes, do I offer to help?

And why, when we’re studying, do I suggest a reward system that lands us squarely in bed?

Asher’s trouble, I know he is. But there’s something about him that makes it impossible to stay away.

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How was it?

It took me a while to while to warm up to Asher. Not just because of his memorable introduction in “Goal Lines & First Times.” For most of the first part I was chanting to myself “Hurt people, hurt people” even when I had glimpses of a softer side in the hockey player, but the authors managed it. I came to like Asher, not that I wasn’t seeing through his behavior from the start, but I was curious to see how he would turn things around. I enjoyed the growth and more the fact that what lead him to act the way he did was explained but not excused, otherwise that would have pissed me off.

I liked Kole from the get go even if he did give me major vibes of, as a friend would say: wanting a project and not a partner, but I guess they are people like that. The friend in question would call them social workers. Him being a pre-med student who recues tortured animals did not help. Where I thought that Kole would have been the one carrying the story, making Asher look good, I found that it was a bit of the opposite for me. I smiled and laughed at how Asher turned out to be around Kole, I love their banter, it was entertaining and fun.

Talking about fun, the steam here is excellent, I loved how it built and plateaued but that was just the cherry on top. The real draw is Asher’s journey, his heartfelt moments were great and his confidence when it came to Kole was hot.

CU Hockey 4 is a great read, and amazing addition to the series that I can’t wait to rediscover in as an audiobook. It’s as close to be my favorite as it can be but Face Offs & Cheap Shots is still my fav.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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CU Hockey 1
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