Review: Freckles by Amy Lane

Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.

Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse into the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be Super-Pet Owner—and decent boyfriend material to boot.

But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says good-bye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds that there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive, he can be a hero, he can be a man who stands up for his principles!

He can be the owner of a small dog.


Carter Embree’s career as a workaholic and somewhat unethical lawyer has made relationships difficult. Carter doesn’t even like what he does, but he can’t seem to find a way out. When he accidentally becomes the owner of a small puppy, Carter decides to give dog ownership a shot, partly as atonement, but mostly because he’s so lonely. It’s not easy, but he falls in love with the little guy.


Carter turns to Sandy Corrigan, a vet tech, for help. Sandy is amused at first as Carter bumbles his way through owning a dog, and slowly the two become friends. It doesn’t take long for Sandy to want more, which Carter reciprocates. But Carter doesn’t think he’s worthy of a dog, let alone a loving relationship. Sandy sets out to prove Carter wrong and show him how good they can be together.


This is a book written by a dog lover for dog lovers. ‘Freckles’ is the name of Carter’s new dog, a tiny bundle of joy that excels at leaving poop bombs around the house. I’m not a dog owner myself, but I do go gaga whenever I get the chance to pet a pup.


So while I zoned out during the puppy training 101, which takes up a good chunk of the book, I could still appreciate the cute antics of Freckles.


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The romance plays second fiddle for the first half of the book. Carter and Sandy like each other from the moment they meet, but both have a lot going on in their lives. Sandy is juggling a job and vet school, while Carter is married to his soul-sucking job.


When they do eventually give in to the feelings growing between them, it’s exactly the sweet yet heartfelt romance I’d expect for a holiday story from Amy Lane. There’s no unnecessary drama or contrived angst here. Sandy and Carter like each other, and they’re willing to give it an honest try.


The two go on cute dinner dates that end in sweet kisses, and bond over Freckles. It’s not the steamiest romance, but it’ll satisfy your sweet tooth.


The angst comes in the form of Carter’s serious lack of self-esteem. It’s the result of a childhood burdened with expectations and crappy job. I really liked seeing how being with Sandy convinced Carter to re-evaluate his life and explore solutions that could work.


The ending felt a bit tentative, but I’d still say that it’s a HEA. Sandy and Carter certainly have what it takes to make it work long-term.


Overall, this was a sweet holiday romance with a very cute puppy! Bonus points for the guest appearances by the boys from the Johnnies series, which I was absolutely giddy over.

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Review: Break My Shell by K.A. Merikan

--- He was supposed to never leave prison. And then he was in my bedroom. ---


Dayton
is always on time to work, always organized, always ready to do overtime. The perfect receptionist-waiter-cleaner. Employee of the month. But Dayton has a secret side to him. A kinky, filthy side full of dark and dangerous fantasies that should never see the light of day.

He explores his taste for submission in one way only. For three years, he’s been writing letters about it to Max. Convicted to life in prison for the murder of three men and unlikely to ever be free, Max is the safest outlet for Dayton’s frustrated fantasies.

Only that he does leave prison. He finds Dayton. And he won’t settle for anything less than what he was promised in the letters. Too bad Dayton is nowhere near ready to indulge Max. Or himself for that matter.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: ex-con, sexual fantasy, role-play, bondage, dirty talk, bullying, hotel setting

Genre: M/M contemporary erotic romance

Length: ~60,000 words (standalone novel)

WARNING: Adult content that might be considered taboo. Explicit content, strong language. Reader discretion advised.


WHAT?!?! A book all about role-playing!!! and not just any role-playing, but non-con/power imbalance role-playing!!!



And he couldn’t lie to himself about it— he loved force. His dirty fantasies had men coercing him into sexual submission, even if it was ultimately for Dayton’s pleasure. A security officer after catching him shoplifting, a guy getting him drunk and having his way with him at a party, a TSA agent performing a search much more thorough than he should.


And by KA Merikan, so you know it's going to be kinky! I’m in heaven!!!


So we have Max, who was just released from prison after having his charges dropped.



He’s been corresponding with Dayton via letters and a few phone calls since the beginning of his sentence 3 years ago. When he is released he obviously goes straight to Dayton, well because Dayton is the love of his life. However Dayton doesn’t see it that way….




Dayton started writing to Max because he admired his courage and bravery in defending himself against a hate-crime. Over time one thing led to another and Dayton started telling Max about all his dirty fantasies. He never expected to meet Max and doesn’t know what to do when suddenly confronted with the two versions of himself.



The Dayton from the letters was a daring, carefree person, someone the real Dayton didn’t necessarily want to be, but definitely someone happier than him.


Honestly Dayton annoyed me quite a bit with his flip-flopping on whether he wanted to be with Max or not, and Max was such a lovesick sweetheart that I felt frustrated for him as well. But the slut me was sooo ridiculously happy with all the smut that this still got a high rating.



“That’s it, slutboy, arch that ass against me, ‘cause you’ll be riding my cock soon.”


Every side character in this story are absolute dicks and I guarantee they will all push you to your limits of not throwing your reader across the room. Most of them get a good comeuppance but I did want to see what happened to some of them in the long-run, you know, to make sure they all died in a hole or something.


This probably would’ve been a 3.5/4 heart rating because of Dayton’s flip-flopping, but role-playing is my weakness and the ending of this book was sweet, dirty and utter perfection!


Highly recommended!

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Giveaway + Blog Tour: Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue



Victoria Sue is here today to promote her latest, 'Five Minutes Longer'! See our review here! She also stopped by with Exclusive Excerpt and a Giveaway!





Exclusive (NSFW) excerpt.


Finn rounded the corner of the stairs and stopped in shock. Talon sat on the floor, his back propped up against Finn’s apartment door, with Finn’s bag from the plane resting beside him. Talon’s head was lowered, and he hadn’t looked up when Finn turned down the corridor, but somehow Finn knew Talon was very well aware he was there. So why wouldn’t he acknowledge him?
“Oh cool, thanks.” He took a step closer and fished for his key.
Talon opened his eyes and looked straight at Finn, and Finn came to a sudden halt. Desperation. Sadness. Futility. All those and more in the blue eyes that stared nearly unseeing into Finn’s. Something had happened.
Finn swallowed and took another step. “Want a coffee?” he asked casually, and Talon heaved himself upright. He didn’t reply, but he followed Finn inside. Finn walked straight into the kitchen and waved at the stool. “Take a seat.”
He opened two of the wrong cupboards before he found the coffee. Talon still hadn’t said a word, but Finn was never one to talk when he was nervous. Talon sat and didn’t seem like he was in a hurry to leave. Finn could wait. He got two mugs and the cream and sugar out, and then stood awkwardly silent while it brewed. Finn turned to confirm Talon wanted it black as he had in the diner, but the words dried in his throat. Talon had silently slid off the stool and stood so close, Finn took a step back when he turned around.
“What happened?” he asked, his fingers itching to touch Talon’s bent head.
Talon sighed and took the coffee from the counter. “We were too late.”
Finn sipped his own, but when there didn’t seem to be any more info coming, he said, “Drew said it was at a school.”
“I’ve never known a kid not to wake up with it, ever. It always happens overnight. But this one, he was playing ball and got into it with some other kid because he cheated. There was a fight, and he pushed him.”
“Who? The enhanced did?” Finn asked.
Talon rubbed a hand over his eyes. “Yeah. Except the kid he pushed flew back straight into a brick wall and demolished it. He’s currently in Tampa General with severe head injuries. They’re not sure he’s gonna make it.”
“What happened to the other kid?”
“The cops arrived at the same time as the kid’s parents. Apparently they live close, and the dad works nights, so he was home. By this time the kid was nearly hysterical. The teacher was trying to calm him down, and she told us the mark just grew before her eyes as the kid was crying. He wouldn’t let anyone near him, just kept screaming for his mom.” Talon looked up again, and Finn’s heart seemed to tighten at the hollowness in Talon’s eyes.
“And his mom and dad came?”
Talon nodded. “The kid was distraught. He was crying and shaking, and the mom and dad arrived. His mom called his name and started to go near, and then he looked up when he heard her. She just screamed, and the kid cried and ran toward her. The dad….” Talon stopped, his throat working. “He pushed him away,” he whispered. “Told him not to come anywhere near his wife. Said he had to stay back. We arrived at the same time as the cops, and they took him out without giving us a chance to talk to him.”
“Took…. You mean they sedated him, don’t you?” Fuck, it sounded like they shot the kid.
Talon nodded. “But he wasn’t completely out straight away. Crying desperately for his mom, and his dad just turned to the cops and told them to take him away. That he was no son of theirs. That they had to take him because he was never coming in their house ever again.
“There was nothing I could do,” Talon said. “I thought Gael was gonna kill the dad. I had to get the team back.”
“What will happen?” Finn asked in horror.
“State takes them. The ones who no one wants. The ones who are thrown away.”
Finn felt his own eyes burning, and he blinked.
Talon shook his head as if in complete disbelief. “That’s why this unit has to work. We have to show we’re not monsters. We have to show we don’t need locking up. We could start all sorts of outreach programs—go to schools, even.”
Finn closed the gap between them. He had no thought except comfort, except showing this man who hurt so badly that not everyone condemned them. He put his hand out to touch Talon’s shoulder without thinking, and Talon raised his face. Finn stopped. Something changed. He couldn’t swallow in his closed throat. The blue in Talon’s eyes deepened and seemed to draw him in. His warm breath ghosted over Finn’s lips, and Finn’s heart seemed to slow.
Talon moved. Not so much moved as launched himself at Finn. It was only Talon planting his arms around Finn’s back that kept Finn upright against the onslaught as Talon’s mouth savaged his.
Finn was stunned, reeling. He froze for a second, and then as he felt Talon react to his immobility, just as Talon stiffened and Finn knew he was about to step away, Finn’s lips seemed to remember what to do, how to respond. He couldn’t help the grunt as he latched onto Talon and feverishly hung on in case Talon thought he wasn’t interested.
Talon responded just as desperately, and Finn felt his feet almost clear the floor as Talon dragged Finn’s body against his. Finn arched as Talon threaded his fingers through Finn’s hair and bent his head. Kissing didn’t come close to the way Talon possessed Finn’s mouth. He bit and pulled at Finn’s lower lip with his teeth, and the groan that reverberated in Talon’s throat traveled to Finn’s cock.
Finn held on and tugged at Talon’s hair, desperate for him not to move. Desperate for more. Never in his wildest fantasies had anything like this happened.
Then Talon moved his hand to the front of Finn’s jeans, and Finn whined an urgent warning. His cock throbbed and pulsed, and he was desperate to feel Talon’s fingers. Finn arched against Talon, blood pounding in his ears, blood pounding in his groin. He just needed…. Talon slid his hand down the front of Finn’s jeans and cupped his cock through his boxers. Finn tried to pull away, tried to break the kiss, or he would come in his jeans. Talon just growled, and the sound went straight to Finn’s balls.
“No.” Talon nearly shouted the word and pushed Finn away.
Finn’s knees gave out, and he staggered before collapsing on the floor. He blinked, completely dazed.
“I can’t. I’m sorry.” Talon dragged a hand through his hair, gave Finn one desperate look, and strode to the door. He banged it shut behind him.
Finn raised a shaky hand to his swollen lips. What the fuck?
He got to his feet and winced. He needed a shower. He didn’t even know where to begin sorting all that out in his head, but in his limited experience with hand jobs, he’d just had the best sex of his life, and he never even removed his clothes.
What the hell did that mean for work tomorrow?


Blurb

Talon Valdez knew that when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced are viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.
Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.
Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI since he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with fatal abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.
Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.

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Review: You Belong With Me by J.R. Loveless

Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years, but watching Craig with his manipulative boyfriend has worn Scott down, and he knows he needs a break from the pain and maybe a change of scenery and perspective. His twin sister, Karen, convinces him to spend a summer in Paris.

Karen is sick and tired of seeing Scott suffer, and she’s not going to stand for it anymore. She confronts Craig and tells him what he’s been missing by spurning Scott’s affection in favor of a jerk who mistreats him.

When Craig unknowingly breaks Scott’s heart, Craig opens his eyes—and his own heart—to the possibility of a future with Scott. He plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.


Scott and Craig have been best friends for over 10 years. They have done everything together including coming out but after they did and Scott realized he had feelings for his best friend, things began to change. Scott has never had the confidence to tell Craig how he truly feels and instead settles on being his BFF and watching Craig go through a crappy relationship with Derek, who totally doesn’t deserve him.

But Scott is done watching and not being the one Craig cares about romantically. When his meddlesome twin sister Karen goes behind his back to their parents and gets Scott the internship to study and analyze political coverage in France the night of their birthday party, he jumps at the chance. After the scene Scott walks in on with Craig and Derek I can’t blame him for running away from his problems.

I have to say the POV of Karen was pointless to me. It took me so far out of the story and every POV she had could have been dealt with from either Craig or Scott’s POV and flowed with the story. I get that she has her own romance with Stanley and Stanley has issues but it made zero sense to have it in this short story.

But back to the boys and to Craig… he is a bit of a douche but he truly loves his BFF but not in that way, or does he? I like that we got Craig’s POV so we knew what he was thinking and that he did question his feelings for Scott before the big birthday blowout. He always considered Scott’s feelings as a friend and after the one and only time he didn’t he felt awful that he hurt Scott so the fact that Craig has a change of heart, wasn’t that hard to buy. And at least he got a morsel of his own medicine.

You Belong with Me was a cute friends to lover’s story with my favorite, unrequited love. I still think Karen’s POV was unnecessary and after the second time it showed up I skimmed the rest, but Scott and Craig were a mess of hormones and feelings that finally found their way to one another.


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Review: Unsafe Exposure (Hidden Wolves #4) by Kaje Harper

Stepping out of the closet as a gay man may be a walk in the park, compared to coming out as a werewolf.

From the moment artist Dylan Shore arrives in Chicago, his life gets twisted like a kaleidoscope. Why does a street gang he's never met before want him dead? Why is a hot but odd mathematician stalking him? And how can half the things Alex Corwin says possibly be true, no matter how honest he seems?

Alex has a frightening dilemma. Dylan is attractive, appealing, out and proud. He's also completely unaware that he's a werewolf. It shouldn't be Alex's job to tell him, and warn him that gay wolves usually end up dead. But someone has to, before he finds out in blood and violence.

Chicago's not Alex's home town, but somehow he needs to protect Dylan from the local packs, protect the Packs from being outed by Dylan, and keep his cool around the first man to touch his own deeply-closeted heart.





Unsafe Exposure is the highly anticipated fourth book in Kaje Harper’s Hidden Wolves series.  We finally get to see the werewolves’ ‘coming out’ and what effects it has on them in the aftermath.  I have to say, I loved this story.  There was so much going on that it kept me glued to the pages the whole time.  

Dylan is in town helping his little sister get settled into her new life as a college student when he runs afoul of a street gang at the local zoo.  He doesn’t understand a) why they would be at the zoo of all places and b) what the heck he did to piss them off and make them chase after him.  He’s rescued when a car pulls up alongside of him and the driver yells at him to get in.  Alex is in town for a few months for his job as a statistician.  He sees some guy being chased down the street by a few hoodlums from the local pack and just couldn’t stop himself from helping.


“I stopped for you because I had to.  You looked at me, and you were scared.  Whatever was going on, I couldn’t let them catch you.”


So begins a journey filled with adventure, politics, revelations, courage, self-realization and trust.  And love, can’t forget about that.  Because that’s what makes it all worth it in the end.

I cannot tell you enough how much I love Kaje’s writing.  Such fabulous character building!  And her secondary and tertiary are fully fleshed as well.  Her attention to detail is astounding.  You can tell that she has done extensive research and put a lot of time and thought into building this world.  Her obvious joy in writing shines through and makes it that much more enjoyable for me to read her works.  What I love most about her books is all the realism.  

Have you ever been standing in a long line or maybe stuck in a waiting room and to pass the time you people watch and think, “what’s their story”?  Maybe you see a guy with a cast on his arm and create this elaborate story in your head where he’s a fireman who broke his arm while saving a kitten from a burning building or there’s a woman standing there with bags under her eyes, rumpled clothing and a couple of screeching rugrats circling her and you think that she’s so tired because she just got off shift at the hospital where she single handedly saved the lives of 5 people by performing cutting edge brain surgery all the while battling the Powers That Be for more funding for her research.   I imagine Kaje does something like this, because her books are filled with real people.  They’re not gorgeous, perfectly built men whom everyone lusts over.  They’re just ordinary, everyday people living their lives the best way they know how.  People I would run into on the street or maybe at the grocery store.  It’s so refreshing to read about people I can relate to yet still have a fantastical story about mythical creatures.  If there ever was a person who could convince me that werewolves are real, it’s Kaje Harper.

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Review: Pulled from All Sides (Roughstock #6) by B.A. Tortuga

Balta is all fire and fury, Joa is his haven. What happens when Raul becomes their third?

Joa is an anomaly on the bull-riding circuit—he’s Brazilian but grew up in Texas, so he’s not sure where he fits in. Champion Brazilian rider Balta knows just where he wants Joa to be—both in his life and in his bed.

Raul is new to the bull-riding circuit and needs their help learning the ropes. From the start, Raul knows that Joa belongs with Balta, but he also knows that Balta's career is on its way down and the world is ripe for another champion from Brazil.

When Balta decides that Raul is just what he and Joa need to even out the balance of power, they have to find common ground—professionally, publicly, and most importantly, personally.

Publisher's Note: This book has been previously released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.



BA Tortuga is one of my top 10 erotic-romance authors this year. The Roughstock series is about to hit my binge reading list. This is the third book I have read from the series, and the only thing holding me back from starting over from the beginning, and binging on the entire series is the confusing order of the books on goodreads. It appears that this series is going through an edit and re-release through Pride Publishing, so I’m going to check out the order there instead of goodreads, and hope I hit it right.


Speaking of hitting it right, sweet baby Jesus, this book hit it right. These three men are ridiculous, in the best way. Ridiculously hot, the sexual chemistry is ridiculously good, and the seamlessness of their relationship building was ridiculously easy. I loved it. This is purely feel good on the romantic front. There is absolutely no crazy drama, inflated issues, or confusion. This was perfect. Adults who are actually adulting in a clear, communicative way. Thank you BA Tortuga, for making this such a beautifully pleasant read.


Joaquim is hesitant in the beginning, while Baltazar goes for what he wants, slowly at first, and then heats up his pursuit of Joa. The sexual tension had me burning up. It was off the charts hot. Exactly what I needed.


As the story progresses, I realised that the timeline sort of runs parallel to Coke’s Clown which is listed as book #4. I’m going to take a wild guess (which will probably be wrong, because I haven’t read them all) and say that all the couples/triad stories run a similar timeline in this world. Which works fine for me. There are enough people, enough left out, that each of these stories feel new, but familiar. It’s actually a really good strategy for a series. There is no repetitiveness because the recurring characters are only in the same place during the competition, and at that time, the reader is only treated to that couple’s insular view of their riding, and relationship. The really good thing about this, is that as drama unfolds (It’s Rodeo - there are injuries, posturing, losses, wins - so drama is a given) we get to know something different about the event, through another set of eyes and ears. This is especially important to me because the injuries are intense. Nothing is glossed over, and the recoveries are done in real time. There is something raw about it that pulls me in, and makes me want to know every upsetting, gritty detail. I feel sick, and hopeful at the same time. It’s a very wild ride.


The first part of this story is the relationship between Balta and Joa. How it started, how they build it, and the sexy times in between. Balta is selfish and has every intention of taking what he wants from Joa, while loving on him as much as he can. But he is old (if 35 were old, and apparently in bullriding it is), worn, and tired. His body has been broken more times that he can count, and he fears that he is not enough for his energetic and healthy lover. He won't let him go, but he will give him everything he wants. And Joa’s eyes seem to be straying to Raul, which Balta finds hot and interesting.


Raul is a newcomer to the US circuit, after winning two championships in Brazil. He speaks no English, and is struggling to connect with anyone, not to mention being downgraded in the eyes of the competition, even though his opinion is that the bulls are fiercer in Brazil, so he’s earned more than Rookie of the Year. The one bright spot for him is Joa, but he has a feeling the man is off-limits. An invitation to stay with Balta and Joa during a season break is the start of something sweet for all three men.


I loved their connection. As I’ve said above, this was easy. The relationship was smooth. There was no misunderstanding. Balta, the leading force in the triad, is clear about his intentions, and what he intends is to have both men in his bed.


While the relationship building was easy, the action in this story is hard. These are bull riders, bullfighters, and clowns. They get injured, and sometimes those injuries are life-threatening, or career ending. It was hard to read about the kind of injuries that can occur in this sport. It was hard to read about beloved friends with injuries that could kill them. It was hard to read about hopes and dreams being shattered. It was heartbreaking, and nausea inducing. Reader beware, some of the content is not pretty, and this story for all it’s easy with the relationships, is not fluffy. But it is beautiful, and worth it. I have grown to love all the characters in this book, and look forward to reading more of this series.




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Review: Blood Divine by Greg Howard

Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.



A paranormal, blood thirsty take on supernatural nasties with gay MC's - it's made of win! 

I found this book gripping from the start, I do have a penchant for books that show an event several years in the post as a prologue as this story does. We start 20 years ago, and see our MC Cooper in a life changing event in his childhood. The boyish dare of seeing the forbidden haunted manor changes Cooper's future - or so it seems to him at the time and for many years to follow. Then we start in the present day, with Cooper returning to his childhood home (a place he tries to avoid) to find his missing grandma. 

This is not a slow to get going story, it is packed with action and emotion from the start. I have to admit this is one of the best paranormal horror stories I have read for a while. Though the battle between forces of evil and good is an old one, this brings a fresh take, the plantation setting worked really well I thought. Forgotten passages and haunted mansions and prisoners; the past affecting the future - it is all here.

The one thing I was less keen on was the length - it felt too short to me. That's not to say it is a short story, it isn't, but I suppose in the tradition of King or Koontz, I do like a horror to be longer. It felt like the events all happened quickly, it's hard to explain, but I think I wanted it to feel slightly more in depth/longer/complicated - this is a me thing though rather than it being badly written. It is what I wanted a bit more of - if that makes any sense at all!!

An author I'll definitely be looking out for again and a book I'd recommend to horror fans. Also - I LOVE the cover!!

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Review: Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue

Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.

Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.

Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.

Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.





Great start to a series? 


I'm not sure if this is going to be one or not but the foundation has certainly been laid with Five Minutes Longer. We're introduced to an AU which contains enhanced humans confined to the US. Why only the US? No one knows. Also intriguing is why certain people become enhanced to begin with; it's something that crops up in childhood, usually prior to puberty. I'm not sure if it's solely a male phenomenon or not but there is never any mention of a girl waking enhanced. At any rate, a mark shows up on their faces and typically all hell breaks loose.


Many parents disown their kids leaving them in the care of the state in usually subpar accommodations that are more like prisons to protect the public ostensibly because their powers aren't well controlled. As you can imagine many of them do not stay in these homes and some wend up in the care of malcontents.

Finn's dream is to be an FBI agent. His brother is a bully and his mother doesn't deserve the moniker and one day when he receives a letter to arrive in Tampa to start work on a new project within the FBI. Needless to say, he leaves a vapor trail.



Finn is introduced to his new team which consists of enhanced only excepting him. The plan is to pilot he and Talon Valdez as partners to build trust with the general population and if that goes well then the rest of the team will be paired with humans as well.




Gael, Vance, Sawyer, Eli. These guys are like superheroes! With an edge. The things that they can do are pretty boss and what makes it even cooler is their powers are still evolving! There seems to be an even split among them regarding just how welcome Finn is, but as the action unfolds they warm to him and become stronger as a unit.

If you're averse to communication issues between the protags you'll probably want to steer clear of this one. Talon and Finn couldn't find an adult conversation with a compass AND a map. I'm not averse to communication problems but what did become old was the martyring. It made both of them look like wishy washy amateurs which, I guess, they actually are, but wouldn't one try to avoid looking like a wishy washy amateur if one were one to begin with? It made me seriously question Talon's fitness to lead the team. He's very rash whereas Gael is possesses a sangfroid or even Vance whose gregariousness is infectious, so why not make one of them team leader? The other thing that nagged was Finn's thin skin. I would think someone raised in the environment in which he was raised would have a well fortified defense system. Evidently not.

The thriller aspects may have slightly outweighed the romantic ones and I do wish there had been more showing Talon and Finn's connection rather than telling, but their chemistry is clear. The sex is in the medium range and Finn is a virgin, if that's your jam.

I liked Talon and Finn but I think I'm more smitten with the team which is why I'm hoping this will turn into a series. I'd also like to know what happens to some of these kids.

Recommend to thriller and AU fans.




A copy was provided by the publisher.

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