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Review: Promises by Marie Sexton

Title:  Promises
Author:  Marie Sexton
Series:  Coda Books, #1
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Release Date:  January 8, 2010
Pages:  138, ebook


Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone. Until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is.

Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting. Facing Matt's affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt's co-workers, Jared fears they'll never find a way to be together-if he can even convince Matt to try.

I'm not saying it’s easy for me either, Jared, but I don’t want to hide anymore. I will not spend the rest of my life being ashamed of my love for you.”

I absolutely LOVED this book to death! PROMISES comes highly recommended to M/M newbies and I agree with that statement. PROMISES definitely made me fall in love with M/M Romance all over again. I'm so mad I didn't read this book sooner. It definitely does not disappoint, especially with the beautiful love story and I LOVE love stories.

I liked the characters, the town and the storyline. Matt and Jared are our spotlight couple in this book. Matt is new in town and he and Jared end up becoming friends. The only thing is Jared is openly gay and Matt claims he is straight, but he is still in the closet, still figuring things out. These guys as friends get along so well, but they both want more. But Matt is still struggling on the point of thinking if it's right to have those feelings for a man. Eventually these two finally end up together.

“Fair? Do you have any idea what I put up with at work for you? Have you ever even thought about it? Do you think that’s ‘fair’? I ask you to make just a little bit of an effort for me, and you won’t even consider it.

I really enjoyed Matt figuring out everything. If it was worth it. To choose between Jared and his job and just to be okay with having those feelings for Jared. The town and his co-workers give him a hard time about it, but to him it is worth it because he loves Jared. Jared on the other hand drove me nuts towards the end. After wanting Matt and having him finally, he ends up being scared of what everyone will think and not wanting to deal with it.

We get one of those wonderful Jared and Matt conversations & make-up moments, so I forgive him. Their love really was beautiful. I think what makes books like these so good is the love story and the drama included. I freaking adored this book and will absolutely continue on with the Coda Books Series.

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Review: Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Title:  Spell Bound
Author:  Rachel Hawkins
Series:  Hex Hall, #3
Publisher:  Hyperion Book CH
Release Date:  March 13, 2012
Pages:  327

Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?

“In the past few hours, I’ve been possessed, nearly had my head caved in, and found out my mom is secretly a Prodigium hunter. And before that, I lost just about everyone else I care about, and discovered that people I trusted are secretly demon-raising creeps. My life sucks pretty hard right now. So, yeah. I’m making jokes.”

Oh, man! Oh, man! Oh, man! I was nervous to read SPELL BOUND because I had waited so long to read it and that I may need a memory refresher as well, but none was needed at all! I jumped right back into the series where I had left off and couldn't stop once I started and SPELL BOUND definitely delivers!

“I’m the worst fiancĂ©e ever, aren’t I?” Cal lifted one shoulder. “Nah. This one warlock I knew, his betrothed set him on fire.”

I had missed all of the characters! I love this series and its snarky dialogue and couldn't get enough of it. I enjoyed the new characters and the old. We get to see Sophie's dad, James again. I love that man to death! For some reason I want a short story on Sophie's dad and mom! Hehe Okay. Moving on. I missed Archer and Oh, Cal! I cannot believe they did that to you. Is there this rule that when there is a love triangle that you gotta kill off the other love interest or something that I don't know about. Jeez.

“Whoa, I'm your girlfriend now?" Archer shrugged. "We've tried to kill each other, fought ghouls, and kissed a lot. I'm pretty sure we're married in some cultures.”

Anyway, SPELL BOUND could not have ended better. I loved Sophie and Archer! I heart you so much, Archer! And Cal, you will be missed! I will really miss Sophie and the whole gang. Amazing end to the series, I really enjoyed it and I am sad to see it go!

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Cover Reveal: The One by Kiera Cass

The One by Kiera Cass
Released ♦ May 6, 2014 ♦


The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned.

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