90’s Playlist
Bookreview / October 13, 2015

I received 90’s Playlist as an ARC and I read it with pleasure. It is an anthology consisting of six stories. The idea is that they are about being young in the 90’s and all stories are based on a specific song of that period. In an earlier blog some of the writers explained how the story relates to the song they chose. All authors were unknown to me, except one. Amy Jo Cousins also wrote one of the stories in this book. Some stories were excellent, some a little less. But all were a great read, and they weren’t even LBGT in nature sometimes. My Strongest Weakness by Brighton Walsh is a story about a love that is so wrong and yet so good. Goth girl Tia Lanning is banging the big man on campus Mason Brooks and no one can ever find out. But what happens when there love grows to strong to hide? Worthwhile by Audra North is about Jill who moved to England to be with her boyfriend only to be dumped by him on the second day. Now what should she do? Cry and go home or see if there is another cute boy out…

90’s Playlist inspiration
Author Interview , Blogtour / October 12, 2015

Tomorrow, October 13, the anthology 90’s Playlist will be released. My review will also be posted on that same day. But the day before the release the authors of the stories shared with me what inspired their story and why that specific song would fit the story so well. Here is what they said… I have chosen to insert the video of the song so you can listen to it and get in the mood while reading the story. As a child of the 90’s I remember each and everyone of these songs and I think they fit very well with the stories. Brighton Walsh I chose If by Janet Jackson. It was a hard choice, narrowing down which song to use. I had a short list of about 10, and I played out different plots for each of them. And, in fact, I changed my original song I was planning to use. The idea for a plot based on If—“if I was your girl, the things I’d do to you…”—was just too good to pass up. I loved exploring the secret lover trope, and also playing with the enemies to lovers trope. Lorelie Brown My story comes from listening…

Cover Reveal: Real World
Bookreview , Bookteaser / September 22, 2015

Well we all know how much I love Amy Jo Cousins and especially her Bend or Break series. And today she revealed the cover for the latest addition to the series, which will be part 5. It is called Real World and will finally give Tom and Reese the HEA we know they deserve and have been fighting for so long. For those of you who subscribed to Amy Jo’s newsletter, the cover has already been revealed yesterday. So I advice everyone to subscribe to the newsletter for exclusive previews, blurbs and so on. You can subscribe right here. And for all of you who cannot wait, we have a small and slightly NSFW excerpt. You can pre order the book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the Samhain site. So if you loved all other parts before this one, then you MUST buy this one, no questions asked…. And now for the excerpt as promised…. When talking fails, it’s time to break out the big guns. Six years ago, Tom Worthington busted his ass to overcome the fear and paranoia that led him to withdraw from the world and nearly lose his boyfriend. He never thought he’d find himself…

Full Exposure
Bookreview / September 13, 2015

Full Exposure is a short novel by Amy Jo Cousins and is all about the geek meeting the celebrity and falling in love for real. This kind of story has always been a favorite of mine, but it is very hard to make it believable. I think Amy Jo really pulled it of here, the story is great and easy to read. Evan Pak is a computer geek who loves nothing more than the quiet live, going unnoticed for the most time. His brother is a somewhat famous photographer and sometimes takes Evan along to be his assistent on shoots. This also happens for a photoshoot with Riley Flood, world famous rock star and great eye candy, or at least Evan thinks so. But why would a guy like that fall for some one like Evan? The shoot is for the new album cover and they can’t seem to get it right. But a spontaneous idea ends up with Evan stripping naked and getting close and intimate with Riley. The connection between the two men is instant and undeniable. But when the shoot is over they go their own way again and whatever there was between them seems to be…

Level Hands – Bend or Break #4
Bookreview / August 7, 2015

Level Hands is the newest addition to the Bend or Break series by Amy Jo Cousin and I was asked to read and review this book as part of an eARC/Blogtour . Of course I agreed knowing how much I loved this series so far. And I was not disappointed, I loved part 4 just as much as the previous three. In part 3 we briefly met Rafael Castro and Denny Winslow. Denny is Cash’s nephew recently out of the closet and Rafael is part of the team that Cash coaches. There definitely was something between Rafael (Rafi) and Denny, but there was no time exploring it. On his 18th birthday Denny persuaded Rafi to kiss him just to know what it feels like to be kissed by another guy. But it never went further than that. This book is set about two years later as Rafi is going to college on a scholarship, the same college that Denny is at. They kept in touch all this time, but haven’t seen each other again after their last encounter. So now they will meet again and they will discover if there is still something between them or not. Tensions are rising…

The Girl Next Door – Bend or Break #3
Bookreview / July 26, 2015

The Girl Next Door is part 3 in the Bend or Break series by Amy Jo Cousins and I must say I am falling in love with these books more and more. I already loved part 1 and part 2, but part 3 is equally fantastic, if not more. In part 3 we catch up again with Charles “Cash” Carmichael, who we already met in part 1 as best friend of Tom. In this part Cash is quite a different man from what he once was. He told his family where they could stick their job and appartment. He would be doing something completely different, something his heart is more into. So he ends up coaching soccer for Chicago’s less privileged kids. The money is bad, the surroundings are bad but he loves his job very much. Then suddenly one night his cousin is standing at his door, all the way from the other side of the country. His cousin recently came out to his parents, who did not believe him and told him it was just a phase and it would pass. Cash has no idea how to handle this. So he asks for help…. And who better to…