Sep 122016
 
Review + Giveaway: Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh

Three reads already this year from one of my favorite authors? Yes, please. And keep ’em coming. If you’ve visited Badass Book Reviews lately, I’m sure my love affair with Garrett Leigh’s books is something you already know about. When I read the synopsis for Rented Heart, I couldn’t wait to read it! As usual, this was an emotional roller coaster and left me breathless for more!   Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh Genre: LGBTQIA, Contemporary Romance Publication Date: September 10th, 2016 ARC Provided by Riptide Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: Ex-surfer-turned-businessman Liam Mallaney moved back to Holkham, Norfolk, to mourn the [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 242016
 
"Waiting on" Wednesday: Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, and it features an upcoming release you’re looking forward to. What book am I anticipating so much it’s making my reader heart skip a beat? ~ synopsis from Goodreads ~ Ex-surfer-turned-businessman Liam Mallaney moved back to Holkham, Norfolk, to mourn the loss of his husband. Grief and loneliness keep him a solitary figure, and he likes it that way. There’s no room in his broken heart for anything else. Rentboy Zac Payne left London and most of his demons behind, but he still only knows one way to [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 152016
 
On the Hunt | Tracking an Epic Romance

  Isn’t there no better feeling than finding a book that’s like magic in your hands.  A story that, from page one, sucks you in and holds you hostage.  One that when you get to the end and you can feel your heart squeezing, and your soul aching, and you just clutch the book to your chest because you know that physically putting it down would be like ripping off the toughest of band-aids. I’ve felt that way about only a handful of books and the sad fact is that, despite rereads, I’ll never get that initial feeling again.  There is literally [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 122016
 
More Josh Lanyon Lovin!

This is my second installment of all Josh Lanyon reads.  The reason for this is simple, I love her style and when I find a good one I suddenly decide to binge read one after the other. If you are a mystery reader and enjoy the M/M genre, Josh Lanyon is a must read.  Dead serious.  Must read. The Mermaid Murders The Art of Murder book #1 Genre: M/M Contemporary Mystery Publication Date: August 1st, 2010 Synopsis from Goodreads: Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to temporarily partner with disgraced, legendary “manhunter” Sam Kennedy when it appears [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 262016
 
Early Review: Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane

Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane Genre: Mystery/Suspense, LGBTQIA Publication Date: June 29th, 2016 ARC provided by Dreamspinner Press Synopsis from Goodreads: PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights—and he doesn’t trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe. Defense attorney Ellery Cramer grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but that hasn’t stopped him from crushing on [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jul 082016
 
Interview, Review, + Giveaway: What Remains by Garrett Leigh

Garrett Leigh slid onto our radar last March when Misfits was released, and we’ve been waiting with bated breath for every release since! With this latest release, she does not disappoint. What Remains put us into an emotional tailspin that we won’t soon be recovering from. We got a chance to interview Garrett and find out if her characters haunt her just as much as they do us! BBR: Hi, Garrett. Welcome to Badass Book Reviews! We can’t help but notice that you seem to favor writing protagonists who are haunted. What Remains was particularly poignant because the object of the memories plaguing [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jun 132016
 
Review Hodgepodge (#4)

Contemporary Romance is mostly hit or miss for me, but occasionally I’ll find an ‘in between’ read. Today I think I hit on all three of these instances in the books I’m reviewing. ~*~ Once Touched by Laura Moore Book #3 in Silver Creek Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: November 24th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Random House Synopsis from Goodreads: The youngest of the three Knowles siblings, Quinn has in her blood the love of the land and its beautiful creatures. Raising enough money to build an animal sanctuary is a dream Quinn lives every day—while fending off her family’s [ Read More of this Review ]

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Early Review: The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

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Jun 062016
 
Early Review: The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder Genre: YA Contemporary Publication Date: June 7, 2016 Publisher: Simon Pulse   Synopsis from Goodreads: In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up. Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak. Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak. Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect [ Read More of this Review ]

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New Release Review: Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh

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Mar 302016
 
New Release Review: Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh

Between Ghosts by Garrett Leigh Genre: LGBTQIA, Mystery & Thrillers Publication Date: March 14th, 2016 ARC provided by Netgalley and Riptide Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: In 2003, journalist Connor Regan marched through London to add his voice to a million others, decrying the imminent invasion of Iraq. Eight months later, his brother, James, was killed in action in Mosul. Three years on, Connor finds himself bound for Iraq to embed with an elite SAS team. He sets his boots on the ground looking for closure and solace—anything to ease the pain of his brother’s death. Instead he finds Sergeant Nathan [ Read More of this Review ]

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Genre Book Showdown: This is Where it Ends vs Violent Ends

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Jan 052016
 
Genre Book Showdown: This is Where it Ends vs Violent Ends

I’ve been sitting on This Is Where It Ends for a long time.  I requested it months ago, but wanted to put my review out closer to it’s release date.  While I waited Violent Ends came out, and I thought it was interesting that the two were very similar.  Not only were both books about school shootings, both of them were also told from multiple perspectives, none of which are the shooter.  I wondered if these books would make for a perfect comparison review, and I was eager to put these two books in the ring and see who came out the winner. If you’ve [ Read More of this Review ]

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Dec 012015
 
Release Day Review: Not if I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom Genre: YA Contemporary Publication Date: December 1st, 2015 Publisher: Poppy   Synopsis from Goodreads: The Rules: Don’t deceive me. Ever. Especially using my blindness. Especially in public. Don’t help me unless I ask. Otherwise you’re just getting in my way or bothering me. Don’t be weird. Seriously, other than having my eyes closed all the time, I’m just like you only smarter. Parker Grant doesn’t need 20/20 vision to see right through you. That’s why she created the Rules: Don’t treat her any differently just because she’s blind, and never take advantage. [ Read More of this Review ]

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Early Review: Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon

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Nov 092015
 
Early Review: Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon

Jefferson Blythe, Esquire by Josh Lanyon Genre: M/M Romantic Mystery Publication Date: November 16th, 2015 Publisher: Carina Press   Synopsis from Goodreads: In this fast, fun and dead-sexy male/male new-adult caper from multi-award-winning author Josh Lanyon, twenty something Jefferson Blythe gets lost, gets found, falls in love and comes out…all in the span of one wild summer After his first relationship goes disastrously awry, Jeff Blythe uses his savings to tour Europe—the old-fashioned way. Armed with his grandfather’s 1960 copy of Esquire’s Europe in Style, Jeff sets off looking for adventure but finds much, much more than he bargained for… In London, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 9, 2015 at 7:00 am

Early Review: Blindsight by Adriane Leigh

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Oct 122015
 
Early Review: Blindsight by Adriane Leigh

Blindsight by Adriane Leigh Book #1 in Blindsight Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: October 26th, 2015 ARC provided by Adriane Leigh Synopsis from Goodreads: {blind·sight: the ability to see without knowing it} Sometimes a single touch is all it takes to spark a wildfire. Erin Warner learned that the day she bumped into the dashing, tattooed stranger on a busy Chicago street corner. She’s captivated from the moment his mystifying green eyes find hers, and it isn’t long before she finds herself flying to exotic locales to assist him, the award-winning erotic photographer Hunter Ellis, on location. What she didn’t bargain [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 12, 2015 at 7:00 am

Review Hodgepodge (#2)

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Oct 052015
 
Review Hodgepodge (#2)

It’s that time again – binge read, review, & repeat. Today I have some early release reviews for you that were middle-of-the-road reads for me. I’m trying to launch an all-out ARC attack. The number of books in my to be read pile is starting to overtake my Kindle, and it’s time to get down to business! So without further ado… Opening Moves by Sean Michael Book #1 in Chess Genre: Erotica / M/M/M/M Publication Date: October 6th, 2015 ARC provided by Total-E-Bound Synopsis from Goodreads: Threesome Rook, Knight and Bishop make Jason an offer he can’t refuse. Can the four [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on October 5, 2015 at 7:00 am

New Release Group Review: The Darkest Flame by Christina Lee

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Aug 182015
 
New Release Group Review: The Darkest Flame by Christina Lee

The Darkest Flame by Christina Lee #1 in Roadmap to Your Heart Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance Publication Date: August 17th, 2015  Synopsis from Goodreads: From the author of There You Stand, a new male/male romance about an errant motorcycle recruit and the captivating bartender who sends his wheels spinning down an all too tempting road. Vaughn O’Keefe has been part owner of the Hog’s Den for years. Privy to plenty of Disciples of the Road business, he’s never been more ruffled as when a new recruit named “Smoke” walks through the door. Something about the man gets his blood pumping, but [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 18, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jun 262015
 
Josh Lanyon Love!

Rather than reviewing these books at different times, and drown you in multiple days worth of Josh Lanyon, I decided to combine them all into just this one post. If you are a mystery reader and enjoy the M/M genre, Josh Lanyon is a must read.  Dead serious.  Must read.   Fair Game by Josh Lanyon All’s Fair book #1 Genre: M/M Contemporary Mystery Publication Date: August 1st, 2010 Publisher: Carina Press Synopsis from Goodreads: A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 26, 2015 at 7:50 am

Review: Slade by Adriane Leigh

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Jun 222015
 
Review: Slade by Adriane Leigh

Slade by Adriane Leigh Book #3 in Wild Genre: Erotic/Contemporary Romance Publication Date: September 26, 2014 Synopsis from Goodreads: Behind every beautiful thing, there is some kind of pain… Always overlooked. Always just there. That’s what Dillon was to me. Until one night. In one night she flipped my world on its axis and there’s no going back. But she has secrets, and secrets fester like an open wound. They color the past and forecast the future, but I’m determined to open her up; free her from her memories so she can live in the light and have the life [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 22, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 272015
 
Review: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee Genre: YA Historical Fiction Publication Date: March 17th, 2015 Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Synopsis from Goodreads: Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 27, 2015 at 7:00 am

Release Day Group Review: There You Stand by Christina Lee

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Apr 212015
 
Release Day Group Review: There You Stand by Christina Lee

There You Stand by Christina Lee Book #5 in Between Breaths Genre: M/M, Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: April 21st 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: Tattoo artist Cory Easton has worked long enough at Raw Ink to know, just by looking at a dude, what his body art reveals, what makes him tick, what even makes him scared. Until he meets the quiet and remote Jude York—so unreadable, so unreachable, and so unlike anyone else, he can’t help but arouse Cory’s curiosity. As captivating and complex as his ink, Jude is a mystery—and Cory’s falling fast and hard under [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 21, 2015 at 7:00 am

Re-Release Review: Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren

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Apr 192015
 
Re-Release Review: Nice Girls Don't Ride by Roni Loren

Nice Girls Don’t Ride by Roni Loren Genre: New Adult Novella Re-Release Date: Apr 21, 2015 ARC Provided by Berkley/NAL and Netgalley Natalie Bourne thinks she has the perfect night planned for her twenty-first birthday. But when her car breaks down and her boyfriend bails on her, she’s left stranded in an auto shop dealing with a way too cocky, way too hot mechanic, who seems to be intent on pushing every button she has. Monroe Hawkins knows he shouldn’t be messing with a girl from the uppity private college. Especially when he can tell she sees him as the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 19, 2015 at 8:11 am