Monday, July 20, 2015

LGBT Monday Minis: Breaking and Bare For You

Breaking (Fall or Break, #2)Author: Barbara Elsborg
Series: Fall or Break, #2
Released: July 28th 2015
Publisher: Samhain
Length: 321 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

Archer Hart is on the move before the man he’s just killed is found. When a bullet whizzes past his ear, he realizes hunter is now hunted. So much for his retirement plans. Someone wants him dead and all he can do is keep running.
Downed by a hit and run driver, barrister Conrad Black is certain the ‘accident’ was deliberate but he has no proof or support. In recovery, struggling to work out of partial paralysis, he has plenty of time to wonder who regrets not striking him harder. At this point, running anywhere is a distant dream.
The confidence, determination and stamina of two alphas males will mean little if neither is willing to bend—seize the love offered—and work together to understand why they’re suddenly both marked men. Not easy for either when Archer has broken the law in the worst possible way and Conrad is the law. 

I truly enjoyed the first book in this series, even though I'm generally unaccustomed to Barbara Elsborg's level of angst. I loved Harper and Malachi and their dynamic and I wholeheartedly believed in their romance. The same did not hold true for this second couple, no matter how hard I tried.

Archer and Conrad are both dominant personalities, but they're nevertheless attracted to each other. However, since neither of them wants to give in, everything between them is turned into a struggle, an all out fight for dominance. I couldn't shake the feeling that they both saw the one who relented as the weaker one, and it didn't sit well with me at all. I suppose their first sexual encounter was supposed to be steaming hot, but it made me severely uncomfortable because the word 'no' was spoken far too many times, when a single one should have been enough. It's not a word to be used lightly, and playing with saying 'no' while actually meaning 'yes' is just plain stupid.

On top of it all, the plot required some major suspension of disbelief, which would have been perfectly fine had the romance been strong enough. As it was, with neither side of this story working properly, I lost my interest towards the final part and had to force myself to finish.
I'll read this author again in the future because I enjoyed several of her books, but this one just wasn't what I was looking for at all.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.

Bare for You (Outback Skies, #3)Author: Lexxie Couper
Series: Outback Skies, #3
Released: July 21st 2015
Publisher: Samhain
Length: 111 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

Jeremy Craig is on the cusp of being named the deputy prime minister of Australia. Which means he’s got to play his cards right and stay deep in the closet. Australia is a lot of things, but there’s no way the country is ready for a gay prime minister. So far, it’s been an easy ruse to maintain. Until he meets Ryan Taylor. Then all bets are off.
Ryan is sick of the Brokeback Mountain jokes. For starters, he’s an Australian stockman, not an American cowboy. For another, he spends most of his working days alone in a helicopter, not on the back of a horse. As Wallaby Ridge’s only contract heli-musterer, he gets to escape any small-town scorn high in the sky. He’s happy up there. Lonely, but happy. Who needs passion and wild sexual pleasure in their life when they have the boundless skies of the Outback, right?
Then Jeremy Craig climbs into his chopper…

When I requested this for review, I wasn't aware that it was the third book in Lexxie Couper's Outback Skies series or that the first two were M/F romances, which was lucky in a way. Had I known, I probably wouldn't have requested it and I would have missed out on an excellent, if slightly naive story.

The level of pure heat in this novella is incredible. Couper gives us two lovely characters and brings them together in such irresistible circumstances. The story doesn't have much in the way of character development, not when it starts out with two MCs quite close to perfection, and it doesn't have much of a plot, but it's heartwarming, endearing and just plain hot.

While the whole thing might be a bit idealistic, it's nevertheless a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. The Aussie setting and glimpses of a different culture are just an added plus. Recommended.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.