Review: Looking For Group by Alexis Hall

Review:  Looking For Group by Alexis HallLooking for Group by Alexis Hall
Published by Riptide Publishing on August 27th 2016
Genres: M/M Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 294
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four-stars

So, yeah, I play Heroes of Legend, y’know, the MMO. I’m not like obsessed or addicted or anything. It’s just a game. Anyway, there was this girl in my guild who I really liked because she was funny and nerdy and a great healer. Of course, my mates thought it was hilarious I was into someone I’d met online. And they thought it was even more hilarious when she turned out to be a boy IRL. But the joke’s on them because I still really like him.
And now that we’re together, it’s going pretty well. Except sometimes I think Kit—that’s his name, sorry I didn’t mention that—spends way too much time in HoL. I know he has friends in the guild, but he has me now, and my friends, and everyone knows people you meet online aren’t real. I mean. Not Kit. Kit's real. Obviously.
Oh, I’m Drew, by the way. This is sort of my story. About how I messed up some stuff and figured out some stuff. And fell in love and stuff.

***ARC received through NetGalley for review***

I am fairly new to Alexis Hall, but what I have read I have liked.   That being said, most of what I have read from him has been more adult-themed, sex-centered books.  That is not at all what we are getting in Looking For Group.  I would classify this as a Young Adult read as both MC’s are nineteen and there is very little sex involved.  So, if sex is what you are expecting, you will probably just want to stop now.  I kind of knew what to expect going it, and I really did like it.

This book is basically about online gaming.  Drew and Kit meet when Drew quits his current gaming guild and joins a new one.  The first half of the book is really the two of them getting to know each other through the game.  Drew is under the false impression that Kit is a girl because of his character.  It is only after Kit runs a raid that Drew hears his voice and finds out he has been crushing on a boy.  The question then becomes, does it matter that he’s a boy, because he really likes who he has met online.

I am not a gamer, at all.  I do, however, have a now adult child that used to play his X-box online with his friends all the time.  So, I have a little familiarity with the concept.  I was still lost on a lot of the terminology and I’m sure I lost out on some of the humor because I have never been a part of that world.  I found the glossary at the end of the book helpful and I did a lot of online searching to help me not feel quite so ignorant.  I really had to because a lot of this book is spent in the games and in their chat during the games.  Even though I had a hard time with it, I really liked that it was written this way.  It showed how two people can get to know each other and like who they are as people without the first impressions of looks, gender, age…whatever other hang-ups might normally present themselves.  They found people with personalities that matched theirs, that made them feel good about themselves, that they could call their friends.

Overall, I found this to be a very fun, sweet read about two guys getting to know each other and finding a way to make their gaming world work with their real world.  I would recommend this to anyone that likes and understands online gaming that is looking for a very sweet romance.  I gave Looking For Group 4 out of 5 stars.

four-stars

About Alexis Hall

Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret. He did the Oxbridge thing sometime in the 2000s and failed to learn anything of substance. He has had many jobs, including ice cream maker, fortune teller, lab technician, and professional gambler. He was fired from most of them.

He can neither cook nor sing, but he can handle a 17th century smallsword, punts from the proper end, and knows how to hotwire a car.

He lives in southeast England, with no cats and no children, and fully intends to keep it that way.

Series Recap Tour with Giveaway! Review: End Street Series Volume 2 by Amber Kell and RJ Scott

Genres: M/M Romance
three-stars

 

Authors: Amber Kell & RJ Scott
 
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
 
 
Blurb
 
The Case of the Dragon’s Dilemma

Dragons, battles, a Siren attack and a deal Sam may come to regret leave Sam and Bob in danger…and result in Mikhail finding a mate. 

Bob and Sam take their kind-of-adopted-now vampire daughter Mal to look at new schools. Mikhail is left to babysit the last of the remaining rescued children whilst they are away. 

When Sirens appear to steal her away, he is left facing the attack alone until a mysterious hero comes to his aid. Ryujin, or Jin to his friends, is a dragon shifter and his role as Captain of the Dragon Guards puts him in direct conflict with Mikhail. 

The minute he sees Mikhail he knows what he wants. Now if he can only get Mikhail to see the same. 
 
The Case of the Sinful Santa 

Zephariel, the Angel of Vengeance, Nick Klauson, nephew to Santa, Christmas magic, zombies in the school and a necromancer causing chaos…and at the centre of it all-Mal. 

Zephariel is the Angel of Vengeance and is tracking down his cousin Danjal for misuse of brimstone. When he walks into a bar and finds Nick Klauson drowning his sorrows, he is instantly drawn to him. Could this be his fated mate? 

When Nick and Zeph join forces to deal with zombies in Mal’s school, sparks fly. Add in a demon, a wolf and a necromancer, and Sam and Bob have a hunt on their hands.
 

“…With stories that are written by more than one author, there are sometimes gaps in the flow of the writing. There are none here. The writing flows smoothly and seamlessly I wouldn’t be able to tell you who wrote what. The world describe within the story was easily imagined as where the characters….”

 
Review:
This is stories 3 and 4 in the End Street series by Amber Kell and R.J. Scott.  They continue on with Sam and Bob continuing their relationship and taking on more cases in Sam’s detective agency.  Each story focuses on two new MC’s with Sam, Bob and the other inhabitants in Sam’s office joining in.
I do like these stories, however, as with the first volume, I keep hoping for more paranormal.  It is there, but the characters are still very humanized.  There is a lot of focus on the MC’s quickly finding their mates and not much tension or angst.
I do like the characters in each story in this volume and the cases they are involved in are interesting and fun.  There is still the question of what exactly is Sam, who continues to claim he is only human.  I will say, it isn’t absolutely necessary to enjoy this volume on it’s own, but it does help to know who all of the characters are if you have read the series from the start.  Earlier characters do make an appearance through this volume.
Overall, if you are looking for something with a little paranormal feel, but still get that romance, I would definitely give the End Street series a read.  I gave this volume 3 of 5 stars.

Author Bios

 
Amber Kell has made a career out of daydreaming. It has been a lifelong habit she practices diligently as shown by her complete lack of focus on anything not related to her fantasy world building.
 
When she told her husband what she wanted to do with her life, he told her to go have fun.
During those seconds she isn’t writing, she remembers she has children who humor her with games of “what if” and let her drag them to foreign lands to gather inspiration. Her youngest confided in her that he wants to write because he longs for a website and an author name—two things apparently necessary to be a proper writer.
 
Despite her husband’s insistence she doesn’t drink enough to be a true literary genius, she continues to spin stories of people falling happily in love and staying that way.
 
She is thwarted during the day by a traffic jam of cats on the stairway and a puppy who insists on walks, but she bravely perseveres.
 
 
E-mail: amberkellwrites@gmail.com

 


RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing. 
 
RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.
 
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.
 

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New Release with Giveaway! Review: Custom Fit (Tailor Made #2) by Josephine Myles

New Release with Giveaway!  Review: Custom Fit (Tailor Made #2) by Josephine MylesCustom Fit (Tailor Made, #2) by Josephine Myles
Published by Josephine Myles on August 23rd 2016
Genres: M/M Romance
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three-half-stars

Being "wrong" has never felt so right!
Felix McAvoy is having an identity crisis. No longer the bad boy of art college, he’s now employed as a human billboard, roaming the centre of Bath dressed as a Roman soldier while attempting to fight off his nicotine cravings. It’s a come down for the former conceptual artist, although there are compensations to the costume. The skirt, for one…
While Felix hasn’t made a secret of his desire to wear women’s clothing, he’s never dared try it until now. He’s always been worried once he goes down that road, he won’t want to come back, and the prospect of cross-dressing 24/7 terrifies him. Of course, he can’t tell that to Andrew, who’s now busy making Felix a slutty red dress.
Andrew Wheeler loves coming home to Felix and their cosy city centre flat. He just wishes Felix would let him know what’s bothering him; maybe then Andrew could confide what he really wants. Felix might not see him as anything other than a top, but Andrew’s yearning to switch things up.
Living together is one thing. Actually plucking up the courage to talk about their secret desires is going to be a whole other—and excruciatingly embarrassing—kettle of fish.

***ARC received from Signal Boost Promotions for review***

Custom Fit is the second book in the Tailor Made series by Josephine Myles.  It is the continued story of Felix and Andrew, who became a couple in the first book, Tailor Made.  So, while I feel that this book does tell its own story, it’s best to read the full series to know who Felix and Andrew are.

Felix and Andrew are living together and trying to figure out what their future will hold.  Felix is realizing that he loves dressing in women’s clothes and is unsure of how to tell Andrew, or if he will accept it.  Andrew is designing a dress for Felix and an opportunity for Felix to promote his art and wear the dress pushes Felix to make decision and hide some things from Andrew.  The future looks bright though, once they work through things.

This was a nice continuation of the Tailor Made series.  It is a fairly short read that I was able to finish in a couple of evenings.  Myles writes a very nice story that pulled me in and kept me interested to the end.  There wasn’t much angst to make me worry about the outcome, only a little tension over some things Felix was hiding from Andrew.

Overall, if you are looking for a quick, sweet romance I think you will like Custom Fit.  I would recommend this and give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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three-half-stars

About Josephine Myles

English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo’s novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She writes for publishers but has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion, although she prefers to leave the “boring bits” of the ebook creation process to someone else. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an incessantly curious toddler.