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Cordelia Kingsbridge
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Cash Plays - Cordelia Kingsbridge

This staircase had not been designed for someone of his dimensions. He had to stoop in half and turn his body sideways to even make it to the end, where he found another door. Pushing it open, he stepped out, straightened up in relief—and then sucked in a strangled breath as he jerked back against the closing door. He was in a literal underground casino.

 

Trick Roller (Seven of Spades #2)

Trick Roller - Cordelia Kingsbridge

Getting better and better. Loving this couple and these mysteries. ❤️

Kill Game (Seven of Spades #1)

Kill Game - Cordelia Kingsbridge

Great start to this series!

King Daniel (Lost and Founds #6)

King Daniel - Edmond Manning

 

Simply amazing. My heart is so full. Hate this has ended but I’m so pleased as well. Absolute love for these characters. 

 

From the author...”Heightened Cliffhanger Sequence:

Designed to taunt and delight readers who want a little extra sriracha sauce splashed into their Vin Vanbly. I may be biased, since I wrote all the words, but for first-time readers, this is probably the best way to read the series. Seriously. Higher level of craziness and mystery.

1. King Perry

2. In King Daniel, read chapters 1-3

3. King Mai

4. In King Daniel, read chapters 4-7

5. The Butterfly King

6. In King Daniel, read chapters 8-10

7. King John

8. In King Daniel, read chapter 11

9. Come Back to Me 10. Finish reading King Daniel”

 

I honestly can’t imagine how different things would have been had I not taken on this sequence. Simply perfection!!

 

*Highly Recommended*

 

 

Come Back To Me (Lost and Founds #5)

Come Back To Me - Edmond Manning

Only You.”

 

There is truly no way to put into words this book, these characters, this story or this journey. It’s simply an experience I will never forget. I have half of Book 6 to complete and I just don’t want it to end. 

 

This was just magicals. All my love. 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 89%.

Come Back To Me - Edmond Manning

“It’s important a man make his heart bigger throughout his whole life, to create room for all the love in its many forms. The smell of Demon Dogs. The death of a dream. A new love, maybe. If your heart isn’t constantly getting bigger, how will you store it all?”

Reading progress update: I've read 74%.

Come Back To Me - Edmond Manning

He is mine.

I grip Vin’s neck. I stare him down. “It has to be you. Only. You.

 

❤️❤️❤️

Reading progress update: I've read 59%.

Come Back To Me - Edmond Manning

“Someone is coming for you,” Kevin says. “Some dude is gonna fall in love with you, like I have, and he won’t let go, because to him, all that weirdness is the most natural, most beautiful thing in the world. Everything’s gonna be okay after that.”

Reading progress update: I've read 28%.

Come Back To Me - Edmond Manning

Sensations flood my tight chest, feelings for his innocence, his power, his smell, for fucking him, for his reactions, for eating cake together, for the way he smiles at me, the way he looks at me, for our heads touching in the grass, for our flying through space, hands on each other’s shoulders, for his ridiculous insistence we both attract attention tonight, when he is the one, clearly he is the one, the one—

Love floods my chest.

 

Gaaaaaaaahhh...he better be. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

King John (Lost and Founds #4)

King John - Edmond Manning

“I’ll never forget your face. Your freshly ironed shirt. You terrified all of us. You know we almost didn’t come back the next year because you fucking freaked everyone out. You walked out of the desert followed by three wolves. Three… dogs or whatever. They walked behind you at a distance. As soon as you reached people, they turned and ran off.”

 

Definitely some intriguing moments, a terror filled night in the desert and one heart-wrenching kinging.  This one though moved quite slow for me compared to the others. But I am absolutely giddy about book #5 and completing Daniel! ❤️

The Butterfly King (Lost and Founds #3)

The Butterfly King - Edmond Manning

“Vin.” His commanding voice lifts my chin. “Tell me your king name, little one.”

Before I can stop them, the words slip out of me. “I am a Lost King.”

He kisses my forehead.

“No man is lost in my arms,” he says, whispering into my ear, the last words I hear.

 

❤️❤️❤️

 

Another amazing King journey set in one of my favorite cities on Earth. 

Reading progress update: I've read 25%.

King Daniel - Edmond Manning

“Twenty plus years since my King Weekend, and I remember everything. Vin’s love is wildfire, a power touched once, maybe twice in your lifetime, if lucky. I do not wish for another King Weekend. But there are days when I miss the love we shared. Rarely have I been loved so desperately.”

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

The Butterfly King - Edmond Manning

I wonder what that word means to him. If it’s oppression or a word representing power, permission granted only to those who wear the same color skin. I don’t know. But I’m sure that which has been used to oppress Terrance will become his sword. He will become one of those kings, a fierce protector of his people. I suspect many, many flavors of men and women will be considered his people. His power is bigger than a single skin color. His kingdom will grow greater than anyone can predict.

Broken Pieces

Broken Pieces - Riley Hart

After 4 reads this is still one of my all time favorite books.  

 

***

 

Well, to say I was nervous to start the audiobook for one of my all time favorite books would be an understatement...but Jack Dupont did an absolutely amazing job.  His Mateo was by far my favorite of the three but never did I expect all three voices to live up to my expectations.  

 

Once again, I fell in love with Tristan.  He, for me, is the most beautiful and captivating character in this book and the scenes between him and Mateo continue to get better and better with each read.  My heart is so full for them and nothing is more satisfying for me than the end of this quite remarkable book.  

****

Second read and honestly I need to make some room next to Rumspringa for this one. Absolutely beautiful book. ❤️❤️❤️

****

“We might be broken in so many ways, but together, we’re whole.”

Well, it would be an understatement to say I was blown away by this book. This was so much better than I ever could have imagined. I was totally prepared for a great read, to bawl my eyes out and to come away satisfied. Kleenex in hand...I went in. In the end, I never shed a tear and my face was sore from grinning so much. I loved every moment of this book except one and for those who've read this probably know which scene it was that nearly broke me. Yep...the near rape of Josiah.

Knowing going in that these three beautiful characters would end up together, I just never once saw anything that happened as angsty, never saw anything other than love in the actions of these men and never once had reservations regarding their interactions with each other.

For many, Tristan seems to be a character that people had trouble connecting with. Having issues seeing him with Josiah, the way they saw Josiah with Mateo. And granted...Josiah and Mateo knew each other first, they had a life together...so yes...it's hard to accept the new guy. But for me, this beautiful broken man was just the missing piece that I knew they had to find so his character entrance for me was so welcomed. I was most concerned however by how Riley Hart would develop the relationship between Tristan and Mateo...but this came about so amazingly well and they're love for each other never felt forced or rushed. Tristan's story for me and his healing in the arms of these two was absolute perfection.



This is not a threesome or a ménage brought together through sex...this is the joining of three broken men into a beautiful relationship. They are whole and more fulfilled together...

When Tristan bent forward and kissed him, his body sang with pleasure, like it always did. The pulses of his heart became Josiah, like they always did, but there was something missing. Someone.
Tristan eased back. “You feel so damn incredible, but it like there’s an empty space, too.”

Josiah’s hands tightened in his shirt as he pressed his lips to Tristan’s again. It was in the way Josiah held him, the way he kissed him, that, as much as they loved each other, Josiah felt the same.

Tristan pulled back, grabbing Josiah’s hand, before nodding toward the building. “Come on. Let’s go get Mateo and go home.”

Honestly I am not sure the two could ultimately have been happy without the third.

“Feeling something for Tristan, no matter how new it is, doesn’t change how you feel about me. I know that because no matter how much I love him, I love you just as much. I know there are things you guys have both been through that I probably won’t ever understand, or that maybe you won’t ever tell me, but if you can share it with anyone, I want it to be each other. There are things I have with you that I don’t have with Tristan, and things I have with him that I don’t have with you. It’s like, for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m really whole, Teo.”

Writing a honest relationship like this is not an easy task...creating three characters completely devoted to each other with no jealousy is very difficult to pull off but Riley Hart did this just amazingly well.

This beauty goes easily in the top 3 MM books for me.

**Highly recommended.**


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Well...here we go...


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It was his fault. Josiah knew that. He’d always watched people, pretended he had their lives and dreamed about how he would live them. But it hadn’t been because he wanted the boy.

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Maybe he had been looking at Josiah the way Josiah tried not to look at him. Because even though Mateo was hard...there was something beautiful about him, too. And he knew, knew that Josiah was gay, and he hadn’t said a word. No one had ever known about him before.

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He could deal with it, not having the rest of them, because deep inside he wanted Mateo more than anything else. He didn’t know why and didn’t understand it. All he knew was all those empty rooms inside him were somehow filled when Mateo was around.

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“Why do you throw up? You did it when you almost got in the fight at school, and then again tonight.”
You’re too weak! You have to be strong, Mateo. You’re a leader. Weak men are dead men.
Teo tried to block out his dad’s words. Tried to focus on Josiah, because he was all that really mattered, anyway. “Because I’m weak... Hurting people makes me sick.”
Josiah leaned up on his elbow, looking down at him. “That doesn’t make you weak. It makes you incredible.”

Gaaaaahhhhh ❤️❤️❤️

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“We are better than that. You love me and I love you. And maybe I want more for you, too. You’re always talking about what you want for me, and how I deserve better, but you do, too. You deserve better. We can take away those memories with us."

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Oh my god...no!!

I don't even have the energy to say anything more

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He didn’t flinch when he heard the bathroom door open. Curled into Josiah when he lay on the floor with him. They wrapped their arms around each other, Teo holding on with everything he had, to the only thing in his life that mattered.

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“You’re such a good boy. Isabel...she’s good too. She— ”
"Isn’t a man.” It wasn’t the first time he’d said it. “And a relationship is the last thing I want.” Ever.
“Well that’s just silly. Everyone wants to be loved, Tristan, and if it’s a man that will make you happy, then find one. I don’t care who makes you happy, as long as you are.”


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"I know I don't have to do this. I want to. I want you."

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It wasn’t as if Tristan wasn’t always gorgeous, but there was something so...beautiful about seeing him let go. Because he was. Josiah saw that in the way he lavished him. The way his eyes closed and his body shuddered. It was the first time Josiah has really seen Tristan free, and it rocked him to his core.

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“You’re him, aren’t you? The one who likes to walk and feed the birds?”

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“If I could completely give myself to anyone, it would be you. If I deserved anyone to take care of me, I would want it to be you.” That was the realest truth he could give Josiah.

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PART THREE: Josiah, Mateo, & Tristan
My heart is so excited and happy. ❤️❤️❤️

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Because he knew Josiah had to do this. Knew he had to let him. He replayed the image of Josiah in Mateo’s arms. On the one hand, he’d hated it... but on the other, there was this part of him who thought they were beautiful together. The way they contrasted each other in every way— dark and light. Anger and love. Rough and smooth. Bitter and sweet. But yes, they’d been beautiful, too.
❤️❤️❤️


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Josiah let his queen and his bird roll around in his hand. He made them touch and flip over each other, wishing they could somehow be a part of one another. That his queen could protect the bird. Be strong for it and take care of it. The bird in return nurturing and loving the queen. Or that he could do something for them. What did he do for them besides fall apart? Be the broken piece they’d both had to put together?

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It was with that in his head that Tristan walked forward. Took in the way Josiah and Mateo looked together, both of them sexy as hell, only in completely different ways. Saw the way they automatically leaned in to each other, and damned if it didn’t make fire burn its way through him in a completely different way than he expected. He suddenly imagined what they would look like together in passion, touching, and it didn’t make him jealous. It made him hot all over.

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There are things in Tristan’s past I may never know, just like there are with you. None of us are perfect, but we all deserve to be happy. Not just me.”

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When Mateo wrapped his arms around Tristan, he realized Tristan wasn’t just slack against him anymore...they were holding each other up. His eyes stung. His gut ached. Bile rose in his throat. And fuck if his heart wasn’t somehow matching Tristan’s beat.

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He was the rock, and not just because he drew them together. No, because he held them together. He was the glue that made all their broken pieces fit to make them whole.

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Read#2: 2015 August 5th - 9th

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Yeah...I need this

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Damned if something didn’t draw Teo to Josiah’s eyes again. How they looked at him differently...deeply, in a way the kid had never braved before. And they were almost sad. Mateo had never experienced someone looking at him like that. Maybe Molly and William, in their own way, but it was with pity. He fucking hated pity. He didn’t deserve that Josiah’s eyes looked like...almost like in some ways he felt what Mateo did. Like he somehow got it.
❤️❤️❤️


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He’d done so much shit. So much bad fucking shit. It was who he was. His dad told him so, and Javier told him. Teo knew that. Knew Josiah’s words were wrong, but that didn’t mean he didn’t want them. Didn’t want to hold them in his hands and tattoo them into his skin so he’d always have them.

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“No one’s ever looked at me the way you do. Like...I don’t know.” Mateo’s voice was so soft he hardly heard him. But he had, and Josiah’s face flamed with heat.
“Sorry. I didn’t mean...” No other words would come so he started to roll over instead.
“No.” Mateo’s voice stopped him. “It makes me feel like I'm somethin'."

Excuse me while I gush over this book at every page. ❤️❤️

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Touch me. Please. Josiah’s hand itched to feel Mateo. To experience his warmth, just so he could make sure he was really there.
*melting into floor*

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“Has anyone ever taken care of you?”
-Josiah

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“ Estoy aquí. Siempre aquí. Soy tuyo. I’m here. Always here. I’m yours.”
❤️❤️❤️


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Charlie is a fucking asshole!

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Rocking back and forth, he let the tears fall. For Josiah and all the ways he’d been hurt. For all the ways Mateo had fucked up with him. For his mom who got killed because she stayed with his gangbanging dad. All he wanted to do was love Josiah, to be with him and protect him. Was that too much to fucking ask? He cried until he didn’t have any tears left.
He didn’t flinch when he heard the bathroom door open. Curled into Josiah when he lay on the floor with him. They wrapped their arms around each other, Teo holding on with everything he had, to the only thing in his life that mattered.


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With one last look at the man he loved, Mateo walked away.
So yeah...


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“I don’t... I don’t mind that you ask me questions. I just won’t answer them all. There are some things that are mine, I guess. Some things that will always only belong to me.”

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Josiah’s breathing sped up. When Tristan filled him, the reaction was automatic. He moved back, trying to get closer. Wanting Tristan to move. To fuck him. But that’s not what this felt like, was it? It was more. Unexpected. And he was drowning in it.

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I didn't think I could love this book more but...


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“Teo...”

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Because he knew Josiah had to do this. Knew he had to let him. He replayed the image of Josiah in Mateo’s arms. On the one hand, he’d hated it... but on the other, there was this part of him who thought they were beautiful together. The way they contrasted each other in every way— dark and light. Anger and love. Rough and smooth. Bitter and sweet. But yes, they’d been beautiful, too.

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Josiah let his queen and his bird roll around in his hand. He made them touch and flip over each other, wishing they could somehow be a part of one another. That his queen could protect the bird. Be strong for it and take care of it. The bird in return nurturing and loving the queen. Or that he could do something for them. What did he do for them besides fall apart? Be the broken piece they’d both had to put together?


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“Don’t be in such a hurry. Wine is something to be savored. Let yourself really taste it.”
"You’re crazy.” Mateo shook his head.
“Trust me.”
They both froze at that. Trust. The word wasn’t something Tristan truly believed in. Or he hadn’t. But then...he’d grown to trust Josiah, hadn’t he? And Josiah had never done anything to betray that trust.
And damned if there wasn’t a part of him that trusted Mateo, too.
As the pause drew out between them, his chest grew tight, because he realized this turned into something more than trusting him with the wine.


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“Feeling something for Tristan, no matter how new it is, doesn’t change how you feel about me. I know that because no matter how much I love him, I love you just as much. I know there are things you guys have both been through that I probably won’t ever understand, or that maybe you won’t ever tell me, but if you can share it with anyone, I want it to be each other. There are things I have with you that I don’t have with Tristan, and things I have with him that I don’t have with you. It’s like, for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m really whole, Teo.”

Reading progress update: I've read 91%.

Broken Pieces - Riley Hart

As though someone flipped a switch, the rigidness in his body evaporated. He sagged against Mateo with his face in Teo’s neck. “I sold myself to the highest bidder,” he whispered. “I made money for school and to take care of my mom by letting someone fuck me. I was his paid whore for years. A whore to his friends, and then I would take that money and buy her food. I’d spend it on my stupid fucking education, because I somehow made myself believe that if I could take care of us, everything else would go away.”

When Mateo wrapped his arms around Tristan, he realized Tristan wasn’t just slack against him anymore... they were holding each other up. His eyes stung. His gut ached. Bile rose in his throat. And fuck if his heart wasn’t somehow matching Tristan’s beat. 

 

My favorite scene. 

 

❤️❤️❤️

King Mai (Lost and Founds #2)

King Mai - Edmond Manning

“You are always welcome in my kingdom, Vin. Always. I hope this cap serves you some day on a King Weekend, maybe for a man who wants to quit. You might invite him to find a little more curiosity.”

 

One of the beautiful series of books I am sure to ever read.  My copy is filled with highlights and none of them do this journey justice.