Gabbi Reviews: The Masterpiece by Bonnie Dee


Title: The Masterpiece
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 142
Characters: Arthur Lawton, Joe Sprat
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Built from the bottom up: one perfect gentleman.

Man about town Arthur Lawton spends his days pursuing entertainment while shoeshine Joe Sprat labors to better his family’s lives. When an argument about nature versus nurture sparks a wager, Arthur swears to a friend he can turn this working man into a gentleman who will pass at a society function.

Joe is happy to participate in the experiment for a fee but receives more than he bargained for after moving into Lawton’s house. Arthur is determined Joe won’t merely wear a veneer of sophistication but educates him in every way. As he creates his new and improved man, Arthur grows more deeply infatuated with him, while Joe falls equally hard for his charismatic mentor.

Underneath a growing friendship, desire simmers and one day explodes. After their relationship escalates, the pair exists in a dream bubble until the threat of exposure sharply reminds them they belong in different worlds. When the ball is over, each must resume his own life, changed by their encounter but destined for different courses.

Find out if love is strong enough to bridge the gap between peer and pauper in this twist on the tale of My Fair Lady.

Review:

The Masterpiece by Bonnie Dee is a brilliantly written romance set in 1909 London. Not only was I immediately swept up into the lives of these characters, the historic setting was almost as captivating.
The blurb describes the story so well, there is really no reason for me to rehash it. Instead, I thought I’d write the reasons why I loved this story and why it’s one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

To say that I loved this book is an understatement. Not only was it a beautifully told romance, I became addicted to these two heroes. Coming from two totally different lives and circumstances, they shouldn’t have fit together so perfectly…but they did.

There is an honest emotional connection between them. It was easy to see how much they came to like, respect and admire one another. I loved the friendship they developed and enjoyed the camaraderie and easy banter they shared together as their story progressed. When they do give into the heated attraction they have for one another, it is a natural and beautiful step in their relationship.

Actually, heated attraction is an understatement. WHEW! The sizzling chemistry they shared steamed up my computer screen! After a scene or two, I found myself needing to turn on the fan to cool off! *Fans Self*

There isn’t anything I didn’t love about this story and the two heroes. They will live with me long after I write this review and I know I will have to read this book again, just to have my Joe and Arthur fix. In my opinion, Bonnie Dee is one of the best gay historical romance authors out there, and her books are not to be missed. I’ve loved each and every one of them and I can’t wait to read more stories written by her in the future.

If you love historical romance…read this book. If you love sexy heroes that are so well-written they live off of the written page…read this book. If you are craving a fast-paced romance that will live with you long after you finish reading it…read this book.

I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Step by Step by KC Wells


Title: Step by Step
Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 256
Characters: Jamie and Guy
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Jamie’s life is one big financial mess, and it really isn’t his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy’s motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie’s not interested… or so he thinks.

Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie’s curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the young man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different….

Review:

Step by Step by KC Wells is a beautifully written story with two incredible characters that will live within your heart long after the story is finished. This story will be a true delight for anyone who craves an exquisitely written romance. I simply adored these characters and was enthralled by the story they had to tell.

In life, almost all of us need a helping hand. When we meet Jamie, he is literally at the end of his rope. He is almost homeless and in desperate need of guidance and a lot of compassion. When an older man, Guy, approaches him and is willing to help him out with NO strings attached, Jamie cannot believe his good luck and at first is doubtful about Guy’s compassionate nature and willingness to open up his home and his life to him.

Having no other choice, Jamie takes a chance and decides to give Guy the benefit of the doubt and he swallows his pride to allow himself to be helped. Neither man knows that this decision will change the course of their lives forever.

What starts as a tentative friendship develops into a rich and thriving relationship between two people who truly like, love and respect one another. I loved every minute I spent reading this book and I truly hated to see it come to an end.

It’s not that often that I’ll read something and immediately want to reread it as soon as I finish it, but Step by Step is one of those books. KC Wells is a master at writing bewitching, romantic stories with characters that live and breathe off of the written page. After reading this book, I am a fan of hers for life. I loved this book and cannot recommend it high enough.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: The Impossible Boy by Anna Martin


Title: The Impossible Boy
Author: Anna Martin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 204
Characters: Ben Easton, Stanislav Novikov
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

This is not your average love story.

Ben Easton is not your average romantic hero. He’s a tattooed, badass, wannabe rock star, working in a perfectly horrible dive bar in Camden Town. His life is good, and he’s totally unprepared for how one man will turn it upside down.

Stan isn’t your average heroine. As a gender-fluid man, he proudly wears his blond hair long, his heels sky-high, and his makeup perfectly executed. A fashion industry prodigy, Stan is in London after stints working in Italy and New York City, and he quickly falls for Ben’s devil-may-care attitude and the warm, soft heart Ben hides behind it.

Beneath the perfect, elegant exterior, Stan has plenty of scars from teenage battles with anorexia. And it only takes the slightest slip for his demons to rush back in while Ben is away touring with his band. With the band on the brink of a breakthrough, Ben is forced to find a way to balance the opportunity of a lifetime with caring for his beautiful boyfriend.

Review:

The Impossible Boy is the first book I’ve read by this author and it definitely won’t be my last. Ms. Martin has a real talent at writing compelling, heartfelt, well-written characters that live and breathe off of the written page.

In all honesty, I loved this book from cover to cover. I immediately fell in love with Stan AND Ben and as we continue to get to know them was swept up into the intriguing and sometimes heartbreaking story they had to tell.

This story is a true romance. Sparks fly between Stan and Ben when they first meet. Though Stan isn’t your typical hero, he is still sexy as hell. Stan has learned to embrace his gender-fluidness, but has come to realize that because he loves to look and feel feminine, he’s not everyone’s flavor. Despite all odds, Stan’s ambition, intelligence and beauty have already gotten him a successful career in the fashion industry.

On the other hand, Ben is a hardworking struggling musician who also bartends at the local dive. Ben has many friends, is well-liked and though he is tatted up and sometimes lives a rock and roll life, Ben is truly a warm and loving guy. From the moment he spots Stan sitting at the bar he works at, Ben knows that Stan is special.

Even though Ben and Stan’s relationship is truly a beautiful one to watch develop, everything isn’t always smooth sailing for them. Stan suffers from anorexia and when he relapses, it tests not only his relationship with Ben, but his will to strive to overcome his disease and find a reason to get and stay well. I thought the struggles both Stan and Ben go through was a realistically written and well-thought out one. I found myself really rooting for these two amazing men and was thrilled by the ending they gave me.

I loved the way these two men loved one another. I loved the way they respected one another. I loved the way their relationship developed from strangers, to friends, to lovers. I loved the way they learn to depend on the other. I just loved this book and it’s so easy to recommend.

The Impossible Boy
is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Trust me when I say that you’ll fall in love with these characters and the story they have to tell.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Snowbound by Eli Easton


Title: Snowbound
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 189
Characters: Hutch Todd, Jude Devereaux
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Snow, steam, and secrets.

The latest snowstorm carries something unexpected to the doorstep of Hutch’s secluded Alaskan cabin: a stranger named Jude, the most beautiful man Hutch has ever seen. Jude says he’s in the area for a ski trip and that he fled a domineering lover, thinking he could make it into town. But Hutch is a suspicious SOB and treats his unwanted guest warily. The problem is Jude isn’t just gorgeous, he’s funny and smart and flirtatious.

Two gay men snowed in for three days—things happen. Really good things. By the time the storm clears, Hutch finds himself a little too attached to Jude Devereaux, San Francisco-based male model. But is Jude what he claims to be? Or is he entangled in the secrets Hutch moved to Alaska to escape?

Review:

Whew! Snowbound by Eli Easton is a whirlwind of action, suspense and plenty of sizzling romance that will satisfy the pickiest of readers. I started reading this story at bedtime and before I knew it, I had read half the night away. This means I lumbered around like a zombie the next day…but, hey exhaustion is always worth it when it comes to reading a great book!

To say that this book was full of surprises is an understatement. What sucks is that I can’t really get into it without spoiling the plot, so you’ll just have to take my word for it when I say…if you love a fast-paced story-line with plenty of thrills *in and out of the bedroom* then Snowbound is a book you must read.

I absolutely adored Jude and Hutch. I loved the heat that sizzled between them and I was enthralled with the story they had to tell. I can’t recommend this one high enough. It’s one of my favorite books I’ve read this year and I know it will be high on my comfort reads time and time again.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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