Kimberly Reviews: BFF by KC Wells

Title: BFF

Author: KC Wells

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 200

Characters: David, Matt

POV: 1st

Sub-Genre: Contemporary

Kisses: 4 

Blurb:

I’m about to do something huge, and it could change… everything.

I met Matt in second grade, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We went to the same schools, studied at the same college. When we both got jobs in the same town, we shared an apartment. And when my life took an unexpected turn, Matt was there for me. Every milestone in my life, he was there to share it. And what’s really amazing? After all these years, we’re still the best of friends.

Which brings me to this fragile, heart-stopping moment: I want to tell him I love him, really love him, but I’m scared to death of what he’ll say. If I’ve got this all wrong, I’ll lose him—forever.

Review:

I absolutely love best friends turned lovers stories, so hearing the blurb for BFF by KC Wells immediately put the novel on my must-read list. In a first person account, we got to hear how David and Matt grew up together, inseparable throughout life’s major milestones, and went from being best friends to roommates to something more. They were surrounded by a family who loved them and accepted them for who they were, even if the boys did not realize how deep their love for one another actually ran until they were older.

The characters themselves held rich potential. I thought that Wells dealt with David and Matt’s relationship with care and consideration, especially since it was inspired by true events. And the approach of both Matt’s brother, Darren, and Matt’s coworkers towards his sexuality felt truthful, as the world is complex and so is the acceptance of others when revealing who you love. We got to see the depth of the devotion that existed between David and Matt, as well as understanding how one particular incident could push them to finally admit how their relationship had changed. There’s much potential there for more exploration, should we get a sequel.

The framing of the book was a bit interesting, done as if David was writing up their history in the form of a book. While much of the novel developed through the use of timestamps, there were also inserts from the author in terms of notes as if he were looking back from an adult perspective and thinking about what the events meant with the benefit of current knowledge. I wasn’t a big fan of that aspect, since I felt like it broke up the development and timeline a bit too much. I was also hoping that we could get a more cohesive continuance of story rather than the quick check-ins that were presented. Many of the accounts took place during the summer or on holidays, jumping months or years in between. It left me wanting to spend more time with the characters to see them actually develop from one event to the next. It was more of a story where we were told what happened rather than experienced it.

Despite these minor drawbacks, BFF was a heart-warming peek into Matt and David’s lives and made me hope that we might revisit these characters again in the future, perhaps telling a story more in real-time in the next go-around. There’s certainly a rich history and a potentially-rich future to draw from. We saw them go from boys to boyfriends. What is next in their journey? 

Reviewed By: Kimberly

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Gabbi Reviews: Bromantically Yours by KC Wells

Title: Bromantically Yours
Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 97
Characters: Dylan, Nate
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.25

Blurb:

A friends-to-lovers novella that came from Out of the Shadows, because Nate and Dylan needed a story….

Nate and Dylan have been pals for a long time. So what if their friends think they’ve got a little bromance going? Doesn’t mean there’s anything more to it than that, right? And even if there is, Nate and Dylan are totally oblivious….

Until the night they share a drunken kiss—and everything changes.

Review:

Bromantically Yours by KC Wells is a feel-good, fun-loving and sexy story that is sure to lift your spirits on a not-so-good day. It is Dylan and Nate’s story. They are best friends and were secondary characters in one of my favorite books, Out of the Shadows.

Ms. Wells is a master at writing deeply enriched, well-bodied characters that are so easy to like and root for. I love all of them and Bromantically Yours is no exception. Dylan and Nate have a strong friendship that only trust and time can develop. They have been practically joined at the hip and do almost everything together. They are truly simpatico. They are the yin and yang of each other’s lives and so watching these two men develop a loving attraction an even stronger bond between them felt right and natural.

I did like how natural their relationship developed but I did think there should have been a little more angst when it came to crossing over from, I just date women too I’m in love and super attracted to my same-sex best friend. In a way, I’m glad this story was bogged down with a lot of drama and confusion because otherwise, it wouldn’t have been such an uplifting story, yet in some ways, I feel like the story did need a little bit more conflict.

If you are looking for a sexy romance with two well-written heroes then Bromantically Yours is a story you need to check out. I, for one, did love Dylan and Nate and enjoyed the story they had to tell. Also, if you are as big a fan of the story, Out of Shadows, as I am, you’ll enjoy this book because Josh and Christian play a big part of these two men getting together.

Though Bromantically Yours can be read as a stand-alone story, I HIGHLY recommend reading Out of the Shadows first. Not only are both books well worth the read, you’re sure to fall in love with the characters as much as I have.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Out of the Shadows by KC Wells


Title: Out of the Shadows
Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 241
Characters: Christian Hernandez, Josh Wendell
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Dreamspun Desires
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Can he step out of the shadows and into love’s light?

Eight years ago, Christian Hernandez moved to Jamaica Plain in southern Boston, took refuge in his apartment, and cut himself off from the outside world. And that’s how he’d like it to stay.

Josh Wendell has heard his coworkers gossip about the occupant of apartment #1. No one sees the mystery man, and Josh loves a mystery. So when he is hired to refurbish the apartment’s kitchen and bathrooms, Josh is eager to discover the truth behind the rumors.

When he comes face-to-face with Christian, Josh understands why Christian hides from prying eyes. As the two men bond, Josh sees past his exterior to the man within, and he likes what he sees. But can Christian find the courage to emerge from the darkness of his lonely existence for the man who has claimed his heart?

Review:

I am a KC Wells junkie. I shamelessly admit I LOVE her books and as soon as I can get my greedy hands on anything written by her, I stop everything I have going on and I immediately read it. There is something special in the way Ms. Wells writes romance. Her characters always have a lot of heart and they are wonderfully flawed and likeable men who live and breathe off of the written page.

Out of the Shadows is a beautifully written romance. As a reader, I appreciated the way the relationship developed between the two heroes. I genuinely felt the like and respect they had for one another and my heart happily beat faster as Christian and Josh fell in love.

Look, I’m a sucker for a good romance. I’m one of those readers who love a good fairy tale with a happily ever after and with Out of the Shadows, Ms Wells delivers everything I love in a romance and more.

Josh and Christian bring out the best in each other. Josh and Christian have a steamy attraction that sizzled up my computer screen. Josh and Christian’s characters evolve and grow as their story develops. As individuals, they both see life differently than they did at the beginning of the story. Honestly, what’s not to love about that?

Though there is a little angst in this book, basically Out of the Shadows is a romantic, feel-good read that left this reader with a big o’ smile on her face. I loved this book and I truly hated to see the story come to an end.

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 Senator’s Secret by KC Wells


Title: The Senator’s Secret
Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 212
Characters: Samuel, Gary
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Politics, puppy dogs, and passion, oh my!

When his Republican opponent outs him with a photo in a Facebook post, Senator Samuel Dalton doesn’t have many options open to him. It doesn’t matter that the photo is totally innocent. He has no choice but to come clean… until his staff suggest putting a spin on it that leaves Sam reeling.

Sure, he’ll end up with a lot of sympathy, not to mention the possibility of more voters from the LGBT community, but it still seems a pretty drastic solution.

Now all they have to do is persuade Gary, the other man in the photo, to play along. It sounds so easy: convince the constituents of North Carolina that he and Sam are engaged.

No big deal, except for the fact that they’ve only just met….

Review:

The Senator’s Secret by KC Wells is part of the Dreamspun Desires line at Dreamspinner Press. These books have a more harlequin feel and characters often find themselves in fun and sometimes outlandish circumstances.

KC Wells is one of those authors that I really like. She has a way of writing heartfelt characters that often stay with me long after I finish reading one of her books. From BDSM themed books to a sweet, romantic tale, Ms. Wells knows how to write relationships and romance.

I really enjoyed watching Sam and Gary’s relationship transition from strangers to lovers. At first their relationship is developed under a lie, but as they get to know each other, it was easy to see why they became friends and fell in love. They just fit together nicely and I enjoyed the story they had to tell.

This book is pure sugar and sweetness with a dash of hot seduction. It brought a smile to my face and I enjoyed the lighthearted backstory. If you are looking for angst, this is not the book for you, but if you crave romance with two heroes that fall almost instantly for each other, look no further because this is definitely the book for you.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Endings and Beginnings by KC Wells and Parker Williams


Title: Endings and Beginnings
Authors: KC Wells and Parker Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 350
Characters: Darren Fielding, JJ Taylor
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: BDSM, Contemporary
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.

Collars & Cuffs’ new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.

Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.

Review:

The Collar and Cuff series by Parker Williams and KC Wells is one of my favorite BDSM themed series. Each and every book is special within its own right and believe me when I say it’s a pleasure to read and revisit each and every one of them. What I appreciate as a reader is that the BDSM aspect of the relationship is a strong one, but it’s never over the top. I’ve read many BDSM books and thought they were a bit outlandish, but in this series, in my opinion, it’s more realistically written. Even those who do not care for BDSM themed books, should give this series a try. It’s a perfect BDSM/Romance mix that I believe will satisfy almost all readers.

I’ve been looking forward to this book AND I’ve been dreading it. Since it is the last book in the series, I began reading it knowing I was going to have to say goodbye to some of my favorite characters. As with all of the books, the main heroes in the previous stories play a big part in the current story, so I loved catching up with all of the beloved heroes and seeing how their relationships continue to progress as the series continues. I was so thrilled to see that the authors ended the series and though there were tears, there were both happy and bittersweet ones. They leave the book on a high note and I hope and pray they will start a new series with two of my favorite men. *Crosses fingers*

As to this book, I loved it because we get to see JJ’s character really evolve and grow as the story progresses. I liked how Darren and JJ connected with each other as well learn to trust in one another. Just like the other books before this one, this story is about trust, friendship, honestly, integrity, respect and love.

Most of all this wraps up the series in a way that will leave a smile on your face. I will miss the characters but know that each and every one of them have gone onto a happy journey with their partner together.

Parker Williams and KC Wells have a real knack at writing romances that will live with you long after you finish the book. They really know their characters and the depth of the love they share with their partner is truly a beautiful thing to read.

Endings and Beginnings is the eighth book in the Collars and Cuffs series. I highly recommend reading these books in series order. Each and every book shows a progression of all of the characters’ lives. If you miss one, I’m afraid you’ll be a little lost.

The Collar and Cuffs series in book order are:

An Unlocked Heart
Trusting Thomas
Someone to Keep Me
A Dance with Domination
Damian’s Discipline
Make Me Soar
Dom of Ages
Endings and Beginnings

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Debt by KC Wells


Title: Debt
Author: KC Wells
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 254
Characters: Mitch Jenkins, Nikko Kurokawa
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Two months after Mitch Jenkins had the rug pulled out from under him when his two-year relationship came to an abrupt end, he is still hurting. A colleague’s attempt to cheer him up brings Mitch to a secret “club.” Mitch isn’t remotely interested in the twinks parading like peacocks, until he spies the young man at the back of the room, nose firmly in a book and oblivious to his surroundings. Now Mitch is interested.

Nikko Kurokawa wants to pay his debt and get the hell out of the Black Lounge. Earning his freedom isn’t proving easy, especially when he starts attracting interest. Life becomes that little bit easier to bear when he meets Mitch, who is nothing like the other men who frequent the club. And when Mitch crawls under his skin and into his heart, Nikko figures he can put up with anything. Before long he’ll be out of there, and he and Mitch can figure out if they have a future together.

Neither of them counted on those who don’t want Nikko to leave….

Review:

Where have you been all of my life, KC Wells? Oh my goodness! Somehow I’ve overlooked this author and believe me, after I read this amazing book, I’ll be reading her backlist of books. Soon.

Debt is a magnificently told story about two fascinating men and the amazing love they shared between them. From the first page I immediately became wrapped up into the lives of these characters. It’s no secret that I love a well-written May/December romance and KC Wells’ story Debt is everything I love when it comes to reading a romance and more.

You know what was one of the things I loved most about this novel? Both men were genuinely NICE men. They are good guys who have amazing families but find themselves in several sticky situations…but the great thing about it was…NICE GUYS FINSH FIRST! I can honestly say that I want Mitch’s family to adopt me…omg…the sheer love and support both he and Nikko receive from them was truly awe inspiring.

Debt will pull at all of your emotions. From happy moments to almost an ugly cry, I was totally emotionally satisfied when I finished this book. I loved every minute I spent reading Debt and can honestly say I PRAY Ms. Wells will write more about these characters. I want to know what happens next…there are loose ends that needs to be resolved, so I hope that this means she’s got a gem of a story in store for us.

If you haven’t read this book, do yourself a favor and read it. It’s a beautiful story full of intrigue, friendship, family and most of all ROMANCE. Loved it and will probably reread it again in the near future.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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