Gabbi Reviews: Built for Pleasure by Thursday Euclid


Title: Built for Pleasure
Author: Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
Characters: Malcolm Torvik, Wolf
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Retired military officer Malcolm Torvik runs a rehabilitation facility for malfunctioning pleasure cyborgs. When WLF-6759—Wolf—arrives at Reboot Camp, the former battle cyborg presents problems Malcolm’s never faced before. Most pleasure cyborgs are sensation junkies, constantly high on the chemicals sex releases into their bloodstream, but Wolf’s faulty refit means it’s spent a decade suffering through unwanted encounters—and sometimes fighting back despite the consequences.

At first Wolf’s rebellion frustrates Malcolm even as Wolf’s undeniable physical perfection draws him. Then Wolf’s unexpected vulnerability and need open a whole new dynamic between them, and Malcolm finds himself feeling far too much for something that isn’t even human. Or is it? Could Homo sapiens technica be just as human as Malcolm is? And if it is, what’s Malcolm supposed to do about it? Malcolm’s been alone for so long…. Is it possible he’s found love with a cyborg? How far will he go to ensure Wolf’s freedom? Malcolm knows what he must do—for both of them—but it might cost him much more than his comfortable life.

Review:

I was really excited to read this book. Thursday Euclid is one-half of a writing team that is one of my favorites, so I was real anxious to read a story written by him. Also, science fiction is a favorite genre of mine so I was real interested in reading about the world Thursday created.

It’s easy to say I really loved this book. I thought the author did a great job at describing the universe these two characters live in. The author’s ability to describe the different settings, cultures and even the characters’ beliefs without bogging it down with either too much or too little information is apparent that Thursday is talented at what he does.

It was so natural to fall in love with Wolf. As a cyborg who has been transformed, somewhat very unsuccessfully, as a sexual cyborg instead of a military one made this reader truly feel empathy for him. Wolf is used to be seen as a thing and not a person. In many ways, he himself, sees himself as less worthy than a human and I truly loved how Wolf began to see himself as the wonderful man he truly was. There are many layers to Wolf and though some aren’t always pretty, I loved how each layer revealed what a true man he was and appreciated how he grew as a person.

Malcolm was more of a harder sell for me. At first glance, he is a little bit of a cold fish. He’s not one to really be around people and he, himself if guilty of just seeing these cyborgs or bots as nothing but machines. BUT as the story continued and as Wolf began to worm his way into Malcolm’s heart, I loved how Malcolm’s point of view soon changes and the way he ended up truly standing by Wolf as a partner in the end.

The chemistry between these two men is a strong one. I liked the way they brought out the best in each other and loved the way they learned to fight for one another. Together, they are truly stronger together than separate and I felt like they could just about succeed at anything as long as they had each other.

I truly hope the author will continue this story. There is a bit of a cliff-hanger and it made me wonder what in the world was going to happen next. Either way, the ending is a happy and satisfying one.

Built for Pleasure was a highly addictive, well-written romance from start to finish. If you love science fiction with compelling, interesting heroes, this book is definitely one not to be missed!

Highly Recommended

Reviewed By: Gabbi

Click HERE to enter the Dreamspinner Press Homepage

Gabbi Reviews: Boyfriend Goals by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid


Title: Boyfriend Goals
Author: Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Loose Id. LLC
Pages: 178
Characters: Trev, Lee
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

What happens when a nerd and a jock pretend to be dating for the summer? Social justice whiz Trev needs to convince his parents that his bisexuality isn’t a phase, and swim team star Lee needs somewhere to stay until the new semester starts. Forced together for three months at a Vermont lake house with Trev’s family, the boys influence each other in unexpected ways, and despite their differences, a real bond begins to form. What will it take for a fake odd couple to become a real one?

Review:

Boyfriend Goals by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid is a well-written, coming of age story that really resonated with me as a reader.

One the of the first things that struck me as I read this story was the intense attraction these two young men feel for one another. I enjoyed the heated chemistry they shared between them and as they got to know one another, I also enjoyed the friendship the heroes formed between them.

There relationship begins on a lie. Trev is determined to make his parents take his sexuality seriously and it’s because of that, he enlists Lee’s help to show them that not only is he gay, he is capable of having a successful relationship, despite his parents misgivings. Though Lee claims he is heterosexual, his flirtatious personality, confuses Trev. Plus, Lee has an easy going personality and his willingness to pretend he is Trev’s boyfriend with ease keeps Trev on his toes throughout the story.

First, I would like to point out that this is not a gay for you story. Both men are coming to terms with their sexual side and they have to face the reality that things are not always what it seems. Though their relationship begins with a lie, the truth of how they feel about one another becomes the heart of the book.

This coming to age story is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. I loved how Trev and Lee really work hard at being true to themselves, and I highly enjoyed the way they learn to communicate with each other. The transition from strangers to friends to lovers was a beautiful thing to read and I loved every minute of it.

Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid are one of my favorite writing teams. Each of their stories have strong heroes, interesting story-lines and their stories are always well-written and so addictive to read. Their characters are so easy to fall in love with and I enjoy the hours of escapism these authors stories give me.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

Click HERE to purchase Boyfriend Goals

Gabbi Reviews: Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

Title: Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars
Author: Clancy Nacht, Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 133
Characters: Wyatt Parker, Tully Randolph
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

Wyatt Parker has a good life—he owns his own construction company, his own house, and he eats home-cooked meals every day. But cooking for one while watching the foodie network is more than lonely. When he learns about an upcoming reality show centered on becoming the personal chef for his favorite rock star, Wyatt leaps at the chance to audition.

Tully Randolph is the drummer for the band Unusual Potatoes. With a chef for a mom, love of good food runs in the family. When he’s asked to host a cooking competition, he’s all in—especially after he meets Wyatt, who is just the kind of big, hairy guy who gets Tully’s juices flowing. With a heart as big as he is, Wyatt wows Tully with his skills in the kitchen… and in the bedroom.

But if their relationship is found out, Wyatt could be drummed out of the competition—and out of Tully’s life. All the ingredients for a happy future are in front of them, and they just need to figure out how to bring everything together.

Review:

Wyatt’s Recipes for Wooing Rock Stars by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid is a sexy romp of a romance from start to finish! I love this writing team and I shamelessly admit they are on my automatic buy/read list.

Why do I love their books? I love them because of the splash of humor, the interesting well-written and unique heroes and their stories always have a romantic sexy storyline that I always enjoy.

At first glance, you wouldn’t believe these heroes would belong together. Tully is a famous drummer of the rock band, Unusual Potatoes whereas Wyatt owns a construction company who is a big bear of a man who loves to cook. Sparks fly when they meet, but their attraction is forbidden since Tully is judging a new cooking reality show where the winner will cook for his band for their upcoming tour dates. But, as Tully continues to eat Wyatt’s delicious food and he begins to see the warm and wonderful man Wyatt truly is, he can’t help but be drawn to him.

Since Unusual Potatoes’ first album, Wyatt has been a huge fan of Tully’s band. He’s a little bit star-struck by Tully, but quickly begins to realize that there is more to Tully than a pretty face with a rocking talent. Each time he’s around Tully, Wyatt has to suppress the urge to befriend him, comfort him and take care of him. Inside Tully’s smile, Wyatt quickly sees the loneliness and kindness that the drummer tries to hide but Wyatt is immediately drawn too. When Tully begins to show Wyatt that he is interested, the big man is both surprised and thrilled that he’s captured the rock star’s attention…even if it’s just for the few weeks they are taping the show.

Tully has always been attracted to bigger men. Having just lost his mother, he is lonely and longs for the home-cooked meals his mother so lovingly fixed for him. When he meets Wyatt, for the first time since before his mother’s death does Tully feel loved and appreciated again.

I loved this book! I thought the relationship between the two men was a beautiful thing to watch develop and I quickly became emotionally invested to the both of them. In the end, I believed these men belonged together and I could not wait to see how everything turns out in the end.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

Click HERE to enter the Dreamspinner Press Website

Sentimental Sunday – I’ll Be Your Man by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

If you follow my reviews you know that I make it no secret that if I’m totally in love with a book, I will read it again and again. I know there are some of you who probably don’t do this and I respect your decision not to do so, after all, there are so many great books you haven’t read yet…so why read the same book over and over again?

I get it…I really do. It’s no surprise that I have a lot of books to read and review and I love every minute I spend doing it, but I am also very guilty of just wanting to revisit old friends and enjoy the story they have to tell all over again.

I guess I’ve always been sentimental and if something means a lot to me or if a book really moves me in some way, I’m going to remember it and want to revisit the characters soon by reading their story over.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this. The other day as I was re-reading one of my favorites I began to wonder if other people are like me and I also wondered why they do this too. What made that book so special that they had to reread it again?

I thought I would periodically share some of my all-time favorites and explain WHY they are my favorites. These thoughts are certainly not reviews…they are just the endless ramblings of an avid reader who likes to share her thoughts on books she loves.

Also, I began to wonder if you guys would like to share your own thoughts on your favorites. If you do, please feel free to send me an email at top2bottomreviews@gmail.com and tell us why a certain book is your favorite and why you read feel compelled to read it more than once. I’d be glad to put it on here and share it with our readers. After all, we are among friends, right? I plan on publishing these posts on Sundays and calling it our Sentimental Sunday posts.

Last year we lost my brother-in-law in a tragic accident. This devastated all of us and in all honesty, I couldn’t function like I once did. Just the thought of picking up a new book and trying to read it got me anxious, but I love to read and I found myself reading my favorite books over and over again. Revisiting these characters gave me comfort, just like old friends do. This went on for me for several months. Finally, I was able to get back into the swing of things, but I honestly believe that re-reading my favorites kept me going and brought me out of the dark place I had landed myself in.

I have many books that are favorites of mine. They are often favorites for many different reasons. I’ll share them all with you, but I thought I’d start with this one. I read this book many times during my darker days. It always brings a smile to my face.

I’ll Be Your Man by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

I love this writing team. Their characters always have such a heated chemistry between them, that they really resonate with me as a reader. This is one of my favorites for two reasons… One, I absolutely loved both men. Both Richard and Paul were so realistically written to me, I could easily envision them as I read the book. I loved the friendship and respect they have together and OMG…the sexual chemistry between them makes me want to break out in a sweat!!

The second reason I love this book is it has one of my favorite themes: Older man, younger man…yep…I love the May/December romances and I’ll Be Your Man is one of my all-time favorites within this genre.
This book comforts me when I feel down. It always brings a smile to my face and reminds me of why I love to read romances and why it’s never too late to find true love.

If you are interested in this book…click here to check it out.

Thanks for allowing me to share one of my favorites with you. Have a very happy Sunday!!

BLURB:

Richard Lynch is a 50-something executive with an ex-wife he’s still hung up on and a son in grad school who only calls when he wants something. In his professional life, Richard’s successful and in control, but his personal life consists of little more than sitting down in front of the television set at seven and being in bed by nine.

Then he meets his son Kyle’s best friend and roommate, Paul Watkins, the handsome gay son of a former rockstar. Richard’s bland, predictable world is thrown into chaos by Paul’s sweetly determined pursuit of him. To some Richard’s new lease on life seems like a mid-life crisis and Paul’s infatuation seems motivated by daddy issues, but to Richard, Paul is his chance to explore a part of himself he’s kept buried all his life. With friends, family, and their pasts threatening to keep them apart, what will it take for each to become the other’s man?

The WASPs by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid


Title: The WASPs
Author: Clancy Nacht, Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Eine Kleine Press
Pages: 160
Characters: Blake Brooks, Tyrone Edwards
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5



Blurb:

Blake Brooks’s life is not going as planned. His wife kicked him out to move the nanny in, and his father disinherited him. The only haven he has left is his old boarding school buddy, Tyrone Edwards. It turns out Tyrone has a room all ready, clothes picked out, and and a place in his life reserved for Blake and his daughter Bitsy, whom they both adore.

Tyrone has always played it straight, even in boarding school when everyone was experimenting. Now he’s giving Blake mixed messages: affection and teasing one minute, fobbing Blake off on a gay co-worker the next. Is Blake succumbing to wishful thinking, or has Tyrone been holding out for Blake?

Review:

Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid is one of my favorite writing teams. They write characters with strong personalities and interesting quirks that make them flawed, likeable men. There is also something very special about their writing style that I really enjoy. Their stories are always fast-paced, humor filled and extremely sexy.

One of the reasons why I loved this book is: there is an undeniable emotional and physical connection between the two heroes. The physical chemistry between them is sizzling hot, but yet, there is also a very tender side to their relationship that really jumped out at me.

Blake is a tad bit spoiled…okay he’s really spoiled *and a little bratty*. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s pretty much had every material thing he’s ever wanted in life. Unfortunately for him, the one person he’s wanted most, his best friend Tyrone, is straight. Over the years, Blake has done things *some not so well-thought out* to get over the love and attraction he has for Tyrone, but as always, when things go wrong in his life, it is Tyrone he needs and reaches out to.

Tyrone has a big heart and has always been there for Blake anytime he needs him. He works hard, is responsible, but has never had a serious relationship with another person. The only meaningful relationship he has at all is with Blake. He is a true friend and an all-around nice guy.

I loved the devotion these two men had for each other. Even though it was obvious to me what was going on in Tyrone’s head and heart, Blake is oblivious to his best friend’s feelings. Sometimes we are just too close to a situation to really see what’s standing in front of us, you know? There were times I wanted to shake both men and tell them to stop, talk and really listen to what the other one is trying to tell each other. But even with the best of relationships, there are times we don’t communicate with one another as we should.

I loved the banter and chemistry between these two men. The authors really have mastered the way their characters really talk to one another. I liked how wrapped up into each other lives, and really enjoyed watching these two finally be together as they should have long ago. It gave me several hours of pure escapism and fun and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book.

If you are a fan of this amazing writing team, you will definitely enjoy reading this book. Between the humor, interesting characters and the sizzling chemistry these two men had together, it was definitely a very satisfying read for me. I can’t wait to see what these two authors come up with next!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

BUY LINK

You’re Welcome. Love, Your Cat by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid


Title: You’re Welcome. Love, Your Cat
Author: Clancy Nacht, Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Loose Id.
Pages: 211
Characters: Edwin Blais, Forrest James
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Since vowing celibacy over a decade ago, history professor and classic car aficionado Edwin Blais’s only comfort has been his dead partner’s cat, Francesca. When she gets lost, Edwin’s beside himself…until he meets the man who found her.

Cat-lover and mechanic Forrest James is a Roman sculpture brought to life, old enough to run a successful garage but not old enough to forget the secrets of a painful childhood.

Edwin’s lonely, and a straight man poses no threat to his vow. Soon he’s going to the garage every night after class. Forrest’s quiet friendship is healing Edwin’s broken heart until a night of mind-blowing sex changes everything. Edwin can’t deny his growing feelings, but a relationship between them seems impossible.

After Edwin uncovers the mysteries behind Forrest’s tough exterior, he’s forced to choose between a lost love and an unexpectedly tender new love who needs Edwin more than he ever could have guessed. Only by dealing with their tragic pasts can either forge a future. Will they find a way to do together what neither could do alone?

Review:

I love the writing team of Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid. They are authors that I follow and when they release something new, I’m guilty of dropping everything and immediately reading their book. I love the way they seem to really know their characters and enjoy the emotional and physical chemistry they have together.

What I really loved about this book was the way the relationship between the main heroes gradually progressed. I truly believed that these two men developed a strong friendship that eventually led to love. I also enjoyed how both of them really worked at finding a common ground together as well as really working hard to fit into each other’s lives.

Ever since his partner died in a tragic accident Edwin made a vow to keep true to his dead partner. He has been going through the motions of life, refusing to open up to others and preferring the company of his cat instead of meeting new people and going out to enjoy life. But when his cat runs away, Edwin is practically crippled from the loss of him. He immediately puts out reward posters, but his fear of never seeing his feline friend haunts him. Lucky for him, his cat is found by easy-going and the very sexy Forrest and the two lonely men immediately hit it off and become friends.

This is a very sweet and sexy romance that I truly loved. I enjoyed watching Edwin begin to blossom under Forrest’s friendship. He begins to open himself up to others and began caring about living his life to the fullest, instead of closing himself off to the world. I also loved Forrest. He’s a simple man with basic needs and the love he has for Edwin is truly a beautiful one.

You’re Welcome. Love, Your Cat is a highly addictive read about learning to take chances again once you’ve lost someone special. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book and couldn’t help but wish for more once I had finished reading it. It’s definitely earned a spot on my keeper shelf and I look forward to re-reading it in the future.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

BUY LINK

Double Black by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid


Title: Black Gold, Book 2: Double Black
Author: Clancy Nacht, Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Loose Id.
Pages: 220
Characters: Goldie, Jett
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Kisses: 5+


Blurb:

Since they settled in L.A. to run their label three years ago, Jett’s restless nature and Goldie’s isolating fame have damaged their former closeness. Passion brings Jett home every night, but tabloid rumors and growing distance between them leave Goldie afraid of losing Jett forever. While Goldie secretly longs for a wedding, a baby, and more control in the bedroom, Jett pines for his old life in New York.

When Cole, a young man who claims to be Jett’s son, arrives at their mansion, Goldie hopes this is his chance for a family…but Cole has a star crush on Goldie and nothing but anger toward his alleged father. Jett’s jealousy of Goldie’s growing bond with the hot 18-year-old could lead to disaster.

There’s no doubt that Goldie and Jett love each other, but sometimes love isn’t enough. Will Goldie find the courage to confess his needs, or will what’s left unspoken destroy what might have been?

Review:

When I found out that one of my all-time favorite books, Black Gold, was going to have a sequel, I was thrilled! I adored Goldie and Jett and couldn’t wait to see where life had taken them and how they were coping with the difficult and stressful lifestyle being celebrities must be.

It’s been three years since Jett and Goldie have been together. Although they still love each other, their relationship is starting to show some strain from the constant pressure of being famous and their fear of disappointing each other. The sex between them is still great, but when it comes to communication, they’ve stopped opening up to each other. When a young man, Cole, appears on their doorstep insisting that he is Jett’s long lost son, this causes both of them to face the problems they are having within their relationship. Both men must make the decision whether to open up to each other, or to continue allowing a bridge form between them. But communication isn’t always easy, and if they want to stay together, they must fight for both each other and what they believe in.

I LOVED every minute I spent reading this book! If you are a fan of the first book, this is definitely a must read for you! If you haven’t read Black Gold, you must! The obvious love and affection these two men have together is heartwarming. Yes, they have their problems and both men are far from perfect, but together they are perfection. One of things I really appreciated about Double Black is how much Jett and Goldie really mature as the book progresses. Their relationship truly evolves as they reestablish trust and communication with one another. Although I loved them in Black Gold, I wanted to cheer at seeing both men truly do some serious talking, changing and falling even deeper in love than they were before. It was a beautiful story…and even though I wondered if I would like the angry, long-lost son, Cole, I soon warmed up to him too.

Beautifully written with characters that will live in your heart and mind, long after you’ve finished the last page, Double Black is a story that is masterfully told by two amazing authors. I love the writing team and Nacht and Euclid and I can’t wait to read more books by them. Highly Recommended!

The Black Gold books in series order are:

Black Gold
Double Black

On a side note: The covers to both Black Gold and Double Black are some of my all time favorites too!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

BUY LINK