Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Release Day Review ~ It Was Always You Anthology ~ (5 Star Review)

Release Day Review ~ It Was Always You Anthology ~ (5 Star Review)

Title: It Was Always You
Cardeno C, Ella Frank, Riley Hart, Lane Hayes, Christina Lee, Felice Stevens, N.R. Walker
Release Date: October 4th,
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance

What do you do when everything you’ve ever wanted was right there all along?

Join these bestselling M/M authors as they bring you tales of love, lust, and laughter...between friends.
Featuring seven brand new novellas, each answering the question—what happens when the one meant for you was right there all along?

The book will be available for a LIMITED TIME only!

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*** All money and proceeds for this anthology will be donated to the charity One.n.Ten ***
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5 Stars

**Copy provided by authors/publishers in exchange for an honest review**

This is probably one of the best anthologies I've ever read. The stories contributed are not only written by some of my favorite authors, but friends to lovers is also one of my favorite tropes. The one thing all of these stories share is that the person you've been looking for and are meant to spend the rest of your life with, may just be right in front of you. Best friends make the best lovers, because they know you, faults and all and accept you because of those faults, not despite them.

(。◕ฺˇε ˇ◕ฺ。) Rough Edges by Cardeno C.

4 Stars

Kyle can't stand Brent. He is a trust fund baby, who Kyle feels does nothing productive with his life. When Kyle loses his job, Brent offers him a place to stay. Will they go from enemies to lovers?

I loved Brent, he was kind, caring and generous. Kyle was a complete twat, but thankfully, he eventually comes around. 

This story was well-written, flowed well and was a hot!! This was an enjoyable read. 

(。◕ฺˇε ˇ◕ฺ。) Unexpected Turn by Ella Frank

4.5 Stars

Connor and Tyler are best friends and Roommates. Connor being straight and Tyler being gay has never been an issue in their friendship, but as they leave for a road trip for Ty's, sister's wedding, Connor starts to feel things for Ty that a straight guy should not be feeling for his male best friend. Complicating matters further, both men are in a relationship.

This was a well-written story. Ty and Connor are not only likable characters, but they were engaging and share a chemistry that's undeniable and a sexual tension that was off the charts.

The story was enjoyable, sweet, sexy and left me smiling!! Very recommendable!!

(。◕ฺˇε ˇ◕ฺ。) Dare You To by Riley Hart

4.5 Stars

Neighbors Austin and Dare are complete opposites, yet they are also the best of friends. Austin is quiet, more serious and likes to read. He spends his days working at a LGBT center. While Dare, as his name suggests is an adrenaline junky, bar owner. Yet, somehow they fit, they just never realized how well they did.

The story was well-written and paced well. This was a somewhat heartbreaking yet, sweet, and sexy story. The characters are likable and has a good chemistry. Very recommendable!!

(。◕ฺˇε ˇ◕ฺ。) Leaning Into Love by Lane Hayes

5 Stars

Eric and Zane have known one another since high school, but it wasn't until college, that along with a few other men they formed a small tight-knit group of friends. They have all stayed in the same area and remained friends, but suddenly Eric starts to develop deeper feelings for Zane. Will Zane reciprocate, and what will their other friends think of their new relationship?

I loved this story. The characters were likable and had an amazing chemistry. The story was well-written and flowed well. I really enjoyed getting to meet the secondary characters and am looking forward to reading their stories soon. 

This was a sweet, romantic, sexy and engaging story. Highly recommendable!! 

(。◕ฺˇε ˇ◕ฺ。) The Sweetest Goodbye by Christina Lee

5 + Stars!!!

**warning, get some tissues ready to read this story**

I was one of those pesky readers who begged for Billie's story, and Christina gave me what I asked for and so much more. She threw in a surprise curveball, but I loved the story.

Billie and Dylan were just perfect and they fit together like pieces of a puzzle. The chemistry they shared was astronomical and explosive. The sexual tension palpable. The love they feel for one another comes off the pages at you.

The story was well-written, paced well and I really loved getting to re-visit with Dean and Callum, as well as the rest of the Callum and Billie's family. It was also a nice surprise to see Tate and Sebastian, too!!

This was an incredible conclusion to Billie's story, filled with some sadness and heartbreak, but also loaded with friendship, romance, sweetness, love and plenty of hotness!! Highly recommended!! 

(。◕ฺˇε ˇ◕ฺ。) Please Don’t Go by Felice Stevens

4 Stars

This review is going to be extremely short, because I don't want to give away any spoilers. I'll just say it was well-written, and the characters had a good chemistry. It was sweet, spicy and an enjoyable read!! Recommendable!!

(。◕ฺˇε ˇ◕ฺ。) Perfect Catch by N.R.Walker

5 + Stars

And they saved the best for last. I absolutely loved Cal and Troy. I loved that the friendship was so genuine and the back and forth banter was funny and how best friends should be. This is probably one of the best friends to lovers I've ever read. The chemistry was undeniable and the sexual tension explosive. The sex was sweet, hot and filled with love.

If I had to pick just one story to read, it would definitely be this one!! Highly recommended!!

This was an amazing complication of stories. Also, the proceeds of the sale go to help out a great LGBT charity, so not only will you be getting some great entertainment, you'll be helping out as well!! Pick it up, you'll be glad you did!!
Connect with the authors:

Cardeno C. Facebook ~ Website
Ella Frank Facebook ~ Website
Riley Hart  Facebook ~ Website
Lane Hayes Facebook ~ Website
Christina Lee Facebook ~ Website
Felice Stevens Facebook ~ Website
NR Walker Facebook ~ Website

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