January 14, 2018 by Valerie Ullmer
Favorite Reads – January 14th, 2018
I’ve been busy working on Jade in order to get it to my editor on time. I’ve also fallen back on reading a lot of books, which will change when I free up some time. In the meantime, here are three more books that I’ve read and loved. Well, back to the grind.
Without a Compass by Helen Juliet
Riley Anderson isn’t an outdoorsy guy. He’s a desk jockey, office by day and couch by night. So when his family insists on a camping trip for his father’s 50th birthday he’s hardly thrilled. Things only get worse when Kai shows up, too.
Kai Brandt’s more than eager to go camping with his best buddy, but his buddy’s little brother Riley is all grown up now, and hotter than hell. Kai’s willing to help him pitch more than just a tent… Which is weird, because Kai never swung that way before.
Events conspire to out Riley’s secret AND leave him stranded in Kai’s care for longer than they’d planned for. Trapped together in the wilderness, they’re going to have to face a few hard truths if they’re going to make it back to the world.
But even if they manage it, the experience will leave them forever changed.
I was hooked the moment I started this book and I read it completely in one sitting!
Riley, while confident in who he was and his choices in life, dreaded spending an entire week with his family doing his least favorite thing, camping. Although he knew what was to come for the week, he hadn’t expected was his brother’s best friend, Kai, to be there.
I loved the interactions between Kai and Riley. Although Riley would like to spend his week hiding away and staring at Kai while spinning fantasies about the man who he’d always crushed on, Kai wasn’t having it.
I loved how all of Kai’s protective instincts kicked in, especially after seeing how uncomfortable some people made Riley, and that led Kai to spend more and more time focusing on Riley and learned what he could about him. While it might have started with a swell of protectiveness, Kai found that he liked Riley more than he realized.
Throughout the story, both men are also judged on how they look, not who they are. Because of this, Kai understands Riley and why he’s so standoffish he is with certain people. And I loved how Riley saw the world and realized that being himself was all he and Kai needed.
I don’t want to give too much away because this is a great read and the ending was perfect. I loved the promise of their future together. A great must-read!!
Dancing on Ice by Reegan Ellis
They’re rivals on the ice… but things are starting to heat up off it.
To Charles Shaw, skating is all that matters. He doesn’t need other people; all he needs is a sturdy pair of boots and fresh ice beneath him. After being out of the game for two seasons due to injury, Charles is ready to return to the competitive figure skating scene in a big way.
There’s just one little problem: Jamie Morales, owner of a pair of gorgeous dark eyes and a shimmering smile that manages to thaw even the most stubborn parts of Charles, no matter how hard he tries to freeze Jamie out. But Charles needs to focus–gold medals are the only things he should have his eyes on, not his handsome, charming rival.
They’re both fighting tooth and nail to win…
But when hearts get involved, they may just discover that gold medals aren’t the only things up for grabs.
The first time you meet Charles, you can tell that he’s determined and keeps to himself while he’s trying to make his way back into competitive ice skating after what, to anyone else, would be a career ending injury. And Jamie is the complete opposite; happy and liked by everyone because he’s so easy going.
Because they are complete opposites, sparks fly from the moment the literally run into each other. I loved every moment in this book, from them getting to know each other, to the skating, the competitions, and then falling in love.
For those who love romance, this book is perfect. I highly recommend reading Dancing on Ice!!!
Up and Coming (Coastal College Football #1) by Andrea Dalling
An unexpected love could cost him his dreams.
Emmett Cross doesn’t have time to date. A college quarterback on a path to turning pro, he can’t afford distractions, especially with the academic challenges he faces. When he’s blindsided by a growing attraction to his friend Jake, he fights it—rumors that he’s bisexual could wreck his draft prospects. But he can’t stop thinking about the cute blond twink with the warm heart and gentle smile.
Biochem major Jake Schott has had a straight-boy crush on Emmett since freshman year. Emmett’s cool logic is the perfect complement to Jake’s sensitive nature. He’s sure nothing can come of his longing—until a scorching kiss turns desire into hope. Although the tall, sexy athlete with the trim waist and thick biceps denies that there’s a chance for them, his lustful looks and stolen touches tell a different story. Passion ignites between them, but Emmett insists on hiding the relationship.
When their secret threatens to come out, will Emmett give up Jake to protect his career? Or will he risk everything for love?
Jake and Emmett had been friends, or they knew each other, for three years. With only months until they both graduate, Emmett realizes that although he’d never been attracted to a man before, he can’t keep his eyes and hands off Jake. The first time they kiss is explosive, but Emmett can’t reconcile his feelings for Jake and pulls away. There’s a lot of push and pull between the two of them. Emmett physically pulls back, while Jake thinks about how their relationship will survive all the obstacles they have in their path.
Their ups and downs are a little heartbreaking, but the ending and the possibilities of their future together is perfect. I can’t wait to read the next in the series!