4/5 Stars for The Harder He Falls by Lynda Aicher

 

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The Harder He Falls (Kick)

Author:  Lynda Aicher

Publication Date:  June 7, 2016

Genre:  Gay Romance

Synopsis:

RITA Award finalist Lynda Aicher fires up a thrilling series featuring rugged men who play hard for a living. When it comes to one another’s hearts, they never back down—because behind closed doors, the games they play are very different.

Expert whitewater-rafting guide Grady Kelley lives for that rush of adrenaline: at work, as the newest employee of a Portland-based outdoor-adventure sports company, and off the river, where liaisons with anonymous men keep him satisfied. Grady prefers no drama and no strings attached, but when tragedy strikes, fate leads him to Micah Swaine. He’s hot, masculine, distracting—and offers the kind of deeper connection Grady has sworn off, no matter how badly he craves it.

Working at a leather bar, Micah meets a lot of guys, but Grady’s different—and he seems to feel the same way. The trouble is, anything beyond casual sex is too risky for Micah. He’s got secrets he doesn’t know how to share, secrets that would make any relationship a battlefield. No man, even one as compassionate as Grady, would stick around for that kind of trouble. And yet, as physical desire melts the walls they’ve put up, Micah and Grady discover that trusting each other is the most exhilarating adventure of all.

The Harder He Falls is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

 

My Review:

My rating:  3.5 stars

Grady and Micah burn up the pages of this scorching romance.

Grady is filled with guilt over his responsibility in the accident that left his cousin in a coma.  Micah has residual effects from being a coma several years back.  They both need control and they both need to let loose.  They both want different things and yet they only want each other.

These two damaged men need each other.  Their journey was emotional and dynamic.  A highly-fulfilling read.

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Hustle by Elizabeth Roderick

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The Hustle by Elizabeth Roderick
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: May 31st 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance, Thriller
Synopsis:

Liria is nineteen, homeless, and addicted to heroin…

She’s also determined to not end up dead—like her mother. But every time she tries to get clean, on her feet, and back on the employment train, everything falls apart. This time is different. This time, she knows there are only two choices—addiction or death. Once she gets clean, though, her life ends up even rockier than before.

Desperate for help, Liria goes to the one person she can count on for a safe place to stay and regular meals—her father, Cyryl Czetski. However, she soon learns Cyryl isn’t her real father, and he wants a very different kind of relationship. Liria ultimately rejects his advances and ends up on the streets yet again, this time working in an illegal strip club.

Finally taking control of her life, Liria lands a job in a Vegas nightclub, where she meets Arty—the woman of her dreams.

Arty is beautiful, funny, and rich. But when other nightclub employees turn up dead—including Liria’s best friend, Lee—Liria suspects the business might be a front for something far more sinister.

When Arty reveals Liria’s life is also in danger, she promises to keep her safe. But Arty’s acting strangely, and seems to know too much about the mysterious deaths. Is she really trying to save her, or is she holding her hostage, using her as a pawn in a game Liria doesn’t understand?

Liria thought she was used to always second guessing everyone’s intentions. That’s how life is. But if the drugs don’t ruin her, The Hustle will…

 

My Review: 

The Hustle.  Woah!  This was difficult to read.  Not because the book isn’t well-written.  The book is very well-written.  What makes it difficult is the dark and gritty nature of the book.

Liria is a young heroin addict.  She is homeless.  Her best friend kicked her out.  She calls the man who she thinks is her father, but he’s not and his intentions with her a definitely not fatherly.  She runs away from him and is back on the streets again.  She finally decides to take control and ends up in Vegas working at a nightclub where she befriends a woman who makes her feel special and loved.  Things do not get better from there.  However, I am happy to say, after a gut-wrenching read, there is a happy ending.

Gut-wrenching, yeah, that right there is the right term for this.  A lot goes on in the book and I found myself wondering who was real, who was honest and who was using who.  That’s what makes this book standout, that feeling as you read of not really knowing what is going on but the intense need to figure it out.  As difficult as it was to read and as many times I wanted to scream at Liria, I just had to keep reading.

Liria’s romance with Arty was sweet, but you never really knew if Arty was being real or not.  That is most definitely story driven, but it was sweet nonetheless.

If you are looking for a dark, gritty, suspenseful romance, the grab a copy of The Hustle.  It will not disappoint.

AUTHOR BIO:

ElizabethELIZABETH RODERICK grew up as a barefoot ruffian on a fruit orchard near Yakima, in the eastern part of Washington State. After weathering the grunge revolution and devolution in Olympia, Washington, Portland, Oregon and Seattle, she recently moved to a small cluster of houses amidst the vineyards of California’s Central Coast.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and worked for many years as a paralegal and translator. She is a musician and songwriter, and has played in many bands, rocking some instruments she doesn’t even know the real names for, but mostly guitar, bass and keyboards.

Elizabeth writes novels for young adults and adults; short stories; and memoir which is way more interesting than it should be. Her stories are about love, death, gang warfare, and madness; her characters tend to be of the type that society generally shuns: addicts, convicts, and the mentally ill. She believes if people get to know these characters in stories and in real life, they’ll find them more likeable than they originally thought.

She applies Hunter S. Thompson’s Gonzo method to fiction writing. It often gets a little heavier than what she had in mind, but she chalks it up to forced consciousness expansion.

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