A Stella Review: God of Jazz: Fugue, Concord by Varian Krylov

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RATING 5 out of 5 stars

the-god-of-jazz-fugueAfter years struggling to realize his dream of directing a feature film, on the final night of his fundraising campaign Godard is on the cusp of having everything he ever wanted. The man he loves is upstairs waiting for him, and he’s just a few dollars short of his GoFundYourself goal.

Then everything falls apart.

His personal and professional life in ruins, when his old nemesis from film school offers to fund his dream project if he’s willing to shoot it in Spain, Godard knows it’s a deal with the devil. But he also has nothing left to lose.

Among the labyrinthine streets of Barcelona’s Barrio Góthico, the city’s vibrant music scene, and the sun-gilt beaches of the Costa Brava, Godard begins shooting his dream project and putting his life back together, largely under the domineering gaze and deft touch of Ángel, the god of jazz.

But Ángel is keeping a secret, and a deal with the devil always comes at a price.

The God Of Jazz: Fugue, Concord is not the usual Varian Krylov book. I was grateful for the choice of stay away from all the pain I went throught when I read Dangerously Happy or Bad Things. I need stories like this new release. Of course there were some parts a little hard to take but nothing too heavy. Definitely sweeter, unexpectedly sweet and so hot, but nothing new in this.

IMO the story was very good, it engaged me from the start and it was impossible to put it down. I soon felt a connection with the characters. Although it wasn’t exactly love at first sight with Godard, I actually needed some time to warm up to him, still not sure why, but I was able to see the best part of him only when he met Angel. And then there was no coming back. To me it was a crescendo, each scene I like Godard a little more. Instead I soon fell in love with Angel and no one can blame me. He is an amazing character, mysterious at the beginning, perhaps as a way to protect himself, and so open and powerful in his feelings later. A perfect man, caring, gentle and sexy as hell.

Apart from the plot which I quite liked, what deeply took my interest, was how the author did a good job at showing me the characters’ emotions. I didn’t miss one little bit of what went into their hearts, the fear of letting go and trusting the person beside them, the hope for a future for their dreams, the hope for a future together when they finally overcame themselves and opened their souls. The connection between them was unbelievable and it was beautiful to see how they made each other happy. And of course the sex scenes were hot how only this author can describe them.

A mention about the secondary characters cast, each of them was well portrayed and had an important (to the plot and to the MCs’ lives) role. How they worked and spent the days together and the fierce protectiveness and support they treated each other often brought little tears in my eyes.

I feel to recommend The God Of Jazz: Fugue, Concord to everyone. If the author scared you in the past, I totally understand you but no need to be afraid of this story. One of the best book I read this year.

The cover art by Bey Deckard is the only little thing I don’t like, it just doesn’t work for me. At all. I admit I wouldn’t have picked it if it wasn’t for the author.

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Book Details:

Published September 25th 2016
Kindle Edition, 326 pages
ASIN B01M1S6BNI
Edition Language English

A Stella Review: With or Without You (Go Your Own Way #2) by Zane Riley

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RATING  5+ out of 5 stars

With or Without You by Zane RileyIn the much-anticipated sequel to Go Your Own Way, high school seniors Lennox McAvoy and Will Osborne pick up right where they left off—navigating the tumultuous waters of a new relationship and dealing with Will’s disapproving father.

When a violent incident forces Lennox to give up his independent ways, he must come to terms with his past just as Will is grappling with his future. As Will’s college plans become reality, will Lennox have the courage to go after the opportunities he doesn’t think he deserves?

If you follow my reviews, it’s probably not a mystery I’m a devoted lover of Interlude Press books. Without a doubt Zane Riley  is one of their best authors. I fell in love with Go Your Own Way and this sequel was sublime. I anxiously waited for With Or Without You  and I can say Zane couldn’t have written something better. Now if I could only read the third book right this second it would be perfect.

The story starts where the first book ended. Will’s dad is finally back from the hospital, still recovering and still not liking Lennox at all. Lennox who is living (or trying to live) with Will, although the need to be back to the nasty hotel room his grampa is renting for him is strong, the place where he can escape from all the good things his life is throwing at him.

Will is rightly a little obsessed with college, he’s planning to move to NY while Lennox can’t see a future for him, or a future with his boyfriend. He is still wearing the ankle monitor from when he left the juvinile prison. But despite his pessimism, amazing events are going to present to Lennox.

Why I loved this book so much? First of all, the characters. Zane did an awesome work. The growth and the changes in Lennox and Will were clear, they are becoming strong adult who everyone should be pride of. They are only eighteen years old but Will is a force of nature and Lennox has seen so much in his life all his fears are naturally understandable. What truly caught my heart was the ability of the author at showing me the deep love the characters, main and second ones, feel for each other. It came to me powerfully in every form love can be shown. I submerged myself in the story, sexy and funny, emotional and brave. A warning, this is not a YA book so be ready for some hot scenes.

With Or Without You was so perfect I can’t wait for more. I feel to highly recommend the series (to  read in order) to everyone who is looking for a new, talented author who can greatly write and engage you in beautiful stories.

Book Design by CB Messer and Cover Illustration by Colleen M. Good. It seems to me the cover is a little different in style from the cover of the first book, still I like it a lot.

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Published July 21st 2016 by Interlude Press
Kindle Edition, 348 pages
ASIN B01F7PBIEE
Edition Language English

A Stella Review: Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K. E. Belledonne

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RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Daniel and Erik's Super Fab Ult Wedding ChecklistWhen Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?

When I first start reading Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K.E. Belledonne I have to admit I was a little dubious about the writing.  I’m not a fan of the style the author chose to write the story, other times the switch between the present and the past often turned me off and made me confused. The beauty of discovering a new author! K.E. surprised me and let me like this writing style a lot. It was well done, the story flew easily, not only, I was anxiously waiting for the switch so I could learn more about the MCs, how they fell in love and who propose to whom, till the present time where Daniel is going crazy following Aurora, the wedding app, and its checklists.

I liked the story very much, it was cute and sweet, just how I like my books to be. What conquered me were the characters, I found myself caught up in Daniel and Erik’s wedding planning, I struggle with them and the various hitches they met while deciding the endless details for the perfect wedding Daniel wants. And my sympathy went to Erik, his patience and solid love for his forever man.

I loved the plot, IMO it was perfect because the author was able to give the characters a depth and a realism I wasn’t expecting in a book like this. Not just the main ones, but all of them were funny and smart. K.E. did a great job in the  relationship between the MCs, I loved (key word) how they interacted, how they were mature enough to stop and think about their future and brave enough to fight for their love. I loved the dialogues and the writing in general.

Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K.E. Belledonne was a beautiful surprise, a winner for me. I want to highly recommend it to everyone who is looking for a romantic story. You won’t be disappointed.

The cover art by CB Messer is funny and fitting and so adorable as the whole story.

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BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 188 pages
Published June 23rd 2016 by Interlude Press
Original TitleDaniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist
ASINB01F6J3THU
Edition LanguageEnglish