An Alisa Review: Eye Candy (Candy Men #2) by Amanda Young

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

Humiliated by his first love, Jake Remora has no intention of ever making himself vulnerable to that kind of pain again. Life is good, until Kane Sharp moves home and stirs up old memories Jake would rather forget.

 

Love is a fool’s game Jake Remora has no intention of ever playing again. He works hard, plays even harder, and leaves a string of easy lovers in his wake. Having his first love move home and resurrect long-dormant emotions is the last thing he ever expected … or wanted.

 

Just as things reignite between them, a new scandal of sexual impropriety arises. Past and present collide in a clash of rumor and speculation, jeopardizing any hope of a future the two men might build together.

 

This was an interesting story, I enjoyed it but it didn’t quite work that well for me.  Jake is humiliated and made a pariah when his first boyfriend’s family quickly leaves town while they are in high school.  At the same time Kane’s life is made into its own hell by his parents and the quickly added responsibility of his son.

 

This story is told from Jake’s point of view and he has done everything he can to not get romantically entangled with anyone since Kane left town and is bound and determined to avoid his ex too, however he doesn’t do a very good job of it.  I understood his anger and feelings towards Kane but never thought to think about what may have happened to Kane all those years ago.  I had some trouble with Kane’s actions after his family moved, I can’t stand when guys try to act straight and then sleep with as many girls as possible.

 

I will say I loved that he took responsibility for his son and raised him but a lot of that seemed to go back to his parents and he never seemed to move on from what their viewpoints were.  Jake just seemed too self-absorbed for me while Kane just didn’t seem to have much of a backbone.  In the end I didn’t feel as if they really worked towards a resolution together.

 

The cover art by Amanda Young is a nice and follows the pattern for the series.

 

Sales Link: Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 104 pages

Published: 2nd Edition, August 9, 2017 by Amanda Young

Edition Language: English

Series: Candy Men #2

An Alisa Review: Man Candy (Candy #1) by Amanda Young

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

Aaron Samuels has a dirty little secret. He’s in love with his boss. Logan is everything Aaron wants in a man, except he’s straight…and married.

 

College student, Aaron Samuels is in love with his boss. After four long years of working under his boss in every conceivable position except the ones heating up his dreams, Aaron is ready to give up and move on to greener pastures.

 

A promising job offer right after graduation seems like fate’s way of kicking him in the ass. He turns in his notice at work with a heavy heart, though he knows he made the right decision. After all, he couldn’t spend the rest of his life mooning over an unavailable man.

 

A torrid, late night tryst with a man Aaron believes to be Logan’s twin propels him into an emotional tailspin of guilt and confusion. Tough choices loom on the horizon, but he may find that things aren’t always as they seem.

 

This was a nice story.  Aaron has essentially been torturing himself being close to Aaron every day while dreaming about him and feeling depressed about his situation.  He takes the opportunity to use his new college degree and to get a new job and hopefully move on with his life.  He continues to laugh off Logan’s twin brother, Jake’s, flirting and Logan’s reaction to it.

 

This story was told from Aaron’s point of view and it was easy to feel his heartbreak and hurt from Logan’s actions.  Unfortunately I couldn’t help but think that if Logan was more open and truthful about his personal life they both could have started out much better.  I am definitely interested to see what happens with Jake, in the next story.

 

The cover art by Amanda Young is a nice romance cover and caught my eye.

 

Sales Link: Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 82 pages

Published: 2nd Edition, July 5, 2017 by Amanda Young

Edition Language: English

Series: Candy Men #1

A VVivacious Review: Reckless Seduction (Reckless #1) & Reckless Behavior by Amanda Young

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Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5
 
Armed with an invite to the hottest party of the year and one hell of a sexy Zorro costume Cody is out to get his cherry popped. What he doesn’t expect is that Dante Santiago of all people would show an interest in him.
 
Cody has a massive crush on Dante, his uncle’s friend, one which he is never been able to get over. Now that Dante is showing an interest in him, Cody can’t help but want more, more than just one night and more than a casual meaningless encounter and more than that, this time Cody is going to make sure Dante knows it.
 
The first thing I want to get out of the way is that this is the second edition of Reckless Seduction and this book also included the bonus follow-up novella to Reckless Seduction that is Reckless Behaviour. So the following review is effectively a review for both Reckless Seduction and Reckless Behaviour.
 
This book made for an okay read for me, primarily because this book is spattered very judiciously with sex scenes and I just wasn’t able to get into those scenes. There were very few scenes that started out hot but most of them lost their flare in the long drawn out description that followed. All the sex scenes in this book are very long and very detailed and in the second part of this book “Reckless Behaviour” they don’t even add much to the story. This is also the reason I found the first novella a bit better than its follow up because the first book has two sex scenes, though I am sure they take up half the length of the novella, but at least they added something to the story. The second part is just three consecutive sex scenes till we finally get to the meat of the issue.
 
I really liked Dante’s character, I loved his integrity. I really liked how at the end of the first novella he tells Beau everything exactly as it is. I for one could really appreciate the courage it took to do what he did. Even in the second novella I couldn’t find fault with Dante’s character I really felt that his actions and feelings were all very human. Dante’s character is an amazing one and to some extent I think the story isn’t able to do him justice.
 
Cody was an okay character. I didn’t think one way or the other about him until that very stupid thing he does in the second novella. He jumps to a conclusion on the drop of an hat, in an instant he is ready to believe everything everybody else says about Dante and what was actually worse was the fact that he didn’t even have the decency to give Dante a chance to explain. This fact really irked me about Cody’s character.
 
I liked the story as it was though if some of the sex scenes could be deleted it would be a bonus or at least trimmed, as it stands now even if the scene is interesting in the beginning by the time it ends you’re just exhausted with having read every minute detail till the activity is only pleasurable for the characters and excruciatingly boring for you, especially in the second novella.
 
The second novella has a blurb that tells you everything you need to know about Cody in the first half of the book and then the moment you read the first page of the novella you know everything there is to know about Dante in the first half and then it is just a sequence of one mind numbing sex scene after the other till finally at about the halfway point the story finally progresses to a point beyond that mentioned in the blurb.
 
Overall it was an okay read but this book does have a big plus point in Dante.
 
Cover Art by Kaylea Ehm. I liked the cover for the book.
Sales Link:  Amazon
Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 132 pages
Published May 3rd 2017 (first published October 28th 2008)
Original TitleReckless Seduction
ASINB072DVN24Y
SeriesReckless #1
CharactersCody Bradbury, Dante Santiago settingVirginia (United States)

An Alisa Review: Broke (Chicken Ranch #2) by Amanda Young

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

broke-by-amanda-youngGarrett has fallen on tough times. Once a construction worker, he now depends on the desires of others to feed his little brother and keep a roof over their heads. As one of the many rent boys at Chicken Ranch, Garrett lives in constant fear, torn between making enough money to survive and getting busted for doing something illegal and immoral to pay the bills.

Miller is a workaholic with a chip on his shoulder. It isn’t until his beloved Grandma passes away that Miller dares to temporarily return home to the town he despises. Once there, he faces a surprise inheritance that causes more problems than solutions and the man he left behind to pursue his dreams.

Their reunion comes with an abundance of complications and old feelings. Bitterness and anger swiftly turn into desire and a rekindled love that threatens more than their hearts. Things take a turn for the worst when Miller provokes a threat to Garrett’s custody of his little brother. Having already lost Garrett to familial obligations once, Miller fears they’re doomed to repeat the past, only this time Garrett will be the one who’ll walk away.

 

Amanda Young did a nice job with this story.  Garrett will do anything to take care of his little brother, even being a rent boy.  He has long since given up his hope of having a relationship since his brother takes up most of his time and energy.  When Miller gives him a different option he believes it is too good to be true.

 

I really liked both of these characters.  Both are stubborn and don’t want to show any weakness by giving one way or another, which causes a bit of doubt on both of their ends.  Garrett’s brother also has the stubborn gene and will do anything to make their relationship work out.  It was easy to connect with these characters and see their relationship grow as it had in the past.

 

The cover art is nice and follows the pattern for the series.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 166 pages

Published: 2nd Edition, August 30, 2016 by Amanda Young

Edition Language: English

Series: Chicken Ranch Gentleman’s Club #2

An Alisa Review: Hunger (Chicken Ranch #1) by Amanda Young

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Hunger- chicken Ranch kindleDisowned and cast out of his home, eighteen year old Declan Mayo turns to the only thing he can think of to help him get back on his feet. Working at Chicken Ranch, a rural brothel that caters to gay men, seems like the perfect solution. He isn’t about to let a lack of sexual experience stop him from taking what he sees as his only way off the streets.

Falling in love with one of his clients wasn’t in the game plan, but Declan can’t seem to help himself. Killian Hamilton is sweet and kind, with a stutter Declan can’t help but find adorable. Surely, if anyone could overlook Declan’s choice of employment, it would be a kindhearted man like Killian.

What Declan doesn’t count on is Killian’s connection to one of the brothel’s regular clients, or the way his love life is about to blow up in his face.

 

Amanda Young did a nice job with this story.  Declan is forced to find a way to support himself when he is kicked out of his home for being gay and when he sees no other choice he goes to Chicken Ranch for a job.  Killian goes to Chicken Ranch hoping to get off without the awkwardness of trying to pick someone up, but finds something much better.

 

I loved both of these characters.  Both were innocent in their own way, Declan by age and experience and Killian by his shyness and lack of social experience.  It was easy to connect with these characters and see their relationship slowly start to build after they see each other months after Killian visited the ranch.

 

The cover art is nice and caught my eye.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 104 pages
Published: 2nd Edition, August 16, 2016 by Amanda Young
ISBN: 9781596329577
Edition Language: English

Series: Chicken Ranch Gentleman’s Club #1

An Alisa Review: Sins of the Past by Amanda Young

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Sins of the PastTwo men bonded by love. A long forgotten secret neither knew they shared in common.

Andrew Vought is a wealthy single parent who’s all but given up on love. Ryan Ward is an up-and-coming landscape architect, who’s never believed true love exists.

In each other’s arms, they find the love they’ve sought. But can a budding new love survive the secrets both men harbor?

 

Amanda Young did a great job with this short story.  Ryan believes he will never know true love because of how he behaved in his younger years.  Andrew has been looking for love for a long time and continues to hope.  Their connection isn’t instant, but they are both willing to work for their relationship.

 

I connected with both of these characters.  They both slowly approach their relationship, but don’t know what to do when some past decisions come back to haunt them.  I could feel Ryan’s heart breaking when he felt that he would lose Andrew when he realized their connection to each other.

 

The cover art is very nice and caught my attention.

 

Sales Link: Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 97 pages
Published: 2nd Edition May 14, 2016 by Amanda Young
ISBN: 9781599985992
Edition Language: English