Louder Than Words( More Than Words 3) by T. T. Kove

Title: Louder Than Words              Word Count:210 pgs

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb:Life might be good now, but that’s all about to come to an end soon, and what then?

I’ve had a turbulent few months; surviving a gay bashing, dealing with my abusive parents, and getting used to my new life with my equally as new boyfriend. I could do without his best friend who doesn’t like me—or maybe he does? 

Life’s about to become even more turbulent though. The last term of our education is well underway, and it’s time to figure out what I’m supposed to do next. Only I don’t know what I want to do with my life. Andreas knows, and he’s got it all figured out, but I don’t. 

Can our new relationship survive what lies ahead? More importantly, can I survive it?

My Review: The story of Andreas and Alex continues. Alex has had a rough time in life starting with his neglectful abusive parents. He self-harms as a way of coping and was ready to end it all when he meets Andreas. Andreas means the world to him , he has given him a reason to live. This is almost taken away from him when he is gay-bashed by Andreas’ best friend’s brother Marcus. For awhile there Alex lived in fear,  but therapy has helped both him and Andreas to recover from this trauma.

Andreas and Alex are looking forward to finishing up school and embarking on college. They have a few trips planned before Andreas has to go to the army for a year. Alex is worried about what life will be like while Andreas is gone. He feels like he only just started living. Andreas tries to reassure him that they will be fine. It is fun to watch how these two have grown as a couple and especially Alex as an individual.

Alex has stopped cutting and even though he  hates his scars , he is being more open about his issues. There were lots of sexy times with Alex and Andreas when they start exploring their sexuality during their vacation. They visited a sex shop and bought some great toys and handcuffs. Alex explores his submissive side and Andreas was only too happy to indulge him. 

Alex definitely feels less socially awkward, he now feels a part of Andreas’ friends. He sees himself in a new light and this bolsters his self confidence. Andreas’ best friend Glenn opens up to Alex about his conflicted feelings towards him and Andreas. It seems that Glenn is a bit in love with both of them. This boggles Alex’s mind, but it certainly makes him happy to know that Glenn doesn’t hate him.

Their summer is filled with lots of sex and some truly passionate moments. Andreas gives Alex a night to remember before he goes off to the army. However, Alex is still sad when he wakes up to find Andreas already gone. He sobs uncontrollably and it’s Ben, Andreas’ cousin who picks up the pieces. In that moment, Alex realizes that he has friends to help him through their year apart. 

Alex only lasts three days before going back to his coping mechanism. He cuts thin lines into his wrists and it seems to hurt more since he is out of practice. He feels thoroughly ashamed and he cries at the hopelessness he feels. He befriends another of Andreas’ cousin Jorgen and this helps a little. Jorgen misses his boyfriend Geir who had to go away as well. They commiserate together and Alex knows he will be fine. He knows for sure that he has found another friend. 

Alex soon goes away to school where he shares an apartment with his brother Leo. He is overwhelmed his first day,but Andreas calls and reminds him how strong he is and this helps him a lot. Alex acknowledges that he is dependent on Andreas , but Andreas is his lifeline the one that showed him the true meaning of love. He gets stronger day by day. It is the passion they share together that helps Alex in the end. Andreas encourages Alex to use the toy he got him before leaving while thinking about him. Alex is a bit uncomfortable and embarrassed at first , but he relishes trying new things.

It is two months before Andreas comes home for a few days. It is clear to see the growth in Alex as he has made a new friend from school. He is happy to see Andreas and they make the most of the few days reconnecting and reinforcing their love. It is definitely not easy for Alex, but he lives day by day with a stronger support system than ever. He is counting down the days to embark on their forever love and life together. I really enjoyed this and I give it my ratings of 5- bring out the vibrators.

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Trouble ( Twirled World Ink 2) by J. M. Dabney

Title: Trouble                        Word Count: 127 pgs

Genre: Gay Biker Romance

Blurb: Welcome to Twirled World Ink where the crazies run the asylum.

Model perfect Jimmy “Trouble” Carver had never heard the word no. Tattooed, sexy and the quintessential bad boy Trouble had men falling over themselves to get to him. What people didn’t know about him was he was self-conscious even if life was easy for him. He’d started out as an apprentice at Twirled World Ink after college and never looked back. Trouble was exactly where he wanted to be, although there was one speed bump, his crush refused to go out on a date.

Brody Vaughn worked in a dead-end job, barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. He didn’t have much time for anyone other than his five-year-old daughter Mina and besides he’d never quite found a place in this world he fit. Chunky and average, that’s how he felt, except for when Trouble came into the grocery store where he worked. The flirty, gorgeous man asked him out every week with a sexy smile, but Brody had to refuse. It wasn’t as if he wanted to say no, it was just how could he date a man Brody knew he had no business trying to keep.

The Crazies of Twirled World Ink excel at one thing, matchmaking, and they are determined their resident bad boy would get his man. They just had to make sure that neither Trouble or Brody screwed up their plan.

Author’s Note: Although this is part of a series each book is a stand alone and every book deals with a separate couple.
My Review: Jimmy ‘Trouble’ Carver is the playboy of the Twirled crew , or so it would seem because of his good looks. However, for months he has been pining for the short, cute chunky grocery store clerk Brody. For some reason Brody keeps turning down the sexy tattoo artist, even though he can’t always keep his eyes off. Yet again , Trouble leaves the store feeling dejected after another invitation gets turned down. There is just something about Brody he can’t get out of his mind, even though he is not his usual type.

Brody finds Trouble very handsome, but he knows he can’t act on his desires.He has other responsibilities in his life, namely Mina his daughter. Brody is a single dad barely making ends meet and he knows he has to put Mina first and forget about his little crush. When Brody takes Mina out to a diner and is met with a full house, he is disappointed. He is surprised to hear   Trouble calling out to him. Brody and Mina get to meet the whole crew when Trouble suggests that they join their table. Mina latches on to the biggest biker of them all Scary. Brody is very intimidated by Scary , but Trouble sets him at ease and seeing how gentle Scary is with Mina is definitely endearing.

Trouble certainly wants to push his advantage and calls to invite Brody and Mina to watch a kid friendly movie and see the tattoo shop. This unconventional night goes off without a hitch and has quite  few chaperones, including all the Twirled World crew and  Brody’s brother mayor Elijah Vaughn. Mina is ecstatic about all the attention she receives from all of Trouble’s family and she has each of them wrapped around her little finger. Mina has now been dubbed ‘Princess’ by all her honorary  biker uncles.

This is new territory for Brody but he likes having friends. The relationship takes on a life of its own , because Trouble knows he definitely wants Brody and Princess in his life. Brody knows he wants to keep this man, when he sees the vulnerability hidden behind Trouble’s eyes after a run- in with his uptight family. It seems that Trouble is from a well to do family who likes to take every opportunity to criticize and put him down for his lifestyle. Brody cuddles his man and this leads them slowly out of the friend zone.

Trouble decides that they need a one on one date even though Brody is not ready for sex yet. A lot of their insecurities are revealed as  they start talking, but they both try to sooth the tension from each other . Trouble lets Brody know that he sees permanence in their future. Trouble wants to infiltrate Brody’s life and do all the couply sort of things. As much as Brody resisted at first, he is coming to realize that he loves Trouble and wants him as Princess’ other dad.

All of Twirled crew, the Brawlers and Brody show Trouble the true meaning of family when they pull together and rally around him when his stuck up family tries to cause problems. Brody’s brother Elijah sets a plan in place to humiliate the Carvers and try to ruin their social standing since that’s all they care about. This definitely pulls Brody and Trouble together. He has never had anyone stand up for him like Brody. He sees how strong and protective his sexy little man is of his family.Now, Trouble believes in Brody’s love and sees a beautiful future for all of them. I give this my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.