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10 thoughts on “Top Secret

  1. says:

    First 50% 4 starsThe rest 1.25 stars Warning May contain spoilers Aye, Aye, Aye It is Me Not the book I kept asking myself Are these the same authors who wrote HIM This book was a MAJOR letdown.The story reminded me of a TV show I watched and actually enjoyed about Frats, Sororities, Pledges and all that Rush stuff called Greek I watched that series and lost some brain cells along the way, that happened here too These characters were just there, superficial, underdeveloped, unbelieva First 50% 4 starsThe rest 1.25 stars Warning May contain spoilers Aye, Aye, Aye It is Me Not the book I kept asking myself Are these the same authors who wrote HIM This book was a MAJOR letdown.The story reminded me of a TV show I watched and actually enjoyed about Frats, Sororities, Pledges and all that Rush stuff called Greek I watched that series and lost some brain cells along the way, that happened here too These characters were just there, superficial, underdeveloped, unbelievable, and they talk Yo The GoodThe beginning was actually good and fun when they were just chatting anonymously online, and Keaton s geeky animal sex talk was hilariousLobsterShorts Sea slugs have penis fights.SinnerThree I don t even know what to say to that I guess Why How Why LobsterShorts It s exactly what it sounds like Like two swords clanging against each other.SinnerThree CLANGING Are their penises made of metal LobsterShorts No lmao OK, bad analogy Basically, they fence with their cocks The contest determines who s the top and who s the bottom.SinnerThree OMFG For real LobsterShorts I swear Look up flatworm penis fencing I ll wait Lol I had to google flatworm penis fencing Everything was going good, i was Loling so hard. Then. Then They meet and disaster No chemistry at all These two go from I don t like you, to kissing and sex in a nanosecond BAM BOOM I like you I want to help you out Ugh I found the sex scenes in this book just plain boring Again, what type of sex scenes have i been reading lately Maybe it is because they use actual Lube and not Sunscreen or Vaseline Yaap see Totally me Enemies to Lovers Imo the execution failed Rich boy with a controlling dad who magically transforms into a saint overnight Pffft Poor boy with a Jerk brother and an irresponsible unbelievable mother Double Pffft I felt like 90% of their relationship happened off page, and I was being told how it happened not shown, that made it difficult to feel their connection I will not go into the manufactured drama llama and IMO a major SIN in mm romance books Ta da ta da. The break up for the sake of drama Ugh I really wanted it to work out, this should have worked out But there were so many tropes and so many plot holes Anyhoo, don t mind me, look at those shiny 5 stars and give it a try Oh One final thing, at some point I felt like I was reading New Adult MF and not MM


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    Holy shit I loved this I thought I would love this book because this author combo wrote my favorite M M romance of all time, Him, but then I was scared to read it because I found out it follow two frat guys and well, I m not a huge fan of frat guys and frat houses and I couldn t care less about them but I M OBSESSED This story follows Keaton, who is a football player jock who has a girlfriend that wants a three way for her birthday He downloads a popular dating app where he starts chat Holy shit I loved this I thought I would love this book because this author combo wrote my favorite M M romance of all time, Him, but then I was scared to read it because I found out it follow two frat guys and well, I m not a huge fan of frat guys and frat houses and I couldn t care less about them but I M OBSESSED This story follows Keaton, who is a football player jock who has a girlfriend that wants a three way for her birthday He downloads a popular dating app where he starts chatting with another guy, who he doesn t know is one of his Frat brothers, Luke Luke is not only one of his Frat brothers, it s the guy he is running against to be Frat president and he can t stand So we got hate to love romance, and forbidden romance, two of my favorite tropes all in one in this book I also love in romances when two characters fall in love without really knowing who exactly the other is and then it s revealed and it s too late to stop the feels because they already caught FEELS, you know what I mean It also has another one of my favorite tropes a character who thought they might be straight exploring their sexuality and realizing they are probably not AnywaysI adored Luke and Keaton so much in this book but ESPECIALLY LUKE BECAUSE WOW Luke knows he s bisexual and he comes from a very ridiculous, obnoxious poor family who tries to squeeze every dime out of him, and he s a stripper who is studying finance Keaton is quite the opposite, he s lived a very privileged life with a wealthy family, but his Father has too high of expectations for him and expects him to run the family business, but Keaton wants to study biology and marine life Both of these characters feel so fleshed out and i honestly adored the shit out of both of them I actually also really enjoyed seeing their competitiveness over the Frat presidency, I didn t think I would care about that but it was entertaining as hell and I had fun reading about it Their chemistry was freaking great, and I love the reveal scene of when they find out they have been talking to each other This honestly gave me some Simon and Baz vibes from Carry On, probably because of the fact that they re basically roommates and the sexual tension is real, this is very slow burn, which I LOVE view spoiler That scene when Luke got arrested because of his stupid as fuck brother and Keaton got him the best lawyer and helped him out was some CUTE SHIT OK I also loved Keaton s obsession with animal sex and always talking about lobsters lol he s so adorable I love that Luke will always try to do the right thing when it comes to his family but it also breaks my heart because he deserves better but he still tries to help them because he s such a good fucking person Ughhh I also LOVE the fact that Keaton s parents are really supportive about him being with Luke at the end and his Dad offers Luke a job That is some precious shit right there hide spoiler I just loved it so so so so much and I m so happy I did These characters own my heart, okay Book 4 for Romanceathon is complete, and this is by far my favorite thing I ve read so far for this readathon


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    5 LobsterShorts Stars First off, let me just say that ending had me swooning Keaton is a gorgeous college jock from a very wealthy family but he has a lot on his plate He has football games to win, a campaign to plan and a father and girlfriend to please What would you do if your girlfriend of six years asked you to have a threesome with another guy Then explains it s what she wants for her birthday Well if you re a people pleaser like Keaton you do what you can to make it happen Keato 5 LobsterShorts Stars First off, let me just say that ending had me swooning Keaton is a gorgeous college jock from a very wealthy family but he has a lot on his plate He has football games to win, a campaign to plan and a father and girlfriend to please What would you do if your girlfriend of six years asked you to have a threesome with another guy Then explains it s what she wants for her birthday Well if you re a people pleaser like Keaton you do what you can to make it happen Keaton was never confused about his sexuality until he joins Kinky, a hookup app to find them a third and it opens his eyes to a new world when he meets SinnerThree.Unlike his classmates Luke is on a scholarship to Darby College he is not from a rich background like most of the students Lately he has been struggling to manage work and school He thinks he has come up with a plan, all he needs to do is win the race for president of Alpha Delt to get a free room he just has to beat Keaton Luke isn t confused about his sexuality he likes both men and women and has hooked up as a third in a couples threesome fantasy a couple of times, he uses the app Kinky for his hookups see where this is going.Luke does have a secret though, he has been stripping for the last year as the money is just too good It was fun watching these boys live out their days side by side in the frat house with no idea they are chatting and sexting each other The sexting Keaton and Luke do via the app is hot but also hilarious The sea slug convo was so funny and yep when Keaton wrotelook up flatworm penis fencingyou can be sure I went straight to look that shit up lol I loved all of the weird animal facts Keaton spouted throughout the book, you have to love a man that loves animals Okay, so let s talk about the elephant in the room or should I say girlfriend Annika Annika is Keatons girlfriend, they have been together since high school and while reading it is obvious it isof a comfortable best friends with benefits relationship rather than a love filled connection Does that make the sexting Keaton and Luke do okay Is it cheating To be honest it didn t bother me but I can see it being a grey area for some people I mean she is the one that asked for a threesome When these boys finally get together there is no denying it s meant to be, as sparks flew from my kindle To say I was excited to see that these incredible authors were releasing a new M M read would be a massive understatement Him is one of my favourite M M reads EVER Top Secret did not disappoint.Filled with angst, heat, drama sooooo much drama , laughs and a little suspense Keaton and Luke s journey is not an easy one but love wins in the end LOVED IT


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    Compulsively readable goodness from one of my favorite powerhouse writing duos, Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy My expectations were abso freaking lutely high as Him is one of my all time favorite books I was giddy, positively beside myself with glee, at the prospect of another book from these two stellar authors And just as I expected, I couldn t get enough of Top Secret I stayed up waaaaaay past my bedtime 3 36 am, to be exact to finish it, irritating the crap out of my sleeping husband I Compulsively readable goodness from one of my favorite powerhouse writing duos, Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy My expectations were abso freaking lutely high as Him is one of my all time favorite books I was giddy, positively beside myself with glee, at the prospect of another book from these two stellar authors And just as I expected, I couldn t get enough of Top Secret I stayed up waaaaaay past my bedtime 3 36 am, to be exact to finish it, irritating the crap out of my sleeping husband I didn t want to put it down However, it wasn t a full on home run for me, though it was close The story is pretty dude bro y feeling, which took a bit of getting used to I m not in love with frat house dynamics, and that s a lot of the story You have to wade through lots of posturing to get to the good stuff Also, I didn t love that one of the MCs was in a relationship for about 30% of the story It made me feel itchy and uncomfortable, and I wasn t sure how it would all turn out Finally, it took way, way, way too long for Luke to get there emotionally I was tired of waiting, and I don t know how Keaton did it The book needed to be 50 pages longer so I could see even an ounce of mushiness from Luke Still, despite my little issues, the book was deliciously good We get all of the yummy huh, maybe I do like guys goodness that I crave, and lots of bossy, bossy sex thank you, Elle and Sarina Though there is a fair amount of drama, it all felt real and not like a fake story that could never happen in real life Sure, I wantedemotion,heart squeezing action, but I m a picky reader who expects the world from these authors But this book made me smile and made me happy not my husband , so I m a satisfied girl.goodreads instagram twitter blog


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    READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG live on May 6th TITLE TOP SECRETAUTHOR Sarina Bowen Elle KennedyRELEASE DATE May 7th 2019GENRE MM RomanceTROPES Enemies to loversRATING 5 STARSCLIFFHANGER No A story by either Sarina Bowen or Elle Kennedy is a guaranteed win Together they are on fire In TOP SECRET they show us yet again how harmoniously and with ease their writing styles mesh together So my excitement went through the roof when I learned about this book But since it was, indeed, READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG live on May 6th TITLE TOP SECRETAUTHOR Sarina Bowen Elle KennedyRELEASE DATE May 7th 2019GENRE MM RomanceTROPES Enemies to loversRATING 5 STARSCLIFFHANGER No A story by either Sarina Bowen or Elle Kennedy is a guaranteed win Together they are on fire In TOP SECRET they show us yet again how harmoniously and with ease their writing styles mesh together So my excitement went through the roof when I learned about this book But since it was, indeed, top secret, we weren t allowed to talk about it Keeping a secret has rarely been so hard.Now on to my thoughts about this story.I have so much love for Luke and Keaton, our two main protagonists Luke is the silent brooder, not giving away much about himself to pretty much everyone Nobody knows about the unhealthy relationship with his family, or that he works his butt off just to survive day by day As soon as someone tries to pry information out of him he clams up On the other hand he has zero hangups or insecurities about his sexuality, is ambitious and determined to leave his poor upbringing behind My heart ached a little for him, because it was so hard to shed his distrust of pretty much everyone He said I was stingy with love, and he was right I am really not sure that will ever change But if there s anyone in the world I could change for, it s certainly him Keaton is the outgoing, popular guy, the jock with the beautiful girlfriend, the money and the suitable friends His dad is the meddling kind, one who expects his son to follow in his footsteps which Keaton has no intention to do He s a biology buff and didn t that make my little scientist heart sing All those references about the mating behavior of different species were hilarious and true.Keaton s sexual progression felt natural to me he struggles with it at first but, being the open minded guy he is, he accepts it and moves on I loved how loyal and sweet, patient and understanding he was with Luke I m just a guy, standing on a beach in nothing but his favorite pair of lobster shorts, waiting for the right man to love me In TOP SECRET Keaton goes on a research expedition in Chile that has the goal to find an unidentified ecotype of orcas That s actually a fact and happened in March 2019 A friend of mine is one of the scientists who were on the research vessel and took many pics which were published in National Geographic I thought this was such a cool coincidence I had to mention it.M M romance is one of my favorite genres I love the dynamic between men and the imagery that comes with it I loved Luke and Keaton together They couldn t bedifferent but because of that they filled needs in one another no other person could have Their evolution from competitors to friends and lovers was beautiful to watch.Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen joining forces again is a dream come true With TOP SECRET they give us a stinkin cute, light hearted, humorous, flirty enemy to lovers story that made my heart pitter patter Can we haveof this PLEEAAASE I can t wait to listen to the audiobook of this one LobsterShorts I m fresh out of lobster sex facts atm BUT lemme tell you about sea slugs.SinnerThree Omg yes I can t wait for this Hold on Let me undo my pants.This time I snort out loud I know he s kidding, and I play along Actually, I ll do that, too Having both our dicks out for this fun fact is so fitting.SinnerThree Dick s out All right Slug sex Now, baby.LobsterShorts OK you ready for this SinnerThree Hit me Blow my mind.LobsterShorts Sea slugs have penis fights.Dead air follows my revelation I see the three dots appear to indicate he s typing Then they disappear Reappear Disappear Finally, a message pops up.SinnerThree I don t even know what to say to that I guess Why How Why


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    ARC kindly sent by the authors in exchange of an honest review When we got the notification of this super top secret project by one of my faves Elle and my new found lady Sarina, I was very excited I have only read other 2 stories with M M protagonists and 1 of them felt like a bit fetishing in my opinion so I was kind of nervous, but oh boy It was both hot and adorable as fuck.Agreeing to a threesome for your girlfriend s birthday is bound to be interesting and that s exactly how Keaton fe ARC kindly sent by the authors in exchange of an honest review When we got the notification of this super top secret project by one of my faves Elle and my new found lady Sarina, I was very excited I have only read other 2 stories with M M protagonists and 1 of them felt like a bit fetishing in my opinion so I was kind of nervous, but oh boy It was both hot and adorable as fuck.Agreeing to a threesome for your girlfriend s birthday is bound to be interesting and that s exactly how Keaton feels I liked this guy a lot He was sweet, funny and downright ready to take what life throws at him Try anything once is his motto You know, for science.It was actually quite refreshing meeting a guy so down to anything and so willing to work things out even when the odds are not in his favor Keaton was a pretty solid character with a solid character development in terms of what he wanted for himself and whose opinion truly mattered Then we had Luke He was a tricky one and both easy and hard to empathize with His family is shitty and he s an ambition young man that wants to make himself a place in the world He works extra hard and want with so much passion, so it s very impressive how little he can reveal of it You wouldn t have guessed how hard life has been for him and how much he appreciates little things in life At first, I thought Keaton was the one whose life was going to change the most and was going to be taken out of his comfort zone and thus he was going to be sort of the breakout character, but nope Fore me it was Luke Luke, with his commitment issues and shitty past, was the one whose heart opened up the most and learned so much about letting people in and love.The romance really worked and while I knew from chapter one how things were going to end up, I did not expect half of the things that happened and that was amazing I laughed, I swoon and I teared up a bit.Now, I was nervous and intriguing when it came to the sex scenes because M M is not something I gravitate towards to and the few M M relationships I have read, well, they re always a bit violent and with so much emphasis on domination just because they are men and it bothered me With this book I am happy we got soft and loving while also getting hot and sexy I was pleased with what I was reading and felt like a good representation of gay men after consulting with a friend of mine who told me him and his boyfriend don t always fuck like trying to break each other in two.The only thing I may complain about is that they authors had the opportunity to create some rivals to lovers tension for a bit but they didn t take it It could ve been great for, not only heating up the sexual atmosphere but can you imagine these two confessing something during an argument and then trying to backpedal We had things like this in the story but not that layered Overall, I enjoyed this book A LOT and if the other books from Elle and Sarina are like this one, I HAVE TO READ THEM ASAP


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    This release was a total surprise and it honestly couldn t have come at a better time.I LOVED Top SecretM M is one of my most favorite genres and this author couple is the one that does it for me They honestly write the BEST M M romance endearing characters, smart and funny dialogues, interesting storylines, with plenty of hot and sexy encounters And that s what Top Secret had in spades.For me, a M M novel has to have two very distinctive characters, eventhan M F novels When the book This release was a total surprise and it honestly couldn t have come at a better time.I LOVED Top SecretM M is one of my most favorite genres and this author couple is the one that does it for me They honestly write the BEST M M romance endearing characters, smart and funny dialogues, interesting storylines, with plenty of hot and sexy encounters And that s what Top Secret had in spades.For me, a M M novel has to have two very distinctive characters, eventhan M F novels When the book is about two male characters, and two male POV s I need to feel the unique personalities And boy did I get my wish Both, Luke and Keaton were distinctively different in their personalities and demeanor.Luke was thesecretive, hard to read kind of guy Hard working, he kept his thoughts and worries tugged away He wasn t as outgoing as Keaton, and was very aware of his shortcomings But on the other hand he was incredibly secure in his sexuality No hangups, just someone that liked to have fun as long as it came with no strings attached.Keaton, on the other hand was so easy to love He was this big, affectioned guy Easy to be around, liked by everyone, and he was used to be a part of a lasting and loving relationship Honestly, he was the real deal And he surprised methan once with his outgoing, self assured, and surprisingly steady way of exploring his new found sexuality.And together they were ADORABLE I had so much fun reading their story.Top Secret is one of those books that made me smile the entire time I read it A feel good story that just worked for me in every way possible I easily fell in love with both, Luke and Keaton I loved their interactions one word ADORABLE The sex was HOT And I can t say enough how much I loved their story Top Secret was the whole package A must read for anyone that loves and adores M M.Moreover I honestly hope that this author duo never stops writing together Their prose just clicks and they always deliver the best M M novels PERIOD.Like the authors mentioned in the blurb, Top Secret is not a love triangle, it s M M and it s my new favorite book by this duo.ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.___________________________________Findreviews and book recommendations on my blog.Find me on Bookstagram


  8. says:

    DNF around 32%,I can t even be bothered to explain why.


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    I m just a guy, standing on a beach in nothing but his favorite pair of lobster shorts, waiting for the right man to love meWhen I found out a couple of weeks ago that Sarina and Elle were going to publish something together again, I couldn t contain my excitement We were also sworn to secrecy, lol, but I was desperately waiting for this As soon as it hit my kindle, I knew I had to go in It simply made my day, or week or month .I love both of these authors They are always at the topI m just a guy, standing on a beach in nothing but his favorite pair of lobster shorts, waiting for the right man to love meWhen I found out a couple of weeks ago that Sarina and Elle were going to publish something together again, I couldn t contain my excitement We were also sworn to secrecy, lol, but I was desperately waiting for this As soon as it hit my kindle, I knew I had to go in It simply made my day, or week or month .I love both of these authors They are always at the top of my list But Sarina and Elle are simply the best together Their storytelling is just seamless I m so freaking happy they re back to writing together because they re simply magic This was no exception They can do MM, coming of age, coming out like no other This had elements of their previous MM work like Him and Us, but yet it had a different feel, and definitely a lighter one This is a sweet and funny NA college, enemies to lovers romance Ridiculously cute, I simply devoured this Loved both Keaton and Luke, definitely can t pick a favorite, I keep going back and forth There s a beautiful story about two guys that have nothing in common in paper but yet work very well And a lot of swoon I also loved some of the secondary characters and definitely would love someDo I recommend Heck yeahWhat was I ever thinking I need this man And even if being half a couple doesn t come easily to me, I have to try Nobody has ever gotten under my skin the way he does Nobody has ever needed me the way he does Not one person It s terrifying


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    2.5 stars Originally I rounded up because I liked some of it, especially in the beginning But I can t say I liked the book on the whole nor do I recommend it, so I ve adjusted that.Let s just speak frankly about what we re all thinking The expectations were high for this one And how does it compare to one of the most popular M Ms ever Hmm Not favorably.I was initially optimistic, because this writing duo definitely has some chops in the heat department, and those things were looking up An 2.5 stars Originally I rounded up because I liked some of it, especially in the beginning But I can t say I liked the book on the whole nor do I recommend it, so I ve adjusted that.Let s just speak frankly about what we re all thinking The expectations were high for this one And how does it compare to one of the most popular M Ms ever Hmm Not favorably.I was initially optimistic, because this writing duo definitely has some chops in the heat department, and those things were looking up And there were some morsels included that gave the story personality, such as Keaton s animal sex tidbits that he dropped from time to time SinnerThree Okay, I ll bite How do lobsters find their playmates LobsterShorts The female pees into the male s shelter And the dude is like OH BABY Then they both pee on each other She enters his den and molts He kicks her clothes away like a prom dress Then they do it missionary style.SinnerThree That s a lot of detail, dude I don t know whether to be terrified or turned on. But despite the potential, I never did feel a really strong connection between the MCs, and the story ended up seeming incomplete, somehow Lots of elements were opened up but then either scantily developed or hastily resolved.Sigh I know we want to love them all, but there s a little extra want when it s something this highly though briefly anticipated Unfortunately, for me this one didn t quite deliver


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