Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Personal Review for Lee Brazil's Donovan's Deal

When I saw that Mr. Brazil delivers his readers a continuation for Mischa Blake's story from Keeping House, I was eager to see what was going on with these two wonderful characters. What we get is a story that twists and turns...get ready for Donovan's Deal.

My Rating for Donovan's Deal: 3.5 Stars

Welcome back to the Blake Siblings poker game. Mischa Blake is tired, stressed out and running on fumes. Between taking care of a special needs child with his partner, he is trying to finish college so he can start a new job in the New Year as well as make sure his new foundation is off the ground. It doesn’t leave time for well, romance, sleep or anything else he used to have time for. Donovan is determined to make Mischa figure out where his priorities lie as he tries to shield their son from the hurt of Mischa’s absences.

What I love about Mischa and Donovan is that they truly love one another but both need to figure out what works for them as a couple and as a person. With a special needs child, a man who is determined to be the bread winner regardless of his partners desire to help out money wise, can cause significant issues in a relationship. Mr. Brazil delivers those hurdles in a way that has the readers rooting for these two to overcome them in order to be together forever. A realistic portrayal of a couple overwhelmed by life that sometimes you need to stop and smell the roses, reassess those dreams and maybe see that sometimes your dreams may be the issue. The characters are well written-flaws and all, realistic and definitely some I would enjoy meeting in real life.

The Truth or Dare series is one series you know you are going to get quality reading entertainment, with characters that are very realistic, intriguing and that you need more of in the future. With the first book, Keeping House, Lee Brazil treated his readers to the Blake Brothers, Hollywood royalty and though very close, they do get on each other's nerves just like all siblings do. Donovan's Deal is full of twists and turns that leave me itching for the next book by this wonderful author. The Truth or Dare series is one series I NEED to buy on release day. The characters are well written, with flaws and all & the stories are emotional yet also realistic as well.

With the right amount of tension, plot twists and more, Mr. Brazil delivers a story you can't help but fall in love with. I know i am not the only one eager to see what else this author has in store for all the characters in the Truth or Dare series. If you are looking for a holiday story with heart, then try Donovan's Deal. I do recommend reading Keeping House firsdt so you know the background of Mischa and Donovan's story.

The Truth or Dare Series is as follows:

Book 1: Keeping House
Main Characters: Mischa and Donovan
Contemporary M/M
Breathless Press
Available in E-book

Mischa knew his brothers were up to something. He didn't know it would lead him to Donovan Holloway and change his carefree lifestyle forever.

Donovan Holloway, advertising executive, newly made vice president of the company where he's worked for twenty years, grew up in a free love hippie commune, taking care of the parents who should have been taking care of him. He's worked hard to put himself through school and achieve the American dream. All he's ever wanted was a normal family life—house in the suburbs, two cars, two kids, a shaggy dog. A family to come home to—to care for, and to care for him.

Mischa Blake is the green eyed, liberally-pierced, black-haired, Mohawk-wearing spoiled youngest son of a Hollywood producer and his actress wife. Mischa has made a terrible mistake. In a fit of childish pique, he's accepted a dare from his older brothers. The dare? Live on his own, supporting himself completely for a year without accessing his trust fund. No problem. Except Mischa has never worked a day in his life, hasn't finished college, and has absolutely no skills that he can bring to the table.

So when he sees Donovan's ad for a housekeeper/gardener, he has nothing to lose by applying, because really...how hard can it be?

Book 2: Telling the Truth
Main Characters: Terry Blake, Dex & Trick
Contemporary M/M/M, Menage
Breathless Press
Available in E-book

Truth or Dare. The Blake brothers upped the ante in their weekly poker game. When Terry loses, his debt of telling the truth sets him free.

Terry has lived his life according to the guidelines, by studying accounting, getting an MBA, and working for the family business. And while his work has its own rewards, something has been missing, and his eyes have only just been opened to what--or rather who--that could be.

Terry's brothers have upped the ante in their weekly poker game. A Truth or Dare challenge. Terry can handle any dare his brothers dish out, but the demand for Truth is a different matter. Terry is honor-bound to divulge secrets he's been ashamed to admit even to himself in the privacy of his own bedroom.

Twins Dex and Trick have finally found acceptance for their relationship in the homes of their friends. They'd never do anything to jeopardize that newfound sense of belonging. Fooling around with their friend Mischa Blake's prissy, domineering, oh-so-sexy older brother is risky. A one-night stand might be okay, but they close ranks afterward, pushing Terry aside.

Terry isn't going to back down without a fight. Dex and Trick are meant to be his, and he'll do whatever it takes to make them realize all the safety and protection they need can be found in his arms.

Book 3: Giving Up
Main Characters: Brandon Blake & Arden Gray
Contemporary M/F Romance
Breathless Press
Available in e-book

Can Dr. Arden Grey teach Brandon Blake that giving up control is worthwhile, with the right woman?

Brandon Blake has a problem. His stressful job as CEO of the family production studio combined with the added stress of his self-imposed role of family caretaker has left him with an ulcer. His brothers are leaving home and making families of their own, and Brandon's interference has caused some serious rifts. The prescription? Therapy. He needs to learn how to give up the need to control everything. The sessions go well enough, even if Brandon can barely tear his eyes away from the curve of his therapist's legs.

Dr. Arden Gray knows all about control. She'd survived marriage to a dominant, abusive man, and has spent the last twenty years turning her life around. She's learned to take charge and has made a career of teaching others to do the same. Giving up that control isn't her forte, but after a few sessions with Brandon Blake, she sees something intriguing hidden inside him. Something that tells her he just might be the man she's been looking for. If only she can convince him that giving up control to the right woman will solve all his problems.

Truth or Dare Print compilation includes books 1-3
Keeping House
Telling the Truth
Giving Up

Breathless Press
Buy here

The Blake brothers are a typical Hollywood family- money, prestige and dysfunction go right along with the family production studio.

When Dan Blake gets the genius idea of combining a game of poker with a game of Truth or Dare, his brothers are right to be wary.

Losing has far-reaching consequences for each of them.

Mischa is looking to escape his brothers' interference in his life. He doesn't expect to find his vocation in Keeping House for Donovan Blake.(M/M)

Terry has always been content with duty and responsibility.

When he loses, Telling the Truth sets him free to pursue a whole new side of himself. (M/M/M)

Brandon Blake is afraid of losing control. He's more afraid of losing his family. Therapy was supposed to help.

Giving Up control to Dr. Arden Grey is a challenge Brandon isn't sure he can accept. (M/F)

Truth or Dare tells a story of three brothers' different life views: how they interact, forge relationships, and find a love unique to each of them, while strengthening their family bonds.

Book 4: Taking the Dare
Main Characters: Morgan Hawke & Dan Blake
Contemporary M/M
Breathless Press
Available in e-book

Morgan Hawke is happy with the status of his relationship with Dan Blake. After three years, though, Dan's ready to move their relationship to the next level.

Having seen his brothers find love and settle into family life, Dan Blake has realized he's ready for change. The only problem with that is that his lover prefers to maintain the status quo. Dan's up for the challenge of changing Morgan's mind. He's got plans, and he's used to working behind the scenes to get his way.

Morgan can't understand the changes he sees in Dan. They've come a long way from the office of the bar where they met, but he's not sure he's ready to move their relationship from the shadows to the front pages. Publicity is okay for Dan—he's got the weight of the Blakes behind him—but the Morgan isn't sure he's ready to let go of the past he's been clinging to.
Can Dan manipulate a happy ending for this script?

Book 5: Risking It All
Main Characters: Bastian Gray & Rick Claremont
Contemporary M/M
Breathless Press
Available in E-book

After nearly a year, Bastian Grey is growing discontent with the lack of intimacy in his relationship with Rick Claremont. Can an adopted cat be the key to a real relationship?

Fire fighter Sebastian Grey has finally gotten what he's wanted since he was sixteen: Rick Claremont in his bed. Only now he wants more. Convincing cautious Rick that loving him is a safe bet seems impossible.

Rick Claremont grew up in a hurry and experienced danger and loss early. He's not sure risking himself on Sebastian is a viable option. The man is gorgeous and the sex is amazing, but Sebastian's whole life is about taking chances. He throws himself off mountains for fun and runs into burning buildings for work. How can Rick trust this risk taker with his battered heart?

Will the advent of a cat and a corpse into their relationship give Bastian the entrée to Rick's heart as well as his bed?

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