Friday, September 9, 2016

ARC Review: Hard Edit by Andrea Smith and Eva LeNoir

Hard Edit
Black Balled #2
by Andrea Smith & Eva LeNoir
Publication Date: September 4, 2016
Genre: MM Romance

It's all fun and games until egos get hurt.

After a year of a seemingly happily-ever-after, Troy Babilonia throws a curve ball that smacks Larson Blackburn right in the head. When Troy's debut novel, "Bridge to Lonely," threatens to overshadow Larson's own success, inviting a past shadow into the light of their present, the two alphas must learn to adjust.

"Bridge to Lonely" has garnered an unexpected success both in the literary world and in the film industry, forcing Larson to accept that he is not the only successful author in the building. But as Troy's old flame decides to make an appearance, the two alphas are forced to test the strength of their love. Let the battle of the egos recommence; where sarcasm is the preferred weapon, and the testosterone levels go beyond the boiling point.

Because Black Balled just wasn't enough...Smith & LeNoir bring you Hard Edit.

Adult Content 18+

I've been reading Black Balled and Hard Edit back to back and I've gotta admit I can't get enough of these two seriously flawed men. Reading about their shenanigans and craziness are damn entertaining. Is like watching some B grade movie whereby you knew the ridiculousness is face palm worthy but you still want to continue no matter what. 

Black Balled ended in a satisfying HEA, and with Hard Edit the authors throw in a few more bumps along the road before their ultimate HEA, not that I'm complaining. 

Larson is still full of his usual snarky self, so anal, pun intended and possess an ego the size of a planet. Hyperbole? Might be Larson rubbing off on me.

Troy seems a bit more mellow compare to when I first met him. The domestic life with Larson must be good for his soul. However, with these two you knew their life won't be mundane and peaceful. They often fight about the most inconsequential things and Larson competitive nature is driving Troy crazy.

I love the part whereby they are both attending the book signing at Atlanta and about their swag order. As I reside in Asia, I don't have the opportunity to attend such event, so is fun to actually read about it. 

But the most important part of this sequel is the appearance of a certain someone from their past that might just rock their love boat. Who is that person? Is a surprise that you need to read for yourself. The emergence of the threat seems to throw Larson and Troy into a frustrating drama that cause by miscommunication and misunderstanding. Sounds awful? I know. Usually I'm ready to chuck the kindle whenever I read about this kind of plot. But with Larson and Troy, I can just laugh it off and actually find it entertaining to see them acting like idiots. 

Anyway, no matter how bad is it, they usually can't keep away from each other for too long. I'm not worried in the least. The last quarter of the book filled with a good dose of lovefest and a little bit of debauchery. I'm glad to see more inclusion of Larson's mom and Troy's elderly neighbor, Ida. They bring forth such warmth to the story.

When the author write at the end that this is really the end of the journey, I'm sad. I'm still in denial, wishing that there will be more to come for Larson and Troy, the unconventional couple that I grow to love.

Andrea Smith is a USA Today and Amazon Best-Selling Author of the G-Man Series! She has a wicked sense of humor. No matter the genre, she is able to infuse laughter throughout.

She self-publishes Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Sensual Romance with a paranormal twist. She also writes New Adult Romance, and has recently collaborated with Author Eva LeNoir on two M/M Romances, with the third to be released in September 2016!

Eva LeNoir grew up travelling with her parents to various countries in the world. Reading was her constant companion during her travels and her ability to adapt to different cultures fed her mind with endless possibilities. The characters swimming in her head are always from various horizons with a multitude of dreams and aspirations.  However, all of these voices always have one thing in common: The women are strong and independent. A true believer in the female cause, Eva's wish is to portray the women in her books as the leaders. She sees them walking hand in hand with their partners and not be the sheepish followers of the male gender. But most of all, Eva LeNoir wants to offer her readers a moment of pleasure as they dive into the world of her mind's creation.