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A Kind of Truth Audiobook by Lane Hayes Narrated by Seth Clayton

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Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, which include he keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.

Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

Rand is part of a band that is slowly gaining fame. He’s dedicated to this 100%. He needs a new lead guitarist – he won’t settle for anything less than perfection. When he interviews a slew of potentials, none make the grade but he gets a valuable recommendation for a music tutor – if he can’t find the best guitarist he’ll become one himself!

Will is a quiet and in the closet guitar musical genius. He has no aspirations of fame and in fact likes to keep under the radar at all times about all things. He agrees to tutor Rand but the chemistry between them is undeniable.

When Will and Rand begin to get more involved, Will finds himself sucked into Rand’s musical life as well. He’s allowed to show parts of himself he never thought would see the light of day and though he likes it – it’s also terrifying. He’s got secrets Rand doesn’t know and when those surface both their relationship and the band are at risk.

**

This is my favorite book in this series! I have a huge bias for rock-band titles, but I don’t think that’s influencing my choice ;).

Will is a GREAT character! He’s so multi-faceted. He’s geeky and shy one moment, then brazen and shocking the next. He’s inexperienced but daring to try and experiment, too.

Rand is nothing if not consistent. He wants what’s best for the band and he pretty much stays true to that endeavor. Inadvertently people get hurt along the way, but truly, that’s only his blindness to the situation, not any real desire to see them in pain.

The sexual chemistry is off the charts and I really like them as a couple.

If I have any complaints is that the ending wraps things up pretty quickly and we don’t get to see them as a happy couple for very long.

All in all this was a great book and I highly recommend it!

Audio

Seth Clayton is a new narrator to me and he did a fairly good job with this. I didn’t love his interpretation of Will but I LOVED his version of Rand. All in all he was a little to “upbeat” in his dialog, but he did the pacing, emotion and sound quality very well. I definitely enjoyed listening to this and found it a great way to experience this story.

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Shifting Gears (Crossroads Book 2) Audiobook by Riley Hart Narrated by Sean Crisden

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Rod Nelson is used to being someone’s good time, and that’s fine with him. Spending his days at his adult toy store, Rods-N-Ends, he never knows who he’ll meet. The second Landon Harrison walks in, he has Rod’s full attention. It seems as if Landon wants him too, so why won’t the man jump in the sack with him already?
Landon never thought he’d return home to the town where memories lurk around every corner. He has to admit, Rod makes the adjustment a lot easier. He keeps Landon laughing. Despite the fierce attraction between them, he’s not willing to risk his newfound friendship to get laid.
Neither man wants something serious, but the more they’re together, the harder it is to keep their hands to themselves, until eventually they stop trying.
But flings between friends are never simple, and as they attempt to shift gears, diving into their first relationship, they’re slammed with setbacks. If they want to truly move forward, before they hit the open road together, they’re going to have to let go of a past that could make them crash and burn.
Contains mature themes.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

We met Rod in book one – he’s the guy who sells Nick and Bryce their first sex toys. He’s brash and brazen and out and proud. He’s decided to branch out on his own and open his own shop, Rods-N-Ends and that’s where he meets Landon.

Landon is a motorcycle mechanic who moves back home to help his mom after his sister moves out and he’s at loose ends. He doesn’t have friends around from high school, no job and he’s bored. He meets Rod one day and is intrigued – but… he needs a friend more than a f**k, and he doesn’t do relationships, so he ignores Rod’s flirting and pushes for friendship instead.

Though Rod is relentless in his pursuit of Landon as a sex partner, the two become friends and soon they’re practically roommates, too. But the sex thing still lingers… until one day a line is crossed… now they don’t know how to act around each other and it’s ruining their friendship…

**

Though not as delicious as book one, this is another fantastic story from the fabulous Riley Hart.

Rod is a great character and I had really high hopes for him. Those expectations are met to a certain extent, but there is this missing … something… that makes him a little more “flat” in this book.

I never quite reconciled Rod’s upbringing and Landon’s refusal to have a relationship. Though I know they’re best friends, they didn’t have quite the emotional cross-over into lovers that Bryce and Nick did. I really wanted Landon and Rod to dig deep and find all those hidden demons and exorcise them together – instead Landon’s father and his drama sort of took precedence and we didn’t get to focus on Rod’s issues.

It’s a small complaint though, really, because this is still a very fun, sexy and sweet love story and it’s unfair to compare it to it’s predecessor because both are absolutely wonderful. (Crossroads was just so over the top amazing that it’s hard to follow it.)

I highly recommend this to fans of the series, the author, friends-to-lovers fans, and sweet, sexy romantics.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Sean Crisden did another wonderful job with this narration. MAN! I love listening to him so much! I thought Landon was very well portrayed and I enjoyed his low, growly voice. Rod was a much lighter and more flamboyant and Sean did a nice job with his character as well. He does a fair job with women’s voices and it’s always easy to tell whom is speaking. To me, Sean’s forte is his grasp of timing and his ability to handle the emotions well – from passion, to anger, to fear and despair.

Highly recommeneded.
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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False Start (An Eastshore Tigers Novel) by Alison Hendricks

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The heat between them is impossible to ignore. But can they ever be anything but rivals?

Dante Mills has one more year to prove he can hack it in the NFL. If he can’t score attention from the scouts this season, he’ll never be able to give his hard-working mom the life she deserves. The last thing he needs is more competition, but that’s exactly what he gets when blond-haired, blue-eyed behemoth Mitchell Erickson walks into the locker room.

Mitchell Erickson has one year to prove he belongs on a football field. He’s spent his whole life struggling to find acceptance in his family, and now his father’s finally giving him the chance to follow his passion… for one season. If he doesn’t bring the Tigers to victory, it’s back to upholding the Erickson legacy in a suit and tie. But how can he possibly succeed when someone as talented as Dante stands between him and a starting position?

As if the tension between them wasn’t high enough, Mitch is insanely attracted to the very straight linebacker. As the season ramps up and both men fight for their place on the team, a heated locker room encounter leaves Dante questioning everything he thought he knew about himself.

When Dante and Mitch work together, they’re unstoppable. But can two men destined to be rivals ever be anything more?

False Start is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA and no cliffhanger.

Review

Dante, who is Jason’s friend from book one, is in his last year at Eastshore and he NEEDS this year to go well for him on the football field. His mom has struggled for years to make ends meet and he needs to be drafted into the NFL so that he can give her all she needs, wants and deserves.

Mitch comes from a long line of lawyer who go you Yale and do the family proud. He’s never felt that he fit in and he only finds satisfaction in playing football. His father has given him one year to “prove himself” in football and even though he’s a freshman, Mitch is determined to be vital to the team and prove to his dad that this is where he belongs.

Mitch is gay and open if not out and proud. He’s immediately attracted to Dante, though he knows it’s ridiculous as Dante has to be straight. When the two realize they are fighting for the same position on the team, things between them go from strained and awkward to openly hostile. But… they’re on the same team and being a team player means supporting everyone – or else.

In time, the two realize they make better team players than enemies and a truce of sorts develops. The simmering attraction between Mitch and Dante becomes more than that as Dante begins to explore a new aspect of his sexuality.

But… the dividing line between them isn’t their sexuality or race or their competition on the football field – it’s money – pure and simple. Dante knows he can never fit into Mitch’s world and at every turn this is proven true. In the end – even if they try to make a go of it – can it last? There’s at least three years between them and a potential job that would take Dante on the road for months at a time. It seems like it’s really not worth it…or is it?

**

I loved book one in this series and was so excited to see book two come around! I find Alison Hendricks to have an easy and engaging writing style and her love of football is clear but not so overwhelming as to give us non-fans a headache.

The GFY/OFY trope is one of my favorites and I was really looking forward to seeing how Dante adapted to his own sexuality given his friendship with the newly out and proud Jason as his best friend.

Well…
First I think that I have to separate my expectations for this based on book one from my assessment of it on it’s own merits.

As a book by itself, I think it was pretty good. The writing is nice, the MCs were well developed, the major plot points made sense and the romance was fairly sweet.
Where things begin to get weak for me: I didn’t enjoy Dante’s exploration as much as I wanted because it was fairly rushed and though I appreciated that he didn’t really dwell on it a lot – it is a big thing and a stark contrast to his past belief about himself – and I don’t think it was given enough weight in the story.

Another area that felt neglected was the future. Without giving away the ending – Dante has to make some big decisions about his future and that of his family – the end result while pleasing is absolutely rushed and there is absolutely no discussion of it until the dust is settled and I felt left out in the cold. It felt a bit deus ex machina and I didn’t think it flowed well with the rest of the story.

I liked that the major obstacle for these guys was class/perception and two alpha personalities clashing – but I don’t think their resolution (on page) was very satisfying. I wanted a bigger MOMENT when the two make sacrifices and speeches of devotion to one another.

All in all this felt a bit bland to me and here is where I have to speak to the previous book. Because the first book was SO GOOD, I can’t help but compare the two and side by side this lacks the luster and brilliance of book one. The MCs aren’t as well developed, their romance is a bit too rushed and not nearly as “deep”, and the final portion – though happy – wasn’t nearly as shiny and joyous as I’d hoped for.

All in all, both in comparison to book one and on it’s own merits, this was just a bit disappointing – still very enjoyable – but not as wonderful as I’d hoped.

3.75 of 5 stars

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Bad Dogs and Drag Queens by Julie Lynn Hayes

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Rose and Thorne: Book One

Vinnie Delarosa and Ethan Thorne are partners—on and off the clock. Federal undercover detectives, they’re part of a covert task force designed to promote goodwill between the feds and local authorities. They lend an unobtrusive helping hand wherever it’s needed. No credit required.

Vinnie and Ethan work primarily in the Southeast region of the United States and live together in Richmond, Virginia. A mugger problem brings them to Roanoke, where Vinnie is thrown out as bait to catch the man who’s been snatching purses in a city park, but they end up with more than they bargained for. Why is Vinnie always the one who has to wear the dress? Ethan says it’s because Vinnie looks much prettier in a skirt. How can he argue with that?

Expecting to return to Richmond afterward, Vinnie and Ethan find themselves assigned a new case instead. They are to go undercover at The Stroll, one of the biggest gay nightclubs in Roanoke. Someone is terrorizing both the customers and the performers. Could they be dealing with a hate crime? Someone has to protect the drag queens of Roanoke, so it’s Vinnie and Ethan to the rescue!

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Review

Vinnie and Ethan are partners on the job and off. For the last 5 years they’ve been fighting crime in Richmond, VA, but are now part of a special liaison in Roanoke, trying to stop a mugger. Vinnie (who first met Ethan at a drag show) wears the dress and it’s Vinnie who also meets the “Bad Dog” – aka Benny – while catching the bad guy in a park one day.

Ethan loves Vinnie, his life and now the dog, too.

After catching the mugger, the pair is put on the job of busting a series of crimes at a bar that features drag queens. You guessed it – Vinnie’s in a dress – again.

Will Vinnie be able to trust Ethan with all the flirting his undercover character must do? Does Ethan really want Vinnie or Vinnie in a dress?

**

So…. This is a mixed bag for me as far as reviews go.

The writing style was engaging and easy to follow. It flowed, there were no mistakes and I really liked the two MCs who, as characters, were really well developed.

What didn’t work for me was the lack of distinct story. There is really no angst, no hurdle, nothing for this couple to overcome. Beyond the crime – which I never cared about – a bit of flirting – and the fact that Vinnie has never lived in a house before… there just wasn’t much happening in this story.

I enjoyed the sweet way the MCs interacted, thought the dog was funny, loved all the drag queen personas, but was never really invested in this story much at all.

So… I guess I’d recommend this to anyone looking for something very, very light and sweet – maybe after you’ve read a hard tear-jerker and you need a palate cleanse – or something that’s easy. If you’re looking for anything deep or moving or exciting… keep looking.

3 of 5 stars

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Alexi’s Mouse (Werewolves of Manhattan Book 5) by AC Katt

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After leaving his place as the Russian Second and immigrating to America, Alexei Davidoff just wants to settle in and not upset the status quo. He wants to start his position with Garou Industries and improve the conditions for his packs. The gods have a different plan for him.

Donal Berne ran away from home at fourteen to escape a bad situation and found himself in an even worse one. Seven years later the only way out that he sees is to overdose.

On the verge of Donal’s suicide, Alexei comes to his aid realizing that he is his given Mate. Overcoming the physical and mental injuries will take time, patience and a blessing from the gods to use both Alexei’s and Donal’s experiences to assist homeless and abused wolves.

Review

Book 4 reviewed here http://openskyebookreviews.com/marking-kane-werewolves-of-manhattan-4-by-ac-katt/

Books 1 and 2 here: http://kimichanexperience.com/?s=werewolves+of+manhattan

Werewolves of Manhattan is a series about several Alpha Werewolves who find their mates – all male, mostly omega/smallish – and rescue them in some way only to find out that their mates have some sort of ability or skill that will eventually aid them in their battle against enemy werewolf nations.

All of the Mates have had, or nearly had, some crushing circumstances that make their lives with their new werewolf husband a walk in the park. With one exception all the Mates are human so the first hurdle is always the “I’m a werewolf” speech. Then there is some form of danger to be escaped followed by the “I’m not worthy” issue.

In this case, Alexi is the Alpha and Donal is the Mate. Donal ran away from home at 14 to escape an abusive situation with his stepfather. He was immediately kidnapped by an evil pimp who forced him to take heroin and made him turn tricks.

When Alexi finds him he’d just overdosed in an attempt to escape – the only way he knew how.

Alexi had been in the Russian prison for the last three years being raped and tortured for protesting the rights of gays in Russia. He’s carrying his own scars but knows his new Mate will help him to heal.

There is a little drama with Donal’s old pimp but most of the story is simply Donal healing and getting used to the whole rich, werewolf lifestyle.

**

There are some writers who are good storytellers and some who are good writers and some who are both. In this case, AC Katt is a good storyteller, but not a great writer. Her writing is full of “tell” and lacking in “show”.

Just like an agenda, the story is outlined room by room, hour by hour and the details of the time spent are listed out in very plain spoken details. There’s not much guess work or subtlety, but the story is an interesting one.

There is very little romance involved. The Alpha knows his Mate is his one and only, they work up to having sex, and then they live happily every after. This story in particular is rife with revenge and ways to make Donal’s abusers pay. Though our guys tell one another they love each other, they really don’t do much to build their relationship.

I was also a bit disappointed that the healing Donal was supposed to have in store for Alexi was mostly brushed under the rug with “now that we’re mated I feel whole” instead of actually going through or even talking about the issues both characters faced in their lives.

We get a glimpse of the next couple and a hint that all the Mates are going to be needed to use their special skills in some apocalyptic event in the near future.

One thing that bothers me in this series is that Alexi shifts one time and other than the rules, the knotting, and the Mate bond, there is really no “shifter” in this “shifter series”.   Most of what happens could be achieved with wealth and power alone, the ability to be a wolf is really not a factor.  I like it when they shift and act like animals so I miss that in this series.

Though I’m sure I’ll read the next one – because I just have to see what happens next! – I wasn’t that impressed with this story and found others in the series a bit better developed.

3 of 5 stars

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Pib’s Dragon by Beany Sparks Book Blast and Giveaway!

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Author: Beany Sparks
Part of a series? If yes, can it be read as a standalone? Yes and yes
Series Title: Twisted Fairy Tales
Number in Series: #1
Publisher: Rainbow Ninja Press

Release Date:
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Third Party Pre Order – 3rd June
General Release – 10th June

Word Count: 21,699

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Blurb:

A dragon is about to find out what happens when a cat discovers his cave of shiny treasures.

 

After nine years, Pib is finally free from his contract with the newly wed prince. Slipping out in the middle of the night to avoid getting stuck in another contract, Pib shifts into his cat and makes his way home to the little village he foolishly left, hoping his best friend Wil still lives there.

Dray is bored. His services as a princess-guarding dragon are no longer needed and even his gold and jewels are unable to cheer him up. His mood changes quickly when he catches someone in his treasure cave, and it starts a series of events that change his life forever.

When the two finally meet, sparks fly, but Dray will have to move quickly if he’s to save his cat after Pib gets kidnapped.

 

Excerpt:

Prologue

Pib snuck into the darkened room, tiptoeing quietly so as not to wake the newly crowned prince Geraint and his princess. Looking around, he both thanked and cursed his shifter senses. While he was grateful he could see inside the room, the smell of sex throughout the air was something he could have done without.

Reaching the desk on the far side of the room, he paused and glanced at the couple. Once he was satisfied they were still asleep, he eased open the cover and found what he was after—his freedom. After nine long years as the bastard’s slave, the letter freeing him from servitude almost brought tears to his eyes. Carefully folding it and placing it in his inside pocket, Pib gently shut the desk and tiptoed back toward the bedroom door, leaving the room as silently as he’d entered.

He knew there was only a limited window of opportunity for him to make his escape. Even though the pompous bastard had made a production of signing the form and granting him his freedom, Pib knew it was all for show. If he didn’t escape now, Geraint would get him alone and force him to sign another contract and then make some sort of bogus announcement about how Pib wanted to stay.

Pib snorted, unable to help himself. Luckily there was no one else around the castle at this time of the night, though even if there was, Pib didn’t care. He was leaving, and no one was going to stop him. Anyone who tried would have a close encounter with his knife, or his claws, he wasn’t picky.

“Hey, Pib, where are you off to in the middle of the night?” asked the guard at the front door of the castle. Pib never bothered learning their names or getting friendly with them, especially since Geraint could force him to kill any of them at a moment’s notice. He’d learned that it didn’t pay for him to form any attachments with those surrounding Geraint.

“Getting an early start on my retirement,” Pib replied, smirking at the man while he continued to stroll toward the exit.

“Sorry, Pib, but I have to check. Do you have a signed letter from Prince Geraint?” The guard shifted from foot to foot, showing his unease.

Pib stopped in front of him and forced a smile. “Of course,” he said, carefully extracting the letter and handing it over to the guard.

He waited, watching the guard closely as he read the letter. One wrong move and Pib was going to gut him. Nothing could happen to that letter.

“Looks good,” the guard said, handing the letter back to Pib. “It’ll sure be different without you around, but all the best. And, uh, don’t take this the wrong way, but I hope I don’t see you again.”

Returning the letter to his pocket, Pib looked up and smiled a real smile at the man. He wanted to laugh when the guard’s face paled as he caught sight of Pib’s canines, but restrained himself. “Don’t worry, I hope never to see you again either.”

With that, Pib walked out of the castle and made his way through the sleeping village. Pulling his hood up, he used the dark material to blend into the surroundings. He wasn’t taking any chances that Geraint wouldn’t wake up any moment and send guards running after him. After all, Pib was practically friends with all of the skeletons in Geraint’s closet.

Pib reached the edge of the village and paused. After nine long years, he was finally free of Geraint, his orders, and most importantly, his shackle. The magical cuff that had decorated his right ankle for nine years had been removed after Geraint had signed his release. The cuff was the only thing ensuring Pib’s obedience, and finally, it was gone.

Taking a deep breath, Pib stepped over the invisible boundary line and felt the remaining enchantments shatter and disappear, leaving him standing as his true self for the first time in years. Reaching inside, he called out his inner cat to come out and play, and in seconds, his clothes disappeared and he was standing on all fours in his serval form. Stretching, he threw one last glance back at the castle and the village before slinking away into the trees, using the natural camouflage to shield him as he made his way toward the start of his new life.

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Chevalier (Romanus Book 2) by Mary Calmes

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Sequel to Romanus

Fireman Mason James thought finding out he is a Romanus—a rare class of gargoyle—would be the surprise of a lifetime, but he’s proven wrong when he discovers he is the son of a comte and goji nobility. But his newly discovered family doesn’t think his gargoyle lover, Luc, is good enough for a goji of Mason’s stature—how could a warrior ever be? But despite the Moreaus’ uncertainty and elitism, they are Mason’s only chance to unravel the mystery behind his mother’s death, find a solution for the class divide that might separate him from Luc, and discover what it truly means to be a Romanus.

 

Review

First, you must read Romanus before you read this. It won’t really make sense as a standalone.

We met the two lovers Luc and Mason when Mason had stumbled upon Luc’s chasse of gargoyles to find out that Mason was actually a Romanus, something revered by the gargoyles. Unfortunately, they don’t know much about what that means and the main driving force in this story is to find out just what it means to be a Romanus so that the tension in the chasse will let up.

There’s an added element of mystery when a family comes from France claiming to be related to Mason. Some threats are made and Mason and Luc fly over the ocean to research being a Romanus with the keeper of the gargoyle history and to find out more about Mason’s family as well.

Meanwhile, at every turn, Luc is met with derision, scorn and contempt because he is of a “lower class” than the Romanus – at least historically. Mason will have none of this and this helps Luc and Mason to iron out their own relationship issues.

Chevalier - Mary Calmes**

I fell in love with Romanus years ago and was so psyched to see this sequel finally come about! It does not disappoint! In typical Mary form, Mason is absolutely perfect, Luc is tough as all get out and the bad guys are really bad and easily seen through. But… there’s some fascinating twists and turns this story takes that keep the storyline fresh and proves to me – again – that when Mary writes paranormal she really shines her brightest.

I loved this sequel and highly recommend it to fans of paranormal stories, fans of Mary Calmes and fans of Romanus and Gargoyles in general.

 

5 of 5 stars

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Resurrecting Elliot (Newport Boys Book 2) Audiobook by Cate Ashwood Narrated by Michael Pauley

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Nightmares and panic attacks following a horrific tragedy leave Professor Elliot Lawrence a prisoner in his own home. After months of relying on his sister as his only connection to the outside world, Elliot is desperate for a sliver of independence. But leaving the safety of his home isn’t an option, not yet, and he reaches out in the most innocuous way he can think of: grocery delivery.

Colton Kelly, retired porn star and recent college grad, is struggling at two minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. During one of his grocery deliveries, he meets Elliot. Although the attraction between them is instant, they must first traverse the long road of putting Elliot back together. When disaster strikes yet again, this time in Colt’s life, Elliot’s not sure he’s strong enough to be the man Colt needs him to be.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

We met the outgoing sweetheart, Colt, in Keeping Sweets. His given up porn to turn to teaching for a career. He meets Elliott, a professor at the University in town, on a grocery delivery job he’s taken while waiting for a position to come available.

Ever since Elliot witnessed a student suicide in his classroom he can’t leave his house. He’s crippled with anxiety and his therapist isn’t helping. Only with the loving support of this unique stranger turned friend turned lover can he have a hope of finding his way in the world again.

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I loved Keeping Sweets. I was psyched for Colt’s story, he always seemed like such a nice guy!

I love porn/ex porn stories because you usually get hot sex and someone who is really looking to find something more meaningful in their life.

I love books about shy/anxious/nerdy types who need that out-going person to help them break from their shell, finding all the lovely hidden layers.

Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed by this book. I know that in fiction we are frequently asked to suspend our disbelief, but part of what makes a compelling story is the potential for things to really happen – even if unlikely, or implausible.

Colt’s career as a porn star is just not well represented. It doesn’t affect his relationship with Elliot nor does it form a significant hurdle to his finding a teaching job. That’s just not reality. I seriously doubt he could teach children – of any age – if he was found out. I also think Elliot would want to at least discuss his previous career more before accepting him so openly.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Elliot’s anxiety/illness/PTSD situation. I had a really big issue with his therapist and that plot point as well as his entire recovery. I’m not sure his responses seemed at all consistent – letting a stranger into his house and immediately befriending him while being unable to step outside then going from that to jumping on a plane… it seemed a bit inconceivable.

I generally like Cate Ashwood’s work so this was a bit of a letdown. I loved the premise on so many levels and I don’t think any of them played well. I also missed seeing some of the guys from Sweets more – that would have been a nice treat.

The writing was good and Elliot was sweet and Colt as kind as ever, but I can’t say the story was very realistic and that tainted things for me.

3 of 5 stars

Audio

Michael Pauley does a lovely job with Colt’s accent and he adds some nice depth and emotion to this story. I enjoyed listening to this and thought it added to the overall enjoyment of the story.

Narration 4.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Mulligans by Charlie David

release day review

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2nd Edition

Chase never had many friends, but at college, he meets and forms close ties with straight jock Tyler Davidson—a connection he fears he’ll lose if he tells Tyler he’s gay. Keeping his sexuality secret becomes harder for Chase as he joins Tyler and his family at their idyllic lake house for the summer. It grows more and more difficult for Chase to avoid Tyler’s attempts to set him up with girls, and he’s tired of making excuses. Chase is ready to embrace the man he is, but he’s afraid of what it will cost him.

The Davidsons seem like the perfect family, but Chase soon realizes there’s trouble in paradise. Tyler’s dad, Nathan, has done everything to make a good life for his wife and children—including suppressing his sexuality and denying his needs for years. But like Chase, Nathan is growing weary of living a lie. What begins as an offer of support from Chase grows into an unexpected attraction that will have profound effects on everyone. Chase and the Davidsons are about to learn that there’s no such thing as a perfect family, but that perfection isn’t a requirement for friendship and love.

First Edition published by Palari Publishing LLp, 2010.

Review

Let me start out by stating this is NOT A ROMANCE. Not in the typical sense. There are romantic elements, but it’s not a true romance in that we don’t see Chase and Nathan settle down into a happy relationship when the book is over.

This is a compelling story about a man who was young 20 years ago and got his high school sweetheart pregnant. They got married and built a life together. It’s only now, when his son is in college, that Nathan is able to take a look at his life and wonder what would have been different if he’d been young today instead of then.

Several POVs share their side of the story. Nathan’s wife, his son, Chase and we even see a bit through the eyes of his daughter. We see how one man’s choices affect many lives. Everyone’s opinion is slightly different and, really, there is no good answer. Each path has it’s own thorns and rewards.

The writing is good, the story is interesting and it’s a compelling subject. I liked the golf metaphor and the idea of a “do over” in life – or at least a chance to start living in a different way is a good one.

However… I am a romantic and I really wanted to know more about Chase and Nathan and where they go after things have been revealed to Nathan’s family, so I was a bit disappointed by the ending.

All in all, I’d recommend it but with the caveat of “it’s not a romance”.

4 of 5 stars

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