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Three Little Words by Allison Cassatta Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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OS: Welcome to Allison Cassatta author of Three Little Words.  Thanks for stopping by!

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AC:  Thanks for having me.

OS: I know that this story has a lot of “hot” issues, which of those did you want to discuss with us today?

AC: Gay marriage.

OS: Sounds awesome!

AC:

Marry Him

 

When this book was first written, there was only a handful of states that recognized same sex marriage, and it honestly didn’t look like the world would be changing any time soon. Traditionally liberal states like California had Proposition 8 which strictly forbade same sex couples from being legally wed. All over the south–also known as the Bible belt–fundamentalists yelled at the top of their lungs that being gay is a sin. Some of that has changed. Some has not. The biggest, most historical change came on June 26, 2015 when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional, and that was the most beautiful day in history for me.

I’ve often been asked why a heterosexual woman would take such a strong stance on same sex marriage, the biggest question being “why do you care? It doesn’t affect you.” Well, besides the obvious–every human being deserves to be treated as an equal… I had a good reason, and the awesome thing about the ruling was seeing firsthand the doors it opened for people.

There are two men who were always very special in my life. They’d been family friends for as long as I could remember. I loved hanging out with them. Never noticed anything “different” about them when I first met them. They were just like anyone else. But they were together. I believe they were my introduction to gay people, to be honest. I don’t remember meeting gay people before them, but also, the word gay wasn’t used… as far as I can remember, anyway. They were a couple just like my mom and dad were a couple. It wasn’t until I grew up a little that I came to realize that them being a couple was nothing like my mom and dad being a couple, because they didn’t have the same rights my mom and dad did. There was the big stink about same sex couples in hospitals in the 90s, and I think that’s what really set it all off for me. I was no longer blind to the issue. It became personal. I worried for them. What if something happened? One couldn’t sit with the other through their time of need and sickness, and that just sucked. Not to mention these guys had more than a decade invested in their lives together. What happened if one of them died? Would the other be without their home, their business, their savings? These were just a portion of the things I worried about and it honestly sucked for them. I hated it.

Shortly after the ruling on same sex marriage, I was invited to celebrate the marriage of those two lifelong family friends. I know I was but one person among the billions who support love no matter the form, but I like to think that because I stood up with all those other people who believe the same as I do, that I helped make a difference and I helped make history. I fought for my friends.

In Three Little Words, a lot of people have to overcome a lot of things before anyone can march off into the sunset in wedded bliss, but at least we live in a world now where two men or two women can profess their love in front of God and everyone and expect the same rights their heterosexual counterparts expect. I think that brings us one giant leap closer to making this world a beautiful place.

Have you had a similar experience? Why do you support same sex marriage? I would love to hear your thoughts/stories!

 

 

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Is it better to keep some secrets locked away?

Matt thought his life was perfect, but he learns there’s no such thing when the man he planned to marry breaks his heart and leaves him holding the pieces. Needing to escape and lick his wounds, Matt heads to New England to spend time on his brother’s lobster boat. A one-night-stand proves to him that empty sex does nothing to mend old hurt, and neither does running away.

So when Matt’s best friend, Luke, a firefighter, is seriously injured, Matt steps up, even if it means facing bigotry and ignorance. Luke has been hiding his feelings from Matt all their lives, and revealing them after so many years won’t make life easier for either of them. But nothing worth having ever comes easily….

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Prickly by Nature (Portland Pack Chronicles book 2) Audiobook by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade Narrated by Iggy Toma

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In the four months since hedgehog shifter Avery Babineaux started investigating the disappearance of a young female werewolf from the Portland Pack, he’s discovered his life’s passion. Now he’s apprenticing under established PI Corbin Reid. Avery hopes his training with Reid will help him finally bring Lacey home, but detective work isn’t without its perils, and the potential dangers strain his relationship with his new mate, Dylan.

Dylan Green would be perfectly content with his mating and his motorcycle shop if it wasn’t for his constant worry about Avery’s safety and the fact that Avery’s never home. Proud as he might be of Avery’s determination to prove his worth and fulfill his promise to Lacey’s father, Dylan can’t stand the thought of Avery being hurt. Yet what right does he have to demand Avery give up his job when it’s clear Avery’s found his true purpose? Still, Dylan wishes he could, and the appearance of a new police detective who sets his sights on Avery only adds to the tension.

Something has to give, but stubbornness runs in both their veins, and it might take a catastrophe for them to find a compromise they can live with.

Review

(Book One Review: http://openskyebookreviews.com/prickly-business-audiobook-by-piper-vaughn-and-kenzie-cade-narrated-by-iggy-toma/)

We met Dylan and Avery in book one, they’d finally admitted they were mates and are willing to make a go of it. Meanwhile, Avery is hot on the case of a missing wolf shifter and it’s turning into a career. Dylan supports Avery, but hates the time he’s away from home and the danger he’s in.

Meanwhile, people involved in the shifter case keep ending up dead and this makes Dylan all the more worried. But… the tension from the case and the unexpected reception they receive at Avery’s brother’s wedding, force them both to finally admit their love for one another.

So… on the one hand, things between them are getting better and better, but all the more dangerous, nonetheless.

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So many times the sequel is never as good as the original… not so here! I loved this sequel so much!

These shifters are regular guys who also shift into animals, so pack dynamics play a role but it’s not as overarching as it is with some other shifter stories. The authors do a great job building this universe and putting in in beautiful (rainy!) PDX is great! (I loved all the local references!)

We finally get our smoin’ hot smexy times with Dylan and Avery, but we – more importantly – get their intimate moments as well.

The secondary characters are well developed and add to the story (Lucas and Miss Georgie are fab!). This is an amazing writing team and I hope we see more from them on other projects as well.

All in all I loved this and highly recommend it to fans of book one and shifter fans.

Audio:

Iggy Toma did the audio for book one and he continues to do a great job with book two. He does such a nice job with Avery’s accent and those of his family as well as giving a good voice to the females in this story. In addition handles the emotions really well and is great with the pacing. He’s another one of the narrators that really knows how to give a good performance with his work rather than simply reading the story.

I highly enjoyed this narration and give it 5 of 5 stars for both the book and the audio.

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Burning Tracks by Lilah Suzanne Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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OS: Welcome to Lilah Suzanne author of Burning Tracks!  Thanks for stopping by!

LS: Thanks for having me!

OS: What book do you wish you could have written?

LS: Harry Potter so I’d be a billionaire? No, I actually don’t think I could handle being JK Rowling. I’ll say The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy because I wish I had a fraction of that wit and cleverness.

 

OS: How important are names to you (in your books)? Do you choose names based on liking the way it sounds or meaning? How do you choose your names?

LS: It’s important, but I wouldn’t say I agonize over the meaning of every name. I do try for a certain “feel” to the names I pick. Gwen sounds short and spunky to me, for example, and the character is too. Flora is lovely and earthy, Clementine complex and sweet with a certain Southern flair.

OS: Were you already a great writer? Have you always enjoyed writing?

LS: I have enjoyed writing from a pretty young age, even getting published and winning writing contests—though I think my biggest prize was a twenty-five dollar gift card to a book store! And I firmly believe that great writers become, no one is just born a great writer.

OS: How long have you been writing?

 

LS: Fourth grade was the really the first time I saw writing as something other than a thing I had to do for school, and that’s thanks to an awesome teacher who noticed something in my writing and encouraged me.

 

OS: What hobbies do you enjoy?

 

LS: Reading, going to museums. Um, watching TV? I need more hobbies… I do like to bake, but usually only around the holidays.

OS: Thanks for sharing and good luck on the rest of your tour!

Author Name: Lilah Suzanne

Book Name: Burning Tracks

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Book: Two

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Release Date: August 11, 2016

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In the sequel to Broken Records, Gwen Pasternak has it all: a job she loves as a celebrity stylist and a beautiful wife, Flora. But as her excitement in working with country music superstar Clementine Campbell grows, Gwen second-guesses her quiet domestic bliss. Meanwhile, her business partner, Nico Takahashi and his partner, reformed bad-boy musician Grady Dawson, face uncertainties of their own.

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Keeping Karma by Tory Temple

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Alexander Myers and his twin sister Tabitha were born with the incredible ability to “hear” the thoughts of animals. Alex has managed to keep this a secret and has actually used it to his advantage for his job, working in an emergency animal care clinic and volunteering at the animal shelter while he studies to become a veterinarian. One night while Alex is working the front desk, Dylan Travers, a local animal control officer, comes in with an injured fawn. When Alex and Dylan become involved, it gets harder and harder for Alex to keep his secret. On top of that, Alex has a little menagerie of his own in his apartment, including a ferret called Karma, who he’s not supposed to have as a pet. As the two men become closer, Alex worries about how Dylan will react if Alex tells him about his pets and then his special ability. Add to that debilitating migraines from especially ‘loud’ animals, and a dangerous co-worker who Alex butts heads with, and life is suddenly far more exciting than Alex would like. Will he be able to keep his job, his pets, his lover and his sanity?

Review

Man. Ok. Well. This book started out really good. It’s a very compelling set-up: a guy who can “hear” animals, an animal control officer and a ferret (in a state where they’re illegal!) Alex is working toward becoming a vet himself when he meets Dylan and the two instantly hit it off. I was a bit put off by the speed at which they moved from having breakfast together (Alex works the night shift) to sex – but… you know… it wasn’t all bad. But then… the rest of the book was literally one sex scene after another! I had to skim because I got so fed up with them. They had virtually no interaction that didn’t involve sex either beginning, middle or end. It even ends up causing trouble for them when they get caught in a place they shouldn’t… which I’ll discuss in a moment.

The animal speaking part was fun. They’re all pretty simple and basic, but it was really clear how much Alex cared for them and it was sweet and funny. Except that when they are “broadcasting” loudly (usually pain and/or fear) he gets a migraine. This is rough for him as he works for and wants to be a vet. It’s never addressed how he’s going to deal with that exactly.

Next is the “villain” – Gordon – who catches the couple in a “sticky” situation – heh heh. He then demands stuff from Alex and shows up at his work and then later ends up doing something even more bizarre that is never explained and felt really out of place.

Finally, the couple moves at lightning speed through their relationship (including moving in together!) but we never get an “I love you”. That felt strange and incomplete considering their devotion to one another.

All in all the book just seemed kind of random and very scattered. It had lots of interesting ideas that sort of just exploded into a story and in the end it really lacked a finite direction.

(On a side note – while the original cover from 2009 isn’t as attractive as the new one, it is more accurate. There are rabbits and dogs in the story but the main animals are a ferret named Karma and a cat so I’m not sure why they weren’t represented on the new cover in place of the (very cute!) puppy and rabbit.)6448735

 

 

 

I can’t recommend this and give it a 2.5 of 5 stars for original idea and interesting MCs but for a very confusing story.

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Civil War and Brken Hearts by Julie Lynn Hayes Book Tour and Giveaway!

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Book Name: Civil War and Broken Hearts

Series: Rose and Thorne

Book: Two

Release Date: August 24, 2016

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Blurb:

Hollywood comes to Roanoke when a major film studio announces they’re shooting part of their Civil War film at a local plantation. Vinnie is dismayed to discover that the lead actress is none other than the beautiful and popular Caroline St. Clair. Ethan and Vinnie made her acquaintance in LA the previous Halloween, while undercover, and Vinnie still hates her for hitting on his man. Ethan reassures his partner that Roanoke is big enough for all of them to co-exist without running into one another.

But Fate has it in for Vinnie and Ethan, and they find themselves assigned to a new case involving the actress. Apparently she requested Ethan specifically, to Vinnie’s dismay. But he doesn’t have a choice, he has to play nice. It’s small consolation to Vinnie that his new undercover identity involves Hollywood heartthrob Troy McGarrett, who is very handsome and openly gay. Troy isn’t shy about letting Vinnie know he finds him attractive.

Jealousy abounds in the second book of the Rose and Thorne series, and time is not on Vinnie and Ethan’s side. If they don’t solve the case before the film shoot is done, there’s a good chance they’ll be separated for the first time since they were partnered. Assuming Vinnie doesn’t kill Caroline St. Clair himself.

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.

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Lex Chase’s Urban Fairy Tale Blog Stop and Giveaway!

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OS: Welcome Lex Chase!  Here to tell us about the upcoming book Urban Fairy Tale!  Thanks for stopping by!

LC: Hello, Internet! I’m Lex Chase and Morgan was kind enough to have me aboard for the Urban Fairy Tale blog tour!

Urban Fairy Tale is the final book of the Screw-up Princess and Skillful Huntsman trilogy! Our heroes are dude Princess Taylor Hatfield, fuck-up extraordinaire, and his true love jackass redneck Huntsman Corentin Devereaux. Together they save the world from the threats to Enchant kind.

But let’s talk about the unsung heroes of the series.

The fairy godparents Ringo and Honeysuckle.

Fairy godfather Ringo has served Taylor faithfully since the princess’s birth. Also his partner in crime and worst enabler. He weathered the storms with Taylor from every skinned knee, to fistfights on the playground, to an angsty teenager, to a fuck-up college student. As Taylor stumbled through life, Ringo called it life experience. Still, they’re known to sit together drinking hard lemonade and binge watching Survivor.

Ringo’s wife Honeysuckle serves as a fairy godmother to Taylor’s brother Atticus. Honeysuckle is grace and motion, always proper. And a bit of a perfectionist. But this gets her into a lot of trouble as she insists on everything being done to her standards. She’s doted on Atticus and has fostered him into growing into a dignified young man, but considered Taylor wild and reckless.

They join me today for an interview moderated by the Queen of Hearts, Aliss Magnus. A bit about Aliss, she serves as the leader of the Library, a clandestine organization devoted to defending Enchants domestic and abroad. Poised, confident, and efficient, she is the level head among these quirky weirdos.

So! Take it away guys!

 

Aliss checked over her cards. “So, both of you. How do you manage such difficult Princesses?”

Ringo sighed. “Taylor’s not… difficult. He’s just… free-spirited.”

Honeysuckle narrowed her eyes. “Free-spirited? More like a walking disaster.”

Ringo shrugged. “So, he can’t wash his clothes for crap.”

“He shrank my sweater! My sweater! I’m not Barbie-sized anymore!” Honeysuckle scowled.

“To me you are,” Ringo said with a smile.

“Really?” Honeysuckle asked. “Oh. Sugardrop.”

Aliss cleared her throat. “Were getting off track.” She flipped to another card. “On the topic of true love, if given the chance when you pick the same true love for your Princesses?”

“No!” Honeysuckle snapped.

“Yes!” Ringo shouted.

Honeysuckle blinked. “Yes? Corentin Devereaux? Really?”

Ringo shrugged. “He’s a good guy!”

“He cleans underneath his nails with the steak knives is and put them back in the drawer!” Honeysuckle said.

Ringo looked at Aliss. “Help me out here, boss lady.”

Aliss looked down at the cards, pressing her lips into a grim line. “No comment.”

Honeysuckle elbowed him. “Ixnay on the Corentin-ay.”

“What?” Ringo asked. “I mean sure he axed Aliss’s girlfriend. But he was a different guy back then!”

Honeysuckle shoved Ringo toward Aliss. “Here. Do what you will. I won’t tell a soul.”

“You love him too much,” Aliss said.

Honeysuckle sighed. “Sadly.”

“I’m quite the catch!” Ringo said, indignant and puffed out his chest.

“At the Bass Pro,” Aliss said, smirking.

Honeysuckle and Ringo stared at her their jaws hanging slack.

Aliss flicked her finger and made sizzling sound. “I win.”

OS: Sounds hysterical!  Check it out!

 

Genre: Fractured Fairy Tale / Urban Fantasy

Series: The Screw-Up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy (Book 3)

Universe: Fairy Tales of the Open Road

Length: Novel

Published: August 19, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN:  978-1-63477-158-0

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Modern day fairy-tale princess, Taylor Hatfield, has problems. One, he’s a guy. Two, he’s an insomniac Sleeping Beauty. Three, his practically perfect brother, Atticus Hatfield, this generation’s Snow White, has been irrevocably corrupted by the Witchking. The Library, a clandestine organization, seeks to write “The End” on Atticus, and Taylor faces the impossible when his own parents endorse his brother’s demise. With his true love, the huntsman Corentin Devereaux at his side, they once again set out to find Atticus, but Atticus won’t go down without a fight.

The quest ends how it began. But instead of the quirky, corkscrewing Americana road trip, Taylor and Corentin must contend with the dangers of the urban jungle. With an unexpected ally at their side, they’re forced to question all they knew about the legacy of Snow White.

As the world of the Enchants and the mundane hang in the balance, Taylor knows what he must do…. Go pick an apple.

 

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Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” Now she’s on a mission to make the world a hell of a lot more interesting.

Weaving tales of sweeping cinematic adventure—depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. Her pride is in telling stories of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. If you’re going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.

Lex is a pop culture diva, her DVR is constantly backlogged, she has intense emotions about Hannibal’s Hannigram, and she unapologetically loved the ending of Lost. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind.

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Werewolf at the Zoo (Wolves of Stone Ridge Book 1) Audiobook by Charlie Richards Narrated by Colin Connor

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Helping his brother escape the zoo, Rainy discovers more than just an array of animals.

Rainy scouts the zoo, planning a mission to rescue his brother, who’d been sold by poachers while in wolf form. He gets a whiff of the most intoxicating scent, the man Travis Carlyle, his mate. But he quickly finds out that before he can claim the handsome veterinarian, Rainy has to convince Travis that he’s worth coming out of the closet for.

Travis leads a quiet, discreet life, avoiding any situation that could possibly out him to his family. After so many years alone, Travis finds the love, affection, and acceptance Rainy offers him too hard to resist. But just when he decides Rainy might be worth the persecution of revealing his sexuality, he discovers Rainy has been keeping secrets, a lot of secrets: Werewolves, Shifters, Mates? When he watches a shift with his own eyes, Travis is forced to accept the truth.

Too bad not everyone wants Travis to know the wolves’ secrets, tossing him into a feud between shifters. When Travis’s father tries to come between them, can Rainy convince Travis to choose a dangerous, love-filled life with him instead of the comfortable, quiet existence he’s led with his family?
Review

This is the book that started it all! Fans of Charlie Richards are probably as psyched as me to finally find one of her books in audio format! (Whoooooot!)

The Wolves of Stone Ridge is (now) 38 strong with a spin off series – Kontra’s Menagerie which is 20 books long and another related series – A Loving Nip – which holds 10 books and also A Paranormal’s Love which boasts 17 books! If you’re keeping count that’s 85 books! (According to Good Reads lists.) All of them are essentially stand alones but interweave characters and so knowing the series adds depth to whichever story you might be currently reading – and it all starts here!

In this we are shown the basic world in which our MCs live. There are shifters (at first only a few predators – bears, cats, wolves, foxes ) and humans. (Later we add ALL KINDS of things – but we start small.) The shifters can’t make humans into shifters but they can extend their life spans to match their own if they’re mates – and that goes into the hundreds of years. Shifters get one fated mate and once mated the pair will die if one or the other dies. They’re instantly enamored and monogamous and loyal. (Sounds about perfect – right?) But… humans don’t know about shifters so that’s a little speed bump – especially if a shifter has a mate who’s human – like in this instance.

Most of the book deals with two main issues: world building and showing Travis the world of shifters and getting Travis “out” as a gay man. There’s a bit of drama with Travis’ folks and a nasty shifter named Clyde, but for the most part the angst is about the previously mentioned two issues.

There is a good amount of hot smexy times and a good amount of shifted time.

All in all this is a wonderful start to a fantastic series and if you’re a fan of shifters who HASN’T read this series (or part of it) now’s your chance! It’s really wonderful!

4.5 of 5 stars
(This also reminds me of how far she’s come in that her covers look SO MUCH BETTER now!)

Audio

Now to talk about the audiobook. First, let me express my utter gratitude that we are finally seeing this series in audio format! Thank you thank you thank you thank you! I really hope we see the entire (85 books!) eventually in audio format! Next, I want to express my delight at the wonderful accent the narrator – Colin Connor used for the Irish boys Rainy, his brother Cliff and of course the Alpha – Declan. It was truly magnificent and absolutely MADE this audiobook! He also did a fantastic job with emotion and did a great job of “performing” this story rather than simply reading it. But…. The sound quality? It’s terrible! It sounds like he was recording this on his phone in a basement during a storm. It crackles, the sound goes up and down, it’s inconsistent and just not very good. Also… you can only (so far) buy it from Extasy Books and not audible. (Charlie said that she thinks it will eventually be found in audible but so far it’s been out for four months….)That makes it more expensive than the average audiobook and harder to listen to for those of us who use the Audible app. Finally, I had to IM Charlie herself to find out the name of the narrator as it’s not listed ANYWHERE! Clearly Extasy isn’t quite ready to really be in the audiobook market just yet and they have a bit of work to do before this becomes a main selling item for them. Which brings me to my plead – if you love Charlie and her series and audiobooks – BUY THIS – wouldn’t it be great to see more and have them in an easily accessible and cheaper format??? (Getting off my soap box now but … please 😉 )
I really did love this audiobook and I really do recommend it despite the imperfections.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Hexbreaker Audiobook by Jordan L Hawk Narrated by Tristan James

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New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.
Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.
Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.
But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.

Review

If you are unfamiliar with Jordan L Hawk, know that she has an amazing ability to interweave the fantastical with the historical, mix it up with a mystery and some romance and the output is an absolute gem of a story!

In this case we get some cops and robbers back in the day when gangs and mobs ran the streets of old New York but in this case they are witches and their familiars. The familiars are shifters so you get a human and an animal tied to you. (That was my favorite part of this story, the bond between witch and familiar- *sigh… so sweet and romantic in the case of Tom and Cicero).

A fair amount of the story is the mystery – to be sure – as with Widdershins, the other JLH series I’ve read – the mystery and action/adventure component of the story is the absolute center of focus, but the romance – at least to me – seemed to be more approachable and felt more important… maybe because there wasn’t the secrecy… I’m not sure, but that’s how it felt to me. Therefore it was nearer to my heart and I liked it more than that series.

I really liked the fact that when the characters re-connect after what could have been a potentially clichéd “Big Misunderstanding” the author gracefully avoided that pitfall and let them TALK IT OUT. Gah! I loved that. Instead of leading us down that ol’ trail, she let them use their words! Beautiful!

Add to it Tristan James and you have a blockbuster! Tristan’s voice is like honey, and he can do all those crazy accents so you really feel like each of the rich and well-developed characters are right there telling you their story.  I especially loved Cicero’s voice (and Tom’s) but Cicero – he holds a special place in my heart and Tristan just GOT that… so awesome!

For fans of the author, this is a series you’ll adore, if you haven’t picked up one of her stories yet, you’re absolutely missing out on greatness.

I highly recommend this to fans of great narrations, paranormal romances, historical romances, mysteries and great writing.

5 of 5 stars

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Audible Link

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The Arrangement by Felice Stevens

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Carter Haywood lives for the weekends—specifically the one weekend every month when he escapes real life, with all the pressures of work and caring for his special needs brother, to do whatever he wants, with whomever he wants. Sex is only a release; he’s not looking for love, a relationship or even a second night with the same man, until he walks into a bar and finds someone who makes leaving it all behind impossible. After one incredibly passionate encounter, he breaks his rule and goes back. He needs to see this man again. And again.

Damaged goods. That’s all Reed Kincaide sees and hears when he looks in the mirror. Anxiety and ADHD define his life and he’s learned to keep people at a distance, never letting them get close enough to know who he really is. When Carter proposes a monthly weekend of sex without strings, it’s the ideal arrangement for him. Or so he thinks. Every month, leaving Carter proves to be more and more difficult. It’s not only the intensely hot sex they have in their hotel suite; Reed wonders about the secret life Carter refuses to share.

As months pass and they grow closer Reed finds himself falling for Carter, but he needs more than hurried hugs and farewell kisses. He wants it all. Letting Reed into his carefully constructed family life could upset Carter’s whole world, but it might be the risk he’s finally willing to take, if it means keeping Reed. Once bodies are engaged, the heart is sure to follow, and Carter and Reed discover that holding on to each other is the first step in letting go of the past.

Review

Ahhhhh! This is the Felice Stevens I know and love. Carter and Reed are two damaged but absolutely redeemable characters who flourish in the other’s affections.

There are some outside forces in play, but really those are mostly only in the minds of the MCs themselves, and their past experiences.

The chemistry between these two is SMOKIN’! and the feels are very, very sweet.

For me, what makes this book so lovely, is that I was drawn in right away. The MCs meet and hook up relatively quickly and have fairly constant contact throughout the book. (I hate when the MCs spend pages and pages apart!) They do a fair job of communicating – even when Reed should be feeling very daunted by his brash proposal to change up the rules of their “arrangement” he knows enough to at least ask and not assume. (Yay grown ups!)

Though there is a lot of angst in the story, it’s not an angsty story at all.

Totally what I needed and highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Amazon Link

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Posted in 4.5, adult - 18+, Angst Level, Book, coming of age, Contemporary, DA, Friends to lovers, Gay, Heat Index, Hurt/Abuse, Hurt/comfort, Insta Love, m/m, Mid, Morgan, Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words), Purchased, Scorching | Leave a comment