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Audiobook Month: The Little Library by Kim Fielding Narrated by Andrew McFerrin

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/The-Little-Library-Audiobook/B07D3DC174?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=T8CNTED6R79SJE96E1JZ&

Blurb

Elliott Thompson was once a historian with a promising academic future, but his involvement in a scandal meant a lost job, public shame, and a ruined love life. He took shelter in his rural California hometown, where he teaches online classes, hoards books, and despairs of his future.

Simon Odisho has lost a job as well—to a bullet that sidelined his career in law enforcement. While his shattered knee recovers, he rethinks his job prospects and searches for the courage to come out to his close-knit but conservative extended family.

In an attempt to manage his overflowing book collection, Elliott builds a miniature neighborhood library in his front yard. The project puts him in touch with his neighbors—for better and worse—and introduces him to handsome, charming Simon. While romance blooms quickly between them, Elliott’s not willing to live in the closet, and his best career prospects might take him far away. His books have plenty to tell him about history, but they give him no clues about a future with Simon.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

Kim Fielding is a terrific writer, you can trust that any of her stories are always going to be an amazing journey with well-developed characters and a well-planned plot. This is a very gentle love story about two men who’ve had some struggles in their romantic pasts but are still willing to try.

I love the imagery of the little town bonding over books and the idea of book sharing as a community. (I wish things like that would happen!) While e-books are fantastic that is one major down side to the technology – fewer paper books to share. ☹

There wasn’t anything earth shaking in this, but the love between these guys and their personal growth was sweet and easily captivating.

This is the perfect book for people in the mood for something light, sweet and easy.

Highly recommended!

4 of 5 stars

Audio

 

Andrew McFerrin does a FANTASTIC job with this! He gives everyone a unique and appropriate voice and is wonderful on the non-dialog emotional scenes as well. He absolutely added to the overall experience and was a joy to listen to!

 

5 of 5 stars

 

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Release Day Blitz For Something About You by Riley Hart

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SOMETHING ABOUT YOU

RILEY HART

M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 06.19.18

Something About You Cover

COVER DESIGN: X-Potion Designs

PHOTOGRAPHER: Wilson Models

 

BLURB

Lucky Tyler Holloway has never felt particularly lucky. Frankly, he’s about as regular as can be. He works construction with his brothers, loves his small-town life, and shares a close bond with his family—especially his grandmother. Okay, so maybe he has a few secrets in his closet, like his bisexuality…and that other thing he doesn’t talk about… Maybe that’s why he’s always felt a little like an outsider.

Grayson St. Claire has it all: a dream job in LA, money, freedom. Saint has no attachments, which is just the way he likes it. Still, he’d be lying if he didn’t admit he missed his deceased parents who were the only family he had… Until he gets an e-mail from some guy named Tyler revealing the existence of a grandmother he’s never met, and prompting Saint to drop everything to drive across the country.

Saint and Tyler couldn’t be more different. Tyler hates the guy on sight, but there’s something about Tyler that gets under Saint’s skin. It’s not until they get to know one another that everything begins to change. But the Holloways and St. Claire’s have secrets, and their pasts are tied together in tragic ways they don’t know about. The odds are stacked against them and between their distance and their differences, Lucky and Saint have to admit that love alone might not be enough.

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EXCERPT

Fuck. He really hated Sienna right now. But the truth was, Tyler was attracted to Saint, and he sort of hated himself for it. Saint represented everything that annoyed the shit out of Tyler. He was arrogant and full of himself. He had money, and he wanted everyone to know it. He obviously had a grudge against or didn’t understand small-town life. They were too different, so the attraction didn’t make much sense. You don’t have to know or like someone to think they’re sexy. Ugh. Truth.

He shifted uncomfortably. “You’re crazy. I don’t even like the guy.”

“And?” Sienna asked. “Since when do we have to like someone to be attracted to them? I know you’re Mr. Nice Guy, but hate sex is some of the best sex you can have. Billy and I—”

“Can you not?” Tyler cut her off. “I don’t want to hear any more about your sex life with Billy, and there’s no chance I’d have sex with Saint—hate sex or not.” Jesus, were they really going to do this? “Plus…even if I wanted to have sex with him—which again, I don’t—I’m not into fucking someone I don’t like, especially the first time I’m with a man, and I’m sure he’s straight anyway.” Just like everyone assumed Tyler was straight…and he had himself until he’d admitted the attractions he’d felt.

He couldn’t believe he was having this conversation. He wanted to go back to before he’d admitted to Sienna he thought he might be bi. Well, he was pretty sure he was obviously bi. But it just felt…strange to have this conversation with her. To discuss his sexuality, which he was still working through himself, a sexuality he hadn’t yet explored outside of a kiss. How in the world did someone know if another man was gay or bi anyway? Hell, the man who kissed him had done it without any confirmation from Tyler. How had he known it wasn’t a quick way to get his ass beat—or worse?

Sienna reached over and patted his thigh. “Oh, my dear, sweet friend. You are so innocent sometimes. He was totally checking you out.”

“He was?” slipped out before Tyler could hold it back. “I mean, I don’t care if he was. I’m not interested. This isn’t a game to me, Si.”

She sighed, and he could see the guilt in her eyes. “You think I don’t know that? I want you to have every experience, though.” She moved the bowl from between them and leaned against his side. Tyler wrapped his arm around her, Sienna’s head in the crook. “I’m sorry. I know I’m a little much sometimes. I definitely don’t want to push away the one person who always stays. I don’t know what I’d ever do without you.”

“Hey.” He tilted her head toward him. “I’m not the only one who stays, and I’d never leave you. I hope you’re not talking about Billy either. You walked away from him, and you should have. That’s nothing on you.”

“I know. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.” She snuggled into him again, and he thought, not for the first time, how much easier life would be if he were in love with Sienna. Not just because she was a woman. There were other single women in town, and if he were interested, he could date them. He had dated some of them, but he and Sienna had always gotten each other on a different level. They understood each other and cared about each other. They had fun together, but anything other than friendship wasn’t there between them. Not on Tyler’s side, nor hers.

“I don’t ever want anything to hold you back. You’re the best person I know. Why shouldn’t you have every experience possible? Why shouldn’t you know what it’s like to be with a man? And he’s sort of the perfect person because he’s leaving and he wants to jump your bones. I could see it.”

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Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together.

She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves.

Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.

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Audiobook Month: Leaning into the Fall by Lane Hayes Narrated by Nick J Russo

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Leaning-into-the-Fall-Audiobook/B079RM5MQJ?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_2&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=XQW1YNJPWTQ8CQM34PP8&

Blurb
Nick Jorgensen is a quirky genius. He’s made a fortune in the competitive high tech field with his quick mind and attention to detail. He believes in hard work and trusting his gut. And he believes in karma. It’s the only thing that makes sense. People are difficult, but numbers never lie. In the disastrous wake of a broken engagement to an investor’s daughter, Nick is more certain than ever he isn’t relationship material.

Wes Conrad owns a thriving winery in Napa Valley. The relaxed atmosphere is a welcome departure from his former career as a high-rolling businessman. Wes’s laid-back nature is laced with a fierceness that appeals to Nick. In spite of his best intention to steer clear of complications, Nick can’t fight his growing attraction to the sexy older man who seems to understand him. Even the broken parts he doesn’t get himself. However, when Wes’s past collides with Nick’s present, both men will have to have to decide if they’re ready to lean into the ultimate fall.

Review
This was the story I enjoyed the most. This can be a stand-alone whereas the previous two books follow on from each other. Nick intrigued me in books 1&2. He didn’t know what he wanted and came across as a selfish person. This of course is the portrayal of the Nick Eric knows. Here we get to know Nick better, as he sees himself. Such was his behaviour that early on I began to wonder if he had an undiagnosed syndrome. This is never confirmed one or the other although there is some speculation on Wes’s part. There is a slight power dynamic between Nick and Wes, which made a very interesting angle to the story. Nick certainly seems to need a strong person by his side. This is an excellent story of personal growth. Not only for Nick but also for Wes. Both of them had to face up to aspects of themselves and their past to be able to build a future together. By far my favourite.
Nick J Russo’s narration is excellent. All the characters have their own distinct voices and their personalities come through. This is especially important in this story. Wes needed the strength Nick J Russo’s interpretation gave him to do justice to the character. Equally his interpretation of Nick Jorgensen gave him a compelling mix of desperation and strength. Definitely one I’ll be listening to again.

5 of stars out of 5

 

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Release Day Review: Mystic Man by E J Russell

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Dreamspinner Press

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/mystic-man-by-ej-russell-9676

 

Blurb

When a series of personal crises prompt risk-averse research librarian Aaron Templeton to apply for a job on the other side of the country, nobody is more surprised than he is. He nearly runs home before the final interview except for one little problem: he has no home anymore. He put his condo on the market before he left California and it’s already sold. Only an encounter with free-spirited Connecticut native Cody Brown at the Mystic Seaport Museum staves off Aaron’s incipient panic attack.
Cody loves nothing better than introducing newcomers to the great features of his beloved home state, and when the newbie in question is a rumpled professorial type with the saddest blue eyes on the planet? Score! The attraction between the two men deepens as they explore Cody’s favorite spots, but when difficulties arise and Aaron’s insecurities threaten to overwhelm him, will Cody’s love be enough to keep him in Mystic?

 

Review by Mary

Such a sweet story. It was a pleasure to read. Perfect for the times when you just want a bit of comfort. That hallmark effect. Aaron and Cody meet when Aaron is starting to panic about all the drastic changes he has made to his life on the spur of the moment. Aaron’s knight in shining armour. I loved Cody’s gentle wooing of Aaron. Taking into account all his insecurities. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was the part just before the ending. It felt unnecessary to leave Cody missing Aaron, but then again it made their reunion so much sweeter. Be assured there is a happy ending. Mystic certainly seems like a magical place.

 

3.5 of stars out of 5

 
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Review by Beth
This is a sweet story about taking chances. When faced with an unpleasant situation Aaron leaps feet first into change. Chance of a New job and new coast has him jumping on a plane to check it out. but once he’s there he completely panics.

Cody is a restless spirit, always running off for an adventure somewhere in the world. When he sees Aaron standing on the sidewalk it’s like “wow I have to talk to this guy!”

There is great give and take between them. As Cody takes Aaron around to see the sights, Aaron gets to see how much Connecticut has to offer. It’s a slow boil as the 2 get to know each other and off page sex keeps it PG.

A fun and easy story for a summer afternoon.

4 of 5 stars


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Audiobook Month: Prophesy (The King & Alpha #1) Audiobook by A.E. Via Narrated by Nathaniel Black

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Prophesy-Audiobook/B07DHRYQBZ?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_3&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=9RZC4B2GBMVBK6GPNEZT&

Blurb

Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age thirty-three, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice, himself is sometimes able to control.

His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing inside him was overtaking him.

Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full.

Chadwick ‘Wick’ Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over one-hundred years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved.

“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled.

This story DOES NOT contain/mention MPREG.
No multiple pairings. No cliffhangers. It ends with a very HFN.

 

Review

I LOVED this! I am so psyched to see AE Via come to audio! I really hope she finds the ability to do more of her books in audio. This ROCKED. Nathaniel Black OWNED this! He is able to do ALL the accents as well as carry the drama in between the dialog with panache.  The story itself is wonderful, too.

 

We have two enemies, both alphas in their own worlds, who have no expectation of mating and yet find themselves not only drawn to one another but absolutely NEEDING the other. It was GLORIOUS! I love that uncontrollable passion and the feelings that come with it. Via is also gifted at giving us a good amount of action and adventure but not enough to detract from the base of the story which is our MCs falling in love.

 

There’s a good bit of humor, lots of hot mate sex, and LOADS of shifting and biting!

 

Absolute perfection, read by a true performer!

 

I cannot rate this highly enough!

 

6 of 5 stars

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Release Day Review: Something About You by Riley Hart

 

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Goodreads – Something About You

BLURB
Lucky Tyler Holloway has never felt particularly lucky. Frankly, he’s about as regular as can be. He works construction with his brothers, loves his small-town life, and shares a close bond with his family—especially his grandmother. Okay, so maybe he has a few secrets in his closet, like his bisexuality…and that other thing he doesn’t talk about… Maybe that’s why he’s always felt a little like an outsider.

Grayson St. Claire has it all: a dream job in LA, money, freedom. Saint has no attachments, which is just the way he likes it. Still, he’d be lying if he didn’t admit he missed his deceased parents who were the only family he had… Until he gets an e-mail from some guy named Tyler revealing the existence of a grandmother he’s never met, and prompting Saint to drop everything to drive across the country.

Saint and Tyler couldn’t be more different. Tyler hates the guy on sight, but there’s something about Tyler that gets under Saint’s skin. It’s not until they get to know one another that everything begins to change. But the Holloways and St. Claire’s have secrets, and their pasts are tied together in tragic ways they don’t know about. The odds are stacked against them and between their distance and their differences, Lucky and Saint have to admit that love alone might not be enough.

Review

I loved this! This is all about breaking free of expectations, explorations, self-discovery and a slow, simmering, solid path to true love. There is a LOT of sex but it is all really “moving the story forward” sex and not gratuitous.

 

The feelz are strong and deep and my only complaint is that we didn’t get to see more of our couple in the future… I think that would be an important piece for these two guys.

 

In any case, fans of the author will love this, gay virgin fans, friends to lovers and small town romance fans, as well.

 

Highly recommended!

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Guest Post: EJ Russell for Mystic Man

Many thanks to Open Skye for inviting me to stop by today as part of the Mystic Man blog tour! Mystic Man is a contemporary novella set in Connecticut, part of Dreamspinner’s States of Love collection. To celebrate the release, at the end of the tour I’ll be giving away a $20 Amazon gift card and an ebook copy of Clickbait (another of my contemporary romantic comedies) to one lucky commenter.

As part of my writing process, I always try to find a picture of an actor or some other public figure who fits my general mental image of my main characters. I do this because I am so not a visual person—and because description is the hardest thing for me to write. Dialogue? Heh. No problem. My characters can natter on to each other until the cows come home. My first drafts tend to look more like screenplays than novels with all of the verbal sniping.
But then I have to get down to work and describe things—their home, their clothing, their hair and eyes and skin and…stuff. It’s much easier for me to jump-start my writer’s brain if I’ve got a picture to look at than if I try to close my eyes and imagine things. (When I close my eyes, I hear words—I don’t necessarily see images, which is something that I used to argue endlessly about with one of my friends who’s an artist. But I’m an auditory learner. He’s visual. Our brains are wired differently.)
So since I can’t see my character’s hair and eyes and skin and…stuff in my head, I collect visual aids in the form of online photos. I cast them, as if I were casting a play or movie.
When I was “casting” Mystic Man, my mental image for Aaron, my historian/librarian, was Anthony Head as Giles in Buffy. What can I say? It was the glasses—and the fact that Giles’s natural habitat was the library as he delved into the historical archives to help Buffy fight the good fight—that made that one a no-brainer.
I’m not sure exactly why I zeroed in on ice dancer Charlie White as my image for Cody. I know that Charlie’s last name was why I decided to use another colorful name—Brown—for Cody’s surname.
I’ve always been fascinated by Charlie White as an ice dancer. I mean, back in his competitive World/Olympic champion days with Meryl Davis, he didn’t look like someone who could be into such an intricate and mannered and regulated sport. With that fabulous mop of blond hair and that grin? Let’s face it. He was Surfer Dude on Ice.
That’s one of the things I loved about him—the juxtaposition, the contradiction, the playing against type. This video is from 2014 when Charlie and Meryl won their Olympic gold medal. In the first piece (my favorite), their original dance to a My Fair Lady medley, Charlie’s whole attitude and demeanor is exactly Cody’s enthusiasm and joy.

I told Brooke Albrecht, my cover designer, that Cody looked like Charlie—especially the hair—and she found the perfect cover model!

Mystic Man
A States of Love Novella
When a series of personal crises prompt risk-averse research librarian Aaron Templeton to apply for a job on the other side of the country, nobody is more surprised than he is. He nearly runs home before the final interview except for one little problem: he has no home anymore. He put his condo on the market before he left California and it’s already sold. Only an encounter with free-spirited Connecticut native Cody Brown at the Mystic Seaport Museum staves off Aaron’s incipient panic attack.

Cody loves nothing better than introducing newcomers to the great features of his beloved home state, and when the newbie in question is a rumpled professorial type with the saddest blue eyes on the planet? Score! The attraction between the two men deepens as they explore Cody’s favorite spots, but when difficulties arise and Aaron’s insecurities threaten to overwhelm him, will Cody’s love be enough to keep him in Mystic?

Buy links:

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Author bio:
E.J. Russell–grace, mother of three, recovering actor–writes romance in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst and happy endings.

Reality? Eh, not so much.

She’s married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. also loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and B) would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and Satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).

E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

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Audiobook Month: The Long Way Home by Z.A. Maxfield, narrated by J.F Harding

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Long-Way-Home-Audiobook/B01MQGGZ71?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_4&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=4GVDMJXBB991JR8MT96Z&

Blurb:
Ever since the accident that cost him his job on the Seattle police force, Kevin Quinn has been living with psychic abilities he refers to as the ‘gift that keeps on taking’. His attempts to use his talents to help the police have been met with limited success. Yet, when teenage boys start going missing from the beach cities of Southern California, Kevin gets on a plane.
Connor Dougal has every reason to believe all psychics are fakes and charlatans. He’s still numb from the disappearance of his first love, a boy who went missing 10 years earlier. Everything he aspires to is a direct result of that tragedy, even the acquisition of his detective shield. The irony of having to babysit Kevin Quinn is not lost on him.
These two suspicious men must develop trust and respect for one another to solve the case and, on the way, maybe fall in love.

Review:

A good story with great narration.
Kevin is a reluctant psychic (the ‘gift’ manifests after an accident). He’s asked to work on a missing persons case where he meets Connor. Connor is assigned to assist Kevin in the investigation; at first they don’t get along, but very quickly they develop a rapport which leads to a mutual attraction. As they grow closer, the mystery of the disappearances unfolds. There is quite a bit of wit and humour in the story that kept me engaged throughout.

Story: 4 of 5 stars

Narration:JF Harding was really good! This was my first time listening to him after which I bought a couple more books that he’s narrated. His pacing, inflections and timing was spot on for the characters. The subtle humour and wit of the prose was nicely voiced and he portrayed the dynamics and chemistry of the 2 MC’s very well.
Definitely a story I will listen to again.

 

5 of 5 stars

 

Overall: 4.5 stars out of 5

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Guest Post: Bru Baker for Under a Blue Moon!

BB: Thanks for joining me on Open Skye Book Reviews today! I’ve got an exclusive excerpt from my latest release, Under a Blue Moon, which is the second book in the Camp H.O.W.L. series.

One of the things I had the most fun with this time around was focusing more on what kinds of activities a luxury werewolf camp would offer. These kids aren’t going to be satisfied with canoeing and lawn darts, so I had to get creative. Since Nick and Drew are new hires at Camp H.O.W.L., they’ve been asked to sample all of the camp’s classes–it doesn’t go over so well with Nick.

 

Excerpt:
“I’m not saying I won’t do it, but it’s ridiculous. I mean, werewolf yoga? Really?”
“I believe they just call it yoga, but go ahead.” Drew crossed his arms and gestured for Nick to continue.
Nick growled and tossed the class schedule he’d been holding onto the table. They’d closed down lunch in the mess hall ten minutes ago, so they were the only people in the room. He’d held it together when Anne Marie had given him the schedule, but now that the wolflings were out of earshot, he wanted to vent.
“I can’t believe she’s making us take all of the classes.”
“It makes a lot of sense if you think about it. I mean, more for you than me, but I’m willing to do it along with you. Think of it as orientation. This way you’ve experienced everything your wolflings will while they’re here. It’ll make it easier for you to commiserate with them when they complain about Kaylee’s gong.”
Nick gave him a flat look. “She does not have a gong.”
“Oh, but she does. It’s part of her centering exercises during meditation.”
“Meditation?” Nick grabbed the paper, scanning it with wild eyes. “Oh, you have got to be kidding me. Ninety minutes of meditation?”
“With gongs,” Drew said helpfully.
Nick didn’t have time for this. Harris had been held up at the compound out on Catalina Island, which meant Nick and Kenya were still splitting his counseling load. He’d already had four sessions this morning, and he still had a list of check-ins that was longer than his arm. And now Anne Marie wanted him to sample all the classes Camp H.O.W.L. had to offer? Was she crazy?
“We’ve got tonight and all weekend,” Drew said with a smug smile. “You don’t teach any weekend classes, and wolflings can’t schedule sessions during those hours anyway because they’re required to be in class.”
When had Drew become an expert on his schedule? Not that he was wrong. He wasn’t. But somehow they’d managed to get wrapped up in each other’s business. Nick knew Drew’s clinic schedule better than his own session schedule, which definitely was clear this afternoon and all weekend.
“Fine. We can’t do all this in one weekend, though. There have to be twenty classes there.”
“So we do six this weekend and six next weekend, and so on and so forth until we’ve taken all the classes on the list at least once. You’ll have to find some time to sit in on the weekday classes too, you know.”
Nick knew that, but that was different. He could see the value in taking Harris’s class on social media or even Drew’s class on werewolf health. But yoga? Meditation? Horseback riding?
“Does that say Ultimate Frisbee?” He shoved the schedule at Drew, who laughed.
“It’s a big thing in cities, I think. Don’t tell me there isn’t Ultimate Frisbee in Denver.”
Nick was sure there was, but he was also sure he didn’t care. At least that session was only thirty minutes.
“How about we make it interesting?” Drew suggested. “Put a wager on it. I bet you I can kick your ass at whatever we do this weekend.”
Nick slitted his eyes at him. “Who picks?”
“If we’re doing six, we can each pick three.”
“And who decides if an ass-kicking has been administered? Assuming, of course, they’re not peeling you off the floor. Because I think that’s an automatic win.”
Drew smirked. “We’ll let the instructor decide who was better.”
“What’s the wager?”
“A favor.”
Nick opened his eyes and studied Drew. He looked innocent enough, but his heart was going a mile a minute. He either had something up his sleeve, or he knew he had no chance in hell of beating a werewolf.
“Fine. I pick fencing, agility training, and swimming.”
Drew held a hand out to shake. “Yoga, meditation, and martial arts.”
Oh, it was on.

Blurb:
Once in a blue moon, opposites find they’re a perfect match.

Nick Perry is tired of helping people with their marriages, so when a spot opens up to work with teens at Camp H.O.W.L., he jumps at it. He doesn’t expect to fall in lust with the dreamy new camp doctor, Drew Welch. But Drew is human, and Nick has seen secrets ruin too many relationships to think that a human/werewolf romance can go anywhere.

Happy-go-lucky Drew may not sprout claws, but he’s been part of the Were community all his life. He has no trouble fitting in at the camp—except for Nick’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing attraction between them, and his ridiculous stance on dating humans. Fate intervenes when one of Drew’s private practice patients threatens his life. Will the close call help Nick to see a connection like theirs isn’t something to let go of?

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Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor.

Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. She now balances her time between writing and working at a Midwestern library in the reference department. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.

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Release Day Review: The Best Worst Honeymoon by Andrew Grey

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-best-worst-honeymoon-ever-by-andrew-grey-9640-b

Blurb: How can heartbreak turn into happily ever after?

Tommy Gordon is all set for happily ever after—until heartbreak strikes when his husband-to-be leaves him at the altar. In a bid for distraction, his best friend, Grayson Phillips, suggests he takes advantage of the luxury honeymoon anyway! But the last thing Tommy wants is to go alone, so he invites Grayson and his son, Petey, along.
Beautiful Bonaire lends itself to romance, and along with close quarters, relaxing on the water, and a matchmaking kid, Tommy and Grayson soon find themselves closer than ever… and considering more, much to Grayson’s delight. But before they can plan the best best honeymoon ever, dark clouds descend in the form of Tommy’s ex and a sting from paradise that could ruin everything.

Review: Another simple, sweet Andrew Grey story.
This is an ideal “at the beach” read. Tommy and Grayson have been friends for a long time. When Tommy is jilted on his wedding day, Grayson is the shoulder he leans on through the ordeal, (along with a supportive family).
The story doesn’t break new ground in the ‘jilted at the altar’ and ‘best friend to lover’ tropes, but the story flows nicely. Even though I knew that ‘the ex shows up with regrets for breaking it off’ portion of the story was coming up, I wanted to see how it would play out. The 2 MCs had their own (real life) issues, but they worked them out drama-free.
Overall, this is a sweet, uncomplicated romance, best enjoyed with a nice glass of *whatever you like to drink* ☺

3.5 stars out of 5


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