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Sean Michael’s Guest Post and Excerpt for Golden!

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OS: Welcome to Sean Michael, author of Golden . Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us today.

SM:

Thank you very much to Open Skye Book Reviews for hosting me today.

I’m not a sports fanatic. I know a bit about most of the most common ones, but I don’t watch any on TV and I rarely see any of them in person. The Olympics come around, though, and I’m glued to my TV for two weeks straight – this is true for both winter and summer Olympics.

I pay attention to the announcers and am suddenly an expert in all these different sports that I have not seen in two years. Everything from fencing to dirt bikes. From boxing to weightlifting. The men’s swimming and gymnastics have always been my favorite. I guess that’s why they’re the ones that have inspired stories. Including this one.

Golden is a different take on the swimmer/coach relationship, seeing as it takes place after Justin has retired from swimming, but it’s still inspired by watching the summer Olympics and I hope you like it.

 

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Blurb:

After winning Olympic gold four years ago, Justin retired from swimming, and he’s been floundering ever since. The Fourth of July finds him contemplating doing something stupid, so Justin calls up his former coach, Chris Jarvis. To his surprise, Coach answers.

When Justin retired, Chris cut all ties with the swimmer he’d fallen in love with. He never wanted Justin to love him just because it was easy. But he’s been waiting for Justin to reach out, and he’ll gladly take Justin back into his life.

When he finds out Justin is drowning in a pool of self-doubt and the belief that his happy years are behind him, Chris realizes he made a mistake letting go so suddenly, and that Justin needs structure and a firm, dominant hand to keep him on the right track. It’s time to remedy his error—as long as he can convince Justin that it’s really love.

 

Buy links

Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/golden-by-sean-michael-8497-b

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Sean-Michael-ebook/dp/B0727WVC3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1494599671&sr=1-1&keywords=golden+sean+michael

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/golden-sean-michael/1114709692?ean=2940157571023

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/golden-29

 

 

Excerpt:

 

What am I doing? Justin sat in Coach’s car, heading toward the house he’d called home for years. What am I doing?

“This is a good thing, Just.”

“Is it? For you?” He gnawed on his lower lip.

“For both of us. I wouldn’t do this just for me.”

“I just… I’m…. Two hours ago I was standing on my balcony.” Thinking about jumping into the pool.

“Drinking and getting yourself worked up enough you called me.”

“I wanted to hear your voice.” Needed to, maybe.

“I’m glad you called. I’ve missed you a lot.” They turned onto the street where Coach lived.

“Why didn’t you call?” Why did you tell me to go and that I couldn’t come back?

“Because it wouldn’t have been right to put you in my bed and keep you. You had to find your own way in the world.” They pulled into the garage, and Coach shut off the engine, turned to him. “I wasn’t going to take advantage of you, Just.”

“Take advantage? I was twenty-three. I wasn’t a kid. You were my home, man.”

“I was your coach, I told you what to do every day, and then I wasn’t your coach anymore and it wasn’t my place. You think I did the wrong thing? You think what I did tonight I should have done right after you retired?”

“I don’t know. I don’t….” Justin got out of the car, went to hit the garage door opener to close it. He needed to go home. Think.

Coach climbed out and looped an arm around his waist, led him into the house. “I did the right thing, Just. You didn’t even know if you were into me or not. You needed to go out and see what else the world had to offer.”

 

Bio:

 

Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

 

Sean Michael on the web:

 

WEBSITE: http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com

BLOG: http://seanmichaelwrites.blogspot.ca

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites/

TWITTER: seanmichael09

INSTAGRAM: seanmichaelpics

 

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Catch and Release (The Release #3) Audiobook by BA Tortuga Narrated by Lou Lambert

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/catch-and-release-by-ba-tortuga-8465-b

Blurb

Dakota Landry just got out of prison after twelve years. If anyone can understand how that feels, it’s his new friend, Sage, who is determined to help him get used to life on the outside—and believes Dakota didn’t commit the crime he was in for.

Jayden Wilson is a former prosecutor who agrees to look into the case at the request of Sage’s lover, Adam. He sets out to prove Dakota is just another “innocent” ex-con, but once they meet, Jayden is more and more convinced Dakota just didn’t do what everyone thinks he did.

Trouble follows Dakota, and nothing is easy as he struggles to figure out how to live, now that he has choices. And Jayden isn’t sure how Dakota, or any lover for that matter, fits into his life. Their path from friendship to romance is a slow one, but Dakota begins to believe he deserves a chance at life, and Jayden falls a little more for Dakota every day. Now they just need to tell each other how they feel.

Review

(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

This is book three in a series and it’s a heartbreaking group of men BA Tortuga has given us.

We met Sage and Adam in book one – and the hard, hard life Sage led, inspires him to help others, in this case, Dakota.

Dakota is a character that thoroughly smashed my heart to pieces. GAH! I cannot imagine living his life and yet he’s still persevering and trying to live his life when I think many others would have given up. He’s an amazing character.

Jayden is a bit more difficult to pin down. He’s a lawyer, and in the beginning, he’s only interested in Dakota’s case because he’s bored. Later, he admits to maintaining the research into the case because he’s attracted to Dakota. At some point these feelings deepen, but I honestly think it was his “lawyerly” interest that drove this primarily.

I have to say that I’m a big fan of this series and I’d really, loved books one and two. I was looking forward to this once I’d read the blurb because I’ve seen how well BA Tortuga can handle “broken” men and turn them around.

Unfortunately, I was left a little bewildered by the end of this story.

What worked for me: Dakota’s story. It’s one of triumph, perseverance, strong-willed, growth, discovery and faith. If you read this as a story about a man leaving prison and re-discovering life – who happens to be gay – then I think this story “works” really well.

I also loved seeing the guys from books one and two. It’s always nice seeing old MCs and following up in their lives again.

What didn’t work for me was Jayden and the “romance”. Jayden never felt like he really connected with Dakota, or vice versa. I’m just not sure how well they fit. The chemistry wasn’t there nor was there more than just a friendship/lawyer connection. For the reasons given below and more, I just didn’t feel their love like I had with other couples by this author.

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I think that this would have been better listed as gay literature, because the bulk of this is Dakota’s life story. Jayden’s presence as his lawyer and friend were more important than as his lover. It was too platonic and didn’t feel authentic to me.

If you’re a fan of the author or this series you’ll probably want to at least give this a look. If you’re new to the author/series I wouldn’t start here.

3 of 5 stars

Audio

Lou Lambert is a new narrator to me and his voice is definitely “western” – which fits the characters, but he’s a bit older sounding than I thought the characters would be.  He does a fairly nice job as far as being clear and easy to understand.  He didn’t do a lot to differentiate characters and he wasn’t great with expressing different emotions.  He gives the listener that “country” feeling and is an acceptable way to listen to this, but it didn’t really add to my overall enjoyment, nor did it change my overall rating.

 

3 of 5 stars

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Beach Balls by Tara Lain Review by Dee

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/beach-balls-by-tara-lain-8440-b

Blurb

Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. But coming out would threaten all he’s built as the lead attorney for WMA Development, and the million dollars he can get when he finishes pushing a big land remediation project through the City Council. Then on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to live a different life. But Adam’s dreams are shattered when he walks into the council meeting and finds the fire-breathing environmentalist who’s screwing up his chances of winning is none other than that same beautiful man. Sky Sea Mickeljohn doesn’t compromise, so how could he find himself lusting after a damned developer? And what happens when somebody open’s Adam’s closet door? These two better start telling the truth if they’re ever going to find world peace.

Review by Dee

This is a fun, ‘opposites attract’ story. I liked the premise – a developer, Adam, finds out that the guy he has a thing for, Sky, is an environmentalist and that they are on opposites sides of a development project. I wasn’t a fan of Adam at first – he didn’t speak up when his colleagues made bigoted comments – but I warmed to him as he started to become more honest with himself about his values and sexuality.

Sky was nice, though he exuded a ‘righteous’ environmentalist zeal. The flaws in both men were a product of their upbringing/life experiences, part of their backstory (which we find out during the course of the story). Both men fall pretty fast and hard for each other, but there are bumps on the way to their eventual HEA. Both men have to reassess their priorities and beliefs to make things work.

I enjoyed reading Beach Balls and will try others in the series.

 

3.5 of 5 stars

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Before You Break by K C Wells and Parker Williams

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/before-you-break-by-parker-williams-and-kc-wells-8508-b

Blurb
Six years ago Ellis walked into his first briefing as the newest member of London’s Specialist Firearms unit. He was partnered with Wayne and they became fast friends. When Wayne begins to notice changes—Ellis’s erratic temper, the effects of sleep deprivation—he knows he has to act before Ellis reaches his breaking point. He invites Ellis to the opening of the new BDSM club, Secrets, where Wayne has a membership. His purpose? He wants Ellis to glimpse the lifestyle before Wayne approaches him with a proposition. He wants to take Ellis in hand, to control his life because he wants his friend back, and he figures this is the only way to do it.
There are a few issues, however. Ellis is straight. Stubborn. And sexy. Wayne knows he has to put his own feelings aside to be what Ellis needs. What surprises the hell out of him is finding out what Ellis actually requires.

Review by Beth

I loved this book!

This is a spin off or continuation of the Collars and Cuffs series and we get to see many of our favorite characters. Eli and Jarrod have moved to London and bought, updated and reopened the local BDSM club. Wayne introduces Ellis to the club on opening night and from there our story develops.

Wayne is the perfect person/Dom to Ellis. I liked how he was firm but not controlling. So much of Wayne’s Dom personality was integrated into his everyday life and everyone looked to him to guide them through their work situations. When he approached Ellis about starting a dom/sub relationship, he wasn’t heavy handed, he was reassuring and low key about it.

Ellis was a mess. He just wants to keep everyone happy and it was now affecting both his personal and work life, as well as him not taking care of himself. As Wayne and Ellis continue to explore and learn each other, it is probably one of the most caring exploration into BDSM I’ve ever seen.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Review by Mary

I am a fan of the Collars and Cuffs series and Before you Break has not disappointed. Eli and Jarod from Dom of Ages (Collars and Cuffs #7) have opened a new BDSM club in London called Secrets. I was just as excited to see a surprise cameo visit by Joe and Ollie from the Tales from the Edge series by L.M. Somerton. Wonderful surprise, left me dreaming of possible crossover stories.

The way that Ellis and Wayne’s relationship progressed kept me hooked. Wayne and Ellis have been friends for years but recently Ellis had been behaving erratically and it worried Wayne. Ellis is against seeing a therapist. Wayne knows he can help but will Ellis let him. Ellis’s family dynamics is complicated and causes tension between him and Wayne.

The scenes between Wayne and Ellis are terrific. So hot. Ellis is completely new to BDSM and the way Wayne introduces him to all the different aspects is sensitively done. The anticipation of how will Ellis react to being a sub and participating in scenes is palpable. The majority of the story is from Ellis’s POV but we do get Wayne’s POV as the Dom and Ellis partner.

This is an excellent link between the Collars and Cuffs series and the start of the new Secrets Series. There is enough of the allure from Collars and Cuffs without it seeming to be repetitious. From reading Before you Break I can tell Secrets will be an excellent series in its own right.

 

5 of 5 stars

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Wolfmanny
 Audiobook by Julia Talbot 
narrated by Joseph Morgan

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wolfmanny-by-julia-talbot-8464-b

Blurb

 
Three hot werewolves, sexual tension thick enough to cut with a knife, an impending Colorado winter, and a rambunctious pack of werewolf pups. Stand back and watch the fur fly.

When Kenneth Marcon loses his nanny to a bite from one of his inherited kids, he knows he needs someone strong to contain five werewolf children. What he finds isn’t a stalwart nanny, but a werewolf manny named Jack. Kenneth and his assistant, Miles, aren’t sure if Jack is what they need, but he’s what they have to work with.

Jack’s got what it takes to keep the kids busy—and attract both Miles’s and Kenneth’s attention. The two old friends have been circling each other for years, but with Jack as the final piece to the puzzle, it’s time to finally act on those urges. When Kenneth is forced to travel instead of solidifying the bond with his new mates, Jack and Miles take desperate measures to get him back, even as they save the kids from one disaster after another. Amidst the chaos, they have to learn how to become not just a pack, but a family

Review

I must admit whilst listening to this story I kept expecting something to happen, some drama but it’s not like that this is a lovely sweet family story. I thought I would get more hot romance but what there was was fine. Jack is employed as the manny to Kenneth’s nieces and nephews and they have a reputation as trouble. The children are charming and the twins are particularly cute.The beta Miles adores his Alpha Kenneth but they have never taken anything further. It takes Jack’s interest in Miles to light the spark leading to Kenneth, Miles and Jack becoming mates. It’s heartening to see all the children loved and for this to be as much about becoming a family as it is the three wolves finding their Mates.

This is the first book I’ve listened to narrated by Joseph Morgan. There is a lot of characters to give a voice to including a teenage girl and 3 year olds. Overall he does a pretty good job, he brings out the emotions and pace of the story. Kenneth sounded a bit robotic at times but that could be part of the characterisation.

I wouldn’t say this book will go on my listen again list but it was nice enough and I am interested in any future Nose to Tail books.

3.5 of 5 stars

 

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Author Spotlight: Cardeno C Blue Mountain (Pack Story 1) Audiobook narrated by Sean Crisden

Audible Link
http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Blue-Mountain-Audiobook/B00RD95VZK/ref=a_search_c4_1_6_srTtl?qid=1492135222&sr=1-6

Blurb
Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home. A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone.

Review by Morgan

Though our pair of MCs spend almost 90% of the book NOT mated, I still love this book very much!  They bicker and neither of them follows the “rules” of the pack.  It’s interesting thinking about mating and their “knowledge” from Simon’s standpoint and I love that Cardeno isn’t afraid to give us strong female lead characters like Donia, as well.

Audio

 I absolutely loved how Sean Crisden portrayed “Mitch”. He gave him a low, sultry, and a bit growly and very delicious “alpha” voice. Sean differentiated Freddy from Mitch as well as from Simon and managed to make Donia sound like I would expect in my head.
I really enjoy Sean’s narrations and I think this narration pushed Cardeno’s story to an even more enjoyable level. It was amazing! I would absolutely recommend listening to this one as it gave me shivers on more than one occasion.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Review by Dee

While I really liked the story, this review is about the narration.

Sean Crisden has a great voice and made listening to the novella a pleasure. I had no trouble distinguishing between Mitch and his brother (both Alpha types). I loved the way Sean voiced Simon, he captured his vulnerability and strength, so I had no trouble feeling for his character. There were nuances in the narration – you could tell when Mitch was talking to everyone else and when he spoke to Simon by the tone – it was always softer, non-threatening for Simon.

This is a good story with a really good narration; an audiobook that I will listen to again and again.

4 of 5 stars

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Jase (Kennedy Ink. #4) by Jenny Wood

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Jase-Kennedy-Ink-Jenny-Wood-ebook/dp/B072HZ28SG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1495051670&sr=1-1&keywords=jase+wood

Blurb

Jase is home from college and is nervous to tell his family that he’s wanting to stay home for good.
Stopping by the shop on his way into town, he meets the new guy; Joker.
Quiet, mysterious and ridiculously gorgeous; he doesn’t seem to like Jase, too much.
Or does he?

Fresh out of prison and trying to start his life over as an adult, he finds work at the shop with the Kennedy’s
and their fella’s. Little brother Jase comes home for the summer and everything Joker is working to rebuild is
threatened… Especially when Jody finds out where he’s been and why….

Love em’ or hate em’… this is Jase and Joker’s story…

No cheating, no cliffhanger, HEA or HFN, more to come 🙂

Review

This is another excellent series! I love the hurt/comfort we get in Jenny Wood’s stories. Jase, we met earlier, is back from college, but still feeling at loose ends and like he still doesn’t quite trust that he has family or a home. Joker has a very, very sad story to tell and his life has shaped him, as well.

Unlike some of the others in this series, this wasn’t quite as tear-jerking, though it does have it’s moments.

I also didn’t feel as connected to Joker and Jase as I did previous couples – but I get the sense there’s more of these two to come – and maybe that will help.

I didn’t love this as much as the others in this series, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I still think the author needs a good editor as there are still a distracting amount of grammatical errors.

While you can probably read this as a standalone, I really think this story needs the background from previous books to really give it substance, so I don’t recommend you read this without having read the other Kennedy Ink books.

4 of 5 stars

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Guest Post with Diana Copland, author of Michael, Reinvented

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OS: Welcome to Diana Copland, author of Michael, Reinvented! She’s stopped by to talk with us about her latest book.

DC:
Hi, Morgan!! Thank you so much for allowing me to write a blog post for Open Skye Book Reviews and for the release of ‘Michael, Reinvented’.

‘Michael, Reinvented’ is the sequel to ‘David, Renewed’. It’s a continuation of the ‘Delta Restorations’ Series, the stories of the men who begin a company specializing in the renovation and restoration of old homes. Rather than update and modernize, their goal is to take vintage homes back to their former glory. Today I thought I’d share a section of the book where David, Jackson, Michael and Gil tour the turn of the century ‘O’Banyon Mansion’, a job that could put ‘Delta Restorations’ on the map and change all of their lives forever.

Michael pulled his car to a stop, parking as close to the snow berm as he dared while still leaving room to open his door. Fortunately he was thin and could fit in the small space; even as he left the vehicle’s warm interior and straightened, traffic zoomed by inches from his car. The enormous house where he was scheduled to meet David and Jackson loomed above the wide, busy one-way street heading into downtown. He was relieved that even while parallel parking on the “wrong” side of the street was a bitch, at least he didn’t have to play Russian roulette with speeders while he navigated across two lanes of traffic. He’d only have to climb over the dirty, icy pile of snow the plows had left when they cleared the streets.
He grabbed his messenger bag, then cursed under his breath as he scaled the slippery three-foot pile of ice. A wide driveway cut in down the hill about fifty yards from where he stood, but he could see himself slipping and sliding on black ice and landing on his ass in front of rush-hour traffic. The winter had felt so long; he couldn’t wait for the temperatures to rise and some of the filthy snow piled all over town to melt. Going out after dark, when the temperatures plummeted, exacerbated everything.
Even with the parking negatives, when David told him where they were going for the bid, Michael grew excited about this possible job. Of course, David was pretty much excited about everything and had been since Jackson’s proposal two weeks before. Michael could give him a pass. Jackson was gorgeous, they were mad for one another, and he supposed a wedding was the natural outcome for couples like them. What wasn’t welcome or easily forgiven was the seed of longing watching Jackson propose had planted in Michael’s chest. He prided himself on his disinterest in the whole “happily ever after” pile of crap, believing it was impossible for a gay man to ever truly find his other half. Then he watched Jackson get down on one knee and ask David to marry him. He saw someone get his Prince Charming, and a longing unlike anything he’d ever felt rocked him to his core. He didn’t like it.
Once he was over the berm—skidding the last two feet until he could steady himself in the softer snow on the lawn—Michael finally straightened, looking up at the house they were going to tour.
Of course, he was aware of the Patrick O’Banyon Mansion. It was like the Mercer Hotel, the turn-of-the-century jewel the same man had built downtown. You didn’t live in the area and not know the story of the mining millionaire who was considered one of the founding fathers. Brash and egotistical, Irish immigrant Paddy O’Banyon had owned a silver mine in Northern Idaho and had his mansion built on the hill in eastern Washington in 1894 so his Boston-born bride would have other stylish people to socialize with. At the turn of the twentieth century, most of the local well-heeled crowd had made their fortune through mining or railroads or both. Michael hadn’t grown up locally, but even he knew the story of the people who’d built downtown. Some of the families had even stayed. Old money was currently being used by a new generation on remodeling buildings of similar age in the downtown corridor. But this house was the crown jewel, situated on the hill, visible for miles. Michael had heard the stories about the house, even though he’d never been inside. It was on the National Registry of Historic Homes and had been a bridal destination until the last few years, when the owners were no longer able to afford the upkeep. It had changed hands recently, but whoever purchased it was keeping a low profile.
Some said it was haunted. As Michael stared up at the Tudor beams and slate that decorated the front of the old house, he could believe it. A cross between an English country manor and a Craftsman, the house had a great stone arch above the fifteen stairs leading to a porch that wrapped around the entirety of the twelve-thousand-square-foot house. There was even a place on the side where the balustrade was interrupted so carriages could unload their passengers directly onto the porch. It was a testament to the era when the house was built, and Michael was surprised it had never been remodeled. In fact, the whole structure seemed an anachronism, an old-fashioned house in a modern world. It needed paint where it peeled from the heavy beams. The dusting of snow added a bit of charm to the roofs and chimneys and windowsills, but the slate rock that formed the foundation looked dingy, gray, ugly.
What Michael saw in front of him would be an enormous job, even if it was just the exterior. But David had told him they were there to see the first two floors. This was a job that might, as David suggested, make it so they could actually get Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design up and rolling. There were seven of them at the first meeting, all who had conditionally joined the business. They were doing smaller jobs, and their sign, the delta triangle with elegant black script, was currently in the front yards of three vintage homes on the hill. But something like this? All of them would be able to pull a paycheck. Michael didn’t care if the ghosts were playing Parcheesi in the parlor; he was in.

Thank you again, and I hope you and your readers enjoy ‘Michael, Reinvented’!!!

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/michael-reinvented-by-diana-copland-8484-b

Blurb

Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.

Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.

Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.

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Summer Lessons (Winter Ball #2) Audiobook by Amy Lane Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/summer-lessons-by-amy-lane-8450-b

Blurb

Mason Hayes’s love life has a long history of losers who don’t see that Mason’s heart is as deep and tender as his mouth is awkward. He wants kindness, he wants love—and he wants someone who thinks sex is as fantastic as he does. When Terry Jefferson first asks him out, Mason thinks it’s a fluke: Mason is too old, too boring, and too blurty to interest someone as young and hot as his friend’s soccer teammate.

The truth is much more painful: Mason and Terry are perfectly compatible, and they totally get each other, but Terry is still living with his toxic, suffocating parent and Mason doesn’t want to be a sugar daddy. Watching Terry struggle to find himself is a long lesson in patience, but Mason needs to trust that the end result will be worth it, because finally, he’s found a man worth sharing his heart with.

Review
(Book Previously Reviewed Here)

So, you remember Mason as the executive who kept flirting with Skip and then later played golf with him. He’s a great guy who’s a bit socially awkward and hasn’t had much luck with men. His latest ex tossed him over for his boss and that, coupled with his brother, Dane’s, troubles instigated his move to Sacramento from San Francisco. He’s got a wonderfully supportive family and a job he excels at, but he’s lonely.

Terry is another guy on the soccer team that plays with Skip. He can’t be “gay” because his mother would never allow it and he still lives with her. He’s working a fairly low-paying job and doesn’t love it, but he doesn’t know how to do anything differently. His mother has pretty much convinced him he’s worthless and beholden to her for his very existence.

There is absolutely NO WAY these two should ever hook-up, much less have any chance at something long term. But somehow – they just click.

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Just like Winter Ball showed us two blue collar guys trying to make the best of their lives and to rise above mediocrity by claiming something for their very own, Summer Lessons looks at two “simple” guys who aren’t necessarily struggling against impossible odds, but who are really just unhappy with their current lot in life and who find “magic” in loving one another. That’s the simple beauty of this story.

Because it’s Amy, it can’t be simple. Oh, no it can’t! First we have an age gap, an economic gap and an education gap. Then, we have Terry’s mother and to a certain extent Mason’s brother to contend with. (Dane is hopefully getting his own story next!) It’s not enough to bridge those gaps and cross those hurdles. Oh, no it isn’t! Amy adds in another little “twist” that just about kills you along about the 70% mark in the story. (No spoilers – just be warned – Amy gets her angst in there, don’t let down your guard!)

Of course I found myself riveted, totally unable to put this story down. My heart literally bled for Mason. I wanted him to be happy so, so badly. I loved that he loved Terry and that the two of them seemed to “get” one another so well, but I do wish I’d been able to see a bit more of just WHY a bit more. Mason is reported to be pretty fascinated by sex and has supposedly messed up some things in his life with this fascination, so it makes sense that he and Terry (especially at first) really bond on a sexual level. They do – later- hang out a bit – and to a certain extent I could see some of the fascination. But….

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In any case, I really loved seeing these guys find each other and found Mason to be about as loveable as a big, floppy puppy. He was all heart and just so open and honest and such a breath of fresh air. He was delightful! Terry, while probably sweet, didn’t wow me nearly as much and I wasn’t ever quite sure he deserved our Mason.

The other thing that really kept this story moving along was Dane and Carpenter’s relationship. Oooo, la la! That’s gonna be a heart string ripper and I can’t wait!

For fans of the author and especially Winter Ball this will delight. It’s definitely okay as a stand-alone, and I think anyone looking for “real men” falling in love will absolutely adore this!

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

I just love Nick J Russo – I say that every time – but I do! I grew to love his version of Mason- I was worried about this – but it definitely seemed to fit. He portrayed Terry about as I’d imagined as well. I’m really looking forward to Dane and Carpenter’s story – I hope Nick does their audiobook, too!

5 of 5 stars

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Practice Makes Perfect 
(Scientific Method Universe )by Kris Ripper 


Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Perfect-Scientific-Method-Universe-ebook/dp/B06ZZ1FZSX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493584756&sr=8-1&keywords=kris+ripper+practice

Blurb

Paul Sorenson signs up for the BDSM and Dating workshop because his best friend threatens an intervention if he doesn’t. He figures if nothing else, at least it’ll be nice to sit in a room with other kinky queer folks.

The location’s not quite as accessible as it was supposed to be, but there’s a ramp down an alley and a door his wheelchair fits through, so he’s definitely seen worse. Also, there’s a no dating rule, but since Paul has a bad habit of rushing into things and steamrolling every obstacle in his path, that’s not such a bad thing.

Then he meets Ally Jennings. And all bets are off.

Ally loves the workshop, even if she feels like the least experienced person in the room. Meeting Paul is the icing on the cake. When he looks at her, she feels like he gets her, and that’s…never happened before.

He’s dominant, she’s submissive, and everything from kissing to talking about their families feels perfect. But when Paul pushes for commitment, Ally hesitates, and each of them feels betrayed.

They’ve only known each other for two weeks. They should probably just write the whole thing off and go their separate ways, except they can’t stop thinking about each other. Falling in love was the easy part. Building a relationship takes a hell of a lot of work

Review

This book is part of the Scientific Method Universe and whilst you may get more enjoyment knowing the backstory to some of the characters (Hugh, Truman, Will, Molly, Adam and Beccs) I don’t think it’s necessary. The stories in Scientific Method universe are BDSM this one is quite light. The BDSM and Dating workshop is a discussion group so please don’t let the BDSM put you off reading this lovely romance of two people finding ‘the one’.

Ally Jennings has low self confidence and with the encouragement of the other members of the group comes out of her shell. She has hardly any experience in BDSM and is a shy about exploring it. Paul on the other hand is confident and quite focused when he knows what he wants. They are attracted to each other from the start and it is lovely to see both sides of their nature.

Kris Ripper is excellent at writing the interplay between characters and there is potential for lots of stories lines and to emerge from the characters in this workshop. Paul’s disability is portrayed sensitively. To be honest there were times I forgot he was in a wheelchair he was just Paul, and that was what Paul was looking for someone who saw him first and not the chair. He found that with Ally.

A sweet and lovely romance and I look forward to reading more about them in other Scientific Method Universe books.

4 of 5 stars

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