Audiobook Month: Papa’s Boy by Sue Brown Narrated by Aaron Pickering

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/morning-report-series-6498-

Blurb

When Ray Sloane tires of the men in his usual club, he finds himself in the Pink Palm, an inauspiciously named spit-and-sawdust dive, not the sort of place an elementary school teacher and pastor’s assistant should be seen in. On the other hand, Ray needs a fresh face. But what he gets is a closeted, desperately unhappy divorcé named Zeke.

Losing his teaching job and his kids has left Zeke bitter and in denial about his sexuality, but Ray is determined to get under his skin. Just as Zeke starts to relax, life interferes with Ray’s plans: Lee, the teenage organist from St. Mark’s, tells his parents that he was abused as a teenager by a prominent congregation member from his old church, and Ray becomes the target of bullies at school and has to worry about his own job. With the specter of what happened to Zeke hanging over him, Ray must protect Lee and his own reputation, all while trying to convince Zeke that he doesn’t need to run away when their relationship grows more intense.

Review
The third book in the Morning Report series centres around Ray who was on the periphery of the story in the last book as Noah’s assist. Ray is a teacher rather than a Ranch hand, moving the story away slightly. Feeling frustrated with life Ray tries a new bar and there meets Zeke. Zeke is a character that has been beaten down by life, so desperate at one point he tried to take his own life. Ray is drawn to him before he knows all this. Sue Brown has certainly held nothing back with this story. The hatred in the Town, well from a couple of influential sources, is building and from this we start to learn the route of it. I do like the way this theme has been developed over the last three books. A much more realistic timeframe than those where the hatred is over with quickly. Over the course of extreme situations where a young man is left fighting for his life after standing up for himself the Town starts to wake up to what is really happening. The two different strands, Zeke’s story and developing relationship with Ray and Ray’s support for Lee eager to find out what happens next.

Either by now I was used to Aaron Pickering’s narration or he has got into his stride with these stories. Much better and overall my preferred one narrated. Although Luke and Simon are still my favourite characters. There is a lot of emotions that Aaron’s narration does justice to. Zeke and Ray’s characters are portrayed very well.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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Blog Tour: The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever by Andrew Grey

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Andrew Grey: I will confess that when I was writing this story, I let my mind take me on vacation for a little while. Dominic and I have been to Bonaire a couple of times and we are planning to go back in the next couple of years. It is a water sport paradise, diving and snorkeling like no place else in the world. Its also relatively unknown so it isn’t flooded with tourists the way some of the other islands are. That makes it the perfect place to have a relaxing holiday away form the hustle and bustle of life. At least that’s how I feel. I remember the first time we went, after spending time on and in the water snorkeling over sponges, coral, sea turtles, sea horses, fish, urchins, octopi and good ness knows what else, we had some lunch and then went into town. We figured we’d get a t-shirt or something. There were no t-shirt shops or touristy places like that at all. It was a regular town with shops for the locals. We managed to find a small department store that sold some shirts and I got one for Dominic and I. That has changed some now with more people discovering this paradise. I just hope it remains the grogrous place it will always be in my head.


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.

 

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Excerpt 
“I’ll be fine, Mom. All I want is to be left alone so I can cry like an eight-year-old where no one can see me.” Tommy was trying to be lighthearted but knew it fell flat. “Just go and have some fun, eat lots, and for God’s sake, make sure everyone has a good time.”
“If you say so, dear.” She patted his cheek, and Tommy hugged both of them before getting them out the door. As soon as he closed it, he heard the beeps and squawks of the game in the other room.
“You should go and have dinner with everyone else,” Tommy told Grayson.
“Petey is having the time of his life. He loves your television. That thing is so massive, he thinks he’s getting lost in the game. If you want to go on up and lie down, I’ll stay down here with him.”
“Whatever you want. Eat anything in the refrigerator. Not that there’s very much. I suppose I’ll need to get food now.” Tommy’s head throbbed. “I was supposed to leave on my honeymoon in four days, so there isn’t much, but help yourself to whatever there is.”
“What are you going to do?” Grayson asked.
“About what?”
“Your trip,” he answered, stepping closer.
“I’ll probably cancel everything and just stay home. I can work and try to take my mind off this whole awful mess.”
Grayson shook his head. “You should go anyway. Why let him ruin a perfectly good vacation? It’s been too long since you took some time away, and it would let you get out of town and away from anyone who knows about what happened.”
Tommy’s shoulders slumped even further. He wasn’t sure if he was up for anything at all. The thought of crawling into a cave to hide was overwhelmingly inviting. “I sure as hell don’t want to spend an entire week alone.” He leaned forward, leveraging himself to his feet. “I can cancel most of the plans and take the hit on the others.” Tommy shuffled toward the stairs, almost too tired—and maybe a little drunker than he thought—to lift his feet. “Unless you and Petey want to come.”
“He has school, and….”
Tommy looked over his shoulder. “I could say the same thing to you that you just did to me. You don’t take vacations either, and I have everything paid for. I could check into having Xavier’s ticket transferred or see if there are others available. I have a suite at the resort, so there’s plenty of room.” He yawned. “Think about it.”
He climbed the stairs, went right to his bedroom, and closed the door. He stripped off his clothes and got into bed, pulling the covers over his head. Then and only then did he let his emotions loose and cry the way he’d wanted to for hours.

Author Information

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Author Links

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Cover RevealL: Three Months to Forever by Hudson Lin

 

I’m Hudson Lin and welcome to my cover reveal! Three Months to Forever was inspired by my own three-month work stint in Hong Kong, when I fell in love with the city. This cover illustrates just how diverse Hong Kong is. From the towering skyscrapers, to the shimmering harbor, to the mountains that surround, Hong Kong is beautiful in so many unexpected ways. I can’t wait to share the city with you through the story of Ben and Sai and how they turn three months into forever.

Blurb:

Ben is looking for an adventure when he accepts a temporary assignment in Hong Kong, but he never anticipated how his life might change when he meets a sophisticated older man named Sai. Their initial attraction is sizzling and soon grows into more as Sai takes Ben on a tour of the city’s famous landmarks and introduces him to the local cuisine. Sai stimulates Ben’s intellect and curiosity, and for jaded corporate lawyer Sai, Ben’s innocent eagerness is a breath of fresh air. It would be so easy to fall in love….

But nothing is that simple. Sai’s job forces him to do things that violate his morals, and his relationship with his family is a major obstacle to any lasting relationship with Ben. Back in Toronto, Ben’s father is ill, and can he really leave behind his home for a man he’s only known for a short time? With the clock ticking, they must decide whether to risk it all and turn three monthsinto forever.

Author Bio:

Hudson Lin was raised by conservative immigrant parents and grew up straddling two cultures with ofttimes conflicting perspectives on life. Instead of conforming to either, she has sought to find a third way that brings together the positive elements of both.

Having spent much of her life on the outside looking in, Hudson likes to write stories about outsiders who fight to carve out their place in society, and overcome everyday challenges to find love and happily ever afters.

When not engrossed in a story, Hudson knits, drinks tea, and works the 9 to 5 in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada.

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Audiobook Month: Yanni’s Story (Spencer Cohen #4) by N.R. Walker Narrated by Joel Leslie

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Yannis-Story-Audiobook/B07D38WN8F?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=17VCKKJQV633DMVDG4G5&

Blurb

When Yanni Tomaras is kicked out of his family home, his parents’ final words are religious insults and an order to never return. Homeless and desperate, he’s lured in by Lance—charming on the outside, an evil predator underneath—who abuses Yanni until he finds the courage to leave.

Yanni should feel free. But by the time Spencer Cohen finds him, he’s resigned to being handed back to Lance and once again being caged by fear.

Starting school and a part-time job, Yanni begins to reclaim his life. But a love for silent films leads him to Peter Hannikov, a man with a kind heart but who’s twice his age. An unlikely friendship between them blooms into so much more. Neither man knows what he wants, at first. Finding out exactly what he needs is Yanni’s story.

“I’d spent years as a bird, caged with my wings clipped, tormented and beaten.

I thought I’d escaped when I’d left my abuser, but in hindsight, I could see that I was still caged, this time by fear and self-doubt.

Spencer and Andrew, and Andrew’s parents, opened the door to the cage that confined me.

But it was Peter who taught me how to fly.”

Trigger Warning: Descriptions of violence, suicide, and sexual assault. Reader discretion advised.

Review by Mary
(Book reviewed here previously)
Yianni is a character from book 2 and the timeline runs along books 2 and three. In my opinion it can work as a standalone. As would be expected it is written from Yanni’s point of view. There is little to no angst and I like like that it is a positive story about Yanni pulling his life back together. When they first meet neither Yanni or Peter are in the right place for a romantic relationship but a close friendship develops from shared interests. Liked the pace of the story. I appreciate the slow burn of the impending deeper relationship given what Yanni escaped from and Peter only recently coming out of a relationship.
There is daddy kink in the story rather than just a May/December relationship which sort of surprised me. It comes from the security and nurturing angle of the kink rather than sexual games or the desire to dominate. That’s not to say they aren’t equal in the relationship because they are. It’s definitely not about control. I think this sums up Yanni’s feelings for Peter He was a pillar of warmth and strength and everything my soul craved. Such beautiful writing, so evocative.
The support characters really stand out and each one has a role, whether intentional or not in Yanni’s recovery. Andrew’s parents enfold Yanni into a family he so desperately needs and his house mates provide the understanding friendship. Whilst his work colleagues help to re-enforce his confidence.
I wasn’t sure what to make of this story when I started but as I went on I found it to be a beautiful story of healing, not just for Yanni but also for Peter, and quite thought provoking.

4.5 of 5 stars

Review by Beth

This is a sweet story about a man, Yanni, who removes himself from an abusive relationship and the struggles he goes through to regain his feelings of self worth. All of the supporting characters are kind and generous, supportive of Yanni’s recovery.

The story shows us how much an abusive relationship can really warp your self worth. Depending how long the situation lasted, the more it seems the victim feels he isn’t worth redemption. The author takes us through many of the steps to recovery letting us root for Yanni to recover each small step he takes.

Then we have Peter who is mildly into the daddy aspect of BDSM. An older man who likes younger men. He and Yanni discover they have a lot of the same interests. Peter doesn’t learn of the extent of abuse Yanni had gone through until about half way through the story, yet he is kind and gentle in general.

The sex is sweet when it finally happens. And all the Daddy/boy play is very, very subtle.

The story moved at a pace that was appropriate for the content. I read this in pretty much 1 sitting, wanting to see how the story progressed.

4 of 5 stars

Review by Morgan

I want to start by stating that I’m a big NR Walker fan, and I have LOVED pretty much everything she ever wrote. Mostly. But this wasn’t my favorite, unfortunately, it just hit me wrong, and I couldn’t get over the “daddy” kink. I think that’s pretty mild and only people really sensitive to the issue will notice – but that was my overshadowing impression.

I really loved the series and was happy to see Spencer again! But I wasn’t that involved in this story as I have been in the past.

The writing was good and I’m still a super fan!

3 of 5 stars

Audio
While this is not my favorite NR Walker story, I still loved this series in it’s entirety and was so thankful she chose Joel to narrate. He is able to give the vast myriad characters such depth and to perform all the deeply emotional scenes to perfection.

Highly recommended in this format!

5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars

 

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Recent Release: Just Ridley (Chosen #1) by J.D. Light

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39912771-just-ridley?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Ridley Scott

I’m a genuinely happy person, regardless of the fact that both of my parents are dead, I’m a college dropout, I work at a diner as a cook in Purdy, Nebraska and I’m a tall, lanky virgin gay man with more freckles than not, bright red hair, and a creepy obsession with a gorgeous god of a man who always catches me stealing glances of him and doing awkward things, such as nearly killing myself with a mop bucket or frying pan. When my car breaks down not far rom said gorgeous, god’s house, I learn that Flynn is my best friend’s alpha and there is more to my obsession than my ridiculous habit of accidental suicide attempts. We’re connected.

Flynn Becker

I’ve been watching my mate for months and waiting for the perfect time to finally claim him. When he comes sputtering to a stop not far from the leap house where I’m the alpha of a large leap of leopards, I’m both excited to finally have him close and worried about how to explain our world. When I find out he already knows about shifters and his best friend is a member of my leap, I feel like this mating just got easier. But fighting both, members of my own kind, and my precious mate’s insecurities, might be too much for even a chosen bond. I have to find a way to protect my mate from a crazed she-leopard and prove to him that he could never be, JUST Ridley.

 

Review

If you’re in the mood for some really cute, sexy and fun shifter/mate/madness – this is for you! I’d never read this author before but they are on my radar now. I really enjoyed this and the book that follows and am looking forward to more.

There are some flaws – the editing isn’t great, the plot is thin, and the character development of secondary characters isn’t awesome, but… the romance is sweet and I found this to be fun and it made me laugh! Just what I wanted!

4 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: Love’s Magic by Janice Jarrell

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40098122-love-s-magic?from_search=true

Blurb
You’ll fall completely in love with the characters who inhabit Love’s Magic. Meet Colin Campbell, a handsome, dynamic, over-the-top sexy Irish police officer who refuses to allow love and intimacy to touch his heart. As a result, no one was more surprised than he when his normal ‘love-um-and-leave-um’ attitude hit a brick wall named Joshua Abrams.

Unlike Colin, Joshua is, steady, introverted, and longing for commitment. Although head over heels in love with Colin almost from the moment they met, he knows this love can only lead to heartbreak.

But Joshua Abrams hadn’t merely stepped over the indelible line Colin had drawn between his heart and the dangers of real love, he had burned through it like hot lava. The freedom-loving Colin never expected to fall in love and certainly had no clue how to handle it. Consequently, when his hot Irish temper created a horribly destructive explosion between them and Joshua flees to his home in Illinois without a word or a forwarding address, Colin found himself lost and adrift.

His struggle to overcome his pride and Irish ego and seek out the love of his life will touch your heart!I hope you’ll check out Love’s Magic and meet Colin and Joshua for yourself. These two charismatic men personify the idea of ‘opposites attract’, but their love story will touch your heart.

Meet David Gardener, Professor of Revolutionary War History and madly in love with his partner Nate Reese.
Both men were incredibly happy until Nate was attacked on the Tog in a brutal on-campus assault.

Nate coped with his trauma by joining an activist group devoted to changing university policy on such attacks. David is devastated by the attack, but can only see disaster for Nate’s career if he pursues this militant course. Frightened of the potential consequences he is reluctant to support Nate’s efforts while Nate, feeling abandoned by his partner, sees David’s aversion to his involvement as indifference to the trauma he suffered.

Both men have valid points of view, but peace between them will require one of them to care more about being happy than he does about being right. Will the love they share be enough to see them through the complex and divisive issues with threaten not only their relationship, but the university they both love? Read Love’s Magic and find out!!

Review
Quite a debut novel. It’s the story of two couples, one already in a relationship and one that starts in this story. We get a synopsis of how David and
Nate met and started at the beginning of the book, which helped set the scene. The story switches from one couple to the other, both dealing with very different issues. Their stories become connected when Nate is attacked. I’ll admit I was a little concerned at first to be switching between the two couples but the whole concept totally works. I think it helped that both couples were so completely different. It’s two romance stories wrapped up together, very cleverly written. The issues being dealt with and the outcomes were also very realistic. No quick fixes, or convenient plot twists. Just genuine sounding situations and reactions both to the attack’s on campus and their relationships with each other and colleagues. If you are intrigued by the blurb I would recommend this unique book a try.

4 of stars out of 5


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Audiobook Month : Leaning into Love by Lane Hayes Narrated by Seth Clayton

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Leaning-into-Love-Audiobook/B074SVHHMH?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=QWBECWC9QJKP4ETXVAS8&

Blurb
Eric Schuster is a successful guy. He’s part owner of a highly successful tech firm, he has a supportive family and a great group of close friends. But something is missing. Or maybe he’s reacting to his business partner and ex’s wedding news. He knows his former lover is making a big mistake but he also knows it’s time to move on. And hopefully avoid falling for another friend.

Zane Richards is an avid sailor and surfer with a laid-back approach to life. He firmly believes there’s a time and place for everything if you’re willing to take a chance. Like letting his best friend know he’s interested in being much more than friends. Eric has always been half in love with Zane but going from friends to lovers isn’t an easy sell for someone protecting his heart. Eric will have to decide if he’s willing to risk it all by leaning into love.

Review
This first novella and the next one, Leaning into Always, are about the same couple, Eric and Zane. I love a good friends to lovers story especially when they’ve known each other along time. It’s that moment of realisation that their friendship is much more than that. This moment comes for Eric and Zane when Zane is helping Eric sort out his feelings for former lover and current business partner Nick. Eric is wary at first he doesn’t want to risk their friendship but Zane convinces him otherwise. Zane is perfect for Eric, so laid back and calming. Nick is one frustrating character in this story he just doesn’t know what he wants and his actions just cause more problems. The story is told from Eric’s point of view but there is a bonus chapter from Zane’s POV which made me smile. I was so glad the next book continues their story.
I must confess I didn’t take to Seth Clayton’s narration. There was nothing wrong with it per se I just wasn’t gripped by it. I ended up starting the story over again because I realised I hadn’t been listening to it. There just wasn’t a spark which kept my interest. It might be because Eric and Zane sounded very similar to me. It didn’t spoil the actual content of the story just my connection to it.

3 of stars out of 5

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Recent Release: The Werewolf’s Fae Mate by Liv Rider

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40109446-the-werewolf-s-fae-mate?from_search=true

Blurb

He never expected his mate to be fae. Now he has to choose between his heart and his pack.

When mixed-blood werewolf Mahon comes across powerful fae magic in a nightclub, dealing with the threat is a chance to prove to his new pack where his loyalties lie. But the threat turns out to be a gorgeous, wide-eyed college student who’s never heard of the supernatural world. After they’re attacked by bloodsucking vampire bats, he takes Oscar and his small, angry cat home for their own protection. He’ll definitely tell his pack about Oscar…later.

Abandoned as an infant, Oscar’s always wondered where he came from—he just never expected the answer to include pointy ears, magical powers, and evil forces trying to kill him. Oscar knows he shouldn’t rely on Mahon for help, but it’s hard to resist when a six-foot-six werewolf literally sweeps you off your feet. The key to Oscar’s past might lie with the local fae court—where werewolves aren’t welcome.

Oscar and Mahon are mates—but how can they be together when it might cost them both everything?

The Werewolf’s Fae Mate is an m/m paranormal werewolf/fae romance with a HEA and no cliffhangers.

Review

I am LOVING this author! I have been devouring the books on her back list and enjoying the hell out of ‘em!

In this case we get two mates from different species and all the headaches that entails. Coupled with that we get some political family drama and some sweet lovin’.

In addition to the whole “Mate/Mine” thing we get one of my favorite all time tropes – what I have re-dubbed the “harry potter” trope. That is when a mere mortal finds out they are really MAGIC! I love that and Oscar gets the hard crash landing in the land of paranormal as well as finding out his own back story.

I’m hoping the author does more in this world – hopefully a bit longer – and that we get to see more of this couple.

4 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Squared Away (Out of Uniform #5) by Annabeth Albert Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

Audible Link
https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Squared-Away-Audiobook/B07BGJ3FRF

Blurb

In the wake of tragedy, SEAL Mark Whitley rushed stateside to act as guardian to his sister’s three young children. But a conflicting will could give custody to someone else—someone Mark remembers as a too young, too hot, wild party boy. Even after six years, Mark can’t shake the memory of his close encounter with Isaiah James, or face up to what it says about his own sexuality.

Isaiah’s totally over the crush that made him proposition Mark all those years ago. In fact, he’s done with crushing on the wrong men altogether. For now, he’s throwing himself into proving he’s the best person to care for his cousin’s kids. But there’s no denying there’s something sexy about a big, tough military man with a baby in his arms.

As the legal details get sorted out, their long-buried attraction resurfaces, leading to intimate evenings after the kids are tucked in. A forever future is within reach for all of them, if only Mark can find the courage he needs to trust Isaiah with his secrets—and his heart.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

I don’t think this is too much of a spoiler and I think people would want to know and I think you should read this regardless – but… Mark is Gray Asexual.

Definition: From AVENwiki. Sexuality is not black and white; some people identify in the gray(spelled “grey” in some countries) area between asexual and sexual. People who identify as gray-A can include, but are not limited to those who: do not normally experience sexual attraction, but do experience it sometimes.

This story was very touching, emotional and sexy despite it’s non-traditional characters. I was really rooting for the two of them and it made every physical encounter that much more resonant for what it meant to each man.

The family stuff gets in the way – and that too felt really “real”.

There were times when the story lagged and there were times when I wanted the guys to just “figure it out “ already – but for the most part this was a well-paced, very well-developed love story. (I have only a limited tolerance for angst and there is a fair amount in this.)

Highly recommended- esp for the HEA!

(I don’t think you need to have read the others in the series to appreciate this book.)

 

Audio

Greg is an absolutely amazing performer and there are not enough words to describe how important the difference is between what he does and simply “narration”.  I love the emotion he infuses as well as his ability to make each character feel unique and special both with accents and inflection/pacing/personality, etc.

This is the best way to enjoy this series and is highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Retro Review: The Gift of a Birthday by Amy Lane

Blurb

The short is from The Granby Knitting series, and it features Jeremy.
 
It’s Aiden’s birthday– but he’s the one who got Jeremy a very special gift. 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review:

This is a little ficlet from the Granby Knitting series (here is the original series https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16036359-how-to-raise-an-honest-rabbit?from_search=true ) that I found here: https://amberkell.wordpress.com/2015/11/27/welcome-birthday-guest-amy-lane-2/

I can’t believe I hadn’t read this until now!

I love this series so much and especially Jeremy and Aidan – Craw, Ben, Stanley, Johnny are all wonderful, but Jeremy holds a special place in my heart.

This little – flip – that Aidan manages to achieve is just so …. Perfect. Amy found the exact right “gift” to really emphasize how un-important age is to these guys (and in general).

It’s really sweet and if you’re a fan of the series you gotta read this!

5 of 5 stars

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