Bloom Box by Cate Ashwood (Heartsville)

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If there’s one thing William Sullivan knows less about than how to run a business, it’s flowers. When Will is left carrying responsibility for the flower shop he’d leased for his cheating ex-boyfriend, he is sure it will lead him into financial ruin.
Just when he’s about to abandon all hope, in walks Milo Hart—young, overflowing with energy, and perhaps best of all, a genius when it comes to flowers. Will hires him on the spot and they begin a working partnership that might be Will’s only saving grace. The more time they spend together, the more Will’s feelings for Milo evolve and Will must choose between keeping things strictly business, or taking a chance to let love bloom.

Review

William just dumped by his long term boyfriend for cheating on him (over and over) and now he’s stuck with a lease on a flower shop that he’d bought for his boyfriend to run. He’s depressed, knows nothing about flowers, already has a job and is feeling very overwhelmed when Milo comes in looking for a job.

Milo is still in school, majoring in business, needing work for the summer. He used to work in a nursery and is a lover of flowers. Together he and Will manage to get the shop up and running and on time.

While spending so much time together they also fall in love. But Will is sure Milo will forget him when he goes back to school and can a 16 year age difference really work in the long run anyway?

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There could have been a lot of angst in this story, but there wasn’t. It was sweet and moved along at a nice pace. Not too fast, not too slow. The sexual tension built and then released in a super hot frottage session in Will’s apartment!

Milo is a great character – open, brave, smart, funny and clumsy as hell! He and the more staid and sober Will are a good match, yin and yang.

I really enjoyed their story and was so happy with the ending – a very, very solid HEA.

I highly recommend this book and the series!

5 of 5 stars

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Commander’s Spitfire (Rescue For Hire book 5) Audiobook by Bellann Summer Narrated by Darcy Stark

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Welcome to the world of Rescue for Hire. Meet the team members who make up a company that forms a family of heroes. For a year, computer expert Tony Grayson was another man’s dirty little secret. After months of pain from a huge betrayal, he can finally breathe again and sees a glimmer of a future. A rescue goes wrong bringing the boss’ brother Shane Miller – who’s big, dominating, and possessive – into Tony’s life. As far as Shane is concerned, the gorgeous Italian is his. Now he just has to lead the team for his brother, fix all the family drama, and put the pieces of Tony’s heart back together. Things finally get smoothed out, only to have his ex call, wanting Tony back. Tony’s decision could change lives and careers.
Can the foundation Shane has laid for their relationship be strong enough to keep Tony? The dynamics between a hard-edged bad boy and a hot-tempered, vulnerable yet gorgeous computer nerd heat up the sheets.

Review

To sum up the first four books :(each can be read/listened to as a stand alone, but the characters in the preceding books make entrances in the following books) Cade Miller (brother to Shane) has a company he created called Rescue For Hire. It’s dedicated to saving people in natural disasters and finding lost people, etc. Each member of the team is highly skilled in one particular area and together there is nothing they can’t do. (Like the A Team!) In each of the previous books, one team member – very alpha male – finds his life partner. They always know immediately that the man they’ve met is their “forever guy” at first meeting and the bulk of the book is their conquest of said man. They also have some rescues to perform and at least once a book, one of the partners ends up in mortal danger.

Shane is an ex military man who has come to help Cade with his company now that he’s become more of a family guy and wants less field time. Shane meets Tony – already a member – whose had his heart smashed by a closeted pro-baseball player (and brother to another team member’s partner).

Tony doesn’t want to get involved again so soon after breaking up with his ball player – so he resists – but it’s futile.

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These books are delicious fun! The men are unapologetically Alpha, and it totally works. Tony – who is no slouch himself- loves to be dominated and controlled and feels safe when someone takes over. He just has to let go first.

In the Audio format you get the bonus of having Darcy Stark for a narrator. He does each voice differently – giving each character a greater depth and giving the listener another perception and way to experience the character. In this case the man who steals the show is Shane. Oooo La La. Shane’s voice is panty-melting! It is deep and sensuous and controlling and masterful and…. Okay – you get the idea. Tony has a vague Italian heritage accent – punk-assed and spunky. Together – totally steamy!

I’m not so much into the spanking thing myself- but Shane makes it hot!

I highly recommend this series (in book or audio format) for fans of unapologetic Alpha males who control each and every situation but have a warm and gooey center for their life partner.

It’s a wonderful series and I recommend reading them/ listening to them in order to get the most from the series.

5 of 5 stars

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GRL 2015

What an amazing, amazing adventure!

(My notes from attending my first GRL in San Diego this October)

I was initially so afraid of this experience because as a person, I’m what you’d call an introvert, and that doesn’t mean I’m shy.

Taken from Wikipedia:
Introversion is “the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one’s own mental life”.[4] Introverts are typically more reserved or reflective.[5] Some popular psychologists have characterized introverts as people whose energy tends to expand through reflection and dwindle during interaction.[6]
Introverts often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, using computers, hiking and fishing.
Mistaking introversion for shyness is a common error. Introverts prefer solitary to social activities, but do not necessarily fear social encounters like shy people do.

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Therefore I can totally BE an extrovert, but it’s exhausting. And that’s exactly what GRL was. But it was also SO AMAZING. I got to meet some truly gifted writers, editors, artists, friends and family and each and every one of them was kind and open and easy to meet.

There were so many highlights that I can’t really tap into them all, but some that stood out for me were these.

First: I got to meet some of my Face Book buddies in real life. Karrie, the amazing artist who fan arts for this site. Fellow bloggers Tracy and Dani. And a posse of women who share my love of reading: Jen, Jennifer, Lin, Joseph and Luna.

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(Karrie and Katie watching Sean “swoon now” Crisden sign some of Karrie’s amazing Fan Art.)

Second: I got to swoon at the feet of my favorite authors like Mary Calmes, Amy Lane, Rhys Ford, Jordan Castillo Price, Shira Anthony, Charlie Richards, Olivia Black, Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, Lane Hayes, Cate Ashwood, Amelia Gormley, Ethan Day, Reese Dante, Andrew Grey, Brandon Witt, Amber Kell, Marie Sexton, Tara Lain, RJ Scott and so, so many more!

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Third: I got to LOSE MY MIND over meeting Greg Tremblay and Sean Crisden! These two guys are the NICEST, FUNNIEST and SWEETEST guys you could ever want to meet. They were so accommodating of my fan-girlness and even spoke to us in those swoon-worthy voices they have!IMG_2763IMG_2765

Fourth: I got to lounge around on the deck with the ducks while watching the boats on the bay in San Diego with my honey!

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I cannot recommend this event enough. It was so wonderful that if you ever, ever get the chance to attend one – be you introverted or extroverted – I suggest making it happen. Totally worth it!

So, my most humble thanks to everyone behind the scenes who organized the event, to those who organized the non-event stuff and to my husband who tolerates and encourages my madness and manages to find the joy in it as well.

Love from Morgan!

Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Two  ) by MA Church (Review)

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Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Two

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

 

Review

We met Heller as the human-hating Beta in book one. He redeemed himself by saving Dolf’s mate Kirk in the end, but boy – we sure didn’t get a good vibe from Heller at the beginning. He continues this vibe in book two by being vain and then shunning his mate for being human right off the bat. We know he has some hidden depths – he hints at a tortured past involving human misdeeds – but we don’t know for sure what’s happened.

Then we meet the mate – Lawson. Lawson is a human who’s been living with a paranormal family for the last decade. So he’s not too freaked out by the whole “shifts into a cat” thing. But he is very hurt by the rejection he feels from Heller, especially when he learns they are mates.

It takes a bit of time and talking, but eventually our mates get together. There is some serious drama still going on in their lives, however. There is a werewolf stalking Lawson and that pushes him into Heller’s arms and house in a big way.

We get a lovely HEA for our guys and a look into the next book as two others meet their mates.

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I reviewed book one here: http://kimichanexperience.com/trouble-comes-threes-ma-church/ I really enjoyed this book and was psyched to see book two out.

MA Church’s writing is funny and fluid and very creative. Her shifters are animals and humans (which I love!) and so there is lots of purring, mewling, growling and even trilling in this book – blurring the lines between cat and human.

Heller was tough to love at first – but he quickly redeems himself and there isn’t a lot of time stuck in the land of “big misunderstanding”. Our guys talk and clear the air. Most of the drama isn’t about their mating in the second half of the book – but instead surrounds the evil werewolf.

Church introduces some new paranormals – Vetalas. These guys are cool! I’m really excited about learning more about them in the coming books.

I also like that we got to see a bit of our guys from book one again – that’s always nice. It’s definitely a stand-alone, you could understand everything without having read book one, but it gives the story a little more depth.

I highly recommend this book to fans of shifter romances and give it 5 of 5 stars.

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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing M.A. Church author of Behind the Eight Ball.

Hi Michelle, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

This is from It Takes Two to Tango – Remi’s book. J

“Hey! Look who the cat finally dragged in.” Aidric shoulder bumped me.

“Oh, such sharp wit. It cuts like a dull knife.” I rolled my eyes. “And don’t think I didn’t notice you bumping me away from the table, you hog.”

“Hot wings, man.” Aidric winked at me. “Food of the gods and hungry werecats.”

“You’re always hungry,” I griped, shoving Aidric out of my way. “And stop blocking the table, dude.”

“Hey, Remi,” Brier said.

“Hey man, how’s it going?”

“Good, good. I heard you found your mate. Man, sorry I couldn’t attend that dinner. Congrats.” Brier sat down at the round table we always used for meetings.

“Yeah, you should’ve seen his face.” Aidric chuckled.

“Thanks.” I was unsure if I should say more. Did Brier know the situation? Aidric did. He was there that night.

“Welcome, Remi.” Alpha Armonty pointed at the side table where the food was set out buffet-style. “There’s several different sodas to pick from, and tea. Get yourself a plate and grab a seat.”

“Yes, Alpha.” I filled a plate and got a drink. After we were settled, Alpha Armonty cleared his throat. All talking ceased.

“We’re meeting for several reasons. First let me say congratulations to Remi. As I understand it, Remi met his mate during Thanksgiving dinner at Heller’s. I wish now the wife and I had attended.”

“Yeah, you never know what kind of trouble Heller’s going to stir up,” Aidric joked.

“Again, let me remind everyone Lawson is to blame for the whole Thanksgiving deal. That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it.” Heller nodded his head like that was the end of the subject.

“You chicken shit.” Aidric poked Heller in the ribs. “Look at you trying to put it off on your mate, and the guy isn’t even here to defend himself.”

“I’ll tell him,” I volunteered, flashing Heller an evil grin. “Knowing Lawson, he’ll hide Heller’s hair styling stuff as revenge. Hmm, I might even have to suggest that. Just in case, you know.”

“He’d need a storage unit for all of it,” Brier said, then took a drink of his soda.

“And a forklift to get it to the storage unit.” Dolf snickered, licking hot wing sauce off his fingers.

“Just a damn minute here.” Heller threw his napkin at me. “How’d this discussion get off onto me anyhow? And Remi, you might want to remember I know your mate. Be nice or I’ll have you in the dog house, man.”

Dog house? Really?” Dolf quipped.

“Sounds better than cat house.” Heller shrugged, biting into a wing.

 

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Author Name: M.A. Church

 

Book Name: Behind the Eight Ball

Series: Fur, Fangs, and Felines

Book: Two

Can be read as a standalone, but book one does give information about one of the MCs.

 

Release Date: October 30, 2015

Blurb:

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

 

Pages or Words: 76,000 words

 

Categories: Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance

Excerpt:

Step.

Step.

Stop.

The rustling of dead leaves caught my attention, and I froze with one paw still in the air. Not moving and barely daring to breathe, I waited. My whiskers twitched as a cool October breeze disturbed the scent of decaying leaves and rich soil. The foliage trembled again as something rooted around.

I slowly lowered my paw. The disturbance wasn’t very noticeable except to my predatory gaze. The movement continued. Gradually, bit by bit, I crept forward, making sure my long fur didn’t disturb the surrounding mounds of dying leaves. It was times like these I wished my coat were short like Dolf’s. One thing was for sure—whatever was below those leaves was going to be mine shortly. All I needed was to cover a little more distance and I’d be close enough.

Step.

Step.

Crouch.

Heart thumping, I watched as the movement continued. My muscles tightened and my bottom started wiggling. Unable to wait, I sprang forward, claws extended. Leaves flew into the air as I landed on my target. Bugs scattered. Eyes narrowed, I searched for…. There! There was the little bugger. I growled at the big black beetle and trapped it with my paw.

Seconds passed. The bug wiggled under my paw, tickling me. Hunched down, I carefully lifted my paw and peeked. Dammit, can’t see. Unable to get a good look, I lifted my paw a little higher… and there it went, scuttling across the ground. Gleefully I slammed a paw down, trying to trap it. Slap. Slap. Slap. Arrgh! What’s the deal? I keep missing.

Looked like I’d found myself in a game of whack-a-mole, except with a beetle. And off we went. The bug scurried away with me hot on its trail. Every time I thought I had a paw on it, I ended up missing. Stupid critter was fast. I bounded along behind as it raced across the ground. Then it suddenly cut back and ran straight under me.

Surprised, I leaped in the air, all four paws coming off the ground. Whoa! Zigged when I should have zagged. I landed and nonchalantly licked a paw. Hope no one saw that. I had to give the bug credit. That was a smart move. The shrill cry of a mockingbird caught my attention. I lifted my head, searching for the little tattletale.

Up in a tree it sat, its warning cries echoing around the yard. I eyed the tree. Hmm, I could climb it, but the stupid bird will probably just take off. Still, might be fun. Maybe after I finished playing with the bug… and damn. The bug.

My attention returned to where it had been, my tail slashing. Great. Lost it. Stupid bird. I sat up and threw a glare over my shoulder at the bird. Standing, I turned my back to the little menace, tail held high. That’s what I think of you, buddy. I prowled around for a while, sniffing, enjoying the coolness of the morning.

In the early morning sunlight, the dew on the grass sparkled like diamonds. Maybe it was pretty, but the stuff was also cold and wet against my paws. I was glad for my fur. As I wandered back toward the house, my stomach growled. I was hungry and… I sniffed. Oh, was that a blue jay I smelled? Oh, oh, a blue jay. Yum.

The human side of me groaned, but the kitty part wanted to jump with joy. The noisy little shits were actually quite intelligent. Catching one was always a feat. Quick as I could, I hid in the bright fall foliage by the back porch. I stayed very, very still so the stupid bird three feet from me didn’t fly off in a panic.

I licked my lips, my whiskers twitching as I watched the little rascal across from me raise its head. Shit, shit, shit. What caught its attention? Come on already. It’s all fine, nothing to worry about here. No cat hanging around. Just go back to pecking around on the ground. Everything’s good. See? I’m not moving, not even breathing.

Crouched low, I waited while my breakfast relaxed and returned to looking for acorns. Other birds came and went, but I refused to get distracted. I knew the one I wanted. Inch by agonizing inch, I crept closer to my prey. My mouth watered and my heart thumped.

The chatter of the birds around me was easy and relaxed, no distress calls sounding. That’s right. Just keep on eating. Soon I’m going to be eating you. My body tensed, back legs ready to spring me into action….

And the phone in the house rang.

 

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Meet the author:

M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!

 

When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.

 

She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013 and is a member of Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

 

 

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ma.church3

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MA-Church/173797619379487

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nomoretears00

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nomoretears00/

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Bookmarked by Piper Vaughn (Heartsville)

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To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing.

After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally discovered the sexy stranger he’d been flirting with for months, aka “Tall-Dark-and-Grumpy,” was also his fanboy obsession.

But desperate times call for desperate measures. If Mark can convince Shepherd, it’ll be a major coup in the book world and might just save Bookmarked from sinking. Too bad Shepherd won’t reply to his e-mails. Yet Mark didn’t earn the reputation of having a “sunshine-and-rainbow-fart” personality for nothing. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his man… and hopefully not make a fool of himself in the process.

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Mark is living his dream – but it’s hanging by a thread. He’s running his own bookstore in the little town he lives in, but by a very slim margin. Any bad luck could cause him to lose the store – and the store is his life right now. He wants to find some way to bring in more customers so he plans for a local author book signing event.

Shepherd is a local author with terrible social anxiety. He’s been in Mark’s store and loved it – but when Mark approaches him about the book signing he’s an asshole and blows Mark off – at first.

Luckily – Shepherd changes his mind and agrees to help Mark. Partly because he wants to help the local shop and partly because he’s been crushing on it’s owner.

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This is a tremendously sweet and sometimes very sexy (first sex scene over a book table – WOWZA!) story. It moves along at a brisk pace, so we don’t get as much couple time as I’d like – but the relationship builds in a way that feels real and definitely leaves us in a happy place.

I loved how Shepherd was such a dirty talker in comparison to his initial impression- it’s quite the juxtaposition.

Since this is the first in the series I look forward to seeing some of the characters we meet here again in future books.

This is highly recommended to fans of sweet, small town romance and fans of MCs who are bibliophiles and writers. (I loved the NaNoWriMo plug!)

4.5 of 5 stars

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And Call Me in the Evening (Book 2) by Willa Okati

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Eli’s still not great at wearing his heart on his sleeve and Zane’s still got trust issues, but they manage just fine. It’s all good. Right?

Yes and no. When the doctors find themselves grounded between trips for Medicins Sans Frontieres, things begin to change. Zane’s making plans for where they’ll go next, but homesick Eli discovers the opportunity to open a clinic of his own in his old neighborhood. He’d have thought Zane would be all over that, but Zane’s not listening. Meanwhile, there’s trouble in paradise between protégés Taye and Richie, and Eli’s ex-wife Marybeth has come back to town, bringing a heaping helping of hassle with her. Eli figures it’s no wonder he’s been having a heck of a time with chest pain—which he hasn’t told anyone about.

There’s something to be said for setting the story straight, it’s true. Eli knows he and Zane have a good thing going even if keeping it that way is the hardest—and best—part.

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Oh man. I was so looking forward to this book. I just loved “And Call Me in the Morning”– book one in this two book series by Willa Okati. It was one of the first m/m books I had ever read, and it touched me. It is a “gay for you” “friends to lovers” book between two men who find love and their sexuality late in life and it is incredibly sweet and yet very sexy. Willa has away with words that just gently tugs at your heart-strings and leaves you with a sappy smile, while still getting you a bit hot.

In this book she continues approximately where the first book leaves off and you definitely could not appreciate this book without having read the first. We find our newly minted lovers living their new lives together and we see what in their lives has been working well, and what has been struggling. I can definitely appreciate this look behind the HEA, kind of like seeing what happens to Cinderella after the wedding.

We also get to revisit old cast members like Taye and Richie and Diana and Holly and it’s very nice seeing them again and catching up on their stories. But, as it should be most of the book is about Eli and Zane.

I just love Zane’s character, he’s so sexy and sweet, but we see even less of him in this book than we did the first. I would have loved to “hear” more from his POV, especially since the first was mostly from Eli’s POV, it could have been an interesting twist.

Both of these books are really about Eli and his personal journey. Eli is a man’s man and struggles with being “gay” even though he has no problem admitting he’s in love with another man. That’s the main struggle in this sequel. Eli admits his love for Zane in book one and then deals with that fact in book two.

While this is probably fair and even a bit realistic, it can get a little dogged, and at times, trying.

Here is where I got a little disappointed. Well, a couple of places.

First, I didn’t realize just how much Eli had to still work through. I had thought we managed to get through most of that in book one. I have to say, though I love the characters and really enjoy Willa’s cool, smooth writing style, this got a little tedious. I was like… are you kidding me? I thought we had already worked this out! I seriously felt for Zane, he seemed to have a lot of patience for putting up with Eli’s hang ups and lies by omission, and at times caved in where I wouldn’t have.

Second, I love a good book about older characters, but in this book, my hot-for-each-other doctors were seriously showing their age. I appreciated the leaning towards realism, but it wasn’t what I necessarily wanted to read. I liked picturing them gettin’ busy and hot for each other, not getting sick with… well I’ll leave that to you to find out. But it sucked! It all works out in the end, have no fear, but – WOW – reality check!

I really did like seeing Taye and Richie and seeing them “grow up”. Holly and Diana were the same, which was nice. Mary Beth, the ex-wife, kinda confused me… a lot. But I guess she added her part to the story as well.

Overall, as sequels go, it did what it promised: it helped set the story straight and showed us more of these two beloved characters, and I did really love seeing more of them. I definitely felt that their HEA was a rock solid HEA by the end of this book. That’s always nice. But, I can’t say I loved the book. If “And Call Me in the Morning” earned a happy 5 stars, then “And Call Me in the Evening” earned a less happy 3.5 stars, mostly for good writing, solid editing, and a lot of sentimentality.

I recommend it to those who loved the first book, I think you’ll enjoy catching up on these old friends.

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Sinner’s Gin (Book 1) Audiobook by Rhys Ford Narrated by Tristan James

 

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There’s a dead man in Miki St. John’s vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there.

After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner’s Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki’s car, Miki fears Death isn’t done with him yet.

Kane Morgan, the SFPD inspector renting space in the art co-op next door, initially suspects Miki had a hand in the man’s murder, but Kane soon realizes Miki is as much a victim as the man splattered inside the GTO. As the murderer’s body count rises, the attraction between Miki and Kane heats up. Neither man knows if they can make a relationship work, but despite Miki’s emotional damage, Kane is determined to teach him how to love and be loved — provided, of course, Kane can catch the killer before Miki becomes the murderer’s final victim.

Review

Miki is an orphan, abused and neglected by the system, who finds his calling in a band called “Sinner’s Gin”. He meets Damian and the two, along with two other boys, set the world on fire with their bluesy rock. Until one night, when a mysterious car crash destroys their world, killing everyone but Miki.

Kane is an Irish cop from a huge but great family, who likes his job and working with wood. One day his wood working is interrupted by a strange dog that belongs to Miki. Besides their instant attraction, the two end up spending time together when Miki becomes the center of a bizarre crime spree involving dead body parts being delivered to his door.

Rhys Ford is a poet and she writes elegant, flowing, beautiful love stories full of pain and passion and promise. Sinner’s Gin combines a compelling mystery with a passionate love story between an angsty rocker and a sweet but tough cop.

Plus there’s Dude – an awesome mutt – who has klepto tendencies and likes to hog the couch.

The audio book:
Narrated By Tristan James
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins

Tristan James.

Just gorgeous.

All those lovely Irish accents just flow off his tongue like warm honey. It is a truly sensuous experience to hear Rhys’ evocative words read in that warm, husky voice. Just as I praised Rhys and Greg Tremblay for their work on the Cole McGinnis series, I am equally praise-laden for the Sinner’s series.

Tristan is a treat to listen to and combing him with another of Rhys fantastic stories is a match made in heaven.

I give both book and audio book 6 out 5 stars – amazing!

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Copy provided by Dreamspinner for honest review

 

Book:
http://www.amazon.com/Sinners-Gin-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00ASH7QOS/ref=la_B005UTGKSW_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1407107671&sr=1-6

The audio
http://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Sinners-Gin-Audiobook/B00HNESWJW/ref=a_search_c4_1_4_srTtl?qid=1407107702&sr=1-4