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Best Friends by Cat Blaine

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Carrick and Malcolm have been best friends since they were kids. They do everything together. One night, after they’ve had a little too much to drink, they share a hot, sensual kiss that ends up going a lot further than either man expected.

After that night both men struggle with lusty feelings for one another. Malcolm tells Carrick he wants to try and have a real relationship with him. Carrick panics, terrified of other people’s opinions and the two friends have a falling out. Alone and missing his best buddy, Carrick must decide if being without Malcolm is more painful than anything his peers might say.


Carrick and Malcolm are drunk one night… and horny. They kiss a bit… and some more, but the next day go back to being “buds”. Except… Carrick can’t forget what he and Mal did. He’s now jealous when he sees Mal out at the bar and he can’t quite come to grips with what that says about himself.

Mal (who we only know about through Carrick’s eyes) is also confused. He seems to want to keep their friendship but he keeps saying and doing things that make Carrick confused. What does he want?


This is a short but sexy, double GFY. Neither has any real experience with a guy before, but they know they’re attracted to the other. They’re best friends but in jobs where being out might be a problem.

First they have to work through their attraction them decide what to be in public. I enjoyed watching them navigate the physical and emotional side of their relationship. Though it was fast, it did try to be realistic.

I highly recommend this to fans of GFY, and best friends to lovers story lovers.

4.5 of 5 stars


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In Your Eyes (Part of the Mates Series) by Cardeno C

A Book in the Mates Series

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Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. Taking control comes easily to Samuel, but relating to people, including those he’s supposed to lead, is a constant challenge.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for putting him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then tries to avoid him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers results in tragedy, Samuel and Korban are thrown together. With his world crashing down around him, Samuel must save his pack and show them he can lead. But first, Korban needs to save Samuel by inspiring him to feel. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past the rules they’ve been taught to realize they are destined to fit together.


Ok, so I’m a fan girl of Cardeno C. I just love every one of her books. But – let me tell you – I really super love her Mate Series. I adore shifter romances and hers are the epitome of sweet and sensual, with just the right amount of magic and angst involved.

Cardeno is so good at giving us these characters who, though super smart, just don’t get it. That’s Samuel. There are so many signs pointing to why Korban gets under his skin, but he just can’t see the truth. He tries and tries and tries to be the best Alpha-in-training he can be, but something is missing.

That missing piece is Korban, only Samuel doesn’t know it. When tragedy strikes and the two shifters are finally thrown together it’s like the world finally makes sense. Things now work like they should.

One thing I like about most of Caredno’s books, she gives us time with the couple together. Rather than end the story with the two of them finding love, they get a little time together to show us how they work and act as a couple. I just love that!

It’s a pretty short book, but packed with wonderful, touching, smexy and sweet scenes.

I highly recommend this book and give it a 6 out of 5 stars!
(You don’t have to read the first two books in the series, but they do give a little more background.)


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Signs of Life (Resilient Love Book 2) by Melanie Hansen


A Resilient Love Story

Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all—a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that’s about to become reality. He’s learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leave Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He’s able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.

High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids—he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he’s built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.

An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he’s unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he’s managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.


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Organic Chemistry (Book 1) Audiobook by Andrew Grey Narrated by Nick J Russo


Brendon Marcus lives for his work. A boy genius who fast-tracked his way to college professor by his early 20s, he doesn’t know any other way to be. People confound him. So when Josh Horton, the assistant football coach, pursues him, Brendon isn’t sure what to make of him. Josh has his own problems. His successful parents aren’t particularly happy with his career path, and some of the players don’t like having a gay assistant coach. He begins to have doubts, but Brendon makes the world look a little brighter.

First, let me say that I am a fan of Andrew Grey and I am a huge fan of the Geek/Jock story, so this hit my buttons in a big way. I like that Andrew made Brendon a strong if very naïve geek and that the relationship between him and Josh wasn’t a typical “I am your hero since I am so big” type of relationship. It was very sweet, pretty short, and had a little hot sex to make it an all around good read.


(This was one of my first audio books reviewed.  That site crashed so I’m re-posting it here  Funny how your opinion changes as time passes!  )

So, I don’t know how many of you read the book before the audio version or vice versa or one and not the other, but – so far in my experience – I have always read the book first. This is important to note, because it means that I had already formed pre-conceived notions about the “voice” of the MCs. That being said, I think that Nick J Russo did a good job. His voice is smooth and nice to listen to. He tries really hard to give all the characters a separate “voice” and though this can be distracting at times, it’s also a nice touch. It helps to keep clear who is doing the speaking.

Josh’s “character” as read by Nick wasn’t how I would have read him (at all) – but it wasn’t bad, just different. Brendon is done very well, and matches what I would have imagined.

(Now looking back on things – my hero worship of Nick makes me appreciate how awesome this narration is!)

Nick tries to add in appropriate emotion and (ahem) groans where appropriate and that’s also a nice touch.

As a staunch proponent of reading then listening – I will say again that this is a good interpretation, and certainly worth listening to, even if you haven’t read it first.

4 of 5 stars


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Taxes and Tardis by NR Walker


Brent is a jock, Logan a geek, these men are a world apart. But if opposites attract, maybe it’s the differences between them that make it worth the fight.

Brent Kelly is a laid-back tradesman whose only concerns are drinks with friends and which man to bed next. In need of a new accountant to sort out his nightmarish shoebox of tax receipts, he’s referred to Logan Willis.

He doesn’t expect to be intrigued by the science fiction-loving, geeky guy with dark-rimmed glasses and a TARDIS blue shirt. So his fascination with the soft-spoken Englishman surprises him, and their mutual attraction is completely unexpected. He most certainly never expects to fall in love.

One a jock and the other a geek, both men know the differences between them are vast and could cause problems. But in this opposites-attract erotic drama, maybe it’s the differences between them that make staying together worth the fight.


Brent is a self-made electrician, he plays football and is a fairly laid-back, jockish type guy. He goes in to do his taxes and find himself captivated by the nerdy accountant in the blue shirt, Logan.

Logan is an ex-pat from Britain. He’s slim and decidedly geeky. When the cute electrician starts showing an interest by drawing him in with questions about Dr Who he can’t help but be entranced.


This is a wonderful, almost no angst story about two men discovering just how opposites can attract.

I loved how open Brent was. He didn’t try to beat around the bush, but put himself out there. And though a little guarded, Logan reciprocated. The one moment of “Misunderstanding” was quickly laid to rest and we got our happily ever after.

The smexy times are hot and the ILYs are really sweet.

I absolutely adored this and I highly recommend it!

6 of 5 stars


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Ty Hard (Willow Spring Ranch Book 1) by Laura Harner

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Tyler has used Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a shield against the truth since he was seventeen. Cut loose from his Navy career and mourning his mentor’s death, Ty must come to terms with his desires for another man even while he fights to keep the PTSD from pulling him under.

Rancher Cass Cartwright’s relationships never last more than a few hours, and that’s just the way he likes it. Now he’s done the one thing he swore never to do: fallen in love. Can Cass convince Ty to let go of his past or will sabotage at the ranch kill their love before it has a chance to grow?


Ty has lost a lot in this world, his family, his career, now somebody close by. But he has a place stay and a new job, with a super-hot boss, Cass.

Cass owns a ranch out in the boonies and doesn’t ever imagine he’ll have a partner. He finds his lovin’ in the next town – miles and miles away – to protect his heart and his sanity.

When a sweet matchmaker plops Ty in his lap, he can’t say no. He has to help, protect and love this new ranch cook – even if he has to convince Ty of that plan first.


This is a very sweet, sentimental, and sexy short story about two hot guys finding each other and filling the lonely spots in their hearts.

There is a bit of drama thrown in and some PTSD, but mostly it’s about them falling in love.

It’s a wonderful first book to a series and there are loads of interesting men at the ranch whose stories must be told!

I’ve never read this author before, but I’m a fan now!

4.5 of 5 stars


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Dirty Kiss (Book 1) Audiobook by Rhys Ford Narrated by Greg Tremblay


Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman’s son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man’s handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.

Jae-Min’s cousin had a dirty little secret, the kind that Cole has been familiar with all his life and that Jae-Min is still hiding from his family. The investigation leads Cole from tasteful mansions to seedy lover s trysts to Dirty Kiss, the place where the rich and discreet go to indulge in desires their traditional-minded families would rather know nothing about.

It also leads Cole McGinnis into Jae-Min’s arms, and that could be a problem. The death of Jae-Min’s cousin is looking less and less like a suicide, and Jae-Min is looking more and more like a target. Cole has already lost one lover to violence he’s not about to lose Jae-Min too.


Cole was a police officer who lost his lover and his job to a murder.  (It’s way more complicated than that, but you’ll have to read/listen to the entire series to get the full extent of the story.  You don’t find out here, but you get dribbles and drabbles along the way, piquing your interest.)  He’s now a private investigator, on a job.  He meets Jae-Min at the house of one of the people he’s investigating and is instantly attracted.

Jae is Korean, he can’t be gay.  But he is.  That is a huge deal for him.  He’s attracted to Cole but he knows for the sake of his family he has to push him away.  Cole won’t let that happen.

The mystery in this book is: Jae’s cousin committed suicide – or did he?  There is a lot hidden in Korean society and it’s up to Cole to dig through all the secrets to find the truth.  Of course, in the meantime he gets hurt too, but he seems to have 9 lives – like Jae’s cat!

We get to meet most of the characters we will grow to love throughout the series including Cole’s brother Mike, his assistant Claudia, his BFF Bobby and Jae’s bestie Scarlet.  The mystery gets solved and the beginning of the romance between Jae and Cole begins.

Though the mystery takes up the bulk of the story, to me, the romance is the main thrust of this book and the entire series. Watching Jae-Min and Cole learn to be a couple is the best part of this series. The funny side characters (some of whom get their own stories later on) are an added bonus.

I loved this book and the entire series and also gave it a 5 of 5 stars.

Audio version:
This is a case where the audio version is so amazing as to sometimes surpasses the written word. Greg Tremblay totally gets what Rhys is writing and he “performs” the story, not just reading it.

There are times, and I have said this before, where you feel like you are listening at the door, or listening to a movie soundtrack, instead of a simple narration.

It is supremely excellent.

Each character has a distinct and unique voice, and Greg even has a great singing voice.

I give the audio version a 6 out of 5 stars because it is Rhys’ words performed so excellently by Greg that together, the combination surpasses the book as an experience.


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