Good Bones Audiobook by Kim Fielding Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Blurb

Skinny, quiet hipster Dylan Warner was the kind of guy other men barely glanced at until an evening’s indiscretion with a handsome stranger turned him into a werewolf. Now, despite a slightly hairy handicap, he just wants to live an ordinary—if lonely—life as an architect. He tries to keep his wild impulses in check, but after one too many close calls, Dylan gives up his urban life and moves to the country, where he will be less likely to harm someone else. His new home is a dilapidated but promising house that comes with a former Christmas tree farm and a solitary neighbor: sexy, rustic Chris Nock.

Dylan hires Chris to help him renovate the farmhouse and quickly discovers his assumptions about his neighbor are inaccurate—and that he’d very much like Chris to become a permanent fixture in his life as well as his home. Between proving himself to his boss, coping with the seductive lure of his dangerous ex-lover, and his limited romantic experience, Dylan finds it hard enough to express himself—how can he bring up his monthly urge to howl at the moon?

Review

Dylan is an architect in Portland, OR who lives for his work and longs for romance, but hasn’t found it. One night he hooks up with an enigmatic man, Andy, who ends up being an evil werewolf that attacks Dylan, making Dylan a werewolf as well. Now, once a month, Dylan has to lock himself down or end up on the streets of Portland, killing innocents.

Chris is a country bumpkin with a past. He’s “poor white trash” and lives basically on a shoe string budget doing various handyman type jobs. When Dylan moves in next door he’s sure that he’s being judged by the uppity hipster but can’t refuse the extra cash offered to help with renovating Dylan’s new cabin.

Eventually both men succumb to their attraction for the other but both are hiding some deep, dark secrets. The question is, is what they have strong enough to survive those secrets coming to light?

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This is a shifter story more like the werewolf stories of old. Dylan isn’t part wolf, he only becomes the “monster” once a month and he hates it. Chris’ feelings of inadequacy and his shame stemming from his past keep him from allowing Dylan in. Dylan won’t let anyone close for fear he might hurt them.

Kim Fielding is an amazing writer and this book is no exception. She’s developed a plausible world wherein things do go bump in the night. She found a way to keep Dylan’s experience a tragedy, yet with a silver lining.

(I loved all the Portland references! Yay Stumptown! I totally cried laughing at the women’s house – SO PORTLAND – it needs to be green, and exotic, but not too exotic and make a statement, but not too much of a statement and you’ll know it’s right because it will FEEL right… so spot on!)

Audio:

Nick J Russo narrates this and his voice is DIVINE. He does a lovely growly Dylan and a perfectly “hick” Chris. Together they have some serious chemistry. Nick always does an excellent job with his “acting” and I really loved the final scene where Dylan and Chris admit their feelings to one another. Can’t wait for book 2 on audio!

I really enjoyed the story and think that listening to this is absolutely the best way to enjoy this.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Never Too Early: Full Circle Series: Never Too Early (Book 3) by Chris Owen and Tory Temple TOUR

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In the final book of the Never Too Early series, cowboys Jake and Tor and firefighters Chance and Tucker have more on their plates than they bargained for. What started out as friendship has developed into strong feelings, and the couples continue to grow and learn about each other. However, adding two and two is more than a simple math problem. Words and emotions can be a dangerous mix, as the four men discover, and jealousy and miscommunication threaten what they’ve built together.

When two of the four unexpectedly connect, it sends all of them reeling. Pride is bruised and feelings are wounded, although they try desperately to hold themselves together in order to navigate this new territory. The physical distance between them all is both a blessing and a curse. When one of them reveals something that can’t be taken back, it threatens the relationships of all four men. How do two separate couples blend themselves to become one unit? The doubts and fears threaten to overwhelm them all, and no one will emerge unscathed.

Pages or Words: 78,000 words

Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Ménage/Poly, Romance, Western/Cowboy

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Chance was quiet for several minutes. A woodpecker in the front yard tree gave its high-pitched tweeting call before busily getting back to work.

“I definitely was not prepared,” he finally said. “And I know Tuck wasn’t. I’ll have to really sit and talk with him to see what he thinks. I can’t decide if us leaving today is a good idea or a shitty one.”

“I’ll miss you either way,” Jake said. “I don’t know Tucker well enough to know how long it takes him to think things through, and he might be uncomfortable being here. Which would suck. But you guys leaving and not being here to sort it all out sucks, too.”

“There isn’t much of a choice,” Chance sighed. “Our flight is at two. If I didn’t have to attend a meeting at headquarters tomorrow, I’d try and change it. But we — well, at least I — need to get home.”

“I know.” The distance sucked, and the fact that everyone had responsibilities they couldn’t shake off was both a good thing and a bad thing. It made for good people, but it made it difficult to handle issues as they came up. “Maybe the four of us can make this morning a good one, and everyone will feel better by the time you leave. Even if things aren’t completely settled, maybe they’ll be better.”

“It’ll be better right now if you kiss me like you mean it.”

Jake smiled and set his coffee mug aside. “Like I mean it?” He touched Chance’s cheek and kissed his mouth softly. “More?”

“More.” Chance smiled against Jake’s lips and kept his eyes closed.

Jake gave him more, the smiles fading as the kisses deepened and Chance’s mug was put down as well. They turned to each other, and Jake would have happily let his coffee go cold if he could stay right where he was for an hour or so.

Chance didn’t seem inclined to go anywhere, either. He put both hands on Jake’s face and held him gently as he pressed light kisses to Jake’s forehead, cheeks, and bridge of his nose before returning to Jake’s mouth with a sweep of his tongue and a slight nip. “I’ll miss you,” he murmured into Jake’s ear, then sucked Jake’s earlobe into his mouth for a split second.

“One of these days I’ll ask you not to go,” Jake whispered back. “Someday we’ll stay together.” Jake had no idea how that would work, but he knew that he wanted it.

Chance pulled back and looked at him, eyes soft. “Maybe someday we’ll work it out.”

Jake nodded and kissed him again. He was about to say something even more honest and probably embarrassing when the door opened and Tor said, “So, you two don’t need more coffee, then?”

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Meet the authors:

Tory Temple:
I live in southern California, the land of no seasons. (Is wind a season?) I live with three dogs, two cats, and some tortoises. I’m married to a firefighter, which is great in the sense that some nights I get the TV all to myself, but not so great in the sense that some nights I have to figure out what to do when the washer starts leaking. (Or when there’s a bat in the house, which is a thing that happened when he was working.)

Most of my books are centered around the firehouse. When you spend a lot of time around firemen, you write what you know! And what’s hotter than a fireman?

Two firemen.

Chris Owen:
I am a writer of gay romances, a lover of dramatic TV and a fan of many things which are bad for me. I don’t cook, I do read, I pretend to garden, and I take care of my pets. One of my favorite things is a clean desk; another is a messy desk.

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Chris Owen:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Chris-Owen-362850963876393/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chris_owen

Tory Temple:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/torytemple
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ToryTemple

Goodreads Links:
Chris Owen: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/267618.Chris_Owen
Tory Temple: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/552953.Tory_Temple
Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Artist: Kris Norris

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Magic & Mistletoe (Review) by Annabelle Jacobs

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Christmas is Harry’s favourite time of the year, but it looks like he’ll be spending it alone. When it comes to the men he fancies, his luck is non-existent. Harry’s nerves always get the better of him—especially when he tries to talk to Andrew, the hot guy downstairs.

Everything changes when Harry meets a mysterious girl in the woods who professes to be a witch. He dismisses her claims, but when odd things start happening to him, he has to reconsider.

Andrew was attracted to Harry from the start, but their awkward encounters put him off. All goes well until Harry opens his mouth—and ruins it with his stupidity and silly comments. When Harry suddenly becomes more relaxed and they have a proper conversation, Andrew realises his first impression was wrong. As the days count down to December 25, they get swept up in the Christmas spirit and their relationship moves faster than either expected.

A little winter magic might have been the push they needed, but Harry worries that when it wears off, he’ll no longer be the man Andrew wants.

Review

Harry is kind of a bumbling dork when he’s nervous. He can’t ever say the right thing and in fact many times says the exact wrong thing.

When he and his mates are walking around the woods one weekend, they run across a witch who promises to help Harry with his problem. Though he’s skeptical at first, he can’t help but be a believer as thing around him keep happening that prove she told the truth.

Andrew is the down-stairs neighbor to Harry. He thinks Harry is hot and that his inability to say the right thing is because he’s a jerk who thinks too much of himself. So Andrew is very pleasantly surprised when Harry ends up being SHY not CONCEITED.

The rest of the story is these two cuties navigating their relationship. There are bursts of magical help and a bit of sweet by hot smexy times and some laughs.

If you are in the mood for a cute, very British, vaguely paranormal, and amazingly sweet holiday read – this book is for you!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Blueberry Boys by Vanessa North

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Connor Graham is a city boy—a celebrated fashion photographer in New York. When his uncle’s death drags him back to the family blueberry farm, all he wants to do is sell it as quickly as he can. Until he meets his uncle’s tenant farmer.

Jed Jones, shy and stammering, devout and dedicated, has always yearned for land of his own and a man to share it with. Kept in the closet by his church, family, and disastrous first love, he longs to be accepted for who he is. But now, with his farm and his future in Connor’s careless hands, he stands to lose even the little he has.

Neither man expects the connection between them. Jed sees Connor—appreciates his art and passion like no one else in this godforsaken town ever has. Connor hears Jed—looks past his stutter to listen to the man inside. The time they share is idyllic, but with the farm sale pending, even their sanctuary is a source of tension. As work, family, and their town’s old-fashioned attitudes pull them apart, they must find a way to reconcile commitments to their careers and to each other.

Review

Connor has been living in New York, he’s a successful photographer and really happy with his life. When his uncle dies, leaving him a 1/3 of the blueberry farm he never wanted, he returns only to do what’s necessary to expedite the sale. There he meets Jed.

Jed is a tenant farmer, reliant on good weather and luck to make his livelihood. He loves growing things and though he’s gay, closeted, and resents the fact that he’s made to feel his life is “wrong”, he still hasn’t turned away from his religion.

Jed and Connor strike an interest in one another right from the start. That is never the problem. The problem is making their lives mesh given geography, politics, religion and convictions.

Fortunately – the universe is a funny place – and in a moment of sadness we find what we’ve most been searching for.

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Vanessa North amazes me! If you look at the books she’s written, they cover all sorts of topics, themes, characters – you name it. This is an absolutely unique story and different from her others.

The theme of religion and coming home at first put me off reading this book. But I love her work, so I decided to trust (or as Jed would say – have faith). It totally paid out.

Yes – there are some stiff and uncomfortable scenes wherein we watch Jed wrestle with what he’s been taught and what he feels to be true. But – the religion aspect isn’t hit over the head, nor is it vilified. In fact, the new pastor- Brenda – actually steps up to help when nobody else can.

I loved how Jed trusted Connor and how Connor always respected Jed’s limits, tried to make his life easier and never tried to “change” him.  Just acceptance, all the time.

The sweet smexy times are appropriate and meaningful. The feels are abundant. And the Epilogue is OUTSTANDING!

I loved this book and highly recommend it!

5 of 5 stars

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Christmas is Harry’s favourite time of the year, but it looks like he’ll be spending it alone. When it comes to the men he fancies, his luck is non-existent. Harry’s nerves always get the better of him—especially when he tries to talk to Andrew, the hot guy downstairs.

Everything changes when Harry meets a mysterious girl in the woods who professes to be a witch. He dismisses her claims, but when odd things start happening to him, he has to reconsider.

Andrew was attracted to Harry from the start, but their awkward encounters put him off. All goes well until Harry opens his mouth—and ruins it with his stupidity and silly comments. When Harry suddenly becomes more relaxed and they have a proper conversation, Andrew realises his first impression was wrong. As the days count down to December 25, they get swept up in the Christmas spirit and their relationship moves faster than either expected.

A little winter magic might have been the push they needed, but Harry worries that when it wears off, he’ll no longer be the man Andrew wants.

Pages or Words: 40,000 words

 Categories: Contemporary, Humor, M/M Romance

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Harry didn’t need to look behind him to have his suspicions confirmed. The smug expression on Jason’s face said it all. “I hate you,” he whispered.

Jason kicked his shin. “Sit up, smile, and look happy to see him.”

Two minutes later, Andrew was pulling up a chair and setting his drink on the table.

Harry looked at the red takeaway cup topped with a mountain of whipped cream, and grinned. Instead of blurting out the first thing that came to mind—“Are you really gonna drink that?”—because God only knew what would happen this time to make him stop, Harry paused and took a sip of his coffee.

Andrew darted a glance between Harry and Jason, beginning to look uncomfortable, as though he thought he’d interrupted them.

Harry took a deep breath, then gestured at Andrew’s cup. “Is that one of the Christmas specials?” That wasn’t so hard, was it?

He relaxed a little as Andrew smiled at him and settled back in his chair.

“Yeah, it’s the gingerbread latte. I don’t normally indulge, but it’s bloody freezing out there today, and I fancied something delicious and bad for me.” His gaze caught Harry’s and lingered.

A flare of warmth filled Harry’s chest. This was flirting, right? It wasn’t his imagination.

Then Jason opened his big mouth and ruined the moment, saying, “Yeah, I think Kyle has that effect on a lot of people.”

Harry choked on his mouthful of coffee, just managing to swallow it instead of spraying it over the table. He glared daggers at Jason, who feigned innocence.

Andrew glanced over at the counter, then back at Jason, and laughed, his eyes crinkling at the edges. Harry bit his lip in frustration. Why couldn’t he get Andrew to laugh like that?

“Yeah,” Andrew said, “He’s not bad to look at.” Then his gaze slid back to Harry and his smile softened. “Not my type, though.”

 

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 Meet the author:

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

Where to find the author:

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Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annabelle-Jacobs-Fiction/458768424158896

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJacobs_fiction

website: www.annabellejacobs.com

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27427990-magic-mistletoe

Publisher: Annabelle Jacobs

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

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Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton

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Jason Walker is a child star turned teen heartthrob turned reluctant B-movie regular who’s sick of his failing career. So he gives up Hollywood for northern Idaho, far away from the press, the drama of LA, and the best friend he’s secretly been in love with for years.

There’s only one problem with his new life: a strange young man only he can see is haunting his guesthouse. Except Benjamin Ward isn’t a ghost. He’s a man caught out of time, trapped since the Civil War in a magical prison where he can only watch the lives of those around him. He’s also sweet, funny, and cute as hell, with an affinity for cheesy ’80s TV shows. And he’s thrilled to finally have someone to talk to.

But Jason quickly discovers that spending all his time with a man nobody else can see or hear isn’t without its problems—especially when the tabloids find him again and make him front-page news. The local sheriff thinks he’s on drugs, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. But Jason knows he hasn’t lost his mind. Too bad he can’t say the same thing about his heart.

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Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website: http://www.glbthotline.org/ 

Review

Jason Walker is a B list actor – he used to be a big star as a child actor but hasn’t really found his place as an adult in the industry. He moves to a small town to “get his head together” and decide where his career is going. At the new house he begins to see things and worries he may be going crazy. But eventually he comes to the conclusion that the house is haunted.

Ben “haunts” a snowglobe found in Jason’s house. Up until now, nobody has been able to see him, so he knows Jason is something special. Without giving away the magic in this story – I’ll let you know that they find a way to talk and even touch and this is how their relationship starts.

Eventually, both Jason and Ben worry that at some point their relationship has to end. There is a price to be paid for their love and one or both are afraid that death may be the cost.

**

What an absolutely amazing, beautifully written, totally unique and gorgeous story we have here!

Marie Sexton is a fantastic writer and she’s managed to one-up herself with this story. I think it stands as one of my favorite of hers and that’s saying a lot. (I’m a huge fan of her Coda series!)

I don’t want to give too much away, but the way she “solves” this mystical dilemma is both terrifying and wonderful. (Have no fear there is a very HEA in store for our guys!)

Ben is a beautiful character and I’m so glad he got his happy ending. Jason needed someone like him, pure, beautiful soul, sweet and hopeful to bring him back to himself. It was a joy to read about them finding one another and happiness.

I highly recommend this story to fans of the belief that love conquers all, that there are Christmas miracles, to sweet and sappy romance and to believers in magic.

5 of 5 stars

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Bitter Taffy Audiobook (Candy Man Book 2) by Amy Lane Narrated by Philip Alces

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Rico Gonzalves-Macias didn’t expect to fall in love during his internship in New York—and he didn’t expect the boss’s son to out them both and get him fired either. When he returns to Sacramento stunned and heartbroken, he finds his cousin, Adam, and Adam’s boyfriend, Finn, haven’t just been house-sitting—they’ve made his once sterile apartment into a home.

When Adam gets him a job interview with the adorable, magnetic, practically perfect Derek Huston, Rico feels especially out of his depth. Derek makes it no secret that he wants Rico, but Rico is just starting to figure out that he’s a beginner at the really important stuff and doesn’t want to jump into anything with both feet.

Derek is a both-feet kind of guy. But he’s also made mistakes of his own and doesn’t want to pressure Rico into anything. Together they work to find a compromise between instant attraction and long-lasting love, and while they’re working, Rico gets a primer in why family isn’t always a bad idea. He needs to believe Derek can be his family before Derek’s formidable patience runs out—because even a practically perfect boyfriend is capable of being hurt.

Review

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The book opens with Rico and Ezra (the lover) breaking up spectacularly when Ezra’s dad discovers their relationship.

Rico moves back to Sacramento (almost 2 months early) heartbroken, happy that Adam and the miraculous Finn are there to help him heal.

Rico gets hooked up with Derek, the provider of Art jobs for Adam, both romantically and as an employer. But it doesn’t always go smoothly, Rico is seriously cautious and doesn’t want a repeat of his last workplace romance.

In the end, Derek’s perfection and his persistence pay off and we get another HEA.

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What I LOVED about this story, besides seeing so much of Finn and Adam, was how much healing we got to see Rico go through.

I loved how steadfast both Derek and Finn were and what good examples their families provided for both Rico and Adam.

Of course the pets are wonderful as are Darrin and the other secondary characters.

Reading this is EXACTLY like a trip to your favorite candy store. You know you will be sad when the book/candy is over/gone but you just have to devour it as quickly as you can because it’s so enjoyable!

So, so wonderful!

Audio

Philip Alces is seriously growing on me. I really love his character voices for Finn and Derek and though I wish he’d done more for the Hispanic accents of Rico and Adam, he overcomes that with his wit and humor and his timing.

I highly recommend this audiobook and the series.

5 of 5 stars

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Shades of Gray Audiobook by Brooke McKinley Narrated by Paul Morey

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Miller Sutton, a by-the-book FBI agent, is starting to see some troubling shades of gray in his black-and-white world. He comes face-to-face with his doubts in the person of Danny Butler, a mid-level drug runner Miller hopes to use to catch a much larger fish: Roberto Hinestroza, a drug lord Miller has pursued for years.
Danny has no interest in being a witness against his boss, both out of a sense of twisted loyalty and because he knows double-crossing Hinestroza is a sure death sentence. But he reluctantly agrees to cooperate, and as he suspects, it doesn’t take long for Hinestroza to figure out the betrayal.
Miller is surprised to discover Danny’s not the career-criminal lowlife he expected; at the same time, Danny finds himself helplessly attracted to Miller’s innate goodness. They barely begin to explore the sparking attraction between them when Hinestroza’s hitman tracks them down, and then they’re on the run, both for their lives and for any kind of love.

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Miller is placed in charge of a criminal informant, Danny. From the beginning, Danny challenges Miller’s strict “by the book” life and philosophies. In addition to making him wonder about his life in law enforcement, he also opens up cracks in his sexuality he’d thought long buried.
Eventually, the heat between them rises to the top and almost burns out of control. But life can’t just work out for these two star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of the law. When Danny is faced with the decision to protect himself or his lover who will he choose?
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I recently re-listened/re-read this after having read it originally over a year ago. I warn you now this is an intense book. It is full of emotion and pain and really, really hard decisions.
What I loved about this, is the connection between Danny and Miller. It’s intense and full of chemistry and angst and most of all a deep love that really does feel like Romeo and Juliet when faced with life and death decisions.
Another thing I loved is that the author didn’t tie things up in a pretty make-believe bow. There was ugliness and bloodshed and life changes that had to occur in order to get these guys together. They aren’t going to have it easy – but they are going to be together. That’s what’s important.
I will tell you that it’s a hard book no matter how you experience it – for me – reading it let me control the pacing and was easier for me – but, it’s a great audiobook and if you have what it takes to let the story just unfold over you and roll you in the waves – I’d recommend doing that.

Audio:
Paul Morey narrates this and he does a great job with Danny and Miller. I wish he’d done a bit more with the secondary characters, emphasizing their Hispanic accents, but it’s a great way to experience this book.
5 of 5 stars

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Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis

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Aaron has no idea what he’s walking into when he shows up to pose for a famous—and famously bad-tempered—photographer. He certainly doesn’t expect to end up working as Jake’s assistant for five frustrating, thrilling, and crazy years instead of in front of the camera.

It all works until Jake realizes Aaron has become the focus of his life, a life that’s threatened when Aaron actually leaves him to start a relationship with someone else. Though it breaks his heart, Jake realizes he has to set his beloved muse free to have any chance of winning Aaron back.

Reprint: This short story was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Size Still Matters.

Review

Aaron shows up at Jake’s studio, desperate for a job. Jake’s a photographer in need of an assistant.

What ensues is two people who absolutely and totally get the other, but for some reason DO NOT get that they’re perfect for each other. (Oh, and lots of snark, sniping, and hilarity, mixed in with a bunch of super sweet feels.)
**

I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this. It’s not too long. It’s gotten great reviews and really – it’s wonderful!

Aaron is British so he infuses all that British snark into everything he says. He’s rude, childishly enthusiastic, funny and blunt.

Jake is pretty misanthropic, obsessive, selfish, and has a heart the size of Texas. Jake takes care of Aaron and vice versa. It’s amazingly sweet to watch.

I’d give this book perfect marks but for two things: One: I didn’t buy the time line that it took these guys 5 years to figure things out – the chemistry between them is absolutely combustible and I don’t see that lasting 5 years before someone acted on it. Two: When they do finally realize their attraction it still takes weeks for them to act on it. That got tedious, even though the writing was excellent and the being morose was pretty entertaining at times.

This is a “low steam” romance – just one very hot episode of non-stop fucking at the end, but it’s hot when it does happen.

I highly recommend this to fans of slow burn romance, friends to lovers, British snark and constant one-liners.

4.5 of 5 stars

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