The Worst Best Man by MJ O’Shea Blog Tour!

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OS:  Welcome to MJ O’Shea, author of The Worst Best Man.  Thanks for stopping by and telling us a bit about your new book!

MJ:
Three Cool Things I Found Out

Hi there!

This is Mj O’SheaJ Earlier this year, I finished working on The Worst Best Man, which is my second book to take place mainly in London. I’ve been there twice, but I still had to do quite a bit of research to make the setting feel authentic. And while I was doing that I found out a couple of cool things…about London and some other places as well.

One: There are huge basement palaces under a lot of the fancier London homes…and it’s getting to be a problem. Because of building restrictions, wealthy London homeowners are tunneling underneath their houses to build in luxuries that the vintage buildings didn’t come standard with – pools, cinemas, basketball courts, you name it. And they’ve had to restrict it because in some areas it’s already starting to cause dangerous cave ins!

Two: I found my perfect model house for Longwick, the house that Christopher grew up in. It wasn’t in Cornwall, but it looked exactly how I’d pictured Christopher’s house in my head. Turned out, just my luck, the house was Blickling Hall and it was the home of the Boleyns. There are rumors that Anne herself haunts it from time to time! It’s a fascinating place and I loved reading about it even if it had nothing to do with my story. To think… all I wanted was a picture J

Three: There are canals in London! To anyone who lives or has spent time in London this is probably pretty obvious but I’d never seen pictures or heard of ‘Little Venice’ so I was fairly surprised to find it existed. I thought the area was so charming, I decided August needed to live there. The canals are full of houseboats and the whole place looks like a scene from a movie. It’s definitely on my list next time I’m in the area.

That’s all from me! I had a wonderful time researching this book and it made me want to go back to London and explore some more! I sort of feel like I spent a few months living there. I’ve included a blurb and some links below. Come find me!
Thanks for having me stop by,

Xoxo

Mj O’Shea

 

Blurb

It was her special day… but his worst nightmare.

Despite his American background, August O’Leary is the most sought-after wedding planner in London. Naturally, Libby and Edward come to him for a wedding the city will never forget. But Edward is an international businessman, so the details are left to Libby and her best friend – who happens to be the love of August’s life and the one who broke his heart eight years ago: Christopher Burke.

How’s August supposed to pull off the event of the year with Christopher distracting him and old feelings crashing the party uninvited?

Christopher has let money and status dictate his life, but no more. His failure to stand up to others’ expectations of him cost him his future with August – one he’d hoped would include marriage. Now he has to face August’s hurt and anger and prove he’s still the best man to make August happy.

 

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When the Dust Settles (Timing Book 3) Audiobook by Mary Calmes narrated by Sean Crisden

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Blurb

Glenn Holloway’s predictable life ended the day he confessed his homosexuality to his family. As if that wasn’t enough, he then poured salt in the wound by walking away from the ranch he’d grown up on, to open the restaurant he’d always dreamed of. Without support from his father and brother, and too proud to accept assistance from anyone else, he had to start from scratch. Over time things worked out: Glenn successfully built a strong business, created a new home, and forged a life he could be proud of.

Despite his success, his estrangement from the Holloways is still a sore spot he can’t quite heal, and a called-in favor becomes Glenn’s worst nightmare. Caught in a promise, Glenn returns to his roots to deal with Rand Holloway and comes face-to-face with Mac Gentry, a man far too appealing for Glenn’s own good. It could all lead to disaster—disaster for his tenuous reconnection with his family and for the desire he didn’t know he held in his heart.

Review

(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

This is classic Mary. We get a very misunderstood Glenn who thinks everyone hates him when he is in fact this amazing guy who saves people left and right and makes his own new little family just to spite his “real” family.

There were some shockers in here, too. For one, Glenn is gay but a male virgin! That was awesome! He discloses some things about his past that explain the why of this as well as some pretty important other changes he’s made that kind of reinvent him – entirely. Which is good – because he was mostly a jerk in Timing and After the Sunset.

His love interest is another shocker – we had no idea that Mac was gay before this – but that wasn’t really made a thing and once Glenn found out things moved quickly. (So that was one of the hurdles, fairly easily crossed.)

This is pretty short and if I have a complaint it’s that. We’re going along and there’s all this delicious tension and misunderstandings abounding and Glenn’s getting all this excellent Karma built up and then – BAM – he flips his switch and suddenly all that tension is released without a legitimate explanation. While I loved what happened next I can’t really say it made any sense.

Another piece that Mary either blatantly planted a seed for a future story with Josie and her story or it was a really neglected plot string. We start Glenn’s story off with Josie in a very terrible situation and yes, Glenn comes off the hero, but I’m not sure what purposed the served beyond that. As it stands, it feels kind of like we’re missing something important.

I loved the near death situations and how close Glenn comes to danger – felt a bit like Jory again! I also loved the complete adoration Mac gives him and how easily he accepts his new role.

What I didn’t like was how little Mac was even in this story! Most of this about Glenn and I wish we could have seen more of the happy couple – either before or after they hooked up.

It was fantastic catching up with Rand and Stef and it was great to see their new little one, too.

All in all I loved this and thought it was a blast. I think fans of the series will also adore it. If you’re new to the series you will probably need to start at book one to really appreciate this, but it can be a standalone, though not a very good one.

As a part of the series 4 of 5 stars

Audio

Mmmmm. Sean Crisden is YUMMY! And so is his voice! 😉

I love that he did the entire Timing series, so all my favs can come out to play. Rand, Stef-awn, and now Glenn and Mac. He does such a nice job of conveying the emotion when Glenn is feeling sorry for himself, or Mac’s exasperation at Glenn’s pouting, or the real fear when Glenn gets injured. I think this absolutely elevated this story and gave it more depth than it had on it’s own. Highly Recommended!

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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He Needed A Hero (Unlikely Heroes #2) by Jenny Wood

 

 

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Blurb

After a life-changing injury sends him home and ends his career; Josh agrees to temporarily move in with Alvin and Carter (from book 1), Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, learning to walk again with his brand new prosthesis, takes some time to adjust. When the small and broken man from the cafe run’s into him by accident, it leads to a run-in that Josh is ashamed of the second he leaves.

Teddy is the small, broken cafe worker that accidentally runs into the big, brooding man with the cane. With an embarrassing and painful encounter between the two and an abusive uncle furthering said injury; its just the way things go in “The Life Of Teddy Valentine.”
Feeling guilty for the way he snapped at the small guy; Josh decides to pay him another visit taking Carter with his as a buffer. One thing leads to another and the hits just keep on coming for Teddy. Will it be enough drama for Josh to throw in the towel or will Teddy end up finding his hero?

*This book does contain strong language and sexual situations between men* You’re welcome 😉

Review

We met Josh in book 1. He’s Alvin’s friend who ended up losing his leg in the military. He’s now living with Carter and Alvin and struggling with life “outside”.

Teddy is a super small guy who has been beat up by his step father and now biological uncle all his life. Only his gran has been there for him and now he’s sick. So when he meets another big guy, his first instinct is to run!

The hurt/comfort in this book is AWESOME! Teddy NEEDS someone to help him so much and Josh needs to help someone just as much.

There isn’t a lot of smexy times in this, but what is included feels right.

While I would have loved to see more about how their relationship moved (everything happened so fast and in big time jumps) I loved seeing Teddy be strong and supported. I wasn’t sure how he ends up working where he does, I might have missed that somewhere, but I was so glad for him.

The villains in this story are a little OTT, and that’s my only real complaint. (There are still a lot of grammar and editing mistakes, but it seems that they’re improving.) I didn’t completely buy the uncle’s relationship to Teddy under his gran’s house – why would gran allow that to happen? But, that’s not really important given that she’s in the hospital or the home for most of the story.

I’m finding a lot of rewarding comfort in this series and recommend them to people looking for a warm hug of a book.

4.25 of 5 stars

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Behr Facts (A Foothills Pride Story) Audiobook by Pat Henshaw narrated by David Ross

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Blurb

Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.

Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

Review

(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

Abe Behr is the oldest of the three Behrs that run the construction company in town. Since his father’s death, Abe has been fighting his cousin and the economy to keep things in the black. Abe keeps things simple. He sticks to family ties and follows the old traditions of hard work paying off. He’s kept the company running all this time but lately there have been supplies and money missing. He’s on the verge of losing the company unless he asks for help. He enlists Jeff Mason, an accountant to help him figure things out.

Jeff has come to Abe highly recommended, even though Jeff belongs to a family the Behrs have “fought with” for decades.

Though it doesn’t always feel right, Jeff and Abe eventually figure out just where the money is going. They also manage to help one young man find his career path and come out, avoid a battle between the gays and the bigots in town and find themselves in love.

**

This is the third book in the series. If you’ve read books one and two, you know some of the players – they come back to visit. Abe considers himself asexual – but we find out that may not really be the truth. The delivery in this story is unique and from Abe’s simplistic view point. It’s another “fade to black” as far as sex goes and Abe and Jeff only get together in the very end.

On the one hand I really like Abe and Jeff as a couple. Abe is simple and plain and down to earth. It’s wonderful watching his metamorphosis and really, my only complaint is that the book ends too soon. I really wish we’d gotten to see more of Abe and Jeff as a couple.

This is really more about Abe’s self discovery and only a bit about their romance. It’s a lovely “coming of age” story in that Abe and his brother and friend really do find themselves at last.

So… as a story I’d give it a 4 of 5 as a romance a 3.

If you’ve enjoyed the other books in the series you’ll enjoy this and if you haven’t read the others you won’t be lost. Abe’s story is cute and unique and very appealing.

Audio

David Ross has a voice that is very easy to listen to and the sound quality is expert. He reads this book nicely, but, he doesn’t add much to the story.

I’d have liked to have some emotion, some voice differentiation, a bit more inflection added to give this somewhat “quiet” story a little something more entertaining.

He didn’t detract from the story but he didn’t add anything either.

3 of 5 stars

Overall 3 of 5 stars

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Destination Wedding (Brandt and Donnelly Case File: Book 6) by Xavier Mayne

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/destination-wedding-by-xavier-mayne-8110-b

Blurb

State troopers Ethan Brandt and Gabriel Donnelly are finally going to get their storybook wedding—sailing on an ocean liner to a castle in the English countryside! But when an Icelandic volcano scrambles flights all over the world, they must find alternate routes to the altar—separately.

Donnelly meets Sandler Birkin, a globetrotting courier who specializes in carrying rare artifacts and diplomatic pouches. He pulls a few strings to get Donnelly to the ship on time and then accompanies him across the Atlantic. Donnelly returns the favor by helping to find Sandler’s long-lost first love, Trevor Hendricks. Trevor’s controlling, homophobic parents have brought him to Europe for a radical treatment to cure him of his homosexuality—and his love for Sandler.

Brandt, meanwhile, finagles his way around the globe with the help of Kerry Mercer, a sales executive whose spirit of adventure leads her to accompany him on his improvised journey. However, sharing hotel rooms with her presents a problem for Brandt who, despite being about to marry a man, still finds her attractive.

Once Brandt and Donnelly are reunited, they band together with Kerry and Sandler to plot Trevor’s rescue. But doing so might mean missing their own wedding.

Review

(Previous books in the series reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/?s=xavier+mayne)

I am a big fan of this series, even the books that veer away from our beloved Brandt and Donnelly. Xavier Mayne is an excellent writer and I love his sense of humor and the way he subtly works in some heavier issues in and around the humor and romance.

That being said, I was a bit befuddled by this book.

It’s really long and sort of all over the place. We have our MCs and their attempts to make it to their wedding. We have Nestor and Bryce and their trip to England. There’s the courier. The truck driver. The big pharmacy issue. The sick parents. The trips down memory lane. And more. I got overwhelmed with all the storylines.

I loved the times when our boys were together. Those were the most cohesive parts of the story for me. Watching how much they love one another, that made my insides all gooey and reminded me why I love this series so much! But, I got a bit lost when we were watching other people having sex, learning about the past lives of some of the secondary characters, talking about dead lovers and past lovers and past jobs and… there was just a lot going on.

While I found their comic relief funny, I don’t know how much Nestor and Bryce brought to this storyline. I found myself a little more put off by them in a way that I never had before. I’m not sure what the “ learning about straight guy sex through romance novel” thing was with the trucker, but it rubbed me the wrong way.

I also felt like the story got a bit more preachy. I’m not sure why it bothered me, but I felt like the subtle messages weren’t so subtle this time around and it didn’t feel as smooth as previous books.

I loved the happy ending we get for Trevor, the lead in it felt too long and the recovery/celebration was too rushed.

All in all, this story just didn’t resonate with me like the others did. I’m still a big fan, and of course I’ll read the next installment

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3.5 of 5 stars

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Open Road Audiobook by MJ O’Shea narrated by Robbie D

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/open-road-by-mj-oshea-8169-b

Blurb

Angus has been with the same guy for ten years. When his boyfriend breaks up with him the night of his thirtieth birthday party and announces his engagement to a twenty-two-year-old less than ten hours later, Angus is… a mess. To put it lightly. He spends days in bed, drinks himself into a stupor every night, and ends up losing his job and his apartment. His best and oldest friend, Reece, decides it’s time for an intervention. And a change of scenery.

Reece and Angus take off on a buddy trip across the US. They don’t have much of a plan; they just start driving. It takes Angus a couple of days to do much more than grunt when Reece talks to him, but slowly he opens up. They drive, talk, heal, shout, drink a bit too much sometimes, dance, meet new friends… and somewhere between Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine, they fall in love.

Which was the last thing in the world Angus expected.

Review
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Summer is such a good time to read “road trip” books! It reminds me of all the road trips I’ve taken and makes my feet itchy to go again!

This is one AMAZING road trip wherein our MCs hit a ton of cool places and in each place they grow closer together and heal.

The story starts with Angus and his boyfriend breaking up after what must have been months if not years of denial on Angus’ part. The coup de grace is that the boyfriend dumps Angus on his 30th birthday for a 22 year old and immediately gets engaged, when he and Angus had been together for 10 years with no such engagement.

Luckily Reece, Angus’ BFF is there to help – but not before Angus’ life spirals totally out of control.

To help clear the air and get Angus back to enjoying life, Reece suggests a road trip and off they go!

On the road Angus heals a bit and Reece finally admits some feelings he’s been holding back.

**

MJ O’Shea writes really well and she picked parts of the US that should resonate with everyone. It was fun seeing how the boys changed at each new stop. I also loved that they didn’t really bicker and we didn’t get loads of “car conversations”. She explains that away by having Reece do work while Angus is driving.

I liked that Angus’ alcohol thing wasn’t a thing… and that Reece recognized this too.

The romance is a slow burn but Ooo la la when they do begin to explore it’s very hot. My fav is probably in Vegas – those boys were on fire on the dance floor!

I really enjoyed this and had a lovely warm feeling of happiness when it was over.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

This didn’t work for me. At all.

I was psyched to see this in audio format because I really enjoyed the book. I’d not heard of the narrator, and I was a bit worried after listening to the sample. But… there was enough there that I liked that I thought I’d give this a try.

Unfortunately, the voice the narrator, Robbie D, chose for Angus (which you can hear in the sample) doesn’t get any better than that. It’s really high pitched and almost feminine sounding and YOUNG. He’s turning 30 not 13! I couldn’t get the impression out of my head of a young girl instead of a 30 year old man and it made me a bit skeeved out.

I liked his non-Angus voice, especially the non-dialog part. Some of the other – secondary characters and sometimes Reece’s dialog was a bit cartoonish and that bothered me, but it wouldn’t have made me dislike it. Angus’ voice, made this practically unlistenable.

I can’t recommend this. But… give the sample a listen. If you like the book (which you should!) and you don’t mind Angus, I think the rest of this was satisfactory as a listening experience.

2.5 of 5 stars

Overall 3 of 5 stars

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Crashing the Comicon (Wolves of Stone Ridge #21) by Charlie Richards

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Blurb

Out of the Cage: When a shifter won’t do…maybe a vampire will.

Sebastian Seb Russo is forced to take a commercial flight to his next assignment since the Vampire Council doesn’t have any planes available. His leaders have charged him with assisting the alpha of the wolf shifters in Stone Ridge, Colorado with communications between paranormals and the human government. Except, the one thing that would delay him happens…he discovers his beloved, his soul mate, on that plane. Now, Seb finds himself in Las Vegas, trailing the human Dirk Lemans. His attempts to woo the human are successful, until he makes one too many verbal slips, and he discovers a powerful truth. Dirk thinks Seb is a shifter…and not too long ago, shifters held him captive. Can Seb convince Dirk that not all paranormals are the same?

Review

Seb is Dobs’ friend and another vampire. On his way to Vegas he meets a very shy, very geeky Comicon attendee who happens to be his mate.

Unfortunately, Dirk was kidnapped by some unscrupulous Dingoes and is afraid of all things Paranormal.

Of course, with a little explanation, and some Beloved Pheremones, all things get resolved pretty quickly.

And… we now get introduced to another split off from the main pack – the dingo shifters who near rehabilitation – that we see in future stories. (We also meet Deke who will play a role in the future as well.)

I love me a good geek story and this was chock full of it!

4 of 5 stars

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Matter of Time Volume 1 Audiobook by Mary Calmes Narrated by Paul Morey

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Blurb

Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody – he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw.
While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective. And though Jory may survive the danger, he may not survive a broken heart.

Review

When I first read this series I really, really loved it and it’s what put me in the Mary Calmes fan club for life! There’s a bunch about this story that I still adore, but I’ve noticed that this particular Mary story isn’t one I re-visit often and so I decided to do just that. I wanted to see my guys again and I wanted to write a formal review, seeing as I haven’t yet.

What can I say? On the one hand, I absolutely love Sam Kage and find him amazingly sexy and endearing. He’s Alpha to the core, and that really appeals to me, so when he finds himself in love with the train-wreck that is Jory and he’s all mushy – yeah – that really does it for me!

(I find myself comparing this story to Kaje Harper’s Life Lessons series (https://www.goodreads.com/series/62285) – the cop/gay guy is too similar to ignore, but, honestly, that series really delves far more deeply into their relationship in a way that feels more realistic while this tends to be a bit more about the action and adventure. So they are kinda like apples and oranges in that resepect.)

On the other hand, Jory makes me crazy. I didn’t ever really bond with him as a character. He’s pretty self-involved, but in a clueless way. I never understood, besides his good looks and talents in bed, why everyone loved him so much. I suppose he has a “heart of gold” but he’s always in trouble!

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The thing about this series is it’s length. It is LONG. There is just SO MUCH DRAMA!

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So… you have to keep reading, because by now you’re totally enthralled and wondering WTF will happen to these guys next, because, obviously, it ends in HEA, but WOW, they’ve got a rough road to get there!

The other thing that kinda makes me crazy is all the secondary and tertiary characters. It’s supremely evident when listening to this, because there are so many side little stories and whatnot. I’m just not so sure how vital they are to the overall story.

We get that Jory is clueless. That’s hit over our head over and over. We get that Sam’s in the closet. We get that everyone loves Jory. There are a lot of little moments that illustrate this for us, and I’m not sure we needed them all.

Finally, the narration.

First, there is this horribly, cheesy lounge music at the beginning of every chapter that I despise! I just have to grit my teeth when it comes on.

Next, I love Paul Morey and he does a great job voicing Sam and Jory. Unfortunately he’s been around long enough that his voices also sound like other characters near and dear to me, so when I hear the evil guy

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near the end sound like Shane from Amy Lane’s Promise series (https://www.goodreads.com/series/41456) , I kinda get freaked out! I know it’s not his fault, and depending on what order you’ve listened to books, that voice may be weird coming from Shane but… It’s just something I noticed this time around.

So… If this is your first exposure to the series I don’t want you to think it’s not good. Because it is. It’s one of the best out there and the figures are almost iconic if you know Mary and her stories, Sam and Jory are kind of a theme for her.

I’d read a few reviews before deciding if it’s for you, but really, if you’re an m/m fan, you’re gonna need to read this and you’ll love it, I’m sure

Overall, for the narration and this book.

4 of 5 stars

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Trouble (Twirled World Ink #2) by J.M. Dabney

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Model perfect Jimmy “Trouble” Carver had never heard the word no. Tattooed, sexy and the quintessential bad boy Trouble had men falling over themselves to get to him. What people didn’t know about him was he was self-conscious even if life was easy for him. He’d started out as an apprentice at Twirled World Ink after college and never looked back. Trouble was exactly where he wanted to be, although there was one speed bump, his crush refused to go out on a date.

Brody Vaughn worked in a dead-end job, barely making it from paycheck to paycheck. He didn’t have much time for anyone other than his five-year-old daughter Mina and besides he’d never quite found a place in this world he fit. Chunky and average, that’s how he felt, except for when Trouble came into the grocery store where he worked. The flirty, gorgeous man asked him out every week with a sexy smile, but Brody had to refuse. It wasn’t as if he wanted to say no, it was just how could he date a man Brody knew he had no business trying to keep.

The Crazies of Twirled World Ink excel at one thing, matchmaking, and they are determined their resident bad boy would get his man. They just had to make sure that neither Trouble or Brody screwed up their plan.

Review

In book two, we get more of the tattoo artists we met in book one. This time, Trouble aka Jimmy, who has a pretty low self-esteem despite his model looks.

He has a crush on Brody, the soft clerk at the grocery store with a daughter. Brody doesn’t believe a guy like Trouble could be interested in him AND he’s wary of any entanglements that might hurt his daughter, so he continues to say “no”.

Eventually, Trouble wears Brody down and from then on it’s fairly smooth sailing.

I love it when a “tough guy” gets together with a “nerdy guy” and that’s this couple!

We get some OTT drama with Trouble’s family (this was a little cartoonish, they’re SO horrible with no logical reason to be so) but it serves to make the couple closer, so, it works.

The grammar is still atrocious in this book. One word kept popping up for me and that is passed for past – but that’s easy to overlook if you enjoy these two sweet guys finding love with one another.

Most importantly, I believe these books need to be read in order, because this book totally sets the scene for the next book which looks DELICIOUS! (mute guy, tough guy, buttoned-up guy ménage!)

I’ve really been enjoying this series and I look forward to the next one eagerly (we have to wait til February for book 4 dammit!) and I recommend the series.

(4.25 rounded down for grammar to) 4 of 5 stars

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BA Tortuga author of Just Like Cats and Dogs Blog Tour!

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OS:  Welcome to BA Tortuga!  Thanks for stopping by and telling us about your new book!

BA:  Thanks for having me.

Finding What You Need

Hey, y’all! I’m BA Tortuga, resident redneck and lover of all things shifter.

It’s funny, isn’t it? How people read something and find what they need?

I found this with the response to Just Like Cats and Dogs. I wasn’t thinking about themes or bullying or drama when I wrote this one. I was writing a story about a werekitty and a werewolf and how they fit together.

Seriously.

I fell in love with Sam immediately. I swear, you know how characters just come complete? Boom? That was this. I was madly, deeply in love and then Gus showed up.

It took me longer to know Gus, because at first he was all growl and aggression.

Then he began to show himself – not the growly outside, but the good man that he ended up being.

Somehow this weird, wonderful love affair ended up being a story about something bigger, something deeper. About fitting in, about being who you are. About believing you have a place in the universe.

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I just set out to write a story about two guys that fell in love. Honest.

Much love, y’all.

BA

Blurb:

A Sanctuary Novel

Can cats and dogs ever get along, let alone fall in love?

Sam knows you can never go home again. As an orphaned feline shifter raised by wolves, being an outcast is nothing new to him. But the pack is still his family, and when one of them passes away, Sam returns to the New Mexico desert to say good-bye.

Gus is a loner who rarely returns to his pack, but as fate would have it, Sam is there when he chooses to visit. The history between Gus and Sam is tumultuous, to say the least, but when Gus gets an eyeful of the grown-up and gorgeous version of his childhood bully, he can’t control his reaction. And he isn’t alone.

The attraction is powerful, but so are their differences. And with trouble brewing in the pack and danger surrounding them, Sam and Gus might not have the opportunity to seek common ground.

This action-packed shifter novel is the ultimate opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romance, and it includes a bonus novella, In the Dog House.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2011.

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About BA Tortuga

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds and her beloved wife, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has heard the call of the high desert and lives in the Sandias. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head. Find her on the web at www.batortuga.com