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Stage Two (Lexington Lovers #3) by Ariel Tachna

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Love has a steep learning curve.

Assistant high school principal Blake Barnes has everything he wants—a chance to help troubled students and an outlet for his passion for theater. Well, almost everything—he still goes home to an empty apartment. Then his high school crush explodes back into his life, the unexpected guardian of two boys in Blake’s care.

Thane Dalton has always been a bad boy through and through. Not much has changed, including his mistrust of authority figures, and no amount of institutional bureaucracy will keep him from protecting his nephews from the bullies terrorizing them. If that means butting heads with Blake, so be it.

Blake and Thane have lessons to learn: that they both have the boys’ best interests at heart, that the tension between them isn’t just confrontational, and that sparks can fly when opposites come together.


I don’t know what the name would be – but I think everyone has that fantasy – the boy/girl you crushed on in high school who was so unattainable but triggered all your young lust… now, you’re an adult and lonely and lo and behold – said person is still around and just as hot and now… he/she can be yours!

This hit all those notes. Thane didn’t know Blake when they were kids, but Blake sure crushed hard on Thane. Now Thane is an uncle and all bossy and protective and though he and Blake clash at first – that spark ignites between them.

I thought the chemistry was wonderful – very hot and yet it wasn’t the main focus of the story. The boys – Thanes nephews –were adorable and very charming. Blake’s role as principal was portrayed fairly accurately and his dilemmas with procedure felt authentic.

I didn’t like that even at the end Thane was a dick to Blake and Blake didn’t make him grovel enough when he really should have.

It was a sweet ending with a solid HFN/HEA and very hopeful. I enjoyed this and while I had some niggles – for the most part that it was really engaging.

4.25 (rounded to 4.5) of 5 stars



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Out of Nowhere (Middle of Somewhere Book 2) Audiobook by Roan Parrish narrated by Spencer Goss


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The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.


Let me start by saying I seldom read stories about tortured heroes, at the first sign of self loathing or a lot of angst, I mentally shy away. But not in this case. Spencer Goss kept me going through the whole book, angst be damned! His narration was nothing short of pure entertainment- he captured each of the characters so distinctly, I had no difficulty in identifying Colin, Daniel, Rafe …damn, Rafe sounded so good, I wanted him for myself 😉 Anyway, back to the narration – each character, and I mean every one, had a unique voice. I could tell how tortured Colin was about his sexuality, how hard Rafe tried to be the all around good guy to make up for past mistakes. Even the YA kids had a voice- you could tell that they each had their own issues going on. Because of the narrator (and a good story), I was able to enjoy the book a lot more than if I had read it. Don’t get me wrong, Roan Parrish wrote a really good book, but I have to admit I got the audiobook to get through it. Highly recommend it and Spencer Goss!

Spencer is going to be an auto-buy narrator for me, he is really, really good!



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Losing Control (Broken Pieces #3) Audiobook by Riley Hart Narrated by Jack DuPont Dual Review!


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On the surface, Ben seems to have it all: money, influence, good looks. He smiles and jokes in all the right places, but it’s all a façade. Inside he’s a wreck, and it’s only getting worse. With his Congressman father using Ben’s recent kidnapping for his own political agenda, and Ben still struggling to get over the only guy he’s ever loved, he feels like he’s losing his grip on reality and he’s quickly spiraling out of control.

Then he meets Dante, an enigma of a man with as much self-hatred as Ben has. In Dante, Ben finds what he didn’t know he needed: Dante’s control, his power, is the only thing that clears the fog in Ben’s brain. For the first time in his life, Ben has a lover who just might need Ben as much as Ben needs him. When they’re together, the demons from their pasts don’t lurk so heavily on their shoulders.

But Dante can’t fix him. Not when a memory from Ben’s past is haunting him in ways he doesn’t understand, waiting for him to put together the missing pieces in his head…and what he discovers just might have the power to break him for good.

Warning: light BDSM themes and mentions of abuse. (less)

Review by Anna:

Well, this was painful. Ben, our protagonist, is suffering from severe PTSD both after a recent kidnapping, which ended with murder, as well as his childhood memories of his older sister taking her own life.

He is spinning desperately out of control and into depression when we meet him. He is not working, not eating and not sleeping. All he does is drink, write letters to his ex-lover, and fuck strangers in clubs, or rather he tries to fuck strangers, except that his dick is not really co-operating any longer.
He meets Dante on such a night in a club, a mysterious stranger, who refuses to have sex with him and who takes him out for a drink, except that that drink turns out to be coffee, not alcohol. The relationship between Dante and Ben is not healthy, anyone can see that, but it does manage to keep Ben alive, something I was not certain was quite possible at the early stages of the book. Dante basically blackmails Ben into eating and sleeping, if he wants contact with him.

This book is not a happy book. It is not a light read. It is full of darkness, angst and drama. I have no idea how it compares to the two others in the series, as I have not read them, but it is not a read for a day when you want light hearted and romantic. There is no romance here. There is only desperation and need.

I would have liked more from Dante’s point of view. We spend all of the book in Ben’s head – which is not a nice place to be – but Dante is also a very broken man, and it would have been nice to see the world and their relationship through his eyes. Also I would have liked more emphasis on the relationship after they hit the wall and started coming back to life. We leave Ben and Dante in a very good and hopeful place, but my romantic little heart would have liked more assurance, that they would be ok, both as individual people and as a couple.

I had not read the first two books in this series, but didn’t feel the lack of back story was a problem at all, not until the very ending, where we were treated to glimpses of people who I had no idea who was, but that was all on me, not on the author.

Despite it’s dark and angsty feel, I am intrigued enough that I would probably go back and read the first two in the series, to get Tristan’s story too.

The narration of this book was lovely and flowed nicely. The narrator did separate voices for each character and you were never in doubt as to who was speaking. Jack DuPont was a new to me narrator, but I enjoyed his voice and his narration and would definitely buy something narrated by him again.

4 out of 5 stars



Review by Beth:

Riley Hart has done it again! She tells a story that tugs on your heartstrings, yet keeps you guessing for the whole story. I have to say that as I was listening, I really didn’t understand where the story was going. Ben had always been portrayed as a strong, level headed voice of reason in the previous stories. When in reality he had some serious demons.

I can almost say it was too much angst. I really got to the point where I thought “Where is she going with this?”  However, I do understand the need to have someone else in control for some times in your life and Dante seems to both need it and be willing to give it.

I liked that Dante knew he couldn’t fix Ben. I also liked that even with all of Ben’s problems Dante could not resist him.

I liked how the story ended, not an OMG moment and everyone lives HEA. No there was a 6 month separation with mental health involved. A much more realistic ending to the story.


It’s been a week since I’ve listened to this story and what I can say about Jack’s performance is that I didn’t necessarily hear him as I heard the story. He had distinct voices for all of the characters and everything flowed as it should. And really what you want to hear IS the story so I can say a job well done!

4 of 5 stars


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The Sound Of His Silence (Unlikely Heroes #7) by Jenny Wood

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Evan is new to Edgartown. Just having lost his twin brother along with his voice; he doesn’t know how to start over and live this life without the one person that’s been there through everything. Abusive and neglectful parents to years fighting side by side as Marines….. Now he’s alone, a new town, some new friends and…a new puppy? So many new things, how will he adapt to a new guy as well?

Jury is content with his life at his dad’s construction company, working hard and spending time with his hearing-impaired brother, Caleb. A trip to the animal shelter to find Caleb a service dog has his running into (literally), silent and sad, Evan.
He know’s he’s attracted to him at first glance, but the muscled looking Marine doesn’t speak to him after nearly knocking him on his butt, so, why did his friend invite him to tag along on a night out? And why did he really want to go?

Hot guys, heavy problems, great friends, and a little puppy. What more could you want?
A guaranteed HEA and never any cliffy’s….
Graphic language and adult situations. Enjoy 🙂


Gah! I love these stories! First, Jenny rips your heart out – telling us how much Evan and his brother love one another – then she kills him off! Seriously, crying right from page one!

Second, she throws in a deaf brother, a service dog, and a hot construction guy – YES!

Evan was a really interesting character – I loved how much he loved his brother and how fierce and loyal he was about it – so much that he lost his voice in his grief. I have to admit, however, that I was disappointed that there was a sudden change in that he seemed to “miraculously” be able to use his voice. I was really hoping that he and Jury would end up signing together or something like that.

Jury was a little less clear for me than some of the other characters in this series. He’s sweet and kind but I didn’t get to know him as an individual as much as we got to know Evan or some of the other partners in the series. He felt more blank slate to me, and I wish we’d gotten to see more of his interactions with Caleb or his family.

The editing seemed a lot better this time around, though the grammar is still something that needs attention.

However, even with these niggles, I have to admit that I just LOVED this story. It met all my hurt/comfort, insta-love needs and I devoured this as soon as it reached my hands!

Highly recommended for fans of the author, the series and for fans of hurt MCs who find love and devotion with someone equally sweet and wonderful.

4.5 of 5 stars


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Author Spotlight for May: Cardeno C!

We are trying something new here at Open Skye.  We are going to spotlight one author each month (or theme) and share our favorite reviews with you!

We’re going to get things rolling this month with an Author Spotlight on Cardeno C!

Cardeno has a new book coming out on May 4 – the fourth book in the Mates series titled : To Touch You.  

We will be reviewing all the other books in that series and their audio companions as well as To Touch You.  

Wake Me Up Inside: May 4

Until Forever Comes: May 11

In Your Eyes: May 18

Because that’s not all Cardeno has written, we will also review some of the other books from other series that we’ve all come to love so much!

 May 1 May 7 May 9 May 14May 15
 May 21 May 22 May 25May 28

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A Tour/Guest Post/Blitz Giveaway

Jeff Adams Guest Post and Giveaway for Somewhere on Mackinac!


OS: Welcome to Jeff Adams, author of Somewhere on Mackinac! Thanks for talking with us about your new book and for the giveaway- FUDGE!


Many thanks to Open Skye Book Reviews for hosting me today as I celebrate the upcoming release of Somewhere on Mackinac, which is the Michigan installment of the Dreamspinner Press States of Love series.
Mackinac Island is so uniquely Michigan that it was one of the first things that came to mind when I heard about the States of Love series. Combine the Victorian Village that is Mackinac Island with the fact the time travel/romance movie Somewhere in Time was shot there and I knew this was the place to set a romance in my home state.
As a kid, between the ages of six and nine, my family went to Mackinac Island for a day trip usually once a year. One of the vivid things I remember about the trips is the fudge. Ryba’s Fudge Shops makes several amazing flavors that that come in cute pink boxes, that include a knife, for easy cutting on the go. And the fudge was always to go. You have to have more than a single piece, but you had to eat in moderation lest you eat too much. So, you get a box to munch on through the day. Besides the fudge itself, watching it and the other candies being made in the shop window was something I never grew tired of as a child.
Fun fact: If you’re reading this post on the day it comes out (April 28), Ryba’s will have just opened for the 2017 season on Mackinac Island yesterday!
Just this year, for the first time in a few, I ordered up a box of Ryba’s fudge because it seemed an appropriate treat to have on hand as Somewhere on Mackinac was getting ready to come out.
Now, don’t think I’m telling you all about Ryba’s and it doesn’t play into the story. Chicago business man Jordan comes to Mackinac Island for the Somewhere in Time fan weekend. Shortly after he arrives, he see Miles at a distance. In the excerpt below Jordan speaks to Miles for the first time. Miles is driving a carriage and Jordan decides to go for a ride so he can talk to the handsome man. As you’ll see, it becomes a trip to Ryba’s.
Later in the story, the two men share a sunset while sharing the delicious treat as well as Ryba’s coffee. It’s another Island original and, sadly, one I’ve never enjoyed. I do, however, remember that my grandfather loved their coffee.
The Island and, of course, Miles, change Jordan over the course of the story. City boy Jordan gets into the more relaxed ways of the Island, especially as tourist season winds down. While he can’t imagine living in a place colder than Chicago, he’s at least intrigued at what a winter could be like with only a few hundred people around.
Most of all, Jordan falls more and more for Miles. However, Miles hasn’t considered living anywhere but the Island, but he’s realistic there may not be a man for him among the island’s small population. Neither of them are sure about managing a long distance relationship either. There’s a lot that gets in their way, but in the end with some good fudge, a little Island atmosphere and maybe just a little bit of magic from their favorite film.
I hope you’ll check out the excerpt below and that you’ll pick up a copy of Somewhere on Mackinac as well (make sure to check out the other States of Love titles too, I’ve loved each that I’ve read so far). Plus there’s a Rafflcopter where you can register to win a free copy of Somewhere on Mackinac.

If you have any questions, or just want to chat, leave a comment below. I’ll check back over the next few days and respond.




How far would you go for the man of your dreams?

Now that he’s single, Chicago businessman Jordan Monroe can finally take his long-desired trip to Mackinac Island for the Somewhere In Time fan celebration weekend. On the first day, Jordan finds himself attracted to Miles Colter, a handsome local stable owner who is giving horseback tours of film locations.

Jordan is surprised and charmed that Miles pursues him. When Jordan learns the stable is in trouble, he wants to help despite Miles’s resistance. As their relationship grows personally and professionally, Jordan dreads the issues that face them—an ex who won’t let him go, the complications of a long-distance relationship, and a secret he knows he shouldn’t be keeping.

Can Jordan and Miles find a way to forge a love as timeless as the romance in their favorite film?

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

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“Looking for a ride?” It took me a moment to realize the blond man was talking to me. I stared for a moment. His hazel eyes sparkled in the sunlight and even his beard seemed to shimmer. He was the handsomest man I’d ever seen.
“Um, yeah,” I stammered, mouth going dry. “Um. I’ve heard there’s, well, some great fudge and I, um, wanted to get some.” I fought the urge to run into the hotel and hide. Tongue-tied was not a good first impression.
His smile was breathtaking. It was like being in the presence of a long-lost friend. My stomach somersaulted and the flutter of excitement was strong. This was what had been missing from my life with Drake. He’d stopped making me flutter.
“Best fudge in the world, if you ask me. I know just the place. Hop in.”
The canopy on this carriage was down so there was an unobstructed view of the landscape, and the driver. Wearing a sweater had been a good choice since it was a bit nippy in the late afternoon.
Since it was only me, I decided to sit behind the driver’s seat, hoping we’d talk as he took me to wherever the fudge shop was. As we departed the hotel grounds, I marveled at how easy he made it seem to guide the horses. It was only my second ride in a horse-drawn carriage, but I’d trade this over a regular taxi any day.
I angled sideways so I could see the scenery and him. He’d pushed up the sleeves of his jacket and shirt and, under the fine dusting of hairs, he was lightly tanned, proving just how much time he spent outdoors. The tan was present in his face too. I didn’t expect to see that in late October, but I guessed he worked outside enough to maintain a hint of color.
“I take it this is your first time here since you haven’t experienced the fudge,” he said.
“Just got here a few hours ago.” I watched his profile. He looked briefly my way and smiled again.
“You’re here for the Somewhere in Time event, then?”
“Yeah. Finally took the plunge.”
“You’ll have a great time. They do it up right, immersing people in the film and the island. I learn something new every year from the panel discussions. My dad was sometimes a speaker because he shot a lot of pictures during the filming.”
“That’s cool. You grew up here?”
“Except for college, I’ve lived here all my life. Don’t really want to be anywhere else.”
I relaxed as he spoke. He might be handsome, but he put me at ease. He probably dealt with people so often that it came naturally to him just like it did for me in a business setting. Except this didn’t feel like business. His ease made me want to be around him more.
“The winters don’t drive you away? Chicago’s freezing enough. I can’t imagine what it’s like up here.”
“It can get pretty intense, but it’s also beautiful. When the lake freezes over and you can go out on the ice, it’s fun. Kinda magical.”
He looked back at me and gave a nod of his head. “Really.”
“Amazing,” I said quietly. The idea of a lake as big as the one I’d been on earlier today freezing over was mind-blowing. I’d seen ice in Lake Michigan around Chicago, but I’m sure it wasn’t safe to walk on.
“I’m Miles, by the way.”
“Jordan. Nice to meet you.” I paused, before I decided to find out more about him. “I saw you earlier, walking along one of the hotel paths with a horse and a woman. Do you work for the hotel?”
“I’m working with the hotel for the weekend since there are a lot of people who’ll want to ride for the tours. My family’s owned stables on the island for decades, and we help out the hotel when they have big events like this one.”
He worked for himself. There was at least one thing we had in common. I made a mental note to ask him about his business because the more we had to talk about, the more I could be around him.

Author Bio:
Jeff’s written stories since he was in middle school and became a gay romance writer in 2009 when his first short stories were published.
Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Some of his favorite things include the musicals Rent and [title of show], the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey teams, and the reality TV competition So You Think You Can Dance. If forced to pick his favorite book it would be a tie between Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and David Levithan’s Every Day.

He also co-hosts the weekly show Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast with his husband. You can learn more at




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Hot Wednesday by Taylor Kinney

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Julian’s been an escort for nearly ten years, willingly for the last five. But from the moment Gabriel walked into his life, everything changed.
The man lives in anticipation of those weekly encounters when he can make Gabriel his slave. All he wants is to have Gabriel all to himself, but that’s something he’ll never have the courage to expect, so he has to make do with the crumbs Gabriel tosses him.
Erotic M/M story with BDSM content. Not suitable for those who don’t enjoy this genre.


Phew! That was a hot little number!
A short slice of life novella, depicting one Wednesday in the life of Julian – a pay by the hour Dom – and his slave (and client) Gabriel. The story is told by Julian in a first person narrative, which works well, it is primarily one long scene between master and slave, but we do get some interesting tidbits, both at the beginning and end of the book about their shared relationship. The ending is left open, in an enticing and teasing way that really make me want book 2 translated into english right now!

4 out of 5 stars



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Starting from Scratch (Housemates #5) by Jay Northcote

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Starting over isn’t easy, but Ben is ready to live his life as the man he was always meant to be.

Ben is transgender and back at university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history and Ben would prefer to keep it that way. He’s starting from scratch and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he’ll have to disclose his secret.

Sid is drawn to Ben from the moment they meet. He normally gets what he wants—in the short term at least. Ben’s guarded at first, and Sid’s not used to guys rejecting his advances. He eventually charms his way through Ben’s defences and helps Ben on his journey of sexual awakening.

It doesn’t matter to Sid that Ben is trans. He’s attracted to the whole person, and isn’t worried about what is—or isn’t—in Ben’s pants. They’re good together, and both of them are falling hard and fast, but Ben’s insecurities keep getting in the way. If Sid can convince Ben he’s committed, will Ben finally be able to put his heart on the line?

Although this book is part of the Housemates series, it has new main characters, a satisfying happy ending, and can be read as a standalone.


Wow – did I love this!

If you know Jay’s personal journey at all, I’m sure there is a lot of him in this story.

I think the information regarding transitioning is so scarce and I’m grateful that the world is beginning to see more and more about it. I picture all those people out there, scared, hopeful, worried, lonely – and I figure a story like this would about make them cry with the wonder of it.

When you can finally see yourself in someone else’s story – that’s got to feel absolutely amazing!

What I loved was how simple and sweet this story was. There was some angst surrounding Ben’s “reveal” but that was kept brief and for the most part this was a love story – not a love story about a transgender person.

For fans of the author and the series – this will be a must and a delight – if you are new to the author this is a great example of how well Jay creates wonderful characters who get delightful HEAs.

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars


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Another Dumb Jock (Book 2) Audiobook by Jeff Erno narr Ezekiel Robison


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Jeff Irwin and Brett Willson raised a fine son, Adam, in their unconventional, judgment-free family. But being the son of two dads has its challenges. Although Adam loves them, he’s determined to prove he’s not gay, like they are. To this end, he’s become the star pitcher of his high school baseball team, a true jock.
Then Adam is suspended after he gets into a fight at school, and his dads find out his grades are slipping. Determined to put him back on track, they hire him a tutor: a short, nerdy kid named Trevor. Despite his resistance, soon enough Adam’s worst nightmare comes true when he finds himself attracted to Trevor. This gives him a choice: follow his heart or become just another dumb jock.

(Book 1 reviewed here:
I liked this a bit more than I liked book one. First, I thought it was great that Jeff and Brett spent time and really thought out the implications of raising kids. I think all couples should do that – not just gay people! I loved that they had a plan and a way to handle sexuality as an issue – no matter which way it fell. (Wouldn’t that be great for all parents to do?!)
I thought Adam and Trevor were ridiculously sweet with one another and the fact that Adam is like Brett and Jeff is like Trevor – but NOT – was a nice take on the jock/nerd story. This wasn’t a repeat of book one – 20 years later. Adam and Trevor are different people and their struggles are different in a much, much different time.
The sensuality felt appropriate for the YA title – most of it was off page and only discussed a bit.
I liked this as a YA story but I’ll be honest – I’m not a YA fan (in general) so I would have probably skipped this if not for the narrator. I absolutely love Ezekiel Robison and I had enjoyed the first book and I KNEW with Ezekiel as narrator it would be great and … it was!
Ezekiel has a way of just drawing you into the story. He’s easy to listen to and he does a great job of differentiating every character without going over the top. He absolutely added to my overall enjoyment of this story and I was happy to have chosen it based on his narration alone.

For the story I’d give this a 4 of 5 stars, for the narration 5 of 5, overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow and Winter #2) by C S Poe

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Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter, is everything he’s ever wanted. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Sebastian’s only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It’s only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium’s window and leaves a peculiar note behind, that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.

Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin’s attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that’ll bring him closer to the killer, he’s led deeper into Calvin’s official cases.

It’s more than just Sebastian’s livelihood and relationship on the line—it’s his very life


After finishing the Audiobook of The Mystery of Nevermore, book 1 in the series I really wanted to know what happens next with Seb and Calvin. C.S. Poe has not disappointed me. The Mystery of the Curiosities is set only a short time after the first book. Seb and Calvin’s relationship is progressing and Seb’s thoughts turn to being able to go out with Calvin and have a romantic valentines date. However Seb is left notes in quite a dramatic way which pulls him into a compulsion to solve the mystery despite Calvin’s fear for his safety.

The Mystery has been well crafted and kept me guessing right to the end. I kept turning the page only giving in when I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I really liked the way Seb and Calvin’s romance is progressing. It’s not going too fast, they are still getting to know each other and I am eager to see where book 3 takes them. Another really good aspect is the way Calvin’s PTSD is portrayed. Seb, his Dad and Calvin’s partner Quinn are all worried about him and the story doesn’t magically cure his PTSD or pushed it to one side. It is something Calvin needs to face and I’m sure Seb will be there through out.

I am looking forward to book 3!




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