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Men In Uniform: Rack & Ruin (THIRDS #3) by Charlie Cochet

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Blurb

New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly emerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.

Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.

Review

First let me say I would be a very grumpy reader if I didn’t have the next book already downloaded and ready to go. I really despise cliffhangers, even though we know this is a continuing story line. Okay now for the good stuff.

Dex and Sloane are so much closer to figuring out what they want from each other but not quite there. Ash has suddenly become standoffish and even ruder than he was. Other pairs of the team are dealing with issues and the retrospect looks into the past give a lot of insight. We learn more about Sloan and Ash’s past and how it influences present decisions.

The bad guys are multiplying and coming at all fronts. The Coalition and The Order are both making life difficult. Lives are being lost including civilians caught in the cross fire. The whole team is starting to unravel, nothing is working the way it should.

As always there is humor, shock at the use of the L word, party planning and mystery. I was completely entertained and look forward to reading the whole series!
4.5 of 5 stars

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Texting, AutoCorrect, and a Prius by MA Church

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Dreamspinner Presents

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Blurb

Clay McDonald finds the perfect car on Craigslist and is quick to send the seller a text:
Is your penis still for sale?
AutoCorrect strikes again. Damn—he should’ve proofread. How embarrassing.
Luckily Darrell Anderson, a mechanic and the owner of the Prius, is more amused than offended, and the two men agree to meet. When they do, the attraction is instant, and a date is arranged. But a series of mishaps, misunderstandings, and misplaced assumptions sorely test the new relationship.
In a contemporary romantic comedy about the perils of technology and dating in the modern world, a text that went so wrong might just lead to something so right—but only if Clay can refrain from jumping to conclusions and give love the benefit of the doubt.

 

 

Review by Mary

Both Darrell and Clay are looking out for the someone they can spend the rest of their life with. If it wasn’t for an autocorrect error introducing them they might never have met.

This is a wonderful concept of a twist of fate story. I really engaged with all the characters from the start. Darrell and his brother Bert are fun characters with a beautiful relationship. Clay and his best friend Sonny are great as well.

Clay and Darrell finally meet when Clay comes to look at the Prius and let’s say the temperature rises from there. Going into this book I thought I was going to be reading a cute fluffy story but oh no Clay and Darell are hot together. I liked that all the characters are mature men in mid thirties and early forties. They were established in their lives and not pining away for love but missing having a partner to share life with. I loved the whole comedy of errors surrounding how Clay and Darrell get together and whilst it didn’t make me laugh out loud I was grinning while reading it. The epilogue gives them a happy for now ending.

There are lighthearted humorous parts and more serious sections which drew me into the story. Definitely a page turner for me. I hope there is a series with maybe Sonny and Bert getting together.

4 of 5 stars
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Review by Morgan

This was not what I was expecting. On the one hand, it was definitely MORE than I thought it would be, but on the other hand a little less.

What made this exceed my expectations was the relationship itself between Darrell and Clay. I kinda figured this was going to be more of a funny, ha ha, type – cutesy- little love story and it mostly was. But it had some interesting elements because Darrell is older and Clay is the top and while it shouldn’t be a “thing” it was for Darrell. This gave their story a little more depth than I was expecting.

The secondary characters are great and I hope we see some of them again in the future!

What I didn’t like, what was a little “less” for me, was the fact that our MCs just barely get together and the story ends. I didn’t really feel all that secure in their “forever” though it is certainly hinted at.

The smexy times are super hot – again – more than I was expecting, and our guys are really cute together. There is enough “real” in this to make it more than a cute romantic comedy and I highly recommend it.

4.25 rounded to 4.5 of 5 stars

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Training Season by Leta Blake Audiobook Tour!

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OS: Welcome to Leta Blake who’s here to talk about her new audiobook!

LB: Thank you so much for having me here today to talk about my new audiobook release, Training Season, narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.

OS: Tell us a little about Training Season:

LB: Well, I published Training Season in December 2013. It’s about an effeminate figure skater, Matty Marcus, bent on pursuing his Olympic dreams and his intense love affair with a Montanan rancher, Rob Lovely. It’s long been a fan favorite for years and I thought it would be a great book to do for my first step into the audiobook world. It’s passionate, intense, and provides abundant fodder for a wonderful voice actor like Michael Ferraiuolo to work with.


OS: Speaking of, how did you find the narrator, Michael Ferraiuolo?

LB: Through ACX. Interestingly, I was taking auditions for a different book altogether, a serial called Will & Patrick Wake Up Married. When Michael’s audition came in, I knew he was completely wrong for that project, but also knew he would be perfect to do Training Season. I could sense that he would be able nail Matty’s bratty vulnerability, as well as Rob’s toughness and patience. So I switched courses and hired him for Training Season instead. And I was right! He did a beautiful job!

 

OS: If you could give readers/listeners one reason to check out Training Season, what would it be?

LB: Just recently I saw a series of tweets from a young woman listening to the audiobook version of Training Season and I will share their content with you now. I think they speak for themselves.

Tweet 1: The ice skater/cowboy book! It is mine!
Tweet 2: THE COWBOY’S NAME IS ROB LOVELY. I’M DEAD.
Tweet 3: Oh no. He’s endearing and I love him.
Tweet 4: Rob Lovely is perfect and kind and innocent and nothing bad is ever allowed to happen to him!
Tweet 5: ROB LOVELY IS NOT INNOCENT! :O SEND HELP!

When I saw this tweet thread, I admit I laughed until I cried, but I also loved that she was drawn into the characters and fell for them long before discovering just how hot they could be between the sheets.

And Michael Ferraiuolo does such an amazing job with all of those scenes. He didn’t just do them justice, he brought them to life.

Thank you again for having me here today. I appreciate the time and effort you put into helping authors and readers promote and locate books!

 

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Cover: Wicked Smart Design


Narrator: Michael Ferraiuolo


Blurb


Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before. Now the pressure’s on. He needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don’t come cheap, and Matty can’t afford to stay in the game no matter how badly he wants to win.


When a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana, Matty does his best to maintain his training regimen. Local residents turn out to be surprisingly tolerant of his flamboyant style, especially handsome young rancher Rob Lovely, who proves to be much more than a cowboy stereotype. Just as Matty requires a firm hand to perform his best on the ice, Rob shows him how strong he can be when he relinquishes control in the bedroom. With new-found self-assurance, he drives himself harder to go straight to the top.


But competition has a timetable, and to achieve his Olympic dream, Matty will have to join his new coach in New York City, leaving Rob behind. Now he must face the ultimate test. Has he truly learned how to win—on and off the ice—during his training season?

 

Author Bio


Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and the fan favorite Training Season, Leta Blake’s educational and professional background is in psychology and finance, respectively. However, her passion has always been for writing. She enjoys crafting romance stories and exploring the psyches of made up people. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her day job, her writing, and her family.


Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/letablake
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LetaBlake
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/letablake
Website: https://letablake.wordpress.com


Narrator Bio


Locally, nationally and internationally, Michael Ferraiuolo is dedicated to helping artists realize their projects. Through audio recording, production, voice acting, narration, singing and composition it is his goal to provide honest, professional, and practical services to writers, producers, and artists.


With top tier recording capabilities and years of practical experience it is his hope to help writers enhance their project through collaboration and creative exploration.

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Jeff Erno’s Slim Chance Guest Post!

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OS: Welcome to Jeff Erno author of Slim Chance! Thanks for stopping by and telling us about your new story!

JE:
Thanks for having me!

A few months ago, amidst a firestorm of social media controversy, I posted a blog asking, “Do I belong in the M/M genre?” At the time, I was questioning whether or not my stories could even be characterized as “romances” because so many of them defy the formula typically employed in crafting gay romances. The most successful books within the genre feature very strong, likable main characters who often vie for dominance after first resisting their attraction to one another, and ultimately they face obstacles which they overcome together, leading them to their happy ending.
Contrarily, many of my main characters are not strong at all. Some are very vulnerable and battle low self-esteem. Some are desperate. Some are very pessimistic and cynical. Some have been bullied and have continued to allow themselves to be abused. All of them are flawed in some way—too selfish, lacking empathy, inconsiderate, arrogant, self-loathing…etc, etc, etc…
People read romance as an escape. It’s not that they deny the existence of sadness and imperfection in real life, but rather that they can set aside the harshness of real life for a few hours and enter a world where a pair of main characters fall deeply in love and find eternal happiness. And it’s not pleasant to delve too deeply into their psyches and hear their negative inner monologues. A little snark, so long as it’s not malicious, can be funny, but if it crosses a certain line, the mood of the story is ruined. The story no longer feels like an uplifting escape, but instead a depressing downer.
My approach as a writer has always been very different from my most successful m/m author counterparts. Though the structures of my stories—the plots—fit the mold, in that they present obstacles that must be overcome and lead to happy endings, they don’t usually offer the “two for the price of one” heroes that m/m romance fans often expect. My “hero” is often an anti-hero. He might be a self-effacing, closeted gay teenager who lacks confidence. He might be a much-too-cocky, spoiled rich kid who’s just starting to understand his identity as a Dom. He might be a fundamentalist Christian who’s planning to become a minister but can’t figure out how to reconcile his sexual orientation with his faith. He might be a vampire who feels guilty for killing but can’t manage to control himself. Or he might be an obese young man who’s battled weight issues his whole life to the point of becoming depressed, defeated, and cynical about the world and about the people in his life who actually love him.
Reading about a character who doesn’t press all the right feel-good happy buttons is a lot to ask of a romance reader. Being that I read romance myself, I fully understand the desired “fix”. It’s like my drug, my sugar, my craving. If the story is too dark and the characters are too unlikable, I can’t get beyond it. Even though the story has a happy ending, it took too much effort to get there and I don’t care anymore.
So as a romance author, I have to find a balance. I’ve rejected the formula and refused to craft my characters as cookie-cutter cutouts, but I have to figure out how to present them so as not to utterly repel the romance reader. The way I’ve always tried to do this is by showing the character as I see them. I want the character to be as “real” to the reader as they are to me. I hope that the reader will feel invested in that character, whether they like him or hate him, and will be able to appreciate a nuanced view of him just like they have to do with the people around them in their real lives.
I have friends and family who annoy me, disappoint me, even hurt me. I still love them. I don’t expect them to always be perfect, because they’re humans, and like me, they make mistakes. They think bad thoughts, and if I were to suddenly develop the power to read their minds I might hear some things that disturbed me. They are not always empathic, they’re sometimes selfish, sometimes don’t behave the way I want them to.
I genuinely want each and every one of these real-life loved ones to find their happy-ever-afters. I don’t stop caring about them because they are too cynical or too depressing. I don’t dump them because they are depressed or anxious or because they have low self-esteem. I don’t hate them because they say the wrong thing or fail to warn me of a potential trigger that might offend me.
That’s how I view my characters, and in almost every case they arc during the course of the story. They learn lessons, grow, and become a little better than they were at the start. My hope is that by presenting these characters honestly and showing them as multi-dimensional, readers will love them for who they really are. And I hope in the end, the reader will remember them better, think of them more, and get more than just their feel-good fix.

Blurb

Can a man improve his appearance without losing everything good inside him?

Oliver has always been obese and suffered from a negative body image. He’s tried diets before, failing time after time, but he vows this time will be different. As he begins an exercise program, his confidence increases—and so does his interest in his friend and coworker Benjy. Though they bonded long ago over a love of online gaming, it takes a lot of courage for Oliver to share his new body and be intimate with another man.

A passionate romance blooms, but as Oliver nears his goal, it seems he doesn’t need Benjy—with his chronic anxiety and troubled past—now that he’s made attractive new friends at the gym. But not all relationships are equal, and Oliver realizes that Benjy, who loved and supported him when no one else did, is more than a reminder of his old life.

A pleasing appearance means nothing when it hides a lonely, empty heart, and if Oliver cannot decide what’s truly important, he’ll lose what he cherishes most.

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6 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Contemporary drag queen Dreamspinner Established Couple Gay Heat Index Humor Little to no angst m/m Mild/low level heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words)

Until You (At First Sight #3) Audiobook by T.J. Klune Narrated by Michael Lesley

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/until-you-by-tj-klune-8555-b

Blurb

Sequel to The Queen & the Homo Jock King

Together with their families and friends

Paul Auster

and

Vincent Taylor

request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

OH. My. GOD!

This was SOOOOO funny. But also, unexpectedly touching, too. With some crazy smexy times thrown in for good measure.

(This is the third book in the series – the first two reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/?s=tell+me+it%27s+real+klune)

This is not a standalone – it’s full of “inside jokes” and things that only make sense if you’ve been reading the series all along. And it’s HYSTERICAL. OH MAN. I literally laughed out loud so often I had to leave the room so my husband could sleep. I snorted and almost cried, too.

Things I ADORED: The feelings. Yes – Vince can be sappy and so can Paul – but also Daddy and Sandy and –what? – Darren too? And the folks and – well pretty much everyone spills feelings all over this book. The GPS. That Bitch made me a fan of TJ from the first moment I read Tell Me It’s Real. It was one of the first times I felt the need to pull over and stop the car because I was laughing so hard. She’s back in this book and even bitchier! The Bros. O.M.G! When Corey and Sandy decide they can be bros and take a tour of the horse farm- I really almost peed my pants. The wedding. It was spectacular and wonderful and just as I’d expected. Jeremy and his father. Yes! I really want to hear about both of these men in a longer story. Daddy is a character I’ve loved from day one and I know Klune is comfortable about writing older figures (See Jack and Jackie) so it would be fantastic if we can see their story unfold from the beginning. Corey/Kori is another angst-fest waiting to happen – I can tell- but it seems like her Jeremy has a good, solid head on his shoulders and won’t be prone to any nonsense.

All in all this was so much fun to read, surprisingly touching, non-surprisingly hysterical and such a nice way to catch up to old friends and meet new ones! (The audio will probably make my head explode with it’s greatness!)

Audio

Gah! This was SOOOO funny. First you think it really can’t be more funny than reading it, right? Well – it’s different funny. In my head the jokes play out one way and in Michael Lesley’s mind another, so it’s a different funny and so you get two sets of experience! I adored listening to this! I laughed out loud and I found Michael’s special effects wonderful! There’s a crowd scene (you know where!), a Sat Nav voice (The evil bitch!), the phone, and more… all these extra touches which just make this already fabulous story rocket out of the stratosphere.

Favorite moment: Being Bros.  I couldn’t even stop laughing.  I was crying so hard!  I can’t wait for Kori’s story!!!!

So… if you haven’t already bought it – do it! But make sure you’ve read/listened to the others in the series first.

6 of 5 stars

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Lord Mouse Audiobook by Mason Thomas Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Lord-Mouse-Audiobook/B06XH41R6Q?qid=1498022959&sr=1-1

Blurb

Scoundrel by nature and master thief by trade, Mouse is the best there is. Sure, his methods may not make him many friends, but he works best alone anyway. And he has never failed a job.
But that could change.
When a stranger with a hefty bag of gold seduces him to take on a task, Mouse knows he’ll regret it. The job? Free Lord Garron, the son of a powerful duke arrested on trumped up charges in a rival duchy. Mouse doesn’t do rescue missions. He’s no altruistic hero, and something about the job reeks. But he cannot turn his back on that much coin – enough to buy a king’s pardon for the murder charge hanging over his head.
Getting Garron out of his tower prison is the easy part. Now, they must escape an army of guardsmen, a walled keep and a city on lockdown, and a ruthless mage using her power to track them. Making matters worse, Mouse is distracted by Garron’s charm and unyielding integrity. Falling for a client can lead to mistakes. Falling for a nobleman can lead to disaster. But Mouse is unprepared for the dangers behind the plot to make Lord Garron disappear.

Review

“Prison Break with gays and magic”

This was a really fun book and felt very fresh and original.
Mouse, our hero, is a scoundrel with a heart of gold. He’s a thief who
only robs from the rich to help keep his father out of trouble. He takes
on a high risk high paying job to rescue a foreign noble who’s been
unjustly imprisoned.
Mouse has a couple of no strings attached flings with other men as he’s
preparing for the job, which added to the gritty atmosphere and gave us a
look at our hero as a mature, sexually liberated man, a refreshing change
from the nearly virginal wholesome leads we too often see.

Mouse delightfully subverts tropes by being sexually dominant (aks top)
despite being a smaller man. Far far too often we see all bottoms are
small guys while all tops are big strapping manly men, so this change is
refreshing and interesting. It’s also refreshing to see a small wiry man
as a bit of a sex symbol.

The noble that Mouse is set to rescue, Garron, proves to be a complex man
in his own right, muscular and handsome, he’s still gentle and sensitive,
which complicates Mouse’s job of getting them both out safely. Sparks fly
quickly between them and their relationship develops briskly but it felt
natural and didn’t intrude on the action.

There’s a really tense and gripping journey through the castle where
Garron was imprisoned. At heart the book is a prison break, just set in a
quasi-middle ages castle. Mouse is quick witted and ruthless, with many
costume changes, subterfuge and no shortage of violence in his pursuit of
their freedom.

After a tightly plotted beginning and middle the ending felt a bit rushed
but it’s a small complaint out of a delightful adventure. I look forward
to more from the author and hope we haven’t seen the last of Lord Mouse.
Joel Leslie, one of the best narrators out there, elevates the reading to
a performance and breathes life into the characters.

5 stars

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See Me Audiobook Tour by KC Wells!

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Narrated By: Joel Leslie
 
Blurb



Adrian DeSoto spent most of his time in high school being bullied and beaten up, simply because he was perceived as gay. Always slight, effeminate, he was the perfect victim for guys like Martin Cavanaugh, one of the high school jocks. When it all got too much, Adrian was faced with two options, one more devastating than the other. Eleventh grade saw a new Adrian, one who hid his fears and pain behind a mask in a bid to survive.


Eleven years later, and Adrienne is one of the top drag acts in Orlando. She’s fierce, funny, and exuberant. A face from the past gives her a shock, and after that there’s only one thing on her mind – revenge.


Marty Cavanaugh has a particular kink. He loves it when a drag queen goes down on him. But that’s as far as it goes. He won’t admit to himself what’s under that tight fitting dress. And then he meets Adrienne and his whole world goes into a tailspin…


Warning – Contains men in drag, honey! You have been warned.



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Author Bio


Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a mÈnage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wingsówriting about men in love was even hotterÖ.


K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit itÖ it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.


And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longerÖ and longerÖ.


K.C. loves to hear from readers.


E-mail: k.c.wells@btinternet.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KCWellsWorld
Twitter: @K_C_Wells
Website: http://www.kcwellsworld.com

Narrator Bio


Joel Leslie is a UK transplant, growing up with American parents in a British commonwealth. A classically trained actor with an MFA in theatre from USC, he is often cast for his unique ability to deliver native, authentic combinations of American and British sounds. Among the m/m series he records are NR Walkerís Red Dirt Heart, Haley Walshís Skyler Foxe Mysteries, Sloane Kennedyís Protectors, Adam Carpenterís Jimmy McSwain Files, Perie Woolfordís Sam Dorseyís Gay Popcorn, and Smith and LeNoirís Blackballed trilogy. His great range and ability to bring characters to life with honesty, wit and versatility delights producers and listeners alike.
He is proud to have a strong following with m/m listeners and an ongoing relationship with some of the finest writers in the genre. He loves that every day he gets to share these beautiful, inspirational and empowering GLBT characters with the world. When not in the booth he spends his time chasing after two loquacious wiener dogs. He records projects outside of the m/m genre under the name Joel Froomkin. Visit www.joelleslienarration.com for more and friend him on facebook at Joel Leslie Froomkin.

 
 

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Moving Maverick: A Made Marian Novel (Made Marian Book 5) Audiobook by Lucy Lennox Narrated by: Michael Pauley

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Audible Link

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Blurb

“Do you remember what you promised?”
Maverick: I haven’t been back to Rabbit Island, South Carolina, since my parents died and my grandmother, Mimi, rejected me. I’m only returning now to attend her funeral and sell an estate I never wanted. But the moment I step foot on the island and fall into Beau’s arms, I realize it might not be so easy to say goodbye after all.

Beau Talmadge was always the boy next door, but now he’s no longer a kid. The man is hot as hell and pushes all my buttons in the very best way. I’m supposed to leave in a week. Sell everything, close the door on my past, and walk away forever. So why am I letting myself fall for someone who lives thousands of miles away? And how the hell am I going to break it off when it’s time to go?

“That I’d come back.”

Beau: It took one short summer to fall in love with Maverick Mitchell and fifteen long years to forget him when he left. I’d never expected to see him again, but when he shows up at Mimi’s funeral looking lost and lonely I can’t resist doing anything I can to comfort him. Falling into bed with Maverick is easy and the nights we spend together are as hot and steamy as a South Carolina thunderstorm.

I know it’s not smart. I know it’s not what he planned. But dammit, Mav belongs in my arms, in my bed, and in my life. So how the hell do I get him to stay?

“Took you long enough.”

Fair warning: Moving Maverick is a 73k word gay romance novel featuring sweet tea vodka, fancy salt and pepper shakers, guys catching crabs (not that kind), Aunt Tilly with a knife, and multiple detailed instances of man parts touching.

Moving Maverick is the fifth book in the best-selling Made Marian series. It can be read on its own but is much more fun read as part of the series. The series begins with Borrowing Blue and each book follows a Marian brother’s se

Review

This is one of those stories that I have to divide into two parts. There were the parts I loved and the parts I really hated.

Loved: The outer banks! Man! There’s so much flavor and charm and the whole “Rabbit Island” and the carvings and … so much! I loved that!

Beau: He’s just perfect. Sweet, hot, funny, fun, smart – the whole package.

The HEA: Happy and lovely and a great solution for everyone!

Hated: Maverick’s grandmother’s “reason” for why Maverick was put into foster care. It’s just ridiculous. I guess you can say that grief will make people do stupid things but this was just above and beyond and it definitely affected my willingness to enjoy this story.

Maverick’s inability to see the answer to all their problems when it was hitting him in the face. He has the love of his life in his arms and he can’t see what needs to be done? Soooooo frustrating.

Maverick himself sort of falls into an in between category – I wanted him to appreciate Beau more than he did.

Michael Pauley did his perfectly wonderful job narrating as he does the others, but I’d wished he’d done more with the accents.

All in all I was enthralled enough to listen all the way through and I was definitely pleased with the end results but I had moments where I wanted to punch someone too.

As a result I’m giving this a 3 of 5 stars because it really was a split decision.

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Categories
3.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Bullying coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Friends to lovers Gay Gym/physical trainer Heat Index Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D Mid level angst Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Reconcilliation Standalone Virgin

Slim Chance 
by Jeff Erno


release day review

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/slim-chance-by-jeff-erno-8613-b

Blurb
Can a man improve his appearance without losing everything good inside him?

Oliver has always been obese and suffered from a negative body image. He’s tried diets before, failing time after time, but he vows this time will be different. As he begins an exercise program, his confidence increases—and so does his interest in his friend and coworker Benjy. Though they bonded long ago over a love of online gaming, it takes a lot of courage for Oliver to share his new body and be intimate with another man.

A passionate romance blooms, but as Oliver nears his goal, it seems he doesn’t need Benjy—with his chronic anxiety and troubled past—now that he’s made attractive new friends at the gym. But not all relationships are equal, and Oliver realizes that Benjy, who loved and supported him when no one else did, is more than a reminder of his old life.

A pleasing appearance means nothing when it hides a lonely, empty heart, and if Oliver cannot decide what’s truly important, he’ll lose what he cherishes most

Review

This is very much a story of self awareness and self esteem. Oliver makes a firm decision to lose weight and Benjy supports him. At the beginning Oliver is so judgmental not only of himself but also of Benjy. He values fitting in with what he views as being socially acceptable, not being overweight and not having anxiety problems etc.

Oliver and Benjy’s friendship develops further to hesitant lovers and a relationship. It is disappointing that whilst Benjy tries to understand and help Oliver, Oliver doesn’t try to do the same about Benjy’s issues. At those times Oliver is not a likable character. Several times towards the end I exasperatedly thought ‘oh Oliver’ but he comes good in the end.

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It’s a good moral story. Treat others as you want to be treated and not to judge others. I liked the blurb and the idea of the story but something was missing and I can’t put my finger on it.

3.5 of 5 stars

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