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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Fated Mates Gay Gay Heat Index Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Mild/low level heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series PTSD Shifter Standalone

Audiobook: Camp Howl by Bru Baker narrated by Dorian Bane

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/camp-howl-by-bru-baker-8876-b

Blurb

Moonmates exist, but getting together is going to be a beast….
When Adrian Rothschild skipped his “werewolf puberty,” he assumed he was, somehow, human. But he was wrong, and he’s about to go through his Turn with a country between him and his Pack—scared, alone, and eight years late.
Dr. Tate Lewis’s werewolf supremacist father made his Turn miserable, and now Tate works for Camp H.O.W.L. to ease the transition for young werewolves. He isn’t expecting to offer guidance to a grown man—or find his moonmate in Adrian. Tate doesn’t even believe in the legendary bond; after all, his polygamist father claimed five. But it’s clear Adrian needs him, and if Tate can let his guard down, he might discover he needs Adrian too.
A moonmate is a wolf’s missing piece, and Tate is missing a lot of pieces. But is Adrian up to the challenge?

Review
(Book reviewed previously by Mary)

I liked the premise of this story. The whole idea of shifting for the first time being physically and psychologically hard was appealing. That along with learning to control the shift felt so right I thought this was going to be my kind of book. And it was up to a point. At the start the story is focused on Adrian who starts to go through his shift at the age of 27. The story focuses in on Tate, the reclusive camp councillor. I was anticipating a fated mates storyline and they did have a deep attraction to each other but it felt very civilised. And a very slow burn. The slow progression of their relationship was due to Tate coming to terms with being a moonmate after the way his father treated his moonmate s. Tate is packless by choice and being a moonmate may mean being back in a pack. Tate has to go through a lot of soul searching but I didn’t get the balance of what Adrian was going through. He became a werewolf when he thought he was the the genetic blip human in his family.
In my opinion the slow burn went on for too long. About three quarters of the way through I was starting to loose interest in the will they won’t they story. My thoughts drifted of to wondering about Adrian’s Families reaction to his change in status and what did it mean for Adrian. I’m not sure if the story contained more angst it would have it better or worse.
If you don’t like the concept of instant mates this is the story for you. If however very slow burn romance is not your cup of tea, this won’t work for you. But if you’re like me and will give anything a go you might find this story a nice low angst read.

Review by Morgan

I really loved this story – maybe a bit more than Mary. I think the fact that it was a Dreamspun slowed it down and took some of the “bite” (pardon the pun!) out of it – made it a bit more mild than I would have liked it.

The sexual tension between the MCs goes on for maybe a bit too long – but I think that is more the sub-genre than anything else.

I’m excited to see more from this world and loved this unique twist on shifter romance.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Dorian Bane does growly really well! He’s well-suited to this story for all it’s shifter males and hoarse, emotion-choked dialog. I don’t love his non-dialog reading tempo/cadence – it’s a bit too sing songy at times – but it’s not too distracting and overall it’s an easy thing to forgive.

I think this is a great way to enjoy this wonderful story and I highly recommend it!

4.5 of 5 stars

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February’s Theme: Let’s find an enemy to love for Valentine’s Day!

Ok— it’s really a little of both: Enemies to Lovers or Valentine’s Day Themes — but if we happen to find one that satisfies both…

 

Look for fun titles from this list:

 

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/8912.Best_Gay_Enemies_Rivals_Opposites_Become_Lovers

and some of these titles:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/searchresults?q=valentine%27s+day

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6 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Audiobook Book class difference Contemporary Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Fated Mates Gay Gay Heat Index High but not hopeless Hurt/comfort m/m Magic Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Race/Species Difference Re-Release second chance at love Shifter Standalone

Audiobook: The Soldati Prince by Charlie Cochet Narrated by Manuel Pombo

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-soldati-prince-by-charlie-cochet-7793-b

Blurb

2nd Edition

One moment Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter he would rather strangle.

Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at the idea of being bound to a human prince, and along with his Soldati warriors, he sets out to return Riley to his own world where he belongs. On their journey they might discover why the priestess brought them together—if they can escape the demons and make it to her alive.

First Edition published as The Soldati Prince in Charmed & Dangerous by JCP Books LLC, 2015.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

I’d read the first edition in Charmed & Dangerous and liked it quite a lot! There’s not a TON of differences, but it is a bit longer. In any case it’s a really sweet story with a great deal of world building that I hope Charlie makes into a long series!

We have a clueless human who doesn’t know his destiny meeting a very conceited Tiger shifter, a prince, who ends up being his true mate. They don’t HAVE to mate, but if they don’t mate it’s hard work to avoid consequences. Meanwhile, unmated, their lives are in danger so they need to either commit to the mating or quickly get their fates reversed.

It seems like this would be a fast and furious sprint to the finish, but Charlie manages to create this “bubble” where our MCs can explore one another and actually build a relationship. It was a very clever plot device that gave this story a bit more staying power in my mind.

I loved the secondary characters as well, and hope to see them in the future.

What I loved about this was the great reversal where Khalon finally sees the good in Riley – I love those moments! So very sweet! There’s some nice smexy times and exciting adventures, too.

All in all a great short story and hopefully a start to a fun series!

Audio

The Soldati Prince is narrated by Manuel Pombo – a new to me narrator and he is AMAZING!

I literally cannot recommend this enough. Go out and listen to the sample for yourself – he’s got this great accent that he can switch from American to… British? I’m lousy at that identification process – but it rocks!

He’s also great with pacing and emotion and his voice is like BUTTER!

Highly recommended! I’m going to be re-listening to this one a LOT!

I really hope we see more of this guy he is awesome the perfect narrator for the story absolutely elevated this to a six out of five.

6 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Garrett by Shaw Montgomery Narrated by Kenneth Obi

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Erotica-Sexuality/Garrett-Audiobook/B078WGKYL6?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=829BTZTR2YBDE5STX0VF&

Blurb
Garrett was at his breaking point.

There were only so many times in a week you should have to see someone you were…attracted to…infatuated with…but certainly didn’t have a crush on. Doms didn’t have those. Especially on a customer who probably wasn’t even gay, much less a sub. Business 101—do not flirt with a client.

Wyatt was losing his mind.

Hiding his obsession was getting harder and harder. All he wanted to do was kneel in front of Garrett and call him Master. But the sexy insurance agent never seemed to see him. He only noticed the nervous, awkward insured who came in way too often.
When the two men are missing what’s right in front of their faces, it might take family stepping in to point out the obvious. That they were meant for each other.

Review
Oh I just love a growly Dom and Kenneth Obi gives us the perfect growly gentleman Dom. Garrett’s instinct is to help calm and sooth his fidgety client Wyatt. The problem is Wyatt is a client and mixing business and pleasure is a no no. Little does he know that Wyatt has a crush on him and the two of them have been set up. I loved the dance they do around each other until realising they have what each other wants. From there on it just gets hotter. Garrett and Wyatt’s story is the perfect start to the series, introducing the other brothers and the club. This is a lovely sweet BDSM story.
Kenneth Obi is a new narrator to me and I think he portrayed both Garrett and Wyatt perfectly. His characterisation of them and Shaw Montgomery’s narrative helped me create a wonderful picture of Garrett and Wyatt. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

4 of stars out of 5

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Twice in a Lifetime by Jodie Griffin Guest Post and Giveaway!

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OS:  Welcome to Jodie Griffin, here to talk about Twice in a Lifetime and the importance of Secondary Characters!

JG

Hi! I’m Jodie Griffin, and I write contemporary romance and kinky erotic romance. I’m here to talk about my sixth published book, TWICE IN A LIFETIME, a contemporary female/female story with mature characters—and my first story for Riptide! I’d like to thank all the blog hosts for letting me stop by, and I hope you take the chance to visit all of their sites. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card.

SECONDARY CHARACTERS: WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT TO THIS STORY?

Hi! I’m Jodie Griffin, and I write contemporary romance and kinky erotic romance. I’m here to talk about my sixth published book, TWICE IN A LIFETIME, a contemporary female/female story with mature characters—and my first story for Riptide!

This story is a book about second chances, and about finding love after having—and losing—it. These older characters have already lived and loved and gathered people into their lives. Important people. People who aren’t just in the periphery, but who are vital to them—family and friends. While writing this book, I decided those people had to be a part of this story, or you wouldn’t get the whole picture of who Eve and Talia are.

Talia’s a widow who’d been married for 23 years when her husband died, and she’s got two daughters. Lila, her oldest, is an electrician and works in the family business. Rissa, her youngest, is away at college studying engineering. She’s still tied to her late husband’s family, and we see all of them throughout the story.

Eve’s been single, but her son Derrick is her heart. And while she’s proud of him for all he’s accomplished, she misses him terribly while he’s deployed. Her parents and siblings are important to her too—and they keep her sane while Derrick is in harm’s way.

Those strong family ties are one of the things that bring Eve and Talia together. I wanted to include their adult children in the story because, grown or not, they’re still a significant part of Eve’s and Talia’s lives.

The very first pages of this story bears that out. Talia’s getting texts from her daughters on her first day at her new job; Eve is late and stuck in line behind Talia at the metal detector because of a stressful, early-morning call from her son.

Along with seeing how each parent was with their own child/children, it was also important to me that we see Derrick interacting with Talia, and Lila and Rissa interacting with Eve. After all, if Eve and Talia wind up together (and hey, it’s a romance, so we KNOW they wind up together!) they’re all going to be family—and their relationship will be bigger than just the two of them.   Thanksgiving dinner was a good way to do it, as were later scenes that I won’t spoil for those of you who haven’t read the book yet!

All in all, the kids and their reactions to their parents dating was one of the best parts of TWICE INA LIFETIME to write. I had so much fun teasing all of them—parents and children. And I hope you enjoy what they bring to the story.

I’d like to thank Open Skye Book Reviews for letting me stop by, and I hope you take the chance to visit all of the other blog sites that are part of this tour. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card.  

 

About Twice in a Lifetime

 

When widow Talia Wasserman applies for a job with the local police department, she’s shocked to discover she’ll be working for Lieutenant Eve Poe, an officer she’d met—and been attracted to—during a long-ago citizen’s police academy workshop. Fifteen years later, the spark is still there, and no one’s currently in Talia’s life or in her bed. But there’s just one teeny, tiny problem. Eve is her boss, so she’s completely off-limits.

 

Eve feels a sizzling connection with Talia from the very first, but Talia works for her, and that’s just a bad idea. Besides, Eve needs to focus on the person sending disturbing emails to her office, and not on the woman who quickly makes herself invaluable to the department. It’s too bad her heart doesn’t agree with her.

 

Then Eve is badly injured in the line of duty, and Talia’s worst fears are realized. She may lose her chance at happiness with the woman she’s come to love, and she can’t survive that kind of loss twice in a lifetime.

 

Available now from Riptide Publishing!

 

About Jodie Griffin

 

Jodie Griffin didn’t always want to be a writer. She spent hours reading, but school papers were written one painful word at a time. Then a story idea came, demanding to be put on paper. After years of practice, she took the leap, submitted her first manuscript, and hasn’t looked back.

 

Jodie is also an avid photographer, a chocoholic, and a lover of bad puns. When she’s not writing, she’s likely out stalking the moon for that perfect shot.

 

Jodie’s own happily ever after includes one incredibly supportive husband and one future heroine. Visit Jodie at www.jodiegriffin.com.

 

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To celebrate the release of Twice In a Lifetime, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 27, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

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3 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Book class difference Contemporary Dreamspinner Gay Gay Heat Index Hurt/comfort m/m Mary D Mid level steam/heat Mild level angst Misunderstanding Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract

Audiobook: Lost and Found by Rick R. Reed Narrated by Michael Neeb

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Dreamspinner
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lost-and-found-by-rick-r-reed-7849-

Blurb
On a bright autumn day, Flynn Marlowe lost his best friend, a beagle named Barley, while out on a hike in Seattle’s Discovery Park.

On a cold winter day, Mac Bowersox found his best friend, a lost, scared, and emaciated beagle, on the streets of Seattle.

Two men. One dog. When Flynn and Mac meet by chance in a park the next summer, there’s a problem—who does Barley really belong to? Flynn wants him back, but he can see that Mac rescued him and loves him just as much as he does. Mac wants to keep the dog, and he can imagine how heartbreaking losing him would be—but that’s just what Flynn experienced.

A “shared custody” compromise might be just the way to work things out. But will the arrangement be successful? Mac and Flynn are willing to try it—and along the way, they just might fall in love

Review
My first thought on finishing Lost and Found was boy the narrator read fast. I ended up reducing the speed but that made the narrator sound sleepy so I put it back. This is an amusing story with a few twists and turns to keep the listener on their toes. I really didn’t expect the ending which surprised and pleased me.
he first part is how Barley the Beagle brings Flynn and Mac together. I love Mac. He loves Barley and the panicky way he tries to avoid the inevitable conclusion when Flynn finds him and Barley was amusing. Flynn is more earnest.
I liked the concept of two people bonding, getting to know each other and falling in love over a dog. I’m not sure with the twists and turns the story takes that I gelled with the book. Flynn’s best friend Clara seemed to be in love with him but then vanished from the story. When Mac’s grandma becomes ill Mac pushes Flynn away and the ending seems to be spur of the moment decision to go in a new direction.
For Rick R Reed always writes a gentle story that wraps you up in a bit of comfort. It was the same for this one. I did enjoy it, just don’t analyse the plot too much or you’ll be let with too many why questions.

Michael Neeb’s narration was good not necessarily great. As I said earlier it felt too fast for me. His characterisations were good, especially getting the panicky Mac across and reasonable Flynn. I liked the way he portrayed the female characters, especially Mac’s landlady. I got a good impression she had had a life well lived.

3 of stars out of 5

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Bases Loaded by Sean Michael Guest Post and Excerpt!

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OS: Welcome to Sean Michael here today to talk about her new book!

SM:
Thank you to Open Skye Books for hosting me today.

One of the characters in this book is Cajun. Jean is Cajun through and through, and his speech is peppered with Cajun words, which I found so much fun to find and use.

I’ve always been fascinated by both Cajuns and Acadians, the Canadian Cajuns. Both speak a unique language inspired by their French roots – a patois. I love that I can understand the words as I speak French. I love the sing-songing nature of it, the lilt and drawl.

I haven’t used any sort of glossary, but I think the words are easy enough to figure out given their context in the book, and I hope you enjoy Jean as much as I enjoyed writing him.

There’s a little sample of his speech in the excerpt.

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Blurb:

Can they survive the off-season and keep from striking out?

Baseball player Brett must get rehabilitation for his shoulder if he wants another season in the Major League. He and his partner, Benj, take off to the boonies to stay with physical therapist Ralph, a tough-talking, routine-setting guy, and Jean, Ralph’s Cajun lover, who cooks as well as he loves.

Brett and Ralph butt heads from the beginning. Ralph wants Brett to be more in touch with his feelings; Brett wants Ralph to give him his therapy and leave him alone. Benj and Jean get along far better, with Jean showing Benj around the kitchen and reassuring him when things with Brett get strained.

Before Ralph can even begin to work on Brett’s shoulder, though, Brett faces an even more difficult physical challenge, one that does more than threaten his career. He and Benj have to work through some tough issues, making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives together. Their gradual friendship with Ralph and Jean helps them through the bad times, but even that might not be enough to pull them through.

Excerpt:

Jean stirred the pot, singing “Zydeco Gumby Ya Ya” at the top of his lungs. Hoo boy! Gonna get them a new boy tonight. A pure-D challenge too. Nothing he loved better than a challenge and a good, hard fight.
He added some okra, shaking his ass before he checked on the bread and the gâteau de sirop. Hoo boy. Sweeten Brett McCallister’s frowning little ass up for him and his beau. Speaking of. “Ralph? Cher ’tit chou? You here?”
Jean was needing him some kissing.
Ralph’s deep chuckle sounded from the mudroom. “Just taking off my boots and washing my hands. I know better than to track mud into your kitchen.”
“Gar ici! The man can learn.” He hooted and spooned up some gumbo. “Wan’ a taste, you?”
“I do.” His big lover came in, wrapped large hands around Jean’s waist. “Of you.”
Oh yeah. He wanted him some of that. Jean leaned up, purring low at his beautiful one. “Anyt’ing you want, mon cher. ’M yours.”
“I want a big old sloppy kiss, Jean. Maybe two. Maybe even three.” Ralph’s blue eyes twinkled at him.
Jean pushed right up, taking Ralph’s mouth good and hard, and tasting a hint of chocolate, stolen from the stash Ralph didn’t think he knew about.
Ralph opened wide, tongue twisting with Jean’s, a low sound vibrating between them.
Oh, fuck the gumbo. Jean crawled up Ralph’s long body and wrapped his legs around Ralph’s waist. Ralph’s hands slid around to Jean’s ass, cupping it, supporting him.
“Maybe more than three, yeah?” Ralph said.
“Maybe, yeah.” Jean kissed Ralph again and again. “I made y’all some bread, some sweet.”
Ralph was backing up, only stopping when he hit a wall. “It’ll keep, yeah?”
“Yeah. Yeah. We got us some time, now. We do.” Jean arched back, rubbing, eyes closing. Fuck, he loved that, the heat.

Buy links:
Dreamspinner Press:
eBook: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bases-loaded-by-sean-michael-9282-b
Paperback: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bases-loaded-by-sean-michael-9283-b
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bases-Loaded-Sean-Michael-ebook/dp/B078X219YQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1516554954&sr=1-1&keywords=bases+loaded+sean+michael
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bases-loaded-sean-michael/1017054144?ean=2940158550881
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/bases-loaded-12

Bio:

Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

Sean Michael on the web:

WEBSITE: http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com
BLOG: http://seanmichaelwrites.blogspot.ca
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites/
TWITTER: seanmichael09
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/seanmichaelpics/

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Two Man Station by Lisa Henry Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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About Two Man Station

 

Gio Valeri is a big city police officer who’s been transferred to the small outback town of Richmond with his professional reputation in tatters. His transfer is a punishment, and Gio just wants to keep his head down and survive the next two years. No more mistakes. No more complications.

 

Except Gio isn’t counting on Jason Quinn.

 

Jason Quinn, officer in charge of Richmond Station, is a single dad struggling with balancing the demands of shift work with the challenges of raising his son. The last thing he needs is a new senior constable with a history of destroying other people’s careers. But like it or not, Jason has to work with Gio.

 

In a remote two man station hours away from the next town, Gio and Jason have to learn to trust and rely on each another. Close quarters and a growing attraction mean that the lines between professional and personal are blurring. And even in Richmond, being a copper can be dangerous enough without risking their hearts as well.

Available now from Riptide Publishing.

About Lisa Henry

 

Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

 

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

 

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

 

She shares her house with too many cats, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.

 

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To celebrate the release of Two Man Station, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Riptide credit and a package of Australian goodies! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 27, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

 

 

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4 stars Actor/Theatre adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Dee Gay Gay Heat Index Humor m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Opposites attract Pride Publishing Standalone

An Actor’s Guide to Romance by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead

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Pride Publishing Presents

 

https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/an-actors-guide-to-romance

Blurb

When long-time theatrical enemies are cast as lovers, their late-night rehearsal brings a whole new meaning to method acting. For twenty years, Adam Fisher and Thomas Fox have been the best of enemies. From their first meeting at drama school to shared stages, shared bills and a competition to amass the most illustrious awards, they have been the names on every theatregoers’ lips. Separately they can sell out an entire run in an hour, so when they’re cast as lovers in London’s hottest new play, the tickets are gone in minutes. But for rakish Adam and gentlemanly Thomas, the small matter of their first on-stage kiss is causing a headache for everyone. Over a bottle of wine on one rainy night in the city, these two acting legends will do whatever it takes to banish their first-night nerves. After all, as everyone knows, the show must go on!

Review

 This is a fun, short story! I love the enemies-to-lovers trope and this one is very well done, especially for a short story.
Thomas, (do not call me Tom), and Adam are rival actors, both popular in their own right. Someone had the bright idea to pair them together in a play, a romantic play – one where they have to share a kiss!
The story is humourous and sweet. The way the 2 men get together was delightful; I especially liked the way they let it happen naturally, without doubt or angst. I loved it!

4 stars out of 5

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La Famiglia By Deanna Wadsworth

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Dreamspinner Press

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/la-famiglia-by-deanna-wadsworth-9293-b

Blurb

Forrester Giordano comes from a huge, nosy Italian family, and with their homophobic jokes and slurs, he’s decided to stay in the closet. He finds respite in his bookstore in the quaint village of Gilead—where he has a huge crush on one of his customers, Kyle Benson.

Kyle is determined to live his dreams, and though life isn’t easy being deaf, one by one he’s making them come true. He’s scored a great job practicing law, bought a cute bungalow where he can finally have a big flower garden, and he has a dog he loves, Jasper. Now he just needs one thing to complete his happiness: a family of his own to make up for the one he never had.

Forrester and Kyle’s relationship starts off hot and heavy, and neither man can deny the depth of their connection. When Forrester’s little brother gets mixed up with their heroin-dealing cousin and his mother falls ill, Forrester has a decision to make—maybe the hardest of his life. For the first time, he’s found a man worth coming out for.

Unfortunately nothing ever goes according to plan with la famiglia.

Review

I have to say there is a lot going on in this story before you get the end. And it all really works without being overwhelming.

We first meet Forrester, also known as Frankie by his family. A closeted gay man from a big, loud Italian Family. He owns a book store one town over from where his family all lives. It’s his escape, as well as his passion. Forrester is open to his friends but not to his family.

We then meet Kyle as a customer of the bookstore. Kyle is new in town, a lawyer as well as deaf. Sparks fly between the two and the story takes off.

The love story between Forrester and Kyle is sweet and caring and really really hot! The chemistry between the 2 is off the charts. They work so well together that you can’t wait to see what happens next.

As the love story progresses we meet all of Forrester’s family. This story has so many interesting characters. You get drawn into the big Italian family. Forrester’s mama, Maria, his 3 brothers, his grandmother, one of his brother’s wife. It all plays well together. And through all of this is Forrester trying to figure out how to tell them all he is gay, because he has finally found someone he cares about.

Deanna Wadsworth has taken a story and made it very real. What happens as time goes on and one person hides who he is because he is afraid of how everyone will react. And then she shows how other members of the family reacts and perceives those actions. A very warm and moving story. It was so well written that I stayed up well past my bedtime to finish.

5 of 5 stars!

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