2.5 stars adult - 18+ Book coming of age Dreamspinner Fade to black/No Steam Gay Gay Mary D Mid level angst New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Shifter

Time to get Paranormal: Denying Fate (A Series of Fate #1) by C.C. Dado




Fate is a funny thing. Some try to cut its threads, while others wrap themselves in it like a blanket.

Young wolf shifter Max is cocky and crass. Unlike others his age, he has yet to discover a talent that will serve his pack. Since childhood, he’s been convinced the pack alpha is his mate, but Alpha Christian cannot envision unfiltered and directionless Max taking the place of his elegant mother at the head of the pack. As Max begins to build a life with his best friend, he also begins to see that maybe what he thought was inevitable was all in his head, and it’s time to move on.

Or are they both denying fate?

Review by Xanthe

This is my first experience with this author and I’d be interested in reading more of this series, though I found this book to be a little hit and miss.
The basis of the story and the relationship between Max and Alpha Christian is intriguing.
All wolves have a gift and Max is yet to discover his. His main focus at the moment is getting the Alpha to notice him and the mate pull that Max is certain of. The Alpha is very reticent about Max. He’s always watching over the younger man but cannot see the two of them having a future.
To me, the story had a lot of promise but didn’t quite fulfill on it’s potential. There were, for me, some really good parts that, if fleshed out a little would have massively boosted my interest and involvement with the characters. Less is not always more.
One thing that confused me was that the POVs used in the book are Max and Max’s best friend Seth, we don’t actually read from Christian. Seth does play a big role for Max, has been supportive and important to Max, but having his POV didn’t quite make sense to me.
The connection between Max and Christian is clear to see from the outside but there wasn’t a lot of interaction between them making it hard to feel connected to, and involved with, the characters.
The setting itself is well described and a place I would definitely love to live in, sounding quaint and appealing.
I would ask people to give this book a go as overall, I enjoyed the story, but I’m hoping that book two goes a little deeper with action, conversation and emotions.
I received an ARC and am happily giving a review

3 of 5 stars

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Review by Morgan

This just wasn’t for me. I found the low steam to be very unsatisfying and though I can appreciate that this was a lot about Max finding his own way in the world, I wanted more about his relationship with Christian and less about Max’s friendship/bakery endeavors. Another thing that I didn’t like was the lack of “wolfiness”. I didn’t feel the wolf part of Max and I wanted to.

Though I’d read a blurb for the next book in the series, it’d really have to bowl me over for me to continue with this. I was simply underwhelmed by the romance.

2.5 of 5 stars

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Recently Released: Something About Us (Saint and Lucky #2) by Riley Hart

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Falling in love was the easy part.

Lucky and Saint are head-over-heels for each other. It doesn’t matter that they met only a few months ago. It also doesn’t matter that this is Saint’s first real relationship and Lucky’s first with a man. They’re infatuated, happy, and excited to start their life together in LA.

It isn’t as easy as they thought.

Away from home for the first time and feeling like he has to compete with Saint’s experienced and cultured friends, Lucky is a fish out of water. Saint is still coming to grips with his recent loss while doing everything he can to keep Lucky happy. The only time things feel right is when they lock themselves away from the world—when they’re alone, everything is perfect.

But reality comes crashing back in to challenge them at every turn. Lucky and Saint need to learn how to stand together, as well as apart, if they’re to have any hope of making this last. They’re learning the hard way that “I love you” is when the real work begins.


I’m not super big on sequels but I have to say that book 1 really begged for more and Riley delivered!

When we left Lucky and Saint we knew they had big hurdles facing them if they were going to make it work and this book shows us those hurdles.

There’s lots of hot smexy times and some great feels along the way.

For fans of book 1, this is a must!

(Not a standalone!)

4 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Bi-Sexual Exploration Gay Gay Homophobia Little to no angst m/m Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Older MCs Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Standalone Virgin

Recent Release: The Drive (Close Proximity Book 3) by Erin M. Leaf

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Liam is done with love, but his daughter Portia has other plans. When he arrives to pick her up from college, she sets him up with her friend Charlie, and merrily heads off to her internship without them. Liam is left with an uncomfortable hard-on for Portia’s bestie, and a long drive to Vegas with a guy too young to know what to do with a guy Liam’s age.

Charlie thought he liked girls. More specifically, he thought he liked Portia, but when her dad offers him a ride home after graduation, he suddenly, shockingly realizes that he doesn’t like women at all. He likes Liam, and he wants to hook up as soon as possible, and maybe not ever let go. So, when Liam makes an offer he can’t refuse, what’s he supposed to do? Say no to the hottest person he’s ever met?


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I wish this were longer! Erin really had me hooked with these two and their romance just moved so fast that was pretty unsatisfying.

I really wanted to see this May/December relationship roll out slowly and/or at least watch these two mesh their lives once it exploded into coupledom so quickly.

Liam was HOT and Charlie sounded perfect for him and I was even proud to see a positive female character portrayed in this story – woot!

In my perfect world we’d have gotten to either take more time getting to know these guys as individuals or spent more time with them as a couple – however –

For what it is – an erotic story about a car ride – it’s way hot!

4.25 of 5 stars

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Blog Post: Denying Fate by C.C. Dado


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Fate is a funny thing. Some try to cut its threads, while others wrap themselves in it like a blanket.

Young wolf shifter Max is cocky and crass. Unlike others his age, he has yet to discover a talent that will serve his pack. Since childhood, he’s been convinced the pack alpha is his mate, but Alpha Christian cannot envision unfiltered and directionless Max taking the place of his elegant mother at the head of the pack. As Max begins to build a life with his best friend, he also begins to see that maybe what he thought was inevitable was all in his head, and it’s time to move on.

Or are they both denying fate?

“Stop. It’s the alpha,” Seth said, finally calming down enough to scent who was at the door. “This is all your fault, with your big pornographic crime scene you left in his room,” Seth hissed from behind him. “Now he’s mad, and he’s here to finish the job.”
“Did you mean for that to be sexy?” Max turned around. “Because that sounded totally sexy.”
“No,” Seth hissed. “That is not what I meant and you know it. Do not open that door!”
Max ignored Seth’s warning and proceeded to open the door. As soon as he unlocked the latch, the door was thrown open. Seth squeaked behind him, running away, and a feral-looking Christian pushed his way through the door and grabbed Max like he weighed nothing, Max’s legs instinctually wrapping around Christian’s hips so he didn’t fall as Christian carried him backward into his room.
“Ummm, fancy seeing you at this time of….” Max’s attempt at defusing the situation was squashed with a growl rumbling out of Christian’s chest. He slammed the bedroom door behind them with his foot, throwing Max down onto the bed.
“What were you doing in my room, Max?” The words sounded gravelly, like he was trying to hold back from shifting.
“Sleeping?” Max said, scooting back farther onto the bed to get some distance. He was starting to think maybe Seth was right— trying to push Christian’s wolf to the edge wasn’t his best plan ever.
Christian climbed onto the bed, over the top of Max like a hunter approaching his prey.
“Sleeping? I think you were doing more than sleeping.” Christian’s head tilted back as he inhaled Max’s scent. “My wolf knows you now, knows your scent so well. Is that what you wanted, Max? To drive my wolf crazy?” He trailed his nose up the side of Max’s neck. “You succeeded. He’s pushing at me, screaming inside of me to take you.” Christian nipped at Max’s collarbone, making him gasp. “You’re all he wants.” He pushed his hardness into Max, proving just how much his wolf wanted him.
Max’s brain finally caught up with him, and he started to push back, so hungry for his mate.

About the author:

I write about painfully awkward, usually embarrassing, romance because long confident gazes followed by sexy dancing NEVER happens to me. I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, and will probably never leave. I’m like a hypochondriac sundae, with claustrophobic sprinkles, and a big cherry of anxiety on top, so I don’t travel much. I read to relax my mind, so I love getting lost in someone else’s story, even if it is only for a little while.

4 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided Bullying Demons Fairies Fantasy Gay Hurt/Abuse Magic Mary D Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter Witches/Warlocks/Wizards

Release Day Review: Be Fairy Game (Starfig investigation #2) by Meghan Maslow

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When a simple ‘find & fetch’ case throws private investigator Twig Starfig and newly-minted wizard, Quinn Broomsparkle, into the middle of an EBI murder investigation, it’s just another day in the Elder Realm.

If murder were Twig’s only problem, he’d be the luckiest half-dragon in the land. Murder he can handle. Fulfilling his promise to his scheming, power-hungry father to run for a seat on Lighthelm’s city council? Meh, he’d rather face a demon with a toothache.

On top of their case going sideways, and Twig running for a council seat he really doesn’t want, Twig and Quinn are forced to face some unpleasant realities about their budding romance, while still learning how to handle the wizard-familiar bond they now share. Throw in a red fury with abysmal taste in boyfriends, a ghost pirate-parrot who drinks too much, a murderer who will stop at nothing to get what they want, a host of new friends and enemies, and you’ve got a situation where no one is safe and everyone is Fairy Game

This book carries on from the end of the first book, By Fairy means or Foul. In my opinion you do need to read (or listen the audiobook book is great) to book 1. I’d forgotten how much I love these characters, and I do mean Characters. Twig is a dragon shifter, Quinn a Wizard and Bill the daemon Red Fury (he’s my favourite). In this book we have a murder mystery, political intrigue and family drama. There is so much going on in the story. It keeps quite a pace without losing it’s integrity. Meghan Maslow has built a wonderful world which just keeps on getting better with each book. There are a lot of new characters with their own quirky ways that make it so fun to read. As well as ones from the first book. Twig and Quinn’s complicated relationship is continuing to build, Twig is Quinn’s familiar and in this story they struggle with whether to mate or not. Such a difficult situation when you’re already bound together in a different way. The murder mystery is handled quite well. Kept me guessing, and I like that about it. Someone is also trying to kill Twig’s father (who I’ve slowly warmed to). That looks like one of the threads that will carry on to book 3, because for me there are too many loose ends for the series not to carry on. I do hope this story comes out on audiobook as well.

4 of stars out of 5

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adult - 18+ Gay Little to no angst Mild/low level heat

Coming Soon! The Second Time Around By Rowan McAllister

Sept 11!

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Though born into wealth and privilege, Jordan Thorndike can’t keep pretending. He’s never going to become the lawyer his parents hope for… or provide the daughter-in-law and two-point-four grandkids they expect. Faced with an ultimatum—carry on living the lie or get out—Jordan leaves with only what he can pack in his BMW.
Homeless, jobless, directionless, Jordan heads to one of his mother’s pet charities: Better the Second Time Around Rescue ranch. With his family name and charm, he has the staff eating out of his hand in no time—except for one man.
Russ has never been handed anything, and he resents the spoiled rich brat using the ranch to live out a fantasy. Though Jordan is determined to prove himself to Russ through hard work, family and old wounds complicate matters. Will Jordan realize that what he sees as an escape is real life for most people? And can Russ accept that Jordan can grow—and that he wants him?


After his coming out to his family goes badly, Jordan doesn’t know what to do. Cut off from his life of privilege he heads to the one place he loved growing up, the BStar Ranch. There he strives to prove his worth and it seem to impress most of the people there with the exception the ranch foreman Russ. Russ has seen this type of guy too many times to count. He ridicules Jordan and refuses to baby him. Jordan is determined to win over Russ. When tragedy befalls once of Jordan’s favorite horses Russ finally sees the real man behind the fake smile. Russ knows Jordan will eventually leave the ranch but is still willing to go full steam into a relationship.

This starts out as a sort of enemies to lovers story but really only in regards to Russ. Jordan immediately accepts his attraction towards Russ and once he finds out that he is gay is determined to win him over. Russ on the other hand is a bit more complicated. I feel like his transition from jerk to sweetheart was pretty abrupt. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

4 stars out of 5

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Exploration Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m Morgan Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Older MCs Purchased Scorching/high heat Standalone Virgin

Recent Relase: Handy Harry by Erin M. Leaf

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Reclusive artist Rufus Ward’s house needs repair, but he hates demolition and dust. However, when handyman Harry Hande rings his doorbell, Rufus lets him in. He’s everything the famous painter likes in a man: young, sexy, and somewhat confused about his sexuality. Rufus thought he was done with dating, but Harry is hot enough to push him from loneliness into love.

Harry’s sensible demeanor disguises desperation. His brother is a jerk and he needs to move out, but his fledgling business isn’t quite ready to support him. Rufus is supposed to be just another client, but when they meet, all of Harry’s preconceived notions of attraction are demolished. Lust launches him into the dare of a lifetime. Will letting Rufus draw him nude destroy him, or will his true nature come out?


This would totally have gotten all the stars had it been longer. I LOVED the GFY thing and the reclusive artist meets hot handy man thing but everything moved so fast L

I know this is erotica but there was enough there to make it more substantial – Erin Leaf is really good at character development – so I was hoping for more.

However, as far as fantasy “quickies” go – this is a winner! We get a bit of hot smexy times, some gay virgin sex and a lot of self discovery.

If you’re in the mood for something hot and fast – this is for you!

4.25 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Carina Gay Gay High but not hopeless Homophobia m/m Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Scorching/high heat

Coming Soon! Loving a Warrior by Melanie Hansen

NOV 26!

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BUD/S: six months of the most intense training there is. It’s survival of the toughest, and Matt Knytych is determined to come out the other side a navy SEAL.

Distraction is life or death. And just the sight of former marine Shane Hovland is enough to shake Matt’s concentration.

Shane came to BUD/S training ready to prove himself—again. Semper Fi is forever, but he needs a new start. Not this dangerous heat with a man he barely knows.

Everything they’ve ever wanted is riding on a thin, punishing line. And they’ll have to fight for more than just each other if they want to make it through intact.

After all, the only easy day was yesterday.


First I need to warn you that this is a HFN and that this is a book one. I didn’t know that and had I known I’d have waited for the series – just because that’s how I am.

It doesn’t diminish how much I liked this but it does make me want to warn people.

Melanie Hansen’s stories are FULL of ANGST with a capital A – I knew that going in. However, this was less about the Angst and more about the slow burn and – really – the completely untenable situation.

I don’t know how these two are going to make it last – and I’ve finished book 1. I know they want to but I’m concerned about what it’s going to take to make this happen.

The other thing you should know about this is that it is VERY detailed in it’s description of BUDs training. Very.

If you are not interested in what it takes to become a SEAL – you might want to skip this – as it (easily) takes over most of the story. I found it interesting and it definitely helped shape these guys and their relationship so I can’t say it wasn’t needed for the story.

One thing I really liked was that neither of these guys is perfect. Even by the end. They are still making mistakes, not popular, full of ego and bravado… just what you’d expect from the military. That felt really authentic.

I also really loved their chemistry together because it was so antagonistic and based on competition. It was very HOT. But… they did have their moments of feelz – they were just… less often.

All in all I am bummed I have to wait til NEXT SPRING!@#$% for the next book but I’ll happily read it when it comes out.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Monthly Theme TIme to get Paranormal

September’s Theme: Time to Get Paranormal and to meet our new reviewers!




Meet our new Reviewers and look for these reviews coming this September!

Meet Xanthe:

I live in a small town in South West England with my dog. I love reading pretty much any trope, enjoying kink, shifters, mannies and bodyguards. I read for several hours a night and listen to audiobooks when cleaning, gardening and walking the dog. And please, never ask me my favourite anything because I am useless! I could never pick just one when I love so many.

Joel Abernathy: Exhale


Meet Truus:

I’m a reader and reviewer and live in the Netherlands, a tiny and open minded country in Europe.
I love some good reads with layers and with main lgbtq. When well written it doesn’t matter if it is romance, bdsm, kink, taboo, paranormal, shifters, mystery, fantasy.

Untouchable Beauty: by Meraki P Lyhne

Meet Neta:  

My name is Neta, I live in Israel with my husband and two cats, Mako and Korra. My favorite genres are Romance and Fantasy and I am a big fan of Historical Romances too. In the last two years I have mainly read M/M books, I love the diversity in them and I also feel like the relationships are so much more balanced then many M/Fs. Also, I got my husband hooked on M/M audiobooks, he always complains they do not have enough sex in them or that they are “teasing”.

Slow heat: by Leta Blake


Meet Karen:

I live in Flanders, Belgium. I’m a history nerd, so I really love historical romances, but I also love anything to do with shifters and I can never say no to a good redemption story. I listened to my first audiobook about a year ago and now I can’t imagine my life without them! 

Salt Magic, Skin Magic by Lee Welch


Meet Sorel:

I live in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, two young daughters, whippet, chinchilla, two rats, three rabbits and about 45 guinea pigs. I’ve read romance ever since sneaking one of my mum’s books when I was about 14 years old and I have rarely read anything since. I read all genre’s within the romantic spectrum but can’t really pick a favourite, I just love a good romantic story.

Time to Rise by Tal Bauer



Meet Rebeccca:

I live in Alabama. Mother of 2 girls and occasional poet. I have only started reading again for a little over a year now. Completely in love with paranormal romances, specifically shifters and magic users. I have loved the paranormal since I was a teenager. I enjoy books that aren’t predictable. Sucker for second chance stories but I also highly enjoy enemies to lovers and friends to lovers stories. I enjoy when a writer pulls you into the world of the book, not just aimless babble. If the book is good enough, I will gladly sacrifice sleep over reading. 

Enchained by Claire Cullins


Meet Aerielle:

Hi I’m Aerielle (yes like the mermaid)! I’ve lived in Arizona my whole life and I am one of the few who actually like summers here! I’ve been reading from a very early age and my love of books has never waned. I’ve also been a big fan of audiobooks ever since I found a beat up old copy of Jurassic Park on cassette! I’m a die hard fan of mpreg and alpha male stories.

Soul Mate for Sale by Kian Rhodes



Meet Gabrielle:

I live in Chicago , have been here all my life. My favorite genre of books is paranormal and lately I have been enjoying the subgenre of erotica. My favorite thing about m/m is the strong emotional connection that the main characters have. Something that makes me stand out is that I grew up spending my summers with my Asian Grandmother in Chinatown and I can still speak some Cantonese. And of course I still love Hello Kitty!

Born of Air by Sean Michael


And of course our “veteran” reviewers:

Meet Dee:

Originally from the UK, now living in DC Metro area. I love to travel and have visited 49 of the 50 states – Oregon is the last one; and 6 of the 7 continents -Antarctica is the holdout.

I’ve been a avid reader since I was 2 years old and fell in love with MM books about 5 years ago (I haven’t looked back). I also love audiobooks and have about a million audiobooks in my library ?

Last thing about me – I’m a chocolate snob.

GRABBED by Susi Hawke



Meet Mary:

Hi I’m Mary. I live on the South Coast of England, in a small town by the sea. I love reading MM there is such a variety and awesome authors. The genres I am drawn to the most are BDSM, action/thriller, crime/cop, cowboy, shifter, fantasy oh let’s face it I’ll read anything if the blurb and cover attracts me. I love the variety and the strong characters you get in MM. Recently I’ve been stretching myself and dipping my toe in the world of Taboo stories, so if you hear a shout of ‘nooooo ummm ooooooh maybe’ that I’ll be me!

Duck by Kim Dare

Meet Morgan:

I live in Oregon but have lived all over the US.  I love paranormal writings and shifters are definitely my comfort reads.  I’ve recently found audiobooks (in the last 5 years) and I can’t get enough of them!  I love a true actor, not simply a narrator, who can immerse me in the story and make me feel it along side our MCs.  

Circle of Darkness by Nicholas Bella and Aimee Nicole Walker

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Guest Post: Charlie Descoteaux for Art House!

OS: Welcome to Charlie!


Hello friends! It’s lovely to be at Open Skye Book Reviews—thanks for having me! <3

I love music and even though I don’t listen to it while I write, I do have a playlist for every book. These playlists serve two main functions for me—to “prime the pump” so I’m in the right mood to write the story, and to get back into the right mood during edits. Plus, it’s fun!

Okay, that’s three things. ?

While writing Art House I spent a lot of time listening to a band you probably haven’t heard of: Red Line Chemistry. They’re a rock band out of Kansas and their music reminds me of a next-generation Alice in Chains or Stone Temple Pilots—two of my favorite bands of all time. One day I was surfing Pinterest for pictures of graffiti and the song “Apology” came on. This song captured Chase’s story, and that was when I knew the RLC albums “Chemical High & A Hand Grenade” and “Easy Does It” would be the soundtrack for Art House.

I also listened to “The One Thing” over and over while writing and editing Art House. It captured the feeling of the film that was being made during the book, and I got the idea for the film’s title from the lyrics. You guessed it, it’s an art house film. ? I also like the plugged-in version of this song. If you’d like to have a listen you can find it here.

Art House is pretty angsty and sometimes writing it wound me up emotionally. During those times I either listened to random dance mixes or Five Finger Death Punch. Mostly 5FDP. I love 5FDP, mainly because of Ivan Moody. I’ve been following Moody’s career since he was only 15 (which I didn’t know until I watched this video!) and I met him and his first band, Motograter, during an all-day hard rock & metal show in 2003. Even listening to one of his songs on my mp3 player helps me blow off steam and feel better. If you’re curious about what made me a fan of Ivan’s check this out from 2003.

Well, this was less of a playlist and more like me musing on music! I think I’ll end this post with an excerpt showing Garrett’s taste in music. Stick around afterward and comment with your favorite band that nobody’s ever heard of.

Every comment during my tour will be an entry in my giveaway. At the end of the tour everyone’s name will go into a hat and the winner will get a signed paperback of Art House, some Buchanan House and Dreamspinner swag, and a surprise or two. This giveaway is worldwide. ?


In this excerpt, Garrett is going to his “day job.”


As he walked to the MAX stop to board a train that would take him toward the West Hills, Garrett thought about the changes in Chase’s body. He was too thin—that’s on me for not being there to remind him to eat—but he’d never been that chiseled in all the time they’d known each other. The master bedroom was crowded with canvases, but Chase had thrown himself into his work before and hadn’t looked like that—his lean body rippling with muscles, blond hair too long and falling across his heart-shaped face, and the sexiest gold-brown eyes he’d ever seen. Chase was breathtaking. Garrett feared he wasn’t—and would never be—Chase’s equal in anything. He was less talented, less intelligent, less sexy… less stable, both emotionally and financially. Even after a decade and Chase’s help he hadn’t managed to make more than incidental money from his art, and had started trying to convince himself to give up the dream of making a living with it. Ten years ago—eight, or even five years ago—he’d felt like he was building momentum, but not anymore.

That’s how he had come to start his career as a glorified housepainter. He knew he shouldn’t be ashamed of that. It was honest work. But he was. Deeply. He had always done his best work after a few hours at it, so he spent at least ten and usually twenty hours or more at a stretch working at the lawyer’s home. For some reason, Garrett couldn’t force himself to call Ms. Nelson by her first name.

Geri. Nope, can’t do it.

The idea was to make enough money so he could take a few months to do his own work, without feeling like a leech, but every time he finished one project she asked for another. And offered more money than she had the time before. He couldn’t say no. Even if it kept him in the West Hills instead of in the Pearl with Chase.

Chase could replace me, easily.

Garrett put his earbuds in and played some cool West Coast jazz. Sometimes that worked to stave off his anxiety. At least the music gave him something to concentrate on beyond whatever he was fucking up at the time. He found a seat on the train, closed his eyes, and leaned his head against the window. The mellow sounds of Brubeck and his crew didn’t do as much as he would have liked, but he didn’t feel any worse after a few stops. Small win. When his phone vibrated in his pocket, Garrett almost didn’t look. But he knew if he didn’t, that would be worse in the long run.

Jess. Best friend, cheerleader, and confidant. Her checking-in text—How’s life, G?—made Garrett a little homesick.

Jessamyn Iravani had been his best friend since fifth grade, the year he learned to be ashamed of being German and she learned that some people thought she should be ashamed of being Persian, both thanks to an insensitive teacher. She also became a target for being the tallest person in school around the same time he decided to come out. They’d bonded over being bullied—to be more honest, she’d protected him when he was attacked on the playground, and her mom had practically adopted him during times when his own mother had been… unavailable.

He answered, trying to sound more upbeat than he felt. Good! On the train, going to work.

Me too! Be good. But if you can’t be good, be great!




Chase Holland spends his days painting Portland scenes to hang in local businesses, neglecting his own surrealist style. After twenty-five years as a full-time artist, he’s frustrated that his career has stalled, but churning out the equivalent of corporate art is better than getting a day job. Chase and Garrett have been together—off and on, but mostly on—for a decade. If asked, they would both say the source of their trouble is the seventeen-year age gap. The truth is less clear-cut. Life would be so much easier if Chase could make a living with his own art, or if Garrett held less conventional ideas about relationships.


Garrett Frisch has been watching their friends get married for the past two years, and it’s taking an emotional toll. When he proposes as a way to keep them together permanently, he thinks he’s being responsible, but Chase is ambivalent and hurt and can’t hide it. It doesn’t help that Garrett’s anxiety is out of control and he’s dealing with insecurities about his own art career. They will have to do their least favorite thing—talk about something more important than which food cart to visit—if they are to get the happy ending they both want.


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Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they’ve agreed to let her sleep once in a while. Charley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during a drought, and found her true home in the soggy Pacific Northwest. She has survived earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.



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Series: Buchanan House

Book Number: 6

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: August 21, 2018

Pages: 254


Cover Artist: L.C. Chase