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  • Joel Leslie 12%, 12 votes
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  • Michael Pauley 9%, 9 votes
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  • Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux 9%, 9 votes
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  • Nick J Russo 8%, 8 votes
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  • Michael Lesley 6%, 6 votes
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  • Evolved By: N.R. Walker 6%, 6 votes
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  • Michael Ferraiuolo 6%, 6 votes
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  • How to Bang a Billionaire Arden St. Ives, Book 1 By: Alexis Hall 5%, 5 votes
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  • Iggy Toma 5%, 5 votes
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  • Prophesy The King & Alpha Series Series, Book 1 By: A.E. Via 4%, 4 votes
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  • Sean Crisden 4%, 4 votes
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  • Tristan James 4%, 4 votes
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  • Kenneth Obi 4%, 4 votes
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  • Kirt Graves 3%, 3 votes
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  • Yanni's Story Spencer Cohen Series, Book 4 By: N.R. Walker 3%, 3 votes
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  • Crocus Bonfires Series, Book 2 By: Amy Lane 2%, 2 votes
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  • Logan's Need The Escort Series, Book 3 By: Sloane Kennedy 2%, 2 votes
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  • Snow Falling By: Davidson King 2%, 2 votes
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  • Leaning into a Wish Leaning Into Series, Book 5 By: Lane Hayes 2%, 2 votes
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  • Charlie David 1%, 1 vote
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  • Slow Heat By: Leta Blake 1%, 1 vote
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  • Made Mine: A Protectors / Made Marian Crossover By: Sloane Kennedy, Lucy Lennox 1%, 1 vote
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  • Sin and Tonic Sinners Series, Book 6 By: Rhys Ford 1%, 1 vote
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  • Psycho Romeo Ward Security, Volume 1 1%, 1 vote
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  • The Remaking of Corbin Wale By: Roan Parrish 1%, 1 vote
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  • Something Like Forever Something Like... Book 11 By: Jay Bell 1%, 1 vote
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  • The Solstice Prince Realms of Love series, Book 1 By: SJ Himes 0%, 0 votes
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  • Alpha Awakened Waking the Dragons Series, Book 1 By: Piper Scott, Susi Hawke 0%, 0 votes
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  • Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride By: Eli Easton 0%, 0 votes
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  • Pretty Pretty Boys Hazard and Somerset Mystery Series, Book 1 By: Gregory Ashe 0%, 0 votes
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  • Twisted and Tied By: Mary Calmes 0%, 0 votes
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  • Kidnapped by the Pirate By: Keira Andrews 0%, 0 votes
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  • Chris Chambers 0%, 0 votes
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  • His Truth By: Riley Hart 0%, 0 votes
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  • Hush By: Tal Bauer 0%, 0 votes
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  • John Solo 0%, 0 votes
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  • Flight of Magpies By: K. J. Charles 0%, 0 votes
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  • Trust with a Chaser Rainbow Cove Series, Book 1 By: Annabeth Albert 0%, 0 votes
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  • Brandon Mills versus the V-Card Prescott College, Book 2 By: J.A. Rock, Lisa Henry 0%, 0 votes
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  • Colin Darcy 0%, 0 votes
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Total Votes: 103
Voters: 34
December 25, 2018 - January 19, 2019
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Recent Release: Playing The Point by Ashley K. Broome

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36113607-playing-the-point?from_search=true

Blurb

In hockey getting traded was never easy. Henny knew his trade was coming but he wasn’t prepared to go from the Seattle Thunder to playing for what used to be his biggest rivals on ice, the Dakota Crusaders.
He planned to hide everything about himself that prompted the trade. With the preseason over and the regular season in full swing, Henny can only hope that the Crusaders will think he’s worth what they paid for him.
He wasn’t expecting the current captain of the Crusaders, Matthew Doherty to look past his former team and welcome him onto the team. The way they clicked on ice and how the entire team worked together made the trade easier. Now if he could stop starring at Doherty and focus on hockey, that would be great. He didn’t need a repeat of what happened in Seattle. He just wanted to play hockey.

Review

This is a fun hockey series. It’s got a lot of hockey feel to it with some medium steam romance and a lovely HEA.

I think this would be better as a short story – it would carry more punch – but it was an easy read and I was engaged throughout most of it.

I really hope the author gets an editor who can help them with the basic writing and some grammatical errors as there is a lot of potential there but the flow is a little ragged and there were some pretty obvious typos and other mistakes.

I’ve enjoyed reading from this new author and look forward to more from them.

3 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: Tigers on the Way (Tigers and Devils #4) by Sean Kennedy

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/tigers-on-the-way-by-sean-kennedy-10072-b

Blurb

Documentary producer Simon and ex-footballer Declan are taking some big steps toward a lasting life together. They’ve bought a house, and they’ll need it for the family they plan to start. Their friend, Nyssa, has made the generous offer to be their surrogate, and Declan couldn’t be more excited about the idea of a baby.

Simon knows fatherhood is a huge commitment, and though it’s daunting, he sees how much Dec wants it, and he’s sure that together, they can succeed in anything—despite the worries nagging at him.

But just as their new life is taking shape, a health scare disrupts their plans at the worst possible moment. With time running short, Simon and Dec will have to bare their fears and doubts to each other so they can face them before their world changes forever.

It might mean a literal leap of faith.

 

Review

This was a lot of fun!  I’d forgotten how much I enjoy Simon’s snarky humor and Declan’s steadfast devotion.  The secondary characters are also back and so funny, too!

There is no steam in this – and I missed that aspect – I think a little bit would have helped – we don’t need a ton but…

I really enjoyed watching the couple navigate Simon’s health scare and the decision to become fathers.  I really liked how that was handled.

I was worried, given the length of this, that I was going to be bored – I tend to find sequels like this can be tedious – but I wasn’t and I can really recommend this to all the fans from the original books.

I will say that I do think it could have been edited a bit tighter and that there are some parts of this that could have been deleted 🙂  IMHO

 

4 of 5 stars

 


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Release Day Review: Oil and Water (The Wildcatters Book 1) by B.A. Tortuga

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/oil-and-water-by-ba-tortuga-10084-b

Blurb

Oilman Max inherits a passel of trouble when his boss passes away, leaving him a house in England and a heck of a lot of money. He’s thinking London is the worst place on earth… until he meets Morgan.

Colorful, carefree, and a little crazy, Morgan is just what Max needs, and the two set out on the adventure of a lifetime, chasing pleasure wherever it takes them, learning that together they can make anything fun… and sexy.

Too bad reality has to set in, and Morgan’s multimillionaire father has a lot to say about what reality looks like. Will their different worlds conspire to separate them like oil and water?

Review

This was different from what I’m used to reading. The writing style is very distinct, bringing to mind stream of consciousness a bit. It’s a well-written story, but the pace was a tad too slow and meandering for me.

Our main characters, Max and Morgan, hit it off almost instantly and spend the biggest part of the book happily making out on what seems like one long extended vacation, going to various exotic locations. Money is no object for either man, so no pesky roadblocks from something like reality or work. It was a bit difficult for me to believe in the strength of their connection, because they were so constantly removed from anything real. When it’s all fun and games, how do you go from infatuation to a deeper emotion like love?

They do have one big threat to overcome, Morgan’s dad. Who seems to come straight out of the 19th century with his Bedlam antics and makes Mr. Rochester seem like a benevolent angel for only keeping his mad wife locked up in the attic. This part felt a bit contrived to me, but what was good about it, is that it tested both men’s feelings and their determination to be together.
This is Max’s moment to shine and he takes it.

I found myself losing interest a bit in the middle of the story, but the final chapters caught my attention again and I liked how the author wrapped things up. With a perfect stand-in for the proverbial bow.

Number of stars out of 5: 3


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Release Day Review: Don’t Fear the (Not Really Grim) Reaper by Carole Cummings

release day review

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dont-fear-the-not-really-grim-reaper-by-carole-cummings-10083-b

Blurb

When unassuming college student Emery Sutton wakes up in the morgue, it takes him a few minutes to remember he has magic (superpowers, damn it!) and free himself from the refrigerated drawer. And the body bag. (God.) It doesn’t take long, though, for him to remember the hot guy with wings he ran into just before a city bus ran into him.

Junior Reaper John must explain to his supervisor how his first solo assignment went so wrong. All he knows is that he happened upon Emery quite by accident, that Emery saw John when he shouldn’t have been able to, and when they accidentally touched, a bus came out of nowhere and plowed Emery under. (John really does feel bad about that.)

Hot angels, annoying demons, hijinks, absurdity, drunk siblings, a dash of silly romance, an inordinate attachment to wings, and a highly disorganized bid for world domination—Don’t Fear the (Not Really Grim) Reaper follows Emery and John down the rabbit hole where they find that moms are scarier than demons from hell, a goat is not a puppy no matter what Emery’s sister says, and awkward romance can happen anywhere.
Review by Dee
This is a delightful, fun story. It’s a cross between a YA story, a Monty Python sketch all rolled into a Terry Gilliam or Prachett plot.
Emery keeps getting killed – unsuccessfully. Now, this would not be funny under normal circumstances, but this is a comedy so roll with it. It turns out that a junior Grim Reaper, John accidentally ‘kills’ Emery. John is full of remorse, reports this to his superiors, only to find out that Emery has not ‘transitioned, that is to say there is no record of his dying. More worrisome, there is no record of Emery at all. John is sent to investigate. The investigation leads to hijinks, meeting of demons, minions, family (Emery’s) and 2 young men falling in love.
The story is unique, funny, with a fun pop references, a close knit family and a formidable mum who will not tolerate evil in any of her kids!
If you like fantastical farces that’s not afraid to poke fun, this is definitely a good choice.

4 stars out of 5


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Review by Rebecca

This book drew me in instantly. Character rambling at the beginning, but it’s very humorous and shows the sense of humor and awkwardness of Emery. Movie references that made me smile. John is a Reaper that just wanted to do things right. It’s funny how he’d tiptoe around what really happened on his solo mission. So much nerd humor is in the book, very exciting. Enjoyed Emery’s family and the humor they brought to the book. Poor John is lost as to why he keeps being unsuccessful, yet doesn’t mind being around Emery more. The mutual attraction is overlooked by both. The demons were an amusing addition to the drama. The book isn’t centered on a relationship between Emery and John, but the attraction is there. All around enjoyable book.

Number of stars out of 5

5


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Recent Release: Chance at the Impossible (The Men of Canter’s Handyman #2) by J.M. Dabney

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43329992-chance-at-the-impossible

Blurb
Brent Canter lived forty-seven years content with his life to have it all disappear with one life-threatening diagnosis. Cancer without hope of survival, yet he’d beat the odds. He had a successful business and a family he loved, yet he was missing something. That something was an adorable, younger man, and he didn’t know what to do.

Miller Andrews loves the silver fox, Brent Canter. The older man is everything he’d wanted in a partner. Brent was smart, caring, affectionate, and sexy. He is damn near perfect. When he needed a favor, Brent was the only person he thought to ask.

Can one pretend kiss turn into the love of a lifetime for a man who thinks he only screws up and the other who questions if he can have a second chance at love with a younger man?

Review

This is a daddy kink book and I just wasn’t into it.

There was a lot of potential – sweet older guy who is befriended by his son’s friend while recovering from cancer – but it doesn’t always feel good and sometimes feels a little too much like a real father and son – to me.

I didn’t like how delicate Miller was and the chemistry just didn’t feel right.

Normally I’m a big fan but this was a miss for me.

2.5 of 5 stars

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Guest Post by Robert P. Rowe – Gabriel and the Devil

A little about the book:
Stereotypes. All gay men are effeminate. All gay men have hundreds of sexual partners. All devils are evil and all angels are good.
Such oversimplifications are seldom correct and characters based upon stereotypes are two dimensional and boring. Yet when we pick up a book we often read the blurb and immediately try to place the characters into a stereotype box to decide if that’s the book we want to read.
Spoiler Alert! That’s not what you’ll find in Gabriel and the Devil. In fact the blurb actually teases readers with the major plot twist without giving it away. It tells readers that these characters aren’t going to be simple stereotypes.
The blurb also promises a healthy dose of theology, but it doesn’t reveal the source. Here’s a bit of tease for you. This is an early exchange between Gabriel and the Devil:
A Very Short Except:
“You don’t know God at all, Gabriel.”
“Really?”
“Really. God is love—eternal, unconditional love. There are no exceptions, and that includes his love for Satan.”
“God hates sin.”
“Your God. Let me tell you a little story about the real God. This is a story that they won’t teach you in catechism. I can’t say it happened a long time ago because there was no such thing as time when it happened. There was only God and his angels. And all eternity was light and good.
“God knew everything there was to know. And he was bored. He wanted to learn more. So he went to his angels, whom he loved unconditionally, with a proposal. He needed one of his angels to rule over darkness. Now his angels all loved him so much that they would have done anything he asked. Of course, his angels had no idea what darkness was, but if God needed an angel to take charge over it, he wasn’t exactly short on volunteers.
“But before Lucifer got the job, God explained what the position entailed. You see, Gabriel, all light and goodness isn’t enough. There has to be contrast or you have nothing. You, my dear soul, can’t only be good because you’ll never get a chance to learn. God needed the darkness so he could learn more. And trust me, darkness, evil, and bad things only bring out the best in people.”

After reading the excerpt I hope that you can see that there is nothing stereotypical about this little devil. And trust me, even angels can make mistakes. But it’s how we deal with mistakes and how we make amends that give us strength of character. Gabriel may be confused by his exchange with the Marcello, but he’ll be back for more.
Marcello may seem sure of himself and full of bravado, but there is a soul inside of him that is fragile and in need of strength and love.
Opposites attract—but that’s just another stereotype because some opposites are really more alike than one might think.
Blurb:
Flirting with the devil can lead to a helluva good time.
Gabriel is a regular angel. The former altar boy plans to graduate from college, become an accountant, get a good job, find a wife, and live a faithful Catholic life.
But one Halloween night, the devil pops in out of nowhere, challenges everything he believes, and heats up Gabriel’s lonely life.
Marcello is full of the devil. He’s lusted after Gabriel forever, but what he really wants is Gabriel’s eternal soul. Still, his mischievous sense of humor, along with his tricks and jokes, leads to a misunderstanding that could condemn him to hell on Earth. Only the truth will let these souls find true love and happiness.

Author Bio:
Robert P. Rowe has spent his entire career as a storyteller making an incredible leap from Disneyland ride operator to show-designer and art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. Immersive storytelling presents a distinctive challenge unlike that of live theater, film, radio, or print media. He is currently on staff as an art director for Universal Orlando. His many other works can be found around the world, primarily in Disney and Universal Studios parks.
His “real” job takes up much of his time, but his active imagination can’t stop dreaming up new stories. Whenever time permits, he’s writing about new characters off on their own incredible journeys.
Additionally, his outside interests include all aspects of architecture, with a specific fascination for the theatrical design of homes from midcentury movies and television. He has a keen enthusiasm for midcentury science fiction.


Website and Buy Links:
Website: www.robertprowe.com
Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/gabriel-and-the-devil-by-robert-p-rowe-10074-b
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-Devil-Robert-P-Rowe-ebook/dp/B07LF44X7W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1545832424&sr=1-1&keywords=gabriel+and+the+devil
Apple Books: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/gabriel-and-the-devil/id1441854403?mt=11

 

Recent Release: Frostbite (The Gifted Ones #1) by J.M. Wolf

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42433191-frostbite?ac=1&from_search=true

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Blurb

Cyrus Winters, an omega wolf and an ice mage is dangerous to others. After running away from his birth pack at an early age, Cyrus traveled from place to place in hopes of finding a pack that would accept him. But once they realized that he was no ordinary omega wolf, they quickly turned their backs on him. Alone and shunned as a monster, Cyrus has kept himself hidden at the top of the Wichita Mountains where nobody would reach him. That is, until he hears the song of his fated mate.

Dorian Lovell once had the family he’d always dreamed of, but after the death of his son, his whole world fell apart. When he begins having dreams about a white wolf at the top of a mountain, howling for him, Dorian realizes that he may have found his fated mate. Joining his friend Tobias’ pack in the Wichita Mountains, Dorian sets out to find the wolf from his dream; but once he meets Cyrus, he quickly realizes that mating with the frosty omega won’t be as easy as he thought it’d be.

An omega with a heart of ice, and an alpha who’s destined to thaw him out. With a threat to Cyrus’ life approaching, the two must learn to come together as one. Can Dorian’s pack accept the gifted omega, and can Cyrus trust his life and future to his new pack, and the alpha the fates paired him with?

TRIGGER WARNING:
This book contains sexual and verbal adult content, MPREG, violence, bloody gore, death, and talks of loss and heartache. No babies were harmed in the making of this book.
*** This is Book 1 in the series, but can be read as a standalone story – no cliffhangers ***

Review

This is another great new (to me) author with an exciting new series! It’s very engaging and creative and I was grabbed from the first page!

I’m a sucker for the “ugly duckling” type trope where the seemingly bad stuff in one’s life turns out to be awesome and that’s what we’ve got here. I thought this was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to this series!

What kept this from being 5 of 5 stars was that sometimes the world was a bit harsh and sometimes I wasn’t always sure about the “rules” for this world … but I’m hoping it’ll pick up steam as the series progresses.

4 of 5 stars

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Poll 2 of 3 – Best in a Series published in 2018! Comment on your favorites and be entered to win!


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  • Mary Calmes Twisted and Tied Marshals 18%, 9 votes
    9 votes 18%
    9 votes - 18% of all votes
  • Charlie Cochet Love in Spades Four Kings Security Y 12%, 6 votes
    6 votes 12%
    6 votes - 12% of all votes
  • Ella Frank Robbie Confessions 10%, 5 votes
    5 votes 10%
    5 votes - 10% of all votes
  • A.E. Via His Hart's Command Nothing Special 8%, 4 votes
    4 votes 8%
    4 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Rhys Ford Sin and Tonic Sinners 6%, 3 votes
    3 votes 6%
    3 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Lucy Lennox Wilde Fire Forever Wilde 6%, 3 votes
    3 votes 6%
    3 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Annabeth Albert Squared Away Out of Uniform, #5 6%, 3 votes
    3 votes 6%
    3 votes - 6% of all votes
  • C.S. Poe The Mystery of the Moving Image Snow & Winter 6%, 3 votes
    3 votes 6%
    3 votes - 6% of all votes
  • SJ Himes The Necromancer's Reckoning The Beacon Hill Sorcerer 6%, 3 votes
    3 votes 6%
    3 votes - 6% of all votes
  • Josh Lanyon In Other Words Holmes & Moriarity 4%, 2 votes
    2 votes 4%
    2 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Victoria Sue The Strength of His Heart Enhanced 4%, 2 votes
    2 votes 4%
    2 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Pandora Pine Dead Weight Cold Case Psychic 4%, 2 votes
    2 votes 4%
    2 votes - 4% of all votes
  • Meraki P Lynhe Cubi Files 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Hailey Turner Metahuman Files 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Amy Lane Crocus Bonfires 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • Lily Morton Risk Taker Mixed Messages 2%, 1 vote
    1 vote 2%
    1 vote - 2% of all votes
  • K.A. Merikan Gilded Agony Guns n' Boys 0%, 0 votes
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    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Andrrew Grey Fire and Granite Carlisle Deputies 0%, 0 votes
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    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • Megan Derr The Mercenaries of the Stolen Moon Tales of the High Court 0%, 0 votes
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    0 votes - 0% of all votes
  • J.L. Merrow Lock Nut The Plumber's Mate Mysteries 0%, 0 votes
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  • Felice Stevens James—Uncontrollable Man Up 0%, 0 votes
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  • K.M. Neuhold Heart Ballsy Boys 0%, 0 votes
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  • Krista Ritchie Alphas like Us Like Us 0%, 0 votes
    0 votes
    0 votes - 0% of all votes
Total Votes: 49
Voters: 25
December 25, 2018 - January 15, 2019
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Release Day Review: Second Hand (Tucker Springs #2) by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

release day review

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Blurb

Paul Hannon flunked out of vet school. His fiancée left him. He can barely afford his rent, and he hates his house. About the only things he has left are a pantry full of his ex’s kitchen gadgets and a lot of emotional baggage. He could really use a win—and that’s when he meets El.

Pawnbroker El Rozal is a cynic. His own family’s dysfunction has taught him that love and relationships lead to misery. Despite that belief, he keeps making up excuses to see Paul again. Paul, who doesn’t seem to realize that he’s talented and kind and worthy. Paul, who’s not over his ex-fiancée and is probably straight anyway. Paul, who’s so blind to El’s growing attraction, even asking him out on dates doesn’t seem to tip him off.

El may not do relationships, but something has to give. If he wants to keep Paul, he’ll have to convince him he’s worthy of love—and he’ll have to admit that attachment might not be so bad after all.

Review by Karen

This was a really sweet out for you story, very competently written. It builds up slowly, allowing the MC’s to truly get to know each other and gravitate towards each other very naturally before taking that leap of faith together.

Paul is incredibly innocent and naïve. He doesn’t think too highly of himself and as a result he’s completely oblivious to any attempt at flirting made by El or anyone else for that matter. He’s the kind of nice guy that borders on being too nice for his own good. His attempts to hold onto his failed relationship, and his willingness to put up with the horrible way his ex-girlfriend treats him, was a bit hard for me to swallow. I really wanted him to have a little more pride or backbone. Though of course, a lot of that was probably because of his fear of coming out (even to himself) and his low self-esteem. It takes Paul a long time to accept himself and let go of his vision of what he thinks his life should be like.

For a guy who wasn’t looking for a relationship and commitment, El is amazingly patient and understanding with Paul, even when he’s scared himself of opening up and taking a chance on love. He’s such a family guy, which is always heartwarming to read, even if his family is not exactly the Brady Bunch. My heart ached for El and his mother especially. Her clutter addiction is hard on both of them, and rooted in such heartbreak.

This was an enjoyable read with a very satisfying happily ever after. I loved seeing Paul come into his own and choose El above all others.

Number of stars out of 5: 4


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Review by Aerielle

Paul and El are one of my favorite couples in this series. Paul is so oblivious to everything, not just romance stuff but to life in general. El, who grew up with a hoarder has learned to keep himself from forming attachments to not just things but people.

After his break up with his long-time girlfriend, Paul longs to be someone’s first choice. That is a great sentiment but once Paul and El become romantically involved, Paul is still thinking about whether he wants to be gay or have the “easy life” of a straight man. This inevitably causes a blow up between Paul and El.

Sometimes books written by dual authors have flow issues, but this book is seamless. Second Hand is two men’s journey of acceptance. It’s a great addition to the Tucker Spring series!

4.5 Stars of 5

 


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