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Ghosts (Power of Zero Book 2) by Jackie Keswick

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Jack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inflict on anyone. Least of all Gareth and the tentative relationship they’ve started to rebuild.

But Gareth, for whom Christmas is all about new beginnings, won’t let Jack take the easy way out. He makes him face his ghosts instead. Even when said ghosts invade their bedroom.

When Daniel’s parents are found, Jack is determined to settle the matter without involving Daniel at all. But fate decrees otherwise, and it’s Gareth who helps him finally understand that the strongest bonds are those forged together. Once he gets that, Jack can step up and make a decision designed to lay his ghosts to rest—for good.

Review

Jack and Gareth became lovers in book one, Job Hunt. They’re now established and taking care of Nico and Daniel, two teen-aged boys rescued from a pimp in book one.

The bulk of this book is dealing with Nico and Daniel and getting them stable, once and for all, now that they’ve been rescued. They have a lot to work through and some ugliness to face doing it.

Jack has his own “ghosts” haunting him – feelings surrounding Christmas as well as some lingering issues surrounding him and being tied up. Fortuantely, Gareth is a resilient as a rock and helps Jack unflaggingly throughout all this.

In the end, by helping the boys, Jack helps himself and Gareth ends up with a lovely new set of memories for the holidays.

**

This is a nice sequel. We get a bit more closure for Jack and Gareth and a little bit more background and insight into Jack and his past.

I felt like this wrapped things up nicely, even if it was a bit too “simple” for Jack as well as the boys.

Fans of book one will like this and I wouldn’t recommend it if you haven’t read book one.

3 of 5 stars

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Dormant Heart by Lane Swift

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Amateur photographer Josh Thornton is out but not so proud. He’s estranged from his family, his boyfriend dumped him, and his job at an estate agency is in jeopardy—especially after he crashes his boss’s car in the middle of nowhere on his way to Hartley Manor.

Callum Black works at the English country estate and lives there in an isolated cottage. Left mute by a childhood accident, he’s more comfortable in the company of animals than people. But when Josh—literally—crashes into his life with his camera and his friendship, Callum realizes his peaceful solitude has been more than a little lonely.

Josh’s affection for Callum deepens even as he’s consumed by doubts over Callum’s sexuality and whether Callum could ever love him. And Callum is haunted by the secret that stole his voice—a secret that keeps him tethered to Hartley Manor. When the past comes hurtling painfully back into the present, Josh and Callum have to overcome their fears and breathe life back into their dormant hearts in order to have a chance at their own picture-perfect future.

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Josh is having a very, very bad day – in fact – the last three months haven’t been so great. His cranky boss – who seems like he’s up to something – sends him on an errand to the country where he’s meant to take pictures of a house that is coming up for sale. He wants Josh to drive his BMW – for appearances – and Josh ends up late, lost, covered in mud and crashes the BMW.

But… While on his way to meet the seller he runs into an angel in the woods – not really – but a man that looks like an angel – Callum.

Callum is mute since an accident took his voice at a young age. He has no other issues – other than some severe shyness – and he has a way with animals.

Callum and Josh strike up a friendship after Josh asks to photograph Callum with some of his woodland friends. (No – it’s not a fairy tale, but it is romantic and dreamy!)

The two have their issues to work out: Josh is worried about being in a relationship for the wrong reasons, Callum has never been with a guy – though he identifies as bi, both worry about Callum’s mutism and financially, neither man is in a great place.

In the end – after a lot of really moving and emotional time spent with one another – great things happen and our ending is so much more than just happy.

**

“If I could have got just one shot, I know it would have been perfect: Callum, kneeling down like he was—” I was about to say like he was an angel, but my brain caught up with my mouth in the nick of time. “Like he was out of a fairy tale.”

I’ve not read anything by this author before but I certainly will now! Lane Swift has a gift with words and an ability to evoke emotion that is remarkable. There were so many passages in this somewhat simple romance that read like poetry.

There is a bit of a mystery that gets solved and that’s very rewarding, but the most moving part of this story is the personal growth both characters achieve with one another.

I love that Callum wasn’t hung up on his sexuality. He had some moments of contemplation – but then he merely accepted his bi-sexuality and moved on. (I might even call him demi-sexual… it’s hard to define…but he’s definitely attracted to people not one sex in particular.)

Josh is so wonderful and though his background is harsh, his spirit stays strong. He made a wonderful complement to Callum’s steadfastness in that Josh is delicate and flighty and Callum is strong and solemn.

I devoured this book in one sitting because it was simply so beautifully written.

I can’t recommend this title enough and give it 6 of 5 stars.

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and grad student–and male escort–Levi Barron expects to spend his evening with a client who’s paying him for his services in bed… not an assassin who needs to borrow the view from his hotel room in the morning.

With nothing to do but endure the company of his unwanted guest, Levi and the assassin, Sinjin, spend some time bonding over HGTV, minibar beverages, Flannery O’Connor short stories, terrible Valentine’s candy, and the necessity of lying about their jobs.

Their evening takes an unexpected turn when they decide to indulge in their mutual attraction, and in the morning Levi doesn’t know if he’s spent the night with a hired killer or a hydraulic engineer with a very specific fantasy. Either way, the two have enough chemistry–in and out of bed–that Levi isn’t sure one night with Sinjin will be enough.

And a message left in candy suggests the feeling is mutual.

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IF GIVEN a choice, Levi Barron would definitely prefer to have been stood up, rather than have a gun pointed at his head.

His client for the evening was already two hours late, and just when it looked like Levi would be spending Valentine’s Day reading some poorly articulated thoughts of college freshmen about Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, he heard the unmistakable sound of a door opening. Levi put a bit more Southern in his Georgia accent as he went to meet his client—only to find himself greeting the business end of a gun.

“Well,” the guy said, sighing. “This is awkward.”

Levi couldn’t seem to breathe. He’d heard stories about this kind of thing happening (and he’d maybe, once or twice, watched a few similar-yet-sexy versions of this exact scenario on RedTube), but the reason Levi’s agency rented a room in a luxury hotel in downtown Nashville wasn’t just for client comfort.

It was also so that Levi and his colleagues didn’t end up robbed or sold into sex slavery.

“I don’t have any money,” Levi said immediately, raising his hands even though the man hadn’t told him to do anything with them. “The agency handles all of the financial transactions. Even, uh, gratuity.”

That Levi was a poor graduate student in American Literature being robbed at gunpoint was sort of hilariously depressing.

The guy lowered the gun. “What? I’m not here to rob you, for fuck’s sake.”

Oh God. Suddenly being a sex slave didn’t sound as appealing as those videos implied it would be. “Are you going to kidnap me and sell me to a sex dungeon?”

Worst. Valentine’s. Day. Ever.

“Are those actually real? I thought they just existed on RedTube.” The gunman, dressed in black with equally dark hair and eyes, looked kind of like Edgar Allan Poe. Only without the creepy mustache.

Levi couldn’t believe this was really happening. At some point he expected cameras and a television reveal, followed in a few days by an uncomfortable meeting with the English department about his choice in part-time jobs.

“Are you going to kill me?”

The man grimaced. “I’d rather not. Look, I just need to borrow the window for a few minutes in the morning. No reason anyone has to die.” The man paused. “Anyone other than the… never mind.” He set something down on the ground. Either the guy was going to pull a violin out of there and serenade Levi, or it was a rifle case.

Rifle case. Windows. Gun. Shady guy dressed in black, skulking around and breaking into hotel rooms.

Levi’s uninvited guest was an assassin.

“You’re going to kill someone on Valentine’s Day?” Levi made a face, even as he backed away and glanced anxiously toward the window. “That’s awful. What are you, evil Cupid?”

“Technically I’m not going to kill anyone until tomorrow,” quoth the raven. His voice went flat and cold. “But if you keep asking me questions, I might change my mind. Now sit down and let me think.”

Levi sat.

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The Lady, or the Tiger?

When I was younger, we read a short story in school called “The Lady, or the Tiger?” by Frank R. Stockton. I think I was in junior high school at the time, and this story has stuck with me since I read it.

The story takes place in a fictionalized kingdom, where a man of lower station has been accused of seducing the daughter of a king. According to the custom, the man is given a trial by ordeal to determine his guilt or innocence — he is brought to an arena in front of the kingdom, and given a choice of two doors to open. Behind one is a tiger, and the other is a beautiful maiden. If the prisoner chooses the tiger, he must be guilty and is therefore mauled to death. If he chooses the maiden, he’s innocent and is promptly married before the kingdom. But the princess has found out which of the two doors is which, and while her lover stands in the arena, looks for her to tell him which door to choose. She doesn’t want him to be mauled by a tiger…but she also knows that if he lives, he’ll be given a beautiful woman that isn’t her to marry. She gestures to the door on the right…

And the story ends with the line: “And so I leave it with all of you: Which came out of the opened door – the lady, or the tiger?”

Now, this was written in 1882 so it’s a bit dated, but I will never forget that story for as long as I live. It was one of the first times my perception of narrative was altered, and the idea of an ambiguous ending with two plausible scenarios was so interesting to me.

(I like to think the best of people, so I’m going with the Lady coming out of the door instead of a tiger. Also you think you’d be able to hear the tiger roaring from behind a door, but now I’m overthinking things.)

Don’t worry, no one gets mauled by a tiger in Conversation Hearts. But there is an element to the ending in which the reader can decide between two plausible scenarios when it comes to one of the characters. I don’t want to spoil the ending (which I promise is happy, it is a Valentine’s Day story) but if you read it and feel like sharing your opinion of who came to Levi’s door — the assassin or the hydraulic engineer? — I would love to know what you think!

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Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and grad student—and male escort—Levi Barron expects to spend his evening with a client who’s paying him for his services in bed… not an assassin who needs to borrow the view from his hotel room in the morning.

With nothing to do but endure the company of his unwanted guest, Levi and the assassin, Sinjin, spend some time bonding over HGTV, minibar beverages, Flannery O’Connor short stories, terrible Valentine’s candy, and the necessity of lying about their jobs.

Their evening takes an unexpected turn when they decide to indulge in their mutual attraction, and in the morning Levi doesn’t know if he’s spent the night with a hired killer or a hydraulic engineer with a very specific fantasy. Either way, the two have enough chemistry—in and out of bed—that Levi isn’t sure one night with Sinjin will be enough.

And a message left in candy suggests the feeling is mutual.

Review

An assassin and a rent boy walk into a bar… okay… a hotel room… the rent boy says “don’t shoot me” and the two proceed to become BFFs and have the hottest sex imaginable!

What makes this story magical is the dialogue between these two “characters” and I use that term with full meaning attached. They’re both a little nutty and a lot smart and snarky and surprisingly have a lot of common ground.

Though this is WAY TOO SHORT and I’d love if we can see more of them in the future – it’s hysterical, sweet, HOT and fun.

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I have to thank Avon Gale for this passage – giving voice to one of the MOST annoying things in the world for me:

Levi stared at Sinjin, trying to understand what it was he was hearing. Was Sinjin—was he saying— “You’re gay?”
“Yeah, is that a problem?”
“Of all the things that I could be having a problem with right now, do you really think you being gay is anywhere near the top of the list?”
“Are you sure you’re not getting your PhD in sarcasm?”
Levi didn’t bother answering that. “That’s a coincidence, don’t you think? That the gay assassin and the gay rent boy end up stuck in a hotel room together?”
A coincidence. Not ironic. There was nothing that pissed off English majors more than misusing that word.
Thanks for that, Alanis. May it coincidentally rain on your fucking wedding day.

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This story showcases the fact that Avon Gale is WITTY. Humor is an art and she excels at it. In addition, she has heart and all her characters resonate with it.

There’s no way you should skip this – it’s awesome! It’s a HFN – it’s only one day after all – but you get the impression that both men are absolutely going to be spending a lot of time together in the future.

Loved, loved, loved this – 5 of 5 stars.

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Love at Roades End by Kris T Bethke

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Sean Newvine is looking forward to his weekend at Roades End Inn so he can review his stay there for inclusion on his travel website. What he never expects is for the owner, Hunter Roades, to capture his attention from the very start.

The only problem is Hunter thinks Sean’s been sent by his brother on a blind date so that Hunter doesn’t have to spend Valentine’s Day alone. Once the awkward misunderstanding is resolved, Sean is charmed by Hunter’s formality and hospitality. And when they have a chance to really talk, sparks fly.

A passion-filled night has them both wanting more, but Hunter pulls away knowing Sean doesn’t live in town and the distance might be more than they can overcome. Sean and Hunter must figure out if they can make it work for longer than one night, or if their chance at love will end at Roades End Inn before it can begin.

Review

This is a very short story about a man who goes to a lovely B & B at Valentine’s and ends up falling for the proprietor.

On the one hand – the writing is crisp and descriptive, the MCs are cute and loving, the story is simple and sweet. On the other hand – there is way too much description of the Inn, it’s history, the food, the furnishings etc . Since this is a short story about two guys falling in love – I want to see as much about the two of them together as possible. Instead of relaying that “we talked for hours” – let’s read that and save some of the descriptions of linens for later.

If this had been a longer story I’d have given it higher marks, and it was still quite a good story, but I wished for more contact between the MCs.

4 of 5 stars

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What Can Be Audiobook by Mary Calmes Narrated by Robert Nieman

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Thirteen years ago, Eli went on a summer trip with his mother and never came back. Now, existing in a new life as Jacob Somerville, he’s again running from fear and memories, only to end up where he started. As Jacob struggles to reconnect with his father and brothers, he realizes that his lover, Craig Zhao, was the only thing filling his empty heart and standing between him and ghosts of the past. It will take the power of love—from his family, from Craig, and from himself—for Jacob to see that his life truly is filled with the promise of what can be.

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Eli/Jake has a reason to go home, but he’s scared. He doesn’t know who he is now. He’s run all his life and now he can’t decide the next step, so he cuts all ties, even though he has a happy life and love in Chicago.

Craig won’t accept that Jake wants out. He knows Jake. Knows all his secrets. Knows he needs Craig’s help.

When Eli/Jake finally faces his family after 13 years of absence, there’s a chance he could lose it all, or finally be free.

**

This is a no-holds-barred emotional read. Eli’s past is harsh and the love that he shares with Craig is special.

It was hard reading about what happened, and so many times I was tempted to rush to the end to see what he’s hiding, but the way it’s laid out is perfect – of course – it’s Mary!

Craig and Eli/Jake are a wonderful couple and I wish we’d gotten more of their story – but I almost think it would have been even more painful to have it drawn out. Seeing this – the pinnacle moment – was hard enough.

I love all of Mary’s work, and this is one of her more dark stories, showing us her breadth of talent.

I highly recommend this and the author, in this case, especially if you are in the mood for a happy ending but a darker story.

Audio

Robert Nieman is a favorite narrator of mine. He always has impeccable timing and gives depth and emotion to his performance, I wish he’d do a bit more with accents and such to make the characters stand out more, but I always knew who was talking, etc.

He’s very easy to listen to and I think he added to the overall enjoyment of this audiobook.

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Some Assembly Required by Lex Chase and Bru Baker

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Everyone wishes they were dead when wandering the purgatory of a home furnishings store, but these guys actually are.

Benji Goss is the quintessential good guy. When his boyfriend dumps him and moves out, Benji obligingly keeps the cat—even though he’s allergic—because his ex’s new place doesn’t accept pets. He’s always joked the cat would be the death of him, but not in a way he expects when a feline mishap crushes him under a DEL TORO bookcase.

Snarky loner Patrick Bryant is in such a rut he barely remembers the life he used to lead. The last thing he recalls is being decapitated by a DEL TORO bookcase in a freak accident. As a spiritual CASA resident, he haunts the aisles of affordable Italian furniture, assisting fellow spirits in moving on to their final destinations.

When Benji appears in the CASA café, Patrick considers the naïve spirit just the man to cure his boredom. Benji’s relentless optimism chips away at Patrick’s sarcasm, making him question if there’s something beyond what he can see. But the heart is like CASA furniture—there’s always some assembly required.

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Poor Benji isn’t having a good day or … life… or death. He’s been dumped by his long term boyfriend and is now being bugged by his mother to move on and then… well… then he dies.

Benji ends up in a place called CASA (remarkably like another store that can’t be mentioned that has furniture and is assembled…) where he meets Patrick. Patrick is a “full time employee” of CASA and his reluctant and question-avoiding Guide.

Patrick – with the help of Karin and Agnes- eventually gives Benji the information he needs to know while living in CASA and together they help lost “souls” find their way to their next landing spot.

Patrick is determined not to be attracted to Benji – he knows love isn’t real – especially not in CASA – but it’s hard because Benji pushes all of his buttons.

Benji was a pushover in life and he’s determined to be different now – but he wants Patrick and he wants what’s best for both of them.

Eventually the time comes for a decision and these two lost “souls” must decide their next step.

**

This was hysterical! You have to bring your A game though – this isn’t a book to skim or breeze through. There were several passages I had to go back and forth between to get the nuance and to figure things out. There’s a lot of symbolism and metaphors and pop culture in this book and (I’ll admit) sometimes it was hard to catch them all… but those I did catch were really funny!

I loved the snarkiness of Patrick and his eventual breakthrough – so rewarding! Benji also found his own strength and determination and that was very special, too.

The world –building was both fascinating and maybe a little underexplained. I had to work to figure out what was what (nothing wrong with that) but once I had it sorted I thought it was brilliant. Having to tread lightly on copyright laws, the authors can’t say that CASA is really —- that other store with affordable ready-to-assemble furniture and might be purgatory and Walville is —- another discount store where people go to die and might also be Hell and Scope ——- another big discount store that funny people make skits about and might be Heaven… but you can figure it out… I’m sure.

Using that as an analogy and the entire *wink wink* CASA catalog as a reference point, Benji and Patrick help these lost souls find their path in ways that are often ironic and sweet at the same time. (I have to admit I got overwhelmed by all the NAMES IN CAPS of the furniture… not having an extensive CASA literacy maybe held me back here…) In any case the love story between these guys is sweet if subtle, the humor is abundant, the world-building (especially spectral sex) is creative and unique and the overall message really solid and heartwarming – Love is a leap of faith.

I highly recommend this unique book to fans of humor, pop culture, ghosts and creative love stories.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Fitting In Audiobook by Silvia Violet Narrated by Greg Boudreax – Review

 

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Two cops walk into a bar. Mason, the bartender, waits for the punch line, because no way in hell are these ridiculously hot men real cops. They’re straight out of a cop-fetish fantasy. But he quickly learns that Jack and Gray are the real deal, and they want him in the worst way.

What starts as a night of hot, three-way sex becomes a lot more. The two cops fulfill Mason’s submissive fantasies, but they also meet a more basic need, comfort. They want to take care of Mason, to offer him unconditional friendship, but their concern for him unnerves Mason more than even the kinkiest sex.

To find happiness with his new partners, Mason must change his belief that love is as much a fantasy as a pair of gorgeous, handcuff-wielding cops landing in his bed.

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Gray and Jack don’t go looking for a third in their closeted relationship, but they find it in submissive Mason. Mason’s the bartender at their local bar and he hits all their buttons.

At first Mason is reluctant to get involved with an established couple because he’s been hurt in the past. But… Gray and Jack are very persistent, the sex is hot just like content on websites similar to hdmmovies.xxx. Their stuff is fantastically hot and both guys seem sincere when they convince him they both care about Mason.

There is a bit of BDSM in this… not a lot, but enough that if this isn’t your thing, you might skip it. Mason is very submissive. (This is probably why I didn’t LOVE this… I’m not a BDSM fan at all so, take this review with that in mind- but I did really, really LIKE this.)

I liked Jack and Gray and found them funny and sexy. I didn’t love Mason… he was a bit to insecure and frustrating for me to find him as an equal in this threesome. (This is my biggest gripe with BDSM – I need the equality to really shine through and in this case it’s not as prevalent… having read book 2 I think a lot of these issues are somewhat redeemed and it feels like a “healthier” relationship – IMHO.)

Overall, I thought it was a good ménage story and it caught my interest enough to pick up the second book in the series. I definitely recommend it to fans of menage, BDSM and twinks and cops.

Audio:

So sneaky – Greg Boudreax- heh heh – well I think we all know that’s Greg Tremblay narrating this story – so I’m sure there’s some legal reason for the “disguise”… but you know he’s one of my all time favorite narrators (and a terrific person, too!) so of course he knocks this out of the park! He gives all the guys a unique voice and is so good with the emotions and even the somewhat cheesy dialog (the boys do some pretty “porny” role playing …). I loved listening to this and think it’s a great way to experience this book. I hope he does the sequel!

Overall, 4 of 5 stars

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Two cops walk into a bar. Mason, the bartender, waits for the punch line, because no way in hell are these ridiculously hot men real cops. They’re straight out of a cop-fetish fantasy. But he quickly learns that Jack and Gray are the real deal, and they want him in the worst way.

What starts as a night of hot, three-way sex becomes a lot more. The two cops fulfill Mason’s submissive fantasies, but they also meet a more basic need, comfort. They want to take care of Mason, to offer him unconditional friendship, but their concern for him unnerves Mason more than even the kinkiest sex.

To find happiness with his new partners, Mason must change his belief that love is as much a fantasy as a pair of gorgeous, handcuff-wielding cops landing in his bed.

 

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Categories: Contemporary, Light BDSM, M/M Romance, Ménage, M/M Romance

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt for Fitting In by Silvia Violet

 

Two cops walked into a bar. Mason, the bartender, waited for the punch line, because no way in hell were these ridiculously hot men real cops. They were one hundred percent fantasy material. He hoped to hell they were strippers, and they’d be willing to do a private performance for him.
Their dark blue uniforms were snug, hugging their bodies in all the right places. The taller of the two men was big enough to bench-press Mason. His shirt looked like it might burst at the seams, and Mason hoped it would. Dark, wavy hair fell over his forehead and softened the hard lines of his face. His eyes were dark without being warm, just right for a cop.

His partner was shorter, about Mason’s own five foot eleven or so. He had buzz-cut dirty blond hair and blue eyes. He looked younger than his partner, like he hadn’t been out of the academy for long, but he was just as ridiculously hot as the bigger man. His looks were the all-American-boy type. He’d probably played baseball in school and won the heart of every girl he smiled at. He was a perfect counter to his partner’s rough, domineering appeal. They could play a scintillating game of good cop, bad cop, and Mason would love for them to play it with him.

If Mason were in a porno, the cops would cuff him and drag him to a back room where they would proceed to plow his ass until he couldn’t stand up. Sadly, this was real life. They were probably relentlessly straight and only here for a beer.

They headed toward the end of the bar by the register where there weren’t any customers during the midafternoon lull.

“What can I get for you, officers?” Mason asked.

The big one smiled. “Anything cold.”

The shorter man punched his partner’s arm. “Nothing. Thank you. We’re here on official business.”

The big man rolled his eyes. “Can’t I at least get a soda?”

“Fine. Two Cokes please.”

Mason was glad to have the simple task of scooping ice and pouring fountain drinks to distract himself for a few minutes. What official business would they have here? While the occasional fistfight broke out, most typically during the NCAA basketball tournament, Nathan’s Public House was hardly a hotbed of crime.

He picked up the drinks and faced them again, willing his hands to stop shaking. It wasn’t like he hadn’t served plenty of attractive men in the past. What was it about these two that had him so stirred up?

He set the drinks on the bar in front of them and watched as they both took a sip. His cheeks heated when he realized he was staring, openmouthed, at the flex of muscles in the bigger man’s throat as he swallowed.

Focus, Mason, focus. “So…um…what kind of business brings you here?”

The shorter man smiled and held out his hand. “I’m Officer Jack Abney, and this is my partner, Gray Sadler. We want to talk to the staff who were working last night when Gino’s was robbed in case anyone might have seen or heard something that will help with the investigation.”

Mason took Jack’s hand. His skin was softer than Mason expected, and he held Mason’s hand a few seconds longer than he needed to. “Um…I’m Mason Shields.”

“Nice to meet you, Mr. Shields,” Jack said, grinning.

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Meet the author:

Silvia Violet writes fun, sexy stories that will leave you smiling and satisfied. She has a thing for characters who are in need of comfort and enjoys helping them surrender to love even when they doubt it exists. Silvia’s stories include sizzling contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals. When she needs a break from listening to the voices in her head, she spends time baking, taking long walks, and curling up with her favorite books. Read excerpts from Silvia’s stories at http://silviaviolet.com and keep up with her latest ventures by signing up for her newsletter: http://silviaviolet.com/newsletter.

 

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/301002.Silvia_Violet

Publisher: Silvia Violet Books

Cover Artist: Meredith Russell (Design), Dan Skinner (Photography)


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Categories
4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Book coming of age Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Gay Heat Index Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Mild/low level heat NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Riptide Publishing

Until September by Chris Scully

release day review

 

27011392Blurb

As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.

Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan’s left with an impossible choice: get the family he’s always wanted, or respect Margie’s wishes and convince Archer to give parenting—and his heritage—a chance.

To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer’s reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children’s future is on the line.

Review

Archer is a blogger/writer who rails about gays who want to be married to be “normal” and ridicules them for their misbelief that monogamy and love are real. He goes so far as to say gay men aren’t supposed to be parents, it’s unnatural to their true selves. He has a good reason for believing as he does and voicing his opinion has been lucrative. When he finds out his only (beloved) sister has died and left him her children he’s not only crushed by the loss but devastated by the implications it could have on him and on the children to be their only parent.

Ryan is a teacher who knew Archer’s sister closely the last year, enough that she listed him as an alternate guardian for her kids in an emergency. (The father is also dead.) He has wanted nothing but a marriage and family of his own since he could remember wanting a future. In fact, his last boyfriend left him because he was pressuring him too much.

It’s not a good meeting when Archer and Ryan meet – Archer is mostly an ass and Ryan is pretty judgmental. But… for the sake of the kids they agree to live with one another over the summer in the hopes of getting Archer to a point where he’s comfortable with the kids on his own.

Of course – a lot can happen over a summer…

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Chris Scully has a knack for delivering real romance and three-dimensional, authentic characters. This story, like her others, is a slow-burn romance with not a lot of heat. There is a boat-load of sexual tension and oodles of feels developing, but she doesn’t emphasize the sex as a way for these guys to get close.

There is a lot of deep soul searching and a lovely growth process for both men. The children seem pretty realistic if a little too “easy” and the love that grows between the family is the most beautiful part of this story.

Though the Epilogue doesn’t leave a big window for a sequel- I’d sure love to see these guys after they decided to plant roots together. We spend so much time watching them avoid each other it’d be nice to see them together – at least for awhile.

It’s a really touching and beautiful story on it’s own – add in to the mix the Aboriginal aspect to the story (Archer and his sister are Cree ) and it’s even more rich and powerful.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars

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