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When Kris Cerny walks back into Two Spirits, the art gallery he owns with Josh McPhee, all he wants is a clean break. Austin’s booming real estate market means the building he bought years ago is worth a fortune, and with the sale, he and Josh can finally go their separate ways. They won’t be reconciling, right? Josh may be sober now, but an addict is always going to be an addict, and Kris can’t take that chance again.

Josh isn’t willing to sell. Not yet. He’s discovered a new artist in Santa Fe he knows will put Two Spirits in the black, and if he can just make a success of the gallery, maybe he can earn Kris’s respect, if not recapture his love. He needs Kris to give him time for one more buying trip, one more gallery show. Josh wants nothing more than a final chance to make things right. Kris agrees to let Josh have this last ditch effort on one condition– he wants to go along for the ride. On the way Josh hopes they’ll find the next big thing in the art world as well as peace, forgiveness, and a love he thought was lost forever.

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Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Western/Cowboy

 

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing BA Tortuga author of Refired

Hi BA, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hey there! I’m the luckiest girl on Earth – I’m married to the woman of my dreams, I’ve got the best job in history and I live in the New Mexico mountains. I’ve been publishing romance novels for… whoa. Many years.

Many.

Refired is the story of recovering alcoholic, Josh McPhee, and Kris Cerny, high-powered businessman and rancher – two former lovers that own a failing Austin art gallery together.

When Kris Cerny walks back into Two Spirits, the art gallery he owns with Josh McPhee, all he wants is a clean break. Austin’s booming real estate market means the building he bought years ago is worth a fortune, and with the sale, he and Josh can finally go their separate ways. They won’t be reconciling, right? Josh may be sober now, but an addict is always going to be an addict, and Kris can’t take that chance again.

Josh isn’t willing to sell. Not yet. He’s discovered a new artist in Santa Fe he knows will put Two Spirits in the black, and if he can just make a success of the gallery, maybe he can earn Kris’s respect, if not recapture his love. He need Kris to give him time for one more buying trip, one more gallery show. Josh wants nothing more than a final chance to make things right. Kris agrees to let Josh have this last ditch effort on one condition– he wants to go along for the ride. On the way Josh hopes they’ll find the next big thing in the art world as well as peace, forgiveness, and a love he thought was lost forever.

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My daddy had a stroke in March of 2015. He’s recovering now, but we thought we were going to lose him. We didn’t. I give thanks every day.

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Josh sat there in the office that had been his for seven years, two months, and three days, looking at the cowboy who he’d thought, once upon a time, was going to be his one and only, feeling a little like he was drunk.

He rolled the five-year-sober token between his fingers, letting it settle him. Not drunk. Not even a bit.

“What? What did you say to me?” He left off the you sorry son of a bitch part.

“We got a buyer for the gallery.” Kris stared at him, calm as could be, one hip settled on the edge of his desk.

“The gallery isn’t for sale.” He owned half, dammit. Still.

Kris nodded easily. “Frankly they just want the building. Quite an offer. I don’t see how we can pass it up.”

“The gallery isn’t for sale.” He was fairly sure the words were succinct enough for Mr. Business.

“The neighborhood has changed, Josh. It’s not a boho, arty area anymore. It’s all high-priced condos and tapas bars.” Kris’s expression softened just slightly. “I think it’s time to let it go.”

This wasn’t about the gallery. This was about them. Him and Kris.

“No.”

“Josh, please at least look at the offer.” Kris stood, straightening his fancy cattleman’s. God, he looked like a stuffed suit. Kris looked better in beat-up Wranglers.

“I’m not interested.” Josh felt like sitting down and pounding the floor with his fist. This wasn’t right. None of it. He knew he was a fuckup. Had been a fuckup. But he was working his shit out.

The gallery was back to breaking even, if not making a profit. Josh thought he deserved a chance to get some good new artists in for a show.

“Then are you going to buy me out?” Kris asked.

Fuck. Kris knew he couldn’t do that. The business finances were an open book. Josh wasn’t even taking a salary for another three years to pay back Kris’s initial investment.

“I don’t have to. We’re equal partners. All I have to do is say no.”

Kris frowned, dark brows drawing together over his bright green eyes. “Dammit, Josh, how long are you going to pretend this is going to work?”

He touched the coin again. Five years. Five years sober. Five years proving he could be trusted. Five years and it wasn’t enough.

“This gallery is my life.” Simple as that. He had no friends anymore, no one. He came to work and went to meetings. He hadn’t gone out to dinner with Kris since…. Christ. Christmas? Maybe? Had they even done Christmas?

“Then what do you want me to do? The building is really the only asset.”

“I’m going on a buying trip. Santa Fe area. Why are we even talking about this?” Why are you even here? Go find another project.

Kris was, like, the king of finance now or something. He had investments all over, could probably walk away from the gallery without even taking a money hit.

“Buying? With what? Your good looks?”

 

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Meet the author:

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy’s Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she’s not doing that, she’s writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA’s personal saviors include her wife (still amazing to say that), Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.

Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but has gone to the high desert mountains and fallen in love. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery ménages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.

 

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Bree Archer

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Searching For Shelter by Morticia Knight Review

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Teen shelter volunteer Rich searches for love until Diego, from LVMPD Search and Rescue, finds him.>

After declaring his love life officially dead, Rich wonders if maybe he should stick with his shifter book boyfriends instead. It’s not as if he has much free time to date anyway. Between working long hours at a coffee shop, guarding his sodas from his hygienically challenged roommates, and running the programming at the Vegas LGBTQ teen shelter he founded—how could there ever be space for love in his life?

Diego Espinoza enjoys taking his downtime from working Search and Rescue, at the Lucky Cup coffee shop. He can set up his laptop, peruse good sport climbing spots and observe the blond barista he’s been pining over for a while. He imagines that the pretty boy has more offers than he knows what to do with, so it takes Diego time to work up the nerve to approach him.

Rich isn’t so sure about the rough looking Diego—even if he’s always thought he was hot—but once he decides to gives Diego a chance, there’s an immediate heat and connection that takes him by surprise. As they learn more about each other and try to find the way to a future together, strange and scary things start to happen.

It isn’t until Rich is injured in a bizarre accident that it becomes clear that there’s someone out there who not only doesn’t want Rich to find love—they want him dead.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light bondage.

Review

Diego visits a coffee shop over and over hoping to get the attention of the barista, Rich, to ask for a date.  Rich is very social and Diego is a little socially awkward about dating.  Though Rich is skeptical at first, once he and Diego begin to talk their instant chemistry kicks in and their romance moves along fairly fluidly.

The major problem in the situation is that ever since Rich saw a woman shoved out of a car with a bullet in her brain, someone is trying to kill him!

**

If you are in the mood for a low angst/high romance book – this is your book!  There are lots of feels, kisses and hugs and warm fuzzies.

The mystery is a little tense but a lot predictable and not a big part of the story.

It can absolutely be read as a standalone and is a light, easy read.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Release Date: January 19, 2016

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Teen shelter volunteer Rich searches for love until Diego, from LVMPD Search and Rescue, finds him.

After declaring his love life officially dead, Rich wonders if maybe he should stick with his shifter book boyfriends instead. It’s not as if he has much free time to date anyway. Between working long hours at a coffee shop, guarding his sodas from his hygienically challenged roommates, and running the programming at the Vegas LGBTQ teen shelter he founded – how could there ever be space for love in his life?

Diego Espinoza enjoys taking his downtime from working Search and Rescue, at the Lucky Cup coffee shop. He can set up his laptop, peruse good sport climbing spots and observe the blond barista he’s been pining over for a while. He imagines that the pretty boy has more offers than he knows what to do with, so it takes Diego time to work up the nerve to approach him.

Rich isn’t so sure about the rough looking Diego – even if he’s always thought he was hot – but once he decides to gives Diego a chance, there’s an immediate heat and connection that takes him by surprise. As they learn more about each other and try to find the way to a future together, strange and scary things start to happen.

It isn’t until Rich is injured in a bizarre accident that it becomes clear that there’s someone out there who not only doesn’t want Rich to find love – they want him dead.

Pages or Words: 145 pages, 51,039 words

Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Erotica, M/M Romance, Mystery, Thriller

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Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little heart’s desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share – her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the northern Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/morticiaknight/

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Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

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Legally Wed by Cecil Wilde

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When your best friend is gay and you are straight life can present some interesting challenges…especially if chance and circumstances conspire and you find yourself married…To each other! Legally Wed from romance author Cecil Wilde is a perfect mix of friendship, love, and humor; with a few twists and turns to keep you turning the pages of this contemporary GLBT romance.

Blake’s a thirty-something lawyer climbing the career ladder to his dream job of DA. He’s sacrificed any kind of life away from work to get to where he’s going, and he’s determined to get there.

Xander’s a contract lawyer stuck in a dead-end job and a string of unfulfilling relationships with men he can’t love. He’s been in love with his best friend almost since they first met in law school, but he’d never say anything, because he knows Blake can’t love him back.

During a desperately needed vacation for both of them, they wake up after a night on the town in Las Vegas–married. To each other. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they soon realize that the story coming out would tank Blake’s career and ruin Xander’s life, so they can’t afford to get a divorce.

Their only choice is to fake it. For Blake, that means pretending he’s not as straight as he’s always said he is, and for Xander, it means the torture of getting what he’s always wanted in the worst possible way. Add to that the trials of married life, and what starts out as an adventure quickly turns sour as life happens, confessions are made, and tragedy strikes.

With his tentatively happy marriage hanging in the balance, Blake must engage in some serious soul-searching to find out that what he’s always wanted had been right in front of him all along. But will it be too late to convince Xander of his intentions, after years of not being able to see him for what he was?

Content Notes: Hot, Anal Play, Anal Intercourse, M/M, Contemporary, GLBT

Review

Most of the story is explained in the blurb. The two BFFs get drunk and end up married – both have deep feelings for the other, only Blake seems to be really good at subverting those feelings and Xander is just plain hiding them.

Once married, life takes a turn for Xander. He loses his job and his dignity. He gives absolutely everything to Blake and the marriage and Blake is an oblivious (idiot) husband and doesn’t see what’s right in front of his nose.

Eventually, the two have to sit down and have a heart-to-heart about what’s going on in their lives – why they got married – why they stay married – and what’s the future going to hold.

**
I loved the premise of the book – a m/m take on the “drunken marriage” trope. There were parts that really worked for me: Xander and Blake seem like fairly normal guys and approach the marriage in a very down-to-earth “guy” manner. (IE They’ve been friends forever, they don’t offer to share the only bed they own – Xander sleeps on the couch!)
What bothered me: Blake is totally clueless about any “feelings” Xander may have and Xander lets him walk all over him. Over and over again. I never understood Blake’s positive contributions to the relationship. He wasn’t particularly hot, nice, funny, intuitive… you get the idea. Yet Xander threw away EVERYTHING for him. I didn’t get it.

The smexy times were also a bit weird and felt uncomfortable to me as the reader – I wasn’t really invested in them as a couple and by the time Blake decided he wanted in on the sexual aspect of their relationship he still hadn’t really re-deemed himself so it felt like more sacrifice on Xander’s part than a beautiful sharing of bodies.

So…while the writing was fine and the premise interesting, I’m not sure I really recommend this highly. It was… interesting.

3 of 5 stars

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Alpha Shaman (Bad Oak Boys #2) by Erin M Leaf

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The world isn’t ready for a rock star werewolf, but Josh Oakley can’t stop biology. When his brother sends sexy wolf shaman Gerwulf to help him, instinct is too mild a word for how he feels. Gerwulf calls to his animal in a way that defies logic.

Gerwulf knows Josh is his mate the moment they meet, but he doesn’t like guys and he doesn’t intend to bond with anyone. He’ll help the musician control his wolf, but getting too close isn’t his intention. Besides, he wouldn’t know what to do with a man in his bed.

Of course, shifters can’t dodge fate—a crisis forces Josh and Gerwulf to accept their connection just in time to save Forst Pack from an old enemy. When biology ties them together beyond even a mating bond, will they be able to move past their fear and into a future that holds more than they ever expected?

Review

This is book two in the series and though it can be a standalone I recommend – strongly – reading book one first.

Josh and Gerwulf know they are mates pretty much from the beginning but neither really wants to be mated to the other.

They have to fight a common enemy and in doing so reinforce their bonds and find out that they really like one another on top of it!

I really am enjoying this series and the mpreg portion is really well done.

Highly recommended.

4 of 5 stars

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Jack’s Sweets (Rescue for Hire 2) Audiobook by Bellann Summer Narrated by Darcy Stark

 

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Welcome to the world of Rescue for Hire. Meet the team members who make up a company that forms a family of heroes. Jack Woods is a paramedic on the team, a caregiver by nature, but in his off time he turns into a wild, hard partier. After watching his best friend and boss fall in love, he decides he wants that. Putting his partying ways behind him turns out to be harder than he thought when an ex won’t stay an ex.

Brian Hayward is tiny, delicate, and fragile. He has never felt like an accepted part of anything. Meeting Jack and being brought into the family of the rescue team is a dream come true. Then a horrible tragedy strikes, causing Jack to use his every medical skill to keep life going.

Can Brian and Jack’s relationship survive the consequences of the past? When the whole team moves in, can the couple survive the chaos?

Review

Jack is the medic at Rescue for hire. He finds Brian Hayward (aka Sweets aka Pip) when he rescues the man after his child care center is attacked. Just like his Boss, once Jack meets Pip he knows he’s the “one”.

Brian is a very small guy, he was born prematurely and has remained petite his entire life. He loves kids and dogs and wouldn’t hurt a fly. The rest of his family are sports fanatics so he’s never felt included or loved for being himself.

Jack and Pip make a home fairly quickly but are stymied by one of Jack’s exes – Sherry. She ends up with a big surprise and won’t take no for an answer.

**

This another great Alpha/small guy story. Pip is really sweet and ends up being a central figure in the series (along with Jack, of course.) Pip’s family also ends up playing a role in the series and they’re more problem than can be imagined.

I really enjoyed this on Audio, too – Darcy Stark does a lovely job with the voices and this is a great way to experience this book/series.

4 of 5 stars

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Michael’s Mate (Pack Mates 4.5) by Lynn Tyler

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Michael and Justin have come to an understanding. They’ve admitted their love for each other but Michael still struggles with commitment issues.

As their mating date looms ever closer, Justin worries the man he loves might just run away. Or worse, trap himself in a mating he doesn’t want.

But when it comes down to it, Declan knows exactly what they need.

 

 

 

Review

This is a wonderful series if you haven’t investigated it- you should!
This is book 4.5 and it is absolutely predicated on the idea that you’ve been following along as it is the couple from book 4, Michael’s Mate.

Michael is a wolf shifter who is reluctant to mate with Eagle shifter Justin. In book 4 they work out most of their issues, but there is still a LOT of anxiety surrounding the actual act of mating for these guys. They love and are devoted to one another, but the mating itself is giving them ulcers.

Fortunately the super awesome duo that is Declan and his mate Quinn manage to manipulate the situation to give these guys not only what they want but what they need.

We get to see all the couples in this book – being cute – and lots and lots and lots of feels. Ooey gooey wonderfulness – that’s what this book is.

I loved every word!

Highly recommended to fans of the series and if you’re a shifter fan and haven’t read these – go get ‘em!

5 of 5 stars

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Lollipop (Candyman book 3) by Amy Lane

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Ezra Kellerman flew across country to see if he had another chance with the man he let slip through his fingers. He didn’t. Rico has moved on, but he doesn’t just leave his ex high and dry. Instead, Rico entrusts his family and friends with Ezra’s care. Ezra, confused, hurt, and lost, clings to Rico’s cousin and his boyfriend as the lifelines they are—but their friend Miguel is another story.

Miguel Rodriguez had great plans and ambition—but a hearty dose of real life crushed those flat. When Miguel finds himself partially in charge of the befuddled, dreamy, healing Ezra, he’s pretty resentful at first. But Ezra’s placid nature and sincere wonder at the simple life Miguel has taken for granted begin to soften Miguel’s hardened shell. Miguel starts to notice that Ezra isn’t just amazingly sweet—he’s achingly beautiful as well. Suddenly Miguel is fending off every single man on the planet to give Ezra room to get over Rico—while fighting a burning suspicion that the best thing to help Ezra get over his broken heart is Miguel.

Review

This is book three in the series and though it can probably be read as a standalone why the heck would you do that?

Ezra was Rico’s boyfriend in New York, he broke Rico’s heart and then went decidedly off the rails in his cubicle where he worked for his evil father.

After recovering from his breakdown – as much as he could – he decided to go to Sacramento to win Rico back. He’s heartbroken when he realizes that ain’t gonna happen. So… Rico dumps him on the lawn of Adam and Finn and … Miguel who happened to be there at the time. Though it’s a little bit of tears and recriminations at first, Ezra fairly easily falls into a nice routine there on the magic couch at Adam’s.

Miguel doesn’t really know what to do with Ezra, the little kitten with the sad eyes. His crush on Adam is still freshly sore and his business has failed and he’s back selling candy… life is not his playground right now.

Darrin ends up pushing Miguel and Ezra together at work and over time the two become close friends… but it’s not til they take a drive to Disneyland that they realize that this is something more.

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I’m not sure if I’ve said it before or not, but Amy Lane is not just a great storyteller – she’s a great writer! Not all authors are those together. Some can really spin a tale and keep you on the edge of your seat but their prose is nothing special. Or the reverse, some authors can really form a sentence and choose the best words and make lovely imagery – but their story is sort of – blah.

Amy tells us these wonderful tales and then she throws in these phrases and images that remind me that she’s a good “writer” too.

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But Finn—Finn surprised him then, because as much as he looked like the bubbles in soda, he was apparently the real deal.

Ezra shook his head. “No—not Jewish people. Skinny uncoordinated people who run like an epileptic ostrich.”

Adam arched an eyebrow at him. “Me and Finn have the apartment to ourselves for a few hours. Do you want a blowjob-by-blowjob account of how we’re gonna use our time?” (Now if that doesn’t sound like the prelude to a film on fulltube I don’t know what does.)

“It’s like, the idea of a bigger world isn’t just… you know. Limited to a big city in a big world. The cool thing about a city is that there are so many different lives people could be leading there.” Lives where people were out, and free, and not broken or caged. “But you forget that there are more lives outside the city than in it.”

There are many more but you get the idea. She’s just a talented writer and that makes her stories all the more amazing.

I loved the little twists and turns this story took and the slow burn. Neither guy was really looking for love and it kind of snuck up on them. But… once that light bulb flashed they were done looking – for good. It was awesome!

Getting more Adam and Finn time was spectacular and meeting Miguel’s kick ass family was pretty awesome too. I do wish we’d seen more Rico and Derek – but I get it- too painful…

I know that fans of the series will be jumping on this, and I want to urge anyone who hasn’t yet to pick up the first book and read all three (or listen!) because this is a sweet and wonderful “light” series by a gifted writer and it shouldn’t be missed!

(PS can’t wait for the story that’s hinted at the end… it’s gonna be a good one!)

5 of 5 stars

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Put a Ring On It Audiobook by KA Mitchell Narrated by Michael Stellman

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Kieran Delaney-Schwartz—adoptee, underachiever, and self-professed slacker IT guy—lives his under-the-radar life by the motto: Don’t try, don’t fail. His adopted siblings are all overachievers thanks to his driven, liberal parents, but Kieran has elected to avoid disappointing anyone by not getting their hopes up. He’s coasting through his early twenties when he’s hit head-on by Theo. The successful decade-older Broadway producer sweeps him off his feet for a whirlwind thirteen months that are pretty sweet until it all comes screeching to a halt on Valentine’s Day, with an unexpected proposal via a NYC Times Square Flash mob.

Now everyone wants in on the wedding, except the grooms…

Review

(book reviewed here previously)

Kieran and Theo have been living together for several months and dating for over a year. Everything looks likes it’s going great, so what does Theo do? He takes his very introverted and socially awkward lover to Times Square to propose to him (without having ever brought up marriage before) with a flash mob made up of Broadway singers and dancers.

Not wanting to hurt Theo in front of God and everybody Kieran reluctantly says yes, but it is not his idea of an ideal situation.

Then, to compound things a morning talk show runs with this and promotes their marriage by offering to pay for their wedding in Hawaii so long as they do it in 2 weeks.

Now, just when we think Kieran is going to make a run for it, they manage to come to an agreement only to have it blow up in their faces whether its from well-meaning friends, or family or a devious producer.

In any case, they manage to finally come to an agreement everyone can live with.

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This was a different KA Mitchell than I’m used to. I’m quite used to her having “anti-heros” (Bad Boyfriend series) and smokin’ hot sex scenes and these are there. But she has also really touched on some of the important issues every couple faces – communication, trust, honesty and a willingness to be vulnerable.

There were times when I was so mad at both guys, but I totally saw where they were coming from.

I got a little bogged down by the side story with Theo’s college buddies and wondered at the amount of page time they received but I appreciated some of what they had to offer.

I was also a little disappointed by the ending – I won’t spoil it for you – because it didn’t feel as deeply personal and emotional as the rest of the story and in fact felt pretty rushed.

That being said it was still a great book and a nice change of pace from the typical romance that starts with two lovers meeting and ends with them in and a HEA.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audiobook

Michael Stellman is easy to listen to and does a nice job with the feelings and humor as well as the basic narration.  He doesn’t do a lot with the voices but I think it is always easy to know who is who in the way he paces his voice.

I think this adds to the overall enjoyment of the story and I recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars

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