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And Call Me in the Evening (Book 2) by Willa Okati

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Eli’s still not great at wearing his heart on his sleeve and Zane’s still got trust issues, but they manage just fine. It’s all good. Right?

Yes and no. When the doctors find themselves grounded between trips for Medicins Sans Frontieres, things begin to change. Zane’s making plans for where they’ll go next, but homesick Eli discovers the opportunity to open a clinic of his own in his old neighborhood. He’d have thought Zane would be all over that, but Zane’s not listening. Meanwhile, there’s trouble in paradise between protégés Taye and Richie, and Eli’s ex-wife Marybeth has come back to town, bringing a heaping helping of hassle with her. Eli figures it’s no wonder he’s been having a heck of a time with chest pain—which he hasn’t told anyone about.

There’s something to be said for setting the story straight, it’s true. Eli knows he and Zane have a good thing going even if keeping it that way is the hardest—and best—part.

Review

Oh man. I was so looking forward to this book. I just loved “And Call Me in the Morning”– book one in this two book series by Willa Okati. It was one of the first m/m books I had ever read, and it touched me. It is a “gay for you” “friends to lovers” book between two men who find love and their sexuality late in life and it is incredibly sweet and yet very sexy. Willa has away with words that just gently tugs at your heart-strings and leaves you with a sappy smile, while still getting you a bit hot.

In this book she continues approximately where the first book leaves off and you definitely could not appreciate this book without having read the first. We find our newly minted lovers living their new lives together and we see what in their lives has been working well, and what has been struggling. I can definitely appreciate this look behind the HEA, kind of like seeing what happens to Cinderella after the wedding.

We also get to revisit old cast members like Taye and Richie and Diana and Holly and it’s very nice seeing them again and catching up on their stories. But, as it should be most of the book is about Eli and Zane.

I just love Zane’s character, he’s so sexy and sweet, but we see even less of him in this book than we did the first. I would have loved to “hear” more from his POV, especially since the first was mostly from Eli’s POV, it could have been an interesting twist.

Both of these books are really about Eli and his personal journey. Eli is a man’s man and struggles with being “gay” even though he has no problem admitting he’s in love with another man. That’s the main struggle in this sequel. Eli admits his love for Zane in book one and then deals with that fact in book two.

While this is probably fair and even a bit realistic, it can get a little dogged, and at times, trying.

Here is where I got a little disappointed. Well, a couple of places.

First, I didn’t realize just how much Eli had to still work through. I had thought we managed to get through most of that in book one. I have to say, though I love the characters and really enjoy Willa’s cool, smooth writing style, this got a little tedious. I was like… are you kidding me? I thought we had already worked this out! I seriously felt for Zane, he seemed to have a lot of patience for putting up with Eli’s hang ups and lies by omission, and at times caved in where I wouldn’t have.

Second, I love a good book about older characters, but in this book, my hot-for-each-other doctors were seriously showing their age. I appreciated the leaning towards realism, but it wasn’t what I necessarily wanted to read. I liked picturing them gettin’ busy and hot for each other, not getting sick with… well I’ll leave that to you to find out. But it sucked! It all works out in the end, have no fear, but – WOW – reality check!

I really did like seeing Taye and Richie and seeing them “grow up”. Holly and Diana were the same, which was nice. Mary Beth, the ex-wife, kinda confused me… a lot. But I guess she added her part to the story as well.

Overall, as sequels go, it did what it promised: it helped set the story straight and showed us more of these two beloved characters, and I did really love seeing more of them. I definitely felt that their HEA was a rock solid HEA by the end of this book. That’s always nice. But, I can’t say I loved the book. If “And Call Me in the Morning” earned a happy 5 stars, then “And Call Me in the Evening” earned a less happy 3.5 stars, mostly for good writing, solid editing, and a lot of sentimentality.

I recommend it to those who loved the first book, I think you’ll enjoy catching up on these old friends.

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Bookmarked by Piper Vaughn (Heartsville)

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To save his bookstore from closing, Mark Werner realizes it’s going to take a miracle—like getting reclusive, best-selling author Shepherd Knight to agree to appear for a signing.

After their disastrous last encounter, Mark doesn’t hold up much hope Shepherd will agree. Shepherd’s never made a single public appearance. In fact, Mark wouldn’t even know what he looks like had he not accidentally discovered the sexy stranger he’d been flirting with for months, aka “Tall-Dark-and-Grumpy,” was also his fanboy obsession.

But desperate times call for desperate measures. If Mark can convince Shepherd, it’ll be a major coup in the book world and might just save Bookmarked from sinking. Too bad Shepherd won’t reply to his e-mails. Yet Mark didn’t earn the reputation of having a “sunshine-and-rainbow-fart” personality for nothing. He’ll do whatever it takes to get his man… and hopefully not make a fool of himself in the process.

Review
Mark is living his dream – but it’s hanging by a thread. He’s running his own bookstore in the little town he lives in, but by a very slim margin. Any bad luck could cause him to lose the store – and the store is his life right now. He wants to find some way to bring in more customers so he plans for a local author book signing event.

Shepherd is a local author with terrible social anxiety. He’s been in Mark’s store and loved it – but when Mark approaches him about the book signing he’s an asshole and blows Mark off – at first.

Luckily – Shepherd changes his mind and agrees to help Mark. Partly because he wants to help the local shop and partly because he’s been crushing on it’s owner.

**

This is a tremendously sweet and sometimes very sexy (first sex scene over a book table – WOWZA!) story. It moves along at a brisk pace, so we don’t get as much couple time as I’d like – but the relationship builds in a way that feels real and definitely leaves us in a happy place.

I loved how Shepherd was such a dirty talker in comparison to his initial impression- it’s quite the juxtaposition.

Since this is the first in the series I look forward to seeing some of the characters we meet here again in future books.

This is highly recommended to fans of sweet, small town romance and fans of MCs who are bibliophiles and writers. (I loved the NaNoWriMo plug!)

4.5 of 5 stars

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Sinner’s Gin (Book 1) Audiobook by Rhys Ford Narrated by Tristan James

 

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There’s a dead man in Miki St. John’s vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there.

After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner’s Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki’s car, Miki fears Death isn’t done with him yet.

Kane Morgan, the SFPD inspector renting space in the art co-op next door, initially suspects Miki had a hand in the man’s murder, but Kane soon realizes Miki is as much a victim as the man splattered inside the GTO. As the murderer’s body count rises, the attraction between Miki and Kane heats up. Neither man knows if they can make a relationship work, but despite Miki’s emotional damage, Kane is determined to teach him how to love and be loved — provided, of course, Kane can catch the killer before Miki becomes the murderer’s final victim.

Review

Miki is an orphan, abused and neglected by the system, who finds his calling in a band called “Sinner’s Gin”. He meets Damian and the two, along with two other boys, set the world on fire with their bluesy rock. Until one night, when a mysterious car crash destroys their world, killing everyone but Miki.

Kane is an Irish cop from a huge but great family, who likes his job and working with wood. One day his wood working is interrupted by a strange dog that belongs to Miki. Besides their instant attraction, the two end up spending time together when Miki becomes the center of a bizarre crime spree involving dead body parts being delivered to his door.

Rhys Ford is a poet and she writes elegant, flowing, beautiful love stories full of pain and passion and promise. Sinner’s Gin combines a compelling mystery with a passionate love story between an angsty rocker and a sweet but tough cop.

Plus there’s Dude – an awesome mutt – who has klepto tendencies and likes to hog the couch.

The audio book:
Narrated By Tristan James
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins

Tristan James.

Just gorgeous.

All those lovely Irish accents just flow off his tongue like warm honey. It is a truly sensuous experience to hear Rhys’ evocative words read in that warm, husky voice. Just as I praised Rhys and Greg Tremblay for their work on the Cole McGinnis series, I am equally praise-laden for the Sinner’s series.

Tristan is a treat to listen to and combing him with another of Rhys fantastic stories is a match made in heaven.

I give both book and audio book 6 out 5 stars – amazing!

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Secrets and High Spirits (Secrets book 4) By Lou Harper

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Their love is an explosive cocktail—stirred, shaken, and served with a twist.

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Teag and Bruce dream of opening their own bars, but that’s where the similarities end.

Teag, a popular bartender at West Hollywood’s hottest club, is willful, opinionated, and likes to take charge. He envisions his future bar as a boozy oasis for craft cocktails. Unfortunately, while he’s big on ideas, he’s short on funds.

Bruce, on the other hand, is a tower of pirate-tattooed muscle with a laid-back attitude. While he’s good with people, he’s a walking paradox—a wannabe boss with a weakness for bossy men.

Their partnership is a natural fit, but every time they meet, sparks fly as they rub each other the wrong way. Or is it the right way? In the heat of the moment, it’s hard to tell.

Between renovation pitfalls, meddling friends, and miles of police tape, Teag and Bruce struggle to keep their venture—and their budding relationship—from going up in flames. And not the good kind. More like the one on the top of a B52 shot.

Warning: Contains a whipcord-lean and whip-smart bartender who knows what he wants—and how hard he wants it—and a go-with-the-flow bar manager who secretly likes to be told how hard to give it.

 

Review

Teag used to be roomies with Dylan (from book 3), now he’s on his own. He’s a bartender who you could call a “purist”, he knows the “real” way to make every drink and is really into the mixing of being a bartender.

Bruce is a beefy bartender who likes to go to renaissance festivals and dress up like a pirate and though he’s big he likes to be told what to do.

At first there is a misunderstanding between the two and they fight, then they show up later at the same empty building thinking the same thoughts about opening their own bar.

The first half is both guys deciding what they want from life, the next half is them dealing with the bar and renovations and the mystery.

What I liked:

Harper is a great writer. She makes really great characters. Uses an economy of words to make her point. Creates interesting and fun mysteries. Describes LA perfectly.

I loved that Teag was the top to Bruce’s bottom. I loved that Bruce only had sleeves because he didn’t want to wax. I loved that Teag was fussy about every little thing. I loved the “ghost”.

What I didn’t love: the romance was a small blip in this book. Easily 90% of the book was simply about the bar and the mystery and the romance felt like it almost fell out of the running. I couldn’t really buy their success as a couple because I never saw the romance between them develop. I hope it will work, they complement one another well, but I needed more page time with them “working it out”.

So… if you love a romantic mystery with a teeny tiny paranormal aspect to it – this is for you! If you want a romance with a mystery attached, you might want to keep looking.

(I do love these covers! We do see a lot of Dylan and Simon in this one – fun!)

3 of 5 stars

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Tasting Notes by Cate Ashwood (Review)

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West, a venture capitalist, has paid for his wealth and success with long hours at the office and no personal life to speak of. Meetings, conference calls, and paperwork dominate his waking hours and have kept him from honoring the promise he made to his late grandfather years before.

After leaving the Marines, Rush returns to his hometown and settled in as a Christmas Tree farmer. His life is quiet and simple, and he likes it that way. When West arrives in town and buys Rush’s parent’s vineyard on a whim, that simple life is turned upside down. The animosity between them is palpable, but Rush shelves his preconceived notions in order to protect his parents’ legacy. He agrees to help West learn how to run the vineyard, and Rush soon realizes that love doesn’t necessarily come in the package he expected.

Review

West is a very rich but lonely, workaholic. He loses his only family, his grandfather, a few years ago and hasn’t yet taken time to properly mourn him nor spread his ashes as he had planned. A glimpse at his own mortality (via watching another person die) spurs him into action. He drops all his obligations on his work partners and travels with his urn out to California. There he ends up in a sleepy but quaint town with a wonderful winery that he falls in love with. He ends up simply buying it (though it wasn’t originally for sale) and moving in with no firm plans on where to go next.

Rush is a cranky almost misanthropic retired Marine who now runs a Christmas tree farm in the same little town as his parent’s winery. He sees West across a crowded pub and though he can see the attractiveness in the man, he pigeon-holes his type as a rich prick and instantly dislikes him. When Rush finds out that his parents sold the “prick” their winery without even discussing it with him, he’s pissed. He takes out his anger on the unsuspecting West and the two are set up instantly as mortal enemies.

But… West needs help with the winery. He has no tools necessary to keep it running and Rush is attached to the idea that the winery shouldn’t fail just because some idiot bought it. So, very reluctantly, Rush agrees to “mentor” West in the running of a winery until he can either do it himself or find someone who can.

As can be imagined, their constant togetherness leads to a romantic entanglement. But… West still has obligations in Chicago and Rush can’t (or won’t) abandon his dreams to follow West. So their relationship is destined to fail unless someone is willing to bend.

**

I always find Cate Ashwood’s stories easy to fall into as her writing is so smooth and engaging. Most of this story really worked for me but there were a couple of parts that didn’t work as well.

I thought Rush and West were great “yin and yang” and they helped one another to be better people, thus they were a great couple. Their chemistry was excellent and I thought the whole “mentorship” was a great way to get them together.

I loved the whole city meets country, “Green Acres” (if you’re old enough to know the reference with Zsa Zsa Gabor) thing was great!

The sale of the winery and the relationship between Rush and the winery never made a lot of sense to me. Why didn’t he want to take it over himself? Since he claimed to want nothing to do with it, why did he care if someone else did? I wish I’d had more background information surrounding this.

West’s work in Chicago was unclear for me as well. If the business ran so successfully and he has literally millions just waiting around to spend on anything realistically, could such a big business be expected to run without him? When he moves back “temporarily” to Chicago to “fix things”, I wasn’t really sure what the plan was. It seemed to me he needed to have acknowledged either the end of the relationship right then or be planning on doing something extreme with the business if being with Rush was ever going to be an option. I know this gets worked out in the end, but I would have liked to know more about the process.

So, as a story there were some small things that bothered me, but as a romance I really liked the MCs and their chemistry and found their HEA to be very sweet and satisfying.

4.5 of 5 stars

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A Shadow of Wings by Linda Gayle

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Thrown out on the street by his homophobic stepfather, Dylan struggles to get his life together. Years of being used and abused have left him tough and determined to make it on his own. When he sees a dog getting beaten, his protective instincts drive him to rescue her. But as the attackers turn on Dylan, out of the shadows comes a hero. One with mysterious eyes and a shy sensuality Dylan can’t resist.

Cam Coburn can’t reveal his true identity to the man he rescues. Nor can he reveal that he’s a freak among freaks, a cockatrice shifter with an unwanted gift for seeking out conflict rather than treasure. Newly independent from his mentor, Cam sees in Dylan his first chance to test the limits of his human guise. Defying every rule, Cam succumbs to Dylan’s seduction for just one night. But Cam finds he can’t let his lover go, and Dylan breaks down every barrier. For he is the one human who can gaze in a cockatrice’s eyes without fear.

Yet even as their bond deepens, danger closes in on them from all sides, and Cam’s dark secrets may save them—or lead to their destruction.

Review

Dylan gets thrown out, lives with some buddies who end up getting him hooked on drugs and living in a slum, and when things begin to get abusive, Dylan finds the strength to pull himself up by the bootstraps and make a new life for himself.

He finds part-time work with a veterinarian and is in the process of rescuing a stray dog one night when the owners of the dog (gang members) attempt to beat the crap out of him. He is rescued by a mysterious stranger, Cam, who then takes him and the dog home to clean up.

It turns out Cam is far from human, he’s actually a Cockatrice (WTF?) – which is this bizarre dragon/bat/chicken thing from mythology. A shape-shifter, sent to America to study with and learn about humanity.

Cam is wildly attracted to Dylan and vice versa, even though interactions at that level are strictly forbidden.

The two begin an illicit tryst and are forming a fragile bond when trouble strikes in the form of back-stabbing Weasels and Brothers – you’ll see what I mean – and the two must make life and death decisions that will affect not only themselves but also the future of humanity.

In the end, after a truly monumental story twist, a super amazing and sweet happily ever after ensues.

I LOVED this book. It was sweet – Dylan is so broken yet warm hearted and his love for Cam so pure. It was sexy – Cam is a virgin (of course) to human love and the scenes between him and Dylan are very hot. It was gritty – none of the characters were perfect, they all had elements of good and bad and it gave the story a very “real” feel, despite its fantastical nature. It was uplifting – the ending is so happy and so sweet, it leaves a big smile on your face.

I really loved this book and the other Linda Gayle book I had read and I am ever so hopeful that she will be writing more m/m in the future.

I highly recommend this book and give it 5 of 5 stars.

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Romancing the Bouncer by JD Walker

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Bennett “Ben” Pachowski has been a bouncer at Throwbacks for years. He likes his job, though he gets tired of being thought of as more brawn than brain simply because of his size. He also prefers to be romanced before sleeping with a man.

Ben’s favorite band, Rebel’s Ultimatum, occasionally plays at the club, which gives him an eyeful of the sexy bass player, Monty Mabuse. They’ve been eyeing each other for months, though Ben is content to flirt and nothing more, since “commitment” seems a foreign concept to the selfish, arrogant and flirtatious bass player.

But Monty wants Ben to become the next notch on his bedpost, and a devious trick to get what he wants blows up in his face.

Will Ben be able to forgive Monty for his deception? Perhaps, but if Monty wants to have a relationship with Ben, he needs to make some changes, and it remains to be seen whether he can become the kind of man Ben will respect, let alone love.

Sometimes, a little romance goes a long way…

Review

Ben is a bouncer at a club. He thinks the bassist for the up and coming band that plays at the club is hot, but a player, so he stays far away, despite the mutual flirting.

One night the bassist, Monty, who won’t take no for an answer, sets up a “rescue” wherein Ben saves Monty from the unwanted advances of a “fan”. After the rescue he then essentially forces Ben to take him home where Monty feeds Ben liquor and then seduces him, despite Ben’s having told Monty repeatedly “NO!”

Ben is pissed when he realizes what’s happened the next day and refuses to see Monty. Monty, who by now is going on tour, is crushed and chastened.

Meanwhile, Ben gives up his career as a bouncer to work in a facility for the care of elderly people.

Monty continues to try to get Ben to forgive him and one day Ben does.

**

I could not get behind this book at all. What Monty did amounted to rape in my mind and Ben should NEVER have forgiven him. They never spent any time together as a couple so I have no idea if they’d make it or not (unlikely since Ben is happy in his new job and Monty needs to travel all the time with his newly emerging rock star status) and for me to believe that suddenly they want to be together and have some kids? Nope. I’m not buying it.

This book just didn’t seem at all plausible or even something that I wanted to support if I was willing to totally suspend my disbelief (which I love to do, I am a paranormal fan after all!).

I can’t recommend this book, and though the writing was fine, the story didn’t pass the grade for me. I always assume a writer can’t write every story for every person, so I will absolutely give this author another chance.

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Acting Out Audiobook by Scotty Cade Narrated by Randy Fuller

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After one very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC, Elijah Preston comes home to nothing. He barely scrapes up enough money for a cheap motel in Quantico, Virginia, with no money-making opportunities in sight. A chance encounter in a local Walmart finally gives Eli hope for employment. Elijah is ready to sign on with Royce Mackey’s proposition… until he hears what’s required. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star, never mind that Eli isn’t gay. Desperate and broke, Eli grudgingly accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.

Hamish Turner’s been there before. Taking Eli under his wing, he teaches him everything he can about Royce’s operation. The two quickly become friends, easing the way for their first scene together. Awkward at first, they both ease into it and find there is more of a connection between them than either expected. Curious to see where their mutual attraction takes them, they begin a relationship off-screen. But life gets complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else….

Review

Eli was in the military for 8 years, signing up in the first place to get away from an abusive, useless family situation. He saves up all his money while in the service only to find out his a**hole family has spent all his money and wrecked his car. Now he has literally one paycheck, no job prospects, a little training in a career no one is hiring for and a lot of hopelessness.

He runs into Royce at the Walmart and Royce sees someone who could fit right in with the bunch of guys he works with at hotmilitaryguys.com. Royce offers Eli money to “perform” on camera with other straight guys like him. Though he’s skeptical, nervous, embarrassed and doubtful, Eli agrees to check things out, mostly because he’s run out of options.

What he finds is that Royce is totally up front and honest, and he really does work with a bunch of straight, ex-military guys who just need the money. He also meets Hamish, a guy who’s been there for the last 2 years for his own reasons, and is willing to show Eli the ropes.

Essentially, Eli takes to “performing” like a fish to water and he and Hamish form a “bromance” that eases the way for Eli to go from solo scenes to group scenes in the span of 2 weeks.

Though neither Eli nor Hamish will admit to being gay, it becomes clear that the two mean more to one another than just friends and both admit the chemistry between them is undeniably hot.

It’s this chemistry that gets them in trouble.

Someone is watching their growing closeness and is not happy about it. After a video of the pair is aired showing just how steamy they are together, threatening letters and emails arrive, demanding their separation “or else”.

On the relationship front, Eli can’t wrap his mind around being involved with a guy romantically and this drives a wedge between him and Hamish.

The danger of the stalker forces them together and forces them to confront their feelings for one another. Of course we have a very HFN (probably HEA).

**

Most of this is really hot gay sex as discovered by a truly straight guy and it’s written very well.

The relationship between Eli and Hamish is sweet and fairly realistic and enjoyable to watch unfold.

The bit about the stalker felt a little contrived, something to force the relationship in a speedy fashion. In a way I wish the author had stuck with the main hurdle, overcoming labels and dealing with the idea that two “people” can love whomever they want, despite societal expectations. The groundwork was there and it wouldn’t have taken much more effort to forge through Eli’s barriers. Sure, the stalker did it faster, made him re-think his priorities sooner, but the pay out would have been bigger had he come to the realization on his own. (In my opinion.)

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, it’s fast paced and super hot. I recommend it to anyone who likes the GFY trope or enjoys the gay porn trope. It’s very satisfying!

Audio

Randy Fuller does an okay job with this.  He doesn’t do a lot with the voices but he doesn’t detract from the experience.

4 of 5 stars

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Blood & Thunder (THIRDS Book 2) Audiobook by Charlie Cochet Narrated by Mark Westfield

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Sequel to Hell & High Water
THIRDS: Book Two

When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.

Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.

Review

In this sequel we find Sloane and Dex still trying to get that evil Issac and his anti-Therian thugs. This plays in the background while we watch the developing romances of (practically) the entire team Delta Destroyers. And it is AWESOME!

Sometimes the second book in a series can have a tough road to travel because they are stuck in the middle – the relationship has started, but it is not in its dramatic finish-stage. There are only a limited number of mile-stones that can be covered. This sequel has absolutely no problems keeping things moving and keeping us on the edge of our seats.

First, Sloane has some deep, dark secrets that are keeping him from letting Dex “in”. When one of the psychiatrists from the early days of THIRDS is captured, Sloane’s secrecy is threatened. Sloane has to decide if he wants out of the relationship now, or dig in deeper.

Second, Dex is facing his own inadequacy issues: he isn’t Therian, he isn’t ex-military, he isn’t Gabe… But he doesn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on this. That just wouldn’t be him. Instead, Dex continues to be hysterical and we get another drunken night out, this time with the ex! Lou is great and ends up giving Sloane pointers on how to handle Dex.

The other team members (Calvin and Hobbs, Cael and Ash) have their own stories move forward too. I am hoping to see their stories in the “Couples TBA” at the end of the series.

I absolutely love Charlie’s version of shifters. My favorite part of this book was Therian training where Dex is being shown how Sloane (in Jaguar form) is bonding with Dex. It is HYSTERICAL but oh so damn sweet too. I hope we get to see more of the Therians in their animal form in future books.

There is a partial ending in this book that leaves you very satisfied but the door is still wide open to trouble, setting the stage for book 3. I love the advancement of all the relationships in this book and look forward to seeing who does what next.

Even better than book one! I highly recommend this book and the entire series!

Audio

Mark Westfield did another amazing job with this narration. Sloane is delightfully growly, Tony is deep and rumbly, Isaac is twangy and greasy… all the guys are well represented. I really enjoyed the dream sequences and the “coms” where Mark alters his voice to sound like it’s being broadcast over the airways.
I really think he adds to the story and makes it even more of a great entertainment than just reading it alone.

I think you I can easily say this is a book narration that makes the listening as adventurous (or even more) than the reading.

I highly recommend this narration and give it a 6 of 5 stars.

(For Books Three and Four look for my review here:  http://kimichanexperience.com/rack-and-ruin-audiobook-by-charlie-cochet-narrated-by-mark-westfield/  and http://kimichanexperience.com/rise-and-fall-audiobook-thirds-4-by-charlie-cochet-narrated-by-mark-westfield/)

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Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Contemporary Gay Heat Index Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m May/December Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased

Promises (The Bounty Hunters Book 1) by AE Via

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Duke Morgan owns and operates one of the largest bail bond companies in Atlanta. Not only does he bond criminals out of jail, he and his notorious group of bounty hunters will also track them down and ensure they show up for court.

Roman ‘Quick’ Webb is Duke’s business partner and best friend. Both men are in their forties and have given up on the happily ever after with the ranch-style home, and white picket fence. They’d both tried it and failed miserably. But they have their friendship and they have the business.

When Quick’s son, Vaughan Webb returns – after seven years – from studying abroad with his law degree in hand, he’s back to claim what he’s always wanted…his fathers’ best friend… Duke Morgan. Vaughan has always claimed to be a classic gentleman with an old soul. He didn’t party and screw up in school like his buddies. He was focused and dedicated to becoming the man worthy of Duke’s love.

It’s a complex and messy situation as Duke and Quick figure out how to still be best friends when one of them is sleeping with his friend’s one and only son. But when Duke is hurt on the job, all the unimportant trivialities fall to the wayside and Vaughan and Quick put their heads together to save Duke.

Part I of the Promises story is about Duke and Vaughan. Part II will be about Quick and his realization that it’s not too late for any of them to find love.

Review

We met Duke in Judge’s book (Don’t Judge, Nothing Special Book 4). Duke is the bounty hunter who had a no-strings arrangement with Judge until Judge met his forever guy in Austin. Duke, who plays it like it’s no big deal, is actually pretty crushed by this relationship ending.

Vaughan is Duke’s work partner and best friend’s son. He’s almost 20 years younger than Duke and has had a crush on Duke since he can remember. Now that Judge is out of the picture, Vaughan is graduated from law school, he figures it’s his time to move in and make Duke his own.

At first Duke fights the attraction but when he’s reminded that life is short he’s willing to give it a try. They’ve almost begun dating when something so terrible happens it looks like the two will never be together… until Vaughan saves the day.

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I just love AE Via characters. They continually surprise me. She’s totally willing to put an Alpha and Alpha together, make the older guy the less dominant, a criminal and a cop… you name it. She makes it work.

There is surprisingly little sex in this book but lots of sexual tension and when they do finally come together… HOT!

What I really appreciated about this was how honest everyone was from the start. With one exception, there was no BIG MISUNDERSTANDING or hemming and hawing about. Life got in the way and that was a real hurdle. I also liked that the boys took their time and wanted to do things right. No falling into bed right off the bat. They took the time to build the romance. It was really sweet.

I look forward to more from this series and am drooling over the sweet doc and cranky Quick getting their turn!

4.5 of 5 stars

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