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Nobody’s Son (Sons Book 3) by Shae Connor

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Who wouldn’t want a nice cup of tall, dark, and gorgeous? Shaun Rogers does. He’s working at the front desk of a clothing-optional gay resort when Conrad “Con” Brooks walks in. The sweet, funny, and smart IT guy is there to install a new network and security system, and sparks fly between the two men from the start. Trouble is, Shaun’s hiding his sexuality from his grandmother, the only family he has left, and that makes him reluctant to take the leap with Con.

Then a man claiming to be Shaun’s absent father shows up out of nowhere, throwing Shaun completely off balance. His life spiraling toward chaos, Shaun soon discovers that his “father” is hiding secrets of his own. When things come to a head between them, it’s Con who comes to Shaun’s rescue—but the incident could force Shaun into a decision he’s not sure he’s ready to make.

Review

This is book three in Shae Connor’s “Son Series”, but it can be read as a stand-alone with no problem.

Shaun is working for Jimmy at his clothing optional resort as the front desk clerk. He loves his job and is slowly owning his sexuality. He commutes from Atlanta because he takes care of his grandmother and doesn’t want to leave her alone.

Con is also a friend of Jimmy’s who is retired from the military and doing work in the IT/Security field. When they meet the two have an instant connection but… Shaun isn’t quite ready to admit he’s gay – especially to his family. And… the two men don’t live in the same town so it takes quite a bit of co-ordination for them to even have time to hang out. And… Shaun’s “father” has shown up mysteriously stirring up an entirely new controversy.

The question is, will Shaun admit his feelings? Is Con ready to settle down? What is the deal with Shaun’s “father”?

**

I really enjoyed book 2 in this series and I think this is even better! (Previous review: http://kimichanexperience.com/wayward-son-sons-book-2-by-shae-connor/)

I liked how little angst there was between Shaun and Con – they just moved slowly, navigating their feelings in what felt like a natural pace. I thought the “father” bit was a little melodramatic, but it did emphasize just how important defining “family” is – not based on blood.

I loved seeing the little bit of Jimmy and his boys – they seem so happy!

I recommend this to fans of Shae and the series and anyone looking for a nice, easy, get-to-know-ya romance.

4 of 5 stars

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Let the Wrong Light In by Avon Gale

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Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.

Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.

But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.

Review

Avery is a young, hyper, strange and funny architect who has recently graduated and is working under the very proper and uptight Malin. Avery is convinced Malin has something against him personally when none of his “obviously” wonderful designs are chosen. So… he goes in to give the boss a piece of his mind. What ends up happening is … well… he starts to fall for the boss. Even though he hates him. Sort of.

Malin is a recently divorced man who sort of hates the world and himself in it. He has a tragic past that clouds his future and no good way to deal with it. When the crazy bastard Avery barges his way into his life he doesn’t know what the fuck to make of it. But… he finds himself entranced. Avery brightens his world. Avery makes him crazy but he also kind of likes him. Sort of.

Avery has a thing for pain and Malin has a thing for giving pain. So that works.

They both like architecture and design and are very socially awkward. So that works.

But Malin’s never been gay. But Avery is bi so… that works?

In the end Malin and Avery will have to traverse a lot of ground. Some of it very rocky and emotional. But both are so good for the other, except when they’re not… in the end we get a very HEA.

**

My first thought as I was reading this was “This is her first book?????”  This is WAY TOO GOOD to be her first book! Now… I don’t know if she’s hiding others somewhere else, or maybe she wrote het romance or something, but these books of hers (this and Breakaway) are absolutely amazing! They are witty and well thought out and the timing is excellent. Her characters are so flawed and yet sparkling and crisp.

I’m not into the sex stuff they were … I don’t get it… but I didn’t need to. I saw that they were into it and since it worked for them, it worked for me. That’s a sign of a good author. She made the kinky stuff work for me because I saw that it did what it needed to for our MCs and that was enough.

I loved the windows and light analogy and the metaphors with the building designs. Wonderful!

I’m torn because I don’t know if I love Avery or Malin more. My heart bleeds for Malin – he’s so broken and needy. But Avery was such a bratty brat. Well, luckily I don’t have to choose. They’re both wonderful and so is this book. It’s funny and sweet and you’ll be happy you read it.

Buy it.

That is all.

5 of 5 stars

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Status Update by Annabeth Albert

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Book 1 of the #gaymers series

Adrian Gottlieb is winning at life. He’s a successful video game designer with everything a man could ask for, including a warm comfy ride to Denver and a date for his sister’s wedding. But he finds himself in need of a total reboot when he’s left stranded at a snowy campground in Utah. Holiday plans? Epic fail.

That is until Noah Walters offers him shelter for the night and a reluctant cross-country ride. Nothing about the ultraconservative geoarchaeologist should attract Adrian, but once he discovers Noah’s hidden love for video games, the two connect on a new level. Soon, a quiet but undeniable chemistry sparks.

Something doesn’t add up, though. As the miles accumulate and time runs out, Noah must face the most difficult choice of his life. Meanwhile, Adrian must decide whether he’s ready to level up. Is their relationship status worth fighting for, or has this game ended before it’s even begun?

Review

Noah is a professor at a Christian University. He’s in totally denial of his sexuality and has never had sex with anyone. Nothing. Not even a kiss.

Adrian is a very flamboyant and out and proud game designer. He gets left in Utah by his online boyfriend on their way to Denver for Thanksgiving. Noah is kind enough to rescue him and drive him to his family.

While on the road they find that they have way more in common than they thought.

**

This was a very sweet and sometimes HOT OFY/first time romance. Noah fights Adrian at first, but really, who can resist one’s soul mate for long?

Adrian – luckily- has a pretty solid head on his shoulders and doesn’t give up easily.

There was a bit of waffling here and there, but most of this was simply two guys working through the beginnings of a relationship and one guy finally admitting that being gay isn’t wrong.

The Epilogue (often my favorite part of any story) was amazing!

I enjoyed it and think fans of OFY/first time romances will too!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Finding Zach Audiobook by Rowan Speedwell Narrated by Paul Morey

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For five years, Zach Tyler, son of one of the world’s richest software moguls, was held hostage, tortured, and abused. When he is rescued at last from the Venezuelan jungle, he is physically and psychologically shattered, but he slowly begins to rebuild the life he should have had before an innocent kiss sent him into hell.

His childhood best friend David has lived those years with overwhelming guilt and grief. Every relationship David has tried has fallen apart because of his feelings for a boy he thought dead. When Zach is rescued, David is overjoyed—and then crushed when Zach shuts him out.

Two years later, David returns home, and he and Zach must come to terms with the rift between them, what they feel for each other, and what their future could hold. But Zach has secrets, and one of them might well destroy their fragile love.

Review

This is another one of those books that I think most people have read or at least heard of. So I’m not going to do a lot of “recapping” the blurb tells the bulk of this story.

The story is amazingly well written. Somehow the horror and the atrocities are dealt with in a way that really feels authentic. At some point Zach has to move on right? So how he does that is the what this story is about.

The romance in this book, while definitely not secondary, is (IMHO) overshadowed by the importance of Zach’s healing process. David can only do so much and – yes – they love one another but the fact that they can even contemplate a relationship when so much of Zach’s pain is tied up with David is extraordinary.

This is a book you’ll have to prepare for – Kleenex, liquor, loved ones… it can take a lot out of you – but it’s worth it. I put it in the same category as Aaron by JP Barnaby. Another amazing story that deals with the worst possible pain.

Paul Morey does the narration for the audiobook and he does a great job. I think his calm, familiar voice makes it a little more bearable to listen to. But… this is not for the faint of heart. I had to read most of it and only listen to some because somehow the “hearing” of this story is harder (for me) than the listening.

So… I highly recommend this book and audiobook – but you’ve been warned!

5 of 5 stars

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Strawberries for Dessert (Coda #4) by Marie Sexton

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When Jonathan Kechter agrees to a blind date with Cole Fenton, he expects nothing more than dinner and a one-night stand… but he gets more than he bargained for in Cole. Cole is arrogant, flamboyant, and definitely not Jon’s type. Still, when Cole suggests an arrangement of getting together for casual sex whenever they’re both in town, Jon readily agrees.

Their arrangement may be casual, but Jonathan soon learns that when it comes to Cole Fenton, nothing is easy. Between Cole’s fear of intimacy and his wandering lifestyle, Jonathan wonders if their relationship may be doomed from the start—but the more Cole pushes him away, the more determined Jon is to make it work.

Review

(This can be read as a stand-alone but is definitely better as part of the series read in order.)

Jon is Zach’s ex. He gets set up on a blind date with Cole, who is Jared’s ex. On the surface it seems like these two guys won’t have anything in common and in fact, the first time they meet it’s a disaster. Jon is a workaholic whose self identity is wrapped up in his career. Cole doesn’t work at all and has a hard time staying in one place for any amount of time.

But… opposites and all that… they end up with a very loose arrangement – somewhat like Cole and Jared’s arrangement, where if Cole is in town he’ll look Jon up and more times than not, the two stay at home in what feels like domestic bliss.

But Cole’s not letting Jon in. Jon knows this. Cole won’t kiss or cuddle – he’s clearly hiding behind some walls. Over time Jon grows more and more attached to Cole but Cole just KNOWS that when the time comes Jon will force Cole out of his life.

**

This couple really grew on me. When I first read this as part of the series I wasn’t that enthralled with them. Cole and his life seemed just so ridiculous that I couldn’t really empathize. But after re-reading it several times now, I’ve come to see the beauty in this relationship. Regardless of their actual lives, the point of this story is that both men had to accept the other for who they are and trust that LOVE was enough. They couldn’t change the other, only love the other.

Of course, when we get to Fear, Hope and Breadpudding – my love for these guys rises exponentially…. But we’ll get to that later ☺

This is another exceptionally well written book in the Coda series and I highly recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Sinnerman (Warders Book 4) by Mary Calmes

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As a warder, Jackson Tybalt is one of the good guys until he sees the man he loves kissing another. Betrayed and angry, Jackson tempts danger and death, ignoring the pleas of other warders to be careful. It’s a vile mood in which to start a romance, but that doesn’t stop the kyrie Raphael, who more than anything wants Jackson for his very own.
Jackson doesn’t want a hearth, he doesn’t want a lover-he just wants dark and painful, and Raphael will give him what he wants. But sometimes the sins of the flesh are just what a body needs to bandage the wounds of the heart, and Raphael will hide the tenderness he feels for Jackson for as long as the warder wears the guise of the Sinnerman.

 

Review

Jackson is a warder whose hearth has fallen for someone else. He’s heartbroken and acting like he doesn’t care if he lives or dies.

Raphael is the Kyrie we met earlier who drank from Mal but who only has eyes for Jackson.

Though it takes a lot of “teaching”, Raphael shows Jackson he has something to live for – including love.

**

The love between Jackson and Raphael is tough to watch at first. Jackson’s heart is broken and he’s so sad. Rafe doesn’t seem like he’s good for Jackson at all, and it feels hard to root for him.

I loved how the story finally comes around to show us the real path. It was a very cleaver writing and it went over well.

This was a great addition to the series and I recommend it with 4 of 5 stars!

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The Promise (Coda Book 3.5) by Marie Sexton

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From the author’s website: A tiny little short I wrote about Matt and Jared. This takes place a few months after the end of A to Z, at about the same time as The Letter Z.

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This is a super sweet and OH, SO satisfying little story that will absolutely make you very happy for Jared and Matt.

5 of 5 stars

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Scrudge & Barley, Inc. by John Inman

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A classic tale takes off in sexy new directions! Poor Mr. Dickens must be twirling in his grave.

When E.B. Scrudge, putz extraordinaire and all-around numbnuts, is visited by his dead ex on Christmas Eve, he can’t imagine how his life could sink any lower. But the three ghostly spirits that come along after are even worse! Good lord, a dyke, a drag queen, and rounding out the trio, a big, hunky bear with nipple rings and a butt plug! What’s next?

What’s next is a good deal of soul-searching and some hard lessons learned with a dash of redemption thrown in for good measure.

And love too, believe it or not. Love that had been simmering all along at the heart of Scrudge’s miserable existence, although he was too selfish to see it—until a trio of holiday beasties pointed his sorry ass in the right direction.

Review

Ok – so you all know the classic Dicken’s story with the ghosts from Christmas past and we all know who Scrooge is – right? Well, this is a modern, gay version. It follows the original story very closely with a slight twist in that Marley/Barley and Scrooge/Scrudge were lovers and now Scrudge has a new lover Willie.

The ghosts from Christmas past, present and future are hysterical! A lesbian, a leather daddy and a drag queen. John Inman uses more stilted “old timey” language mixed in with these more modern images to create this lovely mix of old story re-booted.

Willie is my favorite character. He’s a cute little twink with dimples who somehow sees the good in Scrudge – it was so great when he finally got what he wanted most in life!

So… if you’ve got a hankering for some Christmas cheer in the form of a tale re-visited and you want to laugh a lot and maybe cry a little – give this one a try!

4.5 of 5 stars

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A Christmas Memory by Max Vos

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J.J. has always hated the holidays. Presents, decorations, the traditional family Christmas…It’s all his colleagues in the staffroom can talk about. J.J. avoids these conversations like the plague. He’d do anything to keep his co-workers from seeing the real J.J, the gay man who doesn’t want to be noticed. When he slips up and reveals that he is all alone with no plans for Christmas, the well-meaning ladies of his high school want to take him in for the holidays.

Oh hell….

Enter Coach Adam Sutton who comes to his rescue—and now J.J. is trapped by this hulk of a man who won’t take no for an answer. And he would have to be someone J.J finds attractive, wouldn’t he? Too bad he’s straight and J.J’s not about to step out of the shadows and make a move on him. He likes his arms where they are, thank you very much.

But Adam has a secret, one which is going to turn J.J’s world upside-down. Adam wants to give J.J. a Christmas to remember, but as it turns out, both men’s lives are never going to be the same again…

Review

JJ is a nerd. He’s a history buff and a teacher at a high school. He’s not out and proud but he’s not really hiding his sexuality either. He kind of, sort of has a crush on the football coach – who is “obviously” straight-  and just wants to keep his lonely Christmases to himself.

Adam, the coach in question, hears that JJ has no plans for Christmas and invites him to share the holiday with him and his big family. Reluctantly, JJ agrees.

It doesn’t take long before things begin to get very interesting and suddenly JJ is wondering where things with Adam are headed.

**

Oh man! This is now free on Kindle Unlimited and I highly recommend it! It’s a very sweet nerd/jock, OFY story that has Max Vos’ signature hot and messy sex involved!

JJ is a sweetheart who gets bowled over by the exuberant and giant hearted football coach and his wonderful family. I loved seeing how sweet and appreciative Adam was for every thing JJ did and vice versa. They are an absolutely wonderful couple and I always re-read this when I need a pick-me-up!

I highly recommend it and give it 5 of 5 stars!

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Vixen’s Valor Audiobook By Charlie Cochet Narrated by Robert Nieman

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Rein Dear is a prestigious title, accompanied by admiration, devotion, and celebrity status, all of which one saucy Vixen thrives on. Alas, Vixen’s only concerned with having fun, unlike his stuffy and sensible best friend, Rudy Rein Dear, who Vixen has always been jealous of. Aside from being chosen by Mayor Kringle to be Captain the Rein Dear Squadron, Rudy’s managed to snag himself a prince, even if that prince is the dangerous and imposing Jack Frost.

All’s not lost for Vixen though. He discovers Jack’s cousin Vale has a soft spot for him. Vale Frost might not be a dashing prince, but he’s the next best thing: a decorated Lieutenant for the Toy Soldier Army, and a member of the Frost monarchy.

Determined to get what Vixen feels he deserves, he sets off on a mission to ensnare the kind-hearted lieutenant. But Vixen’s selfish ways are sure to lead to disaster, and it’ll take more than a little courage to set things right.

Review

Book originally reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/vixens-valor-north-pole-city-tales-3-charlie-cochet/

Abridged:

Vixen is a … well, Vixen is a slut. He lost the love of his adoptive parents when they had a baby of their own (way to break my heart Charlie!) and he substitutes the arms of any willing male for that missing affection.

Vale mostly follows the footsteps of his father and does nothing to stir trouble. He admires Vixen from afar, but never dares to push himself in among the throngs of admirers for fear of a trampled heart.

Vixen decides to set his cap for Vale when he considers that Vale is the closest thing to a Prince Charming he’ll get.

Jealousy causes Vixen to do something unthinkable and it ends up putting the entire kingdom at risk. In order to right the world, both Vixen and Vale must put their lives on the line and risk themselves and their hearts.

**

It was hard to like Vixen at first, he’s quite vain and shallow. But… there are hidden depths to him that we discover and pretty soon, we are rooting for him and Vale to make a love connection.

Vale is the perfect hero. Steadfast, true, honorable, but capable of making mistakes, just like the rest of us.

I really enjoyed the excitement and couldn’t read fast enough to see if Vixen could save the day.

The story moves quickly but there is just enough there to make all the characters feel really well developed and the plot gripping.

I hope we see more from this Christmas world and I highly recommend this book in the series.

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Robert Nieman is a favorite narrator of mine. He doesn’t do a lot in terms of accents, but he makes it clear who is speaking. He does a great job with pacing and emotions and excels with dialog. I really loved this story and the narration is a great way to experience it!

4.5 of 5 stars

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