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Audiobook: Broken by Nicola Haken Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Broken-Audiobook/B072KLL25N/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1501173672&sr=1-1

Blurb

When Theodore Davenport decides to switch his mundane job for a career, he walks into Holden House Publishing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed. As he settles into his new role, makes new friends, and dreams of making it to the top, everything is going to plan. Until he meets James Holden, CEO of Holden House. James Holden hasn’t been able to stop thinking about his encounter with the timid man he met in a club bathroom last week, and when he discovers the one haunting his dreams is an employee, he can’t seem to stop himself from pursuing him. Just a little fun – that’s what James tells himself. He can’t afford to care for someone who can never reciprocate, not once they find out who he really is. James believes nobody deserves the burden of being attached to him. He’s a complicated man. Damaged. Difficult. Demanding. Broken. Is Theodore strong enough to confront James’ demons? More importantly, is James?
M/M romance. Not suitable for listeners under 18 years of age due to language and sexual content.
Please note: This book contains scenes of self-harm, mental illness, and suicidal ideation which may be uncomfortable for some listeners.

Review

I can see why this story appealed to so many readers. It’s MCs are really well developed and very complex. Neither is “perfect” – far from it! – and the issues involved in this story are hard and (I think) realistically managed.

It’s not an easy story to read/listen to by any stretch of the imagination and I think you definitely have to be in the mood for maudlin/angst for this to appeal.

I thought the emotions were well portrayed and the decisions and inner dialogs handled very well. There was some intense passion as well as pain.

I was glad I’d listened to this because Joel Leslie is able to differentiate the different “types” of British accents so well and the fact that Theo is from Manchester is reflected in his voice. Joel is also amazing at handling all the deep emotions and is capable of brining the listener to tears – right along with the characters.

In general, I’m not a huge “angst” fan – but I did find this to be an engaging story and full of depth and emotion.

I’d recommend the audiobook over reading (IMHO) and I’d recommend it to fans of angst, hurt/comfort, books about growth and pain.

4 of 5 stars

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Unbreak My Heart Audiobook by K-Lee Klein narrated by Nick J Russo

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Blurb
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Brett Taylor’s world collapsed three years ago when he lost the love of his life. Almost as bad as the grief is the advice he’s starting to get from everyone and their brother, telling him it’s time to move on. They’re flat-out wrong. He left his career as a musician and escaped to his ranch because he needs the peace and quiet, and he’s doing just fine. He doesn’t want anyone invading his memory-filled, booze-fueled solitude.
JT Campbell’s world has been defined by his parents’ money, status, and his own empty relationships, until he’s desperately sick of it. A quest to find something meaningful leads him to Brett’s failing ranch. It’s supposed to be a brief stay. JT never wanted to be anyone’s savior or compete with the ghosts of lovers past. Still, he can’t help wanting this gruff and grieving man.
JT’s mind knows it’s a bad idea, but his heart keeps pushing him to find out what lies beneath Brett’s rough and broken exterior. Brett’s not going to make it easy. JT can only be patient, keep his sense of humor, and hope for the day he may be allowed far enough into Brett’s world to unbreak his heart.

Review

The main thing I enjoyed about this was the narration. Nick J Russo is an amazing narrator and he did a terrific job giving all the really emotional and angsty story a good voice.

First, I have to say that I have a limited tolerance for angst in the first place. Some here and there to give a story drive is ok – for me- but a lot tends to make me discouraged and isn’t something I seek in a story. (I know tons of folks love it – but I’m not one.) IMHO Brett is overwrought about something that doesn’t seem like as big of a deal as he makes it out to be. On top of that, he’s still pining for Walt, his dead lover, and that gets tedious quickly.

I had a really hard time even liking Brett. He felt too whiny and was kinda selfish and manipulative. All in all he was mostly a jerk to JT and he didn’t really ever resolve that to my satisfaction. (Spoiler/) He HIT JT! For looking through some papers! That was a really bad move and I’m not sure he apologized enough for that. (/spoiler )

Although JT seemed like a great guy, I doubted his sanity in his infatuation with Brett.

There were parts of the story that held a lot of promise: the ex-music star, the ranch, the May/December factor – even some of the angst and sadness. But… It was just toooo much angst and hang wringing they went on for pages and pages (hours and hours). The two MCs spent so much time waffling back and forth – will I, won’t I, I miss Walt, I was terrible to Walt, I’m too old, he’s too young, he won’t love me, he can’t love me… and on and on!

I just got worn out!

If this had been edited to about half the total content and the story progressed a bit faster this would have been a 5 star read for me.

I’d be interested in the follow up book, just to see if Brett comes around and is a decent partner for JT but I’d be leery of being sucked into more drama.

2.75 of 5 for the book

(I seriously LOVE the new cover though! Delicious!)

Audio

Nick J Russo kept me in this! If it weren’t for him – if I’d been reading this – I’d have either skipped to the end or stopped reading. Nick’s excellent narration kept me involved and I was able to stick it out. He really gives Brett some quality emotions and I thought he interpreted JT really well, too.

I think listening is the way to go, as far as experiencing this story!

I’m not sure I “recommend” this – but if you have a high tolerance for angst – you might really enjoy this audiobook. Be prepared for a lot of pining, however, and some people are not so keen on that.

5 of 5 for the narration

Overall 3.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Shelter the Sea (The Roosevelt #2) by Heidi Cullinan Narrated by Iggy Toma

 

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Shelter-the-Sea-Audiobook/B072K2VTBH?qid=1497811677&sr=1-1

Blurb

Some heroes wear capes. Some prefer sensory sacks.

Emmet Washington has never let the world define him, even though he, his boyfriend, Jeremey, and his friends aren’t considered “real” adults because of their disabilities. When the State of Iowa restructures its mental health system and puts the independent living facility where they live in jeopardy, Emmet refuses to be forced into substandard, privatized corporate care. With the help of Jeremey and their friends, he starts a local grassroots organization and fights every step of the way.

In addition to navigating his boyfriend’s increased depression and anxiety, Emmet has to make his autistic tics acceptable to politicians and donors, and he wonders if they’re raising awareness or putting their disabilities on display. When their campaign attracts the attention of the opposition’s powerful corporate lobbyist, Emmet relies on his skill with calculations and predictions and trusts he can save the day—for himself, his friends, and everyone with disabilities.

He only hopes there isn’t a variable in his formula he’s failed to foresee.

Review

Carry the Ocean is on my short list of favorite m/m books ever. So when I saw this sequel I was both crazy psyched and a little scared – because how can a book so awesome have a sequel without messing up my couple? Well – don’t worry. There is tiny bit of relationship angst – yes – but most of this is about our dear, dear boys working together against a common enemy and – for me at least – this is a story about Jeremey and his continued struggle with depression.

I cried several times while reading/listening to this – Jeremey’s struggle is still so very real and Emmet’s support is unwavering and so amazing. In addition we also have David and Darren and all the other people who come out to support our guys – it’s just so hopeful and heartbreaking at the same time!

Emmet’s solution for Jeremey’s depression was heaven sent and absolutely brightened my entire day. I was so pleased for them both – Heidi has made me invested in these guys – like family.

I also cried because the political struggle these guys face is our new reality and it hurts my heart so, so much. I HATE that we now live in a world where ignorance and hate and selfishness take precedence over love and compassion and understanding. I won’t point fingers – I think we all know what/who I’m talking about. I love that Emmet and Jeremey collaborated again to find another solution to the bigger problem of their funding and how – by overcoming some of their own issues – they are able to help others as well.

Heidi Cullinan is a gifted writer, who obviously spent time researching and understanding these characters. This is a wonderful book with both hopeful and painful messages that will surely inspire. For fans of the first book this is a must and if you haven’t read the first book you are seriously missing out – it is an amazing series and I can’t give it enough stars.

Audio

Iggy Toma does another amazing job with this. I think Emmet is spot on and I LOVED Darren’s computer voice! I was so pleased to see these books on audio with such a gifted narrator.

Though Emmet and Jeremey’s romance is solid, the nature of their situation means they’ll have to continually “work” at their relationship in ways that some might take for granted. I was pleased to see that the wedding itself wasn’t the main cause of angst. However, the scary health care system isn’t really fiction, is it?

What I liked most, is the sense of hope that Heidi’s story gives us and the idea that anyone can do anything if they put enough love and faith and support into it. I would love to see David’s story or Darren’s but I don’t know if Heidi has other stories planned.

This is absolutely on the list of my top favorite books/audiobooks/series ever. Highly recommeneded.

6 of 5 stars

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Wolves of Black Pine (The Wolfkin Saga #1) by S.J. Himes

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Blurb

An ancient civilization long hidden from humanity is on the brink of chaos and war.

Peaceful for thousands of years, the wolfkin clans are mysteriously losing packmates, kidnapped and killed by unknown foes. Among the dead is Luca, youngest grandson of the two most powerful wolves in the Northern Clans, but he is forced into a half-life, hidden in the far northern wilds of Canada and cut off from his kind. Those who raised him have no idea the creature they harbor in their midst, and name him Ghost. He begins to lose himself over the long years, and though he barely recalls his true name, the one wolf he never forgets is Kane.

Heir to the wolfkin clan Black Pine, Kane is charged with hunting down the traitors who them to the humans. Years fly by, and more wolves are dying. He refuses to give up, and he vows to never again fail another of their kind, as he failed young Luca years before. His heart tells him Luca lives, but his mind tells him that it’s foolish hope, his guilt eating him alive.

Fate and magic change the course of their lives, and the two wolves long separated by the years find their paths intertwining, though the reunion does not come without cost…

150,000+ words, contains graphic sex between men, dubious consent, mentions of abuse. Contains gore and violence. Mature readers only.

 

Review by Beth

I read this book when it first came out and enjoyed it then. I reread it for the 2nd book in the series coming out and I think I enjoyed it even more the second time. This is the story of Ghost and Kane, as well as a solid description of the worlds they live in. SJ Himes is a great story teller. She weaves a world where you become invested with all of her characters. I love how Ghost just suddenly decides he wants to go somewhere and doors just unlock as he thinks about it. I also love how they explain that Kane knows in his head theat Luca is dead, but his heart says he is alive!

There is a lot of lead up story as you get to know the characters. For me I love that. It lets you become invested even before the 2 MC’s come together. Once together, Ghost and Kane just work so well together. You don’t get much in the angst or uncertainty I’ve read in recent books. They seem to know who they are, who they want and accept each other no questions asked.

All of the secondary characters just enrich the story more! Being Wolfkin there are a lot of strong personalities and they blend together really well.

Definitely a 5 star read!
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Review by Dee

This is one of those books that you take your time with and savour. It is long, well written with something for most, (world building, drama, angst, romance), as well as some uncomfortable bits (child abuse, rape). While I’m not a fan of any type of unpleasantness, (especially abuse, angst), the incidences were integral to the story. The entire story was well done enough that I was able to keep going.
Kane and Luca (Ghost) go through a lot while apart and when they get together. Many of the other characters – even the bad guys – get to have a point of view. All told, this is a unique shifter epic that keeps you engaged to the end.
I read this on KU but purchased when it went on sale because I wanted to reread it before starting on book 2.

4 of 5 stars

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Review by Morgan

This is a very long, dark, complex and well drawn paranormal story that has some romantic elements. I would not classify this as a “romance” because – though it is important – most of the story is not about our two MCs falling in love – that’s the least of their troubles. Instead, our MCs lives have to run in different directions and through a lot of treacherous obstacles before they can even intersect.

The world-building is amazing and meticulous. The cast of characters is complex and long and each plays an important role in the story.

When it comes time for it, the chemistry between Kane and Ghost leads to explosive passion that is worth all the lead-up.

I found the magic and the fantasy to be enthralling, and the story to be intriguing. It was, however, amazingly dark and brutal at times – so be warned – there is nothing “light” about this.

As a work of gay, paranormal, romantic fiction I found this to be excellent – but I wouldn’t call it a romance – so that should be in the back of your mind when considering this.

Recommended!

4 of 5 stars

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Salvation (The Protectors Book 2) Audiobook by Sloane Kennedy Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Salvation-Audiobook/B0722KS5X5?qid=1496102474&sr=1-1

Blurb

Trauma surgeon Ronan Grisham lost everything the day the man he loved was stolen from him in a brutal attack. Driven by a thirst for vengeance, he turns his hatred into building an underground group that can do what he couldn’t that fateful day…take the lives of the guilty to save the lives of the innocent. But years later, he’s forced to confront the one link to his past that he can’t sever.

Seven years after the loss of his parents in a violent home invasion that left him permanently scarred both inside and out, 21-year-old Seth Nichols is trying to put his life back together so he can take over the reins of his father’s global shipping empire. But the last person he expects to come back into his life is the man he drove away with one innocent, stolen kiss.

With one brush of his lips, Seth managed to do to Ronan what no other had since the day Ronan watched the light in his fiancé’s eyes go out forever. He made him need again. But Ronan can’t need anyone, least of all his dead fiancé’s younger brother. Because even one touch from Seth could shatter Ronan’s carefully constructed world and Ronan knows there’s no coming back from that a second time.

But when a series of escalating attacks against Seth forces Ronan back into his life, Seth knows it’s his last chance to show Ronan he can be the man the broken surgeon needs. Only the Ronan who returns isn’t the Ronan Seth fell in love with so long ago…

Can Seth be Ronan’s salvation or will he end up destroying them both?

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

This is hard to review. On the one hand, as the many, many reviewers before me have stated, this is a powerful book with two very broken MCs and if you enjoyed book one, it’s style and it’s characters are replicated here, so the continuation is nice.

However, the one big difference between one and two is how the “salvation” comes about. Ronan has some pretty serious trust/intimacy issues and it takes him awhile to work them through. While he’s working through them he is a DICK to Seth. It was painful to watch Seth throw himself at Ronan over and over and see Ronan treat him like dirt. It made both men hard to like/respect.

But… with time and patience both men do make significant changes in how the approach/are treated by the other. I had to bite the bullet and keep reading because I was tempted to bail after the initial sex scene between the two – but it does get much better.

The mystery element is there, as is the reveal of our next MC – Hawke, and a re-visit with our triad from book one.

All in all it was a gripping story that kept my interest – while I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as book one – I am really enjoying the continuation of the saga and can’t wait to dive into book 3.

4 of 5 stars

Audio

I loved the way Joel interpreted these characters. He’s just so good with the emotion and giving each character a truly unique voice. This absolutely is the best way to enjoy this story and I LOVED his interpretation of Ronan’s voice as well as Hawke’s. Fantastic! Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars for the audio

4.5 of 5 stars for the audiobook

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Flux (Ennek Book 2) Audiobook by Kim Fielding Narrated by Joel Leslie

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http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Flux-Audiobook/B072NS4V2P/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1493692090&sr=1-1

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Ennek, the son of Praesidium’s chief, has rescued Miner from a terrible fate: suspension in a dreamless frozen state called Stasis, the punishment for traitors. As the two men flee Praesidium by sea, their adventures are only beginning. Although they may be free from the tyranny of their homeland, new difficulties await them as Miner faces the continuing consequences of his slavery and Ennek struggles with controlling his newfound powers as a wizard. In this sequel to Stasis, the fugitives encounter challenges both human and magical as they explore new lands and their deepening relationship with each other.

Review

Wow. Kim does not want to let these guys catch a break! Ok… That’s not true. She does. But she sure makes them work for it!

We left our guys escaping from Praesidium and poor Miner having to endure living on a boat while he’s terrified of water. Well, he sure overcomes that! As though it weren’t enough – all they’ve endured – in book two our poor MCs meet Pirates, evil slave masters and yet another evil magic user!

One thing that remains and, in fact, grows stronger, for these two – their love and respect for one another. That alone makes this an amazingly touching story to experience.

Audio

Thank goodness for the narrator change! Joel Leslie brings this series to life! From an interesting, but maybe not quite so magical story (with the narration of book one) to a fairy tale full of captivating and enthralling characters. As fits with the “fairy tale” style, Ennek and Miner are given sort of British accents that absolutely suit them. Throughout their visits they encounter various peoples and Joel gives them their own unique accents to really bring home the “travel” and “exotic” nature of this part of the series. I LOVED the accent he chose for the evil magic user near the end – Akilina – it suited her perfectly!

This is ABSOLUTELY the best way to experience this story as it really adds some color to Kim’s dark tale.

This is absolutely a must for fans of book one, and this is a series that must be read in order.
4.5 of 5 stars overall

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There’s This Guy by Rhys Ford

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/theres-this-guy-by-rhys-ford-8288-b

Blurb

How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?

Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.

It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued Art Deco building on the WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the artistic, sweet man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.

When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him.

Review

It’s almost like this was two books… the first half is dark and sad and really sets up the pieces that makes Jake who he is.

There are –moments- of sunlight, because that’s what Dallas is. His family’s awesome, he’s awesome, his heart is big as the town he’s named like. But surrounding Jake – clouds and more clouds. It’s hard to read and tough to get through – not gonna lie.

Because it’s Rhys Ford, every nuance and description is poetic and full of color and flavor – and pain. That’s sometimes hard to take when the picture is so bleak.

But… in the second half of the book it’s like the clouds lift and we’re gifted with a fresh new outlook on life and a bit of wonder at what’s left behind.

I think you definitely need to be prepared for the rough, but the pay off is really happy, so the journey is worth it.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Dissonance (Blue Notes Book 7) by Shira Anthony Narrated by John Solo

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dissonance-by-shira-anthony-7880-b

Blurb

British noble Cameron Sherrington has hit rock bottom. The love of his life, opera sensation Aiden Lind, is marrying another man, and Cam knows it’s his fault for pushing Aiden away. As if that’s not enough, someone is trying to take away his family business, and the US authorities are pursuing him on charges of money laundering. Fearing for his safety and unable to return to London, Cam runs, but he’s too broke to find a place to stay, and his fugitive’s life doesn’t even remotely resemble a Hollywood thriller.
Desperate and betrayed by the people he thought cared about him, Cam takes refuge in the subway station where Galen Rusk plays his trumpet for tips. Though Cam hears the beauty in Galen’s music, it’s Galen’s firm hand on his shoulder that stops him from throwing everything away. Their unusual relationship takes a turn that surprises them both, and neither man is sure he wants the complication. Galen is fighting the ghosts of his past, and Cam has his own nightmares to face. When Cam’s troubles threaten to tear them apart, Cam figures he had it coming – that it’s all penance due for a life lived without honesty or love. But he never considered the possibility that he might not survive it.

Review

This is part of a series – The Blue Notes Series – https://www.goodreads.com/series/70452-blue-notes – but, each book can be read on it’s own. What’s really amazing about the series is that the author, Shira Anthony, was intimately involved in the classical music scene before she became a writer, so in addition to creating these amazingly complex story lines, she infuses into each story some of her extensive knowledge about music and in each story the reader/listener gets a mini-lesson (without being didactic) about classical music. It’s fascinating!

I have to admit that it’s been a long time since I’ve read the other books in this series and I haven’t managed to read the entire series. On the one hand, I think that’s helpful because the characters in this story have some ugly back history and if you read some other reviews you’ll see that many people had a hard time finding the “good” in Cam based on what he did in the other stories.

I don’t really have that hurdle to overcome because I don’t really remember the other stories that intimately to have preconceived emotions for him.

With that in mind I think this is a really dark, difficult story to read/listen because the history of abuse and suicide in both our MCs pasts make it hard to have anything but a dark storyline. There are happy moments – to be sure – but there is a lot, lot, lot of darkness in this story.

Audio

I was disappointed that Peter Brooke didn’t do this narration – he did the others in the series and was part of the reason I loved the series so much.

John Solo does a nice job with this, however. He attempts a British accent when needed and does a nice enough job with all the dark emotions.

I think this would have been better in Brooke’s hands, but it was more than passable in John Solo’s.

For fans of the series – I think this is a must – even if you never quite warm up to Cam or get to a place of forgiveness. For people new to the series – I’ll tell you this wasn’t my favorite – by a long stretch – but it is still a powerful piece of writing. Shira Anthony is a gifted writer, full of musical knowledge and not afraid to write a character who is tough to love.

I think this would appeal most to fans of hurt/comfort romances or anti-heroes because the main themes in this move away from music and focus on personal change and overcoming past hurts.

Overall 4 of 5 stars for the audio and the book.

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Kingsley (Kennedy Ink. #2) by Jenny Wood

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Blurb

Kingsley….
I thought letting loose for a night would be a good thing. He was cute and lived close by, why not?
I didn’t plan to fall for his boyfriend…
The boyfriend that I didn’t know he had….
The boyfriend that caught us together, asleep on his couch….
The boyfriend that had cancer.
I also didn’t expect to go back and explain myself the next day….
Or to run into him a few days later; seeing him sick and alone….
But I did…
I did all those things, and now the more time I spend with him,
the more time I want…
I just need him to stop pushing me away….
I need him to get better….
I need him to survive….
I just need him….

Kingsley’s story is book #2 in this series of Kennedy Ink.
It contains strong language and adult situations.

(Don’t worry. I’m a sucker for a happily ever after)

Review

Oh man, did I worry about starting this book. I saw the preview and saw what Kingsley had said to Kayson at the hospital and I knew – just knew – it was gonna be rough.

Well – it was. But it was also really, really beautiful. I thought that it might be … difficult – to either trust that there would be a happy ending or to really believe that there was even an issue to begin with – but she did it! I was really sad and worried – the author did a tremendous job of making me feel for both Kingsley and Morgan (great name –eh?). At the same time – I knew she said it ended well so I could be was just as optimistic as they were.

While I thought the author did a great job of showing the isolation and loneliness such an illness can bring, it didn’t drag down the story. I did think she was maybe a little optimistic in the sex department – but I appreciated that she gave us that intimacy with them as well.

I absolutely adore these two brothers and I can’t wait for Jody’s story. This was so, so good!

(I’m going to deduct a ½ star for editing and grammar and spelling – there were just so many mistakes that I can’t ignore it – but I’m hopeful that she’ll find a great editor who can help her wonderful stories be that much better!)

4.5 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Basketball Book Boss/employee Contemporary Cop/Crime DA Geek/Jock Heat Index Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m May/December Mid level steam/heat Morgan Mystery NetGalley Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series second chance at love Unrequited Love Widower

Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1) by Layla Reyne

release day review

Carina Press Presents

http://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781488024382_single-malt.html

Blurb

The heart’s a resilient beast

Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he’s not—Jamie is off-limits.

Jamie’s lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco’s top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie’s skills invaluable.

Jamie’s talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security biocontainment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They’ll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.

Review

WOW! This is a new author to me and (obviously) a new series – it looks like both are amazing!

A warning: This is a 3 book series and book one ends on very shaky legs (relationship-wise) and the “case” is definitely not solved – so if you’re the type (like me!) who hates to wait for the “answers” – you might want to wait til all 3 books are out because this is a very gripping story and you might be frustrated.  (The preliminary reviews I’ve seen of book 2 look just as daunting/unsatisfying – need book 3 fast!)

Things that make this book delicious: FBI agents, super smart men, jocks, May/December, Irish brogue, mysterious pasts, mysterious deaths, computer crimes, slow burn romance. (Three books in the series, mean the relationship doesn’t really start til near the end of this book.)

Things that make this book hard: Pining. Aidan loved his husband and he’s dead and it’s so sad and hard to see him miss him so badly. Lots of people: there is a LOT going on in this story and a lot of names – everyone’s got a secret – so you have to stay on your toes – you can’t know who’s really telling the truth. Tense action. There’s still danger and though we know the (eventual) outcome – it doesn’t make it less hard to read about.

I think, if you were/are a fan of Abigail Roux’s Cut and Run series – I think you’ll like this. (So far – book 3 isn’t out yet). It has a lot of that same emotional impact – the slow burn – the “I want you but I don’t want to want you” vibe and all that FBI action with plot twists and turns. (And a Southern accent!)

While I definitely wish I’d waited til all 3 were out – I’m glad I have book two available and I can definitely recommend what I’ve read so far!

(Kudos to the names and character development – very clever and well thought out.)

4.5 of 5 stars (can’t be perfect because I don’t know how it ends!)

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