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Diary Dates by TJ Masters

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Postgraduate student Andrew Chin arrives in London not only to study, but to explore life away from his traditional family in Singapore. His adventure begins at the airport, where he finds the diary of a wealthy British businessman and endeavors to return it.

James Howard is twice Andrew’s age, and he’s not used to selfless youngsters. Despite a rocky first meeting, the two develop an unlikely friendship as James introduces Andrew to the city. James is looking forward to the festivities leading up to Christmas in London and maybe a celebration with Andrew. But will a nasty bout of the flu ruin their romantic holiday?

Not if Andrew has anything to say about it.

Review

This is a short story about a 24 year old grad student from Singapore who comes to London to study. On his first day he finds a “Diary” (Day Planner) of a business man and returns it to him only to befriend him and learn about London through his eyes.

When the business man, James, gets sick, Andrew takes care of them, and their friendship turns to something more.

**

While the story started off well, Andrew seemed like an adorably sweet if somewhat naïve young student and James was the perfect cynical older man, it never felt like a complete story to me.

We get the slow building up of friendship from the first meeting where things went so wrong, but I never felt the transition to lover. When it happens in the story, it felt very abrupt and out of place. The sex scenes felt awkward and not at all romantic, and I’d almost wished it had been fade to black, they made me feel so uncomfortable.

Several aspects of James’ character were never really explained and I didn’t feel like I got to know him or ever felt his attraction to Andrew beyond that of friend, so when he and Andrew become lovers it felt too much like the uncle-figure he’d been portraying suddenly being hit on by his nephew (or something less squicky but still out in left field).

This story was just a miss for me. Other reviews out there seemed to like it, so – as always – I recommend reading a few before deciding if this story might be something you’d like to pick up.

2 of 5 stars

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Astronomical (Astronomers #1) by Silvia Violet

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When sexy, kilt-wearing astronomy professor Greg MacIntyre moves in next door, Blake Theriot knows he’s in trouble. Blake is a research librarian, and he likes things orderly and controlled, except in his secret fantasies where he craves a big, powerful man like Greg to shake things up.

Every time Blake tries to talk to his erudite neighbor, his brain shuts down and his vocabulary consists of one-word utterances. When a few shots of after-dinner whiskey loosen Blake’s inhibitions, the two men share a hot kiss and the promise of more. If Blake can let go enough to give Greg a real chance, his life might be forever changed.

Review

This is a super sweet story about a shy guy crushing on his kilt-wearing, astronomer, nieghbor. With his niece acting as an entrée, Blake gets to know his Greg through bumbling discussions, dinners and flirtations. (The liquor certainly helped!)

It’s very short, low (zero really) angst with some steamy smexy times and sweet feels.

Highly recommended.

5 of 5 stars

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Dogwood Days and Spring Fever Audiobooks by Poppy Dennison Narrated by Matt Armstrong

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(Dogwood Days)

Small town heroes and big town hearts.

Jefferson Lee Davis is happy with his life in the city until his favorite uncle has a bad fall and he rushes to Holly Creek to make sure Uncle Sherman is okay. Jefferson Lee knows how to navigate small Southern town’s politics and the residents greet him with open arms. Everyone but the town’s sheriff, Zane Yarbrough, that is.

Dogwood Days, the town’s biggest festival is looming, so Jefferson has to step up and take over his uncle’s job as the town blogger, even if that puts him right in the sheriff’s path. Quirky neighbors, meddling family, and a sassy best friend all come together to make Jefferson Lee’s life in Holly Creek a full-time adventure. When he loses his job back in the city, Jefferson Lee has to start a new job search that will take him away from the town he’s learning to think of as home. Will this big city boy find sweet romance in the arms of a small town sheriff or will the allure of the city call him back?

(Spring Fever)

Jefferson Lee Davis, Holly Creek’s new Director of Publicity, is gearing up for the next big town event, the summer Rose Festival. The job is running smoothly, but the course of true love has hit a rocky patch. His hunky boyfriend, Sheriff Zane Yarbrough, is receiving mysterious phone calls he doesn’t want to discuss. While Jefferson Lee is blindsided by jealousy, the second shoe drops with the appearance of a handsome stranger in the small tight-knit community. Needing answers, Jefferson Lee enlists his best gal-pal Clover Crofton to help find out what secrets Zane is hiding. When they land themselves in more trouble than Jefferson Lee bargained for, he and Zane face the first big test of their relationship. Zane and Jefferson Lee must work through their trust issues if they’re going to make it as a couple, and Clover may just have a thing or two to learn herself.

Reviews

(Dogwood Days)

When Jefferson Lee comes back to his small town to help his Uncle Sherman with his blog he doesn’t realize his life will change in a big way! First, he seems to find trouble at every turn – including catching the eye of the sherriff, Zane.

Next, his blogging is a hit, but his ideas for the town stir up old resentments.

When Zane keeps showing up to check up on Sherman, he ends up spending time with Jefferson Lee. It seems everyone but Jefferson realizes Zane has an interest in the nephew not the uncle.

**

(Spring Fever – reviewed here previously)

This is the sequel to Dogwood Days and pretty much takes off where book one left off.

Jefferson Lee Davis is still dating the hot sheriff Zane and things are beginning to look serious between the two of them.

There is some drama surrounding the town’s annual festival that Jefferson manages to create into a big hub-bub, and a mysterious “friend” of Zane’s comes into town stirring all kinds of jealousy in Jefferson Lee.

The two fight a bit – Zane asks Jefferson Lee to move in but Jefferson’s not ready and Jefferson realizes he doesn’t trust Zane or vice versa when it comes to the mysterious stranger. But… the two manage to figure things out and we get a lot of ooey gooey sweet and sexy lovin’ between the two as their saga continues.

**

These are light, fun and quirky romances that focus on a small town with a dash of romance between Jefferson Lee and Zane. It’s funny, sweet and literally angst-free!

Jefferson Lee is just a clueless sweetheart who needs a swift kick before he realizes what’s right in front of him, even when it’s practically gift-wrapped!

I highly recommend this to fans of “light and fluffy” romances, fans of the small town, fans of “clueless MCs” and anyone looking for a breath of fresh air!

Though we get the idea that Zane and Jefferson Lee are an “item” it’s still more of a HFN – but still quite Happy!

4 of 5 stars

Audio

Matt Armstrong is a new narrator to me, and he’s fantastic! He does a really great job with the southern accents and all the female characters. If you’ve enjoyed the books you’ll love this audiobook!

Narration 5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Daily Dose Short Story: Man’s Best Friend by C.B. Lewis

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Sam Eastman lives a lonely existence in the mountains of Colorado, working as a ranger and taking care of holiday cabins during the winter. He gets a new dog from the animal shelter and is shocked to find out he has accidentally adopted a shape-shifter.

Philip, a young Englishman, was on holiday and got a bit carried away on a night out. Sam agrees to help him get back to his friends, but a landslide cuts them off, stranding them in Sam’s cabin together. They end up getting closer than either of them expected.

When they go their separate ways, Sam gives Philip his number to stay in touch, but Philip loses it. He’ll have to resort to desperate measure to find Sam again.

Category: Paranormal, Werewolf/Shifter

Pages: 48

Review

From the blurb we know Sam accidentally “adopts” a dog-shifter. When the dog-shifter becomes human, he ends up trapped in the cabin with Sam for a few days during a blizzard. The two become “well acquainted”. When it comes time for Philip, the shifter, to go home, Sam gives him his number, but weeks go by and no contact. So Sam assumes it was a weekend convenience hook up. Until…

**

This was a very witty, well written short story full of laughter and lots of “doggy” moments. I loved that Philip retains some of his doggy self as a human and as a dog he loves to fetch!

The only thing I didn’t like was the ending – it was a bit too HFN – but given the brevity of the story, it might have been the only way it could end.

Lots of fun, hope we see more from this world in the future!

Recommended 4.5 of 5 stars

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Gambling Men Audiobook by Amy Lane Narrated by Gomez Pugh

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Quent Jackson has followed Jason Spade’s every move in business and in poker since their first day as college freshmen. Eight years later, when Jace finally decides Quent is the one man he can’t live without, he sees no reason for that to change.
But as much as Jace believes that poker is life, no one gave Quent the same playbook. After their first passionate night, the real game of love and trust begins, and Jace has been playing alone too long to make teaching the rules easy. Jace only speaks two languages: one of them is sex, and the other one is poker. Between the two, he needs to find a way to convince himself to take a chance on love – and Quent to take a chance on him. It’s a lucky thing they’re good at reading the odds, because they’re playing for keeps, and this is one high-stakes relationship that’s definitely worth the gamble.

Review
(book originally reviewed here : http://kimichanexperience.com/?s=gambling+men)
Abridged
Quent is the low key, “grinder” type who has been following Jace since they met in college. He might have had feelings for him but would never have acknowledged them without some sort of hint from Jace first.

Jace is the “shark” type. Intense, driven, focused, seemingly without feeling – except where Quent is concerned. He can’t admit his feelings unless he’s assured of the results.

One day – seemingly out of the blue – Jace hits on Quent and suddenly their relationship has changed from friend to lover.

Though Quent has never been with a man, and Jace has never been in a relationship, they embark fearlessly on one – together.

**

First – this is my all time FAVORITE Amy book. I love these boys and have re-read this book over and over and over.

What I loved about this book is the sideways “non”-conversations that the boys have with one another. They manage to navigate their relationship with a series of poker metaphors and pointed looks. It’s hysterical. The sex is phenomenal – neither is inhibited and Jace is so growly then cuddly – it’s a perfect blend.

Quent is both the social follower but their emotional leader in the relationship. Jace has so much to learn about expressing himself but when he does it just tears your heart out and makes you want to hug him.

I also LOVED Jace’s family – Mike and Jefferson were such great role-models and I loved their life lessons through poker.

In relative Amy terms – there is almost no angst in this book – but there is lots of deep emotional bonding and lovely relationship building and some fantastic “newbie” sex to be explored. Not to mention that it is hysterical.

If you haven’t read this wonderful book by Amy Lane I highly recommend it.

6 of 5 stars

Audio

OMG – I have waited literally FOREVER for this to become an audiobook. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! Gomez Pugh is an amazing narrator and he does SUCH a great job with this. He didn’t sound like the boys do in my head, but he’s wonderful nonetheless. I adored listening to this and would highly recommend this to EVERYONE!!

6 of 5 grateful it finally came to audio stars

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Why Love Matters by Jay Northcote

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All royalties from sales of this story will be split equally between two LGBT charities: The Human Rights Campaign in the USA and Stonewall in the UK.

Alastair needs help overcoming issues with touch and physical intimacy in order to clinch a business deal with some demonstrative Italians who prefer hugging to handshakes.

Martin, his assistant, has the perfect solution. His mother runs cuddle workshops, which could help Alastair overcome his fears–if he’s brave enough to try. Alastair is nervous not only about the workshop, but also because he will be sharing a room with Martin, who’s starred in his fantasies more often than an assistant should.

Alastair reluctantly decides to give it a try, so they head to a commune in Wales where Martin grew up. The weekend at the commune with Martin proves to be transformative in more ways than one.

Review

Alastair is a cold, anxious man with a lot of potential. His employee of two years, Martin, has become more than Alastair’s willing to admit. When the two end up on the road and sharing a room Alastair can’t hide from his feelings any longer.

**

This is short and sweet, with just enough smexy to make it hot, too! Jay is a fantastic writer and knows how to deliver well-rounded characters – even in a short story.

I loved the “cuddle workshop” and how transformative it was. I also loved that Alastair didn’t hedge once he and Martin got involved. Martin is wonderful and my only complaint was that we didn’t get more of him!

Highly enjoyable!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Daily Dose Spiked and Feathered by Jessica Walsh

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Anthony’s had the day from hell at his call center job, and he plans to drink away the memory, so he finds the nearest club and gets started. Lucky for him there’s an attractive man in the crowd who’s willing to act without too many questions. A hot trip to the back of the bar and some heavy action is in order.
The next morning Anthony wakes in an unfamiliar bed to a hellish headache and the heavenly scent of coffee. He didn’t ask questions the night before, so why ask them now? Okay, maybe one. Why does his attractive one-night stand have feathers?

 

Category: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifter
Pages: 21

Review

So this was a bit strange. Fun, but strange.

I wasn’t quite sure how comfortable I was about the smexy times here. It didn’t feel great when the guy was so wasted he could barely stand and it definitely didn’t feel great in the morning.

Still, I enjoyed the unique shifter world created here – though most of it is still a mystery – enough that I’d look into more from this author in the future.

I guess I wasn’t sure what to make of this as a story. It ended as a HFN, didn’t tell much about the shifter himself or what the deal was between these two, and there were absolutely zero “feels”. Just two drunk guys having sex… so….if that’s what you’re in the mood for – give this a shot – it’s quite short and was interesting to say the least.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Practice makes Perfect by Jay Northcote (Helping Hand Book 3) review

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Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex-to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.

Review

This is a super sweet, almost angst free story about two college boys who end up being neighbors. After an embarrassing first encounter, it becomes evident that Dev, a shy, virginal first year really needs the help of the slightly more worldly second-year, Ewan, when it comes to sex. Dev agrees to trade help with math for learning about sex and the two are immediately started on “getting to know each other better”.

Dev is sweetly socially inept but Ewan loves it and Ewan hadn’t realized how much he actually wanted a boyfriend til Dev comes along.

The only tense moments come when both boys are afraid they’re wanting too much from the relationship.

The smexy times are very sweet yet hot and the feels are fairly abundant. If you’ve been a fan of the series you’ll enjoy seeing a bit more of Mac and Jez as well as Josh and Rupert, but you can read this as a standalone, as well.

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

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Daily Dose Short Story: Chords by Taylor Roxton

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As a werewolf, Kieran Woodsmith’s career options are limited. Luckily, he can howl in tune, and his voice earns him admission to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. Desperate to prove to his family that his admission wasn’t a fluke, Kieran auditions for the Broadway Musical Review. But when he meets an upperclassman with no scent and strange violet eyes, Kieran is thrown off his game.

On the eve of his lunar cycle, Kieran’s friend drags him to a party at the purple-eyed senior’s house. Distracted by the mystery of Brett’s missing smell, Kieran forgets about the moon. When he wakes up in a cage in Brett’s basement, Kieran realizes he’s not the only one who is more than he appears.

Category: Paranormal, Werewolf/Shifter, Angels and Demons

Pages: 33

Review

This is a short story about a werewolf freshman Julliard student named Kieran. He goes to a party and meets an incubus and they become boyfriends.

I didn’t really get this story much at all. I appreciated the world-building but there was never really a climax and from what I understand the incubus, Brett, can’t really have a boyfriend so I didn’t feel good about them connecting.

The POV is first person present-tense, not my favorite, and it was a bit hard to enjoy in this story.

All in all I didn’t care much for this story.

2 of 5 stars

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Helping Hand Audiobook by Jay Northcote Narrated by Mark Steadman

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Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously: http://kimichanexperience.com/helping-hand-by-jay-northcote/)

Abridged

Mac (James) and Jez (Jeremy) are two broke friends/roommates. Stuck for entertainment they stumble into a new way to pass the time.

Jez has “experimented” with other boys while in the all boys prep academy before university, but Mac has only ever identified as straight. So when the two of them find themselves bored, a little drunk and a little hot after watching an episode of “Game of Thrones” – it’s Jez who suggests they find some porn to work the tension off.   At first, the rule was no touching, but a bit of watching. Since that worked so well…

Over time things progress from watching to touching, to sucking to… you get the idea.

Interestingly, it’s the kissing and the cuddling that make each of them wonder “am I gay/bi”.

It isn’t until they are “outed” that they have to face facts and admit that this might just be something more than they bargained for.

**

The smexy times are really, really hot and the slow build to the love affair is rewarding and fulfilling.

My only wish would be for more time in Mac’s head – somehow – because I didn’t feel like I really got to understand his motivations very well. Jez was so clear but Mac more of a mystery.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and give it 4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

I’d really enjoyed Mark Steadman’s work on Lover’s Leap and so I was excited to see how he’d do here. Well… he was great! I loved his version of Mac – solid, steady – and he does the British humor so well – nice dry delivery and all that. I really like his voice and found this amazingly easy to listen to and thought it really brought the story to life.

Highly recommended!

Narration 5 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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