Author Spotlight: Cardeno C! Walk With Me Audiobook narrated by Alexander Collins Dual Review Anna and Morgan!

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Walk-With-Me-Audiobook/B014JYSDYC/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1492126504&sr=1-2

Blurb

When Eli Block steps into his parents’ living room and sees his childhood crush sitting on the couch, he starts a shameless campaign to seduce the young rabbi. Unfortunately, Seth Cohen barely remembers Eli and he resolutely shuts down all his advances. As a tenuous and then binding friendship forms between the two men, Eli must find a way to move past his unrequited love while still keeping his best friend in his life. Not an easy feat when the same person occupies both roles.

Professional, proper Seth is shocked by Eli’s brashness, overt sexuality, and easy defiance of societal norms. But he’s also drawn to the happy, funny, light-filled man. As their friendship deepens over the years, Seth watches Eli mature into a man he admires and respects. When Seth finds himself longing for what Eli had so easily offered, he has to decide whether he’s willing to veer from his safe life-plan to build a future with Eli.

Review by Anna

(Previously reviewed on this site by Morgan here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/walk-with-me-audiobook-by-cardeno-c-narrated-by-alexander-collins/)
When you pick up a book in the Home series you know what you’ll get: Love at first sight from one partner, whilst the other one will take a little longer to get with the programme, some scorching hot sex scenes and tender love, interspersed with a conflict and topped with a deeply satisfying happy ending.

And in many regards this book does not disappoint. Except on one count: there was no conflict! Eli falls in love with Seth as a pre-teen, it takes Seth many years to acknowledge that he feels the same, but when he does come around, at around 60% into the book, nothing else happens. They are just happy! Which is great for them, I guess, but doesn’t make for a riveting last 40% of the story.
The fact that we had to wait so very long for our MCs to get together also meant, that the intimate scenes were quite few – for a Cardeno C book, at least. And horror of horrors: the author cheated us out of the first time the two did anal, which is just not ok! Seth was a ‘gay virgin’ and Eli had had issues with anal sex in the past, which meant he really didn’t enjoy bottoming much – how can you not give me that sex scene? I actually had to jump back, to make sure I hadn’t missed a chapter, when the narrator suddenly said: “3 years later”.

We follow the two for 13 years, through Eli’s crush, him trying to move on, Seth trying to come to terms with his bisexuality and their ongoing friendship. Which is great, but at 50% I was begging for some action, any type of action really, just something!

Even if I am normally not a fan of the ‘love at first sight’ thing and prefer my MCs to be friends first or at least get to know each other before they spout the magic words, this just went on for too long, with too many mundane details. And too bloody many disastrous weddings for Seth to officiate. The slapstick comedy of the weddings was cute at the beginning, but by the 3rd it was getting tiresome and by the 7th I was kind of really really over it!

However, this is still Cardeno C, so the writing flows nicely, the story is engaging enough, despite the lack of action and the happy ending is very very sweet.

The narrator, Alexander Collins, has a bit of an odd way of narrating, which needs to grow on me every time I hear it. I always start out not liking it, but by the end of the book I am really enjoying him. And I did enjoy the special effects, like ‘phone calls’ and ‘talking from another room’.

3 of 5 stars

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Review by Morgan

Eli fell in love with Seth when he was just a teenager attending a Jewish summer camp where Seth was a counselor.
Years later, Seth is now an associate Rabbi at Eli’s father’s synagogue. Eli is now 18 and shameless in his devotion to the new Rabbi.
Seth, who is several years older, doesn’t feel comfortable accepting Eli’s feelings and in fact doesn’t really seem all that attracted to Eli at first.
Over the next few years, Eli both torments Seth with his constant come-ons and frustrates him with is seemingly poor decision making skills regarding sex and love. Eventually, Eli gives up on Seth as a love interest, keeps him as a dear friend, and tries to move on.
Now that Eli has graduated from college and he has moved home to work on his Master’s. He’s spending a lot of time with Seth as a friend and as part of their “wedding team”. (Seth performs the ceremonies and Eli does the music.) Now it’s Seth’s turn to finally see Eli as more than the boy who pestered him for so many years.
Once the blinders come off, it’s a brief trip to convince Eli to give their relationship a try and then a very, very satisfying HEA.
**
This was one of my favorite of the series. I ADORED Eli. He was precocious and snarky, hilarious and blunt, funny and sweet – all rolled into one. Seth kinda bugged me at first. He seemed to either just be oblivious to how hard he was making things for Eli or didn’t care.
But – when Seth finally figures things out – YOWZA – the man did surprise me! He turns out to be quite the experimental and daring lover and I loved their interactions in the bedroom.
I also loved the funny wedding stories and thought it was so clever how each chapter started with an invitation and ended with… well – you’ll see!
Again I really appreciated the glimpse into Jewish culture and loved learning more about it.
Audio

Alexander did another amazing job – talking on the phone, around corners, acting as a jewish mom and dad – LOL. He was funny and sweet at all the right moments. Highly enjoyable!

5 of 5 stars

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The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow and Winter #2) by C S Poe

Dreamspinner Press Presents

https://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-mystery-of-the-curiosities-by-cs-poe-358-b

Blurb

Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter, is everything he’s ever wanted. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Sebastian’s only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It’s only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium’s window and leaves a peculiar note behind, that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.

Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin’s attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that’ll bring him closer to the killer, he’s led deeper into Calvin’s official cases.

It’s more than just Sebastian’s livelihood and relationship on the line—it’s his very life

Review

After finishing the Audiobook of The Mystery of Nevermore, book 1 in the series I really wanted to know what happens next with Seb and Calvin. C.S. Poe has not disappointed me. The Mystery of the Curiosities is set only a short time after the first book. Seb and Calvin’s relationship is progressing and Seb’s thoughts turn to being able to go out with Calvin and have a romantic valentines date. However Seb is left notes in quite a dramatic way which pulls him into a compulsion to solve the mystery despite Calvin’s fear for his safety.

The Mystery has been well crafted and kept me guessing right to the end. I kept turning the page only giving in when I couldn’t keep my eyes open. I really liked the way Seb and Calvin’s romance is progressing. It’s not going too fast, they are still getting to know each other and I am eager to see where book 3 takes them. Another really good aspect is the way Calvin’s PTSD is portrayed. Seb, his Dad and Calvin’s partner Quinn are all worried about him and the story doesn’t magically cure his PTSD or pushed it to one side. It is something Calvin needs to face and I’m sure Seb will be there through out.

I am looking forward to book 3!

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Something Permanent by Roan Parrish

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*Valentine’s Day 2017 Short Story*

Available here for free: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/RuYf5

 

 

 

 

Review

(Other books in this series reviewed here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/?s=roan+parrish)

OMG. I love, love, love this! Colin is sooooo sweet and I love seeing him and Daniel work on their relationship. (Rex’s present was damn sweet, too!)

I really hope we get to see more of these guys – maybe a wedding – or two?

6 of 5 stars – amazing!

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Letters from Cupid by Ari McKay

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/letters-from-cupid-by-ari-mckay-8150-b

Blurb

2nd Edition

After breaking up with his partner, English professor Dr. Derek Chandler feels like a failure who will never win at romance. His aloof colleague, Dr. Macon Pinney, disagrees and pens an anonymous note of encouragement to Derek, which he signs “Cupid.” Thus begins an exchange of correspondence, a courtship through words where the two men find out they have a great deal in common. Meanwhile, Derek reaches out to Macon, not knowing Macon is his anonymous pen pal. Derek reveals through his letters that someone close by has piqued his interest. Could he mean Macon—or has Macon missed his opportunity and lost Derek to another man?

Perhaps the time has come for Cupid to put in an appearance, and when better to do so than Valentine’s Day?

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2015.

Review

SO PERFECT for Valentine’s Day! I LOVED this! It’s a short and wonderfully well-done story that just warms your heart!

I don’t care for the cover – though it’s gorgeous – because these guys are over 40 and the guys on the cover look to be about 25! Come on! Give me a little gray hair! But… inside, there are two incredibly sweet guys who are so lonely but so perfect for each other.

There’s even a pretty hot sex scene and a very satisfying HEA.

If you’re a fan of the geeky-romance, older MCs, short stories, really sweet romances and quotes from Shakespeare – this is for you!

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Psycop Briefs Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Gomez Pugh

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/PsyCop-Briefs-Volume-1-Audiobook/B01MXZ2WL3/ref=a_search_c4_1_5_srTtl?qid=1482974333&sr=1-5

Blurb

Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too.  After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours. 

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery. 

The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life. 

Coffee O’Clock 
Thaw 
Mind Reader 
Stroke of Midnight 
No Sale 
Most Likely To… 
Jock Straps On Sale 
Piece of Cake 
In the Dark 
Let the Chips Fall 
Memento 
Impact 
Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns 
Waiting Game 
On the Road 
Wood 
Off the Cuff 
Locked and Loaded 
Inside Out 
Witness

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

First, the timeline Jordan gives us helps with understanding both the flow and order of these stories.

A Rough Timeline

The PsyCop shorts differ from the main series in various ways: tone, pacing, even subject matter. Some of them don’t fit neatly into a specific slot in the series. Some of them may even contradict small facts from the main books. They’re tangents, really, bits of story that would warp the pacing of a longer book, but things that seemed to be worth exploring.

Coffee O’Clock takes place soon after Among the Living, when Vic’s relationship with Jacob was still tenuous and new. A few months elapsed before Thaw, so it would be set betweenBody & Soul and Secrets. So would Stroke of Midnight, their first New Year’s together.

No Sale is the first story that takes place after they move in to the cannery, so it’s after Secrets and Camp Hell. Most Likely To…, Let the Chips Fall, Off the Cuff and Memento all occur after the move-in. Vic’s baking effort marks their first anniversary together, so Piece of Cake occurred just after GhosTV.

In the Dark, which expands on Jacob’s relationship with Keith, would be their second Halloween together, which puts it between GhosTV and Spook Squad. That would make Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns a future Halloween.

The stories where Vic tangles with Crash happened closer to the beginning of their friendship. Mind Reader would be pretty early, in the Fall just after Criss Cross, but in Jock Straps they’re more comfortable together, so it’s the next Spring, after Body & Soul.

Since Lisa is in town with Waiting Game, it happened during the gap between GhosTV and Spook Squad, which was the longest continuous stretch she was in Chicago.

In Impact, Jacob is beginning to explore his own abilities, so that’s after Camp HellWood and On the Road are set around the holidays of their second winter, and Vic is at ease with Jacob’s family by then, so they occur after Spook Squad, as do Locked and Loaded and Witness.

Inside Out is a prequel set before Among the Living, but it wouldn’t be as interesting to read it chronologically. I think of it as a flashback episode of a sitcom where none of the characters know each other yet; the fun comes from viewing it through the lens of knowing that those ships passing in the night will eventually collide.

These snatches of stories—vignettes and flashbacks, and a few longer meaningful moments that happened when the novels weren’t looking—form a mosaic of Vic and Jacob’s relationship that’s still recognizable as them, but shows the two of them in some new and unexpected colors.

 

Coffee O’Clock 

This is a very cute “morning after” with Vic and Jacob.  I love how little things bother Vic in this one that we see pop up again and again in other stories.  (Like how Jacob is kind of a slob with his stuff!)  We also get to see just how important Jacob is to Vic and how pivotal this time period is for them as a couple.


Thaw 

 This is just a sweet little story about Vic and Jacob being cute with one another and very loving. Also – ice skating!

 


Mind Reader 

I’m not sure what this was about… but I’ll bet it plays out in the future.   A little (weird) interlude between Vic and Crash.


Stroke of Midnight 

 Jacob ends up alone at a New Year’s Eve party at his ex’s house. He’s lucky, though, he ends up with Vic at Midnight.

Very cute and the two of them are so sweet with one another!


No Sale

This is a quick shopping trip where Vic runs into a knife wielding ghost and Jacob shows us how much he trusts Vic.


Most Likely To…

I thought this was a fascinating look through Vic’s eyes at himself and a nice little glimpse of the lengths Jacob will go to to find out more/support his love.


Jock Straps On Sale

As with Crash in general, I’m not quite sure where this was going… but it was funny!


Piece of Cake

Ha!  This is a fun look at Vic and Crash and baking for Jacob!


In the Dark

This was a pretty fascinating look both at how Vic sees himself as compared to the rest of Jacob’s friends and a little bit on morality and moral obligations.  Really interesting.


Let the Chips Fall

Cute story about our boys buying paint.


Memento

I think this is my favorite of all the little side stories.  It is an amazingly sweet look at Vic through Jacob’s eyes and it just GLOWS with his ardor.  He loves Vic so, so much. Fascinating and so touching.

(This was previously released as it’s own audio and I reviewed it here. https://openskyebookreviews.com/memento-psycop-6-2-by-jordan-castillo-price-narrated-by-gomez-pugh/ )


Impact

I like seeing Jacob flexing his psychic “muscle”.


Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns

What an interesting one!  I loved the take on the haunted house and the eventual ghost hunt.  (The castration zone was particularly disturbing!)


Waiting Game

Yes!  One from Lisa’s perspective!  So fascinating.  All the wondering.  Si?  No.


On the Road

Mr. Perfect not being perfect, though still perfectly charming.


Wood

This is a fun “boys will be boys” side trip where Vic and Jacob are easy in their relationship and having fun.  It was a blast!


Off the Cuff

A little bit more “boy humor” with our guys.  🙂


Locked and Loaded

I love both the psychic strength Vic shows here and the love he has for Jacob.


Inside Out

Technically this is a pre-quel to the Psycop series but I strongly recommend reading it after book one and before Thaw, so that’s where I’m going to place it. You’ll have already read book one, so you know Crash, Carolyn, Victor and Jacob.

This is the first time Jacob meets Victor and hears about Crash. So interesting!

 Witness

This was a well crafted short story about a strange training exercise that ends up topsy turvy.  And a little smexy times!

 

For fans of the series, some of these you’ll have already read, so it’s great having them compiled in one convenient package, but there are others here that are new and so much fun to read!

Audio

Gomez Pugh is amazing!

I’m so glad we get a little bit more of Gomez Pugh doing amazing work and bringing Vic and Jacob to life! The end of the series was hard to see, so having these little clips to re-visit was a welcome gift! As I previously reviewed, Memento is still my favorite of the bunch. Jacob and Vic’s relationship is just showcased so perfectly and Gomez does a terrific job of showing us those feelings shared between them. His dry humor is just spot-on for Vic but the warmth in Jacob’s voice also speaks volumes.

I loved having a whole “Lisa” story – I just love that accent! Of course, Crash is wonderful – as usual. And we get the whole host of other amazing voices that we’ve already fallen in love with!

For fans of the series, the author and the narrator – this is a must buy! If you haven’t experienced the joy that is this series – you have to start at book one – but you’ve got a wonderful experience ahead of you!

5 of 5 stars

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A Very Holland Valentine (Holland Brothers #6) by Toni Griffin

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and with it the completion of the renovations to their home. None could be happier about this then Zack who can’t wait to get away from Maryanne and all her fussing. 

Plans are being finalised for all four couples for the happy day. However, sleezy tradies, an over protective mother-in-law, and unexpected complications throw spanners in the works.

 

 

Review

Don’t be fooled by the title – there’s some Christmas in here too – and an anniversary and a birthday….

Just like with A Very Holland Christmas we get to see some additions and behind the scenes action with our mated couples. Some of these are repeats, but it’s nice having them all in one spot.

There’s quite a bit of sex but also lots of love! I wish that the story of Zach’s issue with trying to get pregnant could have been a full length novel. How interesting would that have been? Since it’s not hormonal… anyway, it was still sweet.

4 of 5 stars

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The Distance: Firsts and Forever Series Book 11 Audiobook by Alexa Land Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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What if everything you think you know about someone is completely wrong?
Twenty-four-year-old Jessie thinks he has fellow street racer Kai all figured out. The tall, dark-haired Hawaiian might be gorgeous, but he’s also arrogant, angry, and a total menace when he gets behind the wheel. So why does an argument with Kai lead to the hottest sex of Jessie’s life?
As sex starts to give way to so much more, Jessie wants to trust Kai. But after a betrayal in his past cut Jessie to the core, that doesn’t come easily. Even if Kai proves to be far more than the gruff exterior he shows the world, Jessie’s sure he’ll screw up any chance at a relationship and get hurt all over again. He just needs to keep his distance, which would be a lot easier if the attraction between them wasn’t so strong.
This gay contemporary romance is approximately 100,000 words. Please note: contains graphic sex and is only intended for adult listeners.

Review

Finally! Jessie’s story!

Jessie is Nana’s chauffer and is about the single most sweet person you’ll ever meet! He’s like candy! He can literally do no wrong and he deserves happiness!

Kai is a little mood and broody and sexy and Hawaiian. Yum! It’s like Yin meets Yang. They both race but really this is about two young guys falling for each other and living out Nana’s antics.

It’s an almost zero angst book with tons of slapstick comedy (cock fest, Nana’s wedding, the dress shopping, the bachelor party…) and a lot of family love.

It also sets the scene for Zach and River’s stories. Zach’s is already written: Who I Used to Be (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31661030-who-i-used-to-be?from_search=true) and it looks GOOD!

Audio

Greg. Just perfection. Nana is friggin’ hysterical. He gives Kai’s family a subtle accent, all the Nannettes old lady voices and even Isabelle a lovely child’s voice. He’s just the master!

(This is what I listened to on November 9th– I needed some sunshine and it worked!)

For both the story and the narration 5 of 5 stars

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Distance-Audiobook/B01LWVWPCT/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1478715874&sr=1-1

Psycop Briefs by Jordan Castillo Price

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Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too.  After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.

The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life.

Coffee O’Clock
Thaw
Mind Reader
Stroke of Midnight
No Sale
Most Likely To…
Jock Straps On Sale
Piece of Cake
In the Dark
Let the Chips Fall
Memento
Impact
Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Waiting Game
On the Road
Wood
Off the Cuff
Locked and Loaded
Inside Out
Witness

 

 

Review

First, the timeline Jordan gives us helps with understanding both the flow and order of these stories.

A Rough Timeline

The PsyCop shorts differ from the main series in various ways: tone, pacing, even subject matter. Some of them don’t fit neatly into a specific slot in the series. Some of them may even contradict small facts from the main books. They’re tangents, really, bits of story that would warp the pacing of a longer book, but things that seemed to be worth exploring.

Coffee O’Clock takes place soon after Among the Living, when Vic’s relationship with Jacob was still tenuous and new. A few months elapsed before Thaw, so it would be set betweenBody & Soul and Secrets. So would Stroke of Midnight, their first New Year’s together.

No Sale is the first story that takes place after they move in to the cannery, so it’s after Secrets and Camp Hell. Most Likely To…, Let the Chips Fall, Off the Cuff and Memento all occur after the move-in. Vic’s baking effort marks their first anniversary together, so Piece of Cake occurred just after GhosTV.

In the Dark, which expands on Jacob’s relationship with Keith, would be their second Halloween together, which puts it between GhosTV and Spook Squad. That would make Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns a future Halloween.

The stories where Vic tangles with Crash happened closer to the beginning of their friendship. Mind Reader would be pretty early, in the Fall just after Criss Cross, but in Jock Straps they’re more comfortable together, so it’s the next Spring, after Body & Soul.

Since Lisa is in town with Waiting Game, it happened during the gap between GhosTV and Spook Squad, which was the longest continuous stretch she was in Chicago.

In Impact, Jacob is beginning to explore his own abilities, so that’s after Camp Hell. Wood and On the Road are set around the holidays of their second winter, and Vic is at ease with Jacob’s family by then, so they occur after Spook Squad, as do Locked and Loaded and Witness.

Inside Out is a prequel set before Among the Living, but it wouldn’t be as interesting to read it chronologically. I think of it as a flashback episode of a sitcom where none of the characters know each other yet; the fun comes from viewing it through the lens of knowing that those ships passing in the night will eventually collide.

These snatches of stories—vignettes and flashbacks, and a few longer meaningful moments that happened when the novels weren’t looking—form a mosaic of Vic and Jacob’s relationship that’s still recognizable as them, but shows the two of them in some new and unexpected colors.

 

Coffee O’Clock 

This is a very cute “morning after” with Vic and Jacob.  I love how little things bother Vic in this one that we see pop up again and again in other stories.  (Like how Jacob is kind of a slob with his stuff!)  We also get to see just how important Jacob is to Vic and how pivotal this time period is for them as a couple.


Thaw 

 This is just a sweet little story about Vic and Jacob being cute with one another and very loving. Also – ice skating!

 


Mind Reader 

I’m not sure what this was about… but I’ll bet it plays out in the future.   A little (weird) interlude between Vic and Crash.


Stroke of Midnight 

 Jacob ends up alone at a New Year’s Eve party at his ex’s house. He’s lucky, though, he ends up with Vic at Midnight.

Very cute and the two of them are so sweet with one another!


No Sale

This is a quick shopping trip where Vic runs into a knife wielding ghost and Jacob shows us how much he trusts Vic.


Most Likely To…

I thought this was a fascinating look through Vic’s eyes at himself and a nice little glimpse of the lengths Jacob will go to to find out more/support his love.


Jock Straps On Sale

As with Crash in general, I’m not quite sure where this was going… but it was funny!


Piece of Cake

Ha!  This is a fun look at Vic and Crash and baking for Jacob!


In the Dark

This was a pretty fascinating look both at how Vic sees himself as compared to the rest of Jacob’s friends and a little bit on morality and moral obligations.  Really interesting.


Let the Chips Fall

Cute story about our boys buying paint.


Memento

I think this is my favorite of all the little side stories.  It is an amazingly sweet look at Vic through Jacob’s eyes and it just GLOWS with his ardor.  He loves Vic so, so much.  Fascinating and so touching.


Impact

I like seeing Jacob flexing his psychic “muscle”.


Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns

What an interesting one!  I loved the take on the haunted house and the eventual ghost hunt.  (The castration zone was particularly disturbing!)


Waiting Game

Yes!  One from Lisa’s perspective!  So fascinating.  All the wondering.  Si?  No.


On the Road

Mr. Perfect not being perfect, though still perfectly charming.


Wood

This is a fun “boys will be boys” side trip where Vic and Jacob are easy in their relationship and having fun.  It was a blast!


Off the Cuff

A little bit more “boy humor” with our guys.  🙂


Locked and Loaded

I love both the psychic strength Vic shows here and the love he has for Jacob.


Inside Out

Technically this is a pre-quel to the Psycop series but I strongly recommend reading it after book one and before Thaw, so that’s where I’m going to place it. You’ll have already read book one, so you know Crash, Carolyn, Victor and Jacob.

This is the first time Jacob meets Victor and hears about Crash. So interesting!

 Witness

This was a well crafted short story about a strange training exercise that ends up topsy turvy.  And a little smexy times!

 

For fans of the series, some of these you’ll have already read, so it’s great having them compiled in one convenient package, but there are others here that are new and so much fun to read!

5 of 5 stars

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Lucky in Loveland by K-lee Klein

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Book 1 of the Welcome to Loveland series

Loveland, Colorado is a special place all year around, a community of creativity and art, with scenic views and majestic mountains. But the town really shines once a year, on Valentine’s Day.

Lucky Roberts has lived in Loveland his whole life. He has good friends, strong family support, and is all about keeping his community fun and alive. The only thing Lucky has been “unlucky” with is love. But rather than avoiding February fourteenth in his hometown, he throws himself into helping others deliver their messages of love.

Enter Jack Canon. Jack moved to Loveland for a fresh start, in both his personal and professional lives. After a tough year, he’s finally hoping to just blend in, maybe carve a little niche for himself that his parents would have been proud of. What he didn’t expect was a pseudo-lumberjack with a killer body and shy smile to turn his world upside down – and he sure didn’t expect to like it so much.

When Lucky meets Jack, he feels like a thirteen year-old with his first crush. He’s clumsy, stammering, and the first greeting out of his mouth is a less than articulate, “Wow!” Words like adorable and manbun suddenly become part of his vocabulary as he discovers a deep, hidden need to romance the hell out of Jack.

And what better way to do that than during the most romantic season in the City of Love?

Review

This is a very sweet, almost zero-angst love story about two guys who find love in Loveland!

Jack is a new kindergarten teacher and painter in town and he meets Lucky when Lucky comes to the school to do a demo on hockey.  Jack is adorable with a man bun and paint under his fingers.  Lucky is big and bulky but warm as a teddy bear.

Lucky is part of the “founding fathers” of town, practically an institution himself, and so far he’s been very “unlucky” in love.

The two begin dating and the only stipulation is that there’s no sex – Lucky wants a relationship not just a hot night between the sheets.

As their relationship strengthens so does Jack’s desire to stick around as he learns more about this quirky guy and town he’s fallen for.

Highly recommended for lovers of easy, sweet, and funny romances – and a chance to learn about Loveland, CO!

4 of 5 stars

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Reviewed by Morgan

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A Valentine’s Memory (Memories book 3) by Max Vos

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There’s a lot going on this Valentine’s Day for the Sutton family. Adam and J.J. have a romantic evening ahead of them, and they’re not the only ones.

Unfortunately, Thad has something else on his mind, and it’s gnawing away at him. When he finally tells his new family what’s going on, it’s all hands on deck to help him.

No one messes with the Suttons….

 

 

 

Review

Our favorite couple – JJ and Adam – are back! JJ and Adam are both trying to plan a surprise evening of romance and at the same time help their adopted brother Thad with his romantic evening with Jason.

Thad has some super creepy stalker issues to deal with and we get some surprising information about Adam’s mom.

In the end – we get more Sutton madness and crazy naked time – on Valentine’s Day!

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This is another lovely installment in the series. I just love this couple and find anything they end up doing so very charming.

Fans of the series will love this little holiday story.

4 of 5 stars

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