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Coming Home (First and Forever Book 9) Audiobook by Alexa Land Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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For 26-year-old rent boy, Chance Matthews, surviving day-to-day in San Francisco is difficult enough. Then an ill-fated road trip to Wyoming to search for his biological father throws his life into a tailspin. When a string of catastrophes leaves him stranded and desperate, help comes from the last person he’d expect. His knight in shining armor is everything he could want and then some, but Chance is sure a man like that would never want someone like him. That’s the stuff of fairy tales, and he stopped believing in those a long time ago.

Coming Home is the ninth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book can stand alone, so jump in anywhere. Includes graphic sex and explicit language and is intended for adults only.

Review

Chance left home at 14 after being molested by a prominent citizen (and his mother’s boss) in his small town. When nobody – even his mother – stands behind him, he decides to cut his losses and moves to San Francisco. There, like so many runaways, he finds only prostitution to help him pay the bills.

Now, 12 years later, he’s still a rent boy, and figures that’s all he’s good for. When he meets Finn at a party of a mutual friend, nothing strikes up between them. It’s not until Finn hires Chance to be his “first time” that the two really become acquainted and it’s clear from the beginning that they’ll never just be john and rent boy to one another.

Finn is in the closet and on the fence about his sexuality. He’s seen what happens in his house when his brother came out to his parents and he worries about being an out police officer, even in San Francisco. Something about Chance captivates him and he can’t resist both his company and helping him.

Chance has just decided that the relationship that is brewing between Finn and himself is getting too “real” when his life takes a nose-dive. He ends up calling on Finn for help and from that point forward their lives are inextricably entwined.

**

I’m not sure why they started the audiobook series on book 9, but… It’s a good book and technically you don’t have to have read the series to like and appreciate this story. (Though it’s a great series and I do recommend reading them in order simply for the nuances.)

The hallmark of this series is both humor and usually something of an underdog story. Usually one, if not both MCs have a seriously hard life and the presence of the other MC helps one or both of them to rise above their problems.

In the meantime they usually have lots of hot sex, interact with the crazy Nana, find themselves in love and always in a HEA.

Chance’s and Finn’s story is really lovely. Both have some growing to do and when Chance’s story bleeds into Wyoming, there’s even more healing to be done.

I loved these guys as a couple and always enjoy seeing the previous MCs and catching up with them.

Audio

Greg Tremblay does a TREMENDOUS job of voicing all the many, many different male characters in this story – there’s a LOT. I love the southern accent he gives Chance’s brother and his boyfriend as well as the ridiculousness that is Nana.

I highly recommend this series and this audiobook and give it 4.5 of 5 stars.

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Rock Star Baby (Bad Oak Boys #1) by Erin M Leaf

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Ryan Oakley, lead singer of Bad Oak and heartthrob extraordinaire, isn’t looking for a girlfriend. He’s definitely not looking for a boyfriend, but after the explosive encounter he has with a guy he meets backstage, he realizes he’s more flexisexual than he’d thought. Of course, suddenly being able to shift into a wolf is an unexpected side effect he didn’t expect and can barely control.

Bardulf Forst is Alpha-Heir to his pack, but he can’t resist his little sister when she begs him to meet Ryan Oakley. When he realizes the sexy singer is his mate, he can’t deny instinct. He claims the famous rock star even though he knows his father won’t approve: heirs are supposed to have children and two males can’t reproduce.

Little do they know that they’re about to experience an ancient shifter biological imperative: when two male Alphas mate, unexpected miracles sometimes happen.

Review

Ryan is the hot lead singer for a rock band. The PR folks come up with a contest where some lucky girl can win a kiss from him. Unfortunately, the lucky winner can’t make it, so she sends her brother, Bardulf, in for a photo-op instead.

Not to be out-challenged, Ryan goes ahead and kisses the guy and sets off a string of events neither man could have predicted.

Turns out that though Ryan identifies as straight, Bardulf – who identifies as gay – realizes that Ryan is his Mate. Which can’t be, because Bardulf needs an heir and … well – ya know how that works, right?
But… there are some twists and turns to follow. How can a famous rock star keep secret that he will now turn into a wolf sometimes? How can these mates stay healthy when they must be separated for so long with their respective “jobs”? What about that heir? What about being gay? What about.. and so on.

In the end – with a few new truths dug up from the ancient records – we find our answers and then some!- and get our HEA.

**

I just fell in love with this book. It was funny, moved along a good clip, had ROCKERS in it and it’s mpreg (no spoiler – it tells you that right away in the blurb). Sure, I got frustrated by the separation and I wanted them together for more page time. I also felt like we got some world-buidling stuff kind of dumped on us at times. But for the most part this was a great shifter book with the added bonus of mpreg and humor.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Rock N Soul by Lauren Sattersby

 

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I’m Tyler Lindsey, and until recently, I had an okay apartment, an okay girlfriend, and an okay job as a bellboy at a respectable Boston hotel. Then rock star Chris Raiden died right before I brought his room service—stiffing me on the tip, by the way—and my life went to hell. My fifteen minutes of fame was more like five seconds, and my girlfriend left me in disgust.

But even worse—Chris is haunting me. Not the room where he died, like a normal ghost. No, somehow he’s stuck to me and is insisting on taking care of a bunch of unfinished business in California. So now I have to traipse across the country with the world’s most narcissistic ghost.

But . . . I keep having these weird thoughts. Thoughts about how much I like the way he makes me laugh. Thoughts where I kind of want to kiss the emo-narcissist, even though he’s a ghost and an asshole and I can’t touch him anyway. And even if I could, what will happen when he finishes his business and nothing’s keeping him here anymore?

Review

Tyler is adrift as a bellboy in a hotel when he runs into Chris – an emo rock-star who demands some grapes. After running around trying to find them he returns to find Chris dead of an overdose. After finding and wearing Chris’ ring, he finds that he – HIMSELF – is haunted by Chris.

Chris has unfinished business – don’t we all! – and demands that Tyler help him accomplish this.

Though the two start out as mostly enemies – Tyler’s girl leaves him when she accuses him of “letting” Chris (her idol) die – and Chris is narcissitic enough not to understand why Tyler isn’t more happy to help him – they end up developing a deep relationship that helps them both find more meaning in – ironically – life.

Eventually the story comes to it’s climax as Chris finishes his business on earth and things look like they’ll need to change again, the only question is how.

**

First, let me say that for a debut novel – or any freakin’ novel – this was amazingly well written. I was absolutely intrigued by the blurb and found the end result to be full of ALL the emotions: laughter, tears, anger, frustration, happiness, and love.

I loved the MCs and found their personal growth to be very touching.

I’m not a huge “ghost” fan – it’s hard to reconcile the whole “dead” thing with “happy ever after”, but I’ve read some books that did this very well (ie Motel. Pool by Kim Fielding) and the blurb hooked me.

In the end there were way more things that worked for me than not.

Things that worked for me: The writing is excellent. Very well developed characters. Intriguing plot line. “Believable” conversion of ghost into lover (and HEA). Great dialog. Hot smexy scenes. Loads of feels. Tons of funny/punny moments.

Only a few things that didn’t work for me: While I appreciated the slow burn, it was already a painful book to read – the guy is dead and we know it and without an absolutely huge magic wand or creepy zombie thing , he will remain dead – so I didn’t need MORE pain – so I didn’t like seeing the hurt on Chris’ face with the trials as Tyler got involved with other men and women. Limiting this would also help to shorten it a bit as it is fairly long and I’m not sure it needs to be this long. For example, there is a bit at the beginning that began to drag where the two are “learning” about each other but reluctant to share their sexuality and dancing around the subject that I think could have been shortened.

Those little niggles took this from a VERY SOLID 5 star read to a 4.5 star for me, but it’s really a great book and I do highly recommend it.

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4.5 stars Angst Level Book College/University coming of age Contemporary Exploration Friends to lovers Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Homophobia Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Mild/low level heat New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Purchased Virgin young adult

The Way You Are by LJ Mile

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By the time he reaches college, Robert is an expert at hiding his feelings—with a few side effects. If he has a little attraction towards boys now and again, he can bury it with a candy bar and go on living the life his parents want for him. The only thing he never expected was that he’d meet someone who would like him just as he was, flaws and all. Now his emotional armor has stopped working and he’ll be forced to decide which life he wants for himself.

 

 

Review

Robert starts to “notice” other boys around the age of 13. His ultra-conservative family will freak out if he lets those feelings blossom, so he begins to subvert his feelings into food. Things get worse as puberty continues until he’s officially obese.

As a college freshman he looks forward to a new life, but is thwarted again by the innocent wonder that is his gay roommate, Pete.

Suddenly his “need” for food becomes even worse.

When he allows himself to explore his feelings for Pete, the food issues don’t go away, they only change to be focused on guilt rather than subversion.

Luckily, Pete and his family are amazing people and Robert ends up exactly where he needs to be.

**

This can be a very painful book for some people – I’m sure. It was hard to read Robert making these bad decisions over and over and over. Not unlike a junkie, he just couldn’t find a healthy way to deal with his emotions.

What bothered me (only a bit) was that I don’t think they author made Pete healthy enough for Robert. In ways he was an enabler only, but mostly just a loving presence that offered blind support without judgment.

I think there is a fine line between loving Robert as a “big guy” and endangering his health, and this danced along the line. Had Robert’s vice been drugs, I think it would have been a more clearly drawn line of zero tolerance and I’m definitely not saying that he needed to diet or be thin, but I think a more firm resolution to work with a therapist so that Robert’s health was out of Pete’s hands would make the most sense.

In any case, I absolutely loved this. Bravo for attacking such a painful and societally shunned subject and YAY to Pete for loving “big guys”!

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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The Shirt (Ryan and Scott #1) by Amy Lane

Found in Curious? By Dreamspinner Press
(Currently unavailable for purchase – BUT Amy promises the entire series will be coming out soon for free as a bundled set! – Look here for reviews on books 2 and 3 as well as information regarding the freebie!)

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Polar opposites Scotty and Ryan’s love-at-first-sight romance should never have worked—but it has. Now the two lovers are welcoming Ryan’s parents into town to meet the love of their son’s life… until Ryan encounters technical difficulties with the world’s most common object. Can Scotty and Ryan’s relationship survive the tangle caused by one woven, oxford blue, button-down shirt?

 

 

Review

Super short little love story of two opposites attracting.

This fast moving story shows how the lovers met and then shows them about to meet Ryan’s parents for the first time.

It’s got a little sex, a lot of love and lots of laughs.

Highly recommended.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Flushed by Susan Laine

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To prove to his annoying older brother that he’s a man, well-to-do sculptor Rupert Pemberton tries to repair his broken toilet. But he has no knack for practical tools and no know-how. After a flood of biblical proportions, he has no choice but to call for help.

A gorgeous hunk of a plumber named Paul Cooper shows up at Rupert’s doorstep with a ready toolbox and a sexy smile. With Paul at his side, Rupert realizes he wants more than a quick fix. After a couple of cozy dates and a few bouts of steamy sex, Rupert wonders how he can keep Paul around for good.

 

Review

This is a very sweet, low to no angst short story about an insecure artist (trust funder) who falls for a blue collar plumber and in return finds himself in the process.

Paul is 100% sweet and perfect and really brings out the best in Rupert “Roo”. There is a little drama with some bigots and a small bit of family drama, a fair amount of steamy sex and lots of feels.

For a quick, hot, and sweet read – I highly recommend this short story.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Two Howls by Sean Michael

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Max is on the run, but is he running from his past, or toward his future? Only Ulf knows…

Werewolf Max knows desiring males is wrong, but he can’t help himself. When his pack nearly kills him in an attempt to cleanse him, Max runs. Jumping on his motorcycle, he heads north.

Ulf has lived on his own in the wilds of Northern Ontario for a long time. When he catches the scent of a stranger in his territory, he’s angry at first, until he realizes that Max is more than just another werewolf. They’re mates.

Ulf must make Max believe that two males can be mates, but just as he’s about to succeed, Max’s past catches up with him. Will the home they’ve been hoping to build together be lost for good?

Review

Max is outcast and being stalked for destruction by his old pack. His exhausted wolf finds shelter in a storm and is rescued by another shifter, Ulf.

Ulf is a lone wolf who has resigned himself to being alone when he finds the small and scared wolf on his property. He immediately recognizes his mate and sets about earning his trust.

Max’s pack isn’t done with him and together the two must navigate their relationship full of misunderstandings and defend themselves from an evil pack.

**

Don’t let the cover fool you – this is a great book!

I love Sean Michael’s paranormal works because he’s so visceral and really gets into the mindset of an animal when it’s appropriate.

Max and Ulf are a sweet couple and the drama is appropriate for the story.

It’s a short story but well-written and I highly recommend it.

4.5 of 5 stars

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A Kind of Truth (A Kind Of book 1) by Lane Hayes

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Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, which include he keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.

Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.

Review

Rand is part of a band that is slowly gaining fame. He’s dedicated to this 100%. He needs a new lead guitarist – he won’t settle for anything less than perfection. When he interviews a slew of potentials, none make the grade but he gets a valuable recommendation for a music tutor – if he can’t find the best guitarist he’ll become one himself!

Will is a quiet and in the closet guitar musical genius. He has no aspirations of fame and in fact likes to keep under the radar at all times about all things. He agrees to tutor Rand but the chemistry between them is undeniable.

When Will and Rand begin to get more involved, Will finds himself sucked into Rand’s musical life as well. He’s allowed to show parts of himself he never thought would see the light of day and though he likes it – it’s also terrifying. He’s got secrets Rand doesn’t know and when those surface both their relationship and the band are at risk.

**

This is my favorite book in this series! I have a huge bias for rock-band titles, but I don’t think that’s influencing my choice ;).

Will is a GREAT character! He’s so multi-faceted. He’s geeky and shy one moment, then brazen and shocking the next. He’s inexperienced but daring to try and experiment, too.

Rand is nothing if not consistent. He wants what’s best for the band and he pretty much stays true to that endeavor. Inadvertently people get hurt along the way, but truly, that’s only his blindness to the situation, not any real desire to see them in pain.

The sexual chemistry is off the charts and I really like them as a couple.

If I have any complaints is that the ending wraps things up pretty quickly and we don’t get to see them as a happy couple for very long.

All in all this was a great book and I highly recommend it!

(And OMG can we swoon about the cover – YUM!)

4.5 of 5 stars

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Nuts About You by Kate Lowell – Review

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Nathan’s been crushing on one of his regular Bulk Mart customers for a while now. In his squirrel form, he sits on Vince’s bird feeders, munching on seeds and enjoying the eye candy. Until the day Vince catches him raiding the feeder…

 

 

 

Review

This is a super quick little shifter story about Nathan – a squirrel shifter – who has been crushing on his neighbor – Vince.

One day Vince accidentally knocks Nathan out of the tree he’s been spying Vince from and ends up meeting the man behind the squirrel.

It’s very funny, sweet and a little sexy.

Totally recommended!

4.25 of 5 stars

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Cold Fusion by Harper Fox

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Their love is the catalyst that could save the planet…or cost their lives.
As an environmental activist for Peace Warrior, Kier Mallory never hesitated to throw himself into dangerous situations. Until his hotheadedness costs the lives of two fellow crewmembers on an anti-whaling mission.
He finds no refuge in his hometown on Scotland’s north coast, where everyone knows what this son of a broken fisherman has done. Effectively homeless, Mal returns to one of his favorite places—Spindrift, a rustic colony of artist and crafter huts.
Spindrift is dilapidated and empty, save for a lone resident. Vivian Calder, a brilliant but emotionally detached scientist who appears to have done the impossible—mastered cold fusion. A clean, free, limitless source of power.
Despite Viv’s aversion to contact, a fragile bond forms between them, seemingly one atom at a time. Until Mal, determined to redeem himself by revealing Viv’s accomplishment to the world, brings down the wrath of an oil-dependent establishment, risking not only their love, but Viv’s life.
Warning: Contains a disgraced environmentalist and an autistic genius who go from strangers to lovers-for-life in thirteen days. Don’t believe in miracles? We’ll make you.
Review

Kier is a mis-understood environmentalist/poet who hides from his shame in the wilds of Scotland. He drunkenly stumbles onto Laird Vivian (a man) who has Asperger’s and is brilliant and working on cold fusion.

Kier is the opposite of Viv. He’s wild, untamed, loose, crazy, colorful and explosive. Viv is calculating, organized, proper, straight forward and calm. When they meet it’s opposites attracting x 1000.

There are lots of things going on in this story: Kier’s story from the ocean, Viv’s family, the oil company, Kier’s ex, Viv’s studies, Viv’s “legacy”, Kier’s family… lots and lots. Much of it ends up tied together but still and all this is a complex story with many threads.

Without telling too much of the story – let’s just say that Kier helps Viv, they solve some mysteries and end up with the world’s best HEA ever!

**

Kier tells this story and it fits his character to a T. It rambles and rolls and boils and bubbles – it goes all over the place in splashes and spouts of color and action and emotion.

There are times when this really works for the story and is beautiful, at other times it’s disjointed, bulky and confusing.

More times than not, however, it’s a beautiful and funny and touching story about two flawed individuals finding each other in a true fairy tale – worthy of Hans Christian Andersen at times – where dark things go bump in the night but the hero saves the day!

The love Viv and Kier share is absolutely breath taking and wonderful and easily overshadows some of the “mystery” and the family “legacy” that ends up being wrapped up so neatly at the end. (Maybe a little too neatly? But – it’s a fairy tale so – miracles do happen and coincidences do occur…)

I highly recommend this to fans of the author, to fans of MCs who are socially awkward, to fans of Scotland and the UK in general, and to fans of fairy tales with a dark side.

4.25 of 5 stars

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