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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Angst Level Author Provided Book Boss/employee co-workers to lovers Contemporary Dee Gay Gay Heat Index Humor m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Standalone Unrequited Love

Rule Breaker by Lily Morton

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Blurb: Is it really wrong to want to murder your boss?

Dylan has worked for Gabe for two years. Two long years of sarcastic comments. Two long years of insults, and having to redo the coffee pot four times in the mornings to meet his exacting standards.

Not surprisingly he has devoted a lot of time to increasingly inventive ways to murder Gabe. From stabbing him with a cake fork, to garrotting him with his expensive tie, Dylan has thought of everything.

However, a chance encounter opens his eyes to the attraction that has always lain between them, concealed by the layers of antipathy. There are only two problems – Gabe is still a bastard, and he makes wedding planners look like hardened pessimists.

But what happens when Dylan starts to see the real Gabe? What happens when he starts to fall in love with the warm, wary man that he sees glimpses of as the days pass?

Because Gabe is still the same commitment shy, cold man that he’s always been, or is he? Has Dylan had the same effect on Gabe, and has his solid gold rule of no commitment finally been broken? With his heart taken Dylan desperately needs to know, but will he get hurt trying to find the answers?

Review:

I loved this refreshing take on office romances. It’s a really a funny romantic comedy! Dylan and Gabe were perfect for each other – their email exchanges and verbal banter were very funny, and Dylan’s snarky observations of Gabe (especially of Gabe’s boyfriend at the time), were hilarious. Dylan was an excellent POV narrator for the story.
As Dylan and Gabe interact more on a personal level and their relationship grows, we begin to see why Gabe is arrogant and somewhat cold (a tragic story). There’s some heartache because Gabe is too afraid of committing (he doesn’t believe in lasting relationships), but the angsty parts have a thread of humour and are integral to the story, so I barely had time to be sad. Besides, the sex scenes more than made up for any sadness I may have felt 😉

The characters were well developed and I hope there may be more stories from Ms. Morton, starring Jude (Dylan’s best friend) and Henry (Gabe’s friend).
There is a lot I could say about this book, but I don’t think I’d do it justice. Just pick it up and read it, you won’t be sorry!
4.5 of 5 stars

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Back to School Month: Leo Loves Aries (Signs of Love #1) by Anyta Sunday

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Blurb

A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…

Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.

All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be the one for her, and the friend for him.

But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…

Review
This was really FUN! Anyta Sunday has given us a great story filled with real people and no caricatures. There is a lot of sexual tension and snarkiness and in the end we get a very HEA. (The steam is low in this, so you’ll appreciate the author’s “sequel” Leo Tops Aries!)

I loved the progression from “straight” to “explore” and thought the humor was the selling point in this romance.

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Aunt Belle’s Time Travel and Collectibles by Marshall Thornton

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Blurb

Where would you go if you could travel to any part of your past? That’s the question Terrance faces on his 45th birthday—and right away, he knows. He wants to go back to 1992 and not meet Mr. Wrong. But what begins as a journey to change the past becomes a trip to find the future. From the writer of Femme comes a story of best friends, time travel and falling in love.

 

 

 

Review

Time travel has always intrigued me so when this book became available I couldn’t resist. Marshall Thornton is superb at lighthearted as well as the more gritty stories.
What any of us wouldn’t give to have a second chance, to revisit and change something we regretted. Terrance gets that chance only he can’t change the past. Once it’s happened that’s it, but you can go back and see. Be amongst people you’ve loved and lost but when you come back nothing would have changed. I totally appreciate the sentiment in the book that youth is wasted on the young!

It’s through the journeys to the past that Terrance realises what he has in the present. Sean has been his best friend since college but Terrance has always been wrapped up in his own life to notice Sean in any other way. The story is about Terrance waking up to what he has now by going back to key points in his past. There are some really good points about human nature and how we deal with different times in our lives. There is a lot of humour in the story. Potentially sad situations are dealt with cleverly. This is a very enjoyable and entertaining book.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Finding Mr. Wrong by Charlie Cochet

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Blurb

He’s nobody’s definition of Mr. Right—but that might make him perfect.

Matthew Hart is heir to the family fortune and owner of Hart & Home. When a near-death experience has him fretting over the future, he decides he needs a husband, and not just any husband—an appropriate man to protect the Hart legacy. The last thing Matthew expects is to cross paths with Jax Foster, his first love and the boy who crushed his heart when he disappeared.

Jax is unlikely to make Matthew’s list of suitable candidates. Bad boy, vagabond, deep in debt, with a father who can’t keep out of trouble, Jax has nothing to offer—except his heart and a second chance at the romance they never got to explore.

 

Review

This is sort of a “Cinderfella” story about a guy who thinks he’s not worthy finding himself in a position to not only fall in love with the boss, but also save the company.

There’s a little bit of a “second chance” story here too, and some hurt/comfort as Matthew struggles with his father’s “legacy”.

While the writing was fine – Charlie is a gifted writer – the story left me fairly cold. I didn’t like how Jax saw himself or how long it took him to see himself as valuable.

It’s a quick and easy read, with a nice HFN, but it wasn’t my favorite by this author.

(Not to be too shallow – but the cover of this would have put me off. If it wasn’t by Charlie Cochet, I’d probably have skipped it….)

3.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Manny Get Your Guy (The Mannies #2) by Amy Lane Narrated by John Solo

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Blurb

Starting over and falling in love.

Tino Robbins’s sister, Nica, and her husband, Jacob, are expecting their fifth child. Fortunately, Nica’s best friend, Taylor Cochran, is back in town, released from PT and in need of a job.

After years in the service and recovering from grave injury, Taylor has grown a lot from the callow troublemaker he’d been in high school. Now he’s hoping for a fresh start with Nica and her family.

Jacob’s cousin Brandon lives above the garage and thinks “Taylor the manny” is a bad idea. Taylor might be great at protecting civilians from a zombie apocalypse, but is he any good with kids?

Turns out, Taylor’s a natural. As he tries to fit in, using common sense and dry wit, Brandon realizes that Taylor doesn’t just love their family—he’s desperate to be part of it. And just like that, Brandon wants Taylor to be part of his future.

Review 
(Book reviewed here previously)

I definitely think you need to have read “The Virgin Manny” for this to make a lot of sense. While I suppose there’s enough information for it to be a standalone, really, the first part of the story and all the background is found in the earlier book.

We met Taylor when he was young and dumb and full of … well, spunk and attitude. ☺
He didn’t make any friends with the way he was hiding and that sense of self-loathing has lingered. Now he’s a new man with a ton of baggage. It wouldn’t be an Amy story if we didn’t have some baggage, right?

Well, Brandon has his own issues, but really, he’s quite stable and he’s definitely the rock in this relationship.

Because the Dreamspun genre really supports this type of plot, our guys get together and fall in love with ridiculous ease. However, there are some really great moments between them and their families. It’s not just “blink and it all goes away.” This story, as compared the “The Virgin” has a lot more steam in it (much appreciated!!) and our MCs have a ton of chemistry.

I think I like this book better than book 1 because the characters felt more solid to me and the situation, while still a bit predictable, was unique enough and had some very “real life” elements in it that made it feel authentic.

As always, it was great to revisit the characters from book 1, and I found it fascinating how different Jacob was in this story versus the first book. Besides the passage of time, I think fatherhood absolutely shaped him a lot!

If I have any problems at all it’s that the initial reaction of Brandon to Taylor never made sense to me – I wasn’t ever quite sure where his anger came from, so I was glad it went away quickly.

All in all, highly recommended to fans of the author, book 1, sweet but hurt veterans, and stories with kids.

Audio

John Solo does another nice job with this. He doesn’t do a lot with any sort of accents or anything but he makes the female voices unique, handles the children’s voices well enough and did a nice job with the emotions and pacing.

I enjoyed the tone quality of his narration and liked the voice he chose for Taylor.

This was an enjoyable way to experience this story, I always get a little something more from listening that I missed in the reading of a story.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Necromancer’s Dilemma (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #2) by SJ Himes Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Blurb
Even love can die without trust.

Angel’s brother, Isaac, has returned home, and the pair begin to make slow and awkward attempts back to each other. Learning how to be a brother to a grown man instead of a parental figure has Angel adjusting his behaviors and habits, and Isaac still remains a mystery. Was it merely entering adulthood that turned Isaac away from an overprotective Angel, or does Isaac carry a secret that will keep them from finally being a real family?

Daniel Macavoy, Angel’s new apprentice, is torn between his bond with Angel and the grasping machinations of his father. Dealing with a traumatized apprentice with dangerous holes in his magical education, saving Daniel may be harder than Angel first thought—especially since the biggest problem is not revenge, but guilt.

The one shining beacon in his life is Simeon, Elder vampire of Boston’s only Bloodclan. Four hundred years old and sexy as sin, Simeon is warrior and sage, patient and cunning. The strength Angel draws from Simeon’s devotion and the newborn mate-bond between them is steadfast and true…and the fount of death magic that animates the undead lord places Angel in the midst of a power struggle for control over himself, his lover, and his family.

Through it all, Angel is beleaguered by the unwanted attention of a troll-hybrid, the adventures of a dragon in the city, and a serial killer has decided to hunt the back alleys and midnight streets of Boston.

Review by Mary
What can I say to do justice to this story. I loved book and this sequel was just as great. Angel and Simeon are now in a relationship, Isaac (Angel’s brother) is living with them along with Daniel Angel’s apprentice. A lot is captured in this book. The bond between Angel and Simeon becomes clearer and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. Daniel’s father comes back into the story as a side thread to the main mystery of the murders and catching the serial killer. So much to keep me entertained and left me wanting more. There is a cliffhanger at the end and I really want to know what happens next. My favourite character is Angel’s dragon familiar Eroch. It is brilliant the way he is sentient and is at war with the pigeons.

Joel Leslie’s narration is superb. Beautiful deep Irish tone for Simeon and the non nonsense Boston accent for Angel is wonderful. When Joel narrates I can close my eyes and be transported into the story. While the main characters are outstanding it’s the attention given to the side characters that makes Joel such an awesome narrator.

5 of 5 stars

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Review by Brian

A worthy sequel in the great Beacon Hill Necromancer series, the story
picks up where the last book left off. Angel, still scrappy and snarky, is
falling deeper in love with sexy, powerful vampire Simeon. He’s attempting
to rebuild his relationship with his troubled brother Isaac, while taking
on a more parental role with his promising young student Daniel. Daniel’s
family resents him for his gifts that outshine his favored older brother,
and fabulous, witty Millie, Angel’s business partner, is stalked by a
dangerous ex.

There’s a lot going on, and a strong supporting cast kept me engaged.
Angel in particular is a very appealing lead. He’s delightfully original;
he avoids the tropes of snarling alpha male or hapless twink. He’s
parental to his brother and student, a concerned friend, and a force to be
reckoned with.

The world building continues to be superb. It all feels very bright and
shiny and very fresh. Just enough is explained to show how the world works
without getting bogged down in unnecessary details.

Isaac is a character I find really interesting. I look forward to seeing
him develop more in future books. As much as I love Angel as our lead I’d
enjoy getting a novella or full length novel from Isaac’s point of view
someday.

Simeon comes across a little better this time around, maybe just because
he’s been around for two books and I’m used to him. He’s hot, commanding,
romantic, but I still feel like there’s a spark missing, some
understanding of him I’m just not getting, which is a shame as he’s such a
prominent character surrounding by other interesting characters. Maybe
what I’m interpreting as not understanding the character is supposed to be
an intriguing mysteriousness. He fulfills the role of hunky vampire
boyfriend well enough, and I am warming up to the character.

Joel Leslie is a great narrator as always. He gives distinct voices to the
cast creating a performance that goes beyond just a reading. I
particularly love his tough guy Jersey accent for Angel.

I’m already looking forward to the next installment in the series.

4 of 5 stars

 

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Remember When by S.J.D. Peterson

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Blurb

Life is simple and hopeful in youth. Luke and Nelson are best friends exploring their budding sexuality. They have big plans for the future, and nothing can stand in their way or tear them apart—except a family move that puts a continent between them.

Ten years later Luke and Nelson meet again, but nothing is simple anymore. As strong as the attraction remains, obligations and expectations come between them as Luke is forced to honor family responsibilities over the desires of his heart.

Impossibly fate sees fit to offer them a last opportunity to see what might have been. Will the third time be the charm, or is trust so badly broken it is impossible to repair? Can they recapture the innocent love they once knew and make up for all the wasted years? In a love story that spans half a lifetime, two friends destined for each other will have to fight hard for their happily ever after.

Review

I was drawn to the idea of not just a second chance but a third chance at love with the special someone. I liked the way this story was told in three parts. Luke and Nelson are best friends. We meet first them when they are thirteen years old and world is just opening up to them. Family circumstances pull them apart and they loose touch.

Ten years later they meet again accidentally or fate who knows but it’s now that they admit and act on their attraction to each other. I loved reading about them as young boys it set the tone of their relationship up perfectly. Meeting them again as young virile men just starting out in life and how they connect after 10 years apart was superb.

I got the shape of their character how Luke used his charm and Nelson was more introspective. Once again a situation out of their control drove them apart and they did not see each other until seventeen years later. You can’t build a life setting for second best certainly came true for both of them. They are both single when they meet again.

This time they get their chance of a happy ever after. To be honest I thought part three was a bit short. I had just got into their life in the present day when the next chapter was the epilogue. Overall I did enjoy the story and the idea that if it’s meant to be love will find a way. But I have a feeling that this book might divide opinion between those who love it and those who don’t.

 4 of 5 stars

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Kink Month: Satin by K. C. Wells

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Blurb

 Can a touch of Satin bring a straight copper to his knees?

Detective Joel Hunter is on surveillance when he first lays eyes on Satin, the singer with the amazing voice, which is as beautiful as she is. But when the stake-out comes to an end, he can’t resist going back to the bar. He gets a shock when he learns what lies beneath the satin dress, but an even bigger one when he realizes he’s attracted to the owner of that sultry voice – Ross Dauntry.
Ross can’t figure out why the cop keeps coming back, even after he’s learned the truth. Is Joel attracted to him, or to Satin? Because the answer is important, and one way or another, Ross needs to know…

 

Review

 This book opened my eyes in many ways – learning the difference between a female impersonator vs drag queen, (I had erroneously thought the 2 were synonymous); leaning that not all female impersonators are cross-dressers. And most of all, I realised that I really like stories about female impersonators ☺

As Satin, Ross is an elegant lounge singer who sings of heartbreak; when he is Ross, he’s a young man who has experienced loss and heartbreak but is all the stronger for it. Joel is a solid policeman (DC) who finds himself attracted to Satin, but falls in love with Ross.

There is a bit of angst with the MC’s separating a couple of times – Joel is unsure of his feelings towards Ross, (after all he’s been ‘straight’ up to this time). But once he works out that what he feels for Ross is like nothing he’s felt for any of the women he’s dated in the past, he goes to get his man.

This is story about getting over misconceptions and opening one’s self to new experience, (I know I learnt from it).

I really enjoyed reading and plan on reading Lace, the first in the series (both are standalones).

4 of 5 stars
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5 stars adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Beth Jumper Book Dystopian Fade to black/No Steam Gay Gay Heat Index Hidden Lovers High but not hopeless Hurt/comfort Kinks m/m/m Military Misunderstanding Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Purchased

Kink Month: The Soldier (Free Men Book 2) by Kate Aaron

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Blurb:
Love is the strongest bond.

Three months. That’s all it took for Kai to forsake freedom and learn to love his new life as pleasureslave to a wealthy Thirskan Underlord.

Finding himself surrounded by his own people once more, he should have been happy, yet they are not how he remembers them. Distrustful and disgusted by his relationship with not one man but two, they make it abundantly clear Kai no longer fits in.

Beaten, starved, and tortured, when the chance comes to escape, Kai is barely strong enough to make the journey. Even if he succeeds, how could anybody ever love the thing he’s become in order to survive?

 

Review:
Even though this review is in our Kink month, there is no sex in this story. But I could not skip this book without there being confusion on the storyline.
We left the first book, The Slave, with a cliffhanger, and The Soldier picks up right where it left off. After walking for 18 hours Kai is faced with being a prisoner by his own people. Yet he is more concerned with Master and Tam’s wellbeing than his own. There are several scenes of violence against the 3, the worst being heaped on Kai. To add insult to injury he is now considered less than dirt by his own people. He is given the opportunity to step outside the walls and could escape, yet all he can think of is getting help to facilitate a rescue.
Most of the story consists of Kai trying to convince everyone that he means what he says, and his perseverance to reach the help to free his Master and Tam. During all of this he finally accepts that he wants to stay right where he is in the relationship with Master and Tam, even though he is damaged.
We get more of an idea of the larger story as different scenes play out. Is Master the lost prince? Is his son the next in line for the throne? Once Master and Tam is rescued, where do the 3 of them go from there?

5 of 5 stars

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