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The Wrong Man (Right and Wrong Series) Audiobook by Lane Hayes Narrated by Michael Ferraiulo

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Successful owner of an upscale boutique in fabulous West Hollywood, Brandon Good swears by his personal edict to “live in the present.” After a bad breakup, he agrees to dog-sit to keep his mind off his ex. Never did he expect the dog to belong to a man from his past, the only man to ever truly break his heart.

When Jake Westley relocates to join the WeHo fire department, the last thing he anticipates is reuniting with his secret high school love. Thrilled with the prospect of reconnecting with Bran, Jake feels no guilt in using his charming old dog as an unwitting matchmaker. As he and Bran rekindle their friendship, it becomes clear the intense attraction they once felt is stronger than ever. But as hard as they try to leave the past behind, painful memories resurface. Bran will have to confront his fears and consider the possibility that the man he swore was absolutely the wrong one might be perfect after all.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously http://kimichanexperience.com/wrong-man-right-wrong-2-lane-hayes/)

Abridged

Jake was Brandon’s closeted high school boyfriend who was too young and scared to come out back then, so he gave Brandon up.

Now, 12 years later, Brandon is out and proud, a fireman with a great old dog, and an ex.

They begin their second-time-around as friends. Brandon helps Jake with his dog, Mack, and Brandon (Bran) gets some help with his ex, Trevor.

But… they don’t stay “friends” for long. It gets steamy and more involved from there fairly quickly.

And… it’s not easy. Bran is pretty walled off. He’s been hurt before and is wary of letting anyone in. Jake, however, is more than ready for the challenge.

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Call me a sucker, but the dog totally did it for me. He was wonderful. He acted as a catalyst for these guys in more ways than one. First, he was the entrée for Jake back into Bran’s life. Then, he was the four legged chaperone that gave them common ground and an excuse to be together without pressure. Finally, he represented that age-old dilemma that to have love, you have to be prepared for potential loss and complications and that nothing great comes without risk.

We get to see the boys from book one, but this is definitely a stand-alone novel. The writing is excellent and the sex is really hot.

I really enjoyed this book.

4.5 of 5 stars for the story

Audio

Michael Ferraiulo is a really good narrator. He has a good sense of pacing and emoting and he does a nice job of giving everyone a unique voice to really make you feel involved in the story. This definitely adds to the overall enjoyment of the story.

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.75 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars Angst Level Book College/University coming of age Contemporary Enemies to Lovers Exploration Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Homophobia m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan NetGalley New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Soccer Virgin

Getting Him Back by KA Mitchell

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Ethan may have followed his high school sweetheart to college only to get dumped his first day there, but he’s not going to let that stop him from exploring all his new life has to offer. Sex-only hookups, his photography, new friends and a campus-wide game of zombies vs humans all help keep his mind off his broken heart and move him toward building a new, better life without his ex.
And then there’s Wyatt. Mysterious, grouchy…hot. And possibly not gay. But Ethan’s not going to let that stand in the way of figuring out what makes Wyatt tick. New college goal? Get Wyatt into bed and into Ethan’s life.
Step one: arrange a “tutoring” date. Step two: “accidentally” bump into Wyatt as often as possible. Step three: explore the sexy body under that ever-present hoodie. And when their friendship deepens into something neither of them expect, convince Wyatt he’s not just a pity fling or a one-time hookup, but that Ethan is in it for the long haul.

Review
Ethan made the tragic mistake of following his high school boyfriend to college only to be dumped on the first day of class. With no real explanation, he’s just suddenly single and stuck on a campus he hates.

Weirdly, his ex’s roommate is intriguing and then alluring and then attracting him like no other. Though Wyatt has no previous gay experience he’s willing to admit (to himself) he’s interested in Ethan and together they begin a sort-of friends with benefits/exploration relationship.

But life is never that simple and soon feelings are involved… the question is who will get dumped this time… or will anyone?

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LA Witt is the master of the smoldering sex scenes. Though the sex in this is age appropriate, it’s hot, hot, hot! Think hot videos from this important source and you will understand what I mean!

Ethan is a self-acknowledged self-centered asshole at times, but really, he’s a nice guy who is a bit clueless and bumbling sometimes. I think he is portrayed well – he’s an 18 year old guy who thinks the world revolves around him – so of course he’s willing to bounce here and there…

Wyatt has a past that makes him believe he’s no good for anyone. He keeps Ethan at a distance to protect him – this makes him one of those super, sweet, very loveable characters that matches well with Ethan’s brash “selfishness”.

I will warn you this is a HFN – though very solid- with more books about this couple in the future – so don’t expect a tidy package of true love by the end.

Highly recommended and I can’t wait for their next installment.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Winter Ball by Amy Lane

Coming December 25th!

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Through a miserable adolescence and a lonely adulthood, Skipper Keith has dreamed of nothing but family. The closest he gets is the rec league soccer team he coaches after work—and his star player and best friend, Richie Scoggins.

One brisk night in late October, a postpractice convo in Richie’s car turns into a sexual encounter neither of them expected—nor want to forget. Soon Skip and Richie are living for the weekends and their winter league soccer games—and the games they enjoy off the field. Through broken noses, holiday decorating, and the killer flu, they learn more about each other than they ever dreamed possible. Every new discovery takes them further beyond the boundaries of the soccer field and into the infinite possibilities of the best relationship of Skipper’s life.

Skipper can’t dream of a better family than Richie—but Richie’s got real family entanglements he can’t shake off. Skipper needs to convince Richie to stay with him beyond winter ball so the relationship they started on the field might become their happy future in real life!

Review

Amy Lane LITE! I love it when Amy writes about two guys “just figurin’ shit out!”. Yes, Amy is the queen of Angst. Yes, I love those books too. But – wow – I just love her “lite” stories because I can read them and laugh and love and not need to “recover”!

Skipper and Richie are buds. They’ve been playing soccer together for years and neither has thought of each other as anything more than friends before that… well… not officially. They’re both straight and have absolutely no experience with guys other than as friends so the idea of being sexually attracted to each other is new on a lot of levels.

One day, when the two are in a car and trying to get a pesky uniform shirt off… things change. Suddenly these guys are now kissing and groping and touching and…. No holds barred. From zero to sixty. They both feel the pull and neither fights it.

Both Skipper and Richie are worried what the rest of the team will say about them as a couple. Neither has a great support structure and the soccer team has really morphed into their extended family. What if they guys reject them?

Richie also has trouble at home. His dad, step-mom and step-brothers aren’t exactly warm and welcoming. What will they do if Richie turns out to be queer?

When push comes to shove and Skipper ends up really sick, Richie has to choose which family he wants to support – the one he was given or the one he chose.

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I have to say this book has the most sex I think I’ve ever seen in an Amy Lane book. And it’s HOT. These boys are on fire! Not to say that it’s gratuitous. It isn’t. I think the way they explore their relationship is a very physical thing and so the sex naturally follows.

The secondary characters are amazing – gotta love the rest of the team and Skipper’s work buddies- Carpenter and Mason. I hope we get to see them in future books!

There was nothing about this that wasn’t just FUN! I loved watching these boys discover love and each other and the meaning of true friends and family. It was just like a great big hug from start to finish (with some way HOT sex in between)!

I highly recommend this and can’t wait for the audio!

5 of 5 stars!

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