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Three to Get Ready by Sean Michael (Review)

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Single father Jack Jones is in dire need of a new nanny. His five year old son Nathan is legally blind, he has twin baby girls arriving in less than two months and the girl currently working for him is leaving at Thanksgiving to go home and continue her higher education. If Mannies Incorporated doesn’t come up with a viable candidate soon, he’s not sure what he’s going to do.

Dan Miller is on the hunt for a new job. He’s had some great placements with Mannies Incorporated, many as manny to multiple birth families to get them over the hump. He even has experience with special needs children, so the job he’s interviewing for looks like it’s right up his alley.

When Dan arrives at Jack’s house, he discovers that this Jack Jones is his Jack Jones, the man he was in love with during college, and who broke up with Dan because Dan wanted children. Will Dan and Jack be able to put the past behind them and work with each other, or will their past keep them from having a future together?

Review

Dan is a “manny” who previously dated Jack when they were in college. They broke up because Jack “didn’t want kids” and now Jack has a blind 6 year old and is expecting twins!

Dan and Jack quickly realize they have unfinished business between them and that taking care of the kids will be a full time job for both of them!

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I love the “manny” series because they can be counted upon to be so very sweet. I love men and kids together and really look forward to that blend of the two.

This is a book way centered on the kids and only a little on the men.

I also just couldn’t get past the idea that a single guy would sign up for surrogacy on his own after having a special needs child, nor could I accept that the two (JJ and Dan) didn’t think it would be weird to live together again after having been in a romantic relationship years ago.

There were just a few too many things that brought me out of the story for me to love this very much.

It’s still very sweet and Sean Michael always produces steamy smexy times and fun kid times, but the balance in this was skewed too far to the kid side and not enough to the smexy side.

3 of 5 stars

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Restitution: A Love Story by Aubrey Cullens

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Nate Parker has spent the last few years imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. His wrongful conviction cost him his job, his fiancée, his reputation, and his hope for the future. His name has been cleared, but after everything he’s lost, he doesn’t know how to find his way back to the life that was taken from him.

Parker Campbell is raising his 9-year-old niece, Emma, on his own. Working for a homophobic boss in a gay-unfriendly town, he treads carefully, knowing that his job security has to be his priority when he’s all Emma has.

Parker has never considered starting a relationship with another employee… until he hires Nate. It should have been easy to avoid getting involved, since Nate keeps insisting that he’s not gay. Parker is used to life not being easy, though, and Nate may find that what he really needs isn’t at all what he thought he was looking for.

(Restitution is a standalone m/m contemporary gay romance of approximately 60,000 words containing profanity, mature adult content, two men who deserve love, and a happily ever after ending.)

Review

So I found this on Kindle Unlimited (I’m a big fan!) and I’d read one other of Aubrey Cullens books before (I liked it, didn’t love it) but I really liked the blurb and hey… Free! So I tried it. To me, that’s the beauty of KU – you get to try books you might shy away from because of the cost so…I just want to say that free or not – you should TOTALLY READ THIS BOOK!

Nate was arrested and imprisioned for a crime he didn’t comit (no spoilers but Damn – it’s a sad one!). He finally gets exonerated but is finding it hard to get his life back with a prison record, no matter that he has a paper saying he didn’t commit the crime. He finally gives in a moves in with his brother in Arkansas, hoping the change in scenery will help.

As compared to Seattle, Nate is finding Arkansas to be very restrictive and judgmental but… he loves his brother and his wife and he manages to find a great job with Parker at a Lumberyard.

Parker is 26 and raising his 9 year old niece because his sister can’t (another spoiler alert – that’s also sad!). He decides to hire Nate because of his prison record and he isn’t disappointed.

Now Nate claims over and over he’s not gay and he means it, but he’s seriously attracted to Parker and vice versa.

Over the course of weeks and months they become friends and when things look like they’re beginning to change, that’s when things get very interesting.

Eventually, both Nate and Parker have decide just what’s important to them and learn to trust again.

**

I loved this story. It grabbed me from the start. Nate is a great character, so easy to love – he’s open, honest, simple and affectionate. Parker has been burned, so he’s a little more closed off, but he’s got this amazing niece and between the two of them they charm the socks off ya!

Though there’s sexual tension and the smexy times are hot – that’s not what makes this book so good. It’s the FEELS. There’s so much real emotion and it feels so organic and authentic. I can see this unfolding in real life, though maybe with a few more pot holes in the road but still… it feels very plausible.

It was great that the author took pains to show that though there are assholes in the South and it can be restrictive, there are some great souls there, as well.

Emma absolutely won me over – what a kid! I loved her and the energy she brought to the story.

I highly recommend this book – hell it’s free on KU! But even if you buy it – you won’t regret it!

5 of 5 stars

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Let the Wrong Light In by Avon Gale

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Avery Hextall, a junior architect at a prestigious firm, is thrilled when his design is chosen for a new performing-arts center—even if it means working closely with his insufferably uptight project manager, Malin Lacroix. When a chance encounter in the boss’s office proves that Lacroix is anything but cold, Avery is determined to learn more about the real man beneath the aloof veneer.

Despite their growing attraction and their increasingly kinky encounters, the enigmatic Malin remains as emotionally distant as ever. Worse, Avery’s friends are convinced Malin thinks of Avery as a dirty secret and nothing more—a secret that might destroy both of their careers.

But the real secret is a single moment in time that haunts Malin and keeps him from committing to the life he wants with Avery. In order to move on, Avery must help Malin come to terms with the tragedy in his past before they can work on building a future together.

Review

Avery is a young, hyper, strange and funny architect who has recently graduated and is working under the very proper and uptight Malin. Avery is convinced Malin has something against him personally when none of his “obviously” wonderful designs are chosen. So… he goes in to give the boss a piece of his mind. What ends up happening is … well… he starts to fall for the boss. Even though he hates him. Sort of.

Malin is a recently divorced man who sort of hates the world and himself in it. He has a tragic past that clouds his future and no good way to deal with it. When the crazy bastard Avery barges his way into his life he doesn’t know what the fuck to make of it. But… he finds himself entranced. Avery brightens his world. Avery makes him crazy but he also kind of likes him. Sort of.

Avery has a thing for pain and Malin has a thing for giving pain. So that works.

They both like architecture and design and are very socially awkward. So that works.

But Malin’s never been gay. But Avery is bi so… that works?

In the end Malin and Avery will have to traverse a lot of ground. Some of it very rocky and emotional. But both are so good for the other, except when they’re not… in the end we get a very HEA.

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My first thought as I was reading this was “This is her first book?????”  This is WAY TOO GOOD to be her first book! Now… I don’t know if she’s hiding others somewhere else, or maybe she wrote het romance or something, but these books of hers (this and Breakaway) are absolutely amazing! They are witty and well thought out and the timing is excellent. Her characters are so flawed and yet sparkling and crisp.

I’m not into the sex stuff they were … I don’t get it… but I didn’t need to. I saw that they were into it and since it worked for them, it worked for me. That’s a sign of a good author. She made the kinky stuff work for me because I saw that it did what it needed to for our MCs and that was enough.

I loved the windows and light analogy and the metaphors with the building designs. Wonderful!

I’m torn because I don’t know if I love Avery or Malin more. My heart bleeds for Malin – he’s so broken and needy. But Avery was such a bratty brat. Well, luckily I don’t have to choose. They’re both wonderful and so is this book. It’s funny and sweet and you’ll be happy you read it.

Buy it.

That is all.

5 of 5 stars

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