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Release Day Review: Storm by HJ Welch

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39671696-storm#other_review

Blurb
*I can’t do this without you*

Chase Williamson was never meant to be a dad. Like it or not, though, he’s now the sole guardian of five-year-old Lyla and terrified of messing it up. He needs help, but who wants to rescue a high school dropout? Certainly not the gorgeous newcomer in town, even if he is an ex-Marine.

Hunter Duke is looking forward to a small-town life to drive away his demons. Maybe meet a nice girl? Adopting a puppy begins to fill the hole in his heart, but it’s an unlikely friendship with Chase and his daughter that really starts to make Hidden Creek feel like home.

When social services threaten to take Lyla away, Hunter knows he’ll do anything to prove that this town is wrong about Chase. Could it be that this is the family he was searching for all along?

Welcome to Hidden Creek, Texas, where the heart knows what it wants, and where true love lives happily ever after. Every Men of Hidden Creek novel can be read on its own, but keep an eye out for familiar faces around town! This book contains a three-legged puppy with attitude, a long-awaited comeuppance, and enough kisses to mend any broken heart

Review
I like the way HJ Welch’s stories make you feel good about life and that no matter how bad things seem there is hope. Chase has been belittled all his life by his Father and expects it from everyone he meets. His lack of self confidence meant he never spent much time with his daughter Lyla. Until that unfortunate day Lyla’s mother died and he has to become a real dad. Hunter is looking for a new start and Hidden Creek is just the place to do it. Both of them need support from someone special in their lives and they find each other a just the right time. This is a wonderful feel good book and I loved it.
Storm is part of a group of books written by different authors all centred around the town of Hidden Creek. Each book can be read as a stand-alone but the characters pop up in the different books. I’m quite intrigued and will be following them.

5 of stars out of 5

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Time to Laugh!: Shattered Glass Audiobook by Dani Alexander Narrated by Joseph Northton

Audible Link

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Blurb

A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder, and an obsession that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life…nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass.

Austin Glass seems to have it all: a loving fiancée, a future with the FBI, and a healthy-sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember, and his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled – until he meets a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.

As events unfold in the biggest case of his life, Austin’s carefully planned future unravels, and he finds himself pushed into making quick, life-changing decisions. But can he trust himself or anything he feels, when each event seems to be just a series of volatile reactions?

Review
To be honest I didn’t know where I was going with this book. I enjoyed the sarky humour and the larger than life characters (Peter Cotton who wears bunny slippers) but I was kind of swept along. It seems like a love story based on antagonising the person of your affection (Austin & Peter) with a massive side helping of crime/mystery drama. The story is told from Austin’s point of view. Two things didn’t site right with me. The first was the way Austin went after Peter whilst engaged to Angelica. The second was that he seemed to throw away his career with no thought, also for Peter. Don’t get me wrong this is a gripping story and at times I didn’t want to stop listening. But it’s the first time I’ve not liked either of the main characters. I’m not sure if that really matters if the story itself grips me. There is so much in this story that I’ll need to listen to it more than once. I’m sure there are angles that I will understand better if I do. The crime angle seems to grow and has so many twists that new information pops up all the time. Many times I thought ‘I didn’t see that coming’, and that is the kind of book I like when it comes to crime or mystery, keep me on my toes and brain ticking over.
Joseph Northton has done a sterling job with the narration. He’s got the sarky Austin and Peter down perfectly, each with their own twists on humour. He has a good range of voices across all the characters and brings out the emotions extremely well.

4.5 of stars out of 5

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Release Day Review: The Little Library by Kim Fielding

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Riptide Presents

http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/the-little-library

Blurb

Elliott Thompson was once a historian with a promising academic future, but his involvement in a scandal meant a lost job, public shame, and a ruined love life. He took shelter in his rural California hometown, where he teaches online classes, hoards books, and despairs of his future.

Simon Odisho has lost a job as well—to a bullet that sidelined his career in law enforcement. While his shattered knee recovers, he rethinks his job prospects and searches for the courage to come out to his close-knit but conservative extended family.

In an attempt to manage his overflowing book collection, Elliott builds a miniature neighborhood library in his front yard. The project puts him in touch with his neighbors—for better and worse—and introduces him to handsome, charming Simon. While romance blooms quickly between them, Elliott’s not willing to live in the closet, and his best career prospects might take him far away. His books have plenty to tell him about history, but they give him no clues about a future with Simon.

Review

Kim Fielding is a terrific writer, you can trust that any of her stories are always going to be an amazing journey with well-developed characters and a well-planned plot.   This is a very gentle love story about two men who’ve had some struggles in their romantic pasts but are still willing to try.

I love the imagery of the little town bonding over books and the idea of book sharing as a community. (I wish things like that would happen!) While e-books are fantastic that is one major down side to the technology – fewer paper books to share. L

There wasn’t anything earth shaking in this, but the love between these guys and their personal growth was sweet and easily captivating.

This is the perfect book for people in the mood for something light, sweet and easy.

Highly recommended!

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5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Closeted Contemporary Cop/Crime Gay Gay GFY/OFY Homophobia Hurt/comfort m/m May/December May/December Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased

Audiobook: Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove #1) by Annabeth Albert Narrated by Marc Bachmann and Iggy Toma

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Audible Link

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Blurb

One hot cop. One bar owner out for redemption. One smoking-hot summer fling destined to leave scorch marks…

Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don’t piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who’s not so sure he’s on board with Mason’s big plans.

Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He’s not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason’s troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers. But Mason slowly wins him over with fantastic cooking and the sort of friendship Nash has been starving for.

When their unlikely friendship takes a turn for the sexy, both men try to steer clear of trouble. Nash believes he’s too set in his ways for Mason, and Mason worries that his family’s reputation will ruin any future with Nash. Burning up the sheets in secret is a surefire way to crash and burn, and discovery forces a heart-wrenching decision—is love worth the risk of losing everything?

Trust with a Chaser is a 75,000 word stand-alone gay romance with a May/December theme, a hot law-enforcement hero, opposites attract, plenty of sexy times, and one hard-fought, guaranteed happy ending with no cliffhangers.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

First, do not be fooled by the cover – this is a GREAT book and the cover makes it seem way cheesier than it is. (Addendum – the new cover is so much better!!!!)

Second, if you’ve read anything by the author before, you know she’s amazing at giving us really flawless writing and superb characters. Normally I have no patience for the slow burn but it was expertly done here.

We get a lovely slow reveal of how poor, lonely Nash secretly wishes for rebellion in the form of “bad boy” Mason – who isn’t bad at all- and underneath all the grumpy lies the heart of true romantic! (See specifically one adorable picnic and fishing trip!)

There is very little angst and a bunch of really sweet build up to a super romantic finish with some hot, yet tender sex thrown in for good measure.

I couldn’t put this down and it literally made my week!

Highly Recommended!
(PS I loved the accuracy of the Portlandisms!)

5 of 5 stars

 

Audio

So. Amazing! First, I love duo narrations and I thought these two did a terrific job of being just enough different to make the individual characters really pop, but similar enough that it wasn’t jarring when the narrators switched up. I’d forgotten how wonderful Iggy Toma was and how good he is at making a listener feel really involved in a story. He’s really good with pacing and emotion and I loved the voice he chose for Nash – so growly and delicious!

Marc Bachman is no slouch either and does a terrific job with Mason as well! Together these two were really a great duo and I highly recommend this as a terrific way to experience this amazing story!

5 of 5 stars

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4.5 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided Book Closeted Contemporary Gay Gay Homophobia Hurt/Abuse long distance love Mary D Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs pining Reconcilliation second chance at love Stalker/Abusive Ex Standalone The one that got away

Recent Release: Second Wind by Aimee Nicole Walker

Chasing Rainbows Press LLC:
https://www.amazon.com/Second-Wind-Aimee-Nicole-Walker-ebook/dp/B079QKNW5L/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1519412275&sr=1-2&keywords=second+wind+aimee+walker&dpID=51dMu2nORZL&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=src

Blurb
Second wind: a new strength or energy to continue something that is an effort. After an amicable divorce, Lincoln Huxley is ready to embrace the sexuality he repressed for more than two decades. Rush Holden is no longer willing to settle for closeted men or those who don’t share his dreams of marriage and fatherhood. A chance encounter on a lakeside pier is the second wind they both need. Or will it just be a painful reminder of all they had lost?

Second chance: an opportunity to try something again that failed one time. Rush and Lincoln have shared a lot of firsts—friendship, young love, and heartbreak. Cruel reality forced the two men to choose paths that took their lives in different directions. Twenty-six years later, they get a second chance to fall in love with each all over again. Can it really be that simple, or will the same issues ruin their happiness a second time?

Happily ever after: to live happily for the rest of one’s life. Rush and Lincoln know that love and life can’t be defined by words alone. Patience, commitment, and the determination to do whatever it takes will be the only way the two men achieve their happily ever after.

Review
We meet Rush and Lincoln when they are going through difficult times in their current relationships. During this time both of them recall events during their childhood when they were friends and were each other’s first love. This sets the scene perfectly for me. I understood the struggles and longings both of them were going through. So when they actually do meet again falling in love and lust felt so natural in the story. Such a beautiful twist of fate and timing. Lincoln has finally accepted who he is and Rush has learned from past mistakes. They both needed to be at this point in their lives for their second chance to be their forever. This is the kind of story that made me wonder where it was going whilst reading and sigh with content at the end. Aimee Nicole Walker I applaud you for such a wonderfully written story.

4.5 of stars out of 5

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3 stars adult - 18+ Bi-Sexual Book Closeted Contemporary Dreamspinner Exploration Football Friends to lovers Friends to Lovers Gay Gay GFY/OFY Homophobia m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Sports Virgin

Friends to Lovers: The Blueprint by SE Harmon


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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-blueprint-by-se-harmon-9446-b

Blurb

Kelly Cannon is satisfied with his life. He has friends, a wonderful family, and a great job. But his love life has reached a new level of pitiful. Why? Well, his heart decided to break all the rules. Don’t fall in love with a straight guy. And definitely don’t fall in love with your best friend.
NFL standout Britton “Blue” Montgomery has pressure coming at him from all sides. From his father, who’s only interested in Blue’s football career. From his coaches, who just want him to play without getting injured again. From the fans. From his agent. And from his mother, who has popped up on the radar after leaving his family years before. And now his relationship with Kelly is on shaky ground, and that frightens Blue more than anything.
When Kelly admits he’s in love with Blue, bonds are tested, and Blue has to decide what’s really important. He doesn’t want to lose the number-one person in his life, but the cost to keep Kelly close might be more than he’s willing to pay.
It’s a good thing his nickname is the Blueprint—it’s time to draft a new set of plans.

Review
I was really attracted to this because “Friends to lovers” and especially, first time with a man romances are some of my favorite things. I’m not a big football fan, and luckily the football didn’t overwhelm the story.

I thought the original ideas were great – long time friends finally explore some sexual feelings for one another – but the execution never felt good. Blue is mostly an ass and I never felt a strong connection between these guys – despite their being friends for years and years.

The sexual component was sometimes really hot and somehow felt flat, too. I just never bought in to Blue’s change of heart and though I could tell he liked the sex – I didn’t feel the emotional connection.

I think fans of the author, fans of football romances, and fans of gfy/ofy will probably find this at least entertaining. The writing was good, it was the romance that wasn’t great.

3 of 5 stars
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Release Day Review: When Everything is Blue by Laura Lascarso

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/when-everything-is-blue-by-laura-lascarso-9420-b

Blurb
When they were kids, Chris Mitcham rescued Theo from the neighborhood bullies and taught him how to “be cool.” Now, years later, Theo’s developed feelings for his best friend that arise at the most inopportune times. Theo hates lying to Chris, but in coming out, he might lose the one person who understands him best, a risk he’s not willing to take.
When a relationship with another young man goes south, Theo is forced to confront his own sexuality along with his growing attraction to Chris and his stunted, tenuous relationship with his father. Will Chris abandon Theo when he learns the truth, or will he stand by him in this tumultuous season of self-discovery?

In this quirky coming-of-age romance, Theo’s path to manhood is fraught with awkward firsts and a few haters, but also the unexpected comfort of a friend turned lover

Review
Usually I don’t go for YA stories but I am so glad I chose this one. This book is a beautiful story of young love. The struggle of best friends becoming lovers at its best and I didn’t want it to end. The story is told from Theo’s point of view. We see how difficult he finds it navigating the path through adolescence. Chris is always there for him but Theo tells himself that he can’t keep relying on that and is certain Chris is straight. I absolutely loved the depth of feeling the author portrayed in this book. It brought a sense of realism and I felt like I was watching a snapshot of both their lives. I thought this was excellent writing since we never got the story from Chris’s POV but I felt I knew what it was from the dialogue and Theo’s comments. The other characters in the story all added strength in their own way. Theo’s twin sister as the opposite of him and provides a good contrast. His hardworking loving and supportive mother and indifferent absent father. And lastly we have the catalyst Dave who victimised Theo. Theo and Chris get their happy for now ending, they have a journey ahead of them and I hope we will get a chance to check in on them in a few years. It feels like they could have a lot of interesting stories to tell before they get their happy ever after (fingers crossed)
On the strength of this book I will definitely look for more by Laura Lascarso

4.5 of stars out of 5

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Enemies to Lovers: Poke Check (Harrisburg Railers #4) by R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey

GoodReads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35907068-poke-check

Blurb

One scorching summer in each other’s arms could never be enough.

Stanislav “Stan” Lyamin is happy playing for the Railers. The towering goalie is well-loved, respected, and making a home for himself even though that home only contains him, his cat, and his growing Pokemon trading card collection. Stan prefers it that way. He’d given his heart to a man in a secret affair, and that man walked away, leaving Stan shattered. Now Erik is back in his life, and he has the same tumultuous effect he had on Stan’s heart as before. This time it’s not just a kissable mouth and sweet blond curls that Erik has brought to Harrisburg, there’s a soon-to-be ex-wife and a precious baby. Despite the vow Stan made to hate Erik forever, he’s now finding it harder and harder to turn away.

Erik Gunnarsson’s dream had always been to play in the NHL, he just never imagined he’d land a contract with the Railers. Who would have thought that fate would put him on the same team as Stanislav Lyamin; the man whose heart he’d callously broken?

Secrets and lies had defined their summer relationship, and the choice that Erik made to end it all haunts him still. In the middle of a messy divorce and with a baby in tow, Erik finds himself back in Stan’s life. Now all he has to do is be the best dad he can be, prove to the team that he deserves the chance to stay on the roster and try his hardest to get Stan to forgive him. Is it possible to persuade a man who hates you to give love a second chance?

 

Review

 I thought this was adorable!

Stan is one of my favorite characters – not just in this series – but in general! He’s so sweet, and funny, and sincere!

I kinda wanted Erik to have to work harder for Stan’s forgiveness but I think that’s just Stan, too.

There is a lot of internal dithering in this that probably doesn’t need to be there, but I appreciated the insight into Stan’s mind.

This was really funny as well as super sweet and the smexy times were great, too!

I wanted a bit more hockey and a bit less angst, but it was still a great addition to the series and is probably tied with first for me as my favorite so far!

4.5 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+ BDSM Boss/employee Closeted co-workers to lovers College/University coming of age Contemporary Homophobia Hurt/comfort lawyer m/m Mid level angst Morgan NetGalley New Adult no rating Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Scorching/high heat Secret Identity

Release Day Review: Waking Oisin by Grace Kilian Delaney

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Releases Tomorrow: February 26, 2018

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38235138-waking-oisin?from_search=true

Blurb

Oisin Harrison blames his fiancée’s distrust for ruining their relationship. He blames his father for pushing him into law school. But more than all that, he blames himself for letting other people’s expectations stop him from going after his dream. But dressing in drag with his best friend is the one thing Oisin refuses to compromise.

As Sin, he meets handsome Trenton Fisher, a man who appreciates Oisin’s cross-dressing. Trent upends his world by doing things to his body no one ever has, making him want more than just one night together. That is, until Oisin discovers his hot hookup works at his father’s law firm and is angling for a promotion.

To complicate things, Trent doesn’t seem to recognize Oisin out of drag. Or does he?

Will Oisin and Trent’s magnetic attraction grow to something deeper, or will it threaten to jeopardize their careers and futures?

Waking Oisin contains characters from Seven Minutes but can be read as a standalone.

Review

I am not a fan of BDSM or other forms of power/control and though it is not a huge factor in this story it absolutely influenced my enjoyment of this.

I was thinking this would be about coming out of the closet and getting out from an oppressive family – and it sort of was – but it was also a bit disjointed and kind of all over the place.  Oisin is sometimes matures, sometimes a brat, his dad is sometimes supportive, sometimes a jerk, and Trenton is sometimes supportive and sometimes a user.

Oisin isn’t what his dad wants him to be and he rebels and ends up meeting one of his father’s lawyers. When it comes time for them to work together, Trenton is just kind of “blah” about it all and Oisin isn’t as freaked out as I’d have thought he’d be. He’s a bit whiny and petulant and that made the whole power dynamic even more distasteful to me.

I ended up skimming the rest of this because it just wasn’t my thing and had the blurb been more specific I’d have probably skipped it. This is one of those cases of personal preference so I won’t rate it.

Though it can be a standalone, I think it’s better having read book 1, first.

No rating.

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3.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book class difference Closeted Contemporary Cop/Crime Dreamspinner Firefighters Gay Gay Heat Index Hidden Lovers Humor Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Soccer Sports Stalker/Abusive Ex

Audiobook: The Fireman’s Pole by Sue Brown Narrated by Finn Sterling

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-firemans-pole-by-sue-brown-8862-b

Blurb
The flames of passion rise for the lord of the manor.

It’s springtime in Calminster village, but things are already heating up. Sexy firefighter Dale Maloney is new to the local station. When Dale backs the company fire engine into the village maypole, he attracts the ire—and attention—of Benedict Raleigh, the Baron Calminster.

Soon after meeting Dale, Ben breaks off his relationship with his girlfriend, and the sparks between Ben and Dale are quickly fanned into flames.

Unfortunately the passion between the two men isn’t the only blaze in the village. An arsonist’s crimes are escalating, and it’s up to Dale and his crew to stop them. Meanwhile, as they investigate, an unscrupulous business partner attempts to coerce Ben into marrying his daughter. The May Day parade is around the corner, but they have plenty of fires to put out before Ben can finally slide down the fireman’s pole

Review
I found this to be a sweet and at times amusing story. I love the Englishness of it and the double entendres, my kind of humour (yep I’m a Brit). I loved the fairy tale aspect of working class boy falling for a member of the aristocracy. Their relationship develops naturally following a couple of incidents that makes Ben notice Dale. In amongst the budding romance is the mystery of an arsonist in the village and the matter of Ben’s girlfriend along with Dale’s ex. Sabrina, sort of Ben’s girlfriend. She is wonderfully strong and devious character. There is a lot going on in this story and it is the skill of Sue Brown’s writing that it all feels natural and suited to the flow, never to much or contrived.

The narrator, Finn Sterling has a pleasant reading voice, husky and deepens for the voice of Ben (Lord Calminster) however Dale’s voice is a little too high in tone for me it sounded squeaky at times. Not at all what I was expecting for a romantic hunky Fireman’s voice. I think there was a sort of south London accent but I couldn’t be sure. Also I found the female voices are a bit grating. They all sounded wobbly. The majority of the time the narration was fine. Just small personal irritations.

4 of stars out of 5 for the story
3 of stars out of 5 for the narration

3.5 of 5 overall

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