Release Day Review: Going Off Grid by SJD Peterson

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/going-off-grid-by-sjd-peterson-9469-b

Blurb

Clay and Elliott are working toward a dream—working sixty-hour weeks for one of the oil companies that recently sprung up in North Dakota. The pay is good, but is it a fair trade for never seeing each other? The point becomes moot when the company folds, like so many others, and the couple is left with a difficult choice.
Should they find comparable work somewhere else, or is it time to throw caution to the wind and go after their goal—years earlier than they intended?
What they’ve always wanted is to be together and have time to enjoy it, so they follow their hearts. They’re going off the grid and fixing up an old cabin so they can be self-sufficient. But when they go from all the conveniences of the modern world to outhouses, solar power, a shoestring budget, and more mosquitos than they ever thought possible, will they find there’s such a thing as too much time together?

Review

I really liked the concept for this book. It’s not often that you get a peak into the life of an established couple without it being part of a series. Because Clay and Elliott are working so hard they bring in enough money for a life but they don’t have time to enjoy it. They are money rich but time poor and when the drilling company folds it reverses for them, time rich but money poor. The first section of the book focuses on both of them still working long hours. Feeling like they are drifting further apart. When the company folds a long held dream of going off Grid and living in a cabin in the woods becomes a scary possibility. They go from hardly any time together to 24/7. Can their relationship survive that. I like the way the transition was handled. There’s a lot of work to be done on the cabin before winter which keeps both of them extremely busy. However, they are now working side by side which makes all the difference. The ups and downs of an established relationship and the turmoil of dramatic change gave this love story enough to keep me reading.

I got a good snapshot of North Dakota’s weather and a little idea of the untamed wilderness in this state.

This is a lovely positive short read full of hope for the future.

3 of stars out of 5

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Bobby Green by Amy Lane

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bobby-green-by-amy-lane-9320-b

Blurb
Johnnies: Book Five
Vern Roberts couldn’t wait to turn eighteen and get the hell out of Dogpatch, California. But city living is expensive, and he’s damned desperate when Dex from Johnnies spots him bussing tables.
As “Bobby,” he’s a natural at gay porn. Soon he’s surrounded by hot guys and sex for the taking, but it’s not just his girlfriend back in Dogpatch—or her blackmailing brother—that keeps him from taking it. It’s the sweet guy who held the lights for his first solo scene, who showed him decency, kindness, and a smile.
Reg Williams likes to think he’s too stupid to realize what a shitty hand life dealt him, but Bobby knows better. What Reg lacks in family, opportunity, education, and money, he makes up for in heart. One fumbling step at a time, they connect, not just in their hearts but in their bodies, where sex that’s not on camera, casual, or meaningless, becomes the most important thing in the world.
But Reg is hampered by an inescapable family burden, and he and Bobby will never fly unless he can find a way to manage it. Can he break the painful link to his unrealized childhood and grow into the love Bobby wants to give?

Review

I love the Johnny series! It ranks up with the top 3 of series I read and read again. I was really looking forward to Bobby’s story and I was not disappointed. (I don’t think you have to have read all the books to appreciate this but I think you should. I think there’s a lot of background in the other stories that help you to appreciate Bobby’s story and there’s a lot of things going on with other characters that help you to understand Bobby and his situation better.)

Digger is such a tough character. As is V. These two characters are both so easy to love and so hard to love in the way because they don’t fit any sort of typical mold. I appreciate the fine line Amy draws here with Digger’s IQ and that she fully shows us that despite the numbers Digger is a fully functioning adult who maybe doesn’t always make the best decisions. He also has a hard time with “gray areas” or nuance but many people are like that. V, on the other hand is so clearly in pain and suffering but Digger can’t forget his promise to her – despite all the time that has passed and the changes that have occurred in her mental status.

Vern’s story is no less heart breaking. He can’t identify with his true self because he’s spending so much time fighting for his mom and for his own life.

One aspect of the story that really helped me to see our guys in a forever relationship was how long it took them to have sex. The sex should have been the easy part – but it wasn’t and our guys realized this. I really appreciated Digger’s lack of understanding of the situation and how frustrated he was and confused because, – you know – love is confusing sometimes, too. Bobby didn’t know where he was with that either so the whole thing was just confusing.

The writing is beautiful and touching as always and this will gladly join my “favorites shelf” beside the others in the Johnnies Series.

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I really hope they get Sean Crisden to do the narration for this!

5 of 5 stars

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When the Devil Wants In by Cate Ashwood and J.H. Knight

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Blurb: John Turner has been living a lie most of his life. Growing up in the rural Georgia town of Magnolia Ridge, he’s only ever let one person truly know him: his best friend, Chloe. To the rest of the world, they’re the perfect couple, but just between them, she’s helping John hide in plain sight.
Matt Kinsley, a cop from San Francisco, moves to town looking for a slower pace and to reconnect with his Southern roots. Starting over in Magnolia Ridge means taking a step into the closet, but Matt finds that with John for company, he doesn’t mind so much.
As the two start to explore a possible relationship, a horrific murder rips the town apart but brings John and Matt together in ways neither could’ve imagined. Matt must decide where his loyalties lie while John resists the urge to run again. Together, they have to discover who the real devil is before another life is destroyed.

Review by Dee

Interesting story. John is a closeted gay man who lives in in rural Georgia. He’s close to his family but scared of coming out to them, especially to his religious mum. His best friend is Chloe who pretends to be his long-term girlfriend.
The story starts slowly, but picks up speed and steam when John meets Matt as an out of state hookup. Imagine John’s dilemma when he finds out that Matt is the newest addition to the local police force!
The 2 men steal moments to be together whenever they can, until a devastating crime forces them apart. The crime was surprising, and the events surrounding it were interesting. I didn’t see it coming!
It took me a bit to get into the story, mostly because at the start, John goes to great lengths to establish Chloe as his girlfriend/soon-to-be fiancée. As the story progresses, it’s easy to see why John is closeted; however he begins to hope for an out if he continues to develop his relationship with Matt.
The characters weres well developed within a unique storyline. I hope there will be a story about/with Santiago ☺

3.75/4 stars out of 5

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Review by Mary

I am in two minds about this book. I was eager to read it because I’ve like both authors work and was intrigued to see what would come of the partnership. The start is a classic of an hookup who ends up meeting in regular life. The problem is that John is deep in the closet. Matt was a Puzzle. I couldn’t wrap my head around why someone out and proud would choose to move to rural Georgia effectively putting himself back in the closest. This was explained about a third of the way into the story but it just didn’t feel authentic. It was not until later into the story that I got more of a sense where Mac was coming from. The romance is just a series of hookups under the guise of a new friendship aided and abetted by Chloe. I was starting to wondering were the story would go with the romance side.
The introduction of the murder mystery came out of left field and was quite dramatic plot twist. I was a little startled, there was no way I saw it coming but there wasn’t enough time left in the book for it to develop into anything I could sink into. The conclusion to the murder felt like it was a quick wrap up as well.
The story seems to be straddling between being a romance and a murder mystery but never quite settling into either genre. I liked both sides but felt dissatisfied with the whole book. Good writing though, there is a real atmosphere of small town Georgia, the heat and scenery. I definitely can’t fault with the quality of the book, it just didn’t work for me this time.

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Audiobook: Something Brewing at Joes by SJD Peterson Narrated by Chase Johnson

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/somethings-brewing-at-joes-by-sjd-peterson-8629-b

Blurb:
The promise of a dream job lures Murphy to Tampa, but he arrives to the rude awakening that the offer is on hold. Now he’s got two choices: slink back to Michigan with his tail between his legs or stay and look for work. Things perk up when he goes into a coffee shop and learns the owner is looking for someone to renovate the apartment above it. He happily takes the job, only later realizing he’s met Joe Sterling, Kaffeinate’s proprietor, before… when they hooked up at a club Murphy’s first night in Tampa.

Murphy and Joe are both proud, passionate, and outspoken. Neither is looking for a relationship, though they can’t deny they go together as well as coffee and doughnuts, in spite of their tempers. But that’s before Joe learns Murphy will be working for the corporation he believes is harming local businesses and the environment—and if Murphy will be supporting it, Joe wants nothing to do with him, dooming any possibility of an unexpected happy ending.

Review:
Reviewed previously by Beth here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/somethings-brewing-at-joes-by-sjd-peterson/

Beth really liked the story and I mostly agree with her. It’s solidly written and does have some really strong characters that drive the story at a fairly nice pace.
For me the story lacked that “hook” that grabs you and makes you want to keep reading. I was just not that invested in the story. It was nice and the writing was good, but I was never “captivated”.

3 of 5 stars

Audio

I enjoyed Chase Johnson’s narration.  He definitely does a lot to make this a performance more than merely a narration and he distinguishes all the characters nicely. It was a solid production, though sometimes it felt a little like dinner theatre in that the acting was a bit over the top.

I think listening to this is a great way to experience the story and I’d definitely look for this narrator in the future.

4.5 of 5 stars

Overall 3.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Michael, Reinvented by Diana Copland Narrated by Michael Pauley

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https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Michael-Reinvented-Audiobook/B076MR3V6R/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1511230011&sr=1-1

Blurb:
Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love – not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.

Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.

Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy – even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels – forever.

Review: The book was reviewed earlier – I loved it (https://openskyebookreviews.com/michael-reinvented-delta-restorations-2-by-diana-copland/)
So, the audio review.
I like Michael Pauley, he’s an excellent narrator, but (and this is my personal thing), I find that he is not always a good fit for many of the books I have read and loved. However, he does a great job with this book ☺
Gil and Michael sounded just like I imagined; Michael’s snarky tone was spot on and Gil sounded solid, somewhat comfy, but kind of sexy. All the characters, (including the females), were well portrayed and distinct. Michael Pauley adds the little chuckles, inflections and emotions that make the narration so much more enjoyable.
Definitely recommend both the story and great narration.

5 stars out of 5

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PS by Caraway Carter

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https://www.amazon.com/PS-Caraway-Carter-ebook/dp/B0754CPGZQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1509474658&sr=1-1&keywords=ps+caraway+carter

Blurb
Looking back, it was kind of crazy to put a down payment on a fallen-down train depot I’d never actually seen, in a state I’d never actually been to, and use it to build a life with a guy I’d never actually met, but love makes people do crazy things. If you’ve ever been in love, you know what I mean.

But before the plane had landed, I found out that Sam – the guy I’d met online and had been talking to for four years – wasn’t really Sam. He wasn’t even a guy.

I already own the little train depot, and I can’t go back to my old life. And Fairville is such a lovely welcoming town. Did I mention James? He’s made sure that I’ve had a really warm welcome.

All I want is to build a great little bookstore, and have a relationship based on humor, honesty, and hardbacks. I see some tough choices ahead of me.

Or maybe I don’t have to choose..

Review
I haven’t read anything by Caraway Carter before and my first impression of this book is that it is a very positive story. In the beginning we find out that Gus was a victim of catfishing and I wondered where the story was heading. It’s certainly not a theme I have read before. Caraway Carter handles this emotive situation quite well by not letting Gus dwell on what might’ve been. The line that struck me the most was from chapter one “she didn’t believe a guy could be so lonely as to sell everything he owned”. With these few words the Author helped me understand Gus and the whole premise for this story. Gus is a sweetheart. He chooses to see the silver lining rather than bemoaning about the situation he finds himself in. To be honest I was a bit torn over this story. I liked it a lot but in a fairytale kinda way where everything works out fine and the people are friendly and lovely. Part of me wanted some drama and angst over the catfishing angle, but that would be an entirely different book. This book is about the bright side of life and finding love at the same time. An absolute feel good book. I will be looking out for other work by this author.

What helped me quite a lot with visualising the building was Caraway Carter posting a link to the inspiration for the Train depot on his Goodreads page and Facebook page. If you do read this story I recommend checking it out
https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/15904050-inspiration-for-ps-the-train-depo

4 of stars out of 5

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Intertwined Hearts (Snowcroft Men #3) by Christi Snow

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https://www.amazon.com/Intertwined-Hearts-Snowcroft-Men-Book-ebook/dp/B075TJXSFD/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1507828909&sr=1-2&keywords=intertwined+hearts

Blurb

Three people who’ve given up on love…

Hudson:
After a brutal, late-night attack in his restaurant left Chef Hudson Richmond too traumatized to even enter his restaurant again, he escaped to Snowcroft. Now he’s trying to find a new normal when the reality of his world is a man’s touch makes him sick and his dream has become his nightmare.

Leigh:
Leigh Vaughn lives in a man’s world running Vaughn Construction with her brother, Jamie. She’s tried to be feminine and failed over and over again. Growing up with only her brother, father, and construction crews to guide her, Leigh has no idea what a feminine wile is, much less how to deploy them. But when Jamie and Trevor begin to research finding a surrogate to carry their baby, she knows this is something she can do. Hell, it’s not like those parts are getting used for anything else.

David:
When this small town came looking for a new police chief, David Warner jumped at the chance. After a traumatic betrayal by his partner on the police force, he’s burnt out and jaded. And his love life has been even more depressing than his work life. He’s made one true connection in the last five years, but she disappeared without a trace the next morning.

Three people who have given up on love, may just find a new beginning where they least expect it…in Snowcroft. But love is only supposed to happen in twos. How can they make it work with three intertwined hearts?

Trigger warning: This book features story-lines that involve past assaults and betrayals, but has a guaranteed HEA for three people who couldn’t deserve it more. male/male/female.

Review

I’m typically not reading m/f romances and I’ve never been a big m/m/f fan because the dynamics always feel … off to me… but there are some good ones out there and I know it’s mostly just my own prejudices. In any case, I would have avoided this as well, except I really love books 1 and 2 in this series and was really curious to see how this was handled.

There were many things I loved and a few (big) things I didn’t care for.

Loved:
I thought Leigh’s character was great! I was attracted to the idea of an m/m/f with a tom boy and was curious to see how that played out sexually. It was hysterical at times and really hot at others. There was also some sweet in there (some of which you’ll see in the Disliked portion of the review.)

I really loved the chemistry between Leigh and David and Leigh and Hudson and Hudson and David. I thought the author did a very good job of convincing me that Hudson could “go straight” and how his attraction to Leigh made sense given his recent and past histories.

David’s character was consistent all the way through and he absolutely made up the glue in this story. He was well-developed and really helped to make the ménage possible.

I found the realistic portrayal of post partum and surrogacy really great and was so glad to see the negative side of pregnancy/surrogacy shown. (More on this later.)

In the end, I believe in this triad’s HEA and though I have some issues with parts of their story, I was really glad to have read it and think that the author did a great job with a unique situation. I loved the epilogue and thought it was really cute and sweet!

Disliked:

The beginning of the book is so well done with the slow burn and the sizzle between all the characters as we learn everyone’s back stories that it was such a shock when we get to the 75% mark and the story seemed to jump the tracks and go off-roading.

(Some of this might be spoilery ….)

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I also really wanted to see how the dynamic worked with Leigh NOT pregnant because there was so much made about her “lush, curvaceous, womanly body” as she was pregnant that I wanted to see and believe that she held that same appeal without being pregnant. This was especially important for Hudson who seemed to really get off on her pregnant self.

So, for the majority of the book I was loving this – but the last 25% just wrapped things up too quickly and left some pretty big plot holes that I’d have liked to seen filled.

All in all, I really liked this, and found it to be a nice addition to the series.

4 of 5 stars

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Waking the Behr by Pat Henshaw

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/waking-the-behr-by-pat-henshaw-8865-b

Blurb:

A Foothills Pride Story

Both Ben and Mitch think they know exactly what they want. Turns out, they don’t even know their own hearts.

Good old boy Ben has dated women his entire life, while gay nightclub owner Mitch has never considered unsophisticated country boys his type. But after they start hanging out, the small-town contractor and the urban entrepreneur are both stunned by the electricity sparking between them.

As they step outside their comfort zones to spend time together, Mitch finds he enjoys rural car rallies, and Ben is intrigued by the upscale bars Mitch owns in San Francisco. When they share their lives and grow closer, they start to question the way they’ve always defined themselves. Then they kiss and fling open the door to love. Now they must step up and travel the road that may lead to happily ever after—even if that path isn’t one they ever expected to walk.

Review

This is my first Pat Henshaw story, and it was good. Although this is part of a series, it could be read on its own. However, I think I might have liked it better if I had read the series from the start.
This is told in first person POV, so we get the story from Ben’s perspective. Ben is the one of the partners of Behr construction. He meets a new client, Mitch, who wants to renovate a property. When Ben meets Mitch for the first time, he’s surprised to find that he finds Mitch attractive. Mitch is comfortable with himself as a gay man; he goes after what he wants and he wants Ben. It was amusing to see Ben was clueless to the fact that he was being courted by Mitch, as they spent time together.
Ben begins to examine his feelings and begins to admit that maybe he wasn’t as straight as he thought.
I liked the humor and the slow progression of the relationship (love scenes are off page (bummer!). I have to admit that I found Ben a bit of a worry-wort but sweet, while Mitch had the patience of a saint ☺
Overall, this is a good story for fans of the series.

3 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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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/manny-get-your-guy-by-amy-lane-8550-b

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: Tart and Sweet (Candy Man Book 4) By Amy Lane Narrated by Philip Alces

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/tart-and-sweet-by-amy-lane-8858-b

Blurb

In the Army, Robbie Chambers turned on his lover out of fear—and he hasn’t been able to live with himself since. Now he’s out of the Army but still trapped in the closet that brought on his most cowardly moment, and he starts to think he’ll never be able to fight his way free.

Until he sees Cy McVeigh. Beautiful and uninhibited, Cy is dancing on the boardwalk at Old Sac for no other reason than the moment called for it. Robbie not only joins in the dance but is smitten from the very beginning.

However, Robbie still has old business to clear up, and when he helps out a kid in need and comes face-to-face with the man he betrayed, he’s forced to come clean with himself. He can’t redeem his mistake if he’s still locked into his old patterns, and he won’t ever be worthy of Cy if he can’t earn Adam’s forgiveness. He’s going to need all the help he can get from the people at Candy Heaven in order to make things right with his past so he can have a future with Cy.

Review

(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

This is book four in a series and I guess – in theory- you don’t have to read these in order – but ya should! Without reading about Adam and Finn, you really can’t truly appreciate Robbie and why it’s such an AMY thing to do to give him his own book! Also, Ezra and Miguel’s book also gives you insight as to why Ezra has to be the one to help Robbie.

On Facebook we had a long discussion – Mary and Amy and all the peeps – about whether or not Robbie even WAS redeemable and a lot of people thought he wasn’t… well – she managed to find a way.

At first you think Robbie was a true a-hole. He dumped Adam in the middle of a war-zone and left him high and dry, knowing what that could potentially do to him. And we, as readers, are already very invested in making Adam (and Finn) happy so how can we look at Robbie and root for him?

Well—- there are some things we learn that help – for sure – but I think the most important lesson Amy teaches us is that anything (I guess within reason!) can be forgiven if you really mean it and are determined to “not be that guy” anymore.

That’s awesome because who doesn’t want to believe they can outgrow their mistakes, right?

In any case – we now get to see just what makes Robbie tick and learn more about the bi-sexual and oh so tempting Cy (who briefly thought about pursuing our Ezra). And… for me this is HUGE – we get to see Mickey and Shane again!!!! WOOOOOT!

Of course I devoured this in one sitting the minute I got it and I loved every last bit of it. Just like all the other “Amy lite” books it has some hot smexy times, some super satisfying feels and some hard bits that we have to be brave to withstand.

Based on the ending I’m not sure if this is the last one? It sort of leaves it open for more, but not in the near future… As Darrin said – all his boys are happy and healthy so I guess this is a good place to stop, (or take a vacation!) right?

Highly recommended to fans of the series, an okay standalone but better read in order.

5 of 5 stars

Audio

So, Philip Alces has done all the other books in this series (and several others by Amy) and he does his typical good job with this. I definitely think he’s getting better over time, though I do think his voice is a bit “old” for the characters he’s portraying.

However, he attempts to do a Russian accent for Anna and Mickey and…. Well – it sounded more Scottish than Russian. Also – I have a huge soft spot for Paul Morey’s narration of Amy’s Making Promises (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8578296-making-promises?from_search=true) and his interpretation of Anna, Mickey and Shane – so I was disappointed by Philip’s accent – but glad he gave them an accent at all!

This is a lovely closing book to the series and – of course – it was great having the same narrator throughout – I thought he did a nice job of giving Ezra a bit more of a distinct accent this time and I adore his Miguel, Adam and Finn … so all in all I was quite pleased. I’d have made this a 6 if his Russian accent was better *wink!

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