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Never byTara Lain

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Blurb
Pennymaker Tales: Book 4

Wendell “Wen” Darling lives in a world of shoulds and musts. Left to care for his brother and sister by his dull drudge of a father and wacko irresponsible mother, he suppresses his creativity, slaving in an ad agency seventy hours a week, letting his no-talent supervisor take the credit.

Then his bosses blow the campaign for their biggest client and Wen gets a chance to shine—but only if he can find the artist who painted a wild, glorious wall of graffiti in the subway. Hiding behind a pillar at 2:00 a.m., Wen comes face-to-face with the scarlet-haired, elven-faced embodiment of his divergent opposite—Peter Panachek, the flighty, live-for-today painter, singer, and leader of the rock group the Lost Boys. Everything Wen takes seriously, Peter laughs off, but opposites attract, even if their kisses always lead to battles. Peter’s devil-may-care persona hides a world of secrets, self-protection, and hidden fears, until the day a drug dealer, Vadon Hooker, threatens everything Wen holds dear. Guided by the mysterious Mr. Pennymaker, Peter has to choose between facing responsibility or burrowing even deeper into Neverland

Review
I so very much enjoy Tara Lain’s reimagined fairy tale series with Mr Pennymaker, the fairy godfather, appearing in each one. I think this take on Peter Pan is my favourite so far. I loved Peter’s vibrancy. He is carefree, an artist and the lead singer of the Lost Boys. Peter lives for the moment. Wendell on the other hand was thrust into responsibility at a young age caring for his sister and young brother. He has to keep his job. Tara Lain does an excellent job of bringing you into their lives and caring about them all. I could feel how tired and stressed Wen is and how spirited and alive Peter is. Together they provided a balance for each other. The only problem being their past. Both of them let past experiences cloud the chance of happiness. This is one of the best opposites attract stories I have read. They want each other but are convinced it’ll never work until a certain Mr Pennymaker helps them see the error in their thinking. The character for Hook is extremely clever and so appropriate for today. All the other characters are included, Tink, the lost boys (each with their own personalities and part to play in the story) smee and a small reference to the crocodile. Such an enjoyable book and one of the best reimagined fairytales I’ve read. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

5 stars out of 5

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Tender Mercies by Eli Easton

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Blurb

A Men of Lancaster County Novel
Eddie Graber’s dream of a sanctuary for rescued farm animals was about to come true when his partner backed out at the last minute. Now Eddie risks losing the twenty-five acre property in Lancaster County—and all the hopes he held for it—before the project even gets off the ground. He needs help, he needs money, but most importantly, he needs to rediscover the belief in a higher purpose that brought him here in the first place.
Samuel Miller worked hard to fit into his Amish community despite his clubfoot. But when his father learns Samuel is gay, he is whipped and shunned. With just a few hundred dollars to his name, Samuel responds to an ad for a farmhand and finds himself employed by a city guy who has strange ideas about animals, no clue how to run his small farm, and a gentle heart.
Samuel isn’t the only lost soul to serendipitously find his way to Meadow Lake Farm. There’s Fred and Ginger, two cows who’d been living in a garage, a gang of sheep, and a little black pig named Benny who might be the key to life, love, money—and even a happily ever after for two castoffs.

Review

Tender mercies, by Eli Easton is really wonderful! It is full of all the wonderful characters that Eli is so good at creating and it has a compelling animal conservation story moving it forward. In some ways the animal sanctuary part of the story was hard to read, depending on how you feel about animals and rescue organizations. The ending, however, is a very happy ending, and so totally worth any tears!

I really loved Samuel’s character. He was so sweet, and earnest, and his struggle felt very authentic. I enjoyed learning about his culture and how he adapted to the “new world” offered by Eddie.

The first book was really good, but I think this might even be better! I’m really looking forward to the audiobook I hope they choose a great narrator someone who can capitalize on Samuel’s characteristics – his speech patterns, etc.

Highly recommended!

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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The Long and Winding Road (Bear, Otter, and the Kid #4) by T.J. Klune

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Blurb
Family is not always defined by blood. It’s defined by those who make us whole—those who make us who we are.

And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they’ve never been before.

There’s a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go.

There’s a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect.

There’s a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own.

As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

Beginning in Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and continuing in Who We Are and The Art of Breathing, TJ Klune has told a saga of family and brotherhood, of love and sacrifice. In this final chapter, the events of the past pave the long and winding road toward a future no one could have imagined.

Review

So TJ Klune says this is it – the final installment of BOATK. I think that’s good. This was a really solid and definite ending to the story – we’d been left with a pretty big cliff hanger at the end of TAOB and it was great seeing just exactly how that whole thing panned out.

On the one hand I was a bit disappointed in was the fact that we didn’t see more of Dom and Ty. (This story is definitely all about Otter and Bear – but I’m also really glad, too. I love these guys a lot and having the final story split between the two couples would have left the story feeling less solid.) But – while I was sad that we never saw more about Ty and Dom –for me their story never felt quite resolved –we do get enough glimpses of them here to trust in their HEA.

It was great seeing some of the “real life” couple stuff thrown in here for our guys to deal with. Sequels can be hard in that sense. After the ILYs there’s still a boat load of hard work to make a relationship work – add in children and that’s magnified by a thousand. I was glad to see that any “angst” in this story was put to rest quickly but that our couples do have real problems and have to work through them not have them magically disappear.

I LOVED the new characters we meet – Megan and her partner are hysterical, as is Izzy (and some others who I won’t exactly mention but who get showcased at the end!)

Creed cracked me up! Man, I couldn’t live with that guy, and I was glad to see Anna had to work at it, too – but he is SO FUNNY! I love that his kid is his replica and “the eyes in the back of his head” bit never got tiring! I literally laughed out loud each time Creed shouted at his son to stop whatever nerve-wracking thing he was doing.

This is going to be absolutely FABULOUS in audio format. There is SO much comedic fodder – but also some really touching emotional scenes that are bound to bring tears to your eyes.

If you’re a fan of the series you’re going to be like me and stay up reading this until 3 am because you won’t be able to put it down.

Highly recommended – both happy and sad to see this series ending.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Again by Mary Calmes Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Blurb

Six years ago, Noah Wheeler went to meet his boyfriend, Dante Cerreto, at the airport, and his world ended. Dante was kissing someone else and claimed to be in love. So Noah took his heartbreak-and the sonogram pictures of their surrogate child-and closed the door on the big picture of what he thought his life would be, focusing instead on the piece of the dream he got to keep, being a father.
Now on vacation in Las Vegas, Noah accidentally runs into the Cerreto family, and then the man himself, and learns that not only was he deceived, but Dante was as well. Now Dante wants to make up for lost time, six years’ worth, and to do that he needs Noah, the only man he’s ever loved, and Grace, the daughter he didn’t know he had, to give him a chance at happiness. Dante’s going to have to take a crash course in communication and seduction, though. Noah’s not going to fall in love just to be broken again.

Review

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Noah went to the airport to surprise his boyfriend Dante with a sonogram of his child only to find Dante in a clench with his work partner. When confronted Dante tells Noah he wants out of the relationship and that he’s fallen in love with someone else.

Though Noah is crushed he does what he can to share with Dante their child, but to no avail. It isn’t until 6 years have passed that they cross paths only to find out that things aren’t what everyone originally thought.

**

This is a short story, only 96 pages, so much of it happens in a re-telling and the only “real time” is a matter of hours.

As usual I loved the characters. Noah is the perfect guy who did everything “right” but with all the wrong information.

Dante, you think is all bad, isn’t at all… but he still screwed up, and how! But… he’s the alpha guy who makes your eyeballs melt and nobody can just let that get away.

Dante’s family is also perfect and helps to smooth everything over. Noah’s current “boyfriend” is perfectly stupid and manages to do just the right thing so that nobody feels bad about what happens to him.

Most of this is typical Mary wonderfulness and I loved it. What I didn’t love was the brevity and what it did to the story. Instead of having our MCs work out something realistic (Mary does like to split her guys up – for years!) they end up making up in less than 48 hours and it felt really forced. I just hadn’t gotten to the point where I was able to buy into them getting back because Dante hadn’t done enough to earn his right to be back in Noah’s life.

It was close… but I couldn’t quite feel good about it.

So though it pains me to do so, I must give this a 3 of 5 stars. Great for Mary fans, but those less forgiving might not like this title as much.

Audio

I think Nick J Russo is amazing! I can listen to his voice for literally hours and never get tired of it.

I wasn’t super in love with this story as an e book, and it’s definitely not one of my favorites by the author, but having Nick give Dante that low growly voice – yum! I’ve already listened to this twice!

Listening to this, I’m reminded of why I both liked and disliked the story. I hated that the main “issue” is a lack of communication, but I did “buy” the explanation about Dante’s co-worker a bit more this time around.

I loved Dante’s family as portrayed by Nick and thought this was a great short listen.

Recommended!

For the audio 5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Audiobook Month: Bonfires Audiobook by Amy Lane Narrated By Nick J Russo

I think it’s appropriate to start out our Audiobook Month with two of my favs!  Amy Lane is one of my all time favorite authors and her audiobooks rank among the books I can listen to over and over and over.  Some of my favorite are: Clear Water, Bolt Hole and Beneath the Stain.  Narrating two of those is Nick J Russo – he ranks as one of my top three favorite narrators and it’s Amy’s works that help him hold that position.  So, with no further ado…. let’s start off our month of great listens with Bonfire!

 

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Blurb

Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.

Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.

It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.

Review
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I’m going to divide this review into two parts because it was amazingly emotional and really brought so many thoughts and feelings to the surface for me and I think it will for others as well.

The first part will be the review for people who don’t want any spoilers or any discussion about politics – because I know that can really set people off. The second part will be a bit more personal with some very biased opinions and a bit of spoiler action that you all can totally skip ☺

As you all know, I am a huge Amy fan. I’ve read nearly everything the woman has written and I not only admire her writing but think she’s pretty awesome as a person. From knowing a bit about her backstory, I can tell she wrote this book with her own experiences in mind. Larx is a high school principal – reluctantly – and a single parent. He was married before, but after exposing his bi-sexuality his wife left him and the kids. He’s moved from the city (other bad stuff happened there) to a small town to start over. Now, seven years later, he’s still single and thinking it will stay that way til his kids are graduated.

Aaron is the small town deputy, slated for Sherriff in the upcoming years. His wife died in a car accident and though he’s always considered himself bi-sexual he’s never acted on it and really never thought to do anything about it until his kids graduated. When he sees Larx – the man he’s known for years- running down the highway without a shirt a light switches on in his head and suddenly all those plans he had, change.

**
Part of what I absolutely love about this book is that the characters are closer to 50 than 40 and they feel so very REAL. They aren’t in perfect shape – Aaron struggles with his diet – they aren’t sleeping with everything that they see – neither has had any sort of significant anything for years – and they’re parents and their jobs first – not slaves to their lust! They live real lives and have real concerns and yet… Amy manages to find the romance in their lives and bring it out for all to see. It’s magnificent!

In addition to being real people, they have real kids. Neither of them was/is a perfect parent and their kids aren’t perfect either – well – Kirby and Christi might be but…. ☺ …. The kids fight, do dumb things and make mistakes. But – they aren’t evil incarnate either.

I did not see the ending coming… I mean I kinda did… but not exactly. Amy played the mystery out perfectly with just enough hints that you could see how we got there by the end, but it wasn’t hitting me in the face the entire time making me wonder how the MCs couldn’t see the obvious answer.

The good news/ bad news is the “bad guy” in the story is unfortunately very real and very possible. Maybe there were some exaggerations for impact sake, but, unfortunately the people like this exist and that’s up for discussion later.

As for the romance. Ahhhhhhh. Man, I loved these two guys together – so much! If I had any complaints at all it was that we didn’t get to see them together outside of a tense situation for very long. I wanted to see these two settled down and living life – quietly! – for a bit – just because they worked so hard for it (and so did I)!

We also get a bit of a secondary romance (or two!) and I really hope those characters get their own book in the future!

I can’t recommend this enough. It was sweet, exciting, romantic, touching, and also really, really relevant and thought provoking. For fans of the author this is a must, and for any parents, people from small towns, people with brains, or people with hearts – this is a must read!

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Following, in the spoiler section, is stuff more political and opinionated and it might give away some parts of the story – so skip this or read it after you’ve read the book if you don’t want to be “spoiled”.

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Audio

Well, you know I love Am[/spoiler]y and you know I love Nick so together – Oh Yeah!

Nick is just amazingly well suited to Amy’s language. I love how his voice gives life to her characters. I absolutely fell in LOVE with Aaron’s voice and thought Larx’s voice suited him as well. Nick does the younger voices well, including the females. While it was different than I’d imagined, I loved his choice for Yoshi, too.

All in all a great way to enjoy this and a perfect choice!

6 of 5 stars
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Moving Maverick: A Made Marian Novel (Made Marian Book 5) Audiobook by Lucy Lennox Narrated by: Michael Pauley

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Audible Link

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Blurb

“Do you remember what you promised?”
Maverick: I haven’t been back to Rabbit Island, South Carolina, since my parents died and my grandmother, Mimi, rejected me. I’m only returning now to attend her funeral and sell an estate I never wanted. But the moment I step foot on the island and fall into Beau’s arms, I realize it might not be so easy to say goodbye after all.

Beau Talmadge was always the boy next door, but now he’s no longer a kid. The man is hot as hell and pushes all my buttons in the very best way. I’m supposed to leave in a week. Sell everything, close the door on my past, and walk away forever. So why am I letting myself fall for someone who lives thousands of miles away? And how the hell am I going to break it off when it’s time to go?

“That I’d come back.”

Beau: It took one short summer to fall in love with Maverick Mitchell and fifteen long years to forget him when he left. I’d never expected to see him again, but when he shows up at Mimi’s funeral looking lost and lonely I can’t resist doing anything I can to comfort him. Falling into bed with Maverick is easy and the nights we spend together are as hot and steamy as a South Carolina thunderstorm.

I know it’s not smart. I know it’s not what he planned. But dammit, Mav belongs in my arms, in my bed, and in my life. So how the hell do I get him to stay?

“Took you long enough.”

Fair warning: Moving Maverick is a 73k word gay romance novel featuring sweet tea vodka, fancy salt and pepper shakers, guys catching crabs (not that kind), Aunt Tilly with a knife, and multiple detailed instances of man parts touching.

Moving Maverick is the fifth book in the best-selling Made Marian series. It can be read on its own but is much more fun read as part of the series. The series begins with Borrowing Blue and each book follows a Marian brother’s se

Review

This is one of those stories that I have to divide into two parts. There were the parts I loved and the parts I really hated.

Loved: The outer banks! Man! There’s so much flavor and charm and the whole “Rabbit Island” and the carvings and … so much! I loved that!

Beau: He’s just perfect. Sweet, hot, funny, fun, smart – the whole package.

The HEA: Happy and lovely and a great solution for everyone!

Hated: Maverick’s grandmother’s “reason” for why Maverick was put into foster care. It’s just ridiculous. I guess you can say that grief will make people do stupid things but this was just above and beyond and it definitely affected my willingness to enjoy this story.

Maverick’s inability to see the answer to all their problems when it was hitting him in the face. He has the love of his life in his arms and he can’t see what needs to be done? Soooooo frustrating.

Maverick himself sort of falls into an in between category – I wanted him to appreciate Beau more than he did.

Michael Pauley did his perfectly wonderful job narrating as he does the others, but I’d wished he’d done more with the accents.

All in all I was enthralled enough to listen all the way through and I was definitely pleased with the end results but I had moments where I wanted to punch someone too.

As a result I’m giving this a 3 of 5 stars because it really was a split decision.

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Growing His Dream
( Planting Dreams: Book Two ) by Andrew Grey


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Blurb

Love can grow in even the harshest conditions.

Life has been a struggle for Lachlan Buttar ever since his mother passed away and left him unprepared to take care of himself. He’s gone from homeless to staying with a local minister, but it soon becomes clear he will be better off, and safer, on his own. Fortunately Foster and Javi agree to take Lachlan in and offer him a real home on their dairy farm.

It’s there that Lachlan meets another of the workers, local farmer Abe Armitage. Though the attraction between them is instant, Abe refuses to act on it until Lachlan returns his interest. By then, strong feelings have taken root, and a passionate romance quickly blossoms. But both men carry baggage that could crush any chance of happiness together, particularly since Lachlan witnessed a crime, and there are those who will do anything to make sure he cannot reveal what he’s seen

Review

Growing His Dream is book 2 of Planting Dreams series. I have read the first book but I don’t think it’s necessary to enjoy this story. There is enough information about Foster and Javi’s story to give assurance you are not missing out. Having said that Foster and Javi’s story is lovely and I would recommend reading it as well.

I love the gentle worlds that Andrew Grey creates. The characters are believable, even the bad ones. I love Hollywood escapism and Andrew Grey provides that for me. His stories are a tonic for a world weary soul and Growing His Dream is no different.

Lachlan is homeless and trudging along soaked by the rain when Grandma Katie rescues him. He is enfolded into the farm and becomes one of the family. This is an engaging first love romance. Lachlan is a few weeks short or 18 and lost his mother not long ago. Abe is only a few years older and is immediately attracted to Lachlan but promises to himself not to take it any further because of Lachlan’s age. Abe and Lachlan do get to know each other, easing Lachlan’s insecurities, and romance blossoms. When they do get together it is sweet and gentle. The local Minister and his nasty bullying Son are the blemish on Lachlan’s happy new life. With the help of Abe and support of the family they are dealt with. This book has a very satisfying happy ever after ending. Left me with a smile.

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Age Group 
o adult – 18+ 
o New Adult
• Angst Level 
o Little to no angst 

• Book 
o Part of a Series 

• Gay 

• Heat Index 
o Mild 

• Hurt/Abuse 
o Homophobia
• Length 
o Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) 

• Rating 
o 4.5 

o Amberquill 
o Dreamspinner
• Reviewer 
o Mary Dolphin 

• Romance 
o m/m
• Sexuality 
o Virgin 

• Themes 
o coming of age 
o Single Parent 
o Farmer/Farming
• Time Period 
o Contemporary 

• Trope 
o Hurt/comfort