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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Holidays: New Game, Start (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by CS Poe

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/2017-advent-calendar-daily-delivery-package-stocking-stuffers-9042-b

Blurb
Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.
He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.

Review
I just loved Edgar and Walter. Edgar is so insecure about himself that he can’t believe someone famous and wonderful like Walter would even know he existed. Sometimes you’ve just get to take a chance and go for what you want. And that’s what Edgar did and it won him the man of his dreams. They seem so suited to each other. Both of them paying attention to how the other one liked to be wooed. Part of me wants to know more and part of me is content with this little snapshot into their budding relationship. Lovely feel good story that fits any time of year not just Christmas.

4 of stars out of 5

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Holidays: The Puzzle Box (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by C.C. Bridges

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/2017-advent-calendar-daily-delivery-package-stocking-stuffers-9042-b

Blurb
Elementary school art teacher Cole Peters is expecting a lonely Christmas this year while his longtime boyfriend, James Carducci, is on deployment with the Army. However, a box from James contains puzzles that lead Cole on a scavenger hunt through the greatest moments of their relationship. Together with his best friend Liz, Cole works his way through each clue.

The final puzzle could lead Cole to a gift beyond his wildest expectations.

 

Review
This is such a lovely concept for a short story. A series of puzzles that stir memories of moments spent together. Especially since Cole and James can’t be together at Christmas. There is one line in the story that sums it up perfectly for me “I feel like I’m on a tour of the greatest hits of Cole and James’s relationship.”
I finished reading with a contented sigh. Perfect feel good Christmas story. Excellently written giving me the feeling that I had been following their developing relationship for a lot more than just thirty pages. I absolutely recommend this one.

5 of stars out of 5

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Holidays: A New Life for Christmas by Liam Livings

GoodReads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33383590-a-new-life-for-christmas?from_search=true

Blurb
A house exchange between two single men leads to a romantic new life for both of them.

Oliver and Kyle live thousands of miles apart, but each needs a break from his current life and love. Enter the Cloud B&B website, a wonderful new way to exchange homes for the holiday. They both muster their courage, and decide to visit another continent for Christmas.

In the UK, Oliver has been pining after his neighbour for far too long, living his comfortable but quiet life in a town in the New Forest. When his crush moves on in the worst possible way, Oliver is seduced by the chance to stay in fun-loving, sunny Miami.

In Miami, Kyle is a club owning workaholic, who suddenly discovers the man he lives with has been unfaithful. Yet again. As consolation, Kyle is tempted to see first hand the picturebook charm of the New Forest in winter.

Both of them find not just a new setting but a new romance. Oliver makes a big effort to shed his inhibitions and meets a musician, Mark, who plays in the Florida bars, and who may be just as cautious and polite as Oliver in making the first move.
And while Kyle’s trying to come to terms with England’s very different culture—and food!—he’s charmed by Oliver’s best friend Edward, who’s bold and sexy, but secretive.

Will Oliver take the leap of faith and encourage a lover who can and will give the commitment he deserves? And will Kyle find a man who can be loyal and also offer Kyle the family life he needs?

But perhaps more importantly—when Christmas is over, can a new life survive?

Review

Both Oliver and Kyle need a break from their everyday live so they swap homes. This story kept me wondering where was it going to go, after all both of them have responsibilities in their own country. Kyle owns a bar and Oliver owns an antique shop. Yet both are discontent with how their life is at the moment. They are both stuck in the same day to day pattern until they are encouraged to take a Christmas holiday. This is a duel story, a tale of two romances. Kyle meets Edward in England and Oliver meets Mark in Miami. Liam Livings shows his skill as a writer by keeping two very distinct voices of Kyle and Oliver very clear. The only character whose personality didn’t really shine through was Mark. I had a good sense of Edward and could empathise with him, the same with Kyle and Oliver but not with Mark. I also liked that this was a distinctly British story. The majority of it is set in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest, with the idealised image of a country cottage and snow at Christmas. Even during the parts set in Miami they were from Oliver point of view. I found these parts amusing, the Brit abroad with all the miscommunications that entails. The epilogue was a nice surprise. Such a sweet happy ever after left me smiling.
This is a lovely story of the spirit of Christmas, family, friends and finding dreams do come true.

4 stars out of 5

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Hearts and Hazelnuts by Kris T. Bethke

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hearts-and-hazelnuts-by-kris-t-bethke-9103-

Blurb
Mechanic Jordan Hart is down on his luck, so he gladly accepts a temporary job servicing tractors at a hazelnut farm in Newberg, Oregon. He doesn’t expect to be attracted to his boss, Beckett Shaw. Still working on embracing his bisexuality, he’s reluctant to start anything, but Beckett’s gentle coaxing convinces Jordan to take a risk.

Beckett has vowed not to get involved with anyone until he can restore the Shaw Farms name as a leader in hazelnuts. But there’s no denying his interest in the shy mechanic who shows up at his door. Just as they begin to find a balance, outside forces threaten to tear them apart. Job opportunities force Jordan out of the Portland area he loves so much. But when danger comes too close to Beckett, Jordan must decide if he can follow his heart to the Willamette Valley… and straight back to Beckett.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States

Review
What I like about the States of Love stories is that when they are done well they give me a sense of the beauty of the place. This story did that for me. The descriptions of the beautiful scenery and the pride locals take over their identity. Hazelnuts in this case. I loved the slow burn romance between Jordan and Beckett. Both of them are strong men who need to stand on their own but at the same time can’t resist the pull of attraction between them. The only thing is that I didn’t really get a good sense of the secondary characters, such as Cory who works for Beckett. It is difficult in a novella to give space for all the characters and I’m more than happy with the main characters. Maybe Cody’s time will come in another book later.
I liked the way Jordan and Beckett’s relationship develops. There isn’t insta love but a building of friendship and trust. This is a yummy (must be the hazelnuts on my mind) low angst love story with a little intrigue to move things along. Perfect for an afternoon escape.

4 of stars out of 5

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New Reality By Jessica Payseur

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/new-reality-by-jessica-payseur-9014-b

Blurb

 It’s lonely running a small transport ship across the galaxy when you’re as old and as single as Connell Smyth. So when the dreams start up, Connell assumes they’re his mind’s way of working through what his life has become—until he discovers the man in his dreams might be much more than a figment of his neglected imagination. Connell can’t quite believe it could be real, but he can’t help becoming obsessed with this new lover on an unknown luscious planet.

Seventeen years ago, Wystan Kreeger’s survey mission crash-landed on a hard-to-reach planet. Sole survivor Wystan turns desperate after his computer, the only companion he’s had since, gives out. Even in the improbable event that the man in his dreams is real, he’ll face the same risk from the planet’s storm-charged atmosphere if he tries to track Wystan down, and he could end up just like Wystan’s former crew. But finding each other across so many light-years can’t be a mere coincidence. Now they must find a way to realize the happiness they’ve found in sleep during the light of the day.

Review

 An interesting (in a good way) short story.
The story starts slowly with Connell waking from a dream. As he wakes, he flashes back to his dead lover and their life together. Working the transport business he and his partner co-owned, Connell runs into trouble, making him wonder whether he’s cut out to continue as a transporter. As he questions his life choices, the dreams become more frequent, vivid and detailed; specifically, his dreams feature another man on another planet.
At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of the story – it starts slowly, found it to be a bit abstract. But I’m glad I stuck with it. Once Connell’s dreams get more explicit, the story becomes more focused. Connell investigates and finally identifies the planet and man he’s been dreaming of. He meets Wystan and the story continues with them adjusting to their ‘new reality’. It’s not all rosy, but they work it out.

I liked that the MC’s were older, world-weary and somewhat broken. When Connell and Wystan get together, they are pretty much in love with each other, but that didn’t seem strange – after all, they had been dreaming about each other for a while. Overall, it’s a good story. Interesting premise.

3.5 stars out of 5

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PS by Caraway Carter

Beaten Track Presents
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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Finding Mr. Wright (Leaning N #2) by B.A. Tortuga

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/finding-mr-wright-by-ba-tortuga-8815-b

Blurb

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including weddings. And misunderstandings.

Colorado wedding planner Mason O’Reilly lands a major contract: a two-hundred-guest wedding at the Leanin’ N Ranch, where his friends Ford and Stoney are working to provide a safe space for GLBT events. The Wright/Preston ceremony is a destination wedding, and as the grooms are from Texas, everything is done over the phone and email. There’s no way that could lead to trouble, right?

Oops.

Oil tycoon Noah Wright isn’t happy about the impending disaster, but he admires Mason’s quick thinking and grace under pressure. And that’s not all he likes about the out-and-proud wedding planner. Even though Mason’s interested in Noah, his Mr. Right can’t possibly be a rancher from Dallas.

Can he?

Review

If you love the light hearted, low-angst, humor filled romance that BA Tortuga writes and the trope-tastic Dreamspun series – you’re gonna be psyched! We’ve got BA’s characteristic western themed setting, full of “honeys” and “mans” and very little angst. If you’ve been following the series, we get to see Ford and Stoney and Jeff and all the others on the ranch as well.

The trope in this case is sort of cinderfella where Noah is the Billionaire and Mason is the working class man who’s afraid he won’t measure up.

While I didn’t love this, I think it’s a matter of timing. I find there are times when BA’s writing style really appeals and other times less so. I did appreciate the low angst and the humor and I think fans of the author will definitely want to read this! I was frustrated that Mason couldn’t see past his own prejudices for so long and Noah had to do all the work to make the relationship work… but in the end we get a lovely HEA!

3 of 5 stars

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Remember When by S.J.D. Peterson

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/remember-when-by-sjd-peterson-8788-b

Blurb

Life is simple and hopeful in youth. Luke and Nelson are best friends exploring their budding sexuality. They have big plans for the future, and nothing can stand in their way or tear them apart—except a family move that puts a continent between them.

Ten years later Luke and Nelson meet again, but nothing is simple anymore. As strong as the attraction remains, obligations and expectations come between them as Luke is forced to honor family responsibilities over the desires of his heart.

Impossibly fate sees fit to offer them a last opportunity to see what might have been. Will the third time be the charm, or is trust so badly broken it is impossible to repair? Can they recapture the innocent love they once knew and make up for all the wasted years? In a love story that spans half a lifetime, two friends destined for each other will have to fight hard for their happily ever after.

Review

I was drawn to the idea of not just a second chance but a third chance at love with the special someone. I liked the way this story was told in three parts. Luke and Nelson are best friends. We meet first them when they are thirteen years old and world is just opening up to them. Family circumstances pull them apart and they loose touch.

Ten years later they meet again accidentally or fate who knows but it’s now that they admit and act on their attraction to each other. I loved reading about them as young boys it set the tone of their relationship up perfectly. Meeting them again as young virile men just starting out in life and how they connect after 10 years apart was superb.

I got the shape of their character how Luke used his charm and Nelson was more introspective. Once again a situation out of their control drove them apart and they did not see each other until seventeen years later. You can’t build a life setting for second best certainly came true for both of them. They are both single when they meet again.

This time they get their chance of a happy ever after. To be honest I thought part three was a bit short. I had just got into their life in the present day when the next chapter was the epilogue. Overall I did enjoy the story and the idea that if it’s meant to be love will find a way. But I have a feeling that this book might divide opinion between those who love it and those who don’t.

 4 of 5 stars

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Ebb and Flow (Love’s Charter #2) by Andrew Grey

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ebb-and-flow-by-andrew-grey-8779-b

Blurb

To achieve happiness, they’ll have to find the courage to be their own men.

As first mate on a charter fishing boat, Billy Ray meets a lot of people, but not one of them has made him as uncomfortable as Skippy—because he’s drawn to Skippy as surely as the moon pulls the tides, and he’s almost as powerless to resist. Billy Ray has spent his life denying who he is to avoid the wrath of his religious father, and he can’t allow anyone to see through his carefully built façade.

Skippy is only in town on business and will have to return to Boston once he’s through. After all, his father has certain expectations, and him staying in Florida is not one of them. But he doesn’t count on Billy Ray capturing his attention and touching his heart.

Billy Ray doesn’t realize just how much he and Skippy have in common, though. They’re both living to please their fathers instead of following their own dreams—a fact that becomes painfully obvious when they get to know each other and realize how much joy they’ve denied themselves. While they can’t change the past, they can begin a future together and make up for lost time—as long as they’re willing to face the consequences of charting their own course.

Review

I picked this up because I’d enjoyed the world building in book one and I thought it’d be great to see what was happening with our friend Billy Ray.

This story is pretty similar to Setting The Hook in that we have a “good ol Southern boy” meeting a “city slicker” and the two finding ways to mesh worlds once they fall in love.

There is a bit more drama and angst in this and I wasn’t as invested in these guys as a couple as I was in book one, but that could be due to reading this rather than listening.

It was enjoyable if not amazing and I’d recommend it to fans of the series and the author.

3.5 of 5 stars

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