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

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/again-by-mary-calmes-8742-b

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

(Book reviewed here previously)

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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Shaded Chains by Jack L Pyke

Fantastic Fiction Publishing
http://forbiddenfiction.com/story/jp2-1-000293/

Blurb

 
“Say my fucking name.”

Alex Gardner is a psychiatric nurse, Ross McKendrik a tattoo artist: both know the fears and strains of caring for an old man with dementia: Ross’s father. When lines between father and son are crossed and trust is broken between Alex and Ross—between a sub and Dom—Ross is in a fight for his life to earn the right to hear his sub say his name again. Only having grown up in the Scottish Highlands, Ross’s methods are a little… dangerous, his methods are a little… dark. Love is about to get very, very tough.

 

 

Review

Jack L Pyke writes superb dark stories. Shaded Chains is a revision of a previous short story His. The story opens with Alex and Ross at the Care home where Ross’s Father resides and Alex works. Therein is one of the pressures on Ross and Alex’s relationship, Patient and carer and family. And then there is the Dom and Sub and lovers dynamic. Ross is slowly losing his father to dementia and Alex as Carer is watching providing support wherever he can. I like the way Jack uses the pencil as the tangible link Ross desperately clings to in relationship with his Father as he was. The links formed by important events also define Ross and Alex’s relationship until Ross loses Alex’s trust and must work to get it back. The way he goes about it, such wonderful twisted Jack L Pyke way. This is an emotional journey for all the characters, in different ways, and it kept me enthralled.

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Fire and Fog (Carlisle Cops #6) by Andrew Grey

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fire-and-fog-by-andrew-grey-8649-b

Blurb

Carlisle police officer Dwayne knows what Robin is doing the moment he lays eyes on the young man at Bronco’s club. But he doesn’t know that they both come from families who’ve cast them out for being gay, or that they’re still lugging around the pain of those rejections. Robin leaves the club, and soon after Dwayne decides to as well—and is close by when things between Robin and his client turn violent.

When Dwayne finds out Robin is the victim of a scam, which lost him his apartment, he can’t leave Robin to fend for himself on the streets. Despite Dwayne’s offer of help and even opening up his home, it’s hard for Robin to trust anything good. The friendship between them grows, and just as the two men start warming up to each other, Robin’s sister passes away, naming Robin to care for her son. Worse yet, their pasts creep back in to tear down the family and sense of belonging both of them long for.

 

Review by Mary

What I like about any series by Andrew Grey is that each book can be read alone but you get little glimpses of characters from previous books and sometimes other series. If you’ve read the other books it’s nice to know they are still happy and if you haven’t they are fun side characters. (Characters are from the Broncos boys series)

Family is what makes this story. Good ones and bad ones. Dwayne and Robin come closer because both of them have come from families that didn’t accept them for who they are. Their relationship starts tentative at first. Learning to trust each other to the point where they can create their own happy family. The rent scam is where the police drama side of the story comes in and whilst you can predict where the story line is going it is still a good easy story to read. I like books by Andrew Grey for this reason. He gives a feel good romance with a happy ever after ending.

 
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Review by Beth
Andrew Grey has given us another story where the group of guys from Carlisle rally together and support the next couple coming together. Dwayne has no problem opening his home for Robin and Robin has every problem trying to believe that Dwayne doesn’t want anything else but to help. While all of this is going on there is a crime to be solved concerning someone scamming people into renting rooms or even a whole house without the original owners know about it? I liked the twist in the end; I can honestly say I didn’t see that one coming.
There always seems to be a kid showing up that needs rescuing in this series. I liked how the story showed Robin’s second thoughts about taking custody of his nephew. How Dwayne let Robin know that he had help in taking care of Charlie. It’s a warm and feel good story that will have you smiling in the end.
4 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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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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Slim Chance 
by Jeff Erno


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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/slim-chance-by-jeff-erno-8613-b

Blurb
Can a man improve his appearance without losing everything good inside him?

Oliver has always been obese and suffered from a negative body image. He’s tried diets before, failing time after time, but he vows this time will be different. As he begins an exercise program, his confidence increases—and so does his interest in his friend and coworker Benjy. Though they bonded long ago over a love of online gaming, it takes a lot of courage for Oliver to share his new body and be intimate with another man.

A passionate romance blooms, but as Oliver nears his goal, it seems he doesn’t need Benjy—with his chronic anxiety and troubled past—now that he’s made attractive new friends at the gym. But not all relationships are equal, and Oliver realizes that Benjy, who loved and supported him when no one else did, is more than a reminder of his old life.

A pleasing appearance means nothing when it hides a lonely, empty heart, and if Oliver cannot decide what’s truly important, he’ll lose what he cherishes most

Review

This is very much a story of self awareness and self esteem. Oliver makes a firm decision to lose weight and Benjy supports him. At the beginning Oliver is so judgmental not only of himself but also of Benjy. He values fitting in with what he views as being socially acceptable, not being overweight and not having anxiety problems etc.

Oliver and Benjy’s friendship develops further to hesitant lovers and a relationship. It is disappointing that whilst Benjy tries to understand and help Oliver, Oliver doesn’t try to do the same about Benjy’s issues. At those times Oliver is not a likable character. Several times towards the end I exasperatedly thought ‘oh Oliver’ but he comes good in the end.

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It’s a good moral story. Treat others as you want to be treated and not to judge others. I liked the blurb and the idea of the story but something was missing and I can’t put my finger on it.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Gnarly (World of Love) by Mickie B. Ashling 

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/gnarly-by-mickie-b-ashling-8583-b

 

Blurb

Dr. Ed Hollingsworth, widowed for five years, returns to San Sebastián, Spain, after a thirty-year absence. He seeks out his first and only male lover, pro surfer Javi Elizalde. 

After surviving a near-fatal shark attack, Javi turned his back on the sport he loves and became a recluse. 

Iker Lizaso, professional jai alai player, finds himself at loose ends now that his contract has expired. Forced to retire at thirty-eight, he returned to his home in the Basque Country to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. 

Three different men, encumbered by their past, converge in a city famous for its food, summer festivals, and romantic promenades. Can they find happiness together? It’ll be difficult, maybe even improbable, considering their backgrounds, but Cupid’s arrow usually hits the mark, and this particular strike might be epic.

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

 

Review

This just didn’t work for me.

Things I liked/loved: learning about the Basque, the language, the culture, the geography. The references to surfing. The information about Jai Alai. This country and the people sound amazing and so, so colorful. I could definitely feel the heat and passion and spiciness – it seems very rich and flavorful! I enjoyed learning about the advances in prosthesis technology.

Things that didn’t work: The ménage. I never felt like Iker was integral to this relationship and I really wasn’t sure why he was even part of this story. He felt like a third wheel. He’s so sweet and enthusiastic and I didn’t understand his willingness to be part of this couple or his attraction to the somber and rigid Ed. Which brings me to my second point. Ed. He was a total dick to Javi and seemed to completely forget him for 30 years! Then he suddenly shows up and expects that time to have just disappeared. Javi gave him a lecture – ONE – and that was completely insufficient. He’s bossy and manipulative and condescending at the best and cold and uncaring at the worst. I did not understand Javi’s attraction, nor Iker’s and I was always rooting for Iker and Javi to kick Ed to the curb.

This story was all over the map. It wanted to be a reunion story, a story of opposites attract, a May/December story, a bi-sexual discovery story, a PTSD/hurt/comfort/recovery story, a ménage…it was too much. As a reader I needed to understand how Ed could act like he did so that I could forgive him and I really received no other explanation other than – school kept me busy where I met my wife. And apparently left all of Javi and his life in the dust.   I ached for poor Javi and though I applaud his willingness to let Ed help him I couldn’t help but feel like he seems like a doormat almost as much as poor Iker.

Another thing that really bugged me was how the ménage worked. I felt like Iker was on the outside. Though it was sweet that Javi and Ed shared some firsts, Ed’s holding that over Iker’s head like a prize seemed unkind and definitely made me feel like the group was seriously out of balance.  We get a HFN instead of an HEA and that, too, left me a little disappointed.

I did not feel a strong connection between these characters and as a result the “romance” in this did not pass muster. The cultural information was interesting and for that I’ll give this a 2.5 of 5 stars.

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P.S. I Spook You
by S.E. Harmon

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Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ps-i-spook-you-by-se-harmon-8565-b

Blurb

 
SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.

Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.

It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales

Review by Mary

Rain Christiansen sees ghosts and they talk to him. When I started reading I thought umm useful for an FBI agent but they don’t tell him where they are or who killed them but rather want him to pass on messages. That’s not good when no one else believes in ghosts.
The story has three strands weaving into each other. First Rain coming to terms with seeing and hearing ghosts, second the cold case of missing girl Amy Greene and third the not quite finished relationship between Rain and Daniel. The three work well together. None of these threads are neglected over another making it an intriguing well paced story but not hard to follow. The missing girl aspect is well crafted. There are a lot of potential suspects which keeps the mystery going. The ghosts are clever part driving the investigation along but not giving any solid answers. Rain has to come to terms with the fact that seeing ghosts is part of who he is. In amongst that he must also acknowledge why he broke up with Daniel three years before. So must Daniel, he has to learn to trust and believe in Rain again. I must add the sex scenes between them are hot hot hot. Three for the price of one, interesting paranormal, intriguing mystery and a teasing will they won’t they get back together second chance romance.
I do hope S.E. Harman considers making this a series I think there is a lot of potential for Rain and Daniel. If not it is a very satisfying story in its own right.

4 of 5 stars

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Review by Dee

Where to start? I’ve read S.E. Harmon’s PI Guys series and this book is just as brilliant, period.

It has everything I love – a non-sappy romance, snarky humour, crime/mystery all wrapped up in a fun book. This book is perfect, in my opinion.

Rain is hysterical as an FBI agent who can communicate with ghosts. He tries to help Ethan, (a young ghost), by relaying a message to his grieving parents … and let’s just say that it did not go well. The funny part is that said ghost told him “I told you my parents wouldn’t like the message.” -talk about a thankless job J

The encounter with the parents puts Rain on the FBI shit list. He has one more chance to redeem himself at work so he takes a cold case in his hometown, with his ex., Danny. Their relationship, which ended when Rain took a job in DC, rekindled slowly, but surely. It was fun seeing them circle each other.

There are so many good lines within the story that made me laugh out loud like “Liquor not being the optimal temperature isn’t a deal breaker for me. I’m enough of a lush to admit it.”

I cannot describe the whole book and do it justice; I loved every second of reading it and was sad when it ended – I was having so much fun. I do hope there are more adventures of Rain and Danny solving cold cases, (the ending sets up the promise of a series, so I’m hoping).

All I can say is that the exchanges between Rain and the ghosts clamouring for his help; his back and forth relationship with Danny, the crime/mystery plot (let’s not forget that) and his interactions with this eccentric family made this an excellent story.

I highly recommend this book!
5 of 5 stars

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Extrasensual Perception Audiobook by Rayna Vause narrated by John Solo

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/extrasensual-perception-by-rayna-vause-8372-b

Blurb

If a stalker doesn’t kill them, the heat between them might.
Christopher Vincent is desperate enough for a job that he accepts an offer to entertain as a psychic in a friend’s nightclub. Jackson Whitman, one of the club’s co-owners, is less than thrilled by the new act. To him, psychics are ridiculous and a liability. But when they come face-to-face, attraction flares to life between them.
Someone is watching Jack and Chris from the shadows. What starts as a series of creepy encounters leads to deadly attacks.
Jack and Chris must set aside their differences and work together to survive a homicidal stalker. But can they survive their explosive connection?

Review

I am always amazed at the variety of books in the Dreamspun Desire series. While the claim of “troptastic” is absolutely appropriate in each case, the way that manifests differs widely.

In this case, the sense I got from this was of a day time made for TV movie. The characters weren’t terribly well developed and the plot seemed to drag. I wasn’t very invested in the romance as I never felt anything like sincere chemistry nor feelings from either MC for the other.

The psychic power stuff was vaguely interesting and the mystery/danger moved the story along, but overall this just didn’t grab my heart nor my attention very strongly.

John Solo did a fine job narrating this. He didn’t do any interesting accents or anything but he was easy to listen to and added the right emotion when needed to keep the listener engaged.

If you’re a fan of melodrama this might appeal to you more than me, but I can’t really recommend this for more than a light bit of entertainment.

2.75 (rounded to 3) of 5 stars

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It Could Happen by Mia Kerrick

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/it-could-happen-by-mia-kerick-8530-b

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Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship

Review by Mary

It could happen is the first book by Mia Kerick I’ve read. In the beginning I struggled keeping track of who was who between the three main characters with the frequently changing points of view. Henry, Brody and Danny are so very different from each other and it wasn’t until I settled into each of their voices that I began to appreciate the unique style of this book. Danny tells his story through poems, Brody through diary entries and Henry through narrative.
The blurb covers the premise of the story really well so I don’t want to repeat it here. Their friendship develops into love as each of them grow together. Each helping one another cope with Family, life and understanding what they want. The three main characters come across quite strongly but the background ones, parents, are more one-dimensional. From the start Danny has identified as gay, Henry seems more like gay for them and whilst Brody said he was pan sexual there isn’t really any indication he is, or has been, attracted to anyone else. But then these are young adults are entering into their first serious relationship which happens to be between the three of them. A thruple. I think their naïveté and faith in the future is the reason the story works so well. Only one brings baggage from a previous relationship and the other two were there to help him with that.
I like the happy for now ending at graduation, it is a natural break in their story and leaves an opening for a college story.
Overall I’d say this book grew on me and by the end I loved these three young men.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Review by Beth

I had a hard time getting through this book. I’m not sure if it was how it was written or the story line itself. But I found myself having to make time to sit down and read it, rather than “OMG I am so caught up in this story how do I find more time to read a few more pages?” That being said………….

The story is written from all three of the guys’ point of view, although it seems we hear more from Brody, the adrenaline junky than Henry and Danny. Danny’s contribution is Poetry and the thoughts and emotions he expresses is very well done. The alternating of POV does give a well rounded understanding of where the three are coming from, as well as where they want to end up. Senior year in high school can be demanding just with the effort put in to graduate, and decide your future. Add into that the start of a polyamorous relationship and you have all of the typical teenage angst, as well as the homophobic bias you can imagine.

These three have been friends for four years so they know each other really well. So as you go through the story you see how that knowledge helps them get over all the bumps they encounter. As their year progresses something will cause one of them to pull back and The author has chosen to have each go their separate ways dealing with the crisis on their own and not with support of the other guy. It reinforces the motto of all or nothing this group has put into place. In the end there is a little growing up, a little learning to trust and a lot of support as all of the issues come to a head.

3 of 5 stars

 
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Fire and Hail Audiobook by Andrew Grey Narrated by Randy Fuller

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fire-and-hail-by-andrew-grey-8420-b

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Carlisle Cops Book 5

Brock Ferguson knew he might run into his ex-boyfriend, Vincent Geraldini, when he took his first job as a police officer in Carlisle. Vincent’s attitude during a routine traffic stop reminds Brock why their relationship didn’t last.

What Brock doesn’t expect is finding two scared children in the trunk of a Corvette. He’s also surprised to learn the kids’ mother is Vincent’s sister. But his immediate concern is the safety of the two children, Abey and Penny, and he offers to comfort and care for them when their mother is taken into custody.

Vincent is also shocked to learn what his sister has done. For the sake of the kids, he and Brock bury the hatchet—and soon find they have much more in common than they realized. With Abey and Penny’s help, they grow closer, until the four of them start to feel like a family. But Vincent’s sister and her boyfriend—an equal-opportunity jerk—could tear down everything they’re trying to build.

Review
This is a feel good story that talks about second chances and the importance of family. You have the MC’s who were involved in their college years but are not ready to commit. You meet them again after they have moved through life to a point where they both have a better understanding of who they are and what they want.

The secondary characters are all people/couples you have met in previous books and their support and guidance are important to the story.

The bad guys bring an element of suspense and trepidation to make the story move at an easy pace and have you rooting to see them brought down.

Then there are the kids. They are cute, sweet and tug on your heart strings.
Put all of this together, add some sexy interactions and the story moves along at a good pace.

 

Audio

I submitted my review and my editor emailed me back asking about the narration, which cased me to do that V-8 thing, a wack to the forehead. Well……
 
The fact that I didn’t even think to say anything about the narration means that Randy Fuller did a good job. I didn’t hear the narrator, I heard the story. Nothing caught my attention in the way of off timing, or bad voices, just a pleasant and entertaining listen.

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