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Daily Dose Short Story: Putting Down Roots by Tam MacNeil

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At twenty-nine, Mark is lonely and unhappy. With his teaching degree, he never expected to be scraping by at a dead-end job in a bookstore. So when he’s given the opportunity to do the work he’s always dreamed of, he jumps on it.

But there’s a catch. Mark has just agreed to spend the summer teaching a recalcitrant student at a lonely manor outside the most haunted village in the UK. It doesn’t take Mark long to figure out there’s something strange, really strange, about Thomas, his host and the father of his pupil. They say the village changes people, and it turns out Thomas is living proof. Now Mark has to decide if he should run like hell or stay and become part of the family.

Category: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 29

Review

Mark, a lonely teacher, moves to a “haunted village” to teach one of the town’s oldest family’s daughter English. Her father, Thomas, is an older but still quite attractive, man who appears as lonely as Mark.

Yes, strange things do appear to happen both around town and in the old home Thomas owns, but Mark can’t help but being attracted to Thomas anyway.

When tourists inadvertently threaten Thomas and his family his secret is exposed and Mark has to decide if he can handle the strangeness and put down some roots of his own.

**

Though this was a very interesting story with great world building, I didn’t feel the romance at all. The characters barely speak two words to one another and the situation Thomas is in feels particularly hopeless.

So, even though I thought it was an interesting story and a unique twist on the shifter theme, as a romance it failed for me.

2 of 5 stars

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Resurrecting Elliot (Newport Boys Book 2) Audiobook by Cate Ashwood Narrated by Michael Pauley

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Nightmares and panic attacks following a horrific tragedy leave Professor Elliot Lawrence a prisoner in his own home. After months of relying on his sister as his only connection to the outside world, Elliot is desperate for a sliver of independence. But leaving the safety of his home isn’t an option, not yet, and he reaches out in the most innocuous way he can think of: grocery delivery.

Colton Kelly, retired porn star and recent college grad, is struggling at two minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. During one of his grocery deliveries, he meets Elliot. Although the attraction between them is instant, they must first traverse the long road of putting Elliot back together. When disaster strikes yet again, this time in Colt’s life, Elliot’s not sure he’s strong enough to be the man Colt needs him to be.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

We met the outgoing sweetheart, Colt, in Keeping Sweets. His given up porn to turn to teaching for a career. He meets Elliott, a professor at the University in town, on a grocery delivery job he’s taken while waiting for a position to come available.

Ever since Elliot witnessed a student suicide in his classroom he can’t leave his house. He’s crippled with anxiety and his therapist isn’t helping. Only with the loving support of this unique stranger turned friend turned lover can he have a hope of finding his way in the world again.

**

I loved Keeping Sweets. I was psyched for Colt’s story, he always seemed like such a nice guy!

I love porn/ex porn stories because you usually get hot sex and someone who is really looking to find something more meaningful in their life.

I love books about shy/anxious/nerdy types who need that out-going person to help them break from their shell, finding all the lovely hidden layers.

Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed by this book. I know that in fiction we are frequently asked to suspend our disbelief, but part of what makes a compelling story is the potential for things to really happen – even if unlikely, or implausible.

Colt’s career as a porn star is just not well represented. It doesn’t affect his relationship with Elliot nor does it form a significant hurdle to his finding a teaching job. That’s just not reality. I seriously doubt he could teach children – of any age – if he was found out. I also think Elliot would want to at least discuss his previous career more before accepting him so openly.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Elliot’s anxiety/illness/PTSD situation. I had a really big issue with his therapist and that plot point as well as his entire recovery. I’m not sure his responses seemed at all consistent – letting a stranger into his house and immediately befriending him while being unable to step outside then going from that to jumping on a plane… it seemed a bit inconceivable.

I generally like Cate Ashwood’s work so this was a bit of a letdown. I loved the premise on so many levels and I don’t think any of them played well. I also missed seeing some of the guys from Sweets more – that would have been a nice treat.

The writing was good and Elliot was sweet and Colt as kind as ever, but I can’t say the story was very realistic and that tainted things for me.

3 of 5 stars

Audio

Michael Pauley does a lovely job with Colt’s accent and he adds some nice depth and emotion to this story. I enjoyed listening to this and thought it added to the overall enjoyment of the story.

Narration 4.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Charlie’s Hero (Hero’s #1) Audiobook by Nic Starr Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.

Review

Charlie is a teacher who wants to settle down. When he meets Josh, he thinks “this is it!” as they instantly connect and begin a relationship. But Josh – who is out and proud to everyone but his beloved brother – has to keep Charlie under wraps for fear of losing his only family, his brother, Andrew.

**

This is a very low angst story and for the most part I really enjoyed it. I got a bit tired of Josh’s excuse and his unwillingness to speak with his brother – especially when we see his reasons – as they felt very flimsy in the face of his obvious infatuation with Charlie. But I loved how easily these two guys fit with one another and how the majority of the story is them moving forward in their relationship.

Audio

I was super glad I had listened to this rather than read it as Joel Leslie definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the story. The story itself felt a little mild to me and Joel was able to elevate this to a more full-bodied, enjoyable experience with is additional emotion and depth provided by his narration. I always like Joel’s voicing and timing and he does another great job here.

Story 3.5 of 5 stars

Narration 5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.25 of 5 stars

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In the Middle of Somewhere Audiobook by Roan Parrish Narrated by Robert Nieman

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Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in – not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.
Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.
When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.

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(Book reviewed by Tracy here previously : https://openskyebookreviews.com/in-the-middle-of-somewhere-by-roan-parrish/)

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This is written in first person present tense and can be difficult for some authors/readers. I think it’s done very well and after a few pages I didn’t think it felt odd at all.

I really loved the characters. Daniel is hysterical and snarky and insecure and sexy and wonderful. Rex is a simple yet deep (still waters and all that) and the perfect foil for the kinetic energy that is Daniel.

I loved how they came together right away and started building from that. What I didn’t like was the continual waffling. A simple, sincere conversation could have easily eliminated half the angst of this long (maybe too long?) book.

I also didn’t love the ending. After all the torment I really wanted them to end up in a more decisive place. Perhaps this is leading to a book two, but if not, I really wanted more for them. It just felt so wishy washy – and we had put up with a lot of torment for us not to get that glorious satisfaction of a solid HEA.

The side story of Colin, Daniel’s closeted brother, didn’t really lend itself to the story and only served to muddy the waters. Perhaps this is another book to follow, but if not – I’m not sure it was necessary here and definitely distracted from the focus of the book.

All in all I mostly really enjoyed the book, wished it was a bit more tightly edited and wished for a slightly more robust ending.

Audiobook

Robert Nieman is a favorite narrator of mine so I really enjoyed his interpretation of things here. He doesn’t do a lot of different voices, but his voice is a good one – especially for Daniel. Some of the lines that I’d maybe skimmed the first time around made me chuckle out loud while listening. I think this is a great way to enjoy this story.

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I know I must have ended my review of this book with this ending, “I need/want this on audio.” And I happily got my wish this past March. I have to say that Robert Nieman has done a tremendous job with this narration. He brings so much life to the story. In my opinion the narrator literally becomes his characters right before your ears. I don’t know how you listen to audiobooks but I find the best way is to just stretch out on your bed or couch with your earbuds and just listen away. The story just comes alive and I tend to drift along with the author’s words and the beautiful narration.

This story is big. And long with lots and lots of internal dialogue from Daniel who happens to be a favorite character of mine. I liked being in his head, exhausting as it was, but as a reader and listener I feel it makes me care for and become more invested in the characters. I think I mentioned in my review of the book that I would’ve loved having more insight into Rex’s inner thoughts and that view hasn’t changed.

So, the characters. Daniel’s voice like I mentioned earlier is very prominent and you get to know him very well. Robert Nieman brought this character to life. He captured Daniel’s hesitance and self doubt so well. The pauses in his narration and the stops and starts in his speech is perfect. He literally becomes Daniel as you listen and I can totally appreciate that. His voice is smooth when Daniel is speaking and his voice trembles when Daniel is upset. He has such a wonderful tone and I always knew how Daniel was feeling through his narration.

Daniel is such a big character. He’s had to grow up tough especially in a house with 3 other brothers and an oblivious father. Their mother died and since then the family has sort of been semi­functional. Daniel is an English professor who gets a job at a small college in an equally small town in Michigan. A far cry from the inner city of Philadelphia. I enjoyed listening to how the narrator brought Daniel to life. His moments of snark and toughness as well as his moments of vulnerability.

Daniel meets Rex Vale, a resident of this small town. Rex lives in a cabin in the woods and works as a carpenter and general handy man. Late one night, Daniel accidentally hits a dog and Rex comes to his rescue.
There ensues awkwardness, angst, growth, romance, fun, pain and healing and this audiobook completely delivers and deserves high praise. Roan Parrish has a way of writing that completely engages you and the narration is equally well done. Robert Nieman has a way of delivering Daniel’s fragility yet also highlights his grittiness. He also does such a wonderful job with Rex. Rex is such a strong character yet he’s very vulnerable as well. I felt those emotions comes across in this audiobook.

Kudos to an author and a narrator that can captivate you from beginning to end. I really hope this narrator has the opportunity to do Colin’s story.

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Imperfect Harmony by Jay Northcote

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Imperfect harmony can still be beautiful…

John Fletcher, a former musician, is stuck in limbo after losing his long-term partner two years ago. He’s shut himself off from everything that reminds him of what he’s lost. When his neighbour persuades him to join the local community choir, John rediscovers his love of music and finds a reason to start living again.

Rhys Callington, the talented and charismatic choir leader, captures John’s attention from the first moment they meet. He appears to be the polar opposite of John: young, vibrant, and full of life. But Rhys has darkness in his own past that is holding him back from following his dreams.

Despite the nineteen-year age gap, the two men grow close and a fragile relationship blossoms. Ghosts of the past and insecurities about the future threaten their newfound happiness. If they’re going to harmonise in life and love as they do in their music, they’ll need to start following the same score.

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John is a music teacher who has recently lost a lot in his life: his lover, his mother, his music… now he’s living in his old childhood home trying to rebuild his life. He helps his neighbor out by driving her to choir practice and there he meets Rhys. Rhys is the surprisingly young director of the local choir and he’s entrancing.

Rhys has his own secrets and pain and John’s pain calls to his own. The two end up friends then more. But… John is 19 years older than Rhys. John has lost a lot and is unwilling to open himself up for more pain or resign Rhys to any either.

Together they must navigate their fears and hopes for the future.

**

Jay is a beautiful writer. Her love scenes are always erotic but not gratuitous. I think she handled the age gap and the pining very well. I really appreciated that both MCs had a loss they could refer to – it felt less lop-sided that way to me.

I loved how music thread it’s way through the story helping to heal in so many ways and as the music expanded so did the emotions. It was really well done.

The only complaint I had about this book – at all – was the ending. I wanted a bit more of the couple grappling with the huge issues between them and a more solid resolution. Though I feel that the couple did end on solid ground it felt a bit rushed in comparison to the lovely, slow and gradual build up we had in the rest of the story.

All in all it was another great story from an amazing writer. (And don’t you LOVE the cover?)

4.5 of 5 stars

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Rules of Engagement (Book 1) Audiobook by LA Witt Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Dustin Walker has no idea that avoiding the search for Mrs. Right could send him into the arms and bed of Mr. Right Now. According to Dustin’s mother, he should be out looking for his next wife so he won’t be the divorced black sheep of the family. Instead, he passes his free time at a local bar and pool hall, where he meets someone who’s everything his ex-wife wasn’t: funny, caring, faithful… and male. Is Brandon Stewart just Dustin’s way of getting over a bitter divorce? Can Dustin really care for him, or is it simply that Brandon is the complete opposite of his ex-wife? Dustin keeps their affair as quiet as possible, because if it continues, he knows he’ll eventually have to come out to his homophobic family or walk out on the man he’s trying not to love.

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Dustin just got out of an awful marriage to an evil, cheating ex-wife. He’s not looking to get involved with anyone. And a man never crossed his mind.

Brandon is a bi-sexual professor who likes to play pool. He’s had some bad exes but no heavy baggage. When he sees Dustin one night at a bar, he’s immediately attracted and when Dustin sends him some mixed signals, he approaches him for more than a game of pool.

Though Dustin has no idea why a man is suddenly so attractive to him, he acts on his impulses and goes home with Brandon. The two start a brief affair but Dustin leaves after a couple weeks, freaked out about dating a guy.

Brandon gives him space, but doesn’t desert him, and when Dustin thinks he’s got it figured out, he allows himself to get involved with the still very confused Dustin.

**

I am a big fan of LA Witt and Nick J Russo, so when I saw this in audiobook format, I was psyched!

I vaguely remembered not loving the book when I read it years ago, but I didn’t remember much one way or another.

As I got into the book, I was surprised because – at the beginning – it was hitting all my buttons. Two men, one obviously bi-sexual and the other looking like he was too – that’s a hot button for me. The sex is scorching. Very well written and lots of it. I really like Brandon – he’s confident, sincere, smart, cocky but tender. At first Dustin seemed great, too – open, willing to explore another facet of his personality, interesting… but as the book went on (and it’s a fairly long book) I began to really get mad at Dustin.

First, I DO NOT understand his relationship with his ex wife. How could he have been married to someone literally as psychotic as she was for TEN EFFING YEARS? Then there is the OTT mother and homophobic brother – UGH – they were so, so UGLY and just didn’t seem to fit with either Dustin or his sister or his other brother. Then there’s the a**hole best friend, Dan… so many ugly people in his life that seem out of proportion to the reality that is in Dustin’s head.

Since this is told from Dustin’s POV I wanted a bit more understanding of how he could be the person he is with the baggage he carries.

Then there’s Brandon, who just KEEPS letting Dustin treat him like crap.

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Even at the end, when Dustin has admitted to himself that he loves Brandon, he doesn’t have the guts to tell him. And the story ENDS there! I remember – now- being SO MAD!!

After all the nonsense – and including the fact that he experiments with a man and a woman after he splits with Brandon – I NEEDED some serious redemption to make me like him and the story again.

On the one hand I appreciated the fact that he needed to KNOW if he was gay, bi, whatever – and I can almost concede the need to see other people to verify that – but I wanted more remorse, more guilt, more SOMETHING so that when he gets back together with Brandon it feels good again.

Given the recent hubbub about bi erasure, I was glad to see that not only did Dustin acknowledge his attraction to both sexes, but many times throughout the book it was great to see Brandon extoling the virtues of being bi. I was worried at times that Dustin was simply going to jump on the “gay” wagon despite all those years married to a woman, so though I was upset with how he arrived at the conclusion, I was pleased to see him open to the possibility that there was more than just gay or straight as options.

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End of spoiler section.

Given that there’s a book two and book two gives me the ending that I really wanted I can forgive book one for it’s ending. But at the time, I didn’t have book two to fall back on – so I’m advising you now, read book two before you judge book one.

Really, it needs to be read one after the other to fully appreciate their relationship because I was left with a bad taste in my mouth at the end of book one.

Now, for the AUDIO – Nick J Russo absolutely makes this worth the frustration. He is so dang sexy and he’s so good with emotion and pacing that I was immersed in the story and willing to move through even the ugly parts so long as I could listen to him narrating.

So… for the original story I give it a 3 of 5. Nick’s narration a 5 of 5 and Overall a 4 of 5 taking into consideration book 2.

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The Worst Bad Thing by JE Birk

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Iceland, Stonehenge, London, Paris….

To the casual observer, it looks like a dream trip. For Tate O’Reilly, it’s anything but. He’s a man on a mission to rectify a critical mistake, and there’s nothing to hold him back—certainly not friends or family. For Tate, it all comes down to one simple thing—he must fix what he has broken.

What he doesn’t count on is meeting Gabriel Carillo. Gabriel is kind, mysterious, and seems to be on his own mission to ensure their paths keep crossing. But Tate’s hiding an awfully big secret—one he’s certain even Gabriel can’t forgive.

Does a man’s past have to determine his future? In the middle of cities filled with history, Tate is going to find out.

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I can’t really review this without giving away something that I think is obvious but might not be so – stop here if you don’t want to know what happens.

 

 

 

 

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This is a very hard book to read. Tate’s headspace is so dark and confused that it’s difficult to be “with him” while he’s so conflicted. This was well done by the author.

I knew what (or suspected) his end game from the beginning and as such it was so painful to watch him develop a relationship with Gabriel knowing that he planned on ending his own life.

As a result, I was not as “behind” the relationship as I could have been – it felt wrong in a way – for him to be involving himself – at whatever level – given his level of depression. I found the two parts hard to reconcile – his steadfast determination to end his life and yet his desire to be “happy” with Gabriel… it was a hard place to be.

The writing was good and the underlying messages were good – I almost wish that it hadn’t been a romance… in a way I needed Tate to decide his life was worth living without Gabriel.

I really didn’t get Gabriel’s ability to walk away knowing what Tate planned but then be willing to fly back to Paris at the drop of a hat…I’d have thought he’d have fought harder – especially considering his back ground.

So while I think this was a well-written and interesting book, I’m not sure I really bonded with either MC very well, nor did I see much hope for them long term, simply because we didn’t get enough time with them past the sudden ending at Notre Dame. So… as a piece of fiction involving a gay man, I think this is a well-written book. As a romance it didn’t quite fulfill my needs.

3 of 5 stars

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Law (Scandals Book 3) by Jess Buffett Review

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Being in the internationally successful boy band Right Time had been everything I had ever wanted and more. Well, except for one thing, or should I say one person, but I had long ago acknowledged that I couldn’t have both and to be happy with what I had. That was until he showed up in my life again. And then nothing made sense.

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For years I had pretended I didn’t care. Ignoring my feelings had become second nature to me. That was until my niece begged me to take her to see her favourite boy band Right Time for her birthday and I came face to face with him. In all fairness, she had no idea the can of worms she’d be opening. And in all honesty, neither did I.

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Law is a musician on the cusp of a great career in a boy band in London. Before he’s “discovered” he kisses his mentor and high school crush, his music teacher, Byron.

Byron, determined that Law should live his life free of encumbrances like an older man and lover, rejects Law, much to his displeasure.

Now, years later, Byron and Law meet again only to find that spark still flaring hot between them. This time, however, Byron admits his feelings but Law is forced to decide what’s more important: his image or his love.

**

This was a short story so things move very rapidly. For the most part I liked how the couple interacted with each other and thought their love story was sweet. I didn’t think the fact that Law was gay would be a secret he could keep from his band mates for all those years nor do I think Law could hide *spoiler from the fans for 2 years. But… if you suspend your disbelief enough, it was a fun story about second chance loves and being true to yourself.

3.5 of 5 stars

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Rex’s Mate by VS Morgan

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Former assassin Rex realizes retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be without someone to share it with. He longs for the kind of connection his friends Hunter and Casey have. Tired of meaningless hookups, Rex and his wolf are ready to find their mate. But what if his mate is the human-were bunny shifter his former boss placed in his care? Can he win the heart of this fierce and beautiful man?

Abducted and genetically altered against his will, Aaron is thrust into a world he’d thought was only make-believe. Under the protection of a Minnesota wolf pack, he struggles with his new abilities as a rabbit shifter and his growing attraction for his cocky protector. Can he trust the former assassin to keep him safe and find his brother still being held captive by the evil group responsible for changing his life forever?

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We met Rex in Hunter’s Mark, he was Hunter’s former lover and spotter. He happened to make an off hand comment about bunny shifters… and what do you know?

Aaron and his twin end up captured by scientists relating back to WWII and their DNA is spliced with that of a rabbit in an attempt to build a “super soldier”. When Aaron is freed, he doesn’t want anything to do with this new world he’s been thrust into – even if he is madly attracted to Rex, the guy who saved him from the lab.

**

This is a great sequel to Hunter’s Mark and maybe even a bit better. I felt more for the characters and also felt their attraction and romance a bit more. Aaron’s unwillingness to simply buy in to the party line felt really authentic to me and I especially loved how simplistically devoted Rex was to making Aaron’s world a better place. Totally crush worthy!

I really hope we get to see the Den Mother’s story that is hinted at because I am loving this new series!

5 of 5 stars

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Lucky in Loveland by K-lee Klein

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Book 1 of the Welcome to Loveland series

Loveland, Colorado is a special place all year around, a community of creativity and art, with scenic views and majestic mountains. But the town really shines once a year, on Valentine’s Day.

Lucky Roberts has lived in Loveland his whole life. He has good friends, strong family support, and is all about keeping his community fun and alive. The only thing Lucky has been “unlucky” with is love. But rather than avoiding February fourteenth in his hometown, he throws himself into helping others deliver their messages of love.

Enter Jack Canon. Jack moved to Loveland for a fresh start, in both his personal and professional lives. After a tough year, he’s finally hoping to just blend in, maybe carve a little niche for himself that his parents would have been proud of. What he didn’t expect was a pseudo-lumberjack with a killer body and shy smile to turn his world upside down – and he sure didn’t expect to like it so much.

When Lucky meets Jack, he feels like a thirteen year-old with his first crush. He’s clumsy, stammering, and the first greeting out of his mouth is a less than articulate, “Wow!” Words like adorable and manbun suddenly become part of his vocabulary as he discovers a deep, hidden need to romance the hell out of Jack.

And what better way to do that than during the most romantic season in the City of Love?

Review

This is a very sweet, almost zero-angst love story about two guys who find love in Loveland!

Jack is a new kindergarten teacher and painter in town and he meets Lucky when Lucky comes to the school to do a demo on hockey.  Jack is adorable with a man bun and paint under his fingers.  Lucky is big and bulky but warm as a teddy bear.

Lucky is part of the “founding fathers” of town, practically an institution himself, and so far he’s been very “unlucky” in love.

The two begin dating and the only stipulation is that there’s no sex – Lucky wants a relationship not just a hot night between the sheets.

As their relationship strengthens so does Jack’s desire to stick around as he learns more about this quirky guy and town he’s fallen for.

Highly recommended for lovers of easy, sweet, and funny romances – and a chance to learn about Loveland, CO!

4 of 5 stars

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Reviewed by Morgan

Copy Generously Provided by Author for Honest Review

Amazon link

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