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My Omega’s Baby (Bodyguards and Babies #1) by S.C. Wynne

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https://www.amazon.com/My-Omegas-Baby-Romance-Bodyguards-ebook/dp/B073DCD2YV/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1505413818&sr=1-1&keywords=my+omega+wynne

Blurb

Enemies to Lovers.

Blade Carr and Wyatt Smith are bodyguards from rival agencies who can’t stand each other.
Blade is a younger omega who thinks, Wyatt, a slightly older alpha, is arrogant and disrespectful. Wyatt believes Blade is nothing but a cocky punk. But when Wyatt receives a death threat, his boss decides the last place anyone will look for him is at Blade’s house.

Both men dread spending time together and are shocked when, despite their dislike of one another, they are suddenly physically attracted to each other. When they give into their lust one night, Blade just wants to pretend the perplexing night of passion never happened, but when the younger omega discovers he’s pregnant, the two men are forced to form a closer bond as they try to find a way to come together for the child.

This is a heartwarming, but steamy, 55,000 word story featuring a non-shifter Alpha/Omega world and contains mpreg (male pregnancy). This is a standalone fated-mate, gay for you story and Book One in the: Bodyguards and Babies mpreg series.

Review

This didn’t really work for me. First, they are shifters who “choose not to shift” – so in the blurb when it says non-shifter Alpha/Omega – that’s not really true. The author doesn’t really expound on why they don’t shift – but basically it’s to blend in better with humans.

I love the enemies to lovers trope but this felt like two school boys who fought all the time for no good reason – and they’re mean to one another! Then, when forced together they lose their minds and start having sex. It felt very awkward. I was uncomfortable with how they treated one another from start to finish and never really felt the love.

Towards the end – when they’re making a go of it as a couple – the author tells us rather than shows us how they’ve become closer over the weeks, but I’d have liked to see more of this on page.

I thought the issues of abortion versus adoption could have been handled a bit more on page to give this story a bit more depth.

The other thing that I didn’t understand is why – after the omega gets pregnant – they revert back to no touching when clearly they both crave it. This would have been at least one way for them to reconnect and bond and I wasn’t sure why it was left as it was.

Another issue I had was the world building. I wanted to know more about these guys and why they chose to abandon their wolves. That seems huge to me and worthy of discussion. I also wondered at the fact that so few of their kind know about this ability to get pregnant and why it’s a secret.

As far as a manageable system – the having to be isolated for a month seems pretty unattainable for most people and I would think this would be hard to perpetuate long term.

As a side note I also never liked Wyatt’s mom and I wondered at a name like Blade – without an explanation.

I investigated the second book in the series but it seems like more of the same.

I was disappointed in this and can’t really recommend it. I was grabbed at the beginning but it lost steam for me around the 35% mark and it was a struggle to finish. I love mpreg and chose this because it wasn’t a shifter book but I’m not sure it really satisfies that requirement and I just couldn’t get behind the world building or the romance in this story.

(On a side note – while this SC Wynne book didn’t strike my fancy I really enjoyed their Assassins in love series: https://www.goodreads.com/series/174948-assassins-in-love)

2.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Mating the Omega: Mercy Hills Pack, Volume 1 by Ann-Katrin Byrde Narrated by Nick J. Russo

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Mating-the-Omega-Audiobook/B074KPKYC2/ref=a_search_c4_1_5_srTtl?qid=1503460644&sr=1-5

Blurb

Omega wolf Jason and his family have been on the run for six years, to keep Jason from being forcefully mated to his pack’s cruel Alpha. When a brutal attack leaves his father desperately injured, Jason comes to the conclusion that it’s time to call it quits. Terrified as he is to deliver himself into an Alpha’s power, he makes a deal to mate with the Alpha of the richest pack in the country, and discovers that he’d rather mate the Alpha’s handsome Head of Security. When Mac captures the feral shifter that climbed the walls surrounding the Mercy Hills Pack enclave, he feels for the young shifter’s fear, though he knows his Alpha isn’t the sort of shifter Jason believes he is. He’d be happy to see the two mated, except that, as time goes by, it becomes more and more difficult to deny his own feelings for the young, damaged Omega. A sudden turn of events sees Mac and Jason mated and expecting, but Jason’s old pack isn’t done with them yet.

Review

 What an interesting series! Get ready for a whole lot of angst! In this world shifters are known but made to live in enclaves – very much second-class citizens. Jason and his family are on the run, because Omegas are considered second-class citizens among shifters themselves.

What I liked about this was the world-building and the subtle social messages that we get in this and in future books in the series. I will admit that by book 3’s end I needed a break because it gets a bit overwhelming – but each book is really well written and not all about the sex like some shifter/omega/mpreg books can be. In fact, there isn’t nearly as much sex as you’d expect.

The angst is pretty high – but manageable- and the feels are also correspondingly high.

In audio format, Nick J Russo does a great job of brining the myriad voices to life – which is tough, because everyone will eventually star in their own book – so keeping everyone voiced in a unique way is important.

I really enjoyed this as a series and in audio format and recommend it to fans of mpreg and shifter romances.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dim-sum-asylum-by-rhys-ford-8556-b

Blurb

* Novel-length expansion of original short story found in Charmed & Dangerous anthology. *

Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.

Review

While we’ve reviewed this book on the site before, I feel that – with the listening – I wanted to amend some things.

First, as was said before – this is another great example of how Rhys Ford has a crazy wonderful imagination and an absolutely awe-inspiring talent for description.

She has created a fully developed, intricate and unique new world here and manages to give the reader/listener the set up without an “info dump”. This is a rare and wonderful gift.

Rhys is also amazing at metaphors and descriptions that make the reader/listener hear, feel, smell, taste and touch the story she is creating. I can think of few writers who match her in this skill.

What I didn’t focus on as I was reading it – and that is the magic of audiobooks – they really can change your impression of a story – is how DARK it is. Every day it rained, every day poor Roku got injured again and again – every day we were reminded of the death and destruction in Roku’s world.

The other part I didn’t quite “see” when I was reading this was how little the relationship between Roku and Trent really develops – even by the end.

I guess, when I was reading this, I must have skimmed all the violence and focused on the very cute and funny relationship parts and my brain gave them more weight. Upon re-visiting this, the main story is really about Roku and his struggles in the world and his relationship with Trent is a small part of this.

If this were to be expanded to a series I could see the relationship deepening and becoming more of a “thing” but as it stands I think I’d call this Romantic Fiction more than a romance – because the mystery and the main character development supersede the romance – IMHO.

It was still an amazing story that absolutely enthralls the reader/listener – but it wasn’t as romantic as I’d remembered.

Audio

Greg and Rhys are a powerhouse team and he was absolutely the best choice for this narration! He’s got all those Chinese and Japanese words down and they flow effortlessly off his tongue. I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t Rhys’ other series – Cole McGinnis – because Trent reminded me so much of Bobby – both in voice and characterization! In a way this is kind of a paranormal Cole McGinnis – and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all!

In any case, this was an amazing way to experience this fantastic story and highly recommended to fans of the author, urban fantasy and romantic crime stories.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Kink Month: The Starving Years Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Gomez Pugh

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Starving-Years-MMM-Dystopian-Romance-Audiobook/B01I1VAQSU/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1501112574&sr=1-1

Blurb

The chemistry between these three men is undeniable, but is it enough to save Manhattan?
Imagine a world without hunger.
In 1960, a superfood was invented that made starvation a thing of the past. Manna, the cheaply manufactured staple food, is now as ubiquitous as salt in the world’s cupboards, pantries and larders.
Nelson Oliver knows plenty about manna. He’s a food scientist–according to his diploma, that is. Lately, he’s been running the register at the local video rental dive to scrape together the cash for his outrageously priced migraine medication.
In a job fair gone bad, Nelson hooks up with copywriter Javier and his computer-geek pal Tim, who whisks them away from the worst of the fiasco in his repurposed moving truck. At least, Nelson thinks those two are acquainted, but they’re acting so evasive about it, he’s not sure how they know each other, exactly. Javier is impervious to Nelson’s flirting, and Tim’s name could appear in the dictionary under the entry for “awkward.” And with a riot raging through Manhattan and yet another headache coming on, it doesn’t seem like Nelson will get an answer anytime soon.
One thing’s for sure, the tension between the three of them is thick enough to cut with a knife…even one of those dull plastic dealies that come in the package with Mannariffic EZ-Mealz.
The Starving Years is a must-read for fans of dystopian romance looking for scorching M/M/M chemistry in a fast-paced, page-turning adventure.

Review

I’ve had this on my TBR list forever. I’m a huge fan of both Gomez and JCP and I know that this was likely to be amazing – but… I really dislike “dystopian” anything and I wasn’t sure this was going to be ….my sort of book.

Well, I was right and wrong.

First, the very surprising thing is that the dystopian part was really fascinating to me and the whole “mana/food” thing and poverty/poor rights and the conspiracy theory stuff was right up my alley! It was gripping and clever and really well done.

Second, the romance – in this case ménage/triad really didn’t work for me at all. It starts out as a love triangle (which I hate) and never really gets on good footing after that. I think I’d label this “romantic fiction” – if that – because the relationship stuff just sort of happens and doesn’t always make sense and isn’t the focus of the story by a long shot.

While there is some sex there isn’t a lot and it really felt like everyone agreed to the triad to get to the person they wanted and I didn’t feel a connection between all three of them – at all. We’re left with a vague HFN and I didn’t feel like this was a relationship to last.

Gomez, as usual, does an amazing job with this and I wanted him to speak using Javier’s voice – FOREVER! I loved how he handled the three male leads (as well as the other characters who were far from secondary) and managed to keep all of them separate and distinct.

I was glad I listened to this instead of reading because I may have been tempted to skim and I’d have missed out.  

So, I can definitely recommend this, but if you’re looking for a “romance” this probably won’t satisfy. But, if you’re interested in dystopian speculative fiction and love a good political/conspiracy thriller – this is for you!

4 of 5 stars

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Who We Truly Are (Enhanced #2) by Victoria Sue

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/who-we-truly-are-by-victoria-sue-8670-b

Blurb

Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart, and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life.

Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he is having to do it alone.

Does Talon have one last fight in him? Will he slay everyone who wants to destroy Finn and the team, or will he finally discover that to defeat their enemy and the ultimate threat, the biggest battle he has to face is one with himself?

 

Review
This is a continuation of book one and is NOT a standalone.

While Talon and Finn had come together in book one, this story helps to more deeply cement their bond. It’s not quite “forever” until the end because Talon has so many fears about commitment. In this book we get to seem him work through all those emotions that we only glimpsed in book one. (And some super hot smexy times!)

We also get to really meet the team and learn more about their program and how life as an Enhanced really is. This is where Victoria Sue really shines – IMHO – her world building is so complex and well drawn that you can’t help being sucked into the adventure!

There’s a great mix of action, hot smexy times and some deep emotional moments.

For fans of book one this is a must and if you’re a fantasy/shifter romance lover you’ll absolutely want to pick up this series from book one.

Highly Recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Flux (Ennek Book 2) Audiobook by Kim Fielding Narrated by Joel Leslie

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http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Flux-Audiobook/B072NS4V2P/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1493692090&sr=1-1

Blurb

Ennek, the son of Praesidium’s chief, has rescued Miner from a terrible fate: suspension in a dreamless frozen state called Stasis, the punishment for traitors. As the two men flee Praesidium by sea, their adventures are only beginning. Although they may be free from the tyranny of their homeland, new difficulties await them as Miner faces the continuing consequences of his slavery and Ennek struggles with controlling his newfound powers as a wizard. In this sequel to Stasis, the fugitives encounter challenges both human and magical as they explore new lands and their deepening relationship with each other.

Review

Wow. Kim does not want to let these guys catch a break! Ok… That’s not true. She does. But she sure makes them work for it!

We left our guys escaping from Praesidium and poor Miner having to endure living on a boat while he’s terrified of water. Well, he sure overcomes that! As though it weren’t enough – all they’ve endured – in book two our poor MCs meet Pirates, evil slave masters and yet another evil magic user!

One thing that remains and, in fact, grows stronger, for these two – their love and respect for one another. That alone makes this an amazingly touching story to experience.

Audio

Thank goodness for the narrator change! Joel Leslie brings this series to life! From an interesting, but maybe not quite so magical story (with the narration of book one) to a fairy tale full of captivating and enthralling characters. As fits with the “fairy tale” style, Ennek and Miner are given sort of British accents that absolutely suit them. Throughout their visits they encounter various peoples and Joel gives them their own unique accents to really bring home the “travel” and “exotic” nature of this part of the series. I LOVED the accent he chose for the evil magic user near the end – Akilina – it suited her perfectly!

This is ABSOLUTELY the best way to experience this story as it really adds some color to Kim’s dark tale.

This is absolutely a must for fans of book one, and this is a series that must be read in order.
4.5 of 5 stars overall

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Stasis: Ennek Trilogy, Book 1 Audiobook by Kim Fielding Narrated by: Robert Sciglimpaglia

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http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Stasis-Audiobook/B00FDVN2P6/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1493691976&sr=1-1

Blurb

Praesidium is the most prosperous city-state in the world, due not only to its location at the mouth of a great bay, but also to its strict laws, stringently enforced. Ordinary criminals become bond-slaves, but the Wizard places traitors in Stasis, a dreamless frozen state. Ennek is the Chief’s younger son. He has grown up without much of a purpose, a man who cannot fulfill his true desires and who skates on the edge of the law. But he is also haunted by the plight of one man, a prisoner for whom Stasis appears to be a truly horrible fate. If Ennek is to save that prisoner, he must explore Praesidium’s deepest secrets as well as his own.

Review

One thing Kim Fielding does and does very well is create an alternate world that is convincing – even in it’s simplicity. Without dumping a ton of information on the reader/listener, we’re made to understand that Ennek’s world is vaguely in times less modern than current, where magic exists as a known quantity, and the rulers run the land with an iron fist.

Shocking is the severity of the punishments meted out. Ennek, the “spare” son, finds out just how severe these punishments can be when he visits some of the “prisoners”. These are men who are literally held in stasis for years until their world has changed without them. When they return to the “living” they are then given a life as a slave – really no better than a dog – maybe worse.

Beyond crimes and criminals, there are political machinations and evil wizards with agendas to keep us turning pages.

I won’t lie – this is a dark story and it’s told in three parts – so while you get a glimpse of reprieve in the ending it’s hardly an HEA.

Without spoiling too much, Ennek finds himself strangely attracted to one of the prisoners in stasis (we find out he’s named Miner). Ennek works a deal with the devil and Miner ends up Ennek’s personal slave.

Beyond that you’ll have to read/listen to this yourself – but there are moments of supreme hope and faith, but lots of angst to earn those glimpses.

While I’ve not heard a narration by Robert Sciglimpaglia before, he did an okay job. He didn’t
“wow” me with any wonderful accents and there were some strange sound issues that I could hear in the background. I didn’t really “love” his narration, but he did an adequate job. (I was pleased to see he doesn’t narrate book 2.)

Overall I’d give this audiobook 4 of 5 stars

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Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price

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https://www.amazon.com/Hemovore-Jordan-Castillo-Price-ebook/dp/B01N392CQK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486080112&sr=8-1&keywords=hemovore

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Mark Hansen thought working as artist’s assistant would be glamorous, especially if that artist was a vampire. Black tie events, witty repartee, gracing the pages of the local style section…. Didn’t happen. Not even once.

Jonathan Varga is an enigma. True, he’s quiet, generous, and scrupulously polite. But he has zero social life, refuses to be interviewed or photographed, and insists he can only consume feline blood.

Why supermarket blood won’t suffice, Mark hasn’t asked. He’s rarely at a loss for words—he can dish an insult and follow it with a snap as quick as you can say “Miss Thang.” But one look at Jonathan’s black-as-sin gypsy eyes, and Mark’s objections drain away.

So he endures the perpetual grind of their routine: Jonathan hiding in his studio, swiping black paint onto black canvases. Mark hurling insults while he buffs the office to a shine with antiviral wipes. Each of them avoiding the other in a careful choreography…until a blurb in Art in America unleashes a chain of harrowing events.

As secrets from Jonathan’s past are brought to light, it becomes clear that all his precautions weren’t nearly enough.

Second expanded edition includes bonus novelette Sweet

 

Review

Just when you think you’ve read every possible spin on the Vampire story there is… Jordan hits us with something new!

As you know, I’m a huge JCP fan. I find her mind extraordinary and her darkness compelling, where normally I pass on things that are too bleak or dark. Where she excels is in the balance. She definitely doesn’t make it easy on her MCs (or any of her characters, really) but she does give them light at the end of the tunnel.

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This is a slow burn romance with not a lot of heat but a lot of emotional connections and some very well-developed and complex characters – plus some snarky one liners! I think, looking at this like any “epidemic” it’s a fascinating look at how society treats illness and disease in general.

For fans of the author, I highly recommend this. If you’ve not read anything by her, this would be an interesting first book – but I wouldn’t judge her based on this – not because it isn’t wonderful – but because she writes so many things well but I think her PsyCop series really is her best work. (IMHO)

For fans of Vampire Romances, you may or may not want to read this as it’s not your typical romance (see spoiler or read some other reviews that tell more about this) because it’s far from typical.

4.5 of 5 stars

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The Alpha King by Victoria Sue

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The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn’t been born in over a thousand years.

Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his twenty-fifth birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now—this moment he has waited a long time for.
Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined.

Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years.

Is Kit really the cause of Luca’s newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn’t even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death? (WARNING -Contains MPreg)

Review

This looks like another amazing start to a fascinating series!

If you’re a fan of the author or the genre (mpreg) you’re probably familiar with Victoria Sue’s Sirius Wolves series (reviewed here: ) This is very similar in style and feel and has a lot of those same elements. It’s vaguely historical but also dystopian so possibly future? It was hard to tell, but most of it feels like the past.

We have a ruling class of shifters who enslave humans and two destined lovers who will “save the world”.

What I liked: I loved the amazing new powers Luca and Kit tap into upon bonding. I loved the “predictions”. I loved their relationship and commitment once it was established.

What I didn’t like: The world building. It was overwhelming. There were names and places and rules and all sorts of information literally dumped on me in the beginning and throughout the book. Even with all that, I was still sometimes confused about motivations of key players and definitely lost track of all the people. I didn’t like the fact that most of the conflict between our MCs revolves around them not talking to one another about how they feel (even when they share a mind link!). That made me crazy! Most of their angst was a “misunderstanding” that could have resolved quickly had they just said what they were feeling.

I think that fans of mpreg will want to read this, as will fans if the Sirius series. If you’re new to mpreg, this is a good book to try because Victoria Sue is a good writer and her stories use mpreg, but that isn’t the sole reason for her MCs to get together.

I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next book in the series.

4 of 5 stars

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Life is Awesome: Mnevermind Book 3 by Jordan Castillo Price

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http://jcpbooks.com/ebook/life.html

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Daniel Schroeder wants nothing more than to repair his father’s broken memories, but it’s been a long time since he’s thought of himself as a memorysmith. Even though convincing Big Dan of their current reality is the most painful task Daniel faces every morning, somehow life manages to prevent him from finding a cure. He needs to keep their family business running. And he needs to moonlight at a competitor’s shop to keep all his employees paid. Or maybe he’s just trying to keep himself from exacerbating the situation.
A year ago, Daniel would have presumed he was clever enough to memorysmith his way out of their predicament, but nowadays he’s not so cavalier. Playing with people’s memories shouldn’t be taken lightly, and things can always get worse. Even with the help of some of the best minds in the business, Daniel still isn’t sure how to navigate his way out of the persistent false memory that’s crippled his life. Is new programming the answer? Better gear? More money? Or is time the only thing that can heal Big Dan’s memories…if they can even be fixed at all.
What Daniel needs most is some breathing room, and Elijah Crowe is eager to provide it. Since he’s smitten with Daniel, Elijah is determined to prove himself—and he’s more than qualified to clear Daniel’s schedule by taking over some duties at Adventuretech. With the support of his new boyfriend, possibilities begin to open up for Daniel, hints of things he hasn’t even realized he’d stopped hoping for: the contentment of a harmonious family, the fulfillment of his creative expression, and a chance for a relationship with a man he loves.

Review

It’s hard to write a review for this because it was so complex. On the one hand, we do see a sort-of HEA for both Daniel, Big Dan and Elijah – but – ironically – it’s not AWESOME – but it is very, very happy – and that’s just the point of it all.

Just as the previous two installments, neither the situation with Big Dan, nor the relationship with Elijah are “fixed” in some perfect way. Things are still achingly “real” and our very imperfect characters find a very imperfect solution? – if you can call it that – to their issues. Or maybe – I should say – a work in progress.

That’s one of the really beautiful things about this book and this series – Jordan Castillo Price isn’t afraid to let things be imperfect. Messy. Awkward. Less than shiny. While Daniel and Elijah do seem to have made good strides towards figuring out the physical side of their relationship – it’s not the fairy tale solution you might expect – and that’s so awesome! – that it’s allowed to be what it is – because that’s life – and it’s still a beautiful thing.

Dan and Big Dan will still have their struggles – but the “twist” that gets thrown in – or should I say wrench?- does manage to highlight one of my beliefs about life in general. That is the fact that sometimes things which – on the surface – look to be all bad – can really end up being the best thing in the world. And this wrench does force them all to re-evaluate their priorities and I think they all ended up in a much better place. Happy!

So – I’m sad to see the series end, but am excited to re-visit it as the audiobooks continue to come out – and happy to have read it.

Highly Recommended! 4.5 of 5 stars

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