Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas Book 2) by Heidi Cullinan

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The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.

Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian.

It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.

As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.

Warning: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.

Review

We met Arthur in book one. He was Paul’s f*ck buddy, he likes his sex rough, he’s a ginger, “pocket bear”, rough around the edges, not looking for a “partner” but he doesn’t like to be alone either.

Gabriel is the new librarian. He’s tall, geeky, awkward and in no way interested in Arthur.

Arthur’s mother works with Gabe at the library and schemes to get these guys working together in the hopes that sparks might fly between them, romantically. It’s a preposterous notion – they couldn’t be more different – but somehow… they connect – and how!

It is far from smooth sailing between them. Gabe has so many issues, including trust, and he needs special handling. Arthur is like a bull in a china shop when emotions are involved so it seems pretty hopeless.

They rally around the library fund-raiser and Arthur’s nephew and find that – if they’re both really brave – they might just have what it takes to make things between them work.

**

This book resonated with me on so many levels. It was amazing. I absolutely laughed then cried then swooned… it truly affected me very strongly.

I think Gabe’s character was the most compelling – for me. He feels such shame about his desires. He wants so badly to be the champion for the under-dog and when it comes to others he can be so fierce, but when it comes to defending himself and his wants and needs, he crumples.

My most favorite part of this book revolves around “William’s Doll” a story for children wherein a boy wants a doll and his folks won’t let him have it. Oh. My. God. I bawled! The way Gabriel handled it was absolutely amazing. I would have loved to have such a strong advocate in my library growing up. He was so brave. Bringing “big city” ideas to the sticks and letting people see that caring and nurturing are not exclusively feminine traits. (Or if they are, then we all have both types of characters in us.)

I also loved his vision of what a library should be. Being a library lover, I found his “new and improved” vision to be astounding. To look at the library as more than a stacking place for books and see it as a place for disseminating information of all types… amazing!

Another really touching scene was when Arthur and Gabe connected over graphic novels. Again, another “hidden” prejudice that gets “outed”. The love of literature can really extend past our traditional definitions.

And the smexy times. Though I connected the least with the things Arthur and Gabe liked to share in bed, I really appreciated Arthur’s no-nonsense approach to it. “Sex is sex”. If it feels good to both partners – do it. No need to perseverate on it and feel badly about it. So down to earth and such good advice.

“Next time I’m gonna lick you.” Arthur flashed his tongue over the nipple tip as he roughly palmed Gabriel’s dick, tugging his own out of his pants and thrusting them together, heated, velvet flesh. “For an hour. Make you crazy. Make you beg, honey. Let you say no to me, then I’ll makeyou say yes.” He humped, sliding their cocks together, sucking on Gabriel’s chest. “Because you don’t want me to stop, do you, baby? Say it. Hump me and say it.”

Finally – the ending. It has to rank – for me- up in the top ten most romantic endings I’ve ever read. It was absolutely wonderful and ooey and gooey and tear-jerking and perfect!

Gabriel bit his lip and closed his eyes, but the tears spilled out. He could feel everyone around him, feel them waiting, hoping, worrying.

Loving him. Just the way he was.

I think each book in this series can be read on it’s own, but I think it’s best read in order. This is (by far) my favorite in the series and I can’t recommend it, the series or the author enough.

6 of 5 stars

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Good Bones by CC Flanagan

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Ace Hoffman is a home stager who is trying to escape his latest closet case heartbreak. Zane McDonnell is a chiropractor who has made the closet into a comfortable home. They meet in a dark back room one night and part just as quickly, never to see each other again…

Until Ace shows up at the door of Zane’s brother to work on his house. Now the guy who has sworn off closet cases can’t escape the man who is afraid to show the world who he is. When one tends to run and the other always hides, can they build any kind of future together?

Review

Ace is a home stager who has been burned by closet cases in the past. Zane is a closet case. They meet at a bar, have hot sex, Zane leaves immediately after, “losing points on the dismount”.

Ace is working on Zane’s brother’s house and Zane treats him like a stranger, then gives him a blowjob in the bathroom. Needless to say, Ace is confused, but still very attracted to Zane, who is also confused but determined to stay in the closet.

Little matchmaking friends keep the two running into one another until the sparks burst into a roaring affair that nearly burns out when Ace’s evil ex returns.

But, the matchmakers come to the rescue again and everything ends up very happily ever after. With a juicy epilogue to boot!

**

I loved this book. Loved it! I thought the chemistry between Zane and Ace was fantastic. Though sometimes inconsistent, Zane’s desire to stay in the closet was tempered with his initial caveat, “until there’s a reason to leave it”, thus providing the opening for him to explore this relationship with Ace while still maintaining his secrecy.

The secondary characters are funny and sweet and the friend/wannabe boyfriend Erik was a really nice, realistically-imperfect touch.

I loved that the “gays” were not at all stereotypical, even though Ace did have the clichéd job as a decorator.

I am a total sucker for an epilogue that wraps it all up and this trumps it by still leaving a little room for our Erik to find his true love in a sequel.
I totally recommend this book and give it a 5 of 5 stars!

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Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas Book 1) by Heidi Cullinan

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The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.

Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears.

Review
Frankie gets caught in a snowstorm in Logan (very small town), Minnesota. He’s a very femme stylist and he feels a little too “big” for small-town Logan and worries about being bullied/hurt in such a small town environment.

Marcus is a lawyer who recently moved back to his small town to help his ailing mother. He’s not sure where he belongs and he feels pulled in multiple directions.

It’s a sort of “Goldilocks and the Three (gay) Bears” story… Frankie being the Goldilocks and each of the bears getting their own stories in turn.

Though the two fight their attraction to one another it soon becomes clear that while Paul and Arthur are doing their “thing” Marcus and Frankie really want to do “their own thing”.

Eventually Frankie has to decide (as does Marcus) where his priorities, trust and hope lie. Will he tough it out in the sticks or give up on Marcus for the “safety” of the city.

**

I have to admit I didn’t like this story nearly as much the first time I read it. Maybe I was in a bad mood (likely – I don’t like Christmas at all), maybe I didn’t appreciate the characters for who they would become (I know a lot more about the secondary characters and why they get so much page time now), I didn’t feel as connected to the MCs as I wanted (which now that I’ve seen them in three stories I really feel a strong connection.). Whatever the case – I really liked it on the second pass.

It’s not my favorite of the series (book two holds that honor) but it’s still a wonderfully sweet story about stereotypes and being true to yourself and true courage and standing up for what you most want in life.

I thought it was lovely how Heidi tied it up at the end by showing Frankie that fear can be found anywhere – something I missed on the first read. I really appreciate how Heidi can talk about a lot of “heavy” topics without feeling heavy handed about it.

The steam in this series is both low and high. There are numerically fewer steamy scenes in these than I expect from her, but the intensity of those scenes is very high.

To sum up, I really loved this series – So Much!- and I loved all the MCs, and this book on its own is wonderfully sweet, but as part of the series it really helps to set up the background for the other MCs which really helps you to understand them all the more. It’s definitely worth a read on its own merits but I also recommend it as a lead in to the other two books.

4 of 5 stars

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Uncaged (Shifter’s Uprising Book 1) by Lisa Oliver and Thomas J Oliver Book Review

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Book 1 – Shifter’s Uprising Series.
Can be read as standalone.

Carlin is an Alpha Wolf Fighter, one of only three in the top spots at the Souterrain – an underground fighting club, run by the Elite to punish shifters who have gone outside of the laws. He’s happy enough, only has to fight exhibition matches, has his own apartment space, food and sex on tap – yep, life it good. So when Martin offers him the chance to fight for his freedom, Carlin turns it down. It’s no fun being a lone wolf and Carlin is quite happy where he is.

Then Lucas catches his eye. A handsome man, a stunning fighter, moving up through the ranks fast. Lucas might not have the killer attitude that most men at the Souterrain have, but he’s got the moves. Carlin has no problems insisting the man is bought to his apartment – sex is never a bad idea. But when he catches Lucas’s scent and realizes the man is his fated mate, suddenly getting him to bed is the least of his problems. Lucas wants to be free, and for the first time in a long time, so does Carlin.

Unfortunately there is more to Lucas than meets the eye. Martin certainly has no intention of letting them go, and if he has to have Carlin killed to keep Lucas at the Souterrain, then the man has no problems with that either. Suddenly the deal Carlin makes with Martin goes horribly wrong, and Carlin and Lucas realize that the price for freedom might be Carlin’s life, and even then Lucas will not be free.

Warnings: M/M sex, HEA, some violence (they are in a fight club after all). A growly Alpha who lets his emotions get the best of him, and a hybrid shifter with a wicked imagination.

Review

Carlin and Lucas are both victims of an administration that wants total control of it’s subjects. Carlin has a bit more freedom, but ultimately he’s just as limited as Lucas when it comes down to it.

When Lucas and he figure out they’re true mates they both suddenly have something worth fighting for and against.

Though this is a much darker shifter story (perhaps that’s the influence of Lisa Oliver’s son as writing partner) it still has that very romantic element along with the wonderful world-building.

I loved that Lucas has the ability to shift into more than just a wolf – that’s a unique twist that makes me excited to see what else happens in this series!

I recommend this book and the author highly!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Bayou Dreams (Rougaroux Social Club #1) by Lynn Lorenz

 

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Sheriff Scott Dupree’s got more problems than he can handle. He’s alpha of his small werewolf pack and coming up for re-election as sheriff in a year. On top of this, his mother is casting love spells to find Scott a mate. It’s all Scott can do to keep the town and pack under control, let alone his urges to mate.

Ted Canedo is openly gay, a disgraced ex-cop from New Orleans. His patrol partner was killed on duty and Ted took the blame for taking protection money from the store owner to save his partner’s wife and kids grief. No one knew Ted was in love with his partner, not even his partner. Having him die in Ted’s arms killed something inside Ted too.

When the moon is full and Scott’s momma works her magic, Ted’s erotic dreams and his work as a PI bring him to St. Jerome and sexy, straight Scott. Scott’s stunned to learn his wolf is gay and wants to mate with Ted. Ted refuses to become involved with a straight man, much less a werewolf, terrified to risk his heart again.

Especially if it he has to watch Scott fight to the death for his right to claim Ted as his mate.

Review

Scott has a crazy mama who fancies herself a witch. She puts together some voodoo to try to find Scott a mate. Well – he finds one alright, but it’s a guy! Ooops!

Ted is gay and has no problem being so. He’s got personal problems that force him to move into Scott’s town. When the two meet there’s that instant mate chemistry which Scott does everything to shut down.

What happens next is the two men fighting their attraction and finally succumbing all the while dealing with mysterious events in St Jerome and trying to keep Scott’s mama from making things worse!

**

This was a totally fun, very sexy, “believable” GFY shifter book. I loved the heck out of it and it’s definitely the favorite in this series, though the others are great reads, too.

Scott’s mama is a hoot and the smexy times are scorching!

I highly recommend this to fans of shifters and especially “straight to gay” shifters.

4.5 of 5 stars

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FAST Balls (Balls to the Wall #5) by Tara Lain

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F.A.S.T. — Firefighter Assist and Search Team

Firefighter and surfing champion, Jerry Wallender, looks like a hero to the world, but he can’t see it. He keeps falling for these intellectual guys who end up making him feel dumb and unneeded. On top of that, Mick Cassidy, super-gorgeous firefighter and total homophobe, makes Jerry’s life miserable with his slurs. Then one day Mick’s nice to Jerry and, at the Firefighter’s Ball, Jerry offers a helping hand and ends up with a hand-job. What the hell is going on?

Mick Cassidy is great with fighting fires and solving math problems but rotten with people. Raised by a gay-hating preacher, Mick’s carefully constructed world of gay bashing starts to crumble when he meets Jerry, the nicest, kindest man he’s ever known. Mick’s never wanted a woman and can’t stop thinking about sex with Jerry. In fact, he can’t stop doing it. Does that make him gay? And if he’s gay, what happens to his whole life? A hook-up between sweet Jerry and mean Mick might be total disaster — or the smartest idea Jerry ever had.

Review

Jerry is a simple guy, a sweet-heart who woks for the fire department, tries to find love with guys who he thinks are too smart for him, but still has a great outlook on life. And he loves to surf.

Mick is a unique soul raised by strict parents in a sort of cult who has near genius math skills but very few social skills. He’s at first a ridiculous homophobe who lashes out at anyone remotely gay, but at home secretly loves porn with big dicks.

Something about Jerry draws Mick in and he can’t help but admire the guy who seems to always act the hero, but never get a swollen ego.

Eventually Jerry and Mick become friends. Jerry helps Mick to bend his brain around the idea that he might be gay and in fact might really be attracted to Jerry himself.

Jerry has always found the bigoted guy hot, even if he drove him crazy. When Jerry finds himself in a life or death situation, Mick has to make a brave call that ends up driving them together and forces them to act on their smoldering attraction.

**

I love this series by Tara Lain! All of the guys in these stories are unique and special and Jerry and Mick are my most favorite!

Mick’s gentle self-discovery and Jerry’s constant support are really touching. Though the cult thing threw me at first, it really kinda fits and I love how Mick’s mom doesn’t act like you think she would.

All the books in this series are smokin’ hot, but the love story really is the main thing, and each one ends in a way that makes you think of forever.

Though this is only one book in the series, I highly recommend the entire group and this one in particular. You don’t have to read them in order but it does give it a bit more depth as the MCs play recurring roles.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Challenge the Darkness (Yellowstone Wolves Book 1) by Dirk Greyson

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When alpha shifter Mikael Volokov is called to witness a challenge, he learns the evil and power-hungry Anton Gregor will stop at nothing to attain victory. Knowing he will need alliances to keep his pack together, Mikael requests a congress with the nearby Evergreen pack and meets Denton Arguson, Evergreen alpha, to ask for his help. Fate has a strange twist for both of them, though, and Mikael and Denton soon realize they’re destined mates.

Denton resists the pull between them—he has his own pack and his own responsibilities. But Mikael isn’t willing to give up. The Mother has promised Mikael his mate, told him he must fight for him, and that only together can they defeat the coming darkness. When Anton casts his sights on Denton’s pack, attacks and sabotage follow, pulling Denton and Mikael together to defeat a common enemy. But Anton’s threats sow seeds of destruction enough to break any bond, and the mates’ determination to challenge the darkness may be their only saving grace.

 

Review

Mikael and Denton meet as alphas of neighboring packs who must unite against an evil shifter determined to take over the entire territory. They realize they are mates, but fight it – everyone knows two alphas will never work as mates, right?

What results is a long, slow romance between two hot-headed and hot shifters. Mikael is the first to realize how vital the mating between them will be. In addition to his own gut instincts, he’s received a message from the Goddess telling him that their partnership will be required to conquer the evil Anton.

The chemistry between these guys is combustible! They slowly get to know one another until they can’t stand to be apart. It was great watching the slow transformation from almost enemies to lovers.

Anton’s plot takes up a lot of storyline and involves several other players who I hope will become MCs in later books.

There is a fair amount of world-building and time spent as wolves – something I always appreciate in a good shifter novel.

The ending is climactic and exciting and also very sentimental and touching.

I really enjoyed this new shifter book and look forward to the series.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Burning up the Ice (International Men of Sports Book 5) by TA Chase and Devon Rhodes

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Book Five in the International Men of Sports

Two men, two very different sports and one rink—sharing ice has never been so hot.

Olivier ‘Big Bang’ St Pierre is back in his hometown while he recovers from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hockey’s a contact sport—still, he didn’t count on the locker room being dangerous. As a professional hockey player, he also didn’t count on it being hard to find ice time. But when a rink shuts down unexpectedly in a winter-sport-crazy town, even being a big name won’t help as people scramble for whatever they can get.

The first time Ethan Campbell hears from the local hockey legend he knew as a kid, Olivier manages to insult both his family’s rink and his new sport—curling. So he’s not exactly receptive when Olivier shows up in person to plead his case. He makes a sarcastic offer…and is shocked when Olivier takes him up on it. Ethan’s bad experience with hockey had left him cold. But soon he and Olivier are burning up the ice.

Ethan is tied to his town, job and family, while Olivier will be going back to Chicago to rejoin his team as soon as he’s able. It can’t possibly last…can it?

Review

Olivier is “out” but not necessarily vocal about it as he’s a professional hockey player. He gets injured and returns home to heal. When the normal rink has problems he turns to a smaller, family owned rink to practice. He finds Ethan there, a guy he knew as a kid, and a wall of resentment.

Ethan is too small to play pro hockey, but he’s got mad skills. He turns to curling for an outlet, but is often ridiculed by the hockey players he envies. When Olivier does the same, he hits him with attitude.

But over time the two come to find that they actually have something special to share if they let the other in.

**

So… Olivier is quite cute and Ethan is sad about not being able to play hockey and they have great sex but where is the relationship and where is it going? I never really felt the connection between these two beyond the physical. I just didn’t “see” their connection.

I thought the Zamboni sex was hot, but it felt awkward that they couple didn’t ever go on dates or even have sex on a bed til the end.

Olivier was a super neat character – an astrophysisist hockey player and I wished we’d had more interactions with him and Ethan as a couple – taking advantage of that uniqueness that seemed to be just something to say rather than a real aspect of his personality.

I didn’t know anything about curling and got to learn something new, so that was nice, but again it felt like everything was just kinda put out there to “be unique” and not something integral to the characters.

The writing and editing were fine but I didn’t really get a great feeling about these guys as a couple and didn’t even understand where they ended up by the end of the book. Are they moving in together? Doing the long distance thing? They just sort of hinted at things in the future which was very unsatisfying.

I’ve enjoyed TA Chase in the past and I’ll definitely given Devon Rhodes another shot, but I was underwhelmed by this effort.

2.5 of 5 stars

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Goading the Enforcer (Wolves of Stoneridge # 6) by Charlie Richards (Review)

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Jared Templeton returned to Colin City for one reason, to make it through his sister’s wedding. After that he wanted to return to his home in Massachusetts and go back to his blessed solitude and his life as an assassin. He didn’t plan on attending a viewing for a deceased mentor, agreeing to help his shifter friend rescue a blind man, or learning that he had a shifter mate, a male shifter mate. He’d never been attracted to a man before, but he couldn’t deny that he lusted after this one. And he had no clue what to do about it, or how he could fit the wolf shifter into his life if he did give in to his desires.

Carson Angeni is the enforcer for the Stone Ridge wolf pack. He’s followed his alpha’s commands and obeyed him without question, even to the point of taking lives to ensure the safety of his pack. When he’s faced with a mate who kills for money, with no remorse and no conscience, he questions Fate’s choice. How can he accept someone who seems to get his jollies by goading those around him, not to mention Jared lives halfway across the country? But as he gets to know the man, Carson learns that there is more to him than Jared’s brash exterior displays. There’s definitely a connection between them and both have trouble denying it, but Carson can’t accept Jared’s work as an assassin. And when Carson discovers that Jared knew from the beginning that he was Carson’s mate, it creates even more tension between them. Can Carson learn to trust his mate while trying to convince Jared to give up the only life and the only job he’s ever known, to settle with him in Stone Ridge?

Review

This is the first book of this series for which I’ve done a formal review – but I gotta tell you that I love this series so much!

I chose this book to start with because Carson and Jared hold a special place in my heart – they are so damn funny and so damn sexy that I get excited and giggle any time they get mentioned. So far Charlie Richards has put these guys in several of the following stories and each time they get a little bit cuter and lot more kinky!

I am (desperately) hoping these guys get their own sequel in the future… maybe with babies… hint hint!

In any case… this book introduces them as a couple. At first Jared identifies as straight, but as you know that mating bond takes hold and makes even the straightest guy think twice.

Carson is this tough, stoic, calm (most of the time) guy and acts as the perfect foil for Jared’s outrageous personality. Within moments of meeting Jared is willing to explore the “gay side” of his sexuality and the two go hot and heavy on the dance floor.

Jared is more than just a pretty face, however. He’s got mad skills with a gun and knows his way around security systems and computers, as well.

Together he and Carson help to free some of the shifters who have been captured by the evil scientists and they manage to take time for making out, too!

You don’t have to read the series in order, but it really helps to give it more depth.   Each is it’s own HEA and has it’s own pair of MCs but the other characters have recurring rolls, so it’s good to know them ahead of time.

I highly recommend this series and this book in particular if you like snark, humor, hot, kinky sex and shifters who give everything for their mates.

5 of 5 stars

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Memories of the Heart (Memories Book 1) Audiobook by Felice Stevens Narrated by Sean Crisden (Review)

 

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Ruthless, controlling, a loner. All words the hospital staff used to describe Dr. Micah Steinberg – their next head of surgery. When a letter arrives from his grandmother’s friend at the assisted living facility, his orderly world tilts dangerously out of control.

Josh Ruthn had everything until it was revealed much of his world was a lie. Forced to reevaluate his life, Josh gives up his career and returns home to New York City to care for his beloved grandmother. What Josh didn’t figure on was an attraction to a man who on the surface, appears to be exactly like the life Josh chose to leave behind.

As Micah struggles with the reality of his grandmother’s illness, the bond these two share deepens, as Josh helps Micah heal, then open his heart. Micah discovers there is more to life than work, control and success. Josh is in deep but has yet to tell Micah who he really is.

When the fight for the hospital’s head of surgery turns ugly, Josh’s past and present collide. Micah must let go of the past and accept who he is, if his life is going to move forward.

Life is full of surprises, and as both Micah and Josh learn, love can happen whether you plan for it or not.

Review

Micah is a big ol’ jerk. He’s self centered. Condescending. Job obsessed. Ruthless. Doesn’t believe in love. And he forgets to visit his sweet old grandmother in the nursing home!

Josh is perfect. He’s sweet. Kind. Loyal. Believes in true love. And he visits his grandma every day.

Josh’s grandma, Ethel and Micah’s grandma, Ruth are friends at the same home. Ethel sends a letter to Micah scolding him for how he’s treating Ruth. This makes Micah so mad he immediately runs down to the home to set her straight but… while there he also runs into the snotty barista he met that morning on his way to work (Josh)! Josh and Micah strike sparks off one another right away. Since Micah was an ass to Josh, Josh believes nothing but bad things about him. Micah believes Josh is a free-loader trying to get the better of his sweet grandmother for her money.

Well, as it turns out, Josh is a lawyer who left his practice when his partner at work (and in life) dumps him for another man. Josh decided his family was more important and he looks to start over in NYC.

Micah and Josh end up seeing a lot of one another through their grandmothers and the attraction between them sizzles. Neither believes the other is a permanent thing, but they can’t help but get involved.

When Ruth’s health takes a turn for the worse, Micah turns to Josh for comfort and he helps Micah realize what is really important in life.

There are a few hurdles left – Josh’s job, Micah’s past, Micah’s job and Josh’s past… but they move through these fairly easily.

In the end they find a delightfully sappy HEA and Ruth and Ethel get to plan their future together!

**

This was a very low angst read full of hearts and Ruths and sappy phrases. Some will be turned off by this, but not me! I loved it. It was refreshing and sweet and all together enjoyable.

(Rafe, who we meet again in the next book in the series, acted a little strange for someone who’d just met Josh, he seemed awful willing to go to a lot of trouble – but… I’m still eager to read his story with Alex!)

Audio

Sean Crisden is a favorite narrator of mine and though he didn’t do much to make either Josh or Micah’s voices stand out, he did a great job with both grandmother’s and their vaguely Eastern European aged accents.

I really enjoyed both the story and the narration.

5 of 5 stars

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