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Fun and Games (Omega Wolves #4) Willa Okati



Captaining a fishing boat’s long, hard work, and when Sullivan brings his catch to the fishmongers he has his mind set on a strong ale and a hot meal in a quiet, family establishment where he’s not likely to lose his wallet or his life.

The Fisherman’s Friend looks like just the place, but once Sullivan sets his gaze on Ari, he knows he’s found a lot more than he was looking for — and exactly what he needs. For there’s no scent on earth quite as alluring to an Alpha male as that of an Omega in heat.



At first I was super mad and a little shocked by this story. All the others have been so romantic and I was disappointed that book four would veer so wildly. So… without ruining the surprise just let me say that it DOESN’T veer at all. It’s still quite sweet and falls in line with the rest of the series nicely. In fact, it’s a really cute story that I enjoyed probably as much or more than the rest of the books.

I don’t want to tell you more – it’s a cute surprise – but I did love how it plays out and I think fans of the series will too.

(I think the price point is off, however, this should be a 99 cent book, not a $2.99 – it’s 21 pages.)

3.5 of 5 stars


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Lost and Found (Omega Wolves #1) By Willa Okati


Years ago, the Wasp Lake pack forced Matthias out after he dared to fall in love with the Packmaster’s Omega son, Bree. Now Matthias has made his fortune on the sea and returned to claim his mate. But the world he left behind isn’t the one he finds.

Bree has become an outcast and been lied to from the start. He’s been told Matthias left because he’d fallen out of love with him. He hasn’t mated with any other wolves or borne them cubs, but the struggle against his Omega nature has taken its toll. He knows he can’t hold out much longer, even if he does have a secret den to hide in when he’s in heat.

Matthias takes shelter from a blizzard in Bree’s bolt-hole just as mating fever consumes the Omega, and the former lovers are reunited just in time for their world to change again — for keeps.


What a sweet, sweet book! It’s short, only 770 locations on my Kindle, but packed with goodness. We get a sweet homecoming, a Misunderstanding, an Omega heat and a pregnancy! Wonderful!

Willa Okati manages to pack a lot into this little story and it was delightful. If you’re a fan of sweet, Omega, shifter, mpreg, reunion stories – this is for you!

Highly Recommended

4.5 of 5 stars


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Between Loathing and Love Audiobook by Andrew Grey Narrated by Tristan James


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Theatrical agent Payton Gowan meets with former classmate – and prospective client – Beckett Huntington, with every intention of brushing him off. Beckett not only made high school a living hell for Payton, but he was also responsible for dashing Payton’s dreams of becoming a Broadway star.

Aspiring actor Beckett Huntington arrives in New York City on a wing and a prayer, struggling to land his first gig. He knows scoring Payton Gowan as an agent would be a great way to get his foot in the door, but with their history, getting the chance is going to be a tough sell.

Against Payton’s better judgment, he agrees to give Beckett a chance, only to discover – to his amazement – that Beckett actually does have talent.

Payton signs Beckett but can’t trust him – until Payton’s best friend, Val, is attacked. When Beckett is there for him, Payton begins to see another side to his former bully. Amidst attempts by a jealous agent to sabotage Beckett’s career and tear apart their blossoming love, Payton and Beckett must learn to let go of the past if they have any chance at playing out a future together.



This is an enemies to lovers story about two guys who “hated” each other in high school and now are forced to work with one another as adults.  There’s also a bit about self-esteem/self-worth as Payton has made some changes to his appearance as well.

I enjoyed Val, Payton’s BFF – he was funny and interesting and hopefully will have his own story one day! I think his “issues” could be very powerful.

I didn’t really feel that I got a good understanding of what drove Beckett. He seemed such a contradiction. Really muscular/jockish but acting and being on Broadway didn’t seem to be two things that blended well. I’d have enjoyed learning more about that juxtaposition.

Payton was another mixed bag. On one hand he was so confident and knew what he wanted from life, but on the other he was so insecure. I was a bit bothered by the fact that all his problems seemed to “go away” once he lost weight. This seems to indicate that physical appearance is the most important thing in life. I also didn’t like the fact that Beckett didn’t seem to be interested in Payton before the weight loss (before the “incident”) and that feels a bit superficial to me.

Payton and Beckett definitely have a lot in common and I could see them being together long term. Beckett seems pretty superficial to me, but so does Payton, so that might work for them both.

I really liked Val and hope we see more of him in the future.

In total, this story didn’t move me much and I found it far less moving than Andrew Grey’s other works. I really like his senses series or his supernatural stories written as Dirk Greyson much better, but this was a low angst read, with nice writing and an interesting set of careers for our MCs.

3 of 5 stars


Tristan James is one of my favorite narrators! He has a lovely voice and I can just listen to him for hours! He has a great grasp of emotion and really does a lot to bring a story to life. He absolutely increased my enjoyment of this story – I likely wouldn’t have continued reading if I hadn’t been “listening” instead.

4.5 of 5 stars for the audio

Overall 3.75 of 5 stars


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Relativistic Phenomena Audiobook by Kate Pavelle Narrated by Kevin Chandler


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Mistaken identities bring two fated souls together in this gay romance. Grounded by a hurricane, Tony passes time playing chess and flirting with “Ken”, a pierced punk kid. Restless, he needs to make the quantum physics symposium in New York, where making an impression on the reclusive Dr. Ikeda could mean a post-doc research position. What are the odds? The 19-year-old physics prodigy, Dr. Kenichi Ikeda, alone out of Japan for the first time and stranded at the airport, gets hustled in a game of chess by the ingenious and handsome Tony. Coincidence and fate brings them together – but the reclusive genius is torn: Should he hire the sweet and brilliant Tony because of their undeniable mutual attraction, or despite it?


This is a very cute, short story about two men who have a “fling” in an airport, but later end up working together. It’s not at all realistic, but I had a lot of fun listening to it once I just accepted it as “fiction”. I wish it’d been longer, in fact, because I got a kick out of Kenichi’s character and I would have loved to see him and Tony interact more as equals – longer.

Kevin Chandler is a new-to-me narrator and for the most part I enjoyed his narration. He tries very hard to give unique voices to the various characters and it was always easy to tell who was speaking. I wanted Kenichi to have a more accented voice given his background, but the tenor and pacing of his speech felt accurate.

This was a sweet story with a good narration and I recommend it for a light, low- angst listen.

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Dinner for One by Meg Harding

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Bastien isn’t used to bad reviews. His French restaurant is the toast of the town, and when a well-known critic insults it, he’s left off-kilter. Luckily for him he’s found a distraction. He’s just met an attractive writer at his niece’s school bake sale. He’s into food, into Bastien and the touch of kink they share, and there’s a chemistry between them that might make the perfect recipe.

James isn’t expecting to meet a good-looking French chef at a bake sale, but he’s not going to let the chance slide. It comes as a surprise when the chef turns out to be the owner of a place he knows—and has reviewed—and it puts James in a sticky situation. So he might have to omit some pertinent information to make it work… at least for now.



So, I’m not typically attracted to chef/bakery type stories – cooking is NOT my thing – but I’d heard such good things about this story and the author is one of my new favs so…

I was NOT disappointed! First, Bastien is so adorable. He is sweet, sincere, occasionally naughty and so very lovable. Second, while James had a couple of “Doh” moments, he was for the most part equally sweet and sincere and such a nice complement to Bastien.

If you ignore the original “big misunderstanding”, this book has very little angst, but a lovely organically growing love story between two guys who are always hopeful but leery. The smexy times are plentiful but not overdone and very hot.

The story is written in the third person present tense, and that is my only complaint with the entire book. It was a bit awkward and bulky and I think it could’ve been better in a different tense.  I found myself highlighting several passages that felt awkward only because of the POV.

Ex: James goes to a new Thai fusion restaurant with a guy he meets at the gym and the guy is attractive. (To me this falls flat and feels awkward.)


However, that one niggle, is really my only complaint. I loved the families, the “angst” as the boys worried about proper outfits, the French curses, the food bits, the apology!, the hea and the feels.

It’s a sweet (literally) story about two somewhat older guys finally finding “the one” in NYC and it’s highly recommended.

4.5 of 5 stars


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Wrenches, Regrets and Reality Checks (Wrench Wars Book 3) by LA Witt

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When Reggie’s garage became part of a popular reality show, business went through the roof. And he supposes having his shop in the black is a fair trade for jumping through the network’s hoops.

As the show’s lowest-ranking producer, Wes is tasked with proposing a new spin-off show to Reggie. The sexy mechanic makes him sweat on a normal day, but this time, Wes is holding cards he can’t show. With execs breathing down his neck, he’s expected to pitch a show Reggie will never agree to do, even if his rejection puts his existing show on the line.

The network is counting on Reggie refusing to sign. But they’re not counting on their messenger falling for the man they’re trying to fire.

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press, 2015.


I haven’t read book one in this series, but I did read book two and I’m a big LA Witt fan. I love blue collar MCs and mechanics especially turn my key. (Look what I did there!) The cover is really hot and while I was a bit leery of the reality TV thing, I was really hoping that the mechanic part of this story would negate the Hollywood drama. Unfortunately, it didn’t.

I admit to a definite bias against reality TV and Hollywood storylines. The fakeness of Hollywood and actors and the BS they do for their work make them unappealing as characters, so I avoid those storylines.   If those are things you like, then please take my review with a big grain of salt, because it might just be up your alley. The takeaway feeling I got by the end, was a temporary fix to the central problem and a tepid HFN. I don’t want to give away any plot points, but even at the end of the story I was still worried about the garage and it’s future, I was uncertain what sort of career Wes was going to have, and most importantly, I was worried that our MCs weren’t really going to go the distance– both in terms of geography and personal life plans. Perhaps if the story had been longer I might have been convinced, but given the story’s brevity – where we’re left is still on pretty shaky ground.

The writing was good, the smexy times were smokin’ hot, but the feels just weren’t there for me. I was left kind of anxious at the end of this story and I don’t like that feeling! I admit to wanting it all wrapped up in a pretty package (or at least looking like it’s pretty certain to be all wrapped up in a pretty package) and this just didn’t convince me. If you’re a fan of the series (I think there’s a lot of book one referenced in this), a fan of reality TV/Hollywood angst, if you don’t mind a romance with less “feels” in it but plenty of “sweaty, hot, blue collar meets white collar man on man” sex – this is the book for you!

2.75 of 5 stars


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Absolution: The Protectors, Book 1 Audiobook by Sloane Kennedy Narrated by Joel Leslie




After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he’s ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.
The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can’t he bring himself to pull the trigger?
After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle – dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.
Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they’re forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.
But each man’s scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them.
Note: Contains m/m/m scenes and is intended for mature audiences.


Oh man this was good! I’m not usually one for dramatic suspense but this one had me HOOKED! I obviously knew Mace won’t end up killing Jonas, but the reason why wasn’t apparent for a good long while and in the meantime I kept worrying for our boys!

I loved the way all three members of this triad were equal and that virtually nothing happened without the other there. This is a true equal relationship where they all fell in love together at the same time. It’s remarkably well done.

The angst is painful and hard to read. I think Mace’s story hit me the hardest. As a parent there is NOTHING as hard to live through (or imagine) than the death of a child and Mace’s guilt in this is gut wrenching.

I appreciated the imperfect way that things ended for our guys. I liked the work around the author gave us for solving some of the trickier problems, and the way that some issues just can’t be readily fixed.

Cole’s father and his situation was a nice side story as was the leading in to the next story with Ronan. I’m already hooked and his story hasn’t even started yet! (But you can bet I’m reading it next!)

This was a wonderful book – sweet, sexy, tense, dramatic, romantic, suspenseful and sappy. Just perfect!


Joel Leslie gave us another outstanding performance. He manages to differentiate the MCs and the other guys in Mace’s group. (I love, love, loved Mav’s voice!) He does a good job with the female characters and the children as well. He has a great sense of timing and emotion and moves the story along at a good pace, too. He definitely added to the overall enjoyment of this story.

4.5 of 5 stars


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The Queen and the Homo Jock King (Tell Me It’s Real Book 2) Audiobook by TJ Klune Narrated by Michael Lesley


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Do you believe in love at first sight?

Sanford Stewart sure doesn’t. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy’s perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind.

Or so he tells himself.

It’s not until the owner of Jack It—the club where Sandy performs as drag queen Helena Handbasket—comes to him with a desperate proposition that Sandy realizes he might have to put his feelings about Darren aside. Because Jack It will close unless someone can convince Andrew Taylor, the mayor of Tucson, to keep it open.

Someone like Darren, the mayor’s illegitimate son.

The foolproof plan is this: seduce Darren and push him to convince his father to renew Jack It’s contract with the city.

Simple, right?



(Book reviewed here previously)

Katie and I did a buddy read/review for this because Katie is a HUGE TJ fan and both of us absolutely ADORED Tell Me It’s Real. (MS – Morgan, KS – Katie)

Sandy: “You know when you have a dream about doing something you shouldn’t and then it turns incestuous and you think, well, that wasn’t so bad and then there are marching bands?”

MS: OMG I was so psyched to see a follow up to Tell Me It’s Real (TMIR)! To me this is TJ at his finest. This book has all the fun and only a little of the angst. There are even moments when TJ makes fun of his own angst love when Kori/Corey describes her time with Tyson at school. What did you think Katie?

KS: Sandy had a very distinct voice in Tell Me.. and Art/Breathing, in this book he sounded a lot like Bear and Paul. Which don’t get me wrong, love them both, but Sandy lost some individuality for me. Helena didn’t take over as much as she does in other stories.

MS: I agree, Sandy did go on a lot of “Bear-like” rants in this. Hysterical, but different from the Sandy in TMIR.

MS: So… I think anyone could read this as a standalone but… they’d miss a hellovalot! Sandy is Paul’s BFF and a SUPER FABULOUS drag queen – Helena Handbasket. Sandy is the mild mannered counter to Helena’s outlandish and sometimes snarky side. Sandy/Helena have had a run in years ago with Darren – the Homo Jock King and Vince’s half-brother. Since then Darren has attended almost all of Helena’s shows but always leaves with some twink. Sandy – who hates Darren with the fire of a thousand suns – leaves with some piece of frat/jock/anybody else not Darren.

Paul: “Because you’d fight him for the right to my nipples?” Paul asked.
Vince: “Sure,” Vince said. “I’d fight anyone for your nipples. And also because Darren wants to bone Sandy and not you.”

KS: I now love Darren, but again he’s sounding very similar to Otter, who is one of my book boyfriends – so not a bad thing. But… I didn’t need to be constantly reminded that they were the Queen and Homo Jock King, it was brought up a lot.

MS: Darren did get more of a personality here, but the firm delineation of Queen v Homo Jock King did get a bit overused. I think that one of my biggest “issues” with TJ’s work lately has been a distinct lack of editing. He is SO funny but the rants are getting longer and longer.

MS: When Sandy’s friends get involved there is a suddenly a need for Darren and Sandy to act as boyfriends to get Darren’s dad to help them save the gay bar… and well… it was confusing and it’s supposed to be. While “acting as boyfriends” – their deepest desires (who everyone else already knew) come to the surface and some of the old hurts dividing them get explained and fixed.

(One of the rules to their fake dating.)
Sandy: Ugh. That sounded terrible. “Only in public where people can see us,” I amended. “No inviting me to your house where I assume the bedroom smells like twink jizz and sadness.”
Darren: He shrugged. “It also smells like vanilla.”

(Darren and Sandy fake having sex.) Sandy: “There we go,” I managed to say. “I’m going to stick my dick in you now. You feel that? You feel me opening you up with my fat dick?”
Darren: “Yeah,” he moaned. “Oh, it’s slightly bigger than average and feels so good.”
“Slightly bigger?” I hissed at him.
“We have to be realistic,” he whispered back. “Not everyone has got a monster cock.”

MS: There is SO much to love about this book, besides the humor there is a lot of love. We see more of Paul, Vince, Corey/Kori and a different side of Sandy.

KS: I never thought of Sandy as slutty, but he kind of came off that way in this book, but still totally lovable.

Sandy: There comes a time in every gay man’s life where he’s asked if he got rimmed in an alley behind a Mexican restaurant. It’s almost a rite of passage.

MS: Paul and Vince are crazy as ever.

Sandy: “No one has ever had anything good to say when starting a sentence here’s the thing,” I told him.
Paul: “You don’t know that,” he said. “Gandhi could have been all, like, ‘Here’s the thing: love everyone and junk.’”

Vince: “And I know I’m right, because you can’t spell convinced without Vince.”

MS: So is Paul’s gran and Johnny Depp the parrot that hates Paul.

Darren: And then Johnny Depp started screaming that Paul was raping him
Darren: And that someone needed to save him from Paul’s pencil dick

MS: Paul’s parents are there being their weird/kinky/strange/loving selves, too.

“So they’re just sex friends?” Larry asked.
“It would seem so,” Matty said. “Should we get a sex friend?”
Larry shook his head. “I would get too jealous over something like that. Maybe we could borrow Vince’s riding crop.”

MS: We get the help from Mike the boss, and Charlie and a back-story about Vaguyna – Helena’s mentor.

Sandy: “A queen is never late,” I told Charlie. “As my dear mentor and savior Vaguyna Muffman used to say, ‘A queen always arrives precisely the moment she’s meant to and not a minute sooner, so fuck off, you cockmongers.’”

MS: My hope is that our dear Kori/Corey and maybe…. a certain bartender??? – will get a story next… Corey is too great a character to not have a book to himself.

KS: Yes! We need more Izaac! I’m hoping he’s mentioned so much for a reason. I love Corey/Kori and would have liked to see some conflict there, a continuance of Art/Breathing. Maybe them together?

Corey: “Take a shower. You smell like what sad dreams are made of.”

Izaac: “Would it make you feel better if you saw my nipples?” he asked, reaching for the hem of his shirt.
Sandy: I sighed as I shook my head. “Thanks, baby doll, but I don’t think even your nipples will help me out today. I best get in there and get this over with.”
He nodded. “That’s what my girlfriend said when we decided to try anal.”

MS: Fans of Tell Me It’s Real will LOVE this and if you haven’t read that – GO DO IT – then read this FFS.

Sandy: “And also please find out a way to send me back in time so I never have to hear you describe the term slow-bone to me ever again. If I had to list the top five traumatizing things that have ever happened to me that would be number 4. At least”

MS: The story winds and wiggles and giggles and meanders and twists and turns for 350 pages – but it’s so damn funny the time flies. 5 of 5 stars


Katie and I collaborated again on the audio review.

MS:: Katie, what was your favorite part of the narration to Homo Jock King?

KS: I love that Tj got the same narrator back. It was so nice to hear Paul, Vince and Sandy as I’ve heard them so many times before. Michael Lesley is great at going between the characters and making them each unique. I love the layering when they all shriek about something or stepping away from the mic when they’re yelling from other rooms. All nice touches.

MS: I thought Michael Lesley did a fantastic job with keeping all the voices unique and separate. Who was your favorite character based on the voices?

KS: Not necessarily because of his voice but Paul is always my favorite. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the author so when I read Paul I hear Tj’s voice. So it was really hard for me to hear another voice on Paul, but I’ve been won over (for the most part).


MS: I loved how the narrator used pacing and inflection to add to the humor in this story. When he does the very many monologues he slows down, then speeds up in a way that had me laughing at loud and giggling in public! What was the funniest scene you listened to?


KS: Tj is the master of awkward dinners, so the brunch was great. I mean Tj does them often, but they are always hilarious. Nana and Paul bidding on Darren was pretty great, as well as Sandy on the phone with Paul in the bathroom while at lunch with Darren and his father.


MS: Is there anything you wish were done differently? Anything else that caught your attention you wanted to talk about?


KS: Name pronunciations bothered me more than I’d like. I know different narrators but I didn’t like the different pronunciations of Corey/Kori. I didn’t like the Izaac pronunciation either. Overall so fun, and had me struggling to not laugh out loud at work. Love these characters so much.



5 of 5 stars – absolutely recommended!



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All of Me Audiobook by Cardeno C Narrated by Robert M Clark


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To bond with his destined mate, an Alpha wolf must look past what he sees and trust what he feels.

Bonded by their parents before they were conceived, wolf shifters Abel and Kai adored each other since they were children. As teens, the two future Alphas took the next step in their bonding process and vowed to remain true to one another until Kai came of age. But when tragedy struck, Abel felt betrayed and ran from Kai instead of completing their mating.

Abel never stops yearning for the man who was supposed to lead by his side and after years without contact, Kai returns, broken and on death’s door. If Abel wants to fulfill their destiny and merge their packs, he’ll need to look past what he saw and trust his heart.



Ouch! Oh man. This hurt my heart to listen to. There is so much pain in the first third of this story. Most of Cardeno’s stories are like a blanket fresh from the dryer for me. So comforting and nice to wrap up in. But this was very prickly and I had to brace myself for the sad, sad, sad parts.

I really hate it when there is a “Big Misunderstanding” and though that’s not exactly what happened here, it is – in fact – the crux of the problem. Add to it years of separation and I’m just a sobbing mess.

What I appreciated was that once back together these two don’t mess around. They talk it out and get back in the program like all those years didn’t happen. Woot! Thank Goodness!

In the end, as expected, we have a great, super sappy, wonderfully happy, and marvelously Cardeno story well worth the pain at the beginning.


I am on the fence with this narrator. He sort of reminds me of Vizzini from the Princess Bride ( . He has a bit of a lisp that he mostly covers up but it still slips through and to me – sadly- was a distraction. I think he mostly understands and handles the emotions well. Sometimes he fell a bit flat for me – especially on the non-dialog portions – but there are times when he really shines in his grasp of the “scene” and the pacing.

So… while the story is a 4.5 of 5 stars and parts of the narration are as well, there are parts that are more like 3 of 5. I’m gonna round down the audio and give the overall audiobook experience a 4 of 5 stars. It was good, but I think in other hands it could have been great.


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Running Hot by Yoalande Kelinn

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Kurt Trench loves running a successful auto repair shop with his twin sister Lena. Lately loyal customer Shane Dolan has been coming around more often, and Kurt assumes it’s because of his sister. While Kurt wouldn’t dream of coming between them, he can’t help being drawn to Shane himself…. Or thinking about him in ways he definitely shouldn’t.

One night everything changes. Kurt doesn’t reciprocate Shane’s kiss—he’s got no intention of stealing his sister’s man—but when he tells Lena what happened, she can’t believe how thick her brother is. She’s not the reason Shane’s been coming around the garage, and Kurt and Shane have more in common than a love of classic muscle cars. Now it’s on Kurt to make the next move, assuming he hasn’t blown his chance for good.


From the blurb, you can see the (almost) entirety of this short story. What it doesn’t say is that Shane comes around the garage for months and that at no point does Kurt ever ask Lena if the two are going out (she and Shane) even though they are twins who work together every day.

So… you have to have a big block of salt to accept the fact that Kurt lusts after Shane but only suspects that he’s his sister’s boyfriend.

The writing – otherwise- is good. It’s 50 pages and reads very quickly. The dialog is funny and when the smexy times come- oooo la la!

I wish this had been a bit more angsty. Some more significant reason for the two MC to be dancing around one another, it would have taken this from a good read to a great one.

I did enjoy it, and if you’re in the mood for a low angst, quick (yet hot!) read, give this one a go. It ends on a HFN (it’s short!) but it seems very promising. I’d absolutely read something by this author in the future.

4 of 5 stars


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