Rain Shadow (A Bluewater Bay Story) by LA Witt

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Jeremy Rose came to Bluewater Bay to work as Anna Maxwell’s bodyguard, not to escape his increasingly bitter relationship with his estranged kids. He just wants to focus on his job and be alone for a while. He’s done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he’s got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe him.

Then Anna and Leigh’s attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott’s exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex—and too much time in each other’s company—inevitably builds emotional connection.

Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.


Jeremy was in a marriage for almost 2 decades before he finally admitted to his family that he was gay. Since then, though the divorce has been more or less amicable, he struggles with the relationship with his kids. He’s moved to Bluewater Bay “to give everyone some distance” – in other words – he ran away from his problems.

Scott dated a cop 20 years ago who died, now he doesn’t date cops and isn’t really that interested in a relationship at all since all he does – day in, day out – is see bad relationships. When he sees Jeremy on a sight seeing trip and the two spark an interest, neither wants anything more than sex. Perfect, right?


I’m having a hard time reviewing this because I feel pulled in two opposite directions.

On the one hand, LA Witt is a great writer and she pulled me in to this story. I was invested in Jeremy and Scott’s relationship, Jeremy’s family struggles and even the secondary character’s relationship difficulties. I loved the Rain Shadow metaphor and her descriptions of the area were lovely.  I also LOVE older MCs and both of these guys are over 40 and still HOT!

On the other hand, I never really got a great feel for Scott and what motivated him. This was told from Jeremy’s POV and I think hearing from Scott’s POV would have helped me feel more connected to him.

I also got really, really depressed by Jeremy’s life. Man! His kids’ struggles seemed hopeless. His life seemed so depressing. All those years “wasted” and now he’s still not happy. Yes – being with Scott is like a breath of fresh air, but it’s still a bit tainted with them having to start things right off the bat with heavy discussions and some concessions.

I guess it’s pretty “real” and that’s commendable, but it didn’t leave a bright, shiny feel in my heart.

For me, reading is an escape, and I definitely don’t want to read about fictional peoples’ pedestrian struggles when I have my own pedestrian struggles to deal with.

So… my overall opinion is that this is a well-written, somewhat realistic story about two guys and their struggles to find happiness in a less-than-perfect scenario. (The sex scenes, which are NUMEROUS, were very hot, and I won’t say unnecessary because they did form the basis of their relationship but…there was a lot of sex in this.)

So, I guess I’d rate it a 3 – smack in the middle. For fans of the series, I’d say it’s nice to see the gang again, but this can definitely be a standalone.


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Crossroads Audiobook by Riley Hart Narrated by Sean Crisden

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After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’s determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done—that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner…

Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given. But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.

Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that’s determined to trip them up at every turn.Crossroads - Two Men


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Double GFY people! Yes! It sounds so fantastical, but it is SO WELL DONE! Riley Hart is an amazing writer and she absolutely manages to pull this off.

She spends a lot of time building the relationship (as friends) between the two guys and then showing us that with an open mind (and an open heart) the two can explore their feelings for one another physically as well as emotionally.

I loved the similar yet different reactions each man received from their families. Though Nick had only ever been with one person, his feelings for Bryce follow a similar pattern and it’s totally reasonable that his mother would think he’s jumping the gun again. It’s also fair that Bryce’s family would think his impetuosity is throwing him into another doomed to fail relationship.

But… both men are being true to their authentic selves. Just like the motorcycles, Bryce KNEW Nick was THE ONE. And just like his cooking Nick knows his own heart and has to trust it where it concerns Bryce.

The sex is OFF THE CHARTS hot! But … so is the love. These guys aren’t afraid to reach for one another emotionally and it’s so very sweet and tender.

I loved this book – gave myself a book hangover as I had to read it all in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down at 2 a.m.

I can’t recommend this enough!Crossroads - Men Kissing


Lord! The heat is SCORCHING. Sean Crisden does an absolutely perfect job with this narration! The feels, the smexy scenes, the humor… just perfect! I absolutely adored the book and the audio only makes it BETTER!

I cannot recommend this any more!

6 of 5 stars


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Test Drive Audiobook by LA Witt Narrated by Michael Giorgio

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Sean Waters is down on his luck, thanks to the economy, and winds up working for his domineering father’s car dealership. It’s not the greatest job, but it’s a paycheck. The only problem? He’s got a wicked crush on the general manager, Jackson Rayburn.
When Jackson suggests a drive in one of the brand new sports cars, Sean has no idea it’s not the car Jackson really wants to take for a spin.
They both need this job, though, and the boss isn’t keen on employees getting involved with each other. But it’s just a lusty little crush anyway, so they can move on and pretend nothing ever happened.
Can’t they?
This short story was previously published and has been revised and expanded.


Sean ends up out of work in the latest recession, so he finds himself working for his father – a job he swore he’d never do. One of the things that makes his job so tough is that he has to work with Jackson, an older man who has worked for his father for years and whom Sean has had a crush on for as many years as he can remember.

One night Jackson invites Sean on a “test drive” of the latest convertible. One thing leads to another and the two end up having the hottest sex they’ve each ever had.

But… they can’t be together and still work for Sean’s dad. So… do they try things out and live on the down low? Do they one or both of them quit their only surefire job to test a new relationship? Do they give up on a hopeless situation?


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This short little story is full of hot moments and some tender hopeful expectations.

In the end they gamble and win and we end up with a very satisfying HFN.


I didn’t love the narrator but he did a fair job. At times he just sounded a bit too cheesy and not comfortable with his roles. As the narration went along he got better, but at first he was very rushed and spoke very quickly.  I wouldn’t avoid him and I suspect the more narrations he does in this genre the more comfortable he’ll become.

I loved the short story and enjoyed the narration and for both I give it 4.5 of 5 stars.


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If only in my Dreams by Keira Andrews

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To be home for Christmas, they must bridge the distance between them.

Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.

Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.

As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?


Charlie and Gavin have known one another since the ninth grade when Gavin moved into Charlie’s neighborhood. They became fast friends, but when Charlie tried to move it to “boyfriends”, Gavin not only backed off, but backed away completely and into a girl, Candace’s, arms.

Charlie never forgave Gavin for the way he was shunned after that, and carried that bitterness around for the next four years. Gavin, meanwhile, regretted every moment of those last four years for not being more brave and true to himself.

When the Fog-maggedon in San Francisco causes Charlie to miss his chance to fly home to his sick sister for Christmas, Gavin is there with a rental car to drive them both home.

In the car on the way there, they have a few adventures (blindfolded reindeer racing in the midwest!) and finally start talking about the past.


Keira Andrews is a gifted storyteller. She can write about zombies, the amish, college kids… you name it! These two guys have some seriously hot chemistry together and a very sweet coming of age story to tell.

The feels with the sister and the families are awesome, too.

I highly recommend this to fans of the OFY story, the enemies to lovers story and the second chance at love story.

4.5 of 5 stars


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Bad Idea Audiobook by Damon Suede Narrated by Charlie David


Some mistakes are worth making.

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?


Trip, a comic book artist and misanthrope, has had an unrequited love for his douche boss forever. When he ends up attracted to someone who is quite his opposite, Silas, he doesn’t know a great thing when it bites him on the nose!

Silas knows what he’s got in Trip, but keeps doing the “wrong” thing and making the skittish artist more antsy, but in the end the two end up not only finding their own love, but embarking on a new career that may give them both just what they need!


This is a book I did not appreciate until I’d listened to it. For whatever reason, I didn’t connect well with the story. I liked it, but I absolutely fell in love with it after listening to it.

Charlie David helps to really breathe life into each of the characters and OMG the accent he uses for Silas is freaking adorable! The chemistry between the two MCs is OFF THE CHARTS in a way I didn’t appreciate until I listened to it.

After interviewing Greg Tremblay, I started to really pay attention to the differences there are between listening to a book and reading it. Your mind skips and skims and puts things in place that may or may not be there, but listening to the story slows things down and really forces you to listen to and take in each word.

I think that Damon’s writing really lends itself to this because he can write in a way that is “unique” – sort of stream of consciousness and visceral and when that flow is hemmed in and pushed through a narration it sort of brings it back into focus.

Regardless, this a very sensual and sexy story and though there are some rough parts in the middle (where Trip is being particularly dense) the ending is satisfyingly sweet and happy!

I highly recommend this and give it 5 of 5 stars!


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PS Damon has a new book out TODAY  – Pent Up – look for a review here soon!



Talker’s Redemption (Book 2) by Amy Lane


Tate Walker’s past is too painful to just disappear, even if his dream boy, Brian Cooper, is there to hold his hand. Brian does his best, but Talker-always good at avoiding his own pain-is having a hard time facing the truth about what happened when he trusted the wrong man at the wrong time. When that truth resurfaces and lands Brian in the hospital, Talker is forced to make a choice. He can either confront every demon in his fragile, bleeding heart, or he can let Brian take the heat for him, just like he has from the beginning. But even Talker knows you don’t leave your dream boy alone and undefended when he just saved your life, and he’ll have to find the strength to take care of Brian when Brian needs him the most.


Tate and Brian are finally together as boyfriends, but all is not bliss.

Neither Tate nor Brian are ready to let go or embrace fully the past and it keeps them from their future.

It takes an act of violence to rip the truth free, but it’s worth it… right?


Oh Amy. She likes to make her boys work for their happiness, doesn’t she. Well, Tate and Brian absolutely earn their HEA.

Brian has to do what his soul calls of him – protect Tate at all costs. All costs.

Tate, who still can’t quite believe in Brian and his goodness doesn’t see what happens. But he can’t keep his head in the sand indefinitely.

Unlike many books in a series – the first could be read and appreciated and finished. Add in book two and a feeling of completion exists here as well. (Fast forward to book three and you see the story really wasn’t finished, but you wouldn’t know that if you didn’t read book three…) In other series I’ve either felt the books HAD to be read to finish the story or the sequels were just add ons to give more depth. This series feels absolutely finished with each book but absolutely enriched by the addition of the next.

Amy is a master storyteller and these boys are some of her best work. There are so many layers to each of them and yet at their core they’re simply two boys looking for security and love.

I loved this series so much and each book only makes that more true.

5 of 5 stars


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What Happens at Christmas by Jay Northcote (Review)


When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?
Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Sean—Justin’s best mate and long-time secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.

Sean has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Sean’s more than willing. At the party pretence and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.

In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas… right?


Justin and Sean have been best friends forever. Justin came out to Sean early on and was crushed when Sean admitted to being gay only after they’d survived growing up. The two never crossed the line from being “just friends” though it turns out both had harbored romantic feelings for the other for a long time.

When Justin needs someone to pose as his boyfriend, Sean volunteers. Soon it’s hard to tell just where the “pretending” becomes reality. But when Christmas is over will the two go back to being “just friends”.


Jay does New Adult really well. Her boys are funny and sharp and sexy as hell. Sean and Justin have tremendous chemistry and it was fun watching it combust.

There is very little angst and lots of hot smexy times in this wonderful Holiday story.

I recommend this to fans of Jay’s work and anyone looking for some fun Holiday Frolicking!

4.5 of 5 stars


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When two friends pose as boyfriends, could what happens at Christmas turn into something more?
Justin is recently and unhappily single. Christmas is coming, and he doesn’t want to face his ex alone at their office party. So Sean—Justin’s best mate and long-time secret crush—volunteers to go with him and pretend to be his new flame.

Sean has always lusted after Justin from afar, but there’s never been a good opportunity to ask him for more than friendship. Posing as Justin’s boyfriend isn’t a chore, and if Justin wants to rebound onto him, Sean’s more than willing. At the party pretence and reality blur, and a kiss on the dance floor leads to a night of passion.

In the aftermath, they both assume it was a one-time thing until fate intervenes. Stuck together in London over the holidays, they give in to temptation again. But what happens at Christmas stays at Christmas… right?

Pages or Words: 37,000 words (approximate)

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

Justin’s phone chimed with a text, interrupting Sean’s train of thought.
Justin picked up his phone to read the message. “Ugh.” He put the phone back down without typing a reply and ran his hands through his hair.
“What’s up?”
Justin sighed. “It’s our work Christmas party next weekend. I’ve already got a ticket, and nearly everyone in the office goes, but it’s for partners as well. One of my co-workers, Jess, is bugging me to come, but I can’t face it. I bet Andy’s going to bring his new boyfriend. I know he’s a shit and I shouldn’t let him get to me, but the thought of him parading around with my replacement, and me being there on my own, isn’t very appealing.”
“Is it too late to find someone to take?”
“No, they don’t need final numbers till Monday.”
“Well, then. Take someone else and flirt like crazy in front of him. Show him you can do better and that you’ve already moved on.”
“But I’m not ready to date. It’s only been two weeks, and I’m still at the feeling-sorry-for-myself stage.”
“I’ll go with you,” Sean offered. “I could be your date. We could pretend we’ve got together and are a couple now.”
“Yeah?” Justin looked thoughtful. “Are you sure?”
Duh. It would hardly be much of a sacrifice to flirt with Justin all night. It would actually be a relief not to have to hide the way he felt for a change.
“Sure,” Sean replied. “I think I can manage to fake that I’m arse-over-tit infatuated with you. As long as it’s only for a few hours.”
“Gee, thanks.” Justin rolled his eyes. “You really know how to make an already-wounded ego feel better. But if you’re up for it, we should totally do it. Andy was always jealous of you before you went away. He saw you as competition because we lived together and were so close. I’d love to see his face when I walk in with you on my arm. I think he’ll hate it even if he’s moved on.”
“Okay.” Sean rubbed his hands together, excited at the prospect of getting to piss off Andy. “Let’s do it! Text your friend Jess back and tell her you’re in—with a hot date.”

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Meet the author:
Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27235755-what-happens-at-christmas?ac=1
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh


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Into Deep Waters Audiobook by Kaje Harper Narrated by Kaleo Griffith

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For Jacob and Daniel, two young gay men aboard a US Navy ship in WWII, the risks are high. Not only the risks of injury and death from Japanese planes and submarines, but the risk of discovery. Only a special kind of love is worth taking that chance. But from the moment Daniel meets Jacob’s eyes across a battle-scarred deck, he knows he has to try. Being together requires figuring out what it means to be gay in an era when they could be discharged, imprisoned, or worse for admitting the desires of their hearts. Their relationship is measured in stolen moments and rare days of precious leave, with no guarantee there will be a tomorrow. And, if they survive the war, they will need even more luck to keep their love alive through the years to come.


When I first read this story I was so taken with Daniel and Jacob. Kaje Harper has a way in telling a story where you feel as if you’re right on the ship swaying back and forth on the water.
Daniel joins the Navy because his father wants to make a “man” out of him. Maybe the Navy will wash away his homosexuality. Daniel has always realized there was something different about himself but he dutifully joins and finds himself on a ship trying to stay alive and stay sane.
Jacob also knows something is different about himself and he wishes it weren’t true. These two meet and it really is instant chemistry. They bond during their time on the ship and sneak off with each other to try and be as close as they can. They realize that they truly care for each other and are determined to be together after the war is over.
They both go through many different emotions while on the ship together. Jacob has many firsts with Daniel and comes to realize that he is gay. Daniel somehow gives Jacob strength and their feelings for each other deepen.
Daniel comes to terms fairly quickly as he has always known that his attraction has always been towards men. They encounter tough times on the ship and during an attack Jacob is wounded and ends up going home before Daniel.
Kaleo Griffith is a new narrator for me but certainly won’t be the last. He nails the narration and is able to give voice to Jacob’s nervousness about being caught and how people will think it’s wrong to love another man.
He also voices Daniel’s strengths and initial feelings when the two men get together. He manages to give a sweetness to their stolen moments on the ship and when they have leave. He also manages to show how each of them are feeling especially Jacob’s hesitance to accept who he is.
Jacob and Daniel live through the war and have 60 plus years with each other going through ups and downs in their relationship, dealing with PTSD and living through different societal changes.
Kaleo brings maturity to their voices as Jacob and Daniel grow older and it’s absolutely breathtaking to hear these men go on their journey. He does such a wonderful job when they are both in their eighties. He just does it perfectly. I challenge you not to have a big lump in your throat by Chapter 13 of the story.
I remember first reading this story and thinking I can’t take it if something bad happens to either one of them but alas there is a wonderful HEA and I look forward to listening to more of Kaleo’s work.

5 of 5 stars


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Easy Evenings (Mangrove Series) by Mary Calmes

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Lazlo Maguire doesn’t do relationships—he does transactions. Six months of the year, he’s an expensive rent boy in Manhattan, and he moves so fast that settling down could not, would not, ever enter his mind… except for once. Britton Lassiter he meets man to man, not as hustler and mark, and it’s too good to be true when the lawyer wants to keep Lazlo even if he has to share him with the job.

But Lazlo has his reasons to walk away from the man he’s grown to love. The other six months of the year, he is laid-back Laz, a shopkeeper in the sleepy coastal town of Mangrove, Florida, where the artist he never allows himself to be in the Big Apple shines through. He lives for his time by the ocean, the place he hides his secrets and nurses his broken heart.

Then fate intervenes, and Laz gets the surprise of his life when he spies Britton in Mangrove—but it’s not meant to be… not until Britton sees the change in him and wants to be a part of Laz’s new life so that every evening can be easy… together. Hopefully the secrets that tore them apart won’t come back to haunt them.


Lazlo spends half his year in New York as a high paid rent boy and half the year in Mangrove selling wind chimes. He doesn’t like the two lives to mix.

Britton is a closeted lawyer who’s moved to Mangrove to start life over. He’s shocked when he sees the rent boy he used to see regularly (and in fact asked to give up the life and be with him permanently) living in the tiny town.

There’s a lot of miscommunication between these two guys: Britton wanted to be with Lazlo and can’t understand why he won’t give up being a rent boy. Lazlo sees Britton in town and thinks it’s his opportunity to take him up on the offer and is confused when instead of accepting him with open arms, he puts a restraining order on him!

Fortunately, the appearance of Kitty, Lazlo’s daughter, helps these two sort through their communication problems once and for all.


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Like all the stories in this Mangrove series, these guys are amazingly hot together. They are so in love with each other it’s crazy and it just takes some talking to get them sorted out.

I thought Kitty was a delight – she’s the most perfect three-year old in the world! The hatred I feel toward Lazlo’s mother was rightly shown by Mia and Lazlo’s other friends – thankfully she got what she deserved!

The thing I love most about this series is the town and how all the people are so crazy, sweet and fun. I totally want to live there!

I love this series and highly recommend it!

(PS GOD I love that cover by Reese Dante and I can’t wait to hear Greg Tremblay do the audio!)

4.5 of 5 stars


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