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Could be a Crowd by CJ Munoz

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Nicolas has worked with Pierce almost his whole life, and they’ve come far together, currently Co-CEOs of one of the largest companies in the United States. As they keep on heading toward bigger and better dreams, only one fear casts a shadow over Nicolas: Pierce falling in love.

Nicolas tells himself it’s for the company, for their shared goals and dreams. He can’t let Pierce get sidetracked, so he does his best to make sure it never happens—including keeping all the cute interns well away. Then Lynn shows up, attractive, eager, practically perfect.

But it’s not Pierce that Nicolas should be worrying about this time.

Review

Nicholas and Pierce have been friends and work partners for years. Nicholas has yearned for Pierce forever, but Pierce is forever falling for the latest new thing at the office. This time Nicholas vows to thwart the threat by occupying the new intern Lynn’s time for himself.

As it turns out, Lynn is interested in Nicholas too. At first it seems like this is where things are headed but Nicholas still pines for Pierce. Since Lynn is 18 and, really, anything goes, they all agree to try something out as a threesome.

**

This story seemed so cute at times, then would lose its focus. It wanted to be funny and snarky and at times was. (Nicholas is a grumpy brat and he has some funny dialog moments.) I never quite understood the jump from the two men to three and it really never coalesced into a relationship for me. The guys act so juvenile most of the time that it’s really awkward. Nicholas is embarrassed and calls them “perverts” for wanting a threesome. Lynn is shocked and appalled at being thought “gay” by his male partners when he is adamantly “bi” and then throw in the whole “we want to make life easy for you Lynn so work for us and don’t go to school” thing just didn’t fit the rest of the story.

So… though I liked the premise, and found some fun with the MCs and the three-way sex, overall I didn’t really “get” this and found the HFN pretty unsatisfying.

I haven’t read this author before and I will definitely give CJ Munoz another try, but this book just wasn’t for me.

2.5 of 5 stars

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Curling Up with his Critter (A Loving Nip book 7) by Charlie Richards

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Just a little love bite: The bigger they are the harder they fall.

Lucius is finally feeling confident with his place in his pack. His new alpha and inner circle are fair and kind, and everything his abusive ex-leaders were not. Learning about the world beyond pack lands, Lucius takes online courses to earn his GED, planning to focus further studies in botany. Everything changes when his pack takes in a dozen Angus shifters rescued from a herd in Texas. One of the rescuers who accompanies the shifters is a vampire that makes Lucius’s blood sing. Gypsum Vereen. While Lucius can’t deny his attraction to the male, he’d given up sex when the new alpha took over. His old inner circle had made the act nothing but degrading and painful, and he never wants to experience that again. When Gypsum speaks of making love, can he dredge up enough faith to take a chance and learn the difference?

Reader Advisory: This novel contains references to past rape.

Review

This is book 7 in Charlie Richards Loving Nip Series. Most of Charlie’s worlds are linked in some way and in this one we see Vampires and Shifters co-mingling. In book 6 we met a herd of Angus shifters who were being bullied by their alpha into mating. They were secluded from the world and only recently have been released from torture. Gypsum is a vampire and part of the coven that rescued these guys. He’s taking a group of them seeking asylum to Kai and Dorian’s pack of dingo shifters who are being healed from their abusive alpha.

Lucius is one of the dingo shifters that was abused, sexually. He has no desire to mate or even have sex as his past experiences were so horrible.

When Gypsum realizes Lucius is his mate and what he’s been through he vows to be patient and do all he can to convince Lucius that mating is wonderful.

Meanwhile the crazy Angus Alpha escapes and heads to Dorian’s pack to take back his members forcibly and Gypsum must defend them.

**

Like most of Charlie’s books this is a short love story that moves them quickly from strangers to mates. Gypsum is a gentle giant and patiently helps Lucius recover his sexuality.

I love seeing the past MCs and the feeling of connectedness we get as each story moves the timeline forward not just for the current MCs but for the entire group of “friends” that we’ve made by reading her stories.

These guys feel like friends of the family and I love checking in with them and meeting new members.

I can see Lucius’ brothers in upcoming books – they seem like a sassy and fun pair!

The Loving Nip series is sweet and fun and I highly recommend it to fans of the author and the genre.

4 of 5 stars

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A Guy’s Thanksgiving by Skylar M. Cates

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Two proposals. One giant dog. Reunited lovers.

Welcome to Glamour, Arizona, where the holidays are never dull. Glamour may be a small town, but the surprises keep coming.

Everybody’s looking forward to Thanksgiving. Only Mac Sharma is a reluctant guest. Even as Anthony and Dean make him feel welcome at the Carrino table, Mac feels awkward among the close-knit group of friends. Life gets even more complicated when Conor Harvey shows up in town.

Mac has been in love with Conor since his university days. Too bad Conor broke his heart—right before he fled to his hometown in Ireland without explanation. Conor’s still a wild artist and as sexy as Mac remembers. But they’re no longer kids. This Thanksgiving, Mac must decide if he can give Conor a second chance.

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If you are a fan of “The Guy Series”, you will absolutely love this!

All of the couples are in this sweet holiday “epilogue” and we get a boyfriend for Jesse’s agent, Mac!

Aaron and Jesse go to Arizona for an art show (with Mac, the agent) and end up engaged!

Dean and Anthony plan a huge Thanksgiving meal with all their friends and newly expanded family only to find Anthony down with the flu. Now Dean “I can burn water” has to cook the meal!

Henry and Locke decide to expand their family with a new, small dog. Or… life gives them what they “need” in the form of a Great Dane whose been abused.

Finally, Mac reminisces about his first and lost love, Conor, another artist. Conor, it turns out, has always regretted his actions where Mac is concerned and decides to try to re-connect by showing up at the art show he knows Mac will be attending with Jesse.

This was just enough “new” mixed with the “old”.  It was great seeing the other couples and touching base with their lives.  Jesse and Aaron’s proposal was so amazingly sweet!  Seeing Mac settled was just an added bonus, and imagining Conor’s sexy accent was a treat in itself.

I really loved this series, you can see my reviews for those books (and audiobooks!) here:

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Down and Dirty Audiobook (Cole McGinnis #5) by Rhys Ford Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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From the moment former LAPD detective Bobby Dawson spots Ichiro Tokugawa, he knows the man is trouble. And not just because the much younger Japanese inker is hot, complicated, and pushes every one of Bobby’s buttons. No, Ichi is trouble because he’s Cole McGinnis’s younger brother and off-limits in every possible way. And Bobby knows that even before Cole threatens to kill him for looking Ichi’s way. But despite his gut telling him Ichi is bad news, Bobby can’t stop looking… or wanting.

Ichi was never one to play by the rules. Growing up in Japan as his father’s heir, he’d been bound by every rule imaginable until he had enough and walked away from everything to become his own man. Los Angeles was supposed to be a brief pitstop before he moved on, but after connecting with his American half-brothers, it looks like a good city to call home for a while—if it weren’t for Bobby Dawson.

Bobby is definitely a love-them-and-leave-them type, a philosophy Ichi whole-heartedly agrees with. Family was as much of a relationship as Ichi was looking for, but something about the gruff and handsome Bobby Dawson that makes Ichi want more.

Much, much more.

Review

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I absolutely loved digging deep into Bobby’s psyche. He’s a unique character, with years of experience that Jae and Cole don’t have. His history (being a closeted gay cop) must mirror what so many men of his generation experienced and it serves as a reminder for how far we (as a culture) have come along (hopefully) in our acceptance of “other” in our society. There was even a story thrown in as told by an older man who had similar experiences with his mixed marriage, that is, he was subjected to questions and cruelty as well.

Without reading this book, you may be worried that Bobby couldn’t possibly be seen as someone to trust in a long-term relationship. What Ford did was show us, by slowly peeling back the layers, just why Bobby is EXACTLY the type of guy you should trust in a long-term relationship. It was very elegantly done and felt completely organic.

Ichi’s history surprised me a bit too. There are things we find out that explain some of his personality; information about his mother (Cole’s too) and father and step-mother… fascinating. He’s an old soul and perfectly matched for Bobby.

The ending was absolutely THE BEST. First, the way Jamie finds out Bobby is gay and then, the last scene at the tattoo shop… (le sigh) grab some tissues, it’s just wonderful. It feels so complete, but is just open enough that it hints at more excitement that we could see in upcoming book(s). I hope that both Bobby and Ichi (and maybe even Jamie?) will continue to play big roles in any future book(s).

Well done Rhys Ford, well done!

Audio

Listening to Greg Tremblay narrate is like inviting the characters from Rhys’ books to dinner. They are there with you in the room, telling their story. He clearly does research on each character and in turn becomes them for the duration of the recording.

Knowing that he is carrying on a conversation between Bobby and Ichi then switching to Jae, Scarlet and Bobby without the aid of digitally stopping and starting to get into “character” blows my mind. It’s flawless. He is somehow able to become each of these very unique people in a breath and thus the listener gets the amazing experience of having all four men (or women as the case may be) tell us their own story.
I was thinking that as a writer Greg must be a tremendous asset. To literally have your character able to talk back to you! What that must feel like?! (Mind blown…)

Again, he’s done tremendously wonderful work here and I think one part that stands out for me is the part with Jamie, Bobby’s son. The emotions are so thick first between Ichi and Bobby then we switch gears from passion to anger and pain with Bobby and Jamie. Just amazing. Or when Bobby and Cole have their big confrontation – God it’s so emotional and tear jerking!

I absolutely loved this audiobook and highly recommend it along with the entire series.

6 of 5 stars!

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I was fortunate enough to meet Greg Tremblay at this year’s GRL in San Diego.  He’s an amazingly sweet and talented man.  While I was talking with him he gave me a glimpse of just how skilled he is as a voice actor by slipping easily in and out of a variety of voices.  It’s eery – like talking to Jae and Ichi having them in the same room.  Their voices are so unique and their speech patterns such that you’d think it would take him a bit to “get in character” but he just slips in and out like changing coats!  I was floored!  Anyhow, he was also talking a little about his process and his relationship with Rhys Ford and her “Dirty” series – The Cole McGinnis Mystery Series.  I asked if he’d be willing to answer a few questions for me and from that discussion I give you this nearly 45 minute phone interview we shared. (Please ignore the obvious nerves and fan-girling you might catch on my side of the conversation – Greg was amazing!)

I want to express my most sincere gratitude to Greg for his time and talent and also give a nod to Rhys Ford for her body of work and her amazing talent and for Dreamspinner for their blending of their respective geniuses.  Thank you!

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Release Date: October 28, 2015
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Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.

Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

Pages or Words: 90 pages

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

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“You ever come up the bank to sit under my tree? Looks like a much more comfortable place to fish. Not as rocky at any rate.” Jeff took a drink of his beer as I again scrambled to keep up. “My dad called it the Fishing Tree. He seemed to think fish congregated off the shore there.”
We sat in silence. It was my turn to talk. I’m pretty good in business situations. Not so much in social ones. At social events, mostly I hold up walls. Shake hands. Grunt a lot. Let others carry the conversational load.
Lorraine set our meals in front of us. The full burger with everything for him. The grilled mountain trout and steamed vegetables for me.
“You do a lot of fishing?” I managed after a long silence.
“Not really.” He gave a self-deprecating laugh. “My dad said fishing couldn’t be taught. He said it was something intuitive. I never had any idea what I was doing. So I never saw any use in fishing. I never saw any fish either.”
Again, silence as I processed and caught up. “It’s not rocket science. You figure out what kind of fish you want. Where it lives. Lure it to you. Then catch it.”
He looked skeptical and almost self-conscious. “It can’t be so easy,” he said with a little laugh.
“Why not?”
“What about the different rods, lures, tackle, stuff?” He looked so serious, as if I were missing the point. As if I didn’t understand. He was right. I didn’t.
“Look. You can catch fish with your bare hands. If you want to. The extra stuff is just extra stuff.”
“If you say so.” He shook his head, a smile still on his lips. “Have you ever caught a fish with your bare hands?”
I lifted my hands and looked down at the mess that were my paws. Calluses, nicks, cuts, punctures, blunt fingers, the bandage now off the one with the splinter. These were the hands of a man who’d framed houses as a tall, rangy preteen and had lived in construction ever since. Could I catch a fish with my bare hands?
“Yeah. All it takes is absolute stillness and patience.” I sighed. “Not a whole lot of people have both together. Somebody once told me it’s all about Zen.” Somebody else said the only reason I could do it was because I was too stupid to know it was impossible.
“Zen.” His tone said he was surprised I knew such a word.
“You know, like the Eastern religion,” I answered. “Though why we still call it Eastern is beyond me. It’s really Far West, not Far East to us.” I was grumbling and rambling. Avoiding for some reason.
He rattled me. Nobody ever rattled me. I’m Abe Behr, the big Behr.
He was studying me as intently as I was him. He appeared too beautiful, too perfect, too unscarred. I just hoped his accountant skills were as perfect as he looked.
“What kind of fish you want to catch?” I asked. Staring at him wasted our time.
He pointed his fork to my plate. “How about that? It’s good, right?”
“Trout,” I agreed. “Lots of different kinds of trout.”
He looked like he’d never eaten any in his life.
“This is trout from our lake. Have a bite.”
He’d finished his burger but didn’t make a move on my fish. His expression was split between wanting to dig in and reluctance to do so.
“Just taste it,” I growled. “It won’t bite.”
His eyes snapped up to meet mine. His puzzled stare asked if the stupid bear had deliberately made a joke or not. Then he gave a happy, hearty laugh, and his fork raided my fish.
“So? What do you think?” I asked after he swallowed.
“I think you made a great joke,” he said with twinkling eyes. “And the trout is delicious. Is this why you threw your catch back? Did you know you’d get it cooked perfectly here at the cafe?”
“Naw. I was stalking the pie. Fish was a bonus.”
“They have good pie here?”
“Wait and see.”

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Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, was born and raised in Nebraska and promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.
Now retired, Pat has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.
Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Fortunately, her supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.

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Behr Facts by Pat Henshaw (review)

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Big, burly CEO Abe Behr is dismayed to discover someone—possibly a family member—is stealing from Behr Construction, which primarily employs Behr relatives. Abe takes the unprecedented step of hiring an outsider, likeable CPA Jeff Mason, to go over the books and help find the culprit. They are drawn to each other as they talk to workers, including Abe’s two younger brothers and their shifty cousin.

Since he has sacrificed romance all his life to build the business, Abe’s surprised by his feelings for the handsome Jeff. He’s even more shocked when they are confronted by bigotry in the Sierra Nevada foothills community, which is being inundated by gays moving from the San Francisco area. As he and Jeff get closer, Abe must come to grips with coming out to a family and community that aren’t very tolerant. Fortunately, being the head Behr helps him find his footing and grab onto love when it bites him.

Review

Abe Behr is the oldest of the three Behrs that run the construction company in town. Since his father’s death, Abe has been fighting his cousin and the economy to keep things in the black. Abe keeps things simple. He sticks to family ties and follows the old traditions of hard work paying off. He’s kept the company running all this time but lately there have been supplies and money missing. He’s on the verge of losing the company unless he asks for help. He enlists Jeff Mason, an accountant to help him figure things out.

Jeff has come to Abe highly recommended, even though Jeff belongs to a family the Behrs have “fought with” for decades.

Though it doesn’t always feel right, Jeff and Abe eventually figure out just where the money is going. They also manage to help one young man find his career path and come out, avoid a battle between the gays and the bigots in town and find themselves in love.

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This is the third book in the series. If you’ve read books one and two, you know some of the players – they come back to visit. Abe considers himself asexual – but we find out that may not really be the truth. The delivery in this story is unique and from Abe’s simplistic view point. It’s another “fade to black” as far as sex goes and Abe and Jeff only get together in the very end.

On the one hand I really like Abe and Jeff as a couple. Abe is simple and plain and down to earth. It’s wonderful watching his metamorphosis and really, my only complaint is that the book ends too soon. I really wish we’d gotten to see more of Abe and Jeff as a couple.

This is really more about Abe’s self discovery and only a bit about their romance. It’s a lovely “coming of age” story in that Abe and his brother and friend really do find themselves at last.

So… as a story I’d give it a 4 of 5 as a romance a 3.5

If you’ve enjoyed the other books in the series you’ll enjoy this and if you haven’t read the others you won’t be lost. Abe’s story is cute and unique and very appealing.

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The Neighbor by Bernadette Chapman

 

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Anders like his life the way it is: quiet, ordered, neat. If that gets him called antisocial, well, it also gets him left alone and that’s the way he likes it.

Then a new neighbor, Finch, moves in and he is everything Anders hates. He’s nosy, over-friendly, and doesn’t know when to quit. He’s also cute and infuriatingly charismatic. Which is the only possible explanation for the way Anders keeps putting up with Finch and his crazy ideas, like training for a wife-carrying contest, instead of telling him to go away once and for all the way he should.

 

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Anders is the misanthropic neighbor of Finch. One day Finch decides to borrow some sugar and from that day forward makes it his mission to rattle Anders out of the rut that is his life.

At first, only for a moment, Finch tries to get Anders to change, but it isn’t long before he realizes that part of Anders charm is his steadfast reluctance to do anything new or different.

Eventually, Anders realizes that Finch is more than a pest – he’s become the love of his life.

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This is a short story and not a typical “romance”. The MCs do eventually get together but there is no on page sex. I’d categorize this as a romantic comedy more than anything else. Both Anders and Finch are funny – cariacatures of opposites attracting. Finch is the outlandish extrovert and Anders the grumpy introvert. Finch is wise enough to recognize that Anders is just what he needs to balance his life and though it takes him much longer, Anders realizes that too.

I thought this was really cute and I’d definitely look for this author in the future.

4.25 of 5 stars

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Don’t Stop Believing by Gwen Hayes

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The Ogre from the Hill

Simon Powell, the town recluse, only comes to town to deliver firewood and get supplies. Two days before Christmas, he sees the new librarian’s car in a ditch and knows he can’t leave him on the road, but it’s too late to take him back to town. He’ll have something he’s never had in his cabin in the ten years that’s he’s lived there…company.

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Adam Parker moved to the small community to make big changes in his life, but being snowbound with the bearded lumberjack in his rustic cabin was something he’d thought only existed in his fantasies. Simon pushes away anyone who wants to get close to him, but Adam sees what he’s hiding in his heart and he wants it. Badly.

A Christmas to Remember

Adam smells like cinnamon and redemption and Simon aches to run his fingers over the scrape of stubble on his cheeks. To pull him into a kiss. To reignite feelings he’d denied himself for too long. Life is right there, blazing in the eyes of the town librarian. A man who isn’t afraid of him. But he learned long ago that everything he touches gets tainted, and he’ll do anything to keep his darkness away from Adam’s light.

But Adam has something else on his side—he’s been a very good boy this year and all he wants for Christmas is Simon.

Review

Simon is the ogre who lives happily (?) by himself up in the woods. The town humors him but he doesn’t let them get too close.

Adam is the new town librarian. He’s seen (and drooled over) the local misanthrope/lumberman but hasn’t yet been able to break through his icy reserve. When he’s stranded on the way out of town for Christmas and rescued by the recalcitrant Simon, it’s time to turn up the heat and see what miracles Christmas can truly bring.

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This was a super cute holiday story! Gwen Hayes gives us some deliciously witty characters and a sweet and sexy romance. Simon’s internal dialog is hilarious and Adam is terribly sweet.

I loved that we were able to get our guys from not speaking, through their first time together all the way to their HEA in this short story. It was very satisfying.

With the exception of some sentences that could’ve used some contractions, the writing is smooth and effortless. I’d never read this author before but I will definitely look for her in the future.

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

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