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Audiobook: Wrenches, Regret and Reality Checks by LA Witt narrated by Nick J Russo

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Blurb

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.

Review

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, 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

Audio

Nick is awesome – as always. He really brought a lot to this story and made it more enjoyable than simply reading it.

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Rainbow Place (Rainbow Place #1) by Jay Northcote narrated by Hamish Long

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https://www.audible.com/pd/Rainbow-Place-Audiobook/B081ZD89V5?qid=1579551980&sr=1-3&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=P8PQKF7EMEC73VWM05P2&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_3

Blurb

Can Jason find the courage he needs to be the man Seb deserves?

When Seb Radcliffe relocates to a seaside town in Cornwall, he feels like a fish out of water. He misses queer spaces and the sense of community he enjoyed when he was living in the city, and decides to open an LGBT-friendly cafe-bar.

Jason Dunn is the builder Seb hires to help renovate the rundown space where the cafe will be housed. Jason is also gay, but unlike Seb, he’s deep in the closet. He’s never had a relationship with another man–only allowing himself the occasional hook up with guys who are prepared to be discreet.

The attraction between the two men is instant and impossible to ignore. But while Seb is out and proud, Jason is terrified of being exposed. With the grand opening of Rainbow Place approaching, tension is growing among some locals who object to Seb’s plans. When things escalate, Jason is forced to choose whether to hide in the shadows and let Seb down, or to openly support the man he’s fallen so hard for.

Although this book is part of a series, it has a satisfying happy ending and can be read as a standalone.

Review

Jay writes lovely characters with just the right mix of humor, smexy times and angst. This is maybe a little more angsty that some of his earlier stories but not too heavy.

This is a great start to a new series with a lot of compelling characters and some deep emotions.

Hamish Long is a new to me narrator and I really enjoyed his narration!

4 of 5 stars for both story and narration!


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Audiobook: Fighter Survivor, Book 3 By: T.M. Smith Narrated by: Nick J. Russo

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Blurb
Fighter – A Survivor Story

Dedication and smarts have given Blair Cummings a leg up in the Bureau. His job is all-consuming but rewarding. It doesn’t leave much time for a love life though, not that Blair believes in love. In his early 30s, he’s only ever been in one long-term relationship due to his inability to commit to anything other than his job and his family.

Born into a family that’s as successful as they are hateful, Howard Manning Tullor Junior ran so far away from his last name that he wound up in the arms of Satan himself. Freedom comes at a high price but it’s one Mannie is willing to pay, setting him on a path that leads him to a quiet, laid-back FBI agent.

Their attraction is unexpected, and yet, welcomed. Blair seems to have finally found something worth fighting for, but Mannie, still haunted by ghosts of the past, wonders if he’ll ever be able to move on. The two are working toward their future, but can a budding romance survive when past and present collide?
©2019 TTC Publishing (P)2019 TTC Publishing

Review
I admit it’s been awhile since I’ve read/listened to the first books in this series. As a result it took me quite awhile to get back into the groove of this story as it leans heavily on prior information in those books being remembered by the reader.
This is a great series of hurt/comfort and recovery and growth. I was glad to see all the stories wrap up and to revisit some of our MCs from previous books.
This wasn’t my favorite – but that doesn’t mean it was bad – it just didn’t grab my heart as strongly as the others in the series.
I always love Nick Russo’s narration and he was wonderful as I expect him to be.
Recommended for fans of the series – not a standalone!

Story 3.5 of 5 stars
Narration 5 of 5 stars
Overall 4 of 5 stars


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Audiobook: Promises Part 2 (Bounty Hunters #2) by A.E. Via Narrated by Aiden Snow

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Blurb

Roman “Quick” Webb is one badass bounty hunter on the crime-filled streets of Atlanta. He’s fearless when it comes to carrying out his dangerous job alongside his longtime best friend and business partner, Duke. However, there is one thing that has begun to cause Quick concern and it’s the dreadful thought of living out the rest of his life alone. Seeing his best friend and his son fall in love and sharing the special connection that only true soulmates can, has made him all the more aware of what’s lacking in his life.

Love.

Dr. Cayson Chauncey has been wildly attracted to the big, tattooed hunter for almost a year, ever since he performed the surgery that saved Quick’s best friend’s life. Cayson must’ve mistaken Quick’s gratitude for something more, because the one time he tried to make his desires known, he was harshly rebuffed and left on the man’s doorstep feeling stupid for hitting on an obviously very straight man.

Cayson never dated a man who was willing to come out of hiding and be with him. Now at almost forty, Cayson is intent on no longer being anyone’s dirty secret. Having experienced countless disappointments, and having taken a stand not to fall for any more tricks, Cayson is more than a little skeptical when Quick comes around asking for a second chance to prove himself. The gorgeous man had already made it clear that he was not interested in Cayson… or so he’d thought.

Dr. Chauncey stirred up Quick’s suppressed, most carnal desires from a place deep down inside of him. He’d reacted so badly the first time that now his sexy surgeon wanted nothing to do with him. It was going to take a fair amount of patience and a whole lot of wooing involved as Quick sets out to convince Cayson that he’s worth another chance and that he is the brave lover who Cayson has been looking for.

With a scorned ex and a very dangerous job thrown into the mix, Cayson’s happiness and all of Quick’s promises may not be as easy to keep as they’d hoped.

Review

This couple was my least favorite in the series. I think that at least part of my issue with them is that they spend so much time apart from one another in the book. I really like when the MCs are engaging with one another right away and in almost every scene. That’s not the case here.

In the end I’m not sure I “bought” their relationship as well as I did the other couples either. Though they are definitely cute together, I’m just not sure I see the connection as all enduring like the others. AE Via is sooo good at giving us these hard-boiled men and showing us their soft sides and maybe there just wasn’t enough of them together for me to believe these two wildly different souls have what it takes to go the distance.

In any case, I enjoyed it and I thought the narrator – as always was wonderful!

3 of 5 stars for the story
5 of 5 for the narration
Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Retro Review: Collide (Out for Justice #2) by Reese Knightley

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42643015-collide?from_search=true&qid=GbldCNoPVl&rank=2

Blurb

Ex hacker Seth O’Leary enjoys the hell out of being part of an elite team of operatives known only as Phoenix. In fact, he’s pretty much made it his whole life. When things go horribly wrong with his deadbeat boyfriend, Seth is surprised to find help coming from an unexpected source. The man he’s secretly fantasized about for years finally takes notice. Asher Grayson, code name Frost, is everything that Seth wants in a man but the player is gun shy about relationships. What will it take to capture the man’s icy heart?

Phoenix operative, Frost, thought he had it all figured out. Scratch an itch with the newly single and hot Seth O’Leary and the craving would be over. Best laid plans and all that, Seth gets under his skin like nobody ever has and without warning Frost finds he can’t seem to walk away so easily. Which is completely out of character for him. He doesn’t ‘do’ relationships because of his past. So, the question remains, will he let long-ago events drive him away from the best thing that has ever happened to him?

Mix in tragic turn of events and ruthless acts of violence, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. With evil forces hell bent on destruction, the pair are on a collision course that leaves them reeling. Will Frost get a chance to step up and be the kind of man Seth can respect or will a madman end any chance for a happily ever after?

*Collide is book two in Reese Knightley’s Out for Justice series. To get the most out of the variety of characters and storyline you may want to first read Ricochet, book one.

Author trigger warning: Violence.

Review

I didn’t enjoy this as much as book 1. The relationship between Seth and Frost is more tenuous and there was a lot of time when I didn’t really like Frost all that much and thought Seth put up with way too much crap.

The crime/mystery stuff occupies a LOT of this and maybe, since I wasn’t as into the couple, it bothered me more.

I enjoyed it, but less.

4 of 5 stars


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Holiday Review: The Great Aerodynamcist by A. Nybo

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-great-aerodynamicist-by-a-nybo-11535-b

Blurb:

Thinking he’s up to the task, droll Irishman Donnell, who is new to Australia, has almost completed assembling a model steampunk flying machine for his nephew’s Christmas present. Then an accident involving a parachute, some superglue, and his mouth lands Donnell in the emergency room with two of his fantasy men… only one of whom is real.

Review:

Such a fun, short story! It managed to pack in quite a bit of humour and a bit of heat in fewer than 40 pages 🙂
Donnell and Charlie are wonderful men, both sweet with great senses of humour. I loved that there was a bit of a crush going on before they actually meet, it gave a bit of depth to their subsequent romance.
My only complaint is that I wish this could have been a longer story, as the couple were a delight.

4 stars out of 5


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Holiday Review: Crochet My Heart by Carol Pedroso

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/2019-advent-calendar-homemade-for-the-holidays-full-set-11522-b

Blurb
Accountant Tristan plans to make a ton of crochet items for his local LGBT charity to sell at their holiday fair. His only problem? He can’t crochet.

Fortunately, the community center offers a class, and it’s taught by Charlie, who is gorgeous and sexy and seems interested. At first. Can grandmotherly fellow classmate Ivy guide the clueless men to each other, or will it take something more serious to help them see the possibilities?

Review

Crochet My Heart was a fun, sweet, little holiday romance. For being a novella, this story has everything I look for in a book. There is a great meet-cute, awkward conversation, plenty of pinning and longing looks and even a little drama. The main characters, Charlie and Tristan were well thought out and the cast of secondary were all enjoyable as well.
I recommend this story for all crochet and holiday story addicts !
4 stars


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Retro Read : Holding the Edge (Cold War #2) by Keira Andrews

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23511650-holding-the-edge?from_search=true&qid=NXt5XKrdKj&rank=3

Blurb

Gay figure skaters keep their relationship secret—and end up on thin ice

Misha Reznikov has an Olympic gold—and a secret lover who just happens to be the silver medalist. Now that their competitive days are over, Misha and former rival Dev Avira are setting up house in LA and giving their relationship a shot in the real world. They agree that keeping their romance strictly under wraps is best for their pro careers and Misha’s family back in Russia. So what if Dev hasn’t told his parents, and they never eat out for fear of being spotted? It’s not perfect, but they’re together.

But as they prepare for a special holiday skating show on Christmas Eve in Dev’s hometown, tension builds. How long can Misha and Dev keep their love secret—and what happens if one of them wants to stop hiding?

Review

This is a lovely sequel to book 1 and maybe gives some more solid “E” to the HEA from book 1.

I loved the family scenes and the interactions with the pairs female partners.

Highly recommended to fans of book 1.

4 stars



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Recent Release: Downward Facing Dreamboat by Bru Baker

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/downward-facing-dreamboat-by-bru-baker-11362-b

Blurb

Love is trying to catch up to two lonely men. Can they stop long enough to let it?
Running defines Kincaid’s life. It’s not until he loses it that he realizes how isolated he’s become. But even if an injury hadn’t forced him to slow down, the hottie in the yoga studio would have given him pause. In fact, admiring the man each morning is the only thing keeping the spring in his step when it feels like he’s lost everything.
Owen’s busy life as a yoga instructor doesn’t leave him much time to meet guys, let alone date. He’s convinced his passion for helping people is worth the sacrifice, but he’s willing to spare a few moments for the cutie who walks past the studio every morning.
When their lives intersect and romance is set in motion, they stumble off the starting block. But no matter the obstacles in their path, this race won’t be over until they reach the finish… together.

Review
This was terribly cute! I’d forgotten I’d read this when it was first published as a short story on it’s own and I was happy to re-read it! I loved the quick pace that still felt fully fleshed out.

All the yoga is fun and the Sanskrit words make it even cuter!

This is a great short story and perfect for a pick me up!

4 star


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Recent Release: Yuletide Treasure (Goddess-Blessed #3) by Eliot Grayson

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48470441-yuletide-treasure

Blurb
There’s not enough Yuletide spirit in the world to fix this holiday disaster…

Eben Sypeman’s world is falling apart. It’s two days before Yule and his business partner is dead, leaving behind empty accounts and looming bankruptcy. And if that isn’t bad enough, his patron goddess is irritated with him. It seems she’s tired of his tendency to mince words and avoid conflict. She’s insisting—quite forcefully—that he start being totally honest with everyone, including himself. Divinely enforced honesty couldn’t have come at a less opportune time, especially when his clerk’s tall, dark and distractingly handsome son enters the picture.

The last thing on Tim Pratchett’s mind is romance. All the former soldier wants is to fill in for his sick father at work and recover from his war wounds in peace. But there’s something about the grumpy Eben that confounds and entices him in equal measure. Their timing couldn’t be worse. They’re complete opposites. And yet…none of that matters when he’s with Eben.

But if Eben and Tim have any hope of finding their very own happily ever after, they’ll have to survive a dickens of a truth curse and the machinations of a trickster goddess—all while searching for enough yuletide treasure to save them all.

A joyous, relaxing Yule indeed. Bah, humbug.

This is an M/M romance with explicit scenes, a voyeuristic pagan goddess, and an odious nephew. Despite any other possible similarities to A Christmas Carol, there are neither ghosts nor geese, but readers can expect a happy ending and at least one use of the word “dickens.”

Review
Yuletide Treasure is very, very loosely based on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Meaning that there are some similar phrases and an appearance of a “ghost” who is a god or patron of some sort.

Eben is a man barely holding it together. His business partner recently died and with his death Eben found out that their import business is all but bankrupt. His clerk is ill and when Eben sends him home to rest his son Timothy shows up to work in his place. Insert some awkward conversations, a meddling ghost-god, an anti-lying curse and search for missing money.

This was a charming, quirky little story that I enjoyed very much.
4 stars out of 5


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