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Audiobook Month: Papa’s Boy by Sue Brown Narrated by Aaron Pickering

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/morning-report-series-6498-

Blurb

When Ray Sloane tires of the men in his usual club, he finds himself in the Pink Palm, an inauspiciously named spit-and-sawdust dive, not the sort of place an elementary school teacher and pastor’s assistant should be seen in. On the other hand, Ray needs a fresh face. But what he gets is a closeted, desperately unhappy divorcé named Zeke.

Losing his teaching job and his kids has left Zeke bitter and in denial about his sexuality, but Ray is determined to get under his skin. Just as Zeke starts to relax, life interferes with Ray’s plans: Lee, the teenage organist from St. Mark’s, tells his parents that he was abused as a teenager by a prominent congregation member from his old church, and Ray becomes the target of bullies at school and has to worry about his own job. With the specter of what happened to Zeke hanging over him, Ray must protect Lee and his own reputation, all while trying to convince Zeke that he doesn’t need to run away when their relationship grows more intense.

Review
The third book in the Morning Report series centres around Ray who was on the periphery of the story in the last book as Noah’s assist. Ray is a teacher rather than a Ranch hand, moving the story away slightly. Feeling frustrated with life Ray tries a new bar and there meets Zeke. Zeke is a character that has been beaten down by life, so desperate at one point he tried to take his own life. Ray is drawn to him before he knows all this. Sue Brown has certainly held nothing back with this story. The hatred in the Town, well from a couple of influential sources, is building and from this we start to learn the route of it. I do like the way this theme has been developed over the last three books. A much more realistic timeframe than those where the hatred is over with quickly. Over the course of extreme situations where a young man is left fighting for his life after standing up for himself the Town starts to wake up to what is really happening. The two different strands, Zeke’s story and developing relationship with Ray and Ray’s support for Lee eager to find out what happens next.

Either by now I was used to Aaron Pickering’s narration or he has got into his stride with these stories. Much better and overall my preferred one narrated. Although Luke and Simon are still my favourite characters. There is a lot of emotions that Aaron’s narration does justice to. Zeke and Ray’s characters are portrayed very well.

4 of stars out of 5

 

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Recent Release: Love’s Magic by Janice Jarrell

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40098122-love-s-magic?from_search=true

Blurb
You’ll fall completely in love with the characters who inhabit Love’s Magic. Meet Colin Campbell, a handsome, dynamic, over-the-top sexy Irish police officer who refuses to allow love and intimacy to touch his heart. As a result, no one was more surprised than he when his normal ‘love-um-and-leave-um’ attitude hit a brick wall named Joshua Abrams.

Unlike Colin, Joshua is, steady, introverted, and longing for commitment. Although head over heels in love with Colin almost from the moment they met, he knows this love can only lead to heartbreak.

But Joshua Abrams hadn’t merely stepped over the indelible line Colin had drawn between his heart and the dangers of real love, he had burned through it like hot lava. The freedom-loving Colin never expected to fall in love and certainly had no clue how to handle it. Consequently, when his hot Irish temper created a horribly destructive explosion between them and Joshua flees to his home in Illinois without a word or a forwarding address, Colin found himself lost and adrift.

His struggle to overcome his pride and Irish ego and seek out the love of his life will touch your heart!I hope you’ll check out Love’s Magic and meet Colin and Joshua for yourself. These two charismatic men personify the idea of ‘opposites attract’, but their love story will touch your heart.

Meet David Gardener, Professor of Revolutionary War History and madly in love with his partner Nate Reese.
Both men were incredibly happy until Nate was attacked on the Tog in a brutal on-campus assault.

Nate coped with his trauma by joining an activist group devoted to changing university policy on such attacks. David is devastated by the attack, but can only see disaster for Nate’s career if he pursues this militant course. Frightened of the potential consequences he is reluctant to support Nate’s efforts while Nate, feeling abandoned by his partner, sees David’s aversion to his involvement as indifference to the trauma he suffered.

Both men have valid points of view, but peace between them will require one of them to care more about being happy than he does about being right. Will the love they share be enough to see them through the complex and divisive issues with threaten not only their relationship, but the university they both love? Read Love’s Magic and find out!!

Review
Quite a debut novel. It’s the story of two couples, one already in a relationship and one that starts in this story. We get a synopsis of how David and
Nate met and started at the beginning of the book, which helped set the scene. The story switches from one couple to the other, both dealing with very different issues. Their stories become connected when Nate is attacked. I’ll admit I was a little concerned at first to be switching between the two couples but the whole concept totally works. I think it helped that both couples were so completely different. It’s two romance stories wrapped up together, very cleverly written. The issues being dealt with and the outcomes were also very realistic. No quick fixes, or convenient plot twists. Just genuine sounding situations and reactions both to the attack’s on campus and their relationships with each other and colleagues. If you are intrigued by the blurb I would recommend this unique book a try.

4 of stars out of 5


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Audiobook: Unlikely Hero By Sean Michael Narrated by Jeff Gelder

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/unlikely-hero-by-sean-michael-9501-b

Blurb

When his three-year-old daughter is kidnapped, Eric Wilson doesn’t have many options, and time is running out. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to his ex, influential businessman Brock Vencenza, whose money and contacts might be able to save Josie.

Brock never got over Eric’s loss, and he’s more than willing to help when Eric needs him most. Together with law enforcement and private security, they embark on a twisting investigation to find the little girl—and who wants to hurt her and destroy both men in the process. Under the circumstances, confessing he still has feelings for Eric would be inappropriate, but Brock can’t deny what’s in his heart. He doesn’t know if their love can be rekindled or if he can even protect Eric and Josie. But one thing is certain: Brock’s determined to be the hero in reality that he is in Eric’s eyes.

Review
While listening to this story, I got caught up in the tension and then life building between the 3 MC’s, yes there are 3, Eric, Brock and Eric’s daughter Josie. If you don’t like stories with a child prominent in a story give this a pass. The author has written a story where a love story builds while dealing with a crisis of a kidnapping.

While listening I followed along always wanting to know what happens next. The story moves along without a lot of angst, and definitely has you trying to figure out the who, what and why. Josie plays such a big part in the story, kidnapped, rescued and going to live in a new place. But for anyone who has been around a 3 year old you know they can bounce back quickly.

Brock and Eric’s story does leave me with more than a few questions. Or maybe more Eric’s motives. He seems to be convinced that something would happen to him and has incorporated Brock, Daddy B, into Josie’s upbringing, without Josie ever meeting him. Brock is a take charge type and takes it all in stride. And even though he had never considered a child in his life, Josie worms her way in.

So as I said I followed the story through, caught up in the action, but when all said and done had a feeling of it fitting too neatly into all the boxes, relationship, parenthood and HEA.

3.5 of 5 stars

Audio
This is the first book I’ve listened to that was narrated by Jeff Gelder and I can say that he did a good job in my opinion. Timing was good, voices were distinct and the fluctuation of emotions between characters were expressed well.

4 of 5 stars

Overall

3.75 of 5 stars


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Time to Laugh: Shiny! Audiobook by Amy Lane Narrated by Tyler Stevens

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/shiny-by-amy-lane-5174-b

Blurb:
Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia are both having sort of a day. Will gets fired for letting fifth graders read Harry Potter, and Kenny finds his boyfriend and his sex toys in bed with a complete stranger. When Will knocks over Kenny’s trash can—and strews Kenny’s personal business all over the street—it feels like the perfect craptastic climax to the sewage of suckage that has rained down on them both.

But ever-friendly, ever-kind Will asks snarky Kenny out for a beer—God knows they both need one—and two amazing things occur: Kenny discovers talking to Will might be the best form of intercourse ever, and Will discovers he’s gay.

Their unlikely friendship seems like the perfect platonic match until Will reveals how very much more he’s been feeling for Kenny almost since the beginning. But Kenny’s worried. Will’s new-found sexuality is bright and glittery and shiny, but what happens when that wears off? Is Will’s infatuation with Kenny strong enough to stay real?

Review:

You can’t have a month devoted to “funny” and not include Amy Lane.  I find her books to be some of the most consistently “clever” and thus funny and witty.

This is known as Amy Lane “Lite”.  Instead of her very angsty material, this is one of the sweet and happy books she gives us now and then. 

The story is a mix of Will exploring his sexuality and the developing friendship and work relationship Will and Kenny have and then later their coming together as friends turned lovers. There are some doubts – is Will just with Kenny because he’s his first or is it real? Where will Will work? What about Kenny’s being on the rebound? However… For those of us who love a sappy ending – the ending of Shiny will knock your socks off!
The secondary characters in Shiny are also great – Aunt Cara- the lesbian bride, Will’s mom – trapped in the 1960s, Kenny’s ex – the big, dumb cheater and Kenny’s ultra liberal family – trying so hard not to judge Will.

In the audio format Tyler Stevens does a really nice job. He does swishy voices fantastically and I adore his female voices as well.  I think he is a true “performer” rather than “reader” and as such we get a lovely performance to enjoy.  

This is one of those times where the narration adds to the story and makes it even better. I highly recommend this audiobook.

4.5 of 5 stars
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Tags (whatever you can think of to describe the book in basic labels): teacher, GFY, virgin, weddings, comics, religion, cheating exes, friends to lovers

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Signs of Life (Resilient Love Book 2) by Melanie Hansen

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A Resilient Love Story

Successful lawyer Jeremy Speer has it all—a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a cherished dream that’s about to become reality. He’s learned not to take happiness for granted, meeting the challenges of life and love head-on with unwavering commitment and fierce devotion. A series of tragic events leave Jeremy shattered, adrift on a sea of unimaginable pain. He’s able to piece his life back together, but instead of embracing it, he merely exists, using isolation and punishing physical exertion to keep the world at bay.

High school teacher Kai Daniels has a heart for at-risk kids—he was one himself, and a teenage brush with the law and some troubled years behind bars left him scarred inside and out. With courage, hard work, and the support of friends, he’s built a fulfilling life that leaves no time for a relationship.

An intense encounter with Kai at a gay club ignites a spark in Jeremy that he thought was extinguished forever, but he’s unwilling to destroy the fragile peace he’s managed to create, and he leaves Kai humiliated and disappointed. Things should have ended there, but a bizarre occurrence brings the two together in a way neither of them expected.

Review

I loved this book – see my review here:

http://kimichanexperience.com/signs-of-life-reilient-love-book-2-by-melanie-hansen/