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Raven's Mark (Sandpipers #2)

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Sometimes the strength to fight the past lies in the love and friendship of the present.

Mark Carter has taken care of himself and those around him since he was a teenager. But with his younger brother and sister now packed off to college, he finds himself suddenly alone. Throwing everything he has into his new position at Sandpipers Restaurant leaves little time for anythi
ebook, 213 pages
Published January 16th 2012 by Total-E-Bound
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May 15, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-read, z-2012
I'm glad that the POV in this book alternated from one MC to the other as it gave me a chance to get inside each of the characters. I loved the way that the characters developed and proved wrong some of the ideas that formed in my mind when they were both introduced. My heart was breaking for Raven as he struggled to believe in himself and in Mark. Mark's own struggles to understand Raven were no less touching and his own journey was no less difficult. This was a beautiful story and it was nice ...more
Jun 16, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
I don't know why it took me so long to read this, but I'm glad I finally did! I really enjoyed the characters, writing, and story. And it was great getting to see the previous books' characters back too.
Veronica /  V
Jan 17, 2012 Veronica / V rated it really liked it
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Jan 21, 2012 Anke rated it really liked it
I liked the story very much, but during the last 10% it somewhat lost me. I especially could have done without the setting of the next book in the epilogue.
Jan 18, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, gay, done, ebook, 2012
Very good m/m romance about a chef who becomes fascinated by Raven, the guy who's just started watching the owners' son along with his own. However, Raven suffers from crippling PTSD... and his past hasn't given up on him yet.
I really liked this! The plot was interesting; I got to catch up with Lark, Zak and Brody; and best of all, I was able to watch Mark really work at connecting with Raven. That I LOVED!

One thing I found interesting is that Raven's last name is never mentioned...or did I just totally miss it?
Kat rated it really liked it
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 20, 2012 Tam rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I was lucky enough to have one the first book in this series which is m/m/m and the story of Lark, Zak and Brody who run the Sandpipers Restaurant. This book sort of overlaps the end. Raven is the single parent of one of Brody's little brother's preschool friends. The three have kind of taken Raven under their wing, but he's extremely skittish, has a stutter and panic attacks, however he's starting fresh with his son. Mark is the new head chef who is instantly fascinated by Raven. Mark raised hi ...more
Nov 21, 2012 Candice rated it liked it
While I liked this story, it was not as good as the first one in the series. By the middle of the book, I was a bit tired of the "I'm not good enough for you" theme that seemed to come up almost in every conversation. Overall it was a decent story and I was slightly surprised with the twist that the author threw in.
Page Crusherz
Jan 26, 2012 Page Crusherz rated it really liked it
This was a good read :) I read bk 1 to get to this one, and it was worth it. I liked it more than 1. Raven was likable and Mark was endearing. Kid was done well (personal pet peeve when kids are parodied in mm books.)
Feb 04, 2012 Qi rated it liked it
I haven't read the first book, so the inclusion of Lark, Brody, and Zak wasn't an indulgence that I particularly enjoyed. I thought their inclusion seriously hurt the story--it was unnecessary and all three of them were too static to justify the amount of "screen"-time that they got.

That said, I loved Raven and Mark. Raven seems like the most brokenest of broken people, but he's holding it together and taking care of his son and he isn't afraid to ask for help. Mark has a bit of a hero complex,
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Mar 11, 2012 Lily rated it liked it
The story was sweet and featured the core elements that, in my opinion, form a good book: quite solid plot, interesting characters, serious issues combined with a few light-hearted moments, pleasant writing style etc. However, for some reason the novel hardly managed to engage me. I read it until the end with a detachment that bordered on mild indifference, which is unprecedented for me. I really did not want to feel like that but I could not help myself. So it was a matter of personal feelings, ...more
Enny rated it really liked it
Mar 01, 2012
J rated it it was ok
Mar 29, 2012
Raven and his little boy, Ryan, move to a new city in order to make a fresh start. He is extremely shy, suffers from a stutter and keeps people at a distance. Due to his extremely turbulent and tragic past, he can't afford to allow people to get too close. He reluctantly becomes friends with Lark, Brody and Zak, who run the Sandpipers Restaurant. Brody's little brother, Wolf, instantly becomes friends with Ryan, and Raven thinks he's created a somewhat normal life for Ryan and himself. When the ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Camille rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-rom-erotica
Started off well but steadily descended into Lifetime movie territory. There's broken and then there's throw every issue, every cliche but the kitchen sink in there just to make it 'angsty'...which includes the very evil ex-wife, a character who is becoming redundant in m/m books now.

That, plus some purple prose, some stiff sex (not in the good clinically written), some obvious setting up for the sequel's host of characters in the Brady Bunch friend fiesta (the group bordered on being a
Mandy*reads obsessively*
Sweet story with an interesting twist not usually seen in m/m stories.
But Raven has a lot of issues...I mean a lot...but Mark is ready and more than willing to put in the effort and be there for Raven.
Because of his issues he does push Mark away, but all's well that ends well!
< spoiler> the domestic violence in this one was done by the wife to the husband, which was different than what's usually in books, of course the woman is evil, conniving , greedy, vindictive, violent, OTT evil..horr
Feb 15, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it
I just loved poor, stuttering, insecure Raven. Like loved, loved him. There were definitely some frustrating times during this book when I wanted to crawl in my kindle and strangle both of them but they eventually pull their heads out. I do wish we learned more about how Raven ended up with Maria though. We got part of it but not an explanation of going from a woman to a man. Like is he also attracted to women or was it just security....I just don't know. And where is the next book?!? I was all ...more
Lilli *slowest reader ever*

I was getting afraid that I'd never finish this, although it was a good story. Much better than the first book, actually, because there was more plot and character development than sex which was a good thing. Lots of angst, too, and "I'm not good enough" stuff, maybe a bit repetitive, but to me it felt that these particular issues were dealt with in a realistic way. No magic dick or love heals everything within seconds.

Anyway, the story didn't grip me but it was ok. I liked the characters, espe
Andra rated it it was amazing
Jun 09, 2013
Dana rated it it was ok
Apr 06, 2014
Chris Hernandez
I think that this book was better than the first one. I really like how Mark didn't give up on Raven and how he promised to take care of Raven. On the other hand, I feel bad for Raven. What happened to him was really bad and it's sad to think that no one believed him when he first tried t tel the police that he was abused by his own wife.

I think this book is a wake up call for people who do not think that there are men being abused by women; emotionally, mentally and physically.
Nov 18, 2014 Zee♥ rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book in this series but this one was too Angsty. My heart broke for Raven throughout the book but he frustrated me with the way he treated Mark. I didn’t really get why he kept pushing Mark away for wanting to help him but then allowed other people to help him. It was nice to see Lark, Brody and Zak again although they also got in the way of Mark and Raven sometimes. It is beautifully written though with a bit more plot and character development than the first book but ...more
Beth doesn't write
Oct 07, 2014 Beth doesn't write rated it really liked it
A very beautiful love story. A very beautiful love story dealing with some very real tragedy.

I don't usually go for contemporary stories, preferring paranormal or scifi for my escapism. There are so many horrible things going on in the world it's easier to escape when you are reading about something that can't possibly happen.

Raven suffers from PTSD due to abuse, one of the very real horrible things we humans continue to inflict on each other. He is desperately trying to build a life for himsel
Natasha Yanikyan
Jan 01, 2015 Natasha Yanikyan rated it it was ok
Really liked the first one. Didn't enjoy this one as much. The dynamic between mark and raven was annoying. I like the parts with lark, zak and Brody. I also enjoyed raven having a child. Otherwise I found it all to be long winded. I like when main characters are similar to raven. With some insecurities and struggles. And the protagonist is there to help see the struggle through. But this felt like way to much.
Arch Bala
Feb 28, 2015 Arch Bala rated it liked it
Raven’s stutter and previous abusive relationships with the people he thought cared for him led him to be overly introverted with anxiety attacks looming his already closed-off personality. But for Ryan’s sake, his four year old kid –Raven is trying to venture out more and be the best parent he could be. Meeting Mark, the head chef of the Sandpiper’s Restaurant made Raven feel things that he knows he’s got no right to feel because this would only lead to more complications.

Mark who took care of
Carys Kendall
Carys Kendall rated it really liked it
Jun 23, 2015
These are two very different men. It took a while for them to find an even ground but they are too good together to be apart.
Mar 22, 2016 Kael rated it it was ok
This one didn't work for me ... Raven, though I definitely sympathized with him, just annoyed me :-/. I was pretty torn on how to approach him ... on the one hand, I sympathized; on the other, his story lost me along the way ... not quite sure if it was his story or how it was presented. Regardless, I am still interested in the series and will keep an eye out for the 3rd book.
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