Nicely creepy, this is the story of two men fighting an evil that has roamed the woods for hundreds of years and is caused, like so many horrors, in a Nicely creepy, this is the story of two men fighting an evil that has roamed the woods for hundreds of years and is caused, like so many horrors, in an old curse. Sam knows what he is getting into once a year, but Aaron is an innocent and unsuspecting guy whose car just happens to stop working at the wrong point on the road. With a prologue that set eh scene quite nicely is somewhat horrificly, the rest of the tale is set in today’s day and age and tests both Sam’s and Aaron’s determination to make a stand for good.
Aaron has no idea what the consequences will be when his car breaks down and all he wants from Sam is a chance to make a phone call. Once they get to Sam’s cabin and it turns out there is no phone, Aaron is creeped out by Sam’s insistence he stay in the cabin for the night. And I can’t blame him. But then ghostly things begin to happen in the dark woods surrounding them, and I was no longer so sure Aaron has the right idea when he insists to leave. Nothing much would have gotten me to leave that nice, warm cabin – slightly creepy Sam not withstanding.
Sam tries to do the honorable thing and helps Aaron to leave the property. But he is weakened already, having had to protect Aaron, so keeping up the defenses is a problem. He I surprised when Aaron decides to help him, even while he has no idea what to do or what to expect. But Sam knows they will be stronger together than he is alone… And even though he is ready to fulfill his duties alone, it is certainly more fun to fight the spirits with the help of a partner!
If you like stories about ghosts, ghouls, and other unpleasant apparitions, if you enjoy watching two men bond over the need to fight them by any means necessary, never mind any demons trying to take over, and if you’re looking for a read that is as entertaining as it is creepy, then you might enjoy this short story.
This story is an interesting mix between science fiction and historical. The situation Cassian finds himself in could almost be called medieval, withThis story is an interesting mix between science fiction and historical. The situation Cassian finds himself in could almost be called medieval, with a monarch in place who suppresses the people under his rule, who intends to conquer neighboring countries, and is cruel to anyone under his thumb. As an alien, landing in a situation like that and being trapped, is a nightmare, and Arturri and the people from his ship are well and truly in trouble.
Cassian is a scribe who has been selected to become bait for the capture of a "dangerous beast", one of the firebirds who live high in the mountains. Cassian has no real education, nor does he have a great deal of life experience, but when he meets this "beast", he immediately realizes he is facing another sentient being. As he gets to know Arturri and his issue, he develops a plan to help him. The neighboring country, which is almost impossible to reach, is more advanced and friendlier toward those who are different, and Cassian is determined to help Arturri escape.
Arturri and his family have landed on Cassian's planet, but in the most backward country imaginable. The beacon they could use to call for help doesn't work, and they are doomed to be captured and killed by the primitives. He falls for Cassian, and hates that his mate has to put himself in danger to save him, and he does everything to help out. Unfortunately, that leads to his capture, and everything goes downhill from there.
If you like reading about adventures, dangerous situations, and rescues that keep you on the edge of your seat, if you enjoy stories about advanced aliens having to deal with more primitive cultures, and if you're looking for a read with as much adventure as love between the main characters, you will probably like this book.
Ten years is a long time to search for a lover – but in this post-apocalyptic world it is the one thing that keeps Roark going. Actually, it is a postTen years is a long time to search for a lover – but in this post-apocalyptic world it is the one thing that keeps Roark going. Actually, it is a post-alien-invasion world, and things look pretty grim. The logic behind the scenario is simple – the mechanical alien invaders are looking for iron and have no scruples getting it, including retrieval from the human body. The consequences for humans, and Roark and his long-lost lover, Frankie, in particular, are less straightforward. And that tension made this story both utterly cruel, and beautifully hopeful at the same time.
Frankie doesn't know what hit him when he awakes on what he thinks the next morning after his one-year anniversary celebration with Roark, and finds out ten years have passed. Like anyone in this situation, it takes him quite a while to wrap his head around the time that has passed, as well as everything that's gone on since he was put into cryostasis to protect him from a virus. Unlike most of us, he has a stubborn streak a mile wide, and manages to get through his "adaptation period" with flying colors. His love for Roark plays a major role, of course, but his basic personality is well suited to coming out fighting and making sure he wins.
Roark is the lover we all wish we had. Determined not to give up when Frankie's parents get a restraining order so he cannot see Frankie while he is ill, Roark sets out to find Frankie. Not even when his lover vanishes into some unknown institution does he let that stop him. He even uses the resistance organization to help him make sure the world is a somewhat safer place by the time he finds Frankie. The reality of having Frankie back makes him really happy, even though they have a few obstacles to overcome where the practicalities of such a long separation are concerned.
I guess it always reassures me to read about humankind overcoming all kinds of disasters. It may be simpleminded of me, but it does give me hope that we might be bigger than our issues. Granted, the problems in this book are mostly external, but Roark and Frankie's fellow humans still manage to be mean and outright evil, adding to their problems. If you like post-apocalyptic stories, if you enjoy reading about a group of warriors fighting seemingly insurmountable odds, and if you're looking for a read that will keep you turning the pages, you should give this book a try. I can recommend it to fans of the futuristic as well as those who like a touching love story....more
Dragons and fairy tales go well together, but this story shows they can also play a role in very “normal” lives. Having said that, nothing about JoeyDragons and fairy tales go well together, but this story shows they can also play a role in very “normal” lives. Having said that, nothing about Joey and Will’s lives is normal, and especially not when they first meet. But that is the charm if this story: it all seems very bleak until a small ray of hope appears in the form of a stuffed dragon given to Joey when Will wants to cheer him up on the day they meet. And while they don’t see each other for five years, it is that small seed of hope that grows into a wonderful surprise and a very special relationship. It is a touching story, and as improbable as is sounds, it moved me like any modern-day fairy tale about shining knights and brave young men slaying their dragons.
Will can’t forget the young cancer patient he met when he was volunteering in the hospital. He was just a sixteen-year old kid back then, but when Will runs into him again five years later, he is just as fascinated by the young man. All grown up now, but clearly in trouble, Joey is fascinating and Will goes after him with single-minded determination and great sensitivity. Will knows what he wants, and he won’t take no for an answer.
Joy hasn’t had an easy life. His father died when Joey was young, he had to got through treatments fro testicular cancer when he was a teenager, and now sees himself as “damaged” and a freak”. To top it all, his mother disowned him when he came out. Joey cannot believe anyone as perfect and “whole” as Will could possibly be interested i him, but he has never forgotten the kind gift of a small stuffed dragon that helped him through his years of loneliness. Joey thinks he can hold it all together, but who could resist Will? Luckily, Joey can’t.
If you like sweet romances with a touch of drama, if men fighting for their lives and ending up the victor are worthy of your admiration, and if you’re looking for a read that is as deeply emotional as it is heartwarming, then you will probably like this short story.
This is a straightforward story about man trying to not just define who he really is, but to come out to the world and live life as who he really is.This is a straightforward story about man trying to not just define who he really is, but to come out to the world and live life as who he really is. Jin-Pyoo faces several complications: he is Korean, his father is fiercely homophobic, and he is trying to win an Olympic medal in alpine skiing. Jin is also deeply in love with Tolliver, a rich businessman who runs a skiing resort.
If you like stories about athletes trying to find the courage to come out, if angsting and attempting to have your cake and eat it until it's almost to late is a plot line you find interesting, and if you're looking for a quick read without complications and some hot moments between two men who clearly love each other, then you might like this short story.
NOTE: This book was provided by Evernight Publishing for the purpose of a review....more
Not everyone is cut out to be a good Samaritan, but the way Sam approaches "trying to be nice" in this story is more than a little disturbing. He may Not everyone is cut out to be a good Samaritan, but the way Sam approaches "trying to be nice" in this story is more than a little disturbing. He may have very good intentions, i.e., giving a ride to a man who seems to need one, but pretending to be a taxi driver when he isn't, knowing the man cannot see him, is going too far. Not that Sam even understands this at the beginning. Thankfully the blind man he gives a ride to is more than his match, and the remainder of the story shows how Sam, to his own surprise, struggles and grows in order to please Kieran and show the man that Sam is worth considering as a partner.
Initially, Sam isn’t really looking for anything permanent. He is an artist, and enjoys life as it happens. Planning is not for him. Running into Kieran changes that. Sam didn’t have bad intentions, and he wasn't evil in the beginning, he was just a little –inconsiderate. He never looks at what he does from anyone else's perspective, and doesn’t think about how they might perceive his actions. Once he does, he begins to change.
Kieran may be blind, but he is tough, He has learned to stand up for himself and is perfectly independent. So much so that he is unable to accept anyone's help or consideration. He, too, has something to learn: accepting support and help does not make him weak. But the level of trust required for him to accept that is enormous. Thank God Sam doesn't give up!
If you're looking for "sweet with a lesson", enjoy a character who grows from an idiot into a man who appreciates his fellow humans, and if you enjoy hot, slightly kinky action between the sheets, you will probably love this novella....more
‘Cookies for Courting’ is a fun and very sweet variation on the theme of “magical recipes” handed down by the mysterious Granny B. Businessman Marshal‘Cookies for Courting’ is a fun and very sweet variation on the theme of “magical recipes” handed down by the mysterious Granny B. Businessman Marshall is adorably helpless when facing the task of raising his niece after her mother dies in an accident. He definitely needs all the help he can get! And Pace, an artist with a drive to create so he doesn’t have to live off his trust fund, is equally adorable—yet totally mistaken—in his certainty that he is no good with children. Both men have a steep learning curve, but as the blurb for the ‘Curious Cookbook’ series says: “Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra.” And none too soon for these two guys!
Pace is a dedicated artists, and one of his favorite things to do is create murals, be it in a restaurant or in a private home, he likes them all. He has done a few, and his musings about his various customers and their “demands” are really funny. When faced with a request for a castle mural for an eight-year-old girl, he is not entirely sure what to do, but the rapport he builds with Alice is fast and goes deep. Pace has an entirely different sort f rapport going with Alice’s Uncle Marshall, but he manfully tries to suppress those urges since he does not want to muddy the waters of their business relationship. When Marshall’s cook brings out the cookies though, the battle quickly becomes impossible to win.
Marshall is a career financial advisor and investor and raising Alice scares him half to death. He wants to honor his sister’s memory though, so he shakes off his misgivings and does the best he can. He may err on the side of protectiveness and make a few stupid mistakes but he does mean well. Marshall practically falls for Pace the first time he sees him, and by the time the cookies make an appearance, it is almost a done deal anyway. And then Alice is kidnapped and all bets are off.
If you like sweet romances about clueless men who need to learn how to raise a child, if you believe everyone deserves to find love, with or without “magical” support, and if you’re looking for an entertaining, gentle read that is full of suspense as well as hot, then you will probably like this novella.
‘Lost Along the Way’ is an excellent title for this story about Daniel, who suddenly finds there are more issues than he thought possible in the relat‘Lost Along the Way’ is an excellent title for this story about Daniel, who suddenly finds there are more issues than he thought possible in the relationship he’s had for fifteen years. In a difficult situation with having to consider what’s next for him, the recipes in Granny B’s mysteriously appearing cookbook offer the nudge into action and the support he needs. This is a sad story of old things ending, but it also offers hope for new things beginning – if Daniel gives them a chance. Daniel has some help, as the blurb says: “Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra.” They definitely do!
Daniel has made a life with Chase, despite his parents disagreeing and not wanting him to be gay. And just after they finally begin to come around, they die. Daniel is devastated. Then two things happen. Chase is not as supportive as he should be, according to Daniel, and Chase, who spends his weekends cleaning out his parents’ house, begins to see their relationship from a distance. He suddenly sees things differently, and when Granny B’s recipes add their magical touch, a few things Daniel has tried to ignore suddenly jump out at him and he sees Chase for who he really is.
In a touching story of loss and love, the death of Daniel’s relationship with Chase still only takes up about half the focus of this book. The other half is the slow rebuilding of Daniel’s life – in a totally unexpected but not unwelcome direction. As he rediscovers the town he grew up in and gets to know Landon, the man who spent a lot of time with Daniel’s parents, Daniel slowly realizes how much of a rut he has been in, and how different his life could be – if only he gives fate another chance - with the help of Granny B’s peculiar and delicious recipes, of course.
If you like bittersweet stories of tragedy and love lost, if you believe everyone deserves a second chance, no matter how “magical” the source of that hope may be, and if you’re looking for an emotional read that deals with the realities of life in a sensitive and touching way, then you will probably like this novella.
This first book in the ‘Tales of the Curious Cookbook’ collection definitely worked its magic on me. Warm, gentle, and with some delicious mentions ofThis first book in the ‘Tales of the Curious Cookbook’ collection definitely worked its magic on me. Warm, gentle, and with some delicious mentions of wonderful recipes, it is an excellent representative of what I would call “comfort food of the mind”. While Robbie and Jason are the focus of the story, Maggie and the slightly mysterious selection of recipes she passes on to them are characters in their own right. As the blurb for the collection says: “Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra.”
Robbie is a bit of a lost soul. He is an artist at heart, but scared to show his drawings and paintings to the world. He lives in a charming small village in the English countryside, far away form the hustle and bustle of bigger towns and cities. The quiet life suits him, and since he manages the local post office/bookstore/café, he sees enough people to feel part of the community. When Maggie, the woman who made his life possible by offering him this job, dies and leaves him the building, he is shocked not just because he will miss her friendship, but because she made it possible for him to keep his means of making a living.
Then Jason appears, a young American author who is somehow related to Maggie, and now the owner of her cottage. Robbie likes him from the very first, and as they maneuver their way through s small disaster at the cottage, the discovery of some of Maggie’s belongings, and the secret of one of her favorite recipes, Robbie slowly falls in love.
As gentle as a summer rain, the relationship between Robbie and Jason was wonderful to watch. If you like stories set in small villages located in the countryside, if two men from opposite ends of the world coming together and finding common ground is your thing, and if you’re looking for a food-centric and very tasteful romance with lots of discoveries and significant but understated passion, then you will probably like this novella.