REVIEW: Cold Comfort is In From the Cold part 2 in round 2 of the 2014 Pulp Friction series. This is a continuation of In From the Cold part 1 and will have 3 more installments before the story is complete. You need to have read the first story to fully understand part 2.
Cold Comfort was very enjoyable as Lee Brazil seamlessly carries Cannon and Finn’s story forward. In Part 1, we were introduced to the men and got a little taste of who they are and who they will be together. In part 2, the author further develops each character by giving snippets of their histories and tidbits of their personalities. The author handles this perfectly as the reader now has a little more, but not complete, insight in the motivation behind the behaviors of each men. I love the way Lee treated Cannon. The man has some deep insecurities, but he is not presented as weak, only broken and in need finding his true self. I didn’t care for Cannon in Pulp Friction 2013 collection, but I am falling for him in this one. He tugs at my heartstrings.
Cold Comfort also further develops the growing relationship between the two. Finn knows exactly what Cannon needs and begins to implement his plan to show Cannon exactly how great thing can be between them. If only Cannon can get over his past. These men compliment each other and are so tenderly HOT together, I can’t wait to read more of their story.
I love that this incorporates a twist on the prince charming theme. It is wonderful and intriguing and I want to know how it ends! And that’s all I’ll say about that. If you want more, read the series!
Finally, this isn’t a typical novella as this is not a complete work in itself. If someone were to pick this up not knowing that it was part of a larger story ARC that involves multiple authors and multiple novellas, they would be lost and feel that this was not fully developed. But knowing that Cold Comfort is part of the 2014 Pulp Friction collection made it easier to handle as I knew to read the prior installment and knew that this was not the end of Cannon and Finn’s story. Cold Comfort was well written and the plot was developed just enough to leave hanging and wanting more. I can’t wait for round 3!(less)
I’ve said previously that I love shifter stories. Most of the ones I’ve read involved big, burly beasts (werewolves, horse shifters, bear shifters and...moreI’ve said previously that I love shifter stories. Most of the ones I’ve read involved big, burly beasts (werewolves, horse shifters, bear shifters and the like). This story, The Cat’s Meow by Stormy Glenn, brought a whole different type of shifter to my life. (No, I’m not telling you because finding out is half the fun of this story.)
The opening pages of this book (with the initial exchanges between Gage and Noah) rank among the funniest I’ve ever read.
I loved this story. The first in the Assassin’s Pride series, The Cat’s Meow is clever, hilarious, erotic and exciting. You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you like shifter stories, funny stories, sexy stories or any combination of them. This story has it all.
Threesomes can be tricky—for me, they’re usually sink or swim, so I went about this book with a hint of wariness. Julie Bozza is one of my favorite authors—what if this story turned out to be a lead duck for me? I should’ve known better. This is Julie Bozza, after all. As a friend of me once said, Bozza could write about two men chasing butterflies (which, by the way, she did, and amazingly at that!) and it would be still worth reading. This book didn’t only fly, it soared (sorry for the mixed-up imagery, just picture a swan) and took me right to reading heaven. No really. The writing alone would’ve made me forgive a lot, but this wasn’t necessary—the story in and of itself was just as beautiful. If I had to describe this book in one word, I’d call it gentle. It’s a masterpiece of undertones. This is a story about tree actors, but they go about their business of falling in love and forging a lasting three-way relationship calmly—not without drama, but without theatrics. Even their lovemaking, passionate as it is, remains quiet, and all the more intense for that. The whole story is steeped in British-ness without being obtrusive. All three main characters are lovingly drawn, essentially ordinary people with mundane flaws that make them all the more human. And yet they’re able to go beyond themselves for love’s sake. They disregard conventions and overcome their own misgivings out of love. It’s beautiful, it’s amazing what people are able to do for love, and the reward makes it all worthwhile. This was the message I took from this story, and it made me close the book with a blissful sigh. Highly, highly recommended. PS: As a bonus, this book has glimpses at an absolutely stunning modern-times adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Maurice included. I’d have loved to read that in full! P.P.S.: Yes, I know I’m gushing. Bear with me. I love this book.(less)
They both groaned into that first kiss. Four months and more of longing released in a frantic rush that started out fast and rolled into something more, faster than the gathering storm and threatening to do far more damage.
Lawwwwwwd almighty, where do I start?!!!? I think I could be happy just reading Prophet and Tommy until the end of time. Is there any way we can get SE Jakes to do nothing but write the Hell or High Water series??? Probably not. LOL
Long Time Gone is the second installment in the series – following the also fabulous Catch A Ghost – and I may have liked it even more than the first one. It has everything: Action; great plot and dialogue; insanely hot sex; fantastic characters; and another leave-you-wanting-more ending!
When we last saw Prophet and Tommy, they were heading in separate directions…neither one able to come to terms with how to make their relationship work. And…well…it takes a hurricane to bring them back together.
Tommy defies Phil, his boss at EE, to go to his aunt’s house in New Orleans, of course in the hopes that Prophet will have also gone there to help her during the hurricane. The reunion scene that SE Jakes treats us to may well be worth reading the book for all on its own. There should possibly be a warning of some kind accompanying these pages. ;) These two are as drawn to each other as ever, and both their chemistry and banter are beyond fabulous.
The story takes us on a journey into Tommy’s past that is action-packed, full of drama and colorful characters, and is just all around riveting. I honestly could not put this book down! Somehow, in between trying to find a murderer, looking for Tommy’s childhood best friend and sometime lover, Etienne, and dodging gators, Prophet and Tommy manage to have a few much-needed, serious discussions about where they’ve been the past four months, and where they want to be in the future. Though there are lots of confessions and honest insights in these heart-to-hearts, we are still left with PLENTY to wonder about for the next book. Prophet certainly still has a few huge secrets…
I can’t say enough how much I love these characters, and how this part of their story played out. We learned so much about them this go around. They shared more with each other than they ever thought they would, and it was great to see a bit of the vulnerable and softer sides, along with the tough, kick-ass sides that we know and love. Also, I was so happy to get a little bit of Mick and Blue! Thank you for that, SE!
And, finally, for us Cillian fans, there will be a Cillian and Mal book coming out early next year! Can’t wait for all the great things to come from this fantastic author!(less)
There comes a time when a story fits perfectly with what you need at the time. After a heartbreaking read, I wanted something fun. Mountain Prey by Lyn Gala really fit that bill nicely.
Stunt is a man at odds with his mountain community. He’s a federal worker, a big no-no, but he’s also gay, which earns him a certain attitude from the local folk. Still, the mountain is his home and he has no intention of leaving it. While he’s doing his job one day, he comes across a stranger who takes him captive at gunpoint, forcing him to come along, tied up, while the stranger threatens to kill him. Things aren’t always as they seem, however.
When things calm down a bit, Alex (the kidnapper), tells Stunt what he’s up to. And damned if Stunt doesn’t start to understand the man who holds him captive. The man with the great hands, who seriously knows his knots, which turns Stunt on to no end.
Stunt talks Alex into asking for help, but the mountain man they turn to isn’t too keen to help out a member of the federal government (moonshiners, you understand). The man agrees to help, but is insistent that after Alex leaves, he’s going to ‘take care’ of Stunt. When Alex finds out what it means, he’s horrified and a new plan is hatched. This plan is hilarious and has some great results.
This is my first story by Lyn Gala. I’m really glad I requested it for review, because it’s just that much fun.(less)
Wow. DJ Manly’s CHERISHED DISPLACEMENT is a creative combination of Area 51, time travel, the gay romance genre, and the historical romance, and I lov...moreWow. DJ Manly’s CHERISHED DISPLACEMENT is a creative combination of Area 51, time travel, the gay romance genre, and the historical romance, and I loved it.
The protagonists of the Morning Report are Pastor Jackson and his wife .We learn right away the new the new Pastor and his wife are peddling their muck in the name of Christian values,” preaching to the local people that they will be dammed if they associate with the sodomites at the Lost Cow Ranch”. What worries Luke the most is this man is not the normal bigot. He has authority and influence and can sway the local business to stop doing business with them. And that he does! The first time Luke and Simon go to town they are faced with picking up their usual feed order form the Benson’s Feed Store, Luke finds out very quickly that they are happy to take his money but , “we can’t be seen doing business with you or Simon “. Not a good thing to say to Luke. One other encounter later in the book I really enjoyed reading was when Lisa, Luke’s sister, got ahold of the Benson’s; “One piss-ignorant pastor waltzes into town and suddenly they’re worse than the fuckin’ devil. Are you fuckin stupid? Why didn’t you tell them to fuck off? “The answer they gave just made me spit and sputter “Pastor Jackson is a man of God. It’s God’s word.” The arrival of the Pastor starts a whole series of events for the Lost Cow Ranch; vandalism of fences, poisoning of cows, false accusations against Simon that landed him in jail and just all the treats made trying to break the ranch. Simon and Luke remain strong throughout the whole mess and that’s the best part of the story. Intertwined throughout the story is amazing sex, all kinds of sex; dominance and submission, some kink and talk of ” playing with others.” It’s all good especially when Luke and Simon are involved it keeps you engage in the story “What are they going to do next?” Their trip to Austin for a couple of vacation days is very entertaining to read and gives us all a break from the craziness and provides us with some laughter and of course some hot sex to read about. Towards the end of the first book, we are introduced Pastor Noah Taylor, he is the pastor of a small church, St Marks. Pastor Noah is quick to point out to Luke that everyone is welcome regardless of who they are. Pastor Noah also shares that he is gay, I chuckled over Luke’s’ response to learning that piece of information. Not going to tell what Luke said; just know it involves the Easter Bunny, Santa and Unicorns. I love epilogues! It’s like learning the rest of the story. Luke and Simon both know that all it not perfect for the Lost Cow Ranch. With the acceptance of some of the townspeople of Parsons and the introduction of a new Pastor and a community that accepts them, Luke and Simon are hopeful to have it all behind them. We also get a hint of the next book in the series, Complete Faith , Pastor Noah and Tommy story. I love Cowboy stories especially gay Western romance and this series is one of the best I have read to date.
A Review of the Audio- This series is one of my favorite, I have re-read them many times, when the audio version came out I was really excited. Mr. Pickering had a very nice voice, but to keep a listener engaged he could have added more tension to his voice, changed up the tempo or just used more variety of voices for the characters. I wondered if I hadn’t already read the book would I have liked the audio more. No, don’t think so, an audio for me is best when the narrator uses very distinct voices and paints a scene with their voice. I want to escape in to the world of Sue Brown’s Lost Cow Ranch . If an audio is published of the other books in the series and they have the same narrator will I listen to them? Of course, why, because they are just good books and can even mediocre narration is acceptable when the writing is so specular.(less)
I honestly don’t know who couldn’t like Wick. He’s got attitude, charm, and a (no pun, of course) wicked sense of humor.
This is the third part of Ms....moreI honestly don’t know who couldn’t like Wick. He’s got attitude, charm, and a (no pun, of course) wicked sense of humor.
This is the third part of Ms. Fellows offering for Pulp Friction, the series she’s doing with her fellow writers Lee Brazil, Laura Harner, and Mr. Webb. Where the other authors have angst and drama, Ms. Fellows and Wick bring relief in the form of a character who can read other people like no one else. He’s got skills to get the job done, determination to see it through, and some friends who will help him along the way. Everyone, it seems, has connections to Mr. Wick Templeton.
This time around, Wick is helping a woman whose abusive boyfriend disappears. She’s been keeping tabs on the man, but when he is suddenly off the radar, Wick wants to know why. What he finds sure as hell wasn’t what he was expecting.
Of course the fact that Wick ends up in prison isn’t helping either. Certainly no one can solve this when they’re behind bars with people they helped put away, right? Wrong. Wick can. He can put someone away for life, but have enough leverage to force them to help him when he needs it.
When he faces one of the guys who is making trouble…well, let’s just say Wick has the situation well in hand and let it go at that. (Read the story, you’ll understand the reference.)
Wick also has a sexy thorn in his side. A man who dogs his every step, determined to ferret out Wick’s secrets while hiding his own. Ned pushes Wick’s buttons in a big way, but who the hell is he? And why is it that Wick, who has dirt on nearly everyone, can’t find out even basic information about Agent Fielding?
This series is best read together. There are references to characters that appear in the other stories and you’ll want to know them all. They’re each worth it.
Falling In Love With Crazy is the heartbreaking but also uplifting story by Dane Waters that shines a bright, uncompromising light into the murky worl...moreFalling In Love With Crazy is the heartbreaking but also uplifting story by Dane Waters that shines a bright, uncompromising light into the murky world of a mentally ill man and the man who falls in love with him despite all of the quirks, obstacles, and delusions that threaten to pull him away forever.
Ryuu Tanaka is a college professor who, while jogging, sees a gorgeous man sitting under a tree in the park. Despite Daniel's blunt manner and reluctance to engage with him, Ryuu finds himself so fascinated by Daniel that he spends days cruising around various places looking for him. When Ryuu finally locates Daniel, he persuades Daniel to come to Ryuu's house and give him five days to make him fall in love with him. Ryuu finds himself falling deeper and deeper in love wirh Daniel, but he sees himm slowly slipping away into the worlds inside his head. The final straw is when a homicidal student, obsessed with Ryuu, attacks both of them, severing Daniel's last tenuous grip on reality.
This story has a gripping character driven tale with a plot that flows smoothly and seamlessly from the first page until the last. The backstory gives you a taut, no-holds-barred look at what past tragedies drove Daniel to retreat from reality. The sex in this story is passionate, wild, and tender without being overly graphic. The author's style of writing is simple,to the point, and makes no apologies for its clear, concise look into the inner world of a mentally ill man, and the love, devotion, and loyalty he inspires in the man who loves him. The heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful HEA ending makes this a book I absolutely LOVED, and would wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone!!
500 Miles by Parker Williams is an amazing debut book by a talented author. The story flows, the characters are well developed to the point the reader...more500 Miles by Parker Williams is an amazing debut book by a talented author. The story flows, the characters are well developed to the point the reader feels like they are real people, and when it was over I wanted more.
You know the cliché, I laughed, I cried? Well, it’s certainly true with this story. Young Mark is separated from his brother Eric and Jase, the young man he has loved since, well, since he figured out what love is. Eric and Jase are being the altruistic men they were raised to be and join the Army to make a difference in the world. So, off they go to Afghanistan and Mark is left to grow up. Alone.
Jase leaves Mark a tape and a note telling him that he will come back to him. As time goes by, Jase realizes he is selfish to ask Mark to grow up without him and just wait for Jase to come back so he… well, I can’t tell you because it would spoil the story but there certainly is a gut-wrenching twist to the plot that you will not see coming, and neither did Mark, resulting in a broken heart and a boatload of guilt. Mrs Condit Recommends photo mrscrecommends2_zps98e844fe.jpg Then tragedy strikes, and no one is left undamaged. Mark, his mother and father are suffering at home, waiting first for word and then for their men to come home to them. Jase and Eric are wounded and suffering from PTSD. The meaning of the title 500 Miles and the connection to the song becomes so poignant and grabs your heart and soul, not letting go until the last paragraph of the story. Even then, I am in the grip of loving these men and want more.
Please see my complete review at http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index..... Leave a comment to help us raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and stay long enough to read the special snippet at the end of the review post.(less)
REVIEW: Love Lessons Learned, by KC Wells, is a continuation of the Learning to Love series. I don’t think it is necessary to have read the previous books in order to enjoy this one, but the characters do pop in quite frequently. John Wainwright is at the center of this story. He, also, is the brother of Evan from Learning to Love, Evan and Daniel. He manages to land his first teaching job, and comes out to his brother all at the same time. He has known for a while he was gay, he just never acknowledged it. He gets caught red-handed at a bar one evening by his brother so he feels it is time to come clean. Put the brakes on though………with his new job just starting, there is NO way he is going to reveal that information to anyone. His brother wants him to go out and live it up, but John fears there may be repercussions at the school. He’s waited this long, going a little longer will not kill him. Of course, all of that changes when he actually gets to the school, and discovers the head teacher is actually pretty hot. He is positive his new mentor is straight so, hopefully, he can keep his libido under control.
Brett Sanderson, head teacher, single, lonely and gay. He keeps himself tightly sealed in the closet during the school term. Every break or vacation, he heads off to Brighton, a gay community, where he becomes Rob. He realizes this lifestyle is no longer the fun it once was. He has been going there for 7 years, maybe it’s time to settle down, find someone he can come home to. The new, younger, sexy teacher, has pinged his radar. He really enjoys spending time with him, he’s smart and funny, and they have so much fun together. Once he finds out that John is also gay, all bets are off. One kiss leads to wanting more, which leads to taking chances. John seems game in the pursuit, but what happens when Brett takes the ball and runs with it? He doesn’t know John is a virgin. A wrong move may stop their relationship before it even starts. Will he get ahead of himself, and move their infatuation backwards instead of forward?
This is an engaging story with a trifle amount of angst. You may find yourself holding your breath for a few short minutes. What little there is, gets resolved quickly. The author has written a feel good story, where everyone is supportive and helpful, regardless of the situation you may be in. The side characters which happen to be John’s roommates are all exciting, down to earth, people. They are there for John in whatever capacity he needs them, whether it be a shoulder to cry on, just asking for advice, or ready to put a smack down on someone. They add much laughter and excitement to the story. If you are familiar with the Learning to Love cast, you will be able to catch up with their news as well. My one complaint, and it may only be me this bothers, but the description of John in the book is nothing like what is on the front cover. This, of course, doesn’t deter you from the story, but I always find myself going back, looking at the covers, seeing what the guys look like. I may do this several times as I read different passages. I love to study their faces, then visualize them in the story. What I did find, was a storyline with a beautiful simplicity that flowed smoothly. Within that simplicity are some very extraordinary, complex characters that have a lot of love to offer. Hopefully, overtime, and more novels, each one of the guys will find their happy ever after.(less)
If you require an HEA for every love affair, every story, every couple, that’s not real and this is not the book for you. However, if you love a book...moreIf you require an HEA for every love affair, every story, every couple, that’s not real and this is not the book for you. However, if you love a book that tells an emotional story, that has characters you love and when they screw up you cry for them, this is the perfect book. While I used a few Kleenex, I loved this little book, and in fact, read it twice. Very, very sweet, and a beautifully written piece that deals with the underbelly of life and love.
REVIEW: Rule number six: save the innocent. Rule number seven: Everything has to have balance. The final rule: we choose our fate.
Rudy is dead. Jon and Ellis are locked in combat with an evil so vile that it’s known only as the Big and Terrible. In Gilford, crimes are increasing at an alarming rate, and becoming more and more depraved. As the darkness gathers, Jon and Ellis desparately search for answers to questions that, only a little while ago, would be considered insane. In order to defeat the Big and Terrible, and prevent the evil from spreading, Ellis must embrace his destiny, and Jon must be willing to let him go. In order to protect the innocent, both men must be willing to lose everything.
In The Final Rule, Adrienne Wilder brings her epic trilogy My Brother’s Keeper to its dramatic conclusion. From the very beginning I found myself pulled into this stark, strangely haunting tale of despair, hope, cruelty, love, sacrifice, and the willingness to pay the ultimate price in order to protect the innocent. Each book is a full length novel, but must be read in order. Ms Wilder’s style of writing is simple, yet eloquent, concise, and highly original. She has a definite gift for painting a vivid potrait of life in a small town, but giving little glimpses of the evil that lies beneath its placid surface. Told in a combination of flashbacks and present day, this story is a very unique, fresh twist on the classic “good vs evil” theme. The story does have a HEA ending, but only after much pain and sacrifice. I thoroughly enjoyed reading both this book and the trilogy, and would strongly advise you to get My Brother’s Keeper for yourself.(less)
This books release day is today, July 4, Americas Independance Day and fittingly this story is all about a man who has contributed above an beyond to...moreThis books release day is today, July 4, Americas Independance Day and fittingly this story is all about a man who has contributed above an beyond to the freedom that we all enjoy, and about the very personal price some of our soldiers pay. This is the third in the Recon Diaries series and I mention that straight up because even though I have read the other two, and they do introduce Corey briefly, you can read this as a stand alone book and receive the full enjoyment and impact that The Final Line promises and delivers. This is Corey Yarwood's story make no bones about that, he is a Recon Marine, strong, loyal, proud, confident and honorable. Kendall McKenna writes from a singular POV which is very refreshing and gives an intimate insight into the main character that is not often available in other books. She, and by extension the reader, really get to know Corey on a level that I think Corey would be supremely uncomfortable with. She also tackles PTS and the effects that it can have, especially when it is untreated or unrecognized. She is brutally honest in her portrayal, not shying away from symptoms that might cause some romance writers to shudder at their keyboards, she and her characters handle it with the love and compassion. Her treatment can lead by example, the realisation that PTS is not a choice and seeking help should never be considered weak and should not stigmatize anyone suffering fom it. Corey is in a dark place when we are introduced to Sean Chandler, a singer/songwriter/actor/model, and whilst we only find out as much as Corey gets to know about his back story, we can infer a lot due to his reactions and love him for how he steps up and into Corey's life. Sean has his own issues as we all have, but he gets that his baggage does not necessarily fit onto Corey's shoulders and once he realises this he is better able to appreciate where Corey is coming from.
In showing an insight and compassion for these wounded warriors and the people that love them, Kendall composes a beautiful, well-written, romantic love story that I am going to get many rereads out of. I felt like I went through an emotional rollercoaster, and waiting for events to unfold or the other shoe to drop was nerve-wracking, and that level of tension gave me an understanding of what Corey was going through and made his relationship with Sean that much more poignant and beautiful.
The sex was hot, and handled with a sexiness, eroticism, and emotion that Kendall is so good at. For the romantic at heart which I must confess I am, had my heart cut loose from its mooring, trying to fly out of my chest with joy and fear, and sadness and anger and the whole gamut of emotions. And at the end I did not want to let these men go, I still want to find out more about both of them. And ultimately, that feeling for me is the ultimate test of how good a book is. You have to immerse yourself in the Recon Diaries world because ultimately we all want to know or be these men, in some way, shape or form.
Although I have read many books written by this author this is the first paranormal book written by her that I have read. I’ve seen her paranormal tit...moreAlthough I have read many books written by this author this is the first paranormal book written by her that I have read. I’ve seen her paranormal titles, but I had sort of placed her into one category and not really willing to delve into any of her paranormal titles. On a whim, I decided to give this book a try. Boy, am I glad that I did. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy this book, but I am anxiously awaiting the next installment of this series and considering reading her other paranormal titles. Alrik, as well as the other C7 shifters are intriguing characters. Sexy, gay, male silver eyed shape shifters who run a protection agency. Alrik has demons from his past that he battles daily. Those demons have kept him from getting close to anyone and opening his heart to love. All of that changes when he meets Ben, a doctor he is in charge of protecting. The chemistry between these two characters was hot. The sex was fast, yes, but she was brilliant in writing a reason behind the strong and instant attraction. You had a mystery that kept the story flowing nicely; it wasn’t just filled with hot sex, in addition to secondary characters that made the story quite interesting. The way she was able to write the secondary characters into the story in order to let the reader become familiar with them for the other stories in the series was brilliant. I regret that I didn’t step outside my box to read her paranormal titles; I see now that I really should have done it sooner. I will not make that mistake again. This book was fabulous and I am looking forward to reading the next installment of this series in addition to the other titles in her paranormal section.
This is book #8 in the Haven series which is a spin-off of the Moonlight Breed series. I will definitely follow where ever Ms. Evans decides to lead u...moreThis is book #8 in the Haven series which is a spin-off of the Moonlight Breed series. I will definitely follow where ever Ms. Evans decides to lead us with this story. I absolutely loved the storyline and the characters. Her transition from one book to the next is perfect; she definitely keeps track of all of her characters and what’s going on with them. Her secondary characters from the Moonlight Breed series have been broken off into this wonderful series that takes us on a journey battling evil witches, kidnapped children and shifters. She weaved this intricate plot and storyline and put it into the most wonderful little stories that kept me engaged from the first page to the last. You always want to read the next in both the Moonlight and Haven series because you want to know what’s going to happen next. The Braddock brothers’ dialog when they were mentally returned to little boys and Raven’s solution when they went to rescue the children was hilarious. I read it twice; it just struck me as so funny. And Raven! That vampire definitely needs his own story, that guy is too funny. I would love for her to write a book featuring nothing but his antics and shenanigans. I loved his character from the very first time he was featured in the Moonlight Breed. This spin-off is brilliant. I liked it quite a bit. The only bump in the road was the POV shifts of the two lead characters were not clearly stated/marked, so it was confusing at times to read a POV shift of one character and then another without being given the heads up as to whose view we were reading. That was minor and did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the story. It was an enjoyable read.
When I started this book and found that the main characters weren’t going to be Miki and Kane, I admit I was a bit disappointed because I loved them in Sinner’s Gin (which is the first book in the series, so you may want to start there to get to know the clan).
Then I met Sionn and Damien and I fell in love. Again. (I swear, my male harem (or harmen) is gonna need a small country to hold them all.)
There are things that Rhys does that puts her at the head of the class. She creates detailed descriptions of places and people. They are so vivid, you’ll swear you can see them in your mind. There’s one other thing she does extraordinarily well, too. She creates larger than life bad guys. The one who is gunning for Sionn’s boyfriend is heinous. The thing is, Rhys never gets graphic. This man does some disgusting things, but you don’t see them on-page. You imagine them. What he does made me cringe, but it’s because she gave me the tools to figure out what the bastard was up to.
The return of the clan Morgan clan, especially Donal, was very welcome. Donal is the man each gay boy should have as a father. He doesn’t care WHO you love, as long as you find love. Really, what’s more important than that?
When Kane and Miki make their appearance, they find that the circle of their family has increased, which thrills Miki to no end, but surprisingly excites Kane, too.
This story closes a lot of plotlines from the first book. It also does it in a most satisfying way. So, while I confess to being disappointed in the beginning of the story, I admit to being sucked into this world once again by an incredible second chapter in the story of Sinner’s Gin.
Onward to book three! I want to know what happens to the man at the end. (Rhys is such a tease.)(less)
All the Kings Men by RJ Scott is a rewritten 2nd edition release. The 1st edition was the first book I ever read by RJ so it holds a special place in my heart.
When I first bought the book I knew nothing about RJ Scott's writing, and hardly anything about MM Romance in general, it was the earthquake that caught my eye; I'm a bit of a disaster movie addict.
Nathan Richardson, model turned actor, lives in a rented apartment in the hills outside LA. Nathan is still very much in love with his ex-boyfriend, photographer Ryan Ortiz. Ryan it appears has finally realized just how much he still loves Nathan and is on his way to LA to be with him when LA is struck by a massive earthquake, just after Ryan's plane touches down. Nathan is trapped in the rubble of his apartment up in the hills as fires break out all around him, his only chance is Ryan. Can Ryan get to him in time, and can they both escape the fires and the aftershocks and get to safety?
The story is gripping; it’s the stuff of nightmares and every disaster movie you've ever seen. The fires, the tremors, the desolation, people trapped in buildings, in cars, RJ pulls no punches, and the reader is filled with a sense of foreboding and hopelessness for much of the story. Nathan and Ryan struggle to get to safety and what they see on the way molds them into the people they will forever be. Their emotions are pulled in every direction, and the reader, following along, ends up not knowing whether to cheer or cry. The life and death struggle to get to safety puts all their previous arguments and petty squabbles, into perspective.
I can't do justice to the sense of awe you feel when reading All The Kings Men. Nathan and Ryan are just two small insignificant people when compared to the disaster that has overcome LA, the descriptions of the devastation are horrifying, and you really get a sense of the immense disaster unfolding throughout the story. I don’t want to go too much into the plot, I can't so much happens, but there is an epilogue at the end that wraps everything up nicely.
This book introduced me to the world of RJ Scott and I've never looked back, if you are a fan and haven't read it yet then I really think you should, and if you're not a fan yet, well give it a go.(less)
REVIEW: Rule number four: it has to happen. Rule number five: everything happens for a reason.
Six months after Lenny and his thug buddies almost killed Jon at the Grove, he,Ellis, and Rudy are doing their best to put the past behind them. For Jon, Ellis and Rudy have given him a new chance at life. For Ellis, Jon is the one who took Ellis out of his isolated existence, and gave him and Rudy a chance at a new life. Together they’ve found true love, and happiness, and are looking forward to the future. But then one devastating event after another tests Jon’s fragile grip on his demons, and pushes Ellis over the edge. If Jon and Ellis are going to make it through, each one is going to have to face their deepest fears, and trust that their love will help them survive the journey that will forever change who they are, and redefine who they were meant to be.
Rules Four and Five id the second book in Adrienne Wilder’s gripping trilogy My Brother’s Keeper. It continues the stark, yet beautiful story started in The First Three Rules. This intense character AND plot driven tale has strong, complex, multi-layered characters who you can’t help but feel drawn to. The story has a silky smooth plot flow, and the richly detailed backstory lays a solid foundation for the storyline.. The author’s writing style is taut, crisp, and concise, and she deftly weaves the good, the bad, and the REALLY ugly into a fantastic and enthralling paranormal tale that pulls you in from the very beginning, and keeps you turning the page to find out what’s going to happen next. The story has its heartbreaking moments, but there’s a strong thread of hope running through it all. This story has a cliffhanger ending that left me impatient to get my hands on the next, and final, book of the trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and would definitely advise you to check out this, and the rest of the trilogy for yourself.(less)
REVIEW: What are the three rules? 1.Don’t talk to anyone. 2.Don’t wander off. and most important-3.Don’t touch!
Marshall Jon Foster is sitting on a park bench in Gilsford, a small town in the middle of nowhere. He came there hoping to get away from the horrible memories of the day he lost his best friend and partner, along with a lot of other innocent people in a raid that went terribly wrong. Jon, the only survivor, is driven by grief and guilt, plus he’s left questioning his sanity after a vision of his dead brother Danny appeared to him during the raid, saving his life. He had fled to Gilsford hoping to find some peace, but instead Jon is planning to end it all to escape the pain. Little did he know that a friendly stranger, and a stick of gum would change his life in ways that he could never have imagined.
Ellis Harper has spent the last twenty years as sole caretaker for his mentally challenged brother Rudy. Isolated, his days consist of chores, games of GoFish, and endless cartoons. Ellis loves Rudy, but he longs for a life that he knows he’ll never be able to have. An innocent misunderstanding leaves Ellis and Rudy as targets of a town bully, a fight that Ellis knows he has no chance of winning. A chance meeting with a kind stranger changes all that, and little do Jon and Ellis know that their new loving relationship will lead to something neither one could ever imagine.
The First Three Rules is the first book in the My Brother’s Keeper trilogy by Adrienne Wilder. In this fascinating character driven tale with its smooth plot flow and vividly portrayed characters, Ms Wilder has laid the foundation of a story that pulls you in from the very first page. You can’t help but be drawn into the MCs lives, and feel the emotional pain and hopelessness that they both have. On the surface, this seems like an ordinary story of how two broken men find each other and start to heal, but there are subtle hints that there’s much more going on beneath. The author’s style of writing is clear, crisp, and eloquent, weaving mystery, heartache, love, and hope into a gripping read. The story has a bittersweet ending, but there are signs of hope leading into the next book of the trilogy. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I would definitely advise you to check it, and the rest of the trilogy, out for yourself.(less)
Whether you are planning a garden for the front yard, a small plot in a corner of your backyard, or even on the balcony of your apartment, The Edible...moreWhether you are planning a garden for the front yard, a small plot in a corner of your backyard, or even on the balcony of your apartment, The Edible Front Yard is the reference book for you. Wait. It is not only an encyclopedia of landscape design, it is a book that is so pretty you will want to keep it out on your coffee table as I do. And if all you grow is grass, trees and a few shrubs, please, please get this book and get out of your rut! You won’t be able to resist planting just one pineapple guava shrub and when you see how pretty and useful that is, another fantastic fruit or vegetable plant that will be a treat for the eyes and your table.
From Will's review: Normally for reviews my name is Lucky. For Lost and Found, the anthology from Featherweight Press (the Young Adult wing of MLR Pres...moreFrom Will's review: Normally for reviews my name is Lucky. For Lost and Found, the anthology from Featherweight Press (the Young Adult wing of MLR Press) that I’m doing today, my name is Will. Today I’m going to talk about a book called Lost and Found. It’s a group effort from Featherweight Press on behalf of the Lost and Found project in Atlanta, Georgia that helps teens displaced by ignorance, bigotry, fear.
Normally my review style is fun and joking. That won’t be this review. This group has given their hearts and souls to this project, and I aim to do the same thing in this review. It may not be easy. You may not want to read the review, but I’m hoping you’ll read the book and help those who need it.
While I read this compilation of stories, I remembered with clarity my own life. It mirrored some of these characters in many ways. I started realizing I was gay at a young age. In the 1970’s and 80’s it wasn’t something you talked about, so I really had no one to turn to. My relationships with my parents was one of ‘they left me alone, so I left them alone’. But I really wanted them to step in. I needed them and they weren’t there for me. Not that I would have made it easy, mind you. I was a teen after all.
Andrew Grey explores new territory with his book In Search of a Story. Brad is trying to hold onto his job as a reporter. His boss tells him that he h...moreAndrew Grey explores new territory with his book In Search of a Story. Brad is trying to hold onto his job as a reporter. His boss tells him that he has less than 24 hours to come up with a compelling story that will sell newspapers. Brad tries looking through the classifieds for an idea and is mocked by an older, “wiser” beat reporter, but Brad has a feeling that an ad for never used nursery items is going to be a heart breaking story about the loss of a child, and what is more attention grabbing than a story full of emotion and pain?
Surprisingly, the owner of the baby equipment is a single man who was going to adopt his friend’s baby until tragedy struck, leaving him without his friend or her baby. As the young doctor, Cory, and Brad talk things get really interesting. Cory is part of a big, loving family. Brad is an only child. Will there be another baby in Cory’s life or will selling the furniture, baby clothes, toys, and repainting the nursery spell the end of dreams of fatherhood for this good man? And does Brad fit into Cory’s life or Cory into Brad’s?
This is a terrific story that includes mystery, romance, babies (I love babies!), and an unexpected love. It just shows that there is no story idea that Andrew Grey can’t take and run with it. Beautifully told with characters to love, and an HEA to hold onto.
"Here it is. Something with benzoyl peroxide in it. Acne medication. He said the venom in the claws works like bacteria, but not a normal one. It's like one of those zits--the ones that hurt and get beneath your skin."
In Winter's Trial, Darren Endymion has written a powerful and compelling book that tells a story of heartbreak, loss, abuse, sadness, loyalty, madness, predjudice, and ultimately hope and happiness. The blurb covers the basics of the story, but it's like the tip of an iceburg-there is so much more to the story than what you can see on the surface. To really appreciate the beauty, depth, and rich detail of this tale, you need to check it out for yourself.
This is a character driven book with a sutlely smooth plot flow. The main and secondary characters are so vivid, three dimensional, and complex that-except for being wolf shifters-they are as real as anyone you could meet on the street, or have as your neighbors. Watching Austin's heartbreaking journey to, with Cris' love and support, overcome years of physical, and emotional abuse by the pack that was supposed to nurture and protect him made me want to give him a big hug and kick some major ass! Told in a skillful blend of past and present, the backstory fills in any gaps and lays a strong foundation for the storyline. The sex is mostly behind the scenes, but still passionate.
The author's style of writing is eloquent, original, and very concise. I love how he is able to deftly and seamlessly transform a ordinary shifter story into a powerful and moving tale of pain, heartbreak, hope and happiness, with an ultimate HEA ending for the MCs. If you're looking for a beautiful and emotionally satisfying shifter story that is anything but ordinary, then I can DEFINITELY recommend this book to you.(less)
Josh and Chris have been dancing around each other for months, each waiting for the other to make the first move after both admit to themselves that t...moreJosh and Chris have been dancing around each other for months, each waiting for the other to make the first move after both admit to themselves that they have feelings for each other. Michael, Sean, Evan, and Daniel finally advise each man individually to stop dancing around and let the other know how they feel. Josh and Chris finally give in and start a relationship that gets deeper and richer over time, despite the malicious actions of a stranger, and the constant threat from an unstable ex.
This is a beautiful character driven story that carries on the sometimes heartbreaking, but mostly heartwarming storyline from the first two books. The plot is seamlessly smooth, flowing from the first page to the last, with a backstory that keeps you centered without overwhelming you with unnecessary detail. The sex is tender, passionate, and VERY hot, without being overly graphic. The characters are very three dimensional, with hopes, dreams, fears, and faults that make them as real as anyone you might meet on the street. The author's writing style is simple, eloquent, crisp, concise, and renders a fabulous, enthralling,and glorious tale with a HEA ending that I absolutely loved and that kept me thinking about long after I finished the last page. If you're looking for a beautiful, loving story that is well worth your time, then I wholeheartedly recommend this book to you.
“Guilt, your weapon of choice. And damn it, you wield it well.”-Paul
This is the latest installment in the Leopard’s Spots series. This story has two of my favorite things: shifters: check. Hot man on man sex: check. Felines: check, check and check. I must admit that I started reading this book and its book #10 in a series, but I was able to follow the plot if not the characters despite this. This book features Paul who is trying to recover after being kept and tortured by wolf shifters who ran a human trafficking ring. Paul is traumatized and on a downward spiral. He gets help from a shifter therapist who just so happens to be the sister of his mate. Justice realizes that in order to gains Paul’s trust; he must take baby steps towards him to ensure that the mating lasts. The shifters who kept Paul hostage are after him and it’s up to Justice, his family and friends to keep Paul safe. There are other shifters involved in helping Justice keep Paul safe and the action heats up big time. I loved this book; Paul and Justice are great together. Justice helps Paul heal in a way that Paul never expected him to. You can see Paul use his fury to his advantage and fight against the fear and fight back against his attackers. I’m definitely going to follow this series.(less)
The story is told in chronological order,with enough of a backstory that you're never lost or left wondering what's going on. There is no actual sex i...moreThe story is told in chronological order,with enough of a backstory that you're never lost or left wondering what's going on. There is no actual sex in this story, but as richly detailed as it is, there's no need for it. The author's writing style is simple, down-to-earth, and concise, with an excellent and well developed knowledge of life on an Australian sheep station. She also renders the lifestyle so well that you feel like you're really there living it. I really enjoyed the sweet HEA ending, and would recommend this entertaining story to everyone looking for a very satisfying way to spend a few hours.
Sarah McCarty writes historical westerns that make me melt for the alpha heroes and the strong women in them. Whether they are authentic period pieces...moreSarah McCarty writes historical westerns that make me melt for the alpha heroes and the strong women in them. Whether they are authentic period pieces matters not to me because they are so enjoyable. I have loved all of the HELL’S EIGHT books, and SHADOW’S STAND especially. Doing the math, this is #5 in the series, meaning there are three to go, and I can hardly wait for them. This is one of my all-time favorite series and Sarah McCarty is on my auto-buy list of authors.