I'm normally a big GA Hauser fan, but I couldn't connect with this book. I didn't particularly like the heroes and had a hard time rooting for them. I...moreI'm normally a big GA Hauser fan, but I couldn't connect with this book. I didn't particularly like the heroes and had a hard time rooting for them. In the end, I ended up liking her secondary characters, Michael and the hairdresser (sorry can't remember the name) better than the heroes.
I do recommend many of Ms. Hauser's other books. The Wedding Planner is a particular favorite of mine that she's written. Maybe you will feel differently about this one and like the characters more, it just wasn't for me.(less)
This is the first book I've read by Mary Calmes. I normally don't like first person when it comes to reading my romances, but I think the author did a...moreThis is the first book I've read by Mary Calmes. I normally don't like first person when it comes to reading my romances, but I think the author did a good job at making me feel as if I knew all of the characters, including the main hero.
For a May/December romance, this one is truly a gem. I liked the intensity between the two heroes, as well as the way they truly learned to connect and form a bond with each other. The sex is great, the storyline gripping and all in all it was a great read.(less)
Pulling Apart by Shawn Lane is a lot of story for just under 45 pages. As usual, Shawn’s amazing storytelling ability enables her to write a heartfelt...morePulling Apart by Shawn Lane is a lot of story for just under 45 pages. As usual, Shawn’s amazing storytelling ability enables her to write a heartfelt, somewhat bittersweet story and still wrap it up with a very sweet and happy ending.
Noah and Charlie have been with one another for some time now. Once, they were happy and excited to be around each other, but now things are starting to change. Even though both men still love each other desperately, Charlie has begun to become withdrawn and is closing himself off Noah. Even though Noah knows that Charlie is pulling away from him, he’s helpless to stop it. When Charlie suggests that they spend some time apart, Noah is not only hurt by Charlie’s suggestion, he starts to question the feelings they have for each other.
One reason I loved this book is because Noah and Charlie are one of my favorite couples. In Pulling Away, Noah fought for Charlie’s love and his determination to keep it in Pulling Apart makes him one of my favorite heroes. Also, Charlie’s state of mind throughout the book was written very well. I thought his behavior was portrayed very realistically. Another thing I LOVED about the book is that we got a few scenes with Kevin and Michael, and since most of you know that Kevin is one of my All Time Favorite heroes, it was a pleasure to see how well he and his partner Michael are doing.
Pulling Apart is the second book about Noah and Charlie. I really think to understand the dynamics between all of these amazing characters it is necessary to read Pulling Away first. I don’t know if Shawn will ever continue writing more of these wonderful characters. I can’t help but hope that she’ll continue to write more about them. She also introduced another sexy man named Carl, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he’ll get his own story, too. It’s always a pleasure to see how her characters are doing and where they are in their lives (less)
I absolutely love it when I come across a book that tickles my funny bone. I had no idea that Private Property by Audra Beagle and Chloe West was goin...moreI absolutely love it when I come across a book that tickles my funny bone. I had no idea that Private Property by Audra Beagle and Chloe West was going to be as humorous as it was. I admit that both authors are new to me, so I didn’t really know what to expect, but when I started reading it I knew pretty much from the first page that I was in for a treat!
Sam Kostas is a mystery writer who is suffering from severe writer’s block. He thought that buying an old Victorian home off the coast of Rhode Island would be just what he needed to clear his head and start his creative juices flowing again. Unfortunately for Sam, his plan hasn’t worked. About the time Sam is starting to get frustrated enough to chunk his old typewriter out the window, a mysterious and very beautiful man rings his doorbell carrying an old suitcase and a big chocolate cake.
Will Adler will almost resort to anything to get his family home back. He had been hoping to pass the peace pipe with his ex-wife and buy the his ancestral home from her. But, to his utter shock and horror, she’s sold the house out from under him to some crazy, rude, somewhat eccentric writer. Will knows he must do what he can to convince Sam to sell him back his home. When Sam won’t listen to him, Will decides he must do whatever it takes to get back his home.
What happens next is an every-man-for-himself-all-out-battle between two stubborn individuals. Both men go to extreme and often hilarious lengths to get own way. They just never thought they would fall in love with each other in the process.
I loved this book! It was so much fun to read. I started it last night and before I knew it I was reading the last page. The intense connection between Sam and Will starts out with a bang and never lets up until the last word. I loved watching their relationship revolve from feuding enemies, to reluctant friends and then developing into a deep love that neither man can deny.
Sam is not your typical hero. Yes, he’s gorgeous, but he’s cranky, more than a little self centered (at first) and took glee in making Will’s life miserable at times. Even though he has some very un-hero-like ways, I adored him. His somewhat anal retentive behaviors was a perfect match for the quirky and very beautiful Will. These men were very well matched and watching them come to terms with their attraction and feelings for each other was a wild ride. Whether Will and Sam are arguing, making love or even just talking; the passion between them amazed me. I loved their rapport and I adored the creative ways they came up with to get under each other’s skin.
Another great thing I loved about this book was the range of emotions I felt when I read it. Yes, it’s very funny, but it also has some very heartfelt and tender moments in it, too. Not only did I like the main characters, but I thought the secondary characters were as interesting and delightful as Will and Sam were. My only gripe is that I hated for it to end. I’m hoping that one of the secondary characters, Grant, will get his story as well. (less)
My Summer of Wes by Missy Welch is a sweet and sexy romance that left me with a smile on my face when I finished the book. Even though this book is to...moreMy Summer of Wes by Missy Welch is a sweet and sexy romance that left me with a smile on my face when I finished the book. Even though this book is told in first person with Mal’s point of view, I didn’t feel cheated by not knowing what was going on in the other characters minds. It’s a very well written and fun filled book, and I loved every minute of it.
Malcolm “Mal” believes he lives in a vanilla pudding world where everything is very sterile and has no personality. For the past four years, Mal has been terribly harassed and bullied by several jocks at school. He’s been beaten and called horrible names like ‘fag’ so he’s made efforts to be unnoticed by others. Mal’s parents have pretty much ignored the ongoing trauma that Mal has had to endure during his high school years. They just do their thing and let Mal do his. When new neighbors move across the street from Mal, it puts his parents in an uproar. The new neighbors obviously don’t live by the 'vanilla pudding' rules like having beige or colorless furniture when the red couch was taken off of the moving truck. But, it was the Wes, the new neighbor’s son that puts a much needed colorful sprinkle in Mal’s vanilla pudding world.
Wes is everything Mal thinks he’s not. He’s gorgeous, fun, athletic and gay. When Wes puts the bullies that has harassed Mal in their place, Mal is even more impressed by his courage to be himself and not take any slack from others. To Mal’s surprise, Wes approaches him and wants to hang out with him. Mal of course, is thrilled but worried once that Wes finds out what a geek he is, he won’t want to hang out with him anymore. But, to Mal’s confused delight, Wes seems to really enjoy hanging out with Mal. As a friendship develops, Mal starts to feel an attraction to Wes, and has to face that he’s been living in denial of being gay for his entire life. Will Mal be able to accept his sexuality and open himself up to the true love he could find with Wes?
I loved this coming of age story. I really appreciated how Mal was able to come to terms with his homosexuality and really evolve into his own man by the end of the book. Mal and Wes really brought out the best in one another, and they had a very sweet and endearing relationship that lived with me long after the book was over. Both Mal and Wes were amazingly well written characters that both endeared themselves within my heart.
There isn’t a lot of angst in this story. It’s just a sweet and feel good book that left me with a smile on my face when I finished reading the last word. I will happily put My Summer of Wes on my keeper shelf where I will enjoy it for many years to come. (less)
The Beach House by Shawn Lane was a deeply moving, sexy book about two men, who probably under normal circumstances would never find their way to each...moreThe Beach House by Shawn Lane was a deeply moving, sexy book about two men, who probably under normal circumstances would never find their way to each other.
Mason is a well sought out model that has just come out of rehab. Since the model industry has a reputation of being attached with drugs and booze, he is taken by his friend and agent to stay at a beach house in Morro Bay, so he can continue his recovery. Bored and alone, Mason fills his time running on the beach and exploring his new temporary home. One day, Mason spots a very handsome man at the grocery store. Just when Mason thinks he's going to approach him, the man is approached by a young woman, and Mason believes that the man is probably straight and taken.
John was once a firefighter who truly loved his job. Unfortunately, he was injured on the job site, and now is a best selling author. Even though he loves his house by the beach, he sometime misses his life before his injury. When he spots Mason walking on the beach he’s immediately captivated by the man’s beauty. As fate would have it, John’s dog intervenes and the two men meet and soon fall in love. But, when the summer is over, and Mason is asked to return to the limelight, will his feelings for John be enough to choose to stay with John, or will he return to the spotlight?
I loved this book, although I admit I love all of Shawn’s books. As usual, her characterization is amazing. Both Mason and John are broken heroes in their own way, and they must work through their own demons so they can have a loving and fulfilling relationship. I loved both heroes and both were easy to identify with. Even though Mason is uber gorgeous, he is still a likeable and wonderfully lifelike character. I thought both he and John brought out the best in one another and I was truly amazed at the love they found in each other’s arms. (less)