Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert into a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.
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Enjoy an Excerpt Josh was fuming. Fast pitch was one of the few activities he got to enjoy on his own and now he had to put up with Michael freaking Oliver. Arriving at Kendrick’s he’d immediately collared Mark at the bar as the guy was buying a round.
“What the hell, man? Whose idea was it to invite him?”
His friend plastered a huge grin on his face and held up his hands in surrender. “Nothing to do with me, mate. Boss man just asked me to deliver him.”
“And you couldn’t think of any reason that wouldn’t be a good idea?”
“What was I going to say?” Mark studied his friend. “And honestly, he seems a good guy and he plays a solid game.”
“I don’t give a flying fuck if he plays like Nathan Nukunuku, he’s an asshole.”
“Funny, that’s what he called you.”
“Wait. He called me an asshole?”
Mark snorted. “Lighten up, Josh. Anyone would think you actually liked the guy.”
Mark whacked him on the back of his head.
“Ow,” Josh protested.
“Suck it up. You deserved it. So, the guy was cruising, so what? Oh. My. God. What a scandal. And he even got lucky with a gorgeous young man, well good for him. It’s not a crime. And besides, he’s hot. And he hit on you. I would think that was reassuring, that you haven’t lost it. You’re both obviously hot for each other.”
“I’m a father of an eleven-year-old girl.”
“And that came with getting your dick cut off, did it?”
“You wouldn’t understand,” Josh dismissed the comment.
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When fireman Dale leaves his old job to escape an affair gone wrong, he meets a nobleman named Ben and sparks of irritation fly. But it isn’t long before Dale and Ben are igniting a fire of their own.
Dale’s a gay man who’s seeking a change of place after catching his ex cheating on him with a woman. At the new firehouse, Dale’s does nothing to hide the fact that he’s gay and it isn’t long before Dale is deemed a hero for saving the life of an elderly woman. At the same time Dale irritates the nobleman of the village. The conflict between Dale and Ben increases only marginally when Dale backs the fire truck into the village’s May Pole. But the two men quickly become involved after this.
There is little real conflict in Ben and Dale’s relationship despite Ben attempting to remain in the closet. There addition of Ben’s unscrupulous business partner who is furious when Ben doesn’t marry is daughter and an arsonist add subtle interest to the story. However, as interesting as those subplots are, I would like to have seen the focus put on one of these and the intensity of that one fully explored and developed. This was a sweet romance with Dale and Ben sneaking around, but everyone already knew Ben was gay, so there was no real fear of rejection or hurt to fear for Ben if his relationship with Dale was discovered. If there had been more urgency, the story would have been more appealing to me.
As it was, I found the story amusing and sweet. Both of the main characters are likable which makes the story easy to enjoy.
Julia is a sixteen-year-old girl that never fits in, maybe because she’s lived in so many different places for such short periods of time. Back in New Orleans she’s determined to find out what happened to her missing cousin, Aubree. Distracted by the hottest boy in school, she still finds time to investigate and finds it all revolves around the convent…
This is a ya mystery that has a few twists and a wonderful main character. I instantly liked Julia, from her awkwardness to her never give up attitude. At times, her actions are a bit hard to believe but she has a feistiness to her that I enjoyed. Ryan is harder to pin down. Why is the hottest guy in class talking to her? What are his motives? I didn’t trust him at all and the fact that Julia is falling so quickly for him isn’t my favorite aspect of the story. As the romance moves along so does the mystery, which I love. The author has a great knack for keeping me on the edge of my seat. Tyler, rejected and super adorable, Tyler. There’s sort of a triangle going on here. I did not like that she’s kissing them both without making up her mind. The ending is nicely resolved with twists and even a hint at the next book.
Shadow Lilies is an entertaining ya mystery that you shouldn't miss!
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Hannah is happy with her job. Her past is complicated with her mother’s abusive ex boyfriends and her focus is on work. That all changes when the new boss comes in. She wants the auction to benefit the company but when the sexy CEO buys her, things will never be the same.
If you like sexy contemporary work place stories than this is A MUST READ! Yes, it needed to be in all caps. What a story. I like how from page one there’s this sexual tension between Hannah and Logan. He’s has a dominant air about him that both scares Hannah and thrills her. Me too. I found their romance a bit quick but seriously intense and an oh my God sexy. There’s some angst and drama added to that sexy too. This would be the perfect read for a couple. I’d like to think of a candlelit room and silk sheets. Hannah and Logan have an intense romance that includes hot bdsm. Yummy, yummy, yummy.
Auctioned to the Bad Boy CEO is a must read!
Okay, stick with me here. This is a freaking weird, amazing, stunning, wonderful, complicated book.
Evie is hearing voices and having visions. She’s sent to a center where they pump her full of pills to counteract her crazy. However, when she returns to school, her best friend, her popular boyfriend and some new kids from the other side of town, everything falls apart. She starts being able to control plants and the visions are getting worse, then they start coming true. Light and death, fall onto the earth. It’s the end of the world! It withers crops, decimates water and turns people in the worst way. Now, Evie must deal with the visions, her weird powers, the end of the world, bagmen (Zombie like creatures) and oh yeah, the bad boy from school shows up. It figures he’d survive but maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
I’m totally freaking out right now. This book is phenomenal! It is so weird in an ‘can’t put this book down’ way. The plot is a twisting row of vines and prickly thorns much like the main character Evie. She’s not crazy, she’s one of the few who might be able to actually save the world. The problem is, the visions don’t make sense and the voices are all riddles. She’s also distracted by the whole end of the world thing and Jackson. The bad boy Cajun with the accent that has this girl swooning. Yeah, I said it. Nope, I don’t regret it. The book starts with Evie in a serial killer’s house, telling her story, being drugged. I did not like this first-person point of view jumping. It is really confusing but it is only three short chapters so I’m begging you to press on. This story is amazing! The further the plot progress the more intense and crazy good everything becomes. Evie is falling for Jackson but a new girl shows up who may or may not be like her. There’s a bit of romance. There are bagmen attacks (Zombie like creatures) and militia on the hunt for survivors. It’s like the people who survived the apocalypse turned hard and cold but can Evie stay sweet in such a place?
Wow, Poison Princess blew me away. Right out of my freaking seat (not literally but my mouth was definitely hanging open). I’ve already ordered the next two books. I have to read them. HAVE TO. RIGHT NOW! (Grumbles about shipping time).
If you only read one book this year, you have to read Poison Princess by Kresley Cole!
Eli is a dark, brooding vampire that has a long troubled history but Eli can’t remember it. He lives with a ghost that’s completely smitten with him. When Eli finds himself in a field of Nazi death he finds a survivor, Ethan.
This book is overly complicated. It was sort of like those cooking shows on tv where you have to use certain ingredients (Vampires, ghosts, ect) but the chef see’s all this great stuff (angels, demons, ect) in the pantry and goes overboard. Perfect description. Not that I didn’t like the story. On the contrary I really enjoyed this vampiric journey. Eli’s complicated, sarcastic and super sexy! These are intense and twisted history’s that really brought this book to a unique level. It is humorous, intense, dark and at times, very slow moving! There is so much potential here. I’m so angry that an editor didn’t really get in here and shred this story so only the amazing parts remained. There are amazing bits! I’m loving Eli so hard. His dark nature and damaged personality make him all the more intriguing. His sarcasm is so on point and entertaining! I absolute love and am horrified by the twists. Wow! Add in Ethan, the ghost with a butt like a trampoline and the complicated angel, you have yourself a solid four star read.
When Tim finds out Colin is a werewolf he bolts…right into the hands of hunters. Now Colin has to save Tim before that love is ripped from this world.
Tim’s reaction to Colin’s big secret is so honest that I instantly liked him. Seriously, he sees a man turn into a wolf and freaks the hell out. Colin is afraid of how his mate will act when he finds out the truth about what he is and for good reason. When Tim is taken a rage settles over Colin that will make the hair on your neck stand up. This short but intense story is all about going through any obstacle to get to his one and only mate. If you like mates, you’re going to love this story. However, the plot is complete unoriginal. There’s no world building, no unique story to draw a reader in. It’s sort of a romance that happens to involve werewolves. I’ve read a thousand of them, some good, some bad. Forever with my Werewolf has sexy, well rounded characters and good action. If you’re just starting out in the werewolf/shifter genre than I’d recommend this book.
Tender Mercies is a sweet love story set in amid Amish country about a city boy named Eddie who decides to buy a farm for an animal sanctuary and an Amish man named Samuel whose sexuality gets him shunned. Eddie knows nothing about running a farm and Sam grew up on one so when these two meet thanks to an ad Eddie put in the paper for help its fate.
This story was cute and sweet. Eddie is a city man, an editor and ghost writer who hates to ask for help, but he needs all kinds of help when he buys a far and his boyfriend breaks up with him. He’s a likable character despite his got-to-do-it-on-my-own ways. The author gives little real basis for the attitude, but that doesn’t diminish the character. Sam on the other hand is Amish, raised on a farm believing being gay is a sin. His father throws him off the farm for this. Sam is a sweet, shy young man just nineteen, but he’s a hard worker with a decent mind we discover later in the story. Eddie who’s attracted to Sam right off but doesn’t make any moves because he’s almost ten years older than Sam, but as they work together, feelings can’t be contained and Eddie and Sam start to fall in love. It’s a slow burner, so don’t expect much sex.
I like my romance a little hotter, but I think those who like sweetness and a little angst will enjoy this read. It is short at just over 8 hours and I didn’t really start to enjoy it until the last four chapters when one of the farm animals, a pot belly pig starts acting out. The pig runs away from a farm owned by and elderly man where things are in disrepair and pigs are in cages in terrible conditions. The pig finally herded Eddie and Sam to that farm and they found dead pigs as well as the deplorable conditions the living ones are in.
Eddie is in debt and on the verge of selling his own farm and couldn’t see how he could save the pigs. Sam inspired him by talking to the owner and convincing the owner to sell. Seeing that Sam is willing to stick by him and help anyway he could—Sam offered to get another job and throw in his own meager savings to help buy the pigs and care for them. With this inspiration, Eddie decides it’s time to ask for help. So, he does and he gets plenty of money to save his farm and the pigs.
As I said it is a cute story, and both our main characters are very likable and Sam is especially easy for me to relate to with his shyness. Still his upbringing makes him able to move past that to get things done like communicating with people when he obviously finds it hard. For me this book is a little slow. The writing is good, strong and the characters nicely drawn. I recommend Tender Mercies to those who like slow burning, sweet romances.
It took Zach all his willpower to come back from a devastating car accident. He buys a place in the middle of some relaxing woods hoping to get his life back on track. A walk leads to being chased by a giant wolf and meeting the wolfs brother Gibson. All their lives will be change but will it be for the better?
Gibson is taking care of his brother who’s mental damaged and stuck in wolf form. His love for his brother is both heartwarming and tender. I love the relationship these two have, as strained and complicated as it is. When Gibson saves Zach it’s like both men have seen the light. The possibilities are limitless if they can just get past the whole werewolf thing. I really like their romance but I wish there was more of it. The focus of most of the book seemed to be Gibson’s brother Ellis. My main issue is that there’s nothing different about this wolf world. It could be another story in a million different shifter books which is a shame because I really like the characters.
If you are a hardcore shifter fan you’ll probably love Once Upon a Wolf!
This is a series of stand alone stories sharing a connection with the soul mate tree. In the first book, Realm of the Dragon, Lily is running for her life from a guy who just won’t get a clue that she’s not interested in him. She stumbles upon a hill that leads to a fatal drop and lands on the back of a dragon, Kord.
The book drops us right off in the action. We learn quickly that Lily is being chased by Zane, a guy that won’t take no for an answer. As she’s trying to escape she finds herself falling right onto the back of a dragon. I found the whole world really interesting. I’m a big fan of fantasy and dragons. I do think Lily accepts this dragon realm quickly and she trusted Kord almost immediately after meeting him. That didn’t sit well with me so it starts their romance on a shaky leg. Tasha, Kord’s former lover is also a bit one note. I wish she had more depth and personality. The same with Zane, I wish he came across as more complicated rather than the typical cardboard bad guy. I do love Kord’s parents. The story has great twists, well done! The action keeps me on the edge of my seat and the romance is sweet bordering on sexy.
If you like tales of dragons and their mates than you should read Realm of the Dragon!
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