It’s Monday! …and we have four more recommended reads from four very talented authors… Aleksandr Voinov, Mickie B. Ashling, Jeni Decker and Chris Scully.
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Loving Edits by Mickie B. Ashling
When bestselling novelist Mick Henley contacts his editor and former lover, Paul Alcott, after a seven-year absence, hearing Mick's voice reinforces what Paul has known all along he still loves Mick. The possible reunion entices Paul into considering a dinner invitation, but his hopes are dashed when he learns Mick is in a loving relationship with Spanish Jai alai player Tono Garat. Paul still accepts the invitation, and Mick asks Paul to help Tono through the final revision of a love story he's written, inspired by his affair with Mick. When Paul refuses, Mick reveals he's been diagnosed with a fatal disease, and the novel is Tono's only means of coping with the eventual outcome. Paul and Tono resent each other, but they can't deny the strong sexual attraction between them. Can the past blend with the present to ease the way for Mick's inevitable future? Will they overcome their differences to provide the loving support necessary to sustain the man they love or will their collision destroy Mick's final days?
Tina’s Quick Bite
Loving Edits is the first story in Mickie B. Ashling's Basque series, a book series I still can't think about without tearing up. It's emotional, beautiful and bittersweet, simply brilliantly done!
It took me quite long to start reading these books because I thought they would be too sad and I wasn't sure I could handle it. But once started I couldn't put the books down anymore.
Yes, Paul, Tono and Mick's story is sad but the series is more a celebration of the love between those guys and Mickie's story telling is focused on beauty and finding happiness in the moment. Oh boy, it wrecked me at some parts but Mickie's magical writing style made me want to keep reading to see how their love would grow and how they would break through all obstacles and live and celebrate their love.
Thank you, Mickie for a powerful and impressing series that shows us how love doesn't know any limits, it can blossom even beyond death. You may think a series with this kind of subject can't have a HEA? Yeah, you just wait and see,..
Paul, Tono, Baxter, and especially Mick will always have a very special place in my heart.
Note: Loving Edits it's the first book in the Basque series that includes three books.
☆ MACKY ~ 5 STARS ☆
Skybound by Aleksandr Voinov
Germany, 1945. The Third Reich is on its knees as Allied forces bomb Berlin to break the last resistance. Yet on an airfield near Berlin, the battle is far from over for a young mechanic, Felix, who’s attached to a squadron of fighter pilots. He’s especially attached to fighter ace Baldur Vogt, a man he admires and secretly loves. But there’s no room for love at the end of the world, never mind in Nazi Germany.
When Baldur narrowly cheats death, Felix pulls him from his plane, and the pilot makes his riskiest move yet. He takes a few days’ leave to recover, and he takes Felix with him. Away from the pressures of the airfield, their bond deepens, and Baldur shows Felix the kind of brotherhood he’d only ever dreamed of before.
But there’s no escaping the war, and when they return, Baldur joins the fray again in the skies over Berlin. As the Allies close in on the airfield where Felix waits for his lover, Baldur must face the truth that he is no longer the only one in mortal danger.
Mark’s Quick Bite
Berlin 1945, the war is coming to a close and a last frantic attempt to stave of the allied air strikes. I was transported right back in time to a dark and foreboding Berlin where hope has been defeated and it's only a matter of time. In this desperate backdrop of resignation Baldur a German Messerschmitt pilot falls for Felix a member of his ground crew. In a time where being gay would never have been accepted these men find each other and only love for today as there may never be a tomorrow for them. The only way out of their dilemma is surrendering to the allied forces.
I really liked the way the author painted a dark, hopeless and resigned Berlin but even through all this the love that Felix and Baldur find shines like a beacon of hope. Due to the military rank and roles there is also a slight inference to a sub / dom relationship but also sweet in its nature and never destructive. The syntax I found fascinating as well, relatively short, simple sentences with a minimum of tenses being used. Therefore I felt the sentences were very staccato giving me a feeling of how short-lived lives could be then and it also felt like the short bursts of machine gun fire. Just my personal feeling. I enjoyed this short story very much, highly recommended.
Far From Happy by Jeni Decker
There was no smoking gun. No horrible family secret behind why I left. No reason at all for me, at nineteen, to leave for New York, ready for anything life had to offer—especially if it involved certain proclivities. In the time required to walk to Times Square from the Port Authority Terminal, my naiveté was wiped away. I witnessed a prostitute performing her nightly hustle. In the days to follow, I was mugged twice, ripped off while trying to purchase pot, and beaten to the point of soiling myself. But a chance encounter with a young hustler led to a meeting with Mr. B, mob-connected owner of multiple clubs on Times Square, all under fire from a new mayor embarking on an anti-sleaze campaign directed squarely at The Deuce.
I spent the next twenty years of my life coming of age on the streets, but now, as I speed south across the countryside, heading for my native New Orleans and a dying sister, I make a pact to leave New York in New York, only to find coming home proves harder than coming out
Monique’ Quick Bite
My heart bled for Jackson in this incredibly moving story from Jeni Decker, a character so lost it takes his sister dying for him to face up to his past and find his way out of the darkness.
This isn’t really a romance, but we do get a happy for now. We see Jackson as an observer of his own past, its a self reflection on a wasted life as he learns to accept himself, warts n all, and embrace it rather than looking in from the outside. Does he find love? I like to think so… more that he finds peace and self acceptance.
The writing is excellent and if I had balls they would have been well and truly grabbed as this book kept me transfixed and mesmerised. It’s a dark read and the words are haunting but I just couldn’t stop reading. The imagery was vivid like watching a movie with his his past filmed in black and white, giving it that feel of darkness with the filth and depravity of that time. The present in more muted colours of indecision and confusion… with his future full of hope and happiness like bright sunshine and smiles.
Jeni Decker more than impressed me with Far from Happy and I look forward to reading more from her. Fabulous read and highly recommended for those that like dark, atmospheric and emotional M/M fiction.
Inseparable (Inseparable #1) by Chris Scully
After a car accident, Adam wakes up in a hospital room with no memory and a man named Joe, who acts like his boyfriend. So when Joe says Adam is straight—and Joe’s not—and they’re just best friends and roommates, Adam is more than a little confused. But as Adam starts to fill in the gaps, the one thing that becomes apparent is that Joe is the missing piece that can’t be replaced
I picked this up because I'd heard great things about it and at the time had just finished a really hot and heavy BDSM series so this was absolutely perfect for what I needed next and that was a short sweet, comfort read that left me feeling all 'Awww' and sappy! I adored this. The amnesia wasn't annoying, the gay/straight conundrum was pitched perfectly and the fact that the only sex involved in the story was hot, tingly kisses was just lovely, it just made me feel happy and contented and I didn't want it to end. Treat yourself because this is Delightful!