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Out of Nowhere (Middle of Somewhere #2)
by Roan Parrish
Rating: 5 Stars
The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So do running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.
Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.
Lisa: Out of Nowhere is a MM contemporary romance and the second book in Roan Parrish’s Middle of Somewhere series.
A book that grabbed my heart and would not let go. I was completely engrossed in the passion and intensity that the two protagonists share. While this book certainly depicts and totally exemplifies how hard and painful love can be at times, Colin and Rafe somehow make it through the cloudiness and despair. They somehow withstand the challenges and are unable to walk away from one another. Was it healthy and beautiful all the time? Hell no. Was it real and achingly raw? Absolutely.Ms. Parrish does a stellar job accurately depicting issues that are very real. The shame and self-destruction that comes with one’s own sexuality. How important family understanding and acceptance is. Even all the issues that Rafe’s story brings up. Such masterful storytelling!
All in all, Out of Nowhere is such a wonderful addition to this amazing series. Roan Parrish is definitely an author to look at for. This book was such an incredible read that I find myself still thinking about. I highly recommend it!
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The Fire Went Wild (Home is a Fire #2)
by Jordan Nasser
Rating: 4.5 Stars
In New York City, Derek had everything he thought he ever wanted: a handsome boyfriend, a fabulous social life, and an exciting career. But when he left it all behind to reconnect to his Southern hometown, it turned out to be the greatest decision of his life.
Now he’s settled into the slower pace of small-town living, enjoying colorful Tennessee culture with his family and friends. Best of all, a blossoming romance has him happier than he’s been in a long time—and it’s safe to say things couldn’t possibly be much better.
But after Derek and Luke decide to go public with their relationship, their romantic spark ignites plenty of drama within their community—and when a jealous ex joins forces with a disapproving family member, it’s not long before their positions at Parkville High School are put on the line.
Facing the destruction of their personal and professional lives, the happy couple must rally a few close friends for support if they hope to make it out of the rumor mill unscathed.
A witty romance combining Southern culture and small-town life, The Fire Went Wild is the much-anticipated sequel to Home Is a Fire.
Mark: I just loved these two books and I’m so keeping my fingers crossed there’s going to be a third. Therefore this is my February Hotpick. Once started I was drawn into Derek’s and Luke’s band of friends and was invested in their fight for equality, against the worst kind of bigotry that a small town can throw at you. The strength in this book for me was not the romance aspect so much but more the friends, family and connections that Derek and Luke have and the characters. Loved them all! To be very honest this is one of the reasons I read M/M Romance. Not only because of the hot sex, which is nice at times of course, but to read about two people who truly love each other, their situation and story. It’s stories like this that open minds and make people more tolerant of the love two people have for each other. This deserves respect, full stop! A love story about two men who fight for their rights, supported by friends and family with a happy end! I’ll leave you with the one quote from the book that summed it all up for me.
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Catch a Tiger By the Tail (THIRDS #6)
by Charlie Cochet
Rating: 5 Stars
Sequel to Against the Grain
THIRDS: Book Six
Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs have been best friends since childhood, but somewhere along the line, their friendship evolved into something more. With the Therian Youth Center bombing, Calvin realizes just how short life can be and no longer keeps his feelings for his best friend a secret. Unfortunately, change is difficult for Ethan; most days he does well to deal with his selective mutism and social anxiety. Calvin’s confession adds a new struggle for Ethan, one he fears might cost him the friendship that’s been his whole world for as long as he can remember.
As partners and Defense Agents at the THIRDS, being on Destructive Delta is tough at the best of times, but between call-outs and life-threatening situations, Calvin and Ethan not only face traversing the challenges of their job, but also working toward a future as more than friends.
Debra: This was my favorite book in what has been a spectacular series so far. This story focused more on relationships than the action and although it gives Calvin and Hobbs center stage, there is also plenty of story time with the other couples and teammates, as well as Hobbs’ brothers. As these lifelong friends become lovers, both men have to deal with the psychological issues relating to the job, as well as Ethan’s anxiety and selective mutism and family troubles. The chemistry and love between the men is off the charts and Charlie Cochet gave me just the type of story I wanted for them.
There are laughs, tears, a lot of turning points and a few hints were dropped as to future events and changes. The action ratchets up towards the end and although we are left with a huge cliffhanger I can’t complain too much since the ride was so much fun and the next book is only a few short months away.
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Enemies Of The State by Tal Bauer
Rating: 5 Stars
A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.
A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.
A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.
Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.
For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.
There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.
As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.
Freya: Wow what a month it has been for stories. But this one for me was not just a highlight of the month, it was a highlight that will stay with me for a long time.
Enemies Of The State was everything I look for in a story. It had two likable, gorgeous men – both with brains, but one with oodles of brawn. The President and his bodyguard. Just saying that sends tingles down my spine. It had several plotlines that had me glued to the page. Hell, one’s the President of the USA, what plot isn’t possible? And it was written in a way that allowed me to follow logically without any confusion – absolutely brilliant.
This story had action, drama, angst, intelligence, love, tenderness and a sizzle factor. Add to that, guns, helicopters, special ops and a will they won’t they survive aspect and I hold to my original review when I say – it was a literary orgasm of a read.
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Counterfeit Conscience by Helena Maeve
Rating: 4.5 Stars
On the brink of retirement, a spy will risk all.
The writing’s on the wall. Will Rowe has no illusions about retaining his post as the head of the largest Section field office in South America. Private contractors, some more lawful than others, already see to most of their interests. It’s only a matter of time before Will himself is made redundant. He’d like to think he’s made peace with the inevitable, but when a figure from his past offers one last chance to make a difference, Will can’t resist.
Caught between his duty to the agency and his commitment to protect his operatives, Will must persuade the man who nearly wrecked his career to give up the one and only constant in his world—revenge.
Ignacio was a low-grade runner for the infamous Macias cartel the last time he and Will spoke. Now he is the head of the family and a direct beneficiary of MI6 cost-cutting measures. Will knows that approaching such a man without his superiors’ knowledge or approval is a perilous undertaking, but he doesn’t expect his body and heart to become forfeit. As events spiral out of his control, Will finds himself at the mercy of an old lover intent on awakening desires he long thought suppressed.
Sally: My Hotpick for February is Counterfeit Conscience by Helena Maeve. The author’s beautiful, tightly constructed prose draws a unromantic picture of the less glamorous side of undercover work. Here there are no weaponised Rolexes or Porsches fitted with jet propulsion. Instead the hero does the best he can with memos, budget cuts and hoping for the best. The action moments are tense, the passionate encounters are both sublime and gritty. I felt so much sympathy for the hero, placed in an untenable situation by an old friend, and worried very much about how he would fare with his less than admirable object of lust. One hopes they achieve their all important Happy Ever After, but nothing is certain.
Although part of a series with appearances by or mentions of characters from other books, I feel this story works well as a standalone. It’s certainly a series that I’ll be following up. I adored every bit of it.
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Alan’s Hot Pick
Foxes by Suki Fleet
Rating: 5 Stars
When Dashiel’s body is found dumped on an East London wasteland, his best friend Danny sets out to find the killer. But Danny finds interaction difficult and must keep his world small in order to survive. By day he lives in an abandoned swimming pool and fixes electrical devices to trade for supplies, but by night, alone, he hunts sharks—a reckless search for dangerous men who prey on the vulnerable.
A chance meeting with an American boy selling himself on the streets throws this lonely existence into disarray. Micky is troubled, fragile, and Danny feels a desperate need to protect him—from what, he doesn't know. As Danny discovers more about Micky, he realizes that what Micky needs saving from is the one thing Danny can't help him fight against.
To save Micky, Danny must risk expanding his world and face something that scares him more than any shark ever could: trusting he will be accepted for who he is. If a freezing winter on the streets, a sadistic doctor, and three thousand miles don’t tear them apart first, that is.
Alan: This is one of the best books I’ve read in years and that’s exactly why I have chosen it as my February Hotpick. Ms. Fleet has this amazing talent I’ve never seen in any other writer: making the abstract symbols in her writing as powerful and personal as the characters themselves. “Foxes” takes this to another level, a level of literacy and lyricism that will tug at the heart of even the most jaded, cynical reader. Foxes, sharks and pretending run, like silver threads, throughout the book. I must admit that I was stunned when foxes reappear near the end of the book, and speak more eloquently to the heart and compassion of the remarkable Danny than the dialogue, events and description in the rest of “Foxes”. It was nothing less than brilliant.
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Macky’s Hot Pick
The Queen and The Homo Jock King
Rating: 5 Stars
Sequel to Tell Me It’s Real
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Sanford Stewart sure doesn't. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy’s perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind.
Or so he tells himself.
It's not until the owner of Jack It—the club where Sandy performs as drag queen Helena Handbasket—comes to him with a desperate proposition that Sandy realizes he might have to put his feelings about Darren aside. Because Jack It will close unless someone can convince Andrew Taylor, the mayor of Tucson, to keep it open.
Someone like Darren, the mayor’s illegitimate son.
The foolproof plan is this: seduce Darren and push him to convince his father to renew Jack It’s contract with the city.
Macky: I adored this story because it had everything that speaks to me, and my sense of fun and enjoyment. Fabulous three dimensional wacky but loveable characters; lots of well paced ‘will they, won't they’ unresolved sexual tension, truck loads of laugh out loud wit, sass and banter and one of the best written drag queens I've ever come across in m/m fiction! Helena Handbasket I’m loving and fan girling you so hard right now!!!
Like I said in the original review, this book made me happy, happy, happy! OMG! I laughed and snorted so hard I had to cross my legs, lol, but it's TJ, so of course you also know you're in for some sigh-worthy sweet and tender moments too. The whole package was just a pure delight to read and I can’t recommend this highly enough. TJ Klune bliss!
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