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A Second Harvest by Eli Easton
David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.
Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.
But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.
Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.
Lisa: A Second Harvest is the first book in Eli Easton’s new series entitled Men of Lancaster County. I am a huge fan of this author. It is no secret that I have become a fan of this author with her fun and heart-warming books that leave you clenching your heart, laughing out loud, and happily sighing. This story was no exception. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between our two protagonists who are so vastly different and yet find something special with each other.
This was a beautiful love story. I absolutely loved how David and Christie started off as friends and their feelings developed slowly and organically from there. They truly enjoyed spending time with each other. The inner struggle that David goes through trying to step away from the stranglehold his family and community had on him was so well written. His journey was amazing to watch as he grows into a man that finally begins to live for himself. Both Christie and David choose love… and they have to fight for it. Nothing short of heart-wrenching goodness.
A Second Harvest is a wonderful start to what looks like a very promising series. I love how this book was so much more than a simple love story. It was about to men finding their way, not only to love but also finding their way to a better life for themselves. It’s about embracing that second chance. Eli Easton sure hit one out of the ball park with this one. I can’t wait for more. I have such high hopes for this series!!!!!
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Dark Blood (Dark Blood Saga #1)
by Caleb James
Handsome, brilliant, and surrounded by good friends, twenty-three-year-old medical student Miles Fox has a secret—and it’s not that he’s gay.
hough he harbors a crush on his straight best friend, Luke. Miles, like his grandmother, Anna, possesses the healing gift, an ability she’s made him swear never to use or divulge, lest horrible things befall those he loves. It happened to her when Nazis butchered her family.
But it all goes to hell when Miles heals a terminally ill man on a New Orleans cancer ward and wakes locked in the psych unit. Worse, news of the healing miracle spreads. For millennia, its carriers have been hunted by those who would steal it. Dr. Gerald Stangl and his teenage son, Calvin, know what Miles possesses. They, like their predecessors, will stop at nothing to take it, including kidnapping, torture, and murder. As the Stangls' noose tightens, Miles and Luke are trapped in a death match with stakes higher than they could ever imagine.
Mark: oh YES! This has to be my July Hotpick just due to the sheer brilliance of the narrative, plot and story telling. Don’t be put off by the cover, as excellent as it is, it’s not as frightening or as gory as the cover may lead you to believe.
From the very first chapter my feet touched the ground running with this enthralling paranormal, medical thriller with an M/M story. I loved the whole idea and it reminded me a bit of the medical thrillers by Robin Cook. It had all the elements I love in a good thriller. Miles Fox has a special gift inherited down through the family, but this gift also has its price and as old as his gift is, so are the forces that are trying to discover its secrets and harness it for themselves. After an incident in the hospital where he works Miles now has to run for his life from one Dr. Stangl. The pace didn’t let up until the very end and kept me flipping the pages with a racing heart wanting to know what was going to happen next.
The romance is there but it takes place amid all the action going on and believe me there is enough. I love the more plot driven books and this one is par excellence! So for those of you who love a good romantic thriller then I can only recommend you get your hands on a copy of this book and start reading immediately.
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Endings & Beginnings (Collars & Cuffs 8)
by K.C. Wells & Parker Williams
In all his relationships, Darren Fielding never found the level of intimacy he witnessed between Thomas Williams and his sub, Peter, the day of Peter’s “rebirth.” Not only that, he never realized such intimacy was possible. For two years, Thomas’s business card has been burning a hole in his wallet. When Darren’s lover moves on, maybe it’s finally time to see where that card takes him.
Collars & Cuffs’ new barman, JJ Taylor, is really conflicted right now. He went to the club with a very specific purpose, already convinced of what he’d find there. Except it’s not what he expected at all. He certainly didn’t anticipate finding himself drawn to the new wannabe Dom. Nor could he have guessed the direction that attraction would lead him.
Old love, new love, vows, pain, rage, moving in, moving on…. The members of Collars & Cuffs face an event that touches some of them deeply, but it will only reinforce what they already know: together they are stronger, and some bonds cannot be broken.
Debra: This was a good month for new entries into some of my favorite series and my Hotpick this month is the final chapter in the Collars & Cuffs series Endings & Beginnings. Not only did it wrap up the stories of all the couples involved in the prior books, it added a new couple and opened an avenue for another set of books. It was just the ending I’d hoped for with laughs, tears, drama, humor, romance and some smoking hot sex.
New couple Darren and JJ have their own obstacles to overcome and some of them involve the members of the club we have come to know and love in an unexpected way. The established couples have some new beginnings, some endings and some big plans for the future. Everyone has a part in the story and the love and friendship that has been a staple of the books is only strengthened. While I’m sad to say goodbye, I know it’s not the last I’ll be seeing of some of my favorites and I’m happy that the send off was just as good as the start.
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Roadhouse Reds by Layla Dorine
Born moments before his parents crashed landed on Earth, Jason was raised in foster care. As soon as he was old enough, he packed his backpack and hit the road. Just him and his bike.
Now a jaded young man, living above a roadhouse diner and bar with several other misfits, he struggles to understand friendships, relationships, and the bonds of family.
Unbeknownst to Jason, other refugees from the planet Altiss also made it safely to Earth. After discovering Jason living as a human, they seek to safeguard him and his fledgling abilities.
As Jason’s powers begin to manifest, his mate arrives on earth looking to claim him. Ano ki stalks Jason, seeking to gain his trust, and his proximity only intensifies Jason’s burgeoning magic..
Fearing they will be dragged back to the planet they fled, the refugees prepare to do battle. In Jason, they believe they may have what is needed to tip the scales in their favor.
Left with no choice but to accept his heritage and learn to fight, Jason struggles with some harsh lessons about love and trust amidst a backdrop of battle and betrayal.
Freya: Roadhouse Reds is my hot pick for this month. It’s a futuristic story set in the now and not the future – which makes it an unusual read. Aliens came to earth and found sanctuary among its people. All is well until they are followed by a being who wants to bond with his mate. His mate is the son of the deposed true king – a son the other refugees didn’t know survived the journey.
This story starts life in a diner with a group of people who have been there for years - and Jason - he of 6 months tenure, and who the story centers. Trajin is a young man who is Jason’s friend with benefits. Clyde, a trucker, is the older man who has come to care for Jason.
Jason has Fort Knox built around his feelings. Having gone through the foster system, he doesn’t let anyone in. Clyde, on the other hand, is bullish and experienced enough to make dents in Jason’s fortifications.
The story has an eclectic range of characters that are well written. And although it has a slow start, it is an engaging one. But, when Jason’s powers emerge and secrets are revealed, damn, does it take off. There are battles, magic, more aliens, and people who aren’t what they seem to be.
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Returning Home (The Call of Home #2)
by Alexa Milne
You can never escape from yourself.
When Darach McNaughton returns to his home town, the one thing he isn’t looking for is love. But when he meets the mysterious Brice Drummond, his investigative instinct isn’t the only thing aroused.
After a gang beats Brice Drummond, leaves him for dead, and needing to use a wheelchair, he ends up in a witness protection program. His only company is a beautiful cat aptly named Princess. He creates beautiful pieces of art, but allows no one into his life—until a handsome policeman appears out of nowhere.
On a snowy night, Darach McNaughton returns a crying cat to its owner and is immediately curious about the beautiful man with the tattoos. Bit by bit, Darach uncovers the shocking truth about Brice’s history. Can he get past what he discovers? Can Brice let someone into his life? Or will the past catch up with them both and tear their fledgling love apart?
Reader advisory: Dubious consent. Recollections of physical abuse, emotional/mental abuse, torture and drug abuse. Profanity.
Sally: Book 2 in the Call of Home series, with book 3 on the way, Returning Home is an exciting and tense who dunnit with a balanced romance plot that is set in a rural area of Scotland.
Honest and responsible cop Darach MacNaughton returns to his roots to try and recover from a series of distressing events, both in his private and professional lives, and the very first person he meets knocks him even further off balance. Brice Drummond is handsome, striking, and doesn’t let his wheelchair curb his creativity. But he also has deadly secrets. The past impacts on the present as they embark on a very sweet and tender romance. I really enjoyed the setting, the cast of secondary characters and the pace of the mystery plot, but the palm goes to Darach and Brice, two memorable protagonists.
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The Silvers by J.A. Rock
What humans want from the Silver Planet is water. What they find is a race of humanoids who are sentient, but as emotionless and serene as the plants and placid lakes they tend.
B, captain of the mission, doesn’t believe that the “Silvers” are intelligent, and lets his crew experiment on them. But then he bonds with Imms, who seems different from the others—interested in learning, intrigued by human feelings. And B realizes that capturing, studying, and killing this planet’s natives has done incalculable damage.
When a fire aboard B’s ship kills most of the crew and endangers Imms, B decides to take him back to Earth. But the simplicity of the Silver Planet doesn’t follow them. Imms learns the full spectrum of human emotions, including a love B is frightened to return, and a mistrust of the bureaucracy that wants to treat Imms like a test subject, even if they have to eliminate B to do it.
Iro: The Silvers is an absolutely brilliant story. It is haunting, moving and unbearably beautiful. This is a romance in the sense that it is the relationship between Imms and B that sets things in motion, but this isn't a fairy tale. There is sadness and pain and mistakes made but there's also love against all odds. It's a journey between two worlds in more than one way. There is the promise of happy for now but also hope for the future and no matter how unconventional, the ending is honest and oddly romantic.
I loved this one to death. Be prepared for a major book hangover, but trust me, it's so worth it. This isn’t an easy read but it is extremely rewarding. Highly recommended.
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