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All Note Long by Annabeth Albert
Giving true love a spin . . .
Michelin Moses is a country music star on the rise. With a hit single under his Texas-sized belt buckle and a sold-out concert tour underway, his childhood dreams of making it big are finally coming true. But there’s one thing missing—a promise to his dying mother that he’d find it—him—when the time was right. With a little luck, he won’t have to wait too long . . .
Lucky Ramirez is a hunky boy toy who dances at The Broom Closet, one of West Hollywood’s hottest gay bars. He loves what he does, and he’s good at it—almost as good as he is at playing dumb when he spots Michelin Moses at the bar. What happens next is off the charts—and keeps Michelin coming back for more. He’s just not sure it’s the right move for his career. But if Lucky gets his way, Michelin will get Lucky—and no matter how the media spins it, neither of them will be faking it . . .
Lisa: All Note Long is the third book in Annabeth Albert’s series entitled Perfect Harmony. I am a huge fan of this author and definitely love her quirky writing style. Her books tell fun and heart-warming stories that leave you happily sighing in romance lala land – my favorite place to be. This book was no exception from her norm. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between the two very opposite men, one a closeted country singer with so much at stake and the other an openly gay dancer with big dreams.
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Death is what happens while you’re making other plans.
The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, Book 4
The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, his heroism at a pub fire made him a local celebrity. Now everyone and their uncle wants a piece of his psychic talents.
Hired to find a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, wind up trying to unmask a killer—and there’s no shortage of suspects, up to and including the local bishop himself.
As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they find themselves pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t hesitate to kill again. If Tom and Phil aren’t careful, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.
Mark: I’m addicted to this series and the cause of this addiction is first the wonderful narrative writing and very English style of the author and secondly Tom & Phil. Two characters that have become my all time favourites and the mysteries they solve are riveting. Throw in a good dose of quintessential English humour, understatement, a murder or two, a touch of paranormal, a cup of PG Tips and for me we have a wonderful combination which makes for a read that is impossible to put down.
The murder / mystery plot is well developed and at least kept me guessing until the end. But then I have never been a “whodunnit” expert anyway - lol! All the loose ends tied up very nicely by the end of the book. If you haven’t started this series yet then I sincerely hope you do, especially for those readers that like more plot driven stories. The romance is there but not the main focus, it just coexists nicely with everything else happening in Tom’s and Phil’s life. It’s the dynamics behind the characters that enthrall me all the time. Perfectly balanced and complementary although all individual in their own rights with the supporting characters all having their own quirks. Ms Merrow manages to lift these characters right off the page and give them a life of their own. Characters that are not larger than life but embody life itself. How could I not choose this as my August Hotpick.
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Review: Bootleg Diva: Confessions of a Quarterback Princess by Levi Brody (A Southern Scrimmage Biography Book 4) by Mercy Celeste
All heroes need an origins story.
From trailer park to the Super Dome.
Everybody's All-American quarterback by day.
Infamous exotic dancer by night.
Levi Brody is one of the undisputed greats of the game. With two Super Bowl rings, one MVP, three Pro-Bowl appearances, three National Championships, three SEC Championships and four State High School championships Levi has indeed left his mark on the sport, but it's all a load of crap.
This is my origin story and like all good origin stories, this one lies somewhere-
Between the helmet and the tiara.
The story of the rise and fall of the first fictional gay quarterback in the NFL.
Author’s Note: I introduced Levi Brody in the second Southern Scrimmage book Sidelined and continued his story through his brother’s eyes in Offside Chance. While this book is officially the fourth book in the Southern Scrimmage Series it does not continue the story. Bootleg Diva is a biographical look at Levi’s life through to the end of Offside Chance.
Debra: Levi Brody was introduced in Book 2 of this series and quickly became a fan favorite. The complexities of his character had me wanting to see more of this strong and vulnerable man and this is exactly what Mercy Celeste provides in Diva. It’s not a romance or a continuation of the story, but memoir style tale of Levi’s life and what made him the man we meet in Sidelined. If you’ve skipped it for those reasons I urge you to rethink this one.
Mercy Celeste did a great job of making me love Levi Brody even more. The story is heartbreaking but the strength Levi displays is uplifting. The love and protectiveness he feels toward his younger brother drives him in everything he does and this tale brought new depth and understanding of the fractured and difficult relationship they’ve had in the last two books. I’ve already commented on that ending in my original review so won’t say more here. It’s a difficult and emotional story to read but a must for anyone who has enjoyed the series so far.
Series Reading Order
Book #1: Six Ways From Sunday
Book # 2: Sidelined
Book #3: Offside Chance
Book #4: Confessions of a Quarter Back Princess by Levi Brody
Book #5: Last Man Standing
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Blood Divine by Greg Howard
Cooper Causey spent a lifetime eluding the demons of his youth and suppressing the destructive power inside him. But a disconcerting voicemail lures Cooper back home to the coast of South Carolina and to Warfield—the deserted plantation where his darkness first awakened. While searching for his missing grandmother, Cooper uncovers the truth about his ancestry and becomes a pawn in an ancient war between two supernatural races. In order to protect the only man he’s ever loved, Cooper must embrace the dark power threatening to consume him and choose sides in a deadly war between the righteous and the fallen.
Freya: It will not come as much of a surprise that this not so small foray into the supernatural is my pick of the month. Although a special mention has to go to Stars Embrace by DC Juris, which was a superb shorty.
Blood Divine gets my ultimate vote because there was no denying that this story was something I could get my teeth into, and at the end, I wanted to read more.
The story starts, showing how an accident in Cooper’s childhood affected the rest of his life. The only thing he would return home for is his grandmother, Lillie Mae. When she goes missing, he does what is necessary to get her back. The events that follow, not only expose Cooper to a supernatural heritage, he had no idea of, but throw him into the path of his childhood crush, Randy. To save those he loves, Cooper has to embrace his bloodline and negotiate a minefield of Divinum and Anakim (pure witches and vampires) - beings who are trying to use him to facilitate their own ends. They need him to win an ancient war.
Despite Blood Divine being a standalone, it is set in a world where another book (if this one is successful) could easily follow. Should Greg Howard ever decide to do a follow-up, I’d buy it.
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The Losing Game by Lane Swift
Winchester Crown Court, October 2035: Richard Shaw leaves, a free man.
Grief-stricken and angry, Lucas Green is hell-bent on revenge against Richard Shaw, who killed his sister. Lucas has heard of a man who can help—the handsome and urbane owner of a boutique sex shop with a head for planning crimes. But Dante Okoro has a past he’s desperate to keep buried. Though Lucas piques his interest in more ways than one, Dante turns him away. Still, he wonders if he made the right decision….
An unexpected death brings Dante and Lucas together once more. This time they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. But courting a lover with lies is a dangerous game. Dante has been spying on Lucas, convinced he has plans to kill Shaw. Lucas has been spying on Shaw, waiting for the right moment to strike. If Dante admits his suspicions to Lucas, he’ll surely lose him. If he doesn’t, Lucas might do something reckless—and end up losing everything.
Sally: The Losing Game is a tense psychological thriller set in a small seaside town in a near future where tech has advanced a little but not beyond recognition. A crime has been committed and Lucas is consumed with a grief-stricken hunger for revenge that leads him to confide in Dante, once a career criminal, now the owner of a discreet emporium that caters to 'intimate needs'. Two very different characters drawn together by an injustice, their mutual attraction strengthens their relationship. They are supported by a stunning cast of secondary characters, a deliciously diverse bunch, each one offering a new perspective on Lucas's grief and Dante's dilemma. Another delight is that the descriptions in this book are of breath-taking beauty. Recommended!
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Monique’s Hot Pick
Review: Shatter (Unbreakable Bonds #2)
by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
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Maverick trauma surgeon Ashton “Snow” Frost keeps the world at a distance, relying only on his three closest friends to keep him connected. But when a ghost from their past returns to Cincinnati, Snow stands to lose everyone he loves. Framed for murder and reeling from attacks on his friends, Snow is pushed to his breaking point.
Jude Torres won’t let the doc shatter. The paramedic has been attracted to the doctor since he first laid eyes on him at the hospital, even if the arrogant, solitary man doesn’t fit into any of his plans. One hot, reckless kiss shows that Snow isn’t who he appears to be. And one night together will never be enough. Jude will fight for the doc.
Fight to keep him whole. Fight to keep him safe. Fight to simply keep him.
Monique: After reading book one in the series, Shiver, I totally fell in love with the characters and was suitably impressed with the authors writing style and the promised concept and development of the story arc, but there was a something missing for me. I wanted more depth, I wanted more emotion. Did the authors deliver in this book? Hell yes they did!
This is a fabulous series, a thrilling ride of love, friendship and the family they have become. Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott as a duo, excel in their characterisation and their vision is seamlessly executed and smoothly delivered through the highs and lows of these fascinating, very hot and totally addictive men. The dialogue and narrative perfectly captures the distinct personalities, the humour, the heartache, the love, but above all else, …the ‘Unbreakable Bond’
Series Reading Order
Book #1: Shiver
Book #2: Shatter
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