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Connection Error (#gaymers 3) by Annabeth Albert
It's typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he's (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can't handle another distraction. But he also can't ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man's a fan of his game.
Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He's got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn't mean he's above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.
When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day.
Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it's even begun?
Lisa: 4.5 "Naked Twister" Stars!
Connection Error is the third book in Annabeth Albert’s new series entitled #gaymers. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of this author and with each new book she releases I think she just gets better and better. Seriously, giddiness ensues with a new Annabeth Albert book! Serious joy! Her books tell emotional, fun and heart-warming stories that leave you happily sighing in romance lala land. 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 seemingly opposite protagonists who, despite the immediate connection, don’t exactly start off on the right foot.
Connection Error was a wonderful addition to this series. I love how real and different the characters this author creates seem to be. Josiah and Ryan were no exception. It was very apparent that Ms. Albert did her research when it came to Ryan’s injuries and Josiah’s ADHD. They had their flaws but in the end all that matters is finding someone who accepts you, the good and the bad. Someone who wants you to fulfill your dreams and perhaps make some new ones with you. This is definitely a series to check out for lovers of the M/M genre. Highly recommended.
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Pillow Talk (On The Radio #1) by Pandora Pine
Seduced by his voice…
Devastated by a cheating scandal that ended his marriage and nearly ruined his online dating service, PillowTalk.com, Logan Reid is a man on the verge of ending it all. A phone call out of the blue from the program manager of PRIDE XM Radio pulls Logan back from the brink. A job offer to host a late night call-in show for the lovelorn called Pillow Talk is a last shot for Logan, who is struggling to find a way to start over.
Bostonian Greyson Montgomery is dealing with a personal scandal of his own. Homeless and jobless after a disastrous relationship, he's forced to move back in with his parents and rebuild his shattered life. Alone and miserable, he tunes in to the debut of Pillow Talk and decides to call the dulcet-toned host with his own tale of heartbreak.
Ratings at PRIDE XM soar after Greyson's call to Logan, triggering the program manager to invite Grey to co-host Pillow Talk for a few weeks. This doesn't sit well with Logan, who thinks Grey is trying to steal his job.
Are these two broken hearted men too damaged to trust again, or will they take the opportunity to share some Pillow Talk of their own?
Mark: I chose Pillow Talk by Pandora Pine as my September Hotpick becuase I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would and that is always a nice treat when it happens. Going by the blurb it wouldn’t have necessarily been something that automatically would have drawn me in, the subject of radio doesn’t really interest me that much. Anyway, having said that I liked the surmise of what the book is about and gave it a go. I’m so delighted that I did.
Listening (or reading) to the two MCs host the show was brilliant. Although the distrust is there on Logan's behalf thinking that his boss wants to hand over his job, the banter from these two while talking to callers-in was very different. Logan still giving his somewhat direct and acidic advice but Shades is steadier, listens more and complements Logan by his more patient and grounded ways. Although Shades himself has been through a horrendous relationship himself. It was great to see how two guys with their own emotional baggage give advice to others, but in that advice find some the answers to their own problems. A wonderful read with a myriad of emotional issues from all characters to overcome. If you can imagine hearing sexy and husky radio voices while reading this book then I’m sure you’ll love it.
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Wes’ Denial (Tease and Denial Book Two)
by Joseph Lance Tonlet
Wes has spent his life looking for that one special guy who will understand and love him—all of him. From his tender vanilla side, to his darker debauched side.
Throughout high school, his successful career in the Marines, and as a BDSM Dom, he’s remained confident his partner is out there waiting to be found.
However, several events shake his normally unflappable self–assurance.
And, even after he finds Grif, will his past catch up with him and possibly drive his soul mate away?
Debra: This was the long awaited follow up to Grif’s Toy and it was well worth that wait. The mysterious Wes is front and center here and his story is emotional, painful and beautiful. From a teenager just discovering what he likes, to a harrowing experience in boot camp and ultimately finding Grif, the layers are peeled back and we see a Wes that is different from the confident man of the first book.
The story alternates between Wes’ past and the present where his focus is on building a future with Grif. The kink is heavy and takes some new turns, but just cements how much both men need what the other gives and how they were seemingly created for each other. If you loved Grif in the first book you will love him even more here. Joseph Lance Tonlet moved the relationship forward physically and emotionally cementing the bond between Wes and Grif and gave me an ending that I wasn’t prepared for and that stayed with me for days.
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Of Love and Corn Dogs by Parker Williams
With more money than he could spend in ten lifetimes, Darwin Kincade still couldn't keep death from stealing his lover. A little older and a whole lot wiser, flirting with his twice-a-week waiter is the perfect no-risk substitute for a real relationship. Until the night his routine is upended by the restaurant's newest employee.
Ricky Donnelly loves people. While being a server isn’t his dream, he’s good at it. When a grumpy man is seated in his station, Ricky sees there’s more to him than he lets on, and when the man relaxes, he’s actually sweet.
As the two men bond over a discussion about corn dogs—something Darwin’s never heard of—he realizes how much he’s missed out on in his life. He vows to open himself to new experiences—including, perhaps, a chance at finding love again.
Not wanting anything to muddy their blooming relationship, Darwin hides part of himself from Ricky. He likes the look in Ricky’s eyes, unclouded by Darwin’s notoriety. Unfortunately, the truth can never stay hidden, and when it comes out, Darwin may lose any hope of holding onto the future they’ve begun to build.
Freya: I picked this story for several reasons.
Any day, Of Love and Corn Dogs, is a fabulous tale, but, at the time of reading, it fit my mood perfectly. You know those moments when, even as an adult, only a Disney film will hit the spot – well this was my adult Disney story. I’d just read a series of amazing, in depth, mysteries. Of Love and Corn Dogs was my Lady and The Tramp after a Lord of the Rings marathon – and a side of Sherlock.
Darwin has wealth and a heartbreaking backstory. He’s a force in the corporate world looking after the family business, while in private, he’s barely existing. Ricky, is a cheeky waiter, who when asked for an honest opinion, suggests a corn dog would be tastier than house special at a posh restaurant. Needless to say, the restaurant manager isn’t happy.
Ricky’s small gesture has wider-reaching ramifications. What starts as Darwin being Ricky’s white knight, develops into something more and gives Darwin a chance at living again.
The story that follows is beautiful, fun, light, and heart-warming. It made my day. There was a little bit of everything, including moments of angst.
Could people with two such differing backgrounds find a way to be happy?
Of Love and Corn Dogs, was like a breath of fresh air. The humour is excellent. Numerous sections as had me smiling, and several others had me shedding a tear. It made me believe that there are good people on this earth. I started this book with the intention of reading a couple of chapters and returning to it later. I finished it in one go.
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Spindrift by Amy Rae Durreson
When lonely artist Siôn Ruston retreats to the seaside village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, to recover from a suicide attempt, he doesn’t expect to encounter any ghosts, let alone the one who appears in his bedroom every morning at dawn. He also doesn’t expect to meet his ghost’s gorgeous, flirty descendant working at the local museum… and the village pub, and as a lifeboat volunteer. But Mattie’s great-great-grandfather isn’t the only specter in Rosewick Bay, and as Siôn and Mattie investigate an ill-fated love affair from a bygone era, they begin a romance of their own, one that will hopefully escape the tragedy Mattie’s ancestor suffered.
But the ghosts aren’t the only ones with secrets, and the things Siôn and Mattie are keeping from each other threaten to tear them apart. And all the while, the dead are biding their time, because the curse of Rosewick Bay has never been broken. If the ghosts are seen on the streets, local tradition foretells a man will drown before the summer’s end.
Sally: This tense ghost story is one of the few books I’ve read that made me smile all the way through and I loved both main characters. That said, there was an atmosphere of peril from the moment the first spectre appeared and there were aspects of the plot that made my imagination kick into over drive. Turning the lights off at night was hard!
In addition to the ghost plot and the romance plot was a well-drawn small seaside town where behind the busy and demanding influx of tourists, a whole other world of locals with families and kids, who worried about mortgages, juggled several jobs and tried to make ends meet, while being prepared to turn out to man the lifeboat at a moment’s notice.
So really, for me, this book had it all – plot, pace and tension and characters with whom I was overjoyed to spend my time.
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Jane’s Hot Pick
Pictures of You by Leta Blake
Growing up gay isn’t easy. Growing up gay in Knoxville, Tennessee is even harder.
Eighteen-year-old Peter Mandel, a private school senior—class of 1991—is passionate about photography. Peter doesn’t have many friends, preferring to shoot pictures from behind the scenes to keep his homosexuality secret.
Enter Adam Algedi, a charming, worldly new guy who doesn't do labels, but does want to do Peter. Hardly able to believe gorgeous Adam would want geeky, skinny him of all people, Peter's swept away on a journey of first love and sexual discovery. But as their mutual web of lies spins tighter and tighter, can Peter find the confidence he needs to make the right choices? And will his crush on Daniel, a college acquaintance, open a new path?
Join Peter in the first book of this four-part coming of age series as he struggles to love and be loved, and grow into a gay man worthy of his own respect.
Jane: This book left me with a book hangover. A sure fire way to tell that this book had impact. It moved me and made me really feel and connect with the characters and their story.
It is the journey of Peter Mandel and covers his graduation year at a new school with new friends. The writing is superb, very evocative, eliciting such emotion. I spent a lot of time with my stomach in knots and trying not to cry, but it was tempered with some very heart warming moments too. It takes a lot to move me to the extent this book did and to leave me lingering over the story and characters for days, but Leta Blake managed it with this gem.
This is the first book in a four part series and I cannot wait to find out what's in store next for Peter.
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