Sunday, November 06, 2016

Weekly Review Roundup

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Our regular weekend recap of all our review posts from last week in one easy go. If you missed any of our reviews then here’s your chance to browse over all of them quickly again in one easy, convenient post. Take a look and see what you may have missed.

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Different Names for the Same Thing by Francis Gideon

DifferentNames-f500-400x600[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

The last time Joël Paquet was in New York City, he nearly died. Too distracted by his problems, he didn’t look when he crossed the street and was nearly made into a pancake by a transport truck in the downtown core. The only saving grace of this trip, other than the cute person working as a living statue who saved him and then took him out for coffee, was the fact that his near-death experience finally gave him the courage to come out as trans.

Five years later, Joël Paquet is one of the most in-demand horror writers in North America. Going to New York City from his current Montreal home for the Black Markets Horror Con should be exciting, but when he gets an email that uses his birth name, he nearly cancels the trip altogether. The only thing that keeps Joël going is the thought of that living statue who saved his life once before.

CHERYL

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"It’s difficult to find anything not to like about this book. It’s a sweet romance with lots of little twists and lovely detail."

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Chase This Light (World of Love) by Francis Gideon

chase this light[3]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

When Jason Flores moves to the Yukon for a new job, he’s not sure what to expect. His son Micah seems enchanted by the wildlife, but his recent fear of the dark means that the eighteen-hour nights in the winter will be a difficult adjustment. When Jason takes Micah to the local museum’s interactive lecture series on the gold rush, it turns out to be one of the best decisions he’s ever made. 

Pete Odjick, a tattooed First Nations and Inuit man, dresses up for the weekly lectures as Skookum Jim, one of the first prospectors to find gold. He takes an immediate interest in Micah and an even bigger interest in Jason. 

As their flirtation grows into something more serious, Jason’s job at a big name oil company and Pete’s volunteer work with an environmental group become a point of contention. Can they come to an understanding and give Micah a family again? Or will the drastic differences between them tear them apart? As the winter nights grow longer, Pete and Jason worry their love won’t be enough to chase the darkness away. 

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

SALLY

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"Chasing the Light is a very sweet romance with a feather-light paranormal aspect plus some very valid points about the environment and modern technology."

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Matthias (Order of the Black Knights 2)

by Alexis Duran

matthias[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

From Louisiana swamp rat to revivalist huckster to skilled con artist, Matthias Krall clawed his way out of poverty using his natural gifts of grift and manipulation to become the leader of an exclusive retreat center. Exploiting the guise of spiritual guru, Matthias seduces the rich and powerful into turning over their lives and fortunes to his control. But wealth and a small cadre of loyal followers can’t protect Matthias from the betrayal he knows is imminent. Everyone wants what Matthias has, except for one man who wants to destroy it. Dylan Connelly is a reporter who’s determined to prove the charismatic recluse is not only a fraud but a murderer.

Irresistibly drawn to Dylan despite the warnings in his gut, Matthias lures Dylan to his island retreat, determined to destroy his enemy once and for all.

FREYA

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"Matthias is a story of manipulation, rather than bullets and bombs. Separating friend from foe, good and evil between a high heat rating made for an engaging read."

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Promised (Blackstone Manor #3) by Kassandra Lea

promised bs3[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Sequel to Heart's Triumph
Blackstone Manor is complete, and what better way to celebrate than a Halloween party? At least, that’s how Io sees it. He’s already splurged on candy and decorations. Cinder isn’t entirely on board, however, hating the look of disappointment on Io’s face when he nixes the idea.

Yet somehow Io gets his way, and the party goes ahead as planned. It can’t be all that bad, right? But throw in couples’ costumes, Daisy acting weird, real ghosts, and the secret Cinder has been harboring from Io, and it's sure to be a night none of them forget.

CHERYL 

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"I have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone who likes a slightly different kind of shifter and a quick bite of candy rather than a long, slow date with a box of chocolates and glass of wine."

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Don’t Fear the Abyss (Rock and Roll Dreams #1)

by D.C. Williams

dontfeartheabyss[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Andy Wyler spent his twenties high and his thirties hiding from the world.
Twenty years ago, Andy Wyler was the front man for the legendary Hideous Marys. Now, with most of the band members dead and his career over, he sits by his pool and drinks. A knock on the door brings an unlikely comeback, along with a second chance at a lot of things he'd forgotten were worth chasing. Like love.

FREYA

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"Those readers who like a short love story with a rock edge, I imagine, will love this."

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Foxe Hunt (Audiobook: Skyler Foxe Mysteries, #2)

by Haley Walsh

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Synopsis

High school English teacher Skyler Foxe finally hooks up with gorgeous assistant football coach Keith Fletcher. But is the man what he seems to be? Skyler still has his doubts when he spies Keith in some shady circumstances. And there are still some unanswered questions as to what exactly is going on at the high school. Who thought high school could be so sinister? Meanwhile Skyler's friends from college have their own problems. Lovers and partners, Evan and Jeff were kicked out of the army for Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the depressed Evan is found dead. Suicide, says the police, but Skyler thinks otherwise. It's Skyler Foxe on the hunt for a killer once more!

©2015 Haley Walsh (P)2015 Haley Walsh

MARK

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"It's like Nancy Drew meets The Famous Five; add in a rainbow flag, glitter, Calvin Klein, a good dose of snark and you have pure entertainment at its best with Skyler Foxe and the SFC."

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Dance of Stone by Jay Lewis Taylor

41i6H60b63L[3]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Late twelfth-century England: a country of divided loyalties while the Lionheart is on crusade. Hugh de Barham, master mason at Wells, walks a dangerous path between Glastonbury and Wells as the two vie for supremacy, a path made more dangerous still by the fact that Hugh, if he could, would share his bed not with women but with men.

The only way to stay safe is to keep his head down, but building the church of his dreams is no way to do that: and then there is Arnaut l’Occitan. What does this stranger from Provence want with Hugh? And can he, or anyone, be trusted?

MARK 

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"A real joy for all historical fans who wish to sink their teeth into something a little meatier."

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