Sunday, November 27, 2016

WEEKLY 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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The Straight Boyfriend (Loving You #3)

by Renae Kaye

the straight boyfriend[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Loving You: Book Three

Aaron Hall has never been able to remain faithful to a single woman, and for most of his life, he’s dated two women at once. Recently his girlfriend tracked him down and knocked on his door—and his live-in girlfriend answered. Now he has no girlfriend and a mortgage he can’t pay by himself.

Vinnie Rosello needs to change his life—get a better job, stop drinking all his money away, find himself a serious boyfriend… and move out of his parents’ house. Aaron needs help with his expenses, so they become housemates.

Even though Aaron harbors some misconceptions about gay men and Vinnie misses his large Italian family, both men find comfort in their friendship. It’s a good arrangement until everything between them changes

Vinnie falls in love with Aaron, and Aaron is shocked to realize he feels the same. There’s only one problem—he’s still straight. He’ll have to overcome his fear of labels in order to love the man who’s captured his heart.

JANE

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"I read this book in one sitting as it is packed with great characters, writing, humour, emotion and ultimately love. I adored it! Can’t recommend it highly enough for a quick light hearted read that leaves your heart happy."

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Just Drive (Anchor Point #1) by L.A. Witt

Just-Drive3Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

For Sean Wright, driving a cab in the tiny Navy town of Anchor Point isn't an exciting job . . . until he picks up just-dumped Paul Richards. A drive turns into a walk on the pier, which turns into the hottest hookup Sean's had in ages.

After a long overdue breakup, Paul can't believe his luck. Of all the drivers, he's picked up by the gorgeous, gay, and very willing Sean. Younger guys aren't usually his thing, but Paul can't resist.

One taste and neither man can get enough . . . right up until they realize that Paul is Sean's father's commanding officer and the last man Sean should be involved with.

With two careers on the line, their only option is to back off. It's not easy, though; the sex and the emotional connection are exactly what both men have been craving for a long time. But Paul has devoted twenty-four years to his career and his dream of making admiral. If he's caught with Sean, that's all over. He has to choose -- stay the course, or trade it all for the man who drove off with his heart.

DEBRA 

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"I love age-gap stories and even though there is a gap of around 20 years, that wasn’t a big factor in the story to me, probably because Sean is so mature and rational about things."

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Labyrinth by Alex Beecroft

labyrinth[8]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Kikeru, the child of a priestess at the sacred temple of Knossos in ancient Crete, believes that the goddesses are laughing at him. They expect him to choose whether he is a man or a woman, when he’s both. They expect him to choose whether to be a husband to a wife, or a celibate priestess in the temple, when all he wants to do is invent things and be with the person he loves.

Unfortunately, that person is Rusa, the handsome ship owner who is most decidedly a man and therefore off-limits no matter what he chooses. And did he mention that the goddesses also expect him to avert war with the Greeks?

The Greeks have an army. Kikeru has his mother, Maja, who is pressuring him to give her grandchildren; Jadikira, Rusa’s pregnant daughter; and superstitious Rusa, who is terrified of what the goddesses will think of him being in love with one of their chosen ones.

It’s a tall order to save Crete from conquest, win his love, and keep both halves of himself. Luckily, at least the daemons are on his side.

SALLY

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" Lovely descriptions, nicely paced plots and characters I’d love to meet. Great fun."

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Foxe Den (Skyler Foxe Mysteries, #3.5)

by Haley Walsh

618-TJizKNL._SL300_[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Foxe Den follows high school English teacher Skyler Foxe and his friends throughout the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year's. Along the way, Skyler gets to inflict his mother on his boyfriend Keith, meets Keith's parents, and just generally tries to navigate the treacherous waters of a brand new relationship.

Unlike the novels, this novella hasn't any mystery to solve. It's the sort of stuff that happens between characters once the audio has ended.

©2012 Haley Walsh (P)2015 Haley Walsh

MARK

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"Even though there are no mysteries to be solved it was again a pure delight to spend time with these vibrant characters who have now become like friends to me.”

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Merry Christmas Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

mr miggles[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowledgeable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.

But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.

Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his

LISA 

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"A wonderfully executed holiday romance by Ms. Easton. Sweet, fun and light-hearted love story that will leave you happily sighing and clutching your heart."

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Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

REVIEWER 

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"HS QUOTE”

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Family Ties and Family Lies (Rose and Thorne #3)

by Julie Lynn Hayes

family ties[7]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Rose and Thorne: Book Three

Secrets is a dirty word when it comes to relationships. What you don’t say can not only hurt you, it can bite you in the butt.

After almost five years together, Vinnie and Ethan have a policy of don’t ask, don’t tell. But unspoken questions between them are a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode. An innocent remark by a friend starts an insecure Vinnie wondering about things he never considered before… such as why he hasn’t met Ethan’s family. Is he the love of Ethan’s life or just his dirty little secret? And what hasn’t he told Ethan about his own past?

An emergency phone call from Ethan’s twin sister sends them rushing to Georgia. In order to be with Ethan, Vinnie conforms to what Ethan’s family expects by being something he is not. Not everything is what it seems as Vinnie and Ethan work to redefine what family means to each of them.

Sometimes the ties that bind are the ones that might just break you.

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.

CHERYL

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"The Rose and Thorne series are my favourite books so far. I warmed immediately to Vinnie and Ethan, there is something about their dynamic that really appeals to me."

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The Soldati Prince (Soldati Hearts #1)

by Charlie Cochet

the soldati prince[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

2nd Edition

One moment Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter he would rather strangle.

Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at the idea of being bound to a human prince, and along with his Soldati warriors, he sets out to return Riley to his own world where he belongs. On their journey they might discover why the priestess brought them together—if they can escape the demons and make it to her alive.

First Edition published as The Soldati Prince in Charmed & Dangerous by JCP Books LLC, 2015.

FREYA 

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"The cast is delicious with a special mention to Khalon and Rayner. More than once, I had a lump in my throat. It was a delight to read and one I will read again."

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Sweet Scents (Sweet Briar Farm #2) by Hollis Shiloh

sweet scents[3]Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Jon, 18, is a bunny shifter who's very youthful-looking for his age...and very gay. He's so happy with life on Sweet Briar Farm, now that he's safe and free from bullies.
Fitch, 17, is a skunk shifter who just arrived. Trusting anyone is hard for him, and he throws up a barrier of assumed toughness. He's survived a lot of pain and doesn't want more. But he can't resist Jon's warm friendliness.

The two boys are drawn inexplicably to one another. Will they be friends for life...or more than friends? And what, precisely, does that mean for two boys who'd never been particularly interested in sex?
Sweet Briar Farm is a place for them to heal, to find themselves, and to find each other...whatever that means to the two of them.

sweet gay romance set in the same world as the "Shifters and Partners" series but can be read alone

CHERYL

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"On the whole, this is not the book to read if you’re looking for something gritty or with a lot of meat. It is what it is, a charming and quirky book with a sweet story and a happy ending."

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The House Guest by Asta Idonea

house guest[3]Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

When Zach moves into his new flat, the last thing he expects is a nocturnal house guest.

Zach is thrilled with his new flat, until strange noises disturb him. Who wanders his home at night, laughing and singing, and why is the place always spotless when he never cleans? There was no mention of a house guest in the contract, but it seems Zach has a nocturnal visitor.

Bogdan never expected to end up in Zach's tiny flat, but now that he's here, he intends to make the best of it. Zach seems preferable to his last master, and he waits for the right moment to announce his presence. He doesn't count on Zach's determination to seek out the truth himself in the meantime.

FREYA

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"A quirky ditty with a bit of everything including a little frolicking. Asta Idonea has a delightful turn of phrase and a lovely writing style that set the scene without going overboard."

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Tru Smoke (Ember Peak Book 1) by Edie Danford

tru smoke[3]Rating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire… Whenever Jones touches him, flames flicker in Truitt Larkin's smoky-gray eyes.

Growing up in Ember Peak, Colorado, Jones nurtured dreams as big as the Rockies. Why else would a flat-broke college student believe he has a shot with Truitt Larkin, the billionaire CEO of Larkin Corp? And, sure, Tru might own the fab, five-thousand-acre Ember Peak Ranch, where Jones is just the son of a ranch employee, but that doesn’t mean a future with Tru is doomed, does it? When he finally, finally convinces Tru to break his chiseled-in-rock no-sex-ever policy, Jones is sure smoke will never shroud Tru’s silver-flame eyes again.

But fire burns and dreams crash. And when Tru shuts down Jones’s hopes, Jones leaves Ember Peak—and a big chunk of his heart—for good.

Tru knows he’s responsible for fracturing his valued friendship with Jones. Indulging his attraction to the younger man was selfish and destructive—something he’ll always regret. When Jones returns to Ember Peak for a family wedding, Tru wants a chance to heal their friendship and give back to Jones the comfort of coming home. But sparks fly the moment they reunite, and they scramble to douse the passion that’s burned them both before. Yet a flicker of hope glows brightly, and soon they need all their courage to see their way to a future together.

JANE

:: > FULL REVIEW POST < ::

"What an absolute delight! I adored this book and read it in one sitting and went straight back and read it cover to cover again. That’s how much I love this story and especially the two main characters."

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Summer Lessons (Winter Ball #2) by Amy Lane

summer-lessons3Rating ~ 3.5 Stars

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Synopsis

A Winter Ball novel

Mason Hayes’s love life has a long history of losers who don’t see that Mason’s heart is as deep and tender as his mouth is awkward. He wants kindness, he wants love—and he wants someone who thinks sex is as fantastic as he does. When Terry Jefferson first asks him out, Mason thinks it’s a fluke: Mason is too old, too boring, and too blurty to interest someone as young and hot as his friend’s soccer teammate.

The truth is much more painful: Mason and Terry are perfectly compatible, and they totally get each other. But Terry is still living with his toxic, suffocating parent and Mason doesn’t want to be a sugar daddy. Watching Terry struggle to find himself is a long lesson in patience, but Mason needs to trust that the end result will be worth it, because finally, he’s found a man worth sharing his heart with.

DEBRA

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"Amy Lane’s writing is wonderful as always. There is depth and emotion and each character has their own voice and personality. There is plenty to like here and if you were a fan of Winter Ball you are definitely going to want to read this one."

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