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Falling Down by Eli Easton
Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.
Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.
Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.
The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?
Lisa: 4 “An embarrassment of riches!” Stars!
Falling Down is author Eli Easton’s latest literary creation. 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 is a wonderful read. 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 life beyond one’s circumstances. Highly recommended.
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Verismo by E.M. Lindsey
Two men, shaped by the demons of their past, find their lives inexplicably intertwined.
Nicolas Michaud, the prodigy composer and pianist, grew up apart from the world. A mother who neglected him, and a father who never met him. But when he's suddenly orphaned, Nicolas is taken from his comfortable home and thrown into a life where no one understands him. Consumed by his desire to find the perfect musician for his Magnum Opus, he turns away from human relationships, and it turns him cold. Taking a job at the University in the United States, Nicolas is met with disappointment and regret.
Until he meets Cedric Blum, a young chemical engineering student with a secret talent for music like Nicolas has never seen. But Cedric has his own past to overcome. With the help of an old friend, and new relationships, the pair begin their journey toward love, life, and the Magnum Opus.
In the end, will Cedric's happy nature thaw Nicolas' icy exterior, or will Nicolas find himself consumed by his fear of love?
Mark: My November Hotpick is Verismo by E.M. Lindsey, it’s not a recent release, to be honest it has been published for quite a while but alas sometimes it takes time before I get around to picking up some books. I was so delighted that I made the decision and found the time to read and review this book. what a treasure it is.
I love books that accompany characters from childhood to adulthood. Why? Well, when you understand where the characters have come from and what they have been through then it gives the reader a greater depth of their behaviour and the reasons behind it when they become adult. This book is a wonderful character study on how two people develop over time, how the people around them affect their lives and in the end how they both affect each other. Like a musical composition itself, always in transition with undulating tones, fluid and flowing, a juxtaposition of overtones that are constantly criss-crossing each other, a relationship that starts off very dissonant but then harmonises to form something wonderful.
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Bare by Lynn Kelling
Ev Myers is a former high school football star and Republican State Senator's son, raised in a strict Southern Baptist household where his only option was to be silent, behave and, no matter how he might be feeling, to put on a happy smile. Desperate to escape the pressure to be the man his family insists he become, Ev has fled Kansas to attend college and is working to find out who he really is beneath the lies and carefully composed public image. But when he applies for a job as a nude model for a life drawing class out of a desire to be seen in a way that shatters all of his family's taboos, it's just the first step on a path that leads him away from everything he's ever known. Handsome and headstrong adjunct arts professor, Adam Buchanan, is the first person to recognize Ev's potential, and his determination to have Ev realize the importance of truth and stark honesty, as well as the beauty of flawed vulnerability provides the hope Ev needs to escape a world rife with kidnapping, brainwashing and deadly determination cure homosexuality, using whatever means necessary.
Debra: I absolutely loved this story and before you see the name Lynn Kelling and think “dark”, this is something different. Evelyn is a college student who ran across the country to get away from his conservative, political family and in a small act of rebellion is earning extra cash as a nude model in the school art classes. When the sexy, intense Adam spies him and asks him to model for a series of paintings Ev gets more than he bargained for, but just what he needed. Adam is instantly taken with his muse and the attraction to men Ev has always feared stands no chance when it comes to Adam’s firm pursuit.
This is a beautifully written love story. As Ev models, Adam helps him work through his fears and embarrassment and also teaches him to embrace who he is in every way. Adam is an experienced Dom who gets off on control and Ev finds himself feeling free and seen for the first time in his life. There’s a lot of sex in this book, but it’s used well in developing Ev and Adam’s dynamic and allowing Ev to open up. Ev’s family is still a danger though and their reach is strong as are the consequences, so yes there is a touch of Lynn’s darkness.
This is one of those stories where I just wanted to keep reading even after it was over. It’s easily one of my top reads of this year. I fell in love with Ev and Adam and I think you will too.
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You Belong With Me by J R Loveless
Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years, but watching Craig with his manipulative boyfriend has worn Scott down, and he knows he needs a break from the pain and maybe a change of scenery and perspective. His twin sister, Karen, convinces him to spend a summer in Paris.
Karen is sick and tired of seeing Scott suffer, and she’s not going to stand for it anymore. She confronts Craig and tells him what he’s been missing by spurning Scott’s affection in favor of a jerk who mistreats him.
When Craig unknowingly breaks Scott’s heart, Craig opens his eyes—and his own heart—to the possibility of a future with Scott. He plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.
Freya: This is a classic tale of love being blind between best friends. Scott loves Craig, but Craig is oblivious and unknowingly hurts Scott by flaunting his dick boyfriend before him. It’s a salacious tale that pulled at every emotion within me.
Shock opens Craig’s eyes when he hurts Scott in a way that he’s not sure they can come back from. But, it’s also the time when other realizations hit. The voice of every reader comes in the form of Karen, Scott’s twin sister, whose character I LOVED. She’s a feisty, protective little spitfire who say’s everything to Craig that should be said.
You Belong With Me is excellently written, and there was enough heartache, angst and drama to make it believable without going overboard. My heart was in my mouth several times, and on one occasion, tears appeared.
I read this twice in one month and was just as emotionally affected the second time as the first.
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Labyrinth by Alex Beecroft
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: I absolutely loved this sun drenched historical set in the ancient civilisation on Crete at the point when the new power of Mycenaen Greece was beginning to flex its well-oiled muscles.
It has everything I demand from a historical novel - lovingly described scenes against which plausible characters move in period appropriate ways. But it also explores a lot of ideas that might be thought of as modern, but are certainly as old as mankind. How Kikeru’s bi-gender presentation was fine as a child but that as an adult he is expected to choose. That on Crete it is the women who have spiritual and a lot of secular power. That a civilised society can be left in disarray when another society that plays by different rules refuses to take them seriously. That the myths may have a basis in fact and offers a brand new interpretation that explains them.
I found the book huge fun and read it, letting out little whoops of delight when I spotted things I recognised. Kikeru is a delight and my heart was won by big sensible Rusa, who can’t quite believe his luck in getting a lover who is just so unusual and inventive. And not in the usual way, either. I wouldn’t have described the book as erotic, though the relationships are very touching.
So, lovely descriptions, nicely paced plots and characters I’d love to meet. Great fun.
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Jane’s Hot Pick
Tru Smoke (Ember Peak #1) by Edie Danford
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: This book is an absolute delight. I've reread it several times now, that's how much I adore it. It is in essence, the reconnection of Tru Larkin CEO of Larkin Corp and owner of Ember Peak Ranch in Colorado and Jones Hudson, the son of an employee who is fourteen years his junior. A family event reunites them at the ranch and they find their way back together. It details their history and their journey back to each other. The romance is sweet, the chemistry electric and the sex is as scorching as the Colorado sun. With book two due out very soon, don't delay, this is one book you won't want to miss.
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Family Ties and Family Lies (Rose and Thorne #3)
by Julie Lynn Hayes
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: This is the third book in the Rose and Thorne series and I have enjoyed every one of them. Vinnie and Ethan have a unique dynamic that feels very natural. There is some hot sex but the book is heavy on plot and has plenty of meat to get your teeth into. Families are complicated but Vinnie goes above and beyond the call of duty when he pretends to be Ethan’s girlfriend to support him through a bad time. Among the complex dynamics are betrayal, devotion, coldness, spite, jealousy, warmth and eventually acceptance, with a rich cast of characters and one of my favourite couples that I’ve read.
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