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5 Star & 4 Star Review for Dinner at Foxy’s (Law and Supernatural Order #3) by Silvia Violet #MM #Shapeshifter @Silvia_Violet

Dinner at Foxys CoverTitle: Dinner at Foxy’s (Law and Supernatural Order #3)
Author Name: Silvia Violet
Publication Date & Length: July 18, 2016 – 115 pgs

Synopsis

Fox shifter Luke runs Foxy’s Chicken Shack, known for the best and spiciest chicken in town. For months he’s had his eye on Silas, a young cop who patrols the area around his restaurant. When Silas arrives to question Luke about his cousins’ criminal activities, things blow up, literally, and Silas is injured. Luke will do whatever it takes to see his cousins brought to justice.  He might not survive his crazy plan, but if he does… Could there be a chance at love for this fox shifter and his cop?

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FiveStars

This was not a long story not was it a short story. Reality is it was perfect. The length of the book was perfect for this story.

I really loved the characters in this book. Silas and Luke are completely different people but as in most cases opposites attract. And boy did they ever.

Silas tries to be a hard butt but he isn’t really. He really has a soft side to him or at least he does when it comes to Luke. But he also has a very protective side. Once he realizes that he cares what happens to Luke, I believe that he would stop at nothing to protect him.

Luke being a cop follows his instincts about people and they are telling him to trust Silas and so much more.

Does his instincts prove to be right or is Silas truly a fox and cannot be trusted????

I really enjoyed this read. It was full of emotion that did not drag out. It had just enough intrigue and mystery to it but it was also hot!!! Silvia Violet has a good book in hand with Dinner at Foxys. It will definitely be a hit.

Tosha

FourStars

This is the third story in this series, however, I have not read any of the previous books.

I felt that the story was more about Luke and his family’s issues, rather than the development of the relationship between Luke and Silas.

Silas is a police officer who is trying to make detective – and while he is in the middle of working a case, Luke’s family steps in to make things difficult.  It would seem that the story would develop from there, but it kind of just stands still for a while.  The secondary characters in this story, also, seemed to be a large part of the story – more so than I would have thought in such a short story.

Luke knows that his family will stop at nothing to obtain his father’s property, but Luke also wants to protect Silas.  I don’t quite know why he wants to keep his involvement a secret and we are never fully satisfied as to why that happens.  Luke’s character is kind and he created his own family within his restaurant.

This was a sweet story.  It had a lot of action and despite being a little slim on the relationship aspect, it worked as a story.

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Excerpt

I’m Luke, and I’m a fox. Okay, I’m a fox shifter, but I’m also hot, a smooth-talker, and I give one wild ride. I run a restaurant in Atlanta. We sell the best damn fried chicken you’ve ever eaten. That’s right. I’m a bona fide fox in the henhouse. Our chicken comes in spicy, spicier, and fuck-me- I’m-on- fire.

The dinner shift is crazy as fuck tonight even though my best people are in the kitchen. I don’t know who decided to send me all the large parties, prize-winners for most finicky order, and downright bitchy-as- fuck complainers, but they are all out in force tonight.

I’m about to take a break. I need a whiskey, but a large sweet tea will have to do since I’m working.

The door chimes as it swings open, and I glance up, expecting another party of nine, half of them gluten-free vegans—at a fucking chicken shack—but, no… Fuck me.

It’s that gorgeous blond twink in a cop’s uniform, the one who’s become a regular. His baby face makes him look like he’s playing dress-up. I want to run my hands—and my tongue—over every inch of his smooth, pale skin. He glances my way, and his eyes widen for just a second. Then his tongue slides out to moisten his lips.

Maybe this night is about to improve. Officer Blond and Surely-Not- As-Young-As-He- Looks moves my way. Oh yes. Come to Daddy.

I thought you didn’t do cops.

Sometimes I hate my fucking conscience.

Nothing but trouble there.

I’m not like the rest of my family. I don’t run guns or steal cars. I don’t hurt people or use them. But some of my business interests aren’t exactly what you’d call legal. Hell, the simple fact that I’m a fox shifter makes me suspicious to most people.

However, this is one officer of the law I wouldn’t mind having a close acquaintance with.

The hottie in blue reaches the counter. “What can I do for you, Officer?” I ask.

His cheeks pinken adorably, but he holds eye contact. “You’re the owner, right? Luke Redtail.”

“That’s me.” I wink, and he glances away. This is going to be fun.

“I’m Officer Bixby, and I need to ask you some questions in connection with an investigation. Is there somewhere private we could go?”

My bed. It’s right upstairs. “I’ve got an office in the back. Let me get someone to run the register.”

As I turn toward the kitchen I see my uncle standing in the small side parking lot.

My uncle who’s supposed to be dead. What is he doing here? “Oh fuck!”

As he throws the object in his hand, I scream, “Get down! Now!” I grab my cop and haul him over the counter. Thank God for shifter strength. I wrap myself around him, but in the shock of the blast, we hit the floor.

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Audiobook Review: 5 Stars for Outlast the Night (Lang Downs #3) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Outlast the Night (Lang Downs #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2013 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Office manager Sam Emery is unemployed and out of luck. When his emotionally abusive wife demands a divorce, he contacts the one person he has left, his brother, Neil. He doesn’t expect Neil to reject him, but he also doesn’t expect the news of his divorce—and of his sexuality—to be met with such acceptance.

Neil takes Sam to Lang Downs, the sheep station Neil calls home. There, Sam learns that life as a gay man isn’t impossible. Caine and Macklin, the station owners, certainly seem to be making it work. When Caine offers Sam a job, it’s a dream come true.

Jeremy Taylor leaves the only home he’s ever known when his brother’s homophobia becomes more than he can bear. He goes to the one place he knows he will be accepted: Lang Downs. He clicks with Sam instantly—but the animosity between Lang Downs and Jeremy’s home station runs deep, and the jackaroos won’t accept Jeremy without a fight. Between Sam’s insecurity and Jeremy’s precarious position, their road will be a hard one—and that’s without having to wait for Sam’s divorce to be final before starting a new life together.

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FiveStars

**Audiobook by William James**

I have to say I was a bit wary with how this story was going to go knowing that Jeremy is a Taylor and that Sam is the brother of Neil, who didn’t start out so nice toward Caine because he was gay.
However, I have to admit that I’m glad that I picked up this part of the series because I did end up loving the story and the men, as usual. I just don’t think it’s possible for Ariel Tachna to write an unloveable main character.
I have to say that I really this this series is getting better and better as it continues on. We are getting men from off Lang Downs coming to find a place that will help them heal emotionally and even find love, although neither is usually the intent when they land there.
I love that we get little views of previous couples from the first two books, but not so much that it takes away from the developing story.
The more I read into this series, the more I love it.
The narrator did a great job with the voices of so many men and keeping them all from sounding the same.
Renee

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4 Star Review for Alex’s Law by Jayce Ellis #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Alex’s Law
Author Name & Publisher: Jayce Ellis (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 23, 2016 – 53 pgs

Synopsis

Alex Corrigan is in love with his boss, Judge Lawson Daniels, and thinks those feelings are returned. That assumption is sorely tested two days before the court holiday party they’re organizing together, when the venue calls and cancels, followed by a snafu with the caterer. Alex could handle that, but after an intimate dinner followed by a decidedly unromantic e-mail, he’s left wondering about the future of his employment as well as his relationship with the debonair older man.

Law can’t wait to see his clerk again. But Alex is cold and distant in the light of day, and Law doesn’t understand. The party looms in the background, but Law’s excitement is turning to dread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging them, trying to get Alex fired and drive Law off the bench. If there’s any chance for a happy holiday for Alex and Law, they’ll have to find out who.

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FourStars

This was a very good short story with intrigue, crushes turned more, and a little bit of mystery.

I really enjoyed reading Law and Alex’s story. From the beginning of the book you could tell these two men had a lot of chemistry between them.

Add to the crush that Law and Alex have on one another and them both doing little things to get a small reaction from the other and the fact that everything that could go wrong with the employee Christmas party they have planned, has went wrong and you have a book made for a fun read.

This was a great short story of how these two men came together. I like that Jayce Ellis added in the element of mystery behind how or what was the cause of all the Christmas party disaster. Can’t wait to read more books by this author.

Tosha

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5 Star Review for Balancing Act (Shooting Stars #4) by K. Vale #MM #Romance @KimberVale

CoverTitle: Balancing Act (Shooting Stars #4)
Author Name & Publisher: K. Vale (Liquid Silver Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 27, 2016 – 117 pgs

Synopsis

Greg Dwyer and Kyrie Li are living the glorious couple life in New York City. Or are they? When struggling actor Kyrie lands a modeling job, he’s ecstatic to have extra cash to spend on his best-friend-turned-boyfriend.

Of course, Greg is suspicious Anders Berglund, the gorgeous and androgynous Swedish cover model the designers love to pair with Kyrie, is after his man. And maybe Kyrie encourages a growing closeness with the guy?

Greg is probably to blame if Kyrie is drawn to the openly gay and seriously beautiful Andy. With Andy, Kyrie can be himself, as loud and proud as he’s always been. But Greg’s sexuality stays firmly locked in the closest except when he’s with Kyrie’s supportive family or alone with the man he loves.

To make matters worse, Greg’s out-of-touch mom meets with financial ruin and moves in with the couple, forcing him into the closet in his own home.

Can Greg find a way to stand up to Mommy Dearest and win back a love he fought so hard to reach? He discovers the road to pride begins at home and with accepting oneself first. Otherwise, it’s just a dead-end street.

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FiveStars

This is book four in this series and it is a run on from book three. Or maybe I should say continuous of book three.

Kyrie and Greg are back together again but only a year and a half after they got together. You would think they had surpassed all of the rough areas in their relationship when they finally admitted their feelings and came out and told Kyrie’s family and ex wife but that is not the case.

Greg cannot get over his fear of coming out to others so he hides his relationship with Kyrie behind closed doors and does not let the outside world in, including his own mother. This is the cause of all the drama that follows these two men.

In this book Kyrie and Greg both have to learn that their is give and take in relationships. Greg needs to learn to that is ok to be himself and love who he loves regardless of what anyone else thinks and Kyrie needs to learn that people come out when they are ready and not on his time table. They both need to learn patience and trust. The question is will they learn it time or will they wait till it is too late, in more ways then one.

I cannot wait for book five too come out and find out what happens with Ander’s. It should be another exciting read. Great job on another amazing book K Vale.

Tosha

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5 Stars for With or Without You (Sequel to Go Your Own Way) by Zane Riley #MM #NewAdult @ZaneNebula

WOWY 1600px FRONT (Smashwords, Amazon)-1Title: With or Without You (Sequel to Go Your Own Way)
Author Name & Publisher: Zane Riley (Interlude Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 21, 2016 – 348 pgs

Synopsis

In the much-anticipated sequel to Go Your Own Way, high school seniors Lennox McAvoy and Will Osborne pick up right where they left off—navigating the tumultuous waters of a new relationship and dealing with Will’s disapproving father.

When a violent incident forces Lennox to give up his independent ways, he must come to terms with his past just as Will is grappling with his future. As Will’s college plans become reality, will Lennox have the courage to go after the opportunities he doesn’t think he deserves?

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FiveStars

This was such an amazing book. I will say honestly that I did not read the first book in the series but this book was so easy to follow that I believe it could be read in order or as a stand alone. But no doubt about it, I will be reading the next book in the series so I can see what ups and downs Will and Lennox will have to face when they head off to college.

Will and Lennox are two totally different people who by looking at them you would think they would not be compatible at all when the opposite is true. They are actually a really good fit together. They both offer the relationship different things that the other needs. Will offers support and encouragement to Lennox. He believes in him and in his talents and pushed him to achieve what he can with his talent when Lennox believes himself to only be ok. Will pushed Lennox to reach for the stars and not settle for less then he deserves and Will also encourages Lennox to open up to Will and except love.

Lennox offers Will a safe haven to explore his sexual side with. He encourages Will to explore more about his sexuality and too except everything about himself and not hide it or be scared of it. Will is very serious and Lennox brings out his playful side l. Lennox also encourages him to become more open and honest about his feelings with his dad and Karen.

These two have a rough road ahead of them but I believe they will make it in the end. They may not always be together but I do believe that no matter what they will find their way back to one another. Can’t wait till the next book.

Tosha

AuthorInterview

Hi! I’m Zane, and I’m a queer transgender writer from northern Virginia. Currently, I’m in the process of packing up to move to Washington state, so I’m pretty busy at the moment, but also very excited. I’ve been writing since I was a little kid, although I didn’t get truly serious about it until college when I switched my major to Creative Writing.

 

With or Without You is my second novel and a sequel to my first. It continues Will and Lennox’s story as they finish up their senior year of high school. As they begin to learn how to navigate their growing relationship, Will plans for his future in college while Lennox struggles to accept that his future is more than surviving until the next day. They each begin to forge their own paths only to realize that the futures they each want may lead them away from each other.

 

 

 

  • What is your least favorite part of the publishing/writing process?

 

I think the waiting between steps is probably the hardest part for me. Not because I can’t handle waiting, but after I send that first manuscript off, I wipe my brain clean. Then I get it back a few weeks or months later, and I’m like, “I wrote this? Are you sure? I don’t remember Will saying that… or doing that. Someone help.” I always remember the ending, but everything in the middle leaks right out of my head. I usually spend the week leading up to get those first notes back taking my time reading through the manuscript I sent off.

 

  • As an author, is there one subject you would never write about? What would it be?

 

I took a while to think about this one before answering, because there are a lot of subjects I would be cautious about pursuing, but I don’t think there’s anything I would never write about. For example, I’d be cautious and do a lot of researching before writing about the Holocaust or Japanese internment camps. I’d be equally as cautious writing from the perspective of any religion, race, nationality, sexuality, gender or experience that isn’t part of my own identity. It’s important to stop and to consider if you’re the person that should be writing this story, and even if you’re at a point in your writing career where you’re capable of bringing the truth to a character that’s needed.

 

  • When did you first realize you wanted to write?

 

I was in fourth grade when I first started writing in my free time. Star Wars fanfiction of course. That was almost all I was reading at the time was Star Wars books. Then Harry Potter that summer leading into fifth grade. That was a big push time for me, realizing that I could also write stories about adventure and kids my own age.

 

I wouldn’t say I realized at the time that I could do that professionally or as an adult, I just thought it was fun. About half way through college was when I got serious enough to consider it as something more than a hobby.

 

  • How long did it take to write your book?

 

About three months. I’d actually started it, got about 40,000 words into it, and realized not even a week of time had passed in the story. A story that was supposed to cover from Thanksgiving to roughly high school graduation in late May or early June. I spent about three months writing that first attempt, took a trip up to New York City, and when I got back, I deleted it. Everything went. I shut away the old version of the story I’d been trying to use as a guideline and just let myself write. It was a difficult choice, but necessary. The story is much better for it.

 

  • For Fun: Where is one place you’d like to visit you haven’t been before?

 

Anywhere outside of the United States. I’d love to see New Zealand, or the Black Sea, even London. If I ever get the opportunity I would love to see Egypt and learn more about the history there in person.

Excerpt

The band room was empty when he pushed the door open, but the piano was set up like it was almost every afternoon these days. Only Mr. Robinette and a music stand littered with sheet music was absent.

“Hello?”

The silence struck Lennox as odd, but as he sat down he also realized how strange it was to announce himself. So much had changed since the first time he’d snuck in here to play on his own. Now he was auditioning for some college he still couldn’t fathom.

To make Will happy. And maybe a little bit for himself.

“Ah, I wondered if you were going to show up.”

Mr. Robinette was behind him, the door to his office now wide open. He’d taken off his tie and undone a few buttons on his shirt like he did most afternoons when they practiced.

“You just want to play it through a few times or mess around with something else?”

Lennox took a seat at the piano, but didn’t both opening his bag. He’d memorized the piece he was playing by Valentine’s Day and now, almost two weeks later, he could write it out measure for measure on blank sheet music. But playing it was becoming repetitive. For two hours, three times a week, almost nonstop with the same four pages and nothing else.

“I’d rather try something new. That piece is getting a little old.”

Mr. Robinette smiled and pulled a chair up beside him. “I had a nightmare the other night and it was the theme song while I ran around a haunted house Scooby Doo style.”

“You didn’t catch a ride in the Mystery Machine, did you? I’ve always wanted that van.”

“I’ve got a lunch box version of it. It doesn’t fit much though because it’s too narrow. Anyway, play what you want. I’ll be here until about four-thirty, so it’s all yours.”

As Mr. Robinette returned to his office, Lennox pulled what had become his music notebook out of his bag and opened it to the latest page. He’d taken to composing during class when he should have been taking notes, especially calculus where he had no reason to pay attention anyway.

The latest page was a tune he’d come up with while the other kids had been tapping their pencils and erasing answers. Every moment of his life carried a rhythm, a melody, and an emotion he could create with, and his notebook was becoming a testament to that. He played through everything he’d jotted down over the past few days, but after several rounds he kept coming back to one. It was a piano version he’d tried—and mostly failed—to create of one of the songs Will had played on a loop a few weeks ago.

“I’m getting ready to lock up!”

Mr. Robinette’s voice carried out of the office and into the band room. A few minutes and several jingles of Mr. Robinette’s keys later, the office door was shut and Lennox was closing the cover on the keys.

“That last piece you were playing, was it a cover?”

Lennox shrugged as they headed for the door.

“It was supposed to be. Didn’t sound much like the song.”

“Well, the others did. They were all really good, even the ones that weren’t covers.”

“Uh, thanks.”

Lennox watched him at the door to the parking lot for a moment. He’d been a great help over the last month—all year if Lennox was honest. Mr. Robinette had believed in him in his own way since school had begun, and thanks to him he had a decent shot at this audition.

“Thanks for… all of this. I actually feel like—just thanks.”

Mr. Robinette gave him a genuine smile and patted him on the shoulder.

“You’re very welcome. Let me know how it goes when you get back, okay? I’m rooting for you. Got all of my fingers and limbs crossed. You deserve the chance. Don’t doubt that or yourself.”

“I-I wont.”

It was funny to have so many people believing in him after so long. Happiness was a strange feeling as well. Until he’d let Will into his life he couldn’t remember how to capture such a feeling in his chest and keep it there.

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5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Ice (Salisbury Stories #2) by R.J. Scott and Chris Quinton #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: Ice (Salisbury Stories #2)
Author Name & Publisher: R.J. Scott and Chris Quinton (Love Lane Books Limited)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2016 – 297 pgs

Synopsis

With millions in diamonds at stake, can Jon make Greg see that some things are not worth dying for?

Footloose adventurer Greg Drakowski used to live for the moment but these days shadows of grief and guilt cling to him. Recklessly following one lead to the next, Greg crosses oceans at the very hint of treasure, and doesn’t care that he rushes into danger.

This time his quarry is a cache of diamonds, hidden away decades ago. When the clues bring him to the ancient city of Salisbury, he knows he’s close to success.

Renovations expert Jonathan Ellis is part of Ageless Wood Restorations – three generations of knowledge and trade. Focused and hard-working, Jon finds value in recreating the elegance of the past with his own hands, and it will take something – or someone – extraordinary to break into his enclosed world.

When Greg drops into Jon’s lap he finds it impossible to refuse him. Even when the bad guy appears and Jon isn’t sure whom he can trust, he knows he has to stand by Greg, if only to save the idiot from himself.

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FiveStars

This is book two in this series and even though the main characters are different you will still read about familiar characters from the previous book and this book as does book one revolves around “The Laurels”.

Greg struck a me as one of those individuals that is looking for something but not quite sure exactly what it is. He is a today Indiana Jones. He searches out hidden or lost treasures and then turns them over to Mack for a pay out. But just like in real life, crap happens and the crap that happens affects Greg tremendously and makes him want out of the arrangement with Mack. So he takes on one last job. The thing is, life has a funny way of throwing you a curveball and that curveball comes in the form of Jon.

Jon is happy with the way his life is. He likes working at his own business and is happy with his occasional hookups. But once he meets Greg, everything changes.

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a book that had not only mystery, but action and adventure. It has murder and mayhem. And it also has love. What more can you want. RJ Scott wrote another fabulous book and I enjoyed reading every minute of it.

Tosha

FourStars

This was another great story in the Salisbury stories by two excellent authors. I really loved how the authors were able to bring together these two men. Greg was a really great character and I immediately fell in love with him. I loved the back story of Greg and thought the authors did an exceptional job in how they work it into the story. Jon was a another really exceptional character and loved how the authors were able to make the whole meeting and falling in love feel very real to me. This book had tender moments and some very suspenseful moments as well. But it was the trust and family issues that really had me hooked from the beginning. Although this is part of a series I feel it can be read as a standalone.

Lynn

ThreeStar

Although this book had a bit more information to it regarding our characters, I still felt like I was missing something from book 1. I still feel like parts of Lewis’ and Devon’s story is missing. The authors have given us quite a bit more background information this time when it comes to both MC’s. This allowed me to at least understand why the characters think and feel the way they do.

I did feel the story dragged a bit in some parts. I don’t think it needed to be as long as it was. I feel like parts of this story took off into a history lesson at times. The reader is taken on a journey from Moscow to England in the early 1900’s to England during WWII. As the journey unfolds we learn where the diamonds came from and how they ended up at their final destination.

As Greg and Jon finish the projects, they find themselves becoming more and more attracted to each other. But each of them has a hard time with trust making it difficult to believe a relationship between them could last.

When danger steps into the picture, and lives are threatened, both men realize it’s time to put the past behind them. And to start trusting the only person who has ever been completely honest with them.

Kris

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5 Star Review for Valor (Vigilance #1) by K. Lache #MM #Erotic @K_LacheWrites

CoverTitle: Valor (Vigilance #1)
Author Name & Publisher: K. Lache (Torquere Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 6, 2016 – 337 pgs

Synopsis

It takes valor to support and love those who need it the most and never expected to receive it.

For Rivet Scalzo, returning to his childhood home after a decade and a half was not on his list of places to go while recuperating. After nearly being blown up on a mission, Rivet is forced to deal with his PTSD and sudden deafness without help from Vigilance, the secret governmental agency he works for. He resigned himself to a lonely recovery, but then, perhaps by chance, he met Blare Chaplynn, a model whose caring nature helps ease the horror of Rivet’s home life. As they grow closer, Rivet is burdened by the secrets he can’t share with the one man he grows to love.

If Blare knew a mild concussion was all he needed to meet the man of his dreams, he would have gladly accepted it long ago. He knew there was something special about Rivet when he first saw him at the park, but never guessed this man of mystery would be hiding so many secrets close to his heart. Blare is forced to confront the fact that Rivet may never tell him everything, but is trust the reason Rivet is so close-lipped or is it something more?

It is only a matter of time before the relationship falls apart or secrets are revealed.

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This is really an extremely sad tale.

Rivet has some major secrets that because of his clearance he cannot discuss with anyone except the ones who have the same secret clearance as him or higher. In many ways I think Rivet is looking for love and acceptance. His mother and sister are horrible and treat him even worse then if he were dirt on the bottom of their shoes. Even so he still tries with them and they always throw it back in his face. They are abusive and border line crazy. But the thing is, Rivet does not turn the tables on them. Instead he takes the punishment they both dole out on him and tries to move on and hide the abuse from the world.

Blair is a breath of fresh air for Rivet. He accepts him almost instantly flaws, secrets, and all. And even though Rivet trusts Blair completely he is still not allowed to open up about the things that weigh on his heart and mind. Finally there is a breaking point and Rivet is allowed to let Blait in completely. The question that remains is will it change how Blair feels about Rivet or will it bring them closer? Can they move past Rivets past or will it tear them apart.

This was a very interesting read. Some parts were really hard to read about but the tragic events in Rivets life led him to where he is now and has shaped him into the man he is.

There definitely needs to be a warning about triggers for abuse, rape, and emotional abuse.

Tosha

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