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5 Stars for Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony #2) by Annabeth Albert #MM #Music @annabethalbert

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Title: Love Me Tenor
Author Name & Publisher: Annabeth Albert (Lyrical Shine)
Publication Date & Length: February 16th 2016- 266 Pages

Synopsis

There’s no way he’ll shake this off…

Trevor Daniels is feeling aimless. A recent college grad, he’s not sure what to do with his useless degree, and his family all but abandoned him after he revealed the truth about himself. But a friend’s suggestion that he take his chances on a reality show aimed at finding the next big boy band strikes a chord with him—until the show’s producers convince him to act like he’s in a relationship with a guy who’s not at all his type. It isn’t exactly love at first sight for Jalen Smith either—but lust just might push them in an unexpected direction. If only their secrets weren’t even more twisted than their sheets, threatening to cost them the win—and each other…

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FiveStars

This book was so sweet and beautiful!

Now this book is about Trevor who we meet in the first book in this series. Trevor has no contact with his family now after coming out so he is very alone. He agrees to go on a reality music show for the next big boy band. That is where he meets Jalen and lets just say they don’t exactly hit it off at first but once they do it was just so sweet!

There was some steam in this book along with the sweet too. I loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters. Between the way you could feel how much these two men care for each other, even though it did take them awhile to get there and the way they are there for each other I have to say this book was just so beautiful!

I really do not want to give away any spoilers so I will leave this review with… I 100% loved this book and would definitely recommend this series!

~Kara

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4 and 3.5 Star Review for The First Time by Caraway Carter #MM @CarawayCarter

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Title: The First Time
Author Name & Publisher: Caraway Carter  (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 24th 2015- 109 pages

Synopsis

After surviving through a massive earthquake, Anders and Ujaruk know they can handle a crisis, but what about everyday life? Ujaruk moved in to help Anders while his leg healed, now that the cast is off, what happens next? Families, holidays and the first time.

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FourStarsThe book picked up where Anders & Ujaruk (Storming Love Earthquake 4) left off. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book deals with many different issues that seem to face these two men after their whirl-wind romance left off and it was great to catch up with them and see where the author took them. It was a romance with a lot of drama and I find that I enjoy those every once in a while. Mr. Carter is a very good writer and that made this an easy read and very enjoyable.

Lynn
ThreeandHalfStars
I had previously read the Earthquake series in which Anders and Ujaruk firstappeared, and their story was by far my favorite. So I was excited to see a follow-up. I hate to say it, but I was a little let down. It was still well-written, but it felt a bit rushed and left a few too many loose threads.

I was not really a fan of the emotional drama between Anders and Ujaruk. They both came across as whiny in their relationship, and Ujaruk seemed somewhat immature for a college professor in his thirties. There were some cute moments, but it seemed a bit forced to me and read like filler for the real meat of the story.

The best parts were the non-romance aspects (which is actually what I loved about the first novella). The tension about what was going on with Anders’ leg and Ujaruk’s job interview with the prejudiced committee were excellent and very well done. I’d have liked to see more of those moments. I also liked Ujaruk’s mother, and the scene between her and Anders was one of my favorite parts.

I think ultimately, the problem is more with me than with the story. I simply prefer a book with less romance-drama and more plot. I’m sure there are other readers for whom this is a perfect choice.
Amy M.

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5 Star Review for Orlin’s Fall (Planetary Submissives #2) by Amber Kell #M/M #BDSM @amberkell

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Title: Orlin’s Fall (Planetary Submissives #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Amber Kell (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 7th 2015 – 83 pages

Synopsis

Book two in the Planetary Submissives series

Orlin didn’t know when he put himself up for sale that he would be responsible for changing a kingdom.

Broke and homeless, Orlin puts himself up for sale as a pet. Approached by his new Master, Orlin decides maybe being owned by a gorgeous king wouldn’t be fate worse than death. He doesn’t expect to become the one person who changes the views of an entire kingdom…or to be more than a lover for the man who buys him.

At first sight of the sexy oiled sub, Aester Fall knows he’s not leaving until Orlin belongs to him. He might be hanging on to his kingdom by his fingernails but he knows some things are worth the fight. When he returns home with Orlin, he learns his new pet might not be as pet-like as he first appeared.

Neither man expects to change the fate of a world…much less two of them.

The Planetary Submissives series

Being strong doesn’t mean you don’t need anyone.

Depending on another person doesn’t make you weak, because sometimes letting someone else help proves you’re braver than you thought. In some cases, submissives that are more powerful than most in their own right need another man or men to balance them. Combining love and abilities has never been so sexy. Exotic planets, rich traditions and unusual situations give a unique look at men who’ll risk everything for the chance to find the perfect partner to complete them.

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FiveStars

This was a nice addition to the series and could probably read as a standalone although I think it would be best to read the first book before so you know who some of the characters who come around are.
I felt so bad for Orlin at first as he tried to handle his fall from someone who ordered people around to someone being ordered around. However, I loved the way Aester handled him.
This is a really great story even though it is short there is a lot crammed in there, but not too much so that it doesn’t work.
I really liked all the characters and the plot. A really great story.
Renee

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3.5 Stars for Ghosts (The Power of Zero #2) by Jackie Keswick #M/M #Romance @JackieKeswick

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Title: Ghosts (The Power of Zero #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Jackie Keswick (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 10th 2016 – 119 pages

Synopsis

Jack Horwood doesn’t do families. Or Christmas. From the time his mother sold him to her pimp to the moment he walked out on the man he loved, Christmas has always been about change and painful choices. This year seems no different. Helping Daniel and Nico recover from their imprisonment and hunting down those responsible puts Jack in a frame of mind he doesn’t want to inflict on anyone. Least of all Gareth and the tentative relationship they’ve started to rebuild.

But Gareth, for whom Christmas is all about new beginnings, won’t let Jack take the easy way out. He makes him face his ghosts instead. Even when said ghosts invade their bedroom.

When Daniel’s parents are found, Jack is determined to settle the matter without involving Daniel at all. But fate decrees otherwise, and it’s Gareth who helps him finally understand that the strongest bonds are those forged together. Once he gets that, Jack can step up and make a decision designed to lay his ghosts to rest—for good.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This was really a sweet story.  My main complaint is that there were unanswered questions for me throughout the story and they were not really resolved.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Jack and Gareth.  Jack is super lucky to have a partner who knows his moods and triggers as well as Gareth does.  I really enjoyed their banter and I liked the secondary characters who helped push and pull Jack in different directions.

Then you have the two boys whom Jack is so protective over.  Daniel and Nico are not super prominent in this story, but they had enough of a presence that I knew they were there.  I wish that we had more about Daniel’s feelings and thoughts during his section of the story.  I felt that Nico was more the focus of that and wished that Nico’s issues were more back burner.

Finally, while I enjoyed the outcome, it just seemed rushed and I didn’t really feel that we learned too much about Jack’s ghosts.

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 Excerpt“Does it still bother you?”

The soft touch woke Gareth from his doze. He lay as he’d fallen asleep, diagonally  across the bed, a stack of pillows under his head. The lamp glowed on the bedside table, and outside the window inky blackness proclaimed the lateness of the hour. Jack was stretched out beside him on top of the quilt, head propped on a palm, while his fingertips traced the scar on Gareth’s shoulder.

Jack’s voice was as soft as the touch of his fingers. His gaze was so intent, Gareth could practically hear thoughts and memories chasing each other in his lover’s head. Despite training, work, and vigorous sex, the deep shadows under Jack’s eyes still spoke more of sleepless nights than physical exhaustion, and Gareth wished Jack would just share what bothered him.

But sharing his troubles had never been Jack’s way.

“It’s been almost ten years,” he said softly. “Plenty of time to forget about it.”

“December 23,” Jack replied, voice a mere breath. “The last day of our tour.”

Understanding lit Gareth’s mind. Not so much at Jack’s words, more at his tone of voice. “December 23,” he mused. “Also the day you left the Army. Why am I starting to think that was not a coincidence?”

Jack didn’t answer, and that in itself was answer enough.

Gareth sighed and sat up. He didn’t know why the idea of a big family Christmas, on top of everything else going on in Jack’s life, had triggered such an intense bout of soul-searching. He only knew he had to do what he could to stop it. Jack walking out on his chosen career and family eight years ago had been a painful blow. Jack walking out on him—them—now would be worse.

Please, don’t let me fuck this up! The silent prayer was a heartfelt plea, and Gareth took a moment to firm his resolve and let it steady him. He straightened his spine and drew a deep breath. “May I ask where you put it?”

“What?”

“Don’t ‘what’ me, brat. Your letter of resignation.”

Shock turned Jack’s face perfectly white. His mouth opened and closed several times before brain and vocal chords connected into a stuttered “My what?”

“So you’re not planning to walk out on me tomorrow?”

“No!”

The horrified indignation in Jack’s voice soothed Gareth’s nerves. He reached out and closed a hand around Jack’s bicep, pulling him up so their faces were level. “Then talk to me,” he implored.

Jack’s gray-green eyes were fringed with long, dark lashes. He could hide very effectively if he chose. Right then, he didn’t flinch under Gareth’s scrutiny. His gaze was steady, as was his voice. “I screwed up, and it almost cost you your life. I need to remember “You also saved my life that day. You need to remember that too.”

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4 Star Review for Blood on the Moon by Jambrea Jo Jones #MM @PridePublishing

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Title: Blood on the Moon
Author Name & Publisher: Jambrea Jo Jones (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 29th 2015- 45 pages

Synopsis

Be careful what you wish for, especially when you’re a witch.

Montague Ramey wanted something to happen in his life. He thought when he found out he was a witch that his life would become more exciting, but it was the same thing every day. His coven was nice and boring, as was his job with the television station anchoring the news. The only excitement he got was going to the local bar, but there weren’t very many men who wanted to play. That was, until the moon turned red and his life changed.

After Kishar Nichelson’s motorcycle stalled on the highway with no traffic in sight, he stumbled into a small town around midnight, the red moon guiding his way. On the run and weak, Kishar needed to figure out where he was and who was after him before lack of sex killed him.

Can a witch and an incubus solve the mystery before one of them dies? The blood on the moon wasn’t the only thing they had to worry about. Meddling family, close calls with death and a missing witch are enough to keep anyone busy, but can Kishar and Montague still find time for love?

Publisher’s Note: This book has been previously released as part of the Unconventional in San Diego anthology by Pride Publishing.

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FourStars

This was… different. I really liked the plotline and the characters. However, I felt like there was just a little something missing. We didn’t get to know much about what it was like being a witch or even what that meant until one pretty important scene, but even then there wasn’t much description
I liked our two men and their struggles, however, once we get to the reason Kishar was on his way into Montague’s town I felt like we get lost a bit. A lot of characters are thrown at the reader and the ‘big bad’ is so silently and easily fixed that it was kind of anti climatic to me.
However, it wasn’t a bad story and I liked the way it read and ended so it wasn’t a bad story over all.
Renee

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THREE 4 Stars for New Lease of Life by Lillian Francis #M/M #Contemporary @LillianFrancis_

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Title: New Lease of Life
Author Name & Publisher: Lillian Francis (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 25th 2015- 220 pages

Synopsis

Phillip used to laugh a lot, back when his friends called him Pip. However the good deed that left him hospitalized not only marred his body, it stripped him of his good humor too. Ever since, he has pushed his friends away and shut out the world. Donating his vintage clothing to a charity shop should have been the final act in a year-long campaign to sever the links with the man Pip used to be, but the stranger on his doorstep awakens feelings in Pip that he hasn’t experienced since the incident that left him angry at the world and reliant on the cold metal of the hideous hospital-issue crutch.

Colby forces his way into Pip’s life, picking at the scab of his past. Colby isn’t interested in Pip’s money or his expensive address. He has only one goal: to make Pip smile again. With every moment in Pip’s presence, Colby chips away at the walls Pip has built around himself. Pip knows it’s impossible to fight his attraction with Colby’s sunny disposition casting light into the darkness in his soul.

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FourStars
I really liked this story.  It was drawn out, but not too much and you really got to see the characters come out of their shells and develop.

I loved how Colby did not give up on Pip and was sneaky, snarky, funny, loving and compassionate to Pip, even if it did involve stealing and fibbing.  Colby is a large man and despite his looks, he has found that many people are not after his kind nature or mind, but after what he can do for them.  I think it was nice of him to find someone who not only wanted nothing to do with him in the beginning, but then, once Pip saw Colby for who he really was, opened Colby up to a different world of love and kindness.

The issues that Pip have are deeply embedded.  Not only is he wallowing in self pity, he does so by pushing everyone away and then wallows in his solitude.  He was not my favorite character to start off with – however, I did like his snarky attitude and the fact that he was not scared of Colby.

The two of them together – watching Pip come out of his shell and Colby learn to respect Pip, but do so in a way that also pushed his boundaries was great to read.

Both were given a new lease on life and it was a sweet, not a lot of drama story.

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FourStars
This was a sweet story about Pip, who had a bad accident that made him a complete shut in. He used to be full of life and laughter, but no more. But then Colby comes into his life like a rainbow after a storm.
Colby was so sweet and patient with Pip. In real life, Colby would probably be in jail for being too stalkerish, lmao, but in this book it was sweet, so I’ll ignore that. Haha. Colby made Pip come out his shell and realize that his world wasn’t over just because he had that accident. He could still wear the old vintage suits he loved to wear, still be that same man who loved to have his friends surround him. I liked this couple together and was hoping for more of them.
 Maybe a part 2? I want Pip to meet Colby’s family. I want both their worlds to mesh and see how they handle it. It felt like book one was a set up for a book 2, or maybe that’s my wishful thinking. lol
~Cookie
FourStars

Phillip used to be a completely different person until something painful happens to him and causes him to change… Colby is attracted to Pip and tries to bring him back to what he was before. Will he be able to?

I want to start of this review by saying I thought this two men together was just so sweet! Colby was such a strong character and the way he was with Pip was so sweet! Pip has gone through a lot and the way he slowly starts to open up more with Colby was awesome!

I really liked the way this author wrote this characters and this story! You get some angst with this book but you also get so much sweet too!

So I will leave this review with…I really liked this book!
I would recommend this book!

Kara

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5 Star Review for Chalice (Planetary Submissives #1) by Amber Kell #M/M #BDSM @amberkell

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Title: Chalice (Planetary Submissives #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Amber Kell
Publication Date & Length: November 30th 2015- 84 pages

Synopsis

Book one in the Planetary Submissives series

In order to stop his magic from eating him alive, Chalice seeks out a man strong enough to dominate and control him.

Chalice might be a prince on his planet, but his submissive tendencies prevent him from dealing with the incredible energy coursing through his body. Magic users need a second to balance them out, but there has never been a case where the one with the power didn’t hold the dominant position. Chalice’s ability as a rare four-elemental magic wielder already marks him as different, though. And with the king in denial of his son’s needs, he has no choice but to look off-planet to find a powerful partner.

He runs into a diplomat on a mission, who leads Chalice to agree to be the pet of an emperor—one whose reputation for tossing aside subs is only balanced out by the fact that Chalice thinks he’s the sexiest creature he’s ever seen. Chalice takes the plunge, hoping the biggest gamble of his life won’t prove to be his biggest mistake.

The Planetary Submissives series

Being strong doesn’t mean you don’t need anyone.

Depending on another person doesn’t make you weak, because sometimes letting someone else help proves you’re braver than you thought. In some cases, submissives that are more powerful than most in their own right need another man or men to balance them. Combining love and abilities has never been so sexy. Exotic planets, rich traditions and unusual situations give a unique look at men who’ll risk everything for the chance to find the perfect partner to complete them.

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FiveStars

This was such a great story! I loved the way Chalice was determined to find his own way in the universe and hopefully find someone to help him manage his massive powers even though he was a submissive when everyone in his family is a dominant who needs submissives.
I loved Hawk and the fact that even though normally he is a bit of a jerk and a heavy handed ruler, he wants to make this new man happy and will do anything in order to do so.
I really liked this story and its uniqueness along with the way it was written and played out! Great start to a series.
Renee

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5, 4 and TWO 3.5 Star Reviews for The Rules of Love (The Hampton Road Club #2) by Morticia Knight #M/M #BDSM @MorticiaKnight

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Title: The Rules Of Love ( The Hampton Road Club #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Morticia Knight (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 6th 2015- 143 pages

Synopsis

Master Saul is captivated by the beautifully submissive Kenneth and the boy’s love of pain. Unfortunately, Kenneth belongs to Master Preston.

It’s 1926 and as one of the founding members of the Hampton Road Club, Master Saul Liebowitz has enjoyed the charms of many willing submissives over the years. One of the newer submissives to the club has captured his attention more than anyone has in a long time. Kenneth is tall, muscular and also seems to have a greater love of pain than most. If only Kenneth didn’t already belong to another Master.

After Kenneth’s Master died years before, he allowed himself to be taken in by the promises of Master Preston. As time has gone by, Preston has become increasingly crueler to the point where Kenneth fears for his life. They’ve recently joined a sadomasochism club and Kenneth can’t help but yearn for the handsome Master the other boys speak so highly of—Master Saul.

Preston takes things too far one night, and when Saul and his good friend, Master Aaron, do some investigating, they realize that Kenneth might be in real danger. Amidst turmoil at the club over whether there should be rules to keep the boys safe and Preston’s play for power, Saul searches for a way to save Kenneth from what he’s sure is a deadly situation.

Both men fight for what they believe to be the right thing. When they find their way to one another, a wonderful new world opens up to them. But there’s one man out there who refuses to let go of the old ways. Kenneth is his property and Master Preston won’t give him up.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence and dubious consent.

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

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FiveStars

Kenneth has been abused badly by his master. Saul has seen Kenneth at the club and has been attracted to him for awhile. Saul tries to find away to save Kenneth from his master.

I felt so bad for Kenneth with how he was treated and hurt by that evil man. I was also so happy Saul was there for him and saved him from that horrible situation.

These two men together Saul and Kenneth were so sweet together and there was steam too which was hot between these two men. You also see a lot of the characters from the previous book in this series too which I really loved!

All together I loved how these author wrote these characters and this story and would definitely recommend this book!

~Kara

fourstars

Book two of the Hampton Road Club series focuses on Saul, the close friend of Aaron from the first book. His love interest is Kenneth, a middle aged sub who doesn’t look like your typical effeminate looking sub. He’s tall, muscular, but shy. I really liked that about this book. I like reading about a Dom/sub relationship that doesn’t follow the normal formula.
Kenneth likes pain, but he’s not into the type of abuse his current Dom is giving him. He’s too sweet for that. I wanted to kick Preston’s butt. Saul went to the rescue though and took Kenneth for himself. They balance each other out pretty well. Kenneth’s situation made Saul realize that he needed to make changes in his club, changes that made sure to protect the subs. Saul made Kenneth feel safer and more confident with himself and his body. His needs. Win/win for everyone.
~Cookie

ThreeandHalfStars

I can’t say I enjoyed this book as much as book 1.  For over the first half of the book it was non consensual sex and harm to Kenneth and Linus.  It was pretty disturbing.
I found Preston to be utterly disgusting and almost didn’t continue reading.
But it did move along to Saul and Kenneth and then there was the amount of caring between master and sub towards the end of the book.  There was a bit of a surprise as to who owned the club, it was a nice turn. I definitely will give book 3 a chance and hope that it’s a little lighter.

~Sherry

ThreeandHalfStars

You can read this as a standalone but if you read the series in order it gives you backstory and gives you the full picture. I liked this book, the phrase “old sport” was used a lot and it drove me crazy at times. As with the first book the story at times was too wordy for me but this book did move at a faster pace. I loved Kenneth, I just wanted to hug him and tell him everything was going to be ok. I loved the connection between Kenneth and Saul, it felt real and made the story more believable. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Angie

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5 and TWO 4 Star Reviews for Live and Love Again by Jan Gayle #F/F #Romance

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Title: Live and Love Again
Author Name & Publisher: Jan Gayle (Bold Strokes Books )
Publication Date & Length:    January 19th 2016- 240 pages

Synopsis

Even after three years, Sarah Jarret struggles every day with the death of her long-time partner. Her tough exterior and extreme independence has made her almost completely isolate herself, but Sarah may finally be beginning to get herself back together. Her small custom furniture building business is showing real potential and forcing her out of her comfort zone. And Jessica Whitney, a beautiful and successful Chicago architect, just walked into her life. Jessica and Sarah are immediately attracted to each other, and they fall fast and hard, but Sarah’s guilt and pride may push Jessica away and keep Sarah from opening up to the possibility of new love.

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FiveStars

A fun, enjoyable and addictive read.
This book stood out because of its brilliantly portrayed characters. Both woman were professional business women, both had reached where they wanted to be careers wise, they were both mature and they were both had very credible personalities. I particularly admired the way the author gave both women histories that reflected the way they conducted their lives, ambitions and insecurities at the time the novel occurred.
The way the women handled their blossoming relationship in their own individual way was imaginatively portrayed. It entailed coming to terms with lots of emotional baggage for one, while the other had to surmount being able to commit emotionally for the first time in her life.
I thought the ending was not only positive, giving the reader a real feel good factor but quite creative. The conclusion allowed the reader scope to define the way the couples relationship might proceed.
Ms Gayle has produced an excellent read, one that I thoroughly recommend.
Chris
FourStars
Sarah meets Jessica as they are boarding a flight to Chicago. By the end of the flight Jess is inviting Sarah to stay with her whilst in town. Their relationship starts very quickly and is ultra steamy. Sarah is still getting over the death of her wife three years previously and is unsure whether she should take a leap of faith and keep seeing Jessica. Jess is completely smitten and wants to take things further. Will they, won’t they?
I enjoyed this book and certainly enjoyed finding out how the relationship would pan out. It’s a quick romantic read with enough angst and turmoil to keep the reader interested. I liked Sarah, ex-military and now a talented furniture maker and artist. She was a complex character with a lot to sort out in her head before she could truly commit to a future with Jess. Sometimes I felt impatient with her though as she seemed to be intent on making things harder for herself. Jessica, a brilliant architect with great wealth, didn’t have the same hang-ups but there were things from her past that she also had to work out. She was a delightful character though and I so wanted Sarah to see that and go with it! I loved Jimmy, Jessica’s chauffeur and greatest fan. He made us see what a lovely person Jessica was. His devotion to her was evident and I could see why he held her in such high esteem.
I would be interested to read more of Jan Gayle’s work and hope that she might take Sarah and Jessica’s story further.
Kitty Kat
 FourStarsThis was a nice romance. It explores the story of two women, one who has never loved before and one who has loved and lost, and is still trying to recover from that loss. Both women feel the attraction and chemistry between them, and both decided there was nothing wrong with having a little fun. Like things do, however, things change slowly, and without them noticing, and before either one knows it, they have to confront the fact that they feel more than they ever expected to. This isn’t much of a problem for Jessica, but it causes a lot of guilt for Sarah, and forces her to confront her unresolved feelings about the death of her wife. The story follows the two as they try to push past the things holding them back from each other.

The story was engaging, and makes you hope the two characters are able to resolve their feelings for each other. All in all, a nice romantic story.

Amy P.

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5, 4.5 and 4 Star Reviews for Resurrecting Hope (Home for Hope #2) by Shell Taylor #M/M #Romance @ShellTaylorPens

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Title: Resurrecting Hope (Home for Hope #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Shell Taylor (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 25th 2015- 200 pages

Synopsis

Adam Lancaster can’t imagine how his life could possibly get any better. He’s on the cusp of moving in with his boyfriend, Elijah Langley. Their charge, Kollin Haverty, finally has a loving, stable home environment, and Home for Hope is up and running, keeping over fifteen LGBT youth off the streets at night. But one phone call from his birth mother, Jessica Lancaster, is all it takes to unravel Adam’s carefully constructed new life.

Informing Adam his grandfather has died, Jessica expresses remorse for abandoning Adam to the state and begs him for a chance to be part of his life again. Jessica’s true colors eventually shine through her façade, and Adam is devastated all over again when he discovers she is only using him to get her hands on the valuable inheritance his grandfather left him. Jessica’s betrayal forces Adam so far inside his own hell, not even Elijah or Kollin can keep him from abandoning all of his responsibilities and running away. Adam will have to dig deep to find the strength to confront his birth parents, heal once and for all, and earn back his place with his new family.

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fourstars

I thought this book was such a good addition to this series!

Not only did you get to see more of Adam and Elijah but you also see more of them as a couple growing closer to each other while they go through their ups and downs.

Adam does go through a lot in this book and I really loved how much Elijah was there for him even when Adam was not treating him right at all.

You also get see a lot of the characters from this previous book in this too. Like Kollin who we also get to see a lot more. Elijah and Kollin go through a lot in this book with Adam trying to be by his side through everything

I really liked how this author wrote this book and these characters!

So I will leave this review with…. I really liked this book and I would recommend this series!

Kara

FourandHalfStars

I start by stating that I didn’t read book 1, however I never felt lost or like I didn’t know what was going on.

This was both heart warming and heart wrenching.  I loved how I was able to see the progression so clearly through this story.

Adam and Eli are a great couple.  They are steady, loving, mature and know what they want out of life.  Adam is working at the center, which I love, and Eli, he’s working on making Kollin feel accepted and loved.

When Adam’s life in interrupted, he not only has to face his past, but secure his future too.  Letter the ghost of the past have power over him was difficult, but I don’t believe that he would have grown as much as he did without allowing those old wounds to open, fester and heal again.  Only this time, they healed for good.

It was heartbreaking to watch this come together – Eli wanting to support Adam, Kollin not really knowing what he should be doing, but still wanting to be supportive and then Adam floundering.  While all three of them try to find equal footing, there is a storm brewing and only Adam can pilot his way through the eye of the storm and to the calm that Eli and Kollin give him.

What I loved most about this story is that despite the hardships, love won out.

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 FiveStarsThis book picks up were Redeeming Hope left off and must be read in order. This was absolutely amazing book. Shell Taylor is an amazing writer and I would definitely add her to my must buy books. I felt like I was road hard and put away wet in this book. I loved were she took Elijah and Adam. It couldn’t have been an easy book to right but it was worth it with every sentence I read. This book was very emotional and you keep reading because you have to know what happens, but hold onto your socks because you will be put through the wringer.
Lynn

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