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4 Stars and 3.5 Stars for Acceptance (Forbes Mates #3) by Grace R. Duncan #MM #Shifter @Dreamspinners

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Title: Acceptance (Forbes Mates #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Grace R. Duncan (Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length: July 8, 2016 – 236 Pages

Synopsis

Dr. Miles Grant acknowledges that his destined mate could be either gender even though his bisexuality cost him his family and his pack. Luckily he found the Forbes Pack, who happily accepts him just as he is. What he never counted on was finding his mate in Pittsburgh or for his mate to be another species entirely—a cat!

Quincy Archer isn’t just any jaguar shifter. He is the heir to the leadership of his pride. Destined mates are nothing but legend to the nearly extinct and generally solitary jaguars, and Quincy certainly never expected to find one for himself, much less a male… or a wolf.

However, finding each other and coming to terms with their species is the least of their worries. Quincy is expected to select a proper female mate, father a cub, and take his place as heir to the pride. Except Quincy refuses, having no interest in women or leadership and knowing he isn’t right for it. But his father will stop at nothing—not even attempting to kill Miles—to get his way. Quincy and Miles must overcome many obstacles to stay together as the destined mates they’re meant to be.

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FourStars

I don’t read many shifter books (only from a few select authors) this is one of those authors. Basically because she makes it feel real, that is important to me and because she makes it enjoyable. I adored Quincy and Miles and it was great to read their story. It was also great to revisit the characters from the previous books. This book had a little more mystery in it and to me that was played out very well. This had a wonderfully thought out plot with characters that I adored. There was also humor in this book and the author was able to pick the points to inject that humor that was perfect. You couldn’t help but laugh when the author talked about Dee, Dumb, and Dumber. Overall, this was a very enjoyable story and can’t wait to see what this author brings us next.

Lynn

ThreeandHalfStars

So first of, I don’t recommend reading this book as a stand alone. There are 2 previous books in the Forbes Mates series and the characters from before will be mentioned a lot. Good thing I’ve been keeping up with the series.
Here we have wolf shifter Dr. Miles Grant and his jaguar mate, Quincy Archer. I liked these two together. They were sweet, accepting and they gave each other strength.  I liked the bond they formed with the previous couples of the series. However, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the second book. The romance in this book was there, but it was overpowered by politics and mystery which got annoying. I like mystery and all, but I want more romance. I just walked into this book expecting that. I got it, but not enough. The epilogue was cute, but not needed. Maybe not too far in the future unless this is the end of the series.
All in all, I’d still read a book 4.
Cookie

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Miles pulled the privacy curtain now, pushed the door all the way closed, and prayed no one came in as he approached the side of Quincy’s bed. Deep bruises marred his skin, making Miles’s blood boil. How could someone do this to their own child? He didn’t care who had actually carried it out. The order had been given—and he had no doubt who’d given it—and that was enough to make Miles want to punch something. He simply couldn’t understand it, and it was certainly not endearing him to his mate’s species.

He put a hand gently on Quincy’s shoulder, leaned in, and called to him softly.

After only two tries, Quincy opened his eyes. He blinked up at Miles, looking adorably confused for a moment. “What—? Where am I?” He blinked once more, then said, “Aww shit.” He went to move, but Miles kept a hand on him.

“Listen, we don’t have a lot of time. I’m in here now, so we won’t likely be disturbed for a few minutes, but I don’t know how long that’ll last for sure. Do you think you can shift?”

Quincy looked pensive for a moment, and Miles suspected he was checking with his cat. Quincy nodded. “Yeah, I think so. Why? And… is it safe here?”

Miles nodded. “If you can do it quickly. I think you’ve got some internal bleeding to go with the ribs, the gashes, and the legs. I can take you into surgery, but—”

Quincy made a face. “Yeah, no.” He frowned down at his legs. “What about those?”

Miles nodded. “It’s going to hurt, but I can take them off.”

Quincy considered it, then shook his head. “No, I don’t think my back paws will break them.” He took a breath and reached for the tie at the back of his neck. Miles hurried to help him, untying and peeling the gown down, then stepped back. Quincy looked up at him. “On the bed?”

“Unless you want to put weight on those broken legs.”

With a grimace Quincy nodded. “Right.” He took a deep breath, closed his eyes, and in only a few seconds, Miles was looking at a beautiful solid black jaguar.

Miles stepped up and tilted his head. “May I touch you?”

Quincy dipped his head in something of a nod, and Miles gave a few short strokes of the fur at Quincy’s neck. Miles somehow hadn’t expected it to be so soft, but it was. Quincy’s tail twitched, and he blinked a few times, then raised his head. Miles took it as the indication that Quincy wanted to shift, so he stepped back and nodded. A moment later he was looking at the once-more-human- shaped Quincy.

“Welcome back. How do you feel?”

“Aside from exhausted, better. I need food, though.”

Miles nodded. “I don’t doubt it. Listen, are they going to come after you here if I keep you?”

“Keep me?”

Miles didn’t answer, just waited.

Quincy sighed and shook his head. “No. They’ve left their message for now.”

Miles raised an eyebrow. “Message?”

“I’ll tell you later. Suffice it to say, they won’t bother me for a while, at least.”

“Okay. Let me admit you—it’s going to look really weird if I don’t for a couple of days, anyway—and we’ll get you meat and rest.”

Quincy frowned again but nodded. “Yeah. That’s probably best. Gods, I’m exhausted.” He yawned.

“Lie back. Let me resettle the leg braces and see about that room.”

Quincy more flopped than lay back into place, wincing as he did. “Ouch. Note to self: takes more than a couple of shifts to heal broken ribs.”

Miles chuckled. “I’ll remember that.” He helped Quincy get resettled and readjusted the braces over both legs. It looked like the bones were a lot better, but the gashes were still open enough that the stitches didn’t look out of place yet. Miles covered them with the sheet, helped Quincy with the gown, then looked back up at his mate’s face. “I’m really glad to see you.”

Seeing Quincy blush—someone normally so serious and aloof—made Miles grin. Quincy narrowed his eyes, but the effect was wasted by a slight smile. “Yeah, well… so not how I planned to see you again.”

Miles grinned wider. “There are definitely better ways to meet up.” He chuckled when the red on Quincy’s cheeks darkened. “Let me check on your bed. Try to rest.” He leaned in and kissed Quincy’s forehead, smiling to himself at the stunned expression. “Back soon.”

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3.5 Star Review for Damaged Goods (Men of London #7) by Susan Mac Nicol #MM #Romance @SusanMacNicol7

CoverTitle: Damaged Goods (Men of London #7)
Author Name & Publisher: Susan Mac Nicol (Boroughs Publishing Group)
Publication Date & Length: April 28, 2016 – 183 pgs

Synopsis

Touched by tragedy, love is an elusive dream never to be realised by eighteen-year-old Jax Grady–until he discovers his secret admirer and receives the sweetest gift he could ever desire.

THE SWEETEST GIFT

Tragedy and horror shaped Jackson Grady’s life, leaving him orphaned and scarred. At eighteen he’s ready to claim his future, but who could love his disfigured face and damaged soul? Definitely not a big, burly, beautiful Irish Traveller who is entirely the stuff of dreams.

Dare Rowan didn’t mean to become obsessed with the blue-eyed man he first saw across a field, but that porcelain skin and innocent air demanded another meeting. Jax has the face of a wounded angel, and the rest of the young man is as heart-breakingly perfect. Jax is beautiful in every way and teaching him about love and life will be something Dare will embrace. Like unwrapping and savouring the candy at the shop where he works, Dare will show this young man everything Jax desired but never thought he’d have, and take Jax to new highs while he holds him through the lows. Between them, they’ll find out just how sweet life can be.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Jax has had a pretty rough life and he’s only 18. Still, even with scars, he charges on. He’s lonely though and doesn’t think he’ll really have a meaningful relationship to look forward to in the future but in steps a stranger to prove him wrong.
Dare is sweet and attentive. He was the best guy for someone like Jax. They both lift each other up.They’re cute together. Still, in the beginning of the book, I thought that Dare was such a creeper. lol. Like, he was basically stalking Jax. Fine, okay, that’s cute I guess. He meant no harm. But who sneaks into other people’s houses? lol. Yeah, he was returning something, but did he really need to sneak into someone else’s house? That’s a crime, dude. haha.
Still, cute story. Neither of them are “damaged goods
Cookie

Excerpt

He wasn’t stalking his fantasy. He wasn’t.

Dare clamped his lips together mutinously as he hunkered down behind a towering oak. The tree lay on the outskirts, in the garden of a large Georgian house. From a distance, Dare watched as the beautiful blond man he’d been observing, thank you very much, tenderly placed what looked like flower bulbs in the rich soil. The man—whom Dare had first called Angel, though he now knew his name was Jax thanks to the younger kids playing in the garden yelling to him—leaned over. His pert jean-encased backside pushed out into the air and Dare swallowed, mesmerised by the enticing sight. A pang of guilt washed over his skin at the sneaking knowledge that yes, he could actually be deemed a stalker.

“I’ve only watched him a few times,” Dare murmured under his breath. “It’s not like I’m some pervert checking through the windows. I mean, the guy is in plain sight and there’s no boundary fence, so why shouldn’t I look? Anyone would. God, he’s gorgeous. A flawed angel with those blond curls and blue eyes.”

His wistful voice echoed in the quiet of the forest surrounding the large house called Castaways.

It was some sort of place for homeless kids, Dare thought. He’d found this vantage point by accident one day when he’d been out gathering bits of greenery for his boss, Sally, an eccentric seventy-year- old woman who owned the sweet shop he’d managed for the past three years.

Some weeks ago, Sally had decided she wanted to display certain wildflowers in their place of work. She was also heavily into aromatherapy at the moment, so she sent Dare out each week to pick new blossoms and plants to further her ambitions to be a “flower child,” as Dare teasingly called it. He hadn’t minded. It had become a pleasant routine to take the short tube ride to Camden to perform what Sally loftily called his “ecological duties.” This secluded part of the woods around the area was the best place she knew of to find the flowers. Dare had caught sight of the beautiful man in the garden tending to a bunch of what looked like unruly kids, and now, having seen his Angel, Sally could send him out every day and Dare wouldn’t mind.

“But that would make me a stalker,” he said to himself. “So I’m not one now—yet.” He huffed and ducked back behind a bush as Jax turned to stare fixedly in his direction from underneath his wide-brimmed straw hat, an item Dare found rather endearing.

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5 Stars, 4.5 Stars and TWO 4 Stars for Chasing the Dream by Andrew Grey #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Chasing the Dream
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 183 Pages

Synopsis

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Brian Paulson has lived a life of luxury and ease. If he’s been left lonely because of his family’s pursuit of wealth and their own happiness, he figures it’s a small price to pay for what he sees as most important: money.

Cade McAllister has never had it easy. He works two jobs to support himself, his mother, and his special-needs brother. They don’t have much, but to Cade, love and taking care of the people who are important to him mean more than material possessions. When Cade is mugged in the park, he can’t afford to lose what little he has, and he’s grateful for Brian’s intervention.

Cade is given a chance to return the favor when Brian’s grandfather passes away and Brian’s assets are frozen. Cade offers Brian a place to stay and helps him find work, and the two men grow closer as they learn the good and the bad of the very different worlds they come from. Just as Brian is starting to see there’s more to life than what money can buy, a clause in his grandfather’s will could send their relationship up in smoke.

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FiveStars

I so enjoyed reading this book. This is a book about becoming the person you are meant to be and leaving behind those that hinder you. It is about finding love and passion and coming into ones own self.

Brian is used to having people around him. But the thing is that the ones around him did not make him feel any less lonely. I believe it made him more so. Then he stepped in and saved Cade and suddenly everything fell apart and came together at the same time.

I think that until these two men met, neither of them was truly living. They both went through the motions of their lives and even though they both led totally different lives it was the same none the less. They was both lonely, they both wanted love, and they both wanted someone to expect them for who they are inside not what they have on the outside.

I really enjoyed taking this journey with these two men. I enjoyed following them both down the path that life laid out for them and seeing how they handled everything. Andrew Grey never disappoints with his books and this one is another wonderful example of how wonderful of an author Andrew Grey is.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

This was another winner from a favorite author of mine. Andrew Grey writes stories that touch the heart (not much angst) and this was another. I loved the challenge that Brain’s grandfather left for him (no I won’t tell you, you have to read it for yourself). This was not a plot I’ve ever encountered before and felt inspired by it. I loved both Brain and Cade but I fell in love with Phillip. I loved the different personalities of both MC’s and felt privileged to be able to be with them in their journey of love. Andrew Grey is a go to author for me when I want to read something inspirational. Excellent job and I can’t wait to read another story from this author.

Lynn

FourStars

I thought this was a really sweet book.  I am sure a lot of people didn’t like Brian at first but I did. He was a product of his environment so he couldn’t help how he acted. Cade was super sweet from the beginning and you couldn’t help but love him. This story shows there are still good people out there willing to help others in need, which the real world needs more of. Most people do find out who their true friends are when the crap hits the fan, just like Brian did have to admit, this book made me cry a time or two. I really want to know why Cade didn’t confront his mom on all the missing money and address that situation more. I loved Phillip too, and what Brian does in the end it wonderful. A sweet story with lots of emotions.

Angie

FourStars

Ah, Andrew Grey, I love your writing style.
So, here we have a new book with a fairy tale like twist. Sorta. Brian is the guy born with everything and could as for anything. Cade is barely making anything to stay afloat, but he’s getting by to support his mother and brother. I loved that.
There was nothing too hard to understand about the book. It was straight forward, romantic and hot. Could something like this happen in real life? Probably not, but like I said, it reminded me of a fairy tale. I liked seeing these to interact and reading about Brian’s reaction to his sudden new life without wealth. Cade being by his side and supporting each other. The attraction between them was hot.
Cookie

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TWO 5 Star and ONE 4 Star Review for Absinthe of Malice (Sinners #5) by Rhys Ford #MM #Mystery @rhys_ford @dreamspinners

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Title: Absinthe of Malice (Sinners #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhys Ford (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

We’re getting the band back together.

Those five words send a chill down Miki St. John’s spine, especially when they’re spoken with a nearly religious fervor by his brother-in-all-but-blood, Damien Mitchell. However, those words were nothing compared to what Damien says next.

And we’re going on tour.

When Crossroads Gin hits the road, Damien hopes it will draw them closer together. There’s something magical about being on tour, especially when traveling in a van with no roadies, managers, or lovers to act as a buffer. The band is already close, but Damien knows they can be more—brothers of sorts, bound not only by familial ties but by their intense love for music.

As they travel from gig to gig, the band is haunted by past mistakes and personal demons, but they forge on. For Miki, Damie, Forest, and Rafe, the stage is where they all truly come alive, and the music they play is as important to them as the air they breathe.

But those demons and troubles won’t leave them alone, and with every mile under their belts, the band faces its greatest challenge—overcoming their deepest flaws and not killing one another along the way.

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FiveStars

Wow! Crossroads Gin is finally on tour, on the road, travelling across America together in a van. Where each of the earlier books in the series told the story of one couple, all of the bandmates are present for this long awaited catch-up.

With various partners joining the band at different stops along the road, fans of the series get to catch up with each couple and watch all of the Sinners’ men interact together in a way we haven’t seen before. I forgot how much I loved each of these characters and each of the couples. And seeing the band properly together for the first time, I fell in love with the band as a whole. More than a romance, this is a story of friendship and brotherhood.

As always, trouble follows the band and Ms Ford adds in some suspense and intrigue to spice up the story. As I’m reviewing an ARC, I don’t want to give away too much, but this becomes a very exciting book by the end.

I absolutely loved this, but it is a catch-up and definitely not a stand alone story. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed but new readers must start from the beginning with Miki and Kane’s brilliant first book, Sinners’ Gin.

Sarah

FiveStars

This book is such a great addition to the others in this series and I cannot wait to read the next book when it comes out. From the very first book in the sinners series till this book it has been a heck of a ride for all of the people in the band from Miki to Damien to Rafe to Forest and then you add in all the Morgan clan and there is always something going down or going on.

As always Rhys Ford brings a level of mystery to this book that has been brought to the previous books and most of the mystery revolves around Miki and his past. I truly believe that someone from his past is out to get him and they will stop at nothing till that is accomplished. It seems as if disaster follows the band and it does not look like it will leave there side anytime soon.

I really enjoyed following each of these couples throughout this book and seeing them come together at each disaster and walk away from it stinger then the last time. I also enjoyed watching the band find there way to becoming a real group and sticking together through the thick and thin even when they are getting on each other’s nerves.

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and find out what is waiting for them around the next corner because I have a feeling it is going to be explosive and hopefully a turning point for all these men.

Another great book Rhys and keep them coming.

Tosha

FourStars

Ah, I love the Sinner’s Gin universe. I love all the characters and it was so great to get to read about them in Absinthe of Malice. The boys are back and they’re doing a tour for their new band, Crossroad’s Gin. I love that the author didn’t go easy on them. There is action, mystery, romance and family bonding. My favorite character is Miki. I just adore everything about him. He’s been through so much and is a true survivor. Still, his story isn’t over yet cause he and his family gets put through the ringer just when things are starting to look up.
I docked it a star because even though there’s romance, there wasn’t enough. It’s understandable cause the guys are apart from their loved ones, but I was looking forward to it. This book was more about mystery. Still, when the band did interact with their lovers, I was in heaven. Love, protectiveness galore! I really want another book that focuses on Miki and his love life cause I’m such a big fan of his.
If not, I’m still Looking forward to another book.
Cookie

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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Falling Through by Ofelia Grand #MM #Paranormal @ofeliagrand

CoverTitle: Falling Through
Author Name & Publisher: Ofelia Grand (Beaten Track Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 26, 2016 – 50 pgs

Synopsis

Travis is running himself ragged. He’s trying to keep two jobs just to pay his rent. If he has to flirt with some creepy old women at the pub to get a little extra tip money then so be it. One day, he’ll have someone special waiting for him when he gets back home from work, or is that too much to ask? Right now isn’t the best of times to get a boyfriend anyway since Travis is going mad, but one day… Every so often, Travis gets the feeling of not being alone, and sometimes, he sees things. But he tries to stay positive; maybe there’s a strapping young fella waiting for him in the looney bin.

Larry’s existence was dead boring until Travis moved in. Now he spends his time watching Travis, fantasising about touching him, kissing him… Their movie nights would be a bit cosier if Travis knew he was there, but sometimes, you have to settle for what you can get. As far as roommates go, Travis is the best Larry has ever had, and it isn’t Travis’s fault he can’t see Larry – no one has been able to since the day he died.

When Travis loses one of his jobs, both he and Larry fear for their future. Larry can’t imagine being without Travis, and Travis is desperate to find a way to pay his bills. While Travis searches for a solution to his money problems Larry has to decide if he’s willing to risk existence as he knows it for a chance of a better life.

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FourStars

This actually a pretty sweet tale considering it was such a short book. Still, I adored Travis, who was struggling but was determined and Larry, the ghost who would do anything for the man he loved. Larry and his hair…hahaha. The cover of the book fits him to a T. His love for Travis was so sweet that I went all “awwwww” all over the place.
There were some creepy moments with Larry being a ghost and stalkerish, but since this is just a book, it was cute. Haha. The Queen though. Grrr. I’d like to read about these 2 again. Possibly with even more pages?
Cookie

ThreeStar

This is a different type of book. There is really not a live story to it. There is no hooking up. There is no happily ever after. It is a short story about being content I guess you could say.

Travis in my opinion is struggling to survive by working two jobs and still barely making ends meet. He has a ghost, Larry, that lives in his apartment but he is not aware of him until Larry tries to help him from losing one of his jobs which in turn will make him lose his apartment. Slowly he starts to see a little more of Larry as the days pass until Larry ends up saving him and in turn allows him to see Larry all the time.

This is a short story but I was left with more questions then answers as to where this book was supposed to be going. The book never answers the question as to what was going to happen to Larry since he interfered in Travis’s life again. The question of what happened to Travis now that he lost his job was never answered. And the question as to what was going to happen between Larry and Travis was never answered. So I was kind of left wondering what happened.

I was a good short read but I think it could have been so much better if the author would have fallowed through with the story plots.

Tosha

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4.5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Finding Family by Connie Bailey #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Finding Family
Author Name & Publisher: Connie Bailey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2016 – 234 pgs

Synopsis

When you find your family, you’ll do anything to keep it.

When Charles Macquarrie inherits a fortune and an international clothing company, he also inherits three young cousins he desperately needs help raising. By a stroke of luck, he discovers and hires Jonathan Lamb, who spent his life in a children’s home due to chronic illness, to be his nanny.

If Jon thought a budding romance with his wealthy boss complicated his life, he has no idea of the hardships awaiting him when he’s charged with embezzlement and kidnapping. But even when threatened by accounting discrepancies and mob connections, Jon and Charles won’t let go of the family they’ve built together without a fight.

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FourandHalfStars

This is my first book by this author and I stupefied as to why I haven’t read more of her books. This is another book in the Dreamspun Desires series. At first I was a little unsure when the author takes the turn into a somewhat mystery but as I read further I just could put the book down. The character development was great even though Jon appeared to be somewhat naïve. I loved the secondary characters almost as much as the main characters. Even though this book can be consider a light mystery it also had humor in it. I really love when a just seems to know the exact point to inject humor into the story. The children in this story were a perfect fit and I love all of them. Overall this was a great story and I would love to hear more from Bunny.

Lynn

ThreeStar

So, in Finding Family, we have orphan Jonathon Lamb, who is accepted to be the nanny for rich businessman Charles Macquarrie’s 3 young cousins. Jonathon was like super nanny, the kids loved him and he could do no wrong. Somehow though, it was hard to connect with him. I liked when he showed quirks like talking to himself, but other than that, I didn’t really get sense of his true self.
Charles was…Charles. I didn’t connect with him either. The romance between them was sort of…not there. I felt no chemistry even if it was told to us that they were falling for each other. They didn’t even really get together until passed the 75% mark on me ereader. It just dragged. The kids were kids. Nothing really special there.
I thought Charles was really dumb for taking somebody’s word that his business was ruined before checking it for himself. DUMB. Instead he packed up the nanny and 3 kids he wanted nothing to do with and took of. That did not endear me to him and I was already struggling to finish the story.
Ah, I’ll give it 3 stars anyway cause the author tried. I just wasn’t into it. The story had potential though.
Cookie

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3 Star Review for Death Comes Darkly by David S. Pederson #MM #Historical

CoverTitle: Death Comes Darkly
Author Name & Publisher: David S. Pederson (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 1, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Can a detective and a policeman find love amidst murder? Heath Barrington is an attractive, clever, big city detective, confident, strong, and crazy about police officer Alan Keyes. Down-to-earth, noble, and naïve, Alan struggles with his desires for Heath versus 1940s America and his guilty conscience.

Heath’s skills of deduction and reasoning are put to the test as he and Alan work together to solve the murder of an eccentric millionaire in his mysterious, isolated estate. They search for clues and uncover long buried secrets of the weekend guests while keeping secrets of their own.

It’s up to Heath to solve the mystery and convince Alan that some secrets aren’t worth keeping, and lust can lead to love.

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ThreeStar

Hmm, this book reminds me of that game Clue, which was also a movie. It’s a “who done it” mystery and Heath Barrington, big city detective, is right in the middle of it. He gets invited to some rich big wigs house and boom, there’s a murder mystery that happens a little later than usual in the book. Now, the writing was great, it had a classic detective 1940’s feel to it. I’m just bummed that there wasn’t much romance. Yeah, Heath’s secret boyfriend Officer Alan was there, but since they had to keep their relationship in the down low, I didn’t get enough romance. Yeah, I get that it’s the 1940s. Still, there were more than 2 gay men in this story.
This book I’d recommend to mystery buffs. I wouldn’t go into reading this expecting a lot of romancing going on. I liked them though and wish there would be more Heath and Alan time if there’s another book.
Cookie

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