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5 Star and 4 Star Review for A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1) by Eli Easton #MM #Romance @EliEaston

CoverTitle: A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Eli Easton (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2016 – 206 pgs

Synopsis

David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

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FiveStars

This is such a sweet romance. It is the story of the collision of cultures when burned out party boy Christie moves to a small town and meets David, a conservative widower and father to two grown children. I loved the complexity of both main characters, I enjoyed the slow, gentle pace of the story and I thoroughly engaged with David’s journey of self-discovery.

This is a second chance romance for both Christie and David, but for David, it is actually his first chance to make deliberate choices about a life that was previously decided for him as a teenager. David’s relationships with his grown children are well observed and carefully written.

I keep using words like slow and gentle to describe this story, but the sexual tension between David and Christie is hot. The friends to lovers connection is a sexy slow burn that eventually explodes.

Having grown up in (and quickly run away from) a Mennonite farming community, I found the religious duty aspect of David’s life very interesting. David’s town is familiarly claustrophobic and David’s struggle with faith is as central to the story as the romance. I found his journey towards self awareness and independence very honest and incredibly moving. However, in fairness to modern Mennonites, David’s church would seem to be one of the more conservative, traditional Mennonite sects. There is a sliding scale of conservative/liberal values within various Mennonite churches, a fact that is only vaguely mentioned at the end of the book.

I really enjoyed this story and recommend it highly.

Sarah

FourStars

I actually liked this story. Not that I expected it to be bad, it’s an Easton book after all. David Fisher’s wife had died, leaving him to raise his two children. Now they’re both grown up, doing their own thing, and David is lonely at the farm, where his only comfort is his travel books. Then came Christie Landon.
Christie was so sweet to David and they were cute together. It took some time before David could admit to himself that he’s in love with Christie, but they get there. David’s kids…well they were the real obstacle. The son was a jerk…but he sorta redeemed himself. Sort of.
All in all, this was a cute romance. I wanted a little more tension to happen, that’s why I took off a star. There wasn’t a lot of drama and I was kinda expecting more to the plot.
Cookie

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4 Stars for Back to Back (Roughstock #5) by B. A. Tortuga @batortuga #mm #romance #western @pridepublishing

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Title: Back to Back (Roughtstock #5)
Author Name & Publisher: B. A. Tortuga (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 5, 2016 – 163 Pages

Synopsis

Landon knows who he wants, he’s been dreaming about Adam Taggart his whole life. Tag, though? Thinks Landon’s too poor, too young, too wrong to be his.

Landon Gaudet may not be the best bullrider on earth, but he knows that’s where the money is in rodeo. His Cajun heart is more involved with horses, though, and with finding the cowboy he’s been dreaming of all of his relatively short life. Adam Taggart has been around the block more than once, and while he thinks Landon is special, he also thinks the kid deserves better than a safety man with more than his share of notches on the bedpost.

Adam does everything he can to resist Landon, but there’s not a man alive who doesn’t love being loved, so eventually he gives in. Landon can’t believe that Adam is finally with him, that his cowboy has finally come around to his way of thinking. The only problem is that Adam isn’t sure he deserves love, or that he really has any to give. He questions everything from his need for Landon to his family’s assertion that he can do better than a boy from the bayou. Can Landon show Adam that sometimes magic is real, and that all you really need is to have a little faith?

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FourStars

I enjoyed this story much more than the last couple of books in the series.  I’ve been curious about the Taggart boys for a while and I enjoyed getting to know more about all of them.  

Adam is one of the more straightforward leading men in this series.  He isn’t overcoming disability or disadvantage – he is just a slightly bull headed cowboy.  

Landon is a more interesting character – someone describes him as a “Bayou baby” at one point and it works.  Orphaned young, he has been taking care of himself and his twin for a very long time.  While he is supposed to be the much younger man, his voice is old and experienced.  However old Adam might be, he comes across as the man who is less secure and less confident  in himself .  His more affluent existence lends a naivety to his character that the world-wary Landon just can’t afford.  

I enjoyed the connection between these two men, though I quickly grew tired of Adam’s doubts and insecurities.  For me, there was more romance and passion between the leading men than there has been in the last couple of books which was great.  I also enjoyed watching the relationships between the other couples in the series develop.  

Tortuga’s overly dramatic Cajun accents are starting to grate with me.  I think I need characters to think in Standard English, even if they speak with a dialect/accent/second language  Especially in this book when the author is trying to prove that Landon is much more clever than he presents, I needed to better understand the differences between the way he speaks and the way he thinks.  

Sarah

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5 Stars, 4 Stars and 3 Stars for The Edge of Control by Lou Kelly @loukellyromance #MM #RomanticSuspense

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Title: The Edge of Control
Author Name & Publisher: Lou Kelly
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2016 – 265 Pages

Synopsis

When passion pushes David Carlson into dangerous territory will he walk the razor’s edge between life and death in order to be with the man he loves?

As the youngest Chief of Medicine at Southside General Hospital, David Carlson has no business lusting after the most hostile nurse on the ER staff. A professional, hard-working, over-achiever, he’s finally realized his life-long dream of promotion, and the last thing he needs now are complications.

But he can’t help being intrigued by the enigmatic Ian James. Not only is Ian flat-out gorgeous, he’s also mysterious. And he awakens in David a passion that he hasn’t felt since … well, ever.

Unfortunately, Ian James is a man with a dangerous past and an even more dangerous present, and loving him will come at a cost. Can David trust him? Is he willing to put his entire career on the line to protect a man who might be playing him? Is Ian capable of loving and trusting him back?

Discovering the truth will take David into the heart of blackmail, corruption, and scandal. Straight to the edge of control.

The Edge of Control is a stand-alone, full-length novel with NO cliffhanger!

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FourStars

I really enjoyed this book; it was exciting and romantic at the same time. The connection I had with David was almost immediate; with Ian it took me a little while to warm up to. As the author wrote I was able to fully understand why Ian was a difficult individual. The biggest thing that hit me was the understanding David was able to give Ian. That understanding was the heart in this book, but there was also emotion and really HOT sex. I loved the secondary characters especially Sawyer and hopefully he will get his own story. It was clear that the men belonged together and was glad that they were able to get their HEA.

Lynn

FiveStars

Wow. This book blew me away. It was just so amazing. I loved the mystery, the characters, the suspense, the love story, the scandal, and the intrigue of the story. This book flowed so effortlessly that it was almost like watching a movie.

David is such a character that I fell in love with him from the start. His inter thoughts just make the story. He has this sense of humor about him that grips you from the start. And the way that he fell for Ian from the start and did not give up on him made him that much more of an amazing person.

Ian has not had an easy life so that is why I think that he has such a hard time excepting that David is the real deal. Ian is so strong to have indured everything that he has but I do not think that he realizes what an amazing individual he truly is and I think that it takes David’s unwavering love that finally gets through to him and helps him to fight for his life and for their love.

This story was truly a wonderful read. I do not want to go into too much detail and ruin the story for others but I will say this…. If others do not read this book then they are truly missing out. It has everything in it as far as a book goes from action, mystery, suspense, love and scandal. It is definitely a must read.

Tosha

ThreeStar

Really?  Fiction can make me believe in vampires and shifters, clairvoyants and serial killers, but this story of a far too young Chief of Medicine (who also does surgery?) and his one dimensional sidekicks chasing down a corrupt judge and his evil allies to save a handsome nurse from his horrific existence as blackmailed sex slave was a little too much for me.  When the author added in suspicious suicides, undercover cops and child prostitution, the story became a somewhat farcical melodrama.  

Some of the sleuthing was exciting.  Ian, his sister and her kids were fantastic characters.  I also enjoyed David’s family.  Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy David himself.  His confidence felt more like arrogance and his interest in Ian felt more paternal than sexual.  He also came across as a very old forty year old.  

I’m pretty sure the relationship between a young nurse and the Chief of Medicine could work.  This one probably could have been sweet instead of slightly stalkerish, but I just didn’t feel the connection between these two men.  

Ultimately, the three stars is for the intrigue, not for the romance.  I really struggled with this story, finding it difficult to engage with.

Sarah

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TWO 5 Stars and 4 Stars for Son of Money by Brandon Witt #MM #Romance @Dreamspinners

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Title: Son of Money
Author Name & Publisher: Brandon Witt (Dreamspinner)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 284 Pages

Synopsis

Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is once more slipping under his family’s thumb.

Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption, Noah finds himself face-to-face with his first love—Randall.

While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.

When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.

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FiveStars

Wow talk about betrayal by those who are supposed to love you the most. This book has way more then it’s fair share of betrayal and pain. But this book also has hope, long lost love, friendship, family, and it has new beginnings.

Randall has tried to pull away from his families money and live his life the way that he wanted and keep certain aspects under wraps about what he does in his free time but all the secrets that he has blows up in his face and is outed for his extracurricular activities that he does. In turn it turns his family against him. In my opinion that is when the story really and truly begins.

Noah and Randall both have been in love with each other since they were teenagers but they lost touch and then reconnected right before all of Randall’s troubles started. The way that Noah was willing to stand by Randall through all of the bad so close to them reconnecting is the true story of how strongly they both love each other. The things that would tear a normal couple apart brought these two men closer and made them stronger in their relationship and individually.

The things that Randall faced nearly broke him but because of the love Noah had for him, it made him stronger and into the man he always pictured himself to be. Randall hit his rock bottom and picked himself up and started over again to only decide living was better then giving in.

I really enjoyed the twist and turns in this book and I enjoyed taking the journey with Randall and Noah through their love story. This was a very good read and I look forward to reading more by Brandon Witt in the future.

Tosha

FourStars

Oh My Gawd – the drama!  The machinations of Randall’s family would make Shakespeare proud – or at least provide a great storyline for a daytime soap opera.  This is a tumultuous rollercoaster of a romance.

I loved the fact that Randall isn’t an entirely good leading man.  I liked his unapologetic sexual freedom and his independent spirit.  For me, Noah was a little bit too noble, but I enjoyed watching his character gain strength and confidence as the story progressed.  

I really enjoyed The Imperfection of Swans by the same author, but this is a very different book.  Where the former was a warm, realistic and charming romance, this is high angst drama among the rich and famous.  This is a much steamier, sexier read.  Once again, there are positive references to polyamory and more unconventional sex, while still ensuring a heteronormative, monogamous HEA.     

Randall’s scandalous outing and his subsequent downfall makes for quite distressing reading.  I’m not sure this story is always believable, but the melodrama is a lovely guilty pleasure.  I really enjoyed the romance and the intrigue.  I was surprised and excited by characters and plot twists and I loved the chemistry between Noah and Randall.

Sarah

FiveStars

I have enjoyed reading anything by Brandon Witt, and he did not disappoint me in this story either. His writing is fluent and strong. It is easy to follow even with all the drama and angst involved. I loved the twists throughout the story, as it kept me on my toes. There were a few different story lines in this book, but it was well created and played out.
I liked that Randall and Noah have known each other since they were kids and shared that first kiss. Everyone remembers that first kiss. I think if they hadn’t had a past together, even on the friendship side, I don’t know if I would have liked this story. For Noah to push so fast is understandable. He lost Randall once and doesn’t want to lose him again. So even though he wants to move forward fast, he is also still being patient.
Randall’s family…ugh. Why can’t all families just love and respect each other? My heart kept breaking for Randall throughout. I wanted to comfort him yet smack him to say “you are strong, don’t give up like they want you to.” His family was a real piece of work. No wonder he wants to make it on his own without their money. Randall has pride.
The interaction between Noah and Randall was genuine, sweet, compassion, and sexy. What these two went through together made a strong and unbreakable couple. Their hearts made a perfect whole.
I would recommend this book and all of Brandon Witt’s books. They are all so well written, and hits on subjects from real life.
Keri

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TWO 5 Stars for Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3) by Jay Northcote @Jay_Northcote #MM #Romance

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Title: Practice Makes Perfect (Housemates #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Jay Northcote (Jaybird Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 22, 2016 – 122 Pages

Synopsis

Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex-to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.

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FiveStars

I love this series, and I might even have to say this one is my favorite so far (I hope there’s a “so far”…). Dev is ridiculously adorable and geeky, and Ewan is sweet and sensitive. That right there is reason for me to be head over heels. The two of them together, though? They make it all worthwhile.

Like all the books in the series, this one is light on plot and heavy on character and steamy bedroom fun. Each one matches the personalities of the characters so perfectly, and this one I think does the best job. The whole thing is a delicious blend of nerdy, funny, smart, and sexy. I love right down to my toes how Dev and Ewan talk when they’re in bed together. It’s both funny and hot the way Ewan is so turned on by Dev’s geeky analysis of pretty much everything. It’s just plain adorable.

Naturally, there has to be some tension, and I like that it’s light and easily resolved. I’m not reading these books for gut-wrenching heartache and psychologically deep relationships. I’m reading them because they’re fun. So for me, I like how these two interact. Their reluctance to admit their feelings had me wanting to smack my head against the wall, but it worked well in context, and I adore how they resolve it all.

The characters from the previous two make their customary appearance, and I’m going to throw in my tiny cheer that Jez and Mac are still assuring us of their bisexuality as well as how wild about each other they continue to be. Rupert and Josh are not only fun, it’s nice to see them well-settled with each other too. We also got to meet a few new characters, and my hope is that maybe one of them will get a story next. Oh, and while I know the author writes m/m, someone pretty pretty please needs to write a f/f story for Ewan’s roomies. I’m already shipping them in my head.

All in all, this delighted me, and I’m ready for more!

Amy

FiveStars

This series just keeps getting better.  The third book features a wonderfully innocent yet still rather filthy relationship between two young students.  Much longer than Helping Hand, this is the story of maths geek Dev (his to do list includes creating a Grindr profile and gaining experience) and his sexy neighbour Ewan who accidentally gets Dev’s dildo in the post.  

Just like in the first story, the arrangement between Dev and Ewan is practical at the start – a tutoring exchange of sorts.  

I love the way Jay Northcote captures students and student life in this series.  Familiar to anyone who has ever experienced life in a student residence, Dev and Ewan are vaguely independent, not quite grown up enough to master basic life skills (like cooking pasta) and randy as hell.  This is as funny and sweet as the sex is incredibly hot.  

While much of this story is a filthy and very guilty pleasure, Dev and Ewan also evolve into very real characters.  At times, Dev is very much on the Autism spectrum and his calculated, earnest approach to sex education is brilliant.  Ewan may have more experience in the bedroom but Dev runs circles around him in other areas.  While the two are perfectly matched, clumsy post-adolescent angst makes the romance in this book both amusing and very tender in parts.  

This is graphic, sexy fun.  Jay Northcote is a favourite new adult writer and this is one of her best books yet.

Sarah

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FIVE 5 Star Reviews for Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS #7) by Charlie Cochet #MM #Paranormal @charliecochet

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Title: Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS #7)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 8, 2016 – 230 pgs

Synopsis

Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.

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FiveStars

I really enjoyed my first complete story in this series.  I thought that Cochet did an amazing job at creating emotion and mystery throughout the story.

There were really strong primary characters, Dex and Sloane were great together. They had a great chemistry and a great working relationship, which only added to their personal relationship.

The secondary characters were great as well.  Ash and Cael were amazingly funny and sweet – while also keeping the main characters in line.  I also liked how Tony was able to weave in to the story in a great way – it was complex, but not so much that it made things complicated.

The story itself was full of emotion and turmoil, but also with sweetness and a great background.  I cannot say enough good things about this story and all that it encompassed.  I hope that you take the time to read it, as it is a quick read.

I am looking forward to more books by Cochet for sure!

AvidReader

FiveStars

Holy plot twist! I absolutely love this series and I am amazed by the imagination employed to not only keep the story going but to add such an incredible and unexpected new arc after six books. If book six felt a little bit like a wrap-up and goodbye, book seven opens up a whole new set of ideas and introduces some exciting new characters.

Book seven takes readers back to Dex and Sloane. While I am growing tired of the insecurities and commitment issues between these two characters, I really enjoyed the fresh new paths Cochet takes the familiar couple down in this book.

I am still waiting for Seb’s book (okay, I’m greedy – I want all the books!) but after this book, I understand why Cochet brings readers back to Dex and Sloane for a new start. This feels like a redirection for the whole series and I’m not sure it would have worked with any other couple as the focus.

As I am reviewing an ARC I really don’t want to give too much away. Fans of the series will love this and as always, new readers need to start at the beginning – this is not a stand-alone.

Sarah

FiveStars

Charlie Cochet is just such an amazing author and with each book that she writes in this series we as readers are able to see just how amazing she truly is. This series caught me and grabbed my attention and heart from the very first book and with each book I fall a little more in love with the characters in this series.

Each book seems to be more amazing then the last. Charlie never seems to let us down with her books and she always leaves me wanting more and waiting impatiently for the next book to come out.

I have to say that every book in the series has left me thinking that it was my favorite so far but then a new book comes out and I realize that I love that book more then the last. This book is no exception. This book blew me away completely and now I want the next book so I can see if it will be better then this one.

In this book Dex and Sloane are faced with some very troubling times and it seems that no matter what, they find that staying strong with each other is the way to face everything that is happening to them. They face so much uncertainty, pain, fear, heartache, and trust issues that any normal couple would have caved and given up but not these two. Instead of giving up or giving in they band together and face it head on. They work through all of it together even when they aren’t together.

The both face the uncertainty of whether Dec will live or not from being kidnapped and tortured and also from Dec’s mysterious illness that is crippling to Dex when the symptoms occur. But regardless of the uncertainty of all that and the people who seem to be trying to kill them at every turn, both men take the love of the other man and use it to make each of the stronger so that neither of them want to give up. Even Ash is coming around to excepting that Dec and Sloane are destined for another and that is a miracles in itself.

This book will not disappoint those that read it. It is full of mystery, love, heartache, uncertainty of the present and future, hope, friendship, family, and so much more. Until Charlie I had never read a book with shifters in and now I am a huge fan. And “The Thirds” series is definitely one of my favorite. Another amazing book Charlie. Keep up the incredible work and I cannot wait till the next book.

Tosha

FiveStars

I just love this series, I am always on the edge of  my seat and waiting to  see what  happens  next and never want to  put the  books down. I have a  soft spot for  Dex,  he is one of my favorites and  this  book  just  made  my love for him deeper. How no one could know what was happening to him after Sloane marked him is beyond me, you had to know what was going to happen eventually! I can’t wait to see what happens next and I really, really hope that Hudson gets his HEA.

Angie

FiveStars

I have to say this could very well be my favorite book in the series. However? That wouldn’t really be fair as I feel it was quite different than the other books as well. The other ones have been about falling in love and entering a relationship while this one is about a relationship that has already been established, but going through some new things.

While I absolutely loved the Dex and Sloan storyline, I really enjoyed the Seb and Hudson side story. I really hope we get a full story on them because there is so much there.
This continues to be one of my favorite series since we do get to see all the characters from all the books and its really just a big family we watch grow and change.
Charlie Cochet absolutely knows how to write an awesome story with love, action and suspense all weaved together. I can’t wait for more!!
Renee

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5 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Eight Seconds by William Davrick #MM #Romance @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Eight Seconds
Author Name & Publisher: William Davrick (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: August 31, 2016

Synopsis

Dustin Marston, wannabe professional bull rider, cannot stay on a bull for the required eight seconds. Suffering from sinister flashes of suppressed memories from his childhood, Dusty has a panic attack during a hazardous sexual encounter that lands him in serious legal trouble.

When he proves to be uncooperative, his health counselor, Diana, turns to a colleague for assistance—only for the to learn that Joe was once the boy Dusty loved when they were kids, and who was lost to him twenty years ago. Then Joe proposes a highly unorthodox treatment to save Dusty, a treatment that wakes old nightmares and threatens any chance they have of a future.

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FiveStars

WARNING: Do not read if you have triggers to child abuse, rape, violence, and murder. I am no trying to turn anyone away from this book with those warnings because that is not the whole of the book but all of those are talked about and mentioned in this book.

This book is a book I would describe as true strength, and not letting the horrible child hood traumas to ruin the future. It is about excepting the past and looking forward to a better future. This book is a true survivors story.

I felt so many emotions reading this book. Dusty had the most horrible childhood at the hands of someone who was supposed to love and protect him and instead because of that person his adulthood was left in shambles and he could not remeber what the cause behind it was because he blocked out as much bad as he could. It took Joe coming back into his life for him to finally find the strength within himself to face the demons of his past to be able to become the man he has always wanted to be.

This book in my opinion should be considered a true inspirational story about survival and about seeking the help that ones needs in these situations to be able to accept what happened and to be able to move on to better things in life despite it all. William Davrick did an amazing job on this book and should be very proud of it. I hope that many more people will take opportunity to read it because it is a very touching story that will stay with you.

Tosha

ThreeStar

This is a very gritty look at the repercussions and aftermath of child abuse. A fan of cowboy romances, I was (perhaps naively) expecting a little bit more rodeo and a little less graphic child abuse.

I’m not sure it is possible to enjoy this story. At times it is incredibly moving and at other times it is extremely disturbing but this is never a comfortable book. There were times I found myself falling for both Joe and Dusty, but just when I started to invest in one of them, I would find myself conflicted.

Joe is supposed to be a respected doctor or psychiatrist or therapist…(what exactly are his qualifications?) but he ignores the huge conflict of interest that comes with treating Dusty and operates far outside any possible professional code of conduct. I found it increasingly difficult to respect his maverick approach to therapy and as a result, I found it increasingly difficult to believe in the character as the book progressed.

At least Dusty is supposed to be a hot mess. But like Joe, his actions hurt people and it is difficult to ever fully love his character. Dusty’s progress from hot mess to stable partner is impossibly quick.

I was managing the Dusty/Joe/Diana/Katelyn storyline until near the end. But if the extreme revelations about Dusty’s past didn’t push plausibility completely out the window, the plot twist Joe pulls out of a hat to solve all of Dusty’s problems certainly did. Unfortunately, this descended into a soapy drama by the end.

Ultimately, there were moving parts to this book but unlikeable leading men and an implausible plot made this story difficult for me to get through.

Sarah

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