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4.5 Stars for The Right Words by Lane Hayes – #MM #ComingOut #Romance

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Title: The Right Words (Right and Wrong #1)
Author Name: Lane Hayes
Publication Date & Length: December 12, 2014 – 204 pgs

Synopsis

Escaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.

Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

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FourandHalfStars

This is a terrific “falling in love and coming out” story with plenty of humor and loveable (and entertainingly awful!) characters.

I don’t typically enjoy coming out stories. They’re usually of the annoying “gay for you” or “I was straight til I met you” variety. This wasn’t either of those. The main character, Luke, meets his love interest, Michael, while doing his home remodeling. Michael is unapologetically gay, but he’s not out for a variety of understandable reasons. I enjoyed watching him unfold and let down his guard.

Admittedly, I wasn’t terribly interested in some of the context–the details of Luke’s work in design and Michael’s job as a professional soccer player bored me a bit. I also wasn’t fond of the near-perfect attractiveness of most of the characters. However, that was balanced by having realistic personalities and great chemistry. Although I may not be personally interested in design or soccer, the details over the course of the novel did give the characters a more well-rounded feel, and I think they were necessary. My feelings about it are personal opinion, not something the author should have done differently.

The only real issue for me was the epilogue. I felt that it wasn’t necessary to the story. It felt like wrapping everything up in too neat a bow. I’d have liked to appreciate the last chapter and use my imagination for the rest. Also, it wasn’t really action so much as just telling us what happened–more of an information dump than good closure.

Overall, this was a fun, sexy, enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to checking out Ms. Hayes’ other work.

4.5 stars

Amy

FiveStars

This was an absolutely wonderful love story.  The dialogue was excellent and it gave great insights into the characters.  The characters felt so real and the author took great time building Luke and Michael’s relationship. It was so well written it pulled me into the story and I couldn’t put it down.

I loved Luke, he was so adorable, amusing, and so dramatic.  His dialogue with Michael, when Michael was trying to teach him Spanish was hilarious.  I had so much sympathy for Luke when Tonio would speak Spanish in front of him on purpose. Also when the scandal involving Michael happened I was crushed for Luke.

Michael on the other hand was still in the closet and didn’t want anyone to know about his life.  Some drastic events occurred and I didn’t like how Luke was treated by Michael’s manager.

I absolutely loved the ending!  The was a very good read and I definitely recommend it.

Sherry

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Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel, Better Than Good, was a 2013 Rainbow Awards Finalist and her third in the Better Than Stories, Better Than Friends, received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Rainbow Awards. Lane loves red wine, chocolate and travel, in no particular order (on second thought, maybe wine first). She resides in Southern California with her amazing husband and a regal old yellow Lab in an almost empty nest.

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4 Stars for Everything Changes by Samantha Hale #F/F #ComingOut @HaleSamantha

Everything Changes

Title: Everything Changes
Author Name: Samantha Hale
Publication Date & Length:  September 16, 2014 – 264pgs

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Raven Walker has never had a boyfriend. She’s never really been interested in boys. But she was always too afraid to examine what that might mean. Until she meets Morgan O’Shea and finds herself inexplicably drawn to her.

As their friendship develops, Raven is forced to face the possibility that her interest in Morgan might actually be attraction and that she might be gay.

Acknowledging the possibility opens Raven’s world to the excitement of her first romance, but it also leaves her struggling to come to terms with her sexuality and the impact it will have on her relationships with her family and friends.

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FourStars

This book is a great coming out story. It has the ups and the downs for coming out as a teenage in a world that still isn’t all that supportive. Raven is finishing up high school and finally figuring out that she isn’t quite like her friends, and of course the catalyst is a love interest.

The plot has certainly been done before. It’s the out-for-you trope that works because it so often happens. In this case, there’s the added element that Raven didn’t even want to think about her sexuality until she had to.

This is a complete story that does leave some plot threads hanging, as it should. They’re left that way in real life. I loved when Raven came out to her parents, and her quick and smart alec remarks to them. Something I can totally hear a smart teenager who has finally taken hold of who they are saying.

However, there are some elements I wasn’t fond of. I felt Morgan wasn’t patient enough. Weeks after discovery of oneself isn’t a lot of time to start making life changes, and I felt her push back with Raven was more a plot device than something realistic–in other words, had it been months or years even, it would have been more believable to me.

Secondly, the only mention of Christianity of faith is upon Raven coming out. There’s no question of it or mention of it before. It felt as though it was put in there for effect rather than reality. There were several Sundays in this novel where the family was out doing things and there was never a question of going to church in the morning or evening. If it was going to be part of Raven’s fear or her parents reactions, it needed to be fleshed out more.

Overall, this is an excellent book. It’s well-written and the plot carries quickly. I read it in one afternoon, so it’s certainly something that passes quickly. The characters are believable and real (except for explained above), and I definitely connected with Raven.

4 stars

~AJ

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Growing up in a small town in Southern Ontario, Samantha Hale was an avid reader who fell in love with the written word in all its forms. She was fascinated with the way a book could take her away to another world and began writing herself, finding that she loved creating her own worlds just as much as she loved reading about the ones in her favorite novels.

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