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TWO 3.5 Stars for One More Time (Thornwood #1) by Caitlin Ricci #MM #Romance

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Title: One More Time (Thornwood #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Caitlin Ricci (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 21, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Wanting to start over after breaking off a relationship with his married boss, Caleb Robinson is happy to move from Los Angeles to Thornwood, Colorado. He can barely find the town on a map, which is just the kind of place Caleb needs. He’s not looking for a relationship, and Thornwood looks to be the perfect place to get lost in his art. But when Thornwood’s local police officer, Trent Williams, knocks on Caleb’s front door, both men have an instant attraction to each other, and Caleb’s plans for solitude might have to change.

But he soon learns that Trent is a legendary one-night-stand man for a very special reason. His boyfriend has been kept on life support for the past five years after a serious skiing accident. Even though Simon isn’t expected to wake up and Trent says he’s trying to get past him, he won’t entertain anything that comes close to commitment. As compelling as their attraction is, Caleb doesn’t want to be just another hook-up, and he won’t be the other man. But Trent isn’t sure he can risk the pain of losing someone else he cares about, no matter how intense the chemistry between him and Caleb.

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ThreeandHalfStars

I think the town stole the show for me with this book. Thornwood Colorado might just be the perfect small town.

The handsome, friendly police officer might add to the attraction but I was a little hot and cold with Trent all the way through. I loved his friendship and tentative relationship with Caleb, but I struggled with his string of one-night stands. His relationship with his father, and his relationship with Simon gave me hope, but his need for casual sex was off-putting.

But if Trent was a little bit slutty, Caleb came off as an uptight prude at times. It is only when we start to see him relax with his friends that he becomes more relaxed and a little bit fun.

This is a very angsty story. Sex and the decision to have sex or not to have sex causes huge conflict. I’m sure there are promise ring wearing teenagers who find sex less complicated and probably more enjoyable than Trent and Caleb do through much of this story. Both men come with sexual baggage and the result is a sexual minefield.

So – overall, I loved the feel-good hometown. I love the setting in the Rockies and I love watching Caleb make the transition from LA life to small-town living. I liked the characters, but I didn’t fall for them completely. I think I would have preferred more sex and less angst, but this was still an engaging story.

Sarah

ThreeandHalfStars

This book just came across totally weird. Trent was so slutty I almost could finish the book. Caleb was so stuffy you had to wonder if he has a stick up his a** but he decided to leave LA and picked Thornwood to move to. There was some humor in the book so at least I got a laugh every once in a while. But there was also sorrow and heartache also. Overall it wasn’t a bad book the author writing style was good. I always say that the writing style of the book can make or break it. This is the only reason I really could finish the book was because to the authors writing style.

~Lynn

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5 stars for Be My Queen by RayeAnn Carter #Trans #Romance @LT3Press

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Title: Be My Queen
Author Name & Publisher: RayeAnne Carter (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 22, 2015 — 154 pages

Synopsis

Lavender doesn’t want a man in her life, not if it means exposing that she’s trans. Fortunately, Diego’s only in LA for a week. She can enjoy the attention without him finding out her secret.

Falling in love isn’t part of the plan. Neither is the jealous housemate determined to ruin everything.

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FiveStars

I really really enjoyed this book! There was a couple of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming that kept the pages turning. I have to say that although I don’t really care for insta-love…. which this sort of had, it kind of worked since it was more that he was willing to take risks with his heart in order to find love.
I liked the way the transgender issues were addressed as well, not just in a relationship setting, but normal, everyday type situations.
A very good story!
Renee

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3 stars for Storming Love: Earthquake — Xavier & Devin by Nicole Dennis @NDennisAuthor #MM #Romance @MLRPress

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Title: Storming Love: Earthquake — Xavier & Devin
Author Name & Publisher: Nicole Dennis (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 30, 2015 — 86 pages

Synopsis

Tremors are a part of everyday life in big Alaska.

Bush pilot, Xavier Markovic, goes with nature’s flow and loves it. He guides guests through Denali National Park to show off his beloved state. Until health issues arise for his mentor, Daniel Chevalier, and Xavier flies him to the hospital.

An almost fatal tumble down a mountain ends Devin Chevalier’s professional mountain biking career and brings him to a crossroads. Learning his grandfather is ill, he makes a rash decision. Uprooting his life for a chance to meet Daniel, he crosses paths with a brash Alaskan.

Alaska throws them another surprise in the form of a huge earthquake. Differences put aside while they struggle to survive.

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ThreeStarI was looking forward to reading this, as it looked like an enemies-to-lovers story; that’s a trope I love. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite deliver.

This was an okay story, as romances go, and it was overall nice. But that’s about it. There wasn’t much to be excited about, and it didn’t feel especially original. There were a lot of standard romance cliches, including instant love. A lot of it read like pages out of an Alaska guide book. Even the sex scene was disappointing. There was really no need to educate readers (incorrectly) on top-bottom-neither power dynamics in the middle of their intimacy. It really drew me out of the moment.

The story really picked up with the earthquake, and that was the best-written part. It was really intense seeing Devin’s reaction as an outsider. If it had come into play sooner, the story would have been much faster paced and interesting.

I think in reality, I’m probably not the target audience for this story.

~Amy

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