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NEW RELEASE: TWO 5 Stars, 4 Stars and 3.5 Stars for Tiny House (Buchanan House #3) by Charley Descoteaux #Bisexual #Romance @CharleyDescote @dreamspinners

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Title: Tiny House (Buchanan House #3(
Author Name & Publisher: Charley Descoteaux (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 29, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Pride weekend is over, but for Nathan Lucas, the summer is just heating up. He appears to have it all. He’s tall and blond, ripped and handsome, and half owner of Buchanan House, a successful gay retreat on Oregon’s beautiful central coast. But his joie de vivre hides a fear of abandonment. When he was twelve his mother had triplets, and instead of the cherished only child, Nathan became a scapegoat for his exhausted parents, and he has never truly dealt with that pain.

Portland chef Paulie Nesbitt is head over heels in love with Nathan. They’ve been drinking buddies with benefits for years, while Paulie has not-so-secretly yearned for more. Paulie’s extra pounds and self-doubt have kept him from acting on his feelings. Their friends know they would make the perfect couple, but Nathan and Paulie will have to let go of past insecurities if they want a future together.

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ThreeandHalfStars

I have only read the first book in this series.  I enjoyed it.  However, this was not my favorite story.

Nathan and Paulie have been friends forever.  However, they have been too shy or scared to tell each other that they have feelings for each other.

I think I had an issue with this story because there was so much more going on than just their story.  It was less about them, and more about this group of people who have banned together to create their own family.

Then, you throw in the wrench of Nathan’s family coming in to the picture again and it becomes even less about his relationship with Paulie.

I loved the two main characters – they were fun, playful and sweet, however, their chemistry was somewhat lacking for me too.  Maybe that had more to do with the premise stating that Paulie had body issues… I’m not really sure, but they just had ho-hum chemistry for me.

Overall, this was not a great story for me.  However, I did enjoy the sweet moments within the story for all of the couples and do hope that Evan gets a story too.

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 FiveStars

Charley Descoteaux did it again. This is another winner in the Buchanan House series. And if is s full of all over the place emotions it is not even a joke.

I already love Paulie and Nathan from the first two books in the series and I could tell by their interactions in the previous two books that these two men had some serious feelings for one another but they were nothing more then best friends and sometimes hook up buddies with no strings attached even though they both wanted so much more from each other. In this book we (the readers) get to see so much more of what the issues is these two men have with not being honest with the other about their feelings.

It is sad really because Paulie and Nathan missed out on so much time together because of their different insecurities. They have known and been in love with each other for 18 years but they have never maned up and told each other how they felt until it was almost too late for the both of them.

Paulie has issues with not feeling good enough for Nathan because of his extra weight and he does not feel that he is good enough because he cannot see himself the same way Nathan does.

Nathan has issues with not feeling good enough for Paulie because he has abandonment issues and is afraid he is a bad person inside and that no one stay once they realize that even though that is the furthest from the truth.

I broke my heart that these two men loved the other so much and completed one another but they was both so insecure with themselves that they was willing to let the other go because of it.

As stated before this book has so many emotions in it and I cannot wait till the next book comes out. I can only hope the next book will be about Kyle, Brandon or Evan. Those are three that I am interested in seeing what is to come for them either separately or together.

Great job thus far on this series and cannot wait for more to come.

~Tosha

FiveStars

I can officially add Charley Descoteaux to my auto-buy list from now on. I loved this series, and this book made me hope with all ten fingers and ten toes crossed that it’s not over yet.

The first thing I loved is that there is much, much more to this story than just the romance between Nathan and Paulie. I normally dislike “will they or won’t they” type plots, but it worked perfectly here in large part because it wasn’t the only thing going on. These two men have a lot of history, both individually and with each other. It would have been unfair to both of them if they’d wrapped it up tidily on page three.

I loved Nathan already in Buchanan House, and I was so ready to see him get his happily ever after. But Paulie, for me, was the one I related to. Their story isn’t a slow-bloom or even a traditional friends-to-lovers tale. It’s a complicated dance, and neither of them wants to give in first. When they finally–finally!–get together, as we know they will, the moment matches the whole tone of their relationship. It’s sweet, steamy, and has just a hint of the insecurities which characterize their love story.

The side characters are fantastic, and a couple of them make me think this isn’t the last we’ll see of Buchanan House and its inhabitants. There are also some indications we may get to see some other complex relationships play out. The secondary characters are as interesting and have as much depth as the main couple.

About the only thing I can say I wasn’t sure about was the ending. It was great, but it felt like a little too much, a little too long. But that’s for sure personal preference, not a flaw with the story.

This is not a book for people who want a very traditional romance. It’s quirky, interesting, and touches on some deep and emotional subjects, such as Paulie’s weight, Nathan’s self-image, and tricky family dynamics. This isn’t done in a hyper-emotional way; it’s handled with humor and heart. As someone who can get bogged down in too many heavy feelings, I prefer the lighter touch, though other readers may feel differently.

All in all, this was a great addition to the series and only served to fuel my hope for more about these delightful characters.

~Amy

FourStars

This book was told from multiple POV and I really enjoyed this book much more then book one. This book still has some problems in the author writing as it took me some time to connect with the characters. I really prefer an almost immediate connection as then when I read I’m not struggling. I was glad to see that Nathan was finally getting his own story. However this book seems to deal more with “Tiny House” rather than Nathan and Paulie’s relationship. I did enjoy seeing them fumble around each other and was excited to see them fall in love. It seemed to build up slowing and that was good as Nathan and Paulie have been friends forever. This book had a lot going on and I loved the direction the author took. I can’t wait to read more from this series.

~Lynn

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5 star and 3 star reviews for Mikey and the Chickadee by Kid Boise @kid8oise #MM #Contemporary

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Title: Mikey and the Chickadee
Author Name & Publisher: Kid Boise (Boise Urban Publishing Company)
Publication Date & Length: February 8, 2016 — 304 Pages

Synopsis

This is a novel about budding love between two men. It seeks to add quality writing and well-drawn characters to a growing pool of gay literature.

Wyatt and Mikey are young, fresh into their careers—and still have a lot to learn about themselves. They were fortunate enough to meet, but only time will tell if their new bond can weather the tumult and confusion that accompanies early adulthood…

“Mikey said things in a way that invoked visions of us spending time together in the future. I considered this while I watched the sun set out my window. Beyond houses, buildings and occasional fields, all of it racing by, I caught flickers of open water and the far-off levee holding it at bay. The next few miles were peppered with conversation borne, still, out of an inscrutable dose of caution and unfamiliarity. How does one coax something from a void? What kind of enigmatic force conjures a friendship between strangers? How fragile those first times together must be, yet with so much depending on them. For one covert second, I swelled with sadness, not just because a continued relationship with this beautifully unchained boy was so improbable, but for the tragedy of all friendships that died in infancy.”

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FiveStars

I didn’t know what to expect from this novel. The blurb really says very little about the plot, so I went in without a whole lot of context. That ended up being perfectly fine. This is not a book with a whole lot of action or tension. It’s a slow-bloom strangers-to-friends-to-lovers that quietly contemplates the process of falling in love.

This is not a traditional romance–it’s almost analytical. Wyatt, the first-person narrator, thinks deeply about each new step in his complicated-yet-not relationship with Mikey. I say complicated because the line between them keeps moving as they get to know each other. Uncomplicated because their communication is open the whole time. They’re not leading each other on or hiding or lying; there are no big, horrible secrets they’re keeping from each other. Wyatt and Mikey are honest right from the start.

I’ll admit I was worried this would turn into a gay-for-you or an “anything but bisexual identity” story. To an extent, it is a bit of the latter, but it works for this context. Mikey is still a work in progress, so it’s reasonable he hasn’t made any conclusions. What I loved is that Wyatt absolutely, unquestioningly accepts Mikey exactly as he is. He never pushes, never pressures, never presumes. He isn’t put off by Mikey’s uncertainty and in fact seems to welcome it with open arms.

As much as I liked Mikey–and I did like him a lot–it was Wyatt who made me fall in love with falling in love. Wyatt is such a gentle and generous soul. It would be easy for that to be a bit much and for him to come across as too perfect. Yet somehow, he doesn’t.

Some readers might not like that the sex often feels a bit clinical rather than emotional or romantic. I found it refreshing, and I loved the way each time they were together we saw a slightly different angle on how they processed it. Mikey is trying to figure himself out, and Wyatt is trying to figure out how to aid him. So it’s not terribly surprising that their physical intimacy also has a vaguely analytical tone to it. I loved all Mikey’s odd little vocalizations–he always seems so surprised at how everything feels.

The end both surprised me and didn’t. I think I was prepared for any one of several endings because of small tidbits dropped here and there throughout. I think I would have felt satisfied no matter what, though a few of the possibilities running through my mind were terribly sad and I’m glad none of those came about.
This is one of those rare books I feel the need to read again in case I missed some small detail, some important thing that might change my life if I noticed it on a second pass. I could probably talk about it for a long time. For anyone who loves highly intellectual love stories, this is one to add to the list.
~Amy
ThreeStar

Although I had some serious issues with this book, overall I came to enjoy the characters and their story.

I found it difficult to really get into this. The language is stilted and confusing at times. I decided to push through until at least the half-way mark and then decide if I wanted to keep reading it. It was at about exactly half-way through that I finally found myself engaged with Wyatt and Mikey’s story. I think in part the writing style improved, but I think it was more that my interest in the story got me through it. The overall feeling I get is that the author is trying too hard. The writing just doesn’t flow, and some of the imagery is a bit odd.

There are definitely some good moments in this story. Wyatt and Mikey are charming and fun characters. The awkwardness in their relationship is somewhat endearing. Wyatt’s personal struggles really bring depth to his character.

~Amanda

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TWO 5 star and ONE 4 star review for Pride Weekend (Buchanan House #2) by Charley Descoteaux #Bisexual #Romance @CharleyDescote @dreamspinners

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Title: Pride Weekend (Buchanan House #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Charley Descoteaux (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 22, 2016 – 50 pgs

Synopsis

Overworked cubicle jockey Adam Byron wants to attend Oregon Coast Pride in style but the price of a room at Buchanan House, a popular gay retreat on the central coast, is beyond his budget. So he won’t miss out, he advertises online for someone to share expenses. Corporate drone Silas Grant responds to Adam’s ad, and the two get to know each other via texts before meeting at the coast. They agree on a no-pressure roommate arrangement, yet once they meet face-to-face, their attraction is undeniable. Desire might simmer well beyond Pride weekend, no matter how hard Adam and Silas try to live up to their noncommitment pact.

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 FiveStars

This is a short story compared to book 1 in this series but it was such a good read.

Adam has been wanting to go to Buchanan house for pride weekend but did not have the money to do it on his own so he met Silas online and they agreed to split the room with no strings attached or any preconceived notions of hooking up. They did not realize that upon meeting each other face to face that it would change both their lives forever.

This is a book about no expectations other then meeting and having a good time. But it is also a book about how upon meeting face to face the first time how quickly lust for one another can turn into love.

Even though this is a short story, Charley was able to make the intensity of the situation between these two gentlemen fly off the pages. The attraction they felt for one another and the jealousy they both experienced about the other getting attention from someone other then them was very intense from the moment they laid eyes on one another. Charley was able to portray a lot of emotions in this short story without over playing it and turning it into smut.

It was a very enjoyable read and cannot wait for the next book in the series.

~Tosha

FiveStars

This is a very short companion to Buchanan House. It’s a very quick read, and the main characters from the other books in the series only appear in the background. I found the story to be a nice compromise between a slow-bloom romance and instant love, not really fitting neatly in either category.

Adam and Silas are both likable. They’re both insecure about the potential relationship, for different reasons. On the surface, they’ve simply agreed to room-share so they can enjoy their Pride weekend vacation. It’s clear, though, that both of them are hoping for a hook-up. Naturally, that’s exactly what happens, and it’s lovely and steamy.

I’m not usually a huge fan of “that was so hot I think I’m in love” stories, but I didn’t see Adam and Silas that way. It sounded at the beginning like they were already getting to know each other because of their agreement to share the room, and I liked the way the happy-for-now end had the right blend of hope and realism. These are guys who are infatuated but want to see where it goes.

This is technically a stand-alone, since it’s not really necessary to have read the first book, but I found it helped make sense of the context to have read it. I’m not sure I’d have loved it as much if I didn’t understand the rest of the world in this series. For me, it was like a nice trip back to a favorite vacation spot, and I enjoyed it a lot.

~Amy

FourStars

This was a quick short read and I really got into it more than book one. This book was about two men who meat online and decided to share a room at the Buchanan House as neither could afford it alone. I love how the author brought them together and loved how it ended. We didn’t really get to spend time with Nathan and Eric (in fact there was one brief scene with Nathan when Adan checks in). I loved the descriptions of the house and it was clear that Eric and Nathan did a really great job renovating. I’m not sure where either Adan or Silas lives as the author does not tell us but she did say they end up together in the end. I immediately fell in love with Adam and when Silas come into the picture it was clear to me that both these men wanted more than they thought.

~Lynn

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5 Star, 4 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for Buchanan House by Charley Descoteaux #Bisexual #Romance @CharleyDescote @dreamspinners

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Title: Buchanan House
Author Name & Publisher: Charley Descoteaux (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 19, 2015 – 45,000 Words

Synopsis

Eric Allen, thirty-three-year-old line cook, moved in with his grandmother, Jewell, after a disastrous coming-out when he was in middle school. She raised him, and he cared for her when she fell ill. When Jewell died she left everything to Eric—angering his parents and older brother. The inheritance isn’t much, but Eric and his bestie Nathan pool their money and buy an abandoned hotel on an isolated stretch of the Central Oregon Coast. The hotel isn’t far from Lincoln City—a town with its own Pride Festival and named for a president—so they christen it Buchanan House after James Buchanan, the “confirmed bachelor” president with the close male friend.

Eric and Nathan need a handyman to help them turn Buchanan House into the gay resort of their dreams. Eric finds Tim Tate in the local listings and over the months leading to opening weekend Tim reveals himself as a skilled carpenter with many hidden talents. Eric falls hard for Tim, but before he can see a future with the gorgeous handyman he has to get over twenty years of being bullied and shamed by his birth family. It would be much easier if Eric’s brother Zach weren’t trying to grab part of the inheritance or ruin opening weekend.

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FiveStars

This is a soft, gentle story, but it quickly drew me in and held my attention. The writing style is beautiful. The transformation of Buchanan House from an empty shell into a welcoming retreat mirrors Eric’s transformation from insecurity to fully embracing who he is. The whole thing has the quality of hiding away for a time to heal and rejuvenate, ready for the next phase.

I loved Eric. He was easy to connect to, with his fears and the ways he’d been damaged by his abusive family. The pacing of his romance with Tim was just right, and I loved that their relationship wasn’t the sole focus of the story. Eric not only learns to trust Tim but also to let go of the destructive beliefs ruling his life.

The side characters are marvelous. I adored Nathan, and the affection between him and Eric is obvious all throughout. I’ll admit he’s probably someone who would intimidate me in real life, but there’s no question about how much they love each other. Tex is terrific, with her larger-than-life personality and her ability to get things done. All the rest are people I would love to know better. None of them feel like tokens or flat characters; they are all significant in some way to the story and to the myriad of social issues brought forward by the story.

This story hits on some sensitive things, particularly with Eric’s unhealthy methods of avoiding things he’d rather not think about. But when he finally opens up and trusts the people around him, the end result is emotional and beautiful.

Buchanan House itself is as much a character as any of the people. It’s a setting which lends itself well to ongoing tales of the people in and out of the house, whether they work or simply vacation there. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes.

5 stars

~AmyM

FourStars

This is a book in my opinion about a man, Eric, who is not so comfortable in his own skin. He knows he is attracted to men but some part is attracted to women too. He has a hard time excepting who he is especially since the only one in his family that accepted him was his grandmother. The rest of his family bullied and made fun of him and that made him to become a very insecure man and has him always second guessing himself and the decisions he makes in his life. When his grandmother passes away and she left him a small inheritance him and his best friend pull their money and by an old place and turn it into a B&B. This is the step that changes his life forever. This is where he meets Tim and his life will never be the same.

I think that Tim would be considered he strong one in the relationship. He knows that Eric is having a hard time and he excepts and supports him regardless of how Eric feels about himself. I believe that because of Tim Eric is able to start believing in himself and accepting that him being bisexual or even gay is not a bad thing. I also believe that with Tims support that Eric actually starts liking himself and having more self confidence. Without Tim I do not think that would have been possible.

This was such a sweet story and a good read. I am lookin forward to the next book especially to see what happens with Eric and Tim or maybe even Brandon or Nathan. Charley Descoteaux did a good job on this book and cannot wait to read book two in the series.

~Tosha
ThreeandHalfStars
This was my first book by this author. It wasn’t great but a nice comfortable read. This story started out sad because Eric had just lost his grandmother but through friends he was able to pick himself up and start a new life with the money left to him by his grandmother. The character development was slightly lacking and I hope they will get better in the next books. Although I liked the characters there was no connection for me and I feel it is important to have a connection with the characters especially in a romance. I loved the plot mostly because I’ve always dreamed about staying in B&B. The writing style I felt was excellent and I was able to read this book in one sitting. I’m looking forward to read the next book in the series.
Lynn

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Timothy Tate knocked on the front doors at eight o’clock sharp. Eric had barely been up long enough to start coffee, and Nathan had yet to emerge. They’d slept in one of the rooms on the first floor. The official reason was to avoid having to clean two rooms, but the unofficial reason was to talk into the night like they had back in middle school. Slumber parties for thirtysomethings. Somehow that didn’t make Eric feel any better about meeting this Tim person.

But opening the door sure did.

Tim Tate was as tall as Nathan, so six one, and he had curly black hair and eyes so dark you could get lost in them.

“Morning.” He wasn’t much for smiling, though.

“Good morning. Please come in. I’m Eric.”

Tim nodded and seemed to be looking at something behind Eric’s right shoulder. As soon as Eric remembered to step aside, Tim came in. “You bought this place?”

“Yes. Isn’t it lovely? The inspector said the bones are solid, and someone did amazing work on the rooms. Right now, we need help with the kitchen and some reno on the public areas.”

“Should tear it down and start fresh.”

“I beg your pardon. That’s a horrible thing to say. You don’t discard something just because it’s not perfect. With a little love—maybe this isn’t going to work out.”

Tim shrugged and looked around the room. His face seemed to soften into… nostalgia? It held a wistful quality, of that much Eric was certain.

“Have you been in this room before?”

Tim had turned away a little, so the left side of his face pointed toward Eric.

Is that his best side?

He didn’t answer, so Eric repeated the question, a little louder.

“Huh? Oh, yeah. When I was a kid. Sometimes the local clubs would use it for summer camps. It’s been empty for

over ten years.”

“Why? I mean, did something happen here?”

“No. The owners died, and their kids didn’t want to live out here. Can’t blame ’em. Entertainment isn’t easy to come by.”

Nathan chose that moment to enter, in his pink robe with the ostrich-feather trim. He spoke quickly, almost dancing through the room and toward the aroma of coffee. “Good morning. You don’t mind I borrowed your robe? And this must be Tim. Lovely to meet you, sweetheart. Coffee, then business.” He flounced into the kitchen.

Eric and Tim watched him go. The silence in his wake stretched out a little too long for Eric, mortified by the thought Tim might believe the robe belonged to him.

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4 star, 3 star and 5 star Reviews for Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (#1) by Joe Cosentino #MM #Romance

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Title: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Cozzi Cove #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Joe Cosentino (NineStar)
Publication Date & Length: March 21, 2016 — 213 Pages

Synopsis

On Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey shore, handsome Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are open for summer and love.

Mario and Harold are brothers and college students who happen to look alike, but couldn’t be more different: Mario is searching for love, and Harold is searching for lust. Josh and Greg, a wealthy older couple, are matchmakers for their son, Christopher.

When it comes to Connor, the maid, packed with muscles and a roving sponge, anything can happen. Opposites attract as wild Tim with the secret past meets shy Mark, and porn star Chuck Caliber connects with Sean, a virgin romance novelist.

And what will happen when computer-game designer Arthur has a midnight sea rendezvous with a merman? Even married Cal faces an emotional upheaval when a gay bashing turns into something quite unexpected.

What secrets and passions lie in magical Cozzi Cove?

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FourStars

This is only my second book by this author and it was really good. It was very easy to read and the writing was excellent.  I would consider this a fantasy type book because of this happening in it (sorry just can’t say, you’ll have to read it) and it is clearly a story about accepting loss and moving on. This book clearly showed the author’s imagination and I loved how he introduced each of the characters into the story. Although the story centers on Cal Cozzi there are many different characters in this book. At first I had trouble keeping up because the characters where introduced all at the very beginning and not throughout the book. In fact I was thinking I might have to make a chart to be able to remember them all. As the story went on I was able to keep all the different characters straight which made it much more enjoyable. I’m looking forward to the next book and would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to spend time on the beach (even virtually).

~Lynn

FiveStars

Cozzi Cove in my opinion is a book about moving on, letting go of past hurt, finding a new love, forgiving but leaving behind a dead weight, getting over anxiety, moving on to the next step in ones life, choosing to live instead of exist, and spending time with the one you grow to love even though it may not be long that you get to spend with them.

This book is about many different people. All of these men come together and get to know one another because of Cal Cozzi. He owns a bungalow resort and is gay friendly and advertises that his resort is. Many different people come to stay at the resort for a vacation and most leave their with a completely different life. It is as if the place is magical. People have the tendency of coming there and falling in love. Whether the love is short lived or lasts a lifetime.

These different groups of people are so different from one another it is like looking and seeing night and day. But regardless they all mesh well together. Even the couples that come together are the exact opposite of one another but that makes the story that much sweeter.

I really enjoyed this book. There was surprises that I did not see coming. There were parts that were hilarious, parts that were serious, parts that were happy and parts that were sad. Regardless of the emotion that the character was portraying at that moment I was able to feel it myself. So if for no other reason that made this an amazing book. I also truly loved the story line and the diverting the people in it. It made it seem so much more realistic. So job well done Joe.

~Tosha
ThreeStar

If Mauve Binchy wrote a book about a gay American beach resort, this would be it..  This is the story of Cozzi Cove and the escapades of the residents during one hot summer week.  While I loved the premise of this story, I wasn’t completely charmed by the execution.  
The cast is quirky.  While this is a fun summer beach read, there are some very serious moments.   Some of the stories are heart wrenching, others are moving and a few are just silly.  I bristled at some of the cliches and felt that some of the attitudes and language felt quite dated.  I have to wonder how old the author is because I’m not sure how many Millennial readers would even recognise some of the antiquated gay stereotypes present in this book.  
This is very much a “telling” not “showing” style of writing and I found the slightly camp, at times slightly bitchy narration grating.  While I connected with several of the characters’ stories, none of the characters ever felt very three dimensional to me.
There is a little bit of sex in this story, and the antiquated language makes some of the descriptions brilliantly amusing.

~Sarah

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NEW RELEASE: 3 star and 4 star Reviews for for Love vs the Limelight by Manda Olie #romance #contemporary #MM @LT3Press

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Title: Love vs the Limelight
Author Name & Publisher: Manda Olie (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 27, 2016 — 45 Pages

Synopsis

Rick Campbell is the Hollywood Heartthrob who has it all: a great career, an excellent agent, and fantastic friends. Unfortunately, he also has a secret that could potentially ruin his success. His reputation as a lady-killer is completely fabricated in order to ensure he keeps getting work.

His silence when it comes to the truth may cost him Christian, the love of his life, who’s grown tired of being a dirty little secret and has issued Rick with an ultimatum: tell the truth or lose Christian. Heartbroken and afraid, harassed by reporters and adrift in a world that’s slowly changing, Rick has to choose between the life he’s worked hard to build and the man he doesn’t want to live without.

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ThreeStar

This is a very short story of an actor forced to choose between his partner and his successful, closeted life.  The story has been told many times before and the length of this book doesn’t really allow for well developed characters or unique plot twists.

I could see the attraction of both Rick and Christian, but neither character was fully developed in this very short story.  I found Bella annoying and the pretentious LA lifestyles weren’t really for me.  

So, for a quick twenty-minute read, I can see the appeal.  Personally, I enjoy the complexity of novels and the Bluewater Bay series has very recently told more complex versions of this story several times over.  

~Sarah

FourStars

Love versus the limelight is a great name for this book because that is exactly what this book is about. So the title could not be more correct then it is.

Rick is an actor who hides his sexuality behind a beard but in the process of hiding he loses the one he truly loves, Christian, because he is too scared to come out as being gay.

Basically as I said before the title to the book is fitting because that is what it is truly about. Throughout the whole book Rick is scared to admit to the public who he is. I believe that a lot of Ricks problem is that he is so far in his own head and about how badly he believes the public will perceive who is his because of his sexuality that he can see past that.

Christian is the one that I truly liked in this book because he stood by his convictions of not being someone’s dirty little secret. But I think that he did so respectfully because even though he knew he could not keep hiding their relationship if they stayed together, he still offered his support to Rick even when his heart was broken.

This was a good, quick read but it was very interesting in the same aspect. I really enjoyed it.

~Tosha

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NEW RELEASE: 4 stars for Rustic Moment (Rustic #3) by Nic Starr #MM #Romance #Contemporary

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Title: Rustic Moment (Rustic #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Nic Starr
Publication Date & Length: April 15, 2016 — 151 Pages

Synopsis

Betrayal, heartbreak, and financial ruin are only the beginning.

The last few months have been tough on Grant Parnell. He discovered his boyfriend was having an affair and it’s taken its toll, both emotionally and financially. With his business facing ruin, Grant could lose everything.

Dave Monroe is excited to start a new phase of his life. He’s following his dream and pursuing an exciting career opportunity. When Grant visits his friends in the country and finds out Dave might be moving to Melbourne, he offers him a place to stay. For Dave, life’s looking good.

Dave had only met Grant a couple of times before moving in with him, but the simmering sexual attraction is undeniable. As he settles into Grant’s home, deeper feelings develop. It’s hard not to fall for Grant’s gorgeous exterior, but it’s the strong man underneath who captures Dave’s heart.

Grant always craved success. His business and his home are testament to just how far he’s come, proving his family wrong and making something of himself—or he had. Now everything is falling apart. As Grant’s world spirals out of control, Dave is the one sure thing in his life.

But if they are to have any chance at happiness, Dave will need to teach Grant what’s really important.

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Review

FourStars

The third book in the Rustic series takes readers away from small-town life and into the center of Melbourne.  Ty’s best friend Grant is attempting to put his life and his business back together after his business partner stole money from the business and ran off with Grant’s boyfriend.  When Mac’s best friend Dave, a calm and gentle carpenter, comes to stay with Grant in the city, sparks fly between the two very different men.  

It took me a long time to warm up to Grant.  At the start of the story he seems cold and superficial.  If the other two books celebrated the warmth and comforts of small town life, this one is quite scathing about city life.  But as Grant’s secrets unravel, he becomes more human and much more loveable.  Dave is loveable from the outset.  A simple man who has no social ambitions, he is gentle and grounding for Grant.  

While I really enjoyed this story and I loved the slow burn romance, I took a star off for the ending.  After such a slow build-up, I expected a similarly slow ending.  Instead, it just ended.  The epilogue just wasn’t enough for me; I wanted a proper glance at the future of the two men I had come to care about.

This is a great series and I loved seeing the characters from earlier books back together in this one.

~Sarah

Excerpt

“I said no.”

Grant’s voice was loud enough to travel down the hall. Dave immediately tensed at the tone. He couldn’t tell if Grant was angry or just being firm, but his words were clear.

“This is the last time I want to have this conversation. You aren’t welcome here anymore.”

“I just want to know what you said to Douglas.” The answering voice was menacing, and Dave’s hackles rose.

Who on earth is that?

Dave placed the milk bottle on the benchtop and edged closer to the doorway. Grant  could no doubt take care of himself, but Dave wanted to be close at hand. Just in case.

In case of what?

It didn’t matter what, it only mattered that Dave make sure Grant was okay, and the stranger’s voice didn’t sound anywhere near okay.

“What are you talking about? I haven’t spoken to Doug in weeks. In fact, if you know how to contact him, maybe you can tell him to call, and that I need to speak to him and sort out some crap.”

“I know you’ve said something. He told me you were trying to shaft him and get rid of him from the business. Then he went overseas, and now he’s come back and doesn’t want to see me.”

“So he’s back, then?”

“Don’t pretend you don’t already know.”

“I’m not pretending anything. How many times do I have to tell you I haven’t seen or spoken to Doug? We haven’t exchanged so much as an email. Okay, well, maybe that’s not quite true. I’ve sent him emails and letters, but he hasn’t replied. If he doesn’t want to see you, John, that’s between you and him. It has nothing to do with me. I’ve told you before—you’re welcome to each other.”

“Don’t you dare—”

“Get your hands off me.”

Dave didn’t wait to hear any more. Before he was even conscious of moving, he was striding down the hallway, and was bloody glad he’d done it. Grant was shoved up against the wall. A guy—John, the ex-boyfriend?—gripped him by the upper arms and yelled in his face.

“Hold it right there. Get your fucking hands off him,” Dave growled.

Shocked eyes met his as John looked his way and instinctively dropped his hands. “I ah .”

“Step away. Now.”

John hesitated for a moment, looking between Grant and Dave.

Dave didn’t take his eyes off John, watching the man’s every move. “I said now.”

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