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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.

Review

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

Excerpt

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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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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TWO 4 and TWO 5 star reviews for Forgive and Forget by Charlie Cochet @charliecochet #MM #Romance #contemporary @Dreamspinners

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Title: Forgive and Forget
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 1, 2016 — 194 Pages

Synopsis

He’s hot. He’s dangerous. And he can’t remember anything.

As the owner of Apple’n Pies, Joe Applin leads a quiet, uneventful life, content to spend his days serving customers who come from all over to eat his delicious homemade pies. Along with his motley crew—Bea, Elsie, and Donnie—Joe couldn’t be happier in his little kingdom of baked goods and java.

Experience has taught Joe that love is overrated—and at times dangerous. He has no intention of repeating past mistakes. But then he meets a mysterious, handsome man with amnesia, and Joe can’t deny something sweet is in the works. He isn’t one to take risks, not with his heart and certainly not with his life, but the more time he spends with the man he knows as Tom, the closer he is to losing both.

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FiveStars

Charlie Cochet seemed an unlikely fit for the new Dreamspinners desires books.  And even though this story about the owner of a pie shop is sweeter and fluffier than anything else I’ve read by Charlie Cochet, she still manages to add in some beefy FBI agents, a gun fight, a police chase…

So, by the halfway point, this this is more of a typical Charlie Cochet story and much less of an m/m Harlequin romance.  Her writing, as always, is flawless and her characters – from Joe’s sixty-year old mentor to his flamboyant producer friends – are colourful and engaging, if a little more earnest and grown up than her THIRDS characters.    

While this is much lighter than the THIRDS series, I enjoyed the more realistic mix of romance and action.  Charlie Cochet is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.  THIRDS fans shouldn’t be put off by the Harlequin-style cover because I’m not sure Charlie Cochet will ever be able to sustain sweet and cliched for an entire book.  I’m guessing there will always be guns and fight scenes in her books- and I like that just fine.

~Sarah

FourStars

I really love this new Dreamspun Desires series. They fall in line with the Harlequin Desires series and don’t have the hard core sex scenes (that does not mean no sex) it’s just a little more touching and most of its off page. In this book we meet Joe and Tom who had lost his memory. I really loved the secondary characters especially Bea and Donnie. I do have to say that Joe sometimes appeared much younger but I was able to overlook that and really enjoy the story. I’ve read books from this author before and Charlie Cochet was able to get me from the beginning in this wonderful romance.

~Lynn

FiveStars

Wow.. what a great story. There was a really sweet romance mixed in
with some action and adventure too.

As usual, Charlie Cochet rocked my socks off with how intricate this
story was. There was so much going on, but it didn’t always seem like
it. The main characters build a relationship as they try to deal with
‘Tom’ having amnesia. Then there is the how and why of Tom’s
appearance and the way it happened.

I loved that the pie shop was the main location of the story as it
means so much to Joe. It’s hard to say too much about what happens
without giving away the secrets of the story, but it was a great read.
Really captured me and had me desperate to know what was going on with
Tom.

Renee

FourStars

This was such a sweet story of true human compassion. Joe shows that compassion in spades towards everyone he meets. Even though “Tom” has amnesia and at first looks to be from the wrong side of the tracks, Joe is there to help. “Tom” knows his inner self and shows Joe just that. While these two get to know each other, something is building between the two, and when Joe and “Tom” find out who “Tom” is, nothing can stop the stronghold of their hearts. I found myself rooting for “Tom” to find out who he was and hoping he was the good guy in the end that Joe deserved.

 

The secondary cast of characters was definitely a motley crew, and they all add their flavor of spices to the story. Just be forewarned, with this story primarily taking place at Apple’n Pies bakery, you will develop a sweet tooth from all the pies.

 

The recipe of tasting what you see adds to depth of emotion you will feel while reading through to the end….happiness.

~Keri

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5 stars for The Queen & The Homo Jock King (Tell Me It’s Real #2) by T. J. Klune @TJKlune @dreamspinners #MM #Contemporary #Comedy #humor

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Title: The Queen & The Homo Jock King (Tell Me It’s Real #2)
Author Name & Publisher: T. J. Klune (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 29, 2016 — 350 pages

Synopsis

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Sanford Stewart sure doesn’t. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy’s perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind.

Or so he tells himself.

It’s not until the owner of Jack It—the club where Sandy performs as drag queen Helena Handbasket—comes to him with a desperate proposition that Sandy realizes he might have to put his feelings about Darren aside. Because Jack It will close unless someone can convince Andrew Taylor, the mayor of Tucson, to keep it open.

Someone like Darren, the mayor’s illegitimate son.

The foolproof plan is this: seduce Darren and push him to convince his father to renew Jack It’s contract with the city.

Simple, right?

Wrong.

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FiveStars

Sanford does not like the homo jock king Darren or at least that is what he tells himself and he his defiantly not attracted to him no matter if everytime he sees Darren he has to remind himself that he does not like him. But then his boss asks him for a favor that would have him pretending he was interested in Darren… Can he fight his attraction to Darren when he has to pretend he has feelings or will he continue to fight his attraction.

I thought this book was hilarious. From the start Helena Handbasket had me laughing so hard there were tears in my eyes. Between the things he would say and the thoughts he would have I found myself laughing so much through this book.

Then there was Darren which honestly I just loved his character so much. He was so sly about his feelings through this book and the way he acted around Helena was a mixture of so sweet and so funny.

You also get to see the characters from the first book in this series which I loved so much! The way these friends interacted with each other was hilarious but also heartwarming which how much they cared about each other.

So with this book you will get your angst, humor and the sweet too! I 100% loved the way T.J. Klune wrote these characters in this series and this story.

I loved this book and would definitely recommend it!

~Kara

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THREE 4 Stars for New Lease of Life by Lillian Francis #M/M #Contemporary @LillianFrancis_

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Title: New Lease of Life
Author Name & Publisher: Lillian Francis (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 25th 2015- 220 pages

Synopsis

Phillip used to laugh a lot, back when his friends called him Pip. However the good deed that left him hospitalized not only marred his body, it stripped him of his good humor too. Ever since, he has pushed his friends away and shut out the world. Donating his vintage clothing to a charity shop should have been the final act in a year-long campaign to sever the links with the man Pip used to be, but the stranger on his doorstep awakens feelings in Pip that he hasn’t experienced since the incident that left him angry at the world and reliant on the cold metal of the hideous hospital-issue crutch.

Colby forces his way into Pip’s life, picking at the scab of his past. Colby isn’t interested in Pip’s money or his expensive address. He has only one goal: to make Pip smile again. With every moment in Pip’s presence, Colby chips away at the walls Pip has built around himself. Pip knows it’s impossible to fight his attraction with Colby’s sunny disposition casting light into the darkness in his soul.

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FourStars
I really liked this story.  It was drawn out, but not too much and you really got to see the characters come out of their shells and develop.

I loved how Colby did not give up on Pip and was sneaky, snarky, funny, loving and compassionate to Pip, even if it did involve stealing and fibbing.  Colby is a large man and despite his looks, he has found that many people are not after his kind nature or mind, but after what he can do for them.  I think it was nice of him to find someone who not only wanted nothing to do with him in the beginning, but then, once Pip saw Colby for who he really was, opened Colby up to a different world of love and kindness.

The issues that Pip have are deeply embedded.  Not only is he wallowing in self pity, he does so by pushing everyone away and then wallows in his solitude.  He was not my favorite character to start off with – however, I did like his snarky attitude and the fact that he was not scared of Colby.

The two of them together – watching Pip come out of his shell and Colby learn to respect Pip, but do so in a way that also pushed his boundaries was great to read.

Both were given a new lease on life and it was a sweet, not a lot of drama story.

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FourStars
This was a sweet story about Pip, who had a bad accident that made him a complete shut in. He used to be full of life and laughter, but no more. But then Colby comes into his life like a rainbow after a storm.
Colby was so sweet and patient with Pip. In real life, Colby would probably be in jail for being too stalkerish, lmao, but in this book it was sweet, so I’ll ignore that. Haha. Colby made Pip come out his shell and realize that his world wasn’t over just because he had that accident. He could still wear the old vintage suits he loved to wear, still be that same man who loved to have his friends surround him. I liked this couple together and was hoping for more of them.
 Maybe a part 2? I want Pip to meet Colby’s family. I want both their worlds to mesh and see how they handle it. It felt like book one was a set up for a book 2, or maybe that’s my wishful thinking. lol
~Cookie
FourStars

Phillip used to be a completely different person until something painful happens to him and causes him to change… Colby is attracted to Pip and tries to bring him back to what he was before. Will he be able to?

I want to start of this review by saying I thought this two men together was just so sweet! Colby was such a strong character and the way he was with Pip was so sweet! Pip has gone through a lot and the way he slowly starts to open up more with Colby was awesome!

I really liked the way this author wrote this characters and this story! You get some angst with this book but you also get so much sweet too!

So I will leave this review with…I really liked this book!
I would recommend this book!

Kara

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5, 4.5 and 4 Star Reviews for Resurrecting Hope (Home for Hope #2) by Shell Taylor #M/M #Romance @ShellTaylorPens

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Title: Resurrecting Hope (Home for Hope #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Shell Taylor (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 25th 2015- 200 pages

Synopsis

Adam Lancaster can’t imagine how his life could possibly get any better. He’s on the cusp of moving in with his boyfriend, Elijah Langley. Their charge, Kollin Haverty, finally has a loving, stable home environment, and Home for Hope is up and running, keeping over fifteen LGBT youth off the streets at night. But one phone call from his birth mother, Jessica Lancaster, is all it takes to unravel Adam’s carefully constructed new life.

Informing Adam his grandfather has died, Jessica expresses remorse for abandoning Adam to the state and begs him for a chance to be part of his life again. Jessica’s true colors eventually shine through her façade, and Adam is devastated all over again when he discovers she is only using him to get her hands on the valuable inheritance his grandfather left him. Jessica’s betrayal forces Adam so far inside his own hell, not even Elijah or Kollin can keep him from abandoning all of his responsibilities and running away. Adam will have to dig deep to find the strength to confront his birth parents, heal once and for all, and earn back his place with his new family.

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fourstars

I thought this book was such a good addition to this series!

Not only did you get to see more of Adam and Elijah but you also see more of them as a couple growing closer to each other while they go through their ups and downs.

Adam does go through a lot in this book and I really loved how much Elijah was there for him even when Adam was not treating him right at all.

You also get see a lot of the characters from this previous book in this too. Like Kollin who we also get to see a lot more. Elijah and Kollin go through a lot in this book with Adam trying to be by his side through everything

I really liked how this author wrote this book and these characters!

So I will leave this review with…. I really liked this book and I would recommend this series!

Kara

FourandHalfStars

I start by stating that I didn’t read book 1, however I never felt lost or like I didn’t know what was going on.

This was both heart warming and heart wrenching.  I loved how I was able to see the progression so clearly through this story.

Adam and Eli are a great couple.  They are steady, loving, mature and know what they want out of life.  Adam is working at the center, which I love, and Eli, he’s working on making Kollin feel accepted and loved.

When Adam’s life in interrupted, he not only has to face his past, but secure his future too.  Letter the ghost of the past have power over him was difficult, but I don’t believe that he would have grown as much as he did without allowing those old wounds to open, fester and heal again.  Only this time, they healed for good.

It was heartbreaking to watch this come together – Eli wanting to support Adam, Kollin not really knowing what he should be doing, but still wanting to be supportive and then Adam floundering.  While all three of them try to find equal footing, there is a storm brewing and only Adam can pilot his way through the eye of the storm and to the calm that Eli and Kollin give him.

What I loved most about this story is that despite the hardships, love won out.

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 FiveStarsThis book picks up were Redeeming Hope left off and must be read in order. This was absolutely amazing book. Shell Taylor is an amazing writer and I would definitely add her to my must buy books. I felt like I was road hard and put away wet in this book. I loved were she took Elijah and Adam. It couldn’t have been an easy book to right but it was worth it with every sentence I read. This book was very emotional and you keep reading because you have to know what happens, but hold onto your socks because you will be put through the wringer.
Lynn

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One 5 Star and One 4 Star Review for Until September by Chris Scully #M/M #Contemporary

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Title: Until September
Author Name & Publisher: Chris Scully (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 8th 2016- 298 pages

Synopsis

As a teenager, Archie Noblesse clawed his way out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse of the reservation and left his family behind. Desperate to shake the shadow of his past, he reinvents himself as Archer Noble, an outspoken blogger and controversial author who lives only for himself. But when his beloved sister dies, Archer is saddled with guardianship of his niece and nephew.

Elementary school teacher Ryan Eriksson is devastated when his best friend Marguerite is killed, leaving her two young children orphaned. Helping Archer with his new responsibilities eases his grief, but when Archer offers him custody of the children, Ryan’s left with an impossible choice: get the family he’s always wanted, or respect Margie’s wishes and convince Archer to give parenting—and his heritage—a chance.

To buy time, Ryan promises to stay for the summer, hoping that Archer will change his mind and fall for the kids. But Archer’s reluctant, and the growing attraction between him and Ryan complicates matters. Legal decisions must be made, and soon, before Ryan returns to school. But with hearts involved, more than just the children’s future is on the line.

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FiveStars

I thought this book was so beautiful!

Archie had a hard life growing up and he clawed himself out of the poverty, heartache, and abuse. He did not look back once he left and just wow!!! His character I will admit took me awhile to like. I am not a huge player fan so when I really started understanding Archie is when I switched from not being a huge fan of his to loving his character.

Ryan is a teacher who just wants and family, children but can not seem to find the right man to be by his side. He was just recently hurt by the man his was to marry. I really liked his character too! He was so sweet and caring even with the way Archie treated him, he was strong and stood right up to him which I loved!

There was sweet in this book along with a little bit of steam too when these men finally give in to their attraction to each other. I loved the way this author wrote this story! It was just so beautiful and sweet. I could not help rooting for these two men, hoping they would get their HEA.

So I will leave this review with… I really loved this book and would recommend it!

Kara

FourStars

This book was very well written and I loved it. This was clearly a story that was very real and moving. Although I felt for Archie in the beginning, I did not like him right away after his sister died. Then he kind of grew on me. However, Ryan I had an immediate connection with. It was clear that Archie and Ryan had a connection and I was like Ryan and got angry at Archie for catting around. I loved Emma and Dillon and felt like they just could catch a break. I adored the ending and would love to hear more about Ryan and Archie. Oh and absolutely loved the cover.

Lynn

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One 5 Star and Two 4 Star Reviews for Fire and Rain (Carlisle Cops, #3) by Andrew Grey #M/M #Romance @andrewgreybooks

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Title: Fire and Rain (Carlisle Cops, #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 11th 2016- 180 pages

Synopsis

Carlisle Cops: Book Three

Since the death of their mother, Josten Applewhite has done what he’s had to do to take care of his little brother and keep their small family together. But in an instant, a stroke of bad luck tears down what little home he’s managed to build, and Jos and Isaac end up on the streets.

That’s where Officer Kip Rogers finds them, and even though he knows he should let the proper authorities handle things, he cannot find it in his heart to turn them away, going so far as to invite them to stay in his home until they get back on their feet. With the help of Kip and his friends, Jos starts to rebuild his life. But experience has taught him nothing comes for free, and the generosity seems too good to be true—just like everything about Kip.

Kip’s falling hard for Jos, and he likes the way Jos and Isaac make his big house feel like a home. But their arrangement can’t be permanent, not with Jos set on making his own way. Then a distant relative emerges, determined to destroy Jos’s family, and Kip knows Jos needs him—even if he’s not ready to admit it.

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fourstars

Josten is trying to take care of his little brother the best that he can after his mother died. But they are kicked out of their apartment when Josten loses his job, that is where he meets officer Kip who helps them.

I did really like these two men together and this story, the only thing I would have liked is to have known what happened with the aunt. That felt a little to unfinished to me but other than that I liked how caring Kip was of Josten and his little brother. I also really liked Josten’s character too. The way he tried so hard to take care of his brother even through all the hard times.

I loved how this author wrote this story and these characters. There was steam in this book and some angst too.

So I will leave this review with…. I really liked this book and would recommend it!

Kara

FiveStars

I have not read any of the previous stories in this series, but I LOVED this one.  I am usually a huge fan of Grey stories in general and this one didn’t disappoint.

Jos, Adam and Kip make a wonderful trio.  I loved how devoted Jos is to Adam.  It makes me so happy to see a brother taking care – as much as possible.

Kip meets these two at their worst and not only is he non-judgmental, he is compassionate and caring instead.  It broke my heart how skittish Jos was.

The story was not heavy on the romance, but the gently guidance of friendship, trust and eventually love was written well.  Nothing seemed rushed or off balance and the secondary characters helped to create an overall methodical feeling for the story.

I also really enjoyed the back story of his grandfather.  You could feel the love that Jos had for his grandfather and how much mutual respect they had for each other.  Again, such a sad story, but it made Jos the man he is today.

Finally, the wench of an aunt – Kathy – while she was a character I loved to hate, Grey wrote her beautifully.  She melded to the story well and even though she wasn’t my favorite, she certainly added to the story.

I would love to read the previous stories and any more that come from Andrew Grey.

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 FourStars

This is book 3 of the Carlisle Cops series…
Okay, I’m gonna admit that I haven’t even read the first 2, but that’s because I wasn’t aware of them til I saw this. And it’s an Andrew Grey book so I couldn’t pass it up.
Book 3 is about Officer Kip, who just got out of a bad relationship with a soul sucking twink. He’s out on patrol when he gets sent to check out someone sleeping in front of a store. That someone was Josten and his little brother. They’ve been recently kicked out their home by a slum lord and had no where else to go since Josten had also lost his job.
I was cheering for this couple because they both needed each other so badly. They each had what the other wanted/needed and together they made a family. Not perfect, but a family anyway. I’m glad that they didn’t start boinking each other’s brains out as soon as they met. I would have been like “eeeeeh, no.” I like Andrew Grey’s books cause they’re more realistic than most.
The only thing I didn’t much like was Josten’s attitude in the beginning. Yeah, I got that he was down on his luck, he didn’t want to be separated from his brother, but come on…his brother was like what? 4? 5? That kid shouldn’t have been in the streets. He should have thought of his brother’s safety and well being first, and if they had to get separated for a little while until Josten got his life back in order, than so be it. Still, I got that he was just scared so I couldn’t hate him for trying to keep his brother with him. I kinda think he should have looked up more resources to begin with. There are a lot of programs out there for single parents.
Ah well, I liked the story. Liked Kip.
Cookie

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