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4.5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Bear, Otter, and the Kid by T. J. Klune #MM #Romance #Family @Dreamspinners

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Title: Bear, Otter, & The Kid (Bear, Otter, & the Kid #1)
Author Name & Publisher: T. J. Klune (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 12, 2011 — 350 Pages

Synopsis

Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living—with a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that. Until Otter comes home.

Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect. This time, though, there’s nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them. Bear still believes his place is as the Kid’s guardian, but he can’t help thinking there could be something more for him in the world… something or someone.

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FourandHalfStars

This review is for the audiobook version of this book.

Bear, Otter and the Kid is a charming, funny, and romantic book. It’s narrated beautifully by Sean Crisden. He really brings the story to life, improving on an already great book through his performance.

This is such a heartwarming story about family, love, and learning to trust. The characters are wonderful. The intimate and familiar way Bear tells his story is engaging and amusing. I feel like there’s a special art in creating funny and dramatic book, and TJ Klune does a great job with it.

My one complaint about this book is that sometimes the pace seems unnecessarily slow. The inner monologs and daydreams are fun and revealing devices, but I feel like they are used a bit too much.

Even though this is the first part of a series I feel it can also stand alone quite well. But that said, I’m looking forward to moving on to the next one.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking to laugh and cry and swoon.

Amanda

FourStars

This book was a real Rollercoaster ride! So many roadblocks, starts and stops. Bear has struggled a whole lot since his mother took off leaving him with his little brother Kid (Tyson). Both of them have real issues with abandonment and self worth. But Bear does have some great support even if he doesn’t fully acknowledge what it is. The Kid is the comedy relief in this story when it gets really heavy. This story tackles some serious subjects but the characters really make it for me. Otter is the real heart of this story and you pull for him so much. I just wanted to grab him and hug him so badly. Bear is faced with even more trials and yeah I wanted to slap him a few times but I understood his motivations.

This story really will touch your heart and make you pull for the characters. Even with some terrible poetry sometimes. You don’t really settle into this story because everything is moving up and down so quickly and in such a short amount of time. I finished this story in one sitting I just couldn’t put it down. It made me cry, made me yell and giggle at the silly kid. Since all of the characters are on the younger side I understood some of the issues they brought on themselves even when I wanted to hit them upside the head. Just breath and roll with it. You won’t be disappointed. Looking to pick up the following books just to spend a little more time with Bear, Otter and the Kid and see how all of their stories unfold. This story does have a HEA so you won’t be left hanging.

Jessica

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5 and 4 Star Reviews for Island Doctor (Island Medics #1) by Sue Brown #MM #Romance

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Title: Island Doctor (Island Medics #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sue Brown (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 11, 2016 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Dr. Jeff Martin has spent five years as a rural general practitioner on the Isle of Wight hiding the fact he’s gay. He travels in secret to see his partner, Tris, but when he discovers Tris has been cheating on him, he ends their relationship. Then Jeff meets island native Cameron Gillard. Cameron is down to earth, lively, and treats Jeff like he’s the most important person in Cameron’s life. Jeff blooms under Cameron’s attention, and he decides to come out to his colleagues and friends.

Just when things are going well, Tris reappears out of the blue. Jeff is no longer interested in Tris, but it seems he has two men to convince. Tris, who can’t believe Jeff is serious about wanting to end their relationship, and Cameron, who can’t hide his jealousy of Tris. Jeff is certain about one thing—the only man he wants in his life is Cameron. Now he just needs to prove it to Cameron.

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FiveStars

This book just gave me the feels. I cried a few times too. Jeff has been hiding the fact that he is gay for years, unbeknownst to him, everyone seemed to know, and they just never said anything. When Jeff goes to see his boyfriend of 10 years one weekend he finds out that once again he has been cheated on and he is finally done and walks out. Cameron is one of Jeff’s patient’s great grandsons and he is such a sweetheart. There is no way you can’t love Cameron. These two hit it off instantly and it is a sweet love story with a little angst and a little drama. I loved Cameron and Jeff and I hope we get to see glimpses of them in future books in the series.

Angie

FourStars

I really enjoy how Sue Brown writes. I have enjoyed almost everything I’ve read by her.  This was no different.  While it wasn’t my favorite of hers, I still enjoyed the story a ton.

Let’s begin with Jeff.  He is loving working as a rural doctor.  He has no aspirations to move to the city, doesn’t want to give up knowing all of his patients and the small community that he has come to love.  But, traveling back and forth to his boyfriend, Tris is becoming more and more difficult.  This is made so very clear when Jeff drives the long distance to stay with Tris and learns of his boyfriend of 10 years has been cheating on him.  It’s sad and tragic for Jeff.  He’s heart broken, but not beaten.

I love Helen – she was probably one of my favorite characters in this story.  I love how she is a take no names woman who loves her independence, but isn’t so stubborn as to want to injure herself purposefully.

Then you have Cameron.  He loves his grandma and wants to be able to take care of her.  He also has some seriously awesome friends.  I love how welcoming they were to Jeff.  I also love how Cameron was able to help Jeff get past his relationship with Tris.

One of the gripes I have with this story is how quickly the past 10 year relationship was resolved.  I don’t know why, but I was expecting more angst surrounding that split – not necessarily wanting it, but thinking it should have been there.  The fact that Jeff so quickly moved on without looking back, really, was somewhat strange and made the book seem a little rushed.

However, the relationship and misunderstandings that came in this story were realistic and gave me enough worry that things would go wonky.

Overall, this was a great story and I really, really, really hope that Liam or the therapist gets the next story!

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TWO 5 Stars for Passing Through by Jay Northcote (AUDIOBOOK) #MM #Romance @jay_northcote

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Title: Passing Through
Author Name: Jay Northcote
Publication Date & Length: March 4, 2015 – 176 pgs

Synopsis

Don’t waste a chance at happiness…

Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.

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FiveStars

**Audiobook Review**
This is an EXCELLENT book by Jay. I’ve read a few of her books and this one is just great.
Leo is a workaholic who takes time off to be with his dying uncle only to discover there is quite the hunk who has been helping out his uncle while he’s been too busy working to do so.
We get to follow along as Leo goes through a transformation and it’s quite heartwarming and saddening at the same time. He realizes how much he’s missed out on with his uncle now that it is too late, but he works to realize that it’s not too late for him to find what he needs in his life besides work and how to make it all work in his own way.
The way Jay wrote the book is so touching. We are watching a wonderful man, who we come to love and care for, go through his last days and him talk about his experiences in life and those help enlighten Leo, but as well as the reader, as to the changes that have happened through time.
Jay does romance in such a great way with excellent sexy scenes, but not so much so that they take away from the story itself.
The Narrator, Matthew Lloyd Davies, does a great job adding to the story an extra little something. I really enjoyed his voice and the way he brought humor and life to the story when there needed to be and sadness or sexiness as well.
Great job to both Jay and Matthew.
Renee

FiveStars

Jay Northcote is such an amazingly versatile writer.  This is much more mature, much more considered and poignant writing than her more recent stories and I absolutely loved it.  Northcote captures Cornwall’s wild beauty and the complexities of family relationships in a way that reminds me of Rosamund Pilcher or Mary Wesley.  

Leo is a typical London workaholic who returns to Cornwall to care for his dying uncle, Edwin.  This story is filled with both Leo and Edwin’s memories as both men relive the choices and experiences that have shaped their lives.  Edwin’s lodger, Tris provides assistance for Edwin and a romantic interest for Leo.

There is something very timeless about Leo’s soul searching in this story.  As Edwin’s life story begins to resonate with Leo, he re-evaluates his own priorities and values.  Tris and Edwin’s relationship is convenient at first, but as the men live together, caring for Edwin, the connection becomes increasingly intimate.  

As in any Jay Northcote story, there are some exquisite sex scenes, but this is more the story of Edwin’s death, a story of choosing to live and die well, without regrets.  This is a truly beautiful story.

Sarah

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4, TWO 3.5 and 3 Stars for Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10) by L.A. Witt #MM #Romance

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Title: Rain Shadow (Bluewater Bay #10)
Author Name & Publisher: L.A. Witt (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 19, 2015 – 192 pgs

Synopsis

Jeremy Rose came to Bluewater Bay to work as Anna Maxwell’s bodyguard, not to escape his increasingly bitter relationship with his estranged kids. He just wants to focus on his job and be alone for a while. He’s done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he’s got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe him.

Then Anna and Leigh’s attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott’s exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex—and too much time in each other’s company—inevitably builds emotional connection.

Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Let me start this by saying that I have not read any previous stories in this series.  That being said, it might have been helpful if the previous books discussed Anna and Leigh’s relationship more, as I felt kind of lost in their storyline.

But, Jeremy is the main character in this book and I really enjoyed him.  He was honest, without the frou – frou sparkles that you sometimes get with older characters.  And, he is not only hot himself, but he meets an intelligent, silver fox, Scott!

These two characters have amazing physical chemistry, but are both emotionally stunted.  Both have suffered a loss, but in very different ways.

I think that I could have really enjoyed this story, but for the fact that I HATED Jeremy’s family.  His ex-wife, she seems spineless and unable to handle any of the responsibility that comes with having teenagers and a divorce.  She is perfectly happy to pile that “mistake” on Jeremy.  Then you have his kids and while I can understand how upsetting a divorce could be, they were just whiny and unlikable.  Not only was Jeremy trying everything he knew how to do, he was willing to make all the sacrifice to do so.  It just made this story completely unlikable for me.

So, while I loved the parts between Jeremy and Scott, Jeremy’s family was not a good fit for the story at all.

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ThreeStar

While I did like parts of this book I have to say when the two MC’s will not commit to any kind of relationship other then meeting up for sex for most of the book that through me off a little bit.
You get Jeremy who is a bodyguard for Anna who works for a show called Wolf’s Creek. Well he is a older man who has divorced from his wife and moved away from his kids to try and give them space due to the kids being mad at him and blaming him for the divorce.
He meets Scott on a bus to see eagles with the woman Jeremy is protecting and her partner. Well one thing leads to another and they start sleeping together but with no strings attached which honestly almost the whole book of that was a little too much for me. They are both older men which I loved and I did like parts of this story but for some reason this one just did not grab me.

So I am sad to say this one was just not for me…

Kara

ThreeandHalfStars

Jeremy learns late in life that he is gay, he tries to work things out with his wife for the kids but that just made things worse. Moving to a new town for a job seems to be the answer for Jeremy. Not into relationships Jeremy meets Scott on an eagle watching tour, Scott looks familiar but he isn’t sure why. Scott is a counselor and doesn’t date but he is attracted to Jeremy. They decide to have a no strings attached relationship that of course ends up as more. At times I was bored with this book, even though they had sex a lot and it was hot. I will say that the last part of the book my heart was breaking and I was teary eyed. Overall it was a good book with a lot of chemistry between the characters. I just wish there was an epilogue so we could have seen how things turned out down the road with Jeremy and his kids.

~Angie

FourStars

This was another hit for me but then I love L.A. Witt’s books so that is no surprise. I loved Jeremy and Scott and loved the premise of them not really dating. The sex was just HOT and love the over 40 types of stories. I really love when men finally admit that men just do it for them. I know that Jeremy was having problems with his children but I did feel that a little too much time was spent on that instead of building his new relationship with Scott. This was another winner from L.A. Witt and for the Bluewater Bay series.

~Lynn

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3.5 Stars for The Oracle’s Golem (The Oracles #3) by Mell Eight #MM #Magic

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Title: The Oracle’s Golem (The Oracle #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Mell Eight (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 21, 2015 – 84 pgs

Synopsis

Golem has never known anything but pain. He exists solely to serve the Oracle’s whims and needs. Determined to escape a life of abuse and servitude, he runs away and finds refuge in a cave.

Then one day a child falls asleep in his lap …

Marl isn’t anyone special. He’s low in the Earth Caste, set to watch over the Caste’s problem child, Lichen. In search of the errant Lichen one day, he unexpectedly comes across Golem hiding deep in the mountains. Even more surprising is the reason that Golem is hiding, a reason that forces Marl to make a choice: Oracle or Golem

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ThreeandHalfStars

This wasn’t a bad story at all. It was just vastly different from the others. I would definitely classify this one as paranormal romance while the previous two stories I would classify as fantasy. This story focuses on the relationship of the two men and not on some greater overall plot, which it could easily have done if not designed to be a short story.

I did love the relationship between these two, how they both had their own trials and tribulations to deal with and how the power/helping aspect alternated between the two of them. This is definitely a healing/comfort piece to read. Add in to that the aspect of family, which while though not biological, certainly comes through for an added sense of awww.

I’m not a huge fan of romance, which is why this story compared to the other two was probably not for me. I would have much preferred a story focused on the plot twists that pop up later (trying not to spoil here) as that would have made it a far more interesting piece to me.

~AJ

 

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4.5 stars for Taking Him On (Checking Him Out #2) by Debbie McGowan @writerdebmcg #MM #family

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Title: Taking Him On (Checking Him Out #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Debbie McGowan (Beaten Track)
Publication Date & Length: September 9th, 2015 — 250

Synopsis

It’s almost a year since Noah told Matty they needed to cool it, believing it was the sensible thing to do. After all, they were too intense, and they were both failing uni.

Now, with Matty just weeks away from taking up his place at a prestigious London dance academy, Noah is desperate to make the most of the little time they have left. It’s only a temporary separation, and they are forever. Or so he’d thought.

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FourandHalfStars

It’s not really a secret that I’m a huge fan of Debbie McGowan’s work. I leave every book wishing I had a book club and several weeks to discuss the details. This is no exception.

There’s not a lot of dense plot, nor does it read like a traditional romance. Noah and Matty are an established couple, and the emphasis is on their development as characters and within their relationship. Even though this is part of a series, it can be read pretty well as a stand-alone.

I struggled a lot to like Noah, even though the story is in his (first-person) point of view. He seemed incredibly immature to me, and I kept thinking that if he couldn’t be realistic about the kind of relationship he was in, he probably wasn’t ready for it–and certainly not as a “forever love” thing. He kept talking about having “real” sex with Matty (and referring to everything else as “fooling around”). Plus, he wasn’t really able to let Matty lean on him in a grown-up, mature way because Matty’s issues were too intense for him to deal with. It was incredibly frustrating.

That said, I felt like Noah experienced a lot of growth. His unlikeablility was not a deterrent from enjoying the story–instead, it made me even more invested. I wanted to see if he developed into a healthier version of himself, and I wasn’t disappointed. By the end of the book, I felt like he’d changed for the better, and I really liked the way the whole thing wrapped up.

If you like a book to be heavy on character development with less emphasis on action or romance, this is a good choice.

~Amy

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4.5 Stars for The Opera House by Hans M. Hirschi #MM #Romance @Hans_Hirschi

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Title: The Opera House
Author Name & Publisher: Hans M. Hirschi (Beaten Track Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: December 13, 2013 – 268 pgs

Synopsis

Raphael doesn’t believe in a higher power, or in anything, for that matter. After the death of his son, his life shattered, Raphael regrets that he didn’t lie about some perfect paradise, and he pushes away everything that once mattered to him-his lover, his job, his reputation as a top architect. Then he meets Brian, a homeless, maybe hopeless kid, a street kid. When he disappears, Raphael realizes that he cannot fail another person, and he launches a full-out search. What he finds both breaks his heart and begins to heal it. The price of saving Brian is high, maybe too high. But Raphael is no stranger to sacrifice, and he’ll risk everything to save Brian and reunite with the man Raphael now loves. The question is-how? Like the architecture of the opera house Raphael designs, the steps to regaining his life will depend not just on careful planning, but faith, hope, and maybe just the magic of love.

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FourandHalfStars

This story was in some turns heartbreaking and in others uplifting. First be prepared, have plenty of tissue handy because if you don’t cry then you have no empathy.  The author was able to take this story and weave it into something amazing. I can’t imagine losing a child. The author was able to be bring across every emotion across the pages of this book. I would highly recommend this to everyone. Absolutely great!!

Lynn

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