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4.5 stars for Love Comes Unheard (Senses #5) by Andrew Grey @andrewgreybooks @dreamspinners #MM #Romance #family

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Title: Love Comes Unheard (Senses #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey — Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date & Length: Sept 14, 2015 — 200 pages

Synopsis

Garrett Bowman is shocked that fate has brought him to a family who can sign. He’s spent much of his life on the outside looking in, even within his biological family, and to be accepted and employed is more than he could have hoped for. With Connor, who’s included him in his family, Garrett has found a true friend, but with the distant Brit Wilson Haskins, Garrett may have found something more. In no time, Garrett gets under Wilson’s skin and finds his way into Wilson’s heart, and over shared turbulent family histories, Wilson and Garrett form a strong bond.

Wilson’s especially impressed with the way Garrett’s so helpful to Janey, Connor and Dan’s daughter, who is also deaf. When Wilson’s past shows up in the form of his brother Reggie, bringing unscrupulous people to whom Reggie owes money, life begins to unravel. These thugs don’t care how they get their money, what they have to do, or who they might hurt. Without the strength of love and the bonds of family and friends, Garrett and Wilson could pay the ultimate price.

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FourandHalfStars

What can I say, Andrew Grey had another winner. This is the 5th book in the Senses series and I loved it. This was a sweet story about a man who’s deaf and down on his luck and he meets a family who can sign. The author brought out all the emotions of the MC’s and we watched as they fell in love.

 

It was great to see how even the secondary characters interacted with the new and even better to get an update on past characters. I love how Wilson was able to open up his heart and fall in love even though he had his heart broken previously and closed himself off to ever having love again. This was a great story that brings in how people deal with disabilities of all kinds. Hope to have more Senses stories in the future.

 

This can be read as a standalone but would recommend reading the 4th book Love Comes Around first so that you have more background on Dan and Connor.

~Lynn

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3.5 and 3 Stars for Shotgun (Coda Books #7) by Marie Sexton #MM #Romance @MarieSexton

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Title: Shotgun (Coda Books #7)
Author Name & Publisher: Marie Sexton (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 29, 2015 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

As a young man, Dominic Jacobsen already suspects he’s gay, and he gets all the confirmation he needs when a rich boy from out of town climbs into the back seat of Dominic’s GTO. One night with Lamar Franklin is all it takes to convince Dominic he’s found the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, that one night is all he’ll get before Lamar returns to Tucson.

Fifteen years later Lamar returns to Coda, Colorado, after ending the latest in a string of bad relationships. He’s alone, depressed, and plagued by late-night phone calls from an unidentified caller. Lamar’s ready to give up when he comes face-to-face with his past.

Since he was seventeen, Dominic has dreamed of a reunion with Lamar, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready for it now. Facing small-town rumors and big-family drama is bad enough, but Dominic won’t risk losing custody of his teenage daughter, Naomi. The only solution is to make sure he and Lamar remain friends and nothing more. Clothes stay on, no matter what.

It seems simple enough. But for better or worse, Lamar has other ideas.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This was a hard story to read. Love that one feels they can’t acknowledge but still craves.
I think for me the worst part was the back and forth Dominic played. I understood that he wanted Lamar but didn’t want the backlash that would come with it, but once we get to the end it all seems so overblown and pointless.
I think the crime part of the story was unnecessary or could’ve been used in a way that helped draw the characters together…. but it didn’t. It distracted from the men and their troubles.
I felt like Lamar could be so incredibly needy and demanding at times which was disappointing in what I felt was such a strong character otherwise.
I haven’t read any of the other books in this series so maybe that would’ve helped.
I liked the narrator of the audiobook and he kept me listening when I might have been otherwise distracted from the book.
Renee

ThreeStar

This book has a long lost love.. Angst and a stalker.
What can I say about Lamar… At first I did not care for his character because of what he did with Jonas.  Not a huge fan of cheating in a book. Once I read farther into the book I started to understand why he did what he did with Jonas a little bit more.  Still was not a huge fan of it though.  I did end up feeling bad for Lamar with the way Dominic ran so hot and cold, pushed then pulled him back.  Lamar suffered from depression after what had happened with Jonas, so  when Dominic was playing his games with him I hoped Lamar would have just said enough is enough.
Dominic I honestly did care for his character at all.  First he wanted Lamar then he pushed him away blaming it on having a daughter.  He was so hot and cold it really drove me nuts.  Then you get very little steam with this book..
The stalker was really the most interesting part of this book the rest while I liked it I was not a fan of these two MC’s together.  I really just did not feel it with these two probably because most of the book Dominic was pushing him away.
So while I liked this book there was a few things that bugged me about this book also..
Kara

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5 Stars for The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye #MM #Romance

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Title: The Shearing Gun
Author Name & Publisher: Renae Kaye (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 19, 2014 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

At twenty-five, Hank owns a small parcel of land in Australia’s rural southwest where he supplements his income from the property with seasonal shearing. Hank is a “shearing gun”—an ace shearer able to shear large numbers of sheep in a single day. His own father kicked him out when his sexuality was revealed, and since no one would ever hire a gay shearer, Hank has remained firmly closeted ever since.
Elliot is the newbie doctor in town—city-born and somewhat shell-shocked from his transplant to the country. When a football injury brings Hank to Elliot’s attention, an inappropriate sexual glance and the stuttered apology afterward kickstarts their friendship. Romance and love soon blossom, but it’s hard for either of them to hope for anything permanent. As if the constant threat of being caught isn’t enough, Elliot’s contract runs out after only a year.

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What can I say about this book other then this book was so good!!!
Hank is a gay man trying to hide that he is in Australia’s Rural southwest.  He has is own farm and is a sheep shearer, which with that kind of work is were his fear of being found out stems from.  He does not want to lose his job and friends which is his greatest fear.  He was doing a good job of it too until he meets Elliot the new doctor in his town.  He soon realizes he is attracted to Elliot, which in time steadily moves to love.
Elliot what can I say about him other then he was such a sweetheart who just wants to help people and get closer to Hank.
This book has low angst but so much sweet when it comes to the two of them building as a couple.  There are also some funny moments and some moments where you hold your breath hoping everything is okay.
Hank’s family slowly starts to accept him as he is and he will soon find out that all his fear of his town finding out may be for not.
I really loved this book and would definitely recommend it!
Kara

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5 Stars for No More Hiding by Renee Stevens #MM #Romance

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Title: No More Hiding
Author Name & Publisher: Renee Stevens (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 12, 2015 – 256 pgs

Synopsis

Phillip Jorgensen tried to live the straight life and ended up divorced. But he wouldn’t trade his two kids, Jacob and Samantha, for the world. His ex-wife has kidnapped them and he’s been searching for them for six long years. But he’s not giving up—never, not for anything. His twin brother has encouraged him to start living again, but how is he going to find romance with all his baggage?
When he meets Vance Pierce at the new gym, Phillip sees a chance to find some happiness.
Phillip has to explain the whole sordid mess to Vance and pray that he understands that he’ll never stop looking for his children. That’s easier said than done. Telling Vance might be risky. Is their connection strong enough to convince Vance to stay? Or will he think that Phillip is too damaged to love? This is Phillip’s chance at the life he never thought he could have. But is it possible?

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Review FiveStars OMG, I don’t even know how to review this book and do it justice. I am on a review team, I read a lot of books and sometimes when I start a book, it has been a little bit since I signed up to review it and on occasion I forget what the blurb about the book says. This is the case with this book. Going off the title I thought it was just another story about a closet gay man and finally coming out and not hiding. Oh no, this book was SO much more. I read this book in one sitting, I didn’t get up, I didn’t move. I was hooked from the start and honestly never wanted it to end. I don’t want give any of the plot away, you have to read it to experience the emotions that I felt when reading. Phillip is an amazing man, he went through so much in this book, I felt like I was with him every step of the way. When he hurt, I hurt, when he cried, I balled like a baby, when he fell in love, so did I. Vance was an amazing guy from the start and he kept getting better and better. I also loved Robert, Phillips twin and his family. This book had drama, angst, heartache, sadness, happiness and romance. A beautiful story that dealt with very difficult issues and felt so real, simply amazing, one book I will recommend to everyone and read again and again.

Angie

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5 Stars for Twelfth Night (Love’s Labours #2) by Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae #MM #Romance @racheline_m @erincmcrae

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Title: Twelfth Night (Love’s Labours #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 12, 2015 – 68 pgs

Synopsis

Michael and John, a May/December couple, navigate the repercussions of their gay-for-you love affair in the hothouse of a summerstock theater production.

Back in New York City at the conclusion of their show’s run, John is overwhelmed by his obsession with Michael and the difficulties of learning to date again after the death of his young son and his recent divorce. John gradually comes out to his colleagues, his football rec league friends, and even his ex-wife.

But when he invites his parents over for Christmas to meet the person he’s been seeing, the holiday—featuring Michael’s family’s amateur production of Twelfth Night—quickly turns into a French farce of potentially catastrophic proportions, forcing John to finally take the lead in claiming his evolving identity as he takes the next step in his relationship with Michael.

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This is a terrific sequel to Midsummer. It’s definitely necessary to have read the first one in order to understand the relationship dynamics between Michael and John. I liked this one slightly less, but only because I think it lacked just a bit of the magic that made the first one so wonderful and memorable.

The story is entirely told in John’s point of view, so we only ever see the somewhat otherworldly Michael through his eyes. That’s part of what intrigued me in this story. I kept feeling frustrated with Michael because it seems at first that he’s erasing John’s bisexuality and expecting him to identify as gay. However, that’s not what’s happening, and when that’s revealed, it changes the whole perspective–and that’s why it’s important that it’s not in his POV; this is really John’s relationship psychology that we’re seeing. The moment when John realizes it along with the reader is definitely a highlight for me.

Other readers may get something else out of the story, and certainly fans of sensual, romantic stories will love this one even without being motivated by the underlying themes. For me, it’s the literary flair which makes the story worthwhile. This is incredibly well-written and nuanced; it’s simply marvelous.

Amy M.

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5 and 4 stars for Of Love by Sean Michael #MM #Romance #Family @Dreamspinners

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Title: Of Love
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael — Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date & Length: June 24, 2015 — 136 pages

Synopsis

Free-spirited computer programmer Kent McMann loves life, candy, his family, and his job designing apps. With his go-getter attitude, he succeeds at anything he tackles. So having a child with a surrogate mother is the perfect start to the family he’s always wanted, even though he still hasn’t found his longed-for Mr. Right.

Then, into Kent’s life comes triathlete Dex Lochland, who also happens to be a successful app designer, and the two of them hit it off. They soon begin a relationship full of fun, sex, laughter, and love. But when Kent learns his attempt at fatherhood with the surrogate has succeeded, Dex is shocked. Unknown to Kent until that moment, Dex has never wanted children.

Kent’s decision before he met Dex might cost him the man of his dreams.

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FiveStars

What a lovely story full of pure sweetness. Though the primary relationship arc is about Kent and Dex, this is about so much more. The title is perfect because there are so many kinds of love shown–friendship, romance, parent and child, extended family.

I’ll admit, I was hesitant at first. The beginning didn’t draw me in right away. The reason Dex and Kent meet is because of Dex’s pushy friend. I got a little nervous that it might be all about Dex’s failure to commit and having his nosy friend in the way. I was also a bit worried it was going to focus on Dex’s fitness. Fortunately, neither of those things is true, so readers who don’t like those elements should really just push past the first chapter.

There is a lot–and I mean a lot–of descriptive sex. That’s fine, and many readers will love it. I found myself skimming because I was more interested in the rest of the story. It didn’t bother me or make me not like it; it was just something I noticed.

This is pretty much an angst-free, charming, sexy story. It’s not about overcoming some big obstacle or facing the past or emotional drama. It’s about two people who grow to love each other and have no problem admitting just how much in every way possible. Both Kent and Dex are likable and charming, and they both grow as people. Dex’s transformation is more obvious, but there are some subtle changes in Kent, too.

All in all, this is a delicious slice-of-life story, perfect for a beach read or a lazy weekend afternoon

Amy

FourStars

I love this story.  Kent is a fabulous main character and Kent and Dex together are just about perfect.

An independently affluent computer programmer, Kent is ready to be a parent.  He may not have a partner, but he does have a surrogate, an IVF clinic and an incredibly supportive family.  Dex has never wanted a family.  The triathlete trains hard and lives for his sport.

But from the moment they meet, Dex and Kent are inseparable.  The entirely convincing hook-up turns friends-with-benefits turns something-more is so sweet and so natural that it is actually amazingly romantic.

Only someone independently wealthy working from home could deal with Dex’s rigid training routine, and only someone with rigid self-discipline could manage the wonderfully erratic Kent.  The men aren’t perfect, but they are perfectly matched.

I usually avoid books involving pregnancy and small children, but Kent and Dex’s reactions to the pregnancy were brilliant.  There were a few soppy moments, but the baby parts of the book were managed with humour and some very realistic scenes of panic and sheer terror.  I’m not sure I want to read about the ‘happy family’ next stage of their lives, but I actually enjoyed the pregnancy story.

I’ve awarded four stars because this is a little too saccharine and a little too cozily domestic for me.  I personally prefer Sean Michael when he is writing about more alternative lifestyles, but I know that many readers love their romance sweet and their lifestyles traditional.  I’m sure those readers will absolutely love this book.

~Sarah

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5 Stars for Two by Two by Debbie McGowan #MM #Family @writerdebmcg @b10track

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Title: Two By Two (Hiding Behind the Couch #6)
Author Name & Publisher: Debbie McGowan – Beaten Track Publishing
Publication Date & Length: March 31, 2015 – 815 pgs

Synopsis

Two pregnancies, two babies, two troubled teens. Two psychologists hunting down the leader of a deadly cult.

When Libby takes a stand against her abusive parents, Josh and George readily make her a part of their family. However, her parents may have been involved in something altogether more sinister, and now The Circle must draw together to protect both Libby and her friend Adam.

Meanwhile, two unexpected guests seek sanctuary in Shaunna and Andy’s new home, but that’s only a part of it, and they soon realise something is very wrong. Someone is watching them…

All this and more in Two By Two: Season Six of Hiding Behind The Couch.

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FiveStars

If I wasn’t sure before, this book sealed Debbie McGowan as one of my favorite authors. I’ve yet to find anything she’s written that I didn’t love.

I can’t say much about the story itself without giving spoilers. This is the most recent part of her ongoing Hiding Behind the Couch series, and it’s fairly important to read them in order for context about the relationships among the characters. Readers can catch on for the most part, but without reading the other parts, it’s difficult to understand a lot of the motivations.

For the most part, although I’ve grown to love all the characters, I really just read these stories for Josh. He is one of my favorite characters in any book, and I love seeing the world through his eyes. He’s complex and interesting, and the best part of this installment in the series is seeing how he’s developed over time.

What I like about Ms. McGowan’s writing is that there’s a realness to it. Her characters deal with some serious issues, but in a way that doesn’t feel played for melodrama. At times, this makes it an emotional read for me because many of their issues are so close to home for me.

The other thing readers should know is that this novel is epically long. I found (due to the emotional impact and the length) that it was best to read it in smaller chunks. It’s easy enough to do, as there are several intersecting storylines and the POV switches frequently. It reads a bit like how it would be if someone put a television series in novel format. I enjoy it, though I suspect there are readers who would find it not to their taste.

I’m looking forward to reading more about these characters (I’ve read the series but not most of the stand-alone companion stories). I highly recommend this, reinforcing that it’s important to start at the beginning for the best experience.

Amy

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