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5+ and 4 Stars for Thirty Things by Cate Ashwood #MM #Bisexual #Romance @Totally_Bound @cateashwood

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Title: Thirty Things
Author Name: Cate Ashwood
Publication Date & Length: April 3, 2015 – 210pgs

Synopsis

All their lives, Finn and Nate have been inseparable, sharing everything, and when a childhood accident left Finn broken, Nate stood by his side as all his other friends left. After all their years together, there’s one secret Finn still hasn’t revealed: he has been in love with Nate since they were eight years old. Hiding his feelings for twenty-one years—terrified of what might happen if Nate ever found out—has been difficult, but losing his best friend would be worse than living with a bad case of unrequited love. Unfortunately for Finn, Nate doesn’t make it easy.

Nate believes there are some things that just have to be done before your thirtieth birthday. As a gift to Finn, he plans an adventure to check off a list of thirty things to experience before hitting that milestone. Starting in Crawfordsville, Indiana, they tour the country, trying new things and meeting interesting new people. Nate’s having the time of his life, but he can tell Finn is holding something back. As the days count down, navigating the back roads suddenly seems easier than figuring out where their relationship is heading.

One thing’s for certain. There will be no turning back.

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FiveStars“…he was there and he wouldn’t let me fall, but he also knew I had to do it on my own.”Finn has been loving his best friend since childhood. In return, Nate shows his devotion to Finn with every thoughtful, caring action he takes.  But Nate isn’t gay and Finn knows he has to move on before unrequited love crushes him.

For Finn’s thirtieth birthday, Nate plans the road trip of a lifetime, criss-crossing the USA.  Having known Finn for a lifetime, he plans surprise activities at each stop.  Some he knows will excite Finn, others will terrify him, but all will be memorable.

This is such a beautiful story.  I was in love with Nate the moment he bought a truck adjusted to accommodate Finn’s disability.  I loved how he calmly, silently enabled Finn to push past the barriers posed by his impairments.  And Finn – funny, sweet, gorgeous and inexperienced – he might just be my favourite leading man in a very long time.

The relationship between the two men is exquisitely written.  Instinctive, seamless, and awkward, Ashwood mingles the comfort of a long-term marriage with the nerves before a first kiss perfectly.  Can best friends become lovers after so long?  Is Nate truly attracted to Finn, or is this just another way for him to take care of Finn?

The road trip is a delightful analogy for the men’s emotional experiences during their month together.  Both journeys are filled with awe, excitement, fear and joy.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

Sarah

FourStars

This was a very sweet love story, most relationships don’t happen this easily.  They grew up as best friends but ended up lovers.  It was cute how their romance developed over a month long road trip.

Nate was always there helping Finn, due to his legs, I thought he was caring and very sweet. Finn was always in pain and tried to hide it. It’s hard always feeling you need to rely on someone to help you.

I thought the storyline was interesting.  Traveling for a month together, trying new adventures.  I liked how it brought them closer.

It was a quick read and a feel good story.

Sherry

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Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, son, and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

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5 Stars for Ruminations by Debbie McGowan #ASexual #NewAdult @writerdebmcg

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Title: Ruminations (Hiding Behind The Couch)
Author Name: Debbie McGowan
Publication Date & Length: February 14, 2015 – 180pgs

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Josh Sandison has been waiting his whole life to go to university. Gifted – and bullied for being different – he hopes moving away to study will mean a change for the better. Instead he encounters the unexpected, when strange things start happening in his room – the blinds falling down by themselves and notes from an illiterate prankster.

Add to this the myth of the haunted third floor, and cynical Josh has had just about enough, when Sean Tierney arrives at university, three days late and with not a penny to his name. The two strike up an unlikely friendship, bonded by their passion for learning and compassion for others.

But will their intellectual prowess be enough to solve once and for all the mystery of the third floor?

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FiveStars
I loved this gem of a book. The characters, even the ones who don’t appear “on-screen,” are well-developed. I think this is likely because this book is part of a larger series, so clearly Ms. McGowan knows her characters, and that shines through even though we don’t see them all in this installment.The story is witty and charming. Josh is one of my new favorite characters. He’s quirky and interesting, and I loved watching him try to sort things out.

For the benefit of readers, I do want to point out that this is not a romance, and there is no same-sex pairing in this particular story. However, this is definitely one that falls under the bigger rainbow, and anyone who has ever felt the way Josh does will be glad to see themselves reflected in his tale.

I can’t wait to get my hands on and. McGowan’s other books. She’s earned herself a new fan.

5 stars

Amy

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Author, publisher, social scientist. My academic specialism is gender and sexual politics and identity, so you can expect this to crop up now and then in my writing too! Not in an “in your face” kind of way – subtlety wins hearts and minds.

I live in Lancashire, UK, with family and rescued dogs. It’s green and pleasant, and we get long, long, lovely perfumed days in late spring / early summer. My favourite place in the world is Watergate Bay, Cornwall, but I haven’t travelled much. The most amazing thing I’ve ever experienced is the call to prayer at 11 p.m. on a terrace in Istanbul. Goosebumps+ and I’m an atheist!

I write character-based/driven fiction – mostly general/contemporary, some (M/M & F/M) romance and a bit of sci-fi fantasy (light). Basically, I write about life. I’ve written a few stand alone novels and short stories, but my main work is the Hiding Behind The Couch series, which these days I’m referring to as a literary soap opera. Each novel/novella concludes, but there are always a few loose ends to be picked up and threaded on to the next instalment. There are longer threads and shorter threads.

I know readers find it hard to navigate a series, so I put together a timeline (http://debbiemcgowan.co.uk/HBTC_timel…).

Here it is in order (November, 2014):

1. Beginnings (novella)
2. Hiding Behind The Couch (book #1)
3. No Time Like The Present (book #2)
4. The Harder They Fall (book #3)
5. Crying in the Rain (standalone)
6. First Christmas (novella)
7. In The Stars Part I (book #4)
8. Breaking Waves (novella)
9. In The Stars Part II (book #5)
10. A Midnight Clear (novella – Nov/Dec 2014 – included in Boughs of Evergreen)
11. Red Hot Christmas (novella – December 2014)
12. Two by Two (season #6 – 2015)

You can currently read book 1 and 2 for free on Goodreads, or download book 1 and the short prequel Beginnings from my website (www.debbiemcgowan.co.uk). I will also send a free ebook to anyone who asks nicely! Why? I write because I have to. I want you to read and, hopefully, enjoy the worlds I “channel”.

I also run a socialist (profit share) independent publishing company: Beaten Track Publishing

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