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TWO 5 and TWO 4 star reviews for A Reunion to Remember by T. J. Thomas #FF #Romance #MayDecember

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Title: A Reunion to Remember
Author Name & Publisher: T. J. Thomas (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 — 240 Pages

Synopsis

Jo Adams and Rhonda Black reconnect after ten years apart. Rhonda’s twin daughters were Jo’s best friends in high school. With the significant age difference, Rhonda cannot believe Jo, twenty years her junior, will want to be with her long-term.

Jo knows what she wants, but can she convince Rhonda she’s in this relationship for the long haul?

Rhonda feels caught between a desire to explore a new opportunity for love and the daughter whose response she does not understand. Can she and Jo navigate the reactions and responses of Rhonda’s family and deal with their own fears and doubts to find a lasting love?

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FourStars

A Reunion to Remember is a beautiful story about finding love and happiness and what one risks to stay with those that make you happiest.

 

In this story we meet a young Jo, who spends most of her teenage years living with her best friends due to situations at her own home. After leaving for college on the west coast, she stays on there and only comes back to her hometown for a friend’s wedding.

 

While there her schoolgirl crush on her high school best friends’ mom, Rhonda, reaches a boiling point and after a discussion with Rhonda, they decide to explore the feelings between them while Jo is in the area to complete a 3-month contract. Things begin to get serious, but what will the family say?

 

I enjoyed this beautiful story. It told a wonderful love story and I love both Jo and Rhonda! Jo was so strong and knew exactly what she wanted. I commend Rhonda for not dwelling on the fact that she was so attracted to a woman; she was more concerned about the age difference, which makes perfect sense.

 

I wished that we would have learned what happened to Rhonda’s previous husband, Bill, earlier in the book. It left me wondering through most of the book and it was over 60% through before we learn what happened. However, I still enjoyed the story and loved getting to know Jo and Rhonda.

Tori

FourStars

I really enjoyed this book although it made me realize that I’m a hypocrite. The reason?  I’m in a bit of a May-December relationship myself. I’m the May part of the relationship; my partners have always been older than I. When I read the story and put myself in Jo’s position, this is a wonderful love story. When I put myself in Rhonda’s position, I become uncomfortable. Hypocritical to the extreme. Thanks, TJ, for making me realize that I need to work on myself. Anyway, like I said, this is a wonderful love story, from their initial attraction to each other that they both try to ignore, to both deciding that they have to explore their feelings, to developing deeper feelings, and even to having to deal with the reactions of family and friends. There is a double standard in society that says when an older man is involved with a younger woman, it is proof that he is still virile, that he still has what it takes. However, society frowns on a woman getting involved with a younger partner, and I don’t think there’s much difference even when it involves two women. The scene at one of the grandkid’s basketball game where Rhonda is given the inquisition about her younger companion is proof of that; Rhonda scandalizes the gossips at the game when she doesn’t deny that they’re together. Sometimes stories point out our prejudices almost as an aside. But at the heart of things, this story is about Jo and Rhonda, and how they find happiness and home in one another. And that’s what romance is all about.

~AmyP

FiveStars

A beautifully written passionate romance. Some novels are romantic, this is an exquisitely written love story. It is full of ardour, devotion and affection following the journey between two very fervent woman who have both arrived at a critical and defining time in their lives.
I thought the premise of this novel was also different and made for a worthy and dramatic storyline.
The ending was a delicious and satisfying conclusion to a fascinating and inspiring romance.
Ms Thomas has shown how well she can portray her characters, giving them life, emotions and believability. Her narrative and her weaving of the plot is admirable my only question would be is she striving for the adventure, realism   and authentic or the erotic? Which audience is she aiming for?This novel just about managed to span both audiences.
If this is Ms Thomas’s first novel I will certainly be looking out for more in the future.
~Chris
FiveStars
I wish I could give this book 10 stars, I loved it so much! When a book makes you really get under the skin of the characters and you feel every emotion so intensely, you know you are reading the words of a very talented writer.  The story of Jo, an abused teen who was taken in by Rhonda and her family 10 years before, is a beautiful, heart-wrenching love story that will require a box of tissues on hand for the amazing ending.
Ten years on Jo is back in her home town for a wedding and reconnects with Rhonda, the mother of her best friends at school, and the woman who looked after her at an horrific time of her life.  She is immediately attracted to Rhonda but she is straight so assumes that nothing can happen between them.  Rhonda is bowled over by the adult Jo and has feelings that she is totally shocked at but can’t shake them off.  She kisses Jo at the end of the night and both feel something very powerful.  When Jo moves in with her as a temporary lodger they begin to grow closer and can’t deny their feelings.  Problems arise when the family find out and the women have to try and cope with their feelings too.
The book rides a rollercoaster of emotions and I rode them too.  The women are perfect for each other but family issues, a twenty year age gap and fear of the future keeps holding them back.  In the end they love each other too much and their connection is too strong to let go.  Their love scenes are wonderfully written and really hot.  Jo is quite reserved and does not easily share her feelings.  Rhonda is holding back for another reason though- she feels her age would be a problem later.  I won’t spoil the ending but suffice to say I was in floods of happy tears.
~Kitty Kat

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TWO 5, 4.5, 4, and 3.5 Stars for Promises Part I (Bounty Hunters #1) by A.E. Via #MM #Romance @AuthorAEVia

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Title: Promises Part I (Bounty Hunters #1)
Author Name & Publisher: A.E. Via (Via Star Wings Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: October 16, 2015 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

Duke Morgan owns and operates one of the largest bail bond companies in Atlanta. Not only does he bond criminals out of jail, he and his notorious group of bounty hunters will also track them down and ensure they show up for court.

Roman ‘Quick’ Webb is Duke’s business partner and best friend. Both men are in their forties and have given up on the happily ever after with the ranch-style home, and white picket fence. They’d both tried it and failed miserably. But they have their friendship and they have the business.

When Quick’s son, Vaughan Webb returns – after seven years – from studying abroad with his law degree in hand, he’s back to claim what he’s always wanted…his fathers’ best friend… Duke Morgan. Vaughan has always claimed to be a classic gentleman with an old soul. He didn’t party and screw up in school like his buddies. He was focused and dedicated to becoming the man worthy of Duke’s love.

It’s a complex and messy situation as Duke and Quick figure out how to still be best friends when one of them is sleeping with his friend’s one and only son. But when Duke is hurt on the job, all the unimportant trivialities fall to the wayside and Vaughan and Quick put their heads together to save Duke.

Part I of the Promises story is about Duke and Vaughan. Part II will be about Quick and his realization that it’s not too late for any of them to find love.

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FiveStars

With this book you get Vaughn who has been in love with Duke for a long time but never acted on it.
Duke Owns his own bail bonds business and he has been hurt in the past when someone he loved did not return his feelings.
Now I want to say I loved this two together yes this was a slow burn but the way everything worked together I thought it was just so good!
What Vaughn does for Duke was just so sweet and honestly awesome, this is where I want to say how good it was that there was not any unneeded drama around it which sometimes happens in books and I can say I am not a huge fan of so it was really good that something that special Vaughn had done for Duke was accepted without to much anger or any unnecessary break ups.
I honestly love the way A.E. Via writes Alpha’s in her books and the Steam which there may of not have been lot of but to me there perfect amount and it was so very hot!!!
You meet some new characters in this book too which I honestly can not wait to read Quick’s book!!
There was action in this book and a lot of sweet too which I thought everything worked together in this story perfectly and I was on the edge of my seat hoping for the best for these two men. I also loved the age gap in this book there is just something about a older alpha man that is just so hot!!

So all together I really loved this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

FourandHalfStars

Ok, this was very romantic. Like, so sweet, OMG so romantic. Just my type of romance haha. Duke Morgan, badass bounty hunter,  is nursing a broken heart (even though he says he’s not) and here comes Vaughan, the sexy, sexy son of his best friend and co-worker.
Vaughan has been in love with Duke since he was a teenage, like 14. There’s a slight age gap between them, like over 12 years, but Vaughan doesn’t care. He’s gonna get his man and he got him. He made sure to graduate at the top of his class to become a lawyer to prove that he could be a good match for Duke.
I was rooting for him. Poor Duke needed so much love and affection and Vaughan was right there to give it to him. Hell, he even gave him a kidney! Now that’s love, people. There’s some back story with Duke’s ex lover and I guess I have to hunt that book down cause I’m curious lol.
I can’t wait for Quick’s story. It should be interesting.
~Cookie
FourStarsIn the first book of this new series, AE Via rejects the crude action-comedy formula that made her Nothing Special series a hit in favour of a gentler, more tender tone that will appeal to a slightly different audience.
With Judge and Michaels’ story in the last Nothing Special book as a bridge, Promises follows the members of Judge’s bounty hunter business rather than the members of God and Day’s team.  Judge’s boss and former partner Duke stars this time, and his best friend Quick’s son Vaughn is his younger love interest.  As in any AE Via book, the men are hot and the chemistry is brilliant.
For me, this was a little bit too saccharine.  I love God and Day’s rough, rude and vaguely open relationship.  I’m more ambivalent about Vaughn and Duke’s fated, self-sacrificing love.  But this is a personal preference.  All the readers who have complained about explicit group sex in the Nothing Special series will appreciate the monogamy and emotional angst in this new story.  Personally, I wanted more car chases and explosions.
There is very little action in this story.  Duke is injured at the start of the book in one of two action sequences.  The remainder of the story revolves around his injury and recovery.  I think AE Via writes better action scenes than medical scenes.  The accuracy of the medical details irritated me – and I was beginning to irritate my Nephrologist husband with my questions by the end.  Note – Nephrologists are physicians, not surgeons.  They also treat kidneys, not gunshot wounds. But aside from a poncey name, Dr. Chauncey is cute enough that I’d let him treat just about anything – and in this story, he does.  Hell, he even makes home visits.
The May to December thing usually irritates me, but aside from a few squirmy moments when Duke is about to shag his best friend’s son in his best friend’s house, 31 and 45 doesn’t seem like an untenable age gap.  Again, we meet God and Day as 20 something rookies – I think the author is going for an older, more restrained audience here.
This is very sweet and very touching.  Our men still wear leather and carry guns, but this is more heartfelt than anything I’ve read by AE Via before.  Personally, I much prefer the Nothing Special series.  There is only so much bedside hand-wringing I can tolerate.  I did love Vaughn’s ability to talk dirty, though I spent much of the book wishing for more than talk.~SarahFiveStars

This was a great book. I don’t think I’ve read any of A.E. Via’s books in the past so I was very happy to find that this was such a great read.
There is a lot of turmoil that happens between the characters, but I absolutely couldn’t put it down because it was believable and extraordinarily well written.
I have to say I loved Vaughan and his dedication to Duke even before they’d become a couple. Not to mention he was HOT… Just SMOKIN.. Not to mention incredibly giving and loving and just… *sigh* the perfect man. He was willing to do for a man he hadn’t even told he loved yet things that people who’ve spent years together wouldn’t do.
Duke was so great too. He was so strong and manly and fantastic. He’s been through heartbreak when the man he thought he loved leaves him for someone much younger than him. However, once he experiences what it’s really like to be with someone who wants you for the right reason, he knows he was never in love with Judge.
Sure, there were times where it will probably come off as a bit cheesy to some people, but those are people that likely haven’t been in a situation where you really find out who is going to be there for you and who is only a poser… even if they didn’t realize which side they were on until then.
Anywho… Great story. Great love story about dedication that is over the top and just what someone needs when the worst happens.
Renee
 ThreeandHalfStarsThis book had me lost and I think that may have been because I still have not read Don’t Judge first. The book itself wasn’t bad, I liked the authors writing style and the editing was really good but that did not surprise me as I’ve read books from this author before. This book had sizzling hot scenes and a lot of chemistry between the characters; it also over-the-top romance and overused terms of endearment. I also felt that Duke and Vaughan just became involved too quickly. There should have been more to the relationship than just jumping in bed. I certainly hope the author thinks more about relationships before writing Quick’s story. Not everything can be insta-love.
~Lynn

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4 stars for Young Love, Old Hearts anthology by Supposed Crimes @supposedcrimes #gay #lesbian #MM #FF #Romance

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Title: Young Love, Old Hearts
Author Name: Editor: C. E. Case Authors: A. M. Leibowitz, Adrian J. Smith, Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese, Geonn Cannon, Helena Maeve, Kassandra Lea, Lela E. Buis, Ralph Greco Jr., & Stacy O’Steen
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2015 — 168 pages

Synopsis

Everyone hears “He’s too young for you.” “She’s too old for you.” Not between these pages. This anthology crosses the age gap with nine enchanting stories of cross-generational relationships. Some are sweet, some are sexy, some are heartbreaking. One is downright murderous. The protagonists are gay men or women searching for true love or trying out what’s right in front of them.

Lesbian

Verso and Recto by Geonn Cannon

Discovering their mutual love of reading leads a literature student and her professor to take a step neither of them expected.

A Blizzard’s Blow by Adrian J. Smith

Lollie dashes from the house in the middle of a blizzard in search of something she’s not sure she’ll find, but she hopes to never again see the same cold, blank stare Kimberley gave her.

Slice by Ralph Greco Jr.

When Germane relinquishes her more-than-slight kinky relationship with Lila to begin a new one with younger A.J., she finds a flirty, fun and wholly different “Slice” of life opening up for her.

That December by Lela E. Buis

Celia finds that older women and the politics of genetic engineering aren’t what they seem.

Gay

The Arrangement by Helena Maeve

When he is summoned into his Dom’s study after a mutually satisfying scene, Cyril knows he’s in for something worse than the play they normally get up to.

New York Minute by Stacy O’Steen

Stuck in his depressing hometown for far too long, Colton jumps at the chance to return to his beloved New York City. But when some odd coincidences click into place, he needs to find the truth hidden in the lies.

The Artist as an Old Man by A. M. Leibowitz

1985 is a big year for Kenny Anderson. Sent to interview artist Aaron Rubenstein, making a grand reappearance after a three-year absence, Kenny digs beneath the surface to understand Aaron’s life—and maybe his own.

Adjunct Hell by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese

Phil may be in his 50s, but he’s still a student, and the fact that Carl—who’s barely 30—is dating him would bad enough even if Carl wasn’t waiting for good news from the tenure committee.

Say You Do by Kassandra Lea

Keegan Bancroft is hoping to avoid a complete meltdown before his date. But there’s something he really wants to ask Richard.

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 FourStars
This anthology contains everything from horror to humour to kink.  There are beautifully tender moments in Verso and Recto.   Gentle kink is introduced in Slice, while A Blizzard’s Blow is surprising and a little shocking.  That December and The Artist as an Old Man are both political – the former looking forward and the latter reflecting back.  Adjunct Hell is light and funny.

As with any collection of stories, some pulled me in more than others.  I really loved the quiet, gentle romances in Verso and Recto and The Artist as an Old Man, but on another day I might have been more drawn to some of the steamier or more exciting writing.

I struggled a little with the inconsistent quality of writing here.  I’m not sure New York Minute was actually written as a short story.  It ended abruptly without any sort of closure.  I had to read Slice twice, and I’m still not sure what exactly happens in the story.  I also felt like Say You Do was over before it really started.

Like any collection of stories, this is a good way to sample the writing of new or unfamiliar authors.  The Table of Contents contains a clear description of each story, allowing readers to dip in and out as they choose.

~Sarah

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AuthorBio

A. M. Leibowitz: A. M. Leibowitz is a spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. She keeps warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing romantic plot twists and happy-for-now endings. Her published fiction includes her first novel, Lower Education, as well as a number of short works, and her stories have been included in several anthologies. In between noveling and editing, she blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, and her family at amleibowitz.com.

Adrian J. Smith: AJ is a Christian, author, editor, spouse and all around crazy person. She’s constantly doing something at any given time and never learned to practice the word “relax.” AJ loves stories with a dramatic flair, stories that aren’t afraid to take risk and characters that are as real as the person sitting next to her. You can find her on twitter (@AdrianAJSmith) or her website (adrianjsmith.wordpress.com).

Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese: Erin McRae and Racheline Maltese are authors of the gay romance series Love in Los Angeles from Torquere Press. Their gay romance novella Midsummer (Love’s Labour 1), is from Dreamspinner Press (May 2015). They also have a story in Best Gay Romance 2015 from Cleis Press and edited by Felice Picano. You can find them on the web at http://www.Avian30.com.

Geonn Cannon: Geonn Cannon has been writing for nearly twenty years. Among the genres he’s written are drama, romance, mystery, western, steampunk, and thriller. The only thing he’s completely against writing are bios. Find him at geonncannon.com

Helena Maeve:
Helena Maeve has always been globetrotter with a fondness for adventure, but only recently has she started putting to paper the many stories she’s collected in her excursions. She can usually be found in an airport or on a plane, furiously penning away in her trusty little notebook.

Kassandra Lea: Growing up Kassandra Lea wanted to be Batman or a horse, then she discovered writing and the ability to live vicariously through her characters. She lives in southern WI with a gang full of furry-feathered monsters and a ghost that’s infatuated with the bathroom light.

Lela E. Buis: Lela E. Buis lives in Tennessee and is working hard at writing just lately. In past lives she worked at Kennedy Space Center and at a couple of different colleges. She takes care of four cats and a part time dog.

Ralph Greco, Jr.: Ralph Greco, Jr. is a professional writer living in the wilds of New Jersey suburbia.

Stacy O’Steen: Stacy spends her days pedaling wares to the masses but at night she’s free to roam and explore the reaches of her imagination. She loves crafting, nerdy things and generally making a mess. Find her at stacyosteen.com

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