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TWO 5 Star Reviews for Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1) by Angel Martinez #MM #Paranormal @AngelMartinezrr

limegelatinandothermonsters_800Title: Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Angel Martinez (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date: August 16, 2016

Synopsis

Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.

Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.

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FiveStars

Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters is a quirky and imaginative romance. I highly recommend it for someone looking for a light and funny paranormal romance.
Angel Martinez has managed to fit a lot into a relatively short book. She introduces a number of unique characters, solves a mystery, starts a steamy romance, and makes us laugh along the way. The story is immediately engaging and kept me hooked until the end.
Kyle and Vikash are great characters with depth and personality. They have a highly entertaining relationship – both in the bedroom and as partners on the job. The sex scenes are explicit and hot, and the budding romance is low-angst and sweet.
This is a great introduction to the Offbeat Crimes series. This book has a good conclusion, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone story. I’m excited to move on to the next one!
Amanda
FiveStars
I have read a lot of paranormal books and yes they all have weird unexplainable things in them, that is what makes them so good…. But I have say that this book was beyond the unexplainable things. With that said I have to say that this book was so dang good. It was everything you look for in a good read. There was mystery, there was action, there was cops, there was inter office romance, there was freaky monsters, and there was extreme chemistry between the two main characters. You throw in the tension between other fellow officers and how quirky the main characters are and you have a winner on your hands with this read.

Kyle has not always been a paranormal officer. Until recently he was just like everyone else and lives a normal life as a regular police officer with a regular partner on his old squad. Hat all changed the night him and his old partner encountered the lime jello monster and Kyle stepped in to help his previous partner from being ate. Instead of doing the same to Kyle, Kyle was able to absorb the lime jello monsters powers and save his partner. Which in turn sent him to the 77th precinct with the other paranormal officers. Once there his powers really kicked in and he was not able to work with or get close to anyone else from fear of what he would absorb of their powers. Well that is until Vikash came to the precinct and was partnered with Kyle.

Things were different with Kash b cause instead of absorbing his power of destruction when Kash is angry, together they make the powers stronger and work hand in hand together. Not something either of them are used to but they make it work for their benefit.

With the case they are working on and the mystery as to what exactly the killer is exactly (whether human or a paranormal killer), Kash and Kyles unique powers could be the difference between there being another murder or not and Kash and Kyle being alive to tell the tell of what the murder is.

Add to the fact they are still feeling each other out at work and behind closed doors and you have a very good read.

Kash and Kyle in my opinion are very good together not only at work but at home also. They both have similar tastes in movies, music, and food but they also have this amazing chemistry together. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out to find out what these band of misfit cops get up too and into. Great read.

Tosha

Excerpt

Kyle sat up straighter, shifting to see between the heads in front of him. Soren looked like a poster boy for the model police officer, tall and straight, uniform crisp and sharp. He stood at parade rest beside the lieutenant impassively surveying his new colleagues. A little knot of resentment lodged in Kyle’s stomach. At his own introduction to the Seventy-seventh, he’d been nervous and fidgety, freaked out by the collection of…freaks. How can he be so calm?

“Officer Soren transferred from the Harrisburg PD—”

“Don’t they have enough freaky shit of their own up there?” Wolf called out in his rasping growl.

“—since Harrisburg is in our jurisdiction,” she continued with a quelling glance.

“He’ll start out partnered with Monroe.”

“What does he do, ma’am? That it’s safe to put him with Kirby, er, Kyle?” Shira Lourdes asked as she flicked nervous glances across the room at Kyle. An empty chair slid away from her and fell over. Her partner, Greg Santos, shook his head and righted the unfortunate piece of furniture.

“Officer Soren’s abilities are his business, which he may or may not choose to share if you ask. And don’t bully him about it either, any of you.” Lieutenant Dunfee swept the room again, pinning each of her officers with her needle-laser gaze like captive butterflies. “Monroe, my office after briefing. Info on your current case.”

She dismissed them, stalking from the room with thunderclouds in her eyes. Kyle found himself approaching the new guy and trying his best not to be awkward. Did he offer to shake hands? Was it safe? Would the guy flinch like so many people did at the sight of Kyle’s scarred hands? Soren was even taller up close, six-foot- three of lean inscrutability, his blue eyes startlingly bright against smoky bronze skin.

“Um, hi, I’m Kyle Monroe.” Kyle fidgeted when Soren didn’t offer his hand either. “You’re with me, I guess. I’ll show you our spot in the squad room.”

Soren followed him silently and Kyle was starting to wonder if he was like Krisk in the not-speaking department until he finally spoke in a smooth, soft baritone, making Kyle startle and miss a step. “Why do they call you Kirby?”

“You’d hear it sooner or later, I guess.” Kyle shrugged. “It’s this thing I do, absorbing other people’s talents temporarily. If they’re close to me. Or touch me. Like Kirby, the little pink dude in the video game.”

“Ah.”

Just that? Soren didn’t edge away, or change expression at all. Was he made of stone? “It’s a thing. Everyone here has a thing.”

After a few more steps, Soren asked, “Always?”

“What…oh, was I always like this? Who knows? I mean, maybe I’ve picked up stray thoughts or something, but no. It’s pretty recent. Knowing that I do this.”

Kyle took a wide arc around Vance as he entered the squad room, pointing to the double desk in the far corner, well removed from everyone else. “That’s ours. Coffee’s over there, but you might not want that coffee. Let me grab my file and we’ll go see the lieutenant.”

“So what’s your story, Soren?” Vance called across the squad room. “What flies your freak flag?”

“Yeah, what do you do?” Jeff Gatling stopped ’porting his banana from one corner of his desk to the other.

“I don’t really do anything,” Soren answered as he hefted the empty coffee pot.

“Guess I’ll make fresh since I’m the new guy.”

He opened the top to remove the filter and every human voice in the squad room yelled out, “No!”

Most people would have startled, maybe dropped the carafe. Soren just blinked at the roomful of people gesturing wildly. He took the filter out and emptied it over the trashcan. “Why not?”

“You don’t want to do that.” Kyle stayed by his desk, a nice safe distance from the coffee station. “That’s Larry’s job.”

“Larry’s not keeping up then.”

The container of sweetener packets began to rattle. It shivered across the counter and leaped to a messy end, ceramic shards skittering across the floor. The desk that Krisk and Wolf shared rose from the floor several inches and slammed back down. Wolf fled with a squeaking yelp just before the desk flipped on its side.

Soren glanced toward Kyle. “Larry’s not a cop, is he?”

“He is…he was! A dead cop. Larry’s a ghost. He gets ticked if anyone else makes the coffee. Put the stuff back, please!”

“Larry?” Soren raised his voice but to all appearances remained completely unruffled. “I’m new here. I’m very sorry I invaded your jurisdiction. See? I’m putting the carafe back. Closing the top. Are we good, Larry?”

A breeze ruffled through a stack of papers, but no further mayhem ensued. The carafe slid from its pad on the coffeemaker and floated to the water cooler where Larry, who never manifested in a visible form, whistled tunelessly while he filled the carafe.

From his dim corner of the room, Carrington said in his dry, genteel way, “Welcome to the Island of Misfit Freaks.”

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for The Runaway Millions (The Runaway Model #2) by Parker Avrile #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: The Runaway Millions (The Runaway Model #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 12, 2016 – 261 pgs

Synopsis

They’re the perfect couple until the money runs out…

Kyle, a rising model, is the toast of Manhattan. Bryce, a wildcatter who got rich in the Bakken gas fields, is an inch away from becoming America’s newest billionaire.

But their world is turned upside-down when a competing oil company wrests away Bryce’s business, his personal jet, and even his condo. Bryce has no choice but to scramble to save his career– even though a famous rock star is sniffing around in hopes of claiming Kyle for his own.

When Kyle steps forward to defend another model accused of a terrible crime, he’s deported. The tabloids follow him, happy to spread rumors about his alleged affairs with the beautiful and the famous of Europe.

Can love survive when one man is on his way up while the other is on his way down? When an ocean divides the lovers? When the gossip columns can’t help stirring the pot? The Runaway Millions is Book 2 in The Runaway Model trilogy. This 78,000 word full-length novel complete with a HEA can be read as a stand-alone but if you prefer to read the series in order, please start with The Runaway Model.

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FiveStars

I just thought that the Runaway Model was emotional but I have to say this book out did book one. I have to say I was in tears in certain parts of this book.

This book is a continuation of book one. It literally picks up where book one left off. Much like book one there was some major twist and turns through out the whole book. There was definitely some ups and downs where the two main characters Bryce and Kyle was concerned.

I think that with everything that Kyle went through in book one that in book two you was able to see how much he has grown as person. Whereas most people would have walked away from Michel so they did not take a chance of being taken down with him, Kyle did the opposite. Even with the few doubts he had he stood beside Michel and do not give up on him. Also I think that another way I was able to see that Kyle grew up in this book was because even though he had the opportunities to cheat on Bryce with Stoney, he knew that he would be throwing away real love for a fantasy love. So he did not stoop to doing that. He held on to the love that he felt for Bryce in the good and bad times.

Bryce lost pretty much everything in this book but he did not let that stop him. He is determined to get back what he lost but he is not willing to give up the love of a good man to do it. Bryce may be older then Kyle but I think that Kyle actually taught Bryce hat it means to truly love and trust someone. These two men have been through so much together and they still come out on top. That is what love is all about. Holding on to those that are close to you in the good and bad and coming through it all together.

This was another amazing read by Parker Avrile and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series because I can only imagine it will be another incredible read.

Tosha

FourStars

This was the second book in the series and I was excited to see where this author would take these two men. There were twists and turns in this book and I love books like that. It makes for an exciting book. There was a wide-ranging character growth for both men in this book and there was also a lot of miscommunication. In the end it was great to see them work out their differences. It was clear that Kyle and Bryce belonged together and it was really great to see the difficulty that these men had to face in order to finally have their HEA.

Lynn

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for The Runaway Model (The Runaway Model #1) by Parker Avrile #MM #Romancer

CoverTitle: The Runaway Model (The Runaway Model #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Parker Avrile (Paris April Press)
Publication Date & Length: February 17, 2016 – 280 pgs

Synopsis

Kyle’s music blog gets a boost from rumors about his affair with a closeted rock star, but his followers have no idea of the reality of his life on the streets of Vegas. Men? He only lets them get close enough to pick their pockets.

Until Bryce– a wildcatter who struck it rich in North Dakota. He wants one last wild weekend without the bodyguards hovering. The hustler with the sexy English accent seems perfect for no-strings sex. But now Bryce can’t get Kyle out of his head. Especially since that tempting smile is suddenly on every other magazine cover…

Kyle can steal a heart as easily as a precious sapphire. But can he keep the heart he stole once the truth is out about his past?

If you like contemporary gay romance with real characters in a setting that’s a little glitzy and a little gritty, you’ll love The Runaway Model. This full-length 75,000 novel is a complete in one volume, and it’s absolutely cliffhanger free.

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FiveStars

This is a book based on more of a mystery/suspense with a little bit of loving going on. You never know what is going to go down once you turn the next corner or who is going to be involved.

The story starts when Kyle is 14 years old and his math teacher starts to obsess over him. At 16 Kyle runs away to America and meets his idol Stoney. At 18 the story really begins.

Kyle in my opinion has no control over what is happening in his world so that is why he latched on to the first thing that feels right in his life and that is following and being a fan of Stoney. I think that Kyle convinces himself that he and Dtoney will end up together and passes up on what could be the real thing with Bryce. I think that subconsciously he knows that he will never end up with Stoney and that is why Bryce is the one he always calls when he is in trouble and needs help. Kyle may not stay with Bryce but when his life and Stoney’s life are both in danger the one and only person he turns to is the one person he knows subconsciously will be there to save him, Bryce.

I think that from the first meeting Bryce knows he will never be able to get over Kyle and he knows that he is probably the only one that Kyle has trusted enough to be honest with. Bryce feels the connection between the two of them but he will not push how he feels on Kyle. He lets him go and when Kyle calls when his stalker comes calling again, Bryce is there for him. The question is when Kyle is safe who is it he will choose to be with Stoney or Bryce??

This was a book full of suspense as I said at the beginning of my posting and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I never knew what was going to happen next and I hope that book two will tell more about how it all turned out in the long run of things. This is definitely a great read and Parker Avrile did an amazing job on it.

Tosha

FourStars

I really enjoy this book and this was a new author for me. I feel the author had everything exactly right. The emotion we felt from Kyle seemed to be spot on. You could feel the loneliness pouring off the pages for Kyle. It seemed like he had no place to turn. He has to deal with the stalker from hell right from the beginning and he feels forced to run away from home. Then Kyle meets Bryce. The connection between the two was absolutely great and as they began to their relationship you couldn’t help but root for both men. Then the stalker from hell shows up again but this time Kyle is not alone. Bryce was a pretty complex character yet I just knew he would be there for Kyle.  This book is not what I would consider a light read. Kyle goes through so many emotions and clearly feels lost. This book has everything from drama to angst to eventually love.

Lynn

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5 Star Review for Leaving (Voices #8) by Sarah Masters #MM #Paranormal

CoverTitle: Leaving (Voices #8)
Author Name & Publisher: Sarah Masters (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 28, 2016 – 172 pgs

Synopsis

There comes a time when you just have to walk away.

Langham has had enough of murder and mayhem. For too many years he’s dealt with the horrors of his job and it’s taking a toll on him. Now he’s got Oliver and is more settled in his private life, he doesn’t need to be married to his job anymore.

Can he divorce himself from it, though? And what else would he do anyway? Like Oliver says, the job is Langham’s life. That’s no longer true—Oliver is his life these days, and Langham wants nothing more than to spend quality time with his lover.

However, crime doesn’t stop just because Langham wants it to, and when a mysterious caller seems intent on drawing Langham into his weird and wicked web, Langham can’t say no. But he can say this is the last case and that he’ll be leaving the force when it’s all wrapped up.

The problem is, The Caller has so many women on his kill list that the case isn’t likely to end any time soon. And The Caller…is he taunting Langham or reaching out for help? As bodies mount up and the calls become more frequent, The Caller realizes he may well be playing a game he should never have started—and that Langham will stop at nothing to bring him to justice.

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I have to say that for some reason this book really creeped me out. Not in a bad way but in the way when you are watching a scarey movie and you are scared afterwards so you sleep with the lights on. I have to be honest and say that it is a first for me with a book but Sarah Masters was able to accomplish that.

This is a book that is a bit scarey not because of people jumping out at you or anything like that but because it is so easy to picture and put yourself in the book as a character. It was as if everything that was happening was brought to life on the big screen and I was able to see all of the mystery unfolding right before my eyes.

That is an amazing feet to be able to accomplish a book that is able to suck you into it like that.

This book being part of a series makes me wonder if the other books are the same as this one is considering this is the first book I have read in the series. And I have to admit now I am hooked. I am sure that I should have read the other books first but realistically this book can be read as a stand alone in my opinion because the background and information in this book did not make me feel lost. So I guess now it is time to read the others in the series and wait on pins and needles for the next book in the series to come out. I can’t wait!! Great job Sarah Masters on an amazing book.

Tosha

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5 Star, 4.5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Above the Law (Lone Star Law #2) by Carsen Taite @carsentaite #FF #Mystery

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Title: Above the Law (Lone Star Law #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Carsen Taite (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: June 14, 2016 – 264 Pages

Synopsis

DEA Agent Dale Nelson paid the ultimate price for her service when her wife was killed by drug dealers. Now she’s assigned to a task force investigating the suspects and she doesn’t need the distraction of the beautiful but infuriating reporter, Lindsey Ryan. Despite her initial resistance, Dale discovers that Lindsey is as talented and capable as she is attractive. Will she get a second shot at love, or will the peril of her job rob her of the chance at happiness again?

Investigative reporter Lindsey Ryan will do whatever it takes to get the truth. As a favor,she agrees to anchor what is supposed to be a puff piece on the DEA. However, despite the reluctance of the striking Agent Nelson to share any information, Lindsey learns power and politics are at play, and exposing the truth could not only be dangerous, but could jeopardize her chance at love.

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FiveStars

I really enjoyed this well written and totally enthralling novel.  Two strong, yet emotional character very different in outlook and personality. This novel draws you in from the opening chapter.
Along with a complex, fast moving and totally absorbing plot the tension of the growing passion between the two woman pulsates with intensity and ardor.
Right up to the final moments this book will have you hooked. Great and well executed conclusion.
Chris
FourandHalfStars
Dale works for the DEA and is still mourning the murder of her wife a year ago. When she is forced to ‘babysit’ Lindsay Ryan , famous TV reporter she’s not too pleased. She needs to keep working on a case involving a drug cartel and, along with some help from her friends, feels she is getting there. This PR job is interfering with that.  I really enjoyed this book. The drugs case involved some of Dale’s friends and their family members and it was a high tension, fascinating story. I loved how the revelations kept coming and connections were made. I wanted to find out more and more. I haven’t read the first book in this series and I felt I was playing catch-up a bit. Once I got it clear in my head and worked out where all of this came from I really go into it.  The highlight for me, though, was the slow-burning relationship and intense attraction between Dale and Lindsay.  Both had been alone for a while and were reluctant to get involved. That didn’t stop me wanting them to just get on with it! Carsen Taite really knows how to write sexual tension and never fails to please. A great read with plenty to pique the reader’s interest.
Kitty Kat
FourStars
This was an excellent book in so many ways. It’s actually my first book from this author. Taite is definitely talented at the suspenseful thriller. The criminal/lawful aspects of the book were tightly plotted, with excellent pacing, and totally engaging. My problem in this book came from the romance element. Dale and Lindsey had a lot of chemistry that both fought strongly against. Then, all of sudden, both are admitting to deep feelings about the other. Strong enough that both felt comfortable talking about things they didn’t want the other to do. It seemed like there wasn’t  whole lot of ‘get-to-know-you’ or ‘let’s-spend-more-time-with-each-other.’ They simply went from an attraction that they didn’t talk about or admit to, and jumped to a full on desire to be together in a deep, loving way. In other words, it doesn’t seem like an organic progression of the relationship. So while I give kudos for the suspense, I say there needs to be a bit more development for the romance to work. This is book two in this series, and I would definitely pick up the first one, and the next one as well.
AmyP
ThreeStar
Lindsay is a likable, sweet, and caring person that you can’t help but want to succeed. Where Lindsay is open, Dale is closed off and guarded; that makes the couple a natural choice. As things normally go, just when we think they have finally gotten it right, something happens and they go their separate ways. The question is, will it be
for good?

The story of Lindsay and Dale was one that I had a hard time getting into. It took me seeing them together a few times before I really started getting sucked in to their story. I loved the crime investigation aspect of the book and I am sad that we didn’t get to see Lindsay more involved with the group on that.

My biggest gripe is all the loose ends left at the end of the book. I thought that surely ‘The End’ at the end of the book was placed there in error; however, as the book does end there, it must not be. Without spoiling too much, there is an investigation that is going on, which is pretty focused on throughout the book; however, even by the end of the book we don’t know its outcome. We also find out, almost in passing, that there may be a traitor among our group of friends, but I don’t recall finding out the person.

I feel the lack of properly finishing the book really hurt the book in the end. I had really enjoyed the book until that point and the book would have been a 4 or 4.5 stars for me; however, now as a reader I have to wait on the following book and purchase it to see what happens.

Having said that, Lindsay and Dale are great and I am happy to have met them; however, I don’t know if I will keep a look out for the second book or not.

Tori

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5 Star Review for Egg Whites and Blue (Yolks on You #2) by Jessica Payseur #MM #Mystery @Jessica_Payseur

CoverTitle: Egg Whites and Blue (Yolks on You #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Jessica Payseur (JMS Books LLC)
Publication Date & Length: July 2, 2016 – 201 pgs

Synopsis

Sequel to Shell Shocked

Kiko and Dom are still getting used to settling in with each other, a task made difficult by their conflicting schedules and habits. With Mount Angus’ Knee High 4th of July Festival approaching, they anticipate spending some quality time together again, if only for a weekend.

But the arrival of Kiko’s ex, a well-known chef who seems to be taking interest in him again after a decade, throws up unnecessary tensions. And when Dom stumbles across a body with a pie server in its back, they find themselves drawn into another small-town mystery where the dark secrets of family recipes and a generous serving of danger could very well get them killed.

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Another good book in this series. Jessica Payseur definitely has a winning series on her hands. This book contains mystery, murder, food poisoning, a crazy ex, and some insecurities. But it also contains love and excitement.

Once again Kiko and Dom are trying to figure out who is behind the murder of one of their fellow townies and what the motive is and who is responsible for the food poisoning.

These two men are so funny. They have a unique way about them that makes them such an amazing couple. And the fact that Dom is insecure about Kikos ex makes it that more realistic.

I love how no matter what these two men have each other’s back for better or worse.

Jessica made this book exciting and left me wondering who was behind everything till the very end.

Another great read and cannot wait to read more in the series.

Tosha

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4 Star Review for My Busboy by John Inman #MM #Mystery

CoverTitle: My Busboy
Author Name & Publisher: John  Inman (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 4, 2016  – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Robert Johnny just turned thirty, and his life is pretty much in the toilet. His writing career is on the skids. His love life is nonexistent. A stalker is driving him crazy. And his cat is a pain in the ass.

Then Robert orders a chimichanga platter at a neighborhood restaurant, and his life changes—just like that.

Dario Martinez isn’t having such a great existence either. He needs money for college. His shoes are falling apart. His boyfriend’s a dick. And he has a crap job as a busboy.

Then a stranger orders a chimichanga platter, and suddenly life isn’t quite as depressing.

But it’s the book in the busboy’s back pocket that really gets the ball rolling. For both our heroes. That and the black eye and the forgotten bowl of guacamole. Who knew true love could be so easily ignited or that the flames would spread so quickly?

But when Robert’s stalker gets dangerous, our two heroes find a lot more to occupy their time than falling in love. Staying alive might become the new game plan.

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FourStars

This was a sweet story that had a great mystery thrown in.  I enjoyed Inman’s story of connection, love, friendship and life.

Chaz is a great character.  He is a friend, wannabe lover, protector and ultimately he’s, hopefully found a new interest.  I enjoyed his snarkiness and his love of Robert.  He’s almost loyal to a fault.

Robert is a somewhat conundrum of a character.  He wants to be the bookworm, but he’s also supposed to be slightly more mature than Dario.  While his writing career is not going as well as he had hoped, he’s not without his successes.  I thought it was very “Robert” that he allowed his stalker to continue to write him without feeling the least bit scared.  Robert seemed to not be very interested in self preservation throughout this story.  However, you can see his kind heart when he continues to support (in whatever way he’s able) his friend, Bucky.  He wants better things for his friend, but can only help when Bucky is ready and willing.

Dario is a sweet kid.  He tries very hard to fit in to the grownup world, but his choice of boyfriends leaves something to be desired.  He also has somewhat of a starry-eyed view of Robert.  He does some growing up in this book, but for the most part, he starts to realize that Robert is just a man who is trying to build a relationship.

Overall, this was a good story with a mystery that helped create a bond for all of the characters.

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