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4 Stars for Following the Law (Southern Charm #5) by Nicole Dennis – #MM #PTSD #Romance @Totally_Bound @NDennisAuthor

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Title: Following the Law (Southern Charm #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Nicole Dennis (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length : October 6, 2015 – 216 pgs

Synopsis

Can a sheriff untangle the mysteries invading his town and those which surround the local IT geek who’s captured his attention?

Sheriff Robin Burke is pissed off. His quiet seaside town is troubled with all kinds of problems. Looking for the man who tried to poison Samuel Ashford is high on his priority list, but there is more in store. When someone he crushes on returns, he hopes to ignite his non-existent love life.

Returning from London, Beau Courtenay discovers his home has been invaded by his troubled half-brother. Dealing with the chaos, he is busy with a massive backlog of work and renovating the entire Southern Charm system. He finds another troubling detail in the form of random USB interfaces around Shore Breeze that don’t belong there. And there’s also the allure of the sheriff distracting him and threatening to reveal his darkest secret.

What will happen when Robin connects his suspect to the handsome IT geek with the delicious British accent and tight ass? Can Beau help the sheriff follow the law to prosecute anyone who dares to attack their beloved town?

Reader advisory: This book contains the use of homophobic language.

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Robin Burke has had a secret crush on the town IT man for a while, but when tragedy strikes, Beau Courtenay has to return to London to care for his ailing father.  Burke doesn’t lose hope, nor does he allow whomever is wreaking havoc on his town to get away with it.

I enjoyed this story quite a bit.  While it was not chalked full of the chemistry or angst that some of the previous stories were, these characters were given a different dynamic.

I enjoyed the banter that went back and forth between Beau and Robin.  I thought that it added a good dynamic – they courted.  And, even though it was sometimes awkward, it was always playful and sweet.

I liked that since you knew both characters from previous stories, you got to see them in their “own lives” rather than only through the eyes of their relationship.  Both were aware of each other, but both also had their own lives to live.  However, given that you knew them from previous stories, it felt that Dennis focused more on the mystery than the relationship aspect of this story.  The “sex” between Robin and Beau was dynamic, but not altogether that explosive.  I felt that since Beau liked to cuddle and things of that nature that there might have been more in the story, so I was slightly disappointed in that.

Overall, this was a well thought out story, but less romance and more mystery

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4 Stars for Love Means… Patience by Andrew Grey #MM #PTSD @AndrewGreyBooks @dreamspinners

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Title: Love Means… Patience (Farm #7)
Author Name & Publisher: Andrew Grey (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 23, 2014 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Years after his discharge from the Marines under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Cody Culver lives in a PTSD-induced world all his own. On a mission, under misconceptions that Geoff and Eli are the enemy, Cody breaks into their farmhouse but is quickly brought back to his senses by a frying pan to the head. After receiving much needed help in the hospital, Cody has nowhere to go. Luckily, kindhearted Eli knows just where to turn.

When Eli asks former Marine Brick Hunter to help, Brick isn’t sure he wants to get involved. But Brick has worked through his own PTSD, and like it or not, he owes Eli a favor. With Cody struggling to rejoin the real world and Brick agreeing to take him in, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought possible.

Though Cody tries to stay in the here and now, he sometimes flashes to unexplainable traumatic events—events that don’t fit his usual war zone delusions. As the “delusions” grow more frequent, it becomes apparent they might not be delusions at all. Cody may have actually witnessed a murder.

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This is another gentle, well observed romance from Andrew Grey.  After being discharged from the Marines under DADT, Brick has fought his own battles with alcoholism and settled into a solitary life on his ranch.  But while he had managed to sort himself, he doubts his ability to care for the very damaged Marine Eli brings to his door.

Cody has also been discharged under DADT, but has spent his years since living through a series of delusional “missions” in his tent, living out of his Marine survival pack.  Bringing him firmly back to the present is a huge undertaking.

I really liked the story of Cody’s journey back to himself.  I didn’t find myself fully believing the romance between Brick and Cody – it seemed more opportunistic than romantic.  When Brick allows the sleep-walking, delusional Cody into his bed, it also felt a little predatory. I loved Cody – but he sounded much younger than someone who had served in both Gulf wars.  I believed Brick was in his forties, but Cody seemed so damaged and vulnerable that he came across as very young.

I’m not sure the whole murder mystery plot was necessary.  I have this hang-up about the lazy m/m plot device where one of the leads is rushed to hospital, prompting a declaration of undying love.  Andrew Grey usually writes too well for this – but he only narrowly avoids the cliche this time.

This isn’t necessarily a sexy book.  There is a little bit of sex, but nothing wild and nothing graphic.  It is a story of healing, of romance and emotional connections.

By now, most m/m readers know Andrew Grey.  This doesn’t necessarily stand out for me, but it is a satisfying emotional story – a sweet romance between two hot men.

Sarah

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3 stars for Walking Wounded by Lee Rowan #MM #PTSD @dreamspinners

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Title: Walking Wounded (A Linden Bay Romance) 3rd Edition
Author Name: Lee Rowan
Publication Date & Length: May 22, 2015 — 200 pages

Synopsis

John Hanson joined the military because he wanted to serve his country. Lacking a home and family of his own, the idealistic young man longed to be a part of something bigger than himself. He didn’t expect to find love in officer’s training—so when an assignment took him away from Kevin Kendrick, the love of his life, he sacrificed personal happiness and did his duty.

Kevin has made his own sacrifices. Career came first, and the impressionable Army brat, tired of living in his father’s shadow, pledged his loyalty to his country and followed his ambition.

Now, seven years later, when the Army Kevin so faithfully served has made him the scapegoat for their latest Middle East snafu, he can only think of one place to go, one man who can provide solace and heal his wounds—John.

Reunited, the two war-weary lovers once again discover their passion for life, love, and one another. But Kevin’s past isn’t through with him yet, and when an old enemy surfaces, the two men realize that they must face the nightmares of the past together if they are to have the future they dream of.

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Sadly, PTSD stories are pretty common right now. This one focuses on British officers. Kevin and John were lovers during their training, but they haven’t seen each other since Kevin joined the SAS and John went to Kosovo as a UN peacekeeper. Several years later, and both men have left the army. Their respective experiences have left them emotionally fragile when Kevin turns to John for support.

 

The story starts gently as the men get reacquainted and begin to help each other through their PTSD experiences. But the second half of the book sends them running from mercenaries, assisted by Kevin’s former SAS teammates. It is an odd combination of events and I didn’t feel the book was long enough to accommodate both storylines.

 

I was annoyed by the odd Americanism in the story. Having married into a family of British army officers, the actions, accents and dialogue between these two men was less than convincing. John and Kevin alternately sounded like Americans and British squaddies – not like Sandhurst graduates at all.

 

I also found the timeline of the book confusing. The war in Kosovo started in 1998. But the men only had a seven year army career – there’s a ten year gap if the book ended in 2015.

 

Leaving my concerns aside, I liked these two characters and I believed in their relationship. I wanted them both to succeed and to build a life together.

~Sarah

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Lee Rowan has been writing since childhood, but professionally only since spring of 2006, with the publication of her Eppie-winning novel, Ransom. She is a lady of a certain age, old enough to know better but still young enough to do it anyway. A confirmed bookaholic with a wife of  many years, she is kept in line by a cadre of cats and two dogs who get her away from the computer and out of the house at least once a day.

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4 Stars for Southern Charm Series by Nicole Dennis – #MM #PTSD #Romance @Totally_Bound @NDennisAuthor

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Title: When in Bloom (Southern Charm #4)
Author Name: Nicole Dennis
Publication Date : January 23, 2015

Synopsis

Could the personal challenges of a former Army doctor and a brilliant florist get in the way of a chance at life and love?

Fighting Type One diabetes since childhood, Jude Sebastian runs to prove he can live a normal life, until epileptic seizures begin to change his life. Even with Dawson, his Medical Alert Golden Labrador, at his side Jude finds daily life difficult. He owns the floral shop, Flowers in the Breeze, and designs everything from simple bouquets to elaborate themes for weddings and celebrations.

At the Shore Breeze Clinic, Jude comes across a man clearly suffering with a PTSD episode. A new arrival in the small town, Doctor Elliott Sheffield, a retired Army Ranger doctor is looking for a second chance after what he saw in the Middle Eastern deserts.

Wanting a normal relationship, Jude tries to deny his disorders, but something is happening. He can’t regulate his sugars and his disorder worsens. When he returns to the clinic, Dawson alerts him to an oncoming seizure.

Will the personal issues and challenges of both men get in the way of a chance at love?

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes referencing PTSD, seizures and diabetes.

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(This is a review for the first FOUR books in the series)

This series is the book equivalent of a perfectly mixed mojito on a hot sandy beach.

The fictional small town of Shore Breeze sits just south of Pensacola on the Gulf Coast.  Most of the residents of Shore Breeze just happen to be gay men.  These men are quirky, ever-so-slightly troubled and very easy on the eye.

The first three books are set around The Southern Charm, a faded Antebellum hotel which owner Samuel is attempting to restore with the help of several sexy tradesmen.

These are perfect beach reads.  The escapades of sweaty, topless builders, muscular landscapers, a gourmet chef, pretty twinks and an accountant with OCD provide for frothy,  mindless escapism.

The fourth book, ‘When in Bloom,’ gets a little darker as a doctor with PTSD meets a florist with life-threatening ailments, but even this book quickly explodes into fantastic high-camp drama with a wonderfully nefarious villain.

If you love beautiful men, a little bit of sex and some gentle drama, load this series onto your e-reader for your next beach holiday.

Sarah

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New Release: When in Bloom (Southern Charm #4) by Nicole Dennis – #MM #PTSD #Romance @NDennisAuthor

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Title: When in Bloom (Southern Charm #4)
Author Name: Nicole Dennis
Publication Date : February 20, 2015

Synopsis

Could the personal challenges of a former Army doctor and a brilliant florist get in the way of a chance at life and love?

Fighting Type One diabetes since childhood, Jude Sebastian runs to prove he can live a normal life, until epileptic seizures begin to change his life. Even with Dawson, his Medical Alert Golden Labrador, at his side Jude finds daily life difficult. He owns the floral shop, Flowers in the Breeze, and designs everything from simple bouquets to elaborate themes for weddings and celebrations.

At the Shore Breeze Clinic, Jude comes across a man clearly suffering with a PTSD episode. A new arrival in the small town, Doctor Elliott Sheffield, a retired Army Ranger doctor is looking for a second chance after what he saw in the Middle Eastern deserts.

Wanting a normal relationship, Jude tries to deny his disorders, but something is happening. He can’t regulate his sugars and his disorder worsens. When he returns to the clinic, Dawson alerts him to an oncoming seizure.

Will the personal issues and challenges of both men get in the way of a chance at love?

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes referencing PTSD, seizures and diabetes.

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Ever the quiet one growing up, Nicole Dennis often slid away from reality and curled up with a book to slip into the worlds of her favorite authors. Over the years, she’s created a personal library full of novels filled with dragons, fairies, vampires, shapeshifters of all kinds and romance. Always she returned to romance. Still, there were these characters in her head, worlds wanting to be built on paper, and stories wanting to be told and she began writing them down whether during or after class. She continues to this day. Only recently has it begun to become fruitful, spreading out to let others read and enter her worlds, meet her characters, and see what she sees. No matter what she writes, her stories of romance with their twists of paranormal, fantasy and erotica will always have their Happily Ever Afters.

She currently works in a quiet office in Central Florida, where she also makes her home, and enjoys the down time to slip into her characters and worlds to escape reality from time to time. At home, she becomes human slave to a semi-demonic tortie calico.

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5 Stars for When in Bloom (Southern Charm #4) by Nicole Dennis – #MM #PTSD #Romance @Totally_Bound @NDennisAuthor

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Title: When in Bloom (Southern Charm #4)
Author Name: Nicole Dennis
Publication Date : January 23, 2015

Synopsis

Could the personal challenges of a former Army doctor and a brilliant florist get in the way of a chance at life and love?

Fighting Type One diabetes since childhood, Jude Sebastian runs to prove he can live a normal life, until epileptic seizures begin to change his life. Even with Dawson, his Medical Alert Golden Labrador, at his side Jude finds daily life difficult. He owns the floral shop, Flowers in the Breeze, and designs everything from simple bouquets to elaborate themes for weddings and celebrations.

At the Shore Breeze Clinic, Jude comes across a man clearly suffering with a PTSD episode. A new arrival in the small town, Doctor Elliott Sheffield, a retired Army Ranger doctor is looking for a second chance after what he saw in the Middle Eastern deserts.

Wanting a normal relationship, Jude tries to deny his disorders, but something is happening. He can’t regulate his sugars and his disorder worsens. When he returns to the clinic, Dawson alerts him to an oncoming seizure.

Will the personal issues and challenges of both men get in the way of a chance at love?

Reader Advisory: This books contains scenes referencing PTSD, seizures and diabetes.

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PTSD is discussed in this story, with war triggers.

I had not read the previous books in this series, but didn’t feel like I was missing much. Dennis did a great job at allowing a reader who just picked this story up to really know the characters.

Jude is such a kind soul. He exudes softness – and it’s not only because he had a medical dog, Dawson, who is also adorable. Jude has this calmness about him.

Elliott is a war vet, ER doctor who decides he needs a new pace to help him continue dealing with his PTSD flashbacks.

The “meet cute” was SO ADORABLE! Definitely a made for movie scene. Both Jude and Elliott come through their own trials, but through their love, stubbornness and friendship, both will find their way. I liked the community that this story takes place in – I hope communities like this really do exist.

I would read this author again, simply based on how much I enjoyed this story.

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