Books and Reviews – June 20, 2016

Good morning!

This week I read two books that I enjoyed very much.  The first one is by one of my favorite authors, Kim Fielding.  It is her latest release Love Can’t Conquer (Love Can’t series #1)

Love Can't Conquer Kim FieldingTitle: Love Can’t Conquer
Series:  Love Can’t series #1
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  June 3, 2016
4,5 stars
Blurb:  Bullied as a child in small-town Kansas, Jeremy Cox ultimately escaped to Portland, Oregon. Now in his forties, he’s an urban park ranger who does his best to rescue runaways and other street people. His ex-boyfriend, Donny—lost to drinking and drugs six years earlier—appears on his doorstep and inadvertently drags Jeremy into danger. As if dealing with Donny’s issues doesn’t cause enough turmoil, Jeremy meets a fascinating but enigmatic man who carries more than his fair share of problems.

Qayin Hill has almost nothing but skeletons in his closet and demons in his head. A former addict who struggles with anxiety and depression, Qay doesn’t know which of his secrets to reveal to Jeremy—or how to react when Jeremy wants to save him from himself.

Despite the pasts that continue to haunt them, Jeremy and Qay find passion, friendship, and a tentative hope for the future. Now they need to decide whether love is truly a powerful thing or if, despite the old adage, love can’t conquer all.

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Thoughts:  This is another beautiful contemporary romance from Kim Fielding.  I loved the main characters.  Two men with painful pasts, both men have dealt with their experiences in different ways.  They are flawed and trying to over come their pasts.   At times Jeremy seems too perfect, but it fits.  Given his choice of careers as a police officer, then chief park ranger, it is in his nature to help people.  Qay’s life choices are definitely colored by what was done to him as a child and young man and he did not fair as well as Jeremy.  Watching their relationship unfold is both beautiful and painful.  I was enchanted by some of the secondary characters, especially Rhoda, the coffee shop owner.

I found many wonderful reviews for this book and decided on this one.  Dani is one of my favorite reviewers and this is a great review of this wonderful book. Enjoy:  ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~’s Reviews 

 

The next book I read was a spontaneous buy based on a wonderful review which I will include after the blurb.  The book is by Marie Sexton, another of my favorite authors.

Damned If You Do by Marie SextonTitle: Damned If you Do
Author:  Marie Sexton
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Publication date:  June 14, 2016
4,5 stars
Blurb:  The path to temptation is paved with a hellish amount of paperwork.

Soul acquisition is a drag, but if Abaddon doesn’t catch up on his quota, he could be demoted to scooping poop for the Hounds of Hell. With a deadline hanging over him, he heads for the Bible Belt, looking for the perfect combination of sweetness and challenge.

Seth is a blind musician, part of a traveling tent revival. He’s cute, mystically talented, and quotes the Bible at every turn. His soul is pure enough to fill Abaddon’s quota for months to come, and Abaddon is determined to claim it.

The problem? There’s the revival foreman who watches Abaddon’s every move. Then there’s the mystery of Seth’s many unusual talents. Lastly, there’s Abaddon himself. He’s beginning to like Seth a bit too much. Maybe Seth deserves something better than damnation.

But Hell’s agenda isn’t negotiable, and time is running out. If Abaddon doesn’t play his cards right, he could condemn both of them to the worst fate of all—an eternity apart.

Warning: Contains a Bible-quoting twink and an irreverent devil who’ll do anything to avoid going “back to the office”. Also, snakes. Lots and lots of snakes.

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Thoughts:  4.5/5.0
This book was an impulse buy after reading Lisa’s review at The Novel Approach Reviews. When I saw that it had a lot of religious references, I was hesitant, but when she mentioned that she loved a good Faustian Tale. I was hooked.
This is a bit of a different take on the theme and as the story unfolded, I was completely invested in Seth and Abaddon getting their HEA.
It is a short read and one I did not want to put down. There are so many little things about the story I would love to mention, but… spoilers. It was fun, quick and enjoyable (even with all of the snakes).
Happy with the impulse buy. Thanks, Lisa.

To read Lisa’s awesome review click here:   Lisa’s review of Damned If you Do by Marie Sexton at The Novel Approach Reviews

On the Audio front, I have many queued up, but I found that I was in the mood for some PsyCop by Jordan Castillo Price.  I have listened to the first book,  Among The Living PsyCop Book 1, but I am planning a PsyCop marathon, so I am listening to it again. 🙂

Among the Living PsyCop Book 1 by JCP audioookTitle: Among The Living
Series: PsyCop book 1
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Audio length: 2 hours and 59 minutes
Publisher: JCP Books, LLC
Publication date: 08-08-2014
4,5 stars
Blurb:  Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.

He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party, and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness’ idea of the world’s hottest guy.

Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.

Warning: This audiobook contains explicit adult content.

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Thoughts:
4.5/5.0
I chose Psycop because it is one of the series that came highly recommended. It is a police/mystery and I wasn’t so sure I would like it. Wrong again. I loved it. Victor is paranormal. The psychic half of a Psycop team, but his partner is retiring, and this is where we meet Victor. Trying to get through the retirement party, taking drugs to keep the ghosts away. Not having his best evening. Then he finds himself up close and personal with Jacob Marks, a sexy non-physic investigator very interested in Victor. After this steamy start to the story, it continues at a fast pace when Victor gets called away from the party to investigate a murder. Then to complicate matters, he is assigned a new inexperienced partner and he ends up having to work the case with Jacob Marks. To make things even worse, Victor is not able to sense the victims ghost, which is definitely not normal for him.

This is a fairly short story but it packed with a lot of action. Fast paced, multilayered and it has some great humor. I so enjoyed the killer and who Victor saw him as. The new partner story line is intriguing and I really liked this character.

I listened to this instead of reading it first which I find myself doing more often lately and I really enjoyed the narration by Gomez Pugh. That said, I plan on buying the series and reading them first, then going back and listening to them. I get the feeling this will be a re-read series and giving them a listen after reading them first will just add to the experience.

To find out more about the series click below:

PsyCop Series Goodreads page

 

The first three blogs listed below detail what they have on tap for us for the coming week.   The blogs that follow,  are ones that I check periodically throughout the week.  They all have wonderful articles, news, reviews and giveaways.  Whatever your taste in books, you will find among these blogs.

 

Happy Reading

Melyna

Finn and library

 

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