Books and Reviews – July 10, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend.

In addition to reading Smoke and Mirrors  (Thirds #7)  I also read the latest Eli Easton A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County #1)

A Second harvest Men of Lancaster County 1 Eli EastonAuthor: Eli Easton
Title: A Second Harvest (Men of Lancaster County Book 1)
Series: Men of Lancaster County
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  July 01, 2016

4,5 stars

 

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Blurb: David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

Thoughts:  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  David and Christie are both very likeable characters.  It is sweet and romantic with two men who are trying to find what they really want and need in their lives.  Sometimes it is comes later in life and where you least expect to find it.  One aspect of the book that appealed to me personally was the bonding over food.  I love food-centric stories.   I found this lovely review by Christy Duke at Rainbow Book Reviews that I would like to share.

smoke-mirrors thirds book 7 Charlie CochetAuthor: Charlie Cochet
Title: Smoke & Mirrors (Thirds #7)
Series: Thirds
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 08, 2016

LYLBTB 50 star

 

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Blurb:  Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.

Thoughts:  Wow.  I love this series and I loved this book.  from the first page until the last, I did not want to stop reading.  This book picks up where to Catch A tiger by the tail ended.  It is fast paced, and though it centers on Dex and Sloan, the cast we all know and love are there.  It is suspenseful, has moments that broke my heart, made me cringe, left me feeling angry  and other moments that made me laugh.   Of course with Dex and Sloane there are sexy times aplenty.  Plus it is setting up for something big that the author has planned for our guys.

Jay of Joyfully Jay Reviews has a fantastic review I would like to share.   I have to agree, “best book in the series”  Click here to read her review:

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I am on the last audiobook of the  PsyCop series marathon.

Spook Squad PsyCop book 7 audio cover by Jordan Castillo PriceSpook Squad (PsyCop #7)
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Publisher: JCP Books LLC
Publication date (audio): May 04, 2016
Original publication date: August 20, 2013
Length: 12hrs 8 mins
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Blurb: 

Everyone enjoys peace and tranquility, and Victor Bayne is no exception. He goes to great lengths to maintain a harmonious home with his partner, Jacob. Although the cannery is huge, it’s grown difficult to avoid the elephant in the room…the elephant with the letters FPMP scrawled on its hide.

Once Jacob surrendered his PsyCop badge, he infiltrated the Federal Psychic Monitoring Program. In his typical restrained fashion, he hasn’t been sharing much about what he actually does behind its vigilantly guarded doors. And true to form, Vic hasn’t asked. In fact, he would prefer not to think about the FPMP at all, since he’s owed Director Dreyfuss an exorcism since their private flight to PsyTrain.

While Vic has successfully avoided FPMP entanglement for several months, now his debt has finally come due.

PsyCop is a fun, sexy, fast paced series by Jordan Castillo Price.   I have had many friends recommend it and I am glad I (finally)  listened to them.  Thank you!

I just finished Ghostv, PsyCop #6  The series starts out with Among the Living and it is about three hours long.  The books gradually get longer with Camp Hell (Book 5) coming in at 10 hours and 55 minutes.  Ghostv  at 12 hours and 6 minutes., and Spook Squad 12 hrs 8 minutes.  It was so much fun!   They are addictive.  I Love the narrator.  He is wonderful and gives distinct voices to the characters.

There are several Short stories in the series too and four are free on Jordan Castillo Price’s website.  These include Inside Out PsyCop 0.1  Thaw PsyCop 1.1 (I listened to the audio),  Mindreader PsyCop 2.3, and Stroke of Midnight PsyCop 3.1.

I will be sad to get to the end of this series.

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 I hope you have a fantastic week and read (or listen to) some amazing books. 

Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

 FBS, coffee and reading

 

Happy Reading and listening,

Melyna

Finn and library

 

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