Books and Reviews – August 08, 2016

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and had time to read or listen to some wonderful books.  It has been very busy and I have been reading and listening as often as I can find the time.  I managed to start a new series that was recommended to me a while back by my friend Janice – enabler extraordinaire. 😉  The series is The Plumber’s Mate by J.L. Merrow.  The first book in the series is titled Pressure Head.

Pressure Head The Plumbers Mate 1 JL MerrrowPublisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Genre: Contemporary, mystery, paranormal



LYLBTB 50 star



Some secrets are better left hidden.

To most of the world, Tom Paretski is just a plumber with a cheeky attitude and a dodgy hip, souvenir of a schoolboy accident. The local police keep his number on file for a different reason—his sixth sense for finding hidden things.

When he’s called in to help locate the body of a missing woman up on Nomansland Common, he unexpectedly encounters someone who resurrects a host of complicated emotions. Phil Morrison, Tom’s old school crush, now a private investigator working the same case. And the former bully partly responsible for Tom’s injury.

The shocks keep coming. Phil is now openly gay, and shows unmistakable signs of interest. Tom’s attraction to the big, blond investigator hasn’t changed—in fact, he’s even more desirable all grown up. But is Phil’s interest genuine, or does he only want to use Tom’s talent?

As the pile of complicated evidence surrounding the woman’s murder grows higher, so does the heat between Tom and Phil. But opening himself to this degree exposes Tom’s heart in a way he’s not sure he’s ready for…while the murderer’s trigger finger is getting increasingly twitchy.

Warning: Contains a flirtatious plumber with hidden talents, a cashmere-clad private investigator with hidden depths, and an English village chock full of colourful characters with plenty to hide.

Thoughts:  This was a most enjoyable book.   Tom is a delightful character and Tom and Phil are great as enemies to lovers.  The mystery is intriguing and there are moments that broke my heart .  I found this lovely review by Christy on Goodreads that captures the feelings I had when I read the book.  Take a look.  Great review, wonderful start to a series.

I also listened to the second book in the Five Boroughs series

Sunset Park Santino Hassell coverTitle:  Sunset Park (Five Boroughs book 2)
Author: Santino Hassell
Narrator: Michael Ferraiulo
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 8 hours and 7 minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC Release Date: May 24, 2016



LYLBTB 50 star



Raymond Rodriguez’s days of shoving responsibility to the wayside are over. His older brother wants to live with his boyfriend so Raymond has to get his act together and find a place of his own. But when out-and-proud David Butler offers to be his roommate, Raymond agrees for reasons other than needing a place to crash.

David is Raymond’s opposite in almost every way—he’s Connecticut prim and proper while Raymond is a sarcastic longshoreman from Queens—but their friendship is solid. Their closeness surprises everyone as does their not-so-playful flirtation since Raymond has always kept his bicurious side a secret.

Once they’re under the same roof, flirting turns physical, and soon their easy camaraderie is in danger of being lost to frustrating sexual tension and the stark cultural differences that set them apart. Now Raymond not only has to commit to his new independence—he has to commit to his feelings for David or risk losing him for good.

Thoughts:  I loved Raymonds character from book one, so when I saw that book two was his story, I was happy.  I enjoyed watching Raymond mature.  I admit that I was a bit frustrated with David throughout the book but it worked. 🙂   I listened to the audiobook.  I did this with the first book too.  The two books have different narrators.  The change in narrators was only an issue for me when it came to the voice for Nunzio.  His character had a very different voice and it took me a while to get beyond that.  Over all it was a great book and wonderful narration.  I am sharing a review for this book by a reviewer that also listened to the audiobook and has a wonderful review.

Review by Mike at The Novel Approach Review


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

Grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy.

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