Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

This week for Throwback Thursday, I’m talking up two contemporaries.  I find it especially compelling when an author can weave a page turning story about two average people, without murder, heavy angst, or general mayhem helping drive the plot.  A genuine character driven story.  Not that here is anything wrong with murder, mayhem and drama!  Sometimes it’s nice to read about two guys simply – or not so simply – figuring out how their lives can fit together.  The stories featured today, Emergency Contact and All Bets Are Off, fall in that category.  Well, in the latter the guys do have to figure out who’s giving them some grief, but it’s not the focal point of the story.  These are two of my “go-to” re-reads.  Get ready to fall in love with Ash & Eric, and Liam & Garrett.  The writing in both stories is sumptuous and captivating.  I hope you check them out.

Happy reading!

tbtbs-emergency-contact-elle-brownleeTitle:  Emergency Contact
Series:  Standalone
Author:  Elle Brownlee
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  March 06, 2015
Cover artist:  Brooke Albrecht
Genre: M/M Contemporary, Romance
Length: 200 pages

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Summary:  When Liam’s best friend has to leave town on business, he asks for a favor—be an emergency contact for his cousin who is new in town. Liam doesn’t think twice before he accepts. He’s great with numbers and confidently plays the odds, because nobody ever uses those emergency contacts, right? Wrong. The very next Sunday, cousin Garrett shows up at Liam’s apartment, fresh-faced, devastatingly gorgeous, and nothing like Liam had dismissively assumed.

Garrett arrived in New York City hoping to make it in the modeling world, and Liam isn’t sure what to do with him. While he eventually warms to welcome the distraction, he’s not prepared to have his steady, predictable world overturned. Liam is sure Garrett will soon tire of him and find someone closer in age and less eager for the quiet, settled life Liam prefers. But Garrett is too sweet-natured and naïve to recognize Liam’s dismissal, and he’s not as shallow as Liam presumes.

Although Garrett sees a future for the two of them, Liam manages to push him away. It is only then Liam sees the Garrett-shaped hole in his life.

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tbtbs-all-bets-are-off-marguerite-labbeTitle:   All Bets Are Off
Series:  Mountain Boys Book 1
Author:  Marguerite Labbe
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  December 09, 2011
Cover artist:  Anne Cain
Genre: M/M Contemporary, Romance
Length: 280 pages
Characters:  Eli Hollister, Ash Gallagher

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Summary:   It only takes one night with Ash Gallagher to make Eli Hollister think he’s finally met the right man at the right time. Good thing he doesn’t bet on it, because Ash turns out to be a student in Eli’s class at the local college. Eli can’t deny he’s attracted, but now it’s complicated. He’s already in enough trouble with the department head, a man who would like to see Eli denied his tenure and fired.

Ash is looking forward to taking his life in a new direction. After serving one active-duty stint in the Marine Corps and another in the Reserves, he’s ready to put his military life behind him. The last new experience he’d planned for this semester was to fall in lust with his English professor, but the more Eli resists, the more Ash is determined to have him. Then he discovers Eli’s playing for keeps, and Ash is only interested in a fling… or is he? Between these two, when it comes to life and love, all bets are off.

My review at Live Your Life For The Book  Live your Life buy The Book

Books and Reviews – September 26, 2016

Good morning!
I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Did you read or listen to any great books last week?   I read a book this week that I have been so excited about, Mad Lizard Mambo (Book 2 of the Kai Gracen series) by Rhys Ford.  I also listened to one of my all time favorite Neil Gaiman books, The Graveyard Book.  Although not in the M/M genre or even considered an adult book.  It is an all ages book that I absolutely adore.  What are you reading or to listening to this week?  Let me know in the comments section.

the-graveyard-book-audiobook-coverTitle:  The Graveyard Book
Author:  Neil Gaiman
Narrator:  Neil Gaiman
Publisher:  Harperchildren’s
Publication date:  September 30, 2008
Format: Audiobook
Length:  7 hours 47 minutes
Genre: All ages (although it is marketed as a children’s books) horror, paranormal, fantasy.
Summary: Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod’s family.

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times best-selling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

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Thoughts:    LYLBTB 50 star   I first listened to this book read by Neil Gaiman on his website, Mouse Circus. I was enchanted. I decided to buy the audible edition with Mr. Gaiman narrating it. I adore this story.  Perfectly creepy and enchanting. My absolute favorite Neil Gaiman book. Buy the audiobook (I prefer the one that Mr Gaiman narrates because that is how I first heard it and I love his voice) and when you get a moment, go mousecircus.com and watch him read the book. It’s a treat.

I will also leave you with this excellent Review by Sally  on Goodreads

 

MadLizardMamboFSTitle:  Mad Lizard Mambo
Series:  Kai Gracen Book 2
Author:  Rhys Ford
Publisher:  DSP Publications
Publication Date:  September 13, 2016
Format: ebook
Genre:  Urban Fantasy, LGBT
Cover Artist:  Anne Cain
Summary:  Kai Gracen has no intention of being anyone’s pawn. A pity Fate and SoCalGov have a different opinion on the matter.

Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals… and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn’t expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, Kai’s not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.

Now an official liaison between the growing Sidhe Court and the human populace, Kai is at Ryder’s beck and call for anything a High Lord might need a Stalker to do. Unfortunately for Kai, this means chasing down a flimsy rumor about an ancient lost Court somewhere in the Nevada desert—a court with powerful magics that might save Ryder—and Kai’s—people from becoming a bloody memory in their Merged world’s violent history.

The race for the elfin people’s salvation opens unwelcome windows into Kai’s murky past, and it could also slam the door on any future he might have with his own kind and Ryder.

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Thoughts:  LYLBTB 50 star   When I saw that Rhys Ford was coming out with the second book in the Kai Gracen series I was thrilled!  I love all of her work and she writes a varied mix of genres.  This series is pure urban fantasy.  When I finished reading it yesterday the first thoughts I shared where these

“I just finished Mad Lizard Mambo by Rhys Ford. Woohoo! What a ride! Violence, bloodshed, dragons, an arrogant- not so arrogant sidhe lord, a stalker with a gentle heart under a gruff exterior, evil relatives… And did I mention- Dragons. Sigh. When is Kai #3 coming out?”

As you can tell, I was a little excited.  This is a fast paced action packed book.  I love the world the author has created and the amazing creatures that inhabit it.  You really need to read the first book in the series- Black Dog Blues (Kai Gracen Book 1)  Then you will be able to jump right into Kai’s next adventure.

This is a great Review for Mad Lizard Mambo by Christy at Rainbow Book Reviews. 

 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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Books and Reviews – September 19, 2016

Good morning!
I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend.  It is starting to feel like Fall around here.  Not cooler weather.  That doesn’t happen until much later here in central Texas.  School is underway with football games and bonfires, marching season for the band and pumpkin and gourd displays at the stores. Plus everywhere I look is something flavored with Pumpkin Spice. lol  I even got in the spirit of things and pulled out the fall decorations for our house too.

I listened to  a delightful audiobook by Megan Derr titled Tournament of Losers, I also read two fun books.  Adulting 101 by Lisa Henry and Fred & Ginger by Isobel Starling.

tournament-of-losers-megan-derrTitle: Tournament of Losers
Author: Megan Derr
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher:  Less Than Three Press
Publication date: August 3, 2016 (audiobook)
Format: Audiobook
Genre:  M/M,  Fantasy
Summary:   All Rath wants is a quiet, peaceful life. Unfortunately, his father brings him too much trouble – and too many debts to pay – for that to ever be possible. When the local crime lord drags Rath out of bed and tells him he has three days to pay his father’s latest debt, Rath doesn’t know what to do. There’s no way to come up with so much money in so little time.

Then a friend poses an idea just ridiculous enough to work: enter the Tournament of Losers, where every 75 years, peasants compete for the chance to marry into the noble and royal houses. All competitors are given a stipend to live on for the duration of the tournament – funds enough to cover his father’s debt. All he has to do is win the first few rounds, collect his stipend, and then it’s back to trying to live a quiet life….

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Thoughts:  LYLBTB 50 star  This book is a wonderful fairy tale. It is sweet and predictable, although that didn’t matter – in fact I think it made it all the better because, I as the reader, knew where this was destined to end and it was perfect – happy sigh) I was also brought to tears a couple of times. Right in the feels.
Rath is one of those characters that just can’t seem to get a break, misses things that we as readers see and has a heart of gold. I wanted him to have his HEA so much. I adored Tress as the love interest and the idea of the tournament. I also enjoyed how the author wove this tale with just enough adversity to keep me hovering one the edge of “Is this all going to go terribly wrong and they not get their HEA?” all the while hoping they would. They must. Such a lovely well written story.
I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Michael Stellman. It is a very enjoyable narration. This is definitely a book I will listen to again. Going into my keepers, all time favorites list.

Janice (My good friend and enabler extraordinaire who recommended that I listen to this book) had this to say: “A wicked smart fairy tale…5++”  I wanted to steal this review because – yes, it is a wicked smart fairy tale and… I love the word wicked, but she beat me to it. 😉

For a wonderful in depth review, I am sharing this one by Whit!!!!! at It’s About The Book. (Enjoy)

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adulting-101-lisa-henryTitle: Adulting 101
Author:  Lisa Henry
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Publication date:  August 13, 2016
Genre:  M/M Contemporary
Format: ebook
Summary:  The struggle is real.

Nick Stahlnecker is eighteen and not ready to grow up yet. He has a summer job, a case of existential panic, and a hopeless crush on the unattainable Jai Hazenbrook. Except how do you know that your coworker’s unattainable unless you ask to blow him in the porta-potty?

That’s probably not what Dad meant when he said Nick should act more like an adult.

Twenty-five-year-old Jai is back in his hometown of Franklin, Ohio, just long enough to earn the money to get the hell out again. His long-term goal of seeing more of the world is worth the short-term pain of living in his mother’s basement, but only barely.

Meeting Nick doesn’t fit in with Jai’s plans at all, but, as Jai soon learns, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to have the adventure of a lifetime.

This is not a summer romance. This is a summer friendship-with-benefits. It’s got pizza with disgusting toppings, Netflix and chill, and accidental exhibitionism. That’s all. There are no feelings here. None. Shut up.


Thoughts:  LYLBTB 50 star  I loved this book.  It is a very cute, sweet coming of age story.  Nick is a huggable, quirky character dealing with growing up, making adult decisions, leaving his best friend and making sure he isn’t a virgin before he leaves for college.  His quirks aside, his character is very believable.  This is a scary time in a lot of peoples lives, huge changes and his relationship with his family isn’t helping.  Then there is Jai.  Older, smoking hot, world traveler that is the object of Nick’s fantasies.
Once these two get together, nothing goes as either one of them planned.  I enjoyed reading about their experiences, meeting the wonderful secondary characters and seeing how it was all going to work out.  I finished this book feeling happy and hopeful for the characters.

I am sharing this awesome in depth review written by Jay from Joyfully Jay reviews: jay-signature-175x125

 

fred-ginger-isobel-starlingTitle: Fred And Ginger
Series:  Stand alone
Author:  Isobel Starling
Publisher:  self published
Publication date:  November 19, 2015
Cover artist:  Isobel Starling
Genre: M/M Romantic comedy
Length: 72 pages 11.577 words
Characters:  Christopher Miller and Robin Summers… and of course, Fred the puppy.
Summary:  A sexy, funny, stand alone short Christmas story. Patisserie Chef Christopher Miller works for Big Boy Cupcakes, London’s only gay bakery. His boss had closed the bakery on the 23rd of December, and Chris was looking forward to some well needed time off, and Christmas ALONE. But then his boss calls him with a last minute order—the order of his dreams—to bake for his movie idol, actor Jason Beck. Just as he is about to deliver the order, Chris’s dreams are turned upside down by an explosive, fateful meeting with Fred, an errant Chocolate Labrador. The dog’s owner turns out to be Robin Summers, a one night stand from months before…the man that Chris could not forget.

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Thoughts:  I love holiday books. This short story is sweet and cute and sexy. I enjoy food-centric stories and this one was fun, especially since parts of it reminded me of an event they have at the GayRomLit Retreat. It is a short, snippet in the lives of two men,and an exuberant Labrador. Bonus – the author includes a recipe at the end. So much fun.

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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Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

Hi Everyone!

This week Throwback Thursday is going back in time – again. Yes, my favorite  MM sub-genre, which of course is historicals, is being featured.

First up is the lengthy and oh so satisfying debut novel by Tamara Allen:  Whistling In The Dark. This one is set in New York City, amidst the emotional ashes WWI and just as the 1920’s are about to start roaring. The author’s ability to convey the pace, the flavor, and the spirit of the city held me completely captive. Hearing about the safe havens very lively queer culture that thrived in NYC during the time period was of huge interest to me. One of the characters, Sutton, is a musician – a type which never fails to capture my interest. Sutton is a somewhat naïve small-town boy in the big city, and Jack, well Jack embodies big city street smarts and savvy. Both men have a ton of fortitude and heart. The story of how they meet, become friends, and eventually lovers is a grand adventure. Be ready to settle in, for a long read – as I mentioned, this is a slow burn story – there is so much more going on than the romance element. Tamara’s other stories are just as wonderful. I advise anyone with an interest in historical fiction to check them out.

tbtbs-whistling-in-the-dark-tamara-allenAuthor: Tamara Allen
Publisher:  Lethe Press
Publication Date: January 2009 (First published December 10, 2008)
Genre:  M/M, Historical
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Summary:  New York, 1919. His career as a concert pianist ended by a war injury, Sutton Albright returns to college, only to be expelled after an affair with a teacher. Unable to face his family, he heads to New York with no plans and little money—only a desire to call his life his own. Jack Bailey’s life has changed as well. After losing his parents in the influenza epidemic, he hopes to save their beloved novelty shop—now his—by advertising on the radio, barely more than a novelty, itself. Sutton lands work in Jack’s corner of the city and the two conclude they couldn’t be less suited for friendship. But when Sutton loses his job, Jack gives him a place to stay. Sutton returns to the piano to play for Jack and finds the intervening months have healed him. The program promises to rescue Jack’s business and Sutton’s career…but success brings its own risks for two men falling in love.

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Next we have The Desire For Dearborne, which is one of the earliest historical romance categorized MM books I read. No, I’m not counting classics such as Maurice or The Charioteer  😉   I have to mention that I find the cover for this book to be…unfortunate. To me it emulates a long line of MF “bodice ripper” books, and the fact is, neither main character in this book is anything close to effete, weak, or looking to be rescued from life. Entirely unrepresentative of the story. Anyhow, as with the Allen book above, this adventurous Regency tale features a naïve country boy. Leander comes to England from America, to claim a family Earldom, something that certainly came as quite a surprise to him. He goes about the necessities with great aplomb, and more than a little notice from society, and a fellow Earl, Julien.  We get a good look at London society -the class disparity, the hob-nobbing, the eternal power struggles – and we also get a cracking good adventure and a steamy romance. This is a book I often re-read. The author’s last public post that I could find was in Nov. 2014, where she was outlining her writing plans. I do wish she would surface with more stories, I loved her fantasy book, Hidden Treasure, as well.

tbtbs-the-desire-for-dearborne-v-b-kildaire-coverAuthor: V.B. Kildaire
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  June 15, 2009
Genre: Historical European
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Summary:  Leander Mayfield is the only surviving son of a poor farmer… or so he believes until the day he learns he is in fact the new Earl of Dearborne. Still recovering from a lingering illness, the sensitive young man travels to Great Britain to claim his estate and embarks upon a bewildering new life.

Julien Sutcliffe, the Earl of Blackstone, is suffering from ennui. He’s tired and bored with all the finery and wealth and wonders about him. Then he meets this refreshingly naive American Earl, newly arrived in England, and suddenly the world comes alive around him again.

Irresistibly drawn to one another, Julien finds himself besotted, and Leander is equally smitten. But just when they think they may have finally found happiness together, Julien and Leander discover that something–or someone–is determined to separate them permanently.

This review by Dai  , written in 2009, mirrors my thoughts:  goodreads books logo

Happy time traveling!

Dianne

Books and Reviews – September 12, 2016

Good morning!
I hope everyone had a great week and a relaxing weekend.  

This week I listened to another great series by Jordan Castillo Price, Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion #1-5).  I also read a really fun book by Megan Derr called Wriggle and Sparkle.

 

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Series: Channeling Morpheus/Sweet Oblivion #1-5
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrator:  Gomez Pugh
Publisher: JCP Books LLC
Audiobook release date: April 13, 2015
Length: 7 hours 44 minutes
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Summary:  Michael is a waif in eyeliner who’s determined to wipe vampires off the face of the earth. Wild Bill’s got the hots for Michael and will stop at nothing to go home with him. Forget about moonlit castles and windswept moors. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the interstate. Ride along with Wild Bill and Michael as the twists and turns of Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary unfold in America’s heartland.

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My introduction to Jordan Castillo Price was her book Magic Mansion, followed by the  PsyCop series. I almost passed up Channeling Morpheus because it was a vampire book and I thought that I was through with that phase. (insert eye roll at myself)
I was so wrong. I listened it because is was JCP. She doesn’t do “Typical”, she does gritty, edgy, sexy (lots of sexy) with a dash of humor and a depth to her characters that draws me in and keeps me invested in their story from the first word to the last. I enjoyed her take on vampire lore. There are aspects we all recognize and it could be considered horror, but it is a romance too. I loved the way Wild Bill and Michael’s relationship evolved. There is a lot of sex, but it is part of who Wild Bill and Michael are and changes as their relationship changes. The narration by Gomez Pugh is outstanding. Listening to him change from wild Bill to Michael and the various other characters is amazing. Definitely one of my favorite narrators.
I can’t wait until the next box set A Bitter taste of Sweet Oblivion is on audio.

Here is a great review for Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary (audiobook)
by Author Isobel Starling



wriggle-sparkle-the-collected-tales-of-a-kraken-and-a-unicorn-megan-derrTitle: Wriggle & Sparkle : The Collected Tales of a Kraken and a Unicorn
Author: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press, LLC
Publication date: August 08, 2016
Genre: M/M, Fantasy, gender fluid, paranormal

Summary: Lynn is a kraken shifter in every way: detailed, tenacious, resilient, and hard-working. Also possessive, vain, arrogant, and demanding. It makes him an excellent agent for the Federal Bureau of Paranormal Security and Investigation—and impossible to work with, as the long list of partners who have transferred away from him will attest.

His newest partner is a unicorn, possibly the worst type of paranormal for work that often turns ugly and violent. Everyone knows unicorns are too delicate for such things. Then Anderson proves to be a unicorn like no other, the kind of partner Lynn has always wanted—the kind of partner he wishes was more. But if there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s that the only thing harder to keep than a partner is a lover.

Warning: Contains tentacle porn

Publisher’s note: This was originally published as a serial at Yaoifix. It has been edited and revised for release with LT3, but nothing significant has changed

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Thoughts:  LYLBTB 50 star   I saw this book reviewed on The Novel Approach Reviews when it released and loved the review(see link below).  I am not usually a shifter fan but a Kraken and a Unicorn?  Cool.  Tentacle sex. Well, that’s a first for me. 🙂  The story turned out to be very enjoyable.  Fun, light,sweet and romantic, filled with great characters and a cute, entertaining story.  Lynn is a cranky Kraken that loves the finer things in life and Anderson is not your modern stereotype of the sweet , vulnerable unicorn, although he does have a pretty serious sweet tooth.   They work together for the Federal Bureau of Paranormal Security and Investigation.  As they work together solving cases, their relationship grows. They make a great team, on and off the job.  It is quite a cast of mythical creatures and I liked the way the author portrays them and their characteristics.
I read after the fact that this was originally a serialized story.  It helped explain the way the mini cases/mysteries felt in the book.  That is not a negative.  It was fun.  I will never be able to call this book Wriggle and Sparkle – it will always be Wriggly and Sparkleson to me.  If you want a fun, light, sexy read and aren’t afraid of a little tentacle sex, give it a try

This is the review that led me to Wriggle & Sparkle: tna_lindsey

 

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.
 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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The Blog of Sid Love was started on 12th March, 2013 with a sole aim of promoting those M/M fictions that have quality and uniqueness in them. Like TBSL, LoveBytes struggles to give such books and their works the much deserved recognition by posting reviews, running giveaway contests for the authors, featuring their newly published works for promotion, hosting blog tours, conducting author interviews and lots more!

The blog has received great amount of popularity since its inception. As on date, the blog has caught attention of awesome followers in such a short period of time and brings on approximately 1000+ unique visitors each day (2000+ unique visitors on a peak day!). On an average, three book reviews per day are posted on the blog and there are contests on a daily basis to keep the readers and authors entertained!

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Books and Reviews – September 05, 2016

Good morning and Happy Labor Day!

This week I listened to one book, Coming Home (Book 9 in the  First and Forever Series) by Alexa Land, narrated by Greg Tremblay.  I also read one book, The Mystery of Nevermore (book one in the Snow & Winter series) by C.S. Poe.

Coming Home by Alexa Land narrated by Greg TremblayTitle: Coming Home
Series: The First & Forever Series – Book #9
Author: Alexa Land
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Alexa Land
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Length: 9 hours 50 minutes
Genre:  MM, Contemporary
Summary:  For twenty-six-year-old rent boy Chance Matthews, surviving day-to-day in San Francisco is difficult enough. Then an ill-fated road trip to Wyoming to search for his biological father throws his life into a tailspin. When a string of catastrophes leaves him stranded and desperate, help comes from the last person he’d expect. His knight in shining armor is everything he could want and then some, but Chance is sure a man like that would never want someone like him. That’s the stuff of fairy tales, and he stopped believing in those a long time ago.

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Thoughts:  LYLBTB 50 star    This book was recommended to me by my good friend and enabler extraordinaire, Janice.  I ended up Listening to Book 10, All I Believe before this one, Coming Home.  Although I enjoyed both books very much, their stories are very different.  Where one is filled with over the top humor, Coming Home is filled with  strong emotions, hurt, comfort, heartache and above all, love.  The story at times has a fairy tale feel to me, which is perfect for this story.  Chance and Finn are beautiful together.  I loved how their story begins, how their lives begin to intertwine and where that journey leads them.  I was completely invested in their HEA.  This was a heart tugger and I loved it.  A definite keeper.  The narration is performed by Greg Tremblay and as always he does an outstanding job.  He brings books to life in a way that just reading them cannot.  Highly recommended  (Also – anything that I have listened to that Greg Tremblay narrates has been excellent.  Be sure to check out his other narrations on Audible Here

Here is an in-depth review of the Coming Home by Caroline for Prism Book Alliance

Title: The Mystery of Nevermore
Series: Snow & winter: book One
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: DSP Publications
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Genre: MM, Contemporary, Mystery
Summary:  It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective, Neil Millett. When Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest.
He soon finds himself caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. To make matters worse, Sebastian’s sleuthing is causing his relationship with Neil to crumble, while at the same time he’s falling hard for the lead detective on the case, Calvin Winter. Sebastian and Calvin must work together to unravel the mystery behind the killings, despite the mounting danger and sexual tension, before Sebastian becomes the next victim.
In the end, Sebastian only wants to get out of this mess alive, and live happily ever after with Calvin.

Thoughts:   4,5 stars  Eagerly awaited first in series from C.S. Poe,  the Mystery Of Nevermore is charming with its Edgar Allen Poe inspired mystery, eclectic cast of characters and introduction into the lives of Sebastian Snow, Antiques dealer and Calvin Winter, homicide detective.  The mystery involves crimes based on the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe.  Throughout the story new information and new suspects are introduced.  It was fun figuring out who the criminal was as the story progressed.
I liked Calvin and Sebastian as characters.  They are flawed and both have issues they need to deal with before their relationship can grow.  I was particularly moved by a scene with Calvin and I am hoping to see this explored further in future books.   One of my favorite characters is Sebastian’s dad, a retired English Literature professor.  He and his dog Maggie are wonderful additions to the story.     There is so much more to know about these characters and I am looking forward to reading more of this series.

I will leave two in-depth reviews for The Mystery of Nevermore for your enjoyment.

Author Rhys Ford’s review                                       Review by Ann for Boy Meets Boy Reviews

 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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Melyna

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Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style

The featured books for this week’s Throwback Thursday contain some of my favorite elements: Artists, opposites attracting, second chances and a bit of mystery.

In Clare London’s True Colors, Zeke, the moody artist with a troubled past, is an all-time favorite character of mine. His match is Miles, the uptight wealthy businessman who should have it all, but as he gets to know Zeke, he realizes he indeed does not. The two sizzle on page as they dance around their true feelings. They also solve a bit of an art mystery that is very personal to Zeke.

Ethan Day is always guaranteed to liberally sprinkle true to life humor in his stories, and Second Time Lucky is no exception. This book is also poignant and insightful, as Luke and Owen discover each other again after fifteen years. This is my personal favorite by this author.

Wonderful characterizations and relationship dynamics abound in both of these stories. Check them out, and enjoy!

~ Dianne

 

True Colors by Clare London coverSeries: True Colors Book 1
Author: Clare London
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  May 11, 2009
Summary:  From the very first, Zeke Roswell and Miles Winter are like oil and water. After a tragic fire claimed his brother’s life, Zeke’s personal and professional life spiraled out of control, and now he has no choice but to sell his gallery to cover his debts. Enter successful entrepreneur Miles, who buys it and plans to make a commercial success out of Zeke’s failure. Their initial hostility stands no chance against the strong passion that ambushes them. Zeke’s talent and lust for life intoxicate Miles, and Zeke finds Miles’ self-assurance and determination equally fascinating. But it’s not until an unsolved mystery of violence and stolen sketches threatens to sabotage any chance at happiness that Miles and Zeke realize they have a chance at all.

Lena Grey’s Review on Goodreads

You can buy the individual title here:

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Dreamspinner Press has the series bundle for $9.99.  Click Clare London’s Greatest hits below to buy the bundle now.

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Second Time Lucky Ethan Day book coverAuthor: Ethan Day
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC
Publication date:  June 10, 2012
Summary:  Second chances aren’t easy to come by but for Luke Landon and Owen West, sometimes the best things really do come back to you. Luke Landon and Owen West already had a once upon a time. They burned hot back in college yet still managed to lose their way. It’s been fifteen years since they drifted apart and while a lot has since changed, they’ve discovered that some things still feel the same. While one calls it fate, the other dumb luck, second chances aren’t easy to come by. Putting the ignorance of youth and life’s baggage aside, they just might find that sometimes the best things really do come back to you.

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My review can be found here:  goodreads books logo

Enjoy,

Dianne