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
Publication Date:
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.

FBS, coffee and reading

 

Melyna

Finn and library

 

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