Books and Reviews – November 14, 2016

Good morning!

mapping-the-forest-by-brandon-wittThis week I finished reading the new Brandon Witt book, Mapping the Forest (Rocky Mountain Boy’s #1).  and enjoyed it very much.  The setting in the mountains of Colorado is beautiful and I loved the cast of characters.  Luis and Gabe are a wonderful couple and I can’t wait to see who the MC is in the next book.   4,5 stars



Here is a lovely in-depth review by     tna_signature_sammy


I am listening to Social Skills By Sara Alva, narrated by Andrew Eiden


I read this book February 11 -14 2013.
I am currently listening to the audio book.  I am loving the narration by Andrew Eiden.

LYLBTB 50 star




This is a lovely story. It is a familiar theme, shy non athletic young man and the more outgoing jock. The similarity ends there. It becomes more and unfolds beautifully.

Connor is an intelligent, gifted violinist, shy to the extreme. He does not make friends easily. He meets Jared while tutoring for the athletics department. Jared is not exactly the stereotype jock and we see a person wanting to be true to who he really is and struggling with his and others expectations of who he should be. As the story progresses we get to see Connor grow, take chances and make friends. The cast of characters surrounding Connor are a fun quirky group and I love Rebecca.

There were scenes which frustrated me and I chalk it up to my investment in the characters and my hope for the outcome I wanted for them. The author gives us details that help with understanding why Connor and Jared behave the way they do. In the end this worked for me and I closed my kindle with a smile on my face.

I am officially starting my holiday reading this week with Freckles by Amy Lane.  So far I am loving it.  I have been laughing so much.  As someone who has shared their lives with dogs since early childhood, reading about  Carter and Freckles and their getting settled into their roles is priceless.   For Amy Lane fans, there are Easter Eggs.  Not giving spoilers. LOL


Summary: Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.

Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse into the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be Super-Pet Owner—and decent boyfriend material to boot.

But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says good-bye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds that there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive, he can be a hero, he can be a man who stands up for his principles!

He can be the owner of a small dog.

NOTE: Twenty percent of the proceeds of this title will be donated to The Trevor Project.

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website:





 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



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