February 2017 – Books & Reviews – Part 1

Hello!

February was another great month for reading and listening to books.  I managed to read nine ebooks and listen to five audiobooks.  

The genres include eight books that I consider contemporary, one science fiction/mystery, four paranormal and one historical romance.  I will be posting these in five parts.

First is a contemporary audiobook.

Passing Through 
Author: Jay Northcote  
Narrator: Matthew Lloyd Davies 

Blurb:
Don’t waste a chance at happiness…
Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find. 

Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.

On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently. 

It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.

Review: This is probably my favorite Jay Northcote book to date. It is beautiful and touching. Although Leo has come home to care for his terminally ill Uncle, Edwin, it is not depressing or angst filled. The story involves all three men, Edwin, Leo and Tris. Their stories intertwine and make for a beautiful exploration of choices and opportunities. Love, friendship and taking chances.
The narration by Matthew Lloyd Davies is excellent as always. I adored the ending and epilogue and teared up several times.

Buy here:
Amazon

Up next is a collection of short stories from one of my favorite paranormal series.  

PsyCop Briefs Volume 1
(PsyCop Short stories)
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Narrator: Gomez Pugh

Blurb:

Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too.  After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.

From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.

The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life.

Coffee O’Clock
Thaw
Mind Reader
Stroke of Midnight
No Sale
Most Likely To…
Jock Straps On Sale
Piece of Cake
In the Dark
Let the Chips Fall
Memento
Impact
Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
Waiting Game
On the Road
Wood
Off the Cuff
Locked and Loaded
Inside Out
Witness

Review:

I ❤ Victor Bayne! and by extension Jordan Castillo Price. 😀
This is an awesome addition to the PsyCop series. You need to read or listen the series before you read or listen to this book. I read some of these before, but it was a treat (as always) to hear Gomez Pugh narrate them.  I can’t imagine anyone else being the voice of Vic or Jacob.  Most of the stories are told from Vic’s POV. There are a few stories with other characters POV. Those were fun too. I enjoyed all of the stories, especially the last one, which takes place after the last book.

Buy here:
Amazon

Last entry for part one is a book that I knew nothing about going in.  It was a mystery.  I found it to be so many things and they are all wonderful.

Murmuration
Author: TJ Klune

Blurb:

In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.

The people here know certain things as fact:

Amorea is the best little town there is.

The only good Commie is a dead Commie.

The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.

And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.

Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.

But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls, and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.

Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.

Review:  

Not very eloquent but this was my initial reaction: I finished reading this book and was just blown away. It was -WOW and just WOW and I need to talk about this, and it reminds me of a television show from when I was a kid , but not. It’s more. The word trippy comes to mind, and WOW (but I already said that twice). There is no way I can write a review that won’t be spoilery.
This is unlike any other Tj Klune book I have read.  It is sweet, romantic, mysterious and a definite keeper.
Suffice it to say, I loved it.  I am looking forward to listening to the audiobook .

Buy here:
Amazon

Happy Reading and Listening,

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