Hello and welcome to part 2 of the February 2017 Books and Reviews.
First up is a beautiful contemporary novel.
Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.
Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.
Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.
The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?
Trigger Warning: Suicidal thoughts
Another wonderful story from Eli Easton. She has become on of my auto buy authors. This story deals with some serious issues, homelessness, depression, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, acceptance. That said it is filled with hope and love. Mark and Josh are wonderful characters. Looking forward to the audio book.
The next book is a sweet contemporary that I received from Instafreebie.
Ex-Mormon Alma Larsen doesn’t know the first thing about alcohol, so he hires bartender Damian Banks to help out at his winter holiday party. They build a friendship that simmers with sexual tension – and possibly something much deeper. Will this Christmas bring them both a love that lasts?
Very short, sweet story. Enjoyable first experience with this author. Characters were engaging and enjoyed the flow of the story.
Free book from Instafreebie.
Visit the authors website here
Last is a novella from one of my favorite paranormal/shifter series.
In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.
After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.
Review: 4.0/5.0 A fun transitional story. Looking forward to seeing how the series progresses.
Find out more about the Thirds series on the Amazon series page