February 2017 – Books & Reviews – Part 4


Welcome to part 4 of the February 2017 Books and Reviews.  I read and listened to 14 books in February.  

I tried a different format for January’s Books and Reviews.  I am trying something new for February.  There are five parts to this months set of books.

First is a wonderful contemporary book.  

Trust the Focus (In Focus #1)

Author: Megan Erickson

With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.

But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.

Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding. 

Review: 4.5/5.0
Wonderful friends to lovers, road trip book. There were times I cringed at the things Justin would say even though I understood where he was coming from. Justin and Landry are great characters,neither is perfect and their years of friendship shines when things get tough. I loved the road trip, the moments shared about Justin’s dad and the way Justin honored his dad through his photography. Lovely story.

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Amazon series Link:  In Focus

Next up is another story from one of the MM Romance Groups events, Love is an Open Road.  This title is available at Amazon, which is where I bought it.

The Forest Savage
Authors: Claire Davis and Al Stewart


Can a broken heart ever be healed?
Cal believes he has caused a terrible wrong, created a wound that can never be put right. But with time and help, he confronts his worst fears. On the day he is released from prison, he meets Troy. Together, they go on a painful journey of self awakening that could end in tragedy, or hope and ultimately love. 
This book contains explicit MM sex including non-con/ dub-con and was written as part of the GoodReads MM Love is an Open Road event.

Review: 5.0/5.0
Dark and intense. This is a well written story that was heartbreaking at times, left me feeling so angry at some of the characters and for some of the characters, but felt hopeful. These men have been through so much and the relationship between Callum and Troy was hard to witness, but I couldn’t stop reading, hoping for their HEA.

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Last today is a historical romance.

Wanted, A Gentleman
Author:  K.J. Charles

By the good offices of Riptide Publishing
KJ Charles’s new Entertainment

Or, Virtue Over-Rated

the grand romance of

Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem
Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love

Act the First:

the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London
where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling

Act the Second:

a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts)


a speedy Carriage
sundry rustic Inns
a private Bed-chamber


In the course of which are presented

Romance, Revenge, and Redemption
Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires

the particulars of which are too numerous to impart

Review:  4.5/5.0
Another wonderful historical romance from KJ Charles. An enjoyable adventure with a bit of mystery, plenty of witty conversation, passion, a bit of a heart tug now and then and an unexpected twist (well for me it was ;-).

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happy Reading,




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