Thursday, November 15, 2018

Christmas Lane (Lighthouse Bay, #1)Christmas Lane by Amy Aislin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

This was a heartwarming tale of two men, with seemingly nothing in common, finding love in unexpected places.

Holland Stone has a running problem. He’s switched careers multiple times. He’s been in a couple relationships that didn’t last. All he wants is to settle down with someone for the long haul, but he’s set his sights on Zach, who’s 15 years younger. And might possibly leave. Or stay. Or break his heart.

I really got into the story and enjoyed both Holland and Zach. With the age difference you frequently find a creep factor or something distasteful but this was done really well, even though Holland was Zach’s former 3rd grade teacher.

I loved the supporting cast of Holland’s friends as well as multiple members of their small town. I loved how adult their relationship was and how open they seemed to be.

I was bothered by the relationship that Zach had with Alana. She seemed like a spoiled, selfish sister and I’m not sure where that was intended to go.

Even though Holland and Zach’s relationship became physical, all of the ‘activity’ took place off page, so while that may appeal to some, this book was sweeter than spicy.

I’m intrigued enough to watch out for the next book in the series, which I’m hoping with be Clark and Dev.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Neutral Zone: A Christmas Railers Novella (Harrisburg Railers, #6.5)Neutral Zone: A Christmas Railers Novella by R.J. Scott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars

I have really come to love this series. I'm not a major hockey fan, but I know the game and I have to say, R.J. Scott knows her hockey and she knows her way around a romance.

This was a bonus book, if you will, about Tennant Rowe after his traumatic head injury. He's been sent to therapy in Tucson, Arizona, which may as well be on the other side of the world from Harrisburg, the ice, and Jared Madsen.

I loved how you could feel the love between them both through the words that were written. I could feel the ache in them both at being apart. I don't want to give the story away, so I'll just say there is a scene when Jared is alone, frozen to the bone and feeling selfish that is just so heart-wrenching/heart-warming at the same time. I've come to expect a lot out of an R.J. Scott story and this did not disappoint.

If you have missed Ten and Mads like I have, you'll absolutely LOVE this addition to their story.

*Galley copy generously given by the author in exchange for an honest review. Cross posted on http://gaybook.reviews/ *

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Christmas KitschChristmas Kitsch by Amy Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh Amy Lane. I just don't even know what to say. I want to give this book ALL OF THE STARS!

There were so many lessons and morals and FEELINGS in this book. It was so much about prejudice and hate and family and love and kindness and offering your heart to others.

Both Oliver and Rusty had me from the start. I love love loved how sweet they both were and how Rusty missed pretty much every hint, impression or poke that Oliver gave him. He was so oblivious and it was so cute. And then when he went dark for a couple of days, his roommate Rex turned into family. That was an awesome scene.

Oliver was patient, until he wasn't. He was so in love with Rusty that you couldn't help rooting for anything Oliver wanted. I just wanted to buy him a bed already!

I don't think that there are many books out there that have me wanting to invite the MC's for dinner and a cuddle. I wanted to do that with each and every character in this book. I loved how simply and fully Oliver's family loved and gave to Rusty. There is so much generosity in this book. There are so many truths. I honestly can't say enough wonderful things about this book. You just have to read it yourself.

*Galley copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Cross posted on http://gaybook.reviews/ *

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Accidentally on PurposeAccidentally on Purpose by J.M. Snyder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't stop laughing. This was such a great book. I can't think of the last book I read that had me smiling so much.

Alan is 53 and he's got a major crush on a cop who's 42. He's made a fool of himself by literally running into him at the coffee shop, stalking him at the mall and having his nephew, Brooks, stay out past curfew to be brought home by him. But it worked... Jim smiles and laughs and takes his chances on Alan each and every time.

Jim was so awesome. I loved him from the start. He cut through the bull and got right down to business. And he cracked me up throughout the entire book, but especially in the bedroom. He was so silly and sweet and impatient. And it was obvious that Alan was made for him.

I loved the way the two fit together. And even though Brooks took their relationship to extreme measures, I did love how much he was invested in their happiness. It was a real treat to read and such a fun ride. I really loved every moment of it.

There were so many sweet and funny exchanges throughout the story and I was thrilled with they way it all played out. I only wish there was more to read.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Stay A Little Longer (Fate, Texas, #1)Stay A Little Longer by Jess Bryant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I can read an insta-love/insta-lust book about a famous person and a cop and not be able to put it down, it's gotta be killer writing. I mean, not many can get away with it.

This was done so well. There was ZERO cringe factor. Plenty of loving, plenty of sweet words whispered and pleaded and they were so perfect.

This story is about two men who've lived in the closet their entire lives and never once thought they'd be OUT, yet Trent is outed very publicly by someone he trusted. As he tries to escape the press and craziness that surrounds him, he meets small down Sheriff's Deputy Lance. He's got a cement door and seventeen dead bolts for his closet, yet he smashes it down in minutes for Trent. And then it's ON.

Both Trent and Lance gripped me from the start, but so did Lemon and Shane. The little town of Fate, Texas was a wonderful backdrop to this romantic tale of trust and love and being honest with yourself.

Believe it when I say that this was absolutely worth the read. Jess Bryant delved into the genre of MM Romance in a big way and I'm excited to read more from her.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

A Touch of a BrogueA Touch of a Brogue by Christine Danse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eric is a food critic. He writes for a well known Portland publication and is taken seriously for his reviews. When his former boyfriend asked him to write a bad review for a new Irish restaurant that was his direct competition, Eric did it. Six months later, he's ashamed.

Colm literally moved his Irish restaurant across the world to Portland and now it's failing because of a bad review months ago. No matter what he does, he can't seem to get ahead. But when he meets Mark, there's an instant connection and he finds that maybe things could work out for him, at least in the personal aspect. That is, until he finds out that Mark is really Eric, the man who ruined his business.

I enjoyed the story. I liked how badly Eric wanted to make up for his poor choices and how he ultimately did, and paid a high price. I found the story to be somewhat slow in the first half, however. The end made up for the slowness, however I'd have liked to have delved a bit deeper into their connection.

Overall, I enjoyed the read and it was quick and fun.

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Mr. Frosty Pants (Home for the Holidays #1)Mr. Frosty Pants by Leta Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everything about this was awesome. Second chances, friends to lovers, angst, longing, heartbreak. It was all there and so well done.

Casey and Joel were best friends growing up, but they kept secrets from each other. Namely, their sexual preferences, but also the abusive families they were living with. But now they are all grown up and are coming to terms with the future and what they want.

Casey is home for Christmas from NYU with only one semester left. He has an idea of what he wants to do with his life, but it doesn't exactly mesh with what his father wants. And he's tried to threaten him before with completely cutting him off, so he's attached by strings that's he's been afraid to cut.

When he sees Joel for the first time in years, all of the feelings he had for the man have come back full force and now he's realizing it was love then and it still is. But Joel doesn't want his poor, lonely, useless life for Casey. Casey has the ability to have it all and he wants just that for him.

This book was so beautifully written. I kept having to put it down and take a breath. The exchanges between Casey and Joel were so intense and heartbreaking and hopeful. They truly bared their souls to each other and Leta Blake's words created so many emotions. I was very impressed.

I fell for Casey and Joel hard and fast. I wanted the happily ever after for them so badly and I was not let down. This kept me in suspense and I absolutely could not put it down. What a tremendous story of love prevailing and strength of trust.

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Christmas Lane by Amy Aislin My rating: 4 of 5 stars 3.5 Stars This was a heartwarming tale of two men, with seemingly nothing in common,...