Book, Line, and Sinker by L. J. LaBarthe

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Book line and sinkerBook, Line, and Sinker: by L. J. LaBarthe 
Release Date:  April 15, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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After seventeen years serving in the Australian Army, Ash returns to his childhood home in the outback town of Quorn. Filled with the desire to live a happy life in peace and with loved ones, Ash is grimly determined to beat his PTSD and tackle his flashbacks.

What Ash isn’t prepared for is Jaxon, the new librarian in Quorn. Jaxon is calm, gentle, kind, and a rock for Ash’s battered psyche. Ash finds himself falling for the handsome newcomer, even as his mind and memories of the past torment him.

When he has the idea for a mobile library to bring books and entertainment to remote communities in the far north, Ash is delighted that Jaxon is with him every step of the way. But though the library, called Book, Line, and Sinker, takes off, Ash’s past continues to plague him. Can Jaxon’s love be enough to keep them together until Ash is strong enough to stand on his own?


When I first saw the title, I was like yeah!!!! I loved the title, in face I wanted it to me the blog’s name, but I looked into it and it was already someone’s else name. Anyway back to the story. Like I said, the title was what drew me into reading it. I hadn’t read anything by this author before and I didn’t know what to expect. If I could describe this story in one word it would be monotone. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but it was unexpected based on the blurb for me. See I liked the idea of Ash coming home from the military and getting reacquainted with his family and Quorn where he lives. He’s been gone for 17 years and decided he was done. I liked that he faced alot of his problems head on. He knew about PTSD and decided to get help quickly. I liked that the start of the relationship was put together by his family sort of. The love story between Jaxon & Ash is very low angst, almost instalove to a degree. Both know what they want, and decide to take things slowly. I loved the direction that they went with starting a mobile library for residents of Northern Australia.

While I’m happy that it was low angst, no disagreements or lack communication. I felt like it needed explosions or feelings somewhere in the story. The level of depth that the characters had weren’t executed by the tone of the story. The flashbacks were monotone for me, the attraction was there, but as a reader it wasn’t memorable. It took more then 50% for the physical stuff to happen and I literally glossed over it. It wasn’t something that was exciting and it’s unfortunate because the story was okay. I just needed to be able to feel anything towards the story, and I didn’t. It was a HEA and it’s great that everyone got what they wanted. I look forward to more from this author.

About L.J. LaBarthe

L.J. LaBarthe is a French-Australian woman, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she went on to write a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school yearbook, her university newspaper, and, from her early teens to her twenties, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English and a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places, urbex, history, and researching.

L.J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy, and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica. She has won several Rainbow Awards Honorable Mentions and another award for Best Historical Gay Novel.

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