Loose Cannon by Sidney Bell

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Loose Cannon: by Sidney Bell
Series: The Woodbury Boys #1
Release Date: April 3rd, 2017
Pages: 327 • Format: eARC
Published By: Carina Press
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Don’t miss this brand-new male/male romance series from Sidney Bell, author of Bad Judgment

Released after five years in the system for assault, streetwise Edgar-Allen Church is ready to leave the past behind and finally look to his future. In need of a place to crash, he’s leaning on Miller Quinn. A patient, solidly masculine pillar of strength and support, Miller has always been there for him—except in the one way Church has wanted the most.

With his staunchly conservative upbringing, Miller has been playing it straight his whole life. Now with Church so close again, it’s getting harder to keep his denial intact. As they fumble their way back to friendship after so many years apart, Miller struggles to find the courage to accept who he really is. What he has with Church could be more than desire—it could be love. But it could also mean trouble.

Church’s criminal connections are closing in on the both of them, and more than their hearts are at risk. This time, their very lives are on the line.

five-stars

This book surely deserved that slow clap. So I originally read this book in Janurary as an ARC, and was blown away by it. It was the first book of the year to get 5 stars and land on my Best Books of 2017 list! I was completely enthralled with the story and it stuck with me. Well what did I do? I completely forgot to write my review. Knowing that I was going to have to skim or re-read it had me worried. I was worried if I didn’t like it the second time around just as much. If I could find little things to nit pick that would cause me to lower my rating or change my opinion overall. I am shocked that the second time around, I’m just as in love with it as the first one. Didn’t cry, but it was the same raw emotions and feelings the first time around. Bell has some true talent, I’m 2 for 2 on her books and she continues to be a force to reckon with so far.

This angsty, age-gap, out for you romance with a great plot and superb characters was Ah-Maz-Ing like Penny stated above. I was blown away by the story, the journey, friendship, love and obligation that Miller & Church had towards each other. Edgar Allen Church is such a complex character with an wonderful heart. He is fresh out of Woodbury Rehabilitation Center for Youth Offenders. When his living arrangements fall through, it leaves him no choice but to call the one person who he hasn’t spoken to in 5 years. Miller. Miller who is everything to Church. Not knowing the feeling is reciprocated. Church comes from an abusive childhood where fists are used instead of words, where no physical acts of love is shown, and he only has himself. Miller breaks my heart, he’s living day to day but not really living. He has this storm raging inside of him, and instead of letting himself be he hides himself and its literally eating him apart.

I really like how the story is told in 3 different parts. We get to see what lead Church to his incarceration, what happened between him and Miller, and the fall out from those years spent apart. This was angsty in my opinion, but I’m glad that it had multiple components to keep me on my toes without worrying about their relationship. As much as I loved Church, my feelings were all over the place with Miller. He’s been in love with Church for so long but all his thoughts and feelings are constricted based on the guilt he feels about another man. Wrapped up in his own head, and hearing his father saying its a sin has Miller waffling on his sexuality. Bell did a good job on Church being the calm one when the sexuality conversation comes into play. It gets steamy and the love is already there. You can see what they mean to each other and I’m just blown away by the feels that was in this book.

The mystery aspect was well done. I cannot wait for Tobias to get a story. I don’t care if its with Ghost or not, I just need pure, sweet Tobias to get love. Ha, I know he isn’t pure, but I loved him. Ghost is so broken, but so wonderful at the same time I expect so many tears to come when his book comes out.

This was such a great start to the series. I mean, Bell did a good job with Bad Judgement, but Loose Cannon is in a class all by it self. Very well written, extremely flawed characters, such a realistic feeling to an emotional journey. I think fans in this genre would love this, and can definitely see this on the Best Books of 2017 list. A definite recommend from me.

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About Sidney Bell

Sidney Bell lives in the drizzly Pacific Northwest with her amazingly supportive husband. She received her MFA degree in Creative Writing in 2010, considered aiming for the Great American Novel, and then promptly started writing fanfiction instead. Eventually more realistic grown-ups convinced her to try writing something more fiscally responsible, which is how we ended up here.

When she’s not writing, she’s playing violent video games, yelling at the television during hockey games, or supporting her local library by turning books in late.

Strays by Garrett Leigh

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Strays: by Garrett Leigh
Series: Urban Soul #2
Release Date: March 27th, 2017
Pages: 249 • Format: eARC
Published By: Riptide
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Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.

Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.

Fast-forward a month and a neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.

four-half-stars

 

 

Oh my goodness, this book was amazing!!!! I loved every single minute of it. Leigh packs a healthy punch of angst in her for those lovers, but it was non-angsty enough for me to enjoy it. I mean let’s be honest here who does flawed characters like Garrett Leigh? NOBODY! She is Reigning Queen and this book solidifies it. I thought I could pick it up to start reading to take my mind off things, but I ended up reading the entire book in one sitting. (NTS: go back and re-read Misfits)

Lenny & Nero were so good together. I can’t stop gushing about it. What is it about grumpy ass men? I’m so attached to them. At first grump glance, Nero was mine. He just wants to be in the shadows and maintain a kitchen, but he can’t. LOL. Well he can, but he realizes really late in life how amazing he is. He is the team of a-holes, but with his past its no wonder why. Realizing his sexuality and never acting on it is driving him part mad when in flounces Lenny. Pretty Lenny, who I adored and who adapted to this new situation. I really loved Lenny. He was going through a traumatic experience but was able to mold into something new for himself. The attraction to one another is pretty obvious. Its definitely a waiting game to see who is going to fold first. I didn’t care at this point. Feelings were being made, angst was being dropped, but when moves were made and action was had in this story. It was great seeing Cass, Tom & Jake from Misfits. Loved how they all fitted so well within this book.

Both guys have some sort of trauma that they are dealing with. Lenny’s is most recent, and Nero is in the past. How can he help Lenny, and still deal with his monsters in the dark? I like that Lenny kinda reinforced to Nero that the communicating is a 2 way street. If you want to know all of my flaws, and scares then give up yours. It was a lovely for me to have the emotions that I did have, but I think once again its why I like Leigh’s books. They are definitely realistic and very much you can know these characters off hand in one way or another.

Strays is a definite recommend for me. You can read it as a standalone, but why do that? If you are looking for great writing, and an equally amazing story then pick this book up. You will not be disappointed!

 

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About Garrett Leigh

Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzdesign.com

Sophie by J.P. Barnaby

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Sophie: by J.P. Barnaby
Series:Survivor Series #5
Release Date: March 15th, 2017
Pages: 108 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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It’s amazing how a single word from a tiny girl can change your life.

Spencer Thomas’s world turns upside down when his beloved Nell dies and leaves custody of her three-year-old daughter to him. Her “Spenna” comes when Sophie needs him most, but his boyfriend, Aaron, can’t be a parent. He just can’t. Neither of them expected a baby to fall into the lives they’d finally just settled.

When Nell’s ex comes to claim Sophie, Aaron needs to make a decision: man up or walk away as Spencer faces the fight of his life.

 

 

four-stars

 

I don’t want to say goodbye to Spencer or this series. I am smitten with the man that Spencer has become. From the very beginning in Aaron’s book I adored this series. I fell in love with the writing, the trauma, the characters, and the will to overcome everything that has been thrown at the Downing & Thomas family. It’s bittersweet that I’m writing this, because while its the end of a great series (minus book 2, sorry that’s how I feel) its also the end of J.P. Barnaby’s writing career. I don’t know what she’s going to do, but I want her to know readers will definitely miss her voice, her talent, and her characters. Thank you for writing so many books, but for me this series resonate so clearly within myself.

I thought book 4 was a dozy in the emotions department, but I was not ready for this short book to hammer at me so hard. We see all of the characters come together to help Aaron & Spencer at their most critical time. Told from both guys pov’s, but I feel like Spencer didn’t have enough page time to me. I really enjoyed seeing Anthony, and his family. We have followed this family from the hardest of times to the joyous of occasions. Spencer has a huge responsibility now that he has custody of his 3 year old cousin Sophie. He didn’t realize until it was there in his face how much he wanted kids.  Of course a dilemma occurs between Aaron & Spencer. One wants kids, and the other doesn’t. They don’t really have time to talk this through because an accident happens and leaves Sophie with Spencer. There is happiness in the story between the two guys, we see them come full circle and its a beautiful thing.

If I had to talk about the downside is that it felt rushed. It didn’t seem like Spencer got enough screen time for me. I want issues and things to be talked through on page, and instead it shoots to another scene. I’m left feeling unsettled because it doesn’t seem complete. Listen if it was up to me, I’d have a Spencer book each year. I love him that much.

All in all it’s still a really good story. An okay conclusion for me, but fans of this series will definitely be happy regardless. I wish JP all the best in her next journey in life, and thank her from the bottom of my heart for this incredible series. A definite recommend from me.

 

 

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About J.P. Barnaby

JP Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and the Little Boy Lost Series. She recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta to appease her Camaro who didn’t like the blustery winters. JP specializes in recovery romance, but slips in a few erotic or comedic stories to spice things up. When she’s not hanging out with hot guys in leather, she binge watches superheroes and crime dramas on Netflix. A physics geek, she likes the science side of Sci-Fi, and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.

Fair Chance by Josh Lanyon

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Fair Chance: by Josh Lanyon
Series: All Fair’s #3
Release Date: March 13th, 2017
Pages: 336 • Format: eARC
Published By: Carina Press
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Elliot Mills comes face-to-face with evil in this follow-up to Fair Game and Fair Play from bestselling author Josh Lanyon

One final game of cat and mouse…

Ex–FBI agent Elliot Mills thought he was done with the most brutal case of his career. The Sculptor, the serial killer he spent years hunting, is finally in jail. But Elliot’s hope dies when he learns the murderer wasn’t acting alone. Now everyone is at risk once again—thanks to a madman determined to finish his partner’s gruesome mission.

When the lead agent on the case, Special Agent Tucker Lance, goes missing, Elliot knows it’s the killer at work. After all, abducting the love of his life is the quickest way to hurt him.

The chances of finding Tucker are all but impossible without the help of the Sculptor—but the Sculptor is in no position to talk. Critically injured in a prison fight, he lies comatose and dying while the clock ticks down. Elliot has no choice but to play this killer’s twisted game and hope he can find Tucker in time.

four-stars

First thing first, these two guys on the cover is super hot. Its not accurate at all, but I did like the cover. Tucker is a ginger, don’t disrespect his awesomeness by this. LOL.

Now that it’s been established that I’m a little cray, I really enjoyed this book. It was pretty face pace, and the only objection I have is the lack of screen page Tucker gets. It’s their last book, and I figured out quite a bit. I think this was the easiest of Josh Lanyon’s series.

Elliot & Tucker are enjoying life, they don’t have to hide, their love is professed to each other and equally felt. Roland and Elliot aren’t in their best space, but Elliot doesn’t seem to be as bothered as I thought he would be. Of course it could be the case from book one is taking over their lives.

As much as the blurb gave away stuff, I’m choosing not to. This book was really well written, I enjoyed it tremendously. I thought Elliot & Tucker grew so much from the first book. I really liked Tucker and his reassurances to Elliot when things hit the fan. The love both guys have for each other is really prevalent by the end of this story.

Well, you are thinking if you enjoyed it so much, why the 4 stars? Because Tucker wasn’t involved as much as I wanted him to be. I know for the setup of the mystery it needed to be that way but I wanted more screen time for both guys.

I am glad I found this series. Lanyon continues to write some of my favorite mystery/thrillers. I cannot wait to see what she does next, and I think fans of her series as well as this one would really love it. Definite read!!

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About Josh Lanyon

Bestselling author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON has been called “arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today.” Granted, that was yesterday.

Today Josh’s work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the 2nd Annual All Time Favorite Male Male Couple by the Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Favorite M/M Author Lifetime Achievement award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

Imago by N.R. Walker

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Imago: by N.R. Walker
Series:Imago #1
Release Date: Febuary 21st, 2017
Pages: • Format: eARC
Published By:BlueHeart Press
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Nerdy, introverted genius lepidopterist, Lawson Gale, is an expert on butterflies. He finds himself in a small town in Tasmania on a quest from an old professor to find an elusive species that may or may not even exist.

Local Parks and Wildlife officer, Jack Brighton, is an ordinary guy who loves his life in the sleepy town of Scottsdale. Along with his Border collie dog, Rosemary, his job, and good friends, he has enough to keep from being lonely.

But then he meets Lawson, and he knows he’s met someone special. There’s more to catching butterflies, Jack realises. Sometimes the most elusive creatures wear bowties, and sometimes they can’t be caught at all.

Lawson soon learns there are butterflies he can’t learn about it in books. They exist only in a touch, in a kiss, in a smile. He just has to let go first, so these butterflies can fly.

Imago is the story of finding love, bowties, and butterflies.

 

five-stars

This was really brillant. If I could give it heart eyes I would. Truly adorkable!

Imago is a low angst, happiness, heavy on the romance love story.

It was definitely on the cusp of Insta-love, but I think it was done rightly so. Lawson & Jack’s feelings about one another were very straight forward, open, and honest to see. I thought both guys were wonderful in their own way, but together they just made the highlight of my day. N.R. Walker does it again, with making me happy. I really appreciate the chemistry that she gave these two. It is definitely worth the read.

Lawson Gale is an adorable nerd. A genius in his world, and a complete loving guy. He hasn’t had the best of luck in the romance department, and a mistake on the rental company part leads him to Jack. Jack who is an outdoorsy dudebro it seems, but a very romantic one as well. Yeah he might look the part of a bully, but he is not one. In fact he is the sweetest guy ever. I really really loved Jack. Jack is a transplant of Tasmania, and he’s made it his home. His job as a wild life officer is there. The small state might seem slow compared to Melbourne, but it fits Jack and the residents there.

After the initial meeting of these two, you can see the sparks fly on page. It’s a certain chemistry that they have that seems like fate. They compliment one another well. The physical, emotional, and mental seems to be equally matched. I really liked how knowledgeable Walker seemed on these topics. It’s not something I’m familiar with, but I really enjoyed learning the different facts about each others area of work. I really want a Luca of my own. He was truly adorable, and he might have made me swoon more with the limit amount of screen time he had.

All in all, I think this was a great story. Very thought out, I thought both characters truly transformed at times, and was able to be with the other one needed. The physical side of the relationship was hot and passionate. Really good read from this author, and I so look forward to book 2. This was a definite recommend, and made my favorite list of 2017!

About N.R. Walker

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

Audiobook Review: Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

Narrator: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
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Title: Egomaniac by Vi Keeland
Release Date: January 14th 2017
Pages:  289 • Format: Audiobook (8 hrs and 8 mins)
Published By: C. Scott Publishing Corp.
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The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant.  Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind.
I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.  And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

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Vi Keeland smashed this one out of park. I immediately dismissed this book when I saw the title but don’t make the mistake I did. This book was such a great read. The person who titled this book did it a great disservice. I mean, epic fail. I don’t know if it was an attempt to get attention and sell books but Drew Jagger was absolutely not an egomaniac. I looked up the definition and Egomaniac is “a person obsessed with their own importance.”
I don’t believe heroine Emerie Rose fit that bill either. This book was actually the opposite of that title. I think the two main characters didn’t take themselves that seriously, and that was part of the book’s charm.

This story is not one of those billionaire romances. Its a story about common sense versus book smarts, personal growth and learning to open one’s eyes and heart. I really really enjoyed it. I am mega impressed with the writing. The comedic timing, the emotional touches, even Emerie’s naivete was touching. I loved the contrast between the more celebral and mild mannered therapist from Oklahoma and the playful, yet hard working New York attorney. The tone of the story was humorous, sweet and touching in parts. It was completely delightful. The author did a great job building the characters and making them relatable. Drew can be both a jerk and a sweetheart. Emerie was both clueless and yet perceptive. The character perfection lies in their flaws. They make you want to shake sense into them, laugh with them and give them comforting hugs.

What a fun audiobook. Joe Arden and Andi Arndt were awesome narrators. I found them so believable and I enjoyed every minute of this story. They really projected the chemistry and camaraderie between the characters. I couldn’t help but be sucked into Emerie and Drew’s banter. From the funny dialogue, to the sharing past pains and the building of solid relationship, I was all in this story. I have read The Baller by this same author and didn’t enjoy it half as much as this one. This is a book that will be on my re-read shelf for when I need a pick me up when I hit a reading funk. I will definitely be checking out more of Vi Keeland’s work.

If you want an entertaining romance that balances humor, chemistry and personal growth, this is the book for you.
Ezi

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us by Colleen HooverNarrator: Olivia Song
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Title: It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
Release Date: August 2nd 2016
Pages: 367  Format: 11 hrs 11 mins (Audiobook)
Published By: Atria Books
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SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

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five-stars

It is no secret that I love Colleen Hoover but this book took a sensitive subject and made it relateable. Without spoiling this story, I loved just about all the characters in this story. It’s hard to discuss the plot without revealing things so I will stick to the characters.

I love Lily and her mom, Atlas Corrigan, Ryle Kincaid, his sister Alyssa & her husband Marshall, even Atlas’ three friends because these characters were humanized despite their flaws. This story was full of angst and emotion. I truly felt for all. I know I am in the minority, but I would have loved Lily to have professional counseling as it may have been beneficial for all involved.

Colleen Hoover is an expert at delivering touching, heart-rending and at the same time inspiring characters who just rise above tragic circumstances to bask in the light at the end of the tunnel. I always feel joy and happiness at the end of a Colleen Hoover book and this one was no exception.

Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if the author wrote a book on Atlas and/or Ryle’s upbringing. There was a lot of story left there and it has been on my mind since I read the book.
This book was a masterpiece.

About Colleen Hoover

#1 NYT bestselling author of books that will destroy you, then put you back together.

Colleen Hoover is the author of ten New York Times bestselling novels. She self-published her first novel, SLAMMED, in 2012. Five months later it debuted on The New York Times. Colleen has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

So This is Christmas by Josh Lanyon

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So This is Christmas: by Josh Lanyon
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, #5.5
Release Date: December 30, 2016
Pages: 127 • Format: eARC
Published By: Just Joshin Publishing, Inc
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God Help You Merry Gentlemen…

Arriving home early after spending Christmas in jolly old England, sometimes amateur sleuth Adrien English discovers alarming developments at Cloak and Dagger Books–and an old acquaintance seeking help in finding his missing boyfriend.

Fortunately, Adrien just happens to know a really good private eye…

 

 

 

five-stars

It took me a couple of days to try to figure out what words to describe this story, but I still have no words because this book has been one of my happiest book pleasures ever. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought we would see Adrien & Jake again. They are in my Book Royalty. I love the Adrien & Jake story. It isn’t nice, easy, or sweet. These two have fought extremely hard to get where they are and it’s PERFECT.

This picks up right after book 5. Jake & Adrien are returning from a holiday in London. We see the old gang, some familiar faces and the love between these two. I don’t think we’ve ever see Adrien this content and happy before, and its a beautiful thing. It wouldn’t be an Adrien English story without someone contacting him directly or sometimes indirectly for help. This time it’s Kevin, the cute hottie from book 2 needs some help. Reading this I often found myself smiling for no apparent reason then it feels great to revisit these two. I truly love Josh Lanyon’s style, and felt like this was the most contemporary story we’ve seen from her ever in my opinion.

Ask anyone and they will tell you I wasn’t team Jake ever in a day. I re-read the series prior to reading this and sometimes I forgot why I was so angry at him, but book 4 and seeing him change was something else. I forgive all the tears, anger, and pain that he put Adrien in. We see Jake grow as much as Adrien did in the years since the first book. You can see the personal growth that Jake obtained because in this last book he was so carefree, open and loving. It was like seeing a new Jake, but I firmly believe he just grew up.

With all the happiness and that ending, I couldn’t ask for a better ending to these two. I am forever grateful that Lanyon decided to bless us with this happiness. I loved it, and it’s highly recommendable to fans of this series.

About Josh Lanyon

Bestselling author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON has been called “arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today.” Granted, that was yesterday.

Today Josh’s work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the 2nd Annual All Time Favorite Male Male Couple by the Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Favorite M/M Author Lifetime Achievement award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

Ezi’s Best Books of 2016

   From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon


Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

The Dark Light of Day by T.M. Frazier

Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor

Undecided by Julianna Keyes

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott & Larry Platt

Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

Absolution by Sloane Kennedy

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Mika’s Favorite Books of 2016!!!

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This has been an amazing year for the blog! We’ve seen people come and go, but Ezi & Mika stayed true to our selves. I found some new series that I can’t believe I’ve never read. (**Shoutout to Quil Carter**)  I do have less favorite books then last year. I’ve found some really good new authors to add to the folks, and have found my calling in Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels Series! Shout out to my Snakes badgering me about this series. I’ve seen a few series come to an end. **Ugly Tears** for Rhys Ford Cole McGinnis Series coming to an end. I will never ever leave this series. Another favorite series had a surprise novella interested at the end of the year. Josh Lanyon surprised us with a new Adrien English novella that I’ve currently reading. I can’t pick a single book as numero uno. I’ll list them according to my read date. I’m feeling very generous and in the holiday spirit.  I’m offering a $20 Gift Certificate to Dreamspinner Press. All you have to do is comment below with your top 5 favorite books of 2016 and why!!!

Without further ado it’s my favorite books of 2016!!!

It was my first favorite book of 2016. The ending to a series who I love, cried, laughed and swooned over. I will forever recommend this series, and talk about these characters to people. Rhys Ford has a fan for life and I’m happy to say in 2017 I’ll be reading more of her books. Saranghaeyo guys!

 

 

I’m super surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did. It stayed with me throughout the year and it was a favorite of mine to recommend. I don’t do steampunk, but I do Heidi Cullinan steampunk series. I think you should definitely give this one a shot!

 

 

Are we really surprised this book made my list? Come on now, I gushed and raved over this book. Hell I own this book in different formats, E-book from two different vendors, an ARC copy of course, and a signed paperback copy. This duo of authors should school everyone else on co-writing. You can definitely see the difference of writings and character building, but I’m of mind where I love each author separately. This book gave me all types of feels and I <3 Kai & Garrett for ever!

 

I’m pretty certain Santino Hassell made my list a bunch of times so get ready for more. Not surprisingly that this series continues to rock. I mean every book in the series so far has been 5 star reads for me. I am completely obsessed with everything Raymond. I just wanted to put that out there. This book has one of my favorite scenes of the year as well!!! Oli & Caleb were adorable, but so freaking realistic as well.

 

This book had me reading it in one setting. I think from the second book or so I was interested in Lord Richard Vane and his valet Cyprian. It surpassed all my expectations. But then I think and realize its K.J. Charles dummy. There is only two authors writing Historical mm and she’s one of them. I really did enjoy this series, and it was a hard feat beating my Wednesday by Wednesday boys, but I enjoyed this nonetheless.

 

One of the best contemporary series in Gay Romance ever. I truly adored this series, and wish it was full length novels, but I am happy overall with the products. Spencer & Andrew were adorable, amazing, and so hot together. I found it real, funny, and even cried at moments. I really do think N.R. Walker hit this out of the park this year with this series. Give it a try, you won’t be mad!

 

Remember that 1 of 2 comment about the authors above, well this is the other one. JLH introduced us to a brand new series and it was astounding from the very beginning. Love the idea of witches, familiars, historical’s and mm in New York City. It was a super fun read, slightly lighter then her award winning Whyborne & Griffin series. I do think people will appreciate how authentic she is in her research. I cannot wait to 2017 to read more from this series.

 

One of the best series to date and I’ve highly rated all of them. This book though is super special to me. It was lite on the hockey, (I’m still clueless) and focused more on the relationship aspect. Plus I love Russians characters. It might seem cliche, but I feel like they are so more passionate and emotional. Stoic, but passionate. Misha could never disappoint me. I feel like Avon had an amazing year in writing, you can tell by all the highly rated stories she’s produced and all her glorious goodness and words. Plus she rocks big time.

 

Cara Dee is one of the few writers that I read that can write such realistic fiction. I’m always able to connect emotionally with her characters and this book was no different. The reason why I find her writing so humbling is because she’s one of the most relatable voices in this genre that I read. She writes about perfectly flawed characters. Dominic & Adrian stole my breath away from the very beginning. It’s certain books that you can go back and re-read again for the first time, and this is one I wish I can do over.

 

T.J. Klune is one of my favorite authors of all time. He’s my go to crier author. If I need to decompress then I’ll grab any book available and end up balling like a big baby. Wolfsong is a lot of people’s favorite book this year. I can agree it’s a top contender in my list as well. I’ve had conflicted emotions on putting it at #1 or #2, but the one thing I will say is its well deserved. In a year where shifters, and paranormal romance seems to take off in the genre it’s on a shelf all by itself. T.J wrote a heartbreaking tale, but it was so good, authentic, and amazing. I can’t think of much to say as of now about this, but if you need a reason why to grab it then go ahead and read my review!

 

New Author Alert: Yeah this happened, and made it on my list. Contemporary M/M book, and very romantic at best. Never read anything by K.E. Belledonne before and I was left feeling giddy as hell once it was over. I enjoyed the past and present scenes. Loved seeing them grow together and deal with wedding preparations. It’s hard, so I enjoyed someone else misery! I got to use Sex and the City gifs in my review. Always makes a girl happy there.

 

 

Tee Hee!!! Dominic and Luke is where its at. Writing this now, make me want to go re-read this. So this was very different from book one, and just as good. At the end of the story I had to struggle with which book was my favorite, and as you can see they both landed on this list. I look forward to Hardwire the next in the series. I can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it. Oh and most of the scenes in this book made my day. Megtino had a good year with writing!

 

 

This book was everything. Tiffany Reisz is one of my favorite writers ever! I live for her pen game. It’s something about her writing and the emotions she conveys to her audience. This book was a tale of sorrow, heartbreak, love, and devotion. I love the idea of the novel, and I think she did an amazing job with the characters. I guarantee you that you will never guess the ending, and I love books like this. One of the only good mf romance writers who I auto-buy and read.

 

This series just gets better and better IMO. I really enjoyed the first book, but this book blew me away. The writing, the plot, the chemistry!!! Everything was explosive. The age-gap, and I loved the Science Fiction spin on it. If you closed your eyes, then you can picture the entire novel playing out right behind your lids! I think this was a great edition for the Sci-Fi fans.

 

 

 

JLH has made it possible to love a series for so long when its about the same couple for more then 2 books. This is book 8 in the Whyborne & Griffin series. We still see the love these two have for each other, still get the strong Christine and loving Iskander, and a new couple on the horizon. I love reading this series because we learn something new each time, and get to fall in love with them all over again. It’s definitely a comfort read series.

 

New Author Alert: When you can cosigned from the lovely Josh Lanyon then you are on the right path. This Mystery/Thriller was so good. It was super suspenseful with the right amount of romance. Out the woodwork I was enthralled with the writing, and the characters. Definitely an author to look forward to next year!

 

 

Well what did you expect? First of all its Raymond & David’s book. If you don’t know then Raymond was added to my Harem while reading Sunset Park. Anything he is in, does, and should be in I’ll read. This was good as well. Another relatable read from this author. Hassell should us the sophomore year of a relationship that’s what I’ll call it. It’s the stage after the honeymoon and real life starts affecting the time being spent together. Hassell definitely puts us through the ringer, but in the end love prevails.

 

 

Leta Blake kicked butt with her Will & Patrick series last year, but to fall up with another series was just crazy. Book one drove me to alcohol, and book two drove me to my secret stash of Hersey’s nuggets. The feels and emotions were so heightened in this book. I don’t know who I felt bad or worst for. I won’t even go in detail since the series is ongoing, I just can’t wait to see what’s next for these two. Definitely a series to be on the look out for.

 

 

Anyta Sunday was a new author to me. For years I’ve been suggested books by her, but never got around to reading it. Well this sweet, witty story was a definite win in my book. It was really good. It was comical at times, and teeth pulling at others. I like the writing style of this author, and I really enjoyed the romance between Theo & Jamie. I love the growth of the relationship/friendship it’s sweet and whimsical.

 

 

The book we’ve been waiting for!!! Soren & Kingsley. Kingsley and Soren were amazing. I highlighted the entire book it seems like. I have nothing to say about it, because I want to tackle hug Tiffany Reisz for doing this novella. I want to bow down and thanks her graciously for doing this. I’ve always wanted to see something special between these two. We know the history and love that they have for one another. If this series isn’t on your Read list, TBR list or radar then get on it. Amazing writing from this lady.

 

 

 

I’ve had a great year with books. I’ve surpassed my reading goal of 350 and so far had read 450. Yeah, I am going to slow down big time next year. Reading for me is an escape. It takes away the grime, disruption, and difficulty of RL. It allows me to escape to other people’s lives and rejoice in their happiness. It doesn’t seem like alot of books considering I’ve read 450 books this year. I’ve put alot of time, effort, tears, and happiness into blogging. I really want to thank the authors, and  publishers for being kind enough for me to get early copies. I want to thank the blog followers for putting up with my quirky reviews. Plus I want to thanks my special group of girls! It was an honor to text, talk, email, and laugh with you guys this year. Reading has brought us together, and hopefully we can get the same enjoyment next year.

Giveaway

For a chance at a $20 Gift Certificate to Dreamspinner Press please comment below with you top 5 favorite books of the year.