Snowblind by Eli Easton

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Snowblind: by Eli Easton
Series: Dreamspun Desires #29
Release Date: March 1st, 2017
Pages: 196 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Snow, steam, and secrets.

The latest snowstorm carries something unexpected to the doorstep of Hutch’s secluded Alaskan cabin: a stranger named Jude, the most beautiful man Hutch has ever seen. Jude says he’s in the area for a ski trip and that he fled a domineering lover, thinking he could make it into town. But Hutch is a suspicious SOB and treats his unwanted guest warily. The problem is Jude isn’t just gorgeous, he’s funny and smart and flirtatious.

Two gay men snowed in for three days—things happen. Really good things. By the time the storm clears, Hutch finds himself a little too attached to Jude Devereaux, San Francisco-based male model. But is Jude what he claims to be? Or is he entangled in the secrets Hutch moved to Alaska to escape?

three-stars

 

 

Ummm.. Where is the Dreamspun Desires fluff that I’m use to? I am missing all the chessiness, fluffy sugary sweetness that I’ve come to like from this series. I wasn’t expecting this at all. I feel cheated big time. I would have thought that the whole spy needing help would be right up my alley, but I didn’t like it at all. It was going well in the beginning for me, and after a while when everything came to light I just didn’t like it. Of course the tone of the story changed, and it was working for a while. I mean it took a while for me to warm up to Hutch, and I liked Jude but once Jude mentioned a kid, I kinda wanted it to be an instalove, kidfest and them running off to play family with Hutch falling in love with Jude’s daughter. It did not go like that at all.

It took me a while to like Hutch. I get why he is the way he is, but I didn’t really enjoy him as a character. Hutch has been trying to stay under the radar. What’s under the radar then by being in Alaska during a winter storm or winter season? He is fine being who he wants in this wilderness. Along comes Jude escaping from a guy during the storm trying to get back in town. Well of course a California boy isn’t going to know that you don’t try to out run a storm like this. After saving Jude, they hit off. Its days of sex, food, fun, and learning about one another. I’m really enjoying it up until 27%. A lot of unexpected things happen at this point. I had to put it down, and try to figure out what was bothering me about the story. It was the lack of fluff, the sweetness, the insta-love and care that I’ve come to know from this series. Totally lacking.

The rest of the book is action and adventure, and my face is still upturned because it wasn’t what I expected. I did not like the direction it took. Overall I think it was an okay story. The CIA tie-in into both of them as characters was good. It was very adventurous. I think Eli could have done better with this. I’m a big fan of hers. I want my fluff Eli, please give me my fluff.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

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merry-christmasmrmiggles-600x900Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles: by Eli Easton
Release Date: November 23rd, 2016
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Published By: Pinkerton Road LLC
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Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowlegable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.

But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.

Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.

 

three-half-stars

 

Yeah, I am not a happy elf overall with this story. I’m in the Holiday mood for huge amounts of fluff, and I just grabbed this story because it was by Eli Easton. Didn’t read the blurb, but the author’s previous works speaks to my faithfulness to her. This wasn’t bad, but it was darker then I want for a holiday story. Also the main characters didn’t spend enough time together in my opinion. I would have really liked this as a dual point of view story.

Toby is a junior librarian in his home town. I do love the setting of the story. I’m a fan of libraries and this one and its wacky cute cast of characters didn’t disappoint. Toby is slightly enamored with his boss Mr. Miggles. He doesn’t seem to know to much about the man, except that he’s maybe in his 30’s, loves dressing up as the a “Boss figure”, knows a lot about books, has a quirky humor about himself, and he’s caught Toby’s eye. Toby is in a dead-end relationship. I think he hasn’t been in love with his boyfriend for a while. It stopped being a relationship and more a one stop shop of sorts. We get to see Toby go through a range of emotions and feelings for Mr. Miggles from start to end. I really did like Sean. I did understand why he was so adamant to be by himself, and be to himself. He’s still reeling from events in his past. I really would have liked to see the connection between Toby & Sean grow. I wanted more emotion and passion from these two.

I got the gist of the mystery, but I honestly didn’t want it. It was a tad to slow for my liking. More then half of the story was around Toby talking to people and helping Sean. I wanted a happy-fest, with fluff and passion. I wanted to be left feeling with marshmallow fluff, and unfortunately I didn’t. This is all on me, and others might enjoy the story. I did like that this story showed people loving each other through the worst of times and at the happiest of times. The community of Sandy Lake rallied around these two.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.

Release Day Blitz: Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

Merry Christmas Mr Miggles – Eli Easton

Author: Eli Easton
 
Release Date: November 23
 
Length: 50,000 words
 
Blurb

Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowledgeable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.

But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.

Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.

 

Author Bio

EliEaston_300x300-300x300Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, an organic farmer, and a profound sleeper, Eli is happy these days writing love stories as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, two cows, pot belly pig, and cat.

Her website is www.elieaston.com
You can email her at eli@elieaston.com
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About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.

Falling Down by Eli Easton

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falling-downFalling Down: by Eli Easton
Release Date: November 9th, 2016
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Published By: Pinkerton Road
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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?

four-stars

This book goes down in the history of ugly cries for me. It probably should top the list seeing as I still can’t hear out my right ear. So I was reading this and got to a really emotional scene and starting crying my eyes out. You know that cry when you cry so much that your nose stops up. Well, I went to blow my nose through the tears, and it felt like my ear was trying to blow itself as well. After all that relief of crying, my ear clogged up. It’s now Tuesday and since Saturday night it hasn’t unclogged. I’m deeply disturbed by my amount of tears that I was able to produce from this story. It was gut-wrenching hard for me at times. I feel bare to my bones. I don’t know the last time I have felt like this in regards to a book. It was sad to see somebody like Josh who was so innocent in so many ways, become so broken.

I really like Josh. Josh is 18, and living on his own. He’s searching for a place to just die. Not suicide in the normal sense, more of the just fading away. His idea of just fading away is going to New England to see the beautiful fall weather and just sit in peace with his mom’s ashes and gradually end his life. I can’t put in words on how I feel for him. He has nobody in his entire life to care about him. Hell 2% in had my eyes watering up. I felt like this lump was in my throat most of the time. Easton does an amazing job when it comes to Josh, being in his head felt so real at times, and I think the writing was so spot on that at times you can close your eyes and picture everything that is going on.

Mark is struggling with his own issues as well. He trying to re-coup to civilian life. The Marines didn’t work out for him, and he’s not in the right head space to be around people. Add on the fact that he hasn’t come out to his parents yet, and he’s desperately lonely. He doesn’t realize it at the beginning of it, but finding Josh and trying to do some good in the world makes his notice it. Mark faces some of his own dark history. He comes to the realization about why he joined the marines, and alot of his issues were self-sabotaging. I think Eli did a good job with Mark.

“That’s the way I want you. Like I would crawl over hot coals to get to you. Like nothing would ever stop me from being with you–not if you wanted it too.”

This is a slow-burn in the romance department, but I really liked that. I love that Mark had to be the adult about things and make Josh see that he didn’t want anything from Josh because of him owning to him. It has its dark moments when both guys are done for the day, and sitting on the porch talking. They both are hurting and that one thing they don’t have is friends. I’d like to think of them as friends first. Sure the romance happens, but the friendship builds up their trust towards each other. The most heartbreaking scene comes at the end, and boy is it ugly cry material. Sure miscommunication is at fault, and love comes into play but it was still so painful to read. As much as I cried, I loved reading it. At the moment, I felt everyone’s pain. I truly love Eli’s writing. Her stories, and characters just work for me. I love the realistic feeling I get when reading her books. I can’t wait for her next release. This one is highly recommended with a box of Kleenex on the side.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.

A Second Harvest by Eli Easton

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o-a-second-harvestA Second Harvest by Eli Easton 
Series: Men of Lancaster County, Book One
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Pages: 206 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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David Fisher has lived by the rules all his life. Born to a Mennonite family, he obeyed his father and took over the family farm, married, and had two children. Now with both his kids in college and his wife deceased, he runs his farm alone and without joy, counting off the days of a life half-lived.

Christie Landon, graphic designer, Manhattanite, and fierce gay party boy, needs a change. Now thirty, he figures it’s time to grow up and think about his future. When his best friend overdoses, Christie resolves to take a break from the city. He heads to a small house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to rest, recoup, and reflect.

But life in the country is boring despite glimpses of the hunky silver fox next door. When Christie’s creativity latches on to cooking, he decides to approach his widower neighbor with a plan to share meals and grocery expenses. David agrees, and soon the odd couple finds they really enjoy spending time together.

Christie challenges the boundaries of David’s closed world and brings out feelings he buried long ago. If he can break free of the past, he might find a second chance at happiness.

four-stars

A nice and sweet slow burn from Eli Easton. Two guys who have a second chance at love, and friendship comes first. I really enjoyed this book. I love the strong religion aspect we got in the story. While religion isn’t the focal point for both characters, it’s influence is in the book strongly. The age-gap trope is one of my favorites as well. I appreciate the individuality that both guys have. I think Easton did a great job by showing these two guys who have the the outward differences were able to find a friendship over something as basic as food & travel. I personally believe in the magic of being friends to lovers. It’s magical in the sense that this person is your friend first, and then you gradually notice that you love them and being together is a happiness in itself.

David was raised as a Mennonite. He’s had his entire life planned out. From what they expect of him as a child and as an adult. He married the woman who they wanted to . Even in marriage he did everything for everyone else. Never questioning or resisting things. Sadly his freedom is only their because his kids are grown and in college. His wife has passed away. These days his passion lays in his kids, farm animals, and the collection of National Geographic magazines that he’s collected over the years.

Christie is a 30 year old Manhattanite living his life. He’s partying and drinking with no repercussion of anything. He’s completely free from hiding. A tragic accident makes Christie opens his eyes and forces him to rethink things. He decides to go away to Lancaster to his deceased aunt’s house.

Reading this book was a slow burn of sexual tension and an enjoyment to see these two figure out each other. It’s alot at stake and David has to release what he’s willing to part with or if he’s going to continue drowning by living the life he doesn’t want. Even though David isn’t strong in the religion. Their are multiple moments in the story when the influence is shown by people in the community and his family. These moments felt very authentic to me, and I enjoyed it.

David recognizing his sexual identity is the focal point of the story. I like how Christie is completely different by the end. He changes alot of the old Christie in exchange for being with this one guy who has caught his eye. He knows David is the real deal. He’s able to bond with this man who he thinks they couldn’t possibly have nothing in common. He couldn’t be fair from the truth. They bond over food, talking, animals.

It’s a really good romance story with some steamy scenes. I can appreciate everything that took course over the story. It was realistic fiction. I wish I could have had more. I’m not sure about the ending though. I expected a little more. But since it’s a series, then I am happy to be getting more of these guys.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.

How to Wish Upon a Star by Eli Easton

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How To Wish Upon A StarHow to Wish Upon a Star by Eli Easton
Series: Howl at the Moon, Book Three 
Release Date: May 12, 2016
Pages: 230 • Format: eARC
Published By: Eli Easton
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Dr. Jason Kunik is working on the most earth-shattering genetics project ever, DNA mapping of a new species, the quickened—dogs who can shift into human form.  The problem is, no one knows the quickened exist and Jason can’t betray them by publishing his studies. When he moves to Mad Creek to continue his research in a town full of quickened, all he wants is peace, quiet, and to be allowed to bury himself in his work.  Perhaps if he figures how out the mutation is activated, he can silence his own inner dog forever.

Milo is a hospice comfort dog who has bonded with, and lost, many beloved patients in his life. He intuitively understands sickness and pain on a spiritual level most can’t see. When he gains the ability to become a man, he thinks he finally has everything he ever wanted. But being a man isn’t the same thing as being loved, and taking shelter in Mad Creek isn’t the same thing as finding a home.

When a mysterious illness hits Mad Creek and threatens all the quickened in town, it’s up to the scientist and the comfort dog to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Along the way they might discover that true love is possible—if you wish upon a star.

This is the third book in the “Howl at the Moon” series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

four-stars

I can’t recall if I cried during the first two books, but this one had me constantly crying from 75% until the end. It was that cry with the lump in your throat. I don’t know if it was my hormones or my emotions were just scattered but I just kept crying while trying to continue on. Oh I need to get this off my chest, I called it with the ex-boss and JVT thing. It’s not the last Mad Creek and I will be seeing of him. Also Eli Easton please write Rav a book. I need him immediately to be in Mad Creek and figuring things out. He would so appreciate this wonderful town.

Back to business, I don’t know if I like Jason, but Milo was so freaking adorable, earnest, sincere with every fiber in his body. I don’t think he had a mean bone no where insight. In hindsight being the complete opposite of Jason is just what the geneticist order 😉 This installment dealt with a lot of science nerd stuff and I was a little like huh? But I got it and really appreciated the slow burn of the relationship and the plot alot. I was happy being back in Mad Creek seeing all my favorite doggies and humans. Loved seeing the stoic Roman. He was funny, and goodness Lance. Always the one wound up extremely tight.

I enjoyed how Milo had his own purpose while being so new to this life. His ability to comfort and light up a room had me swooning for him. He is such an asset to the town and even more for Jason. He comes off cold, and stand offish but it’s a defense mechanism for him so he won’t have to get close to anyone, and by agreeing to letting Milo stay with him opened him up to all sort of inner feelings and emotions. They were adorable together, and I really liked this story. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this world.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.

The Stolen Suitor by Eli Easton

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StolenSuitor[The]LGThe Stolen Suitor by Eli Easton Series: Dreamspun Desires
Release Date:  February 1, 2016
Pages: 270 • Published by: Dreamspinner Press • Format: eARC
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His future was set until a thief stole his heart.

All of Clyde’s Corner, Montana, knows local dandy Chris Ramsey will marry Trix Stubben, young widow and heir to the richest ranch in the area. But one woman isn’t too keen on the idea. Mabe Crassen wants to get her hands on that ranch, so she sets her older son to court Trix, and her younger son, Jeremy, to distract Chris and lure him astray.

Jeremy Crassen thinks his mother’s scheme is crazy. But he wants desperately to go off to college, which Mabe will agree to—if he seduces Chris. How will shy, virginal, secretly gay Jeremy attract Chris, who seems determined to do the right thing and marry Trix? Jeremy can’t compete with a rich female widow. Or can he?

four-stars

 

Hey, wanna know something? I am a hopeless romantic. Are you shocked? You shouldn’t be. I adore romance, it’s my jam, it’s my comfort zone with reading. From the quiet romance to the erotic and even all the way to PWP, if you give me a shot of feels,  you have me hooked.

What I have come to expect from the Dreamspun Desires series are the feels, the feelings of my first introduction into reading, or rather stealing my sister’s romance novels and devouring this thing called love. It fuels me, it gives me hope and it makes me happy. This series, it’s bringing on the nostalgia and it’s making this hopeless romantic ginger freaking fracking happy.

The latest installment of the series was a blast to read. See, I not only love reading romance but I love watching it and one of my favorite things to watch are the romances on the Hallmark Channel. Sure, they lack the skintastic bump and grind you’d find on other channels but they give me what I want and I adore them. This book, fits right into that category and I fell hard.

The blurb for this gives a hint of a scheming mother, Mabe to get her sons into a wealthy rancher’s family with a plot of the youngest son, Jeremy wooing away the possible suitor, Chris from the newly widowed Trix and having her oldest son, Eric sweep in and marry Trix to get the Big Basin Ranch. Phew… *takes a breath* What the blurb doesn’t tell you is that this story is so much more than that. It’s a romance, yes but it’s a romance story of couples and family. Look up romance in the dictionary and the first entry for it as a noun is: a feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love. That right there is what this story is about and Easton delivers the romance in abundance.

The Stolen Suitor has a six pack of POV’s and I loved all of them. It’s not just a story about shy virginal Jeremy pretending to be one of the characters he writes to get Chris Ramsey’s attention, it’s about Eric coming to terms with his adulthood and where he belongs, it’s about Trix healing from the death of her husband and being okay with a new love and life again and it’s about Mabe, the boy’s mother and her past catching up with her and the man who ends up right in front of her. The head hoping in this was fun and it read as if were playing on the screen as I watched the story unfold and people fall in love.

I adored Jeremy and loved that not only was he a ginger of the darker variety but his eye color. So often gingers are paired with blue/green eyes and the fact that his were compared to the color of his hair –as mine as a ginger often are – scored points with me. Plus, Jeremy and his career choice and all that he is. I loved him and I found pure joy as he attempted to steal Chris away from Trix… and then, there is Chris. Again, LOVED his POV, he was so conflicted on what to do with his need to be noble and honor his best friends widow,  to take care of her and her daughter. But while Chris is bisexual, he prefers men and his attraction to Jeremy is too strong to deny. Jeremy and Chris were beyond adorable and sexy and I will not be looking at baguettes in the same way for quite some time.

Eric and Trix… sigh. I unexpectedly fell hard for Eric. I thought he would be the rude but lazy older brother to Jeremy and I would eye roll so hard when he came on the page but that never happened. Eric is a wonderful character full of life, love and loyalty who just needed the chance to find where he belonged. I really enjoyed Trix as well, her inner conflict when it came to Eric was giggle worthy while squirmy but her love for her late husband and her daughter was what hit me in the feels. I can’t imagine the thought process and emotions it takes to move on after you husband has passed or the guilt of wanting another man but I loved how it all turned out.

Jeremy and Eric’s mom was a total mess but when you think about her life, you get why. She read so much older than her 42 years but living a hard life, ages you quickly. Stress of income and being a single parent with all the rumors in a small town, it doesn’t make you look like an 18yr old, that’s for sure but I like who Mabe was even if her idea of her boys scheming with Chris and Eric was not so much a plot of the story as a whole, but I am good with that.

The Stolen Suitor was a fun ready full of cowboys (I really need to go back and meet Ben and Joshua…), ranches, boys who don’t know how to fully take what they want but ready to take a chance on love. It was a great story about the family you are born with, the family you create and the ones that you keep close to your heart.

Oh and one last note, I love the cover because it could be either brother, but if the intent was to be Jeremy, I would have liked to see his long hair tucked behind his ears because… it was so endearing. But really, hey Jeremy… where is Chapter 17 my dear boy? Hmm? I wanna know too!

Gah! Okay, I’m done gushing now.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.

The Enlightenment of Daniel (Sex in Seattle, Book 2) by Eli Easton

The Enlightenment of Daniel (Sex in Seattle, Book 2) by Eli EastonSeries: Sex in Seattle
on 2013-12-18
Pages: 212
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Business tycoon Daniel Derenzo lives for his work until his dying father reminds him life is short. When Daniel starts to reevaluate his world he experiences a startling revelation-he's attracted to his business partner and best friend, Nick, even though Daniel always believed himself to be straight. In typical type-A fashion, Daniel dissects his newfound desires with the help of the experts at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic. He goes after Nick with the fierce determination that's won him many a business deal. Nick Ross was in love with Daniel years ago, when they were roommates in college. But Daniel was straight and Nick patched his broken heart by marrying Marcia. Two kids and fourteen years later, they go through the motions of their marriage like ships passing in the night. But Nick's kids mean the world to him, and he's afraid he'll never get joint custody if they divorced. If he can trust his heart to an awakening Daniel, they all might find their way to a happily ever after.
three-half-stars

The beginning of the book was really cool. Daniel Derenzo was visiting his father who was in the fight of his life against pancreatic cancer (stage 3). Daniel’s father was reflecting on his life and found that he existed but didn’t really “live”. He advised Daniel to stop focusing so much on work but spend more time experiencing life and maybe love. Daniel’s dad, affectionately known as Iron Man, advised his son that waking up when you are old and realizing your legacy was only business deals was a hollow victory.

As Daniel contemplated his father’s words and reflected on his life, he found that the thought of happiness brought him to his best friend Nick Ross. But Nick was married with two kids. It was a loveless marriage, but Nick loved his children. When Daniel and Nick had a “moment”, Daniel decided that both he and Nick deserved to be happy and fulfilled, and Daniel decided to work towards moving them to a life together.

I enjoyed the moments with the “Iron Man” as well as the moments that we got to witness Nick’s love for his children. Both guys were good men and seemed to use work to hide the emptiness and pain they had. In admixing how they felt about each other, they set themselves free from the shackles and it was sweet.

I didn’t love Daniels’ comparing sex with women like drinking cheap wine but I supposed I got his meaning about how much more rewarding sex was when he started living in his truth. I also hated that Nick was so passive and wimpy but his wife was a barracuda. The story was well written and pretty smooth. I listened to all 5 hours straight without pausing. The narrator did a job conveying the emotions the characters experienced and he kept me engaged the whole time. This is the second book I have read by Eli Easton and I plan to read more.

*Special thanks to Dreamspinner Press for the audiobook for review.

About Eli Easton

Having been, at various times, and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, the author of metaphysical thrillers, an organic farmer and a profound sleeper, Eli is happily embarking on yet another incarnation as a m/m romance author.

As an avid reader of such, she is tinkled pink when an author manages to combine literary merit, vast stores of humor, melting hotness and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, three bulldogs, three cows and six chickens. All of them (except for the husband) are female, hence explaining the naked men that have taken up residence in her latest writing.