The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

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The Lawrence Browne Affair: by Cat Sebastian
Release Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 352 • Format: eARC
Published By: Avon Impulse
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An earl hiding from his future . . .

Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully planned world is turned upside down.

A swindler haunted by his past . . .

Georgie Turner has made his life pretending to be anyone but himself. A swindler and con man, he can slip into an identity faster than he can change clothes. But when his long-dead conscience resurrects and a dangerous associate is out for blood, Georgie escapes to the wilds of Cornwall. Pretending to be a secretary should be easy, but he doesn’t expect that the only madness he finds is the one he has for the gorgeous earl.

Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives?

Challenging each other at every turn, the two men soon give into the desire that threatens to overwhelm them. But with one man convinced he is at the very brink of madness and the other hiding his real identity, only true love can make this an affair to remember.

four-half-stars

Alright now, Cat this is 2 for 2 for me with your stories. I enjoyed the Soldier’s Scoundrel, but I really really liked this book. Georgie and Lawrence were hot like fire. The chemistry and adoration between these two were astounding. This book is in the same world as book one, but can be read as a standalone. Georgie is a con man but with a conscience. Lawrence is the mad Lord of the town who is scientific genius. They push each other buttons continuously, and I can feel the connection on page.

I really liked what the author did by having them be completely different towards each other, but have some of the same similarities of comfort with one another. Georgie needs to lay low for a while so he escapes to another town and poses as a secretary. Its not so far fetched since he knows how to do honest work, he just prefers conning. He is employed with Lord Radnor, and its frustrating, he’s infuriating, ungrateful, and downright mean at times. Well a little discomfort doesn’t hurt Georgie, in fact he is the ideal person to deal with the madman of the village. Georgie is falling and fighting his feelings on the same accord when it comes to Lawrence. He isn’t a bad guy per say, he is just prone to loud outbursts, and bouts of craziness according to Lawrence and the men in his family. The only way to be safe is to isolate himself from people, and his last living relatives. He stays coupe up in his family’s’ estate that he let go to hell. He things that if he stays away from people then they won’t have to deal with him. He lives on ham sandwiches, and apples from the only two servants that he allows to stay on at the house.

I am not usually one for slow burns, but this was much needed. The slow burn added on top of all the copious amounts of attraction that Lawrence and Georgie had for one another. Another kudos to the author for keeping the authenicty and dialogue up to reflect the period of time.

I found myself laughing at times, and tearing up at other. I thought the author did another great job with these characters. I think I enjoyed this one better then the first. The chemistry between the two was real. I liked the pacing, plot, and overall feeling that this story had. I do love regency romances, and Cat Sebastian can add herself to my auto-buy list as of now. I can’t wait for the third book in this series. I did love him in this book. Highly recommend this series!

About Cat Sebastian

Cat writes steamy, upbeat historical romances. They usually take place in the Regency, generally have at least one LGBTQ+ main character, and always have happy endings.

Before writing, Cat was a lawyer and a teacher. She enjoys crossword puzzles, geeking out over birds, gardening badly, and–of course–reading. In high school, her parents went away for a week, and instead of throwing raucous parties, Cat read Middlemarch. Even worse, Cat remembers little of a trip through Europe because she was busy reading Mansfield Park. Her proudest moment was when she realized her kids were shaping up to be hopeless bookworms too. Currently, her favorite genres are romance, mystery and fantasy.

Cat lives with her husband, three kids, and dog in an improbably small house. After growing up in the northeast, she now lives in a part of the south where every body of water seems to contain alligators or sharks, and every restaurant serves biscuits and gravy. She likes the biscuits, but not so much the alligators.

September by Robert Winter

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September: by Robert Winter
Series: Pride and Joy #1
Release Date: December 9, 2016
Pages: 290 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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David James is smart, successful, handsome… and alone. After the death of his lover, Kyle, from cancer, he buried himself in his law practice and the gym. At forty-eight, he is haunted by his memories and walled off from the world. When David injures himself working out, he’s assigned to Brandon Smith for physical therapy. The vibrant young therapist is attracted to David and realizes he needs a hand to get back into dating. What begins as a practice coffee date escalates to friendship, passion, and maybe something more, as they navigate a new relationship in Washington, DC, and the gay mecca of Provincetown.

But David remains trapped behind the barrier of fear and guilt. Will he remain loyal to Kyle’s memory if he moves on? Can he and Brandon manage a twenty-two-year age gap? Brandon thinks he understands David’s concerns, and for him, the answer to those questions is yes. He wants to be with David, and he believes he can overcome David’s barriers. But Brandon fails to account for the world’s reaction to a handsome young man attached to an older, wealthy lover. David’s memories, Brandon’s pride, and an unexpected tragedy might cost them something very special.

four-half-stars

Robert Winter’s September is an intimate look at love, grief, death, and learning to love again.

I am so shocked with my feelings and outcome of this story. My first read by this author, and I am amazed at his level of writing, and the emotions that he was able to evoke out of me. I’m just happy, had some ugly cries while reading this, but most of all happiness. Robert Winter first novel is a huge success. He had a thought plot, interesting characters, and heartbreak and love folded into this tale.

Brandon & David gave me hearts eyes, and I devoured this book so quickly. I honestly didn’t want it to end. I can see up until a certain point I was on the road to giving it 5 stars, but certain acts won’t allow me to do it. No worries, folks I still finished and enjoyed this story. I will admit the title confounded me for a bit, but I got it. I loved and understood it.

David is 48 yr old successful lawyer who is barely getting by in life. He’s working and keeping fit, but that’s it. He’s been numb to his surrounds for the past 2 years since his lover passed away. It’s hard for Robert to open up and allow someone in. From the snippets throughout the story his childhood was horrid, those events shaped him into the man he is now. He’s caring, self sufficient, he’s loving, generous, and a fixer. I think this were amazing qualities in a guy, and I really liked his character. Was he perfect? Hell no, he made mistakes but he’s human and I was able to forgive him. I think meeting Brandon was one of the best things he could have done for himself. I truly loved his character. He is the epitome of how I think a guy should be flaws and all, and he’s incredible in my eyes.

Brandon, **Le Sigh**. I am enamored with Brandon’s character. Not often do we see a character who is mature at such a young age. HA! I can call him young since I’m pushing 3-0 this year. Brandon was able to crack open some walls that David has built around himself. I loved how he handled David, knowing that this man is still grieving. Instead of pushing him to be over his lover, he embraced Kyle. He wanted to know more about him, their life together, and how they were. Such maturity, and compassion from Brandon. It brought tears to my eyes on multiple occasions in the book.

Them getting together was perfect from the very beginning. I enjoyed the pacing of the story, and loved how detailed each scene was set up. Robert Winter had some amazing characters Matt,  Joe & Terry, and darling Colin. I am happy that these guys had an amazing support system. The plot was well written and detailed, the right amount of steam(they were super hot together), enough dialogue between the two, and the general story was very good.

I look forward to book 2 in this series. Look forward to more of this author’s writing, because it really works for me. Definitely recommend this book!

 

 

About Robert Winter

Robert Winter is a recovering lawyer who likes writing about hot men in love much more than drafting a legal brief. He left behind the (allegedly) glamorous world of an international law firm to sit in his home office and dream up ways to torment his characters until they realize they are perfect for each other.

Robert divides his time between Washington, DC, and Provincetown, MA. He splits his attention between Andy, his partner of fifteen years, and Ling the Adventure Cat, who likes to fly in airplanes and explore the backyard jungle as long as the temperature and humidity are just right.

Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

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Leo Loves Aries: by Anyta Sunday
Series: Signs of Love, #1
Release Date: December 4th, 2016
Pages: 268 • Format: eARC
Published By: Anyta Sunday
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A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…

Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.

All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be the one for her, and the friend for him.

But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…

four-half-stars


This is the best reaction to 67%. I do not like angst of any kind, and this just took to long to happen, but when it did it was freaking magical.

Brace yourself ladies and gents, this is my first Anyta Sunday book. **Duck & covers**, I know. I honestly do not know how this happened.

Leo Loves Aries was such a witty, romantic, feel good story. I really enjoyed the easiness of the reading style. Everything was well written and flowed perfectly. Yes, it didn’t happen 13% in the book like I wanted to. Talk about Chemistry!!! I’ve started signing things like #CancerlovesPisces. These guys were super relatable. I honestly think Theo was the blind one here, he couldn’t see what was directly in front of his eyes, but when he did…. Boy, he went right in and went full throttle. It was no playing around for him. I am so in love with Jamie. Gosh my husband is the SHIT, but a Jamie is a needed necessity for 2017. He’s the type of guy who just wants to see you succeed, be happy and healthy. What more can you ask for?

This book made me happy. I love the little illustrations and factoids at the beginning of each chapter. I adore the parents alot. It shows what good parenting and upbringing produces. These were so responsible young adults. I love the relationship that each had with their counterpart. I adore Leone parts as well. Loved that her disability didn’t stop her from doing anything. She’s such an inspiration, and dare I say I would be interested in a Leone & Sam novel some day.

Gotta say, after reading this; the next day I went and read my horoscope and it said 2018 was my year. I got super excited. I use to be a big horoscope reader in my early twenties, I’ve gradually stopped, but I think I might go back to reading them. I do agree about compatibility when it comes to zodiac signs. I was involved with an Aries and we didn’t work out at all, but the Pisces and Cancer go together like fat girls and chocolate cake. Speaking from experience now folks. LOL. I am rambling, because I can go on, and on about how awesome they both are, but you read it! You don’t get to live vicariously through my fangirling, just know it made my Best of 2016 list and will leave you smitten and happy. I want to leave you with this quote because it means so much to me, it’s a line I used in my wedding vows, and to hear you say it to someone special means the world to them. It’s endearing and all encompassing when it comes to love.

Theo:You are not the best part of my day, you make my day.

About Anyta Sunday

Anyta Sunday – New Zealand writer in Berlin, Germany.

A born and raised New Zealander from Wellington, I’ve been exploring the literary world since I started reading Roald Dahl as a kid. Stories have been piling up in my head ever since. Fast forward to my mid-twenties and jump a few countries (Germany, America, and back again), I started to put them to paper.

My genre of choice is romance, both adult and YA, gay and straight. You can take a closer look at my books, available as e-books for download in many formats!

When I’m not pushing my characters deeper into adventure, I chase my sons around the house and fight my two comical cats for the desk chair.

Romancing the Wrong Twin by Clare London

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clRomancing the Wrong Twin: by Clare London
Series: Dreamspun Desires
Release Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 256 • Format: eARC
Published By:Dreamspinner Press
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How tangled can a romantic web get?

When gruff mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George seeks sponsorship for his latest expedition, his London PA insists on a more media-friendly profile—like dating celebrity supermodel Zeb Z.

Zeb can’t make the date, so he asks his identical twin, Aidan, to stand in for just one evening. Aidan, a struggling playwright, shuns the limelight to the extent people don’t even know Zeb has a sibling, but he reluctantly agrees.

When the deception has to continue beyond the first date, Aidan fights to keep up the pretense. Dominic likes his sassy, intelligent companion, and Aidan starts falling for the forthright explorer. But how long can Aidan’s conscience cope as confusion abounds? Will coming clean as “the other twin” destroy the trust they’ve built?

four-half-stars


**ZOMG** This is my gush face!

I loved every second of this sugary fluff. Loved the age-gap, the fieriness, fluff, and the British Boys.

I’m almost certain that this is my first Clare London book, I will definitely be reading more from her. This Dreamspun Desires series seems to be going one of two ways for me. Either I dislike them or love them. Ha, this is a good one. I do okay with fake relationship aspect. I think the author did a fabulous job on making the twins as nigh and day as she could. I mean they were two completely different people but I loved Zeb & Aidan as equally good. Maybe Aidan a little bit more since he brought out this side of Dominic that no one wasn’t able to see. I love the dry humor in this story. I also like that they both had two difference of opinions a lot of times. For all of Dominic’s abrasiveness he surely opened up and fell in love unapologetically with Aidan. Even Aidan becoming his brother who is famous and completely different then Aidan was a prize to see. I loved Aidan’s vulnerability at times, and loved how when the same feelings were reciprocated within Dominic he did everything he could to pick Dominic’s spirit up.

Dominic!! You big grouchy bear. He’s a commitmentphobe who lives life on the edge or on adrenaline. Dominic is a man of few words, and with the look of my favorite face. The RBF (Resting Bitch Face)!! He is a mountaineer and he won’t be anything else. It’s his passion and every man in his family is the same. He comes from a legacy of excellence where he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps. Only one teeny tiny problem. His ass is broke. No money for excursions, so he sucks it up and tries to get sponsors. HA!!!! I loved his initial reaction to having a sponsor. I loved the relationship he has between his self and his PA’s. He literally seemed like the Grinch most of the book. Here’s where the author excelled for me. I like that he has these feelings and recognized what they were. He didn’t immediately push Aidan away for fear of rejection. Sure he never talked about it, but I think for H-G just being able to converse with someone else was enough for him to fall in love. That’s the message I atleast got from it. I don’t think he was so hung up on Aidan’s looks more as being able to be himself with Aidan.

Aidan was great as well. Talk about taking the bull by the horns and going for it. When Zeb brought him this proposition sure he was scared but the excelled at the subterfuge of it all. I can see where he was falling for H-G and having the hardship of lying to him as well. Yes, he lied about who he was. You get that in the blurb, it shouldn’t be a surprised. I really enjoyed seeing him with his friends. Titus is the best ever!! He had my favorite line out the entire story. I loved seeing them together. I’m a huge sucker for age-gap and this one worked perfectly to me. I wouldn’t mind seeing these two in the future or revisiting this world some time.

This is a high recommend for me. It was just a good reading day I presume. It’s low-angst, heavy on the attraction, witty, and really good. I definitely enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more by this author!

About Clare London

Hi, I’m Clare London, a published author of gay romantic fiction, often erotic, usually contemporary, but sometimes in other worlds entirely. I publish with several publishers, in print and ebook, and I also offer free fiction on my website www.clarelondon.com. Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with her other day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with award-winning novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters. Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

Hexmaker by Jordan L. Hawk

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hexmakerHexmaker: by Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Hexworld, #2
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Pages: 186 • Format: eARC
Published By: Widdershins Press LLC
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A straight-laced policeman. A lighthearted thief.
A murdered millionaire.

Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police—and Malachi’s witch.

Owen is horrified to discover his familiar is an uneducated thief. Even worse, Malachi threatens to unleash Owen’s deepest desires…desires Owen can’t act upon, as he’s destined for an arranged marriage to secure the Yates family fortune

Their agreement: Malachi will be Owen’s lover as well as his partner, until the day of the wedding. But as their hunt for the murderer carries them from teeming slums to Fifth Avenue mansions, Owens begins to realize Malachi commands his heart as well as his body.

With dark forces drawing ever closer around them, Owen must decide whether to bow to the demands of duty, or to risk everything for the man he loves.

Hexmaker is the second book in Jordan L. Hawk’s Hexworld series, following the adventures of witch policemen and the familiars they bond with. Download today to enter a world of magic, romance, and intrigue.

four-half-stars

I have read everything under the sun by this author except the Spectr series. ONLY because I don’t want to wait for the next one, and read them in succession. I own them though. Hawk writes some of the most memorable and amazing guys in any genre that I’ve read. I have come to really enjoy this series, and this book was no different. (SN: Jordan, if you do read this, please for the love of goodness let Quigley & Issac’s book be up next. I can feel the hurt/comfort from book one. I’m begging for it.) I absolutely was enamored with this book from the beginning to end. Malachi was super amazing, and Dr. Yates was a delightful surprise. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story, some of it was pretty predictable and that’s not a word that I’d use to describe any of Hawk’s books.

You know how it’s love at first sight at someplace like a café in Paris, or Times Square in New York City; well these two meet at a crime scene and it’s an instant connection. Well as much as a connection can be for a suspected murderer and a forensic specialist. LOL. It was snarky, charismatic, and cute. Those are the three words that I would describe the scene for the first two meeting each other. I loved that they were complete opposites. I mean they had nothing in common, one from a rich family, a prestigious lifestyle, a respectable job, and the other was from the low brows of society, a thief, and a family made up of criminals. This difference did nothing when it came into the physical side of their relationship. It was super magical. It was HOT!!! It was explosive. My, my, my, Dr. Yates who knew you had that in you. It was nice to see Owen open up in way that he’s never felt comfortable doing. I enjoyed Malachi’s abrasives and equal prowess when it came to Owen. I think they definitely work well together.

**Tee hee, I just wanted to incorporate this somehow my review, I love JLH’s research and authenticity she brings to her stories. Never in my life would I have thought to read Historical Fiction, but she is the inspiration behind it for me.**

Now when it came to the mystery of the story like I said earlier it was rather predictable at one point. Nonetheless is was good. I did feel the ending was a tad bit rushed and would have like to see more from these two after the big showdown. I also felt like the storyline with Sophie didn’t end well. I just wanted some closure for Mal on that part, even though we suspect what she did. I had the same abrupt ending issue with the previous in the series, so maybe it’s a little pattern, but seriously I think she can write 5oo pages and I’ll still want more from her. No matter it’s still a great murder/mystery from this author. It’s still authentic in the setting, and she even includes real facts into her stories. I love the creation of the Metropolitan Witch Police. I love seeing all the characters and hopefully we can get a book from each one. I appreciate every one of her characters and books. I highly recommend this book to everyone. You won’t be disappointed, c’mon this woman writes Gold.

About Jordan L. Hawk

Jordan L. Hawk grew up in North Carolina and forgot to ever leave. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave her a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When she isn’t writing, she brews her own beer and tries to keep her cats from destroying the house. Her best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook at Amazon and other online retailers.

Infected:Lesser Evils by Andrea Speed

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2nd Edition

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

Until recently, Roan was ahead of the curve when it came to reining in the lion that lives inside him. Now his control is slipping at the worst possible times. A new drug has hit the streets—one that triggers unscheduled changes in infected users. Street hustler Holden Krause gets attacked by one of his clients, then is surprised to find himself involved in an unwanted, unexpected relationship. And a serial killer begins targeting infecteds in their cat form—something that’s 100 percent legal.

To stop the murders, Roan has to work outside the law. But his newfound thirst for violence makes him worry he might be more like the killer than he thought, and his reluctance to talk about it with his husband, Dylan, puts an extra strain on their relationship. So Roan isn’t just fighting the killer and struggling with his mutating virus… he’s trying to save himself.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, October 2012.

four-half-stars

 

I wanted to Sam & Dean this book by the end of it. I wanted someone to care enough to tell Roan to stop. Jeez, no one asked him to stop and evaluate. Sure he’s going to look at you crazy but so what!  I wanted to grab Roan, and drive up to Vancouver to get away from all the madness. But I can’t because I’m guessing he’s meant to go through this situation for the end of the series.

I’m going to need serious counseling after this series. I finished the book feeling melancholy. I’m so debating if reading the last two books are worth it at this point. I am at a lost of words after reading this. I mean Roan has been dealing with the virus for so long, and for it turn it’s back on him at this point was heartbreaking. Let’s be real Roan’s being self-destructing self book 2. This is book 6, and shit got real. I feel bad for Dylan at this point, he is giving all his love to this man and doesn’t know what will set Roan off. I don’t know if I could live with someone who could take the decision to off themselves with no regards to you. I’m not even angry at Roan. I’m just sad for him. It was hard for me to read this especially with all the things he had going on. He’s basically killing his own, and no one cares, and the virus is making him the biggest target ever. I will say this though, I didn’t like Holden for Roan in this book. It pissed me off. I was angry on Dylan’s behalf and my own. I wanted Roan to relax and think. He doesn’t seem to get the impact his death would have on people. Holden is another story. We see bits and pieces of the real him, but he is sociopath and I wanted to kick his butt and make him stay clear away from Roan.

He’s been different all his life. He wants to be less different, not more, but every time he turns around he’s getting more different. I think he feels he’s getting farther and farther away from human, and yes, while that sounds like a marvelous idea, it isn’t to Roan.

This story showed once again how Humanity pisses me off. Roan is dealing with himself, and having to kill his own. On top of that someone else decides to hunt his own and the police does nothing about it. I kept waiting for someone higher to say that it was wrong. What the hell is wrong with people? Infecteds didn’t ask to be here. They are here and human, and getting hunted down like the Serengeti. This book was long, and the one thing that I can say is I don’t know if I trust Holden anymore. Yeah, he’s been great and at times he’s amazing, but I’m too damn stubborn to forgive him for his actions in this book. Every bit of the story was emotional for me. It was darker and more vicious from anything we’ve seen so far. I’m actually scared because this ended in a cliffhanger and if I think this was bad then 7 is probably going to cause me to go for fluff for a week.

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!

Defenseless by A.J. Rose

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Defenseless: by A.J. Rose
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Pages: 438 • Format: eARC
Published By: The Grim Writer Press
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From Rainbow Award-winning author AJ Rose, Defenseless is a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping story of love through adversity.
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Kyle Decker knew dating Jesse McGovern would change his life. Young and in love, and with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, the world is theirs to conquer.

But their victorious Pride celebration ends in a savage attack, brutally demonstrating they’re far from equal. Instead of wedding planning, Jesse and Kyle face an arduous recovery and a shattered sense of their place in the world, their once-promising future suddenly something to survive.

While Jesse struggles with a permanent injury and its emotional aftermath, Kyle’s single-minded focus on Jesse’s recovery is the only thing keeping his demons at bay…for now. What was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of love is now full of lies and resentment.

With their dreams tattered and forever changed, trusting anyone—even each other—is daunting. So how can they have faith in twelve strangers on a jury? They’ve already learned the hard way it only takes a moment to become truly defenseless.

four-half-stars

I don’t even remember the last time that I cried throughout an entire book. This book had me crying non-stop. Certain areas of the story was super heartbreaking and wonderfully written, that I had no choice but to email Rose at 1 a.m. telling her how I felt. I live in Chicago so this story was extra special to me. I’ve been to a couple of these places, and I could close my eyes and just picture everything that happened. When I say one of the best realistic stories I’ve ever read. It was brilliant. Now the book is not without it’s faults. It’s long, over 400 pages. Certain aspects of the legal issue I could have done without but, I had to realize that they made the story way more authentic.

I read the blurb, but I don’t think I was ready for how impact the story was going to be. With books usually like these, I’m either fuming by the end. I end up being upset about how one of the mc’s acted or how the dialogue went. In this I can say, every response, every tear, every argument, and everything else is exactly how I would react. I can say the guys reactions to the crime were spot on, and very real. Kyle and Jesse are just starting their lives together. And while at the moment the biggest issue is Kyle coming out to his parents about him being bi-sexual. We see how it is eating him up inside. We see Jesse being the supportive boyfriend by not rushing him. Jesse is everything to me. I love how he has a no holds barred talk with Kyle several times in the story. Jesse is very supportive, and he lets Kyle know constantly that sure his parents might be support him but everyone else will.

While this is the biggest flaw, nothing they can ever expect happens to them. They are the victims of a hate crime. They are attacked where LGTBQIA people are suppose to be safe. Boystown/ Pride in Chicago is fabulous. I literally was at Spin every Friday, Saturday night in undergrad. It was my hangout spot with my friends. I’ve never had a bad experience or was subjective to any form of discrimination. Jesse and Kyle are celebrating, and at the end of the day 4 heterosexual guys didn’t love themselves enough to leave them alone. This changed their lives drastically. Kyle & Jesse are no longer who they were in the beginning of the book. They go through a lot. It’s heartbreaking and I loved every minute of it.

From here on out it’s a struggle for the guys to be outside, to be alone, to talk to one another. This is where the author’s writing skills excel big time! I found myself crying for them, and with them. I loved the pacing of the story. The gradual uphill of their struggle. I loved reading from both guys pov’s. It showed the decline of their relationship. Even with the decline, I understood it. I get it. I couldn’t imagine going through this. They were happy and in the cusp of 4 minutes their lives changed drastically. I really liked this story. It’s one of my favorites of 2016. I look forward to more from Rose, and I applaud her for writing such an awesome story.

About A.J. Rose

I talk to imaginary people, speak of events that didn’t happen. I tell lies. Also known as fiction, of the gay erotic variety.