Every Breath You Take by Robert Winter

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Every Breath You Take: by Robert Winter
Release Date: May 5th, 2017
Pages: 240 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When Zachary Hall leaves Utah for a job in Washington, it’s finally his chance to live as a gay man and maybe find someone special. In a bar he meets Thomas Scarborough, a man who seems perfect in and out of the bedroom. But Thomas never dates. He never even sleeps with the same man twice. Despite their instant connection, he can offer Zachary only his friendship, and Zachary is looking for more.

Thomas is tempted to break his own rules, but years before, he became the victim of a stalker who nearly destroyed his life. Even though his stalker died, Thomas obsessively keeps others at a distance. Despite his fascination with Zachary, he is unable to lower his barriers. Frustrated, Zachary accepts he will never have what he wants with Thomas and soon finds it with another man.

But young gay men in Washington, DC are being murdered, and the victims all have a connection to Thomas. Once again someone is watching Thomas’s every move. Can it be a coincidence? When the depraved killer turns his attention toward Zachary, Thomas must face the demons of his past—or lose his chance to open his heart to Zachary forever.

three-stars

 

Awww. I really wanted to love this. I read the author’s debut book September and loved it from beginning to end. I think my biggest issue was the tone of the story. It seemed very procedural and lacked any form of emotion when I was reading it. I liked the idea of the story and plot a lot. I knew it wasn’t for me by day 2 reading it. If I’m all in with a book then I’m usually done in the first day. Its the speed I read. With this book, I was super disconnected and just keep putting it down.

I finally pushed through reading it, and certain areas are forgettable for me. I didn’t really buy Zachary’s attraction to Thomas either. That seemed forced. I guess there was nothing in the dialogue of their first meeting to encounter to warrant this level of attraction. It seemed off. I could never get passed them. Even after the who one night stand spew that Thomas does, it seems out of his character that this one guy has the ability to change 20 years of sex for him. Umm not believable in my eyes.

I did like the stalker side of the story. Didn’t need his creepy point of view, but I understood where the author was coming from. Like some of the supporting characters a lot. Overall it wasn’t a bad story. It was decent in parts and while I didn’t love it. Thought it was okay work for a follow up for the author’s work. I am looking forward to more work from this author.

 

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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.

Don’t Twunk With My Heart (Loving You, #2) by Renae Kaye

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Title:Don’t Twunk With My Heart by Author Renae Kaye
Series:Loving You
Release Date:August 26, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Kee Smith isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows who he used to be—the ignored gay son who chose a blue-collar job just because no one expected it, the submissive bottom who enjoyed large, masculine jocks who put him in his place, the sleek, fashionable twink who partied all night. But after his ex-boyfriend hit Kee and called him names, Kee retired from the social scene.

Back after a year’s hiatus, Kee still doesn’t know where he fits. His friends say he’s a twunk—a twink who put on muscle and turned into a hunk—but Kee is searching for somewhere to belong. Instead of going back to his usual type, Kee hooks up with twink Tate Stevens—a fashion-industry professional who works the image hard. It proves to be the best decision he’s ever made, and not just because he’s starting to regain his sexual confidence.

With Tate, Kee can open up about his fears and confusion without ridicule. Tate has his own fears about putting on weight and getting old. It will take work to make a relationship of opposites succeed, but they begin to realize the compromises will be worth it if they can be together.

four-stars

This is my impressed face. A few things first, it didn’t have the romanticism that Loving Jay did. I was looking for it and didn’t see it anywhere. Don’t be alarmed, it was still very much good. Besides the abrupt ending which perturbed me alot, and the little update from Jamie I thought it was solid. I do hope that because the information about Liam & Jay was written that we do get some follow-up novella about their situation. Don’t want to spoil it. I am looking forward to book three’s couple.

When I first read Loving Jay, I was so amazed at the story. I loved every single minute of it. I haven’t had the same luck with Kaye’s books so I was super super hesitant to request this book. I was scared that it wasn’t going to live up to the hype of the first in the series. Well I’m disappointed at all. I liked this book for very different reasons.

I love Kee. I like everything he stands for, and his voice at 24 is far more maturer then I think I really was. I liked how he portrayed himself, and yeah I kept looking at the cover to see who was who. LMAO. I’m pretty sure, I know which guys is which now. I do like the age-gap element of the story. It showed Tate in a different lite. I really enjoyed the humor, the comradery, the love, and the realistic feeling of the story. I like that Kaye showed their relationship blossoming at a steady pace. From the meeting of friends & families, to the adventurous sex. I like seeing the spiciness that we do as a beginning couple. I enjoyed seeing the difference between the two guys. I think they were able to learn from each other, and expand and grow as well. The one thing that I would have enjoyed more was Tate’s eating issues. I felt like they were introduced, but maybe not spoken or touched on in further detail. I think if it was more in his pov then it would have felt more real I guess.

Between Tate’s eating issues, and yeah he explained why, and Kee’s past abuse I felt like it was just enough angst regarding it. I loved the pace of the story. I think it was well written and nicely flowing. Again, I would have like to see more after the I love you and then the ending. The ending was told matter of factly and it messed up my thoughts. All in all, I truly enjoyed this story, definitely low angst, realistic fiction, and a good telling of the evolution of a relationship. I thought these two were perfect for one another. It’s definitely renewed my thoughts on Renae Kaye, I might go back to read the books that I skipped.

 

About Renae Kaye

Renae Kaye is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back. She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since. After years – and thousands of stories! – of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do what she wanted. She believes that the world is too complicated for her, so she loses herself in stories. The only thing that keeps her going are her children who are the delight of her life.

Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia. She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything. Which is why it’s a pity laughter is sometimes scarce on the ground.

You can contact her at renaekaye@iinet.net.au.