Misdemeanor by C.F. White

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Misdemeanor: by C.F. White
Series: Responsible Adult #1
Release Date: July 4th, 2017
Pages: 226 • Format: eARC
Published By: Pride Publishing
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Life isn’t always responsible.

After his mother tragically dies and his deadbeat father goes off the rails, nineteen-year-old Micky is left to care for his disabled little brother, Flynn.

Juggling college, a dead-end job and Flynn’s special needs means Micky has to put his bad-boy past behind him and be the responsible adult to keep his brother out of care. He doesn’t have time for anything else in his life.

Until he meets Dan…

 

two-stars

I read this book over a month ago. Initially, I needed my thoughts and feelings to marinate before I attempted a review. Well, I’ve marinated and if anything I wish I could have DNF it instead. I know it seems harsh, but after thinking on some things in the story its like I would rather not know. This was my first attempt by this author. I don’t know if the language or writing is the usual style but it isn’t for me. The writing that is. It might my biggest problem with the story. It was super choppy. I honestly think no one at the editing team has ever heard of PAGE BREAKS. The pov changes in the middle of a character speaking was super annoying. I would constantly go back to see who is saying what.

It was not all bad. It was angsty on the cusp of me wanting to punch Dan for being a punching bag at times. I mean come on! I am not a fan of the angst, but I was able to push through with it. I liked the idea of Micky taking care of his younger brother. Love knowing that he decided to put Flynn first. What I didn’t like was Micky reacted to quick. I mean, here you are responsible for this minor and every little negative thing gets a reaction out of you. I know its called being human, but he lacked the maturity that the author seemed to paint him with in this. After all this its no wonder that the relationship was hopscotched around. It had its good moments with them, but then the melodrama would start and I would get disinterested.

I didn’t get why the author made Dogie a big component of the story for him to be this solemn character. Not to say that everyone’s response to him was okay. Nope! I won’t go on a tangent, but for the healthier community stay away because you might email blast the author!

Just my opinion folks! It ends with a cliffhanger and my interest with it. Like I stated earlier, in my earlier reading and frustration with the quality I would have liked to DNF it, but against better judgment I decided to keep going. I don’t see myself reading any more of the series. If this gives you the curiosity to do so, then go right ahead! Maybe send me a pm on book 2. A summary would be just fine!

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Stage Two by Ariel Tachna

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Stage Two: by Ariel Tachna
Series: Lexington Lovers #3
Release Date: May 1st, 2017
Pages: 224 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Love has a steep learning curve.

Assistant high school principal Blake Barnes has everything he wants—a chance to help troubled students and an outlet for his passion for theater. Well, almost everything—he still goes home to an empty apartment. Then his high school crush explodes back into his life, the unexpected guardian of two boys in Blake’s care.

Thane Dalton has always been a bad boy through and through. Not much has changed, including his mistrust of authority figures, and no amount of institutional bureaucracy will keep him from protecting his nephews from the bullies terrorizing them. If that means butting heads with Blake, so be it.

Blake and Thane have lessons to learn: that they both have the boys’ best interests at heart, that the tension between them isn’t just confrontational, and that sparks can fly when opposites come together.

 

three-stars

This would have been better if the beginning hadn’t dragged as much. I had a hard time getting invested. I have a love/like relationship with the Dreamspun Desires line, but overall I like the chessiness of the stories. I never read the romances that its based off or watched soap operas as well. So, who would have thunk it that I’ve been reading these books? This was a good opposites attract. Blake being the authoritative figure in Thane’s nephews lives. How to navigate a relationship without breaking the morality clause for Blake. Its all good to see that Thane wants a relationship instead of one-offs when it comes to Blake.

Thane & Blake went to high school with one another, but one didn’t know the other existed. Blake had this worldly crush on resident bad boy Thane since he was a freshmen and a theater geek. Fast Forward 20 years and Blake is assistant principal at their same high school. By a happenstance Blake is in charge of Thane’s nephew when bullying ensues. When they do meet, they are both kinda brisk with one another. Not knowing the history or what to expect Thane was kinda a jerk-off. It could be how he is with most initial meetings. I doubt it, seeing as his nephews have been through hell and back and he’s only protecting them.

It got good after a couple of meetings. It was nice seeing them flirt with one another unknowingly.  I still had a hard time seeing them together. I don’t know what it is, it just seemed not to mesh well as the others in the series. They both do a bit of growing up by the end of the story, so maybe it was me. It just didn’t have that feeling that I get when I read this series.

Fans of this series will definitely like this! An opposites attract trope so there is that! It was cute, but I wish I could have started on a better note. It was probably just me though.

 

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About Ariel Tachna

When Ariel Tachna was twelve years old, she discovered two things: the French language and romance novels. Those two loves have defined her ever since. By the time she finished high school, she’d written four novels, none of which anyone would want to read now, featuring a young woman who was—you guessed it—bilingual. That girl was everything Ariel wanted to be at age twelve and wasn’t.

She now lives on the outskirts of Houston with her husband (who also speaks French), her kids (who understand French even when they’re too lazy to speak it back), and their two dogs (who steadfastly refuse to answer any French commands).

His Needs by Kris T. Bethke

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His Needs: by Kris T. Bethke
Release Date: December 14, 2016
Pages: 113 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Prss
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When State Trooper Travis Kinslow is injured right before Thanksgiving, the only positive is that for once he won’t be working during the holidays. Since he has no family, Travis was absorbed into his best friend, Joe’s, and he considers them as good as his own. Everyone except Joe’s brother Noah. Travis has been in love with the younger man for much of his life, but he’s always kept his distance.

As an ER nurse, Noah is a caretaker by nature. When his brother’s best friend is hurt, he’s happy to help Travis while he heals. He’s only ever allowed himself to think of Travis as the next best thing to an older brother, but by the light of the Christmas tree, Noah finally sees Travis’s true feelings. And in that moment, everything changes.

When faced with opposition and a Christmas nothing like they imagined, will their hopes for the future be enough to carry them through?

 

four-stars

I’ve been on a Holiday high lately. It’s only being Holiday reads with the exception of the Warden’s newest book. I usually have a major issue with first person narrating, but surprisingly I was okay with this one. I think it was because it was telling a story regardless of the page count. It’s how I perceived it. Travis gets the man of his dreams and I like seeing them buildup towards something. I’m a little shocked at how long it’s taken Noah to realize that Travis has been in love with him for a long time. I questioned it, but I guess Travis was able to put aside him wants and desires to maintain a platonic friendship for all these years.

Travis didn’t bet on getting injured and being invalid for up to 6 weeks, but when his surrogate mother barges into the room and dictates his well care then he knows its all over. Travis is sent home in the care of the family that took care of him when his family decided they didn’t care enough for a kid. I wouldn’t say care enough, more like his mother was a drunk and his father was an abusive prick. Travis is not to surprised when Noah shows up to care and check up on him. He is after all a ER Nurse and its his job. I enjoyed seeing Travis trying really hard to not let his unrequited love show through to Noah. He’s been in love with Noah since he was 17, and he thinks Noah doesn’t like him back in the same capacity. In fact Travis has grown up with Noah’s family since he was a kid so he’s treated like a brother & son of the family.

Noah is the baby of a big family, and knowing that he’s the baby he can possibly get his way. He convinces his mom that he can take care of Travis. Noah realizes that Travis is in love with him, and he’s super happy about. He gets to have a lover and his best friend. I do think the phsyical side went a little fast, but that’s only my take. I can see why it did, they’ve only be knowing and lusting each other their whole life.

I thought this was a cute holiday read. Both guys deserved some happiness. I did love the big family setting, and found myself smiling and laughing at times. This is so recommendable folks.

About Kris T. Bethke

Kris T. Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head and weekend naps are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with an aquarium full of tropical fish and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal.

What It Looks Like by Matthew J. Metzger

matthewWhat It Looks Like: by Matthew J. Metzger
Release Date: August 20, 2016
Pages: 264 • Format: Kindle Edition
Published By: JMS Books LLC
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Eli Bell is the only son of a police chief inspector and a forensic scientist. He’s grown up wonky in a world that only deals with the straight and narrow — and his new boyfriend isn’t helping.

Rob Hawkes is six feet of muscle, tattoos, and arrest warrants. A career criminal and a former tenant of Her Majesty’s Prison Service, he’d rather hit Eli’s parents than sit down to dinner with them. One wrong move, and Rob could destroy Eli — and his family — without a second thought.

But this isn’t what it looks like.

Rob’s not in control here — and Eli’s the one to blame.

 

four-stars

I want to start off saying bravo Metzger!!! This was my first book by him, and I learned so much and really enjoyed it as well. I mean, my first props goes to the realistic feelings that I felt the author was able to get across the pages. This was also my first Transgender book. I didn’t even know it was the case, because I just brought and read it on the strength of the cover. I was a little surprised, but then I learned so much and a lot of my questions were answered when reading this. I loved Rob’s criminal ass. Haha, he is a bad boy, but so what? He has literally given Eli that life that he’s only dreamed of.

Rob is literally every parent’s worse dreams for their kids. Ha!!! I would literally fight him over my child. I don’t even care to deny it, but for someone’s else kid he’s amazing. Sure he’s had a rocky life, and things weren’t handed to him. He had to grow up fast, and take care of his youngest brother by any means necessary. Yeah he’s tattooed, doesn’t have the best of jobs, fights, and fucks like a beast, but he’s also there. When I say there, I mean he listens. It might not have been what you want for a potential mate, but after reading this then I definitely want Rob for my kid. Rob understood Eli when no one in his whole life got it. He accepted it as a gay man, and as a partner for someone he cares about big time. I was literally team Rob all the way. He deserved better treatment from Eli and his family. I mean, he did put up with a lot, but that made me like him even more. I liked the softer side of Rob that we were able to see. I like seeing Rob vulnerable and unsure of himself, because it was a humility that I wasn’t sure if he had or not. Well, that’s not exactly true because only a person with a heart and conscious would give Eli the $700 pounds needed for his surgery. Only a kind-hearted man would jump in front of a knife to protect his lover and his sister. Only a kind hearted man would encourage his partner to achieve their dreams and not to let his fears dominate his life. I mean if Rob is that bad, then I want me one. He just needs a little love, and encouragement. I know, I just gushed over Rob, and I literally don’t do that to new characters but this book was super impactful to me.

Eli, Eli, Eli. I have a love/hate relationship with you. Sweetie, you were just to angry for me. Argh, so many times, I was on your side. I got why you had these feelings, and were mad at your family. I just thought it was completely unfair at times to not hear them out. I do think it was maybe childish to throw these temper tantrums so much. I get it, they never accepted your transition. Call it being ignorant to the cause. I thought you were great for Rob, but then you went and decided to be your parents. The one time Rob needed you, you switched teams and automatically thought he was guilty. I was with Rob on he needed space. I mean, he was going out his way time and time again for you. To prove himself to your family, out of love and respect but you weren’t their for him that one time. I mean, I liked Eli as a flawed character. This was his first major relationship. He was dealing with a lot. He was dealing with finally finding someone who accepted him, and enjoyed his kink as well. He was dealing with not having the close relationship to his family. He had to deal with hearing all these bad things about Rob, and trying to see if it was all worth it.

When it’s all said and done I think it was very well put together story. I loved the pacing of the story. I enjoyed the ups and downs of everyone in here. I think it’s super cool to see all different facets of life. I learned alot, and this story was super insightful. I think these characters were so realistically done. I loved the genuine feelings that I get while reading these. I liked knowing that someone out there can relate to these characters. I thought the writing was very good. One of my favorite things were the crassness of the story. Gosh, potty mouths were everywhere. It was vey British and very me. I look forward to reading more from this author. Very enjoyable and highly recommend it!!!!

About Matthew J. Metzger

Matthew J. Metzger is the front for a British author currently living in Bristol. As much a character as those in his books, Matthew is a good-for-nothing layabout masquerading as a productive and useful member of society. It’s not working.

Both Matthew and his author are queer as they come, a little screwed up in the head, and thoroughly British and blasé about pretty much everything. Matthew may write romance, but it’s romance with the gritty bits in!

Son of Money by Brandon Witt

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son-of-moneySon of Money by Brandon Witt
Release Date: July 11, 2016
Pages: 284 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Randall Morgan, youngest son of one of Seattle’s wealthiest families, rejected his family’s money to live free of their control and pursue his career as a photographer. To make ends meet, Randall does erotic photography and massage—a secret he keeps from his family so he can remain a part of his young niece’s life. But the price of that relationship is high, and Randall is once more slipping under his family’s thumb.

Noah Carroll is the spokesperson for the Seattle Humane Society, and the city holds a special place in his heart. When fate intervenes during a pet adoption, Noah finds himself face-to-face with his first love—Randall.

While Noah and Randall are not the teenagers they once were, the flame of a first kiss long ago draws them together. Their romance is beginning to grow, but someone is out to destroy Randall and expose all he keeps hidden.

When secrets and rumors thrust Randall into the public eye, his relationship with Noah isn’t the only thing that comes under threat.

two-half-stars

 

This is my exasperated face. I think I’m more upset that I had to give this lower rating to an author I like. Brandon Witt is such a sweet person, and unfortunately it wouldn’t be fair to whoever reads the blog for me to lie about my rating. Sure I could give him 5 stars for being an amazing person, but it doesn’t negate the fact that I disliked everything but the dogs and Noah in this story.

I don’t do well with the rich family and holding people hostage tropes. Meaning, I’m so over the fact that grown adults are under the thumb of their parents for money. This was different, Randall turned his family down, so why didn’t he have a back bone? Why is it okay for a 35 yr old to have every aspect of his life controlled? It pissed me off big time, and as soon as I knew that was the way it was going it kinda turned me off from the rest of the story. I mean, he said he turned down the money, but it didn’t seem that way. The entire scandal was so OTT. The Steward situation bothered me big time. Randall gave up. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.

UGh!!! I liked Noah big time. He’s my kind of guy. What I didn’t like was the way they kinda fell into the relationship. I figured you haven’t seen him for over 10 years, and people changed. To automatically try to get that kid love back was juvenile in my mind. I would have like to see them work up to a connection with one another. I would liked it to have been super slow, and I would have liked Randall to grow a pair, and stand up for himself.

This just didn’t work for me. As much as I love Brandon Witt, I just couldn’t connect and deal with it. I am looking forward to more of his work though.

About Brandon Witt

Brandon Witt is many things. Above all, he is living the dream. After years of writing and reaching for the stars, he is a published author through Dreamspinner Press. Thus far, his novels include The Shattered Door, Then the Stars Fall, and three installments of the Men of Myth series. Also, he has short stories published in various anthologies.

For the first eighteen years of life, Brandon lived in a small Ozark town, El Dorado Springs, Missouri before moving with his family to Colorado. There he got degrees in Youth Ministry and Special Education and worked as a counselor and special education teacher for fifteen years.

The tension of his religious upbringing and being a gay man finds its way onto nearly every page in his novels, as does experiences that over a decade of loving children who have faced much abuse and many struggles. Reflecting what he has discovered to be true in life, Brandon’s writing does not shy away from challenges and conflict but also revels in the joy that can only happen when truly embracing and loving all that life has to offer.

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.