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Cara Dee
Series: 
Camassia Cove, Book One
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Pages: 168 • Format: eARC
Published By:  Cara Dee
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve only had one goal: survival. It’s what I know. There is no future beyond making it through another night and getting my hands on as much money as possible, by any means necessary. Pride and dignity are things I can’t afford.

It’s been the worst year yet—and not because I live on the streets. That’s nothing compared to being separated from my little girl. But I do what I can, and I send any money I make for her care. I can only hope she remembers me. I’m past desperate, needing her to know how much I love her and that I’ve done everything in my power to make it back to her.

The day I stepped off the bus in Seattle, I saw him. Adrian appeared at a time I most needed a helping hand, and his habit of rescuing strays became my salvation. He gave me hope. He taught me to dream about something I’d never dared to wish for.

A home.
(All novels taking place in Camassia Cove are standalone.)

four-half-stars

You know I was really skeptical about a new Cara Dee novel so soon after Noah. It wasn’t something I really enjoyed and I was disappointed in the author. Well, she literally came back and this is one of my favorite books of 2016. It was amazing from start to finish. I wanted it to be super longer, and she writes her characters and stories to be so comforting to me. I always love classify her as realistic fiction, but her character are relatable. I think she did a fantastic job with the characters, the story, setting and the tone of the story. Of course I had tears 5% into the story. I knew once I started that I wasn’t going to be able to stop, and it was definitely going to leave the lump in your throat in certain areas.

I haven’t loved a character so much from this author since Cam & Austin from Aftermath, but Dominic & Teach were so beautifully raw, and honest that I connected immediately.She was able to turn Dominic into someone who can look forward to trusting someone. He had no family who he can trust, he had no one to show him things. I get emotional when reading books like these but they turn out to be some of my favorites. I root for the underdog and for guys like Dominic who on all fronts life looks like it won’t turn out much, but somehow they overcome and beat the odds. I have a special place in my heart for people like Billy. People who help instead of ignore. Billy wasn’t able to do much for the homeless youths in Philly, but he was able to offer them a little place to sleep and something small to eat. He was bluntly honest, and crass but he was the only father Dominic was able to have. Dominic’s only goal throughout most of the book is to take care of his daughter. The daughter he hasn’t seen in a year, and who he sends money to by degrading his body. It takes a strong person to step into this world without being addicted to things to cope with the pain and escape into another world so you won’t have to deal with it. He’s resilient and pushes his self extremely hard to do whatever he needs to do in order to make it to Thea. In turn he hadn’t realized he just found his home after 24 years of living.

Meeting Adrian was destined in my mind. I loved EVERYTHING about him. I wish it was a dual pov. It would have made it 5x more better, but I was happy with the finished product. I would have loved for some more background information on him. He might be one of the most selfless characters that I’ve ever read before. Just seeing these two guys navigate this thing was beautiful. I enjoyed Dom being unsure of his feelings for Adrian, and I loved Adrian teaching Dom all these new things. It isn’t a pretty love story. Both guys have to wade through rough waters just to make it on the other side. Through tears, bouts of miscommunication, and a death it’s a really good story. I will definitely be looking for more of this series. I cannot wait, and I definitely see myself re-reading this again throughout the year. Congrats Cara, this is a winner!!!

About Cara Dee

here aren’t many things better than picking up my Kindle and getting completely sucked into a whole new world—where words morph into images and characters’ moods suddenly reflect my own. Aside from good plot and writing, for me, it boils down to relatable characters.

As a writer, I’m not finished until the men and women in my books come to life, until I can see them as real people, until I can connect with them. Which means I write what I want to read: everyday heroes and heroines who have the same struggles we all do. They evolve, have flaws, make mistakes and amends, learn, and find the endings they fight for.

Those are the characters who take the readers on a journey away from work, laundry, grocery shopping, and to-do lists.

When I’m not writing, researching, or brainstorming, I’m either planning my next trip (never-ending bucket list!), reading, watching hockey, or spending time with family and friends

Jane’s Melody (Jane’s Melody #1) by Ryan Winfield

Jane’s Melody (Jane’s Melody #1) by Ryan WinfieldSeries: Jane's Melody #1
on 2014-04-08
Pages: 336
AmazonB&NNarrator: Emily Beresford
WHAT BOUNDARIES WOULD YOU CROSS FOR TRUE LOVE?

That’s the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician she believes can shed light on her daughter’s death—only to find herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will leave you both tantalized and in tears, Jane’s Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone. Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it’s too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no limits.
four-stars

This book was very engaging and I couldn’t stop listening to it. The narrator did an excellent job convey the tone and emotion of this book. I will list my issues, but I want to be clear that I really liked the book, the story, the flow and the characters. It was pretty well written but it just felt a little incomplete, that’s all.

Jane McKinney decided to piece together the last year of her daughter Melody’s life before Melody died. She tried to connect with any of Melody’s friends and she ran into a young guitar player who seemed to have a connection to Melody.

Jane invited the young Caleb Cummings to her home in hopes of getting Caleb to tell Jane all he could share about his time with Melody. She offers Caleb a job as her gardener so Caleb could feel like he was earning his keep.

Jane quickly found herself attracted to Caleb, who was 15 years her junior at 25 years old. Plus, with Caleb’s connection to Melody, it just didn’t seem like a good idea for Jane and Caleb to become involved. But soon, they can’t help themselves as their attraction grows everyday.

Two people who had been in a lot of pain, found comfort in each other, and they had to decide if this was something to balm their current hurts or if they had something that was lasting?

I really liked this book but I always felt a little something was missing. First of all, I kept waiting for more information on Melody AND the family. I realize this book was about Jane’s journey, but Melody was a huge part of this walk and I would have liked more background information on Melody’s illness, Jane’s parents and John. There was so much animosity there and it was just glossed over by the author. Also, the perfection of a 25 yr old homeless boy was a tad too unbelievable. Don’t get me wrong. I loved Caleb. But he kept the place nice, he cooked, he was sweet and always had the most supportive words…yea, the only thing he was lacking was a halo.

I also wanted a little more with Grace and Bob. Especially since Grace preached the no-secret thing, I just felt that the author should have delved into that friendship a little more.

With all that said, I can’t wait to see the next phase of Jane’s journey as she starts anew.

This Is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleet

This Is Not a Love Story by Suki Fleeton May 22, 2014
Pages: 270
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When fifteen-year-old Romeo's mother leaves one day and doesn't return, he finds himself homeless and trying to survive on the streets. Mute and terrified, his silence makes him vulnerable, and one night he is beaten by a gang of other kids, only to be rescued by a boy who pledges to take care of him.

Julian is barely two years older than Romeo. A runaway from an abusive home, he has had to make some difficult choices and sells himself on the street to survive. Taking care of Romeo changes him, gives him a purpose in life, gives him hope, and he tries to be strong and keep his troubles with drugs behind him. But living as they do is slowly destroying him, and he begins to doubt he can be strong enough.

This is the story of their struggle to find a way off the streets and stay together at all costs. But when events threaten to tear them apart, it is Romeo who must find the strength within himself to help Julian (and not let their love story turn into a Shakespearean tragedy).
four-stars

This subject matter was hard and painful. I won’t focus as much on the plot, but instead I will highlight the issue of Homelessness. While this book featured two homeless youth, Romeo Danilov and Julian Lavelle, there are homeless families and war veterans out there too. Not every homeless person is an addict.

Romeo “Remee” was a deaf sixteen year old and his friend Julian was two years older. Romeo’s mother, a russian immigrant left to get groceries and never returned home. Julian was the victim repeated physical and sexual abuse before he ran away. Their plight to survive on the harsh streets of London made my stomach churn. The daily grind to find food, shelter from the weather and avoid being prey was enough to make my breath hitch. They are part of a growing population and this book was an eye opener.

According to US News & World Report, 46 million Americans live below the poverty line, that is 16% of the population. I will thank the Author Suki Fleet for not sugar coating the issue and not trying to “make it better”. Homelessness is a real issue and I encourage everyone to find ways to help, such as:
1) Volunteering at an established place like a shelter, food bank etc.
2) Show concern, kindness and respect as homeless people are humans too.
3) Donations are appreciated; blankets,clothes, shoes, food are always welcomed.
4) Advocate by encouraging others to join the fight against homelessness.

About Suki Fleet

Suki Fleet grew up on a boat and as a small child spent a lot of time travelling at sea with her family. She has always wanted to be a writer. As a kid she told ghost stories to scare people, but stories about romance were the ones that inspired her to sit down and write. She doesn’t think she’ll ever stop writing them.

Her novel This is Not a Love Story won Best Gay Debut in the 2014 Rainbow Awards and is currently a finalist in the 2015 Lambda Awards.

You can contact Suki at sukifleet@gmail.com she’d love to hear from you.