The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray

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perf4.250x7.000.inddThe Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray
Series: Dreamspun Desires
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Pages: 218 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.

It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.

But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.

three-half-stars

This was a-dor-able. Simply adorable

I read this while nursing a wicked migraine on a hot summer day in the desert and it was the best medicine.

“Mr. Katsaros wishes to make a proposal.”

Quick review of a super sweet story: Ondrej needs to get away from his non-accepting and meddling family so he comes to the states. Archie is now running his father’s business and trying to keep his head above water and the company from sinking. When Archie finds out Ondrej wants to stay in the US and that he recently came into some family money, he gets an idea.

I love the whole sham of a marriage for whatever reason trope and this was done well. It helped that both men were truly attracted to one another before the marriage but of course didn’t realize they both felt that way.

I liked the slow burn of the relationship between Archie and Ondrej. It was adorable to see them get to know one another without studying for the interview with immigration. I mean, of course that interview would have to come in a story like this, but the simple time they spent together was sweet as they just became a couple without trying.

But the interview does happen and it throws in a bit of angst and worry into the new relationship building between our men. I loved that they went at everything with caution. I loved that Archie was a big marshmallow in Ondrej’s eyes and that he made room in his home, his company and his heart for this lost boy in need of permanent status.

The parties were fun to watch, I mean there is dancing and taking care of sea sick partners to be had so the intimate and swoony moments were plenty and this just worked… well most of it did.

To be honest, I loved the story until the last couple pages. It was fun, it was a ride on the Dreampsun Desires express that I will be a forever ticket holder to but that last bit? It came out of nowhere and for me, added absolutely nothing to the story. Nothing at all and I groaned that it was even there because it left an icky taste in my mouth.

But over all, this was still fun and I enjoyed watching these men go about their relationship backwards but making it work.

About Kate McMurray

Kate McMurray has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. She picked up her first romance novel when she was thirteen and has loved the genre ever since. She started writing gay romance after reading a book and thinking there should be more love stories with gay characters. Her first published novel, In Hot Pursuit, came out in February 2010, and she’s been writing feverishly ever since. She likes stories that are brainy, funny, and of course sexy, with regular guy characters and urban sensibilities.

When she’s not writing, Kate works a nonfiction editor. She also reads a lot, plays the violin, knits and crochets, and drools over expensive handbags. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a pesky cat.

She is currently serving as president of Rainbow Romance Writers, the LGBT romance chapter of Romance Writers of America. She’s also active in RWA NYC, the local New York City RWA chapter.

Wildflowers by Suki Fleet

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wildflowersWildflowers by Suki Fleet
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Pages: 80 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Xavi doesn’t believe in love anymore. Love has never changed the outcome of anything. It has only hurt him. 

Sam is sick, and he wants one last thing. He wants Xavi to be with him, to stay with him until the end. Xavi drops everything and promises Sam he will be there. 

As they travel across the countryside in a stolen sea-green Cadillac, they search for something neither has the courage to admit he’s looking for. But as the days slip away, Xavi isn’t sure he can keep his promise; he isn’t sure about anything. He can’t help Sam do this. He can’t stand by and watch Sam suffer, can’t be content to let Sam give up. 

Saving Sam becomes the only thing that makes any sense, the only thing Xavi wants. Loving Sam becomes the most important promise he will ever make. Now he just has to convince Sam that life—and love—are worth fighting for.

five-stars

There are first times for everything and this will be a first for me. I truly short review because I lack the words or the willpower to not fangirl and lose sight of what’s important.

I love Suki’s work. There is this ethereal feeling I get when I read her words and what they do to me.

Wildflowers was perfection. It was angst and beauty. It was painfully with its sorrow. It was gorgeously filled with regret and it was amazing.

Wildflowers is a story about a boy who doesn’t want to be alone. It’s a story about overcoming your fears and letting down walls. It’s a story about letting the what if’s become a reality.

It’s a story that make me sob so much I joked with a friend that my Nook turned into an arc and floated away on a sea made of my tears.

I cried. Oh how I cried but those tears were of mixed emotions for Xavi and Sam… oh Sam. Just so much in this short story and I loved it.

It was amazing and worth it.

So much love for the boys. So much love for Judy. So much love for Joe and so much love for Suki.

This book is angsty AF but if you don’t feel when you read, why read at all.

Oh and I was listening to music as I read and this song, the lyrics… just work for this, for me.

Okay.

Rambling ginger… out.

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.