Making Waves by Marie Sexton

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marie-sextonMaking Waves: by Marie Sexton
Series: Wrench Wars, #4
Release Date:September 28, 2016
Pages: 76 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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A Wrench Wars Story

Best friends since they were teenagers, Ward Kent and Dean Zimmerman work together at Reggie’s garage, where the reality show Wrench Wars is filmed. Outside of work, Dean is a notorious player, and as far as he’s concerned, Ward’s the best wingman ever. Little does he know, Ward is much more interested in the gentlemen than the ladies.

Then Dean’s younger brother, Ash, comes to work at the garage. Ash may be seven years younger, but he’s had a crush on Ward for years, and he’s not shy about going after what he wants.

Admitting his best friend and his brother are gay is one thing. Seeing them together? That’s a bit more than Dean can take, and he’s about to force Ward to make a decision: lose his best friend and his job, or give up Ash forever.

 

three-stars

So this is the 4th book in the Wrench Wars series, and this is the one with Dean being a featured character. ARUGH!!!! I wanted to repeatedly punch him in this face. I mean, it’s almost like he got more screen time then Ward and Ash. C’mon we are all consenting adults, and Ash didn’t need a damn keeper. I enjoyed it for the most part, but was irritated throughout the entire story. It was seriously nerve-wrecking to see Ward & Ash have to pretend and sneak around for the sake of Dean finding out. I mean once everything was said and done, I was left thinking on why anyone wanted to be Dean’s best friend. That’s how much this story revolved around him.

Now onto Ward & Ash. I mean it was mutually hot. I did think Ash teased Ward a little bit to much. I mean he literally came in like a wrecking ball. Any semblance of restraint that Ward had was shredded when it came to Ash. I did like how they were able to realize they both wanted something more then just a hookup. I liked Ward as a character. He had such a softer side to him, and I think Ash was perfect for him. I would love to see them spend more time with each other. I mean if we took out ALL of Dean’s parts then maybe we could have connected more to these guys. Nonetheless I enjoyed it and think Sexton did a good job on the writing.

About Marie Sexton

Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

Falling for Santa Claus by C.J. Anthony

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falling-for-santa-clausFalling for Santa Claus by C. J. Anthony
Series: Christmas in July
Release Date: July 24, 2016
Pages: 52 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When Jack Frost’s aunt dies and leaves him her house in the tiny town of Great Falls, Jack seizes the opportunity to escape the rat race of Chicago for the quaint village he loved as a child. On his first night he’s welcomed by a baseball bat and a trespassing warning from Nick St. James—longtime Great Falls resident and infamous curmudgeon.

Jack wants to give Nick the benefit of the doubt—he can’t deny his attraction to the big man—but after several run-ins with Nick’s grumpiness and closed-off heart, he’s ready to give up. Only after discovering the secret Nick’s been covering up for years does he vow to break through Nick’s walls to find the loving man hiding behind them.

three-half-stars

This was by far the best Christmas In July novella. I loved the whole Falling for Santa bit. Jack Frost & Nick St. James were amazing. I liked the fact that they were older guys (SN: Dude, this is not a 40+ guy on the cover for Jack Frost! Eww). I really enjoyed grumpy Nick!!! He made me laugh continuously by going out his way to stay away from Jack. He didn’t want to potentially fall for someone who wasn’t going to be around next year. I liked the two old ladies who tried to get Jack hooked up. I love the idea of the small community having a secret santa come around to bring children who are less fortunate toys every year. Why no one suspects grumpy Nick? I have the slightest clue. I liked the writing and the heat level was the right amount for this small novella. I wish it was longer, because I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to more from this author.

About C.J. Anthony

C. J. Anthony started reading and writing at an early age. She attributes her love of reading and romance to her mother who not only taught her to read but also made countless trips to the library lugging piles of books home for her to read. She loved getting lost in the people and places and adventures she found in books like the Little House on the Prairie series, Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, just to name a few. It wasn’t a far jump to start writing her own stories, early childhood tales about flower families and travelling to the moon with her best friend.

Writing, however, quickly fell by the wayside as she grew up and turned to other creative pursuits. Recently she was inspired to try writing again, this time with beautiful men in love speaking to her and wanting their stories to be told. C. J. has always been a hopeless romantic, believing in true love and soul mates, and HEAs even if there is a little angst and pain along the way–life is never perfect, after all, but everyone deserves a happy ending and someone there to catch them when they fall.

When she’s not writing—or trying to find time to write—she spends most of her time juggling a day job and freelance design work on the side, enjoying music, movies, spending time with friends and, of course, reading.