Daniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K.E. Belledonne

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Checklist_1600px_Smashwords_AmazonDaniel & Erik’s Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist by K.E. Belledonne
Release Date: June 23, 2016
Pages: 188 • Format: eARC
Published By: Interlude Press
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When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

five-stars

 

“Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is the trick.”

Amen brother!

This was my face after reading this story. I so thought I was going to get a doozy here, but it is a winner!!! This is a low angst, pretty romantic story. I’m a hopeless romantic, and wedding planning with your significant other is hectic and romantic to me. See the cover drew me in first, I love the funny play on the wedding topper. I need to invest in more of Belledonne’s work. She is great. I loved the way her writing flowed. The pacing was good, and even though it’s no sex in the story I still adored it.

Daniel didn’t know what to expect when his best friend forced him to talk to Erik. Erik was the quiet guy at the party reading a book. I loved that part. I honestly had the biggest smile on my face the entire time. The story is told in the past and present tense. We get a look at the couple’s milestones together up until the engagement and once the engagement happens. Then is when Aurora happens. LOL. I love that a wedding app is driving Daniel crazy. I WOULDN’T get once, because those damn checklist will drive people crazy.

In usual form Daniel is wedding crazed. He’s focusing all his energy on planning the wedding and getting lost in it. Reading it we can see when the disconnect or the unhappiness starts to happen. Erik would rather go to city hall. He’s in the middle of his work and planning for the his dig in Sweden. What the author does is great. I love the ability of them communicating. A scene when Erik storms out and of course Daniel assumes the worst had me in giggles. Well not giggles that would look mean. I love the realistic feeling about the story. I love that they compliment each other and I love how they are able to talk and get why each is hurt.

Let’s just say I’m happy without the outcome. Everything happened for a reason.

I won’t give the plot away, but I’m so giddy with excitement for this book. Read the book people. I loved every second of it. I am looking forward to more of her writing, and might need to check her back list out!

About K.E. Belledonne

K. E. Belledonne is a writer and translator based in the French Alps. A native New-Englander, Kat spends her time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox.

Anthony by J.P. Barnaby

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o-anthonyAnthony by J.P. Barnaby
Series: Survivor Stories, Book Four
Release Date: June 27, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Aaron Downing worshiped his mother. She saved his life. She did everything for him. But Anthony Downing has a different perspective. He sees the woman who tossed him into a basement for eight long years and forgot he existed. When Anthony decides he’s done being invisible, he packs up and heads for Detroit to stay with his Internet friend Jay, but fate intervenes.

Brendan Mears lost everything the day the man with a gun came into his father’s store. Now, he’s tethered to a business he can’t manage and a brother who resents him.

Different in all the ways that matter, Anthony and Brendan struggle to overcome their psychological obstacles, until a crushing betrayal sends them running for cover and each other.

four-stars

You have no idea on how long I’ve been waiting for this book!!!!

No worries because she lives up to the expectation. This series is so devastatingly hard to get through. It puts your emotions through the ringer for sure. But you know what, I didn’t even cry, much. I feel slightly cheated on that front. I wanted wracking pain and emotion! I should be able it wasn’t, right? LOL. I’m such a masochist for this series. Even though book 2 doesn’t exist in my world.

Well it took forever, but her stories always deliver. I mean you can see Anthony crying out for help in Spencer’s book. Ugh I went into rage mode because of his parents. It’s like they forgot about their youngest child. I know the focus was and is on Aaron. He went through a traumatic experience that it’s hard for any parent to just stop caring for him and moving on.

Anthony is the youngest of the bunch. I think he was 9 years old when he had to move down to the basement. A basement he was scared of. He had to fight the demons at home and at school. Gosh, my protective instincts were on high alert in this book. I am still ragey mad by certain things that have happened in the book that didn’t get talked about, but I’ll let you read for yourselves.

“Being invisible was exhausting.
Like bouncing off transparent walls in an attempt to escape, only no one else sees the walls.
Ever.”

I won’t give away the plot, but Anthony’s impulsiveness shows through his age. I mean, he didn’t think things through in the beginning, and this could have went another way. Meeting Patrick saved his life.

Patrick and Brendan are bother suffering it seems. Living with the brutal death of their father and a constant reminder with the crime isn’t a happy place. I will admit, I didn’t know which road we were going for a bit. Both guys are dealing with things internally and Anthony comes along and it’s like everyone eyes are open. They figure out how to work together. What it means to have one another? Anthony and Brendan come together in a special way.

Anthony has a lot to learn. He has to figure out what he wants in life. I liked the pairing of him and Brendan. It kinda forced Brendan to start caring about himself. It forced Brendan to open his eyes, and realize that he’s still alive. Regardless of everything else, he’s living, barely if that.

I don’t know what the future holds for the series. I will admit, I missed Spencer in this book. He’s my favorite. Barnaby has written a thought out series. It’s emotional, heartbreaking and leaves everyone wanting to stand in from of these guys. I’d be happy if this was the end of the Survivor Series, because it’s not the end to the survivors but the beginning.

Time for them to live.

About J.P. Barnaby

JP Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and the Little Boy Lost Series. She recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta to appease her Camaro who didn’t like the blustery winters. JP specializes in recovery romance, but slips in a few erotic or comedic stories to spice things up. When she’s not hanging out with hot guys in leather, she binge watches superheroes and crime dramas on Netflix. A physics geek, she likes the science side of Sci-Fi, and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.

Finding Family by Connie Bailey

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FindingFamilyLGFinding Family by Connie Bailey
Series: Dreamspun Desires
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Pages: 234 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When you find your family, you’ll do anything to keep it.

When Charles Macquarrie inherits a fortune and an international clothing company, he also inherits three young cousins he desperately needs help raising. By a stroke of luck, he discovers and hires Jonathan Lamb, who spent his life in a children’s home due to chronic illness, to be his nanny.

If Jon thought a budding romance with his wealthy boss complicated his life, he has no idea of the hardships awaiting him when he’s charged with embezzlement and kidnapping. But even when threatened by accounting discrepancies and mob connections, Jon and Charles won’t let go of the family they’ve built together without a fight.

three-half-stars

 

Another fun book in the series. I know I keep saying that but it’s true.

I sometimes do this thing where I don’t read the entire blurb for books. It’s weird, I acknowledge that but it’s what I do and with this I am happy I did and I’ll explain why a bit later.

Jonathan Lamb, talk about a fitting name, is a lovely young man who grew up in a children’s home and raised by nuns. When Job comes of age, he takes on a job at the home instead of leaving as it’s the one place he feels he belongs. When a job offer arrives to be a nanny to three young charges of a wealthy man, Jon interviews, gets the job  and the move to the Big Apple happens.

Charles, I sincerely liked. From the beginning you feel for him as he runs the family company and tries to honor his late father’s memory. You feel for him as he skirts around the details of his sexuality with his personal assistant and attempts to keep a foot in the closet. The moment when Charles realizes that he, Jon and the kids are all orphans tugged at my hopeless romantic heart strings and while it was predictable at times, his path to Jon was a joy to watch. Even Charles’ drunk moments were insightful though one time I wish Jon would have tossed something at him…for reasons.

I loved Jon and need to channel his abilities with kids when I am dealing with my own. I loved that this story was a bit different with Charles being the cousin to the kids and not the lonely widower. It leant a new twist on his need for Jon and his true detachment from the kids. But of course, you don’t bring someone like Jon – caring, adorable, trustworthy, and able, a culinary artist in the kitchen – and not have your life changed.

The kids were well written. Holland was a forward and bright young man who I am so glad never fought against Jon being there. Madeline has a strong head on her shoulders yet was still the young girl whose life would end at missing a party and then there is Juliana who I just want to cuddle the heck out of and kiss her cheeks. The kids were all an essential part of the story and never took from Jon and Charles’ relationship, but added more because as the title says, this is a story about finding family.

Now back to me not reading blurbs, I am so glad I didn’t because when Charles whisks Jon and the kids out of town to a remote cabin and police show up at the door with accusations of kidnapping I was gasping under the covers trying not to wake my husband. I went back and read the blurb and sure enough it’s there but it was such a surprise for me and I love that.

The story had moments that were predictable and some that weren’t which made this a fun read. A few niggles with the head hopping, though it could have been my review copy,  the lack of a real romance and not exactly feeling the chemistry between the two men and not really getting into Jon’s birthmark and why the blurb mentions it makes it a chronic illness but other than those small things, this was another fun read from the Dreamspun Desire series.

 

About Connie Bailey

I was born on an Air Force base and I’ve been in flight ever since. My father took the family with him wherever he was stationed; Spain, Morocco, Turkey, and Alaska were among his postings. While studying commercial arts, I married a musician who turned out to be a pilot in disguise. Having no burning ambition of my own at the time, I devoted myself to his dream. His job as aircraft designer and competition pilot has taken us all over the world. I have now set foot on almost every continent (a personal life ambition), but I don’t hold out much hope for Antarctica anymore.

I have always loved to read. Since I was four, reading has been my favorite diversion and books my best friends. A few years ago, with my husband’s support, I set out to become a writer. I wrote every day and posted what I wrote at various Internet groups and later on livejournal. I cannot recommend this school of writing highly enough. The candid feedback I received was invaluable to my development. I kept working at it, and one day I received the most exciting e-mail ever. A publisher wanted to talk to me.

That’s pretty much it so far. There are a few fun facts like: my only child is a rescued Greyhound named Lizard, I live at a small grass airfield with a hang gliding school, I have what’s commonly referred to as a “photographic memory”, I collect words as a hobby, and my only nickname is “The Judge”.

Pleased to meet you.

How to Wish Upon a Star by Eli Easton

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How To Wish Upon A StarHow to Wish Upon a Star by Eli Easton
Series: Howl at the Moon, Book Three 
Release Date: May 12, 2016
Pages: 230 • Format: eARC
Published By: Eli Easton
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Dr. Jason Kunik is working on the most earth-shattering genetics project ever, DNA mapping of a new species, the quickened—dogs who can shift into human form.  The problem is, no one knows the quickened exist and Jason can’t betray them by publishing his studies. When he moves to Mad Creek to continue his research in a town full of quickened, all he wants is peace, quiet, and to be allowed to bury himself in his work.  Perhaps if he figures how out the mutation is activated, he can silence his own inner dog forever.

Milo is a hospice comfort dog who has bonded with, and lost, many beloved patients in his life. He intuitively understands sickness and pain on a spiritual level most can’t see. When he gains the ability to become a man, he thinks he finally has everything he ever wanted. But being a man isn’t the same thing as being loved, and taking shelter in Mad Creek isn’t the same thing as finding a home.

When a mysterious illness hits Mad Creek and threatens all the quickened in town, it’s up to the scientist and the comfort dog to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Along the way they might discover that true love is possible—if you wish upon a star.

This is the third book in the “Howl at the Moon” series, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

four-stars

I can’t recall if I cried during the first two books, but this one had me constantly crying from 75% until the end. It was that cry with the lump in your throat. I don’t know if it was my hormones or my emotions were just scattered but I just kept crying while trying to continue on. Oh I need to get this off my chest, I called it with the ex-boss and JVT thing. It’s not the last Mad Creek and I will be seeing of him. Also Eli Easton please write Rav a book. I need him immediately to be in Mad Creek and figuring things out. He would so appreciate this wonderful town.

Back to business, I don’t know if I like Jason, but Milo was so freaking adorable, earnest, sincere with every fiber in his body. I don’t think he had a mean bone no where insight. In hindsight being the complete opposite of Jason is just what the geneticist order 😉 This installment dealt with a lot of science nerd stuff and I was a little like huh? But I got it and really appreciated the slow burn of the relationship and the plot alot. I was happy being back in Mad Creek seeing all my favorite doggies and humans. Loved seeing the stoic Roman. He was funny, and goodness Lance. Always the one wound up extremely tight.

I enjoyed how Milo had his own purpose while being so new to this life. His ability to comfort and light up a room had me swooning for him. He is such an asset to the town and even more for Jason. He comes off cold, and stand offish but it’s a defense mechanism for him so he won’t have to get close to anyone, and by agreeing to letting Milo stay with him opened him up to all sort of inner feelings and emotions. They were adorable together, and I really liked this story. I can’t wait to see what’s next in this world.

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.

Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn

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PatchworkParadise_600x900Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn
Release Date: March 28, 2016
Pages: 275 • Format: eARC
Published By: Riptide Publishing
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Oliver and Samuel’s relationship is fairy-tale perfect. They share a gorgeous house in Antwerp, go out with their friends every weekend, and count down the days to their dream wedding. But their happy ending is shattered one late night, and just like that, Ollie is left bereft and alone.

The months that follow are long and dark, but slowly Ollie emerges from his grief. He even braves the waters of online dating, though deep down he doesn’t believe he can find that connection again. He doesn’t think to look for love right in front of him: his bisexual friend Thomas, the gentle giant with a kind heart and sad eyes who’s wanted him all along.

When Thomas suddenly discovers he has a son who needs him, he’s ill prepared. Ollie opens up his house—Sam’s house—and lets them in. Ollie doesn’t know what scares him more: the responsibility of caring for a baby, or the way Thomas is steadily winning his heart. It will take all the courage he has to discover whether or not fairy tales can happen for real.

four-half-stars

I cannot believe I enjoyed this as much as I did when it had so much ANGST. I’m against anything angsty. I loathe it if it’s too much, and I always end up mad. What happened? I do not know, all I know is I started reading it at midnight and by 3 a.m. I was drunk on angst, tears, and happiness. I had a serious conniption. It was so heartbreaking, but so freaking good by the end of it. I was able to get over my grief of Samuel. My grief was really Ollie’s grief, it was so cloying and thick. I could never imagine going through what he did, but he was such a champion for me. He never gave up or gave him. I loved that he wasn’t sticking to anyone’s time table on when to move on, or when to stop grieving. It’s no realistic time table at that. I’m a sucker for a friends to lover story, and Indra Vaughn knocked this book out of the part. This was respectfully done and beautifully written.

I am so swoony over Thomas. I mean everything he did left me star eyed. I like that his friendship with Ollie was very important. I also enjoyed the fact that he didn’t pressure Ollie to be in a relationship so early. I like how Thomas was able to put aside his feelings for Ollie, and he traveled to give Ollie some space. Thomas traveling and finding someone special left me so confused, but as usual the author wrote at such a realistic pace that everything worked out. Thomas finding out he was a father was a realistic reaction to me. I mean, I would be terrified and questioning if I could do this. I love how quickly Oliver decided on his feelings and what he wanted. I liked that Thomas having a baby wasn’t a deterrent for him, and he realized this is everything he always wanted. But once everything clicked into place with this group of people. I would have love to see a bit more of the physical romance, I mean it’s little to no sex in the book. I’m okay with it because the emotional connection shined so brightly that I didn’t notice the lack of sex until the very end. All in all, this was such a good book, and I’m happy that I picked to read it. I am so looking forward to more from this author.

About Indra Vaughn

Indra Vaughn moved from Belgium to Michigan in 2008, leaving everything behind that wouldn’t fit in a single suitcase. She now lives in the suburbs of Detroit with a dog who thinks he’s a toddler and a toddler who resembles Bam Bam in more ways than one.

Indra’s professional background is in nursing and Chinese medicine, but she prefers to spend time making up stories about mysterious men and their unrequited love.

If you ever meet her, ask her about that teenage angst-infused poetry collection. That’ll break the ice for sure.