Fair Catch (Players of LA #2) by Leigh Carman

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Title: Fair Catch by Leigh Carman
Series: Players of LA
Release Date: March 20, 2017
Pages: 200• Format: e-ARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner Press Amazon US

Two men.

One night of passion.

They never expected to see each other again.

They were wrong.

Tobias Bennett is a quiet and unassuming man who teaches yoga and enjoys parkour. Though he is proud to be gay, an abusive relationship with a domineering man has left Tobias wary of romance, and he keeps to himself in his tidy Los Angeles apartment.

Pro football player Sullivan Archer is Tobias’s complete opposite: loud, brash, fond of the spotlight… and deep in the closet. When a hamstring injury sends Van to Tobias as part of his therapy, neither of them is expecting to come face-to-face with his one-night stand. Now they’re stuck together throughout Van’s healing process, and the close proximity will force them to deal with some hard truths. For Tobias, it’s realizing his hookup is a celebrity. For Van, it means accepting that he likes Tobias more than he wanted. They’ll both have to acknowledge that if they choose to pursue a relationship, their lives will change in big ways.

*The Players of LA Series are standalones, but characters from each book to appear in subsequent novels. It is recommended to read in order to maximize the reading experience*

two-stars

This was a big miss for me.

This book featured a yoga instructor, Tobias Bennett and an injured football player Sullivan Archer as they first met as an anonymous hookup, and then later as a part of injury therapy. Toby was out and Sullivan wasn’t, so there was the secrecy thing as they sought to protect Van’s successful football career. I had to put this one down several times because it just didn’t engage me at all. I really hate the non-communication thing between grown people. Seriously, people can’t be this averse to talking or asking for what they want. Instead of talking, they humped each other silly.

The writing just didn’t flow, the characters weren’t developed enough for me to feel a connection, and there was way too much sex in it.

I didn’t read book 1, but I was expecting more substance than I got in this book. Van and Toby were nice guys but the actual story is didn’t impress.

Blitz: Like a Lover (Housemates #2) by Jay Northcote

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Like a Lover (Housemates #2) is FREE to download at Amazon this weekend. (whispersync audio is $1.99 at audible, if you get the kindle edition first).

Although it is part of the Housemates series, this story can be read as a standalone.
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LikeaLover_EBOOKJosh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal–especially not with a client.

When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.

With each appointment the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction, but they come from different worlds and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.

 

Audiobook Review: Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2) by Avon Gale

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After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s arch-rival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.

Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences. Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.
Save of the Game Book Cover Save of the Game
Scoring Chances #2
Avon Gale
Gay Romance; Contemporary Romance; Sports Romance
Dreamspinner Press
January 29th 2016
audiobook
200

After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s archrival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.

Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences.Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. While trying to financially help Ethan, Riley must hide his family’s wealth so as not to hurt Ethan’s immense pride. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.

Scott B Smith’s narration of the is book (and series) is quite impressive. The delivery, vocal range and overall pace was spot on. I love the accents as well as the rhythm of his voice blended effortlessly with the story. He added enjoyment to an already well-rounded plot.

*See Mika’s e-book Review.

Riley Hunter was first introduced in book 1, Breakaway, as the Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie and teammate to Lane Courtnall. Riley was still coming to terms with his sudden attraction to men. After Lane moves out of their apartment, Riley gets a new teammate, Ethan Kennedy. Ethan doesn’t come from a financially secure background like Riley, so there were some economic adjustments between the roommates.
Riley and Ethan were so complimentary as a couple because of their different backgrounds. Ethan came from a tightknit family who supported him even though they were poor. Riley on the other hand, came from a rich family who was never around. Riley grew up alone with servants for companionship and figuring out his sexual preferences. Ethan was more inquisitive and active in pursuing the object of his attraction even if he was uncertain of how it would turn out. Each hero had what the other lacked so this was a case were opposites attract.

Avon Gale does a great job writing realistic, non-dramatic relationships. I appreciate the way the author just wove the story without silly miscommunications that last forever. Riley and Ethan were good friends and were good teammates, who happen to find themselves liking each other. They went about their sexual discovery in a healthy manner and they certainly had great sexual chemistry. The story was well written, had great flow and just made me feel good. I normally enjoy more angst in my stories, but this series is impressive. It is so nice to see relationships that people didn’t have to suffer the trials of Job before reaching their happy place.
If you want a good low drama friends to lover story, you have to try this series out.

*Special Thanks to Dreamspinner Press for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.
Ezi

About Avon Gale

Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a “Space Hat” hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it — even if it was a bit weirder than the other, more normal hats. Like all of Avon’s characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after — though she’s pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.

Mulligans by Charlie David

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MulligansLGMulligans by Charlie David
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Chase never had many friends, but at college, he meets and forms close ties with straight jock Tyler Davidson—a connection he fears he’ll lose if he tells Tyler he’s gay. Keeping his sexuality secret becomes harder for Chase as he joins Tyler and his family at their idyllic lake house for the summer. It grows more and more difficult for Chase to avoid Tyler’s attempts to set him up with girls, and he’s tired of making excuses. Chase is ready to embrace the man he is, but he’s afraid of what it will cost him.

The Davidsons seem like the perfect family, but Chase soon realizes there’s trouble in paradise. Tyler’s dad, Nathan, has done everything to make a good life for his wife and children—including suppressing his sexuality and denying his needs for years. But like Chase, Nathan is growing weary of living a lie. What begins as an offer of support from Chase grows into an unexpected attraction that will have profound effects on everyone. Chase and the Davidsons are about to learn that there’s no such thing as a perfect family, but that perfection isn’t a requirement for friendship and love.

First Edition published by Palari Publishing LLp, 2010.

 

three-stars

I’m glad I’m not the only one left feeling like this after reading this book. I do think that certain things should have been in the beginning of this book. Like, I don’t know that it was a freaking movie first. I could have watched it somewhere instead of taking my time and getting invested into the story. I mean not once did I overly complain that it wasn’t a damn romance or that it 4 different p.o.v. I mean 4!!! I was okay with the dreary tone of the story. I was okay with the Stepford Wife Stacey, and the Entitled Tyler. I even put up with the aloofness of Nate. Most memorable character belonged to the 10 year old Birdie! I adored her, everything else gets me ragey mad. No wait, it gets me mad. The treatment of Chase in this story gets me mad. Don’t get me wrong, I understand he played his part in this Telenova, but No One, No One treated him right. He’s a kid at the end of the day and yeah he’s only 20.

This entire family is wrapped around the notion that they are perfect and living the American dream. Well hate to rain on your parade sweetheart, but most people lives aren’t perfect. They are living in an illusion of their lives. I mean I can understand Nate and Stacey were high school sweethearts who became teenage parents at the age of 16. They didn’t have a chance to grow up or experience things like normal young adults. They have to become parents early and doing so Nate repressed a side of himself that he never got to experience. I was able to deal with the tone and pacing of the story. It’s not a romance at all. Everything seemed to implode in one weekend. Chase basically has no one that cares about him. He talks a little about his alcoholic mother and his father died when he was younger. So he’s done everything by himself and he then he enrolls into a university after working hard at a junior college. There he meets his straight jock best friend Tyler. That’s how he seems Tyler. Tyler who comes from the perfect family with a summer beach house. The summer beach house is where lives comes to be destroyed it seems. Tyler’s entire reaction at Chase not telling him he was gay was b.s. imo. He was that heartbroken, did he not understand why Chase never said anything? I literally wanted to punch him in the face a couple of times. He was clueless, and selfish. GTFO about being hurt because he didn’t share it with you. I won’t give away the plot in case some miserable sap decides to read this. Just know it’s not a HFN or HEA. It’s just ends. Really after all of this shit, Chase is left with no one, Stacey has to get a real personality, Tyler needs to come up off that pedestal and Nate gets to drive off in the sunset with some resolutions to work out amongst himself. Sure. That’s fine. Well let me explain my rating, I was enjoying the story all the way up until the 85% mark. I couldn’t rate 0 stars, that seemed unfair even though my thoughts are telling me too. At one point I was think 4.25 stars because after all of ranting I was still liking the book, but then it ended and after all the F bombs I throw at it, I had to think impartially and like a reader. So I went with the cordial 3.

About Charlie David

Charlie David has been a host for E! Television, NBC, OutTV, LOGO, here! TV, Pink TV, EGO, Fine Living and Slice Networks on such shows as FYE!, SpyTV, Crash Test Mommy and his travel series Bump which shot over 100 episodes around the world and garnered a Hugo Television award. He has appeared as musical guest on VH1, BBC, CBS’s The Early Show, and dozens of radio shows.

In 2005 Out Magazine recognized Charlie in the ‘Out 100’ at their gala in New York. In 2007 the Philadelphia Film Society awarded Charlie with their Rising Star Award. In 2008 the Festival del Sol in Gran Canaria awarded their Best Male Actor Award to Charlie and the male cast of A Four Letter Word. Formerly in a rock band… okay, actually it was a boy band, Charlie opened for Destiny’s Child, Pink, Snoop Dogg, Rick Springfield and Black Eyed Peas.

A love of storytelling led Charlie to start Border2Border Entertainment Inc., a production company whose film and television credits include Mulligans, Judas Kiss, I’m a Stripper (series), Studlebrity and Positive Youth. Border2Border Entertainment’s films have been licensed to Showtime, Super Channel, HBO Canada, MTV/LOGO, Sundance Channel, Discovery Networks, The Movie Network, Movie Central, Hollywood Suite, hereTV, Encore Avenue, and OutTV in North America as well as finding a worldwide audience through international distribution partners.

He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and his current passions include travel, encounters with wildlife, SCUBA diving, mosaic tiling and podcasts. He resides in Toronto and Montréal, Canada when he’s not living out of a suitcase.