So This is Christmas by Josh Lanyon

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So This is Christmas: by Josh Lanyon
Series: The Adrien English Mysteries, #5.5
Release Date: December 30, 2016
Pages: 127 • Format: eARC
Published By: Just Joshin Publishing, Inc
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God Help You Merry Gentlemen…

Arriving home early after spending Christmas in jolly old England, sometimes amateur sleuth Adrien English discovers alarming developments at Cloak and Dagger Books–and an old acquaintance seeking help in finding his missing boyfriend.

Fortunately, Adrien just happens to know a really good private eye…

 

 

 

five-stars

It took me a couple of days to try to figure out what words to describe this story, but I still have no words because this book has been one of my happiest book pleasures ever. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought we would see Adrien & Jake again. They are in my Book Royalty. I love the Adrien & Jake story. It isn’t nice, easy, or sweet. These two have fought extremely hard to get where they are and it’s PERFECT.

This picks up right after book 5. Jake & Adrien are returning from a holiday in London. We see the old gang, some familiar faces and the love between these two. I don’t think we’ve ever see Adrien this content and happy before, and its a beautiful thing. It wouldn’t be an Adrien English story without someone contacting him directly or sometimes indirectly for help. This time it’s Kevin, the cute hottie from book 2 needs some help. Reading this I often found myself smiling for no apparent reason then it feels great to revisit these two. I truly love Josh Lanyon’s style, and felt like this was the most contemporary story we’ve seen from her ever in my opinion.

Ask anyone and they will tell you I wasn’t team Jake ever in a day. I re-read the series prior to reading this and sometimes I forgot why I was so angry at him, but book 4 and seeing him change was something else. I forgive all the tears, anger, and pain that he put Adrien in. We see Jake grow as much as Adrien did in the years since the first book. You can see the personal growth that Jake obtained because in this last book he was so carefree, open and loving. It was like seeing a new Jake, but I firmly believe he just grew up.

With all the happiness and that ending, I couldn’t ask for a better ending to these two. I am forever grateful that Lanyon decided to bless us with this happiness. I loved it, and it’s highly recommendable to fans of this series.

About Josh Lanyon

Bestselling author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON has been called “arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today.” Granted, that was yesterday.

Today Josh’s work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the 2nd Annual All Time Favorite Male Male Couple by the Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Favorite M/M Author Lifetime Achievement award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton

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merry-christmasmrmiggles-600x900Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles: by Eli Easton
Release Date: November 23rd, 2016
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Published By: Pinkerton Road LLC
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Toby Kincaid loves being the junior librarian in his hometown of Sandy Lake, Ohio. He spends his days surrounded by books and chatting with the library patrons. He especially adores the head librarian, Mr. Miggles, who is kind, witty, knowlegable about everything, and hopelessly addicted to Christmas. Sean Miggles is also pretty cute—especially for an older guy who wears ties and suit pants every day.

But Sean keeps himself at a distance, and there’s a sadness about him that Toby can’t figure out. When Sean is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he gives up without a fight. Toby realizes that he alone can save the library—and their head librarian.

Toby will need to uncover the darkness in Sean’s past and prove to him that he deserves a second chance at life and at love too. And while Christmas miracles are being handed out, maybe Toby will get his own dearest wish—to love and be loved by Mr. Miggles.

 

three-half-stars

 

Yeah, I am not a happy elf overall with this story. I’m in the Holiday mood for huge amounts of fluff, and I just grabbed this story because it was by Eli Easton. Didn’t read the blurb, but the author’s previous works speaks to my faithfulness to her. This wasn’t bad, but it was darker then I want for a holiday story. Also the main characters didn’t spend enough time together in my opinion. I would have really liked this as a dual point of view story.

Toby is a junior librarian in his home town. I do love the setting of the story. I’m a fan of libraries and this one and its wacky cute cast of characters didn’t disappoint. Toby is slightly enamored with his boss Mr. Miggles. He doesn’t seem to know to much about the man, except that he’s maybe in his 30’s, loves dressing up as the a “Boss figure”, knows a lot about books, has a quirky humor about himself, and he’s caught Toby’s eye. Toby is in a dead-end relationship. I think he hasn’t been in love with his boyfriend for a while. It stopped being a relationship and more a one stop shop of sorts. We get to see Toby go through a range of emotions and feelings for Mr. Miggles from start to end. I really did like Sean. I did understand why he was so adamant to be by himself, and be to himself. He’s still reeling from events in his past. I really would have liked to see the connection between Toby & Sean grow. I wanted more emotion and passion from these two.

I got the gist of the mystery, but I honestly didn’t want it. It was a tad to slow for my liking. More then half of the story was around Toby talking to people and helping Sean. I wanted a happy-fest, with fluff and passion. I wanted to be left feeling with marshmallow fluff, and unfortunately I didn’t. This is all on me, and others might enjoy the story. I did like that this story showed people loving each other through the worst of times and at the happiest of times. The community of Sandy Lake rallied around these two.

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.

Infected: Free Fall by Andrea Speed

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2nd Edition

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

Conceived bearing the lion strain of the virus, Roan is the only fully functioning virus child in the country—maybe in the world. But that doesn’t mean he’s okay. He’s still struggling with the death of his husband and the guilt of finding new love; his old enemy, the Church of the Divine Transformation, is becoming increasingly hostile; and he’s taken on a tragic cold case involving a long-missing boy.

As Roan fights to control the lion inside him, his world explodes with all kinds of trouble. The leader of the church is ramping up the violence against him, calling Roan out as a traitor to his kind. There’s a loose infected terrorizing the city. And Holden, male prostitute and Roan’s unofficial assistant, brings him a case involving the suspicious death of one of Holden’s clients, which puts Roan far too close to a murderer for his state of mind….

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, November 2011.

 

three-stars

Self Destruction: noun
1.the destruction or ruination of oneself or one’s life.
2.suicide.

Okay, this installment had me angriest the most. Throughout the series so far, I’ve seen Roan be alot of things. Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would be on this path. I want to say honestly, Tamika you should have seen this coming. While it might not be 100% intention it still is there. Roan was selfish in this book. Not only to Dylan the guy he loves but doesn’t really want to but to the memory of Paris as well. Roan had to face alot of his demons in this book, and I’m sure it isn’t going to get easier from here on out. I would like to stay he’s stronger then the bouts of anger and pill consumption, but I don’t know. I do know he did let me down in this one.

I put him so high up on the pedestal because he has a community of people rallying around him. I enjoyed Freefall, but the second part of the story bored me. I dislike Dylan putting up with Roan’s behavior. I don’t care for the nonchalance behavior of their relationship at times. Some times it feels like Roan is a one man Army and if you fall in his wake then it’s completely on you.

What’s scary is to see the path that Holden went down. He’s a completely different guy from book three. This Holden is has completely did 180% personality change. I mean the vigilantism wasn’t something that I would have thought he would do. He’s suffering from his life being uprooted and being loyal to Roan.

It’s a mixed feeling that I have regarding this book. First half was okay, but the second half was a bust for me. Of course I’m anxious to start the next book. Hopefully this motley crew of a cast can get their ish together.

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!

Whiskey and Wry by Rhys Ford

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Series: Sinner’s, Book Two
Release Date: August 19, 2013
Pages: 254 • Format: eBook
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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He was dead. And it was murder most foul. If erasing a man’s existence could even be called murder.

When Damien Mitchell wakes, he finds himself without a life or a name. The Montana asylum’s doctors tell him he’s delusional and his memories are all lies: he’s really Stephen Thompson, and he’d gone over the edge, obsessing about a rock star who died in a fiery crash. His chance to escape back to his own life comes when his prison burns, but a gunman is waiting for him, determined that neither Stephen Thompson nor Damien Mitchell will escape.

With the assassin on his tail, Damien flees to the City by the Bay, but keeping a low profile is the only way he’ll survive as he searches San Francisco for his best friend, Miki St. John. Falling back on what kept him fed before he made it big, Damien sings for his supper outside Finnegan’s, an Irish pub on the pier, and he soon falls in with the owner, Sionn Murphy. Damien doesn’t need a complication like Sionn, and to make matters worse, the gunman—who doesn’t mind going through Sionn or anyone else if that’s what it takes kill Damien—shows up to finish what he started.

three-stars

It’s hard for me to wrap my head around me not liking this. I didn’t like the story, and I did not see Damien this way in my head. I can’t comprehend on why he seemed like someone else to me when I haven’t read it, but I never connected with him, the story, and the plot. I liked Sionn, he’s my favorite thing about the story. I did want to know more on him and hist backstory. I feel like I understood bits and pieces surrounding his pass job, but it was like talking in circles about it.

I’m going to be honest with ya’ll as soon as douche-face got a pov I got pissed. What???? Why??? I loathed everything about it, and I’m not certain I understand what happened. I’ve never been so mad at Rhys before then in this book. Trust me, I’m trying to be objective when it comes to reading anything outside of Cole by hers but this was b.s. IMO. I’m sorry, I feel like i’m completing blasphemy for her work, but if you can’t accept my personal feelings we don’t need to be book friends in my head. LOL

I also am not 1000% sure what happened after the accident. That’s still fuzzy and don’t make much sense. It could be I skipped all of douche-face parts and if it’s explained then I am totally lost. Well you say if you didn’t really connect with one of the mc, and didn’t like the story then why three stars? Umm because they writing is still almost flawless in my head, the first 38% might have been kinda boring, but it was entertaining to keep pushing. I will admit the second half was much better but it’s definitely on the bottom pile of books from this author.

About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

Sinner’s Gin by Rhys Ford

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Series: Sinner’s, Book One
Release Date: December 24th 2012
Pages: 260 • Format: eBook
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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There’s a dead man in Miki St. John’s vintage Pontiac GTO, and he has no idea how it got there.

After Miki survives the tragic accident that killed his best friend and the other members of their band, Sinner’s Gin, all he wants is to hide from the world in the refurbished warehouse he bought before their last tour. But when the man who sexually abused him as a boy is killed and his remains are dumped in Miki’s car, Miki fears Death isn’t done with him yet.

Kane Morgan, the SFPD inspector renting space in the art co-op next door, initially suspects Miki had a hand in the man’s murder, but Kane soon realizes Miki is as much a victim as the man splattered inside the GTO. As the murderer’s body count rises, the attraction between Miki and Kane heats up. Neither man knows if they can make a relationship work, but despite Miki’s emotional damage, Kane is determined to teach him how to love and be loved — provided, of course, Kane can catch the killer before Miki becomes the murderer’s final victim.

four-stars

I’ve had this book since 2013, and I finally read it in 2014. Originally I gave it 3.5 stars, and I don’t think I was invested in it all the way because of my love for Cole. I never wanted to give all my love to another character of hers because Cole is special to me. Well fast forward to 2016 and Rhys Ford has me email address BITCHES!!! HA!!! She asked me if I wanted an arc of Absinthe of Malice, and I was playing it cool like sure I’d love a copy. LOL. Internally I was fangirling big time!! I hadn’t read the series so I decided I was going to read the series up until the arc is due. I started reading, and then tearing up for Miki, and then really enjoying this much more then the first go around. I paid attention to more things, and I really like the pacing of the story. I loved the growth of the relationship between Miki and Kane. It was totally special to see Miki open up and trust Kane. He has a history with people doing him wrong, and outside of the band and Edie no one seemed to care about him. My goodness my tears and feelings were all over the place at certain times in this book. Goodness, I didn’t expect my emotions to be like this, but who am I kidding? It’s Rhys Ford.

“Oh Miki love, I more than need you. You’re my temptation. My sin. I’ve got no intentions of being anywhere but next to you. We Irish? We like bathing in our sin.”

Loved the mystery aspect of the story. That’s actually my favorite parts because they mysteries are always well written. This is definitely heavy on the past abuse and features some trigger warnings. Goodness the Morgans are an awesome clan, loved Kel and Casey as well. I liked that Kane didn’t fight his feelings for Miki and even if it was a tad insta love which is a first for me by Rhys I enjoyed it. I liked that Miki couldn’t do anything but accept Kane, his words, those baby blues and that clan. Special place in my heart for Donal for sure!! That ending though, I’m so looking forward to book two now. I need to know what happened.

I kiss him. That’s not something I even thought of before, and now I can’t imagine my life without it.

About Rhys Ford

Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.

Rhys admits to sharing the house with cats of varying degrees of black fur and a ginger cairn terrorist. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and an overworked red coffee maker.

The Mermaid Murders (The Art of Murder #1), by Josh Lanyon

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mermaid murdersThe Mermaid Murders by Josh Lanyon
Series: The Art of Murder
Release Date: February 29, 2016
Pages: 243 • Format:  eARC
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Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to temporarily partner with disgraced, legendary “manhunter” Sam Kennedy when it appears that Kennedy’s most famous case, the capture and conviction of a serial killer known as The Huntsman, may actually have been a disastrous failure.

The Huntsman is still out there…and the killing has begun again.

 

 

 

 

four-stars

I like how Josh Lanyon incorporates her universes together. Honestly when I read the blurb I automatically thought it was new characters until someone pointed out Sam Kennedy from Winter Kill with Adam & Rob. I had to re-read that story to get a feel of Sam Kennedy. What should I expect from him as a character and love interest. I didn’t expect him to be so observant towards his lover, or as passionate as he was. I’m not saying that he was a fluff of marshmallows. He was soft in a passionate way. It does not take away that cold, detached personality he has when he is working. This starts off with Agent Jason West being partnered up with the legendary profiler Sam Kennedy. As partners I think they do what every duo of guys do. They disagree, disregard, and act bitchy towards each other. Sam being the “lone wolf” in this scenario and Jason being the “Inexperienced” agent according to Sam.

I am so looking forward to the next book. I think these two worked well together with the amount of time that they had. I liked the relationship dynamic that worked it way into their pairing. Jason was a little but more hesitant when it came to liking Sam. Sam had this hard exterior on himself, but those few times that he showed vulnerability of course I swooned hard. I would have like the story to be longer in crimes and as well as building this future. I get why it’s a HFN or a maybe on the subject because Josh Lanyon is a sadist and has abrupt ending in my opinion. UGH!!! Don’t throw those suggestions of future meetings out there and then end it. It was so fade to black, now I have to wait an entire year to get to these two again. It’s okay though, I’m pretty sure she’ll release something else to get me hyped up again.

I like the way Josh Lanyon writes the mystery aspect of her stories. With this one I was a little pissed at the simplicity of the reason why the suspect killed the victim. Then I had to think about it, everyone isn’t sadistic when they kill, and all murders aren’t premeditated. I will say the suspect is someone I didn’t even think of. I swear I was gunning for someone different the entire time. I did like the Mermaid references included in the text. I liked all the information that was put together surrounding the history of the crimes. It is a really good suspense/thriller story. I really would have liked more victims, but again everyone isn’t a serial killer, Tamika.

About Josh Lanyon

Bestselling author of over sixty titles of classic Male/Male fiction featuring twisty mystery, kickass adventure and unapologetic man-on-man romance, JOSH LANYON has been called “arguably the single most influential voice in m/m romance today.” Granted, that was yesterday.

Today Josh’s work has been translated into nine languages. The FBI thriller Fair Game was the first male/male title to be published by Harlequin Mondari, the largest romance publisher in Italy. The Adrien English series was awarded the 2nd Annual All Time Favorite Male Male Couple by the Goodreads M/M Group. Josh is an Eppie Award winner, a four-time Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery, and the first ever recipient of the Goodreads Favorite M/M Author Lifetime Achievement award.

Josh is married and lives in Southern California.