Guest Review: Skin After Skin by Jordan Castillo Price

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Skin After Skin: by Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #8
Release Date: June 23rd, 2017
Pages: 387 • Format: eARC
Published By: JCP Books
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A Crash Prequel

Fierce. Audacious. Independent. Curtis Ash can’t be bothered to settle down. He’s too busy enjoying his cushy job as a high-paid stylist, caught in a whirlwind of hookups, parties, and obscenely priced cocktails.

The only snarl in an otherwise charmed life is the salon’s hotshot colorist, Red Turner. Not only does Red put the whammy on customers and rake in all the big tips, he’s oblivious to Crash’s flirtation. But there will be plenty of time to win him over…so Crash thinks.

Thanks to his refusal to trust his gut, Crash not only tanks his career—he allows the one man who truly holds his interest to slip away. While he insists he doesn’t need a relationship to complete him, would sharing his life with someone really be so bad?

Skin After Skin is a sweeping saga that begins two years before “Among the Living” and ends just after “Spook Squad”. Experience PsyCop like you’ve never seen it before, through Crash’s eyes. Discover new facets of characters and events from the span of the entire series and beyond, all from the viewpoint of an extroverted empath.

four-half-stars

I’ve been a big fan of the PysCop series for years now. While I adore both Vic and Jacob, Crash has always been my favorite character. I’m happy every time he’s in a scene and I’ve read all his short stories. I was eagerly awaiting the day he got his own book so I went into this with great excitement. I’m so glad to be able to say that this was as good as I was hoping it would be. In fact in was better.

The book is told in parts and covers a lot of time in Crash’s life. When the book starts he is a stylist at an upscale salon. It’s during this time that he meets Red. It’s also the time he meets Caroline and starts getting drawn into the Psy world. As the book goes on we watch as Crash starts to learn more about his ability, we see his relationship with Jacob, we see him become a business owner and we see the Psy world from his perspective.

The Crash we see here is both different and the same. I think the fact that we see him in more depth helps but I think we also see how Vic’s view of Crash is slightly skewed. (But I think we all know Vic may not be the most reliable historian). If I thought I loved Crash before it was nothing compared to how I felt when I finished this book. I also wasn’t sold on Red from when we had seen him in the previous book. I really adored him in this though. He was a super interesting character and the connection between the two men jumped off of the pages.

As usual for this author, the writing was top notch. The story just flowed and the pacing was really well done, especially since it covered a lot of events and a long time period. The characters were so well done. We’ve seen them all before and we thought we knew them well but seeing them from Crash’s point of view rather than Vic’s gives us different impressions and different perspectives of each of them. I’ve read other series where author’s do books on side characters but it’s usually a completely different story. This was so creatively done by combining both new events and then events we’d seen before but now from a different point of view.

I don’t have any complaints about this and I think it is a must read for fans of the series. I think this could be read as a standalone but I’m not sure I’d recommend that. Part of the magic for me was having preconceived ideas of all the characters from the previous books but then having all that slightly turned around when I read this. Either way, it’s a book I’d definitely recommend.

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About Jordan Castillo Price

Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the midwest, from inner city Chicago, to various cities across southern Wisconsin. She’s recently settled in a 1910 Cape Cod near Lake Michigan with tons of character and a plethora of bizarre spiders. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” girls with tattoos and boys in eyeliner.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who’s plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her mind-bending trilogy Mnevermind, where memories are made…one client at a time.

September by Robert Winter

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September: by Robert Winter
Series: Pride and Joy #1
Release Date: December 9, 2016
Pages: 290 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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David James is smart, successful, handsome… and alone. After the death of his lover, Kyle, from cancer, he buried himself in his law practice and the gym. At forty-eight, he is haunted by his memories and walled off from the world. When David injures himself working out, he’s assigned to Brandon Smith for physical therapy. The vibrant young therapist is attracted to David and realizes he needs a hand to get back into dating. What begins as a practice coffee date escalates to friendship, passion, and maybe something more, as they navigate a new relationship in Washington, DC, and the gay mecca of Provincetown.

But David remains trapped behind the barrier of fear and guilt. Will he remain loyal to Kyle’s memory if he moves on? Can he and Brandon manage a twenty-two-year age gap? Brandon thinks he understands David’s concerns, and for him, the answer to those questions is yes. He wants to be with David, and he believes he can overcome David’s barriers. But Brandon fails to account for the world’s reaction to a handsome young man attached to an older, wealthy lover. David’s memories, Brandon’s pride, and an unexpected tragedy might cost them something very special.

four-half-stars

Robert Winter’s September is an intimate look at love, grief, death, and learning to love again.

I am so shocked with my feelings and outcome of this story. My first read by this author, and I am amazed at his level of writing, and the emotions that he was able to evoke out of me. I’m just happy, had some ugly cries while reading this, but most of all happiness. Robert Winter first novel is a huge success. He had a thought plot, interesting characters, and heartbreak and love folded into this tale.

Brandon & David gave me hearts eyes, and I devoured this book so quickly. I honestly didn’t want it to end. I can see up until a certain point I was on the road to giving it 5 stars, but certain acts won’t allow me to do it. No worries, folks I still finished and enjoyed this story. I will admit the title confounded me for a bit, but I got it. I loved and understood it.

David is 48 yr old successful lawyer who is barely getting by in life. He’s working and keeping fit, but that’s it. He’s been numb to his surrounds for the past 2 years since his lover passed away. It’s hard for Robert to open up and allow someone in. From the snippets throughout the story his childhood was horrid, those events shaped him into the man he is now. He’s caring, self sufficient, he’s loving, generous, and a fixer. I think this were amazing qualities in a guy, and I really liked his character. Was he perfect? Hell no, he made mistakes but he’s human and I was able to forgive him. I think meeting Brandon was one of the best things he could have done for himself. I truly loved his character. He is the epitome of how I think a guy should be flaws and all, and he’s incredible in my eyes.

Brandon, **Le Sigh**. I am enamored with Brandon’s character. Not often do we see a character who is mature at such a young age. HA! I can call him young since I’m pushing 3-0 this year. Brandon was able to crack open some walls that David has built around himself. I loved how he handled David, knowing that this man is still grieving. Instead of pushing him to be over his lover, he embraced Kyle. He wanted to know more about him, their life together, and how they were. Such maturity, and compassion from Brandon. It brought tears to my eyes on multiple occasions in the book.

Them getting together was perfect from the very beginning. I enjoyed the pacing of the story, and loved how detailed each scene was set up. Robert Winter had some amazing characters Matt,  Joe & Terry, and darling Colin. I am happy that these guys had an amazing support system. The plot was well written and detailed, the right amount of steam(they were super hot together), enough dialogue between the two, and the general story was very good.

I look forward to book 2 in this series. Look forward to more of this author’s writing, because it really works for me. Definitely recommend this book!

 

 

About Robert Winter

Robert Winter is a recovering lawyer who likes writing about hot men in love much more than drafting a legal brief. He left behind the (allegedly) glamorous world of an international law firm to sit in his home office and dream up ways to torment his characters until they realize they are perfect for each other.

Robert divides his time between Washington, DC, and Provincetown, MA. He splits his attention between Andy, his partner of fifteen years, and Ling the Adventure Cat, who likes to fly in airplanes and explore the backyard jungle as long as the temperature and humidity are just right.

Nachos & Hash by Brandon Witt

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Nachos & Hash: by Brandon Witt
Series: Mary’s Boys #1
Release Date: January 25th, 2017
Pages: 105 • Format:eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Darwin Michaels is living his dreams in the Mile High City. While Denver offers the perfect job, scrumptious dining, and whirlwind dating options, Darwin is losing hope he’ll find the right man to spark his interest for more than a one-night stand—until he sets eyes on Cody Russell.

Cody has just accomplished his life’s goal—get the hell out of Kansas. In one fell swoop, he lands a job at Hamburger Mary’s and gets a newfound family and the chance to be with other gay people! All that’s missing is someone special. But when Darwin shows his interest, Cody is sure it’s too good to be true. After all, what can Darwin possibly see in the high school dropout serving him nachos?

As Darwin falls in love, Cody struggles to realize his worth. When his past threatens the fragile life he is building, Cody spirals into a moment of dark desperation. But Darwin is determined to show Cody that love and family and home are there for him… will Cody accept what is offered?

four-stars

 

Nachos & Hash is a really good start to a series. Feel like this is one of Witt’s more lighter reads, but the tears were still there. He didn’t go to far. It was light-hearted I guess because of the MC’s being so young. 21 & 24 and trying to navigate what they both want out of one another. Nachos & Hash brings both guys from small Midwestern cities together at place in their life when they need someone.

Darwin & Cody were really adorable together. I really liked them a lot. Cody!!! I just want to re-brain him. Show him what love looks like, feels like, and what it means to be cared for. His parents did him no favors in life. They didn’t show him any love, care, or compassion. I really just wanted to hug him, and take him refugee into my home. Well, I didn’t really need to. Darwin did a great job with his patience, his teachings, and his love for Cody.

Of course its hardships in this book, it wouldn’t be a Witt book without be blubbering crying somewhere. Instead, it was as real as it can be. Darwin wants to settle down, and he’s young but he’s ready. Cody doesn’t have any idea what a relationship is or pertains. His entire sexual experience is one-offs, cars, trucks, rest stops. He has no idea about intimacy, cuddling, and just being around someone for the heck of it.

At the worst of times when his happiness is threaten he does a bad thing. It was heartbreaking to see that that was his only way out. It was hard to see him hurt like that, and instead of reaching out to the family that he has made for himself in Denver he decided to let his inner thoughts and demons get the best of him. It hit me harder then I expected it. I mean throughout the book it was kinda carefree, and sweet that Cody needed all this reassuring on what to expect out of a relationship. His self esteem was basically low, and he put on this facade to other people so they won’t notice the pain. Here’s where Witt’s talent truly comes into play. He knows how to craft a scene and evoke these emotions out of us. I loved the cast of characters in this story, I love the outcome of the story. I would have really liked to see Darwin’s family make a visit or some epilogue with them just so Cody can realize what he had wasn’t normal.

It was rapid them falling in love, but when you are that age it’s easy. Trust me, your inhibitions are lowered, and its easy to fall super hard and super fast. Nothing wrong with wanting forever at this age. Just make sure you put forward your best effort if you expect the same to you. The characters were great, and loved seeing Mandonna again. Ooh wait until Vahin’s book is up. I truly Brandon’s work and he’s a super sweet person. Definitely a recommend!

About Brandon Witt

Brandon Witt is many things. Above all, he is living the dream. After years of writing and reaching for the stars, he is a published author through Dreamspinner Press. Thus far, his novels include The Shattered Door, Then the Stars Fall, and three installments of the Men of Myth series. Also, he has short stories published in various anthologies.

For the first eighteen years of life, Brandon lived in a small Ozark town, El Dorado Springs, Missouri before moving with his family to Colorado. There he got degrees in Youth Ministry and Special Education and worked as a counselor and special education teacher for fifteen years.

The tension of his religious upbringing and being a gay man finds its way onto nearly every page in his novels, as does experiences that over a decade of loving children who have faced much abuse and many struggles. Reflecting what he has discovered to be true in life, Brandon’s writing does not shy away from challenges and conflict but also revels in the joy that can only happen when truly embracing and loving all that life has to offer.

His Royal Favorite by Lilah Pace

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His Royal Favorite: by Lilah Pace
Series: His Royal Secret #2 
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Pages: 245 • Format: eARC
Published By: InterMix
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The conclusion of Lilah Pace’s racy, romantic male/male duology following His Royal Secret…

James, Prince of Wales, is making history. He’s decided to come out to his subjects—and the world. However, telling the truth means exposing his relationship with lone-wolf reporter Benjamin Dahan. Although Ben never wanted commitment, the unexpected depth of his feelings leads him to join James in the media’s harsh spotlight.

When the news story explodes across the globe, Ben can endure the mockery and dirty jokes. But after his tragic past is cruelly revealed, his life begins to implode. Can even his love for James be worth this?

James has it no easier. His revelation divides the country and sparks turmoil within the royal family. He must struggle to defend not only himself and Ben, but also his younger sister, who hovers on the brink of a breakdown that could endanger her life.

Is Ben strong enough to survive the onslaught and stand by James’ side? And will James have to make a choice between Ben and the crown?

four-stars

Book two was not for the lighthearted at all!!! It was super emotional and way more angsty!!! GAH. I dislike angst and reading this is why. In my head Ben would have got over himself 20% into the story. I get it, and understand ALL his reservations but I totally was being #TeamJames over here and wanted him to sacrifice his freedom for James. It didn’t work like that, and man this book did wonders to my emotions. I feel like I need a palate cleanser and need to read a comfort read or some fluff afterwards.

This picks up immediately after book two. I almost want it to be a trilogy because I like these two characters so much. I think the author handled this wonderfully. Nothing was easy to any of the characters to me. Both guys were constantly tested, it really made them put their future in perspective. I couldn’t imagine living like that, and too see Ben trying should have been enough for me. I really like Ben alot, he’s independent, career-orientated, and self reliant. To see him part ways with the pieces that he feels makes him about did me in. I’d understood the resentment and the falling apart from one another.I think James was one of the realistic guys ever. Yeah he lived in a bubble, and doesn’t have a debit card, but he constantly gave Ben an out. He was willing to allow the love of his life, a life instead of being in the media spotlight constantly.

On top of those two, Indigo’s mental health status has reached a boiling point. I felt for James, because he’s rolling solo on this. He has no help, he has no training and he’s trying to do what he thinks is the best of her. Bravo Ben!!! Thank you for saying what I’m sure everyone reading is thinking. We can’t help Indigo without professionals, and it’s time to allow someone else to take over the reigns for a little while.

I did find myself less enamored with this then book one. It was tamer in the physical acts, it was way angstier I ever would have expected. It didn’t have the same magic as book one, but I guess you could say it was the honeymoon period for those guys and they needed a break. I’m looking forward to more from this author. This series is one I’d definitely recommend!

About Lilah Pace

Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author, so she can’t give away too much about herself here, but she has lived everywhere from Italy to the United Kingdom before putting down roots in the American South.

She’s addicted to Diet Coke, loves her dog, and daydreams about several British movie stars (though usually no more than two at a time).

And while it took her a long while to get up the courage to write books, now she hopes she’ll never stop.

Balancing Act by K. Vale

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30282349Balancing Act by K. Vale
Series: Shooting Stars, Book Four
Release Date: June 27, 2016
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Published By: Liquid Silver Books
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Greg Dwyer and Kyrie Li are living the glorious couple life in New York City. Or are they? When struggling actor Kyrie lands a modeling job, he’s ecstatic to have extra cash to spend on his best-friend-turned-boyfriend.

Of course, Greg is suspicious Anders Berglund, the gorgeous and androgynous Swedish cover model the designers love to pair with Kyrie, is after his man. And maybe Kyrie encourages a growing closeness with the guy?

Greg is probably to blame if Kyrie is drawn to the openly gay and seriously beautiful Andy. With Andy, Kyrie can be himself, as loud and proud as he’s always been. But Greg’s sexuality stays firmly locked in the closest except when he’s with Kyrie’s supportive family or alone with the man he loves.

To make matters worse, Greg’s out-of-touch mom meets with financial ruin and moves in with the couple, forcing him into the closet in his own home.

Can Greg find a way to stand up to Mommy Dearest and win back a love he fought so hard to reach? He discovers the road to pride begins at home and with accepting oneself first. Otherwise, it’s just a dead-end street.

four-stars

I’ve enjoyed this series so far to date. I jumped on a chance to read Kyrie & Greg’s second book. They are not living together after fighting their feelings to one another. Up in New York Kyrie is still Kyrie. He’s working on his acting, but gets the chance to model with a well known fashion model. I loved Andy and can’t wait for his book. Greg is being supportive as best as he knows how to. I wanted to smack Greg a billion of times in this book. His jealously, the disrespect to Kyrie, and his overall Bitchassness.

Yes I called him out on it. No I didn’t want him to out his self when he wasn’t ready, but to minimize your relationship with Kyrie and make him feel insignificant because your wacko mother in in town is a no no. You don’t even like her, and yeah I know she’s birth you but Kyrie is a special man to put up with all of Greg’s flaws. I do like them together, but I feel like they bring the best out of each other.

To the plot that was in the story was a little OTT, but I dealt with it. I did enjoy the story alot. I can read about these two forever. I did get happy with Greg in the end. I mean everything had to happen on his own terms and I’m glad Kyrie was adult enough to let them play out even if he was mad and disappointed. I feel like we should get another book for them based on the events at the end. I’m happy with Andy’s story being next, but a novella for these two will definitely suffice!

About K. Vale

Vale writes erotic romance of all stripes, from hot hetero to mouthwatering manlove. Find her M/F work published under Kimber Vale. Stalk Kimber on Facebook and Twitter, check http://authorkimbervale.com for updates, new releases, and freebies, and sign up for her newsletter to receive an exclusive free story. Come for the sex. Stay for the story.

A Gentleman’s Position (Society of Gentlemen #3) by K.J. Charles

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CyprianA Gentleman’s Position by K.J. Charles
Series: Society of Gentlemen
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Pages: 246 • Format: eARC
Published By: Loveswept
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Power, privilege, and the rigid rules of class leave two hearts yearning for connection in the sizzling new Society of Gentlemen novel from K. J. Charles.
 
Among his eccentric though strictly principled group of friends, Lord Richard Vane is the confidant on whom everyone depends for advice, moral rectitude, and discreet assistance. Yet when Richard has a problem, he turns to his valet, a fixer of unparalleled genius—and the object of Richard’s deepest desires. If there is one rule a gentleman must follow, it is never to dally with servants. But when David is close enough to touch, the rules of class collide with the basest sort of animal instinct: overpowering lust.
 
For David Cyprian, burglary and blackmail are as much in a day’s work as bootblacking—anything for the man he’s devoted to. But the one thing he wants for himself is the one thing Richard refuses to give: his heart. With the tension between them growing to be unbearable, David’s seemingly incorruptible master has left him no choice. Putting his finely honed skills of seduction and manipulation to good use, he will convince Richard to forget all about his well-meaning objections and give in to sweet, sinful temptation.

 

five-stars

 

“God help me, I think it is,”Richard said. “I love you, David. My red fox, my right hand, my flame.”

I think this needs to be known about Lord Richard Vane. This book surpassed all of my expectations. Richard was a douche bag from book one up until now, but that never stopped me liking his position. K.J. Charles has managed to write a series where each book is so different from the previous. I loved everything about this book. Richard seems like such a complex person, but he really wasn’t. He wanted to abide my his title, and not take advantage of anyone lower then him. I see nothing wrong with this. Except his lovely red headed valet David Cyprian has other plans. You can see the love that they have towards each other right from the start. Cyprian isn’t just a valet, he is Richard’s rock, his ears, his voice and his heart. I loved the swoony moments in this story. I honestly think this was the most romantic out of the series. They used some words that made my heart melt.

“You don’t have to forgive, my lord. You don’t have to go, and if you go you are not obliged to forgive, and if you forgive, you are not obliged to forget.”

Going into this we already know Richard is not quickly to be with someone based on his actions with Dominic Frey. I love that Dominic has forgiven him, and even helped him understand some things early on about the potential relationship between him and David. Of course Richard fought it almost all the way. He couldn’t stop thinking with his head. That’s not a bad thing, I respected him much more for having the strength and respect of the people under him. The way the story unfolded was so magical to me. I mean it wasn’t a dull moment at all. I super highlighted the book. It was so many moments that left me and tears, and moments where I was so joyous for these two. I loved the plot. I loved seeing all the wonderful cast come together in time of need and play their active roles needed. I loved seeing Silas and his arrogance tone, and Dominic protecting him. Julius as usual with his funny self. If K.J. Charles could steal two characters and made a novella at least please give us Shakespeare and Quex story!!! Jon and Will is so needed. I love reading about them. I’d take a Zoe tell as well. Cyprian was more important then gentleman guys in this story. I mean, he rocked it. His character was able to shine and truly show us his feelings, and his skills. I love how he doubted his self at times, but when Richard asked him for anything he doubts and reservations went out the window. He’ll do anything for Richard and we’ve seen that over the series. I’m so happy with this book, and I can definitely say it made it to my Favorite books of 2016. It’ll be a re-read soon, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Ms. Charles.

About K.J. Charles

KJ Charles is a writer and freelance editor. She lives in London with her husband, two kids, an out-of-control garden and an increasingly murderous cat.

KJ writes mostly romance, gay and straight, frequently historical, and usually with some fantasy or horror in there. She specialises in editing romance, especially historical and fantasy, and also edits children’s fiction.

Find her on Twitter @kj_charles or on Facebook, join her Facebook group, or email her at kjcharleswriter {at] gmail {dot} com. She is represented by Deidre Knight at The Knight Agency, and published by Samhain and Loveswept.

US (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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US: by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Series: Him
Release Date: March 8, 2016
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Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves–Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes, and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

three-stars

That’s my underwhelmed face. dammit, why do I always do this to myself? I put all these great first books in a series on a pedestal and build the second one so high up in my mind, and then when I read it I’m left pissed off. So note to self dummy don’t do it anymore. I’m a little perturbed. This is two authors who I have never read before, and what they were able to do to book one says a lot. The one thing that I loved most about book one was that they were MEN. They didn’t compromise their genders and make them into female characters with male body parts in my opinion. They were men acting, and talking men so I expected the same thing at least for this book. And that’s the conundrum for book two. Where the hell was the communication at? Did we trade in talking things out for copious amounts of sex. Le Sigh, sex doesn’t fix every damn thing. I was exasperated by the amount of sex that was in this book. It didn’t seem special to me anymore. It totally lost the magic juju from book. Another thing, what the hell happened to Jamie. He had a total personality reboot. I didn’t like it, and change him back please.

Let’s start with Jamie. Jamie who was easy-going, laid back, communicative, and honest must have taken a break off from book one going to book two. I didn’t like how he was portrayed in the story. The plot was so/so throughout the story, but then we have more often than not the entire story dealing with Wes. But when it came to Jamie his part seemed mediocre at best. He came off like the angry, jealous spouse something that I could never see him be. His descriptions from book one doesn’t compute to who he was in this book. I do think it was a bit unfair to let it go on so long with them not talking things through. It kind of made a downcast cloud over the entire story. It seemed like the authors then decided to make it every new adult cliché by making the two characters have copious amounts of sex instead of trying to communicate our issues to each other. It was so frustrating to read. Everything wasn’t on Jamie, because while he wasn’t adamant to change at least Wes noticed the problem. Wes did try on numerous times to communicate with Jamie.

Oh my goodness Blake really! I mean at the end yes he was worth it, but up until those parts he was so annoying. Now this is where I was angry the most, because neither Jamie & Wes forced the issue of him giving them space. They could have easily told him to give them an hour or that he was being forceful on their space. But nothing happened. I know from all of this is seemed like I disliked everything about the story, but I did like some parts. It just seems like the bad outweighed the good for me. They did have some sweet moments between each other and those were very special. I liked the last 25% the best and it definitely stuck with me.


EXCERPT

At long last, I’m twenty paces away, then ten. Then I’m opening our door. “Hey babe!” I call out like I always do. “I made it.” I drag my duffel over the threshold, then toss my suit coat on top, abandoning these things beside the door, because all I need now is a kiss.

Only then do I notice that our apartment smells amazing. Jamie has cooked dinner for me. Again. He is the perfect man, I swear to God.

“Hey!” he calls, emerging from the hallway leading to our bedroom. He’s wearing jeans and nothing else except—and this is unusual—a beard. “Do I know you?” He gives me a sexy smile.

“I was going to ask the same thing.” I’m staring at the sandy-blond beard. Jamie has always been clean-shaven. I mean—we’ve known each other since before facial hair. He looks different. Older, maybe.

And hot as blazes. Seriously, I can’t wait to feel that beard against my face, and maybe my balls… Jesus. The blood is already rushing south, and I’ve been home fifteen seconds.

And yet I’m just stuck there in the middle of the room for a moment, because even though it’s been eight months since Jamie and I started up together, I’m still a little stunned at my own good fortune. “Hi,” I say again, stupidly.

He walks forward, his easy gait so familiar that my heart breaks a little bit. He puts his hands on my traps and squeezes the muscle there. “Don’t go away for so long. If you do that again, I’m going to have to sneak into your hotel room on the road.”

“Promise?” I ask, and it comes out like gravel. He’s close enough now that I can smell the ocean scent of his shampoo and the beer he drank while he waited for me.

“If I ever get a winning lottery ticket and a day off, I’ll do it,” he says. “Hotel sex after a game? Sounds hot.”

Now I’m measuring the distance to our sofa and counting the layers of clothes I’ll need to remove in the next ninety seconds.


 

About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

Lollipop, (Candy Man #3) by Amy Lane

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LollipopLollipop by Amy Lane  Series: Candy Man
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Pages:  250 • Published by: Dreamspinner Press  Format: eARC
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner •  Amazon • ARe

Ezra Kellerman flew across country to see if he had another chance with the man he let slip through his fingers. He didn’t. Rico has moved on, but he doesn’t just leave his ex high and dry. Instead, Rico entrusts his family and friends with Ezra’s care. Ezra, confused, hurt, and lost, clings to Rico’s cousin and his boyfriend as the lifelines they are—but their friend Miguel is another story.

Miguel Rodriguez had great plans and ambition—but a hearty dose of real life crushed those flat. When Miguel finds himself partially in charge of the befuddled, dreamy, healing Ezra, he’s pretty resentful at first. But Ezra’s placid nature and sincere wonder at the simple life Miguel has taken for granted begin to soften Miguel’s hardened shell. Miguel starts to notice that Ezra isn’t just amazingly sweet—he’s achingly beautiful as well. Suddenly Miguel is fending off every single man on the planet to give Ezra room to get over Rico—while fighting a burning suspicion that the best thing to help Ezra get over his broken heart is Miguel.

 

 

four-half-stars

Miguel was on the lookout for one more thing to make Ezra happy, one more thing to talk to him about, one more thing to keep their growing friendship alive and thriving.

Oh my goodness, my feelings were in happy sugary sweetness overdrive!!!! Amy Lane has made me happy, and I didn’t cry. Yes!!! I think this was my very first book by her and I didn’t shed a damn tear. Ha, you take that you Temptress of Tears & Angst!!! From the very beginning to the end I was in love with these two characters. I honestly think these might be my two favorite characters by her. Ezra is a doll, no a kitty cat that needs love! He broke my heart, but then pieced it together with his strength. Miguel surprised me, I didn’t expect this from him at all. Miguel needs to be put on the pedestal and I don’t say that often about characters.

This is book 3 in the Candy Man series, and best far the greatest all of all. I love Adam & Finn a tons, they are great together. Derek & Rico are okay as well. But this friends to lovers trope is beautifully done. Ezra has flown to Sacramento trying to get that old thing back in Rico, but unbeknownst to him Rico has moved on. Stuck on a lawn with nobody sees me Miguel and this is fate at it’s finest. I didn’t know how this was going to work out at all. Ezra seemed so shattered and broken, and I am so happy to see that he got to enjoy his life a little. He was extremely kind, and the littlest things made him smile. I think I was grinning from ear to ear. Seeing him with Miguel’s nieces & nephews had me awwing all over the place. His conversations with Therese was adorable as well. His life hasn’t been easy or his own’s for the longest that he hasn’t got a clue what he wants to do or who he wants to me. One thing for certain is Miguel is always going to watch his back. I think Ezra was meant to be for Miguel. He was just waiting around to find someone to need and keep him for a change. Miguel is the best. I understood him, it’s hard having a voice when you have 5 siblings. I enjoyed laid back Miguel a ton, but when jealous & possessive Miguel came out it was Muy Caliente. It was a different Miguel, an assertive Miguel.

Both guys are so good for one another confidence and ego. I think Amy Lane killed it with the dialogue between these two guys. You can see the love and devotion blossoming before our eyes. I highlighted so many good parts in this story. It’s my first favorite book of the new year! Well done.

And then Ezra simplified all of that, boiling it down to the one thing that was most important, and so so simple. “Love you, Miguel,” he panted against the bed. “Love me too?” Of course he did.

About Amy Lane

Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.