Empty Net (Scoring Chances #4) by Avon Gale

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Title: Empty Net by Avon Gale
Series:  Scoring Chances #4
Release Date: September 2, 2016
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain Isaac Drake ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’s despicable behavior in the playoffs last year, Isaac wants nothing to do with him – no matter how gorgeous he is. But that changes when Isaac discovers the reason for Laurent’s attitude.

Laurent St. Savoy grew up the only son of a legendary NHL goalie in a household rife with abuse, constantly treated like a disappointment on and off the ice. When a desperate attempt to escape his father’s tyranny sends him to the Spitfires, the last thing Laurent wants is to make friends. But there’s something about Isaac Drake that he can’t resist, and Laurent has an opportunity to explore his sexuality for the first time, but he’s cracking under end-of-the season pressures. When facing the playoffs and a rivalry turned personal vendetta, Isaac’s not sure he’s enough to hold Laurent—or their relationship—together.

Please be advised: This book does contain some non-graphic references to past childhood physical/emotional abuse as well as issues relating to ED (bulimia and restricted eating, disordered thoughts about eating)

three-half-stars

I’m annoyed. I guess I should get that out first. I’ve had nothing but hits with this series, and book 3 is my all time favorite. I’m annoyed for many reasons concerning this book. It took me 7 days to read this book. A big surprise for me, I was not able to put up with the antics of the first half. I went from rage, anger, annoyance, guilty and a slew of other emotions. It took a lot for me to not DNF this book. I knew it was a part of me in the first two days, but I did a normal thing by trying to read something else. I succeeded in that, and read a few other books. That lead me to believe that it wasn’t just me.

I did not connect to the book until the last half, and I enjoyed it. I’m so conflicted on the rating to actually give the book. I want to be as fair as possible, but it’s half because I didn’t care for the first half which is important. I needed to be drawn in by both guys, and for me this entire book seemed liked redemption for Laurent. In the mist of him gaining his confidence and learning about his sexuality, I feel like Issac was forgotten completely. I could be wrong here, and maybe his job the entire book was to be support for Laurent. He did a great job on that front, but where was Isaac in all of this? Do a few sexual experiences, and helping Laurent equals “Issac time”? I’m trying really hard to understand, but I’m not getting it at all.

I feel like Issac experiences were left out or on the back burner. No, I didn’t expect him to have some made up stuff happen for the book, I kinda just needed him to have a little independence in his book. I wanted to see a different side of him, and while he was a great support system, and eventual boyfriend I feel lost on his behalf. Again, these are all my perceptions and I’m definitely in the minority according to the ratings. Even after reading the ending, I felt nothing. No connection really, and I didn’t feel quite satisfied. I still look forward to more in the series. I might re-read this someday and my feelings could possibly change. Who knows?

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.

Picked Fresh by Posy Roberts

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PickedFreshCoverPicked Fresh by Posy Roberts
Series: Naked Organics, Book Two
Release Date: June 23, 2016
Pages: 269 • Format: eARC
Published By: Labyrinth Bound Press
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Is five thousand miles far enough to say I love you?

Hudson Oliva loves stability. He was a throwaway teen before finding Kaleidoscope Gardens but has since thrived at the commune. When Jude Garrity moves in, life gets even better, but Hudson still craves more. He knows he has to be satisfied with their exclusive status being temporary and that Jude will eventually navigate his full sexual awakening with their other housemates.

Hudson has a journey of his own to make. It might only require going home to settle his grandmother’s estate, but he plans to use his time away to figure out how to temper his feelings for Jude and bury his jealousy once and for all. But when Jude joins him on his trip, Hudson falls even deeper in love, especially after Jude stands by his side when he finally confronts his mother for rejecting him.

However, it’s not all hearts and flowers while they travel. They’re over two thousand miles from home when Hudson learns a ruthless corporate farm threatens the commune they both love. In order to save their way of life, Hudson must ask his mother for help. And if he wants a chance at a stable future with Jude, he has to tell him the truth about his feelings, no matter if it ruins the harmony he’s tried so hard to preserve.

four-stars

Once again, another good book from Posy Roberts! I really adore her writing style and the amount of emotions that she produces with her characters. This isn’t an ordinary series with just romance. Her stories are realistic fiction. They are for the obscenely normal folks. I didn’t know what to expect with this book. Having book Hudson and Jude go through their pass together was great. I think it was a good learning curve for both. It shows each one of them, why the other is the way he is.

Hudson’s emotional journey for hard for me to read. All these years later, his coming out sort to speak still hunts him. His relationship with his parents still enrage him. His father’s departure from his life leaves him feeling inadequate in his masculinity where he has to keep saying “that’s not what a man is”. For all the good things his Papi did for him, not accepting him during those years devastated and destroyed his confidence. He’s working through his feelings of inadequacy, vulnerability and jealousy. I really like Hudson on this journey. We can see the affect meeting his mother after 12 years is doing to him on page. They may have been some resolves with him and her. But I’m still so pissed at her. And yeah, maybe she’s a victim of her own. It was painful to read those parts, but I love Jude for being there.

Jude who has had his own issues. His issues with wanting sex and exploring it. He’s lived a hard life as well, has overcame it in a way. He’s 21 so he’s still growing. Seeing his parents about did me in. But I loved how his siblings rallied around him and the younger ones to do what’s right for each other. I cannot wait for the little brother to get a book.

**See what I did Posy, I put it out their in the universe :)**

Seeing Jude and Hudson together were beautiful. Both loving each other but not knowing how to say it to one another. I found those scenes very beautiful and at times felt like a voyeur for reading them. The unexpected for me was the Leo & Charlie point of views. Poor Leo, I think he felt like apart of him was missing instead of traveling. I get it, Hudson has been apart of his life for all these years and the first time he’s left for a period of time. I really like Charlie’s character and want his character study as well.

This book is about redemption, self-discovery, self-love and acceptance. At the end of the day, Hudson & Jude has something so powerful that they needed to know that they can overcome anything as long as they are working together. Life on the commune is going to be different now with the expansion, but I look forward to reading the next in the series. I really do love Posy’s words. I think this book was no different.

Release Day Blitz – The Spencer Cohen Series, Book 3 by N.R. Walker

Title: The Spencer Cohen Series, Book 3
Series:  The Spencer Cohen Series
Author: N.R. Walker
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Release Date: April 21, 2016

 

“I highly recommend this series. You really can’t go wrong, it has everything you need in a book and more – 5+ Stars to this amazing series and to this book!” – Alpha Book Club

“Overall, this has become one of my favorite series…” – Reading Addict Mom’s Blog

“N.R.Walker read my mind and soul and gave me Spencer Cohen. I’m giving my second beyond five stars rating of the year, and I rarely do that ever.” – The Written Voice of Is


N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.
She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.
She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since… 

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The Spencer Cohen Series, Book 3 by N.R. Walker

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28599180The Spencer Cohen Series, Book Three by N.R. Walker
Series: The Spencer Cohen Seriesn
Release Date: April 21, 2016
Pages: 189 • Format: eARC
Published By: BlueHeart Press
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Learning to be in a committed relationship has been easy for Spencer. In fact, too easy. Andrew has fit into his life seamlessly. Spencer’s let go of his insecurities and hang-ups, and he and Andrew are enjoying where things are headed.

For the first time in years, Spencer’s life is unbelievably perfect. Andrew overthinks everything. So when Spencer gets a phone call from Australia, he’s certain Spencer will push him away.

But instead of driving them apart, maybe it will solidify what they already have. Maybe Spencer will depend on Andrew more than ever. Maybe the Spencer Cohen story will come full circle, and maybe, just maybe, Spencer will have the happily ever after he never thought possible.

 

 

five-stars

This is one of the best endings in a series ever. I loved this book so much. It was wonderful from beginning to end. I loved it so much that I finally have listened to a Jeff Buckley song! Ha, it was good. This book is about falling in love, accepting that you are in love, and family and friends. I wish I knew a Spencer Cohen in real life. He is such a breathtaking character. Such purehearted and loved by many. The book started with Spencer realizing that he was in love with Andrew. Now to many people that wouldn’t be a problem to realize you are in love. But to Spencer who has been hurt and left broken by the people who brought him into the world; it’s hard to love and to let yourself be loved. My heart was so heavy reading this story. It has so many moments where tears were threatening to spill and had spilled. The best thing about this entire series is that N.R. Walker decided to be smart and not give us the cliche miscommunication trope. Thank you so much. I loved that both guys decided to be adults and not mind readers to figure things out. The talked and when they disagreed or didn’t know any better they still talked. Seeing being in a relationship of this caliber for fairly new for both guys and they have to figure out how not to lose themselves in Andrew & Spencer together.

For me this was important. I know what its like to encompass yourself with a person. Love like theirs and mine is all consuming. It’s beautiful. It’s waking up thinking about the persons, it’s funny text messages and continuously thinking about them throughout the day. It’s wanting to spend eternity with this person. It’s them wiping your tears, knowing your fears and loving each other unconditionally without rhyme or reason. This is one of the best romance series that I’ve ever read. Just reading about these two left the biggest smile on my face after every read. I went into this book with trepidation partly because I didn’t want it to end. I still don’t want them to be over. So many things happened in this last book. I really am happy that Spencer was able to get some peace where his family concerns. It might seem selfish of me to be glad that Spencer got away, but it was for his own good and for him to live in his truths. Truths that we see someone in the book felt like they couldn’t live with. I thought N.R. Walker writing about Lewis & Archer was so true and heartbreaking. I cried because Archer is every single person who cannot be themselves who decided it’s to hard to go on. I cried for Spencer and Lewis. I even cried for their parents because their misunderstanding took away the opportunity to love their kids with unconstrained love. So with that being said, I’d recommend this to every romance reader out there. I loved this series, and it’s definitely made it’s way to the top series of 2016! P.S. Will Yanni & Peter receive a novella of some sort?

I’d like to dedicate this review to all the Archer Cohen’s in the world.

 

About N.R. Walker

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…