Lovers, Losers and You (Sunshine and Happiness #2) by Skylar M. Cates

LoversLosersAndYouLGLovers, Losers and You by Skylar M. Cates
Series: Sunshine and Happiness
Release Date: September 11, 2015
Pages: 220 • Format: eBook
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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How can you lose one dream and still find another?

Owen King is a lonely history teacher who wants to be braver. So when Owen learns about the deceased brother he never met, he breaks free of his safety net and risks answers. Despite his loving, adopted family, Owen wonders if there are missing pieces inside of him. Visiting the seaside town of Ocean Vista, where his brother lived and died, will be no vacation.

Andrew Teagan wants to be a winner. After being dumped by his last boyfriend, Andrew is through letting others dictate his life. To prove that dreams are possible, he’s going after his ambitions full force. Having signed on for a cooking reality show, Andrew’s ready to make his small café into a sizzling success.

When Andrew aids Owen on the beach, what starts off as an act of kindness turns into a hot temptation. But can a sweet budding romance survive when the time comes for Owen to leave town? Both men must learn to trust each other if their love will conquer the miles between them.

four-stars

We met Owen in book one as the brother of the housemate who passed away, Brendan. Owen never had the chance to meet his brother but through letters from Cole, Brendan’s house mate and friend he learns bits and pieces. When a morality clause shows up in Owen’s life and makes him question his employment, he takes a strip to the small Florida beach town of Ocean Vista to finally take Cole up on his offer to visit and learn more about Brendan.

Here in Florida he could find out a few things about his brother. He loved his family, but a part of him wondered about who he was. Most of all, he could sort out what to do about St. James Academy and their new contract while he was away.

We met Andrew in book one as well, being the handsome but relationship troubled owner of the local cafe where Cole liked to get his coffee and deny his attraction to Ian. Andrew is now the housemate replacement for Cole, now that Cole has moved out to live with his boyfriend, Ian. The housemates are still in turmoil and grieving over the loss of Brendan and the new editions of Andrew and Sandy. But that can’t get Andrew down, because has an opportunity to compete in  a reality show, Café Battles that will not only get his small business, The Busy Day Café, recognition but win a small chunk of change that can change his life.

When a chance encounter on the beach brings Owen and Andrew together, things start getting good.

I liked that Andrew didn’t recognize Owen how the rest of the house did when they first meet him, as the second coming of Brendan. I felt awful for Owen as the “family” asked and compared him to the dead brother her never knew, though I got it – they wanted a piece of their friend back – but it felt disrespectful at the same time. I was thankful that Andrew saw Owen and took him for the man standing in front of him, not as the ghost of Brendan.

“I just came by at the right moment.”

“Kindness is more than chance.”

Owen’s self-discovery through finding Andrew was lovely to read and Andrew’s view on the world with Owen by his side was breathtaking. These two were amazing together and I loved watching them fall quickly in love. I ached for them with the decisions they had to make and I cheered with each victory that arrived because of it.

What I also love about this and what I love about series where each book features a different couple YET implores upon side characters to strengthen the series, was more of Ian and Cole and more of Marc and Tomas.

*whistles*

Marc and Tomas are going to hurt my poor romantic heart and hurt it so damn good. Oh and um, I am behind with reading so I really hope that my dear sweet, yet sexy Morgan realizes who saved him… the man who smells of leather and oranges… the man on the motorcycle who is brooding over Brendan’s death and OMG! They better get a damn book because I need it. It has to be those two, HAS TO BE!

… how lucky it was that he’d run into him again, almost as if their paths had been destined to entwine once more.

Back to Owen and Andrew. The men were sexy and sweeter than Andrew’s brownie centered cookies. There was not a thing I disliked about the growth of their relationship or the intimacy they developed so fierce and quick. I adored them and how strongly they felt about their family and I fell in love with them as they fell in love with each other.

Lovers, Losers and You was a sweet as pie romance with a side of sexy and an amazing gaggle of friends who need me to read their stories. It’s a story about life leading you toward your destiny and leaning on that one person for the strength to grab it by the lapels and run with it.

About Skylar M. Cates

Skylar M. Cates loves a good romance. She is quite happy to drink some coffee, curl up with a good book, and not move all day. Most days, however, Skylar is chasing after her husband, her kids, and her giant dog, Wasabi. Skylar dreams about spending her days writing her novels, walking along the beach, and making more time for her good friends. On a shoestring budget, Skylar has traveled all over in her early years. Although, lately, the laundry room is the farthest place she has visited, Skylar still loves to chat with people from all around the globe.

Lucky in Loveland (Welcome to Loveland #1) by K-Lee Klein

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Lucky-in-Loveland-e1455027955742Lucky in Loveland by K-Lee Klein
Series: Welcome to Loveland
Release Date: February 13, 2016
Pages: 120 • Format: eARC
Published By: K-lee Klein Books
Purchase Link: AmazonARe

Loveland, Colorado is a special place all year around, a community of creativity and art, with scenic views and majestic mountains. But the town really shines once a year, on Valentine’s Day.

Lucky Roberts has lived in Loveland his whole life. He has good friends, strong family support, and is all about keeping his community fun and alive. The only thing Lucky has been “unlucky” with is love. But rather than avoiding February fourteenth in his hometown, he throws himself into helping others deliver their messages of love.

Enter Jack Canon. Jack moved to Loveland for a fresh start, in both his personal and professional lives. After a tough year, he’s finally hoping to just blend in, maybe carve a little niche for himself that his parents would have been proud of. What he didn’t expect was a pseudo-lumberjack with a killer body and shy smile to turn his world upside down – and he sure didn’t expect to like it so much.

When Lucky meets Jack, he feels like a thirteen year-old with his first crush. He’s clumsy, stammering, and the first greeting out of his mouth is a less than articulate, “Wow!” Words like adorable and manbun suddenly become part of his vocabulary as he discovers a deep, hidden need to romance the hell out of Jack.

And what better way to do that than during the most romantic season in the City of Love?

three-half-stars

So this was all kinds of adorable and being the first read from the author for me, I am intrigued.

Lucky in Loveland is a sweet tale of two men trying to not screw things up in a town that is made for love. Literally, like made for love.

Told from the Dual POV’s of Lucky our resident larger than life in all ways hockey coach and Jack, our pseudo hippie Kindergarten teacher we get to see each side as the boys navigate their way around each other and the town’s notorious affair with Valentine’s Day.

I really loved Lucky. He was a tough to get a hold on early in the story but once you get that he is kinda like a big kid that you want to cuddle and make laugh, you get why Jack would fall for him.

Jack… He is a Kindergarten teacher with a man bun… need I say more? I mean, that alone scores points in my book but Jack has moved to Loveland for a new start and his reasons made me want to hug him to. Actually I just wanted these two to hug and hug a lot and them hug some more, possibly naked. What can I say? When you have a romance surrounded by snow you need to pull off all layers, not just the emotional one, to get to the raw… where was I again?

This was a slow burn romance but it couldn’t have been told any other way. Both Lucky and Jack have their reasons for wanting to take things slow and I adored how they did it. Lucky with his surprise dates and all they are and Jack with, well Jack with the way he sees Lucky, it was just lovely to read these two and watch their awkward flirting, love of breakfast for dinner and intimate moments.

I hope there will be more from these two in the series as I am not quite done with them yet.

 

About K-Lee Klein

K-Lee Klein has lived in one part of Western Canada or another for her entire life. She’s a doting mother of three now-grown kids, and has had characters and plots running around her head for as long as she can remember.

She lives with an patient husband who totally does not get her thing for gay men, two spoiled but wonderful sons (who don’t get it either), and two also spoiled, but beautiful cats. Her days are also filled with many texts and phone calls with her daughter who has already left the nest, and an abundance of fabulous gay men, large and small, bouncing off the walls of her skull, competing for their turns to tell their stories.

After finally throwing caution to the wind, K-lee’s first story was accepted and published in December of 2011, and since then she’s been lucky enough to be picked up by several publishers. She’s thrilled to be substituting her previous jobs as a hockey manager/coach, school band volunteer and overall chauffeur with her passion for writing beautiful, emotional men.

Among her favorite sub-genres are rockstars, cowboys, shifters, and opposites-attract relationships. But to be honest, she’s open to almost anything if it involves messing around in the heads of her characters. She’s also big on series–because she has a hard time letting her characters go–and is usually working on a handful of stories in various stages of completion all at the same time.