Saturday, November 30, 2013

Booyah Books - The November Edition - In Which We Feasted On Some Great Reads

Hello again, everyone! We here at The Novel Approach hope you had a lovely November and are ready to roll straight on to December. ’Tis the season for cuddling up in front of a fire with a good book, right? So we hope you’ll find a few to add to your winter TBR list here in this month’s Booyah Books.

Here are our choices for the month:

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Jackie’s Choice:
Not Broken, Just Bent by Mia Kerick

“I completely loved watching these boys grow up together. The strength Timmy displayed while surviving his home life was offset by the vulnerability he only showed to Ben. At the same time, Ben was so used to people leaving him he felt he couldn’t be honest about his sexuality for fear he would lose his father. When Timmy and Ben are reunited, will they be able to move forward or will they both have to live with what could have been?
If you enjoy young love and coming of age stories this book is sure to strike your fancy. I highly recommend this book, and I would absolutely love to read more about Ben and Timmy if Mia Kerick ever felt the need to revisit them.”

You can read Jackie’s full review HERE

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BJ’s Choice:
Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote

“This is one of those remarkable stories that wasn’t burdened with too much external interference, instead opting to focus on the flourishing romance and the involved parties’ own emotional baggage. They provided their own conflict in spades, issues and self-esteem pitfalls cropping up left, right and centre. Let’s face it, that is the most realistic thing in a new relationship; we are our own enemies. No one needed to be stuffed in the back of a tinted-windowed van or be the victim of human trafficking. They came to the table with their own issues, and thus, to me, they were real and true.

A very British story from a very British author, I see a glittery future ahead for Jay Northcote. This book ticked all the right boxes, and I am very excited to see more from the author and her upcoming works with Dreamspinner Press. From a young lad from Blighty, I give this little slice of Brit-romance a really well-deserved 4.5 stars.”

You can read BJ’s full review HERE

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Tina’s Choice:
The General and the Elephant Clock of Al-Jazari by Sarah Black

“No one writes romantic, loving words that will melt your heart out your eyes like Sarah Black. The words of love exchanged between John and Gabriel, oh my god. I just read them over and over again. It was like they couldn’t express their love for one another for twenty five years, and they used that time to compose the most beautiful, eloquent words to tell each other how truly and deeply they loved each other once they were able to verbalize their feelings.

That is one of my favorite things about reading gay romance novels. That the men, these strong warrior/philosophers (read the books, you’ll understand that) who are able to take on the world and walk away with hardly a scratch, are so vulnerable with one another. They lay themselves open and their hearts are there for all to see. Even the way Ms. Black describes the looks that pass between them when they see each other after being apart is hot and heartwarming. I can almost see their faces and the way each of their hearts and bodies just relax at the sight of the other. They are Home.
Very highly recommended.”

You can read Tina’s full review HERE

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Lynn’s Choice:
Soulmate by Kol Anderson

“This novella isn’t done yet. So much has happened already, but the events that lead up to Hunter and Kayden dealing with their feelings seemed to come out of nowhere. This author is brilliant at making the most insane and unpredictable twists believable that I completely trusted everything would make sense. And, of course, it did.

By the end, on top of a great, thought provoking and emotional story, the reader is left with wonder for what happens next. The fate of the brothers is up in the air, and Kol Anderson can’t write fast enough.”

You can read Lynn’s full review HERE

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Lana’s Choice:
Bloody Love Spats by Valentina Heart

“• The supporting characters all added to the story line. Tait, Stone’s hothead brother. Jenela, the vampire queen who is also Tomi’s sister. Naji, the shifter child who Stone adopts and treats as his son. And Arik, Tomi’s cheating boyfriend who gets what he deserves. They were all complicated characters with interesting stories of their own.

• They were very well written and I’m hoping there will be some sequels!

• The plot was enjoyable and a little bit different from what I was expecting.

• Fast passed action kept me engaged.

• A very happy ending!

Bloody Love Spats is a perfect storm!! A must read for anyone who loves vamps and shifters!!!”

You can read Lana’s full review HERE

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Kim’s Choice:
Serenading Stanley by John Inman

“What really kicked this story into gear was how the tenants of Belladonna Arms helped in bringing Stanley and Roger together. Let’s just say, they knew how to put the “fun” in dysfunctional, and a few of them even stole my heart with their antics. I’m still debating whether to stick pins in my eyes whenever I conjure up an image of Arthur, and whoever left the brownies at Stanley’s front door…thank you…it sure moved things along in the romance department. Sure was cute, seeing Stanley like that.

My cheeks were hurting from all smiling I did throughout the story. Mr. Inman, I love your sense of humor, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your books.”

You can read Kim’s full review HERE

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Lisa’s Choice:
Merry Gentlemen by Josephine Myles

“Merry Gentlemen is, at its heart, a story of adaptation—a life lesson in which the city mouse must decide whether he’d rather live in his country mouse’s world than live without him in his own (Gladys and the Pips, bring it home). Can Ri give up everything he’s ever wanted—or thought he wanted—to be with the one man who makes him happy beyond all reason? Don’t worry: this isn’t a story about Ri sacrificing everything just to be with his man. This is a story of Ri waking up one day and discovering that everything he’s ever wanted has absolutely nothing to do with what he needs to be happy. And what he needs has just walked out the door again. This time for good. See? Angst.

So, if you’re making a list and checking it twice, let’s recap:

Ri + Stan=Love – Check
Plenty of Naughty Fun – Check
Face Splitting Grins – Check
Poop – Check
Really, what more could you possibly want from a book?”

You can read Lisa’s full review HERE

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And that does if for the month of November. Until next time, happy reading!

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