We've brought 11 titles to you this month, all books we loved, and if you leave a comment below, you'll be entered for a chance to win TWO e-books of your choice from the list.
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Jackie – Stones in the Road by Nick Wilgus – “Even though this book is chock full of some very serious moments and issues, there is still that vein of humor that was present in the first book. I caught myself laughing out loud when Wiley and Jackson’s mom start going back and forth with each other, and we certainly can’t forget Papaw’s own personal brand of crazy. Nick Wilgus has taken a small town country boy and written him with determination, humor, and just enough humanity to make me believe I could head on down there and visit with Wiley and this motley crew of characters.
I hope this isn’t the last we hear from Wiley, Jackson, Noah and their crazier-than-they-should-be family. That would surely be a shame since I don’t feel like I have heard all they have to say. I highly recommend this book, and if you haven’t read Shaking the Sugar Tree, make sure to check that one out first.”
Find Jackie’s full review and buy links HERE
Chris – Temptations of Desire by Tempeste O’Riley – “I have to say that I have loved all three books in this series. All have been very well written, with wonderfully strong characters. However, Alex/Lexi really and truly stole my heart and won’t give it back. Both as Alex and Lexi, he shows different sides of himself. As Alex he is confident in his abilities as a chef, and as Lexi, he’s strong and sexy, and that isn’t always something he feels as Alex. Lexi allows Alex to walk a little taller, be a little bolder, and to feel free and comfortable in himself.
The author really couldn’t have crafted a better character than Alex/Lexi. Add in the storyline of Alex’s past history and the relationship with Dal, and this just made Temptations of Desire one of my favorite books so far this year. I hope everyone takes the time to discover this phenomenal character set in this wonderful story. And once done with this story, go back and read the rest of the series!”
Find Chris’s full review and buy links HERE
Lana – Cherish & Blessed by Tere Michaels – “Blessed is a chapter in Evan and Matt’s lives. New opportunities and life changes are on the horizon. Evan is up for a promotion, but he’s afraid he’ll just be a gay poster boy for the new and improved inclusive police force. Matt’s security business is taking off and as the kids get older and move out, he’s getting more content in his life. As always, the extended family/friends are all there and are as lovable as ever. Bennett and Daisy are getting ready for a new baby. Helena and Shane are still in a honeymoon state, and Jim and Griffin are at a crossroads in life. Griffin has baby fever and Jim is not sure what the next step in their life is.
Every storyline was perfect. Okay, so I’m a huge fan and just couldn’t get enough. I want to know these people in real life. I want to be their friend! The love they have for each other jumps off the page, and the emotions are of the charts.”
Find Lana’s full review and buy links HERE
Janet – How to Howl at the Moon by Eli Easton – “Eli Easton is a technically perfect author. Her plot flows well, with no stumbles or holes. The story and the relationships grow with conflicts and resolutions, and the character are well built and fully developed. They are believable, as is the world she builds for them in Mad Creek. This is all absorbed by the reader and because the base is so solid, she is able to direct the focus of the book to the story itself; the “aw” moments and the smiles and outright laughing we do are a result of these skills, and reflect the feelings her words invoke in us.
How to Howl at the Moon is a book you should read. It is a well written, fun book. It will capture your attention and hold it firmly until the last page, although you will probably smile at random memories for a few days after you have read it, because that is another skill that this author has – her words stay with you, and just seeing the cover of the book on my kindle makes me smile still weeks later.”
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Rena – Liberty & Other Stories by Alexis Hall – “Liberty goes beyond the private worlds of the characters we love and raises issues regarding power and its abuse. It’s also the most complex of the stories in the anthology, told in a series of a few random journal entries and letters, but mostly court documents. Other characters are introduced, their purposes mostly nefarious save for one man who risks execution as a traitor to England by listening to his conscience at the very last minute. It’s a fun adventure in which different characters tell their stories (to the court, of course), their voices so wonderfully distinct from each other that you end up not wanting to have the chaotic incident in Liberty recounted in any other way. Expletives are, of course, redacted, to hysterical effect. And, as icing on the cake, we’re given pretty serious warnings or instructions from transcribers regarding recordings on wax cylinders and what one can hear when said cylinders are played back or played backwards.
This anthology really serves its purpose in further fleshing out the world created in Prosperity.”
Find Rena’s full review and buy links HERE
Jules – A Clean Break by Keira Andrews – “I have so much love for David and Isaac, you guys. So much. When they left Zebulon at the end of A Forbidden Rumspringa, I was equal parts excited and scared for them. Both feelings are validated in Keira Andrews’ gorgeous sequel, A Clean Break. It’s a big world out there, and our guys find both triumphs and trials as they navigate the complicated waters of their new “English” life in San Francisco.
While the greatest joy for them is the freedom of being together, it’s also very tricky. It’s not easy to leave all of one’s childhood teachings, beliefs, and hang-ups behind, and David and Isaac find themselves constantly confronting their own self-doubt and fear about how being gay fits into their belief system. How can something that feels perfect and natural be wrong? How can it go against God’s will if it was God who made them the way they are?”
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Angel – Follow My Lead by Lisa Worrall – “I really enjoyed this sweet short story. It has a bit of everything for everyone, in my opinion: angst, sweetness, a nasty ex and a cute kid all rolled up into a sexy romance between the MCs. Despite the shortness, the story is complete, and it is just one of those happily ever afters that makes you feel good.
The story moves quickly, as does the romance. I would love to see more of these two in about five years, if the author ever decides to expand or return to this verse.”
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Jennifer – The Harvest: Journeys End by M.A. Church – “In order to read this book, you really need to read the first one. Though many books in a series can work as a standalone, this one cannot. When I received this book to review, I had not read the first one (though another reviewer on this site did). Since the story seemed interesting to me, I did go out and purchase the first one to read in order to better understand this book.
I regret nothing.
The characters in this book are great. While Dale is the narrator and his relationship with Keyno does drive the story, it’s far more than that. There’s the friendly banter between Dale and Chad, the mutual respect between Dale and Cielo, the adorable John, and later, Kia. The characters clearly develop between the two books, and it was fascinating to see them all deal with the changes in their lives.”
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Lynn – Brothers LaFon by Joseph Lance Tonlet – “Wow, just wow. This is my first time reading this author and he’s got me hooked. I’m definitely going to be reading more from him in the future. This brotherly bond has to be, hands down, the most warped, heinous and blood curdling relationship I’ve ever read, and I loved every minute of it. I know, I’m warped, it’s okay.
This is a strong beginning of a series. The author does a great job of whetting the reader’s appetite and left me wanting more. I know this isn’t going to be for everyone, but for those like me who love a dark, gritty read, don’t miss out. Read. This. Now.
I will give a warning here, this isn’t for the faint of heart or those with triggers. There’s physical abuse, animal abuse/killing, incest and dub-con sex.
Find Lynn’s full review and buy links HERE
Kim – The Cop and the Geek by Cat Blaine – “Squeeeeeeee… Oh, I just fell in love with The Cop and the Geek! And I loved having to reread it so I could do this review. For a short story, The Cop and the Geek hit all my romance buttons. It’s well written, the characters well developed, and I’d love a sequel!
These kinds of stories just turn me into a cream puff.”
You can find Kim’s full review and buy links HERE
Lisa – Desdemona Darkly: When Mickey Met Hugh by Mathew Ortiz – “What Mathew Ortiz has done in Desdemona Darkly is written a believable opposites attract story filled with delightful characters, comical moments, and the truth about what it’s like to begin a new relationship, feeling things out and making things up as you go along, from deciding whether the toilet paper should roll over or under (and those passive-aggressive little battles to assert over/under toilet paper dominance) to working on their relationship and building a home from a place of equality. There are times when these two men say the wrong thing, do the wrong thing, but then they come to each other from a place of forgiveness, and it’s in those moments the author establishes the foundation for why Mickey and Hugh work as a couple. They know what they’ve stumbled into is worth hanging on to and fighting for. And, in Mickey’s case, it’s worth changing just a little bit for too, not because he’s being forced to but because he’s learned from his mistakes and isn’t bound to let history repeat itself.
As someone who doesn’t read much contemporary genre romance, I’m always excited when I take a chance on one and it pays off. Desdemona Darkly is a relationship book, at its heart, but what sets it apart from some other contemporary romances is that it’s funny and playful at times; at others, it tugs at your heartstrings and makes you want to go back and start reading it all over again because it’s just that satisfying to cheer Mickey and Hugh on. I was completely charmed by this book. It was a win, start to finish.”
Full review and buy links can be found HERE
And that does it for this month. Until next time, happy reading!