Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Audio Tuesday with Jessie Potts

Hello all, welcome to another Audio Tuesday, and Jessie Potts is here again from the HEA blog to talk about some of her most recent audio finds that's she's really enjoyed. 

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This week there were soooo many releases that I couldn’t finish them all! Here are a few that I’m in the middle of listening to, I highly recommend using your credits on these! First we have a half fae inspector learning to work with a hot noob partner, a strong heroine matched with a brilliantly complex hero, and a retired solider dealing with PTSD. Get ready to treat your ears!

Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford narrated by Greg Tremblay
This audiobook is an amazing blend of action, fantasy and steam. Greg manages to perfectly capture Roku’s chaotic world of magic, darkness and what it means being an inspector in Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division. There’s so much fun and action I couldn’t multi task while listening to this one, I was so caught up! 

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Dim-Sum-Asylum-Audiobook/B0742K8V7C/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srImg?qid=1502659177&sr=1-1


 Beneath the Truth by Meghan March, narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York
I love multiple narrators and Andi and Sebastian are great playing off each other in this seventh book in the Beneath Series. The setting is New Orleans and for those of you waiting to see if Rhett finds his HEA, you won’t be disappointed. I’m so disappointed this series is ending, but dang it if Meghan doesn’t do an amazing job wrapping everything up. I will say you can read/listen to this as a standalone! 

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Beneath-the-Truth-Audiobook/B073FPWFHV?ref_=a_newreleas_c2_4_t


Friendly Fire by Cari Z. Narrated by Nick J. Russo
I love this narrator and Nick does an amazing job portraying Lennox with his PTSD and Elliot, who is so… obstinate! While sometimes you’ll find yourself wanting to slap Elliot, watching Lennox slowly learn to trust and relax while the sparks fly will definitely have this story fly by! 


   https://www.audible.com/pd/Mysteries-Thrillers/Friendly-Fire-Audiobook/B074N2QCZ4?ref_=a_newreleas_c2_1_t


There you have it, everyone have a wonderful week and if you get a chance to listen to audiobooks, these are some great ones. :)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Audio Tuesday



 Hey all, I'm excited to welcome Jessie Potts from the HEA blog to talk about some of her most recent audio finds that's she's really enjoyed. 

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Audiobooks are my favorite form of entertainment. We cut the cable cord a long time ago so my phone is constantly on with either the latest hot romance book or old favorites that I just can’t get enough of.  This week we have a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident, a cowboy who longs for a man of his own, a timid heroine who finds herself attracted to not one but two amazingly hot men, and finally a brilliant story that was the basis for a hit TV show. Get ready to treat your ears with these recs!


https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Accidental-Sire-Audiobook/B073WGV55B?ref=a_a_adblbes_c3_lProduct_1_4&pf_rd_p=2449196b-e46b-49f1-a88b-4da2b4e6dab2&pf_rd_r=TDJMS3T36XEV9MD86SVH&


Accidental Sire by Molly Harper narrated by Amanda Ronconi
This is the sixth book in the Half-Moon Hollow series, and if you don’t mind listening between the lines you can jump right in to Accidental Sire. For those of you who are more OCD the first book is Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs. Amanda is the perfect narrator for this hilarious comedy that starts with Ben the vampire, who has to figure out how to save his new girlfriend after a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident. Will he turn her into a denizen of the undead like himself? Will she even want to wake up to find herself thirsting for… blood? There’s steam, romance, comedy and a wealth of characters that will have you cracking up.




https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Cowboys-Dont-Ride-Unicorns-Audiobook/B0742GQSK8/ref=a_search_c4_1_5_srTtl?qid=1502150716&sr=1-5

Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns by Tara Lain, Narrated by K.C. Kelly
This is the sequel to Cowboys Don’t Come Out and Danny and Laurie are not only perfect for each other, but will have readers sighing over their romance and connection.  Besides the book having an adorable title, K.C.’s Texan accent is the perfect fit for Danny’s inner thoughts and desires. This wouldn’t be a Tara book without the feels though and there is a lot of growth, pain and catharsis.




https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Scared-of-Spiders-Audiobook/B074JFLRS3?ref_=a_newreleas_c2_12_t


Scared of Spiders by Eve Langlais, narrated by Alice Chapman
Eve Langlais has always been my go to for hot ménage books, especially if you’re craving something a little more paranormal in your manwhich (hah!). The main heroine Josie is a bit too timid for my taste, but Alice made me love her character more than I did when I was reading it. There’s a lot of romance building with a few very, very hot scenes, and what can I say I’m a fan of the Alpha and Beta relationship. The two guys really bring humor and strength to this trio.




https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Handmaids-Tale-Special-Edition-Audiobook/B06XFW9YZ5/ref=a_pd_Teens__c4_2_1_i?ie=UTF8&pf_rd_r=7M2XF1NPGJJ7AX3TAKKF&pf_rd_m=A2ZO8JX97D5MN9&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=detail-page&pf_rd_p=3004414202&pf_rd_s=center-4


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Claire Danes and full cast (Special Edition)
I definitely recommend getting the special edition because Margaret Atwood speaks to the listeners at the end, along with a brilliant essay by Valeria Martin. I must admit that I hadn’t read this book before watching The Hulu hit series, but soon became engrossed in June/Offred’s world. Margaret has a way of showing viewers her stories, giving details that enhance and magnify, rather than weigh down the narrative. Claire is by far the perfect voice for Offred. She brings the story to life on another level, and since I watch the show first all I could see was Elisabeth Moss (from the TV show) in my head. I can’t wait for season two, and this audiobook will not disappoint… especially the end with the future symposium!



Hope you enjoy!


 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Book of the Month and Giveaway: The July Books That Made Us Jump for Joy

Cheers, everyone! And welcome to a look at the books that rocked our socks in the month of July. As always, there’s a chance to win a couple of the titles we loved, so be sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.
And now, here they are, our July Books of the Month!


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JulesInto the Blue by Pene Henson – “Friends-to-lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes, so I’m always thrilled when I find one that’s done as well as this one was. From the beginning of the story, it’s obvious how deep Tai and Ollie’s friendship runs. Meeting as kids and quickly bonding over their shared love of surfing, they soon became an irreplaceable part of each other’s lives. Now in their early twenties, they live on the beach with Ollie’s little brother Jaime, Sunny, who they also grew up with, and Hannah. They are a ‘stitched together little family’. The guys might still surf every day, but the responsibility of taking care of Jaime, and their commitment to the girls, has so far kept them from their dream of chasing the best surf breaks in the world together. That is, until Ollie makes it into the Pipe Masters surfing competition, and gets another shot at fulfilling his dream of becoming a pro surfer. A dream he can only see coming true if Tai is with him.”

TazPoppy’s Secret by Andrew Grey – “What a read!

Poppy’s Secret by Andrew Grey was an emotional journey filled with real-life problems, presented through the raw and believable lives of the characters. If I were to grasp onto a theme for this book, I think of forgiveness, second chances, or chasing one’s dreams. All fit and are beautifully portrayed through a storyline that progresses smoothly. No words are wasted as the tale unfolds in a natural and, at times, nail-biting way. But you’ll have to read to the end for me to tell you the real theme that emerged as the strongest.”

MikePent Up by Damon Suede – “Things start to get dangerous for Ruben and his emotions. Andy meets up with his pursuers, and the whole situation explodes into a fast-paced collision of emotion, sex, and payback that becomes amazing fun for the listener. There is also the slow reveal into the mystery of who is after Andy, and that payoff is worth the wait as well. As usual, Damon Suede delivers a complete story, and the slow burn to its conclusion is worth the wait and the ride.

Buy this book because it’s Damon Suede and you know it will be an amazing ride with fully developed characters, but buy the audio for the complete immersion into Ruben and Andy’s world. You will not be sorry.”

MaryannBurning Boundaries by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham – “Before I started reading this book, I re-read the first book, Breathing Betrayal. I had forgotten how good it is, and Burning Boundaries is even better. The authors really draw you into the use of the elemental powers, and it’s just right, not overdone. They take Mari and Jake one step further with more detail and in the usage of the different elemental powers. There’s tension filled suspense, action and danger, and I want to warn readers that there is spanking scene, usage of a belt and a form of sexual abuse. I got sort of panicky about Mari and his wanting to be dominated, which wasn’t reflected in the first novel, so the change took me by surprise. But, he still deals with dyspareunia. I felt for Jake, he doesn’t ever want to hurt Mari, but Mari makes it clear he never wants sympathy. There are a lot of deep feelings expressed by both characters in what their needs are. I also like that the authors gave a more detailed look at Jake’s background and family, being Native American and Irish.”

KimBack to You by Chris Scully – “It’s been awhile since a book I was reading kept me up past my bedtime. And that’s exactly what Back to You did. If I didn’t have to go to work the next day, I would have finished this one in one sitting.

First, I want to say that I enjoyed Back to You. It’s well written and has more plot than romance. I felt the mystery was well done, because it kept me guessing until the very end! Alex was easy to connect to since it’s from his POV that one learns about his character and his past relationship with Benji.”

CarrieSaving Sebastian by Luna David – “Sebastian broke my heart. The strength that David put into this character is astounding. We learn about all the facets of Sebastian’s illness and what he has done to cope with it, all without it spiraling into a depressive state. The care that David took in creating Sebastian’s character comes through in the writing. He knows that he isn’t a long-term bet. As a rule, he keeps people at a distance. He has learned to exist within a carefully constructed world; it’s how he copes with his issues. He loves his job as a police sketch artist, but his part-time passion of tattooing over other people’s scars feeds his soul. As a submissive, he joined an exclusive club, and while it isn’t ideal, and no one has ever wanted him for anything more than a scene, that’s ok with him. Getting attached to people isn’t his forte, anyway. Oh, but the way that Gideon wraps him in his ropes makes Sebastian feel safe in a way that hasn’t ever happened before, and it makes him long for things he has long felt just weren’t for him.”

SammyWaiting for Walker by Robin Reardon – “Honestly, I am a bit overwhelmed even at the thought of writing the review for this amazing piece of fiction. Waiting for Walker by Robin Reardon is perhaps one of the most sensitive and compelling stories I have read, to this day, about intersex and gay youth. We get both an amazing education about what it means and feels to be intersex, and also walk away from this story with a keen awareness of what it looks like when teenagers confront their own doubts about their sexuality. We watch as two boys grapple with first love and what that means realistically and we are schooled on how our insensitivity and, yes, fears about physical differences have a devastating affect on those who live their lives, every day, dealing with a body that is both male and female, and how confusing that can be for them. However, beyond all that, we are given a rich and beautiful story about two teens who simply want to discover if they can love and be loved, and it is done so very well—written so brilliantly!”

LisaThe Layover by Roe Horvat – “Roe Horvat’s The Layover is a rather simple story, when it comes right down to it. What makes it so lovely, however, is very much that simplicity. It’s an intimate story, told in the first person by a man whose cynicism is anything but subtle. At thirty years old, Ondro is plenty jaded about life and relationships. He sees seduction as a challenge, sex the payoff, no strings attached. And it’s worked for him—to a certain extent—until a flight cancellation in Switzerland becomes the catalyst for the upheaval of his life.

The Layover is not only a beautifully crafted love story, it’s also an impressive debut and ensures I’ll be on the lookout for Horvat’s future work. Could it have been longer? Of course. Did it need to be longer? Absolutely not. This is a complete and character driven story that succeeds because of its characters. Ondro and Jamie’s romance is based in need and longing, thanks to an unplanned delay which caused their worlds to collide, but it’s the author’s skillful storytelling that convinces readers there are no two people who belong together more than they do. Gorgeous and emotionally gratifying in every way a romance should be.”

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And that does it for this month. Until next month, happy reading!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Spring Into Summer with Some Great Books and a Giveaway

Cheers, friends, and welcome back to another new month of Book of the Month picks from your fellow reading addicts at The Novel Approach!

We've got some great titles from the month of June, and, as always, there's a giveaway, so check out the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win two of this month's featured titles.

And now, here they are, our top picks.

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LindseyPast the Breakers by Lucie Archer – “As time progresses, Myles becomes more of a tangible ghost, and Casey helps him push his boundaries and learn of better ways to communicate. They develop a routine and help each other not to feel so alone and in doing so, fall for each other. Myles gives Casey the nudge he needed to get moving forward and not be stuck in the moment where his world fell apart. Casey helps clarify for Myles truths he didn’t want to face, and opens his eyes to the blinders he had on before he died...

Even though the mystery missed the mark for me, I was quite happy with how it worked out in the end, and found the characters were relatable. I loved watching them both grow from the shared experience, and was entertained by their dialogue and interactions. The balance between seriousness and humor was great for my mindset, and all in all, I found this to be an adorable story.”

MikeUntil You by TJ Klune – “Paul Auster and Vincent Taylor are finally doing it! They are getting married! But like true love, the course to the alter never runs true. There are bumps. Helena and the Homo Jock King continue to be deeply in love, much to Helena’s delight and chagrin. Daddy, from Jack It, has a boyfriend, and his nearly shy revelation will fill your heart. Mom and Pop Auster are overflowing with joy that their son is giving them a son-in-law they simply adore. Corey/Koree is along for the ride and casting sarcasms far and wide while encouraging Helena and Nana to be as zany as they have ever been. Nana and Johnny Depp are still finding ways to undermine every serious moment, and Johnny is still trying to convince the world Paul has been molesting him for years.

Armistead Maupin taught us we have a bio family and logical family. Klune gives us a logical family that doesn’t just work, it sparkles. By blood and adoption, this family is one everyone would want to be part of.”

CassieA Destiny of Dragons by TJ Klune – “There is just something special about Sam and co.—their shenanigans, their sass, their mis-adventures, their love for each other—it’s all so much fun. The Lightning-Struck Heart was a treat, and now the series (Tales from Verania) is set up to be the gift that keeps on giving in A Destiny of Dragons. Best of all, it’s got some length to it, which I always find super exciting. Thank you, TJ Klune!

So, all the things we loved about TLSH are alive and well in A Destiny of Dragons. The writing is hilarious and irreverent. It feels like both a send up of and an homage to the fantasy genre. I loved it, and frequently found myself cackling crazily while making my way through the story. The characters continue to be awesome, with deepening relationship dynamics for all—so clearly, some wrenches have to be thrown in there. The resulting tension sets off cascades of snark in all directions that are truly a joy to behold. And the glorious drama all plays out against Sam’s struggle with his destiny. The team, as a whole, is getting mobilized to address said destiny with Sam, and they strike out on the beginnings of the resultant Epic Quest™.”

BenVice City by S.A. Stovall – “As a lover of noir and crime fiction, I highly recommend this first book in what will hopefully be a very long and satisfying series. Our protagonist, Nick Pierce, was ‘saved’ from a life of poverty by the Vice family mob, and has single-mindedly worked for them as a head enforcer for twenty years, killing and torturing people for cold cash. He’s pretty good at what he does and has made some considerable money, but he lives a rather bleak existence: he has no friends, is most definitely an alcoholic, probably has issues with narcotics, and despite him being faithful to a fault, the entire Vice family treats him like a dog.

They throw money at him as a justification for tossing him into impossibly dangerous situations. For his efforts, he’s looked down on and called names. Along with cash, they bribe him with ass and push drugs on him. It’s clear the Vice family is going to use him up and spit him out. While some may see a successful and skillful businessman in Nick Pierce, I see a man who is merely waiting for the jig to be up. There’s no escaping. There’s nothing to escape to. Until Miles…”

DougBack Home by RJ Scott – “What Ms. Scott provides us is a beautiful journey of pure and honest connection. Whether the connection’s generated from anger, happiness, excitement, sorrow, or any number of other emotions, the narrative remained viscerally raw and very, very real. The power of the interactions between Kieran and Jordan is undeniable and compelling. With each new secret revealed to the other, each admission which took massive amounts of courage to share, these two men form a foundation that is unshakable.

There is an underlying plotline that serves as a backbone to move the story along, and I enjoyed watching the cast of characters interact. Whether sharing heartfelt moments or planning out a business strategy, each character served a purpose. And that purpose was creating a magnetic family unit, grounded in love and understanding. Adding the passion both Kieran and Jordan share for building things, and tossing in a deliciously hateful villain, there were moments when I found myself wishing bad things for the venomous character. This backdrop and side stories added to the ebb and flow of the story, providing breaks between deeply emotional scenes.”

JulesRiding with Brighton by Haven Francis – “I looooved Brighton. He’s funny, kind, smart, and self-assured, yet also has some lingering insecurities from his last relationship. His family is also totally amazing. It’s clear where he gets his wonderful traits and approach to life from. And, Jay…this kid blew me away. The stuff that came out of him during his day with Brighton showed so much depth and heart. He’s awesome. And, I also loved Jay’s dad so, so much. I guarantee that every single person who reads this book will fall in love with him.

I LOVED this book, you guys. It has a strong Ferris Bueller’s Day Off vibe, which was so fantastic and fun. And, reading it reminded me of reading Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, which is like the highest of compliments. Just that feeling, right from the get-go, that the author has nailed it. Mostly I couldn’t stop smiling and giggling the entire time, but I also cried at the end. There was so much humor and love in the story, and so many awww-inspiring moments; I truly, completely adored it. Haven Francis absolutely won me over with Brighton and Jay. It’s tough to write a YA/NA book with the authentic voice this one has. I have no doubt I’ll end up reading it again at some point.”

SammyEmpathy for a Killer by Sarah Masters – “Author Sarah Masters has written, perhaps, one of the most compelling psychological thrillers with her new release, Empathy for a Killer. Featuring a tightly wound detective who avoids emotional attachment like the plague, Masters uses both Burgess Varley and his partner, Shaw, to track down a twisted killer who is recreating a crime he committed nearly sixteen years previously. As the two go after their suspect, they come to terms with their long-suffering attraction for each other, and we get the chance to watch as Burgess begins to thaw emotionally, and embrace both the truth of his deep affections for Shaw and his past, which includes the impact his father’s death had on him and his mother.

With a slow building pace and a rather horrifying window into the criminal’s psyche, we watch as this incredible author describes how a serial killer emerges, and the impact his upbringing had on damaging him far beyond comprehension. We are taken inside the minds of each key player in this story while learning how deeply Shaw loves Burgess and will look beyond just about anything in order to be with him. Step by step we watch Burgess unfold, his phobias, his fears and his passion all surging to the surface the nearer he gets to discovering who the killer actually is, and how they are connected. But it is the interactions we experience with the killer himself that leave us both horrified and, yes, devastated that the man had suffered so much as a child.”

MaryannSpring Break by Elle Keaton – “Spring Break is a very emotional story of two men—one who carries the burden of fault for losing family, and the other who feels he can survive without companionship. Carroll Weir has been a favorite character since the beginning of the Accidental Roots series, and this story really brings out his entire personality. Sterling was a surprise; he’s really nurturing and knows how to take care of Weir.

Elle Keaton brings the characters of Skagit to life, and shows the support, love and humor that this small town shares. The plot itself has danger, action, mystery, money laundering, kidnapping and makes for a page-turner. With each installment, this series has gotten better and better. There are some new investigators who have come on the scene, and a few interesting surprises in the Epilogue-ish final bit of the book. The author has left me curious, as well—I don’t have any idea who will be featured in the next installment.”

CarrieShaded Chains by Jack L. Pyke – “Are you a fan of Jack L. Pyke? Even if you are not you will love this rework of a story she originally wrote back in 2014. The original name was His, but in this rework she has added depth to her characters, expanded the length some (even though it is still short), and given us a more rounded story.

This novella jumps in from the get-go, so be prepared to come up to speed fast on the dynamics between our MCs, and the stumbling blocks in their lives. Even though the story is short, you come away feeling like you have known these men for quite some time. Pyke gives us a beginning, middle and end in this novella while conveying a sense of time before and time after the snapshot we see. The pacing is done well, and the intensity between the MCs is more ramped up in this rework.”

LisaStoker & Bash: The Fangs of Scavo by Selina Kray – “I loved every single thing about this book: Kray’s voice and gift for grounding the reader in the time and place; the mystery and the story of the fangs; the way she introduced and then layered her characters until they became real and fascinating and diverse people within the framework of their story. Most of all, though, I loved the evolution of Kip’s character. He’s often described as unremarkable, but so is everyone when compared to Bash, and his history is fascinating, especially when it comes to a past that haunts him. Tim’s efforts to smother and squash his attraction to Hiero was as touching as his denial that any sort of future, never mind happiness, with the beautiful and enigmatic and confounding man could be for a man such as him. 

Kray writes with such grace and substance, which made this book a pleasure to get lost in for a while. And anyone who invokes Wilde (he had to get his inspiration from somewhere!) is doing everything right in my book.”

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And that does it for this month. Until next time, happy reading!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Some Great Reads and a Giveaway to End the Merry Month of May!

Cheers, fellow reading addicts, and welcome to Mary's Place! We at The Novel Approach are chuffed to bits to be back again this month to share some of the books we read, reviewed, and loved in the month of May.

As always, we're also giving away some e-copies from the list, and because it's my birthday, I'm throwing in a little something extra, so be sure to check out the details and how to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. :)

And now, here's a look at what we loved this month!

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CarrieLaurent and the Beast by K.A. Merrikan – “Where do I start with this book? There are so many deliciously twisted, audaciously maniacal things inside its pages. The constant dichotomy of good vs evil, beautiful vs ugly, happy vs sad, moral vs immoral, love vs hate, gothic vs modern day… I could go on. This book draws you in and, frankly, if eating, sleeping and going to work were not necessary elements in my life, I would have gone cover-to-cover despite the length. As it was, I finished it at 3:30 in the morning—I was a zombie at work the next day, but it was soooo worth it. Think Beauty and Beast meets Sons of Anarchy, with time travel, demonic manipulation, questionable lineage and morally ambiguous MCs.”

CassieWhen All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock – “I have really complex feelings about how to sum up my experience of this book. It was very hard for me to finish. Not because it wasn’t good—it’s excellent—but because it’s very intense. You can feel the desperation Daniel lives in daily. He hardly sleeps, for very good reason, and the shattering emotional toll that takes on him is so tangible it’s practically another main character in the book. As a reader, I felt like I was experiencing some of Daniel’s psychosis right alongside him. For much of the book, it seems like there are no good choices for him anywhere, and the sense of suffocation is acute. It charges Bel and Daniel’s relationship with this electric, nearly manic, sense of urgency. It’s a lot of pressure to put on something so new, and watching the two men navigate that is tense. You want it to work SO. BADLY.”

JulesEnemies of the State by Tal Bauer – “Tal Bauer obviously has a talent for writing a political thriller. The action, as I said, was heart-stopping at times; but this was not solely a plot-driven story. Bauer also has a huge talent for writing characters. The character development was fantastic. Jack and Ethan’s personalities—their desires, their histories, their fears—drive the story just as much as what is going on in the world. I love them both immensely. And, I love how the author handles the topic of Jack’s sexual identity. It’s never labeled as such, but it’s obvious that Bauer wrote Jack as demisexual. I just love how Jack sees himself, and how he comes to the realization that he is in love with Ethan, but refuses to be defined or put in a box. So good.”

KyFalse Start by Sloan Johnson – “When I started reading this book, I wasn’t prepared for such an emotional story. I’m not talking about romantic stuff here. I’m talking about the harsh reality that some retired players have to face as a result of all the brutal hits they took while on the field—the possibility that some of the injuries they suffered years ago can come back and haunt them long after they occurred and were perceived as healed.

Even though it wasn’t one of the MCs that suffered from his time on the field, it was still a very big part of the story, and it set the mood for the book. The romance between Nixon and Lincoln took a back seat, and the second half of the story focused on how a retired player and the people closest to him coped with the effects that multiple and poorly treated concussions had on him.”

SadonnaTall, Dark, and Deported by Bru Baker – “This story was adorable! I loved Mateus’s pure heart and Crawford’s wounded heart. Crawford has put so much into his career, and he has found out, after many years, that his boss doesn’t really respect that about him, when his boss forces him into an uncomfortable position and doesn’t care one bit about Crawford’s feelings. Both guys have super families that add a lot of color to the story. Crawford’s ex, Davis, is a bit of an ass, and it’s great that Mateus and Crawford are able to unbalance him. I had only read shorter stories from this author before, but I’ll be looking for more of her writing.”

MaryannRisky Behavior by L.A. Witt and Cari Z. – “Risky Behavior is a very good collaboration by L.A. Witt and Cari Z. Andreas and Darren are two opposite characters, but I liked their chemistry and how they interacted with each other. With Darren, there is a very warm and supportive family vibe to the plot.

I like that there is a solid story surrounding police procedures and investigation. The authors created a drama with danger, corruption, political intrigue, and intolerance. Two important issues also addressed are HIV and Alzheimer’s. This is a really great start to a series, and I’m so glad L.A. Witt and Cari Z. got together for this. I’m looking forward to book two in the Bad Behavior series.”

LisaIdyll Threats by Stephanie Gayle – “Idyll Threats is excellent, right up there among some of the best I’ve read in the genre; the story of a Chief of Police who happens to be gay, and how that part of the whole of himself affects and informs his role in the place he can’t call home. And yet, is the only place he has to be. The reveals parsed out through the story about who Tom is, where he came from, and how he got to be where he is, are as much a part of the mystery as the murder itself. The solving of the crime and the capturing of the killer is just fantastic and came together in a way that was shocking as well as believable. Gayle’s prose drew me in with little to no effort, and her characters are imperfect and real.

If you’re a mystery fan, I can’t recommend this book enough, and can’t tell you how excited I am for the release of Idyll Fears in September.”

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And that does it for this month, friends. Until next time, happy reading! 

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