Friday, August 17, 2018

ARC Review: Ghost's Dilemma (Ghost's Sight #2) by Morwen Navarre

Ghost's Dilemma (Witch's Apprentice #2)
Blurb:

Ghost is content to spend all his free time with Gerry. But scandal and hate surrounding Ghost’s appointment as the first male witch, along with a deadly epidemic, force Ghost to make choices that will separate him from his love.

Spurred on by a message from his mentor, Ghost embarks on a journey through mystical underground tunnels and lost civilizations to the frozen lands of his origin, seeking a way to neutralize the threat back home. While he struggles to find a balance between his duties as a witch and his calling as a seer, all Ghost really wants is to return to the haven he has found in Gerry’s arms.



Todd's rating:




While this story was fine, it wasn't until over 60% into the book that I became fully invested in the story.

Before that were all of the pages about Ghost discovering an illness in the village and trying to come up with a cure. I found these early parts of the book fairly boring and hard to care much about.

Then came word of a possible cure very far away in the Northlands, where Ghost's mentor, the Witch, had recently left to roam.

Once Ghost boarded the secret, underground transportation to the Northlands, my attention had officially been grabbed.

The series had previously taken place in what I'd consider a pre-industrial era setting, with everyone being hunters and gatherers, wearing pelts and drying meats to survive the harsh winters.

Then suddenly...   

[SPOILERS AHEAD]

Audio Book Review: Love You So Hard by Tara Lain

From The Blurb:
Listening Length: 2 hours and 55 minutes. 
Craig Elson's life has hit rock bottom. Even though he's one of the best strategic planners around, a more confident guy takes credit for his work, and despite being a good-looking man, he suffers insults from the slimiest creep at the bar. Taking care of his beloved mom, who has Alzheimer's, uses all his funds, leaving him in a plain, depressing car...and a plain, depressing life. 
Until he sees gorgeous grad student Jesse Randall and his T-shirt that reads "I Would Bottom You So Hard". The message seeps into Craig's soul, and he asks Jesse to teach him to top. 
Jesse's had his eye on the quiet hottie who comes into the coffee shop, and he's more than eager to perfect his tutoring. He sets out to get Craig a new job, a new apartment, and a new life so far outside plain and depressing that it's unrecognizable.The problem is, Craig loves his lessons - and his teacher - too much to want to graduate. How can Craig reach the top without losing his sassy bottom?

Karen's rating:




When Craig Elson gets passed over for a much deserved promotion it's the straw that breaks the camel's back and Craig takes it as a sign that he maybe should take a little vacation after all he hasn't done so in years so he's got the time and then some.

One of the first things that Craig does is he goes to his favorite coffee house so he can get a look at the 'hottie' with the tee shirt that says "I would bottom you so hard." something that no one's ever let Craig do and something that Craig spends a lot of times wanting to do with said hottie (otherwise known as Jesse). When Jesse approaches Craig the last thing that Craig figured would happen is that he'd ask Jesse to tutor him, but that's what he does...he pulls on his big boy pants and ask Jesse to tutor him on how to be a top and what follows is a warm, sweet, sometimes funny adventure of Jesse and Craig as Jesse helps Craig to become the top that he knows he can be.

First off I loved Jesse...he was just too freakin' cute for words...like this guy was seriously adorable and perky...I don't think I could handle him first thing in the morning...just sayin'.  Also on a random thought here, that I'm hoping someone who's more familiar with this authors works than I am can clarify for me. I'm somehow feeling like maybe we've met Jesse before...say, in one of the Laguna Beach stories? If you have a definite answer for me on this feel free to let me know in the comments, thanks.

And then there was Craig, I liked him...a lot! He was just so lacking in self esteem but he was also such a sweet guy. I loved how he was with his mom and really with everyone. What I didn't love was how some people took advantage of his sweet and unassuming nature but hey, what goes around comes around and I think in the end everyone got what they deserved especially Craig and Jesse...because they got each other.

Blogtour: Sky Full Of Mysteries - Rick R Reed







“Just One Look,” 
An Exclusive Excerpt from my alien abduction gay romance, 

SKY FULL OF MYSTERIES



A Guest Post by Rick R. Reed

The moment when two lovers first meet can be life-changing. It was no different from Cole and Rory in Sky Full of Mysteries. Read on for an introduction to the two and understand why it was so tragic when one of them vanishes….

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT


He sat heavily when he found an empty bench. He stared out at the pewter-colored water for a long time, letting his mind go blank. Because to think meant imagining things too horrible to contemplate.

When he did permit his mind to function again, a sliver of sun was emerging just above the water, and Cole allowed memory to take over. Just something sweet, something he could think about as a diversion—a way to escape the dread and fear that was eating into him.

The first time he saw Rory was at their gym.

They both belonged to the Bally’s in the Century City mall. It was a cruisy gym, and Cole ruefully thought of all the hookups he’d had as a result of being a member, one memorable one in the showers.

But when he’d been sitting on the abs machine that day not so long ago and spied Rory walking by on his way to one of the elliptical machines, very curiously, he didn’t feel lust. Not exactly.

Rory was almost comical. His shoes were all wrong. (Who wore an old pair of Sketchers leather bowling-style shoes to the gym?) He had on a pair of khaki Bermuda shorts and a Star Trek T-shirt. His reddish- brown hair was an unkempt mop, and his glasses screamed geek.

It was because Rory was so precisely the opposite of all the other pumped-up gym bunnies running around in their spandex and clinging nylon that he caught Cole’s eye. Some might say he looked pathetic, and Cole would have been inclined to agree. He’d also agree with those who might claim this doofus had never seen the inside of a gym, not only because of the ridiculously inappropriate attire, but also because of that skinny Ichabod Crane build. Behind the thick lenses of his glasses, Cole thought, was someone who looked completely lost.

But the urge Cole had upon seeing this stranger took him completely by surprise. He didn’t want to suppress a chuckle. He didn’t want to roll his eyes, as he saw a couple of other guys doing in the heavily gay club. He didn’t even want to maybe clue the guy in on a good pair of cross- trainers, Nike, maybe. Reebok?

No. He wanted to kiss him. Passionately. There was something so vulnerable and sweet about Rory that made Cole simply wanted to press his lips against Rory’s slightly puffy ones. He could imagine nothing more satisfying—not even sex.

He just wanted to kiss him. A kiss is never just a kiss.

Cole got up and followed him over to the elliptical, where he watched as Rory awkwardly mounted the machine and pondered its screen as though the words on it were written in code.

“Just press any one of the buttons to get the thing started.” Cole walked up beside Rory, heart hammering away, feeling a little flushed. He never felt this way when cruising other guys, not even when they were naked in the shower. He was always confident.

Maybe it was because he wanted to meet—no, kiss—this new guy so much that he was all flummoxed. Bamboozled. Atwitter. Maybe because these first few words were so important, determining, as they might, their whole future.

Rory regarded him, and Cole got his first look at that impish smile. And he was in love. Right then. Right there.

“What would I do without you?” Rory asked.

They ran into each other just outside the gym in Century City’s multileveled mall space, and since it was almost lunchtime, Cole invited him to ruin the effort of burning all those calories with a slice or two of pizza.

And Rory had said yes. He said yes after lunch when Cole asked him on a proper first date. He said yes when Cole asked if he could kiss him, right there on busy Clark Street. And he also eventually said yes to spending the night... again and again and again... until they put an end to the ruse of maintaining separate apartments and moved in together.

Now Cole stared out at the water, a horrible thought springing to mind. Are you in that water, Rory? Are its currents tossing you to and fro? Is your hair floating in its blue-green cold?

Cole shivered and stood up, banishing the thought from his mind. It was too horrible to contemplate.

The sun was full up above the lake now. It was time to go home and make some calls.



Length: 76,456 words

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Design: Reese Dante





Blurb
What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?

That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.

Where has Rory been all this time? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into the heavens? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.

Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.

Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars….



About the author:

Release Blitz: In The Shadows by TL Travis




Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Length: 202 pages
Social Sinners Series

Book 1 is the only book in the series that can be read as a stand-alone.
Book 1 – Behind the lights (MM) - Amazon US | Amazon UK - Currently only 99c
Book 2 – In the shadows (MM)
Book 3 – A heart divided (MMM)
Book 4 – Beyond the curtain (MM)
Book 5 – After the final curtain (MM/MMM)



Blurb

For Ricky “Stoli” Branson, the stars were on his side. Social Sinners was headlining their first sold out US tour. Radio stations across the states were playing their songs, and he’d won the heart of the man he loved.


Everything was going great, or so he foolishly believed...

When an accident has them burying one of their own and leaves another fighting for his life, Stoli questions his beliefs. Or lack thereof.

“Have faith,” his mother tells him. But how can you have faith in something that threatens to take away your only reason for breathing?





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