Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Review: Sight Unseen, by Susan Mac Nicol

From the blurb:

Tragedy brings together a reserved but brilliant sculptor and an outgoing gallery owner, friends whose love was sidetracked—but was always meant to be deeper. BLINDSIDED SoCal natives, Nate and Cody have been friends since childhood. Both knew they were different—and the same. At seventeen, a stolen weekend in the Florida Keys drove their connection deeper and hotter than either could imagine. They were meant to be together. Then, for reasons only Nate knows, suddenly they weren’t. They’re still friends. Best friends. But they’ve moved on and found other partners. The yearning remains, however, despite the long-ago secret that drove them apart, and when tragedy strikes, both men find themselves in the dark. They must grope their way back to who and what they are...which they will find in each other’s arms. Sometimes, losing one’s sight can open one’s eyes—and heart.

AnnaLund's rating:

Loved, just loved this.
Loved the language, loved the story, and loved the way life goes on, only differently.

So happy to see that there were no quick fixes, and no miraculous come backs, only a hard-earned struggle to make life work again.

Kudos, author, you did a great job.
We need more books like this one.
Simply loved it.

*** Bought this book with my own monies ***

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ARC Review: Until You (At First Sight, #3) by T.J. Klune

Sequel to The Queen & the Homo Jock King

Together with their families and friends

Paul Auster


Vincent Taylor

request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage.

Jewel's rating:

Dearly beloved...

If there is one phrase that can be used to describe the wedding of Paul Auster and Vince Taylor (and the events leading up to that momentous occasion), it is hilariously awkward. Truly, this is comedy gold. If there is one thing I really need right now, here in these (not so) United States in 2017, it is some laughter from the soul. TJ's over the top humor style exactly fits the bill.

What I love about this series is...well, everything, really. Paul and Vince have a supremely awesome group of friends (and relatives) and all of them take part in making my stomach hurt from all the laughter. Daddy and Corey/Kori especially. And Helena in all her glory!

Until You documents the events leading up to the wedding of Paul and Vince in the most hilarious way possible, from the funniest blowjob scene I've ever read  (seriously, I will never look at office supplies...or cheesecake...the same again), to a bachelor party that had me in tears (from laughter, of course) -- seriously, just wait until you read about Sexy Paul. O.M.G. And that doesn't even cover the wedding itself. Or the many broments in the company of Sandy and Corey.

ARC Review: After the Romance Novel (Before...and After #1) by Susan Laine

After the Romance Novel (Before...and After, #1)
Romance novels always end with a happy ever after. Right?

Evan and Adam are best friends, but they don’t know everything about each other. For one thing, Adam doesn’t know Evan writes and publishes gay romance novels until he discovers one while snooping on Evan’s laptop.

This revelation changes their relationship in ways neither could’ve imagined. Adam’s reaction to reading Evan’s stories is not what he expected, nor is the new way he’s looking at his lifelong pal. After all, Adam is straight, or so he’s always thought, and that is what Evan believes about Adam as well.

When Evan admits he might be bisexual, Adam suggests he try dating girls to find out for sure, but when Evan follows his advice, Adam is caught off guard by his feelings of jealousy. And when the date proves Evan isn’t bisexual, but gay, Evan’s request that Adam find him a guy might be the last straw.

How can Adam admit he wants that guy to be him? His epiphany will either end their relationship—or change it into something wonderful in their very own friends-to-lovers romance.

Todd's rating:

This short YA read follows the story of two 17 y.o. best friends redefining what they mean to one another after Adam discovers that Evan has been publishing erotic romance novels. But not just any erotic romance, but gay erotic romance.

And, oh yeah, Evan is bi. Well, maybe bi. Okay, straight up gay. And hoping to date. Other guys, much to Adam's chagrin.

Unlike a lot of YA that I've read, the MC's in this one read as pretty young and a bit immature. Plus, the book fell back on The Big Misunderstanding as one of its driving plot devices.

Yet, in spite of that, I have to admit that I did still enjoy this light and fluffy, if not a bit melodramatic tale, with raging jealousy and fleeing the restaurant during their first date.

Release Blitz: After The Fire by Felice Stevens

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After The Fire by Felice Stevens

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A single bullet destroyed the dreams of Dr. Jordan Peterson. With his lover dead, Jordan descends into an endless spiral of self-destruction that nearly costs him his friends, his career, and his life. When Jordan finds himself working closely with the aloof Lucas Conover, the investment banker’s mysterious past and unexpected kindness shocks him back into a life and emotions he’d thought lost forever.
The betrayal by the foster brother he’d worshiped taught Lucas Conover never to trust or believe in anyone. Living a solitary life couldn’t free him of the nightmare of his former life; it reinforced his belief that he would never fall in love. When the death of one of his clients forces him to work closely with Dr. Jordan Peterson, he meets a person whose suffering exceeds his own. Though Jordan rejects his effort to help, something within Luke pushes him discover more about the first man to ever get under his skin.

As Luke lets down his guard and Jordan lets go of his pain, desire takes control. Each man must come to terms with past struggles if they are to create a future together. And learning to trust in themselves and love again after tragedy and a lifetime of pain may be the only thing that saves them in the end.



“It’s only been nine months. God almighty, did you expect me to forget him already?” Horrified, Jordan swept his hand across the table, sending the empty bottles and food containers crashing to the floor. “Keith and I were together for almost four years. You haven’t even been with Ash a year; could you forget him so easily? Stop pressuring me to move on with my life. It’s over for me. There will never be anyone else.”

“So you plan on drinking yourself into an early grave, losing your job and quite possibly your friends along the way?” Drew placed a hand on his arm. “I don’t think Keith would expect you to mourn him forever.”

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