Sunday, May 31, 2015

ARC Review: Remarkable Restraint by Devon Rhodes

Remarkable Restraint  (Grad School Guys, #1)
From the blurb:
Chaz is finding it impossible to hide his attraction for his straight roommate, so he tries avoiding Justin until he leaves for the summer. He just has to get through a few more days, then he’ll be home free—at least until Justin comes back in a couple of months. Still, he firmly believes space between them is the best answer for now.

But Justin is not a man to be ignored. He’s known Chaz for almost a decade, and can tell when something is weighing on his mind. And being shut out is not acceptable, especially just when he’s finally ready to commit to more than friendship. When closer than usual proximity just before his trip to Central America turns up the heat between them, he takes matters into his own hands by restraining Chaz’s hands—and feet—until he gets some answers.

The results are explosive and more than either could have dreamt, but the abrupt shift in their relationship is almost impossible to reconcile in the short time they have left together. It will take remarkable restraint from both to find a way to weather the separation, stay friends…and to grow into something more.

Heather's rating:

Easy BDSM-light read with a friends-to-lovers theme. However, I don't think this is Devon Rhodes's best work.

The main couple here have been friends for ages, but through a lack of communication, have never admitted their sexualities to each other. They also have been in love with each other for a long time, but again, communication issues. I was NOT a big fan of the back and forth between them.

I think the best part of the story was the side plot between Chaz's friend Andy and his closeted cop lover. Now THAT was a story I was interested in reading! I also liked the mild BDSM elements, which were pretty hot. However, I don't think that Chaz and Justin's relationship seemed solid and I didn't fully get the "love" between them.

ARC Review: A Way Back to Then (Tales from Foster High #7) by Robert Halliwell

A Way Back To Then (Tales from Foster High, #7)

Snarky yet good-hearted Robbie DeCaro made his first appearance in the pages of Tales from Foster High: End of the Innocence, years after the loss of his first and only love. A New York transplant, Robbie now decides that his work is done in the town of Foster, and the time has come for him to leave Texas.

Returning to his childhood home on Long Island, Robbie reunites with his family members. Each using their own unique methods, they try in vain to help Robbie reset to a life he knew before he left it all for the fairy-tale love he found, then tragically lost.

As he remembers some of the darkest moments from his past, Robbie wonders if he’ll ever find the “after” in “happily ever after.”

Todd’s rating:

"Bitch mode unlocked." That's my favorite line from this entire book. : )

The line is not only telling as far as the type of dialogue delivered by Robbie, the quirky, bitter and devastated Foster transplant, but also of the general tone of book 7 of the "Tales of Foster High" series.

Robbie is a bit of a self-proclaimed cunt. But it's always best to know and embrace yourself, right? Well, he does and he isn't very good sugar coating anything, so he really doesn't try. Ever.

Book 7, "The Way Back to Then", is Robbie's story and chronicles a lot of back story from Robbie growing up, attending college, meeting Riley and all that follows.

If you enjoy books that help fill in why characters in a series behave the way that they have in previous books, then this is definitely a book for you.

When Kyle and Brad leave Foster for college in California, Robbie decides that his work in Foster is 'D.O.N.E.' and he needs to get the hell out of Dodge, finally able to leave without feeling like Foster has beaten him.

So he packs his bags and moves back to Long Island with his family. But Robbie's mind is still firmly planted in the past, with Riley, so he isn't really moving forward with his life.

That doesn't last long, though, as he runs into an old 'friend', then is set up on a disastrous blind date by his sister. From that point on, Robbie begins to actually heal and entertain thoughts of moving on with his life.

The book is very bitter and jaded, which I normally *hate* with a passion hotter than three suns, but the story is tinged with a ton of humor, so the book did still work for me and I highly recommend this entertaining read about moving on and finding your way back to yourself and happiness.

The book was well-written and well-paced, plus the almost instant connection between Robbie and Sebastian actually felt real, which I truly enjoyed.

One thing that still perplexes me about book 7 of the series is exactly why it was penned by Robert Halliwell, instead of John Goode, so if anyone has an answer to that question, please let me know.

Also, the story ends with an emergency back in Texas, where Robbie is poised to hop on the next plane back, which started to piss me off, due to the wait for book 8.

However, I checked and book 8 is to be released only a few weeks after this book comes out, so *whew* on that count. I'm not a big fan of 'the wait.' : )

This read was a solid 4.25 *tagged-squarely-in-the-junk* stars for me, so read it now, if you're all caught up on the previous books.

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ARC Review: Running with the Wind (Mermen of Ea #3) by Shira Anthony

Running with the WindBlurb:

With the final confrontation between the island and mainland Ea factions looming, Taren and Ian sail with Odhrán to investigate a lost colony of merfolk in the Eastern Lands. Upon their arrival, the King of Astenya welcomes them as friends. Odhrán, however, isn’t so quick to trust the descendent of the man who held him prisoner for nearly a decade, especially now that he has someone to cherish and protect—the mysterious winged boy he rescued from the depths.

Armed with the knowledge he believes will save the Ea, Taren returns to the mainland. With Ian at his side, Taren convinces Vurin that their people must unite with their island brethren before it’s too late. When Seria and his men attack, Taren must call upon the ancient power of the rune stone to protect his comrades. But using stone’s immeasurable power commands a hefty price—and Ian fears that price is Taren’s life.

Todd’s rating:

Shira's latest and final book in the Ea trilogy, "Running with the Wind" is no "Transformers: Age of Extinction," let me tell you.

Here's why...

The other day, I was sitting on the couch and that latest Transformers movie was on, with Michael Bay's 10 million explosions and more car crashes than the Religious Right has baseless excuses against gay marriage. About 5 minutes of that and...

I. Was. BORED. To. Fucking. Tears.

So, no, "Running with the Wind" is *thankfully* nothing at all like that mindless drivel.

"Running" is smart and fun, not to mention well-written. And, *gasp*, the intricate plot actually makes sense, so I was engrossed from start to finish.

No, the majority of the book is not centered around action. Instead, the complex world building from the two previous books continues here in the third. And I was thrilled.

We learn more of not only the history of the Ea, but also some of the myths behind where both dragons (DRAGONS, people!!!) and humans originated.

This book was as fascinating as it was entertaining.

There was no fighting for fighting's sake. No drama for drama's sake. This story didn't rush, but it was still tight and painted an amazingly rich picture. One from which I couldn't pull myself away.

And while there were both old and new friends in the book, with the story continuing on as Taren works to rescue his people from the evil Ea Council, much of my excitement surrounded Bastian, since being found after his rebirth as a fledgling dragon at the end of the second book.

A baby dragon. What's not to love, right???

Saturday, May 30, 2015

ARC Review: Enforcing Emory by Mickie B. Ashling

Olympic figure skater Emory Lowe falls in lust the moment he lays eyes on his new neighbor, hockey player Nikolai Vetrov. On the surface, Nik is a typical badass enforcer, intimidating and dangerous, on and off the ice. The only son of Ukrainian immigrants, Nik has been groomed from childhood to fulfill his father’s dreams of seeing him in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Igor guides his son toward that goal with a controlling—and abusive—hand, steering him clear of anyone who might ruin his chances.

Although Emory is the US National Figure Skating champion, he’s in-your-face gay, and his audacious persona rubs Nik and his family the wrong way. Raised by supportive and loving parents, Emory is Nik’s polar opposite in every way but one—his desire to succeed. Underneath the fluff and glitter beats the heart of a fierce competitor, and this side of Emory’s personality begins to close the distance between the two athletes.

While the attraction is one-sided in the beginning, Nik finds himself responding to Emory’s flirting. But before the incongruous pair have a chance at any sort of relationship, they must survive the pressures of career, separation, and most importantly, Igor’s ruthless homophobia.

Dani's rating:

The idea of a flamboyant figure skater and badass enforcer hockey player getting it on makes me all kinds of hot under the (metaphorical) collar.

Throw in a Slavic MC, and I'm pretty much ringing that bell!

The opposites attract theme worked well here, and there was enough steam (gay first-timer + two butt-sex virgins = FUCK YES!) to make me happy.

Enforcing Emory is YA/NA (lots of parental involvement, and Emory lives with his family), but contains adult themes.

Nik drove me crazy with his SUCK-MY-DICK-BUT-I'M-NOT-GAY denial. I get that he was deeply in the closet and scared of his own shadow since his dad is a crazy Ukrainian homophobe. Even so, I felt like he was using Emory (not that Emory was complaining).

Book Review: Ray of Sunlight by Brynn Stein

Ray of SunlightBlurb:

 Russ Michaels has his whole life ahead of him but no plans beyond dropping out of school as soon as he turns eighteen. He’s been in and out of juvenile detention for the last four years and thoroughly expects to end up in an adult penitentiary at some point. He hates life and everyone in it, especially this latest community service that he earned in lieu of juvie yet again.

CJ Calhoun has big plans. He wants to bring joy and happiness to sick and injured children for as long as he can by performing as a clown. The problem is, he has stage-four cancer and a horrible prognosis.

When circumstances throw these two polar opposites together, they find they have more in common than they imagined. CJ discovers Russ’s talent for art and arranges for Russ to create a mural in the hospital foyer, which leads to a tentative scholarship to the Art Institute. As life changes in ways neither of them could have expected, Russ must work harder than ever to better himself as CJ struggles with his deteriorating health.

Todd’s rating:

Gah, this book! It was extremely touching and utterly heartbreaking for me.

Seventeen year old, bisexual Russ is a very troubled teen, in and out of juvenile detention due to his anger at the world and lack of self-control. For his latest outburst of aggression, he's sentenced to 500 hours of community service at a children's hospital and he is not happy about that in the least.

Until he meets an upbeat clown named CJ.

CJ was beaten and kicked out of his home at 15 when his father found out that he was gay. Then, to add insult to injury, he's diagnosed with stage 3, inoperable cancer, which is how he ends up at Children's Hospital.

Russ is immediately drafted to help CJ with his clown shows that keep the kids in the oncology, burn and neurology wards both entertained and working on their physical therapy goals.

Then the strangest thing began to happen to Russ. He started actually caring, which hasn't happened for a very long time. And people begin genuinely caring about him in return.

As the boys get to know one another, Russ' angry, callous soul begins to heal, slowly, one hour of community service at a time.

CJ's influence in Russ' life changes everything for the better. Russ, the straight "F" student, gets a full ride scholarship to an art college and that's all due to CJ's prodding and help.

Eventually, the boys did become a couple, with the full support of everyone who's actually important in their lives, but then CJ's health began a steady slide toward the inevitable.

I don't feel like this is a spoiler, as the book made absolutely zero qualms about it, but I was a bit shocked that the story never offered even an ounce of hope for CJ's recovery. He was going to die. Period. And he did. At only 17. And it freaking killed me when it happened.

But it was oddly beautiful, and romantic, the way that it happened. We should all be so lucky, when that time finally comes.

Even before CJ's passing, there are *several* other scenes in the book that will either have you either tearing up or full on crying, but the CJ scene and the chapter that follows were ugly cries for me.

This story reminds me a lot of Fearless by Chris O'Guinn, which I actually preferred a bit more (READ IT NOW); however, unlike Fearless, which ended a bit abruptly for my tastes, Sunlight does sort of lead you through the grieving process, even providing an Epilogue.

Friday, May 29, 2015

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ARC Review: Love Spells by Mia Kerick

Strutting his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug orange tuxedo as this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon feels so very right to Chance César, and yet he knows it should feel so very wrong.

As far back as he can remember, Chance has been “caught between genders.” (It’s quite a touchy subject; so don’t ask him about it.) However, he does not question his sexual orientation. Chance has no doubt about his gayness—he is very much out of the closet at his rural New Hampshire high school, where the other students avoid the kid they refer to as “girl-boy.”

But at the local Harvest Moon Festival, when Chance, the Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper Donahue, the Pumpkin Carving King, sparks fly. So Chance sets out, with the help of his BFF, Emily, to make “Jazz” Donahue his man.

An article in an online women’s magazine, Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love with You (with a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure), becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart.

Quirky, comical, definitely flamboyant, and with an inner core of poignancy, Love Spell celebrates the diversity of a gender-fluid teen.

Dani's rating:

If you read and liked Mia Kerick’s The Red Sheet, Love Spells is a MUST read.

Told from Chance’s first person POV, Love Spells is funny, quirky, and poignant. Chance, a senior in high school, and his bestie, Emily, navigate love, pumpkin festivals, and bullies.

Chance wants the Pumpkin Carving King to fall for him. To succeed, Chance tries every trick he reads in an article about how to win a man’s heart … every one except the last: BE YOURSELF.

In an effort to make Jazz (Jasper to everyone but Chance) fall in love with him, Chance hams it up. He spritzes love potions (consisting of mixing several perfumes together), tells jokes, and tries too damn hard.

The problem is that Jazz, raising his little sister while his mom works, doesn’t want Chance the Life of the Party. He just wants Chance, a boy with a strong feminine side, a boy who isn’t afraid to strut around in high heels.

Chance, confused by his gender identity but comfortable with his boy parts, is a fabulous drag queen in the making. He talks in hashtags (internally AND aloud) and is a self-proclaimed drama queen.

Oh, Chance. I do love you, but you exhaust me.

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Love Spell

Publisher: Cool Dudes Publishing
Cover Artist: Louis C. Harris

Strutting his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug orange tuxedo as this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon feels so very right to Chance César, and yet he knows it should feel so very wrong.

As far back as he can remember, Chance has been “caught between genders.” (It’s quite a touchy subject; so don’t ask him about it.)
However, he does not question his sexual orientation. Chance has no doubt about his gayness—he is very much out of the closet at his rural New Hampshire high school, where the other students avoid the kid they refer to as “girl-boy.”
But at the local Harvest Moon Festival, when Chance, the Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper Donahue, the Pumpkin Carving King, sparks fly. So Chance sets out, with the help of his BFF, Emily, to make “Jazz” Donahue his man.

An article in an online women’s magazine, Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love with You (with a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure), becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart.

Quirky, comical, definitely flamboyant, and with an inner core of poignancy, Love Spell celebrates the diversity of a gender-fluid teen.


Not to say that I kept my phone basically right beneath my chin for the next four days, but I kept my phone basically right beneath my chin for the next four days. Yes, I was oh-so-pathetically waiting for his call, which I am aware fully explains the need for the phrase “get a life.” But Jazz hadn’t been at school on the Thursday or Friday after he had called and cancelled our playdate, and now it’s Sunday night, and I still haven’t heard from him. And although I’m frustrated that all of my elaborate plans to make him fall head over heels in love with moi have apparently tanked, I’m also growing genuinely concerned.
That’s when my cell phone, which I placed on my chest before I lay down on my now “love-spell-pink” wrapped mattress, starts singing Express Yourself.
“Yo.” I don’t check the number. It’s Emmy—who else would it be?
“Hi, Chance.” The deep voice is so not Emmy’s.
Yaaassss!!! This is what ninety-nine percent of my insides shout. One percent says quietly, “It’s about frigging time you called, asshole.”
But my voice is calm. “Jasper,” I say blandly. In my opinion, he hasn’t earned the right to be called Jazz any longer.
“Um, sorry, no. It’s Jazz.”
I try not to roll my eyes even though I know he won’t see, but it’s an epic fail. “Whatever.”
“I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch for a couple days. My mom’s been real sick. I was lookin’ after her, gettin’ her to the doctor, goin’ to the pharmacy, bringing JoJo back and forth to school, and stuff.”
“Mom caught JoJo’s strep throat and had to go to the ER because she couldn’t even swallow.” He stops talking for a second and then clears his voice. “Alls she could do was spit into a rag whenever she needed to swallow.”
Well, that’s definitely TMI, but I get the fucker-nelly revolting picture. “I’m sorry.”
“Not your fault, dude.”
And then there’s silence.
“Gonna take JoJo to the library after school tomorrow. But first I gotta stop by the cable company and pay up or we’re gonna lose our TV and internet at home. They already warned us like twice.”
“Want me to pick up Yolo at school and take her to the library?” I’m so freaking pissed off at him. Why am I offering to save his ass again?
“That’s cool of you to offer, but there’s a bus she can take to the library from her school. Could ya be waiting for her at the library, in case I get held up?”
“Of course.” I’m a Class A sucker.
“You’re such a cool pal.” Ugh—so not what I’m going for.
“I’m not gonna be at lunch tomorrow seein’ as I’ll probably be collecting my makeup work. So, I’ll see ya at the library. ‘Kay?”
I don’t say kkkk cuz it’s not even slightly cool. “Sure. The libes after school, it is.”
“Thank you, bro,” Jazz offers.
One more silence, and then I say, “Later.”
I have research to do.

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Blogtour: Would I Lie To You by Brad Vance

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Would I Lie To You?


Software billionaire Marc Julian’s orderly life is shattered one night by a cyber-intrusion into his company’s servers. He’s always surrounded himself with the best people, but finding the culprit behind this might require a real expert...and sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief.

Jesse Winchester and his team of “grey hat” hackers are suddenly available to Marc. Marc doesn’t know if he should trust Jesse with the keys to his company’s kingdom. After all, Jesse’s a convicted felon, sent to prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. A felon sentenced to thirty-five years in prison, who mysteriously served only three years before being released…

Marc’s first company, his whole life, was shattered because he trusted the wrong person. This time there’s even more at stake, but few other options. Especially when his evil enemies, the billionaire industrialist Krom brothers, are revealed to be the source of the intrusion.

Is Jesse there to help Marc, or does he have his own history with the Kroms, his own score to settle? As Jesse and Marc spend more time together, their growing intimacy is at war with their need to win their respective battles. Soon the game they start to play with each other, against each other, becomes more exciting, more exquisitely frustrating…and more dangerous.


He’d made a mistake with Marc. He’d thought they could play a game together, to pass the time, let off steam, release stress. Marc was smart enough to know that that’s all it was.


But the look on his face, when Jesse said goodbye… The shock. The disappointment. The…

Say it. The hurt. That was when Jesse knew that for Marc, it had been more.

That was when Jesse knew that it had been more for him, too.

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Thank you! Glad to be here.

Do you have pictures that you use for your characters? Can you share them with us?

That’s easy for Jesse, he’s the guy on the cover of the book! Daniel Sobieray, the model, just popped out at me on one of the stock photo sites. I’ve been a downloading fool, using up all my credits to get more and more pix of him. He is my Jesse, Jesse emerged from looking at Daniel.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Author Of the Month - Andrew Grey - Grand Finale

Welcome to our Grand Finale celebrations for the exceptionally talented

Today we're bringing you all the info about the Farm series, plus our Q&A with Andrew, and one final chance to win one of his awesome books!



Geoff is in the city, living the gay life to the hilt, when his father's death convinces him to return to the family farm. Discovering a young Amish man asleep in his barn, Geoff learns that Eli is spending a year away from the community before accepting baptism into the church. Despite their mutual attraction, Geoff is determined not to become involved with him, but Eli has discovered that Geoff shares his feelings and begins to court him, neatly capturing first Geoff's attention and then his heart.

Their budding relationship is threatened by closed-minded, gossipy relatives and the society at large, a whole new world to Eli, and he must decide whether to return to the community, his family, and the world and future he knows or to stay with Geoff and have faith in the power of love.


Geoff had to be at his office by eight on Monday morning, and he was nearly late. Unlike most of the past few weeks, he’d slept well and hadn’t spent Sunday night trolling for men. Arriving just in time, he quietly put his things away and booted up his PC, getting right to work. He’d gotten this job right out of college, working as a staff accountant for a chain of retail stores. He liked the work, and the people he worked with were nice, but most of them were older, and it was difficult to make friends. The one exception had been Raine. He’d met him the first day on the job, and they’d become fast friends. Unfortunately, he was the only real friend Geoff had made. Oh, there were acquaintances and people he went out with, but Raine was his only true friend, which made for a lonely life.

He was busy working on the accounts payable ledger, trying to find an imbalance, when heard a soft cough. “Geoff, Kenny would like to see you in his office.”

Kenny was the head of accounting, and when he summoned, you hopped to it. He was a nice guy but demanded punctuality from all his people, and being late when he called was viewed as a sign of disrespect.

An hour later Geoff returned with more mysteries to solve. This was what he loved, really loved. Numbers sang to him, and he had a talent for digging in and finding mistakes and imbalances no matter how small. In a very short time, he’d developed a reputation as someone who could locate small errors before they became big ones.

The one thing he didn’t like about his job was that it tended to be very solitary. He spent most of his days working with numbers and very little of his days working with people. He’d really like to do both.

At noon, Raine came to his cubicle, and the two of them had a quick lunch before heading to the company fitness center to work off some of the weekend’s excesses. Once they’d changed, they each got on a treadmill and started walking. The room was empty except for them, which was normal.

“I’m thinking of looking for a new job,” Raine mentioned.

“Why?” The thought sent chill through Geoff—what would he do without seeing Raine every day?

“I’m not going to go anywhere here. Kenny doesn’t really like me, so nothing is gonna happen for me.” Raine had been there a year longer than Geoff, but Geoff seemed to get better assignments and more recognition. Geoff didn’t know what to say, so he kept walking, increasing the pace of his machine. Raine must have seen the worried look on Geoff’s face. “Don’t worry, we’ll always be friends.”

“I know… it’s just that this place will be so dull without you.”

“Not that Kenny will see it that way, but it probably will be.” Modesty wasn’t one of Raine’s personality attributes. “You going out tonight?”

“No. I decided I’m going to cut back and find other things to do.” He’d been drinking way too much lately, and his liver and budget could both use a break. “Maybe tomorrow night.” One could stay inside just so much.

Raine started laughing. “You had me worried for a second.” They both laughed companionably and finished their workouts.

The small locker room was empty when they got done. Geoff stripped off his sweaty clothes and headed for a quick shower. He’d just started the water when he felt a snap on his butt. “Jesus!” His ass stung where Raine had towel-snapped him. Geoff twisted his towel and snapped it in retaliation, but Raine ducked out of the way. They were both laughing as Geoff climbed in the shower and rinsed off, rubbing his sore cheeks.

Getting out of the shower, he dried off and got dressed. Raine was waiting, and together they walked back to their work area.

Geoff went right back to work, combing the ledger for the error he knew was there… somewhere. He could hear the room buzzing, soft voices talking animatedly, but paid no attention. Rumors flew through the place with the speed of a bullet, but he made a special effort to stay out of the rumor mill.

He’d just found the error and was logging into the system to correct it when he heard a soft knock on his cubicle wall. It was Angela, the director of accounts payable.

“Geoff, I want to introduce you to Garrett Foster, the new AP manager.” Geoff stood up and greeted his new boss, extending his hand and looking into the man’s eyes. Jesus Christ… he almost pulled his hand back but restrained himself, checking that he was keeping his expression even.

“Good to meet you, Garrett.”

The tall blond flashed a brilliant smile, “Looking forward to working with you, Geoff.” Taking Geoff’s hand, he held it a little longer than he should have and then let go. Geoff had to stop himself from shivering. Then, with one of her bright, fake smiles, Angela led Garrett off to meet the rest of the team.

Geoff collapsed back into his chair, and a few minutes later Raine was standing in front of his desk. “Was that…?”

Geoff nodded slowly. “Mr. Vain himself, yup.”

Raine started to chuckle and covered his mouth with his hand to keep from laughing out loud. “Your boss is Mr. Vain.”

Geoff held his head in his hand. “Oh God, I knew this was going to catch up with me someday.”

Raine leaned close. “Who knew it would be so soon?” Raine gave him his best sympathetic look. “Sorry, man.” Then he was gone.

Geoff tried to concentrate but couldn’t. His new boss, Garrett Foster, was a guy he’d gone home with about a month earlier. They’d had a reasonably good time, but Garrett—at the time, his name was Phillip—had been a rather selfish lover. His bedroom was covered with mirrors! He and Raine called him Mr. Vain because the song was so about him. The man never passed a mirror he didn’t like. Geoff wasn’t interested in seeing him again, and Garrett being his boss was an added complication Geoff didn’t want.

At quitting time, Raine was at his desk right away, and Geoff packed up his things so they could leave as quickly as possible. “Wanna go for dinner?”

Geoff didn’t really feel like going anywhere. “I’m just going to go home.” You get what you put out.

“Then let’s get a pizza delivered and veg out.” Raine knew what Geoff needed, even if Geoff didn’t.

“Okay.” They made their way out of the building and back to Geoff’s place, where they ordered a pizza. They’d just finished eating when the phone rang.

“Geoff, it’s Len.” The man sounded choked up, and Geoff stiffened. “It’s about your dad.”

His father had been fighting cancer for a while, but the last time Geoff had spoken to him, he’d said he was feeling really good. “Do you need me to come home?” Geoff asked.

“Yes.” Len’s voice broke. “Geoff, he passed away.” He heard tears coming from the other end of the line, and he felt his own well up in his eyes as a huge lump swelled in his throat.

“I’ll be there as soon as I can.” Geoff hung up and turned to Raine, his lower lip quivering as he tried to maintain control of himself. “It’s my dad. He passed away this afternoon.” Raine pulled him to his chest and hugged him, letting Geoff cry on his shoulder.

Once the tears subsided, Raine spurred into action. “You need to get home. Are you gonna drive or fly?”

Geoff wiped his eyes on his sleeve, “I’d better drive. It’ll be just as fast.”

“Then we better get you packed. And don’t worry about work; I’ll talk to Kenny in the morning and tell him what happened. You can call him when you get a chance.” By the time Raine left, Geoff was packed, and the car was loaded. All he needed to do was call Len back and start driving first thing in the morning.

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Second in the series, LOVE MEANS...NO BOUNDARIES


Joey Sutherland has found a home with Geoff Laughton and his partner, Eli, living and working at the farm that has become a refuge after a motorcycle accident left him with a scarred face and a lot of insecurities. When Geoff's aunt Mari convinces them to take in a musician from the National Youth Symphony, Joey is reluctantly roped into picking him up, already anticipating the disgust he'll see on the man's face. But Robert Edward Jameson surprises him: he's outgoing and friendly, he's willing to try just about anything around the farm, and he's blind, which goes a long way toward easing Joey's nerves. Joey and Robbie become inseparable and discover the beginnings of love. But summer is coming to an end, and Robbie will return to his home in Mississippi, where his family and servants see to everything he could want or need. Joey can only hope Robbie will take a chance on love and escape the boundaries that have shaped his sightless life.

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Spurned by his father and driven from his home, Stone Hillyard is struggling to find shelter in the Michigan winter when he lucks upon the horse farm run by Geoff Laughton and his partner Eli. They take him in, warm him up, and give him a job working with their No Boundaries therapy riding program.

A drunk driver left Preston Harding unable to walk, and after months of hard work, his therapist recommends Geoff and Eli's program. But Preston's anger and arrogance nearly get him kicked out until Stone intercedes on his behalf, despite Preston's insults. It's a small act of kindness that helps open Preston's eyes.

Stone and Preston will support each other as they face their families' disapproval and fight old secrets. They'll learn-sometimes the hard way-just how love can mean freedom for them both.

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Fourth in the series, LOVE MEANS...NO FEAR


Raine Baumer is living the party life in Chicago, indulging in short relationships with little emotional commitment. But after he's severely injured in a gay bashing, close friend Geoff arrives to take him to the country to recuperate. There Geoff and his partner Eli treat him like part of the family, and Raine meets Jonah, Eli's brother, who is exploring life in the world outside his Amish community. Jonah and Raine's mutual attraction draws them together, but they may not have a chance to explore it. Jonah's father is making ultimatums, and the police believe that the attack on Raine may not have been as random as it initially appeared. Raine and Jonah will have to face what they fear most in order to have any chance at a life together.

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Coming at number 5, LOVE MEANS...FAMILY


Four months ago Robert Edward “Arie” Hawkins lost his sister and the rest of her family in a plane crash. Now his parents have decided it’s time for him to marry and carry on the family name. Arie knows it’s most likely the grief talking—especially from his mother, who’s taken to putting more than ice in her iced tea—so to escape Mississippi, Arie calls his best friend, Robbie, and arranges for a visit.

Life is always changing at the Michigan farm where Robbie lives. Owner Geoff Laughton and his partner, Eli, have started a therapeutic riding program and adopted a little boy, creating a family. It’s while feeding Jakey that Arie meets Officer Hunky.

Officer Hunky’s real name is Deputy Duane Keenan, and he has troubles of his own, but not enough to stop him from pursuing Arie. But Duane’s and Arie’s families are pulling them in opposite directions. Trying to build a connection to support their mutual attraction may prove to be more than difficult… it may be impossible.

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And sixth in the series, LOVE MEANS...NO LIMITS


Bart van Andren, aka Spider, has been running away from life with a lot of chemical help. When he wakes up in a hospital, he discovers he’s picked up a champion. Duane must see something in Bart no one else ever has, because he finds Bart a job at Laughton Farms, where the people show Bart kindness and patience. He might even kick his drug habit with a little help from his new friends Geoff, Eli, and especially Tyrone.

Tyrone Jackson works at the farm despite the disapproval of his traditional black family, who find it suspicious that he works with gay men. Tyrone knows he’s gay, and until now, he’s kept his home and work lives separate.

Though Tyrone resists his feelings for Bart as long as he can—he’s seen enough of the drug culture to last a lifetime—he can’t deny their attraction forever. But before he and Bart reach for more than friendship, Tyrone has to face his family and Bart has to close the door on his past—a past that could put Tyrone, the farm, and everyone he’s come to care for at risk.

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Seventh in the series, LOVE MEANS...PATIENCE


Years after his discharge from the Marines under “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” Cody Culver lives in a PTSD-induced world all his own. On a mission, under misconceptions that Geoff and Eli are the enemy, Cody breaks into their farmhouse but is quickly brought back to his senses by a frying pan to the head. After receiving much needed help in the hospital, Cody has nowhere to go. Luckily, kindhearted Eli knows just where to turn.

When Eli asks former Marine Brick Hunter to help, Brick isn’t sure he wants to get involved. But Brick has worked through his own PTSD, and like it or not, he owes Eli a favor. With Cody struggling to rejoin the real world and Brick agreeing to take him in, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought possible.

Though Cody tries to stay in the here and now, he sometimes flashes to unexplainable traumatic events—events that don’t fit his usual war zone delusions. As the “delusions” grow more frequent, it becomes apparent they might not be delusions at all. Cody may have actually witnessed a murder.

Sandra's review:

Not my first by this author, but my first from this series, an oversight I need to rectify.

Love Means... Patience starts out firmly inside the PTSD-confused mind of Cody Culver, a discharged soldier, who thinks he's executing a secret mission. When he breaks into the farmhouse of Geoff and Eli (a couple from a previous book in the series), he's stopped short by a frying pan to the head, taken to a hospital and finally gets the help he needs.

With no place to go for Cody, Eli turns to his neighbor Brick Hunter, a former Marine, who has the skills it takes to get Cody back on his feet.

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