Thursday, April 30, 2015

ARC Review: Ever The Same by B.A. Tortuga


Ever the Same - B.A. Tortuga
Blurb:

Audie Barrack is in it up to his elbows with a sick calf when his son’s school calls. Seems Grainger has gotten into yet another fight. When he walks into the principal’s office, he’s shocked to find his son has been fighting with a little girl named Randi.

A little girl with one blind dad and one dad who recently passed away.

Goddammit.

Dixon has lost his sight, his career, and his husband. Thank God for his brothers, Momma and Daddy, and his little girl, or he would simply give up. The last thing he needs is for Randi to start trouble at school, especially trouble that puts him in contact with another dad who might expect him to be a functional human being.

Dixon is struggling to live as a blind man, Audie is terrified someone might see he has a closet to come out of, and everyone from the school to both men’s families is worried for the men and their children. Unless they get themselves together and commit to change, neither of them stands a chance.



Sandra's review:





This book had me in its grips from the start! Lonesome, gay, single dad, who's been hiding his sexuality for most of his life, meets lonesome, gay, widowed single dad, and sparks fly from the get-go.

Called into the principal's office because their kids have been fighting with each other, Audie, the closeted single dad, meets Dixon, who because of a horrible car accident not only lost his beloved husband, but also his sight.

Audie is a great character. Loving and caring, he realizes quickly that Randi (Dixon's daughter) is only lashing out because of her pain, and does what he can to help. He doesn't expect to fall in love, doesn't quite know how to get out from under his mother's thumb. He's in the closet, more or less, and has little hope to make a better life for himself and his son, Grainger. He is humble, straight-forward, but also resigned to his lot in life.

Dixon is a bit more complicated, but what really stood out for me is the fact that he's basically given up. He's lost his husband, and he can't seem to find the will to make things easier for him. He's living with his parents and his youngest brother, and initially struck me as mad at the world and hindering himself from moving forward. He seemed stuck.

The kids were a breath of fresh air. So often authors make them precocious and wiser than their years, but here all we get are two realistic children, who act their age. They were the catalyst to Audie meeting Dixon, but also the glue that kept them together, to explore the relationship we see unfolding before our eyes.

Of course, nothing is easy for either of them, but they learn quickly that working together makes things easier on both of them.

I really liked how the author made it very clear that Dixon is torn between the love he still feels for his deceased spouse and the new feelings Audie is waking in him. I liked that they didn't immediately fall into bed, that they made their kids a priority, that they had honest conversations, and nothing smacked of insta-love.

I also liked that for every step forward Dixon took, someone was trying to discourage him - as if they wanted him to stay stuck. I saw too much pity and not enough support from his family, but the two men face the challenges head-on, and eventually get to where they want to be.

Bookblast: How It Was Supposed To Be by Jayson James



Today we welcome Jayson James with 


How It Was Supposed To Be



Blurb:

The Kennicott’s were living the carefree life of an upper middle class family. That was until one day when his father arrives home from work and shares the company he has worked for since he was Reese’s age has gone out of business. Adding to the stress of being out of work for the worst time is the worst economic downturn the United States has ever faced. It does not take long for the Kennicotts to fall behind in their bills and lose everything.

Reese Kennicott had everything he could ever want and life was good. He worked a part time job to have extra money and to socialize. Now he is working all the hours he can get in order to help his family get by, which isn’t much. Reese is now dating the guy of his dreams, he along with his friends seem to be the only stable thing going for him.

Hope finally comes with a new job that will take the family across the country. This means for Reese giving up his lifelong friends, his new boyfriend and life as he’s always known it. The family takes with them what they can and begins on a road trip to their new life. Along the way, they encounter several barriers and hope begins to fade. Each day things look bleaker and the Kennicott’s begin to wonder if they are going to make it to their destination.


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Excerpt:


A few days later Cruz caught Reese on his way out to the parking lot after school. He appeared so smug and at the same time seemed so debonair as he approached Reese. When he was close enough, he looked around, perhaps to make sure there was no one in ear shot. There was no greeting from Cruz before he asked, “Relationship troubles?”

He responded, “You mean Morgan?” Cruz nodded his head as if telling him duh. “We’re only friends.”

“Oh.” Cruz shrugged, “So he’s not gay then?”

“No he’s not gay.” Reese did not feel it was his place to share Morgan’s bisexuality.

Cruz stared at him, only perpetuating Reese’s discomfort. “You’re gay though?”

“Yes. You’re gay too?” He figured fair was fair.

Nodding in agreement, Cruz asked, “Do you have a boyfriend?”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Review: Breaking Saint Jude by Nikki Godwin


Breaking Saint Jude - Nikki Godwin
Blurb:

When sixteen-year-old Jude Calvert sets out to steal stained glass from a broken cathedral window, he finds more than shards of red. He finds Max Rangel - his eye candy from his new LGBT support group - hauling a giraffe carcass across an abandoned part of town with a pack of guys. And he still accepts Max's dinner invite a few days later.

Still, animal lover Jude can't get the giraffe out of his mind. It doesn't take long for him to confront Max, who gives him partial answers and introduces him to a secret brotherhood of not-so-typical game hunters. Unable to tell his mom (the savior of black cats everywhere) or his dad (the zoo's head veterinarian) and unwilling to go back to his overbearing therapist, Jude quickly finds himself sucked into the underground world of taxidermy, theft, and drug deals.

At first, he's willing to do anything for the brotherhood just because he's so thankful to belong to someone again after serious drama with his ex-clique and ex-boyfriend. But when his underground life collides with his life above, he realizes he may have bitten off more than even the biggest animal can chew.



Sandra's review:





This was my 2nd foray into the writings of Nikki Godwin, and where the first one was all about finding the courage to be yourself, this book was, while darker and morbid overall, about finding yourself and embracing being different. It's about learning to deal with loss in a way that may not make sense to others, but works for you.

Jude Calvert, teenager, is attending a support group for LGBTQ teens, after his first boyfriend (Drew) was yanked away by Drew's religious parents and sent to a conversion camp. The shame of that experience has broken Jude, and he copes by collecting stained glass pieces in all the colors of the rainbow.

He's a vegetarian, gay, and the son of the town zoo's veterinarian. Through his father, Jude is close to some of the animals at the zoo, and still mourning the loss of Lucy, a gorilla.

Jude meets Max in the group, admires the eye-candy, and then sees him again after dark, when Jude is stealing broken glass from an old church window that has been shattered. While crouching in the shadows, he observes Max hauling a dead giraffe into a warehouse, with a group of other young men.

The story immediately takes on a dark undertone, with stolen dead animals, taxidermy, and a drug dealer, who has his own story to tell. It isn't immediately clear to the reader what's going on, but as Jude is parts terrified and parts intrigued by what he observed, we begin to see the story unfold as he accepts a date with Max and meets Max's friends.

Bookblast: Lock & Key by T. Strange




Today we welcome T. Strange with 


Lock And Key




Blurb:

After meeting Terry at a motorcycle show, Gavin is sure he’s found the man of his dreams. While he’s fantasized about BDSM for years, Gavin has never had a play partner and Terry is happy to teach him. After playing together for a few months, Terry has to leave on a business trip. Terry gives Gavin the key to his apartment so Gavin can sleep in, but Gavin isn’t sure he’s ready for that level of commitment. While he likes and trusts Terry—and loves the kinky sex they have together—Gavin has to decide which he can’t give up: Terry, or his freedom.


Part one was originally published as Boots and Leather by Torquere Press.



Excerpt:


Weighed down by groceries and a bulging duffle bag, I rang Terry’s doorbell.

“It’s open!” he called.

I left the bag in the entryway so he wouldn’t see it and brought the groceries to the kitchen. He was wearing jeans, an apron and nothing else, and he was sexy as hell. I wanted him to ravish me, right there, right then, but he was busily stirring and chopping and other mysterious kitchen pursuits—I’m not much of a cook.

“Don’t come into the bedroom.” I kissed his shoulder.

“Sure.” He gave my butt a quick pat before turning back to his frying pan.

Making sure he wasn’t watching, I carried the heavy bag down the hall to Terry’s bedroom and started unpacking my goodies.

I’ve known I was interested in BDSM for a long time, though I’d never had a play partner of my very own before Terry. Every now and then I’d see something in an adult store or on a website that I just had to buy, for private use or the hope that I would eventually find a top to play with. “Every now and then” adds up over the years, and soon the bag wouldn’t be big enough to hold everything. I laid it all out on the bed so I could see everything and try to narrow down exactly what I wanted to do with Terry—or rather, have him do to me. As I pulled out each toy, I remembered the fantasy that had made me buy it.

Terry and I haven’t discussed roleplaying yet, and I was still too shy to mention it, and worried he’d think I was immature for wanting to play “let’s pretend”.

Simple was probably best. A scene that took too long to set up could use up all our energy before we’d actually played. I tossed almost everything back in the bag, except for my matching set of black leather wrist and ankle cuffs, and what had quickly become my favorite toy. It was a jockey bat; similar to a riding crop, but the leather tip was hard instead of flappy. Terry has used it in all sorts of ways—using it the way it was intended, flipping it around to hit me with the handle, striking my thighs or ass with the shaft like a cane, even holding it across the backs of my knees to pin me down.

“I’m ready,” I called.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ARC Review: Love Me Tomorrow by Ethan Day


Love Me Tomorrow - Ethan Day
Blurb:

Event planner Levi Goode is positioned to inherit the newly vacated throne, becoming the in-demand party planner for Wilde City’s elite. Years of hard work and perseverance are finally paying off as Levi lands his next big fish, working with socialite Julia Freeman-Kingsley. Distracted by work and dealing with his head strong mother, an ex-Vegas-showgirl suffering from debilitating health issues, Levi has his hands full. Time for love or even the occasional one-night stand, is one aspect of life Levi hasn’t been able to master.

Sparks of interest fly during a chance meeting with a paramedic called to the aid of his mother, and thanks to Ruby’s meddling, Levi finds himself on a movie-date with the handsome Paramedic Jake. Personal and professional worlds collide when Levi realizes his new love interest is actually Jake Freeman, estranged brother to his brand new client. Discovering the man of his dreams already has a boyfriend, leaves Levi stunned realizing any hopes he had for something more with Jake were never going to be anything more than wishful thinking.

Struggling to downshift his expectations and remain friends with Jake while continuing to work closely with Julia quickly consumes all of his time and attention. Wondering if there will ever be a special someone to love him, is where Levi’s love story begins.


Sandra's review:




Emotional cheating is still cheating. Having said that, I was okay with the cheating in this story, because I could see how hard both Jake and Levi fight against the attraction and the desire they have for each other.

The story starts out with Levi, a highly sought-after event planner, pulling off a charity event nearly flawlessly. There is a lot of info about the event itself, the business, Levi's friend/employee Valerie (who's the quintessential fag hag, OMG), which was a little on the dry side.

Levi is single and without any prospects. He spends his time between running his business, meeting with clients, and looking after his mother who has some severe health issues. These health issues are the reason Levi meets Jake, a paramedic, at his mother's house when she takes a fall.

The attraction between the two is immediate, and they meet for a movie shortly after. Nothing much happens, though Levi and Jake both appear to want something to happen.

A few days later, Levi is meeting with Julia Freeman, his next client. Jake turns out to be Julia's brother. And, it also turns out, Jake hasn't been quite open and honest with Levi about Jake's long-time boyfriend.

For Levi, things come to a screeching halt on the love interest front, because he refuses to go after a guy in a committed relationship.

The book is written with Ethan Day's usual humorous banter style, with lots of one-liners that made me giggle, but also smartly addresses the serious theme of cheating, in body and thought.

I liked that we got to see both men struggle with the emotions they're experiencing, with the guilt they're feeling, and how they fight the mutual attraction, but can't help falling in love anyway.

Most of the book is taken up with various situations in which Levi and Jake are in the same room for one reason or another, and start to learn more about each other, which only aids their emotional connection.

There were some supersweet moments, as well as some that made me angry with Jake and for Levi, who tried so hard to be a good person. I felt on occasion that Jake was trying to have his cake and eat it to, not willing to give up the sure thing he had in Victor for the unknown with Levi, but unable to stop from pursuing the man anyway.

Release Blitz: Twisted by Cynthia Eden



Twisted
(Lost Series, #2)
by Cynthia Eden







Blurb:

In the second seductive LOST novel from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden, an obsessed Last Option Search Team agent goes looking for trouble—and finds her in the Big Easy. 
Dean Bannon comes to New Orleans for one reason only: to track down a missing sixteen-year-old girl. That's before he meets the drop-dead gorgeous con artist who makes him want to lose his legendary control. 
With her past, Emma Castille doesn't claim to be psychic. She just notices things other people don't. Like the fear in a runaway's eyes—or the pain in an ex-FBI agent's heart. Her chemistry with Dean is blistering, but Emma follows her passion . . . not someone else's orders. 
Then a madman breaks into Emma's home and leaves a twisted message: You're next. Now Dean refuses to let her out of his sight until he pries every last secret from her full, sexy lips. And suddenly Emma's aching to give him everything he wants.




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Spotlight: Bloodletting by William D. Prystauk

Today we welcome William D. Prystauk and 

Bloodletting



Blurb:

Punk rocker and sadomasochist Denny Bowie, a “legwork guy” for a private investigation firm, is out to find the killer of five masochistic men and his childhood friend, fetish photographer Tommy Heat. He gets back with Penny Dallion, the Goth-girl of his dreams, and is enthralled by the hot and androgynous Erin Marr, his new boyfriend. While investigating Tommy’s murder, Denny discovers pictures missing from Tommy’s meticulous collection. These photos not only hold the key to the killer’s identity, but may also prove Penny’s involvement in the murders.
Embroiled in New York’s vibrant S&M subculture, Denny revisits old haunts: fetish clubs in Greenwich Village. With the killer getting closer with each passing hour, Denny’s time is running out.







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Monday, April 27, 2015

Book Review: Rise: A Gay Fairy Tale by Keira Andrews and Leta Blake


Blurb:
What happens when Jack meets a sexy man atop that beanstalk?

Rumors of treasure have long sent fortune hunters clambering up a magic beanstalk to a mysterious castle in the clouds. Survivors told of an evil giant who guards the gold and glittering jewels with savage strength. No sane man would dare risk the climb—but Jack has nothing left to lose. Shunned for his evil red hair and abandoned by his cruel lover, he’s desperate to escape his life.

Rion isn’t a giant, only a man bearing the burden of protecting his family’s legacy. It’s a lonely existence, but he’s duty bound. Then Jack appears, and Rion’s world is turned upside down. After a blazing confrontation, undeniable lust sparks. Isolated in the clouds, Jack and Rion give in to their desire and growing connection. But do they have the courage to let go of the past and follow their dreams?

Soon they must protect the treasure—and each other—from a new threat. And they have everything to lose.

This is a retold fairy tale with a twist. Previously published as Ascending Hearts; this version has been revised and expanded.

Dani's rating:




This is the kind of fairy tale your parents told you when you were a child, the kind with ogres, villains, and heroes; the kind where the hero finds True Love; and maybe there's even a kiss.

So, yes, this is that kind of fairy tale. But with sex. LOTS of dirty, grunting, sweaty sex between Jack of the flaming red hair and Rion the not-so-giant "giant" who has to protect his castle from Outsiders below.

This is very much a twist on Jack and the Beanstock, a story I don't particularly like. But Andrews and Blake's version?

Oh, YES, this one I like VERY MUCH.


ARC Review: Just Desserts (Tales of the Curious Cookbook) by Mary Calmes


Blurb:
Boone Walton has tried hard to create some distance between himself and his past. He's invested in his new life, his New Orleans art gallery, and his friendship with Scott Wren. Things finally seem to be settling down to normal, and Boone couldn’t be happier.

Chef Scott Wren wants much more than normal with Boone. He wants to raise things to the next level, but Boone is terrified—and not because of the ghost in Scott’s apartment or Scott’s relatives. No, Boone's past is about to pay him a visit, and the only thing that can get between Boone, Scott, and a hinky recipe for chocolate mousse found in a curious cookbook is the river of pain Boone had to swim across to get to this side of The Big Easy. There’s a secret behind the ingredients, though—one that might reveal the trust and love that have been missing from Boone’s life.


Dani's rating:





Hot damn, this is my favorite Calmes book since Frog.

The theme of MAGIC in cooking is perfectly executed. One of the MCs is a chef, and the story takes place in New Orleans, that place of spirits and haunts.

There is a (bitchy except to those she likes) ghost named Florence, traditional Japanese irezumi (a method of tattooing the body by hand), yakuza on the prowl, and two best friends missing the moment.

Boone, an art gallery owner, has loved and lost. Raised in Japan, Boone is a big, burly man, a little scary looking until he smiles.

Boone is the first-person narrator of the story, and it isn't until halfway through that we realize he's not a particularly reliable one.

Scott, the chef, is the light to Boone's growliness. Scott flits from man to man, filling his time.

His latest conquest is Daniel, a rather stuffy doctor, but the chocolate mousse for sorting (recipe courtesy of Granny B, of course!) that Scott prepares has something to say about that.


Behavior Problem (Outlaw MC 3) by James Cox


Blurb:
What if bad guys ruled the world and the good guys were the outlaws?

Deviant doesn’t do friendly. He’s had a hard life and it shows in his behavior. The Outlaw MC of Mars is starting to expand thanks to some tough women who want to change the law. In the government’s eyes, women are only needed for breeding. Deviant is volunteered to train them. What he doesn’t expect is to meet Tage. The handsome man blushes more than a hard spanked butt. And what a fine pair of cheeks he has. Deviant made a promise to himself. Never fall in love. That makes a man vulnerable to hurt, to loss, to become broken. So why does he feel this undeniable attraction to Tage?

Deviant doesn’t do romance or cuddling or any of that other shit. With a covert war against the government going on, the last thing he needs is a weakness.

Will the shy Tage bring the big badass biker to his knees?

Alex has no idea what's coming at him.

Dani's rating:




Let's feast on the cover for a minute, shall we? *moment of silence*

I'm totes digging those tats.

Now for the all important question: WHY, James, WHY? Why would you do that to Lover and Outlaw?

You see, something BAD happens at the beginning of this story to one of the MCs from Underneath His Armor. I was sure Behavior Problem would focus on setting right the wrong, but it didn't.

It left me hanging! *stomps feet*

I had a hard time focusing on Deviant and Tage's story because I was so distracted by the tragedy.

I dug Deviant, though. What's not to like? He's a brash, loud motherfucker who kills on the hover bike and fights against injustice.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

ARC Review: Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran

Fool Me Twice (Rules for the Reckless, #2)
From the blurb:

Sensible and lonely, Olivia Mather survives by her wits—and her strict policy of avoiding trouble. But when she realizes that the Duke of Marwick might hold the secrets of her family’s past, she does the unthinkable, infiltrating his household as a maid. She’ll clean his study and rifle through his papers looking for information.

Alastair de Grey has a single reason to live: vengeance. More beautiful than Lucifer, twice as feared, and thrice as cunning, he’ll use any weapon to punish those who fooled and betrayed him—even an impertinent maid who doesn’t know her place. But the more fascinated he becomes with the uppity redhead, the more dangerous his carefully designed plot becomes. For the one contingency he forgot to plan for was falling in love…and he cannot survive being fooled again.


Heather's rating:





I'm getting more and more into historical romance these days and branching out to try new-to-me authors, so I was excited to take a chance on this story. If you can get past the VERY slow start, you are in for a real treat. I found this book to be emotional, sexy, and smart, and the further I read the more I couldn't put it down.

I think part of the reason that this book was SO hard for me to get into was that I haven't read the first in the series. This book works well as a stand-alone, but it would have been helpful to know some of the background information from the first book. I also had to get used to the author's writing style. She is a little more... indirect in the way she writes. There is a lot for the reader to discover on his/her own, so you have to wade through a bit of text before you connect with the characters. But once I got there, I was there. I felt for both of the MCs and I was eagerly awaiting each page.

I loved that Alastair was NOT a rake. He was a one-woman kind of guy, and when he got scorned and cheated on by his first wife, he retreated into a very dark place. I liked that we got to see all the unpleasant sides of him, and that the romance was slow burn.

Book Review: My Zombie Boyfriend by T. Strange

My Zombie Boyfriend Blurb:
  Edward Grey is a medical student by day, necromancer by night. He lives alone with the first zombie he ever raised, his childhood cat, Boo. Edward’s life is simple: studying medicine, training his necromantic powers with his mentor, Mariel, and having weekly dinners with his parents. When he finds a very attractive corpse in a park and brings it home to reanimate, he creates a sassy, free-willed zombie who believes Edward is the one who murdered him.

With no memory of his former life, Edward names the zombie Kit and tries to win his trust. Kit slowly adjusts to his new un-life with Edward’s help, though he’s still suspicious of Edward’s role in his death and is convinced that Edward is hiding his former identity. Edward is very attracted to Kit, but understands why Kit doesn’t trust him. As they become closer to one another, Kit turns to Edward for comfort and love. The fragile trust they’ve built together will be tested when Kit unexpectedly regains his memory and seeks revenge on his murderers.
 Todd's rating:




Okay, after a recent string of zombie-related reads, I think I've finally gotten it out of my system.

This book was not your typical zombie tale, in that zombies are generally mindless flesh-eating machines and our undead hero this time around loved shopping WAY more than brains.

The story begins as Edward, an early-20's medical student, is walking by a park across the street from his house and happens upon the lifeless body of an extremely attractive young man. A young man covered in his own blood after being beaten to death.

Edward is also a necromancer and something about the young man touches Edward, inspiring him to drag the body home and work his magic to bring him back to life.

Kit, as Edward names him, after being reanimated, is not your typical lumbering, brain-dead lump of hot man-flesh. He immediately surprises Edward when Kit can speak and he begins to question what happened to him and how he got there. And, of course, who he was.

This book honestly felt more like Kit was an amnesia victim, instead of someone with a terminal case of the undeads. That was actually pretty refreshing and surprisingly entertaining.

Even in un-death, Kit is a fun, talkative and sassy label whore, who loves nothing more than 'retail therapy' to buy clothes or home furnishings. It was pretty funny, actually.

With a serious case of the slow burns, with only Edward ever really seeming to have any interest in being anything more than roommates, I was beginning to doubt if the book would really go there relationship-wise.

But as Edward and Kit got to know one another better, they did eventually get together, although I have to say they weren't the usual cuddly, lovey-dovey type that really cause my heart to beat when reading about them doing nothing more than doing the dishes together. That part felt a bit lacking to me, to be honest.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

ARC Review: Early to Rise by V.L. Locey

Early to Rise (Toms & Tabbies Tales #1)
From the blurb:
There are few things worse than being left at the altar by the man you thought loved you. Just ask Simon Wilder. He knows all about it. He also knows a thing or two about getting fired. It`s been a rotten week for Simon and making major life decisions during such turmoil may not be the wisest thing Simon has ever done. Or is it?

Packing up his clothes, his collection of Tony Orlando CD`s, and his cat, Sambuca, Simon leaves the hustle and bustle of Philadelphia behind and heads out to live on his uncle Tiberius` farm in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Starting over on the farm where he vacationed once as a child is a going to be just what the doctor ordered, as long as that doctor is the good-looking large animal veterinarian, Gentry Martin. Is a sexy country vet the cure for a love-sick city boy?


Heather's rating:





I sort of want to give this book bonus points for trying SO hard! It really, really wanted to be funny, but the humor mostly missed the mark for me. And the romance? Just didn't connect for me either. However, despite my issues, there was something somewhat charming about this one.

Early to Rise was a kooky attempt at a romantic comedy, with Simon hightailing it out of the city and into the country to try living with his uncle. It was part fish out of water, part comedy of errors, and sometimes the outrageousness of it all made me smile. However, moments like Simon constantly talking to his pig and the pig's responses made me cringe; just not my kind of humor.

Book Review: Diary of a Teenage Taxidermist by K.A. Merikan

Diary of a Teenage TaxidermistBlurb:

Ethan is a levelheaded, some might say ‘antisocial’, young artist-entrepreneur with a love for quirky taxidermy. He is close to graduating high school and at a crossroads. All he wants is to develop his business further, yet all his parents want is for him to go to law school. That is more than enough problems for Ethan, so any kind of love life is off his agenda. That is until Robert Hunter, the quarterback of the football team, comes crashing into him. Literally.

Robert drifts along in high school. He has good grades, he’s getting ready for med school, he’s even leaving potentially problematic dating until college. He’s gay, not ashamed of it, but he doesn’t want to stir up any trouble. His carefully laid plans might just go completely off the rails though, when he drinks too much at a party and causes irreversible damage to Ethan, the school’s weirdo.

Robert has to face the fact that maybe he isn’t the good guy he always considered himself to be. And maybe he doesn’t want to go to med school. And maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t actually want to wait with dating until college.





Todd’s rating:




Okay, I'll confess. I would have *never* read this book without first receiving recommendations from a few friends. Why?

1.) Sorry, but taxidermy is NOT SEXY. It's slicing the skin off of a dead animal, (mostly rats in this book, so even more ick factor) then sewing that skin onto a plastic form. Weird and creepy as crap, if you ask me.

2.) Other reviews told me that a main plot line of the book is that MC#1, Ethan, falls face-first on a big, sharp, pointy stick, which goes straight through his eyeball, causing him to lose the eye entirely. Ewww, right??? Again with the "NOT SEXY" bits.

But I still decided to (squeamishly) proceed and I'm pretty glad that I did.

What I really liked about this story was the level of devotion that Rob showed toward Ethan. Rob was a bit of a gang mentality jock as the story began, but knowing and getting to care for Ethan gave him courage to go all superhero and stand up for both his beloved Ethan and for who he really was, but had been hiding from everyone else.

Friday, April 24, 2015

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