Wednesday, April 24, 2019

ARC Review : Family Camp (Daddy Dearest #1) by Eli Easton

Family Camp (Daddy Dearest, #1)Blurb
When Geo signs up for Family Camp, he envisions nature hikes, s’mores, and a chance to win over his recalcitrant new foster kids, Jayden and Lucy. He’s tried to become a dad for so long, and he hopes the three of them can be the family he’s always wanted. What he doesn’t anticipate is the prickly and gorgeous camp counselor who constantly comes to his rescue.

Travis spends a week every year at Camp Evermore, the camp his adoptive parents own. As a pro baseball player, his presence guarantees a full campground and excited campers. He has one rule: never, ever mess around with anyone at camp. His profession demands he stay in the closet. But one sweet and funny new dad is about to test all his resolve.

Sparks fly for Geo and Travis, and not because of the nightly campfire. Having been a foster kid himself, Travis is drawn to Geo’s sincerity and big heart and to his kids. The four of them just fit. But will this be a summer romance? Or can they find a way to be a family long after Family Camp is over?

Christelle's rating :




Yeah : the magic of Eli Easton worked again with this sweet, fluffy, low-angst MM romance featuring an athletic and sexy pro baseball player and a gay dad who just got custody of two children.

I sometimes feel like I’m not soft enough and it’s not easy for me to let my sappy side being mellowed while stopping my eye-rolling reflex. But once again, the characterization (no bad evil, no oh-so perfect people, just realistic people with MCs and secondary characters with enough flaws and strengths to root for them) and the distillation of nice and cozy sentiments were on spot for me : I swallowed that book. Of course, I didn’t mind the level of steam and the strong HEA on top of the rest, LOL !

So, what’s going here ? Well, Travis is a pro baseball player doing all he can to avoid anything that could jeopardize what he has : as an adopted kid, he relishes having found a huge family and is still scared he's not good enough and to be rejected. One of his habits is to spend one week at his parents’ family camp, being surrounded by his family, by appreciative Moms (don't think I can blame them, LOL) and many kids he makes sure have an entertaining time.

Spotlight: Gypsy's Rogue by Layla Dorine




Today we shine the spotlight on Layla Dorine and 

Gypsy's Rogue 



Blurb:

Growing up with a strictly religious father in a house with little joy, or love, left Grady Stoltz eager to get out. At the first opportunity that presented itself, they left home with a young man who swept them off their feet, used their preferred pronouns, and accepted that they were gender fluid and wished to shed the name Grady and all of the constraints of their former life. Dubbed Gypsy, they never expected to return to that farm or the rural community they’d been raised in, but life took some unexpected turns, and they found themselves returning four years later. A little older, a little wiser, and the new owner of a house full of memories and regrets.

Cleaning the place up is only the first step towards deciding if they wish to sell it, or if they wish to stay and try and make a life for themselves in a place they’ve never felt as if they belonged. Haunted by the memories of the father who could never accept them, the mother they lost at a young age, and their own shortcomings and failures, they are in a very dark place when Rogue arrives.

Charismatic when performing in front of an audience, yet shy and vulnerable when faced with the prospect of being alone in a crowd, Rogue seeks shelter with Gypsy on their middle of nowhere farm, hoping for a new beginning and a chance to see if the tiny spark that had flared between them once before, can be kindled into a roaring flame.

Two battered souls, one tattered farmhouse, an old dog, a cranky chicken, several misspoken words, and one crazed ex-husband combine in an explosive combination of truth, lust, dreams, and vengeance. Will the force of it tear Gypsy and Rogue apart, or will it leave them closer than they ever dared to hope?

Excerpt:

Memories. It seemed like once they got going, they never stopped. Staring into the night, the past seemed to flood back like the deluge that was still falling from the sky. They remembered the long drive through Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the old diner at the far tip of Virginia where they’d had lunch and napped on a picnic table with Fester before heading on their way. They remembered the flood of traffic around Knoxville and ending up in the wrong lane, scared they were going to get hopelessly lost before a trucker at a gas station had told them to follow her, she was heading that way and would signal them their exit when they got to it.
That first night in the city, with their sneakered feet on the clean gray sidewalks of Chattanooga, they’d shivered and stared with wide eyes at the sprawling downtown that ended in waterfront and a looming aquarium they were already curious to visit. Fester had trotted happily at their side, sniffing eagerly at each new patch of grass or bench they encountered.
Their stomach rumbled and they rubbed it lightly, torn between feeding it first or finding a place to stay. The heavy weight of exhaustion and the need for a shower won out, and they’d headed for the nearest motel, managing to secure some corner room that was as much a storage place as it was a space to sleep. Seemed like most of the motels were booked full due to something called Riverbend, not like it mattered, they only planned to be there for a night. Tomorrow they’d call the number Rogue had given them, the promise of a small room above the performing arts studio was making them giddy with relief. It would be so nice to get off the road and finally learn what they’d be doing. Rogue had been kind of vague, but then, that just tended to be him.

Release Blitz: Love Is A Walk In The Park by V.L. Locey & Stephanie Locey





Pre-Order Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 50,000 words approx.



Blurb
Sullivan Haines knows exactly what he wants out of life. Fame as a Broadway dancer and to find the man of his dreams. Sadly, his love life is a dismal mess, his roommate is PMS personified, and working at a dingy dance studio teaching old people how to tango and foxtrot is not exactly the bright lights. Actually, life in the Big Apple is pretty rotten, until he and his dog run into tall, dark, and oh-so-handsome Duane Hart in the park. Their pooches hit it right off, but can the two men find romance along the park’s winding paths?

Duane Hart hasn’t had a lot go right in his life. His girlfriend recently broke up with him, taking everything that wasn’t nailed down or in his roommate’s name. Well, everything except the Yorkshire terrier that he didn’t want to get in the first place, and that she now refuses to take back. However, when he meets a handsome stranger and his pit bull in the dog park, will the blooming heat in his chest be able to convince him to start dating again? Or will fate prove love isn’t a walk in the park, after all?

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Arc Review : Redesigning Landry Bishop by Kim Fielding

Blurb :
Love never goes out of style.

Landry Bishop fled his tiny hometown and never looked back. Now his expertise in food, fashion, and décor has earned him all of Hollywood’s glittering perks. But with his husband deceased and his personal assistant retired, Landry has nobody to rely on—and no one to help him indulge his secret cravings.

Casual, plainspoken Jordan Stryker seems a dubious choice of a PA for someone as formal and self-controlled as Landry. Jordan’s questionable fashion sense and limited kitchen skills don’t exactly enhance his résumé. But as Landry soon realizes, Jordan has many attractive qualities too.

With a strong pull toward Jordan, new career opportunities on the horizon, and a persistent tug from family back home, Landry is in a quandary. He can advise others on how to make their lives special, but what should he do about his own?

Christelle's rating :




First of all, when I read a book from Kim Fielding, I can’t help swooning at the thought of her fantastic book Rattlesnake: one of my favorite read. But I digress.

"Redesigning Landry Bishop" is a contemporary MM romance, with low-angst, a little bit of steam and a touch of banter, a “comfort” read with two truly nice characters slowly but steadily developing a romantic relationship between LA, Las Vegas and Nebraska, and a gentle HEA.

On one side, you have Landry, who left his Nebraska’s little home-town for LA where he met his now deceased husband and made his career to give nice ideas about food and clothing to sparkle daily life on blogs, books and TV shows : he’s committed, he’s successful and he’s a workaholic. But he might have lost his way to interact with the people around him and to have feelings.

Comes around Jordan : younger, more extraverted, and a carer, as he says about himself. And it’s such in its nature that even Landry can feel that he’s right to give Jordan a chance to fill the PA’s position despite a lack of experience and that in the process, he might be a sweet risk to open up to people, especially his family and specifically Jordan.
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