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Book Review: Goodnight My Angel (Angel Enterprises, #2) – Sue Brown

Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published March 30th 2017 by Sue Brown’s Stories
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Language: English
Series: Angel Enterprises #2

Blurb: Callum Ross has a tough decision to make. After years of working for the covert ops agency in the UK and owning his own security firm in the US, he’s forced to choose between the business he loves, and the new relationship with his partner, Josh Cooper.

A bottle of whiskey and Josh almost being killed helps Cal make the decision, and he moves to the UK with plans to set up his own security consultancy. Then the head of the covert ops agency where Josh now works asks Cal for help. Agency operatives and their families are being injured or killed, including Cal’s friends.
Cal is asked to investigate with Josh’s assistance.

As the number of victims increase, they’re aware either of them could be the next target for the killer.

Warning: This is not a stand=alone book and this review may contain some spoilers.

In the second installment of Angel Enterprises, there’s someone who infiltrated the agency and started killing those related to it. Cal, Josh and the gang would have to move smart and fast in order to capture the culprit . We also see Josh and Cal work around their relationship interweaving with their respective careers.

Cal is very much present in this story which i’m very happy about because it was mostly Josh that we’ve got to know in the first book. The downside is, I kind of missed the Josh I fell in love with in Morning My Angel. Don’t get me wrong tho, it’s still a wonderful read but somehow, It felt like it focuses more on the mystery and the romance aspect became a side story.

I thought the mystery of the killer and the “mole” within the agency was cleverly narrated (hidden) until the last chapter but I wished there was less casualty because there were some very interesting characters right there.

At some point, I didn’t know whose POV it was that I was reading but it didn’t matter much because it simply revolves around the main focus of the story which is the murder of those related within the agency.

This is still a pretty solid follow up to Sue Brown’s Morning My Angel. The cliffie at the end was real good. I’m really excited to read more from this series! I just hope that the next installment would include more of Josh and Cal’s interaction than their interaction with the side characters.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Sue Brown is owned by her dogs and two teenagers. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop.

Sue discovered M/M romance at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The series is long gone but the kissing was tender and Sue had a lightbulb moment.

Since then she has written many stories hoping to recreate that tender moment she saw on screen. Sue has high hopes that one day she will provide a lightbulb moment for someone else.

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Book Review: Morning My Angel (Angel Enterprises #1) – Sue Brown

morning-my-angelDate of Publication: September 29th 2016 by Sue Brown’s Stories
Theme & Genre: LGBTQ, Romance, Mystery
ISBN 9781370601196
Format: Ebook
Characters: Callum David Ross, Josh Cooper


Blurb: 
Josh Cooper, top US security field agent, is sent on an inter-agency assignment to London, when a partner in his firm goes missing in suspicious circumstances. Used to working in sole charge of his well-honed team, he clashes heads with the handsome, but pompous Cal, his UK co-operator and superior. Josh’s gut tells him something is wrong. He’s being kept out of the loop and Cal’s agenda is running on a different path.

 He also has a personal issue to deal with. He’s involved in a cyber-relationship with “Charlie”, an unknown man who connected with Josh by accident. Their banter has led to deeper respect and a sexual interest, but now Josh is faced with a growing attraction to Cal. Between this conflict and the tension of the mission, Josh’s heart and head are overworked and confused. Things can’t get much worse.

Then Josh discovers the enemies he’s seeking have a new target: him.

Review: Let me start by saying this is by far my most favorite read from Sue Brown! It’s got romance, mystery, suspense and the writing is just simply sublime!

The characters in this story are dynamic, vibrant and very easy to picture in your head.

I super loved Josh’s character! He’s smart, witty, cocky and just all-around adorable! I loved his voice and the way the author showed different facet of his character. He’s definitely one of my favorite characters this year!

Then there’s the big, alpha, swoon-worthy Cal. His character simply complemented Josh’s in every way. I loved that we get to see his vulnerable side, which is very much adorable, if I may just say since it usually involves Josh’s welfare.

As for the secondary characters – it’s interesting to note that we get to read more of Jesse and Dan here from the Lyon Roads Vets series. I wasn’t a big fan of Jesse from that series but I kind of enjoyed him here. The rest are very well written that you’d have to read until the last chapter to really get to know them.

The mystery part of the story was fabulously sketched here. It’s well-paced and  I loved that it keeps me guessing until the very end.

And the romance – ohmygod! Absolutely delicious! I adore Josh and Cal individually and together – they’re just explosive! Their chemistry is just absolutely beyond!

I cannot recommend this enough for fans of the author and mm romance/suspense readers! Seriously, you have got to get hold of this one! ‘Cannot wait to read more from this series!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Sue Brown is owned by her dogs and two teenagers. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop.

Sue discovered M/M romance at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favourite television series. The series is long gone but the kissing was tender and Sue had a lightbulb moment.

Since then she has written many stories hoping to recreate that tender moment she saw on screen. Sue has high hopes that one day she will provide a lightbulb moment for someone else.

Book Review: An Honorable Man (Men of Manhattan, #7) – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

an-honorable-manBlurb:
Officer Danny Finnegan loves his job. As one of the youngest faces on the police force, he has taken on the challenge of going undercover to catch a serial killer in Manhattan. Ten rent boys have been murdered, and Danny knows it won’t be long before another one turns up dead in an alley. He and his partner, Tiernan Callahan, gear up to hit the seedy side of the city that never sleeps. There’s only one problem. They need help to make Danny’s cover convincing.

Bobby Laughlin left the back streets of Manhattan behind when he came way too close to becoming another number in the rent boy killings. He spends most of his time on Fire Island working at a bar. He is trying to get his life back on track when officer Danny Finnegan walks back into his life. Bobby was attracted to Danny the first time he saw him — when the boyish-looking cop took Bobby’s statement after a client beat him brutally. Working with the the sexy cop could be dangerous. It would put him right back on the streets he’s been trying so hard to avoid.

Bobby reluctantly takes on the task of teaching Danny how to work the streets. As things heat up on the case and in their hearts, Bobby finds himself falling for Danny, and Danny has eyes only for Bobby.

But can they catch a killer before one of them ends up as the next headline?

Review:
I’ve really enjoyed reading this one right after finishing the sixth book. I loved Bobby – love his character that is so similar to Ryan in most aspect but way more explored. I also adore Danny! The guy is perfection!

I was able to guess who the serial killer is midway through the story and it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book. The story revolves more about the development of the relationship of the main couple here. I loved the vibrant character of Danny. He’s just so adorable! Bobby, as I’ve said is an absolute replica of Ryan from the last book but he still complemented Danny in every way.

The sixth book is enjoyable but this one is far more meaty in terms of plot lines. It’s very easy and very fun to read! I just loved everything about it!

Now, I am very excited to read the next book which I’m hoping will be involving a drag queen and a playboy cop!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the Author
I have been blessed in this life to not only have parents that support me, but kids that do as well. I grew up in a loving but “Old School” French household. My parents worked for the airlines (TWA) so I was able to see a lot of Europe as a kid. I moved to Seattle Washington at the age of 22 and stayed there for twelve years before moving to Alaska for a little over two. Fairbanks, AK was one hell of an experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back! I spent a little over a year in South Carolina before moving back to Arizona. I then left for Kansas for five years and now reside in Arizona. I’ve been connected to the military in one way or another for over half my life and wouldn’t change a thing about it. Writing has become my full time job and I’ve never been so happy doing a job I love and being able to do it in my jammies. I plan on writing until I dry up and die. Hopefully, that won’t happen soon!

Book Review: A Selfless Man (Men of Manhattan, #6) – Sandrine Gasq-Dion

a-selfless-manBlurb:
Ryan Carter always hoped his life would turn around for the better. He has a job that he loves, and another one that he hates. Becoming a rent boy was never his life plan, but circumstances forced his hand. When his life falls apart, hunky firefighter Michael Callahan comes to his rescue. Ryan knows better than to believe someone as wonderful as Michael would ever want to be with someone who sells his body. But spending time with Michael gives Ryan something he’s never had before.

Hope.

For months, New York firefighter Michael Callahan has been thinking about the hot guy he rescued while working crowd control during a robbery standoff. His brother is very happy dating a man, and Michael wonders if he’s finally ready for a relationship of his own. An apartment fire brings him face to face with the young man who’s been haunting him for months. Their friendship starts strong, but will Ryan’s alternate life put out the flicker before it has a chance to flame?
Can Michael convince Ryan that he wants him no matter who he is? Or will the relationship turn to ash before it even begins?

Review:
I’ve never been a fan of the two Callahan brothers – Michael and Tiernan got me reeling mad while reading Casper and Spencer’s story but they were able to redeem themselves from the last book in the series.

This story is pretty straight forward just like the rest of the series’ installments. Both Michael and Ryan are likable. Unlike the rest of the series tho, it does not have a major conflict. I liked that in some stories and I liked that in here. I feel like Ryan have had enough so I was sure glad tha he got his happy ever after without much fuzz.

This is where we see Casper and Spencer getting married so that’s a bonus for us fans of the series! They are my favorite so that should make the book more enticing if you’re a fan of the couple like moi!

I’m writing this review after reading it’s seventh book so just a bit of a spoiler (well, not really) rather a reminder, you should pay attentio to the side characters in this book because they will play a role in Bobby and Danny’s story (Book 7)

Overall, it’s a quick read. It was nice seeing some familiar characters and I loved that the author is continuing this series because I just effing loved it!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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About the Author
I have been blessed in this life to not only have parents that support me, but kids that do as well. I grew up in a loving but “Old School” French household. My parents worked for the airlines (TWA) so I was able to see a lot of Europe as a kid. I moved to Seattle Washington at the age of 22 and stayed there for twelve years before moving to Alaska for a little over two. Fairbanks, AK was one hell of an experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back! I spent a little over a year in South Carolina before moving back to Arizona. I then left for Kansas for five years and now reside in Arizona. I’ve been connected to the military in one way or another for over half my life and wouldn’t change a thing about it. Writing has become my full time job and I’ve never been so happy doing a job I love and being able to do it in my jammies. I plan on writing until I dry up and die. Hopefully, that won’t happen soon!

Book Review: The Weight Of It All – N.R. Walker

the-weight-of-it-allDate of Publication: September 12, 2016
Genres and Themes: LGBTQI, Romance, Comedy, Body Image
Publisher: BlueHeart Press
Format: 244 pages, ebook
ISBN13: 978-1-5375-6116-5
Cover Artist: Sara York
Characters: Henry Beckett, Reed Henske

I find this book a bit different from the author’s previous works. I knew that N.R. Walker is witty, funny and all but, I did not know that she could be THIS funny. Here, she gave us funny scenes where you will totally laugh out loud. She’s funny in a way that is beyond moving. I mean, a few writers can do that – being tragically funny or funny and tragic at the same time. In a good way that is. You’re probably confused now and I am too, but I will get to the point by the end of this review  (or not).

Henry’s character is one adorable character that we rarely see in books – in gay romance in particular and as its main character no less. So it’s refreshing to have an overweight, middle-aged corporate gay guy to be the center of the story. He’s not a demi-god with that vampiric-good looks and a body of an Olympian swimmer. In short, he’s an everyday guy! I can totally relate to him.

He covers his insecurities with self-deprecating humor. His douche of a boyfriend for eight years left him because he’s apparently “overweight and fat.” That was the douche’s exact words and I wanted to punch the guy with a Manny Pacquiao left hook. Only, there was no (warning: spoiler ahead) V for Vendetta in store for us. Henry has got class obviously.

With Reed’s help, his mofo personal trainer, Henry was able to truly see the real him. He was able to transform himself not only physically but also mentally. He learned to love himself. And he fell in love in the process.

The romance between him and Reed is just about the sweetest ever. I appreciate the slow-burn, that creeping feeling of fondness and eventually the love between them. It’s totally awe-inspiring.

The book also includes a goofy bunch of secondary characters. I loved Anika and Sean! They’re fantastic bffs! Melinda and Emily are amazing! And how can we not thank the douche ex???! He totally started this story! Haha!

In my opinion, this is N.R. Walker’s best book to date after the epic Red Dirt Heart series. It’s about self-image, self-love, and the valuable lesson that even if the mind is blind in seeing the real you, the heart will always feel the truth in you. I don’t know if that make sense to you but it does to me. Read this now people, like right NOW!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON us | amazon uk | BARNES & NOBLE

 

About the Author
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way. She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal. She’s been writing ever since…

Book Review: Ethan, Who Loved Carter – Ryan Loveless

ethan-who-loved-carterDate of Publication: September 17, 2012
Genres and Themes: LGBTQI, Romance, Family, Disability
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Format: 210 pages, ebook
ISBN13: 9781613727355
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Characters: Ethan Hart, Carter Stevenson

Blurb: By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette’s dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He’ll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn’t anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.

From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won’t see past Ethan’s damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there’s a bigger issue: he’s been burned by so-called “perfect” matches, and he won’t risk his heart again.

One way or another, Ethan’s determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?

*****

I’ve had this on my reader for as long as I can remember and only thought of it when I’ve read a friend’s stellar review of it. By god, I cannot believe it took me forever to give this one a go because it’s beyond everything I was expecting from it. I just loved everything about it. I do. I truly do.

Ethan and Carter. Two souls whose fate will cross not knowing at first that they’re meant for each other. It was quick tho. True love works fast at times.

Ethan. Brain-damaged. He sees everything in black and white. Right or wrong. But love is what led him to Carter.  Ethan – beautiful, kind hearted Ethan. I just loved him. He reminds me of Shane’s character in Kim Fielding’s Rattlesnake (one of my all time favorite books) because they suffered the same trauma. What happened to him was heartbreaking but the way the author highlighted Ethan’s character post-trauma is too beautiful not to appreciate. I even feel like crying right now. Ethan is someone you’d wish to have all the love in the world. Beautiful Ethan Hart is one unforgettable character.

Carter with his debilitating shyness due to Tourette syndrome didn’t hinder him from finally accepting he deserves someone like Ethan. Some who can give him true love. His been burned in the past by the so-called “perfect matches,” but with Ethan, it looks like he found his forever. Carter with his wonderful loving heart. Someone who will protect Ethan and someone who also needs protection. Carter Stevenson is one incredible character.

And we have the minor characters who made such strong impact in the story. Ethan’s parents, Liz and Nolan are a fantastic pair of parents. Their unconditional love for Ethan is just too beautiful. Ethan’s younger brother Elliot and his teenage angst. My heart just melt for him. His love for Ethan may not be that transparent but it’s there and it’s wonderful. Then there’s Vera, Andy, Alice, Horatio and the gang…everyone’s just wonderfully supportive that you’d wish a lot of these people exists in the real world.

For my friends who haven’t read a single LGBTQI books, I would encourage you to start with this beautiful book by Ryan Loveless and if you simply are looking for something that will touch your heart, something that will make you smile and something that will remind you the power of true love (mushy I know) regardless of theme and genre – then this book’s the one you’ve been looking for.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Buy Links:
Amazon | Dreamspinner Press | Barnes & Noble

 

About The Author
Ryan Loveless is a farmer’s daughter. She has a BA in English from a private college in Illinois and a master’s degree in library and information science with an archival certificate from a university in New York. Raised in a conservative family, she was shocked and relieved when her coming out was largely uneventful. She has been writing since she could read and has always drifted toward M/M because she enjoys the relationship dynamics. It’s possible that her first story was about GI Joe. She wishes she still had that story.

Book Review: Blow Down (The Plumber’s Mate, #4) – J.L. Merrow

Blow DownPublished July 12th 2016
Date of Publication: July 12th 2016
Theme & Genre: LGBTQI, Crime, Mystery, Supernatural
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Format: 249 pages, ebook
ASIN:B01CKFUN6I
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Characters: Tom Paretski, Phil Morrison

Blurb: Death is what happens while you’re making other plans.

The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries, Book 4

The last thing newly engaged plumber Tom Paretski needs is to stumble over another dead body. He’s got enough on his mind already as the reality of his impending marriage sinks in. Not only is his family situation complicated, his heroism at a pub fire made him a local celebrity. Now everyone and their uncle wants a piece of his psychic talents.

Hired to find a missing necklace, Tom and his fiancé, private investigator Phil Morrison, wind up trying to unmask a killer—and there’s no shortage of suspects, up to and including the local bishop himself.

As Tom and Phil try to uncover the truth, they find themselves pulled in all directions by the conflicting pressures of their families and their own desires. But the murderer they’re up against is a ruthless schemer who won’t hesitate to kill again. If Tom and Phil aren’t careful, their love—and all their plans for the future—could be blown down like a house of straw.

Warning: Contains a bishop of questionable Christian charity, a necklace of questionable taste, and a plumber of questionable nationality who may be running out of time.

*****

I thought I was already done with this series but remembering my fondness for Tom’s character won me over so I decided to give this another go, and you know what, I totally enjoyed it! I easily remembered why I was so charmed by Tom’s character from the get-go. He’s still funny, charming and good-hearted. He’s just too fascinating a character that I didn’t mind that he’s about to get hitched with Phil – not a big fan of the guy but I am starting to “really” like him here. I just wished that he’d stop being so uptight. I think his abrasiveness is what I don’t like about him in the first place. It also feels like we’ve got so much to learn about his character whilst Tom being Tom is just an open book for everyone to feast on.

 I thought the murder angle was just the side-ploy of the story and the central focus was actually on Tom and Phil’s impending wedding. I loved seeing Phil’s “romantic” side. It’s actually a bit refereshing coming from him. And there’s the rather complicated linage of Tom. I mean, I honestly don’t see the big deal about it but Tom being the nicest guy ever was stressing over it. Oh, who wouldn’t love this guy?

Here’s a nice J.L. Merrow book I’ve been dying to read since the first book off the series and that oh-so-perfect Muscling Through. I hope the next one is as good as this! Ta!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Buy Link
Amazon | Samhain Publishing

About The Author
JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne.

She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Her novella Muscling Through was a 2013 EPIC Award finalist, and her novel Slam! won the 2013 Rainbow Award for Best LGBT Romantic Comedy. Her novel Relief Valve is a finalist in the 2015 EPIC Awards.

JL Merrow is a member of the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet organising team.

Find JL Merrow online at: http://www.jlmerrow.com, on Twitter as @jlmerrow, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jl.merrow

Book Review: The Buckland in the Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club (Inaugural Meeting) – John Wiltshire

The Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club (Inaugural Meeting)Date of Publication: August 12, 2016
Genre & Theme: LGBTQ, Romance, Contemporary, Comedy
Format: 253 pages, ebook
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Molly Wright
ASIN: B01KESPKZC
Characters: Rory McGrath, Adam Sandstone

Blurb: Rory McGrath suffers from a debilitating condition—he caught it from reading too many books. Rory believes in true love. He’s saving himself until he finds it, preferably with Mr Darcy, but definitely not with the arrogant, unpleasant ape Adam Sandstone. Adam isn’t impressed with Rory either. Both Rory and Adam have yet to learn, however, that you cannot always judge a book by its cover. The nine other members of the new club could have told them this, had they been consulted. The founders of the Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club know only too well that not all truths are written in books. Truth, like life, is what you make of it.

***

I’m not entirely sure yet on how to permanently place this book on my like-o-meter because there are parts of it that I really, really love whilst some scenes (mostly from the insufferable Adam Sandstone) makes me want to hurl my e-reader into someone or something. Preferably against my nosy neighbour’s flower garden. Or my neighbour himself. Truth.

 I loved Rory because I can totally relate to him and geez, he’s basically me (minus the model-pretty look, lol!) He’s funny, incredibly charming and just about the most adorable ever! His perchant for apologizing is just too endearing…made me winced a couple of times but mostly, made me root for him and his quest for his one true love. A total darling indeed!

Adam on the other hand is the total opposite of Rory. He’s abrasive, insolent, self-absorbed and just about the biggest prick in their little home town. And he’s drop-dead gorg. Served the military. And again, a prick. I didn’t like him one bit if I’m being honest. And his douche move during the party made me a bit restless that I need to pause on my reading. It’s really minor so it’s a “me” issue. Ugh.

The old dears of course are just about the best book club members ever! They’re like the Desperate Housewives, only 20 years older, funnier and actually knows how to read. Hah! They’re just so cute!

John Wiltshire’s humor is always spot on. His writing style kind of reminds me of Josh Lanyon. The latter isn’t known for her humor but their style got the same intensity regardless of the genre and theme of the story.

Here, we’ve got a full-on John Wiltshire humor mixed with some of his characters’ usual angst (from Adam, ahem!). A tiny bit of angst, that is. It’s a HFN ending which I thought was kind of cruel because I just want lovely Rory to get his happy-ever-after-book-ending. I reckon that there would be a second book in store for us? I do hope that it’s for another couple altogether – say the vicar himself? Yay! Is that even possible? Not entirely sure about the mechanics but yeah…   I’m going to finish this asking you guys to pick this up because it’s an absolutely delightful read. For now, I think I’d categorize this one as “I kinda liked it.”

 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
John spent twenty-two years in the military, perfecting the art
of looking busy whilst secretly writing. He left as a senior officer
when his tunnel was ready for use. He is now living in New
Zealand until he can raise enough money to leave. Although he
has no plans to return to the army, he can occasionally be caught
polishing his medals.

ARC Book Review: Do-Gooder – J. Leigh Bailey

DooGooderDate of Publication: September 15, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQI, Young Adult, Kidnapping, Africa
Format: 200 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
ISBN: 9781634775281
Characters: Isaiah Martin, Henry

Blurb: No good deed goes unpunished, and for seventeen-year-old Isaiah Martin, that’s certainly the case. The gun he was caught with wasn’t even his, for God’s sake. He only had it to keep a friend from doing something stupid. No one wants to hear it though, and Isaiah is banished—or so it seems to him—to live with his missionary father in politically conflicted Cameroon, Africa.
However, when he arrives, his father is so busy doing his good deeds that he sends Henry, the young, surprisingly hot do-gooder with a mysterious past, to pick up Isaiah and keep him out of trouble. Even while Isaiah is counting down the days until he can go home, he and Henry get caught in the political unrest of the region. Kidnapped by militant forces, the two have to work together to survive until they are rescued—unless they manage to find a way to save each other first.

***

I’m still contemplating my feelings towards this book so the things you’re about to read would be my ‘just-finished-reaction’ towards it. I so enjoyed Isaiah’s perspective – voice alive, thoughts so vibrant and just overall fun to read. When you say young adult – Isiah is the perfect embodiment of it.

Henry meanwhile is a very fascinating character. I loved that he represent a strong character – a character you’d root for once you get to know him.

The Do-Gooder theme between the men in this book is lovely and all but I find it extremely annoying in the case of Chuck / Dr. Martin because of that twist about his character. It’s so not acceptable for me If I were Isaiah – I am so gonna flip the way he did.

I’m probably going to be in the minority here and I feel that I will be getting a bit of a flock for writing this one because it would seem like I’m making a big deal out of the circumstances the boys have found themselves into but it’s seriously bothered me to no end since finishing the book the other day. I didn’t like what happened with Henry during their captivity. It maybe one of those inevitable things given their circumstances but it was too much for me. Hasn’t the boy endured enough? It was a bit disheartening and I don’t believe for one second that it was nothing to him, that he’s done it before and all that shit. It’s a cruel twist of fate and the story could’ve go on without that scene.

I find the writing extremely thoughtful overall though, I’ve some issues with the story, I still had fun reading it. I also wouldn’t mind reading more from the boys in the future!

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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About The Author
j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

She wrote her first story at seven, which was, unbeknownst to her at the time, a charming piece of fan-fiction in which Superman battled (and defeated, of course) the nefarious X Luther. She was quite put out to be told, years later, that the character’s name was actually Lex. Her second masterpiece should have been a best-seller, but the action-packed tale of rescuing her little brother from an alligator attack in the marshes of Florida collected dust for years under the bed instead of gaining critical acclaim.

Now she writes Young Adult LGBT Romance novels about boys traversing the crazy world of love, relationships and acceptance.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an impartial review.

ARC Book Review: Overexposed (In Focus, #4) – Megan Erickson

OverexposedKindle Edition
Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by InterMix

Blurb: Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail in the latest from the author of Out of Frame and Focus on Me…

Levi Grainger needs a break. As a reality show star, he’s had enough of the spotlight and being edited into a walking stereotype. When he returns home after the last season of Trip League, he expects to spend time with his family, only to learn his sister is coming back from her deployment in a flag-draped casket. Devastated, Levi decides the best way to grieve will be to go off grid and hike the Appalachian Trail—a trip he’d planned to do with his sister.

His solitary existence on the trail is interrupted when he meets Thad, a quiet man with a hard body and intense eyes. Their connection is stronger than anything Levi has ever experienced. But when Levi discovers the truth about what Thad is hiking to escape, their future together looks uncertain, and uncertainty is the last thing Levi needs…

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I’ve not read the first two books of this series but the last one, I thoroughly enjoyed. This fourth book tho, is perhaps my favorite between the two because I’m just full-on in love with the characters onset of the story.

I love Levi! I mean, I love everything about his character! He’s funny and just about the most adorable ever! I also felt his sadness over his loss. I feel all of the swirling emotions inside of him while he was traversing the Appalachian Trail with Thad.

Thad is a bit of a mystery at first. I loved the broody, big, badass image. He’s the best book boyfriend ever. Add the fact that he’s practically celibate. Hah! I think that made him even hotter in my head. Say, search demisexual. I’m not exactly sure about it yet but let’s just say that he’s the kind of boyfriend you’d want to introduce to your mama.

Both characters, Levi and Thad have experienced great loss. The pain is bleeding from them and when they found each other while hiking the Appalachian trail, the two found solace. Thad tho, is keeping a secret that may break the bond they have formed while on the trail. Will Levi be able to get over it? Will their love be able to heal the overexposed wounds in their hearts?

The story definitely has more angst than the other three books I’ve read from the author and definitely more mature than the third book off the series. Perhaps, because the characters are older and has more worldly experiences. I loved that their baggage didn’t drag the story. It was a steady story with a very steady conflict. Reading was continuous, a bit fast in the end but nevertheless very satisfying.   It looks like this is the last from the series which is a shame really because I would love to see Matty’s redemption. In any case, this book is definitely a must-read for everyone who loves a good angsty romance. It being a gay one is a bonus, methinks. 🙂

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.

For more, visit meganerickson.org

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an impartial review.