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Book Review: To Find Him and Love Him Again, Volume 3 (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #12) – Harper Fox

What an absolutely amazing epilogue (?) of the series! It felt like just yesterday when I’ve read its first book, Once Upon a Haunted Moor. In this last volume of the ’10th,’ book, we get to see yet again the slew of characters we’ve met and fell in love with, since the series’ release in 2013.

I was actually trying to read this slowly and in between other books on my TBR list but because of the build-up of the events from the last volume, I was also dying to know how will they ever find themselves into the present– into their reality. Who will be the hero this time when both Lee and Gideon are powerless to control this alternate reality they were thrown into. It was just very fascinating how the author was able to intricately connects everything, each character in such powerful scenes that will make you sob and and sigh with relief at the same time.

This volume three wraps up the series very nicely, with all the feels that only the likes of Harper Fox could so eloquently conveyed, I’m still hoping that we’ll get more of Gideon and Lee, even a little novella here and there because this series for me is one of the most beautiful works I’ve read from this genre. It’s definitely worth your dime, and absolutely worth your time.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published May 2nd 2021 by FoxTales

Do check out my review of each book in the series below:

Once Upon A Haunted Moor (Tyack & Frayne #1) – Harper Fox
Tinsel Fish (Tyac
k & Frayne #2) – Harper Fox
Don’t Let Go (Tyack & Frayne #3) – Harper Fox
Kitto (Tyack & Frayne #4) – Harper Fox
Guardians Of The Haunted Moor (Tyack & Frayne #5) – Harper Fox
Third Solstice (Tyack & Frayne, #6) – Harper Fox
Preacher, Prophet, Beast (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #7) – Harper Fox
Underhill: A Halloween Story (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #8) – Harper Fox
Once Upon A Western Shore (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #9) – Harper Fox
To Find Him and Love Him Again, Volume 1 (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #10) – Harper Fox
To Find Him and Love Him Again, Volume 2 (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #11) – Harper Fox

About The Author
Harper Fox is an M/M author with a mission. She’s produced six critically acclaimed novels in a year and is trying to dispel rumours that she has a clone/twin sister locked away in a study in her basement. In fact she simply continues working on what she loves best– creating worlds and stories for the huge cast of lovely gay men queuing up inside her head. She lives in rural Northumberland in northern England and does most of her writing at a pensioned-off kitchen table in her back garden, often with blanket and hot water bottle.

She lives with her SO Jane, who has somehow put up with her for a quarter of a century now, and three enigmatic cats, chief among whom is Lucy, who knows the secret of the universe but isn’t letting on. When not writing, she either despairs or makes bread, specialities foccacia and her amazing seven-strand challah. If she has any other skills, she’s yet to discover them.

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Book Review: An Unexpected Kind of Love by Hayden Stone (ARC)

First, let me just tell you that I devoured this book in one sitting after receiving a copy yesterday. It’s that engaging and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this is also the debut work of the author! Yay!

This story is basically the gay Notting Hill, and who doesn’t love Notting Hill? I mean, tell me who doesn’t love Notting Hill??! Right? We got the hipster, anti-social, struggling bookstore owner Aubrey Barnes meeting a C-list American actor Blake Sinclair who’s filming in Soho, and we have a crew of crazy and chaotic side characters!

I loved the series of meet-cute between Aubrey and Blake. There was an immediate chemistry between them. The first half of the story was quite engaging, and with the right pacing as well. It was told through Aubrey’s perspective only, and I really liked his dry sense of humor, his banter with his friends and just the way he interacts with Blake. It was just adorable.

Aside from our main characters, I really enjoyed Lily, who’s apparently Aubrey’s best friend and confidante. She’s just very interesting and mysterious at the same time. I’d definitely read a book about her if there’s one in the future.

If I were to nitpick the story, I’d say the scene at the tube station didn’t quite work for me. I won’ spoil it but the setting of this book is very Gen-Z, right? We have social media and almost everybody has cellphones, so it’s weird that Blake didn’t even think about the repercussions of his gesture and the way he reacted after it came out, I’m like – surely, he knew that this would come out. Also, the grand romantic gesture of Aubrey flying to New York was a bit cliché but I love cliché so that was okay. After that, the whole thing felt just a wee bit rushed. It’s still very much enjoyable but I wished there we’ve gotten more before the time skip in the epilogue.

Overall, this was a very feel-good romance. It has solid characters, the story was very engaging and it has a happy ending, so I’m one happy bookworm!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: August 9th 2021 by Entangled Embrace

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About Hayden Stone
More animal than mineral, Hayden Stone is a writer of queer fiction, especially with kissing. He currently lives in Victoria, Canada, and has previously lived in Vancouver, Canada and London, UK. He knows which is the business end of a trowel, the horror of the wrong kind of leaves on the track delaying trains, and a bit about ancient ruins. Hayden likes strong coffee and is owned by two cats.

Pronouns: he/him

Book Review: To Find Him and Love Him Again, Volume 2 (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #11) – Harper Fox

This is the second out of the three volumes of the tenth Tyack & Frayne story. If you’ve not been following the series religiously, you have got to stop reading this volume now because it won’t make sense. You really have to start from the very first book.

I thought this second book was quite interesting. Due to the events from the last volume, Lee and Gideon found themselves in London, albeit not together and living their individual lives in a pandemic, post-Brexit London that is. The whole thing was just disorienting. There was like this magic casted into their universe that resulted to major changes in their lives. It was interesting witnessing the what-ifs and what could’ve been but also a bit confusing because of the intersecting timelines of each character, not just for Lee and Gideon but old characters from the earlier books – it made Inception way easier to decipher.

Here, we get more insights about Gideon’s character being a ‘beast,’ we see Lee’s life pre-Gideon and without Gideon. It’s basically an alternate reality but we also get some answers to some questions, particularly about Gideon as mentioned above.

The first volume ended with a cliffhanger and this one did too, so I think I made the right choice of waiting for the third and final volume to be released. This may not be as engaging as the previous books in the series, but I liked that it’s different and very on-brand and consistent with the tone of the series. The whole paranormal stuff just gotten way over the top and I live for it!

I’d of course recommend this to the followers of the series but please be reminded that you’ve to get the rest of the volumes first!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 164 pages
Published August 15th 2020 by FoxTales Publications

About The Author
Harper Fox is an M/M author with a mission. She’s produced six critically acclaimed novels in a year and is trying to dispel rumours that she has a clone/twin sister locked away in a study in her basement. In fact she simply continues working on what she loves best– creating worlds and stories for the huge cast of lovely gay men queuing up inside her head. She lives in rural Northumberland in northern England and does most of her writing at a pensioned-off kitchen table in her back garden, often with blanket and hot water bottle.

She lives with her SO Jane, who has somehow put up with her for a quarter of a century now, and three enigmatic cats, chief among whom is Lucy, who knows the secret of the universe but isn’t letting on. When not writing, she either despairs or makes bread, specialities foccacia and her amazing seven-strand challah. If she has any other skills, she’s yet to discover them.

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Book Review: What Lives in the Woods by Lindsay Currie (ARC)

Young aspiring writer Ginny Anderson and her family are moving into the mysterious Woodmoor Manor to spend the summer. Having recently found out about Agatha Christie, her curiosity towards the mystery surrounding the spooky manor was piqued even more. There, she discover moving mannequins, heard whispers in the dark and saw weird shadows among other things, suspecting that she’s the only one noticing these. She also befriended a boy in town named Will to help her investigate and try to solve these mysteries.

This was a very fun book to read. The characters are well-developed and all are very likable too. I particularly loved the dynamics between Ginny and her older brother Leo. As for the mystery part of the book, I thought it was well-paced within the story. I loved that there’s really this creepy atmosphere about the place and even its people. There was no gore in the book since it’s intended for the middle grade but the author is still very, very effective in setting the mood here.

If there’s one criticism I have for the book, it’s probably its ending. It just felt anticlimactic for me. I mean, it was happy and all but I would’ve pushed a bit, and expanded it a bit more. Overall, as a middle-grade novel, it’s absolutely a fantastic read – there’s mystery, great characters, fun and adventures and just a feel good ending. It’s easily one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read so far this year.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 14th 2021

An advance review copy was provided by the publisher, SOURCEBOOKS Kids via Netgalley for an impartial review.

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About the Author
Lindsay Currie is the author of spooky middle grade novels. While she’s never experienced anything truly paranormal, Lindsay enjoys researching her city’s forgotten history and learning about the events that shaped the many ghost legends in Chicago. When she’s not reading or writing a mystery novel of her own, Lindsay can generally be found taking long walks with her family, chilling with one of her three dogs, or searching the graveyard for her next antagonist.

Lindsay has two middle-grade novels out currently – THE PECULIAR INCIDENT ON SHADY STREET, and SCRITCH SCRATCH. Coming soon, WHAT LIVES IN THE WOODS!

To find out more about Lindsay, please visit her website at http://www.lindsaycurrie.com. Twitter: https://twitter.com/lindsayncurrie Instagram: @lindsayncurrie TikTok: @lindsaycurrieauthor

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Book Review: To Find Him and Love Him Again, Volume 1 (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #10) – Harper Fox

My review for the ninth book of the series, Once Upon A Western Shore was posted last May of 2018 and I initially thought that was it for Lee and Gideon but since the series is all about the supernatural stuff, I knew that there’ll probably be more from them down the road, and readers of the series would be glad to know that not only will they be getting one additional book, but three volumes of a very long storyline altogether! I’ve actually had to wait for the last one to drop earlier this year before starting the first volume.

What I loved most about this series is how the author depicted Cornwall with its atmospheric, magical and sometimes dark background to a slew of characters that readers like yours truly came to love since the first book. Harper Fox is a genius when it comes to this. She knows how to properly set the mood of the story and this is consistent all throughout the series.

In this first volume, we see the surface of what’s about to unfold in the future for our beloved couple, Gideon and Lee. The normalcy of their domestic life together with their daughter Tamsyn almost feels like a prelude for the sh!t that is about to go down and I’ve just realized that this is literally what this volume is about. There were warning signs already and I’ve to tell you, the last few books in the series I’ve to read them at daytime because I remember having a nightmare about Bodmin haha, it was so bizarre and it scared the hell out of me. I got the same feeling for this first volume, this creepy feeling about it. I mean, that’s good and all, because it shows just how good Harper Fox is n keeping up with the whole vibe of the story.

If you’ve been following this series, you’d absolutely loved this like I did. If you haven’t heard about it, you’d have 12 books to read through and I’d guarantee that you won’t be regretting it. This is another solid five stars for me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published April 25th 2020 by FoxTales Publications

About The Author
Harper Fox is an M/M author with a mission. She’s produced six critically acclaimed novels in a year and is trying to dispel rumours that she has a clone/twin sister locked away in a study in her basement. In fact she simply continues working on what she loves best– creating worlds and stories for the huge cast of lovely gay men queuing up inside her head. She lives in rural Northumberland in northern England and does most of her writing at a pensioned-off kitchen table in her back garden, often with blanket and hot water bottle.

She lives with her SO Jane, who has somehow put up with her for a quarter of a century now, and three enigmatic cats, chief among whom is Lucy, who knows the secret of the universe but isn’t letting on. When not writing, she either despairs or makes bread, specialities foccacia and her amazing seven-strand challah. If she has any other skills, she’s yet to discover them.

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Book Review: The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

I’ve actually received a copy of this as a gift recently and I really wasn’t expecting much from it. I am not that familiar with Patterson’s style although I’ve read his Women’s Murder Club series and a couple (I think) from his Alex Cross, ages ago and I seem to remember generally liking his writing. And with President Bill Clinton as a collaborator, I thought this would really be an interesting read given the premise of the book.

I really do find the beginning of the book a bit slow and unexciting. There’s just too many details which I thought won’t really affect the plot without it being too verbose. The title by the way was a catchy one. I mean, it’s basically the ‘President trying to save the US’ premise but with twists and turns that was quite compelling.

I find the President’s characterization a bit too much, If I’m being honest. He is a former marine and a prisoner of war in Iraq, has lost his wife to cancer and has a blood disease too! I mean, the dude just couldn’t get a break in life. But hey, he’s the president and it’s his responsibility to stop a virus from destroying the country!

Overtime, I find myself not wanting to put it down! Hah! It’s admittedly quite engaging because it’s basically the state of affairs in the US and the entire world nowadays, where everything is online and cyberterrorism is a very important issue facing particularly powerful nations such as the US.

I think it’s interesting to see a scenario like this and see what the president would do in such a situation and with Bill Clinton at the helm of this story, it makes it more believable. We get insights as to what a ‘good’ president / or good people in the government are willing to do for the common welfare of the country.

Overall, I thought it was enjoyable. I find the poignancy of the message from the President at the end quite touching, although it could get a bit preachy too, but hey, this is politics at the end of the day. I’d definitely recommend this for people looking to read a good political thriller!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 513 pages
Published June 4th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company and Knopf

About The Authors
James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

William Jefferson Clinton was the 42nd president of the United States. After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. His Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. He served as the UN Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and is now the UN Special Envoy to Haiti.

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Book Review: The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard (Paranormal Princes #1) by Charlie Cochet

This was a cute little read. There’s this cute world building, almost like a cutesy version of Once Upon A Time but where there is a fairy tale world and the real life merging. Did I say cute? lol Okay, so it’s just over a hundred pages, with Owin, an ocelot shifter and his assigned bodyguard Grimm, a wolf-shifter exchanging banter all throughout the story.

At first, I was just annoyed with Owin’s acting like a little diva towards Grimm every now and then but I appreciate his growth over the course of his whole ‘quest’ – something that he needs to fulfill to show his worth as one of the crowned Princes of this Shifter World led by the naughty king of all shifters, Alarick.

What I loved most about the story is that it’s cute and quick. Initially Owin and Grimm’s banter felt a bit too much but since everything feels like happening simultaneously, there’s no room to overthink it. It isn’t as memorable as the other stories and characters from the author but I guess, not everything is on THIRDS level.

I do love the epilogue though. It was sweet and funny. I’d still recommend this one for some light and fun reading and I’d most likely be reading the next story in the series.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 154 pages
Published September 19th 2019

About the Author
Charlie Cochet is the international bestselling author of the THIRDS series. Born in Cuba and raised in the US, Charlie enjoys the best of both worlds, from her daily Cuban latte to her passion for classic rock.

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found devouring a book, releasing her creativity through art, or binge watching a new TV series. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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Book Review: Pretenders by Alexa Land

Okay, so let me tell you first that I love me some fake boyfriend trope and if there’s one author who could deliver it for me, it’s going to be Alexa Land. Her Tinder Chronicles is probably one of the best in the genre and her First and Forever series is such a comfort read for me. Pretenders is no different. This is classic Alexa Land.

Wes needed someone to go to the wedding of his ex-boyfriend who’s marrying his big brother *gasp* I know! I’m like –why would you do that to yourself? Anyway, so he decided to hire an escort to play the part. Then comes Ash who’s actually not an escort but is the friend of the escort who decided to offer the job to him instead.

I just loved this couple. From their very first meeting, there’s already that spark between them and the way they’re the opposite of each other made their ‘pretend relationship’ even sweeter in the face of Wes’ nasty family. ‘Loved that Ash played the part well, and is always on Wes’ defense. I was just a bit annoyed by how passive Wes’ was towards his family but yeah, that’s just me.

This was definitely an easy read. Not gonna spoil anything but you’d love how Wes and Ash’s relationship didn’t get too complicated over the course of their agreement because they acted like the adult that they are. It’s just fun, it’s funny and it was so good seeing Nana and her crew too! I thought I was long over her whole gay shenanigans but apparently, I still find the gang extremely adorable! If you’re looking for a quick and entertaining read, then this book should do the job.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published May 29th 2021

About The Author
I write and independently publish M/M love stories. My best-selling Firsts and Forever series includes: Way Off Plan, All In, In Pieces, Gathering Storm, Salvation, Skye Blue, Against the Wall and Belonging etc…

I’ve also published Feral, a paranormal M/M romance, and The Tinder Chronicles, a paranormal trilogy.

For more information, please visit my blog at:http://alexalandwrites.blogspot.com/ Follow me on Twitter @AlexaLandWrites or find me on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?…

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Book Review: Code Red by N.R. Walker

Code Red follows the story of Maddox Kershaw, front man for the mega superstar band Atrous, and is narrated by Roscoe Hall, one of the band’s managers (Maddox’s “personal” manager) who happens to be in love with Maddox and vice versa.

The book mainly focuses on the behind the scenes of one of the most famous acts in the world, the pressure of always being on top, of always being perfect and delivering the goods to their fans. It also touched heavily on the mental health Maddox, who happens to be the Beyoncé of the group.

The book was written in a single POV which was very surprising, rather refreshing because it’s been ages since I’ve read something that has a single POV character, much more from the author. I don’t hate the fact that it was just narrated by Roscoe but I would’ve liked to know what Maddox was really thinking, or to really get a feel of his ‘voice.

I loved that the author focuses heavily on mental health. What’s happening to Maddox was quite harrowing so that’s a bit difficult to read. (This book actually came out when the #FreeBritney movement was finally vindicated after Britney Spears herself revealed to the world how awful her conservatorship has been for the last 13 years and being a big fan, I was horrified to no end and I could only imagine the fame and this whole brouhaha taking a toll on her mental health) It’s the reality. No one is exempted from suffering from mental health issues.

Another thing that I liked about the story is that there are no villains here and no unnecessary drama concerning our main characters. The development of their relationship was rather quick since it happen on the first part of the book so it feels secondary to Maddox’s issues.

If there is something I didn’t like much about this, it’s probably Maddox’s interaction with his band mates because it was quite repetitive. Their group dynamics was very positive, but not exciting. Outside of Maddox, I didn’t really get a feel on the rest of the band. They’re literally secondary characters, if you know what I mean.

I loved the epilogue, I thought it’s sweet. I loved the less-to-no conflict structure of the story and I appreciate the subject matter very much because it’s very relevant. It’s not one of my top five favorites from the author, but I thought it’s a good read overall.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published June 24th 2021

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.

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Book Review: Upside Down by N.R. Walker

Blurb: Jordan O’Neill isn’t a fan of labels, considering he has a few. Gay, geek, librarian, socially awkward, a nervous rambler, an introvert, an outsider. The last thing he needs is one more. But when he realises adding the label asexual might explain a lot, it turns his world upside down.? ?
Hennessy Lang moved to Surry Hills after splitting with his boyfriend. His being asexual had seen the end of a lot of his romances, but he’s determined to stay true to himself. Leaving his North Shore support group behind, he starts his own in Surry Hills, where he meets first-time-attendee Jordan.?
?A little bewildered and scared, but completely adorable, Hennessy is struck by this guy who’s trying to find where he belongs. Maybe Hennessy can convince Jordan that his world hasn’t been turned upside down at all, but maybe it’s now—for the first time in his life—the right way up.

Upside Down is another delightful story from N.R. Walker and we get asexual characters in it – yasss representation! Maybe I’m not just reading enough books with asexual characters but I loved it when one of my favorite authors does it!

The characters here are all-so-interesting. We’re all given little backstories including the supporting characters that does not distract us from the main characters themselves.

Here, we have the adorable, geeky, not-in-a-annoying-way-no-filter funny Jordan O’Neill. He also happens to be cute and loves wearing matching outfits! Did I say adorable?! He’s just so squishy! Do you get what I mean? He’s just so cute and ADORABLE!

Hennessy on the other hand (what a name by the way) is the perfect opposite of Jordan, they just complement each other so well. I loved his calm demeanor, and how he’s so patient and understanding with Jordan. I think we all need a Hennessy in our lives when we’re trying to decompressed and not worry about anything in the world.

I really do loved the cute bus meet-ups and the Soup crew – it’s just so freaking adorable! I mean, that’s a rom-com movie scene right there and I’d be eavesdropping the hell out of them too!

I really do loved the sensitivity of the author here, what with Jordan’s freak-out on whether he really is asexual or not. I loved how Jordan’s issue was addressed here. From the get go, it was apparent that he’d freak out sooner or later but it was just very nice how the author paced it.

The epilogue is just pure love. Where can I get someone like Jordan or Hennessy? Love the conclusion of the story and their friends’ ménage à trois too! I’m wondering if the author would have the time to write something about them too because that’d be very interesting to read(I won’t be dropping the names of the characters but they are amazing too).

This is another solid story from N.R. Walker – just absolutely fun, charming and very enlightening in away. Just read it y’all! ❤

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 251 pagesPublished March 19th 2019

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.

Please also note that this blog is reader-supported. When you buy through links on my site, I may earn an affiliate commission.