Monday, October 9, 2017

New Release Review: His Convenient Husband 4* Read


Title: The Convenient Husband, Love and Sports Series, #1

Author: Robin Covington

Publisher/GR Link: Entangled Publishing, GR

Genre: MM Contemporary

Vice: Athletics, multiracial

Rating: 4 Stars

Lock this book up: 3 keys- the sex supports the romance

Length: Novel

Satisfaction: HEA

Cover Impressions: Nice, clean and well presented

Synopsis: NFL football player Isaiah Blackwell lost his husband three years ago and is raising their teen son alone. He lives his life as quietly as his job allows, playing ball to support his family but trying not to draw unwanted attention. His quiet life is shaken up when a mutual friend introduces him to Victor, a visiting principal ballet dancer who is everything Isaiah is not.

Brash and loud, Victor Aleksandrov has applied for political asylum to avoid returning to Russia, where gay men are targeted and persecuted. He’s been outspoken about gay rights in his home country, and if he doesn’t get asylum, going back to Russia is a death sentence.

Their one-night stand turns into a tentative friendship, a relationship they both agree is temporary... until Victor’s denied asylum. Isaiah can’t offer Victor a happily ever after, but he can propose something that’ll keep Victor in the US and safe... marriage He just doesn’t expect his new husband to dance away with his heart.

Impressions: This was a fun, tropey, escape for a long weekend.  I like the large cast of supporting characters, and I am looking forward to hearing some of their stories.

Isiah was a likable character.  Though I can imagine there would be a lot of complications with being an out, married, NFL player, this book focuses much more on the love and developing relationship between Isaiah and Victor.

I really enjoyed Victor.  He is loud, brash, and yet vulnerable. I really wanted the HEA for Victor more than anyone else.

This is a fun forced-to-marry romance, and I think you will enjoy it as much as I did!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

5 Star Review for a 5 Star Series: An Unsuitable Heir, by KJ Charles

An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities, #3)

Title: An Unsuitable Heir, book 3 in Sins of the Cities

Author: K.J. Charles

Publisher/GR Link: Loveswept, GR

Genre: MM Historical, Series

Vice: Historical, Genderqueer, Circus

Rating: 5 Stars

Lock this book up: 4 keys- This book is so hot and the pages turn themselves!

Length: Novel

Satisfaction: HEA

Cover Impressions: Gorgeous!  Love the look of the whole series together. 

SynopsisOn the trail of an aristocrat’s secret son, enquiry agent Mark Braglewicz finds his quarry in a music hall, performing as a trapeze artist with his twin sister. Graceful, beautiful, elusive, and strong, Pen Starling is like nobody Mark’s ever met—and everything he’s ever wanted. But the long-haired acrobat has an earldom and a fortune to claim.

Pen doesn’t want to live as any sort of man, least of all a nobleman. The thought of being wealthy, titled, and always in the public eye is horrifying. He likes his life now—his days on the trapeze, his nights with Mark. And he won’t be pushed into taking a title that would destroy his soul.

But there’s a killer stalking London’s foggy streets, and more lives than just Pen’s are at risk. Mark decides he must force the reluctant heir from music hall to manor house, to save Pen’s neck. Betrayed by the one man he thought he could trust, Pen never wants to see his lover again. But when the killer comes after him, Pen must find a way to forgive—or he might not live long enough for Mark to make amends.

Impressions:  I could not wait to read this new series from K.J. Charles.  I knew I would love them, but I couldn't have imagined how much I would fall in love with Mark and Pen!

This is a great series overall, and I read them so quickly, but only because I stopped sleeping and chose reading instead!  Books 1 and 2 were great, but book 3 was something special.  I love the diversity in this series, and in book 3, Charles wrote a genderqueer character that was so well developed and so relatable that it was a joy to read.  Pen explores his own identity in such a thoughtful manner, but one that feels so appropriate to the 1870's, and yet never becomes pandering or anachronistic.

At the heart of this story is...well, a lot of heart.  There is so much love (and sexy times) that I will remember this as a love story more than anything else.  I loved seeing some beloved characters from book 1 and 2 also!

This will be a book I don't soon forget- because I'll be re-reading it over and over again!

Highly recommended!

Friday, August 11, 2017

5 Star Book Review: Fool of Main Beach (Laguna #5), Tara Lain

Fool of Main Beach (Love in Laguna, #5)

Title: Fool of Main Beach (Laguna #5)

Author: Tara Lain

Publisher/GR Link: Dreamspinner Press, GR

Genre: MM Contemporary

Vice: Coming Out, Neurodiversity, actors

Rating: 5 Stars

Lock this book up: 4 keys- Tara Lain kept me locked to my kindle screen, with the fan aimed at me!

Length: Novel

Satisfaction: HEA

Cover Impressions: Gorgeous!  Love the look of the whole series together. 

SynopsisMerle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teeny bopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.

Tom Henry defies description. As unsophisticated and simple as an angel, he walks through life content with who he is and asking for very little except to care for his sister, Lily, and the dogs he loves. Then he meets Merle, the embodiment of dreams he barely knows he has. Merle knows the people who hold his future in their hands might love Tom—but they’ll never understand Merle and Tom together. Tom knows it too. With lives this far apart, who’s really the fool of Main Beach?

Impressions:  I love Lain's Laguna series, and the book that kicked off the series is one of my all time favorites.  Her series made it to my top of 2016.  With this release, Lain rivals the magic of her first release in the series.

Merle is an actor at the top his commercial success who can't find the respect he wants as an artist and an actor.  When he escapes to Laguna where his friends (and our beloved cast of characters from books 1-4) he meets Tom, a handyman working on Merle's new house.

Merle is a great character. He is genuine and likable and he though he yearns for more in his field, he appreciates his fortune and the opportunities that have come his way.  When Tom rescues him on the beach, I fell in love! It is so hard to describe Tom and do him any justice.  Tom is both simple and at the same time he is so much more evolved than the people who typically surround Merle.  Lain does an amazing job with Tom.  He is not a shallow stereotype or a 2D character, he is a complex man who has to realize he deserves everything he wants and more.

I haven't wanted a couple to get their HEA as much as I wanted these guys to in a long time.  I stayed up all night to finish this, and I hope to see more of Merle and Tom, and especially Tom!

Highly recommended!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I'm back- With a 5 Star Review: Keira Andrews, Road to the Sun!

After a long hiatus, I am excited to return to the Watch and Word Society, and I am even more excited to kick off my return with a book review that you do not want to miss!

As some of you may know from Facebook, I took a new job this past year and though I love it, it has taken me some time to adjust to the schedule change! I am still a teacher, but I had the great fortune to work in my district as a specialist helping LGBTQ students and staff.  I provide professional development, consultation and support for students and staff in schools K-12.  It is very rewarding, and I love my job!  I have not stopped reading, and I am excited to get back to blogging about some of the books that have kept me going, even in the most challenging days!

To kick off the revival of the blog, I am so honored and excited to introduce the newest release from Keira Andrews, Road to the Sun.

Title: Road to the Sun

Author: Keira Andrews

Publisher/GR Link: KA Books, GR

Genre: MM Contemporary

Vice: Children, Coming Out, Suspense

Rating: 5 Stars

Lock this book up: 4 keys- Andrews knows how to write some steamy romances, and this one lives up to that promise.  The heat supports a wonderful emotional connection in the story.

Length: Novel

Satisfaction: HEA

Cover Impressions: Gorgeous!

Synopsis: Jason Kellerman’s life revolves around his eight-year-old daughter. Teenage curiosity with his best friend led to Maggie’s birth, her mother tragically dying soon after. Insistent on raising his daughter himself, he was disowned by his wealthy family and has worked tirelessly to support Maggie—even bringing her west on a dream vacation. Only twenty-five, Jason hasn’t had time to even think about romance. So the last thing he expects is to question his sexuality after meeting an undeniably attractive park ranger.

Ben Hettler’s stuck. He loves working in the wild under Montana’s big sky, but at forty-one, his love life is non-existent, his ex-boyfriend just married and adopted, and Ben’s own dream of fatherhood feels impossibly out of reach. He’s attracted to Jason, but what’s the point? Besides the age difference and skittish Jason’s lack of experience, they live thousands of miles apart. Ben wants more than a meaningless fling.

Then a hunted criminal takes Maggie hostage, throwing Jason and Ben together in a desperate and dangerous search through endless miles of mountain forest. If they rescue Maggie against all odds, can they build a new family together and find a place to call home? 

Impressions:  When I heard that I had the opportunity to get my hands on Keira Andrews' newest release I was ecstatic.  Not only was I about to embark on a work trip, I was looking for a book that could kick off my blog again, and I knew the timing couldn't be better!

Let me just say that I was planning to read this on a short flight from Boston to NY which turned into a 4 hour flight, involving 3 hours of sitting on the tarmac.  Normally, I would not enjoy this time on a hot, crowded plane, but when I began Road to the Sun, suddenly I was with Jason and Ben as they faced danger and suspense, and ultimately found love, and the time flew by! (faster than my plane for sure!)

Andrews is a master of creating complex characters, and she continued that with Ben, Jason and Maggie.  Ben was a well rounded character whose loneliness and yearning was palpable.  Not only was he stuck in love, he was stuck in a cycle of life where he could not move on.  When he meets Jason and Maggie, he is immediately drawn to the outgoing young girl and intrigued by her dad.

Maggie is adorable, and though she is very precocious, she is written as very realistic.  She is wiser than her years, but also responds to a challenging situation the way I think a child would.  

Jason is the character that I fell the most in love with.  He is trapped, in many ways the similarly to Ben, but he is not aware of the boundaries he has set up in his own life.  He has focused on being a father so much that he has forgotten how to be a man, and when he meets Ben, this begins to change.

What catapults this slow burn into a firestorm is a suspenseful and stressful event that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I loved the pace at which the suspense was written, but the love story never suffered.  

What I really loved was the time and space that was given o the developing relationship between these men and Maggie.  Though they were brought closer together by a traumatic event, I left the story believing that their love would last far beyond the healing from this event.  They were not defined by this event, but they found their way to an HEA.

This is a love story you do not want to miss!  

Highly recommended!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Title: What Remains

Author: Garrett Leight

Publisher/GR Link: Riptide, GR

Genre: MM Contemporary

Vice: Amnesia, Angst

Rating: 5 Stars

Lock this book up: 3 Keys. The focus of this book is romance, but the sex is hot and supports their love.

Length: Novel

Satisfaction: HEA/HFN

Cover Impressions: Love it!

Best Line: “The old Jodi was gone, and Rupert would mourn him forever, but this Jodi…Rupert loved him more than he would have ever believed possible…”

Synopsis: Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?

Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.

Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can’t remember and shatters Rupert’s heart. Jodi doesn’t know him—or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.

Impressions:  Garrett Leigh is becoming one of my go-to authors, and it is books like this that make me love her work.  This book was amazing, and gave me the ability to get lost with her characters and their lives.

This was a great book.  It was hard to read about the loss that Rupert and Jodi experienced.  I really connected with both of them, and I loved the way that their backstory was woven into their modern tale. 

When their relationship took such a turn, it was heartbreaking.  Though it was difficult at times, I really appreciate how Leigh wrote about the ups and downs in a realistic and moving way.  There was no magical cure or Prince Charming kiss, but rather a love that connected and drew two men back to each other and to the love that supported them since the first time they met.

I strongly recommend this read.  I started it and finished it in one day because I couldn’t put it down.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

5 Star Review: Beta Test, by Annabeth Albert

Title: Beta Test, Gaymers #2

Author: Annabeth Albert

Publisher/GR Link: Carina Press, GR

Genre: MM Contemporary

Vice: Opposites attract, nerds, coming out

Rating: 5 stars

Lock this book up: 4 keys.  This is a hot novel and the sex supports the romance.

Length: Novel

Satisfaction: HEA

Cover Impressions: I like the way it blends in with book 1

Synopsis: Brilliant graphic designer Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game—he's just been asked to present a top secret project at a huge conference in Seattle. All systems are go…until he learns his buttoned-up office nemesis is coming along for the ride.

Tristan Jones isn't really the gamer type, but he knows the back end of the video game business inside out. Together, he and Ravi will give an awesome presentation. If they survive the cross-country trip first.

Tossed together in close quarters, Ravi's shocked to see Tristan's sexy, softer side emerge from such a conservative shell. He's less shocked to learn his handsome colleague's prominent family would never support an out-and-proud son. But Ravi didn't struggle through his own coming out to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan will have to push past his fear and ultimately decide: Does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over before they've even begun?

Impressions:  I love this book, and it was a great follow up to book 1.  I could not put this down and the two MC’s really swept me into their story.  I love a good friends-to-lovers story, and combined with the opposites-attract element, this was a complete delight.

Ravi was very likable and I loved seeing the contrast between his brash exterior and his sensitive interior.  Tristan probably captured my heart the most.  I loved his yearning to be accepted at the same time he wasn’t sure how to best go about it.

There is a great cast of characters in this read, and the plot moves along at a great pace.  There is just enough angst and tension to keep me up late, clicking away on my kindle.

Definitely recommended!