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!