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review 2017-07-19 18:45
Well this one caught my attention...hook, line & sinker...
Setting the Hook - Andrew Grey

'Setting the Hook' is the first book in Andrew Grey's latest series 'Love's Charter' and I do have to admit it's been a while since I've enjoyed one of this author's books as much as this one.

 

William Westmoreland has a high pressure life in Rhode Island. Helping his father run the family business and trying to live up to the expectations of his parents. Who I have to admit in spit of everything else were at least accepting of William's sexuality.  William's only bit of self indulgence is his twice a year trips to Florida to charter on Mike Jansen's fishing boat where he can relax, catch some fish and enjoy the scenery...all of the scenery.  But he's never done more than look.

 

Mike runs his charter fishing service so he can provide for his mother and daughter and he keeps everything else firmly locked in the closet to ensure that they stay safe. Following his heart isn't an option in Mike's eyes. 

 

Neither of these men are looking for a relationship. For different reasons each man's life is ruled by fear making love a complication that they just don't have room for. William doesn't have time and lives in fear of letting his father down...Mike lives in fear of what he could lose if he follows his heart. 

 

When Mother Nature steps in and forces these two men together they begin to realize that they can no more fight their feelings than they can the storm raging outside and keeping William in Florida.

 

The relationship between these two wasn't a direct line to happily ever after for either of them. There was the real world to deal with, choices and decisions to be made and none of it was easy for them. William returned to Rhode Island to the life that he felt he couldn't escape and this was when he realized that it was a life he couldn't and didn't want to continue to live. At the same time Mike began to realize that while he loved his mother and daughter and wouldn't change anything that had happened in the past he needed to find a way to redefine his future and still provide for them and keep them safe.

 

These men and their story worked for me. Things weren't easily resolved for them and at times the floundered but I loved that they were both willing to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and keep trying, keep working to find a way to be together and create a life together. 

 

As well as letting their fears rule their lives, both William and Mike treasure their family in their own way. Mike's mom is loving, strong and supportive and does her best to help him raise his daughter. At the same time she sees so much more of her son and who he is than he realizes and truly wants the best for them. 

 

William's parents were a bit more complicated and at the beginning I can honestly say I was not a fan and while I never fully warmed up to them as the story progressed I came to appreciate the potential that was beginning to grow as his parents began to change and see that the life there son was leading was neither the life he wanted or needed. Throughout the story there was conflict between William and his parents as he struggled to change his life so he could be with Mike. I liked that we got to see things between William and his parents start to improve. It was nice to read a story where a child and his parents were able to work through their conflicts come out on the other side with a stronger relationship rather than being alienated from each other.

 

Greg Tremblay was the narrator for this story and as always he did not disappoint. The voices worked for me, they were expressive and conveyed emotion giving depth and life to the story.  Mr. Tremblay is definitely one of my favorite narrators, his audio books without fail 

 

'Setting the Hook' has given a solid start to this series and I'm definitely looking forward to continuing with 'Love's Charter' and seeing whose story will come next.

 

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An audio book of 'Setting the Hook' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2017-07-07 19:02
Fire and Water (Carlisle Cops Book 1) by Andrew Grey 99 cents!
Fire and Water - Andrew Grey

Officer Red Markham knows about the ugly side of life after a car accident left him scarred and his parents dead. His job policing the streets of Carlisle, PA, only adds to the ugliness, and lately, drug overdoses have been on the rise. One afternoon, Red is dispatched to the local Y for a drowning accident involving a child. Arriving on site, he finds the boy rescued by lifeguard Terry Baumgartner. Of course, Red isn’t surprised when gorgeous Terry won’t give him and his ugly mug the time of day.

 

Overhearing one of the officer’s comments about him being shallow opens Terry’s eyes. Maybe he isn’t as kindhearted as he always thought. His friend Julie suggests he help those less fortunate by delivering food to the elderly. On his route he meets outspoken Margie, a woman who says what’s on her mind. Turns out, she’s Officer Red’s aunt.

 

Red and Terry’s worlds collide as Red tries to track the source of the drugs and protect Terry from an ex-boyfriend who won’t take no for an answer. Together they might discover a chance for more than they expected—if they can see beyond what’s on the surface.

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review 2017-06-28 23:12
Follow the yellow brick road...follow the yellow brick road...follow, follow, follow...
Stuck in Oz - Andrew Grey, Rusty Topsfield

"Stuck In Oz" is the second book in Andrew Grey's 'Tales From Kansas' and while we get a very tiny glimpse of Roger and Lyle, the couple from 'Dumped In Oz' book 1 in this series, 'Stuck In Oz' can easily be read as a standalone. 

 

Jeremy runs from San Diego to Wamego, Kansas with his little brother Petey when their mother dies and he's determined to keep Petey with him. Petey is an adorable, sweet little 3 year old who loves his brother Jeremy. Jeremy is in his early 20s and he adores his brother Petey and would do anything to keep him safe and happy. So he decides that his safest course of action is to go to their Uncle Milt. 

 

Milt wasn't close to his sister but he loves his nephews and takes them in with open arms and welcoming heart. While he wasn't always the most observant person at the party he came through for his nephews with flying colors.  I loved Milt and am really hoping that at some point he will get a story and his own happily ever after. 

 

When Jeremy arrives in town he stops at the local diner and this is where he meets Nate for the first time. Nate's lived his whole life in Wamego and while he seems confident and outgoing he's got his own demons to deal with. As Jeremy and Nate get to know each other Nate's insecurities come to the surface and it's Jeremy's sweet quiet nature and his faith in Nate's ability to overcome his insecurities that helps Nate to take stock of himself and find the determination to be the man that he wants to be.

 

I really enjoyed this one. While Nate and Jeremy were attracted to each other from the start it wasn't love at first sight and we got to see them get to know each other and take their relationship from acquaintances to friends to lovers. The ending was definitely a happy for now with a solid HEA to come.

 

Rusty Topsfield was again the narrator for this second installment of the 'Tales From Oz' series and while his narration in the first book was ok for me...I definitely enjoyed his narration of this one a bit more.

 

The stories in the 'Tales From Kansas' series are short with little angst and a definite feel good undertone and I'm looking forward to seeing what the next one has in store for me and I have to admit I'm really, really hoping for Uncle Milt's story before this series ends...just putting that out there in the universe.

 

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An audio book of 'Stuck In Oz' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-06-27 07:25
Fire and Hail - Andrew Grey

I get that most people find kids absolutely adorable and they may have a place in romance novels. But in this case it was too much for my taste. Abey and his sister Penny are the sweetest kids you can imagine and with what they’ve been through in their young lives, of course I wanted them to have a happy future and for the actual MCs Brock and Vinny to built a happy family around those kids. But there was too much focus on the children and Vinny’s legal battle for them. It was all CPS regulations for foster homes and legal procedures – mixed in with a bit of police work in Brock’s case – and definitely not enough romance. The children took over and Brock and Vinny building a relationship between the two of them was pushed to the back. A bit of a disappointment to me.

But then, I have never been equipped with much of a maternal instinct and have chosen not to have children of my own. If you are more of a ‘kids person’ than I am, this may be right up your alley.

 

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review 2017-06-20 22:34
Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match, find me a find, catch me a catch...
Noble Intentions - Andrew Grey

When Robert Ashton's uncles dies. Robert is in for a surprise when the will is read and he learns that he's the Earl of Hantford and that title comes with a couple of money pits. The family estate Ashton Park and a place in London which he quickly decides he'll probably sell but Ashton Park has been in his family for generations and it would break his mother's heart to see it sold and Robert's not sure selling Ashton Park is something that it's in his heart to do. But the problem is he doesn't have the money for the much needed repairs. However, Robert's thinks she has the perfect solution...she's sure that Robert just needs to marry someone with the much needed money.

 

Putting her plan for her son to marry someone with money into action. Robert's mom signs him up for a matchmaker service and before Robert knows it he's meeting Tech Wizard Daniel Fabian for dinner while on a business trip to New York. Danial has his own reasons for using a matchmaker and what he's looking for someone with a title so that when he goes to his high school reunion filled with old money snobs he can show up as a member of the aristocracy.

 

While Robert and Daniel ultimately ended up enjoying their first date in spite of it's awkward start and it did lead to arrangements for a second date. Thankfully it wasn't a case of insta-love. 

 

Overall I enjoyed the story and I liked that while it wasn't long before Daniel and Robert found themselves falling for each other it wasn't insta-love and they did take time to get to know each other. While neither of them confessed to their reasons for using the matchmaker service it was shared fairly early in the relationship so there wasn't any unnecessary miscommunication issues.

 

While there was the occasional bit of over the top sweetness it wasn't in excessive amounts and overall it didn't detract from the story for me. 

 

Robert Nieman was the narrator for this audiobook and while I really loved his narration for the previous audiobook that I listened to by him. This one wasn't working as well for me but I can't really say that has as much to do with the narrator as it does with the fact that while I liked this story I didn't fall over the moon in love with it. The only thing that bothered me that is directly related to the narration was the fact that while Robert was suppose to be British he really didn't have a British accent nor did his mother or any of the other secondary characters who were suppose to be British. The voices were distinct just not British.

 

'Noble Intentions' was a sweet standalone story about two men looking for solutions to the problems in their lives and what they find is that sometimes the answers to our problems come wrapped in love even when we aren't looking for it.

 

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An audiobook of 'Noble Intentions' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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