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review 2017-12-15 19:43
I love cruise ship stories...
Cruising - Cate Ashwood

Ok so this is new to me but apparently I love stories that are set on cruise ships because I seem to have a hard time saying no to them and in this case I didn't even try. 

 

So we've got a cruise ship heading for Alaska, best friend's Dylan and Jake...inseparable since college. Each having a secret...basically the same secret and boys and girls this is all wrapped up in that pretty ribbon marked 'FREE'. 

 

So in summary a friends to lovers story set on a cruise ship heading for Alaska and if you're a fan of Cate Ashwood you can grab a free copy of this to read and if you just haven't gotten around to reading this author...what are you waiting for this is the perfect time to check out a new author.

 

This was actually my second time with a story by this author and while the first time didn't go so well...this time was much more enjoyable. 'Cruising' is a short, sweet friends to lovers story without an real angst or over the top drama.

 

Dylan and Jake have been close friends since college and are nearly inseparable. Dylan and Jake head over heels in love with each other, but neither man is quite certain how to tell the other so when Jake unexpectedly 'wins' an Alaskan cruise he sees it as his chance to put his feelings out there and hopefully move their friendship in a more intimate direction. 

 

At less than 50 pages this is a short read but it's also a cute, sweet story. I found myself easily becoming enamored with both Dylan and Jake as they stumbled through their awkward efforts to put their feelings out there and still keep their friendship intact. I enjoyed this one and while the story felt complete I'd happily read more about these two men as they settle into a life together  because in case I forgot the mention it...it's a good thing these guys are surrounded by water because they're pretty hot together. 

 

If you're looking to check out a new author or just wanting to read a short, cute story I definitely recommend this one. Like I said it's short, cute and free and if you need a break from the holiday stories.

 

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A copy of 'Cruising' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-11-03 17:37
Bloom Box (Heartsville) by Cate Ashwood Review
Bloom Box (Heartsville) - Cate Ashwood

If there’s one thing William Sullivan knows less about than how to run a business, it’s flowers. When Will is left carrying responsibility for the flower shop he’d leased for his cheating ex-boyfriend, he is sure it will lead him into financial ruin. 


Just when he’s about to abandon all hope, in walks Milo Hart—young, overflowing with energy, and perhaps best of all, a genius when it comes to flowers. Will hires him on the spot and they begin a working partnership that might be Will’s only saving grace. The more time they spend together, the more Will’s feelings for Milo evolve and Will must choose between keeping things strictly business, or taking a chance to let love bloom. 

 

Review


I love Milo. He is so much himself and in hot pursuit of the man he wants.

 

Watching the flower shop come together is as fun as the romance. I would have liked more of the couple's outside relationships and less plot holes  but this is a lovely little sexy romance.

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review 2017-10-20 02:24
When in doubt blame it on the cookies...
A Forced Silence - Cate Ashwood,R. Scott Smith

 

I've been wanting to read or listen on audio as was the case here to something by this author for quite a while now. So when I saw 'A Forced Silence' on audio and Scott R. Smith was the narrator. I was intrigued a new to me author and a new to narrator. This was going to be an adventure and I was looking forward to it.

 

Unfortunately my adventure turned out to be not so epic. 'A Forced Silence' had so much potential for me...enemies to lovers, coming out and second chances I was ready. Adam Carson and Sam McKenna went to school together. Adam tormented Sam and made his school years miserable. But that was years ago and both men have changed. Sam's out and Adam's firmly ensconced in the closet, but somehow these two men find themselves drawn to each other and a relationship begins.

 

While the story itself appealed to me it was Adam and Sam and the overall dynamics of the relationship that just didn't work for me. I really didn't feel the connection between them and their banter not only didn't work for me, but at times I was actually a bit put off by their interactions. Overall as a couple these two guys just didn't work for me.

 

Add in the fact that while for the most part the narration was ok, there were times that it lacked the consistency that I really appreciate in an audio book. At times I just couldn't hear enough distinction between some of the voices and it left my brain scrambling to catch up and figure out who was speaking which tended to yank me out of the story. 

 

I'm not sure if it was the just the story that wasn't working for me or the narrator or a combination of both...so, while I'll definitely give try something else by this author and the narrator as well...just maybe, not at the same time.

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review 2017-10-13 10:46
too stinking cute! loved this!
Textual Relations - Cate Ashwood
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Henry gets a wrong number about a date,so he decides to turn up at the date to let Ash know HER date wasn't coming. But Ash is short for Asher and Henry finds himself on a date, with a guy. This book landed in my queue at the right time for me. It's short, and cute, and mostly stress free and its a perfect hang over cure!! It's told only from Henry's point of view, in the first person and this is the ONLY reason I didn't give it 5 stars, because Ash didn't have his say. I loved how Henry didn't see what was happening with him and Ash, til it hit him like a freight train. Loved how he didn't question it too much either, he just went with the flow and enjoyed it. It's a really easy read, some 100 pages, took me just over an hour. It's light hearted in places, not overly explicit, and mostly drama free. It gets a little hairy when Henry introduces Ash to his brother, but that's because of how it happens, rather than the fact he is introducing his brother to a MAN when he still thinks Ash is a girl! A too stinking cute read, but not quite a warm and fuzzys one as well. Very well written,with no spelling or editing errors I spotted. 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-10-06 23:47
Married for a Month by Cate Ashwood Review
Married for a Month - Cate Ashwood

Best friends since high school, Chase Bradley and Alec Montero are opposites in almost every way. The one thing they can agree on, though, is that marriage is for suckers.

Everything is going their way until a drunken bet leads Alec and Chase to the altar. Their temporary “I Do’s” aren’t as amusing in the sober light of day when they find themselves thrown into married life and everything that goes with it.

The question they have to ask themselves now is, can their friendship survive being married for a month.

 

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This low angst friends to lovers romance was right in the sweet spot with a great fake marriage plot, conflict only based on character, sexy love, and well earned happily ever after. True love. 

A lovely low angst romance that is engaging because of the wonderful relationship and well its sexy. 

I adore a fake marriage plot and the live with each thing and that gets even better when we have to grown men who are best friends for a lot of their lives. They know their sexualities and have rich professionial lives as well as family and friends. They haven't found love and then, of course it is right there in their best friend. They worry a bit about ruining the friendship but not so long it feels false and then they take the risk. So wonderful.

So, far I have found Cate Ashwood to be a writer's whose books I can turn to when I just want to be delighted by love and have a cuddle,. Good stuff!
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

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