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review 2017-07-17 02:22
ARC Review: Smitty's Sheriff (Hope #3) by Cardeno C.
Smitty's Sheriff: A May December Contemporary Romance (Hope Collection) - Cardeno C.

It pains me to no end to have to give such a low rating to a CC novel, but I hated Richard in this book, and the romance here was not what I expected.

I quite liked Todd, and I really wanted him to fall for someone not Richard, someone who deserved him, but I guess the heart wants what the heart wants.

Todd is in his early 20s, and six months ago, Richard, the town's sheriff, broke off their three year hidden relationship for no apparent reason. Just no longer called or came by. Todd doesn't know why, and he's still carrying a torch for the sheriff, but doesn't know how to get him back. 

At 41, Richard is considerably older than Todd and a condescending, judgmental, stuck-up ass. He likes to be in charge, but he also looked down his nose at the younger man, his carefree, somewhat flighty personality, and didn't consider it appropriate to be known as "the grocery boy's booty call". Say what now? >.<

Both suffer from a serious lack of communication with each other, with Richard being averse to Todd sleeping with others, and Todd not knowing that Richard wants a committed relationship, when Richard never even hinted at it. When you're someone's secret booty call, the message they're sending is not one of commitment. 

But then Todd's sister needs a babysitter (how convenient), and since Todd couldn't possibly handle the baby by himself, he's expected to move into Richard's place to get help with his niece. I didn't like Todd's sister either. She older than Todd and closer in age to Richard, and they BOTH treated Todd like he's just a fuck-up.

But he's not. And I guess as Richard sees a more grown-up, responsible side of Todd, he has to reconsider his actions and maybe realize that he was wrong. Only he doesn't really think he was wrong, and it takes Todd telling him what he didn't consider for Richard to pull his head out of his ass.

The book makes it sound like Richard misses Todd as much as Todd missed Richard, but jealousy and distrust don't make a good foundation for a relationship, and for Todd to feel as if he has to justify himself all the damn time, and for him to offer Richard access to his phone so Richard can verify that Todd is not sneaking around with other men - UGH, NO!

CC's usual writing style of course shines through here, which is why I finished the book, because the fluff and hot sexy times are all there, but the romance was definitely lacking, and I don't have high hopes that these two will ride off into the sunset together. 

If you love CC's books, I hope you'll give this a try. You never know - it might work for you, even though it didn't for me. 

 



** I received a free copy of this book from its author. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2017-07-15 17:01
Review: "Road to the Sun" by Keira Andrews
Road to the Sun: May-December Gay Romance - Keira Andrews

 

~ 4.5 stars ~

 

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review 2017-03-29 19:09
warm and fuzzies, people, warm and fuzzies!
Bedside Manner - D.J. Jamison
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. I made a new shelf, May/December, just for this book I thoroughly, and I mean totally and utter fell in love with both Paul, and Zane. I loved how Paul noticed Zane's eyes first. But then again, Zane was on Paul's gurney in his ER, black and blue all over from a beating by his step father for coming out. I loved that he waited, quite correctly, til Zane was fully recovered. I loved that Zane was determined to have Paul in, not only his bed, but his heart and his life. I loved them separately, and I loved them together. I loved Paul's back story, how he walked away from his marriage after so long. Loved how he though Zane was the courageous one for coming out so young. You know what?? I LOVED this whole blooming book! It gave me those warm and fuzzies I'd been looking for, for so long! Been a long, long ass time, since a book was so warm and fuzzy! LONG ASS TIME!! It has some characters from another book, its a kind of spin off from Heart Trouble (Ashe Sentinel Connections #6) Ben and Gage. Now, when I was reading this one, I was dead sure I had read about Ben and Gage before. They set bells a-ringing and I had to check which book it was but I can't find the review I must have wrote. So maybe, it wasn't THIS Ben and Gage I read about, I dunno. But that just needs mentioning. You don't need to have read their book, they just play a large part here. Anyways, warm and fuzzies, people, WARM AND FUZZIES! 5 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-03-23 10:29
Science-Fiction at its best.
The Word Endangered (The Face of the Deep, Book 3) - Steve Rzasa

This was a fantastic read. I love classic science-fiction adventure (opera?) novels done well and this is a perfect example. Steve Rzasa's novels keep getting better and this is the best one yet in the series. I did not read Broken Sight which takes place prior to this story but I look forward to doing so.

 

Overall, the writing is excellent an awesome story and indepth plot-line that expands the created universe. I really hope this is not the end of this series. Such a unique concept for a series.

 

A must read!

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text 2017-03-20 00:40
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
A Long December - Richard Chizmar

Guesstimating the percentage, but it's twenty or a little over.  I was experimenting with how easy it was to get Humble Bundle books onto iBooks.   Very easy.   I happen to know the comics are bears to read in iBooks so I don't; I read those as PDFs on my computer.   (Which I finally named.   Vin and my iPad is Viv, and now some of you will get that.  I also told my dad not to drop Viv because she was the survivor, and he just stared at me, to which I responded 'obscure naming of my iPad!   And references!')

 

Anyway, this books is amazing.   I tried to read it because I've been vaguely unsatisfied with everything I've sampled after the perfect Jae Lee Transformers book.   (Whatever, that's what I think of it as, so there you go.)   I figured since I had this on here, I'd try. 

 

I love the touch screen combined with the scrolling option on iBooks.   You can sorta mimic it on the Kindle app with the new view that shows you pages, but it's so much easier to read on the iPad!

 

I took today off from things, like cleaning.   Today was a 'it's for Grimlock and what she wants to do day.'   I played Juice Jam, went out to lunch and a concert featuring musicians who play in the Boston Symphony Orchestra with my parents and some family friends, and read.   

 

It was amazing.   I have my week planned, too.   Monday: laundry/cleaning/purging and dinner out.   Also, call doctor to see about getting stuff signed for school.   (It was the immunization blood work, which I knew would clear and did.)  Possibly go in and get that taken care of, too.

 

Tuesday: work and movie at friends house. 

 

Wednesday: comics then hair cut with my sister. 

 

Thursday: work, then watching TV with my friend. 

 

Friday: cleaning and sneaking in some comic book reading.   

 

Saturday: work and sleep it off.   

 

Sunday: take another Grimlock day for sanity's sake.

 

Monday: More laundry and possibly some light cleaning.   Then dinner.   Then kinda rinse and repeat.   

 

I'm going to try and relax as much as I can before my life gets crazy in the best way possible this fall!

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