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review 2018-11-30 21:05
So much goodness here...
Male/Male Mystery and Suspense Box Set: 6 Novellas - Josh Lanyon,Chris Gebauer,Lance Greenfield,Jason Clarke

It's been absolutely ages since I've read these stories but in the true test of time they are every bit as enjoyable now as I remember them being and just as enjoyable to hear on audio as reading the stories were the first time around.

 

Josh Lanyon was one of the first authors that I discovered when I initially stuck my nose into the world of m/m stories and I've loved everything that I've ever read by this author. From the first Adrien English until this collection of stories this author has not failed to give me hours of enjoyable reading. As with most I've enjoyed some books more than others but for the most part this author has always given me stories that were 4 and 5 star reads.

 

With 6 different standalone stories to enjoy, even though I've read them all I loved the variety that this collection offered and while I'm not going to take the time to review each story separately I will say that 'Lovers and Other Strangers' along with 'Cards On The Table' are my absolute favorites. Also while 'The Dark Horse' works as a standalone there is a follow-up story that readers can enjoy called 'The White Knight'. 

 

So just to give a bit of a frame of reference as to how I rated these books I'm going to list each story with the narrators name and my individual rating for the story...

 

The Dark Horse......................4 stars.........Jason Clarke, narrator

A Vintage Affair.......................5 stars.........Chris Gebauer, narrator

Blood Red Butterfly.................5 stars.........Lance Greefield, narrator

Don't Look Back......................4 stars.........Lance Greenfield, narrator

Lovers and Other Strangers....5 stars........Jason Clarke, narrator

Cards On the Table.................5 stars........Jason Clarke, narrator

 

On a side note some of these stories have been recorded before by other narrators...

Dark Horse, White Knight, narrated by Derrick McClain

A Vintage Affair, narrated by Paul S. Fleschner

Blood Red Butterfly - only on this audio collection

Don't Look Back, narrated by Graham Halstead

Lovers and Other Strangers - only on this audio collection

Cards on the Table - narrated by Sean Crisden

 

While I have to admit I am a big fan of Sean Crisden, I'm also more than happy to say that Jason Clarke's narration for 'Cards on the Table' was well done and overall I'm looking forward to enjoying all of these stories again...in the near future. I would have gone back to the  beginning as soon as I got done the first time but some times like it or not we all need to do a bit of adulting in the real world...ok, that's code talk for a have a home to decorate for the holidays.

 

So all in all this one was a really enjoyable collection of Josh Lanyon stories that even from a purely practical viewpoint for what amounts to the price of maybe 3 of the stories you can get 6 and 2 of them are only available in this collection...it's a BOGO Sale (Buy one, get one) ok, I've done a bit of pimping here but it's only because I enjoyed these stories so much, that I want to encourage everyone to enjoy them as well.

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review 2018-11-30 18:11
Review: "Flight: A Gay Fairy Tale" (Gay Fairy Tales, #3) by Leta Blake & Keira Andrews
Flight: A Gay Fairy Tale - Keira Andrews,Leta Blake

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

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review 2018-11-29 20:18
A decade in the life of...
Texas Gift - R.J. Scott

While it's only been a half decade since RJ Scott first shared the story of how Riley and Jack came to be together in 'Texas Gift' we're given not 'a day in the life of' but 'a decade' in the life of these two men. We find out what life has brought to the 'Campbell-Hayes' clan and those they love as dearly as family.

 

I've read every book in this series and yes, I've loved some more than others but regardless of that I don't regret reading any of them and for me this is the kind of series where you need to read them all so that you can truly have the whole picture. 

 

In 'Texas Gift' we go through the whole gambit with them 'for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, '  (well...except that last part. Thankfully we are spared this). 

 

While book 7 wasn't the most notable book for me this one delivered and then some. I cried...oh man did I cry...happy tears, sad tears I pretty much shed them all. I've been hanging on to this one for about a year now...last year I said good-bye to a few series that have been dear to my heart and when this came up I just didn't have it in me to say good-bye to another favorite, but with another year coming to a close it just felt like maybe it was time to let go. So I opened the book and I started to read by the time I went to bed I had less than 20 pages to go...20 pages in which I realized that I'd fallen in love with these men and their family all over again....so few words remaining with so many feelings attached to them.

"I love you," Riley said, hoping the words meant more to Jack each time he said them. "I've always loved you, and I always will."

"I love you, too." Jack said, softly, "I've always loved you, and yeah, I always will."

Of course before I started this story I also knew that with it's ending I didn't have to truly say good-bye to the Campbell-Hayes family because while it's not about 'Jack and Riley' there is at least one more story to come in 'Home For Christmas' we get to know Connor and I can't lie...I'm more than a little curious because at the end of 'Texas Gift' Connor brings his boyfriend Elliot home to meet his family but in the blurb for 'Home For Christmas' the name that seems to be occupying Connor's time isn't 'Elliott' but a young man named 'River'...so if you think I'm not scurrying off to find out what's happening in Connor's life well...sorry, think again. 

 

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review 2018-11-29 18:47
Review: "Rise: A Gay Fairy Tale" (Gay Fairy Tales, #2) by Leta Blake & Keira Andrews
Rise: A Gay Fairy Tale - Keira Andrews,Leta Blake

 

~ 4.5 stars ~

 

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review 2018-11-28 18:15
Review: "Levity: A Gay Fairy Tale" (Gay Fairy Tales, #1) by Leta Blake & Keira Andrews
Levity: A Gay Fairy Tale - Keira Andrews,Leta Blake

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

 

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1st read: November 20th, 2015

1st reread: November 28th, 2018

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