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review 2017-09-06 01:04
I think I got a little 'Lost Along the Way' with this one...
Lost Along the Way - Marie Sexton,Jeff Gelder

'Lost Along the Way' is Marie Sexton's contribution to the 'Curious Cookbook' series and I have to admit that while I like the premise of the story. It just didn't quite work for me and honestly it was due more to the narration than the story.


Jeff Gelder was the narrator for this installment of the 'Curious Cookbook' series and I've listened to 3 or 4 books by this narrator in the past and I've enjoyed them. Unfortunately that wasn't the case this time and I have to admit I was thinking maybe it was me so I peeked at a couple of reviews...specifically I spotted my friend Heather's review and lo and behold she actually had the same problem as I did. It seems we both found the narration on this one to be both stilted and a bit devoid of emotion. Unfortunately given that this is a story that easily lends itself to some emotional moments...a 15 year committed relationship ends, one of the MCs falls in love and even he thinks that maybe it's a bit soon, he parents are both dead and he's got issues...seriously he'd been estranged from them for years and was just starting to rebuild the relationship...I mean come one this ones filled with emotion and it just wasn't coming across in the narration.


I enjoy Marie Sexton's writing and I know I'm sure that Mr. Gelder will entertain me again with other stories but for now...we're done here and I'm calling it a day at 3 stars and moving on to the last book.

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review 2017-08-26 16:37
Second Hand (Tucker Springs, #2) by Heidi Cullinan and, Marie Sexton Review
Second Hand - Heidi Cullinan,Marie Sexton

Paul Hannon moved to Tucker Springs for his girlfriend, but she’s left him with a house he can’t afford and a pantry full of useless gadgets. All Paul wants is to get back to normal, even if he's not sure what that is anymore. When he wanders into Tucker Pawn for a gift to win her back, he meets El Rozal, pawn shop owner and all-around cynic.

El Rozal doesn’t do relationships, especially not with clueless straight boys still pining for their ex. El may make his living dealing in castoffs, but that doesn't apply to men. Still, when Paul starts clearing out his old life, pawning kitchen equipment he never wanted in the first place, El is drawn to Paul in spite of himself.

Paul and El have nothing in common except a past full of disappointments. There's no reason to believe the two of them could fit, but in El’s line of work, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. When it comes to love, El and Paul may learn that secondhand doesn't mean second best.




I love EL and the dog. I love his crush and his pursuit of Paul and his dedication to family.

Paul is depressed, non self reflective, and clueless but he is sweet and kind and figures things out.

I like that Paul is working class and money is a thing. His ex girlfriend is awful but his mom is great.

This is a lovely romance with a great cast of characters. Very good read!



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review 2017-08-17 04:51
Damned If You Do by Marie Sexton
Damned If You Do - Marie Sexton,Kelly Martin,Digitally Imagined

Seth is a healer, but with every person healed, he himself is getting closer to death. Knowing what healing in the long run entitles, he decides to break free before it's too late. "Not so fast, brother!" says handsome black man Zed with his James Earl Jones's voice, and makes Seth stay, rending him unable to leave the circus revival.

Abaddon is a soul collector. The Hell he lives in, tho I am sure hellishly horrible, sounds pretty amusing and sometimes funny. He is buried in paperwork and is under pressure to collect souls.

MCs meet, they fall in love, they suffer, they cry, they offer all kinds of sacrifices to save the other and, I don't believe this is much of a spoiler, they live to be together. All the usual works. 

Now, angels, hippy revivals, devils, soul collectors don't entice me in any way. I read this book for a challenge in which I needed a book with a devil, and only because it's Marie Sexton so I knew it would be as good as I could get. On the whole, it was 3 star-ish for me. Once again, it's me, not the book.

BUT! Just like Abaddon found a bright soul in Bible Belt, I found a bright couple of lines in this not-my-fav-trope book.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick did if for me. I am bumping my rating up to 4. 'Cause PATS! 'Cause BRADY! =) This wasn't just bright, this was brilliant! :D And funny :)

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review 2017-08-16 19:06
The Well by Marie Sexton
The Well - Marie Sexton

The Well is a perfectly creepy, atmospheric little read for those of you who don’t like their horror all up in your face. I’m not going to say it scared me, because books rarely do, but it did build up a dastardly little mystery that did make my skin crawl a time or two.

It’s told in two timelines.


Twelve years ago Haven is goaded into staying the night at a rumored haunted house by his cousin Elise. It didn’t take a lot of goading though because Haven’s crush, Pierce, was also attending. He knew nothing was likely to happen either ghostly-wise or with Pierce but off he goes with Elise, Pierce and a few other teens for a night of spooky fun. When Elise decides to throw a séance things take a sinister turn and later Elise disappears.


The other timeline is set in the present day. Since that fateful night, Haven has been haunted by the loss of his favorite cousin Elise and spent most of his youth believing one of the teens present that night committed murder and has distanced himself from them. He’s become a horror writer to excise those demons but hasn’t kept in touch with his old group of friends – until now. Pierce, now a tv ghost hunter, has returned to town to do a segment on the vacant house and he wants Haven to participate. Old lusts are reignited as well as old suspicions . . .


There is a little romance here so if you don’t like that sort of thing invading your horror fiction you have been warned. Mostly this book is a slow burning murder-mystery with a side helping of ghostliness. I enjoyed watching it all unfold and especially loved the ghost-busting segment where scary sh*t actually happened! It kept me guessing and had just the right mix of thrills, atmosphere and engaging characters.


I received a copy of this book from Netgalley courtesy of author Marie Sexton.

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review 2017-06-18 08:23
Süße Liebesgeschichte
Promises - Nur mit dir - Marie Sexton,Michaela Link

Jared lebt in der typisch amerikanischen Kleinstadt am Hintern der Welt. Es ist der Klassiker von Stadt, der als Durchfahrtsroute dient, wo sich selten ein neues Gesicht hin verirrt und Moralvorstellungen so festgefahren sind, dass er es als Homosexueller selbst heutzutage nicht leicht hat.

Die Autorin behandelt vorrangig das Thema Homosexualität und das typische Kleinstadtphänomen. Gleichzeitig packt sie dieses ernste Themen in einen niedlichen Liebesroman und heizt ganz schön die Spannung an. 

Protagonist Jared ist homosexuell und lebt in dieser Kleinstadt-Tristesse. Sein Leben dort führt er eigentlich gern, auch wenn er in der kleinen Gemeinde nur niedrige Chancen auf eine Partnerschaft hat. Denn außer ihm gibt es nur einen alten Lehrer, der sich zur Homosexualität bekennt, was verständlicherweise keine Alternative ist. Doch dann erscheint Polizist Matt auf der Bildfläche, der neuen Flair ins dörfliche Leben bringt.

Meiner Meinung nach handelt es sich um eine Liebesgeschichte, wie man sie auch von heterosexuellen Paaren kennt. Der erste Kontakt, leise Annäherungsversuche und der Hauch einer Ahnung, dass vielleicht doch nichts daraus wird, fördern die Spannung, wobei das Ende von Vornherein offensichtlich ist.

Ich greife gern einmal zu anderen Büchern, die nicht dem gängigen Klischee entsprechen, und genau deshalb fand ich dieses Genre mal interessant. Obwohl ich jetzt nicht behaupten kann, dass sich der Roman ungewöhnlich entwickelt, hat er durch den homosexuellen Protagonisten doch einen gewissen Mehrwert, weil es da einiges zu beachten gibt. 

Es ist schon schwierig genug, sich kennenzulernen, wenn die sexuelle Orientierung den üblichen Vorstellungen entspricht. Aber worauf ein homosexueller Mensch noch so aufpassen muss, öffnet die Augen und gibt dieser Love Story einen weiteren Reiz.

Ich weiß nicht, ob ich es extra erwähnen muss, aber es gibt erotische Szenen, die mich doch ein bisschen überrascht haben. Sie sind weder vulgär noch irgendwie dramatisch beschrieben, allerdings will ich darauf hinweisen, damit sich andere Leser nicht überrumpelt fühlen.

Die Liebesgeschichte hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Ich konnte mitfiebern, die latente Spannung war greifbar und hat sich über alle Seiten gezogen. Es war bezaubernd, ein bisschen ungewöhnlich und trotzdem ganz normal.

Der Schreibstil der Autorin ist einfach und ruhig gehalten, sodass ich ich die Geschichte binnen weniger Stunden gelesen habe. Es hat mir gefallen, in den Weiten der USA in Frühlingsgefühle abzutauchen und ich bin mir sicher, dass sich ab sofort manchmal die eine oder andere Liebesgeschichte für Zwischendurch bei mir einschleichen wird. 

Wer also mit Jared dem beengten dörflichen Leben trotzen will und eine süße Geschichte für Zwischendurch sucht, wird in „Promises. Nur mit dir“ genau den richtigen Lesestoff finden.

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