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review 2018-03-11 21:33
Flowers for Him by Marie Sexton and Rowan Speedwell Review
Flowers for Him - Marie Sexton,Rowan Speedwell

He wanted to learn about beauty. He never expected to learn about love.

Billionaire Chandler Harrison’s third marriage is now history, and he’s left with his ex-wife’s parting barb, 'You have no appreciation of beauty.' Determined to prove her wrong, Chandler hires artist Neil Sweeney to add a mural to his office wall. He doesn’t even care what the picture is, as long as it’s beautiful.

Neil Sweeney is an ex-tagger, a free spirit, and a bit of a hippie. He’s never met anybody as uptight as Chandler, but when it comes to warming up Chandler’s cold, stark office, Neil has plans involving more than art.

Chandler begins to find himself strangely moved by the mural developing on his office wall. He’s especially moved by the artist himself. Chandler has denied his homosexual urges for most of his life, but it isn’t long before Neil begins introducing Chandler to all kinds of new things. As Neil’s masterpiece comes to life, so does Chandler’s appreciation for art, color, and the best kind of beauty of all—love.

 

Review

 

This is a sweet romance about an artist and a very wealthy man who finds color, beauty, and his sexual identity. 

 

As always, Sexton's writing is great and the character are both very likable. The start of the book is great and then we get a panic and rushed ending but it is still a lovely sexy read.

 

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review 2018-03-03 21:44
Between Sinners and Saints (Audiobook)
Between Sinners and Saints - Marie Sexton

Why did I wait so long to read this?

 

Well, because I found out there was a Mormon character and I always worry about that being done wrong. And while Levi's family isn't a carbon copy of my own or other Mormon families I know, I can still see this family dynamic existing in real life. It's almost too easy to see it. Even the church presidents spews the "love the sinner but not the sin" nonsense that Levi's family does here. Sadly, the Church isn't contend with just that. The book really gives a fully detailed and nuanced view of the various Binders and how they feel about Levi being gay. It's never questioned that they love Levi, some of them just don't know how to love him unconditionally like the Church also teaches us to do. His family runs the full spectrum of strictly following Church doctrine to believing it's high time the Church get off their high horse and catch up with the times.

 

Still, I can see how some readers not familiar with Mormonism or Mormons might hate Levi's family, and that's okay too.

 

Ok, onto the good stuff. Levi starts out a selfish windbag who's only concern is where to stick his dick. Working for a gay night club in Miami gives him plenty of hookups but little else. He doesn't realize how hollow his life is until he meets Jamie. Jamie is a massage therapist who Levi goes to for help with his surfer's hip and Levi, in true douche bag fashion, tries to seduce Jamie. Jamie though has a lot of trauma in his past and he quickly throws Levi out on his keister where Levi belongs. When Levi finally realizes what an asshole he's been, he has a turn around and he and Jamie become friends.

 

This is a nice slow burn, as Jamie and Levi get to know each other, and Jamie learns that he can in fact trust Levi. Levi in turns learns how to put someone else's needs above his own. It's the start of the change to a better life for both of them.

 

The romance takes it's time and doesn't rush things, and I didn't feel like Jamie's sexual awakening in the latter half of the book was too easy. It's anything but easy for him, and it's Levi's patience and understanding that goes a long way to helping Jamie become comfortable with his own body and letting himself be vulnerable.

 

The narrator, John Solo, does a fantastic job with the story and characters. He really brings the story to life, and his voices for the various characters are all well done and feel perfect for each one.

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review 2018-01-23 17:25
Spooky
The Well - Marie Sexton The Well - Marie Sexton

Stephen King meets Mark Frost / and why not David Lynch /

"Welcome to the world of paranormal investigation. Even when you experience something first hand, you're left with more questions than answers and no proof whatsoever. " 

This is a very good, dynamic story for all the fans of suspense and mystery. 

There isn't much focus on the romantic side of Pierce and Haven's relationship, but I think that fit the story very well. 
I liked how the action is composed with chapters set in present day and past. I will not spoil anything about the murder case from 12 years ago, the investigation of which brings back our main characters together,I'll only admit I couldn't really predict who the culprit was, so the book kept my interest to the very end. 

And let's not forget we have a paranormal element. 
I won't dwell on that, since I think my fellow readers have shared some great thoughts on that side of the story, let me just share my favorite example Pierce gives about human perception:

"Let's say I stand in front of a room full of people with a little vial of water. I tell them it's peppermint oil. Then I open the vial and spill it on the floor. I tell them to raise their hands the minute the smell of peppermint reaches them. Without fail, about half the people in the room will eventually raise their hands. Now, are they lying? Or is just the thought of peppermint oil enough to convince their brain they smell it? And if their brain thinks they smell it, and our brains create our reality, then how is thinking we smell something any different from actually smelling it?" 

This was my first of Marie Sexton's stories and I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of her works. 


**Copy kindly provided to me via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.**
 

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review 2017-12-03 22:09
Chapter Five and the Axe-Wielding Maniac Marie Sexton Review
Chapter Five and the Axe-Wielding Maniac - Marie Sexton

Author Joshua Franklin Hill has a bad case of writer’s block. When an axe-wielding maniac knocks on his front door and asks to dig up his living room floor, he figures his Monday from hell is complete.

But an axe-wielding maniac may be just what Josh needs.

Review

 

Nice free short story with a quick sweet romance between and older writer hero and younger man looking to find a treasure. There is a nice bit of history and a whole lot of fun in this quick read. 

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review 2017-09-28 18:10
Io sia dannato - Marie Sexton

La storia è originale, simpatica e scritta molto bene, abbastanza scorrevole da tenerti incollato fino alla fine. Il libro non è molto lungo, è per lo più una novella, ed è utile per staccare un po' la spina, può infatti essere tranquillamente letto in poche ore, magari tra una lettura impegnativa e l'altra oppure durante una vacanza, non richiedendo una grossa concentrazione e non avendo una storia troppo complessa ed elaborata. L'ho trovato molto piacevole, i protagonisti nonostante le poche pagine sono ben caratterizzati ed è impossibile non provare simpatia per Abaddon, il peggior diavolo del mondo, il classico bad boy che dovrebbe comportarsi da stronzo insensibile (dovrebbe infatti teoricamente recuperare anime e indurre in tentazione le persone!!!) ma si innamora come un tredicenne dimostrando tutta la sua bontà, riuscendo a superare in dolcezza anche gli esseri umani con un'anima. Anche Seth con la sua bontà d'animo e i versi della Bibbia sempre in bocca mi ha conquistato, anche se il personaggio migliore, quello che mi ha rubato il cuore è stato senza dubbio Baphomet, il migliore amico di Abaddon che dovrebbe anche lui fare lo stronzo ma tra una battuta sarcastica e l'altra dimostra di avere un cuore di panna aiutando l'amico e dimostrando che anche all'inferno c'è posto per l'amicizia e l'affetto nonostante tutto. Essendo così simpatico spero di vederlo prima o poi in una novella a parte, sarei infatti curiosa di ritrovarlo, visto il suo caratterino, alle prese con l'amore e i casini che ne conseguono. Ammetto che mi sarei aspettata qualcosa in più, ad esempio avrei voluto scoprire maggiori dettagli su Seth e sulla sua nascita, sulla sua vera natura invece di vedere il tutto riassunto in mezza paginetta alla fine del romanzo, avrei anche voluto un finale un po' più avvincente, con un Abbadon alle prese con una sfida impegnativa per riuscire a salvare la sua vita e quella dell'amato invece... il finale scelto è un po'... meh... troppo da favoletta cliché, tanto da avermi spinto ad abbassare il voto finale. Nonostante questo piccolo dettaglio mi sento ugualmente di consigliarlo. Se siete alla ricerca di una lettura semplice e divertente può fare al caso vostro, se invece cercate qualcosa di più complesso, sia nella storia che nella psicologia dei personaggi beh... potete girare al largo

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