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review 2019-06-27 00:30
‘Single’ is the start of RJ Scott’s new series ‘Single Dads’...
Single (Single Dads #1) - R.J. Scott

Ash is the single dad we get to meet this time around. He didn’t plan it this way but his partner or the person who he thought was his partner decided that the whole family, parent thing just wasn’t for him…’whew’ thank heavens Ash and his sweet little baby girl, Mia dodged a bullet on that one.

 

While Ash had a moment or two when I admit he was a little hard to take, he was no where near as irritating as his ex…I could have totally done with out him at all…he left, wanted no part of anything and for me, he should have just stayed gone and the other thing that was a bit challenging for me was Ash’s relationship with his mother. There were things about his relationship with his mom that for me were well done and some that maybe could have been handled a bit better but then again, we can often say the same thing about real life too…can’t we?

 

In a lot of ways, I really empathized with Ash. While I wasn’t a single parent my hubby travelled for his work when our son was young and there were times, I sure felt like one. It’s a hard job, like seriously hard. Ash was a bit over the top at times with his insecurities about being a new dad and raising a child on his own. I have to admit I was reminded of my favorite mantra when my son was young and I was on my own with him…better a parent who cares too much than one that doesn’t care enough and yet…still there were times that I wanted to maybe give Ash a swift kick in the behind.

 

As well as Ash we get to meet his neighbors the sexy ER doctor Sean who sets his sights on Ash at first sight and Sean’s roommates and best friends…Eric the firefighter whose first meeting with Ash was less than impressive but definitely entertaining and Officer Leo and his adorable dog ‘Cap’. That’s right Ash has his own personal team of first responders living next door and along with his neighbors, his twin sister and the single dad’s support group that he finds for himself that includes Brady, who becomes a good friend to Ash.

 

They say it takes a village and as Ash goes from being a zombie (code talk for parent of a newborn) to a semi-functioning adult we get to share his journey as he finds his own village to help him become the competent and loving dad he wants to be and to maybe find someone who wants to take that journey with him and help him create the family that he’d envisioned having when he first started. While there wasn’t a lot of sex in this one there were still some sweet and sexy moments between these two men.

 

I loved Sean’s patience and willingness to include Mia whenever they got together. Being a single parent is hard, being a single parent trying to have a relationship…well, I know from friends who have been in that position it’s a challenge that takes a special person to make it worth the effort and that’s what Sean was for Ash he was that special person who made it worth the effort for Ash. For the most part Sean was the driving force in their relationship not that Ash was resistant more that as much as he was attracted to Sean, he was also hesitant to get involved with anyone because in his mind with being a new parent he really needed to focus on Mia and he just didn’t have the time for anything else…so, it was up to Sean to break down the barriers and show Ash that anything worth having, is worth working for and Sean was sure that Ash was worth working for and thankfully Ash did finally realize that Sean was definitely worth working for.

 

I enjoyed the fact that Sean and Ash’s relationship moved at a slower pace and they took time getting to know each other amidst all the fun day to day pieces of life that can happen. One of my favorite parts of this one was definitely the epilogue for me it was the icing on Ash and Sean’s HEA cake and the cherry on top was when we almost got to see the meeting between the MCs for the next story in this series… almost…like seriously close here folks they’re just a few feet apart…oh well, I guess we’ll see how this goes come August I know I’m looking forward to it.

 

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An ARC of Single was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-06-27 00:17
There’s going to a bit of fangirling going on here...
Benoit (Owatonna U #3) - R.J. Scott,V.L. Locey

So, let’s go back to the beginning and by beginning I don’t mean Ryker…nope I’m talking about Harrisburg home of the Harrisburg Railers. I was intrigued when I saw that first book for the Railers and the blurb sounded good so I figured ‘ok, I’ll give it a go’ and so far there’s been no looking back in my mind. I have loved every word of the Harrisburg Railers that I could get my hands on and from there things just flowed over to ‘Owatonna U’ where we got to know more about Ryker as he met and fell in love with Jacob.

 

From there we discovered Ryker and Jacob’s teammate and a troubled young man named Scott who’s path leads him away from hockey and straight to Hayne, an artistically talented and gently soul who sees past Scott’s troubles and finds someone worth loving…seriously I loved…abso-freakin’-lutely loved!!! Both of these books but for me Scott and Hayne’s story was just that little bit more compelling and there was just no way things were going to get better…well, I was wrong because here we are at ‘Benoit’ the final book in this series and I can honestly say as much as I loved ‘Ryker’ and ‘Scott’…’Benoit’ surpasses them both.

 

First off, we have an MC who’s Canadian and if you know me than you know I am proudly Canadian, and I am also extremely pleased that Benoit is from Quebec. Admittedly, I’m from Ontario and while I do love it here Quebec has a beauty and history to it that is uniquely it’s own. So to have this absolutely wonderful character named Benoit come not only from Canada but from one of our most beautiful provinces for me is just really special…so thank you for this, Ms Locey and Ms Scott. I’m sure any other Canadians who read this book will agree with me when I say that we would proudly claim Benoit as one of our own.

 

Now aside from the fact that I like where Benoit was born, I simply loved this character. He’s focused, determined, talented and so committed to his family. This is not a young man who’s gone off to college to party and have a good time…this is a young man who loves his family and his goal is to get drafted to the NHL so he can earn the big bucks…so that he can lead the good life…right? Nope, not Benoit…because once again for Benoit, his motivation for this comes back to family. I’d say he’s a good kid but that’s not accurate at all…he’s a young man and he’s a young man with a strong sense of responsibility to his family and in general he’s just a really good person and he’s also hot…totally sexy and hot…no really he is just ask Ethan…

 

Ethan Girard is the other half of this story…he’s 32 years old his contract with my beloved Bruins is up, I know, I know I’m Canadian what the H-E-double hockey sticks am I doing cheering for the Bruins…well, sorry but that’s another story for another day, and after breaking his leg he’s coming to realize that it’s time for him to consider the direction his life’s going in. But once again we’re not faced with someone who’s life is in some way a mess. There’re no drugs, alcohol, gambling or any of the things that are warning signs of a person spiralling out of control…nope, but at 32 years of age Ethan recognizes that he’s had a good run with the Bruins and maybe after 14 years it’s time to hang up the skates and see what else life has to offer him, but for now what better way to fill his days until he finds that direction than to help out a friend and do some coaching with his hometown team the Owatonna U Eagles.

 

Benoit and Ethan are drawn to each other from the first time they see each other…no it’s not love at first sight. It’s more a case of lust at first sight, but it’s also a lust that neither man wants to give in to. Benoit feels that he’s got more important things to focus on and Ethan tries to tell himself that he’s too old for the sexy, young goalie who’s sparked his interest…yeah, you just keep telling yourself that Ethan.

 

While Benoit is just starting his career, Ethan is considering bringing his to an end with retirement and I have to admit the juxtaposition of where each man is at in his life had me a little nervous because of the power dynamic that it had the potential to create, but thankfully controlling is not Ethan’s nature so they were able to find a balance that worked. Also the communication between these two men is pretty awesome…not to say that there’s never any misunderstanding, just that they get worked out…no drama llama’s required.

 

I realize this may all sound a little boring but trust me when I say that Benoit and Ethan are not living in a bubble and as is often the case life is what happens when we’re busy making other plans and sometimes it’s what happens when we’re not looking that derails the best laid plans. But it’s how we deal with life’s surprises that helps to form the basis of who we are and the relationships that we have; such is the case for Benoit and Ethan. 

 

As Benoit and Ethan work together to make things work between them, it’s when they get help from a few of their friends that things start to fall into place. So here’s where I get to fangirl a bit more because as much as I loved this story the icing on my cake, the cherry on my sundae was the fact that we got to spend time with some very familiar characters…such as a certain captain of the Bruins and more than a couple of Railers along with Ryker, a bit of Jacob and Benoit’s other roommates, Scott and Haney…really? How could this one possibly go wrong…it can’t, no really there’s just too much awesome for this story to be anything but ‘awesome’!

 

And now at the end of it all…with Ten and Mads’ wedding fast approaching, the men of Owatonna U going out into the world to find their way; one might wonder what comes next…well, I’ve heard a rumor that Arizona’s an interesting place to be come September so I think I’ll make like a snowbird and head down there to see what’s happening because if it’s more of what we’ve been getting…sexy hockey men with interesting stories…sign me up because I’m all in for more.

 

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An ARC of ‘Benoit’ was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-06-26 21:25
It's here, it's here...the big day is finally here...
Save the Date - V.L. Locey,RJ Scott

I have loved this series so much from start to finish and where we started was with Madsen and Tennant in 'Changing Lines'. and now we've come full circle to 'Save the Date' where we join Mads, Ten and pretty much the rest of the team to share in their big day...it's time for Mads and Ten to say "I do."

 

There's not a complex story line here just a lot of wedding antics, a bit of chaos and a whole lot of fun as Mads and Ten enlist the help of friends and family to help pull off a wedding to remember.

 

With only a couple of weeks left until the big day both men are going crazy they want to have the big day...not plan it and when things seem to go from bad to worse and progress doesn't seem to be getting made in the planning department...enter Trent...figure skater and planner extraordinaire.

 

It's with Trent's frenetic but well intentioned help that things start to come together and then we have Stan...best friend to Ten and the other saving grace when wedding plans keep collapsing.

 

For anyone who hasn't read this series just do it before you tackle this one. It's not that you won't be able to follow what's happening but more that it's everything that's come before that leads to this story...this day for these two men that helps to make it as special as it is.

 

I loved that as this story progressed we got a little peek at the characters from previous stories from Layton and Adler whom we met in the second book to Bryan Delaney and Gatlin Pearce the tattoo artist who won Bryan's heart in the final pairing of this series...they're all here whether it's in a more supportive role like Trent who drags Mads and Ten through the planning process...kicking and screaming so to speak or as a guest at the wedding. Mads and Ten are determined to share their big day with all of the important people in their lives...even their fans...have been invited to attend the wedding of the season. 

 

It's wedding season and this is one wedding that Railers fans won't want to miss...so take the time and enjoy the day.

 

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An ARC of 'Save the Date' was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-06-25 18:45
THE REAPING by (the AWESOME) Bernard Taylor
The Reaping (Paperbacks from Hell) - Herb Errickson,Bernard Taylor

Bernard Taylor-I LOVE the guy! SWEETHEART, SWEETHEART is still my favorite from him, (and one of my favorite quiet horror tales of all time), but THE REAPING is another fine example of horror at its best!

 

An artist and father is invited out to a country manor to paint a portrait. Thomas is offered quite a bit of money to leave his family and business to come do this and his every need will be met while he is there. Upon his arrival, though, his surroundings, the family and the servants all begin to unnerve him. Young Catherine, his model for the portrait seems a bit...off as well. Will he finish the portrait and collect his generous fee? Will he happily return home afterward and resume life as he previously knew it? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

Books like these are the reason I got into the horror genre in the first place. Somehow I missed Bernard Taylors' works back in the day, but thanks to Valancourt Books and the phenomenon of a book written by Grady Hendrix and Will Erickson, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL, many of these older books are coming back into print. Just in time to delight a whole new generation of horror readers!

 

Bernard Taylor's work is surprisingly well written. He takes his time setting up the story and he writes so deftly that you cannot see where the story is taking you. What you DO see, (and feel) is an atmosphere that nearly suffocates. The tension thrums as the mystery finally unravels and there is no way to put this book down after a certain point. No. Freaking. Way. !!

 

Once again, a Bernard Taylor story gets my highest recommendation! Don't let this one get away!

 

Get your copy here: THE REAPING or at http://www.valancourtbooks.com/

 

*I was provided an e-ARC of this excellent book by Valancourt, in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*

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