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review 2018-01-30 15:27
Finders Keepers
Finders Keepers - N.R. Walker

I mean seriously. If looking at this cover does not make you smile with glee then move on…this book is not for you.  And grow a heart why don’t you.

 

From the moment I saw this cover I was in love.  And to see NR Walker’s name on the cover only solidified my desire to read this book.  Like all of Walker’s books, this one is full of heart.  I went in expecting a sweet loving story and that is exactly what I received.  This was simply wonderful.

 

Griffin and Dane

 

For me, pets and honestly kids in romances can, at times, be annoying.  They can pull you away from a moment, cock block that perfect scene or simply draw you away from the relationship that is being developed.  But this sweet dog did none of that.  If anything…he did the exact opposite.  Wicket was magnificent.  I loved this dog to pieces.  He was so much a part of this couple, their relationship and their story…a true secondary character all on his own.  I mean Wicket I swear had lines and full on adorable conversations with these men.  *melts*

 

This story just brought a smile to my face from start to finish. A story with no angst but still rich in depth and strongly developed characters.  And I would be remiss if I did not mention Bernice.  My heavens…this lady was everything. I adored her from her first moment on page.  The lines this woman had…her sass, he glassy eyed wit…I am grinning like a fool and I did not even eat a brownie.  ;)

 

So if you are in need of a perfect feel good read…look no further.  I mean seriously…if you have not bought it for the cover alone I am not sure what to say. 

 

*An ARC was received from the Author in exchange for an honest review*

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review 2018-01-15 17:28
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

It is impossible to explain how you can love someone so much that it’s difficult to be around him. And with Percy sitting there, half in shadow, his hair loose and his long legs and those eyes I could have lived and died in, it feels like there’s a space inside me that is so bright it burns.

 

This book is absolutely beautiful.  And for this to be on mainstream shelves makes me very happy.  I fell in love with all of these characters, and Monty's inner voice was heartbreaking and frustrating at the same time.  A character who for the most part grows into a man over the course of this adventure, despite the demons this boy carries. The writing is simply magnificient.

 

Perhaps he can’t understand it, the way that house will always be haunted for me, even if my father were gone from it. I can’t imagine living in it for the rest of my life, throwing parties in its parlors and filling the cabinets with my papers, all the while ignoring the dark spot on the dining room floor that’s never washed away, where I tore my chin open when my father knocked me to the ground with a single well-swung fist; or the hearth that chipped my tooth when I was thrown into it. There are bodies buried beneath the flagstones of my parents’ estate, and some graves never green.

 

 

I do wish we had also gotten sweet Percy's POV or a final scene between Monty and his father. I can only hope that we will get a third book to this series and perhaps a continuation of these boys as they grow further in their love for one another and continue to grow into the men they have become, standing on their own in a world so unaccepting of their love.

 

 

Felicity's story it seems is next. I am quite excited to see her continued adventures, perhaps with the "pirates" as she also looks to stand as a woman of purpose in a time where socially her worth has been predetermined.

 

 

 

Such amazingly developed fan art to accompany this beautiful journey.

 

Highly recommended.

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review 2017-12-18 22:20
A Different Light
A Different Light - Morningstar Ashley

“Being with you is an adventure I wouldn’t miss for the world.”

 

And boy does this sweet Mac lead Bennett on quite the adventure.  Bennett whose nickname “Princess” suits him quite well, as he is in fact one of the most high maintenance characters I have read about in a while.  It takes someone with some wit, humor and honestly patience to become what Bennett in fact needs. 

 

Bennett

 

An adorable nerd with a fetish for sexy science boxers, this character while hard headed at times, is just so goofy adorable that you can’t help but just love him to death.  I have been unable to locate these boxers on-line, so I think our Morningstar could make quite a side company creating these nerdy creations…because I need these in my life.

 

Morningstar manages to not only create two very likable characters but a couple with actually some heartbreaking history. It is not until Bennett sees Mac in “A Different Light” that he knows just what Mac is to him.

 

“You…saved me that night. You showed them where I was, you…you held my hand…I remember that. I can sometimes still feel that warmth wrapped around my hand. It's what kept me grounded that night. I felt like if I had let go, I would’ve died…You were my anchor that night, and every night after when I thought I was lost.”

 

Mac may not consider himself a hero…but he is to Bennett.  And the cover image for our dear Mac, just perfectly portrays the beauty that is this character.

 

This book, like the author’s first, has some absolutely beautifully written sexy moments and it is the heart to heart moments where I believe this author is at her best. 

 

Passionate and thoughtful, these moments are just so touching.  I do wish a few of them had been longer, developing the character’s history, issues and their ultimate connection even further.  The body painting scene…good grief…after hundreds of M/M books (even some that from the cover imply body paint), it is not until this book that I have been able to see this scene in all its glory. 

 

Like in “Letting Go”, Morningstar has a way of interjecting such real genuinely funny situations that have me laughing out loud.  From the paper plate scene in “Letting Go” to the destruction of paper plates here, to the use of painter’s tape and even oven mittens…it is these moments that I love.

 

Overall, such a sweet story of finding comfort and home in the most unlikely of places.  I eagerly await Jaden and Danny’s story as I fell in love with them almost instantly.

 

*An ARC was received by the Author in exchange for an honest review*

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review 2017-05-23 01:50
Michael: Reinvented
Michael, Reinvented (Delta Restorations) - Diana Copland

I really enjoyed this a lot, especially the interactions and banter between Michael and Gil, David and Michael and Manny and Vern. ❤❤❤ Jackson remained the solid force holding this amazing group of men together and the strength of these friendships is quite beautiful. 

 

As an Architect, I love the design elements and the descriptions of their renovation projects are so well done. This current project would be quite the transformation to see unfold. 

 

This really cannot be read out of order. The story truly is a continuation of the first book and leaves things more than open for a third...which I can only assume to be Manny's book. 

 

Some truly lovely moments were included here but in the end it fell a little short for me as I felt it ended a little too quickly. I needed more of Gil and Michael as a couple. So I only hope we get more of them in future installments. Can't wait. 

 

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review 2017-05-15 00:21
200 Days of Crochet Items?
200 Days Of Crochet A Collection Of 200 Adorable Crochet Patterns - Layla Flores

I did not like this book very much, maybe the way it was set up. I will revisit the book at a later date and see if my view of it changes. 

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