They say a guy can never be too hung. Well, Harold Jacobs doesn’t know who they are, but they’re wrong. Socially awkward for as long as he can remember, Harold feels his enormous package is just one more thing to be embarrassed about. Especially once hunky and popular Owen McKenzie notices it in the showers. Owen knows he’s bi, but he keeps that secret close to his chest. He likes Harold, and wants to help him shed his dorky image and maybe even find a boyfriend. Still, Owen can’t stop obsessing about Harold’s equipment. And as much as he doesn’t want to flip-flop on his sexuality, Owen does want to test-drive what Harold has between his legs. Their friendship erupts into full-blown lust. But can Owen accept the loss of his golden-child status and be Harold’s boyfriend? And can Harold outgrow his insecurity in time to keep the man he loves?
Owen and Harold really worked for me. I love that they seem very different but come together as friends and become a safe place for each other.
I am a bit of a sucker for the "too well hung" trope and like the way it is explored in this romance.
Owen is less likable than Harold but that is only until he lets himself just be. Harold gains more self assurance.
The love story is realistic, touching, and hot. All good stuff.
Marilyn Peake’s latest release, Blood and Ashes, is a fabulous paranormal/supernatural, fantasy novel with a touch of realism, except for the magical part…
I love the colorful color and the red makes it pop off the pages. Very pretty and spills some of the secrets inside.
Cover by Phatpuppy.com
Miracles and magic are happening from the opening pages, and Kaelin’s acting like it’s an every day occurrence in these desperate times.
The financial situation the characters find themselves in, makes me think of current events, with businesses closing, people being deported, people losing everything, and those with hope struggling to survive.
When Kaelin found the baby, I really woke up, became hooked and knew I would have trouble putting the book down, even long enough for a bathroom break.
Her mother has a heart so big, so open and giving, I wish more for her. No one deserves a break more than she does. Some characters…and people…amaze me with their ability to give, and the depths of love that is freely given.
First an abandoned baby, then a kitty with itty bitty legs, Kaelin takes them home and makes them her own.
And Devin, the new guy across the hall. What’s up with him? Why doesn’t she question his sudden appearances? Almost as if he knows something. I know he’s going to be special.
Kaelin has friends, people looking out for her and her family, like Mrs Santiago, who owns the grocery store and Gwendolyn Griffin, a healer who offers to work with her to develop her healing abilities. If you everwant candy, be sure and visit Mrs Santiago’s store.
Kaelin is very resourceful, and even though she dumpster dives for additional food for the family, you would never know it by her attitude. She knows where to find apples and blueberries, ripe for the picking. She has a green thumb, and her touch can be like Miracle Gro.
She does everything she can to make it to college, wanting a better life for them all. But, even though she is accepted, due to cutbacks of the governmental kind, there is no money available to help her. She chooses an alternative, Gwendolyn Griffin’s traditional healing of the witchy kind.
I can see the kids with bags of Halloween costumes, as they are tossed willy nilly, while they each choose the perfect costume. Kaelin goes to the thrift store and creates a mish mash costume that makes her beauty bloom.
The book is divided into three parts.
Part I is Kaelin’s story that takes place in the human world.
Part II is Liliana’s Story that takes place in the fairie world. Liliana is a fairy that crosses into the human world. A romance goes wrong. But the world is not what it appears to be.
Part III brings them all together, exposing secrets and Kaelin’s true calling.
Human, Seelie, Unseelie, good fairies, bad fairies…Magic, danger, romance, love and loss.
Blood and Ashes is written for the young at heart, with easy reading and a quick pace. I love the imaginative world and characters Marilyn Peake has created. Such a great story. I found myself smiling at the simplest things. Her ability to spin a tale keeps her high on my reading list…no matter what genre she writes in.
I have never been a big Harry Potter fan and I haven´t even read book six and seven yet. But the audiobooks narrated by Stephen Fry might actually change this. He is a genius, at least when it comes to the narration of these books (I guess he is a genius in every other aspect as well, but lets just stick to the audiobooks for now). The way he uses his voice and how the whole audiobook is produced adds a whole new dimension to these stories. I love listening to them.
The Chamber of Secrets will never be my favorite Potter, though, and I can´t even say why that is. Probably because Hermione is missing for a good part of the book, I always feel there is something missing when she isn´t around. On the other hand there is Gilderoy Lockhart, who I have the slight suspicion about that he might be Reinhold Messner in disguise (Lockharts "Year with the Yeti" book made me chuckle).
So five blazing stars for the narration, 4 stars for the story, 4.5 stars overall.
I can´t wait for the Prisoner of Akzaban, my favorite Potter so far (both book and movie) and I can´t wait to start listening to it maybe today, maybe tomorrow morning.