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review 2017-05-16 01:22
I loved this book hard core and...
Shelter the Sea - Heidi Cullinan

so did my husband and he didn't even read it...not really. But I was so taken with this story that I did something I don't often do, I rambled perpetually about it to him and because he's patient and loves me, he sat and listened.

 

'Shelter the Sea' is Heidi Cullinan's follow up story to 'Carry the Ocean' and like 'Carry the Ocean' it's a story that is touching and burrows its way into your heart but it's also a story with such an important message...a message that is both current and relevant to our times. It's through Emmet and Jeremy's eyes that we get to see what it means to live in a world that's geared towards people who are on 'the mean' while bypassing the percentage of society out there whose needs are different but whose right to have the same quality of life as those who are on 'the mean' is real and not only to be met but safeguarded from those who would deprive them of what many consider basic human rights. 

 

Emmet, Jeremy and their friends set out to protect the lives they've made for themselves at the Roosevelt, but not just their lives also the lives of their friends and so many other people with special needs. As their home state restructures its health care system into something that will make it even harder for people with special needs to receive the care and assistance that would enable them to have the quality of life that everyone is entitled to and many simply take for granted.

 

'Shelter the Sea' isn't a story that messes with the HEA that Emmet and Jeremy were so firmly headed towards in 'Carry the Ocean'. It's a chance to see Emmet and Jeremy as they grow as a couple fitting their lives firmly into each others. Loving and supporting each other both in their good moments and their bad. Like any other couple keeping their happily ever after is something that they need to work at on a day to day basis and the love and support that these two give to each other is so sweet and a lesson for all of us because anything worth having is worth working for and while it's such a simple concept Emmet and Jeremy get it in a way that truthfully eludes many of us who live on 'the mean'.

 

For me the romance between Emmet and Jeremy is so beautifully portrayed it's sweet and solid and for both of these men it's the foundation from which they draw their strength and support. It's built on friendship, love, faith and respect for and in each other.

 

This is a beautiful love story about two men willing to take on the world to protect all that they have and hold dear not just their relationship but their friends, their rights and the rights of others who they don't even know but, whom they know need someone to be a voice for them in world that often cares too little and sometimes not at all.

 

'Shelter the Sea' is a story that needed to be told and more importantly needs to be read and embraced by all and Heidi Cullinan has shown us with the beauty of her words that she was the person who needed to tell it. Thank you Ms. Cullinan from the bottom of my heart for bringing Emmet, Jeremy and all their friends into our lives.

 

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A copy of 'Shelter the Sea' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-05-08 18:45
Start with a little murder, add some mayhem & mystery and stir in some heat...
Risky Behavior - Cari Z.,L.A. Witt

it'll all make for some 'Risky Behavior and one hella' good read.

 

Andreas is a cop, a police detective...he just doesn't always play by the rules because sometimes the rules just get in the way of a good man doing his job. Andreas also works alone, he can't afford to trust a partner. Unfortunately we don't always get to decide those things. When Andreas boss decides he needs a partner someone to watch his back. Andreas is determined to see how quick he can get rid of him.

 

Darren's work hard to get his detective's shield and he's determined to do his job and do it well and if that means getting along with a partner who's got a rep and not a good one...well than that was just what would need to happen.

 

The plot for this story had so many smaller pieces scattered throughout but each piece came together to connect the bigger story. I loved reading this and gathering each of those pieces and putting them together to form the larger picture, just like a jigsaw puzzle.

 

While the romance is more of a secondary factor in this story that doesn't mean it's not hot and important...really, really hot and a strong part of the overall story.

 

'Risky Behavior' is a police procedural story with a strong romance unfolding in the background and this story was beyond awesome for me. I love mysteries/procedurals they're like the best kind of candy all tasty and yummy and good to the very last bite add in some well done romance and things become deliciously good...good enough to make me want more.

 

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An ARC of "Risky Behavior" was graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-04-14 01:20
I loved it! I loved it! I loved it!!!
Home Fires - Kate Sherwood

This was it, the final book in Kate Sherwood's series 'Common Law' and it was perfect. Did I finally get my sexy times...yeah, there wasn't a lot of them but what there was I loved. But more importantly than that these guys got their HEA! and so did I.

 

Like the previous books in this series there was action...seriously Wade went to the toy store and came back with 'blow shit-up' toys...how sexy is that. Sorry, I have a weak spot for men who can blow shit up...I'm a 'Die Hard' fan...so sue me ;)

 

Each of these books has contained a different story and I loved that because it kept things from getting too drawn out and reaching that point...you know the one...come on I can't be the only one that sat in theater yelling..."Throw the damned ring Frodo, just throw the ring." So while we had the same MCs in each book we had a whole new series of events and weren't kept waiting for answers, so in fact no cliffhangers. Each book was a self contained story. But this one...this one was definitely my favorite. There was drama and action...and did I mention shit got blown up...mmm...I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

 

Definitely one of my favorite things about this series was the relationship between Wade and Jericho. It was neither easy nor perfect and there were times that things were definitely one step forward and 3 steps back which only seemed right given that these men stand on opposite sides of the law. I loved the banter between Wade and Jericho and needless to say with each subsequent it just got better and better.  I have to admit I'm sorry to see this come to an end. 

 

While the series stands complete as it is the epilogue does leave room for the author to revisit the lives of Wade and Jericho something that I would love to see happen. While I wouldn't list any one book as an all time favorite for this year I can easily see that the series in it's entirety will remain a favorite for me.

 

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An ARC of "Home Fires" was graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-03-02 20:48
It's time for the baby bird to leave the nest...
Lovers, Losers, and You - Skylar M. Cates

It's been just over 2 years since I read the first book in this series and I remember seriously loving it. I stayed up half the night to read it. I can't say I feel the same about this one. It was an okay read. 

 

This book is Andrew and Owen's story. Andrew is one of the guys who lives in the house with Cole (who moved out at the end of book #1), River, Tomas, Marc, Brendan, who was in the first book but has now been replaced by Sandy and if you want to know why read the book of course;)

 

Owen is Brendan's brother and he's come to Ocean Vista to escape his own problems as we as find out more about the brother he'll never know. To me this all had the potential to add up to a really good story. Sadly it didn't.

 

I enjoyed the part about Andrew entering the reality TV cooking show. But once that was over things began to seriously drag for me and it was due mostly to the parent factor.

 

I get that for very different reasons both Andrew and Owen have really strong family ties...I really, really got that way before the end of the book, I felt like this point had been well and truly pounded into my brain. In fact I did an count and there were in fact '69' references to just Owen's 'mama' in this book...this does not include anything to do with his biological mother, Andrew's mother or any other mother who may have wandered through and '68' references to his 'daddy'. I'm glad Owen had loving and supportive family truly I am but I honestly did not need them to be front and center in this story for me to get the point...and can I just say this is the first and hopefully the only time that I will ever complain about awesome parents. But it was just too much.

 

Sadly Andrew's family didn't feel like they were far behind when it came to page time and that was...depressing to say the least because his 'mama' seriously needs some counselling. Ok, I think I've belabored that point sufficiently...my point is simply that too much page time for the parents spoiled the story for me...well, that and I just didn't really feel the love between Owen and Andrew and even this was due largely because of the parent factor. 

 

I felt an occasional spark...maybe saw a little glimmer from time to time but just about the time it started to really gel for me...the parents got dragged back out. So, while I did enjoy the first part of the book and Owen and Andrew, a bit. I just didn't fully get into the story and while I don't really feel like I needed to read this one in order to get into the next one, I'm still glad that I took the time to read Andrew and Owen's story. It was nice just not awesome for me.

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review 2017-02-09 21:18
Can a divorce lawyer and a wedding planner find love...
The Secrets in My Scowl - A.E. Via

This was another awesome buddy read with my beautiful besties Josy and Christelle. I really enjoyed this one, but I'm a sap for that story where the embittered, heartless soul gets blindsided by love...yeah, I'm a hopeless romantic at the end of the day.

 

Jacob's a divorce lawyer and he's no fan of love. Unfortunately his life's been filled with heartbreak and disappointments so he's made the decision to keep the world at arms length while standing behind a brick wall and he thinks that he's doing just fine with this until he gets a new business neighbor...a wedding planner...seriously? Could there be a better match...I think not. This is not just any wedding planner either this is Wylde, who has a sister named Star and a brother named Warrus...it's a hippie thing, ok? 

 

Wylde is...well...he's...Wylde. He's almost perfect...I mean seriously almost Mary Calmes...Jory perfect, so if this is something that bothers you...you've been warned, personally if it's done right I can totally get behind the idea. I did actually have one little issue with Wylde and that was this...

The biggest problem was Ken was bisexual. Wylde preferred to be with a gay man. Last thing he needed was his man to suddenly request a woman to join them in bed.

Seriously, Wylde. I expected better than this from you. Being committed to your relationship is not a gay, straight or bi issue, it's a personal issue...so for this I say shame on you.

 

Moving right along, as I was saying, Wylde is almost perfect...he's gorgeous, has a deep sexy voice that'll melt your insides (and let me just say I hope I get the chance to check this one out on audio) anyways, back to Wylde...as I was saying he's perfect and he wants someone to love but not just anyone. Nope, our Wylde is looking for Mr. Right, not Mr. Right-Now but one look at Jacob tells  him that in spite of his growly, scowly self Jacob may very well be that Mr. Right that he's looking for and Wylde just needs to hang in there and be patiently persistent.

 

Admittedly there were a couple of other things that niggled at my brain but whether it was my mood, the fact that this was a buddy read and so just a hella' lot of fun, or a little of both, they really didn't detract from my overall enjoyment of the story. The first thing being that there was a stretch in the middle of the book that left me tinsy weensy bit bored and that was Jacob and Wylde's dating/getting to know you phase, it just seemed a little blasé. Fortunately right about the time I was feeling a little wft? about it the story started to pick up and I happily moved on.  My other little niggle was the whole issue around Jacob's mother's disappearance and why she left...sorry, nope I just couldn't buy that.  She disappeared from Jacob's life when he was a teenager and now we're 20+ years later and she reappears and the reason we're given was just a big old 'nope' for me, I just couldn't buy it. Fortunately the story didn't really dwell on it for too long and once again I happily moved on with the story.

 

So overall it was 4 stars for the book and once again a big thanks to Josy and Christelle for sharing this adventure in reading with me. It was awesome as always ladies and I'll see you on the 18th at my place when we start our next adventure.

 

By the way  I found a song for Wylde and Jocob...

One Call Away by Charlie Puth (It played while I was doing this review and my brain and heart said this is one belongs to them).

 

 

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