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review 2018-12-12 22:05
Love with a Notorious Rake (Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #3) by Karyn Gerrard
Love with a Notorious Rake - Karyn Gerrard

Love with a Notorious Rake - Karyn Gerrard 

 

You now that feeling when you already like an author's work and then you read their newest and you're totally reminded of why you like it? This was a perfect example of it for me. 

With a course hovering over his head, Aidan has spent his entire adult life in debauchery. His last stint lands him in the care of Cristyn's father's sanatorium, where she acts as kind of a physician's aid to her father. He and Cristyn form a friendship that eventually transforms into more but because of Aiden's reservations they end up parting ways.

I loved Cristyn's openness and candor. She still behaved as a proper lady however that never stopped her from acknowledging her feelings, speaking her mind, and demanding the respect she knew she deserved. 
I found Aiden's true feelings touching and the perfect basis for his addictions. There was honesty in what he did and as a character he grew immensely, trying to make up for past mistakes, and by taking up on his family's radical ideas of helping those in need. He was frank about his mistakes and totally owned them. I particularly loved how he handled his association with an old paramour, which in the eyes of his society would have been total ruin, possibly even worse. 

Other characters from previous books make appearances here giving us glimpses of Aidan as part of a loving family. It also provided a sort of epilogue for the other men of Wollstonecraft stories, which I always consider a treat. Overall, I thought it was an endearing, charming, and unique story. I would recommend this series and author to anyone that enjoys history along with their romance.

* I received a copy of this story at no cost to me; this is my honest opinion and in no way was it influenced by the author or publisher. *

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review 2018-11-30 21:05
So much goodness here...
Male/Male Mystery and Suspense Box Set: 6 Novellas - Josh Lanyon,Chris Gebauer,Lance Greenfield,Jason Clarke

It's been absolutely ages since I've read these stories but in the true test of time they are every bit as enjoyable now as I remember them being and just as enjoyable to hear on audio as reading the stories were the first time around.

 

Josh Lanyon was one of the first authors that I discovered when I initially stuck my nose into the world of m/m stories and I've loved everything that I've ever read by this author. From the first Adrien English until this collection of stories this author has not failed to give me hours of enjoyable reading. As with most I've enjoyed some books more than others but for the most part this author has always given me stories that were 4 and 5 star reads.

 

With 6 different standalone stories to enjoy, even though I've read them all I loved the variety that this collection offered and while I'm not going to take the time to review each story separately I will say that 'Lovers and Other Strangers' along with 'Cards On The Table' are my absolute favorites. Also while 'The Dark Horse' works as a standalone there is a follow-up story that readers can enjoy called 'The White Knight'. 

 

So just to give a bit of a frame of reference as to how I rated these books I'm going to list each story with the narrators name and my individual rating for the story...

 

The Dark Horse......................4 stars.........Jason Clarke, narrator

A Vintage Affair.......................5 stars.........Chris Gebauer, narrator

Blood Red Butterfly.................5 stars.........Lance Greefield, narrator

Don't Look Back......................4 stars.........Lance Greenfield, narrator

Lovers and Other Strangers....5 stars........Jason Clarke, narrator

Cards On the Table.................5 stars........Jason Clarke, narrator

 

On a side note some of these stories have been recorded before by other narrators...

Dark Horse, White Knight, narrated by Derrick McClain

A Vintage Affair, narrated by Paul S. Fleschner

Blood Red Butterfly - only on this audio collection

Don't Look Back, narrated by Graham Halstead

Lovers and Other Strangers - only on this audio collection

Cards on the Table - narrated by Sean Crisden

 

While I have to admit I am a big fan of Sean Crisden, I'm also more than happy to say that Jason Clarke's narration for 'Cards on the Table' was well done and overall I'm looking forward to enjoying all of these stories again...in the near future. I would have gone back to the  beginning as soon as I got done the first time but some times like it or not we all need to do a bit of adulting in the real world...ok, that's code talk for a have a home to decorate for the holidays.

 

So all in all this one was a really enjoyable collection of Josh Lanyon stories that even from a purely practical viewpoint for what amounts to the price of maybe 3 of the stories you can get 6 and 2 of them are only available in this collection...it's a BOGO Sale (Buy one, get one) ok, I've done a bit of pimping here but it's only because I enjoyed these stories so much, that I want to encourage everyone to enjoy them as well.

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review 2018-11-29 20:18
A decade in the life of...
Texas Gift - R.J. Scott

While it's only been a half decade since RJ Scott first shared the story of how Riley and Jack came to be together in 'Texas Gift' we're given not 'a day in the life of' but 'a decade' in the life of these two men. We find out what life has brought to the 'Campbell-Hayes' clan and those they love as dearly as family.

 

I've read every book in this series and yes, I've loved some more than others but regardless of that I don't regret reading any of them and for me this is the kind of series where you need to read them all so that you can truly have the whole picture. 

 

In 'Texas Gift' we go through the whole gambit with them 'for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, '  (well...except that last part. Thankfully we are spared this). 

 

While book 7 wasn't the most notable book for me this one delivered and then some. I cried...oh man did I cry...happy tears, sad tears I pretty much shed them all. I've been hanging on to this one for about a year now...last year I said good-bye to a few series that have been dear to my heart and when this came up I just didn't have it in me to say good-bye to another favorite, but with another year coming to a close it just felt like maybe it was time to let go. So I opened the book and I started to read by the time I went to bed I had less than 20 pages to go...20 pages in which I realized that I'd fallen in love with these men and their family all over again....so few words remaining with so many feelings attached to them.

"I love you," Riley said, hoping the words meant more to Jack each time he said them. "I've always loved you, and I always will."

"I love you, too." Jack said, softly, "I've always loved you, and yeah, I always will."

Of course before I started this story I also knew that with it's ending I didn't have to truly say good-bye to the Campbell-Hayes family because while it's not about 'Jack and Riley' there is at least one more story to come in 'Home For Christmas' we get to know Connor and I can't lie...I'm more than a little curious because at the end of 'Texas Gift' Connor brings his boyfriend Elliot home to meet his family but in the blurb for 'Home For Christmas' the name that seems to be occupying Connor's time isn't 'Elliott' but a young man named 'River'...so if you think I'm not scurrying off to find out what's happening in Connor's life well...sorry, think again. 

 

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review 2018-11-25 21:50
Gorgeously appropriate
Daredevil (2015-) #611 - Charles Soule,Phil Noto

I continue to love this series like you wouldn't believe. 

 

Beautiful art, heartbreaking storyline that keeps me coming back for more. 

 

No emotional energy to write more.

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review 2018-11-24 22:26
These vampires are pretty freakin' epic...
His Consort - Mary Calmes

First off let me just say 'I make no apologies. I love Mary Calmes' I have a small group of authors that I'll just read whatever they write and the reasons may vary but mostly it's the entertainment factor and just the fact that for whatever reason I can easily escape into the story and enjoy it without a lot of deep thoughts or intellectual rhetoric involved...sometimes a girl just wants to read a story that's entertaining and with Mary Calmes that's what I get entertainment...pure and simple.

 

Now, I'll be the first to admit I don't particularly care for vampires...in the world of the supernatural they're near the bottom of my 'want to read' list but it's Mary Calmes so I'll try anything once and in this case 'love it'. I can't say that there's just one reason that I had so much fun with this one, it's more like there were a number of different things that came together at the right time for me. 

 

I liked both of the MC's Jason Thorpe was the expected 'eveyone loves him' MC and I liked wandering through the first part of the book as his history and character were layered onto him and we got to see how he came to be in New Orleans and the events that slowly converged to bring him together with Varic Maedoc, Prince of the Vampires. As well as getting to know Jason the author had a vampire world to create since her vampires have a bit of a different origin than other vampire stories have given us. Plus we were given a few secondary characters that I really enjoyed Jason's friend bampyr friend Cooke, Leni and Ode, but most of all I would love a book for Tiago and Hadrian...those two were probably in fact my favorite pair in this story more so than even Jason and Varic. 

 

There was a definite Vampyr Politics theme running through the story that drove not only the romance but the mystery/action part of things as well. There was a part of this that was a huge undertaking in its own right and that was setting up the social structure of the vampyr's and their language and then putting it into a book in such a way that it didn't totally drown everything else and for me being able to wander through things with Jason. Learning as he learned kept things from becoming overwhelming and boring. I was delighted by how fact that vampyr's weren't portrayed as a society that lived under a rock and that they not only knew about technology they used it...this to make far more sense than having modern day vampires who are still residing in the dark ages as is sometimes the case. While may of the vampyr stereotypes were tossed out there were also some that were kept...not many but one or two.

 

I can't say with a certainty that whether this is a standalone or the beginning of a series. There are no indications of future books being planned but the story certainly presents the opportunity for them...so I guess time will tell, won't it.

 

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A copy of 'His Consort' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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