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review 2017-12-09 16:55
Christmas and puppies...it's like a box of happiness...
Freckles - Amy Lane

I first read this story when it was released in e-book format last year and needless to say it was adorable. I'm not going to re-invent the wheel, so I'll just borrow from my original review...

Carter Embree is a lawyer stuck in a dead-end job that he hates...well, he doesn't actually hate the job, just who he works for. Carter's a lawyer with a conscience and with each day he's becoming more and more unhappy with what he sees. 

Sandy Corrigan's a vet tech who wants to a vet so at 33 years old he's working full time and going to school. 

These two men's lives collide when Carter ends up the unexpected owner of a puppy that he's told is a Chow/Samoyed mix so imagine his surprise when he find out that his Chow/Samoyed dog is in fact a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua mix...little bit of a size discrepancy there...lol!

I liked Carter with all his insecurities and quiet demeanor. Carter was also a reflection of the adage 'money can't buy you happiness'. He'd been raised in a home where money wasn't a issue, the best schools, successful parents. But what Carter really wanted was someone to share his life with someone whom he could believe in and who believed in him. 

Sandy was in many ways Carter's opposite. He'd grown up with a sister and a single mom. Things like money for college and nice homes weren't a possibility in Sandy's world. But Sandy wasn't one to let things like this get him down. He was confident and upbeat. He knew what he wanted and when he saw it he went for it. So when Sandy decided that there was more to Mr. Crazypants than meets the eye it was only a matter of time.

'Freckles' was a fun, sweet story of a romance that started because one man gave his heart to a cute, little puppy. I loved the slow build between Carter and Sandy and watching Carter figure out where his life was going both personally and professionally. This was a feel good story with little to no angst and lots of feelz to make you smile and a happily ever after that will keep you smiling.

So here we are basically a year later and 'Freckles' once again comes across my radar only this time it's the audio book version and it's narrated by Nick J. Russo...ya' all know I'm a fan, right?  Yep, sign me up.  It's a book by one of my favorite authors and it's being narrated by one of my favorite narrators and I'mma gonna have me a few hours of happy time because when it comes to audio books Mr. Russo is as close to a surefire deal as one can get.

 

If you're like me and find that while you love to read books, it's also nice to have someone read you a story...'Freckles' is a fun grown-up version of having a bedtime story read to you...it's Christmas time, there's an adorable little puppy and two hot men who find the gift of love in each other...what's not to enjoy? Happy Listening & Happy Holidays! 

 

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An audio book of 'Freckles' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-12-09 02:39
Sometimes a visit to the doctor can fix a broken heart....
Healing - Stevie Woods

Audin and Tener haven't seen each other since college and their last encounter really didn't end well...they parted ways less than amicably. Neither man thought they would ever see each other again. 

 

So needless to say when Audin walks into Tener's office looking for a healer both men are more than a little surprised. Audin quickly realizes that this is an opportunity that he never thought he'd have...a chance to make things right and maybe even have Tener back in his life again. Audin's not alone in how he feels and both men soon agree that they want to fix things, they care about each other and neither is willing to pass up a chance to be back in the other's life.

 

While their reunion was purely happenstance it's also very fortuitous for a government resistance group that Tener belongs too and that Audin sympathizes with. 

 

While I enjoyed the reunion between Audin and Tener for me it was the part of the story that unfolded alongside of this that really fascinated me and how the part that Audin and Tener held in events that unfolded was definitely what held my interest. 

 

I have to admit I was honestly disappointed that this story wasn't longer I seriously wanted so much more story than what I was given. Admittedly, the story essentially felt complete and I didn't feel like there was anything missing but I also still felt like I wanted more...more background, more world building, more personal time between the MCs, more background on some of the secondary characters. 

 

I've often found myself saying that 'Less is more...well, in the case of this story I'm going to have to say that 'more would have been better'. 

 

This is a re-release of a previously published story.

 

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

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review 2017-12-01 16:02
Off Duty - a Shots on Goal standalone
Off Duty (Shots On Goal Standalone Book 6) - Kristen Hope Mazzola

Another fantastic read from Kristen Hope Mazzola! This author has a talent for packing a lot of story into a novella length read - a good thing because I couldn't put this one down. Off Duty is fast-paced and a perfect combination of friends, family, romance, suspense, and action. There are time jumps in the story, which can be tricky, but they are done quite well and I didn't feel like I missed anything. Those time jumps along with all the great characters did pique my curiosity and completely suck me in, so I'll certainly be checking out the rest of Shots on Goal books! As I've come to expect from this author, the story is well-written and entertaining, packing a big punch into a fun, quick read.

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review 2017-11-30 05:40
Best
Off Duty (Shots On Goal Standalone Book 6) - Kristen Hope Mazzola

This book is #6, in the Shots On Goal series.  It is intended to be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and to avoid spoilers, I would read this series in order.

 

Sean has a rough job.  Good thing he has amazing friends.  When he gets a new partner, the last thing he expects to be is attracted and have feelings for her.  He knows if he acts on those feelings, they will be separated.

 

Jessica is excited to have such a great partner.  He respects her, and even invited her to meet his friends.  Only one problem - she is attracted to him.  She can never act on it unless she wants to get a new partner.

 

This book moves at such a fast pace!  I found myself confused as to the arrangement of it at some times.  I think the series as a whole will put more perspective on what I felt I missed.  There is lots of good humor, friendship, and even sexy times.  I look forward to finishing the rest of the series to come.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange of an honest review.

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review 2017-11-28 18:03
Everything happens for a reason...
Desperately Seeking Santa - Eli Easton

When Gabe Martin's friend Jordan finally convinces him to go to a college wrestling match with him to cheer for their team but more importantly Jordan's boyfriend Owen, whom those who have read Ms. Easton's book 'Superheroes' will recognize Jordan and Owen as the MCs from that story but if like me you haven't read 'Superheroes' yet you  can read this story without worry. 

 

Now back to Gabe accompanying his friend Jordan to a wrestling match where they cheer not only for Owen but where Gabe first lays eyes on the 6' 10", 285 lb. Mack McDonall star of the wrestling team and for Gabe the stuff of his fantasies...very, very steamy fantasies. Add to this the fact that journalism student...Gabe gets his first assignment from the local newspaper that he interns with...two events that seem totally unrelated but are anything but.

 

I enjoyed...wait scratch that I loved! everything about this story both of the MCs were absolutely adorable...Gabe with his outgoing nature and offbeat sense of humor...both what came out of his mouth and his internal monologues, his open and friendly demeanor and then there's Mack...quiet, intelligent, solid, dependable, stoic Mack who cautiously guarded his heart as carefully as his past but once you got past his barriers...you were held there safe, secure and loved.

 

As well as some wonderful secondary characters such as Gabe's mother and Gabe and Mack's friends Owen and Jordan we get to meet Mack's father, Jim and their friend George. Along with this we are given representations of both the child welfare system and prison system that serve as reminders that while things may not always work the way they should nor do they always fail. There are a lot of good people out there trying to help make this world a better place and sometimes it takes a story like this to remind us.

 

'Desperately Seeking Santa' was a sweet, fun holiday story filled with love, family and just enough drama to make things interesting and topped off with an epilogue that delivers a solid HEA for a sexy and adorable couple.  

 

Eli Easton has once again given us a holiday story that reminds us that often the best presents...the ones that we really want and need aren't found under the Christmas tree. Definitely recommended for the holidays!

 

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An ARC of 'Desperately Seeking Santa' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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