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text 2017-08-23 17:30
Reading progress update: I've read 29%.
Yanni's Story - N.R. Walker

Peter pulled me against him, into the safety of his arms. I went willingly, sagging with longing and relief. “You’re safe with me,” he whispered against the side of my head.

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text 2017-08-22 13:26
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Garthowen (A Story Of A Welsh Homestead) by Allen Raine
Garthowen (A Story Of A Welsh Homestead) - Allen Raine
This is a gentle story, written and based in the 1800's. It is about one family and their homestead and the people that they meet along the way. It is an interesting view back into what "Old" Wales might have been like, the scenery and the viewpoints. There is a love story within this book but it doesn't dominate. 

If you like a gentle story and historical fiction, if you like Wales, then this story is for you.
 
* Verified Purchase ~ March 2013 *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

#Classic, #Literature, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 

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review 2017-08-22 08:10
Audiobook Tour - Leaning Into Love

 

TitleLeaning Into Love

Series: Leaning Into Stories, #1

Author: Lane Hayes

Narrated By: Seth Clayton

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: August 16th

Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins

Genre: Romance, Erotica, Friends to lovers, surfer, white collar, San Francisco, bisexual

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Synopsis:

 

Eric Schuster is a successful guy. He’s part owner of a highly successful tech firm, he has a supportive family and a great group of close friends. But something is missing. Or maybe he’s reacting to his business partner and ex’s wedding news. He knows his former lover is making a big mistake but he also knows it’s time to move on. And hopefully avoid falling for another friend. Zane Richards is an avid sailor and surfer with a laid-back approach to life. He firmly believes there’s a time and place for everything if you’re willing to take a chance. Like letting his best friend know he’s interested in being much more than friends. Eric has always been half in love with Zane but going from friends to lovers isn’t an easy sell for someone protecting his heart. Eric will have to decide if he’s willing to risk it all by leaning into love.

 

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Excerpt:

 

Zane refilled my glass and returned it to me with a naughty smirk. “You get kinda corny when you’re tipsy, Schuster. It’s cute.”

 

Cute?”

 

Yeah. You get goofy. Your ears turn red and it makes the freckles on your nose stand out. Then you do that thing with your hair where you swipe your hand through it so many times that it looks like you just rolled out of bed.”

 

Uh…okay. That’s embarrassing.” I searched for a reflective surface as I attempted to pat my unruly brown hair into some semblance of order. “I was going for debonair and I got bar mitzvah kid chic,” I grumbled.

 

Zane leaned forward and gave me an intense look I didn’t understand.

 

You don’t have to be anyone but yourself with me, Eric. I like you just the way you are.” He sat back again and cocked his head. “So let’s talk about this stupid engagement party. What’s the dress code?”

 

Um… it’s probably dressy casual,” I replied with a furrowed brow. I wanted to back up a sentence or two and analyze his words and dissect the meaning of “I like you just the way you are”.

 

The usual oxymoron,” he snarked. “You are going with me, right?”

 

Sure. If you want.”

 

I want. It’ll save us both the trouble of finding some poor unsuspecting sucker to drag to a fancy shindig.”

 

True. Speaking of suckers, don’t you have a date tonight?”

 

Zane glanced at his watch and then stretched his legs out on the bench so his shoe nudged my thigh. “I’ve got time. Talk to me. What else have you been up to lately? I noticed there’s a new exhibit at the Modern Museum. Have you gone? I think it’s a midcentury retrospective with Motherwell and de Kooning. I know you like the scribbly art and…”

 

His conversation was easy. The gentrified version of his former surfer dude accent had a lilting quality I could have listened to for hours. I felt myself truly begin to relax and let go of the invisible hold I’d had on my emotions, like a swimmer grasping onto a ledge who finally realizes he can reach the bottom of the pool. Being with someone who knew quirky details about me and accepted them without judgment or reservation was a gift.

 

I treasured all of my friends, but Zane was special. Our friendship was rooted in geography and history and now time. He wasn’t making a romantic advance when he asked me to attend Nick’s engagement party with him. That was latent wishful thinking on my part. Zane was simply being who he always was. My oldest and best friend.

 

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Leaning Into Love (Leaning Into Stories, #1)Leaning Into Love by Lane Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eric & Zane have been best friends who are fighting an attraction to one another. Maybe taking a chance will be a good thing. Zane has wanted to take things to another level for a while, and now here is the chance.

As far as short stories go, this one is hawt. The narrator has a good grasp of how to make different tonal nuances for the different voices. I knew he was speaking in whose character right away. And the gravelly tone was really fitting for this book. I am very excited for the next book in the Leaning Into series.


***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.



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Meet the Author:

 

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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review 2017-08-22 06:30
Audiobook Review for Leaning Into Love
Leaning Into Love - Lane Hayes

Eric & Zane have been best friends who are fighting an attraction to one another.  Maybe taking a chance will be a good thing.  Zane has wanted to take things to another level for a while, and now here is the chance.

 

As far as short stories go, this one is hawt.  The narrator has a good grasp of how to make different tonal nuances for the different voices.  I knew he was speaking in whose character right away.  And the gravelly tone was really fitting for this book.  I am very excited for the next book in the Leaning Into series.  I give this audiobook a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

 

 

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review 2017-08-20 14:42
Poison is the New Black by Chelsea Field
Poison is the New Black: (Bonus story: Taste of Christmas) (An Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery) (Volume 3) - Chelsea Field

Izzy's "friend" Mr. Black is being accused of murder. The problem is that Izzy's next door neighbor doesn't believe he did it, and gets her help to figure out who the killer really is, and what is going on now. Izzy also has a Taste Society job she's working, and her new boyfriend Conner doesn't think she should be helping out Mr. Black. But Izzy ends up doing it anyway. 

 

This book was really good. I enjoyed how Izzy was with Conner, and what happened with their relationship. I also loved Izzy and her neighbor together on an adventure it was pretty funny, and fun. I look forward to more in this series. 

 

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