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What There Is by Kate McMurray

What There IsWhat There Is by Kate McMurray

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Former professional baseball player Justin Piersol needs a new life after a career-ending injury, and his job as a high school baseball coach isn’t exactly fulfilling. Still, things are looking up: he finds the perfect room in an apartment in Brooklyn with Mark, who writes a popular column on sports statistics.

Mark is nerdy and socially awkward and intensely shy, and he immediately develops a terrible crush on Justin, who barely seems to notice him. As they get to know each other, Justin admits he misses playing baseball, that coaching doesn’t scratch the itch. Mark confesses he thought he’d be married by now, that he wants a serious relationship. So they make a pact: Justin will help Mark find a man, and Mark will help Justin find something he loves more than baseball.

They put their plan into action… and then life gets complicated. Mark meets a nice guy named Dave, and Justin is suddenly crazy with jealousy. Justin realizes he wants to let go of the past and focus on the present, but as Mark and Dave become an item, Justin fears he’s too late.

So what did I think?

This was easy reading – short and sweet. It is the story of flatmates who fall in love.

Mark and Justin are opposites, the classic athlete and the nerd. “Cripplingly shy and socially awkward. That was Mark in a nutshell.” He’s wildly attracted to Justin but has no idea how he is going to live with “..an athletic dreamboat.” Of course, neither of them imagine the other wants them!

The story revolves around Justin helping Mark to find a boyfriend and Mark helping Justin to expand his horizons beyond baseball.

It was a nice story, not overly special but enjoyable all the same. The pairing of the geek and the athlete was cute and I liked the premise – you don’t know what you’ve got until someone else wants it! And of course I liked the happy ending!

“Mark had wanted Justin to find something he loved more than baseball, and Justin knew in that moment that he had. He’d found Mark.” aww

To find out more about Kate McMurray and her books visit her website.

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At First Touch by T.A. Chase & Devon Rhodes

International Men of Sports series

Come with us around the world as the men who compete in their country’s most popular sports find that, although it’s not always easy to win in the game of love, it’s the only victory worth having.

At First TouchAt First Touch by T.A. Chase

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Excelling at the game he loved was everything to King, until Lukas showed him at first touch how much better his life could be…

Ewansiha ‘King’ Kroenig is at the pinnacle of his professional football career, even with a problem knee. He keeps his cool and keeps his head down, and that control has served him well. King is bisexual and known to date beautiful women, while he also occasionally satisfies his craving for men with the team’s trainer. It’s a good life, but starting with one bizarre and personal request from his ex, Silvia, his orderly life goes spinning out of control.

Lukas has no problem admitting he’s gay, but with a loudly homophobic team captain,he knows better than to go there around the team. He has his whole career ahead of him and is being groomed to take over for their star player, King Kroenig. If he admires King for more than his athletic prowess, what can it hurt?

No harm, no foul…until a certain trainer who knows them well decides to play matchmaker, then all bets are off. And once they’ve experienced that first taste, they want more. But it’s not as simple as hooking up or dating when you’re teammates, with high profiles and little privacy. And when they each suddenly gain responsibilities they never expected, they must figure out a way to reconcile their personal lives with the expectations of others.

So what did I think?

This is the third book in the series, following A Sticky Wicket In Bollywood, which I really liked and Chasing the King of the Mountains, which I loved.

I probably wouldn’t rate this book as highly as the first two, and most definitely not as high as Chasing the King of the Mountains which was my favourite so far.

I think the second book really stood out because of the more unique nature of the sport (cycling, the Tour de France in particular) while the football in At First Touch was more common place.

The plot was also slightly more predictable however it was still very enjoyable.

My only real complaint was the name of one of the main characters. His name was Ewansiha and I have no idea how to pronounced it so I am sure I was mangling it in my head. He was known by the nickname “King” but his real first name was used enough for me to be really conscious of stumbling over it. It seems a rather silly complaint and I certainly don’t think characters should be named ‘easy’ names just to make them more pronounceable but it was just something that stood out to me.

To find out more about T.A Chase and her books, visit her website.

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★★★★ The Paramedic and the Writer by R.J. Scott ★★★★

The Ellery Mountain Series

  • The Fireman and the Cop (book 1)
  • The Teacher and the Soldier (book 2)
  • The Carpenter and the Actor (book 3) – click here for review
  • The Doctor and the Bad Boy (book 4) – click here for review
  • The Paramedic and the Writer (book 5) – in this review
  • The Barman and the SEAL (book 6 – expected 27 September 2013)

The Paramedic and the Writer (Ellery Mountain, #5)The Paramedic and the Writer by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Paramedic Jamie Llewelyn rescues accused murderer John Doe from a crash and his life will never be the same again.

Paramedic Jamie Llewelyn moves to Ellery to start a new life away from the City. Attached to the hospital and working for his friend Liam Wolfe he’s happy—even if he has to keep coming up with excuses to miss the Friday meet ups. He had peace and he could finally make a difference in a community that needed him.

When he and Max rescue John Doe from a crashed car balanced on the edge of a ravine Jamie didn’t know but his life would never be the same again. John opens his startlingly violet eyes and suddenly Jamie is falling hard. If only John didn’t have a gun and could remember why he’d shot the passenger in the car. Then maybe passion could change into something else. Love.

So what did I think?

I probably said this when I reviewed the last book in the series but there is something about the Ellery Mountain series that really appeals to me. I think it’s because all the guys in Ellery seem like friends now and it is nice to pay a visit and see what is going on!

In this story, Jamie (the paramedic) rescues Ian (the writer) from a car wreck. Jamie likes to spend time with his patients, sitting with people at the hospital and Ian is no exception. Ian’s identity is unknown and he is a “John Doe” until his memory returns.

It is interesting to watch their relationship develop – Ian doesn’t have his memory, his situation in the car is mysterious, Ian misunderstand’s Jamie’s relationship with Ian’s sister but the attraction between the two of them grows. I initially had some doubts about Ian focusing on his rescuer and perhaps misguided emotions being involved but the author raises this so it’s pretty easy to overlook.

I think my favourite scene is the one where Ian is telling Jamie a story about being hit upon by a politian in a bar “Of course all he saw in me was this guy in tight leather pants and no shirt willing to go down on his knees for some action. All I saw was the headline for my next article.” Not how I’d pictured Ian (leather and shirtless) but it gave Jamie a big hint that he was gay!

The early part of the book contains the mystery of what happened to Ian, the second half focuses on the relationship, particularly Jamie’s fear that he will lose Ian if the journalist heads back to a war zone to find the next great news story. Jamie’s been hurt in the past with the loss of loved one and doesn’t want to put his heart on the line.

Another great addition to the series!

4 Stars

To find out more about R.J. Scott and her books, visit her website.

 

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☊☊ The Go-Between by A.B. Gayle ☊☊

This is a review of the Audible audio book narrated by Jim Bowie.

The Go Between The Go Between by A.B. Gayle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Jake and Sam share an apartment. Highly intelligent but socially awkward, Jake keeps to his room and concentrates on his studies. Sam is the strong and silent type, very much in awe of the younger man’s brain and attracted by his beauty. When Sam’s Aussie friend, Zack, arrives to stay for the Christmas holiday break, can he break the stalemate between them?

So what did I think?

Mixed thoughts on this one, partly because I ‘read’ by listening to the audio version (narrated by Jim Bowie).

As far as the story goes, it is short. Sam and Jake are flatmates who secretly desire each other but have never moved their relationship forward. Jake is a brainiac and a bit shy, keeping pretty much to himself. Sam is strong and doesn’t say much. Unfortunately he doesn’t say much in this story either and I would have loved to hear more from him!

Zack is Sam’s Aussie guest who brings them together by initiating a quick three-way. The romantic in me says ‘not ideal’ as the interaction with Zach is purely physical and I just wanted to see Sam and Jake together. However Zack’s actions worked a treat, he was happy being the third wheel and Sam and Jake were totally focused on each other so all good.

I listened to the audio version. It was about 30 minutes in total so I listened during one commute trip. I actually discovered that I prefer shorter audio books like this one. I think it’s because I only like listening to them in the car and then reading in between so the longer ones get broken up too much with other books in between (unless I whispersync). Anyway, my thoughts on the narration with this one were that I liked the pace but wasn’t overly fond of the narrator. I felt his voice sounded too ‘old’ or mature for the story and I wasn’t overly keen on the Australian accent. In some instances it sounds ok but in others not so good.

I would probably recommend reading over listening in this case.

3 Stars

Do make sure you check out the Opposites Attract series by this author – it’s fabulous!

To find out more about A.B. Gayle and her books, visit her website.

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Balls to the Wall series by Tara Lain

The Balls to the Wall Series by Tara Lain

  • Volley Balls (book #1)
  • Fire Balls (book #2)
  • Beach Balls (book #3)
  • Snow Balls (book #4)

Volley Balls  (Balls to the Wall, #1)Volley Balls by Tara Lain

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

David Underwood needs to go to AA – Alpha-lovers Anonymous. His last attraction to an alpha male got him into an abusive relationship, and now ogling two hot members of the Australian volleyball team on Laguna Beach gets him harassed yet again.

Australian Gareth Marshall needs to come out. A lifetime of hiding his orientation from his best friend and volleyball partner, Edge, as well as everyone else around him, has left him hurt and frustrated. When Gareth gets a load of David posing nude as the Michelangelo statue in the famous Laguna Pageant, he knows his days in the closet are numbered. And David is more than willing to help him take the first step out of the dark.

But Gareth’s teammate, Edge, has secrets of his own, and David’s ex-lover will never be happy without David under his thumb. With everything stacked against him, can a gay Laguna man find happiness with an alpha male – or two?

So what did I think?

I love a story with alpha males and athletes and you can’t go past a combination that includes an Aussie volleyball player!

This was a nice story with a few things really going for it: Gareth is gorgeous, Gareth’s mum is fabulous, David is wonderful, it has a public coming out, there’s humour, there’s hot sex…

There were a couple of things that I found mildly annoying (that’s probably not even the right word, they were more just things that stood out). Firstly Gareth’s Australian accent – it seemed more New Zealand than Aussie (eg. ‘Understend’ for ‘understand’ and ‘yis’ for ‘yes’). Plus it seemed he overused ‘mate’. Yes, some Australian’s say mate but not all the time and it sure didn’t sound right in the middle of a sex scene! And the description of David just seemed too stereotypical of the effeminate gay man – hand gestures, swaying walk, high voice, tight clothes, bright clothes – I loved his nature and this is how the author portrayed him but for some reason wanted him to be a bit more unique.

The ending was a bit of surprise and it’s a shame the story ended there. I wanted to read more of David, Gareth and Edge’s story!
3 Stars

Fire Balls  (Balls to the Wall, #2)Fire Balls by Tara Lain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Rodney Mansfield is tiny, flamboyant and, oh yeah, a black belt in karate. He is also one of southern California’s greatest artists. Too bad the work of art he really wants is firefighter, Hunter Fallon. But the gorgeous “straight gay” guy could never want the Runtback of Notre Dame, so when Rodney’s handsome, surfer friend, Jerry, develops an unexpected passion for the beautiful firefighter, Rodney breaks his own heart by helping Jerry land his man. And then Rod makes it worse by embarrassing Hunter when he protects him from a firehouse bully. Hunter hates gay guys like Rodney – doesn’t he? Then why can’t he get the powerful pipsqueak’s face out of his mind… and cock out of his ass? And why does he risk his job and his life to rescue Rod from a burning building? Isn’t it time for him to admit he’s not an alpha male after all and that he is the property of the artist?

So what did I think?

Another great combination of characters with the flamboyant artist Rodney and the gorgeous firefighter Hunter.

Interestingly, I didn’t really like Hunter when first introduced. His attitude to Rodney, the out and proud ‘queen’ was unsettling. It was clear that he didn’t want people to ‘get the wrong’ idea about him if he was seen with Rodney but it wasn’t until much later in the book that the true reasons become clear and his behaviour seems better justified.

The story is interesting as both Rodney and Hunter pursue relationships with other people. But they can’t resist the pull of each other. There’s an event that occurs here, due to their attraction to one another, that was slightly disappointing – luckily Jerry is a good and understanding friend!

The sexual relationship between the two men was full of surprises as were both men. Rodney was tough and able to stand up for himself and other’s when required. The ‘flaming queen’ definitely had some tricks up his sleeve!

This was a really enjoyable story.

4 Stars

Beach Balls  (Balls to the Wall,  #3)Beach Balls by Tara Lain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Adam James is so far in the closet he could find Narnia. But coming out would threaten all he’s built as the lead attorney for WMA Development, and the million dollars he can get when he finishes pushing a big land remediation project through the City Council. Then on an early morning scuba dive, Adam meets a tall, lean rebreather diver named Sky who makes him want to live a different life. But Adam’s dreams are shattered when he walks into the council meeting and finds the fire-breathing environmentalist who’s screwing up his chances of winning is none other than that same beautiful man. Sky Sea Mickeljohn doesn’t compromise, so how could he find himself lusting after a damned developer? And what happens when somebody open’s Adam’s closet door? These two better start telling the truth if they’re ever going to find world peace.

So what did I think?

This story is very different to the first two in the series and is really not about sport at all – unless you count the bit of scuba diving that occurs – so I had to reclassify on my bookshelves! It also has a very different feel to the others in the series without really crossing over with any of the characters we have met so far (apart from a brief mention of Roman’s paintings).

Not that this is a bad thing because I totally enjoyed the story.

This story brings together a very much in the closet attorney/developer and an out and proud environmentalist. Adam just happens to be going incognito when he first meets Sky (cute name!) so they don’t realise they are involved in very opposing careers.

I liked the characters, I liked the story, I liked the resolution. Yes, I missed the original characters, but actually couldn’t imagine how they would have fit into this story and think this one works more as a standalone.

4 Stars

Snow Balls (Balls to the Wall, #4)Snow Balls by Tara Lain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Big, handsome and hunky, JJ LaRousse looks like an alpha male but acts like an interior decorator. And he’s trying to be happy about it — until a robbery at the famous Laguna Winter Fantasy brings JJ face-to-face with tough cop, Ryan Star. JJ hears Ryan likes guys who are manly men, so he drops his voice an octave, colors over his pink hair, and tries to pass as a football fan.

Ryan Star may be tough but he hides in the closet at work since he learned in New York that being a gay cop can cost you your life. His attraction to that big, handsome kid threatens his anonymity, but he can’t seem to resist. JJ is just his type. But then JJ goes skiing and comes face to face with his greatest nemesis– and all the secrets come out of the closet. Can Ryan love JJ for who he really is? More important, can JJ?

So what did I think?

Such a cute and lovely story!

It was interesting to read about ‘big, handsome, hunky’ JJ LaRousse whose appearance just doesn’t fit with how he sees himself “It just happened that JJ was a pansy. All pink and purple and multipetaled.” He wants to be an interior decorator, he’s scared of spiders and he doesn’t do sports.

Ryan is a closeted cop, with very good reason for not wanting to come out at work. He and JJ embark on a relationship but it is based on lies as JJ tries to be what he thinks Ryan wants – a sports keen, beer drinking male. But eventually it all comes out!

Lots of humour, lots of loving and some surprising heroic actions!

4 Stars

To find out more about Tara Lain and her books visit her website.

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???? M/M review preferences. Do you want the ‘new and shiny’ or the older stuff?

I’d love to know what you think!

I love to read new releases. I like the new and the shiny. So much so that I usually can’t resist buying them as soon as they are available or even pre-ordering! 🙂 At this point I am not really relying too much on reviews because there aren’t too many available from ordinary readers.

I guess I am most impacted by what I know about the author, their other work, the blurb for the new book and the publicity/hype surrounding the release.

I usually become aware of new books from a number of sources.  I see friends on Goodreads adding them to bookshelves, I get newsletters from publishers, I follow some authors blogs, I check out book review sites, Amazon sends me new release emails about authors I follow and I see chatter on Twitter and Facebook. And yes, I am influenced by what other people think and have to say about a particular book. 🙂

Basically there is heaps of information available about new releases and usually many reviews appearing at the same time. I know that I post reviews for new or recent releases myself! What I see less of are reviews for older books.

I usually find out about older books in a couple of ways. Firstly I see reviews posted in Goodreads by friends reading the older stuff. Sometimes I check out blog archives. But mainly I identify the older books I want to read by checking out the back catalogue of authors I like or alternatively checking out recommendation lists (such as ‘best of’ lists on GR). I admit I do spend a lot of time checking out books!

My question to you is…..would you prefer to mainly read reviews of new books or would you prefer to see more reviews of the older stuff?

I want to write reviews that are of interest, whether that be new releases, or that maybe introduce books or series that you might not have come across. I get very few books from authors or publishers and would say that about 95% of my blog reviews are for books that I have bought so am equally happy to spend my dollar on new or old books.

I’d love to get some comments if you have time to provide your thoughts.

Anyway, I’ll continue to buy lots of books (including the new and shiny ones!), read lots of books, post lots of reviews and hope that someone out there finds my reviews interesting!

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From the Ashes by Daisy Harris

Fire and Rain

  • From the Ashes (book #1) – in this review
  • After the Rain (book #2) – expected release February 2014

From the AshesFrom the Ashes by Daisy Harris

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

He wanted a boyfriend. What he got was a hero.

When an accident burns down Jesse’s apartment, he’s left broke and homeless, with a giant dog and a college schedule he can’t afford to maintain. And no family who’s willing to take him in.

Lucky for him, a sexy fireman offers him a place to stay. The drawback? The fireman’s big Latino family lives next door, and they don’t know their son is gay.

Tomas’s parents made their way in America with hard work and by accepting help when it was offered, so he won’t let Jesse drop out of school just so he can afford a place to live. Besides, Jesse’s the perfect roommate—funny, sweet and breathtakingly cute. He climbs into Tomas’s bed and tugs at his heart. Until Jesse starts pushing for more.

Their passion enflames their bodies but threatens to crush Tomas’s family. Tomas is willing to fight for Jesse, but after losing everything, Jesse isn’t sure he can bear to risk his one remaining possession—his heart.

Warning: Contains an angry older brother, judgmental best friends, a slobbering bull mastiff, and enough red-hot gay loving to make a porn star blush.

So what did I think?

This wasn’t the book I was expecting – I was hoping for more action and more heroics of the physical kind – instead it was a journey with heroics of a more emotional kind.

I quite liked the combination of Jesse and Tomas – in the beginning it wasn’t all fireworks but there was something special about each of them and they somehow worked together. I didn’t quite understand their immediate attraction and why Tomas would put himself out there to bring Jesse into his home, so near his family, particularly his brother with his homophobic attitude.

Tomas was a puzzle. I struggled to understand the way he thought about sex and what he deemed was acceptable behaviour. I loved that he was respectful of Jesse and didn’t want his actions to demean him, but his ideas seemed a bit odd. Plus he seemed to resolve, what were seemingly deep rooted ideas, pretty quickly. Once they started having sex it was pretty passionate!

Other than those minor points, it was an enjoyable story and provided an interesting take on how one man accepts his sexuality with the love of another. I also loved seeing Jesse blossom under Tomas care, become part of the family and bond with his dog. After rejection by his family and losing his home and all his possessions, he definitely deserved his happy ending!

3.5 stars

To find out more about Daisy Harris and her books visit her website.

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★★★★★ My Cowboy Heart by Z.A. Maxfield ★★★★★

My Cowboy Heart (book # 1) – in this review
My Heartache Cowboy (book # 2) – due for release in Jan 2014

My Cowboy HeartMy Cowboy Heart by Z.A. Maxfield

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

J-Bar ranch foreman Malloy pretty much keeps to himself—slinking around the edges of everybody else like an old coyote, doing his job and staying private. That is until Crispin Carrasco shows up.

Lean, muscular, and with a motor mouth that won’t quit, Crispin sparks something in Malloy—something the foreman didn’t know was there. But how does a lone coyote approach the warmth of a fire? And more important, what would happen if that fire burned?

So what did I think?

This is a beautiful romance that shows what love and family are all about. It is heartwarming and tender with some emotionally charged moments.

Malloy had a very sad upbringing with a drug addicted mother who was always looking for the next man or the next fix. He largely had to fend for himself until Crandall Jenkins and his wife Emma took him in. They provided him with a job and a home on their ranch but most importantly a place in their family. Malloy’s life largely revolves around the Jenkin’s family, his role as foreman of the ranch and his need to earn Crandall Jenkin’s love and respect.

Crispin has been through a terrible trauma and still bears the scars of his experience. Mr Jenkins offers him a place on the ranch and asks Malloy to keep an eye on the openly gay Crispin. This is the turning point in his life as Malloy’s eyes are finally opened to the true man he is inside.

The scenes where Malloy first admits his feelings for another man are wonderfully done, with Malloy first facing the loss of his dream “I wasn’t like Crandall Jenkins, and I’d never find an Emma. I’d never have what they had between them – not the home, not the kids, not the legacy, nor the love, nor the comfort of a lifelong partnership.” but then realising this wasn’t the end “It had only been moments since I’d thought about everything I’d lost, but now…now I could see what I’d gained.”

Crispin is truly a strong and inspiring man. He sees so much of the truth in people and I really warmed to his character. It was easy to see why Malloy felt so passionately about the man. I enjoyed the build of the relationship and the very emotional connection they had as well as the extremely passionate sex.

The story follows the romance but also has a strong focus on family as Crandall gets sick and the family need to deal with the ramifications. We also get some insight into the other ranch hands, Eddie and Jim who have their own issues. (I can’t wait to read their story in My Heartache Cowboy which is due Jan 2014). I guess Malloy’s doctor had it right when he said “Are you living on a ranch or a telenovela?”

A lovely balance of deep emotional issues with moments of love and happiness! 4.5 stars

Following is the song that Crispin and Malloy dance to on Valentine’s Day (Malloy ‘borrowed’ Crandall and Emma’s song because ‘some traditions are worth keeping.’), “Forever and Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis.

 

To find out more about Z.A. Maxfield and her books visit her website.

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Mr. Right by G.A. Hauser

Mr. RightMr. Right by G.A. Hauser

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Twenty-five year old Shawn Valley loved the internet chat sites and hooking up with older men. When he met Glenn Avon, a man thirty years his senior, he thought his life had changed for the better and it was time to settle down. What Shawn didn’t expect was for Glenn to die after only living with him for three years. On the heels of his partner’s death, Shawn begins to slide back into his old habits until he is persuaded to seek counseling.
Elliot Downey worked in Vacaville, California as a therapist. When a woman leaves him a message, asking him to call Shawn Valley to make an appointment, Elliot never expected to become enamored with a patient. It was taboo, it was against the rules, and it was inevitable.
The first few moments Shawn and Elliot were face to face, Elliot knew he was in trouble, and Shawn wondered if he could rebound into a wonderful new man.
Once before Elliot had loved someone and ruined his career. Was history going to repeat itself?
How much is a man willing to risk when he thinks Mr. Right has walked right to the door? It’s Shawn’s job to convince Elliot, they were meant for each other.

So what did I think?

I enjoyed this book despite a couple of things that maybe didn’t sit perfectly comfortably with me. But  I don’t necessarily need to agree with a characters behaviour to enjoy a book and I did get pulled into the story.

So what didn’t I enjoy? I was slightly unhappy with the therapist/patient relationship between Shawn and Elliot. Sure, it was only one appointment but I had a sense that Elliot may have been taking advantage of Shawn’s grief. After all, it had only been a week or so since the death of Shawn’s partner Glenn. I also didn’t like the reference to the slightly taboo relationship Elliot had in the past.

Shawn had just lost his partner of 3 years, a man 30 years older. I liked that the relationship, even with the age difference, was portrayed as one of true love and could understand the tremendous grief that Shawn experienced. His behaviour was also understandable – people react differently and can do strange things when impacted by grief. I didn’t necessarily warm to Shawn as a character, due to his actions and also finding him a bit shallow. He needed to grow up and find some sort of direction for his life.

The falling in love with Elliot so quickly seemed extremely unbelievable, as did Elliot’s choice of Shawn over his career, but hey, it’s only a story and I wanted them to have a happy ending so I didn’t think to much about it.

It was definitely an interesting portrayal of grief.

3 Stars

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★★★★ Love Comes in Darkness by Andrew Grey ★★★★

The Senses series:

  • Love Comes Silently (book #1) – click here for review
  • Love Comes in Darkness (book #2) – in this review

Love Comes in DarknessLove Comes in Darkness by Andrew Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Howard Justinian has always had to fight for his freedom. Because he was born blind, everyone is always trying to shelter him, but he’s determined to live his life on his own terms.

When an argument with his boyfriend over that hard-won self-reliance leaves Howard stranded by the side of the road, assistance arrives in the form of Gordy Jarrett. Gordy is a missionary’s son, so helping others is second nature—and he does it in such an unassuming manner that Howard can’t say no.

Life is barely back on track when Howard receives shocking news: his sister died, leaving him her daughter to care for. Howard now faces his greatest challenge yet: for Sophia’s safety, he’ll need to accept help, but will he learn to accept it from Gordy, the one man who will not curb his independence?

So what did I think?

Andrew Grey has done it again, providing another beautiful story about facing the challenges in life and finding happiness.

Howard was born blind and his independence is extremely important to him. Early in the book he is thrown into a terrifying situation, being abandoned on the side of a highway by a boyfriend with a point to prove. By abandoning him, Cedric is trying to show Howard how much he needs help. Howard manages to contact his friends (Ken and Patrick from book 1, Love Comes Silently) but before they arrive, Gordy arrives on the scene and stays with Howard until his friends arrive. This is the start of a relationship between Howard and Gordy.

I liked the way Gordy was so accepting of a Howard’s situation, giving him support and freedom at the same time. He trusted that Howard was capable of taking care of himself while acknowledging the practicalities of not having sight.

While still establishing their relationship, things are thrown into chaos when Howard’s sister dies. Howard needs to deal with her death and arrange the funeral, but most importantly make some life changing decisions regarding his niece. Howard also reacts badly to Gordy’s actions when all Gordy is doing is providing the love and support as any boyfriend would do when a partner is going through a family trauma.

Love, heartache, friendship and a lovely happy ending!

“….Living with a blind person isn’t easy, and one with a child, no less. I hope you know that.”
Gordy held him tighter and then rolled them on the bed. “I know exactly what I am getting myself in for: a lifetime of love. That’s all I need; the rest isn’t important.”

4 Stars

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