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☊☊☊☊☊☊ Maybe With A Chance of Certainty by John Goode ☊☊☊☊☊

The Tales from Foster High series:

  • Maybe With A Chance Of Certainty (book #1) – in this review
  • End Of The Beginning (book #2)
  • Raise Your Glass (book #3)
  • End Of The Innocence (book #4)

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Maybe With a Chance of Certainty (Tales from Foster High, #1)Maybe With a Chance of Certainty by John Goode

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Kyle has worked hard at being the invisible student, toiling through high school in the middle of Nowhere, Texas. Brad is the baseball star at Foster High. Both boys are damaged in ways that the rest of the world can’t see. When they bond over a night of history tutoring, Kyle thinks that maybe his life has taken a turn for the not-so-lonely.

He finds out quickly that the promise of fairy-tale love is a lie when you’re gay and falling for one of the most popular boys in school, and if being different is a sin in high school, then being gay is the biggest sin of all. Now Kyle and Brad need to come to an understanding amidst the scrutiny of their peers or their fledgling relationship will crash and burn before it ever gets off the ground.

So what did I think?

I bought this book (and the rest of the series) and obviously started with this one first – duh! I read and LOVED it. Then I had the chance to listen to the audio version. And WOW!

If I thought I enjoyed the story the first time round, the audio version just improved on it. The narrator, Michael Stellman, enhances the story and takes nothing away. It was so interesting to compare my thoughts on the story from my own reading experience versus my thoughts from the listening experience. Sometimes the narrator’s voice and style doesn’t match the characters I have built in my head but this one hit the nail on the head – brilliant! Michael Stellman’s voice captured Kyle perfectly with a real sense of youth and emotion.

I loved the style of writing and characters were totally wonderful. I loved the emotion and challenge of growing up. I loved the nerd and the jock facing life head on. I loved public confrontations and grand gestures. But most of all I loved the strength and honesty.

I haven’t read the second book, End of The Beginning yet but have started listening to the audio version. I’m not too far in but loving the continuation of the story, this time from Brad’s point of view.

I wouldn’t usually come right out and recommend an audio book over the ebook or print edition (I’m a bit old-school that way and prefer the characters in my head) but this is the reverse for me. I actually originally rated the written book as a 4/4.5 but it is now a definite 5 and moving to my favourites shelf!

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To find out more about John Goode check out the Tales from Foster High Facebook page.

Buy Maybe With A Chance Of Certainty from Amazon.

Buy the audio book, Tales from Foster High (books 1-3) from Audible.

Tales From Foster High

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★★★★★ Shiny! by Amy Lane ★★★★★

Shiny!Shiny! by Amy Lane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Will Lafferty and Kenny Scalia are both having sort of a day. Will gets fired for letting fifth graders read Harry Potter, and Kenny finds his boyfriend and his sex toys in bed with a complete stranger. When Will knocks over Kenny’s trash can—and strews Kenny’s personal business all over the street—it feels like the perfect craptastic climax to the sewage of suckage that has rained down on them both.

But ever-friendly, ever-kind Will asks snarky Kenny out for a beer—God knows they both need one—and two amazing things occur: Kenny discovers talking to Will might be the best form of intercourse ever, and Will discovers he’s gay.

Their unlikely friendship seems like the perfect platonic match until Will reveals how very much more he’s been feeling for Kenny almost since the beginning. But Kenny’s worried. Will’s new-found sexuality is bright and glittery and shiny, but what happens when that wears off? Is Will’s infatuation with Kenny strong enough to stay real?(

So what did I think?

So much fun! I adored the whole story from the beginning right through to the very last page. Wonderful characters, some great lines and a unique way of telling the story of Will and Kenny.

I loved the way the story of how Will and Kenny met, moved first to friends and then to lovers, was woven through the book as they tell the story to friends at a family wedding.

There was something about Will that I found particularly appealing but Kenny was gorgeous too and I just loved seeing them together!

The tone of the book was really set from the moment they meet each other over the spilled contents of Kenny’s garbage bin – and oh my, what contents!

Here are a couple of my favourite lines from the book….

“You don’t look gay,” Joey said suspiciously.
Will blinked. Well, that was new. “Maybe I’m just really, really happy inside,” Will responded with a bright smile.”

“You’re gay!” she shrilled, and he pulled the phone away from his ear. “How in the hell do you know you’re gay?”
He smiled a little to himself. It was sort of private information, but he figured he owed her a little after the last four months. “Because when I look at pictures of naked men, my penis goes off like a roman candle,” he said frankly, and that was when she hung up.”

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To find out more about Amy Lane and her books visit her website.

Buy Shiny! from Amazon.

Buy Shiny! from Dreamspinner Press.

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Released today! Angel’s Hero by Liz Borino

Angel's Hero

Angel’s Hero is book one in the Angel series and is released today. Book two is Angel’s Truth and is expected to be published on 14th March. Reviews for both books are to follow but in the meantime check out the excerpt for Angel’s Hero below.

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The blurb….

CIA Agent Aaron “Angel” Collins doesn’t take many things on faith. He trusts his gut, his eyes, and his husband, Jordan, an Army Captain. When his commanding officers deliver  news of Jordan’s death, Aaron needs proof. The facts don’t add up, and Aaron must decide if he can trust Major General Troy Hart to assist in his quest to discover the truth.
Captain Jordan Collins is battered and disheartened in an Afghanistan prison, but definitely not dead, though he learns his own government believes he is. His only mission now is to stay alive and make it home to Angel, if he can find an ally among the enemy. But someone in the US government will stop at nothing to make sure he never leaves that prison, And Jordan must reevaluate the lines between friend and foe if he is ever to return to his Angel.
Excerpt:
July 2013 Langley, Virginia
CIA Agent Aaron Collins pushed his shoulders together as he strode through the hallway to his supervisor Mick Keller’s office and rapped on the door. As if waiting for him, Keller swung it open. “Come in, Collins, come in. Have a seat. Can I get you a drink?”
“No, thank you, sir,” Aaron replied, shifting in the hard wooden chair. His boss wrung his hands as he circled his large desk. “Is everything all right?” Clearly not, he answered himself.
Bosses tended not to call emergency meetings on a Friday to discuss the company’s upcoming Keller sat behind his desk and adjusted his glasses.
“I need you to brief Foster on the POW situation in Afghanistan. The two of you are switching cases.”
Aaron blinked. “My team and I have been working with the military on that mission for months. We’re three weeks from deployment.”
“Yes, Foster will assume your leadership role.”
“Foster? He’s a paper pusher!” Aaron exclaimed.
“Collins.” Keller’s voice held a warning.
Yeah, God forbid the agency admits the truth about the competence of their employees.
“Sir, he really is not qualified.”
“He will be once you brief him. We need you here, Collins,” Keller told him.
Aaron tilted his head to the side. “Why do you need a field agent here?”
“You’re one of our best,” Keller said.
“And… you’re afraid to send me because you have reason to doubt safety?” Aaron extrapolated.
“It is a rather volatile situation,” Keller hedged.
Of course it’s volatile! Fucking enemies have our men! “What aren’t you telling me?”
Keller shook his head. “It wasn’t my decision.”
“Well, whose decision was it? Have you thought of calling them an idiot?”
“Not all of us have your finesse,” Keller replied.
“I’ll be there, or you need to give me a reason that I can’t, beyond the stuffed shirt above you said so,” Aaron said.
Keller removed his glasses and massaged his eyes. “No, that’s all the reason either one of us require. Your job is here for the next four months.”
“I have the most information about this mission,” Aaron tried once more, but even as he spoke, he knew the battle was over.
“None of us know very much,” Keller responded with a sigh. “I’m sorry.”
So am I. “Can I still get updates?”
“You know we can’t.” Keller paused, then added, “He’ll be all right, Collins.”
They weren’t talking about Foster’s competence anymore. Now Keller referred to Aaron’s husband, Jordan, an Army Captain also assigned to this mission. “Of course he will. I only wish I could help.”
“You’ll help by training Foster,” Keller replied.
Right. “Is there anything else, sir?” Aaron asked.
“No, you may go home.”
“Thank you.” Aaron stood, shook Keller’s hand, and walked out of the building after grabbing his messenger bag. Ducking into his car, Aaron leaned his head back on the seat. He dialed Jordan’s cell.
“Hey, Angel, you done already?” Jordan asked, the perkiness in his voice signaling that he did not get the same news today.
And like magic, the sound of Jordan’s nickname for him eroded the edges of Aaron’s own bad mood. “Yep, you?”
“Two beers in at home,” Jordan responded. “I’ve got dinner started.”
“See, now I think you’re vying to steal my nickname from me.” Aaron started the ignition and put his foot on the brake.
“Never happen. You okay?” Jordan asked.
“Uh… do we have anything stronger than beer, or should I stop?”
“Oh, boy.” Jordan’s tone grew serious. “We have whiskey, if that will do.”
Best you can get in the US. Aaron released a breath. “That’ll work. Love you.”
“Love you, too.” Jordan ended the call and Aaron began the twenty minute trek home to Maryland.
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To find out more about Liz Borino and her books visit her website.
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You Can See Me by A.E. Via

You Can See MeYou Can See Me by A.E. Via

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Renowned Chef Prescott Vaughan was at the height of his career when a car accident leaves him completely blind. His fiancée leaves him in a state of desperation and depression. Prescott pines for love and happens to find it in his neighbor; male neighbor Dr. Rickson Edwards. Prescott never considered himself gay, but when Ric saves him, Prescott begins to view his rescuer differently. However, when Ric and Prescott have problems, Prescott seeks comfort from an escort but was unprepared for the sexy, southern, hotness that is Blair McKenzie. Prescott now has to choose between his two men…or does he?

Warning: A sexy surgeon, a world renowned Chef, and a smokin, southern escort are as opposite as can be, but when they come together, grab a cold drink cause it’s about to get extra hot!

So what did I think?

A thoroughly enjoyable book featuring three (yes 3!) gorgeous men – I loved the characters and the story with it’s dramatic moments!

On the plus side….

Sexy food critic ✔
Sexy doctor ✔
Sexy chef/escort ✔
Sexy food critic, doctor and chef/escort together ✔
A Texan ✔
A man finally figuring out he’s gay ✔
Hot sex ✔
Men with feelings ✔
Romantic gestures ✔
Dramatic medical scenes ✔
A miracle ✔
Accepting families ✔
Happy endings ✔

On the downside…..there wasn’t really much of a downside. I enjoyed this book for what it was and just immersed myself in some hot, man-on-man-on-man loving. Maybe all three men didn’t seem entirely equal and I would have loved to have got to know Blair in more than a sexual capacity (thank god he stood up for himself in a scene where he said exactly what I was thinking) and yes, the “strawberry” endearment stuck out a bit as being unusual. Plus Pres’s ex-girlfriends were as annoying as hell!

This story deals with blindness and one of the strengths was the impression that the author really knows her stuff as shown in all the little things – the descriptions, the touching and feeling. The strong medical knowledge was also reflected in the story with very realistic scenes (at least they seemed very real to me given I am not a medically trained person!)

“With every storm, there’ll be sunshine after,” Pres responded.
Blair laughed in between them. “Storm and sunshine…..so what does that make me? asked Blair.
“The Rainbow,” Ric and Pres responded in unison.

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A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for my honest review.

To find out more about A.E. Via and her books visit her website.

Buy You Can See Me from Amazon.

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☊☊☊☊☊ Caregiver by Rick R. Reed – Audio book review ☊☊☊☊☊

Caregiver

Caregiver by Rick R. Reed

Narrator: Taavi Mark

Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

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The Blurb…

It’s 1991, and Dan Calzolaio has just moved to Florida with his lover, Mark, having fled Chicago and Mark’s addictions to begin a new life on the Gulf Coast. Volunteering for the Tampa AIDS Alliance is just one part of that new beginning, and that’s how Dan meets his new buddy, Adam.

Adam Schmidt is not at all what Dan expected. The guy is an original—witty, wry, and sarcastic with a fondness for a smart black dress, Barbra Streisand, and a good mai tai. Adam doesn’t let his imminent death get him down, even through a downward spiral that sees him thrown in jail.

Each step of Adam’s journey teaches Dan new lessons about strength and resilience, but it’s Adam’s lover, Sullivan, to whom Dan feels an almost irresistible pull. Dan knows the attraction isn’t right, even after he dumps his cheating, drug-abusing boyfriend. But then Adam passes away, and it leaves Sullivan and Dan both alone to see if they can turn their love for Adam into something whole and real for each other.

So what did I think?

This re-read was so interesting because it was via listening to the audio book. I still loved this story the second time around – it was beautiful, sad and inspiring.

This book is definitely worth reading. It is a well crafted story of what happens after Dan meets Adam. In the story we also meet Mark and Sullivan. All four characters are unique and all are hurting in some way. Life and relationships are not easy.

“It made him think about fate, about timing, and about how people appeared to one another at times when they most needed each other. His mother used to say that people came into our lives for a reason, for a season, or for a lifetime.”

There was a real sense of the time and place provided by the references to music of the time and wonderful descriptions of the hot and humid Tampa location.

I was totally swept up into the life of Dan and the unexpected journey he finds himself on. From meeting Adam, his AIDS Alliance buddy, to dealing with Mark, his very troubled and drug addicted boyfriend, to befriending Sullivan, Adam’s boyfriend as they both deal with Adam’s struggle.

Adam is a highlight of the book as he confronts the ravages of his disease. From the first moment he is introduced, he makes an impression. Everyone should be so lucky to have an Adam in their life – obviously not the heartbreak and death – but someone who can show what life is really all about, someone who can teach us about love and courage.

In terms of the audio, I think Taavi Mark did a wonderful job of narrating this story. I enjoyed the quality of his voice and found it suited the style of the book and the characters. He provided good distinction between the character voices and the pacing was excellent.

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To find out more about Rick R Reed and his books visit his website.

Buy Caregiver from Dreamspinner Press.

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Books 7 & 8 of The Men of Riverside series by Serena Yates

Men of Riverside explores the lives of a group of men who all share a high school in the fictional town of Riverside, Texas. Not all of them know they are destined to be couples. Some of them believe they are only friends.

Circumstances and life separate them, sometimes for several years. But luck, determination and love will help them get the reunions they deserve.

Reading Order:

  • Finding Elliot (book #1) 
  • Rediscovering Adrian (book #2) 
  • Understanding Mark (book #3)
  • Saving Zeke (book #4) 
  • Forgiving Jason (book #5)
  • Loving Vincent (book #6)
  • Convincing Landon (book #7)  – in this review
  • Helping Harry (book #8) – in this review

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Convincing Landon (Men of Riverside, #7)Convincing Landon by Serena Yates

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Afraid of being openly gay, Landon rejected Kendall after a brief affair. Will they be able to make a fresh start when chance reunites them years later?

Landon Tully is a social worker who only returned to Riverside for his father’s funeral. But when a job opportunity opens up, he decides to stay for a while. Within days he runs into Kendall Gable, the man he’d thought was too young for him eight years ago – only now Kendall is all grown up and on the opposite side of a bidding contest for the land Landon has been asked to obtain to build a homeless shelter.

Kendall has made a life for himself as an architect. Focusing on work has helped him fill the hole in his life that Landon left behind. Running into him is painful, but helps him realise some of the issues in his professional life need fixing.

Will Kendall be able to convince himself, and Landon, that they deserve a life together after all?

So what did I think?

This was a really nice addition to the series. There are some hot moments of sizzling sex but really this is about more. Landon has sacrificed a lot of his dreams, firstly to protect and look after his younger brother and secondly to protect his career as a social worker (yes, he really is a nice guy!).

The story covers a number of years providing some little snippets of Landon’s early years and family life, his first meeting with Kendall and his subsequent contact with the man years later. Although young and inexperienced, Kendall is very forward thankfully! But things don’t end well and it isn’t until even more years have passed that the men finally get their chance together.

There’s a bit of a morale with the corporate giant versus the good guy charity in the story. The resolution is a bit quick but really, who cares as long as it is a happy ending, right?

3.5 stars because I was just in the mood for a sweet quick read!

Helping Harry (Men of Riverside, #8)Helping Harry by Serena Yates

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Tim’s attraction to his friend Harry flares up once again when they run into each other at their ten-year reunion, but will it be enough to build the lasting relationship they’ve both longed for?

Tim Jacobi, who owns and runs his parent’s car dealership, is professionally successful but lonely. When his high school reunion brings his best friend Harry back to Riverside after a ten-year separation, he realises he is still attracted to him. And this time around, he can admit it to himself.

Harry can’t believe the strong feelings his best friend awakens in him. Despite being afraid of rejection, he opens up and tells him the truth about the intervening years—why he is now divorced and has sole custody of his two children.

When Harry’s ex-wife reappears—demanding not only visitation rights, but threatening to sue for custody—Tim find himself facing more obstacles than he’d expected. Will he run for cover or help Harry get the relationship and life he has always wanted?

So what did I think?

The strength in this story was the inclusion of children in a realistic way. I liked the consideration given to the children as Harry and Tim’s relationship blossomed! I particularly liked the children’s easy acceptance of Tim in their lives and the innocent, honest reaction to his skin color.

This is the story of Harry, compelled to marry Lisa when he gets her pregnant, and the choices he makes when the relationship with his wife disintegrates. He is a tower of strength, fighting for what’s best for his children when faced with her alcoholism. When Harry returned to Riverside for his school reunion, I was just rooting for him to find some happiness at last and build a family for his kids.

We get a little peak at the lovely gay men we’ve met in Riverside in the series of books up until now although I must admit that all the couples and relationships – friends, brothers, lovers – started to get a bit confusing causing me to stop and ask ‘who’s he with again?” 🙂

Love, support, family, sex and a nice happy ending!

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To find out more about Serena Yates and her books, visit her website.

Buy the Men of Riverside Series from Amazon.

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One Night Ride by Jennah Scott

One Night RideOne Night Ride by Jennah Scott

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Brett Colson’s ready to get back into the dating game. Competing in rodeos across the country kept him out of the game, so when he hears about the 1Night Stand service from a friend, he takes a chance.

Bull rider Jace Peterson lost his first love over a year before to another man. Hitting his thirtieth birthday, Jace listens to his friends’ concerns; he needs to end his self-imposed dry spell and enlist the help of Madame Eve.

Brett and Jace expect nothing more than a satisfying one-night ride. But they’re wrong.

So what did I think?

With a title like “One Night Ride” you know what you are in for – one hot night of passion! The title doesn’t lie as Jace and Brett steam up the pages! But you do get a bit more from these two gorgeous cowboys – and speaking of gorgeous cowboys, I do love that cover!

Both men have reached the point in their lives where they feel the need to use a dating service. I loved the little glimpses of the personalities and backgrounds of each man and the natural way they interacted. I loved the sex and I loved the way both men had a feeling they wanted more (not that they’d admit it!)

There was one part in the story that I didn’t quite get or maybe didn’t think was made the most of – Jace’s ex being in the restaurant. It gave Jace a chance to talk about that part of his past but I think I was expecting more from this unexpected encounter.

I also felt the ending was too rushed and felt a little annoyed at Jace for waiting so long to make his move, particularly given his circumstances. I enjoyed the style of this book and really liked the characters so overall wanted it to go on longer. I wanted to see Jace have to work a bit more for his happy ending. I would love to see another book telling more of Brett and Jace’s story now they’ve decided that a one night ride wasn’t nearly enough!

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A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for my honest review.

To find out more about Jennah Scott and her books visit her website.

Buy One Night Ride from Amazon.

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Pre-release review: If It Drives by Aleksandr Voinov & L.A. Witt

The Market Garden series:

  • Quid Pro Quo – book #1
  • Take It Off – book #2
  • If It Flies – book #3
  • If It Fornicates – book #4
  • Capture & Surrender– book #5
  • Payoff – book # 6 – click here for review
  • If It Drives – book #7 – available for pre-order –  due for release 31st March 2014

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If It Drives (Market Garden, #7)If It Drives

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

If it flies, drives, or fornicates, it’s cheaper to rent it.

After driving James Harcourt, his wealthy banker boss, around for a year and a half, Cal isn’t surprised by much anymore. Not even James’s regular trips to Market Garden, London’s most elite gay brothel.

But when James leaves the Garden alone one night and turns to Cal instead, Cal’s floored. After crushing on his boss for ages, it’s his wet dream come true . . . until the awkward morning after. Cal still has a job to do, but he wants to offer more. Yet James doesn’t take him up on it; he keeps Cal at arm’s length and continues his chauffeured jaunts to Market Garden.

As Cal learns what James needs from the rentboys, he tries to fill that need himself. But there’s more to James’s penchant for rentboys than Cal realizes, and it may be one role that Cal can’t fill without overstepping his duty.

So what did I think?

I was privileged to receive an advance copy of this book for review and wow! I think this is my favourite of the series and I highly recommend you pre-order right now so you can get your hands on the book when it’s released in March!

Callum has been driving his boss, James, to the Market Garden and watched as James has brought home a number of the Market Garden rentboys. Cal has been watching James, seeing him in the lead up to his Market Garden visits and watching his reaction afterwards. Cal is pretty in tune with James’ emotional state and wants to take care of him. Sure, he lusts after James but there is something deeper, something that becomes more evident after a smoking hot one-night stand.

I loved to watch James and Cal together and the dominant/submissive coupling of a wealthy business man and his driver employee was intriguing. There is a real emotional side to the story as both men need to deal with the nature of their relationship outside the bedroom.

Unlike some of the other stories in the series, this one is full length and I loved it from beginning to end. I loved the characters, I loved the little glimpse of Nick and Spencer and that scene over the billiard table – hot!!!

This ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in return for my honest review.

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To find out more about L.A. Witt and her books visit her website.

To find out more about Aleksandr Voinov and his books visit his website.

Buy/Preorder If It Drives from Riptide Publishing

Have some Hooch & Cake on me.

A nice little freebie from Heidi Cullinan – thanks Heidi!

The Amazon Iowan

This is basically the newsletter reposted. FREE BOOK. FREE BOOK. SAM AND MITCH GET MARRIED, RANDY SHOWS UP, LOTS OF SMUT AND FEELS. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hooch and Cake Cover

Book 1.5 in the Special Delivery Series

Where there’s a Randy, there’s a way.

Mitch Tedsoe isn’t expert on many things, but he’s pretty sure getting married shouldn’t be this hard. A justice of the peace, some hooch, some cake—all Mitch wants is to walk down the aisle with Sam Keller, have a party, and live happily ever after. But every day of wedding planning brings a new set of handicaps, legal, logistical, and emotional…until he brings in his best friend, Randy Jansen.

Randy loves being the third point in Sam and Mitch’s kinky triangle, and nothing would give him more pleasure than to thumb his nose at small town snobbery and give Iowa the most fantastic gay wedding it’s ever seen. But as…

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❤❤ Valentine’s Day short stories ❤❤

Heart and flowers, love and romance…..here are a few short stories for Valentine’s Day!

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Louis Hates Valentine's DayLouis Hates Valentine’s Day by Sue Brown

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Louis hates Valentine’s Day. He hates it with a passion he reserves for Marmite and footballers’ wives. Louis is also a florist and Valentine’s Day is his nemesis, turning his fingers into pin-cushions to make bouquets for men who give red roses to their wives and then ignore them for the rest of year.

Louis hates Valentine’s Day. No one gives him flowers. The only customer he likes is Arnie who buys a new bouquet every week. Arnie gives Louis a chance to explore his love of floriography; the language of flowers. It never occurs to Louis that maybe he isn’t listening to what Arnie is trying to say.

So what did I think?

Wow – Louis really does hate Valentine’s Day and without even knowing the true reasons behind his feelings, you can understand why – the people who visit his florist shop are awful!

This isn’t all hearts and flowers – although there are flowers aplenty – this is a glimpse at one very sad man. The last few years have been tough on Louis and he doesn’t look like he’s making any progress to changing his life. He’s cynical and unhappy and overlooks what’s right in front of him.

Thank goodness his eyes are finally opened because what’s a story about Valentine’s Day without a happy ending!

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Love and an (Orange) Lamborghini (A Valentine Rainbow)Love and an (Orange) Lamborghini by M.A. Ford

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Freelance journalist Will Turner is struggling both financially and emotionally since being dumped by his boyfriend. While his sports car obsessed roommate, Niki, is busy leaving notes for the female owner of a Lamborghini Gallardo parked in their area, Will takes a last-minute assignment to interview a sportsman. The attraction between Will and racing driver Tim Johnson is instant, but Tim is unwilling to risk his career by coming out. Niki has big plans for Valentine’s Day, but it will take a near miracle for any of them to find happiness.

So what did I think?

This was a nice short story and a little bit different. I loved the author’s debut novel  Track Limits (click here for my review) so was really keen to read this one.

It was short and sweet and had a nice Valentine’s Day happy ending. It was a quickie read so I wasn’t expecting too much. I liked the pairing of the very non-sporty journalist and the racing car driver and I enjoyed Will’s flatmate Niki’s attempts to woo the owner of the orange Lamborghini.

What I would have liked to see was some racing action (maybe my expectation from the previous book I read) but this was more a cute story focusing on emotion. The resolution was too rushed for me, with Tim making some decisions which seemed too early in the relationship – but it’s Valentine’s so it had to be bit romantic, didn’t it!

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Valentine Shower (A Valentine Rainbow)Valentine Shower by John C. Houser

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb...

For Reuben, numbers are everything people are not: rational, predictable, and soothing. Outside of this family, his boss, Terry, is the one person he feels connected with. In the years they’ve worked together, listening to Terry’s jokes and stories over coffee has become a reliable part of his routine. But he’s missed having family nearby since his parents retired to Florida, and figures he’ll need a woman to correct the problem. He’s hurt and confused when Terry not only refuses to help, but announces he won’t be coming around much anymore. It’s up to Reuben’s no-nonsense sister Yaffa and his therapist, Dr. Greenberg, to help him understand Terry’s feelings—and his own.

So what did I think?

Reuben is one of the most unique characters I have read in a long time! It was such a joy to watch him try to understand his feelings for his best friend and boss, Terry.

As a data obsessed genius with an inability to ‘read’ people, it takes him a while to realise what he wants but once he does, his attempts at making Terry his Valentine are gorgeous.

I think if it been a longer book the charm of Reuben would have worn off but as a short it was perfect!

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