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Sno Ho and Life In Fusion by Ethan Day

 

Ethan Day has re-released his two Summit City stories. So if you haven’t read Sno Ho or Life in Fusion, now’s the time to check them out!
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SnoH02015_EDaySno Ho – Boone Daniels seems to have trouble finishing things. Along with the half dozen or so novels he’s started, only to abandon mid-way through, his love life could be best described as a series of drive-bys. Boone has spent the past week staying at a ski lodge in the tiny mountain town of Summit City. He’s been using his time alone to write while waiting for his boyfriend to join him for their anniversary. What happens to Boone when he winds up dumped on the eve of his one-year anniversary and ends up at a bar having one too many cocktails? Wade Walker.

LiF2015_EDayLife In Fusion – Aspiring author, Boone Daniels, always figured love would be as easy as he was. Fresh off a whirlwind winter-vacation romance with ski-god and would-be boyfriend, Wade Walker – Boone was certain that saying goodbye would be the hardest part. He’d survived the unconventional way in which they came together, proven himself somewhat worthy to Wade’s hometown of Summit City, and felt certain the self-imposed, six month boy-buffer would prove one thing – their fate was to be forever entwined. Once real life settles in, Boone suffers the realization that no one ever actually said love was easy and that even after you fall, you can still break. As their two worlds collide, he begins to understand that if he can navigate the landscape of life in fusion, he just might get that happily-ever-after…after all.

Buy Links

Sno Ho:

http://www.amazon.com/Sno-Ho-Summit-City-Book-ebook/dp/B017FGWR6Q/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Life in Fusion:

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Fusion-Summit-City-Book-ebook/dp/B017FGWZDQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1447108353&sr=1-1&keywords=ethan+day

Sno Ho/Life in Fusion Print Combo:

http://www.amazon.com/Sno-Ho-Life-Fusion-Summit/dp/0996821228/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

About the Author

I am a gay man living in Missouri…I can hear the gasps already!! How very un-chic of me, yes I know. It was here I was born and here I have stayed. The youngest of four children and the only boy, I’ve always suffered from an extravagant fantasy life. When I played with my Star Wars action figures as a child, I liked to make up my own stories. Naturally, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo were totally meant for each other, and Princess Leia made a bitchin’ wise cracking Fag Hag.

I managed to survive high school living in a small, racist town in Southeast Missouri and emerged unscathed, realizing life was too short to pretend to be anything other than who I was. It was very Lifetime Movie Network meets After School Special, I assure you.

After several stints in college, I signed up for a Creative Writing course, choosing the class because there were no tests. For once my scholastic laziness paid off, and I found an outlet for all the fantasies running amuck inside my head. It was love at first write, and I’ve been doing it off and on ever since.

Author Links

Website: http://ethanday.com/

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★★★★★ As You Are by Ethan Day ★★★★★

As You AreAs You Are by Ethan Day

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Operation Danny… that’s all bartender and recent college graduate, Julian Hallowell has had on his mind the past year. Julian may have no idea what he wants to do with his life, but he definitely knows he’s in love with the boy next door: the one in the next room to be exact, his roommate Danny Wallace.

Danny owns a used text book store just off campus and while Julian has done his level best to make Danny fall for him, all his hard work appears to have been in vain. Danny doesn’t seem to view Julian as anything other than that… a roommate and friend. So when new guy in town Andy Baker asks him out on a date, Julian can’t seem to think of a good reason to say no.

Julian has already instituted a Reverse Operation Danny plan, which he’s positive will purge all thoughts of love and lust for his roomie out of his head. He’s ready to move on and start looking for his next Mr. Right, and Andy just might fit the bill. But has he given up too soon?

So what did I think?

Ethan Day has done it again – what a fun and fabulous story told with such wit and humour! And Julian? Totally wonderful!

Julian has secretly loved his roommate Danny for a year and unsuccessfully tried to charm Daniel into falling for him. When his plan doesn’t work, he finally changes tack and starts on a new plan to rid himself of his feelings for Danny.

Julian is over-the-top quirky, clumsy and just a bit nutty with his strong ideas about love and romance. But he’s also so endearing. There is lots packed into Julian’s story – his ideas about love, romance and marriage, his family, his homophobic cousin, the lack of direction in life, his relationship with best friend Gabby, his new experiences with dating – it’s a lot to take in but told in such an amusing way, it’s best just to hang on and go with the flow!

I enjoyed the flashbacks which give little hints that there is a lot more to Danny than meets the eye and he may not be as immune to Julian’s charms as Julian thinks he is. And I loved the women in the book. Luckily Julian has some strong women in his life – Southern mom Delilah and sassy friend Gabby – who put up with his quirky personality and steer him in the right direction – these are ‘pull-no-punches’ type of gals.

My only slight disappointment was that I wanted to get to know Danny better. There are suggestions as to why he behaves the way he does but I really wanted to know more of his background. I guess with the first person POV of Julian, this wasn’t on the cards.

I’m a sucker for happy endings so the story ended perfectly for me. I didn’t need the long drawn out closure or resolution of issues – it was enough that the right men ended up together.

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

❅❅❅❅❅❅❅

To find out more about Ethan Day and his books visit his website.

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~~ Northern Star by Ethan Day ~~

Northern StarNorthern Star by Ethan Day

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Deacon Miller never had it all—he never really believed he could. Growing up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother and a revolving door of truly pathetic father figures taught him to keep his expectations low. Now at twenty-seven, on the night before Christmas Eve, his life is turned upside down yet again; his boyfriend has dumped him, he just fled the holiday family reunion from hell, and now to top it all off, a blizzard has left him stranded in an airport hotel.

Steve Steele has spent the better part of his forty-four years living a lie, ignoring his attraction to other men in an attempt to fit into the mold of the man he thought he should be, instead of living life as the man he knew himself to be. Recently divorced after coming home from work one day and coming out to his wife, Steve has floundered over the past year, desperately attempting to wade through the guilt and find the courage to start again.

That’s when a chance meeting in a hotel bar brings two lonely men together… and what should’ve been a one night stand turns into something much more than either one ever expected.

So what did I think?

Northern Star was a wonderful way to spend a couple hours and it was a pleasure to get to know Steve and Deacon.

Their first meeting at a hotel bar sets the tone for the whole book as they enjoy a nice easy and teasing banter. It was so much fun to follow the conversation back and forth….

Deacon faced Steve, propping up his elbow on the bar for support. “Say, you can’t be too much of a dick, you at least asked how I’m doing, right?”
“Well, you did mention doing me before. I became infinitely more invested at that point.”

followed shortly by….

“No, I apparently suffer from low self-esteem and have an unfortunate attraction to loose-moraled men with little to no character.”
“Sweet, so my chances of getting lucky just skyrocketed.”

But what makes this book special is how special Deacon and Steve really are for each other. Even from their first meeting Deacon recognises that Steve has shown him more kindness than his own mother and the boyfriend who had left him. Patty, Deacon’s mother, is just awful and such a contrast to the sweet and caring Steve who is an all-round good guy in all he says and does.

Steve has faced his own challenges, coming out and leaving his wife after initially denying his own sexuality. The author did a fabulous of job of conveying the impact of Steve’s decision to leave his wife and step-daughter (which he did well before meeting Deacon). It wasn’t easy and things aren’t perfect but he has maintained a friendship of sorts with his ex-wife. Her inclusion in the book allows us to see another side of Steve.

The secondary characters complement the story so well. Jimmy is totally amusing as Steve’s best friend and Deacon’s sister Ashley is nice and cute and a crack up…totally loved her response when Deacon states that he will not be helping her with BJ advice. “Well, that’s just stupid. What’s the point of having a gay older brother then?”

This book blended the emotional journey with regular smatterings of amusing moments right the way through to the warm and happy ending.

A very enjoyable 4.5 stars.

Thank you to the publisher of this book who provided a copy in return for an honest review.

To find out more about Ethan Day and his books visit his website.

Buy Northern Star from Amazon.

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☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ At Piper’s Point by Ethan Day ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

At Piper's PointAt Piper’s Point by Ethan Day

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Ten years and many boyfriends later, Cassidy Winters finally returns to the ancestral home of his late grandmother, Sadie Hart, despite the best efforts of his father to prevent it. Cassidy’s plans of a quiet, seaside ceremony to wish a final farewell to Sadie quickly unravel. Interruptions run roughshod, beginning with Neil, who walks out of the ocean and straight into Cassidy’s bed. The dominos topple one by one when the little dog he rescues from the hounds of hell brings him to Ben, the hunky vet who rescues Cassidy right back. News of his arrival spreads faster than Cassidy’s legs, bringing his boyhood friend and first love Nate Sommers to his doorstep — leaving Cassidy spiraling into a multi-layered love snafu. As if the island wasn’t getting crowded enough for Cassidy’s good taste and bad decisions, best friends Ollie and Spencer arrive in time to witness the uninvited return of Cassidy’s most recent ex, Teddy, who’s refusing to stay dumped.

Fists fly and all hell breaks loose amid mojitos and martinis while Cassidy finds himself planning a huge party to celebrate Sadie’s life. Accusations are aimed as arguments and libidos boil over, but even through the chaos Cassidy knows exactly who he wants. While he’s certainly willing, he isn’t sure if he’s ready or able for love and life at Pipers Point.

So what did I think?

Perfection!

From the description in the blurb, I was looking forward to reading this book but what was delivered was so much more than I was expecting. This was a story about family and friends and fighting for love.

At Piper’s Point is the story of Cassidy, a man returning to his grandmother’s home for the first time in many years. Sadie had passed away years previously but it is only now that Cassidy is in a position to return. The first chapter is so evocative, filled with Cassidy’s reminiscences of his summer’s spent with Sadie. I almost felt like I was walking around the house with Cassidy as the sights and smells brought back his memories. From this moment I knew this wasn’t just a book about a summer of friends and fun but a book dealing with much deeper emotions.

Sadie, Cassidy’s grandmother, plays a large role in this book, as she did in Cassidy’s life and the lives of everyone she touched. Through memory, we get to know Sadie and the impact she had on Cassidy, how important she was to the young boy with uncaring parents. She gave him love and a home and was a huge influence on Cassidy and his actions.

The book explores Cassidy’s emotions, his feelings toward his parents and about the events of his childhood and most importantly how he finally makes the decision about his future. But through all of this there is a light-heartedness brought by the wonderful friends he has surrounded himself with and the very special love he gets from his grandmother’s friend and housekeeper, Natalie.

Cassidy seems to draw men to him and is surrounded by admirers from his first day at Piper’s Point! Between his newest conquest, his first boyfriend Nate, an ex-boyfriend who unexpectedly arrives, the local vet and his ex-lover best friends, this was not going to be a quiet summer. The tension between Cassidy and Nate is palpable as they cautiously deal with their simmering feelings while surrounded by a houseful of ex-lovers. The secondary characters are totally fabulous, particularly Ollie and Spencer. Between this group of men there is drinking, humour, flirting, fighting, sex and friendship.

Mixed in with all the partying is the emotional turmoil as Cassidy comes to terms with his true feelings and what he really wants out of life, leading to a beautiful conclusion that Sadie would have been happy to see.

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

5 Stars

To find out more about Ethan Day and his books, visit his website.

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★★★★★ To Catch A Fox by Geoffrey Knight & Ethan Day ★★★★★

I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that this book is fantastic! The bad news is that it makes you desperately want to read the second book which isn’t available yet!

The Knight and Day Fox Mystery series

  • To Catch A Fox (book #1) – in this review
  • A Fox In the Hole (book #2)

To Catch A Fox (Fox Mysteries, #1)To Catch A Fox by Geoffrey Knight & Ethan Day

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Sex. Murder. Blackmail. Revenge. Life in the Big Easy can be a real bitch.

Meet Jon Fox, a sexy New Orleans private detective with more family secrets than even he knows about. But his latest case is about to bring more to the swampy surface than Fox himself could ever have guessed—

A polite old lady with a plot to murder a stranger;
A mother whose secret sent her insane;
An uncle with complete control over the family empire;
A father whose suicide might once again tear his family apart;
And a hot, handsome, clueless blond with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Yes, meet Jon Fox.  A New Orleans private detective whose complicated life…just got a little more complex.

So what did I think?

This book opens like a blockbuster action movie as our hero, Jon Fox, has to outsmart a crazy women with a gun, avoid alligators and survive explosions. It sets the pace for the rest of book which is filled with mystery and murder.

Fox was the heir to his family fortune but the loss of everyone close to him had driven him to despair. His life had spiraled out of control into one of parties, drink and trouble with only his Uncle Mason to rule over the family empire and clean up the messes left by Fox. That is, until Fox resorts to doing something that even he can’t live with and changes his ways. He is now working as a Private Investigator and basically up to his eyeballs in a different kind of trouble.

I liked Jon. On the exterior he is not very friendly and he is definitely tough and rough.  He trades sexual favours with a wide network of contacts who provide him with information (it sure is handy being friends with a cop who like taking it over his desk while in handcuffs!) . He is about the quick and the dirty. But underneath there is something quite appealing about him.

Fox is working on a case which leads to him meeting Tucker. There is an immediate physical attraction which neither man deny however they are kept pretty busy avoiding the bad guys, whether it is dodging bullets, escaping handcuffs, fist fights, the list goes on….There is a huge amount of action and an equal amount of humour. The banter between Fox and Tucker is what really makes the book.

Shortly following an explosion..
“Are you okay?”
“What?” Tucker shouted back, trying to wring out his ear with one finger.
“I said, are you okay? Fox shouted back.
“Of course I’m gay!” Tucker yelled. “For a detective you pick the strangest times to ask the most idiotic questions.”

Along with action and some very sizzling sex, there is mystery. The case involves a mysterious old lady, a unknown man and links to both Tucker’s and Fox’s families. There are twists and turns and surprises which keep you guessing right to the end.

The ending…arghh! So frustrating but in a good way I think. Maybe, maybe not? The ending would be easier to deal with if the second book was available now! It is not a HEA and not really even a HFN, at least in the romance stakes. The mystery is largely solved and everyone is alive and safe, at least for now. What we really get at the end is the perfect set up for the next book. We know evil and trouble is on it’s way and neither Jon Fox or Tucker Wilder are safe for much longer!

I contacted one of  the authors to find out when A Fox In The Hole will be released. They had hoped for later this year but it will most likely be early 2014.

Finally thanks to Wilde City Press for providing a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

5 Stars

To find out more about Geoffrey Knight and his books visit his Goodreads profile.

To find out more about Ethan Day and his books visit his website.

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Self Preservation by Ethan Day

Self PreservationSelf Preservation by Ethan Day

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Davis always assumed they would wind up back together, until Jack calls and invites Davis to his wedding to Tadd Austin, a prominent architect in Chicago. Jack’s only known Tadd for two weeks, so whatever Jack feels for Tadd couldn’t possibly compare to what he shared with Davis. There’s no way in hell Davis can stand by and watch the life he always expected to get back slip away to some guy Jack barely knows. Tadd Austin, indeed…more like Toad Ass-ton, Davis thinks.

With his best friend, fashion designer Deseree Wildwood in tow, Davis has to shed his sweet, guy-next-door persona, and re-vamp his image into a self-confident, hot piece of eye candy. He’s going to the wedding with only one goal in mind: to do whatever it takes to win back Jack. The Toad is toast!

Once in Chicago, Davis discovers it isn’t going to be as easy as he thought. Not only is Tadd very un-Toad-like, but a mysterious British playboy named Alex Parker manages to interject himself into the mix. Only true love will survive as the tug of war ensues in this Bermuda love triangle from hell.

So what did I think?

Funny and fabulous!

Davis has been apart from Jack, the love of his life, for 6 years. He thought they were destined to be together, that true love would win in the end but then receives a phone call from Jack inviting him to attend his wedding! Davis sets off with best friend Deseree to win his man back!

“And you’ll come with me to Chigago?” he asked.
“You breaking out of your shell and laying claim to your man?” Deseree asked, smiling at the thought. “Like I’d miss watching you going all My Best Friend’s Wedding on Jack’s ass”

What follows is a funny and touching story as Davis and Deseree head to Chicago. The characters include Jack’s gorgeous and outspoken mother Candace and Alex, a handsome British guy who steps in to assist Davis with his break-up plans.

There are a couple of flashbacks allowing us to see how Jack and Davis first met, their first sexual encounter and also their most recent meeting a year before. This integrated with the story well and provided a nice view of how Davis and Jack’s relationship was.

The only negative points I have about this story are minor and are spoilerish so I won’t print them here. If you are really interested you can check out the review with spoilers at Goodreads.
[Tadd, Jack’s new fiance, had no depth. I guess he was portrayed that way so that the reader would find him shallow and hope Jack would see through him and break up. However, with the events at the end, I was disappointed that I didn’t like Tadd more as I wanted Jack to be happy. I also struggled to accept that Jack totally loved Tadd due to Jack’s obvious reaction to Davis, how he spoke to him and touched him. Anyway, enough of my ramblings…..” (hide spoiler)]

The ending was lovely, not over the top, just nice and happy!
[just a slow romance building between Davis and Alex. (hide spoiler)]

4 Stars

For more information on Ethan Day and his books visit his website.

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