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The Provincetown Series by Jacob Z. Flores

The Provincetown series:

  • When Love Takes Over (book #1) – click here for review
  • Chasing the Sun (book #2) – click here for review
  • When Love Gets Hairy (book #3) – in this review
  • When Love Comes To Town (book #4) – in this review

When Love Gets Hairy (Provincetown, #3)When Love Gets Hairy by Jacob Z. Flores

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

As vain as he is beautiful, Nino Santos happily lives life waiting for the next ferry full of fairies to bring him new conquests. As long as they aren’t hirsute, he’s all in. So he’s shocked to wake up after a beach party he cannot remember with a hairy naked man lying next to him.

Teddy Miller doesn’t remember the “Bear Week” party either, much less the Abercrombie & Fitch model wannabe next to him. Teddy doesn’t give two cents about appearances, but guys like Abercrombie don’t return the favor. That’s why he prefers men with extra fur and padding over carbon copy clones of perfection—a type of man Teddy is far too familiar with. 

When Nino and Teddy glimpse each other the next morning, it’s loathing at first sight. Instead of exchanging phone numbers, they exchange insults and vow never to see each other again. In Provincetown, however, escaping a trick best forgotten isn’t easy. Mutual friends and chance circumstances keep Nino and Teddy in each other’s orbit. But are they fighting each other or the attraction growing between them? The answer lies amid Provincetown’s windswept dunes and the night neither of them can recall.

So what did I think?

It’s Bear Week in Provincetown.

“Why couldn’t everyone be like these guys and not be so damn body conscious? They loved and lusted after each other with hearts as big as their barrel chests.”

This is Nino’s story, as he meets Teddy, who’s in town for the week. It’s a story about preconceived ideas and making judgments based on outwards appearances. I this case, our two MCs, see something outwardly in the other that immediately turns them away from each other despite a hook-up that neither remember.

Nino, who we met in When Love Takes Over as Van’s roommate, is a model and hate’s Bear Week. Teddy, doesn’t like shallow men like Nino, who only think about their looks. He likes men like himself. Or does he? There’s a reason Teddy shies away from men like Nino and it makes for a nice story as Teddy finally confronts his own demon (who we see lots more of in the next book).

I like the books in this series – cute and sweet.

When Love Comes To Town (Provincetown, #4)When Love Comes To Town by Jacob Z. Flores

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Brody O’Shea isn’t looking for much, just a hot guy with a decent job, who is sane and doesn’t have kids. The son of a former rock star, Brody has lived through the pain of bankruptcy and bad parenting, and he doesn’t want to experience it again. As a reformed horndog, he wants the security and stability of a relationship. But almost every guy he meets seems satisfied with Mr. Right Now, and he wants to find Mr. Right—now! 

The only men Eric Vasquez chases are criminals. As a deputy and single father, he has no need for a relationship after his last one ended disastrously. He lives for and through Maddie, his nine-year-old daughter. Everything else is a needless distraction, but distraction is what Eric gets when he comes to Provincetown to attend the wedding between his cousin Van and the man of his dreams. 

When Brody and Eric meet, what they want and what they find conflict. An ocean of expectations separates them. If they cannot move past their reservations to reach each other’s shores, they might miss the boat when love comes to town.

So what did I think?

Brody is looking for Mr. Right and his Mr. Right needs to meet certain requirements – most importantly to not have a child. So of course, Mr. Right arrives in town with a kid in tow.

Eric has not had an easy time of it over the last couple of years and is extremely protective of his daughter, Maddy. Maddy is sweet and wise and just a bit precocious.

Certain misunderstandings allow Eric and Brody to develop a friendship which pretty much leads to love, although it takes the two of them a while (okay, so it’s only a couple of days) so acknowledge their feelings. They are a great couple and together are sweet and very sexy.

I liked the way all the couples from the previous three books make an appearance and it’s a happy ending all round for everyone.

This is light, feel-good reading with a great setting, love, romance, nice characters and a touch of hot sex.

To find out more about Jacob Z. Flores and his books visit his website.

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Chasing the Sun by Jacob Z. Flores

The Provincetown Series:

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Chasing the SunChasing the Sun by Jacob Z. Flores

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The blurb…

As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed.

After spending his life focused on living for others, he has no idea how to live for himself. He wants to find love but now settles for anonymous sex that only further clouds his world with shame and guilt. Gil believes finding true love is an unobtainable dream, what his father used to call “chasing the sun.”

Then he runs into Tom Martinez, his son’s childhood best friend, who returned to town a grown man and offers everything Gil needs. But Gil hesitates to fall into Tom’s arms, because after his high-profile divorce, the potential scandal of loving a younger man could separate him from his children permanently.

So what did I think?

I struggled a little bit rating this book. I think it was because my expectations were so very, very high based on the first book, when Love Takes Over.  This book was very different, enjoyable but maybe not to the level of it’s predecessor.

The best thing about this story was that it involved an older man. I love to read stories of people finding love later in life and people finding love after making changes in their lives. This is the case with Gil, who comes out after years of marriage. He has two children (including Zach from the first book)and needs to face the prospect of letting them know he has a boyfriend – Zach’s childhood friend Tom.

Gil hadn’t felt comfortable with his old group of friends since his separation from his wife, he is concerned about his kids and he is worried about the huge age gap between him and Tom. Tom has no hesitation and knows that Gil is the man for him, after having pined for him for years and waiting for the right moment to strike up a relationship.

It’s a nice story, dealing with some very real issues. I wanted Gil and Tom to be happy and liked the moments they were honest with each other and of course, the public declarations. However, I didn’t really like the small presence of Zach and Van in the story. They didn’t feel like the same characters from the first book so I felt slightly disappointed.

Was it also a little strange that the series is called Provincetown but the book was set elsewhere?

It gets a couple of extra points for romance too – I could just picture Gil and Tom dancing to Anne Murray’s “Could I Have This Dance?”

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★★★★ When Love Takes Over by Jacob Z. Flores ★★★★

“What happens in P-town is supposed to happen. This is a special place, It changes people’s lives. The problems and worries that you bring with you don’t mean as much.”

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When Love Takes OverWhen Love Takes Over by Jacob Z. Flores

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Zach Kelly’s life is a shambles. His boyfriend of three years dumped him, and his writing career is going nowhere. On a whim, he heads to Provincetown, Massachusetts, to nurse his broken heart and figure out his next step. He’s expecting to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches of Cape Cod. Instead, Zach meets a hunky porn star during a chance encounter at a leather shop he mistakes as a place to buy a belt that is definitely not for whipping.

Van Pierce is smitten when shy and inexperienced Zach crashes through a shelf of fetish gear. Though Van’s got an insatiable appetite for men on and off the set, his porn persona, Hart Throb, hides a broken heart. He’s struggling to find the reality the porno set doesn’t offer, and Zach is fighting to find the fantasy that will set his writing on fire. The odd goofball and the suave beefcake may either find love amid Provincetown’s colorful pageantry where summer never seems to end—or more heartbreak than either can imagine.

So what did I think?

Zach has been dumped. He is lacking self confidence, shy, clumsy and with a poor image of himself. He is re-evaluating his life, wanting to get back into his writing and Provincetown provides his escape.

For Zach, P-town is like the ultimate fantasy escape. Under the guidance of new friends Gary and Quinn, he undergoes a makeover and starts to experience a side of life that is very new to him – parties, drinking, dancing, sex…

Van has lived in Provincetown for years. His bad experiences with love have resulted in him escaping into his porn star persona and protecting himself by not getting emotionally involved.

Van is attracted to the pre-makeover version of Zach, the slightly geeky and sweet man, who seems quite different to the typical men he encounters so is disappointed to see Zach behaving in party-boy fashion. Zach is instantly attracted to Van. He makes the most of what Provincetown has to offer but can’t stop thinking of him.

Over the course of Zach’s holiday (yes, the romance is a quick one), Van and Zach come to mean a lot to each other but the road to true love is fraught with emotional ups and downs.

The story has quite an emotional element which is interestingly set against a backdrop of casual partying and good times. It delivers a strong message of love and acceptance. Zach comes to understand that he doesn’t need to change, that he is worthy of love exactly as he is and that Van’s career choice doesn’t impact how he feels about him.

The secondary characters in the book are fabulous, the setting is gay man’s paradise and the sex is lots and sizzling! I was quite intrigued by the references to each man’s stink – as in “he could smell Van’s stink on his beard” (not quite sure I like this but I’m not a gay man! :)) and so very different to all the other books where the characters seem to shower all the time.

The whole Provincetown location had a real ‘fantasy island’ feel so it was easy to accept the insta-love and the grand-gesture happy ending!

4 Stars

 

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★★★★ 3 by Jacob Z. Flores ★★★★

33 by Jacob Z. Flores

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Justin Jimenez has loved his partner, Spencer Harrison, for ten years. He’ll do anything for him—including bury his feelings for a man he met while he and Spencer were separated last year. Justin never planned to fall in love, and he certainly never planned to tell Spencer about it—but when a phone call wakes them in the middle of the night to inform Justin that his former lover, Dutch Keller, has been in an accident, he doesn’t have a choice.

Justin’s revelation shatters the fragile relationship he and Spencer were trying to rebuild. The weight of his guilt—both for hurting Spencer and for leaving a heartbroken Dutch to find solace in a bottle—crushes him. But what Justin doesn’t know is that Spencer and Dutch guard an explosive secret of their own. All three men are tangled in a communal web of lies, and unless they find the events in their lives that ultimately led them to friendship, passion, and betrayal, they won’t see the love at the heart of the pain.

So what did I think?

This was a really interesting take on the menage theme, focused very much on the emotional journey of three men who find themselves in a very tangled drama.

The original couple of Justin and Spencer have been together for ten years. They are successfully trying to get things back on track after a separation the previous year. But unknown to Spencer, Justin had an affair during their separation and found himself falling in love with the other man. When Spencer returns, and because Spencer had a prior claim on his heart, they get back together, with Justin determined to get over his feelings for Dutch.

Unfortunately Dutch doesn’t get over Justin easily with tragic ramifications. The result is a late night phone call to Justin which exposes the truth and starts the three men on a pretty intense and emotional journey.

This story has a lot of twists and turns. There is time spent in the past where we learn more of Justin and Spencer’s relationship, we learn how Justin met Dutch and we learn that Dutch and Spencer also share a secret. There is time spent in the current, where we see emotions continuing between Justin and Dutch as they deal with the fallout of the revelations and also see new developments between Dutch and Spencer. Lives become very much entwined and there are further conflicts and more repercussions.

This story was not focused on sex between the three men but there was sex between the different couples, mainly Justin and Spencer or Justin and Dustin and I did have a couple of issues. Firstly, Justin and Spencer have a couple of sessions with a ‘third’. I didn’t naturally see this fitting with their relationship and I definitely didn’t like their sexual dialogue. To me it sounded like fake porn and didn’t suit how I saw the characters of Justin and Spencer in my mind. Secondly, (view spoiler)[ I definitely couldn’t understand the lack of condoms in Dutch and Justin’s first encounter and Dustin’s easy acceptance when he finds out Justin’s boyfriend Spencer has HIV. (hide spoiler)]. Perhaps this trust was supposed to illustrate how significant their relationship was?

I liked the fact that the bringing together of the three men, with them acknowledging their feelings for one another, wasn’t an easy journey. It acknowledges the difficulties they face, within themselves and with the outside world. There is a sense that they will succeed because of the depths of feeling.

“After that, it was simply a matter of working out the intricacies of a relationship between three men.
It was a new concept for them and the world. After all, love was a joining of two hearts , two pieces of the same soul that locked together seamlessly. That was how the world functioned. Two people, two hearts, one relationship. That was the paradigm the rest of the world followed.
But they didn’t fit that model. Their hearts were bigger than what society had preconcieved notions about. After all, it was the universe’s magic, some unseen force, that brought them together. That bond pulled Justin and Spencer initially to each other, but it was that same power that brought Dutch into their lives, that somehow called both of them to Dutch, separately, just as strongly as it tugged upon him.”
………“They weren’t meant to be a couple. They were destined to be a trio.”

4 Stars

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★★★★★ Moral Authority by Jacob Z. Flores ★★★★★

Moral AuthorityMoral Authority by Jacob Z. Flores

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are prescribed ideals in America of 2050. The Moral Authority, the nation’s newest branch of government, has virtually eliminated crime, poverty, and most social ills, but it also rules the land with a tyrannical fist, championing ignorance and brandishing fear.

Mark Bryan is a gay man whose existence brands him an outlaw; Isaac Montoya is a charming stranger, who entices Mark to defy moral law; and Samuel Pleasant runs the Moral Authority and plans to punish moral offenders and a rebellious uprising—no matter the cost.

Will liberty and justice return for all?

So what did I think?

The blurb does not do justice to this intense and engrossing story. It gives no indication of the harrowing and intense journey that is the fight against the Moral Authority.

Set in the future, the United States is ruled by the Moral Authority. Society is now bound by rules which dictate acceptable behaviour and enforce punishment on those that do not abide by them. Moral police are on patrol everywhere and the concept of freedom and free speech no longer exists. Homosexuality is illegal.

The story follows Mark, a young gay college student, who is entrapped by the Moral Authority and sent to a detainment camp. The experiences at the camp are told in graphic detail as the detainees are kept in horrific conditions and treated appallingly. This is a world of torture and death.

The obvious comparison of the world presented in this book is to the Nazi concentration camps. In reading this book be prepared for this type of environment. Much of the book shows brutality in the appalling treatment of people.

The book is intense. It paints a grim picture of a world gone too far, where behaviors are controlled to the extreme. The book provides detail of the political landscape – the President, the Moral Authority and the Human Rights Campaign. The HRC are an underground movement of people preparing to fight for what is right and give people back their freedom.

I was a little concerned that this book would just be a strong political statement but it does not come across like that. There is mystery and drama, twists and turns, and characters that invite you on their journey.

There is hope. Mark and the friends he makes refuse to give in to their captors, remaining strong in spirit. The Human Rights Campaign is full of good people fighting the cause. There is also love, a love that Mark finds during this very dark time in his life.

This book is a powerful story, an intense and compelling read. It was very difficult to put down. There is definitely no happy ending for Mark in this story. There is perhaps hope for the future but the ending is abrupt and leaves so many questions unanswered. I felt a sense of shock to reach the end, with an outcome I was not hoping for and desperate to find out the conclusion to the war, answer some questions about certain characters and find out what happens next for Caleb, Aaron, Isaac and Gabe. If there was a sequel I would be starting it right now!

Once again, just to repeat, this book does NOT have a happy ending.

This book was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review – and I am so glad it was as I don’t think I would have chosen to read this book based on the blurb alone.

5 Stars

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