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★★★★★ PRE-RELEASE REVIEW ★★★★★ Sam and Aaron by L.B. Gregg

Upcoming release – Book five in the Men of Smithfield series – to be released 16th June!

  • Mark and Tony (book #1)
  • Max and Finn (book #2)
  • Seth and David (book #3)
  • Adam and Holden (book #4)
  • Sam and Aaron (book #5) – in this review

 

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Sam and Aaron

by

L.B. Gregg

The blurb:

With our family’s legacy, Meyers B&B, in the flailing hands of me, Sam Meyers, and my sister Wynne, we’re determined to revive the place. We’ve started a series of blind-date cooking classes, and taken on our first boarder. Granddad is even now rolling in his grave.

Signed up for the class is our new guest, Aaron Saunders, a Californian transplant who’s distractingly handsome and clearly up to no good. I can’t quite figure him out. He blew into town and has been relentless in his search for…something.

The sexy sneak is intriguing. And we’ve had a steamy moment. Or two. But now I can’t stop wondering why he’s searching in secret. From the library, to the historical society, to my own backyard, Aaron leaves no stone unturned or record book unopened. He’s definitely gotten my attention. But that might not be the only thing he’s after.

So what did Robyn think? 

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Even though I haven’t read any of the previous 4 books, it was an easy story to follow.  Some of the previous books characters make an appearance but you don’t need to know their story to be able to enjoy this one.

In saying that, I now want to read the previous stories because this had some great laugh-out-loud moments. The writing was witty and descriptive and pulled me along easily. Sam was a bit of a bore, but only because he thought he should be. Stuck in town where nothing happened. That was until Aaron came along and turned his world upside down. Mysterious Aaron who had secrets all his own. Who was he and why did he look suspiciously like Sam’s sister Wynne?

Yes there was a small mystery but there wasn’t any heavy angst. Simply a lovely light read with a nice side plot. There wasn’t much sex. A jerk off session in-between the pews at St Joe’s (yes gay sex in the Catholic church – remember I said it was funny?) and a blow job later on. Nothing too descriptive. The story didn’t have a HEA more of a HFN, but maybe book #6 will include these two. Let’s hope so.

4.5 stars

Hope you enjoy – Robyn x

Reviewed by RJ

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How I Met Your Father by L.B. Gregg

How I Met Your FatherHow I Met Your Father by L.B. Gregg

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The blurb…

The man of your dreams could be sitting right next to you. 

Former boy band member Justin Hayes isn’t looking for a man. He just wants a quiet, scandal-free Christmas at home in Chicago, out of the public eye. But his best friend and bandmate is subjecting everyone to his destination wedding, and Justin can’t dodge the “best man” bullet. All he has to do is get to the island on time, survive the reunion, and get Chuck to the altar with as little drama as possible. What could possibly go wrong?

Jack Bassinger’s own plans for a quiet Christmas have been dashed by the summons to his daughter’s hasty wedding with a man Jack has hardly met. On the bumpy flight to the island, he finds himself comforting a nervous—and extremely attractive—young man. One hasty sexual encounter in an airport bathroom later, they both feel much better. No one ever has to know, after all.

Now Justin and Jack must find a way to explore their attraction, despite the distractions of disapproving family members, unexpected announcements, an impromptu concert, and an island paradise that proves there’s no place like home.

20% of all proceeds from this title are donated to the Ali Forney Center in New York, whose mission “is to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.” To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit http://www.aliforneycenter.org/.

So what did I think?

This was a fun short story that made for a nice quick read – a bit of escapism with humour, a hot airport encounter, sweet romance and lots of secondary characters to keep things moving along at a rapid pace.

“Heat blistered my cheeks. Mandy could never find out I’d had sex with her father. Notever. Those were five words I wouldn’t string together in this lifetime.: Sorry I had your dad.”

Justin is heading to the wedding of his best friend and fellow band member, when the plane experiences turbulence. His seat partner provides a comforting focal point. Once they are off the plane, Jack follows him to the men’s room for a hot and sexy encounter…
“Adrenaline. Anonymity. Age. You didn’t know me. I didn’t know you. And you loved it.”
I swallowed.
“I knew you would. I knew it the second I saw you….”

Jack and Justin (a doctor) work really well together in this story which includes wedding antics, being caught by family and friends, coming out to the rest of the wedding guests, rock stars and overcoming age obstacles.

And this is book will definitely hit the spot if you are a fan of super duper romantic endings….

3.5 romantic stars.

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Men of Smithfield: Max and Finn & Men of Smithfield: Adam and Holden by L.B. Gregg

I ‘read’ the first two books in the series via the audio book from Audible (narrated by Shannon Gunn). I actually read the last two books in the series.

Men of Smithfield Series

  • Mark and Tony (or Gobsmacked) – book 1
  • Seth and David (or Happy Ending ) – book 2
  • Max and Finn (or Cover Me) – book 3
  • Adam and Holden (or In and Out) – book 4

Cover Me (Men of Smithfield, #3)Cover Me by L.B. Gregg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Lax.
That was the initial conclusion enigmatic security specialist Max Douglas had drawn of Michael “Finn” Finnegan—Dalton Prep’s beloved English teacher. When Max arrives at Smithfield’s exclusive boarding school to protect a high profile student against a mysterious stalker, he’s hell bent on enforcing his style of leadership on students and teachers alike. Warring tempers turn to passionate lovemaking between the former marine and the easy going drama coach. But danger is closer than either man expects and all too quickly violence rocks the homey campus—putting both men at risk.

So what did I think?

This was an enjoyable story with the same feel as the previous books in the series. There is mystery and a lot of humour in the telling of the tale.

I liked both the main characters and the sex was hot. I usually like more romance in my books but with this series, I read more for the other elements rather than the romance – it’s not hearts and flowers.

It was really interesting to read this book after listening to the audio version of the first two books in the series. I actually heard the narrator in my head and found myself pacing my reading as the narrator had done in the other books. Really weird and unexpected!

I actually think that the voice, tones and inflections of the narrator actually goes a long way to giving the books a similar feel and have determined that I prefer to read myself.

A good addition to the series.

3 Stars

In and Out (Men of Smithfield, #4)In and Out by L.B. Gregg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Former television sensation and renowned world explorer, Holden Worthington, is held prisoner by crippling agoraphobia. When a sexy young laborer arrives to set his property to rights, a ray of light begins to glimmer in Holden’s dark and narrow world. A grisly discovery throws the two men together, and Holden finds his world turned inside out– by his inappropriate longing for his awkward, young employee, Adam Morgan, and by a threat growing around them both. All of Smithfield believes Holden has something to hide, and Adam is determined to bring everything–including Holden Worthington–into the open.

So what did I think?

While I spent a pleasant afternoon reading this book, it wasn’t one that I fell in love with. I am not sure if it is because it is the fourth book in the series and I have perhaps overdone it, but it didn’t stand out as anything special.

I hate to admit it but I didn’t particularly warm to Holden. I really wanted to but found it hard to garner sympathy for his situation – a lonely house-bound agoraphobic with a ruined career, lost love and problem brother. I did like Adam though!

The story involved a lot of characters, a dead body and mystery to be solved. The plot kept me involved, the romance not really.

3 Stars

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Men of Smithfield: Seth and David by L.B. Gregg

I ‘read’ this book via the audio book from Audible (narrated by Shannon Gunn)….

Men of Smithfield Series

  • Mark and Tony (or Gobsmacked) – book 1
  • Seth and David (or Happy Ending ) – book 2
  • Max and Finn (or Cover Me) – book 3
  • Adam and Holden (or In and Out) – book 4

 

Men of Smithfield: Seth and David (Men of Smithfield #2)Men of Smithfield: Seth and David by L.B. Gregg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

He’s everything I’ve never wanted – too young, too weird, too wild.

I wasn’t impressed that I had to get my weekly massage from a guy with a toe ring. But when I discovered David Cooke’s skills as a masseur were literally orgasmic, I couldn’t stop thinking about him and his amazing hands, day and night. Especially at night.

He’s full of surprises. And despite my bad behavior, David’s just as eager to explore this chemistry between us. Turns out, there’s a lot more to him than hemp pants and tattoos. If he’s so wrong for me, why does being with him feel so right?

So what did I think?

I enjoyed this second book in the Men of Smithfield series. I enjoyed the descriptive style and the wonderful humour throughout the book. It was full of witty comments and interesting internal dialogue. The characters were great including the children.

David was a wonderful contrast to Seth and they complimented each other very well. The pace was fast and the plot had some mystery/intrigue.

I actually listened to this story via the Audible version. While I loved the narrator and the voice he provided for each character, I still prefer to actually read a book rather than listen.

I set the narration speed at 1.25 as the default speed was too slow for my liking. As it is, audio books take a lot longer to get through as my own reading speed is faster.

Reading would be my first choice, and I think I will only revert to audio books if there is a particular situation that prevents me from reading. In this case, I listened while driving and ironing!

I have now listened to the first two books in the series via Audible so will read the next book which should make an interesting comparison and give a different perspective on the series as I think listening rather than reading does change the opinion of the story – you are influenced by the narrators accents and inflections. In this case, I quite liked the voice the narrator used for the main characters and even the children plus I enjoyed how his dialogue matched what was happening in the story eg. breathless voice when needed, but I didn’t like the way Seth’s ex-boyfriend was voiced. I found him totally annoying, which was probably ok given his character, but I felt the accent determined my feelings and not his actual words or actions.

3.5 stars

4 Stars

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