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Midnight Clear by Mercy Celeste

This is a wonderful friends-to-lovers story (previously published as Need You Now).
Midnight ClearMidnight Clear by Mercy Celeste

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Jake has lusted after his college roommate for four long years. Undeniably straight, Logan was out of reach. But was he? After the loss of his first love, Jake discovers that maybe Logan wasn’t as straight as he seemed.

Jake Benefield knows he has to let go of the crush he’s had on Logan Riley for four long years. He leaves to pursue a graduate degree only to discover love and loss. Home again, the last thing he expects is for Logan to confess his feelings for him. Can their friendship survive a cold Christmas one night stand or is Logan looking for more than Jake is ready to give him?

Note from author: Midnight Clear is a re-release formerly titled Need You Now. Other than title there are no significant changes to the story.

So what did I think?

It has all the elements for a lovely emotional read – best friends who are driven apart by undenied feelings, tragedy and heartache and finally a true admission of feelings.

Jake had a crush on his best friend Logan and left town after catching him in bed with Jake’s girl friend (girl friend not girlfriend). Jake does find happiness but tragedy drives him home again where he and Logan finally confront their feelings.

They finally admit their feelings and the history of their crushes on each other, with the emotions of the confessions finally falling over into lustful passion. Logan believes that Jake is not ready for a relationship “I know. Jake. No strings. I swear. I’m not looking to pressure you and if this is all there is then I’m good. I swear. Still friends. Just one night to know.” and Logan has a sexual history which led to Jake’s belief that he would just be one of many…“I just wanted to be one of them. I wasn’t vain enough to think I’d be the last. Logan was a horndog. There would be more. I wasn’t naive.” The sex scene that follows is sizzling – all those years of built up longing and passion….

I loved the characters and thought the handling of Jake’s grief, while at the same time allowing his relationship with Logan to rekindle, was beautifully done. Logan is also wonderful as the bisexual slut reformed, opening his heart to his friend.

When this story ended I wanted more! 3.5 stars (plus at $0.99 it was a bargain!)

To find out more about Mercy Celeste and her books visit her website.

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Six Ways From Sunday by Mercy Celeste

Six Ways from SundaySix Ways from Sunday by Mercy Celeste

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Take one NFL tight end, and one Marine, add one week and watch the sparks fly.

Bowen Murphy craved two things, football and Dylan. After high school he had football but he lost Dylan.

Dylan Sunday walked a different path, one laid down before him by his father and his grandfather. Losing Bo one day after discovering they shared more than football wasn’t part of the bargain.

Six years of missed connections and finally Dylan is able to come home to the man he left behind. The spectacle of the biggest game in the NFL is only the beginning of one sizzling week. After that time and fate would decide if Bo and Dylan would walk the same path, or if one of them would make the ultimate sacrifice.

Warning: bittersweet tale of two hot men, making up for six years of separation. May not be suitable for sensitive readers. Contains scenes of male/male sexual practices.

So what did I think?

This book was a wonderful emotional journey. I found it difficult to put down as I was so invested in the story.

The story starts with Dylan and Bowen finally admitting their feelings for one another, forced to admit the truth when the time comes to part. Bo has a scholarship and a promising NFL career and thinks that he and Dylan will be together. But Dylan shocks him with the announcement that he has joined the Marines.

“Bo and Dylan. Dylan and Bo. They were a team. A unit. When one went, the other wasn’t far behind.
Except now, Dylan had to stand on his own.”

What follows is six long years of separation before they finally unite for one week before Dylan has to return to his post. Each man has successes in his career but the week together reinforces the strength of their love and the bond they share. Their future looks bright, they just need to get through the next 18 months before Dylan can return home permanently.

Bo and Dylan’s story had me smiling and it had me crying. Not little tears but great big sobbing tears! Be prepared for heartache and happiness.

I am putting this on my favourites shelf!

5 Stars

For more information on Mercy Celeste and her books visit her website.

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