Showing posts with label 3.5 Frogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 3.5 Frogs. Show all posts

Book Review: Ripped by Edie Harris

Ripped by Edie HarrisTitle: Ripped
Series: Blood Money, Book 2
Author: Edie Harris
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: May 18, 2015 by Carina Press

Attorney and political heavyweight Tobias Faraday is the Ice King, a man alone in the eye of a deadly storm. And in the wake of his sister’s torture, he’s out for blood.

The key to Tobias’s revenge is the disavowed British spy he’s kept imprisoned for weeks. Chandler McCallister can get him behind enemy lines in Russia, but the clever double-agent has a demand of her own before she puts her life on the line in the name of redemption.

Posing as Chandler’s boyfriend at an aristocratic wedding in the English countryside won’t kill Tobias. Not in theory.

As the threat of Moscow looms larger and the enemy reveals himself to be crueler than any human can imagine, Tobias reluctantly partners with his prisoner to derail the immediate threat—to their families, to Faraday Industries, and to their lives. What he finds in the process is a feverish, relentless need already melting the ice from his veins.

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Reviewed by: Babs

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John GreenTitle: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult
Sensuality Rating: Innocent
Source: bought
Published: September 22, 2009 by Speak

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

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Reviewed by: Monica

Book Review: When to Hold Them by G.B. Gordon

When to Hold Them by G.B. GordonTitle: When to Hold Them
Series: Bluewater Bay, Book 9
Author: G.B. Gordon
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: August 17, 2015 by Riptide

Doran Callaghan doesn't know when to fold ’em. His gambling has landed him in debt and in jail, and now it’s got him stuck in the sticks in a reintegration program. He wants to turn his life around, but old habits come knocking, and some creditors are harder to shake than others.

Xavier Wagner cares more about the National Park he works in than the people around it, until a stranger awakens desires he didn't know he had. Doran's natural submissiveness turns Xavier’s ideas of how to treat a lover upside down. But Doran doesn't seem to know about boundaries — or even to have any — and Xavier’s not sure that Doran will say no if he needs to. Which means someone’s going to get hurt.

While Xavier struggles with his principles, Doran's past comes calling. Trusting each other is suddenly a matter of life or death, but Doran has to decide whether counting on Xavier — or himself — is a gamble he’s willing to take.

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Reviewed by: Crissy

Book Review: Solo by Carol Lynne

Solo by Carol LynneTitle: Solo
Series: Grave Diggers MC, Book #1
Author: Carol Lynne
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MC Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: September 15, 2015 by Pride Publishing

In a club of mean bikers, being gay can get you killed, but love can save any man.

Sam ‘Solo’ Braun lives by one truth, the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club above all. The creed has served him well, giving him the only real family he’s ever known. He would die for his brothers and them for him, but they don’t know he prefers men over women. Coming out to a group of men who fear no one isn’t high on Solo’s priority list, especially because he’s never indulged in more than one-night stands.

Everything changes after one night with Eric James. For the first time, Solo can’t stop thinking about a single night he’d spent with a man. When fate intervenes, Solo comes face to face with his blue-eyed obsession only to find out Eric is a cop. Solo hates cops, and so do his brothers in the club. However, Solo decides to gamble everything and spend more time with Eric under the guise of getting information.

Falling in love with a cop is a very dangerous proposition for a man in Solo’s position, so why can’t he walk away?

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Reviewed by: J9

Book Review: The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court by M.J. ScottTitle: The Shattered Court
Series: The Four Arts, Book 1
Author: M.J. Scott
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: bought
Published: April 28, 2015 by Roc

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.

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Reviewed by: Monica

Book Review: Crashed by Sherilee Gray

Crashed by Sherilee GrayTitle: Crashed
Author: Sherilee Gray
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: July 14, 2015 by Entangled Indulgence

She swore never to trust him again...

Fiery mechanic Alexandra Franco should have known better. Years ago, her best friends' older brother took her virginity and broke her heart-or rather, doused it with gasoline, lit a match, and then walked away. And Alex definitely should not have indulged in another hot night with him after the fact. He's not the same boy she fell for, and she sure as hell doesn't want anything to do with the wealthy, ruthless man he's become.

Walking away from Alex was the biggest mistake of Deacon West's life. She belongs with him, and if getting her back means playing dirty, so be it. If she'll grant him a three-month, no-strings affair, he won't sell the building Alex and his sisters use for their auto repair business. Hell, he'll even sign it over to them. But will Alex ever entrust her heart to him again, or are they destined to crash and burn?

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Book Review: Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly Harper

Rhythm and Bluegrass by Molly HarperTitle: Rhythm and Bluegrass
Series: Bluegrass, Book 2
Author: Molly Harper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: bought
Published: October 7, 2013 by Pocket Star

Bonnie Turkle, multimedia historian for the Kentucky Commission of Tourism, is dispatched to Mud Creek, a tiny eastern Kentucky town, with few prospects but many oddballs, to rescue important artifacts from McBride’s Music Hall. Now fallen beyond disrepair, McBride’s was once a jewel of the early American music scene, an intersection of the country-western and rhythm and blues circuits. The former owner’s grandson, Will McBride, who also happens to be Mud Creek’s esteemed mayor, would like nothing more than to see the place bull-dozed in favor of a factory that will provide much-needed jobs to his citizens. But Bonnie finds evidence of a legendary musical event at the music hall and her plans to turn it into a museum put Mud Creek’s economic future at risk – not to mention the growing flirtation between the two of them. If Will and Bonnie can’t find common ground, the town’s past and future will be lost.

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Reviewed by: Lesley

Book Review: Rooks and Romanticide by J.I. Rake

Rooks and Romanticide by J. I. RadkeTitle: Rooks and Romanticide
Author: J.I. Rake
Genre: Steampunk, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Sensual
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: July 28, 2015 by Dreamspinner Press 

In an alternate world, Romeo and Juliet are gunslingers. Verona gives way to a steampunk Victorian London. The victims of turf wars are dumped in an alley they call Lovers’ Lane, and the moment the son of his family's enemy touches his face, Cain's revenge is poisoned by love. Fate would have it no other way.

Levi Ruslaniv is the heir to the Ruslaniv family gang, but ridiculous ancient feuds do not interest him. Cain Dietrich’s vengeful hatred for the Ruslaniv family is rooted deep, since he believes the Ruslanivs arranged for the murder of his parents. But his encounter with Levi pierces him deeper than hatred ever could.

With bullets and blazes of glory, schemes, spies, and pack mentalities, loyalty runs as deep in the veins as passion or revenge, and there is only one way to end the fighting. From the start it was inevitable—a bloodstained fate for children with bloodstained hands, and the streets of New London will never be the same.

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Reviewed by: Lesley

Book Review: Energized by Mary Behre

Energized by Mary BehreTitle: Energized
Series: Tidewater, Book 3
Author: Mary Behre
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sensuality Rating: Sensual
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: August 4, 2015 by Berkley

She’s searching for a sign...
Hannah Halloran has always believed in her gift. The things she sees through her psychic touch have never led her wrong before. Not when they led her to an unforgettable night with a sexy marine at a bar. Not when she felt a need to leave her home and find the sisters she barely knows. And not now, when she is an unwilling witness to a brutal murder...

He’s ready to show her...
All Niall Graham wants is some peace. He’s recovering from the horrors of war, struggling to save his family’s restaurant, and desperate to forget Hannah, the beautiful woman who left him with memories of a mind-blowing night together and a bogus phone number. But a quiet life is hard to manage—especially when Hannah strides back into his restaurant with the news that a serial killer is on the loose and lurking closer than anyone could have guessed...

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Reviewed by: Lesley

Book Review: Chase the Darkness by J.D. Tyler

Chase the Darkness by J.D. TylerTitle: Chase the Darkness
Series: Alpha Pack, Book 7
Author: J.D. Tyler
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: August 4, 2015 by Signet

Believed dead by his Pack mates, Micah Chase, a wolf shifter and Dreamwalker, was held captive for months, subject to tortures that left him physically scarred and emotionally unsettled.

Now under the care of the Alpha Pack’s doctors, he’s been prescribed an experimental healing drug, but he still can’t shake the nightmares. Even more damning is that Micah’s problems pose a danger to his team, and if he doesn’t get himself under control, they’ll all suffer a terrible fate.

There is a key to his salvation. Jacee is a beautiful coyote shifter, and though her kind is hated, she’s falling in love with a man whose very future is in her hands. Together they’ll face his personal demons as well as a deadly enemy—and for both of them desire has never come with such risk.

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Reviewed by: Crissy

Book Review: The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. WardTitle: The Bourbon Kings
Series: The Bourbon Kings, Book 1
Author: J.R. Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Mild
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: July 28, 2015 by NAL

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

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Reviewed by: Crissy and Monica

Book Review: Faking Perfection by Mia Watts

Faking Perfection by Mia WattsTitle: Faking Perfection
Author: Mia Watts
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: Review copy provided by publisher
Published: June 23, 2015 by Pride Publishing

Garth has never regretted his path into ministry…until one night an unexpected kiss has him questioning everything.


Father Garth is a priest with a problem. For years, he’s had a fascination with a particular congregant. Though he’s never actually acknowledged his sexuality, Garth’s definitely more attracted to men than women. Fortunately, he hasn’t had to deal with making a moral decision...until the night he is caught in the dark and kissed senseless. Now, he fantasizes that the kiss was from the one man he can’t forget—Eli Jennings. For Garth, the man of his fantasies could be his, but how does he reconcile human desire with his vow to God?

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Reviewed by: J9

Book Review: The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt

The Tide of War by Lori A. WittTitle: The Tide of War
Series: Defending Epsilon, Book 1
Author: Lori A. Witt
Genre: Science-Fiction, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy (ish)
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: June 22, 2015 by Riptide Publishing

Lieutenant Commander Kyle West is one of Earth Fleet’s greatest fighter pilots. Every day, he leads his squadron into battle over Earth’s cities in a seemingly endless war against a vicious alien race, defending his home and his loved ones.

Millions of miles away, the Fleet’s Elite Squadron attacks from another angle, engaging the enemy on its home turf. Casualties are high, and the Squadron needs more of the Fleet’s very best. But joining the Elite is a death sentence—a surety Kyle isn’t willing to face. Until a devastating attack wipes out the family he refused to leave.

Commander Andrei Dezhnyov, an Elite Squadron gunner, isn’t sure what to make of the cocky new American pilot. Kyle is equally uncertain about the snarly Russian, but as they warm up to each other, their tentative alliance becomes a deep bond—one that endangers them both when a daring and disobedient rescue reveals secrets that call into question everything they’ve ever believed about their enemy. Secrets that their superiors would kill to protect.

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Reviewed by: J9

Book Review: Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn

Trouble on Tap by Avery FlynnTitle: Trouble on Tap
Series: Sweet Salvation Brewery, Book 3
Author: Avery Flynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: July 14, 2015 (self-published)

What fun is life without a little bit of trouble?

Retired supermodel and forever wild child Olivia Sweet is nothing but trouble. The youngest Sweet triplet is back in her hometown, but instead of a triumphant return it’s a parade of humiliations. She’s broke, homeless and dealing with the fallout from her scumbag ex-boyfriend publishing naked pictures of her to a revenge porn website.

Staid and stalwart veteran Mateo Garcia has seen more trouble than a man ever should in his lifetime. He’s gone from pretty boy Marine to a small town police chief with a chip on his shoulder and scars covering the left side of his face. Now his former lover, Olivia, is back in town and living next door.

When the two are forced to work together to fix up the crumbling veterans’ center, the sparks fly between the beauty and the man who sees himself as a beast. Not everyone is happy that Olivia is back home though and Mateo has to choose between the town who wants her gone and an uncertain future with a woman who he thinks could never love him…

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Reviewed by: Lesley

Book Review: Quinn’s Gambit by Angel Martinez and Bellora Quinn

Quinn’s Gambit by Angel Martinez and Bellora QuinnTitle: Quinn’s Gambit
Series: AURA Series, Book 1
Author: Bellora Quinn and Angel Martinez
Genre: Urban Fantasy, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: March 6, 2015 by Pride Publishing

An unregistered, human con wizard and a duty-bound, straightlaced elf cop. As New York explodes with dangerous creatures, their passion goes nuclear.

After a terrible magical accident at Berkeley created unpredictable holes between realities—all manner of non-human creatures started popping into our world. These displacements, called RARE—Random Anomalous Reality Events—have taken magic out of fiction and relocated it firmly in reality, resulting in a great deal of chaos and confusion. Displaced elf Valerian works with AURA—the Agency of Unnatural Resettlement and Assimilation—to intercept these beings as they appear in the human world, helping the peaceful ones and subduing the violent, malevolent ones. It’s good, satisfying work, and Val would be happy if he wasn’t so lonely.

Quinten is a young mage just trying to get by, but New York isn't the easiest city to make a living. If his methods are sometimes morally dubious, his heart is still in the right place. Of course for Quinn, the right place means firmly locked away, protected at all costs. Living by his wits and sometimes magically-induced luck, he works as a ‘free-lance magic user’, or unregistered mage and small time con—according to the authorities. The last thing Quinn wants is to draw the cops’ attention, but when an Event happens right on top of him, he’s forced to turn to AURA for help. Valerian isn’t at all what he’d expected in an AURA cop, and he certainly wasn't expecting to join forces with the sexy elf, a snarky drow and a bitter incubus when certain individuals in power try to stop the RARE by any means necessary.

Things are not all what they seem at AURA headquarters, and a greater evil lurks at the top than anyone could have imagined.

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Reviewed by: Crissy

Book Review: No Matter What by K.A. Merikan

No Matter What by K.A. MerikanTitle: No Matter What
Series: Sex & Mayhem, Book 4
Author: K.A. Merikan
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MC Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by author
Published: April 25, 2015 by Acerbi & Villani Ltd.

Ghost. Not a member of the Coffin Nails MC. Not a doctor anymore. Not gay.
Luca. Bent, not broken. Will not let go of Ghost. No matter what.

Ghost finds out the hard way that people you meet online aren’t always who they seem to be. When he met ‘Zara’ five years ago, they became inseparable. She’s been with him through the rough and the smooth. He’s been there for her when her abusive boyfriend had her in tears.

She is The One, and despite all his friends considering him crazy, Ghost is about to propose.

But ‘Zara’ turns out to be Luca, and Luca is most definitely a guy. Yet Luca is the same person with big dark eyes, so desperate to be saved that Ghost can’t help but fall head first.

Luca’s so-called boyfriend is not just abusive. He is a Sicilian drug lord, a man dangerous and ruthless. If Ghost is to ever save the person who wreaked havoc on his heart, he has to make a deal with the Coffin Nails MC. But being a member is a destiny he’s always tried to avoid. And when a life of violence becomes too much to bear, he might be the one needing Luca to catch him when he falls.

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Reviewed by: Crissy

Book Review: Closed Eyes by Jerry Bomhan

Closed-Eyes-by-Jerry-Bomhan4Title: Closed Eyes
Author: Jerry Bomhan
Genre: Historical Romance, F/F Romance
Sensuality Rating: Sensual
Source: review copy provided via NetGalley
Published: March 18, 2015 by Less Than Three Press

Ryo was once a soldier, a hardened warrior who put her life on the line without hesitation or regret. Then she met Kei and found someone worth living for.

Now Kei has vanished, and Ryo must once again don the garb of a warrior. However, a life of peaceful labor has dulled her previously sharpened edges, and the mission to save the love of her life may be her final in more ways than one.

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Reviewed by: J9

Book Review & Giveaway: One Night with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

One Night with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare
Title: One Night with a Billionaire
Series: Billionaire Boys Club, Book 6
Author: Jessica Clare
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: review copy provided by author
Published: June 2, 2015 by Berkley

Kylie may be a makeup artist to the stars, but she knows what it feels like to be overshadowed. Especially by her famous boss, the pop star Daphne. That’s why she’s stunned—and delighted—when one night at a party, she attracts the attention of a gorgeous stranger. But when Daphne decides she wants the handsome billionaire for herself, Cade Archer is suddenly off-limits for Kylie…

Cade has known Daphne for years, and always wondered if she might be the right woman for him—even though she never gave him the time of day. But one sizzling night with Kylie has changed everything. So why is she suddenly avoiding him? Fortunately Cade is determined to get what he wants, and he’ll do anything to show Kylie she can get everything she wants too…


Reviewed by: Sara and Monica

Book Review: Loving Maddie from A to Z by Kelly Jamieson

Loving Maddie from A to Z by Kelly JamiesonTitle: Loving Maddie from A to Z
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Genre: Erotic Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by author
Published: April 7, 2015 (self-published)

Home is where the hearts are…
Award-winning photojournalist Zack Donovan is happy to be alive after being held captive by a band of rebels in Syria. He’s not so happy to be on his way back to Chicago to recuperate with his college friends Maddie and Aidan, who are now a couple. The fear while being held prisoner was nothing compared to how he feels about facing the two people who unknowingly broke his heart seven years ago.

Maddie and Aidan are deeply in love, but lately they feel something is missing for them. They’d do anything to make the other happy, but are struggling to figure out what that is. Those problems are set aside, however, when their best friend from college is taken hostage in Syria. After graduation, Maddie and Aidan were hurt by Zack’s refusal to ever come home to visit, but he’s still their friend and he has no family, so when he’s finally free they insist he come stay with them to recover.

Zack’s a different man now. He’s seen terrible things. He’s come to terms with his sexuality and embraced his need to dominate. Maddie and Aidan would be shocked to know the kinds of things he likes to do. A guy like him will never have a relationship like theirs. But when Zack realizes he might be able to show Maddie and Aidan what they’re missing, he faces a dilemma. Do something? Do nothing? Pretend everything’s fine? Help them if he can? But will showing them what they’re missing help save their relationship…or destroy it?

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Reviewed by: Babs

Book Review & Giveaway: Rock Solid by Riley Hart

Rock Solid by Riley HartTitle: Rock Solid
Series: Rock Solid Construction, Book #1
Author: Riley Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: Bought
Published: April 27, 2015 (self-published)

Trevor Dixon has made too many mistakes to count. Sober for thirteen months, he’s determined to do the right thing: rebuild his relationship with his family, and help his brother get Rock Solid Construction off the ground. Failing them again isn’t an option. Too bad the first estimate Trevor goes on alone is for an uptight doctor with a superiority complex.

A hand injury took away the only important thing in Dr. Simon Malone’s life—performing heart surgery. He doesn’t do well with people and has no family, but being a damn good surgeon? He always had that. Now, he doesn’t know who he is. The last thing he wants to deal with is the young construction worker who blows his shot at remodeling Simon’s home.

Trevor and Simon form an unlikely friendship. The more time they spend together, the more Trevor starts wondering if maybe Simon’s not as straight—or uptight—as he thought…and maybe Trevor’s new attraction for Simon runs both ways.

There are too many reasons they shouldn’t be together: they have little in common, their age difference, Trevor needing to focus on his sobriety…yet there’s something about each other that they just can’t shake. They don’t feel so lost when they’re together. But with their footing so unsteady, forming a relationship that’s rock solid seems impossible. There’s blow after blow, and the last one just might be powerful enough to crack their foundation for good.

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Reviewed by: J9 and Crissy