Recent Reads – Lickety Split by Damon Suede

Damon Suede is an exceptional storyteller. Whether you’re hearing him speak at a conference or having a one on one chat with him, it’s clear he knows how to arouse emotion in his audience. He’s well-versed in the art of inspiring others, and his writing is no different. Lickety Split is a fantastically well-crafted story that resonates with the reader, evoking a spectrum of emotions from compassion to sizzling excitement, and everything in between. It’s the story of two very different, very imperfect men whose paths collide once again. Now they have a chance at something they never thought they wanted, and didn’t know they needed.

Patch Hastle lives life in the fast lane. As a model and DJ, he knows where he’s going and the quickest way to get there, until the unexpected death of his parents force him to head back to East Texas. At sixteen, Patch took off for NYC and never looked back. He has every intention of dealing with his family’s farm as fast as he can, and even had his timeline worked out. He’ll be back in NYC opening the club of his dreams in no time. During the reading of his family’s will, Patch finds himself having to deal with the one man he’d hoped to avoid, his father’s best friend, Tucker Biggs. Patch has nothing but bad memories of Tucker, a man who made Patch’s life hell in high school.

Lickety Split is told through Patch’s point of view, and I love how we get to experience his emotions along with him. We get to feel his anger and pain as he remembers Tucker Biggs and what life was like for Patch in high school. Patch hates Tucker with every fiber of his being, but he also wants him badly.

Tucker Biggs is a handsome cowboy who’s been caretaker to the Hastle farm for years. He knows that Patch hates him and he’s hoping to make amends. Where Patch sees a man who made his life hell, Tucker believes he was just doing right by his best friend by looking out for Patch and trying to keep him out of trouble. Patch was nothing but his best friend’s pain in the ass kid, but now Patch is all grown up, and looking like sin.

Slow burn has nothing on Tucker Biggs, and he’s about to teach Patch a thing or three on the subject. Trucker is amazing and fascinating. He knows he’s made a lot of mistakes in his past, and doesn’t try to justify his actions. He’s a man who hides nothing. He is who he is. He’s also a man who knows what he likes, and how to take his time. The intimate scenes between Tucker and Patch are as scorching as the Texas heat.

I loved following these two men on their journey, loved watching how Patch matured and began to see that things might not have been how he’d made them out to be in his head. We feel for him as he starts to realize he could have been wrong about Tucker, his parents, and the home he grew up in. My heart broke for Patch because it happens all too often. We get so wrapped up in our hurt and anger, that we don’t realize what we have until it’s gone, and by then it’s too late to make amends, too late for conversations, or forgiveness. We watch as Patch starts to question his perceptions, his dreams, and his future. Patch and Tucker move through life at different speeds, but when they come together it’s clear that together they set the perfect pace.

Lickety Split: love won’t wait.

Patch Hastle grew up in a hurry, ditching East Texas for NYC to make his name as a DJ and model without ever looking back. When his parents die unexpectedly, he heads home to unload the family farm ASAP and skedaddle. Except the will left Patch’s worst enemy in charge: his father’s handsome best friend who made his high school years hell.

Tucker Biggs is going nowhere. Twenty years past his rodeo days, he’s put down roots as the caretaker of the Hastle farm. He knows his buddy’s smartass son still hates his guts, but when Patch shows up growed-up, looking like sin in tight denim, Tucker turns his homecoming into a lesson about old dogs and new kinks.

Patch and Tucker fool around, but they can’t fool themselves. Once the farm’s sold, they mean to call it quits and head off to separate sunsets. With the clock ticking, the city slicker and his down-home hick get roped into each other’s life. If they’re gonna last longer than spit on a griddle, they better figure out what matters—fast.

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Length: Novel, 286 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Western
ISBN-13 978-1-63533-573-6

Recent Reads – Take Two by Shira Anthony

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Hello, all! This week I had the pleasure of reading Shira Anthony‘s Take Two, a sweet story about second chances. I’m a sucker for a good romcom, and this played out in my head a la Hollywood movie style. I could see it up on the screen, the kind of movie where you’d get cozy with your fuzzy socks, super soft throw blanket, and your favorite beverage. Take Two tells the story of two men very much in love, but just like in real life, they’ve discovered that love alone is not enough to sustain a relationship or a marriage. Wesley and Sam have been married for ten years, getting together back before both their careers took off. Wesley is a professor, and Sam is a Hollywood star.

One of the things I love about this story is the way the author weaves in scenes of the couple throughout their relationship so you really start to see why Wesley filed for divorce, and your heart breaks for him. The way he just hung on, waiting for Sam, his heart clinging on to the moments he could spend with Sam, always being patient and understanding. I also loved that it wasn’t just a matter of getting back together. Things had to change.

On the outside, Sam appears to be perfect. A sinfully handsome man who’s charming, talented, and a true romantic, but the more we got to know Sam, the more we could see his flaws. Watching Wesley and Sam both grow, and learn, seeing them rediscover each other was just wonderful. Oh, and drunk Wesley is the best thing ever. Just saying. If you enjoy sweet romance, second chances, swashbuckling, humor, and suspense, I think you’ll enjoy Take Two.

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take-twoLights, camera, action! When Professor Wesley Coolidge accepts a summer job as a historical consultant to a pirate movie being filmed in North Carolina, the last person he expects to bump into is his soon-to-be ex, movie star Sander Carson.

Just like the flamboyant pirate he’s playing, Sander, aka Sam Carr, is used to getting what he wants, and he makes it clear he wants Wesley back in his life. Sam lost Wesley when he left their life in New York City behind for a career in Hollywood. But Wesley has finally managed to put the pieces of his heart back together, and he isn’t interested in Sam and Wesley: The Sequel.

Convincing Wesley to give their relationship a second chance will take much more than Sam’s apologies and reminders of good times past. If Sam wants Wesley back, he’ll have to show Wesley that they really can sail into the sunset together—a real-life happily-ever-after that won’t end once the final credits roll.

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Recent Reads – The Last Enemy by Christian Beck

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I admit it’s been a while since I’ve read fiction outside the romance genre. Before I became a writer, I used to read a good deal of mystery, suspense, and crime. Christian Beck’s book The Last Enemy (Agents of Influence Book 1) came recommended by a good friend. The way she described it had me so excited to get my hands on a copy, and when I received an ARC for it I jumped right in, and I had such a fantastic time reading it. This book was action-packed. It had me on the edge of my seat more times than I could count hoping that Monk, Ben, and the rest of their team made it out alive.

No punches are pulled in this book. We’re talking espionage, Special Ops, betrayal, violence, and politics. Simon Monk is a highly trained spy in possession of deadly skills, skills that are put to the test as he tries to get to the bottom of an assassination in Cairo. Like Monk, I had no idea who to trust, so I trusted no one. Except for Ben. Army Captain Ben Namajunas kicks some serious butt. He’s also the man in love with Simon. I really enjoyed the romance between Monk and Ben. It was very real, watching these two men together. Their profession doesn’t leave much hope for a happily ever after, especially with everything Monk has been through, but there’s always hope, and Christian did a wonderful job giving us that hope. If you enjoy action and suspense, with a great cast of characters, and an incredibly well written story, I highly recommend The Last Enemy.

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The Last Enemy by Christian BeckThe Last Enemy (Agents of Influence Book 1)

Highly decorated Delta Force operator and Iraq war hero Simon Monk loses everything when his romantic partner defects to Beijing after being caught selling US secrets to Chinese Intelligence. Monk is drummed out of the Army from the blowback but gets a second chance at a career when he is recruited into a covert group within the CIA.

Years later Monk’s latest assignment sends him to Cairo, where the head of station has disappeared amid a highly publicized sex scandal. But things are not what they seem. When the base chief turns up dead and the Egyptian government looks the other way, Monk and his team hunt down the assassin.

All roads lead to a ruthless and lethal cult from Egypt’s ancient past who discard every unwritten rule of espionage to win. Monk is forced to take to the shadows to find and destroy his most dangerous adversaries yet, as a chain of events threatens to ignite war in the Middle East.

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Recent Reads – How to Wish Upon a Star by Eli Easton

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Hello all! I was lucky enough to have received an ARC of How to Wish Upon a Star, the third How at the Moon book, and I think this might be my favorite so far, and that’s saying something because I love Tim and Lance, and Matt and Roman, but OMG, Milo!! I just need to squee a little here because Milo is just the sweetest, most adorable guy who ever walked on four paws. He can break your heart with one look or a few words. Eli Easton was breaking my heart by the second chapter. I knew I was in for some major feels here.

Milo is a hospice comfort dog who’s bonded with many patients, all of whom he’s lost. Milo is very much an innocent. He’s a newly turned quickened who’s just learning to communicate and live as a man. Yet despite his confusion to many things, when it comes to seeing inside people, their sadness and pain, he’s more intuitive than most, especially Dr. Jason Kunik, a quickened who’s been researching the quickened and trying to figure out how the transformation or the “spark” happens. Jason isn’t the most personable guy. In fact, during his research in Mad Creek, his interviews send several quickened off in tears. Jason is oblivious. Emotions and connections are not his thing. He’s all logic and getting the work done. At least until he meets Milo.

When we get into Milo’s POV, that about did me in. Hearing his thoughts on how desperately he wanted to show Jason he was worthy of being loved by him, ugh, bring out the tissues. Milo wants to be loved. He wants a forever home. Jason just wants to be left alone to do his research. There were several moments that made me laugh out loud. Milo is just too cute for words and watching Jason handling Milo was priceless. It’s no secret I love this series. It’s also no surprise that each book gets even better than the last. It is Eli Easton after all. If you enjoy sweet, heart-string-tugging reads, and shifters, I highly recommend the Howl at the Moon series, and most certainly How to Wish Upon a Star.

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29827476Dr. Jason Kunik is working on the most earth-shattering genetics project ever, DNA mapping of a new species, the quickened—dogs who can shift into human form. The problem is, no one knows the quickened exist and Jason can’t betray them by publishing his studies. When he moves to Mad Creek to continue his research in a town full of quickened, all he wants is peace, quiet, and to be allowed to bury himself in his work. Perhaps if he figures how out the mutation is activated, he can silence his own inner dog forever.

Milo is a hospice comfort dog who has bonded with, and lost, many beloved patients in his life. He intuitively understands sickness and pain on a spiritual level most can’t see. When he gains the ability to become a man, he thinks he finally has everything he ever wanted. But being a man isn’t the same thing as being loved, and taking shelter in Mad Creek isn’t the same thing as finding a home.

When a mysterious illness hits Mad Creek and threatens all the quickened in town, it’s up to the scientist and the comfort dog to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Along the way they might discover that true love is possible—if you wish upon a star.

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Recent Reads – Middle of Somewhere series by Roan Parrish

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On the plane ride to RT last month I started to read In The Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish. It came highly recommended by a close friend. I usually don’t read on planes because I get restless, and all I want is to get to my destination. Flying is not my favorite. This was one of those rare occasions I actually wanted the flight to be a bot longer so I could continue to read my book. I don’t read very many first person present tense stories. Can’t remember the last one I did, but this one had me hooked from the beginning. I loved Daniel and Rex, loved getting to know them, watching them fall in love. I felt for Daniel. His situation was a familiar one, and I wanted to see him succeed, wanted him to get his happily ever after.

The author did a fabulous job of slowly building the relationship between Daniel and Rex. She also did an amazing job slowly revealing their characters. Rex was a mystery at first. This big, handsome lumberjack of a guy who lived by himself in a cabin in the middle of snowy nowhere. We get to know him as Daniel does, learn little secrets, heartbreaking stories about his past as well as the challenges he faces at the present. Daniel’s family infuriated me, and soon I started to suspect why Colin was such a jackass to his brother.

Which of course brings me to Out of Nowhere, Colin and Rafe’s book. The more I read Colin, the more I felt for him. He was filled with so much anger and self-loathing. I loved that both he and Rafe had very real, very deep flaws, both battling their demons on a daily bases. I was exhausted for Colin, having to keep up with all the secrets and lies. Colin isn’t good for Rafe. He’s on a destructive path that Rafe needs to stay away from for his own good. Reading about these two men, their fight to just get by, to make it through another day without destroying themselves was heartbreaking, and I was rooting for them to get through it, to find a way to be together.

Both these stories were superb, and I absolutely loved them. I was up until the wee hours of the morning reading when I should have been sleeping, but you know, who needs sleep when you’re in the middle of a good book? Highly recommend this series.

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In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish PaperbackMiddle of Somewhere: Book One

Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.

Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.

When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.

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Middle of Somewhere: Book Two

The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So does running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.

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Recent Reads – Howl at the Moon series by Eli Easton

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Hello all! A few weeks ago I had myself an awesome little Eli Easton read-athon. I started with the Sex in Seattle series which I totally loved. Each book was better than the last. They were sweet, funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. After that I jumped right into the Howl at the Moon series which came highly recommended by a good friend. The first book in the series is How to Howl at the Moon. I absolutely loved it! Not only was it so much fun, it made me laugh, and I even got teary eyed in several spots. The series premise is unique to me, and the town of Mad Creek is wonderfully charming, as are its inhabitants. Sheriff Lance Beaufort is such a great character! I loved how his personality reflected traits of the Border Collie he shifted into. For such a serious guy, Lance had a habit of getting himself caught up in the funniest, most outrageous situations. I felt for poor Tim who just needed to catch a break.

And then of course when I met Roman Charsguard I fell in love with him too. When I found he had his own book How to Walk Like a Man, I was thrilled. Of course Roman broke my heart into tiny pieces learning about him as a military dog, and the events that lead to him turning human. I’m just in love with this whole series and can’t wait for the release of the third book How to Wish Upon a Star.

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Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of ‘quickened’—dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come.

Tim Weston is looking for a safe haven. After learning that his boss patented all of Tim’s work on vegetable hybrids in his own name, Tim quit his old job. A client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek, and Tim sees a chance for a new start. But the shy gardener has a way of fumbling and sounding like a liar around strangers, particularly gorgeous alpha men like Sheriff Beaufort.

Lance’s hackles are definitely raised by the lanky young stranger. He’s concerned about marijuana growers moving into Mad Creek, and he’s not satisfied with the boy’s story. Lance decides a bit of undercover work is called for. When Tim hits a beautiful black collie with his car and adopts the dog, its love at first sight for both Tim and Lance’s inner dog. Pretending to be a pet is about to get Sheriff Beaufort in very hot water.

 

Deputy Roman Charsguard survived Afghanistan where he lost his best friend—his K-9 handler James. Roman was a military dog until two years ago when he developed the ability to shift into a human. It’s not easy to learn how to be a man. He found a place to live in Mad Creek, a haven for the secret world of dog shifters. Finding a reason to live has been harder. That is, until a certain human walks into the Mad Creek Sheriff’s office and starts making trouble.

Matt Barclay has the worst luck. First he was shot in a SWAT drug raid, then he was sent as DEA investigator to Mad Creek, a little town in the California mountains. Matt’s job is to keep a lookout for illegal drug farms, but nobody in the town wants him there. And then there’s Roman, Matt’s erstwhile baby-sitter. He’s the hottest guy Matt’s ever seen, even if he is a bit peculiar. If the town doesn’t kill him, sexual frustration just might.

The town is counting on Roman to prevent Matt from learning about dog shifters, Matt’s counting on Roman to be his work partner and tell him the truth, and Roman’s trying to navigate love, sex, and a whole lot of messy human emotions. Who knew it was so complicated to walk like a man?

Recent Reads – Some Assembly Required by Lex Chase and Bru Baker

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Hello all! Life’s been kind of crazy lately and I’ve not been at my best, so it was a perfect time to get lost in a good book, and catch up on my reading. I had intended on reading Some Assembly Required before its release, but unfortunately that wasn’t possible. I’m so glad I had a chance to read it this week. What a gem of a story! Lex Chase and Bru Baker make a winning combination in my book. This story was just what I needed to get me out of my funk. It was fun, creative, and had me teary-eyed on more than one occasion. I absolutely fell for Benji and Patrick, and by the end I didn’t want to let them go.

Benji was sweet and adorable, his patience with Patrick touching. Patrick was wonderfully sarcastic and aloof. There was plenty of emotion in this story too, and my heart broke for them several times. The sexual tension between them was incredible, and when they finally get together, the sparks fly–literally. I loved every moment of it.  There’s not a lot I can say without spoilers, but if you enjoy sweet ghostly romances, this book will make you smile, laugh, and shed a tear or two. Certainly a re-read for me. Highly recommended. <3

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Some Assembly Required by Lex Chase and Bru Baker eBookSome Assembly Required

Everyone wishes they were dead when wandering the purgatory of a home furnishings store, but these guys actually are.

Benji Goss is the quintessential good guy. When his boyfriend dumps him and moves out, Benji obligingly keeps the cat—even though he’s allergic—because his ex’s new place doesn’t accept pets. He’s always joked the cat would be the death of him, but not in a way he expects when a feline mishap crushes him under a DEL TORO bookcase.

Snarky loner Patrick Bryant is in such a rut he barely remembers the life he used to lead. The last thing he recalls is being decapitated by a DEL TORO bookcase in a freak accident. As a spiritual CASA resident, he haunts the aisles of affordable Italian furniture, assisting fellow spirits in moving on to their final destinations.

When Benji appears in the CASA café, Patrick considers the naïve spirit just the man to cure his boredom. Benji’s relentless optimism chips away at Patrick’s sarcasm, making him question if there’s something beyond what he can see. But the heart is like CASA furniture—there’s always some assembly required.

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Recent Reads – Whippersnapper by Michael Rupured

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Hello all! Welcome to another Recent Reads. This weekend I had the pleasure of reading a pre-release copy of Whippersnapper by Michael Rupured. This story was a real treat for me. Aside the fact this was my first May-December romance, it’s also not your typical gay romance. We follow the heartwarming story of three very different, very fascinating characters as they enter each other’s lives, drawn to each other as if by fate. Yet despite their differences, they share one thing in common–wanting to find love.

This isn’t your typical boy-meets-boy, boy-beds-boy, boy-falls-in-love-with-boy story. We get three POVs: Tellumo’s, Oliver’s, and Peggy’s. Peggy was such a fun character to read. I hadn’t expected to love her as much as I did. She made me laugh, pulled at my heart strings, made me teary eyed, and I found myself rooting for her. Her growth as a character was wonderful. Oliver is certainly crotchety, but his rants had me snickering and laughing out loud. The call to the cable company? Oh, that was just perfect. I felt Oliver’s pain on that one. I loved getting to know the real Oliver, and there was more than one heartbreaking moment. Tellumo is smart, sweet, and just what Oliver needs.

This book is about love in many forms. The love we find in family, friends, and romantic relationships, along with the bonds we form. How no matter our age, or our differences, love feeds the soul. It’s a realistic story of heartache, warm moments, and life’s funny little coincidences. I really enjoyed Whippersnapper, even if it did have me craving yeast rolls, cinnamon buns, and a host of other delectable treats.

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Whippersnapper by Michael Rupured eBookWhippersnapper

Tellumo Magnamater is a fresh-out-of-college, first-year English teacher at Salt Lick County High School in Kentucky. He rides the bus to and from work, and every day he walks to the gym behind his small efficiency apartment to exercise. Perhaps because of being raised by two lesbians, Tellumo is attracted to older men. He sets his sights on fifty-something available bachelor Oliver Crumbly. But Tellumo isn’t the only resident interested in Oliver.

Peggy Tucker, a widow approaching her sixtieth birthday, is determined to marry again, and she thinks Oliver is her perfect match. Despite Tellumo and Peggy striking up a friendship at the gym, neither realizes they are interested in the same man. But the joke might be on both of them. Oliver, a retired history teacher, is the original crotchety old man who hates everything and everybody—especially young people.

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Recent Reads – A Change of Heart by Mary Calmes

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Hello all! Welcome to another Recent Reads. This week I started the Change of Heart series by Mary Calmes. Truth be told, I can count on one hand the number of shifter books I’ve read, which I know may sound strange considering how many shifter stories I currently have published. Now that I’m catching up on my reading, I’m very much looking forward to reading the various takes on shifters in gay romance, so of course I started with one of my faves, Mary Calmes. From the very first chapter I was sucked into this world. I adore how creative it is, and am absolutely fascinated by the connection to ancient Egyptian culture and mythology.

The world building behind the werepanthers is wonderful, and so solidly put together. I love when there’s just the right balance between the paranormal world and the real world, adding a fantastic layer of believability, even  where paranormal is concerned. There’s a certain level of possessiveness and need which fits perfectly with this world. Logan is a mystery at first, this large, imposing sensual man determined to have what is rightfully his. I love the way Jin flusters him, drives him crazy.

Jin’s fearful of this new life he’s suddenly thrust into, and understandably so. I love his strength, how he always tries to see the good in people even if they’ve wronged him. I also love his friendship with Cane. I love Cane. That one person who knows Jin so well and can tell him off like no one can. I was enthralled by Jon and Logan’s relationship, watching it grow from what they were to who they would be together as semel and reah. The secondary characters are wonderful and the more I read, the more I want to know about this world and the werepanther culture.

There is never a dull moment, with plenty of action, drama, thrills, and sexy-times, resulting in book hangovers over several mornings. Upon finishing I’ve quickly moved onto the second book Trusted Bond which was just as fabulous, and now I’m on Honored Vow but more on the rest of the series another day. Absolutely love it!

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Change of Heart by Mary CalmesChange of Heart: Book One

As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe. Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life. Jin doesn’t want to go back to the old ways, and mating would irrevocably tie him to them.

But Jin is the mate Logan needs at his side to help him lead his tribe, and he won’t give Jin up so easily. It will take time and trust for Jin to discover the joy in belonging to Logan and how to love without restraint.

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Recent Reads – Sloe Ride by Rhys Ford

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Another auto-buy author for me is Rhys Ford. My absolute favorite series is the Cole McGinnis series, but really I love all of Rhys Ford’s books. The Sinner’s series is right up there with the rest of my faves so I finally caught up with Sloe Ride, the fourth Sinners book. It was so great to revisit Miki, the band, Kane, and the rest of the Morgans. Like coming home. I felt for Rafe. He’d made a lot of mistakes in his past, but he desperately wanted a second chance, even if at times he felt he didn’t deserve it. Quinn, I just loved him. I wanted to curl around him and protect him from the world, even if he could do a perfectly good job of protecting himself.

I loved reading Quinn’s point of view, what it was like to be a Morgan without a badge. I understood his frustrations with his family, especially his brothers. The scene in the bathroom with Miki and Quinn, ugh, it shattered my heart. And I loved how Rafe saw Quinn, really saw him the way no one else in Quinn’s life ever had. They way he describes Quinn, his beauty, his way of looking at the world was beautiful. Overall, an incredibly enjoyable addition to the Sinners series.

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Sloe Ride by Rhys Ford eBookSequel to Tequila Mockingbird
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It isn’t easy being a Morgan. Especially when dead bodies start piling up and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it.

Quinn Morgan never quite fit into the family mold. He dreamed of a life with books instead of badges and knowledge instead of law—and a life with Rafe Andrade, his older brothers’ bad boy friend and the man who broke his very young heart.

Rafe Andrade returned home to lick his wounds following his ejection from the band he helped form. A recovering drug addict, Rafe spends his time wallowing in guilt, until he finds himself faced with his original addiction, Quinn Morgan—the reason he fled the city in the first place.

When Rafe hears the Sinners are looking for a bassist, it’s a chance to redeem himself, but as a crazed murderer draws closer to Quinn, Rafe’s willing to sacrifice everything—including himself—to keep his quixotic Morgan safe and sound.

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