• Return to Sender


    As I announced a few weeks ago, I have my first book coming out on November 17th.  That’s right around the corner.  Literally days away!  The entire process has been, and still is, a learning process.  I’ve always had a an appreciate for those who produce the stories that I enjoy.  Now, being on the other side, I have a greater appreciation for the time, effort, and creativity that goes into forming a story.

    The characters I created in Return to Sender are constantly on my mind.  I adore my guys, Drew and Wes.  What started off as a quick, fun project with a dear friend, blossomed into a a full story.  I am proud of what I’ve written and hope readers enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

    Blurb

    College professor and website designer Drew Hampton has had only one great love in his life. A loner as a teen, he found solace in art, his self-styled mullet, and the television show ALF. Then a new boy moved in next door, and he discovered love.

    Mechanic Wes Harrison was thrown into adult responsibility at a young age. He’s managed to build a good life through hard work and determination; however, he hasn’t been in a relationship since high school.

    Drew and Wes were deeply in love thirty years ago, but then they were torn apart. Unlucky at relationships after their separation, both men treasured memories of their one true love.

    Fate intervenes and gives them a second chance. Will they rekindle their once great love and find happiness, or has too much time gone by?

    Where to find:

    JMS Books, LLC

    Amazon

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  • Between the Lines by Sally Malcolm


    Between the LinesBetween the Lines by Sally Malcolm
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Confession time: Characters who start off completely against love and relationships, and then have an epiphany because of the main love interest usually aren’t my cup of tea. I’m cynical and jaded. It takes a lot to convince me one person can completely change someone so drastically. In Between the Lines, Malcolm knocks this trope out of the ballpark. I was rooting for Luca and Theo with every fiber of my being.

    If you’ve read Perfect Day by Malcolm, you may remember Luca being very briefly mentioned as the summer lifeguard/surf instructor and son of the owner of the bed and breakfast on the bay. He’s travels all over the country, taking jobs in different states for each season. He’s the anti-relationship, anti-love MC. He’s up for fun and zero attachments. Until…

    …dear Theo. Oh, how he stole my heart. I learned a lot about dyspraxia through Malcolm’s portrayal of Theo. He’s sensitive and proud and passionate and trusting, and I just loved him. That’s not to say I didn’t love Luca. I did, just in a different way.

    These two were so sweet together when they finally got their heads out of the sand. I adored the grand gesture and the inclusion of “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds, my favorite song by one of my favorite artists.

    Without a doubt, I am looking forward to Malcolm’s next offering in the M/M romance genre.

     

    ***ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

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  • Beat of Their Own Drum (Replay 3) by K.M. Neuhold


    Beat of Their Own Drum (Replay, 3)Beat of Their Own Drum by K.M. Neuhold
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I give the third book in the Replay series 3.5 out of 5 stars.

     

     

    Things I loved:
    – bad boy drummer Jude
    – stressed to the max manager Archer
    – unresolved mutual attraction
    – different characters’ perspectives of the same scenes from the previous two books
    – Chuck Palahniuk reference
    – the hot, hot sexy times

    Things I didn’t care for:
    – fairly stoic, kinda arrogant former military Bennett
    – the seemingly easy and quick drug rehab
    – the weird dynamic between Bennett and Archer

    I’m guessing Benji’s book is next. He’s come off as the only band member without drama. No doubt he has some skeletons hidden in his closet.

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  • When Fate Falls Short by Brooke Edwards


    When Fate Falls ShortWhen Fate Falls Short by Brooke Edwards
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    Unintentional hurt without the comfort.

    Have you ever read a book that started you off with a smile and all those fuzzy, cute feelings just to crush you into a million pieces at the end? That is this book, and I loved it.

    Edwards’ words convey emotions so perfectly, I was a snotty, blubbering mess for the last half of the book. I love stories that stray from the conventional formula of two people fall in love, overcome a conflict, and live happily ever after. The reader does get the meet-cute and falling in love part. But real life doesn’t always end on a high note, and When Fate Falls Short drives that point home.

    The characters are well written, and it wasn’t hard to sympathize with each one, even on the opposite sides of the conflict. My heart ached for the men and the pain they experienced.

    If you’re looking for a story that is going to leave you with that aforementioned fuzzy feeling, this is not it. But I can guarantee this is an excellent read.  For fans of Last Dance with Mary Jane by John Goode and Olive Juice by TJ Klune.

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