#Rev by Cambria Hebert

This is book 2 in the Gearshark series.  See my review for book one, #Junkie.

Synopsis:
28802913Trent Mask puts the REV in revolution.

A line has been drawn.

Indie vs Pro

Here at GearShark, we’re straddling that line to bring you exclusive coverage of what some have dubbed the war of racing.
Every war starts with a spark and ends in revolution.
Drew Forrester was the spark,
but his second-in-command is the REVolution.

What does it take to stand brave in the face of opposition?

resolve of steel…

Stubborn will…

And a heart that refuses to give up.

It isn’t just the drivers in this war.
The revolution is about more than just racing.
It’s about shattering labels and taking risks.

So we asked Trent Mask: Truth or Dare?

His answer?

Both.

Check out the full feature article inside…

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My Review:
5 stars — I honestly don’t know how I resisted reading this right away when it was released.  #Junkie (book one) was one of my first 5 star reads of 2016, and I was salivating waiting for book 2 to be released.  But I had other reading priorities to take care of, so when those were finally accomplished, I pounced on this book so hard, and it was so damn satisfying of a conclusion!!!  There’s always that worry that the book might not live up to its predecessor, but that was wholeheartedly not the case for this series.  Trent and Drew were just everything I had expected of them and grown to love in both #Junkie and the Hashtag series that inspired this spinoff.

Heck, I’m even actually excited for more from this series, even though it won’t be about Trent and Drew!!!  Ms. Hebert knows how to suck you into a world and give you a taste of characters to come.  I mean, she actually made Lorhaven intriguing and not just a dick.  Yup, I was surprised too.

You know what I appreciated about this book?  That it wasn’t some fairytale where everyone reacted in the right way to their relationship.  B/C that’s just not realistic yet.  And it was heartbreaking to watch Trent and Drew deal with those hardships, but it made their love story so much more impactful.  And yes, they had a lot of good experiences too, but I’m totally ok with that.  It had a great balance.

Basically I finished this book with a huge smile on my face.  Normally I have a lot more to say, but this was just my kind of book in so many ways, and it was like reading book candy for me.  Makes me want to go back and reread the Hashtag series too and then reread this again.  It’s like a delicious guilty pleasure.  Can’t wait for Utopia to snag me some signed copies of these books.

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The Cranberry Hush by Ben Monopoli

the cranberry hushBlurb: Vince Dandro might be going through the quietest quarter-life crisis of all time. He lives alone, works in a comic book shop, and has a crush on his coworker he can’t seem to act on. Like an old comic book, his life’s colors have started to fade. Everything brightens when Vince’s long-lost friend Griff appears on his doorstep in the middle of a blizzard. They were roommates in college, so close back then that Griff’s girlfriend called them “lifebuddies” — but Vince’s love for Griff had ended the friendship, he thought, forever. They haven’t spoken in years. Why has Griff shown up again? And, more importantly, can Vince handle his return?

Vince and Griff are two twentysomethings struggling to find their places in the world and in each other’s lives. This is a story of friendship and love, both unrequited and requited, and of learning how to fly through the post-college void, which just might hold more than a cranberry hush.

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Favorite quotes

The tiny pessimistic devil who usually sat on my shoulder and who’d warned me not to even bother with Griffin in the first place suddenly conjured himself in my stomach and began crawling up my throat, making it tight.  I wasn’t sure whether to cry that fucker out or throw him up.  I thought I might do both, and collapse in a puddle of tears and puke.

“But doesn’t it feel weird to have the potential to fall in love with every person you meet?  All your friends?”  “I don’t think so,” I said. “I think it’s weirder to only be able to fall in love with half the people you meet.”

I lived in tones and inflections, in glances and winks and stupid little taps.  I analyzed and sought meaning from stupid meaningless things.  It was a constant tug-of-war between what I wanted and what was reality

3.75 Stars 

This book is weird. This book is about nostalgia and basking in what could have been. It’s also about not being able to move forward until you deal with what’s behind you. It’s also about love.  It’s kind abstract honestly.  All these words are floating through my head, you know, and none if them are really tangible. Its not like one event or a turn of events you can pinpoint and say, “Oh, thats what this book is about.”  Its not like that at all.  The whole book itself is about the intangibles, and being able to move past them. It’s just very weird for me because I am not used to reading these kinds of books.

This book is about everything and nothing at the same time for me.  The love that was written into the story was just very oddly worded for me. I didn’t become emotionally involved with it.  I was kind of detached while reading because the way this was written came off as clinical to me.  I had a hard time getting into the book because of that style. But for some reason I could not put it down.  The transitions between flashbacks and present day were choppy to me.  I found myself going back and having to re-read them to make sure I was in the right time frame.

It seemed that every character had dual representations for Vince.  Griff repesented his past, comfronting it and moving forward.  Zane represented his present and not being able to move forward with it until he dealt with his past. At least that’s how it came across to me.  I’m glad I read it, I just don’t know if I would recommend it. This is one of those books that you have to be very clear on what the persons reading interest are.

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Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

259154232Blurb: They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

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5 Star

It was written beautifully.  I really liked how Jamie realized he was bisexual. The sex scenes in this book were extremely graphic. I didn’t find it distasteful though. Honestly, it was fucking hot! I liked how Wes’ first thought was always about putting Jamie first.  How he didn’t want to pressure or guilt him into doing something that Jamie didn’t want to do. He was trying to protect him from the negative aspects of how he is treated differently because of his sexual orientation.  Wes is equal parts thoughtful and considerate while also being free-spirited and bold.

I liked how Jamie didn’t lead him on. He was straight-forward about it from the beginning. He discouraged any other potential love interests right off the bat. I hate when there is a miscommunication regarding love interests, it just pisses me off.

I liked the contrast in their backgrounds. Wes’ parents were goal driven and independent and unsupportive of his lifestyle.  Jamie’s parents were total hippies from Cali and accepted everyone for who they were and didn’t make it out to be  very  big deal.  As a native Californian, I completely understand that mind-set.

This book just had all good parts.  Go read it.

Favorite quotes:

He’s still talking to his friends as he watches me approach.  Of course he’s surrounded by people.  I’d forgotten how magnetic he is.  As if he burns with higher test fuel than the rest of us.

Maybe he’s not as carefree as he looks, my conscience suggests.  Fuck off, conscience! I’m busy being mad here.

It only took one look at him today to realize I can’t keep the parts of myself in separate drawers.  It was never going to work.

I don’t feel any different, though.  I fooled round with a guy yesterday – shouldn’t I feel different? Feel gay, you mean? A laugh bubbles in my throat.  Does one feel gay? And damn it, I’m bewildered to discover I’m rocking a boner,and it’s more than a case of morning wood.  It’s Wes-wood, a result of thinking about messing around.  I…think I might want to do it again.  And how screwed up is that?  I’d been fully prepared to view last night as a chemistry experiment.  A test. I didn’t expect to ace the damn thing.

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Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Synopsis:
29283273Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?
Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

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My Review:
4.5 stars — The first book in this series, Him, ended on a really positive note and there was no obvious need for a followup book.  But I’m the kind of reader who LOVES revisiting favourite characters — as long as it’s done right.  And these two authors fulfilled that for me.  This was not just a fluff piece capitalizing on the success of the first book.  I felt like they really explored the changes happening in their relationship and the challenges that they faced as a closeted couple.

I actually almost found this to be more emotionally impactful than the first book in some ways.  We have a couple in love, ready for their happily ever after, but because of the fears of the media storm and the possible reactions of Wes’s team (and the world in general) they have to hide.  I really felt for both of these characters.  I felt like we explored their depths even more in this book.  And yes, some of their flaws were frustrating — their relationship was plagued by that common mistake that most couples make: lack of communication.  Normally that would bother the shit out of me, but I was honestly just so wrapped up in their story that I apparently gave them a pass…

And OMG did I cry for both characters, my heart breaking for them on more than one occasion.  (though thankfully I didn’t bawl)  Both authors really know how to bring the feels — from Wes’s reaction in the hospital, to Jamie’s realization about Wes during the interview, I was captured.  It’s not that they didn’t also frustrate me, but I was just so invested in their love that I wanted them to pull through.

I totally thought I would hate Blake.  I was prepared for it.  But he really was impossible not to love (at least for me).  I found him hilarious, endearing, and I LOVED the friendship that he gave to both of my boys.

In the back of my mind I can’t help but be a little disbelieving at the ease with which their relationship was accepted by their respective teams…I guess I’m a bit of a cynic.  But again, I decided to just give this a pass b/c I so thoroughly enjoyed the story as a whole.  This is definitely going to be one of those series I can see myself rereading.  Both boys are firmly on my list of favourite characters, and I’m so happy that I finally got off my butt and joined this bandwagon.  See?  I can love mainstream books when they’re written this well!!

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Shane and Trey (Enemies to Lovers book 1) by Anyta Sunday

Shane and treyBlurb: Shane is a little bit screwed. He has just started college and is stuck rooming with that bastard Trey. His sister’s boyfriend. His sister’s damn fine boyfriend. Uh-oh. This so wasn’t going to happen. But try as he might, there’s just a little too much to ignore between the two of them…

 

 

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3.5 Stars

First off, I didn’t get the Enemies to Lovers theme.  They were never enemies, if anything they were just avoiding of each other.  Just because he gave him a wedgie one time years ago doesn’t make them enemies. It just makes Trey a bit of a dick.

The major them of this book seemed to be forgiveness.  I enjoyed it.  I could have done without so much detailed sex.  I know right, I never say that. I get it they are experimenting, but I don’t need a play by play for every single time.  Mix it up a bit, throw in a fade to black scene, variety is the spice of life and all that jazz.

Trey was just the cutest, shyest guy.  He tried to fight his attraction, but in the end finally gave in to his feelings.   Shane didn’t seem to know what to do about his growing feelings and he was rightly conflicted when it came to acting on them.

I thoroughly enjoyed the toothpaste scene. It was so funny and something I have done with my husband. And the scene when June and Shane had an honest talk about their father and their relationship with Trey.  It was very realistic and emotional for me.

It didn’t seem that there was a real climax either.  More like a bunch of little ones. Bottom line, the book was decent, will I read the rest in the series, Mmmmm probably not till next year at least.

Favorite Quotes:

I got out of the shower, dried up and looked at myself in the mirror.  The guy that stared back at me was such a liar.  He looked string, confident, in control, but I knew the truth–on the inside he was confused, in pain, and felt like dirt.  Worse than dirt, rot.

It felt like all my blood had been carbonated, the fizz rushing through my body.  I was hyper-sensitive, the hairs on my arms static, and the goose bumps trailed over every inch of me.

And the there was Trey.  How his deep eyes looked into mine through thick brown lashes, caring, curious…protective.  Just being around him was better than touching music. Surreal. Wonderful.  What I’d have wished for every day, if I’d known such a thing–such an amazing thing–existed.  Around him my heart beat a million miles a minute.

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Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Synopsis:
259154232They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, hotties on hockey skates, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

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My Review:
4.5 stars — I have been wanting this book FOREVER, and when I saw it go on a brief sale for $2.99 (I think it’s close to $5 regular price), I was all over it like a fat kid on a smartie….  And it totally lived up to the hype!!  That’s something I always worry about, you know?  But I’ve read both of these authors individually and loved them, so I shouldn’t have been surprised that they would churn out a piece of gold when working together.

These characters had so much chemistry together, they seriously just felt right together.  And it wasn’t just the smoking sex scenes, it was the friendship chemistry too you know?  Even after being apart for 4 years, they seemed to just meld back into best friends like their friendship was easy.

I loved learning their backstory in little pieces from each of their perspectives…it was frustrating at first b/c a flashback would get cut off right as we were learning what happened, but in the end I liked the way it played out.

I can’t even tell you which one was my favourite, b/c I liked them both for very different reasons.  Jamie was just so accepting and logical…he never flew off the handle or jumped in to his emotions.  He took the time to reason things through and actually think about what he was feeling, and what it meant for him.  Wes was somewhat the opposite — letting his emotions get the better of him sometimes.  But somehow they really fit together.

I loved the challenges that they faced, both in their love lives and in their personal lives beyond that.  I LOVED Jamie’s family….LOVED.  Loved the emotions we got from Wes when he got to meet them.  I loved the many bits of hockey throughout this book — from playing it, to coaching it and helping kids become better.  I was dismayed that yet again (b/c it happened in one other Sarina Bowen book I think) they changed the name of one of the NHL teams for reasons that I don’t understand…it would be different if they changed them all (but the Boston Bruins were mentioned), or created an entirely new fictional team in a new town, but instead we got the Toronto Panthers…*sigh*  It’s a stupid thing to bug me, but I just don’t understand the logic of it I guess…

Now I just wish I had taken note of the date of the release of the next book, so it would already be in my greedy hands instead of having to wait a few days…I know, rough life eh?  A few measly days.  BUT I WANT MORE NOW!!!

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Try by Ella Frank

Synopsis:
17798649Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case…someone.

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed—after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?

And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind. He’s starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.

The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.

Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.

As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.

Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?

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My Review:
3.5 stars — So I was honestly all over the fucking place with this book (excuse the language).  I ended this book and overall felt I’d enjoyed myself — so I was initially thinking 4 stars.  But here’s the thing — the book ends on a cliffhanger of sorts (middle of an unanswered question), and I didn’t immediately want to snatch up the next book…and that doesn’t seem like a 4 star experience at all then.  And then I started reading reviews on Goodreads (which is always a bad idea before I’ve gotten my thoughts out), but I was just curious how others felt (and I think I was trying to figure out if I wanted to read the next book).  And I could agree with things from both the good and the bad reviews (and this book really does seem to be very polarizing — lots of mega fandom and lots of hate).  So I just sat there.  Stumped.  And I’m still kind of stumped.

So here’s the thing — there’s a LOT of sex in this book…and it is an erotica, so that makes some sense.  And in general the sex was actually really hot and steamy for me.  But there got to be so much of it, and each encounter was quite long, that it got a bit mundane somewhere along the way.  I did appreciate that there was a progression to it for the two men, so it didn’t feel like “straight Tate” went from zero to gay in 2 seconds.  There was a lot of experimenting, and getting used to it.  But wow, were these 2 insatiable.

And I actually enjoyed the interactions between Logan and Tate — they had some good banter, and even their fighting was kind of hot and volatile.  And I enjoyed the few moments we did get where it wasn’t just about sex — like their first “date”, or the coffee shop incidents.  But inevitably even those just led to sex.  It was like you would maybe get a glimpse of something more to their relationship, but then nope — back to sex.  And I love to read about sex, don’t get me wrong…but it’s nice to feel other things between your characters too.  What else, besides sexual attraction, was drawing these two together?  So I ended up feeling unfulfilled…I think that’s what had me baffled at the end.  I wanted something more.

There were little things that bugged me — how come they kept having meetings with the ex-wife, but then nothing would happen at those meetings?  Just felt like a plot device to bring more encounters between Logan and Tate in a different setting.

And in the end the thing that has me rounding down instead of up was the ending.  I mistakenly didn’t look and realize this was a series, and so to have it just end so abruptly kind of turned me off.  And from what I read the 2nd book ends the same way.  That’s not enticing to me.  And maybe if there was more development in the *romance* department in the next book, I’d be more interested…but from my quick scanning, I’m not sure that it’s a whole lot different than this book…just new complications.

At least it wasn’t a total failure like some other books I’ve been reading lately, but I am sad that it wasn’t all that and a bag of chips for me.

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The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen

Synopsis:
23084453What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexuality from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

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My Review:
4 stars — So I got totally sucked into this book b/c the author does a “First Chapter Friday” on Facebook/her blog.  And yesterday she posted the first chapter of this book, and you guessed it — I was hooked.  So I bought the darn book, and even though I’m in NYC, I still managed to stay up until 3am to finish the darn thing.  But I had to know what was going to happen!!!

So obviously a compelling book.  I loved the premise of it — 2 boys who had a teenage relationship that didn’t end well end up on the same hockey team in University.  For a sports romance, there was a lot in this book about the struggles of coming out, the fear of unacceptance and hate, gays in sports…it just tackled a lot of issues.  It could be kind of hard to read b/c Graham was just so afraid that he was such a dick to Rikker….so on one hand your heart just breaks for him, but on the other hand you want him to…I don’t know, grow up?  But it’s just not that easy, especially with the way he grew up, and seeing how difficult it could be for Rikker being out.

I definitely had an easier time falling in love with Rikker.  He was funny, and sweet, and so incredibly lonely.  And damn it was hot when he got controlling in bed…:P

There were a few solid secondary characters — Skippy could be a bit much to take (though I think he was supposed to be), but I LOVED Rikker’s grandmother, and Bella was actually really interesting too.  I actually already have the 4th book, which is Bella’s book, so I definitely want to dive into that next.  Though I missed book 2, so I need to go back and read that one soon.

All in all a solid M/M romance, and a solid hockey romance.  Great hockey moments, for anyone who’s a fan (which would be me).

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#Junkie by Cambria Hebert

Synopsis:
27824473Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline junkie.
His high of choice?
Cars.
The faster, the better.
He’s been making waves in Maryland’s underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he’s not hitting the brakes anytime soon.
So what exactly does it take to burn rubber and make a name for yourself in a world where the only rule is there are no rules?
You gotta be hungry…
You gotta have balls…
And you can never back down.
What’ve we learned here at GearShark?
Drew is all of the above.
We also know he’s got some secrets buried under his hood.
Secrets we think are loaded with octane and just might set the world of cars on fire.

Check out the full feature article inside…

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My Review:
5 stars — WOW.  I mean, I had high expectations being a recent HUGE # series fan, but this just blew those out of the water.  Here comes a book hangover, I can just FEEL it.  I actually feel sorry for the book that has to follow this up, b/c this hit me right in all the feels, and I have NO IDEA how I’m going to wait for the next one.

This one had me by the balls (you know, if I had those) right from the prologue…  Well, frankly, who am I kidding, I was hooked in deep from the first hint of friendship between Trent and Drew in the Hashtag (Pound) series.  But seriously yo, that prologue just grabbed a hold of my imagination and didn’t let go til the last page.  All those conflicting feelings….GAH!  It was a heartbreaking way to start!

And from that start came a truly beautiful story of romance.  And I really mean beautiful.  I loved their friendship, and that ease of being together just extended to the more relationship that slowly developed between these two.  It was hopeful, and sweet, and adorable, and agonizing, and heartwrenching.  And when I started seeing the end come closer and closer just as things ramped up, I just knew we were in for a crazy ending.  Luckily this author does not leave her fans hanging for long, otherwise I’d be even more devastated over that finish….

And can I just say that the steam factor was amazeballs?  *ahem* *fans self*

Aside from the romance, we had a fantastic look into the sport of racing as well as brief glimpses of the characters we’ve grown to love from past books.  I appreciated that while they had brief cameos, it really was the Trent and Drew show.  I just loved those boys so much, I wanted all the time we got to spend with them.  I did enjoy the introduction of Joey — she added a great dynamic and I hope we see more of her in the next book.

Sometimes with a book like this I wish I could better explain what it was that had me so over the top fangirling…  As usual, it all comes down to characters for me — and I loved these characters.  They were real, vulnerable, honest, sassy (is that strictly a female thing?  well whatever the equivalent), and I just want their relationship to succeed despite the obstacles thrown in their way.  I guess that’s the other part that got to me — the story and the challenges they met while navigating these new feelings and this new world was just so poignant.  I cannot imagine how startling it would be to realize a bit later in life that you might be gay (or bi), and that you found out because you’re in love with your best friend.  The fear was so real, and I have no idea how they’re going to manage that and stay together.  It’s got my heart all in a kerfuffle.

And that’s where I’m going to leave it.  I don’t know what magic surrounds Ms. Hebert, but I’m wrapped up in it and can’t wait for my next dose.

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The Gentleman and the Lamplighter by Summer Devon

the gentleman and the lamplighterSynopsis: You Can’t Walk Away from Love.

Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he’s ever loved—until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything….

But You Can Walk Toward It…

Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he’s admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love—if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears….

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4 stars

This is the first historical M/M romance I have ever read. It’s a short story but it didn’t read like one. The author made very good use of the words; there were no wasted words if that makes sense.  It was great, I totally loved it.  I actually got this novella for myself after seeing it on somebodies wish-list at Jingle Bell Book Exchange on FB.  It’s over now or I would give you guys the link.

But it was nice, the two personalities played against each other.  They are from two different socio-economical tiers I guess you could say.  They came across each other like two ships passing in the night honestly. (I know the adage is overused but it’s appropriate) They never would have known each other if not for some traumatic circumstances. I like reading those kinds of books where one single act of walking out a door can literally change your entire life.

The historical aspect of the romance was really neat because it was set in a time where I think things were still in a grey area.  They weren’t really spoken of in a positive or a negative way, they just weren’t spoken of, like a turn your head the other way kind of thing.  It was cool to set it in that time as opposed to a modern time m/m romance. I think I’m gonna read more in this genre. If I can find any, this is the first historical m/m romance I have ever come across.  I didn’t even know they existed but I totally recommend it.

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