Friday Reads | Until We Meet Once More

I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately so there haven’t been many books read this week. But, it’s Friday and we have to read something, haven’t we? So I did what I often do when I can’t pick a book—I go to Amazon and browse the short fiction lists. Today, I looked at the one-hour-reads, and there I found Until We Meet Once More by Josh Lanyon.

Now I know that the world is filled with raving Lanyon fans. I’m not one of them. Don’t get me wrong, I like her books just fine, but I’ve only read a few and I’m not one to stand in line to click the pre-order button. That being said, sometimes it’s nice to get something you know will be good—because Lanyon is good, she’s very skilled. So for the amazing price of 0.00 Swedish crowns (which amazingly enough is the same as 0.00 £, 0.00 €, and 0.00 $) I got a story about an Army Ranger and a Navy SEAL getting a second chance.

Last I checked, it wasn’t free anymore.

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Nothing cracks Army Ranger “Stone Man” Vic Black’s granite front. A mission to retrieve an injured Navy SEAL from the treacherous mountains of Afghanistan is all in a day’s work — until he learns the missing SEAL is his former lover. This time it’s personal.

Publisher’s Note: This short story was previously published in the “Because of the Brave” anthology.


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Friday Reads | Jonathan Trilogy

These last days I’ve read the Jonathan Trilogy by Hans M. Hirschi. Hans is a fellow Beaten Track author and I was given Jonathan’s Hope, Jonathan’s Promise, and the ARC of Jonathan’s Legacy (will be published on the 29th) in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve only read a short story by Hans before so I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into with the Jonathan books. I figured from the titles they would be about a guy named Jonathan—they are and they aren’t. They are about a whole lot of characters and they weren’t at all what I had expected.

In Jonathan’s Hope Jonathan is only seventeen years old. We get to follow him as he fights for his life before he is rescued by Dan. Sparks fly and life will never again be the same for either of the characters. As the books proceed the main focus isn’t on Jonathan and Dan but on their children and grandchildren as well. I have to admit the beginning of Jonathan’s Promise both surprised and touched me, I hadn’t expected that. Even with the epilogue in Jonathan’s Hope, I hadn’t expected that.

What I liked about the stories was that we’re served a slice of life, we get to follow the characters through ups and down, through sickness and health, and we get to see them age.

What I struggled with was the LOVE. I generally like my books with far more blood and gore and far fewer confessions of undying love. I generally avoid everything close to insta-love, and I prefer the candy floss out of sight. But that’s just me, if you’re a romantic you’ll love this book. I guess I’m too Swedish when it comes to love declarations—I love my husband and if that changes I’ll let him know until then let’s not talk about it, okay? 😀

These books touch on many important issues—homophobia, sexual abuse, overcoming the loss of a partner, being a parent etc. but I would have wanted more depth. I know you can’t dive into these questions too deeply in a book but some (not all, some we really do go into depth on) are brought up, discussed in a few lines, and then quickly hurried past.

Jonathan’s Hope was published in 2013 if my sources are correct whereas Jonathan’s Promise and Jonathan’s Legacy both are published now in 2016. I thought there was a huge difference between the first and two last books when it came to author voice. I truly do believe we develop as writers for as long as we keep at it and where I thought Jonathan’s Hope was a bit confusing at times with mixed POVs and stuff Jonathan’s Promise and Jonathan’s Legacy are skilfully penned.

If you want something more than just a quick fix you should check these books out. You’ll find love and loss and love again, and you’ll get reminded of what’s really important in life.


Book Cover Jonathan's Legacy Hans M HirschiJonathan’s Legacy returns to the roots of the Jonathan Trilogy: the love for those weakest amongst us, children, particularly the undesired ones, street kids who find new homes and love, just as Jonathan and Dan once had, in their youth.

We follow the Jackson family, founded by Jonathan and Dan, as they grapple with the loss of their family patriarch. Parker and Cody set out to start a patchwork family of their own, while Marc comes to terms with his loss. And who is Kim Hwan?

This is the third and final book in this accidental trilogy, a book written out of the desperate search for answers, to bring hope where there was only despair, and to find much-needed closure. Anything but a happily ever after is unimaginable.

In this trilogy:
Jonathan’s Hope (Book 1): books2read.com/JonathansHope *
Jonathan’s Promise (Book 2): books2read.com/JonathansPromise *
Jonathan’s Legacy (Book 3): books2read.com/JonathansLegacy *


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Friday Reads | Tainted

It’s Friday, and I’m still immersed in the Channeling Morpheus series. I’ve reached Tainted which is the fourth story in the series and am right now in the middle of some blood sucking in a fitting room.

I’ve said it before, but I really like Jordan Castillo Price’s way of writing. I only have one small complaint, and that is that I would’ve wanted a little more focus on the plot. I get that it’s erotica, but I really believe these stories could’ve gained from a few more sex-free pages. Not that I mind read about what Wild Bill does and wants to do, I’d gladly bleed for him too, but still LOL. There are some amazing characters that we’re only brushing upon on our way to the bedroom, but that’s erotica I guess.

I like that we get both Michael’s and Bill’s POV in these stories, not in the same story (so far at least), but that the novelettes have different POVs. I can only assume that the staking will continue now that Bill got Michael a pink new toy. Off to see more bad vampires and to lose myself in the mix of sex and blood!

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Vampires agree that vampirism must be spread through sex, because if a bite on the neck could turn someone, the world would be overrun with legions of bloodsuckers by now. So Wild Bill’s been careful. The last thing he’d want is to turn anyone. Especially his boytoy.

Despite Wild Bill’s caution, Michael’s looking pale and thin…more so than usual. He wears it well, just like the leather jacket, the black-dyed hair and the eyeliner. But for someone as starved as he is, food should hold more of an appeal. And is that a preternatural grace Bill detects in Michael’s movements?

(Second electronic edition – novelette – 12,000 words – gay content)


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