The Right Words

I’m a sucker for hurt-comfort stories so I thought I’d have me a little peek at The Right Words (Right and Wrong #1) by Lane Hayes.

Luke has managed to get out of an abusive relationship and is trying to build a new life for himself as an interior designer. He can’t believe his luck when he is offered to remodel Michael Martinez’s – the famous soccer player (the rest of the world calls it football, but whatever) – beach house.

But things don’t always turn out the way you first think, and Mikael’s girlfriend has failed to inform her fiancé that Luke is coming.

That’s not the only thing that goes wrong. It turns out the girlfriend isn’t a girl at all and he (the not girlfriend) is blackmailing Mikael. Things go from bad to worse and Luke is caught right in the middle of it all.

There are many things I liked about this story, the slow burn, the hurt-comfort, the friends around the main characters. Sadly, I didn’t like Luke all that much. He behaves like a child and more or less demands that Mikael should come out despite it meaning he might ruin his career (a bit harshly put maybe, but not too far from how it happened.)

But, when Luke wasn’t behaving like a spoiled brat, I enjoyed the story and I’m thinking I might just continue this series…

The Right WordsEscaping an abusive relationship left Luke Preston anxious and spouting panic-induced poetry. Desperate for a fresh start, Luke accepts a job remodeling a tired old beach house for a professional soccer player and his model girlfriend. While his passion is literature, not sports, focusing on the renovations eases his anxiety. Until the job he signed up for turns out to be more complicated than advertised.

Sidelined with a serious injury, soccer star Michael Martinez decides his beach house is the perfect place to recuperate. Remodeling might be the diversion he needs to keep his mind off his busted knee. Falling for the pretty designer with some quirky habits wasn’t on the drawing board. Unfortunately, Luke didn’t build a big enough closet for Michael to hide in. Having a star-powered sports career used to be all Michael lived for, but he’ll have to reevaluate his plans and find the right words if he wants to build more than a beach house with Luke.

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The Reasons Why

I just poured myself a cup of coffee and headed over to Smashwords – they have a sale going. I wanted something short and quick that I could finish before I ran out of coffee so I picked up The Reasons Why by J.M. Snyder.

JMS-Books has a series of stories under 5k, so they’re usually between 10 and 15 pages, called Hot Flash. Here is a link to Smashwords that will take you to all the Hot Flash books, some are free now on the Summer Winter Sale.

So back to The Reasons Why. This is really cute. Eliot has been working all day, he has a headache and all he wants is to take a nap on the sofa and have a homecooked meal. When he gets home, his husband, Ben, hasn’t even started dinner.

I was chuckling at the opening scene, Ben is an author, and Eliot describes it at sleeping all day och playing around a little on social media. If you’re wondering, that’s not really how the life of a writer is, which J.M. with over 270 published books, of course, is aware of LOL.

But back to the story. Eliot is annoyed, he’s worked hard all day and all Ben has done is playing on his phone. That’s what he thinks until he finds a note where Ben has written why he loves Eliot. One note becomes two, and three, and four…

Super cute! It also made me realise I probably should do something romantic for my husband…soon.

It’s free on Smashwords till the 31st of July.

or you’ll find it here:

The Reasons WhyAfter a long day at the office, all Eliot Travers wants is a much needed nap before dinner. Which his husband Ben is supposed to make.

But when he gets home, Ben is playing a game on his phone and Eliot doesn’t smell anything cooking in the kitchen. As Eliot’s temper starts to rise, he wants to know what exactly Ben’s been doing all day long.

Ben tells him to look on the table by the stairs, where Eliot finds a note he missed when he came in. A note that reads The Reasons Why I Love YOU.

A second note on the steps leads upstairs. Then Eliot finds a third, and a fourth.

Note: This short story was originally published in the charity collection, Love Is Proud.

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Release Day | Nine Stones

It’s time!

Nine Stones is released today!

JMS-Books is turning nine and to celebrate there will be a lot of stories with the number nine in them. In Nine Stones, there are, not surprisingly, nine stones LOL.

Felix Lane is a nice guy, he really is, and yet his garden is filling up on gravestones. The strange thing about it is that he keeps burying the same cat over and over…or maybe he’s just insane, he’s not sure.

And Kirk, his hot neighbour, who never leaves his house is never at home when Felix needs his help.

With a drumming heart, he opened the door to the patio. The petunias had been lovely on the balcony.

He stepped closer, careful not to make any hasty motions in case the cat was alive and hurt. “Hi there, kitty cat.” Please be alive.

The cat didn’t move.

“Come on, sweetie.” He didn’t know what he wanted the cat to do, jump up and hiss at him? Yes, a hissing cat was better than a dead cat.

He brushed away some of the soil. The poor petunias needed more water, the dirt was too dry. Those striped legs lay unmoving on the sun-warmed flagstone. The beautiful tiger-like fur had grains of soil in it, and most of the leopard spots were hidden under wilting pink flowers.

Felix winced as he looked into the unseeing yellow eyes. Last time the eyes had been shut, but not now. Seconds slipped by as he sank down to sit cross-legged in the middle of the murder scene. The eyes, they reminded him of Kirk’s. It made his throat close up. He had to tell Kirk about this. Perhaps he could leave Gibson out of the story since he’d promised Lexi, but he had to come clean. Kirk might hate him for what he’d done, but he couldn’t go around hiding it.

He was a cat killer—again.

The sob clashed with the beauty of the bird song coming from the small forest outside his garden. How could this be? Felix had never killed an animal in his entire life—except for mosquitoes and gnats. He carried spiders outside instead of killing them if he found them in his house. Never in his life had he believed he’d become a murderer. It wasn’t in his DNA. (Though if you hop over to JMS-Books, there is a new release sale on 20%, ends at the 19th of July)

ninestoneshe only thing worse than having a hot neighbor you’re too intimidated to talk to is accidentally hitting his cat with your car.

Felix Lane was perfectly content to spend the rest of his days with Sunny, his canary life companion, in their quiet little corner of the suburbs. But then Kirk Shoo with his unusual eyes moved in across the street, and Felix’s carefully constructed life is starting to unravel.

When your every bad-boy fantasy lingers at the mailbox, stands too close and smells too damn good, what’s an under-appreciated administrative assistant to do? Besides sneak out the backdoor to go to work? But when Kirk’s cat runs out in front of Felix on his way home, he has no choice but to face the music and his dream man. Unless …

What starts as a tragic accident turns into something far more bizarre. And when Felix’s backyard begins to look like a pet cemetery, he has no choice but to come clean. That is, if he can manage to find his sexy neighbor at all.

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