Lost Along the Way

Lost Along the Way (Tales of the Curious Cookbook #3) by Marie Sexton.

So this is the third book in a series and I haven’t read the first two LOL. I don’t think it matters, though. Tales of the Curious Cookbook is a series of six books written by different authors. What they have in common is Granny B’s cookbook.

Danny has been with his man for the last fifteen years, he gave up his family to be with him. He’s just started to reconnect with his parents when they pass away in a car accident. His husband has no interest in helping Danny sort out his parents’ home, he has no interest in seeing Danny all that much either.

While dealing with his parents’ clutter, Danny gets to know Landon – neighbour and wind sculptor. A cookbook is sent to them and once a banana bread is created things turn a bit strange.

While this isn’t my favourite Marie Sexton story but a knot formed in my stomach right at the beginning at the mentioned on an oil stain on the driveway and then it didn’t really go anyway until Danny was where he was supposed to be.

And he’s a weatherman! How many main characters do you come across who are weathermen?

The concept of a somewhat magic cookbook was fun and I might try some of the other stories just to see their take on it.

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Lost Along the WayThree months after losing his parents in a car crash, Denver weatherman Daniel Whitaker returns to Laramie, Wyoming. It’s bad enough dealing with the death of his parents and his failing relationship of fifteen years, but when he finds his childhood home full of clutter, Daniel is at a loss. He enlists Landon, his parents’ sexy neighbor, to help him sort through the mess. Landon Kushner is a study in contradictions. He builds wind sculptures out of scrap metal and loves the outdoors, but he also rides a mint-green Vespa and has an affinity for knitting and fortune-telling. He’s been friends with Daniel’s parents for years, and he’s more than willing to lend a hand.

Their plan is simple: clean the house so Daniel can sell it and get back to his life in Denver. But when a strange cookbook comes into Landon’s possession, Daniel begins to realize that the universe–and Granny B–may have other plans.


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Some Green Reads

ShamrockSo, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and as a Swede, I have no idea what it means LOL. I’ve read up on St. Patrick, but I still don’t get why everyone turns green (it’s from the Emerald Isle, but still). Did you know that originally the colour used on St Patrick’s Day was blue?

But, we’re sticking with green! I thought I’d give you my favourite books with a green (-ish) cover. They’re not in any particular order, but here goes:

Motel. Pool.Motel. Pool. by Kim Fielding.

This is one of my favourite ghost stories. It’s not horror creepy, it’s a love story. Two broken men, one who lived in the 50s and one in present day, finding what’s missing in their lives (though one is dead). Not your usual ghost story but I love it!

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Claimings, Tails and Other Alien ArtifactsClaimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala.

Simply adding the cover here has me thinking it’s time to re-read me some Liam and Odnry. I love this series so much but if I only where to read story tags I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. This is D/s, sci-fi, and a heap of hurt-comfort. I don’t read many BDSM stories, but this isn’t your leather-clad macho man waiting to hear a safeword kind, this is a calm and controlled purple alien. I love Ondry.

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I'll be you drill, soldierI’ll Be Your Drill, Soldier by Crystal Rose.

This story…I laughed, and I cried, and I laughed while still wiping away tears. I’m married to an army man, and I usually stay away from books with wars in them. I don’t mind me a soldier (obviously, ha!) but I prefer them when they’re former soldiers. This is as much of a love story as it is following four men through life, fighting battles.

And having been the one who’s been left behind when your partner goes to a faraway place on the other side of the globe, this story brought back some memories.

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Billy's BonesBilly’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden

This story is one you won’t forget easily, and it should come with a trigger warning. Kevin has suppressed memories from his childhood, he can’t stand to be touched, and he has tried to take his life. Tom is a therapist who becomes Kevin’s friend and then more, but the hidden memories want to come out and when they do the men has to face an ugly truth.

I couldn’t put this down. It’s…chilling.

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Sock it to me, santa!Sock it to Me, Santa! by Madison Parker

I know, I know, we’re far from Christmas but I wanted to go from the horrors of Billy’s Bones to something sweet, and this is sweet. I always say I don’t read YA, and if I can, I avoid it, but this is cute. Ryan is assigned to Jamie for his class’s secret gift exchange. Jamie is flamboyant and openly gay, and Ryan is not. But it’s Christmas, Ryan is a good kid, and he has a fab mum, so of course, there will be a gift exchange. Adorable, and if you haven’t read it you should…when we get a little closer to Christmas.

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So that was a little mix of green books to match your St Patrick’s Day suit!


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Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue

I’m off work today, so when I’d put two of the kids on the bus to school, I poured myself a cup of coffee and relaxed with Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue by Charlie Cochet.

I’ve read, I think, the four first stories in Cochet’s Thirds series and one of her DRitC stories, but compared to many others I can’t say that I’ve read a lot by her.

Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue isn’t a book I’ve seen around, but I scrolled through Cochet’s backlist, thinking perhaps I should read something she’d written since it’s been a long time since I last did and saw the cover. There was something with the dark blue tones and the pink armchair that made me pause.

James is a Detective working cold cases as well as working the night shift as a security guard at an old hotel. There is no wi-fi or other technology that works, but there is a room with a radio. Every night at 2 a.m. James goes into that room to find Franklin listening to waltzes.

I liked how the story went from me thinking an old cop was gonna help a guy hiding from an abusive partner to becoming a ghost story. The signs were there all the way, and I suspected it all along, but somehow I saw things from Jame’s perspective despite knowing he didn’t see the entire story.

I enjoyed it – it has love, ghosts, mobsters, shootings, and a great mix of present day and history.

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Looking for more ghost stories? Check out some of the ones I’ve read.


Between the Devil and the Pacific BlueFor the last six months, Detective James Ralston has worked the nightshift as security for the Pacific Blue Hotel, and every night at 2 a.m. his rounds lead him to the radio room where the handsome and mysterious Franklin Fairchild sits listening to waltzes as old as the hotel itself. James is drawn to Franklin, but Franklin is a man at the end of his rope, and James has no intention of getting caught up in whatever trouble Franklin is in. A heated encounter late one night sends James down a disturbing path and has him questioning everything around him, including his very sanity.


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