Friday Reads | A Casual Weekend Thing

ACasualWeekendThingI just finished reading A Casual Weekend Thing by A.J. Thomas. I read it back when it was new but didn’t remember much more than one of the MCs being an ultra marathon runner.

Christopher Hayes is a San Diego Detective who’s brother is a paedophile who kills himself on Christopher’s birthday. He leaves a note behind that lets Christopher know there’s another paedophile in town and that he has to stop it.

I liked the beginning of the book a lot, but it’s pretty easy to figure out who the bad guy is, and despite the FBI agents telling Christopher, the love interest Doug, and Christopher’s partner from San Diego what good Detectives they are, I found them to be pretty slow on figuring it out.

But, if you’re in the mood for some creepy bad guys, some hot Detectives, and a lot of running you should give it a go.

17796292Doug Heavy Runner left the life of an openly gay Miami police officer and returned to his home on the Salish-Kootenai Indian Reservation when his mother got sick. In the two years since she passed, he’s carved out an empty life as a small-town deputy, relying on out-of-town one-night stands to keep him sane. Then he meets Detective Christopher Hayes, and they share a wild night so incredible Doug breaks his own rule and allows a one-night stand to grow into a weekend of amazing sex.

When Christopher travels from San Diego to Montana to deal with his abusive brother’s suicide, he doesn’t expect to find the man he spent the weekend with to be handling his brother’s case. He certainly doesn’t mind spending more time with Doug—but then an arsonist destroys the house Christopher inherited from his brother, and Christopher and Doug discover they are the primary suspects.

As they investigate, they discover Christopher’s dead brother has set them on the trail of a psychotic pedophile who will stop at nothing to silence his last victim. However, the search for the victim goes horribly wrong, leaving Doug hospitalized and Christopher at the mercy of the killer….

Friday Reads | A Matter of Time

AMatterofTimeUsually, I never check the author of the month in the Goodreads M/M Romance group, but I went in to look at something and the first thing I saw was the cover of Frog by Mary Calmes. I’ve read and was sure I had it, but I’m hopeless when it comes to backing up my files and I can’t find it so… So instead I read A Matter of Time Vol 1…and then Vol 2 because Jory has this ability to make me forget the world around me.

It’s many years ago I first read A Matter of Time #1, it was one of the first M/M books I read and even though it’s been years since I read any Sam and Jory they’ve always stayed with me.

I’ll admit that I was bit afraid to start reading them again because what if I didn’t like the books anymore? I do, Jory will always be Jory, and it’s few series where you actually get to follow the character through their partying days, to their moving in together, to being married, to starting a family, to being kidnapped, blown up, punched, arrested etc etc.

There is never a dull moment, and if you haven’t read these books, and like a strong possessive Detective and a golden, pretty boy with a knack for getting people to do what he wants then you definitely should.

8585948Vol. 2 (Books Three and Four)

Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life—except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart.

Now Sam’s back and he knows what he wants… and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn’t know if he can survive another break up or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger as he tries to solve the case and keep Sam safe.

Friday Reads | Dance With Me

DanceWithMeFor today’s post, I’ve re-read Dance With Me by Heidi Cullinan. I read it the first time many years ago. I went to check my GR profile and it says 2014, but that’s only because I added it then, I read it long before that, and when the second addition came a few years ago I got that too. Didn’t read it, but hey, pretty cover – don’t judge! – so I have two copies.

I’ve read about half of Ms Cullinan’s books and liked most of them. I most often have a funny thing going on when reading her stories, though. She often puts in a character that’s just too much for me. Apparently, I’m fine with gory violence, dub-con, non-con etc etc, but as soon as there is someone who, say, tries to persuade someone into having a foursome I skim the pages until I’m safely back with just the two characters I want to read about LOL.

This is a lovely story. Laurie is a dancer, all grace and talent. Ed is a former football player who got injured and can’t play anymore. Both men have lost their way and their drive, both are fighting apathy, both are telling everyone they’re fine – they’re not, but together they can be.

Laurie has the most terrible family and the creepiest godfather in the world (though if you aren’t as great a fan of monogamy as I am you might find him hot…maybe. I wish I can unread him LOL)

I love this story despite icy mothers and pervy men, I loved it last time I read it and I loved it now. I wonder if I’m up for Special Delivery again…or maybe Nowhere Ranch (that I also got a second copy of – the cover, people, the cover! LOL).

What are your favourite dancer stories??

26153131Sometimes life requires a partner.

Ed Maurer has bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semipro football career. He hates his soul-killing office job, but he loves volunteering at a local community center. The only fly in his ointment is the dance instructor, Laurie Parker, who can’t seem to stay out of his way.

Laurie was once one of the most celebrated ballet dancers in the world, but now he volunteers at Halcyon Center to avoid his society mother’s machinations. It would be a perfect escape, except for the oaf of a football player cutting him glares from across the room.

When Laurie has a ballroom dancing emergency and Ed stands in as his partner, their perceptions of each other turn upside down. Dancing leads to friendship, being friends leads to becoming lovers, but most important of all, their partnership shows them how to heal the pain of their pasts. Because with every turn across the floor, Ed and Laurie realize the only escape from their personal demons is to keep dancing—together.

FridayReads | Bloodraven by P.L. Nunn

BloodravenI’m not one to re-read books, normally. So far this year I’ve found myself to re-read quite a few, though. Once I opened my folder with ebooks – I used to read epubs on an e-reader and only switched to using the Kindle app on my iPad when the e-reader broke down, so I have hundreds of books I haven’t even glanced at for a couple of years – I’ve found myself oohing and aahing over books forgotten.

One book that will never be forgotten as far as I’m concerned is Bloodraven by P.L. Nunn. I didn’t mean to read it again, but here we are. Yhalen is captured by ogres and ogres are not nice creatures.

There is a lot of violence, lots of blood and pain, lots of evil, but there is also a political game, a long journey, and fight for a better life. In a harsh world where no one will do you any favours your worst enemy might become your friend…and maybe even your lover.

This is not a lighthearted romance, it’s slow torture ending with love. I’m so utterly impressed by P.L. Nunn’s ability to keep me interested all the way through the 660+ pages that this book is, so impressed by the way I’m getting invested in the characters and how I love them despite all the heinous things they do.

Hats off.

6617506A son of a forest dwelling people, Yhalen knows little of the world outside the ancestral forest, until he is captured by a band of ogres on a slave-taking mission. Only grim tales of the barbaric giants had reached the forest, but Yhalen soon learns that even the darkest fireside story only hinted at the brutality of these Northern warriors. He discovers the meaning of true fear at their hands, and only the awakening of ancient magic saves him from destruction.

Surviving ogre viciousness, he finds himself given to Bloodraven, the half ogre, half human war leader as a slave. Yhalen, refusing to bend, soon pays the price for offending prickly ogre pride.

But Bloodraven is no mindless, violent ogrish beast. Bloodraven has an agenda and Yhalen finds himself drawn in the wake into human and ogre politics, into bloodshed and cruelty and into the forbidden magic that is damnation in the eyes of his own people, but which might mean the difference between death and salvation.

Friday Reads | The Paranormal Detection Agency by Anne Brooke

ThePNRDetectionAgencyI’m gonna be real quick today because the sauna is getting hot and my girls are getting impatient – every Friday my husband is home we have ourselves a sauna. But first, some reading. This week I’ve read The Paranormal Detection Agency by Anne Brooke.

Jack Atkinson is running an agency where he helps people out with their paranormal problems. Aaron Riley has a paranormal problem…or several, but one really big, he doesn’t really believe in ghosts and stuff but at this point, he’s willing to do anything to get the problem in his kitchen sorted. Sparks fly while Jack is trying to help Aaron.

The Paranormal Detection Agency is a short fun read with a little of a paranormal mystery to it. I really liked Jack and the unusual creatures that showed up in during the story. If like paranormal stories and want something a little different you should check it out.

51wrcyoh1ol-_sy346_When paranormal investigator Jack Atkinson meets new client Aaron Riley, he doesn’t expect the level of attraction he instantly feels for the man. Neither does he expect the kind of haunting Aaron describes, which Jack is determined to solve.
After their first official client meeting, the two men launch themselves into a passionate encounter, which Jack is keen to continue. Aaron’s attentions, however, are focused on the need to rid himself of the ghosts haunting his new home.
Jack and his trusty assistant and aunt, Miranda, investigate further, and soon discover how family secrets can run deeper than even Jack imagined. Will the truth destroy Jack and Aaron’s budding relationship, or are they strong enough to survive it?


Friday Reads | The Gate

The-gateToday I’ve read The Gate by A.L. Lester – a story that’s a little outside my comfort zone…or I don’t know if comfort zones have anything to do with it. But I usually run for the hills when I see something about WW1 or WW2. And I hardly ever read historical, and I don’t really do demons if I can help it (though I’ve read a few good ones) and gates make me think of demons and fae. So why I picked this one up, I don’t really know, but I did. I should perhaps point out that I’m not sorry I did.

Matty comes home from the war to find out his brother is dying. The local doctor thinks it’s cancer, but it’s not. The brother is obsessed with his books and papers, and before he dies he tells Matty to keep the gate shut and burn the books. Matty doesn’t really listen, though, and one night Rob lets him know there is something strange going on.

I liked that we get to see the beginning of a relationship between Matty and Rob while they’re trying to solve the mystery with the books, the gate, and the death of Matty’s brother. The story is short but well written – give it a try.

36949972It’s 1918, and Matty returns home to the family farm from the trenches only to find his brother Arthur dying of an unknown illness. The local doctor thinks it might be cancer, but Matty becomes convinced it’s connected to the mysterious books his brother has left strewn around the house.

Matty confides his suspicions in his friend Rob, a hired hand on the farm and potential lover. Rob has found something that looks like a gate of some kind, something Arthur referenced in his papers which may rest at the heart of his illness. But a gate to where?

This short story introduces the world and characters in A.L. Lester’s novel, Lost in Time.


Re-Reading Scarred by J.M. Snyder

ScarredJMSnyderI think I might make 2018 the year of re-reads. I’ve already read a bunch of old M/F PNR books this year, actual books not ebooks.

Yesterday I was scrolling through my ebook library on my iPad and saw Scarred by J.M. Snyder. It’s one of those books that I really like despite knowing that perhaps I shouldn’t LOL.

My guilty pleasure is reading romance books with the healing power of sperm trope. Give me an abused MC and an alpha man and some gruesome enemies and you’ll have me hooked.

Dae owns a diner that he runs together with his sister. In the post-apocalyptic world the story takes place in there are regulators, thugs who rule the streets and the people living there. Dea has endured terrible abuse to save his sister from the regulators but one day it’s not McBane, the man ruling Dae’s part of town, who steps in through the door.

Coby still demands the same treatment as McBane did, but when Dae takes him to the small room where he usually is beaten half to death and raped nothing of what he’s expected to happen happens.

You get what kind of story this is, right? Yeah, I did too the first time I read it…the second I was just making sure LOL.

4822147Biker gangs known as regulators rule the streets of a war-torn city with hate and pain — their cruelty is etched into every inch of Dae’s battered body. He has never known anything but hurt from the hands of men … until he meets Coby.
When the new regulator rides into town and takes an interest in him, Dae is unwilling to believe that anyone who is a regulator can be a gentle, caring lover.
Is Coby strong enough to protect Dae and his sister Delia when there’s hell to pay in the form of McBane?