Sep. 14th, 2017

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1) This fascinating, awesome, vividly detailed, and gripping story had me so  totally engrossed, I read it in one sitting.

Page of Tricks (Inheritance #5) Amelia Faulkner
Bisexual - Paranormal Romance
File Size: 1691 KB
Print Length: 329 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: July 5, 2017
Amazon: Page of Tricks (Inheritance #5) Amelia Faulkner

Amnesiac. Heir. Warrior.
Quentin d’Arcy has evaded his father’s clutches for six years with no knowledge of what exactly he’s running from. Without those memories, he’s semi-capable of living his life, but there are forces stacked against him who are not satisfied with that outcome, and they are so very tired of playing games.

Captive. Pawn. Bait.
All Laurence Riley wants is to find a way to help Quentin uncover the past without it destroying either of them, but his efforts are ruined when Frederick re-enters his world and snatches him away from everyone he loves. Suddenly Laurence is nothing more than leverage in a game of cat and mouse which spans whole continents.

Absence makes the heart grow harder.
Quentin has no choice but to go to England if he’s to rescue Laurence from Frederick’s clutches, but the price is a confrontation with his own buried memories and a weakening grasp on his failing mental health, and if he’s to save Laurence he will have to face the architect of his nightmares.

His Father.

Page of Tricks is the fifth book in the Rainbow Award winning Inheritance series and contains mature themes and events which may be distressing to some readers.
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1) I loved her humorous style. Also, I think this book has great market potential for two reasons. First, it's hilarious, and second, it fits nicely in a popular and neglected genre: bathroom reading. As some character (don't remember who) said in "The Big Chill," she writes the perfect length for the "average reader to read during the average crap." That is not to demean her talent. She has real skill, and in a genre that, frankly, may be the only literature that far too many people ever read.

Fried & Convicted: Rehoboth Beach Uncorked Fay Jacobs
LGBT - Biography / Memoir
Series: Tales from Rehoboth Beach
Paperback: 250 pages
Publisher: Bywater Books (April 11, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612940935
ISBN-13: 978-1612940939
Amazon: Fried & Convicted: Rehoboth Beach Uncorked Fay Jacobs

As the author of four humorous memoirs, activist and comedian Fay Jacobs returns with her newest tall tales, Fried & Convicted, Rehoboth Beach Uncorked. And, as you’d expect, It’s chock-full of Fay’s signature witty, wise, and often laugh-out-loud commentary about the craziness of contemporary life in the diverse and welcoming resort town of Rehoboth Beach on the Delaware Coast.

This time, though, everyone’s favorite “Sit-Down Comic” grapples with the insanity of a high-tech bra, cartoon bladders in prescription advertising, and refusing to act her age . . .

Fried & Convicted was written over the last few years and culminates with Election Day, 2016. It chronicles the joy of gaining equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, tales of Icelandic lagoons, Provincetown adventures, and much ado about lesbians of a certain age. It tells a few harrowing personal stories, such as Bonnie’s unnerving medical diagnosis, the time Fay went kayaking with alligators, and how she came up with a public relations scheme to rescue her pal’s purloined pooch. And through it all, she finds a way to make it provocative, political, occasionally heartwarming, and reliably hilarious.

Featuring Fay’s latest magazine columns plus new, never before published material, Fried & Convicted is a pleasure for longtime fans and new readers alike.

Come along for the ride—you’ll be happy you did!

Fay Jacobs spent thirty years in Washington, DC working in journalism and public relations. Her latest project is a one-woman show, Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay, which is being performed in theatres around the country. She lives in Rehoboth Beach with her wife of thirty-four years and a Miniature Schnauzer.
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1) I absolutely love the two main characters. They are complex and likable, with relatable problems and great chemistry. They’re excellent foils for each other, without being caricatures. Alex Henning, the hot, brawny construction worker with equally heavyweight brains, a heart of gold, and unexpected emotional depths, will remain one of my all-time favorite characters. It’s also a good emotional coming-of-age story for gun-shy Gideon Wallace, whose early experience left him too cautious to enjoy a real relationship. Really an enjoyable story. Loved it.
2) I loved the variety of characters, the interesting setting, and the real life issues they all had to deal with. Gideon and Alex, along with the supporting cast, have a variety of situations and issues they are faced with, their work is not just a thing mentioned in passing, and they are forced to deal with how life, love, friendship, and daily mishaps blend together to create a whirlwind they have to untangle. The story challenges both characters and the reader to look beyond their fears and prejudice, without lecturing anyone. Lessons are learned the way they should be: to trial and frequent errors. As the plot develops, the characters show more of themselves, and everything, including the romance, seems very real.
3) This was a wonderful book, especially if you like holiday stories. The characters were well thought out and original. The plot was interesting and nicely wound through the romance. I loved the geeky chapter headers as well. The only thing I wish were different presentation wise is that Alex should be on the cover in a meaningful way. We have this wonderful IR relationship, and Alex is described so beautifully. I find it odd that the way more intriguingly described PoC was not on the cover. I would love to know why the publisher ultimately made that decision.


Clickbait E.J. Russell
Gay - Romantic Comedy
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (Dec 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626494959
ISBN-13: 978-1626494954
Amazon: Clickbait E.J. Russell

After the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective—but fabulously shiny—outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he’s been compelled to take a hands-on hardware project—as in, his hands on screwdrivers, soldering irons, and needle-nosed pliers. God. Failure could actually be an option.

Journeyman electrician Alex Henning is ready to leave Gideon twisting in the wind after their run-ins both on and off the construction site. Except, like a fool, he takes pity on the guy and offers to help. Never mind that between coping with his dad’s dementia and clocking all the overtime he can finagle, he has zero room in his life for more complications.

Apparently, an office build-out can lay the foundation for a new relationship. Who knew? But before Alex can trust Gideon with the truth about his fragile family, he has to believe that Gideon’s capable of caring about more than appearances. And Gideon must learn that when it comes to the heart, it’s content—not presentation—that matters.
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1) This book is a fantastic story about two people who, even though both are scarred physically and emotionally, and carrying enough baggage to fill an airport luggage carrier, are able to find their HEA ending.
2) This one drew me in from the very first sentence. I loved the characters and was fully invested in their arcs within this story.


Scarred Mia Kerick
Transgender - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: CoolDudes Publishing (March 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1544212356
ISBN-13: 978-1544212357
Amazon: Scarred Mia Kerick

Matthew North waited ten years to heal from the devastating wounds inflicted by the man who abducted and abused him as a child. Living reclusively on a tropical island—with no company but his four cats—he merely avoids the lingering pain. Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back, Matt struggles with a profound hindrance—the scars that deaden his soul. However, on the night he meets lively Vedie Wilson, a local restaurant busboy who expresses his gender by wearing lipgloss and eyeliner along with his three-day beard, things change. Gradually, Vedie and Matt unite in friendship. Through a series of awkward encounters, the pair learns each other’s secrets. Vedie learns that an angelic face can front for a scarred soul. Matthew learns that the line between one’s masculine and feminine sides is blurred. Can they embrace the painful stories behind each other’s scars if they’re to find everlasting love? Or will surrendered love come to be yet another blemish on their souls?
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1) With a great plot full of twists and compelling dynamics between characters, this was a book I couldn’t put down. Definitely looking forward to reading more books by this author.
2) A fast-paced, exciting law enforcement thriller. The characters were excellent, and the story was really well done.


Can't Hide From Me Cordelia Kingsbridge
Bisexual - Romantic Suspence
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (May 23, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626494444
ISBN-13: 978-1626494442
Amazon: Can't Hide From Me Cordelia Kingsbridge

Charles Hunter’s team is on a mission to extract an unidentified ATF agent from an undercover job gone wrong. All they’ve got to go on is the rendezvous location—until Charles recognizes the ex he hasn’t seen in years. Their “simple rescue mission” is about to get a lot more complicated.

For Ángel Medina, adjusting to life after his cartel nightmare is hard enough without confronting memories of a failed relationship. All he wants is a fresh start. But when a violent stalker lashes out from the shadows, Ángel realizes his nightmare is far from over.

As the stalker’s obsession escalates and bodies start dropping, Charles and Ángel are thrown together in a desperate search for the culprit. Tempers flare and old passions reignite, drawing them back into the same turbulent relationship that once ended in disaster.

But the stalker isn’t letting go—and the next strike might hit straight through the heart.

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