A MelanieM Advent Release Day Review: Welcome Home, Soldier by Deanna Wadsworth

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Clay and Daniel fell in love as enlisted men during Desert Shield, but Don’t Ask Don’t Tell meant they had to keep it secret. After Clay’s convoy was ambushed, PTSD changed him, and their relationship ended in a horrible fight on Christmas Eve.

Twenty-five years later, they’ve reconnected on Facebook, and Clay finds out Daniel will be alone on Christmas Eve. Impulsively, he sets out for Daniel’s hometown of Gilead, Ohio—where Daniel is now the mayor—to surprise him with a visit. But a blizzard strikes and Clay wrecks his car. All hope of seeing Daniel is lost—until a mysterious old man named Nick offers Clay a ride. The weight of past wounds and the scars of war might make their reunion awkward, but Clay is willing to take the risk to win back his lost love. Despite a lifetime of disappointing holidays, Clay hopes that this soldier is finally coming home for Christmas.

I don’t know if it  was the mood I was in or if I’m just such a sap for Christmas stories like these but Welcome Home, Soldier by Deanna Wadsworth  just hits all my buttons for Christmas stories. It has the second chance at love after a long period of time, a blizzard and a wonderful mystical element. Yes, even a dog.  I just loved it right down to that cover.

Two men love each other deeply as young men during the Army during Desert Shield.  It’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell but most importantly it’s the times and their youth, and then the changes in Clay when he’s the only one to survive an ambush of his  team.  They can’t survive as a  couple and  split up.  Now it’s twenty-five years later and Christmas Eve and they are about to reconnect.

Deanna Wadsworth has done a remarkable job in creating a story that manages to seem both  down to earth and yet at the same time wraps both of these older, worn men in some undefinable magical glow.  She gives you that awkwardness as they feel their way back towards each other as all those years apart, trying to see if there’s anything still there. It feels very real. But the author also manages to bring a Christmas magic to her story, a mystical element that makes anything possible, including the second chance at love for these two lonely men who have always loved each other.

Boy, was I sniffling away at parts, enjoying myself immensely.  Yes, this story was clearly written for me.   I just loved it.  Including that ending!  If you are just as sappy as I am, trust me Welcome Home, Soldier by Deanna Wadsworth is just the Christmas story for you.

Cover art by L.C. Chase is wonderful.  The artist captures them as young men before the breakup. But has the dog from the present times.  I just adore this cover.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 76 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640803022
Edition Language English

A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: In Case Of Emergency by Keira Andrews

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Daniel Diaz is one of those characters who is so uptight he gives new meaning to the words “undies in a twist.”  Always reliable, steadfast, ambitious, he’s a twenty-eight-year-old HR Director who’s very dependable.  He’s so dependable, in fact, that he checks his work emails twenty-four-seven and can’t let loose.  Until his bestie convinces him to attend CYC—change your cadence—a class intended to shake up his predictable life.  So, contrary to his usual holiday schedule, this year he has booked a condo with a guy from the office who might just be the one to help him let loose.

He’s looking forward to snow, hot tubs, and a week of sex, but unfortunately, just before he leaves he receives a call from the local ER informing him that his “brother” has had an accident and Daniel is listed as next of kin.  Though he doesn’t actually have a brother, after a quick call to his mother, he figures out that this must be Cole, the young kid who was his step-brother for a few months during his mother’s whirlwind marriage to Cole’s father.  When the whirlwind divorce happened, Daniel’s mother kept in touch with Cole and convinced him to list Daniel as emergency contact when he moved to Daniel’s town last year to finish his master’s degree. 

Of course, this interferes with his planned vacation, so Daniel just sends his office lover to the chalet on his own while he takes care of Cole.  Long story short, Cole and his concussion accompany Daniel on his vacation—after all, what choice does a by-the-book guy like Daniel have? But the surprise is on Daniel when he arrives to find that Justin, his office twink—errr potential lover—has invited half the office to share the chalet.  Oops! Bad move on Justin’s part.  And that begins the twenty-four hours of crazy that is Justin and the gang who happen to get snowed in with them until the next day.  Poor Daniel. And poor Cole with his headache. 

I really enjoyed the story—mostly after Justin left, I must admit.   I loved the author’s writing style, the interesting concept of former stepbrothers. Of course, Cole held a long-time torch for Daniel, having had a crush since they met when he was thirteen.  Cole is definitely a more lovable, friendly, outgoing character than Daniel, who remains stiff and reserved for quite a while. And yet I liked Daniel, even though he was pretty misguided.  For Daniel, the more work he did, the better his self-esteem.  I know a lot of people like that.  In fact, I used to be one of them.  I was happy to see, however, that he didn’t remain that way through the whole story and I enjoyed the discovery of their love for each other. 

Yes, it was pretty much insta-love, no matter that Cole had that long-term crush going on. This line in the blurb sums the story up beautifully: “This fluffy gay Christmas romance from Keira Andrews features former stepbrothers reconnecting as adults, sexy hot-tub shenanigans, cuddling by the fire, and of course a happy ending.” So, in the spirit of the holiday season, and of the light, fluffy holiday romance this is intended to be, I’m going for 4.5 stars.  This story made me feel good and provided a few hours of enjoyable reading that hit my warm and fuzzy spot, so I’m recommending it to all who enjoy holiday romances, reunited friends to lovers, love at first (or second) sight, and those who like to see those cold-hearted workaholics turn into mushy romantic fools for the right man. 

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The cover by Dar Albert of Wicked Smart Designs features two very attractive men one shirtless, one in a T-shirt, in front of a fireplace and Christmas tree.  It captures the spirit of the holiday very nicely.    

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book Details:

ebook, 120 pages
Published November 30th 2017 by KA Books (first published November 2017)
ISBN139781988260266
Edition LanguageEnglish

An Ali Advent Release Day Review: An Unexpected Sanctuary (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by Cassie Decker

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
An aggressive super-flu pandemic wipes out a majority of the population over the course of one Christmas holiday—and brings Tobin and Kyle together. For almost a year, they’ve been trekking across the country from Colorado toward a sanctuary in upstate New York. Kyle’s survival skills have kept them alive, and Tobin wants to repay the man he loves with a very special gift of his own making. He sneaks off in search of the last few pieces… only to get himself and Kyle kidnapped by a desperate stranger. With their journey to New York on hold—possibly indefinitely—they’ll need to accept that home isn’t always defined by a place as much as the person you’re with. 
This was one of my favorite stories in the Dreamspinner Advent anthology this year.  It was my first time reading this author so I had no idea what to expect.  The story starts with Tobin and Kyle coming into a small town as they try to find some shelter from the cold weather.  Kyle is focused on finding them a safe house and Tobin is distracted by his desire to finish a gift for Kyle.  Neither realize that while they’re focused on these things, someone is watching them.  
There was just the right amount of tension at the beginning.  It’s an apocalypse story so I definitely want to be a bit on the edge of my seat whether it’s Christmas time or not.  The author provided that as well as a story that also ends up having a touching and sweet aspect to the romance.  I liked both of the MC’s and the world the author created.  I actually would have happily read a story about these two’s relationship prior to this story.
There is nothing scary or gory in this so it’s fine for those of you who don’t do typically do apocalypse type books.  The main focus is the romance and the holiday.  
 
Cover by Paul Richmond:  The cover to this was the standard one of the Advent book and it was done by Paul Richmond.  I thought it was well done and fits the holiday spirit.  Since it is the generic one for the entire anthology it did not fit this story specifically
Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 33 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640803015
Edition LanguageEnglish

A MelanieM Release Day Review: The Gryphon King’s Consort by Jenn Burke

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Love takes flight.

The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.

Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.

I don’t honestly remember reading anything from Jenn Burke before but if The Gryphon King’s Consort is typical of the tales I can expect from this author, then I’m off to search for other stories to read.  It’s full of gryphons, all sorts of magical beasts, political intrigue, an arranged marriage, and happily, a romance that leads to a love that’s forever after. I mean these beings live a long, long time!

Be still my heart!

A story from Dreamspinner Press’ Dreamspun Beyond line, Burke does a lovely job of laying down a complete alternate universe.  She delivers on the history of the hidden world of magical beasts revealing themselves to humans, the resultant wars and the peace accord that survives to present day.  Also the factions within the Mythos kingdom, the Modernists and the Traditionalists.  It’s a neat believable divide albeit complete with magical beasts (which I adore btw).  Also, a touch I appreciated is the connection a King has with his people.  It’s something I wish more heads of state had these days.  That scene was marvelously touching and pulled the reader further into Luca’s character and his new role as King.

Even the author’s take on gryphons and their ability to shift into different creatures is wonderful and used to great effect here within the storyline, along with all the other hosts of magical beasts/beings we meet here and the rituals or parts of their cultures that Jenn Burke has created for the story.

And all that serves as a foundation and stage for her two main characters, Luca and  Eirian (as well as some memorable secondary characters).  I felt both men/beings were so well done.  The story is told from both perspectives and works extremely well that way.  The reader can see what the emotional cost of an arranged marriage is as far as trust, lack of friendship, personal knowledge  and even missing simple comradeship can be between two people.  Especially when the affairs of state seem determined to keep them apart.

This is, quite simply, a slam bang fantasy romance!  One you can immerse yourself in and be quite startled at how quickly you’ve come to the end.  I loved it and was sorry to see it over.  If you are a lover of fantasy and romance, here’s a story for you!

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson.  I like the cover, definitely catches your eye.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 210 pages
Expected publication: December 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781635339208
Edition LanguageEnglish

An Alisa Review: On The Third Kiss by George Loveland

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Sebastian Bennett is really looking forward to his Christmas holiday with boyfriend Elliot Bolton in the Gran Canarian sun. The only thing left is for him to sing one last song at the pub as his Drag Queen alter-ego, Donna Tracey. After the wig, make-up and dress come off, he rushes home to pack, only to find he and his chihuahua, Buster, have been deserted by Elliot, who’s taken someone else to Gran Canaria. Devastated, Sebastian turns to his friend and the pub’s manager,  Javier Reyes-Martinez, who helps him pick up the pieces.

Javier seems determined to bring fun and laughter back into Sebastian’s life during this holiday season, and Sebastian is both grateful and enchanted. After a family Christmas and a word of advice from his great-uncle, Sebastian starts to look at Javier in a different light. Is Javier as fond of Sebastian as he appears, or is Sebastian being misled by his own need? If he’s reading the signs
right—and if he’s ready to move on from his previous heartbreak—could he and Javier be much more than friends?

This was a sweet story.  Sebastian has to be one of the most oblivious people ever and doesn’t see much until after the fact.  At least he
has lots of people who care about him that are now ready to make him open his eyes.

Javier is so adorable, I felt bad that he so obviously cared for Sebastian and everyone but he can see it.  Sebastian needs someone to
support him and Javier seems to be just the man to do it.  I could see Sebastian’s pain at Elliot’s betrayal and his helplessness to fix
everything.  It was easy to read between the lines for Javier’s feelings that even though Sebastian seemed unable to process his
actions.  I loved the drag queens and I thought Sebastian’s nephew was so cute and I love the support they all gave his desire to follow in  Sebastian’s footsteps.

The cover art by Meredith Russell is great and gives a nice visual of the characters and a shadow of Donna.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book Details:
ebook, 166 pages
Published: December 4, 2017 by LoveBow Publishing
Edition Language: English

A Caryn Advent Release Day Review: Christmas Grace (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by C.L. Miles

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This book really exemplifies what I have come to expect from Dreamspinner’s Advent Collection – short, sweet, low angst, uncomplicated happy ever after.  Pleasant way to spend an hour, but when it’s done, you forget all about it.

Aaron and Craig have been dating for 9 months.  They are taking their romance slowly, because both of them have been burned by relationships in the past, and they want to make sure this one lasts.  The story is told primarily from Aaron’s point of view, and he knows that he is in love with Craig, is pretty sure Craig feels the same way, and he believes they are ready to take that final step.  It’s Christmas Eve, and a snowstorm is in the process of shutting down the city, so Craig takes Aaron to his condo for the first time ever.  But it turns out there is a reason that Aaron has never been there before, and when he finds out what it is, he feels betrayed and runs away.

Of course, the city is shut down by the blizzard, so he only gets as far as the lobby of the condo building, where the very kind security guard convinces him to give Craig a second chance.  Which he does, all is explained and forgiven, and they become a family and promise each other forever.  The End.

With such a short story, it is hard to summarize without giving away any significant spoilers.  So the rest of this review is a bit of a rant on things that bother me, but since they might not be issues for other readers, I don’t knock many stars off for it.  As I was reading this story, it felt like one of those where an author has taken a hetero-romance and just changed one of the MCs to a man.  I really hate that – there is a reason why I started reading gay romance instead of het romance!  So here it is:  Aaron is physically smaller, more insecure, makes less money, has anxiety, and feels that their relationship is not complete until they have penetrative sex.  Of course he is the bottom, that was never in question.  So this was a classic strong man rescues virginal damsel in distress, has sex and marries her trope, just with the gender changed.  I find that misogynistic.  And don’t get me started about anal sex being the be-all and end-all of gay sex:  not only is it heteronormative BS, it also denigrates all the other forms of intimacy that couples can share.  It kind of smacks of Bill Clinton insisting he did not have sex with Monica Lewinsky since it was just a BJ, and therefore didn’t mean anything.  OK, rant over!

Cover art by Brooke Albrecht is sweetly generic.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press |   Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 53 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640803008
Edition Language English

Review Tour and Giveaway for George Loveland’s On The Third Kiss

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Length: 40,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
 
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Sebastian Bennett is really looking forward to his Christmas holiday with boyfriend Elliot Bolton in the Gran Canarian sun. The only thing left is for him to sing one last song at the pub as his Drag Queen alter-ego, Donna Tracey. After the wig, make-up and dress come off, he rushes home to pack, only to find he and his chihuahua, Buster, have been deserted by Elliot, who’s taken someone else to Gran Canaria. Devastated, Elliot turns to his friend and the pub’s manager, Javier Reyes-Martinez, who helps him pick up the pieces.

Javier seems determined to bring fun and laughter back into Sebastian’s life during this holiday season, and Sebastian is both grateful and enchanted. After a family Christmas and a word of advice from his great-uncle, Sebastian starts to look at Javier in a different light. Is Javier as fond of Sebastian as he appears, or is Sebastian being misled by his own need? If he’s reading the signs right—and if he’s ready to move on from his previous heartbreak—could he and Javier be much more than friends?

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George was about eighteen when he told his friend that he was going to be a writer. It took him another eighteen years before he finally did anything about it and wrote his first short story. A typical Englishman, he drinks buckets of tea with milk—but no sugar, because he is sweet enough. His Nan told him so.

George lives just outside of London, but close enough to enjoy Soho and the West End, where you will find him in a bar with a pint, in a club dancing into the early hours of the morning, or enjoying a musical in the theater; but more than likely he will be in a coffee shop reading a book or writing a new story. Currently single, but taking applications for future husband position, George enjoys crafting romantic stories in which he hopes that one day, life will imitate art.



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Release Blitz – Short Order (Foothills Pride #8) by Pat Henshaw (excerpt)

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Title: Short Order

Series: Foothills Pride #8

Author: Pat Henshaw

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Publication date: December 13, 2017

Price: $3.99

Format: eBook

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Cover Design: AngstyG

Length: 28,400 words/89 pages

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Blurb

When recent horticulture graduate Dr. Fenton Miller arrives in Stone Acres, California, he thinks his only concern is which job offer to accept after spending the holidays working at his cousin’s plant nursery. But after he rents a room from another shorter-than-average man, sous-chef John Barton, Fen falls in lust.

While he’s attracted to Fen, John’s got bigger concerns when two men from his past arrive in town and pressure him to return to San Francisco. Although John tries to stop Fen from getting involved, Fen realizes his lover is in trouble and is determined to protect him.

As the holidays get closer and Fen makes his own enemy, the joy of the season gets lost in the ill will around them. To ensure love triumphs, Fen and John must stand tall to show that short, dark, and handsome is a recipe for love.

 

Excerpt 

That night I stood freezing at Barton’s door, admiring Blue Cottage. The snow drifts piled on the lawn made the house look greeting-card perfect. I searched for a doorbell. Instead, a lion-headed knocker snarled at me. I grinned. Every house needed an intimidating guardian, right?

A man who looked about my age and height opened the door and slipped out, shutting it behind him. I was curious to see inside, but I got that the guy wanted his privacy. No problem.

“Hi. I’m Fen.”

He looked me over, then turned to the left along the shoveled porch. As he walked, he played with the keyring, bouncing a key in his hand. Did I make him nervous? If so, was that a good thing?

“This way.”

Okay. I took a breath and followed his pert ass and brisk steps as we rounded the porch to a steep staircase. From my brief glance at his face, he seemed okay. I was still slightly put off by his brusque manner. But hey, I reminded myself, I was renting from him, not fucking him.

In silence I followed him up to a small porch and a solid-looking back door, which he opened after only a little fumbling.

I was greeted by the stuffy, closed-up odor of a place long left undisturbed.

“You’d be my first renter. It’s furnished, but I can store anything you don’t want.” He made quick eye contact with me. The words erupted from him like I made him uncomfortable or something. Maybe it was my piercing and the tattoo, or maybe the hair color. I tried a smile, but he blushed and turned away, gesturing to the rooms.

Even though the air inside was chilly, I looked around and fell even more in love than I had when I’d first seen the house. The 1940s era furniture and knickknacks turned what could have been sterile rooms into my kind of home. I exhaled, letting the ambience settle in my soul as I wandered through a country kitchen, tiny dining room, sitting room, two bedrooms, and a classic bathroom, ending eventually at a circular tower room. I fell even deeper in love along the way as I touched the scratched kitchen table, a velveteen-covered parlor settee, a solid-looking four-poster bed, and the needlepoint-cushioned window seat in the tower.

If I were Barton, I’d charge thousands a month for this place. I prayed he wasn’t me and was relieved when my prayers were answered.

“You want to keep the furniture?” He still didn’t look at me as he bent over the kitchen table to fill out the rental agreement. Who needed him staring? I could live with letting his voice pour over me and seeing his kissable lips.

“I can’t imagine living here without all of it.” Or maybe even you, I thought, eyeing his pert butt wiggling at me as he wrote.

He stopped, stood, and eyed me for a few seconds before bending and going back to writing. I hadn’t said that about his butt out loud, had I?

As I was daydreaming about his ass and the scarred table, he stopped writing, looked over the form, and finally twisted it toward me. “Sign here, initial here, and date it. Then I need your rent for the month.”

I was signing before he changed his mind. The rent was ridiculously cheap. “No deposit?” There had to be a catch, right?

“No.”

I glanced up. He was gazing down at the table, or maybe at my hands. Or my groin? I signed as fast as I could and wrote a check to John Barton, the name on the rental agreement. So he had a first name, and we had a deal.

 

I drove back to my cousin’s house whistling. Within an hour, and with Beth and Kate’s help, I was moved in. Having only clothes and electronics made the move a one-trip job. Then I went food shopping for breakfast stuff and frozen dinners. We all celebrated by eating a late dinner outside town at a diner called the Rock Bottom Cafe. Renting a place with a wonderful kitchen hadn’t automatically taught me to cook.

Even with an enigma for a landlord, my life was perfect.

 

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Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, has spent her life surrounded by words:  Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

Pat was born and raised in Nebraska where she promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California.  Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.

Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion.  Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.

 

 

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In Our Hot New Contemporary Romance Spotlight is Fire and Ice (Carlisle Deputies #1) by Andrew Grey (giveaway)

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Title: Fire and Flint
Author: Andrew Grey
Series: Carlisle Deputies #1
Genre:  M/M
Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Dec 8 2017
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

 

Blurb/Synopsis:
Jordan Erichsohn suspects something is rotten about his boss, Judge Crawford. Unfortunately he has nowhere to turn and doubts anyone will believe his claims—least of all the handsome deputy, Pierre Ravelle, who has been assigned to protect the judge receiving the threatening letters. The judge has a long reach, and if he finds out Jordan’s turned on him, he might impede Jordan adopting his son, Jeremiah.
When Jordan can no longer stay silent, he gathers his courage and tells Pierre what he knows. To his surprise and relief, Pierre believes him, and Jordan finds an ally… and maybe more. Pierre vows to do what it takes to protect Jordan and Jeremiah and see justice done. He’s willing to fight for the man he’s growing to love and the family he’s starting to think of as his own. But Crawford is a powerful and dangerous enemy, and he’s not above ripping apart everything Jordan and Pierre are trying to build in order to save himself….
Will their fledgling romance dissipate like fog in the sun before it has a chance to burn bright?

A Melanie Release Day Review: (PreRelease Review) Kairos by Mary Calmes

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

 

Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.

Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for….

Kairos is the greek word for the moment when everything comes together, the right time, an opportunity to have the perfect whatever you are searching for in your life…which is what Mary Calmes’ new book is all about.

Joe Cade fled his family after coming out for a life as a PI in Chicago. However his main focus in life is his partner Kade Bosa, the man he loves in secret and his best friend.  He’s Kade’s support and his family.  Kade’s troubled past is never far away from them in Chicago and their present job is just another link to it.  That it turns into something that alters all their lives irrevocably is something they never could have imagined.

Kairos is another wonderful  convoluted romance from Mary Calmes.  Two smitten partners who don’t let on to each other just how much they love each other, a criminal element, and in this case a lovely young rent boy, Declan, who I hope will get his own book sometime in the near future.

This is pure Mary Calmes, from the characters to the situations.  I loved it and felt right at home from the banter between Joe and Kade to the angst that arrives mid story and the wonderful storylines to come (no spoilers here).  If you’re a Mary Calmes fan, you’ll feel right at home here.

The only thing that troubled me was the quick resolution to the criminal element.  I was sure it was going to play out a little further only to have it end without their needed involvement.  That was sort of a shame.  However the page count should have indicated there just wasn’t room for more.  How I wish this was a larger novel….

If you’re a Mary Calmes fan, then this romance is for you.  Even if you’re new to the author, you’ll enjoy this fast-paced romance, spiced up with a hint of danger, a young rent boy who I hopes gets his own story and two special men who get their own HEA.

Grab up Kairos by Mary Calmes and have a wonderful read.

Cover art by Reese Dante.  Love this cover, unusual and attractive, it caught my eye.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 154 pages
Expected publication: December 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640804975
Edition LanguageEnglish