A Kai Advent Release Day Review: All Creatures Great and Small by Kasper Quill

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Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Growing up an orphan meant Charlie never celebrated Christmas. He’s committed to making sure his newly adopted cat, Max, doesn’t miss out like he did. Unfortunately, he discovers that giving Max the perfect Christmas might be easier said than done—and not without risk.

Charlie’s landlord, successful and wealthy real estate developer Aemon Scotfield, is charmed by the gorgeous redhead and his shameless alley cat. He finds himself compelled to help orchestrate a memorable celebration for Max—and Charlie—despite the mishaps that seem to just keep coming. As difficult as it will be to pull off the perfect holiday, the real challenge might be walking away when it’s over.

Guys, think of a super silly, but charming and adorable Christmas story. All Creatures Great and Small is just like that!

This book was my first holiday read in this season and I really enjoyed it! 

I don’t know why, but I do love all the Christmas stories. I’m such a sappy this time of year. Don’t judge! Lol

 The story started with Charlie in a motivational lecture where the speaker was trying to sell the slogan “small risks lead to great rewards”. Charlie couldn’t help but be intrigued by it since he never took any risk in his life. He was that type of person who did always the same thing every day. Then, on his way home, he had a little accident with a street cat and with the motivational slogan in mind he decided to adopt the little creature.

Charlie was such a sappy with the cat, Max, and that was so cute! He would buy presents for Max. Would take hundreds of pictures of the little animal and would proudly show around. It was adorable.

Since Charlie lived in a Condo, he needed to pay an animal deposit now that he was the owner of a little cat. When Charlie’s landlord, Aemon,  arrived to take the deposit, he was immediately charmed with how much Charlie wanted to make Christmas special for his new animal. Aemon decided then to help Charlie to make a really good Christmas for Max.

Of course, there was an attraction between Charlie and Aemon, but I won’t give you any spoiler. Don’t even ask!

What I can say is that I really liked the characters and their interaction, the subtle evolution in Charlie taking risks and the silliness of the novella.

 It’s a super short and adorable Christmas story. If you are looking for something like that, go there and read it. I hope you enjoy!

The cover by Paul Richmond is generic for the Christmas and doesn’t fit this story, but it shows a nice Christmas spirit.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner |  Amazon

Book Details:

Ebook: 34 pages
Publication: December 01st, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press.

A Kai Release Day Review: Runaway Rock Star (States of Love) by C.J. Anthony

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Rating: 3,75 stars out of 5

Just hours before Brandon Harris is supposed to head home to Cincinnati for a Labor Day family picnic, his boss at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame forces him into giving a private tour to bratty British pop-rock star Lucas Black. Before he knows it, he finds himself swept up on a whirlwind road trip through Ohio with Lucas.

Lucas was a celebrity since he was a teen, and his life was always controlled by his father and manager. He wanted a break. He needed it. So, when he met Brandon and found out the guy was heading to Cincinnati, he decided to hold of this opportunity to run away—even for a few precious days.

When Lucas asked Brandon to give him a lift to Cincinnati, Brandon didn’t suspect the guy was running away without anyone to know. So, of course, he was a little mad when he found out. He could lose his job for it, oh crap. But after Lucas explained how was his life and how he needed just a few days of freedom, Brandon agreed to take the pop-rock star with him. The fact Lucas was hot, it was just a bonus. So bad the guy was straight, right? Well, at least it was what the media had said.

I really enjoyed reading it. Ok, It was a little frustrating as well, but I’ll explain it in a second. Let’s talk about the good things first.

This book is part of States of Love series. In this series, each author selects one state and surround their story around that area. Ohio is where Runaway Rock Star’s story took place and I really liked to know more about this state: some of its sights and culture.
I also loved the writing. It was easy and fluid.
 
The characters were great, really great. How can you not love Lucas Black and his energy? He was like a kid in a candy shop since that was the first time he had a little freedom in years. And Brandon was a sweetheart for following Lucas and giving him something good and simple in his life for a few days. Loved them both. I connected with them. And I cheered for them to be together. I also felt empathy for Lucas and his story and was crossing my fingers for him to break free from his father.
 
There wasn’t insta-love or insta-lust and it just earn the book extra points with me. I liked how their friendship was developed and how the characters evolved. Their chats were so nice to read. I especially loved it when they had good conversations, discovering what each other liked and the things they had in common. 
 
The frustrating thing about this book was the length. It was too short and the story felt rushed in some parts, where it could be more elaborated. 
 
 
Also, the end was a little abrupt. I was like “What? Already finished? NOO! I want more!”. 
This book really needs a sequel.
 
Besides these negative points, It was a good story, light, sweet and low angst. I really liked to read it.
 
The cover art by Anna Sikorska is pretty and suits the book.
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Book Details:
 
ebook, 87 pages
Publication: May 10th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Séries: States of love
 
Main Characters
 
Lucas Black, Bradon Harris

A Kai Audiobook Review: Add Love and Mix by Sean Michael and Steve Balderson (Narrator)

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Jason and Scott were living a dream. They were together for six years and were crazy in love for each other.

They worked at the firefighter station, Jason as a firefighter and Scott as an EMT. They lived together and had the same schedules, allowing to see each other the max time possible, on and off work.

Everything was perfect. Until, on Christmas Eve, Jason’s ex-girlfriend, Elsa, showed up with a six-years-old girl, called Kerry. Elsa just claimed the girl was Jason’s daughter and walked away, leaving the kid with him and Scott.

Jason was shocked to find out he was a father to a beautiful and traumatized girl. And after knowing about her and seeing how terrified she was [blame Elsa for it. She was an awful mother] he promised to himself he wouldn’t let Kerry down. He would accept the responsibility and take care of her. And he would pray to Scott doesn’t run away from him.
Scott had no intention to run away, he loved Jason so much and assured he would be there for him, doing whatever was necessary.

Of course, it was not easy. They had big challenges and adjustment to do. They had to change they schedule to take care of Kerry and their time together and alone was reduced drastically. Things got hard on then, but they needed to be strong for Kerry and fight for not let their relationship broke apart.

I liked so much this audiobook. It’s was great male-male-with-kid’s story and I really recommend it.

I loved the development of the book and how the story was written. I was so connected with the narrative and the characters while listening to it, that just couldn’t stop until I finished.

Scott and Jason had problems and even though things get hard, I could feel their love for each other and how they fought for being together. Kerry had adjustments to do as well, after all, she came from a mother who treated her like crap to a father she didn’t know and was terrified of.

I loved the way the author developed the characters during the story and their evolution as an individual and also as part of a new family.

It was a fluid and light story, yet. It had a little bit angst, but it didn’t darken the book.

Steve Balderson did a great job with this narration. I loved how he featured the characters and brought life to each of them.

His interpretation may be one of the reasons I liked so much this book. He has a good voice and could differentiate each character with his intonation.

I specially loved the sweetness in Karry’s voice and Scott’s father thick voice.

The cover art by L.C. Chase is like an assembly with three different pictures. Each picture representing one of main character. It’s not a bad cover, but don’t represent the story the way it could. It would be better if it was an only picture with all the three character together as a family.

Sales Links

Audible | Dreamspinner Press

 

Audiobook Details:

Audible Audio, 1st edition, 206 pages
Published March 20th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press (first published December 26th 2016)
ASINB06XKPZV4Z
Edition Language English
Narrated by: Steve Balderson

Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins

Release Date: March 22, 2017(Audio Edition) by Dreamspinner Press

Main Characters

Jason Weller, Scott Bronson, Karrisa Weller