A MelanieM Release Day Review: Where There’s A Will Deanes (Get Out #4) by Sean Kennedy

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Get Out: Book Four

Micah Johnson is coming back to Melbourne, and the story of him and his friends is coming to an end.

 

Or will it be a new beginning?

 

Will Deanes and Micah Johnson have a past, one that ranges from bitter enemies to best friends. There might be an undercurrent of something else, but Micah remains oblivious, and all Will can do is try to move on.

 

Except now Micah’s returning to Melbourne full-time, and that means they can’t avoid each other or the tensions that arise. Will is still dealing with an injury that ended his football career, while Micah’s continues to thrive. As they face highs, lows, and family tragedies, they’ll have to get to know each other all over again. Will Micah see that Will means much more to him than a friend?

I started following and falling in love with the Get Out kids when I first met them in Sean Kennedy’s connected Tigers and Devils series.   It was there that Dec (and Simon) saw the need for LGBT youth in sports to have a place and organization to guide and support them. Micah, Emma, and Will were the original three kids looking for guidance (well, not Micah, he always had so much growing to do), but Emma and Will, along with others needing strength and support from Dec and Simon as role models as a out LGBT couple and successful in their life choices.

I’ve followed them through their own stories in the Get Out series and now we come to Where There’s A Will Deanes (Get Out #4) by Sean Kennedy, a story by all indications feels like the author is wrapping up the series and sending this wonderful trio off to college and the paths they have chosen next after graduation.  It’s fitting that it’s Will who’s story puts a period to this section of their lives and also marks a major milestone in his life that will include Micah too.

Will was supposed to have had a promising career similar in trajectory to the one that is propelling Micah.  But a tragic bus accident changed all that costing him any athletic participation for forever.  Of the three, Will has been left by the sidelines to watch Micah and Emma soar as stars in their sports, and go onto romances and move forward while he faced rehab and a new life without a sport he loved, including the person he never told how he felt.

Now we get a maturing Will, one who has found himself through his work at Get Out as an assistant there, taking courses on the side to further understand the nuances of the business, proud of the work he’s accomplishing while still working through some of the issues left over from his abusive upbringing.  Like all of the characters here, Will is complex, open, vulnerable, and  confused as to what to do about his feelings for Micah, especially now that he has returned to the area.

Told from Will’s pov, it’s a beautiful rendering of this age group by Sean Kennedy.  We see Will (and through his eyes Micah, Emma, and other youth) fluctuate between seeming so young and then standing tall and adult.  Between acting like fast friends and kids, then so much older with all the weight they can barely handle on their shoulders.  Its done through dialog, actions, and scenes so emotional they grab you by the heart and refuse to let you go.

While this is Will’s and through Will, Micah’s story and their relationship, it is also Emma’s too.  She will get her going off here along with her best friends.  In fact all the other characters you would expect to see from Tigers and Devils will be making appearances to send this trio off.  Not that I don’t expect all three to make showings in Tigers and Devils should that series continue, a fact I’m not sure of either.

But for the Get Out group? Where There’s A Will Deanes (Get Out #4) by Sean Kennedy is beautifully written, with all the characters we have come to know and love showing great emotional growth and finding love as they start new journeys.   It’s about hope, love, and going forward as the best person you can be.  What a story! What a series!  I loved every sentence of it and them.

I highly recommend this story and this series.  They should be read in the order they were written in order to understand the timeline, the characters and the growth they undergo.  Truly amazing.

Cover Art: Catt Ford.  Simple, elegant, and eye catching.  Love it.

Sales Links:  Harmony Ink Press | Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Expected publication: April 16th 2019 by Harmony Ink Press
ASINB07NRNVPS5
Series Get Out :

The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson

Micah Johnson Goes West

The Obstruction of Emma Goldsworthy

Where There’s a Will Deanes

A MelanieM Review: Forever & Ever: A Collection of Stories (Faith, Love & Devotion #7) by Tere Michaels

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

A Faith, Love, & Devotion Anthology

What happens after the story ends?

Join Matt, Evan, Jim, Griffin, and their friends and families for a glimpse of what happens after happily ever after. Between growing up and growing pains, weddings and retirement, changing careers and changing diapers, life is never boring. Changes, decisions, tears, and joy await as the years march on.

For most readers, we have favorites series we can name at the  drop of a hat.  Characters so beloved, so familiar that they have become a part of us over time, our affection and love growing with each story that rolled out, our connection deepening as we fell into their lives, riding out their romance rollercoasters and some very heavy drama.  And also for all the highs and rewarding moments that kept carrying all of us forward through the series and their relationship(s).

And with all series, there must come an end.  Not that we want to admit it.  But reasonably for every start, a finale must follow.

And for many reasons, that’s the one bit I always approach with apprehension and trepidation.  Series can get off on shaky steps but soon they are off and running, having found their foundation.  And they just get better and better in every way.  Faith, Love, and Devotion was great from the start.  Tere Michaels had characters that were messy, stubborn, closeted, hounded by demons, one had a deceased wife, kids that came with their own issues, police departments and cases that followed them with ghastly consequences, and so much more.  Complex doesn’t even begin to describe these men and their dynamics.

Nor how deeply I and so many others fell in love with them and their painful, often labyrinthine road to a relationship and HEA.  I’m surprised it was only seven books to be honest.

The author wrote skillfully of how mired down any current decision making is in the past histories, how choices for the future are often decided by others and elements flying under the radar.  In other words, these novels were real, believable, sometimes painful and frustrating to read when the characters behaved all too authentically. We could all shake our heads as Evan overthought something yet again, and we wondered how Matt was going to handle it. Don’t get me started on Jim and Griffin’s rocky path.  That had me glued to my Kindle through many a night. Oh, Jim and Griffin, who teetered precariously on becoming my favorites here. We lived with these people…over and over again We  watched the children grow up, the relationships change and mature as they do…and I started to wonder about the end of the series.

Luckily, Michaels decided to give all her readers a love letter. Forever & Ever: A Collection of Stories (Faith, Love & Devotion #7) by Tere Michaels is exactly that.  A collection of short stories that flow one to the other a year of several after that last book.  It shows the natural progression in the lives of these characters.  Mostly hilarious, some warmhearted and loving, it continues to tighten the bonds between all the people you’ve grown to over over all six novels and pulls it together in one last story to gladden your heart.

It’s a series finale you will be happy with.  Not something I have said every time.  No I can go back and read this one again and again as I do many of the books here and be delighted.  I think all lovers of this series and these couples will be too.

So yes I’m highly recommended this collection and this series.  New to Faith, Love, and Devotion?  I’ve listed the entire series for you below. Read them in the order they were written, What a wonderful journey awaits you!  It’s one I intend on taking again and again.

 

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published December 25th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
ASINB07L7HLQWY
Edition Language English
Series Faith, Love & Devotion (add to your Goodreads here) :

Faith & Fidelity

Love & Loyalty (the start of Jim Shea and Griffin Drake)

Duty & Devotion

Cherish

Cherish & Blessed

Truth & Tenderness

Forever & Ever: A Collection of Stories

A MelanieM Review: Dawn and Dusk (Day and Knight #3) by Dirk Greyson

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

For Scorpion agents Day and Knight, their relationship is slow to develop, and trust is hard to build. Then Day’s brother, Stephen, goes missing, and Day finds out more about him than he ever dreamed. Day’s first reaction to Stephen’s disappearance is to try to get to him as fast as possible.

Knight initially holds him back so they can attempt to find out what they’re walking into. But when Knight sees Day’s desperation, he steps in to help and tries to calm the man he’s growing to care about, even though the trail is cold and clues are scarce.

When Day witnesses his brother being shot live on television, he loses the last of his control. Despite the lack of answers, Day is more determined than ever to find out what happened. Stephen was all the family he had left.

Bone-deep fear and adversity threaten to tear Day and Knight apart, but facing unimaginable hardship together might finally cement the bond between them.

I have to say that Dawn and Dusk (Day and Knight #3) by Dirk Greyson is my favorite and best story of the series so far.  Tightly told, high on suspense and mystery, it still never forgets that the readers wants agents Dayton (Day) Ingram and Knighton (Knight) to deepen their personal relationship, letting that aspect shine here.

Family is a big thread in this series and with these men.  For Knight, its the wife and boy he lost, their memories and guilt he battles with, and the killer he hunts and who eludes him.  It’s also the biggest obstacle between himself and a relationship with Day.  For Day, a family also represents both his biggest wounds and closest ties, just like Knight in some ways.  The loss of his parents and tightknit family unit, the foster homes, and then being claimed by his older brother and being raised by him, his only relative and family.

If Day has an Achilles Heel, its his brother Stephen and that’s exactly where Day takes an emotional hit when his brother goes missing.  A normally “together” Dayton becomes unraveled when nothing adds up about his brother’s disappearance, the facts he “knows” about his brother, and then the shocking newscast of a man looking like his brother being assassinated on the air.

This is a rollercoaster ride of emotions, action, drama, and high suspense and I just adored it.  I normally catch up on the series with a audiobook and missed out on the superb narration of Andrew McFerin so I’ll wait for that when this comes out in that version but reading it still made my heart race in places.

Stephen has been a figure on the circle around Day in the last two books so it’s great to get him fleshed out here.  Its also necessary as he’s been so much a part of Day’s history and emotional backstory that Stephen is another puzzle piece that is  now nicely slotted into place ini Dayton’s character makeup.  There are other terrific characters here, including Knight’s ex-Marine friend, Colt Holsten, He was a great addition and I could easily see a book or series written about him.

There were vivid descriptions of the desert, intricate plot twists and turns, and some delightful movement forwards in Day and Knights relationship, enough to leave this reader totally satisfied.

All in all, I loved this story and can’t wait to see what the next story brings. How they deal with their new relationship and revelations in the desert. Oh my!  This series just keep getting better and better.  And yes, I want to hear the audiobook version too.

Cover art: L.C. Chase.  Great cover, that works for the story, characters and series.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 178 pages
Published May 6th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634772792 (ISBN13: 9781634772792)
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series Day and Knight :

Day and Knight

Sun and Shadow

Dawn and Dusk

A MelanieM Review: Goal Line (Harrisburg Railers #6) by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

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Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

 

Fear and sadness mark Bryan’s life, can Gatlin show him that you have to trust before you can love?

Gatlin Pearce is creeping up on thirty-eight and is still single. It’s not that he wants to be alone, it’s just that he’s too damn old to be in clubs filled with glittery gay boys who can’t even tell him who the Rolling Stones are.

Better to just spend his evenings at Hard Score Ink – his tattoo and artwork shop – creating masterpieces on human flesh, listening to the Railers games, and nursing a cold beer.

His solitary life is about to end when Bryan Delaney, the new Railers backup goalie, shows up at his shop looking for new artwork for his helmet. There’s some sort of sad story in those beautiful eyes of Bryan’s, and Gatlin finds himself more than a little infatuated with the tender new goalie.

Bryan Delaney leaves home at fifteen to live with a billet family. He just wishes that he could have escaped his alcoholic father and strictly devout mother earlier. Drafted to the Arizona Raptors he finds a new family, and his first love affair even if that relationship is marked with violence.

Being traded to the Railers is a shock to the system but the team isn’t like any other he’s ever played on and they truly seem to care about him. It’s only when he meets artist Gatlin, with their shared love of music and hockey, that he realizes how much help he needs to escape the past.

When RJ Scott and  VL Locey want to shatter your heart with their broken men, abused pasts, and often seemingly impossible jouney to love and HEA they aim for the goal line because you often feel like you’ve been through the wringer emotionally once the novel is over.

I’m here to tell you with Goal Line (Harrisburg Railers #6) the authors have done it once again.  They’ve scored and Goal Line is a clear winner in every way.  From the characters to the plot lines and so shocking elements found within to the intro into the next story, this novel will often leave you stunned, unable or unwilling to move forward.

Goal Line, of course, focus’ on the new backup goalie for the Harrisburg Railer’s,Bryan Delaney.  Gotten in a trade, Bryan played for an arch rival.  His ties to that old team are hard one to relinquish as someone there plays on Bryan’s deep feelings of inadequacy, lack of self worth, and painful past.  It contributes to his inability to believe that the Railers could ever really like or want him as a teammate.  Talk about a poor broken man!  Bryan only comes alive on the ice.

Of course, its Stan, my  wonderful Russian crazy Stan who starts Bryan on his path to a family with the Railers and something more when he introduces him to Gatlin Pearce, the team’s tattoo artist, to talk about helmet designs.

I’m not going to go into anything more.  Honestly, you just can’t.  There is far too much here and it’s too easy to wade into spoiler town.

There is no easy road for Bryan and Gatlin. Nor should there be.  These are realistic characters with many issues between them that have to be worked out before a healthy relationship can occur.  That you feel that it happens is a tribute to the writing skills and narrative flow of this remarkable story and its authors.

There’s also so much heartbreak I didn’t expect and that looks to be a part of a continuing new arc as the series continues. Unexpected, shocking, and as I said heartbreaking.  Fix it ladies, please.  I will, of course, be with you every step of the way cheering the Railers on because this series just keeps getting better and better.  It doesn’t seem to matter who they bring on, the changing dynamics, or any new elements introduced,  the men  and the authors step up, move forward and it simply gets more amazing.

And yes, I absolutely recommend it. And this story but not out of order.  Pick them up and read them in the order they were written.

Cpver art: Meredith Russell.  I love that cover, its them in a nutshell.

Sales Links:  Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Love Lane Books (first published August 6th 2018)
ISBN139781785641299
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesHarrisburg Railers #6

Series:

Book #1 – Changing Lines – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – First Season – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 – Deep Edge – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #4 – Poke Check – Amazon UK | Amazon UK
Book #5 – Last Defense – Amazon US | Amazon UK