A Stella Review: Copper Creek (Sawyer’s Ferry #3) by Cate Ashwood

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RATING 5 out of 5 stars

Frankie:
My life sucks.
After spending a year jobless and on the edge of becoming homeless, I’d officially reached a level of desperation that, even if I wasn’t completely broke, retail therapy couldn’t fix.
While Sawyer’s Ferry, Alaska, is the last place on earth I’d ever want to visit, when my best friend, Holden, begs me to fly out and plan his wedding, I can’t say no. What I didn’t expect was to stumble into the administrative chaos at Copper Creek Brewing—or its too-hot-to-be-legal owner.
Clearly the man needs my help, and I’m willing to go above and beyond.
Way beyond.

Barrett:
I am screwed.
Six months after my assistant up and quit, I’m not any closer to finding a replacement, and things at the brewery are starting to fall apart.
And then in walks Frankie. He’s not the typical guy you’d find in these parts, and he brings with him a world of confusion. Because as much as I need his help, I can’t seem to keep my eyes—or hands—off him.
He’s supposed to be getting my life in order, but instead there’s a chance he could turn everything upside down.

Cate Ashwood delivered another great book, I have to say I couldn’t wait for Frankie story, I knew it would have been awesome as he is. I was a big fan of him, he is a fabolous friend, a character always positive, open and ready to help, even when he is deep in problems and he can’t see some light shining in his future. Sometimes we really just need to wait and be brave and all the good can happen, in love and work, as it happens to Frankie.

I fell so easily into Barrett and Frankie lives. It was so clear from the beginning how much they were into each other. Although Barrett has never been attracted to a man in the past, although Frankie is in Sawyer’s Ferry only for planning his best friend’s wedding, still something important is beginning and it will change them. One thing I appreciate a lot about Barrett was how easily he accepted his love with another man, sure there were some initial doubts, but at end he easily saw how deep were this feeling for Frankie and tried to fix their relationship.

As everything Cate writes, Copper Creek was a lovely story, I liked everything about it, I was able to meet Holden and Gage again and see how happy they were, still the ending was the better part, so sweet and romantic, it was simple to fall in love with these men all over again.

I feel to recommend the whole Sawyer’s Ferry series, it’s very well done and you won’t be disappointed.

The cover art by Cate Ashwood is clean and simple, it follows the style of the other covers in the series, I like it.

Sales Link:  Amazon

BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 213 pages

Published March 25th 2019

ASIN B07PZF68J4

Edition Language English

Sawyer’s Ferry Series

Alaska

Laguna

Bishop Ridge

Whisky Christmas 2.5

Copper Creek

A Stella Review: When It’s Time (Go Your Own Way #3) by Zane Riley

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RATING 5 out of 5 stars

In the New Adult series that began with Go Your Own Way, Will Osbourne and Lennox McAvoy must now face the challenges of a long distance relationship that will determine their future. Despite the fulfillment of his childhood dream, Will is suffocating in too-loud, too-dirty, too-busy New York City. Lennox, who has always relied on Will for guidance, is thriving in Boston without him. As Lennox embraces his promising new life and rediscovers old family, Will searches for a future of his own that won’t tear them apart.

When It’s Time is the third installment in the Go Your Own Way series by Zane Riley and it follows the relationship between Lennox and Will, the two of them will start college in a few weeks, Lennox will move to Boston and Will to New York. While Will thought and planned his future years ago, Lennox has never even thought college was a possibility for him and now everything seems unreal and confusing. The only anchor in his life is Will and the love they share.

I read the previous books in this series and I already knew how good the author is, so it wasn’t a surprise how much I loved this new release. I was waiting to learn more about these two young men and what life will have in store for them. I was curious to see if they were going to make it once college started. Most of all how they would make it. And just here the author surprised me, I wasn’t expecting the development I read.

As always the writing was superb, the reading flew easily and I was so caught into the MCs lives together and apart, I couldn’t put my Kindle down for a minute. I followed them to their struggles with new places to discover, new friends to meet, new dreams to fulfill (or not). The reason why the whole series is a huge success to me is how real the MCs story is, I found a connection with them since the first time I read about their lives, I felt their emotions clearly, I saw them hurting and be happy. I empathize with Will and Lennox for different reason but both of them took my heart.

I want to recommend the Go Your Own Way series, When It’s Time can’t be read as a standalone but give the series a chance, I’m sure it will be a beautiful journey for you too.

The cover art by Colleen M. Good is beautiful, it follows the style of the previous books and I really like it.

SALE LINKS:  AMAZON   |   INTERLUDE PRESS 

BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition 257 pages

Published January 18th 2018 by Interlude Press

ASIN B0776MXR4K

Edition Language English

Series Go Your Own Way #3

A Stella Review: How To Save A Life (Howl at the Moon #4) by Eli Easton

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Howl At The Moon by Eli Easton is one of my favourite series in the mm world . And it gets better with every new installment the author releases.
It’s really unavoidable to fall in love with each new character introduced and add to this, meeting all the “old” characters you loved in the previous books, that’s what makes the series a winner to me.
In How To Save A Life I learned to love Rev and the cute Sammy, two very different souls. Rev comes from money but walked away from his successful life in the family business when he realised how dirty his father’s affairs were. And then he starts a new life as the owner of a dog refugee in Arizona, until he meets first Milo and his friends (in book #3) and later a scared chocolate Labrador in a kennel. And piece by piece he understands he is missing something important. So he tracks down the dog and finds himself in the mysterious Mad Creek, the same town Milo lives in. And here he will see the same scared eyes of the cute Labrador in the hot Sammy. . From that moment Rev life will change again and it will collide with new people, a new unexpected love for someone who is new to human life and the desire to help a whole community.
It was a joy to read How To Save a Life, an engaging and well written story, full of love for dogs. There wasn’t a little detail I didn’t like. Highly recommended but I suggest to read the series in order to better enjoy the lovely world Eli Easton has created.
Cover art by Reese Dante is adorable and matches that of the rest of the series.
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book Details:
ebook, 238 pages
Published August 28th 2017 by Eli Easton
Original TitleHow To Save A Life
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series Howl at the Moon #4

A Stella Release Day Review: The Hike by John Inman

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RATING 4,25 out of 5 stars

Ashley James and Tucker Lee have been friends for years. They are city boys but long for life on the open trail. During a three-hundred-mile hike from the Southern California desert to the mountains around Big Bear Lake, they make some pretty amazing discoveries.

One of those discoveries is love. A love that has been bubbling below the surface for a very long time.

But love isn’t all they find. They also stumble upon a war—a war being waged by Mother Nature and fought tooth and claw around an epidemic of microbes and fury.

With every creature in sight turning against them, can they survive this battle and still hold on to each other? Or will the most horrifying virus known to man lay waste to more than just wildlife this time?

Will it destroy Ash and Tucker too?

The Hike is one more proof ( one I didn’t need to know) how talented John Inman is. With this new release he made a hit again. The book is a succession of emotions, I was enthusiastic as soon as I saw the author had a new book coming soon, I was curious as soon as I read the blurb. Then I fell in love with Ash and Tuck in a bit, and it was inevitable. Later I was intrigued because I wasn’t understanding what was going on and John was amazing at keeping the suspense on high levels, I was scared and yes the tension was at eating me. At some point I admit I wanted to kill him because he wrote about something I’m not going to mention, but it’s something he should have avoided and I won’t forgive him (that’s also the only reason I didn’t give the story the full five stars). And at the end the feeling of satisfaction I got from the reading was deserved, to the characters since they went through so much, and to me too, because let’s be honest, I suffered with them.

And to me here stands the winning element of The Hike, how much I was able to connect with the characters, to feel them and their minds, to empathize with their hurting. Both Ash and Tuck were loveable, sweet and cute how I like my MCs, caring and brave. They are best friends first of all and even if now, ten years later their first meeting in high school, they are ready to admit their feelings for each others, they are determined to put the friendship on the first place. But the love is too strong and the hike they began will bring them to be fiercely sure of their future together.

I want to recommend The Hike because it is a great reading, the author writing is perfect and the mystery part is the ice on the cake, a little more that the author likes to add in his stories, like he did in the latest Love Wanted. I am definitely going to put John Inman among my favorite authors.

The cover art by Maria Fanning is very well done, and so fitting in the colors, the font, and looking at it now that I finished the book, I like it more cause I can truly see The Hike in it.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

BOOK DETAILS

ebook, 206 pages

Publication Date: September 4th 2017

ISBN13 9781635335361

Edition Language English

A Stella Review: Spun! (The Shamwell Tales #4) by J.L. Merrow

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RATING 5 out of 5 stars

With friends like these . . .

An ill-advised encounter at the office party leaves David Greenlake jobless and homeless in one heady weekend. But he quickly begs work from his ex-boss and takes a room in Shamwell with easygoing postman Rory Deamer. David doesn’t mean to flirt with the recently divorced Rory—just like he doesn’t consciously decide to breathe. After all, Rory’s far too nice for him. And far too straight.

Rory finds his new lodger surprisingly fun to be with, and what’s more, David is a hit with Rory’s troubled children. But while Rory’s world may have turned upside down in the last few years, there’s one thing he’s sure of: he’s straight as a die. So he can’t be falling for David . . . can he?

Their friends and family think they know all the answers, and David’s office party hookup has his own plans for romance. Rory and David need to make up their minds and take a stand for what they really want—or their love could be over before it’s even begun.

Another amazing book from JL Merrow! I can always count on this author writing, I have to say it was some time I didn’t open one of her books, so it took me awhile to get into her humor and British words, but when I did, it was a so lovely pleasure to read Spun! and I found myself again in the beautiful village of Shamwell.

In this new installment in the Tales of Shamwell series it was finally time for David to have his HEA, remember when we met him  in Out!? David is still the same, still flamboyant, still flirting with everyone. But he is in need of a new job and a place to live. Thanks to his friend Mark, he will find both of them, the first in helping Mark with his new business, the second in Rory.

Rory is a friend of Mark, he’s straight, divorced with two children and in need of some cash. Here comes the idea of renting a room, but he isn’t ready for the tornado David is. And for the feelings they will develop for each other till they will create a family.

As always the author created great characters, I’m a sucker for stories with children in them, the ones well done, and here the relationship between Rory and his children was real and believable, as the way David was able to create a connection with the two little pests, especially with the quiet Leo. I loved how they fell almost easily into each other lives and became the family all of them were looking for.

Spun! was so cute and well done it was impossible to not like all its characters, most of all because it has all the elements I often look for in a story: slow burn, divorced MC, age gap, children. Mix all these with the British humor and JL Merrow writing, what more could I request?

Highly recommended.

The cover art by Natasha Snow follows the style of the series’ covers, I like it.

Sales Links:  Riptide Publishing | Amazon

BOOK DETAILS

ebook, 316 pages

Published July 3rd 2017 by Riptide Publishing

ISBN 1626495882 (ISBN13: 9781626495883)

Edition Language English

Series The Shamwell Tales #4

A Stella Review: The Garden (Lavender Shores #2) by Rosalind Abel

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RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful Gilbert Bryant designs jewelry for the rich and famous, and he made his escape from his gossipy little hometown of Lavender Shores. However, with so many friends and family, he keeps getting pulled back. When he attends his best friend’s engagement party, Gilbert can’t help but sample one of the new men in town. It’s just some innocent—or not so innocent—fun. Nothing that will even cross his mind once he gets back to his everyday life. 

Walden Thompson dreamed about living in Lavender Shores since he visited as a child. He finally gets his chance, and he embraces the opportunity to start over, to become someone new. He leaves both hurts and dangerous habits in the past, where they belong. When Gilbert crosses his path, Walden gives in to his baser instincts. He can indulge in the carnal pleasures this once and still be okay. 

Their few hours together haunt Gilbert, the two-hundred-mile buffer from home no longer shutting out the past or the sexy man he left behind. Walden is just beginning to recover from the smoldering encounter with Gilbert when they are thrust together once more. This time, neither of them can walk away, no matter how hard they try. But when their pasts crash into each other as surely as the magnetism that pulls them together, walking away may be the only option.

The second book in the Lavender Shores series was even better than the first one, maybe because it was hotter, maybe because the main characters were a little more damaged, exactly how I want my MCs to be. Maybe simply because the author is amazing at creating new people to love with excellent writing.

Gilbert and Walden are so made for each other it’s almost disgusting (in a good way!), the first with his “no commitment attitude”, the second with a huge heart broken to mend. The moment they met  a magic happened, although they were both stupid enough to wait for who knows what and time passed till they decided to finally act on their feelings and be stupid together. And it wasn’t easy to me to wait for them, I was cheering on them but they took their times and I couldn’t stand it anymore. Finally they were together and their love was so sweet. Their stories caught my interest from the start, both of them had complex lives and it was beautiful to see them getting the deserved happy ever after.

The Garden can be read as a standalone book but I suggest you to read the series in order to better appreciate its couples and I am really dying to get the next installment in the series, which will be about Donovan Carlisle.

The cover art is beautiful and perfect for the story.

Sales Link:  Amazon

BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 246 pages

Publication Date: July 25th 2017 by Wings of Ink Publications, LLC

ASIN B072KT4PTD

Edition Language English

Series Lavander Shores #2

A Stella Release Day Review: Until You (At First Sight #3) by T.J. Klune

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RATING 5 out of 5 stars

until-you-by-tj-kluneSequel to The Queen & the Homo Jock King

Together with their families and friends

Paul Auster

and

Vincent Taylor

request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage.

Until You by TJ Klune is the HEA all the fans of Vince and Paul deserved. Maybe we fans deserved it more than the MCs for all the shit we had to read in the previous books (Just joking!).

I can always count on TJ and his writing, I can’t explain how much I laughed reading this new release, how many times I rolled my eyes at Paul and Sandy, how much I wanted to be part of that crazy family of blood related and not people.

This new installment was exactly what I was expecting, crazy and funny and stupid, just perfect and always over the top. It’s what I want from the At First Sight series.  I was so happy to have the chance to revisit these favorite persons of mine, not just Paul and Vince, but all the other characters too, I saw a little more of the homo jock king heart and I fell in love again with Corey. I so hope TJ will give me more.

I enjoyed and deeply loved each chapter, each full of not just laughs, but full of what truly conquered me, the positiveness and the emotions, had the book not been so funny, I surely would have cried as a baby, because the love was not only in the air, the love was everywhere and the characters’ hearts were full of it. It warmed my soul and left me with a smile on my face.

I don’t want to spoil the story telling little details, but I want to highly recommend the whole series and if you are missing just Until You, run to buy it right now and read it soon. It’s a winner.

The cover art by Reese Dante is awesome, I like this artist style a lot and this is no exception, especially for the cake topping, too cute.

Sales Links

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BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 162 pages

Published February 27th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

ASIN B01NB1N45J

Edition Language English

Series At First Sight #3