An Alisa Review: Say Cheese by Michael P. Thomas

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Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5

Grover “Shep” Shepherd is the only thing Felix Medrano loves more than being the current darling of Hollywood. He throws a star-studded surprise engagement party to declare their love to the world, and it’s a smash, save for one detail: Shep is a no-show. Felix knows Shep missed his flight home from New Orleans, but that was hours ago. What’s the hold up?

Shep’s still at the airport is what, watching flight after flight wing westward without him. Each time he sends Felix a progress report via text message, Felix replies with a romantic photo from their past, and Shep spends much of his airport odyssey Remembering When. It’s easy to see how these two fell in love, but can Shep possibly make it home in time to celebrate with Felix and their friends?

This was a cute story.  Shep is trying to get home but after missing his flight he hasn’t been able to get himself onto another one.  Felix has a surprise but it doesn’t account for much if Shep isn’t there.

I loved seeing Shep’s memories of when he and Felix began their relationship and a small stumbling block but they are stronger now than ever.  You can see that even though Shep doesn’t know what Felix is up to he is disappointed to not be getting home.  Felix’s surprise in the end tied up the story nicely.  This was so short that there wasn’t much of a chance to really get to know the characters but I enjoyed it anyways.

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is an adorable picture of Shep and Felix together.

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Book Details:

ebook, 37 pages

Published: February 3, 2018 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634865494

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: I Brake for Christmas by Michael P. Thomas

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Unassuming music major Brent Callahan has the crush of a lifetime on frat boy George Cortner. When the opportunity to offer George a ride home for the holidays crops up, Brent has to dig deep for the nerve to seize it. He’d been planning on hanging around campus for Christmas, but George doesn’t need to know that.

They’re on the road before Brent’s even sure he’ll be able to keep his hands to himself with George in such close quarters. Not that George has asked him to …

This was such a cute story; both George and Brent are adorable.  Brent jumps at the chance to spend time alone with George, even if it means driving all day.  They get to know a little about each other as the day goes on but don’t push for anything more.

I loved how they both completely changed their plans just to spend time with each other and not find out until after the fact.  I liked how they were flexible and hope for the chance to get to know each other more during the Christmas break.  Overall I just really enjoyed this story and it’s a typical fell good Christmas story.

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is great and absolutely perfect for this story.

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Book Details:
ebook, 58 pages
Published: December 2, 2017 by JMS Books
ISBN: 9781634865227
Edition Language: English

An Alisa Recent Release Review: Dude Mama by Michael P. Thomas

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

When button-down biracial lawmaker Cassidy Uematsu meets hardscrabble fry cook Buford “Jax” Jackson, it’s lust at first sight. They’re only too happy to jump into the sack, and when Jax loses his condom mid-getting-to-know-you, Cassidy urges him forward, damn the consequences. What’s the worst that can happen?

 

After a couple weeks of morning sickness and a few months gaining weight, Cassidy learns an unfathomable secret about the men in his family that he’s pretty sure he was happier not knowing. Jax is a fan of Cassidy’s rapidly rounding belly, and of the sexy “Dude Mama” roleplay it inspires.

 

But the night he feels a kick inside Cassidy’s growing belly, Jax hightails it, certain at least one of them has lost his damn mind. A pregnant dude? That’s impossible. As the ninth month since the condom mishap approaches, Cassidy sure hopes he’s right.

 

I enjoyed this story.  Cassidy loves having Jax around and once he learns the truth about his heritage hopes that he will be able to have him stick around.  Jax loves seeing his boyfriend grow and role playing but it’s just too much for him when he realizes it isn’t just role play.

 

Cassidy couldn’t explain how he was gaining weight and then having a voracious appetite but it helped to have his boyfriend around to cook whatever he wanted.  I couldn’t understand how Cassidy’s family never told him about the possibility of him getting pregnant let alone that his brother was the one to give birth to his nephews not his wife; that just didn’t quite sit well with me.  I loved when Jax comes back after having some time to accept the truth and how much he wanted to help Cassidy and be there for them.

 

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is a great picture of the characters together.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 43 pages

Published: July 22, 2017 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634864114

Edition Language: English

A VVivacious Review: You Had Me at Hero by Michael P. Thomas

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
 
Mark Potts fell from a balcony while drunk that resulted in him being paralysed from the waist down, but he never gave up. Now twelve years later he works as a 911 operator, and is raising two wonderful kids with the love of his life, Starr Bradford who is a police officer.
 
When a string of words that should have never left Mark’s mouth creates a misunderstanding between Mark and Starr, it leaves Mark off kilter and wishing for a do-over. But when a 911 call results in Starr’s day taking a turn for the worse, will these two get that chance at repairing this rift in their relationship?
 
I liked the story quite a bit even though I’m uncertain how the author pulled it off. There are a million things in this story which could have separately taken entire books to resolve but the author manages to prioritise on what issues to get in the limelight to make this story into a success.
 
This is a gay couple who come from two different ethnicities with one of them being physically-challenged, who have an age gap of seventeen years and are raising two young children to be responsible adults and both of them work highly stressful jobs. I mean the challenges these two faced in their relationship alone could have provided fodder for a series of books and at the beginning of the book I really wondered if the author had maybe picked up one too many differences to go with our main couple but by the end of the book I think it worked. It sure made for an interesting read.
 
This is an established couple romance and that trope is a particular favourite of mine and this one didn’t disappoint. Also this trope was perfect for this story because it gave us the understanding that a lot of the issues Mark and Starr faced had probably been resolved in their six plus years of being together.
 
We get glimpses into the lives of Mark and Starr and how life is like for them and how they deal with it. Also I loved to see the issues that bothered them as parents and how they worked them out. Personally I really loved Mark and Starr as a couple and even the little rift at the end that creates the misunderstanding or difference of opinions seemed in character and I liked how they dealt with it given the circumstances.
 
All in all this book makes for a nice read which leaves you with a smile on your face, even if it does leave you wondering how these two managed to work around so many cons in their relationship.
 
Cover Art by Written Ink Designs. I liked the cover.
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Book Details:
ebook, 85 pages
Published February 18th 2017 by JMS Books
ISBN139781634863117
Edition LanguageEnglish