I Swear to You - Sloan Parker

Wonderful story about Mateo and Grady finding their way back to each other after years apart. Grady has some groveling to do for his actions years before but he is determined to make things right this time.

Mateo still loves Grady but he is not quite the same man Grady used to know. With patience and love Grady gets Mateo to feel safe enough to trust him with the truth of his life during their years apart. And that is where this otherwise very sweet story turns rather dark and intense. But since Grady and Teo are meant for each other, things obviously turn out the way they are supposed to.

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Kiss Your Scars - Avril Ashton

Deep breath. Collecting all my emotional strength. This is Avril Ashton people - I'm gonna need it, cause this will be painful. And, based on past experience, so very worth it.

Reading progress update: I've read 58%.

I Swear to You - Sloan Parker

Mateo gripped Grady’s hands through the shirt and stilled them. “We do this, and I want it all.”




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Damaged Goods  - Susan Mac Nicol

“Is he some sort of pervert looking to score with an eighteen-year-old?”

Tate Williams narrowed his eyes as he gave Jax the gimlet stare no doubt perfected from hours of interrogating actual bona fide suspects in horrific cases. Jax didn’t think it was suited to interrogating eighteen-year-olds about potential first-time dates.

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Training Season - Leta Blake, Michael Ferraiuolo

“Listen, if you’re going to be a bitch, then I’ll be a bitch too. I promise there will be blood in the streets.”



lol – I love Matty

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An Unlocked Mind  - Parker Williams, K.C. Wells

”I’m not gay,” Rob blurted out, determined to get that out right away.

Another casual shrug. “So? Do you want a medal?” Vic replied.

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An Unlocked Mind  - Parker Williams, K.C. Wells

It was bad enough that Alex had flaunted his life choices in front of his family, but when he’d left them high and dry, with barely a word? That was unforgivable. Not that Rob had any intention of forgiving Alex for what he’d done. Not when Alex had deserted him when Rob had needed him the most.



Because your behavior back then just screamed ‘I need you, please don’t leave’?

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Embers - Kate Sherwood

“Why’d you really come by here tonight?” Jericho asked, trying to keep his voice level.
Wade’s smile was a horrible mix of sweetness, regret, and ironic detachment. “I can have multiple motivations, Jay.”
The knock at the front door was the only thing that kept Jericho from punching the duplicitous bastard in the face.


Too bad. Time to stop being a f.... doormat!

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Mapping the Forest - Brandon Witt

”We are so going to the grocery store in the morning.”

“What’s wrong with the butter?”

“It’s I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” I tapped the words. “It announces the problem right there. Not. Butter. It’s a good thing I’ve already fallen for you, or I’m afraid I’d have to end things right now. That or push you off a mountain.”

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Mapping the Forest - Brandon Witt

She waved me off. “Nah, we’re fine. Luke’s all talk. He’s a bastard, but all smoke and no fire. Plus, I’m not his type. I’m not blonde, and I’m hardly a size eight.”

“I’m not so sure of that.” Worry already began to gnaw at me.

“No, trust me, Gabe. I’d know if I was a size eight. I’m not.”

Hiatus - L.A. Witt, Greg Boudreaux

There is a standard pattern to many of the books I read: guy meets guy, there is attraction, they get together, bad shit happens - this is the beginning of why I personally refer to as the 'pain phase' - obstacles are conquered, HEA. End of story.
Hiatus was different. The bad shit happened in chapter one! So this was basically a whole book of pain. Which made it tough to read. But it was also very well done - I really felt for these guys. And I felt their pain; there was so much love between them and so much desperation over not being able to fix things. I did have a problem with how long it took to start fixing things, though.

Therapy. Believe in it or not, but if you really want to save your marriage and feel you have tried everything else, you f... go to therapy/counselling. If not, I do not buy your willingness to really try when there is just one option left untried.

(show spoiler)

The ending was worth it, yet I am not sure I would have made it through so much hurt if it hadn't been for the excellent (as always!) narration by Greg Tremblay.

Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

Femme - Marshall Thornton, Joel Leslie

“Mom, you’re not exactly thrilled about this yourself.”
“I’ve had a very busy twenty-four hours. And I’ve come a long way. Last night I was on the same shift with Juan Hernandez. He’s a gay, and he explained a lot of things to me. He told me all about bears and otters and wolves and cubs and polar bears, and—oh my God you boys like your wild animals, don’t you?”

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Femme - Marshall Thornton, Joel Leslie

“You said your dad threw you out?”
“On my eighteenth birthday. He did at least wait until after cake and ice cream. I thought that was good of him.”
“So you don’t ever see him?”
“Once. At Walmart. He was standing in the automotive section. I don’t have a car, though, so I couldn’t see any reason to walk over there.”

Enemy Within - Tal Bauer

First of all, books two and three in this series are not standalone. They are one long adventure - or rather a long line of adventures leading our heroes towards the ultimate goal of saving the world, so my comments here go for both of them. Well, you do also have to read book one first, but there was a bit more of a pause after that one. Not so much after Enemy Of My Enemy.
This was mind-blowing fast-paced action - like a James Bond movie on steroids. At one point I was tempted to take a day off from work to not have to stop reading...
There were twists and turns on every other page, good guys who turned out to be bad, good guys I thought might be bad. And the stress of knowing there were bad guys around and not knowing who they were.
And when our heroes found a moment to breathe, there was romance. Beautiful and intense moments, playful and sweet moments. This wasn't just Ethan and Jack's story; we had other guys trying to find ways to be together in an unaccepting society. I do hope to get more about these guys in future books.

Reading progress update: I've read 35%.

Enemy Within - Tal Bauer

Starlight and firelight painted diamonds over Jack, carving brilliance over his cheekbones and curling around his smile. Flickers of flame danced up his skin, like the fires in Ethan’s heart, his soul, coming alive and caressing his lover. A river of stars stretched overhead, and the black ocean reflected their glimmer, an endless wash of sparkling perfection. The whole world seemed to revolve around this one point, this one island. Somewhere, far away, distant decisions placed the world’s fate on a deadly axis, but there, on the sand-strewn beach beneath the jewel-studded sky, Ethan saw only perfection.

Reading progress update: I've read 88%.

Enemy of My Enemy - Tal Bauer

There was no future to his love, but maybe Sergey would let him stay around. Wouldn’t throw him out. Would let him quietly serve from afar and keep his love buried, deep down out of sight. He would never ask for anything. Never hope for what he could never have.


Amazing – and painful – secondary character storylines in this series.

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