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Reading progress update: I've read 24%.

Throwing Stones  - Avery Cockburn

“You’ve all lost the plot.” Luca jammed his coffee into the cup holder and put the MPV into reverse. “We’ll go to this tournament and curl the best we can, and we’ll forget about Team Boyd until it’s time to meet them on the ice.”
“Okay,” Ross said. “Except we’re on a boat with them to Ailsa Craig in an hour.”

Reading progress update: I've read 7%.

Throwing Stones  - Avery Cockburn

Under the rustle of plastic he heard Luca murmur, “Nova Scotia.”
“Sorry?”
Luca pointed to the emblem on the bag beside Oliver’s chair. “It means ‘New Scotland,’ aye?”
“Aye. I mean, yeah.” Oliver sucked his lollipop and kicked his tired brain into banter mode. “New and improved.”
Luca gasped. “Ooh, sassy. I thought Canadians were meant to be nice.”
“And I thought Glaswegians were meant to be obnoxious. Oh, wait.”

Chase in Shadow - Amy Lane, Sean Crisden

I finished this two days ago and I am still surprised at how I am left with such a positive overall impression considering how much I loathed Chase and his actions throughout most of it.

Based on what is already in the blurb, it’s hardly spoilerish to mention that Chase spends most of this book cheating on his girlfriend. And for some reason the mere fact that there was cheating didn’t bother me as much as it generally does. No idea how Amy Lane managed that?!

What does bother me in general, and in Chase’s case in particular, is the idea of a closeted gay man stringing an unsuspecting girlfriend along for years. And we don’t even get any justification from her being a bitch or a bad person in any way. On the contrary, Chase constantly goes on about how she is the sweetest, kindest person ever who deserves so much better. And yet, even though he himself is miserable, even though Tommy loves him and wants to be with him and even though Mercy deserves better, it does not occur to him even once that there is a very simply solution to making things better for everyone.

Apparently Chases many hangups and his inability to break up with his girlfriend are all rooted in various issues locked inside his brain and dating all the way back to his childhood. This is all really well done but as much as I believe that childhood trauma can affect a person throughout the rest of their lives, I still did not buy it as an explanation let alone an excuse for how Chase treated the people who love him.

So why is it that I still think Chase is a nice guy and I still loved this book? One of life’s mysteries, I guess. And Sean Crisden, of course. Let’s not forget him – totally awesome job on the narration.

Kiss Your Scars - Avril Ashton

This book is undeniably Avril Ashton; her men love with an intensity I rarely get to experience. It's raw, brutal and beautiful. And no one can make criminals likeable like she can ;-)

Kiss Your Scars does have references to some really nasty shit in Renzo's past, but it still didn't quite pack the emotional punch I've gotten from most of her other books. It's still a great read and I cannot wait to get to know Renzo's friends in the next series.

Reading progress update: I've read 39%.

Chase in Shadow - Amy Lane, Sean Crisden

The things I put up with to have Sean Crisden in my ears.....
I don't think I have ever come across a worse POS main character in any book. So far ZERO redeeming qualities!

Reading progress update: I've read 13%.

Kiss Your Scars - Avril Ashton

He dropped his gaze to Renzo’s fingers wrapped around his wrist and as he watched, Renzo’s thumb stroked him.
Back and forth over the inside of his wrist.
Every slide broke something inside him.

Reading progress update: I've read 13%.

Kiss Your Scars - Avril Ashton

"Will you call me Daddy, Low?"

 

 

Daddy kink?

 

Reading progress update: I've read 98%.

Training Season - Leta Blake, Michael Ferraiuolo

Elliot smiled and lowered his lashes flirtatiously. "Quite. Rob, darling, I think I have a little on my face too. Can you get it?"
Matty rolled his eyes. "Give up on the threesome idea."
"Really, Matty, there are mothers and children in the room." Donna threw up her hands.
"And brothers," Joey added.
"Dads too," Randy said gruffly from the head of the table.
 
lol - Matty has the most amazing family :)

Reading progress update: I've read 95%.

Training Season - Leta Blake, Michael Ferraiuolo

"Do you have any idea how it hurts to watch you give your entire self to something that isn't me, and then watch that thing kick you in the nuts? It doesn't even hold you afterward and tell you that you did a good job. It just hurts you and then hurts you some more."

 

 

Rob finally letting it all out in the all-important talk - I'm a mess....

Reading progress update: I've read 4%.

Kiss Your Scars - Avril Ashton

Struggling to breathe, as his stomach clenched and his pulse raced. He’d known this would happen. He’d been wanting Low’s warmth, haunted by his cologne for three years. He just hadn’t anticipated the force of his presence, his stare, his words.
His anger, too.

Reading progress update: I've read 89%.

Training Season - Leta Blake, Michael Ferraiuolo

"Are you sick? Is it your hip? Or your knee? Is something not healing right?" He gasped. "Did you get tested and you're positive?"
Matty ripped his hands out of Elliot's grasp.
"That's not even funny."
"I'm not trying to be funny, bitch, I'm trying to figure out why you're broken. Shoes, Matty. There are shiny shoes right in front of you but they aren't on your feet!"

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.

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

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.”

 

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 21%.

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.

Reading progress update: I've read 48%.

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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