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A lovely slow burn new beginnings ranch romance

cover171531-mediumLucky Break by A.M. Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really like the setting of AM Arthur’s Clean Slate Ranch series, the found families and friendships between the men and women involved are joyous to behold.

The series has been mostly a hit for me and this fourth book is no exception to the rule.

However, I also found both of the characters frustrating at times and I simply couldn’t understand why Robin had such a sticking point over telling people how his husband had died.

I mean, I totally got the trauma of his husband’s death, the guilt over thinking it was his fault, but when a similar situation arises with the person you’re trying to build a new relationship with, not talking about it just felt utterly alien to me.

Anyways, that aside, both men had issues with communication which skirted on becoming too much for me to enjoy the read but AM kept things tightly controlled without too much internal monologuing or introspection which mean this was a really good slow burn romance in the end.

I liked how they took their time to get to know each other, there’s an eight-year age gap which, while small, was actually pretty huge in terms of life experience. Shawn’s past (which he also refused to talk about!) played a big part in the time Robin took to move things beyond just kissing and heavy petting.

This really made the book shine for me, the care between both of them, even as their lack of communication (on the previously mentioned two specific issues only) – the rest of the time it was beautifully expressed dialogue about their fears and hopes – frustrated me.

There are great guest appearances from all the previous couples in this series, and Miles and Reyes remain my favourite of them all, and a few hints are dropped as to where things might go next and I’m excited to find out more about Levi, Hugh and the rest.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Audiobook Review Tour: Burn by Morgan Brice & narrated by Kale Williams

Burn | Morgan Brice

Witchbane #1.5

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Publisher: Tantor Audio

Narrator: Kale Williams

Release Date: April 16, 2019

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 3 hours and 2 minutes

It is the sequel to Witchbane, although it can be read alone

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Blurb

Seth and Evan are in love, and on the run, trying to stop a cycle of ritual murders. Is their bond strong enough to stop the killers and survive to make a future together?

One hundred years ago, a sheriff’s posse killed dark warlock Rhyfel Gremory, but his witch-disciples escaped, and their magic made them nearly immortal. To keep their power, each year one of the witch-disciples kills a descendant of one of the men in the posse, a 12-year cycle that has cost dozens of lives, including that of Seth Tanner’s brother, Jesse.

Seth uncovers a cycle of ritual murders that feed the witch-disciples’ power, and he saves Evan Malone, one of the warlock’s potential victims. Neither Seth nor Evan expected to fall in love, but when the dust settles, they find themselves on the run and on the road together, heading toward Pittsburgh, on the trail of the next killer.

Seth wonders whether Evan will come to regret his choice to stay together, now that he’s living the reality of Seth’s nomadic life and the risks that come with it. He wants Evan to stay, but he’s afraid that Evan would be better off without him, living a normal life. Evan’s whole world has been upended, but there’s one thing he’s sure of, his love for Seth.

Evan worries that he’s a liability, not yet able to hold his own in Seth’s rough-and-tumble world, but determined to do whatever necessary to have Seth’s back. On the way to face the next warlock, supernatural threats abound, forcing them to learn to fight as a team.

About the Author

Morgan Brice is the romance pen name of bestselling author Gail Z. Martin. Morgan writes urban fantasy male/male paranormal romance, with plenty of action, adventure and supernatural thrills to go with the happily ever after. Gail writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy, and together with co-author hubby Larry N. Martin, steampunk and comedic horror, all of which have less romance, more explosions. Characters from her Gail books make frequent appearances in secondary roles in her Morgan books, and vice versa.

On the rare occasions Morgan isn’t writing, she’s either reading, cooking, or spoiling two very pampered dogs.

Other books include Witchbane, Dark Rivers, Badlands, Lucky Town, The Rising, Treasure Trail. Watch for more in these series, plus new series coming soon!

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This is a wonderful exploration of just what makes people connect

Blue Umbrella SkyBlue Umbrella Sky by Rick R. Reed

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read a book written by Rick R. Reed, I never feel like I’m reading a story, he always transports me into a snippet of the lives of two – on the surface – ordinary men who together manage to find the right glue to hold them together.

In this one he gives us two vastly different men, different ages, different life experiences, different expectations and then he slowly, oh so slowly, brings them together into a glorious, but so very realistic, future.

There’s no real central plot to Blue Umbrella Sky, it’s more about accepting change, accepting you eventually will move on after loss, though the hurt will always remain, it’s about accepting your flaws and your frailties and learning how to live your best life with them.

It also has possibly one of the best representations of an alcoholic living in sobriety and the steps needed to remain in that state without it being overly dramatic, overly angsty or depressing.

I loved the characters of both Billy and Milt and even though this is low steam, all fade to black or off page, it didn’t annoy me as much as that often does because this story wasn’t about the passion of a sexual relationship, it was about finding a new place to call home.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review

Out March 19th, get your pre-order at Dreamspinner Press here: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/blue-umbrella-sky-by-rick-r-reed-10315-b

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