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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Review: The Fifteenth Minute

The Fifteenth Minute The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen! Lianne and DJ are both navigating school with threats and stress looming over them. Their attraction and relationship is so honest and equal on both sides it is refreshing to see a couple that is not playing games. They both keep some secrets from the other, but they are divulged at appropriate times and do not create unnecessary drama. The last full novel of the Ivy Years series was perfection. Now I need to reread Rookie Move to see if there are references to Lianne and DJ in Leo's book.

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Review: Follow Me Under

Follow Me Under Follow Me Under by Helen Hardt
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Review: Roommate

Roommate Roommate by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ahhmazing!! Sarina Bowen may be the queen of M/M romance. Everything about this book was absolute perfection. Kieran Shipley is a quiet and self contained man. He has learned to hide all his truths and is more of an observer than active participant in his life. But that is about to change. He wants to explore what makes him happy and that starts with moving out of his parents house. He is the quintessential grumpy stoic farmer. He is only starting to admit to himself that he might be attracted to men, when a familiar face from his past returns to Coalbery.

Roderick is on the run from a failed relationship and looking to start over. He returns to his hometown, because it is as good a place as any. He is out and proud and after spending 3 years in a relationship where he had to hide because his partner was still in the closet he is tired of secrets.

Roderick and Kieran are unlikely friends, but it is clear from the start that they are both aware of the other. As their friendship develops, their natural banter and attraction shines through. Interestingly I was surprised that when drama or too much emotion was felt the person who would panic and shut down was never who I would expect.

Narrated by Stephen Dexter and Teddy Hamilton, the performances by these two were nothing short of perfection. Stephen Dexter's broody Vermont cowboy could growl in my ear all day. Teddy Hamilton, the more experienced M/M narrator playing a character who has been out of the closet for a while felt natural and there was a confidence in his voice that played well to the character.

Roomate is a complete stand alone. If you have read other True North books you will see some familiar characters, but you don't need to have read the rest to enjoy this story. This book also seems to set up some of the new World of True North books, Moo U, The Busy Bee and Vino and Veritas were all mentioned in the story.

I wish I had more stars to give this book. It was such an amazing listen and all fans of Sarina Bowen will love it, M/M fans will love it, I just can't say enough good things.

I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily give my review.

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Review: Stolen Hearts

Stolen Hearts Stolen Hearts by M. O'Keefe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story had me on edge from the first chapter. I was hooked and read the whole think in one sitting. Poppy does what she must to protect the sister she loves. This puts her in a tragic and impossible situation and a violent marriage. After meeting a sexy strangers in the shadows at her engagement party, she resigns herself to her fate. But 2 years later when her circumstances change she is a caged and beaten bird who's cage door is wide open for the first time. She needs to remember how to be herself, and survive in a world where everyone has their own agenda and you don't know who to trust. What do you do when the one person you want to trust tells you not to trust anyone? This story is mysterious and full of secrets, lust and violent and dark desires. Poppy is caught up in the Constantine and Moreli world, with no idea how the game is played. Will her shadow man Ronan save her or be her doom?

I loved this story and recommend it to all my mafia, dark romance lovers. I was a little frustrated when I realized it is the first book in a series (Book 1 in the Hearts trilogy) I really need to pay attention more, but sometimes going in blind is more fun. Molly O'Keefe is a new to me author, but she brought another wonderful story to this world and I think fans of other books in the Midnight Dynasty world will love this new addition.

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