The Right Words – Lane Hayes

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right words Luke Preston desperately needs the interior decorating job his best friend Brandon got him. So when he finds himself not faced with “Jamie” after knocking on the old beach houses door he hoped to remodel, but instead with an angry soccer player, who just wants to send him on his not so merry way asap, he has to fight hard, to not drown in panic and desperation. This job was his hope, to move on into a brighter future, after escaping an abusive relationship with his former boss. But somehow he finds the right words and Michael Martinez hires him. The sports star as to live and recuperate from an injury in this old building, so he can at least be safe and comfortable while doing so, right?
Luke is so relieved and wants to do his very best, to make Michael happy with his decision and Michael soon shows his charming side, to the handsome, young designer. So in a short time Luke finds out, Michael is more than good looks and a way to learn to live again, but an affectionate, caring young man. But after a letter from Jamie these two have more on their hands, then they bargained for.

The Right Words by Lane Hayes is a story about a sad young man with an artists soul, who is attacked by panic attacks after escaping an abusive relationship. Luke has to find himself again, his self esteem and worth. A new job as interior decorator for Michael Martinez seems just what he needs, to find his footing again. In this book, Luke tells us his and Michaels story, on his way to healing.
What I liked about the novel, was how Michael draws Luke out of his shell, so the true Luke behind the anxiousness comes out more and more, during the pages. I liked how these two interacted with each other and how the author shows us the grey veil depression and panic attacks can pull over everything. Even in “fun” parts there was always something hiding between the lines of the book and just waiting for attack, and this is exactly how it feels to live with panic attacks. And this also is exactly why I felt the book moved too fast. Lukes issues can’t be healed by kisses and a sexy boyfriend. The fact that Luke has these problems, never really played into the plot and the relationship of the main characters. And especially concerning the fact what happens with Michael and how his career and his choices for it, will impact Lukes Psyche and his healing progress. For me, everything and seemed solved too fast and easy. As it is Luke, who tells us his story, I would have wished for a deeper look into his feelings and mind. But trough the whole book, I always felt like something was missing and like I never really got to know him. I never could really feel for him and Michael and the story at now point completely captured me. Also, I think the whole Jamie-Storyline never got really in the open. I would have liked to know more, what happened with him him and maybe see him once more, during the book. But here I never felt a real rise in suspense, I felt at no time, like I just couldn’t stop to read. “The Right Words” was still a cute Contemporary Romance, I don’t regret buying and reading. It is a well written story and if you look for an easy, romantic read with lovely poetry between the pages, maybe for your commute or a lazy weekend, this book is a perfect companion. But I just wished, the characters and their backround would have a gotten a few pages more.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-429-2
Pages: 204
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

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Meet Euro Pride Con Attendee: Monika De Giorgi #LGBT #Guestpost

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Euro PrideHi guys,

today we will introduce to you Monika De Giorgi. She is a German author living rather close to Munich and will bring out two English M/M novels soon. She is a well-known author in the genre in Germany and can now experience the fun and excitement of being introduced to a new readership with her Englisch releases. She also loves to read English M/M books and likes to listen to M/M Audiobooks and reviews those on her German Review Blog. If you want to join her and all the other amazing authors in Munich, you can find more info on the Euro Pride Con website and register HERE!

Among all commenters of this tour, we will randomly draw one winner for a $25 voucher to a book retailer of their choice :)

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Shying Away – Kate Sherwood

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Shy All Quinn wants is an easy one-night stand and sexy Aaron seems just the right guy for it. A bit shy, but seriously hot.
But the night goes not as expected. Aaron is a virgin and wants Quinn to be his first. Quinn refuses, because Aaron is a “nice kid”, the complete opposite of Quinns promiscuous self. He tells Aaron his first time, should be special, with someone who means something to the younger man and leaves. But Aaron cant forget Quinn. Then suddenly Quinn is standing in the office of his parents horse farm, applying for a job.

“Shying Away” by Kate Sherwood was a book I started and then couldn’t put away. I loved both Aarons and Quinns voices and soon became attached to these so different from each other men. Especially Quinn. With the way he treated Aaron, even if he seemed a bit harsh, you just knew, that there was more to him, then the mask of the “predator” on the prowl he wanted to don and show to others. Just like Aaron was more than the innocent, shy and beautiful boy he seemed. Both MCs had facettes to them, and I loved, how I could discover them while reading about their progress in getting to know each other and building up a tentative friendship. The way Aaron is with Quinn I often felt reminded of “The Little Prince” and his taming of the fox. While Aaron fell hard and fast, Quinn needs time to allow himself to care and trust and give in to his ever growing feelings for Aaron. But with a backstory like his it is no wonder.
“Shying Away” is very well written. The characters all have their own voices and a backround that makes them believable and real. So is Quinns family not all bad and Aarons family not completely perfect. There are always some shades in life and these shades and facettes can be found in every character in the book. This makes them personalites I as reader can relate to, not just gush over. Aaron and Quinn where both MCs that felt close and real, too mee. I look foward to read more about these two.
Still, the book is not a heavy and angsty read all the time. It has the right mix of humour and angst, with an not too predictable plot, to make it an enjoyable read, that keeps you hooked to the e-reader until the end and leaves you with a happy sigh and a bit of sadness, to have to bid this characters goodbye.

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ISBN-13: 978-1-61581-939-3
Pages: 240
Cover Artist: Catt Ford

How To Howl At The Moon – Eli Easton

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howl Tim just needs to find his footing again, after beeing screwed over by his former boss. He wants to grow vegetables and roses on the small plot of land he rented and start a little business. Sheriff Lance Beaufort is suspicious about the new face in town. The young man is nervous, secretive and surely up to no good. Rumours about drug crimes too close to Mad Creek for comfort, do the rest, to convince him, that he has to keep an eye on Tim, especially after a backround check shows the sheriff, that Tim was not really truthful about himself. He has to protect his pack, because see: Mad Creek is a town inhabited mainly by shifters and their families. Dog Shifters to be precise and Sheriff Beaufort is their leader.
Going “undercover” as stray Chance he finds a “new” happy home with Tim and yes, happy he is. Tim loves Chance and Chance aka Lance Beaufort discovers, that there is more to Tim then his first impression. Tim has secrets, yes, but he doesn’t seem a dangerous drug grower and dealer. The sad, young man touches his heart and he wants to help him. But how can he do that?
Lances meddling mother has some ideas of her own and so chaos ensues.


“How To Howl At The Moon”
by Eli Easton is the first book of a new series about the dog shifters of Mad Creek and I loved every second of it. I finished it in one go, after I found it on my Kindle Saturday Morning, thanks to having preordered the book. Especially Tim touched my heart immediatly, just like Sheriff Lances. He was so loving and caring with “Chance” – I just love a man who is great with dogs and I “awwwwwed” loudly while reading the scenes. The scenes with “Chance” where overall my favorites in the book. Lances shifter persona is adorable! I also very much enjoyed Eli Eastons take on shifters. She gives them a new spin, which makes everything more interesting. I like the idea of the “quickened” and “the spark”. I won’t go into details, to avoid spoilers, but if you like shifter stories, take a look at this book. It is written great and something new. I so look forward to read more about this shifter pack coming winter. I was excited to see, that my favorite side character will get his story.
“To Learn To Howl At The Moon” is a fresh, captivating and also funny read, with characters that take hold of you and won’t let you go until you finished the book. Especially Tim, with his sad past makes your heart ache for the cute boy and you just want to keep him close and take care of him. As mentioned before, I loved the scenes with “Chance” and they were a special bonus for me. I have two dogs as some of you may know, and these scenes really showed, that the author knows dogs and has herself a little pack at home. So they made me smile a lot. The romance in this book is sweet and adorable. I just wanted to coo at my Kindle. I was so happy for Tim!
So, if my blog had stars, I would give this book all of them plus glitterhearts because I just loved it!

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As You Are – Ethan Day

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Aya

Julian Hallowell is done pining over his roommate Danny. For a year, he dreamed Julian would see him as more as friend. Julian did everything to get noticed, but nothing worked. Danny just kept on with hooking up with the next twink and teasing Julian for his romantic ideas. So Julian decides, it’s time to move on. He needs to get out, date and find Mr. Right somewhere else. So when handsome Andy asks him out, Julian says yes, telling himself he’s totally over Danny. But he made this bet, without Danny.

“As You Are” by Ethan Day is a romantic Comedy, that will keep you hooked to your headphones. I started the book, because it was another one read by Jason Frazier, whose narration I absolutly adored in “Blame It on the Mistletoe” by Eli Easton. So I got this book, as soon as my credits with audible were renewed. And it was such a fun to listen to this book. Julians way of telling us about his life, dreams, family and friends is hilarious. Sometimes he comes across as a spoiled brat, I usually wouldn’t like very much, but he has a good heart and wants to do the right things, so you can’t help but root for him and care about him. There were some characters I never started to care for, on the other hand. I could never like his best friend Gabby. She is exactly the kind of woman, I would make an effort to not have to meet her in my daily life, (“Dinner Party? Sorry I have this family thing coming up!”) even if you feel how much she cares about Julian. And I hated Andy. I always saw him as kind of creepy and waited for him, to show a dark stalker side or something. Every time, he complimented Julian or wanted to meet up with him again I thought by myself: “Get lost, you creep! Julian, get the Pepper Spray and don’t let the dirty man touch you!”. On the other hand, I really liked Danny. He is a great friend to Julian and okay, he did something very stupid, but don’t we all sometimes? And maybe this is exactly why this story worked so well for me. Both MCs are flawed, but together they are perfect. You can see it, their friends and family can see it, maybe even Julian and Danny can see it, but they just need the shove in the right direction and the incentive to open their mouth and actually talk and not do … something else ;) with it. If they get to it, is the other question, isn’t it? And for me it was great, that not all characters where likeable. That I don’t liked all friends of the MC’s etc, because this is reality for you. You won’t like every person you meet, even if they are friends of your (best) friends. This happened to me more than once, actually.

What I totally loved about “As You Are” is that the story is not predictable. I was kept guessing until the end, how everything will work out and if there will be the “Happily Ever After” you wish for or the “Happy For Now” Julian might settle for, because … nope, not going to spoil you.
Ethan Day created something incredible here, because usually, if you buy a Romance Story, you are 99.99% sure, who the MC will end up with. Not so, in this book. I needed nearly as many cigarettes listening to this book, as Gabby and Julian smoke in it, because I was kept guessing and fumbling arround in the dark. This definitly isn’t the last story by this author, I will listen to or read.

Speaking of Cigarettes – Hello there, Jason Frazier! I felt like I needed one, after the naughty scenes, too. Girls and boys, I said it once, I say it again. He is an incredible narrator for audiobooks – ALL the parts. Not just what you think. He always gets the right pitch, for every scene, every dialogue. His reading is never flawed. He draws you in and keeps you in the book until the very end. Every character has his or her unmistakable voice. I look forward to hear more of him and you all, keep your ears out!
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Information via Audible.de:
Author: Ethan Day
Narrator: Jason Frazier
Length: 05 hrs 51 Min – unabridged
Published: 04.02.2015
Language: Englisch
Publisher: Wilde City Press, LLC

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