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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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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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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