As You Are – Ethan Day

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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!
And now, go forth and buy the audiobook on audible here: As You Are (<-Click)

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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

Candy Man – Amy Lane

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CandyManAdam Macias was never a lucky person. His family is not the loving and caring kind, his last and only relationship could not have been really called such, but lately an especially dark cloud of bad luck seems to hang over him, wherever he goes. His car died, which made him miss class, which made him lose his VA grant and practically homeless. Only his relative Rico still believes in him. He offers Adam to housesit his apartment, if he takes care of his dog and old cat, as long as Rico is away for his internship. So Adam sells his poor excuse of a car and invests his money in a bus ticket to Sacramento, formulating a plan, to bring his life back on track: Find a paying job, get back in school and secure his future.
Arriving in Sacramento, things look up. He very fast finds a job at Candy Heaven a sweets shop owned by enigmatic and caring Darren. A strange Willy Wonka Type of man, who takes Adam under his wing. On his first day there Adam meets Finn. Finn decides Adam is worth getting to know and worms his way into Adams life so fast, it steals the mans breath away. But Finn is everything Adam isn’t. Bright, friendly, cheerful and full of optimism. The young man, seems like he never knew hurt. Adam feels so drawn to Finn, no, not true, he is falling head over heels, but Finn is exactly the kind of distraction he knows he can not afford. And also: Adam is not happy, he will only darken Finns radiance. So he has to let him go.

Candy Man is a sweet, short, Christmas-Romance with fantasy elements and Main Characters you just want to cuddle and make the world better for them. Especially Adams Story just pulls on your heartstrings. I read Candy Man while I was sick and only wanted to stay under warm blankets on my sofa and it was the perfect companion for a time like this. An easy Christmas Fairy Tale with a captivating story and fascinating Characters. I especially was curious about Darren and hope, that Amy Lany will write more books about Candy Heaven, so I can get to know him better. I feel like he has seen many things and a lot of magic up his sleeves.
I liked both Adam and Finn. You just want Adam to find happiness und give all persons that caused him pain a choice kick to where it hurts most. And with Finn you felt, there were more layers to him, than his bright and cheerful façade. He, was the kind of person, you want to have in your life and who gets all your protective hackles up, because you never want this light in him get dimmer or extinguished. As always, when a story offers me great characters I just want to get to know better, I was soon drawn into the book and the story is just vibrant. I nearly could taste all the heavenly candy on my tongue and see Adams amazing drawings before my inner eye. I kind of wished Candy Man was illustrated, even if imagining the pictures up by yourself is more fun.
If you look for a fairytale, full of Magic, lovable characters and Romance sweet as Candy, get Candy Man. It’s a treat for your readers heart, you won’t regret!

You can find the book at Dreamspinner Press here: Candy Man<-Click!

Or Amazon.de here: Candy Man<-Click!

Information via Dreamspinner Press:
ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-679-1
Pages: 136
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

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Tigers & Devils – Sean Kennedy

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TigersandDevilslgSimon Murray’s life revolves around football, his friends Fran and Roger, organizing the Triple F Film Festival, with his paranoid assistant Nyssa and his cat Maggie, but especially football, even if his favorite team is not one of the most triumphant ones of the Australian Football League. But excentric Simon is loyal to his team and cheers for it, whenever it is on the field. But that won’t keep him from defending a great player of another team, if he gets insulted for things, he is not at a fault for. So he speaks up in defense of injured Footballer Declan Tyler at a party. Simon did nothing wrong, still he wants the floor to open up, when he notices the man he defended is standing right behind him. Declan Tyler had a hard time this season. He got hurt and couldn’t play, the press is less than favorable to the injured player and he just can’t feel at home in Tasmania with his new team. So Simon Murrays defense is like a balm to his wounds and he wants to get to know him.
Seeking Simon out, ends in a fiery Make Out Session and Simon is caught up in a whirlwind of feelings and the complications of dating a closeted celibrity. But Simon is a pessimist and always paints everything bleaker than it is and Declan is a person, who always runs when he has to face conflict or problems. Also, both men are very tenacious. And then their relationship makes the news. Is their new love strong enough, to stay afloat in the waves the coming out of a sports star makes?

Tigers & Devils by Sean Kennedy is the love story of artsy, excentric Simon Murray and Australian Football Star Declan Tyler. Two men as different as sun and moon, who fall in love despite Simons cynism and not so polite ways and Declans busy life as a celibrity, who doesn’t want to leave the closet. They just click! But even so, there is more than one bump in the road and both have to learn, that you have to jump over your own shadow, for a relationship to work. Luckily for Simon, there are his friends Fran and Roger, who always tell him, what they think, even if Simon doesn’t always want to hear it.
This makes for some hilarious dialogues, but also for some wisdom everyone can apply to themselves. The importance of communication, to say what you need and want, that you can’t always hide behind your walls and expect other people to break them down, but sometimes have to build a door yourself and that you have to hear other people out, because your own conclusions may not be right.
I really liked how Sean Kennedy wrapped the lessons his characters had to learn in a humorous package, so that even if Simon had to live trough more than one emotional roller coaster ride, it never got too heavy or depressing for the reader. Simons way to phrase his thoughts and tell his story, kept me smiling most of the time (even if I wanted to yell at him or Declan more than once, for their mile wide stubborn streak). Only in some parts, you really felt the sadness and worry and there it fit. It never felt overdone, just right for the situation. What I also loved, was that the book was a story about friendship as much as about love. Fran, Roger, Nyssa and Declans friends never were denied room and it was shown, how important they are for the Main Characters and what big part they play in their lives. What I also liked about Sean Kennedys writing, that he stayed away from clichés, so I could like Fran and Nyssa and not just roll my eyes about them. They felt real. And Rogers and Simons way of communicating – yep, it definitely rang true. ;)
What Tigers & Devils is not, is an erotica. But the book doesn’t need the steamy sex scenes. It wouldn’t fit with Simons way of telling us Declans and his story. And even if you are denied a more NC-17 peak behind their bedroom door, you can feel the attraction between them and there is definitly some sexual tension between the lines. You just have to “listen” to Simon and how he talks about his and Declans evenings (or days).
I recommend Tigers & Devils if you look for a humorous book, with characters that ring true and who concentrates more on the growing of a relationship and true friendship, than passionate sex scenes.
I look forward to read the sequels and free shorts the author published.
More about Tigers & Devils and the author, you can find here: Sean Kennedy<-Click!

You can get the book via Dreamspinner Press here: Tigers & Devils<-Click!

or at Amazon.de here: Tigers & Devils<-Click!

Information via Dreamspinner Press:
ISBN-13: 978-1-61372-704-1
Pages: 376
Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Blame It on the Mistletoe – Eli Easton

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BlameItOnTheMistletoeAUDLg Mick is fed up with living in the dorms, surrounded by partying football players and cheerleaders, even if he was one of them, not so long ago himself. So he jumps on the chance to rent off-campus, to start a new life of studying earnestly, going out moderatly and keeping away from girls. Okay, that means looking for suitable, non-partying, male roommates to share the rent, but that can’t be too hard, can it? Enter Fielding Monroe, dorky genius who so needs someone to care for him, because his overbearing mother had sheltered him from the real world until now and he is with his head in the clouds more often then not. Even if Mick is unsure about renting out to Fielding at first, something in the younger man, so excited about life far from the shielding wing of his mother, appeals to the part of Mick who just likes to take care of people. From the first day of sharing house with Fielding the two become joined at the hip and soon Fielding Monroe is not just a geek with an unfortunate haircut and no sense of fashion and nutrition, but Micks best friend. Mick shows Fielding movies he never saw, takes him shopping, cooks him healthy meals and learns him how to keep fit. And like the ugly duckling Fielding becomes a handsome young man, who laughs and has fun in life. But then a girl from Micks past as footballer and ladies man, makes the statement that the cheerleading squad is of the opinon he is the “best kisser on campus”, and Fielding who has never been kissed, wants Mick to teach him this, too. Mick doesn’t want to, for more then one reason, but on the other hand, the girl who has set her eyes on his Fielding, is so not right for the job. But what if the kiss reveals his attraction for Fielding? Will their friendship withstand this? He just can’t not fuck this up and lose his best friend.

I already knew “Blame It on the Mistletoe” as sweet Christmas Romance. I read it, soon after it came out as e-book. But I was very curious about the audiobook, after it was recommended to me on facebook. And I was so, so not disapointed that I decided getting it, even if I read the book already. A major reason is the narrator Jason Frazier who is just incredible. I listen to many audiobooks and I can only say he set the bar very high for my next purchases. He doesn’t just lend his voice to the characters, for me he is Fielding and Mick now. He brought them to life trough my headphones. And the steamy scenes. Just wow. Hot, hotter than hot. I have a long list of books now, which I would love for him to record.
Also, “Blame It on the Mistletoe” is just such a lovely story. Fielding and Mick are characters you fall for hard and fast, because they are just so cute. Mick is so oblivous, but so sweet and caring and Fieling is … with Micks words: Just Fielding. I love how snarky he is and how excited about life. An excitement every one of us, needs sometimes. You can’t help it, but root for these two with all your heart. Eli Easton created a heartwarming story, which only flaw is, that it is too short. Not that it doesn’t work for the story, you love it just so much, that you don’t want it to end. She is one of those story tellers, who just weave their world around you and take you in. Who make you forget everything around you. I will certainly read more of this author soon!
And yes, you can totally listen to a Christmas Story in January. I will listen to it many more times, even in the heat of summer. Thank you Eli Easton for creating this lovable boys and thank you Jason Frazier for bringing them to life. (P.S. Fielding sounds so cute! <3).
So, I'm sure you now want to go and buy this audiobook. I got mine here: audible.de (Click!<-)

Or you can get it at Dreamspinner: Blame It on the Mistletoe (Click!<-)

Information via Dreamspinner Press:
Narrator: Jason Frazier
Length: 2 hours and 38 minutes

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