Monday, September 1, 2014
September Top Reads
Because WE ALL have a TBR as you can imagine some of these books are new some aren't. I have done friendly reviews for each books on Goodreads and Amazon *ALWAYS REVIEW A BOOK*
I will give you these books, their covers, blurbs, my review and where you can go to buy them... These are in no particular order:
1) Rescued by Felice Stevens
Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldn’t accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother's punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.
Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. When her marriage ultimatum pushes him to break things off, he's determined not to jump into the dating scene. But when a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he can’t forget the guy who shows up to help.
After Jason adopts one of the dogs, he and Ryder become fast friends—until one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. Soon, they can’t deny the passion between them but will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the flavor?
I had the great privileged of reading this as an ARC!This book was wonderful. Emotions were spot on with the writing and the plot was terrific. Felice has created a stunning world here filled with hurts and heals. Love and triumph. I totally recommend this book to anyone looking for a love story built on loyalty and love.
Two brothers desperate to just BE BROTHERS to simply love each other and fill in the blanks anyone with a broken family has felt.
Two men who connect in ways so few lovers do and LITERALLY build an impenetrable foundation for their future!!
2) Play Me, I'm Yours by Madison Parker
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
Fairy Tate. Twinklefingers. Lucy Liu. Will the taunting ever end? Lucas Tate suffers ridicule because of his appearance and sensitive nature. When he’s not teased, he’s ignored, and he doesn’t know which is worse. He feels unloved by everyone, but the one comfort in life is his music. What he wants more than anything is to find a friend.
Much to his dismay, both his mom and a schoolmate are determined to find him a boyfriend, despite the fact Lucas hasn’t come out to them. His mom chooses a football player who redefines the term “heartthrob,” while Trish pushes him toward the only openly gay boy at Providence High. But Lucas is harboring a crush on another boy, one who writes such romantic poetry to his girlfriend that hearing it melts Lucas into a puddle of goo. All three prospects seem so far out of his league. Lucas is sure he doesn’t stand a chance with any of them—until sharing his gift for music brings him the courage to let people into his heart.
This is easily one of the best books I've read all year! Excellent writing that flows so brilliantly you lose time. Lucas is written in a way the writer either did impeccable research or knows first hand what it's like to "feel" like you're different or don't belong. I grasped on to him through this entire story. Followed each painful moment, each beautiful reality and every quirky experience. I connected with him in a way I rarely do with literary characters. I will read anything Madison Parker writes without question! OUTSTANDING BOOK!
3) Head On by John Inman
At twenty-six, Gordon Stafford figures his days are numbered. At least he hopes they are. Wearied by guilt and regret stemming from a horrific automobile accident two years earlier in which a man was killed, Gordon wakes up every morning with thoughts of suicide. While the law puts Gordon to work atoning for his sins, personal redemption is far harder to come by.
Then Squirt—a simple homeless man with his own crosses to bear—saves Gordon from a terrible fate. Overnight, Gordon finds not only a new light to follow, and maybe even a purpose to his life, but also the possibility of love waiting at the end of the tunnel.
Gordon never imagined he’d discover a way to forgive himself, and in doing so, open his heart enough to gain acceptance and love—from the very person he hurt the most.
This book! WOW! Damn near broke my heart about 100 times. We often hear about love conquering all and a lot of us roll our eyes when we do. Then a book like this comes along and you start to wonder... does it? If Gordon and Squirt can make love out the ashes of their past, anyone can. John Inman once again writes a tale so very captivating it made me sad to end it. Beautiful story of loss, love and incredible strength.
4) The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye
Jake Manning’s smart mouth frequently gets him into trouble. Because of it, he can’t hold a job. Combined with some bad luck, it's prevented him from keeping steady employment. A huge debt looms over him, and alone he shoulders the care of his alcoholic mother and three younger sisters. When a housekeeping position opens, Jake’s so desperate he leaps at the opportunity. On landing, he finds his new boss, Patrick Stanford, a fussy, arrogant, rude… and blind man.
Born without sight, Patrick is used to being accommodated, but he’s met his match with Jake, who doesn’t take any of his crap and threatens to swap all the braille labels on his groceries and run off with his guide dog unless he behaves.
Jake gets a kick out of Patrick. Things are looking up: the girls are starting their own lives and his mum’s sobriety might stick this time. He’s sacrificed everything for his family; maybe it’s time for him to live his life and start a relationship with Patrick. When his mother needs him, guilt makes his choice between family and Patrick difficult, and Jake must realize he’s not alone anymore.
I love a book that when it ends I feel no other book will do! I am in book hangover mode. This is the second Renae Kaye book and she is EASILY a fast top favorite author. I am blown away by her and hope she never stops writing. Patrick is a rich blind man who has a heart bigger than most realize. Jake faces the world with eyes wide open and a selfless heart. What happens when these 2 meet is breathtaking! This is a MUST READ!
5) The River Leith by Leta Blake
Memory is everything.
After an injury in the ring, amateur boxer Leith Wenz wakes to discover his most recent memories are three years out of date. Unmoored and struggling to face his new reality, Leith must cope anew with painful revelations about his family. His brother is there to support him, but it’s the unfamiliar face of Zach, a man introduced as his best friend, that provides the calm he craves. Until Zach’s presence begins to stir up feelings Leith can’t explain.
For Zach, being forgotten by his lover is excruciating. He carefully hides the truth from Leith to protect them both from additional pain. His bottled-up turmoil finds release through vlogging, where he confesses his fears and grief to the faceless Internet. But after Leith begins to open up to him, Zach's choices may come back to haunt him.
Ultimately, Leith must ask his heart the questions memory can no longer answer.
I heard so many praises over The River Leith! I had it on my TBR list and was going to buy it when I WON IT! A signed copy from Leta Blake. I got it in the mail and devoured it! I couldn't put it down. It was heartbreaking and glorious! All I kept think as I read this was, Love is felt more than it's remembered. I don't know what I'd do if I was Leith or Zach! But they figured it out. One knowing and remembering the other going strictly on his gut and his heart. Beautiful book!
Be sure to check out the AMAZING books and PLEASE PLEASE remember to review :)