Thursday, October 30, 2014
November Top Reads
As I've said before these books I read have published at all different times. Sometimes recent sometimes a year ago, maybe 2 or 3. Never know.
After serious consideration, here are my November Top Reads for you to snuggle with this month.
Weatherboy by Theo Fenraven
After fifteen-year-old Tuck finds a Maya artifact while on vacation in Guatemala, his whole life changes. To his surprise, he discovers he can make it rain and snow. A local weatherman happens to be around when Tuck creates a waterspout near his home in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and the next thing he knows, someone from the Department of Homeland Security is picking him up at school and taking him to their offices in Orlando. From there, things only get weirder and more dangerous when he’s escorted to Washington, D.C.
With help from friends and family, Tuck tries to outwit government agents while staying one step ahead of the mysterious Rafe Castillo, the man assigned to ride herd on him. Tuck has an amazing opportunity to reverse the effects of climate change… but only if he stays alive long enough to do it.
If you love YA you will love this book. If you don't like YA, read this book because you'll love it. Imagine having the power to change the weather. Imagine that power could change the world. Now imagine what would happen if the world knew you had it? Yeah... Intense. Tuck is power personified in this book. But as Voltaire said, with great power comes great responsibility. My heart broke for Tuck in this story. I always try to relate to characters while I read. It enhances the experience. He's a kid. 15-16 but to me, that's a kid. The weight of the world is on his shoulders. He's "newly" out and he's crumbling. I wanted to put him in my pocket.
The story itself is brilliant. Climate change is a HUGE problem. An issue we see in the news constantly. I've heard people say, "I wish I had the power to fix it all." It's about balance. To fix one thing, something must break. Theo does an outstanding job showing the balance. He does it in the most gripping and intense way. I really became consumed with this story. Tuck is a symbol in this book.
YA or not this book needs to be read by everyone. Spot on editing, creative, entertaining, and brilliant!
Pick it up today!
The Last Thing He Needs by J.H. Knight
Tommy O’Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen years old, he's managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy and the last thing he needs is romance complicating his life further.
Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn't belong in Tommy’s harsh world, but Tommy can’t push him out. As their unlikely friendship turns into a tentative relationship, they weather the daily storm of Tommy’s life with a lot of laughs and more than a few arguments.
Tommy isn't used to trusting outsiders, and he's never asked for help in his life. But when a tragedy strikes the O'Shea family and threatens everything he's fought for, he'll have to learn to do both to recover from the brutal hit.
This was such an awesome book! Emotional, gritty and filled with hope. In the worst of times there is always something or someone that keeps you holding on and that is the message I got from this book.Bobby and Tommy were perfect for each other right from the beginning and I LOVED watching them grow through this book! Great read!
The Slave by Kate Aaron
At twenty-seven, Tamelik has been a slave more than half his life, having witnessed his family being murdered in front of him when he was just a child. Naturally submissive, although with a petulant streak, he can’t help but fall in love with the master who treats him kindly.
Tam's dreams come true when his mistress walks out, leaving her husband behind. For six glorious months, he and his master get to be together. Then Tam is ordered to purchase another slave.
He wants to hate Kai for being unruly and ungrateful. For being of the same race as the men who murdered his family. For being his eventual replacement in their master’s bed. But it’s hard to hate a man who cries himself to sleep, flinches at the slightest touch, and blushes beautifully when he’s kissed.
Seducing Kai has suddenly become more challenge than chore, and with his master’s encouragement, Tam finds himself falling for his new companion. Except... nobody can be in love with two people at once, can they?
Kate Aaron, without a doubt, has outdone herself! The Slave is a captivating tale about a slave named Tam. A slave who has had his world turned upside down and inside out and yet finds hope and love in the life he's been given. I fell in love with this character from the beginning. As Kai and Master enter the story, the ensemble grew not just in numbers but in fabulous substance. Each bringing so much to this already fascinating story. The Slave (Book One of Free Men) starts off this series with a bar leveled so high you are eager EAGER to see where Kate will take the rest of this tale. If there's one series you should fall into IT'S THIS ONE! It will blow your mind, have your heart pounding, and every fiber of your being vibrating. I loved every second of this amazing story! Every second!
Work In Progress by John Inman
Dumped by his lover, Harlie Rose ducks for cover in the Belladonna Arms, a seedy apartment building perched high on a hill in downtown San Diego. What he doesn't know is that the Belladonna Arms has a reputation for romance—and Harlie is about to become its next victim.
Finding a job at a deli up the street, Harlie meets Milan, a gorgeous but cranky baker. Unaware that Milan is suffering the effects of a broken heart just as Harlie is, the two men circle around each other, manning the barricades, both unwilling to open themselves up to love yet again.
But even the most stubborn heart can be conquered.
With his new friends to back him up—Sylvia, on the verge of her final surgery to become a woman, Arthur, the aging drag queen who is about to discover a romance of his own, and Stanley and Roger, the handsome young couple in 5C who lead by example, Harlie soon learns that at the Belladonna Arms, love is always just around the corner waiting to pounce. Whether you want it to or not.
But tragedy also drops in now and then.
LOVE LOVE LOVE! It's no secret that I'm a John Inman fan. I love when I read a book of his and fall in love and find out THERE'S A SEQUEL! Serenading Stanley is book one and I loved that one and this one is even better in my honest opinion! I was giddy to walk back into the Bella Donna Arms and see those familiar faces. Love Pollen is in the air after all and you just fall deep when it comes to this book! Great read!
Double Full by Kindle Alexander
Up and coming football hero, Colton Michaels, makes a Hail Mary pass one night in the college locker room that results in the hottest, sexiest five days of his young life. However, interference after the play has him hiding his past and burying his future in the bottom of a bottle. While Colt seems to have it all, looks can be deceiving, especially when you’re trapped so far in a closet that you can’t see your way out. When ten years of living his expected fast-lane lifestyle lands him engaged to his manipulative Russian supermodel girlfriend, he decides it’s time to call a new play.
Jace Montgomery single-handily built the largest all-star cheerleading gym in the world, driven by a need to forget a life-altering encounter with a handsome quarterback a decade ago. His reputation as an excellent coach, hard-nosed business man, and savvy entrepreneur earned him respect in the sometimes catty world of competitive cheerleading. When Jace learns of his ex-lover’s plans to marry, his heart executes a barrel roll and his carefully-placed resolve tumbles down without a mat to absorb the shock. Can his island escape help him to finally let go of the past and move his life forward?
I have a lot of love for this story! My heart broke a million times over for Colt and Jace. Kindle wrote a beautiful, heartfelt, soul crushing story. If there's ever a story that you want the answer to, "Can love withstand the test of time." THIS is your answer. Jace won me over immediately. It takes courage to be out at the time he was and it takes even more strength to love someone who can't be. Colt and Jace's story is hot but it's also realistic and beautiful! Great read.
Training Season by Leta Blake
Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before. Now the pressure’s on. He needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don't come cheap, and Matty can't afford to stay in the game no matter how badly he wants to win.
When a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana, Matty does his best to maintain his training regimen. Local residents turn out to be surprisingly tolerant of his flamboyant style, especially handsome young rancher Rob Lovely, who proves to be much more than a cowboy stereotype. Just as Matty requires a firm hand to perform his best on the ice, Rob shows him how strong he can be when he relinquishes control in the bedroom. With new-found self-assurance, he drives himself harder to go straight to the top.
But competition has a timetable, and to achieve his Olympic dream, Matty will have to join his new coach in New York City, leaving Rob behind. Now he must face the ultimate test. Has he truly learned how to win—on and off the ice—during his training season?
I was so emotional reading this book! I cried like a baby! Rob and Matty love in a way that leaves you breathless and they struggle fiercely to be together. As I read this I said, "There are no two people who could love harder than these two do." Leta Blake write a tale so grand my heart broke and mended and shattered and was sore by the end. She tested my resolve in the most amazing way! Great read!
Okay those are my selections for November. Grab a blanket, a drink, and a great book and enjoy!
REMEMBER: PLEASE REVIEW! IT MATTERS!