Monday, March 27, 2017

Strays by Garrett Leigh


Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.

Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd's Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.

Fast-forward a month and a neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Ruthie☆☆☆☆☆
This is definitely my favourite read of the year so far – and I will be going back to read the first in the series as soon as I get a chance. Even though I know the outcome I am sure that the journey will be worth it, in fact I am not sure how I missed it in the first place. But back to Strays...

This is one of those wonderful books which will demand that you keep turning the pages, because every word matters and at no point do you want to stop... there is a great mix of tension, passion, and the development of a deep and meaningful friendship.

The environment in which these men work is essential to this story. Urban Soul is restaurant business owned by three men who live and work together, and who place great importance on their staff. One of them finds Lenny breaking down due to his stalker and asks Nero, their top chef, to look after him. Having worked in the industry myself, I know that such philanthropic behaviour is rare, but makes for a good plot. It was fun for me to be back in that world, and it is really well described. It is the perfect place for these two damaged people to meet and get a chance at making a good future together. I will say no more, as it is for you to enjoy fresh.

I cannot wait until the next book comes out, because this series is fabulous.


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
I love Garrett Leigh’s books and I can’t stop fangirling over her Urban Soul stories. This second book is the story of Nero, Urban Soul’s slightly snarly kitchen manager, and Lenny, the young waiter he is charged with protecting. I loved Nero from the moment he was introduced in Misfits and I was thrilled to read his story.

As always, Garrett Leigh’s men are tortured souls. When we first meet Lenny, he is terrified and hiding from a stalker. However, it is actually Nero’s heartbreaking past that prevents the relationship between the two men becoming truly intimate. As a couple, these two are perfect together – the med student turned go-go dancer is a sparkly contrast to the surly, almost silent chef. The chemistry between them is a beautiful slow burn and the sex is unbelievably hot.

Beyond the angst fuelled romance, I absolutely love Garrett Leigh’s London in these books. In a genre dominated by American writers and settings, Leigh’s British English is a joy to read. The dialogue feels natural and I love the familiar phrases and references. I smiled when even Lenny struggled with one of Cass and Nero’s Cockney references. London’s many diverse neighbourhoods are celebrated in both of the Urban Soul books and I love the way the many restaurants are matched to individual neighbourhoods. Urban Soul’s many variations on slightly pretentious hipster food are instantly recognisable – these books make me hungry!

Sexy, sweet, and angsty, I loved this story so much. It probably works as a stand-alone novel but readers should really start with Cass, Tom, and Jake’s story in the first book, Misfits. This is such a wonderful series!


Angela☆☆☆☆☆
As Misfits was the first of Garrett Leigh’s novels I read (and loved by the way), I was ecstatic when I learned the author had written a sequel, thus creating the Urban Soul series. Being that Urban Soul is their company, it’s not surprising that Cass, Tom, and Jake have significant roles in Strays, but it is not a continuation of their story – at least not directly. Rather, it is the story of two of Cass’s strays – Nero and Lenny. If you’ve read Misfits, you will likely remember Nero and rest assured, he’s just as cantankerous this time around. Well, he is until Lenny triggers his protective instincts, along with his bisexuality. If you haven’t read Misfits, no worries as Strays can be read as a standalone; with that said, I do recommend Misfits as it was an excellent read.

Our introduction to Lenny is sad, frustrating, and frightening as we begin with him trying to get the police’s help with his stalker – a stalker he has no proof of because, like many victims, fear caused him to delete or destroy the evidence of his stalker’s attempts to contact him. Lenny is at the end of his rope and when his stalker tracks him down to his job at Misfits, his world comes crashing down around him. Fortunately for Lenny, Cass has a weakness for strays and helping out those in need, so Lenny soon finds himself working in the one unbranded Urban Soul restaurant under the watchful eye of Nero. Although Nero initially bristles at the idea of taking on an untrained assistant and unwanted roommate, he soon finds that Lenny’s presence soothes him. Something about the young man calls to Nero in a way he’s only experienced once before – with Cass. As the men work together and live together, their lives become entwined and they become vital to one another – so much so that neither can imagine going a day without the other in it, even if there are no declarations of love. Yet things come to a head when Lenny’s stalker is apprehended and the cloud that has hovered over him clears, making Nero’s cloud more ominous. Unlike Lenny, Nero refuses to talk about his past and this drives a wedge between them as Lenny feels like Nero doesn’t trust him. And how can you have love without trust? When Lenny finally breaks down Nero’s walls and learns of his brutal past – scars and all – Nero finally realizes that what Cass and the others have tried to tell him for years is true, that he deserves a life filled with love and a chance to be happy. But he and Lenny both must shake off the ghosts of their pasts before they can have a future together.

Leigh never fails to impress me with how complex her characters are and how their complexities – their flaws, their pain, and their joy – make them seem so real. Lenny was, for me, an easy character to love. He is a happy and vibrant young man whose light is dimmed by a force outside of his control, yet he tries to stay positive and find joy in life where he can despite being the target of a stalker. He is a wonderful complement to the grouchy Nero, a man who wears his past like a pair of lead shackles, a man who has devoted himself to Urban Soul out of loyalty to Cass and the need to stay so busy that his memories can’t suffocate him. I will admit that Nero’s past was far worse than I imagined and certainly not the usual “broken man” scenario. It explains so much about him, yet makes the man that Nero has become that much more impressive because he could have easily scoffed at Cass’s help all those years ago and taken a darker path in life. I loved watching how Nero and Lenny became so wrapped up in one another, enmeshed in one another’s lives, even though they didn’t mean to. Of course, that made their conflicts more painful to witness because I was so invested in them as individuals and as a couple, hoping that these two damaged men could find peace and happiness with one another. Although the author took me on a rather unexpected and exciting route, she eventually delivered me to an ending even better than I had hoped for. Strays was a delightful expansion of the Urban Soul series and I sincerely hope that the author has more in store for this extended family of misfits.


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Garrett Leigh is a British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Black Jazz Press. Her protagonists will always be tortured, crippled, broken, and deeply flawed. Throw in a tale of enduring true love, some stubbly facial hair, and a bunch of tattoos, and you’ve got yourself a Garrett special.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible. That, and dreaming up new ways to torture her characters. Garrett believes in happy endings; she just likes to make her boys work for it.

Garrett also works as a freelance cover artist for various publishing houses and independent authors. For cover art info, please visit blackjazzdesign.com.

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New Beginnings by Joe Cosentino


Welcome back to the romantic and magical place called Cozzi Cove, seven guest bungalows on the New Jersey Shore.

This summer, Cal and his new husband, Michael, along with sister, Taylor, and her wife, Carla, prepare for the first in the next generation of Cozzis. To add to the action: Cal finds his great-grandfather’s diary, exposing a shocking surprise; Michael and Taylor weigh new job opportunities that could take them far away from Cozzi Cove; red-letter Christian and new houseboy, Billy Dean, gets his wish when meeting Jesus and John at the cove; summer guest, Nijad, can’t decide which sibling he prefers—Annabel or Andrew; and Jonathan, an occult enthusiast, encounters a sexy vampire.

As usual, nothing is as it seems when romance blossoms once again at Cozzi Cove. What secrets, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold? Find out in Book Four of the Cozzi Cove series.

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Ruthie☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in the series – and I really would suggest that you need to read them in order, or you would be missing out on a large part of the underlying story. I am assuming you have in my review.

We left the three Cozzi siblings at their joint weddings in the last installment, and now we see them embark on their new lives together (if Carla can persuade Taylor to ever be home!). The main focus is on Cal and Michael, as a baby is on the way, and Michael is unsure of his place in Cozzi. I loved sharing Cal's great-grandfather's story through the found journal and especially the final revelation.

Another group of zany guests come to stay in the holiday homes and let us watch as their particular brand of crazy results in love and romance in the most unexpected ways. It is funny to see what guests Mr. Cosentino can conjour up – and fascinating to watch them in the context of the Cozzi family dramas happening in bungalow one. This group has a very interesting mix – and now that Connor has found true love, we have a new houseboy too.

This is a soap opera like series, which it is impossible not to enjoy, but I prefer the family story to the guests' if I am honest.


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Joe Cosentino was voted 2nd Place Favorite MM Author of the Year in Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards. He is the author of the Cozzi Cove series: Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention/TBR Pile Favorite Book of the Month), Cozzi Cove: Moving Forward, Cozzi Cove: Stepping Out, Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings (NineStar Press); the Nicky and Noah mysteries: Drama Queen (Divine Magazine Readers’ Favorite LGBT Mystery Novel, Humorous Novel, and Contemporary Novel), Drama Muscle (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), Drama Cruise, Drama Luau, Drama Detective (Lethe Press); the Dreamspinner Press novellas: In My Heart/An Infatuation & A Shooting Star (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention), The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland (Open Skye Book Reviews Favorite Audiobook of the Month), A Home for the Holidays; and the Jana Lane mysteries: Paper Doll, Porcelain Doll, Satin Doll, China Doll, Rag Doll (The Wild Rose Press). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married.

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Down in the Dirt by Tory Temple


Rodeo cowboy Teagan has inherited his father’s ranch, and it’s in a bad way. To pay his bills, he’ll have to work the rodeo circuit hard, and for that he needs a partner. Team roper Cash is just the ticket. He’s not the friendliest sort, but he has a good seat and a better roping arm, so Teagan takes Cash on and things heat up fast. Maybe too fast.

When Teagan finds out he’s not the only one Cash has in the saddle, he thinks they’re over for good. But then Cash has an accident, and Teagan cares too much about Cash to abandon him. How will he deal with a new Cash, one with no memory of being a bit of an asshole—or of a relationship with Teagan? And how will Cash react when he realizes Teagan has been less than forthcoming about their past?

Like any good rodeo ride, Teagan and Cash have ups and downs, crashing and burning as often as they blaze bright. But to make their love work as smoothly as their roping, they’ll have to push past deception and stubborn pride.

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First Edition published as Tabula Rasa by Torquere Press, 2007.

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Sarah☆☆☆
In a genre full of bull riders, Teagan and Cash’s roping team is refreshing. I enjoyed learning more about an interesting event that is not quite as well-known as other rodeo events. The relationship between the ropers starts when Teagan finds himself in desperate need of a replacement partner, but it quickly becomes something more.

I struggled with this story. I felt that while both the characters and the story had the potential to be amazing, the potential was never fully realised.

When we meet Teagan, he is struggling to keep his family ranch and using his rodeo winnings to pay the bills. As much as I wanted to fall for Teagan, there wasn’t anything that made him special or even real to me.

If Teagan is a fairly bland but honourable cowboy, Cash is an asshole for most of the story. Only pieces of his past are ever revealed, so we know he’s trouble but we never really know why. To actually care for such a difficult character, I need a pretty traumatic back story but there was never an explanation for Cash’s behaviour.

The romance didn’t work at all for me. Aside from a brief interlude in the middle of the story, the relationship between Cash and Teagan is a fairly miserable mix of hookups, infidelity, miscommunication, and graphic sex scenes. Only Teagan seems capable of remorse, but I didn’t understand why he was the one apologising.

So… I enjoyed the rodeo and ranch scenes in this story, but I didn’t really warm to either character and their romance wasn’t one I wanted to believe in.


Angie☆☆☆
Oh I had high hopes for this book. Most cowboy M/M books are pretty good even when the plot isn't that great. This book just didn't do it for me. I liked how Teagan was open minded about Cash when everyone else didn't seem to like him. Cash didn't seem like that big of a douche as the author led you to believe either. He wasn't perfect, but I have seen worse. I understand why Cash got mad at Teagan towards the end, it happens in almost every book when amnesia is involved. Even with all the sex, this book still didn't push my buttons.


Ruthie☆☆☆
This has many of the familiar elements of a cowboy MM romance. And the roping events and the times at the ranch are pleasingly familiar. I struggled, however, to get to grips with the story, because I kept thinking to myself, 'but why?' And even as I read on, I still had questions. We do learn some background issues, but they don't really explain the why. Some are very simple questions, such as 'why is the ranch in a bad way?'; others more relating to the couple and their behaviour.

We never really get to know Teagan or Cash, and whilst we see very little of Cash's background, we see Teagan interact with a number of people, and yet they don't give us anything much to help either. Strangely, it isn't until something is lacking that you realise that you miss it – and here I did. That said, there are some very touching sections, like the scenes with his dog, and how the horses Delilah and Tag behave together.

Everyone reads a book differently, so I will be interested to read other reviews, and enjoy thinking of cowboys in super soft worn denim.



TORY TEMPLE lives and works in southern California where she happens to spend a lot of time around firefighters. It makes for excellent storytelling, so Tory definitely uses that to her advantage! She is guardian to three pit bulls who only attack with kisses, two snobby cats, as well as other assorted friends from the animal kingdom. (Husband included.) Her fondest wish is to be a stay-at-home dog mom. You can tempt her with promises of cheese and/or Mexican food. On Saturday nights, she is usually watching Netflix and thinking about how to get the newest firemen in her head to hook up. Tory loves reader e-mails and looks forward to hearing from anyone who wants to drop her a line.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Redux by A.L. Davroe


The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging… life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret… and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.

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Veronica☆☆☆☆☆
Droids have destroyed Evanescence and Ella, Quint, Gus, and a group of residents manage to escape the city alive. Ella feels responsible for the deaths of so many people and is ready to do whatever it takes to keep the survivors alive.

Life outside of Evanescence eventually leads them to come into contact with the disfavoured and we start to learn that there is far more going on than we thought. Outside of the walls of Evanescence, Ella sees people she thought she'd never see again.

The side story of the romance provides a good dollop of teenage drama and angst alongside their fight for survival. But what I loved most about this story is it doesn't really go where I excepted and it is full of surprises. In the end, it is clear that Ella is an amazing heroine and she is willing to make huge personal sacrifices for the greater good.

I was completely engrossed in Redux every step of the way and I can't wait for book three.


Erica☆☆☆☆☆
At the start of Redux, I was afraid I'd have to reread Nexis. It had been over 15 months since I read the debut in the series, and had read 500+ books in the interim. While I can't say it wasn't a bit of a struggle in the first few pages to situate myself into the universe, characters, and past events, Davroe did a fabulous job leading the reader to remember bits from Nexis, without devolving into an info-dump rehash. So I applaud the author on the seamless delivery of past information.

With that being said, if you enjoy rereading, and you read the first close to its release, I'd suggest rereading prior. As I read Redux, I had moments where I thought it would have been nice to reread to capture the subtle nuances that may otherwise be lost on the reader. Those heart-tugging, gut-wrenching moments, and bits of foreshadowing, where the reader murmurs, "ahhh..." on a reread.

I do not recommend this being read as a standalone or out of series order.

From this point on, to avoid spoilers, I'm going to have a difficult time formulating a cohesive review. It truly would ruin the journey.

Redux was a page-turner, where I found myself getting snippy when torn from the story. I just wanted to sit down and devour it from page one until the end. This fast-paced read is filled with intriguing world-building, adventuring, love and loss, which hit all my emotions.

The opulent, domed city of Evanescence is powered down, with its inhabitants scattered in the wind, and/or no longer among the living. Ella and company try to save the few remaining aristocrats by seeking to locate a sanctuary. There's no real comfort and security, so Ella has to have the backs of her companions. Nothing goes as planned, including all the machinations plotted by the original Tricksters, which put them into the mess they are dealing with now. Lives are lost, friendships are made and tested, and relationships die while others bloom.

Ella is still a strong role model, making good choices with both her head and heart. In a world where the cast of characters is either vapid – and only thinking of their wants and needs – or logical to a fault – where they are missing empathy and compassion, only seeing people as tools, even loved ones and friends – Ella stuck true to her roots, as the perfect mix of both personality types. Ella bridges the gap as the Savior.

Ella does her best, making sacrifices for the good of all the people.

There are several romantic entanglements, adding a nice dose of teenage angst, but they are far from insta-love and do not subtract from the very involved plot. While I wasn't surprised by the direction the author took Ella's romantic interests, I was shocked by another twisty plot point. Young adults and the young at heart will find the romance in Redux to add to the overall enjoyment, give us a reason to root for specific characters. It truly is complementary to the story arc, not propelling it but giving everyone a reason to hope in a desolate situation.

Redux was well worth the wait. Usually when I'm floored by an amazing debut novel, it all goes downhill in the sequel. Nexis and Redux are both equally worthy of a 5-star rating, which I never give lightly. I can't wait to see what the author has in store during the next book.

Recommended to fans of Young Adult, Fantasy, Science-fiction, Dystopian/Utopian fiction, MMORPG video game based novels.

Young Adult age-range: 14+ Adult Language. Violence. Kissing & fade-to-black sexual situations.


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A.L. Davroe grew up in Connecticut and, after traveling to many countries, many states, and many fantasy realms – sometimes even living in them – she has decided that Connecticut is a wonderful little state. She likes books, cats, chai tea lattes, and the word "chime." By day, A.L. makes cheese for a local artisan dairy and, by night, A.L. writes in various sub-genres of adult and YA fantasy, science fiction, horror, and romance, but most of her work tends to have a revisionist twist to it. You can follow her various forays into aesthetic merriment and misbegotten shenanigans on Facebook or Twitter and you can check out her current musical obsessions on her website.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Shade’s Lady by Joanna Wylde Blog Tour


New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the world of the Reapers Motorcycle Club…

Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.

Or maybe not.

Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.

Right from the first.


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“You’re full of sh*t!” I said, waving my hand grandly. My drink sloshed and I licked the side of the cup, because this whiskey was way too good to waste even a single drop. “Wonder Woman is better than Batman. She’s got real power, not just fancy toys. Although she has those, too, which means anything Batman can do, she can do better.”

“Nope,” Shade said, shaking his head seriously. “She’s hot, I’ll give her that, but he’d take her in a fair fight.”

I held up a hand for him to wait as I polished off my booze.

“No way. She’s a goddess of war and she’s one of the best hand-to-hand fighters in history. She’s got an invisible jet, for God’s sake. How can you compete with that? All he has is a bunch of money and the stupid Batmobile.”

“Hand over the cup,” Shade said, narrowing his eyes.

“Why?” I asked, narrowing mine right back. I was good and drunk now, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to be done for the night.

“Demonstration,” he replied. “C’mon. Or are you chicken?”

“What are we, kindergartners?”

“You’re the one insisting Wonder Woman can take Batman,” he replied. “Chicken.”

Then he leaned toward me, raising a single finger to poke me in the center of my chest. Not copping a feel or anything remotely sexual, either. This was pure taunt. I handed him the cup and he tossed it on the floor, nearly falling off the bed in the process. I smirked—guess I wasn’t the only drunk one. Then he started listing to the side and I lunged for him, grabbing his shirt to keep him from going over.

Shade caught my arm, using the momentum to pull me onto his body with sudden force. My hands hit his chest and I raised my head to stare at him, stunned.

“What the hell are you doing?” I asked. Shade wrapped his arms around my waist, holding me tight to his body.

“Demonstrating.”




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
Shade's Lady had a different feel than the other Reapers’ books but I still loved it. Shade is the national president of the Reapers. He's intimidating, he's scary, and he's everything a biker should be. The Reapers demand respect and get it everywhere they go. When Shade sees something or someone he wants, he just takes it. He's not used to someone telling him no.

Mandy is a waitress at the Pit, a local bar and Reaper hangout. Mandy has a horrible track record with men, as do all woman in the family. She's decided she’s not out for a relationship, just having fun. Rebel, Mandy's boyfriend, is perfect for just having fun. He's a biker and introduced her to some of that life. Rebel is okay, but Shade is everything Rebel isn't. He's sexy without even trying. He's in control at all times and he scares the pants off Mandy.

I couldn't put this one down. I loved Mandy's determination. She knew she had to do what she needed to to take care of her family. Shade is everything a Reaper should be. Their picnic table time is off the charts HOT.

I can't wait for what's next!


Veronica☆☆☆☆☆
My feelings reading Shade's Lady reminded me a lot of the first time I read Reaper's Property, book 1 in this series. Shade's at times sexist attitude had me wanting to slap him even though I was loving him. It was so brilliant when Mandy lays down the law in relation to what she wants. Shade doesn't get it all his own way – at least not without working for it

Shade and Mandy embark on the longest one-night stand in history and neither expect their liaison to last. They are a sexy, fun couple and I loved the way the story wrapped up. I hope we will get more Reapers books and soon. This is a series I never want to end.


Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is a part of the Reapers MC series, but I think that any fan of MCs would find this a very engaging read as a standalone – just as probably any romance reader would.

Mandy (and her sister, Hannah) has had only tough experiences with men, so she really doesn't want to engage with an MC president. And anyway, she has a 'boyfriend,' although he seems to be losing interest... furthering her belief in her terrible choices in men. So Shade really has his work cut out with her – and that interests him even more.

Watching them dance around each other is fun, and the slight possibility of a real future is engaging. The side plot involving Hannah and the children is effective at bringing out the good side of the Reapers.

Great read, thank you Ms. Wylde.


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Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.

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Bonfires by Amy Lane


Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.

Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.

It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Angie☆☆☆
The blurb of the book was good; I was really excited to read this book, until I started reading it. This book was wordy, too wordy, about stuff you had no clue about. I felt like I started a book in the middle of a series, I was lost. Then the main characters were so worried about their kids and taking things slow and next thing you know they are sleeping together and moving in all in a week’s time. I found myself skimming at times because it was a really wordy book and not in a good way. The things I wanted to know about weren’t covered because the author was talking about other crap that I could care less about. The only good thing about this book were the main characters’ kids – well most of them, Aaron’s one daughter was a big jerk. The kids were all very loving and supportive and not judgmental and looking out to not even hurt the bully’s feelings. This book took me days to read, which isn’t normal, so obviously this book wasn’t for me, but I am sure there are others that will think it is the cat’s meow.

Characters: Didn’t act like middle aged men
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Maybe?
More than one book in the series: Not sure, I hear there might be more but there really doesn’t need to be, the ending was sufficient.
Genre: M/M
Would I read more by this author: Yes


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
There is something honest and real about this middle age love story that is both wonderful and rare in romance fiction. The tentative, fumbling connection between two men who have already loved, who have established families, careers, and lives before meeting each other resonated deeply with me.

Both Larx and Aaron put their own needs on hold for years while they raised their children as single fathers. In some ways, their relationship is instalove, but this is instalove between two men who have had years to understand themselves and their needs. The drama and angst of young love is absent – this romance takes place quietly within the few spare moments free from personal and professional responsibilities. Larx and Aaron become companions, friends, and partners as they attempt to blend their lives and their families.

Amy Lane brings her usual formula of heartwarming happy families and gritty realism to this story. As older characters, much of the story also focuses on Larx and Aaron’s professional lives. I really loved the complexity of their lives. Romance writing so often focuses on dreams and ambitions but here, both Larx and Aaron are settled and happy with their lives before they get together.

One of the main strands of this story focuses on homophobia in American high schools. It shocked me and made me so grateful to be a teacher in the UK where LGBT rights are enshrined in law and we have a government directive to promote equality in the classroom. I did smile at some of the school scenes because the author captures the relationships between teachers and students perfectly – some things are universal.

A crime story is also woven through this book and I enjoyed the action and suspense. I loved this story. I loved the older characters and I enjoyed the small-town politics and intrigue.


Rachael☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 Stars

I have to admit that I picked this book up not because of the blurb, but because of the author. I have read many of Amy Lane's stories. She has such a creative way of weaving a story together that it feels real in a way that so many others do not.

That being said, I absolutely loved that this story was about a pair of men who were no longer in their prime years. Men that had lived as married, straight men for many years, but both also knew that they were bi and weren't necessarily ashamed to admit it, more afraid of how it would impact their children's lives and their jobs than anything else.

This story includes a lot about family and their professional lives, which is to be expected when these men have full lives even without this budding relationship to deal with. Then there is a high school situation where not everyone is so accepting. There is a mystery to be solved when a student gets injured after coming out, but this is also a very pivotal moment in the story that really allows many of the characters to show their true colors.

While I really enjoyed this story, there were times when the two men left me baffled. They'd talk about taking it slow, but then they'd find themselves rushing into things just moments later.



AMY LANE is a mother of two college students, two grade-schoolers, and two small dogs. She is also a compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head. She adores fur-babies, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckle-headed macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever, or sometimes for no reason at all. Her award-winning writing has three flavors: twisty-purple alternative universe, angsty-orange contemporary, and sunshine-yellow happy. By necessity, she has learned to type like the wind. She’s been married for twenty-plus years to her beloved Mate and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Bonfires by Amy Lane to read and review.