Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Grace by C.L. Miles – Stocking Stuffers

Christmas has been a lonely time of year for Aaron since losing his family fifteen years ago. But now he’s seeing Craig, and though Aaron is sure they belong together, both have been hurt in the past, so they’re taking things slowly. So far, Craig has been supportive of Aaron’s struggles with anxiety—struggles that cost Aaron relationships in the past.

On Christmas Eve, Aaron is closing his bookshop when Craig surprises him with a specially planned evening. Will this be the night they take that final step and deepen their physical relationship? Aaron hopes so, but things aren’t that simple. Craig has been keeping a secret…. Can Aaron take his place as part of a family again and accept the love he’s missed for so long—or will he find that some deceptions are too big to be forgiven, even with the help of some Christmas grace?

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Avid Reader☆☆☆
2.5 stars
M/M Holiday Romance

This is a short story about love, painful pasts, and whether or not love overcomes all.

Aaron and Craig have been dating for a while now – nine months. It seems like a long time to be together and never having gone to the other's house. They almost always were staying at Aaron's. Now, if I were Aaron, I would find this suspicious; however, he thinks it's just the way it is. Maybe it was due to his anxiety, but that's not really how it felt.

Then you have Craig. Despite wanting to have a relationship, it seems that he doesn't really know that meaning since he doesn't really share his life with Aaron. When his secret is revealed, it's both shocking and predictable.

Overall, this just didn't work for me. It was a lot of drama with not a lot of development.

C.L. MILES has lived in the suburbs surrounding the City of Montreal, Canada, her entire life. Currently, she resides in a quiet town about an hour outside the city where she enjoys gardening and swimming in the summer and hibernating in the winter. She shares her home with her wonderful husband who supports her in everything she does, no matter how crazy it may be. She loves a variety of music and is an avid reader of many different genres. If you don’t find her writing, she usually has her nose buried in a book or is hanging out with her laptop, blogging or chatting with online friends.

C.L. began writing slash fiction in 2001, but only after much encouragement from a good friend. It didn’t take long before she realized how much she enjoyed creating her own stories. At the beginning of 2010, she decided to try her hand at m/m romance writing and fell head-over-heels in love with it. A seed was firmly planted, and a dream of becoming a published author took flight. She never thought writing that first story all those years ago would lead her to where she is today. Dreams really can come true!

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No Reservations by Kristen Proby Blog Tour

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby comes a new story in her Fusion series…

Chase MacKenzie is not the man for Maura Jenkins. A self-proclaimed life-long bachelor, and unapologetic about his distaste for monogamy, a woman would have to be a masochist to want to fall into Chase’s bed.

And Maura is no masochist.

Chase has one strict rule: no strings attached. Which is fine with Maura because she doesn’t even really like Chase. He’s arrogant, cocky, and let’s not forget bossy. But when he aims that crooked grin at her, she goes weak in the knees. Not that she has any intentions of falling for his charms.

Definitely not.

Well, maybe just once…

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Once we’ve caught our breath, he pushes up on his arms, taking his weight off of me, and smiles down at me.

“Well, that was fun.”

“Definitely fun,” I reply with a nod, then wiggle out from under him and flip on the lamp next to the bed. I blink rapidly in the light and glance at him. He’s watching me, still kneeling in the middle of the bed, breathing hard. “I’m not staying.”

“I figured,” he says and rolls off the bed, pads into the bathroom, flushes the toilet, and returns to find me pulling on my clothes. “You don’t have to leave right now.”

Oh yes. I do.

“I should,” I reply, doing my best to seem very nonchalant. “I have plans in the morning.”

He nods. “I’ll take you home then.”

“Great plan, since I don’t have a car and it’s practically the middle of the night.”

“Or midnight.” He smirks and pulls on a pair of jeans. He doesn’t button them, or add a shirt, and instead stands there with his arms folded over his chest, watching me tug the skirt down my legs.

I can’t find my panties, and I refuse to ask for them, so I’ll just consider them a loss.

Five minutes later, we’re back in his sexy car and headed toward my condo.

“This won’t happen again,” I inform him, breaking the silence.

“No, ma’am.”

“We irritate the sh*t out of each other.”

He sighs deeply and mutters “that’s the truth” under his breath.

“So even if the chemistry is there, we won’t do this again.”

“Good plan.”

I nod and hold my pinky out to him. “Pinky swear.”

“I’m not a twelve-year-old girl.”

“No, you’re not,” I agree with a laugh. “But now I feel silly, so just do it.”

He links his pinky with mine and then pulls my hand to his mouth, kissing my knuckles.

“This is how the f*cking gets started.”

“No, sweetheart, the f*cking got started months ago.”

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Romance
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Whew! This is a steamy, short read that will have the pages burning up!

Maura and Chase are opposites that find themselves being drawn together. This series is so much fun and I loved reading this snippet.

This is a fast read, but a lot is going on. The way that Chase and Maura interact is genuine and steamy. Their dialogue is what gives this story the sweet yet romantic and steamy vibe.

I love reading about all of these women and even though this is short, this didn't disappoint!

I can't wait to read more!

I am a big fan of the Fusion series so was delighted to get a chance to review this latest addition. As always, Ms. Proby delivers a fun, flirty, and super sexy read.

It was great to catch up with Kat and Mac, and Thomas was a shadowy, but integral part to the story.

The teasing, cheeky banter between Chase and Maura is fun to read, and the chemistry between them is clearly combustible. But actually, it is a night of truth and dare which reveals their honest selves, and they find that they share a fundamental truth. If we ever doubted that they were meant for each other, that moment is key.

If you enjoy intelligent, sexy, and fun characters and happy endings (and really, who doesn’t?), then this is for you!

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Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.

During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.

Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.

Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

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Inseparable by Sloan Johnson Blog Tour

Trevor and Gabe never knew life without the other. As only children, they grew up as close as brothers, but their love grew to something more. Something they couldn't talk about because their parents wouldn't understand.

Gabe is gay and unapologetic about his sexuality. He refuses to live his life in the shadows, but that doesn't mean he isn't harboring secrets.

Trevor is his parents’ miracle child and he doesn’t want to hurt them. Coming out, admitting he's in love with Gabe, could ruin everything.

Heading off to college was supposed to finally free them to be together, but nothing is as easy as it seems. Can they find a way to navigate this new world, living and loving openly?

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Sloan Johnson has quickly turned into one of my go-to m/m authors. Her stories are gripping and emotional with just the right mix of sexy. Once I got my hands on Inseparable, I finished it in one sitting. I had to know what was going to happen between Trevor and Gabe!

Trevor and Gabe are best friends. They grew up together and fell in love. Going to the same college and living in the same dorm is going to be the time they need to finally be together without sneaking around. They are both tired of hiding who they are to each other. But all the big dreams they had of what college was going to be like are diminished when they find out it's nothing like they were expecting.

Inseparable is about fighting for that person that makes your heart skip a beat. I loved Gabe and Trevor, it's the perfect story of finding themselves and finding out how to live in their new reality.

And of course, Ms. Johnson pulls no punches with the heartstrings in this one!!

3.5 Stars

Inseparable is the short journey between a pair of best friends who've known each other inside and out since birth. Their families are close, mothers especially, and they've kept their relationship a secret as they ended their high school career.

With the escape of college, Gabe and Trevor are rooming together, finally taking their relationship to the next level. Gabe is an open book to Trevor, a heart-on-the-sleeve type of guy, whereas Trevor is terrified to come out, leaving Gabe to feel as if he's a dirty secret to be kept behind the locked door of a closet.

Sugary sweet, the entire time I was reading, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop into angsty drama territory, because the novel was always on a romance high, from start to finish. The same feel from page one until nearly the end, the only conflict self-created.

For readers looking for an easy, quick read, wanting a book that doesn't stress them out, never fear – other than an irrational miscommunication scene, with Trevor's fear causing him to keep their relationship in neutral, don't worry something major is going to leap out at you from the pages.

Inseparable was a romantic read, between a pair of best friends, navigating a new world.

Another great story by Sloan Johnson. This book just made my heart melt. Trevor and Gabe had one heck of a ride. We saw all the ups and downs that happen in all relationships, and how to get through it all and still come out on the other end. I loved these guys and their story. I would think this would be a good book for young adults to read as well.

This is a sweet and angsty story about two best friends starting their first year of college together. Gabe and Trevor grew up together. Their families are inseparable and somewhere along the way they fell in love with each other.

At its best, this story captures some of the magic of first love and some of the anxieties faced by the two boys as they start adulting and adjusting to life on their own. These two are sweet and at times they struggle to find space to develop as individuals while nurturing their relationship. But this is a slow story and there is far more angst than the situations probably merited.

At times, this story felt like a parent’s slightly wishful take on the college freshman experience. Trevor and Gabe’s sexual boundaries and hang-ups really didn’t make sense to me. They are lifetime BFFs who are constantly anxious about going too far and moving too fast. It didn’t feel terribly realistic. These two are far too chaste and way too involved with their parents. Teenage boys like Trevor and Gabe might exist – but I’ve never met any. As the story progressed, I found their sexual boundaries and hang-ups pretty irritating.

This is a low heat romance that reads more like a young adult book than a new adult book. Gabe and Trevor feel really young and their helicopter parents are always a little bit too involved in their college lives.

3.5 stars of inseparability

This is the perfect read for the end of a long or difficult week. It is soft and loving and brings all the warm feelings that a longtime friendship can, as well as the usual run of ups and downs. The abiding knowledge that they have of everything about each other is reassuring and romantic.

It is so usual in a romance that there is a point where it could all go terribly wrong, that I kept waiting for it to happen – and as the pages counted down, I started to believe that it didn't need a major drama, and was happy that in the end, the title was exactly what they achieved.

Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.

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Infamous by Jenny Holiday

All that up-and-coming musician Jesse Jamison has ever wanted is to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. When a gossip website nearly catches him kissing someone who isn’t his famous girlfriend—and also isn’t a girl—he considers the near miss a wake-up call. There’s a lot riding on his image as the super-straight rocker, and if he wants to realize his dreams, he’ll need to toe the line. Luckily, he’s into women too. Problem solved.

After a decade pretending to be his ex’s roommate, pediatrician Hunter Wyatt is done hiding. He might not know how to date in the Grindr world, how to make friends in a strange city, or whether his new job in Toronto is a mistake. But he does know that no one is worth the closet. Not even the world’s sexiest rock star.

As Jesse’s charity work at Hunter’s hospital brings the two closer together, a bromance develops. Soon, Hunter is all Jesse can think about. But when it comes down to a choice between Hunter and his career, he’s not sure he’s brave enough to follow his heart.

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This story gave me all sorts of warm fuzzies and left me smiling for the rest of the day. Several of my favourite genre tropes are here – there’s a brooding bad boy rock star, a dedicated, solitary paediatrician, and a wonderful bromance that becomes something more.

When Hunter and Jesse first meet, they get drunk on a train together. The slightly geeky doctor and the wild child rocker aren’t an obvious match, but they work – and from the start, they make each other better. I loved the friendship that builds as Jesse becomes invested in Hunter’s patients.

Both Hunter and Jesse are complicated men and I love the slow burn chemistry between them. I love the easy dialogue between these two and I also love the slightly awkward moments as they attempt to join their lives together.

As much as I love the story, I’m not sure I fully believed the conflict in the book. Jesse is closeted professionally. In Canada. In 2017. Even one of Hunter’s young patients doesn’t get it – pointing out that gay marriage was legal in Ontario in 2004. The situation does add drama and tension – if not realism.

But ultimately, this is a character and relationship driven story and I loved the characters and their relationships. Jenny Holiday is a new author to me and I really love her writing. I’m definitely going to be looking for more of her work.

4.5 stars of delicious hotness

The second book in the series, I read it as a standalone. I shall, however, be reading Famous when I get the time because Ms. Holiday's writing style is much to my liking.

This is a really well constructed story, which I have added already to my reread list. This is both because it is a super hot and cute story, but also because I know I read it at high speed, so much did I want everything to go the way I hoped.

I found the set up – with their first meeting on the train at a seminal point in both their lives – to be a really gorgeous start to a really lovely story. Whilst we know why Jesse is super cautious, we also know just how he feels, so we can only hang on and hope that the issues he finds to be difficult to address will be resolved. Even though the reason may be trite, he gave his word, and following the 'brand' advice has brought them success. I also loved that this barrier means that they become truly good friends, and that is incredibly valuable at setting up the future that they both deserve.

Some of the conversations with the bandmates, particularly early on, are very funny and seeing them away from the groupies and being decent guys is endearing in a 'bad boy' rock star novel. The hospital visits start out as a brilliant way of giving Jesse a chance to understand Hunter's world, and to make a difference without a fanfare.

Ms. Holiday does not disappoint with the way the story develops, and I urge you to add it to your reading list. I shall be looking out for future installments with great interest.

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her aging-hippie teacher, between Pete Seeger songs, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. Today she is a USA Today bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She lives in London, Ontario.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Timely Gift by Kris T. Bethke – Stocking Stuffers

Sometimes the right gift can be life-changing…

On the solstice, Rory’s grandfather gives him a pocket watch that he claims will have Rory’s life sorted and his problems solved by Christmas. Rory starts out skeptical, but when he reconnects with an ex he never thought he’d see again, he has to admit there might be some holiday magic working after all.

Deacon’s life is in shambles, and he’s returned to Syracuse for a fresh start. Running into Rory again feels like much more than a coincidence, and neither of them can deny the passion between them is still smoldering. With the watch behaving oddly at just the right moments, Rory and Deacon might receive the gift of a lifetime—if they’re willing to accept it.

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I really enjoyed the magical element of A Timely Gift. Whether it’s solstice magic or Christmas magic matters not as Rory’s enchanted pocket watch does exactly what his grandfather says it will – sort his life out by Christmas Day. While the skeptic would view Rory’s reconnecting with an ex as no more than a series of coincidences, the romantic will delight in the seemingly magical nudges that Rory’s pocket watch provides to keep the guys on track for their second chance at love together.

One of the things I really liked about this second chance romance is that Rory and Deacon’s parting was completely amicable rather than being due to a miscommunication or someone splitting them up. Because their initial relationship ended before major commitments were made, there are no hurt feelings to overcome. This lets the progress that is made in the story’s short timeline feel realistic as Rory and Deacon get caught up on one another’s lives over the past few years and discover that the spark is still there. Apollo’s mimicking abilities and Rory’s grandfather added delightful touches to an enjoyable holiday story.

KRIS T. BETHKE has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head, and weekend naps are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with a very fluffy cat and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of the people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated. And she loves to hear from readers, so feel free to drop her a line.

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Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry Blog Tour

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.


Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.

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By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.

“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.

“What? How? Why?”

He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”

“What was it?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Eli,” I started.

He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”

I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.

Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”

I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”

“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”

He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.

And there it was.

So small, so tiny, so real.


It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.

I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.

I knew Elliott Adams was love.

And I was falling into him so fast.

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Jasmine knows all about being pushed to do things she doesn't want to do. At a young age, her mother pushed her to perform. From music to dance to ballet, anything to make it big. But her mother only wants the fame, she doesn't care what Jasmine wants. While Jasmine loves to sing, her mother pushes her to sing pop music while her entire being is calling for her to sing soul music. When she hears a boy playing saxophone on the street corner, she feels it all the way to her bones and she has to talk to the boy to find out what he does to get the music to bring out all those emotions. This is when she meets Elliot and knows she has to have him in her life.

Elliot has his music and his family. He is a skinny boy that gets bullied at school and stutters, so he is a perfect candidate for the bullies to pick on and they have bullied him for years. Elliot has always turned to his music when he needed a pick me up. When he sees the girl on the corner crying over one of the songs he was playing, he has to talk to her to find out what touched her so much. He could tell she had the music in her, but she didn't let it show much.

Jasmine's mother took her to London to get her pop career going, and after six years, she had had enough. She runs away and back home to New Orleans. Where Ray, the only dad she has ever known, and Elliot lives. She has to find her home because home is not a place to live, it is the place where your heart is full.

What has happened in the six years that Jasmine has been gone? Will Elliot still be around and want to see her? Can she find her soul music now that she is back in New Orleans? Can she help Elliot find his way back to her after all the pain he has been through?

Ohmigod, this story was a tough one. It will rip your heart out, but I wouldn't expect anything else from Brittainy C. Cherry. It was absolutely perfect, and I love it. Just have a box of Kleenex handy because you are going to need it, but it is worth every tear you shed.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
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This book is not like any I’ve read in a while. We see two teens who are struggling to make it through the day. We meet them as Jasmine and Elliot are enduring high school. Jasmine is excited because for the first time, her pushy, over-the-top stage mom has agreed to let her attend public school. Elliot is a small kid with glasses who is bullied from sun up to sun down.

As the two get to know each other, a relationship forms that will last a lifetime, not that they know it. In order to protect Elliot, Jasmine allows herself to run with a bad crowd, doing things she's not comfortable with, all to see it fall apart anyway.

When Elliot tries to stand up for Jasmine, he's bullied even more and the school doesn't do anything to help. Jasmine is soon uprooted from all she's known and the boy she loves, and is moved to London to pursue her mother's dream. Elliot's world collapses when his sister dies and he's reborn into a stronger, colder version of himself.

When Jasmine and Elliot meet again as twenty-somethings, you can see the spark is there but Elliot does his best to bury the feelings, because feeling means you have to grieve what you've lost.

This is so nearly a perfect 5-star read – it is an amazing story, I just found it a bit laboured at the beginning. I am so glad that I kept going though, because this is a beautiful book. Sometimes a title is good for a book, but in this case, it takes on so many meanings that it really is exceptionally well chosen.

This is no easy read, and it is one of those books that reminds you just how badly your parents can eff you up. Yet equally, how family is not determined by blood, and that we all have choices. I love that – because I strongly believe it to be true, and Ms. Cherry does an excellent job of reminding us of just how choices affect our lives.

From when Jasmine and Elliott meet at 16 to the end, the threads which run through the story, of music, love, loss, and determination, give us a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. Be prepared to cry, on occasion laugh, and definitely hope.

Cannot wait to see what comes next!

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Man Hands by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

He puts the "screw" in screwball comedy...


At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.

Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.

Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don't expect me to actually go through with it.


All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.

I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.

But I will find her.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Romantic Comedy is usually hit or miss, for me – it's either hilarious or terribly cheesy. Thankfully, Man Hands was the perfect combination of zingy one-liners, slapstick, and romance.

Brynn is trying to find her "groove" after her recent divorce. Her friends, Sadie and Ash, will not let Brynn become the hermit she so wishes to be. Down on her luck, she's failed at life... she's unemployed, unloved, and ready to give up. Brynn is completely likeable. She isn't an airhead, she isn't full of herself, but she IS funny and relatively realistic. Unfortunately, she's awful at picking men aka pseudo-dudes, and her friends let her know – hilariously.

Tom, aka the Gardener, is trying to regain his footing. He needs to figure out what he wants and needs after a very public, humiliating denial of engagement. He's sweet and sexy, a "manly" man with big hands, etc. He's the perfect match for Brynn!

The banter between Brynn and Tom is entertaining, I found myself giggling a lot more than I expected to. The romance was perfect, it wasn't too sweet or fake. Did I mention that the sexy scenes were hot? They were HOT!! This book was entertaining without being too over the top.

I like this collaborative duo and am excited to read the next book in this series!

This is a really good, fun read. It is fast paced and full of laugh out loud moments which are tinged with a slight sadness. Very cleverly plotted, sometimes very obviously, others brilliantly subtle – mostly in your face and cheeky.

Ms. Bowen and Ms. Eby have written a story which tells of the modern fascination with reality shows, yet reminds us what is actually important in life. Chandra's behaviour, surprisingly, is used with great effect to achieve that end.

I am delighted that this is the first in a series, and the pantry incident makes it clear that there is another comedy to be written about that pairing!

Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the Brooklyn Bruisers series, the Ivy Years series, and the Gravity series. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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Tanya Eby

Tanya Eby is the author of Foodies Rush In, Easy Does It, Blunder Woman, Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage, Tunnel Vision and Other Stories from the Edge, Synchronicity, and In the Garden Room; as well as the editor and publisher of Nevertheless We Persisted. Her new romantic comedy series is written with Sarina Bowen: Man Hands and Man Card.

Tanya was born in Lansing, Michigan, moved to Traverse City, went to high school in Coopersville and spent time living in Detroit, Miami and eventually New York City. Michigan is now her home (and setting for all of her novels) and where she lives with her two children. Her work, though genre-crossing, has the same elements of quirky characters in strange situations. At times comedic, at times heartfelt, and even at times downright creepy, Tanya Eby seeks to write stories that are engaging and resonate with the reader. She is also a professional narrator and you can find her audiobooks by doing a search on her name here.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Man Hands (Man Hands #1) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby to read and review.