“I didn’t do jealousy, but in the back of my mind, I knew I’d been gripped with it from the moment Perry announced his intention to date again.”
In a word: Read the thing.
The Summary: (from Goodreads) In the sunny playground of Palm Springs, growing up was something confirmed bachelor and bad-boy chef Joel avoided at all costs—until a close friend’s death made him reevaluate his priorities. Ever since, he’s been dedicated to helping his widowed friend Perry get back on his feet by teaching him to cook and providing a shoulder to cry on. But when Perry announces that he’s ready to start dating again and then begins receiving gifts from an anonymous secret Santa, Joel is forced to confront the feelings he’s suppressed for so long.
As Joel struggles with jealousy and guilt amid the holiday season, he must decide if he’s ready to grow up and reach for what he’s always wanted but never thought he could have.
[available for purchase at Dreamspinner Press, Amazon.ca, Chapters, and Barnes & Noble; also available as part of the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar set]
“You’re aware that this is an erotic massage, right?”
In a word: Read the thing. Immediately after finishing Until September I went looking for some of the author’s other works; I found a few that looked promising but I chose this one because it wasn’t very long and it was a standalone. I’m not as big a fan of this one as I am Until September, but I still really like it. It’s pretty much porn but it’s also very emotional. At first it seems like it’s just a story about a massage therapist who sometimes provides ‘happy endings’ after hours, but as you read on you realize that there is more going on in the background. And the ‘more’ that’s going on is both devastating and beautiful in turns. If you’re looking for a lighthearted read this ain’t it. But if you want emotion with your porn, Touch Me has it in fucking spades.
[available for purchase at Amazon.ca and All Romance E-Books]
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“What was he thinking to put so much pain, so much fear on his face? And something else. Something that looked suspiciously like longing.”
In a word: Read the thing. I have so much love for this book and the characters in it. The writing is beautiful, the emotions are real, and the characters are interesting and easy to get attached to. It takes place in Canada and one of the characters is First Nations Cree, and that’s an important detail about his character and background and it’s done well. It’s a slow burn romance with mutual pining with adorable child characters and domesticity and laughs and cries and it’s awesome. Go read it. I don’t have all the words to adequately describe how good this book is. Just go read it.
[available for purchase at Riptide Publishing, Book Depository, Chapters, and Amazon.ca]
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