Summer Son – Anna Martin

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“I wondered why it was that when you were specifically not looking for anyone, not wanting someone in your life, they walked right up and let themselves in.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. Do you like slice of life? Do you like slice of life with babies? If so, this is definitely a book you should check out. The main point of the story is about Ellis and Zane overcoming obstacles on their road to becoming a family. This family includes Ellis’ infant son Harrison, who doesn’t actually do much (he’s a baby) but is in pretty much 95% of the scenes. Harrison is Ellis’ number one priority, and Ellis is a good father, so we see a lot of Harrison and a lot of the work that goes into taking care of him. Seriously, if you don’t like babies, or don’t find them entertaining in the slightest, you won’t like this. Although Ellis and Zane’s relationship is pretty sweet (if a bit fast for my tastes). Aside from Harrison and romance, Summer Son also has a bit of a dramatic plotline concerning Zane’s past and Ellis’ ex-husband. Ellis and Zane also have a pretty interesting cast of friends, though they never really get enough screen time for me to enjoy their presence. Mostly they just confused me. At the end of the day though, this is a story about two men sweetly romancing each other and coming together as a family (even if I do think that it went a bit too far too fast at times).

 

[avilable for purchase at Dreamspinner Press, Amazon.ca, Book Depository, Chapters, All Romance E-Books, and Barnes & Noble]

 

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The Omega Nanny – Penelope Peters

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“And yet… Thomas couldn’t look at Kieran without thinking of the way Kieran glanced at him curious and shy, and not want to talk to him. Want to hear his voice, want to get to know him.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. If Omegaverse is not at all your thing you’re better off just skipping this one because, while it’s a good read, it’s not anything special. I really did enjoy reading this. Thomas, Kieran, Connie, Jessie, and their family and friends are very easily likeable and inoffensive. The romance between Thomas and Kieran went pretty quick, but it was fairly painless and low-drama. The thing I found more interesting was the world building. This story takes place in an alternate universe from our own; with biology dictating people’s actions and relationships far more than they would in real life. I’m not new to Omegaverse, but I thought that the story conveyed the basics of it fairly well for people who would be, and in a way that flowed along with the story being told. It also managed to establish this universe’s unique quirks in natural ways. There is some social commentary and gender politics going on in the background, but they weren’t what the story was about, so things didn’t get too deep. Though there were some aspects of the characters and their situations that I wished had been fleshed out more, all in all I have no real complaints. The characters were likeable, the romance was sweet, and the ending was happy.

 

[available for purchase at Amazon.ca]

 

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Falling Away – Lisa Henry

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“Nobody had ever known every inch of Jason’s body the way that Ben did.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. I absolutely hate that this is so short. This is definitely something that could easily be part of a much larger story. It’s a glimpse into the lives of Jason and Ben at a time where they’ve reached a turning point in their relationship. These two men have been fuckbuddies for the past five months and now Jason is struggling with the fact that he wants more. This story is emotionally intense, and quite angsty, as we follow Jason as he struggles with his wants and desires and whether or not he should tell Ben about them. You really come to feel for Jason as you read his internal anguish and about how ashamed he feels that he’s fallen so hard for someone who might not reciprocate those feelings. I was actually pretty worried about how this one was gonna turn out because we don’t see anything from Ben’s point of view, so he’s a bit of a wildcard, we don’t know for sure how he really feels about Jason. The emotions and suspense are high in this one, not really any humour this time, but this is definitely another great read from Lisa Henry.

 

[available for free at M/M Romance Group and Lisa Henry Online]

 

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All the Wrong Places (Bluewater Bay #14) – Ann Gallagher

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“I don’t know. I have no idea what’s going on. Or why everything feels different when we’re together.”

 

In a word: Read the thing! I was so excited to read this when I first heard of it and OMG it did not disappoint! I so recommend this! The main couple is adorable and it’s so easy to root for them and their relationship. There’s a child character and he’s pretty fun without coming off as too precious or annoying. This isn’t a sexy book, the main couple are both asexual so their relationship doesn’t focus on the sexual aspect, but reading about the two of them getting together and deciding that they might just be more than friends was a joy to read. It was adorable, seriously. There’s some angst in there as well, but it’s done well and the author doesn’t go overboard with it and it all gets resolved without being dragged out. I seriously could not put this book down while I was reading it, it was that good. Read it.

[available for purchase at Riptide Publishing, Book Depository, Chapters, and Amazon.ca]

(I know in my first post I said that I would be talking about book I’ve already read at first, but I was too excited for this one when I heard about it so I decided to break that rule. The next post will be about a book I’ve already read.)

 

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Until September – Chris Scully

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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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Seven Tears At High Tide – C.B. Lee

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“One summer to be happy and in love.”

 

In a word: Go read the thing! It’s a beautifully written story about two boys falling in love for the first time, and the meaning of choice. It’s got romance, fantastical elements, a fun cast of characters, so much cuteness, some angst, and two loveable dorks you just can’t help but root for.

[available for purchase at Book Depository, Amazon.ca, and Interlude Press]

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