Book Review: Steps To You, Toni Griffin

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If you are looking for an action packed, drama heavy angst ridden story – go somewhere else.

This story is quiet, cute, and (SPOILER) tied up in a neat bow.

And guess what? I ENJOYED it!

The conflict is a bit of a stretch, but not completely beyond the realm of possibilities.

I felt like the first half of the story focused on a lot on details – the climbing of the bridge, the trip to the market, then suddenly those details got less and less.

What struck me as a bit odd, is I don’t think the author mentioned once what either of the MC’s do as a career…

Despite those details – I liked this book. It was a romance first and foremost. It had some curveballs that surprised me and (SPOILER) made me very sad. It tugged at the heart strings, which all good stories should do.

Bottom Line: Not every story has to be action packed and fast-paced. Sometimes we need to read about reality (or as close as the romance genre will get anyway ) For times like that – pick up this book.

Blurb: Fear Series: Book 1 (Amazon)

Is there something in life that you’re afraid of, like heart pounding, shortness of breath, Jesus Christ I’m going to pass out, scared? For Leo Harris that something is heights.

Why his nosy sister would gift him with a pass for the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb is anybody’s guess, let alone expect Leo to make it through in one piece. If it wasn’t for the kindness of a sexy stranger he meets at orientation, Leo doubts he would have been able to step one foot onto the mammoth structure.

Ryan Anderson’s known as a workaholic, as he has no reason not to be, that all changes in one day when he meets Leo. Ryan quickly falls head over heels as he sets out to make Leo his.

Novel: 54,800 words

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Book Review: Steps To You, Toni Griffin

Book Review: Foothills Pride Books 1&2

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3.5 / 5 stars
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Both of these books were good, very cute stories that are great as quick, fun reads.

I am anxiously awaiting the third book. I will read it when it comes out.

That being said, some aspects of these two stories go way beyond the believable. A lot of coincidences that aren’t realistic, and kind of made me roll my eyes a few times. Especially in Redesigning Max.

I expected the second to be better than the first, but that isn’t the case. I preferred Book One, What’s In A Name. In Redisgning Max the characters are more cliché, and the emotions aren’t as deep.

It may be worth noting that all sex is off screen, scenes fade to black.

Bottom Line: Need a quick, cute read to lift your spirits? these are your books.

Blurbs

What’s In A Name, Pat Heneshaw

Barista Jimmy Patterson thinks it’s a good idea to get rip-roaring drunk on his birthday after he’s dumped by his boyfriend. When the burly owner of Stonewall’s Saloon rescues Jimmy, the night starts to look up.

Now Jimmy just wants to know the bartender’s first name since he’s worn a different name tag every time Jimmy’s seen him. “Guy” Stone gives Jimmy seven guesses, one for each night he takes Jimmy out on a date.

While Jimmy’s trying to come up with his name, he’s distracted by the destruction of his coffee shop and what looks more and more like a hate crime.

Redesigning Max, Pat Heneshaw

Renowned interior designer Fredi Zimmer is surprised when outdoorsman Max Greene, owner of Greene’s Outdoors, hires Fredi to revamp his rustic cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Fredi is an out-and-proud Metro male whose contact with the outdoors is from his car to the doorway of the million-dollar homes he remodels, and Max is just too hunky for words.

When Max comes on to Fredi, the designer can’t imagine why. But he’s game to put a little spice into Max’s life, even if it’s just in the colors and fixtures he’ll use to turn Max’s dilapidated cabin into a showplace. Who can blame a guy for adding a little sensual pleasure as he retools Max’s life visually?

Max, for his part, is grateful when Fredi takes him in hand, both metaphorically and literally. Coming out is the most exciting and wonderful time in his life, despite the conservative former friends who think they’re saving him from sliding into hell.

Book Review: Foothills Pride Books 1&2

Book Review: Prickly Business by Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade

Review->  4.5 stars

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Buy Links->Amazon, DreamSpinner Press, AllRomance

Blurb:

Some people might call Avery Babineaux a prick. He’s a hedgehog shifter from an old-money Louisiana family, with a penchant for expensive shoes and a reputation for being a judgmental snob. His attitude is why he and his fated mate are estranged. Not that Avery cares. He doesn’t want to be mated to some blue-collar werewolf anyway. Or so he keeps telling himself.

No werewolf likes to be looked down upon, least of all Dylan Green. He doesn’t need a mate, especially not some snotty hedgehog who sneers at his custom motorcycle shop and calls him a grease monkey. But when Avery gets into trouble with a shady loan shark, Dylan can’t stand by and let him be hurt—whether he wants the brat or not.

Yet once Dylan steps into Avery’s world, he realizes there’s more to Avery than his prickly exterior, and that unexpected vulnerability calls to Dylan’s protective instincts. The sassy little hedgehog needs a keeper, and despite their horrible first impressions, Dylan starts to believe he might be the wolf for the job.

Review:

I am a long time reader of Piper Vaughn’s, there isn’t a story of hers that I do not love and I think this one (a collaborative work of hers and Kenzie Cade’s) might be my new favorite.

Like many m/m readers I love a good shifter story, but the hedgehog shifter, that was new for me (and the genre as a whole, I bet). The authors did a fantastic job of capturing Avery’s hedgehog side and complimenting it well with Dylan’s wolf.

The two are mates, and they know that they are mates, but due to some miscommunication and they both believe the other doesn’t want anything to do with being together. That changes one night when Dylan rescues the bratty hedgehog after he gets into a tough spot.

As I got closer and closer to the end I realized that all of the story threads weren’t going to be wrapped up in a neat bow, and all of my questions weren’t going to be answered, and I was slightly disappointed (I prefer closure), but alas, at the end of the book was a coming soon notice for the sequel – I do love a good sequel.

While I would prefer some instant answers and a lovely happily ever after send off for Dylan and Avery, I was very satisfied with the happy ever after, with a view lingering concerns and unanswered questions, that this book leaves us with.

Bottom Line – It’s a wonderful read, and am anxiously awaiting the sequel.

Book Review: Prickly Business by Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade