Review: Take Me Home, by @hudsonlinwrites

Take Me HomeTitle: Take Me Home
Author: Hudson Lin
Rating: 4/5 stars
 

Melvin is old and tired and all he wants is to enjoy his weekly Sunday morning coffee at the local cafe. Most weeks he can ignore Lee and his cheerfully friendly comments. But when Lee sits down at his table one day with a pile of blue yarn and a twinkle in his eye, Melvin wonders whether his fossil of a heart can love again.

Take Me Home is a 3,300 word m/m meet cute with a grumpy grandpa, a meddling cafe owner, sweet touches, and side-by-side knitting. (description from Goodreads)

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I was looking for some quick reads a while back that were worth my time. This story was recommended to me by another reader and I’m happy to say that the recommendation was spot on.

This was my first time reading Hudson Lin and I think I’ll be going back to read more from the author. This was a quick story, but it was a great story. It’s not often you find older characters as the leads in romance. And even less often are they in an M/M Romance. These two older gentlemen come into their favorite cafe wanting their coffee and tea, but end up leaving with something even better.

There’s not much to spoil by saying that. It’s the journey to that HEA that made this story a great read. And now it makes me want to grab more coffee.

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If you’d like a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon

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About the Author:

Hudson Lin was raised by conservative immigrant parents and grew up straddling two cultures with ofttimes conflicting perspectives on life. Instead of conforming to either, she has sought to find a third way that brings together the positive elements of both.

Having spent much of her life on the outside looking in, Lin likes to write stories about outsiders who fight to carve out their place in society, and overcome everyday challenges to find love and happily ever afters. Her books are diverse romances featuring queer and disabled people of color.

When not engrossed in a story, Lin knits, drinks tea, and works the 9 to 5 in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada.

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New Release: Chocolate Kisses, by @remypowersbooks

Nita is a successful restaurateur, but her dream is to open a bakery. Her dreams are inches away from coming true when she finds a perfect location. Not to mention she has the perfect man to boot. But when a wrench is thrown into her plans, she could end up losing her bakery and her man. Can Nita right the ship before she loses everything?

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If you’d like a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon

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About the Author:

Remy Powers is an African American romance writer. When not writing, Remy is usually reading books from other talented authors or watching a good TV show or movie.

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HRM – Two Christmas short stories, @mzalexhouse

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What Melanie sees as an inconvenience, Luke sees as a long-desired opportunity. Hopefully, this converging of divergent paths on Christmas Eve will lead to pleasant surprises for both of them.

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Having to work on Christmas Eve is bad. Having to work the graveyard shift on Christmas Eve is worse. Having to work the graveyard shift on Christmas Eve when your life is a mess? Well, that’s some BS. There doesn’t seem to be a Merry Christmas in store for Sunday Marks, but maybe one call can change that.

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You can find both of these stories on Amazon:

Always My Baby

Merry Christmas, Baby

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About the Author:

A southern girl at heart, Alexandria House has an affinity for a good banana pudding, Neo Soul music and tall black men in suits. When this fashionista is not shopping, she’s writing steamy stories about real black love.

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#Review: A Cupid in London, by Tom Caval

Title: A Cupid in London
Author: Tom Caval
Rating: 4/5 stars

This is our first Valentine’s Day together, so it has to be extremely special.

Harry is excited about his first Valentine’s Day with his boyfriend Will, who helped him get over a broken heart.

To be on time, he’s willing to do anything. He’ll even get on the bus dressed in a ridiculous costume that draws more than a few looks, while carrying a box of pink cupcakes.

But when he arrives home, ready to start the special evening in a sexy way, Harry’s jaw drops when he realizes that Will is not alone …

Single or not, treat yourself with this a funny and unapologetically cheesy gay Valentine’s short story, full of tender and unexpected moments.” (description from Goodreads)

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I had this story sitting on my Kindle for a few months. I needed a short read to have with my coffee this morning and I’m glad this was the story I picked up.

It’s a quick read. It’s a light read. But it’s also carrying a strong message. Acceptance and being open minded is how we should all be, especially when it comes to family. I liked how the scene between Noah’s father, Will, and Harry played out. It was a confrontation without a perfect outcome, but it still may have planted a seed for a better future for the family and for Noah. I’d like to see where this leads if the story is to continue later on.

I’m going to have to check out more of Caval’s work after reading this one. I have a feeling I’ll being enjoying it.

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If you’d like a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon | B&N | KoboiBooks

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About the Author:

After years of dating men, Tom still considers himself as one who’s far from being an expert in the love domain; yet, being courageous, he continues to evolve and learns a bit about himself in the process.

Endowed with a creative mind and a witty perspective of a real world where one can have their fantasies come alive, his ingenuity with words, guy stories and the human nature, motivates him to put together his experiences into fiction-laced writing.

When he is not putting his characters into real trouble, Tom collects inspiration for his stories from his (and his friends) dating life, pop culture, reading Gay comedy romance, and exploring the nightlife. Tom’s idols are Sophie Kinsella, Candance Bushnell and Truman Capote.

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Review: Meant to Be, by @AlisonBliss2

Title: Meant to Be (Perfect Fit #3.5)
Author: Alison Bliss
Rating: 4/5 stars

Alison Bliss returns with a novella in her popular Perfect Fit series. These laugh-out-loud romantic comedies feature curvaceous heroines finding love and convincing us that confident and sexy comes in all shapes and sizes.

Sidney Larson always thought dark-haired, blue-eyed Brett Carmichael was sinfully sexy, to say nothing of the muscular mechanic’s talent with his hands. But Sidney so didn’t have time for Brett’s overbearing tendencies when they were together so she broke things off. Now a chance encounter brings Brett back into her life, and Sidney can’t help but notice intriguing changes in her ex. So what’s stopping her from revisiting their scorching-hot chemistry?

Since Sidney dumped him, Brett’s made major life adjustments, thanks to therapy and a long, hard look at himself. Sure, he’s still intense but he knows how to focus his energy on his career, not on trying to control a fantastic woman like Sidney. Brett finds the sweet, generous brunette more seductive than ever, but now that he’s finally worthy of her, will she be willing to give him a second chance?

24,000 words” (description from Goodreads)

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I wanted to read this novella almost on a whim. I know of Alison Bliss and I own two of the three Perfect Fit novels. I just haven’t read them yet. When Meant to Be jumped in front of me I figured it was the best way to dive into Bliss’ series. I was definitely right to do so.

Like many novellas, for me, Meant to Be gives me both a taste of the author’s writing and a taste of the series in a short amount of time. I read this one fairly quickly for me and it was hard to put down when life told me to. I really enjoyed Brett and how Bliss wrote him. He’s flawed, he knows it, he’s making a constant effort to change for the better. Sidney is a strong woman, doesn’t want to give into her heart for good reason. These two have been apart for a year, but as the title suggests, some things are just meant to be. The journey won’t be easy, but reading that journey was a great Valentine’s Day treat for me!

I’ll definitely be visiting this series again soon.

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You can buy this book from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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About the Author:

Alison Bliss is a best-selling, award-winning author of humorous, contemporary romances. A born and raised Texan, she currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, two kids, and their dogs. As the youngest of five girls, she has never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. Alison believes the best way to find out if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. She writes the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, and laughter. Something she likes to call, “Romance…with a sense of humor.”

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HRM – The Eighth Night, by @jennakendauth

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Fresh off months of round-the-clock work launching his company’s first successful video game, Kai gives up a celebratory vacation with friends in order to spend Chanukah with his parents. Instead, he finds himself home alone pet sitting their ankle-biting dog. Upset and lost in his thoughts about being misled, he doesn’t notice his old friend Ari standing next to him in the elevator until they’re trapped during a power outage. Hours of conversation to stave off panic lead to an invitation to spend the holiday together.

Disowned by his religious family, Ari has never second-guessed his decision to become an escort. That is, until Kai treats him like a boyfriend instead of a boy toy. Now he has eight nights with his former crush before he needs to come clean. And then he’ll need to say goodbye, because it’s going to take a miracle for Kai to accept what Ari was doing in his building that first night.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

 Amazon

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About the Author:

Jenna Kendrick writes contemporary, new adult, and paranormal romance about smart guys with a propensity for snark. Jenna went to a small college in the woods of Western Massachusetts, where she alternated between bare feet and hiking boots and used dining hall trays as a mode of transportation in the winter. She fell in love with creative writing after writing a satirical essay to get out of yet another literary analysis assignment. Unable to choose a coast or climate zone, she bounced around the country before settling in Upstate New York. She lives with her husband and several furry creatives, some of whom think of her desk as their own. This may be why Jenna’s developed a sudden urge to write about shifters.

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HRM – Lit Up, by @AuthorDevyn

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Has a fateful November meeting over raspberries led Rusty to Mr. Right? He and Cole have so much in common, except for that religious background thing.

And Cole loves holidays. Rusty decks out Christmas trees, while Cole lights up menorahs. It can’t be that hard to plan and execute the perfect Chanukah. What could possibly go wrong

Two men, two sets of traditions, one chance for Rusty to get it right.

Lit Up is a standalone M/M romance with an HEA.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

 Amazon

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About the Author:

Devyn Morgan is a contemporary man with a love of contemporary romance! He grew up in several different states due to his parents’ careers, which instilled in him a love of travel and seeing new places. After finishing college, he traveled around the globe for two years in search of romance, experiences, and adventures. In that time, he came up with more story ideas than he could ever use, so he started to write gay fiction.

He currently lives in the eastern US with his partner and a dog, but he still considers himself a free spirit.

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