Sunday, February 26, 2017

Preston's Honor by Mia Sheridan

Preston's Honor

There were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one. 

Annalia Del Valle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends. 

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever. 

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning. 

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for? 

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself? 

Mia writes it... I read it. Did I know what it was about? No. Did I freak out when I finally learned it was brothers both vying for one girl's attention? Yes! 
That had angst written all over it!! 
But it wasn't what I was anticipating, and I hope others don't shy away thinking "love triangle." Don't do that. You'll be doing yourself a grave disservice. Preston's Honor is a must read!

Mia has written another beautiful story with so much heart and emotion.
I should have known and been prepared with tissues in hand... but, silly me, I wasn't ready!!
I cried. Happy tears a time or two, but a lot of sad ones. 
My gut clenched with sympathy so many times for Lia and the cards life dealt her... not only her, but for Preston and Cole as well.

This book was beautiful. Full of anguish, love, family, and strength. 
Another superb story by Mia Sheridan!

Amazon US / UK

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?

So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.

Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy.

I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.

They didn’t know about our past.

He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend Lorelai so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.

Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.

Author's note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.

This book had such a different feel to it. It put off a vibe of melancholy, of deep longing, of honesty.
Yes, there's hot hot hotness going on, there's much laughter and sarcasm, and a hilarious next door neighbor... but the overall vibe was different for me, and I really enjoyed it.

I appreciate how you get what you want right off the bat! Penelope doesn't drag it all out to the end to find out WHAT HAPPENED in their past. I feel like you get it right smack in the face from the beginning. Yes, more is revealed along the way, so much more... but you don't go through biting your nails trying to figure out what their connection is. It starts right off with it!

"...regrets. That's what it's all about, living with no regrets."

This book was honest. Is that weird to say? There's no games, there's no lies... well... okay, there's a few times I wanted to cut a bitch... but...
The connection between Mack and Frankie was incredible, the chemistry, the realness.

I laughed, I teared up, I just loved it. 

"Well, once you go Mack, you never go back."

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sight Unseen by Susan Mac Nicol

Sight Unseen

Tragedy brings together a reserved but brilliant sculptor and an outgoing gallery owner, friends whose love was sidetracked—but was always meant to be deeper. 


SoCal natives, Nate and Cody have been friends since childhood. Both knew they were different—and the same. At seventeen, a stolen weekend in the Florida Keys drove their connection deeper and hotter than either could imagine. They were meant to be together. Then, for reasons only Nate knows, suddenly they weren’t.

They’re still friends. Best friends. But they’ve moved on and found other partners. The yearning remains, however, despite the long-ago secret that drove them apart, and when tragedy strikes, both men find themselves in the dark. They must grope their way back to who and what they are...which they will find in each other’s arms. Sometimes, losing one’s sight can open one’s eyes—and heart.

I'm a Susan Mac Nicol junkie! She writes, I read!
This book came with a warning, a not her usual sexified story.
That was fine with me. 

No, this story is not a sex-filled read, nor did it have to be.
This is a second chance, friends to lovers read.

It's about love, about prevailing... and can't forget to mention the "Ghost" scene! ;)

There were certain aspects I can honestly say that I struggled with. The bigotry and hate Nate's had to deal with was outrageous and cruel. Is this truly how people are treated?
At first I thought it was a little out there and too far-fetched... but knowing the way Susan writes, those instances probably happened to someone she knows, making this so very real, and my heart truly hurt for them. 

Ultimately, Sight Unseen is about a man's struggle not only with his relationship with his childhood best friend, but with an unseen tragedy in his life.
It's about coping and overcoming, and about those you love and trust to be in your life and to help you live the best life you can.

Amazon US / UK

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