Book Review: Getting Him Back by K.A. Mitchell


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by K.A. Mitchell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

five-stars

Genre:  LGBT Romance

Sigh… I loved this one. My only complaint is that it was too short.

The story revolves around Ethan after he’s followed his high school love off to college. As anyone who went away to college likely knows, those types of relationships don’t often last much into freshman year. This one is no different. Ethan is heartbroken when Blake, his boyfriend dumps him soon after he joins him at his college, stating he just doesn’t love him anymore.

Ethan is depressed and mopey for a while but is determined to get Blake back. He goes to the one person who he think knows his ex the best, his roommate Wyatt. While seeking out the inside scoop on Blake he discovers the more time he spends with Wyatt, the more he realizes how much he enjoys the guy.

The story is told entirely from Ethan’s point of view, so we don’t really get to see much about what is going on in Wyatt’s head. I really enjoyed how snarky, and fun Ethan is, especially in contrast to the emo side that Wyatt portrays. The author was masterful in giving each of these characters their own voices while also giving us a lovely plot and some extremely believable and emotional sexy times.

Glad to read there’s another ‘chapter’ to Wyatt and Ethan’s story. Now I need to go rush off and see what other gems of Mitchell’s I’ve been missing for all this time.

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Book Review: Patchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn

Patchwork ParadisePatchwork Paradise by Indra Vaughn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre:  LGBT Romance

I enjoyed this book. It was filled with a lot of complex feelings and interwoven relationships. It was well written and although it felt a little slow about halfway through, it was a fascinating story about the power of longing, love and second chances.

The book starts off with showing us Oliver and Samual, a happy couple planning their upcoming nuptials. In the blink of an eye, life can change dramatically. When Sam is killed, Oliver falls into a deep depression. His friends rally around him and do their best to help him during his hour of need.

Thomas, Oliver’s bi-sexual friend has been holding on to a crush on Oliver ever since he met him. When Sam and Oliver were together, Thomas knew he needed to keep his unrequited love to himself, instead choosing to date person after person in a revolving door like dating life. With Sam suddenly gone from the picture, Thomas holds out hope that someday when Oliver is ready, he’ll see him for all the love he has to give.

Thomas and Oliver play a tug of war with each other’s heart throughout much of the second half of the book. It was definitely a slow burn and one that did move a little snail-like at times. I enjoyed how each of these flawed characters grew and changed over the course of the book. I will warn you to bring some tissues because at times this book is a heavy and sad read. The satisfying end makes up for all the heartache in between.

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Book Review: Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert

Knit Tight (Portland Heat, #4)Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4star

Genre:  LGBT Romance

A cute, quick, albeit emotional read.

The story revolves around Brady, a career barista who has found himself the caretaker of his brother and sisters after their parents untimely death. He’s struggling to make ends meet and doing the best he can but under all that stress and anxiety is a man in need of some help.

Into his coffee shop strolls Evern, the grandson of the elderly yarn shop’s owner. He’s come to town to help out with his ailing grandmother as she goes through cancer treatment.

The pair hit it off, but with the strain of both their situations, they just don’t have the time to date one another. Agreeing to be friends, they slowly build up their relationship to more as Brady suddenly finds himself in need of help after trying to do everything himself.

I liked the characterization and the slow build and growth of both Brady and Evern. The story was well told and the plot moves along nicely, keeping you interested the whole way through.

A lovely little M/M romance about finding love when you think you don’t have the time.

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Book Review: How the Cookie Crumbles by Jaime Samms

How the Cookie Crumbles (Bluewater Bay, #12)How the Cookie Crumbles by Jaime Samms

My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars

3 1/2 stars

Genre: LGBT Romance
Another interesting read from the Bluewater Bay series.

This one is about the local bakery. Shop owner Frederick has come to Bluewater Bay in search of a new beginning. After having his heart broken and being humiliated during a rigged cooking reality show, Frederick uses his hush money to buy the local bakery on the Main Street of town. After extensive renovations and an alcoholic father looking for a handout, Frederick’s sizeable egg nest is now a big heaping pile of debt.

Frederick has been working himself to the bone, and when in walks Blaire, the man responsible for his fleeing to Bluewater Bay, he begins to crumble beneath the weight of it all.

Blaire is looking for forgiveness and a second chance. When his overbearing and controlling father banishes him to Bluewater Bay to help with Wolf’s Landing’s merchandising, he jumps at the chance to try and make it up to Frederick.

Slowly but surely, Blaire worms his way into Frederick’s life, including helping him in ways Frederick hadn’t asked him for. The pair faces struggle after struggle, which gets a little bit tiring after a while. I did enjoy this, for the most part, it ran a little slow in the middle, but overall a nice M/M read.

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Book Review: Confessions in the Dark by Jeanette Grey

Confessions in the DarkConfessions in the Dark by Jeanette Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3

Genre: Romance

Didn’t love this one as much as some of her previous work. The MCs are complex and the story weaves and moves along really nicely. Something was just a little off about it for me, though. I adored When The Stars Align, so, so much that I feel almost bad about saying this was a good read and not a great one.

Cole has been locked away in his apartment for years, morning the death of his wife. One morning a pickpocket tries to steal a kid’s backpack while waiting for the “L” train when something snaps in Cole. Unfortunately while apprehending the suspect, he does severe damage to his knee. With no one to rely on, Cole is swept into the kindness of his neighbor, Serena, whether he likes it or not.

Serena has seen the handsome, hermit-like neighbor before, but it wasn’t until she found him struggling trying to maneuver down the stairs in their old apartment building that she discovers what lies beneath his gruff exterior.

The pair hit it off, but Cole keeps pushing Serena away, not thinking he’s worthy of love. As I said above, I liked this book well enough, I think I have such high expectations for this author to really wow me with her writing, that I’m disappointed when I don’t love something she’s written. My fault, more than hers, really.

If you enjoy broody, complex men combined with the sweet girl next door, you’ll enjoy this story.

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A Work In Progress

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I’ve been posting all my book reviews on my personal writing blog, Michela Walters for a few years now and finally decided to separate out my two endeavors.  This will now house all of my book reviews, past and present.  I’ll work on migrating my older reviews over here with time, so be patient with me.

Thanks for your continued support and I hope you’ll stick with me as I progress and move forward.

Thanks,
Michela