Friday Recs

Karl Blake’s good at a lot of things: killing bad guys, rescuing hostages…and looting priceless diamonds, but when a bullet ends his career as a mercenary he discovers that he’s really bad at living in a huge house with nothing to do. A shy, oddly sexy gardener with an unexpected liking for rough sex seems just what the doctor ordered for his boredom. But Adam’s got secrets that make Karl’s seem mundane, and if the two of them are going to find a future together, there’s a lot more to deal with than dandelions in the lawn.

With the past and the present combining to push them apart, betrayal, hurt, and mistrust around every corner, the two of them need to focus less on labels and more on what they are to each other.

Because a rose by any other name…

I totally love these two authors. I don’t think there’s a combo move of theirs I have not absolutely loved yet. This is an older book I’ve meant to read for years. It was recced to me by someone else, then fell by the wayside. Loved it to death. If you absolutely cannot tolerate cheating of any sort, this book might bug you, but honestly it all made sense and it plays out well. I love the MCs, love the premise and how it’s executed. Can’t wait to see what these two write next 😀

Alex Tanner is a male nurse who divides his time between his job and his television schedule. His idea of the perfect partner, like so many other people’s, is a tall, dark, and handsome man. Preferably alive and breathing. Surely that’s not asking too much? Then an uninvited guest—a ghost, of all things—forces Alex to question what he’s always looked for in a lover and his definition of what makes a person so beautiful.

This book was much with the ;;___;; moments. Love the MC and the poor ghost. Their personalities, the utter ADORABLENESS that is the ghost, the friends, everything. OMG THE KITTY. Seriously, this book was so much with the woobie and the awwww and the nooooo. Loved it to death, hands down my favorite ‘ghost’ book. So well done, so much fun to read, and it all came together beautifully. <3 <3 <3

Escaping life on a farm, sexy Wyatt Taylor runs to the nearest city after college where he finds and loses
both love and employment. Down but not out, the handsome young man rebounds by landing the coveted position as assistant to powerful Portland, Oregon, business tycoon, William Bowen. Cold and precise, the mogul has a rarified life of privilege that leaves no room for error.

Thrust into a world of jet set travel and caviar, Wyatt is given little direction about his new career and is
fitted with a designer wardrobe. Clothes may not make the man, but Wyatt loves the beautifully tailored suits, wearing them like modern armor without realizing a connection between the way he looks in his new work “uniform” and Bowen’s clients.

This book was fucking hysterical and horribly wrong. I really can’t believe the MC didn’t clue in faster to what was going on, but the author writes the voice so well I actually do believe he didn’t catch on. It’s first person, and the voice is one I feel a lot of people try for but it only comes off forced, and this author definitely nailed it. I don’t think this is a premise many could have made work, and it may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

Owen may be a bit of a country mouse, but he’s loving his vacation in London. After a long day playing tourist, he’s on the hunt for some cheap beer and a good burger. Instead he finds a man hunting him, an arrogant prick with only one thing on the brain: the kind of meat that doesn’t come on a bun.

Eighty-hour weeks at a trading desk don’t leave Malcolm Kavanagh much time for meaningful relationships. Besides, in his world, everything’s a competition—even sex. When his newest one-night-sub fails to show, Malcolm sets his sights on the pretty young Yank on the bar stool beside him.

Owen’s all for an adventure with a native, but he’s not the pushover Malcolm thinks he is, and Malcolm’s not as shallow as he tries to be. They both soon learn that nothing’s too intimate to share with a stranger, and the strangest things happen when two people share the most important pieces of their hearts.

A book of fluff from two authors basically known for never (rarely) doing fluff. If you want a short, happy read this is definitely a book to hit up. Malcolm is so much with the love, seriously. Owen was awesome. They way they fit together was <3 <3 <3 The setting is lovely, and a premise that many would have rushed and made unconvincing these two carry off perfectly. There's no way this book can fail to put you in a better mood.

This book was fun. I love comedic murder mystery type things, but this one didn’t range into absurd territory. It’s a good mix of funny, sweet, and ‘that mother fucker is seriously creepy’. Love the MC, was pleased with who his love interest wound up being. My only minor quibble is I would have liked more of that, since it seemed to work out with little trouble, but honestly it is very minor. As a whole the book was fun, and I need to remember to see if more of the series is out.

Adam Hoale owns a construction company called Hoale Construction. When he finds an eye-opening surprise in the walls of a house he’s flipping, and a libido flaring surprise standing on the lawn, he’s willing to do the right thing with the surprise in the wall while entertaining lusty thoughts about the surprise on the lawn.

But as the world finds out what he discovered, and his new boy toy seems to be keeping too many secrets to make a relationship a reality, Adam soon realizes he may just get flipped himself if he’s not careful.

Detective Gabriel Ashby has never looked twice at another man, yet the criminal across from him, the man he’s interrogating, isn’t like any other. Gabe can’t deal with the sudden, intense need he has for one of NYPD’s Most Wanted. Everyone close to Angelo Pagan ends up dead, with the smug gang leader standing amid the rubble. Gabe would love nothing more than to bust Angelo’s ass and lock him up. So why is he seeing the bastard in his dreams at night?

Angelo Pagan knows attraction to Gabe is suicide. He’s resolute to ignore the chemistry…until a police raid goes wrong. He critically injures Gabe, changing the trajectory of both their lives. Now the two can’t get close enough. They settle into a forbidden affair threatened by lies and betrayal, living on different sides of the law with no way of breaching the gap between them. With the authorities looking to make an example of Angelo, Gabe has to decide if it’s really worth it to hate the sin but love the sinner.

As we’ve long established, I’m a goddamn sucker for cop/mob stories. They can, alas, be pretty hit or miss, but this one was definitely a hit. I loved loved the mobster guy (and his mom), and while I think the cop got awfully angry a lot none of it was really without good reason. They’re adorable in a way a badass mobster and cop really shouldn’t be allowed to get away with :3 Pacing is another important thing in a book like this, and the author nailed that. I am very happy this book stumbled into my path 😀

And that is all I have for now. Hope everyone has a good weekend ^__^