At Attention by Annabeth Albert

This was the second book in the Out of Uniform series. I am a huge fan of military romance, so this is totally my catnip.

I did enjoy this, but perhaps not as much as the first book in the series. I felt like the character of Apollo seemed to be a little more uptight in the 2nd book. He’d seemed less so in his cameos in the first book, so I was a little surprised and disappointed. He’s had some pretty hard knocks and a great deal of the book is him coming to terms with the loss of his husband and how he begins to move on.

Dylan is a great character, but in an a familiar theme, I felt his treatment by Apollo at times was a little shabby. Don’t get me wrong, Apollo is trying hard to deal with his grief, but there was a cost to this. Dylan is super young too, and while I kinda liked the May/December trope, I wondered if being so young and just starting out if this was always a realistic relationship.

I enjoyed this and it definitely left me with food for thought. Lots of hot stuff and angst.

3 Stars
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Amazon

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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Pretty Face by Lucy Parker

I must admit to a bit of a squee moment when I saw this was coming out. I absolutely loved the first book in this series and this second novel is an absolute treat. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and story, an couldn’t put it down. London is described vividly and the theater setting feels very real with a feisty and romantic tale woven in. If you’ve not picked up the author already, then do. One of my favorites of 2017 already.

5 Stars.

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Amazon

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True North by Bethany Brown & Ashlyn Kane.

tn-ebookSmall-town engineer Jackson Strange has been clumsy his whole life, so when an accident at work sends him to the local clinic, it’s no big shock. The surprise is his magnetic, heated attraction to the enigmatic Julian Piet, a charming doctor with killer good looks who pulls Jack off his lonely course. Now that their paths have crossed, Jack and Julian head off in a new direction – but between Jack’s reluctance to be open about his sexuality and Julian’s shattered self-confidence, they can’t seem to decide what direction that is. It takes a push from Julian’s meddlesome sister to send them stumbling headfirst into romance.

Happily wrapped up in their fledgling relationship, Jack and Julian think they may have found their way when unexpected roadblocks appear on their path to forever. Wrathful storms, dangerous illness, family connections, and broken hearts threaten their tenuous balance. Will the trials send them spinning apart – their love scattered to the four winds? Or will Jack and Julian learn to believe and trust that together they can find true north.
From Dreamspinner Press.

How can you resist a man in scrubs? Years of watching ER, Chicago Hope and now Grey’s obviously has me well conditioned. heh.

This book starts with promise, two guys meet and are attracted to each other, always a bonus in a romance novel. Bit of the whole caretaker hero doing his taking care thing, it was good. I liked Jackson, he was sweet and had me imagining warm plaid shirts. Not sure why, just did! Julian is a nice foil of slender goodness with much fiesty sexiness. There is a beautifully described small town in winter, interesting secondary characters and it was nice and long. (long is good!) 

The only problems I had with the book were a few moments with awkward plot devices that had my suspension of disbelief working overtime. I also found some of the explanations about backgrounds and where the boys came from a little confusing, but the rest of the book read reasonably smoothly.

Despite these problematic moments I’ll be interested in seeing what their next book is like. It is coming soon from Dreamspinner Press in March. You can check it out here.

Get get the ebook and paperback here.

A Strong and Sudden Thaw by R. W. Day

14157The Ice fell upon the world nearly a hundred years ago, and if civilization didn’t rightly collapse, it surely staggered and fell ill a while. In the small town of Moline, Virginia, folks struggle to survive, relying on hybrid seed sent by the faraway Departmet of Reintroduction and Agriculture and their own faith in God and hard work. But when a mated pair of dragons starts hunting the countryside, stealing sheep, and attacking children, the townsfolk quickly learn that they don’t have the weapons or the skills to fight off such predators. 

David Anderson is a farmer’s son who has explored the world through books. When he meets the new healer in town, Callan Landers, he doesn’t quite know what to make of the strange warmth stealing over him. It’s not until he surprises Callan with another man-and both men are promptly arrested for sodomy-that David finally realizes the truth about his own feelings. 

When David and Callan stumble over a secret in a nearby abandoned town, their personal problems fade before government politics and corruption that threaten lives. It seems the dragons aren’t the worst dangers facing Moline.
From All Romance eBooks.

I’ve never been a great one for the great outdoors and nature. I don’t do bugs and a girl has to have somewhere to plug in her hairdryer! So, I was surprised to have enjoyed this as much as I did. I found the day to day details of David’s life on the farm and and the interactions with his family and Callan absorbing.

The world building was well done and the hint of conspiracy certainly gave the story a neat twist. Some of the book leaves you guessing a little till the end and I am hoping the 2nd book comes out soon as I cannot wait to see what happens next.

The romance between Callan and David was sweet, tender and passionate. David was such a sturdy character, a likeable cuss and I enjoyed him immensely. The books length was also a plus and defnitely allowed the time for the development of the characters. At 282 pages in pdf I really felt that I got bang for my buck. I liked!

 

To get this wonderful story go check it out at the following sites – 

All Romance eBooks
Lethe Press
Website for R.W. Day

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