December readings | Enjoyment & Frustration

Title: Ride the Lightning
Series: Sinister in Savannah #1
Author: Aimee Nicole Walker
Genre(s): Mystery, Crime, Contemporary, Romance
Page count: 284 pages (ebook)
Published: 23 June 2020

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Title: Power Plays & Straight A’s
Series: CU Hockey #1
Author: Eden Finley, Saxon James
Genre(s): Sports, Contemporary, Romance
Page count: 314 pages (paperback)
Published: 29 June 2020

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Title: Witchmark
Series: The Kingston Cycle #1
Author: C.L. Polk
Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical, LGBT, Fiction
Page count: 318 pages
Published: 19 June 2018

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Title: Shot on Goal
Series: Pucks & Rainbows #3
Author: L.A. Witt
Genre(s): Sports, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Page count: 357 pages (ebook)
Published: 12 May 2020

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Title: The Prince and his Captivating Carpenter
Series: Paranormal Princes #2
Author: Charlie Cochet
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Page count: 136 pages
Published: 18 February 2020

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Title: Stormsong
Series: The Kindston Cycle #2
Author: C.L. Polk
Genre(s): Fantasy, LGBT, Fiction, Romance
Page count: 345 pages
Published: 11 February 2020

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Title: The King and his Vigilant Valet
Series: Paranormal Princes #3
Author: Charlie Cochet
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Paranormal
Page count: 140 pages (ebook)
Published: 31 March 2020

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Title: A Bear in the Woods
Series: Smokey Mountain Bears #1
Author: Toni Griffin
Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy
Page count: 51 pages
Published: 19 January 2013

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Assist | L.A. Witt

Assist (Pucks & Rainbows #2) by L.A. Witt Published 26 December 2019

Seattle Snowhawks rookie Justin Reid has it bad for his teammate Shawn Kelleher. It’s just his luck that Shawn’s got a crush too… on Justin’s best friend, Vancouver Narwhal center Keith Adams.

When Shawn lets it slip at the worst possible moment that he wants Keith, Justin is hurt, but what can he do? He steers Keith in Shawn’s direction and lets chemistry do the rest.

What Justin doesn’t know is that while Keith is into Shawn, he’s also secretly wanted Justin since forever. After some stumbling, they realize there’s something very hot and very mutual going on between all three of them. It’s fantasies coming true left, right, and center, and it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Except this scorching hot triad is anything but simple. Not while the closeted son of a hockey legend is fighting to make his own name in the shadow of his deeply homophobic father’s legacy. Not in the midst of grueling schedules and a team’s fraternization rules. Throw in pesky emotions showing up where they aren’t wanted, and it’s a play that’s doomed from the start.

Shawn, Keith, and Justin all fought their way into professional hockey. Is what they have together worth fighting for too? Or will fear let heartache win this game?

How was it? This book starts with a bang, holly hell. Like many books before, I didn’t read the blurb, I didn’t know what to expect. I sure did not expect this. I thought this was my first threesome romance but it’s not, it’s my second.

Like Rebound, Assist hit me hard but in a different way, the level of angst in this book is stressful. It’s worth it though, because each of the relationship make sense, they feel real and hot. Complicated, of course, and well worth the frustrated moments. Justin, Keith, and Shawn are similar in some ways, enough that I sometimes forgot whose perspective I was on, yet each bring something to the relationship.

I’ve read L.A. Witt’s books before but in this series she seems to be aiming for the thougher, more complex side of romances. I’m eager for the next one.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rebound | L.A. Witt

Rebound (Pucks & Rainbows #1) by L.A. Witt published 27 March 2019

Officer Geoff Logan has his plate full. His cop’s salary and Marine retirement aren’t enough to make ends meet. He’s got war wounds and demons that are in it for the long haul. His teenagers are, well, teenagers, plus they’re pissed that he left the boyfriend they loved. Can’t a guy catch a break?
Seattle Snowhawks center Asher Crowe has it all. A seven figure salary. A literal house on a hill. A stable, loving relationship with an amazing boyfriend. At least, that’s what the world sees. Behind closed doors, he’s been living in a private hell, and when he finally works up the courage to end things, his boyfriend refuses to go quietly.
One call to the cops, and suddenly Geoff and Asher’s paths cross. But is the connection between them simple chemistry? Kindred spirits? Or just a pair of lonely hearts looking for a hot distraction?
And even if it’s more than physical, is there really a future for two men from such vastly different worlds? Especially when the past comes knocking?

How was it? I recently tried to revisit this story because the third one is coming out this month, and for some reason I could not remember the particulars of the story. I just knew that I liked the book and was very much interested in the sequel – that I’m about to read.

The first few lines had all the memories floating back to me and I now have an idea why this book struck a cord. That’s not right, I know now why I couldn’t remember the details of this book. Because it touched me in a deeper way than I’d thought. This is what I wrote about it after reading it :

Rebound is a bit of a slow burn, it’s grounded, not rushed, and very refreshing. As much in the subject matter abuse and the way the sexual aspect of the relationship was approached and described.

This is all I wrote at the time and did not published my thoughts then. What’s interesting to me now, is that I can agree with most of it just with the few memories and feelings about the book that came up after those first few lines. I’m not sure what I meant about the last bit about sex but I can hazard a guess.

I’m saying without really saying that this book has struck close enough to home that I don’t plan and re-reading this book, and yet I’m still happy that I did. I don’t remember being triggered reading it but it will be a one and done for me, much like I have no intention to revive a relationship with that ex who made this book feel familiar to me. It’s not what I’ve been through but close enough. But I am going to recommend this book because it’s worth reading and I am going to dive into the next one.

I’m curious, does anyone have the same kind of feelings I do about this book? Not triggered, liked it, interested in the series but not keen on re-reading it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.