So I think my daughter’s senior year/prom/graduation/senior pictures/daily emails from the senior sponsor with a new to-do list and/or something I have to write a check for has taken over my life the last several months. Good news is we only have two weeks and the newly minted 18 yr old finally steps onto the stage to accept her diploma. THROWS ALL THE CONFETTI I say this because I’ve read several awesome books lately that I’ve wanted to write reviews for but April and May have simply gotten away from me. Good news is I’ve got them all listed here for you today! THROWS MORE CONFETTI BECAUSE RECS
Y’all are going to want to get your one-click fingers ready.
The final installment of the Chaos series does not disappoint. If you’re wondering whether Zed and Fixer can manage to keep themselves from getting into yet another impossible situation… Well, of course, they can’t. These two simply can not stay out of trouble. I think fans of this series will be incredibly happy with the way everything is wrapped up. Fixer and Zed do finally get their HEA. YAY! It seems like Elias and Nessa might, maybe eventually, get their own happily ever after and the decisions made in the final chapter hint at maybe seeing the Chaos crew again in the future. Which makes me a very happy girl. I love all these guys and will miss them tremendously
Check out my reviews for the previous installments in the Chaos series.
Book 1: Chaos Station
Book 2: Lonely Shore
Book 3: Skip Trace
Book 4: Inversion Point
Reaching out, he stroked the back of his human fingers over Zed’s cheek. “I love you.”
Zed’s fingers covered his. “I know. I feel it every time you touch me. I see it every time you look at me.”
“Even when I’m pissed.”
“Even then.” Zed squeezed his fingers.
First of all, can we all just stare at that cover for a minute? I swear, you put a hot dude with a beard on a cover and I can not resist.
This book is actually two novellas wrapped up in one book, Love Me Like a Rock is Austin and Sean’s story and Hard Candy is Vinnie and Bryan’s story.
Austin and Vinnie are best friends with occasional benefits. Like really occasional. Austin would like more, but can’t seem to break out of the lover on the side role where Vinnie has firmly placed him. He’s okay for now, thinking Vinnie will come around eventually. Then he meets Sean during a live model art class and the sparks fly between the two. Sean gives him everything Vinnie doesn’t. His time, his patience and his undivided attention. I loved everything about these two and their romance. Everything. If I have one complaint it’s that their story wasn’t longer.
Then there’s Vinnie, who I didn’t really know and didn’t care for the off-hand way he treated his best friend/lover. That is until he meets Bryan and I realized he hasn’t been purposefully ignoring Austin, he just has an extreme amount of anxiety in social situations and needs a regimented schedule to keep him on task. He was taking Austin for granted sure, but I don’t think he even realized it. Bryan is his complete opposite, yet together they are wonderful and fascinating and absolutely fantastic.
Two stories, one book, I promise you will be completely satisfied. If you are new to this series both stories can be read as stand-a-lones, yet I’m pretty sure you’ll want to go back and start at the beginning.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping you’re gonna change your mind at some point about this casual thing.” Sean switched to sitting cross-legged, his knee pressing against Austin’s. “I like you, Austin. A lot. But I’m no trying to fuck with your head. I can wait. It’s worth it. The waiting.”
I don’t often read YA, but this is Marie Sexton so of course I couldn’t help myself. This is an emotional read full of ups and downs, new experiences and overcoming the odds. Nate is the new kid in town after his newly divorced father decided they needed to start a new life in a new town. He wears the right clothes, drives an okay car and should be able to fit in with the cool crowd in school. Cody lives in a run-down trailer with a mother who works as a waitress in a truck stop. They can barely afford to put food on the table and pay the light bill. He’s not popular in any way shape or form, especially after rumors of his homosexuality spread through the small town of Warren, Wyoming. These two have nothing in common at first glance, but they connect and become friends nonetheless. Then they fall in love.
Set in the 80’s, Trailer Trash tells the story of two high school seniors trapped in a small town who click right away yet have to overcome extreme adversity to be together. Surrounded by homophobia, sexism, rumors about the aids epidemic, small town cliques, and hatefulness these two have so much going against them. So, so much. I had soo many emotions while reading because, oh man, this book is achingly sweet and sad and hopeful and terrible all at once. Cody and Nate’s romance isn’t easy and it isn’t rushed, but it is lovely and I loved the hopeful, uplifting ending.
I could go on and on, but I’d rather you just read it for yourselves to see what I’m talking about. Highly recommended.
“Hey,” Cody said, and when Nate looked over at him, Cody smiled. “When it’s dark enough, you can see the stars.”
Nate tried to smile back, but failed. “I only see the dark.”
“Me too.” Cody nudged Nate’s knees with his own, and this time, Nate did manage to smile a little. “Guess it gives us a reason to keep looking up.”