Kitty toes and linkity

Congrats to Kathy K, who won the copy of LB Gregg’s Catch Me If You Can (Romano & Albright, Book 1)! (Don’t forget about LB’s review contest, which runs through March 16.)


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Reading Update
The Larton Chronicles by James Anson. I heard about this delightful m/m romance when Josh Lanyon mentioned on his blog that it was one of his comfort reads. The book is about Robert, ex-policeman and mystery author who moves to the obscure village of Larton, and Michael, the horse-mad and out of control village “squire”. Written in a fabulously understated style that seems quite British indeed to me (Jenre and EH will have to confirm or deny this for me), the book chronicles the ups and downs of building a life together. (Also, all sex occurs entirely offsides and is only referred to in the most discrete terms.) I’d definitely recommend picking this up directly from the publisher and not from Amazon – the price difference is quite significant. Recommended.
The Dark Farewell by Josh Lanyon. ebook. As previously mentioned, I won this historical m/m romance over at Jessewave’s. This was an extremely well-done story about a reporter from NYC in central Illinois to follow up on a union-related massacre when he becomes intrigued by a medium who is staying at the same boarding house. From Josh’s comments on Jenre’s review of this ebook, I was sort of prepared for the abrupt ending to the story, which is modeled on ghost stories from the period (early 1920s), but I found myself really wanting to know more about these characters! Recommended.
No Souvenirs (Florida Series, Book 3) by K.A. Mitchell. ebook. Very good, steamy, and intense m/m romance about that mysterious ER doctor we met in previous books. Hard to go wrong with K.A. Mitchell! Recommended.
Custom Ride by K.A. Mitchell. ebook. Good m/m romance about a guy who has an anonymous encounter with a mysterious stranger at Pride (in Minneapolis!), then keeps encountering the guy again back home in St. Cloud.
Scared Stiff by Laura Baumbach, William Maltese, Josh Lanyon, & Sarah Black. ebook collection. This was a good m/m paranormal romance collection overall, although each story had its foibles. Baumbach’s was unfortunately plagued by egregious editing errors such as misused words, missing words, and randomly introduced names. (Wait, I thought that Eli and Mason were in bed together. Where did this “Josh” come from?!???) Black’s story suffered somewhat from the main characters overusing each other’s names in conversation, so their conversations seemed stilted. (Handily, author Patti O’Shea just posted about this very problem.) Lanyon’s story was very good, with just a condom use issue. I skipped Maltese’s story because I’m not a big fan of his style, plus it was fantasy.
Primal Passions (Lost Shifters, Book 1) by Stephani Hecht. ebook. Enjoyable paranormal m/m romance about a paramedic who suddenly discovers that the world is much weirder than he knew when he’s imprisoned by thugs and rescued by a feline shapeshifter.
Fire and Ice by A.J. Llewellyn & Stephani Hecht. ebook. I definitely like Stephani Hecht’s work on her own better. This m/m romance about a former boxer and a hockey goalie was all over the place, with instalove and bits of story that didn’t fit very well.
Garron’s Gift and Rawley’s Redemption (Good-Time Boys, Books 2-3) by Carol Lynne. ebooks. Ok m/m romances being the continuing story of the Good brothers, their guys, and dangerous homophobes in their small Nebraska town. It appears that this series, like Campus Cravings, also intersects with the Cattle Valley series. Apparently Cattle Valley is like the Borg…
Now and Forever by Addison Albright. ebook short. Sweet m/m romance short about a couple planning their wedding reception, during the all-too-brief time gay marriage was legal in California.
Moving On and Moving Along by Addison Albright. ebook shorts. These are sweet m/m romance shorts about a guy trying to move on after his lover was killed in a car accident a year ago.
Aidan and Ethan (Seeking Redemption, Book 1) by Cameron Dane. ebook. Angsty m/m romance about a guy who vanishes without a word after planning a life together with his best friend, then reappears over a decade later. I started out feeling as if the entire premise of the story was extremely flimsy, but that was actually addressed a bit later. (Also, not so good with the condom thing in this book.)
Private Dicks by Katie Allen. ebook. This m/m romantic suspense was a reread – it’s one of my comfort reads. Obviously I think it’s a good book! 🙂 And you’ll have a chance to win a copy of the sequel in the not-too-distant future…

“Mom, do I really want to know why you’re taking a picture of my back toes?” -Chaos

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32 thoughts on “Kitty toes and linkity”

  1. That iPhone case is so cool!

    And yeah, that happens to me all the time too. You know what I mean, the cartoon? The novel cats on the Internet? LOL!

    That paws picture is totally cool – I had a hard time figuring out what it was a picture of until I read the caption.

  2. You’ve outdone your self this week hon…

    Love the lifehacker stuff – I love my Fuji very much – so always keen to know cool things to do with it…
    Everytime I see Cameron Dane mention I feel to drop everything and read her books…

    Good haul of books this week – I am hoping to get to my copy of the The Larton Chronicles soon…

    Chaos -…

    Evidence my dear, evidence….
    .-= Erotic Horizon´s last blog ..Excerpt Day: Marianne © Simon Lowrie =-.

  3. Thanks for all the links!
    Love the caffeine curve.
    And the drinking belt is hilarious. Here in Davis, CA, I was amazed that a university town of +60,000 people has 3 bars.
    Cute toes!
    .-= Brenda´s last blog ..Week in Photos =-.

  4. Too funny about Cattle Valley. I really can’t read too many Carol Lynn books. They are filled with rampant insta-love which sends me around the bend. I do enjoy Stephani Hecht although she’s fairly new to me and I’ve never tried her stuff with anyone else.

    LOVE KA Mitchel though. I have that and can’t wait to read it.

    I hate it when books have major errors like the name thing. That’s a basic one. I found Moving On to be kind of creepy (not in a good creepy way) with the ghost kind of watching his ex (?) get together with the other guy, whispering in his ear telling him to what to do. It just kind of freaked me out. I did like the sequel better, because there was no instruction from the dead guy. LOL

  5. The iPhone case reminds me of the Flintstones too much. If I used it, I would be too busy looking around for a dinosaur crane or Pebbles to take any calls.

    Thanks for the reviews! I’m so glad you enjoyed Primal Passions.

  6. Cute cat caves! And “katzenhohle.” I love how descriptive it sounds all on its own. 🙂

    My iPhone does not need a rock case. No phone needs a rock case. What, are we trying to enourage our cell phones to brick themselves? No thank you.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Perfect Timing =-.

  7. I don’t even know where to start…I want a giant Katzenhole for myself. I want to climb inside, hide from my deadlines and take a cozy little nap – for about a month.

    Though I haven’t yet read a Stacia Kane book, I’m a total fan after reading that blog post.

    And OMG…Miss Doreen made me laugh so hard I choked on my water. Not nice, Miss Doreen. Cowboy menage dystopian – snortle!!!

  8. I thought those were the pads of your kitty’s paws and then I though nah, I’m just seeing things. lol

    I actually just downloaded the Josh Lanyon story before hoping over to say hi Chris now I’m looking forward to the read even more. Thanx.

    I love the hoddie/laptop bag! lol

    Great linkety post. :0)
    .-= Lea´s last blog ..May I Have Some Cheese Please? =-.

  9. Normally I would comment so much earlier, but going to the vet is exhausting!

    (We are vet groupies and follow our vet as she does relief work across the state. This time the appointment was about a 50 minute drive away.)

    Beautiful caffeine is mana, the elixir of life!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..quickie not quiche =-.

  10. I absolutely love the Katzenhohle! I just know Katie wouldn’t use it though.

    I do the same as Naomi, above, with audiobooks. I’ll get distracted and realize later that I’ve missed 10, 20 or even 30 minutes.

    I’m kind of glad I have been buying much prepared food lately. (It’s a recent thing.)

    Ah sweet kitty toes. 🙂
    .-= Sydney´s last blog ..A Blogiversary, And Suddenly It’s Spring =-.

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