~Review~Locked in Silence (Pelican Bay #1) by Sloane Kennedy~

 

36241872Title: Locked in Silence
Author: Sloane Kennedy
Series: Pelican Bay #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Page Count: 284 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Release Date: September 13, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

I’ve spent years hoping someone would finally hear me. It’s easier not to try anymore…
Ten years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rearview mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home.
At twenty-eight, Nolan has traveled the world as a successful concert violinist with some of the best symphonies in the country. But success breeds envy, and when Nolan’s benefactor and lover decides Nolan has flown high enough, he cruelly clips Nolan’s wings. The betrayal and ensuing scandal leaves the violinist’s career in shambles and with barely enough money to start fresh somewhere beyond his vindictive ex’s powerful reach. But just as he’s ready to get his life back on track, Nolan gets the call he’s been dreading.
After a stroke leaves his father a partial invalid, duty-bound Nolan returns to Pelican Bay and a life he’s spent years trying to forget. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again…
Even if I could speak, there wouldn’t be anyone there to listen…
Pelican Bay’s golden boy, Dallas Kent, had the quintessential perfect life. Smart, gorgeous, and popular, the baseball phenom was well on his way to a life filled with fame and fortune. But more importantly, he had a one-way ticket out of Pelican Bay and far away from the family who used love as currency and whose high expectations were the law of the land. But a stormy night, sharp highway curve and one bad decision changed everything, leaving Dallas with nothing.
Because the accident that took his parents, his future and his crown as the boy who could do no wrong, also stole his voice.
Despised for the horrific wreck that ended the lives of two of Pelican Bay’s most respected residents, Dallas has retreated to a secluded stretch of land where he’s found refuge in a menagerie of unwanted animals that don’t care that he once had the world at his feet or that he’ll never speak again.
But when the quiet, bookish boy he wasn’t allowed to notice in school suddenly reappears ten years later at Dallas’s wildlife rehab center in desperate need of a job, Dallas is thrust back into a world he’s worked hard to escape.
Dallas’s silence was supposed to send Nolan scurrying, but what if Nolan ends up being the one person who finally hears him?
Will two men who’ve been fleeing from the past finally come home to Pelican Bay for good or will the silence drive them apart forever?
 


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I have a great love for all things written by Sloane Kennedy.

So when I found out that she was working on a new series, I was very curious about which direction this would go.

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This book is much different than any of the others in the “Protection” and the “Finding”series. It was emotional…though not too angsty. It made me angry, but not with the MC’s. I would really qualify this one, as a “hurt/comfort” book, but also as a “second chance” one.

Nolan and Dallas both grew up in the small town Pelican Bay.

Nolan was the nerdy, scrawny kid, who didn’t have a lot of friends. Many times he was the target of practical jokes and bullying. He spends most of his time playing his violin and making sure he got accepted to Juilliard.

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Dallas was the school’s “golden boy”. He excelled in everything and he was loved by everyone. No one ever knew the “real” Dallas though. He himself never did anything to hurt Nolan, when they were young… but he didn’t stop the others either.

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~Release Day Review~Tramps and Thieves (Murder and Mayhem #2) by Rhys Ford~

 

35491732Title: Tramps and Thieves
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Murder and Mayhem #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 210 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.
Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.
For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in. 
When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.


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Happy to have two of my favorite guys back!

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“Fuck, I missed this,” Rook whispered, stroking the edge of the lock. “Why the hell did I give this up?”

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens gives into the thrill of one last caper. Okay, maybe he was a bit driven by a teeny-weeny desire for revenge. Maybe he felt the need to prove himself that he is still one of the best. And yeah, maybe he should have known better…

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~Release Day Review~Off the Beaten Path by Cari Z.~

 

36095814Title: Off the Beaten Path
Author: Cari Z.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 200 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Werewolves/Shapeshifters
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Reviewer: ~Simone~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.
Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight. The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.


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“It’s not your place to take care of me.”
“It is now, though,” I said earnestly. “You’re my pack.”
“You feel like pack. You might feel like more.”

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Granted, the circumstances under which Ward Johannsen and Henry Dormer met are not the best, to put it mildly.

Ward lands on Henry’s doorstep -literally-, on the brink of drawing his last breath -also quite literally- in search of his little daughter, Ava, who got snatched from under his nose by the government and sent to Henry’s pack after turning into a werewolf. Ava is all the world to Henry and with nothing else to lose, he moves heaven and hell to find her, his own delicate state of health notwithstanding and fully intent on not letting himself be put off by an intimidating alpha werewolf.

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