Susan Hawke-How to Forgive

Susi Hawke is one of my favorite MM omegaverse writers, but she also writes contemporary MM, and that’s what How to Forgive is. This is the 6th book in her Lovestrong series. They are all standalone, but they are all connected. I highly recommend reading them all from the very start. There’s a lot of fun, tears, love, and learning in them. There are several years in between the first one and this one, and we first meet Grayson in that book. Gray comes as non-binary in the first book, but in this book, which is theirs, they consider themself to be genderqueer. Their pronouns are obviously they/them/theirs. As part of their expression of their gender identity, they wear clothes that are both traditionally female and male. Their sexual identity is gay.

So, Gray has come home. Home isn’t necessarily the best place for them, not because they hate their family or anything, but because their hometown is also the hometown of the man who bullied them as a teenager. (Check out the first book, How Not to Blend for the story). Clark, the bully, has grown and changed, quite a bit, and it turns out that he was nearly as much a victim as Gray was. (Clark’s story is one of my favorite books, and so intense, How to Heal) As part of Clark’s growth and recovery, he started a foundation that would help LGBTQIA at-risk youth. Gray has the training and the schooling to work at the foundation, and they really want to, but on the day of their interview, they remember that Clark will be there.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, or at least the MC compound, we have Wolf, who is, interestingly enough Clark’s husband’s brother. He is the president of the local MC. They aren’t outlaws though, strictly on the up and up, because Wolf’s mama would smack him around if they were. What the club does, though, is help out with security when people need help. In the situation where someone is being abused, Wolf and his boys will show up and provide the victim some safety. Anyway, Wolf is a pan playboy. He likes everyone, and he’s out to prove it. One morning, as he rolls out of the bed of one man, he decides to stop and get some coffee. When he does, he sees the most perfect marvelous unicorn of a person. When Wolf tries to be all cute and stuff to the person, it turns out it’s Gray, and Gray knocks him back, mentioning, among other things, that Wolf is wearing a come encrusted t-shirt.

OK, I have to go back to Clark a little bit here. He’s a fantastic character, and he has done a lot of work on himself to get over and beyond what he did as a teenager. As part of that, he apologised to Gray. Now, just because you apologise to someone doesn’t mean that they have to accept it. Clark apologised to them as part of his own growth and journey. He accepted that it was was Gray’s right to forgive or not to forgive and accepted that. For Clark, at that point, getting Gray’s forgiveness was not the important thing. The important thing was the making of amends, and that’s what Clark did. Clark is still one of my favorite characters. I have his book in every format I can.

So, back to Gray and Wolf. Grayson has become a very good person. They are very happy within themself, and they are not ashamed of who they are. They also want to do everything they can to help out kids who were in the same place as them. Gray does a very good job at it, and obviously makes a difference in many lives. They are also more than willing to go out and have fun, which is what happens with Wolf. I love how confident Gray is, and it’s not easy to be a unicorn in a world where people want you to be a horse, especially if you live in a small town. I admire that confidence and that courage. Living your truth is hard, so hard. And many people aren’t able to find that truth and to live it at such a young age.

Wolf is just a hoot. I mean, he’s funny AF. Gray and Wolf’s meet cute isn’t necessarily the cutest one out there, but it is definitely one of the funniest. Wolf is also a very good man. He really wants to make the world a better place too. He wants to help out, and he does in a way that others aren’t able to. I think that he is perfect for Gray. He won’t hold Gray back in any way, and will give them all the support that they need when they are out fighting the demons of the world.

Again, I honestly cannot recommend this entire series highly enough. It has drag queens, motorcycle clubs, alternative healers, pastors, and just about anyone else you might want to meet. The relationships aren’t always easy, and bad things do happen, but there’s always a happy ending.

OMG, Clark. Poor, sweet, good-hearted Clark. And good for Gray.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

2019 Round Up-Top 10 MM Pt. 2

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If you missed the first part of this list, go check it out here. And now, on to the second part of the list.

AJ Sherwood-Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case

Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case is a totally fun title, and it’s a great book. Before you read the book, you need to make sure that you read the trigger warnings, because they are hilarious. This is the TW and tags from this one.

“Trigger Warnings:
Your average cop show violence and criminals

Tags:
Companionable snark, Flirting, Kissing, Jon needs a hug, Donovan gives the best hugs, Getting together, Self-esteem issues, Explicit content, Anal Sex, Romantic Sex, Random shooting, Which Donovan isn’t happy about, Donovan is a gentleman, Sort of, Jon just makes it REALLY REALLY HARD Okay?, Bisexual character, Public displays of affection, Muscles, Communication, Healthy relationships, The fluff might kill you, Supernatural elements, Modern with Magic, Feels, All the Feels, Mostly accurate medical stuff, Multiple electronics died in the creation of this story, blame Jon”

Anyway, I would probably put this in the urban fantasy because it has a heavy paranormal side. Jon is a psychic who has some serious strong powers. He helps to solve crimes for the police and for anyone who hires the agency he works for. He is in need of an anchor, someone who can help him shield. He also needs a bodyguard, which is where Donovan comes in. This is a slow burn, but a good one. There are also 2 direct sequels, and a spinoff novella. So worth reading.

Adara Wolf-Blue Storm

Adara tends to write on the heavier end of kink and dub/noncon. Blue Storm does dabble into that side of the pool, but not as much as some of her other books. In this one, people have some basic magic, which lets them know their true names, which protects their souls. Then, there are the Nameless, who don’t have magic, and have to be bound as slaves, and named as their owners or they basically splinter into painful pieces. Blue Storm was named by his owners, and the book is about his struggle with his name and with what his owners want.

Barrie Farris-Ingenious

Ingenious is a dystopian story. The way that it works is that women have taken over the world and currently run it. Men rise and fall by the women that they marry and if they can breed children. Enter Quiggs who is a bloody genius, Einstein and DaVinci mushed up together. There is great world building in here, and the relationships between Quiggs, Max, and Beau are really interesting. I am eagerly waiting for the next book, but it is taking its own sweet time.

Susan Hawke-How Not to Tuck

How Not to Tuck is a novella in the Lovestrong series. This is the story of Larry, AKA Honey Combover, a drag queen we meet in the first book. Mama Honey is hilarious, especially when it comes to the descriptions of her tuck failing and her python. Yeah, it’s just that big and that funny. For an even better description, and one that goes on for several pages, check out How Not to Blend, the first book in the series. It’s a quick read, and one that’s just a lot of fun to read.

K Webster-The Glue

Yup, The Glue is K’s second appearance on this list. And this one isn’t technically an MM book, it’s an MMF, but I’ve decided that it counts. This is one of K’s taboo treats, starring Aidan and married couple Vale and Vaughn, one his boss, the other his professor. Like all of the other taboo treats, it’s a standalone, but it is all interconnected with other books. I loved watching Aidan figuring out who he was and what he wanted. It’s a very sexy story, and I am always looking forward to K’s new books.

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2019 Round Up-Top 10 MM Books Pt. 1

I’ve read MM for years, but this year, it seemed to ramp up even more. It ramped up enough that I’m giving it its own Top 10 list this year. Remember, these are in no particular order.

K. Webster-Wicked Lies Boys Tell

Once a year or so, K writes an amazingly, overwhelmingly emotional book that rips you apart and puts you back together. Her books My Torin and The Day She Cried fall into this category. So does Wicked Lies Boys Tell. This is a friends to enemies to lovers kind of story with some coming of age tossed in. The relationship between Penn and Cope is beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. I will fully admit that there were times that I cried during this. K really just knows how to create characters that break me down and stick with me for a while.

Nicky James-Long Way Home

Long Way Home was beautiful and devastating. It’s the story of Gavin and Owen. They were high school sweethearts, but when they turned 18, they ended up being split up, and the story spans many years of their lives. We get to see what happens to each of them. It sounds like it could be nothing but a heartbreak, but I promise that it’s not. It really is a beautiful story. It was the first Nicky James book that I read, but not the last.

Susan Hawke-How to Heal

Susan Hawke is also Susi Hawke, but she writes contemporary under this name. Her first series was the Lovestrong series, and How to Heal was the last book in that series. It’s a great series, with a lot of humor and love. There is also a lot of pain, especially in this book. This is my favorite book in the series. It’s a hurt/comfort, redemption, Daddy/boy kind of book, and it works so perfectly together. Clark had been a bully in the first couple of books, but this one takes place several years later, after he has changed, but he still thinks that he has to pay a penance for what he did. His journey is a hard one, but a beautiful one. I have all these books signed, and I ARCed most of them. How to Heal is also the book I’m currently listening to in my car when I’m alone. I’ve read it at least 2xx this year.

Lucy Lennox-Wilde Love

Lucy Lennox has two main series that she’s written. They are the Made Marian and the Forever Wilde books. The two series are interconnected. Marian came first, but I read the Wilde books first and I fell in love with Grandpa and Doc, because it’s totally impossible not to. I, like all of Lucy’s readers, was desperate to find out all of their story, and thus Wilde Love was born. I own both an e and an audio copy of this. I took a mini-vacation this year and listened to this on my drive. It starts with when the guys first meet, during Vietnam while they were both serving, and runs through the current day. There are so many beautiful little moments in here and so many heartbreaking ones at the same time, and sometimes they are the same moments. This book made me just love Grandpa and Doc so much more.

Alice Winters-The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love

I laughed hysterically the whole time I read The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love. Leland is a hitman, no really, a real hitman, and Jackson is the PI who is trying to help catch him. Leland is so fucking snarky and may or may not have a gun fetish. I mean, honestly, Alice writes a damn good story that keeps you interested, while letting you laugh at the most ridiculous stuff possible. I swear that Leland just has no filter at all, and it’s glorious.

Tune in for part 2 tomorrow!

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