Review: “Pins and Needles” by A.J Thomas

TITLE: Pins and Needles
AUTHOR: A.J Thomas
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Jennifer Vance
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 300 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 25, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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The truth is rarely seen on the surface, and getting to it might mean digging deep….

After a devastating accident and a long stay in the hospital, the last thing petroleum engineer Sean Wilkinson wants to deal with is the settlement the oil company tries to force on him. He’ll never be able to work in his field again, his education is all but useless, and his surgeons are pessimistic about whether he’ll ever walk again. He needs someone in his corner, but most lawyers take one look at his tattoo-covered foster father and turn their backs. It’s just Sean’s luck that the one attorney willing to give him a chance is also the hottest guy he’s ever seen.

As a trial lawyer, Nate Delany has a lot to prove—to his father, the world, and himself. Sean intrigues Nate, and he struggles to reconcile the gifted tattoo artist he can’t stop fantasizing about with the quiet, brilliant engineer. His investigation reveals facts left out of the accident report—including an illicit affair, greedy coworkers, and a vicious corporation that will do anything to protect its bottom line. When Sean’s life is threatened, winning Sean’s case, and his heart, becomes a lot more dangerous.


Sean Wilkinson is 22 years old when his life is destroyed. As an Engineer, he worked on a ship for an oil company when he survived a terrible accident, and Sean lost his left leg and almost lost the other.
His dad, a tattoo artist, tried to hire a lawyer for his son, but with his biker looks and tattoos, the lawyer he met refused to work with him.

Nate Delany, a young lawyer working for his dad’s firm, decided to walk away when his father refused to acknowledge his work, and worse, accused him of stealing the work of the other partners claiming it as his own.
Nate decided to start his own practice and accepted representing Sean in court.

This book is one the best books I’ve read since the beginning of the year.

Sean is broken, hurt and has to fight for his life, and needs to figure out how to keep going when all your life is broken. He has to deal with re-education, learning how to walk, how to move in this new body with missing pieces. He also has to understand what to do with his future. He’s a kind of genius, an Engineer and a Tattoo artist.
He’s a warrior and a survivor. All through the book, I followed his evolution, and it was beautiful. It wasn’t all whining and crying, it was an internal fight between Sean’s dreams and his reality, and how he succeeds to put them together.

Nate is sublime, really sublime. He’s completely devoted to Sean. As a lawyer, he works hard to manage the best decision for his client, he fights hard and doesn’t give up. Even when his father tries to mess things up with him, Nate stands up for Sean. When Nate falls in love with Sean, he knows that the limits have been reached, and he tries again, to do his best protecting Sean. Even if it means hurting him. Nate doesn’t treat Sean differently because of his handicap. Yes, he’s more concerned, but that doesn’t mean he can’t see how beautiful Sean is, and wheelchair or not, he loves him just like he is.

I love their love story, it was beautiful but not too much, not too dramatic, it was just simple, and it works for me. Nate and Sean have both pretty bad backgrounds, even if Sean past was harder than Nate’s, it didn’t define them, and Sean helps Nate to express his opinion in front of his father and family, just like Nate helps Sean to accept things that he refuses to admit out of fear.

I love the plot, how 2 young men, whose people assume the worst, defy everything and everyone, proving, at every step, they are more than what people think.

This book deserves to be read, I really loved it, and Sean & Nate are absolutely awesome.

5 OptimuMM’s for the octopus and his nautilus (read the book, and you’ll understand).

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “What’s the use of Wondering” By Kate McMurray

TITLE: What’s the use of Wondering
AUTHOR: Kate McMurray
SERIES: WMU
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 3, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

BLURB:

Violinist Logan has spent most of his life training for a career in music. But as the pressure mounts during his junior year, he questions whether playing in an orchestra is the future he wants, or one chosen by his parents. His new roommate—that annoying jerk Peter from last year’s production of _i>Guys and Dolls—complicates matters. Crammed into a dorm room with the overconfident but undeniably hot accounting major, Logan can’t stop snarling.

Then Peter sprains his ankle building sets, and Logan grudgingly agrees to play chauffeur. But instead of putting further strain on their relationship, spending time together reveals some common ground—and mutual frustration. Logan discovers he isn’t the only one who doesn’t know what he wants from life, and the animosity between him and Peter changes keys. But just as the possibility of a happier future appears, Logan gets a dream offer that will take him away from Western Massachusetts University—and Peter. Now he has to decide: will he live the solitary life laid out for him, or hold on to Peter and forge his own path?


This is a sweet story of young love and about the trials and tribulations of wanting to please everyone around you. This story is set in college and feeling the pressure of living out parents dreams and not knowing what are your dreams. It’s difficult to know what your dreams are when you’ve been training all your life for a dream that has been ingrained to your brain for the ultimate outcome. Is this really my dream or is it my parents dream? That is the question for these two young men trying to find their way in this world.

Logan is a junior in college and is the concertmaster since his sophomore year. He has been playing the violin since he was very young with his parents pushing him to get into a famous orchestra. His entire life consists of the violin. All his extra curricular activities have to do with the violin, practicing upon practicing, being pit-master for school shows, and working closely with his teacher. This is all Logan does. Oh, and, he thinks about boys. Not that he has time for boys but he thinks of them often.

Now, this is where we meet Peter, the blond Adonis. Peter has the look of the perfect jock. Big broad shoulders, square jaws and let’s not forget those very powerful thighs. Peter is the one who is building the sets for the production Guys & Dolls. Peter wants everything perfect on the set and is kind of a bear to get what he wants. He is going to college to be an accountant but do you think that’s what he wants to do? Not even. It’s another case of what the parents want. He loves art and theater and has a lot of fun building these sets.

Now, Logan thinks Peter is straight and Peter thinks Logan is a brat. Their first meeting during the sophomore year did not impress either of them. Well, guess what? They are roomies at the start of junior year. LOL This does not impress either one of them but they can just avoid each other as much as possible, right? Not even, Peter gets hurt building a set and Logan has agreed to drive him around.

Will these two find a way to tolerate each other? Will these two finally find love? But, most importantly, will these two figure out what they want in life without everyone else’s influence?
I recommend this to anyone who loves a HEA and how life has a great sense of humor as to throw the two most unlikely people together to figure out life.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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