Review of: The Colors of Love Series by F.E. Feeley Jr (audiobook)

TITLE: The Colors of Love Series (audiobook)
AUTHOR: F.E. Feeley Jr
SERIES: The Colors of Love
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Nov 29 2019


Listening Length: 3 hours and 29 minutes.
Life after college is not what Aaron expected. Isn’t he supposed to have what he wants to do figured out by now? David never expected his marriage to be rocky, let alone about to end. How is he supposed to move on from this?
December in Detroit is normally unforgiving, but an unexpected blizzard puts David and Aaron on a course toward each other. Despite the frozen ground and battleship gray sky, these men find heat together. It’s intimate and illicit, stretching what was supposed to be a one night stand into something more. Sometimes, the touch of a stranger, however forbidden, is just what we need when we enter the gray.

Narration: Vance Bastian narrated the series that was pulled together into one larger file here. He has a nice, younger sounding voice. He seems to be new on the scene (just a couple before this year), and with time, I think he’ll be fantastic. There was some stumbling on accents, but his flow was good and kept me into the storyline easily. His cadence was fast in a few spots, but it didn’t keep me from anything. I will definitely listen to more by him in the future.

Story: Let me just say that I’m native to Detroit but haven’t lived there for years now, and it was amazing to hear all the areas F.E. used.
My first thought when the first sex scene came on was there was no condom use in the one-nightstand…turned relationship later. But that leads into an issue later, so just keep reading or listening.

I loved these two guys. The trilogy follows Aaron and David through their growing relationship. I was so invested that I continued listening even at home. Side note…F.E…Rodger while I was at work was NOT okay! (even though I wanted to do serious harm to him at some points) But that means that I was invested in the story and the characters.

Some bits were cheesy, but omg so sweet that it was perfect. This is a good look at relationships in this day and age where people get attached after meeting. It’s not really insta-love, but a building of something more when they both thought it was just a one-night stand situation. But it was realistic and flowed well. I found myself cheering for them not too far into the story.

As for the characters:
David is a lawyer that’s bi-sexual but has never ventured to that side of the fence since he married his high school sweetheart. He found out that she’d been sexting his partner at work, and he was having trouble ignoring his want for man-loving. So it seemed like the divorce would be amicable. I wasn’t sure why David called his ex-wife after her behavior when he was struggling. I thought that part just didn’t fit for me. I thought she had no place in the story after her behavior earlier…I just didn’t feel the turn-around on her part.

Aaron is a Vet and suffering from PTSD. He’s a Harvard Grad, but he isn’t ready to figure his life out just yet. He needs his home and his people to find himself again and heal. We only really met Aaron’s friends, but lol that’s okay because they’re hilarious and loving!

I will definitely be looking for more books by F.E.!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: A Swants Soiree by E.J. Russell

TITLE: A Swants Soiree
AUTHOR: E.J. Russell
SERIES: 2019 Advent Calendar – Homemade for the Holidays
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Dec 1, 2019


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar collection Homemade for the Holidays.
Introverted software engineer Brent Levine struggles with the life part of work-life balance, but to hold on to his new job, he’ll have to embrace his employer’s dreaded “staff enrichment” events. This year’s annual ugly holiday sweater party will strain his ambition to remain inconspicuous: everyone has to wear sweaters converted into pants—aka “swants.”
Brent’s an ace at coding, but when it comes to handcrafts, he’s definitely at the far left end of the bell curve. Luckily he encounters seriously cute theater costumer Jonathan at the Goodwill Outlet. Jonathan offers Brent both an acceptably ugly sweater and his expertise in swants conversion. Attraction sparks on Brent’s side, but can Jonathan be interested in a guy like him?

I loved A Swants Soiree by E.J. Russell. It’s part of the 2019 Advent Calendar: Homemade for the Holidays. I could totally empathize with Brent as he struggles with the life part of his work-balance.

He’s great at his new job but doesn’t interact with the other employees at the company he works for. And he definitely doesn’t want to join in the staff enrichment events, but he may have to in order to keep his new job. He goes to the company meeting where it’s announced that, this year, they’re supposed to take a spin on the ugly sweater contest and turn the ugly sweater into a pair of pants, aka swants. But he doesn’t have a lot of time before the year-end party, and as he finds out as he goes to shop after shop trying to find an ugly sweater that will fit his six-foot-eight frame, it isn’t going to be as easy as he thought.

All of the shops are out of any ugly sweaters that could possibly fit his size. His last resort is a Goodwill shop where he bumps into Jonathan, who’s a theater costumer. He was actually the costumer for the theater group who made the swants popular and inspired his boss to go with swants instead of ugly sweaters for the year-end party. Jonathan has lots of practice making them for his theater group, and he helps Brent find a sweater that will work for his size and sends him on his way after giving him his card in case he needs help making them. After massacring his sweater, he calls Jonathan for help. And he ends up with a very naughty pair of swants.

I loved the flirting and chemistry between Brent and Jonathan, although there aren’t any sex scenes in the book.

I won’t lie, I would have loved for the book to have gone on for the week that Brent had off so we could have gotten some sexy scenes in there, but the book is still super cute without them.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: For Joy by Crystel Greene

TITLE: For Joy
AUTHOR: Crystel Greene
SERIES: 2019 Advent Calendar – Homemade for the Holidays
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Dec 1, 2019


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar collection Homemade for the Holidays.
When college athlete Chad comes out to his parents and gets a nasty reaction, sparkly twink Joaquin “Joy” Acosta offers him shelter in his tiny apartment. Joy’s the sweetest, most beautiful roommate on the planet, and every day, Chad falls in love a little bit more. The problem is, Joy will never know since his banter-loving hipster friends make bear-sized Chad feel all hulking and tongue-tied.
Joy is a sucker for anything handmade, though, and eventually Chad decides to tell him he loves him with a self-knitted pair of gloves. But it turns out knitting is way harder than Chad expected. Fortunately, Joy knows just how to save the day….
Cute twink and self-conscious baseball jock, flatmates to lovers, opposites attract, banter, insecurity, fluff, feels, first time, Christmas.
As always, 18 plus!

I loved reading For Joy by Crystel Greene. I loved both of the main characters, Joy and Chad. They were both so lovable and fleshed out for a short story. I would have loved the story to be longer just so that I could have continued to read about them. I know that I’ll be reading this delightful short story again.

I loved Joy and how he encourages and supports Chad when Chad reveals that he’s gay and hasn’t told his family yet but wants to do it before Christmas. I thought that was wonderful of Joy since Chad is just one of his customers at the hair salon. And then to offer him a couch to sleep on when his family doesn’t take the news well. He has such a warm and generous nature.

I also loved Chad. He’s twenty-two and was a jock all through school and easily passes as straight. He promised himself that after college that he would come out to his family, and he did, but it didn’t go good, and he ends up on his hairdresser’s couch, and he has such a crush on Joy. He’s exactly the type of person that he’s attracted to. But Chad doesn’t have much experience, and he feels awkward around Joy and his friends. Especially around Franky, Joy’s best friend, who likes to make fun of his quiet nature and huge size. He also doesn’t like to watch how touchy-feely Franky is with Joy.

I absolutely loved Joy’s Christmas Eve present to Chad, and I loved how Chad tried to make gloves to protect Joy’s hands from the elements.

This short story was just the right combination of sweetness and hot chemistry and holiday cheer. I can’t wait to read more stories by Crystel Greene.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Enhanced Series 1 – 3 by Victoria Sue (audiobook)

TITLE: Enhanced Series 1 – 3 (audible)
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Enhanced Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Sept 25 2017


Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.
Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.
Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.
Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.
Listening Length: 7 hours and 36 minutes

Narration: Nick J. Russo has such a soothing yet sexy voice. Victoria picked the right narrator for this series. He took his time and drew me into the story.

I’m looking forward to listening to his library! (Yeah, already picked up a couple more lol)

Story: I’m like everyone else here at the blog. I LOVE Victoria Sue. Add in a sexy voice to keep me company at the day-job, and she could very well be my favorite person right now!
There are a lot of enhanced or superhuman stories out there right now. But this one has a different take on things that I really liked. For one, no one knows why these boys are the way they are…at least not yet.

This series is about a group of humans and enhanced that want to belong to a new FBI group focused on enhanced. I listened to Five Minutes Longer, Who We Truly Are, and Beneath the Mask. I WANT The Strength of His Heart so I’ll be buying that on Monday lol And if Guarding His Melody becomes available on audible…yeah, all over it.

Take the time to get this series either in written or audible form…way worth it!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Carpenter’s Prince by Jayce Ellis

TITLE: The Carpenter’s Prince
AUTHOR: Jayce Ellis
SERIES: 2019 Advent Calendar
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Dec 1, 2019


The Carpenter’s Prince by Jayce Ellis
Sean Edwards would do anything for his nephew, including designing the props for a children’s version of the Nutcracker. He’s ready for the long nights and weekends in the workshop—they’re part of the job, especially given the short notice. The insanely sexy head ballerino is completely unexpected, however.
All principal danseur Keni Jackson wants is to surpass last year’s performance, blow people’s socks off, and cement his place in the studio. The last thing he needs is something to shatter his carefully held control—like a cuddly carpenter who favors jazz over Tchaikovsky.
Sean and Keni are drawn to each other, but not everyone is a fan of their relationship. When Keni’s position is threatened, they have to decide whether to walk away for good, or if what they’ve found is worth fighting for.

I really enjoyed getting to read The Carpenter’s Prince by Jayce Ellis.

It’s one of the short stories from the 2019 Advent Calendar: Homemade for the Holidays.

I thought the author’s writing style was easy to read, and even though it was a short story it felt like a complete story, and I loved the chemistry between Keni and Sean.

I would have loved for the story to be longer only because I didn’t want to stop reading it.

I would love to read another book about these two characters, and I will definitely be checking out the author’s other books to read. This story is perfect for reading at work during a break.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis