Well, I seem to be back in the groove, for now. We'll see how long it lasts. I've been home by myself the last three nights as my kid has been digging her WWI trenches from floral foam and doing school stuff so no excuse not to read my head off. Some shiny and new books also to attract my attention. Sigh. My poor older books are staring at me forlornly when I open the TBR file.
Between the Pipes by Stephani Hecht (114 pages)
This is book two in the Blue Line Hockey series (book 1). Younger brother/goalie Trey is "blackmailed" by the reporter whose keeping his secret into helping her sister's young son whose the worst goalie ever. Trey's not thrilled, but he finds meeting the kid's uncle isn't bad. Except for one thing, Wade is a cop, and everyone continues to tell Trey how important it is to keep their secret about his father's death, however he can't stay away. Wade is the first guy who doesn't treat him like a convenient or celebrity fuck. Then their older drug addict brother Brock shows up, on the run from the cops, and soon Trey is keeping secrets from everyone as he tries to believe Brock wants to change his addict ways. I was very happy to see Trey get his HEA after the horrible abuse he suffered at the hands of his father and I was kind of annoyed with Devon who seemed more interested in protecting his ass than seeing Trey happy, but he came around. Wade and Trey maybe fall a bit fast for my taste, but on the whole it left you feeling good for Trey even though Brock managed to destroy a bit of his trusting nature by his behaviour.
Holiday Outing by Astrid Amara (123 pages)
Val at Obsidian Bookshelf recommended this, I think her review says it all, damn, I'm lazy. I also got this with the g/c I won during Zombie Week from Three Dollar Bill Reviews so thanks to the gang there for that. I totally agree with Val's assessment of this delightful story. Although I think I might have taken up smoking to deal with Jonah's family. I was also glad that Ethan's treatment of Jonah as a student in high school was addressed and not glossed over. At first Ethan seemed a bit of an asshole, and I didn't blame Jonah for being kind of testy, but it all came together nicely. I also wanted to smack Jonah's parents, but again, it all came together. The author doesn't let you stay mad at anyone for long. I though Aunt Goldie was a great character that was handled gently despite her growing confusion and dementia. I just didn't want to stop reading it and had such a good time. I love this author's Hanukkah stories.
An Assassin's Touch (Lost Shifter #9) by Stephani Hecht (127 pages)
I seem to be on a Stephani binge. I was eagerly looking forward to Shane's story because I'm a sucker for the damaged anti-hero type. Shane is working as an assassin and has been tracking a cobra shifter for some time who is killing shifter and humans. Ever since their Christmas liaison in the pantry, Trevor has been playing it cool with Shane and avoiding him, but is still obsessed and it seems Shane is the same. Several people warn Trevor off, either telling him Shane is too crazy, or that he's going to hurt Shane because he's just a slut. (my heart broke a tad there) However Shane is not staying away from him and despite everyone else being freaked that Shane is a killer, it makes Trevor hot and he sees only Shane's good side, which he manages to keep hidden. He's still badly damaged from his upbringing. So Shane is captured by the cobra and .... Okay, I believe there was a strangled cry, because it was either that or a strangled author and I don't want to spend time in a US prison. So I must wait to see the real end of their story. I just adored that Trevor could see the real Shane and thought he was funny, even though Shane's sense of humour is sadly missing, Trevor didn't care and Shane didn't care that Trevor had been promiscuous. So I just love these two and must wait, not so patiently, for the next book. *frowny face*