Even though this was a short week for me (Monday being a holiday for some of us) it has been a bloody long week. Work has just been awful this week. We were finally given our information about the transformation which has been floating forever and I've been roughly given a box on an org chart but it will be at least a month if not more before I know what my new duties will be. I don't really care what they are, I'll do what you tell me, just give me some leadership people. Instead I float along putting out fires, getting assigned work that is NOT my responsibility and just generally being pissy with the world. Arrggghh. And it turned cold, yesterday the wind chill was way below freezing, it was raining, it's gray, blah blah blah.
Next week I have a conference out of the office all day Monday so it will be a short week IN the office but I don't really feel like going and listening to people blab all day with no internet access. Oh well, free breakfast and lunch. I bowed out of the dinner thank god. Rant over. On to the books.
True Hollywood by James Buchanan (42 pages)
Jason is a Hollywood stuntman who is out of work due to the writers' strike. He is going to a wake for his old instructor and he finds out his ex Ernie is going to be there. While they had an open relationship, 7 years ago Jason decided Ernie crossed the line and he kicked him out. He's not seen him since. Despite knowing it's likely a bad idea he takes Ernie home and the sex is as amazing as it always was. Now what? It's just a little slice, takes place over less than 24 hours and you don't get to know much about Ernie at all except for what he tells Jason, it's all Jason's POV, but you figure out they both contributed to the breakdown the first time and maybe now they are older they'll be able to make it work since they obviously still care. It's a good read.
Oleander House by Ally Blue (209 pages)
I've had this for quite some time and I am an AB fan, but I'm not a horror fan nor do I have her fascination with ghosts. LOL But in honour of her birthday I started it. Sam has moved to Mobile to joining the Bay City Paranormal Investigations team and has gone straight to his first job at Oleander House, an old renovated mansion where there have been strange killings over the years. He meets some of the team including boss Bo who is married with kids and straight (riiiight). Things start to get really freaky and Sam, Andre (another team member) and an outside psychic start having horrific dreams and they get evidence of some weird shit happening. At the same time Sam and Bo are instantly attracted but Bo claims his straightness and pushes Sam away despite some hot kisses. Eventually all hell breaks loose (sort of literally) and there is a death amongst the team. It is a series and ends that way very clearly with Sam wanting to find out more about what happened at the house and why he seems to be such a big part of it. So this is not so much a romance as there are only a few kisses exchanged but you see that coming down the road. There is lots of tension and some gore. But it definitely got me interested and I stayed up too late one night reading. I too want to know what happened and why, so I'll definitely be tuning in, not only for the relationship part but for the mystery part. So I think people who like a bit of horror in their romance or ghosts it will be a great series. I have read the off-shoots which I enjoyed, just don't be expecting any hot smexin' in this book, that comes later I presume because Ally can write some hot smexin. I'm going to try not to binge read because sometimes that ruins it for me. We'll see if I can resist.
Give and Take by Anne Brooke (23 pages)
This little short starts with nearly 45 year old David ready to go to a gay bar. It's been nearly two years since his partner's death and he's determined to get laid. He's doing okay with the guys but is really more interested in the young bartender Jeff. He finally works up the nerve to proposition Jeff who agrees. They go home and David freaks a bit but ends up talking to David where he reveals that he's so tired of being the one in charge and having to make all the decisions as his partner was very ill. Jeff decides to take charge and let David give up control which David appreciates muchly. It's sort of a HFN or maybe not even there as Jeff obviously plans on a one night stand and notes their age difference, but David's not quite ready to quit after once. So will it turn into something more? Who knows but it's a very hot little story about a bit of a role reversal that ends with a sliver of hope for more. I quite enjoyed this steamy little read.
I hope everyone has a terrific weekend, that your weather cooperates and you get to do something fun besides the usual household errands we all seem to get stuck doing on the weekends.