Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
Stevie Carroll

Books Read and Listened To Part III

I listed all the ebooks I'd read recently, and it added up to another four posts if I'm keeping these at a sensible length. Plus I keep finishing print books. Shall see if I can get up to date this weekend. I've vaguely arranged these by theme, rather than by order read.

Her Two Dads
by Ariel Tachna
Published by Dreamspinner Press

Srikkanth Bhattacharya is a quintessential gay bachelor and perfectly happy about it—until he gets a call from the local hospital telling him his best friend died in childbirth. Sri had agreed to provide the sperm to make Jill's dream of motherhood come true, but he'd never expected to have to make decisions for a baby girl. He intends to place her with an adoptive family, but once he sees her, Sri can’t bring himself to do it, so now he’s struggling to learn how to deal with a newborn.

His housemate and friend, Jaime Frias, volunteers to help, never guessing he’ll fall in love with both the baby and Sri. Everything seems perfect until a visit from Social Services sends Sri into a tailspin, feeling like he has to choose between his daughter and a relationship with the man he’s coming to love.

I bought this ages ago, when it was featured on Rainbow ebooks. Basically it does everything the blurb promises, although I found some of the product name references jarring (strangely it's something that bugs me more in contemporary stories than in recent-historicals or cyberpunky futuristics). Lots of fun nonetheless.

Between A Rock And A Hard Place
by Clare London
Publisher Amber Allure Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-60272-703-8

Garry's definitely at the end of his tether. He's waiting in an airport lounge to meet his friend Will, to go on holiday with mutual friends in a Scottish highlands hotel. Now there's a ten-hour delay to incoming flights, the seat in the lounge is more like an instrument of torture, and he's beyond tired of airport food.

What's worse, he's also dreading having to apologize for the pass he recently made at Will, under the influence of too many beers and a long-held crush. And the suddenly shocking realization that when Will accepts a new job offer on a continent thousands of miles away, it may be the end of their close friendship—let alone anything more.

To add to Garry's stress, he's treated to the company of Emily and Max, two young people who think he needs educating in the ways of the world—and his love life—whether he welcomes the interference or not. Struggling with their well-meaning help and the startling mess on his clothes from spilled ketchup and noxious-smelling sweets, he's encouraged to re-examine how he feels about Will and to decide what kind of journey he'd really like them to take together...

This was fun! Two very realistic Small Persons and one very reluctant accidental babysitter have many adventures without straying far at all from their seats at the airport. The cute comments from the Small Persons generally came with a hint of cynicism and the whole thing unfolded at a delightful pace.

Pippy's Wish
by Selena Robins
Free Read

A children's story about an overly perky angel, and also various animals, humans and a fairy. A cute little story that's only available on request as far as I can see.


Tempted by an Angel
by Selena Robins
Free Read

A short story for grown-ups, which is available on the author's website, although the site and my browser don't completely get along. Mix-ups ensue over bookings for a kissogram and a children's entertainer...


Meet Me in Fantasyland
by Mary Martinez
Publisher Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN 978-1-60168-136-2

Rissa isn’t as surprised as she should be that her husband left her. She’d had an idea for a few years he wasn’t being faithful. She’d buried her head in the sand for the sake of the twins. He left her four month’s earlier, and now he’s asked her to clear all of his possessions out of their home and do with them what she wants. As she boxes everything for Good Will she comes across her old diaries. In them she finds her entry of the pact she made with Robert, Bobby, Graham to meet in Twenty-five years. That date is in two weeks. Would he be there?

Rob Graham has loved Rissa for as long as he remembered. When they’d been in high school she’d only thought of him as a buddy, the brother she never had. Would she remember their pact? If she did, would she be there?

I won a Mary Martinez book in a contest, although I'm still waiting for that one to come out. It the meantime I bought a couple of her other releases. This one made me happy from the start by having a mature heroine and a hero of a matching age. The route to creating a blended family doesn't run entirely smoothly, but there are plenty of sweet moments along the way.

Chick Magnet
by Mary Martinez
Publisher Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
ISBN 1606015648

Madison McCullough is moving on. Her ex used her as a babysitter for his young son while he wined and dined other women.

Brady O'Neill is a Formula One race car driver recuperating from injuries sustained in a near death accident.

Brady's sister wants him to face life once again. Believing her son to be a chick magnet, she encourages Brady to take him to the grocery store to try and meet women.

When Madison and Brady meet oranges roll, thanks to Payton, Brady's nephew. The first eye contact over the fruit table makes the air sizzle. No matter how much Madison resists the attraction, she and Brady are destined for each other.

I bought this with a degree of trepidation, and there were one or two scenes that could have done with picking over by someone who's spent some time around F1 cars (or has watched a few GPs and played with enough single-seaters to know where the advances have been made from the lattewr to the former). Other than that, though, this was a fun romp with an unexpected and complex secondary plot related to the heroine's career.
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