1) Beth Burnett - Man Enough ()
A beautiful understanding thoughtful novel about people trying to live as best they could. Normal everyday people getting out of bed, yawning, scratching themselves and living life as best as they could. Was a perfect novel at that, bravo! No, triple bravo!!! –Mick
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Amazon Kindle: Man Enough
Things are going well for Davey Carter. She loves her job and she has a comfortable bed. Granted, her love life is non-existent, her pot-smoking mother is wreaking havoc in her apartment, and she is starting to suspect that her lesbian best friend might be secretly in love with her. But none of that matters when Davey meets Danny, a kind, loving, intelligent man who just may be the love of Davey's life. Until it turns out that Danny is harboring a secret of his own.
2) Lauren Gallagher - Who's Your Daddy
An interesting tale that had the potential to be really awkward, like a bad soap opera, but which turned out to be rather sweet and romantic. I can't say I agreed with all of the decisions made, but I really bought into the characters struggles, and appreciated the handling of the situation. –Sally
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (July 2, 2013)
Amazon: Who's Your Daddy?
Everyone’s bringing baggage to this baby shower… After her divorce, Carmen James is still trying to get back on her feet when fate pulls the rug out from under her. She’s pregnant—and she’s not sure who’s the father. Just one more thing for her impossible-to-please family to worry about. On the bright side, there are only two candidates: her best friend, Donovan, and Isaac. His boyfriend. A little too much wine and the desire to comfort led Donovan and Isaac to a night they both hope Carmen doesn’t regret. When she drops the B-bomb, though, Donovan’s plate, already crowded with a teenage son and a disapproving father, gets fuller. And Isaac, who’s already on the fence about his sexuality, wonders how he’ll handle fatherhood at forty. Above all, both men worry that whatever the answer to the ultimate question—which of them got her pregnant—it will forever alter their longstanding friendship. While they’re waiting, continuing their casual sexual relationship feels natural. But when emotions get involved, the cracks in their logic begin to drive them apart just when they need each other the most.
3-tie) J.M. Snyder - A Cowboy's Heart
A lovely little HEA western romance with a cute cowboy twink and a rather fetching whore with a heart of gold (and a secret). Tommy and Hal are stock characters, but Lila has a nice history, and an interesting role in evolving Tommy's character. The setting is stock, again, but nicely detailed. Overall, the writing was good, if a bit too feminine for such a gritty setting. –Candace
I really enjoyed the story of Lila's search to be who he truly was, inside and out. I would have liked the cowboy to have come to a more stated acceptance of Lila, and not kept calling him Lyle. –Lynn
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 12, 2012)
Amazon: A Cowboy's Heart
Ranch hand Tommy Prout thinks he's in love ... with his boss, Hal Bolstrum. Problem is, Hal's engaged to be married to the ranch owner's daughter and, though he knows of Tommy's crush, he sees it as nothing more than harmless affection. When payday rolls around and the other cowboys want to ride into town to check out the girls at the Wildhorse saloon, Tommy tags along to throw off any suspicion anyone might have about his feelings for his boss. He sure as hell doesn't want to spend his money on any of the soiled doves the town has to offer. At the bar he meets Lila, an enterprising young working girl who takes a liking to him. When Tommy says he wants to be left alone, Lila suggests he rest in her room -- with the promise they don't have to actually do anything. But Lila isn't like the others, and when she discovers Tommy is more scared of her than attracted to her feminine charms, she lets him in on a little secret. Lila's real name is Stephen Marsh. He lives as a woman, moving from saloon to saloon, pleasing men for money. He loves men and enjoys his work, and what others don't know about what's under his skirt doesn't bother him. In all his years on the prairie, he's never met someone quite like Tommy. When he discovers Tommy is sweet on Hal, he suggests teaching the cowboy just how to please a man. He doesn't mean to lose his heart to Tommy in the process. With "Lila" in his life, Tommy begins to dream of someone softer than Hal, someone pretty when dolled up but still man enough where it counts. Someone like Lila. As his feelings deepen, can he use Lila's own teachings to win the heart he really loves?
Vincent Meis - Tio Jorge
Wonderfully gripping flawed characters. –Kris
Interesting story although a lot of the focus is really on the daughter of one of the men (who is deceased) and how it affects her, although the POV is shared between her and the surviving man, who had a relationship years ago with her father. –Anne B.
Paperback: 310 pages
Publisher: Fallen Bros. Publishing (May 1, 2012)
Amazon: Tio Jorge
From a wealthy cul-de-sac in Hillsborough, California to a dusty village in Central Mexico, Tio Jorge gives us an emotional portrait of a young woman who cannot move forward until she silences the ghosts of her tragic childhood. On her graduation day from Stanford University, she thinks she sees in the crowd the man accused of her mother’s death sixteen years earlier, but he flees before she can speak to him. Believing he is the key to unlock the mystery of her father who abandoned her, she sets out to track him down, and in the process discovers the Mexican side of her family. Heartened by the love and warmth of her Mexican relatives, she has the courage to confront her mother’s family and seek justice for the man who had been her father’s secret lover.
5) Mel Bossa - Franky Gets Real
Very realistic as each member of the group of friends would have their own personal baggage. –Norma
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (December 20, 2011)
Amazon: Franky Gets Real
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