November 20th, 2017

andrew potter

2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy Lost and Found


1) Fast paced read with engaging characters.  Grabbed you from the start and didn't let go.  Didn't want it to end.
2) The setting really makes this book great and provides realistic physical conflict. The characters of all the kids in the group are well drawn and believable. Heroes are both sweet/kind and hot.

Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy Lost and Found (Twist of Fate #1)
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Twist of Fate
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 3, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1548557366
ISBN-13: 978-1548557362
Amazon: Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy Lost and Found (Twist of Fate #1)

He promised to never leave me. But when I needed him the most, that was exactly what he did… Wilderness guide Xander Reed has spent fifteen years trying to forget the night he turned to his best friend in his darkest hour, only to find the young man who’d sworn to always have his back was turning his on Xander instead. Two thousand miles and fifteen years of building a new life in the quiet backcountry of the Rocky Mountains should have been enough to put the memory of Bennett Crawford out of his mind forever, but old wounds run deep and when Bennett suddenly reappears in his life as part of a wilderness expedition Xander is guiding, the scars he thought long healed break wide open. I’d only ever wanted to protect Xander from getting hurt again. I never considered the one he needed protection from was me… Bennett Crawford was faced with an impossible choice the night his best friend needed him. He chose wrong. As the only son of one of the wealthiest families in New England, he should have had the world at his feet, but losing his best friend at the tender age of fourteen changed everything. And even though Bennett’s managed to hide behind a mask of contentment as he takes his place at his father’s side in the family business, inside he’s searching for the piece of himself that’s been missing ever since Xander Reed walked out of his life. Bennett’s only saving grace is his work with a group of inner city kids, and when he’s given the chance to show the troubled teens that there’s a bigger world out there waiting for them if they just have the courage to reach for it, he takes it. But when he steps off that bus for what was supposed to be a week of fun and adventure, he’s instantly returned to the past when he discovers their expedition guide is none other than the boy he let go so long ago. Only, the soft-hearted, insecure little boy Bennett once knew is gone, and in his place is a brooding, bitter man who isn’t interested in second chances. People leave. I know that now and nothing Bennett has to say to me will change anything… All Bennett wants is another chance to show Xander that friendship was only the beginning. But when a stubborn Xander refuses to even hear him out, Bennett realizes he’s going to need to fight dirty. Because now that he’s found Xander again, he’s not letting him go a second time…

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lucy Lennox Borrowing Blue (Made Marian #1)


1) This contemporary romance novel had a gay-for-you storyline that was believable with characters that had interesting back stories. Although I felt some of the secondary characters could've been fleshed out more, the love (and lust) between Blue and Tristan was very believable.
2) Great story, engaging characters, simple plot that nevertheless sunk it's claws into you and wouldn't let go.
3) This is the first book in the Made Marian series. I enjoyed the way the author brought these two together and the little twist about their connection. This is a book to read if you are looking for something lite but entertaining to get you through the day.
4) This book is simply charming and the love story both sweet and hot. The setting of the winery is done just right.  Awesome debut!

Lucy Lennox Borrowing Blue (Made Marian #1)
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Made Marian
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 24, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1540847659
ISBN-13: 978-1540847652
Amazon: Lucy Lennox Borrowing Blue (Made Marian #1)

Blue: When my ex walks into the resort bar with his new husband on his arm, I want nothing more than to prove to him that I’ve moved on. Thankfully, the sexy stranger sitting next to me is more than willing to share a few kisses in the name of revenge. It gets even better when those scorching kisses turn into a night of fiery passion. The only problem? Turns out the stranger's brother is marrying my sister later this week. Tristan: I have one rule: no messing with the guests at my vineyard resort. Of course the one exception I make turns out to be the brother of the woman my brother’s about to marry. Now we’re stuck together for a week of wedding activities, and there’s no avoiding the heat burning between us. So fine, we make a deal: one week. One week to enjoy each other’s bodies and get it out of our system. Once the bride and groom say I do and we become family, it’ll all be over between us. Right?

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lucy Lennox Jumping Jude (Made Marian #3)


1) Probably my favorite of the series, Jude is easily my favorite of the brothers and seeing him get his HEA was rewarding. 
2) This is a great bodyguard/musician story that not only will fans of the author will enjoy but also those that love the bodyguard or musician sub-genres. As with the author’s other books the characters are well written. I really enjoy the way the whole Marian family is done and the closeness of its members is easy to see from one story to the other.

Lucy Lennox Jumping Jude (Made Marian #3)
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Made Marian
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1542456096
ISBN-13: 978-1542456098
Amazon: Lucy Lennox Jumping Jude (Made Marian #3)

Jude: Reaching the top of the country music charts brings out the crazy, and there’s no one crazier than my ex. Unfortunately, his threats to out me are escalating. Enter the bodyguard of my dreams. I’d probably chafe under his constant presence if his attention to my body wasn’t so… ah… thorough. Now I have to worry about outing myself to millions of fans if I can’t keep my hands off him in public. Derek: Now I’m an ex-Marine turned babysitter. If I have to hear Jude sing his mega-hit Bluebells one more time, I might murder him myself, and after 6 years in special ops, I know my way around a weapon. Unfortunately, so does he. Except his arsenal includes washboard abs and a killer set of pipes. I’ve faced guns, knives, explosives and yet it’s Jude Marian who may end up bringing me to my knees.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Lucy Lennox Delivering Dante (Made Marian #6)


1) This is a remarkable story, one of my favorite in the series. I loved the characters from the beginning and their story really held my attention. While these books stand on their own, I really suggest you read them in order.

Lucy Lennox Delivering Dante (Made Marian #6)
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Made Marian
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1546424601
ISBN-13: 978-1546424604
Amazon: Lucy Lennox Delivering Dante (Made Marian #6)

AJ: I know Dante’s story better than anyone. After all, I was the one who rescued him from his homophobic, abusive father eight years ago. Since then, I’ve kept my distance, but when I run into him at the Marian House gala and he doesn’t recognize me, I can’t resist the incredible, sensitive man he’s become. I would do anything to protect Dante Marian, but what if his past keeps me from being part of his future? Dante: Every new relationship has obstacles, it just turns out that ours involves my bumbling inexperience (ugh), an octogenarian naughty toy party (don’t ask), and being on the run in an RV with Aunt Tilly (it involves the Secret Service— no really, don’t ask). When my biological father takes his homophobic views to a national platform, the only way to stand up for what I believe in is to claim my past and confront him. So now it’s time to decide: do I put the past behind me and walk away from AJ for good or face my biggest fear and fight for what’s mine?

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Bad Beginnings (Anchors) Nicole Field


1) The writing style is short, to the point, and efficient, which I appreciated. Despite Dante's crush on Kit, this isn't an insta-love kind of story, another thing to value. Apart from the male leads, there are some worthwhile female side characters too. The dialogue is realistic, the characters endearing, and the romance proceeds with a good pace. This is not a particularly deep book; this is basic warm, sweet, adorable romantic fluff that I liked a lot.

Bad Beginnings (Anchors) Nicole Field
Bisexual - Contemporary Romance
Series: Anchors
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (April 21, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1684310040
ISBN-13: 978-1684310043
Amazon: Bad Beginnings (Anchors) Nicole Field

After the recent ending of a relationship, Kit feels lost and uncertain about where he stands without being in a relationship. Dante, on the other hand, has been waiting for this moment for years, and now that Kit is finally single he has no intention of wasting this chance. But even the most sincere feelings and best intentions aren't enough to guarantee happiness, and it's a long road from a bad start to a happy end.

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