How to Be a Movie Star (How to Be #2), by TJ Klune

 

Blurb:

Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert.

Q-Bert, who is ready to make his directorial debut in a film Josy would be perfect for. Q-Bert, who Josy may or may not have a friend-crush on, and potentially something more. Being demisexual can be confusing.

From the City of Angels to the small mountain town of Abby, Oregon, Josy will give his all to make sure his dreams come true—even the ones he never thought possible.

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February 12, 2019
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Look, I could try and write some eloquent review where I go on and on about how wonderful this book is. I could add in all the little things I loved, all the things I cried over and those other things I smiled huge. But all I want to do is jump on the rooftops and scream at the world that they need to read this book. This is one of those stories where, when you are reading, and then when you finish, you feel like this book could end wars. You feel like it could make literally EVERY PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE SMILE AND HUG THEIR NEIGHBOR. You feel like if you don’t buy this book and force everyone you know to read it, you’d not be a good person because you guys… this is how I feel right this moment.

How to Be a Movie Star is delightful in a similar way that Normal Person was, only it could be even sweeter. I don’t know because it’s been a while since I read that book. (I might have to go back and read it again soon because I don’t want to leave these guys.) See, it’s all Josy. He’s the absolute best person a person could be. He’s the nicest person. He’s open and honest, caring and kind. He’s got, as fans of this series would know, the best family he could ever ask for. Not his parents, nope, not them. But Casey and Gus, We Three Queens, Serge and Xander, Lottie, and even Starla, his agent… they’re the best friends and family in the world. And then he meets Q-Bert.

The wonderful Quincy is awkward, shy, suffers from anxiety and depression, and is the perfect match for Josy. They actually make each other better people. They make each other *want* to be better people. Their connection is incredibly cute, their friendship so inspiring, their crush for each other and feelings made me feel all warm and squishy. Their story is literally happiness. It’s all happiness!

While Josy and Quincy are in Abby filming this super weird movie that when we get glimpses of I honestly want to see a it happen for real, the feelings grow stronger and stronger. Their friendship solidifies and great things happen.

There is literally no angsts to speak of, and I think that’s mostly because of the way Josy is…he’s just so open and understanding. He might get sad from time to time, but he knows he has a great support system in his little family of friends, so he’s secure in a way that I wish more people could be. If anyone wanted a class on how to be a good person, they’d just need to try and be more like Josy.

Literally everything about this book made me happy. I laughed so much while reading it. I cried a little too, but I think a lot of those tears were because something amazing and beautiful was happening and, seriously, how can you NOT cry when something amazing and beautiful happens?

So here I am, shouting from the metaphorical rooftops, asking you all to read this book. It is happiness making. It is beautiful and so pure with love and friendship that my heart will be forever warm every time I think about it.

Highly recommended.

~kristie

 

 

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Books of 2018

I’m late once again to add my Best of 2018. Alas, not that late but I do try to do it sometime in December and lately my timing is way off. Kinda like books this year.  Also I can’t say some were a 5 star reads but I can say they left a rather big impression on me with the writing and that is what I most crave when I read a book!

2018 was somewhat of a gong show. Not gonna lie. The drama surrounding books, especially in the MM community was exhausting, draining and sometimes out right crazy.

So, what do you do when SM is exhausting?? You try and get lost in books. 2018 was another round of re-reads. My comfort books. My Go-To’s. They soothe me like nothing else. But there was some new books, some new to me authors that flipped my switch with their wonderful writing. Some YA, some NA, some mystery, but always with romance. Cause Im a sucker for a HEA!

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Winner Take All was my 1st 5 star read of 2018 and man what a ride!

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The book + my heart = All the love for Dal MacLean. ALL THE LOVE

 

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I did not review this one on the blog. But again, it was the writing that moved me so much. And this book was so utterly sad that I loved every minute of it.

Again a wonderful series that I didnt review in 2018! Gah! I really fell down on the blog job! But This series!!!!! I can’t wait for book 4. And I can’t tell you how much I love every single MC in this book but Sam owns me! Read this series! It will do you exactly the way that you want it!

 

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Can’t wait for book 3!!! I keep stalking Netgalley but havent seen it up yet!

If ever there was a series to remind you of all you felt during the Adrien with an E and Jake books this one is it. Also I enjoyed these mysteries way more 🙂

Till the next list! My wish for you all is great reads in 2019! The more the better!

Happy New Book Year!

Mare

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Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by T.J.Klune

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Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.

It should have been enough.

And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.

Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.

But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.

Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

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So while I really enjoyed book 1 and couldn’t wait to read Ravensong because the story line is my fav trope (reunited and it feels soooo goood) this book… not so much.

I feel like that naughty child that gets banished to the corner while all the cool kids are playing and having fun and just enjoying life……

I’m probably the one and only person in the Ravensong band camp that gave up at the 62% mark….. I know I know I should have finished it but I was just SOOOO MAD at Gordo. And Mark. But mostly Gordo. I kept screaming internally and in a very loud voice OMG JUST GET OVER IT ALREADY!!!!!!!!

In all honesty I was just sad cause the reunited love trope is my favourite. I root for love. I root for the angst that 2 people go through to find their way back to each other. It is my all time classic reading material. Sadly, the execution of this one just didn’t work.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Klune’s writing. I will read whatever words he puts down on paper. But when my blood pressure starts rising it is time for me to bow out. I will def read the next books in this series and a big shout out to my boo Kristie for telling me how the story ends and for debating with me on why and how and who and all the in between’s of this book . Love you boo ❤

Mare~

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The Wolf at Bay (Big Bad Wolf #2) by Charlie Adhara

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Going home digs up bad memories, so it’s something Bureau of Special Investigations agent Cooper Dayton tries to avoid. When he’s guilted into a visit, Cooper brings along Oliver Park, his hot new werewolf partner, in the hopes the trip will help clarify their status as a couple…or not.

When Park’s keen shifter nose uncovers a body in the yard and Cooper’s father is the prime suspect, Cooper knows they’re on their own. Familial involvement means no sanctioned investigation. They’ll need to go rogue and solve the mystery quietly or risk seeing Cooper’s dad put behind bars.

The case may be cold, but Park and Cooper’s relationship heats up as they work. And yet if Cooper can’t figure out what’s going on between them outside of the bedroom, he’ll lose someone he… Well, he can’t quite put into words how he feels about Park. He knows one thing for sure: he’s not ready to say goodbye, though with the real killer inching ever closer…he may not have a choice.

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I’m truly in love with both the MCs in this series. I’m hard pressed to say which one I like better. The chemistry is off the charts amazing and the two of them are so hot and sweet together I’m shocked my E-Reader did not burst into flames.

I’m also loving that as a debut author, Charlie Adhara, did not disappoint me. There was no change in the tone of the book, execution, or delivery and I truly love that because lately books have been a sad disappointment to me.

I’m not one to read an incomplete series BUT for this series I will wait. I’ll be sad…. hyper, not patient…. all of those really bad qualities I have LOL waiting for book 3 and then 4 and then maybe a 5? I have no idea how many books in this series but I will read them all!

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Mare~

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Going Off Grid, by SJD Peterson

 

Blurb:

Clay and Elliott are working toward a dream—working sixty-hour weeks for one of the oil companies that recently sprung up in North Dakota. The pay is good, but is it a fair trade for never seeing each other? The point becomes moot when the company folds, like so many others, and the couple is left with a difficult choice.

Should they find comparable work somewhere else, or is it time to throw caution to the wind and go after their goal—years earlier than they intended?

What they’ve always wanted is to be together and have time to enjoy it, so they follow their hearts. They’re going off the grid and fixing up an old cabin so they can be self-sufficient. But when they go from all the conveniences of the modern world to outhouses, solar power, a shoestring budget, and more mosquitos than they ever thought possible, will they find there’s such a thing as too much time together?

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March 23, 2018
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Going off Grid, part of the States of Love series from Dreamspinner Press is a cute story. Cute. It’s a pretty light read, quick, short, and sadly, empty of any real conflict or tension that I’d hoped for. It started off really good, but after a while I had a hard time giving it my attention. I think this was just too sweet of a story, or maybe not even sweet, but more like too eye rolling.

Clay and Elliot, together for years, have been working towards a goal… working their asses off, making all the money, retire early. But when the timeline moves up and they’re forced to make a decision, the transition is harder than they even imagined. Literally going off grid and living out in the middle of nowhere, fixing up a cabin that’s seen better days, tests their relationship… but not that much. They’ve been together too long. They’ve known each other too long. So when the main tension comes towards the end of the book, I had a hard time thinking anything would go wrong. Plus, I knew there was going to be a happy ending so that close to the end of the book, the tension felt manufactured.

I’m normally all for this type of short story, I just could not get into this one. It was okay, just not my speed.

~kristie

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Kairos, by Mary Calmes, Narrated by Michael Fell

 

Blurb:

Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.

Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for….

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March 16, 2018
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Kairos is a book that I liked when I read it, but I think I liked it more on the listen. There’s something about the pacing that Michael Fell has that kept me more interested in the story than I was before. His character voices for Joe and Kade were good, but it was more about the tone, the way he was able to tell this story with feeling, bringing the entire story into my ears and making it more visual than just reading did. His female voices were also very good, something I really appreciated.

The story itself it typical Mary Calmes. It’s fast paced, packed with a ton of characters (some important, others not so much), lots of UST, and it left me wanting more. Add in the excellent narration and I was even more greedy for a sequel than I was before. It’s a fun read, but for me, even more fun to listen to. All of the Mary Calmes fans out there who love audio books will love this. There is a brightness to the story that brought a smile to my face.

~kristie

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Pre-Release: Object of Desire by Dal Maclean

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Tom Gray is one of the world’s top models–an effortless object of desire.

Self-contained, elusive and always in control, he’s accustomed to living life entirely on his own terms.

But when Tom comes under suspicion in the gory death of his employer, his world spirals into chaos.

Someone’s framing him. Someone’s stalking him.

And as old secrets come to light, Tom finds his adversary always one step ahead.

Will Foster is the only man Tom trusts to help. But Tom brutally burned all bridges between them two years before, and Will paid a bitter price.

If he wants to survive, Tom must prove his innocence to Will–and to the world.

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 May 22nd 2018 by Blind Eye Books

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Reading is an individual experience. It is solace, an adventure, a hobby, an obsession. Reading is for some what breathing is for others. Sometimes you read a book and your all blah blah blah and others you are filled with every single moment, movement, ever.single.word.

The Object of Desire was just that for me. It was an object that I desired, that I was obsessed with for the 12-14 hours that it took me to start and finish.

And now. Now I’m just obsessed with Dan MacLean and wish that they would put out a book every other week. Sigh.

I will not go into the story because I believe that it is an experience that everyone should experience without being spoiled by other reviews.

Just know that you will want to read this book. It also has my fav trope in it. 2nd chances. And OMG this book was so lush… so poetic… so wordy that I was in lust and love and rage and lust and love and some more rage.  But mostly I just loved this book so much it hurt. Hurt that I sped read it, hurt when I got to that 75% mark and never ever wanted it to end. My heart. By the end of the book I was not ready to leave Dan MacLean’s world so I went back and re-read Bitter Legacy. And now today I feel like I need to read Object of Desire again just so I can bloody well FEEL AGAIN.

My playlist for this book:

https://open.spotify.com/user/marethomas/playlist/1EKp9u15jUvEmSvotGovbe 

“I can’t pretend
Pretend that I care
I see how you look at me
But I am not there
The damage is done
I’ll save you the time
And if there are feelings there
They are not mine” 

Mare~

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