Kimberly Reviews: The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever by Andrew Grey

Title: The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever

Author: Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, Dreamspun Desires

Pages: 190

Characters: Tommy, Grayson, Petey

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary

Kisses: 4.5

 Blurb:

How can heartbreak turn into happily ever after?

Tommy Gordon is all set for happily ever after—until heartbreak strikes when his husband-to-be leaves him at the altar. In a bid for distraction, his best friend, Grayson Phillips, suggests he takes advantage of the luxury honeymoon anyway! But the last thing Tommy wants is to go alone, so he invites Grayson and his son, Petey, along.

Beautiful Bonaire lends itself to romance, and along with close quarters, relaxing on the water, and a matchmaking kid, Tommy and Grayson soon find themselves closer than ever… and considering more, much to Grayson’s delight. But before they can plan the best best honeymoon ever, dark clouds descend in the form of Tommy’s ex and a sting from paradise that could ruin everything.

Review:

Friends to lovers stories are always a favorite of mine, as are kids-fics, so The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever hit all the right buttons for me. Left at the altar, poor Tommy Gordon feels like his life is over and just wants to be left alone to sulk inside his house in isolation. His best friend, Grayson, isn’t going to let that happen. Instead, they’re going to take the honeymoon trip that Tommy’s already paid for and have a great vacation together, along with Grayson’s son, Petey. And what develops in the island paradise of Bonaire will change their lives for the better.

In terms of character background, I felt like we got quite a rich and cohesive story for the main characters. We find out how Petey entered Grayson’s life and what his current status is, as well as what befell Grayson’s past relationship in terms of prioritizing his son. And we got information on how Tommy and Grayson became friends, standing beside each other over the years, as well as how Tommy’s been a part of Petey’s life since Grayson started raising him. Should we get a sequel within this universe, I’d like to see some more exploration around Petey’s mother, as well as Tommy’s aunt. Both of these women got a bit of time within the story, but there is much more to delve into for both of them. Perhaps we’ll get to learn more later.

I enjoyed seeing how both Tommy and Grayson’s unsaid attraction to each other finally got to come to the forefront. They had such an easy relationship as friends, and Tommy already treated Petey as a beloved nephew, so the transition was pretty smooth to being lovers. There were hints towards the need to ease Petey into the changed status, but overall there didn’t appear to be any real issues ahead. Even the supposed threats from Tommy’s former fiance, Xavier, didn’t put any real barriers towards their eventual committed relationship status.

If you enjoy happily-ever-after stories where best friends become a family, The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever is a great choice! Life can throw curve-balls, and threats might be lurking around the corner, but in the end, it all works out. I look forward to what else Andrew Grey brings us with these characters.

Reviewed By: Kimberly

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Kimberly Reviews: Heart Unheard by Andrew Grey

Title: Heart Unheard

Author: Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 200

Characters: Brent, Scott

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary

Kisses: 3.5 

Blurb:

The attraction between Brent Berkheimer and Scott Spearman peels the wallpaper, but Brent is Scott’s boss, and they’re both too professional to go beyond flirting. Their priorities realign after Scott is badly injured in an accident that costs him his hearing, and Brent realizes what is truly important… he wants Scott. 

Scott pushes Brent away at first, fearing a new romance will just add to his problems, but perhaps he will find unexpected strength and solace in Brent’s support as he struggles to communicate with the world in a new way.

Just as they decide the chance of a happy future together is worth the risk, Scott and Brent discover darker challenges in their way—including evidence that the “accident” Scott suffered may not have been so accidental. 

Review:

Andrew Grey is back the second book in the Hearts Entwined series, Heart Unheard. For those of you who did not read the first book, Heart Unseen, you may feel confused on trying to keep up with the character and plot references to the prior book when diving into this one. I gathered that James lost his sight in the first book, and that other characters from the garage may have played a role in the plot, but I went into Heart Unheard with a blank slate and hopes I wouldn’t be too lost when trying to follow along.

This time around, the focus is on Brent and Scott, the latter of which loses his hearing in an accident that is central to the overall plot. Tangled up in the recovery efforts, and uncovering the truth behind the car accident that maybe wasn’t such an accident, is Scott’s boss Brent. He decides to lay all his cards on the table and reveal to Scott just how much he really cares for the man. The book balanced all the emotional turns quite well, and made the journey of the relationship quite believable. I could really feel Scott’s frustrations over what he lost, his wariness to believe Brent would even want him now, and the determination that the two of them would journey through this incident together while looking toward a hopefully happy future.

Additionally, I liked the exploration of Scott and Brent’s parents as well. Firstly, Scott’s mom being in denial to accept that Scott might be deaf forever, her need to keep him protected and hope for a miracle for her child. And then his dad’s more realistic acceptance of what might be forever, but also a steadfast need to want to see Scott happy regardless of what life’s thrown at him thus far. Brent’s mom was a treat, as well as a great cook, but what really drew my attention most was Brent’s admittance as to what happened when his dad was killed. He’s been carrying around the burden of believing it was his fault, that if he had done things differently perhaps his father would not have died, but in the end he was able to work through that and find relief from his burden through the help of friends and loved ones. Quite a nice plot arc overall.

So, if you like Andrew Grey’s previous works, or are just looking for a great book involving two men who have to overcome a lot in life to get their happy-ever-after, then Heart Unheard might be the book for you. But you may find yourself wanting or needing to refer back to Heart Unseen to get the full effect of where these characters came from and where they’re headed. 

Reviewed By: Kimberly

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Gabbi Reviews: Taming the Beast by Andrew Grey

Title: Taming the Beast

Author: Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 200

Characters: Dante Bartholomew, Beau Clarity

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kisses: 5

Blurb:

The suspicious death of Dante Bartholomew’s wife changed him, especially in the eyes of the residents of St. Giles. They no longer see a successful businessman… only a monster they believe was involved. Dante’s horrific reputation eclipses the truth to the point that he sees no choice but to isolate himself and his heart.

The plan backfires when he meets counselor Beau Clarity and the children he works with. Beau and the kids see beyond the beastly reputation to the beautiful soul inside Dante, and Dante’s cold heart begins to thaw as they slip past his defenses. The warmth and hope Beau brings to Dante’s life help him see his entire existence—his trials and sorrows—in a brighter light.

But Dante’s secrets could rip happiness from their grasp… especially since someone isn’t above hurting those Dante has grown to love in order to bring him down.

Review:

I have found that there isn’t an Andrew Grey book that I haven’t liked. There is something special about the way he writes likable, sexy heroes whose romance always seems to live with me long after I finish reading their story. Like any other author, there are some stories of his that I enjoy more than others, but Taming the Beast has got to be one of my all-time favorites of his!

What makes this book different is the sheer heated chemistry these two men share between them. I was immediately swept up into the sultry attraction they had and loved the way, together, Dante and Beau truly become a force to be reckoned with.

Dante is a misunderstood man. Because of the suspicion surrounding his wife’s death and because of his no-nonsense and sometimes surly disposition, he has been labeled a ‘beast’ to be around. Most people go out of their way to avoid him, and those who do cross his path in a negative way, usually feel his wrath. Though he can be a strongly opinionated man and even kind of jerky at times, Dante really has a heart of gold. But, because of his hurt-filled and misunderstood past, there are very few people who see the beauty that really resonates inside him.

Beau is a loving, compassionate man who will fight for what is right, for both himself and for others. As a counselor, Beau spends his life helping others and seeing past people’s hurt and anger into the person they are inside. It’s because of this, that Beau knows there is more to Dante than meets the eye, and once he sees Dante for the man he truly is, Beau himself, takes a chance on showing Dante his very vulnerable side and allows him into his life.

I loved this book. It was one of the most romantic stories I’ve read this year and since I’m a sucker for romance, I eagerly read Dante and Beau’s story from start to finish in one sitting. I also enjoyed the suspenseful backstory and hated to see the book come to an end. I found myself truly invested into Dante and Beau’s life and enjoyed the story they had to tell.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Lydia Reviews: Heart Unseen by Andrew Grey


TITLE: Heart Unseen
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
Characters: Trevor Michaelson and James Stewart
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

As a stunningly attractive man and the owner of a successful chain of auto repair garages, Trevor is used to attention, adoration, and getting what he wants. What he wants tends to be passionate, no-strings-attached flings with men he meets in clubs. He doesn’t expect anything different when he sets his sights on James. Imagine his surprise when the charm that normally brings men to their knees fails to impress. Trevor will need to drop the routine and connect with James on a meaningful level. He starts by offering to take James home instead of James riding home with his intoxicated friend.

For James, losing his sight at a young age meant limited opportunities for social interaction. Spending most of his time working at a school for the blind has left him unfamiliar with Trevor’s world, but James has fought hard for his independence, and he knows what he wants. Right now, that means stepping outside his comfort zone and into Trevor’s heart.

Trevor is also open to exploring real love and commitment for a change, but before he can be the man James needs him to be, he’ll have to deal with the pain of his past.

Review:

Fast hook ups and one night stands are all the Trevor really looks for. The sexy attractive and successful man is not interested in anything else, that is until he meets James. While out with friends one night Trevor sees, James sitting alone and tries to pick him up. It is hard to decide who is more shocked when James shoots him down, Trevor or his friends.

James has been blind since he was a kid. He is used to people treating him differently because of his blindness, so he does not know how to react when Trevor treats him just like a regular person. When Trevor comes to James’ “rescue” again, James starts to wonder if he shouldn’t give the mechanic a chance.

Fans of Mr. Grey’s are going to love this new book. It is everything you come to expect from this author and a lot more. I loved the MC’s, especially how they complement each other. Both men are strong characters yet, they become stronger as their relationship grows, especially James who finally stands up to his mother.

While the connection between the men is one I love, everything between them is not always roses and sunshine. Trevor finds out that all his hard work building his business may be going down the drain thanks to a trusted employee. I was surprised by the way some of this played out, and must tell you the scene where Trevor’s bike is sold had me close to tears.

I am a big fan of Mr. Grey’s and always find myself re-reading my favorites. Heart Unseen will be joining that list. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has not yet given it or any book by this author a try.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: The Playmaker by Andrew Grey


TITLE: The Playmaker
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
Characters: Hunter Davies and Montgomery Willis
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Sport
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Professional football player Hunter Davis is learning that saying he’s gay is very different from actively being in a relationship with another man—especially in the eyes of his team-mates and fans. So when Hunter needs a personal assistant to keep him organized, he asks for a woman in order to prevent tongues from wagging.
Montgomery Willis badly needs to find work before he loses everything. There’s just one position at the agency where he applies, but the problem is, he’s not a woman. And he knows nothing about football. Still, Hunter gives him a chance, but only because Monty’s desperate.
Monty soon proves his worth by saving Hunter’s bacon on an important promotional shoot, and Hunter realizes he might have someone special working for him—in more ways than one. Monty’s feelings come to the surface during an outing in the park when Hunter de-cides to teach Monty a bit about the game, and pictures surface of them in some question-able positions. Hunter is reminded that knowing he’s gay and seeing evidence in the pa-pers are two very different things for the other players, and he might have to choose be-tween two loves: football and Monty.

Review:

The Playmaker is a recent release by author Andrew Grey. This is a contemporary sports story that is set in the football world. This story is slightly unique in that football player, Hunter Davis, is not hiding the fact that he is gay. The problem as he sees it is that while everyone knows he is gay, they don’t really want to see it. While it does not make him happy, he knows that he won’t be a football player forever and is willing to ride it out. So, he’s a little surprised when his new assistant turns out to be a man he can’t seem to resist.

If Montgomery does not find a job soon he will be forced to move back in with his mother, a fate worse than death. Going to a job agency with hopes they can help him, Montgomery ends up going on an interview for a job he’s not qualified for. Montgomery is surprised when he is offered the job but soon finds out that while he may not know anything about football, what he knows about organization makes him more than qualified for the job.

Hunter and Montgomery soon move from employer/employee to friends and then to lovers. The chemistry between them is strong so when they come together they heat up the pages. There are obstacles in the way of them finding their happily ever after however, and unfortunately the two must decide just what it is they want.

I am a big fan of Mr. Grey. I love the characters he creates and the worlds they live in. He has the ability to pull me into his stories from the first page and keep me turning the pages to see what happens next. The Playmaker is no different. I found myself liking the main characters from the start. Hunter comes across as your typical jock but in some ways, he is very insecure. When the readers find out his secret I am sure many will be shocked, although it is a story that is not new. As for Montgomery, I loved the way he steps up to the plate and takes care of Hunter. I was surprised by the way he handled the photographer and the way he could bond with Hunter’s friends and teammates. There are some tense moments towards the end of the book and I found myself close to tears as far as Montgomery was concerned. I was also a little mad at Hunter.

Andrew Grey does a wonderful job wrapping up The Playmaker however. I plan on re-reading this story again and again. Fans of Mr. Grey are sure to enjoy this new story and those who are wondering if they should pick it up, do so you won’t be disappointed.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: Fire and Snow by Andrew Grey


Title: Fire and Snow
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Andrew Grey
Pages: 200
Kisses: 4



Blurb:

Fisher Moreland has been cast out of his family because they can no longer deal with his issues. Fisher is bipolar and living day to day, trying to manage his condition, but he hasn’t always had much control over his life and has self-medicated with whatever he could find.

JD Burnside has been cut off from his family because of a scandal back home. He moved to Carlisle but brought his Southern charm and warmth along with him. When he sees Fisher on a park bench on a winter’s night, he invites Fisher to join him and his friends for a late-night meal.

At first Fisher doesn’t know what to make of JD, but he slowly comes out of his shell. And when Fisher’s job is threatened because of a fire, JD’s support and care is more than Fisher ever thought he could expect. But when people from Fisher’s past turn up in town at the center of a resurgent drug epidemic, Fisher knows they could very well sabotage his budding relationship with JD.

Review:

Fire and Snow is the fourth book in the Carlisle Cops series. These books stand on their own, but I would really advise you to read the books in order as the characters travel from one story to the other.

The cop in this newest book is JD. JD is a transplant from the south. To say he is having trouble adjusting to the Pennsylvania winter. He is also having a bit of a problem adjusting to the abrupt separation from his family. The way his family treated him is horrible and I do not know if I would have been as nice as he was when his mother showed up out of the blue.

Fisher is the other main character in this story and one that readers will have no problem likening. Fisher has many problems; some are mental health issues while others are addictive. He has to follow a strict routine in order to function and when he can’t sleep he heads for the town square where he can people watch.

The author uses Fisher’s habit of going to the square to introduce the two men. While out on patrol JD sees Fisher sitting on his bench. Since the weather is extremely cold he encourages Fisher to go home and later when JD once again sees Fisher sitting on the bench he invites Fisher to join him and his friends for dinner.

On the surface JD and Fisher don’t seem to have anything in common, yet as you get to know the two men you see there are little bits of their pasts that are similar, things that help draw the young men closer together. Mr. Grey is an author who does not gloss over issues and I liked that he brings Fisher’s problems out as part of the story. I also like that he shows Fisher coping with his problems and that JD acknowledges that. The two men do have some problems due to Fisher’s past, but thanks to JD’s friends and co-workers they find a way to deal with everything.

The Carlisle Cops series is becoming one of my favorite by this author. The newest story, Fire and Snow, is very well done, balancing romance and mystery perfectly. I can’t wait to see what the author has planned for the next book.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: Love Comes to Light by Andrew Grey


Title: Love Comes to Light
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Andrew Grey
Pages: 206
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Artist Arik Bosler is terrified he might have lost his creative gift in the accident that left his hand badly burned. When he’s offered the chance to work with renowned artist Ken Brighton, Arik fears his injury will be too much to overcome.

He travels to Pleasanton to meet Ken, where he runs into the intimidating Reg Thompson. Reg, a biker who customizes motorcycles, is a big man with a heart of gold who was rejected by most of his family. Arik is initially afraid of Reg because of his size. However it’s Reg’s heart that warms Arik’s interest and gets him to look past the exterior to let down his guard.

But Arik soon realizes that certain members of Reg’s motorcycle club are into things he can’t have any part of. Reg can’t understand why Arik disappears until he learns Arik’s injury was the result of his father’s drug activity. Though neither Reg nor Arik wants anything to do with drugs, the new leadership of Reg’s club might have other ideas.

Review:

Love Comes to Light is the last book in Mr. Grey’s Senses Series. While each of the books in this series can be read on their own, I would strongly recommend the previous books, not only because they are worth reading, but because several past characters show up in this story to lend the main characters a hand.

The main characters, Arik and Reg, pull you into their story from the beginning. Arik is an artist having to learn how to paint all over again. He is in a lot of physical and emotional pain and when you learn what happen to him you will understand why he is so cautious around others.
Reg is a biker. He owns the local garage and in his own way he is also an artist. Reg is not the hard core gang style biker even though he belongs to a club, but his rough exterior frightens Arik as much as it turns him on.

I loved watching the relationship grow between the two men. Their connection is instantaneous; however, Arik’s fears mean they have to move slowly. That Reg is willing to take things at a pace that Arik feels comfortable with makes the love between them grow even stronger. I also liked that Arik is shown that just because he can no longer paint like he used to, does not mean that he can never paint again. The author did a great job making this part of the story believable.

While in some ways Love Comes to Light centers primarily on Arik and his struggles, the author does weave a bit of mystery into the story that focuses on Reg. The problems they find themselves falling into really shakes up Reg’s life. The anger he feels is understandable and given the reputation of MC’s I was surprised, at first, that the cop believed Reg and Arik. The reason why is explained shortly after the cop comes onto the scene.

While it is sad to see this series come to an end, the way in which the author closes it out is fantastic. Fans of the series will really love Love Comes to Light and the chance to say good bye to old friends.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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