Sentimental Sunday: Finding Zach by Rowan Speedwell

Five years ago this month I reviewed a book titled: Finding Zach, written by Rowan Speedwell. And given that we’re doing a Sentimental Sunday special I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite books with you, just in case you missed it back then.

Finding Zach is one I’ve read at least five times since the print copy arrived and each time I pick up something more, learn something else, see what I didn’t. This story does nothing but get stronger with each read.

I tend to read very fast and yes, I do comprehend everything I read and I remember what it was about. I may forget titles and character names at times but with this particular one, I haven’t forgotten anything. Not a single thing. I read it fast and then read it slow, then I did it again and I never tire of flipping through each page as if it were the first time I’ve seen them. The book is in excellent condition, not a crease to be found, not a single page bent or marred up. It is like new and will remain that way.

Even after all the years that have passed, and all of the emotional heartache I’ve been through, and then some, this story has remained within my heart, and in my head since I first read it. Honestly, I have never felt so strongly about a book as I do this one. I mean I love other books and many authors. John Saul continues to be one of them high on my list of auto-buy authors. He’s taking a sabbatical at the moment, and I understand that all too well. I love a good John Patterson as well. His two part series, Cross My Heart: Hope to Die. WOW.

Rowan doesn’t have many titles out and that’s A-OK with me because she gave me her best when she wrote Finding Zach. I don’t know how she’ll ever be able to top that story. Really. I’m sorry Rowan but as you know I absolutely love David and Zach and will probably always will.

To those of you unfamiliar with Rowan Speedwell and her talent please look her up. You’ll be happy to know she wrote a second short story that guest stars my two favorite MM characters. Zach and David called: Hopes and Fears which features someone from Finding Zach and how this person learns to move on and find his own true person. I was thrilled to see that title come out due to my favorite characters. I can remember thinking that Rowan must have written that story just for me, well of course she did! LOL! I made such a fuss over her at one of the conventions she’ll never forget it. I think. I adore that lady and her very talented mind.

Once again, Rowan, thank you! I think I need to read it again, it’s about that time.

Here’s my review of Finding Zach

Here’s my review of Hopes and Fears

Both stories still rate on the 5+ Kisses!

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Sentimental Sunday: Without Reservations by JL Langley

Without Reservations by JL Langley is one of my all time favorite books. If I had to rate it, Without Reservations would be 5+ Kisses and a Desert Island Keeper.


There are several reasons why I love this book. Without Reservations was one of the first M/M shifter books I read. I remember when I bought it and read it I couldn’t believe how fresh and interesting it was. I had never really read anything like it within this genre before and once I finished it, I immediately read it again.

Although it’s been released for a while now, I still believe this book stands the test of time. For one, Ms. Langley really writes amazingly well-written characters that not only live and breathe off of the written page, I almost always fall totally in love with them. In this book, Chayton and Keaton made me laugh, cry and have that feel good feeling of watching two incredible people fall in love.

The chemistry between these two men are off the charts. Between Chayton’s laid back personality and Keaton’s southern charm these men are truly perfect together. Even now, years later, they are still one of my all-time favorite couples and probably always will be.

Also, Ms. Langley created a very interesting pack world and pack mentality. It’s intriguing and very interesting to see how the pack lives, functions and has harmony with one another. All of her characters really bring something special to the story and once you start this book, you won’t be able to stop until you read the last word.

Without Reservations is definitely one of my top ten all-time favorite books. If you haven’t read it, please check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

Reviewed by: Gabbi

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Sometimes love just catches you by the tail…

Chayton Winston is a veterinarian. He is also a werewolf. Much to his Native American parents chagrin, he has always dreamed of a fair-haired, Caucasian mate. However, he never imagined his mate would be male. As a heterosexual man, he’s not quite sure what to do with a male mate, but more than willing to find out.

Keaton Reynolds wakes up, in wolf form, and finds himself with a mate. He’s instantly attracted, but not so thrilled to find out the man is straight. Having been in a relationship once before where his partner professed to be “Not gay” left a bad taste in his mouth. Keaton wants to make a break for it and pretend he never set eyes on Chay—but Chay is not ready to let him go.

Together the two work to solidify their shaky relationship and battle the prejudices against homosexuals. Chay must deal with not only his mother’s prejudices against gay men but also her hatred of white people. When a power struggle in Keaton’s pack threatens Keaton’s life, the two men learn to depend on one another and their relationship to get them through it.

Sentimental Sunday – Sounds of Love by Susan Laine

I’m a big fan of Susan Laine. I’ve read most of her books and to be honest, I’ve loved most of them. She has a true knack of getting to the heart and soul of her characters and I truly enjoy the journey she takes me on in each and every one of her books.

Out of all of the books she’s written, Sounds of Love is my favorite. I’ve read it several times and I know I’ll continue to revisit these characters again in the future.

This book speaks to me because of the way these two men connected together. They have to work at making their relationship work. I also love how they truly seem to LIKE and LOVE one another and even though one of the heroes is deaf, they communicate beautifully together. I also love the secondary characters and there is perfect balance of sweetness, romance and angst that always keep my attention every time I read it.

I love this book and always will.


What does love sound like? If you hear it, will you heed its call?

Police officer Jordan Waters is recovering from a shooting by moving to a new apartment in a new town and taking a new job. In other words, he’s lonely. His first instinct is to relieve his anxiety through uncomplicated sex—until he meets a man so far out of his league and experience that he stumbles for the first time.

Police volunteer Sebastian Sumner may be deaf, but his spirit, openness, and sense of humor give him the strength to get through anything—even the emotional defenses of Jordan Waters. But it’s his own family history that poses the biggest challenge. Can he learn to trust Jordan with his heart, or will his upbringing blind him to the sounds of love?

Sentimental Sunday-Second Sight by Sean Michael

Second Sight by Sean Michael is one of my go-to books when I’m in the mood for something sweet and sexy to read. One of the things that really speaks to me as a reader is the relationship between Pablo and Marc. I loved how much both of these characters really go through a lot of growth and change as the years go on. There are many good times, as well as, very tender and sad times they experience as their relationship progresses. Also, Marc loses his eyesight and there is a long separation they have which just about kills me every time I read it.

Despite the ups and downs that this couple has, Second Sight is truly a beautiful story. It’s one of my all-time favorites and will continuously be a book I’ll reach for time and time again. If you haven’t read this book, please check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

Please note: I couldn’t find the book under the previous publisher. I hope Mr. Michael will re-publish this one soon. All of the information, including the cover art was pulled up from another website. The book was originally published in 2004 through Torquere Press.

Sentimental Sunday – I’ll Be Your Man by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

If you follow my reviews you know that I make it no secret that if I’m totally in love with a book, I will read it again and again. I know there are some of you who probably don’t do this and I respect your decision not to do so, after all, there are so many great books you haven’t read yet…so why read the same book over and over again?

I get it…I really do. It’s no surprise that I have a lot of books to read and review and I love every minute I spend doing it, but I am also very guilty of just wanting to revisit old friends and enjoy the story they have to tell all over again.

I guess I’ve always been sentimental and if something means a lot to me or if a book really moves me in some way, I’m going to remember it and want to revisit the characters soon by reading their story over.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this. The other day as I was re-reading one of my favorites I began to wonder if other people are like me and I also wondered why they do this too. What made that book so special that they had to reread it again?

I thought I would periodically share some of my all-time favorites and explain WHY they are my favorites. These thoughts are certainly not reviews…they are just the endless ramblings of an avid reader who likes to share her thoughts on books she loves.

Also, I began to wonder if you guys would like to share your own thoughts on your favorites. If you do, please feel free to send me an email at and tell us why a certain book is your favorite and why you read feel compelled to read it more than once. I’d be glad to put it on here and share it with our readers. After all, we are among friends, right? I plan on publishing these posts on Sundays and calling it our Sentimental Sunday posts.

Last year we lost my brother-in-law in a tragic accident. This devastated all of us and in all honesty, I couldn’t function like I once did. Just the thought of picking up a new book and trying to read it got me anxious, but I love to read and I found myself reading my favorite books over and over again. Revisiting these characters gave me comfort, just like old friends do. This went on for me for several months. Finally, I was able to get back into the swing of things, but I honestly believe that re-reading my favorites kept me going and brought me out of the dark place I had landed myself in.

I have many books that are favorites of mine. They are often favorites for many different reasons. I’ll share them all with you, but I thought I’d start with this one. I read this book many times during my darker days. It always brings a smile to my face.

I’ll Be Your Man by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid

I love this writing team. Their characters always have such a heated chemistry between them, that they really resonate with me as a reader. This is one of my favorites for two reasons… One, I absolutely loved both men. Both Richard and Paul were so realistically written to me, I could easily envision them as I read the book. I loved the friendship and respect they have together and OMG…the sexual chemistry between them makes me want to break out in a sweat!!

The second reason I love this book is it has one of my favorite themes: Older man, younger man…yep…I love the May/December romances and I’ll Be Your Man is one of my all-time favorites within this genre.
This book comforts me when I feel down. It always brings a smile to my face and reminds me of why I love to read romances and why it’s never too late to find true love.

If you are interested in this book…click here to check it out.

Thanks for allowing me to share one of my favorites with you. Have a very happy Sunday!!


Richard Lynch is a 50-something executive with an ex-wife he’s still hung up on and a son in grad school who only calls when he wants something. In his professional life, Richard’s successful and in control, but his personal life consists of little more than sitting down in front of the television set at seven and being in bed by nine.

Then he meets his son Kyle’s best friend and roommate, Paul Watkins, the handsome gay son of a former rockstar. Richard’s bland, predictable world is thrown into chaos by Paul’s sweetly determined pursuit of him. To some Richard’s new lease on life seems like a mid-life crisis and Paul’s infatuation seems motivated by daddy issues, but to Richard, Paul is his chance to explore a part of himself he’s kept buried all his life. With friends, family, and their pasts threatening to keep them apart, what will it take for each to become the other’s man?