April82013
4 Stars
Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless was the book I chose to be my 100th book read for the year and I’m so happy with my choice. This was the first Ryan Loveless book that I read and I’ll definitely be reading all of them if they’re like this one. 
Carter, who has Tourette’s, is a 24 year old music tranposer who moves in next door to the Hart family. The Hart family consists of the warm and loving Noel and Liz, their angry 15 year old son Elliot, and their loving and squishy 27 year old son, Ethan. Ethan is absolute love and I adored everything about him.
Ethan was hit by a car at 17 and suffered from traumatic brain injury. He now views the world in black and white with rules created by those he loves to keep him safe. One such rule is that he can only take his penis out in the bathroom or his bedroom…not in public. I know other readers had a hard time with Ethan’s mental age while being a sexuall active man, but I thought it worked for this book. 
Carter is a shy guy who can’t control his tics, yet Ethan compares the tics to music, saying that Carter has his music on the outside. The book was just fantastic. Ethan and Carter both needed the other to help them with their problems, but the each loved the fact that they were needed. Carter may have been more emotionally mature, yet he learns from Ethan to just simply love. 

4 Stars

Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless was the book I chose to be my 100th book read for the year and I’m so happy with my choice. This was the first Ryan Loveless book that I read and I’ll definitely be reading all of them if they’re like this one. 

Carter, who has Tourette’s, is a 24 year old music tranposer who moves in next door to the Hart family. The Hart family consists of the warm and loving Noel and Liz, their angry 15 year old son Elliot, and their loving and squishy 27 year old son, Ethan. Ethan is absolute love and I adored everything about him.

Ethan was hit by a car at 17 and suffered from traumatic brain injury. He now views the world in black and white with rules created by those he loves to keep him safe. One such rule is that he can only take his penis out in the bathroom or his bedroom…not in public. I know other readers had a hard time with Ethan’s mental age while being a sexuall active man, but I thought it worked for this book. 

Carter is a shy guy who can’t control his tics, yet Ethan compares the tics to music, saying that Carter has his music on the outside. The book was just fantastic. Ethan and Carter both needed the other to help them with their problems, but the each loved the fact that they were needed. Carter may have been more emotionally mature, yet he learns from Ethan to just simply love. 

12AM
3 Stars
And Call Me in the Morning by Willa Okati could have been really good with a few tweaks, but ended up settling in the vague “I liked it, it was okay” category. 
Doctors and best friends Eli and Zane don’t understand why everyone keeps thinking they’re together when they’re both straight and just best friends. Except that day when Zane proposes an experiment to present to their friends that they tried kissing, yet it failed miserably. Only, of course, the kiss was a huge success.
Both men are in their 40’s and while I enjoyed their personalities, I felt a little more could have been put into the book. The plot had promise and the writing wasn’t bad, but the book just fell flat. Eli and Zane kiss not too long after the book begins, then the rest of the book is filled with kisses, kisses, and more kisses. Add in a random “I’m trying!” from Eli and “We figure this out together” from Zane, and there’s the book in a nutshell. 
There’s a bit of drama where their jobs are concerned, but everything became too repetitive and dull. I found myself putting the book down every 20 pages or so to do something else when my attention waned. I did like it, but it won’t be a book that I remember a few weeks down the road. 

3 Stars

And Call Me in the Morning by Willa Okati could have been really good with a few tweaks, but ended up settling in the vague “I liked it, it was okay” category. 

Doctors and best friends Eli and Zane don’t understand why everyone keeps thinking they’re together when they’re both straight and just best friends. Except that day when Zane proposes an experiment to present to their friends that they tried kissing, yet it failed miserably. Only, of course, the kiss was a huge success.

Both men are in their 40’s and while I enjoyed their personalities, I felt a little more could have been put into the book. The plot had promise and the writing wasn’t bad, but the book just fell flat. Eli and Zane kiss not too long after the book begins, then the rest of the book is filled with kisses, kisses, and more kisses. Add in a random “I’m trying!” from Eli and “We figure this out together” from Zane, and there’s the book in a nutshell. 

There’s a bit of drama where their jobs are concerned, but everything became too repetitive and dull. I found myself putting the book down every 20 pages or so to do something else when my attention waned. I did like it, but it won’t be a book that I remember a few weeks down the road. 

12AM
2 Stars
Tech Support by Jet Mykles was okay. Nothing great, nothing horrible, but if you’re looking for a book to pass the time before reading steller books, here’s one for you.
Super shy (yet not at all shy around his honey) Aaron is an IT guy and he meets one of the higher ups when Yoshiki breaks three keys off his laptop. Ki is attracted to Aaron and comes up with a reason to get Aaron to come around (wiring his new house with kick-ass electronics). Aaron and Ki then hook up.
I could add three more sentences to the plot summary, yet that would be detailing the entire book, which was only 80 pages, double spaced. I read the book in about an hour last night and it was fine for what it was. The plot wasn’t intricate or super engaging, yet the writing style didn’t leave me pulling my hair out. Reading this book was like flipping through tv and landing on some random show that’s on right before the movie you’ve been dying to see. It’s a nice little filler. 

2 Stars

Tech Support by Jet Mykles was okay. Nothing great, nothing horrible, but if you’re looking for a book to pass the time before reading steller books, here’s one for you.

Super shy (yet not at all shy around his honey) Aaron is an IT guy and he meets one of the higher ups when Yoshiki breaks three keys off his laptop. Ki is attracted to Aaron and comes up with a reason to get Aaron to come around (wiring his new house with kick-ass electronics). Aaron and Ki then hook up.

I could add three more sentences to the plot summary, yet that would be detailing the entire book, which was only 80 pages, double spaced. I read the book in about an hour last night and it was fine for what it was. The plot wasn’t intricate or super engaging, yet the writing style didn’t leave me pulling my hair out. Reading this book was like flipping through tv and landing on some random show that’s on right before the movie you’ve been dying to see. It’s a nice little filler. 

April62013
3 Stars
Super Sock Man by Amy Lane is a free read and it’s listed as book 2 of the Knitting series, but no, absolutley not.
Donnie has been crushing on Alejandro, his sister’s roommate, for ages. Alejandro receives a pair of knitted “magical” socks from his grandmother, which Donnie then puts on when Alejandro leaves for the weekend. Donnie ties a towel around his neck and thus, Super Sock Man is born. Alejandro comes back early and finds a naked, sleeping Donnie in his bed, which he defintely takes advantage of. The story was a little odd, but it was nice as a free, short read. 

3 Stars

Super Sock Man by Amy Lane is a free read and it’s listed as book 2 of the Knitting series, but no, absolutley not.

Donnie has been crushing on Alejandro, his sister’s roommate, for ages. Alejandro receives a pair of knitted “magical” socks from his grandmother, which Donnie then puts on when Alejandro leaves for the weekend. Donnie ties a towel around his neck and thus, Super Sock Man is born. Alejandro comes back early and finds a naked, sleeping Donnie in his bed, which he defintely takes advantage of. The story was a little odd, but it was nice as a free, short read. 

2PM
4 Stars
A Knitter in His Natural Habitat is book 3 in the Knitting series, and please forgive me for excluding these characters from the first two books where they first arrive. 
Rance, from book 1, often went into the big city before meeting Ben to deliver yarn. In one of the stores he met Stanely, an “aging queen” with new hair plugs. The men hook up in the bathroom, which happens for years whenever Rance comes to deliver. 
"Johnny," or Giovanni, is the man who saves Jeremy when Jeremy’s dad is murdered. He works for the mob as a family thing, but now he’s in witness protection since he’s testifying against his boss. Johnny becomes the new delivery man for Rance, since Rance’s yarn operation has taken off and he wants to spend more time with Ben.
Stanley isn’t happy with his job working in a yarn store. He’s actually the floor designer for a chain of various craft stores owned by one family, yet this was never how he envisioned his life. He’s been working in the same store for years, yet he’s never picked up his own knitting needles, even though he can sell yarn and equipment with the best of them. Eventually, he begins to learn and just when he’s happy to accept his life as it is, in walks Johnny. 
Stanley is a man slut, but Johnny wants him for him, not for his body so they start to actually go on dates, rather than just hook up. They eventually fall in love, but then Johnny’s past comes back to ruin his life and Stanley’s.
This was a great ending to the series and I really wanted to learn how to knit by the end of it.

4 Stars

A Knitter in His Natural Habitat is book 3 in the Knitting series, and please forgive me for excluding these characters from the first two books where they first arrive. 

Rance, from book 1, often went into the big city before meeting Ben to deliver yarn. In one of the stores he met Stanely, an “aging queen” with new hair plugs. The men hook up in the bathroom, which happens for years whenever Rance comes to deliver. 

"Johnny," or Giovanni, is the man who saves Jeremy when Jeremy’s dad is murdered. He works for the mob as a family thing, but now he’s in witness protection since he’s testifying against his boss. Johnny becomes the new delivery man for Rance, since Rance’s yarn operation has taken off and he wants to spend more time with Ben.

Stanley isn’t happy with his job working in a yarn store. He’s actually the floor designer for a chain of various craft stores owned by one family, yet this was never how he envisioned his life. He’s been working in the same store for years, yet he’s never picked up his own knitting needles, even though he can sell yarn and equipment with the best of them. Eventually, he begins to learn and just when he’s happy to accept his life as it is, in walks Johnny. 

Stanley is a man slut, but Johnny wants him for him, not for his body so they start to actually go on dates, rather than just hook up. They eventually fall in love, but then Johnny’s past comes back to ruin his life and Stanley’s.

This was a great ending to the series and I really wanted to learn how to knit by the end of it.

2PM
4 Stars
How to Raise an Honest Rabbit is book 2 in the Knitting series and this time, we get to know two of Rance’s employees, Jeremy and Aiden. 
This book has a longer timeline than book 1, which takes place over a few months, but this one takes place over a few years. Jeremy grew up as a con man, following in his father’s footsteps, using his boyish good looks to con unsuspecting men and women. After Jeremy is saved while he father is murdered in a con gone wrong, Jeremy tries to get his life sorted out, only to end up in jail for two years.
Once out of jail, Jeremy can’t find any work and he’s living on the street when he meets Rance, spinning some story about how he’s going to law school eventually and he just needs a chance. Rance can see straight through the bullshit, but underneath the gruff exterior, he’s a sweet heart, and he hires Jeremy to come work for him at his yarn mill.
There, Jeremy meets Aiden, the boy next door who is in high school. From the moment he meets Aiden, he’s half in love with him, but nothing happens since Aiden’s under age. Aiden, on the other hand, cannot stand Jeremy since he never shuts up. Jeremy learned how to talk to keep him out of trouble, but he never figured out how to stop talking. 
Years pass and the two men become friends, and around this time the events of the 1st book are taking place. Jeremy and Aiden eventually realize that they’re both gay and realize they have an attraction for the other. What’s surprising about this book is that the much older Jeremy isn’t the dominant one in the relationship and seemingly bright and squishy Aiden has darker bits to him and he’s able to force Jeremy and give him what he needs. 
As in the first book, there’s a great deal of knitting going on, but it’s done seamlessly throughout the book, so it doesn’t seem like an odd add-in. Knitting is what they do to find themselves, and the results are fantastic. 

4 Stars

How to Raise an Honest Rabbit is book 2 in the Knitting series and this time, we get to know two of Rance’s employees, Jeremy and Aiden. 

This book has a longer timeline than book 1, which takes place over a few months, but this one takes place over a few years. Jeremy grew up as a con man, following in his father’s footsteps, using his boyish good looks to con unsuspecting men and women. After Jeremy is saved while he father is murdered in a con gone wrong, Jeremy tries to get his life sorted out, only to end up in jail for two years.

Once out of jail, Jeremy can’t find any work and he’s living on the street when he meets Rance, spinning some story about how he’s going to law school eventually and he just needs a chance. Rance can see straight through the bullshit, but underneath the gruff exterior, he’s a sweet heart, and he hires Jeremy to come work for him at his yarn mill.

There, Jeremy meets Aiden, the boy next door who is in high school. From the moment he meets Aiden, he’s half in love with him, but nothing happens since Aiden’s under age. Aiden, on the other hand, cannot stand Jeremy since he never shuts up. Jeremy learned how to talk to keep him out of trouble, but he never figured out how to stop talking. 

Years pass and the two men become friends, and around this time the events of the 1st book are taking place. Jeremy and Aiden eventually realize that they’re both gay and realize they have an attraction for the other. What’s surprising about this book is that the much older Jeremy isn’t the dominant one in the relationship and seemingly bright and squishy Aiden has darker bits to him and he’s able to force Jeremy and give him what he needs. 

As in the first book, there’s a great deal of knitting going on, but it’s done seamlessly throughout the book, so it doesn’t seem like an odd add-in. Knitting is what they do to find themselves, and the results are fantastic. 

1PM
4 Stars
 Based on the picture alone, how couldn’t The Winter Mating Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters be anything BUT adorable? I never refer this book by its actual name, preferring to call it The Adorable Alpaca/Knitting Book! Yes, exclamation point included. 
This is the first book of the Knitting series by Amy Lane. Rance is a grumpy, quiet yarn store owner who raises alpacas for their yarn. He employes three people in his store, who also make the yarn to sell. His next door neighbor dies and her great-nephew takes over the house, including her chickens, bunnies, and other assorted critters.
The problem is that this is snow country and Ben is from California. Rance knows from the very first meeting that Ben is gay, yet he’s determined not to make a move on him since he wants Ben to like him as Rance, not as “my convenient next door neighbor who’s gay, too.” The way the two guys get close is adorable. Rance keeps looking for any excuse to stop by Ben’s house to help him survive the cold winter, knitted gifts included. 
Rance arrives with a new pair of mittens that aren’t a big deal, but then we follow Rance as he’s painstakingly choosing the perfect yarn and the perfect design for the mittens. He also stays up into the wee hours of the morning to make his gift, but once he hands it over to Ben, he can only say “You look cold.” 
You absolutely don’t need to know anything about knitting to thoroughly enjoy this series, since I’ve never knitted before in my life. Ms Lane does offer some fantastic instructions at the back of each book detailing how to make the different pieces, including the mittens. 

4 Stars

Based on the picture alone, how couldn’t The Winter Mating Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters be anything BUT adorable? I never refer this book by its actual name, preferring to call it The Adorable Alpaca/Knitting Book! Yes, exclamation point included. 

This is the first book of the Knitting series by Amy Lane. Rance is a grumpy, quiet yarn store owner who raises alpacas for their yarn. He employes three people in his store, who also make the yarn to sell. His next door neighbor dies and her great-nephew takes over the house, including her chickens, bunnies, and other assorted critters.

The problem is that this is snow country and Ben is from California. Rance knows from the very first meeting that Ben is gay, yet he’s determined not to make a move on him since he wants Ben to like him as Rance, not as “my convenient next door neighbor who’s gay, too.” The way the two guys get close is adorable. Rance keeps looking for any excuse to stop by Ben’s house to help him survive the cold winter, knitted gifts included. 

Rance arrives with a new pair of mittens that aren’t a big deal, but then we follow Rance as he’s painstakingly choosing the perfect yarn and the perfect design for the mittens. He also stays up into the wee hours of the morning to make his gift, but once he hands it over to Ben, he can only say “You look cold.” 

You absolutely don’t need to know anything about knitting to thoroughly enjoy this series, since I’ve never knitted before in my life. Ms Lane does offer some fantastic instructions at the back of each book detailing how to make the different pieces, including the mittens. 

1PM
3 Stars
Turkey in the Snow was a cute little read, though I wouldn’t say that I really enjoyed it. 
A few months ago, Hank’s sister shows up with Hank’s neice, Josie. His sister walks out and doesn’t return for her 4 year old. Hank is now the parent for Josie and the book explores all the ways his life has changed in just a few months as he tries to provide a stable home for Josie. 
I adored Justin, who works in the day care at Hank’s gym. While Hank is working out, Josie is spending time with Justin, which Hank hates. Hank is gay, yes, but he doesn’t “act gay” or “look gay,” which he says Justin does. He hates that Justin is a stereotype and he can’t stand Justin. As they get to know each other, though, he realizes that Justin is actually incredibly stable and might just be what both Hank and Josie need in their lives. 
At times I wanted to pat Josie on the head and at other times, I wanted to take away her toys for being a brat. The most common thing she says all throughout the book is, “Well MOMMY did it THIS way” which drove me crazy. I just wanted to hug Hank as he’s trying not to lose his mind. 

3 Stars

Turkey in the Snow was a cute little read, though I wouldn’t say that I really enjoyed it. 

A few months ago, Hank’s sister shows up with Hank’s neice, Josie. His sister walks out and doesn’t return for her 4 year old. Hank is now the parent for Josie and the book explores all the ways his life has changed in just a few months as he tries to provide a stable home for Josie. 

I adored Justin, who works in the day care at Hank’s gym. While Hank is working out, Josie is spending time with Justin, which Hank hates. Hank is gay, yes, but he doesn’t “act gay” or “look gay,” which he says Justin does. He hates that Justin is a stereotype and he can’t stand Justin. As they get to know each other, though, he realizes that Justin is actually incredibly stable and might just be what both Hank and Josie need in their lives. 

At times I wanted to pat Josie on the head and at other times, I wanted to take away her toys for being a brat. The most common thing she says all throughout the book is, “Well MOMMY did it THIS way” which drove me crazy. I just wanted to hug Hank as he’s trying not to lose his mind. 

1PM
4 Stars
Back to Amy Lane! Christmas with Danny Fit was just adorable, but then again, I have a soft spot for chubby boys finding love. 
Christopher “Kit” is an accountant in his 30’s who still lives at home with his harsh mother in the same bedroom he’s had since childhood. He’s a little overweight and a little awkward, but once he starts getting to know his extremely attractive assistant, Jesse, he longs for a better life. Just knowing Jesse sparks a desire in him that he’s never had before. Kit buys a fitness tape by Danny Fit and an adorable masterbatory fantasy begins. 
Kit’s never had much of a sexual drive and in fact, he’s still a virgin, yet after watching Danny Fit and imagining the “what-ifs” with Danny and Jesse, Kit moves in to his own house, starts losing weight, and opens to the idea of being with Jesse.
One part of the book really stuck with me as it hit close to home. Kit is buying the kind of furniture he’s always wanted, but could never have living with his mother. He’s also excited about adopting a cat, which he’s always wanted. As he’s picking out the dark couch, dark chairs, and dark loveseat, he comments that it’s not the best choice since it’ll show cat hair. His statement? “My furniture, my cat,” and he doesn’t care since he’s finally getting what he wants. 
An adorable read. 

4 Stars

Back to Amy Lane! Christmas with Danny Fit was just adorable, but then again, I have a soft spot for chubby boys finding love. 

Christopher “Kit” is an accountant in his 30’s who still lives at home with his harsh mother in the same bedroom he’s had since childhood. He’s a little overweight and a little awkward, but once he starts getting to know his extremely attractive assistant, Jesse, he longs for a better life. Just knowing Jesse sparks a desire in him that he’s never had before. Kit buys a fitness tape by Danny Fit and an adorable masterbatory fantasy begins. 

Kit’s never had much of a sexual drive and in fact, he’s still a virgin, yet after watching Danny Fit and imagining the “what-ifs” with Danny and Jesse, Kit moves in to his own house, starts losing weight, and opens to the idea of being with Jesse.

One part of the book really stuck with me as it hit close to home. Kit is buying the kind of furniture he’s always wanted, but could never have living with his mother. He’s also excited about adopting a cat, which he’s always wanted. As he’s picking out the dark couch, dark chairs, and dark loveseat, he comments that it’s not the best choice since it’ll show cat hair. His statement? “My furniture, my cat,” and he doesn’t care since he’s finally getting what he wants. 

An adorable read. 

1PM
4 Stars
The boys are going to Vegas! In The Letter Z (book 3 of the Coda series), Jared, Matt, Zach, and Angelo go on vacation in Vegas.
The boys all have some drama after Angelo sleeps with Jared’s former friends with benefits lover, Cole. Zach encouraged Angelo to go have fun since they both know that Angelo would never leave Zach for someone else, and it’s just a bit of fun. This is the reason why I enjoyed the book so much, since it shows a different type of love you normally don’t find in gay boy books. Never once is their love in doubt (well, as a reader, I never doubted), yet it’s not a standard “You’re it for me and I’m never straying” type of love.
Zach and Angelo are both perfectly fine that Angelo wants to hook up with Cole since it’s a one time thing. Jared, however, is NOT okay with it. Cole and Angelo hook up at Jared’s house and from that moment on, Jared is cooler toward Angelo. By this point in the book, Matt and Angelo are best friends, as are Zach and Jared. Things are awkward, but they all decide to go to Vegas for the weekend.
Once there, they run into Zach’s ex, which brings some drama, and Zach wants to watch Angelo dance. Zach gets off watching other people lust after Angelo, which results in Jared insulting Angelo and chewing him out. 
The book has a quite a bit of doubt coming from Angelo, wondering how he can be good enough for Zach when Zach is happy just to have him by his side. 

4 Stars

The boys are going to Vegas! In The Letter Z (book 3 of the Coda series), Jared, Matt, Zach, and Angelo go on vacation in Vegas.

The boys all have some drama after Angelo sleeps with Jared’s former friends with benefits lover, Cole. Zach encouraged Angelo to go have fun since they both know that Angelo would never leave Zach for someone else, and it’s just a bit of fun. This is the reason why I enjoyed the book so much, since it shows a different type of love you normally don’t find in gay boy books. Never once is their love in doubt (well, as a reader, I never doubted), yet it’s not a standard “You’re it for me and I’m never straying” type of love.

Zach and Angelo are both perfectly fine that Angelo wants to hook up with Cole since it’s a one time thing. Jared, however, is NOT okay with it. Cole and Angelo hook up at Jared’s house and from that moment on, Jared is cooler toward Angelo. By this point in the book, Matt and Angelo are best friends, as are Zach and Jared. Things are awkward, but they all decide to go to Vegas for the weekend.

Once there, they run into Zach’s ex, which brings some drama, and Zach wants to watch Angelo dance. Zach gets off watching other people lust after Angelo, which results in Jared insulting Angelo and chewing him out. 

The book has a quite a bit of doubt coming from Angelo, wondering how he can be good enough for Zach when Zach is happy just to have him by his side. 

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