Leif’s Serenity by K Webster

4.5 STARS

Release Date: May 26, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Leif – The world knows me as Leif in Wanderlust, travel blogger. Through the lens of my camera, I take my followers along as I vacation in some of the most beautiful places all over the world. Sure, it can get lonely, but I’m literally living everyone’s best life and loving every second of it. Until I’m hired for a job in Brigs Ferry Bay, Maine, where I meet a local diner owner, Fernando. One steamy night together turns into two, and two… turns into a week of bliss. Our instant connection leaves me questioning my motives for why I do what I do. Am I replacing meaningful relationships with the approval of strangers? And why can’t I get Fernando out of my head?

Fernando – Tourist season in Brigs Ferry Bay is the best season when your number one rule is to not sleep with the locals. Small towns get six degrees of incestuous if you’re not careful. So when a sexy travel blogger with a nerdy vibe struts into my diner, I call dibs. He’s the perfect distraction from the dumpster fire that is my life right now, since Pops was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I didn’t expect to actually like the guy or miss him after he went on his way. But I do, and I can’t stop the intrusive thoughts telling me what we have is more than lust. Now my biggest problem is convincing a wanderer to stay in one place with me. I’m the cat, he’s the mouse. Game on.


Brigs Ferry Bay is a steamy MM romance series.
While each book can be read as a standalone, in order to get the full experience, they’re best read in order. Enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, hurt comfort, age-gap romance, and so much more. Fall in love with the charming small-town gay romances of Brigs Ferry Bay…


Review: I’m really enjoying the Briggs Ferry Bay series, because all of the characters have so much depth. There’s so much going on in their lives that impact them. I love seeing the characters from each book pop up in the different books. I also like that I feel a lot of emotion and am completely invested in how these characters will find their happy ever after! every single one definitely deserves that HEA! Leif was such an interesting character with how he handled what happened to him and how successful he became. I really enjoyed the fact that him and Fernando just clicked in their connection. The chemistry was steamy! Fernando is so wonderful, he does so much for everyone else, and it makes him extremely endearing. The way these to go back-and-forth, and yet show up for each other, is really heartwarming. The end of this book and the end of Callan’s Atlas made me so freaking excited for the next books in the series. I cannot wait for Zac’s story from K Webster and Ricky’s story from Misty Walker!

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MISTY WALKER

Misty Walker is a romance author with books in multiple subgenres, including gay, biker, and contemporary. She’s been in the book and audiobook industry for many years, though she’s only been publishing since 2019. Misty currently resides in the high desert of Reno, NV with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys camping in her comfy travel trailer, reading, and writing.


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Callan’s Atlas by K Webster

4.5 STARS

Release Date: May 11, 2021

SYNOPSIS: When we moved from New York to Maine, life was supposed to get easier, not harder.
Change, for me, was difficult. I became the target of terrible crimes that resulted in sending a once-beloved man of the community to prison for a very long time. Now that I’m eighteen, I could move back to the Big Apple, but fear has me rooted in place. I hate what that monster did to me. Looks like I’m stuck here for good. Brigs Ferry Bay’s unhappiest gay. Each day, the darkness closes in around me more and more.Black clothes. Black mood. Black thoughts. Black eyeliner. The color in my life bled from me months ago and never came back. Until him. Atlas Larson. Newest cop on the BFB police force. Too hot. Too strong. Too old for me. Too…everything. Atlas is a rebellious, bossy, mouthy brute who likes to provoke me. Every encounter starts with heat and ends with an argument. Color begins sneaking back into my world little by little. He reminds me of who I once was and shows me who I’m meant to be. I crave to leave this town once and for all. But now that I’ve found the courage to do it, the arrogant jerk with a badge might find a way to keep me here and in his arms forever.


Brigs Ferry Bay is a steamy MM romance series.
While each book can be read as a standalone, in order to get the full experience, they’re best read in order. Enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, hurt comfort, age-gap romance, and so much more. Fall in love with the charming small-town gay romances of Brigs Ferry Bay…


Review: I was really excited to get Callan’s story after seeing everything that happened in to him in Sheriff’s Secret. I feel like Callan has been through too much, so he definitely deserves a happy ending. This one’s definitely a little sexier, with lots of details and kink. Not to mention, you get a little bit of danger and mystery with the romantic suspense aspect as well! Atlas is the perfect mixture of protective but also supportive. He treats Callan like an adult, which is so different from Callan’s family and friends. They’re just worried about him and a little over protective of him, and for good reason after what has happened, but it’s not helping him get past it. It’s nice to see him find himself again. I also really enjoyed Callan’s love of art! His colors and his outfits just put a smile on my face. There is quite the age-gap, but these two just work together!

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Meet K Webster

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

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Torn Apart by K. Webster & Nikki Ash

5 STARS!

Release Date: October 20, 2020

SYNOPSIS: I’ve spent the past three years in college terrorizing the dean, also known as my father.
I’m everything he hates.

Troublemaker.
Slacker.
Gay.

But I’m only getting started.
I’m about to make Dad really proud with my newest life choices… I fall for my best friend, Mia, who’s a freaking chick. I’m dying to make out with my enemy, dude bro Brayden. And best of all, I want to bone my new roomie, Drew, who happens to also be the school’s new hockey coach. Senior year’s great. I’m still the world’s worst human. I’ve made all the wrong decisions, and when Dad gets wind of my newest mess, he might actually disown me this time. But I can’t stop. I don’t want to stop. In typical Ashton Carter fashion, I wreck my life in the worst possible way. It isn’t until it’s all torn apart, I realize I have a problem. Me.


REVIEW: Holy crap. I don’t know where to even begin about this messy, amazing story that has left me in a tangled web of feelings and emotions. These are some very confused people that all care about each other, yet are having so much difficulty figuring it out. Something I do really appreciate is Drew’s outlook:

“But then reality hit. I reminded myself I was gay.”
“So you’re a labels guy then, huh?” I frown at him.
“What?”
“The kind of guy who sticks everyone into a category. Mia: best friend and a girl. Brayden: asshole jock. Me: dad’s live-in spy.” He smirks at me. “You: openly gay, sarcastic little shit.”
My lips curl into a wicked grin. “You forgot to add hot for me.”
“And hot,” he indulges, making the hairs on my arms stand on end. “Sound about right?”

This brings up something that I believe people in our society get really stuck on. Labeling people. It’s like we feel most comfortable putting people in their correct boxes, but the truth is we are all messy. We all move in and out of different boxes throughout our life depending on our experiences–who we meet and who are around. This book demonstrates this very well in the sense that the characters can have a lot of different feelings and care for different people in really different ways. Of course as a Romance book, it’s a little more dramatic and things happen a lot quicker than they may in real life. Both authors did a really great job of bringing the story together in a way that was entertaining and sucked me in. I was completely invested in all of the characters being happy. I have some feelings of who belongs with who, but we’ll see what they do with book two of this duet. I seriously cannot wait to read Bound Together on November 17th!

Thank you to K. Webster, Nikki Ash, and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!


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Meet Nikki Ash:

Nikki Ash resides in South Florida where she is an English teacher and mom by day and a writer by night. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand. From the Boxcar Children to Wuthering Heights to the latest Single Parent Romance, she has lived and breathed every type of book.

“Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out.” – Pam Allyn While reading and writing are her passions, her two children are her entire world. You can probably find them at a Disney park before you would find them at home on the weekends!

To learn more about Nikki Ash, visit: https://authornikkiash.com


Meet K Webster:

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

To learn more about K Webster, visit: https://www.authorkwebster.com

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

4.5 STARS!

Release Date: July 7, 2020

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

SYNOPSIS
Wanted:
One (fake) boyfriend
Practically perfect in every way

Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything. To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened. But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.

REVIEW: I just adored this book. The writing pulled me in from the very start, and the witty banter and British humor kept me enthralled. There was just enough drama while watching the growth of the characters. I felt so invested in Luc from the very first scene, Alexis Hall did a wonderful job of making the characters endearing and human. It is always such a joy to read a romance where characters are dealing with real life issues while finding their HEA!

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The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

5 STARS!

Release Date: June 25, 2019

Publisher: Avon Impulse

SYNOPSIS

As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the Countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes her breath away.

Catherine St Day looks forward to a quiet widowhood once her late husband’s scientific legacy is fulfilled. She expected to hand off the translation and wash her hands of the project—instead, she is intrigued by the young woman who turns up at her door, begging to be allowed to do the work, and she agrees to let Lucy stay. But as Catherine finds herself longing for Lucy, everything she believes about herself and her life is tested.

While Lucy spends her days interpreting the complicated French text, she spends her nights falling in love with the alluring Catherine. But sabotage and old wounds threaten to sever the threads that bind them. Can Lucy and Catherine find the strength to stay together or are they doomed to be star-crossed lovers?

REVIEW

Female/female romance. SIGN ME UP! But a Female/female historical romance, I am beyond intrigued. I went into this with high expectations, and they were totally met! I loved this story for many reasons. The writing was done so well that I really felt the depth of the story. I think my favorite part was that both women were in such unhappy places in their lives when they first met. They share a connection through astronomy, but one does not have fond memories associated with it. The women are also struggling with the expectations of the time period and how those expectations limit their lives and pursuit of joy. Watching Lucy and Catherine build a relationship and grow together had me utterly enthralled with this story. It was a little slow in the middle, but I usually feel that historical romances have a slow part somewhere that I could skim through (it’s a personal problem haha). Overall, I feel that this book was exactly what I wanted it to be and I would definitely recommend it!

Thank you to Avon books for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

3.5 STARS

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

SYNOPSIS

Sana Khan is a cheerleader and a straight A student. She’s the classic (somewhat obnoxious) overachiever determined to win.

Rachel Recht is a wannabe director who’s obsesssed with movies and ready to make her own masterpiece. As she’s casting her senior film project, she knows she’s found the perfect lead – Sana.

There’s only one problem. Rachel hates Sana. Rachel was the first girl Sana ever asked out, but Rachel thought it was a cruel prank and has detested Sana ever since.

Told in alternative viewpoints and inspired by classic romantic comedies, this engaging and edgy YA novel follows two strongwilled young women falling for each other despite themselves. 

REVIEW

Let’s start with this beautiful cover! I see a lot of male/male romances and very few female/female ones, so once I laid eyes on this cover I was on board–I mean lesbians and women of color, loving the representation. Plus, this book releases during Pride Month!

This is an enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy, that is full of teenage snark. The story takes place in Los Angeles and has a fun filmmaking element. Both girls are ambitious, passionate, and career-oriented which I loved. All that being said, Rachel tends to be really angry and mean, to a point I never really loved her as a character. I just wasn’t super invested in how the story unfolded. Still, I do think that many readers will enjoy this snarky, teenage, enemies-to-lovers romance, so if it sounds up your alley give it a try!

Thank you to Aminah Mae Safi for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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A Quick & Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristan Jimerson (ARC Review)

5 STARS!!!

I LOVE THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THIS BOOK! Gender neutrality is the future, and we all need to get onboard–this book is a great first step in the right direction. The authors work together to explain They/Them pronouns in a way that is so easy to understand, and with some perfectly timed comedic relief. They also acknowledge that this is a not a simple change, it will take time, but it is so very important to the people that are being misgendered.

I really appreciated that they thought of possible scenarios that may happen, and gave examples of possible responses. Overall, I think they really accomplished the goal they were shooting for when creating this book. I can’t wait to buy it and share it!

As a School Counselor, I sincerely appreciate the simplistic and accessible format of this book. I will be able to share it with students and co-workers alike.

Thank you to NetGalley, Limerence Press, & Oni Press, Inc. for the ARC to review!

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde (ARC REVIEW)

5 STARS!

THIS BOOK! The LGBTQIA+ representation is real. This was the first time I’ve read about a character that uses They/Them/Theirs pronouns. Jen Wilde did a wonderful job at normalizing terms, feelings, and the range of sexual orientation and gender fluidity. There wasn’t just one gay friend like most books. This is a true LGBTQIA+ read. Genderqueer, pansexual, bisexual, gender nonconforming, the list goes on. I was also very impressed that there was some intersectionality and ethnicity was actually addressed for some characters. Intersectionality is so important, because it adds layers to the characters and illustrates the many difference between people that share one culture. I absolutely loved that not wanting to label was put out as an option, and that the story actually illustrated that coming out is process that is different for everyone. Okay, I could go on and on about this, but long story short, a BIG THUMBS UP for more representation of the LGBTQIA+ community without totally leaving out the very important intersectionality of these characters.

As for the plot line, this a pretty typical story: lots of drama, hurtful people, finding love right in from of you. And I loved it. This why I read romances, and I was enamored with how “normal” all the LGBTQIA+ characters felt to me as I was reading. Another element of the story that I fell in love with was that the main character was building her own support system and family, making it of friends that repeatedly showed they actually cared about her, and were present when they were needed. Not everyone can rely on their family to unconditionally love and accept them. Not everyone has parents that should be or want to be parents. Also, the reality of how your parents can negatively impact you, and how people pleasing can have drastic effects is so relevant in the age of social media. This story also touches on gaslighting (emotional abuse), and how it isn’t always easy to see it when it’s happening to you. Not to mention the ease with which teenagers can develop alcohol abuse issues, because of the partying they may be doing with their friends. There are so many deep and relevant issues addressed in this book, and I think Jen Wilde did a good job at showing the range of emotions and confusion people can feel when in these types of situations, and how friends can show up and make a world of difference. She even got a mental health condition in the story, and brought up how the stigma can cause people to not even share what they are going through with their closest friends. To some people this all may seem over the top and unrealistic, but just because someone hasn’t personally experienced it, or seen someone else experience it, doesn’t mean these situations don’t happen, because they do. Please keep that in mind, and try not to minimize the struggles of others.

Obviously I loved this book, so I would DEFINITELY recommend it.

It comes out May 22nd, so get ready! 

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Counselor Considerations contain SPOILERS.

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School Counselor Considerations:

Social/Emotional:Family: Emotionally Abusive Family, Gaslighting, Unsupportive Family, Building Family out of Friends, Parental Alcohol Abuse, Social: Labels, LBGTQIA+, They/Them/Theirs Pronoun Use, Gender-Nonconforming Characters, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Biracial, Intersectionality, Empathy, Mental Health Condition, Underaged Drinking, Alcohol Abuse, Unhealthy Relationships, Emotional Abuse from a Significant Other, People Pleasing, Childhood Trauma, Slut Shaming, Double Standards, Building your own Support System, Friends as Family, Reality of Social Media

College/Career: Navigating Career with Fame, Personal Life Impacts Career, Responsibility,

Academic: N/A

 

 

The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy by B.T. Gottfred (ARC REVIEW)

5 STARS!!!

I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is for everyone that has felt they don’t fit into the socially constructed genders and has been completely confused by their desires.

This is a beautiful story of teenagers coming to understand that gender, sexuality, and attraction are on a spectrum, and not so binary as we’ve been taught to believe.

B.T. Gottfred always writes such realistic story lines, and this one blew my mind. He beautifully represented the confusion of exploring sexuality in your teenage years.

Don’t even get me started on Art, he is AMAZING!!! And his charts, just wait until you see his charts. He is unapologetically himself and greater for it. Not to mention he is hilarious!

This book is just pure magic, and I’m so excited for it to be out in the world on May 8th!

Synopsis:

Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Her classmates, her gym buddies, even her so-called best friend. So many people think that Zee likes girls, even Zee is starting to wonder. Could they be onto something?

Everyone assumes that Art is gay. They take one look at his nice clothes and his pretty face and think: well, obviously.

But there’s more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. When Art first meets Zee, he knows he’s found someone special–someone magical. Zee may not be able to see that magic in herself, but Art is bound and determined to show it to her.

What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they’ve been told are strange. As they explore their own complexities in gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other. With his trademark frankness, B.T. Gottfred delves inside both characters’ heads in this story about love and living authentically.

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School Counselor Considerations: Sexual content, navigating sexual discovery, fitting in, fighting stereotypes, gender fluidity