Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Book Reviews - Freckles by Amy Lane & Take Me Home by Lorelie Brown

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Review by Suze 
 
Carter has a structured life. He has a nice house and works hard at a law firm to pay for it. Unfortunately he has a boss he doesn't like at all, but he keeps working for him anyway because he does like the regularity of his life. It is boring, but it is what he knows and he's comfortable. When he's at the grocery store he has a little dog in his arms all of a sudden and somehow he's become the new owner. He doesn't know anything about dogs and didn't particularly want one either, but when he sees how cute the dog is he decides to give having one a try.
 
Sandy's work as a vet tech is never boring and it helps him to pay for college. A terribly stressed man needs his help with a small dog. Carter has no idea what to do with it at all, let alone a puppy. While Sandy is trying to help him with his first steps as a pet owner he notices that Carter is a gentle man with a good character and he also finds him incredibly attractive. Carter needs his help taking care of Freckles and maybe Sandy will be lucky, he hopes there's some attention left for him as well. Is Carter really boring or does he have more fire in him than he thought?
 
Freckles is a wonderfully sweet book. I loved the idea that Carter becomes a dog owner because someone shoves it in his hands. He names the dog Freckles, which is a fitting name for an adorable puppy. I immediately loved both the dog and Carter. He's such a kindhearted man. The same goes for Sandy. Pets are his life, he's helpful and nice to people and he knows what he wants. It's clear from the start that Carter and Sandy are perfect together and their relationship is both passionate and endearing at the same time, which makes it very complete.
 
Amy Lane's sentences have an easy flow. Freckles is such a charming story. It has a lot of character, which is something I always love in a book. Amy Lane lets the relationship between Sandy and Carter develop in a natural way and I think that's really great. She surprised me with her chosen direction in a good way. I fell in love with Freckles, it's a delightful entertaining story.
 
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If you like to smile and be charmed you should definitely read this book. The main characters and the dog are all endearing and easy to fall in love with.
 
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Review by Suze
 
Keighley doesn't look forward to Thanksgiving with her aunt who is openly hostile to her because she's gay. To annoy her aunt she's looking for a date she can bring to the family meal. When Keighley sees Brooke's ad on Craiglist she's enthusiastic immediately. Brooke's a tattoo artist  with pink hair who offers to shock someone's family in exchange for a free meal and she's exactly what Keighley is looking for. However, what should have been a casual date might turn into more. Is Brooke ready for that kind of commitment?
 
Keighley and Brooke are very different. Brooke is outspoken with hidden depths and Keighley has a steady job as an accountant, loves animals and isn't as fiery. She knows what she wants though and is prepared to work hard to get it. While there's an instant connection it's obvious Brooke isn't ready for any kind of long-term commitment. Keighley might be a bit less reluctant, but she also didn't expect to have so many feelings when she asked Brooke to be her date. They're good together and I loved that while Take Me Home is a novella there's still enough time to get to know both of them really well.
 
Lorelie Brown's idea of shocking a condescending aunt at a festive dinner is fabulous. Brooke is the right person for the job on the outside. She has many different layers though and slowly they are being revealed. Lorelie Brown makes her interesting and it was fun to see what she was like through Keighley's eyes. I liked the immediate connection and the chemistry between the main characters and the honest and open way the story has been written. Take Me Home is an incredibly romantic quick read.
 
 Advice
 
Take Me Home is an original story about a creative way to meet someone. If you like a good festive romantic story with two very different main characters you will love this novella.

16 comments:

  1. Adorable! I think animals bring such a whimsical touch to serious books.
    Dianna

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  2. I like when the characters have an immediate connection.

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  3. Love Amy's books! (They tend to be either very sweet and heartwarming or incredibly angst-ridden, so it's nice to hear about a light one to enjoy!)

    --Trix

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  4. I haven't read them but love the review for both of them! I do have a soft spot for cute, furry friend :)

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  5. OmG, this Frecklescover is so cute, I don't even care what it is about (ok, I do) but that cuteness is hard to resist!

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    1. I love stories with animals in them, so when I saw the cover I was sold and I was pleasantly surprised the book was even better than I expected.

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  6. I love books with dogs in them. This book sounds wonderful.

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  7. Great stories on the blog today :)

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  8. I followed the TAKE ME HOME blog tour, so it's cool to hear a review!

    --Trix

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  9. I'd love to have hair like Brooke & the nerve to have tattoos!

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  10. Freckles sounds really cute!! I shared the review here: http://letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com/2017/01/happy-new-year-lgbt-book-reviews-around.html

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