February 4, 2018 by Valerie Ullmer
Favorite Reads – February 4th, 2018
As I continue writing Jade (I promise I’m getting there), I thought I would share more of my favorite reads.
Archangel’s Assassins by Barbara Elsborg
He wants to forget.
West is an archangel’s assassin delivering justice to supernatural creatures who break the law. Not a straightforward job because he also has to absorb the memories of those he kills. Even worse, West is breaking the law himself in an attempt to free his brother from hell. If he doesn’t succeed before his archangel boss finds out, West will be joining his sibling.
He wants to remember
A young guy wakes in a London park with his memories gone. He has no idea who he is, or where he comes from. A bracelet engraved with the single word Tao is the only clue to his identity. With no sign of his memory returning, he drifts into a life on the streets. Begging is his only way to survive.
Two worlds collide
When Tao returns West’s stolen wallet, West offers to buy him a coffee. Tao delights in the chance to sit down with a good-looking guy until his instincts tell him to run away. Fast. West is surprised when Tao flees, considering how much he’d been mentally urging him to stay. Is he losing his touch or is Tao more than a scruffy young man down on his luck?
Only one way to find out.
Perfect! This is one of the best paranormal romances I’ve ever read! The connection between West and Tao is tangible from the first moment they met. West has become hardened from the job he’s assigned to, and the author makes his misery jump off the page, but Tao changes everything.
Tao has no memory past two months previous when he woke up in a park with a bracelet and no other clues. When he helps West, he puts himself in danger. As the story moves along, which I couldn’t put down, Tao’s goodness starts to change everyone, including West.
The story developed in a way the was unpredictable but intriguing. The character arc of West is the best one I’ve read in a long while. He’s working for two bosses who are at the opposite end of the spectrum and on top of dealing with the loss of his brother. I don’t want to give anything away because the story is truly original, but this is worth the read!
The book flows along really well and when I reached the end, I was sad to be pulled from West and Tao’s world. Truly spectacular!!!
Synchronicity by Keira Andrews
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for Tyler Bourne to compete in Olympic synchronized diving with veteran Aiden Oxford. The last thing he expects is to fall head over heels for his gorgeous partner. Friendly but distant, Aiden keeps him at arm’s length, and Tyler knows his feelings are hopelessly one-sided. But as the Games begin, Tyler learns nothing is certain until the final dive.
The chemistry between Tyler and Aiden is perfect. I loved the story from beginning to end. Tyler and Aiden are diving in the Olympics for the Canadian team and their chemistry is off the charts. I enjoyed how they came to reveal their feelings for one another and although the story was short, it was a great read!
Working Out by Reegan Ellis
Eric hates the gym. Really, the only reason he’s there is because his roommate is kinda cute and has pestered him into going, promising it’ll be fun.
Fun? Exercising? No way.
That is, until a walking wet dream of a man offers to show Eric around. Suddenly Eric can’t keep his eyes to himself, and he’s not the only one. Connor is tall, fit, and gorgeous—and interested. The two of them can’t help but spend hours together, and Eric starts to wonder if maybe the gym isn’t so bad after all…
Working Out is a standalone 13,000-word romance novella with an unexpected meet cute, no cheating, and two men who know exactly what they want—if they’re brave enough to go for it…
This was a short book, but it had a wonderful message. Connor meets Eric at the gym, a place where Eric doesn’t feel comfortable, but that doesn’t stop their attraction to one another. They go on a date and it’s going splendidly, but an off-handed comment by Eric has Conner flashing back to an emotionally abusive relationship from his past.
Connor learns that not everyone is like his ex and he takes a chance on Eric. I loved the story and the ending!!!