Mel’s Musings about Books, Quotes, and other Stuff: Everyday History, by Alice Archer

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One of the reasons I read books is to find myself in them. I want to be seen and touched and get impulses for my life. Not every book does that, and that’s quite alright, actually, but I’ve had this idea that I wanted to share with you all what speaks to me on a more personal level in this new column of Mel’s Musings about Books, Quotes and other Stuff.

When I take something away from a book that doesn’t, however, necessarily have to reflect on the quality of the book itself and whether I enjoyed it or not. Although I will probably mention something about this as well, and I’ll try not to get spoilery (warnings will follow if).

Enjoy 🙂

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Release Day Review: Foxes, by Suki Fleet

fleet-foxesFoxes, by Suki Fleet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Day: December 8, 2016
Genres: Gay, M/M, New Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Buy Links: eBook / Paperback

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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When Dashiel’s body is found dumped on an East London wasteland, his best friend Danny sets out to find the killer. But Danny finds interaction difficult and must keep his world small in order to survive. By day he lives in an abandoned swimming pool and fixes electrical devices to trade for supplies, but by night, alone, he hunts sharks—a reckless search for dangerous men who prey on the vulnerable.

A chance meeting with an American boy selling himself on the streets throws this lonely existence into disarray. Micky is troubled, fragile, and Danny feels a desperate need to protect him—from what, he doesn’t know. As Danny discovers more about Micky, he realizes that what Micky needs saving from is the one thing Danny can’t help him fight against.

To save Micky, Danny must risk expanding his world and face something that scares him more than any shark ever could: trusting he will be accepted for who he is. If a freezing winter on the streets, a sadistic doctor, and three thousand miles don’t tear them apart first, that is.

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“A complex and beautiful romance.” — Book Review: Focus on Me, by Megan Erickson (Rating: 4/5)

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Focus on Me, by Megan Erickson
Publisher: InterMix/Penguin Random House (July 21, 2015)
Page Count: 204 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5

Warning: Mental illness; suicidal thoughts.

Curious to find out more about Colin and Riley? You can check out an excerpt from this novel here!

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* I was given an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

Summary: Colin Hartman can now add college to his list of failures. On the coast-to-coast trek home from California, Colin stops at a gas station in the Nevada desert, and can’t help noticing the guy in tight jeans looking like he just stepped off a catwalk. When he realizes Catwalk is stranded, Colin offers a ride.

Riley only intended to take a short ride in Colin’s Jeep to the Grand Canyon. But one detour leads to another until they finally find themselves tumbling into bed together. However there are shadows in Riley’s eyes that hide a troubled past. And when those shadows threaten to bury the man whom Colin has fallen in love with, he vows to get Riley the help he needs. For once in his life, quitting isn’t an option…

My Thoughts: Focus on Me was a brilliant novel about two opposite characters who manage to perfectly complement one another. Erickson deftly handled two very complex characters– Riley, a former model suffering from depression and anorexia, and Colin, a man who can’t seem to succeed at anything he attempts– and creates a complex and beautiful romance.

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