Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron

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3stars

Title: Out of the Blue
Author: Sophie Cameron
Number of pages: 279 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: A lot of potential and it reads easily.
Bad things about this book: Too many answers left unanswered.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 3/5

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It was a cute little book. I was expecting a bit more, though. I kept expecting something more to happen and it didn’t. Maybe it’s just me but I felt something missing. Maybe I have to be the one filling in the blanks. Maybe it’s a lesson as to how sometimes it’s better not to know everything. Whatever it was, I still liked it a lot, the mystery elements surrounding the Beings and Jaya’s mission to hide and heal one.

Have you watched The Leftovers? One day a lot of people just vanishes, no explanations given, no explanations found. This book is a little bit like that. One day the Beings (angels) start falling from the sky; skin that shines like metal, blood the color of gold, big broken wings. They fall and they die because of the impact. And people, seeing as they are the usual stupid human beings, start cults, sell the feathers online for a lot, become not fascinated but obsessed. They see what they want to see.

Our main character, Jaya, and maybe a few others, are curious about the real mystery. Not when are they going to fall, but why are they falling. What is happening wherever they come from that it’s causing them to fall? They are not things to be sold, dissected and sold to be studied. They are humanoids, they have feelings, they bleed, so why are people treating them like objects to be earn money from? I hate them all; Jaya’s father, his obsessions, the Standing Fallen and their dumb believes, and the followers. So many “souvenirs”, restaurants, merchandise, depicting dead angels. Why? Because it sells, they gain money from it. It’s atrocious but so likely that it made me twice as mad.

A being that doesn’t die because of the impact falls right in front of Jaya while she takes her dog out for a walk. From that day, it’s just days spent feeding the female looking being, trying to keep her safe, healing her broken wing, and getting her back where she came from. There’s no final goal but that. I guess I just thought more things were going to be solved. Call me mad, but I was hoping the being, Teacake, was going to sense sickness and cure it. I hoped she was going to draw the place she came from, give some insight. I don’t know, I just feel that we were left with more questions.

Yes, I know, Jaya was having a lot of grieving issues due to her mother’s recent death and her girlfriend leaving, and this was also a journey for her to find some peace inside and out. But the beings were so important to the story that I was hoping they would’ve been of more relevance to the solving of all the little issues present in the story. Maybe I just went in with the wrong kind of expectations.

I would’ve loved an epilogue: I still think that some things were missing and maybe an epilogue would’ve helped. Cute book, though. A fast read.

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Hoarfrost by Jordan L. Hawk

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5stars

“I’d watch the world burn if it meant keeping you safe!”

Title: Hoarfrost
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #6

Number of pages: 232 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved how cute were the couples: Whyborne and Griffin, Christine and Iskander.
Bad things about this book: It bothers me a little that Whyborne isn’t studying more spells. He doesn’t know how to do much!
Do I recommend it? Yes! Of course!!
Rate: 5/5

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I couldn’t wait much longer so I started another one of Whyborne & Griffin’s book! I read there are going to be 11 and now only 9 are out. I read this one that is the 6th so I still have a few to read slowly. I’m going to miss them so much when it’ll all be over. I don’t want anything bad to happen to them.

Whyborne and Griffin are now happily married and are enjoying some time of peace, until a letter informing Griffin of his father’s death put him in a whirlwind of emotions and nightmares. He never reconnected with his father after he found out about his love for Whyborne and he doesn’t want his mother to leave this Earth without seeing her again. Then one day, his biological brother who works in Alaska, sends him a letter asking for help identifying a weird relic and our crew leaves Widdershins for a long and cold journey north.

This book introduces, for the first time, chapters from Griffin’s point of view. I liked reading his thoughts, his feelings, his love for Whyborne. I also loved how we now know what torments the poor man, why he continues having nightmares about that fire in Chicago and the creatures in Egypt. Griffin hasn’t got an easy life but his love and life with Whyborne has given him a new reason to live and to fight for what he has, no matter the consequences.

There are a lot of surprises in this book; new interesting characters, the obvious bad guys that you can see from miles away but it still surprise you a little when they’re revealed, and more whiny but adorable Whyborne. I just want to know why Whyborne doesn’t know more spells since he’s had that damned book for years. He should be the most powerful sorcerer of the world but he doesn’t study!! Pick up the book and do your homework, Whyborne!! I’m not sure I like what happened at the end of the book but I’m curious as to how that will change the following books.

I will read the next book next month. I don’t want get to a point where I don’t have more Whyborne and Griffin to read. I can’t have that!

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[ARC] Lock Nut by J.L. Merrow

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5stars

Did couples buy each other wedding presents, anyway? I mean, he’d be getting me, which some might say was quite enough to be getting on with.

Title: Lock Nut
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #5
Number of pages: 330 (kindle edition)
Expected publication: May 14th 2018
Good things about this book: Tom and Phil!! The ending!!
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes yes yes.
Rate: 5/5

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ARC from NetGalley

I may have already mentioned it but I requested this book from NetGalley because I thought it sounded interesting and when I got approved and was ready to read it, I noticed it was the fifth book of a series. Bad luck? Au contraire, I’d say! This mistake made me discover one hell of a book series I have fallen in love with. There’s always room in my heart for more fictional characters to love and cherish.

This book was really sweet (besides the murders) and, surprise surprise, Phil wasn’t a bum in this one. After four books of him being the broody melodramatic man our Tom loves, I was ready to slap him if he dared do anything to upset my boy. He did, of course he did, but it wasn’t like in the first books when their love was just beginning. I forgave him almost immediately.

“You’ve got him well trained,” Dave said with a smirk.
“Too right. Want to see him come when I call?” I winked in case he hadn’t got the innuendo.

Cherry and Greg got married, left for Scotland for a pretty cold honeymoon, so now it was Tom and Phil’s wedding countdown. With only a few months to spare and a lot to plan, Tom is overwhelmed and overthinking. This led to some misunderstanding but not something to be worried about. Tom and Phil are super in love and it shows. There weren’t the steamy scenes we got in the first two books and I was weirdly okay with that, with only imagining how they had fun when nobody was around. I knew they were all over each other and that they loved each other so much they wanted to protect the other from harm.

There’s nothing easy about this protecting from harm business when they are always involved in murder investigations, though. First one man dead, then another, and Tom and Phil are once again among suspects they want to trust but can’t, seeing as it could lead to them getting badly hurt, again. Like that never has happened in the past.

Giving us a polite smile was a young man—early twenties, I’d guess—who set my gaydar pinging off the scale. So going by past results, he was probably happily married to his second wife and with a baby or six on the way.

I love the idea Phil has about Tom’s abilities being evolving because he’s using them more. I want him to stop thinking himself a fraud and try experimenting at home to see to what extent he can find what’s hidden. This will help him in the future and it will make their lives much easier when someone hires Phil for a job.

The ending was precious. Nothing over the top with forced tears or forced emotions. You find yourself truly invested in the lives of those two men and the feelings you are having are authentic. You are really happy they found each other again even if when they met at first one was the living nightmare of the other. The part where Tom reveals something hard about his past as a bullied boy, broke my heart. I think Phil needs to know this, not to make him feel guilty but I think he needs to know this part of Tom’s past. I think it’s important and I wonder why Darren, having witnessed the speech, didn’t say anything about it. I wonder if we’re going to come back to it in the next book. Because there’s going to be a next book, right? I need Tom in my life! I need more of him!

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Blow Down by J.L. Merrow

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5stars

Funny how getting mixed up with a few murders can give people second thoughts about inviting you into their house.

Title: Blow Down
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #4
Number of pages: 332 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: It’s sadly hilarious that there are so many murders involving our Tom!
Bad things about this book: Phil is still my weakness but he’s getting better so he’s not so bad after all.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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I love this series to pieces. I love the mystery yet I NEVER get the murderer right. I guess I’m not really a detective, not good at understanding who is a suspect.

Loved Tom, as usual, and with all the mixed feelings he makes ne have, I’m warming a lot to Phil! I just want them to be happy! As much as I’m tolerating Phil a little bit more, I still find his sudden bursts of anger to be annoying and unnecessary. Tom doesn’t deserve this. They need to understand each other and trust each other more; they’re getting married for goodness sake!

I reeled away from the gazebo feeling in dire need of a bit of moral support, possibly of the liquid variety. No, scratch that. This was serious. I needed moral support of the tall, blond, and broody variety.

Tom is famous now and everyone wants a piece of his psychic butt. Unfortunately nobody seems to understand what his talent entails. He is bothered and he doesn’t need to add that to his many sufferings. A posh lady asks him to find her missing valuable necklace and, not surprising me in the slightest, she ends up dead. Again, Tom is badly hurt, Phil wants to protect him at all cost, and they end up in trouble. Their life is not boring, that’s for sure.

“Stop judging my taste in food,” I told Merlin. “I saw you eat a moth last week. And it was still flapping at the time. You haven’t got a paw to stand on.”

I need a spin off of the adventures of Arthur and Merlin, the cats. I want a short story of Tom and Phil through their eyes. That’ll be wonderful!

It’s been too long since I read it and I don’t remember every detail so I’m leaving this review as is. Nothing to add. I read the series so fast that in my mind they’re one huge book. I think about Tom all the time. Just give me more books about him!

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Heat Trap by J.L. Merrow

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5stars

Funny how every inch of me felt like it weighed a ton, but smiling at him took no effort at all.

Title: Heat Trap
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #3
Number of pages: 280 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Tom is a lovely and I love him!
Bad things about this book: Phil is becoming easier to love but he still infuriates me.
Do I recommend it? Yes, always.
Rate: 5/5

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“A portent. A deadly warning.” Gary beamed. “You’re a banshee!”
“Oi. I’m not a bloody banshee. I turn up after the fact and find stuff, that’s all. And there’s no wailing involved either.”

I’m never ashamed of binge-reading a series. Why would I be? If it’s love it’s love, right? And I truly love Tom and his messy life. Do I have a weakness for the weirdoes with psychic powers? I sure do. Victor Bayne is the man, my man, but Tom is worthy enough to keep him company in my heart!

Phil is hired by Harry, owner of the pub Tom is always spending his time in, to find dirt on one of her barmaid’s ex-boyfriend; a rubbish man child with an ego the size of Greenland. There are new things from Phil’s past that mess with the balance of their relationship. And the balance was precarious already, with Phil being his usual angsty pain in the bum. But I know he is trying his best, he just has so much baggage and needs to unload everything and be loved. Luckily for Phil, our Tom loves the hell out of him, even with this new info and the brooding.

“Bloody hell,” I grumbled, flinging an arm up over my eyes. That sun was vicious. “Too hot for sex. That’s just sad.”

Oh, the drama! Oh, the fights! Because yeah, they fight and my heart broke in so many tiny pieces. I don’t want to see my Tom sad; it’s really the last thing I want and I was so mad at Phil but also frustrated at Tom because he wouldn’t listen. He was hurt and surprised, I get it, but it was still painful to read.

“The little prick’s half my size. Physical intimidation isn’t going to work. On the other hand, he knows my weak spot.”
“Which is?”
“You, you moron.”

All the confrontation was necessary but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t painful as hell! I was so sad at Tom and Phil fighting and not being able to love each other like they deserved. My poor heart!! But there are also so many sweet scenes that will make you smile and maybe they will also make you feel like you are intruding in a very intimate conversation. Phil is so much more open now, with secret past and all, he is growing and the love he has for my Tom is wonderful. Leave the broodiness somewhere else, Phil, you don’t need it anymore.

Phil raised an eyebrow. “Is that an innuendo in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?”
I flashed him my sultriest smile. “Why don’t you, you know, investigate?”

The case of this book wasn’t truly my favourite, also as usual I didn’t get who the murder was, but leaving out all the drama my heart had to bear, this book has one of the sweetest endings I could’ve possibly imagine. You don’t really understand how much I care about these characters. I truly, deeply, immensely, astronomically, do.

“You’ve got this ability, gift, whatever you want to call it. Why don’t you try and do something with it?”
“What, like make a career out of it? Go on Britain’s Got Talent? I’ve already got a job, thanks, and I don’t need Simon bloody Cowell making me look like a right tit on the telly.”

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Relief Valve by J.L. Merrow

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5stars

His lips were soft and warm and tasted of flour and bacon. I kissed him back, feeling a weird fluttering in my chest. Too much greasy food, probably. It can give you indigestion.

Title: Relief Valve
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #2
Number of pages: 341 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Tom is a marvelous human being!
Bad things about this book: Phil is still broody but he doesn’t ruin the story because of it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I’m loving this series.
Rate: 5/5

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I have to admit that now that I’m starting book 5, I’m having problems separating the events of all the books. I should have written everything down. I remember the different cases, I remember what happened; the problem is that I don’t remember what happens with Tom and Phil in the different books. Everything is kind of overlapping in my head so I may say something that probably hasn’t happen yet. I’ll try not to.

I remember Tom being the usual cinnamon roll that I love and want to cuddle all the time, and I remember Phil being his usual pain in the bum but more bearable than in the first book. Phil is growing a bit, I’d say he is growing slowly, but he’s still not sharing anything with Tom and getting mad at nothing. I had my fair share of “wanting to slap Phil” moments during this book. Those never go out of style. That broody man needs to get a grip and start sharing. After he shares everything, then he will no longer be unnecessarily mad at Tom for asking questions because he is curious about his boyfriend’s life.

But what is this book about? What is the big mystery? Does someone die in this one? This book is about poisoning. The mystery is who the hell is poisoning people. Luckily nobody dies because the almost victim is no other than Tom’s big sister, Cherry. I liked her from the start, reaching Tom because an old neighbour died and left him something he has to find for himself with his talent. I wanted his sister to be a recurring character and I got that. Cherry and her fiancé Greg are present in all the books and it’s great.

Tom and Phil do everything in their power to solve the mystery and maybe by doing so Tom, as usual, finds himself in some trouble. He attracts problems so easily you’d think that’s his superpower. But, being this the second book of now five, you know things are going to get better for Tom and for his moody manchild. But are they going to get better, though? Wouldn’t count on that. It seems Tom and his trouble magnet abilities are here to stay. At least let’s hope that broody man grows up a little bit more and start treating my beloved like the King of Fluff he is.

Does it show that I love Tom? Is it clear enough? No? I love Tom and you should read these books and love Tom and also hate a little on Phil but at the same time cheering on them because power couple! Like is hard for the “We Love Tom” brigade.

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Pressure Head by J.L. Merrow

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5stars

When I got home myself, the cats showed how much they’d missed me by royally ignoring me for the rest of the evening.

Title: Pressure Head
Author: J.L. Merrow
Series: The Plumber’s Mate Mysteries #1
Number of pages: 238 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: I fell instantly in love with Tom!
Bad things about this book: Phil and his broodiness, but that’s just me, you’ll warm up to him in no time.
Do I recommend it? Yes, this series was a great surprise.
Rate: 5/5

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Pressure Head was more hilarious and more interesting than I thought when I chose to start this series. I keep laughing at the things Tom says, at how he acts. He’s such a cat person: his cats Arthur and Merlin are splendid sidekicks. And he is such a flirt. If he didn’t drool every time he sees a good looking man you would say he is trying to get to bed with every single woman he encounters. He’s just that kind of man and I love him so much. One “cheers, love” and they all fall at his feet. It’s magical, it’s his superpower. The power of charm! The power of the charming plumber!

“Bit sad, really—a plumber having problems with his pipes.”

His real weird power, though, is the one to find lost and hidden things/persons. He is always finding dead bodies and it’s not funny anymore. The he meets his high school bully, now private detective, Phil Morrison and he is dragged to solve the case of a dead woman. Phil isn’t the easiest of men and he is the cause of so many bad memories for Tom, one of them being the accident that almost killed him and left him with a annoying limp. Phil is quite a pain in the butt with all his angst and mysterious past. He is always keeping secrets and when Tom says something, he clams up and storms away. Such a problematic child, brooding all the time! Grumpy Phil!

Maybe she’d forgotten he was there—although how anyone could overlook his brooding, monolithic presence was beyond me.

I wish we had more intel about him but it’s going to be covered in the following books. How do I know? Well, I’m writing this review but I’m already reading book 4, so I know stuff. Juicy stuff. Keep reading the books to find out!

Tom has also wonderful friends: his mate from the police, David, and bellboy extraordinaire, Gary. People may think Gary is too much, over the top, with his giant dog and sparkling personality, but for me he is just perfect. He is theatrical and loves Tom to pieces. I wouldn’t want him any other way.

“Straight, is he? Never mind, darling—just flash him one of your cheeky smiles, and you’ll soon have him joining the sisterhood and eating out of your underpants.”

I got angry with Phil almost for the whole length of the book. That man is melodramatic to the bone. He needs to chill a little and love and let himself be loved in return. Tom has issues but he is a sweetheart; he is anxious and worries too much but I know what he feels for Phil is true so Phil has to stop with the drama. I know they will have ups and downs but in the end they will be happy together solving mysteries and finding lost things and people. I hope he finds less dead bodies because Tom doesn’t need to be always surrounded by death.

“I’m thinking of becoming a Trappist monk—I’ve heard they get more action than I do.”

I just love this series so much. I will read book 4 and I already have book 5 that I requested from NetGalley. Things are smiling at me and I am really happy I found these books with the hilarious plumber and his broody boyfriend.

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