[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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Bloodline by Jordan L. Hawk

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5stars

I spoke thirteen languages, and yet I had no words to express what his presence meant to me. Griffin seemed to understand anyway.

Title: Bloodline
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin #5

Number of pages: 237 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: So many twists, so many great things happening.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, characters being immature is not really a bad thing if they understand their mistakes!
Do I recommend it? Yes! Of course!!
Rate: 5/5

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I have nine books of the magical and mysterious adventures of Whyborne and Griffin but I’ve had only read four of the them because I don’t want to live in a world of no new stories of those two sweet men and their love. But I couldn’t stay away long and now I have read the fifth book and it was a great decision.

It’s just a quiet October for our beloved couple and Whyborn’s birthday is just around the corner; yeah, they wish. This book could have been called Halloween from Hell! I had no idea so many things could happen in such a short book. That Widdershins is not a city that fools around. We open up with a celebration, we get introduced to Whyborne’s sister and long lost cousins from England, Whyborne’s brother is annoying as usual, and everything goes to hell.

Whyborne has grown so much as a character and in this growth he is making a few mistakes that are jeopardizing his life and his relationship with his lover Griffin and his friend Christine. He made me want to slap him; I understood why he was doing what he was doing, the wish to be free to use his magic without judgment, without hiding, so I let him deal with the consequences of his actions. I knew he was going to be okay in the end. He is sweet and caring, he is bound to take a few wrong turns, but he will learn from his mistakes and become a better man. That’s what makes him different from his hideous brother. Oh how I hate that man!

Lots of surprises and an ending that left me with butterflies in my belly and hearts flying above my head. And ending worth waiting for. I loved how Whyborne used his magic and there is so much potential of how many more spells he can learn to protect his town and the people he loves. The next books are going to be great and I will pace myself, of course, but I’m going to read them as soon as possible.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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5stars

“Of all organs,” said Nehemiah Trot, “the tongue is the most remarkable. For we use it both to taste our sweet wine and bitter poison, thus also do we utter words both sweet and sour with same tongue.”

Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Number of pages: 327 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It’s magical.
Bad things about this book: The mystery that wasn’t really explained.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

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A couple years ago I bought the audiobook and started listening to it but as it always happens to me with books I haven’t read before listening to them, I got distracted and kept losing parts of the narration. I loved listening to Neil Gaiman tell the story but his voice wasn’t enough to get me focus on the book. I gave up until I decided to buy the physical book and now I could read a story that really deserved all my attention.

Nobody Owens is quite an interesting boy; we read about him growing up in the graveyard after a mysterious man called Jack murders his parents and sister. As a toddler he was inquisitive and curious. As a pre-teen he was obnoxious and unnecessarily rebellious. As a teenager he made questionable decisions but was overall a nice kid. I came to like him and I cheered for him to have a happy life surrounded by people who cared for him. It was going to be hard and I knew that.

“You’re always you, and that don’t change, and you’re always changing, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

I forgot about the mystery about Bod and why Jack wanted him dead after that first part and every time someone mentioned it I asked myself why it was so important to kill Bod. Why was Bod’s dead essential? I was curious. A lot, but then, in my opinion, the reason was not explained and the ending left me with too many questions. More than I’m used to have after finishing a book without sequels. That’s the only bad thing (if we can call it bad) about his book. The rest was exquisite and it gave me a newly found trust about Gaiman’s books with younger protagonists. I had a bad experience but I wasn’t going to let that ruin this marvellous author for me!

“You’re alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.”

Now I have a couple Gaiman’s books on my bookshelves that require my attention and I need to finish reading his comic book Sandman that I’m reading so slowly I’ve been in stand-by mode for months. I can do it!

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

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3stars

Title: Lincoln in the Bardo
Author: George Saunders
Number of pages: 353 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: It’s a very interesting and peculiar written book.
Bad things about this book: The peculiarity of the narration is a bit confusing at times.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 3/5

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Trap. Horrible trap. At one’s birth it is sprung. Some last day must arrive. When you will need to get out of this body.

I chose this book because I liked the title. There was something in it that made me interested in seeing what this book was about. The two different covers I saw were just as interesting and, after some thoughts, I decided to give it a try. This decision was mainly made because it was going to be a book I could get for free so if I didn’t like it I was not going to feel bad about having spent money on it. Luckily it didn’t happen.

It was weird and a little confusing at times but I liked the idea and enjoyed this crazy night with these crazy and conflicted characters. It sure makes you think. And, even if I don’t think I’ll be reading more about Lincoln, maybe I’ll watch the movie to understand him better. I don’t remember studying anything about him because I went to school in Italy and there’s so much history here and in Europe that they mainly teach you what happened here and in neighboring countries. I only knew what I’ve seen in movies or heard in American TV shows; so only the usual, that he was shot and that he was a vampire slayer. That movie was weird.

He was not perfect; he was, remember, a little boy. Could be wild, naughty, overwrought. He was a boy. However – it must be said – he was quite a good boy.

The chapters about Willie’s death were tremendously sad. They were written in this form I have never seen before, yet it didn’t take anything from the deepness of the situation. The emotions it made me feel were real and the sadness and tears were so profound, they brought me back to the many events in my life that, just like Lincoln, have brought me to the verge of losing myself to grief.

How sad it is life that gives you love to give but then can take it away without notice. Sad, yet full of happy little moments.

As much as I enjoyed the whole graveyard events, there were some parts that were more confusing than others. Some chapters I thought were about Lincoln, I found out much later that instead were about someone in the graveyard. At first I didn’t realize and after so many chapters it was a realization I thought had to be clearer from the beginning. Maybe it was just me getting used to this type of narration. Maybe I wasn’t really into it at first and it took me a little to see things as they were.

I don’t regret having read Lincoln in the Bardo, on the contrary I was glad I satisfied my curiosity and gave this book a chance. It was a peculiar read and I will recommend it to someone looking just for that.

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Agent Bayne by Jordan Castillo Price

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5stars

“I guarantee that once you learn the ropes, everything will click, and you’ll be happy there.”
Happy? That seemed awfully ambitious. Awkwardly useful, though? I supposed that would be a step up.

Title: Agent Bayne
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: PsyCop #9

Number of pages: 279 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: VICTOR BAYNE, always.
Bad things about this book: To wait for more Victor Bayne.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I love this series and everyone should give it a try.
Rate: 5/5

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It seems I’ve just said goodbye to Victor just a few days ago and now he’s back! It must be because of my impromptu re-read. I always find an excuse to read the whole series all over again. When I saw the author was writing book 9 I was so excited I checked every single day the website to see if I could preorder the book already. The cover is as usual worth of our beloved detective now agent Victor Bayne. His scowl is right and it gives me joy.

Victor is no longer a detective for the Chicago police; he is now a federal agent working for the infamous FPMP, the agency that has been observing (read: spying) on his life for years. Is he going to fit in or is he going to feel the way he felt during all 14 years as a detective? Is working with Jacob going to be too much and they’ll grow sick of each other? Victor will have to face new people and ones from his past, and will have to learn to work in a team to make the world safer for psychs, and for mediums like him.

“You’ve got some poor habits to unlearn.”
Story of my life.

There wasn’t anything I was afraid of while reading this book. I knew things were going to be all right with Jacob, fights may happen but in the end they were going to be happy, like they deserve to be. I was curious to see how were their lives like after all the mess with Jennifer Chance and I was sad to see the gruesome affair had left a few scars on poor Jacob. I think, with Victor’s help, he’s going to be okay but not soon; these things can’t be easily forgotten. There were also a few surprises and a lot of guessing going on. Who was the murderer? Was there more than one assassin? Were Victor and company going to be fine? I sure hoped so! New talents unveiled, new friends to get to know better, I loved every single bit of this book. I love guessing and putting my bets on someone being the one behind everything; I’m not usually right but I’m also pretty good at guessing correctly at some point. Here I guessed right one thing but was completely blindsided by others that I hope are going to be explained better in the books to come.

Jacob was so used to being the strong one. It might seem like I’d revel in the turnabout when he finally got a stiff dose of reality. But no. It actually broke my heart.

Some of the things left to future explanations were the many flashbacks of Victor’s past. My boy has never had a quiet simple life, hasn’t he? He has always dealt with ghosts and every repercussion seeing ghosts had on his already not so perfect life. We had more insight on what happened during Victor’s adolescence, also a few of new very interesting episodes during his stay at Camp Hell, and I wonder how much more are we going to learn about him in book 10.

Murder House!! That’s the name of the 10th book in the PsyCop series and I’m impatiently waiting here, by myself, in my room, to be able to read it. Or better, to devour it! A murder house, you say? Colour me super interested!

Not gonna lie. Seeing Jacob in his sweatpants and reading glasses, unwilling to disturb a stranger’s cat… it was disconcertingly cute.

I didn’t know I could love Victor more and then JCP made him interact with smartphones and she put three cats in the cannery with the lovebirds. Vic with cats was the most adorable thing that could have happened in my ordinary life. I didn’t think I needed to see Victor cuddling cats, being puzzled by cats or reading about them sleeping on his head. Victor with cats will be my favourite thing from now on, probably until the end of my human life. I can’t thank the amazing author enough for giving me that. I will be forever grateful and I will give her my loyalty, although she already had it, from book 1.

b>“Long time no see, Agent Bayne. Look at you and your fancy new phone. Bet you hate it.”
“Uh… jury’s still out.”

Agent Bayne is the perfect PsyCop book. Victor is not afraid to be who he is, he isn’t hiding his talent anymore and he likes that other people admire him and are not scare of him or worse, make fun of him behind his back. Agent Bayne has the right amount of sexy times and the love between those two is now so strong that I no longer feel like Jacob is only used to make Victor be naked and horny. They have an amazing chemistry. Perfect couple for a perfect book with the most perfect medium the book world could ask for.

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A Boy Worth Knowing by Jennifer Cosgrove ☆

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5starsplus

Hope was a dangerous thing, and it had no place here.

Title: A Boy Worth Knowing
Author: Jennifer Cosgrove
Number of pages: 172 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Nate is the sweetest and he really is worth knowing.
Bad things about this book: Too short? Maybe not, it ended perfectly.
Do I recommend it? Yes, please love it as much as I did.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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I LOVED IT!!! It was adorable and sweet and gave me so many feelings!! At one point I was fuming, almost crying because I was sad and frustrated. My poor baby Nate; such a short book giving my heart an incredibly hard time. It was hardly fair because I cared for Nate and it was an immediate thing the attachment I felt for him. I didn’t think it was rushed; you just met the guy and start wanting all the best for him. Simple as that.

Since he was twelve, Nate has been able to see and communicate with the dearly departed. It’s a family thing but his ability is somewhat stronger than his relatives’. As a result, his own mother who lacks the medium ability is scared of him and kicks him out of the house and forbids his sister to have contacts with him. It was hard for me not to want to reach inside the pages and slap the woman. That sweet boy was hurt and his mother didn’t want to have anything to do with him. He goes to live with his aunt and talks frequently with his grandma who passed away a couple years before. She is a great confidant; a little nosey, though.

Dear, sweet Aunt Susan, what is it like in your simple life? Where people actually talked to each other? Asked questions and got answers? What was that like? I bit my tongue.

Nate is an outcast, bullied and ignored by his schoolmates who call him crazy. Nate is lonely and resigned to be by himself until the new boy, James, sits next to him and friendship blooms almost immediately. James likes Nate and Nate is confused by this: does he like him as a friend or maybe he can hope for something more? Oh boy, Nate was conflicted and didn’t want to risk the only friend he had to find out if they could be something more.

To make things weirder, if that was even possible, James had a ghost in tow: his brother David who passed away only a few months before James moved. James is clearly mourning his brother but won’t talk about it. He is suffering and David appears very often to tell Nate to help his brother move on so that he can be happy again. David and Nana are somewhat love advisors to Nate with his struggles of the heart. Nate likes James a lot and I suffer with him everyday he can’t tell James how he feels; every time Nate suffered because of James, I suffered and my heart broke in a million pieces.

He chuckled, and I was quietly overwhelmed by the idea that someone wanted to talk to me.

The frustration and sadness I felt reading some chapters were overwhelming; I thought I was going to start ugly sobbing at any moment. I did have tears in my eyes. I was so sad for Nate and for all the unfairness he was experiencing. I thought he was incredible and the thought of him being used to be alone, to be disappointed and left behind, made me hurt so much I still want to cry just thinking about it.

This book was so short but so full of emotions. I loved every page of it and I will put it in my favorites book drawers in my mind. It deserves this and much more. It was an adorable love story with a twist of paranormal so it was just the kind of book that’ll get to me and I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

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