Never Too Late Spotlight #3 1


N2L3-001  Can a lonelyHis Fallow Heart, aging farmer and a loveless artist whose creativity has gone missing find happiness on the prairies?

Life would be perfect for fifty-two-year-old farmer Finn Garrity if he just had someone to snuggle with by the fireplace. But single gay men aren’t exactly thick on the ground in Eagle Tree, Alberta.

Successful artist Philip Connaway wonders if his creative dry spell has anything to do with his dried-up love life. When Philip takes his nephew into farm country in search of a snowy owl to photograph, he meets Finn, who offers assistance. Together, they find the elusive bird—and much more.

Despite the attraction between them, differences, misunderstandings, and self-doubt threaten to end Finn and Philip’s romance. For a future together, Finn must take a risk, and Philip must find a way to bring love to Finn’s fallow heart.

This was a sweet little story. Finn’s a farmer and thinks he’s too old to find the right guy. Phillip’s an artist who is tired of the fakes he’s found and is looking for someone who wants the small town life like he does. When Phillip’s nephew wants to capture a few images of a certain owl, it leads them to Finn’s home town and starts up the delightful tale.

This story was well-written. The attraction between the two men was quiet, but there. It was pleasant and familiar rather than overwhelmingly exciting, which fit the characters perfectly. There was, however, some major repetition of clothing. I’m assuming Ms. Hayden pays attention to clothes, which is why she described everything they were wearing. I will admit, I found it cumbersome and it removed me from the story a few times.

However, that said, I still liked it. 4 stars.

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UnexpectedFifty-one-year-old Jonathan Allen is watching his friends sign domestic partnerships left and right, and for the first time considers how lonely his future might become. His last boyfriend was a parasite, hurting him in so many ways, and he’s beginning to believe living alone with his cat is a better option than chasing shadows.

When Jonathan starts working for Tricorp, a multinational construction company dealing with conservative religious countries in the Middle East and Asia, he connects with CEO Blake Carter on all levels. But the company is antigay and forces its employees to sign a reticence clause, which puts the company on the LGBT-blacklist, and Jonathan back into the closet. He knows fantasizing about Blake is a pointless endeavor. But life throws them a curveball when Jonathan’s ex and a man from Blake’s past come together to destroy both their lives.

In Unexpected, we get a combination of two older men, corporations, and international anti-gay consideration. On the day of a huge presentation that will garner their corporation a huge contract, everything falls apart when the presentation Jonathon has painstakingly prepared and finished goes awry. Someone tampered with his powerpoint presentation. Instead of the slides meant to win over their Saudi audience, instead, shots of him and his past lover together cover the screen.

Panic ensues. Their audience, horrified and furious, storms out. And the board sees everything almost as it happens. In no time, our two heroes find themselves up against an impossible situation. Fired. Ms. Mann did an incredible job with their emotions and the event. I worried for Jonathon in that while we knew his emotions, Blake was a relative unknown, and I wasn’t sure if he truly knew what he was saying. After all, they had both just had their lives turned upside down.

Now, I’m not going to go into the ending, because I don’t want to give it away. However, I would have been more satisfied if I’d learned what happened with Harold. That’s all I’m saying 😉

Definitely 4 stars.

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LodestoneAlchemy “Al” Jones is an Earth Elemental with an affinity for metals. He uses his covert abilities doing freelance planetary mineral surveys. He’s spent decades as a loner, avoiding planets, Company drones, other Paras, and emotional entanglements. When he’s stranded on a station with a ship that needs more repairs than he has funds to cover, he’s got a decision to make. And then he meets Nick, who turns his world inside out.

Nicholai Royce is an Earth Elemental with an affinity for gems, and he’s on a mission. Paras are a maligned minority, and Nick’s in the sector to look over unclaimed planets that could be suitable for a Para home world. But he’s got a problem—his ship barely reached the station, and he doesn’t have the cash to get it out of dry dock. Then he meets Al, who is absolutely not the kind of person Nick should be falling for. On the other hand, Al’s scheme could get them back into space—or could get them killed.

Two words: LOVED IT! Al is hardened. After decades of making his own life, he trusts nobody and yet still has a soft heart he rarely shows. Nick is after one thing – a planet to call home. These two unlikely characters meet on a space station and due to their individual problems, end up together to try and get out before they can’t. Of course, there are other things at stake…the main thing being their hearts.

Again, I loved this story. Not only was it well-written, but it had great detail without being too much, an interesting twist with the Paras – which I still want to learn more about – but enemies are everywhere. Truly a fantastic fantasy short. And I so want more. I mean more! It was left at an exciting spot and I want more of Al and Nicholai’s future.

5 stars and I really do want more 🙂

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Jack WolfHenry Dalton is sent across the country by train to the western town of Woolridge in order to investigate the werewolf problem they’re having during the monthly moon cycle. The townsfolk are not forthcoming with information, making it difficult for Henry to solve the case.

Even more distracting is Jack, a handsome older lycanthrope. Known for his rebellious youth, Jack has settled down into life and routine in Woolridge, working as the local blacksmith. He assures Henry he’s no longer trying to stir up trouble, that those days are long gone. Henry must attempt to ignore the spark between them, the indication of their potential to become mates, which is rare because Henry is human. Henry remains professional and focuses on his job, but each meeting with Jack adds to the draw, and Henry isn’t sure how much longer he’ll be able to resist.

Let me start by saying I am usually not a fan of this particular genre. The whole creating technical items before their time usually drives me out of my mind. It didn’t in this instance. I really enjoyed this story. From the spark to the secondary characters to the fact that it’s the 1800s and lycanthropes are well known. They even have sanctuaries set up for them to be at during the full moon. (nice touch)

A couple other things I enjoyed – the version Ms. Walker made out of ‘mating’, that it wasn’t just once and that’s it. And the fact of how protective the town was of its lycanthrope issue.

A definite 4 stars.

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LifeFlightWhen winged paranormal Dante is injured in a demon attack, he faces certain death unless he can reach a healing spring just off the Pacific coast. With his strength waning and the demon poison infesting his system, the spring is his only hope. He never expects to find salvation in the arms of the property’s caretaker, a much younger man. Bren is fascinated by the beautiful winged man who arrives at his family’s sanctuary. He’s determined to save Dante’s life, but he’ll have to find a way to help Dante heal without infecting himself with the demonic poison, and time is running out.

 

Obviously this particular review day was stellar. Every story today got a four or five star review from me.

Okay, so I’m hooked on this Paranormal universe Alexa Silver has created and I want more, so much more. I want more Bren and Dante and more Pix – yes, must have more Pix. Please tell me Pix will get his own story, maybe novel length? (Hint, hint) Though I also happen to like him in the form he is now. But I also hope the author builds a longer story about the creatures that inhabit this particular universe. I want to know more about Dante’s kind and all about the political groups that were mentioned.

Oh yeah, and who wants to read all about LifeFlight and mating en flight? *holds up hand* ME ME ME!

In two words: I’m hooked.

Gimme more! 🙂

5 stars.

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Dancing DaysThe day Glen Carson loses his wallet is the day that changes his life. The wallet is returned by Aston Walsh, a man he hasn’t seen for twenty years. He and Aston had a passionate and intense romance when they were in their late twenties, and Glen thought their love would last forever. But his dreams were horribly shattered by a shocking confession from Aston, and they parted for good—or so Glen assumed. Now, two decades later, they’ve lived many years apart, created new histories, and built successful lives. Yet the spark between them is still there. Aston wants a second chance with Glen, but Glen is more cautious this time around. He has to decide if Aston’s regret is genuine, and if surrendering his heart to Aston again is worth the risk.

Okay, so I both loved and hated this story. It was well written with Glen dealing with a past lover popping into his life out of nowhere. Unfortunately, this past lover broke his heart twenty years ago in the most heart-rending way, through lies and duplicity and then even worse, dragged their love affair out for a year longer. Maybe if we had had both POVs, I might not feel antagonistic toward Aston, but quite honestly, I didn’t like him. I adored Glen, but wanted to punch Aston in the groin.

However, the part that rattled me the most is something Glen’s sister said. It bothered me because it was as if she expected Glen to just overlook everything when I personally thought Glen was in the right. However, the characters never listen to me, the reader 😉

A definite 4 star read.

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