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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

A few “badges” from NetGalley:
100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader

Kairos (Crabbypatty’s review)

Kairos (Crabbypatty’s review)

Title: Kairos Author: Mary Calmes Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: December 15, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 137 Reviewed by: Crabbypatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming. Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His…
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Eight Nights in December (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Eight Nights in December (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Eight Nights in December Author: Keira Andrews Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: December 7, 2017 Genre(s): M/M Holidays, Contemporary Romance Page Count: 100 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: A geek. A virgin. One sexy holiday. Orphaned Lucas figures spending the holidays with his obnoxious roommate’s family in New York City is better than staying alone on campus upstate.…
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The Deadly Lies (Crabbypatty’s Review)

The Deadly Lies (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: The Deadly Lies (The Delingpole Mysteries #2) Author: David C. Dawson Publisher: DSP Publications Release Date: December 5, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense Page Count: 210 Reviewed by: Crabbypatty Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: Dominic and Jonathan are on their romantic Spanish honeymoon, and things are perfect… except Dominic has kept a secret from his husband. He’s failed to tell Jonathan…
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Regret Me Not (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Regret Me Not (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Regret Me Not Author: Amy Lane Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: December 4, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Christmas Page Count: 113 Reviewed by: Crabbypatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Pierce Atwater used to think he was a knight in shining armor, but then his life fell to crap. Now he has no job, no wife, no life—and is so full…
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Laugh Cry Repeat (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Laugh Cry Repeat (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Laugh Cry Repeat Author: John Inman Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: December 4, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 200 Pages Reviewed by: Crabbypatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Wyeth Becker is a quiet man. Staid, serious, calm. A librarian. When he meets preschool teacher Deeze Long, he discovers joy for the first time in his life. With joy comes…
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An Open Window (Crabbypatty’s Review)

An Open Window (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: An Open Window (Dreamspinner 2017 Advent Calendar Daily) Author: Rick R. Reed Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: December 1, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays Page Count: 21 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives. Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the…
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Hope is a Thing with Feathers (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Hope is a Thing with Feathers (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Hope is a Thing with Feathers (Dreamspinner 2017 Advent Calendar Daily) Author: Brandon Witt Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: December 1, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays Page Count: 48 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Fifty-six-year-old Samuel Phillips is all alone on his small farm in the Ozarks, with nothing but a menagerie of chickens, pheasants, turkeys, and…
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Swimming to Freedom (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Swimming to Freedom (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Swimming to Freedom Author: Robbie Michaels Publisher: Harmony Ink Press Release Date: November 28, 2017 Genre(s): Young Adult Romance Page Count: 186 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: Once, swimming was a labor of love for Brandon. Now it’s just a labor. When Brandon’s competitive, domineering father decided to cash in on his son’s hobby, he sucked all…
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The Proof Is the Way It Hurts (Crabbypatty’s Review)

The Proof Is the Way It Hurts (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: The Proof is the Way it Hurts Author: E.S. Carter Publisher: Self Published Release Date: July 27, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Second Chance Page Count: 74 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Two small town boys fell in love. One got left behind. One went off to war. He came back a man. A broken, lonely, desperate man…
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Merry & Bright

Merry & Bright

Title: Merry & Bright Author: Joanna Chambers Publisher: Self Published Release Date: November 23, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holiday Anthology Page Count: 203 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Three seasonal love stories from Joanna Chambers Humbug – Quin Flint is unimpressed when his gorgeous colleague, Rob Paget, asks for extra time off at Christmas. As far as Quin…
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Desperately Seeking Santa (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Desperately Seeking Santa (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Desperately Seeking Santa Author: Eli Easton Publisher: Self Published Release Date: November 22, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holiday Novella Word Count: 225 pages Reviewed by: Crabbypatty Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns…
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Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Came Upon a Midnight Clear Author: Katie Porter Publisher: Riptide Publishing Release Date: November 20, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 268 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Up-and-coming film producer Kyle Wakefield lives in the closet rather than risk the wrath of his influential, conservative parents. The only time he took a chance on love was a…
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Psycho Romeo (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Psycho Romeo (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Psycho Romeo (Ward Security #1) Author: Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: October 27, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 232 pages Reviewed by: Crabbypatty Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Geoffrey Ralse is known for being the life of the party. He loves the club scene, hanging with his friends, and flirting with whomever catches his eye.…
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Young Forever (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Young Forever (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Young Forever Author: Nathan Bay Publisher: Bay Cove Press Release Date: October 24, 2017 Genre(s): Mystery / Suspense Page Count: 219 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Cold-hearted murder and smoldering hot sex explode in this fluid-drenched gay erotic thriller about a blossoming new romance and a youth-obsessed serial killer. Gay men are mysteriously disappearing from the city…
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