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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

Coasting (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Coasting (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Coasting (States of Love) Author: Yvonne Trent Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: August 23, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 112 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 1.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: What happens when you need something but don’t know what it is? Why not look in a place you never heard of? Out and proud elementary school teacher Cal Hamilton thought…
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Raise It Up (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Raise It Up (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Raise It Up Author: Nick Wilgus Publisher: Harmony Ink Press Release Date: August 8, 2017 Genre(s): Young Adult Page Count: 350 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 5+ stars out of 5 Blurb: Secrets can only stay buried for so long before they poison everything. But dragging them into the light is never easy—and it isn’t something Cyrus Hood can do alone. Amidst the…
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When Heaven Strikes (CrabbyPatty’s review)

When Heaven Strikes (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Title: When Heaven Strikes Author: F.E. Feeley, Jr. Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: July 20, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Gay Fiction Page Count: 298 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Can love survive heaven’s wrath? Artist Ted Armstrong lives a solitary and eccentric life. The survivor of child abuse disguised as religion, Ted has cut himself off from the…
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Red Fish, Dead Fish (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Red Fish, Dead Fish (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Red Fish, Dead Fish (Fish Out of Water #2) Author: Amy Lane Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: Aug 4, 2017 Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense Page Count: 330 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other. Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only…
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Bone to Pick (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Bone to Pick (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Bone to Pick Author: T.A. Moore Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: August 14, 2017 Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense Page Count: 240 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother,…
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Changing Tides

Changing Tides

Title: Changing Tides Author: Alex Standish Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: August 15, 2017 Genre(s): Historical Romance Page Count: 117 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5 Blurb: While most pirates sail in search of riches, Captain Devon Hall, the infamous Phantom of the Caribbean, is driven by vengeance. Devon has sworn to put an end to the corrupt governor of…
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Out of the Shadows (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Out of the Shadows (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Out of the Shadows Author: K.C. Wells Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: August 15, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 250 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Can he step out of the shadows and into love’s light? Eight years ago, Christian Hernandez moved to Jamaica Plain in southern Boston, took refuge in his apartment, and cut himself…
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Trust with a Chaser (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Trust with a Chaser (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Title: Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove #1) Author: Annabeth Albert Publisher: Self published Release Date: August 1, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 255 pages Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: One hot cop. One bar owner out for redemption. One smoking-hot summer fling destined to leave scorch marks… Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with…
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Aunt Belle’s Time Travel & Collectibles (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Aunt Belle’s Time Travel & Collectibles (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Title: Aunt Belle’s Time Travel & Collectibles Author: Marshall Thornton Publisher: Kenmore Books Release Date: June 21, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Time Travel Page Count: 111 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Where would you go if you could travel to any part of your past? That’s the question Terrance faces on his 45th birthday—and right away, he knows.…
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The Garden (Lavender Shores #2)

The Garden (Lavender Shores #2)

Title: The Garden (Lavender Shores #2) Author: Rosalind Abel Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications Release Date: July 25, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 267 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Beautiful Gilbert Bryant designs jewelry for the rich and famous, and he made his escape from his gossipy little hometown of Lavender Shores. However, with so many friends…
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Runner (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Runner (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Title: Runner Author: Parker Williams Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: July 28, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 200 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 2 stars out of 5 Blurb: Matt Bowers’s life ended at sixteen, when a vicious betrayal by someone who he should have been able to trust left him a shell of himself, fighting OCD and PTSD, living in constant fear…
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Wheat Kings and Pretty Things

Wheat Kings and Pretty Things

Title: Wheat Kings and Pretty Things Author: G.S. Wiley Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: August 9, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 45 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: As soon as he graduated high school, Paul Thompson fled the tiny, heavily Ukrainian town of Liddon, Saskatchewan, for bigger and better things. Now in his late thirties, Paul owns…
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The Layover

The Layover

Title: The Layover Author: Roe Horvat Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: July 19, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 104 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Eight years ago, Ondro Smrek fled Slovakia and the bigotry that drove his first lover to take his own life. The demons proved impossible to outrun, though, and now, desperate for somewhere to…
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An American in Venice

An American in Venice

Title: An American in Venice (World of Love) Author: Luca Domani Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: July 19, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 80 pages Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5 Blurb: Tom has always been steady and predictable—a formula he’s sure will lead him to success in his career. When his method fails him and he loses his…
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