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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

Tea or Consequences (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Tea or Consequences (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Tea or Consequences Author: KC Burn Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: September 22, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Murder / Mystery Page Count: 210 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: Riley Parker: temp, twink, geek… sleuth? Maybe Riley isn’t living up to his full potential, but being a temp executive assistant suits him. He’s never bored at work, he’s…
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Twice Shy (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Twice Shy (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Twice Shy (from Second Chances: A Romance Writers of America Collection) Author: Damon Suede Publisher: Romance Writers of America, Inc. Release Date: September 12, 2016 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Second Chances Page Count: 31 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Do you believe in second chances? Romance Writers of America® brings together seventeen of today’s hottest authors in an…
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Family Man (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Family Man (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Family Man (2nd Edition) Author: Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: September 11, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 206 pages Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Sometimes family chooses you. At forty, Vincent “Vinnie” Fierro is still afraid to admit he might be gay—even to himself. It’ll be a problem for his big,…
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Night Drop (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Night Drop (CrabbyPatty’s review)

Title: Night Drop (A Pinx Video Mystery #1) Author: Marshall Thornton Publisher: Kenmore Books Release Date: September 15, 2017 Genre(s): Murder / Mystery Page Count: 201 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: It’s 1992 and Los Angeles is burning. Noah Valentine, the owner of Pinx Video in Silver Lake, notices the fires have taken their toll on fellow shopkeeper…
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Foxglove Copse (Porthkennack #5)

Foxglove Copse (Porthkennack #5)

Title: Foxglove Copse (Porthkennack #5) Author: Alex Beecroft Publisher: Riptide Publishing Release Date: September 4, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense Page Count: 249 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: After a massive anxiety attack, Sam Atkins left his high-powered job in the City and committed himself to life on the road in a small van. Six months in, he’s running…
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The Hike (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

The Hike (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: The Hike Author: John Inman Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: September 4, 2017 Genre(s): Gay Romance, Contemporary Page Count: 206 Pages Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Ashley James and Tucker Lee have been friends for years. They are city boys but long for life on the open trail. During a three-hundred-mile hike from the Southern California desert…
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Finding Mr. Wrong (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Finding Mr. Wrong (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Finding Mr. Wrong (Dreamspun Desires #41) Author: Charlie Cochet Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: September 1, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 218 pages Reviewed by: Crabbypatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: He’s nobody’s definition of Mr. Right—but that might make him perfect. Matthew Hart is heir to the family fortune and owner of Hart & Home. When a near-death experience has…
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The Dusty Hat Bar (Crabbypatty’s Review)

The Dusty Hat Bar (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: The Dusty Hat Bar Author: L.J. Hamlin Publisher: Less Than Three Press Release Date: August 30, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Western Romance Page Count: 96 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: When Noah walks into Dusty’s bar on Friday night, he expects it to be much like every other night. But this Friday things are different. Tonight Lennie is…
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Provoked (CrabbyPatty’s Audiobook Review)

Provoked (CrabbyPatty’s Audiobook Review)

Title: Provoked (Enlightenment #1) Author: Joanna Chambers and Hamish McKinlay (Narrator) Publisher: Self Published Release Date: August 14, 2017 Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 5+ stars out of 5 Blurb: When a man loses his heart, he has no choice but to follow… Lowborn David Lauriston lacks the family connections needed to rise in…
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The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3)

The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3)

Title: The Veranda (Lavender Shores #3) Author: Rosalind Abel Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: August 29, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 234 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Donovan Carlisle helps countless people in Lavender Shores with his skills as a therapist. It seems, however, that his ability to enable others to live their happiest life only works outside…
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Memories (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Memories (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Memories Author: Ruby Moone Publisher: JMS Books LLC Release Date: August 26, 2017 Genre(s): M/M Historical Page Count: 227 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Will Marsden is a man on the run from his memories and his past. Steward of Denton Manor was a good position until Captain Dearne, the owner, lost the manor on the turn…
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Like Two Parting Seas

Like Two Parting Seas

Title: Like Two Parting Seas (States of Love) Author: Zhara Freytes Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: August 30, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 49 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: After two years of internet chats and crappy video calls, Nathan and Leonardo will finally meet face-to-face, and the anticipation is killing them both. Their slow-simmering desire to…
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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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