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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

The Perfect Shine (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

The Perfect Shine (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: The Perfect Shine Author: J.K. Hogan Publisher: NineStar Press Release Date: March 18, 2019 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 279 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Jackson Meade was a shy, awkward kid just trying to survive a high school with too many bullies and too few friends. Now that he’s in college, his eyes have been opened…
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Heated Rivalry (Game Changers #2) (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Heated Rivalry (Game Changers #2) (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Heated Rivalry (Game Changers #2) Author: Rachel Reid Publisher: Carina Press Release Date: March 25, 2019 Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Sports Romance Page Count: 310 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate. Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation.…
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Blue Umbrella Sky (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Blue Umbrella Sky (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Blue Umbrella Sky Author: Rick R. Reed Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: March 19, 2019 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Hurt/Comfort/Healing Page Count: 191 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Milt Grabaur has left his life, home, and teaching career in Ohio to start anew. The Summer Winds trailer park in Palm Springs, butted up against the San Jacinto mountain…
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Cowboy Seeks Husband (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Cowboy Seeks Husband (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Cowboy Seeks Husband Author: Leta Blake and Indra Vaughn Publisher: Leta Blake Books Release Date: February 26, 2019 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 283 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Walker Reed’s Louisiana cattle ranch is in debt after costly repairs from hurricane damage. To get the money, his family schemes to make Walker the star of a…
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Chasing Eddie (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Chasing Eddie (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Chasing Eddie (Golden Gate Love Stories Book 3) Author: Frank W. Butterfield Publisher: Frank W. Butterfield Release Date: February 10, 2019 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 152 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: Eddie Smith is a chubby bear of a guy who lives in Daytona Beach and doesn’t work much anymore but isn’t retired. Whit Hall has…
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Backstreets (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Backstreets (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Backstreets (Hot Wire #2) Author: Kat Cassidy Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: March 7, 2019 Genre(s): Thriller / Suspense, Contemporary Page Count: 160 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: “Where there’s nothing to gain and everything to lose.” It’s modest, but after a lifetime spent barely holding on, former car thief Peter Bauer is proud of what he’s managed…
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Murder at Oakschott Hall (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Murder at Oakschott Hall (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Murder at Oakschott Hall: A Gay Romance Mystery Author: Jim Austen Publisher: Flying Heron Press Release Date: February 19, 2019 Genre(s): Murder Mystery, M/M Historical Page Count: 204 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: They have eyes for each other. But someone is eyeing them for murder. An erotic gay romance mystery. In the Junior students’ dormitory at…
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The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: The Ghost Had an Early Check-Out (The Ghost Wore Yellow Socks #2) Author: Josh Lanyon Publisher: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc. Release Date: December 18, 2018 Genre(s): Murder / Mystery Page Count: 184 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Now living in Los Angeles with former navy SEAL Nick Reno, artist Perry Foster comes to the rescue of elderly and…
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Touch Of A Yellow Sun (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Touch Of A Yellow Sun (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Touch Of A Yellow Sun (Colors Of Love #2) Author: V.L. Locey Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: February 27th 2019 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Hockey Length: 88,600 words approx. Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: It’s been a rough couple of years for Marek Hafer, roaming hockey protagonist and pugilistic expert. Ending up in Berger Lake, Pennsylvania, on a financially…
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Mixed Signals (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Mixed Signals (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Mixed Signals (Second Edition) Author: Cooper West Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: February 26, 2019 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Politics Page Count: 234 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: Devastatingly handsome pilot Frank Sheldon is doing his best to avoid his inheritance of money, charm, and good looks by rebuilding his life on his own terms after being discharged…
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Skin and Bone (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Skin and Bone (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Skin and Bone (Digging Up Bones #2) Author: TA Moore Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: February 26, 2019 Genre(s): Suspense, Contemporary Romance Page Count: 240 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Cloister Witte and his K-9 partner, Bourneville, find the lost and bring them home. But the job doesn’t always end there. Janet Morrow, a young trans woman,…
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The Truth Beyond the Bitterness (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

The Truth Beyond the Bitterness (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: The Truth Beyond the Bitterness (Dreamspinner Press World of Love series) Author: Emory Schneider Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: February 22, 2019 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 72 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Can love erase a lifetime of fear and bitterness? Kuba flees the oppressive influence of his strict Catholic family as soon as he graduates…
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Wild as the West Texas Wind (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Wild as the West Texas Wind (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: Wild as the West Texas Wind (Love Across Time #3) Author: Jackie North Publisher: Blue Rain Press Release Date: February 23, 2019 Genre(s): M/M Historical Romance, Time Travel Page Count: 300 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Soulmates across time. Two hearts that were meant to be together. In present day, Zach takes a road trip to Trinidad…
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How to Be a Movie Star (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

How to Be a Movie Star (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: How to Be a Movie Star (How to Be #2) Author: T.J. Klune Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: February 12, 2019 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 350 Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what…
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