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Everything You Need You Have by Gerad Kite

Everything You Need You Have

Everything You Need You Have: How to Be at Home in Your Self by Gerad Kite

Published by: Harmony Books on December 6, 2016
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

In today’s so society, too often we find ourself looking for fulfillment and validation through external sources. We look to other people. We look to material success. We are always looking out and rarely ever taking the time to stop and focus on what is within ourselves. In this book, Gerad Kite provides a framework he has developed from personal experience and working with clients for a number of years. According to Kite, if we learn to find the Home that exists within, we will not only feel more fulfilled but we will also minimize the swings that we so often feel between positive and negative extremes.

Kite’s model is interesting. I have no doubt that there are people who might find it to be profound and incredibly enlightening. Personally, I had trouble feeling like it resonated with me, but I appreciated the values of becoming more attuned to your own mind and body and letting that be more of a guide to happiness and calm that the world around you. So while I don’t foresee myself following his ten-step process, there are elements that I will certainly be making a focus of my own reflection over time.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.]

You Here Tonight by Candice Blake

You Here Tonight

You Here Tonight by Candice Blake

Series: You Here, Book 1
Published by: Candice Blake on December 26, 2016
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Kevin is an aspiring artist, working hard to earn his degree at a prestigious university. Kyle is the school’s star quarterback, and he’s only enrolled in an art class as a random elective. And because they couldn’t come together over the course of the semester to finish the final project they were partnered up to complete, they stand at risk of failing the class. Their only shot is an extension through the winter break–only a couple of weeks to put something together. Kevin offers for Kyle to come stay with his family for the holiday, providing them with the chance to use the entire break to complete their task. Kevin is a bit nervous about having Kyle in close proximity during that time, since Kyle is one of the most attractive guys he’s ever seen. But Kyle’s obviously a straight jock, right? And even if he wasn’t, he’d never go for a guy like Kevin, would he? As they spend their holiday trying to create art, the two young men just might have the chance to create something else completely unexpected.

The story here is one that intrigued me. There’s a lot of potential for conflict, push and pull, and self-discovery with this kind of plot. And those are among the types of stories that I enjoy. And once these two get going, that energy does find its way into the story. There is a bit of a slow start here during the setup, but once you get past that, things pick up and move at a fairly steady pace. Readers find themselves along for the ride, one that continues right up until these two find a place to land.

[Disclaimer: I received an uncorrected advance review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.]

Private Truths by C.B. Lewis

Private Truths

Private Truths by C.B. Lewis

Published by: Dreamspinner Press on December 2, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

After struggling with addiction after returning from Army service, Jack McCall turned his life around and now devotes his time to a charity that assists homeless veterans in London. He’s devoted to the charity and the cause, and he works hard to do the best he can. Which is why he goes so far as to approach Edward Marsden, Viscount Routhsley, about supporting the charity. Edward is known for his philanthropy but he’s equally well-known for his philandering. As Jack gets to know Edward, however, he quickly learns that Edward’s public image couldn’t be further from who the man really is. The two have many things in common–and something Jack did not expect at all. As they grow closer, they struggle to keep their relationship a secret. Jack worries that if it got out, it might cast some doubt on what he did to secure the donation for his charity. And Edward doesn’t want his sexuality to overshadow the work he does for several important causes. But secrets can only be kept for so long, especially by those who are very much in the public eye. Eventually, they will have to make a decision and be willing to accept the consequences of whichever choice they make.

Perception is what defines reality. It can be easy for us, in the abstract, to say that people should follow their hearts when it comes to love. That’s the romanticized view anyway. Don’t let love pass you by. But for people whose actions and relationships will be scrutinized and picked apart first by the media and then by the general public, it’s not as easy as just thinking about what you want. The masses love a scandal. And we also love to fill in the missing details of any story with the juiciest possible explanations. So for people like a viscount or the poster-child for an important charity, actions and choices can have an impact. And the appearance of impropriety is just as good–in terms of public currency–as actual impropriety. This is an excellent look at what it means to find love in the face of celebrity and balancing the public good with personal choices. If only we could all just live our lives…

The Wizard’s Desire by Anna Wineheart

The Wizard's Desire

The Wizard’s Desire by Anna Wineheart

Published by: Anna Wineheart on December 6, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

After an accident with magic caused Kei to nearly lose his parents when he was younger–and left them unable to remember who he is–he decided to avoid witches and wizards at all costs. He’s made a good life for himself as a firefighter. But when a witch moves in upstairs and starts causing him problems, he’s not quite sure how much he can take. That is, until he finds himself magically inside of a snow globe…

Orion is a wizard who never seemed to have the best of luck in controlling his magic. So for the safety of others, he agreed to be shut away inside a snow globe where he could his spend his days tending to his garden without anyone being hurt. And while it may be a lonely endeavor, he’s understood the sacrifice that he must make for the good of others. So he’s unprepared and a bit nervous when a mysterious new person shows up in the snow globe. A mysterious and very attractive person, that is.

Can Orion get his magic under control to find a way to help Kei get back out of the snow globe? And can Kei trust a wizard when he’s never been able to before? Can their time in the snow globe bring them together? And if it does, what happens after Kei leaves and Orion stays behind?

I know the word unique is not the best descriptor. But dang it, that’s exactly what this book is. There is a wonderful world and backstory created by the author here, and the two men whose lives readers get to glimpse are just as complex and realistic (well, apart from the whole use of magic thing). There are many layers to this story and to the characters. There’s a lot for them to work through individually and with each other. And the author provides space for that to happen without belaboring any of it. It’s actually a bit of a refreshing read. Also, Orion is a wonderfully cheeky character who deserves some additional attention in his own right…

I give this one a solid recommendation–especially for those who enjoy their m/m romance with a hefty dose of fantasy and just a small sprinkling of angst.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]