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3.5 stars

3.5 ~ Stars!

Review of ~ CREST RIDGE by A.L. Boyd

MM / Contemporary / Romance

 (copy provided by author for honest review)


Reviewed by Terry ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews, www.Talon-ps.com

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It was supposed to be their big night! The opening of their movie premier. Robert Owens boyfriend abandoned him, and brought another date. Humiliated, Rob left Los Angeles, and moved to a quiet ranch in rural New Mexico only to face his high school bully Dane Johnson.
Rob never expected his high school tormentor to show up at his new home, but there the man was ordering him to evacuate from an oncoming wildfire. After Rob returned to his ranch, Dane offered an apology, and an explanation of his past actions. Rob has to decide if the bully he once knew has changed his ways. Will they overcome their past and find a new start?


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 Can Rob’s week get any worse? The answer to that is of course, YES!

Vacations are a tricky thing. Everything either goes well before and during or everything that can go wrong does. A.L. Boyd has partnered up with everyone’s best friend Murphy, as in Murphy’s Law to take Rob on a vacation to remember.

Robert (Rob) Owens is on his way to the premier of his latest movie when he gets a call from his agent with some bad news. It seems his significant other, Adam, has decided to go to the premier with his new boyfriend. Dumped on the Red Carpet, can things get any worse? Yes, yes it can and although it is a rough ride for Rob it is a fun read for us.

Crest Ridge is a classic romance told with two male main characters. One of the twists this presents is when one of the main characters is out and open about his sexuality and the other is still dealing with his sexual identity. It brings the story a touch of reality because unfortunately with all of the advancements our society has made we still have those who make being true to yourself a difficult thing to do.

This is where our other main character Dane is. Dane is in the Guard and Law Enforcement and being open about his sexual preference is harder. Dane also has some past acts to atone for with Rob. Oh if we only knew then what we know now High School would be so much easier.

I enjoyed Crest Ridge I thought the addition of the epilogue was just what this story needed at the end. It gave us a bit of an update on Rob and Dane’s relationship and didn’t leave us wondering about our men. We don’t get a HEA but we do get better than a HFN ending. So get comfy and enjoy a classic MM Romance.


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CREST RIDGE also received the following ratings:




HEAT FACTOR ~ 1 Flames


BONUS FACTOR ~ walking the red carpet, mountain fire, past coming back to haunt you, two men holding hands



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ManCandy Monday – Look into my eyes…

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BOOKS ‘n COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS – When All Else Fails by J. M. Dabney



3.5 stars

~ 3.5 Stars ~

Review of  WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, by J. M. Dabney

Contemporary Erotic /  Office Romance / F-f

copy provided by publisher for honest review


Reviewed by Jaycee ~ for Books ‘N Cozy Spots Book Reviews, www.Talon-ps.com


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Out and proud Andrea Slade carries around doubts soul deep, her family and job have taught her hard lessons about love. When she meets Eva Lange and starts working with the beautiful, curvy woman, she wants things to be different. Although, she settles for being her friend and boss.

As time passes, Andrea finds it’s not an ideal situation, but she tricks herself into thinking that it’s for the best. That is until the sexy, femme fatale shows up in her office one day in a figure-hugging outfit with plans for seduction.

Full-figured Eva is in touch with her body, embraces the curves, but part of her looks at successful and gorgeous Andrea and decides friends is better than a failed love affair with the somewhat jaded and commitment-phobic divorce attorney. That is, until she decides to take what she wants.

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This essentially fun, light read meanders through the past five years in the lives of successful divorce-attorney-with-commitment-issues Andrea, and divorced mother of two, family-oriented but highly attracted to said lawyer, Eva.  Both women have pasts that get in the way of a real present for them, and so…friends is better than nothing.  Certainly better than acknowledging their feelings.

Friends and family, seeing the truth of things, prod and poke and ultimately tip the scales in favour of the couple becoming a couple, and while there is a brief attempt at sabotage by a really annoying ex-girlfriend, the real barrier in the relationship is their inability to get out of their own way.

I liked Andrea, an outwardly confident, strong woman who was a good friend and support to Eva following her divorce; emotionally, professionally and with Eva’s children.   I liked Eva, who stepped up when her husband left by going to work in Andrea’s law firm, so she could support and raise her children to be equally strong, open-minded, contributing adults.   And while the two of them together created some seriously smoking physical chemistry, as a reader I didn’t feel as strong an emotional connection between them, at least after their coming together as a couple.  Interestingly, I actually felt a stronger emotional tie in their pre-couple friendship.

In fairness, this is a novella-length story and as such, that depth is more difficult to achieve.  I did enjoy the secondary characters and it is also fair to say that these friends and family added a layer of connection as well as humour to the story that fleshed it out nicely.

With all elements blended together, this sweet romance with a touch of hot, makes a perfect summer beach read.


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WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS also received the following ratings:


ROMANCE FACTOR  ~ 3 Hearts ~

Eye Glasses Heart

HEAT FACTOR ~ 3 Flames ~





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