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BOOKS ‘n COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS – Hand Job by Spencer Dryden

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4 stars

4 ~ Stars!

Review of ~ HAND JOB by Spencer Dryden

Erotica / Humorous / MF / Contemporary Fiction

 (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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Jack Reed is a thirty-something handyman and aspiring erotic fiction writer with fantasies about Jodie, a barista at the coffee shop where he writes every day.

His dreams begin to materialize when Jodie offers him a quick palm reading, hinting at sex with her. She invites Jack to her boutique for a more complete session. Her reading predicts Jack’s artisan hands will be pleasing to a woman. Their session interrupted, she invites him to her house that evening for further revelation.

Uncertain of Jodie’s intentions, but drawn by her allure, Jack goes to her house expecting additional interpretation in exchange for handyman work. What he receives is far more than he bargained for.

 

 

 

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  With spring cleaning under way and getting the yard looking good, time is a precious commodity right now. Thankfully we have some talented authors who have provided us a way to still satisfy our need to read, enter the short story.

Hand Job by Spencer Dryden is one short story you are going to want to check out when you can grab some time for yourself. Something I find kind of funny is a couple friends and I were just talking about wanting to read stories with female characters who shall we say, have a bit more experience under their skirts, yes I mean older. Not grab the walker and hit the early bird special older but characters more our age. Hello Jodie!

Spencer you must have read our minds. LOL Jodie is just the kind of female character I was looking for. A good portion of Jodie’s thirties and forties has been spent taking care of her family and now it is her time. Jodie is a single mother, smart and takes care of herself and now she is going to go after what she wants. Hello Jack!

Jack is great and very believable. Jack is a regular guy, a handyman who takes pleasure in writing erotic fiction. He also takes pleasure in watching Jodie as he has coffee at a local coffee house where she works. With one whispered prediction Jodie turns Jacks fiction into reality or is it his imagination? Authors are known for their creative minds after all.

Hand Job is a wonderful story it doesn’t give you a definite HEA or HFN Spencer Dryden has left this story at a place where you can take it either way. So grab a nice cup of coffee and enjoy this story and your reading time.

 

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HAND JOB also received the following ratings:

  

ROMANCE FACTOR ~ 3 Hearts

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HEAT FACTOR ~ 3 Flames

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BONUS FACTOR ~ is this really happening, a gypsy palm reader, and coffee shop

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BOOKS ‘n COZY SPOTS BOOK REVIEWS – Hot Head by Damon Suede

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5 stars

~ 5 Plus Stars ~

Review of HOT HEAD, by Damon Suede

Gay Fiction / M-M / Contemporary Romance / Firefighter

Purchased on Amazon.com

 

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

 

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Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.

Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And Dante wants them to appear there—together. Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?

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Well.   I’m an emotional wreck.  I can honestly say, I don’t believe I have ever read a more genuine, authentic work of fiction…pardon the fully intentional contradiction in terms.

Much of this book, from its genesis in the emotional impact of the day of 9/11 on first responders   through the protracted sequelae of such intense upheaval, is steeped in the dark intensity of personal struggle.  It is so expertly imparted by excellent writing, that the reader feels the weight as much as the characters do; is somehow, as woven into the fabric of the unfolding years and  events and emotions as the characters.

Focused on the brotherhood of two FDNY members who grew up together and were family in all but blood, the story is the ten year internal battle of reckoning, cloaked in the metaphor of the rise from the ashes of 9/11.  For those ten long years,  Griff and Dante espouse expected “normalcy” behind two completely different facades, yet the pain that came from not being their legitimate selves, even with each other…especially with each other…was equally felt, and with almost irretrievable consequences.

This story was tangible.  It was visceral.  It was dark and moody and dispiriting in the extreme… until it wasn’t.   At the turning point, people you thought would be scum, were allies.   People you thought were broken, end up more repaired than most.  People you thought would be enemies, were unexpected friends.   And people you thought would never understand, became the support you needed so those who truly didn’t, ceased to matter.

Much.

Like life, the story does not end pretending perfection is achievable.  But it is the only game in town, and it is worth playing.  Your way.

Simply superb.

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HOT HEAD also received the following ratings:

 

ROMANCE FACTOR ~ 5 Hearts ~

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HEAT FACTOR ~  Inferno ~

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TWIST FACTOR ~ going to the edge of darkness, ends up being the saviour ~

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BONUS FACTOR ~ The Darkest Hour is Right Before Dawn ~

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