The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson by Sean Kennedy

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Series:  N/A

Author:  Sean Kennedy

Genre: Young Adult/ Sports

Length: 190 pages

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press, Dreamspinner Press (7 April 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: There is no Plan B.

After being outed in an especially brutal way and briefly running away from home, Micah Johnson has sworn to get his life back on the straight and narrow.  Well, not so much straight, but you know what he means.

Unfortunately the path to redemption is not an easy one.  With fights at school and on the football field and an all-round snarky attitude as his number one defense mechanism, will Micah survive the school year and the training camps to achieve his dream of making the national draft and becoming a professional AFL player?

His mentor, Declan Tyler, believes in him, but Micah wishes he had the same confidence in himself.  Only time will tell if the ongoing reformation of Micah Johnson will be successful.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-547-3

Product Link: https://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/the-ongoing-reformation-of-micah-johnson-by-sean-kennedy-374-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: The Ongoing Reformation of Micah Johnson is an awesome book. I’m just going to state that fact outright. I will admit that part of the attraction of reading Sean Kennedy is that I love reading Australian authors, yet at the same time I also love his writing style. It is just so easy on the eye and easy on the brain to process.

Not only that, for me this book was refreshing because normally when I read sport/young adult MM novels, it’s sports that are generally not on my radar – i.e. gridiron, rowing and ice hockey, although I love those books too. Here we are in the world of Aussie Rules, AFL, football and I at least am familiar with the rules!

Although to be honest, I don’t like or follow AFL, does that mean my citizenship gets revoked?!

Anyway, before getting to the actual story, I think I will give a few warnings as there are themes here that are definitely not to the liking of everyone. 1) As I said, this one involves sports, 2) it is a young adult story, so no heavy sex, and 3) something which I know is important to a lot of people, this is not really a romance story, although there is the slightest hint of one.

However, none of this mattered to me in what shaped up to be a thoroughly enjoyable read.

The book is narrated by titular character, Micah Johnson. He’s a young guy – around 17/18 years old – who is basically trying to grow into his own skin. He had a difficult time coming out, as mentioned in the blurb. In his own words he is a reformed arsehole, though let’s face it. He’s still a bit of a sarcastic arse with a twisted sense of humour which I totally love and totally relate to.

Though things are looking up for him, he’s still having some issues at home and at school. But he has great parents and a cheeky younger brother, as well as some friends at school which include a straight guy, a lesbian and the new chick in school who happens to be bisexual. However, with life moving ahead – school finishing up and attending AFL draft camp (it’s here that there is a hint of romance on Micah’s horizon), things are busy and it’s up to Micah to stay reformed.

Readers and lovers of Sean Kennedy’s books Tigers and Devils and Tigerland may be excited to see the appearance of Dec and Simon who had previously battled the fickle world of AFL and being openly gay (seriously, something that the AFL really needs in real life!). Dec especially is there filling the role as mentor to Micah, as he prepares and works towards being drafted for the upcoming AFL season.

There is one bit that will only be funny to Australians and that’s one part where Micah is watching Family Feud on TV and he makes mention of the host’s small stature, something that is pretty common when it comes to Grant Denyer over here. I have been laughing for over an hour over the line:

“…“Excuse you, but I need to know the seven things one hundred Australians think are smaller than Grant Denyer. It’s a tough round.”…”

This is a really fun and uplifting book. Micah meets a number of interesting people along the way as we see him develop into a man through the course of the book. Do I see hints of an upcoming sequel at the end of the book? I sure hope so. I’ll glad go back into Micah’s world and see how things go for him professionally and personally and perhaps even romantically!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Blizzard in Bearskin by Rex Blackbridge

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Series:  Darkmoon Vigil, #1

Author: Rex Blackbridge

Genre: Paranormal

Length: 71 pages

Publisher: LoveLight Press (June 26, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: A no-nonsense werebear from the Arctic Circle. A chatty werewolf from the Chicago Loop. Polar opposites, each looking for a fire to ward off winter’s chill…

Abram Chernov isn’t a man of half measures. After a string of personal tragedies, he left everything behind to become an arctic bush pilot. A rugged refrigerator of a man, he now spends his days content in solitude, delivering mail and supplies to the remotest corners of the Alaskan tundra.

When he’s not piloting his ski-plane, or grabbing a drink in the tiny town of Yakutak, the gruff shifter roams the wilds in his other, more comfortable skin: that of a giant Kodiak bear. He’s not lonely, he reminds himself constantly; solitude suits him just fine. Some days, he almost believes it.

Nikan Parande, a slick young werewolf from Chicago, wishes his employer would stop sending him on assignments to the middle of nowhere. He’s been looking for a more substantial, serious relationship than what the Boystown club scene has to offer, but the demands of his career at shifter-owned Holloway Industries have relentlessly gotten in the way. One day he’ll find true love, he tells himself in between flight delays and full moons.

By the time Nikan hitches a late night ride into Yakutak, he’s sporting nothing but his wits, his gear, and a hastily scrawled out name… The name of a local bush pilot who’s supposed to be sympathetic to shifter causes. A small, remote silver mining operation—owned by the werewolves of Holloway Industries—has gone completely dark, and it’s Nikan’s task as a newly recruited “security specialist” to find out what’s happened.

Although eager to prove himself, he won’t get far without Abram’s help. Together, this unlikely pair of shifters will face subzero temperatures and supernatural horrors in the land of the midnight sun. While struggling to survive the coming storms, they might even kindle a new flame – in each other’s arms.

This standalone paranormal romance novella is the first tale set in Rex Blackbridge’s Darkmoon Vigil universe. As you follow the blossoming of a steamy m/m relationship between shifters, expect urban fantasy overtones, no cliffhangers, and the HEA/HFN ending that romance readers know and love.

Product Link: http://amzn.to/1qAXL81

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Abram, a bear shifter, flies planes for a living. Nikan is a wolf shifter in need of someone to fly him to Alaska in search of missing co-workers. So the two head to Alaska and run in to more they bargained for.

Choked full of action, adventure, mystery and drama this book was certainly a great book to read.

I’m looking forward to reading more.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through https://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Book, Line, Sinker by L.J. LaBarthe Blast & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have L.J. LaBarthe popping in with her upcoming release Book, Line, Sinker. L.J. Brings along a great excerpt so you can check out the story for yourself, so enjoy the post! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Hook, Line, Sinker

by

L.J. LaBarthe

After seventeen years serving in the Australian Army, Ash returns to his childhood home in the outback town of Quorn. Filled with the desire to live a happy life in peace and with loved ones, Ash is grimly determined to beat his PTSD and tackle his flashbacks.

What Ash isn’t prepared for is Jaxon, the new librarian in Quorn. Jaxon is calm, gentle, kind, and a rock for Ash’s battered psyche. Ash finds himself falling for the handsome newcomer, even as his mind and memories of the past torment him.

When he has the idea for a mobile library to bring books and entertainment to remote communities in the far north, Ash is delighted that Jaxon is with him every step of the way. But though the library, called Book, Line, and Sinker, takes off, Ash’s past continues to plague him. Can Jaxon’s love be enough to keep them together until Ash is strong enough to stand on his own?

Release date: 15th April 2016 

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