Quickie Reviews: The Current Between Us & Someone to Call My Own

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Current Between Us by Kindle Alexander

Synopsis: Gage Synclair, international, hard-hitting investigative photojournalist, is preparing for the final special report of his career. A story of deception and murder six long years in the making. After spending ten years in some of the worst parts of the world, he's ready to settle life down and open an art gallery in his hometown of Chicago.

Trent Cooper, electrical contractor, is surprised by the last minute request for a fast-paced electrical remodel, little did he know he'd be immediately propositioned by the gallery's owner. Being gay in the construction industry isn't easy, nor is being father to his two young adopted children. Trent keeps his life in separate zones to avoid a short circuit. Will their high-voltage passion break the currents between them forever?

Review: I didn't end up loving this one as much as I had hoped.  I've loved every other book that I've read from Kindle Alexander so I automatically expected to enjoy this one too.  Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it?  It definitely seems like a "it's not you, it's me" kind of problem because everyone else I know enjoyed it.  Gage is supposed to be the type of guy that never makes connections with the guys he falls into bed with, but he is instantly drawn to Trent and can't get him out of his mind.  He even came across as extremely needy for most of the book.  Begging Trent to tell him that he feels the same way (repeatedly!!) and invites himself over because he misses him after being away from him for a couple hours.  He was a big time clinger! lol!  I loved Trent's interactions with his family and how he tried to do everything he could to provide a good life for them.  The feelings seemed a little too fast for me tho, and everything worked a little too well. I don't know why, I just didn't "click" with these guys.  I thought they were cute but it never really "wowed" me.

Someone to Call My Own by Aimee Nicole Walker

Synopsis: Psychic Emory Jackson and former black ops specialist Jonathon Silver are men from two completely different worlds with one thing in common: heartbreak. Emory still mourns the loss of his husband five years prior, and Jon is reeling with grief from the recent death of his twin brother.

Sparks fly when mutual friends introduce them, but it’s so much more than basic attraction. There’s an undeniable awareness and a sense of belonging that neither man can deny. Despite Emory’s premonition of a future with Jon, he has vowed never to love again. Jon is convinced that his tainted soul is the reason he will never have someone to call his own. What if they’re both wrong?

Maybe these broken men with their jagged edges could somehow align perfectly to form something whole and beautiful. But will that realization come too late for them?

Someone to Call My Own is the second book in the Road to Blissville series. These books can be read as standalone or as part of the series. The author first introduced these characters in the Curl Up and Dye Mysteries, but it isn’t necessary to read that series first. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults 18 and older. 

Review:  This really bums me out to write, but I really didn't enjoy this one at all.  Normally, I really love Aimee Nicole Walker's MM romances, but this one drove me nuts.  In the synopsis, it says that it can be read as a standalone but I'm not too sure if that's true.  Although the first (at least) 25% of the book was rehashing things that have already happened in the both the Road to Blissville AND Curl Up and Dye Mysteries.  I was so bored because I've already read all of the previous books.  I didn't want to be retold all of the things that already happened.  Then there's also the fact that at 49% Jon is still sleeping with other people.   This is an extreme slow burn between the two of them but once things finally start they are instantly in love.  It felt really awkward and strange.  Close to the end there's also a unnecessary health scare to add drama. This one just wasn't for me, I guess.

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