5 Stars, Genre Romance, Jeff Erno, Reviewed by Lynn, Wayward Ink Publishing

Review: Baggage by Jeff Erno

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Title: Baggage

Author: Jeff Erno

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 244 Pages

At a Glance: Overall, this is a sweet love story. Highly recommended.

Reviewed By: Lynn

Blurb: At thirty-eight years of age, Chandler finds himself single and caring for his brother Raymond, who suffers numerous health problems.

Mired in grief from the multiple deaths of close family members, he recedes into himself, crippled with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive tendencies.

Early one morning Chandler’s life is flipped on its end when he encounters his neighbor, twenty-five year old Marcus.

Nothing about a relationship with this young man makes sense. For one thing, Marcus is… well… YOUNG. He’s also biracial and has all kinds of tattooed muscles!

The streetwise Marcus introduces Chandler to an entirely different lifestyle, pulling the would-be hermit from his shell, albeit kicking and screaming. But how long can such a relationship last, and what about Raymond? Chandler fears a guy like Marcus, seemingly perfect in every way, won’t be able to truly accept Chandler with all his baggage.

An unexpected bombshell detonates and Chandler learns some unsavory details about Marcus, who he really is, and what he’s done in the past.

Finally, it’s Chandler who must decide if he can accept Marcus’ baggage.

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Review: I’ve read this author before and have enjoyed his stories, and Baggage is no exception. What I loved most about this story was the real life concept: two men finding each other when they least expect it. Chandler and Marcus are polar opposites. These are two people I would never in a million years put together, but fate, destiny, divine intervention, or whatever you want to call it, pulls them towards one another. And you know what? It worked and it was lovely.

When we first meet Chandler, he exudes loneliness, taking his lot in life with grace and acceptance. You see, he’s taking care of his older brother, a brother who has a slew of medical conditions, as well as being bi polar. It’s a full time job. Then we have Marcus. He’s a lot younger than Chandler, thirteen years younger, in fact, and seems to have taken a shine to Chandler. Here we go folks.

We get Chandler’s POV for the entire story. Usually when this happens, I feel like I’m missing something from the other characters; not so with this one. Mr. Erno does such a wonderful job of presenting Marcus that we really don’t need his POV. We know exactly what he’s thinking and feeling throughout the story. His intentions towards Chandler are very clear from the get-go. I loved watching Chandler’s reactions to Marcus. He really didn’t (or couldn’t) believe this young man was interested in him. But Marcus was bound and determined to change Chandler’s way of thinking.

I really enjoyed these two characters. At first I was a little leery about Marcus. I guess I was going by what Chandler was thinking, which was that Marcus could find someone his own age, and what does he want with Chandler? As I got to know Marcus better, his sincerity shined through. His humor and carefree manner was just what the doctor ordered. But then something happens (which I won’t go into because that would be a spoiler) and because of Marcus’s background, I thought the worst. Of course, when the truth comes out, I felt like an ass right along with Chandler. The lesson learned here is to never judge a book by its cover. Oh, and never assume anything.

What I loved most about this book was its simplicity. And by simple, I don’t mean boring—far from it. I love a great love story, and this is definitely one of those. Chandler and Marcus’s relationship was about overcoming stereotypes, accepting each other’s flaws, differences, and yes, baggage. I loved the realism the author gave us with these two. It wasn’t love at first sight, everything didn’t fall right into place. At times it was a struggle with miscommunication, self-doubt and worry. But when all the pieces were put together, it was beautiful.

Overall, this is a sweet love story. It has bittersweet moments, heartbreaking and sad moments, but a happy ending, for sure. Highly recommended.

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Love Overcomes All Obstacles In Jeff Erno’s “Two Dumb Jocks”

Title: Two Dumb Jocks (Dumb Jock: Book Five)

Author: Jeff Erno

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 210 Pages

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb: Rejected by his family for coming out, Bryan Helverson boards a plane for Tampa, Florida, where he plans to attend college. Brett and Jeff’s family embrace him when he arrives, and his new “brothers,” Adam and Trevor, help him assimilate into the community. Continue reading

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Dreamspinner Press, Jeff Erno

“Dumb Jock: The Musical” Both Hits And Misses The Mark



“One thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami



Summary:

Evan Drake is the captain of the basketball team, and an active member of his High School drama club. Though coming to terms slowly with his own sexuality, he is horrified to see his team-mates responses to a gay kid in his class. The summer musical is on the rise, and Evan is asked to audition for the lead role, the musical being a factual portrayal of the events of Erno’s first book in this series.

Things do not go well for Evan after he starts to realise his feelings for the play’s author and fellow drama club attendee Noah, and when a public display of his true sexuality leaves him on the outs with the entire town, Evan struggles to put his life back on track.

With the help of Noah, his mother, his coach and some familiar faces, he triumphs over adversity to a pleasing end.
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The Latest Edition Of Booyah! Books Is Out! Who Made The List This Month?

Every Month, Mary Calmes so graciously hosts The Novel Approach and gives us the chance to spotlight some of the books we thought were particularly recommendable reads.

If you’d like to see which books captured our attention in the month of July, head on over to Ms. Mary’s Place and see who made our list of top picks.

Cheers, and happy reading!

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Ai Press, Jeff Erno

There’s New Blood In The Vampire Mythology – “Forever Young” by Jeff Erno

“Love will find a way against time itself.” – Sylvia Day

Jeff Erno has written some wonderful books. Trust Me is one of my all time favorite coming of age novels. I have also read his Dumb Jock series and a few of his individual titles. Forever Young is Jeff’s first vampire novel and I have to say it was absolutely wonderful. There is a lot going on in this story, but the writing was so fluid and the story so well told it all just worked, and it all worked well.

First we meet Robbie. He is an 18 yr old recent high school graduate working at the local grocery store. He is extremely socially awkward and stumbles over the most basic attempts at conversation. He is bullied by a co-worker and harassed by an elderly customer. Robbie is very slight in build, about 5’9”, with blond hair and striking blue eyes. He is also a bit too trusting at times. Especially when he meets a handsome stranger at work one night.

Colton, or Colt, is a 167 yr old vampire that doesn’t look a day over 17. Colt comes to Robbie’s rescue at the supermarket and then walks him home later that night. Colt hasn’t felt a connection like the one he has with Robbie since he was made into a vampire. His initial thought was just to feed from Robbie, but he felt a connection with him that he couldn’t understnnd. He hadn’t felt like that since he was actually 17. Against the advice of Richard and Brendan, his two fathers, he pursues a relationship with Robbie.

Richard and Brendan have been together for as long as Colt has known them, well over a century. The two men love one another more than anything else in the world. The two men worry that Colt’s relationship with Robbie is going to threaten the peace they have found in their new home. Richard has been keeping some pretty heavy secrets from Colt, and with him not understanding the ramifications, Colt puts their little family square in the middle of trouble.

Now, if you have a book about vampires, they need a nemesis. Jeff Erno wrote our vampires a very unique enemy: the Matarians. These hunters are unique in the fact that they are very well organized. Once a member of the order turns 16 they receive a tattoo on their arm and attend hunter “bootcamp”. Here at this bootcamp are two boys, Issa and Dylan. Dylan comes from a long line of Matarian hunters and is ready to train so he can avenge the death of his parents. Issa is a whole other story. Before Issa was even born, his older brother Shadi disappeared and Issa believes he was killed by vampires. Dylan and Issa become fast friends and even faster boyfriends.

There is also an ongoing battle within the vampires themselves. The half-breeds decided well over a century before that they didn’t want to be slaves to the full blooded vampires, so they rebelled. Even in the present there is still a resistance and they are still fighting for their total freedom. When Brendan comes up missing Richard appeals to Raoul, one of the oldest full blood vampires in existence, for help. This leads to a showdown of epic proportions and some major losses on both sides. I hope that Jeff Erno makes this a series because there are so many wonderful plot lines, new characters introduced right at the end and some surprise reunions. There are minimal descriptive sexual situations in this book, but the love that is shared between the couples is tangible. The final battle scene is very violent and bloody, and I loved every second of it. There are no sparkly vampires brooding in this book, but it does have a great love story. There is a HEA, but I for one hope that it is To Be Continued……

This book is well written, the characters are well fleshed out and there are some very interesting plot twists to keep you on your toes. Highly recommend this book. It should be on everyone’s summer reading list if it isn’t already.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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