4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Karen, Serena Yates

Review: The Model by Serena Yates

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Title: The Model (A Workplace Encounters Book)

Author: Serena Yates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Page/Word Count: 125 Pages

At a Glance: The Model is a cute, sexy, and quick read.

Reviewed By: Karen

Blurb: When successful fashion model Fabio Bonardi discovers his first wrinkle, he knows it’s time to move on to Plan B. He is tired of the loneliness and drama of the modeling world, so he enlists shy financial advisor, Edwin Zachary, to help him start a business. Edwin is the first man who sees something beyond a pretty face in Fabio, and the connection between them is immediate and surprisingly deep. But insecurity, fear of rejection, and the fact that they live on opposite sides of the country make pursuing a relationship challenging. Before they can figure out the details, a mysterious stalker tries to drive them apart. Then Fabio disappears after a photo shoot, and both men face an unexpected battle for the lasting relationship they both so desperately want.


Review:  I have read four or five books in this series now, and I think they all kind of follow the same basic pattern; although, I will say that I did like the guys in this one a little more than some of the others.

I’ll be honest, there are quite a few things that I don’t think were really believable in this book, or seemed a little farfetched to me, but I find that the more I’m enjoying a story, and find myself cheering for the guys, the more I’m able to let the not so believable stuff pass. As with all the other books in this series (or at least the ones I’ve read so far), The Model is a cute, sexy, and quick read. Each of the books are complete standalones, so you can just breeze through them in any order when you’re looking for a good book and have an extra few hours to read.

These guys are super sweet, and I enjoyed watching them get their happily-ever-after. I’m looking forward to getting to the rest of the Workplace Encounters books.





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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Serena Yates

Review: The Carpenter by Serena Yates

Title: The Carpenter (2nd Edition)

Author: Serena Yates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 120 Pages

At a Glance: The Carpenter is a well written story about relationships, a quick and enjoyable read for a weekend afternoon.

Reviewed By: Lana

Blurb: Tom Halderson is a carpenter in desperate need of a big project to save the financially troubled construction company he inherited from his father. Tom is a better carpenter than a businessman, and worse yet, Tom’s estranged brother suddenly demands his share of the inheritance. When Matt Langford hires Tom to renovate his house, things begin to look up. A safari guide, Matt plans to restore and sell the home his grandfather left him and return to his exciting life in Africa. He is not about to let his sudden—and powerful—attraction to Tom persuade him to settle down—not after infidelity destroyed his own family. But adventurous Matt is exactly what Tom’s life is lacking, and Tom is determined to show Matt what could be between them.


Review: The Carpenter is a sweet, workplace romance between two men who find love where they least expect it.

The story follows the usual formula of a carpenter, Tom, who gets a remodeling job that he needs in order to keep his business running. His client, Matt, needs the house he’s inherited renovated so he can sell it and move on. I’ve read countless stories with this plot line, but I still like it, and this one delivered. I like the dynamic between a blue collar, rough around the edges guy, being with a polished professional.

At their first meeting sparks fly, but neither wants to overstep. Tom doesn’t want to screw up his chance at a contract, and Matt isn’t looking for a commitment. Throw in a homophobic brother who is determined to sabotage Tom’s business, and hot and steamy sex, and you have an entertaining story.

As I said earlier, The Carpenter is a bit formulaic, but I really enjoyed Tom and Matt’s developing relationship. They complemented each other, and I was rooting for them to have their HEA.

The Carpenter is a well written story about relationships, a quick and enjoyable read for a weekend afternoon.





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4 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Pia, Serena Yates

Review: The Elevator Mechanic by Serena Yates

Title: The Elevator Mechanic

Author: Serena Yates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 116 Pages

At a Glance: A well done novella for anyone who wants a quick, sexy read

Blurb: Quiet elevator installer Joe Taylor craves more stability in his career, but not in his personal life. Casual sex suits him, and when he meets fitness center owner Bill Evans at a mall where they are both working, they agree on no-strings-attached weekend hookups. Both men have fought hard to escape their pasts and are afraid to commit, so the agreement works well for them—at first. But when the sex gets hotter by the weekend and a deeper connection forms, Joe and Bill wonder if a relationship is feasible, especially since Joe’s work makes it impossible for him to settle down. Joe must consider his changing priorities and decide if he can take a risk on something beyond the physical.

1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, 2010.


Review: The Elevator Mechanic is a great, quick read I enjoyed, and I liked that it wasn’t your typical workplace romance. Our MCs are both down to earth guys who have worked hard to get where they are. In this book we meet Joe, the shy elevator mechanic who seems to want more out of life but doesn’t have the confidence to stand up for what’s right and go after what he wants. Then there’s Bill Evans, the sexy, kind, new business owner.

While it was nice to see two guys go from one-night-stand to smexy buddies to relationship, it would have been nice to see them get to know more about each other, get their back-stories, the events that shaped their pasts as well. The story also seemed a little one sided but having said that, this book is about Joe and Bill’s relationship, and it’s a well done novella for anyone who wants a quick, sexy read!

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3.5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Jackie, Serena Yates

Two Men Fight For The Right To Live Their Own Lives In Serena Yates’ “Fighting for Freedom”

Title: Fighting for Freedom (Modern Battles: Book Four

Author: Serena Yates

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Luiz Oliveira, a US-born Brazilian, joined the US military when he was eighteen to escape his ambassador father’s tyranny. Once his active duty obligation ends he starts a private investigation and security company with his Army buddy, Reinaldo Valverde. Years later, Luiz learns Colombian drug lords have kidnapped his childhood friend and teenage crush, Dr. Pascal Taylor-Cornett. Geography and their careers may have kept them apart, but they have been attracted to each other since they were fifteen, so Luiz is determined to come to Pascal’s rescue. Continue reading

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Who Comes Out The Winner In “Fighting For Hope”?

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.” ― Emily Dickinson

This was a story inside a story inside a story. Grayson Burrows and James Pearson are both doctors. They both went to medical school, they both treat patients and they both want to get the plot of land that is up for grabs for a new medical facility. They sound like they should have a lot in common don’t they? Well, they do and they don’t.

Grayson Burrows is a pediatric doctor whose dream has always been to open a children’s hospital. He lost his mother to cancer when he was a young boy and he felt that he was left alone throughout the entire process. His father was a very logical researcher and when his mother got sick he buried himself in his work trying to cure his dying wife. Due to this Grayson never wants another child to feel alone or deserted while they are sick so his answer is the children’s hospital. This is an issue that is dear to his heart and something he will fight for. Grayson has only had 3 relationships. One boy died, one man left him to find enlightenment and yet another man left him for a woman. Because of this Grayson doesn’t let anyone in, they will just leave anyway right? That is until he meets James.

James Pearson is an oncologist who has been hired on at Oxford Hospital to bring in a cancer research center. James was raised by two very academic parents that were definitely not warm, touchy lovey parents. He learned at a young age that medicine and research were what mattered. James has only opened his heart to one man. When he gave everything that was in his heart to one man he was accused of being “smothering”, so James locked up his heart and let logic and reasoning take over. For 10 years they have ruled his heart and his life, that is until he meets Grayson Burrows.

When Grayson and James met there was electricity in the air. Neither man can explain the attraction they feel. They are two men that have so much in common, but are complete opposites. Neither of these men knows the meaning of communication. When things are right between them it burns like a four alarm fire. However, the four alarm fire seems to burn out quickly between the two men because they can never seem to keep the fire going. I have never wanted to bash two people’s heads together more than I did these two. Through miscommunication and basically NO communication, James and Grayson make so many problems for themselves I am shocked they survived the story. There were so many problems brought about from outside sources during the competition for the new center. James’ logic was maddening to Grayson, he just could not see past the analytical mind to the heart inside the man. Grayson kept running away because he wanted to be the first to leave instead of being left behind.

Luckily, with some great advice from some very good friends, the two pull their heads out of it and find some common ground and survive for their HEA. Who wins the plot of land you ask? Will it be the new Oxford Children’s Hospital or will it be the Oxford Cancer Research Center? Well duh, you will have to read it to find out. I hope you enjoy the journey to the conclusion like I did. This is one book of Serena Yates’ that I can read over and over again. I hope you love it as much as I did.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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