4 Stars, Genre Romance, J.H. Knight, Reviewed by Sadonna, Self-Published

Release Day Review: Another Shot by J.H. Knight

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Title: Another Shot (Heartsville)

Author: J.H. Knight

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 74 Pages

At a Glance: Definitely recommended for fans of shorter works with some angsty moments and a happy ending.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: The town of Heartsville means something different to everyone who lives there. For Aaron Forester, it’s a gay-friendly buffer between himself and the rest of the world. After being outed in high school and bullied to the point of violence, his family uprooted their lives and relocated to the small hamlet. He’s moved on from all that and now owns a popular café in the bustling shopping district. But after twenty years of happy living, Aaron’s past creeps up on him in the most unexpected way.

Brad Collins only has one regret and he’s carried it with him since he was a teenager. When he moves to Heartsville and gets set up on a blind date with the most adorable, engaging man he’s met in a long time, he couldn’t be happier. But Brad didn’t expect the guy to be the person he outed in high school—whom he’s now falling in love with.

Aaron and Brad hit it off instantly—in and out of the bedroom. But after a long overdue apology and a small serving of resentment, is their fledgling relationship worth another shot?

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Review: Another Shot is another winner for author J.H. Knight. I had the pleasure of meeting her at GRL a couple of weeks ago and slightly gushed over The Last Thing He Needs. On the strength of that initial offering, I jumped at the chance to review another story.

Aaron is pretty happy in his life. Despite being outed as a teenager, which resulted in bullying so harsh his family moved, he’s made a good life in his adopted hometown. He has a loving family – mom and dad and sister Mandy. He has a profitable business. What he doesn’t have is a partner, but he’s been relatively okay with that. But now his BFF Justin is settling down, and Aaron thinks maybe he’s missing something.

His sister Mandy wants to fix him up, and while reluctant, he agrees. When he meets Brad, he thinks he’s died and gone to heaven. Brad is just his type and appears to be a good guy. He even likes children! They begin dating and Aaron is happier than he’s ever been. You know that means a shoe will have to fall. ;)

When Aaron’s parents are cleaning out their house, requiring their children to get their old belongings, Aaron stumbles on the thing that cost him his happy high school life. After Aaron and Brad spend the night together, we eventually discover that Brad is connected to this incident. When Brad confesses that he was there, Aaron does not react well.

I don’t want to be spoilery, so I will just say that there are some nice twists and turns in this story that lead to a very satisfying resolution. In a slightly unexpected way. There is an HEA, but both men have to work for it. It’s not necessarily about forgiveness, but it is about letting go and acknowledging the past without forgetting its impact.

Definitely recommended for fans of shorter works with some angsty moments and a happy ending.

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4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, J.H. Knight, Narration Rating, Narration Rating - 5 Stars, Reviewed by Sadonna

Audio Review: The Last Thing He Needs by J.H. Knight – Narrated by Michael Stellman

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Title: The Last Thing He Needs

Author: J.H. Knight

Narrator: Michael Stellman

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 7 Hours and 22 Minutes

At a Glance: This is an angst filled read of a dysfunctional family, with the eldest son trying to hold things together by himself for so long that he has trouble recognizing when and from whom he should accept help.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: Tommy O’Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen years old, he’s managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy and the last thing he needs is romance complicating his life further.

Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn’t belong in Tommy’s harsh world, but Tommy can’t push him out. As their unlikely friendship turns into a tentative relationship, they weather the daily storm of Tommy’s life with a lot of laughs and more than a few arguments.

Tommy isn’t used to trusting outsiders, and he’s never asked for help in his life. But when a tragedy strikes the O’Shea family and threatens everything he’s fought for, he’ll have to learn to do both to recover from the brutal hit.

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Review: Finally! An audiobook I enjoyed! The Last Thing He Needs has convinced me that, with audiobooks, the narrator makes the story. After two misses, this one is a hit.

Tommy O’Shea’s life is crappy on his very best day. His mother died when he was young, and his father chose again, unwisely, and his stepmother is a drunk/junkie as well. He has shouldered the responsibility of his younger siblings, really, since was fifteen. At twenty-two, he just keeps trying to keep it all together. There are seven other O’Shea children – from Colleen, who is seventeen, down to twins Zoe and Max, who are still babies. In between are Mikey, Collin, Davey, and Carrie. Each of them is dealing with the family drama in their own way.

When Colleen calls Tommy to tell him that the babies are sick and crying, he needs to get them medicine, but he doesn’t have the money. He thinks he’ll lift them from a convenience store, but he’s thwarted by a cop he knows, and who knows him and his family situation. Although he’s not happy about Bobby butting in to his life, he is desperate to get home to the sick kids and solve the current crisis.

When Bobby starts hanging around more, and then they meet in a very unexpected venue, Bobby and Tommy become more than friends. Bobby get a little bit pushy in what Tommy sees as “interfering” in his life and his family troubles, but Tommy is beginning to feel something for Bobby, and he doesn’t want him to leave either.

As you might expect in a family with this much crap going on, there are always the potential threats from the mostly absent parents—who can show up at any time and wreak havoc on the tenuous peace, interference from Child Protective Services, or the kids themselves, who are growing up way too fast. Bobby and Tommy generally work together when these things come up, but Tommy continues to have a hard time accepting help, and he definitely feels like Bobby can do better.

The kickass character of the piece, though, is Bobby’s mother Judy. Once she gets involved in the O’Shea family, nothing will ever be the same. She is a formidable opponent, and Tommy has a feeling he will never gain back the control he once had. He would be right. :)

Of course, there are a number of crises that occur – both for Bobby and for Tommy. There are some pretty serious issues in their relationship that have to be resolved, or they won’t have any future – even as friends – if they can’t get past them. When things come to a head, Tommy and Bobby will both have to fight for what they have together, and it will affect the entire O’Shea family. These guys have to work really hard for their happy ending.

I’m so happy I finally liked an audiobook. Michael Stellman really brought life to this story. His characterizations were spot on – nothing over the top. His Tommy and Bobby were perfect in both the tone and delivery. His voice really kept me engaged in the story. I definitely will get another book that features this narrator. So far, my favorite of the audiobooks I’ve listened to.







 

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4 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, J.H. Knight, Reviewed by Kim

Audio Review: A Simple Romance by J.H. Knight – Narrated by Nick J. Russo

Title: A Simple Romance

Author: J.H. Knight

Narrator:: Nick J. Russo

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 5 Hours, 36 Minutes

At a Glance: Nick J. Russo does an excellent job of narrating

Blurb: Skip thought he had it all: the fabulous husband, the great apartment, and the teaching job he’d always wanted. Even the cat was perfect. When his partner of eight years decides he wants something else—something that doesn’t involve Skip or the apartment or even the cat—Skip decides it’s time to go home to the other side of the country.

However, Skip’s hometown doesn’t just hold a loving meddling mother but also the memories of his awkward crush on a boy he met his senior year in high school. A boy he humiliated himself in front of just when it looked as if his fantasies might become reality. Finding out Paul Miller is now working at the same high school where Skip has just been hired flips his world upside down. After a heated night together, Skip is happy being friends with benefits. Paul will have to convince him love is worth the risk.

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Review: Once bitten. Twice shy.

A Simple Romance starts off with Skip in the throes of grief over his ex. Eight years of Skip thinking he knows someone, only to have that someone up and leave him for a younger man… As a result, Skip quits his job in Seattle and relocates, going back home to live with his mom.

As Skip starts his new job as a teacher at the school he graduated from, he meets an old crush, Paul. Now, this is where the story starts to become interesting because it’s coming from Skip’s perspective, and I can’t blame him for being gun-shy when it comes to Paul. Oh, don’t get me wrong, Paul is a sweetheart, but then, so was Monty when their relationship started out. So, the dilemma Skip is having is learning to trust again, not so much Paul but himself. There’s got to be a catch to this simple romance between him and Paul.

As for Paul, he also was in a long term relationship that ended tragically. And even he admitted that it took awhile for him to date again, which is why I became a little impatient with Paul for forcing Skip to decide on them becoming a couple. For crying out loud, they’d only been together for 6 months, and I thought Skip was progressing pretty well, considering he was still in the grieving stages of his breakup.

It seems to me the one person who really helped Skip the most was Faith. She was a true friend. Instead of pushing and criticizing him for his reluctance to commit to Paul, like his mom did, Faith listened to Skip. Sometimes it just helps to get everything out of the head and into a place where it can be looked at from different angles. I think anyone who has ever been in a long term relationship can relate to Skip and his reluctance to jump right into another one. There’s a lot of healing that should take place first. There are five stages of grief, which Skip eventually experiences—the final one being acceptance.

Nick J. Russo does an excellent job of narrating A Simple Romance. I loved how he gave each character their own voice, and I would not hesitate to listen to him again. When it came to the part where Paul offered his ultimatum to Skip, I found myself blurting out my opinion to Paul. I really got caught up in this story, and that’s the sign of a good narrator, when he grabs you and pulls you in emotionally.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I liked A Simple Romance, mainly because I thought Skip was a pretty brave soul to try and open up his heart again.






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Dinner and a Book With Piper and Poppy, Dreamspinner Press, J.H. Knight, Piper Vaughn, Poppy Dennison

Dinner and A Book With Piper and Poppy

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Welcome to the first edition of Dinner and a Book with Piper and Poppy! We have some treats in store for you including some comfort foods to go along with a comfort read. And as an added bonus, we convinced J.H. Knight to stop by and answer a few questions about her book The Last Thing He Needs while we’re cooking!

Take a look at the blurb for this thing and tell me you won’t need some great comfort food while reading it:
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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, J.H. Knight, Reviewed by Taz

Review: The Last Thing He Needs by J.H. Knight

Title: The Last Thing He Needs

Author: J.H. Knight

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Tommy O’Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen years old, he’s managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy and the last thing he needs is romance complicating his life further. Continue reading

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