3 Stars, Amber Allure, K-lee Klein, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Angel

Review: Moonstone by K-lee Klein

Title: Moonstone (Stone Magic: Book One)

Author: K-lee Klein

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 239 Pages

At a Glance: A slow and different take on the shifter paranormal genre.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Ky’s a fighter, Blue’s an artist, but together they are truly magical.

Ky’s fought his way to the boxing championship for the third time, but now the fight of his life isn’t against an opponent in the ring. He’s battling a darkness within himself that he can’t ignore and can’t control. If he fails, everything he’s spent his life working for will be gone, and he can’t see a path to victory. Only a hunch sends him looking for help in the most unusual places.

Blue’s a quiet guy, living for his family and the art of his tattoos. He’s created his shop, Blue’s Dungeon, to be a place for the celebration of art on skin—simple, friendly, and mostly uncomplicated—and Blue likes it that way.

But when Ky shows up in Blue’s tattoo parlor, desperately searching for a lifeline, it’s the beginning of something magical for both men…

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Review: K-Lee Klein is a new to me author, and while I enjoyed this book and her writing, I did have a difficult time reading this story. It wasn’t so much the writing but the pacing, I think. Much of the story taking place happens just over two months, but it felt much slower while reading it. The story seemed, to me, to drag in places, especially when head-hopping from Blue to Ky.

Moonstone has an interesting concept and take on magic and on the shifter/paranormal genre. However, I didn’t feel that this story was all that paranormal/magical until nearly three-quarters of the way into the reading. There are very few clues to the paranormal until the reason Ky is searching for his lifeline has been explained. After this, the rest of the story happens quickly.

Ky’s problem, which I won’t give away here, wasn’t mentioned but once in the first of the story. It’s not even really explained, the reader is just given the fact that Ky is searching for something. Something he seems to find at Blue’s tattoo parlor. After an immediate bout of sex between Ky and Blue, the story is mostly taken up by Ky’s reaction to his not-quite-relationship with Blue, and vice versa.

Blue was an extraordinary individual from first introduction. I liked him immediately. He was an amazing artist, from Ky’s POV, and I, at first, thought he was an autistic savant. But no disabilities are discussed in this book. In fact, the reasons turn out to be quite magical. Literally.

Circumstances conspire to drive a wedge between Blue and Ky, and I was honestly confused for some time while the paranormal aspect of the story came to light. Then everything seemed to fall into place for our MCs, and they got their happy ending.

I liked the verse Klein created, and would love to have more background on some of the characters and situations introduced in Moonstone, Oli in particular. Perhaps Michael and Dart, as well, but it’s not an imperative need as Moonstone itself was a complete story.

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3 Stars, Amber Allure, Historical Romance, K-lee Klein, Reviewed by Jennifer

Review: Tender Is the Knight by K-lee Klein

Title: Tender Is the Knight

Author: K-lee Klein

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 93 Pages

At a Glance: While different for having such a tender-hearted knight as the lead, the story didn’t have enough risk to be believable.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb:Tristan is a skilled knight, sworn to defend the Kingdom of Leadon. He’s devoted his life to being the best he can be, and he’s as steadfast and loyal as his knighted father was before him. But when the king of Leadon informs Tristan he’s arranged a marriage for him in order to unite Leadon with a neighboring kingdom, Tristan, for the first time, balks at an order. He cannot and will not marry the princess because his heart already belongs to another.

Clayne is the poor assistant to the village blacksmith, and content with his station in life. Especially since he has the love and support of a very special man…his very own tender knight. He and Tristan grew up together, forging a bond first of friendship, and then of love, and even when Tristan became a knight of the kingdom, nothing could shake them apart. But the king’s command that Tristan marry a princess just might.

When the king threatens Clayne’s life to get his way, Tristan is forced to choose between following the dictate to save the man he loves, or a riskier plan that will endanger them both and challenge everything in which they believe…

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Review: The story of Tristan and Clayne is intriguing because of their unique relationship. Not that they’re gay in a time where this is not accepted, but because usually knights are depicted as strong, tough characters. Tristant is much softer than standard knights, however, and Clayne appears to be the stronger of the two in their relationship. I thought that was interesting, and it’s what drew me to the story. And while I did like Tristan and Clayne, and cared about their safety, I had issues with the rest of the story.

There are many plot devices thrown into this story left either unresolved or answered in too neat a fashion, and the villains of the story were over the top and then backed off way too fast. Why exactly does the king want Tristan, of all people, to marry Princess Tessa? What will he gain from that? Why not someone else who is more game to following him? None of this is explained. Granted it is intended to be a short story, but even at the climax I felt no sense of urgency, and too many questions are left unanswered.

My first issue is with the king. He’s supposed to be this terrible guy, but Tristan doesn’t seem to do anything about him even after all is revealed about his father. He just backs off and lets what happens to him…happen. He kind of wants others to solve the problem for him. Don’t get me wrong, he does fight and argue and try to find a way out of the situation, but it didn’t feel real. And just when I’m thinking he’s not going to get the situation resolved, in walks Princess Tessa and Alfred with a plan to save the day. It was just too perfect. And then Clayne’s father’s identity…

In the end, the king let things go too easily. I expected more. I expected trouble to get in the way. This was, sadly, not the case. No one challenged Alfred as he left the city. For a king who was so set on Tristan following his plans, that entire scene was just anti-climactic for me.

I did, however, like the references to Camelot. I wish more of that had been explored, even if I didn’t care for Mr. Thomas and his explanations. They, like the rest, just seemed too perfectly fitting to make everything neat and tidy in the end.

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5 Stars, Amber Allure, Drama, Genre Romance, K-lee Klein, Reviewed by Sammy

Love Can’t Be Denied In K-lee Klein’s “Never the Perfect Moment”

“I realized I’m in love. It’s always been right in front of me.” – Richelle Mead


Title: Never the Perfect Moment

Author: K-lee Klein

Publisher: Amber Quill Press

Pages/Word Count: 84 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Bryan Monroe has always catalogued his life in terms of moments—right moments, wrong moments, perfect moments. But when his best friend and partner on the police force, Chrys Delos, is shot in a raid gone bad, it’s one of the worst moments of Bryan’s life. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Amber Allure, K-lee Klein, Reviewed by Jackie

The Truth Sets A Man Free In K-lee Klein’s “Tabby’s Pride”


There’s no problem so awful, that you can’t add some guilt to it and make it even worse.” ― Bill Watterson


Title: Tabby’s Pride

Author: K-lee Klein

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 115 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Levi Tabberton has dreamed of being a rock star ever since his brother’s best friend, Alexander Morrison, showed him his guitar when he was young. But becoming a member of his boyhood crush’s band, Lion’s Pride, is even more important.
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It’s A Countdown To RainbowCon Visit From K-lee Klein, And She’s Brought A Giveaway



TabbysPrideWhen I sat down to write this post—okay, more like fretted about it for over a week—I had no topic whatsoever in my head, so I made a list of the books I’ve written. I discovered that out of eighteen stories of varying lengths and plots, nine of them, including my new release in May, Tabby’s Pride, involve at least one musician.

The first original I wrote for public consumption was a free story called Outfoxed. I had written plenty of fanfiction that I’d shared, Alexander the Great and a lot of bandslash, so writing about musicians was something familiar to me. It came about when I chose a prompt pic in a m/m romance group on GR. I saw it and knew it was for me. Since then I’ve written a lot of musicians whether music was the main focus of the book or not.

My musicians have been as varied as the stories they’ve inhabited—wild or mellow, up-and-coming or broken, with even a couple of vampire-wolf rockstars thrown in the mix. And they exist because of my love for music and the men who make it. I’m a groupie from way back, and live music is still one of my favorite pastimes.

I also get easily obsessed with songs and lyrics, plus the creativity and passion that musicians put into their work is a big turn-on and inspiration to me. I’ve written lyrics in a few of my stories, too, most notably Unbreak My Heart and Unbroken Hearts, and I can honestly say I adore doing that.

Most songs are poetry set to music anyhow, and because I love all kinds of poetry, it was almost a natural profession for me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any delusions about being an actual song-writer, but I really enjoy writing emotion-filled verses.

But back to the musical characters I’ve written. There’s just something romantic about a man who sings or plays guitar, someone who is expressing their passion in a way they love, and in most cases, making people happy while they’re doing it. Whether it’s pairing a polar opposite rockstar with an average-Joe, two rock and roll hotties falling in love, a singer who gave up his dream out of grief, or a paranormal rocker mated to a witch—they’re fun and fulfilling for me to write.

So before I stop expounding my love for musical characters, here’s some info on what parts they play in my books, including my new one Tabby’s Pride.

1. Outfoxed—which I still hope to make into a full-sized novel—was about two rock band members and best friends, Rylan Rivers & Gage Galeano, in an open relationship who finally decide to take it to the next level.

2. Theme of Hearts was a short sequel to Outfoxed.

3 & 4. Lazy Sundays and Lazy Valentines—also to be made full-length in the near future-starred down-to-earth but OCD-inflicted, Scott Weston, and sweet-as-pie, hot-as-hell, metal rocker Devon Ducaine.

5. The PI & the Rockstar seems like a pretty self-explanatory title since Mason Stason was a PI and Jade Jonathan Lee was a rock/popstar.

6 & 7. Unbreak My Heart and the sequel Unbroken Hearts star former country singer Brett Taylor and city boy, JT Campbell.

8. Ali’s Intuition, the second in the Family of Misfits series, has my white witch and mama-bear of the family, Ali Arbiteur, finding his spirit mate in Kalo Petulengro who is a world-renowned rockstar.

9. Tabby’s Pride will be released from Amber Quill/Allure on May 18. It’s about a band called Lion’s Pride, so that’s also self-explanatory.

Since I’m offering an e-copy of Tabby’s Pride to one winner that won’t be out until May 18, I’ll also give the option of something on my backlist instead. Here’s the blurb for Tabby. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see some of you at Rainbow Con. If you’re there, say hello because sometimes I can be shy.

To enter K-lee’s giveaway, just leave a comment right here and you’re eligible to win. Comments must be received by Midnight Pacific time on Friday, April 18, 2014. One winner will be selected at random on Saturday, the 19th, and notified via email for prize delivery.

Good luck!

Graphic Art by Karrie Jax

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Blurb: Levi Tabberton dreamed of being a rockstar ever since his brother’s best friend showed him his guitar when he was young. But being a member of Lion’s Pride has overshadowed even his goal of rockstardom.

Alexander Morrison is laid-back, caring and has taken Levi under his wing—paw—but Levi’s guilt and insecurity hold him back from letting Xan see the real him.

Levi wants to prove himself to the band and to Xan, but the lengths he’s gone to have left his mind and body exhausted and in jeopardy. Has he made the right choice or will his dreams fade in a catastrophe of lies and uncertainty?

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Xan leaned forward on the table, his head cocked to the right as he stared unblinkingly at Levi. His braids fell perfectly around his face as he frowned. Levi lowered his head again, tugging on his cap until he could barely see anything.

Dammit. Everything was going to hell. Levi could just feel it in the rolling stress of his muscles, the muddled flailing of his thoughts, and the rapidly growing haste of the blood through his veins.

“Levi?” Kevin was talking to him again and Levi recognized that he was acting like a big dumb idiot. “I asked if you were one of those egos.”

“Um, no. I’m good with just going with the flow.” What a stupid thing to say.

“You look really familiar to me. Have we met before?” Xan was still gazing at him and Levi shifted a little more in his stance. He shook his head and licked across his suddenly parched lips. “Can you take the hat off, man?”

Kevin’s accent interrupted the flow of Xan’s words. “Since when are we basing this on looks, Xan? It’s an audition, not goddamn Grindr.”

Xan whispered in his ear, but it was loud enough for Levi to hear as well. “There’s just something about him.”

“Okay,” Kevin said through clenched teeth. “How about taking the hat off for a sec, mate? That okay?”

Levi’s heart dropped into his stomach and the menagerie settled there, immediately attacking. Raising a hand to his head, he gripped the brim between two fingers and tugged it off. His long, black bangs slipped over his eyes, and he habitually pushed them aside.

“You look just like…”

“Tommy,” Levi and Xan said the name at the same time and Xan quickly shoved his chair back. He shrugged Kevin’s tentative hand from his shoulder and moved to stand in front of Levi.

“Who are you? Holy fuck…Tabby? You’re Tabby Tabberton, aren’t you?”

“Not Tabby! But I used to be Malcolm, yes.” Levi took a step back when Xan invaded his personal space, their eye contact making him break out in a sweat. He also had a very uncomfortable, inappropriate urge to hump Xan’s leg. Focus, Levi, focus. “You’re the only one who ever called me Tabby, and I dropped the Malcolm. You used to be Alex back then, too.”

He just stared at Levi, all big, beautiful eyes and sexy look of wonder. If there hadn’t been anyone else in the room, Levi wasn’t sure he wouldn’t have had Xan on the floor beneath him—writhing, moaning, biting, sucking, fucking himself on Xan’s cock. With his hands balled-up into fists at his sides, he took a cautious step back, unsure of just exactly what he would or wouldn’t do.

Luckily, Kevin broke the stand-off, interrupting the pull Levi felt to get closer to Xan.

“Care to share with the class, Alex?”

“Fuck off, Kev.” Xan’s words didn’t match his look. “God, it’s been what? Three, four years?”

“Six since…” Levi tugged his hat back on as he clasped his hands behind his back, his fingers trembling with the exertion. He couldn’t say the rest, stuck with a jumble of emotions on his tongue.

Xan finished for him. “Tommy’s funeral. Wow. Can’t believe it’s been that long already, and you look so diff—”

“Xan?” Don tapped his fingers on the table. “Are we continuing or taking another break?”

Levi broke eye contact with Xan again, reaching down to curl his fingers around the handle of his guitar case. He was uncertain whether they’d even let him play now, or whether he could play at all with the highly adrenalized state of his body, but he had to take the chance. He hadn’t come so far and done so much to be turned away.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


novel-approach-facebook-iconHi, everyone, I hope you all had a great week. Thanks for dropping by to see what we’ve got coming up. The most exciting thing going on this coming week for me is that Jackie and I will be heading to RainbowCon in Tampa to represent The Novel Approach, but mostly we’re going to have fun, meet with readers and authors, and get up to general shenanigans with friends.

We’ve also added two new authors to the Countdown to GayRomLit Celebration—Jacob Flores and Sherrie Henry. Jacob’s visit is coming up on April 21st, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, here’s what we have on tap this week:

MondayK-lee Klein comes calling for the RainbowCon Countdown Celebration, and she’s got a giveaway to go with it

TuesdayElizabeth Noble is our guest on her Electric Candle blog tour, and there’s a tour-wide giveaway

WednesdayJR Loveless joins us as our final guest in the Countdown to RainbowCon Celebration, and she’ll have little swag to give away

We also have Laura Harner with us today, as Pride Promotions presents a Book Blast and a tour-wide giveaway

ThursdayJP Barnaby is here today with a Backlist Book Bump of her Little Boy Lost series, and there’ll be a giveaway

FridayK.A. Mitchell joins us with a little Bad Influence interview and a giveaway

Remember that little peek you got at Mary Calmes’s Ears, Eggs and Bunnies? Well, today’s the day you’ll get to see the story in its entirety. It’s only a little taste of Sam and Jory, but it’s nothing less than solid proof Sam Kage still has his hands full :)

Saturday – Woohoo! The Butt Ninjas From Hell are here today. Well, not all of them, but TC Blue is here with a guest post and a tour-wide giveaway

Annabelle Jacobs is also with us to talk about her newest book in the Torsere series, Union, and there’s a giveaway

Sunday – Wrapping up the week is Scotty Cade, who’s here to talk a little bit about his latest release, Sunrise Over Savannah, and the upcoming sequel, Chasing the Horizon, and there’ll be a giveaway too

And that does it for this coming week. Until next time, happy reading!

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K-lee Klein Is Here Today With A Few Random Facts And A Great Giveaway!


CHAOS IN THE MOONLIGHT



Hello everyone. I’m K-lee and this is my first time at The Novel Approach. I’m very excited to be included with so many awesome authors for this GRL countdown. This will be my third time going to GRL and second time as an author. But before I talk about that, how about if I introduce myself a little.

I’m a Western Canadian, the proud mom of three, and a cat-lover. I have a strong belief that I could watch sweaty, half-naked men with swords, or sexy dwarfs on a quest, for hours on end (and I most definitely have – I blame the OCD), but I’m also a sappy romantic who cannot NOT write an HEA, and it’s only recently that I’ve started calling myself an author.

It’s still a surreal thing to wrap my mind around, but…well, some of you might understand the jitters that can rock your insides when fantasy meets reality, and you’re suddenly expected to include yourself in a category you’ve always dreamed of being in. Writing and referring to myself as an author is like that for me, and to be perfectly honest, being published opened up a new part of my life, a part that had to be rediscovered when my kids were grown and I needed something just for myself.

I was first published in December 2011, thanks in part to the lovely SJ Frost who encouraged me to submit something to MLR. Glory behold! Finally Home was actually accepted and a new door opened for me. 2012 was a very prolific year with several short stories, anthology additions, and two print books published with both MLR—Lucius’ Bite-Family of Misfits 1, and with Less Than Three Press—Domestic Relations.

2013 has been a slower year, at least in terms of published works. I had a short story come out in January, but then nothing until July when my free story, Las Palabras de Amor, was posted in the GoodReads m/m romance group. Then it happened—I finished two novels at the same time.

Unbreak My Heart came out August 25 from Amber Allure (my first with them) and Ali’s Intuition-Family of Misfits 2 was released on September 20. These two books almost broke me, one more so than the other, and together they exhausted my mind and heart—hence, I was broken.

Between the two of them, I wrote 199,000 words in the span of six months, plus my free short and some (coughs) fanfiction. Is there any wonder I felt rode hard and put away wet? And do you know what makes it all worthwhile? It’s not the ten day book tour I did for Unbreak My Heart or my first time on the bestseller list at ARE. It’s not the fact I still cry when I read certain parts of the book or the lovely compliments about the cover.

For me, the validation of hours, weeks, months spent with a character like Brett Taylor, messing with my head and hurting my heart, came in the form of a single comment with the sweet words realistic, painful, and hopeful. That’s exactly how I wanted Unbreak My Heart to be perceived. It’s a love story, but not an easy one to sit back and watch unfold, or to write for that matter. I needed Brett to be strong and stubborn with a huge helping of soft and sensitive on the side. I was relieved when a reader told me they ached for Brett, but at one point were madder than hell at him, as well. That’s a win in my book—literally.

So back to GRL, I guess you could say I’m an old-timer with regards to attending. I went to the first GRL in fabulous New Orleans. I was there as a reader and I’m the first to admit I wad scared to death. Finally Home had been accepted just before that time so besides being terrified I was a little bit–a lot–elated. To be honest, I’m not one for crowds or socializing under normal circumstances so just being there was a complete shock to my system. But it went fine, more than fine, and I had a freaking awesome time.

One of the most important things I discovered was that despite some of the controversy our genre can breed, the authors I met and now call friends were open and accepting, people I just wanted to be near and hang around with. Some of my most memorable experiences were lunch with the fabulous ZA Maxfield, being introduced as part of the MLR family by my editor, finding more than one kindred spirit among authors and readers, and getting to know Mr. William Neale. Bill and I kept in touch after GRL and I was honored to call him my friend. For those of you who don’t know, Bill passed away suddenly in 2012. I believe he left only the best memories in a large number of people’s minds, and of course he left us his beautiful words.

GRL 2012 was different in a lot of ways from the premiere edition—bigger, more events, more people—but the feeling of belonging was still there. I was hobbling around on one crutch, nervous at being called an author for reals, and just trying to stand in the shadows where I could see everything but not have to become involved. I’m self-conscious that way. Of course, by the end of the festivities I was dancing my ass off with two of my favorite men in the world. Imagine the sight—two deaf fellows dancing in abandon with a woman with one crutch. My knee didn’t thank me in the morning, but it’s an experience I’ll always cherish and never forget.

That’s one of the biggest and most important parts of any GRL for me–finding those connections, making memories, sharing experiences that will last a lifetime. Now how about GRL 2013? New location, larger (don’t quote me on that, though), a little more structure, and overall what am I looking most forward to? Again, it’s not the fact I’ll be a supporting author with a few actual books to sell and sign, or the fabulous, interesting, and informative events and activities planned.

No. For me, it’s the people again. It’s making those connections, collecting hugs (lock that away in your minds – K-lee loves hugs), meeting authors and readers I haven’t met yet, and latching on tight to the ones I already know and love. In short, GRL is about the people, the personalities, the unspoken promise and allowance that anything goes. It’s being able to be who I really am with a group of people who understand just why reading and writing two men in a loving relationship is so important to me.

I’m going to leave you with a few random facts about K-lee, the writer, and the blurb from the book that broke my heart while I was writing it. Thanks for joining me in reading this post, thank you, Lisa, for inviting me, and I hope to meet (re-meet) some of you at GRL.

Randomness

– I never refer to my books by their titles. Every one of my stories I associate more with the characters than the actual name. For example, I didn’t have a title for Unbreak My Heart until it was completely finished and ready for editing. Even now I still refer to it as Brett, just as Lazy Sundays is either (or both) Devon and Scott. Of course, I lucked out (or cheated) with Lucius’ Bite and Ali’s Intuition.

– I suffer more from muse-overload than writers’ block, something that could explain why I generally have more than five stories on the go at a time.

– My muse is an exceptionally bossy bastard. He physically inhabits whichever character he believes needs the most attention (he requested that I torment poor Brett a lot). He’s been known to scream and bounce himself off the walls of my skull if I ignore him or don’t abide by his wishes (demands). His favorite time to make himself known is at night (a lot of times after I’ve taken my sleeping meds) and in the tub (and yes, I do cave to his wishes and write on my iPad in the bath).

– I don’t generally have a specific playlist for each book I write, but I have been known to play one artist, album or even song for the entirety of said book’s writing. For Unbreak My Heart it was Christian Kane, except for the sex scenes, which for some unexplained reason became Backstreet Boys’ territory.

– The most important element of a story for me is the emotions of the characters. If I had to choose between writing a story that did not inhabit the inside of the characters’ heads and hearts but was laced with steamy smut, or one that was smutless with high emotional content, the latter would win hands-down.

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UNBREAK MY HEART

Brett Taylor has been doing just fine living in his own little world for the past three years, thank you very much. Losing someone special is life changing, and Brett doesn’t understand why everyone and their damn dog thinks they can get all up in his business about him needing to move on. He managed to make the transition from musician to rancher without relying on anyone else’s opinion or help, and he certainly doesn’t need some city kid coming into his life to disrupt his routine–one that involves grief, isolation, and a whole lot of Jack Daniels.

Moving from one meaningless job to the next, JT Campbell is on a quest to escape his old life and figure out who he is and where he belongs. He’s not looking to save anyone, let alone a secretive, hotter-than-hell rancher who wears his heart on his sleeve. JT likes working for Brett, but Brett’s made it perfectly clear that any relationship between them other than a professional one will never see the light of day.

But when JT’s lust turns to love, and he gives in to his desire to find out what makes Brett tick, will his interest push Brett away? Or will he, through his patience and support, be the one who can finally unbreak Brett’s heart?


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BIO

K-lee Klein has lived in one part of Western Canada or another for her entire life. She’s a doting mother of three now-grown kids, and has had characters and plots running around her head for as long as she can remember.

She lives with a patient husband who totally does not get her thing for gay men, two spoiled but wonderful sons (who don’t get it either), and two also spoiled but beautiful cats. Her days are filled with texts and phone calls with her daughter who has already left the nest, and an abundance of fabulous gay men, large and small, bouncing off the walls of her skull, competing for their turns to tell their stories.

You can find all of K-lee’s books on her website:
http://www.kleeklein.com
And K-lee herself at
http://chaosinthemoonlight.blogspot.ca

https://www.facebook.com/kleemoon


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“Unbreak My Heart” Wears Its Heart On Its Sleeve



“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.” ― Leo Tolstoy


Three years ago Brett Taylor had it all. Not only did he have his alter ego Brett Black, Country Western star, but he had Walt, the love of his life. Brett lost both of those things all at once. When Walt died Brett walked away from the music and the money, and he decided to deal with his grief his way. This included “running” his ranch, writing letters to Walt, and drowning his guilt and sorrow with copious amounts of Jack Daniels. He thinks this system is working out fine and he isn’t ready or willing to change anything, whether his meddling mother or his foreman like it or not. There is no telling how long Brett would have gone on like this if JT hadn’t been dumped into his life.

JT Campbell has spent the last few years trying to find his niche in life. He tried medical school to please his snobby, upper-crust parents. When he realized that wasn’t for him he decided to follow his own heart and got a degree in psychology. It turned out he couldn’t keep a professional distance from his patients, so he took off on his own. With only the money he makes at his odd jobs and no phone, he makes his way across the country trying to find himself. One fateful night, JT is outnumbered in a fight and his rescuer just happens to be Brett’s mother. JT soon finds himself with a brand new job on Brett’s ranch and a huge crush on his new boss.

Brett has convinced himself that he will never love again. When he starts having feelings for JT, he can’t handle it. JT recognizes that loving Brett will not be easy. He tells Brett they can go as slow as he needs to, and that seems to be the key to helping Brett to heal. The courtship between these two men is slow and steady, and honestly, very sweet. JT brings Brett wildflowers he picked. Brett slowly opens up and shares some tender moments with TJ that only a few months before would have sent him into a drunken stupor.

JT does a little digging and finds out some things he should have heard from Brett. Even though he feels guilty about how he gained the knowledge, he does use it to help Brett heal. Brett eventually finds a balance between honoring Walt’s memory and making room in his heart for JT. Everything is smooth sailing for a while, but Brett discovers a secret JT has kept and he falls apart. It wasn’t an easy road to a HEA for these two but I certainly enjoyed the ride.

Watching these two men fall in love was amazing. They had their ups and downs, but it was honest. I have read a few great books lately, and this is definitely one of them. There are a few roadblocks for them to overcome and the way those roadblocks were handled was powerful.

I highly recommend this book and I hope you will give this one a read. Brett and TJ were wonderful and the supporting characters made it even better.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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