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Top Picks of 2014 by Kimi-chan Staff

We at Kimi-chan read  (and listen to) a LOT of books. Y’all know that, after all, it’s one of the main reasons y’all visit here. We decided to share some of the books that we thought represented the best of 2014. So…drum roll, please:

The Price of Dick by Dan Skinner
You Can See Me by A.E. Via

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Here Comes Trouble by A.E. Via
Embracing His Syn by A.E. Via

Boys Town (1&2) by Jake Biondi

Walk With Me by Cardeno C
Loving Jay by Renae Kaye
Upside Down by Andrew Grey
The Choosing by Violet Joicey-Cowen

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In Your Eyes by Cardeno C

Speechless by Kim Fielding

Beneath the Stain by Amy Lane

The Return by Brad Boney

Meatworks by Jordan Castillo Price

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The Last Thing He Needs by JH Knight

The Shearing Gun by Renae Kaye

Grif’s Toy by Joseph Lance Tonlet

Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet

World’s End by M. Leanne Phoenix

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Late Bloomer by Bru Baker

Dreamspinner Presents http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=5802

late bloomerBlurb 

If not for his family and his Christmas tree farm, David Rochester would be a recluse. And Erik Shriver wouldn’t know a quiet moment if it smacked him in the face. But now David’s farm has brought them together. When Erik’s flurry of bad jokes and frenetic energy sets David off kilter, his family notices and begins conspiring. They push David and a very willing Erik together again and again until David stops denying his attraction. But an almost-hermit and a soon-to-be-former club boy each bring baggage into a relationship. They’ll have to take things slowly to find the middle ground between David’s taciturn silence and Eric’s boundless chatter.

Review

This was a short sweet holiday read about a solitary “late bloomer” who is compelled to open up by a more gregarious teacher.

I enjoyed the MCs but wished for more smexy times and more developing relationship.

For a short, holiday story it was nice.

Overall, I enjoyed it 3 of 5 hearts.

3

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The Two Gentlemen of Altona (Playing the fool #1) by Lisa Henry and JA Rock

Riptide Presents: http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/two-gentlemen-of-altona

altonaBlurb

Mischief, thou art afoot.

Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness is having a rough week. Not only is he on a new diet, but he’s also been tasked with keeping Henry Page—the world’s most irritating witness—alive. Which is tough when Mac’s a breath away from killing the Shakespeare-quoting, ethically-challenged, egg-obsessed Henry himself. Unless killing isn’t really what Mac wants to do to him.

Con man Henry Page prefers to keep his distance from the law . . . though he wouldn’t mind getting a little closer to uptight, handsome Agent McGuinness. As the sole witness to a mob hit, Henry’s a valuable asset to the FBI. But he’s got his own agenda, and it doesn’t involve testifying.

When evidence surfaces of a mole in the FBI office, Mac and Henry are forced to go into hiding. Holed up in a fishing cabin, they’re surprised to discover that their feelings run more than skin deep. But as the mob closes in, Henry has to make his escape. And Mac has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep Henry by his side.

Review

This is a funny first book of a three book series. In book one we are given the set up. Why Mac and Henry are together: Mac is keeping Henry “safe” for his trial against the mob, Henry wants to run away.

Giving us the two MCs basic profiles: Mac: somewhat overweight FBI agent on a diet, grumpy because of diet, not your typical MC but still very masculine. Henry: conman, chatty, sly, eager to push Mac’s buttons.

Setting up the beginning of their romance: These are early days, there isn’t a lot of hot and heavy sexy times, but we can hope in the next installment there will be more to come! Instead we get witty banter and sexual tension.

I love the “imperfect” MC and in this book we get two!

Be warned- cliff hanger – next book due in February.

This is a super funny book and I am eager to move on to book 2!

I give it 4.5 of 5 hearts!

4.5

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