Friday Reads | Line of Sight

This week I’ve picked up Line of Sight by Jenn Burke. It’s another story from the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Don’t Read in the Closet event, this time from 2015’s Love is an Open Road Anthology.

I haven’t read anything by Jenn Burke before but I liked this short little Sci-Fi tale. Cal has been stranded on Earth for a year, he’s in love with the man who took him in when he first arrived, but while he still was waiting to be rescued he doesn’t want to start anything. Ryan lost his husband in a car accident and is hesitant to start a relationship. But things happen, Cal’s past is coming back to disrupt Cal and Ryan’s lives, and they find themselves fighting for survival.

This is a quick-paced short story with a little of everything – love, action, aliens, you almost died!!!, and more. Be sure to check it out. You find it for free here.


Book Cover Line of Sight by Jenn BurkeBetrayed by his alien partner, it takes intergalactic cop Cailad kar Natoth a full year to accept that he’s stranded on Earth. Rescue just isn’t going to happen. He’s now Cal Smith, a bartender of all things— but the situation could be worse.
Out from under the pressure of regulations, he has a chance to explore the emotions he’s always kept tightly controlled. Ryan Cameron, the man who offered him shelter and a job when he needed it most, once held up the chance to be more than friends— and now that Cal’s sure he’s staying, it’s time to take him up on it. Maybe they can see if the lust and desire ricocheting between them is the start of something more.
But Ryan’s lingering grief over the death of his husband five years before— and an unexpected visitor— might steal their future before they have a chance to build it together.

Friday Reads | Just Like in the Movies

A last minute Friday Reads post! I’d decided to skip writing anything today, I’ve picked mushrooms for nine hours, and it’s been a crazy week so I hadn’t even started reading anything. But, I sank down on the sofa, had my youngest empty a flower pot over me so I got to vacuum a little, then I searched the Amazon short fiction lists.  I’m a bit crazy when it comes to lists, and on my to-do list it says Friday Reads post, leaving it there unchecked makes me break out in hives, so here we go…

Today I’ve read Just Like in the Movies by Clare London. It’s a short read, will only take you a few minutes, and it’s free so you have nothing to lose. Baily is a negotiator so sometimes situations can turn a bit tricky. He figures if he ever gets shot it’ll be just like in the movies…it isn’t, not quite.

I enjoyed this story, it has a few smiles in it, and it’s short and easy to read – perfect for when you’re exhausted. I was rather surprised, the cover made me think it’d be silly YA story and I’m never good at reading blurbs, but it was a pleasant surprise for me.


Book Cover Just Like in the Moviesby Clare LondonAll Bailey wants is to be a good negotiator, and to impress his boss and teacher, the legendary Drew Fletcher. He admires Fletcher for his skills in the field, but that doesn’t stop him admiring the man for other, more romantic reasons as well. In a tense hostage situation, it’s pretty unlikely Bailey’s usual, rash behaviour will cover him in glory, but in his dreams, it’s all going to happen just like in the movies.

When he finally acts to protect his boss, it doesn’t go the way he hopes — or does it? Will Bailey get to play the hero and get the guy of his dreams?

Friday Reads | No Place Like Home

This week I’ve read No Place Like Home by Kim Fielding. Had I paid attention I might’ve known it’s #1.5 in the Love Can’t series, but I wasn’t. It was the only story I had downloaded on my phone (I don’t usually read on my phone), and my phone was all I had when I started reading. It didn’t matter though, this story works just fine as a stand-alone short story.

Stephen has moved back into his mother’s house after she has passed away. He often walks to the library even though his knee hurts, he talks to his neighbours and spends some of his days painting. One day a note falls out of a book he’s borrowed and he calls the number written on it. On the receiving end of the call, he finds Max.

I liked this story, loved that the Stephen is 58 and Max a little older yet. It’s a nice break to read about men who have been around for a while.


Book Cover No Place Like Home by Kim FieldingThis short story is available now as a free download from the author’s website. If you’ve read Love Can’t Conquer, you might enjoy meeting Stephen Walker, a resident of Bailey Springs, Kansas. He was mentioned briefly in LCC.

This story originally appeared in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Snow on the Roof, but has been lightly edited.