Tracy, Jaymie and I want to thank the very lovely and so talented Ann Lister yet again for agreeing to be our June's Author of the Month and thank her for her generosity. And to all of you our Junkies, thanks for your participation, we hope you found some great new books to read among Ann's booklist! 💗 Mari
AotM: Honor and Pride by Ann Lister (+ More Than My Words Excerpt Reveal) ~ Review+Giveaway
Honor And Pride
Guarding The Gods: Book 2
by Ann Lister
* * * Since the topic of college hazing could be a trigger for some, please consider this a warning as this may not be a book you’d be comfortable reading. * * *
Fizzbo is used to taking care of people. He’s the one in charge of the personal and professional security needs for both world-famous rock bands, Ivory Tower and Black Ice. Having their backs is what he does best, and he takes pride in that, both on and off the job. When he’s called into action to save the man he loves, all of his skills are put to the test. Suddenly, he isn’t so sure his training will be enough, but saving Kensey is personal, and he’s willing do anything to keep him safe.
Kensey Pride is the man who rocked Fizzbo’s world when they met during the European tour with Ivory Tower and Black Ice. Kensey’s passion for his job, making people look and feel beautiful in their own skin, is something he lacks in his own life until the magnetism of a certain security guard comes along and breaks down the walls he’s built around his heart to keep him safe. For the first time in his life, Kensey discovers he likes who he sees looking back at him in the mirror.
Without the safety of those walls and his heart left unprotected, Kensey becomes an easy target for those who can’t let go of the past. Will Fizzbo’s strength and love be enough to bring Kensey home, or will old truths be too much for the guard to handle?
I wasn't sure about this book, because I haven't really cared for Fizzbo in the other books he's been in. I have no clue why, because he was a likable character, but I just never quite warmed up to him. I didn't really like Kensey all that much either, so while I enjoyed the story and the romance portion of the book is done well, as all of Ann's books are, this couple just didn't do it for me.
What was amazing about this book was the mystery/suspense portion of it. It was phenomenal and if Ann ever wants to switch genres, she'd do excellent in this one. The investigation kept me sitting on the edge of my seat and waiting to see what Fizzbo would discover.
I loved getting to see Zac, but truthfully what I missed most was seeing the Rock Gods. While they are mentioned they aren't shown on page and that made me a bit sad.
Although I didn't really care for the couple, my rating reflects the writing. The story is well-written and paced well. It's action-packed and filled with mystery, suspense, romance and steamy sex. Very recommendable!
More Than My Words by Author Ann Lister is coming soon. Here is your chance to read an excerpt from Mason's story
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Mason Foxworth has spent the last several months recovering from injuries he received doing personal security while on tour during the horrific fire in Germany. He feels useless and alone, and the worst part of it, the physical scarring left behind from the burns has ruined his self-esteem. Who would want him now, when he is so damaged inside and out and has nothing much to contribute? He doesn't have many friends and his co-workers feel it's safer to keep Mason at a desk in the office pushing paperwork, rather than out in the field working security. Mason wants to change that status before he loses the last thread of his sanity, and the main obstacle in his way is a bum leg that’s taking far too long to heal.
Tessler is an enigma in the sci-fi literary world. A young, reclusive author, known for the mystery swirling around him, realizes he's lost any real joy in his life until he suddenly starts to feel the strange emotion pumping through his veins. Barely beyond the age of twenty-five, and he's already made more money than most see in a lifetime, but Tessler feels empty inside. What made him this way must remain the secret it is, or he feels he'll lose the empire he's created. But meeting a man who could possibly bring all his pieces together is challenging his reasons for anonymity, and Tessler suddenly finds himself wanting more from life and for himself.
Mason wants his life back and Tessler is just looking to have a real life. Can two vastly different men find a way to smooth out their hard edges and blend their lives to offer the one ingredient neither has? Personal growth comes in many different shapes and Mason and Tessler have a mountain of it to climb in order to find their HEA, but it's a journey both of them are ready to take.
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Ann Lister is a native New Englander currently living on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with her husband. She has pulled details from her years living in the New England area and uses many local settings and landmarks in her novels.
After graduating art school, marrying, and raising two daughters, she established her own video production company. Her nearly two decades working in video production included work within the music industry and won her a coveted Telly Award. Her ‘behind-the-scenes’ exposure to the music world and her love of rock music is the inspiration for her erotic rock star romances.
The Rock Gods series gave her Bestselling Author status on Amazon. Beyond The Music, Book 7 in the series, hit #1 in the Gay Erotica genre during the Pre-Order and held that spot for several weeks. This last book in The Rock Gods series launches the spin-off series, Guarding The Gods, which releases in early Summer of 2016.
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