October Reading Recommendations

Hi Everyone!

The past month has been unexpectedly busy for me. Not only have I been working on my next novel, I also started work on a new project – a Christmas themed novella – which I hope I can have written and ready in time for release before the end of the year.

As always though, there is always time for reading, and here are some highlights that I wanted to share with you all 🙂

“The Weight Of It All” by N.R. Walker

From the blurb:

After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of. He joins a gym.

Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn’t sure he’ll ever be ready to date again. He’s sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is.
As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamours Reed with recipes and laughter. As the friendship lines start to blur, Henry is convinced there’s no way Thor-like Reed could ever be interested in a guy like him.

Reed just has to convince Henry that life isn’t about reaching your ideal bodyweight. It’s about finding your perfect counterweight.

My Thoughts:

Fellow Aussie NR Walker spins a beautiful tale set in the south of Sydney where two men, who seem to be from entirely different worlds, manage to find each other and discover they’re not so different after all.

Reed is a personal trainer, looking for a deeper connection than he’s finding with the gym-obsessed men he meets at work. Henry is recovering from the messy ending of a long term relationship which has left him with low self esteem and little confidence.

When Henry decides to change his life by joining a gym, he isn’t expecting to meet and fall for his god-like personal trainer – he certainly isn’t expecting his feelings to be reciprocated! But Henry becomes convinced he’s reading too much into things, that Reed is just being nice. He could never love someone like Henry. Or could he?

A touching exploration of the internal struggles of someone battling weight issues, and also the pain of moving on from a relationship that had once seemed perfect, but was clearly not. Highly recommended.

“Falling For The Geek” by R. Cayden

From the blurb:

When I was a kid, I had the biggest crush on Cass.
He was broody, with these beautiful eyes. A troublemaker who was infinitely cooler than I would ever be.
Ten years later, I definitely didn’t expect to see him standing at the front door of my family’s house in the Kentucky woods, tatted up and even hotter.

I was supposed to have the summer to myself and my geeky astronomy project, but my brother hired his old friend to do a massive carpentry project on the house.
Just because Cass is straight doesn’t make it any easier to keep my eyes off him.

He was always the man I wanted. I just never dared believe a couple opposites like us could attract.

My Thoughts:

What could have been a typical paint-by-numbers “gay for you” story is elevated by R. Cayden’s wonderful characterisation of Shawn and Cass. Both are fleshed out, fully realised characters with faults and feelings that make them both instantly compelling.

The way these characters think and speak is so real, it gives the whole story a sense of authenticity that is often lacking in these types of novels. I really enjoyed getting to know these main characters, and really cared what happened to them. A great weekend read.

“Sex Ed” by Z.B. Heller

From the blurb:

Jaxson Dane has a secret.

His secret is the shame that he’s a twenty-three-year-old virgin.
Jaxson isn’t waiting for marriage or even afraid of taking that step, he just hasn’t found the one guy who will accept all of his adorkable qualities. Due to an unfortunate mishap with a self-pleasuring apparatus and his favorite appendage, Jaxson meets
Tyler Mason. The emerald-green-eyed nurse is a witness to the mortifying incident, leaving Jaxon both grateful and disappointed in their one-time meeting.

And then Tyler somehow shows up at Jaxon’s family dinner. The very dinner at which Jaxson’s hidden virginity is revealed to everyone, including the captivating nurse.

Even though he secretly found the ER situation hilarious, Tyler is also able to look past it to see Jaxson’s genuine nature and is drawn to the charming and hapless comic book artist. He’s tempted to pursue the inexperienced Jaxson, but a recent and life-altering decision puts a damper on his wants and desires. However, the more time they spent together, the more willing he is to take the risk of juggling his new commitments and winning Jaxon’s affections.

A large, insane, and meddlesome family, two prying co-workers, and a sexy nurse are all trying to give Jaxson a crash course in Sex Ed. Will he pass?

My Thoughts:

Scathingly sarcastic, deeply demented and populated by characters you’ll either want to laugh at or strangle, Sex Ed is silly, funny and very enjoyable to read. I listened to the audiobook version narrated by the amazingly talented Michael Lesley (no relation!) and his brilliant voices really take this slapstick (or should that be slaps-dick!?!) comedy to a whole new level. If you need a giggle – this one’s for you!

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

Nemesis – for her excellent croissant impersonation
My books are now available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited!

Well, that’s all from me for this month. I hope you have a happy, safe and book filled month. Until next month, take care and be excellent to each other 🙂

Lots of Love

Alex Leslie

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