[Book Review] Come What May By A.M. Arthur & Mavericks Coffee Co. Absinthe Flavored Ground Coffee

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Come What May By A.M. Arthur

  • Title: Come What May
  • Series/Universe: All Saints #1
  • Author: A.M. Arthur
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: May 23rd 2016
  • ISBN-13: 9781459293540
  • Format: ebook
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Age Rating: Adult (language, explicit sexual scenes, minor violence)
  • How I got my hot little hands on it: Received an ARC to review
  • Publisher’s page: Come What May

Description:

Jonas needs Tate. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Or at least, he doesn’t want to admit it. Because there is no way Jonas Ashcroft is gay. He’s a straight, carefree frat boy player, just like any good son of a conservative state senator. If only his struggle to convince everyone—especially himself—didn’t leave him so miserable. No matter how many girls or bottles he drowns himself in, Jonas can neither escape nor accept who he is.

Enter Tate. He’s smart, confident, and instantly sees right through Jonas’s surly exterior. Sure, he’s done things in life he’s not proud of, but he knows who he is and what he wants. And what he wants is Jonas. As their easy friendship intensifies into something more, Tate introduces Jonas to a life he’s never known. One filled with acceptance and sex and a love that terrifies and excites them both.

But some inner demons refuse to be shaken off so easily. When Jonas’s old life barges in, he faces a shattering choice, one that could destroy everything he and Tate have fought so hard for. Sometimes love just isn’t enough—and sometimes it’s exactly what you need.

Book One of All Saints, the brand-new series from A.M. Arthur.

My Review:

A.M. Arthur is back at it again with Come What May, the first book in the new All Saints series – Arthur’s third trilogy set in a fictional version of Wilmington, Delaware. This book can be read on its own, but if you’re a fan of Arthur’s Restoration or Belonging series (set in the same fictional version of Wilmington, Delaware) you’ll recognize a few familiar faces and landmarks.

Come What May is the story of twenty-one year old Jonas Ashcraft, who’s drowning under the expectations of society in general and his father in particular, and the lifeline he finds in the arms of street smart Tate Dawson.

Jonas has lived what others might see as a charmed life as the son of a state senator. College, frat, girls – Jonas is living the American dream set out for him by his conservative father – until he messes up and gets himself temporarily expelled from school. Now Jonas is living with an aunt and uncle he’s little more than strangers with and working at their thrift store as punishment for his sins. Although it seems like hell to the pampered college boy in the beginning, he quickly realizes it’s just the wake-up call he needs – and it all starts when he meets Tate.

Tate has never been handed anything in his life. Orphaned at a young age, he had to work hard to keep him and his sisters together and now runs a homeless shelter for LGBT teens. When Tate meets Jonas, he immediately endeavors to strike up a friendship for less than altruistic reasons, but as the two actually start spending time together he sees Jonas is in need of a real, genuine friend. For all Jonas’ “model gorgeous” looks, his self-esteem is crap and he’s in deep denial about his sexuality.

Things move quickly between Jonas and Tate and it’s fairly obvious from very early on that pretty deep feelings simmer just below the surface. The pair barely manages to stay “just friends” for a very short period before they can’t keep their hands off each other. Poor Jonas goes through a lot in his journey to come out, from under the shadow his soul-crushing, domineering father, as well as being comfortable in his own sexuality, and the deep bond the two guys forge really is a lifeline for them both –  it’s a pretty emotional ride, one that held my rapt attention and even had me crying at parts.

Emotional, captivating, romantic, and sexy – A.M. Arthur hit one out of the park once again with Come What May. I have honestly never read an A.M. Arthur book that disappoints and I can’t wait for the next book in the All Saints series, Say It Right (Coming September 12th).

   

In Come What May, Tate introduces Jonas to many new experiences – one of the more innocent of these is musicals, particularly Moulin Rouge, which goes on to have a special meaning for the couple. When they first watch it, Jonas confuses the green Absinthe fairy on the DVD menu with Tinker Bell before Tate sets him straight. Absinthe, as Tate explains to Jonas, was very popular during the Bohemian era in France, the setting for Moulin Rouge, and has some particular importance in the movie as well. I myself have never tried Absinthe, but for a safe alternative, without the famed (arguably over-exaggerated) hallucinogenic effects of the original, I recommend Mavericks Coffee Absinthe Flavored Ground Coffee – an intensely flavored coffee made with fennel, wormwood and anise flavors that give it a strong earthy licorice taste.

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Coffee Coconut Sugar Scrub

Coffee Coconut Sugar Scrub

I love sugar scrubs – they’re inexpensive and easy to make at home and work beautifully to leave skin soft and gorgeous. The sugar scrub I want to share with you guys today is one of my favorites, not only because it utilizes used coffee grounds (I seem to accrue piles of used coffee grounds and I’m always on the lookout to for ways to recycle and re-purpose them), but because it’s so easy to make – it takes about 5 minutes to throw together and is composed of 3 simple, but extremely effective, ingredients:

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[Book Blitz] The Carver By Jacob Devlin – Excerpt + Giveaway

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Title: The Carver

Series/Universe: The Order Of The Bell

Author: Jacob Delvin

Publisher: Blaze Publishing

Publication date: July 19th 2016

Goodreads Page: The Carver

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Description:

THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . .

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . .

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . .

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind.

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

The #roadtripwithpeterpan has begun! THE CARVER is a young adult fairy tale retelling that takes you on a road trip with an adult Peter Pan as he and the children of some of your favorite characters. Together, they must find out what happened to their missing family members as secrets of the old world and new are revealed, with only Pinocchio’s carvings to guide the way. You can get your copy of THE CARVER by Jacob Devlin on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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“Welcome to Sirenetta’s Diner, gentlemen. You boys ever dined here before?”

Liam cut right to the chase. “Are you Mr. Bellamy?”

The man’s face fell into a tight frown, but Crescenzo assumed by the figurine that the frown was just his natural expression. “I am he. The Lord of the Diner.”

“Violet sent us,” Crescenzo said.

“Mm. You mean Heather, yes?”

“Sure?” Crescenzo was still trying to figure out the rule on what he should be calling the Old World people. He supposed Pietro would forever be Pietro to him and he understood why he needed the new name, but he didn’t feel that somebody like Violet, who wasn’t a part of any story Crescenzo had heard before, needed an alias.

Mr. Bellamy plopped two brunch menus in front of Liam and Crescenzo and poured them each a cup of coffee, to Crescenzo’s dismay. Then the old man leaned over the counter and furrowed his eyebrows. In a tense whisper, he said, “Your presence brings ruin to my happy New World life! Where you go, trouble will surely follow. Now, what can I serve you this morning?”

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When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.

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Monday Morning Coffee News

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Happy Monday! Some interesting coffee-related things that have been rattling around in the news lately: Amazon is now selling its own brand of coffee, a recent study found caffeine may hinder the ability to recovery from temporary noise-induced hearing loss, and Starbucks raised prices, introduces new Affogato-Style Frappuccinos and Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato to menu.

Amazon Happy Belly coffeeAmazon recently launched its very own, private-label coffee brand, available only to Amazon Prime members. The coffee, called Happy Belly, is 100% organic, fairtrade certified, and touted as bringing “artisan, small batch roasted blends like those found at your favorite neighborhood coffee shop, to your doorstep”. Priced at around $10 for 12 ounces, Happy Belly coffee is currently available in Breakfast Blend, House Blend, Espresso Roast, and French Roast.

A recent study out of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre found evidence that caffeine consumption may lower the body’s ability to recovery from temporary noise-induced hearing loss (the kind you get after a loud concert or using loud power tools for a long period of time). The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, exposed two groups of female albino guinea pigs to loud noise (comparable to that of a loud Rock concert) for about an hour. In the days following, one group was given daily amounts of caffeine and the other was not. After eight days, the caffeine-free group had recovered their hearing almost completely, while the group given caffeine still had impairment. Further study is needed to see how these results translate to humans.

Starbucks raised its prices by 10 to 20 cents on select sizes of brewed coffee and 10 to 30 cents on espresso beverages and tea lattes. The price increase went in to effect on July 12th and wasn’t quite as shocking as it could have been since a system error earlier in the month prematurely entered the new price into sale systems in their U.S. stores and let the cat out of the bag.

Ice Coconut Milk Mocha MacchiatoOn the upside, Starbucks has added some more great new coffee items (If you haven’t tried their Caramel Espresso Granita off the Starbucks Sunset Menu, you really need to, it’s amazing) to their menu this summer: Affogato-Style Frappuccinos and Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato. Modeled after gelato affogato, which is a scoop of Italian ice cream with an espresso shot poured over it, Affogato-style Frappuccino blended beverages are made from finished Starbucks Frappuccino with hot espresso shots poured over the top to create “creamy pockets of coffee”. While Affogato-style Frappuccinos are available at Starbucks stores all over the U.S. and Canada, The Starbucks Reserve® Roastery and Tasting Room in Seattle has actual coffee-over-ice-cream affogato, plus Cold Brew Floats and Malted Shakes (the whole line-up sounds absolutely fabulous). Also available at Starbucks’ all over the U.S. and Canada is the new Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato, their first iced espresso beverage featuring coconut milk. The beverage is made with espresso, chilled coconut milk, and white chocolate mocha sauce, then topped with caramel sauce and a “swirl” of mocha sauce to “create five layers of espresso sweetness” – I’ve tried it and it’s delicious🙂

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Mega Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Party – Guest Post by Rebecca Hamilton + $1,000 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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Hi, there! Rebecca Hamilton here to tell you how SUPER excited we are to bring you this MEGA giveaway! First place prize is a $1,000 Amazon Gift Card, but we also have 12 runner up ebook and paperback prizes! Entering will connect you with 21 paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors for more great deals, freebies, and giveaway, so in a way, everyone wins!

Before you enter the giveaway, check out an excerpt of RITE OF SPRING by Gen Géricault, one of the authors sponsoring the giveaway!


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Rite Of Spring by Gen Géricault

RITE OF SPRING by Gen GéricaultThe Afters Brothers Are Cursed

Grizzly bear shifter Houston Afters’ every waking moment serves as a reminder that time ticks against him. Alpha of his sleuth, Houston rages against the dark magic that forces him into seasonal hibernations. With only three days before the summer solstice, Houston knows there is only one way to survive his final spring: he must find and claim his true mate.

Seasoned hiker Hope Hemmington never imagined her venture up the Appalachian Trail would lead her into the world of the paranormal. At the mid-way point in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia where two great rivers converge, Hope learns to trust her instincts and the tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome man who is intent on protecting her from the shadowy figure that stalked her on the Trail.

As the solstice looms over Ever Afters Farm and Orchards, Houston and Hope must come together to face the unfolding mystery surrounding the Afters sleuth. 


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Rite Of Spring (Ever Afters Book 1)

by Gen Géricault

You’re safer here than you’ll ever be anywhere else in the world.”

Hope laughed, half-delirious. Dodger began to snarl again, but she didn’t feel the need to silence him.

“You’re right, I am. I’ve got Dodge. Just stay back.”

Dodger’s snarls intensified, and he jerked forward on his leash. Only, he didn’t leap at Houston. Rather, the Shepherd’s attention was fixed on the darkness to Houston’s right.

And then the darkness moved.

Hope leapt back and shrieked. Houston spun. From the rigid set of his broad back, she knew this wasn’t a part of some elaborate plan to lure her back to the house.

“What did you see?” he demanded, but Hope barely heard him over the vicious snarls and barks now rising from her dog.

Dodger dove forward so quickly, so suddenly, Hope lost her grip on the leash. He disappeared into the darkness, bounding after his prey in a fury.

“Dodger, no!”

She burst into a run, careless of the fact that she couldn’t see a damn thing. Hands seized her shoulders, slowing her.

Stop. It’s not safe.”

“That’s my dog!” she yelled, pushing him away. Still, Houston held tight. “He was my dad’s dog!”

“And I’ll find him. But you’re going back to the house.”

“The hell I am!” She yanked herself free and continued, fully aware that he was right beside her.

Damn it. Stay behind me, at least.” His irritation broke through, and Hope rolled her eyes.

Fear and annoyance aside, her progress slowed. Away from the porch’s floodlights, her steps were more tentative. She tried to recall the layout of the property from their earlier stroll, knowing there were small hills and dips that would send her tumbling into the night.

Dodger’s barking ceased. Dread churned in the pit of Hope’s stomach. “Dodger!”

“I see him,” Houston said, his voice so graveled he might as well have growled.

“Where?” Hope asked, confused.

Houston took hold of her left wrist. His grip was firm but controlled enough that Hope didn’t feel the need to pull away. He veered toward the left, then halted. His entire body seemed to stiffen beside hers. Sniffing the air in an act that was more animal than human, he stared forward as if he could see through the shadows.

“What did you see before?”

“I don’t know,” Hope said, battling the fear that shook her voice. “Just a shape. A black shape.”

Houston sniffed again. His deep intake of air was the only sound.

“Is it always this quiet?”

“No.” His grim, grizzled reply sent a trill of terror down Hope’s spine. Though she couldn’t detect anything particularly noxious on the night air, she supposed he would know when something didn’t smell right on his land.

“Where’s Dodger?” she asked, meeker than she intended.

“Twenty feet straight ahead,” he replied. “Looking up at a tree.”

“How can you see in this light?” She looked up at him and almost screamed. Houston’s eyes gleamed gold, similar to the way Dodger’s had shone in the dark hallway.

She recoiled, but Houston tightened his fingers around her wrist.

“We’re not alone,” he growled. “Stay with me, no matter what happens.”

The glinting gold of his eyes sliced through the darkness, rocketing Hope’s panic to new heights. “What’s happening??”

A gust of unseasonably cold wind rustled the grass. Dodger resumed barking, louder than ever. All around them, the night seemed to writhe and stretch.

The clouds shuffled lazily across the sky, covering most of the moon. Under pale, hazy light, a large shape skittered across the grass. Too big to be a German Shepherd, it shambled forward, graceless. Darker than even the darkness surrounding it, the form straightened. Red eyes blinked open and stared back at her.

Hope parted her lips to scream, but her horror caught in the back of her throat. Houston moved, placing himself in front of her. The broad cover of his body blocked the horrible thing from her sight.

“I’m so sorry.” Houston spoke, but it wasn’t his voice. Not anymore. Lower and deeper, it graveled like the crunch of a rocky trail under heavy boots. “You’re safe. Remember you’re safe.

The clouds cleared, allowing the moon its full, beaming glow. Houston’s shoulder blades popped beneath his t-shirt.

Something was happening. Something that shouldn’t have been happening. Something that finally dragged the stifled scream from Hope’s lungs.

Houston Afters, the farm boy fanboy who grilled a damn fine venison steak and laughed at her terrible jokes, was growing.

He was changing shape.

He was sprouting fur.

Hope stumbled backward, tripping over her feet while her dinner date exploded out of his clothes. The man she’d kissed by an old piano disappeared. In his stead towered a goddamn bear.


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