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Release Day Review: Open House by Mickie B Ashling

 
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Release Day Review: Open House by Mickie B Ashling

Book Info

Book Series
The Open Series
About the Author
Mickie B. Ashling is the pseudonym of a multifaceted woman who is a product of her upbringing in multiple cultures, having lived in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East. Fluent in three languages, she’s a citizen of the world and an interesting mixture of East and West. A little bit of this and a lot of that have brought a unique touch to her literary voice she could never learn from textbooks.

By the time Mickie discovered her talent for writing, real life got in the way, and the business of raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing—and the inevitable emptying nest—dreams of becoming a published writer were resurrected and she’s never looked back.

She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Mickie discovered gay romance shortly after becoming a fan of the TV show "Queer As Folk". After the series ended, she began writing QAF fan fiction to put her own HEA spin to the ambiguous ending. One thing led to another, and she submitted her first original manuscript to Dreamspinner Press in December 2008. Horizons was published in April 2009.

Her award-winning novels have been called “gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.

Author website: http://mickieashling.com/
Blog: http://mickiebashling.blogspot.com
Publication Date
October 24, 2016
Pages
222
ISBN
978-1-63477-693-6
ASIN
B01M1121CN
By the time Seth Wilder and Bryce McFarland return to Chicago after their UK cruise, they’re halfway in love. They decide to move in together to see if their feelings can survive in the real world.

Seth receives word that a mandatory autopsy was performed on his late partner because his death was a suicide. The medical examiner’s findings are disturbing and leave some doubt as to the underlying cause of death.

Because of the suicide clause, life insurance benefits had been denied, but in light of these new findings, Seth’s lawyer advises him to appeal. The insurance investigator turns out to be the man who broke Bryce’s heart twenty-five years ago. The guy has fallen on hard times, and when he sees how successful Bryce has become—and how large Seth’s potential payout might be—he decides he wants a piece of the pie. Bryce and Seth’s new relationship is severely tested in this second novel in the Open Series.

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Still loving these boys.
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I really enjoyed catching up with Seth and Bryce again, I liked them so much in the previous book, and this one succeeded in making me even more attached to them. Bryce is the same great character as he always was, and Seth grows so much in this story, coming out of his Mark-imposed shell and becoming even more appealing.  The relationship between the MCs blossoms in this addition to the series, strengthening beautifully, romantic and sexy, with the added depth that comes with time. The love between them is so obvious, the support and strength they give each other is wonderful to see. I liked them together before....now I love them! 
The story here is perhaps a touch melodramatic for my taste, gasp inducing revelations aplenty, but the trials and tribulations that Seth and Bryce face, and overcome,  beautifully demonstrate the strength of their relationship. 
This is a good second book; appealing, endearing MCs, a real romance and a dramatic, engaging storyline.
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