Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Deeds & Confetti (Mary’s Boys #4) by Brandon Witt

118 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


Steven Conley loves the excitement of owning his own Hamburger Mary’s restaurant in Denver, Colorado, and his chosen family of coworkers makes life even better. Steven never regretted leaving the corporate grind behind until his father’s harsh deathbed words leaves him doubting himself. 

Ryan Fuller abandoned a lucrative career to start his own party-planning business, but he keeps afloat by coordinating funerals for the local mortuary. When Ryan bumps into Steven—his best friend’s uncle and the man Ryan has secretly crushed on forever—the attraction explodes into a night of passionate abandon for both men. 

Steven is blown away by the care and deep connection he feels for the hot young mortician—until Ryan admits who he really is. Reeling from the recent upheaval in his life, Steven must decide whether to give Ryan a chance. To find love, they must risk it all....


Note to self: Do not read Brandon Witt’s books at work!

It’s just as well I was in the library with (virtually) no borrowers. Having them see me cry all the tears while making sobbing sounds, would have been awkward. J

And on that note I’ll start my review.

This is the fourth and, as far as I know, final book in the Mary’s Boys series and man am I going to miss these guys, this setting, and the wonderful, warm feeling these stories leave me with.

In this book it is Steven Conley’s turn to connect with the love of his life, but boy does he make it difficult — both for himself and for poor and smitten Ryan Fuller. Then again, Steven does have a lot on his mind. Between the death of his father who never had a kind word to say to him, and doubts about his life as the owner of Hamburger Mary’s restaurant in Denver, the last thing he needs is the added worry of falling for a man about fifteen years his junior.

Ryan on the other hand can’t believe his luck. He’s been infatuated with Steven since he was a teenager and the attraction hasn’t lessened over the years, quite the opposite in fact.

“And Ryan knew what his heart had known since he was twelve. He loved this man. He was in love with this man. Even with all the unknowns about him, even with his litany of issues. Ryan Fuller loved Steven Conley. Just as much as he had when he’d written their names inside the hearts on his loose-leaf notebook paper all those years ago.”

Despite all his reasonable and unreasonable reservations, Steven can’t deny that there’s something about Ryan, something between the two of them that’s impossible to deny and even harder to ignore, despite his best efforts to do so. Deep down inside he knows the truth, even if it’s Ryan who has the actual thoughts.

“Maybe they didn’t know each other at all. But their bodies did. Their spirits did. It wasn’t some play fantasy that had consumed Ryan for all these years.

It was destiny. Fate. Twin hearts. Some stupid shit that he wasn’t really certain he believed in and was more than willing to bed Steven for sure didn’t believe in.”

The coming together of Ryan and Steven is hot from the start, but far from easy or smooth as a result of Steven’s hang-ups and reservations. But he has his family — both of the blood and of the heart variety — to help him sort out his emotional mess and not spoil what may well be his one real chance at lasting happiness. I loved how the crew from Mary’s stepped in to talk some sense into his stubborn head.

And talking about the Hamburger Mary crew, they had me in tears during the last chapter. If it is possible for love to flow from a kindle straight into my heart, that’s exactly what happened. I could easily gush about and quote from that chapter endlessly, but I don’t want to spoil it for anybody else. Just trust me when I say that ‘all the feels’ would be a gross understatement in this case. Those scenes hit me straight in the heart in the best possible way.

If I have one complaint it is that this is the end of a series. I could happily have spent numerous more hours in the company of these men. They and their place of employment have worked their way into my heart and will forever stay near the top of my ‘ultimate feel-good reads’ list.

Related Reviews: Nachos & Hash | Vodka & Handcuffs | Mascara & Bandages 

And... today only (September 27, 2017) the first three books are available for $1, $2, and $3 respectively. So if you haven't read this fabulous series yet, now's the time to get them! Dreamspinner

And finally, all four books are now also available in one bundle: The Mary’s Boys Collection. So if you want to own these wonderful stories in paperback make your way over to: 

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