Lovestrong Series Bundle: Volume One
Susan Hawke (Author),
Michael Dean (Narrator)
A series about love, found family and living one’s truth in a small town
This 229k bundle includes the first four books from this bestselling series and the prequel short that started it all.
How Not to Blend
One clueless single dad meets a sassy Southern drag queen in this fake-boyfriend story that will keep you in stitches
How Not to Tuck
A drag queen’s daring invitation given to his nemesis of a boss backfires in a sexy, fabulous way.
How Not to Sin
An average man who happens to be a preacher gets trapped during a blizzard with an easygoing, New Age kinda guy in this heartwarming tale about love and facing down bullies while standing up for what’s right.
How Not to Wait
Series prequel short featuring a desperate new adult who can’t ignore how badly he needs just one night with his father’s best friend.
How Not to Break
A former SEAL with a healthy dose of regret gets a second chance with his best friend’s son. But when the younger man needs protection from a dangerous stalker, he’s not just looking for help from a SEAL… he wants his heart too.
Lovestrong Series Box Collection on Audio
MMy Thoughts, Confessions, and Review:
Hog Heaven! Yup, that was me. I was in Hog Heaven!
Hours and hours of revisiting my favorite book series from 2019 by Susan Hawke told in the husky delicious voice that belongs to Michael Dean. **Sigh… While I thought I would enjoy walking down “memory lane,” I NEVER thought my stroll would mean floating on a cloud of happiness instead.💕
Closing my eyes I got to experience sassy Andy and Corbin fall in love all over again over morning coffee, Brittney Spears DRAG Shows, and bigots in need of Jeebus! This opener to the series sets the tone for the rest of the books. While the reader enjoys a delightful romance in each story there are true everyday themes we each deal with to help keep us grounded.
As I continued to listen to Dean, and floated around the town of Rockford Bluff, like the Spirit of Christmas-Present, I fell in love with these couples all over again. I also couldn’t think of a better narrator to bring all these uniquely different and amazing couples to life. There is no discounting the countless number secondary characters Dean brought to life in the small community of Rockford Bluff as they each played diverse and often pivotal roles in each story.
I love this world so much. It isn’t an easy one as there are people you WANT to see Karma get a hold of and shake like a martini, but it is one filled with love too and that’s what makes it so imperfectly perfect. There are quite a few themes that may bring up old ghosts for some (myself included) such as child and spousal abuse, homophobia, biphobia, bullying (a couple of scenes are post-physically intense, meaning you don’t see/ hear them occur, but you know exactly what went down by follow-up scenes), bigotry, and stalking.
You will love this world as you belly laugh at, great snake escapes, and little elderly seniors wanting crystal “adult toys” for coffee table centerpieces. One must never underestimate the power of a handsome man in PJs that have reindeer on them in compromising positions. Or the joy you will feel over two hearts joining themselves and their families together in front of their friends and community and vowing to be the best husbands they can be to one another. This series has it all! Every feel you could want and more! Don’t miss it!
As I write this review it is the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. So, if you love reading/ writing LGBTQ+ books without fear of arrest or imprisonment, be sure to thank a Drag Queen, like Miss Honey-Combover (a fictional character in this book), POC, and other marginalized people in the LGBTQ+ community, who came before us. Their belief in life, love, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness even in the face of persecution, arrest, imprisonment, and even death sparked a revolution. While there is still a long way to go, we are managing to consume this beast, ONE BITE AT A TIME! (To understand this “BITE” reference read my WelcoMMe Page)
The Story: 5.00 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Narration: 5.00🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I received a complimentary audio copy of this book from GRR in exchange for my review.🌈
See ALL the reviews from when I read the books a year ago. Just Click links below:
Lovestrong #1: How Not to Blend
Title: How Not to Blend
Author: Susan Hawke
Release Date: 1/15/2019
Genre/ Trope(s): Gay Romance; Contemporary
Page Count: 276p. Kindle Ed.
SteaMMy Swordplay: 2 out of 5 ⚔
Sharonica-Stars: 5 out of 5✨
Lovestrong #2: How Not to Tuck
Title: How Not to Tuck
Author: Susan Hawke
Release Date: 2/15/2019
Genre/ Trope(s): Gay Rom/Com
Page Count: 64p.
SteaMMy Swordplay: 2 out of 5⚔
Lovestrong #3: How Not to Sin
Title: How Not to Sin
•Author: Susan Hawke
•Release Date: 2/19/2019
•Genre/ Trope(s): Contemporary Gay Romance
•Page Count: 229p.
•SteaMMy Swordplay: 3 out of 5⚔
•Sharonica-Stars: 5 out of 5✨
Lovestrong #.5: How Not to Wait
Title: How Not to Wait
Author: Susan Hawke
Genre/ Trope(s): MM Romance; First Time (Virgin)
SteaMMy Swordplay: 3 out of 5⚔
Sharonica-Stars: 4 out of 5✨
Lovestrong #4: How Not to Break