Wendy reviews Trinkets by Kayleigh Sky. Published by Kiss Drunk Books June 2, 2017, 152 pages.
On the run with a stolen teddy bear and a couple hundred dollars in cash, Alex’s life takes a strange turn when he crashes his car in a freak accident. Stranded in the desert with no water, he is rescued by a crow that leads him to the home of Lars and Lars’ five-year-old niece Holly.
Lars is a man with secrets, and he’d just as soon Alex was on his way, but delays in the repair of Alex’s car compel him to offer Alex a place to stay in exchange for babysitting services. Alex accepts the offer and soon falls head over heels for Holly and the mysterious Crow.
Over the course of several weeks, Alex finds himself embracing a life he’d only dreamed of. A life of warmth and comfort—and a passion that almost makes him forget the past he’s running from. Almost.
As Lars and Alex fall in love, secrets about Lars and Holly, and a dark danger pursuing Alex, threaten to destroy their new family.
Alex was rescued once by the quirky crow he now lives with. Will Crow be able to save the treasure trove of a family he’s collected one more time?
This is a sweet and sexy gay contemporary romance with lots of love, a little angst, a little drama and suspense, and a HEA.
A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into when I started this book. I certainly wasn’t expecting to be blown away, yet that’s just what happened. The characters were engaging and very well written. I was immediately drawn in by Alex. He is the kind of character that you just want to win even if you can see he’s going to have to fight for the right to his HEA. He was so sweet and honest, yet afraid and running hard from his recent past.
Lars was totally different from the characters that I usually read. He has his secrets and they are biggies, yet you can just tell that he’s good at the core and you want him to find his little bit of happy. He’s that broken character that I love to watch as he struggles to find his way. He wants to be happy, but doesn’t think that he deserves it. I’ll say it again… My. Favorite. Trope! His darling niece Holly is the absolute icing on the cake. I love, love, love her. She’s so special, and I know she will be everyone’s fave in this story.
Last but certainly not least is Crow. Now, I know what you’re thinking… how can a bird be included in with the MCs? Trust me, this one can and should!
This story is billed as a romance and a suspense, but I’ve added the tag mystical. There’s a heavy dose of it to go along with a sweet romance and a great suspense! Honestly, there’s brilliant plot twists and turns as you try to solve the mystery and watch Alex and Lars work to heal themselves and try to have their HEA.
Kayleigh Sky writes m/m erotic romance. Her stories are usually dark, but even the dark ones come with some humor—hopefully, you like dry humor! But no matter the struggle and despair of her characters, love always wins out. She’s strong on plot, strong on character, stronger on love. You can count on happily ever after from her every time. Happiness, to Kayleigh, is to lose herself in the other worlds and other people she finds in books. That’s also why she writes. One book that had a strong influence on her was Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. She came across it when she was about nine years old. Her parents told her she couldn’t read it. She was supposed to put it back. Of course, she didn’t. She hid out in a cold garage and read her first story of love between two men. Well, actually the story was a little more complicated than that, but hey, she was nine. In any case, that story changed her world. It made it bigger. A lot bigger. She writes her own stories to open hearts, and uplift the hearts of anybody who might be feeling down. Love matters. It counts. And it’s for everyone. Peace.