HEY FRIENDS, I HAVE MY GIRL GRACE HERE TO REVIEW BROKEN HALOS QUEEN CITY ROGUES 1 BY AIMEE NICOLE WALKER, FOR THE RELEASE BLITZ! BELOW IS HER REVIEW, TEASERS, AN EXCERPT AND MORE INCLUDING A GIVEAWAY! LET'S GET TO IT!
Queen City Rogues, Book 1
AIMEE NICOLE WALKER
RELEASE DATE: 11.07.18
PHOTOGRAPHER: Wander Aguiar
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer/Simply Defined Art
Oliver Knight’s past is shrouded by sorrow and tragedy, but instead of hiding from it, Ollie owns his truth and uses his experiences to uplift others. As an out and proud pastor, he provides a safe place for LGBTQ Christians to gather and worship, and as a recovering addict, he counsels those pursuing sobriety. Ollie’s life is fulfilling but also a little lonely. He may not have a hard time meeting men, but he does have a hard time getting them to stick around once they discover his vocation.
Archie White is a former drag queen who hung up his stilettos to start an HIV transition home in the memory of someone he held near and dear to his heart. All work and no play has made Archie a very dull man, but he thinks his luck is about to change when a friend introduces him to a dark-eyed stranger. That is until he learns the man is a pastor. Archie detests anything to do with religion, and for very good reasons.
Archie’s gut tells him to run, and Ollie’s heart tells him to pursue. What can a pastor and a sometimes-queen possibly have in common? A desire to find unconditional love with someone who truly sees them. What happens next is the poignant, sweet, and sexy journey for two resilient hearts. Ollie and Archie’s halos might be battered and a little tarnished, but they’re definitely not broken.
Broken Halos is a charming story with heart, heat, and humor. Warning: these characters and their quirky sidekicks may take up permanent residence in your heart, so proceed with caution. Each book in the Queen City Rogues series can be read as part of the series or as a standalone novel. This book contains sexually explicit material and colorful language intended for adults 18 and older.
I'm always excited to see a new book from this author and Broken Halos is no exception. I've been anxiously waiting for Archie and Ollie's story, not just to see them hopefully get their HEA, but to see how Aimee tackles meshing these two men with extremely different and difficult pasts.
Pastor Ollie is a religious man whose belief and faith carries over into everything he does. Coming from an all to familiar background of being homeless due to the failure of his family to love unconditionally, and falling into theft and prostitution to help others in the same boat survive, he now spends everyday working to help others, the way his hero, Pastor Givens, did for him so many years ago. He's made a life for himself, working for his congregation, leading his NA group and helping others deal with the loss of family due to bigotry and hate. Honestly, I really wish I could attend church with him, listen to Ollie's sermons and talk with Millie, maybe have a yummy grilled cheese with tomato soup.
For Archie, his work running Ryan's Place for HIV positive men and emceeing Drag Night for his friends keeps him busy but he always keeps people at a distance. His past has taught him that people and religion aren't to be trusted. I'm pretty sure no one is more surprised than he is when he can't get rid of his emotional attachment to Ollie Knight.
This book has a wonderful relationship arc as both men work together to overcome their fear and trust issues to be together. They also have to work hard to deal with old boyfriends, art thieves, overly helpful Mammas and protective friends. I think my favorite moments are those when Archie and Ollie are cuddled together in the chair, kissing and talking. Their conversations are some of my favorites from all of Aimee's characters because they are so real. I enjoyed seeing familiar friends from the Blissville series and I am totally looking forward to seeing who from the Broken Halos will be the next to get their HEA. While there are some very smexy times in this book. If you like sassy queens, loving but possessive sweethearts and overly dramatic and intrusive but loving Mammas, you HAVE to read this book!
Rating:5 Lavender Lace Rating
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS REVIEW! GRACE IS RIGHT YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK, AND THE RATING IS AMAZING! YOU NEED TO FIND OUT THE REASON FOR THAT TOO! BELOW IS THE AMAZON LINK SO GRAB THIS ONE WITH A ONE CLICK OR ON KU!
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EXCERPTIt wasn’t my first time walking into a bowling alley, but it was the first time I showed up on a league night. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t what I found when I strolled through the alley looking for Ollie’s team. There was trash talking going on between the lanes, and each team wore customized shirts with their team name embroidered on the back with a logo and their first names stitched on the front. The color and style of shirts varied from bold and brash to ugly and boring.
Ollie’s team was easy to spot due to Andy’s enormous height. Their shirts were a silky black button-up with the name Broken Halos embroidered on the back in gold with a crooked halo hanging over the “o”in halo. I had no doubt Ollie came up with the team name and design. I had to admit it was adorable, but not more adorable than the pastor who filled it out so nicely. The silk shirt draped over his shoulders and caressed his pecs. The hem of it ended above the curve of his denim-covered ass. I should’ve turned around and left as soon as my mouth started watering, except Ollie turned just then and spotted me. The smile spreading across his face was equal parts welcoming and wolfish and too fucking hard to resist.
“Don’t get the wrong idea, Golden Boy,”I said in greeting. “I’m just here to offer Milo cuddles when he makes a fool of himself.”
The remark got a snort out of Ollie, an eye roll from Andy, and knee-slapping laughs out of the Frat Boys, as Milo called them. Milo himself just looked at me with disappointment for a few seconds before he crooked his finger for me to follow him. He only went far enough to get us out of earshot which wasn’t hard to do since there was more noise inside this bowling alley than the last Pride parade I attended in NYC.
“What are you doing here?”Milo asked firmly. “Don’t give me any bullshit about supporting me and my pitiful bowling because I’m most likely the best bowler in this building.”
“Milo, come now,”I said, smiling sweetly at him. “I love your confidence, but there are times it’s misplaced.”
“I guess you’ll watch and see won’t you,”he said cheekily. “Don’t fuck Ollie over, Archie. He’s missed you like fucking crazy this past month, but he’d eventually get over his attraction to you.”
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I am a wife and mother to three kids, three dogs, and a cat. When I’m not dreaming up stories, I like to lose myself in a good book, cook or bake. I'm a girly tomboy
who paints her fingernails while watching sports and yelling at the referees.
I will always choose the book over the movie. I believe in happily-ever-after. Love inspires everything that I do. Music keeps me sane.
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