TREADMILL Week 168 & What I #AmReading – 4 Books

Treadmill Goals/Tracking

  • Get on the treadmill (or equivalent exercise) daily
  • Pace is fine at 30 min/mile, although I may up it on occasion
  • Time range between 30 minutes and 1 hour per day
  • Distance 1-2 miles per day
  • Read the chosen book. I’m officially modifying my original rule of not reading the book-of-the-week off-treadmill. I’m usually going to look at length and try to divide it up somewhat evenly per day, even if that means either closing that book early (if it’s short) or continuing after (if it’s long).

Week 168: February 9, 2020 – February 15, 2020

Sunday 30 min/mile 30:33 min:sec 1 mile
Monday 30 min/mile 31:12 min:sec 1 mile
Tuesday 30 min/mile 30:21 min:sec 1 mile
Wednesday 30 min/mile 30:58 min:sec 1 mile
Thursday 30 min/mile 30:26 min:sec 1 mile
Friday 30 min/mile 30:28 min:sec 1 mile
Saturday 30 min/mile 30:30 min:sec 1 mile

What I’m Reading

Note: Although I will try to avoid them, my weekly reading snippets may or may not contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

What I #amreading: The King’s Honour by JL Merrow, The Mistaken Fiancé by Kim Katil, 99 Problems by Becky Black, and A Pebble in the Water by Lisa Gray

The King’s Honour: Kindle | Publisher
The Mistaken Fiancé: Prolific Works freebie (info)
99 Problems: Kindle | Publisher
A Pebble in the Water: Kindle | Publisher

The King’s Honour by JL Merrow

In this M/M retelling of the Grimm fairytale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Reuben, a soldier, is on his way to the castle to offer his services to the king, who is sorely troubled with the question of his family’s honour. His wayward daughters go out dancing every night, and refuse to tell how or where.

Walking through the forest, Reuben meets a handsome woodcutter, Corin, who offers to help him unravel the mystery of the dancing princesses. With the magical aid of Corin’s grandmother, the two set out together, mindful that their journey could end in sorrow. The king offers a rich prize to anyone who can discover the princesses’ secret — but the penalty for failure is death.

The Mistaken Fiancé by Kim Katil

Martin adores his fiancé. The handsome figment of his imagination shields him from the unwanted attentions of his creepy team lead. Until a work party forces Martin to either admit the truth or produce a fiancé out of a hat. In a panic, he arranges for a blind date to be his fake fiancé for the night. When he finds him at the bar, the rugged man is perfect.

Warner is charmed by the adorable stranger who introduces him as a fiancé to the entire tavern. He plays along until they leave the party and he has to admit he isn’t the blind date sent by Martin’s friend. Warner’s friendship with Martin’s boss means they need to continue the charade. But is it really a charade? Because he wants Martin for much more than a fake relationship.

99 Problems by Becky Black

Rob Catteneo takes charge of his family’s business, selling ice cream in a British seaside town, and finds their oldest competitor, Bianchi’s, is now being run by the youngest son, Chez. Chez was once a schoolmate but never a friend, because of their old family rivalry.

Rob’s interested in both a business partnership with Bianchi’s and a more personal relationship with Chez. But Chez is deep in the closet, terrified his very traditional family will discover he’s gay. A night together in a hotel gives Rob insight into Chez’s fears and vulnerability and he’s sure he can help, but Chez resists further business and personal overtures.

On an important summer weekend for both firms, Rob keeps a cool head in an ice cream emergency and helps Chez out, leaving Chez open to future propositions. Will this be the first step on the road to a sweet future together?

A Pebble in the Water by Lisa Gray

Stephen’s lover Emmett accuses him of being boring and way too predictable. To prove him wrong, Stephen plans a surprise romantic getaway to a cabin on the river. But Emmett has plans of his own for romance — ones that don’t include Stephen anymore.

Depressed at yet another break-up, Stephen wonders if it isn’t time to give up hope. But finding that elusive man he longs for — the one willing to risk everything to be with him — would take a miracle.

So Stephen travels alone to the cabin in search of a new perspective. Resolving to be more adventurous, he tries kayaking for the first time in his life. It’s great until he dozes off and wakes in the middle of a raging flood.

Terrified, he fights for his life, nearly losing his battle with the river. On the edge of surrender, he’s rescued by an unusual stranger who might not really exist.

Nothing makes any sense after that. Mystical explanations seem no less likely than rational ones. But does it matter? Because if Stephen wants an adventure, taking one last chance on love might turn out to be the best one of all.

My favorite lines this week…

✿✿ SUNDAY ✿✿ (The King’s Honour by JL Merrow)

Suddenly he shook his head. “But come, lover, let us not be melancholy, for there is music and moonlight, and ’twere a sin not to dance!”

So dance they did, alone and free in the gently light of the moon, while the waters of the lake lapped gently at the shores and the strains of the music wafted out to them on the breeze. And if truth be told, they did more than dance to show their love for one another.

✿✿ MONDAY ✿✿ (The Mistaken Fiancé by Kim Katil)

A demon had crawled into his mouth while he had slept and left behind fire and brimstone. Martin struggled to open his eyes before groaning.

“Hey, angel, I’ve brought you some more water. How are you feeling?”

Panic ran through Martin chasing away every vestige of lethargy. His eyes flew open and landed on a striking figure standing next to him. A very shirtless striking figure that made excitement of a different sort push aside the panic. Warner. His fake fiancé. Martin struggled to sit up, and Warner reached out to steady him.

✿✿ TUESDAY ✿✿ (The Mistaken Fiancé by Kim Katil)

“Why do you keep calling me angel? he asked, trying to sound reasonable rather than ridiculously hopeful.

“Oh, you just remind me of a slightly fallen angel.”

“Slightly fallen? How is that even possible?”

“Very, very carefully.” Warner grinned at him. “And I intend to keep working on it.”

✿✿ WEDNESDAY ✿✿ (99 Problems by Becky Black)

Their first pint went down fast. “Thirsty work,” Rob said.

“Been lucky with the weather.”

“Who, us or the happy couple?”

“Chez smiled. “Both.” He raised his glass. “To the happy couple. What were their names again?”

✿✿ THURSDAY ✿✿ (99 Problems by Becky Black)

Chez had insisted on hiding in the bathroom when the room service waitress delivered their food, and later when she returned to collect the empty plates. Maybe he feared he’d run into his Nana, moonlighting as a hotel waitress. Rob was surprised he hadn’t called out to Rob in a falsetto to put the waitress off the scent.

✿✿ FRIDAY ✿✿ (A Pebble in the Water by Lisa Gray)

He left the ravaged cheesecake in the center of the table. For anyone else but Emmett, that likely would be explanation enough. But not wanting there to be any question, he retrieved the torn box lid and scrawled on it: “I’ll be out of town for a few days. Should be enough time for you to move out. Leave the key.” There. Emmett wouldn’t be able to miss that message written in thick, black, felt-tipped pen on the bright pink box.

✿✿ SATURDAY ✿✿ (A Pebble in the Water by Lisa Gray)

Stephen sighed. God, it was so nice to be taken care of for a change. He wanted to thank Cal again for everything, but sleep was enfolding him too fast. He struggled against it long enough to feel soft, cool lips gently brush his. So Cal had claimed a kiss after all. Stephen smiled and let himself slide into darkness.

7 thoughts on “TREADMILL Week 168 & What I #AmReading – 4 Books

  1. Wow, you have had wide ‘n’ wondrous week on the treadmill🥰 My not-so secret fake relationship fetish had me clicking your first link to amazon 😳um, before reading the links below it to find I get could my mitts on it for free.😁 A Trick of Time will ever remain one of my favourite books, so I shall look forward to another masterful dabble in magic ❤️

    Maybe he feared he’d run into his Nana, moonlighting as a hotel waitress.
    😂 😁
    So Cal had claimed a kiss after all. Stephen smiled and let himself slide into darkness.


    1. I love short story weeks on the treadmill (or in this case, one short story and three novelettes). So much variety! ❤️

      This fake relationship story was a fun take on the trope. MC1 needed a fake fiancé, and his best friend set him up with a guy willing to play the part. MC1 mistakes a different guy who walks into the bar for the set up, but the different guy (MC2) plays along anyway.

      Yes! I loved Trick of Time, too! I adore everything by JL Merrow (and so much variety…contemporary, historical, fantasy, paranormal, time travel). I can’t believe it took me so long to get around to reading this one. Have you read her Plumber’s Mate series? OMG…one of my all-time favorites! Which reminds me, I have to get back to writing recommendation posts…that series is on the list.

      I thoroughly enjoyed each of the stories this week. All were fun and interesting! 💖

      1. I love reading the results of your short story weeks!❤️
        I think twas the idea of MC2 playing along anyway that most delighted me 😁
        Yay! I’m glad you love it too! I’m sadly in your ‘can’t believe I haven’t got around to reading’ boat for the Plumber’s Mate series.😳 I’ve got so behind since publishing Hangover…and more so now in every way since starting to rework Beast, I’ve not even been to Twitter etc since before Christmas.Oh dear…I’m rubbish😳 Ooh, l’ll look forward to the return of your recommendation posts, whene’er they return🥰
        I’m chuffed you had such a fun & interesting week of running yourself ragged! ❤️

        1. I was all worked up for a moment thinking your comment implied there was a new Hangover out that I’d somehow missed and I was all excited scurrying over to MLR. Alas, I misinterpreted.

          The Plumber’s Mate series is fan-freaking-tastic. We’ve got enemies to lovers (without stupid contrived or unjustified bad blood, or either ending up irredeemable), and we’ve got hurt/comfort, and we’ve got a fun touch of paranormal ability in one of the MCs. The romance steadily builds over the course of the series with a nice lineup of side characters, against a backdrop of an interesting mystery going on in the background of each.

          And psst…you are never rubbish! 💖

          1. Aw…tis lovely that you think so, butbutt, I am a bitalot😳 Oops, sorry! It’s written but needs a final edit before I send it to MLR. I’m about 80% of the way through Beast, then I’ll get onto it.
            Plumber’s Mate sounds wonderful❤️ I will pop to Amazon later…in the meanwhile, I’ve just finished The Mistaken Fiance…it was indeed a fabulously fun read…I loved both men; Martin is adorable and Warner is just delicious.They’re so vividly drawn in a short space of time it was a treat to read.🥰 Thank you!💞

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