Book Title: Love’s Trials
Author: Janice Jarrell
Narrator: Walker Williams

Publisher: ACX
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Trope/s: Hurt/comfort
Themes: Redemption, forgiveness
Heat Rating: 3 flames
Length: 9 hours and 24 minutes
It can be listened to as a standalone. But listening to Love’s Magic first would be helpful in understanding the characters.

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When the trial is deadly enough, love can lose its way.


Colin and Joshua faced the most harrowing ordeal of their lives with strength and courage. Believing they’d survived their trial, they looked forward to a future filled with happiness only to discover that the worst was yet to come. Sometimes surviving is the toughest trial of all.

After half a lifetime spent in short-term liaisons that allowed no intimacy, charismatic Irish police officer, Colin Campbell, found the love of his life. Dark-eyed, steady Joshua Abrams burned through Colin’s emotional barriers and taught him to look at life through new eyes, eyes that made room for the love and closeness he had always denied himself. Deeply in love and completely happy, their life together remains idyllic and their fiery passion for each other seems limitless.

They survive the Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ riots, though not without scars. But later that month Colin’s position with the campus police force places him in charge of an informant program designed to crack a dangerous drug ring. Fully aware of the risks, he swears to Joshua that he will oversee the program without becoming directly involved. But Colin’s promise shatters when he becomes the only thing standing between a young Nigerian exchange student and a deadly drug lord.

🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.75
🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 4.5

Another emotional roller-coaster of reality, truth, love, and heartache!

Janice has a talent for such raw and real emotions that go beyond the story and settle in your heart. I loved Colin and Josh from book 1 and loved the chance to revisit them again. I really liked Janice’s approach to this story and how this fits with reality! Colin and Josh may have faced death but the story, pain, and struggles, was only just beginning, and this is so true of real life. It’s refreshing to find a story that doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of life!

Colin and Josh face a major milestone in their relationship that goes beyond Colin surviving getting shot. This story follows the aftermath of a chaotic and dangerous case that challenges the foundations of Colin and Josh’s relationship. It was so raw and real, my heart broke with the characters as they drifted apart and faced the harsh reality of Colin’s injury and what his recovery would mean for both of them.

This is a truly realistic journey of heartache, recovery, vulnerability, and healing, and reflects the truth that you have to work at a relationship and it’s not all hearts, rainbows, and happy endings! Colin’s and Josh’s journey is hard but seeing them fight tooth and nail for each other, even while hurting is harrowing. Janice, you’ve created a truly real and beautiful story. I loved all these characters and can’t wait for more. (Trent’s story please 😉 )

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About the Author

My name is Janice Jarrell. I am a retired grandmother who lives in Seattle, WA. I have two children and three grandsons. I’ve been writing gay romance since I was twelve years old, only back then it wasn’t called ‘gay romance’. In fact, it had no name at all. It was the fifty’s, and it was worth your life to admit to being gay, let alone confess to being a girl who constantly fantasized about relationships between gay men. Hell, I didn’t even know what a homosexual was. I lived on a farm out in the sticks in a tiny Michigan village and I’d never, to my knowledge, even heard the word. I just knew I loved the thought of boy on boy romance. I just knew that there was something hot going on between Tom Corbett and his Space Cadets and all those guys on ‘Combat’.

I wrote slash fanfiction for 30 years, writing over 337 stories, some as short as 100 words (a drabble) some as long as a series which was over 119, 012 words. I enjoy writing my stories. I enjoyed the feedback I received from my readers. It was a creative release I’d been searching for my entire life and I blessed the Internet for leading me to this artistic oasis for my spirit.

Love’s Magic was my very first step into writing my own characters. I will always be grateful the slash fanfiction community for nurturing the budding author until she was ready to blossom into a fully realized novelist, and I am thrilled that it is now available on Audible! It’s been an amazing thing to watch the gay community’s growth over these past twenty years. My own journey has echoed theirs in many ways, and I’m grateful to all those gay activists who fought to give the gay community the rights and privileges they always deserved.

My second contemporary gay romance novel, Love’s Trials followed Colin and Joshua on their journey as men and as a couple. The readers who fell in love with them in Love’s Magic were thrilled to see their romance continue to grow and blossom, but were forced to watch our beloved boys go through some pretty traumatic trials in this book, trials which nearly shattered their relationship. But their love proved stronger than any troubles in the end and they now move forward into the happiness they know they deserve.

In Love’s Glory, my newest release, Colin and Joshua bask in the happiness that eluded them in Love’s Trials. If you’re looking for a book filled with anger, fear, and anxiety… look elsewhere. Love’s Glory is about just that… the glory of love and the continued growth of these two extraordinary men and the amazing friends who are a large part of their lives.

I’m also grateful to the gay romance community, readers, authors, publishers and promoters, who are making these, my retirement years, the most creative ones of my life. When I’m not writing, I’m traveling, walking, hiking, knitting, crocheting, and weaving, and enjoying my life here in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.

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Love’s Magic
Author: Janice Jarrell

Publisher: Self Published on ACX
Narrator: Walker Williams
Release Date: June 17, 2019
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Heat Rating:  4 flames
Length: 9 hours and 11 mins

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 Finding Love’s Magic is hard. Keeping it is harder.


Nate is a professor at the university, content with his life, his job, and his partner David. But when he jumps in to defend a student under attack and is injured himself, Nate becomes a leader in the campus movement to end sexual assault. When David doesn’t understand his militant reaction, Nate feels abandoned and betrayed and begins to question their relationship.  

David’s love for Nate is deep and true, but he can’t support Nate’s confrontational stance, fearing that the consequences will destroy his career. Forced to choose between his love for Nate and his own sense of what’s right, David feels trapped in a hopeless impasse.  

Colin, an Irish Sergeant in the campus police force, is a legend on campus. A fierce protector of assault victims, he is merciless in pursuit of their assailants. When he meets Joshua, a Title IX consultant, sparks fly, and their relationship quickly becomes passionate.  

Joshua wants more from Colin, much more, but Colin clings to his independence, fighting against his feelings for the soft-spoken psychologist. When Colin’s past comes back to haunt him, an explosive quarrel sends Joshua home without a word. Will Colin care enough to seek him out?  

It would take a miracle to resolve these issues and bring these men together.

Love’s Magic is a gay romance featuring two couples, who will both find their HEA.

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🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 stars
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 4
🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration:  4.5

An interesting collection of intertwining characters.

I feel like this was a real-life read of an established couple reaching a crossroads and a new attraction blossoming onto a second chance at love.  I really enjoyed these couples and feel this was a uniquely written collection. The style did take a little while for me to sink into but once I was emersed in the lives I needed to know what happened next. I really enjoyed the characters progress and how it was very authentically real and would match real-life scenarios.

I felt for Nate and David and my heart broke as they appeared to break. I did feel like I was coming into this story about halfway through. I felt like I was missing something but once I got past that my heart was opened to the hardships both Nate and David face together and individually.

I loved the intertwining links between all the characters and how the author did this was fantastic. I loved getting to know Joshua and Colin and their connection was hot! I feel these two were the perfect match and I’m so glad they found their ways back to each other even if their separation broke my heart.

All in all, this was a steamy, realistic story with great characters, serious real-life topics and loves that faced hardships and came out on the other side stronger and better for it. A great collection and realistic read!!!

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