This Food Truck romance completely satisfied my appetite!

Drive Me Crazy by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer as usual, I beta read this book for Beth but if I tell you my only note to her was – I need an Epilogue – it should give you an idea about the quality of the narrative 😁

From the opening scene, when Tony is convinced his brother Wyatt’s setting him up with Lucas, to the ending, this book is a joy. It’s just a relatively low angst, drama free falling in love romance.

The tension element comes from an outside source and, while it’s obvious to the reader what’s going on, I totally believed that Tony would take the position he does because of how he’s behaved in the past and his desire to change and be a reliable person and not blow off the handle at everything.

Lucas is a joy though, he has a right mouth on him and I loved that he wouldn’t just sit back and say nothing. They’re explosive together, but also ridiculously sweet and loving.

We also get lots of Wyatt and Ryan, which I massively appreciated, a hilarious sub-plot with a parrot and some set up for the future books among the rest of the food truck gang.

Great start to this series!

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Loved this road trip romance from Tanya Chris

#20DaysToLA by Tanya Chris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, instead it was just a really sweet road trip between two guys who used to be step-brothers for a short while quite a few years previously.

I loved the chilled nature of the narrative, even when Braxton was panicking about spending money, reaching LA in time, and whether Craig was really serious about being attracted to him.

It’s a relatively slow burn, considering it takes place over only 20 days, but those 20 days are jam-packed with all kinds of lovely moments as Braxton – everything is from his single POV – discovers that Craig’s a lot more than he thought he was.

Super, super sweet ending and I absolutely LOVED the epilogue which takes place a year down the line.

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Superbly paced and beautifully written holiday island romance

Honeymoon Refrain EbookHoneymoon Refrain by Harley Grace

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was an absolute delight. Perfectly paced, the narrative essentially rolled through three acts as Cord and Andrew met, started their relationship and then set off into their happy ever after.

The sense of place is incredibly well done, Bliss Island is a visceral impression in the book, the heat of the sun, the sound of the waves and the excitement of the tourists visiting a gay friendly resort is central to the book.

I really loved that there was not a jot of unnecessary drama in this, there’s no miscommunication, no lack of communication, no annoying angsting just to set obstacles in the path.

Even Cord’s ex, and fellow musician, Jase wasn’t as big an arse as he first might have appeared. Andrew’s ex, Thom on the other hand, yeah he was definitely an utter knob.

There isn’t really anything ground-breaking in this book, it’s just a good romance well told, it was an enjoyable read where I just felt chilled through, no fear that there’d be something drop out of nowhere at the 70% mark just to kick things up.

I adored all the secondary characters here, especially resort owner Adrien and Trace, Cord’s neighbour and the island’s resident pilot. The brief glimpse we get of Chef Eli and the introduction of cleaner Finley right at the end all bode well for future books!

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