This beautifully crafted New Zealand-set romance will steal your heart

OffBalance-600x900Off Balance by Jay Hogan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s a simple fact, I absolutely love Jay Hogan’s writing. It doesn’t matter what she turns her hand to, I feel absolutely drawn into the world she creates and the lives of the characters she’s writing about.

Here it’s a story which affected me deep in my gut, it’s full of hurt/comfort, it’s full of suppressed emotions, it’s got chemistry which not only rockets off the charts but which wraps you up in all the feels of a fluffy blanket.

There’s a side order of suspense plot, a whole load of small town vibes with interesting and intriguing characters I hope are going to feature in the next book and such a sense of place. New Zealand has a unique vibe to it which Jay nails every single time.

As for the main plot, as someone who danced ballet, tap and contemporary dance (although never of a level to do so professionally), Judah’s heartbreaking diagnoses with Ménière’ Disease had my heart cracking in two because the pain of what he lost is palpable.

Morgan’s also nursing his own pain, a widower, he’s still missing his wife Sally although he’s managed to move on from the numbing loss of her death five years earlier.

The amazing way these men provide both healing and support to each other, without even really doing so consciously, is so beautifully depicted in this book. I loved everything about their friendship, their amazing sexual and emotional connections and the way they were both determined to do the best for the other.

Do yourselves a favour and pick up this book, especially if you’ve never read Jay before, then go grab her back catalogue, I promise it’s worth it.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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