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RJ delivers an emotionally satisfying romance which hit all my favourite tropes

W02 Summer Drifter jpgSummer Drifter by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Ooh that was well worth the wait!

I love it when RJ writes cowboys, especially when they come along with a big dose of hurt/comfort and wounded souls like this one does.

Both Levi and Quinn have serious issues over bad parenting, abandonment and feelings of worthiness, but they couldn’t be more different if they tried.

It was great to be back at the Lennox Ranch and see that Micah and Daniel are still going strong, Rachel and Scott are happy and that life is traveling in the right direction for them all after the events of Winter Cowboy.

This story had lots of my favourite tropes as well as the opposites attract theme, Levi is a rough and tough guy, but he’s hiding a need to be on his knees for someone who’ll let him give up control.

Quinn might look like he’d be blown over by a strong wind but he has a core of steel and the gymnastic flexibility and self-defence awareness to look after not only himself but to be everything Levi needs.

The secrets Quinn is hiding form the majority of the tension points in the narrative, there’s a bit of “toing and froing” between the two men but it never becomes onerous.

It’s medium steamy with a fair amount of UST and the one full on smexy scene we get is powerfully emotive, as Quinn edges Levi into giving in to his desire to submit. It’s hot 😉

But overall, this is an emotional romance, feelings of guilt warring with a need to belong, fears of giving in to change and ultimately, hope and longing for a happy ending. The Epilogue is a wonderful drawing of a close to this part of their lives and a solid step into that future.

Now, I’m wondering if Chris will be next and whether Connor might be on the cards for him or if Sheriff Neil is going to win out there?!

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

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I do love me a good alien sci-fi romance and this one delivers

58468202._SY475_Captured: An MM SciFi Alien Prince Romance by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I do love me a good alien/human romance and this one was a doozy! It has a really interesting premise.

The opening chapter really does set up the narrative perfectly with Lucas abducted by an 8ft blue topless man as he drunkenly wanders home the day his ex-boyfriend married the guy he cheated on him with.

It has a mixture of humour and vulnerability throughout the story, as Lucas comes to terms, along with his other fellow captives, with the fact they’re heading for another planet.

Our other protagonist, Kaelum, is also having a bad day when we first meet him, but he soon finds that his life’s about to get more complicated when he comes across the cargo ship carrying Lucas and the other 17 humans under attack by his race’s enemy ships.

One rescue later and the scene is set for what follows. It’s an interesting mix as the plot treads the fine line between accepting your fate and being able to change it. Lucas and Kaelum are clearly attracted to each other but Lucas feels conflicted.

As it becomes clear to Lucas that the Thorzan world on which he finds himself is currently in the midst of a crisis over Kaelum’s right to the throne, the issue of hybrids – those born with both Thorzan and human DNA – becomes even more important.

What I really loved about this book was that it avoided a lot of the kidnapped by aliens tropes which can skirt very close to non-con or dubcon. Instead Kaelum, because of his human mother, is very much aware of the need to allow not only Lucas, but all the humans who end up on Thorzan, to be the architects of their own fate.

It’s what drives the majority of the conflict throughout the story and provides the series long plot arc for the world’s survival as a race of uber warriors facing extinction because an element of their society is so focused on purity they’re missing the abilities of the hybrids.

The pace cracks along beautifully and as Kaelum shows Lucas his world, and they find out things haven’t been all they seem with the rest of his human travellers, it becomes clear this pair are going to shake up more than just the bedsheets!

It’s medium steamy, although the smexy times are made much more interesting by the things which make Kaelum different 😉 (and that’s as much as a clue I’m giving you there!) and while it has a quite short timeframe, I totally bought into their mutual attraction turning into something with more depth.

Throw in the intrigues and a reawakening of magic type abilities as Kaleum and Lucas become fully committed to each other and you get a cracking fun adventure at the start of this new series.

Now, what’s happened to Jax and Wesley?!

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

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Sky and Devon’s pot farm adventures are a great read

58471097._SY475_The Groovy Alpha by Susi Hawke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this one a lot, it had humour as well as a sweet spark between Sky and Devon and the whole pot farm element really worked well.

I also appreciated there was a lot more of the West Coast Wolves as a pack in this one, even though they’re all off doing their own thing, we saw plenty of the other guys from the first three books.

The plot itself is solid, it centres around traitors inside the pack and how Sky’s omega power of being able to see someone’s eyes changing colour when they lie comes in very handy.

There’s not as many smexy times in this as you might expect with an mPreg omegaverse but it totally fits within the narrative and Sky and Devon are super sweet together.

I also very much appreciated Gramps, he was a lovely addition to the pack and it was great to see Tucker, the one WCW who doesn’t have a territory of his own, and his gang of bikers and now I can’t wait for his story to round out the series.

This has been an overall enjoyable omegaverse, one that’s probably a great intro for anyone who’s not read any of that type of trope before.

#ARC kindly received from the author via Gay Romance Review Tours in return for an honest and unbiased review

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