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A swoony festive romance with loads of heart and heat

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the swooniest, most romantic festive romances I’ve read. It just melted all my heartstrings and gave me the loveliest warm feeling.

When Ian meets Guy it’s not the best of times for him, he’s facing the thought of having to go back home to Cornwall having failed at his photography career in London.

Of course, there’s way more to it than that, including a machiavellian former agency boss who stole Ian’s work while screwing him over in other multiple ways, as well as a tale of lost love in Guy’s past which means these two are both bruised and aching when they meet.

With guest appearances from characters in one of Con’s other wonderful series’ – see if you spot the link, I’m not spoiling it! – there’s a real sense of a wider world outside the streets of the capital city and a hope that maybe there’s more in the future for this pair.

As Ian and Guy stumble their way firstly into a lustful encounter, all the while thinking this could only be a short-lived fling, it’s obvious that feelings are growing deeply between them.

With Ian’s wonderful flatmates Patrick & Seb (yes Con I NEED their book please) doing their best to keep him in London, the days flash by in a whirlwind of dates, restaurant meet-ups for Guy’s job as a critic, and an unfolding of his past with his late husband which goes a long way to explaining his closed off and seemingly cold exterior.

Of course, Ian soon learns that’s all a front for one of the most kind-hearted, but vulnerable and desperately lonely men he’s ever known. Guy’s nothing like the monster he’s been portrayed as, but is the age gap between them too great, as well as the pending separation?

Well, you’ll have to read and find out won’t you, let’s just say, if the ending of this book doesn’t give you the biggest smile, you’ve got a dead zone at your centre 😉😋

I loved this book beyond words, it’s just the most perfect restorative tonic for the festive season and I love seeing how it so effortlessly gives background to a scene Con’s readers might just have seen in a previous book elsewhere in her back catalogue!

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

As ever, I alpha read this book for Con.

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Series Tour: Village Affairs by Kristian Parker

Village Affairs Series | Kristian Parker

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The Rule Of Three

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When a handsome stranger arrives, James and Ed have to make a choice that will change their lives.

James Durkin is happy. He’s landlord of the pub, chair of the parish council and secret lover of his best friend, Ed Cropper. But Ed, tired of living in the shadows, dreams of living openly, something James can’t contemplate.

Then there’s Arthur Whittaker. When the handsome young primary school teacher comes to live in the village, he signals a future that neither James nor Ed ever saw for themselves.

But the small Yorkshire village of Napthwaite is a place that’s resistant to change, meaning the three men must be strong enough to forge their own path…

Will they overcome the odds—and tradition—to find the love they crave, or will their brave new world crumble to nothing under the pressure?

Reader advisory: This book contains instances of homophobia, and references to parental death and on-page drug-taking.

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They’re the perfect throuple…if only the rest of the world agreed.

Will Johnstone’s father is desperately ill, and he races home from London to the Yorkshire village of Napthwaite to be with him. Almost immediately he meets cute postman, Hardeep and mysterious newcomer, Andrew. There weren’t handsome men like this in Napthwaite when he lived here…

Heat flares between the three very different men, passion they have no intention of resisting, or denying. But having their roots deep and their lives entwined in a small village is not like living in a bustling metropolis. And with domineering mothers, problem teenagers, sick fathers and someone’s past knocking at the door, the path of true love is anything but smooth.

Can Will, Hardeep and Andrew, three very different people, steer their relationship past the rocks and find a way into uncharted territory…together?

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Triple Intent

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When a billionaire and his assistant bring change to the village, Michael has to adapt…

The future’s uncertain for Michael Fleming. He came to the sleepy Yorkshire village of Napthwaite a year ago as Thorpe Hall’s gardener, but now the Hall’s been sold…to billionaire hotelier Darryl Burlington.

When self-made Darryl and his handsome French assistant, François Vernier, come to set up the new property acquisition, they plan to find a willing third party to share their bed. Darryl and François aren’t together, but they like to celebrate success. But instead of indulging themselves in a treat after their hard work, they trigger events which no one could have foreseen.

This chain reaction Darryl, François and Michael leads to big changes in Napthwaite—and in all three men’s lives…

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About the Author

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I have written for as long as I could write. In fact, before, when I would dictate to my auntie. I love to read, and I love to create worlds and characters.

I live in the English countryside. When I’m not writing, I like to get out there and think through the next scenario I’m going to throw my characters into.

Inspiration can be found anywhere, on a train, in a restaurant or in an office. I am always in search of the next character to find love in one of my stories. In a world of apps and online dating, it is important to remember love can be found when you least expect it.

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Release Blitz: Unnecessary Roughness by Rheland Richmond & Emerson Beckett

Unnecessary Roughness | Rheland Richmond & Emerson Beckett

The Package Deal Series #3

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Release Date: October 28th, 2022

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Jackson Kincaid

When my childhood best friend and I escaped a potentially miserable life in our small southern hometown to attend the University of Georgia, I thought I’d finally be able to live my life the way I’d planned. I’d go to school on a football scholarship and get my degree to become a veterinarian.

But when the NFL came calling, how could I say no to millions of dollars? I’d put my plans on hold for a while, along with finding the right man for me.

But life doesn’t always go as we plan.

When Allison was killed in a car accident, I suddenly became the only parent to my ten-year-old godson. How would I play football for the Portland Pirates and be a full-time single dad?

I’d have to adjust. And thanks to my friends, and the badass team doctor, we’d heal and make it through. Did I mention he’s my best friend and that I can’t stop thinking dirty thoughts about him naked?

Unfortunately, keeping our relationship a secret is not the only obstacle we’ll face.

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My training as a Navy doctor prepared me to assess injuries on the fly and deal with all kinds of situations. Emotions and feelings had no place in medicine during an emergency. Determine the problem and fix it. Or find someone who could. As my new friends liked to call me, I was the badass team doctor.

I wasn’t prepared for the passionate feelings I didn’t know I had for Jackson to surface while helping him deal with losing his friend and taking custody of her son. But feelings and emotions were what I had for both of them.

But life has a way of unfolding the way it’s supposed to. I’m a believer in things happen for a reason. It doesn’t matter that our relationship might be forbidden. I want to get sweaty and naked with him.

Jackson and I deserve to be together no matter how rough things get. I just had to convince him of that.

Unnecessary Roughness is the friends-to-lovers story in the third book of the Package Deal Series.

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When I was twelve, I discovered some things that would ultimately change my life forever.

Growing up on a farm in rural eastern Alabama, I learned about life and how things worked. Even though I loved looking after our three horses, sheep, and the goats we raised on our dairy farm, it was a hard life, and I wanted out. I wanted more from life than being a dairy farmer in nowhere Alabama.

The only problem was my parents had a completely different plan for my life. And it was their way or the highway, as the expression goes. They wanted me to stay in my very strict, sheltered world, get married to a nice girl, and raise a family on the farm.

All that made me want to do was run as far and fast as I could.

I wanted to see the world and be free to make my own choices for my life. I figured out the only way to make that happen was to go to college and become someone that wasn’t the son of Joseph and Helen Kincaid, the dairy farmers from Eastover, Alabama.

There was no way they’d agree to pay for it, so I had to find a way. I also knew that once I left, there was no going back. It should have terrified me. Everything I knew was there. But there was no fear because I wasn’t going alone. My best friend was leaving with me. Just like me, she wanted more from her life too. And she knew there was no finding it in Eastover.

Meeting my best friend, Allison Marie Finley was the best thing to ever happen to me.

We were two peas in a pod. We’d known each other through elementary school but didn’t become best friends until the sixth grade when we were paired up in class to do a research project. She was the person I could tell anything to and knew it wouldn’t get out. Allison was the only person I’d ever told I might like boys a little more than girls. And she knew I’d never be able to find out who I was if I stayed home.

So when we started high school, we devised a plan to get out. I found football to pay my way through college, and she went the academic route to get scholarships to pay for hers. The second we graduated, we left home without the blessing of either of our parents to attend the University of Georgia and never looked back.

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For as long as she can remember Rheland’s had her nose stuck in a book, getting lost in the world of someone else’s creation (She still does). Her love for writing came from her love for reading. She could never have one without the other.

Writing has always been a hobby and a cathartic experience for her. There are many stories lost to the never to be completed or published pile but needed to be written at the time.

She’s just a girl that loved stories so much she wrote hers.

Rheland would love to hear from her readers and learn more about Y’all. So if you get a chance… please get in touch.

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Who is Emerson Beckett? That’s a good question.

I’m a retired educator who loves all things romance and an avid reader and consumer of well-written M/M romance books.

My journey to becoming an author started with an idea I had one night while I sat reading on my sofa. That idea became an email that ultimately resulted in me editing for three wonderfully talented M/M romance authors. The third referral led to an opportunity to co-write with one of the most genuine and kindest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. (She’s my co-author for Quarterback Keeper.)

I’m a wife and a mother of three beautiful adults, one of which is trans and responsible for my love of this genre. All three have since left us with an empty nest that is now full of pets.

Emerson would love to hear from her readers. So if you get a chance… Get in touch.

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