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Nicola brings all the feels to this tale of unexpected love

63236703._SY475_A Different Kind of Love by Nicola Haken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Nicola Haken says she’s got a new book coming out I mark my calendar and wait like it’s Christmas.

This is because she never fails to deliver an emotional rollercoaster of a ride which will not only challenge my perceptions but usually gives me insight in some way either into the harrowing experience of living with mental illness or – as is the case here – with the way someone could have shut down their very self for more than two decades out of fear.

I won’t go into any detail about the plot of this book, it deserves to be read blind, the story allowed to unfold as it goes on.

Suffice it to say, it will take hold of your heart and squeeze it until you’re not sure whether up is down or what constitutes right and wrong.

You’ll no doubt have questions about what happens, there are moments that make you want to shout don’t while at the same time, you know that the only right outcome is the one which sees William being able to live his authentic life.

***SPOILER***

All the characters in this book are both sympathetic and also frustrating, there are no heroes or villains with perhaps the exception of Will’s father, who’s a right piece of work.
But there’s no easy blame to lay or person at fault.

This touches on subjects which some readers may find difficult to deal with and, while not wishing to give away anything of the plot, there are elements which may be triggering.

There is nothing hidden within the narrative, the Blurb says William is married to a woman and has children.

I will just say, go in with an open mind, this is not a book about cheating in the brutal sense of that word.

It’s a book about finding truths, about long-lived lies, about faults and decisions which were made where no one could see the future outcomes.

***END SPOILER***

It’s about a different kind of love.

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

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I didn’t want to say goodbye to these three amazing men!

CantSayGoodbye-f900-webCan’t Say Goodbye by Eden Finley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Eden announced she was writing the next generation of the guys I’d fallen in love with in her Fake Boyfriends series I might have been a tad excited.

Seeing Payton Miller get his happy ever after with Levi in Football Royalty was a joyous experience and one I adored.

But then when she said his brother Brady Talon was going to be falling for two Navy SEALs, well let’s just say expectations were high.

And oh boy does she deliver, in spades, with bells on, shining lights, and an air horn.

This book not only met all my desires and hopes, it took them beyond and into the stratosphere. It’s burning fires of Hell hot, of course it is, the sex is off the charts steaming.

But it’s so, so much more than that. This is a book about love and sacrifice, it’s about pain and hope, it’s about three souls meeting at a perfect place in time and slotting together like the best puzzle pieces.

Each one of the three could manage on their own, and any two of the three could successfully be together as a couple if they’d met in different circumstances.

But what makes them special is what they bring to a relationship as a triad. Each arm of their equilateral triangle has the perfect set of characteristics that matches the gaps the others need filling.

Eden took three men who never set out to find a lifetime of love and melded them through a series of long separations, fears and doubts, hurt and comfort, into a rock-solid partnership with unbreakable chains

I could happily have read another book twice this length filled with their banter, their caring, their support, and their antics between the sheets.

I’m not sure if this is goodbye to the second generation, there are a few cousins still I’d love to see get their happily ever afters. If it is though, what a triumphant note to finish on.

#ARC kindly received from the author via ForewordPR. I am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Garrett delivers another special Christmas romance

63067051._SY475_Christmas On Firefly Hill by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is something special about a Garrett Leigh Christmas novella.

I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly makes them unique, but she always brings a touch of the realities of life to her books which make the feels so much more special.

Here we get a wonderful romance which has such a strong magical sense to it (not the sparkly dust fairy type but the kind of otherworldly connection one) that gives an almost hazy glow to the narrative which pretty much centres on life on Firefire Hill.

At the top of the hill is the rundown workshop where Remy drags his battered body and his dying Transit van full of the dregs of his life. At the bottom is the tiny cottage where fireman Logan lives, a part-time single dad to his twin sons Billy and Sam.

Their first meeting was a brief, but quite powerful encounter, at a summer festival when Logan was moonlighting as a fire marshall and Remy was one of the attractions.

Their eyes met during a fire dance and the sparks weren’t just flying from Remy’s poi (A pair of roughly arm-length chains with handles attached to one end, and bundle of wicking material on the other.)

Almost magnetically drawn to each other, they share an anonymous kiss under the moonlight before Logan is called away to deal with something else. Months pass and we catch up with Remy as he’s struggling following a pretty bad accident at another festival.

What follows is just a beautiful, soul-deep exploration of what makes two people fall in love. They each find something in the other that makes their life better. No changes are made to accommodate this, simply an expansion of friendship into trust, sexual attraction into love, loneliness into a family.

I loved everything about this book, I couldn’t put it down once I started reading, especially when I realised that Logan is Locke’s twin brother. You can find Locke in Garrett’s beyond epic Forgive Me Father book three of her Rebel Kings MC series.

I’ve already put in my request for Locke’s story 🤣

So if you like your romances with a touch of grit, with a sense of danger that’s always there because of Logan’s job, but with hope, happiness and a pair of boys who’ll steal away your heart, then don’t miss out on this one.

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

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