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Learned Reactions is another powerful POC romance from Jayce Ellis

55364873._SY475_Learned Reactions by Jayce Ellis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jayce Ellis is rapidly becoming an auto read author for me with her superb glimpses into the lives and loves of queer men of colour.

I hadn’t realised when I started this ons that it would have an element of overlapping on the timeframe of book one, but now it makes perfect sense.

Carlton and Deion were already in their strange, mixed up non relationship when they were introduced in Jaq and Matt’s story and here we get the full tale.

And there were times I wanted to shake them both so hard and make them just get over themselves.

But, at the same time, Carlton’s fears that the only solid and permanent rock in his adult life would somehow find him lacking if he admitted he’d been in love with him for as long as Deion had felt the same, were heartbreakingly real.

The narrative never drags though, even while the two are not so much mis-communicating as utterly failing to deal with the serious consequences that pretending to be a family to help Carlton’s adoption of his niece caused.

It’s usually one of my most hated tropes, but Jayce gives it such weight and meaning that it would have felt completely wrong if they had just sat down and talked.

When it eventually happens, the blast point sets off a chain of events which ultimately leads to one of the sweetest chapters in the book and a fabulous ending that actually made me tear up – something I rarely do!

Wait til you read those words that pass between them and see if you can hold out better than I did!

Now, I am soooo hoping Lawrence will be next and we’ll get to find out what happened with Vance.

Given the age gap, I’m betting it’ll be a riot 😁

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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I absolutely loved this slow burn college sports romance

55846156._SY475_Home Plate by Christina Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this slow burn, complicated and a wee bit angsty sports romance.

The second in Christina’s Easton U series, it was a beautifully paced and completely organic frenemies to lovers’ relationship with just the right amount of UST.

I thought I might get frustrated at Maclain’s inability to deal with his feelings for Girad, but in actually, I empathised more and more.

His stepfather was an utter dick, and what made it worse was that it wasn’t deliberately done. He was just thoughtless and should have done more to live up to his promise to Mason’s mum to always take care of him.

On the other side of the pairing, Dominic’s family were awesome and I loved how they had no hesitation on accepting his bisexuality or his feelings for Mason.

The Epilogue is just so lovely I had big heart eyes when reading it 😁

I’ve no clue who might be next though if there is another book coming!

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

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Beautiful romance from Cara shows how love develops over years

HAA ebook coverHer All Along by Cara Dee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is as beautiful as the cover and inside it contains a romance which reflects it perfectly.

It’s rare for me to read an MF romance, but Cara Dee is one of those authors I know will give me a true equal relationship where neither one is perfect and both stumble along the journey to happiness.

Here, it’s made more complex by a number of my favourite tropes, including an age gap, and a character choosing to redefine themselves to be better for their own benefit, not just because of love.

The length of time the relationship develops provides every bit of groundwork needed to show why, in the end, it’s always been her for Avery.

I’m not going into any specific plot spoilers, I’ll just say I absolutely loved everything about this book.

The pacing is just right, it has moments where you can viscerally feel the pain that the two go through at times for vastly different reasons.

You get to know the amazing Quinn family who have featured elsewhere in Cara’s connected universe.

And we meet a younger Darius, from before his experience with Gray, a time when he thinks his heart will never be touched.

And, ultimately, you get to see a relationship grow from friendship into love with no fanfare or great declarations, just honest affection, respect and support.

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

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