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Nicola brings all the feels to this tale of unexpected love

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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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Release Blitz: Rayne by A.E. Via

Rayne | A.E. Via

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Release Date: August 22nd, 2022

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He was the light to his darkness, the calm that broke through the storm.

Mike Stockley has taken care of himself since he was thirteen years old. Growing up on his own made him smart; joining the Devil Wreckers gang made him dangerous. He learned how to read a man’s intent with one look in his eyes, and he knew how to change it with one swipe of his blade. Mike’s street knowledge and f**k-all attitude made him notorious. His frightening reputation made him Big Mike.

Now at forty-eight, Mike has a successful landscaping business and is away from the gang lifestyle, but he kept the skills he learned and the mindset—meaning Mike is just as feared in the streets as he always was, making him a force to be reckoned with. But what it didn’t make him was relationship material. Mike is hot-tempered and quick to jump, but he’s capable of being talked down when he has the right person in his ear.

Rayne Montgomery grew up on the right side of the tracks. He was used to having money and the finer things in life. But after being shunned by his high-class family for being gay, Rayne had to learn how to survive on his own. He has the looks, charm, the suave voice, and the body to get whatever he desires, and Rayne knows exactly what kind of man to con in order to get it.

All destructive conditions come with challenges, and Rayne’s are no different. He knows he has to change his life but he’s terrified and lonely. With the help and support of his friend Wood, he knows he can beat this disease. He can stop making the same mistakes and live happily ever after as a recovered sex addict.

Rayne just has to find a man strong enough to truly love him.

The True Lover’s Series are connected standalones. Each title features a different couple but will contain previously mentioned characters.

Note: This is the final book in the True Lover’s trilogy. There are no multiple pairings or cheating. No cliffhangers. Ends with a lovely HEA. This is a steaming angsty, age gap, new-to-love romance. Trigger: Mild violence.

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About the Author

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A.E. Via is an author in the beautiful gay romance genre and also founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children.

Adrienne Via has tons of more stories to tell, but she really would like to hear yours. Via Star Wings Books is currently accepting submissions for established and aspiring LGBTQ authors. I’ve contracted and successfully published a couple of authors – whose information can be found on my website – who can tell you that my passion is giving other writer’s stories the love and care it deserves so it could be a gift to another. Visit my site to learn more!

Go to A.E. Via’s official website http://authoraevia.com for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next.

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Blog Tour: Playing Our Song by L.A. Bryce

Playing Our Song | L.A. Bryce

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Release Date: November 27th, 2021

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Jase is famous around the world, and Garrett’s well known in his neighborhood. They’re two singers. One is living his dream, and the other is living his brother’s.

Jase’s boyfriend’s hostility has increased toward Jase, making their relationship toxic, but too focused on his band, Jase lets it slide, causing Jase to almost miss out on the kind of love that lived in his fantasies.

Garrett made a promise to his brother when he passed. But a mistake in its interpretation almost causes Garrett to live out his brother’s dream instead of reaching for his own.

Can these men spot and remove the obstacles stopping them from making beautiful music together before it’s too late?

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Jase moved. Then he continued to cruise, circling the airport. He wasn’t sure who grew more annoyed; him from the monotony of driving in circles, or the officers who moved toward his car every time he came around the circle only to realize it was Jase again.

After about the tenth ring around the airport, Jase tried to call Andrew. The call went right to voicemail. He continued to make the loop another five times and called again. After another five times, he suffered the same outcome with the call. Andrew must have turned his phone off.

Instead of heading back to the pickup area on his next loop, Jase turned onto the ramp that led to the parking garage. As he stepped out of the car, his stomach growled, reminding him he’d never ordered food when he stopped earlier.

Inside the terminal, Jase bypassed the seating area and headed straight toward the kiosk to grab a snack. While waiting for his food, his thoughts traveled back to the restaurant and the reason he hadn’t had time to order anything. He had been too busy listening to the guy sing. Genuinely impressed, Jase’s thoughts remained on the guy’s voice and the song Jase had never heard before as he finished eating and moved to sit between the exit and baggage claim. He sat for a while before he noticed his boyfriend coming down the escalator.

Jase stood and waved. It stunned him to see Andrew’s smile turn into a sneer when he spotted Jase. Jase ignored it. He figured it had more to do with Andrew being late than anything else.

“Hey, baby, I’m so glad you’re back. I missed you,” Jase said as he moved in to kiss Andrew.

Andrew moved and landed Jase’s kiss onto his cheek instead of the lips where Jase was aiming.

“What happened to the car?” Andrew spoke in a yelling whisper. “Why are you in here?” Andrew’s stiff posture and downturned lips surprised Jase.

“Because you’re late.” Jase didn’t understand what the problem was.

“No, I’m not. They expected to land at nine-forty-five, and it’s exactly nine-fifty.”

Jase blinked, confused. “You told me you planned to land early. At eight.”

“Yeah,” Andrew scuffed. “That didn’t work out. After the pilot mentioned we were running early, he told us it wouldn’t matter because of the air traffic. The plane wasn’t able to land until its allowed spot. Which it did.”

“You didn’t think to call me and tell me this,” Jase said. Still confused, his words came out sounding harsher than he intended.

“I did, but my phone died.” Andrew pulled out his phone as if to show Jase. It was dead. “What could I do, you were already on your way?”

“I’m sure someone had a phone for you to borrow, so I wouldn’t have to wait here for over an hour.” Jase couldn’t believe he even had to say this.

Andrew snorted as he stopped walking. He turned to face Jase, Andrew’s nostrils flared, and his eyes squinted. The back of Jase’s throat burned. He’d fucked up.

Jase went to apologize, for what he wasn’t sure, but Andrew held up his hand, stopping Jase.

“I’m sorry if coming to get me was such an inconvenience.” Andrew spit out the words.

Jase shook his head. “That’s not what I said. Not what I meant. I just—” He tried to apologize again, but Andrew cut Jase off for a second time.

“Next time, I’ll just make sure I arrange for a car to pick me up,” Andrew said and walked away.

Jase stood shocked, trying to figure out what the hell just happened. Then his brain caught up with what was going on, and he ran to catch up with Andrew. Shit. “That’s not necessary.”

Andrew stopped short, and Jase almost crashed into him.

“I could probably arrange for one right now.” Andrew pulled his phone from his pocket. “I’ll just call Renaldo, and he’ll send a car to come for me.”

“How do you plan to call? Your phone’s dead.” The words fell from Jase’s mouth too fast to stop, and he knew, beyond a doubt, that he’d just fucked up. Again. His stomach dropped.

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About the Author

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L.A. is a contemporary M/M romance author who loves her men to work hard, play hard, and love hard.

She’s always lived in the northeast and has recently stretched her boundaries and moved farther north — the more relaxed lifestyle giving her more time to write — in theory anyway.

Among the things she loves besides writing and her family are her friends, those she writes with and those she writes about, reading, games (the kind with boards, not in love), her dogs, Nutella and Bok Choy, and the men and women from the military, past and present, who keep us safe.

When she finds herself stuck at the keyboard, her fingers refusing to move, her characters refusing to talk, she likes to take a break, blast some music, and dance like no one is watching her or sing her heart out into her hairbrush microphone.

She’s living her happily ever after and wants the same for all her characters. L.A. believes love comes in all different packages and each should be wrapped in a ribbon and cherished.

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