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Tension-packed and superbly paced sports romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I beta read this book for Beth.

Having got that out of the way, I still absolutely adored this book even though I spent most of the time wanting to thump Heath or give him a right good shake!

I loved the tensions Beth created between the two men, not only personally, but professionally. The sparks, and the back and forth, was built up with enough leeway that it never became too frustrating and I liked having both POVs so we could see what their thoughts were.

Sam is just wonderful, he’s honest and open, but he’s a bit flaky on the football field. Heath is the absolute opposite and he hides such deep pain that while I was shaking him, I’d also have been patting his back going there, there because what an awful life.

I liked how the positions between the two quarterbacks regarding their feelings for playing football were also mirrored and then twisted, the solution I felt was an earned one and made sense.

Great secondary characters and can I get a shout out to my main guys Nick and Colin, whose special guest appearance reminded me just how much I loved their book (more please Beth?!) and whose sage advice made a big difference to Heath’s expectation of himself.

Definitely not your typical fluffy sports romance, this covers some tough subjects and has a fairly angsty journey to happiness but the ending is all ends up awesome 😁

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

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A bit more of a serious visit to the Bryant Park world from VL

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Righty, this one was a tad more angsty than the others in the series and involves an incident which could be a potential trigger so do be aware.

However, I couldn’t have been happier with how VL handled this whole relationship.

I adored Adrian, with his fussy ways and his extravagant clothing and out there personality. NYPD park cop Gallen was just the perfect calm and settled soul to work his magic on the events planner.

There was plenty of time given to Adrian’s need to recover from what happened and nothing was rushed or glossed over, especially considering this is a novella length book.

The serious side is nicely balanced by some humour and Brian Gilles biting wit as he helps Adrian get over his move to Brooklyn 😁

I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series, which will be Caiden’s fabulous chef and all-round housekeeper Luis.

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

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A truly gorgeous exploration of learning to trust

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So many bits of this I absolutely loved.

I wasn’t at all down on Presley, even though he’d been the other man who we’d met in Running from My Heart which covered how Arden – Presley’s married lover Jared’s husband – had moved on.

Felice hadn’t written Presley as an unfeeling arse, so I didn’t have any rage against him. Quite the contrary, I wanted to see him find someone who wasn’t just using him and who truly loved him for himself.

Nate was that person but oh boy, he was a gigantic arse at times as well. Superior and judgemental, even if it came from a place I completely understood, I found that I wanted to shake him as much as I wanted to hug him.

But, I loved how they managed to find their way back together, even after they’d both made mistakes and hurt the other. I loved Nate’s family, I loved Pres’s best friend Frisco.

The only thing that personally threw me, even though it fit in with Pres’ job as an antiques dealer, was all the references to really famous names in the pieces he had in his store.

Coming from the same town as the great cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale, I was a bit taken aback to read about one of his tables being in a house sale 😁 only because I’m used to them being museum pieces or in huge stately homes!

That was a minor quibble though and didn’t really take anything away from the overall excellence of the storytelling. Now I’m really interested to see what happens with Monroe, who heads the grief counselling sessions that Presley and Nate met at and his mysterious visitor.

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Release Blitz: Powder & Pavlova by Jay Hogan

Powder & Pavlova | Jay Hogan

Southern Lights #1

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Blurb

Ethan Sharpe is living every young Kiwi’s dream – seeing the world for a couple of years while deciding what to do with his life. Then he gets a call.

Two days later he’s back in New Zealand. Six months later his mother is dead, his fifteen-year-old brother is going off the rails and the café he’s inherited is failing. His life is a hot mess and the last thing he needs is another complication—like the man who just walked into his café,

a much older…

sinfully hot…

EPIC complication.

Tanner Carpenter’s time in Queenstown has an expiration date. He has a new branch of his business to get up and running, exorcise a few personal demons while he’s at it, and then head back to Auckland to get on with his life.

He isn’t looking for a relationship especially with someone fifteen years his junior, but Ethan is gorgeous, troubled and in need of a friend. Tanner could be that for Ethan, right? He could brighten Ethan’s day for a while, help him out, maybe even offer some… stress relief, no strings attached.

It was a good plan, until it wasn’t.

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Safe from those heather grey eyes, Ethan collapsed against the door and tried to calm his thundering heart. What. The. Ever-loving. Fuck. He checked his forehead for the tell-tale loser sign he was sure he’d find carved there. Nope, just a shit-ton of nervous perspiration.

“Mister hot and heavy is in again, I take it?” Lucy smiled from the other side of the stainless prep bench, her hands white with flour.

“I have no idea who you’re talking about.” Ethan wiped his hands on his jeans and rearranged the order forms stacked on the desk.

She snorted in disgust. “You can’t lie for shit Ethan, I don’t know why you bother.”

“You’re being ridiculous,” Ethan scoffed. “The guy’s gotta be close to forty.” Just how I like them… apparently.

She looked up from measuring the dry goods. “Well, he’s damn hot.”

“I hadn’t noticed.” He collated the pencils according to colour.

“Liar.”

He threw the last of the pencils in the caddy and fell back against the door. “That obvious, huh?”

Lucy’s grin split her face. “Like a whore in a convent.”

He snorted. “There’s an image I didn’t need.”

Lucy reached for the huge sieve and worked her way through a second mound of flour. “So, what are you doing in here?”

“Hiding?”

“Well, get back out there, mister. He’ll be gone in a minute. You wouldn’t want to miss a final perv.”

Ethan pushed off the wall. “I wasn’t perving. I merely took his order.”

Lucy’s gaze dipped south of Ethan’s belt. “Yeah, right. Tell it to your friend.” 

Ethan blushed furiously and crossed his legs.

“And I’ll bet coffee’s not the only order you’d like to take from him,” she added with a wink.

A host of delightfully filthy images raced through Ethan’s head and he groaned.

“And there it is.” Lucy smiled knowingly.

“Oh. My. God. What is it with you lot?” Ethan grumbled, mortified at how badly he’d been caught out. He tugged his shirt a mite lower and flipped her off. “You’re lucky I love you, bitch.”

“You’re lucky I let you, arsehole.”

He pushed open the door and ambled back into the café. Nothing to see here folks. The effort at nonchalance was ruined the second he laid eyes on mister tall, dark and fucking combustible, when he caught his foot in the stool he’d vacated earlier and tripped. Arms wind milling, he stumbled almost to his knees at the man’s feet. Really Ethan? Really? Yeah, not one of his better Kodak moments.

He glanced up in time to see the guy bite back a laugh, but refused to linger on that whole teeth on lip action. If there was a prize for most humiliating crush on an ‘almost’ silver fox, he’d win it hands down.

About The Author

I am a New Zealand author writing in MM romance, and romantic suspense. I have traveled extensively and lived in the US, Canada, France, Australia and South Korea. In a past life I have been an Intensive Care Nurse, Counselor, and a Nursing Lecturer.

I’m a cat aficionado especially of Maine Coons, and an avid dog lover (but don’t tell the cat). I love to cook, pretty damn good, love to sing, pretty damn average, and as for loving full-time writing, absolutely… depending of course on the day, the word count, the deadline, how obliging my characters are, the ambient temperature in the Western Sahara, whether Jupiter is rising, the size of the ozone hole over New Zealand and how much coffee I’ve had.

Welcome to my world.

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Release Blitz: Running From My Heart by Felice Stevens

Running From My Heart | Felice Stevens

Rock Bottom #3

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Length: 246 Pages

Cover Design: Reese Dante

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

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Blurb

“Holding onto the past can hurt more than letting it go.” 

People say six years is long enough to mourn the death of his husband but for Ross Miller, the pain is as fresh as if it happened yesterday. He’s left his glittering Hollywood life behind, yet guilt still dogs his steps, no matter how far he runs.

Trapped by his past and needing to escape his well-meaning friends, he rents a cabin in the secluded Adirondack mountains.

A reclusive man moves in next door and piques Ross’s interest, but his persistent attempts at friendship are rebuffed. That doesn’t stop him because the one rule Ross Miller has always lived by is to never take no for an answer.

Novelist Arden Wainwright has given up. He can’t pretend a happiness he knows he’ll never find again. Solitary days turn into years, and he remains frozen, unable to take a breath. At his wit’s end, he retreats to the mountains, but it does little to stir his creativity.

He continues to hide from life and avoids his overly nosy neighbor, who insists on planting himself at Arden’s doorstep at every turn. Making friends is the last thing Arden wants, but annoying or not, he can’t get the damn man out of his mind.

Finding peace in their isolated surroundings, the two lonely men forge an unlikely friendship where they realize they’re more alike than different and better together than apart. With Ross’s help, Arden begins to rebuild the shattered pieces of his life, while Arden gives Ross the strength to face his fears and find his way home.

When love comes calling you can choose to hide from hurt, loss, and pain, but if you take a chance and open the door, you might discover that running from your heart is the last thing you’ll want to do.

This book can be read as a standalone but you may remember Ross, Foster’s best friend from Broken Silence, Book One of the Rock Bottom series.

Rock Bottom Series

Book #1 – Broken Silence –Amazon US | Amazon UK (currently only 99c/99p)

Book #2 – Imitation of Life – Amazon US | Amazon UK 

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About The Author

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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Release Blitz: Wrangling A Groom by DJ Jamison

Wrangling A Groom | DJ Jamison

Marital Bliss #2

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Length: 85,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

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Blurb

Can two men keep a childhood promise for marital bliss?

Wyatt is overwhelmed after his grandfather dies, leaving him to take over the cattle ranch. The Triple J is floundering, vandals are targeting him, and his first and only love is finally within reach–and still holding a grudge. Wyatt has wanted to marry Diego since they made a childhood pact, but Diego isn’t back for their second chance.

When a funeral calls Diego back to Texas, he comes face-to-face with the cowboy who broke his heart. Resentment has burned inside him for years, but his anger wavers as he realizes just how much Wyatt is struggling to keep his head above water. The man he once loved is lonely and burdened, and Diego feels compelled to help him rediscover the strong, capable rancher he knows him to be.

Hostility gives way to passion, then friendship as they fall into a rhythm of work and sex. Wyatt has renewed hope he might wrangle the man he wants to be his groom. But Diego has a life waiting for him one thousand miles away, and love may not be enough to prevent history from repeating itself.

Wrangling a Groom is Book 2 of the Marital Bliss series, but it can be read as a standalone.

Marital Bliss Series

Book #1 – Surprise Groom –  Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

About the Author

DJ Jamison is the author of more than a dozen m/m romances, including the Ashe Sentinel series and the Hearts and Health series. She writes a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual, with a focus on telling love stories that are more about common ground than lust at first sight.

DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love. DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction.

She spent a lifetime reading before that, and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors’ books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, two fish and, regrettably, one snake.

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Blog Tour: Ground Zero by Aimee Nicole Walker

Ground Zero | Aimee Nicole Walker

Zero Hours Series #1

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Genre: MM Romance, Mystery

Release Date: 22.09.19

Cover Design: Jay Aheer

Photographer: Wander Aguiar

Model: Jacob

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Blurb

Ground zero, noun: the center or origin of rapid, intense, or violent activity or change.

Heat, humidity, and homicide are things veteran detective Sawyer Key expects to encounter on his first day with the Savannah Police Department, but the hostile reception from his new partner catches him by surprise. Sawyer isn’t a stranger to heartache and recognizes that Royce Locke is a wounded man who’s reeling from a devastating loss. Relentless and patient in all things, Sawyer is determined to make the new partnership work.

Savannah, Georgia is known for her quirky people, oak trees draped in Spanish moss, and antebellum architecture. Beneath the Southern charm and hospitality, festering hatred and violence is soaring with the summer temperatures. Locke and Key find themselves at the epicenter when their first case involves the death of a former shock jock who appears to be the victim of vigilante justice.

Opposites in nearly every way, the two detectives set aside their differences to take back their city and restore law and order. From this reluctant truce, an intense attraction grows that will either tighten or shatter their tenuous bond.

Falling for his partner spells inevitable disaster, but Sawyer’s always been a sucker for wounded things. Sawyer could be the key to the life Royce has always wanted, if he’s brave enough to trust him. The fuse is lit, the clock is running, and the zero hour is upon them. Tick tock.

Ground Zero is the first book in the Zero Hour series, which follows Locke and Key’s investigations and evolving relationship. Ground Zero has a happy-for-now ending with no cliffhanger. It contains mature language and sexual content intended for adults 18 and older.

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Excerpt

Locke in his tight black tee and shoulder holster. Locke sitting astride his motorcycle. Locke staring at Sawyer’s strip of exposed skin. Locke’s sexy voice when he’d admonished him for making assumptions about his acceptance levels or possibly even his sexuality. The last one reached Sawyer at the deepest level. The dreams went on and on until Sawyer woke with a leaking, aching dick with only himself to relieve it.

There would be no going back to sleep until he took care of his body’s demands. He hadn’t been this aroused since… He couldn’t finish the thought, wouldn’t allow anything to disrupt his driving need for release. Bones made a grumbling noise and jumped off the bed when Sawyer yanked open the bedside drawer at an ungodly, predawn hour. Smart cat. He fumbled around, searching for the lube to rub one out but paused when his hand bumped into the flesh-like dildo. It had a suction cup on the base, and Sawyer took it into the shower when the need for penetration overwhelmed him. This was one of those times.

Throwing back the covers, Sawyer grabbed the dildo and lube before padding across his room to the bathroom, his swaying balls so heavy and full they ached. While waiting for the water temperature to heat up, he ran a hand over his chest, sucking in a sharp breath when his fingers brushed over hardened nipples. He closed his eyes and pictured Locke’s face pressed against his pecs, licking and sucking his nipples while Sawyer fisted his blond hair.

Fantasies of Locke kissing a path down his body, stopping to dip his tongue inside his navel before running his nose through his happy trail, made him moan out loud. Sawyer fisted his throbbing cock, wanting to put himself out of his misery but not eager for the fantasy to end.

About The Author

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Ever since she was a little girl, Aimee Nicole Walker entertained herself with stories that popped into her head. Now she gets paid to tell those stories to other people. She wears many titles—wife, mom, and animal lover are just a few of them.

Her absolute favorite title is champion of the happily ever after. Love inspires everything she does, music keeps her sane, and coffee is the magic elixir that fuels her day. I’d love to hear from you

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