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Simply beautiful romance from Kelly Jensen

Building foreverBuilding Forever by Kelly Jensen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is two out of two for Kelly Jensen – both completely different genre types as well, a Sci-Fi To See The Sun and now this contemporary.

I knew I was going to like this one when I was laughing out loud during the first chapter, tearing up at 37%, and when Kelly used one of my most favourite words ever – susurrate during a sex scene 🙂

This book is, pretty much, a feel-good read with only a teeny bit of angsty, lots and lots of love, fun and laughter, humour, and great characters and world-building, and it’s really visual! I could picture perfectly in my mind the setting.

The two protagonists are the kind of blokes I want to be friends with. I loved Simon and I adored Charlie. Their relationship was just lovely to read. The trope of neighbours falling in love is one you don’t see so much these days and it’s done with full justice here.

Simon’s looking for a new start, Charlie’s just living day by day, mostly happy but living with buried feelings of guilt and still mourning the loss of his wife.

There is a scene, which I mentioned in my Updates, which had me tearing up completely and it just summed up the whole book for me really – Simon was the perfect guy to pick up the baton so people could move on.

“I’m aware most of Bethlehem believes my associates are ghosts,” Arthur continued. “There was only one, though. Jeremy Klein. He was my partner in all things until he passed.” He wore the expression of a man reminiscing over deep loss and old grief. “It’s difficult to move forward from that. Especially in a small community. So I honored his memory—each facet of it—by making Jeremy into a host of associates. My partner, my friend.” A quiet breath. “My lover.”
Gaping wasn’t polite, but how else to react?
“I hope I have not misjudged you,” Arthur went on. “That my . . . personal history isn’t something you—”
“No. You haven’t. I appreciate the confidence.”
“It’s considered rude to imagine one knows another without question, and this world is so obsessed with labels. But I recognized you when you first came to visit me, Simon. That’s not why I was eager for the partnership, you understand. But I felt nonetheless that we could make beautiful things together. That in you, I had found someone to pass my associates on to.”

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I have so many emotions for this stunning romance

41733251Any Given Lifetime by Leta Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how to review this book. I mean, there’s so much I could say about it.

How it’s about love in its truest sense, how it straddles the line between contemporary romance and Sci-Fi/Alternative Reality with consummate ease.

How Neil is a complex, frustrating, brilliantly drawn character and I wholeheartedly bought into his reincarnation and his epic love for Joshua.

I could weep for the sorrow and pain suffered by both men, rejoice at the bonus love story the reader is given with Joshua and Lee and I could explain about how it jumps between past, present and future without ever losing the narrative.

But what I will say is that Leta Blake has crafted an original and compelling novel which I never wanted to end.

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Love will always find a way…

37905074Remember Me When by Brooke Blaine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘Given that Brooke Blaine ‘deaded me’ (listen to The Goon Show and all will be explained) with Forget Me Not, it’s rather appropriate that Easter is just around the corner as, with Remember Me When, I’ve just risen like Lazarus from the cold dead place my heart went with Ollie and Reid.

While short (and oh, how I’d love to read about them forever) this book is perfection. As with book one, I’m not giving anything away other than to say the heart recognises its twin, even through the pain and the confusion, and I loved every page of this.

I was so glad there wasn’t a huge wait between parts of this duet, I’m glad Brooke took the narrative choices she did with Reid’s family, I’m glad there are characters like Ollie and Reid to bring joy to my reading world.

Together these two books are simply gorgeous, their words matching the exquisite covers which represent two wonderful souls going through the flames and coming out reborn.

I loved Ollie and Reid and this duology will be a re-read for me whenever I want a beautiful and true romance.

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Beautiful ending to this glorious love story

True (Temptation, #6)True by Ella Frank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know, when you finish the final book in a series and all you want is to go back and read the first one just so you can see where that glorious love story started, that you’ve found something special.

And so it is with this one, the final chapter (at least that we know about) in the epic tale of two men who – on the face of it – should never have worked.

But Logan’s a stubborn man and Tate’s capable of opening himself up to possibilities and so, with them together, we’ve been given a glimpse into the powerful force that is love when it’s returned a thousandfold.

Ella Frank took a gamble going back to Logan and Tate, having left them with a very strong happy ending after the first three books. Readers could envisage their future together in a life of ups and downs, hot sex but always family and love.

But what she gave readers was something more, a final peek into their lives four years down the line, an absolute happy ever after and possibly the biggest extended epilogue written in three parts for one of the most popular couples in this genre.

There is no actual epilogue in this one, but I can see them both in my mind’s eye, fighting and loving and pottering around together to the end of their days, happy knowing they’ve found their perfect other half and secure in that endless wave of emotions.

Bravo Ella, Logan and Tate do exist, not just for you, but for anyone who picks up these six books and lets their own heart be captured by these two men, even for a little while.

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Beautiful love story in a New Zealand landscape

Mended with GoldMended with Gold by Lee Welch

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is beautiful, that’s the best way I can describe it. I’ve not read anything by Lee Welch before but I’ll be looking for her other stuff now.

For a novella she manages to create such a rich and compelling storyline with two fully developed characters and a pitch perfect setting. It’s only not a 5* read for me because I wanted more than just a short peak to Alex and Joe.

These two richly portrayed men are both scarred, one in body, one in his soul and it takes a long slow almost torturous build up to get them together. By the time that happens, and it’s mutual blow jobs only, the book ends, but with such a promise of joy and happiness going forward.

I loved this, it just brought happiness to my heart.

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This is just as gorgeous as the material on the cover

Silk (A Material World, #3)Silk by K.C. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is fab. I loved Lace, Satin was incredibly erotic, but Silk is just a beautiful love story between two men who – on the face of it – shouldn’t have a connection at all.

The cover is a stunning example of what the reader will find inside, a gorgeous May to December romance with a hint of Pretty Woman but without all the annoying ex’s and rich bitch shop assistants.

Matt and Lucas are perfectly matched, their similar enough that the sparks fly when both want to be top dog but there’s enough difference for the older man to be fascinated by the guy he hires as a one night escort.

There’s a great cast of secondary characters and some lovely humorous touches along the way, as well as a whole bunch of stubborn pride and a bit of flouncing.

But all comes right in the end and the epilogue is ridiculously sweet and full of hope and happiness and, after all, isn’t that what everyone wants in their romances? 🙂

PS: Did I say how much I loved the cover?! It’s so beautiful.

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