Henry finally gets his romance and it’s utter perfection

Risk Taker (Mixed Messages, #3)Risk Taker by Lily Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Superb. British writing at its absolute finest and (let me whisper it) my favourite in the series because – Henry!

Oh this book is just gorgeous, Henry has been in love with Ivo since he was 15 when the other boy was briefly his step-brother for a few short years. Ivo is his world, his best friend, the only person he’s truly honest with and never hides from.

Ivo’s a photojournalist and is often in the most dangerous places in the world and he’s been in love with Henry for quite some time too, only he’s too afraid to do anything about it for many complex reasons which I completely understood.

Both men have been influenced by how they saw their parents’ lives and Ivo is still trying to live up to his dead dad’s mantra of living a free life, even if it means he’ll lose Henry to someone else in the long run.

The UST in this book was so well done. It’s obvious to the reader, as it is to all of Henry and Ivo’s mutual friends, that they are both desperately in love with the other. But there’s no so blind as those who won’t see and there ensues a delightfully hilarious and quite poignant period of their lives when Henry is trying out dating and Ivo is seething in the background.

The push/pull is never too much, it never becomes a chore to read because it is handled so well by Lily Morton that you’re eagerly waiting to see what outrageous thing is going to happen next. There’s a bit more depth goes into Henry’s background and we’re introduced to his delightful brother Silas (book please Lily!) and it was great to see their relationship was one of mutual support and love too.

The letters which introduce each chapter were genius, so many times I was finding myself choking back a laugh at the escapades they got up to in the three short years Ivo’s mum was married to Henry’s father.

I don’t think I’ve actually laughed out loud quite as much as I did with this book, even Gabe and Dylan in Rule Breaker didn’t make me chuckle as much.

Henry and Ivo just get each other, they’re able to snark for England and this book is a tour de force of humour. I think some are those only another Brit can truly appreciate – like referring to someone you love affectionally as a twat.

There’s quite a bit of Gabe and Dylan in this one too, and we pop in with Jude and Asa as well, and all of it adds up to more of the banter that this series is known for. The Guess Who dinner party had me in fits of laughter with tears as the sarcastic wit flew around the room.

Gabe referring to Dylan as like a cold that sneaks up on you and damages your immune system when expressing how much he loves him was pitched perfectly in contrast to Henry’s vacillating about what he was going to do about Ivo.

Things eventually come to a head – literally – and the sex is off the charts with these two when 20 years of tensions finally explode. But it’s not just about the lust, or the getting off, each man knows the other intimately, their fears, hopes, what keeps them awake at night and the emotional bond which has tied their friendship together is stretched out almost to snapping point.

I just loved everything about this book. It’s the culmination of the two narratives which went before it in the Mixed Messages series and, for me, it’s the cream at the top.

While I absolutely adored Jude and Asa and loved the heck out of Dylan and vulnerable Gabe, there was just something about seeing two men who’ve both been in love with the other for more than half their lives finally realise that love was worth taking the risk which spoke to me.

I’ve been waiting for Henry’s story since he first appeared as Gabe’s best mate and, in Risk Taker, Lily Morton delivered – for me – absolute perfection.

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Release Blitz: Behind The Lights by TL Travis

Behind The Lights | TL Travis

Social Sinners #1

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Length: 172 pages
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Joey Hayes and his best friend Ricky Branson have been together through the good times, as well as the bad. Attending their first concert as teens set the path for their futures in motion. Shortly after, the pair joined band class where they meet Ethan and Mick and the foursome formed the metal band, Social Sinners.

Things were going according to plan until Lucas Shane entered their lives, disrupting the flow and testing the strength of their friendship.

When Joey spirals down a dark path after catching his cheating boyfriend, this tasked the other three band members with making a difficult decision that could end his career as their lead singer.

Book 1 is the only book in the series that can be read as a stand-alone.

Book 1 – Behind the lights (MM)

Book 2 – In the shadows (MM)

Book 3 – A heart divided (MMM)

Book 4 – Beyond the curtain (MM)

Book 5 – After the final curtain (MM/MMM)

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TL Travis is the author of The Sebastian Chronicles along with numerous other erotic novelettes (and many more in the works), The Elders Trilogy – an erotic paranormal (Vampire) romance novel series and many non-fiction articles.

In her spare time she likes to fish, enjoy all the Pacific Northwest has to offer, spin spicy erotic webs for readers to enjoy, and rescue any 4 legged lost souls she comes across. Since her children are grown and have flown the coop, she’s taken to spoiling her two deaf white boxers even more so than they were before.

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Dreamy delight about falling for your best friend

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this for the story itself, which is beautifully told and filled with emotion. I loved it even more knowing that it’s loosely based on a real couple who one day realised they were in love with each other.

I know this has had a mixed reception because of the earliest exchanges between the boys but I personally didn’t find them to be too outlandish.

My son had to grow up pretty fast when I nearly died back when he was just six years old, and his vocabulary has always been way advanced for his age as we’ve always read with him and to him.

He started talking relatively late when he was almost four, but once he started, he never stopped and he’s always been an advanced reader (he takes after his mum in that, I could read before I started school).

So, for me anyway, the way David and Matt talked in their younger days, didn’t seem too far beyond reality and, given the story was being narrated as flashback type recollection, I just took it as David embellishing it a bit 🙂

As this is a Dreamspinner release, it’s relatively low angst and no real steam to talk about up until the final 10% and it works for the setting. The whole book felt, for me, as if I was being given a peak into these two men’s lives as they waited until they were young adults before their eyes were opened to the love they had. It’s a truly sweet read.

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Lovely story about the power of love from Ruthie

The Last SummerThe Last Summer by Ruthie Luhnow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ruthie Luhnow doesn’t release books as often as some other authors do but when she does, it’s invariably a well crafted exploration of the power of love in some form or another.

This one centres on two teenagers living in a tiny conservative town that doesn’t like “different” and examines the effect of expectations and fears of family prejudice.

I felt so bad for Wynn, unable to see the wood for the trees, unaware of “why” he loved Alfie so much and why the other boy was the most important thing in his life. He broke my heart.

But Alfie, oh how much did I want to just wrap him up in bubble wrap and tell him it’d be okay, that he’d find his place in the world and it would be beautiful.

This book is probably the most angsty of all of Ruthie’s that I’ve read, but it’s not unnecessary. It drives the narrative and anchors everything which happens later.

It’s also a book about it never being too late to accept yourself and discovering that the years don’t mean a thing when the one you love, loves you back.

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Release Blitz: Last Call by Christina Lee and Felice Stevens

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LAST CALL

M/M/M ROMANCE

CHRISTINA LEE & FELICE STEVENS

RELEASE DATE: 11.29.17

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Quinn Monahan and Grayson Page have been friends since high school. Despite their differences, they’ve been there for each other through thick and thin. Opening Last Call together, a bar tucked away in the small town of Heartsville, PA seemed a natural progression—even if it makes it harder to live with the secret longing they’ve always had for each other.

Hoping to score an easy buck and a place to sleep, unemployed circus roadie Emery Woods chooses Last Call to run a few bets and enjoy a decent beer before moving on. When he finds himself stranded, the unexpected kindness Quinn and Gray show him leads to temporary work and a couch to lay his head. Sensing unresolved history between Quinn and Gray, he squashes his immediate draw to the men, opting to avoid trouble. But as days turn into weeks, denying the attraction is easier said than done.

When the men finally give in to the simmering sexual tension, it quickly develops into more than a way to pass the lonely nights. And as they begin to lean on each other for emotional support, it becomes nearly impossible to think of one man without the other two. But while Quinn and Gray are afraid to cross the line of friendship between them, Emery fears once they do, he’ll quickly be cast aside. A real family is finally within their grasp, but unless the men can learn to trust each other, they just might miss their hearts’ last call home.

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“Hey. You don’t believe him, right? He doesn’t know the real you.” Gray wrapped his arms around me, pulling me close. Wordlessly I sought his mouth, needing his solid warmth. Electric sparks showered through me when he crushed our lips together, and I slid my hands through his hair, clutching the silky waves between my fingers.

Heat rose between us as he took my face between the palms of his hands and sucked hungrily at my tongue. I molded my body to his, my dick aching and hard. Our breaths mingled, and I licked at the scratchy, tender skin of Gray’s neck, drinking in the tang of his scent. So strong and warm and male.

A hand touched my back and Emery kissed my neck, then sucked my earlobe into his mouth. I could feel the push of his cock, and I became a trembling mass of sensation, each stroke ramping up my desire.

“The truck is still in the driveway, full of liquor.” Emery panted against my ear.

“Fuck the liquor.” Who could think when Emery’s lips trailed hot kisses down my neck?

“I’d rather fuck you.”

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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.

She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.

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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels was renewed.

But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back.

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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Release Blitz: Inseparable by Sloan Johnson

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Length: 60,000 words approx
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Trevor and Gabe never knew life without the other. As only children, they grew up as close as brothers, but their love grew to something more. Something they couldn’t talk about because their parents wouldn’t understand.

Gabe is gay and unapologetic about his sexuality. He refuses to live his life in the shadows, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t harboring secrets.

Trevor is his parents’ miracle child and he doesn’t want to hurt them. Coming out, admitting he’s in love with Gabe, could ruin everything. 

Heading off to college was supposed to finally free them to be together, but nothing is as easy as it seems. Can they find a way to navigate this new world, living and loving openly?

 
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Sloan Johnson is a big city girl trapped in a country girl’s life. While she longs for the hustle and bustle of New York City or Las Vegas, she hasn’t yet figured out how to sit on the deck with her morning coffee, watching the deer and wild turkeys in the fields while surrounded by concrete and glass.

When she was three, her parents received their first call from the principal asking them to pick her up from school. Apparently, if you aren’t enrolled, you can’t attend classes, even in Kindergarten. The next week, she was in preschool and started plotting her first story soon after.

Later in life, her parents needed to do something to help their socially awkward, uncoordinated child come out of her shell and figured there was no better place than a bar on Wednesday nights. It’s a good thing they did because this is where she found her love of reading and writing. Who needs socialization when you can sit alone in your bedroom with a good book?

Now, Sloan is a tattooed mom with a mohawk and two kids. She’s been kicked out of the PTA in two school districts and is no longer asked to help with fundraisers because she’s been known to lose herself with a good book and forget she has somewhere to be.

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Review Tour: Holding On by Sarah Hadley Brook

Length: 96,300 words approx
Publisher: JMS Books
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Eighteen-year-old Aaron Pickard is dealing with a lot: he’s falling for his straight best friend, his mother has ended up in the hospital after a violent assault by his father, and he’s trying to decide when to come out. Tack on the stress of an upcoming prom and graduation, a part-time job, and the possibility he could lose his best friend, and he’s an emotional wreck.

Aaron’s best friend Jeff Leaton provides a soft place for him to fall when his life is thrown into chaos, literally holding him each night as they fall asleep. As Jeff helps Aaron navigate through the mess that has become his new normal, Aaron’s feelings for Jeff intensify.

Aaron’s pretty sure it’s all going to end badly, but he’s holding on to hope.

November 27 – Bonkers About Books, Wicked Faerie’s Tales & Reviews, Reading Is Our Satisfaction, Nerdy Dirty & Flirty, BooksLaidBareBoys, Mirrigold: Mutterings & Musings, Cupcakes & Bookshelves, Millsy Loves Books

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Sarah Hadley Brook lives smack-dab in the middle of the Heartland and is the mother of two wonderful young men, as well as two cats. During the day, she works in the nonprofit world, but reserves evenings for her hobby-turned-passion of writing, letting the characters she conjures in her mind take the lead and show her where the story will go.

When not working or writing, she can be found reading, working on dollhouses, trying her hand at new recipes, or watching old movies and musicals. In her ideal world, Christmas would come at least twice a year, Rock Hudson and Doris Day would have costarred in more than three movies, and chocolate would be a daily necessity.

She dreams of traveling to Scotland some day and visiting the places her ancestors lived. Sarah believes in “Happily Ever After” and strives to ensure her characters find their own happiness in love and life.

 

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