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Another sure-fire hit in the Ballsy Boys series

Campy (Ballsy Boys #4)Campy by K.M. Neuhold & Nora Phoenix

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like this one as it, on the surface, focused on gay for pay (controversial in some circles) star Campy but I shouldn’t have been worried.

There are enough little hints and snippets dropped into the opening couple of chapters for the reader to realise, way before Campy aka Cameron himself does, that he’s bisexual and has had crushes on men he’s never noticed for what they were.

Jackson’s arrival in town, as Cameron’s new roommate, begins to stir feelings he’s never had before and it’s amusing to watch him fall in love without noticing he’s doing so.

Campy/Cameron is a cleverly written character, he takes the reader on a journey as much as he takes himself as his various different lives and personas begin to come crashing together once Jackson arrives in his life.

Jackson’s almost too good to be true 🙂 he’s really just a genuine old-fashioned Texas boy who wants to find the love of his life and settle into the white picket fence life and when he meets Cam, it quickly becomes clear he’s found his one.

The story goes on a few twists and turns as Jackson’s TV show starts to make his face more recognisable and then inadvertently expose all Cam’s secrets. The fall out is dealt with in a way which makes sense and which gives Cam the chance to get his own head around what’s happening in his life.

Eventually there’s reconciliation and a truly lovely conclusion to what was an excellently plotted and paced – and seriously sweet and hot – romance in the Ballsy Boys series.

Now bring on Pixie and Bear!

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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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Great start to my Hidden Creek reading experience from Ed Davies

Shelter (Men of Hidden Creek)Shelter by E. Davies

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know when I pick up an Ed Davies book I’m going to get a low angst, sweet romance between two normal guys who might have a bit of a rough path but who will eventually get their happy ending.

And that’s exactly what I got with Shelter, the first of the Hidden Creek series I’ve read, which focussed on two men who seemed to have their futures sorted, only to find life taking them in new directions.

Orion and Gabriel were super sweet together, Orion’s gradual awakening to the fact he’d always been flattered by Gabriel’s attention when they were younger and that he had more of a connection with him than the women he’d dated, was nicely done.

It didn’t feel out of place that he would realise he was bi and definitely attracted to Gabriel and I liked that they took their time with both experimenting and with their relationship.

Gramma was such a cool secondary character too and I was intrigued by the glimpses we got into the people who will be appearing in the other five Hidden Creek books.

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Something a little bit quirky and different from VL Locey


Life is a Stevie Wonder Song by V.L. Locey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a short, quirky, somewhat whimsical and quite delightful sexual awakening and May to December romance rolled into one.

I honestly wasn’t sure where it was going when I first started reading it and, for a time, I don’t think the story quite did either as Stephen’s attraction to Declan did seem to come from nowhere.

Declan’s own behaviour was a tad strange but it did fit into the character of a much younger dreamer with his fey photography and idealistic experiences.

All in all though a quick read which was enjoyable and a bit different.

This is a re-release and it has a lovely new cover. I don’t believe there’s any changes to the text though.

ETA: The lovely VL Locey has let me know there is a new Epilogue 🙂

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