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Review Tour: Nothing Ventured by Jay Northcote

Nothing Ventured  | Jay Northcote

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Mud, sweat, and reluctant romance. Can Aiden and Matt sort out their feelings before race day?

When Aiden agrees to run the Mad Mucker—a twelve-mile muddy slog over an obstacle course—he’s expecting it to be a bit of a laugh. The training will be tough, but Aiden could use the motivation to regain some fitness.

Matt is the sexy cousin of one of Aiden’s coworkers and a last-minute addition to the team. When he agrees to train with Aiden, Aiden suddenly finds the prospect of regular workouts a lot more appealing.

Soon attraction flares, and they embark on an intense physical relationship. Matt doesn’t want to fall in love with a man, and Aiden doesn’t want to fall in love at all, but despite their insistence on no strings, they grow closer.

As the day of the race approaches, time is running out for them to work out how they feel about each other.

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About The Author

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Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

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My second read reminded me how much I liked this British romance

NothingVenturedNothing Ventured by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Re-reading as it is being re-released with a new cover.

Second reading: I’d forgotten how much I liked this very British romance from Jay.

Centred around a team of work colleagues taking part in the insanity of the Mad Mucker, it had all the hallmarks of this author – a Bristol setting, a sense of humour, two characters with real human frailties and strengths.

I loved that Aiden wasn’t perfect, although Matt was approaching that with his personal trainer lifestyle.

I loved that they started out as teammates, then friends before moving into a friends with benefits status and developing ‘feelings’.

The outcome was one which felt totally worked for and I totally believed in their HEA.

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

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Release Blitz: Nothing Ventured by Jay Northcote

Nothing Ventured  | Jay Northcote

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Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Ye6AFm

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Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

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Mud, sweat, and reluctant romance. Can Aiden and Matt sort out their feelings before race day?

When Aiden agrees to run the Mad Mucker—a twelve-mile muddy slog over an obstacle course—he’s expecting it to be a bit of a laugh. The training will be tough, but Aiden could use the motivation to regain some fitness.

Matt is the sexy cousin of one of Aiden’s coworkers and a last-minute addition to the team. When he agrees to train with Aiden, Aiden suddenly finds the prospect of regular workouts a lot more appealing.

Soon attraction flares, and they embark on an intense physical relationship. Matt doesn’t want to fall in love with a man, and Aiden doesn’t want to fall in love at all, but despite their insistence on no strings, they grow closer.

As the day of the race approaches, time is running out for them to work out how they feel about each other.

About The Author

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Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

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Review Tour: Cold Pressed by Allison Temple

Cold Pressed | Allison Temple

Seacroft Series #2

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Length: 80,000 words approx.

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No strings attached is all Oliver can offer. He’s hiding a broken heart that holds him back from diving into a new relationship, but he’ll go on a blind date to make his family happy. Just one date, though; he doesn’t have time for love to derail his plans.

Divorced and demoted to the night shift, Nick has his own problems. He’s got an ex-wife who needs him and a kid with one foot in juvie. The last thing Nick needs is to butt heads—or other body parts—with a tempting hipster who wears a sad smile on their blind date.

Their chemistry can’t be denied, though, in an argument or in bed. No strings sex is uncomplicated and that’s what Nick and Oliver need. But getting into bed together is one thing. Staying out of each other’s hearts soon becomes so much more complicated than either one imagined.

Cold Pressed is an 80k contemporary MM romance. It features a smoldering bisexual single dad, a broken-hearted hipster with a thing for beet juice, and a friends-with-benefits arrangement that blooms into the HEA you’ve been looking for.

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Allison Temple has been a writer since the second grade, when she wrote a short story about a girl and her horse. Her grandmother typed it out for her and said she’s never seen so many quotation marks from a seven-year-old before. Allison took that as a challenge and has gone on to try to break her previous record in all her subsequent works.

Allison lives in Toronto with her very patient husband and the world’s neediest cat. She splits her free time between writing, community theater stage management, and traveling anywhere that has good wine. Tragically, this leaves no time to clean her house.

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Cold Pressed | Allison Temple

Seacroft Series #2

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Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 80,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Cate Ashwood Designs

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Blurb

No strings attached is all Oliver can offer. He’s hiding a broken heart that holds him back from diving into a new relationship, but he’ll go on a blind date to make his family happy. Just one date, though; he doesn’t have time for love to derail his plans.

Divorced and demoted to the night shift, Nick has his own problems. He’s got an ex-wife who needs him and a kid with one foot in juvie. The last thing Nick needs is to butt heads—or other body parts—with a tempting hipster who wears a sad smile on their blind date.

Their chemistry can’t be denied, though, in an argument or in bed. No strings sex is uncomplicated and that’s what Nick and Oliver need. But getting into bed together is one thing. Staying out of each other’s hearts soon becomes so much more complicated than either one imagined.

Cold Pressed is an 80k contemporary MM romance. It features a smoldering bisexual single dad, a broken-hearted hipster with a thing for beet juice, and a friends-with-benefits arrangement that blooms into the HEA you’ve been looking for.

Seacroft Series

Book 1 – Top Shelf – Amazon US | Amazon UK

About The Author

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Allison Temple has been a writer since the second grade, when she wrote a short story about a girl and her horse. Her grandmother typed it out for her and said she’s never seen so many quotation marks from a seven-year-old before. Allison took that as a challenge and has gone on to try to break her previous record in all her subsequent works.

Allison lives in Toronto with her very patient husband and the world’s neediest cat. She splits her free time between writing, community theater stage management, and traveling anywhere that has good wine. Tragically, this leaves no time to clean her house.

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A gorgeous romance which examines the strength of love

Change of HeartChange of Heart by K.M. Neuhold

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This romance is just gorgeous, there’s no other word for it imho. From the start to the finish I had a really warm feeling of love throughout the narrative even though there were moments tinged with sadness.

I think K.M. has handled what could have been a truly mawkish subject with consummate skill, it’s a difficult tone to get right but overall this romance with a twist had a strength of feeling which was pitched perfectly.

Easton’s love for his dead husband Paul is present throughout, the necessary level of weight for his grieving is there but Paul never overtakes the story and becomes too big an issue for a new relationship to take hold.

And River, the recipient of Paul’s heart, is also enough of a strong character that he never feels like a substitute and the affection which grows between them, while it has possibly dubious beginnings, is allowed to develop and meander through friendship into affection and attraction and then into love organically.

It’s a tough subject to tackle and I think it’s pitched perfectly. Enough weight is given to each aspect of the romance and, while things do perhaps happen a little bit quickly, I think sometimes when you’ve lost a great love, when another one arises, it feels almost like a miracle which has to be grasped and not let go of.

There’s also perhaps hints of a second book which I would absolutely love to read because I think Fox needs his own chance to move on from grieving his best friend and I think Brandon might just be the one to do it, even if he’s not aware of it just yet.

Also, as a final point, the use of colour in this book to reflect the journey Easton takes from grief and back into life is beautifully done. Bravo for that.

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Four tissues strong – this is an emotional triumph

45362841Wilde Love by Lucy Lennox

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Four tissues Lucy, that’s how many I needed reading this book. Not because it’s super sad – although at times it is heart-breaking – but because of all the emotions.

I’ve been waiting for Doc and Grandpa’s story for so long, it’s one of those times when you get antsy when you first start to read because there’s so much riding on it from my own expectations and they can run away and be utterly unrealistic, which has to be a nightmare if you’re an author so sorry in advance for that Lucy!

But I should have known that two characters who have been so lovingly crafted in the Forever Wilde series would themselves have a love story which met every single expectation.

From their first meeting in the painful days of the Vietnam War, through to the dawn of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, through to the renewal of their wedding vows, every step I took on this journey was love personified.

There is no putting aside Doc’s wife Betsy, she’s as important to his story as the Major becomes and I loved that there was love and understanding between her and Weston.
There is also no sugarcoating of the difficulties of being gay or bisexual in the later years of the 20th century.

I loved all the extended family, I loved how they welcomed Weston into their lives, how he found a home and a place after so many years alone.

I also raged at times, never over the situation they found themselves in, I loved Betsy too much for that, but with eyes that see how much has changed for the better – and how much still needs to change – for it to not matter how and who someone loves.

And I cried. It’s rare for a book to make me tear up, never mind get actual tears. This one did it four times and most of those came in the final chapters when I tried to read their wedding vow renewal ceremony without weeping like a baby and failed miserably.

Words are powerful movers of emotion and all the words in this book moved me in one way or another and that’s a true gift from an author to a reader.

Oh, and as a PS, the epilogue of this book might just be simultaneously the most hilarious thing ever, the biggest name drop ever and the biggest display of love ever seen in a single book!

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