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The Queen of slow burn banter nails the romance again

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the way Anyta Sunday can take a slow burn romance and have the reader absolutely wrapped in the narrative as two people who everyone can see clearly are perfect for each other stumble their way into happiness.

This one gives us Mort’s story, last seen in the festive anthology entry Shrewd Angel where he was a secondary character helping out rock star Pax Polo and it’s a delicious mix of banter and witty dialogue coupled with intense yearning and lots of pining.

It’s a classic brother’s best friend/best friend’s younger brother romance, but there’s also a depth to the story which comes as the plot unfolds and more is found out about why Mort wasn’t with the family during their most difficult time.

There’s angsting because Felix still thinks Mort’s in love with his older brother (the said best friend Roch – and yes that might be meant to be pronounced rock ala the book’s instructions but sorry, I called him Roach all the way through in my head 😉 )

But ultimately there’s the gorgeous fall into love which Anyta is just so, so good at.

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Release Blitz: Confessions: Henri by Ella Frank

Confessions: Henri | Ella Frank

Confessions #5

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Blurb

Good and bad. Right and wrong.

Life would be easy if things were always that simple.

That’s never been the case for Henri Boudreaux.

Son of a criminal. Ex-boyfriend to a Priest.

Henri’s made a career out of getting in trouble and avoiding the law.

So when he winds up in bed with it, he knows that things are about to get…complicated.

But what’s life without taking a few risks?

And what’s a risk without the threat of being caught?

No one’s ever accused Henri of being a good man.

And Officer Craig Bailey is about to find out just how bad he can be.

Confessions: Bailey

Confessions Series #6

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Start The Series with Confessions: Robbie

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Relationships are complex.

Love ever-changing.

And when it comes to rules of the heart,

they were made to be broken…

That’s what Robert Antonio Bianchi was telling himself, anyway.

Otherwise, he really had no excuse for what—or who—he’d done.

No excuse, except for his lonely heart, a pitcher of margaritas, four Bitter Bitches, and the apparent need to confess all his weaknesses to the two men he knew would bring him nothing but trouble.

But trouble was nothing new.

Just ask his crazy sisters or any of his friends, and they’d be the first to tell you:

 If there was a bad decision to be made, Robbie always had a knack for making it.

And thus begins the story of the priest, the princess, and the prick.

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B9V58Q6

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Confessions-Robbie-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07B9V58Q6

About The Author

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Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

If you’d like to get to know Ella better, you can find her with her co-author Brooke Blaine getting up to all kinds of shenanigans on Facebook at The Naughty Umbrella

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Beautifully relatable characters and a complex romance make this a hit

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book big time. I’m already a big fan of Jay’s writing but with this book she’s outdone herself, touching on a complex medical issue and ensuring Drake’s character is not only believable but absolutely relatable.

Both characters are wonderfully expressed, and while I totally fell for Drake, with his spikes and bristles, my heart dropped fully into Caleb’s hands.

I have a soft spot for cops at the best of times (one of my exes was a policeman) but detectives who fall for spikey and bristly midwives with a chronic illness and do their absolute best to find out all they can about it to be a good potential boyfriend are even more delicious.

There’s lots of medical stuff in this but it never overwhelms the basic narrative of two men with very different experiences and personalities falling in love.

I will say that a certain plot element which comes in later in the game, while it works well as a tension point, felt a wee bit just too convenient and I’d maybe have preferred the understanding from Drake about his feelings to have come without needing it.

But, it’s an incredibly minor point, a personal niggle only, and it never took me away from the overriding message of taking chances and living whatever life you get given to the best of your abilities.

#ARC kindly received from the Publisher Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review

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An absolutely delightful foursome of romances with a foodie twist

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an absolutely delightful set of romances from the Ari McKay writing duo!

All previously released, I believe each has been tweaked and book one – Bay Leaves and Bachelors – certainly isn’t the same as the original as there were no fortune tellers in sight!

Instead, we’re offered up a restored historic plantation owner turned restaurateur and a historian and it’s a sweet read with just a little bit of tension caused by a meddling outsider.

I loved that Clay came to see that he wasn’t the boring, stiff historian he’d been accused of being by a former lover and I adored Rhys’ determination to see himself as a sexy and desirable man.

With Fennel and Forgiveness it was all about second chances, Max was determined to take the opportunity fate gave him when it threw him back in the path of his former lover Darius, now Maitre’ de at Montgomery House.

There’s lots of delicious tension here as it’s perfectly clear Darius is just as much in love with Max as he was seven years earlier and with a bit of meddling help from their friends, eventually they get their act together.

In Ginger and Gentlemen we get a really lovely best friends to lovers romance which stars executive chef Stephen Pierce’s little brother Ian and his business manager and friend Matt.

I loved this one, it had both the vibe of the friends to lovers scenario where each has feelings but doesn’t know how the other man feels and doesn’t want to risk the friendship, coupled with a side plot of estranged brothers reconnected.

Lots of emotional fireworks, a seemingly cursed TV show and a storm which breaks more than just the roof of Ian’s diner all add up into nice and spicy romance.

The best, imho, is saved for last when Cinnamon and Seduction finally sees Stephen realise he’s in love with his Personal Assistant Robert.

Robert’s been holding a torch for his boss since the day they met, but after seven years, he’s beginning to think nothing will ever change the way Stephen sees him until their friends start to run a campaign of interference.

This was fairly angsty for such a short story, packed with fears and insecurities but never too over the top and, while things could have been solved with a conversation, I did like the way the narrative allowed each man to reach their own awareness that they needed to fight for the other.

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

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Release Blitz: Strike A Chord by K.M. Neuhold

Strike A Chord | K.M. Neuhold

Replay #4

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MM Romance

Release Date: 14.05.19

Universal Link: http://mybook.to/SaCreplay

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Blurb

“You want to fake date me?”

Music is my life, my band is my heart and soul, and it’s all falling apart before my eyes.

A plan hatched from desperation as we both watch our careers burn down around us. Dating my best friend’s twin brother, Paris, who just so happens to be a gay icon at the moment seems like the perfect plan.

And if we have a little fun along the way, where’s the harm in that? The band is spiraling, his football career is going up in flames, and the more the world falls down around us, the easier it is to get lost in each other.

But are stolen moments during our own busy schedules and hurried kisses hidden behind social media posts the basis for a real relationship, or is this just another thing that’s going to turn to dust in our hands?

**Strike a Chord is the fourth and final book in the Replay series. This series can be read in any order.

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Excerpt

The strong bassline pounds in my chest, the music becoming a heartbeat all its own as it courses through me. Bodies move around me like an unruly ocean, and I’m lost at sea. Sometimes I hate this feeling, disappearing into the crowd, being nameless and faceless in the dark, pulsing lights of the club. Other times, I crave it like oxygen. For a few brief seconds I’m not a member of the biggest rock band on the planet. I’m not the guy whose face is plastered on magazines and posters and t-shirts. I’m not the person who lays awake at night waiting for the phone call that one of my best friends is dead by their own reckless hand.

I lick my dry lips and lift my drink to them, savoring the burning taste of alcohol on my tongue as I throw the shot back.

“Benji!” A familiar voice breaks through the loud drone of club noise. I glance over my shoulder to find Cooper pushing his way through the crowd. He gets surprised and excited looks from people as he shoves them out of the way. Yes, you just got elbowed by a rock star.

“Coop,” I greet him, holding my fist up for a bump when he reaches me.

“What are you doing down here? Come up to VIP,” he says, grabbing my arm and tugging me without waiting for my response.

We get even more wide-eyed looks as he drags me through the horde of bodies toward the stairs that lead to the VIP level. People take in my long blond hair, pulled into a messy bun on the top of my head, the tattoos covering my arms, and they realize who I am, but not soon enough to get a piece of me before I’m whisked away.

Ten years and most days it still feels like a dream. If I could go back in time and tell the nerdy thirteen-year-old hiding in the janitor’s closet to keep from getting the shit kicked out of him that one day he’d be a millionaire, playing keyboard for a chart-topping band, he wouldn’t believe it.

The way things are going, it won’t be true for long. Thoughts of what’s happening to the band are what drove me out of my quiet apartment tonight, dead set on finding as many distractions as possible.

Even if Jude manages to not snort his way to an early grave and Lincoln doesn’t “accidentally” cut himself too deep again and bleed out, we still have the little problem of Lando being unable to write music anymore. It’s starting to feel like one way or another, Downward Spiral isn’t going to make it into the new year, which is only a few weeks away.

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About the AuthorKM Neuhold Logo 2

K.M. Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely- and sometimes damaged- men finding their Happily Ever After together.

She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series.

When she’s not writing she’s a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero…just kidding, she’s likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.

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Sweet romance with an opposites attract theme and cute dogs

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Love is a Walk in the Park by V.L. Locey & Stephanie Locey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I am a Yorkshire girl, my grandmother used to breed pedigree Yorkshire Terriers, they’re yappy little rats that bite your feet when you’re little.

Having said that, Tiberius is a delight, I loved both the dogs in this somewhat muddled but quite sweet New York set romance.

I’m not sure really quite how to summarise it but Sullivan and Duane make a really cute pair and there are lots of laughs in this story.

For me, the plot got a bit twisted at times. I was never really sure why Sully made such a huge deal out of not wanting to do something (specifically plot related) and it all seemed to get wrapped up rather quickly.

There’s a quirky set of secondary characters to round out the story and I liked Duane’s best mate Ronan and Sully’s bestie and her mum were a riot.

Overall, I think this makes a lovely sweet romance with very little angst and I like the new partnership between Vicki and her daughter.

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

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Viper lives up to the dangers of his name in this second instalment

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by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chapter two of the Halo and Viper journey focuses on the development of the ever growing feelings between the two men.

For Halo, things couldn’t be better, but Viper’s past means he’s not so easily swayed by the emotional impact spending time with the band’s new frontman is bringing.

At times I forget there’s a ten year age gap between them as Halo always seems way more mature than his 23 years and Viper does his best impression of a mardy teenager frequently.

His grumpy attitude does come with valid reasons though and I liked that Brooke and Ella brought more depth to his character than just the bad boy persona.

Halo’s not willing to just be shoved aside though and there’re words said, and actions taken, that I was really hoping wouldn’t lead me to chuck my Kindle across the room.

Fortunately it’s just a stumble on their path towards happiness and I was very pleased with where things ended up.

Only a month to go before the final book is out and we get to see just how they’re going to deal with all the pressures of the relationship and the band’s success.

As an aside, yes the narrative is as hot as the cover model just in case you were wondering 😉

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

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