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This rock star romance breaks away from the usual trope and brings a rollercoaster of feels

code red coverCode Red by N.R. Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely one of Nic’s best books for me, this is a rollercoaster of feels that runs through the pressures of being in a globally successful boy band.

The way the plot slowly develops along two distinct strands is exceptionally well paced.

As Maddox and Roscoe’s friendship deepens into love, after they’ve both been mutually pining for years, we see the rest of their lives begin to unravel.

The romance between them is lovely, it’s soft and soothing, supportive and caring. There’s a seven year gap between the 23-year-old frontman and his manager but it doesn’t feel like it.

Maddox definitely reads more mature than your typical young adult, but him and his four bandmates have been famous since they were 16, so it’s no surprise he’s more self aware.

What I liked best about this story is that it never runs into overly dramatic interactions.

Roscoe is a really lovely guy, he’s just genuinely trying to do his best for all the band’s members.

Maddox is a sweetheart, he’s falling in love while his band goes on another sell out stadium tour and it’s not an easy ride.

There are moments of humour, the friendships between the five young men, and all three of their managers, are also richly woven in to the feeling of them living lives isolated from the wider world.

As pressures mount up, Maddox and Roscoe get even more involved, the commitment they have for meeting each other’s needs is sweetly represented.

Sex isn’t just a passing thing, they take time to explore each other’s desires, although the steam level is medium.

Not that it detracts, the narrative doesn’t need to have loads of smexy times for you to get a sense of how they feel.

There isn’t a real villain here, either than the expectation of paparazzi and fans to have 24/7 access to someone just because they have a talent which brings them fame.

It’s a salutary warning about treating people as commodities as well as a delightful romance.

The pressures of fame are laid out with an ever-increasing awareness that something has to break, and it might just be Maddox.

There’ll be no spoilers here, but I felt everything which happened was justified and definitely possible.

The conclusion and Epilogue are seriously cute too, and made me smile.

I’m not sure if this is a standalone or whether there’ll be more in the series, but I’d be happy to venture into their world again.

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

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An interesting and different paced return to her firefighting crew

Up In Smoke coverUp in Smoke by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Annabeth Albert’s return to her firefighting crew has some highlights but also left me frustrated at times.

Both Brandt and Shane have deep insecurities which make them hesitant and, while I totally understand, it also made the romance feel a bit more subdued.

Having said that, I adored the family aspect of the narrative, Jewel was a little sweetheart for all that she’s a tiny baby .

I felt the connection both men had with her grow strongly while they fought their feelings for each other.

Another thing which made me happy, and I absolutely agreed with Annabeth’s explanation in her author note, was the lack of any job related fire drama.

While there are still incidents, there wasn’t the bone deep fear of something happening out on a major incident and I appreciated it.

The relationship itself fluctuates between consuming passion, it’s hot how much Brandt is into being on the receiving end of Shane’s touches, and angsty panic.

Ultimately though, alls well in the end as each man comes to realise he can rely on the other to support and encourage, love and protect.

The Epilogue set two years later, is wonderfully sweet and gives a very definite Happy Ever After.

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish

Best Laid Plans | Roan Parrish

Garnet Run #2


Publisher: Carina Adores

Release Date: February 23rd, 2021

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A man who’s been moving his whole life finally finds a reason to stay put.

Charlie Matheson has spent his life taking care of things. When his parents died two days before his eighteenth birthday, he took care of his younger brother, even though that meant putting his own dreams on hold. He took care of his father’s hardware store, building it into something known several towns over. He took care of the cat he found in the woods…so now he has a cat.

When a stranger with epic tattoos and a glare to match starts coming into Matheson’s Hardware, buying things seemingly at random and lugging them off in a car so beat-up Charlie feels bad for it, his instinct is to help. When the man comes in for the fifth time in a week, Charlie can’t resist intervening.

Rye Janssen has spent his life breaking things. Promises. His parents’ hearts. Leases. He isn’t used to people wanting to put things back together—not the crumbling house he just inherited, not his future and certainly not him. But the longer he stays in Garnet Run, the more he can see himself belonging there. And the more time he spends with Charlie, the more he can see himself falling asleep in Charlie’s arms…and waking up in them.

Is this what it feels like to have a home—and someone to share it with?

Better Than People

Garnet Run #1


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About The Series


Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories featuring beloved romance tropes, where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.

A new Carina Adores title is available each month in trade paperback, ebook and audiobook formats.

  • The Hideaway Inn by Philip William Stover (available now!)
  • The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron (available now!)
  • Just Like That by Cole McCade (available now!)
  • Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters (available now!)
  • The Love Study by Kris Ripper (available now!)
  • The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher (available now!)
  • Just Like This by Cole McCade (available now!)
  • Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love by Kim Fielding (available now!)
  • Knit, Purl, A Baby and a Girl by Hettie Bell (coming March 30)
  • The Hate Project by Kris Ripper (coming April 27)
  • Hard Sell by Hudson Lin (coming May 25)


About The Author

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing.

One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

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