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The latest Arou-Kalinski instalment puts you through the wringer!

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This book really ploughs through the emotions, both good and bad, as we continue the catch-up with the Arou-Kalinski families 10 years after we last saw them settled and happy.

Each time I come back to this pairing, I’m struck by just how real VL has made them as characters, I feel like I know them inside out.

I know how Vic will react to the disturbing news which comes from down South, where his son is off living with his mum and stepfather, I know he will be the solid rock his husband Dan needs as he comes to terms with another ice hockey injury and some home truths about his own behaviour.

This book is a hard emotional one, but it’s not without humour and I almost snorted my drink at the Shameless reference to Mickey Milkovich’s partner preferences 🙂

There are good times as well as the bad, there’re hard truths to face, there’s a plot line which, when I think about it was likely to come in some form or another to move the series onwards, it felt inevitable.

But over all, there is love, so much love, and I can’t wait to see what happens in book three as Jackie Blue Kalinski grows up ❤

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

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Fabulous exploration of the Norse Æsir in Hailey’s latest paranormal romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every time I think Hailey Turner has written her best book, she produces another which knocks the socks off me.

This one is just the same and is fighting with book one in this series as my favourite yet.

I love how she constantly surprises me with her mix of well-known mythologies – here it’s the Norse Æsir getting an airing – and lesser known but equally as interesting Gods and legends.

We meet Hinon, (also known as Hé-no, an Haudenosaunee/Iroquois thunder god) and his arch enemy the water serpent Oniare, hiding beneath the waters of Lake Michigan 😁

It’s also the first book to venture out of New York to another American location (rather than the jaunt through Ireland in A Crown of Iron & Silver and sees Patrick hunting for the Morrigan’s missing staff in Chicago.

I loved the whole premise of this book. The separation tension grows between Patrick and Jono, as he’s left behind in New York to deal with the treacheries of the other God Pack’s alphas, build alliances with unlikely allies and avoid ancient hunters sent to end his life.

But, even when they’re angry with each other, the love and connection between them is still powerfully emotive. These books are paranormal suspense and mystery first, but the heart and soul of them is the relationship between the mage and the wolf shifter.

A complex plot weaves its way into Norse legends but it never feels overwhelming and as the drive towards the ending grew closer, I couldn’t put my Kindle down!

While each book in this series follows a similar pattern, I never feel like I’m reading the same story over again, there are always subtle differences and each book brings a new level of depth to the relationship between the two men.

Bring on the rest of the series because I cannot wait to see where Hailey’s going to take me next, especially given the revelations of what occurs in this book’s narrative.

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Jay’s Cornish-set romance series is my ‘happy place’

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this is my favourite one yet in this series of quite excellent romances set in a wee Cornish town and centred on an LGBTQ cafe.

Here it’s journalist Quentin’s turn to go through the angst of falling for someone and it’s a narrative which runs a full gamut of emotions.

I felt so bad for George, at 45 he still hadn’t really come to terms with either his sexuality or his sexual desires.

But in Quentin’s capable hands, the awkwardness of his first time turned into something neither was expecting.

I loved the mild kink in this book, it fit perfectly with the awakening of a man who’d repressed his feelings for years. Dirty talk really does turn my crank 😁

A little bit of friendly Interference from cafe owner Seb and these two lonely men were put firmly on the path to happiness.

I’m excited to see where Jay takes this series next.

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Guest Post: The Captain and the Prime Minister by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

The Captain and the Prime Minister | Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

Captivating Captains #6

Release Date: March 3rd, 2020

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When a devoted prime minster has a second chance at romance, he discovers that love is love on Downing Street.

Captain Tom Southwell has swapped bullets for babies and works as a manny at one of the world’s most famous addresses. Behind the doors of Downing Street, he cooks dinner, puts the children to bed and is the prime minister’s best friend.

Alex Hart is the prime minister Great Britain’s been dreaming of. He’s dedicated, caring and has a conscience. He’s also a widower with two small children. The last thing he can let himself do is fall in love with the manny who has held his family together.

When an old flame from Tom’s past gets in touch, Tom’s first instinct is to keep him at arm’s length, but hell hath no fury like a yoga teacher scorned. As Alex fights to push a life-changing bill through Parliament, the tabloid vultures are circling. With rumors swirling about the prime minister and his gorgeous manny, every shark in Westminster senses blood.

Will Alex put love ahead of duty, or will the most important man in the country be the loneliest, too?
Will Alex put love ahead of duty, or will the most important man in the country be the loneliest, too?

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The first six of the Captivating Captains novels

The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper

The Captain and the Cricketer

The Captain and the Theatrical

The Captain and the Best Man

The Captain and the Squire

The Captain and the Prime Minister

are all now available on Kindle Unlimited.

Hide from the trenches in an elegant chateau, meet your dream man on a cricket pitch or dash through Regency England. There’s a captain for everyone.

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Eleanor sat down to chat about how the series came about and what prompted the writing duo to keep going with their Captivating Captains series.

After we’d finished writing our first novel together, The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper, we started to think about whether or not it would work as a series.

We started off by wondering what could come next in the world of that story, but by then we’d come up with an idea for a romcom, which was a different genre, a different time period and had a completely different cast. How could there be a series?

Yet perhaps there could be — the romcom still involved a captain, after all.

That novel began life as The Longley Parva Cup, but once we realised we had a series on our hands, we gave it a new name: The Captain and the Cricketer. We then brainstormed a list of potential captains. I won’t reveal them all, but what would become The Captain and the Theatrical first came to us as we noted down ideas for a Regency Captivating Captain novel. It would have to include a uniform with lots of brocade, of course!

Inspiration for pairings will come from both of us. The Captain’s Ghostly Gamble was one of Catherine’s, because highwaymen used to be known as captains, and she came up with the wonderfully foppish eighteenth-century Captain Cornelius Sheridan.

I came up with the idea of a lifeboat captain as the hero of a Christmas story — which became The Captain’s Cornish Christmas — when I was at a romance writers’ meet-up. I was in the middle of talking about romances set in Cornwall with a friend when I happened to look up and see the RNLI collection box on the bar. And Captain Jago Treherne popped straight into my head.

We were on our way back from Bath in Catherine’s car when the seeds of our latest Captivating Captains novel, The Captain and the Prime Minister, were sewn. Catherine had just been giving a talk at the Jane Austen Festival, and we were chatting about ideas for stories, after being prompted by a fabulously named road we’d passed (which I’m not giving away!).

Catherine said she’d been thinking about a story where a male politician falls in love with a man, maybe the family’s nanny, and how their relationship could risk the politician’s career. As she used to work at the Houses of Parliament, it sounded like a good idea because there’d be all of Catherine’s insider knowledge to draw on, which would make the story authentic.

We parked the idea for a while as we worked on other projects. But then one day we were chatting about ideas and brought up the political romance again. We mulled it over, then we realised it could be a Captivating Captains novel if the nanny had a military background.

And so our characters came to life. Alex Hart, a widowed Prime Minister, who falls in love with Tom, the family manny who’d swapped bullets for babies after leaving the army.

As we’ve seen with Philip Schofield recently, it’s not plain sailing for a celebrity to come out, and it was interesting to explore that idea in the novel. And we hope you do too.

About The Authors

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Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead began writing together in the spring of 2017 and swiftly discovered a shared love of sauce, well-dressed gents and a uniquely British sort of romance.

They drink gallons of tea, spend hours discussing the importance of good tailoring and are never at a loss for a double entendre.

They are the authors of numerous  short stories and two novel series, the de Chastelaine Chronicles, and the Captivating Captains, published by Totally Bound and Pride.

Their novel The Ghost Garden has been shortlisted for the 2020 Romantic Novel Awards.

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Release Blitz: Rebound by V.L. Locey

Rebound | V.L. Locey

Overtime #1

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Length: 64,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

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Blurb

If there’s one thing that’s a certainty in life, it’s change.

It’s taken Victor Kalinski years to settle into the kind of happiness that he thought he’d never find. The small town of Cayuga, New York, has welcomed him warmly. It’s given him a championship team to coach, a tightly-knit group of friends, a father who he has reconciled with, and a safe place to raise the son he adores.

The small town has also blessed him with Dan Arou, his husband and his soulmate, and one of the most skilled forwards on the Cougars. Given Dan’s outstanding play in their recent Calder Cup win, it was inevitable that Dan’s time in the minors was about to come to an end.

When Dan is given a starting position in Boston, Victor’s serene life is thrown into complete chaos. Pride over Dan’s accomplishment fills his heart but facing a long, lonely season in Cayuga is causing no small amount of discord.

Add in a wedding that will give his son a new stepfather, health issues for his dad, and Victor’s own penchant for saying things that aren’t exactly politically correct, and the impending explosion is guaranteed to blow Vic’s life to bits.

Life-altering choices will have to be made. Will Victor rebound from the challenges, or will he be unable to accept the upheavals that life has dealt him?

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About The Author

USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

Release Blitz: Wren And Oak by Sam Burns

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Rowan Harbor #9

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Length: 45,000 words

Cover Design: Melanie Farlow @ Clause & Effect

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Rowan Harbor has been peaceful for a now unprecedented two months, but everyone knows it’s the calm before the storm. The Summer king is coming for the thorn—a weapon destined to bring his end—and Fletcher has never felt so helpless.

When the disturbing dreams start and his mentor, Oak, is hesitant to discuss them, Fletcher doesn’t know where to turn. He and his boyfriend Conner are in the process of moving in together, and he doesn’t want to add anything else to Conner’s list of concerns.

With a vengeful fae waiting for his chance to raze Rowan Harbor to the ground, Fletcher has to find a way to protect everything he loves and survive the coming storm.

The Rowan Harbor Cycle Series

Book #1 – Blackbird in the Reeds – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #2 – Wolf and the Holly – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #3 – Fox and Birch – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #4 – Hawk In The Rowan – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #5 – Stag and the Ashe – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #6 – Adder and Willow – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #6.5 – In Any Light – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #7 – Eagle In The Hawthorn – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #8 – Salmon and the Hazel – Amazon US | Amazon UK

About The Author

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Sam Burns wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten-year-old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

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Wedge gets his happy ending and my heart was bursting too

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been wanting Wedge’s story since he first appeared in Garrett’s stunningly brilliant books Between Ghosts and the Rented Heart series.

Once the joker of the pack, since his accident, he’s retreated into himself and moved back home.

And, once again, I’m tickled by Garrett setting another book in my birth place of Leeds. She gets all the nuisances which make it such a fascinating city right.

Another thing she nails is her military research. I’ve said it before, I’ve family who were Special Forces and they’re a unique breed who never speak other than in abstract about their service.

Garrett’s note at the end of the book is spot on.

Here, Gavin’s army experience and his relationships with Marc and Nat, (and through them also with Jamie and Connor) and their losses and traumas, are so perfectly expressed.

And Yani. I loved Yani. He’s so different from Jamie but he works for Gavin just like the younger man does for Marc. It’s no secret that their book Soul To Keep, is my absolute favourite of all Garrett’s books, but this one comes close.

It’s not your typical Christmas romance, it touches on the harsh realities of big cities and their problems with the homeless and the lack of facilities to care for them.

It looks at both living with OCD and with the aftermath of PTSD, but it’s none the less a tale of hope. Of finding the moments that bring joy and of letting your heart be filled with the spark of love.

A fabulous addition to the military romance shelf of works from Garrett.

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