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Kade crafts a beautiful romance that’s grounded in realness

60488772._SY475_HOME by Kade Boehme

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Getting a new book from Kade Boehme is such a joy, he’s a beautiful narrator of romance and in HOME he’s crafted a truly gorgeous story about two men who feel real.

The narrative itself isn’t complicated, two men meet by chance, they have connection, they stay in touch and meet up again before a third surprise encounter leads them to discover they’ve got more in common than they thought.

It’s a story which takes the reader into the journey they make in coming to terms not only with their own individual situations but with the additional baggage that comes with having a social group that’s been brought together through marriage.

Throughout the realness of their relationship makes you feel like you’re reading about two people you know, there’s a solid grounding which adds depth and makes the story stay with you.

Jase is older than Cody, but because of his lateness in coming out, his time in the Forces, he’s not much more advanced in the ways of being a gay man, he’s not really had relationships, he’s avoided rocking the boat with his mother.

Cody is a sweetheart who’s gone through some rough stuff, he’s forever trying to live up to unrealistic expectations and he feels a mound of guilt over how he let things get on top of him when he was away at college.

I felt Kade dealt both sensitively and honestly with Cody’s ADHD, something that had gone undiagnosed throughout his childhood and which his father still refuses to accept. All the tensions between Cody and his family felt believable and there are no easy solutions offered up here.

The dynamic between Jase and Cody is also well represented, they switch between being the strong one and needing support equally, there’s no magic dick here and I did have to chuckle when Kade uses Cody’s honest dialogue to express to Jase his frustrations that he won’t ever be cured even though he has the stability of their relationship.

There’s some wonderful secondary characters present throughout and a very strong sense of place. The community the men live in is brought to life through snippets and visits to events which draw all the disparate threads together.

It’s so wonderful to see Kade writing again and I really hope this is the first of many to come!

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

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Another absolute belter in this new Colorado-set series from Lucy

56326586Right as Raine by Lucy Lennox

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ooh, this new series from Lucy is shaping up to be an absolute belter.

This is really sweet, has all the feels and a pair who will always put the other one’s feelings at the heart of their relationship.

I loved the free short story starring folk rock musician Gentry and OT Winter, but this one was even better.

What I really liked about this one was the clear friendship and connection between Tiller and Mickey irrespective of their attraction to each other.

There was love and respect there before they gave up fighting their feelings and became lovers.

They also, mostly, talked through their issues and, the one time they didn’t, it made complete sense why not.

It wasn’t just a dramatic moment for the sake of it. I also loved being back in Aster Valley and catching up with the town’s people, and I’m seriously looking forward to the next book!

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

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Grab a cup of tea and settle in for this fab enemies to lovers redemption romance

Copy of christmas pundit smallThe Christmas Pundit by V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this festive offering from VL.

There’s nothing I like better than a good redemption story, and it was delivered with enough bite to stop it becoming overly sweet or unrealistically easy.

Gideon had made Evan’s life unpleasant as they grew up together, then one day he was just gone.

Now, almost two decades later, Evan is Mayor of his small town and his nemesis is back to cast a stern eye in his weekly editorials as Editor-in-Chief.

What I liked most about this was how Evan’s memories of Gideon’s behaviour weren’t changed or lessened. He had been awful to him, but as more is revealed, it becomes ever more clear that it was the age old “attention grab” from someone struggling with a difficult life.

There’s one reveal which comes fairly early on which I would have liked to see become more of a thing but it’s possible that may happen in the short which is coming out in VL’s newsletter.

It’s clear from the off that Gideon’s feelings are still there, and at one point I was very much wanting to give him a big hug as he exposed his vulnerability.

There’s chemistry and sexual attraction galore and I loved the heady atmosphere of their intimacy once Evan admitted he was very much attracted to Gideon.

With its small town vibe, this series is a lovely interlude to while away a couple of hours with a cup of tea and a brownie 😁

It made my heart happy.

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

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