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Garrett delivers a powerhouse of an opener in this MMM romance

Devils Dance coverDevil’s Dance by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not sure I have adequate enough words to describe how much I loved this book.

It’s 3am and I just finished reading it having picked it up earlier. I simply couldn’t put it down.

I’m off to bed now to try and see if that helps me find words 🤪

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Right, a week later I’m back! What can I say about Devil’s Dance other than it is spectacularly good?

It has men who stretch the boundaries of acceptable behaviour – and push them right over – and I was totally here for it.

As a trio, I don’t think there could be a more perfect match than Cameron, Alexei and Saint. Each of them is such a compelling character in their own right, but put them together and they light up the pages like a firework display.

Cameron is a man with a conscience, he’s trying to follow in his dad’s footsteps as President of the Rebel Kings and move the motorcycle club away from dodgy deeds and into legitimate business. But, there’s resistance and there’s agreements made before he was Pres that he’s having to find a way out of.

This means life is lived on a knife edge, there’s danger every time someone steps out of the club and then there’s Alexei. He starts off as a random encounter in a grotty pub but for both he and Cam, it rapidly turns into something else, something more.

Seeing these two together is like pouring oil on water, they ooze and flow around the surface but it’s what’s happening underneath that’s vital, because they mix like the perfect spice blend into something which is hot enough to burn but sweet enough to soothe all the pain.

But, for all they want each other, both know something’s missing and when Alexei first encounters Cam’s Sergeant-at-Arms Saint, he realises that he’s it.

The pacing throughout this book was perfection. It fluctuates between moments of calmness, a peaceful break before all Hell literally ensues.

While most of this book focuses on intimacy between Cam and Alexei, Saint is not the “third wheel” by any stretch. He holds a permanent place in both Cam’s head and heart and soon Alexei is beginning to bond with him over their need to keep Cam alive.

Without spoiling anything, this book is everything I never knew I wanted in an MC romance. It has elements of such softness and kindness, married with such ruthlessness and dedication to both power and protection that it makes you wince.

I loved all the damaged, broken and beautifully conflicted bits of it!

Also this cover, one of Garrett’s absolute best imho!

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

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Jay’s Housemates collection brings together six cracking good tales of college age sexual exploration

housemates front coverThe Housemates Collection: An MM College Romance Series | Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When it comes to sexual exploration and awakening, then the Housemates series from Jay Northcote has to be among the best.

This box set brings six incredible tales together with their uniquely British feel and the emotional highs and lows of college age sexual exploration.

Covering most of my favourite tropes, Jay’s Housemates follow the paths of best friends to lovers, age gaps and wealth discrepancies, and awkward fumbling first times, as well as examining more serious issues such as what it’s like to be a young trans man finding their feet in a sexual relationship.

If you’ve never picked up any from this series, now’s the chance because these are among Jay’s best books in my opinion.

They’re invariably beautifully diverse, full of independence and discovery, about finding self-confidence in who you are and walking a unique path through college and into adult life.

Oh and they’re steaming hot, powerfully emotive and contain side orders of light kink and dirty talk which just add enough of a sexual frisson to get the pulse racing without ever going too far.

Packed with humour and British snark, the Housemates series offers readers a peak into life as a 20-something in a big city.

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

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Release Blitz: The Housemates Collection by Jay Northcote

The Housemates Collection: An MM College Romance Series | Jay Northcote

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Release Date: September 17th 2020

Publisher: Jaybird Press

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Available in Kindle Unlimited

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Blurb

All six of the bestselling Housemates Series in one volume

“This box set brings six incredible tales together with their uniquely British feel and the emotional highs and lows of college age sexual exploration.” Mirrigold: Mutterings & Musings

Helping Hand: bi-awakening, friends-to-lovers

Like a Lover: escort and client, reluctant romance

Practice Makes Perfect: first times, innocent seeks experience, friends with benefits fall in love

Watching and Wanting: bi-awakening, exploration, mild kink

Starting from Scratch: transgender FTM, first times

Pretty in Pink: bi-awakening, cross-dressing, gender fluidity

Helping Hand

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Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

Like a Lover

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Josh has a plan: get through uni with a good degree and no debts. Focused on his goals, he’s working as an escort to pay his way. He enjoys the no-strings sex and doesn’t have the time or inclination for a relationship. Falling in love definitely isn’t part of the deal—especially not with a client.

When Rupert meets Josh in a bar, he’s smitten on sight. He’s never paid for sex before, but when Josh propositions him, he can’t resist. He should have known one night would never be enough. Luckily for him, he has an inheritance to support his addiction to Josh, because his job in IT wouldn’t cover the cost.

With each appointment, the lines get increasingly blurred. Something is developing between them that feels more like a relationship than a business transaction, but they come from different worlds and to go from client-and-escort to lovers seems impossible. If they want a future together, Josh and Rupert have a lot to overcome.

Practice Makes Perfect

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Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience, and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex-to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.

Watching and Wanting

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Watching Jude’s cam show stirs desires Shawn’s always denied…

Shawn is adrift. Recently graduated, he’s stuck in a dead-end job that barely pays the bills. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends have moved on, and he’s still in Plymouth—going nowhere.

Jude is a student living in the same shared house. Out and proud, he’s everything Shawn’s been running from since he hit puberty. When Shawn discovers Jude works as a cam boy, he can’t resist the urge to watch one of his shows. It makes Shawn want things that scare him, yet his fascination forces him to confront his attraction to Jude.

Keen to explore his bi-curious side, Shawn suggests they do a show together. Jude agrees, and things get complicated—and kinky—fast. But Jude isn’t looking to get involved with someone so deep in the closet. If Shawn’s going to get what he wants, he needs to find the courage to stop hiding from himself and be honest about who he is.

Starting from Scratch

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Starting over isn’t easy, but Ben is ready to live his life as the man he was always meant to be.

Ben is transgender and back at university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history and Ben would prefer to keep it that way. He’s starting from scratch and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he’ll have to disclose his secret.

Sid is drawn to Ben from the moment they meet. He normally gets what he wants—in the short term at least. Ben’s guarded at first, and Sid’s not used to guys rejecting his advances. He eventually charms his way through Ben’s defences and helps Ben on his journey of sexual awakening.

It doesn’t matter to Sid that Ben is trans. He’s attracted to the whole person, and isn’t worried about what is—or isn’t—in Ben’s pants. They’re good together, and both of them are falling hard and fast, but Ben’s insecurities keep getting in the way. If Sid can convince Ben he’s committed, will Ben finally be able to put his heart on the line?

Pretty in Pink

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Ryan isn’t looking for a relationship with a guy—and Johnny isn’t looking for a relationship at all.

Ryan’s always been attracted to tall, leggy blondes—normally of the female variety. When Johnny catches his eye at a party, Ryan’s interest is piqued even though he’s never been with a guy before. The attraction is mutual, and the amazing night that follows opens Ryan’s eyes to his bisexuality.

Experience has taught Johnny that love hurts. Staying single is safer, and there’s no need for complicated relationships when hooking up is easy. When he moves in next door to Ryan, they’re both interested in picking up where they left off, and it seems like an ideal arrangement: convenient, mutually satisfying, and with no strings attached.

Despite their best intentions to keep things casual, they develop an emotional connection alongside the physical one. Both begin to want more from the relationship but are afraid to admit it. If they’re going to work things out, they need to start being honest—first with themselves, and then with 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, he 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 self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press Ltd. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

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