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A visit to Whisper Farm always makes my heart happy

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Garrett Leigh’s writing just feeds my heart and my mind with happiness.

There’s something brutally honest with every book she pens, whether it’s the struggles with drug addiction or, like here, where it’s more to do with the anxieties of a new job, burgeoning attractions and new fatherhood.

We’re back in my second favourite series location – Whisper Farm – with Joe, Harry and the rest of the Skins crew.

But it’s five years post Joe and Harry’s wedding and it’s young Toby, now a strapping 24-year-old, who holds the narrative focus.

His main distraction is new dad Cole, who’s moved to the farm to help take some of the classes at Harry’s clinic.

Straight away I was in love with this pair. They’re both so hesitant around each other, both have their own internal fears and hesitancy that they’re fighting alongside their attraction to the other.

This book is way less angsty than some of Garrett’s other books, but it’s not lacking in any of the emotion she’s so good at invoking.

As the story meanders along, Cole and Toby enter into a half friends/half sexual induction relationship which is seriously sweet, seriously hot and hilariously obvious to everyone else – full of feelings 😁

The dramatic tension is driven completely through the fears and anxieties of both men, nothing manufactured or mis-communicated.

With loads of guest appearances from nearly all the rest of the Skins gang, this book is a joyous experience.

The Epilogue is beyond awesome too and just firmly anchors this pair’s happy ending.

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

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Release Tour: Short Stack by Lily Morton

Short Stack | Lily Morton

A Short Story Collection

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Release Date: October 2nd, 2020

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What happens after the happy ending?

Drawn together for the first time, this is a collection of Lily’s short stories about the much-loved men from her Mixed Messages and Finding Home series. Follow them through awkward marriage proposals, birthdays, a fraught babysitting job, and a very drunken Eurovision Song Contest party.

It includes stories previously written for her website and readers’ group, along with deleted scenes and four brand new and exclusive short stories – Bad Valentine, Marrying Jude, Babysitting Billy, and House Hunting.

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Dylan comes towards me, and before I can duck, he sticks something on my head.

“What the fuck is happening?”

Dylan pulls something over my shoulders, unfolding a flurry of bright fabric before tying it around my neck. He decorates me with a few more things and takes a step back. As if synchronised, he and Jude burst into peals of laughter. I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I’m wearing a white tabard with a red cross on it and a Union Jack flag that he’s tied around my neck like a cape. He’s accentuated the outfit with a bright red wig with pigtails.

“What am I supposed to be?”

Dylan blinks in quite a disbelieving way. “You’re Saint George, the patron saint of England.”

“Was he a lawyer?” I fiddle with my cape. “And a part-time superhero?”

He tuts and reaches out to straighten my cape. “I tried to get you another costume, but it didn’t come in time, so I’ve improvised.”

“And where does the wig come in?”

He shrugs. “It was the only one they had left in the shop.”

I’d like to point out that they’re not wearing wigs, but by now I know the wisdom of not arguing with Dylan when he’s got that look. I glance in the mirror again. “Dylan, really? Are you angry with me in some form or another?”

“No, why?”

“Because why else would you do this to me?”

“For fun,” he says and nods his head emphatically. There’s a somewhat messianic gleam in his eyes which usually only occurs at festivities like Christmas and birthdays.

“Oh, okay. Fun. Is this the Mitchell brand of fun where there’s a vague threat of violence if I don’t enjoy myself?”

He steps closer, and I inhale the scent of his shampoo. “It’s not a vague threat,” he whispers and sticks a piece of cardboard in my hand.

“What is this?”

“Eurovision Bingo,” Jude says earnestly. “I hope I win. There’s a bottle of Advocaat for a prize.”
“You were a supermodel. Didn’t you save enough money to buy your own?”

“Pfft,” he says dismissively. “It’s not the same as winning one.”

“Or drinking it. Have you actually tasted Advocaat? There’s a reason why it’s always a prize in a raffle.”

“Don’t listen to him, Jude,” Dylan says briskly, pushing me down into a chair and straddling my lap. “It’s easier if you don’t take any notice of the words.”

“I knew you never listened to me,” I say, my hands coming up to cup his hips. “It was blatantly obvious with the amount of errors I had to live with at work.”

“You’re so funny,” he says sweetly. “I wonder how much funnier you’ll get before I won’t sleep with you tonight.”

I shut my mouth with an audible snap, and he laughs before kissing me gently. “That’s what I thought, lover.”

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About The Author

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Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.

Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.

She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!

She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.

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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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