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Luke & Nathan gave me a huge book hangover

Luke_cover1Luke by Con Riley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had the biggest book hangover after finishing Luke.

It’s no secret Con Riley is one of my favourite authors, but with this one she truly excels as we finally get Luke’s story. And what a heart-wrencher it is.

He’s been hopelessly in love with Nathan since they were teenagers at university. Nathan is Hugo’s best friend, who we’ve met briefly before when we got a sneaky look at their interactions when they went to rescue Charles from the Tors.

But here we get to find out the full, tortured (emotionally not physically!) history between the two of them, from when they first met, their recollections of each other (this is single POV from Luke but you get to know Nathan beautifully), all their fears and the dreams which may have come to a crashing end.

Glynn Harber is as much a part of this story as the romance between Luke and Nathan and we also get to see a surprising new side of Sol’s ex Austin, who readers may have taken a dislike to in the previous book.

Without going into massive detail, this book explores what makes a friendship, why a friendship might turn to love, how that love can be battered and bruised but still cling on to faint hope and how, when that hope is rewarded, all the hurts from the past can slip away and new memories be found to patch over them.

Luke is, hands down, my favourite of all the three men Con has given us in the Learning to Love series (sorry Charles, I do still love you, sorry Mitch, you are still the GOAT when it comes to telling home truths), because there is something so vulnerable at the core of the man yet his steely determination and stern outlook hide it deep within.

Nathan brings Luke into the light. He lets him return to his younger, more carefree, self, but he also helps shore up that backbone of steel when it’s really needed.

This book is also emotionally intimate, especially when Luke is still trying to hide his feelings from Nathan. His vulnerability is something precious and to finally see that taken care of, as it should be, as the book reaches its conclusion, really is quite magical.

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As ever, I alpha read this for Con but don’t take that as me having any inherent bias towards the work, she’ll be the first to tell you that I let her know when something isn’t quite right. All the words are her own wonderful imagination and skill 💖

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

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A No-Strings Noel by Annabelle Jacobs

A No-Strings Noel | Annabelle Jacobs

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Release Date: November 18th, 2021

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Length: 54,000 words approx

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Blurb

A week of no-strings fun in a winter wonderland setting. No consequences, no expectations, no hurt feelings. Right?

Henry:

Finding his boyfriend in a compromising position leaves him with a week off work and no holiday to go on.
A night of vodka, ice cream, and his sister’s sympathetic ear is the only way to deal with it.
It’s also how he finds himself on holiday alone a few weeks later, at an English holiday village in the countryside, surrounded by Christmas cheer and happy families.

He’s expecting a week of relaxing days and early nights, doing his own thing, and taking some time for himself. And hopefully finding some festive spirit along the way, because it’s sorely lacking at the moment.

What he’s not expecting is Dom.

Dom:

Coming to somewhere so familiar soothes his broken heart after yet another failed attempt at finding someone to settle down with. He’s ready. They never are.

Seeing a lost-looking stranger on the first day of his holiday triggers his protective instincts, so he steps in to give him some helpful advice.
Who knew that advice would mean they end up spending the day and then the whole week together? But he figures a holiday fling is exactly what he needs to get through this slump: no expectations, no misunderstandings, no heartbreak.
Or that was the plan.
He knows Henry wants more, but he doesn’t trust himself where his heart’s concerned.
He doesn’t trust Henry not to break it.

A Christmas MM romance featuring a meet-cute, a sexy holiday fling, a meddling but awesome sister, a teeny bit of angst, and a festive HEA.

About The Author

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories.

They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure.

Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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What happens after the holiday fling is over?

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh I loved that. Most romances start with two people meeting, getting to know each other and build up to the hot sex.

Here instead we have a holiday encounter which is jam packed with delicious sparking steamy chemistry-filled sexy times between two men who start off thinking it’s going to be a no strings fling.

Of course, it quickly becomes clear there’s loads more feelings involved than either expected but both Henry and Dom are still dealing with breakups that left each of them bruised.

What I liked the best about this was the lack of over the top drama or angsting. Both men go home knowing they want more but being afraid to ask for it.

Instead, there then starts a sweet section where they get to know each other over text messages, talking to family and friends about the situation and mostly acting like grown ups.

The tension point arises in a believable way and the solution, while perhaps a little convenient still completely works within the narrative.

For most of this book we are only with Henry and Dom but it never felt restricted, I loved reading about their activities outside the bedroom as much as those with no clothes on 😁

It’s also subtly funny too, never taking itself too seriously, and I loved the build up to their reunion and the Epilogue is fab.

It’d make a great Hallmark Christmas film #JustSaying

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

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