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Rachel Reid nails this “bad boy” redepmtion arc with style

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sooooo, if bad boy redemption arcs with a side-order of needing to find self-forgiveness are your thing, this book is gonna hit that perfectly.

Troy Barrett hasn’t been a good boy, in fact, he’s been an absolute wanker at times (he’s a secondary, small part character in Ryan’s book Common Goal and as we meet him, he’s been transferred to Ottawa after a major bust up with his former best friend the sleazy as f*ck Dallas Kent.

But, as is often the case with guys like this, his outward homophobia and running with the crowd hides not only a secret about his sexual identity, but also a powerful need to feel like he belongs.

His mum is awesome, his dad is everything wrong about alpha male parenting, a wannabe ice hockey player who never made it big, a bigot and a bully, Troy’s grown up under his overbearing presence for most of his life.

This is a really simple plot in essence, but Rachel spins it into a deeply expansive and complex narrative which takes in more than just Troy’s need to better himself.

It throws in interference at the top level when Troy continues with his campaign to support the anonymous but not silent victims of his former best friend Kent and it’s wrapped inside a plot of self-discovery, of healing, of finding out that your team having your back and being genuinely supportive is priceless.

And it’s about love. Not only Troy learning to love who he is and where his career has taken him, but also his love for Harris, who is just an awesomely crafted character.

Add in the absolute sarcastic and ever brilliant Ilya Rozanov

***SPOILER ISH***

(and I CANNOT wait for book six and finally see the world discover him and Shane Hollander’s near decade long relationship!)

***ENDS***

and a ridiculously cute dog called Chiron and this book is just everything I want in a sports romance.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Absolutely glorious festive romance with a delicious hint of spice

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Keira Andrews knows how to write a festive romance which has just enough spice to ensure the sweet never overpowers.

For this, she goes to college with a jock and a nerd who fulfil all the necessary trope requirements while still managing to bring fresh enjoyment to their romance.

It also happens over a relatively short time period, but it’s completely missing any feeling of insta love.

Instead, it seems like Jeremy and Max have been friends forever, the attraction between them is palpable from the off and I loved the dynamics of their relationship.

Max is very much the nurturing type, he was captain of his team and he just wants to take care of Jeremy.

And the gorgeous redheaded anxiety full science nerd is an utterly delightful bundle of innocence.

I loved the interplay between them, I also loved that Max’s sporty mates were all cool dudes and there was no angsting about him being gay.

Instead, the tensions came from Jeremy’s parents being cool with him and from Max’s fears over failing in his promise to his dead mum.

Max’s family were also awesome and I very much loved the guest appearances from Nick and Hunter (Santa Daddy) at their Christmas tree farm.

As is often the case with Keira, there’s a delicious frisson of light kink which prevents the book becoming overly Schmaltzy and I totally appreciated that!

I also appreciated the interracial relationship and that Max’s family were originally from Goa. It added an extra element to his determination to live up to his mother’s legacy and the experience she’d been given by her family in turn making sacrifices as immigrant settlers in Canada.

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

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Blog Tour: Cupcakes & Christmas by RJ Scott

Cupcakes & Christmas | RJ Scott

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Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 67,000 words approx

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Blurb

The story of long nights in a wintry mountain hotel, a baking show with secrets, a snowman called Jeremy, and finding the greatest love of all.

After winning season four of ratings hit the World’s Best Baking Show, Brody Thomas had become a sought-after cake maker to the stars. Happily married, he dreamed of a bright future, but his perfect life imploded when he discovered that his husband had done nothing but lie to him. A year later, Brody is mid-divorce, and his life has been turned upside down, so being part of the WBBS charity event is excellent timing. He’s sure it will give him time away from home and space to get his head straight, only he never expected to meet the man of his dreams in a snowy Alberta.

Winning season one of WBBS gave Justin Mallory a chance to outrun the demons of a childhood lost in the foster system. He’s a social media influencer, with millions of followers, and works every hour to make money that equals security for the rest of his life. His marketing team signs him up for the WBBS Christmas charity show, but he’s convinced he’ll fall at the first hurdle.

Only, after a few days in the competition, his worry isn’t that he’ll be the first to leave, it’s that he’ll lose his heart to a rival baker, Brody.

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About The Author

RJ Scott is a USA TODAY bestselling author of over 140 romance and suspense novels. From bodyguards to hockey stars, princes to millionaires, cowboys to military heroes to every-day heroes, she believes that love is love and every man deserves a happy ending.

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