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Jay’s latest romance is subtle and organic and grows beautifully

48194189._SY475_Where Love Grows by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s no secret that the way Jay writes resonates soundly with me.

But in this one, he pulled out all the feels about how to write a romance where one of the protagonists isn’t a perfectly fit man but is living with the after effects of chronic illness.

I will state for the record that I did a sensitivity reading as someone who is living with a very similar situation albeit from a different condition.

But I’ll also state, I made very little input to the narrative other than lots of “OMG yes, that’s totally right” throughout because all the emotions were there already.

Jay skilfully gives us Stephen’s life as he tries to recover from two huge blows, the loss of his parents being something he was still dealing with when illness struck.

And then, with Luke, we get a man who isn’t on the face of it, a likely candidate for a lifetime of happiness.

However, what happens next really is quite beautiful and you’ll not get any spoilers here, either than to say it’s as organic and natural as the garden which comes back to life alongside Stephen.

I love it when an author steps away from the norm in contemporary romance to give me something a bit more unusual.

There’s no great traumas here, no massive dramedy (that’s drama and tragedy mushed up into unnecessary plot points).

Instead, we get to watch two men, both a little bit broken, start to bloom together.

Love absolutely does grow here and the Epilogue had me smiling and then laughing my head off.

The chicken poo really does make it memorable 😉

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

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Beautifully relatable characters and a complex romance make this a hit

46645167._SY475_Digging Deep by Jay Hogan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book big time. I’m already a big fan of Jay’s writing but with this book she’s outdone herself, touching on a complex medical issue and ensuring Drake’s character is not only believable but absolutely relatable.

Both characters are wonderfully expressed, and while I totally fell for Drake, with his spikes and bristles, my heart dropped fully into Caleb’s hands.

I have a soft spot for cops at the best of times (one of my exes was a policeman) but detectives who fall for spikey and bristly midwives with a chronic illness and do their absolute best to find out all they can about it to be a good potential boyfriend are even more delicious.

There’s lots of medical stuff in this but it never overwhelms the basic narrative of two men with very different experiences and personalities falling in love.

I will say that a certain plot element which comes in later in the game, while it works well as a tension point, felt a wee bit just too convenient and I’d maybe have preferred the understanding from Drake about his feelings to have come without needing it.

But, it’s an incredibly minor point, a personal niggle only, and it never took me away from the overriding message of taking chances and living whatever life you get given to the best of your abilities.

#ARC kindly received from the Publisher Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review

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