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This is a sweet and gentle romance in the Clean Slate series

53934667Right Move by A.M. Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another one in which the lack of a direct conversation could have removed much of the uncertainty over the relationship’s future.

However, that’s not the primary driver in the narrative and so it didn’t bother me as much as it has in some of the other instalments in the Clean Slate Rance series.

What does drive the plot is actually a really sweet and heartfelt examination of the strength it takes to move on from trauma.

Both Levi and George have suffered from significant incidents in their past, which causes them to have a hesitancy about being able to move on.

I really appreciated the time A.M. took to build up the trust and security that each felt with the other as they went from friendship to relationship.

There is an 11 year age gap, but at no time does it feel like Levi is in a position of power or influence over George. The younger man is already taking his own steps to try and gain control back of his life when he runs into Levi again.

I’ve said in all of my reviews for this series that I absolutely love the setting and, once again, the ranch and the community which has grown up around it is a central element to this story too. It really does feel like it’s a character itself.

The intro prequel chapter, while it shows the moment he found his three kittens, didn’t really give much of an insight into the past as far as it related to his wider background and the element which drove his distrust of new relationships.

We already know he went on a year long bender after the death of his younger brother as that was related in a previous book Lucky Break about his former brother-in-law Robin moving on with Shawn.

But, overall this was another solid addition to the series and I very much appreciated it took a slightly different path with the sexual element of their relationship, one which was wholly in keeping with both their backgrounds and experiences.

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

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Bit hit and miss with this second in the Clean Slate Ranch series

Roped In (Clean Slate Ranch #2)Roped In by A.M. Arthur

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not sure what to say about this one because, for a lot of the book, it really wasn’t working for me and I thought Avery was an absolutely selfish arse.

The last 20% went a long way to bringing the rating up though and I liked the stuff with Avery’s mum and grandparents and the bits when Colt went back to the ranch he’d left aged 18 when his dad had turned his back on him for being gay.

Unfortunately, the major aspect of the narrative – a Sir/pet BDSM dynamic really really didn’t work for me. Every time Colt referred to Avery as “his Sir” in third person it just made my hairs stand up like chalk on a blackboard.

As I had an ARC, the formatting wasn’t finalised and at times it made it more difficult to work out who was speaking or being referred to and the time jumps into their past relationship had some really odd use of tense and grammar.

But, on a positive note, I love the setting this series is based in, the secondary characters, the family feeling of this group of men making themselves a home and I loved Colt, for his unashamedly open need to have Avery back in his life.

I am looking forward to more in the series and especially to hopefully finding out more about Reyes.

#ARC kindly provided by the publishers Carina Press in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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