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I absolutely loved this slow burn college sports romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this slow burn, complicated and a wee bit angsty sports romance.

The second in Christina’s Easton U series, it was a beautifully paced and completely organic frenemies to lovers’ relationship with just the right amount of UST.

I thought I might get frustrated at Maclain’s inability to deal with his feelings for Girad, but in actually, I empathised more and more.

His stepfather was an utter dick, and what made it worse was that it wasn’t deliberately done. He was just thoughtless and should have done more to live up to his promise to Mason’s mum to always take care of him.

On the other side of the pairing, Dominic’s family were awesome and I loved how they had no hesitation on accepting his bisexuality or his feelings for Mason.

The Epilogue is just so lovely I had big heart eyes when reading it 😁

I’ve no clue who might be next though if there is another book coming!

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

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Best one yet in this excellent sports romance series

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best one yet!

I absolutely adored this one. It wasn’t at all what I was expecting and it captivated me from the start with Seth’s struggles and Ritchie’s determination to do the best he could for him.

This one’s more angsty but it’s not misplaced, Seth is coming to terms with the fact he’s not only probably demisexual but that he’s losing the closeness of his friendship with Zach now he’s settled with Foster.

Seth’s also still harbouring resentment towards his twin, who he thinks has everything easy, and he’s floundering a bit when he’s offered some advice by his ex-girlfriend.

Ritchie’s also exploring the fact he’s realised he’s bisexual and that it wasn’t usual or normal to practice kissing with your best mate when you’re teenagers. But he isn’t ready to announce it to the world yet, even though his ice hockey mates continue to take the mickey out of him.

They meet, anonymously, via a chat app for hooking up as both of them try to discover more about themselves and find an instant connection, first through friendship and, as the bonds grow, through exploring sexual activity on the phone together.

The reader gets a peek into the wider world surrounding them as they constantly go through a series of near misses at finding out they’re the ones texting each other until it all comes to a – gloriously sweet and seriously steamy head – not quite literally though while on a visit to see Foster playing professional NFL.

What I loved the most about this book was just the way they both grew into themselves, their respect for the other, their determination to be their best selves and to try and work through their relationship and grow stronger.

Ritchie is going down as one of the best book boyfriends ever, he’s funny, kind, courageous, and can’t understand why Seth likes him because he’s so smart and knows where he’s going with his career.

But Seth is also a total cinnamon roll because he’s been nursing this fear of being broken, or being lesser than his younger twin, and dealing with fears of being overly needy and clingy.

Together they’re just an absolute delight and the Epilogue is beyond words sweet!

Now on to Asher and hopefully an intervention on his path of self-destruction.

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Release Blitz: Out In Winter by Lane Hayes

Out In Winter | Lane Hays

Out In College #8

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Release Date: January 11, 2021

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 32k

Buy Link: Amazon

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Blurb

The grad student, the jock, and some winter fun…

Drew

My new job at the bistro is fun. The owners are good guys, and the staff is made up primarily of boisterous water polo players. I know nothing about the sport except there’s a Speedo involved, and Liam likes to wear his everywhere. Yes…Liam—the chatty, handsome, utterly charming waiter I can’t seem to stop thinking about. Ugh. Note to self—do not fall for another younger man.

Liam

Getting Drew to notice me hasn’t been easy. He’s a little intense, and he knows how to keep his distance. Something tells me he’s not immune—he’s just stubborn. Maybe a weekend of bonding on the ski slopes will win him over. And if I can get him to come out in winter, I might be able to convince him that we have a chance at something special.

Out in Winter is a low-angst MM, bisexual romance starring an oh so serious grad student, a goofball water polo player, and a little winter magic. This story is part of the Out in College series, but each book can be read as a stand-alone.

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Excerpt

The stunning winter wonderland panorama was dotted with impossibly tall evergreens flocked with snow and the pristine hills glistening in the morning sun. It was so quiet, I could almost imagine we were alone in the world. That was precisely the kind of thought that freaked me out sometimes. But not today. Today the idea seemed…promising. Maybe even cleansing, like a new start.

“It’s beautiful,” I said reverently.

“This is one of the reasons I like coming out here early. The light is so brilliant. It looks like a postcard or the photo in the dictionary next to the word ‘hope.’ ”

“That’s a nice thought.”

We shared a smile; then he adjusted his goggles and inclined his head meaningfully. “Ready?”

“Yeah, but…you go first.”

“C’mere.” Liam crooked his finger.

I shuffled forward until I stood beside him with our skis pointing in the opposite direction, expecting him to impart some advice about the terrain or maybe remind me how to stop. Both might have been helpful, actually.

“What is it?”

“Hold on to my sleeve. Stay still. That’s perfect.” He stroked my chin before leaning in to press his lips to mine. “You taste like cherry ChapStick. I like.”

I grinned. “Thanks. So do you.”

He kissed me again, twisting his tongue with mine and leaving me breathless. “Mmm. I’m making it my personal quest to make sure you get down this mountain safely and that you have fun doing it.”

“Good luck with that,” I sighed, aware that my voice had taken on a dreamy quality.

“I don’t need luck. I’m an expert,” he bragged playfully. “I’m going to give you a couple of tips. Listen up.”

“I’m listening.”

“Bend your knees and stay loose.”

“Like this?” I bent my knees and wiggled my arms like a rubber band.

Liam chuckled. “Something like that. We’re gonna take it slow, moving from side to side, making wide turns. I’ll go first. Follow me and remember to keep your gaze forward.”

“As opposed to?”

“Looking at your skis. You don’t look at your feet when you’re walking, so don’t look at your skis when you’re skiing. It’ll fuck with your balance. Ready?”

“Yeah.” I licked my lips and nodded.

Liam glided smoothly down the incline, veering sharply to the right. He stopped with a flourish, sending a plume of powdery snow skyward before raising his poles triumphantly. I snickered at the silly display. He made it seem fun and relatively easy. All right, then. I could do this.

I grasped my poles in a vise grip and dug into the snow, propelling myself forward. I aimed my skis in Liam’s general direction and honestly, it felt pretty damn good. I was in control, a cool breeze on my face, and a light wind at my back. Best of all, I appeared to be closing in on my correct destination. A hot guy was waiting for me in front of a huge pine tree with—

Oh, fuck.

I couldn’t stop. I picked up speed and barreled forward, trying to remember his advice. Knees bent. Check. Don’t look at your skis. Check. Stay loose…

Nope. Not possible.

I was wound so tight my head felt like it might pop off. Every muscle in my body was rigid as I zoomed closer to Liam…and the tree. It occurred to me as my life began to flash in front of my eyes that if I turned downhill, I could avoid the tree and move in the right direction. I might not have control of my skis, but Liam seemed to know what he was doing. No doubt he’d catch up easily and offer tips on how not to kill myself along the way. A comical vision of him doing circles around me while I tumbled into a giant snowball flashed in my head.

And that might have been when things went sideways.

Lane Hayes

About the Author

Lane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters.

Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, and 2018-2019 Rainbow Awards.

She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.

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