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Bloody brilliant and my favourite one yet.

242140913_2682013772094026_1422659385884265049_nThe Jock Script by Lane Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, Lane absolutely knocks this one out of the park.

It’s a joy from start to finish, it’s hilarious, Asher might just be the geekiest geek to have ever geeked but he’s also brilliantly fierce, a perfectionist, a wonderful friend and seriously sexy with his freak on!

Blake made my heart hurt at how much of himself he’d been hiding away. I loved that he was starting to take baby steps to claiming his authentic life when his path crossed with Asher’s and that it just reinforced his decision to come out and move onward.

I loved the pair of them together, they were on fire, the smexy times in this are some of the hottest Lane’s penned imho phew, someone turn the fan on hot!

Asher is snarky, he’s smart, he’s a certified genius and he’s utterly self-aware of all his quirks and foibles and how he’s sometimes over-driven and doesn’t ever step off the drive for perfection. When you find out why he’s like he is, to some extent anyway, it will make you want to fight for him and make sure that Blake appreciates just what a treasure he’s found.

Thankfully Blake’s a good egg too and he knows he wants to keep Asher and be everything for him. They’re just 😍😍😍😍😍 as a pairing.

This one is very close to being my favourite Lane book ever! It just had me smiling so much my face hurt 😁

If you’re looking for a read that will bring sunshine into your day, then grab this one quick.

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

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Great mix of slow burn and outside tension adds to a wonderful romance

Up north EbookUp North by Allison Temple

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a great read, it had just the right amount of tension versus enjoyment and the slow burn element fit perfectly within the narrative.

I really liked the setting too, Alaska is a place which fascinates me and I know I’ll never be able to visit so I love to see it through the eyes of a book character.

Here it’s somewhere our unwilling hero Damien aka David is sent when he has a blow out on the red carpet at Cannes with his ex-boyfriend director (that no-one knows about) and he really doesn’t want to go.

However, he soon falls in love as much with the location as he does for the solid strength and steady nature of the resort’s fishing guide Jack.

There’s massive troubles on the way though, because Jack has no clue that David is also Damien, world famous action hero actor, and for a lot of the book I was just yelling in my head for David to tell him.

Of course, he doesn’t and the proverbial hits the fan and this was another element where I really appreciated Allison’s narrative because Jack doesn’t just roll over and forgive David. He rightly points out he doesn’t really know him at all and heads off to try and re-find his own life’s direction,

David does get his head out of his backside though and makes the changes he knows he should have done years ago, he comes out and starts putting his fame to good use and he plots to find Jack and try and make things right.

I loved the final few chapters as both men realise they they have the potential for something special if they’re willing to put in the work. There’s no magic solutions, just honest emotions and genuine feelings which blossom.

The ending – and Epilogue available via Allison’s website – are lovely and round out the story beautifully. Now I’m looking forward to hopefully getting Vin’s story next!

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A nice low angst & sweet romance kicks off this new ice hockey series

Top Shelf CoverTop Shelf by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This is the first in a new ice hockey series from RJ and V.L. looking at the Boston team that Ten’s brother Brady is the Captain at.

It’s a good intro, following on from a short freebie that has been serialised in RJ’s newsletter, to the series and establishes all the LGBTQ+ characters that I suspect we’ll be getting novels about at some point in the future.

The main focus of the book is Xander and Mason’s relationship and it’s a really lovely romance with absolutely zero angst or drama really outside of the wider implications of Xander’s coming out as a bisexual ice hockey player.

Both have been in love with the other for years, they’ve essentially grown up together as Mason’s older brother Eli took care of him after their parent’s death and Xander’s family were neighbours. Eli and Xander are best friends, heading off to join the NHL together playing for the Boston Rebels.

Apart from Eli’s original reaction when he discovers they’re together, there’s pretty much no tension involved in their relationship which makes it a nice easy read, but also means there’s not really much changes in the pacing either.

The couple of smexy times we get in detail are really sweet and loving, Mason and Xander respect each other and they work at making the other happy, they’re passionate and talk a lot about their future and what they hope for.

My main reason for not giving it a higher rating is that it seemed to end really abruptly without one of the plot threads which had been ongoing throughout being concluded. That’s not to say it’s a cliffhanger, it isn’t, the plotline is only a side one involving the ice hockey team and nothing to do with Xander and Mason’s relationship.

But it just sort of stopped after a big discussion about it. I am assuming it will be a plotline that’s picked up in future books in the series but it did leave me shaking my head a bit.

There’s a great bunch of secondary characters and we get a brief catch up with Ten and the other Rowe brother Jamie which ties back in to the https://www.goodreads.com/series/1978… series.

I’m hopeful this is going to be another cracking entry to RJ and V.L.’s lexicon of interrelated ice hockey romances.

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