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Luke & Nathan gave me a huge book hangover

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had the biggest book hangover after finishing Luke.

It’s no secret Con Riley is one of my favourite authors, but with this one she truly excels as we finally get Luke’s story. And what a heart-wrencher it is.

He’s been hopelessly in love with Nathan since they were teenagers at university. Nathan is Hugo’s best friend, who we’ve met briefly before when we got a sneaky look at their interactions when they went to rescue Charles from the Tors.

But here we get to find out the full, tortured (emotionally not physically!) history between the two of them, from when they first met, their recollections of each other (this is single POV from Luke but you get to know Nathan beautifully), all their fears and the dreams which may have come to a crashing end.

Glynn Harber is as much a part of this story as the romance between Luke and Nathan and we also get to see a surprising new side of Sol’s ex Austin, who readers may have taken a dislike to in the previous book.

Without going into massive detail, this book explores what makes a friendship, why a friendship might turn to love, how that love can be battered and bruised but still cling on to faint hope and how, when that hope is rewarded, all the hurts from the past can slip away and new memories be found to patch over them.

Luke is, hands down, my favourite of all the three men Con has given us in the Learning to Love series (sorry Charles, I do still love you, sorry Mitch, you are still the GOAT when it comes to telling home truths), because there is something so vulnerable at the core of the man yet his steely determination and stern outlook hide it deep within.

Nathan brings Luke into the light. He lets him return to his younger, more carefree, self, but he also helps shore up that backbone of steel when it’s really needed.

This book is also emotionally intimate, especially when Luke is still trying to hide his feelings from Nathan. His vulnerability is something precious and to finally see that taken care of, as it should be, as the book reaches its conclusion, really is quite magical.

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As ever, I alpha read this for Con but don’t take that as me having any inherent bias towards the work, she’ll be the first to tell you that I let her know when something isn’t quite right. All the words are her own wonderful imagination and skill 💖

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

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Release Tour: Breaking His Serve by Christie Gordon

Breaking His Serve | Christie Gordon

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Release Date: January 21st, 2022

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Blurb

Chase is controlled. River is anything but. The two together, on and off the court, are a force to reckon with.

When Chase Rossi steps onto the tennis court for the first time in his senior year at college, he thinks his position at first singles is secure. Then River Adams shows up, with his boisterous attitude, bad-boy good looks and a quest to unseat him. Though Chase considers River an enemy, he can’t ignore a growing attraction to him.

River Adams has to make an abrupt change in his tennis career after his mother is diagnosed with cancer. Now the coach is pitting him against Chase, the hottest guy he’s ever seen, and the best part? The easy way he gets under Chase’s skin and rips him apart, on and off the court, in more ways than one.

As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, the two find their opposite personalities might be a perfect match. Chase is attracted to all the things he should hate about River—his ridiculous antics, his carefree attitude, and his competitive nature—and he knows falling for River could be the thing that does him in. River doesn’t think twice about jumping in with Chase.

He knows Chase is a man who could become his rock if he plays his cards right, just when he needs one. As they realize they compliment each other in every way, can they both figure out how to give their hearts fully and find the love they deserve?

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Excerpt

Coach Jim stood in the middle of a court by the net with a clipboard in his hand, all dressed in white, his brown hair thinning, standing in front of ten or so other young men. “You’re late, Chase Rossi, our number one singles, and Nick Jones, our number three singles.” He smirked at them, his brown eyes twinkling.

“Yeah, yeah.” Chase joined the other young men along with Nick and looked them all over. Pretty much everyone was back from last year, except for the seniors that had graduated. He counted five new ones, probably all freshmen by the look of them. He ticked his head to the ones he recognized, including the only other senior besides himself and Nick, Hunter Williams, a tall young man with brown wavy hair, cut to frame his face and his brown eyes.

Coach Jim tapped his clipboard with his index finger, his gaze following something beyond the courts.

Chase peered out. What was Coach looking at?

A young man, shorter than Chase with stark white hair flopping over the side of his head and black brows hovering over stunning blue eyes, came running toward them, a tan shirt pulling tight across his strong shoulders and skinny jeans hugging his narrow hips. He stopped next to Chase and smiled at him, his thick silver hooped earrings glinting in the sun.

Chase widened his eyes. His breath caught. Holy shit, it’s River. When did he bleach his hair? As his heart skipped, he took a hard swallow. “What the fuck are you doing here?”

“Nice to see you, too, Rossi.” River smirked, his upper lip the tiniest bit larger than the lower. He scanned the other young men.

Coach Jim smiled and shifted his stance. “I see you two know each other.”

“Yeah, I beat the shit out of him a few months ago at a tournament.” River snickered, then set his hand on Chase’s shoulder.

Chase flung his hand off, snarling. “Get off me.” Of course, the asshole had to tell everyone about the most embarrassing match of his life.

River’s smile waned and he took a step back.

Hunter came to River’s side, giving him a quick grin. “Hey, man. Glad you decided to come.”

“Thanks.” River lifted his chin to Chase. “At least someone is happy that there is now a great player on this team.”

Chase scowled. “Two words. Fuck. Off.”

“Now, boys…” Coach Jim took deliberate steps toward them, chuckling. “You see, this is very interesting. You want to know why?” He grinned at them both.

Chase pursed his lips. This was where Coach was going to do something that unnerved him. He knew it. “Uh, why?”

“You two are going to play doubles together this year.”

“What? You can’t be serious.” Chase flicked his gaze to River, his chest tightening. Fuck no.

River hung his head, shaking it, then laughed. “Oh, this’ll be good.”

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About the Author

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Christie Gordon started writing gay and M/M romance fiction after becoming preoccupied with anime and in particular, the boys love and yaoi genres. She’s always had stories in her head and always enjoyed writing, so she took up fiction writing classes at a local community college and published her first book with eXtasy Books back in 2009.

Christie likes to write complicated characters with painful pasts that refuse to be ignored until the characters are forced to face them head on. Angst? Yes. Happily ever after? Always. It’s the struggle to get there that counts.

Christie’s day job is in the high-tech industry with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. She currently lives in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area and enjoyed eight years in the Bay Area of California but grew up in Minnesota.

She shares a home with her partner of twelve years, a musician by night and a coder by day, who is currently in three bands, giving her plenty of time to keep writing. She is also a mother of two sons, one currently in college for engineering and the other preparing for nursing college. Her one-eyed, rescue pug is always by her side, snoring the day away.

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Release Blitz: Iris by Eden Finley

Iris | Eden Finley

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Release Date: January 20, 2022

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Mike Bravo. Knights in shining … camo.

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I live for adrenaline. The thrill of the chase. And because I work for Mike Bravo, a private black-ops firm, it’s my job to go into dangerous situations.

But when we’re called in to extract a military team from a hostile situation, the thrill is so much better. Because one of those men happen to be the golden boy from my basic training days.

Brock “Saint” Harlow was a walking Captain America in the flesh. The perfect soldier.

Now my boss wants to recruit him, and I can’t wait to rub it in his face that he was rescued by me. The class clown.

I’m not called Iris “I require intense supervision” for nothing.

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Military life is all I’ve known since I was born. I was raised to be a soldier.

But when a top-secret mission fails, I find myself suddenly discharged with nowhere to go.

Mike Bravo saved my life, and they want me to join them, but there’s one small problem.

Isaac “Iris” Griffin.

He’s as irresistibly snarky as he always was, only there’s a big difference this time. I’m no longer closeted or scared to live my truth. And the truth is, I’ve always wanted him.

It’s against Mike Bravo’s rules to fraternize with other team members, and I always follow orders.

But something tells me Iris might be worth the insubordination.

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Eden Finley

Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.

She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.

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