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Ella wraps up this duet with a sweet and spicy narrative

GoodIntentions AMAZONGood Intentions by Ella Frank

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ella Frank knows how to write a scorching hot romance and this second half of her Intentions Duet hits those high notes perfectly.

It’s also really sweet, as Marcus St James falls head over heels for the much younger Gabe Romero and realises that, for once in his life, work isn’t his priority.

As it dawns on him that he really doesn’t want to hurt or let Gabe down, we get a beautifully paced narrative which takes us alongside both men as they navigate potential pitfalls and new challenges.

I’ve really enjoyed this pair of books from Ella. They’re connected into her wider Temptations Universe, so there’s plenty of guest appearances from our favourite lawyers and all their extended family and friends.

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Blog Tour: The Art of Living by Abrianna Denae

The Art of Living | Abrianna Denae

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Cover Artist: Pretty in Ink Creations

Release Date: June 10th, 2021

Heat Rating: 3 flames

Length: 35,000 words

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Letting go is the hardest thing a person can do…

Robert Harper has spent the past seventeen years living for his son. He doesn’t know who he is if he’s not being a caregiver and protector all rolled into one.

Niall Ross is finally ready to make a life of his own. After years spent making sure his younger brother had everything he needed, it’s time for Niall to discover who he is.

All it takes is one glance across a crowded meeting room for the men to feel a connection, but Robert is terrified his life is too complicated for the other man. Luckily, Niall has patience in abundance. With a little help from Robert’s meddling family, the two begin a tentative relationship.

Just as they’re finding their footing, all of Robert’s worst fears come to life and he falters under the pressure. Niall takes the challenge to show Robert that he’s a safe place to lean on, but when his own life begins to unravel, he places his heart in Robert’s hands.

When two independent men are forced to trust each other will the love win out, or will vulnerability and fear cause them to lose the best thing they didn’t even know they had.

This is a standalone but The Gift of Believing is available as a companion book which features the MC’s son: mybook.to/GoB

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Excerpt

“You really want me to date?”

Garrett nods. “I want you to live your life. I know you’re going to argue and say that you have everything you need with me, and Uncle Jared, and Sam. Maybe that’s true, but I also can’t help but feel guilty because if I wasn’t me then maybe you’d have found someone else by now.”

“Garrett, no, you know that’s not true,” I say gently. “Those other people I dated when you were younger, they didn’t last because they weren’t right for our family. If anyone can’t handle me and everything I come with, then they’re not worth my time.”

He studies me with those dark, wise eyes of his. “Does this mean you’ll give Niall a chance then? Because he’s different, I can feel it.”

Shit. I walked right into that one.

“Yeah,” I sigh. “I’d be open to trying.”

Garrett smiles and whips out his phone. I don’t bother asking who he’s texting, since the pieces are starting to slowly fall into place. I look at Presley, “They planned this, didn’t they?”

Pres smiles and nods. “Jared thought you both needed a little intervention.”

I shake my head and laugh a bit because my family is insane.

Garrett is still texting away while Presley and I clean up the kitchen. I try to tell Pres that he doesn’t need to help since he and Gare cooked, but he waves me off.

I just get the dishwasher started when my phone rings. The display reads Niall and my mouth suddenly goes dry while my stomach begins to tie itself into knots.

Both boys stare at me as I accept the call. “Hello?”

“Hi,” pause, and then Niall laughs, “This is more awkward than I thought it’d be.”

I smile and turn away from the teenage busybodies. “I seriously doubt whatever you have to say is more awkward than the dinner I just had.”

He laughs again. “They tried to butter you up with food, huh?”

I groan. “Yes. When’d they get to you?”

“Sam talked to me this afternoon. Then they added me to a group chat a few hours ago and promptly blew up my phone with texts about twenty minutes or so ago.”

I sigh. “I’m sorry about them.”

“It’s fine,” Niall assures. “They’re just looking out for you.”

“They’re nosy and need to learn how to mind their own business.” I look over my shoulder to find Garrett and Presley sitting at the table, hanging onto my every word. Shaking my head, I stride from the room in search of some privacy.

“So if I were to ask you to dinner, you’d say no?”

“I guess you should ask and find out.”

Niall chuckles a bit. “Will you have dinner with me, Robert?”

My heart stutters in my chest and it takes a moment for me to get my mouth working. “Yes,” I finally manage to say.

“Great. Tomorrow?”

“Tomorrow is perfect.”

“I’ll text you the details unless someone else does it for me.”

I snort. “That’s a high possibility. I’ll see you tomorrow.”

“Tomorrow,” he repeats. “Have a good night, Robert.”

“You too.”

The line goes dead and a part of me mourns the loss of his voice. Taking a steadying breath, I let the giddy feeling of a first date wash over me. I’ll never tell my family this, but I’m glad they decided to interfere with my life. I never would have had the guts to do this myself.

Tomorrow can’t come fast enough.

About the Author

Abrianna Denae

Abrianna Denae is a twenty-four-year-old author living in Northern California. An English major, she has always had a passion for writing.

Deciding to sit down and write one of the many stories that had plagued her mind for years was the easy part—finding the time to do it was a different story.

Caffeine is her best friend, and sleep is her worst enemy.

A lover of books that make the reader feel something, she tries to incorporate as much of her real-world views and feelings into her stories as she can.

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Just like the romance between Mags and Laurie this book will sweep you into happiness

beautifully unexpected coverBeautifully Unexpected by Lily Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is something utterly satisfying about picking up a Lily Morton book because I know it will bring me into the lives of people I so desperately wish were real.

In Beautifully Unexpected she takes it onto another level with two men in my own age bracket.

Men who I’ve known similar versions of, those who are either determined they don’t need anyone else or who spend their time bringing happiness into other’s lives while neglecting their own.

Mags and Laurie are just gorgeously written, they’re vividly real, their experiences and the absolutely determination that it’ll just be a fling as they give in to the attraction that’s been shimmering between them since they met.

And can I just say that the initial meeting between them is not only one of the most hilarious ones Lily’s written, but also stands as a perfect introduction into how the rest of the narrative will grow.

Laurie’s wit and charm captivates Mags from the start. Mags’ arrogance and confidence, as well as the kind heart he tries to hide, are an inescapable draw for an artistic soul like Laurie’s.

The humour you’d expect from Lily is all present, this time combined with the sharp intelligence of a QC at the top of his game.

They’re surrounded by a bunch of fabulous side characters, and I have to say, I half expected an Easter Egg appearance from our other lawyerly types Gabe and John at some point!

Alas, it wasn’t to be, not that the other people didn’t make up for it.

Mags senior partner in his Chambers Jane, Laurie’s twin sister Lonnie and her husband Chris, who’ve been best mates with Mags since uni, even down to Laurie’s stepfather Judge, a bane of Mags’ courtroom trials, they all bring a richness to the story.

Best of all though is a mad Red Setter, who truly lives up to his changing names – Armageddon aka Don when first encountered at the shelter – and then, once adopted by Mags having been utterly railroaded into it by Laurie, Endof. Short for End of Days 😁

He brings chaos and joy and it’s needed when there are hiccups on the way to happiness.

But you know that they’ll only be temporary bumps on the road which connects these brilliant men and I loved how quickly both realised they needed to own up that the no strings had turned into ties that bind forever.

Throw in 80s nostalgia, mix tapes, and lists of London’s hidden gems, and this book took me on a hell of a ride, no hands on the wheel and only a slight side eye at Laurie’s dissing of the genius that is Pink Floyd 🥳

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

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