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Release Blitz: Sol by Con Riley

Sol | Con Riley

Learning To Love #2

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Release Date: October 14th, 2021

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Length: 88,000 words approx.

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Blurb

Solomon Trebeck’s heart broke the night of his bi-awakening.

Fifteen years later, Sol’s back in Cornwall where it happened, single, shy, and oh-so lonely. Teaching art to kids wasn’t his life plan. Neither is raising a teenage nephew, but with no family left to support him, a live-in job at a boarding school becomes his life raft.

Problem: that life raft is sinking.

Solution: Sol’s first love could have the cash to keep it afloat.

Reconnecting with Jace Pascoe might save the school—the one place Sol’s nephew is happy. Asking for his help opens old wounds, but Jace helps to heal them, fusing Sol’s broken heart back together. However, Jace has his own shadows, no matter how brightly his smile dazzles.

Falling for Jace again could be so easy. It could also be a huge risk when neither of them plans to stay in Cornwall forever….

♥ Featuring sweet angst, hurt/comfort, and second chances for a shy heart, Sol is a standalone MM romance novel in the Learning to Love series with a fulfilling happily ever after. ♥

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About The Author

 

CON RILEY lives on the wild and wonderful Welsh coast, with her head in the clouds and her feet in the ocean.

Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that make them live and breathe.

When not people-watching or reading, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her — she’s probably thinking up new plots.

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Sol, Jace – and Cameron – own me heart and soul

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

They own me ❤🥰🔥😚💦🤪

So, it’s no secret how much I loved Charles and HHH.

But when I started reading the first draft for Sol and Jace, I knew that they’d be very quickly taking the top spot on my list of characters that take hold of my heart and don’t let go.

Sol is mired in a life he hadn’t expected and didn’t want. He’s suddenly got his teenage nephew with all his feelings of loss and grief over the death of Sol’s mum, who had essentially brought up Cameron since he was a baby when his own mum became incapable of taking care of him.

They’re also reliant on Sol’s position teaching Art at Glynn Harber and the scholarship which is paying for Cameron’s education.

So when the school becomes threatened, headmaster Luke’s last ditch attempts to raise awareness – and money – puts Sol on a collision course with the most famous person he knows, Cornish artist Emily Pascoe and her son Jace.

Jace, the guy who awoke his bisexuality with a kiss one stormy night 15 years earlier, before Sol was snatched away by his father to go live in London. Someone who Sol’s never managed to forget.

This book is more angsty than Charles’ so I do hope people don’t expect more of the same because this narrative is focused way more on finding a new path, a new family, a way to connect with both a troubled teenager and how to reconnect with a former school friend who could have been so much more if life had taken a different path.

I adored watching how Sol and Jace reconnect. At first it’s physical, their initial meeting and the smexy time which follows is incandescent. They burn up the pages and can I just say, I LOVE how Jase hides nothing about his feelings.

He tells Sol he never forgot him, that Sol broke his heart and that he’s never been able to move on and he is all in for whatever Sol wants to give him. There’s no artifice with Jace when it comes to his feelings.

The secret he’s hiding though plays a major part in the overall series story arc which is focused on Glynn Harber’s future and the wider implications of events from 15 years earlier which will continue on into Luke’s book.

This is one of the things I love so much about Con’s worlds, they’re all subtly interconnected and you sometimes don’t realise it until two or three books later (hi Ed and Pasha in this series 😁 ) when something that might have been a throwaway line becomes a key component.

It doesn’t affect those who haven’t read previous books, it’s always self contained within the current book, but it provides a lovely Easter Egg for fans of her work.

And, without giving anything away, I’m just gonna throw a shout out to the GOAT Mitch, who lays some home truths down on both Sol and Cameron on a visit to The Haven where they’ve gone to see Cameron’s mum.

This book was cathartic for me at times. It introduces some really thought provoking ideas about street art and graffiti and the validity of it both as a medium for expression and creativity, but also as a form of protest.

As an amateur artist (albeit one who hasn’t created properly since my early 20s!) I find the idea of protest in expression through creative methods to be powerfully moving. Think of Picasso’s Guernica or The Face of War by Salvador Dali and they instantly evoke a feeling of horror.

Anyway, this is approaching an essay rather than just a book review 😁 so I’ll finish it off by saying this book will make you cry if you’re that kind of a reader, it will give you hope, it lays down the foundations for Luke’s story and it throws in a few twists that I don’t think anyone will be expecting.

It also has a perfect pairing in Sol and Jace. Two people who are given a second chance and they hold on to it with everything in their power, pouring that love out to enclose Cameron and to look at forging a new path together.

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Blog Tour: Suddenly Beck by Vawn Cassidy

Suddenly Beck | Vawn Cassidy

Belong to Me #1

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Release Date: July 23rd 2021

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A surprisingly sweet, sinfully sexy, and deliciously funny romp along the Cornish coast.

Nathan Elliott has run away from home at the age of twenty-six. His teenage rebellion may have come ten years late, but better late than never. Leaving behind a world of wealth and privilege, and a strict patriarchal family that would never except a gay son, he’s ready to embrace life and make up for lost time, but nothing’s ever that simple. A coin toss, a delayed train, and a wrong bus later, and Nat finds himself in a small bay in Cornwall being hauled out of the ocean by a gorgeous stranger and wondering how the hell his life got so off track.

Beck Ainsley lives life by a very simple ethos, don’t get attached, don’t get involved and don’t fall in love. He’s been there, done that and got the t-shirt that reads I’m a gullible idiot. Now, he keeps his life simple; all he needs is his dog, his art, his rambling sea cottage overlooking the bay and a few choice waves to surf. He’s not looking for love or commitment, but when he ends up plucking a posh boy from London with incredible blue eyes from the ocean, Cupid doesn’t just shoot him with an arrow, he clubs him senseless with the bow too.

One simple agreement. A summer fling, a chance to act on the insane attraction between them with no strings attached, and at the end of the summer they walk away.

There’s just one problem, fate is a fickle and capricious creature, and she has no intention of letting them walk away unscathed. They’re about to discover that sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants…

From author Wendy Saunders writing as Vawn Cassidy, comes this hot and sweet, first time, MM romance that will leave you laughing out loud and singed from the heat…

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Excerpt

I knock again, and after a moment the door opens, and I almost swallow my tongue. Nat is standing there in all his warm, sleepy glory. His olive skin flushed, his wild dark curls rioting all over the place and wearing nothing but a very… very thin pair of sleeping shorts. I swallow slowly, my mouth is actually watering, and I almost reach up to see if I’m drooling.

Just friends…. Just friends… I chant silently.

He blinks slowly, as if he isn’t quite awake enough to focus.

‘Beck?’ he murmurs, and his voice, hoarse from sleep, shoots straight to my balls. He blinks again in confusion. ‘Am I having that dream again?’ he wonders aloud. ‘If I am, where’s your moustache, and why aren’t you fixing the plumbing?’

I snort out loud, and it breaks the tension.

His head tilts as he studies me. ‘What are you doing here?’ He glances back into his room, presumably to look at a clock and scowls. ‘At five thirty in the morning?’

‘The break is perfect this morning, so I thought we could catch some waves.’ I smile.

‘At five thirty in the morning?’ he repeats slowly, and I nod. ‘Are you fucking kidding me?’ he says dryly.

‘Nope,’ I pop my lips on the word and grin again.

‘Urgh,’ he grunts in disgust and turns back into the room.

I reach out and slap my hand against the door before it slams in my face and follow him in curiously. He crosses the room and crawls back into bed, flopping down on his stomach like a starfish with his face buried in the pillows and gifting me with a gorgeous view of his round peachy arse.

‘Go away and come back at a more civilized hour,’ he mumbles incoherently into the pillow.

‘Come on, Nat.’ I smile widely as I throw the curtains open and let in the pale rays of dawn.

He grunts again as he grabs a pillow and shoves it over his head.

‘Besides,’ I say brightly. ‘The farmers market is on at the Killacourt, and we need to source some new suppliers for the restaurant.’

‘Then come back and get me in four hours,’ comes the muffled reply from beneath the pillow.

I cross the room slowly, unable to hide how much he delights me, even all sleepy and grumpy. I drop down on my haunches beside the bed.

‘I’ll buy you a coffee,’ I croon in a low teasing voice.

For a moment there’s silence, then the pillow shifts, and his face slowly peeks out, locking those starling baby blues on me, which are framed with sooty black lashes. I’ve never seen him unshaven, but now he has a sexy dark stubble gracing his jaw that I’d love to trace the pads of my fingers over before brushing those soft, bee stung lips.

‘What sort of coffee?’ He pouts in reluctant interest.

‘Only the best for you, Nat.’ I smile slowly. ‘Hand roasted, freshly ground and as dark and bitter as the pits of hell.’

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About the Author

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Vawn Cassidy is the MM pen name of author Wendy Saunders. She lives in Hampshire in the UK with her husband and three children. She writes Supernatural and Contemporary Fantasy Fiction as Wendy Saunders and Romantic Suspense as WJ Saunders.

Suddenly Beck is her debut MM novel and was borne of her love and enjoyment of MM Romance. During the lockdown, she wanted to write something fun and light-hearted, and as a quirky and unapologetic Brit herself, she wanted to set a story back home in the UK as opposed to her other fiction which is primarily set in the states.

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