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I want these men to be real so badly!

love thy brother coverLove Thy Brother by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I swear every time I think Garrett Leigh has delivered her best book yet, she releases another one which blows me away.

With the Rebel Kings series I think she’s gone off into the stratosphere with just how amazingly absorbing the narratives are. When I read, I’m fearful I’ll miss something if I blink too long!

In Rubi she’s crafted such an amazing giant of a man with the heart of a lion and the soul of an angel. He’s a King until death, even though being a member of the club has cost him the one thing he loves beyond all else – his president Cam’s younger brother River.

River though, my heart broke for River. He’s turned his back on the club that took his parents, some of his friends, and which threatens the safety of the guy he’s been in love with for years.

He’s also storing up some pretty big pain from an event that Rubi can’t even remember, when he turned to River in the aftermath of the attack on the club and they spent the night together before Rubi left him alone in his bed.

River’s all piss and vinegar, he snaps and snarls, but he’s hiding his truth deep inside him and he’s too stubborn to admit that when he ran from the motorcycle club five years previous, he left his heart behind him.

But Rubi, the strength of character of the man shines through. He’s been such a presence in the series so far and now he gets the chance to fight for his own happy ending. When the book starts he’s not in a good place and we get to see what a world might be like without Rubi in it.

The hurt/comfort in this book is pitched so beautifully it will have you aching to grab both men and wrap them up in a warm blanket and tell them all will be well. They fight and fratch, hurting each other both deliberately and without meaning too, but underlying all is a connection tying them together in ways which won’t ever be untangled.

I’m not spoiling the plot, suffice it to say, Garrett delivers there on a two-front element which brings danger to the club and to River directly.

It’s not quite as adrenaline rushed as the first three books, but there’s still enough tension to make the reader want to dive through the pages to get to the end and the hopeful conclusion we’re all wishing for.

With complex relationships with other members of their family, and the wider club members, there’s plenty to keep the story driving onward and we get some lovely guest appearances from Garrett’s expanded universe which I loved seeing.

The Epilogue is simply gorgeous and I am now absolutely dying for book five because, if she carries on like she has done so far in this series, I’m going to be searching for more superlatives with which to describe her work.

Garrett Leigh writes people like no other, imho, she can bring the depths of despair and then turn it into the highest hopes, she gives realness to everything she crafts, her characters live in my head rent free and I can only dream of them stepping off the pages and into our world.

I’d love to spend time just watching them shoot the breeze and take the mickey out of each other, ride the roads with them and listen to The Levellers on a hot summer night.

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

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Audio Tour: Spring Strings by Lily Morton

Spring Strings | Lily Morton

Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Release Date: November 30th, 2022

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Malachi Booth is a supermodel. He’s used to moving about the world, sleeping with whoever takes his fancy and watching the money roll in. The last place he expects to find himself is on a run-down farm in Cornwall, but a bad bout of bronchitis means that he’s stuck there. The only compensation for this dismal state of affairs is that the farmer is very good looking, even if he’s the grumpiest person that Malachi has ever met.

Cadan Landry’s farm has been in his family for hundreds of years but that doesn’t make it any easier to make ends meet. As a consequence, Cadan could be called grumpy. Most men would consider a supermodel collapsing at their feet while dressed in the skimpiest pair of briefs ever made to be a sign of good fortune. Cadan just resents the fact that the young man is taking up space in his cow field.

These two men are from different worlds, but can they ever meet in the middle?

From bestselling author Lily Morton comes a novella about snarky models, misconceptions, and finding a home in the most unlikely of places.

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“There’s no need for a hospital. It isn’t pneumonia yet, and I’ve given him something to make him sleep. I’ll also give you a prescription for some very strong antibiotics. He needs plenty of sleep and taking care of. He’s very run down.” He huffs and pats his big belly. “Damn good job I wasn’t a model. I’d have collapsed if I was as thin as that lad in there.”

I try hard to repress the image of Doctor Samuels modelling the very tiny underpants that the model called Malachi was wearing. “And surely he’ll get that care in a hospital,” I say with emphasis.

He shakes his head. “Cadan, I’m not sending him to hospital. He needs rest and then fresh air and feeding up.”

“Have you somehow got mixed up and forgotten that I run a farm and not Champneys health spa? I can’t have him here. I’ve got too much to do.”

A look of disappointment crosses his face, and I resist the impulse to shuffle from one leg to the other like I’m once again the child he used to see and give lollipops to. “Cadan, your mother would have a fit if she heard about your lack of hospitality. We look after our own in Cornwall.”

“But he isn’t our own,” I argue. “He’s somebody else’s own. I don’t know whose. Maybe Yves Saint Laurent.”

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Lily is a bestselling gay romance author. She writes love stories filled with heat and humour.

She lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she got her Kindle.

Lily has spent her life with her head full of daydreams, and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else would she get to spend her time with hot and funny men?

She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – Chocolate Baileys.

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Annabelle brings a ghostly twist to her magical Christmas romance

christmas spirit coverChristmas Spirit by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As the seasons turn and we enter the Winter quarter of the year, I always feel there’s magic in the air.

The veil between the here and the otherworld that our ancestors believed in gets thinner and you really can believe that anything can happen.

This is the feel which Annabelle Jacobs brings to this wonderful Christmas set romance between an unlikely pairing but two men who just get each other.

Dylan first bumps into Gareth when he’s in a cafe collecting coffees and his Achilles tendon pops. As he’s struggling, the older man comes to his rescue and offers to drive him to the hospital. There’s an instant attraction but the moment passes.

So it comes as a massive surprise to both when they meet again as Dylan heads down to Cornwall to rehabilitate from his injury with his best mate who’s heading to work at his uncle’s cottage.

From the off there’s something just a little bit magical about this part of the world, the small village on the coast has happily embraced Gareth, who is a veterinarian, and his next door neighbour Kitty has provided him with gossip, baked goods, and a bit of mothering since his arrival.

The sparks between them are just as strong when they meet again, there’s a brief moment of oh god you’re my best mate’s uncle/nephew’s best mate dithering before they settle into a friendship that isn’t looking like it’s going to go anywhere.

Until we get to that element of otherworldly I mentioned earlier in the form of Agatha, the sweet old lady who used to live in the cottage and who is still sticking around as an unseen ghostly presence to keep giving them the nudges they need!

It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but the ghostly interventions are some of the funniest parts of the book and also ones which bring a huge smile.


Dylan and Gareth are locked in the bathroom together, Agatha helps Dylan find an abandoned kitten, she repeatedly expresses her discontent that they’re not snogging by banging doors, moving things and rattling drawers.


As Gareth’s house renovations continue and the time that Dylan has to spend recovering from his injury grows shorter, they grow closer and it becomes increasingly clear they have the potential for something truly special.

I won’t give away any more of the moments which give this festive romance its wonderfully magical and somewhat spooky atmosphere except to say the scene on Christmas Eve is just utterly gorgeous and I can’t wait for everyone else to fall in love with the two men, the setting and their happy ever after.

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

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