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I wish I liked this more but it was all one note

Under Pressure CoverUnder Pressure by Lauren Ashley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

NOTE: 8/10/19 – I’ve just received an updated ARC with an edited ending, so I shall see what has changed and report back accordingly.

Okay, I’ve read the edited version and my original review and rating still stands.

Both things I was WTFing about still come out of nowhere and, while there’s a bit more follow up for both, it still feels like a heavy handed way of setting up book two and wrapping up the issue with Scott’s parents and niece.

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Original Review This was okay and I was liking the sweet nature of the story until it went a bit bizarre at the end.

I’m going to come back when I’ve had time to think about it more.

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Righty I’m back.

So, the biggest issue I had with this one was that it was all one tone, there were no highs and lows to bring tension to the narrative up until the very end – like I’m talking at 96% ish! when all of a sudden there’s a huge plot point for what I suspect is going to be book two in the series.

I won’t say it came from nowhere, there’d been a tiny hint that the person involved might be singing from the same hymnsheet, if you see what I mean, but nothing even close to the revelation that comes out.

Then, in the EPILOGUE there’s a throwaway line about Scott’s parents and his niece which was an absolute cop-out imho and basically made me just shake my head.

Unfortunately, for me, there wasn’t anything which made this one stand out in a sea of similar sports romance/fake boyfriend/I’m never going to fall in love, oh look whoops I did books on the market.

Not to say it’s badly written, it’s a fairly tightly paced book and the characters are decently drawn and I loved Drew’s madcap extended family. I’d have just liked a bit more light and shade as we used to say in the dance world, to give depth.

Everything was just a bit too simple, a bit too easy, a bit too telling and not a lot of showing and most of the details were sex scenes not emotional connections between the two. Also, I felt they read much older than they were supposed to be (23-year-olds).

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

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Fantastic western romance from Andrew Grey

dont-let-goI absolutely adored this romance from Andrew Grey which focussed on two men who needed to get out of the spotlight for a short time – one from the bull rodeos which just cost him his best friend, the other from a country music tour which had killed his creativity.

Everything about this worked for me. Both men were honest and upfront about their feelings, there wasn’t any messing around even though neither gave up who their more famous identities were until it was almost too late.

There’s trouble on the ranch which Zeke part owns with his father and the pressures from that force him back into the rodeo. For Robert, his agent and manager have to pull him out when his location is leaked and a boatload of fans and paparazzi descend on the ranch.

The drama in this book was all plot driven, nothing was put there just for the sake of it, there wasn’t any false dramady just to amp up the tensions, there’s no push/pull or will they/won’t they.

Zeke and Robert know they love each other, they’re just not sure how they can make their disparate lives mesh together. I loved them together, this book is sexy without being too much, they’re brilliant together and support each other through the difficult decisions.

There’s a great bunch of secondary characters and I loved the ranch setting. I’d happily read more of this pair!

#ARC kindly provided by the Publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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My favourite of the series

All Note Long (Perfect Harmony, #3)All Note Long by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this one, just shades as my favourite of the three because Michelin needed Lucky to help him find his way but when he decided to go for it, he took it full on with no apology.

I felt so bad for Michelin through most of this book, I loved his demisexual status too and I think Annabeth did really well getting it across how he needed the emotional connection to let loose with his desires.

The sexual tensions in this one were both hot and steamy but also hugely emotional and tender and I loved how Lucky was quick to pick up on what was needed for Michelin to let himself free.

Great to see the guys from the other books, even in passing, and I liked the exploration of that last bastion of ‘traditions’ – country music – which is also finding it needs to move with the times when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation.

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