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Slow burn romance but it lacked passion for me

Hitting the MarkHitting the Mark by Aidan Wayne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is another beautiful exploration of the power of connection and of love from this author.

I’ve read two now by Aidan Wayne and their hallmark seems to be lots of emotional connection but very little steam. It worked in the first book of theirs I read Rule of Thirds where one of the MCs was suffering from serious PTSD and their two companions were sentient AI.

Unfortunately, for this book, while I completely got the love and respect between Marcus and Taemin, the passion was lacking as there was nothing on page to show it. Now, that doesn’t mean I wanted full of graphic sex scenes, but pretty much all their loving interactions were fade to black, off page or just passing references to the fact they’d had some sort of sexual encounter.

It was a shame because, other than that, this book is really lovely, a slow burn, sort of friends to lovers with a small ten-year age-gap romance between a famous actor and the martial arts teacher who brought him out of his shy shell as a child.

There’s a great bunch of secondary characters, the angsting and tension is wholly in keeping with the narrative and there’s a lovely promise of a lifetime of HEA. Just would have preferred a wee bit more steam personally.

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The suspense element just didn’t work for me with this one unfortunately

ReboundRebound by Andrew Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I usually enjoy Andrew Grey’s work but this one just didn’t mesh for me into a cohesive narrative at all.

The suspense element was out of place and I still don’t really think there was enough build up given to it or to the big reveal of who the bad guy was. It just made no sense to me at all.

The romance element also seemed subdued and the lack of sexual intimacy until right at the very end left me feeling disjointed and not really connected to the characters at all.

Individually though, Obie and Bri were nicely crafted and I liked the setting and the secondary characters helped flesh out the world.

Still, overall I would have loved more of them together as a couple and a little bit more depth to the suspect’s identity.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Get your copy here: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rebound-by-andrew-grey-10185-b

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Review Tour: Bigger Love by Rick R. Reed

Bigger Love | Rick R. Reed

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Buy Links

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Dreamspinner

Length: 60,332 words

Cover Design: Reese Dante

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

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Blurb

Truman Reid is Summitville High’s most out-and-proud senior. He can’t wait to take his fierce, uncompromising self away from his small Ohio River hometown, where he’s suffered more than his share of bullying.

He’s looking forward to bright lights and a big city. Maybe he’ll be the first gender-fluid star to ever win an Academy Award. But all that changes on the first day of school when he locks eyes with the most gorgeous hunk he’s ever seen.

Mike Stewart, big, dark-haired, and with the most amazing blue eyes, is new to town. He’s quiet, manly, and has the sexy air of a lost soul.

It’s almost love at first sight for Truman. He thinks that love could deepen when Mike becomes part of the stage crew for Harvey, the senior class play Truman’s directing. But is Mike even gay? And how will it work when Truman’s mother is falling for Mike’s dad?

Plus Truman, never the norm, makes a daring and controversial choice for the production that has the whole town up in arms.

See how it all plays out on a stage of love, laughter, tears, and sticking up for one’s essential self…

About The Author

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Real Men. True Love.

Rick R. Reed draws inspiration from the lives of gay men to craft stories that quicken the heartbeat, engage emotions, and keep the pages turning. Although he dabbles in horror, dark suspense, and comedy, his attention always returns to the power of love.

He’s the award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifty works of published fiction and is forever at work on yet another book.

Lambda Literary has called him: “A writer that doesn’t disappoint…”

You can find him at www.rickrreed.com or www.rickrreedreality.blogspot.com. Rick lives in Palm Springs, CA with his beloved husband.

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Love sometimes really is all you need

going-off-gridGoing Off Grid by S.J.D. Peterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book I’ve read by SJD Peterson and I have to say, I really liked their style of writing and the whole narrative of this book.

It’s part of Dreamspinner Press’ States of Love series, each book set in an American state and with characteristics unique to that geographical location. This one is in the deep heart of rural North Dakota.

There’s not, actually, a lot to the story, it’s two men who’ve worked hard long hours, hardly seeing each other for more than a snatched day or so having a dream to go off grid and live out their early retirement in a cabin in the woods.

And that’s it, but it’s also more than that, it’s a story about romance, about love, about compromise and hard work, about making sacrifices for the ones you love, about finding true peace and about working with nature to create your own perfect piece of paradise.

It’s relatively low on steam but there’s a couple of scenes which burn the pages for a short time and there is so much love between the two that the sex really is just a bonus. I loved Clay and Elliott and I like to picture them out on their porch, Little Man the obnoxious cat out chasing leaves, sipping their coffee and enjoying the life.

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