Lane Hayes makes my day better and so did this book!

A Way with YouA Way with You by Lane Hayes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lane Hayes is the caramel syrup in my macchiato, the jam and cream on my scone, the icing on the cake (which I don’t eat but I know she loves), basically she just makes my day better.

This is book two in her addition to Felice Stevens’ Memories With the Breakfast Club Kindle Worlds series and features Remy’s brother Reeve. It’s tagged as an office romance but there’s a neat twist which makes it so much more.

I think I loved Reeve and Leo even more than I’d fallen for Remy and Tony in the first one. In this there’s no need for hiding anything other than insecurities but each man finds courage in the other to put down tentative roots which only get stronger.

The sex is well hot, these two just can’t keep their hands off once their relationship changes and there’s plenty of emotions on display. I loved Leo’s hidden vulnerability, Reeve’s was all on the surface and every so often it would explode. There’s a fair few funny bits in this one as well.

For a short story, there’s a heck of a lot of depth and development and I loved seeing the relationship deepen.

Gorgeous covers on both books too.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Kindle Worlds is currently only available in the US.

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Intelligent and emotional love story is out of the ordinary

A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White CoatA Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat by Roe Horvat

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Right at the laptop now so this book. I’m not sure really what I want to say about it because – on the face of it – there’s no one real single point of focus. It’s a story which needs to be read to be experienced.

Not everyone is going to like it. I suspect it may be a marmite book because I honestly don’t think you could be indifferent to it. It stirs passions. At times Simon infuriated me so much I could hardly think, at others I just wanted to pour all my love into his heart and stop him hurting.

This is also a very European book. It oozes out of every word. This is Prague in all her ancient and medieval glory, a city of contrasts, a city where a father could be a threatening violent alcoholic and it would pass under the water.

It’s also a book about words, about emotions, about how the mind works. It’s a book which touches on the life of one of my favourite poets Arthur Rimbaud and his crazy life with fellow poet Paul Verlaine and includes lines from one of my absolute favourite pieces of poetry A Season in Hell


Once, if I remember rightly, my life was a feast where all hearts opened, and all wines flowed.
One evening I sat Beauty on my knees – And I found her bitter – And I reviled her.

(Find out more about him here.)

Rimbaud’s relationship with Verlaine mirrors how Simon sees his with his young student Matej Chrs. He is left in limbo, all colour leached out of the world, relying only on his strength of will not to crumble.

Oh, I could go on about the symbolism, the beautiful use of words and imagery, I could tell you about how Simon slowly, oh so slowly, changed in my perception from a cold, locked off shell of a man into one who I just wanted to put in bubble wrap and protect from the ravages of his own staggering intellect.

And Matej. He’s almost an enigma. For much of the book we only have Simon’s remembrances and recollections. He seems flighty, willing to turn loose and perhaps unwittingly, inflict pain on those he professes to love the most.
But he’s so much more than that and when he returns to the narrative in his own right, all the colours come flooding back, including the angry ones.

Roe Horvat is rapidly becoming one of my favourite authors. Their use of the English language to evoke emotions and inspire feelings really is genius.

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This Russian bear is kinky in the extreme!

How to Domesticate a Russian Bear: A Russian Bear IIIHow to Domesticate a Russian Bear: A Russian Bear III by C.B. Conwy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series but I don’t think it mattered too much as there was enough explanation it was needed.

So, to the book itself. This is a study in how to write a style of BDSM which allows feelings and emotions to bleed through into everything which happens on the page.

I’ve never read this author before either and they have an interesting style of writing which is heavy on the details but not to the point of excess while, at the same time, having some odd grammar. Like Mischa lending a house instead of borrowing it – as in the sentence reads Mischa had lent a house from one of his clients. Just odd, but strangely it worked alongside the Russian man’s character.

Tom is a gem, feisty and stubborn but also utterly compliant in his submission once he gets over himself. There’s lots and lots of scenes of sex in this book so if that ain’t your thing, don’t read it.

It’s not always my thing either but here they’re handled with skill and as well as being descriptive, they manage to portray the trust and emotional connections while being volcanic.

There’s lots of humour too to break through all the sex and a fair bit of relationship communication and development and all ends with a neat epilogue.

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Beautiful Five Points second chance romance

Wrapped with LoveWrapped with Love by Beth Bolden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this one which gives the background to Reed and his boyfriend – as mentioned in Quentin and Landon’s story.

Second chance romances are right up there for me among my favourite tropes and this one is super sweet and has a real progression through the hurt and bewilderment of a break up to getting another shot at love.

Reed is an awkwardly shy kind of guy if he’s not in his kitchen and Jordan was brilliant at knowing how to comfort him. Their break had been through circumstances and lack of communication rather than a lack of love and I was rooting for them throughout.

There is lots of communication the second time round and a really lovely romance with a couple of emotionally powerful sexy times.

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Superbly crafted daddy kink from Riley Hart

Jared's Evolution (Jared & Kieran #1)Jared’s Evolution by Riley Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Daddy kink isn’t my thing at all but I can appreciate a superbly crafted piece of writing and that is exactly what Jared’s Evolution is.

At heart I’m afraid I’m too bloody minded and strong willed to ever be submissive so I have nothing but admiration for those of similar character who can go that extra mile and put their trust beyond the every day level of a loving relationship and take it somewhere empowering.

This isn’t necessarily a romance, or not yet at least, but it is a story about trust and connections with another person and being willing to give up your own well-being to the care of another.

Jared and Kieran’s relationship development is beautifully developed through distrust, anger, shame, fear, longing, wanting, accepting and trusting until it becomes love on Jared’s side.

Whether Kieran will follow remains to be seen but I will be waiting to find out even though this isnt my kink and that is the mark of a truly gifted writer in my view.

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Don’t miss Leaning into Touch from Lane Hayes

Title:  Leaning Into Touch

Series: Leaning Into Stories, #4

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher:  Lane Hayes

Release Date: October 5

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 80k words

Genre: Romance, Bisexual, Humor, Second Chance, Friends to Lovers, San Francisco, Office

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Synopsis

Josh Sheehan is unlucky in love and now… newly unemployed. He’s not sure what to do next, but he’s sure he should give up on romance. Especially after last time. His friends warned him that falling for the hunky Irishman was a bad idea. Josh can’t help feeling torn even though he knows it’s best to move on. But when an unexpected dose of family drama blindsides him, Josh finds himself leaning on the one man he’s supposed to forget.

Finn Gallagher is driven by success. He makes no secret that building a name for his tech company is his number one goal. Finn left home a decade ago with a ton of regret, a heavy heart, and a vow to never repeat the same mistake twice. However, there is something undeniably appealing about the self-deprecating man with the silly sense of humor that makes it difficult for Finn to remember why falling for Josh is a bad idea. It soon becomes clear they’re both in deeper than they intended. There is no way to remain untouched. And there is so much to gain, if they’re brave enough to lean in.

Excerpt

Finn smiled and fell into step beside me. It seemed quieter on the street than it was earlier; there wasn’t as much foot traffic. Typical for midweek, I supposed. I breathed in the refreshing night air, loving the faint smell of the ocean. I shivered and crossed my arms. So much for enjoying a leisurely stroll. It was cold as fuck out here. I picked up my pace, but Finn pulled at my elbow to stop me.

“Are you daft? Where’s your coat?”

“I f-forgot it at the last bar. It’s okay. I’m cl-close.” I visibly shook when the wind whipped up the sidewalk, sending a scrap of newspaper flying by us like a paper airplane.

“Let’s go back and get it.”

“No, my friend will give it to me later. Or her friend will. I’m almost h-home so—what are you doing?”

“Put this on, then.”

Finn shrugged his suit coat off and set it over my shoulders like a cape or a cloak. He was two inches taller than me and far more muscular. It was like being wrapped in his warm, cologne-scented embrace. The gesture was so chivalrous, it left me speechless for a moment. I knew he was just being kind, but I couldn’t contain my smile.

“Thank you,” I said. “Are you sure you won’t be too cold?”

“Where I’m from, this is a summer breeze. You need it more than I do. Now tell me about your mates. I’m relieved to know you weren’t out drowning your sorrows on your own tonight.”

I snickered at his paternal tone. “I’m not above it, that’s for sure, but no…I was with my work crew for one last happy hour. Marley insisted. She was the redhead with the awesome curls I was with this morning at the museum.”

“I remember. She’s the one holding your jacket for ransom, eh?”

“Yeah. She’s on a mission to find the perfect man for me,” I huffed, making sure he saw my eye roll before we turned the corner to my street.

“Has she ruled out women? You’re bi, aren’t you?”

“Honestly, I don’t know what I am anymore. I had girlfriends in high school and even in college but after the first time I was with a man, I haven’t been interested in anything but dick.”

Finn laughed. “Good to know.”

“What about you?” I asked, leading him down a brick path and up a short flight of stairs.

I leaned against the bright red door as I fumbled for the house key in my front pocket. In my head, I was planning a cinematic-worthy good-bye. Something lighthearted but sincere before we parted for the last time. It would have been a helluva lot easier to concentrate if he wasn’t standing so close and looking at me like I was the last brownie on the buffet table. I cocked my head and waited for him to break the spell.

“I like it too,” he said in a husky voice I hadn’t heard in far too long.

I gulped and licked my bottom lip as he moved in, bending slightly to brush his nose against mine. He surrounded me in every possible way. The heat of his body and the warmth of his coat draped me in a seductive cocoon. I felt woozy with a rush of desire so intense, I would’ve swayed on my feet if he hadn’t been standing so close. I set my right hand on his hip to steady myself and leaned in…just as he pushed away.

Finn let out a ragged breath and swiped his hand over his stubbled chin. “Fuck. I forgot how bloody difficult it is to walk away from you.”

“Then don’t.”

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Meet the Author

Lane Hayes is grateful to finally be doing what she loves best. Writing full-time! It’s no secret Lane loves a good romance novel. An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters. These days she prefers the leading roles to both be men. Lane discovered the M/M genre a few years ago and was instantly hooked. Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016 Rainbow Awards. She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a newly empty nest.

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Tensions are kept right until the end – but what a payoff!

Leaning Into Touch (Leaning Into Stories, #3)Leaning Into Touch by Lane Hayes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blooming heck Lane kept the tension going with this one right to the (I was worrying it would be bitter) end before she pulled out a finale of epic groveling and a truly beautiful epilogue.

Finn was a hard character for me to get my head around, on the surface he was all Irish and charm and sexy swagger, but he kept hurting Josh, never deliberately mind, and it was easy to see that he was running so scared.

But Josh is such an open and cheery and optimistic person that every time Finn crushed his heart, albeit at Josh’s own doing for leaving himself vulnerable, I struggled for a short while to get back in Finn’s corner.

Eventually though, with the innate talent she has for unravelling all the threads and sewing up all the missing pieces, Lane lets Josh see that the saying is true – if you love something, you have to let it go.

And he does, or rather he lets Finn run away again and doesn’t fight against the tide. But this time Finn’s realised the long held onto guilt for mistakes he made as a young man no longer have to weigh him down.

The final (and perfectly gorgeous), reunion, which happens at almost 95% in this book (!!), is an exercise in how to let one man know he is really the centre of your world and you can’t live without him, even though it would be less scary to do so.

Finn and Josh’s relationship doesn’t fit into a trope easily, there’s elements of friends to lovers, there’s a smidgen of angry sex (and oh boy is their sex good!), there’s an element of second chances, a bit of bad boy and slightly naive lover about it all, but at its heart it’s about taking chances.

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

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