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Roe brings the heat and also the emotions as Walter falls in love

59135806._SY475_Teacher by Roe Horvat

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Teacher becomes the pupil – when it comes to falling in love that is.

OMG the heat level in this one, even for Roe, is off the charts. Walter and Daniel are combustible, but there’s so many feelings involved too.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, Roe Horvat writes erotica which is so intense you can feel the heat bouncing off the page but it’s also packed full of emotional engagement, connections beyond the physical and this book was an utter delight.

Honestly, one of his hottest but also one of the most emotionally connected pairs I’ve read. This series with Walter S├ębastien has been an utter triumph as far as I’m concerned. i hope this isn’t the end though!

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A stunning second entry in this New Zealand set series from Jay

58853256._SY475_On Board by Jay Hogan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay maybe a couple of days later and I’m ready to review this stunning entry in Jay’s Painted Bay series.

It takes a rare skill to turn an antagonist into a hero but that’s what happens with Leroy, Judah’s brother from book one and someone who is about as true to the grumpy loner archetype as you can find.

However, as this book unfolds, it becomes very clear that Leroy has so much more depth to him, that the Leroy of Off Balance isn’t really his true self and that he’s repressed so much over the years.

When the book starts, he’s still not dealing with the way the mussel farm is struggling, he’s still coming to terms with his mother’s relationship with Martha, his own relationship with his brother Judah is still on shaky ground and – most importantly – he’s buried his attraction to Martha’s son Fox so deep down he’s convinced he hates him.

So finding Fox in his kitchen making a sandwich sparks a whole load of self-protection hyper masculine and quite possibly masochistic deflections that set the tone for a lot of the book.

Fox is hurting from his marriage breaking down after his husband cheated on him. He’s missing his home in the south, his fishing boat, his community. His attraction to Leroy is inconvenient and potentially even more capable of causing him devastating loss than his impending divorce.

There is perhaps a bit too much of the self-introspection from Leroy, although there’s not much, thankfully, of the will they, won’t they back and forth.

Once Leroy admits he’s bisexual and always has been, though he’s buried it down for years after seeing how Judah was treated, he sets his determined head on and is willing to go all in and there’s some gorgeous moments between the two men.

The sexual exploration is some of the best I’ve read, as Leroy determines to embrace everything he feels about Fox and everything he wants to know about being with a man. It’s emotionally charged, vulnerable and smoking hot all at the same time.

Intelligent dialogue as ever, the incredible sense of place that every Jay Hogan book embodies, a superb cast of secondary characters and a sub-plot which keeps the narrative moving outside of the relationship development, make this book an utter triumph.

Now, book three can’t come soon enough because I can’t actually work out who it’s going to be starring other than one of the MCs is likely to be Judah’s choreographer friend he’s inviting along to help with the studio!

But there’s still Kane’s secret to be discovered, and what’s going to happen with Teddy and Hannah, they need someone to love them too!

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With this romance Tal takes a tried and tested trope and turns it into something magical – oh and rips your heart out on the way

the quarterbackThe Quarterback by Tal Bauer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need more stars. And a stiff drink, a blanket, a pound of dark chocolate, and a punching bag – like every time I read a book by Tal.

The only thing I don’t need this time is more sleep because I managed to not stay up all night reading it.

***

Tal Bauer works magic with words, I don’t know how he does it.

How he can take something which on the face of it seems simple, two men falling in love against all the obstacles in their path, and yet make it feel like nothing you’ve read before.

There were so many times when reading this book that I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, drown my sorrows, throw a party, or curl up in a ball and try not to rage.

The Quarterback is so much more than just his position on the team and Colton, oh how my heart broke for him almost as hard as his shoulder injury.

Tal made me so angry at what both Colton and Nick go through. But that’s nothing new (hello Sochi I’m looking at you), and he also had me almost crying happy tears of joy.

I’m not going too deep into the plot, although this is an age gap, slow burn romance, it still should be read blind.

The reader is drawn through the eyes of two men who’ve never had feelings for anyone of their own sex before with such skillful precision.

It’s honest, it’s brutal, it’s heartbreaking and uplifting. At no point did any of it feel untrue.

Colton and Nick fall for each other with all the grace and passion you’d hope to see expressed once they finally give in to the feelings which have built up like the heat of the summer.

Wes and Justin are also still hearts and flowers and pink tinged sunsets in love. But their love can sometimes be insular, leaving others on the outside and I massively wanted to shout at them both a fair few times.

But both come through when it matters and I was pleased to see them as strong together as in their own book.

I also absolutely adored the Texan oilman Nick and Colton go to do business with. He was such a vividly drawn character who provided such an encouraging support to Colton when it looked like all was lost.

I know there were people who didn’t see the connection between Colton and Nick, but I’d hope by the time they finish reading, they’ve come to realise just how wonderful a pair they are.

If this is the end for The Team, it goes out on a brilliant note with two top class entries to the Tal Bauer catalogue.

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