Ella Frank’s stunning series continues with this insight into “the Prick”

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Julien
by Ella Frank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Things start to get a little bit more complicated as Ella Frank explores more of the dynamic which makes up the enigmatic French-American chef Julien Thornton.

This series is way more than just the menage aspect of it, though. Each one of the three men involved in this relationship brings something the other two needs and that is never more obvious than in this middle book of the trilogy.

Julien is hiding demons and, as the time approaches closer to his beloved twin sister’s death, it becomes clear there’s something very wrong with the usually gregarious man and Priest is worried.

Robbie can go some way to helping relieve the strain. And oh boy do they go! This book ups the sex quotient ante a thousandfold and includes a scene which blows the roof off (which I won’t spoil because it needs to be appreciated without warning).

The intricate emotional weaving together of these three men becomes even more obvious here and it’s never more needed than when they return to Julien’s home town of LA where Robbie finally learns about the ghosts in his lover’s past.

There’s a cliffhanger ending in this one, although Robbie’s integration fully into Julien and Priest’s life is completed here, and it involves the most enigmatic of all – Joel Priestley, Priest, the lawyer who on the surface, is controlled and unflappable.

I can’t wait!

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A scared baseball star and a chef come together in this romance

Catch Me (Kitchen Gods #2)Catch Me by Beth Bolden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this one even more than book one in the series as its way less angsty and has more of a gentleness to the romance even with all the heat!

Also, it’s a sports romance and they have a special place in my heart because I live for the day when someone’s sexuality has no bearing on their ability to be a great athlete.

Beth also snuck in a couple more potential new subjects for future books as I’m hoping that Chef Bastard and Kian will be next but then there’s still Xander and now I want Wyatt’s brother Tony’s story too!

Fake boyfriends is also another favourite trope and this one’s a doozy as both men fall head over heels but don’t want the other to know in case it messes up the agreement to pretend.

Seriously hot, there’s plenty of chemistry between the two but it takes a dramatic moment to pull their heads out of their backsides.

I also thought the B plot with Wyatt’s Nana’s Alzheimer’s was handled well too, although I am left with questions as to what happened with their other brother, who sort of vanished out of the narrative!

Overall, a great second book in this series.

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A stunningly perfect ending to a brilliant series from Hailey Turner

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All the stars – see them, all of them and then some. I want to give this book more than just the five stars here because it couldn’t have been a more perfect ending to this series if it tried.

Any book which gives me both a hot flush (and oh boy, the encounters in this one are especially volcanic) and can turn me into an emotionally wrecked, limp as a tea towel pathetic mess, almost sobbing while raging at the author at the same time, is more than a win in my book.

Stories, and series’ like this one, are why I read. They take me out of the everyday mundane normality into a world where it’s completely believable that a member of the British Royal Family could be a secret metahuman ex-SAS operative, where people can not only fly, but where they can phase themselves out of synch with their surroundings and be practically invulnerable.

They’re believable not only because of the incredible level of world building and scene setting which has gone into them, but because I want it to be real – minus the evul Russian bravtva and unhinged terrorist groups that is! I want there to be a team of superhumans all supporting themselves, their friends and their country.

You won’t find any plot details or spoilers in this review, In the Requiem requires complete story ignorance and even then, it’s still an adrenaline filled ride which answers all the questions I had left for Alpha Team, their families and friends.

Except for one. Hailey please tell me we’re going to get Liam Wessex’s full story at some point 🙂

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So many layers to this beautiful – and at times bleak – romance

Whisper (Skins, #2)Whisper by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Full review in the morning, well the later morning when it’s not 2.17am!

Right, here we go. This book is pure Garrett Leigh. It’s all about finding love in unexpected places, it’s about overcoming the odds, it’s about hope, it’s about never giving in and never stopping fighting. It’s about Harry and Joe.

Harry is Rhys’ brother from Dream (if you’ve not read that yet, why not?!) and he’s floundering. While on the surface he’s successful with his Instagram blog, his physio and private clients, his book deal, inside he’s lost and hurting.

He sees the love between his client, and now friend Angelo, and his partner Dylan – both guys are hot but he’s not into threesomes – and he’s envious but unsure of what exactly he’s jealous of – the sex or the closeness and love the men have found.

Harry’s also struggling with his own mental health. He’s great at giving advice but not so hot at following it himself and he’s starting to drown under the stress.

When he’s given the chance to go on a sabbatical at a Cornish farm he’s still not 100% with the programme but goes anyway. What he finds is something completely unexpected – Joe.

And oh boy is Joe something! Hot-headed and quick to fly off the handle, struggling to keep the farm going, not dealing with anything that isn’t the day to day care of his rescue horses (and other associated menagerie) and put out by the thought of some bloke sleeping in his much loved and dead granddad’s bedroom.

This is a slow, slow, burn. There’s clearly an attraction but there’s just so much other stuff going on in both men’s heads that they really can’t get a minute to breathe. Garrett amps up the tension slowly, with external pressures of money, Joe’s deadbeat dad’s antics, the in-built prejudice that a Roma family has to deal with, his sister Emma’s agoraphobia, too many horses needing rescuing and nowhere to put them, and Harry’s increasing panic that he’s not going to be able to write the book about wellness and mental health when his own is tanking.

I was totally on edge, in a good way, while I was reading this story, the time just flew by and before I knew it, almost 2/3rds of the book had gone past before Harry and Joe finally get it together and let’s just say, when they do, all bets are off and it’s a gorgeously written scene of acceptance and emotions and just finding that space to breathe.

This romance isn’t as erotic as Skins #1 was but it never suffers for it. Harry and Joe connect on so many levels that the physical is just one outward manifestation of that. That’s not to say the sex between them isn’t smoking hot either, because it is, but it’s intimate, it’s small and between just the two of them.

There’s a lovely surprise guest appearance in this book from Dex, whose story is told in Heart and it was so great to see him and Seb still going strong and there’s such a strong sense of family in this narrative. The secondary cast of characters fully complement the story being told and are unique and bring their own selves to life.

As with every Garrett Leigh book, there’s great research, this time around the Roma/Gypsy heritage and lifestyle and it shows in the authentic feel to each character in this extended family. The cover, as always given Garrett’s talents as a cover artist herself, is sublime and the strength depicted in Harry is perfectly mirrored in his actions as he finds a place for himself alongside Joe and the mixed up crazy that is Whisper Farm.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The fangirling, as will ever be the case with this author, is all my own work and I’m not a bit ashamed of it.

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Audio Release: BFF by Devon McCormack / Narrated by Michael Pauley

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Devon McCormack’s latest gay romance novel is now available on audiobook! Narrated by Michael Pauley.
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BFF: BEST FRIEND’S FATHER

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JESSE:A beach vacay with my best bud since college seems like the perfect opportunity to relax, catch some rays, and enjoy a couple of nights on the town. When I find a girl who’s eager to mess around with me, I figure I’ve got it made.

Then I meet the intense, hot-as-hell, tattooed Eric Westright, who wrecks my world…in the best possible way.

He awakens something within me-something that’s always been here, but that’s never pulled so powerfully…not until I looked into those solemn blue eyes and felt the red-hot spark of his touch.

There’s something about this chemistry that’s so intoxicating, and the more I get to know him, the harder it becomes for me to resist these impulses that overtake me-that leave me wanting him to show me what it feels like to have a man inside me.

I know he’s fighting too. It’s so wrong, but every kiss, every caress, every stroke feels so right. We shouldn’t act on these urges, but we can’t help ourselves.

First he claims my body, then he claims my heart.

And before I know it, I’m in too deep with my best friend’s father…

*BFF is a steamy romance, but one of the main characters has a painful past that may act as a trigger for some people. Readers are invited to check out the complete trigger warning on the copyright page, which can be viewed by clicking on the “Look Inside” preview or by downloading the sample. Be advised that these triggers contain spoilers for the novel.

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Much more than just a ménage – Robbie brings many layers

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Full review tomorrow when my Kindle isn’t in danger of exploding from the heat!

When Robbie Bianchi appeared in Ella Frank Temptations series he was one of those side characters who caught my attention and when Joel Priestley, aka Priest came onto the scene a few books later, the sparks were electric.

The UST in this book is palpable, it oozes off each page as Robbie aka the Princess, Priest and his husband Julien aka The Prick, dance around each other and deal with the obvious elephant in the room – their attraction to each other and the desire the married couple have to invite Robbie into their bed.

That the first full blown sexual encounter (there’s other equally explosive minor incidents 😉 before it) doesn’t occur until nearly 70% into the book demonstrates perfectly how much Ella has put into developing the emotional connections between these three men as well as the lust-driven ones.

I’m not going to reveal any spoilers, this book needs to be read blind to fully appreciate the level at which each man needs something from the other. It’s not just a hot menage with three sexy blokes getting their rocks off, there is deep, painful traumas at the heart of the actions of two of them.

Robbie is glorious, Julien switches between French joie de vivre but also deep depressions but Priest is the one who has my heart, he holds so many secrets close inside that his control is kept so tight he vibrates with it.

When things finally let go, the emotional outpourings made my heart pound and the sex, well, let’s just say that did it for me too *insert hot flush gif of your choice here* as the temperature rocketed.

The cover is stunning and I can’t wait now to see what delights are on the front of Confessions: Julien when it releases in May and discover just what drives this talented and tortured Frenchman.

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Dilemma filled romance is a delight to read

38312560BFF: Best Friend’s Father by Devon McCormack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Full review to come soon.

Righty, here we go. This book is pure Devon McCormack, so if you don’t like steaming hot men getting into it all over the place, while offering up a light angsty narrative with a bit of an open ending, this book isn’t for you.

If, however, you like age gaps, MCs who do their best to avoid falling for each other because they don’t want to hurt someone else, who have an emotional connection which jumps off the page and who burn up the sheets like the world is about to end, you’ll love this.

Jesse and Eric are a brilliant pair, they complement each other perfectly, Eric’s age and experience acting as a guide to Jesse’s younger but no less mature spirit.

Their mutual attraction isn’t straightforward though, Eric’s son Ty is Jesse’s best friend and his relationship with his dad isn’t the best. I loved that there was genuine, honest conflict in this book over their feelings for each other and for Ty.

Neither man has had it easy, Jesse growing up in foster homes, Eric with a mostly absentee father and an incident in his teenage years which has coloured his life ever since.

But there is a genuine connection between them, it’s not just lust, although there’s a healthy dose of that too and some seriously sexy scenes when they finally give in to the passion.

This isn’t a 5* read for me simply because of the end, where the reader is left with a strong HFN but with added complications which will be continued. It’s not a cliffhanger as such, but it did make me curse a bit 😉

As an aside:

The cover is ex Rugby League international Stuart Reardon, who has carved out a successful post playing career as a model and fitness expert.

As I knew him when I covered the game as a journalist when he was just starting out in his early 20s – with shaven head and attitude – it always gives me a bit of a chuckle to see him now as a major sex symbol.

In this book though, he’s a perfect representation for Eric and it’s great to see him doing so well outside of the sport he had success in.

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