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Emotionally charged romance is a gem

Shake the StarsShake the Stars by V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book when it first started as it was a young adult romance with a very nostalgic feel even though it was only set in 2008.

There’s definitely Dirty Dancing vibes, deliberately referenced to evoke that feeling of a long summer holiday at a self-contained resort. There’re two perfectly loveable characters exploring the highs and lows of first love and coming out.

It’s heady with the possibilities of a lifetime. But I wasn’t really feeling it until a good third of the way in when all I’d a sudden I was as passionately involved as Dane and Khalid were.

The latter part of the narrative is where Vicki’s talent is truly on display though as this story takes an unusual turn which I won’t spoiler.

Suffice it to say, there wasn’t anyone cheering on the romance louder than me as I read about their lives.

I think this could be my favourite of Vicki’s non-sporting romances, it’s a little gem wrapped up in something just a bit different.

Also stupidly hot and emotionally charged.

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One of Garrett Leigh’s best romances to date

Kiss Me Again
Kiss Me Again
by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I read a Garrett Leigh romance I know my emotions and my brain will be put through the ringer.

However, I also know that, ultimately, I will be left with such an overwhelming sense of hope once the story is done. Her books depict life in all its many shades, there is harshness but there is also joy.

This one is one of her best imho, it takes a truly complex medical condition – that of bipolar – and not only never sugarcoats the manic highs and scary lows – but also treats Ludo, and how it affects every aspect of his life, with respect.

There are moments in this when I wanted to shout at Aiden to warn him that Ludo was falling, moments when I wanted to hug Aiden because he was so determined to be the best help he could.

The scenes in the hospital when the two first meet are among the finest Garrett has written. The disorientation, the fears, the pain, the connection, the start of something beautiful, is all laid out with such clarity.

There wasn’t a bit of this book that didn’t work for me and I love how it’s also linked with a loose thread to her Dreams series. Ludo is Angelo’s cousin and while there is no reunion in this book, I’d love for Aiden and Ludo to take a trip down to Joe’s farm and visit with the gang.

Another brilliant addition to the catalogue of exemplary works from this author.

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Utterly brilliant Sci-Fi exploration of what makes us love

Earth Fathers Are WeirdEarth Fathers Are Weird by Lyn Gala

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, that was absolutely brilliant. I had no idea what to expect really with this book, my first from Lyn, but when Shin asked if I was willing to review an ARC, I was intrigued.

I loved pretty much everything about this, it’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s an exploration of just what actually defines love and how it’s possible to fall for an asymmetrical tentacle creature without realising it.

The idea of Earth being off in some boring backwater of space that other sentient beings ignore because humans don’t have multiple limbs or tentacles really tickled me.

Max’s confusion at what happened to him following what he thought was an alien invasion but which turned out to be the equivalent of a police chase, was seriously funny.

Lyn Gala’s a total genius though as she explores how Max begins to communicate and improve the ‘Babelfish-like’ translation program on the ship he lands himself on to work his passage back to Earth.

How do you define hurt or emotional heartbreak when it’s a literal alien concept?!

Considering all the tentacles, there wasn’t as much sexy times as I’d perhaps been expecting, but the relationship which develops between Max and the octopus-like owner of the ship, who he calls Rick, is totally believable and quite emotional.

And the offspring? Too cute for words 🙂 This book was fab, so thanks Shin for putting it on my radar.

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I LOL-ed from start to finish with this feel-good romance

43982798LOL: Laugh Out Loud by Lucy Lennox & Molly Maddox

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

LOL – and that’s just exactly what I did with the book, almost from start to finish.

This is the sort of madcap mayhem that used to be made into films starring Cary Grant and Colette Colbert in the 30s and 40s or possibly Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.

It was sweet, sexy, emotional, hilarious, utterly ridiculous at times, it has a character who is central to the narrative who never actually appears on page and believe me, I cannot wait until we finally get to Oscar’s own book!

When Scotty appeared in book one I hoped he’d get his own story and what a ride it was. From the moment movie star Roman hijacks his carriage to the wonderful ending, this book is just a simply joyous read.

If you’re feeling at all down in the dumps, read this because I will guarantee it will bring a smile to your face.

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Emotionally charged and serious hot romance from Garrett

Jude (Lucky #3)Jude by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So good, this is Garrett Leigh at her finest giving us two complex men with real issues which mean the path to happiness isn’t always a smooth one.

There’s also, as with many books from this author, an exploration of some of the difficulties which can face people living with a disability. In this instance it’s epilepsy and the condition is handled with deft care and attention to detail in how it affects Jude and his daily life.

I loved that Garrett gave me such a wonderfully nuanced character who lives with a condition that, at its most severe, is a threat to life – and even when it’s not – has multiple complications which most of us would never even think of. I loved that he was more at home with his reptiles than with people. I loved that he did the best he could with what life had given him.

And Isha, oh Isha, how much did I fall for you?! Repressed, fearful, desperately trying to make amends for being a workaholic and afraid to tell his best friend Dom he’s queer too.

Everything about Isha just pulled on my heartstrings, his stumbling attempts to be a better father, his inability to ignore that Jude made him feel things, his devoted friendship with his ex-wife which compounded the guilt he felt about their marriage failing, even though Mina is awesome and repeatedly points out he wasn’t the only one who didn’t love enough for it to work.

Together they stumble and fumble their way through insanely chemistry-filled, emotionally connected hot sex and into a sort of relationship but neither’s able to say just how they feel as everything about their hook-ups change into something more.

This isn’t as angsty as some of Garrett’s other works, but there’re still things not said and eventually all comes to a crashing halt when Jude’s condition forces both men to confront their fears and hopes head on.

And again, I loved the way Garrett handled this, guiding the reader through the seriousness of what was happening but never pushing it into dramady and plot for plot’s sake.

There are also wonderful guest appearances from the previous couples in this series and I liked seeing Rae in his role as Jude’s friend, supportive and encouraging, while Dom was his usual awesomely grumpy but brilliantly loyal self.

And, as a PS, the epilogue in this is bloody perfect but I want more! I really hope we get a book four, even if it’s just a teeny novella, with the three couples in this trilogy as Garrett did with the Skins series because I’d love to see them all a few years down the line.

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The second book in this fab series is an emotional ride

42108159Scott by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I love this new adult series from RJ and Vicki. It’s still got the ice hockey hook but in Owatonna, the main thrust of the stories are about young men finding their way in a complicated world.

My heart aches for Scott, it was torn at all the trials Hayne had grown up with, it broke at the grief these two were having to deal with.

But, it also rejoiced when they found each other, it sang when Hayne got lost in his art and it burst with happiness when they battled their demons to look forward to a brighter future together.

I’m thoroughly enjoying this series and looking forward to goalie Ben’s story next.

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Release Blitz: Uncomplicated by K.M. Neuhold

Uncomplicated | K.M. Neuhold

An INKED Novel

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Genre: Gay Romance, MMM

Release Date: 11.03.19

Universal Link: mybook.to/uncomplicated

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Blurb

Two men with a rocky history, and one with an all-consuming love for both of them.

Sometimes I’m so lonely I swear I can’t breathe. I bring men and women into my bed to chase away the ache, but it never seems to help. I want something real, something lasting, but I’ve never been more afraid of anything in my life. If I have nothing else in my life I can count on, at least I have my best friend, Cas. If I have nothing else in my life that feels solid, at least I have Cas.

Until one sad smile from a beautiful man tilts my world on its axis.

But Finn is Cas’ ex, and that means he’s off limits, right? What if I could have something permanent, if I’m willing to put my heart on the line? Finn and Cas may have a history, but something tells me the three of us could have a future, if we’re willing to let things get a little complicated.

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Excerpt

I grab two spoons out of the dishwasher while Cas pulls out a fresh carton of ice cream. Hopping up onto the counter, I wince at both the twinge in my well-used ass and the cold granite against my skin.

“You know, most people would find it gross that your bare ass is right where we prepare our food,” he points out dryly.

“Some people are so uptight,” I tease, reaching for the carton of ice cream and pulling it to me. Cas comes around the counter to stand between my legs, resting his hot hands on my thighs and opening his mouth when I offer him the first spoonful of creamy deliciousness.

His hands caress my legs lazily, his fingers dancing absently through the coarse blond hair covering them. We eat in easy silence for the next few minutes, sometimes sharing spoons and other times playfully tussling over the carton. I lick another spoonful, holding the cream in my mouth until it melts from the heat before pulling Cas in for a kiss, chuckling into his mouth as he gasps around my icy tongue.

About the Author

KM Neuhold Logo 2K.M. Neuhold is a complete romance junkie, a total sap in every way. She started her journey as an author in new adult, MF romance, but after a chance reading of an MM book she was completely hooked on everything about lovely – and sometimes damaged – men finding their Happily Ever After together.

She has a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well. And she fully admits that her OCD tendencies of making sure every side character has a full backstory will likely always lead to every book having a spin-off or series.

When she’s not writing she’s a lion tamer, an astronaut, and a superhero…just kidding, she’s likely watching Netflix and snuggling with her husky while her amazing husband brings her coffee.

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