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I keep running out of ways to describe how brilliantly Roe Horvat writes his beautiful erotica

58258707._SY475_Innocent by Roe Horvat

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Roe Horvat does it again.

This book is full of incredibly written sex and is elevated beyond being porn without plot by both the simplicity of the story – two men falling in love – and the emotional connectivity between Navid and Zana.

We first met this pair in their grown-up son Caleb’s book Devoted when they are dealing with the fallout of him meeting and getting involved with an older alpha photographer Nathaniel.

My review of that one is here: https://mirrigold.com/2021/02/26/another-exceptional-entry-in-this-thoroughly-entertaining-omegaverse-series/

In Innocent, Roe takes us back to the brief peek we got into Navid and Zana’s first meetings and their wedding night. It’s a tale of breathtaking beauty and incandescent heat, a study in contrasts between the naivety of a young omega protected by his conservative alpha father and a man from the same culture who has lived and travelled abroad and widened his horizons.

I loved just how deeply Zana loved Navid. He fell from the moment he saw the shy 17-year-old and his passion never fades as we see the first hesitant steps after their marriage.

In Devoted both Navid and Zana come across just as conservative and hidebound as his family do in this book, so it’s interesting to see what they were like as much younger men.

The sex, as in any Roe book, is beyond filthy in all the best ways, filled with everything you’d expect in an mPreg Omegaverse world. There’s knotting, heat breeding, fisting – so avoid if you don’t like it, there’s plenty of in world rationale for why it happens – and dirty talk.

As my lovely friend Dani says: Don’t pick this up and then whinge about too much sex because this series from Roe is all about how the physical manifestation of love between two people can reach beyond just the act itself and into an emotional tie which binds throughout the hard times.

PS: This cover is beyond beautiful!

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Cara Dee’s storytelling just works for me and this book is an absolute delight

The Job by Cara Dee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fab, fab, fab!

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This Camassia Cove sort of spin off focuses on two of Darius Quinn’s cousins Boone and Casey, and oh boy, are they trouble!

I’m not going into this plotline, it fits in between books three (published) and four (not out yet) of the Auctioned series and is loosely tied to what happens there.

However, you don’t need to read that series, although you really should, as they are superb, to understand and enjoy this one.

Firstly, I’m absolutely in love with Ace, the adorable and mature beyond her years kid who Boone and Case have ended up raising after her mum died.

Her quick wit and willingness to join her dads on some of their slightly dodgy scouting missions is hilarious.

The relationship between the two men is complex, emotional, steaming hot and powerfully satisfying, even as it barrels through jealousy and plain old-fashioned sulking.

It was cool to see behind the scenes for some of what happened in the Auctioned series and I loved catching up with Darius and Gray.

This whole book was an absolute delight from start to finish, it’s surprisingly drama free and not really angsty, just a great read.

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

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Wonderfully surprised by this new to me author’s hockey romance

On the Ice (Stick Side, #1)On the Ice by Amy Aislin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well this was an utter surprise and a very pleasant one. I’ve never read Amy Aislin before but I shall definitely be keeping an eye out for more of this series.

I absolutely adored it. This is slow burn but with a difference because NHL defensive lineman Alex is demisexual and he needs to be emotionally connected to someone before he even thinks about having feelings of sexual attraction.

Mitch, on the other hand, is younger and, on the face of it, way more confident. He’s bold and brash but hiding a lot of hurt and loss underneath his veneer of self-assurance. He’s been putting a brave face on for so long, he’s lost the ability to be himself. But, if he wants Alex, that’s what he’s got to be.

The slow, slow burn in this is beautifully written. Alex is repulsed at first by Mitch’s open come ons and he doesn’t want to get involved. But once he sees that the visible Mitch isn’t the real one, he’s intrigued and, as he begins to tutor him for a class he can’t afford to fail while out on an injury leave, Alex starts to to get that emotional connection.

I have to say, the only aspect of this one that didn’t quite work for me was the background to why Mitch was on his own and struggling so much and, while it was thoroughly explained and was a perfectly reasonable reason, I think I needed maybe a tiny bit more interaction with his mother for it to be sold perfectly. Especially the bits with his brother.

There’s a great bunch of secondary characters in this one and a very visual setting which was well described and I’m hoping there’s going to be more involving the guys from Mitch’s college team and some of Alex’s Tampa teammates.

I loved that there was a long time period over which this story was told as well, running from 2008 through to 2015 and the final chapter/epilogue was so ridiculously sweet it had me tearing up – which doesn’t happen often!

Sports romances are one of my favourite tropes because they provide me with hope that, eventually, the toxic masculinity present in so many of the “big name” games will fade away and it won’t matter about someone’s sexuality – just how well they can play.

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