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To Melt A Frozen Heart | Fearne Hill

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Release Date: December 14th, 2021

Publisher: NineStar Press

Release Date: 12/14/2021

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 31,700

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Freddie Duchamps-Avery has only one desire this Christmas: to ask his beloved Reuben to marry him. However, with his needy father moping around, finding the perfect, romantic moment to propose is proving tricky.

The Rt Hon. Charles Duchamps-Avery is a successful politician, a hopeless father, and a miserable divorcé. Facing the prospect of Christmas alone in London, he accepts his son Freddie’s generous invitation to join the gang at Rossingley. Yet, being surrounded by happy couples only serves to remind of his past mistakes and a looming, lonely old age.

If only a handsome, enigmatic stranger would appear and distract him…

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To Melt a Frozen Heart
Fearne Hill © 2021
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FREDDIE

“He won’t accept anything too fancy. You know what he’s like. He might even say no!”

I pushed the double buggy on a second lap around Rossingley Lake. Lucien sauntered alongside, puffing on a crafty fag out of view of the twins and indeed anyone else. Limiting himself to only one cigarette per week, he had started smoking Virginia Slims, which were apparently the longest.

“He won’t say no,” Lucien reassured, not hiding the frustration in his voice. In his defence, I was beginning to sound like a stuck record. “The bangle isn’t too fancy, darling. It’s perfect. A brilliant choice, even if I do say so myself.”

“Maybe we should have stuck to the plain one without the diamonds.”

Lucien groaned, not unreasonably. “Trust me, Freddie. Reuben will agree to marry you if you present him with a bag of organic compost. Perhaps that’s what we should have bought? A quick trip down to the garden centre would have been a hell of a lot kinder on my poor feet.”

“I forgot you had bunions.”

“Shh! Don’t use that filthy language in front of the children! The sixteenth Earl of Rossingley does not have bunions! I think you’ll find that in our household, my husband and I have agreed to refer to them as my ‘shapely love bumps’.”

I never foresaw Lucien declaring he’d fallen out of love with shopping, but last week, I’d been the prime instigator of it. He’d agreed with pleasure to accompany me on an expedition up to London to choose an engagement gift for Reuben, but by the time I’d trawled pretty much every single jeweller on a packed pre-Christmas Bond Street, he’d declared himself a convert to the internet and had spent the evening moaning, with his knobbly, bruised feet plunged in an ice bath.

Marriage: love, laughter, and happily ever after.

I was achingly desperate to pop the question. To tie the knot. To plight my troth, whatever the fuck that meant. The pretty bangle burned a hole in my jacket pocket, and the words were almost bursting out of me. Ever since Lucien had done the deed, he scattered the phrase ‘my husband’ around like confetti practically whenever he opened his mouth. Every time he casually threw the words out, I experienced a sharp kick in the guts of pure envy. Not of him being married to Jay, although I thought I’d be secretly drooling over his pecs forever.

Having previously viewed the whole marriage thing as a heteronormative black hole to avoid like the plague, since Lucien’s bloody wedding, a primal urge to be married to Reuben had lodged in my brain. I craved the awesome sense of possessiveness about it. To put a ring on it. To get down on one knee. Like Lucien, I wanted to add the words ‘my husband’ to my vocabulary and say them with pride. On a practical level, I wanted to give Reuben a legal right to all my dosh. Even if he wasn’t fussed about having it.

Knowing Reuben wouldn’t hold truck with a showy engagement ring, I’d decided to buy him a bangle instead, which he could discreetly hide under his long sleeves every day at work. What had begun in my mind as a simple silver wristband had morphed into an impressively solid chunk of white gold, inlaid with delicate yellow diamonds shaped like flowerheads. Engraved on the inside I’d chosen ‘all my love forever, Freddie’. Not challenging Byron in the romantic poetry stakes but pretty much summing up all my feelings for him in a nutshell. Lucien and I agreed the bangle was stunning; yellow was my man’s favourite colour, and I’d fallen in love the moment I’d clapped eyes on it.

“Maybe I should get him a simple silver one too,” I hedged. “Then he can choose. Or have both.”

“Yes, darling, why don’t you do that,” Lucien replied testily. “Actually, buy two simple silver bracelets, and a sweet little chain too. Bring them to me, we’ll secure them around both your wrists, and then I’ll handcuff you somewhere suitably far enough away that I don’t have to hear you drivelling on about the bloody bangle. Reuben adores you! He’ll adore the bangle. He’s going to say yes!”

About the Author

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Fearne Hill lives deep in the southern British countryside with three untamed sons, varying numbers of hens, a few tortoises, and a beautiful cocker spaniel.

When she is not overseeing her small menagerie, she enjoys writing contemporary romantic fiction. And when she is not doing either of those things, she works as an anaesthesiologist.

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Learned Reactions is another powerful POC romance from Jayce Ellis

55364873._SY475_Learned Reactions by Jayce Ellis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jayce Ellis is rapidly becoming an auto read author for me with her superb glimpses into the lives and loves of queer men of colour.

I hadn’t realised when I started this ons that it would have an element of overlapping on the timeframe of book one, but now it makes perfect sense.

Carlton and Deion were already in their strange, mixed up non relationship when they were introduced in Jaq and Matt’s story and here we get the full tale.

And there were times I wanted to shake them both so hard and make them just get over themselves.

But, at the same time, Carlton’s fears that the only solid and permanent rock in his adult life would somehow find him lacking if he admitted he’d been in love with him for as long as Deion had felt the same, were heartbreakingly real.

The narrative never drags though, even while the two are not so much mis-communicating as utterly failing to deal with the serious consequences that pretending to be a family to help Carlton’s adoption of his niece caused.

It’s usually one of my most hated tropes, but Jayce gives it such weight and meaning that it would have felt completely wrong if they had just sat down and talked.

When it eventually happens, the blast point sets off a chain of events which ultimately leads to one of the sweetest chapters in the book and a fabulous ending that actually made me tear up – something I rarely do!

Wait til you read those words that pass between them and see if you can hold out better than I did!

Now, I am soooo hoping Lawrence will be next and we’ll get to find out what happened with Vance.

Given the age gap, I’m betting it’ll be a riot 😁

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Hailey delivers yet another headrush of emotions and tensions

Soulbound-6-FullSizeAn Echo in the Sorrow by Hailey Turner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I need more stars and time to process the total head rush that makes up this book’s story!

Every time I read a new entry in this series from Hailey Turner, I have to take a breath to absorb what she’s just blown my mind away with.

Book Six is no exception, in fact, it’s probably the most complex so far in all the Soulbound books as there are a multitude of big WTF moments that I won’t be spoiling at any point in this review 😁

As the tension builds in this penultimate chapter of the series long arc, we find Patrick and Jono dealing with an escalation of attacks against their pack while trying to chase up the missing Morrigan’s Staff (this book picks up almost immediately after On the Wings of War with Ashanti’s return still at the forefront.

As with all the other utterly brilliant books in this series, Hailey mixes mythologies with a deft hand, bringing the Egyptian pantheon into the mix, as well as the lesser known Hawaiian War God and his Nightmarchers.

This is one of the aspects of the Soulbound series I love the most. I am a mythology nerd and I freely admit it, but my knowledge is mostly related to the most commonly found pantheons – Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, South American – so I am always delighted when someone new pops up to give me another rabbit hole to fall into.

As for Patrick and Jono, and the rest of the gang, things are as complicated as ever, but the strength of the bond between them is solid. The way Patrick and Jono’s relationship has developed throughout this series is another solid thread which binds the narrative together.

They are each other’s lodestone, and both are forced to call on that certainty at points during this book where I wasn’t sure if they’d get through it unscathed. Hailey is so good at driving an escalating sense of foreboding where you’re really not sure everyone you love is going to make it.

Here she drives the tension to the extreme, and that’s why, once I picked up this book, I didn’t put it down until I had finished it, the plot was simply too captivating to let loose and I couldn’t bear to wait to find out whether everyone comes through unscathed.

Emotionally, this book holds the reader captive from the start, we are taken through a multitude of different highs, lows and all points in between, before being flung out at the end with a exhale of mixed relief and disbelief at just where the narrative has ranged.

Book Seven will be both an anticipated release and a bittersweet one, as I am sure there will be more pain to endure and joys to celebrate before Patrick and Jono can safely take a breath and go on that vacation to Maui.

And I cannot wait!

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

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