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I absolutely loved this slow burn college sports romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this slow burn, complicated and a wee bit angsty sports romance.

The second in Christina’s Easton U series, it was a beautifully paced and completely organic frenemies to lovers’ relationship with just the right amount of UST.

I thought I might get frustrated at Maclain’s inability to deal with his feelings for Girad, but in actually, I empathised more and more.

His stepfather was an utter dick, and what made it worse was that it wasn’t deliberately done. He was just thoughtless and should have done more to live up to his promise to Mason’s mum to always take care of him.

On the other side of the pairing, Dominic’s family were awesome and I loved how they had no hesitation on accepting his bisexuality or his feelings for Mason.

The Epilogue is just so lovely I had big heart eyes when reading it 😁

I’ve no clue who might be next though if there is another book coming!

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

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Garrett brings another small town romance to life in Unforgotten

3-Cover_UnforgottenUnforgotten by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part two of this excellent series from Garrett picks up shortly after the end of book one, however, you could read this one as a standalone and not be lost.

It would be a shame, as Forgiven was a very good second chance, teenage lovers reunited MF romance for Mia and Luke.

This one though is all male and boy what a pair Gus and Billy are.

Gus is Mia’s brother, Billy is Luke’s and they’ve never been able to forget a drunken kiss they shared years before.

Before life turned them down different, but equally sad and lonely, paths and before Luke came home from the Navy to make things up with Mia.

This has all the usual Garrett Leigh hallmarks, it’s rooted firmly in British life, it’s raw and holds no punches back as it explores the mess people can make of their lives without really knowing why they don’t stop it.

It has two men, both hurting inside, both fighting with dealing with siblings who ran away and left them behind to deal with the aftermath of a parent’s death, it has emotional connectivity, unbridled lust, and it has hearts that are drawn together again and again.

There’re hiccups along the way, but it also has the signature dish from any Garrett romance – hope. It brings hope that even two men who’ve never moved on, can find their happy ever after together.

I loved Billy, and I loved Gus, for different reasons. Billy is spikey and hot-tempered, too quick to fly off the handle, but also capable of rescuing a stray cat and giving it a home even when he has nothing for himself.

Gus is repressed, locking away his emotions, hiding himself inside no commitment Grindr hookups and his work, relying on his friendship with Luke for actual companionship, but also a ticking timebomb of feelings just waiting to explode.

The small town vibe felt familiar and realistic, the grudges left because of Billy’s wayward teenage years, the inherent suspicion when he returns, the inability to let go of the past and move forward and, ultimately, the love which grows from the roots of family and familiarity, from never being able to forget that one guy who rocked your world.

The plot beats of the narrative worked for me, they drove the story onwards without feeling like they’d just been thrown in for the sake of it and I enjoyed being on the journey with Billy and Gus.

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

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Another brilliant Christmas romance to add to the collection

CoverOperation Fake Relationship by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another brilliant Jay Northcote Christmas romance to add to the collection.

It’s perhaps a little more angsty than some of his previous ones, but it works all the better for it.

One of my favourite tropes is friends to lovers, there’s just something inherently special I think about that moment when you realise feelings have changed.

Add in a fake relationship sub plot and a close proximity setting and you have all the necessary ingredients for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I wasn’t sure I was going to be happy at first. I was a bit peed off at Nick when he was behaving like a petulant child in spite of his dad’s obvious efforts to try and patch things up.

But then I figured he’d got enough reason stored up from his previous strained relationship with his dad to allow him a bit of leeway.

I was glad it didn’t linger though and I appreciated the gentle nudge from Jackson to take the olive branch while it was available.

The steam level is on the lighter side, but they have such a wonderfully strong friendship, I didn’t find myself obviously missing it.

I also appreciated the way the fact Jackson is black wasn’t made into a big deal. The information is given to the reader almost as an aside and there’s no heavy lifting given to that element of the narrative.

There’s a nice rounding out of both location and plot with the secondary characters and an Epilogue which is very sweet and funny at the same time.

Definitely one to add to the festive reading list.

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

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