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A delightful bunch of ice hockey bachelor romances

Guarding GarrettGuarding Garrett by R.J. Scott

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

A really solid romance from RJ with a stalker plot that, while I guessed from the out who would be involved, still had enough of a twist to surprise me in the execution.

Personally though, I was lacking a bit of steam to cement the hot chemistry, with only a couple of blow jobs and hot make out sessions on page.

All the other sexual intimacy happens off page which was a shame with all the very present on page UST that was built up.

The forced proximity bodyguard falling for client aspect worked well and I loved the humourous bits which were thrown into the narrative

I liked both MCs and I’m looking forward to seeing them appearing in the other books in this shared world series.


Loving LayneLoving Layne by V.L. Locey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Vicki’s offering in this new shared world ice hockey series is an age gap romance with added complications.

As a former journalist, Roman’s dedication to his craft had me smiling a lot as he navigated his way into the realisation that staying neutral when reporting isn’t always easy.

His best mate Dillon was an absolute arse, sorry but I don’t care how much he was hurting, that was some seriously shitty behaviour!

The plot mostly worked for me, it felt like a realistic possibility given the situation but I’d have liked to see a bit more of the fallout when the truth came out.

Loved the Epilogue.


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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Another really cute ice hockey romance in this shared world series. This one features two guys who just can’t seem to get a break when it comes to their schedules – and their personalities.

Kyle can’t stand lateness while poor Austin is a workaholic welded to his business but they both see the potential for a lifetime’s happiness with the other.

I loved that these two used to go to school together but never knew each other back then as Austin was a nerd with a desperate desire to do well so his family wouldn’t have to struggle while Kyle was a jock dealing with the loss of his father and an overwhelming pressure to be the “man of the family”.

The narrative at times became a bit clogged up in the minutiae of them failing to communicate – literally rather than as a plot device! because of how busy Austin was with his company dealing with a savage hacking which exposed.

But I liked how Jeff brought them back together in a way which felt organic to the plot and not a convenient device and I loved how supportive all the other characters were for their relationship to succeed.

Another wonderfully sweet Epilogue too!


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first book from this author and I really liked it.

I felt completely justified in cheering for Slater all the way through and wanting to give Noah a wee bit of a shake.

However, I also could understand and sympathise with Noah for his fears and was cheerfully willing him to get his head out of the proverbial and see that he needed to make changes for his own benefit.

A great bunch of secondary characters helped give some depth to the team both men played for and I’ll probably look out for the rest of that series of books later.

Really sweet Epilogue and decently steamy narrative gave me all the feels.


Ash jpg Absolving Ash by Chantal Mer

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Another new author for me and another entertaining read.

I liked the strength of character that Isiah showed in knowing what he wanted and how he’d changed so much from the unhappy man he was.

I also liked Ash, even while his martyr complex drive me nuts!

Together they sparked and their sort of second chances romance was a delight.

#ARCs kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Loving Layne by V.L. Locey

Loving Layne | V.L. Locey

Hockey Allies Bachelor Bid #2

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Length: 36,500 words approx.

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Sometimes the last thing you expect to happen might turn out to be what you needed all along.

Roman Kennedy’s first trip to the Windy City isn’t going quite as planned. Mysteries intrigue him, and his best friend Dillon seems to be sitting on a whopper. So, with his grandfather’s favorite hat on his head and his notebook in hand, the journalism major starts digging. Sadly, getting his bestie to spill the beans on what the secret is isn’t as easy as Roman had hoped.

Now, through no fault of his own, he’s stuck in an expensive hotel attending a bachelor auction of all things. He’s surrounded by lumbering jocks who, he’s sure, are just waiting for the chance to poke fun at the skinny, gay Jewish guy. Imagine his surprise when one of the big lugs sits down with him and talks Bernstein and Woodward.

Layne Coleman is sexy as sin, smart as a whip, considerably older, and has the same passion for investigative journalism as Roman does. His deep blue eyes and dark hair make concentrating on anything but the soft kisses they’re now sharing difficult. Roman’s keen instincts are understandably clouded by romance, so when Dillon reveals his secret in a highly public way, it’s hard to say who is more stunned—Roman or Layne, the man at the center of it all.

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Guarding Garrett – RJ Scott

Keeping Kyle – Jeff Adams

Scoring Slater – Susan Scott Shelley

Absolving Ash – Chantal Mer

About The Author

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USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

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A cold case proves trying for Cooper and Park in this brilliant follow up novel

The Wolf at Bay (Big Bad Wolf #2)The Wolf at Bay by Charlie Adhara

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another piece of brilliance, full review to come when I’m at the laptop.

The follow up to The Wolf at the Door is just as brilliant as Charlie Adhara’s debut paranormal novel.

Filled with a fast-paced plot which drives the narrative forward in a consistent process, The Wolf at Bay gives us a Copper and Park having to deal with a case which is too close to home when Agent Dayton’s father is the prime suspect in a cold case murder inquiry.

There are tensions galore in this one, from Coop’s inability to admit to his feelings for Park, from his dad’s reluctance to admit the seriousness of the situation, from the mystery of who was responsible for killing the neighbour…

I loved the complexities of this cold case, the body having laid there undisturbed for more than two decades, the secrets which began to unravel as the FBI came to investigate, the small town mentality where everyone knows something they probably shouldn’t about what’s been happening.

The angst between Coop and Park was also frustratingly delicious. Neither man is capable of just plain out saying what they’re feeling or thinking so there’s lots of bumbling around and awkward moments.

That’s not to say that Coop isn’t actually opening up about what he wants, he is but it’s all an internal conversation he’s having up to the point where he realises he needs to let them out. There’s a beautiful scene with his older brother Dean which had me getting a bit teary – which is unusual in a romantic suspense paranormal with a mystery element!

But there are smexy times too and they’re seriously hot. Cooper’s starting to let himself get a bit more honest about what he wants and Park is more than happy to give him it. There’s also a switch scene towards the end which is gorgeously emotional and full of feels which I loved.

Eventually, the plot thickens and the pace ramps up until the big final denouement and it’s a doozy and came out of left field for me. Unlike book one, where I’d spotted the big villain fairly early on, this one was more of a surprise and the reasons and rationale behind it was very clever and quite unexpected.

I love it when a paranormal offers a different take on a trope, and Charlie Adhara’s done that with t his series, and I love it when a mystery can have me second guessing my way throughout the story trying to work out who the bad guy is and, again, this book is a winner.

Book three won’t be out until next April so I’m already suffering withdrawal symptoms but it’s a wait I’m willing to do for such a talented writer and a compelling series.

#ARC kindly provided by the publishers Carina Press in return for an honest and unbiased review

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