Another fantastic menage from Sloane Kennedy

Unexpected (The Protectors, Book 10)Unexpected by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a bit late to this one as I had a backlog of ARCs to read and review first but I have to say it again, there’s very few authors who can pull off a menage as well as Sloane does imho.

This one’s a doozy featuring as it does one ex President, one Secret Service agent and one member of Ronan’s underground vigilante team.

There’s drama and angsting of the highest calibre but it never reaches too much and the relationship development is given time to breathe.

When they finally do get together well let’s just say I may never look at a couch arm in the same way again. It’s hard to write three men and get the balance right so it feels like they are all equals but this is definitely the case here.

Each man not only brings something different to the table (and gawd that was another epic sex scene), but receives the same from the other two.

Gage and Nash are outwardly strong men, physically capable of protecting Everett but they need him to anchor them together. Each needs the support of the other to accept that what they’re feeling isn’t wrong.

There’s the usual background criminal/villain element to the book too but in this it takes much more of a back burner to the simple growth of the relationship and the mending of broken bridges between Everett and his son Reese.

I loved the setting and the secondary characters, including the dogs and escaping chicken, and it was great getting a little glimpse back to one of my fave couples, Vincent and Nathan.

Now for Caleb’s story which I’m expecting to rip my heart out!

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Definitely no frogs in this delightful romance

On the Third KissOn the Third Kiss by George Loveland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this, my first book from this author. It had humour, a lovely British vibe, hot Spaniards, great family interactions and a cute dog.

One of the things I really like in an MM romance is when one of the pair is a bit slow to catch on to the other one liking them. This book does this very well. Javier expresses his attraction and care for Sebastian in everything he does but never steps over the line until after Sebastian’s arse of a boyfriend dumps him.

Elliott was a jerk, I liked that Sebastian didn’t falter and took strength from Javier and his family to stand up to him.

I loved the banter when Sebastian was in his Queen persona, Donna Tracy and I absolutely loved Dave, whose alter ego was an awesome buxom blonde Queen called Miss Belle End (classic British humour right there!)

I look forward to reading more from this author. And I loved the cover.

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

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Wonderfully cute Christmas romance from RJ Scott

Love Happens AnywayLove Happens Anyway by R.J. Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is as cute as the snowman on its cover. It’s the perfect festive treat without being too sweet and it fixes on one of my favourite tropes done well – the fake boyfriend.

I loved Derek, he was such a study in contrasts, and his bumbling combined with his arrogance together added up into a vulnerable guy just looking for love.

He found it quite by accident with Luke, our other MC. Invalidated out from the fire service and with a weight of memories on his shoulders, Luke is perfect at pulling Derek out of his shell and into dealing with the world on his own terms.

The New York setting is subtle, only really making itself known in Luke’s bar, which sits between a fire station and a precinct and honours those who gave their all on 9/11.

There’s a lovely feel good factor to this and I loved it. The epilogue is sweet and just provides the Wensleydale cheese to my slice of fruit cake (I’m a Yorkshire girl and I don’t like glacier cherries so sue me 😉 )

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

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Review Tour Blitz: Secret Santa by Jay Northcote

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 38,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Blurb
 

Keeping secrets is never a good way to start a relationship

Theo hardly has time to date. Between work and caring for his four-year-old son there aren’t many hours left over. He’s lonely though, so he joins a hook-up app and starts chatting to a guy called Luke. Luke seems friendly and they arrange to meet. Theo doesn’t mention that he has a child. It’s early days and he’s worried about putting Luke off before they get to know each other.

Luke is currently working as Santa at the local shopping mall. He figures Theo never has to know. Christmas will be over soon and Luke will move on to a new, less embarrassing job. He’s surprised when Theo and a little boy visit Santa one afternoon. Theo doesn’t recognise Luke, and Luke realises he’s not the only one with a secret.

Despite misgivings on both sides, they start dating, and the chemistry is amazing. But as Christmas approaches their secrets pile up like colourful packages under the tree. If they’re not careful, they’ll lose the best gift of all—each other.


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Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

Website: https://jaynorthcote.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jay_Northcote
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/dellamere
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/jaynorthcotefiction
Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/JN-readers
Jay’s books: http://author.to/JayNorthcote

 
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Secrets add a bit of spice to this Christmas romance

Secret SantaSecret Santa by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are some authors who you can rely on for a good festive story no matter what and Jay is one of those.

His latest offering has a bit more of a twist to it than the usual with each of the protagonists hiding something from the other. It’s not unnecessary angst for the sake of drama though.

It felt totally believable that Theo wouldn’t want to mention his son Archie on a first date and that Luke would be embarrassed to admit he’d seen them while playing Santa.

And, speaking off children, Archie was a ‘real’ character too. By that I mean he wasn’t written as some “uber genius overly advanced for his age” child. He developed a great relationship with Luke and I loved his enthusiasm about his Santa pressies.

This is a moderately steamy book but the big scene which occurs on Christmas Day is truly delicious, involving as it does a candy cane coloured glass dildo!

#ARC generously offered by the author through Signal Boost Promotions in return for an unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Secret Santa by Jay Northcote

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Length: 38,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
 Blurb
 

Keeping secrets is never a good way to start a relationship

Theo hardly has time to date. Between work and caring for his four-year-old son there aren’t many hours left over. He’s lonely though, so he joins a hook-up app and starts chatting to a guy called Luke. Luke seems friendly and they arrange to meet. Theo doesn’t mention that he has a child. It’s early days and he’s worried about putting Luke off before they get to know each other.

Luke is currently working as Santa at the local shopping mall. He figures Theo never has to know. Christmas will be over soon and Luke will move on to a new, less embarrassing job. He’s surprised when Theo and a little boy visit Santa one afternoon. Theo doesn’t recognise Luke, and Luke realises he’s not the only one with a secret.

Despite misgivings on both sides, they start dating, and the chemistry is amazing. But as Christmas approaches their secrets pile up like colourful packages under the tree. If they’re not careful, they’ll lose the best gift of all—each other.

Author Bio

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

Website: https://jaynorthcote.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jay_Northcote
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/dellamere
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/jaynorthcotefiction
Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/JN-readers
Jay’s books: http://author.to/JayNorthcote

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Annabelle Jacobs and a Christmas romance is a winner!

Not Just For ChristmasNot Just For Christmas by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everything I want to read in a Christmas story from one of my favourite writers.

This book is as gorgeous as its cover and as cute as the cat it depicts. I loved everything about this “best friend’s brother” romance, from its wonderfully British setting in Bristol, to the animals, to the gentle humour and sense of family.

Both Ben and Jason were fully fleshed out, as was the setting and the secondary characters, and the overall feeling of warmth and happiness just oozed out from this one.

I loved the age gap, not a huge one at 11 years, I loved the banter between the brothers, I loved both families, I loved that they took time and talked about what getting together would mean and I loved the smexy time, which was a nice surprise.

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

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