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Release Blitz: Made For You by Anyta Sunday

Made For You | Anyta Sunday

Love & Family #2

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Release Date (Print & Ebook): May 1st 2019

Genres: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance

Buy Links:

Publisher: https://www.anytasunday.com/projects/made-for-you/

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XIAB0a

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Blurb

Ben wants to find a new home.

Twenty-four-year-old Ben McCormick is the primary caregiver for his brother Milo after their parent’s death. A year into the job, he’s totally got the hang of it. Mostly. Sort of. Not at all?

Defeated and thoroughly chastised for his lack in parenting skills at teacher-parent night, Ben slumps away with the resolve to finally get his life sorted: be a better role model, and sell their parents’ house for a fresh start.

But first, he needs to spruce up his house to hit the market. He’s no DIY king, but Milo’s hot-as-hell woodwork teacher is…

Jack wants an old home to fix.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jack Pecker is waiting for the home of his dreams to come on the market in the summer. What better way to wait the interim months than working on a small renovation gig?

Only trouble is, the gig is for the McCormick brothers. And working in close quarters to red-haired Ben McCormick won’t be easy. Not with the attraction that simmers between them. Attraction Ben makes no effort to hide.

But Jack’s professional. Dating a parent is highly discouraged at Kresley Intermediate, and he’d never cross the lines…

Ben and Jack. Two guys searching for a home – a home that might just be where their hearts lead them.

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Set in New Zealand, Made For You (Love & Family #2) is an MM gay romance featuring two guys at very different places in their lives – but both finding out they are looking for the same thing.

Can be read as a standalone.

Excerpt

When I return, Milo has turned around, finally facing Ben. “I don’t want you to sell the house.”

“Look, it won’t happen immediately. But it will happen.”

“It’s not fair.”

“Not got the memo yet, bucko? Life isn’t fair.”

They stare at each other. I don’t want to break their moment, but a twig snaps underfoot.

Milo spots me and his body jerks with surprise. “Mr. Woodpecker?”

I cut Ben a look, and he pauses to smirk before turning his chin toward Milo. I think he might tell him to cut that shit out.

“Mr. Woodpecker holds your Fanta ransom.”

Or not.

I’m close to putting an end to this stand-off and barking orders. If Milo were my kid, I’d have his ass in bed by now, no media for a fortnight.

Not my kid. Not my kid.

Ben reads my face and his expression shutters. “Fuck. We’re pissing off your teacher. How much will it take to get you down?”

He pulls a wallet from his back pocket.

“Fifty,” Milo hollers.

“Five.”

“Forty.”

This is not actually happening. Ben’s parenting is unorthodox at best.

“Ten.”

“Thirty-five, and not a dollar less.”

“Fifteen, and you shower before bed.”

Milo leans over the edge and reins in his shout. “Do I have to do my hair?”

Ben looks like he’s about to give into a frustrated laugh. The poor guy is damp and muddy and miserable, and Milo needs to quit it.

I catch Milo’s gaze and hold it. It might not be my place, but I have to do something for Ben. My voice is steady and commanding. “Get your butt down here, boy. Or I’ll have you cleaning the class bins all week.”

“Fine. Fifteen bucks. I’ll do my hair.” He lowers a ladder and I brace the shitty thing as he climbs down.

Ben crowds close behind me, a block of warmth at my back. He lets out a breathy ‘thank fuck’ at my nape that feels a lot like brushing up against an electric line that definitely shouldn’t be crossed.

About the Author

A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.

My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.

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Four tissues strong – this is an emotional triumph

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Four tissues Lucy, that’s how many I needed reading this book. Not because it’s super sad – although at times it is heart-breaking – but because of all the emotions.

I’ve been waiting for Doc and Grandpa’s story for so long, it’s one of those times when you get antsy when you first start to read because there’s so much riding on it from my own expectations and they can run away and be utterly unrealistic, which has to be a nightmare if you’re an author so sorry in advance for that Lucy!

But I should have known that two characters who have been so lovingly crafted in the Forever Wilde series would themselves have a love story which met every single expectation.

From their first meeting in the painful days of the Vietnam War, through to the dawn of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, through to the renewal of their wedding vows, every step I took on this journey was love personified.

There is no putting aside Doc’s wife Betsy, she’s as important to his story as the Major becomes and I loved that there was love and understanding between her and Weston.
There is also no sugarcoating of the difficulties of being gay or bisexual in the later years of the 20th century.

I loved all the extended family, I loved how they welcomed Weston into their lives, how he found a home and a place after so many years alone.

I also raged at times, never over the situation they found themselves in, I loved Betsy too much for that, but with eyes that see how much has changed for the better – and how much still needs to change – for it to not matter how and who someone loves.

And I cried. It’s rare for a book to make me tear up, never mind get actual tears. This one did it four times and most of those came in the final chapters when I tried to read their wedding vow renewal ceremony without weeping like a baby and failed miserably.

Words are powerful movers of emotion and all the words in this book moved me in one way or another and that’s a true gift from an author to a reader.

Oh, and as a PS, the epilogue of this book might just be simultaneously the most hilarious thing ever, the biggest name drop ever and the biggest display of love ever seen in a single book!

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

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Pre-Order Blitz: Purple Haze by Kelly Jensen

Purple Haze | Kelly Jensen

Aliens in New York #2

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Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QW1SGJ7

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07QW1SGJ7

Blurb

Six months have passed since Dillon and Lang crashed into each other on a crowded street in New York City, changing the course of their lives. Now they’re living together as a couple, happy, in love, but not quite ready to say the words out loud.

Dillon is about to embark on a new adventure—opening a private art school housed in the brownstone left to him by his father. Lang… Lang is becoming ever more aware of the futility of his mission: being caretaker to his clan’s future, when his clan might not survive the war with an opposing faction.

When a flashbulb outside a nightclub on New Year’s Eve temporarily blinds Dillon, the course of their lives is set to change again. Dillon’s perception of how the world works is going to be forever altered, and Lang will have to decide between his mission and the man who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible.

It will be up to both of them to chart a new direction, one that holds the balance between being human and alien. A course that might require sacrifices neither of them is willing to make.

This series is best enjoyed in published order

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About the Author

If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.

Kelly is the author of eleven novels–including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke–and several novellas and short stories. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner.

Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.

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The stakes are raised for Dillon and Lang in this Sci-Fi romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not sure if this will be the last time we hear from Dillon and Lang but I really hope not because I absolutely love this series from Kelly.

This one had quite a different feel to book one though, with a sense of foreboding beginning fairly early on and just amping up the layers as Dillon’s half alien nature starts to manifest in strange ways.

I loved how Lang reacted in this narrative, he’s protective, he fights against his own inbuilt sense of clan and duty and he’s willing to sacrifice all for his love of Dillon.

There are new characters in play here, old friends as well, and I loved the pacing and the contrast between the lighter, funny moments with Dillon’s mum and gran, and the crushing despair as their whole future looked at risk at times.

Surprising allies and the power of human emotions combine into a finale worthy of the name and an epilogue which is all ends up adorable.

If this is the last book, then Dillon and Lang are left very much in their happy place and so was I when I finished the book.

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

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RJ returns to Montana with a wonderful romance about finding home

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When RJ said she was heading back to Crooked Tree Ranch I was both incredibly happy and also quite apprehensive about where she would be taking the reader.

I should have known there was no need to panic, this journey is possibly one of the most beautiful and poignant ones I’ve read and certainly, within a quite outstanding series, it encapsulates all that Crooked Tree has come to mean for so many people – love and a home.

I’m not going to go into too much detail, I think this book needs to be savoured like a fine whisky, let the story unfold as Tyler does the same to Martin, last seen under a different name and being given a chance of life by Julian.

It will pay you to read A Cowboy’s Home first, even though this can work as a standalone, you will have much more depth to the narrative.

Rob’s story in Second Chance Ranch remains my favourite in this wonderful series, but this one came very close to toppling it from the top of the tree.

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

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Anyta’s best slow burn romance yet

Made For You (Love and Family #2)Made For You by Anyta Sunday

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That might just be my favourite Anyta Sunday romance so far.

It’s a perfect journey from friends to lovers with her usual brand of slow burn low angst and with the hallmark light touches of humour which make her books such an enjoyable read.

I liked Jack when he appeared in Taboo For You and my feelings were amplified a thousandfold in this one as he was the perfect person to fit into Ben and Milo’s lives and bring them unconditional support and love.

Ben and Milo are fabulous brothers, there’s such love between them, even as they deal with the pain of losing their parents, and I really liked how Anyta made this romance about them all as a unit, not just Ben and Jack.

Everything about this worked for me, I wouldn’t even have cared if we’d never got any on page sexy times but we did and it was worth the long, long wait 😉

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A winner on pretty much all counts

Thirst for you coverThirst for You by Jaclyn Quinn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was, in the vast majority, a total winner for me and I thought it worked very well as the second book in this spin-off series.

It’s only not five stars because I was personally disappointed with the way the stalker plot played out.

That’s totally on me and not in any way a criticism of how Jaclyn wrote it.

It works well and came out of left field so that was a positive and it completely fits within the plot narrative.

***Note, if you don’t want any clues as to the villain of the piece, avoid this spoiler. It doesn’t identify them but it may be more of a hint to some readers.***

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My disappointment is more with the “who” as it felt like the trope of fridging the (insert obstacle here) because ABC is in the way of a future relationship.

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But it is an utterly personal niggle and has no bearing on the pacing and clever plotting of the suspense element.

The romance side of things is excellent and I loved Drew’s unshakable feelings for Zach, even if the older man took a bit more warming up.

I love this setting, and I’m seriously stoked for the next couple of books which look likely to be on the cards from the clues given here.

It was nice to catch up with some of the Haven’s Cove crew too and made me remember how much I enjoyed that series.

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

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