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Another one to add to my favourites shelf from J.R. Lawrie

57431205._SY475_The Sheltering Tree by J.R. Lawrie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

J.R.’s debut collection of short stories is one of my favourite books of all time and this one has gone right next to it on the shelf.

The relationship between Alastair and jay is perfectly developed through intense chemistry when they first meet, to a hesitant friends with benefits sexual exploration and then into a deep friendship.

They are studies in opposites, Alastair’s high flying job as Commander of the Metropolitan Police puts him in the spotlight, but it’s something he does under sufferance. Jay’s role as CEO of a company helping at risk kids is close to home, and he’s hiding a painful secret which would have devastating consequences if it comes out.

There’s a tension runs through the book because of this secret, which the reader isn’t a party to either in full, which makes the narrative pacing a perfect blend of the quieter, intimate moments with the suspense elements.

Sex is inspired between these two. Alastair hasn’t had chance to have a relationship for years, Jay is too busy hiding himself to really let go but together, they fly high.

The scenes at Cliveden are among my most favourite romantic encounters in any book, they’re so filled with all the feelings the two men are trying to suppress. The speculative added commentary from the hotel staff just pops the cherry on an already delicious cake imho. It made me smile big time.

There’s also an excellent set of secondary characters, one of my favourites being Alastair’s personal assistant (and general go-to gal) Juliet, who is encouraging and mothering of him even though she’s much younger.

I won’t go into the details of the suspense element of the plot, only to say that it works perfectly throughout as Jay’s past comes back to threaten not only him, but Alastair’s position. The build-up to the final quarter of the book will make your heart race as the danger gets closer.

Oh, and the wee little Easter Egg reference to Richard from J.R.’s Let Your Heart Be Light: A Collection of M/M Holiday Romances was brilliant. If you’ve not read that book yet, I’d definitely suggest you do!

I can’t wait to see what other people think of this book, it’s one of my absolute favourite reads in any genre.

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

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Allie delivers an epic conclusion to this fabulous paranormal history series

55475835._SY475_Wonderstruck by Allie Therin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A stunning conclusion to what has been an outstanding paranormal historical romance series.

The pacing in this book is exceptional, taking the reader as it does on a tension-edged journey not only in America, but across the Atlantic to London and Paris.

The enemies are ever more threatening, and the powers they wield put all of our band of happy adventurers at risk.

Arthur and Rory are still dealing with the disparity of their social classes as well as the laws of the day, while the Baron’s henchmen seem to be surrounding the paranormals’ search to destroy the mind control relic.

As with the previous two books, there is zero on page steam outside of a couple of kisses and fade to black inferences of what they’re doing behind closed doors.

And it still disappoints me a little, especially given the additional magical connection which is now binding the two men together.

We are again told of their passion and willingness to put their lives at risk for the other, and we get to see them do that when it comes to physical danger, but we don’t see it when it applies to their physical intimacy and, for me, it’s a shame.

This concluding narrative still pulls together all the loose ends with skill, but I think it could have been even more powerfully emotional if we’d seen what they have to lose physically expressed on page.

But I have zero qualms about the plotting, it’s a brilliant and totally satisfying build up to the final battle.

The threats feel absolutely real, I wasn’t at all sure how they were going to pull themselves out of the predicament they end up in.

And I would never have guessed at the solution, although it is sneakily hinted at in the plotting earlier when I look back with hindsight, very cleverly executed.

A bit of a bittersweet experience, as I say goodbye to these wonderful characters and the world Allie has created, but also a firm knowledge that I look forward very much to seeing what comes next!

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

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This Arthurian mythology with a twist is very clever

coverThe Darkest Knight by Victoria Sue

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As an Arthurian mythology nerd, this series from Victoria Sue has been an absolute delight as she’s taken the common legends and given them new twists.

In this latest entry of her Guardians of Camelot series, she gives us Kay’s story. No longer the foster brother of Arthur, instead he’s an unwanted son discarded by a cruel man.

His Tresor (fated mate and the other half of his soul) is Charles, the Knights Hospitaller we met in book two.

But all is not well as Charles has a calling he’s not willing to give up and Kay’s heart is broken just as the threat from Morgan intensifies.

I have much love for Charles as he is a character that I have a vested interest in (see the dedication in book two 😉) so I couldn’t wait to see how this played out.

I was not disappointed. In fact, I was surprised by the very clever twist in the narrative that I only worked out seconds before it happened.

This is a spoiler free review, so I’ll just say this book will take you on a heart-thumping journey into the past, into secrets and lies and right to the centre of evil.

It will have you almost crying with laughter while your heart is being torn in two.

Ultimately, it will give you all the thrills you’d ever want from an urban fantasy paranormal mix and it sets up the final battlefield to be fought over in book four beautifully.

There is one particular scene which I think most readers will miss, but I saw it and I just say “bravo Victoria Sue” because the mythos surrounding this thing is ripe for the reinvention that is the hallmark of the series.

I’m so excited for book four!

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