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Release Blitz: The Wishing Tree by RJ Scott

The Wishing Tree | RJ Scott


Release Date: December 10th, 2021

Universal Link: https://rjscott.co.uk/books/the-wishing-tree

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It takes an impossible Christmas wish for Bailey to find forever love with his brother’s best friend.

Turning twenty-five and still a virgin, Bailey has barely dated, let alone acted on the private fantasies featuring his brother’s best friend, newly retired hockey star, Kai. All he wants is for Kai to love him, but after a summer when Kai’s anger drove them apart, love doesn’t seem possible at all.

When Kai goes home to Wishing Tree, he knows he owes everyone an apology, not least of all to the man he loves. He’s convinced he can be the man Bailey deserves, and he needs to show Bailey how much he’s changed.

The only problem? Bailey has secrets he’s scared will drive Kai away, and Kai is running out of time to convince Bailey that falling in love starts with a wish, and can end up in forever.

The Wishing Tree is a standalone small-town Christmas MM romance with perfect snow, twinkling lights, a first real kiss, a shy virgin with a silken kink, a retired hockey player, and all the Christmas feels.



“Hey, Angel.” He bent at the waist, stretching, but twisting his neck as he did, so he could send me a smile. His caramel eyes were such a beautiful shade, just this side of topaz, and his lips were lush and pink and pillow-soft. He called me Angel because according to him my hair, all blond curls and long made me look like an angel. I didn’t mind him calling me that, I secretly loved it, but when my brothers did it too, then I wanted to murder them in their sleep. 

I loved seeing him because he was my entire world and I wanted to tell him everything. 

I hated seeing him, because I didn’t know what to say to him, and how in God’s name would I ever be able to tell him anything? 

“Hey.” I sketched a wave, the card obvious in my hand and, embarrassed, I shoved it deep into my pocket, hoping he didn’t notice. 

“Are you adding a wish?” he asked, then he stalked over to me, and I swear I was going to die on the spot. “I should do that as well.” He lifted the lid to the sheltered card box, and picked up a pen, which he proceeded to tap on the surface. “I’ll have to owe the tree a dollar. I’ll bring it back later.” He glanced up at the tree as if he was apologizing to the skeleton of branches. “I don’t know what to wish for.” He side-eyed me. “What are you wishing for?”

Oh god, my tongue was a hundred times too big for my mouth. I couldn’t tell him all my secrets; I wouldn’t have known where to start. I let out what sounded like a squeak, and same as my brothers, he didn’t pause to let me answer, because he knew as well as they did that I didn’t talk much, that I was shy.

He was a professional hockey player, a star in his own right, twenty-one and with the world at his feet. I’d loved him forever, and I hated that I didn’t see much of him. Just man up and say it. I love you, Kai. Can you kiss me?

About The Author

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Writing love stories with a happy ever after – cowboys, heroes, family, hockey, single dads, bodyguards

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott has written over one hundred romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always with a happy ever after.

She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing. The last time she had a week’s break from writing, she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a box of chocolates she couldn’t defeat.

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I fell in love with this wonderful festive romance

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This is a lovely Christmas novella with a little bit of an angsty side order to marry with the festive joy.

I loved Bailey aka Kai’s Angel, he was a sensitive soul who, while he felt out of place in his active and sporty family, still knew he had all their love and support.

The opening scene, a flashback, worked perfectly for me to set up the main narrative and I liked that there was a significant time jump before we returned to the two men. There’s a small age gap between them of six years.

I also loved the interconnected families, both Bailey and Kai’s families were founders of Wishing Tree, they’ve all grown up together, their siblings are married to each other. There’s a really strong sense of small town love and support throughout the book.

Kai was also someone that it was easy to feel sympathy for. He’d known he was attracted to Bailey before his confession years ago and he’s fallen more in love with him as time’s gone on. But his ice hockey career had come first and he’d used that as a means of staying away.

There’s all kinds of awkwardness and tension when they meet up again and Kai is frustratingly hampered for a while, which does lead to some amusing scenes with other family members.

However, alls well in the end and there is a super sweet declaration of love and proper time taken for them to work over the hurts which I appreciated.

One thing I was disappointed by though was the lack of on page intimacy, there’s a really lovely “first kiss” moment, then we get some initial expressions of physical closeness, a blow job/hand job etc, but the first time they become truly intimate is referenced in passing.

Now, that’s not to say I wanted a full blown graphical erotica level sex scene, but it was a shame imho not to see that first time Bailey let down his guard enough to trust that Kai really did love him and wanted to cherish him.

That always makes me feel like i’m missing out because the intimacy and trust that comes from reaching that point in a relationship is what I’m always waiting for. We get a second very brief reference to them having sex on page but that’s it.

Still, overall this really is a gorgeous romance, not so much a second chance, but more a seizing of missed opportunities and I loved the setting, the families, the sweetness. I just wanted a bit more spice.

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

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Cover Reveal: Ice Angels by Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

Ice Angels | Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

A Holiday Hockey Story

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Release Date: October 29th, 2021

Cover Design: Cate Ashwood

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Drew and Cleevs love hockey, but they love each other more. How can the men find a way to save what matters most?

Todd Cleever and Drew Simon are crazy about each other. They started dating three years ago when “Cleevs” was a rookie defenseman for the Chicago Ice. Drew, the team’s captain, was a few years older than Cleevs. Both men were deep in the closet, but it didn’t take long for them to fall in love.

Cleevs was traded to the Bethesda Barracudas a year later, causing a heartbreaking separation. Ever since, they’ve skated around the problem with occasional stolen nights together and brief vacations under the guise of “friends,” but two years of living apart have taken their toll.

As the holiday approaches, Drew and Cleevs decide things have to change. Still, with their careers and two professional hockey teams in the way, how can they score the game-winning goal and save everything they cherish most?

If you like fierce love, a smallish age gap, exciting hockey, and a steely determination to make things work—not to mention enough steam to fog up all your windows and a fantastic HEA—this is the book for you. The novella contains about 43,000 words of sparkling holiday romance.

About the Authors


Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood met in law school and were married in 2017. They live in a suburb of Washington, DC and share their home with a big, cuddly German shepherd.

Ryan and Josh enjoy travel, friends, and advocating for causes dear to their hearts. Ryan also loves to swim, and Josh likes to putter in the garden whenever he can. The romance they were so lucky to find with each other inspires their stories about love between out and proud men.

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