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A stunning second entry in this New Zealand set series from Jay

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay maybe a couple of days later and I’m ready to review this stunning entry in Jay’s Painted Bay series.

It takes a rare skill to turn an antagonist into a hero but that’s what happens with Leroy, Judah’s brother from book one and someone who is about as true to the grumpy loner archetype as you can find.

However, as this book unfolds, it becomes very clear that Leroy has so much more depth to him, that the Leroy of Off Balance isn’t really his true self and that he’s repressed so much over the years.

When the book starts, he’s still not dealing with the way the mussel farm is struggling, he’s still coming to terms with his mother’s relationship with Martha, his own relationship with his brother Judah is still on shaky ground and – most importantly – he’s buried his attraction to Martha’s son Fox so deep down he’s convinced he hates him.

So finding Fox in his kitchen making a sandwich sparks a whole load of self-protection hyper masculine and quite possibly masochistic deflections that set the tone for a lot of the book.

Fox is hurting from his marriage breaking down after his husband cheated on him. He’s missing his home in the south, his fishing boat, his community. His attraction to Leroy is inconvenient and potentially even more capable of causing him devastating loss than his impending divorce.

There is perhaps a bit too much of the self-introspection from Leroy, although there’s not much, thankfully, of the will they, won’t they back and forth.

Once Leroy admits he’s bisexual and always has been, though he’s buried it down for years after seeing how Judah was treated, he sets his determined head on and is willing to go all in and there’s some gorgeous moments between the two men.

The sexual exploration is some of the best I’ve read, as Leroy determines to embrace everything he feels about Fox and everything he wants to know about being with a man. It’s emotionally charged, vulnerable and smoking hot all at the same time.

Intelligent dialogue as ever, the incredible sense of place that every Jay Hogan book embodies, a superb cast of secondary characters and a sub-plot which keeps the narrative moving outside of the relationship development, make this book an utter triumph.

Now, book three can’t come soon enough because I can’t actually work out who it’s going to be starring other than one of the MCs is likely to be Judah’s choreographer friend he’s inviting along to help with the studio!

But there’s still Kane’s secret to be discovered, and what’s going to happen with Teddy and Hannah, they need someone to love them too!

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Release Date: September 9th, 2021

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Never make a bet with Jordan Brooks. That’s how I’ve ended up here, doing a movie that risks my entire acting career.

Taking on a gay role when I’m straight is problematic in its own right, but when production gets put on hold, and a fabricated story breaks out in the media, Jordan and I have to go into hiding.

Our livelihoods are put on the line all because of an ill-timed photo and Jordan’s bitter ex-boyfriend.

Scandals, lies, and PR nightmares. Welcome to Hollywood.


Why am I always drawn to the straight ones? You’d think I’d learn my lesson, but when our movie is delayed, I repeat old patterns.

My plan to bury my hurt and anger toward my ex by “method acting” with Blake Monroe is foolish. But Blake is as irresistible as he is good-looking, and he settles into his role easier than I thought he would. In fact, he likes it a little too much.

There are too many PR problems hooking up with Blake for real would bring, especially when the media thinks he’s the reason my relationship fell apart. Yet, I can’t walk away from him, and it seems, he can’t walk away from me either.

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With a short attention span that rivals her son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.

She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.

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Utterly fabulous ending and my favourite one of this excellent series

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely brilliant ending to this fab boy band romance series from Eden.

I adored Blake and Jordan, they were just not only on fire but also had such a wonderfully developed friendship.

The chemistry sparked between them from the start and it only grew stronger as Blake came to the conclusion that his sexuality was more fluid than he’d originally thought.

The experimentation, the exploration of not only the physical side, but the emotional one too, was so beautifully done throughout the narrative that it was utterly believable that what started off as a bet could develop into very real feelings.

I liked that there wasn’t much in the way of relationship drama, most of the tension comes via external reasons and it was fab to see the rest of the Eleven gang on hand with their usual snark and helpful advice 😁

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