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Definitely the best Canoli yet! Ricky and John made me smile

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Definitely the best one yet in this series and filled with an excellent balance between the romance and the suspense.

Uncle Ricky’s been a fascinating character since the start and here we get to find out all about him following his revelation in book two that he was gay.

There’s a clever use of a different viewpoint to open up the narrative before it swings into telling the frenemies romance as Ricky does his absolute best to try and resist his attraction to his new, younger detective partner.

And what a sweetheart John is.

My heart broke for him when we find out the circumstances he’s been living under for the last couple of weeks.

Especially as it became clear that was just the tip of a very deep iceberg.

The mystery/investigation element of this book worked really well for me. I kept having guesses as to what had happened all the way through and while I had hints and ideas, I still didn’t catch on to the villain of the piece until close to the end.

I’ve no clue really how a US homicide investigation would work but it felt like it followed the likely protocols once it was established that Ricky was too close to it because of Donny.

Once Ricky accepts that he is falling for his partner, he also knows they can’t carry on working together.

Their chemistry is off the charts hot and the slight age gap works well. Ricky is a nurturer, a care giver by instinct and he sooths John’s understandable prickles simply by being himself.

It was lovely watching John blossom from being someone hiding himself away to the focused and sharp-witted detective during their investigation.

I also appreciated the way the threat to his safety was handled and, again, it felt like an organic and possible outcome.

I’ve absolutely no idea who is up next but I’m massively in love with the whole Canali clan!

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

As with the previous books in this series, I beta read for Eli.

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Eden brings out all the banter and heat for this frenemies romance

Mike Bravo Ops Rogue EbookRogue by Eden Finley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved Iris and Saint’s book but I have to say, Trav and Dylan have taken my heart and wrapped themselves round it so tight I don’t think they’ll ever leave.

The opening chapter, which takes place seven years before this story, was insanely hot, like we’re taking straight into one of the most volcanically explosive sex scenes I’ve read.

But what made it special is, even from then, you could tell there was more to it than just the lustful fulfilment of desire.

They spend the next seven years with the ex-Ranger driving the DEA agent round the twist, teasing, offering him insights into cases which he’s able to complete and lock up the bad guys and always with the offer of his body for another night of passion.

Trav’s smitten from the off and he wants Dylan to be his forever – although he’s also terrified of those feelings and does his best to push the other man away with his constant joking around.

On his part, Dylan keeps his feelings locked up tight and Trav’s constant goofball, Labrador style exuberance whenever they meet, is getting harder and harder to resist. He knows Trav wants him, because he never stops telling him but Dylan can’t trust that he means it for more than another night.

What I absolutely adored the most about this book is there’s no stupid misunderstandings, there’s no beating about the bush, no manipulation or manufactured drama. When Dylan comes to Trav for help, there’s no question he’ll put his life on the line to save him.

This book had everything I want in a romantic suspense, ex-military/Government Agency caper – it was funny, it was hot, it had action and adventure. It had my pulse racing, adrenalin pounding through my veins as the danger stakes got higher and higher.

It has pining, it has double crossing dirty agents, it has mishaps and RPG launchers (blame Iris, it’s always Iris), it has Princess Smushy Face making a guest appearance and it has the rest of Mike Bravo doing what they do best – kicking butt and saving the day.

The tattoo scene towards the end of the book is both one of the most hilarious things I’ve read while also being one of the most romantic and it’s this wonderful on the edge feeling that Eden so skilfully employs throughout.

There’s various options on the cards for who’s up next but I’m really hoping we’re getting Atlas’ romance next because I think that’s going to be a doozy.

Also, this cover –  phoar!

#ARC kindly received from the author via Foreward PR. I voluntarily reviewed this book.

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Cover Reveal: Strut by Jay Hogan

Strut | Jay Hogan

The Style Series #2


Release Date: July 14th, 2022

Cover Design: Reese Dante

Pre-Order Link: https://readerlinks.com/l/2416104

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60777558-strut



A dream within reach. A chance at love. A man who threatens everything.

New Zealand farm boy turns New York fashion model.

Fairy tale? Maybe. But it hasn’t been easy. A year in this crazy city, working my tail off just to survive in a ruthless industry where sex sells and boundaries are too readily crossed.

A year and a reassuring ocean away from Hunter Donovan—a sexy, humiliating mistake that I’m not about to repeat. Distance is good. Distance is safe.

But now Hunter is back. In New York. In my life. In all those treacherous feelings that haven’t gone anywhere. But when my world suddenly crashes and I have to piece myself back together and fight for my career, will Hunter be there when I need him? Will we have what it takes to make it through this, together?

Note: This book contains themes of sexual harassment and sexual assault.


About The Author

Jay is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance and her book Off Balance was the 2021 New Zealand Romance Book of the Year. She is a New Zealand author writing mm romance and romantic suspense, primarily set in New Zealand.

She writes character driven romances with lots of humour, a good dose of reality and a splash of angst. She’s travelled extensively, lived in many countries, and in a past life she was a critical care nurse, nurse educator and counsellor.

Jay is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel

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