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This enemies to lovers romance hit all my buttons

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh lordy, Felice Stevens doesn’t just knock it out the park with this one, she takes the World Series.

I have enjoyed every book in the Man Up collection but hands down this is my favourite.

Felice not only makes the name Malcolm sexy, she turns it into the embodiment of a man who just hit every one of my buttons.

He’s the perfect foil for James, annoyingly (for James at least!) on the sidelines from his first steps into this world, Mal is so much more than his flighty and inconsequential outward image.

James has my heart since the start of this series, but I always just wanted to wrap him up in a fluffy blanket and give him a cuddle.

Here we see two men with UST hitting the stratosphere and they always say it’s a thin line between love and hate so its no wonder that when the pressure finally hits maximum there is so much steam.

Everything about this book worked for me. There’s relatively little angst, the bantering and snarking is on point throughout.

These two men fight so hard because they have those pesky feelings and oh boy, do they burn it up when given free reign.

Now, while I believe this is the final book in this particular instalment, I do hope it won’t be the last time we visit this wonderful world of characters.

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

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RJ and VL nail it again with their latest ice hockey offering

35559022Ryker by R.J. Scott & V. l. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s not often I read a Young Adult romance because invariably I find myself rolling my eyes at the antics or – understandable given their ages – lack of maturity often used in the narrative to create plot tension.

However, as this is a spin-off from the Harrisburg Railers series and it comes from the pens of two of the finest writers of sports romance in the MM genre, I knew I’d get little of the above.

There is a wee bit of what could be described as irrational dislike when Ryker and Jacob meet, but the in-character explanations more than adequately provide reasons for Jacob’s feelings.

He’s also fairly quick to acknowledge it was his own unreasonable prejudices and a sense of misplaced inadequacy over their different backgrounds which led to his behaviour.

When they do finally move beyond friendship, the reader is given a truly beautiful tale of first love. They come to rely on each other for everything and, when the book brings us up to date with what’s been happening on the ice for the Railers, we see just how much Jacob has become Ryker’s solid foundation.

I loved everything about this book, apart from

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having to read about poor Ten getting injured all over again

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and I’m seriously looking forward to seeing where these authors take us next.

Scott’s story looks like it will be way more angsty and I’m now “bring it on”!

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

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The third installment of Haven’s Hart is a thrilling ride

A-Dangerous-Dance---EBook-Cover-Only.jpgA Dangerous Dance by Davidson King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another brilliant addition to the Haven’s Hart series from Davidson King and possibly my favourite of the three.

There’s not much better than an enemies to lovers trope done well and that’s what you get here.

Although it’s probably more accurate to call them associates rather than enemies as there was always that frisson of interest while they were whinging at each other!

The suspense element of this is paced perfectly, the villain not too over the top insanely powerful but also not a chump either and it’s definitely a good sense of accomplishment when he gets his just deserts.

This one is probably a bit more tight in the narrative as it focuses down onto mostly Bill and Mace and their efforts to kill the guy threatening Snow.

In between, the two guys get a little bit more physical than either expected and it was such a hot scene discovering Mace’s willingness to submit and bend a knee for Bill.

Their relationship is actually pretty sweet and the ending and epilogue were so gorgeous.

Now, what do we know about Quill and the mysterious Mr Black…

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

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Release Blitz: Out, Proud and Prejudiced by Megan Reddaway

Out, Proud and Prejudiced | Megan Reddaway

A modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

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Length: 85,000 words approx

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Blurb

 

One’s proud, one’s prejudiced, and they can’t stand each other.

Quick-tempered Bennet Rourke dislikes Darius Lanniker on sight. Darius may be a hotshot city lawyer, but that doesn’t give him the right to sneer at Bennet, his friends, and their college. It doesn’t help that Bennet’s restaurant job has him waiting at Darius’s table. So when his tutor recommends him for an internship at Darius’s Pemberley estate, Bennet isn’t sure he wants it. He’s also not sure he can afford to turn it down.

Darius is a fish out of water in the small college town of Meriton, but something keeps pulling him back there. He’s helping out a friend with business advice, nothing more. If he’s interested in Bennet, it’s not serious. Sure, Bennet challenges him in a way no other man has. But they have nothing in common. Right?

Wrong. Their best friends are falling in love, and Bennet and Darius can’t seem to escape each other. Soon they’re sharing climbing ropes and birthday cake, and there’s a spark between them that won’t be denied.

But betrayal is around the corner. Darius must swallow his pride and Bennet must drop his prejudices to see the rainbow shining through the storm clouds.

Note: contains mention of past abuse.

About The Author

MEGAN REDDAWAY lives in England and has been entertained by fictional characters acting out their stories in her head for as long as she can remember. She began writing them down as soon as she could.

Since she grew up, she has worked as a secretary, driver, barperson, and article writer, among other things. Whatever she is doing, she always has a story bubbling away at the same time.

For news of Megan’s gay romance releases and two free stories, visit her website:

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Review Tour: Machine Metal Magic by Hanna Dare

Machine Metal Magic | Hanna Dare

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 Cover Design: Nastasha Snow

 Length: 65,000 words approx.

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The galaxy’s a dangerous place. Best not to travel it alone.

It’s been over a century since the AIs rose up and attacked, driving humans from Earth and leaving them scattered across the galaxy. Humanity survives, but always fearful of the technology that allows them travel among the stars, never knowing when it may turn against them once more.

An interstellar fugitive.

For Jaime Bashir, born with the ability to communicate telepathically with computers, his gifts are more of a curse. They also make him a target. On the run, he finds himself among a starship crew, one transporting a mysterious cargo. Even more intriguing is Rylan, the muscled guard watching his every move. Jaime has no reason to trust him, but nowhere else to turn.

A disgraced ex-soldier.

Rylan Slate is looking to leave his past behind. Joining a crew of smugglers is one way to do it. But capturing Jaime is both an opportunity and a danger. He starts out as a prisoner, but then becomes something more, testing loyalties in ways Rylan never expected. Will regaining his honor mean betraying Jaime?

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A writer-for-hire for more than ten years, Hanna Dare now writes what she loves to read: well-written, character-driven stories of men exploring their identities and discovering their own unique kind of happily ever afters… usually through sexytimes.

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I struggled with this one but the writing is good

flowersforthegardener(1)Flowers for the Gardener by Sharon Maria Bidwell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think this is a case of “it’s not the book, it’s me” but I found this hard going and I put it down a few times to read other things before finally finishing it.

There’s great writing throughout, a clever study of families and emotions but it wasn’t what I’d consider a romance as such, although Richard and Ethan’s relationship is at the heart of the narrative.

The biggest problem i had was that I really didn’t like any of the protagonists. Rich was okay but he also came across as a lot of a wet fish even though in actually he had a lot of quiet strength.

And Ethan was just a dick for most of the book with a huge chip on his shoulder about his life, Rich’s life and family and his unfair assumptions about the wealth and career path Rich was taking.

There really wasn’t anything or anyone to feel sympathy for, or to get on board with rooting to win, for me and I didn’t actually care in the end whether they got their acts together or not.

But the writing is great, these characters are complex and the setting is well expressed.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Machine Metal Magic by Hanna Dare

Machine Metal Magic | Hanna Dare

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Cover Design: Nastasha Snow

 Length: 65,000 words approx.

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Blurb

The galaxy’s a dangerous place. Best not to travel it alone.

It’s been over a century since the AIs rose up and attacked, driving humans from Earth and leaving them scattered across the galaxy. Humanity survives, but always fearful of the technology that allows them travel among the stars, never knowing when it may turn against them once more.

An interstellar fugitive.

For Jaime Bashir, born with the ability to communicate telepathically with computers, his gifts are more of a curse. They also make him a target. On the run, he finds himself among a starship crew, one transporting a mysterious cargo. Even more intriguing is Rylan, the muscled guard watching his every move. Jaime has no reason to trust him, but nowhere else to turn.

A disgraced ex-soldier.

Rylan Slate is looking to leave his past behind. Joining a crew of smugglers is one way to do it. But capturing Jaime is both an opportunity and a danger. He starts out as a prisoner, but then becomes something more, testing loyalties in ways Rylan never expected. Will regaining his honor mean betraying Jaime?

 About the Author

A writer-for-hire for more than ten years, Hanna Dare now writes what she loves to read: well-written, character-driven stories of men exploring their identities and discovering their own unique kind of happily ever afters… usually through sexytimes.
Find Hanna on the internet enjoying pretty pictures, procrastination and caffeinated beverages!

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