Truly scrumptious friends to lovers romance

Adam's Song (8 Million Hearts, #1)Adam’s Song by Spencer Spears

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fabulous friends to lovers romance which – like toffee sauce down the side of an ice cream sundae – brings a little drizzle of sweetness to a sharp bite.

While this is truly sweet at times, there is also an edge to the friendship between Adam and Ben which is caused by quite realistically depicted anxieties and fears on the part of Adam and a slow dawning that his feelings for his best friend might be a but more from Ben.

There is a proper slow burn to this one too, it’s a long book but every bit of the story felt necessary and earnt its place in the narrative.

When the smexy times come they just add the sprinkles on top as Ben fully embraces his newly developing feelings. Virgin sex is handled with care and with plenty of emotionally driven feelings.

The world building is excellent too and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the secondary characters which help prop up the narrative in this one.

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

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Hot, hot, hot like the Spanish setting

Summer HeatSummer Heat by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the Spanish setting, this delightful summer read from Jay is full of dry heat and steamy encounters.

It’s light, a perfect beach read with a friends to lovers romance that just sits on the right side of sweet without being cloying.

Adam and Finn somehow never got it together when they first met as students and instead slipped into best friend status. When Adam finally splits from his older boyfriend after five fairly uninspiring years together he asks Finn to come with him on the holiday he’d had booked as a surprise for his ex.

And, under the red hot sun, things take a different turn as a holiday fling threesome stirs up feelings both men have kept hidden away.

While things happen in a relatively short time, I believed in their romance completely. The ground work was laid down well for their slide first into hooking up and then, following a specific incident, to move into love.

With a deft hand, Jay has crafted a lovely summer romance and Garrett Leigh’s beautiful cover fully reflects the gorgeous-ness to be found inside.

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

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Riley Hart slays it yet again in this new series

Gone for You (Wild Side, #1)Gone for You by Riley Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The way Riley Hart writes just perfectly speaks to me, I’ve not read anything of hers I’ve not enjoyed and this is no different.

She manages to take the everyday routine of life and falling in love, no matter what the age of the characters, and infuses it with a little bit of magic.

In this one we have a standard friends to lovers and sort of second chance romance but with Oliver and Matt she creates two stand out characters who feel utterly real.

I loved watching them bumping heads as Matt returned back to the boy he’s always loved but never felt good enough for and Oliver grew to realise he had to let Matt fix himself and say goodbye to his life long love to give it the chance to bloom fully.

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Absolutely perfect Christmas romance

A Family for ChristmasA Family for Christmas by Jay Northcote

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So when this first starts you get the idea of Rudy, a shy 24 year-old and think you’re going to get a romance all about him falling in love and you’d be right.

We do get to see Rudy fall in love but as this is Jay Northcote, it’s never just what’s on the surface, there are always beautiful layers to peel away.

The layers in this book come with Zac, the new guy at work who has caught Rudy’s eye and left him tongue tied and all twisted until a night on the tequila results in an invitation to spend the festive season at the family farm in Devon.

Zac has never had a family and he’s unsure of himself, hesitant to get involved but slowly, as surely as night follows day and Christmas traditions inevitably lead to too much food and cheesy games, his walls start to crumble.

Jay weaves the usual magic I’ve come to expect from his talented pen and, as my dearly beloved is a Devon boy who lived in a thatched former 16th century corn mill, all rambly and chilled with huge fireplaces and a cider apple orchard, this book was like so many of my own Christmases down there over the years, I kept expecting to bump into someone I knew within the pages.

Beautifully written, if Holly doesn’t steal your heart because of all she symbolises, well I guess we’re not likely to be friends anytime soon 😉

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