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Barbara tackles two tough subjects with sensitivity and produces a wonderful romance

A Long Way BackA Long Way Back by Barbara Elsborg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So very different from book one in the series, but just as amazingly written.

It’s an interesting subject to tackle, one I won’t spoiler, and Barbara does real justice to it without ever falling into overly am-dram detail.

There are two pretty big incidents in the book which are potential triggers, so I’d advise everyone to read the note and pay attention as they are graphically dealt with.

Did everything work for me? Yes, on balance it did. Even with the unlikely situations, the narrative ran true.

With a background in journalism, I absolutely believed those elements, some people in the industry are just total pieces of s**t.

The romance between Tay and Ink is wonderful. They’re the heart and soul of a story which is ultimately about hope.

Their attraction is clear from the start. They spark off one another and stimulate each other into making an effort to try for a ‘normal’ life.

I felt for Tay so much, having been through a similar experience with paralysis myself. I thought this particular plot thread was superbly executed.

Ink though, oh my lawd that boy broke my heart as he did his best in the harshest of circumstances to try and carry on regardless of what was chucked at him.

Jonty and Deven make guest appearances towards the end and I loved seeing them both still so happy.

We get introduced to a new character in this book, and I’m not sure if there is going to be more, but I’d love to see him find a happy ending too.

Both books in this series have tackled tough subjects with consummate ease and I hope for more

PS Dog is awesome.

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A sweet romance between two utterly delightful characters

1653826373Out on the Serve by Lane Hayes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was such a sweet romance between two utterly delightful characters whose personalities bounced off the page.

I loved both Elliot and Braden, I loved their friends (shout outs to some of the characters from earlier books in the series which I always appreciate!) and I liked that there wasn’t really any overly dramatic angsting.

There’s some drama, but it’s caused by external forces rather than either of the two guys, and it’s all cleared up by them talking to each other – which I massively appreciate in any romance 😉

Lane is so good at writing these college age men, she gets into their heads perfectly imho and you can feel them just on the brink of full adulthood and moving into their next stage of life with confidence and a little bit of trepidation.

Falling in love on top of that is just the icing on the cake and while these guys are younger, I never feel like their love couldn’t be for a lifetime.

Another cracking good addition to the series.

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Flat Whites and a thoughtful romance from Jay

flat whiteFlat Whites and Chocolate Fish by Jay Hogan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very definitely my favourite book yet in this series and possibly my favourite so far of Jay’s (although I’m still debating with my love of Mark and Ed in Up Close and Personal so…)

But this book is just wonderful.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t a truly beautiful exploration of how finding the right person helps you to open up, be less afraid, less closed off to life, less guilty that you’re somehow broken because you’ve made mistakes and you’re a workaholic.

On paper, nothing should have worked with Adrian and Niall, they were so similar, both repressing emotions and avoiding making connections but for very different reasons. However, the sparks were flying from their first explosive meeting.

I really loved how Jay intertwined a number of different threads through this, the friendships which Adrian slowly began to believe in, his feelings that his past may not be an immovable object, Niall’s awakening that not everything that had gone wrong in his marriage was his fault, the strength and support they gained from each other.

I’m not spoilering the main plot, I found it utterly compelling and something I suspect happens far more often than it really should. It felt believable and the actions of those involved weren’t at all out of place or overly dramatic.

This whole series has been a delight, three quite radically different books in both the relationships at their heart but also in the secondary stories which fire the men’s motivations. More please!

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