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Another super sweet sports romance from Vicki

Defending the House coverDefending the House by V.L. Locey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a super sweet, no drama, sports romance which was a breeze to read and just a whole load of fun.

Although at times there were moments which felt a bit PSA about how people should behave and treat others, it never reached preachy levels and the bullying secondary story featuring Criswell’s younger brother Benji was handled well.

Speaking of Criswell, this series has had me chuckling to myself so far with some of the names of the protagonists, although it makes a change from Tom, Dick or Aaron I guess 😁

Carson, captain of the Gladiators, is a super sweet guy, although I have to say he didn’t read like he was a 30-year-old, but I guess he’d had a fairly normal upbringing, lived in his own home and had a decent job, so maybe that was why.

Criswell felt more like his age, he’s a bit younger but has had the responsibility for his brother since their father died in a drunken car accident not long after he’d turned 18. Life’s been a struggle but he doesn’t let it get him down. His sunny exterior matches his personality perfectly.

Theirs is an instant attraction with a very funny meet/cute but the relationship takes time to develop through casual dating and then into love.

All in all this really was just a smashing low angst, medium steamy romance which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m looking forward to the next one in the series too, featuring the new gay pastor and one of Carson’s ice hockey colleagues.

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

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Release Blitz: Cherry Picked by May Archer

Cherry Picked | May Archer

Sunday Brothers #3


Release Date: May 2nd, 2023

Cover Design: Cate Ashwood

Cover Photo: Michelle Lancaster

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Never ask your brother’s best friend to… pick your cherry.

When I asked Jack Wyatt to help me lose my pesky v-card, I didn’t expect him to keel over in shocked disapproval and nearly tumble us down a mountain.

You might think a guy who’s been reading romance novels his whole life would’ve figured out a smoother way to broach the subject, but in my defense, I’ve been pining for Jack for seven long years, just waiting for him to notice me.

Jack sees me as sweet, shy Hawk Sunday: his Pride and Prejudice-obsessed hiking buddy; his dependable employee; the honorary little brother he’s determined to protect, not…deflower.

But to me, Jack is everything a romantic hero should be: tall, gorgeous, kind, and brilliant.

Or at least I thought he was brilliant… until he started getting so many things so boneheadedly wrong.

Like refusing to do the deflowering himself, but also, erm… blocking any other potential plant-lovers from getting all up in my garden.

And like continuing to see me as someone who needs protecting, rather than a man who needs possessing

A man who’s determined to get his cherry well and truly picked this summer, whether Jack Wyatt likes it or not.


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Sunday Brothers #1

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Sunday Brothers #1.5

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Hand Picked

Sunday Brothers #2

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The Sunday Brothers Series 1

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May is an M/M author who lives in Boston. She spends her days raising three incredibly sarcastic children, finding inventive ways to drive her husband crazy, planning beach vacations, avoiding the gym, reading M/M romance, and occasionally writing it.

She also writes MF romance as Maisy Archer.


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What a glorious homage to both Jane Austen and love!

Cherry Picked CoverCherry Picked by May Archer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just like the other books in this series, May Archer has taken a familiar trope and given it her own spin.

Here we have a brother’s best friend/best friend’s younger brother trope but with a Pride and Prejudice theme that gives it a sweet flavour packed with humour but also some truly touching moments too.

Hawk is the youngest Sunday brother, he’s the quiet one, the brother who doesn’t look like the rest, he’s quiet and loves to read and he’s been “in love” with Jack Wyatt for years.

So, it makes sense to him to ask Jack to be the one to ‘pop his cherry’ because they’re friends, they spend loads of time together, and he trusts Jack.

What he doesn’t expect is for Jack to freak out, turn him down and panic about ruining their friendship.

With a secondary plot involving the company trying to buy up and build on the environmentally sensitive mountain that nestles the Hollow, ostensibly bringing jobs and economic security to Little Pippin, the book takes its sweet time in having Hawk and Jack work through the messy situation they’ve got into.

On top of that, they’re also disagreeing on the resort plans too and things look quite hopeless for a while.

I loved the way the narrative takes its time to let Hawk and Jack work through their reciprocal feelings, Hawk is hurt and angry, Jack is terrified of the potential for heartbreak if things go wrong.

This one is less steamy than the others in the series, but it’s not lacking for that. Instead, it’s got all the emotional feels from the off.

The reader can see Jack’s as in love with Hawk as the younger man is with him, he just needs a wake-up call to let him get over himself.

With a gentle hand May spins all the threads together – a new friend who very much stirs the pot in all the right ways, a few home truths at the right time – eventually Hawk and Jack find their way back to each other and the residents of the Hollow discover a way to move forward.

Third eldest brother Reed also makes an appearance here and I’m really hoping his book is next, as he’s definitely hiding something and it may be related to the new staff at the Tavern!

#ARC kindly received from the author via Give Me Books PR, in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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