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Just like the romance between Mags and Laurie this book will sweep you into happiness

beautifully unexpected coverBeautifully Unexpected by Lily Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is something utterly satisfying about picking up a Lily Morton book because I know it will bring me into the lives of people I so desperately wish were real.

In Beautifully Unexpected she takes it onto another level with two men in my own age bracket.

Men who I’ve known similar versions of, those who are either determined they don’t need anyone else or who spend their time bringing happiness into other’s lives while neglecting their own.

Mags and Laurie are just gorgeously written, they’re vividly real, their experiences and the absolutely determination that it’ll just be a fling as they give in to the attraction that’s been shimmering between them since they met.

And can I just say that the initial meeting between them is not only one of the most hilarious ones Lily’s written, but also stands as a perfect introduction into how the rest of the narrative will grow.

Laurie’s wit and charm captivates Mags from the start. Mags’ arrogance and confidence, as well as the kind heart he tries to hide, are an inescapable draw for an artistic soul like Laurie’s.

The humour you’d expect from Lily is all present, this time combined with the sharp intelligence of a QC at the top of his game.

They’re surrounded by a bunch of fabulous side characters, and I have to say, I half expected an Easter Egg appearance from our other lawyerly types Gabe and John at some point!

Alas, it wasn’t to be, not that the other people didn’t make up for it.

Mags senior partner in his Chambers Jane, Laurie’s twin sister Lonnie and her husband Chris, who’ve been best mates with Mags since uni, even down to Laurie’s stepfather Judge, a bane of Mags’ courtroom trials, they all bring a richness to the story.

Best of all though is a mad Red Setter, who truly lives up to his changing names – Armageddon aka Don when first encountered at the shelter – and then, once adopted by Mags having been utterly railroaded into it by Laurie, Endof. Short for End of Days 😁

He brings chaos and joy and it’s needed when there are hiccups on the way to happiness.

But you know that they’ll only be temporary bumps on the road which connects these brilliant men and I loved how quickly both realised they needed to own up that the no strings had turned into ties that bind forever.

Throw in 80s nostalgia, mix tapes, and lists of London’s hidden gems, and this book took me on a hell of a ride, no hands on the wheel and only a slight side eye at Laurie’s dissing of the genius that is Pink Floyd 🥳

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

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A very fond farewell to the Food Truck Warriors as the series ends on a high note

57829928._SY475_Full Speed Ahead by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As ever, I beta read this book for Beth, but most of my comments ran along the lines of I love this, why are they being idiots, oh it’s about time and thank gawd for that!

This is definitely my favourite book in what has been a truly wonderful series from Beth.

It’s also one of the hottest, oh my lordy once these two get together, it’s smoking. It just takes them a wee while because before that, they have to have a whole mess of feelings first!

There is a very clever tension brought to the narrative because of something in Ash’s past which no-one is privy to – except for Lennox – and then things change.

Not only do Tony’s worst enemies, the guys from the Salad Truck who stole his dressing recipe, get permission to join the Truck Warriors lot, but weird things start happening. There’s vandalism, other trucks apart from Ash’s are graffitied and the past he’s tried to walk away from, comes rushing back.

There are also additional hurdles to climb because Lennox has been badly hurt before, he’s also spent time in the Military hiding who he was and how important someone was to him, and then he became an afterthought.

My heart hurt so bad for him, I wanted to wrap him up in cotton wool, although he’s a tough as nails security nut really, quite capable of looking after himself, but he’s so vulnerable. And Ash sees that and he nurtures it and they’re glorious together.

Then the proverbial hits the fan. I won’t go into the nitty gritty, let’s just say I was shouting at Ash and telling him not to do what he does. But, it’s also absolutely indicative of his character for the way he acts.

He lives his life believing the best of people and puts his trust where he thinks its deserved, even when the reader can see something isn’t quite right.

Ultimately though, the narrative flows beautifully throughout the book and into the final chapters and it has a very satisfying conclusion. I’m hoping there will be spin-offs as there are a number of characters, one in particular from this book that I’m not revealing, who I NEED to find their happy endings.

So keeping my fingers crossed for those. I’m also hoping there may be more food related releases from Beth to come as she has such a real talent of incorporating that element into her books without ever making it feel like the only hook the stories have.

Time to say bye for now to LA’s finest set of food providers and see what comes next!

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

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Release Blitz: Following The Rules by Lane Hayes

Following The Rules | Lane Hayes

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Release Date: May 7, 2021

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 50k

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The geek, the jock, and a new set of rules…

Topher-

My friend’s brother needs an academic assistant and I need a job. Problem…jocks are my weakness. Seriously. I lose my ability to speak coherently around muscle-bound hotties. Oh yeah, I lose my inhibitions too—not a good look for a guy with a genius IQ. So what am I going to do about Simon?

Simon-

Finishing college isn’t high on my list of priorities, but my future in professional football is looking bleak. I need a plan B or C, and I could use some help navigating life as an undergrad. Topher is perfect. He’s also a little strange…but in a good way. And I like the way I feel when I’m around him—as though anything is possible. Maybe if we follow our hearts, we’ll find what we’re looking for. But that means changing the rules…

Following the Rules is a MM, bisexual awakening romance starring a lovable nerd, a cool jock, and some extracurricular fun.

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I served us both a slice of each kind of pizza and slid a plate his way, gesturing for him to help himself to the cheese or whatever else he might want.

“I don’t care about money,” I said around a mouthful of food. “Eat up. This is tasty, but it won’t be as good when it’s cold.”

Topher flashed an anxious sideways smile and took a mouse-sized nibble. “Mmm, that’s delicious.”

I washed down my pizza with a healthy swig of wine, nudging his knee as I swiveled to face him. “Are you okay?”

He wiped his hands on a napkin and drained half his water, setting it on the island with a decisive thud. “Yes, I’m just a little nervous.”

“Nervous? Oh. I’m sorry.” I frowned and before I could rein my tongue, blurted, “You seemed fine when we were joking about tiny gorilla penises, and hell…you saw my dick and—”

“I wasn’t joking. I was reciting a fact and as far as your penis is concerned…”

I twisted to face him, unable to contain a mischievous grin.

“Yes? I’m waiting,” I singsonged, biting into the ham and pineapple pizza.

“I told you, Simon…I was simply doing the math,” he replied matter-of-factly. “Six and a half inches.”

“Nine.”

Topher narrowed his eyes, his features softening in amusement. “Six and three-quarters, max.”

I scoffed and hooked my thumb under the elastic waistband of my sweats. “Wanna see?”

“No! Geez. You know, it’s very difficult to stay on topic with you. And staying on topic is the only way this will work.”

“Okay, fine. Back to dick size. What animal has the biggest schlong on the planet?”

He gaped at me for a hot second. “The blue whale. It’s estimated to be seven to ten feet long.”

“Whoa!”

“Although I don’t know that it’s ever been measured during intercourse. Or if that’s even possible.” He reached for his pizza with his brow knit in concentration as though pondering whale dick…as one does.

“Whales are huge. It makes sense. What about land animals?”

“Elephants. They’ve legitimately measured specimens in excess of thirty-nine inches.”

“You’ve got to be kidding.” I snort-laughed. “Christ, I’m feeling very inadequate with my mere twelve inches.”

“Six,” Topher scoffed. “Look, before we get sidetracked again, I just want to—”

“I’ll pay you double.”

“What? Why?”

I sighed as I picked up my wineglass. “I don’t want to fail. No…it’s more than that. I need to look smart. I can’t come across as the fuckup wide receiver who got dumped from the NFL and blew the cushy back-door admittance to a prestigious university by failing his first semester. I thought I might be able to muddle through with a few pointers from George, but it’s going to take more than that. I need a real assistant.”

Topher widened his eyes, then blinked in disbelief when I named an exorbitant salary. I had a hard time keeping my own expression. What the hell was I thinking? Did I really need an assistant?

I didn’t know, but I needed…something.

“Oh, that’s a lot of money,” he whispered breathlessly.

“It’s the going rate for a personal assistant. Ironically, I never had one while I played ball, but I need the help now. I want the best, and George says that’s you.”

Topher smiled. “George didn’t say he was the best?”

“Actually, he did. But we can’t be in the same room for an hour without wanting to take a swing at each other.”

“You and George fight?”

“Not as much now that we’re older, but…yeah, I guess we still fight. We don’t have much in common.”

“You and I have even less in common,” he replied.

“That’s a good thing. Trust me, it’s better for me that you don’t know that I slept with a teddy bear until I was thirteen…or that I still have that damn bear for reasons unknown.” I gave a self-deprecating chuckle, then sipped my wine and set it on the island. “So…are you in? Make me smarter, Toph. I need your brain!”

He stared at me for a long moment, inclining his head. “Okay.”

“Yes!” I fist-pumped the air as if I’d just scored a touchdown and held out my hand for a high five.

Topher left me hanging for a few long seconds before gently tapping his palm to mine. I grabbed his wrist to hold him steady for a redo. The contact was light and breezy…and spontaneous. But that was how I rolled. For a guy who played professional football, it was nothing.

However, this didn’t feel like nothing.

About the Author

Lane Hayes

Lane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to a well-told love story with beautifully written characters.

Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, and 2018-2019 Rainbow Awards.

She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.

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