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RJ crafts a beautiful slowburn recovery romance in this latest Ellery instalment

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oops, forgot to come back to this one.

RJ originally released this as a newsletter serial week by week but I held off on reading it as I wanted to wait til it was done.

It was worth it.

This is a sympathetic portrayal of the effects of combat and survivor guilt and how someone can offer a way by which a life can be given new purpose – but not cured or ‘got over’ by some magic dick.

Harrison isn’t ever going to be free from the effects of seeing his Army buddies die and him being the only survivor.

But working with Toby in the gardens at the veteran’s centre ground him and provide a connection he’s not had with life for some time.

It’s a slow burn, and that’s as it should be, but there’s no doubting it once these two men throw their all into making it work.

One of my favourites in the series .

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

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Clever suspense plot elevates this fairy tale reimaginating

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was very lucky to get an early sight of this book and I absolutely fell in love with the wonderful romance and the cleverly plotted suspense element.

Based, obviously, on the fairy tale of a similar name, things seem to be travelling along a familiar path when the story starts.

Billy ‘steals’ a rose from an overgrown mansion garden and is confronted by a mysterious half masked man who tells him he has to come and fix the damage as payment.

The more time Billy spends at the house, the more our mysterious man is drawn into his orbit. Billy is sunshine and joy in the world, even though he lives a very simple and relatively poor life with his artist mum.

For Aaron, this glimpse into the outside world brings with it a sliver of hope as both develop real and honest feelings.

The twist into the suspense part was so well done I only half saw it coming and nothing like the web which was spun around Aaron.

There’s a great pacing throughout the narrative and my heart was starting to race the closer things got to the big finale.

I loved everything about this quirky romance.

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

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Release Blitz: Billy & the Beast by Eli Easton

Billy & the Beast | Eli Easton

Ever After, New York Stories #3

Release Date: September 29th, 2020

Cover Designer:  Alexandria Corza

Buy Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JJM5W4C

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Billy-Beast-Ever-After-York-ebook/dp/B08JJM5W4C

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55435994-billy-the-beast

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Blurb

One stolen rose leads Billy to the Beast of his dreams

The rose was so perfectly pink, and it was just within reach inside the locked gate.

One snip later, and a masked man from Billy’s darkest fantasies grabbed his arm.

Billy’s punishment? To toil in the estate’s horribly overgrown garden for the summer.

Only this summer job came with a mystery. Who was the sexy, scarred, irascible man who lived at Malfleur, and what dark secret from his past was he hiding?

The Beast believes he deserves his self-imposed exile for the crime he committed one awful, reckless night—a night he can’t even remember.

He believes no one could love the ruin of a man that survived that cursed accident.

He didn’t count on Billy Martin.

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Billy & The Beast is a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast that features a rich playboy recovering from a near-fatal accident, a web of dark secrets and gaslighting, a gothic estate, a happy Labrador retriever, and a plucky young man who adores mysteries & monsters.

It is part of the Ever After, New York series of contemporary gay romance fairy tales, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

Read the other Ever After, New York books from Tara Lain

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/287606-ever-after-new-york

Better Red

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Release Date: April 16, 2020

Buy Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KQF2RG

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086KQF2RG

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52899088-better-red

Blurb

Red Ridley knows he could have a happy life in Ever After, New York, waiting on tables at Mom and Pop’s, making numbers add up for clients, studying business at the junior college – and maybe, just maybe having the man of his dreams, Mark Woods, the young owner of the local garage. One problem. Red’s gorgeous. Amazing looking. Totally unique.

And no one who sees him – especially his grandmother, who’s his biggest promoter — believes he won’t end up on the cover of a magazine. Gran’s dreams come true when famous New York agency owner, Brock Wolfe, shows up in Ever After and sets his sights on Red.

Red doesn’t want to leave Mark, but Gran has given everything to raise him, and the money he could make would give her a happy, easy life. Then, the news gets worse – Gran could lose her house — so Red breaks down and goes to New York where the Wolfe shows just how bad he can be.

Faced with a fate worse than death, Red needs a hero or needs to be one. Is there any chance to live happily in Ever After?

Holding Hans

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Release Date: September 29th, 2020

Buy Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08JHH5N6S/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holding-Hans-Fairy-Retelling-Romance-ebook/dp/B08JHH5N6S/

Blurb

How much evil can you cook up in one small town?

When your father gets wonky, marries a weird woman, and runs off to Europe, leaving you and your twin holding the bag for the bills, what else can you do but –

Sleep a night in the forest,

Follow a trail of pebbles to a strange mansion,

And succumb to the attraction of cinnamon rolls, the world’s most beautiful piano, and Madame, the strange woman who gives you your dreams for next to nothing.

But fairy tales teach one lesson – when things are too good to be true – run!

Hans Meyer finds that out the hard way, when he wakes up tied to a bed in the dark. Even Rune, the cute guy who buys him root beer floats, isn’t who he seems.

Can piano power, twin power, and a healthy dose of love power overcome the darkness and finally make Hans happy in Ever After?

Holding Hans is a coming-of-age, hidden identity, dysfunctional family, fairy-tale-retelling, contemporary fantasy romance – with really good food.

Note: Though themes are handled delicately and appropriately for a fantasy, the book may have trigger potential for sensitive readers.

About The Author

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Having been, at various times and under different names, a minister’s daughter, a computer programmer, a game designer, the author of paranormal mysteries, a fan fiction writer, and organic farmer, Eli has been an MM romance author since 2013. She has published more than 30 gay romances.

Eli has loved romance since her teens and she particularly admires writers who can combine literary merit, genuine humor, melting hotness, and eye-dabbing sweetness into one story. She promises to strive to achieve most of that most of the time. She currently lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, bulldogs, cows, a cat, and lots of groundhogs.

In romance, Eli is best known for her Christmas stories because she’s a total Christmas sap. These include “Blame it on the Mistletoe”, “Unwrapping Hank” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles”. Her “Howl at the Moon” series of paranormal romances featuring the town of Mad Creek and its dog shifters has been popular with readers. And her series of Amish-themed romances, Men of Lancaster County, has won genre awards.

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