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Release Tour: Head Rush by Davidson King

Head Rush | Davidson King

Haven Hart #9

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Release Date: March 16th, 2022

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Blurb

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All I want is to finish college, live life as a musician, and love the man of my dreams. That man, however, is Simon Manos, nephew of crime boss Christopher Manos, and there’s a war brewing on the streets of Haven Hart. Achieving my dreams has to be done while ducking bullets, trying not to get blown up, and hoping enemies don’t kill me.

Simon

I love Rush and want him to have everything he could ever hope for—all that his father denied him. As the heir to the Manos family business, it’s not quite that simple; I have responsibilities to fulfill. Haven Hart is getting dangerous, enemies need to be dealt with, and unfortunately, our dreams of the future must be put on hold.

We call on old friends and band together to face a common threat. When we’re forced into hiding, the situation escalates and the odds don’t seem to be in our favor. We do the only thing we can…stand our ground to the bitter end. As our lives start to fall apart, the unasked question is posed: Will someone have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save everyone?

This book follows after Secret Simon. It’s highly recommended you read that first.

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Excerpt

Simon

“Mace, stop!” I tried walking faster to get away from him, but he was clearly inhuman and able to keep pace with me.

“It’s something I learned while doing yoga, though. Bill and I were able to get creative with it in the bedroo—”

“I swear, if you keep talking, I will shoot you.”

He rolled his eyes. “Sure. As I was saying, you take your leg—”

“Mace, you’re fired.”

His laughter echoed through the large foyer of the Manos mansion. He wasn’t deterred. “Some stretching is required before you begin.…All the stretching, if you get my meaning.” When he winked, I groaned.

“Sadly, I do understand.” I stopped walking, and I chuckled when Mace wasn’t prepared for that and tripped on the carpet.

“What the—” He glared at the offending floor, then looked at me. “Why’d you stop?”

“Mace, remember when I was younger, and you never wanted to taint my mind with horrible things?”

He pursed his lips, his gaze shifting upward. “Nope, I don’t.”

“Well, I do. Let’s pretend I’m thirteen and—”

“Eew.” Mace took a step back. “I’m not role-playing with you!”

Of course that was the moment Bill, Mace’s partner, and Snow, my stepfather, walked out of the study.

“Shit.” I sighed, all energy leaving my body. Where was Rush? I needed him home. He had a way of shutting Mace up.

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About the Author

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Davidson King always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.

She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.

If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.

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To celebrate the release of Head Rush, Davidson is giving away an e-set of the release & Secret Simon!

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Back to Haven Hart we go

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Simon and Rush’s story continues with Liam Brennan still threatening the Manos family and Eight’s chance of happiness.

While I enjoyed this one, it didn’t grip me as much as some of the others in the series have done.

The pacing was okay, but it felt at times like it was hastily throwing out incidents interspersed with a sex scene to get to the ending.

That’s not to say the sex scenes occurred too frequently, I think they were pitched right for the narrative but there wasn’t much else going on besides them and bits of the Manos empire exploding.

I think, for me, the biggest difference was that I’m pretty sure in the past books, Christopher Manos would never have let the thing that happens to put Simon and Rush in a vulnerable place actually go ahead.

There’re a lot of casualties in this book too, although most are ‘red shirt’ equivalents, and at times I was wondering who else was going to take a bullet.

What I did love though was the plotline for how they’d deal with the Brennan threat long term. I liked seeing Fred again and the growth of friendship between him and Rush which had been hinted at in the first book.

And I do love the Haven Hart setting as a whole, the men are unashamedly open about the lives they lead and the lives they take. They’re not afraid of getting their hands bloody in the name of protecting family.

It was also cool to catch up with my faves Mace and Bill, as well as Black, some of his team, and with Poe.

I dunno though, none of them seemed as efficiently deadly as they were in their own stories and they were wrong-footed a bit too much for my liking!

Overall though, it was another good read and the Epilogue is a lovely hint at what the future might bring.

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

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Just my cup of tea

Rule BreakerRule Breaker by Lily Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh this book suited me perfectly, the right amount of banter, a British bite of sarcasm and humour, insanely hot sex, a broken man who finds his way and another who provided the port in a storm.

Gabe, tormented and broken Gabe, I’ve had my own version of you, a man afraid to let go of his heart, afraid of love because of the pain it can bring with it.

He was an utter arse at times but I understood him completely, he was frightened of his feelings for Dylan and couldn’t take the risk of being abandoned so he fought back with his whole arsenal of emotional weapons.

And there’s no one can hurt you as much as the person you’re in love with. I ached for Dylan, but he didn’t sit passively by when pushed, he hit back too, using the knowledge he’d built up to stab Gabe where it would hurt the hardest – into the fragile part of his feelings he’d slowly been letting out.

The scenes in Devon at Dylan’s parent’s farm were among my favourites. The contrast between the family’s acceptance of Gabe, his own awakened feelings which allowed him to just let go, and the explosively hot Fleshjack edging sexual encounter was perfect.
And gawd, the sexual chemistry between these two men hit volcanic status, it oozed off the pages alongside the tensions and the emotions.


His shirt is hanging off one shoulder, the arm seam ripped where I’d fisted it, and his trousers are round his ankles. I’m stark, bollock naked apart from one black sock. We’re both covered in sweat and come and breathing heavily.

I know other reviewers have described the relationship between them as toxic but I don’t think it was as straightforward as that. Gabe never hid from Dylan that he couldn’t do real, that it would only ever be sex. But Lily Morton did brilliantly to show the reader, through only Dylan’s POV, that he was fighting more than just sex, that feelings and emotions were involved whether Gabe wanted them to be there or not.

Dylan knew what he was doing when he got into bed with Gabe and he managed to run with it for quite a while, hoping there’d be a change in circumstances as anyone in love would do. It wasn’t until Gabe started shutting himself off – and the Valentine’s Day incident – that he took a stand.

I understood why he reacted as he did, it was a natural consequence of being pushed away too far. I loved how Jude and Henry, best friends of the two men, saw what was really going on and started their plotting, knowing Dylan and Gabe really did need each other.

For me, there was enough groveling and genuine expressions of remorse to enable the narrative to come together for the ending. The epilogue was all ends up awesome too.

I’d love to read more about Jude and Henry too. I would say though, that the setting itself, outside of the sarcastic banter, didn’t really have a huge British feel to it. The odd words threw me, elevator instead of lift, intern instead of apprentice or trainee (as has been my own work experience) but whisky was spelt right 🙂

Also major kudos goes to Lily for including Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes as the tune which reminded Gabe of Dylan. It’s one of the most beautiful songs in the world imho.

Watch the Say Anything moment here

Make sure to grab the free short from Lily’s website of what happens next, it’s awesome.

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