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Oh Kendall you are so not “bad at love”

Bad At Love CoverBad at Love by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exceptional!

This is, hands down, one of my favourite books from Aimee. It flows beautifully, the relationship between Ridge and Kendall is so supportive and OMG do they burn the pages.

They are on fire when they get together but it’s so much more than just chemistry, they click from the minute they meet and that itself is just a massive amount of fun.

The book has a couple of subplots which both worked very well for me and which I’m not going into as it would spoiler one of the major elements of the storyline.

Ridge is so my type, he’s stoic and steady, supportive and secretly artistic and a gentle soul wrapped inside a giant teddy bear of a man. Kendall is one of life’s characters who brings joy while inside they’re dealing with plenty of hurt and insecurities. I love him so much.

From the first appearances of both these men in the Zero Hour/Sinister in Savannah series’ I’ve wanted their stories and Aimee did not disappoint in any way.

I devoured this book in one sitting, it drew me in from the start and never let go. It’s seriously sexy, it’s sweet, Ridge has an awesome family that I loved in the very brief glimpses we get of them and there’s a fab little guest appearance from Royce and Sawyer which had me smiling.

Asher also makes a brief appearance and the whole setting is brilliantly linked into the wider Savannah world without anyone needing to have read those books first – although seriously, read them, they’re brilliant.

I’m not sure who else is getting a book in this spin-off series but I hope Aimee continues to write in this setting because I love everything about it.

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

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No Shame brings a great conclusion to this debut series

No Shame (No Shame, #4)No Shame by Nora Phoenix

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first started reading this series, I really wasn’t sure where the story was supposed to be going. Book one was a bit mixed up with a “not quite menage” feeling that meant I hadn’t a sense of the narrative.

But, I have to say, Nora Phoenix has book on book improved the relationship development between the four main characters and also managed to skilfully introduce five more diverse men into this narrative.

This was probably my favourite of the lot as the secondary plot of Indy’s gangland ex still hunting him was concluded in book three – to my immense satisfaction with a wonderful take down scene.

So here the tone throughout is way more chilled and the story can focus on laying down the firm ties of friendship between all seven men living in the main house.

I loved Miles when he appeared as Indy’s FBI handler man in book three and in this one the reader gets a deeper glimpse into his life with an unusual and embarrassing sexual condition.

Thankfully for him, Blake’s brother Brad (who we met also in book three), is an absolute perfect match with his deep seated desire to please and to be used by a daddy in the best possible way.

The menage in this is extremely well crafted, Charlie has been in love with Brad since he rescued him from two bullies who were going to stick him in the dumpster at school. Brad is older than Charlie but their dynamic has always been equal.

Once these three meet, the slow build up from just meeting each other’s sexual needs into a fully loving relationship was excellent.

This series surprised me in the end and there’s not many that can do that these days.

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

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Stuck in the middle with this new cowboy romance from A.M. Arthur

Wild Trail (Clean Slate Ranch, #1)Wild Trail by A.M. Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

There’s lots of bits in this book which are great but there’s also parts which didn’t work as well for me so overall it was a good but not great read.

Things that worked: The setting, loved the ranch and the vibe of the people there and the descriptions and the ghost town and the mystery. I liked the majority of the romance between Mack and Wes too.

Things that didn’t work: The ‘boss/daddy” references. None of their sexual encounters felt even remotely daddy and boy to me, neither was their really any sign of a master/slave element to warrant the boss nickname, the odd way Mack’s ex’s cheating being revealed came up.

Also Colt’s big reveal felt chucked in to create drama rather than a natural element which sat well within the narrative.

But, having said all of the above, there are more positives than not and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing what all the not very subtle hints turn into for Reyes, Colt, Miles and Aubrey.

#ARC received from Carina Press via NetGalley.

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