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Absolutely hilarious in the best British farce tradition

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolute brilliance, this book is about as English as they come, utterly hilarious and with a nod to the beat Sheridan farce.

In the Captain and the Squire, the authors have gone full on gentry eccentricity, with dodgy clauses in wills, dastardly villains and villagers who know everyone’s business.

I was howling with laughter throughout most of this.

It also has a surprisingly sweet kinky side which I’ll leave to be revealed for other readers as it really does work brilliantly well.

This series of novellas and slightly linger books have all been fabulous, each one’s brought something different to the table but I think Captain Guy is going to have to relinquish his title as my fave to this glorious pair and their pig.

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In which I have to revise my favourite Lily Morton couple yet again

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a love/hate relationship with Lily Morton (don’t worry, she knows how I feel and we’re good 😊 ).

I just get settled into finally declaring a favourite couple (Gideon & Eli) and then she puts out a new book which has me changing my mind yet again.

So far, every book without fail has seen me revising to take account of the latest unique and brilliant pairing she so skillfully crafts into real and wonderfully flawed characters that feel like people I want to know.

With Jesse and Zeb Lily came this >< close to breaking me because the sass and the snark from Jesse is equalled only by Zeb’s stoic and determined need to be Mr Reliable and my heart wept buckets for his childhood while I was simultaneously trying not to choke to death on my breakfast bar with laughter.

I know some non-British readers have commented on not always getting the references, but – as a Brit – I obviously don’t have the same issue and so every single one of the jokes hits the mark at full speed for me.

As with any romance from Lily, there’s witty dialogue, seriously steamy encounters, a perfectly understandable typically British crisis to be overcome and, in this one, a decidedly dickheadish ex to be dealt with.

Add in a 20-year-age gap, the fake boyfriends trope and forced proximity with only one bed and you have an absolute winner.

There’s a brief mention of Ivo from the equally excellent Risk Taker and I’m pretty sure that Zeb’s mate and business manager Felix went to the same office management school as Dylan from her Rule Breaker and we also get to peek in at Eli and Gideon still living their happy life in Fowey.

I’m now desperately waiting for the second chance/redemption story that has to be coming with Felix and Zeb’s step-brother Max because it’s so very clear that something’s gone on there and she’s giving my heart palpitations at the though of all the hate sex that book could result in.

There’s also very definitely hints of another pairing with Jesse’s flatmate Charlie (please don’t break my heart with him and his illness Lily I’m begging you now!) and Charlie’s best mate Misha, so there’s that to look forward to.

I don’t think it’s possible for Lily to write a book I won’t fall in love with but this one’s definitely hitting all the feels.

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

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This paranormal shifter romance is a laugh-a-minute romp

48122504._SY475_The Prince and His Bedeviled Bodyguard by Charlie Cochet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That was absolutely just what the doctor ordered! Charlie Cochet and shifters is a match made in hilarious heaven and this one is a real belter.

I laughed so many times reading the antics of ocelot shifter Prince Owin and his stoic and helplessly in love bodyguard Grimm.

This book is a tonic for anyone who just wants to read a lighthearted romp through a canine filled adventure in which a prissy cat shifter really does find his perfect match in a wolf alpha.

It’s sweet, a bit steamy in places, it’s hilarious – did I mention how much I laughed yet?! and it’s just a light read which had me smiling from start to finish.

My only complaint is that it’s too short! I wanted more of this utterly delightful pair. Oh and there’s a brilliant guest appearance from Hellhound Solomon, his mate Cody, and Walt from Macy Blake’s Hell to Pay

I can’t wait to read more in the series and to find out what’s going on with King Alrick and his steward Jean because there’s definitely a tale waiting to be told there!

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New Release Blitz: Ignite by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Ignite | Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

Unbreakable Bonds #7

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Publisher: Drake & Elliott Publishing LLC

Release Date: July 26, 2019

Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 73,000

Buy Link: Amazon

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Blurb

Two of Noah’s Army buddies are dead.

Someone has taken shots at Noah.

And now Noah’s former lover, JB, is a target.

Noah, Rowe, and JB team up to track down a killer trying to take out all of Noah’s old Army team in hopes of covering up a dark secret.

But this trip to Washington, D.C. threatens to unravel the perfect life that Rowe and Noah have built over the past three years. JB’s arrival in their lives have Rowe and Noah wondering if they want the same thing for their happily ever after.

Rowe is sure of one thing—nobody threatens his man. And he sets out to show anyone with a hidden agenda what a bad decision that was.

Excerpt

Noah smiled to himself as he watched Rowe drive them home. His hands slid easily along the leather wheel. Soon those strong hands would be stroking down his body. The way the man kept looking at him during the wedding had him half-hard all evening. He knew it was the wedding—all the romance in the air.

A lingering worry had nipped at him earlier in the day that Ian’s wedding would bring back painful memories of Rowe’s own wedding, but he seemed fine and Noah couldn’t be more thankful.

So, he watched those hands. Being touched by Rowe was like nothing else in this world. The man worshiped his body with an all-in intensity that frankly awed Noah. And he knew that wouldn’t change, no matter how long they were together. He took in his dark-red hair, lit by moonlight, disheveled as usual, and his ripped shoulders and arms. The man filled out a suit well, but he couldn’t wait to peel him out of it.

“Keep staring at me like that, and I’ll be finding a secluded spot to pull over,” Rowe murmured, giving him a steamy look.

“That’d be fine with me. Did I tell you how hot you are today? You should wear suits more often.”

“Soon as we get home, I’ll show you my birthday suit.”

“That’s my favorite suit of all.” Noah grinned.

Rowe pulled to a stop at a red light and turned toward him, his green-eyed gaze hotter than the sun. “You clean up nice yourself. Come here.”

Noah leaned over to kiss him. Brakes squealed sharply. Noah jerked his lips away from Rowe’s before they could touch. A car had pulled up, perpendicular to theirs, in the middle of the intersection. A loud bang quickly followed and the ping of glass breaking. Startled, he looked at the windshield to find a small hole in it.

“Shit, get down!” Rowe grabbed him and shoved him into the seat, covering him with his body just as another shot broke through the windshield.

“Someone is fucking shooting at us!” Rowe stretched over him to reach the glove box where he kept his gun. He yanked it out but stayed down. “Are you hurt?”

Noah couldn’t believe the man covered him, but that was Rowe. “No, I’m fine. You?”

“I’m good.”

Tires squealed again and the roar of the car engine grew softer. A knock on the driver’s window had them both jerking upright. Rowe aimed the gun in that direction, ready to put two in whoever was stupid enough to be standing there. Noah rose, ready to jump out of their truck and attack.

The woman outside screamed and ducked away from the window. “I was just making sure you were all right!” she yelled, and Rowe immediately lowered his gun. “The person shooting drove off, but I got a good look at the car. I’m beside you at the stoplight. The driver just pulled right into the intersection and someone shot out of the front passenger window. Is everyone okay? I called 9-1-1.”

Noah looked out the windshield to find the first hole directly in front of him. He turned and found a matching bullet hole in the seat. It would have pierced his heart. Whoever shot at them had one hell of an aim. Or at least, they would have if Noah hadn’t leaned over to kiss Rowe at that moment. Holy fuck, that was close!

His stomach was in knots as he met his boyfriend’s gaze. “What the hell?”

Rowe rolled down his window, apologizing to the woman for scaring her. “What kind of car was it?”

“A black Volkswagen hatchback.”

“Did you see anyone in the car? Could you tell if either person was a man or woman?”

“The passenger looked like a man. I’m sorry, I didn’t get a good look at the person’s face.”

Sirens sounded in the distance, getting steadily closer. Rowe put his gun back into the glovebox and they both got out of the truck to look at the damage. Two police cars arrived with a roar of engines. The first cop opened his door and stood with his gun at the ready.

“The shooter drove away,” the woman yelled. She was certainly helpful and brave to have gotten out of her car at all. Her red Honda was still parked at the light beside them with several more cars stalled there as well. None of those people had gotten out of their vehicles, but now they did as the police gathered.

Rowe and Noah answered questions but because they’d ducked, they had less to offer by way of explanation than the woman who’d witnessed the whole thing.

“Was more than likely a drive-by,” one of the cops said as he made a few notes in his little notepad. “We’ve had a few of them recently. I’m glad nobody was hurt this time. The others weren’t so lucky.”

But Noah had a feeling it wasn’t some random drive-by.

Meet the Authors

IMG_14.jpgJocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have teamed up to combine their evil genius to create intense gay romantic suspense stories that have car chases, shoot outs, explosions, scorching hot love scenes, and tender, tear-jerking moments.

Their first joint books are in the Unbreakable Bonds series.

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Another high voltage entry for Rowe & Noah in this superb series

46851750._SY475_Ignite by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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That’s the noise I’m making right now having just finished this book.

I mean, it’s my guys, it’s Rowe & Noah and they’re my favourite pair out of all the Unbreakable Bonds and Ward Security couples but even I wasn’t expecting just how awesome this book was going to be.

When things start there’s a gorgeous surprise I’m not going to spoil, but there’s also a little bit of worrying tension between the guys that had me on the edge of my seat.

I wasn’t truly worried these two would ever walk away from each other but this narrative really does take them on a bumpy adventure filled with real dangers and desperate villains.

And, as it’s Rowe & Noah, expect the usual hilarity and madcap moments, tempered with absolute devotion and utterly satisfying acts of love…

…and duct tape, code names and stupendous sex.

These two are my favourites and I make no excuses and feel no guilt about it. This book just sealed it for me perfectly.

Now, a Texas Ranch spin-off please with a HEA for JB next?!

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

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Femme is an absolute riot but with a serious message

FemmeFemme by Marshall Thornton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh this book is an absolute riot but still manages to carry a really important message about being true to yourself and never judging on a stereotype.

Lionel is not only out and proud, he’s femme and proud and he carries his queen status high, never failing to throw out a witty quip.

Dog aka Doug, is “straight-acting” and not out to his family when he has a drunken encounter and the best sex ever with Lionel after a softball game celebration at The Bird.

After lots of hilarious mishaps, a judgey and truly horrible bloke gets Lionel fired and he struggles to find his sense of self when he ends up working in a straight bar.
Dog goes through his own existential crisis before all ends up well with a load of bin bag pom poms and a decidedly dodgy cheer.

I loved these two, the steam level is low but this is a realistic romance which also touches on the day to day everyday life of two gay men just trying to keep a connection alive.

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