Summer Heat by Jay Northcote
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Like the Spanish setting, this delightful summer read from Jay is full of dry heat and steamy encounters.
It’s light, a perfect beach read with a friends to lovers romance that just sits on the right side of sweet without being cloying.
Adam and Finn somehow never got it together when they first met as students and instead slipped into best friend status. When Adam finally splits from his older boyfriend after five fairly uninspiring years together he asks Finn to come with him on the holiday he’d had booked as a surprise for his ex.
And, under the red hot sun, things take a different turn as a holiday fling threesome stirs up feelings both men have kept hidden away.
While things happen in a relatively short time, I believed in their romance completely. The ground work was laid down well for their slide first into hooking up and then, following a specific incident, to move into love.
With a deft hand, Jay has crafted a lovely summer romance and Garrett Leigh’s beautiful cover fully reflects the gorgeous-ness to be found inside.
#ARC provided by the author in return for an unbiased and fair review.
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Tied to You by Riley Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love relationships where there is just as much talking and laughing as there is time spent on the smexy encounters and this book is a starring example.
You can tell, and Riley admits it in the acknowledgements, that these two men were written with love. They jump off the page in all their wonderful glory, Quinn with his smart mouth, Miles with his unfailing honesty.
I loved every bit of this story, as I did book one in the series (and the prologue before that) because they feel real, the friendship between the four men at the heart of the setting, those who surround them, and the world they inhabit, could be just round the corner at that bar table.
It reminded me very much of St Elmo’s Fire, one of the best films of the 80s and also of my own bunch of school mates who’ve now been taking the mickey out of each other for almost 40 years.
Beautiful cover too. I loved that this was a romance focused on an inter racial relationship with a man of colour at the centre. I wish there were even more novels which focused away from the typical white guy heroes.
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