Loved how Trevor found a home in Jalen

Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony, #2)Love Me Tenor by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this one, I think I preferred it just over book one in the series too because Trevor was just so in need of someone to love him and he found the perfect person.

I also love the idea of these singing reality TV shows (even though I don’t watch any of them in actuality) and I think this worked better than the a cappella version in book one too.

The cast of secondary characters were great, the twin boyfriends Carter and Carson had me laughing but they actually had a lot of depth to them and their relationship, I liked Dawn, it’s nice to have supportive female characters, and our other MC, the delightfully spikey Jalen, was also a serious sweetheart.

Most of the conflict comes from external sources and there’s one character I’d like to hit with a piece of two b’four because of how he treats Trevor and how he gets in the way of Trev and Jalen. Homophobia and religious fervor really grind my gears.

Now to find where the heck I stuck book three because I need M’s story like yesterday!

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Lots of humour make this delightful romance a hit

Hard For My BossHard For My Boss by Daryl Banner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like Daryl Banner’s style of writing, he has a wry sense of humour which helps to colour the edge of what he writes and stops it becoming too sweet.

This May to December romance has lots of highlights alongside a really gentle love affair as Trevor the intern falls for his boss.

It’s relatively low angst, the sexual tensions built up beautifully and it has a resolution which leads into a wonderful epilogue. Both Trevor and Ben are believable characters and there’s a good setting and world building to fit them in.

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Another fab addition to the Peridale Cafe mysteries

Macarons and Mayhem (Peridale Cafe Mystery #7)Macarons and Mayhem by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first time I actually had the right idea for who the villain of the piece was so I’m dead chuffed with myself.

This is yet another cracking addition to this truly delightful series with its unique English flavour and Julia is rapidly becoming one of my favourite accidental detectives as she bakes her way through Peridale’s somewhat murky depths.

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Wonderfully quirky quintessentially English romance

Tops Down Bottoms UpTops Down Bottoms Up by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I should offer a disclaimer at the start of this that I live in a town which not only hosts one of the oldest folk festivals in the country but is also home to five – yes that’s five – different Morris sides.

So yes, I absolutely loved this book, it’s only not a 5* read because I wanted more but, as is always the case from Jay, there is a beautifully rounded romance with seriously sexy scenes at the heart of this humorous tale.

Morris dancing is a much maligned traditional English pass time but its roots are deep in the heart of our culture, although there are debates as to its origins, and there is nothing which stirs the blood more than a side of Border Morris blackface painted men and women wielding sticks with precision as the beat of a bodhran keeps pace.

I know Jay is a member of a Morris side and this book shows the neat little insights and jokes as Rowan comes to realise that dancing with Seth might just be the best thing he’s ever done.

#ARC provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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SPOILER ALERT: THE HERO DIES: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words

ausiello-coverI’ve been a fan of Michael Ausiello since I started watching American TV series Glee and started following him to check for spoilers and other snippets about that show so it was difficult to read his announcement that his beloved partner Kit had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

They married in time for Kit’s first chemo appointment – another of the issues facing a same sex couple is having legal responsibilities in the event of illness

This autobiography goes into that painful time but it also gives some insight into a career which is as filled with humour and happiness as it is with sadness and pain.

The blurb for this book sums it up perfectly, you will howl with laughter, you will sob at the tragedy of losing the love of your life over such a short space of time and – ultimately – you will be thankful for the chance to come along for the ride as Ausiello shows the reader all the ups and downs of a life worth living.

Michael Ausiello’s SPOILER ALERT: THE HERO DIES: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words (Atria Books; September 12, 2017; $26.00) chronicles a fourteen-year love affair that culminated in a final year of illness, resilience, and, tragically, death.

ausielloAbout the Author:

Michael Ausiello is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TVLine.com, a television entertainment website owned by Penske Media that launched in 2010. Ausiello began his publishing career in 1997 as a senior news editor at Soaps in Depth magazine before moving over to TV Guide in 2000. During his eight-year tenure there, he wrote for both the magazine and its website.

Ausiello’s columns at TV Guide included “The Ausiello Report” – a weekly print column that expanded into a regularly updated blog online – and “Ask Ausiello,” an exclusively online weekly Q&A that he also conducted after moving over to Entertainment Weekly in 2008. Ausiello has also contributed commentary to media outlets such as Today, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Extra, and Access Hollywood. He lives in New York City.

SPOILER ALERT:  THE HERO DIES

By Michael Ausiello

Atria Books Hardcover | On-sale: September 12, 2017 |ISBN: 9781501134968, $26.00

eBook: 9781501134982, $13.99

Avon Gale smashes it once again with her ice hockey series

Coach's Challenge (Scoring Chances, #5)Coach’s Challenge by Avon Gale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how she does it but this ice hockey series is not only consistently brilliant, it keeps producing partnerships that I fall head over heels for.

First I was surprised when Isaac and Laurent took over from Max and Misha as my favourite pair but now Troy and Shane have stormed to the top of the leaderboard with their fabulously non conformist relationship.

Oh lord, the snark as these two fell for each other was delicious, the humour was totally on point and the sex was dynamite. The way they spoke to each other was fuelled first by lust, then by passion and the declarations of love have to be some of the most original I’ve ever read.

I am a sucker for sport set narratives, I’m a sucker for partial redemption stories – in this case it’s the team rather than an individual though – and I’m a sucker for righteous outcomes to those who tried to hurt the LGBT world and this book had it all.

Now Avon, please, please, please give Xavier his true love and a HEA. Pretty please.

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Chaz and Dr Dimples get their romance

Unscripted Love (Road to Blissville, #1)Unscripted Love by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yay finally Aimee Nicole gives us Chaz and Dr Dimples’ romance and it’s a cracker.

We see the events leading up to Josh and Gabe’s relationship and wedding from the other side and it’s fascinating to read what their friends think.

As for Chaz and Kyle, their relation is sweet and humorous with just a low level of angst and lots of great sex. Chaz feels guilt for not telling Kyle he’s the guy he’s been gaming with and slowly falling for. While Kyle’s had feelings for Chaz even when he was still with Gabe but he’s afraid of stepping out and saying something.

There’s a bit of drama as they dance around the revelation that they’ve been connecting online but when it finally comes out, the reaction from Kyle is realistic and dealt with well.

This is the first in Aimee Nicole’s new spin off series and there’s also a bit of setting up for the next few books. I’m really hoping we get Emory and Silver next and I’m fascinated by Dare and Wren.

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