Loved this romance with its British flair

Muscling Through
Muscling Through by J.L. Merrow

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book had possibly one of the best openings and first meetings between the main characters that I’ve read. It managed to be incredibly sweet and yet still told you everything you needed to know at the same time.

It’s also not easy to write purely in first person present tense and still have a feel for what’s going on in the other MCs head but J L Merrow did it with consummate ease.

All was such a wonderfully realised character, his simple expressions brought him to life wonderfully but without making me feel uncomfortable. He may not have been intellectually bright but he was never written as stupid. His straight forward honesty was refreshing.

Through Al’s eyes we also got to see and discover Larry and it worked really well for me. I never felt like I was missing out on knowing his inner thoughts because they were interpreted by Al perfectly.

The British setting was also great. I love reading stories set in places I know and, while I’ve never been to Cambridge, I’ve wandered the streets of its compatriot city Oxford many times.

This is a romance with a difference but it’s no less beautiful for that.

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Brilliantly concludes the PresLocke series

Wedlocked (Preslocke, #3)Wedlocked by Ella Frank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the love in these books. I love how passionately Ace and Dylan love each other. I love the love Ziggy and Sunshine have for their family and I love the love the extended cast of motley characters have for each other.

The epilogue is fabulous and takes the reader into a future you know will be glorious and filled with a real and true Happy Ever After, although I’m not saying I wouldn’t want to read another peek into the Locke-Prescotts a few more years down the line (not so subtle hint there ladies).

Sex, yes there’s plenty and it’s laced with the same depth of emotion it always has been, both these beautiful men wear their hearts on their sleeves and aren’t afraid of letting the other know how important they are.

We get a coming together of all the characters from this ingenious crossover as Ace and Dylan prepare for their wedding and with them all comes the usual humour and chaos which has played a big part in these books.

Oh and yet another staggeringly beautiful cover helps to mirror the wonderful story inside the pages.

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Great little story

Why Love MattersWhy Love Matters by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While it’s clear to me (as a huge Merlin/Merthur fan) that it had its origins in Merlin fanfic, this is still a really sweet story.

Alistair has problems with intimacy and so he goes on a cuddle workshop run by his assistant Martin’s mum and gains enough courage to do something about the fact he has feelings for his PA.

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