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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Release Day Blitz – Aimee Nicole Walker’s Unscripted Love

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UNSCRIPTED LOVE

Road to Blissville Series, Book 1

AIMEE NICOLE WALKER

M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 07.11.17

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Kyle Vaughn had three goals in life: become a vet, find the man of his dreams, and start a family. He easily checked off the first item on the list when he took over his grandfather’s veterinary practice. Too bad he wasn’t as lucky in love.

Chaz Hamilton took a leap of faith when he decided to pursue a career in writing, but one best seller didn’t mean he could quit his day job. All work and no play threatened to make Chaz a very dull man when the only romantic action he saw was in the pages of his manuscript. Too bad he couldn’t write his own happily every after.

Circumstances pushed the two men together, and one magical kiss beneath fireworks and stars changed everything. Kyle knew his luck had finally turned around and Chaz found a man far better than any book boyfriend ever written. There was just one problem. Chaz has kept a secret from Kyle that could ruin their chance at a beautiful life together.

Kyle and Chaz learn that the best-laid plans often go awry, the heart has a mind of its own, and the greatest love is unscripted.

The books in the Road to Blissville series can be read either as standalone books or as part of the series. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 and older.

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Chaz stared unblinkingly into my eyes for several awkward moments when I arrived. Our connection broke when he took a deep breath and shifted his features into a mask of cool professionalism, but not before I saw the hurt in his eyes. Hurt? What the hell did he have to feel hurt about? I was the one who put myself out there, and he ignored me.

If asked, I would tell you that my greatest personality trait was my patience and my laid-back attitude was a close second. I rarely lost my temper, but I felt my blood simmering beneath the surface that day. My heart pounded in my chest as fury rose inside me. I had half a mind to toss him over my shoulder and carry him off so I could kiss a confession out of him. I hadn’t mistaken the desire in his eyes when he looked at me nor had I imagined the sparks that flew between us when our lips first touched. I just needed to find out why Chaz turned cold on me so suddenly.

“Jazz is running a few minutes behind,” Chaz coolly said as if he spoke to someone who hadn’t experienced the pleasure of his tongue in their mouth. “Please help yourself to a beverage and a magazine while you wait in the reception area.”

That little imp was dismissing me, and I wasn’t about to… My thoughts were interrupted by the sounds of heavy work boots walking across the polished hardwood floor of the salon. It wasn’t a sound I associated with the classy salon, so I turned to see who was wearing them. My mouth dropped open at the sight of the sexy stud approaching Chaz and me, but I don’t think he even noticed I was alive because he couldn’t seem to tear his eyes off of Chaz. Was this guy the reason Chaz didn’t answer my calls or return my messages.

My eyes raked over the tall, dark stranger with bulging biceps and perfect pecs straining the fabric of his white T-shirt that was three sizes too small. His tool belt hung low over jeans much too tight to wear while constructing anything but wet dreams.

“Hi Andy,” Chaz said cheerfully. “How’s it going?”

I didn’t care if Andy constructed orphanages in third world countries in his free time; I hated his fucking guts because of the way he looked at Chaz and the way Chaz returned his interest. Andy leaned artfully against the high counter of the reception desk and smiled at Chaz.

“It could’ve been better,” Andy said. “A certain someone could’ve joined me for a drink like I asked.”

Chaz laughed uneasily and darted a glance in my direction to judge my reaction. I thought the soft blush that bloomed across his cheeks was adorable and wished that I was the one who put it there. His eyes widened when they met mine, and he licked his bottom lip nervously. Could he sense how angry I was right then? Was anger even the right emotion? It felt more like… jealousy. I could feel that I wasn’t the only one who had ideas what Chaz could do with his sexy tongue. I turned to face my new nemesis.

“I don’t believe we’ve met yet,” I said to the newcomer. “I’m Dr. Kyle Vaughn.” Even to my own ears, I sounded a bit pretentious, but I couldn’t take it back once the words left my mouth. I extended my hand to him, which he accepted in a vice-like grip.

“Andy Mason,” he told me. “Carpenter.” I could tell he wasn’t impressed by my title and didn’t like the possessive gleam he saw in my eyes. I narrowed my eyes as the beefcake squeezed my hand harder instead of releasing it.

“Guys,” Chaz said, trying to interrupt the standoff between us. We ignored his attempts and continued to stare one another down like two MMA fighters at the press conference before fight night. “Andy.” The flirty way Chaz said Andy’s name penetrated the carpenter’s brain and he jerked his attention back to Chaz.

“Yeah?” He asked, sounding hopeful.

“What’s the real reason you came downstairs?” Chaz asked, his flirty tone replaced with a professional one. “As flattering as it would be, I’m pretty sure you’re a man on a mission.”

“I’m a multitasker,” Andy boasted.

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My favourite one yet in this great series

Owning It (Metropolis Book 3)Owning It by Riley Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve loved both the other two in this series but this was the one I’ve been waiting for – we finally get Derek’s story and its a delight.

While this one is as ridiculously hot and sexy as the first two, there’s a lot off heart to this one which comes from the fact Derek’s lover is an older man, Jackson.

And oh my, how much did I love Jackson. There aren’t enough words for me to describe just how lovely, and seriously sexy, Jackson was. He’s the guy you’d wish your kids to find for their true love, that’s if you couldn’t steal a Jackson for yourself.

He’s kind, loyal, thoughtful, closed off, scared of coming out of his comfort zone, excited to get back in the dating world and a whole host of other contrasting character traits. But most of all, he’s perfect for Derek.

Derek, the brash, outspoken, loud and carefree power bottom we first bumped into in Gary and Travis’ story, doesn’t believe love is for him. He hides a real hurt but also a huge secret – his heart is damaged by his experiences and by what’s happening in the corner of his life he keeps hidden from his friends.

There’s a real slow burn for these two which makes it all the more special, and incendiary level explosive, when they finally come together – deliberate pun intended.

The development of their relationship is handled beautifully by these two authors and it carries you along with it with only a couple of hiccups, and believable ones at that, along the way.

Now Frankie and Evan next please and then the other guy whose name we’re all avoiding mentioning so we don’t spoil anything 🙂

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Amazing ending to a brilliant series

I Do, or Dye Trying (Curl Up and Dye Mysteries,#4)I Do, or Dye Trying by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The epilogue to this book is truly wonderful, and quite unexpected, rather like this series has been. When I started reading it, I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it, given the mystery element running alongside the romance.

However, I have to say that Aimee has crafted two of my very favourite book men in Josh and Gabe. I truly believe they could be out there in their small Ohio town gossiping in the salon and catching the criminals who’ve been vandalising the street signs.

This series has been a delight. I really hope we don’t leave the setting behind and we get to see Chaz and Kyle, Emory and Silver’s happy ever after too. It would be too cruel not to 🙂

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Return to form for the Marian boys

Delivering Dante (Made Marian, #6)Delivering Dante by Lucy Lennox

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this one, it had all the things I’ve come to expect from Lucy Lennox and this series – two well definitely MCs, a lot of humour, low angst and lots of hot sex.

There’s a couple of funny side plots involving the crazy Marian senior members, the President’s politician father and a possible Vegas wedding, some sex toys and an order of homophobic preachers to keep things ticking along.

Another gorgeous cover to add to the rest of the almost rainbow. I’m hoping we get Simone’s story too and round out the Marian siblings, plus perhaps a step back in time to Pete and Ginger’s courtship. I love this family and I want more of their stories please.

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Best in the series for me

A Kind of Honesty (A Kind of Stories #3)A Kind of Honesty by Lane Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best in the series for me, I absolutely fell head over heels for both Carter and Tim.

I love Lane Hayes’ style of writing, she has a realness to it which makes you believe these could be guys next door she’s writing about no matter the rock band or the family inheritance.

The pacing throughout this romance was perfect, the sex didn’t get in the way or feel thrown in for the hell of it. Reading these two men falling in love slowly through a shared friendship and slow building of trust was beautiful.

The plot narrative with Tim’s shady ex was also handled well and didn’t feel like it was angsty drama just for the sake of it.
I can’t wait for Issac’s book to come out now!

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