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Saxon opens her new series with a fabulous “fake marriage” romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh this book is utterly brilliant, ridiculous in all the best ways, and has a plot which could come straight out of a Hallmark movie script – but it just works beautifully.

I had the biggest smile on my face from start to finish as this story unfolded. It has a wonderful found family at the heart of it.

Christian and his friends live in a shared house they call Big-Boned Bertha, all misfits and rejects with an artistic streak, they’ve come together to create a wonderfully solid group of people who support and love each other without expectation.

When Christian gets an invite to his cousin’s wedding, he’s anxious about seeing his parents, a decade after they threw him out for being gay, and so he hires someone to pretend to be his partner, a successful man with an active social media presence.

Unfortunately, the guy doesn’t show because of illness and Christian’s floundering until a Prince Charming steps in.

Émile has escaped from a memorial event for his late grandfather, his family giving new meaning to the definition of toxic, and he’s overheard Christian’s anguished cries and thinks that helping him out would not only be a bit of a lark, but it would also be a great way to annoy his family.

What follows next is a delightfully madcap scheme in which Christian agrees to play the part of Émile’s fiancé – so he can inherit an astronomical amount of money from his late grandfather and use it to do good deeds – in return for his debts being paid off.

Of course, what actually happens is these two goobers fall madly in love without even realising it as they go through the motions of setting up their fake marriage.

What I loved the most about this was the relationship at the heart of all the crazy. Christian and Émile just click from the off, they take the time to listen to each other, they’re supportive and caring, they want to spend time together.

There’s tension caused by external events, these two never get in each other’s way or have stupid petty arguments, the pacing is excellent and Saxon drives up the need to reach the end through carefully moving on the narrative with little stepping stones of plot that all join together to make a pathway to a really satisfying conclusion.

Along the way we find out more about the guys who share the house with Christian and we meet the only decent member of his family, his sister Elle.

I couldn’t put this book down, it was just such a fun read from start to finish and now I’m dying to find out who the next book will be about!

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Release Blitz: Moving On by Felice Stevens

Moving On | Felice Stevens

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Release Date: January 2nd, 2023

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When his roof caves in, Sean Lovett thinks things can’t get any worse. Until he loses his job, adding yet another bump in the rocky road of his life. None of his so-called friends can—or will—help. And asking a favor from his abusive ex? Hard pass. Luckily, his sister comes to the rescue and offers him a great apartment—in the city, no less—until he can get back on his feet.

Sweet deal.

Until a gorgeous man unlocks the front door and strolls right in with a grumpy attitude and a claim that his boss—who happens to be Sean’s brother-in-law—promised him the same apartment.

Former NYPD detective Tristan McDermott hasn’t stopped running since the death of his best friend. After almost two years of living in his own personal hell, he returns home to New York, hoping he can move on, but guilt still follows his every step. He’s grateful to have the perfect apartment until he can settle into a place of his own. But there’s a cute guy already living there. And only one bedroom. And no way is Tristan leaving. He’s staying put.

Sharing the space is tough, but Tristan can ignore sweet Sean and his sunshiny smiles.

Kind of.

Except Sean’s brother-in-law asks Tristan to keep an eye on Sean so he doesn’t make any bad decisions.

Uh oh.

Keeping an eye on Sean is easy. Keeping his hands off him is much, much harder.

And sleeping together…well, that isn’t a bad decision. Not when it feels so good.

Right?

From Lambda Literary award winning author Felice Stevens comes the story of a grumpy, green juice-drinking ex-detective running from the past and a sunshiney singing waiter who can’t catch a break. It features a meet-cute, only one bed, learning to trust, and a surprise lap dance.

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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, because just like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

Felice is the 2020 Lambda Literary Award winning author in best Gay Romance and two time e-Lit award winner in romance. When not writing or watching reality television, you can find her in her reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FelicesBreakfastClub

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Felice delivers a delicious slice of New York hurt/comfort life

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Felice dropped her announcement that this was going to be Tristan’s story (who appeared in her Man Up series – start with Austin and enjoy!) I was so excited.

What I didn’t expect to get was this story, which is one of deep rooted hurt/comfort and two lonely men who’ve been put aside their whole lives finding that there’s someone willing to be their forever after.

Tristan (who was an undercover detective masquerading as the Go Go dancer in James’ club in the ManUp series), isn’t dealing well with his past, or with the death of his work partner, killed on the job as they went to arrest a child pornographer two years earlier. He now works in security for Ray and has returned to New York after a stint in London.

Sean is an absolute sweetheart. He’s been in and out of the foster system his whole life until suddenly discovering he had a sister, who he’s building up a relationship with and learning to accept he has someone who loves him unconditionally.

The plot is a simple one, a mix-up with Sean’s sister and her husband, Ray, both offering their city apartment to someone to stay in without knowing about the other’s gesture, but the execution is done with the skill Felice brings to all her work.

When Tristan lands after a long, tiring journey to find Sean already inhabiting the apartment, sparks fly between the two men. But, slowly, over time, each learns to lower their walls and let the other one in.

My only reason for this not being a 4* read was that I felt it had a period in the middle where it was a little bit repetitive, with a one step forward, two steps back fratching between the two men.

It’s perfectly understandable, given their backgrounds and trust issues, and didn’t feel forced, but I would have loved to have seen a bit more of them together once they’d started to sort their feelings out.

However, we do get an absolutely gorgeous Epilogue and I’m firmly a believer in their happy ever after! This book was a treat and a very welcome addition to my bookshelf.

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