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Lane adds a geeky duo to her rock band series and they’re a delight

55816373._SY475_Starting From Somewhere by Lane Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, that was just what the doctor ordered – a sweet, low angst, no dramady romance between two people who appear polar opposites but who are much more alike than the surface would indicate.

Bobby J is the guitarist with Dec’s band Jealousy, Cody is an analytics genius heading for NASA but interning at the record label to look at social media algorithms at Charlie’s request.

They meet by accident in the dive bar as Cody’s going through his bucket list of things to do to “experience life” before he heads to his job at the end of summer.

Bobby J is drifting a bit. He loves his band gig, but he’s actually a bit of a nerd with a perfectionist complex and he’s still dealing with the aftermath of dropping out of med school so when he bumps into Cody, the combo of innocence, geekdom and a smart mouth is something he can’t resist.

They fall into a friendship as Bobby helps Cody experience some of his bucket list, and it’s not all sexual, there’s things like go skinny dipping, go to a concert, have a date, but the ones which do involve getting naked are utterly delightful.

It’s just a whole load of fun, with sparks flying, connections being made and Cody wondering how he managed to fall in love while he was only supposed to be experimenting with life.

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Blog Tour: Teach Me Tonight by Natasha Washington

Teach Me Tonight | Natasha Washington

LA Teachers #1

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Release Date: October 6, 2020

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Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08J4KC45M

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08J4KC45M

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Blurb

Nic Moretti teaches kindergarten at Bridges Elementary, a private school in LA’s Santa Monica Mountains. He likes being a teacher, but he misses playing and writing music.

Since he basically gave up on pursuing music as a career a year ago, he hasn’t been able to write anything decent, and it’s driving him crazy. Add to that the pressure he’s getting from his family and friends to find someone to date, and Nic’s feeling pretty frustrated.

Kim Junseo owns two Korean fusion restaurants he built from the ground up, and he keeps himself busy running it and taking care of his 5-year-old daughter, Hee-Young. Though on the surface he seems successful and happy, he’s also lonely – and terrified of relationships, since his marriage to his ex-husband Noah ended in disaster three years ago.

When Junseo comes to Nic’s classroom to throw Hee-Young a birthday party, sparks fly. Nic thinks Junseo is impossibly handsome, funny and sweet. Junseo’s drawn to Nic’s goofy, gentle spirit and thinks he’s beautiful. Junseo doesn’t even think twice about volunteering to teach Nic’s class about food and cooking. One thing leads to another, and soon they’re bonding over kimchi fried rice at Junseo’s restaurant and salami and cheese sandwiches at the Getty Villa as the heat builds between them.

Nic can feel himself opening up to Junseo, even telling him about his abusive father, a part of his past that he never shares with anyone. Nic’s writing music again, and Junseo is finally letting down his guard. Then Junseo’s abusive ex-husband Noah re-appears in his life, claiming good intentions, but Nic’s afraid that Noah’s going to try to worm his way back into Junseo’s life and hurt him.

Junseo, struggling to deal with old demons he thought he’d buried, pushes Nic away. He doesn’t like anyone telling him how to live his life, whether it’s Noah or Nic.

Excerpt

Was it physically possible for someone to be as beautiful as Junseo was? If Nic had known he was going to be graced by the presence of a male model holding a tray of meticulously prepared bite-sized snacks and another tray of cupcakes, he might have tried to at least be clean. Instead he’d been paint-splattered, sweaty, and he was pretty sure Aiden had wiped his nose on his sleeve right before Junseo had come in. The little bastard.

God. Junseo was…wow. Those elegantly shaped dark eyes, those soft lips, that sharp jawline, his black hair falling across his forehead, emphasizing his high cheekbones…Nic needed to stop. He was still at work. This was terrible.

About the Author

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Natasha Washington lives in Philadelphia, where she writes queer love stories in both YA (as Sonia Belasco) and romance. When not writing, she is likely cooking, taking long, meandering walks, or listening to dance music or 90s hip-hop.

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This Food Truck romance completely satisfied my appetite!

Drive Me Crazy by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer as usual, I beta read this book for Beth but if I tell you my only note to her was – I need an Epilogue – it should give you an idea about the quality of the narrative 😁

From the opening scene, when Tony is convinced his brother Wyatt’s setting him up with Lucas, to the ending, this book is a joy. It’s just a relatively low angst, drama free falling in love romance.

The tension element comes from an outside source and, while it’s obvious to the reader what’s going on, I totally believed that Tony would take the position he does because of how he’s behaved in the past and his desire to change and be a reliable person and not blow off the handle at everything.

Lucas is a joy though, he has a right mouth on him and I loved that he wouldn’t just sit back and say nothing. They’re explosive together, but also ridiculously sweet and loving.

We also get lots of Wyatt and Ryan, which I massively appreciated, a hilarious sub-plot with a parrot and some set up for the future books among the rest of the food truck gang.

Great start to this series!

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