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The third bear romance is a lovely later life “coming out”

54025139._SY475_Hardwood by K.M. Neuhold

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series from KM is shaping up into one of my favourites quite easily.

Each one has its own unique selling point and here it’s Everett, a 44-year-old who has pretty much always known he was gay but whose circumstances saw him end up married with a kid.

And I really loved that Kyleen didn’t make Val a “horrible bitch” or that Ev didn’t really love her. He did, he just wasn’t in love like he knows he should have been.

Instead, they were best friends and he’d used her as he reason for never coming out after they’d divorced because he didn’t want to cause her any pain. He’s also not come out to his three best gay friends and work partners because he thinks he’s left it too late after 10 years running a business together.

There’s relatively low angst, although I did get a wee bit frustrated with Ev, at the same time I absolutely could understand why he couldn’t ever quite get the words out to tell his ex-wife and his friends that he actually was gay.

This book still has the humour that the other two in the series were filled with, but it’s a more subdued and gentle type because Ev is just all ends up a sweetheart. When he falls, he falls hard and fast and I loved the dynamics in the pairing.

Watson is 40, so I very much appreciated this more mature pairing, and I loved how kind he was and what a massive capacity for love he had in his heart, not only for the kids he teaches, but for his foster siblings and for Everett.

Watching them fall head over heels and then try and deny the fact they were doing just that was sweet and exasperating at the same time. The build up to the big outing was done well and the fall-out from it felt wholly believable to me.

Now, having read this one, I’m even more desperate to get Ollie’s book because that poor guy really, really needs a man who’s willing to shout from the rooftops that he loves him and wants to spoil him rotten.

Please KM?!

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Gentle paced romance signs off the Cayuga Cougars

One-On-One (Cayuga Cougars #5)One-On-One by V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vicki signs off this wonderfully diverse ice hockey series with a gentle paced romance for assistant coach Lancaster and musician and mayoral aide Townsend.

It’s super sweet, focused as it is on a man who has only come out later in life, having lived the traditional closeted married and had kids experience so many go through.

I loved Lan’s ex-wife and his twin kids, there was no drama in their relationship, just acceptance and continuing support and it was great to read.

And his relationship with Town in perfectly judged, they take their time not only to fall in love, but also to become intimate and the emotions are all the better for it.

This book also follows the Cougars as they head towards a possible championship win and all the complex emotions that entails.

My favourite obnoxiously loving Pole is also on hand to keep things real and there’s tensions for Victor and Dan which will be explored in a forthcoming new series from Vicki that I cannot wait for.

So it’s farewell for now to the Cayuga gang and I’ll miss them.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Review Tour: Second Chance by Jay Northcote

 Second Chance | Jay Northcote

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Length: 67,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
 Blurb
 

Everyone deserves a second chance.

Nate and his teenage daughter need a fresh start, so they move back to the village where he grew up. Nate’s transgender, and not used to disclosing his history, so it’s hard living where people knew him before. When Nate reconnects with Jack–his best friend from school and unrequited crush–his feelings return as strong as ever.

Jack’s returned home to get his life in order after an addiction to alcohol caused him to lose everything: his job, his driver’s licence, and nearly his life. He’s living with his parents, which is less than ideal, but rekindling his friendship with Nate–or Nat as Jack once knew him–is an unexpected benefit of being back home. Jack is amazed by Nate’s transformation, and can’t deny his attraction. Trying for more than friendship might ruin what they already have, but the chemistry between them is undeniable.

Doubting his feelings are reciprocated, Nate fears he’s risking heartbreak. Jack’s reluctance to tell his parents about their relationship only reinforces Nate’s misgivings. With both their hearts on the line and their happiness at stake, Jack needs to make things right, and Nate has to be prepared to give him a second chance.

 Excerpt

A hint of cigarette smoke carried on the wind caught Nate’s attention, and he realised he wasn’t alone. A hunched figure sat on a bench by the church. Wearing a heavy coat with the hood up, their head hung low staring at the grass between their feet rather than at the landscape stretched out before them.

A cigarette hung from bony fingers that protruded from black fingerless gloves. As Nate watched, the man—because Nate could see his face now—raised his head to take a long drag before stubbing the cigarette out on the bench.
A shock of recognition made Nate’s heart jump, thudding erratically.

Jack.

Torn between conflicting urges to approach and flee, Nate stared at him, powerless to move.

How many years had it been since Nate had seen him? At forty-five Nate found each year passed faster than the one before. It must have been twenty years at least since he’d seen Jack, maybe more, and longer still since they’d spoken properly.

Their last meeting had been nothing more than an awkward exchange of greetings when they ran into each other in the village pub one Christmas. The distance between them had cut Nate like a knife, so different to their teenage years when they’d been best friends, and almost inseparable.

Jack slumped forward again, letting the cigarette butt fall from his fingers. He put his hands over his face and Nate recognised despair and hopelessness, because they’d been his companions in the past. Acting on instinct, he approached.

“Sorry to intrude,” he said, pausing in front of Jack. “But are you okay? Is there anything I can do?”

Jack jerked his head up in surprise. His pale cheeks flushed as he shook his head. “Not really. Just having a bad day. You know how it is… or maybe you don’t.”

“I do.”

Nate studied him. The years had changed Jack, of course, but the essence of him was still the same. Sharp features, the strong nose Jack had always hated, even more defined with age, but more balanced now with dark stubble and the lines that the years were beginning to carve around his eyes and mouth.

As Jack stared back, Nate realised there was no recognition dawning on Jack’s face. To Jack, Nate was a stranger. Five years on testosterone had changed Nate to a point where Jack couldn’t see the person Nate had been before. Normally this was something Nate was glad about, but now he felt a pang of regret.

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Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are now available as audiobooks.

Jay is transgender and was formerly known as she/her.

www.jaynorthcote.com

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