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This utterly charming romance from Roan stole my heart

53038198._SY475_Better Than People by Roan Parrish

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That was soooooo good! I’m not sure I can quite articulate why I loved this book so much but I did.

Maybe it’s because I love seeing happy endings for characters that don’t fit into the ‘square jawed alpha’ stereotype.

Maybe it’s because it’s a book chock full of different types of love, love that persists against the odds and love that provides a bedrock of support for the people it encompasses.

Roan has such a talent at writing outside the norm.

Her characters have an otherworldly way to them at times, here it’s not as obvious but both Jack and Simon follow non-traditional character tropes even while they skirt the edges of convention.

Jack is an artist, but he’s not a tortured one, he’s struggling with the very real anger that comes with a betrayal of trust.

Simon’s anxieties aren’t irrational or treated as a joke, he’s managed to make a path through life for himself to the best of his ability and Waugh the help of his awesome grandma Jean.

I also loved Jack’s brother Charlie, I felt so much love for how much he’d sacrificed. I’d love to read his story and have him find a happy ending too please Roan!

That the majority of the narrative concerns just a cast of two, and a multitude of wonderful animals, but never feels claustrophobic, is testament to the author.

I also very much appreciated, in a book where one of the character’s anxieties paralyse him on occasion, that miscommunication was not a major plot point.

I also appreciated the cameo appearance in reference only of Corbin Wale 😁

So, all in all, just a cracking good read.

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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The latest Arou-Kalinski instalment puts you through the wringer!

50962394._SY475_Final Shot by V.L. Locey

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This book really ploughs through the emotions, both good and bad, as we continue the catch-up with the Arou-Kalinski families 10 years after we last saw them settled and happy.

Each time I come back to this pairing, I’m struck by just how real VL has made them as characters, I feel like I know them inside out.

I know how Vic will react to the disturbing news which comes from down South, where his son is off living with his mum and stepfather, I know he will be the solid rock his husband Dan needs as he comes to terms with another ice hockey injury and some home truths about his own behaviour.

This book is a hard emotional one, but it’s not without humour and I almost snorted my drink at the Shameless reference to Mickey Milkovich’s partner preferences 🙂

There are good times as well as the bad, there’re hard truths to face, there’s a plot line which, when I think about it was likely to come in some form or another to move the series onwards, it felt inevitable.

But over all, there is love, so much love, and I can’t wait to see what happens in book three as Jackie Blue Kalinski grows up ❤

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

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Surprisingly spicy festive short from Nell

redpopcornstrings JMSRed Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings by Nell Iris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Short but incredibly sweet and surprisingly spicy festive romance from Nell Iris.

Once a Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar issue, now re-republished but I don’t believe there’re any changes.

Casey and Ellis are just a wonderful pair whose happiness isn’t dependent on material goods, but just by being together and I loved every bit of this story.

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