Loved this enemies to lovers short from Roan Parrish

Natural Enemies Cover FINALNatural Enemies by Roan Parrish

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had a sneaky ARC of this one but wasn’t allowed to mention it until Roan officially announced the release so here’s my review now it’s out!

This book previously appeared in the Exposed anthology and, although I have that, I’ve not read anything from it yet so this was my first time with Natural Enemies and let me say, it’s an absolute delight.

In Stefan, Roan has created a character I could perfectly visualise and understand how his upbringing had led him into a fairly insular and repressed lifestyle. Milo, on the other hand, took me a bit longer to get inside his head, although I loved him as a character from the off.

There’s some really funny banter at times but also som quite heartbreaking moments when Milo unintentionally hits one of Stefan’s insecurity trigger points but overall it’s a seriously sexy (Stefan is all buttoned up and needs Milo to take control but when he lets go, the steam is explosive!)

It’s all filled out with loads of gardening fluff and there’s a fabulous list at the end of a load of gardening projects and schemes working with community groups to try and make a difference in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the USA.

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

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Great start to my Hidden Creek reading experience from Ed Davies

Shelter (Men of Hidden Creek)Shelter by E. Davies

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know when I pick up an Ed Davies book I’m going to get a low angst, sweet romance between two normal guys who might have a bit of a rough path but who will eventually get their happy ending.

And that’s exactly what I got with Shelter, the first of the Hidden Creek series I’ve read, which focussed on two men who seemed to have their futures sorted, only to find life taking them in new directions.

Orion and Gabriel were super sweet together, Orion’s gradual awakening to the fact he’d always been flattered by Gabriel’s attention when they were younger and that he had more of a connection with him than the women he’d dated, was nicely done.

It didn’t feel out of place that he would realise he was bi and definitely attracted to Gabriel and I liked that they took their time with both experimenting and with their relationship.

Gramma was such a cool secondary character too and I was intrigued by the glimpses we got into the people who will be appearing in the other five Hidden Creek books.

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More gorgeous romance from the pen of Lane Hayes

Leaning Into the Look (Leaning Into, #6)Leaning Into the Look by Lane Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another gorgeous addition to the Leaning Into series and my favourite after Nick & Wes’ romance.

Grant and Miles were perfection, the absolute best person for each other, capable of dealing with all the crazy and helping each other find peace.

This book is also seriously steamy, with some explosive sexual chemistry and lots of action as Grant and Miles navigated their way from distant friends to proper friendship to roommates with benefits and then into the perfect soul mates.

There’s very little angst in this one but there is a thin layer of sadness across the surface which marks the insecurities and traumas left from younger days for both characters.

There’s a great and expanded secondary cast outside of the previous couples in this series and I adored Grant’s cousin, who acts as his office manager and big sister alike. While the male friendships in this series have always been strong, it’s also lovely to have a sympathetic female character too and I loved her.

We also get to catch up with all the other guys and see them all still overwhelmingly in love and next up is the one I’ve been waiting for – Geordie is getting his HEA and I can’t wait.

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My favourite of the Infinity series

breaking the rules.jpgBreaking The Rules by C.J. Lynne

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

3.5*

This was my favourite of the trilogy but even this one has a few issues and, as the others, turned into a sexual extravaganza on near my every other page at one point.

Ben and Jared went to the top of my list because they were the most ‘grown up’ – by which I mean they acted and read like a pair of guys in their 30s/40s – although there was still a daft bit of faffing about at the begin when Ben tried to ignore his attraction to Jared.

There’s a couple of side stories, one involving Ben’s toxic mother, the other descending a bit in to WTFery at one point before all is resolved quite nicely.

This book is also a much more reasonable length for the narrative and includes all the other characters from the previous two popping in.

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Loved this opposites attract motorcycle club setting romance

TheBallerinoAndTheBiker-400x600The Ballerino and the Biker by Rebecca James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a really pleasant surprise even if, at times, it felt like I’d stepped into a series that was already a few books in.

I don’t think this one is connected to anything else yet but I’m guessing all the additional details were laying foundations for the rest of the series.

Morgan and Zeke were a beautifully written pair, a study in contrasts but with a real genuine connection. Morgan’s world of ballet being so harsh and unforgiving, especially at such a young age just starting out, and Zeke’s not so perfect upbringing, gave them both levels of sympathy and understanding.

There’s a cracking good set of secondary characters and I really liked the world building. Now I’m guessing there’s going to be a book with Dante and Swish but I’m also wondering if perhaps Blaze is going to be joining that pairing or if might not have been in love with Morgan’s brother – and his best friend – the late Jake.

I can’t wait to find out and will be keeping an eye on this author.

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Blog Tour: Rebel by K.M. Neuhold & Nora Phoenix

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REBEL

BALLSY BOOK 1

K.M. NEUHOLD & NORA PHOENIX

M/M ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 31.01.18

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“I don’t do relationships, I break them.” ~ Troy

If there’s one thing life has taught me it’s that everyone eventually leaves. But that’s okay because I have a strategy: no friends, no boyfriends, limit repeat hook-ups, no sleep overs, and above all leave them before they leave me. I’ve put my break-up skills to work doing others’ dirty work for them.

The last thing I expected when I agreed to do an embarrassing breakup song and dance was to end up on the doorstep of the very recognizable—and stupidly sexy—Rebel. When you meet a man like Rebel you’d be insane not to make a move. And just because he has me tossing out every single one of my rules doesn’t mean I’m in trouble, right?

“I’m everyone’s friend, but no one’s everything.” ~ Rebel

I love working for Ballsy Boys, but when you make the kind of videos I do relationships are pretty damn impossible. Besides, guys find me sexy and want to either be with me or be me, but no one has ever cared enough to see the real me.

Until I meet Troy. He has no problem whatsoever with my job, but he’s determined to keep me at a distance. For the first time, a hook-up alone is not enough. I want more with him. Hell, I want everything. But he resists at every step until I’m about ready to give up. What do I need to do to show him that this is real and worth fighting for?

***Rebel is the first book in the Ballsy Boys Series and is a super sexy MM romance with plenty of good times. While this book and this series do contain some instances of sex outside of the main relationships, they DO NOT contain cheating.

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“You really don’t have to come up. I have a shitty little apartment. It’s nothing like your place,” I tell Rebel. “Plus, I’m obviously not up for fooling around.”

“I don’t give a shit.”

I scoff and shake my head but don’t argue further. If we keep hanging out without fucking around, what does that make us? Friends? Something else?

In my apartment, I cringe inwardly, imagining what Rebel must be thinking as he steps into the one room that holds my whole life. Usually when I have a guy in here, we’re too busy getting naked for me to worry what they think of my living space. And, beyond that, I can’t imagine I’d care what any of those randoms think anyway.

“If you don’t have tea, how about I make you some soup or something?”

“Why are you doing this?” I eye him skeptically.

“What? Do you want something more substantial? I can make a sandwich.”

“No, I mean why are you being so nice?”

Rebel’s eyebrows furrow, and the corners of his lips tug down in a frown. There’s a sharp sadness in his striking blue eyes that makes me want to shove him away or crawl into bed and hide for a week, anything to get away from the pity.

“We’re friends, right?” Rebel asks.

“You’ve had your dick in both my mouth and my ass.”

“So…best friends?”

I want to laugh, but the pain meds are starting to wear off, and my nose is starting to throb. “I’m not usually friends with guys I fuck around with,” I explain for what I feel like is the hundredth time since meeting Rebel.

“Then who are you usually friends with?”

My mouth opens and closes like a dumbass fish. I’m not sure if he was trying to throw shade, but damn if he didn’t get me. “I don’t have friends,” I finally admit with a little bite in my tone. I don’t want friends, and I don’t need friends.

“We’re friends; deal with it. Now, soup?” He skirts around me into my kitchen, leaving me at a loss for words. “Why don’t you lay down on the couch and find something for us to watch? I’ll bring you some food, and we’ll get a dose of the painkillers the ER prescribed into you, and you can sleep through the worst of the pain.”

I almost ask again why he’s doing this, but decide that whatever his motivation, it feels nice to be taken care of for a change. I settle onto the couch and put on the second season of Stranger Things.

It’s not long before Rebel brings me a bowl of soup, a second dose of the painkillers, and a glass of water.

“Thank you.”

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When she was a little tot, Nora’s mom got a library subscription for her. That, as they say, was that, and a lifelong love for books was born. Nora never stopped reading and doesn’t exaggerate when she says she devours books, rather than plain reads them. She started writing stories as soon as she could hold a pen, and wrote her first full book as a teen (on a typewriter!). It took her waaaay too long to follow her dream to become a romance author.

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Aimee’s best book yet in my opinion – a beautiful romance

Second WindSecond Wind by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Aimee Nicole has outdone herself with this one imho. It’s a glorious second chance romance between two older MCs who never forgot each other.

The phrasing of the narrative cleverly covers a period of more than two decades but without relying only on straight up flashbacks but also through contrasting the here and now with events in their teenage years.

There is little angst in this, other than in the events of the past, and I loved that the secondary cast of characters were also strongly fleshed out and acted in a believable fashion.

Lincoln’s ex wife and kids were great, helping to cut down on the need for unnecessary plotting to drive the narrative. There didn’t necessarily need to be any tension and I was very glad Aimee didn’t use the ex wife etc to create it purely for plot points.

Once these two men bumped into each other and fate gave them their second chance, they both went for it at full tilt and the book benefited from it.

Now, that’s not to say there weren’t tensions, there were and, again, they came from realistic fears and worries on the part of both Rush and Lincoln. But they felt organic to the story and there were conversations about them instead of miscommunication!

I really loved this one, the sex scenes are hot but even hotter is the pure love which radiates out from Rush and Lincoln.

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