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This opposites attract romance surprised and delighted me

54398484._SY475_School and Rock by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was nothing like I was expecting at all, and my reading experience was made even better by it.

When I knew this was going to be Colorado’s story, I was excited to see where RJ and Vicki would take him, especially with the unexpected baby on the doorstep plotline.

I’d been expecting some utterly feckless, uncaring, self-proclaimed ‘man whore’ and instead I got someone so radically opposite that.

Someone whose heart was as big as the sky which Joseph was so fascinated by. Someone whose capacity to love was as massive as his talent on both ice and musical instruments.

Someone who I fell in love with from the off, rather like Joseph did when he realised just how much Colorado was committed to his daughter Maddie.

There’s a beautiful feeling of calmness throughout this book, even with the chaotic nature of both the ice hockey, the metal band, and the unexpected baby.

Colorado is a truly fascinating character, he’s a mix of free spirited adventurer and a man truly committed to fighting for his newfound family.

He falls for Joe’s intelligence, his dedication to his sister and niece, his shyness and his awakening passion.

This, surprisingly given who it’s centred on, is pretty low steam. While Colorado and Joe have passionate kisses and clear chemistry which sparks between them, the pace towards a physical intimacy is slow.

And it works completely for both the characters and the narrative. Joe is more than just a sexual encounter for Colorado, and Joe’s lack of experience makes him question all his feelings.

With hilarious additions from Colorado’s aging hippy grandmother, to family dramas with Joe’s sister, the plot weaves its magic throughout.

The ice hockey is on point as always, and there’re the usual appearances from the rest of the Raptors to bring more fun.

I’m not sure where else this series is going, but it’s been a pleasure.

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

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Release Blitz: The B-Side by B. Harmony

The B-Side | B. Harmony

Perspective Series #1

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Release Date: August 28th, 2020

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Chance
When I read the roommate wanted ad, I thought my sister was encouraging me to live with an insane person. As it turns out, he isn’t insane, he’s sexy and one hundred percent my type. Living with him will be the ultimate test of my self control.

When the combination of our love of music and my overwhelming need to take care of him meets jealousy, sparks fly. His heart may be damaged, but nothing is beyond repair.

Now all I have to do is convince him that I’m in this for the long haul, not just this moment.

Tyler
I may look like the happy-go-lucky gay guy with a big smile and more punny tees than one person should probably own. But it’s just a shield to protect my heart, the one that has been torn apart by the people who were meant to love me most.

The last thing I’m willing to do is risk the tattered shreds on my new – straight- roommate. Sure, he’s sexy as sin and has a love of music that rivals my own, but all that is just grounds for a new friendship. Nothing more. Right?

Yet, every moment we spend together tests a little bit more of my self control. When it turns out my roommate is not as straight as I once thought, I have to decide if this is one playlist I should listen to.

Will we have our own love song, or will this just be another broken-hearted ballad?

The B-Side is a low-angst, roommates-to-lovers, MM Romance novel. Featuring punny t-shirts for every occasion, killer playlists, meddling family and friends, and a happily ever after.

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“Chance.”

My hand is on the door handle, so I turn towards his voice. Only Tyler is standing much closer than I expected. He’s in my personal space, with only inches between us, an uncertain but determined look on his face.

I gulp. “Yeah?” That came out softer and raspier than I expected.

Tyler reaches out and grabs my wrist gently, pulling my hand off the door to turn me towards him. Then, he just stares up into my eyes from beneath his lashes, his eyes speaking so loudly it’s as if he’s screaming at me. He’s not saying anything, but my body is responding to his unspoken words the way lyrics intersect and wrap around a melody.

He sways towards me a little more and whispers, “I’m glad you said yes.”

Fuck it. This is either going to go up in a ball of flames and burn down to ashes or be one of the best moments of my life. My hand cups the back of Tyler’s neck and brings him closer to me and our mouths fuse together.

Tyler’s lips are soft and hesitant. Probably from the shock of me initiating the first move. Let’s be honest; we’re both surprised over that. But after a few seconds of gentle coaxing, Tyler lets out an almost imperceptible whimper and goes from a passive to an active participant.

He parts his mouth, and I dive in to caress his tongue with my own. Tyler releases my wrist and wraps his arms around my shoulders, trying to pull me closer. Our bodies are closely connected, and I can feel every inch of him against me.

Our kiss is fierce but gentle, dancing tongues and slight nips at each other’s lips. With my other hand on Tyler’s lower back, I push his hips towards mine, aligning our fronts together. I can feel his erection pressing into me through my jeans, and my dick is painfully hard trying to find its own escape.

I pull my head back just slightly to take a breath. Rather than separate from him fully, I press a kiss to the side of his mouth. We’re both breathing hard, and I’ve never been more turned on in my life. I move my lips down his cheek towards his jawline.

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Harmony is a Texas girl with SoCal roots with a penchant for rock music and happily ever afters. She began her journey as a romance author after spending a year as a book blogger and bookstgrammer in the romance community.

She has been writing on and off for years, but The B-Side is the first novel that has reached completion.

Harmony lives in Texas with her husband, two children, and two fur babies. She spends her free time drinking too much coffee, swearing, and reading & writing while simultaneously watching baseball.

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I loved this cowboy and the soldier romance from Christina

54880957._SY475_Have Mercy by Christina Lee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an absolutely beautiful romance Christina Lee has crafted here. There’s nothing overly dramatic, nothing too angsty, just two hurting men falling in love unexpectedly.

This book is a gentle read, it’s about healing, about finding your way forward, it’s about finding new ways to be a family and above all it’s about love and acceptance.

Both Kelly and Julian are unique characters, with their own quirks and foibles, they work beautifully as a pair as their friendship morphs to attraction and then to intimacy, all tempered with the fears which surround their unique circumstances.

I liked that there were no real “bad guys” here either, the tensions come from a truly believable situation and I liked that Kelly’s ex-wife, while she had her moments, wasn’t just a one-note angry woman but instead a complicated and complex person with her own hurts she was dealing with.

I really loved the setting, the cowboy lifestyle felt vividly real, I loved the cast of secondary characters and I liked that there was resolution to a lot of the tensions in ways which were honestly achieved.

I’d love to read more in this setting.

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

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