Loved this visit to South Haven – the chemistry is on fire

ALBLD FOR WEBA Little Bit Like Desire by Brooke Blaine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The rock star and the tattoo artist trope gets the Brooke Blaine treatment in this delightful second instalment in the South Haven series.

I absolutely loved this one, no angst, no drama, just a great romance with two people who connected with each other on an emotionally satisfying level and who had chemistry enough to burn the pages.

The whole story really just is a pleasure to read as Bash does a wee bit of secret matchmaking to put two guys who are polar opposites on the surface in each other’s orbit.

Their initial encounter opens the book and be prepared for the temperature to hit boiling point, man the scene is scorching hot.

But it’s way more than just physical. They connect on a friendship level too and everything is just an easy extension of that into a relationship.

Lots of humour and appearances from the rest of the gang all made this a thoroughly deserved five star read.

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Dreamy delight about falling for your best friend

bffBFF by K.C. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this for the story itself, which is beautifully told and filled with emotion. I loved it even more knowing that it’s loosely based on a real couple who one day realised they were in love with each other.

I know this has had a mixed reception because of the earliest exchanges between the boys but I personally didn’t find them to be too outlandish.

My son had to grow up pretty fast when I nearly died back when he was just six years old, and his vocabulary has always been way advanced for his age as we’ve always read with him and to him.

He started talking relatively late when he was almost four, but once he started, he never stopped and he’s always been an advanced reader (he takes after his mum in that, I could read before I started school).

So, for me anyway, the way David and Matt talked in their younger days, didn’t seem too far beyond reality and, given the story was being narrated as flashback type recollection, I just took it as David embellishing it a bit 🙂

As this is a Dreamspinner release, it’s relatively low angst and no real steam to talk about up until the final 10% and it works for the setting. The whole book felt, for me, as if I was being given a peak into these two men’s lives as they waited until they were young adults before their eyes were opened to the love they had. It’s a truly sweet read.

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Wonderfully sweet Cinderfella romance

A Right Royal AffairA Right Royal Affair by Helen Juliet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clearly inspired by the recent Royal Wedding, this is a truly delightful Cinderfella style romance with a boy from Dagenham winning the heart of a handsome English Prince.

*Now, the one thing I will say, is that while the author has created a fictional Royal Family ruling over the UK, I did cringe a bit each time I saw a reference to the Queen of England, or Prince of England, as it misses out the rest of the countries which make up our hodgepodge of a nation.

It might be a mouthful to call James a British Prince, but it’d be the accurate way if you’re having a Royal Family and Commonwealth which mirrors the real one.

That’s pretty much my only criticism though. Everything else in this romance is a delight, even the insta love attraction works and the whole meet cute is a really clever scenario.

It’s low angst, relatively steamy and has a great bunch of secondary characters. I live for the day when we actually get a same sex pairing among the crowned heads of Europe 🙂

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*Helen has let me know the England/United Kingdom references have been cleaned up in the final proof 🙂

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I like some sports in my MMM romances!

Three-Man Advantage: MMM Hockey Romance (Tripping Book 2)Three-Man Advantage: MMM Hockey Romance by Ariel Bishop

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s a lot more actual sport in this one and I think the book was better for it. The real sense of family and friendship you get in a team sport came across much stronger here.

I enjoyed this menage, I think it worked well and Bo and Sasha absorbing David into their relations was done organically and felt completely believable.

David may feel it’s only a temporary thing, but both other men very quickly realise they’d like it to be a permanent situation.

This book is relatively low angst and super steamy with some seriously smexy threesomes which were well written and worked naturally in the interchangeable partnership.

I like how no one bats an eye either in this series, unbelievable in the real world but perfectly wonderful that this ice hockey league and its teams and supporters are totally accepting.

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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.

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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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