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Great intro to this new series from C. J. Baty

Copy of Copy of STARTING OVER Final CoverStarting Over by C.J. Baty

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is quite short but pretty full of detail.

It’s a really nice May to December romance between an older guy who’s looking to start over with his new club and a cop who’s sick of the homophobia he encounters from his family and his fellow officers.

There’s not much angst, it’s medium steam but both Xavier and Seb were nicely drawn characters and their on page chemistry came across well.

There’s also a whole host of other fascinating secondary characters in and around the club which will make up the other novels in the series.

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I adored this military romance from Melanie

40246271Loving a Warrior by Melanie Hansen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another fabulous military romance from Melanie Hansen, Loving A Warrior carries the same exacting attention to detail as her other works, and has a wonderful couple at the heart of the narrative.

I know other reviewers have mentioned the amount of background work which focuses on the training the SEALs go through in BUD/s but, for me anyway, it was a vitally important part of the story.

Without that deep-seated intensity and the high failure attrition rate, the impact of Matt and Shane falling for each other would have been seriously subdued.

These guys are more than just teammates, in any Special Forces unit, no matter which branch of the Military it is, the bond is forged in hardship and suffering and I felt everything they were going through vicariously.

Melanie’s characters are always so beautifully crafted, the intimacy and trust the two men develop, while knowing their careers will get in the way, was so well done.

I adored prickly Matt and wanted to wrap Shane up to protect his sometimes too open heart. I was also glad a certain cast member is pre-deceased as I wanted to cause them serious harm

Two moments stood out for me, the “I’m Spartacus” incident outside the club, and in the Epilogue, when Shane finds the two by four.

For me, they summed up everything 🙂

Can’t wait for book two, which I’m hoping is going to be turning the exceptionally strong HFN into the HEA it really is.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley.

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Sweet best friends to lovers romance from Sarah

Love in the CloudsLove in the Clouds by Sarah Hadley Brook

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a sweet best friends to lovers romance with very little angst and a nice gentle exploration of how it sometimes takes time to see what’s right in front of you.

I liked both characters, there’s a bit of the usual misplaced fears about losing friendships and not thinking the other man could be interested before they get their act in gear.

There is an odd side plot with a neglected teenager which I found strange as it didn’t really do anything much for the overall narrative, but otherwise, things run pretty smoothly.

It did feel at times like I’d dropped into the middle of a series and that I should know all the other people being mentioned but I don’t believe it is connected to anything else.

Overall, it’s an enjoyable read.

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Gorgeous college based romance from Lane Hayes

41013766Out in the Deep by Lane Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lane hits the jackpot once again with the kind of new adult romance she does so well – low angst, seriously steamy and based on a great friendship.

I loved this one with Derek and Gabe and their water polo rivalry which exploded into a passionate relationship.

Each character was crafted with care and I loved Derek’s anal retentiveness and Gabe’s dedication to not only his sport, but to being a good person.

There’s a great set of secondary characters too and the setting sprang to life in vivid pictures.

I’m seriously looking forward to seeing what’s going on now with Derek’s roommate Evan and Chelsea’s gay bff Mitch!

PS: This cover is ridiculously sexy!

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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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