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Kade crafts a beautiful romance that’s grounded in realness

60488772._SY475_HOME by Kade Boehme

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Getting a new book from Kade Boehme is such a joy, he’s a beautiful narrator of romance and in HOME he’s crafted a truly gorgeous story about two men who feel real.

The narrative itself isn’t complicated, two men meet by chance, they have connection, they stay in touch and meet up again before a third surprise encounter leads them to discover they’ve got more in common than they thought.

It’s a story which takes the reader into the journey they make in coming to terms not only with their own individual situations but with the additional baggage that comes with having a social group that’s been brought together through marriage.

Throughout the realness of their relationship makes you feel like you’re reading about two people you know, there’s a solid grounding which adds depth and makes the story stay with you.

Jase is older than Cody, but because of his lateness in coming out, his time in the Forces, he’s not much more advanced in the ways of being a gay man, he’s not really had relationships, he’s avoided rocking the boat with his mother.

Cody is a sweetheart who’s gone through some rough stuff, he’s forever trying to live up to unrealistic expectations and he feels a mound of guilt over how he let things get on top of him when he was away at college.

I felt Kade dealt both sensitively and honestly with Cody’s ADHD, something that had gone undiagnosed throughout his childhood and which his father still refuses to accept. All the tensions between Cody and his family felt believable and there are no easy solutions offered up here.

The dynamic between Jase and Cody is also well represented, they switch between being the strong one and needing support equally, there’s no magic dick here and I did have to chuckle when Kade uses Cody’s honest dialogue to express to Jase his frustrations that he won’t ever be cured even though he has the stability of their relationship.

There’s some wonderful secondary characters present throughout and a very strong sense of place. The community the men live in is brought to life through snippets and visits to events which draw all the disparate threads together.

It’s so wonderful to see Kade writing again and I really hope this is the first of many to come!

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

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Exceptional disability rep in this sports romance

H_R1 SWITCH HITTER ebook high-resSwitch-Hitter by E.M. Lindsey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As someone who was paralysed from the neck down for six months and has been left with neurological joint, tendon and muscle damage throughout my body, the disability rep in this book is astoundingly good.

Everything Thierry goes through is something I’ve experienced and E.M. nails not only the descriptions of the sensations you feel – or sometimes don’t – but also the emotional effects it can have on someone.

I also felt Pietro’s ADHD was an authentic depiction, I have no personal experience of this myself but have worked as a volunteer with a charity that helps people with this condition.

The romance itself is a sort of halfway point between a second chance and a “former bully” style with a lot of ground to cover before you, as the reader, could feel that it was possible and I think this aspect was also done exceptionally well.

I won’t go into too much of the plot, but I loved the setting, the secondary characters like Thierry’s friends who are also involved in his recovery and Pietro’s teammate and best friend James aka Scooter, are wonderfully brought to life.

The baseball elements were just enough for me to not have my eyes glaze over because of my lack of knowledge about the sport and still keep me invested in everything Pietro and James were dealing with as athletes.

My one “complaint” as such would be to say I wished I’d known there was already a book for Pietro’s brother Gabriel and his partner Ezra as I would have read that first, throughout this narrative I felt like I was missing bits each time they appeared.

So I would suggest people read Nothing Ordinary: A Hit And Run Novel before this one!

Other than that, my first read from this author and I’m very much impressed.

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

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I fell big time for Justin and Gray in this delightful romance

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Starting From Zero
by Lane Hayes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This might just be my favourite Lane Hayes romance yet.

It’s absolutely perfect, from the age gap between Justin and Gray, to the way they fall in love, to the drama which surrounds them and to the beautiful love story which anchors them.

For most of the book, the only voices we hear are Justin and Gray, the world continues around them and there’re brief intermissions with other people, but the intensity and the focus stays with two men who meet almost by accident with a healthy dose of fate driving their journey along.

I adored Justin, Rory’s older brother from Lane’s Out in the Offense but Gray is pretty much my ideal kind of a man 😉 They’re hot as a volcano together, but they also spend time communicating and connecting, they’re friends, a partnership even if neither of them is quite willing to admit where the feelings are going.

There’s outside interference and I wanted to kick Gray’s best friend Seb in the arse even as I understood his behaviour but I loved Seb’s son Charlie, young, irrepressible and every inch a product of the social media age, he had me laughing a lot.

It’s a relatively low drama book, not very angsty and most of the tensions come from Justin’s own self-awareness of how his ADHD affects his decision-making processes and Gray’s fears that the differences between them may be too much of an obstacle.

I loved the way the narrative evolved, it felt like I’d only been reading a short while and yet I was almost at the end, the book just flows naturally through their friendship and into love. It was a big hit for me, just like the love song they write ❤

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