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My favourite one so far in this bodyguard romance series


Bad Deal by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Definitely my favourite one so far, it’s incredibly sweet and a lovely discovery of both sexual awakening on the part of Harley and of learning to trust in his own instincts from Ambrose.

There was, however, a very brief moment towards the end where I thought I would be chucking my Kindle out the window as they ummed and ahhhhed about their feelings. It looked like we may be heading into classic lack of communication territory but thankfully not.

Both men managed to muddle their way through explaining their fears and their feelings and all was well in the LA world!

Before that, Annabeth had treated her readers to a truly lovely romance which builds slowly in the intensity from a bodyguard relationship, to a fake dating one, to a friendship and into love. This is also coupled with Harley’s realisation he’s pansexual (and possibly demi-romantic also, though that’s never outright stated).

I really appreciated the time they took to not only explore Harley’s awakening desire for Ambrose, but also with Ambrose’s own second guessing all the time due to his anxiety disorder. He’s been burnt before in the past by wanting his sexual activities to mean more than just getting off and so he’s understandably hesitant to let people in.

Harley though, he is just the sweetest former Navy Chief SEAL cinnamon bun going. He’s never seen the point of relationships but as he gets to know Ambrose, and plays at being his fake date, things slowly change.

This very much is a slow burn case of someone finding out that there might just be a reason for falling in love other than the accompanying orgasms and someone else finding there is a perfect for them partner out there.

Throw in a cute dog, good family and friends, a sideways trip to Annabeth’s Rainbow Cove, and a sub-plot about Ambrose’s TV show facing cancelation, and you get a great all round book which is thoroughly enjoyable.

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

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Release Blitz: Below Stairs At Crofton Hall by Rebecca Cohen

Below Stairs At Crofton Hall | Rebecca Cohen

Modern Crofton #3


Release Date: June 1st, 2022

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

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Karl Vinter joins the staff at Crofton Hall as the new under butler. He’s too busy to bother with relationships, but he’s more than happy to explore a friends with benefits arrangement with gardener, Val Blake. He couldn’t imagine a more perfect way to settle into is his new life at Crofton Hall. Pity pesky things like feelings start to get in the way.

Meanwhile, Ben Redbourn, 16th Earl of Crofton, is trying to find the perfect way to propose to Ashley, his boyfriend. He’s going to need all the help he can get, especially after at least one misstep and that he’s never given Ashley any indication he wants to get married.

This is the third Modern Crofton novel, featuring Benjamin Redbourn, the 16th Earl of Crofton and descendant of Anthony Redbourn, 1st Earl of Crofton from my historical series, The Crofton Chronicles.

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REBECCA COHEN spends her days dreaming of a living in a Tudor manor house, or a Georgian mansion. Alas, the closest she comes to this is through her characters in her historical romance novels. She also dreams of intergalactic adventures and fantasy realms, but because she’s not yet got her space or dimensional travel plans finalised, she lives happily in leafy Hertfordshire, England, with her husband and young son. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and sloe gin with lemon tonic in the other.

With contemporaries, historicals, sci fi and fantasy in her back catalogue, there should be something for every taste in Rebecca’s work.

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It’s the staff’s turn to fall in love at Crofton Hall

60502224._SY475_Below Stairs at Crofton Hall by Rebecca Cohen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do like visiting Crofton Hall, whether that’s in the past with Anthony and Sebastian, or now with Ben, the current Earl of Crofton and his wonderful events manager Ashley.

In this book we get a double romance with the new focus being on Under Butler Karl and one of the estate gardeners Val. There’s a small age gap element but it’s more a hurt/comfort romance as the younger Val has not long been out of a very toxic relationship.

I loved the way Karl quickly assimilated into life at the Hall, as if he’d always been there. He’s a wonderfully kind man and has been badly bruised by the events which happened at his previous employers when we meet him.

In contrast, Val is outwardly outgoing and friendly, but he’s hiding a lot of internal trauma caused by his gaslighting ex boyfriend. When the two of them are clearly attracted to each other, they slip into what’s supposed to be a casual friends with benefits relationship.

Of course, it soon becomes anything but and with the parallel story of Ben and Ashley muddling over their future together, each trying to find the perfect time to propose to the other, we get a narrative which meanders through the two different relationships with ease.

There are, of course, trials and tribulations on the way, but they’re deftly handled and soon both pairs are sailing closer to their happy ever afters. We also get to catch up with Dara and Nathan, as well as get an introduction to Ashley’s ex Jack, who will be featuring in book four of the series.

Whenever Rebecca goes back to Crofton Hall I feel like I’m taking a trip with old friends. I love the warmth that’s at the heart of these books, intermingled with snippets from the past lives of the previous Earls of Crofton.

It makes reading them an enjoyable experience and this one is no different.

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

As ever, I beta read this book for Rebecca.

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