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Smoking hot teammates romance from Charlie

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is epic!

I absolutely loved it, especially how Charlie uses the same trope as RJ’s opener – teammates in a relationship – but turns it into something completely different.

Here, Dean and Teo have been together almost three years, hiding their relationship from nearly everyone, with only a select few in Formula 1 having any idea.

When Dean picks up the second seat at Cadigan Racing, home to Mateo, things get a whole load more complicated.

I think Charlie shows the conflicts and difficulties with both men racing for the same team with some consummate skill.

We can feel their discomfort, the repressed frustrations and unwanted jealousies as things head up out on the track, the tension as pressure mounts race by race.

But we also see the dedication each man has to each other, this is 100% a deep, abiding, lifetime love that they’re both willing to do everything they can to keep.

It’s also smoking hot, oh boy does Charlie lay down the heat for this pair, they’re burning up the sheets as well as the motor home, their holiday villa and all points in between!

As with the first two books, we get to see the happenings of those events from a different perspective and I think it’s a really clever way to anchor this series of multiple authors together.

Here we don’t get as much about Augusto’s almost fatal crash, more the feelings of fear both Dean and Mateo have over it happening to either of them and no-one knowing they were together.

Charlie kept the pacing tight here, there’s a growing sense of dread building up as the racing season goes on and you begin to wonder just what might happen, can something external pull these two men apart in spite of their love for each other?

I would have been biting my nails if I had that habit, but have no fear, there’s a truly spectacular event which takes place that had me smiling like the Cheshire Cat and the Epilogue, set nine-and-a-half years in the future, is the very definition of epic!

Loved this book and would happily have read another 500 pages more of them.

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

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Release Blitz: Under the Arabian Sky by Robin Knight

Under the Arabian Sky | Robin Knight

A Love Abroad Story

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Release Date: May 17th, 2023

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Blurb

Find Love Abroad Under the Arabian Sky…

Arthur Somersby is an expert in sand. Working as an arenologist at Oxford University, it’s Arthur’s job to gather research and data on the movement and molecular structure of sand, blending geology, chemistry and biology into one specialty science. But while Arthur’s colleagues conduct their work around the globe — from the Sahara to the Kalahari and beyond — a tragedy in Arthur’s past prevents him from wanting to leave the safety of his office.

That is until one of his colleagues goes missing, presumed dead, and Arthur is called upon to take his place in the distant Arab nation of Oman.

It is there upon the shipless oceans of sand that Arthur meets falcon veterinarian Tariq Hassan. And while the desert heat ignites an instant spark between the two men, a clash of cultures could mean their Arabian love affair is over before it’s even begun.

Can two strangers from opposite worlds overcome the Middle East’s tightly-held religious beliefs and find a way to love one another? Can a connection be made between the science of sand and the spirituality of the desert? Will Arthur’s past and centuries-old traditions keep two souls apart, or will Arthur and Tariq find their happily-ever-after… Under the Arabian Sky?

Under the Arabian Sky is a 40k-word MM romance that will transport you to the deserts of Arabia from the comfort of your favorite reading chair. It can be read as part of the Love Abroad collection or as a stand-alone romance.

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Excerpt

As we drove over dunes, the bird in the back remained peaceful and silent, as though the hood or the hum of the car was enough to keep the poor thing calm and collected.

“What happened to her, anyway? The falcon, I mean.”

“Her wing was broken. Someone found her on the side of a mountain road and called me. She was in terrible shape when I took her in. She must have been clipped by something travelling pretty fast. I’ve had her for four months, but now she’s ready to return to her world. She just wants to fly. She just wants to be free.” He glanced at me and added, “Don’t we all?”

“Free? Yes. Fly? Not so much.”

“You don’t like flying?”

“No. It’s a long story.”

“I imagine flying must be an incredible experience. Taking off, soaring over the clouds, watching the earth pass by far below. I can picture it so clearly in my mind.”

“You’ve never flown before?”

Tariq shook his head. “I’ve never left Oman. My life is here. My work is here. My family is here.”

I felt my heart sink a little. So, Tariq had a family. Instantly I had a vision of him with his wife and children at home. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy for him. But I guess my gaydar got a little ahead of itself and got my hopes up in the process.

Not that I had come to Oman looking for company. Far from it.

I suppose I was just momentarily taken aback by those eyes.

Those dimples.

That embrace when he pulled me to my feet and held me steady.

I tried to concentrate on the conversation. “So where exactly are you taking her? The falcon, that is.”

“One of the rocky outcrops. Somewhere with shelter and shade in case she needs to rest her wing. But also a place with rodents and lizards and snakes. She needs to hunt.”

“There are snakes out here?”

“Don’t worry, they’re mostly harmless. Except for the saw-scaled viper. One bite from that snake is enough to kill two people.”

“Seriously?”

“Just stay out of their way and they’ll stay out of yours. Besides, you’ve already got one wound.”

At the mention of it, I touched my fingers to the sticky cut on my temple and winced.

“Don’t touch it,” he warned me. “You’ll get it infected. Let a doctor do the touching.”

“Okay, okay.”

“What are you doing out here anyway? Aside from causing traffic accidents.”

“I’m an arenologist.”

“A what?”

“An arenologist. I study sand, its paths, its patterns, its composition and layers… I’m the life of every dinner party.”

“I imagine you would be.”

“I was kidding.”

“I’m being serious. Sand is fascinating.”

“Thank you… I like to think so. Although you do live in the desert, so I think you’re kind of biased on the subject.”

“You may be right, but nobody can deny that the desert is a spiritual place.”

I raised one eyebrow. “Spiritual? I guess that’s where we differ.”

“How so?”

“When I see the desert, I’m looking at it from a scientific viewpoint.”

He laughed. “So, to you, sand is simply something to study?”

“Yes… and no. There’s actually nothing simple about it. Arenology is one of the few studies that spans several sciences. I’m not only working within the field of geology, but there are many crossovers with chemistry and biology as well. People don’t realise how important sand is to the balance of nature.”

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About the Author

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Robin Knight is the author of gay fiction novels, novellas, and short stories, ranging in genre from gay adventure, gay romance, gay suspense, and gay comedies.

The heroes of Robin’s books love to spend their time jumping off the page, stumbling through misadventures, and falling in love.

Robin has worked in advertising, politics, journalism, and event management, but nothing is as fun as telling stories.

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RJ opens this F1 series with a slow burn romance

Team-Orders-jpg-400x600Team Orders by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a solid opener to this new multi author series set in the high octane world of Formula 1 racing.

It’s not a sport I know much about, and I thought the balance was perfect between the technical aspects needed for the setting and the romance itself.

Noah peed me off for a lot of this book, though, and while there’s UST and a couple of hot encounters between him and rookie Archie, the relationship element is serious slow burn.

It works, but I would have really liked to have seen more between them when they weren’t just getting off or having a “fall-out” over either the racing or Noah’s rejection of Archie each time he got frightened by his feelings.

We do get a lovely epilogue seven years in the future, which was a really nice way to show how they’d moved on together.

As this is a multi author series that occurs concurrently, there’s also hints and snippets of stuff going on in the background that I found fascinating and definitely added to my anticipation for the other stories.

RJ writes a sweet relationship development in the later part of the book, which made me really happy, and I loved the visit to Noah’s family.

All in all, I enjoyed this opening romance a lot.

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

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