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Release Blitz: The Lights on Knockbridge Lane by Roan Parrish

The Lights on Knockbridge Lane | Roan Parrish

Garnet Run #3

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Release Date: September 28th, 2021

Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition

Harlequin’s first gay romance

Length: 224 Pages

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Can one man’s crowded, messy life fill another man’s empty heart?

Raising a family was always Adam Mills’ dream, although solo parenting and moving back to tiny Garnet Run certainly were not. After a messy breakup, Adam is doing his best to give his young daughter the life she deserves—including accepting help from their new, reclusive neighbor to fulfill her Christmas wish.

Though the little house may not have “the most lights ever,” the Mills home begins to brighten as handsome Wes Mobray spends more time there and slowly sheds his protective layers.

But when the eye-catching house ends up in the news, Wes has to make a choice: hide from the darkness of his unusual past or embrace the light of a future—and a family—with Adam.

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.

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About The Author

ROAN PARRISH lives in Philadelphia, where she’s gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre. When not writing, she can be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through the city while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals.

She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

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An absolutely gorgeous romance and perfect for Harlequin’s Special Edition line

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a gorgeous romance and it makes my heart so happy that it will be the first ever gay romance in Harlequin’s Special Edition line.

It’s the perfect story for a Christmas romance, it’s full of warmth, it’s heavy on the meaning of family and supporting those you love, even if they don’t fit in with what society thinks is normal.

There’s also a gentle heat to it, and a strong message that it’s okay to be different, as is often the case with Roan’s books.

It has characters who don’t follow the crowd, Wes is unashamedly out there will his passion for biodiversity, for bugs and insects, lizards and reptiles.

Gus is a delight, an eight-year-old package of inquisitiveness and confidence, but a child hiding the hurt of already being rejected by two parental figures, her own mother and the man she called Papa.

Adam was a delight, unashamedly emotional, willing to see the best in everyone and courageous enough to return to the town he left when he was 18 because he wanted his niece/daughter to be brought up close to the one family member who did care about them all.

I loved this book, it was a one shot read for me, I didn’t want to put it down until I got to the happy ending, and it’s a glorious one.

However, I will say if you’re not one for children or Christmas, the emphasis on the importance of family (whether blood or not), then this might be too much for you as it’s very much central to everything that happens.

For me, it hit all the things I want in a festive narrative and then some. Plus it was nice to catch up with some of the other guys from the Garnet Run series too.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press and the author via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Tension-packed and cliffie ending paranormal romance opener from M.A. Grant

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh that was good. Not at all what I thought I was going to be reading, but still absolutely brilliant, even if it does end on a tiny bit of a cliffie.

That was expected, given it’s book one in a new trilogy from the writer of one of my absolutely favourite urban fantasy/paranormal series https://www.goodreads.com/series/2491… but even so I was like noooooooo, I need book two now!

It’s not a relationship cliffie, but related to the overall book arc which will run through the series and concerns an utterly delicious kind of political (small P not modern politics but political manoeuvring between specific business leaders of a particular persuasion).

On the face of it, things start as a fairly typical bodyguard/protectee kind of narrative, throw in a bit of antagonism, secrets and behind the scenes plotting and you could be forgiven for thinking you’re going to be reading a traditional suspense.

But no, it rapidly becomes clear there’s something going on that isn’t quite normal and that’s as much as I will say about the paranormal/supernatural element of the tale.

It draws from Romanian culture, a very specific part of which I’ve not really seen been the focus of many fiction books apart from Rachel Mead’s epic tales of good versus evil. (And that’s the biggest hint you’re going to get 😀 )

And as the plot unwinds, it’s clear that Atlas and Christian have a connection, one they’re both fighting big time as the tensions mount.

The feeling of dread which hangs over them as Atlas gets mired into a family dispute which has more layers and twists than he could ever have imagined is real.

The pacing is superb. I read this in one go in a few hours and never felt like any of it was filler. My feelings for the main pairing swapped and changed, same with the secondary characters which surround them, on a regular basis.

I couldn’t tell where the plot was going, only that something was being hidden. When it becomes obvious what that is, you get a definite Eureka! moment.

Cannot wait for more as I love M.A. Grant’s world-building and writing!

But one thing I will say, I don’t think the cover does this book any favours at all.

With a Blurb which is also fairly non-descriptive, I think the publishers are missing a trick for readers to get more of a feeling about the book’s subject.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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