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Garrett offers up an excellent second chance romance opener to this new series

55533832._SY475_Forgiven by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s rare that I pick up a traditional romance that isn’t a historical but I knew that Garrett Leigh wouldn’t steer me wrong.

This is an excellent examination of how someone can find their true love, but it still gets all messed up.

It’s a great second chances romance too, former teenage lovers (17+ not younger teens) reunited 10 years after one leg without a word.

There’s recriminations, there’s loads of angry sex which they both try to keep emotionless and fail miserably at.

It has hurt/comfort and angst by the bucket load, but it never becomes overwrought or too dramatic.

The secondary plot also works well, it adds a sense of foreboding without ever really defining what the problem is until almost st the very end.

It also has Gus and Billy, the younger siblings of Mia and Luke, who are the subjects of book two, out in February next year.

Garrett’s signature ‘realness’ is all over this book too, and it doesn’t matter that it’s an MF romance. She treats the sexual intimacy with the same care she gives to her same sex pairings.

Luke and Mia clearly have unresolved feelings and the simmer of love and care is lying at the heart of even their supposed ‘it’s just sex’ encounters.

Once I picked it up, I didn’t want to stop reading until I knew they’d be okay. The conclusion worked for me, I also felt the outcome of the side plot was completely believable too.

Now I can’t wait to get my hands on the second one.

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

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Ed’s opener to this new BDSM series is a solid introduction to Dom Nation

55988292._SY475_Exposed by E. Davies

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I liked this, but at the same time it seemed to drag a bit, which is odd really because the narrative rolled smoothly through each of the story beats.

I guess a lot of my disconnect with the book is that this was a different style of Daddy/boy that I’ve not really come across/read much of and I was expecting it to follow a pattern I was more used to.

So that’s on me and not on Ed’s ability to tell the story.

For me, though, there was an element of repetition over Slate’s need to be a boy and have a Daddy which wasn’t necessary when it was saying the same thing. I was told he needed to be hurt, humiliated and used like a toy, but I wasn’t really shown why he felt that.

The secondary plot of a previously abusive daddy was also told rather than shown and Isaac felt a bit cartoon villainy and the sense of dread and oppression Slate felt was, again for me, told rather than shown other than one scene at the club.

They were my two main stumbling blocks in this one because I loved that Rex was younger than Slate by a considerable amount (it’s a two decade age gap) and I loved that he had his own vulnerabilities outside of his immense confidence in his ability to be a Dom.

I also appreciated them talking through things, and there weren’t any miscommunications or unnecessary angsting for the sake of the plot. The setting is also interesting, and I’m intrigued by a lot of the other characters we met in this opening book.

It may be that, as it was the opening story, there was a bit more exposition needed for the scene setting, which interfered a bit in the relationship between Slate and Rex specifically.

I loved it when the two of them were together and, from my limited knowledge, their kink scenes together, more of a lifestyle to be fair, did work and they were both very obviously good for each other.

So, all in all, I liked this one and I am looking forward to seeing where the series goes.

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

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Cracking opener to this new Haven Hart-set series

53059882._SY475_My Whole World by Davidson King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great start to this new series from Davidson King.

It’s set in the Haven Hart world but not directly related and so works as a standalone.

I found the pacing of both the romance and the main suspense plot worked well and built up tension in an organic way.

Both Atlas and Toby are compelling characters and I found them really sweet together. I loved how Atlas was able to move on from a painful part of his life because of the sweetness of Toby’s heart.

There’s an excellent set of secondary characters who are going to make up the rest of the entries in this series as I understand it.

I’m very interested to see if Toby’s friends Shane is going to be up next with Ledger, aka DJ Edge.

This author has a way of making plot threads involving crime lords and wannabe bad guys, which sound totally over the top, work seamlessly.

The relationship is sweet and spicy and I felt the genuine connection between both men.

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

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