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This slow burn workplace romance has great depth

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not going to lie, I struggled at times with this one because I didn’t really care about one of the MCs for at least the first quarter of the book.

I simply couldn’t get my head around why Shae would fall for Rowan at all and, unfortunately, only getting one POV from Shae didn’t help much in giving any kind impression of his pretty crappy a*hole of a boss.

Shae was fun from the off though, and he kept me reading when I wanted to put the book down and give up.

I also had faith in Christina Lee as an author because I’ve generally always enjoyed her stories and I knew she’d have a plan in hand to make me change my mind about Rowan.

And, as the story progressed, we get glimpses of the real Rowan, hiding behind his cold and aloof personality and you start to get snippets of information which reveals the hurt and the heavy walls he’s put up to protect himself.

One of the things I did love about this book from the beginning though was the depth of information Christina gives about the stylist career, something she knows plenty about, having been one herself in New York.

This brought a huge sense of realism to the day to day activities and banter going on between Shae, Rowan and their celebrity client Kendall. Who I also absolutely loved. She was such a warm and caring personality and it was her interventions and conversations with Shae that let him see behind Rowan’s barricades to the vulnerable man underneath.

There’s very much a slow burn vibe with this book, it’s not overly steamy – which works beautifully for the narrative – and I very much appreciated the step away from the traditional top/bottom roles as Rowan is a side (someone who doesn’t like penetration).

Christina also writes superb first kisses and this book’s one is no exception, it’s a truly tender moment where Rowan allows his guard to be broken.

Overall I had a positive experience once I’d got over the first quarter hurdle of really not liking Rowan’s attitude and the final part of the book, through the Third Act tension/break-up moment and into the HEA, was really well done.

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

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Release Blitz: Moving On by Felice Stevens

Moving On | Felice Stevens

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Release Date: January 2nd, 2023

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When his roof caves in, Sean Lovett thinks things can’t get any worse. Until he loses his job, adding yet another bump in the rocky road of his life. None of his so-called friends can—or will—help. And asking a favor from his abusive ex? Hard pass. Luckily, his sister comes to the rescue and offers him a great apartment—in the city, no less—until he can get back on his feet.

Sweet deal.

Until a gorgeous man unlocks the front door and strolls right in with a grumpy attitude and a claim that his boss—who happens to be Sean’s brother-in-law—promised him the same apartment.

Former NYPD detective Tristan McDermott hasn’t stopped running since the death of his best friend. After almost two years of living in his own personal hell, he returns home to New York, hoping he can move on, but guilt still follows his every step. He’s grateful to have the perfect apartment until he can settle into a place of his own. But there’s a cute guy already living there. And only one bedroom. And no way is Tristan leaving. He’s staying put.

Sharing the space is tough, but Tristan can ignore sweet Sean and his sunshiny smiles.

Kind of.

Except Sean’s brother-in-law asks Tristan to keep an eye on Sean so he doesn’t make any bad decisions.

Uh oh.

Keeping an eye on Sean is easy. Keeping his hands off him is much, much harder.

And sleeping together…well, that isn’t a bad decision. Not when it feels so good.

Right?

From Lambda Literary award winning author Felice Stevens comes the story of a grumpy, green juice-drinking ex-detective running from the past and a sunshiney singing waiter who can’t catch a break. It features a meet-cute, only one bed, learning to trust, and a surprise lap dance.

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Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, because just like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.

Felice is the 2020 Lambda Literary Award winning author in best Gay Romance and two time e-Lit award winner in romance. When not writing or watching reality television, you can find her in her reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FelicesBreakfastClub

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Felice delivers a delicious slice of New York hurt/comfort life

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Felice dropped her announcement that this was going to be Tristan’s story (who appeared in her Man Up series – start with Austin and enjoy!) I was so excited.

What I didn’t expect to get was this story, which is one of deep rooted hurt/comfort and two lonely men who’ve been put aside their whole lives finding that there’s someone willing to be their forever after.

Tristan (who was an undercover detective masquerading as the Go Go dancer in James’ club in the ManUp series), isn’t dealing well with his past, or with the death of his work partner, killed on the job as they went to arrest a child pornographer two years earlier. He now works in security for Ray and has returned to New York after a stint in London.

Sean is an absolute sweetheart. He’s been in and out of the foster system his whole life until suddenly discovering he had a sister, who he’s building up a relationship with and learning to accept he has someone who loves him unconditionally.

The plot is a simple one, a mix-up with Sean’s sister and her husband, Ray, both offering their city apartment to someone to stay in without knowing about the other’s gesture, but the execution is done with the skill Felice brings to all her work.

When Tristan lands after a long, tiring journey to find Sean already inhabiting the apartment, sparks fly between the two men. But, slowly, over time, each learns to lower their walls and let the other one in.

My only reason for this not being a 4* read was that I felt it had a period in the middle where it was a little bit repetitive, with a one step forward, two steps back fratching between the two men.

It’s perfectly understandable, given their backgrounds and trust issues, and didn’t feel forced, but I would have loved to have seen a bit more of them together once they’d started to sort their feelings out.

However, we do get an absolutely gorgeous Epilogue and I’m firmly a believer in their happy ever after! This book was a treat and a very welcome addition to my bookshelf.

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