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Sassy is a perfect description for this also swoony romance

Sass-1800x2700Sass by Jay Hogan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While this is probably the least “angsty” of the series, it’s by no means lightweight. Jay still covers some pretty big issues with her usual skill and compassionate understanding.

While on the face of it, this is an enemies-to-lovers trope centred narrative, in reality it’s so much more than the sum of its parts.

Kip, aka Chris as Leon calls him, has been a dynamic force in the previous books but here he really gets his chance to shine.

And also to have his halo tarnished as he’s also judgemental and unforgiving, like any human, over what he feels is an insult Leon dished out two years previous.

This means we’re given some interesting flashbacks that take the reader into the journey of Kip and Leon and let us see how they could come together in a believable happy ending.

Before it reaches that stage though, we’re treated to an emotionally complex and thoroughly enjoyable mix of sarcastic retorts, off-the-charts UST, sexual chemistry of the explosive variety, tensions and pain caused by family issues, hurt/comfort of the best kind, capped off with some utterly sweet and completely swoony love.

I’m not sure if this is the final entry or not, but if it is, Jay goes out on a high note.

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

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Release Date: October 27th, 2022

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๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด. ๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ. ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ.

For two years Iโ€™ve kept Leon Steadman at a safe distance, ever since the night he turned me down flatter than a pancake with a side order of syrupy disapproval. His loss. The world is full of sexy men. One and done is simply good math and efficient use of my time. Or it would be if I hadnโ€™t been lusting after the irritating, judgemental, gorgeous, mountain of a man, ever since.

The less I see of Leon, the better. Bad enough that his tattoo business sits next to Flare, the fashion store I manage, and that heโ€™s friendly with my boss. But now heโ€™s apartment-sitting above the shop, as well. Every time I turn around, Leon is there. In my store. In my space. Messing with my head. Being all nice and charming and acting like maybe heโ€™s not the biggest jerk to walk the earth, after all.

Well, I donโ€™t want or need Leonโ€™s apologies, but maybe if I can have him, just once, it might put an end to this ridiculous hunger that sparks every time I lay eyes on him.

Yeah, Iโ€™ll get back to you on that.

โ€œ๐˜ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฑโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ… ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค. ๐˜‘๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ. ๐˜ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ. ๐˜ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ… ๐˜ช๐˜ตโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต…๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ…โ€ ๐˜“๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช

About The Author


Jay is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance and her book Off Balance was the 2021 New Zealand Romance Book of the Year. She is a New Zealand author writing mm romance and romantic suspense, primarily set in New Zealand.

She writes character driven romances with lots of humour, a good dose of reality and a splash of angst. Sheโ€™s travelled extensively, lived in many countries, and in a past life she was a critical care nurse, nurse educator and counsellor.

Jay is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel

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Tell Me Our Story | Anyta Sunday

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Release Date: March 21st, 2022

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Icy, standoffish Jonathan Hart always turned towards that laugh. Full-throated, uninhibited, addictive.

Soft smiles encouraging him over swing bridges. Hearty chuckles dancing around a ballroom. Wobbly grins. Double-glances. Eyes that brightened the world. His world.

From the moment he met David Oโ€™Hara, Jonathan started forming a smile of his own.

And then Oโ€™Hara left.

One lingering look.

No last goodbye.

Seven years later, that laugh again.

Full-throated, uninhibited.


Oโ€™Hara. Still all fire and flame, still drawing Jonathan in.

And now he wants Jonathan paired with him in a seven-week social influencing challenge.

Now, he wants to finish melting his heartโ€ฆ



Jonathan sat at one of the dozen tables for the opening dinner and willed himself to hold it together. His first ICon. Months of mental preparation, and still he sweated. Willed himself not to search out the bright, full-throated laughter that rippled through the dining area. Willed himself not to scan the hundred-plus crowd for him.

But all during dinner, Jonathanโ€™s ears had been filled with that uninhibited laughter. Like a wet umbrella popping open in his face, covering him forehead to chin in fresh rain. It tickled. Made him shiver.

He needed it. He needed to escape it.

Key-card cutting into his palm, he dashed to the lobby and pressed the up button between two brass-doored elevators. Heโ€™d go to his room. Call it in for the night.

Movement caught his peripheral vision. His nape prickled; his limbs locked together.

โ€œI thought you lived in Sydney?โ€ came a creamy female voice.

โ€œCouldnโ€™t miss out on all the naughty fun that happens at night.โ€ That laugh. โ€œCome on. Show me your room.โ€

โ€œYouโ€™re determined, Oโ€™Hara.โ€

โ€œI prefer charming.โ€

Both sets of elevator doors dinged and opened. Jonathan hurriedly slid into the fuller one, alongside another couple and their massive suitcases. He jabbed at the button for the 12th floor and the doors blessedly began to close.

โ€œQuick, Mira. Letโ€™s catch that one.โ€

โ€œBut the other one is emptyโ€”โ€

โ€œHold the doors!โ€ Oโ€™Hara called jovially.

The middle-aged woman next to Jonathan immediately unfolded her arm and the doors buckled open again.

Jonathan dropped his gaze to the floor as they squeezed in. A glittery red dress and strappy heels pushed past him, followed by tight, monotone grey jeans and a darker grey jersey, artfully distressed at the hip.

A braided leather wristband caught his eye. Oโ€™Hara dropped his hand from the panel of floor buttons and a whoosh of air breezed against Jonathanโ€™s arm. There was a slight hitch in the air. A hesitation.

Quiet acknowledgment.

Jonathanโ€™s focus froze on the panel. No new number had lit up. Either Oโ€™Hara and Mira were on the same floor as the couple, or they were at the top like him.

The elevator creaked and groaned as it ascended, and Jonathanโ€™s key-card bent under his squeezing grip. The floors took forever to pass.

Oโ€™Hara shifted, bumping into the coupleโ€™s suitcase. A thump had him crouching with cheerful apologies, and just like that they were talking about where theyโ€™d been in Australia so far, and where they should go, and joking about Oโ€™Haraโ€™s accentโ€”neither Kiwi nor Aussie despite his having lived in both countries, but it didnโ€™t bother him, because everyone loved an unusual accent. It started many a conversation, just look.

The elevator reopened and the couple pushed out with their luggage, waving happily and wishing Oโ€™Hara and Mira a wonderful evening.

Jonathan looked quietly toward Oโ€™Haraโ€™s black ankle boots, one crossed over the other. He couldnโ€™t deny, Oโ€™Hara had always been skilled at forging connections.

The elevator clattered upwards again with a sway. He touched his fist to his mouth and focused rigidly on the floor numbers counting up, ignoring the whispers and flashes of twirling red and grey as Oโ€™Hara hummed Johann Strauss. That song. Was he . . . trying to say something?

โ€œI thought the dancing was all made up,โ€ Mira murmured.

โ€œAn old friend had ballroom-champion parents. He taught me . . . everything.โ€

Jonathan closed his eyes and squeezed his key-card.

Mira sighed. โ€œDo you twirl everyone you meet?โ€

โ€œIt puts a smile on their faces, so why not?โ€

โ€œA smile on their faces. Yeah, thatโ€™s why you do it.โ€

Oโ€™Hara didnโ€™t respond, but there was another twirl of red and grey.

Jonathan shut his eyesโ€”

The elevator groaned and stopped.

โ€”he shot them open again.

The lights above died, and the doors werenโ€™t opening. He drew in a deep breath and shoved the key-card into his pocket before he snapped it. Power cut. Probably due to the storm.

Any moment, itโ€™d kick back on.

It would.

Keep it together.


About the Author

A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.

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