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This slow slide into love is a gorgeously crafted romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I pretty much love everything Lane Hayes writes, but I must admit to having a real fondness for this rock band series.

A lot of it is to do with the fact that Zero aren’t mega famous. They’re on the way, but still mostly able to just be ‘normal’ guys.

Each book has brought something new to the table and with Starting From The Top we get a bit of an age gap, definitely an opposites attract element and also a smidgen of lost souls finding a home.

There’s a lot to be said for developing a realistic slide from a sex only arrangement through into a friend’s with benefits and then having them fall in love realistically.

Especially when there’re tensions from outside forces including ex wives, growing fame and a visual artist running his own agenda.

But it works brilliantly. Sean slowly unlocks the different boxes he keeps his various pieces of his life in as Johnny provides him with the motivation to relax.

The kids are sweet, Parker’s teenage trials pull at the heartstrings, and all the rest of the Zero and Jealousy crew are on hand to add their brand of chaos.

It’s a seriously hot book, but also has a wonderful sense of warmth and comfort. They might struggle through to their happy ending, but it feels even more real for that.

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

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Release Blitz: Best Laid Plans by Roan Parrish

Best Laid Plans | Roan Parrish

Garnet Run #2

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Publisher: Carina Adores

Release Date: February 23rd, 2021

Buy Links: 

Harlequin.com: https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9781335924803_best-laid-plans.html

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781335924803

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Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/best-laid-plans-80

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55161818-best-laid-plans

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Blurb

A man who’s been moving his whole life finally finds a reason to stay put.

Charlie Matheson has spent his life taking care of things. When his parents died two days before his eighteenth birthday, he took care of his younger brother, even though that meant putting his own dreams on hold. He took care of his father’s hardware store, building it into something known several towns over. He took care of the cat he found in the woods…so now he has a cat.

When a stranger with epic tattoos and a glare to match starts coming into Matheson’s Hardware, buying things seemingly at random and lugging them off in a car so beat-up Charlie feels bad for it, his instinct is to help. When the man comes in for the fifth time in a week, Charlie can’t resist intervening.

Rye Janssen has spent his life breaking things. Promises. His parents’ hearts. Leases. He isn’t used to people wanting to put things back together—not the crumbling house he just inherited, not his future and certainly not him. But the longer he stays in Garnet Run, the more he can see himself belonging there. And the more time he spends with Charlie, the more he can see himself falling asleep in Charlie’s arms…and waking up in them.

Is this what it feels like to have a home—and someone to share it with?

Better Than People

Garnet Run #1

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Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52739474-better-than-people

About The Series

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Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories featuring beloved romance tropes, where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.

A new Carina Adores title is available each month in trade paperback, ebook and audiobook formats.

  • The Hideaway Inn by Philip William Stover (available now!)
  • The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron (available now!)
  • Just Like That by Cole McCade (available now!)
  • Hairpin Curves by Elia Winters (available now!)
  • The Love Study by Kris Ripper (available now!)
  • The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher (available now!)
  • Just Like This by Cole McCade (available now!)
  • Teddy Spenser Isn’t Looking for Love by Kim Fielding (available now!)
  • Knit, Purl, A Baby and a Girl by Hettie Bell (coming March 30)
  • The Hate Project by Kris Ripper (coming April 27)
  • Hard Sell by Hudson Lin (coming May 25)

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About The Author

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in 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.

Social Media

Website: https://www.roanparrish.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoanParrish

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roanparrish/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/parrishorperish/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14070842.Roan_Parrish

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I absolutely loved this slow burn college sports romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this slow burn, complicated and a wee bit angsty sports romance.

The second in Christina’s Easton U series, it was a beautifully paced and completely organic frenemies to lovers’ relationship with just the right amount of UST.

I thought I might get frustrated at Maclain’s inability to deal with his feelings for Girad, but in actually, I empathised more and more.

His stepfather was an utter dick, and what made it worse was that it wasn’t deliberately done. He was just thoughtless and should have done more to live up to his promise to Mason’s mum to always take care of him.

On the other side of the pairing, Dominic’s family were awesome and I loved how they had no hesitation on accepting his bisexuality or his feelings for Mason.

The Epilogue is just so lovely I had big heart eyes when reading it 😁

I’ve no clue who might be next though if there is another book coming!

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

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