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Gentle paced romance signs off the Cayuga Cougars

One-On-One (Cayuga Cougars #5)One-On-One by V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vicki signs off this wonderfully diverse ice hockey series with a gentle paced romance for assistant coach Lancaster and musician and mayoral aide Townsend.

It’s super sweet, focused as it is on a man who has only come out later in life, having lived the traditional closeted married and had kids experience so many go through.

I loved Lan’s ex-wife and his twin kids, there was no drama in their relationship, just acceptance and continuing support and it was great to read.

And his relationship with Town in perfectly judged, they take their time not only to fall in love, but also to become intimate and the emotions are all the better for it.

This book also follows the Cougars as they head towards a possible championship win and all the complex emotions that entails.

My favourite obnoxiously loving Pole is also on hand to keep things real and there’s tensions for Victor and Dan which will be explored in a forthcoming new series from Vicki that I cannot wait for.

So it’s farewell for now to the Cayuga gang and I’ll miss them.

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

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Big Love and Bigger Love are sweet school-based romances

Big LoveBig Love by Rick R. Reed

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book wasn’t what I thought it was going to be but what it actually was is a good narrative, if a little bit muddled in my mind about which story it was telling.

I read it because I have an ARC of book two in the series to review, which is Truman’s story, and I wanted to read the set up.

This is a super sweet but also surprisingly angsty story which is all about owning your truths. I’m not usually a fan of the wife dying so a gay man can live his ‘real life’ but it’s handled well in this one.

I never felt like Dane’s wife had been a lesser person in his life and believed he had loved her for herself and not just because he was hiding and fighting his sexuality.

Seth was a sweetheart too and he knew just how to play his cards right to not only help Truman, but Dane as well.

Relatively low steam but still pretty emotionally engaging.

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bigger-loveBigger Love by Rick R. Reed

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This follow up to Big Love gives us Truman’s story solely and at times it’s as heartbreaking as parts of the first book were and at others, truly uplifting.

It’s rare for me to read a young adult romance, I tend to get irritated with the push and pull that usually provides the drama.

But this is Rick R. Reed, so I know better and sure enough, while Mike has his own fears and internal doubts to worry out, it never felt like it was a conscious decision to pull back from Truman.

Truman himself is as fabulously wonderful as he was in the first book and he’s still the focus of all the disquiet and disgust from people who disgrace themselves with their actions.

Patsy is still awesome, a fierce mama who will do anything for her boy, even turn her back on a potential happy for herself because of the way her son is treated, she is what every parent should be.

It was great to see Truman slowly build up a small friendship base as he got involved in a school production of Harvey and other loved how he threw himself 100% into it.

Mike’s grand gesture went a long way to gaining back my affections after he’d almost blown it with Truman and the lovely Epilogue left the future open with so much promise.

I’d love for there to be more, perhaps as Truman and Mike graduate and head off into the next stage of life but I’m also quite happy thinking of them years down the line in some city block apartment just being happy.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote

 

Nothing Serious | Jay Northcote

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Length: 40,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
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Blurb

What happens when “nothing serious” turns into something more complicated?

Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point.

Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

Please note that although this edition has been re-edited for publication, there is no new or additional content.

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About The Author

Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England. He comes from a family of writers, but always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed him by. He spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content.

One day, Jay decided to try and write a short story—just to see if he could—and found it rather addictive. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Jay writes contemporary romance about men who fall in love with other men. He has five books published by Dreamspinner Press, and also self-publishes under the imprint Jaybird Press. Many of his books are also available as audiobooks.

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Brilliantly British sweet and sexy romance from Jay Northcote

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Nothing Serious
by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The new version isn’t on Goodreads yet but it has a gorgeous new cover from Garrett Leigh and looks fabulous.

Anyways, as I need this review for the Blog Review Tour, here’s my re-review of the latest version (not that there’s any changes other than the cover).

This was Jay’s first novel but you’d never know that from the consummate skill in which he weaves this tale of a guy who comes out later in his life after splitting up with his girlfriend of nine years.

There’s very little angst, just a slow realisation that the friends with benefits gig that Mark has going on with Jamie, the guy he met when he came along to help out his brother’s removal firm taking all of Mark’s stuff to his new place, might just be a bit more serious.

The two of them are ridiculously cute together, both scared of saying something about their feelings changing because it was only supposed to be a nothing serious relationship as Mark began to get some experience as an out gay man.

It’s novella length but there’s still quite a lot of world building and plotting which goes into it and it’s just a really sweet read. The perfect beach or poolside romance.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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