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This West Wing homage goes all out with an agents romance I’m totally here for!

400xFriendsFriends by Nora Phoenix

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even better than book one!

I love me a good slow burn and I love me a good friends to lovers, but most of all, I love The West Wing, so this series from Nora really is the icing on the cake atm.

This book is like if The West Wing’s Secret Service Agent Simon Donovan got together with FBI Agent Mike Casper and I’m so here for it!

Nora’s own Agent Casper is divorced and badly in need of affection. Seth, who he’s partnered up with to investigate events from book one, is openly gay and recovering from a training injury. They hit it off straight away as colleagues.

The way their romance then unfolds, while they’re dealing with potential moles inside the Secret Service, terrorists, uncovered assassination plots and loads more security threats, is so beautifully done.

Like I said, it’s slow burn, not only because the reader soon realises that Coulson is actually demisexual way before he does, but also because Seth doesn’t even twig they’re falling in love until his well-meaning but interfering family point it out.

The friendship between these two men is a solid bedrock on which they slowly slide into a relationship without them consciously acknowledging their changing affections.

Seth’s attracted to Coulson from the off, but as a straight man he’s off limits. Coulson begins to notice he has feelings for Seth that aren’t just friends when he gets jealous at the thought of him having a hookup with a fellow agent.

Once he gets over the shock of accepting not only his demisexuality, but also that he’s not straight but pansexual, Coulson is all in and oh boy does he go for it without any qualms or shame.

They are not only emotionally tied together, but their sexual encounters are dynamite. Seth is a self-proclaimed size queen and Coulson delivers him all the inches 😉

This book has light kink references to fisting, but no scenes on page. Seth’s desire to be wrecked by rough sex with a guy who has the necessary equipment to do so, is fully explored and satisfied put it that way!

I was also really happy with the way the investigation is going into not only an incident of terrorism five years earlier – which we again see at the start of this book from both agents’ perspectives – but also the later events of book two.

From the off, I was hoping Nora wasn’t going what looked to be the obvious route and now things are starting to show that’s the case and I can’t wait to see where else the overall plotline goes.

This is another fabulous entry to this lovechild of The West Wing and The American President and I am so here for it!

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

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Release Tour: How to Forgive by Susan Hawke

How to Forgive | Susan Hawke

LOVESTRONG #6

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Take one fabulous unicorn of a person…

Grayson Davis came back to their hometown after college to help a new generation of kids who might be reliving their own past as a bullied young teen and LGBT teens who are struggling to find their identities in small-town USA. Taking a job as a youth counselor at The Rainbow Kids Foundation is their dream come true… even if it means working for the very man who once bullied them.

So what if they can’t forgive Clark Danvers for the past? They can peacefully coexist with Clark and that’s good enough for Gray. As for their personal life, well… who needs one? They have family, friends, and their crazy cat Spike. As for everything else? Well, there’s an app for that.

Add one flirty, pansexual biker who’s the opposite of an outlaw…

Canaan “Wolf” Matthews isn’t looking for love, let alone commitment. He’s busy running a club of bikers who do their part to rescue kids from bad situations, help abused spouses escape, and accompany social workers into the rough areas when it’s not a case for the cops but backup is a necessity.

Meeting Gray while on his way home from a hookup—with the evidence clearly crusted on his shirt like a merit badge—isn’t quite the meet cute Wolf would’ve wanted when he found the one person who could make his little pan heart go pitter-pat. Like everything else in his life, Wolf decides to roll with it and see what happens.

To equal two people who might just be what the other needs.

Gray only wants to have fun with Wolf. No strings necessary. So why do they keep reaching out to the annoyingly cute biker when things get dicey for a teen who’s dealing with a situation that is far too relatable for Gray? Anxieties flare and forgiveness beckons as Gray starts to see their old nemesis, Clark, for the person he is today.

Before Gray can plan a future, they need to make peace with their past. With Wolf’s support, can Gray finally learn how to forgive and find their way to a full and happy life?

This is the sixth book in the LOVESTRONG series about finding love and being yourself in a small town. Intended only for 18+ readers, this is an MM romance full of all the fun, laughter, and sweet feels you’d want from an S. Hawke book.

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After the laughter died down, Dana pulled a paper out of her apron pocket and passed it my way. “Wolf, this is for you. A cute little twink was desperately trying to get your attention. Poor thing was downright dejected. After I found out what was wrong, I explained that when you brothers get together it’s sacred and promised to give you his number.”

Nobody blinked an eye because it wasn’t anything Dana hadn’t done before when someone had asked about one of us. What did seem to surprise everyone was when I pushed it aside without looking at it.

Josh leaned over to put the back of his hand against my forehead, as if checking my temperature. “No, no fever. How’s your appetite, Wolf? I just want to know if we should call your doctor before rushing to the emergency room.”

Rolling my eyes, I flicked the paper his way. “Ever think I’m just not looking for that right now? Here, you call the guy. I’m sure he’ll be just as happy.”

Josh tapped his fingers against the table. “You’re scaring me, bro. If it was just this one, that would be one thing. But you’ve barely been watching the show, you turned that girl down who offered to buy you a drink when we got here, and I haven’t seen you quietly trolling like you’re planning who you’re picking up when the rest of us leave. What’s up with that?” Josh was on a roll now. “Wolf, tell me the truth. Are you dying? On a fourteen-day course of antibiotics? Please, tell me what I can do.”

Asher nodded solemnly. “Josh is right, Wolf. You’ve been turning down possible tricks from both genders. I’m trying to think when’s the last time I saw you with someone. It’s definitely been a minute. Everything okay? For real though, I’m not even playing.”

Dana laughed but fortunately couldn’t stay to help give me crap since she was needed at the bar. Mal watched her walk away then turned to me with a suspicious look. “I thought I was imagining things when I saw you talking to Kandi’s kid at Becca’s engagement party. And I could’ve sworn I saw you leaving together. Then I heard Becca on the phone with Gray before she left town and she was giving them hell for not saying why they’d left early or who they were with. Anything you care to share?”

My eyes bugged out of my head as I glanced at the stage where Kandi was currently performing a Britney Spears number. “Oh, hell. I was so focused on my cutie that I didn’t even think about their last name. So Grayson is Kandi’s kid?”

Rick looked concerned as he nodded. “Step kid, same difference. Tread carefully there. You do know they work for Clark too, right? And there’s some bad history there?”

I whistled softly, ignoring the part about Clark for now. I was too blown away by the Kandi connection. “Damn. They made a joke about the Venn diagram of all the people connecting us and they weren’t wrong. Can you believe I had no idea who they were? I’ve probably passed them hundreds of times in town before I happened to notice them at Sally’s a couple weeks ago.”

Shaking my head now, I had to laugh at my own idiocy. “I actually asked if they were new in town. God, no wonder they think I’m a schmuck. Well, that and I was obviously coming from a hookup. Turns out using your shirt in the dark to wipe cum then wearing it when you stop to grab coffee is a bad plan. Huh. So Gray is Kandi’s kid. Small world.”

“Like Rick said, tread carefully.” Mal sat up straighter, sounding like a stern stepfather himself. Kinda cute when you considered the fact that his stepdaughter was only six years younger than him and Asher. “I’m serious, Wolf. Gray is Becca’s best friend. They aren’t a one and done. If you treat them like your average trick, Mama Kandi will bitchslap your ass.”

Shaking my head, I held both palms up. “Calm down. I get that I have a certain reputation, but that’s just it. I’m not treating them like that at all. They got under my skin and I was the one who got ghosted. They put their number in my phone, and I’ve tried calling and texting for the past two weeks. But they aren’t answering. A few times I’ve seen moving dots like they were typing a text, but nothing. It’s been frustrating as hell.”

Asher slapped the table as he guffawed. “Holy shit, you guys. I never thought I’d see the day that Wolf was the guy who can’t take a hint.”

Pouting, I picked at the label on my beer for a few moments. “I really like them though. I don’t know why, but there’s just something special about them. And not just because they didn’t fall for my usual shit. They’re the perfect blend of sass and snark. And so fucking smart. I’m telling you, I can’t put my finger on it but Grayson Davis is unique and I like it.”

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As an avid reader and big romance fan myself, I love sharing the stories of the different people who live in my imagination. My stories are filled with humor, a few tears, and the underlying message to not give up hope, even in the darkest of times, because life can change on a dime when you least expect it.

This theme comes from a lifetime of lessons learned on my own hard journey through the pains of poverty, the loss of more loved ones than I’d care to count, and the struggles of living through chronic illnesses. Life can be hard, but it can also be good! Through it all I’ve found that love, laughter, and family can make all the difference, and that’s what I try to bring to every tale I tell.

I’m a happily married mom with one snarky teenage boy, and three grown “kids of my heart.” I’m more widely known for my mpreg writings as Susi Hawke; this new name is a departure from that.

Whether written by Susan or Susi, the books are filled with that all-important love, laughter, and family I mentioned; the only difference is that this name has no male pregnancy. I look forward to sharing my stories with you, and to bringing more romance and laughter into this world that needs it so very badly.

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Brilliant disability rep from Annabeth in her second Hotshots novel

3-CoverPhoto-HighHeatHigh Heat by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book beautifully examines the reality of life with a disability. Annabeth gives the reader a flawed but still deserving of love injured smokejumper Garrick, and River, a free-spirited man who finds that his adventures might just end up rooting him in one place.

I will add the disclaimer that I beta read this book for the author for disability rep, as I am severely disabled with physical mobility issues and swap between crutches, wheeled walker and wheelchair, although mine were not caused by a spinal accident like Garrick.

I will also say that I made miniscule changes to the narrative as Annabeth had already got the disability issues and the frustrations which go with living with a chronic and permanent physical mobility problem almost perfect.

The vast majority of comments were along the lines of oh God, yes, this is just how I feel, are you inside my head, or yep, been there, felt that too so I would congratulate and thank Annabeth for putting in the effort (as she always does with her research) to get it right.

As for the book itself. I loved both men so much. Garrick wants to get back to smoke jumping even though he really knows, deep down, that his chances are almost nil, and all River really wants, free-spirited though he is, is somewhere he can feel wanted and loved with all the complications that go with a relationship.

Their instant attraction to each other is complicated by Garrick’s disabilities and there’s no glossing over it, which I very much appreciated. I also loved River’s wee bit of exhibitionist kink and his love of pretty underwear.

The family and friends who surround the two men are also lovingly crafted, Garrick’s dad in particular was someone I absolutely adored because of his unwavering support, and River’s gran and her mile wide streak of independence.

As for Cookie, the beautiful dog who starts the whole thing off, she’s a total sweetheart and I always love books which include the importance of animals for companionship and affection.

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

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