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A nice “no relationship drama” MM romance in this mainstream BILLIONAIRE series

YoursToKeep AMAZONYours to Keep by Claudia Y. Burgoa

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I picked up this ARC because I like to support any author who is willing to include an MM romance within a mainstream MF series and, on the whole, I enjoyed it.

As this was the sixth, and final, one in a six book series, I’m pretty sure I was missing out on some of the nuances.

But, overall, it worked fairly well as a standalone.

It wasn’t a higher rated read for me because of a couple of reasons.

Firstly, the steam level. There’s one on page blowjob, one on page full on sex scene and then everything else is referenced off page.

This could be the author’s style, as I said, I haven’t read any others in the series.

However, my preference is for the growing trust and emotional vulnerability which comes from a point in the relationship where you’ve connected with the other enough to reach that level of intimacy, should be on page.

It always leaves me feeling disconnected from the relationship when I’m reading they’re being intimate or just releasing sexual tension with a hot fuck but I’m not seeing it. YMMV here.

The second element was the rest of the plot. It was a bit hard to swallow tbh and I’m not going to spoil it for others, but I’d have to say that I was suspending an awful lot of disbelief.

I think this is fairly common in the billionaire trope though 😁

Still, there were cute bits too. Including how they fell for each other while protesting that they didn’t ‘catch feelings’.

And I liked the small town vibes. I also liked that there was no relationship drama or stupid miscommunication between Dare and Vance.

So, on balance, good but nothing out of the ordinary. I would read another MM from this author though.

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

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An absolutely gorgeous romance and perfect for Harlequin’s Special Edition line

57623809._SY475_The Lights on Knockbridge Lane by Roan Parrish

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a gorgeous romance and it makes my heart so happy that it will be the first ever gay romance in Harlequin’s Special Edition line.

It’s the perfect story for a Christmas romance, it’s full of warmth, it’s heavy on the meaning of family and supporting those you love, even if they don’t fit in with what society thinks is normal.

There’s also a gentle heat to it, and a strong message that it’s okay to be different, as is often the case with Roan’s books.

It has characters who don’t follow the crowd, Wes is unashamedly out there will his passion for biodiversity, for bugs and insects, lizards and reptiles.

Gus is a delight, an eight-year-old package of inquisitiveness and confidence, but a child hiding the hurt of already being rejected by two parental figures, her own mother and the man she called Papa.

Adam was a delight, unashamedly emotional, willing to see the best in everyone and courageous enough to return to the town he left when he was 18 because he wanted his niece/daughter to be brought up close to the one family member who did care about them all.

I loved this book, it was a one shot read for me, I didn’t want to put it down until I got to the happy ending, and it’s a glorious one.

However, I will say if you’re not one for children or Christmas, the emphasis on the importance of family (whether blood or not), then this might be too much for you as it’s very much central to everything that happens.

For me, it hit all the things I want in a festive narrative and then some. Plus it was nice to catch up with some of the other guys from the Garnet Run series too.

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

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Release Blitz: Greeking Out by Colette Davison

Greeking Out | Colette Davison

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Release Date: August 19, 2021

Cover Artist: Colette Davison

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 45,000 words

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Blurb

Can a singles’ holiday in Crete give two men who’ve never met, and only spoken via a hook-up app, what they both crave—love?

Apollo

A year of messaging on the Cuffd app has led me to understand one thing: Troy is the one meaningful relationship I’ve ever had. Two things are stopping it from being more, I’m an adult film star and there’s also an ocean between us. To claim my geek boy, I’m going to have to pull out all the stops and lay my heart on the line as I’ve never done before.

Troy

Apollo, my online friend gives me the confidence to take a trip to a place I dream of. Myths and legends are worth a little fear of flying, right? With the incentive of finding a Daddy who’s as caring as Apollo, what do I have to lose?

Greeking Out is a long-distance-friends-to-lovers story with a geeky boy who hasn’t been little in too long, a confident, caring Daddy who wants to give his boy the holiday of a lifetime, and a well-loved teddy bear.

It’s part of the Destination Daddies multi-author series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but there are so many destinations and Daddies to discover, why not grab them all?

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Excerpt

GeekBoy: What if I’ve forgotten something?

HungLikeAGreekGod: I’m sure you haven’t, but if it helps, you can tell me everything you’ve got packed.

GeekBoy: Really?

HungLikeAGreekGod: Of course. I wouldn’t have offered if I hadn’t meant it.

GeekBoy: Everything?

HungLikeAGreekGod: Everything, geek boy. Before you do, take a deep breath and a moment to calm down.

GeekBoy: Okay.

The urge to reply with “yes, Daddy” was overwhelming. Apollo wasn’t my Daddy and never would be, but it made me smile whenever he acted that way. Taking care of other people was probably as natural for him as breathing. Speaking of which… I took a couple of deep breaths. Once my mind was less of a whirlwind of panic, I opened my suitcase and carefully took everything out. I repacked everything meticulously, pausing between items to tell Apollo what I was putting into the case.

GeekBoy: Flip-flops and slip-on shoes.

HungLikeAGreekGod: They’ll come in handy. Do you have something more rugged for visiting Knossos and walking up to Zeus’s birthplace?

GeekBoy: My boots, but I’ll be wearing those on the flight.

HungLikeAGreekGod: I think that’s all the footwear you’ll need. What’s next?

GeekBoy: Five pairs of socks. To wear with the boots, not the flip-flops or slip-on shoes.

HungLikeAGreekGod: I’m glad that fashion crisis has been averted.

GeekBoy: Please. As if I would wear socks and sandals. Seven pairs of underwear.

HungLikeAGreekGod: That’s plenty.

I was almost disappointed that he hadn’t asked for more details. Why would he? We were friends, nothing more. Friends didn’t ask each other about their underwear.

GeekBoy: Seven T-shirts, four pairs of shorts, two pairs of jeans, plus the pair I’ll be wearing on the plane. Some little clothing in case I get the chance to be little. Two pairs of swimming trunks. A hat, sun cream, my toiletries bag, which has toothpaste, a toothbrush, and stuff to shave with. Lube and condoms just in case.

HungLikeAGreekGod: I told you. You have everything you need.

GeekBoy: Deodorant will be in my carry-on.

HungLikeAGreekGod: Good plan. What else do you have in your carry-on?

I added my favourite dildo to my suitcase and zipped it back up. Then I unpacked the small rucksack I was taking as hand luggage.

GeekBoy: Sunglasses, the aforementioned deodorant, currency, my wallet, a spare change of clothes just in case my luggage goes missing, my passport, and last but not least, batteries for my B.O.B.

HungLikeAGreekGod: What’s a B.O.B?

I snort-laughed at the thought that a porn star didn’t know what B.O.B stands for.

GeekBoy: Battery-operated boyfriend.

HungLikeAGreekGod: Why didn’t you just say dildo?

GeekBoy: B.O.B is more discreet.

HungLikeAGreekGod: You don’t need to be discreet with me.

About the Author

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Colette’s personal love story began at university, where she met her future husband. An evening of flirting, in the shadow of Lancaster castle, eventually led to a fairytale wedding.

She’s enjoying her own ‘happy ever after’ in the north of England with her husband, two beautiful children and her writing.

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