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Luke | Con Riley

Learning To Love #3

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Release Date: February 24th, 2022

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Length: 300 pages

Universal Link: getbook.at/LukeLTL3

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Blurb

Can Luke learn to love the man who left him?

Headmaster Luke Lawson is committed to saving his boarding school before a cash crisis sinks it. He’ll do anything to keep it afloat, even if that means accepting help from the man who broke his heart at uni.

Nathan’s offer to teach for free could be a blessing as long as Luke can harden his bruised heart. That’s tough when they’ll need to share living quarters and have a history of hook-ups. But Luke knows being compatible in bed isn’t enough to build trust. It can’t be when Nathan has always left him before morning.

This time around, it feels different. Nathan’s work overseas has changed him. Touched him. Opened a locked chamber in his heart that Luke is beginning to think must have been bruised in the past too.

As pressure mounts, can Luke trust that Nathan’s committed this time—not only to his school but to a shared future with him long term?

♥ Featuring a second chance at first love in close proximity, Luke is the third standalone novel in the Learning to Love series. Set in England’s glorious county of Cornwall, each book has a fulfilling happily ever after. ♥

CW: Non-explicit mentions of childhood anxieties.

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Learning To Love Series

Book #1 – Charles – Buy Here

Book #2 – Sol – Buy Here

Book #4 – Austin – Pre-Order Here (Out June 23)

About The Author

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CON RILEY lives on the wild and wonderful Welsh coast, with her head in the clouds and her feet in the ocean.

Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that make them live and breathe.

When not people-watching or reading, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her — she’s probably thinking up new plots.

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Luke & Nathan gave me a huge book hangover

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had the biggest book hangover after finishing Luke.

It’s no secret Con Riley is one of my favourite authors, but with this one she truly excels as we finally get Luke’s story. And what a heart-wrencher it is.

He’s been hopelessly in love with Nathan since they were teenagers at university. Nathan is Hugo’s best friend, who we’ve met briefly before when we got a sneaky look at their interactions when they went to rescue Charles from the Tors.

But here we get to find out the full, tortured (emotionally not physically!) history between the two of them, from when they first met, their recollections of each other (this is single POV from Luke but you get to know Nathan beautifully), all their fears and the dreams which may have come to a crashing end.

Glynn Harber is as much a part of this story as the romance between Luke and Nathan and we also get to see a surprising new side of Sol’s ex Austin, who readers may have taken a dislike to in the previous book.

Without going into massive detail, this book explores what makes a friendship, why a friendship might turn to love, how that love can be battered and bruised but still cling on to faint hope and how, when that hope is rewarded, all the hurts from the past can slip away and new memories be found to patch over them.

Luke is, hands down, my favourite of all the three men Con has given us in the Learning to Love series (sorry Charles, I do still love you, sorry Mitch, you are still the GOAT when it comes to telling home truths), because there is something so vulnerable at the core of the man yet his steely determination and stern outlook hide it deep within.

Nathan brings Luke into the light. He lets him return to his younger, more carefree, self, but he also helps shore up that backbone of steel when it’s really needed.

This book is also emotionally intimate, especially when Luke is still trying to hide his feelings from Nathan. His vulnerability is something precious and to finally see that taken care of, as it should be, as the book reaches its conclusion, really is quite magical.

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As ever, I alpha read this for Con but don’t take that as me having any inherent bias towards the work, she’ll be the first to tell you that I let her know when something isn’t quite right. All the words are her own wonderful imagination and skill 💖

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

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