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This would make a brilliant romcom

Bossy CoverBossy by N.R. Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an absolute classic N.R. contemporary romance, filled with humour and heat.

I loved the Fourth Wall introduction to the book which we hear from Michael, the Mr Bossy of the title.

It acts as a sort of Prologue, it’s a bit like the equivalent of a narrator’s voiceover giving the reader the pertinent facts before the story begins.

I’m sure some people won’t be keen but, for me, bracketing the main elements with Michael’s words direct to the reader really worked.

It set the scene for what turns into an absolute belter of a contemporary romcom which would make a brilliant film.

From the moment our two guys meet, it’s clear the “casual sex once a week” arrangement isn’t going to happen.

They just click. The sex is on fire, definitely one of Nic’s hottest books, but it’s also surprisingly emotional from the off too. They connect in mind and spirit as well as physically.

With a bunch of interesting tension points coming from external sources, it makes the romance the prime focus without any overly dramatic plot points chucked in.

I would have liked to see another scene with them and Michael’s family, the brief one we get is hilarious, and my only other comment would be that I felt both read slightly older than their ages (26 for Bryson, two years older for Michael).

But that’s not to say it spoiled anything because it didn’t. I liked their maturity, and it didn’t feel out of character.

With a smashing group of friends and a very solidly Aussie setting, this one was a delight.

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

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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: An Echo In The Sorrow by Hailey Turner

An Echo in the Sorrow | Hailey Turner

Soulbound #6

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Release Date: March 1st, 2021

Length: 117,943 words

Cover artist: AngstyG LLC

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Blurb

Forgiveness is a hollow prayer you only hear in your dreams.

Patrick Collins has spent years handling cases as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency, even as his secret standing in the preternatural world has changed. He should have confessed to his role as co-leader of the New York City god pack when he and Jonothon de Vere took up the mantle months ago, but he didn’t. Now that split loyalty will cost him at a time when he can least afford it.

Outmaneuvered, framed for murder, and targeted by the Dominion Sect, Patrick has to face a past full of lies to regain his freedom. Revealing the truth means he’ll need to give up the life that has defined him. Everything he’s fought to build with his pack is at stake, and losing them isn’t a price Patrick is willing to pay, but some choices aren’t his to make.

Jono knows they can’t cede any more territory if they want to win the god pack civil war spilling into the streets of New York City. But the souls of werecreatures are free for the taking when demons come to town and angels sing a warning no one can ignore. When Jono’s worst fear comes to life, and he loses the one person he can’t live without, the only option left is to fight.

Facing down the demons of their past and the ones in their present, Patrick and Jono will learn the hard way that some sins never wash away clean.

An Echo in the Sorrow is a 118k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot. It is a direct sequel to On the Wings of War. Reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.

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Teaser

It’d been four years since the end of the Thirty-Day War. Four years since Ashanti had delivered the gods-given dagger into his hands and willingly sacrificed herself to break Ethan’s spell. The guilt Patrick had carried since then hadn’t faded with her resurrection by way of the Morrígan’s staff. Weeks wasn’t enough time to come to terms with the hidden details of Ashanti’s myth and a grief that had been ultimately misplaced.

Maybe he should’ve looked harder at her history, but he’d been a child when Ashanti came into his life, and gods were meddlesome and uncaring in the face of immortality. Ashanti was no different than Persephone and all the others who tore Patrick apart with their demands in that way. But in some ways, she was kinder. She had never treated him as anything but what he was—a weapon to be used until his soul debt was paid in full.

About the Author

Hailey

Hailey Turner is a big city girl who spoils her cats rotten and has a demanding day job that she loves, but not as much as she loves writing.

She’s been writing since she was a young child and enjoys reading almost as much as creating a new story.

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