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Charles | Con Riley

Learning to Love #1

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Release Date: July 22nd, 2021

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Length: 344 pages

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Blurb

Opposites attract in this low-angst romance filled with British snark and humour.

Life should be a breeze for a playboy like Charles Heppel. As the third son of an earl, he lives for the moment, partying and playing. Settling down isn’t for him. Not when London is full of beautiful men who he hasn’t one-and-done yet.

To escape his family’s nagging, Charles applies for a temp job that matches his playful skill set. A role in a Cornish classroom could be his until the summer, if Charles meets two conditions: he must move in with the headmaster’s best friend, and teach him to be happy.

Living with Hugo should be awkward. Charles is a free spirit, but Hugo’s a man of faith, with morals. A man who almost took holy orders before disaster changed his direction. Only far from being a chore, Charles finds that making Hugo happy soon becomes his passion.

Together, they share physical and emotional first times. Ones that change Charles, touching his soul. He wants Hugo for longer than they have left, but learning to love with his heart, not just his body, will take a leap of faith from Charles — in himself as well as Hugo.

New from Con Riley, Charles: Learning to Love is the first novel in a series based at Glynn Harber, a very special boarding school set in England’s glorious Cornwall.

This shared-world series starts with Charles and Hugo, but each book follows a different couple in their own standalone novel, with a fulfilling happily ever after.

Want to hear more from Charles? He stole the show in His Haven.

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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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Charles and HHH make me heart happy and theirs is a beautiful romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charles and HHH (His Holy Hotness) make me heart happy. They’re such a study in contrasts and neither of them is expecting the other at the point their lives intersect.

If you’ve read His Haven then you’ve already met Charles (and Hugo at a distance) and should already be utterly in love with him, because he is just the most huggable character Con’s ever written.

He’s risen above some almost insurmountable odds with his particular type of dyslexia/low working memory, and he’s found a career at which he excels, if only his family could see it too.

Hugo’s having a crisis, not of faith, that is unshakeable, but he’s suffered a real physical and mental blow to where he thought his life was taking him.

This book is not religious, even though at one point Hugo thought he was on the way to being a Padre in the British Army.

It’s about faith, both personal and in a wider understanding of how our lives change when we least expect it. It’s powerful and profoundly moving when both Charles and Hugo come to realise that the journey they’re taking might not be where they were originally heading.

When the two meet, it sets them on a path which will make you smile, make you cry (even me!), have you desperately turning the pages because it couldn’t really take such a turn and everything not end up perfectly right?!

On the way you’ll meet another bunch of wonderful characters, be introduced to some of the men who will be appearing in the other two books in this series, and you’ll find that God moves in mysterious ways 😉😁

As ever my disclaimer, I alpha read this book for Con and so you can blame me for any bits you might not like 😎 but I really hope you don’t find any because this book is the very definition of beautiful.

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Another one to add to my favourites shelf from J.R. Lawrie

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The Sheltering Tree by J.R. Lawrie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

J.R.’s debut collection of short stories is one of my favourite books of all time and this one has gone right next to it on the shelf.

The relationship between Alastair and Jay is perfectly developed through intense chemistry when they first meet, to a hesitant friends with benefits sexual exploration and then into a deep friendship.

They are studies in opposites, Alastair’s high flying job as Commander of the Metropolitan Police puts him in the spotlight, but it’s something he does under sufferance. Jay’s role as CEO of a company helping at risk kids is close to home, and he’s hiding a painful secret which would have devastating consequences if it comes out.

There’s a tension runs through the book because of this secret, which the reader isn’t a party to either in full, which makes the narrative pacing a perfect blend of the quieter, intimate moments with the suspense elements.

Sex is inspired between these two. Alastair hasn’t had chance to have a relationship for years, Jay is too busy hiding himself to really let go but together, they fly high.

The scenes at Cliveden are among my most favourite romantic encounters in any book, they’re so filled with all the feelings the two men are trying to suppress. The speculative added commentary from the hotel staff just pops the cherry on an already delicious cake imho. It made me smile big time.

There’s also an excellent set of secondary characters, one of my favourites being Alastair’s personal assistant (and general go-to gal) Juliet, who is encouraging and mothering of him even though she’s much younger.

I won’t go into the details of the suspense element of the plot, only to say that it works perfectly throughout as Jay’s past comes back to threaten not only him, but Alastair’s position. The build-up to the final quarter of the book will make your heart race as the danger gets closer.

Oh, and the wee little Easter Egg reference to Richard from J.R.’s Let Your Heart Be Light: A Collection of M/M Holiday Romances was brilliant. If you’ve not read that book yet, I’d definitely suggest you do!

I can’t wait to see what other people think of this book, it’s one of my absolute favourite reads in any genre.

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

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