Gorgeous second chance romance

Still Your GuyStill Your Guy by Devon McCormack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes you meet ‘the one’ when you’re young and you don’t know any different and you think the world will always be laid out in front of you.

Then life conspires and sometimes it twists along the way and you lose ‘the one’ and you’re not sure your heart will ever recover. And then, if you’re one of those gifted by fate, sometimes ‘the one’ comes back and you get another chance.

This book has an occasional splutter, when perhaps the language doesn’t match up to the emotions being expressed, but otherwise it’s a gorgeous journey with two men who lost their hearts as boys growing up together.

There’s a great set of secondary characters and the world building creates a location which is as strong a character as the people.

As this is a Devon McCormack story, there’s plenty of smexy times, but it’s also emotionally connected as well as smoking hot, there is a deep aching love between Mason and Chase which seeps from the pages and wraps itself around the reader.

Stunning Jay Aheer cover too.

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New series starter is smoking hot

Depth of Field (Last Chance Book 1)Depth of Field by Riley Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gawd this book is hot and sensual and steamy and erotic and all the other words you associate with a brilliantly crafted sexual romance.

It’s also full of emotions and actual conversations and relatively low angst and a minor hiccup of misunderstanding which, for me anyway, didn’t work quite so well as the stumbling block to eternal happiness.

However, the resolution of said stumbling block was executed perfectly and without a load of unnecessary drama and I loved how Shane owned up to his fears and his deliberately destructive reaction.

There’s ancient hurts being healed, there’s an old time enemies to lovers and there’s some of the most beautifully written expressions of love I’ve read in a while.

This book, while it’s hot enough to melt the polar ice caps, also has so much romantic love running alongside it, that it makes reading it an absolute joy.

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Christina Lee’s Regret – powerful tale of second chances releases today

Today also sees the release of Christina Lee’s superb second chances romance Regret. Once again I’m joining in with the Release Day Blitz to help promote this fabulous book and giving readers a sneak peek inside the pages.

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COVER DESIGN: KANAXA

EXCERPT

“Tally pawed at the pillow for a few seconds before finally sinking down, apparently resigned to her position. I straightened to back out of the room, only then allowing my gaze to slide over Brin’s sleeping form. My pulse spiked when I noticed his eyes on me.

“Not sure Tally will want to sleep without you,” he rasped out. The words were like a thunderbolt to my chest. As if he was referring to more than the dog finding her way to my bed.

“Not sure I’ll want to sleep without her,” I replied in a hoarse voice, attempting to get my emotions under control.

Without you. Because you’ve taken up residence inside my heart once again. But maybe you’ve always been there, winding inside my rib cage, coiling around my lungs. Making it impossible to breathe, to think, to stop wanting.

As I turned to leave, his warm fingers curled around my wrist, searing into my skin. My breath caught in my throat. It was the first time he made the first move and my heart bloomed into an impossibly large bouquet of hope and aching desire inside my chest.

Our gazes snagged and held as his other hand slowly reached for the edge of the blanket and pulled it aside.”

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My review of Regret can be found HERE.

AUTHOR BIO

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing.

She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul.

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This book just hit all my buttons and almost made me cry

RegretRegret by Christina Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book needs a tissue warning! I didn’t full out blub but I was so close and definitely had very leaky eyes at the ending.

Sometimes a book just resonates with you as a reader and this was one of those for me. I could feel every ounce of Nick’s guilt and grief and all I wanted to do was reach into the book and wrap him in the world’s biggest hug.

Brin, on the other hand, for a lot of the book I wanted to sit down and just talk to, get inside his hurt and ask him to think logically about why Nick might have done what he did. His hurt was perfectly valid and I totally understood why he’d cut him off but as soon as they reconnected, it became really clear there had been something seriously wrong at the heart of Nick’s behaviour.

There’s nothing more delicious to me than a true enemies to lovers or second chance romance and this book turns both up in spades. Christina Lee is a writer who has such an authentic way of connecting her readers to the characters she’s writing. They are honest and real and flawed but also beautiful and hopeful and loving.

The sadness at the centre of this book is also wholly believable, it never once feels like a plot point thrown in just to create the drama. It was heart-breaking and something you know sadly happens more than we’d like to think and which leaves people living half lives.

The characters which surround Nick and Brin are also fully drawn out, inhabiting their own slice of the story perfectly and bringing the necessary depth to anchor their relationship reconnection on.

I’m really hoping this is the start of a new series Christina because I want to know more about Tristan and the mysterious Mr V’s boyfriend!

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Riley Hart slays it yet again in this new series

Gone for You (Wild Side, #1)Gone for You by Riley Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The way Riley Hart writes just perfectly speaks to me, I’ve not read anything of hers I’ve not enjoyed and this is no different.

She manages to take the everyday routine of life and falling in love, no matter what the age of the characters, and infuses it with a little bit of magic.

In this one we have a standard friends to lovers and sort of second chance romance but with Oliver and Matt she creates two stand out characters who feel utterly real.

I loved watching them bumping heads as Matt returned back to the boy he’s always loved but never felt good enough for and Oliver grew to realise he had to let Matt fix himself and say goodbye to his life long love to give it the chance to bloom fully.

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Enjoyable romp through a second chance romance

Lost and Found (Foster Puppies Book 3)Lost and Found by A.R. Steele

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

This is the best in the series in terms of story narrative, although it still has an odd side plot which doesn’t really bring anything to the table.

Having said that though, I think the relationship development between Cedric and Oriole (isn’t that the name of a baseball team, that kept throwing me out of the story a bit) felt realistic.

It’s not quite a true second chance romance as only Oriole had feelings in the past but it still worked well.

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Superb follow up for this new spin off series from Sloan Johnson

False Start (Wilmington Breakers, #2)False Start by Sloan Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve said before how much I enjoy a good sports romance. While the real world seems to sadly lag behind when it comes to top level athletes and sportsmen being able to be out safely and successfully, these novels provide the joy and the hope things might reach that state eventually.

This was both a later life and a sort of second chance romance, two of my favourite tropes, both men coming with plenty of baggage and fears about being vulnerable.

I loved both Nix and Linc, they were uniquely drawn characters with their own distinct voice. The steam level is on the lower scale but when they do get together it’s beautifully passionate. It’s also mostly low angst too, these guys talk it out, albeit with some reluctance.

There’s a moment of sadness too but it’s not drama lama-ing for the sake of plot. Now I’m hoping that Sloan has set us up with Blake and mystery man John for book three.

Oh, truly gorgeous cover too.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an unbiased and honest review.

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