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Review Tour: Trusting The Elements by Elle Keaton

Trusting The Elements | Elle Keaton

A Never Too Late Novel

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Length: 50,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Cate Ashwood

Cover Photo: Paul Henry Serres

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Blurb

There’s nothing like a near-death car accident to open your eyes. Otto Proulx decides surviving was a sign; he’s being given a second chance to claim the life he wants to live.

For the past few years he’s been hiding in the shadows, vague texts from a troubled ex-partner keep him at home along with his general lack of luck in the romance department. This is his last chance, he’s certain, this time he’ll meet the man for him, the one he’s sure is out there somewhere.

Greg Trainor runs a specialty kite shop and helps his friends out when they ask. That’s the kind of guy he is, if somebody needs something, they call on Greg. He’s a big guy and no genius, but he’s dependable.

So…yeah, when he sees a car precariously perched on the side of the road, he stops to help out; it’s what he does.

One night of passion leads to…several more and suddenly both men are searching around to define what they have together. Neither wants to scare the other off and neither wants to ask for more.

Will the two men be able to set aside their fears and create a family together, trusting the elements are in their favor?

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About The Author

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Thanks for stopping by, I’m Elle Keaton and I hail from the northwest corner of the US where we are known for rain, rain and more rain. I write the Accidental Roots series, set here in the Pacific Northwest featuring hot MM romance and the guarantee of a happy ending for my men. They start out broken, and maybe they end up that way too, but they always find the other half of their hearts.

I started writing way back when but only began publishing about two and a half years ago and now have nine books out. Each features a couple in my little universe, sometimes there is added mystery and suspense.

Social Media

Website: https://www.ellekeaton.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ElleKeatonWrites

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Great debut novel examining the pressures of being gay in premiership football

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by Charlie Novak

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a debut book, this is impressive.

There’s a well-crafted story which looks at professional football (the round ball variety 😉) and the pressures which come from being gay and playing in that world.

I still find it absolutely astonishing that Justin Fashanu remains the only top-flight British footballer to come out as gay while he was still playing and his tragic death only emphasises the hyper-masculinity which is, unfortunately, a feature of the so-called beautiful game

There are a few out players in lower leagues and in overseas leagues but of the 20 teams in the Premiership, I find it incredibly difficult to believe there are no players who identify other than heterosexual.

But, back to the book. As I said, a well-crafted look at the inherent fears involved in playing for a top club, especially when you’re only 23 with all your career ahead of you. I felt so badly for Christian and his anxiety and issues were relatable.

David was a sweetheart and he put up with a lot because he completely understood what it was like having himself once been on track for a professional career.

Their second chance romance was wonderfully sweet, it’s a bit slow burn, a little bit exploratory as Christian is still inexperienced and hasn’t had anal sex (which he considers to be an important element to his relationship with David).

There’re some strong secondary characters, Christian’s twin sister Lily is wonderful, David’s best friend Kit is hilarious, both mums appear in the background as strong women who have raised their sons to be fine young men, Christian’s three footballing colleagues Liam, Jordan and Hugo, are excellent supports for him as well.

I suspect Jordan’s story may be coming next, or possibly Hugo, who identifies as pansexual and I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more from this author.

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

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Release Blitz: Trusting The Elements by Elle Keaton

Trusting The Elements | Elle Keaton

A Never Too Late Novel

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Buy Links:

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Universal Link

Length: 50,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Cate Ashwood

Cover Photo: Paul Henry Serres

Trusting the Elements Ebook.jpg

Blurb

There’s nothing like a near-death car accident to open your eyes. Otto Proulx decides surviving was a sign; he’s being given a second chance to claim the life he wants to live.

For the past few years he’s been hiding in the shadows, vague texts from a troubled ex-partner keep him at home along with his general lack of luck in the romance department. This is his last chance, he’s certain, this time he’ll meet the man for him, the one he’s sure is out there somewhere.

Greg Trainor runs a specialty kite shop and helps his friends out when they ask. That’s the kind of guy he is, if somebody needs something, they call on Greg. He’s a big guy and no genius, but he’s dependable.

So…yeah, when he sees a car precariously perched on the side of the road, he stops to help out; it’s what he does.

One night of passion leads to…several more and suddenly both men are searching around to define what they have together. Neither wants to scare the other off and neither wants to ask for more.

Will the two men be able to set aside their fears and create a family together, trusting the elements are in their favor?

About The Author

Copy of ElleHeadShot.jpg

Thanks for stopping by, I’m Elle Keaton and I hail from the northwest corner of the US where we are known for rain, rain and more rain. I write the Accidental Roots series, set here in the Pacific Northwest featuring hot MM romance and the guarantee of a happy ending for my men. They start out broken, and maybe they end up that way too, but they always find the other half of their hearts.

I started writing way back when but only began publishing about two and a half years ago and now have nine books out. Each features a couple in my little universe, sometimes there is added mystery and suspense.

Social Media

Website: https://www.ellekeaton.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ElleKeatonWrites

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighwayToElle/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/elle-keaton

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elle.keaton_author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PirateQueenRdz1

Amazon: https://amzn.to/ek-amazon-profile

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/ek-gr-profile

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Aimee offers up another wonderful romance in the Queen City

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yet another wonderful romance from the pen of Aimee Nicole Walker in this fantastic series.

There’s so much to he happy about in this book, from the opposites attract nature of Henry and Ezra’s life experiences, to the age gap and light-hearted touches of a Dom/sub caring relationship which sees equal opportunities for both men to demonstrate their feelings for the other.

A great set of supporting characters, some of whom we’re already familiar, helps bring this rich narrative to life.

My only grumble is going behind spoiler tags and, tbh it’s not really a grumble, it just made me laugh:

***SPOILER***

why is the ‘bad guy’ always a man with a British accent!

Here the tensions come totally from within the story, there’s nothing thrown in for the sake of dramatic effect. In fact, I’d nicely relaxed as I hit the 75% mark and beyond with only the usual fears and doubts about any relationship being points of concern.

The last 10% really kicked up the pace and I loved how everything was resolved with a nod to a true classic.

A wonderful epilogue rounded out this smashing Road to Blissville spin-off and I’m really hoping it’s going to be Des and Geoff next!

PS: The dedication in this book made me get very teary, thanks for that Aimee, it was beautifully stated and you’re so right about the love and joy that comes with new life.

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

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Review Tour: Patron Of Mercy by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

Patron Of Mercy | Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

Lords Of The Underworld #3

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Length: 70,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

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Blurb

Lach has spent the last few thousand years counting only on himself. What he needed, he took. What he wanted, he won with charm. All except a god he turned his back on an age ago, when he had a different name and didn’t know what he was giving up.

Thanatos, god of merciful death, is one of the gentlest gods in the pantheon—easing the transition between life and death for billions of mortals. But he has faced eternity alone. After breaking his heart on the sharp words of a fisherman’s son, he hasn’t been able to connect with anyone.

Now, Lach is crashing back into Thanatos’s life, dragging him into an adventure that could save the world . . . or kill them both.

Patron Of Mercy is the third book in the series but it can be read as a standalone

Lords of the Underworld Series

Prince of Death – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Prisoner Of Shadows – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

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About The Authors

Copy of LogoSam Burns wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten-year-old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

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W.M. Fawkes is an author of LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romance. With coauthor Sam Burns, she writes feisty Greek gods, men, and monsters in the Lords of the Underworld series.

She lives with her partner in a house owned by three Halloween-hued felines that dabble regularly in shadow walking.

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Nick and Jared conclude an overall excellent hospital-set series

The Doctor's Orders (Copper Point Medical, #3)The Doctor’s Orders by Heidi Cullinan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am so conflicted with this book! There were parts of it I loved the best out of all three in this series, others I felt like banging my head against a wall.

A lot of it frustrated me, Nick was – for me anyway – a character I found difficult to get a handle on because I simply couldn’t get with him over his behaviour when it came to both Jared and also his dependency on his family.

Now, I totally get his fears about coming out being overly complicated with his fears about racism and the pressures he felt in living up the legacy of his father, but – imho anyways – the behaviour of his mum and Grandma was so out of odds with how they’d been in the rest of the series that I was scratching my head at times.

Jared, I loved Jared though. I hadn’t realised by his appearances in the other two books, just how much he was hurting and feeling alone as his two best friends paired off. There’re hints of a past with Nick but this book throws everything on the table.

I liked the way Heidi brought them back together, I liked how elements of the book’s overall plot regarding the hospital were used, I loved seeing Nick in his CEO role going out and kicking ass. I rolled my eyes a couple of times at the multitude of pop culture references, which felt more present than usual.

It’s political, as expected from this author, but I didn’t think it was as overtly so as book one (although my friend Dani felt this was the most outwardly political), I think for me it was because the homophobia and racism were so integrated with Nick’s fears that it didn’t feel preachy like book one had done at times.

This one’s definitely the steamiest of the lot, and I am glad about that, as things had been a bit of a damp squib in the second book (even though that remains my favourite) but the relationship between Nick and Jared absolutely needed those encounters to be on page.

Overall though, I have thoroughly enjoyed this whole series, the setting is excellent, the world building brought to life this small town and it’s community hospital with ease and the six characters at the heart of the books were utterly believable and their romances quite charming.

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

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Release Blitz: Patron Of Mercy by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

Patron Of Mercy | Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

Lords Of The Underworld #3

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Buy Links:

Amazon US | Amazon UK

Universal Link

Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow with Kindle Unlimited

Length: 70,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

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Blurb

Lach has spent the last few thousand years counting only on himself. What he needed, he took. What he wanted, he won with charm. All except a god he turned his back on an age ago, when he had a different name and didn’t know what he was giving up.

Thanatos, god of merciful death, is one of the gentlest gods in the pantheon—easing the transition between life and death for billions of mortals. But he has faced eternity alone. After breaking his heart on the sharp words of a fisherman’s son, he hasn’t been able to connect with anyone.

Now, Lach is crashing back into Thanatos’s life, dragging him into an adventure that could save the world . . . or kill them both.

Patron Of Mercy is the third book in the series but it can be read as a standalone

Lords of the Underworld Series

Prince of Death – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Prisoner Of Shadows – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

About The Authors

Copy of LogoSam Burns wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten-year-old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a Wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

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W.M. Fawkes is an author of LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romance. With coauthor Sam Burns, she writes feisty Greek gods, men, and monsters in the Lords of the Underworld series.

She lives with her partner in a house owned by three Halloween-hued felines that dabble regularly in shadow walking.

Website | Facebook | Twitter

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