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The His series comes to a beautiful conclusion with this opposites attract romance

His HavenHis Haven by Con Riley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my Keir, how much do I love you!

And Mitch, you utterly perfect rogue, you knew just what Keir needed and how to get him out of his own head.

I’ll just disclaimer here to say, as with the previous books, I alpha read this one and so it holds a very special place in my heart.

Even before I got involved with Con’s work, I’ve adored the lyrical way she writes and I think with His Haven, she’s hit the pinnacle of beautiful storytelling.

Keir is so in need of Mitch, even though he fights his hardest against the attraction. He’s wounded, hurting and so lost, even while he drives himself into his work to stop feeling lonely.

Mitch has spent his life caring for others, a youthful mistake giving him a lifetime of guilt he just can’t shake no matter how much his work as a brain trauma specialist PT gives back.

Theirs is a complex narrative, there’s lots going on with this story, but it’s all intertwined so neatly that the reader never gets lost in the process. There are obviously close ties to His Compass as Mitch is Justin’s full-time support, Keir is Nicky’s lawyer and biggest supporter.

We get to see more of their happy ending, and a brief flying visit with Jude and Rob, who are still fully loved up at their new bijou hotel venture.

The Cornish setting is as vivid as ever, The Haven and the people there are as much a part of the story as the landscape and the experiences Keir and Mitch go through. There’s humour, of course, which stops things ever getting too mawkish.

The His series has been wonderful, but Keir and Mitch are absolutely, hands down, my favourite pairing, although Charles and HHH (and yes I’m being sneaky with my insider knowledge of what’s coming next from Con 😁) are giving them a real run for the money atm.

Oh, and the wee Easter Egg in the Epilogue, that just caps it all off.

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

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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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Release Blitz: His Compass by Con Riley

His Compass | Con Riley

His Contemporary MM Romance #2

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Release Date: January 14th, 2021

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

Length: 85,000 words

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Blurb

Tom has one rule: don’t sleep with the crew. A second chance with a younger, gorgeous deckhand tempts him to break it.

After a busy season as a charter-hire skipper, Tom yearns for some downtime. His lonely heart also aches for adventure with someone special, but paying his bills has to come first. A surprise sailing contract and huge bonus offer his first glimpse of freedom for years. There’s only one catch: he must crew with Nick, a deckhand who jumped ship once already.

Nick’s as young and untested as the new yacht they’re contracted to sail, and he’s just as gorgeous. Forced to spend a month as Nick’s captain, Tom discovers depths he hadn’t noticed. He’s captivated, and happier sailing with Nick than he’s been in forever. However, their voyage is finite, and both men keep soul-deep secrets.

As the contract draws to an end, they must get honest about what’s in their hearts if they want to share a life at sea, and love, forever.

Featuring an age gap that’s only a number, forced proximity that makes hiding attraction impossible, and a yacht that’s nothing but trouble, His Compass is the second novel in the His MM Contemporary Romance series from Con Riley.

♥ This shared-world series starts with His Horizon, but each book follows a different couple, and can be enjoyed as a standalone novel complete with a fulfilling happily ever after. ♥

His Contemporary MM Romance Series

HisHorizon

His Horizon

Book #1

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HisHaven

His Haven

Book #3

Coming April 2021

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About The Author

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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