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Release Blitz: Sass by Jay Hogan

Sass | Jay Hogan

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Release Date: October 27th, 2022

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Blurb

𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘦π˜ͺ𝘯𝘨 𝘡𝘸𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘒𝘳𝘡𝘴. 𝘍π˜ͺ𝘯π˜₯π˜ͺ𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦. 𝘍𝘒𝘴𝘩π˜ͺ𝘰𝘯π˜ͺ𝘯𝘨 𝘒 𝘧𝘢𝘡𝘢𝘳𝘦.

For two years I’ve kept Leon Steadman at a safe distance, ever since the night he turned me down flatter than a pancake with a side order of syrupy disapproval. His loss. The world is full of sexy men. One and done is simply good math and efficient use of my time. Or it would be if I hadn’t been lusting after the irritating, judgemental, gorgeous, mountain of a man, ever since.

The less I see of Leon, the better. Bad enough that his tattoo business sits next to Flare, the fashion store I manage, and that he’s friendly with my boss. But now he’s apartment-sitting above the shop, as well. Every time I turn around, Leon is there. In my store. In my space. Messing with my head. Being all nice and charming and acting like maybe he’s not the biggest jerk to walk the earth, after all.

Well, I don’t want or need Leon’s apologies, but maybe if I can have him, just once, it might put an end to this ridiculous hunger that sparks every time I lay eyes on him.

Yeah, I’ll get back to you on that.

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About The Author

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Jay is a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Romance and her book Off Balance was the 2021 New Zealand Romance Book of the Year. She is a New Zealand author writing mm romance and romantic suspense, primarily set in New Zealand.

She writes character driven romances with lots of humour, a good dose of reality and a splash of angst. She’s travelled extensively, lived in many countries, and in a past life she was a critical care nurse, nurse educator and counsellor.

Jay is owned by a huge Maine Coon cat and a gorgeous Cocker Spaniel

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Sassy is a perfect description for this also swoony romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While this is probably the least “angsty” of the series, it’s by no means lightweight. Jay still covers some pretty big issues with her usual skill and compassionate understanding.

While on the face of it, this is an enemies-to-lovers trope centred narrative, in reality it’s so much more than the sum of its parts.

Kip, aka Chris as Leon calls him, has been a dynamic force in the previous books but here he really gets his chance to shine.

And also to have his halo tarnished as he’s also judgemental and unforgiving, like any human, over what he feels is an insult Leon dished out two years previous.

This means we’re given some interesting flashbacks that take the reader into the journey of Kip and Leon and let us see how they could come together in a believable happy ending.

Before it reaches that stage though, we’re treated to an emotionally complex and thoroughly enjoyable mix of sarcastic retorts, off-the-charts UST, sexual chemistry of the explosive variety, tensions and pain caused by family issues, hurt/comfort of the best kind, capped off with some utterly sweet and completely swoony love.

I’m not sure if this is the final entry or not, but if it is, Jay goes out on a high note.

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

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This warm hug of a romance is completely satisfying

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes you just want to read a book without any of the angsting, overly dramatic scenarios or unbelievable mess-ups that cause the Third Act break-up.

Well, that’s what this book is. Just one giant hug of love from the beginning to the end with only a couple of non-relationship related quibbles which provide a bit of tension in a gentle and completely relatable way.

This is the second full length entry in Charlie’s Yorkshire Coast small town set romances and it’s more grounded in its roots with a lovely vibe of the type of friendship and family life that is indicative of these close-knit communities.

We got a bit of a glimpse that there might be something going on between Noah and Spencer towards the end of Lane and Oliver’s book but here we find out Noah’s been crushing on his best mate Alex’s older brother since they were teenagers.

There’s a few cross-series mentions of some of Charlie’s other series’, which I really love as I’m a big fan of interconnected universes where the books stand alone but have an Easter Egg feel if you’ve read the others.

We also get a hint or two about what might be on the cards for a couple of the other men in this gang of old friends and newer incumbents to their little home town and I’m totally down for what I think is going to be one of the pairings!

With the secondary story here focusing on Spencer finally dealing with the injury that halted his professional football career, Noah’s fears about his body image, and the bisexual awakening journey Spencer is on, this really is a lovely read and perfect for snuggling up with a blanket and a hot drink and whiling away a few hours.

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

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