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Perfect intro to this new expanded World of True North from Sarina

ROOMMATERoommate by Sarina Bowen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This standalone book is the perfect introduction to the new wider World of True North which is coming soon.

Sarina’s duo Him/Us with Elle Kennedy were two of the first books I read in this genre and Wesmie remain one of my favourite couples.

I’ve not read any of her MF books though and yet I never felt lost at any point while reading Roommate.

The story here is a familiar one, an out and proud guy falling for a closeted man but there’s more of an interesting back story dating back to their time at school.

There’re other tensions outside of the relationship as well, which help keep the narrative ticking and overall I was engaged throughout in the journey Kieran and Roddy take to happiness.

One thing I appreciated a lot was that there was no unnecessary drama or angsting just to add plot points.

There are moments when both men’s histories plays a role in them not opening up in a beneficial way, but they were totally understandable.

I’m very much looking forward to reading the rest of the LGBTQ series, which will centre around a bar called Vino & Veritas.

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

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Absolutely glorious festive romance with a delicious hint of spice

55932311._SY475_Merry Cherry Christmas by Keira Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Keira Andrews knows how to write a festive romance which has just enough spice to ensure the sweet never overpowers.

For this, she goes to college with a jock and a nerd who fulfil all the necessary trope requirements while still managing to bring fresh enjoyment to their romance.

It also happens over a relatively short time period, but it’s completely missing any feeling of insta love.

Instead, it seems like Jeremy and Max have been friends forever, the attraction between them is palpable from the off and I loved the dynamics of their relationship.

Max is very much the nurturing type, he was captain of his team and he just wants to take care of Jeremy.

And the gorgeous redheaded anxiety full science nerd is an utterly delightful bundle of innocence.

I loved the interplay between them, I also loved that Max’s sporty mates were all cool dudes and there was no angsting about him being gay.

Instead, the tensions came from Jeremy’s parents being cool with him and from Max’s fears over failing in his promise to his dead mum.

Max’s family were also awesome and I very much loved the guest appearances from Nick and Hunter (Santa Daddy) at their Christmas tree farm.

As is often the case with Keira, there’s a delicious frisson of light kink which prevents the book becoming overly Schmaltzy and I totally appreciated that!

I also appreciated the interracial relationship and that Max’s family were originally from Goa. It added an extra element to his determination to live up to his mother’s legacy and the experience she’d been given by her family in turn making sacrifices as immigrant settlers in Canada.

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

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Audio Tour: Boy Shattered by Eli Easton & Narrated by Tristan Josiah

Boy Shattered | Eli Easton & Narrated by Tristan Josiah

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Release Date: November 16th, 2020

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Brian

You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.

I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others.

Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?

Landon

Will you kiss me?

When I came across Brian Marshall, the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind.

He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.

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“Yup.” I almost said bullet dodged. But the words stuck in my throat. You don’t realize how many idioms have to do with guns or being shot until you’ve, well, been shot. Stupid English language.

Landon’s gaze kept meeting mine, then he’d look away again, then he’d look back into my eyes.

I grabbed the top of the railing and twisted my hands around it, just to keep from reaching out for him. God, I’d missed him. We’d been spending so much time together, it felt unnatural being apart. Like missing a limb. But now that we were together, there was a tension between us that was almost unbearable.

Unbearable. I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

I knew what I wanted, but it was complicated. It was like the potential thing between us was a polyhedron in shape. No matter what angle I tried to approach it from, there were all these pointy bits that looked dangerous. Would he want to be with me if I was closeted? Was it rude to even suggest such a half-assed deal? What if it screwed up our friendship?

Did he want me as much as I wanted him? ’Cause I did want him. So much it hurt. I looked at him, and I’d never seen anyone so breathtakingly beautiful in my life.

“What?” Landon asked with a puzzled smile.

“Nothing.”

He cleared his throat and took out his phone. Probably checking his Twitter account.

“More new followers?”

He put the phone away guiltily. “Sorry. Just feeling restless.”

“I don’t mind.”

“No, I wanna be with you. I spend too much time on that thing anyway.” His Adam’s apple bobbed after he said it, like he’d given too much away, crossed a line. There was an embarrassed spark in his eyes and an anxious lick of his lips that told me he was as nervous as I was.

This wasn’t flirting. It was, like, denial of flirting. Antiflirting. Which was much more telling, really. I was disconcerting Landon Hughes. Now that was something.

I leaned into him slowly, coat arm to coat arm. He tensed instead of pulling away, so he could hold me up. I turned my head to look at him and gave him a slow smile.

“What?” he said, his gaze darting to mine for just a moment.

“You’re warm.”

He chuckled nervously. Then he looked at me for real. His brow furrowed. He brought up his hand, cold without a glove, and brushed his thumb under my eyes. “Not sleeping again?”

“Cousins,” I lied. “Stayed up too late.”

“Ah.”

I went to pull his hand down, because I was tired of being the invalid. I wanted him to touch me, but not like that. I would have held on to his hand too. But he moved before I could, stepping back. “I’m freezing my butt off. Wanna go back?”

“Wimp.”

“You know it. I prefer my balls room temperature.”

I laughed. “Oh really?”

“Shut up.” Landon smirked.

He shoved me, and I shoved him, and we went back to his house.

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About the Author

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Coming from a background in computer game design, Eli has written over 35 books in MM romance since 2013. The Mating of Michael (2014) and A Second Harvest (2016) both won The William Neale Award for Best Gay Contemporary Romance, and Eli’s books have won many awards from the Goodreads M/M Romance Group’s Reader’s Choice Awards.

She is best known for her Christmas romances, the Howl at the Moon series of rom coms featuring dog shifters, and her Sex in Seattle series, which revolves around a sex clinic in Seattle.

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