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A swoony and beautifully romantic Savannah story

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely adore a sexual awakening romance and when it’s coupled with a best friend’s brother and set in Aimee Nicole Walker’s interconnected universe, you know it’s going to be a triumph.

Julien and Topher’s story was everything I hoped for and also gave me so much more. Look in a dictionary for the word “smitten” and it’ll have a picture of me while reading this book.

If you’re looking for an angsty driven narrative, you won’t find it here.

Instead what you get is a beautifully sweet slow burn filled with flirting, humour and two wonderful families who fill their homes with joy and happiness.

There’s a small side plot which I suspect may head over into Chief Mendoza’s book, which is up next. And let me say, my excitement levels for that one are off the charts.

As was the sexy times between these two once Julien realised Topher wasn’t hiding his feelings or planning on running away.

There’s only a brief appearance from Sawyer and Royce, but we do also get a little bit of Rocky too and I just honestly love being in this world so I didn’t care. Julien and Topher carry the story perfectly on their own.

If you’re looking for a swoony and supportive palate cleanser which makes you happy and puts hearts in your eyes, this one is it.

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

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Garrett’s beautiful slow burn romance opens the new In Vino Veritas series

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how she does it but each time I pick up a book by Garrett Leigh, she blows me away.

Her characters are never given an easy life, they have challenges to break the strongest of backs but they are always resilient, they persevere and, ultimately they triumph in a way which works for them.

Her men are never “cured” by falling in love, there’s no magic dick pill to end mental health issues or to smooth away the edges of neurodivergency, there’s no therapeutic kiss to end the symptoms of PTSD.

Instead, what they get are blocks of support, coping mechanisms and unfailing love which means it becomes easier to deal with the stresses and strains.

Here we get two beautiful men who have huge hurdles in their daily lives. For Joss, his is part of his being, his Tourette’s and his ADHD are an intrinsic and permanent factor and he accepts that and deals with it through medication and strategies.

Kai’s is trauma related, a recent catastrophic situation that he’s still coming to terms with and, unlike Joss, there’s an air of melancholy and sorrow that drives his daily routine.

But when they meet it’s like lightbulbs and flashes of neon and the overwhelming chance for change to come. Kai brings calm to Joss’ whirlwind mind, and for Kai, Joss is a breath of air drawing him out of the darkness.

We’re then taken on a journey of not only deeply emotional friendship between the two, but also a bisexual awakening on Kai’s part which feels completely organic and which brings comfort in a myriad of ways.

The sex, for Garrett, is perhaps less steamy than in some of her other works, but it’s perfect for this romance. It’s exploratory, it’s healing, it’s lustful and heady, it’s quiet and calming.

But most of all it’s tethering, creating an invisible force between them which ties the two men together against all the odds to deliver a truly compelling happy ending.

There’s all the British banter you’d expect from a London boy uprooted and it’s also a quiet paean to the glory of good food cooked with love.

Keep an eye out for Easter Egg references to a couple of Garrett’s other fabulous series and, of course, there’s lots of Jax, Tanner and Molly in this one too đź’—

#ARC kindly received from the author via Sarina Bowen’s Heart Eyes Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Coming Soon: Liar City by Allie Therin

Liar City | Allie Therin

Sugar & Vice #1

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Release Date: February 28th, 2023

Publisher: Carina Press

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Blurb

A murder has Seattle on edge, and it falls to a pacifist empath—and a notorious empath hunter—to find the killer before it’s too late

It’s the middle of the night when part-time police consultant and full-time empath Reece gets an anonymous call warning him that his detective sister needs his help. At an out-of-the-way Seattle marina, he discovers that three people have been butchered—including the author of the country’s strictest anti-empathy bill, which is just days from being passed into law.

Soon, Reece’s caller arrives: a shadowy government agent known as The Dead Man, who is rumored to deal exclusively in cases involving empathy. He immediately takes over the investigation, locking out both local PD and the FBI, but, strangely, keeps Reece by his side.

As the two track an ever-growing trail of violence and destruction across Seattle, Reece must navigate a scared and angry city, an irritating attraction to his mysterious agent companion, and a rising fear that perhaps empaths like him aren’t all flight and no fight after all…

Mystery & urban fantasy blend with slow-burn enemies-to-lovers romance in a new trilogy from Allie Therin. Liar City is a twisty, banter-filled mystery that stars a a violence-averse empath one R-rated movie away from a nervous breakdown. 

About The Author

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Allie Therin is the author of the Magic in Manhattan series, LGBT urban fantasy romances set in the 1920s. Her books have received starred reviews, hit Amazon and Kobo bestseller lists, topped reader-favorite polls and featured on sites like Bookriot, Lamda Literary, and The Nerd Daily.

A writer and avid reader of sci-fi, fantasy, and romance, she also is, or has been, a bookseller, an attorney, a Parks & Rec assistant, a boom operator, and a barista for one (embarrassing) day.

Allie grew up in a tiny Pacific Northwest town with more bears than people, although the bears sadly would not practice Spanish with her.

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