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Beth saves the best for last as Ren meets his match in Seth

58943707._SY475_Ride or Die by Beth Bolden

This is my absolute favourite book (sorry Ross & Shaw – Bk 5 but you’ve been usurped) in this quite excellent series from Beth.

There’s very few tropes I like better than “the player” falling for someone, this is almost that trope but with a twist because Ren isn’t a player as such, he just doesn’t think love is for him.

He hasn’t got a tragic backstory or any great lost love to make him that way, he just likes the relatively hassle free journey of being a one and done kinda guy.

So when Seth turns him down twice, not only does his ego take a bashing, but so does his determination to ignore the one guy who’s caught his attention and won’t let it go.

I love Ren, he’s such a wonderful study in contrasts, he’s supremely confident, determined that he’s right to not bother about falling in love, even as he’s seen all his fellow Food Truck Warriors couple up. He’s not too proud to admit love is great for other people, but not for him.

Then he starts chatting to a guy on an app – and here I also have to say, I love the narrative choice Beth makes here which I won’t spoiler but which plays out beautifully.

Without going into too much detail, what comes next is a glorious exploration of how your one defining hill to die on might not actually be the thing you want to fight for when the right person comes along and blows up all your walls.

Ren and Seth totally own my heart, each of them brings a unique vulnerability with them as they stumble into a friendship and then more.

The Epilogue is all ends up brilliant and leaves a few little story threads open for perhaps a new series or an adjacent spin-off while nicely wrapping up this one.

As ever, I beta read this for Beth.

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

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Blog Tour: Playing Our Song by L.A. Bryce

Playing Our Song | L.A. Bryce

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Release Date: November 27th, 2021

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Jase is famous around the world, and Garrett’s well known in his neighborhood. They’re two singers. One is living his dream, and the other is living his brother’s.

Jase’s boyfriend’s hostility has increased toward Jase, making their relationship toxic, but too focused on his band, Jase lets it slide, causing Jase to almost miss out on the kind of love that lived in his fantasies.

Garrett made a promise to his brother when he passed. But a mistake in its interpretation almost causes Garrett to live out his brother’s dream instead of reaching for his own.

Can these men spot and remove the obstacles stopping them from making beautiful music together before it’s too late?

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Jase moved. Then he continued to cruise, circling the airport. He wasn’t sure who grew more annoyed; him from the monotony of driving in circles, or the officers who moved toward his car every time he came around the circle only to realize it was Jase again.

After about the tenth ring around the airport, Jase tried to call Andrew. The call went right to voicemail. He continued to make the loop another five times and called again. After another five times, he suffered the same outcome with the call. Andrew must have turned his phone off.

Instead of heading back to the pickup area on his next loop, Jase turned onto the ramp that led to the parking garage. As he stepped out of the car, his stomach growled, reminding him he’d never ordered food when he stopped earlier.

Inside the terminal, Jase bypassed the seating area and headed straight toward the kiosk to grab a snack. While waiting for his food, his thoughts traveled back to the restaurant and the reason he hadn’t had time to order anything. He had been too busy listening to the guy sing. Genuinely impressed, Jase’s thoughts remained on the guy’s voice and the song Jase had never heard before as he finished eating and moved to sit between the exit and baggage claim. He sat for a while before he noticed his boyfriend coming down the escalator.

Jase stood and waved. It stunned him to see Andrew’s smile turn into a sneer when he spotted Jase. Jase ignored it. He figured it had more to do with Andrew being late than anything else.

“Hey, baby, I’m so glad you’re back. I missed you,” Jase said as he moved in to kiss Andrew.

Andrew moved and landed Jase’s kiss onto his cheek instead of the lips where Jase was aiming.

“What happened to the car?” Andrew spoke in a yelling whisper. “Why are you in here?” Andrew’s stiff posture and downturned lips surprised Jase.

“Because you’re late.” Jase didn’t understand what the problem was.

“No, I’m not. They expected to land at nine-forty-five, and it’s exactly nine-fifty.”

Jase blinked, confused. “You told me you planned to land early. At eight.”

“Yeah,” Andrew scuffed. “That didn’t work out. After the pilot mentioned we were running early, he told us it wouldn’t matter because of the air traffic. The plane wasn’t able to land until its allowed spot. Which it did.”

“You didn’t think to call me and tell me this,” Jase said. Still confused, his words came out sounding harsher than he intended.

“I did, but my phone died.” Andrew pulled out his phone as if to show Jase. It was dead. “What could I do, you were already on your way?”

“I’m sure someone had a phone for you to borrow, so I wouldn’t have to wait here for over an hour.” Jase couldn’t believe he even had to say this.

Andrew snorted as he stopped walking. He turned to face Jase, Andrew’s nostrils flared, and his eyes squinted. The back of Jase’s throat burned. He’d fucked up.

Jase went to apologize, for what he wasn’t sure, but Andrew held up his hand, stopping Jase.

“I’m sorry if coming to get me was such an inconvenience.” Andrew spit out the words.

Jase shook his head. “That’s not what I said. Not what I meant. I just—” He tried to apologize again, but Andrew cut Jase off for a second time.

“Next time, I’ll just make sure I arrange for a car to pick me up,” Andrew said and walked away.

Jase stood shocked, trying to figure out what the hell just happened. Then his brain caught up with what was going on, and he ran to catch up with Andrew. Shit. “That’s not necessary.”

Andrew stopped short, and Jase almost crashed into him.

“I could probably arrange for one right now.” Andrew pulled his phone from his pocket. “I’ll just call Renaldo, and he’ll send a car to come for me.”

“How do you plan to call? Your phone’s dead.” The words fell from Jase’s mouth too fast to stop, and he knew, beyond a doubt, that he’d just fucked up. Again. His stomach dropped.

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L.A. is a contemporary M/M romance author who loves her men to work hard, play hard, and love hard.

She’s always lived in the northeast and has recently stretched her boundaries and moved farther north — the more relaxed lifestyle giving her more time to write — in theory anyway.

Among the things she loves besides writing and her family are her friends, those she writes with and those she writes about, reading, games (the kind with boards, not in love), her dogs, Nutella and Bok Choy, and the men and women from the military, past and present, who keep us safe.

When she finds herself stuck at the keyboard, her fingers refusing to move, her characters refusing to talk, she likes to take a break, blast some music, and dance like no one is watching her or sing her heart out into her hairbrush microphone.

She’s living her happily ever after and wants the same for all her characters. L.A. believes love comes in all different packages and each should be wrapped in a ribbon and cherished.

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Blog Tour: A Dashwood Of Sense And Sensibility by Anyta Sunday

A Dashwood Of Sense And Sensibility | Anyta Sunday

Love, Austen #6

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Release Date: November 19th, 2021

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Two Dashwood brothers. Two dashing romances.

Sensible, reasonable, responsible.

Noah Dashwood is the practical type. Now the beloved family home’s been sold to settle their father’s debts, Noah’s number one priority is finding a new place to live for himself and his brother. But the old house’s last gift to him is completely unexpected: Wade Ferrars, literally walking over broken glass to shake his hand, sexy and lovely and everything a guy could dream of. He even makes Noah . . . believe in romance.

Except . . .

Why so hot and cold?

What is he hiding?

Idealistic, energetic, spontaneous.

Oh God. Disaster. No money, no home, no man . . . Zach Dashwood should really, like, get a steady paying job. Help his brother out. Ohhh, maybe Ask Austen Studios has room for a talented musician? Maybe he should just nip in there . . .

This guy with terrible tie-taste is really something. Working on a Sunday, poor thing. Okay, they should hang out, maybe he’ll put in a good word with the boss—

Oh, he is the boss.

The clever, funny, decent, well-earning, sexy boss.

Well that’s . . .

Why has this guy not been snapped up yet? New mission!

Two very different brothers. Both in for a surprise.

A modern gay retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

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When it came to love, Noah Dashwood was practical.

He’d find a nice enough man, settle down.

A sensible approach. Not everyone was destined for a Meet Cute, surges of electricity, knee-buckling laughter that doubled at the first snort. Or missing their partner when they were standing on opposite sides of their own wedding pavilion.

Not six hours married, and his old neighbours Finley and Ethan were just like that. Gazing. Perhaps wishing all their finely dressed, dancing guests would disappear from Mansfield’s back garden so they could get intimate under the pear blossoms.

A vibrant bout of laughter drew Noah’s attention to his rosy-cheeked brother, sliding up beside him. “Dance?”

Zachary—a twenty-two-year-old musician with his first recording under his belt—walked this earth with romantic illusions sparkling in his green eyes.

He held out a hand to Noah, and Noah clasped it tightly. “No one else is biting.”

A good two inches shorter, Noah tilted his head to meet Zach’s distracted gaze as he led his brother into a waltz under the pavilion. One, two, three. One, two, three.

“No one else is biting yet.” Zach said with a sigh, gaze flickering left. “But a happily ever after is out there for you.”

Noah halved the length of their steps. “I have you. I have my work. The sea-bird sanctuary. These guys. I’m happy. Fine. Just fine.”

Zach frowned, focus sharpening. Voice softening. “You’re always just fine. Don’t you ever wish—don’t you ever dream someone amazing will come?”

Dreams like that . . . most often led to dashed expectations. Disappointment.

He cleared his throat. “The only thing I dream about is finding somewhere neat and affordable for us to live.” Elliot and Wentworth had migrated to Wentworth’s boat so their house could accommodate Noah and Zach. They’d been taking up space there while they prepared their childhood home for the day it would cease to be theirs. They couldn’t carry on like that forever.

Again, Zach’s gaze snagged to the left. Noah had been cataloguing these glances.

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About the Author

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I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of emotion, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.

My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.

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