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Anyta’s best slow burn romance yet

Made For You (Love and Family #2)Made For You by Anyta Sunday

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That might just be my favourite Anyta Sunday romance so far.

It’s a perfect journey from friends to lovers with her usual brand of slow burn low angst and with the hallmark light touches of humour which make her books such an enjoyable read.

I liked Jack when he appeared in Taboo For You and my feelings were amplified a thousandfold in this one as he was the perfect person to fit into Ben and Milo’s lives and bring them unconditional support and love.

Ben and Milo are fabulous brothers, there’s such love between them, even as they deal with the pain of losing their parents, and I really liked how Anyta made this romance about them all as a unit, not just Ben and Jack.

Everything about this worked for me, I wouldn’t even have cared if we’d never got any on page sexy times but we did and it was worth the long, long wait 😉

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Release Blitz: Indulge Me by Beth Bolden

Indulge Me | Beth Bolden

Kitchen Gods #4

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Publisher: Beth Bolden Books

Cover Artist: AngstyG LLC

Genre/s: Contemporary, MM, Romance

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: approx 80,000 words

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Blurb

Throughout the restaurant industry, Chef Bastian Aquino is a notorious control freak. For two very long years, Kian Reynolds has worked for Bastian as his special assistant, doing whatever he and his restaurant needs. The toughest part isn’t even all the impossible tasks he expects Kian to complete flawlessly—it’s the hopeless, endless love he feels for his older boss.

Falling for someone so far above him might be agonizing, but at least his feelings aren’t unrequited. Bastian fell in love right alongside him, but at the very beginning, they made the choice to abstain for logical, smart, professional reasons.

But love isn’t logical, it isn’t smart, and it definitely isn’t professional. It defies containment, even by Bastian. While he watches Bastian struggle with their attraction, Kian finally comes to the conclusion that he’s done.

He’s done standing off the side, done not getting any of the credit, done letting Bastian define the boundaries of their relationship. Most of all, he’s done waiting.

Excerpt

“I’m sorry,” Bastian said quietly. “I’m sorry I gave Xander the sous job, not when you deserved it.”

Kian had been dying for this apology for six months, but even the tender, apologetic look Bastian swiftly shot him wasn’t enough.

He wanted more. He wanted Xander’s old job. He wanted more than just the fleeting touch of Bastian’s fingers on his cheek. He wanted another kiss. He wanted even more than that.

It didn’t matter that it was dangerous or that Bastian had said it was impossible. It didn’t even matter that a part of Kian believed he was right, because there was another part of him that was actively rebelling. That part wanted more, and was not going to be placated with less.

“And you’re still going to try to convince him to come back?” Kian said incredulously. He didn’t need Xander back; they both knew it. Bastian could promote Kian and the kitchen would probably run better, not worse.

But Bastian couldn’t have looked more surprised than if Kian had been the one to walk out in the middle of prep.

“I don’t think you understand,” Bastian began, and Kian knew him well enough, knew his mental gymnastics well enough by this point that he knew exactly what he was going to say. I don’t apologize to anyone, and I’m apologizing to you. You’re special, you’re important, and you need to stay exactly where I’ve put you.

Kian had liked that place, but even at the beginning, it hadn’t quite felt like enough, and by now, two years in, Kian was tired of it and bored.

“I understand,” Kian cut him off. “More than you realize.”

Bastian’s hand dropped to his side and he flexed it, like he was trying to forget the way Kian’s skin had felt under his fingertips. Even if he never forgot, it wouldn’t be enough. Kian wanted to weasel his way under his skin, until there was nothing else between them. Until Kian didn’t know where he stopped and Bastian began. He loved him. Why had he ever thought this sort of half-relationship would ever be enough?

“I guess you do,” Bastian said slowly.

“I need to check on the soup,” Kian said and walked away.

He wanted to be shocked and incredulous that in one breath, Bastian would tell him that Kian should have had the job that was Xander’s and in the next, tell him he was getting Xander back. But the truth was, Kian wasn’t, at all.

He’d known the person Bastian was for a long time now, and he’d loved him anyway. Believing that his mother’s advice was solid, he’d loved the good and the bad parts of him, and that wasn’t going to change, at least not anytime soon. But he was done tolerating Bastian’s shit and he was done giving in.

Most of all, Kian was done being jealous of Luc for having things he never would.

About the Author

A lifelong Oregonian, Beth Bolden has just recently moved to North Carolina with her supportive husband. She still believes in Keeping Portland Weird, and intends to start a chapter of Keeping Durham Weird.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. She’s published eleven novels and four short stories, with Indulge Me, the last book of the Kitchen Gods series, releasing in spring 2019.

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A winner on pretty much all counts

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was, in the vast majority, a total winner for me and I thought it worked very well as the second book in this spin-off series.

It’s only not five stars because I was personally disappointed with the way the stalker plot played out.

That’s totally on me and not in any way a criticism of how Jaclyn wrote it.

It works well and came out of left field so that was a positive and it completely fits within the plot narrative.

***Note, if you don’t want any clues as to the villain of the piece, avoid this spoiler. It doesn’t identify them but it may be more of a hint to some readers.***

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My disappointment is more with the “who” as it felt like the trope of fridging the (insert obstacle here) because ABC is in the way of a future relationship.

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But it is an utterly personal niggle and has no bearing on the pacing and clever plotting of the suspense element.

The romance side of things is excellent and I loved Drew’s unshakable feelings for Zach, even if the older man took a bit more warming up.

I love this setting, and I’m seriously stoked for the next couple of books which look likely to be on the cards from the clues given here.

It was nice to catch up with some of the Haven’s Cove crew too and made me remember how much I enjoyed that series.

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Good solid fake boyfriend romance

Living on a Dare: A Shore Thing Novel (Book One)Living on a Dare: A Shore Thing Novel by Grace Kilian Delaney

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

A good, solid read with a lot of my favourite tropes included and a couple of likeable characters.

I’ve not read this author before so I’ve no idea of their style but I thought they handled the fake engagement element in a well-paced fashion.

Although I was a little frustrated by all the “I’ve always loved you but now I’m scared to tell you” sections, once Jules told Draven he was bisexual, the family dramas did help to anchor the narrative.

There’s no real angsting, the contrast between the two men in how they come to terms with their feelings felt properly earned and there’re lots of really sweet moments.

The set up for book two is there but handled fairly subtly and I shall probably pick that up too.

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Beth saves the best course for last and serves up a delicious romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Five fat ‘not quite Michelin’ stars for this concluding book in what has been a totally outstanding series from Beth Bolden.

I was very lucky to beta read this book, not that it really needed anything changing because it was practically perfect, and I have to say, Beth saved the best for last.

We needed to see ‘The Bastard‘ through everyone else’s eyes so that when we finally got to see him through Kian’s, it emphasised just how different he was.

I loved this book. Bastian is so much more than just the bad-tempered chef, he’s passionate and loyal, loving and supportive, quick-tempered but capable of some serious slow burn.

Some of the sexy times in this book are Beth’s finest, she raises the temperature to boiling point and then lets the emotions explode.

I shall miss this merry band of chefs, and the special people they let into their lives, but I will picture them all happily cooking and loving until the final tables are cleared.

Thanks Beth, for the trust in letting me peek at your words before the rest of the world, and for bringing these men to life.

I’ve loved all the couples but Kian and Bastian will always be my favourites.

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Another otherworldly romance from Marina

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Honeythorn
by Marina Vivancos

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the way Marina Vivancos writes.

It’s difficult to describe but there is very much an otherworldly nature to it, as if you’re peeking through a veil into another land.

With this Omegaverse romance she takes the Alpha/Omega trope and gives it a fantasy setting which an interesting mix of a feudal type of society but with advanced steampunk machinery and an element of bonded mates to tie it together.

There’s no mPreg in this one, but there are heats and in the North – the land where Milan goes to wed his Alpha Raphael in an arranged political alliance – those heats can be dangerous when past hurts are allowed to influence the present.

For a while I wasn’t sure where this narrative was going, were we going to get a Jekyll and Hyde scenario? Was Raphael under some kind of curse?

I won’t spoil what the outcome is but I will say I loved Milan, his heart was as open as his nature was kind and there’s a great set of secondary characters in this world where the Alphas aren’t always the top of the chain and omegas are valued for their skills and abilities.

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Review Tour: Bitten By Fate by Annabelle Jacobs

Bitten By Fate | Annabelle Jacobs

Regent’s Park Pack #6

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Length: 77,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Natasha Snow

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Blurb

Daryl plays with fire and gets burned by fate…

Former Primrose Pack member Jason Black happily accepted his role as beta in the new Regent’s Hill pack, knowing that merging the two was the best decision for everyone involved. Daryl Easton is loyal and honest but wary of change. The joining of the two packs wasn’t his preferred outcome, and he’s struggling to see all the newcomers as pack, including those now working alongside him.

When the alpha council proposes a two-week pack-building course to help improve troubled relationships, Jason and Daryl are sent along as backup. It soon becomes clear that the unit members and their betas won’t be the only ones taking part in tasks—Daryl and Jason will have challenges of their own to complete.

With the full moon adding to the rising tension, emotions are volatile, and tempers flare among the unit members. Jason and Daryl become closer than either of them expected, but with such opposing views on relationships, a messy outcome seems inevitable unless Daryl can let go of the past.

Regent’s Park Pack Series

Book #1 – Bitten By Mistake – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #2 – Bitten By Design – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #3 – Bitten By Desire – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #4 – Bitten By The Alpha – Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book #5 – Bitten By Her – Amazon US | Amazon UK

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About the Author

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories.

They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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