Gives a whole new meaning to slow burn!

Someone Worth SavingSomeone Worth Saving by Ruthie Luhnow

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lordy this is slow burn and then some with the first kiss not happening until 80% in, but surprisingly, it works.

It’s not like there’s massive UST either, for a long part of this story the two MCs are just becoming friends. It suited the setting, the slow rolling ranch lifestyle, the Wyoming hills, the sleepy town. To have had a fast and frantic love story would have felt out of place.

There was a bit of dramady which the narrative could have still worked without but I was glad that Reed found the courage to stand up for himself and reject the way his family treated him.

I didn’t warm up to either of the MCs particularly though, one of the reasons for my slightly lower rating, for whatever reason, I just couldn’t fall in love with them.

I did, however, love Mona and the book’s setting as a whole, which felt realistic and welcoming, even if everyone who interacted with Brady ended up being bisexual (apart from him and Reed that is).

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Loved this one – romantic and sensual

Grasp (Significant Brothers, #2)Grasp by E. Davies

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one even more than the first in the series and that’s going some because I really liked Splinter which got me over a huge book slump when I finished Axios: A Spartan Tale from Jaclyn Osborn

Blane and Falcon were a perfect partnership, although both had enough fears to mean they took their sweet time to communicate how they were really feeling to each other. However, there’s relatively no angst in this one and – once they do decide to try for a casual thing – the build up in sexual tension as they move from heavy snogging to blow jobs to frotting and then a full on sex scene which oozes chemistry and emotions, is absolutely delicious.

As with book one, Ed has snuck in song lyrics from various different artists, my favourite in this one being his Spice Girls line about If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends which had me chuckling out loud.

We also get to meet Falcon’s best friend Oscar, who has an interesting encounter with Blane’s “Significant Brother” Roman and let me just say – hot pilot with dancer – sign me up now please!

I just like Ed’s style of writing, it’s casual without being sloppy, it’s emotional without being overly dramatic, it’s expressive without relying on plot bunnies and it’s seriously sexy without being a porn fest.

It’s just normal people living ordinary lives falling in love and it works for me.

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

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Slow burn deliciousness from Anyta Sunday

Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs of Love, #2)Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s slow burn and then there’s slow burn and then, beyond both is Scorpio hates Virgo. Because really, Scorpio and Virgo might just be absolutely perfect for each other.

Just like the first in this series, the UST is absolutely delicious, oozing out through every encounter between Percy and Cal.

The chapter dictionary definitions, like with Cal’s T-Rex T-shirts, echo the humour which floats alongside the interactions between these two and help to ease the narrative along while not much happens.

The background characters, again crossing over with book one, bring to life this wonderful setting where everyone knows each other and the neighbours look out for each other like it’s a 1950’s sitcom.

Percy took me a while to warm up to but then, once I could see why his outside was so bristled, it became clear just what a beautiful character he was. Cal, though, Cal I loved from the start, with his clear gaze and his biting wit and his love of family.

The Gnomey element of the book was absolutely fantastic, what a clever way to bring background and depth to the plot.

But, I still felt bits of the story could have had more work and elements were left unresolved, like what would happen with Frank, were Champney and Mr Rossiter a ‘thing’ and who was Josie’s baby daddy?!

Overall though, this was another gorgeous romance from Anyta.

#ARC received from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Series: Signs of Love #2
Release Date (Print & Ebook): September 1st, 2017

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This is my favourite one so far

The Omega's Alpha (Mercy Hills Pack, #4)The Omega’s Alpha by Ann-Katrin Byrde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s some absolutely wonderful world building in this book as the Mercy Hills Pack’s alpha is claimed by a totally unsuitable omega.

I loved Holland, the things he’d been through and the pressure he put in himself were immense but Quin saw through it all to the beautiful and brilliant shifter underneath.

There’s lots of background happenings in this book as the shifters start to question why they have to live behind walls, why they’re shunned and feared and a dawning hope that things can be changed.

There’s been an awful lot of work gone into creating the cultures and customs of the shifters and they remind me very much of the Native American tribes.

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Mixed feelings with this not quite romance story

The Truth About GoodbyeThe Truth About Goodbye by Russell Ricard

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a tough one for me to review because it took a while to really get into the story and to find the unique selling point which made me want to carry on reading it.

Sebastian’s use of Broadway and other musicals references to highlight his inner dialogue was a bit wearing at times and, at others, perfectly in keeping with the emotional dissonance he was feeling over moving on from his husband’s sudden and quite sadly tragic death.

I also wasn’t sure why it was set in 2008 to be honest, even with the time lapse jump at the end to be able to include the USA’s decision to allow same sex marriage.

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Superb world building in this shifter series

Wolves of Black Pine  (The Wolfkin Saga #1)Wolves of Black Pine by S.J. Himes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this romance, so much brilliant world building brought an interesting take on the shifter trope, and the long slow burn while Luca and Kane were apart made their relationship even more delicious.

This is a long book but, unlike some other reviewers, I never felt it was dragging or had too much unnecessary detail. I found the mythology and the mystery fascinating as were the different types of wolfkin and their abilities.

Luca/Ghost was a wonderfully expressed character, his internal POV changing in tone as he grew and between his wolf self and human self.

Kane was also fully fleshed out, the secondary characters surrounding both MCs bringing added depth. I can’t wait to read book two next week!

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Truly scrumptious friends to lovers romance

Adam's Song (8 Million Hearts, #1)Adam’s Song by Spencer Spears

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fabulous friends to lovers romance which – like toffee sauce down the side of an ice cream sundae – brings a little drizzle of sweetness to a sharp bite.

While this is truly sweet at times, there is also an edge to the friendship between Adam and Ben which is caused by quite realistically depicted anxieties and fears on the part of Adam and a slow dawning that his feelings for his best friend might be a but more from Ben.

There is a proper slow burn to this one too, it’s a long book but every bit of the story felt necessary and earnt its place in the narrative.

When the smexy times come they just add the sprinkles on top as Ben fully embraces his newly developing feelings. Virgin sex is handled with care and with plenty of emotionally driven feelings.

The world building is excellent too and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the secondary characters which help prop up the narrative in this one.

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

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