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This Christmas kink romance is a hit

Mr. Naughty List (Home for the Holidays, #2)Mr. Naughty List by Leta Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leta Blake is a master at writing kink. Especially the kind of kink that comes along with giving up trust and losing control.

Here it’s Aaron, an uptight teacher who is wound so tight he’s almost at breaking point, and RJ, a former student only four years younger than him who has the key to his surrender.

The Dom/sub element here is mostly confined to smacking and impact play, but it absolutely works to demonstrate the trust that Aaron gives RJ when he finally admits that he needs someone to remove all his responsibilities and just make him feel.

I loved this Christmas-based romance, it’s set in the same universe as Leta’s Mr Frosty Pants, but you don’t need to read that one first, although Casey and Joel do make a couple of small appearances and they’re still happy.

There’s a bit of family-related drama to raise tensions and I’ll just say Aaron’s mother is the kind of person who really shouldn’t have ever become one.

But I loved his dad and their crazy extended family, as well as RJ’s mum and step-dad and adorable half-siblings. The drama with his step-brother also worked well I think and helped to show the difference having family support can have.

Spicey hot and surprisingly tender, it’s a lovely festive read.

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

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Beautifully crafted romance from Con starts this series reboot perfectly

After BenAfter Ben by Con Riley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had forgotten just how beautifully Con Riley lays down the various threads of her stories as she weaves a gorgeous picture of new beginnings, first loves and family forgiveness in this truly wonderful book.

Even though this was her first release, there’s no stumbling narrative, everything is cleverly crafted to give the reader one man’s journey from the depths of sorrow and despair into a brighter future.

The Ben of the title is as much a character as both Theo and Morgan are but his presence never detracts from the new romance.

Instead, he acts as the anchor which Theo can eventually release to let himself move on with Morgan.

There’s also a glorious mini office romance between two of Theo’s interns which gives some light relief along the way.

If you missed this book when it was first published, don’t miss out on this re-release. It remains one of my favourite books dealing with moving on after the death of a long term partner.

The rest of the series is also pretty awesome and they’re all being re-released soon too.

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

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Beth Bolden hits all the right notes with this compelling fairy tale

yoursforeverafter ebook smallerYours, Forever After by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a complete departure from her usual writings, Beth Bolden visits the world of the fairy tale.

With Yours, Forever After, she gives the reader an utterly compelling and truly delightful romance between a naive young Prince and a world-weary jaded man who’s long given up on his royal birth.

Throw in a sarcastic and snooty unicorn and this has all the makings of a wonderful tale of heroes and villains, great adventures, slow burn romance and that’s what you get.

From Gray’s initial scepticism and unwillingness to get involved, to the sly manipulation that the King of Unicorns performs on his unwitting heroes, to the great bunch of side characters who appear along the way, Beth delivers.

I will declare an interest here, as I was once again lucky enough to be a beta reader for Beth, but there were very little suggestions to make because the pacing of this book takes the reader through from the hesitant first exchanges and into an exciting ride which sees all the hallmark moments you’d expect from a fairy story.

I do hope there’s more in this world as I’d love to see what happens next for Grey and Rory and I rather miss the imperious tone of Evrard telling everyone what to do and how to behave as they head off into the mountains to find a hidden treasure which turns out to be something rather more than just that.

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A lovely slow burn new beginnings ranch romance

cover171531-mediumLucky Break by A.M. Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really like the setting of AM Arthur’s Clean Slate Ranch series, the found families and friendships between the men and women involved are joyous to behold.

The series has been mostly a hit for me and this fourth book is no exception to the rule.

However, I also found both of the characters frustrating at times and I simply couldn’t understand why Robin had such a sticking point over telling people how his husband had died.

I mean, I totally got the trauma of his husband’s death, the guilt over thinking it was his fault, but when a similar situation arises with the person you’re trying to build a new relationship with, not talking about it just felt utterly alien to me.

Anyways, that aside, both men had issues with communication which skirted on becoming too much for me to enjoy the read but AM kept things tightly controlled without too much internal monologuing or introspection which mean this was a really good slow burn romance in the end.

I liked how they took their time to get to know each other, there’s an eight-year age gap which, while small, was actually pretty huge in terms of life experience. Shawn’s past (which he also refused to talk about!) played a big part in the time Robin took to move things beyond just kissing and heavy petting.

This really made the book shine for me, the care between both of them, even as their lack of communication (on the previously mentioned two specific issues only) – the rest of the time it was beautifully expressed dialogue about their fears and hopes – frustrated me.

There are great guest appearances from all the previous couples in this series, and Miles and Reyes remain my favourite of them all, and a few hints are dropped as to where things might go next and I’m excited to find out more about Levi, Hugh and the rest.

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

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This opposites attract is my favourite in the series

Arctic Heat (Frozen Hearts, #3)Arctic Heat by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very definitely my favourite of the three in this Alaskan set series from Annabeth.

This is a story about second chances, not only at life but at finding your place and the things which are important to you no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.

I felt so bad for Quill, who has had a life which challenged his very sense of self to the point which he locked it away and decided he’d be married to his job as a ranger.

That was until wonderful Owen crashed full tilt into his steady world and thoroughly shook it up.

I loved how Annabeth made this a quiet story, it’s focused on and around the day to day activities of the ranger station and its tiny staff quarters where the two men oh so slowly fall in love.

They are delicious together and quite unexpected in their sexual preferences, nothing more hotter than Quill starting to let go and explore how freeing sex can be when it’s with the right partner.

The tension points felt earned and completely within the drive of the narrative and I was holding my breath even with the Carina Press guarantee of a HEA!

As with the other two, Alaska is as much a character as the humans and wildlife and I’m still totally jealous of my friend Dani who got to read this book on location!

The ending is awesome and I was sad to say goodbye to Quill and Owen as they settled into their Alaskan sunset forever.

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Gorgeous age gap college ice hockey romance

Benoit (Owatonna U Hockey #3)Benoit by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another gorgeous romance in this college ice hockey series from RJ and Vicki.


This one has very little angst, the stalker plot was handled well but it was very obvious who the villain would be to me when a certain event took place.

I loved the relationship between Benoit and Ethan, the ten-year gap was perfect, a study in contrasts between a player at the start of his career and one whose journey had ended.

It might have been a bit insta lovey, but I didn’t care as I was utterly committed to them as a pair!

Sexy, funny, good supporting cast and a glimpse into the happy ever after future for them just worked.

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Review Tour: Touch Of A Yellow Sun by V. L. Locey

Touch Of A Yellow Sun by V. L. Locey

Colors of Love #2


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Length: 88,600 words approx.

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It’s been a rough couple of years for Marek Hafer, roaming hockey protagonist and pugilistic expert. Ending up in Berger Lake, Pennsylvania, on a financially unstable minor league team might just be the ending his wretched career deserves.

On the other side of thirty, Marek knows his time on skates is dwindling. His goal now is to spend a few quiet years playing for the Berger Lake Badgers, knock a few helmets together as needed, and then call it quits before his salty personality gets him booted out of hockey permanently.

After a bloody encounter his first night on the ice, the Badgers coach suggests that Marek find a way to lower his violent tendencies before he’s sent packing yet again. That decree leads Marek to knock on the door of his next-door neighbor, Shey Pierson, the owner of Sun Touch Yoga Studio.

Shey ticks every box Marek has with his soft blue eyes, flowing golden hair, and long limber legs. The only problem is that Shey is yin to Marek’s yang.

Can a man famed for throwing punches find serenity in the arms of a man known for his tranquil ways?

Colors Of Love Series

Book #1 – Lost In Indigo – Amazon US | Amazon UK



USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.


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