Tag Archives: small town feel

Classic Ed, this has spicy and sweet in a perfect combination

Changed Hart (Harts Bay #2)Changed Hart by E. Davies

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is classic Ed Davies, it has an almost perfect mixture of sweet and spicy.

I’ve not gone for full marks in my rating only because, for me anyways, I found I was wishing Colt was just a little bit older so that I could fully embrace the whole sexual domination aspect.

That’s not to say that there is a need for an age limit to know what you want in the bedroom, or on the sofa 😉 and they definitely had loads of chemistry.

But Colt’s vulnerability in the rest of his life and his leftover anxieties and fears because of his history gave me pause when it came to this one element.

Ed certainly never made the narrative feel uncomfortable or silly, Rain and Colt just worked as a partnership as friends right from the off and I ultimately got with the programme as their relationship developed. YMMV.

The rest of the story was right up my alley though. I really like this new setting and the small town vibes and close-knit friendships.

I liked how Rain found his own inner strength to know he wanted to take a chance with Cole and I loved how the latter dealt with the big dramatic moment and found his own way of overcoming his vulnerabilities.

The split in two family arc is also fascinating for me and I can’t wait to see how that develops.

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

View all my Goodreads reviews

Great solid opener to this new small-town romance series from Ed

Hard Hart (Hart's Bay #1)Hard Hart by E. Davies

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I do like Ed Davies’ style of writing and the way there’s always a sweetness at the heart of the narrative.

I’ve only not rated this one higher because I felt the middle part of the book had an odd pacing where all of a sudden, both Jesse and Finn started second-guessing and doubting each other.

I say odd because, up to that point, they’d been communicating pretty well and moving their relationship on in a steady and believable manner even though only a short period of time had passed.

The major conflict in the book is going to run through the series if I understand it right. The tensions coming from the fall out between two sides of the Hart family.

It all wrapped up a little neatly here but, honestly, I didn’t care too much about that because Jesse and Finn were just too cute together and rather steamy.

Things happen over a fairly short time period but, again it didn’t feel instalove-y because the chemistry between them was clear.

Now I’ve just been surprised at who the next book is about as Rain Hart, Finn’s cousin, is the next family member under the spotlight but his love interest isn’t who I expected.

Om looking forward to seeing where Hart’s Bay goes next.

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

View all my Goodreads reviews

A winner on pretty much all counts

Thirst for you coverThirst for You by Jaclyn Quinn

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.***

*** SPOILER

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.

***END SPOILER

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.

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

View all my Goodreads reviews

Excellent opener in this new small town hospital set trilogy from Heidi Cullinan

The Doctor's Secret (Copper Point Medical #1)The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So many positive things to say about this new series from Heidi Cullinan, it’s ridiculously romantic, totally sweet, has a wonderfully detailed setting and fabulous secondary characters as well as multi-cultural representation.

My only ‘negative’ and its a minor one at that, is that on occasion it felt like the political awareness elements which Heidi is so good at incorporating into her stories were just dropped in like being hit over the head with a frying pan.

Her stories usually gently educate and inform but one particular passage in this one made me feel like I was being given a history lesson and a lecture on fair behaviour at the same time.

Now, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just felt a touch more heavy-handed than I’m used to from this author.

That said, in the whole this book is absolutely adorable, with two compelling and perfectly judged characters who are wonderful together. I loved Hong-Wei and I loved Simon.

The home town man and the Taiwanese doctor brought out the best in each other and the whole premise of personal liabilities and responsibilities married well into the wider plot about integration and the fight with an old-fashioned and controlling hospital board.

I’m not sure if it was because it’s a Dreamspinner publication or not, but this was way less steamy than I’d usually expect from Heidi, with only one on page encounter and then everything else off page or fade to black.

It was a slight disappointment only because of the very visceral feeling of love and emotion between the two men. I missed seeing more of it expressed physically on page.

Still, overall this delivers big time on great plot, wonderful characters and plenty of lead in for the next two in the trilogy. I’m dying to find out more about Owen and Erin (don’t worry, he’s a man even though his name is one I’d almost always associate with a woman) and their definite frenemies vibe.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

Book releases April 23rd, pre-order your copy here: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-doctors-secret-by-heidi-cullinan-10296-b

View all my Goodreads reviews

Lots of promise shown in this romance

Let Me Show YouLet Me Show You by Becca Seymour

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

My first book from this author and lots of promise shown in a very solid romance with plenty of feels.

There’s a really quirky meet/cute in this which had me smiling and that just carried on throughout the book as Carter and Tanner fell in love.

There’s not much angst, my only criticism – and it’s a small one – is that the set-up for the “bad guy” was a tad abrupt. Especially considering, as I’d figured, he’s going to be one of the MCs in the second book in the series.

Him behaving like a jerk came out of left field, wasn’t really given a lot of focus in the narrative and then suddenly was resolved with an apology that also came out of nowhere. I think a little bit more time given to this element of the plot and I’d have been looking at another star on this rating.

Apart from that though, I liked the small town vibe, I liked the communication between Carter and Tanner, I liked the romance, the sex was a mix of on page and off, sometimes sweet, sometimes steamy.

There’s also a nice bunch of secondary characters and a cute baby and a dog so it ticks a lot of those boxes!

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

View all my reviews

Release Blitz: Chasing Forever by Kelly Jensen

Chasing Forever | Kelly Jensen

This Time Forever #3

chasing forever.jpg

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Order now: https://riptidepublishing.com/collections/author-kelly-jensen/products/chasing-forever

Release Date (Print & Ebook): 12/10/18

Length:

Ebook: Word Count: 88,163

Print: Page Count: 333

Subgenre: Queer contemporary romance

Reading Warnings: References to child abandonment, neglect and abuse. Depression. Physical disability.

Blurb

Old wounds, new directions, and a forever worth chasing.

Malcolm Montgomery was a history teacher and track coach until an accident left him with two broken legs. He’ll recover, but life has knocked his feet out twice now. He’s not sure if he’s ready to try again, especially when it comes to love—and slick guys like Brian Kenway. Still, he needs help mentoring the school’s LGBTQ society, so he asks Brian to take some responsibility.

Brian has been hiding behind his reputation as a liar and a cheat for so long that he actually believes he’s that guy—until his nephew, Josh, turns up on his couch, tossed out for being gay. Brian has never considered being a father, but he knows all about being rejected by loved ones. Now Brian wants to be more: a partner for Mal and a role model for Josh.

But when Mal’s recovery is set back and the sad truth of Brian’s past is revealed, the forever they’ve been chasing seems even further from their grasps. It’ll take a rescue effort to revive their sense of worth and make Brian, Mal, and Josh into a family of their own.

Chasing Forever Graphic 1.png

Excerpt

Mal checked the time. What the heck—it was New Year’s Eve and he should get kissed.

Brian followed his gaze, clearly checking the time for himself. “Want to wait for midnight?”

“No.” Because . . . “I’m not very good at this.” Okay, that’s enough. Stop talking now.

“You’re doing fine.”

“There’re probably a dozen other guys in this bar who would give their left nut to talk to you. Why are you bothering with me?”

“Why would you ask a question like that?”

“Because you unsettle me.”

“But in a good way.”

Brian smiled, and Mal let his lips curve upward in response—because Brian was right. Heck, yeah, he was uncomfortable and it wasn’t because his legs ached. Or the creeping fatigue from PT. The knowledge that even getting to the bathroom was a journey he had to plan. He wondered, then, if he should grab his crutch, pull it out of the shadow of the bar, and show it to Brian, and quickly realized that if he did, he’d be making another excuse. Besides, he didn’t want to have sex with Brian tonight.

Actually, he did.

But he wasn’t going to have sex with Brian tonight. Brian Kenway obviously enjoyed playing games and much as Mal suspected he’d enjoy a night in Brian’s bed, he knew it would probably be a one-off thing. No one put this much intensity into friendship. Brian saw him as a hookup. Nothing more.

Mal didn’t do hookups. Since his breakup with Noah, he’d preferred loneliness to the sharp disappointment of connection and separation, or the simple fact that people so often weren’t who he thought they were in the light of day.

He glanced at the clock over the bar. “Three minutes.”

Brian showed him another grin, this one not at all lazy. “Need some practice puckering up?”

“Fuck you.” Resisting the urge to stretch his lips, lick them, get all loose and ready for a kiss, Mal laughed. Then licked his lips, damn it.

Brian chuckled softly and raised his glass for another sip. He did it slowly, as though knowing Mal would watch him swallow and wonder what the drink would taste like on his lips. His tongue.

“Want a taste?” Brian asked, offering him the glass.

Mal accepted the glass and took a quick sip. The drink was strong and his head spun lightly. Putting it aside, he licked his lips again, tasting bourbon and something sharper, drier. Vermouth? The bitters touched his tongue last, a tangy aftertaste, and he could imagine how well an orange peel would go with the drink.

He was wondering how Brian managed to smell like oranges when the countdown began.

“Ten, nine, eight . . .”

Brian hadn’t leaned in. Should he do it?

“Seven, six, five . . .”

Should he take his glasses off?

“Four, three . . .”

What if he missed?

“Two . . .”

What if the kiss landed on Brian’s cheek or nose or—

“One!”

Oranges, cardamom, cinnamon, and musk. Warmth whispering across his lips in quick invitation before pressing down, lightly, without demand. Somehow their noses didn’t collide. Somehow, Mal’s lips were parting before a swipe of Brian’s tongue.

Brian didn’t invade, though. He teased. He waited.

Understanding flashing inside his head like a cracked blind at dawn, Mal leaned in and kissed back. Offered up his mouth. Tasted. Hummed at the delicious flavor of whiskey and man. The persistent hint of orange. The prickle of stubble as their mouths moved and realigned. He touched his tongue to Brian’s and opened his mouth. Brian swept inside and the warmth at the back of Mal’s neck now must be Brian’s hand. Oh God, it felt good.

So warm.

So necessary.

Then Brian was shifting back, blinking slowly, and noise crashed into the perfect bubble of their kiss, breaking the moment apart with cheers of “Happy New Year” and the lambent strains of “Auld Lang Syne.”

Mal breathed. Quaked. Ignored the near pain behind the fly of his jeans. Took another breath. “That was . . .”

“Some kiss.” Brian’s grin had that lazy aspect again.

Chasing Forever Banner 1


 A Chat With Kelly

This story is all about new directions. Brian and Mal will both be confronted with challenges that will encourage them to channel their energy into something worthwhile.

“For Brian, it’s stepping out from behind his substantial wallet to make a difference. For Mal, it’s about learning to live out loud. For both of them, it’s about forming a family of their own, and chasing a forever neither thought they might find.”

About The Author

If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.

Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner.

Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.

Connect with Kelly

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kmkjensen/

Facebook (Profile): https://www.facebook.com/kelly.jensen.7315

Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/kellyjensenwrites/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kellyjensenwrites/

Blog: https://kellyjensenwrites.com/blog/

Website: https://kellyjensenwrites.com/

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/czGhYz

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kmkjensen/

Tumblr: http://kmkjensen.tumblr.com/


Giveaway

Any ebook from Kelly Jensen’s back catalogue.

Code: 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway


Chasing Forever Banner 2

Review Tour: Christmas Homecoming by L. A. Witt

Christmas Homecoming | L. A. Witt

CHRTBanner.jpgBuy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 24,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Christmas Homecoming 400.jpg

Blurb

August 1939

Roger Miller and Jack O’Brien have been close since childhood. By the time they realize there’s more between them than friendship, Jack is leaving their sleepy Iowa town for college.

But they console themselves knowing he’ll be home for Christmas. Right?

It is Christmas before they see each other again, but that Christmas comes six years and a world war later. Aged, beaten, and shaken by combat, they’re not the boys they were back then, but their feelings for each other are stronger than ever.

Neither know the words to say everything they’ve carried since that peacetime summer kiss, though. Even as they stand in the same room, there’s a thousand miles between them.

But maybe that’s some distance the little angel in Roger’s rucksack can cross.

This 24,000 word novella is part of the multi-author Christmas Angel series, and can be read as a standalone.

The Christmas Angel Series

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years.

Whether it’s 1700s England (Eli Easton’s Christmas Angel), the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

Christmas Angel – Eli Easton – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Summerfield’s Angel – Kim Fielding – Amazon US | Amazon UK
The Magician’s Angel – Jordan L. Hawk – Amazon US | Amazon UK
A Soldier’s Wish – N.R. Walker – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Shrewd Angel – Anyta Sunday – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Christmas Prince – RJ Scott- Amazon US | Amazon UK

CHGraphic.jpg

Dec 2 – Amy’s MM Romance ReviewsDec 4 – Cupcakes & BookshelvesXtreme DelusionsDec 6 – Mainely StoriesDec 8 – Sexy Erotic XcitingOpen SkyeMegan’s Media MelangeThe Secret KoRainbow Book ReviewsDec 10 – Mirrigold: Mutterings & MusingsLelyana’s ReviewsDec 12 – Making It HappenTwo Chicks ObsessedDec 14 – Momma Says: To Read Or Not To ReadScattered Thoughts & Rogue WordsLillian FrancisWicked ReadsDec 17 – Bonkers About BooksBayou Book JunkieDec 19 – Book Corner ReviewsDec 21 – MM Good Book Reviews

About The Author

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain.

In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren.

And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

Website: http://www.gallagherwitt.com

E-mail: gallagherwitt@gmail.com

Twitter: @GallagherWitt

Blog: http://gallagherwitt.blogspot.com


Giveaway

Copy of seven books promo

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hosted By Signal Boost Promotions
« Older Entries