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Roe does it again with this mix of spice and sweet

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This Winter Sun interconnected omegaverse, centred around Dalton City and its environs, really is an absolutely delightful mix of smoking hot sex and the most wonderful romance, filled with a nurturing overly possessive alpha and a sweet little cinnamon bun omega.

I loved everything about this one, possibly slightly more than the first book in the series, Ugly which I utterly adored.

We met Richard in Ugly, he’s Burke’s best friend who went on to make a fortune and who, when we last saw him, seemed to have been stuck in a miserable relationship with a snotty and bitchy omega.

When Unexpected opens, we find out the true state of their relationship and it’s not pretty. I felt for both of them, Leo isn’t necessarily a bad person, he’s just really not right for Richard and they’ve been making each other miserable in a spiral of kinks which just damage their relationship rather than enhance it.

After Richard ends things, he heads to a small coastal town where his path crosses with the sweetly shy dog walker Carter, who is just a wonderfully uncomplicated young man almost two decades younger.

Carter’s slowly finding his way in life, going to college to become a teacher, he loves animals and has a part time job working as a dog walker, which sees him taking up looking after Richard’s pup Noodle.

And can I just put in a big 💗 here for Noodle, who is the goodest boy ever, he’s a Retriever full of boundless love and energy who very much acts as a balm to the soul for Richard.

When Carter’s second heat arrangements fall through, he finds himself sobbing on Richard’s living room floor and suddenly facing going through it alone.

There’s both an element of slow burn with this and a side order of instalove, which I know sounds utterly impossible, but we get a build up to Richard’s falling for Carter while for the omega, it’s an instant attraction to the powerful older alpha.

The sex, as you’d expect from Roe, is incandescently hot, there’s heat knotting, multiple orgasms, a bit of dirty talk and explosive breeding talk. But there’s also gentle caring, tenderness, a growing need for the other that has nothing to do with sex and everything to do with recognising your soul mate.

It’s another glorious addition to the series and Kirby’s book is up next and I am desperate to find out who’s going to try taming that little fireball of attitude!

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

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Release Blitz: Sweet to the Core by Amy Aislin

Sweet to the Core | Amy Aislin

Lighthouse Bay #3

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Release Date: May 17th, 2022

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Heat Rating: 3 flames

Length: 64,000 words/ 250 pages

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Dev has pined for his cousin’s best friend for years, but no matter how hard he wishes, Clark sees him as nothing but a friend. And it’s as a friend that Clark comes to him for help.

Clark’s father is on the brink of losing his house and the fastest way to make a quick buck is to win the $10,000 prize in the inaugural Sweet to the Core apple baking contest. Only problem? He’s never baked anything that hasn’t come out of a box.

But Dev has. As a baker, he’s Clark’s best chance.

For the first time, Dev has something Clark wants. Only problem? Dev needs the prize for himself. The only thing he wants—besides Clark—is to buy the local lighthouse where he last spent time with his parents before they died.

Working together means opening a lot more than a barrel of apples, though. They may have found the recipe to love.

But will Dev have to give up the only connection he has left to his parents in order to have it? Or will Clark let his father down? They can’t both have everything.

Or can they?

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“I wanted to talk to you about Sweet to the Core.”

“I already told you I’m not entering.”

“What if you had a partner and entered as a team?”

Dev swirled the beer in his bottle. “Why would I do that? I work alone.”

“As they say, two heads are better than one.”

“No, thanks.”

“Don’t you want to know who it is?”

“Are they an expert in baking with apples?”

“Uh . . . no,” Clark said. “They’re not really an expert in baking . . . anything. Except homemade pasta. And cock croissants.”

“Then again, I ask, why would I want to do that?” Why would he split ten grand with someone who couldn’t actively contribute? “Wait.” An expert in making homemade pasta? Cock croissants? “You want to compete?”

Clark crossed his arms and squinted against the sun. “I looked the rules up online. That social media component? It’s all about documenting your journey through the competition. Whoever gets the most cumulative likes at the end gets a thousand bucks, six months of free advertising, and web design consultation.”

“Yes, I know all this. That’s why I’m not competing. I don’t have time for all the social stuff.”

“Right. That’s where I come in.”

Dev regarded him through narrowed eyes. What universe had he been dropped into that Clark wanted to partner with him for a baking contest? There wasn’t a single part of that sentence that made sense. “Explain.”

“What if I take care of the social media stuff?” Sitting forward, Clark braced both elbows on his knees and regarded him. “Whenever you’re doing contest-related stuff, I’ll tag along, take photos, and post them with a catchy caption. Easy. I’ll have everyone eating out of the palm of your hand. Which leaves you free for the baking. If we win, we split the prize fifty-fifty.”

Dev pursed his lips. Fuck, it was tempting. So very, very tempting. Half the prize would speed up his timeline for acquiring the lighthouse and light keeper’s cottage by months. He could be out of Holland and Zach’s hair that much faster. Within the year if the one-story cottage could be renovated quickly.

The prospect of spending all that time with Clark, though . . . Dev both dreaded it and ached for it desperately.

“Why?” he asked. “Why would you do this? There’s a lot of prep that goes into this kind of thing. It’s not about submitting my bake and hoping for the best. There are two rounds of—”

“Judging. I remember.”

“It’s not just that,” Dev stressed, trying to drive the point home that this wasn’t something that would take an hour of Clark’s life before he went on his merry way. “Whatever I enter in the contest needs to be test-baked several times to ensure it’s as perfect as it can be. That means I need to check my personal inventory to determine if I have enough ingredients to cover multiple bakes. If it’s not, I need to buy some—flour, baking powder, whatever. And this is an apple baking contest, which means going apple picking to select the best apples. I also need to research other countywide contests to see what kinds of bakes have won. Granted, I’ll be doing all of this in the evenings after the bakery has closed, so if we do team up, it won’t interfere with your job. But it’s still going to take up a lot of your time in the next four weeks. This isn’t one of your hookups; there’s a time commitment involved.”

Clark opened his mouth to speak. Snapped it closed, brow furrowing. “You seem to have a very low opinion of my character.”

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Amy’s lived with her head in the clouds since she first picked up a book as a child, and being fluent in two languages means she’s read a lot of books! She first picked up a pen on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class had to stay inside for recess.

Tales of treasure hunts with her classmates eventually morphed into love stories between men, and she’s been writing ever since. She writes evenings and weekends—or whenever she isn’t at her full-time day job saving the planet at Canada’s largest environmental non-profit.

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Not A Boy | Elle Keaton

All American Boy Series #9

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Release Date: April 15th, 2022

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Henry should have kept on walking by when he spotted the younger man sitting alone on the beach. He should never have stopped, never sat down, and certainly never kissed him. Because now Henry is experiencing feelings. And he doesn’t like it one bit.

Things happen for a reason, even random hook-ups. Ben was supposed to get off work early that night. It was no accident the sexy stranger stumbled on his beach hiding spot. The Kiss was destined, as well as what happened afterward. It wasn’t as if Ben believed in love at first sight, but this was damn close.

It’s a good thing Henry lives three-thousand miles away or he might do something stupid, like ask for Ben’s phone number.

Ben’s hometown boss begs him to return and he agrees, only regretting not being able to say goodbye to his snarky divorce lawyer. But all the wanting in the universe isn’t going to bring them together again, he doesn’t even know Henry’s last name. Besides, home is on the west coast, not Maine.

Sometimes the universe is a funny place.

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“Would you like to join me?” The young man waggled the bottle of wine he held in his hand—white, it looked like.

He shouldn’t. Henry knew he shouldn’t. He should keep walking back to the bed and breakfast where he was staying. The one he and his parents had always stayed in when they visited. And yet, without conscious thought, Henry found himself accepting the invitation and lowering himself down onto the sand and rocks, next to the handsome, faintly roguish-looking stranger.

“Sorry, I only have one cup. My name’s Ben, by the way.”

“Hi, Ben-by-the-way, my name’s Henry.” Henry took the bottle from Ben.

Lifting his wine, Ben said, “A toast. To sunsets, and smart asses.”

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