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Release Blitz: Employing Patience by Saxon James

Employing Patience | Saxon James

Divorced Men’s Club #4

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Release Date: May 31st, 2023

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When it comes to regrets, I have none. My life is perfect. I own a bar, work hard, party harder, and smother my niblings in all the love they deserve. I don’t need to settle down, as much as my sister might want me to.

But then Joey Manning walks into my office and leaves me all but begging to give him a job … and wanting to give him so much more.

The self-professed straight man is in my head and while I know that I need to move on from him, my body isn’t getting that message. It doesn’t help that Joey is a grade A flirt who can banter with the best of them.

I’ve never had regrets. Not until Joey Manning.


The bills keep piling up and the pressure to get my sisters through college before we’re evicted is always on the back of my mind. Whoever said life was for living, clearly forgot that living’s expensive.

My default mode is stressed AF and working myself to the bone, and there’s only one person who gives me a break from all that.

Art de Almeida.

My boss.

The one man I shouldn’t flirt with, but I can’t seem to stop. I want to get under his skin. To leave him panting for me. Which wouldn’t be such a bad thing except that he thinks I’m straight, and I’ve never bothered to correct him.

I need this job.

But some days I worry that I need Art more.

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Saxon James unapologetically writes happy endings for LGBT+ characters.

While not writing, SM is a readaholic and Netflix addict who regularly lives on a sustainable diet of chocolate and coffee.

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Oh Art you are a deliciously complex man and I adore you!

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, so good, my favourite one yet.


This book was everything I wanted it to be and so much more.

We get a couple of time jumps to show both their initial meeting and a period six months later, before the book carries on in the “present day” and it works well.

The pacing is fabulous, the slow burn of sexual chemistry which sparks and crackles like a popping fire is delicious, there’s so much UST pouring off the page it’s palpable.

Art’s been there throughout the Divorced Men’s Club, not in the background, oh no, he’s larger than life, full of himself and not afraid to tell everyone how amazing he is.

And, you know what, he absolutely is. But not for the sexual prowess he’s always bragging about. No, Art is much, much more than his surface would lead you to believe.

He’s a deeply caring man, he’s passionate about his family, he has oceans of depth he hides away because he’s gun shy of making a commitment to someone and being utterly broken if things don’t work, so he hides this away with one-night stands, a loud man who needs nothing.

Art’s niblings are the cutest pair ever, who let Joey see a completely different version of the man who catches his eye every day.

Joey, on the other hand, oh that man might have the outward arrogance and cocky self-sure attitude which he uses to tease and flirt with Art constantly, but he’s drowning in responsibilities he won’t let anyone else help him shoulder.

He is an absolute sweetheart, he’s helping his sister through college, helping his younger sister with her final year of high school before she goes to college and trying to study for the GED he never got because he left school to look after his sisters.

The flirting and teasing with Art comes naturally to him, but what he’s confused and fighting is the genuine attraction and need to explore more. Joey considers himself straight because, while he’s had crushes on other men, they’ve been fleeting and have disappeared quickly.

Art though, he’s fascinated by the older man, he sees him, he looks beyond the outward braggadocio to the kind-hearted soul beneath and he realises that while Art is off taking care of everyone else, he won’t let anyone do it for him.

There’s plenty of humour too, alongside the more serious side of Joey’s dragging struggles to keep things going.

My one “scratch head” moment actually came with Joey and his family’s background, slight spoiler (but not enough to spoil any important plot elements) coming up here:


We’re told once he was old enough to take guardianship of his two younger sisters, they all moved away from his drug-addicted parents.

Okay, so towards the end of the book, Joey tells us he doesn’t want to see his parents again and he doesn’t want them to move close or try and reconcile. Still with me?

But, earlier in the story, we’ve been told Art remembers Joey from growing up as a young baby, a child and then as a teenager however, because of the age gap (Art is around a decade older), he never paid attention to the younger man, surely then the family must have lived locally for them to be around Art’s childhood/teenage years?!


Maybe I’m just overthinking it, anyway it doesn’t really affect the plot, I just found it confusing.

Overall, this book delivered on all I’d be hoping it would. Art was such a fascinating character and Joey is his perfect match.

Now I’m eagerly waiting to see which of the two possible candidates are going to be up next. We’re possibly getting a son’s best friend age gap romance or a second chance/divorced partners reconciling one I think!

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Release Blitz: Ruler of the Waves by Aiden Ainslie

Ruler of the Waves | Aiden Ainslie

Love at Lake Clyde Series #3

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Release Date: May 11th, 2023

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A cute doctor in a small town

Tyler: All I ever wanted was to be a good doctor and serve the community I had grown up in. And I wanted a loving husband to share my dream of a house with a picket fence, two children and a dog.

Was that so much to ask of life? Why was it so difficult to find that man?

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Rickie: All I ever wanted was the freedom to sail the oceans, taste salt on my lips and feel sea spray on my face. So when Tyler Matthews offers me the chance of a week’s sailing at Nantucket, I agree to go with him. The only snag – we have to convince his snooty friends that we are boyfriends. How difficult can that be? Tyler is a good friend, I know him. Surely we can pull this off.

The only danger I did not foresee was that all my dreams could be derailed if my heart became entangled with the cute doctor who is rooted to the soil like a giant sequoia.

Can love find a way to bridge the ocean-sized chasm between two men who do not appear to be destined for each other? Read the latest book in the Love at Lake Clyde series.

A delicious fake boyfriend romance with many unexpected twists and turns.

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I gently teased him. “What? I’m not supposed to tell anyone that Dr. Tyler Matthews is human after all and had a little boating accident?”

His eyes, framed by those beautiful long eyelashes, filled with moisture and two big tears slid down his cheeks.

Oh, fuck!

I passed him a piece of kitchen roll and said, “Of course I won’t tell if you don’t want me to, Tyler. You can trust me.”

His tears, accompanied by silent sobs, just kept coming. What the hell was going on?

I waited until he calmed a little. Finally, he blew his nose and said, “I’m sorry. You must think me utterly pathetic.”

“Hey,” I said, “lucky for you, you’ve come to a very special place. This might look like a camper van to you, but it isn’t.”

There was a flicker of interest in his eyes, and he looked around, “It isn’t?”

I shook my head gravely. “Hell, no. I worked my ass off to create this space. It’s fortified by special alloy walls…” I banged against the flimsy paneling, “…witchcraft, and magic. This,” I proclaimed, “is the only judgment-free space in all of Clydesdale. I had to build it for my own survival. Here you can say and do whatever you want without worrying what anyone in town might say.”

Tyler gave the tiniest smile, “You’re nuts.”

“You have no idea how nuts.” I leaned forward and whispered, “Did you know that I regularly have wild parties and swing from the chandelier?”

His eyes widened, “But there is no…”

I got up, placed my hands around the simple light fitting above me, and started to sway back and forth. I closed my eyes and hummed Ed Sheeran’s “I Don’t Care” – one of my favorite songs. I continued to gyrate with my arms above my head.

Tyler emitted a small laugh. I stopped and grinned at him, “Now, if you don’t tell anyone that I’m certifiably nuts, I won’t tell anyone that your Hobie cat tipped over.”

His face fell back into its serious pose and the dullness reappeared in his eyes. No, dammit. No. I have to keep him engaged. Something is wrong.

“We’re going to play a little game,” I said. With a practiced touch, I lowered the table and rearranged the cushions to create a broad sleeper couch. “You’re going to lie here on the couch and talk to my good friend, the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Reilly-O.”

“But, but…” Tyler tried to protest as I bundled him from the chair onto the couch.

I gathered my hair into a man-bun, grabbed a notepad, and sat back in the captain’s chair with my legs crossed. In my best Irish accent, I said, “Now sonny, take yer time. Tell Dr. Reilly-O what’s a’troubling you?”

Tyler looked at me with a mixture of confusion and anxiety. Then the tiniest of smiles curled around the corners of his mouth and he said, “Do you always consult in your underwear, Dr. Reilly-O?”

“Judgement-free zone,” I reminded him as my heart did a fist pump. Yes! I shot a prayer of thanks to a former girlfriend – a drama student – who had insisted that the only way to communicate honestly was through role-play and improv.

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Aiden Ainslie lives in the Diablo foothills, east of San Francisco. He grew up in various small towns and loves to draw on that small-town feel for his romances: the sense of community but also the petty grievances, intrigue and rivalries. “An author has to draw on personal experience to create authentic stories.

According to Aiden, setting and mood are critical parts of a romantic story, hence he is always taking pictures of romantic settings to be used in future novels.

When Aiden is not writing or listening to audiobooks, he likes to cycle and hike. During those solitary pursuits, he dreams up the characters and plots for his MM Romance novels. He also enjoys zipping around town on his motor scooter, drinking coffee at the local coffee shops, and watching people to get inspiration for his writing.

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