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Oh Kendall you are so not “bad at love”

Bad At Love CoverBad at Love by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exceptional!

This is, hands down, one of my favourite books from Aimee. It flows beautifully, the relationship between Ridge and Kendall is so supportive and OMG do they burn the pages.

They are on fire when they get together but it’s so much more than just chemistry, they click from the minute they meet and that itself is just a massive amount of fun.

The book has a couple of subplots which both worked very well for me and which I’m not going into as it would spoiler one of the major elements of the storyline.

Ridge is so my type, he’s stoic and steady, supportive and secretly artistic and a gentle soul wrapped inside a giant teddy bear of a man. Kendall is one of life’s characters who brings joy while inside they’re dealing with plenty of hurt and insecurities. I love him so much.

From the first appearances of both these men in the Zero Hour/Sinister in Savannah series’ I’ve wanted their stories and Aimee did not disappoint in any way.

I devoured this book in one sitting, it drew me in from the start and never let go. It’s seriously sexy, it’s sweet, Ridge has an awesome family that I loved in the very brief glimpses we get of them and there’s a fab little guest appearance from Royce and Sawyer which had me smiling.

Asher also makes a brief appearance and the whole setting is brilliantly linked into the wider Savannah world without anyone needing to have read those books first – although seriously, read them, they’re brilliant.

I’m not sure who else is getting a book in this spin-off series but I hope Aimee continues to write in this setting because I love everything about it.

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

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A wealth of extras all bring insight into the snarky world of Lily Morton

CoverShort Stack by Lily Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Four new stories add to this wealth of extras from the pen of the fabulous Lily Morton and bring more insight into her thoroughly British world of snarky men and those who are smitten by them.

From Gabe’s hilarious experience babysitting Billy, to Gideon and Eli’s fears and fights while house hunting, each of these extra short stories or snippets has brought joy to this reader.

While Caden and Malachi will always hold first place in my heart because of the friendship they mean to me personally, this collection has reminded me why I fell for Lily’s writing the first time I read Rule Breaker and met Gabe and Dylan.

Snark and sass hold hands with hurt and fear, and they’re all wrapped up with comfort and love to create a perfect blanket of contemporary romance with a definite sense of identity.

They’re sexy and sweet, about blood families who should have done better and found families who make it all right.

And throughout them all, there’s love, without boundaries or expectations, just hearts and souls finding their home and living happily ever after.

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

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Rachel Reid skilfully weaves the tensions in this smoking hot romance

52916517._SY475_Common Goal by Rachel Reid

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love how Rachel Reid can take an oh so common trope and then give it a refreshing update to make it feel like you’re reading something totally new.

Here it’s a “fear over the age gap” between the two men making both wary and unwilling to admit feelings are developing.

And, in spite of the fact that a lack of communication is usually one of my most hated plot tension points, here it was absolutely believable.

We’ve met both main characters before. Eric is the goalie for book one’s Scott Hunter and Kyle is Scott’s fiance Kip’s friend and workmate.

Both have very real reasons for why the 15 year age gap between them is a stumbling block.

This is also, bizarrely considering just how hot and steamy it gets, a slow burn romance.

But it completely works. Eric is facing retirement and, a year on from his divorce, has been thinking about exploring his bisexuality.

Kyle has been badly hurt by an older, married man, and the fall out from that is still smarting seven years later.

What I loved most about this book was the powerful juxtaposition between the two men in bed – where Kyle lets loose on all his control needs and Eric is a willing participant – and in their daily lives which are very much an equal exchange of stimulation conversation between adults with so much in common.

It’s funny seeing from the outside what everyone else knows, that they are a perfect partnership if only they can get over themselves.

Rachel Reid skilfully weaves the tensions right past the annoying 75% plot point 😉 and almost to the very end before bringing things to a very satisfying conclusion.

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

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