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This GBBO inspired festive romance is sweetness all round

53206673._SY475_Cupcakes and Christmas by R.J. Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First, a confession. I’m one of the few people who isn’t a mad fan of either The Great British Bake Off, or its current Channel 4 incarnation.

I’ve seen the odd episode and I watched it when a friend of a friend took part in season six, but It’s never been a must watch.

However, that didn’t stop me from loving everything about this book, from its premise based on GBBO through to the location and the romance itself.

I loved how baking brought two broken and damaged hearts together and strengthened each man individually as well as a pair.

Every festive romance has to have a hiccup or two, but they never felt inserted just to create a plot point.

And, as someone who deals with social media marketing in the day job, all the talk of ROI, demographics and product placement made me chuckle.

Definitely one of favourite festive feel good romances from RJ

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

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Another great addition to Amy’s ice hockey series

54626294._SY475_Risking the Shot by Amy Aislin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was another great addition to this loosely connected ice hockey series.

Here we have Taylor, a teammate of Grey and Dean from book one, who has been crushing on the 11 years older single dad who works for the club’s fund-raising arm.

From the off, I really liked Dakota, his son Andy is an adorable imp, who read like a four-year-old and now some child genius, and their relationship was loving and super sweet.

I also really liked Tay, his sense of insecurity outside of the ice came across well and his maturity didn’t feel at all forced.

The main conflicts come from internal fears and they were used well to create tension without straying into the ‘lack of communication’ trope which I hate.

Lots of good secondary characters (loved Dakota’s cousin Calder, he gets a free extra scene available via Amy’s newsletter).

I also appreciated that Tay’s sisters tried to make amends for how they’d basically ignored him when they were kids and didn’t try to make excuses other than the large age gap (they’re Dakota’s age), something which had triggered most of his self isolating issues.

The sex is sweet and steamy and there’s a good build up to things becoming more serious.

The other guys from the previous books are on hand to make guest appearances, which I love in a series, and overall this was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

I’m interested to see if Tay’s best friend Stanton is going to be book five’s MC along with Xappa.

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

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A beautiful conclusion to this fabulous Aussie romance

CoverPieces of Us by N.R. Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A stunning conclusion to one of the best series’ N.R. Walker has produced.

As Dallas and Justin continue to get used to life post his traumatic brain injury, things are moving along nicely when a figure from the past comes along to put a spanner in the works.

I’ve loved every one of these books all for the same reason – they perfectly demonstrate what loving and caring for someone else should mean.

Supportive, encouraging, Dallas is a solid rock for his Jussy as he comes to terms with how he has to cope now that his brain doesn’t work in the same way it once did.

The main thrust of this book is simply to round off all the outstanding elements which were left over from the previous two installments, and it’s a beautiful romance.

I wish I had a Dallas ❤

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