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Garrett’s beautiful slow burn romance opens the new In Vino Veritas series

WildfireLeigh_ebookWildfire by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how she does it but each time I pick up a book by Garrett Leigh, she blows me away.

Her characters are never given an easy life, they have challenges to break the strongest of backs but they are always resilient, they persevere and, ultimately they triumph in a way which works for them.

Her men are never “cured” by falling in love, there’s no magic dick pill to end mental health issues or to smooth away the edges of neurodivergency, there’s no therapeutic kiss to end the symptoms of PTSD.

Instead, what they get are blocks of support, coping mechanisms and unfailing love which means it becomes easier to deal with the stresses and strains.

Here we get two beautiful men who have huge hurdles in their daily lives. For Joss, his is part of his being, his Tourette’s and his ADHD are an intrinsic and permanent factor and he accepts that and deals with it through medication and strategies.

Kai’s is trauma related, a recent catastrophic situation that he’s still coming to terms with and, unlike Joss, there’s an air of melancholy and sorrow that drives his daily routine.

But when they meet it’s like lightbulbs and flashes of neon and the overwhelming chance for change to come. Kai brings calm to Joss’ whirlwind mind, and for Kai, Joss is a breath of air drawing him out of the darkness.

We’re then taken on a journey of not only deeply emotional friendship between the two, but also a bisexual awakening on Kai’s part which feels completely organic and which brings comfort in a myriad of ways.

The sex, for Garrett, is perhaps less steamy than in some of her other works, but it’s perfect for this romance. It’s exploratory, it’s healing, it’s lustful and heady, it’s quiet and calming.

But most of all it’s tethering, creating an invisible force between them which ties the two men together against all the odds to deliver a truly compelling happy ending.

There’s all the British banter you’d expect from a London boy uprooted and it’s also a quiet paean to the glory of good food cooked with love.

Keep an eye out for Easter Egg references to a couple of Garrett’s other fabulous series and, of course, there’s lots of Jax, Tanner and Molly in this one too 💗

#ARC kindly received from the author via Sarina Bowen’s Heart Eyes Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Gah I wasn’t expecting the cliffie!

Dragon's-HonorDragon’s Honor by Nora Phoenix

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gah, if I’d realised we were going to end up with this triad’s romance running over two books I’d have been prepared for the cliffhanger 🤣

I expect cliffhangers relating to the series’ overarching plot, I wasn’t thinking I’d get a relationship one as well because the first book wrapped up the romance between Rhene and Erwan.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing, just a tad annoying when the three of them are so sweet together and were just beginning to navigate their more unusual mates bonding.

There’s some really big developments in the main storyline that I won’t be spoiling, but I’m very excited to see where Nora is going to take them.

And the slow-burning nature of Jermon, Wilmer and Riordan’s romance is brilliantly done with a friendship that turns into more as both alphas help the omega recover from his experience at the hands of Jermon’s dragon clan.

I’m thoroughly enjoying this spin-off from the Iressistable Omegas series as it widens out the universe we first met there.

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

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Release Tour: Home Grown Talent by Joanna Chambers & Sally Malcolm

Home Grown Talent | Joanna Chambers & Sally Malcolm

Creative Types #2

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Release Date: August 25th, 2022

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Are you for real?

From the outside, it looks like model and influencer Mason Nash has it all—beauty, fame, and fortune. With his star rapidly rising, and a big contract up for grabs, Mason’s on the verge of hitting the big time.

When an opportunity arises to co-host a gardening slot on daytime TV with his ex’s brother, Owen Hunter, Mason is definitely on-board. And he intends to use every trick in the book to make the show a hit—including agreeing to his ruthless producer’s demand to fake a ‘will-they/won’t-they’ romance with his co-host…

Owen Hunter is a gardener with a huge heart and both feet planted firmly on the well-tilled ground. He’s proud of the life he’s built and has absolutely no desire to be on TV—yet somehow he finds himself agreeing to do the show.

It’s definitely not because he’s interested in Mason Nash. The guy might be beautiful—and yeah, his spoiled brat routine presses all Owen’s buttons in the bedroom—but Owen has no interest in a short-term fling with a fame-hungry model.

As the two men get closer, though, Owen starts to believe there’s more to Mason than his beautiful appearance and carefully-curated online persona—that beneath the glitz and glamour is a sweet, sensitive man longing to be loved.

A man Owen might be falling for. A man who might even feel the same.

But in a world of media spin and half-truths, Owen is dangerously out of his depth. And when a ridiculous scandal explodes online, with Owen at its heart, it starts to look as though everything he thought was real is built on lies—including his budding romance with Mason…

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Owen was hard-pruning the clematis that swarmed up the back wall of his garden when his doorbell rang. He knew immediately it was Lewis, his younger brother—no one else rang his doorbell so obnoxiously.

Owen’s doorbell was a cheery little two-note bell. A proper little ding-dong of a bell. But Lewis had a way of leaning on it that made the dings run into the dongs and start to stutter, until it seemed like the whole contraption was having a nervous breakdown.

Which was… very Lewis. He had that effect on a lot of people too.

Owen unhurriedly closed his secateurs, crossed the garden, and went inside the house to answer the door. Sure enough, on the other side stood Lewis, and with him was Aaron, his boyfriend of the last few months.

“Could you not break my doorbell?” Owen asked mildly, stepping aside and waving them in.

“You were taking ages,” Lewis said unapologetically, as he moved past him.

“I was in the garden.”

“You’re always in the garden.”

Aaron flashed his cute smile at Owen as he stepped into the house and held up a be-ribboned cardboard box. “I brought cake.”

Owen grinned. “See, this is why I like you more than Lewis.”

“I heard that,” Lewis called from halfway down the hallway, but he sounded a little bit pleased. The soppy sod.

Owen followed them down the hallway to the back of the house. When he’d bought the place, he’d knocked through a couple of walls to make one big kitchen and living area, adding some wide glass doors at the back that let in tons of natural light and gave him a nice view of his pride and joy: the garden.

“So, to what do I owe this pleasure?” he asked. “I wasn’t expecting you today.”

“Oh, just popping by on the off-chance you’d be in,” Lewis said airily, which made Owen immediately suspicious, particularly given that Owen could now see that the cake box Aaron was holding looked very fancy indeed, with gold lettering and gold and blue ribbons.

“Any chance of a cuppa?” Lewis asked.

“Sure. Tea or coffee?”

“Hot chocolate?” Lewis said hopefully.

“Hot chocolate and cake?” Owen said, raising his brows. “You want to go into a sugar coma?”

“Can’t think of a better way to die.”

“Yeah, well, I don’t have any hot chocolate, so pick a grown-up beverage.”

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Sunshine PA, meet Grumpy Boss…

When fanfic writer Aaron Page landed a temp job with the creator of hit TV show, Leeches, it was only meant to last a week. Three years later, Aaron’s still there…

It could be because he loves the creative challenge. It could be because he’s a huge Leeches fanboy. It’s definitely not because of Lewis Hunter, his extremely demanding, staggeringly rude…and breathtakingly gorgeous boss.

Is it?

Lewis Hunter grew up the hard way and fought for everything he’s got. His priority is the show, and personal relationships come a distant second. Besides, who needs romance when you have a steady stream of hot men hopping in and out of your bed?

His only meaningful relationship is with Aaron, his chief confidante and indispensable assistant. And no matter how appealing he finds Aaron’s cute boy-next-door charms, Lewis would never risk their professional partnership just to scratch an itch.

But when Lewis finds himself trapped at a hilariously awful corporate retreat, Aaron is his only friend and ally. As the professional lines between them begin to blur, their simmering attraction starts to sizzle

… And they’re both about to get burned.

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About the Authors

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Joanna has a day job and family but manages to find time to write by not cleaning the house or watching television. She is shockingly ill-informed about popular culture.

You can find her on Twitter being distracted, on Instagram (occasionally) being confused, and – most happily – in her FB group, Joanna’s Chamber, talking about reading and random stuff with her reader pals.

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Sally was bitten by the male/male romance bug in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. Her stories are emotional, sweetly angsty, and always have happy endings.

She also writes tie-in novels for the hit TV shows STARGATE: SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS. To date she’s penned nine STARGATE novels and novellas, and four audio dramas.

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