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Chef Eli meets his very organised match in this latest Bliss romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t put my finger on why this series from Harley Grace works so well for me, but it just does.

Each one has been an absolute delight, they’re just low angst, feel good reads with a brilliant setting, loads of great secondary characters and two MCs who are always just right for each other.

Even if things do always seem to happen in a short space of time, they are on a holiday island after all, they never feel like it’s an instalove situation. The two men just seem to have that spark, a connection from the off which allows them to open up to the other naturally without anything feeling forced or rushed.

Here it’s Chef Eli’s turn and his match is Spencer, a not quite as uptight as he might first seem administrator who Mr Blissand has brought to the resort to take some of the pressure off Eli’s shoulders.

While their initial meeting is a bit fraught, it’s also filled with sparks of chemistry and I was laughing my head off at how quickly they were snogging in a cupboard because they really are a perfect match.

Tensions arise solely from the outside auditor who’s been sent along to essentially see if Mr B has lost his mind, and her attitude leaves a lot to be desired. But, suffice it to say, those who work on the island are a family and they all pull together to see that not only is Mr B protected, but that no-one puts doubt on either Eli or Spencer.

I know it’s always hard for a new author to make a mark in what’s a crowded space already, but these books really are just a whole load of fun. They definitely bring me the Bliss that Adrien wants all his guests to find 😁

Now, please can I have Trace’s story next (and Mr B’s after that!)

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

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Delicately woven tale of two men falling in love in spite of all the odds

55507781._SY475_Rough Contact by Beth Bolden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As ever a disclaimer that I beta read this book for Beth.

Now, onto the book itself. It’s even better than the loosely connected The Rivalry and I absolutely loved everything about this romance.

It’s a difficult one to put into a trope, there’re elements of forbidden romance, it’s obviously a sports romance, but it’s also a bit of hurt/comfort, a bit of overcoming fears, a bit of an age gap and an interracial relationship.

Overall though, it’s a beautiful story of two guys who by anyone’s reckoning, shouldn’t have anything to do with each other and most definitely shouldn’t be falling in love.

But fall in love they do, it’s a super sweet romance, fairly slow burn although the chemistry is there from the off.

Neal is cautious, rightly so, given how he was badly burned not only by the team Jamie’s trying out for to replace him as kicker, but also by the guy he thought he was in love with (and can I just state here for the record – Michael you are an absolute wanker!)

Jamie though, he’s impetuous as only someone of his age can be. He’s confident in not only his skills as a kicker, but also in his attraction to Neal and he feeling they could be really good together.

There’s a looming sense of dread hanging over the narrative which only increases once Jamie’s rival for the special teams spot overhears him talking to another player who knows he’s been seeing Neal.

I really appreciated that Beth took a particular route with this big secret – which I won’t spoiler as I think it’s better to find out from reading – and I loved how it all played out in the end.

The Epilogue is beyond cute and I loved how it nicely wrapped up the state of their relationship and professional careers with a totally solid Happy for Now most likely leading into that Happily Ever After.

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Release Blitz: Safflower by V.L. Locey

Safflower | V.L. Locey

A Tales of Bryant Novella #3

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Release Date: October 8th, 2020

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Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 45,000 words approx.

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Blurb

Two men are about to discover that dreams really do come true if you have love as your main ingredient.

People say Luis Duton has been incredibly lucky. Luis says that as well, but something’s been missing from his life. Even though he holds a glamorous position as cook/housekeeper/confidant for famed movie producer Caiden Dell, he dreams of attending culinary school.

When he finally works up the courage to apply to one of the most prestigious institutes in all of Manhattan, he’s shocked when his application is approved. Overjoyed at first, he soon discovers that the heat is on big time as he battles with his insecurities along with one of his instructors.

With his dream about to go up in smoke, he goes to see a Broadway play to lose himself for a few hours. There he buys a box of candy from another young man with a dream: Fraser Wayne. Fraser’s passion is the theater, but his goal seems as far away as Luis’ at the moment. Drawn to the man’s devotion to his ambitions as well as the beauty of his smile, Luis soon finds himself caught up in a love affair ten times hotter than any kitchen.

Tales of Bryant Series

Book #1 – Tales Of Bryant – Buy Links

Book #2 – Nine Small Sips – Buy Links

Novella #1 – Fade In – Buy Links

Novella #2 – Reserved – Buy Links

About The Author

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USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

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