Excellent follow up rounds off the royal romance

His Royal Favorite (His Royal Secret, #2)His Royal Favorite by Lilah Pace

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s still no King of England and England and Britain aren’t the same thing but that’s just my own niggle about when people set a book in in this world but then Americanise it or mix stuff up.

The romance itself, however, is simply divine, full of rich characters in a world which is beautifully drawn out and filled with detail which does give the sense of just how bizarre it has to be to step into a life of eternal scrutiny.

Ben’s uncertainty was wholly believable and the way in which his fears were dealt with and overcome was superbly done. The epilogue was incredibly sweet and I would kill for a book three after James has become King.

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Wonderful alternative Royal focussed romance

His Royal Secret (His Royal Secret, #1)His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve knocked a star off for the Americanisms, the Z instead of an S, spelling it whiskey when it’s not Irish, calling it the English throne not the British one.

They’re all minor things and overall don’t spoil what is, in essence, an exceptionally good romance with a decent insight into the British way of life but it’s a pet niggle of mine when authors use a British setting but Americanise it.

The romance itself is excellent, I loved how James and Ben met and, having been a journalist myself for almost 20 years, I totally got the dilemma of getting that big exclusive and then choosing not to write it.

This is a complex and twisting story narrative which weaves itself beautifully into the gradual falling in love which both men try their hardest to fight against.

Now I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Let’s hope it’s not the sticky end many previous “Royal favourites” found themselves in!

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Solid opener for this cop based series

Fire and Water (Carlisle Cops Book 1)Fire and Water by Andrew Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked the setting of this one, the Beauty and the Beast parallel was simple but effectively done.

Terry and Red were a bit quick to fall in love but I think the heightened circumstances of what was happening went someway to alleviate that.

Red was a sweetheart and I liked how Terry realised he’d made a mistake with his first impression and tried to be a better person. The police procedural element of the story was also handled quite realistically, although it did leave some of the plot hanging.

The epilogue was quite sweet too and hopefully there will be more of these two in cameos throughout the rest of the series.

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This book made me smile

Enlightened (Enlightenment)Enlightened by Joanna Chambers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“He’s not the love of my life, you are, you stupid man,” (words to the effect of that is) – a glorious declaration which highlights the beautiful nature of the relationship between David and Murdo.

This Scottish based historical romance has been an utter delight from start to finish, firmly rooted in the beginnings of the 19th century with King George IV on the throne.

The side plots of the beginnings of workers rights, female emancipation and the change in attitude within a nobility which had been resting on its laurels, are all superbly touched on throughout this series.

And the icing on the historical cake has been the truly beautiful men both depicted in this love story but also those representing them on the covers.

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Truly scrumptious friends to lovers romance

Adam's Song (8 Million Hearts, #1)Adam’s Song by Spencer Spears

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fabulous friends to lovers romance which – like toffee sauce down the side of an ice cream sundae – brings a little drizzle of sweetness to a sharp bite.

While this is truly sweet at times, there is also an edge to the friendship between Adam and Ben which is caused by quite realistically depicted anxieties and fears on the part of Adam and a slow dawning that his feelings for his best friend might be a but more from Ben.

There is a proper slow burn to this one too, it’s a long book but every bit of the story felt necessary and earnt its place in the narrative.

When the smexy times come they just add the sprinkles on top as Ben fully embraces his newly developing feelings. Virgin sex is handled with care and with plenty of emotionally driven feelings.

The world building is excellent too and I’m looking forward to finding out more about the secondary characters which help prop up the narrative in this one.

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

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Hot, hot, hot like the Spanish setting

Summer HeatSummer Heat by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the Spanish setting, this delightful summer read from Jay is full of dry heat and steamy encounters.

It’s light, a perfect beach read with a friends to lovers romance that just sits on the right side of sweet without being cloying.

Adam and Finn somehow never got it together when they first met as students and instead slipped into best friend status. When Adam finally splits from his older boyfriend after five fairly uninspiring years together he asks Finn to come with him on the holiday he’d had booked as a surprise for his ex.

And, under the red hot sun, things take a different turn as a holiday fling threesome stirs up feelings both men have kept hidden away.

While things happen in a relatively short time, I believed in their romance completely. The ground work was laid down well for their slide first into hooking up and then, following a specific incident, to move into love.

With a deft hand, Jay has crafted a lovely summer romance and Garrett Leigh’s beautiful cover fully reflects the gorgeous-ness to be found inside.

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