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A lovely romance about a widower falling in love again

10_V&V_Hawthorne_ebook_FINALDaybreak by Kate Hawthorne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is super sweet, surprisingly angst free and quietly a bit kinky.

Although things happen over a very short space of time, it really doesn’t feel like instalove.

Instead, the reader can see the journey Jasper goes on when he begins to awaken from the self-imposed isolation he’s been living in since the death of his husband.

One thing I’ll mention here, and it’s probably a more “me thing” than any kind of issue, but I’d have liked to know more about Michael, the dead husband.

He’s clearly a huge part of Jasper’s life, from school through marriage at a really young age, to losing him.

But he remains only a kind of shadow in the narrative.

That may have been a deliberate choice, but for me, the lack of “why” Jasper falling for Liam was such a big thing (i.e. because of his devotion and devastation at Michael’s death), meant it didn’t have as big an impact as it could have done.

It’s the only thing that I wished was different though, as the rest of the book is just absolutely lovely.

Liam is a sweetheart, with his own issues he’s having trouble facing, but as he slowly falls in love with both Jasper and Vermont, you can see him realising something had to change.

The final chapters are glorious and very much the start of a wonderful HEA. There’s also a bonus Epilogue via a newsletter sign up.

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Heart Eyes Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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This charmed me into loving its young pairing

6_V&V_Birk_ebook_FINALBooklover by J.E. Birk

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I started reading this one, I wasn’t sure it was going to be one I would find myself enjoying as much as I did.

I don’t often read books with protagonists as young as these two because often I end up losing patience with the lack of maturity which comes with life experiences.

However, Briar has a past which has given him a more cynical and weary approach to life, and it makes him feel older. Jamie, although he’s 20, has had responsibility thrust on his shoulders because of his family farm.

Their happy ending felt earned and more than just a stepping stone for other relationships somewhere down the line.

The use of funny chapter headings and the creation of an author and her series of MM romances, which our two heroes identified with, is a clever idea that works well for the narrative.

There’s humour here to break up the sometimes more serious elements of the book, and I genuinely felt for Briar when it seemed his past was going to once again impinge in his new life.

A new author to me and one I’d happily read more from.

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Hearts Eyes Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Loved this romance with its hints of magic and mystery

56609969._SY475_A Dragon’s Fortune by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, that was just so much fun.

This is part of a new multi author series which features a magic emporium which turns up just in time to answer a dire need.

Now, interestingly, the dire need here wasn’t the perilous type and it really tickled me.

Cillian and Finneas are two fab characters, they should, going on genetics and ancestry, be enemies.

Instead, each has harboured a crush on the other for months and they’re just ridiculously sweet together.

The suspense element of the narrative worked well, considering the restraints of length and setting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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

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