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A wonderful vibe to this gentle romance from Jackie

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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Jackie Keswick has a wonderful ability to drop a magical quality that feels completely believable in her contemporary romances.

Here it’s more an element of what feels like it could be part of old folklore, a man who sees auras and knows when people need help.

Ryan’s struggled with his gift, his whole extended family of Irish origin each have their own unique character trait that seems to have an otherworldly feel but theirs manifest in simpler ways.

He’s fought accusations of being a freak, been blamed for his uncle divorcing his cheating wife, and he feels physical pain when someone needs his Box of Wishes gift so he’s not in the most receptive of moods when his path crosses that of Ben, the Detective sent to investigate a break in at his coffeeshop.

There’s an interesting secondary plot running alongside the romance which brings its own sense of mystery to and I only really got an idea of where it was going just before the big reveal.

Throw in a fabulous tabby cat who knows his worth and hints that Rhys’ cousin Alistair is in need of his own happiness, and this is a great read for this time of year.

While it’s light on the steam, it doesn’t miss out on the emotional side of the relationship, although there are moments when I wanted to thump them both 😁

This was a read in one sitting book for me and I’m looking forward to reading Alistair’s next.

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

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Unfortunately this one wasn’t quite what I expected

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Unfortunately, while I came to enjoy the romance between Tito and Ari overall, there were a couple of things which didn’t sit right with me.

I’ll get to them in a bit and they will be spoiler tagged.

My biggest issue I think with this one overall, and compared to the previous three books, is that it kind of only felt Canali-adjacent.

Yes Tito is a cousin not a brother, but he’s still been hanging around the series quietly in the background but here, he’s removed from that setting to live with the other MC through a set of circumstances that aren’t really given full weight.

The basic premise is that Tito was sent here after a mugging which we learn in this book was more of a hate crime. He’s lived with them for a few years and has been working away in the garage apartment keeping to himself.

After a couple of drag Queens at a local club are victims of a similar hate crime, we discover Tito has been receiving threats from someone he thinks is connected to his New York mugging and to Tito’s online drag Queen persona Tina, who has a YouTube channel featuring advice and make-up tips etc.

So far, so good. Tito gets involved with the club both to assist out with their website and with a charity fundraising event, but also to help Detective Ari Cohen – (who we’re bluntly informed in a bit of an expository Prologue) is a gay Jewish man who likes men dressed as women both in drag and not – with investigating the recent crimes.

Now, the chemistry between them was off the charts from their first meeting at the Canali compound when Ricky brings Ari to meet Tito and find out more about his stalker threat.

But, and here’s where I felt more work needed to be done, they jump from attraction but ‘we should stay away from each other, we’re too complicated because of our love of Drag’ into a physical lust driven couple of encounters and then came the scene I found pretty troubling.


Having only had a couple of sexual interchanges and without any discussion about being in a relationship, Tito ends up sleeping in Ari’s bed after a scary incident and Ari wakes up fully aroused with Tito riding him.

Now in a fully committed relationship, waking your partner up by mutual pleasure wouldn’t be a big deal, neither would it seem out of place if you were just having a hook-up.

At this point in time though both have had internal thoughts of love but there’s not been any conversation about what they’re doing or where they’re heading in the long term.

So this, imho, is borderline sexual assault as there’s been ZERO discussion or consent given over fully penetrative sex in the middle of the night while one partner is asleep or even if they’re actually in a relationship at this point, and it just felt off.

If this had been in an MF book I’m pretty sure the reaction to it would have been damning. Ari is on board with it but, for me, the whole tone just felt icky. YMMV.


Following this, the pacing then shoots off all over the shop without settling down as we get a copycat crime that’s not connected; Tito worries over his appearance as Tina at the club’s fundraising event; Ari’s parents tell him they’re heading to visit; Tito and Ari go on a house decorating and remodelling spree and eventually the villain strikes.


I really liked the idea of there being two completely separate people involved in the kidnapping for quite different reasons, again there wasn’t enough build up given to either of their reasons imho.

The obsessed character had only appeared in the book a couple of times and the violent attempted murderer’s justifications needed more page time for his twisted rage to feel like it was a true threat.

Ari shows up to save the day after Tito has partly escaped and then there’s a weird scene in which as many Canalis as possible turn up to say they don’t care Tito has a drag queen personality.


Overall though I liked Tito and Ari both individually and as a couple. Ari’s cat Moshe is a cute addition and all ends with a suitability happy future on the cards.

This isn’t a horrible book by any stretch, I think i was just left a bit disappointed in comparison to others in the series.

Uncle Ricky’s book is definitely my favourite and the one which seems to be the most rounded out but I also enjoyed the other two pairs.

I’m not sure if this is the last in the series or not but on the whole I’ve enjoyed reading about the Hot Cannolis.

#ARC kindly received from GRR Reviews in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Book Blitz: Ronan’s Boy by JJ Harper

Ronan’s Boy | JJ Harper

Escape Series #2

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Release Date: February 28th, 2022

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Can Ronan keep his firecracker safe? Or is it better to let his best friend help him?

Ronan is tired of hooking up. Of watching other men at Escape find their forever boys. He wants his own and he knows he’s out there.

Cody will be the perfect boy for the right Daddy, he needs to have the precise Dom-to-Daddy ratio. But he isn’t exactly tripping over men who want more than a night of fun.

So, yeah, needle meet haystack.

Then one night, they were both in the right place at the right time.

Ronan can’t take his eyes off the perfect boy in the silver hot-pants, and tight, cropped T. He knows if he takes this boy home, he’ll never want to let him leave,

Cody knows from the moment their lips touch he will never want another Daddy. Ronan is the man he’s been looking for.

When Ronan introduces Cody to his best friend, Harley, new fantasies set in. Could he share his boy? Would Cody want them both?

Danger threatens Cody and the life he has with Ronan. Maybe having two Daddies is safer?

Ronan’s boy is an age-gap, no age-play MMM romance with plenty of hot and steamy Daddy/boy action. Intended for readers aged eighteen or over.

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I hate to admit that Daniel was right. The dance floor is packed with gorgeous young men showing their lithe, scantily clad bodies to the surrounding observers. They dance and grind to the heavy beat of the music. Some dance alone, others with friends. It’s a beautiful sight, but none of them has me wanting to make a move.

Oh, hello. Who is that?

Damn, he’s perfect, so beautiful. Slim and tiny, he’d fit perfectly in my hands. His shaggy blond hair shines under the myriad of multicolored lights. The tight, cropped tank top matches with his silver… Are they hot pants? I need to see more of him. My pulse rises, and my dick chubs up. Hell, he’s sex on legs, and he can move, like really move. The man with him is laughing as he dances, but he doesn’t even begin to compare. As if in a daze, I step up behind him and place my hands on his hips. Either he’ll take one look at me and shake his head, or I’ll get the chance to dance.

The cute man spins around as I hold his hips loosely. A smile so bright it dulls the mirror ball hanging overhead lights up his face.

“Well, hello, Daddy.” He laughs and turns his head back to his friend, who nods at me, giving me the green light to dance with this delicious man. His eyes roam over me from the top of my head and down over my bare chest. He strokes over my pecs and the smooth black leather of my harness.

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You will normally find her in the living room—typing away—with her wayward puppy, Siddiqi. As a hopeless romantic, JJ dives into her stories, always falling in love with her men, making sure they get the happy-ever-after they deserve, even if they do have to work hard for it.

JJ lives in a small, very quiet, village in Lincolnshire, UK, with her husband and dog, and spends all day dreaming up stories full of really hot men

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