Gotta love a good bodyguard love story

32994331The Bigger They Come by Ari McKay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this bodyguard and client falling in love during a job romance even with the slightly over the top towards the end stalker plot.

Both Cade and Jude were sympathetic characters and I liked their dynamic together and completely believed in their feelings for each other.

There’s good world building and a bunch of interesting secondary characters that I look forward to reading more about as the series progresses.

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Loved this opposites attract motorcycle club setting romance

TheBallerinoAndTheBiker-400x600The Ballerino and the Biker by Rebecca James

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a really pleasant surprise even if, at times, it felt like I’d stepped into a series that was already a few books in.

I don’t think this one is connected to anything else yet but I’m guessing all the additional details were laying foundations for the rest of the series.

Morgan and Zeke were a beautifully written pair, a study in contrasts but with a real genuine connection. Morgan’s world of ballet being so harsh and unforgiving, especially at such a young age just starting out, and Zeke’s not so perfect upbringing, gave them both levels of sympathy and understanding.

There’s a cracking good set of secondary characters and I really liked the world building. Now I’m guessing there’s going to be a book with Dante and Swish but I’m also wondering if perhaps Blaze is going to be joining that pairing or if might not have been in love with Morgan’s brother – and his best friend – the late Jake.

I can’t wait to find out and will be keeping an eye on this author.

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Another superb story in the Pelican Bay series from Sloane

Sanctuary-found-customdesign-JayAheer2018-eBook-complete.jpgSanctuary Found by Sloane Kennedy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t care what she writes about, Sloane Kennedy just meets my book reading desires easily each time.

Her invariably flawed men always have some past trauma which defines their character and they invariably meet someone with the perfect set of personality traits to help them move on.

Her men are also never cured by magic dick either. If they’ve suffered trauma, then they continue to need to deal with it either through therapy or physical actions and they remain affected by it.

The second in her Pelican Bay series is a real beauty, dealing as it does with an ex military Lieutenant dealing with PTSD and a young man who’s had more to deal with in caring for his brother than anyone should have to.

But together, they provided the strength and the structure to allow their family to start healing. I loved Isaac and Maddox and little Newt was cute without being overbearing in his abilities and he very much acted his age.

Sex is hot but there’s a really lovely slow burn frenemies vibe for a long time before the two finally get down to things and it worked well.

Maddox’s sexuality, or lack of any overwhelming interest until Isaac, is handled well without hitting the reader over the head with it and it felt believable.

There’s an element of suspend disbelief towards the end but I really didn’t care and I adore the cover!

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This has lots of promise but the execution didn’t work for me

Art by AdonisArt by Adonis by Kris Sawyer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not for me I’m afraid, I’d got about a dozen editing notes before I’d even hit a third of the way through the book and I mean narrative choices rather than the occasional typos which can still be present in an ARC.

The biggest issue I had with the book though was that the characters read like they were teenagers not supposed adults approaching 30. Rick giggles a lot, which for a 27 year-old isn’t something I’d be wanting to see in a partner.

Aiden flies off the handle, is a judgemental arse, treats Rick like a precious object one day and yells at him the next, jumps to conclusions and apparently falls in love in the space of a few weeks.

Then there was dickhead bunch of friends who served no purpose other than to turn up and be annoying and tell Aiden he shouldn’t be with a “crip” while claiming they had his best interests at heart.

Oh yeah, and then there was the


psychotic brother in law who was a gang member on the side, the out of left field domestic violence plot with Rick’s sister (on top of the gang thing) and random gang leader appearing to issue threats and beat up people.


There’s the bones of an okay book, it just really needed a line editor going through it and tidying up the plotting and the odd narratives which were out of place with what could have been a sweet romance about an artist and a wheelchair bound man falling in love.

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Blog Tour: Skater Boy by A.E. Wasp

Book Title: Skater Boy: Hot Off the Ice #4

Author: A. E. Wasp

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: Ana J. Phoenix

Genre/s: Gay Sports Romance

Length: 75,750 words/303 pages

Skater Boy is a standalone story in the Hot Off the Ice series.


In a world that measures success in dollars, how do you put a price on happiness?

Love, marriage, and a baby carriage. It’s all Alex Staunton has ever wanted. Well, that and an Olympic medal for figure skating. The medal he got. The rest of it – not so much.

When his most recent poor decision comes to a door-slamming end, Alex moves into the house of his best friend, Thunder starting goalie, Sergei Pergov. But when tragedy strikes, giving Sergei custody of the twins he fathered confidentially, Alex’s problems take a backseat to the needs of two infants, and Alex vows to be the best fake-dad and house-husband he can be.

Sergei is dazzled by the way Alex makes managing all the craziness look as easy as doing a triple-axel. As their friendship grows even deeper, Sergei realizes he doesn’t want to imagine a life without Alex in it. Alex is the one who makes their house a home; his love makes them a family. How can Sergei make Alex understand he’s worth everything?

Skater Boy is a story about falling in love with your best friend. It contains discussions about baby poop, day drinking, girls’ night out, and the purchase of a mini-van.

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It was funny how much one kiss could change everything. Well, kissing and whatever else he could get away with. Sergei loved finding ways around the rules or seeing how much he could get away with while still technically staying within bounds.

Alex had typed up a list of the rules and taped them to the inside of the door that held Sergei’s coffee mugs and tea cups. “This way I know we’ll see it at least once a day.”

“In case I forget?” Sergei pulled Alex’s hand toward him, tracing light patterns over his wrist and palm in the same way Alex had tortured him the other night.

“Bastard,” Alex said, yanking his hand away. He darted in for a quick kiss. “In case I forget.”

Then last night after dinner, he’d come up behind Alex in the kitchen while he was washing dishes, and keeping his hands above the waist and over the clothes, lifted up Alex’s gorgeous hair and kissed the back and sides of his neck until Alex begged him to touch him. “Just a little. Please? Just my stomach.”

“Rules say no hands under clothing,” Sergei said, voice heavy with regret. “You made rules.”

Without another word, Alex slid out from under Sergei. Grabbing a pen from the junk drawer, he stomped the few feet to the cabinet, opened the cabinet, and crossed off the word ‘clothing.’ He wrote ‘pants’ above it, handwriting sloppy.

Slamming the door, he marched back to Sergei. “Better?”

Sergei yanked Alex against him, face to face this time. He slid his hands up the back of Alex’s shirt. His skin was softer than he had ever imagined and so warm. “Much better,” he growled, then pushed Alex up against the counter. They kissed until Sergei’s lips were numb.

About the Author

After time spent raising children, earning several college degrees, and traveling the world with the U.S. State Department, she is returning to her first love – writing.

A dreamer and an idealist, Amy writes about people finding connection in a world that can seem lonely and magic in a world that can seem all too mundane. She invites readers into her characters’ lives and worlds when they are their most vulnerable, their most human, living with the same hopes and fears we all have.

An avid traveler who has lived in big cities and small towns in four different continents, Amy has found that time and distance are no barriers to love. She invites her readers to reach out and share how her characters have touched their lives or how the found families they have gathered around them have shaped their worlds.

Born on Long Island, NY, Amy has lived in Los Angeles, London, and Bangkok. She currently lives in a town suspiciously like Red Deer, Colorado.

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A truly beautiful Cinderella story to match the gorgeous cover

38354762Ever After by Riley Hart & Christina Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This fairy tale should be an epic animated classic, one where young boys can dream of finding their handsome Prince and handsome Princes can dream of finding their person – the one who loves them for themselves.

It’s a truly beautiful Cinderella story which perfectly lives up to the stunning Jay Aheer cover which inspired its creation.

The storytelling is compelling, although some youngsters might find there’s “too much kissing” 😉 when grandpa reads it to them when they’re poorly at home.


But, just like in all true fairy tales, there are hurdles to overcome, challenges to face, although there is no real villain to fight, before Cassius and Merrick get their Ever After.

Everything about this story works and I couldn’t put it down, I loved the setting, the secondary characters, the world building, and I loved how Cas and Merrick found the courage to be a valet and a prince in love.

For me, the steam level worked well within the almost medieval (but with cars and mod cons) feel of the narrative and with the relatively young ages (Cas is 24, Merrick a similar age) of the lovers.

When the steamy bits do arrive, they’re sweet and emotionally driven not just lustful, although they’re definitely not tame. These two authors write brilliantly together and this book is no exception.

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New series from Annabella Michaels opens with a hit

image4Found by Annabella Michaels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first in a new series which is an offshoot of Annabella’s Souls of Chicago series and it’s focusing on Micah Hamilton’s security agency (Landon Greene’s husband and subject of Book 3 Protecting the Soul and it directly ties into book 5 in the series Uniting the Souls as it focuses on the search for Isaac’s missing brother Zane.

I liked this a lot, it was missing the overly dramatic elements which can sometimes pull down a plot narrative and instead, all the tensions were caused by believable issues of trust being damaged due to secrets being hidden (for perfectly valid reasons) for too long.

The relationship between Jeremy and Zach (aka Zane in hiding) was well developed and took a nice slow burn as they slowly got to know each other – even if Jeremy’s reasons for trying to find out if Zach was Zane weren’t revealed until the plot needed some tensions.

Overall this is really nice read, it’s a sweet romance between two people who on paper shouldn’t work but do. Jeremy is searching for the same happiness he sees in his friends who’ve settled down and Zane has been closed off because of his fears and past trauma for so long.

There is a really lovely ending and I truly believed in this couple’s life long happiness. Great start to this new series.

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