Fell a bit flat for me sadly

Under the BoardwalkUnder the Boardwalk by Felice Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

I’m not sure just what it was which stopped this one from being a higher rating but I just didn’t really get into it.

It’s beautifully written, as I’d expect from Felice, but I just wasn’t bothered about either of the MCs which is totally on me and not on the quality of the story.

The setting is glorious, I could see, hear and smell the boardwalk, the sea, the heat of the beach, but I never connected to either Alexi or Cam.

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

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Loved how Trevor found a home in Jalen

Love Me Tenor (Perfect Harmony, #2)Love Me Tenor by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this one, I think I preferred it just over book one in the series too because Trevor was just so in need of someone to love him and he found the perfect person.

I also love the idea of these singing reality TV shows (even though I don’t watch any of them in actuality) and I think this worked better than the a cappella version in book one too.

The cast of secondary characters were great, the twin boyfriends Carter and Carson had me laughing but they actually had a lot of depth to them and their relationship, I liked Dawn, it’s nice to have supportive female characters, and our other MC, the delightfully spikey Jalen, was also a serious sweetheart.

Most of the conflict comes from external sources and there’s one character I’d like to hit with a piece of two b’four because of how he treats Trevor and how he gets in the way of Trev and Jalen. Homophobia and religious fervor really grind my gears.

Now to find where the heck I stuck book three because I need M’s story like yesterday!

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Trans romance is a great start for new author

Coffee and BourbonCoffee and Bourbon by Jasper Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There’s few romances where one of the MCs is a transgender person so it’s always great to come across a new author who features one.

This is a bit of a muddled bag though, there were elements I enjoyed like Alex’s unwavering acceptance of Noah and his trans status, and there were bits I didn’t think worked at all including the odd time jump double telling of the same scene.
There’s also overuse of a couple of phrases which become more obvious because of the back and forth in the time line.

The sex is handled well and there isn’t as much fade to black or off page as I’ve sometimes read in an MM romance with a FtM transgender character. The sex here was both sweet and emotive.

There’s a relatively low level of angst, focussed around a tattoo convention and Alex’s best friend from his old life being a transphobic arse and the resolution happens a bit speedily but overall this is a fast read with a cute epilogue.

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Best one yet in the Boys of Bellamy series

51WkEcOS51LThis is my favourite of the Boys of Bellamy Series so far. In this book Ruthie gives us an MC – Milo – who has been hurt by a previous relationship and life in general and who finds it difficult to let anyone in because of his fears of experiencing more pain.

But then along comes Rory, a boy who kissed him at high school and then disappeared from his life for a few years. A jock, a guy who on the face of it has it all. But Rory has just come out of a long relationship with his college sweetheart Georgina and he’s often wondered about the boy he kissed at school. He figures it’s time to explore his bisexuality and then his path collides once again with Milo.

This book examines beautifully the trust needed to go into a relationship with anyone irrespective of sexuality, race or gender. Having to open yourself up to emotions, even those of friendship only, can be hard and the reader gets an insight into both Milo and Rory’s mental confusions as they try to navigate through.

There’s a lot of laughter in this book, there’s friendship, the world building continues to expand on the previous two in the series and we get a peak at Jamie and Bennett’s ongoing HEA as well as meeting Kit again. This book, however, could be read as a standalone, there is plenty of explanation given as to who is who within the story and how they fit in without it being a rehash of the previous romances.

As is the case with this author, the romance is mostly sweet but with enough of an edge to stop it going over into saccharine territory and there’s low level angsting to keep the plot ticking over without it becoming a chore to read.

Hoping we’re getting Andy and Drew next.

Kink-tastic short from K C Wells

LaceLace by K.C. Wells

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

K C Wells is high on the list of writers who know how to write kink and write it well.

This is a sexy and sweet novella about a guy who suddenly finds there’s just something irresistible about his mate in lace pants.

It’s not just kink though, there’s a real relationship drawn between the two men that has nothing to do with erotic underwear.

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Riley Hart slays it yet again in this new series

Gone for You (Wild Side, #1)Gone for You by Riley Hart

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The way Riley Hart writes just perfectly speaks to me, I’ve not read anything of hers I’ve not enjoyed and this is no different.

She manages to take the everyday routine of life and falling in love, no matter what the age of the characters, and infuses it with a little bit of magic.

In this one we have a standard friends to lovers and sort of second chance romance but with Oliver and Matt she creates two stand out characters who feel utterly real.

I loved watching them bumping heads as Matt returned back to the boy he’s always loved but never felt good enough for and Oliver grew to realise he had to let Matt fix himself and say goodbye to his life long love to give it the chance to bloom fully.

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Another cracking addition to the series

Chocolate Cake and Chaos (Peridale Cafe Mystery #4)Chocolate Cake and Chaos by Agatha Frost

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another brilliant addition to the Peridale Cafe mysteries from Agatha Frost, a series which is rapidly becoming one of my favourites.

There is a real lightness of style to these stories, even with the murderous themes running through them, the humour and Britishness stands out.

Julia is a delightful addition to the female “detective” cannon and she’s beginning to rank right up there with Christie’s Tuppence Beresford for me.

In this one things become even more personal for Julia when her beloved Barker’s life is in danger and, as in all the previous books, there’s a neat twist which is never obvious which gives Julia the insight she needs to discover the truth.

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

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