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Release Blitz: The Sheltering Tree by J.R. Lawrie

The Sheltering Tree | J.R. Lawrie

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Release Date: April 9th, 2021

Publisher: Carnation Books

Cover Design: J.R. Lawrie

Length: 140,000 words approx.

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The heart of Alastair Harding’s life is duty. Becoming the first gay chief of the Metropolitan police has required certain sacrifices, but Alastair made them willingly. If his life now lacks human connections, he can’t exactly complain—and it’s a little too late for regrets.

Jay Fieldhouse knows all about sacrifice, too. Brought to London for his own safety by witness protection, Jay’s grassroots charity works day and night to save vulnerable kids from a life of crime. But getting close to other people is tough when no one really knows who you are.

When he meets Alastair one night at a charity event, Jay is intrigued by his glimpse of a gentle soul beneath the commissioner’s uniform. The two men decide to run their lonely paths side by side for a while—after all, life is short and good sex is hard to come by.
Then the shadows of the past begin to stir, and the words which go unsaid might be Jay and Alastair’s undoing.

The Sheltering Tree is J.R. Lawrie’s first full-length novel, following her beloved debut anthology, Let Your Heart Be Light.


About The Author


J. R. Lawrie graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 and now lives in York, UK, writing LGBTQ fiction.

LET YOUR HEART BE LIGHT, J.R.’s debut anthology, was published by Carnation Books in 2019, followed by THE SHELTERING TREE in April 2021.

For more updates, you can follow J.R. on Twitter: @jrlawrieauthor


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Second chance teenage sweethearts romance is delightful

#_V&V_Lacey_ebook_FINALHideaway by Rachel Lacey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this second chance, teenage sweethearts reunited romance from a new author to me.

Rachel Lacey has a light touch with her narrative, creating two unique voices and giving all the necessary information about Phoebe and Taylor’s past relationship when they were 16 without turning into an info dump.

I loved all the animal involvement, the dogs were just as important to the relationship as the two women were.

It’s medium steamy, with lots of feels, and I totally believed in them as a couple and in their happy ending.

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

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I took a while to warm to this couple but loved the end

#_V&V_Hartfield_ebook_FINALFlipcup by Kim Hartfield

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I struggled a fair bit at the start of this book because I just couldn’t connect to either of the characters at first.

Chelsea was immature, irresponsible and self-centred, while Tara was outwardly flirty and worldly but also strangely closed off.

It also took me a while to really buy into the fact Chelsea was attracted to Tara sexually, rather than just interested in her friendship.

However, as the narrative unfolded and they spent more time together, I think the author did a great job of peeling back the superficial layers to reveal their true depth of character.

It’s medium steam and the sexy times are definitely emotionally engaging.

Both women grew on me, and the big tension causing plot point felt like a real obstacle, not just something thrown in, even if it did happen around the usual 75% mark 😉

The final few chapters, and the Epilogue, however, were fabulous and I loved those.

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

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