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Briar nails another 5* romance with this delightful office-based one

58301429._SY475_The Dating Experiment by Briar Prescott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve 5*-ed every book Briar Prescott has written so I think that’s a pretty good indication of how much I rate her writing.

I’ve been waiting for this book with bated breath, Gray’s uptight older brother meets his match when his sharp-tongued PA Jamie proves too hard to resist.

Of course, it’s not quite that simple, instead Briar gives the reader an absolutely beautiful romance between two men who couldn’t be more different if they consciously tried.

Connor is repressed with good reason, he’s an introvert who was forced to be social by parents who didn’t understand him. Then he had to bring up Gray after their parents died, so he’s had responsibility shoved on top of that quiet nature.

Jamie isn’t an idiot, he’s outgoing, a bit of a joker and he’s 13 years younger than his boss. But he’s also loyal, adaptable, and he knows there’s more to Connor than he lets out.

Watching the barriers come down is a wonderful thing as Connor gets embroiled in Jamie’s “dating experiment” and he begins to open up.

There wasn’t a single thing I didn’t love in this narrative. From catching up with Gray and Kai, seeing Jamie’s friends Max and Anders, and visits with Connor and Gray’s canny Gran, who had an inclination Connor’s feelings might be more than just friendship.

The smexy times are something else between them. It starts off scorching hot, with edging and mutual exploration but rapidly becomes more. More emotion, more care, more soul searching emotion.

Honestly, I could wax lyrical about the pair of them until the cows come home. Instead, I’ll just say don’t miss out on this truly fabulous book.

It’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s insanely steamy, it has heart and it makes you all warm and fuzzy. The Epilogue is awesome too!

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

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Best one yet – oozing with sexual chemistry and loads of emotion

57442258._SY475_Show Me by Neve Wilder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best one yet!

That was an absolutely stunning example of a sexual awakening romance with all the steam and all the feels Neve is so skilled at.

I absolutely adored Jesse and Sam and loved everything about way this narrative unfolded.

It begins with an accidental moment that sets off a chain of events which I could totally buy into.

Jesse’s attraction to Sam is built as much out of him being a nice guy as it his epic football player physique and Sam’s not missed how much he enjoys spending time with his housemate either.

The things they get up to are insanely hot, but the feels are all there, “hiding in plain sight” from the off too.

There’s very little drama, the only real tension point doesn’t even come from either of them and I seriously appreciated the lack of Sam angsting over his attraction to Jesse.

What starts out as a means to help Sam gain some savings with his NSFW project quickly turns into so much more.

The Epilogue is utterly delightful and explosively steamy.

I could have read another 80,000 words of these two exploring different ways to get off while full on loving each other with all the swoony boyfriend feels you’d ever want 😁

There are also guest appearances from all the previous characters, snarky jokes and sharp dialogue and Ansel still being as utterly mysterious as in the first two books.

Maybe his story after Cam gets a happy ending please Neve?!

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

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A much more serious feel for this latest entry in the Colors of Love series from V.L.

Red Currant CoverSongs of a Red Currant Wine by V.L. Locey

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This one focuses on an ex-ice hockey player who never quite made success stick, even when he reached the professional leagues, and who’s now 55 and a washout coaching at a school when the story opens.

As it goes on, it becomes ever more easy to sympathise with Carl. He’s got demons buried deep into his soul, along with his closeted fears about being gay.

He’s not in a good place, but he’s also got no reason to change either, when he’s rocked by the death of his first teenage love Mike.

Returning home sets him on a path that sees all the feels as he battles with his conniving inner voice, which constantly tells him having a drink isn’t so bad.

He finds it hard to think of himself as an alcoholic, but it’s pretty clear that’s exactly what path he’s living, and at times it’s both heartbreaking and frustrating to see him fall again.

But!

With consummate skill, the story begins to bring in little slivers of hope.

After Carl hits rock bottom, I very much appreciated that it was his ex-wife and her new boyfriend (who happens to be Carl’s school’s athletics director) who helps him take his first steps out of the mire.

And of course there is Tigh. Who is almost 30 years his junior and, while he behaves like someone just hitting his mid-20s, he’s also a bit of an old soul imho.

He’s seen his own share of traumatic events and he’s doing his best to move on, and he’s very sure about his attraction to Carl.

It’s not an overly angsty narrative but there are stumbles along the way. There’s also a wonderful bunch of secondary characters, including Carl’s dad, who is the most awesome senior and adds his unwavering love and support.

Steam is swoony rather than scorching but there are a couple of scenes which were full of emotion and feels when Carl finally gets to just be himself – sexually confident gay man.

All in all, another excellent addition to the series.

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