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K.M. brings a more serious feel to this puppy play romance

Heel (Working Out The Kinks Book 2)Heel by K.M. Neuhold

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just as cute as book one in the series, if not more so, there’s a deep connection between Adrian and Vale and it’s clearly demonstrated throughout the book.

Be aware of the trigger warning, this doesn’t mess about with a scene of domestic abuse which, while brief, demonstrates just how quickly someone can turn on those they’re supposed to love.

However, for Adrian he has an excellent support network and he’s also able to return to the man who first rescued him from the streets when he was just 18 and the one man he’s never been able to forget.

Vale is almost two decades older but, to me, the age gap was never an issue. Vale just is a natural carer and nurturer and it was joyous to see him finally get the chance to love the boy he felt was too young for him.

There’s puppy play here but not as much as there was in the first book, this one is more about the care and the love which is allowed to grow when Vale accepts he’s always wanted Adrian and should never have let him go seven years earlier.

I love how KM writes her characters when they’re in puppy space, it’s a definite distinction between their every day behaviour but with characteristics which make it clear they’re the same person both in and out of the hood and equipment.

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

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Release Blitz: Milo by Lily Morton

Milo | Lily Morton

Finding Home #2

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MM ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: 15.02.19

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Once upon a time a brave knight rescued a young man. Unfortunately, he then spent the next few years bossing the young man around and treating him like a child.

Milo has been burying himself at Chi an Mor, hiding from the wreckage of his once-promising career and running from a bad relationship that destroyed what little confidence he had. Niall, his big brother’s best friend, has been there for him that entire time. An arrogant and funny man, Niall couldn’t be any more different from the shy and occasionally stuttering Milo, which has never stopped Milo from crushing wildly on the man who saved him.

However, just as Milo makes the decision to move on from his hopeless crush, he and Niall are thrown into close contact, and for the first time ever Niall seems to be returning his interest. But it can never work. How can it when Milo always needs rescuing?

From the bestselling author of the Mixed Messages series comes a story about a man who needs to write his own happily ever after.

This is the second book in the Finding Home series, but it can be read as a standalone.

Content warning: There are descriptions of domestic abuse in this book.

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EXCERPT

“Bloody hell, is that a relation of my husband or a suspect in the Jack the Ripper case?”

I laugh and Cora startles slightly. I shush her and kiss the tiny fingers she holds up to my face. Moving next to him, I stare down at the picture. “He is a bit grim, isn’t he?”

“Grim? Caligula was grim. This is a new and previously undiscovered level of malevolence.” He cocks his head to one side. “Is it my imagination or do his eyes follow you when you move?”

I shake my head. “My remit isn’t to judge. Instead, I reveal what has been previously hidden.”

“While I’m sure that sounds romantic in your head, let’s be realistic. You’ve actually just wiped dirt off a grumpy old git’s face.”

I laugh. “I’m so glad my time at art college wasn’t wasted.”

He looks searchingly at me and opens his mouth but then closes it again. I stare at him. “Oh my God, what were you going to say? It must be bad if it’s made Oz Gallagher shut up.”

He laughs, and I look affectionately at him. I know he’s going to tell me the truth. Oz doesn’t ever shy away from that. He’s my best friend in the world and it comes as a shock to realise that I’ve only known him for a couple of years.

He came here to Chi an Mor in all his wisecracking, sassy glory and proceeded to turn everyone’s lives upside down. Footloose and fancy-free, he only intended to stay for a few months and ease the old house into opening to the general public. The best-laid plans always go wrong – or right – and now he’s settled with his husband Silas, the current earl, and they have a beautiful seven-month-old daughter.

He clears his throat and looks at me, and I straighten from kissing Cora’s forehead. “What?”

“I just think that you’re actually a bit wasted here, Milo.”

“Why?”

“Because you’re so bloody talented. People from all over the country are starting to come here to consult with you, and rather than enjoying it you’re stuck in a small, cold room wearing ugly gloves and hunched over a hideous painting. It’s like something from a Dickens novel.”

He pauses for breath and I try to relax my instinctive defensive shield. I don’t need it with him.

He rubs my arm affectionately. “You’re so clever and talented and no one sees it here apart from us, and you need more than that. You should be living it up and going to exotic parties. Mixing with artists and the bohemian crowd.”

I swallow hard at the thought of the people that used to surround Thomas. “I don’t think I’m cut out for a bohemian crowd. They sound quite noisy and tiring,” I manage to say.

“Well, maybe look for a sub-branch. The whispering bohemians or something.”

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Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.

Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.

She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!

She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.

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Yet another fabulous romance from Lily Morton

Milo (Finding Home, #2)Milo by Lily Morton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Each time I think I’ve found my favourite pair of Lily Morton characters she puts out another book and wham, there I go again with a new one.

I loved Dylan and Gabe, then I fell for Asa and Jude, before Henry and Ivo stole my heart, only to give up their spot to Silas and Oz.

But now, let’s just say Milo and Niall took my heart, wrapped it up in bubble wrap and very carefully squished it in tight to their amazing characters.

It’s difficult to summarise why I love Lily Morton’s world so much. Is it because they’re so very British, the settings familiar to me, the language and jokes those of my own childhood and teenage years?

Is it because she has an incredible way of throwing you right into the heart of her books because of the incredibly visual nature of her narratives?

Or is it the snark and the witty retorts which always stop the romances from becoming too twee?

I have no idea. I just know they settle deep into my soul and bring me joy. Nothing would make me happier than spending an evening with this bunch of interconnected characters drinking good beer and eating cockles on the Cornish seafront.

With Niall and Milo, Lily gives us a slightly different take on the brother’s best friend trope and I was only one page into this book when I wanted to kill someone.

Milo is a joy, but he’s been pushed deep inside himself and it takes the solid presence and support of Niall to give him the space to breathe again.

Niall doesn’t take over, much as his strength and forceful personality would like to, instead he cajoles and encourages and reminds Milo of what he can do.

Milo might be a sweetheart, but Niall was just my cup of tea, right down to the ribbing of Oz and the firm friendships with Silas and Milo’s enigmatic brother Gideon.

Speaking of which, I’m saddened to hear he won’t be getting his own rare breeds farmer (you promised me him some time now Lily so I’ll let you off 😉 ) but I absolutely cannot wait to meet the special someone who is going to see behind that brash shiny exterior to the true gold beneath.

This book is gorgeous, it’s stupendously hot of course, but it’s about so much more than the sex. It’s about family, finding a home, and a psychopathic cat who might just love you after all.

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

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