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Pick Me | May Archer

The Sunday Brothers #2

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Release Date: October 5th, 2021

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The job at Sunday Orchard was supposed to be temporary.

A chance to gain some work experience. To have some fun. To get away from my overprotective brothers. To maybe, possibly encounter some lumberjacks in their natural habitat before moving on to the dream career that awaited me in the city.

I had not expected to be welcomed into a family of gorgeous and weirdly efficient lumberjack-types myself. Or to find a purpose in the tiny Vermont town whose claim to fame seemed to be apple-based products and copious amounts of charm.

And I most definitely hadn’t expected to fall for Knox Sunday, my grumpy, burly, fifteen-years-older, reluctant roommate, with his infuriating lectures, his hot-as-fire body, his superior attitude, his snarky humor, and his stealth cuddles.

Now I find myself making excuses to delay my big dreams… just for a little while.

But Knox has unfulfilled dreams of his own. A career he walked away from. A big city life in Boston he left behind when he returned to his hometown to help his family. He claims he’s not looking for anything permanent, and I’ve never been one to put down roots.

My big life is waiting for me somewhere other than Little Pippin Hollow. So why does it feel like I’ve finally found the home of my heart?

And how can I get Knox Sunday to… pick me?

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About the Author

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May is an M/M author who lives in Boston. She spends her days raising three incredibly sarcastic children, finding inventive ways to drive her husband crazy, planning beach vacations, avoiding the gym, reading M/M romance, and occasionally writing it.

She also writes MF romance as Maisy Archer.

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Absolutely delightful sports romance which hit all my favourite things about the trope

15_V&V_Kyle_ebook_FINALShowstopper by Regina Kyle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Back on the 5* trail! Definitely one of my favourites in the series and jam packed with loads of my go to tropes.

Regina Kyle pretty much hit everything I love about college sports romances and opposites’ attract tropes in this book.

I adored both Adam and Kolby but Adam absolutely stole my heart, he is just a giant teddy bear of a young man who has a heart of gold.

Kolby is a bit prickly, understandably so given his background, but I liked that he was unashamedly himself, he doesn’t hide his sexuality, but he does hide his vulnerability. Together they’re just incredibly sweet and seriously sexy.

Adam’s had a bit of a traumatic time at his previous school, so he’s wary of exposing his bisexuality, again something the narrative plays out well. But as he spends more time with Kolby, it becomes clear that he doesn’t want to hide the connection they’ve found.

They connect on all levels, not only are they sexually attracted to each other, but they also have mutual likes and interests and they’re both determined to look out for the other, which makes not only for some really love conversations but also hot times between the sheets!

A couple of outside events add tension to the plot, there’s the odd lack of communication elements but they’re not the type which has me eye-rolling in annoyance. Both of these men are young and relatively inexperienced and they’ve both been burned before.

I didn’t feel it was out of place they’d both blow up at times and then find it difficult to make the first move to reconnect. There’s some great grovelling too, on both sides, and a fabulous secondary cast of characters not only from the Vino & Veritas world, but also pulling in from the Moo U series too.

Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this one.

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

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A lovely romance to round out what’s been a superb series from the Expanded World of True North

16_V&V_McAdam_ebook_FINALUndone by Leslie McAdam

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a lovely way to end the Vino & Veritas series and also the second (or third) book I’ve read which is based on a Gay News story.

The basic premise is that one poster was worried they were homophobic because they hated everyone their flatmate dated. Turns out, they were in love with the flatmate – all ended happily at time of printing 😀

You can read the Reddit thread here: https://www.reddit.com/r/SuddenlyGay/…

Leslie McAdam’s version is super sweet and involves one of my favourite characters in the whole expanded World of True North – Murph, who works behind the bar at V&V and who is Reeve’s best friend from Marley Valentine’s Unforgettable

Murph is out and proud, he’s a ray of sunshine with all the sass, but he’s also vulnerable and hiding deep hurt.

When he becomes Jason’s flatmate, there is an instant connection between the two, but Jason’s straight, right?

What I loved most about the narrative is the friendship – irrespective of any attraction from either side – that the men genuinely have between them. They are ridiculous sweet and so good for each other, encouraging the best and putting new possibilities for a different future.

Jason is stuck in a job working with his father, he’s spent his whole life repressing anything which doesn’t fit into the conservative worldview of his dad and he’s still looking for his approval.

He has a hook-up for sex but he’s never desired anything more than that. He’s still smarting over his mum leaving years before and is vulnerable to pressure from outside opinions.

Murph’s vulnerabilities are all internal. He left Vegas and a toxic relationship where he was forced to hide and pretend he wasn’t involved with his boyfriend while he met women and behaved as if he was a single man. It’s made Murph feel he’s not worthy of love.

Jason’s sister Becky provides a wonderful sounding block for him to re-examine his earlier years and wake him up to the fact he’s jealous. Jason begins to understand he’s actually bisexual and has been attracted to men before.

Their slow build-up into an actual relationship, both emotional and physical, is super sweet, and quite steamy at times. It’s not all plain sailing of course, Jason’s hook-up causes problems, his dad is an ar$e and Murph runs.

There is a bit of drama before they both accept that they are deserving of the other, and it’s that which took my rating down a star.

I can’t be doing with self-sabotaging and it’s definitely a me thing, as I know it’s quite realistic, I just don’t particularly care to read it when it comes down to what essentially works out as woe is me type posturing.

For Murph, he needed to get over his martyrdom tendencies and bestie Reeve is on hand to hold a less than shiney mirror up for him to finally face his fears.

Jason is absolutely committed to making Murph his and he does it in spectacular fashion. I loved how he was so willing to embrace his new reality once he’d woken up to the fact he was in love with Murph and that he wanted to make changes elsewhere in his life too.

My only other comment would be that both Murph and Jason read as older (23 and 26 accordingly). Not that it’s necessarily a problem per se, but if their ages hadn’t been mentioned, I’d have put both much closer to their 30s simply because of their behaviour.

Ultimately, all’s well, and there is a lovely Epilogue which firmly seals these two together and brings a happy ending to the series.

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

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