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Tal delivers one of the most moving romances I’ve ever read

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of the most moving and beautiful romance journeys I’ve ever read 💗

The slow burn and Luke’s dawning awareness of his feelings was a masterstroke. Such a heartfelt and honest narrative.

And the friendship between the boys was another added depth which just brought more richness and emotional reward.

Exactly the right kind of angsting for me with no unnecessary dramas just for the sake of it. From the first opening sentence this book grabbed me by the heart and didn’t let go until the wonderful Epilogue.

Tal’s known for his utterly brilliant romantic suspense and political thrillers where two men fall in love within a world of treachery and danger. But with You & Me, he took things to a different level again.

Everything about it felt so personal, although I’m not a widower bringing up a surly teenager and having a bisexual awakening, it didn’t matter. The emotional highs and lows, the unconditional way a parent loves (or bloody well should do!) their child no matter how much that child rejects them, they all resonated with me.

The Friday Night Lights feel of being a footballing family, with sons who could take the team to championship level – again something I have no familiarity with – was brought to life so vividly I could hear the noise of the stadium, the expectation of the crowd.

This might be a relatively low angst book for Tal in terms of the setting and subject, but have no doubt, it’s still an emotional rollercoaster of a ride which goes through some real lows at times which were heart-breaking to read.

But the two men at the centre of this book, Luke and Landon, are so beautifully expressed that you are willing them on through every step of the journey from friendship and into something that looks a lot like love.

The setting, the other characters, they’re all icing on the cake to what is essentially one man’s journey back to not only connecting with his son, but to finding his own way back into life, having been mired in sadness and lost opportunities.

Bravo Tal, it’s a joyous read.

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

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Release Tour: Stronger Than Hope by Katherine McIntyre

Stronger Than Hope | Katherine McIntyre

Chesapeake Days #1

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Release Date: March 5th, 2022

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One man looking to set down roots, the other looking to leave…

Fresh out of a relationship, Nate’s searching for a change—what better way is there than renovating his uncle’s old coffee shop in Chesapeake City? He has a new job, in a new town, and a new lease. And when he almost runs over his hot neighbor, Linc, who happens to be his contractor? Well, based on the explosive attraction between them, maybe he’ll find something new there too.

Linc’s been treading water ever since his wife passed away in childbirth, focusing all of his energy on raising his son, Beckett. The obvious solution? He needs to get the hell out of Chesapeake City. But when Nate charmingly fumbles his way into Linc’s life, he finds his defenses lowering for the first time in years. One date leads to another, and hell, this man makes him feel in ways he’d forgotten.

Even though Nate just finished piecing his heart back together, he falls fast. Yet Linc’s made it clear he’s a bad bet. The man hasn’t clicked with anyone since his wife, and if Nate ends up being “not enough” again, that won’t shatter just his heart—the fragile home he’s trying to build in this town will crumble too.

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He slowed as he began to wind down the small streets, people walking to and fro along the sidewalk during this gorgeous day. Folks took their big, lumbering St. Bernards on walks or carried kiddos on their shoulders as they headed around town, ducking in and out of the small businesses lining the way.

Soon, he’d be running one of those tiny establishments.

Hopefully not into the ground.

Nate made the left and then the right onto a side street, minutes away from his new place. He slowed to a crawl as he scanned the buildings, trying to find the gray one with the cranberry door that would be his latest home. The sun struck his windshield, causing him to squint as he crept forward.

A loud curse snapped his attention front and center. Nate slammed on the brakes. The blinding light cleared in time to reveal the guy he’d been two seconds from flattening.

“What the fuck, man?” the guy called, slapping a hand on the hood of his car.

Nate let out a groan. Here for two minutes, and already he was mowing down pedestrians. If what he’d heard about small towns was true, he’d have a reputation as the asshole city slicker by tomorrow morning.

He poked his head out the window. “I’m so sorry,” he yelled. “I didn’t know which house was mine.” Nate gripped the steering wheel a little tighter, resisting the urge to slam his head into it. Now he sounded like an idiot.

The guy wove around to the driver side, and Nate caught his first real glimpse of him. The man looked to be early thirties, and the tank top and jeans he wore displayed a muscular body that made Nate bite back a whimper. Goddamn. He possessed a deep tan and dark tousled hair, his Italian heritage clear by his thick brows, his strong nose, and full lips meant for smirking.

Not only had he almost run over someone, it was one of the hottest guys he’d ever seen.

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About the Author

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Katherine McIntyre is a feisty chick with a big attitude despite her short stature. She writes stories featuring snarky women, ragtag crews, and men with bad attitudes—and there’s an equally high chance for a passionate speech thrown into the mix.

As an eternal geek and tomboy who’s always stepped to her own beat, she’s made it her mission to write stories that represent the broad spectrum of people out there, from different cultures and races to all varieties of men and women.

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Release Blitz: The Christmas Tenor by V.L. Locey

The Christmas Tenor | V.L. Locey

Laurel Holidays #3


Release Date: November 17th, 2021

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A trip that he thought would bring him only pain is about to present him with the greatest gift of all.

For three years now, Cabriolet Vermat has put off, wiggled out of, and outright lied to get out of making this dreaded trip east. The owner of Cabriolet Chauffeur Services in Los Angeles has avoided the yearly invitation to the small town of White Bridge, New York, to speak at their alumni winter gathering but this year they’ve outfoxed him.

They’re throwing a dinner to honor his late partner’s dedication to his alma mater and have asked Cab to speak. This time he has to go no matter how much pain it will stir up. Arriving in the picturesque small town beside one of the Finger Lakes, Cab is treated to a special performance of holiday songs and there he sees Julian Gabriel Baez for the first time.

The young singer captivates him immediately, and he finds himself seeking out the much younger man after the performance. The pull he feels toward Jules is unlike anything he’s felt since he met his partner years ago. Confusion and desire war within him, but the outgoing young tenor wins him over with his engaging smile and kind heart.

A two-day trip soon turns into an extended holiday vacation. Cab worries that the magic of Christmas will quickly fizzle out and he’ll be alone once more. Or will this festive season bestow a blessing of the heart upon a man who thought he would never love again?

The Christmas Tenor is a standalone small-town gay Christmas romance with a beautiful May-December relationship, a lonely widower, a rising opera star, loving families, and plenty of holiday joy. 

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USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

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