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Release Blitz: The Book of Elis by Lou Skelton

The Book of Elis | Lou Skelton

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Release Date: July 12th, 2022

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Q: What happens when a summer romance ends? A: The Book of Elis.

Two childhood friends reunite on vacation. Elis is a vain attention-seeker, yet Ieuan can’t help falling for him. Knowing the clock is ticking, Ieuan records their romance in his diary.

But Elis is full of surprises. Is there more to him than it seems? And, with Elis and Ieuan living on opposite sides of the world, can there ever be anything deeper between them?

I decided to write this last night after everyone had gone to bed. Elis had sneaked into my room so we could mess around in the dark. For the first time, he kissed me. In four days our holiday will be over, so I don’t have long left. I have to get it all down while it’s still happening; before I forget what it was like.

Ieuan couldn’t be less impressed by the self-obsessed Elis, who brags about his life in Australia and who seems desperate for the attention of a girl back home. But, stuck together in a Spanish villa, they are drawn into a steamy and surprisingly tender romance.

Once the holiday is over, Elis must go back to Brisbane and Ieuan to a rainy village north of Cardiff. Though they remain in touch, Ieuan’s expectations of Elis are low. He is unreliable and immature—soon he’ll tire of the novelty of their relationship and the distance keeping them apart.

Or so he thinks. Because Elis is full of surprises, and Ieuan has to decide how much of his heart he dares to trust him with.

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Excerpt

Sunday, 14th July (evening)

We just got back. I am sitting on the bed in my old room at home and everything is quiet and flat. Dad is bumping around in the loft putting the cases away, Mum is downstairs ordering us a Chinese. I’m supposed to be unpacking or something, but really I came up here to write. I decided on the plane that I should keep this whatever-it-is going—diary, journal? I don’t know, both sound wrong to me. Reading it back now, I suppose it’s the usual story—a boy, a crush, etc. Was all this to be expected? Once we’d started messing around, I mean. We had a good time, so it must have been inevitable that I’d end up missing him now he’s no longer here.

Right?

Unless there really is something about Elis that I can’t get anywhere else… But I sort of don’t want that to be true. Elis is a few hundred miles away and getting further away all the time. I have to keep reminding myself that he lives in Brisbane, which is nine thousand miles from here, and that the cost of seeing each other again is so far out of my budget that he might as well live on the moon. I should close this doc I’m typing in and give it up as a bad job.

But the text he sent from the airport shows our story is not finished yet. So here I am, still writing it all down.

Don’t forget, he’d said. Send me one back. The photo that came with his message looks so good I can hardly describe it. I smiled all the way to the check-in desk—can a dick pic be romantic? It’s not just a dirty picture, you see—it’s proof of something we couldn’t quite say. He’d taken it in the main bathroom of the villa we’d all shared, my family and his, while he was getting ready to leave. The tiles on the wall behind him gave it away. And his faded red shorts—I wonder if he’s still wearing them now?

In the picture he’s sort of leaning back, sucking his stomach in, and there are three fingers resting lightly on his dick as if he’s paused mid-stroke. His hips are pressing forward towards the camera, towards me. His underwear is pulled down, trapped under his balls, and the button-fly of his shorts is falling open. I remember those shorts well, and I remember, too, the feeling of his cock hot in my throat. He fucking loved that—I don’t think anyone had sucked him that deep before. I did a lot of things that no one else had done to him before—no wonder he’s sending me pictures of his dick.

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About the Author

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Lou Skelton writes fun, filthy and feelsy gay romance stories from her home in south east London.

She particularly enjoys subverting romantic tropes and heteronormative narratives, but she still loves a good, old-fashioned happy ending. She has several books in development and is in the middle of writing her first series.

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A heartfelt and angsty journey in young love starts this series

60283865._SY475_Hot Seat by Eli Easton & Tara Lain

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must declare an interest from the off here as I beta read this for Eli and Tara and so had a lot of a clue as to where the book was going.

Read Fireman’s Carry before you start this one as it picks up a month or so after the events of that book – it’s free in the Prolific Works Your Book Boyfriend’s Boyfriend giveaway:

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Hot Seat takes the reader on what, for me, felt like a really heartfelt, believable and – at times – intensely frustrating journey, as both Shane and Mike dealt with all the traumas of not only their involvement in the desperate rescue of dozens of people in the recent wild fires, but Mike’s being in the closet.

There are potential triggers (I’m not sure if they’re highlighted), as the family that Mike is lovingly embraced in also has some massive faults, with casually homophobic brothers, a toxic masculinity throughout, and a widely expressed belief that real men can’t be gay.

The tension in the narrative comes from the situation Shane and Mike find themselves in and, for young men just on the cusp of life (they’re 19/turning 21), it was utterly heart-breaking at times to watch the struggle firefighter rookie Mike goes through.

Thankfully, not all is doom and gloom, there are also some amazingly supportive characters throughout both Shane’s life (his Pops is awesome) but also among the Canalis, where Mike’s mum and sister really step up.

When things really come down to the wire, help and support also comes from an unexpected quarter and I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised by that.

As my friend Dani says in her review, this one needed an Epilogue as it’s only a tentative step forward as a pair at the end.

But, as the series continues with other members of the Canali family (Donny is up next!), I’m hoping we’ll get updates on Mike and Shane throughout those books.

I’m pretty sure Mike’s uncle and his son are likely candidates for books too and I’m intrigued as to who else might be in play.

One thing I will say though, is that I didn’t feel like the ages of the rest of the characters was defined enough. Donny is supposed to be 25 but still acts like he’s fresh out of school at times, same with older brother Gabe, who I think is 28. Only the eldest brother felt like an elder brother!

But, it’s a minor point in an overall reading experience which really worked for me, even with the relatively young age of Shane and Mike.

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

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Release Blitz: Servitude by Rebecca Cohen

Servitude | Rebecca Cohen

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Release Date: September 2nd, 2021

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Lornyc is good at keeping secrets, because secrets can get you killed.

Lornyc’s forbidden relationship with Methian, heir to Xenetra, has caused him enough grief. Ripped from his life as a student to fulfil a magical contract as punishment for his family’s past, he now has to play valet to Methian for ten years. It’ll be hell on their already strained relationship.

And with his city of Katraman under attack, Lornyc needs to connect to the powers he’s been hiding. If he can’t master his powers and find the leader of the plot, he could lose everything he knows and loves: his family, his future as High Lord, and Methian.

Trigger warning: mind control, attempted assault

Previously published, this second edition has been edited and reworked for release.

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Secret relationship, Magic and mayhem, What’s this thing on my arm? Romanus you old reprobate, Coming of age, Temporal vampires (sort of). Lornyc’s just about had enough! Methian needs to deal with it, Orbs are shiny, Ooh pretty blue sparkles, Didn’t see that coming, Lornyc looks good in valet clothes, Not ready but no choice, Youngest ever High Lord, That’s gotta hurt, Magical belly rumbles, Pseudo-Regency, Seriously they wear frockcoats, This is just the beginning…

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Reagalos Series

Book #0.5 – College Days – Pre-order Here (Out Jan ’22)

Book #2 – Idolatry – Pre-order Here (Out Oct 7 ’21)

Book #3 – Avarice – Pre-order Here (Out Nov 4 ’21)

Book #4 – Restitution – Pre-order Here (Out Dec 2 ’21)

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About The Author

REBECCA COHEN spends her days dreaming of a living in a Tudor manor house, or a Georgian mansion. Alas, the closest she comes to this is through her characters in her historical romance novels.

She also dreams of intergalactic adventures and fantasy realms, but because she’s not yet got her space or dimensional travel plans finalised, she lives happily in leafy Hertfordshire, England, with her husband and young son. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and sloe gin with lemon tonic in the other.

With contemporaries, historicals, sci fi and fantasy in her back catalogue, there should be something for every taste in Rebecca’s work.

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