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Retro release prequel is a delightful look at the start of a relationship

Before There Were Three: Ethan & RhettBefore There Were Three: Ethan & Rhett by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another retro release from L. A. Witt and it acts as a prequel to The Distance Between Us and tells the story of how Ethan and Rhett met.

This one’s in Ethan’s voice and it’s wonderful to get the insight into his developing feelings for Rhett after only having the later’s PoV in Distance.

I adored this, it’s shorter than the other but it still packs a lot into its length from the initial random meeting between the two men, through to the I love you’s and where to go next.

It explains all the passion we found between them in Distance and an insight into how fast they fell in love and why they’d found it so hard to separate.

Its also full of incredible sex, from the quickie in a toilet stall to the poignant final goodbyes when Ethan returns to Toronto and these two burn up the sheets.

I’m intrigued now to find out more about AJ and to read the rest of the Wildes series.

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

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Release Blitz: Eight Nights In December by Keira Andrews

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 25,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Dar Albert @ Wicked Smart Designs

Blurb

A geek. A virgin. One sexy holiday.

Orphaned Lucas figures spending the holidays with his obnoxious roommate’s family in New York City is better than staying alone on campus upstate. He ends up sharing a room again, this time with his roommate’s brother, Nate. Geeky photographer Nate isn’t at all what Lucas expects. In fact, he’s incredibly sexy—especially when he invites Lucas into his darkroom…

They hide their attraction during Hanukkah celebrations, but behind closed doors, Lucas and Nate can’t keep their hands (or mouths) off each other. Nate’s only looking for a bit of holiday fun, and amazing sex with a hot virgin definitely fits the bill. Yet as the candles burn, Nate and Lucas begin to realize eight nights will never be enough.

This gay holiday romance from Keira Andrews features secret trysts, new adult angst, spinning the dreidel, and of course a happy ending.

 Author Bio
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”
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Lovely young adult first love festive romance from Keira Andrews

Eight Nights in DecemberEight Nights in December by Keira Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this one from Keira Andrews which focuses on a Jewish festive celebration rather than the traditional Christian Christmas event.

I really enjoyed reading about the different traditions associated with Hanukkah, some of which I’ve come across before, others not so much.

Both Lucas and Nathaniel were sweet characters, each with their own fears and hopes and this first time love story worked totally for me.

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

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Lovely exploration of young love from Sloan Johnson

InseparableInseparable by Sloan Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic coming of age, first love, young adult romance from Sloan Johnson with enough drama to stop it being too sweet but without any unnecessary angst.

Gabe and Trevor are fully flesh out young men, different enough to have their own unique voice but both demonstrating typical traits of being young men finding their feet at college and in a relationship.

I loved all the family dynamics in this one and the sense of college life was well done. The steady expansion of their relationship from friends to lovers was also handled realistically, although my personal preference would have been for a bit less fade to black or happening off page, so the reader would have seen even more of the love and care they took with each other.

Great setting and hopefully there’s more to come as I’d love to find out more about Seth and Jessie.

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

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Another wonderful romance from Jay Northcote

Into YouInto You by Jay Northcote

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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4.5* This book makes you smile with its little hint of magic and mystery, the humour and the full flush of young love.

I love body swapping stories so this was right up my alley and it was very well done, a ‘realistic’ twist to get two best friends who’d fallen apart from each other to realise that what they’d had at the age of 14 really was something special.

Olly and Scott were well rounded characters, each unique with their own distinct voice and expressions. The setting was also firmly laid down with the English flavour of secondary school, A Levels (arghhhhhh they’re a nightmare!), football and school plays, and the excitement of university.

There’s not a lot in the way of steam, it’s light as I’d expect when the MCs are just 18 but what there is has passion and emotion and a feeling of true connection.

Jay is one of my favourite authors and I don’t think I’ve ever failed to be entertained by one of her stories.

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Private Romeo shines a light on young love

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A clever retelling of Romeo & Juliet set within the closeted confines of a military academy for young cadets. While the drama of the star-crossed lovers is played out in the classroom, Sam/Romeo and Glenn/Juliet find themselves falling in love.

This is beautifully made, with some real stand out performances, Hale Appelman’s Queen Mab speech is superbly done, an evocative paean to this mysterious creature but also a perfect demonstration of Mercutio’s narcotic state and a perhaps repressed desire to impress Romeo.

Appelman also gets the meaty dream speech and a powerful confrontation with Bobby Moreno’s Tybalt in the gym which gives the hard edged conflict between “warring” factions necessary for this play.
However, the heart of the film is the romance between Seth Numan and Matt Doyle’s two young cadets, falling head over heels without thought of the consequences of their actions at a time when DADT was still very much in full force (at the time the film was made).

They come together for a brief moment, are separated due to conflict and pass out from a cocktail of drugs purloined from Friar Laurence in the chemistry lab (a nicely understated performance from Adam Barrie).

But the real star of this film is the devotion to the original material. The Bard is not tampered with except to move dialogue around to place in different acts. While roaming down a corridor looking for a hiding Romeo, Benvolio (Sean Hudock) and Mercutio still speak of trees not classroom doors, Juliet remains a she, as does Nurse (a comedic tour de force from Chris Bresky).

With Charlie Barnett rounding out the cast of just eight as the cadet left in charge/Prince Escalus, Alan Brown’s direction gives this film a lilting feel which ebbs and flows around the darker side of Shakespeare’s play. Alongside the Original score composed by Nicholas R. Wright are also a couple of top tunes from indie band Bishop Allen.

Get it on Amazon here: Private Romeo

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