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Blog tour & giveaway

We aim to bring you the best LGBT+ romance book deals, the hottest new releases and some awesome giveaways. Happy reading!

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Today we’re welcoming Sidney Bell to the blog. Sidney has brought a giveaway but more importantly is here to tell us a little more about their new release!

ROUGH TRADE 9781335777119 front coverMostly I think Rough Trade is a reminder that no matter what we’ve been through, it’s possible to grow and change and be loved.  –Sidney Bell, author of the Woodbury Boys series

Rough Trade (Woodbury Boys #3)by Sidney Bell

Publisher:Carina Press

Release Date:Ebook: Monday December 3

Print (mmp): Tuesday December 25 

Length: Ebook: 496 Print (mmp): 496

Subgenre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Male/Male Romance

 Reader warnings: Childhood sexual abuse, angst

Synopsis

Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.

He’s just always gone it alone.

Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.

Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.

So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?

This book is approximately 122,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Short Excerpt 

So this was Ghost.

Duncan hadn’t been sure what to expect from Walt’s description: scared kid, smart mouth, liar through and through, tougher than he looked. He hadn’t expected to find a half-dead guy managing to stay upright behind a steering wheel on sheer willpower. He hadn’t expected beauty, especially not a beauty strong enough to shine through blood and bruises and ill-fitting clothes. A beauty of almost terrifying vulnerability, such that Duncan might’ve thought him harmless if not for Walt’s warning and the blade locked in his fist when Duncan had pulled him from the car.


aa7e2-fullsizeoutput_622I’ve heard good things about Sidney Bell books so when I saw the opportunity to read an ARC I jumped at the chance even though I hadn’t read the previous books, which isn’t something I usually do. This is a slow burn of a romance which given the nature of Ghost’s upbringing I don’t think the story would work any other way. For me, though I didn’t quite connect with the characters and I think had I read the previous books that would have been different. The book is really well written & I would recommend this to fans of slow burn romantic suspenses.

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 About Sidney Bell

Sidney Bell lives in Colorado with her amazingly supportive husband. She received her MFA degree in Creative Writing in 2010, considered aiming for the Great American Novel, and then promptly started writing fanfiction instead. More realistic grown-ups eventually convinced her to try writing something more fiscally responsible, though, which is how we ended up here. When she’s not writing, she’s playing violent video games, yelling at the television during hockey games, or supporting her local library by turning books in late.

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Giveaway

Win 1 of 5 Paperback of HARD LINE and LOOSE CANNON (Woodbury Boys series) by Sidney Bell! (North American addresses only) Enter the giveaway here. 

 

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We aim to bring you the best LGBT+ romance book deals, the hottest new releases and some awesome giveaways. Happy reading!

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stuck with youTwo clashing colleagues stuck together for Christmas–will opposites eventually attract?

Patrick has been single since he broke up with his cheating ex almost a year ago. With Christmas looming, he’s resigned to spending it alone with only memories of happier times for company. When a business trip with a co-worker leaves them stranded in the Lake District due to heavy snow, it seems Patrick will have company for Christmas after all. It’s a shame his companion is Kyle, who’s undeniably attractive, but annoying as hell.

Aware of Patrick’s reluctant admiration, Kyle basks in the attention even though Patrick isn’t the type of man he normally goes for. Averse to relationships after being hurt in the past, Kyle enjoys the occasional hook up, but has given up on seeking anything more meaningful.

Stuck together, their antagonism escalates along with a heavy dose of sexual tension until it finally ignites. What starts as a Christmas fling soon feels like something special; but will their tentative connection melt away as the snow thaws? If they’re going to take a chance on finding happiness together, they’ll have to put their differences aside and learn to trust one another.

Contains: enemies-to-lovers, snowball fights, bickering, spanking, a cute dog, a wise old lady, mistletoe, and a happy ending (of course).


aa7e2-fullsizeoutput_622Work colleagues who can barely tolerate each other. Forced proximity due to a snow storm. Christmas spent in a remote romantic setting. Mistletoe, a cute dog & one wise old lady. Contains every ingredient for a fantastic holiday story!

Bratty Kyle is just asking for a good spanking. Patrick – his mentor at work & several years older than him – may just be the man to give Kyle what he deserves.

Kyle’s car breaks down while the two of them are in a remote part of the Lake District, he’s not dressed for snow & his bratty attitude is more of a defence mechanism, which Patrick soon finds out.

I love Jay’s Christmas reads (& all his others!), but this one might be my favourite! The bickering between the pair is funny & you can feel the sexual tension between them wafting off your e-reader! And exploring a mutual kink together without judgement – loved it! If you’re looking for a snowy holiday read, then I would definitely recommend this one!

New release review

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A neglected resort, a lost chance at love, and one last chance to renew forever.

Frankie and Tommy once dreamed of traveling the world together. But when seventeen-year-old Frank kissed Tom, their plans ended with a punch to the jaw and Frank leaving town without looking back. Thirty years later, Frank’s successful career as a journalist is interrupted by his uncle’s death and the question of his inheritance—the family resort where his childhood dreams were built. When he returns to the Pocono Mountains, however, he finds a dilapidated lodge and Tommy, the boy he never forgot.

Tom’s been keeping the resort together with spit and glue while caring for Frank’s uncle, Robert—a man he considered father, mentor, and friend—and his aged mother, who he refuses to leave behind. Now Robert is gone, taking Tom’s job with him. And Frank is on the doorstep, wanting to know why Tom is still there and why the old lodge is falling apart.

But before they can rebuild the resort, they’ll have to rebuild their friendship. Only then can they renew the forever they planned all those years ago.


aa7e2-fullsizeoutput_622This is the first series I’ve read by this author but it definitely won’t be my last. This isn’t a romance story as I would expect but a story of love that survives over the years despite the hurdles Frank & Tommy create and the distance they put between themselves. It’s not fluffy, grand gestures but real life I love you with a few obstacles thrown in Frank & Tommy’s path, including two stubborn men & one who lets his pride get in the way. I love the way the resort – a little unloved & in need of repair – mirrors the rebuilding of their relationship  Their story was heartbreaking in places for ‘what could have been’ and the years the spent apart. A great read, a great series. I can’t wait for the next book to be released. 

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New release & review

We’re excited to welcome Annabeth Albert on the blog today! Annabeth has brought a giveaway, but more importantly is here to tell us a bit more about their new release Better Not Pout!

better not poutBetter Not Pout by Annabeth Albert

One hard-nosed military police officer.

One overly enthusiastic elf.

One poorly timed snowstorm.

Is it a recipe for disaster? Or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for holiday romance?

Teddy MacNally loves Christmas and everything that goes along with it. When he plays an elf for his charity’s events, he never expects to be paired with a Scrooge masquerading as Santa Claus. His new mission: make the holiday-hating soldier believe he was born to say ho-ho-ho.

Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki doesn’t do Santa, but he’s army to his blood. When his CO asks an unusual favor, Nick of course obliges. The elf to his Kris Kringle? Tempting. Too tempting—Nick’s only in town for another month, and Teddy’s too young, too cheerful and too nice for a one-night stand.

The slow, sexy make-out sessions while Teddy and Nick are alone and snowbound, though, feel like anything but a quick hookup. As a stress-free holiday fling turns into Christmas all year round, Teddy can’t imagine his life without Nick. And Nick’s days on the base may be coming to a close, but he doesn’t plan on leaving anything, or anyone, behind.

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Annabeth Albert says that, “BETTER NOT POUT is a male/male holiday romance featuring endearing characters with a fun, flirty plot that will remind readers of their favorite holiday rom-coms.”

 Subgenre:Contemporary Romance, Male/Male Romance, Holiday Romance, Military Romance

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Excerpt

It was entirely possible that standing in Teddy’s office in his drawers was less humiliating than trying to squash himself onto the couch. He narrowly avoided rolling to the floor, but ended up in a sneezing fit because up close and personal, the couch smelled like a combo of woodsmoke and fabric cleaner of some kind. And his neck and thighs were both cramping, but he tried to not groan aloud.

“Yeah. You look totally comfy.” Teddy shook his head at Nick as he finished putting the game away and banking the fire. “Come on. Bed. I’ll even turn on the electric bed warmer for you.”

“We can share,” Nick said decisively. He’d slept next to men on planes and in various mission situations. Surely he could survive the temptation that was Teddy in a warm bed.

“Excellent.” Teddy’s eyes went dark and hot.

“To sleep,” Nick clarified.

“Darn. Can’t blame a guy for hoping?” Teddy gave him a smile over his shoulder as he led the way up to a cozy sleeping loft. A large, high sleigh bed that still looked too small for both of them dominated the room, piled high with colorful quilts. Teddy clambered onto the bed, crawling across it, muttering something about finding a controller but Nick was too transfixed on his bouncing ass to pay much attention to his words. It was surprisingly round and high and rather bitable and…

“See something you want?” Teddy glanced over his shoulder.

Busted. And he must have not been able to wipe the want off his expression fast enough because Teddy crawled back across the bed to kneel in front of where Nick stood, looking like some angelic offering. An offering Nick wasn’t sure he could turn down a second time.

“How about…” Teddy pitched his voice low and seductive, almost a whisper. “I get it, I’m not your type, but maybe I could turn off the lights and you could… I dunno…pretend? Just for tonight?”

“Never said you weren’t my type,” Nick said, voice like sandpaper. True, he’d been thinking just that an hour earlier, but Teddy not being his usual didn’t mean that Nick didn’t see his appeal or that the chemistry wasn’t there. And fuck, it would be so much easier if the chemistry between them didn’t crackle like the downstairs fire. His hand was apparently done taking orders from his brain that evening and reached out to stroke Teddy’s smooth jaw. “Just that it was a bad idea.”

“It’s an excellent idea.” Teddy stretched like a cat under Nick’s touch, eyes drifting shut, like he was every bit as hungry for Nick’s touch as he was to give it. And Nick gave up the fight with a groan. This was a terrible idea for all sorts of good, logical reasons, and things were likely to get awkward, but hell if he could bring himself to stop touching Teddy. He buried his hand in those golden curls, which were far softer than they looked.

And Teddy knew he’d won, closed the remaining distance between them and looped his arms around Nick’s neck. “Now do I get to tell you what I want?”

This time Nick laughed, long and low. “Yeah. You do.”

“Goody.” Teddy beamed at him. “But it’s probably gonna be easier to show you…”

With that, Teddy leaned in, slow enough that Nick could have stopped him if he’d been so inclined. Which he wasn’t. No, he’d made up his mind to have this thing. He’d deal with the consequences—and there would be consequences—like an adult, but for tonight, he was going to let himself have Teddy.


aa7e2-fullsizeoutput_622My first holiday read of the year and it was filled with festive magic and sparkle. It had everything you could wish for: a reluctant Santa, a cheerful elf, snow, a big family celebration and lots and lots of food. Reading this book was like snuggling up under a blanket in front of the fire – all the feels and heart warming.

This author really does the grumpy military man with a soft heart so well – Nick the reluctant Santa who can’t help being drawn to Teddy. And Teddy is the perfect foil for Nick with his big heart and his love of grumpy men.

I loved, loved, loved this book. If you only read one holiday story this year make it Better Not Pout!


About Annabeth Albert

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series include the #OutOfUniform, #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat, #RainbowCove and #PerfectHarmony series.

To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, check out her website: annabethalbert.comor connect with Annabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content and exclusive contests.

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Giveaway

Win 1 of 2 e-copies of any OUT OF UNIFORM series book or a finished Paperback copy of BETTER NOT POUT!

Enter the giveaway here!

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Carina Press:

https://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781488038686_better-not-pout.html

 Barnes & Noble (mmp): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/better-not-pout-annabeth-albert/1128809456?ean=9781335924841

Barnes & Noble (ebook): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/better-not-pout-annabeth-albert/1128809456?ean=9781488038686

 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Better-Not-Pout-Annabeth-Albert-ebook/dp/B07DCT4BQB/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535554732&sr=8-1&keywords=better+not+pout+by+annabeth+albert&dpID=51UflJbbq3L&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

 

 

 

New release review

escaping solitudeAncient vampire Andrew escaped his tropical island exile with his beloved human sailor, Edmund. They’ve now returned to Andrew’s home in nineteenth-century New Orleans and must navigate not only their developing relationship—and equally haunted pasts—but also a hungry coven of vampires Andrew used to call friends.

Desperate to stay by Andrew’s side forever, Edmund examines the impressive coven library in search of an Elder, the only creature capable of turning Edmund. Although missing for centuries, Andrew believes an Elder must still survive somewhere; they just have to find him.

The search is put on hold when Edmund receives word that his mother is ill in London, and the lovers set off on an oceanic journey surrounded by new friends and old enemies. When things go terribly wrong, Edmund’s fragile human life hangs in the balance, and an Elder must be found or Andrew will be alone forever.


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If the first book was a dark romance, then this is a hot hot hot read. A little sweet and a little humour in there too.

The story picks up from the first following Andrew and Edmunds return to New Orleans. They are now in a relationship but have to deal with Andrew’s coven of vampires he left behind when in exile.

This time the story focuses more on Edmund, and we get to know him a little better as he starts his quest to find an Elder and become immortal. But we also get to know the pair more as a couple: “I’ll never stop loving you, no matter what you do.” I take his wet face in my hands. “Do you understand that?” “No. God, no. Sounds absolutely insane. Or idiotic.”

The ending while not quite a cliffhanger, as the blurb hints at where the story is headed, it will definitely leave you wanting more from these two characters.

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New release review

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“He’ll steal your heart and then your car.”

Get revved up for book one in the new fast-paced contemporary m/m romance series from author Kat Cassidy.

Peter Bauer is a hard-living car thief with more skeletons in his closet than four-figure suits. Nikos Petrakis is a career mechanic who’s found himself on the wrong side of the law because of a secret of his own. Brought together by circumstance and a ’65 Shelby Cobra, they’ll have to navigate L.A.’s seedy underbelly in the sweet with heat world of Hot Wire.

 


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A gritty slow burn of a romance. Peter, the kind-hearted car thief, stole my heart from the start. “…Daniels Jr. had leaned in close and whispered something to her that had reduced her to tears. And that had been it; Peter had made a vow to himself right then to steal the car.” And that vow kicks off a whole lot of trouble for Peter who hasn’t had an easy life mainly due to his father. And Nik, ahh my heart ached for him.

The story is an unusual one in the way it is told with interludes between some of the chapters. The main story is told from Peter’s POV but the interludes are mainly from the women’s POV that are featured in the story and provide the backstory for the characters and help explain their actions in the present story.

A darkish tale with a view of the seedy underbelly of LA that ultimately ends happily and leaves the story nicely set up for the next book to continue. A great debut story and I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.

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New release review

One Step Back Cover 500When you fall for a guy who’s about to become your stepbrother—do you listen to
your heart and risk everything? Or listen to your head…and take one step back?

In high school I had a hundred reasons to steer clear of my soon-to-be-
stepbrother, Joe Beneventi. He was a hothead, and I was reserved. His life was football,
mine was academics. He wanted to be out and proud, and I desperately needed to keep
my orientation secret.

But when we fell in love, my heart took the wheel, and I took every risk to be with Joe. Then one horrible night our secrets shattered. Joe disappeared—wrecking our
families and breaking my heart.

Eleven years later, I landed a challenging job at a premier PR firm. And the hotshot
publicist who’s been assigned to my first big account? Yep. It’s Joe.

Fate truly hates me because now Joe and I have three days to hole up in a
Chicago hotel room and nail down a deal that could make or break our careers. He
keeps distracting me, but I’m too jaded to fall for sexy smiles, bedroom eyes, and his
impossible-to-ignore body. Except…

I like being close to him again. A little too much. Working together 24/7 is showing
me sides of Joe I’ve never seen before.

And when we touch, being together seems like the only step worth taking.


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On the surface, this book looks like a stepbrother romance, but it’s so much more. We start off getting to know Ash and Joe as teenagers about to become stepbrothers and already falling for each other. I love this kind of trope & while they are never truly stepbrothers, it acts as a huge catalyst for the characters.

And there’s so much to Joe than what shows on the surface. He’s not just a jock, but his own fears from his dad have influenced him more than he probably realises and the type of man he’s become. And Josh, not just a nerd, he’s managed to overcome his anxiety to be successful and push himself out of his comfort zone.

The story starts with a flashback to their time as teenagers and these are interspersed throughout the book. They seem to feed the story in the present but are also tell their own heartbreaking story woven through. These are very well done taking the reader from a high in the characters’ past to emphasise the lows in the present time.

On the surface, this book looks like a second chance romance trope, but for these characters, it’s so much more. Neither Joe or Ash were in the right place for a relationship when they first met and heartbreaking as it was that they split up now they’re back together for their HEA in a much better place.

So much more than just a romance story, it’s hot, a whole lot of heat and sexy, and it will hit you with all the feels. I’m a huge fan of this author’s writing style and would highly recommend this book.

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New release review

single white incubusDoes a bear shift in the woods?

Well, partially. That was what got grizzly shifter Ted Farnsworth into trouble. He wasn’t trying to break the Secrecy Pact. He just wants people to see the real him. So he signs up with the mate-matching service Supernatural Selection—which guarantees marriage to a perfect partner. Not only will Ted never be lonely again, but once his new beaver shifter husband arrives, they’ll build Ted’s dream wilderness retreat together. Win-win.

Quentin Bertrand-Harrington, scion of an incubus dynasty, has abstained from sex since nearly killing his last lover. When his family declares it’s time for him to marry, Quentin decides the only way not to murder his partner is to pick someone who’s already dead. Supernatural Selection finds him the ideal vampire, and Quentin signs the marriage agreement sight unseen.

But a mix-up at Supernatural Selection contracts Quentin with Ted. What’s Ted supposed to do with an art historian who knows more about salad forks than screwdrivers? And how can Quentin resist Ted’s mouthwatering life force? Yet as they work together to untangle their inconvenient union, they begin to wonder if their unexpected match might be perfect after all.

 


aa7e2-fullsizeoutput_622A sweet & funny read although at some points I wanted to knock Ted & Q-bert’s heads together. I loved the characters though, Ted the extroverted bear shifter who prefers to spend his time with humans, and whose perfect match is an introverted abstaining incubus. According to Supernatural Selection at least as somehow they end up signing contracts to marry each other rather than the mates they were expecting.

Great world building, but a little confusing at times for me, but that may be because it is a spin-off from a series I haven’t read so some of the characters I wasn’t familiar with. I loved the whole idea of an escape clause to the marriage contract and the tasks they had to perform together which just shows them how well they can work together. If you’re looking for a low angst, sweet friends to lovers then I’d highly recommend this book.

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New release review

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The wedding is off, but the love story is just beginning.

Betrayed the night before his wedding by the supposed boy of his dreams, Ethan Robinson escapes the devastating fallout by going on his honeymoon alone to the other side of the world. Hard of hearing and still struggling with the repercussions of being late-deafened, traveling by himself leaves him feeling painfully isolated with his raw, broken heart.

Clay Kelly never expected to be starting life over in his forties. He got hitched young, but now his wife has divorced him and remarried, his kids are grown, and he’s left his rural Outback town. In a new career driving a tour bus on Australia’s East Coast, Clay reckons he’s happy enough. He enjoys his cricket, a few beers, and a quiet life. If he’s a bit lonely, it’s not the end of the world.

Clay befriends Ethan, hoping he can cheer up the sad-eyed young man, and a crush on an unattainable straight guy is exactly the safe distraction Ethan needs. Yet as the days pass and their connection grows, long-repressed desires surface in Clay, and they are shocked to discover romance sparking. Clay is the sexy, rugged man of Ethan’s dreams, and as the clock counts down on their time together, neither wants this honeymoon to end.

Honeymoon for One is a gay romance by Keira Andrews featuring a May/December age difference, a slow burn of newfound friends to lovers, first-time m/m sex, and of course a happy ending.


aa7e2-fullsizeoutput_622I’m a huge fan of Keira Andrews’ books and this one was no exception. My heart ached for Ethan as the beginning of his story was heart breaking. I’ve never wanted to knock characters heads together so much.

That being said this was a slow burn romance and the fact that Ethan is late-deafened brings a unique twist to the character & how difficult life can be. It broke my heart to see all his insecurities laid bare, and Ethan has had a rough time of it, but I was glad to see him finally become more confident with the love and understanding of Clay.

I loved all the Aussie references & slang which brought a touch of humour to the story too along with some serious issues, and I even learned some things about cricket!

I’d recommend this book to those who love a slow burn romance and the May to December trope which Keira does so well. There isn’t a Keira Andrews book I wouldn’t recommend so if you’ve never read one she’s an author I would highly recommend.

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New release review

51w3IepzfpLTwenty-one years ago, a four-year old child was kidnapped from his front yard. He was never found. Until now.

All Nat Walker wants is to make his late father’s dream of running a father/son woodworking shop come true. And he had the perfect building in mind—until the new guy in town came in and bought the place right out from under him. The fact that the new guy is adorable means nothing. For all Nat cares, he can take his new dance studio and waltz back to New York City.

Professional dancer Quinn Carroll couldn’t be happier that he made the move to the small town of Lakeshore, Oregon. Sure, it’s not New York, but now he’ll be living closer to his adoptive brother. And since his studio will be the only one in the area, he should get enough business to keep him busy. Besides, there’s something about this place that seems familiar…

He doesn’t expect to fall hard for the local, grumpy woodworker who won’t even smile at him.

Or find out that his entire life is a lie.


aa7e2-fullsizeoutput_622This story is slightly different to the other books I’ve read by the author, a little more mystery than romance but still beautifully written. 

Not pulling any punches the story starts off with the heartbreaking scene of a child being kidnapped and the horror for those left behind. Fast forward twenty-one years to present day Lakeshore. 

This book took me through all the feels from sweet to heartbreaking. It’s hard to imagine how you would deal with finding out you were kidnapped at only four years old & the family you thought was yours…isn’t. That, in fact, you have a whole other family you knew nothing about. The author portrayed this so well and convincingly running through a gamut of emotions. 

Both characters are dealing with issues and look to each other for support yet it’s still a slow burn kind of romance. Also the relationship between Quinn and his brother Shay was one of support and love and what family should mean. A beautiful ending that emphasises that family can be what you choose it to be. 

The story raises a lot of questions some of which aren’t answered in the book but I have a feeling will be in the next in series which I can’t wait to read. 

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