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☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Intercession by Pepper Espinoza

IntercessionIntercession by Pepper Espinoza

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

After fifty years of searching for his lost brother, vampire David Derringer attempts the unimaginable: he bends his knee in prayer. While he doesn’t believe, his mother’s faith was strong, and her final request—a request made the night she and David died—keeps David on the path to his younger brother, Danny, despite the many obstacles.

David doesn’t expect his prayer to be answered. He certainly doesn’t expect an angel to intercede on his behalf.

Jophiel is tasked not only with helping David find his brother but with saving David’s soul. It seems like an impossible assignment meant to punish him, especially when they must face the Brotherhood of St. Rocco, an organization dedicated to eradicating vampires.

But David has a chance to prove he’s not like other vampires when he meets Arthur, a young man with a secret and a death wish. Following a very steamy encounter, Arthur expects to be bitten. David never even drops his fangs. Which is a good thing, since Arthur might be the key to finding Danny before it’s too late.

So what did I think?

I found this story unique and engaging. It tells the tale of David who has been searching for his brother for 50 years. As his desperation increases he turns to a church and prays for help. Help arrives in the form of angel Jophiel.

David has led a vampire’s life but he is not like the other vampire’s who roam the earth and live in the sewers, avoiding the Brotherhood, an organisation who hunt down and kill vampires. David’s mission to find his brother Danny means he risks his life as he searches.

Jophiel is tasked with helping David and is convinces he does have a soul. He joins David on his journey and finds himself tempted in ways he never expected.

Be prepared for some angel sex which is pretty spectacular! “He let his soul seek out David’s as he rose up, let his heart sing, and chronicled every second, every unnecessary breath and gasp and sigh and squeak between them.”

Vampires, angels, the mystery of Danny, attacks by the Brotherhood and temptations of the flesh – there’s a lot going on and it makes for an interesting and engaging story. Things get even more interesting when David and Jophiel meet Arthur which adds a whole other layer of complexity.

The downside to this book? Yes, there’s a pretty big one – the story just ended! I was left thinking what happened? it can’t just end there! I understand there might be a sequel but when? It would be a real shame for the story not to continue so fingers crossed that a sequel is published!

This is a 4 star read!

To find out more about Pepper Espinoza visit the website.

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Burning Ashes by H. Lewis-Foster

Burning AshesBurning Ashes by H. Lewis-Foster

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Intelligent and confident, Australian cricketer Nat Seddon is one of the world’s best bowlers. He’s openly gay, but keeps his private life to himself, everything under control. But on the last day of his team’s “Ashes” tour of England, he meets Scott Alverley, England’s promising new batsman. Nat tries not to be attracted to Scott, but he can’t help finding the privileged young man handsome and endearing. Nat is tempted by a little end of tour fun, but finds himself playing agony uncle to a virgin. Instead of going home to bask on a beach, he spends a wet week in the north of England with Scott. Try as he might to resist, he can’t help falling hopelessly in love.

The hectic sporting calendar is a persistent obstacle to their growing romance; Nat and Scott are rarely even on the same continent. They make the most of the time when they can be together, but the months apart take a toll on Scott, professionally and personally. The possible solutions are nearly unthinkable, but if they are willing to make sacrifices that will change their lives forever, they might hold on to the love they found in the Ashes.

So what did I think?

Okay, so cricket isn’t my favourite sport. Yes, I’m an Aussie, I even have a test cricketer in my family tree but cricket is boring! Hubby buys tickets every January and every year I do everything to avoid having to go (luckily with great success!) Anyway, happily this story isn’t too focused on the particularities of the game and most of the time is spent with the main characters as they deal with the challenges of their relationship.

This is a case of instalove as a champion fast bowler from Australia falls for an up-and-coming player from the English side. What follows is a long distance relationship that has career and life-altering impacts for the two men.

The last 25% of the book was actually the most enjoyable – it had more angst and a couple of cute twists where it looked like something bad happened but it hadn’t really  (although after the third such incident it felt like this trick was slightly overused).

There is lots happening in this book and it covers a quite a long period of time (over 6 years). I was surprised by a significant event at about the halfway point in the story as I wondered why such a climatic event would be at this midway point and what was then left. However the story continued to cover careers, injuries, world travel, family, sacrifices and love.

The characters are totally self-sacrificing, tripping over themselves to be the one to give up things for the other’s happiness but I think I actually liked this in the context of this story. I liked the protectiveness they felt and the love they shared. I appreciated that these strong sportsman weren’t afraid to cry, particularly Nat, the older of the two.

The insta-love was a bit unbelievable but acknowledged by the characters “How could he give up his whole life for a man with whom he had almost nothing in common and with whom he’d spent roughly five weeks since they met?” and I was a bit surprised by the choice made by one character to leave his country and coach for the other side. But I liked the cute cultural references and the way the story was told.

A sweet 3.5 stars.

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☊☊☊ Daron’s Guitar Chronicles Vol. 1 by Cecilia Tan ☊☊☊

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Narrator: Teddy Hamilton

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Daron’s Guitar Chronicles Volume 1 is the first in a series of stories about the life of Daron, a young nineteen year old musician growing up in the 1980’s in the world of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Check out the author, Cecilia Tan’s video which tells a little about how this series of books came into being.

I actually listened so the audio version of this book and quite enjoyed the narration by Teddy Hamilton. His voice and inflections really seemed to suit the story and the character of Daron. The story itself is part of a larger journey, and this book only covers a small part of Daron’s life. In this first book, we are introduced to Daron and his struggles to find his path in life. With dysfunctional parents who he no longer really sees or talks to, he is out making it on his own. He is trying to get his band up and running while earning enough money to fund his college course. He is also struggling with his sexuality and everything that goes along with discovering who he really is and what he wants.

A large part of the story is taken up with Daron accepting a roadie gig with the band of a friend of his father’s. As he travels the country he meets some interesting people and has some interesting encounters – from a couple of sexual exploits with men to being actively pursued by a girl also on the tour. This is not a romance, this is a character driven tale that introduces Daron – he is sweet and insecure and a bit confused – and tempts the reader into the next book of the series where Daron’s journey continues.

This is a relatively short book, at least I think it is. I have the Kindle version but listened to the Audio version which is just over 4 hours long (the audio versions always take much longer for me as my reading speed is heaps faster than the narration). But as usual it was a great way to spend my commute to work over a couple of days!

To find out more about Cecilia Tan and her books visit her website.

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The audio version is only $1.99 from Audible.

4 Stars

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Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote

Nothing SeriousNothing Serious by Jay Northcote

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Mark O’Brien is finally being honest with himself. His relationship with Rachel is over and he’s moving out of the home they’ve shared for six years. They get along, but he can’t fix a relationship when the person he’s with is the wrong gender.

Jamie Robertson, one of the removal men, is huge and ridiculously gorgeous, and Mark is smitten at first sight. When a cardboard box splits, revealing items of a personal nature that Mark never wanted anybody to see, he’s mortified. But it sparks the start of a beautiful friendship with benefits.

As Jamie initiates Mark into the joys of gay sex, the two men get increasingly close and “nothing serious” turns into something rather important to both of them. But communication isn’t their strong point. Will either man ever find the courage to be honest about his feelings?

So what did I think?

I liked this story, mainly because both the main characters were both so nice! The story follows Mark, who finally comes out after many years of marriage, as he is initiated into the joys of gay sex by Jamie, whom he meets when Jamie is the removalist helping him move into his own flat.

The reasons for Mark ending up married “I think I just wanted to be what everyone expected me to be..” were relatively simple and his break up with his wife not overdone. It wasn’t necessarily a happy break up but neither was it too easy – realistic.

Jamie is younger than Mark and although not overly experienced, takes on the role of providing Mark with the touch he has been craving. Jamie is wonderful with a warm and caring nature and so endearing as he struggles with his dyslexia. His family are also a wonderful addition to the story.

I enjoyed the sweet story from the first realisation of shared interests which occurs over a broken packing box filled with Mark’s collection of DVDs and toys, through the sexual exploration, through the emotional miscommunication and to the last pages where Jamie is moving his own possessions, echoing the beginning of the book.

3.5 stars

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To find out more about Jay Northcote and her writing visit her website.

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Fantasy for Sale by Sage Marlowe

Fantasy for SaleFantasy for Sale by Sage Marlowe

My rating: 3.5  of 5 stars

The Blurb…

What’s the price of reality when a fantasy is for sale?

Cam is young, sinfully sexy and willing to play without limits, a combination which makes him a fantasy turned to flesh for men and women alike – and he’s for sale.

Nate is curious when it comes to carnal delights but hasn’t found the right man to explore his desires with.

When a friend buys Nate a few hours of pleasure with Cam, it’s not much of a surprise that Nate ends up intrigued. He keeps coming back for more and the attraction between them appears to be mutual but while Nate finds himself falling for the sexy hooker, Cam makes no secret of the fact that for him, sex is just a job.

Determined to win him over, Nathan tries to show him that sex is about more than physical satisfaction but Cam’s walls seem impenetrable until a dramatic event forces him to reveal some of his secrets and Nate begins to understand that Cam pays more than just the price for the reality behind the fantasy.

So what did I think?

“Yeah, we have great chemistry – so what? If I’d known it was going to give you fuzzy, warm feelings for me, I wouldn’t have done it. I warned you the last time. Open your eyes, Nate. This isn’t some kind of Hollywood fairy tale. My life isn’t a cliche. It is, well, what it is. Business. With all the filth and slime you’d expect around someone like me.”

In some ways this story has a fairly standard plot. Nate and Cam meet while Cam is working. They have a physical relationship – hot and steamy – but Nate wants more. He falls for Cam and has hopes of rescuing him from the life he is leading. But there is a certain depth to the story as the characters reveal more about themselves.

Cam (Noel) runs from Nate, trying to protect himself, believing he can only survive if he keeps himself distant and doesn’t let himself feel too much. Nate is just too tempting so Cam chooses the option of leaving rather than risk being hurt by falling in love. I was a little surprised that Nate let him walk away and waited so long to go after him!

The story culminates in Cam (Noel) finally letting Nate see more of his true self. There is no huge happy ending, more a sense that these two men might somehow make things work – while Noel isn’t ready to proclaim his love, he is ready to try. This actually gave me hope that things would work out – a fresh start based on honesty without false promises.

3.5 stars

To find out more about Sage Marlowe and his books visit his website.

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Soulless BLOG Tour – Excerpt, review and competition!

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Title – Soulless
Author – T. Baggins
Genre – M/M Romance, Historical, Paranormal
Publication Date – 28th July 2013

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SYNOPSIS

A Man of Science

Nicholas Robinson is a chemist decades ahead of his time. Crippled by a riding accident and embittered by his injuries, he shuns the world, focusing on his laboratory and experiments. But when the sale of his country estate, Grantley, leads to an encounter with a vampire, Nicholas realizes there is more in heaven and earth than he ever dreamed possible.

A Creature of Darkness

Although three hundred years old, Bancroft Ulwin is young by supernatural standards. Enslaved by his cruel, deformed maker, Ban is forbidden from relations with mortal men unless it ends in death. But his liaison with Nicholas, expressly against his master’s wishes, soon expands beyond mere lust to something more.

A Love Predestined

Long ago while still mortal, Ban met Serafino, the only true love of his life. When death separated them, Ban accepted his role as an enemy of human kind. But as he comes to suspect Nicholas is Serafino reincarnated, Ban begins to question everything he once believed. Including his own damnation.

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EXCERPT

Ban withdrew Nicholas’s straight razor from its tattered silk case. Taking the strop from its wall-peg, he worked the razor up and down the leather, twice testing the blade against the tip of his tongue.

“Perfect,” he said at last. Lifting the ewer, he filled Nicholas’s shaving cup with water. It didn’t take much effort with a boar-bristle brush to coax the dried soap into thick white lather. Tossing a towel around Nicholas’s shoulders, Ban bent over him, humming.

“Your heart is hammering again. Will you miss the beard so much?” he asked, painting it with gobs of foam.

“Sometimes it’s easier to face the world with your own face concealed.”

“That’s naught but rank cowardice.” Catching Nicholas by the throat, Ban forced his neck flush with the chair back, placing the razor’s flat edge against his cheek. “Believe me in this, if you believe nothing else—cowardice is not your natural state. Now. Try and hold still.”

Ban kept on humming as he scraped away Nicholas’s beard, working slowly and methodically. Only once did Ban nick him, and that was when he leaned closer to attend the area between Nicholas’s nose and mouth. The shift in pressure jarred Nicholas’s lower half. As he flinched, the blade jerked, and a droplet of salty red oozed onto his upper lip.

“Oh. My.” Ban set the razor aside. Removing the towel and shaking bits of beard onto the floor, he used a clean corner to wipe around Nicholas’s mouth, carefully avoiding the blood. Then kneeling before Nicholas, Ban brought their mouths together, cleaning away the blood with wet, luxuriant strokes. Transfixed, Nicholas had a sudden vision of himself: stripped to the waist, flesh cut in dozens of places, rivulets of blood decorating his cheeks, biceps, nipples. Offering himself as a feast, an unfolding banquet for all Ban’s senses….

The vampire pulled away. Nicholas made a little noise of frustration.

“Ah, but your shave is not yet complete.” Ban’s upper lip bore a trace of white lather that he wiped away, smiling. “Despite all sweet distractions, I must finish shaping your side-whiskers. Sharp points, I think, drawing the eye to your perfectly formed lips.”

Soon it was done. Wringing out a freshly-soaked towel, Ban wiped Nicholas’s face again, tousling his hair for good measure. Then he shifted Nicholas in his chair, tilting the washstand’s looking glass until Nicholas saw himself beardless for the first time in four years. To his surprise, he was still handsome, hardly aged by his orgy of pain, hard drinking, and self-pity. The wild, unkempt beard seemed like part of a nightmare; it was as if the real Nicholas Robinson had risen from the grave.

“Yes, you are a beauty,” Ban said. “Now. Can you undress for bed, or must I assist you?”

“I….”  Nicholas forced himself to swallow the protest. “Help me to rise, and I’ll do the rest myself.”

It wasn’t easy, removing his clothes while Ban, still fully dressed, stood and watched. Hanging his coat on the chair, Nicholas unbuttoned his waistcoat slowly. After the waistcoat, he pulled his shirt free, letting the white muslin fall almost to his knees. Next he unwound his cravat, dropping it on the floor. His hands shook…

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SO WHAT DID I THINK? My review

Firstly, this book deserves multiple stars for the cover alone! It’s covers like this that make me really sorry that I read from a Kindle and don’t have the opportunity to admire hard copy! It may not necessarily evoke the darkness of the story but it sure is drool-worthy!

This is not your usual run of the mill paranormal romance. This is intriguing and captivating. The characters are fascinating and the plot unusual.

From the early chapters, the characters of Nicholas and Bancroft were totally engaging and their situation definitely interesting.  The story also includes wonderful secondary characters, particularly Martha and Nicholas’ grandmother.

Nicholas may have a position of status but a dreadful accident has left him physically incapacitated and living the sad life of someone believing they are destined to be alone and not enjoy the love of another and joy of physical intimacy. But for all his position and reclusiveness, Nicholas is a caring man, taking the servant girl Martha under his wing. He tutors her and more importantly protects her, putting her life before everything he owns and everything he is.

Bancroft is a murdering Vampire under the control of Sebastian who tortures him. Through flashbacks we learn of his human life, his loves and losses and the events that lead to his life with Sebastian. Ban is definitely a character who develops over the duration of the story, or at least my perception of him changed as I learnt more.

 This is a historical tale with a real sense of the time and place, the formality of the language well in tune with the period. But it’s essence is a horror story. There are evil characters (Sebastian is totally cringe worthy) with violence and torture and rape. Some of these aspects aren’t for the faint-hearted. But there is also love – love that transcends time.

The story is a complex one with surprises and revelations with twists and the unexpected. Very unique!

4 Stars

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Orphaned at birth, T. Baggins was raised by wolves until age fourteen, when the pack moved on one night without a forwarding address. Returning to human society, Ms. Baggins taught herself to read and write by studying fan fiction. Cutting her teeth on Kirk/Spock (Star Trek: The Original Series, baby!) she soon began slashing rock stars and X-Men. Despite a lifetime spent in the southern U.S., T. Baggins considers herself a citizen of the cosmos and a freethinker, which is good, because no one has offered so much as a penny for her thoughts. In her spare time she enjoys blogging at Shades of Gay, emptying gin bottles and tweeting into the void as @therealtbaggins.

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M/M Romance book trailers galore!

As I’ve said before, I really enjoy watching m/m romance book trailers. I love to see the authors expressing the music, images and message that complements the standard blurb…

My YouTube playlist now contains 155 book trailers, that latest of which is for Saving Alexander the upcoming release from Susan Mac Nicol.

Check out my full playlist here.

Check out the Book Trailer for Saving Alexander here.

As usual, if you do find any m/m book trailers that I haven’t included in my collection then do let me know!

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The Night Visitor by Ewan Creed

The Night VisitorThe Night Visitor by Ewan Creed

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Everyone likes sexually exploring. Finding things that turn you on, experimenting to see what gets you off… Hot partners and scenarios that scare some people and make others slick with desire… But what happens when the fantasies you’re living out are in your dreams? And what happens when these dreams seem to transcend into the real world as well? Could these be the creation of your hot, sultry and sexy mind, or is there something more to it? The Night Visitor exposes one man’s journey to sexual fulfillment and fantasy… but is it real?

So what did I think?

The Night Visitor is part of the Charlie Harding presents series …..“Exclusive to Wilde City Press comes a selection of premium, black label books presented by internationally-renowned and award winning adult entertainer, Charlie Harding. Each sizzling story has been personally chosen by Charlie for the quality of its storytelling, its steaminess…and the fact that it got Charlie Harding hard.” and this book does deliver what Charlie promises..a bit of sizzle and a lot of steaminess (we’ll have to take Charlie’s word on the rest!)

The premise is interesting and the story has an air of mystery – Kevin’s recurring dream about sexual exploits with the man who haunts him in his dreams. Who is the man? Why does Kevin dream about him?

This book is about fulfilling fantasies and Kevin’s fantasies are realised while he sleeps. He dreams hot and hard. The words aren’t pretty, it’s blunt and unapologetic and the language used serves the purpose – this sex is often raw.

Interestingly, the twists at the end, the revelation of the mystery introduce a hint of romance as mystery dream man Vic, gradually reveals himself and reminds Kevin of promises made – vows of unconditional love.

I really liked the sense of mystery, the quality of the dream sequences (disjointed enough to seem dreamlike but not jumping all over the place) and the final revelations.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

To find out more about Ewan Creed and his books visit his Goodreads Author Profile or his Wilde City Press author page.

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★★★★ Bad Idea by Damon Suede ★★★★

Bad IdeaBad Idea by Damon Suede

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Some mistakes are worth making.

Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.

Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.

What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?

So what did I think?

I was very excited to read Bad Idea, enticed by the blurb and with high expectations based on previous reading of the author’s work – specifically Hot Head which I read a while ago but just finished rereading by listening to the audio version and it was brilliant! If you get a chance, do check it out as Charlie David’s narration really enhances the experience!

But back to Bad Idea….the fabulous characters totally carried this story and pulled me in to a world that sometimes doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I am not a comic fan, I didn’t understand a lot of the tv show, movie or cultural references but I definitely appreciated the world’s inhabited by Trip and Silas and their shared geekiness.

I loved both characters from the first moment they were introduced. They were complex and had real depth. They were real men with hopes, desires and flaws. And it was the flaws, the doubts, the uncertainly that really drew me in.

In the beginning of the story, Trip was sweet and awkward and bit bumbling in his dating encounters with Silas, so unsure of himself, whereas Silas appears relaxed. But as the story unfolds there is so much more to Silas than initially presented.

The story follows the relationship between the men as they learn to overcome the fears that have prevented them having committed relationships in the past but also deal with a myriad of issues in their careers. We learn of Silas’ world of makeup artistry and get some inside view into the gaming industry through Silas’ best friend Kurt. But it is Trip’s graphic story Scratch that I found most interesting. Of course, I now have to read Horn Gate! Horn Gate is Scratch’s story.  (Horn Gate.)

While I don’t truly understand the comic scene, the fans and the conventions, it didn’t distract from the story. There are references that totally went over my head but I don’t think knowing the quotes and references was required, it was enough to understand the intentions. However, what I did find slightly distracting, was my inability to follow the dialogue at times. I wasn’t necessarily clear on who was saying what at times. This lead to me rereading paragraphs to clarify and ultimately totally slowing my reading speed to ensure I was not losing the story. This didn’t impact my overall enjoyment of the story but was something that definitely stood out.

This is a story of taking chances and overcoming fears. It is sweet and geeky and emotional. It contains some hot sex but ultimately it is about love.

4 Stars

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher (via Netgalley) in return for an honest review.

To find out more about Damon Suede and his books visit his website.

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After the Fall by L.A. Witt

This is book 6 in the Tucker Springs Series (but can be read stand alone).

  • Where Nerves End (book #1) by L.A. Witt
  • Second Hand (book #2) by Marie Sexton
  • Dirty Laundry (book #3) by Heidi Cullinan
  • Covet Thy Neighbor (book #4) by L.A. Witt – click here for review
  • Never A Hero (book #5) by Marie Sexton – click here for review
  • After the Fall by L.A. Witt (book #6) – in this review

After the Fall (Tucker Springs, #6)After the Fall by L.A. Witt

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

After years of saving every penny, Nathan has finally managed to buy the horse of his dreams. He’s looking forward to a summer of exploring the Colorado mountain trails above Tucker Springs with Tsarina. But on their very first ride, a motorcyclist makes a wrong turn, scaring Tsarina into bolting and leaving Nathan with a broken leg, a broken hand, and a ruined summer.

Ryan is a loner and a nomad, content with working odd jobs before moving on to the next town. Feeling guilty for causing the accident that leaves Nathan in two casts, Ryan offers to keep Tsarina exercised until Nathan heals.

Despite their bad start, Nathan and Ryan soon become friends . . . and then much more. But with a couple of nasty breakups in his past, Nathan doesn’t want feelings getting involved—especially knowing that Ryan will never settle down. But since when do feelings ever listen to reason?

So what did I think?

Once again it was nice to return to Tucker Springs, the town that has seen the start of some wonderful relationships. After The Fall is the story of Nathan and Ryan who meet after Ryan rides his motorbike into the path of Nathan’s horse, causing Nathan to fall and be injured. Instead of Nathan spending his summer riding the horse he has dreamed about and saved for, he finds himself falling for the man of his dreams – literally!

Ryan is the ultimate nice guy. From their first meeting, in less than perfect circumstances, his actions demonstrate to Nathan just what type of man he is and he gradually earns Nathan’s trust. The slow and steady build from friendship to more was very well done and it was a sweet journey.

In my Goodreads review I did have a comment here about a certain scene between Nathan and Ryan but as I have yet to master how to use spoilers on this blog, I have cut it out. If you are really keen, you can check out Goodreads! 🙂

The story is told from Nathan’s POV and it is interesting to see him deal with needing to depend on someone for his physical needs but also his fear of loving someone again. Ryan’s nomadic ways give Nathan a false sense of security that their relationship will be temporary so it comes somewhat as a shock to him when he discovers that love has crept up on him after all.

Combining some drama, a gorgeous horse, and two men who are both very likable, this story was a lovely addition to the Tucker Springs series.

3.5 stars

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

For more information about L.A. Witt and her books visit her website.

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