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4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Audiobook Month Book Dreamspinner Established Couple Gay Gay Heat Index High but not hopeless Homophobia Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Scorching/high heat

Audiobook Month: Morning Report by Sue Brown Narrated by Aaron Pickering

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/morning-report-series-6498-

Blurb
A decade on from their first kiss, Luke Murray is more in love with Simon every day. Running the Lost Cow ranch for Luke’s parents, they keep their heads down and get along with the locals, even if Luke is known for being a hothead. Then one day they discover the local store owners refuse to serve them. They’re bewildered until Luke’s mom tells them the new pastor has targeted the couple in his sermons. Suddenly Luke and Simon find themselves alienated from people they called friends, and their ranch comes under a series of attacks. As the town’s hatred and homophobia turns on them, Luke and Simon will face a critical choice: give in to the town’s demands and disappear, or stand and fight for themselves and their love

Review
This is one couple I enjoy revisiting. After being together for a decade they are still deeply in love and hot and heavy. All the ranch hands know that when Luke and Simon are meeting for the Morning Report it’s a euphemism for sex. So perfect. Their life is disrupted when a new Pastor and his wife come to Town. I was surprised how quick a Town turns against them, not just some people it seems like everyone. Homophobia was lying just beneath the surface all the time. Sue Brown deals with this issue and family problems in an absorbing way.
I must admit it took me awhile to get used to Aaron Pickering’s narration. There was some characterisation but it seemed hit and miss. This brought my review down from 5 to 4 stars.

4 of stars out of 5

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4 stars adult - 18+ Book Dee Dreamspinner Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Standalone

Release Day Review: His Leading Man by Ashlyn Kane

release day review

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/his-leading-man-by-ashlyn-kane-9598-b

Blurb: He wrote a comedy. Fate directed a romance.

Drew Beaumont is bored of the same old roles: action hero, supervillain, romantic lead. He’s not going to let a fresh gay buddy comedy languish just because they can’t find him the right costar. No, Drew bats his eyelashes and convinces everyone that the movie’s writer should play Drew’s not-so-straight man.

Aspiring writer Steve Sopol has never had a screenplay optioned. Now one of Hollywood’s hottest properties wants to be in a movie Steve hasn’t finished writing—and he wants Steve as his costar. Turns out the chemistry between them is undeniable—on and offscreen.
Drew swore off dating in the biz, but Steve is the whole package: sharp, funny, humble, and cute. For Steve, though, giving in to the movie magic means the end of the privacy he cherishes. Will the credits roll before their ride into the sunset?

Review: Really cute story. I like it when the blurb and cover matches the story ☺
The story is short, but well fleshed out. Drew and Steve were really good together. Their budding friendship-to-attraction-to-relationship developed slowly and realistically. The secondary characters also add to the overall story, especially Rita (the dog). The movie plot is woven into the story and sort of becomes a ‘character’ of the over arching story (made me want to see the film actually made!).
Definitely a story that I will re-read!

4 stars out of 5


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4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Audiobook Month Book Dee Fantasy Gay Gay m/m Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Shifter vampire

Audiobook Month: Romancing the Werewolf by Gail Carriger, narrated by Peter Newman

 

Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Romancing-the-Werewolf-Audiobook/B078K5WJG1?ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_2&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=8ZH17MSQJCPY15NZDW8P&

Blurb: Gay werewolves in Victorian London? Why yes, yes there are.

Biffy, newly minted Alpha of the London Pack, is not having a good Christmas. His Beta abandoned him, his werewolves object to his curtain choices, and someone keeps leaving babies on his doorstep.

Professor Randolph Lyall returns home to London after 20 years abroad, afraid of what he might find. With his pack in chaos and his Alpha in crisis, it will take all his Beta efficiency to set everything to rights. Perhaps, in the process, he may even determine how to mend his own heart.
This sweet romance is full of unexpected babysitting, holiday decorations, and no small amount of pining.

Review: I had read a couple of the Parasol Protectorate books (M/F). While I liked them, I didn’t keep up once I discovered the wonderful world of MM ☺
I decided to try this on a whim and found it to be really good. It works well enough as a standalone if you’re familiar with that world. It’s wasn’t hard to follow even though it continues the 2 MC’s story from an earlier (unread) book, (possibly from the aforementioned series).
The narrator is a new man, (get it? Peter Newman … sorry, couldn’t resist), to me. The narration was good, entertaining. He was quite good at distinguishing the characters. He uses an echo effect to differentiate when Biffy is thinking. The effect took some getting used to, but I liked it – it suited the overall performance.
I hope there will be more of Biffy, Lyall and the pack, especially if the narrator is Peter Newman.

4 out of 5

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Guest Post: SHADOWLANDS by Charlie David!

SHADOWLANDS by Charlie David

 

Shadowlands is a collection of short stories exploring the heartfelt, and sometimes heartbreaking passion and pain of gay sexuality. Ancient myths are re-imagined with an exciting queer twist masterfully depicting the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.

 

Story genres in this collection include romance, science fiction, fantasy/paranormal, horror, and poetry.

 

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Hi all! I’m Charlie David and I’m happy to stop by here at Open Skye Book Reviews. I’m excited to share that my book Shadowlands was recently released as the Shadowlands TV series and is now available on Vimeo worldwide! Whether you like to read a book and then watch a show or the other way round, I’d like to invite you into my world and explore Shadowlands.

 

We’re at an exciting time when it’s still rare for a book in the M/M genre to be made into a film or TV series. While Shadowlands isn’t traditional romance it does explore love in three thematically connected stories – a couple renegotiating a relationship, a narcissist grasping to comprehend love, and star-crossed lovers mourning its loss.

I had the pleasure to work with a really talented cast and crew and so today I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to Marc Devigne, one of the stars of the ‘Pygmalion Revisited’ episode of the Shadowlands TV series.

 

The Shadowlands TV series is comprised of three distinct stories exploring love.  There are story connections between the three episodes of Shadowlands.  You can read about them here.

 

I’d also like to offer 25% off rental or purchase of the TV series when you use promocode Dreamspinner on Vimeo.

 

Marc Devigne is a prairie boy originally from Winnipeg Manitoba in Canada.  Marc is a diversely experienced Canadian singer, songwriter, musical theatre performer and actor currently residing in Toronto. He stars in the new TV series Shadowlands.

 

With a well-rounded experience base that ranges from being a finalist on “Canadian Idol” in 2003, to international touring with various theatre companies and session work as a studio vocalist, Marc Devigne has a strong passion for music and performing in general.

 

As a songwriter, Devigne has co-penned music with an impressive array of Canada’s leading songwriters such as Stephan Moccio, Amy Sky, Mark Masri, Greg Johnson, David Martin, Luke McMaster and Simon Wilcox. Marc’s infectious stage presence and performance experience have afforded him the opportunity to appear on 2 PBS specials; a Mark Masri PBS special, as well as “Bailamos! Live at the Empire”.

 

Marc Devigne’s infectious on-stage energy is a testament to his broad range of Musical Theatre experience, such as touring with Rainbow Stage, Persephone Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Ross Petty Pantos and Koba Entertainment to name a few. Devigne has also performed as a featured soloist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.

 

Recently, he has toured extensively throughout North America as a Vocalist for various musical groups, such as the latin-themed cross-over group “Bailamos” and Popera group “Vivace”, of which he was a founding member and director, and displays an impressive ability to perform in almost any genre. Marc’s decade of experience in the Canadian Entertainment Industry has allowed him to develop a deep network of trusted industry contacts and allies, and he has been privileged to mentor with Dominic Denny, former president of Canada’s Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as well as prominent Entertainment Lawyer, Michael Levine.

 

With all of this under his belt and the full-force of his rolodex of industry supporters behind him, Marc Devigne is a multi- disciplinary force to be reckoned with, and now focuses on developing his most exciting musical project to date – Citizen West.

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH MARC DEVIGNE

Marc Devigne stars at Xavier in episode 3 ‘Pygmalion Revisited’ of the Shadowlands series.  In the story a painter (Charlie David) who in mourning the loss of his lover Xavier (Marc Devigne), becomes obsessed with creating a realistic painting of him. The resulting piece is so beautiful and life-like that he is drawn under its spell.

 

What were the main challenges and fears you had in your role?

 

Marc Devigne: When Charlie David first approached me with the script, I was nervous at the prospect of playing the role of Xavier. It had been a while since I had been in front of the camera and had never played a role such as this one. It took a lot of vulnerability but I knew it was an important, relatable story of love that can transcend limits and barriers. Everyone can relate to love and loss.

 

How much of yourself goes into a character?

 

Marc Devigne: For this specific role, a lot of me went into the character. Charlie and I revisited the script and worked the role of Xavier into a French singer/songwriter artist. The role was adapted to allow me to perform a song in the episode that I believe related beautifully to the characters’ love story.

 

 

How much were you able to relate your own experiences to create your character?  And how much did you have to research or imagine?

 

Marc Devigne: There’s a lot out of my own experience that I could relate to role of Xavier. Other than the obvious things, such as singer, artist and love of life, Xavier’s illness was something that I drew from very personal and painful events in my life having witnessed the horrible effects of cancer.

 

What aspects of the Shadowlands series are you excited for an audience to experience or discover?

 

Marc Devigne: I’m excited that people get to experience 3 very different stories, styling and feelings with a similar underlying theme.

 

Romance between men and between women was common place and written about in Greek and Roman mythology.  Why is it important to continue sharing these types of stories today?

 

Marc Devigne: It’s important to me because these stories often times transcend gay or niche themes and storytelling. They are human stories with universal themes that a lot of people can relate to. It’s important for people to broaden their views and I think that by sharing stories where people can draw similarities to their own life or experiences, makes us all one step closer to realize that we’re all humans on this earth living and sharing more similarities than what often times is believed.

 

What was the hardest scene for you in the Shadowlands series to do and why?

 

Marc Devigne: Xavier’s “final” scene was definitely a difficult one. It was emotionally and physically draining to stay in that state of exhaustion and low energy for quite a while while we were shooting. Between takes I would remain in character to ensure that the scene remained as truthful as possible. It was also difficult to see my co-actor crying and devastated within the scene. It felt awfully real at times.

 

 

Who is a major influence for you and on your creativity?  

 

Marc Devigne: Music constantly influences my creativity. It can affect such a broad spectrum of feelings and emotions.

 

 

 

In addition to acting, tell me about the other areas of entertainment you’re pursuing.

 

Marc Devigne: Other than acting, I’m currently pursuing Music. I sing with a number of groups and projects internationally. I’m also currently working on my own music and drawing a lot of inspiration from French music. I’m really excited to be releasing my own music that reflects this part of my culture.

 

With so much going on in the world today, what’s your motivation to be a performer? Do you act to explain?  To get away?  To move past?  To widen our knowledge?  To incite a conversation?

 

Marc Devigne: I do it because I have this innate feeling that it’s what I’m meant to do. Because music and performance are the best and only ways I know how to express myself to a degree that is fulfilling and truthful. It’s my form of creativity, of expression, and hopefully my small piece of contribution to the world.

 

What’s next for you as a creator/actor/performer?

 

Marc Devigne: Keep pursuing all venues and experiences that excite me. Creating original music. Collaborating with great creative minds, and hopefully remain inspired and motivated to keep doing what I love. Keep learning and keep creating… those are some of the greatest gifts.

 

 

 

About Charlie David

Charlie David has been a host for E! Television, NBC, OutTV, LOGO, here! TV, Pink TV, EGO, Fine Living and Slice Networks on such shows as FYE!, SpyTV, Crash Test Mommy and his travel series Bump which shot over 100 episodes around the world and garnered a Hugo Television award. He has appeared as musical guest on VH1, BBC, CBS’s The Early Show, and dozens of radio shows.

 

In 2005 Out Magazine recognized Charlie in the ‘Out 100’ at their gala in New York. In 2007 the Philadelphia Film Society awarded Charlie with their Rising Star Award. In 2008 the Festival del Sol in Gran Canaria awarded their Best Male Actor Award to Charlie and the male cast of A Four Letter Word. His documentary and scripted films have won several jury and audience awards at festivals around the world. Formerly in a rock band… okay, actually it was a boy band, Charlie opened for Destiny’s Child, Pink, Snoop Dogg, Rick Springfield and Black Eyed Peas.

 

A love of storytelling led Charlie to start Border2Border Entertainment, a production company whose film and television credits include Shadowlands, Mulligans, Judas Kiss, I’m a Stripper (series), Studlebrity, Balls, Dating Unlocked, PolyLove and Positive Youth. Border2Border Entertainment’s films have been licensed to Showtime, Vice, Super Channel, HBO Canada, MTV/LOGO, Sundance Channel, Discovery Networks, The Movie Network, Movie Central, Hollywood Suite, hereTV, Encore Avenue, and OutTV in North America as well as finding a worldwide audience through international distribution partners.

 

He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and his current passions include travel, encounters with wildlife, SCUBA diving, mosaic tiling and podcasts. He resides in Toronto and Montréal, Canada when he’s not living out of a suitcase.

 

You can explore Charlie’s films and TV shows on his website at https://border2border.ca or become a part of his social media network by visiting:

 

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/MrCharlieDavid
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/officialcharliedavid
Twitter: https://twitter.com/charliedavid
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/border2border
Audible: http://adbl.co/1K3xhz8
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2895612.Charlie_David
Dreamspinner: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/charlie-david
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mrcharliedavid/

 

 

 

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4 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Book Contemporary Erotica (not romance) Fated Mates Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Shifter Stalker/Abusive Ex

Recent Release: Pyro’s Accidental Shooting (Hounds of the Hunt #2) by Toni Griffin

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39792113-pyro-s-accidental-shooting?from_search=true

Blurb

Hounds of the Hunt: Book 2
PRECEDING BOOK: Archie’s Accidental Kidnapping
NEXT BOOK: Jordan’s Accidental Adoption

Winter in Melbourne makes the hunt for supernatural beings gone bad harder than usual during the cold foggy nights. A chill has settled deep in Pyro’s bones. One he can’t shake loose. More than anything, Pyro wishes for a heart mate of his own to come home to after the long nights of a hunt, one who understands him and his desires, who can hold him together when he needs to let go.

Life has always been planned out for Callum. His family of cops expected him to be a cop, so that’s what he became. But Callum isn’t so sure about being a detective for the Melbourne police. Not many people understand the demands of being a cop, and it’s been the downfall of more than one of his relationships. Why should his chance of loving someone get sidelined for a job he isn’t even sure he wants?

One fateful encounter on a fog-shrouded night changes both their worlds forever. Now Pyro just has to convince his heart mate they belong together while Callum tries to come to terms with a world he never knew existed and does his best to make up for accidentally shooting the unusual and intriguing hellhound.

Review

 

This is a fun and funny paranormal series centered around hell-hounds who are on earth to fight supernaturals who break the law.

I enjoyed book 1 quite a bit (https://openskyebookreviews.com/archies-accidental-kidnapping-hounds-of-the-hunt-1-by-toni-griffin/) and this was good as well, though the sex was maybe a bit too much and detracted from the sweet/cute romance.

If you’re in the mood for something light, unique and sexy – this is for you!

4 of 5 stars

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4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Audiobook Month Book Dreamspinner Gay Little to no angst m/m Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter Standalone vampire

Audiobook Month: Fangs and Catnip by Julia Talbot Narrated by Dorian Bane

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fangs-and-catnip-by-julia-talbot-9030-b

Blurb: A Dead and Breakfast Novel
A romance worth fighting for—tooth and claw.

Solitary vampire Fallon Underwood gets all the social interaction he needs being the silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast B and B high in the Colorado mountains. Change is hard for Fallon, so when his business partner, Tanner, suggests hiring a new manager for the inn, he’s adamant that they don’t need help, especially not in the form of bouncy werecat Carter Hughes.

Carter is a happy-go-lucky kitty, and he loves the hospitality industry, so the D and B ought to be a great place for him. He falls for Fallon as soon as he picks up one of Fallon’s novels, and begins to woo the vamp with gifts. When Fallon finally succumbs to Carter’s feline charms, the results are unexpected, to say the least. Their mating will have irreversible consequences—for their bodies and their hearts.

Review:
(Book reviewed here previously by Dee)
This is a different take on supernatural interspecies mating.
I liked the quirky characters at the B&B – from Fallon, the moody writer (vampire); Tanner co-owner (Bear) and Glenda (Gorgon). Tanner needs a day manager to help take on some of the day to day managerial duties, (since Fallon, co-owner has little interest in helping). Carter, a werecat, applies and gets the job. Carter is friendly, chatty, with a sunny disposition – all the things Fallon is not. But Carter ‘weres’ Fallon down (I couldn’t resist☺) and they fall in love.
It was interesting the way Fallon and Carter’s relationship progressed; especially the way they took on each other’s traits – Carter developing photosensitivity, while Fallon had a vague craving for meat. However, the two men have to find a way to adjust to their mating changes or they will slowly die. With the help of a B&B staff, a few guests and a local doctor, the two men figure out a way to adjust to each other and live happily together.
There is a bit of heartache when Fallon thinks he’s helping by pushing Carter away. As a result, Carter becomes feral and Fallon has to find a way to bring him back.
I enjoyed the story, especially the twist on the fated mates trope.
I hope there will be stories for some of the other characters, like Tanner or Dan (wolf, guest).

3.75 stars out of 5

Audio

Dorian Bane does a terrific job of giving every “unique” character in this funny story an equally “unique” voice. He’s definitely got the “tongue in cheek” vibe down and he mirrors the light hearted nature of the story perfectly. 

He excels at his dialog and is solid on the non-dialog parts. This is definitely the way to appreciate this story and is a great way to spend a weekend!

4.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Coming Soon: Wanting The Wolfman by Louise Collins!

Out June 26!

 

 

Cover designer: Alexandria Corza

Blurb:

Can love be more than a memory?

Three years ago, an attack cost Joel his leg… and his memories. Though he was told a dog he’d befriended savaged him, he has one hazy recollection: the stunning silver eyes of a wolf… or maybe a man. Desperate for the truth, he struggles back into the woods where his life changed in search of his animal friend.

When he finds the wolf who has stalked his thoughts, he demands it reveal its true form, and he meets Guy, the man within the wolf. Guy is guarded, but the wolf knows Joel belongs with them, and gradually, Guy can only agree. Things fall into place, but then Joel inadvertently exposes the man and the wolf he’s coming to love.

Guy and the wolf are forced to flee, but can Joel follow?

Author Bio:

Louise lives in not-so-sunny London. When she’s not guzzling cups of sugary tea or braving the dreary weather, she’s usually found daydreaming stories. A lover of romance, she believes it’s better with a little angst and obstacles along the way.
She loves dogs, particularly the wolfy-looking kind, which explains her love of werewolf and shifter novels.

Buy links:
eBook: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wanting-the-wolfman-by-louise-collins-9698-b
Paperback: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wanting-the-wolfman-by-louise-collins-9699-b

Extract:

The wolf whined, but when Joel had the strength to sit up, he had gone.

He shook his head with a sob. “No, please don’t leave me—please.”

There was no answer, no shadow moving in the trees. Joel spluttered on his tears, and the sounds his throat made were squealing and despairing, but he wasn’t embarrassed.

“I need you!” he shouted. “Please… I know what you are. I know you’re a man, and I-I need you.”

Joel drew his knees to his face and sobbed into the dirty material, heaving for breath. Three long years of pent-up tears escaped into his shorts. His cheeks felt puffy and his eyes burned. He sniffled to stop his nose running but made no attempt to lessen the tears. The release was needed.

When he glanced up, he froze at the sight of the wolf before him. The wolf stood statue-still a few meters from where Joel was aggressively rocking his knees. No blink of his eye or twitch of his nose. He stood to attention.

Joel rearranged himself down on his knees with his hands in a prayer pose.

“Please, please don’t go. I won’t tell anyone, I swear. I have to know I’m not crazy.”

The wolf turned away, huffed at the sky before settling his attention on Joel again.

Joel opened his mouth to plead some more, but there was no need. The wolf shuddered and changed his form. The hair fell like pine needles off a tree, and bones and flesh twisted and changed.

The man stood before him, naked and as intimidating in size as the wolf. He looked at Joel with the striking silver eyes and the briefest of smiles. He opened his lips, but before he spoke, he rubbed at his throat, cracking his neck left to right.

“I think we’re all a bit crazy, Joel.”

Categories
3 stars Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Friends to lovers Gay Gay m/m Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Morgan New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words)

Coming soon! BFF by K.C. Wells

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bff-by-kc-wells-9646-b

Blurb

I’m about to do something huge, and it could change… everything.

I met Matt in second grade, and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We went to the same schools, studied at the same college. When we both got jobs in the same town, we shared an apartment. And when my life took an unexpected turn, Matt was there for me. Every milestone in my life, he was there to share it. And what’s really amazing? After all these years, we’re still the best of friends.

Which brings me to this fragile, heart-stopping moment: I want to tell him I love him, really love him, but I’m scared to death of what he’ll say. If I’ve got this all wrong, I’ll lose him—forever.

Review

Though this had a lot of potential the format didn’t grab me and as a result I found myself skimming.

The narrative didn’t feel authentic and I lost the pacing in the series of flashbacks.

When I wanted the mushy and the romantic and the smexy it was more off page than I’d have liked and didn’t feel as engaging.

It was a sweet idea but it didn’t translate well.

3 of 5 stars

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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Book Dee Dreamspinner Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Rugby Sports Standalone

Recent Release: Blindsided By T.A. Chase, Devon Rhodes

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/blindsided-by-ta-chase-and-devon-rhodes-9591-b

Blurb

A Men of Sports Story
Love can hit you hard before you even see it coming….
When rugby player Liam transfers to Melbourne, he’s blindsided by his attraction to the hottest lifeguard on the beach. Luckily Matty knows mouth-to-mouth….
Liam’s left his friends and family—everything comforting and familiar—back in Canberra. He knows it all comes with the job, adjusting to a new city and a new team, but he’s lonely. Maybe it’s time to find something outside his career to fulfill him.
Working as a lifeguard and being by the ocean is Matty’s dream come true. The big, blond, blue-eyed hottie new to his beach catches his attention right away. When he runs into Liam again at the pub, he takes the shy league player under his wing and into his group of mates, and they become fast friends.
But when they go from friends to lovers, the emotions that come with their deepening romance catch them both off guard. Can two men without any experience at relationships navigate their way to steady ground?

Second Edition
First Edition published by Totally Bound Publishing, December 2013.

Review

The story, a friends to lovers slowish burn story, is well written. The 2 MCs and the other characters are well developed and likeable, well maybe not Korey ☺
Matty and Liam are sweet and fun, apart and together. When they meet, the chemistry is there, but neither man knows if the other is into guys. As they decide to be friends, it slowly dawns on both of them that they fancy each other. The progression to lovers was smooth and pretty much drama-free, which I really liked.
There were a few things that didn’t work for me (personal peeves): the spelling was US for most of the words, including mum- I kept having to reread the beginning to make sure that it was set in Oz. The other is that there wasn’t much distinction to location- it was easy to imagine that they were at a beach in Melbourne, Florida and not Melbourne, Australia. As I said, these are my pet peeves and not enough take away my overall enjoyment of the book.

3.5 stars out of 5


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