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adult - 18+

Audiobook: Safe Harbor by HJ Welch Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Good reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45479352-safe-harbor?from_search=tru

Blurb
Robin Coal wonders if asking his straight housemate Dair to be his fake boyfriend for his high school reunion will be the worst thing he’s ever done…or the best. But there’s no way he’s going home to face his abusive ex alone, and former Marine Dair is just the protection he needs. So long as he doesn’t find out about Robin’s secret crush, everything will be fine.

Mechanic Dair Epping never expected to spend a week sharing a bed with his adorkable friend, however pretending to be bi is easier than he imagined. He knows he’ll do anything to keep Robin safe from his ex-boyfriend, but as the chemistry between them grows, the line between fake and reality begins to blur.

Could Dair actually be bi? Even if he was, would an ex-Marine really be interested in a computer geek like Robin? When his ex’s intentions turn dangerous, how far will Dair go to protect the man he’s falling for

Review
I loved this fake boyfriend story. There are a lot of issues both Alistair (Dair) and Robin have to face before they realise they are right for each other. It’s that wonderfully classic case of everyone else seeing it but them. Neither of them are completely happy in their current life. They are in a comfortable day to day existence. Until Robin needs to go home for a school reunion and his horrible ex will be there. A fake boyfriend is suggested and Dair steps up for the role. Bring in a loving family and a horrible ex to stir things up and you have a wonderful blossoming and eventful love story with a very satisfying happy ending.
Nick J Russo is a fantastic narrator who brings out the nuances of each character so well. I love the way he pays as much attention to the secondary characters, Robin’s friends and family are so charismatic.

4 of stars out of 5

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Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Strike a Chord (Replay #4) by K.M. Neuhold

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45708987-strike-a-chord?from_search=true

Blurb

“You want to fake date me?”

Music is my life, my band is my heart and soul, and it’s all falling apart before my eyes.

A plan hatched from desperation as we both watch our careers burn down around us. Dating my best friend’s twin brother, Paris, who just so happens to be a gay icon at the moment seems like the perfect plan. And if we have a little fun along the way, where’s the harm in that? The band is spiraling, his football career is going up in flames, and the more the world falls down around us, the easier it is to get lost in each other.

But are stolen moments during our own busy schedules and hurried kisses hidden behind social media posts the basis for a real relationship, or is this just another thing that’s going to turn to dust in our hands?

Review

Both MC’s have been pining for each other since high school, but circumstances and misunderstandings made it so neither of them acted on their feelings and they have no clue that their feelings are reciprocated. Luckily, they kind of tumble into a fake relationship and discover that there is something real beneath the surface, after all. The vulnerability and angst that accompanied this realization was beautifully written and made this a very gripping story. Watching them slowly give in to their feelings was absolutely lovely. Benji and Paris do the long distance thing, which is far from ideal, and I loved how the author solved that for these two amazing MC’s, ending the book on a super romantic, and suitably hot, high note.

I loved how this story was written, with one the hand the growing connection between Paris and Benji, and on the other, the story of the band itself and how all the members find personal happiness and a way to turn things around for their band too. Throughout this series, the importance of their music and the joy the band members find in performing is brilliantly described.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 4


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Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Fake Dating the Prince by Ashlyn Kane

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fake-dating-the-prince-by-ashlyn-kane-10555-b

Blurb:
A royal deception. An accidental romance.

When fast-living flight attendant Brayden Wood agrees to accompany a first-class passenger to a swanky charity ball, he discovers his date—“Call me Flip”—is actually His Royal Highness Prince Antoine-Philipe. And he wants Brayden to pretend to be his boyfriend.

Being Europe’s only prince of Indian descent—and its only openly gay one—has led Flip to select “appropriate” men first and worry about attraction later. Still, flirty, irreverent Brayden captivates him right away, and Flip needs a date to survive the ball without being match-made.
Before Flip can pursue Brayden in earnest, the paparazzi forces his hand, and the charade is extended for the remainder of Brayden’s vacation.

Posh, gorgeous, thoughtful Prince Flip is way out of Brayden’s league. If Brayden survives three weeks of platonically sharing a bed with him during the romantic holiday season, going home afterward might break his heart….

Review:
A really fun story, an easy read with very little angst!
This is a fake boyfriend story with very likeable characters – Flip is the crown prince of a small European country. He is unusual in that he’s quite down to earth and is of mixed heritage – his dad, the prince consort is Indian.
Flips travels to Canada frequently, enough to know Brayden. Brayden is usually the flight attendant on Flips flights.
When Flip needs a date to a charity ball he’s hosting, Brayden is happy to assist. Both men get to know each other and find themselves slowly wanting a real relationship.
The story is sweet, with humour. The characters are well developed and while the story doesn’t break new grounds in the fake BF trope, it is definitely distinct with the variety of characters. This is a story I’ll reread if I need an easy, fun read.

3.75 stars out of 5


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Categories
3 stars adult - 18+ Book Dreamspinner Gay Gay High but not hopeless Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words)

Recent Release: The Music of Love by Sandine Tomas

Dreamspinner Presents
https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-music-of-love-by-sandine-tomas-9674-b

Blurb
Sometimes the music of love skips a beat….
Paralegal by day, musician by night, Julian has an expiration date stamped on his forehead when it comes to love. No relationship has made it past a year, so Julian avoids romance like the plague and concentrates on his music instead.
Which works fine until gorgeous, smart, and funny Zachary joins Julian’s firm. One look at the man and Julian knows he’s dangerous. No matter what, he can’t fall for Zachary. He has to spare Zachary the pain of dumping Julian at the one-year mark. His brilliant plan? Ask a straight friend to pose as his significant other to keep Zachary away. Not surprisingly, his scheme does little to dampen the attraction—on either side.
When Zachary gives Julian a second chance despite his deception, Julian thinks his curse might be broken. But then he’s faced with the impossible choice between a life with Zachary and living his dream of touring with the band….

Review

This just wasn’t my cup of tea.  I was really attracted to the blurb.  I love books about music and throw in some hidden identity and fake boyfriend… YES!  

But that really isn’t the main thrust of this and most of this is a lot of drama and angst which I just didn’t get too wrapped up in.

I’ve definitely read some reviews of folks who loved this, and the writing and character development were really good, but it just didn’t appeal to me.  I recommend looking at other reviews if the blurb strikes your fancy – because it just might appeal to you.  🙂

3 of 5 stars

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