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Release Day Review: Life’s a Beach By Poppy Dennison

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lifes-a-beach-by-poppy-dennison-9528-b

Blurb:

Coconut Cove: Book One
Life’s a beach… and then you meet the guy of your dreams.
Flynn Wright’s role on the upcoming teen drama Coconut Cove means a fresh start in the land of crystal water, palm trees, and gorgeous people. The move to the beautiful beaches of Key West, Florida—and away from LA and his conniving ex—is just what Flynn needs.
Meeting sexy bartender Seth is the cherry on top of Flynn’s colorful frozen drink, and he can’t wait to take a taste. But Seth isn’t impressed by Flynn’s Hollywood good looks, nor is he interested in the complications of dating an actor, no matter how hot.
Can Flynn dodge his scheming ex and the eager paparazzi while showing Seth that he is more than a pretty package?

Review

A fun, light start to a new series.

Flynn, an actor who dated his former co-star on a tv series, gets written out of the show when Flynn breaks up with him. Flynn gets a chance to be on another show and while celebrating with his new cast mates, he meets Seth, a bartender. They hit it off quickly, but trouble ensues when Flynn’s ex decides to make trouble.

The story is interspersed with scenes from the tv series and snippets from gossip rags – a little confusing, at first, but a fun way to add to the story.

Flynn is a nice guy, not stuck up and realises the value of being available to fans. Seth is a protective sort, nice and stable. They make a good couple. The story is simple, sweet a nice way to pass a couple of hours. I liked the story and will look for the next book in the series.

 

3.5 stars out of 5


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3 stars Audiobook Billionaire Cinderella/Cinderfella class difference College/University Contemporary Dreamspinner Gay Gay Little to no angst m/m Mary D May/December May/December Mechanic/Car/Racing Mild/low level heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Older MCs Part of a Series Race/Species Difference Standalone young adult

Audiobook: High Test by Elizabeth Noble Narrated by Colin Darcy

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/high-test-by-elizabeth-noble-9033-b

Blurb
The coffee is rich. Hayden isn’t. But Neal doesn’t need to know that—yet.

Hayden Owens is just your typical graduate student working his way through school as a barista for the Owens Coffee Company—no relation. But he keeps the “no relation” part to himself when he meets dashing architect, Neal Kirchner, a successful older man from an old-money family. Hayden doesn’t exactly lie, but he figures it can’t hurt for Neal to believe he’s a rich kid. After all, Hayden doesn’t want Neal thinking he’s a gold digger.

The closer they become, the harder it gets for Hayden to come clean. Something always seems to get in the way. When a company bankruptcy and a jilted, vindictive woman threaten to expose his charade, Hayden thinks it’s all gone down the drain. Luckily Neal is ready with some innocent trickery of his own

Review

This is a sweet Cinderfella May-December romance. Both Neal and Hayden are lovable genuine characters. The story is told from Hayden’s point of view. Hayden is coming to the end of his studies when he meets Neal at a college function. He enjoyed Neal’s company so much he nearly missed his bus. Neal never gets Hayden’s number. I really enjoyed this take on the fairytale. A slow building romance where they learn more about each other. Hayden never wants Neal’s money, just him. However there was a misunderstanding and Hayden never quite managed to correct Neal and feels guilty about it. I liked the way the age gap works between them, they are well suited in interests and outlook. I’m not sure that the vindictive woman was needed but I suppose there has to be some bumps in the road. Such a charming low angst story.
Colin Darcy is a new to me. I think he does very well portraying Neal’s Indian background without it sounding like a caricature. He also captures Hayden’s youth without making him sound too young. He has a pleasant voice making it very easy listening.

For the second time. This is where the misunderstanding begins

3 of stars out of 5


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Running Hot by Yoalande Kelinn

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/running-hot-by-yolande-kleinn-7349-b

running-hotBlurb

Kurt Trench loves running a successful auto repair shop with his twin sister Lena. Lately loyal customer Shane Dolan has been coming around more often, and Kurt assumes it’s because of his sister. While Kurt wouldn’t dream of coming between them, he can’t help being drawn to Shane himself…. Or thinking about him in ways he definitely shouldn’t.

One night everything changes. Kurt doesn’t reciprocate Shane’s kiss—he’s got no intention of stealing his sister’s man—but when he tells Lena what happened, she can’t believe how thick her brother is. She’s not the reason Shane’s been coming around the garage, and Kurt and Shane have more in common than a love of classic muscle cars. Now it’s on Kurt to make the next move, assuming he hasn’t blown his chance for good.

Review

From the blurb, you can see the (almost) entirety of this short story. What it doesn’t say is that Shane comes around the garage for months and that at no point does Kurt ever ask Lena if the two are going out (she and Shane) even though they are twins who work together every day.

So… you have to have a big block of salt to accept the fact that Kurt lusts after Shane but only suspects that he’s his sister’s boyfriend.

The writing – otherwise- is good. It’s 50 pages and reads very quickly. The dialog is funny and when the smexy times come- oooo la la!

I wish this had been a bit more angsty. Some more significant reason for the two MC to be dancing around one another, it would have taken this from a good read to a great one.

I did enjoy it, and if you’re in the mood for a low angst, quick (yet hot!) read, give this one a go. It ends on a HFN (it’s short!) but it seems very promising. I’d absolutely read something by this author in the future.

4 of 5 stars

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