Blog Tour & New Release Book Review: Triple Beat by Ann Grech

Review

I enjoyed Triple Beat by Ann Grech, I really loved the relationship between Mike and Ezio which developed fast and furious and hot and completely unexpectedly between the two while Mike is holidaying on a cruise ship. Ezio breaks rules to be with Mke, but it ends too soon and neither knows how to contact the other.

Later Mike meets Robyn and they become friends and then more, but he never stops loving Ezio. I have to say that I wasn’t as caught up in Mike’s relationship with Robyn as I was with Ezio until Ezio comes back into the picture.
Ezio’s relationship with Mike completely tugged at my heartstrings and I so wanted them to find each other again and work things out.
Robyn really shows what a great person she is with the way she deals with Ezio’s return and Mike’s feelings for him.

 

I loved these three together and I really loved the ending of this romance, I do like it when things work out for the best.

 

Genre: MMF romance

Trope: Friends to lovers


TRIPLE BEAT

A Rule of Three Novel #2

by Ann Grech

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Synopsis


Single dad Mike must make a choice.

A second-chance with a holiday lover torn away before either man admitted they wanted more?

Or the woman who’d become his best friend and stolen his heart?

Different from him in so many ways, both are the loves of his life.

But Mike’s got secrets.

One could destroy a relationship. The other, his life.

Triple Beat is Ann Grech’s long-awaited second MMF in the Rule of Three series. Featuring a doctor who has the cure for what ails his former lover, a lawyer rewriting the laws of love, a personal trainer working out just who he is, and two sassy kids, you’ll fall head over heels for all of them.


 


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By day Ann Grech lives in the corporate world and can be found sitting behind a desk typing away at reports and papers or lecturing to a room full of students. She graduated with a PhD in 2016 and is now an over-qualified nerd. Glasses, briefcase, high heels and a pencil skirt, she’s got the librarian look nailed too. If only they knew! She swears like a sailor, so that’s got to be a hint. The other one was “the look” from her tattoo artist when she told him that she wanted her kids initials “B” and “J” tattooed on her foot. It took a second to register that it might be a bad idea.

She’s never entirely fit in and loves escaping into a book—whether it’s reading or writing one. But she’s found her tribe now and loves her MM book world family. She dislikes cooking, but loves eating, can’t figure out technology, but is addicted to it, and her guilty pleasure is Byron Bay Cookies. Oh and shoes. And lingerie. And maybe handbags too. Well, if we’re being honest, we’d probably have to add her library too given the state of her credit card every month (what can she say, she’s a bookworm at heart)!

She also publishes her raunchier short stories under her pen name, Olive Hiscock.



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New Release Book Review: Our Own Private Fig Tree by Rania Battany

IMG_20210930_173447After reading Rania Battany’s Fleeting Moments two years ago, and her subsequent novels, I knew this book would pull at the heartstrings. As well, it encouraged me to look both inside and outside of myself and think about the different cultures and rules we live by in our society.

This was a brilliantly written novel that explored the importance of culture, and the expectations that families can put on their children to conform to that culture, even if they now live in a different country.

It also celebrated differences in culture. The music, the food, the big family celebrations, the support from large families when tragedy happens, and the way it can give us our identity.

It is a story of two teenagers, Caleb, ‘white boy’, an Australian and Samira, a Lebanese girl, who live across the road from each other, fall in love and have to hide this from everyone because it wouldn’t be acceptable, especially from Samira’s families perspective.

But it is more than a story of forbidden love, it’s a story of true love and how to be true to that love if society’s rules and cultural rules say it’s wrong.

There is a tragedy that nearly destroys a family and separates these two for nearly a decade. When they meet again, nothing has changed, both between them and with Samira’s family expectations. There are secrets that have been kept for decades that come out that cause Caleb to take a look at who he is and his identity, it also helps him see that if he wants a life with Samira, he must fight to gain acceptance in her world, and convince her he is worth the risk. History could be repeated or they could forge a new path, one that combines their cultures and their families.

I really did love this novel, it had everything in it I needed to make it a wonderful read. I loved all of the characters and their differences, I especially loved Jim who was such a special person in the lives of so many and in the choices he made for love.

I went to school with a fair few Greeks, Italians, Malays and various other cultures, but I never really thought about how different their home lives, or their parents’ backgrounds might be. I wonder now, did they feel some of the same expectations on them that Samira did in this novel. Were there expectations that they would choose a partner from the same cultural background, work in a certain job, marry and have children? Did they fight against those cultural expectations or roll with them so as not to upset their families? So many things to consider that I wasn’t even aware of 20+ years ago.

This is a story full of warmth, heartache, acceptance and love. It is about learning about our identities, respecting our cultures, but learning to combine those cultures to take what works from each one and make it something even better.

In this multicultural world, we live in, this is important because there are many more cultures sharing this land we call home, cultures will become blended, but we still need to be able to hold on to the heart of that culture while finding the path that works towards a future for all.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

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Cover Reveal : No Take Backs by Becca Seymour

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Some things you can’t take back.

If you say those words, get caught glancing at his bulge, or share a heated kiss, it’s game over. The “no take backs” rule strikes, and there’s no way you can backtrack.

That’s the way it’s always been with me and Nate Griffin, my old best friend who thought he could change the rules.

It doesn’t matter that time and distance have pulled us apart. I’ve finally figured myself out and yanked my head out of my backside. Now, if only I can drag myself out of the closet and be the man I want to be for Nate…

But I’m a pro basketball player who has no desire to be a poster boy. Not only that, Nate and I don’t even live in the same country.

Nate, big-hearted guy he is, takes it all in his stride, and I can’t help but wonder if just maybe he’s too good for me. But hell if I can resist him.

It all boils down to: Do I want to take anything back when it comes to Nate Griffin?

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Becca SeymourBecca Seymour lives and breathes all things book related. Usually with at least three books being read and two WiPs being written at the same time, life is merrily hectic. She tends to do nothing by halves so happily seeks the craziness and busyness life offers.

Living on her small property in Queensland with her human family as well as her animal family of cows, chooks, and dogs, Becca appreciates the beauty of the world around her and is a believer that love truly is love.

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Blog Tour & New Release Book Review: Puck Drills & Quick Thrills by Eden Finley & Saxon James

PUCK DRILLS & QUICK THRILLS

CU Hockey – Book Five  

by Eden Finley & Saxon James


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I loved this book, the final in the series. I read this series out of order, with book 3 Goal Lines & First Times being the first book I read and also where we first meet Westly the main character in this book. Westly had a promising future in the NHL until his parents died and he had to give up his dream to look after his younger siblings and became a coach at CU. His brother Asher is now the one working towards a promising NHL career and he is struggling with maths, Westly steps in to talk to his professor, Jasper, and they get off to a very rocky start. Jasper is known as a grumpy hardass professor and doesn’t like jocks at all, so having a hockey coach come in to ask for what he considers special treatment for a hotshot hockey player causes them to both bump heads.

After their initial meeting, they find they have some serious chemistry and when Westly becomes Jasper’s fake boyfriend for a school reunion, one thing leads to another, but with Westly’s crazy home life and Jasper’s dislike of jocks and love, there doesn’t seem to be a way to have more than some quick thrills.

These two came together so easily, they were just great together and I really enjoyed their friendship and developing relationship, something that happened without either of them realising it was happening. I loved the support they gave each other and I loved that this was a low angst read.

I recommend you read them in order for maximum storyline cohesion, but they do work well out of order if that’s how you roll.


Release Date: October 6, 2021
Cover Design: Story Styling Cover Designs
Genre: M/M College Sports Romance

Trope: Friends to lovers, secret relationship



Synopsis

WESTLY

The fall from NHL superstar to domestic disaster was swift and painful. When I became the legal guardian of my five younger siblings, I had no idea what I was doing.

One year later, I’m still lost.

Coaching CU’s hockey team might be the only thing I’m excelling at. But when our star forward is failing math, I have to do what it takes to keep him on the team. Even if it’s going head-to-head with Jasper Eckstein.

One minute I’m confronting the notorious hockey-hating professor, and the next I’m agreeing to be his date to his twenty-year high school reunion.

I don’t know how that happened.

JASPER

My rules are simple. I don’t give extra credit. Ever. No matter how entitled jocks think they are, I refuse to give them special treatment.

It’s not because I hate them. It’s not because a hockey player broke my nose in high school.

It’s fair.

But when Westly Dalton bursts into my office like a hurricane, all my principles fly out the window.

Suddenly I’m giving extra credit.

And I have a date to my reunion.

After one explosive night together, I want more, but his home life is a mess, and I don’t want to get in the way. If all we can have is quick thrills, I’m okay with that.

It’s not like I could ever fall for a jock.




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Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.

She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.


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Saxon James unapologetically writes happy endings for LGBT+ characters.

While not writing, SM is a readaholic and Netflix addict who regularly lives on a sustainable diet of chocolate and coffee.
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New Release Book Review: Dr Bennett’s Babies by Fiona McArthur

Dr Bennett'sDr Bennett’s Babies was a delightful read. I enjoyed meeting Marcus and Matilda (Tilly), their initial meeting didn’t go so well after Tilly mistakes Marcus as a thief trying to break and enter into her neighbours house, and their subsequent interactions are all over the place when they find out they are working together and their views on birthing don’t align.

Marcus has some serious hangups, ones you can understand due to an awful event that happened to him and his family when he was a child, but Tilly is determined to make him face those hangups and rethink his beliefs on safe birthing and water safety.

I loved how Tilly was completely sure of her skills and her beliefs about how women should be able to give birth and wasn’t afraid to voice those feelings with Marcus, her new boss despite it causing more friction and problems between them. Every time I read a Fiona McArthur book I learn something new about midwifery and how things still need to change in the way babies are born and mothers and fathers are treated.

Marcus and Tilly were made for each other and despite neither wanting a relationship and their initial friction over their jobs, it was good to see them both find their way to friendship and love.

Thanks to the author for a digital copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

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New Release Book Review: Starlit Skies by Suzanne Cass

This was a fast-paced read with plenty of danger, suspense, chemistry and the issue of domestic violence.

Skylar has suffered at the hands of her ex and when she hears what sounds like a woman being abused, she intervenes and this sets off a series of events that will lead to Skylar and the local police officer Senior Constable Nash ending up on a crashed helicopter running for their lives through the remote national park in north Qld.

I really enjoyed this novel, the attraction between Skylar and Nash is one they’ve been fighting for a while, well Skylar has been fighting it, Nash has been hoping. When they are thrown together they can’t ignore it any longer, but it will take a lot for Skylar to get past her past.

There were times Skylar annoyed me so much, when a police officer says “stay hidden ‘ or asks you to do something, you don’t do the exact opposite. Other times I really loved Skylar and hoped she would be able to get through everything and make a go of a life that wasn’t all about work.

Nash was just lovely, and I hoped he would be able to get past Skylar’s defences. He was much more understanding about some of her behaviours than I would have been.

The bad guys are not nice at all, when you are a gun for hire, I guess you wouldn’t be. The domestic violence case was a tough one, and shows how hard it can be for people to leave their abuser or press charges against them. We all need to stand up to abusers like Skylar did and not close our eyes to those around us.

A great second book in this series, I can’t wait for the next one.

New Release Book Review: Playing it Safe by Amy Andrews

Playing it safeI read a lot of MM romances, so was interested to see Amy Andrews was writing one. Overall I really enjoyed this novel, I liked both of the main characters, Donovan Bane the professional rugby player hiding his sexuality and Beckett Stanton who is newly employed by the team in the finance department, I even really liked their instant connection.

I felt saddened for Donovan, being worried about ‘coming out’, wanting to be known for his rugby skills and not for being a gay player, and also for feeling he would have to live without love for the rest of his career. The fact his ex knew about it and wanted him to delay coming out until their daughter was out of school, made me more than a bit mad at her.

Beck was lovely, he’d been hurt before by being with someone who wanted to keep him a secret and was determined that he would never allow that to happen again.

But the chemistry between them was too hard for either of them to resist for long. I could really feel the chemistry between them, it is something Amy is good at portraying in her MF novels too. While the sex scenes were hot, I felt let down with the lack of foreplay and prep that went into the ‘full’ sex scene, it just didn’t work for me that there would be none of that, especially the prep for someone experiencing it for the first time, even as the top.

I felt for both of them as they struggled with figuring out where their relationship could go and what they were willing to give up to be together. I thought Donovan came to his decision very fast after all his angst but loved the way he did what he did to show Beck he wanted to be with him.

Overall a really enjoyable read with a happy ending.

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Brazen Publishing for a digital copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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New Release Book Review: A Kiss For Carter by Davina Stone

A kiss for CarterI loved A Kiss for Carter, it had all the feels needed to make it a wonderfully enjoyable read.

Carter is adorable, shy and insecure about himself, he struggles with his attraction to Judith because he is afraid of embarrassing himself with his attraction to her. I felt for Carter, he wasn;t sure how to broach his feelings or his ‘problem’ with Judith and gives off mixed signals to her because of this.

I liked Judith a lot and loved how much she liked Carter. Her ex was a waste of space and I’m glad she stood up to him.

Once both of these characters start communicating, it becomes a really wonderful romance and their feelings blossom quickly when you know you know.

They both have some family issues to sort through and these highlighted some relevant social issues, LGBTQI+ and the issue of teens feeling the need to fit in and behave in ways that go against who they are. I really liked the ways things around these issues were handled, and I loved the ending that highlighted these issues for good.

A really lovely and enjoyable romance, I hope there is more to come in this series.

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New Release Book Review: The Farmer’s Friend by Fiona McArthur

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This was a fabulous read full of complicated and wonderful characters trying to make the best of their lives in the small town of Featherwood.

Gracie and Jed are taking a massive chance and moving to the small town for a fresh start, buying a dilapidated store and house, pregnant with their first child, I really took my hat off to them for making such a big decision. Gracie and Jed were such wonderful characters, they both had a way about them that made everyone feel important. Opening the store gives the people of Featherwood renewed hope and somewhere to hang out. Jed isn’t good with money though and through wanting to help everyone, finds himself in trouble.

Nell is starting a new chapter of her life, a former midwife who dealt with a terrible situation and no longer practices, starts off in the little town by trying to keep herself to herself, but Gracie and the other town members won’t allow this to happen and she is slowly drawn into being part of the community, joining the volunteer fire brigade and making friends.

Liam, who has fought in Afghanistan, is struggling with his own demons, but the town of Featherstone, along with a connection with Nell, will hopefully lead to his healing.

There are some wonderful characters in this novel, Mavis and her grandson, Molly, Blue, all of them make up the sort of community I would love to live in.

The townspeople of Featherstone are in the midst of a drought, people are walking off their farms, and those that don’t are struggling to stay afloat, but the community spirit is strong which is what will be needed when a terrible bush-fire threatens everything they own as well as the lives of those they love.

I think this has to be my favourite Fiona McArthur novel yet, the characters and the setting were so wonderfully written and I struggled along with them in their lives hoping everything would turn out ok.

Thanks to the author and Penguin Australia for a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.

New Release Book Review: Til Daph Do Us Part by Phillipa Nefri Clark

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Caravaning around the country with her husband, taking jobs as a marriage celebrant along the way sounds like a lovely way to live, I know part of me would love to be able to do that. But for Daphne and her husband John, their current stop is not looking like a very relaxing stay.

When Daph meets the bride and groom and their family, she is not too excited about working with them, but she will do her very best to give them a wedding they will remember. And it certainly is that, when not minutes after the ceremony, the new husband is found murdered in the pool.

From here on Daph and her husband become embroiled in finding out who killed the groom and why, as they uncover secrets from the families past, they find themselves in danger too. But nothing will stop Daph from finding out the truth. There were plenty of twists and turns along the way to discovering the culprit.

This was a fun read, I think if I were getting married, I’d want Daph to be my celebrant as she puts a lot of work into finding the perfect thing to say. And if anything were to go wrong, Daph would be sure to sniff out the mystery. I hope their next stop is less exciting. This is the first book in the Daphne Jones Mysteries, so I imagine Daph will have plenty of more crimes to solve.

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