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Review ~ Helping Hand by Jay Northcote

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Title: Helping Hand

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press (self published)

Length: 33,000 words

Genre: Contemporary gay romance

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Release Date: Friday June 26th

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Wanking with a mate isn’t gay—as long as you keep your hands to yourself.

Jez Fielding and James MacKenzie—Big Mac to his mates—are in their second year at uni. After partying too hard last year, they make a pact to rein themselves in. While their housemates are out drinking every weekend, Jez and Mac stay in to save cash and focus on their studies.

When Jez suggests watching some porn together, he isn’t expecting Mac to agree to it. One thing leads to another, and soon their arrangement becomes hands-on rather than hands-off. But falling for your straight friend can only end badly, unless there’s a chance he might feel the same.

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Afterwards, Jez blamed the alcohol for loosening his tongue, because he didn’t think about it before he spoke. The words tumbled out before he could stop them.

“Man, I’m seriously horny now. Have you got any decent porn on that laptop?”

“Huh?” Mac snapped his head around to meet Jez’s gaze. Jez’s heart pounded erratically, but his dick was still standing to attention. “What… you mean, you want to wank in here? Now? Wouldn’t that be weird?” Mac sounded seriously freaked out.

Jez backtracked quickly, cheeks hot. “It doesn’t have to be weird. I’ve done it before with guys at school, and it’s never been a big deal. But don’t worry about it. I’ll go and watch my own stash instead. But I need something soon, ’cause I’m gonna explode after watching that sex scene.”

Jez was expecting an instant no from Mac. He wouldn’t have blamed him. A lot of guys wouldn’t be into what Jez was suggesting. Jez’s heart still thumped hard, but his arousal didn’t abate despite his anxiety. He was shocked by how much he wanted this.

Mac bit his lip and frowned. “Seriously. You’ve done that?”

Jez shrugged, trying to look nonchalant. “Yeah. Like I said, it was no big deal. Just guys messing around.”

Mac stared a moment longer, then he stood, and Jez’s heart sank as he walked away. But Mac only went to fetch his laptop from the dining table. He sat back down and then opened it and tapped in his password.

“What sort of stuff do you wanna watch?” Mac’s voice was gruff and he focused on the screen rather than Jez.

Fuck. They were really going to do this, then.

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five-stars

5 wonderful stars from me

In a glorious week when I have seen the tags “Love is Love” and “Love Wins” on social media more times than I have over the past few months, Jay’s story fits the bill perfectly.  Neither Jez nor Mac would label themselves as ‘gay’ at the start of the story and even by the end they are reluctant to slot themselves into such restrictive pigeon holes. They love each other and that’s all that matters. But to reach this conclusion they have to move from friends, to friends with benefits, to lovers and then finally boyfriends. What starts out as just sex and helping each other out gradually leads to a physical and emotional connection between the two young men as they battle to sort out who they are and who they want to be with.

I loved every part of this story. Jay’s characters are realistic in their behavior and mannerisms. I adored how the physical intimacy between Jez and Mac gradually developed along with their feelings for each other. I understood their desire to keep their special arrangement hidden from the other housemates and their reluctance to admit this was anything but giving each other a helping hand in the bedroom. Jay, as per usual, wrote smoking hot scenes and I thought she surpassed herself this time with portraying the sizzling chemistry between these two lovely boys. The story gave me wonderful ‘feelz’ from start to finish. Fantastic!

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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Jay lives just outside Bristol in the West of England, with her husband, two children, and two cats.

She comes from a family of writers, but she always used to believe that the gene for fiction writing had passed her by. She spent years only ever writing emails, articles, or website content. One day, she decided to try and write a short story–just to see if she could–and found it rather addictive. She hasn’t stopped writing since.

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Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun #1 ~ SNARED by A.B. Gayle

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Release Day Mini Tour – Tyler Knoll’s Just for Fun

SNARED by A.B. Gayle

Series: Tyler Knoll’s Just For Fun

Genre: Satire, humor, gay, gay romance, LGBT

Length: Novella

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

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Tyler Knoll was born one wild, stormy night in April 2013.

Of course, Tyler might tell you he was born twenty years earlier, but should we believe anything he says? That’s for you to decide.

In Tyler’s first adventure—like many a gay man before him—he was SNARED by gay porn, wallowing in tales of bigger, stronger, harder….

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Seeing you’ve read this far, it’s probably time to let you in on a little secret. I’m into all types of porn, but suit porn hovers near the top of the list, hence my reluctance to betray that fact by having a permanent hard-on while checking out their threads. The other reason was because the guys in these immaculate suits all worked on the upper floors of Whoosit & Whatsit.

Now, before you scoff and say there’s no such place, let me assure you that I may not be the brightest bulb in the room, but I’m not stupid enough to divulge the real name of my employers. You might out me to my boss in the mailroom.

The thing is Mrs. Stringer wouldn’t give two hoots if you did. I was just the lowly guy who hand-delivered important contracts to the upper floors for signing. Nothing special. Just a hopeless idiot who barely made it through high school, thanks to his inability to get the middle letters of words in the correct order, and who still can’t see the connection between hippopotamuses, beasts that lurk in mud pools and triangles. Aren’t they swanky orchestral instruments?

And just in case you’re wondering how a dyslexic ignoramus like me can produce such flawless spelling and wonderful prose, it’s called an editor. I’d tell you her name, but then she might show you the original text, and I’d never live down the embarrassment.

Mind you, she wanted me to delete that last statement, saying no editor would ever be so unprofessional, but seeing she didn’t mind me having a go at readers; she’s fair game.

Holy catfish. Now, I’ve lost the plot and we’re not even half way through the first chapter! I better backtrack over what I’ve told you so far: Bar. Check. Friday night. Check. Suits. Check. Weird feeling. Ah that’s right. I felt someone watching me.

You’d think a classy joint like this would have mirrors around the wall to check out who was cruising who without being obvious. No such luck. This was all stained timber and the occasional out of focus painting. More like a swanky gentleman’s club than a bar.

There was that prickle again. I squirmed uncomfortably in my seat.

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In Tyler’s first adventure, he was SNARED by gay porn….

Then his fickle mind was seduced and SHREDDED by the prospect of BDSM and slavery.

When a Big Misunderstanding SLASHED at Tyler’s sanity, almost costing him his life, he turned to another genre for his salvation. But even this encounter proved potentially hazardous—not from freezing temperatures, but at the hands of irate fans.

Finally, tired and SCREWED by his all his trials and tribulations, he discovers—like many storybook heroes before him—that sometimes Mr. Right is closer than we think.

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Unlike many authors, A.B. Gayle hasn’t been writing stories all her life. Instead she’s been living life.

Her travels have taken her from the fjords of Norway to the southern tip of New Zealand. In between, she’s worked in so many different towns she’s lost count. A.B. has shoveled shit in cow yards, mustered sheep, been polite to customers, traded insults with politicians. Sometimes she needs to be forgiven as she get confused as to who needs what where. 

Now living in Sydney, Australia, A.B. finally has time to allow her real life experiences to morph with her fertile imagination in order to create fiction that she hopes her readers will enjoy. 

A.B. values feedback on her writing, both negative and positive.

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4*

A light-hearted and original novella, with amusing asides taking a dig at the idiosyncrasies of the English language, and the difficult, somewhat ambiguous task of an editor. I found the author’s perspective refreshing and chuckled or rolled my eyes at the various comments Tyler made. A fun read, with hot, sexy scenes, plus a mystery that leaves you wondering what Tyler’s “interview” was all about. Hopefully we’ll find out in Book 2.

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Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs

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TITLE: Toy With Me
AUTHOR: Annabelle Jacobs
COVER ARTIST: T.M. Franklin
PUBLISHER: Blanket Fort Press
GENRE: Contemporary MM Romance
SERIES: The Secrets Collection
LENGTH: 11 500 words
RELEASE DATE: Available now
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Aaron is hiding something in his drawers—but that’s not his only secret.
When he moves in with his new housemates, Aaron intends to tell them about his sexuality from the outset. But a large pink item of a personal nature, given as a joke, scuppers his plans and he misses his chance.
Fellow housemate Rob is out and proud. He guesses Aaron is gay, and when he finds Aaron’s other secret concealed in his sock drawer, he takes it upon himself to help Aaron out with a little sexual experimentation.

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4.5*

A fun and sexy story, which centers around a large pink dildo that helps bring the two main characters together for a hot scene using said item.

I love university stories where a group of hot guys share a house together and there’s a chance for them to experiment with their sexuality and broaden their experiences. Annabelle’s sweet story has romance, humor and just a little angst as Aaron builds up the courage to come out and try something new to him. Although it’s a short story, I felt the connection between Rob and Aaron from the start. It stands alone as a short story, but it could easily have been a prelude to a novel which followed the boys’ journey while they attended university. In fact, I would love to hear more of their sexual and relationship adventures in the future.

This is the third book in the excellent Secrets Collection. A fun, hot and quick read in a well written and enjoyable series.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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THE SECRETS COLLECTION

The Secrets Collection is four sexy short stories by four different authors.

The stories are linked by the common theme of secrets.

June 5, 2015: Top Me Maybe? by Jay Northcote

June 12, 2015: Cheeky Hipster & Jocks by Posy Roberts

June 19, 2015: Toy With Me by Annabelle Jacobs

June 26, 2015: by Teegan Loy

Please visit Blanket Fort Press for full details on the other stories in the Secrets Collection.

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Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with her husband, three rowdy children, and two cats.

An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They’re usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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Drifting Sands by C. J. Baty

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Drifting Sands

(The Warfield Hotel Mysteries Book 1)

by C.J. Baty

MM Mystery Romance  –   58,000 words  (193 pages)  –  Heat Level: Steamy

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As he approaches his fortieth birthday, Justin Warfield feels alone, drifting like the sand that blows along the beach near his family’s hotel. He has done exactly as his father wanted. Married the right girl and carried on the family tradition of running the Warfield Hotel. On paper things seem perfect, but happiness hasn’t been a part of his life for a very long time.

Marcus Drummond once spent a summer with his best friend Peter at the Warfield Hotel and fell hard for Peter’s much older brother. Five years later he’s back, and this time hopes that Justin will see him as more than his kid brother’s friend.

Sparks fly when the two meet again, but there are a few things standing in their way. The closet that Justin has himself buried in and someone on a killing spree, dumping bodies on the Warfield beach . . . victims that indicate Justin may be involved in some way.

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THE NIGHT AIR was cool and damp as it blew off the ocean. Ian McAlister toed the sand where he stood, looking out into the darkness surrounding him. A soft glow filled the sky over the Warfield Hotel several hundred yards away. This was a public beach and closed at night, and the only sound was the soft lapping of the water against the shore.

Ian fingered the note in his pocket as he thought of the words he’d read over and over again since he’d received it.

Ian, I need your help. Please. Come to the Warfield and meet me on the beach at 10 p.m. on Friday evening. There’s a spot on the north end of the beach, just between the public beaches and the private beach of the Warfield. There’s a sign, meet me there. Don’t tell anyone. Please, Ian, I need you. Justin.

Ian had not heard from Justin Warfield since Justin got married. It had been too hard to see each other as only friends. They’d each gone on with their lives. But for Ian, Justin Warfield was a hard man to forget, so when the letter arrived, his decision to come had been easy.

The sound of footsteps treading through the sand caused Ian to turn around. He was surprised to find a gun aimed at him.

“What are you doing?” Ian asked, but there was no answer.

He felt the pressure as the impact of the bullet pushed him back slightly. A searing pain knifed its way into his chest. He didn’t have time to run or even scream out. Darkness took him as he crumbled to the ground.

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4*

An enjoyable and well written murder mystery with plenty of clues sprinkled along the way to help you guess who the culprit is. The mystery is only partially resolved by the end of the book and sets up the next stage of the story. The m/m romance plot is interwoven and told from two POV, with several hot scenes involving the two main characters. My heart went out to Justin as he struggled with his loveless marriage, his wish to remain in the closet, and his desire to protect Marcus from the would-be killer. I was surprised Justin didn’t remember meeting Marcus beforehand, although a five year gap and a drunken encounter are feasible. I would have liked more scenes earlier on in the story to show the developing connection between the two lovers as they got to know each other. I am hoping for more interaction between them in book two and the answers to questions poised at the end of book one.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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C. J. Baty lives in southwest Ohio. Her heart, however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.

The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to fan fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.

She has a loving and supportive family who don’t mind fixing their own meals when she is in the middle of a story, and a network of friends who have encouraged and cheered her on in her quest of being an author.

One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is: “You are never too old to follow your dream!”

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Review ~ Of Heaven and Hell Anthology

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Mini Blog Tour – Of Heaven and Hell

A Wayward Ink Publishing Anthology

Title: Of Heaven and Hell

Authors: Kim Fielding, M.C. Rayne, Michael P. Thomas, Mann Ramblings,

Asta Idonea, Eric Gober, Nephy Hart, Eddy LeFey,

S. Zanne, Jana Denardo, Kassandra Lea

Genre: gay fiction, gay romance, m/m romance

Release Date: June 12, 2015

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

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Whether you like your angels and demons naughty or nice…

Whether you like them angelic or demonic, we have a story for you.

Our authors have tuned up their harp strings, and let loose their inner demons.

We have demons with inner angels itching to be let loose.

And angels teetering on the brink.

We have dark. We have light.

We have angst. And forbidden love.

We have happy endings and not so happy endings…

We have the stories OF HEAVEN AND HELL.

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Corruption

Kim Fielding

Tenrael was once a proud demon who carried nightmares to humans.

Now he exists in miserable servitude to men who plunk down ten dollars to fulfill their dark desires.

Agent Charles Grimes figures a captive demon is just another assignment…

That is until he meets Tenrael.

Purgatory

M.C. Rayne

Bailey discovered that losing the person you love can do more than break your heart.

It can shatter it into a million different pieces.

And have you stepping into darkness.

All he wanted was to be reunited with Greyson.

He didn’t know his actions would lead him to his nightmare.

Sin to Get Saved

Michael P. Thomas

Earnest anti-gay evangelical Hubert dies in a freak accident.

When a handsome angel named Bartholomew makes brazen overtures in the Afterlife, humble Hubert realizes his soul may have taken a wrong turn.

But turning back to the straight and narrow isn’t quite as easy as he hopes it will be. 

Cardinal Sins

Mann Ramblings

Black magic, angels, and decadence bind Jacob and Ozzie together in a twisted web of fascination with each other.

Now a new element has risen to test them: Danger.

A Twenty-First Century Demon

Asta Idonea

It should have been an easy job: a contract signed and a new soul earmarked for Hell.

But when suave demon deal-maker Saul chooses nerdy Thomas Ives as his next target, little does he know what lies in store.

Purgatory

Eric Gober

A fable with no morals . . .

About an angel with desires . . .

For the demon who torments him.

Will they both burn in hell?

Fade to Light

Nephy Hart

One of them has no past.

One has no future.  

Loss is inevitable, but when demons come calling, a soul is too high a price to pay.

Guardian

Eddy LeFey

A Guardian Angel’s whole being is controlled directly by God.

Callum trusts in that.

So when he meets his new human charge—a special college student named Rory—he doesn’t count on feeling attraction.

And he certainly doesn’t expect Rory to change his life… forever.

Drawing Dead

S. Zanne

Devin is a demon.

James is merely human.

But who holds the winning hand is still in question

A Wolf in the Fold

Jana Denardo

For centuries Carduus followed his incubus nature.

Joyfully seducing and draining the life force of his lovers.

That is, until the day he met Mark, a lover Carduus didn’t want to kill.

Before he knew it, Carduus found himself helping the detective by taking out criminals.

But can a demon really work for the side of the angels?

Dripping in Sin

Kassandra Lea

Finding an appropriate outfit to wear for an important date is never easy.

Not even for a demon

Flynn is trying but it’s a hard task…

Especially when encounters with his angel usually involve no clothing at all…

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4* and 5* Stories

A superb collection of relatively long short stories featuring either a demon or an angel, and in some cases both. As with all anthologies there is a mix of authors and writing styles. Several are beautifully written, but each story was a pleasure to read. All the tales feature a romance-based plot and each ends happily in my opinion. Some are humorous and made me chuckle, some have a heartbreaking storyline and brought tears to my eyes. I loved how each author built up the worlds their characters existed in and made their dilemmas highly plausible. In each case, I felt the anguish as the lovers strove to resolve their issues and worked to achieve a happy ever after.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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ARC Review ~ Make Me Soar by K.C. Wells

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Anyone who frequents Collars & Cuffs knows Dorian Forrester is built for pain, including Dorian himself. But everyone has it wrong. For six years, Dorian’s chased a feeling that remains tantalizingly out of his reach. Unteachable, Dorian can take anything and everything a Dom can throw at him. Still, it’s not enough. Dorian needs… something more. Something he won’t find at Collars & Cuffs.

Dorian’s search takes him out of the safe environment he’s known for years, out of his depth, and into a realm of deep, dark trouble.

Alan Marchant has been watching Dorian with interest for a while and knows there’s more to Dorian than his label of “pain slut” suggests. When Dorian disappears, Alan and his friend, Leo, set out to find him. But the disoriented young man discovered cowering in a hotel room is not the Dorian they know and love. That Dorian is shattered. It’s up to Alan to pick up the pieces and show Dorian there are better ways to fly.

They may be off on a new journey together, but their destination will rock them both to the core.

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five-stars

If there’s a book to turn people’s pre-conceived notion of BDSM and D/s relationships on its head then this one is an excellent place to start.

I’ve loved reading each book in the Collars and Cuffs series and following the progress of the different D/s relationships. The club owners, Leo and Thomas,  go up in my estimation with each story. They represent all that is safe and trustworthy in the scene.

Based on the title, Make Me Soar, I expected K.C. to delve into really weird kink in order for the main character to achieve his goal of reaching subspace and especially as he was known as a “pain slut”. K.C. wonderfully shows through Dorian and Alan’s relationship that it’s not all leather, whips, chains and ball gags.  Okay, so there’s leather, but still…

In the previous books in the series Dorian is portrayed as an unpopular sub, but in this story we discover his true nature and motives. Alan is perfect for him, and expertly handles Dorian, guiding him as his Dom and his lover in his own unique way. Their developing relationship and connection is beautifully shown though various scenes, sexual and otherwise. These two characters come across as genuine and believable, and the reader is taken on a heartfelt journey as the two men get to know each other and realize what is important to them. They each confront tragic events from the past and together they overcome all the emotional and negative baggage. The scenes in the Collars and Cuff club are superbly written and were perfect for the story and the characters.

 I enjoyed all the other stories, but I think this one has become my favourite. Highly recommended reading. I loved it.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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Release date: 22nd June 2015

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Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C. WELLS always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way. K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, when the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative.
An even bigger discovery waited in the wings—writing about men in love was even hotter….
K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career. The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.
And as for those men in love that she writes about? The list of stories just waiting to be written is getting longer… and longer….
K.C. loves to hear from readers.

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New Release ~ Dancing Days by Clare London

Dancing Days by Clare London

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Pages: 60

Published: June 2, 2015

Details: A story from the DSP 2015 Daily Dose package 

 “Never Too Late

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The day Glen Carson loses his wallet is the day that changes his life. The wallet is returned by Aston Walsh, a man he hasn’t seen for twenty years. He and Aston had a passionate and intense romance when they were in their late twenties, and Glen thought their love would last forever. But his dreams were horribly shattered by a shocking confession from Aston, and they parted for good—or so Glen assumed. Now, two decades later, they’ve lived many years apart, created new histories, and built successful lives. Yet the spark between them is still there. Aston wants a second chance with Glen, but Glen is more cautious this time around. He has to decide if Aston’s regret is genuine, and if surrendering his heart to Aston again is worth the risk.

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five-stars

This wonderful feel-good novella shows it’s never too late for a second chance at love. It made a refreshing change to read a story with characters of an older age (40/50), albeit still attractive men. I liked that their bodies showed the ravages of time and age, including in the bedroom, plus their hobbies and interests have also moved on and matured.

My heart went out to Glen as his past feelings were dredged up again after a gap of twenty years in this powerful tale of love and trust. His heart had been broken once and he is understandably reluctant to risk renewing his connection with his past lover. Their backstory is blended artfully into the narrative. I loved how the two men get to know each other as friends first after meeting again by chance. I could understand Glen’s hesitation over giving their relationship another go and this conflict seemed realistic and not forced.

Overall, a superb and well-written story, packed with emotion and depth. The British setting and Clare’s delightful humour only adds to the appeal of the story for me. The resolution is slightly corny, but suits the plot, the characters and their experiences.

Highly recommended.

**Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave, female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
All the details and free fiction are available at her website.

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