#BlogTour #Review Remember by Shervin Jamali @ShervinJamali @CarolineBookBit

Title: Remember by Shervin Jamali

Date Published: 1st July 2018

Genre: Romance, Novella

Description:

As Daniel watches the life ebb from her body, he wishes they’d had more time and knew each other when they were young. His wife surprises him by insisting that they did.
And then she’s gone.

Daniel knows this can’t be true. Can it? They only met later in life, so why would Grace’s departing words hint at a shared youth? Haunted by this notion, Daniel journeys into the past to discover the truth.

Remember’ is a unique love story with a dark twist. Find out how it really began…

Remember’ is dedicated to the brilliant Scottish author Brendan Gisby and his late wife, Alison. Here’s what Brendan Gisby says: “Well, you bugger, ‘Remember’ made me cry. The one word I’ll use to describe it is: Magnificent!”

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Review:

I want to thank Caroline at Bitsaboutbooks for inviting me and this blog tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Daniel and Grace met late in life, which makes it all the more sad when Grace is diagnosed with an incurable cancer. On her deathbed Daniel wishes that they’d met when they were younger to which his wife claims that they did.

On a downward spiral, drinking again after so many years being sober, Daniel can’t stop thinking about Grace’s dying words. Had they met before and had he just blocked it out? Why can’t he remember? A chance meeting with a hypnotherapist takes Daniel on a journey he never expected.

So as many of you know romance is not a genre I usually read, because frankly I’m British and emotions make me uncomfortable, but this ended up being a really fascinating read.

While Remember is only short, it packs a hell of an emotional punch! But it’s not your usual hearts and flowers kind of story either, it’s a little dark in places, especially Daniel’s early childhood and his decent into alcoholism.

I will applaud Shervin Jamali for giving a realistic portrayal of the uphill battle of addicts trying to stay sober in a non-judgemental way.

Certain aspects of the story were a little unbelievable but the author wrote them in such a way that it made them seem believable.

I’m not going to say too much more because I feel this is the kind of book you have to experience for yourself and see what emotions it brings up within you.

Rating: 3/5

About The Author:

Shervin Jamali has been writing for as long as he can remember as he had so many storiesShervin Jamali Author Image “locked away” but it wasn’t until he completed the first draft of ‘The Devil’s Lieutenant’ (2016) that he decided to turn his writings into books. His books are the perfect outlet for his daytime job as an IT consultant and he looks forward to the day he will be a full-time writer.

After having lived in sunny Florida, Shervin Jamali now resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. In his spare time, Shervin likes to put together jigsaw puzzles whilst contemplating plots for his next book.

Social Media Links:

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Other books by Shervin Jamali:

The Devil’s Lieutenant: http://getbook.at/DevilsLieutenant
Escape from Hell http://getbook.at/EscapefromHell

Bedtime Book #Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell #YAFiction

Title: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Date Published: 10th September 2013

Genre: Young Adult

Description:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .

A love story about opening your heart by Rainbow Rowell, the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park.

Review:

You can read my previous Bedtime Book Review, The Chalk Man, here.

Cath is off to College, which would be alright if her twin sister Wren hadn’t decided to put as much space in between them as possible. Out of her comfort zone, sharing a room with a surly girl named Reagan who’s endlessly cheerful boyfriend Levi is always hanging around, Cath turns to her one obsession; writing fanfiction about her favourite characters Simon Snow and his arch nemisis Baz.

Okay I’m going to start by getting something off my chest, this book made me feel so old! Usually I don’t made a good bit of Young Adult fiction but I probably shouldn’t have read this a month before my birthday, a yearly reminder that my life is slipping away…

Okay, enough of the self pity! I adored Cath, she is awkward, shy, naive and prefers a fictional world to the real world, I mean who doesn’t? Also her mum left when she was young leaving her and her sister with her mentally ill dad (I believe he’s meant to be bipolar) who’s health is up and down. It shows that even though she had to take on the role of parent and carer and matures quickly, underneath she’s still that abandoned little girl who has trouble trusting anyone.

Most of the people around her I would have liked to have given a good slap to, her sister and her writing partner/self involved wannabe author Nick are two standouts. But then we have Levi, always smiling, always kind even though Cath tries her best to push him away.

Throughout the book, there’s little excepts of the ‘real’ Simon Snow books and Cath’s fanfiction which I found a nice little touch. Simon Snow seemed to be, to me anyway, inspired by the Harry Potter series with just a hint of Twilight in there. People reading Fangirl may have an issue with the fact Cath writes stories where Baz, Simon’s arch nemesis, and Simon falling in love. A straight girl writing gay fiction about two boys, I hear you cry, I urge you to check out fanfiction sites it’s quite a common occurrence.

I wouldn’t say there’s a whole lot of drama throughout most of the book and I did find the first half of it a little slow going but it ended up being such a sweet coming of age story I kind of forgot about most of the books faults. I’m actually quite shocked hasn’t been made into a movie!

I know Carry On, the fanfiction that Cath writes throughout the story has also been published as a book, I might have to pick it up.

Rating: 4/5About The Author:

Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline).

Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On.).

But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

#BlogTour #GuestPost Catching Love When It Falls by Deryn Pittar

Title: Catching Love When It Falls by Deryn Pittar

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 12th June 2018

Genre: Sci-fi, Romance

Description:

William and Belinda, both genetically altered, meet years after leaving the government-rearing nursery. Their late development allowed them to escape a life devoted to the government’s defence departments. If their skills are now discovered they will be conscripted and never be free again.

William’s talent is to move through space between locations in the blink of an eye. Belinda can lift objects of great weight with her mind. Their relationship creates a raft of problems both struggle to overcome.

‘Catching Love When it Falls’ explores an alternative reality and discovers the one thing neither Belinda nor William can control – love. 

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I developed William from the premise that I needed a character who could disappear from one location and reappear in another in the blink of an eye. To ‘jump’ as William puts it. It was an integral part of the plot I had running around in my head. What genes would he need to do this? I had no idea and decided it wasn’t my problem to identify his gene pool. If he had been given a cocktail of genes while he was an egg in a petri-dish then who knows why he could do it. He simply accepts that he can; a bit like being born with red hair, or an extra toe – it is what it is. The prologue portrays an incident when he first discovers he has this talent.

Once I’d accepted I didn’t have to explain why then William came to life very quickly. He needed an occupation that would keep him away from the Defense Department’s notice so I put him indoors, and decided he could be an IT specialist – a computer hacker. This meant he could then hack into the Defense files and track down other g-alters who had been adopted out.

There’s no fun in writing about poor, struggling heroes. They need a bit of cash to ease life along. Part of the rationale of this series is that the genetically altered children are adopted to financially secure, infertile couples, who by reason are a little older than most parents. In William’s case his adoptive parents are dead as the result of a car accident. Therefore he hates cars and as it’s in the future I gave cars a driverless option – but he still avoids using a car if he can possibly help it. Why bother when he can jump anywhere he wants to go? He’s mastered how to leave and arrive at locations without causing suspicion but you will have to read the books to learn how he does this.

He’s a kind fellow and a bit lonely. I had to find a lady for him, and I created Belinda.

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Catching Love When It Falls Is The First in the Future Movers series, and is being republished by Junction Publishing. Below are the release dates for the rest of the series:

Love’s Bright Star -19th June

Love’s Red Heart – 26th June

A Stellar Affair – 3rd July

Romancing the Memory Collector – 10th July

5 book box set – 7th August

THE FUTURE MOVERS SERIES

AUTHOR BIO – Deryn Pittar

I write futuristic and fantasy fiction, spiced with romance and adventure. This allows my imagination to run free, to create interesting characters caught in unusual circumstances and events. Sometimes I have the pleasure of watching science and technology catch up with my imagination.

I also write Young Adult, short stories and flash fiction; articles on writing and I am published in these genre. I self-published a children’s rhyming book and once won a prize for a short screen script.

I’m a published poet and I endeavour to put my poetry skills into my fiction writing to enhance the word pictures I create.

I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand which lives up to its name. I belong to the Romance Writers of N.Z., Tauranga Writers, and Spec.Fic.NZ (speculative fictionNZ).

Happy Release Day! Taste The Dark by Nicola Rose @_NicolaRose_ #BookReview #Vampires #SteamyFiction

Title: Taste The Dark by Nicola Rose.

Date Published: 30th April 2018

Genre: Vampire, supernatural, steamy.

Description:

One reckless girl and two vampire brothers – battling forces of love over lust, and light over dark…

Jess

I killed my parents. I didn’t mean to, I don’t think. I can’t really remember.

I can’t remember much from the years that followed either, other than an endless stream of bad decisions, generally involving alcohol, drugs and bad boys. My new job in a new town signified a turning point – time to sort myself out.

What I hadn’t anticipated was the 6ft package of brooding, inked-up perfection who started stalking me. And don’t even mention the equally hot brother crawling under my skin…

They radiate danger, it flows around them like a seductive spell; and danger is my favourite word.

Zac

I was doing a pretty good job at balancing on the fine line between light and dark, blurring the edges and living in the grey. But then dead vampires started piling up around me and the Bael gave me a ticking countdown to fix it.

Now she’s arrived. Four seconds – the moment I saw her – that’s how long it took to know that she’d simultaneously bring heaven and hell to my door. I don’t even know what she is, but I know I crave her.

Falling for a human girl has left me teetering on the verge of collapse. This could be just the ammo my brother needs to nudge me over the edge and into oblivion.

Taste the Dark is a full-length paranormal romance/urban fantasy, intended for adult audiences. Expect a lot of heat and a little darkness, because romance isn’t always sweet.

Book one in the Elwood Legacy series.
Review:

Jess is a messed up party girl, who travels to South Padre Island to escape her problems and be closer to her best friend Anna but runs into trouble when she comes across vampire Zac Elwood and his twin brother Alex. These tattooed bad boys are everything she is trying to avoid but she’s drawn to danger and can’t help herself.

I love vampires. I have since I discovered Buffy The Vampire Slayer at the age of twelve, but I don’t often read vampire fiction so when I spotted this book on Instagram I thought I’d give this book a read.

If you’re looking for a sweet supernatural romance, this not the book for you. It’s dark, twisted, violent and very steamy, I was actually a little shocked when I first started reading it!

There was not a dull moment in this book. It had thrill, spills and a hint of mystery and magic with a fresh take on steamy romance. Also the vampire in this story are real monsters, which I appreciate, not the slightly watered down version we’ve been getting over the past ten years or so.

Okay it’s going to get a lot of comparisons to other novels/TV series. There’s the love triangle from the Vampire Diaries and it’s got the dark, twisted overtones of True Blood (there’s even a little Twilight vampire trying to ignore the monster inside in there but I’m not going to dwell on that too much).

Nicola has created some really troubled characters who you really root for, like Zac who’s trying to fight the beast inside him or Jess the wild, suicidal, bad girl who wants to change her ways. Then there was some you’d like to give a good slap to, especially Alex, Zac’s twin brother.

I have to also point out here that this is a self published novel and I have to say it is so well written and edited, it could rival a book published by a traditional publisher.

I have to be honest I’m not a fan of bad boys and this book hasn’t really changed my opinion but it came awfully close to converting me to a bad boy lover.

Overall a must for fan of steamy romances and bad boys.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

nicolarose1bVampires, magic, and dark desires…

Nicola Rose is from the UK, where she lives with her husband and two boys. When she’s not writing or reading, she can probably be found walking in the countryside, faffing in Photoshop, and playing board games (with varying degrees of aggression).

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#Review The Stone Arch Secret by @kddowdall @shanannigans81

Title: The Stone Arch Secret by KD Dowdall

Genre: Mystery/ Thriller/ Romance

Publication Date:January 2018

Description:

Twenty-eight-year-old cultural anthropologist, Lilly Allaire, receives a phone call telling her that Dax is dead. The cause of death is unknown.

At the age of fourteen, best friends, Lilly and Dax, experience a traumatic incident. After the incident, Dax is institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital with total memory loss. For Dax, his memory loss is an act of self-preservation. Lilly still suffers a blocked memory of that day and has frequent nightmares.

Lilly decides to go back to Salmon Brook, her home town, to find out the truth about the mysterious incident that left Dax in a catatonic state. Lilly has a chance meeting with a former high school classmate, Noah Hawthorne.

Noah remembers Lilly as his high school secret crush and offers to help her. Together, they try to unravel the mysterious incident that plagues Lilly’s dreams and turns them into nightmares.

However, Noah has a secret of his own, a dangerous secret, that will put Lilly in harm’s way.

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Review:

Lilly Allaire returns to her home town after her best friend Dax dies. He’d been confined to a mental health hospital unable to speak as he and Lilly witnessed something terrible as teenagers but Lilly has no memory of this events.

After his death he leaves her a note, forcing her to confront her worst fears and revisit to Salmon Brook forest. On returning Lily meets former classmate Noah Hawthorne who offers to help her.

The story started off with plenty of mystery and intrigue, what had Lilly and Dax seen all those years ago and what was in Dax’s note? Unfortunately the villain (I won’t tell you who but they made my skin crawl) was revealed a little too early for my liking and the romantic elements of the story took over.

I liked the character of Noah, he’d gone from being an awkward skinny kid to a bit of a dish, and a sweetheart to boot. At times I got a little frustrated with Lilly though, she’s meant to be a smart anthropologist but she makes some dumb decisions!

There unfortunately was a few issues with the story. The dialogue seemed a little too formal and unnatural. There was a lot of repetition of the same phrases, Indian summer is the one that springs to mind. The timeline was also a little wonky in places and the story a bit rushed especially near the end.

Rating: 3/5

About the Author

K. D. Dowdall, PhD, MSN, RN was born in New England and spent her elementary-grade KD Dowdallschool years in Granby, Connecticut. She graduated from FAU with a master’s degree in Clinical Research Nursing and has a PhD in clinical nutrition. K. D. is also a lover of ballet, jazz, ballroom dance, contemporary dance, and has had her own dance studio.  She has written songs, poetry, short stories, and now several fiction novels; a children’s fantasy adventure story, a historical mystery/murder with a dash romance and a third fiction novel almost complete;  a mystery thriller with romance. All are standalone novels.  Her next book is a series.

Along the way, it was her good fortune to live in the Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and England. Each culture she experienced reinforced her belief that all cultures are rich in storytelling to explain their human hopes, dreams, struggles, and life experiences, often in magical fantasy presentations. K. D. still dances, loves swimming, scuba diving, and theatre.

https://karendowdall.com/

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#Review The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare @shanannigans81

Title: The Divinity Bureau by Tessa Clare

Publication Date: September 21, 2017

Genre: Romance/Sci-Fi/ Dystopian

Description:

The Hunger Games meets Romeo and Juliet in a stunning debut about a forbidden romance between a young activist and a government employee for a corrupt bureau that controls the population by deciding who lives and who dies.

Roman Irvine is a disgruntled IT Technician for the Divinity Bureau, a government agency that uses random selection to decide who lives and who dies. In a world where overpopulation has lead to pollution, a crippled economy, and a world in crisis, he’s accepted the bureau’s activities as a necessity… until he meets April McIntyre.

April has every reason to be suspicious of Roman. He works for the Divinity Bureau, which sent her father to an early grave. But he’s also sweet and loyal, and unbeknownst to her, he saved her life. As Roman and April fall deeper in love, the deeper they’re thrust into the politics of deciding who lives and who dies. Someone wants April dead. And the bureau’s process of random selection may not be so random after all…

Review:

The Bureau controls who lives and who dies in a world where overpopulation is a problem due to a technology called BIONs, which when put into your body renders you immortal. Roman has worked for The Divinity Bureau for two years in IT support, which although he doesn’t think it’s the best job he could get with his Master’s degree, it pays the bills. Until he meets April McIntyre, a feisty nineteen year old who’s name has ended up on the ‘election’ list for those who are scheduled to die, just a year after her politician father Henrik died. Roman removes her name but it is just the beginning of something far deeper…

Written in the first person, the chapter alternate between Roman and April’s perspectives. I found it quite a quick and easy read.

It is definitely romance with a bit of Sci-fi and dystopia on the side (I would have liked it a little heavier on the Sci-fi/dystopia but that’s just me). Roman is a very sweet and shy character which seems like the polar opposite of April who is headstrong and not afraid to say what she’s thinking. I did find April annoying and a little spoilt at times but she is meant to be as the super rich daughter of a politician but she grows throughout the story into someone a lot more likeable.

As for the story I would have liked to find out a little bit more about the interesting world/society that Tessa Clare invented. Also there was the potential for a lot more action/mystery which I felt wasn’t really capitalised on.

Unfortunately as the story progressed I felt there was quite a few plot holes/grammatical mistakes. There was also a fair bit of repetition and going over the same things again and again, like for instance the fact that Roman had a Master’s degree and wasn’t using it to it’s full potential was one that stood out.

Overall an easy read with plenty of aww moments, I think is perfect if you’re looking for a romance story with a twist.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

Tessa Clare is the author of The Divinity Bureau. When she’s not writing, she’s an Tessa Clareentrepreneur, an activist, a speaker, and the Managing Director of Asset Creative House.

Born in 1992, she started her early career as a concession stand attendant, a busgirl, a barista, a player’s club representative for a casino, and an administrative assistant. She also spent years working as a corporate manager, where the groundwork for Asset Creative House was inspired. The Divinity Bureau is Tessa’s debut novel about a forbidden love between a young activist and a government employee working for a corrupt bureau, set in a dystopian world.

Author links:

http://www.divinitybureau.com
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#BlogTour #Excerpt #Review Follow The Snowflakes by Angelina Kerner @shanannigans81 @KernerAngelina

Author Name:Angelina Kerner

Book Title:Follow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella

Date Published: December 15, 2017

Genre:Chick-lit, contemporary romance

Publisher:KDP Select

Synopsis:

At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.
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Excerpt:

Sunday

December 17th, 2017

Dear Diary,

When I eventually return to read my entries in my old age, I’ll always remember just how miserable I was in December of 2017. I should have had a diary when I was a teen; then it would have been funny to re-read what I went through back then. When I was in high school, I didn’t have many friends. In fact, my mother introduced me to a girl on the day of orientation. Here’s the story:

Mom parked her car, and we got out. She began looking for all the gathered students outside of the gymnasium. I knew no one at the high school and Mom knew that too. It was mainly because I finished middle school in a different district and at that moment, I was not happy about the move. I gazed at the students and my Mom. She had that glint in her eyes that said a plan was forming and I could do nothing to stop it. After a minute, she motioned me to follow her and I did, just like the good girl that I was. We walked up to two girls. One had long brown hair and was wearing a loose shirt and long skirt, while the other had short blonde hair, glasses and wore a tiger t-shirt with jeans. Mom told them how it would be nice for them to take little old me into their friendship. They said ‘sure,’ and she just left me there.

You see Diary? Nowthose are memories. Memories of dating an engaged guy at 28, is not as good as that one, huh?

If you’re wondering, I couldn’t really make friends with the long skirt. She and I were too different. She was very opinionated, and I couldn’t hold a conversation without being confused. The glasses girl and I stayed friends until the first year of college. We grew apart after she moved away. I did hear from her once. She congratulated me on my degree. It was random. She sounded happy, and she met her life partner. I was happy for her, but that conversation didn’t rekindle the friendship that lasted for five years.  

Now, I am off to work. Yes, I’m working today, although it’s a Sunday. There are branches open on Sundays; I am talking about the ones inside the grocery stores. My friend, Jessica, who’s a manager at one, called me to cover for her today because she has a cold. I couldn’t say no, so I need to go. Oh, and she told me to buy her crew breakfast! At least, we’re only open until 2 pm today.
Cat

PS: Buy those groceries TONIGHT, or you’ll be eating Chinese noodles, and not the take-out ones.

Review:

So the story opens with Cat finding out her perfect man turns out to be married to another woman. She doesn’t want to go to her parents alone so her best friend shows her a letter from a boy in her class who wants a new mum for Christmas and suggests she meets the dad and see how it goes. Cat is reluctant especially when she meets a handsome stranger after witnessing his car crash.

This is a short feel good Christmas story. The main character Cat is a very sweet and I really wanted her to find the man of her dreams.

Cat also has a few interesting traditions, like celebrating Yule or the winter solstice as it’s otherwise known, which is a Pagan holiday. I know I’m not a regular reader of Christmas stories but this is probably a little unusual but I found it quite fun.

I have to be honest, it could have done with a bit more editing (there’s a few typos in there). I found the diary excepts a little redundant as it was just pretty much repeating what had just happened in the chapter. Also there was a lot of telling the reader what was happening instead of describing the scene which made it feel a little rushed in places.

Overall a light and fluffy read perfect for getting you into the Christmas spirit.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and light-hearted romance. She’sAngelina Kerner the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

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#BookReview Who Loves You by @emiwhat

Title: Who Loves you by Emily Alter.

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance, LBGTQ

Synopsis:
For as long as Ben has been a YouTuber, and no matter how successful, he’s never been able to reveal the truth about his past, which seems to keep haunting him every time he tries to move on. His breakup with fellow YouTuber Owen Danniel, and the drama it ensues, don’t help make it better.

It’s because of an appointment with his primary doctor, and an unfortunate encounter, that his luck may start to change. His name is Julian Yates, he loves cheese, mushrooms, and puts anchovies in his sandwiches for reasons Ben can’t begin to fathom.

However, Julian has a history too, and things he wished stayed buried and didn’t crawl back to haunt him. Revenge porn, and his rather unfortunate response to the huge stir it brought about, don’t just go away. It doesn’t matter that he’s already moved to the other side of the country with his sister, or that his job as a hiking guide gave him the perfect excuse to go unnoticed.

When Julian fails to remember what can happen if he’s on camera for one of Ben’s vlogs, they’ll both have to face their biggest, sometimes most irrational fears. Will Ben be true to his word as a hopeless romantic and put Julian’s well-being above that of his channel, or will he give up on a relationship that’s barely started? What about Julian? Will he work on the unresolved issues that make him believe he’s only good for one thing, or will he clam up at the first sign of rejection?

(+80000 words. Contemporary romance. Steamy scenes. HEA.)

Review:

I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve never really read any LBGTQ novels before, another first for me this year, and I didn’t quite know what to expect.

The story revolves around Ben, a Youtuber who just broke up with his boyfriend (another Youtuber called Owen) when he meets Julian, who’s a bit of a mystery.

Ben is a sappy romantic at heart, even though his relationship with Owen crashed and burned. Then there’s Julian moved from New York to LA, has a mentally ill sister and a bit of a murky past.

This book had me saying aww, quite a lot, during it’s fairly short twenty one chapters.

But I have to be honest this book could have done with a little more fine tuning.  There’s a few typos but nothing that would spoil your enjoyment.

Ben’s sweet and all but I think I would have liked to have seen a little bit more from Julian’s point of view too, I just kind of found him a bit more interesting as a character.

Something else that slightly confused me as I was reading that the author kept referring to Ben’s friend, Claude as they. At first I thought it was a typo but I realised Claude actually had no gender, neither male nor female, so the ‘they’ made sense but I think it should have been explained sooner.

Overall a sweet romance with a very steamy ending!

Rating: 3/5
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