Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Knowing Me, Knowing You by Renae Kaye


Can friends turned occasional lovers move beyond past mistakes and wrong assumptions to build something that can last?

Quiet bookworm Shane has a big secret—one he’s kept for fifteen years. AFL superstar Ambrose Jakoby grew up next door to Shane. They were close friends, and Shane supported Ambrose through school.

One night, everything changed.

Before Ambrose left Perth as a scared eighteen-year-old to head to Melbourne and take up his new footy career, Ambrose and Shane slept together.

For the next nine years, they continued a secret friends-with-benefits situation whenever Ambrose was in town. Shane never knew exactly where he stood or how to define Ambrose’s sexuality—and Ambrose didn’t know either. Then last Christmas, everything changed again, and a disagreement strained their friendship. Shane vowed to get over his unrequited love.

But Ambrose is back, recovering from an injury and hoping to make amends. He claims he’s ready for a real relationship. But Shane has to decide whether Ambrose means it and whether his Hufflepuff soul can take the chance.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Veronica☆☆☆☆
The story is told entirely from Shane’s point of view and it is clear that Shane doesn’t have a particularly positive self-image. He thinks is he is plain, average, and invisible to others. Shane doesn’t tell his friends that one of the biggest stars in AFL is his childhood best friend and part-time lover because he doesn’t think anyone would believe him. The last time Ambrose returned home to Perth to see Shane, Shane put an end to their physical relationship. But when Ambrose is injured and returns home to recover, the two men are back in each other’s lives.

Before we met Ambrose, I had a little bit of an opinion about what kind of guy he might be and that maybe he was taking advantage of Shane. However, as soon as we met Ambrose I knew my initial impressions were wrong. There is so much more to Ambrose than just the big footy star and he is a really sweet and loving guy. Shane and Ambrose just need to work things out and get on the same page.

I loved so many things about this book. I loved each of the men probably because I could see a bit of myself in each of them. I’m a bookworm like Shane and a lover of footy like Ambrose. I loved watching two such good men work out their feelings for each other and get to a good place. I also loved Shane’s friends and the relationship he has with them and their Sunday tradition of BBQs and football. And most of all, I loved being reminded that actions speak louder than words.

Knowing Me, Knowing You made the romantic in me very happy. I smile just thinking about this story. Renae Kaye is a new-to-me author and I had not read the previous books in this series. The only reason I picked up this book was because I’m a massive footy fan – Go Tigers! I am definitely going to take the time to go back and read this series right from the beginning, but for readers out there, Knowing Me, Knowing You can be read as a standalone and I highly recommend it. It is a wonderful romance.



RENAE KAYE is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back. She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since. After years—and thousands of stories!—of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do what she wanted. It hasn’t stopped her, though. She believes that maybe one day the world will create a perfect couple—and it will be the most boring story ever. So until then, she is stuck with quirky, snarky, and imperfect characters who just want their story told.

Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia, and writes in five-minute snatches between the demands of two kids, a forbearing husband, too many pets, too much housework, and her beloved veggie garden. She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything.

Her first novel, Loving Jay, was voted the Best Book Debut 2014 by the member’s choice awards in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Knowing Me, Knowing You (Loving You #4) by Renae Kaye to read and review.

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