Friday, March 5, 2021

A Discovery of Secrets and Fate by Sawyer Bennett Blog Tour

A Discovery of Secrets and Fate Available Now.

Life as I knew it ended the day I accepted my fate.

In its place is an existence even the wildest imagination could never fathom. Strange creatures walk among us, plotting our demise, and I’ve come to find that the fate of our world rests squarely on my shoulders. We’re all in danger and I’m trying to figure out how to make it through each day.

The key to my survival is a man I can’t figure out. As dangerous as the darkest fae, I have no choice but to work with him to stop the prophecy that’s foretold to be the ruination of mankind.

Carrick Byrne continues to be my only source of information, but he doles it out as he sees fit. He intrigues and scares me in equal measure, yet I can’t help but be attracted to him. And the more I discover about him, the more it becomes clear he feels the same.

As we travel to Faere in search of answers, we find that every piece of information leads to more questions, that every question leads to a new piece of the puzzle, and that, most importantly, no one can be trusted.

The more secrets we uncover, one thing is certain— if we have any chance of saving the world, we have to do it together.

A Discovery of Secrets and Fate is book two of the Chronicles of the Stone Veil series and is best enjoyed if read in series order.

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“You’re not the type of woman who could ever be owned, Finley.”

 

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Paranormal

You have to read book one in the series to understand what’s happening. And while book one wasn’t my favorite, I am SO glad that I read book two.

Finley and Carrick now have to figure out how to solve their questions from book one. Finley will face unrelenting challenges and Carrick will show more of himself.

I am so happy that in book two, you get to travel to another realm and see how others live.

Finley continues on her path, still blind as to what is expected of her, but not so blind as to want to run away again.

This has a much faster pace than book one and I couldn’t put it down. When I got to the end, I wanted to both curse and cheer for Bennett. You won’t be disappointed, and I hope that book three is just as exciting as book two.

 

 

Author Bio



New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author SAWYER BENNETT uses real life experience to create relatable stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From contemporary romance, fantasy romance, and both women’s and general fiction, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

A former trial lawyer from North Carolina, when she is not bringing fiction to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to her very adorable daughter, as well as full-time servant to her wonderfully naughty dogs..

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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200 Ebooks Giveaway. Enter to win an ebook copy of The Revelation of Light and Dark.

Sawyer is celebrating the release of A Discovery of Secrets and Fate with a MASSIVE GIVEAWAY! She’s giving away 200 e-book copies of The Revelation of Light and Dark, book 1 in the Chronicles of the Stone Veil!
Click HERE to visit the giveaway page on her website to enter.

 

 

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Sweetheart by Sarah Mayberry Blog Tour

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I just wanted to get my hands on his beans.

Four years ago, I had a ridiculous crush on my sister's boyfriend. But when they moved away together, I put Beck out of my mind and my heart. But now he's back, and roasting the best coffee in Vermont. I need to convince him to supply the Busy Bean. And I need more of those kisses we accidentally shared outside the coffee shop. He still makes my heart race faster than a triple shot of espresso.

She should be off limits, but instead she's pushing mine.

Her sister burned my life to the ground, so Haley Elliot is the last woman I should bring into my bed. Although our business relationship is giving way to something more than a fine grind. Neither of us can help ourselves. And what’s worse, I think I’m falling for her.

But it’s a small town, and ours is a big secret. And when her sister blows back into town, suddenly the coffee isn’t the only thing brewing...

Sweetheart is a stand-alone romance in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North.

Content note: this fun and sexy romance contains a secondary character with mental health challenges. While that story is merely a small part of the book, we mention it out of an abundance of caution.

 

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You know that thing where the rational part of your brain decides on a sensible course of action and commits to it, but then the murky, primal, unsupportive part of your brain refuses to get on board? The Germans probably have a name for it, something hard to pronounce with lots of umlauts. All I had was a feeling, and it hit me on a regular basis over the next couple of weeks whenever Beck set foot in the Busy Bean.

Every time I saw him propped in the kitchen doorway sharing a laugh with Zara, I felt it. When I realised Roddy had started using Beck as a taste tester for recipes he was developing, even though they barely knew each other, I got a big, hard dose of it. And the day I left the cafe to find Beck and his dog playing with Audrey and her two kids down by the river bank, I was awash with it.

If I had to parse this feeling into its component parts, it would be made up of nine-tenths envy and one-tenth wistfulness. With a sprinkle of sexual jealousy thrown in, just for kicks and giggles.

Because I wanted Beck to laugh with me the way he laughed with Zara. I wanted us to have the kind of relationship where I could run ideas past him, the kind of friendship where I could come upon him and his dog down by the river and feel free to hang out with them.

I was fully aware that this stupid, stubborn longing I was experiencing was at complete odds with my decision to respect his obvious desire to have as little to do with me as possible, but no matter how many times I told myself I didn't care, the lump of concrete in the pit of my stomach said otherwise.

The problem was that Beck was just one of those people that other people wanted to be around. He'd always been that way, hence the fact that my sister had wanted him, and the fact that I'd developed my ridiculous, hopeless-cause crush on him in the first place.

He had a natural ease and charm that made people smile, even if they were having a shitty day. He gave good banter, and he knew how to tease people in a gentle, utterly harmless way that made them feel like they were special because he'd noticed them. And he was curious about people, asking lots of questions and genuinely listening to their answers.

It probably didn't hurt that he was extensively easy on the eyes, either.

All of this worked together to make him a warm, real presence that people wanted to get closer to, like campers gathering around a fire at night.

I witnessed the power of his charisma over and over, in the way Audrey stood a half-foot closer to him than she did to other people, even though she was madly in love with her husband Griff, and in the way Roderick launched into an amusing anecdote whenever Beck arrived with his delivery, as though he'd been waiting to share the story with him. Even snarky, cynical Zara wasn't immune, spending extra minutes chatting to him on the phone when she called through our bi-weekly order, her laughter ringing through the cafe.

Everybody loved Beck, and Beck loved everybody – with the notable exception of me.

 

 

Reviews


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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the first book in a new series (although closely linked to the True North series), and I am definitely hooked. A book which centres around a coffee shop, a boutique coffee bean production business, and beautiful hand-made leather boots really makes for some fascinating side stories.

Haley discovers that her sister's ex is back in town. Beck was her first huge crush, and she is delighted and distressed that he is back in town. What you have to know is that her sister, Jess, is a model based in New York City, who as a teenager tried to end her life, and she has been the worry of her parents since then, and to an extent before. Haley has been the invisible sister, always supporting Jess where she can, and her parents, who seem to feel incredible guilt and run to Jess whenever she sounds in trouble. This is dealt with very carefully, and I think that Haley and Beck's romance comes out the other end well, but it is quite a significant element of the story, which might impact on a reader who has been through the issues.

There is a lot to enjoy in the story. I was very happy that Beck could separate the difficult times he has had with Jess, and acknowledge that Evie was her own person and really had nothing to do with his past experiences. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment – and will enjoy a good coffee whilst I am reading, oh to have one of those pastries!!

 

 

Suddenly I didn’t know where to look. I wanted to look everywhere but my mother raised me better than that.

 

Author Bio

SARAH MAYBERRY is the award winning, bestselling author of more than 40 books. She has always known she wanted to be an author, picking up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers. She has a Bachelor of Arts in writing, and worked in magazines and television before getting her first book published in 2004.

She lives by the bay in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and a small, black dog called Max. She loves reading, cooking, shopping for shoes, sewing and avoiding gardening.

When she’s not writing romance, Sarah works as a script writer and story consultant in the television and film industry. She has written over 100 hours of network television, and is co-creator of teen drama series Karaoke High. She is currently developing a TV series and a feature film screenplay.

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Hot coffee isn’t the only thing brewing around here.

 

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

To Catch a Dream by Audrey Carlan Blog Tour

For as long as I can remember, I only ever dreamt of one thing… Finding someone to love that loved me enough to stay.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the worldwide phenomenon Calendar Girl series brings readers a poignant and honest look at life’s most complicated relationships.

When their mother passed away, Evie Ross and her sister were each given a stack of letters, one to be opened every year on their birthday; letters their free-spirited mother hoped would inspire and guide them through adulthood. But although Evie has made a successful career, her desire for the stability and security she never had from her parents has meant she’s never experienced the best life has to offer. But the discovery of more letters hidden in a safe-deposit box points to secrets her mother held close, and possibly a new way for Evie to think about her family, her heart and her dreams.

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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order. I loved that we got Evie's story, as Suda Kaye starred in book one and her viewpoints were very different.

As Evie finally has her sister home, she is feeling that life is a little more settled. Then her all-time crush, Milo, suddenly starts paying her attention and really, she does not know what to do with it. It is disconcerting, and as everyone always leaves her, she is not really ready to believe that this could be real, or permanent.

It was great fun to catch up with everyone from the first book, and to see a settled, married, successful-business owning Suda Kaye. That she got to double date with her sister and encourage her to enjoy Milo's attention is a bonus, but it also brings up a lot of Evie's issues with being abandoned. They both need to find each other again, and for Evie, she finds that she needs to return to her grandfather's and regroup. I found it very moving that she has to work through so many issues that she has just ploughed through for years.

Milo was described with great care in What the Heart Wants, so we know the basics – and of Evie's unrequited love for him. This time we get her more sensual descriptions of his silky black hair, his looks, his body, and we also learn about his past, his heart, and his ex-wife. He is a strong character, but not overbearing – which works well with Evie's nature, and gives us a sigh of relief that he is going to be strong for her, but not too strong for her.

The story takes a very interesting turn towards the end, and whilst I guessed it in part, it definitely means that the next book will be very interesting indeed!

 

 

Author Bio



AUDREY CARLAN is a #1 New York Times and International bestselling author. Her titles have appeared on USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Audrey writes wicked hot love stories that have been translated in over thirty different languages across the globe. She is best known for the world-wide bestselling series Calendar Girl and Trinity.

She lives in the California Valley where she enjoys her two children and the love of her life. When she's not writing, you can find her teaching yoga, sipping wine with her "soul sisters," or with her nose stuck in a steamy romance novel.


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Friday, February 26, 2021

The Knockout Rule by Kelly Siskind Blog Tour

The Knockout Rule by Kelly Siskind Blog Tour. Love hits when you least expect it…

Siskind’s latest slow-burn romance is stay-up-all-night addictive and proves love hits when you least expect it…

Growing up with an adoring father for a boxing legend isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It looks more like hospital visits, bloody noses, and cracked ribs.

Isla Slade now works as a physiotherapist, helping athletes heal their bodies. Except for boxers. She has no interest in reliving the stress of her teen years. Dating someone in the boxing world? She’d rather snort wasabi powder.

Until she meets Preston Church.

Preston manages heavyweight boxing darling Brick Kramarov. A brute who’s built tougher than his name, with a cocky attitude to boot. She wants nothing to do with either man, but her father begs her to help them prepare for a huge Vegas fight.

She doesn’t expect Preston to recite romantic poems and slowly break her resolve. His fascinating mind gets under her skin, even if his star athlete reminds her how much she hates boxing.

Too bad it’s Brick coaching Preston how to woo Isla, falling for her from the sidelines. Once she finds out, she’ll have to decide if she can risk loving another man who puts it all on the line for the knockout.

Each book in the Showmen series is STANDALONE.

 

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“Don’t let the resistance pull your arms forward at the top,” Isla told him. “Keep your hands in line with your ears.”

He repeated the movement, noting her suggestions, sweat gathering along his neck. “Like this?”

“Exactly. Take it slow.”

She crouched next to him, the closest they’d been all session, and his stomach swooped. Fucking swooped, like he was a love-struck teen. The sensation divided his focus, part of it staying on the rope in his hands, a fraction diverting to her proximity, another locked on his reacting body. She shifted positions slightly, seemed to hesitate, then she placed her hand on his back.

Forget divided. All his attention zeroed in on that one spot. Isla. Hand. Hot. So much heat concentrating where she touched. He leaned back a bit, couldn’t control his body’s urge to ask for more. More contact, more Isla.

Her fingers spread wider. “Don’t overarch your back,” she said, her voice lower, breathy. “Sit straighter.”

He paused with the triceps rope at his chin, fixed his posture and turned his head, bringing them almost nose to nose. “Like this?”

Her gaze dropped to his lips. His thighs flexed.

“Yeah,” she murmured. “Like that.”

The moment lingered, sexual tension vibrating between them so thoroughly he was surprised the walls didn’t shake. And he was pissed. Angry at their circumstances. Upset for Isla and all she’d dealt with in her life. Mad that the easy friendship they’d developed had devolved in a matter of hours to broken sentences and awkward glances. None of it was okay.

Determined to salvage something from this mess, he worked through his next rep with slow precision, keeping his back straighter, his arms at the correct angle. At the end of the rep, he said, “What do you call spending the afternoon with a cranky rabbit?”

Isla made a startled sound, a muffled kind-of-laugh. From the corner of his eye, he caught the hint of a smile. “I don’t know,” she said.

“A bad hare day.”

Her tentative smile grew. “Have I told you your humor hovers at a grade-one level?”

“Have I told you that you have no sense of humor?”

“I wouldn’t know. I usually tune you out.”

He chuckled at that, turned his head toward her, bringing their lips dangerously close again. Her hand was still on his back, maintaining his posture. Her thumb moved, a small stroke he felt everywhere. They breathed deeply at the same time, their chests expanding like their hearts were reaching toward each other.

Then they got back to work. Less awkward this time. They talked more easily. Joked occasionally. Everything out of Isla’s mouth sounded like foreplay to him: move slower, hold that position, yeah like that. But he somehow found his focus, stayed attuned to his body’s needs and pains, assessing when muscle fatigue meant a break was due. Neither of them crossed the invisible line they’d drawn. They were once again patient and physiotherapist, no different than during their early sessions. But everything was different.

 

 

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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the fourth book in the series, but I must admit the first I have read. I will be going back and catching up, as I really enjoyed this story.

Much like Isla, I am not a great fan of boxing, but this book does a really good job of avoiding any violent action, and dealing instead with the training, the world around it, and the impact it has on the boxers and their families.

The idea of a super clever man taking on the role of breadwinner for his family by boxing, when he would prefer to spend his time studying and reading poetry, is intriguing. Eric is clearly a gorgeous man too, and Isla finds it almost impossible to resist the chemistry. Watching them deal with their romantic feelings, alongside the problem of his unpopular career choice, is a lesson in patience – and reminds us how worthwhile a delay can be at times...

It could so easily have had a very different outcome, but I felt this was far more powerful. I would have loved more time in the couple's presence as they went forward in their work and relationship, because I enjoyed the poetry, the passion, and the pup!

I most definitely recommend this as a really good read. It takes an unusual route to a perfect ending.

 

 

Author Bio



A small-town girl at heart, KELLY SISKIND moved from the city to enjoy the charm of northern Ontario. When she’s not out hiking with her husband or home devouring books, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

Her novels have been published internationally.


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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Waiting for a Scot Like You by Eva Leigh

Is there a future for an adventure-loving lady and a duty-bound soldier, or will their differences tear them apart? Waiting for a Scot Like You by Eva Leigh.

Eva Leigh concludes her Breakfast Club and 80s movie-inspired Regency series with a merry widow and a stoic major on a bumpy road to love...

Adjusting to life in peacetime isn’t easy for Major Duncan McCameron. Escorting a lady on her journey north seems like the perfect chance to give him some much-needed purpose. That is, until he learns the woman in question is the beautiful, bold, reckless Lady Farris. She makes his head spin and being alone together will surely end in disaster.

Beatrice, the Dowager Countess of Farris, is finally free of a stifling marriage and she has no plans to shackle herself to any other man. Ready to live life to the fullest, she’s headed to a week-long bacchanal and the journey should be half the fun. Except she’s confined to a carriage with a young, rule-abiding, irritatingly handsome Scottish soldier who wouldn’t know a good time if it landed in his lap. But maybe a madcap escapade will loosen him up...

Between carriage crashes, secret barn dances, robbers, and an inn with only one bed, their initial tension dissolves into a passion that neither expected. But is there a future for an adventure-loving lady and a duty-bound soldier, or will their differences tear them apart?

 

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Erica☆☆☆☆
Waiting for a Scot Like You is the third installment of the Union of Rakes series. As I had not read the previous titles, I can attest to the fact that the novel can easily be read as a standalone, with little to no confusion. However, I do wish to go back and read those two books at a later date.

Now a widower, Beatrice is a mature woman, married for twenty years of her life, with older children. Not only is Beatrice a mature woman, she is mature emotionally and intellectually, which is a pleasant change of pace from the genre norm of silly and vapid, young misses going to balls and galas to catch a husband. Not only is Beatrice a mature woman, she gains the attention of a younger man, something also out of the norm of the genre. I appreciated this dynamic, emotionally connecting to Beatrice.

Suddenly free to live life on her terms, Beatrice sheds the chains of social norms, determined to find joy and pleasure and excitement, wishing a lively existence after escaping an oppressive marriage. Widows have more rights than an ordinary woman, affording Beatrice the opportunity to do as she pleases.

A stubborn Scot, Duncan is struggling to find his footing when not fighting a war. Personalities polar opposites now, Beatrice encourages Duncan to shed his version of chains tying him down from truly experiencing all life has to offer. It's a balance between the budding romantic pair, but also a balance of who they used to be and who they wish to become.

A road trip, with mishaps along the way, forcing Beatrice and Duncan into close quarters. Sometimes silly, sometimes emotional, sometimes romantic. Themes referencing iconic 1980s comedies, from Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Footloose to add comedic value.

Waiting for a Scot Like You was a fun escape, especially if not taken too seriously, while also hammering home the point that just because you're in your midlife doesn't mean life has ended, doesn't mean you can't find love and joy in all life has to offer. Doesn't mean all happily ever afters end with marriage and a baby between a girl of twenty and a grown man in his thirties or forties. Sometimes it's a woman in her late forties, just as deserving of a happily ever after a second time around.

 

 

Author Bio

EVA LEIGH is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of determined women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband, author Nico Rosso, live in Central California.

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Keeping Casey by Amy Aislin Release Blitz

Keeping Casey by Amy Aislin Release Blitz

Casey Preston is the guy with the plan. The list-maker. The one who micromanages his own life.

Spontaneously offering to be his best friend’s fake boyfriend to get Ethan’s annoying team captain off his back?

That’s not thinking things through. It’s not even smart given Casey’s been fighting his feelings for Ethan for years.

Ethan Rain just wants to play hockey and get his college degree. Adding a fake boyfriend to the mix? He doesn’t need that complication.

If Casey were his real boyfriend, though? If he got to keep Casey forever? Now we’re talking.

But what if Casey doesn’t want to be kept?

 

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Ethan must’ve made a sound. Casey’s head swung in his direction, gaze examining him head to toe in what had become standard for Casey ever since his dad died—checking Ethan over for injuries after practice.

Apparently satisfied, he smiled wide, making Ethan’s stomach tumble, and said, “Hey. I have things for you.”

“So you said.” Dropping his gear bag and backpack next to the door, Ethan moved Casey’s backpack off his desk chair and sat, discreetly rubbing a wrist while Casey wasn’t looking. Wrapping them for practices and games helped, but they were always sensitive afterward, no matter what. He rubbed the other wrist while Casey’s back was turned.

A rustle drew his attention to Casey. There was a pile of... stuff on Casey’s bed. Brochures, flyers, buttons, business cards, even a GH pennant. Two piles, actually. He picked up the second, smaller one and handed it to Ethan. “Thought you might be interested in these.”

Ethan dropped them on the desk and sorted through them. “I don’t really have time for clu— Oh, hey! Cross-Stitch Fun-Stitch?”

“Closest I could find to needle felting.”

“Speaking of.” Digging into the outer pocket of his bag, Ethan came out with a squat, felt owl only a couple of inches tall and as round as a bowling ball. He tossed the white-and-gray bundle to Casey. “Forgot to give this to you earlier.”

“Another hootie for my collection?” Casey placed it on the windowsill where a dozen other little felt owls sat in a row. Ethan had been making them for Casey since he’d started needle felting in high school, and he knew there were probably three dozen more in Casey’s bedroom back home. “I’ve got something else for you too.” From the other pile on the bed, Casey fished out a button and leaned over Ethan to affix it to his T-shirt, over his heart.

Ethan stilled, worried he’d pull Casey onto his lap to nuzzle his neck if he so much as twitched a finger. At the end of the day like this, Casey didn’t smell like anything excerpt something uniquely him and, very faintly, of shampoo. This close, the olive green in Casey’s hazel eyes was more pronounced and Ethan had to resist the pull to poke at the tiny beauty mark on his chin.

“There.” Casey stood back with a grin.

Ethan read the button upside down. I dig you. “Let me guess,” he said with a chuckle. “You joined the Archeology Club.”

“And the Hiking Club. Signed you up for it too.”

“Case—”

“I know you don’t have a lot of free time, but I figured there might be a few outings you could attend. Like, the first event is on a Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks from now. You can come then, right?”

Sundays were free of hockey practice and games, so unless Ethan was traveling back from an away game with his team, he had Sundays off. “Yeah, probably.”

“Cool. I’ll RSVP us.”

Ethan played with his button, the metal making a click-click sound as Casey moved the rest of his stuff off the bed and onto the coffee table. I dig you. It was simply one friend giving it to another. Ethan shouldn’t read anything further into it, even if he desperately wished Casey meant something else.

There were other buttons that Casey had gotten for him too and Ethan parsed through them on the desk.

Keep your ion the prize. He chuckled. Casey must’ve stopped by the chemistry club to pick these up for him.

There was also Make like a proton and stay positive, Chemists in a lab are in their element, I like to hear chemistry puns, periodically, and Forget hydrogen, you’re my number one element.

The last one he pinned to Casey’s backpack.

 

 

Everything felt chaotic and out of control. As though one wrong move would send his whole world tumbling. He could risk a tumbling world for Ethan, right?

 

Reviews


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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the first book in a new series, but any Aislin fan will find some old friends popping up from the Stick Side series, and there is even mention of Lighthouse Bay... I really enjoy such references, it makes me feel like I'm at a family event and catching up on latest happenings!

Casey and Ethan have been best friends forever, and have a common bond as each lost a parent in a construction site accident. I found that rather weird, but whilst it has to some extent shaped their views, particularly Casey, who does not want to love anyone in case they leave him. We see almost immediately that his love for Ethan knows no limits, and yet he hasn't acknowledged the issue. The way that they do finally come to terms with how they both really feel is beautifully written. It is gentle, loving, and passionate.

As well as navigating college as older (but still under 21) new students, these two men give us two very different experiences, and yet are almost always together. Ethan is playing hockey, but silently suffering with a chronic illness. He stands up to the homophobic captain, and yet cannot face telling anyone that he is sick. It is an interesting facet to Ethan's character. As a lecturer who is no fan of group work assignments, I loved that element of Casey's story, and I could predict exactly where that was going!

There are lots of fun elements to this book. and I am really looking forward to the next one!

 

 

Two best friends. One fake boyfriend arrangement. Nothing could possibly go wrong.

 

Author Bio



AMY AISLIN has lived with her head in the clouds since she first picked up a book as a child, and being fluent in two languages means she's read a lot of books! She first picked up a pen on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class had to stay inside for recess. Tales of treasure hunts with her classmates eventually morphed into love stories between men, and she's been writing ever since. She writes evenings and weekends—or whenever she isn't at her full-time day job saving the planet at Canada's largest environmental non-profit.

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Giveaway


 

He belonged to Casey – completely, wholeheartedly – and he never wanted that to change.

 

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Keeping Casey (Keeping Him #1) by Amy Aislin to read and review for this tour.