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EIGHT (Love by Numbers #6) by E S CARTER :: REVIEW

Standalone in a series, single Dad, second chance at love

SYNOPSIS
I’m sorry for your loss.
Why do people say that?
When someone you love is taken from you, when a part of you dies along with them, you haven’t lost them like you would your car keys or mobile phone. They aren’t stuck down the side of the sofa or left in the ignition of your car for you to find later. You haven’t absentmindedly put them somewhere and forgotten. You will never lose them because they live in you.
The soul crushing hurt that burns your lungs with every breath you take comes from knowing where they are and not being with them.
The ugly and real definition of grief is being left behind.
I’m sorry they left you.
I’m sorry you are alone.
I’m sorry it hurts to breathe.
Loss; it doesn’t even compare.
She was my first love.
She is my last love.
I am an empty husk who pretends to be filled with enough love for those of us she left behind.
Our little girl and newborn son need me.
I am both mother and father now.
I am hollow and empty.
I am a shell.
So why does the girl with the face of an angel and eyes that mirror my emptiness, look at me like I’m her everything?

EIGHT is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 Stars

“You’re not her.”
“No, I’m not her.”

There’s something so special about the Love by Numbers series by E S Carter. Whilst each book focuses primarily on a specific character, it is the extraordinarily beautiful family dynamic, at its core, which also captivates us. This, and the clever way in in which she dangles that little carrot about a ‘secondary‘ character in each book, teasing us into eagerly anticipating her next story as we follow each Fox-Williams man in his quest for love throughout Love by Numbers. We’ve followed Josh Fox-Williams through each book and after the unfolding events in One (Book #5), we knew Josh’s story was going to crush our hearts and so we had tissues at the ready and we’re glad we did, boy did we need them!

“We love you, Josh. We will take all your ugly and your pain and not judge you for any of it. We will not tell you your anger is unwarranted. We will not demand you to let it go. There is no cure for grief.”

In One, we glimpsed the heartbreaking moment Josh’s world came crumbling down around him, when Laura passed away, leaving behind a devastated husband, a bewildered sweet little girl, Ivy and a newborn baby boy, for Josh to nurture and tend to, whilst drowning in his own grief.

‘This house is saturated with her. She is everywhere, and yet, she is nowhere. Every morning when I wake up, she dies again.’

Whilst the Fox-Williams boys were all sporty and liked to put it about in their youth, Josh was the level headed slightly nerdy primary school teacher who married his first and only love, his high school sweetheart, Laura Miles. Josh was a deliriously happy husband, father and son and in Eight, that all comes crashing down as the reality and depth of his loss hits home. Josh’s grief was a tangible, living thing. It was bloody gut wrenching, leaving us a sobbing mess from the start. To witness this beautiful man grappling with his overwhelming grief and responsibilities was gut wrenching.

After shutting himself off emotionally, and allowing his brother Isaac to step up to the plate by taking on the responsibility of caring for Josh’s adorable children, while he sank further and further into despair, Josh one day realises he needs to make changes to bring himself back from the brink and decides to move to Ibiza, escaping to Nate’s (his brothers) villa with his children for a while to regroup.

“Life is complicated, ugly and often messy, but it’s also beautiful too.”

It is there he meets 25 year old Halle Richards,  a soulful, sweet and beautiful woman who is dealing with her own issues and whom Josh is initially quite hostile towards, but is attracted to nonetheless. Their relationship begins with a burning passionate night, to purely satisfy their base needs, yet buids to an emotional relationship between the two.

E S Carter stripped Josh’s emotions raw, revealing the anger, despair, conflict, turmoil, hate, sadness and confusion Josh was feeling. Every emotion was felt, every tear we could shed was shed. We felt Josh’s loss and love for Laura with every beat of our heart and because of this, we did find the relationship between Halle and Josh played out a little fast once it came to fruition, and would have preferred it to have been a more slow build and in the moment, considering the issues they were both dealing with.

“You deserve more. More than a broken man who is in love with a ghost.”

However, that being said, it did not detract at all from the intense emotional pull of this story, which was sweetly peppered with tender, funny moments courtesy of two absolutely gorgeously sweet children. If you adore books with children, you will fall head over heels in love with Eight. Little Ivy and baby Arthur (or Arrfffuur as Ivy calls him) are two of the sweetest, heart stealing little children you could imagine with E S Carter capturing their personalities beautifully. Passionate, poignant and real, Josh’s story will break you and heal you, and make you believe in second chances and love. Another fabulous book in this wonderful series! E S Carter, you’ve done it again!


THE LOVE BY NUMBERS SERIES by E.S. CARTER

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Available to purchase below
Nineteen Book One – our review  | amazon us  |  amazon uk 
Twenty One Book Two our review |  amazon us  |  amazon uk 
Three Book Three – our review  | amazon us |   amazon uk 
Thirteen Book Four –  our review  | amazon us  |  amazon uk
One Book Five – our review | amazon us | amazon uk
Eight Book Six our review |  amazon us | amazon uk

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SUGAR & GOLD (Dreamcatcher #2) by EMMA SCOTT :: REVIEW


SUGAR & GOLD – 5 STAR READ

Standalone emotional new adult romance with shades of the paranormal 

SYNOPSIS

Nikolai Alexei Young was born with a special gift…one he’d do anything to lose. The heart and soul of every person he comes into contact with is an open book to his heightened senses. Colorful emotions, whispers of thoughts, the sour tastes of old memories…He feels them all. The sci-fi books would call him an empath. For Nikolai, his ability has made him an exile. He roams the U.S. alone, avoiding the glut of life in big cities, and using his innate talents to win money in underground poker games. Just enough to keep going, one town to the next. He has no hope that his life can be anything else, until he meets her…

At nineteen, Fiona Starling was trapped in an ugly, desperate situation until she freed herself the only way she knew how. Now three years later, living outside Savannah, Georgia, she is rebuilding her life on her own terms; seizing every moment and saving every penny so that she might fulfill her dream of moving to the raw wilderness of Costa Rica. But behind her carefree smile beats the heart of a lonely young woman haunted by her past, until a chance encounter with a tattooed stranger changes everything…

Fiona takes Nikolai under her roof for three sultry nights, waiting out the rain of a summer storm. She grows more and more fascinated by this brooding stranger with whom she shares an intense physical connection—a connection so strong, she wonders if there is something between them beyond lust and passion. Nikolai is shocked to discover that Fiona calms the raging turmoil in his heart. She alone silences the din of other people’s lives, and envelops him in the sweet beauty of her inner self. Every moment he’s with her—every touch of her skin—brings him closer to the peace that’s been eluding him his entire life.

But Fiona harbors secrets that she is too terrified to reveal. After Nikolai confesses his unique ability, she is caught between wanting to believe him and fearing he’ll eventually unearth her own dark past. When the unthinkable happens, Fiona’s plans come crashing down, and Nikolai discovers his hated ability might be the only thing that can save the woman he loves.

SUGAR & GOLD is available to purchase below
(Releasing this Tuesday 13th June)

          


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

“Have you ever kissed a stranger in the rain?”

And this book is why Emma Scott has become one of our favourite Authors because wow….just wow. We’ve loved everything this Author has written, she’s made us cry ugly tears whilst making our hearts soar at the same time. Her writing is astonishing with every word and every sentence adding up into a vivid beautiful passionate masterpiece. Her characters just feel so complete and steal our hearts every single time. Without question, Emma Scott’s stories are quite simply stunning.

‘I held her the way you hold something you know isn’t yours to keep.’

We loved the mystery, the melancholy, the hopeful and the broken which made up for one emotionally addictive read. Two people merely existing rather than living, both with an ultimate goal to escape and to see the vibrant light instead of the weighty dark. Both burdened by heart-breaking memories; craving sunshine and a freedom free of accusations and reproach.

‘I didn’t want to die but this wasn’t living. I wanted an end.’

Emma Scott writes such multifaceted characters that literally come to life breathing passions and love into the pages. The air flowing through the words written as they come to life on every exhale. Quite simply put, we fell in complete love with both Fiona and Nikolai embracing them with our hearts as we followed them on a journey that was shrouded in darkness with bursts of vibrant colour.

“I want to walk in the sunshine with you.”

Fiona is living day to day in hiding with the ultimate hope of escaping to another place where she can just simply be. A harrowing past lurking like a dark shadow waiting to engulf her once more. Cutting a lonely figure until the night bravery embraces her and she meets a mysterious tattooed and pierced stranger. For one night only.  Nikolai is on the search for peace and solitude yet with the intrinsic craving of a soft touch and a healing love that quiets the raging storms of others’ emotions and pasts inflicting a myriad of impressions on him.

‘The inexplicable calm of being in her presence hadn’t been an illusion.’

As we read we went through every single emotion possible whilst gasping, crying, laughing and feeling overwhelmed at the love and passion. Our hearts were involved every step of Fiona and Nikolai’s sometimes harrowing journey and we cannot begin to adequately express how much we loved them and their story. With our hearts we urge you to read this Author and her words.

That’s what he is…Soft and hard, sweet and rough…I’d never kissed a man like this. I knew I never would again.’

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MORE TBB RECOMMENDED READS by EMMA


THE FULL TILT – DUET
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THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT – STANDALONE
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EMMA’S BOOKS ON OUR TBR’S

 

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STAND (Bleeding Stars #6) by A.L. JACKSON

Standalone in Series – Emotional Rock star romance

SYNOPSIS

Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…

I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.

No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.

For seven years, I’ve never lost focus.

Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.

Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.

She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.

Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand…

STAND is available to purchase below

                    


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

‘Agony cut through me. A dull, bitter blade. The desperation to save someone who didn’t want to be saved.’

The beauty of AL Jackson’s words shone through this highly emotional and passionate romance which had our hearts breaking and our eyes welling up throughout. The writing was flawless and we felt every single word. Stand is the last book in the Bleeding Stars series and can be read as a standalone. This is a series that has stolen our book reading hearts.

‘Every inch of the man was a sublime contradiction. His entire demeanour serenity and war. Peace and strife. As if the man bore the scars of a thousand battles and still managed to look past the brutality of the world.’

This is Zee’s – the drummer boy of Sunder- story and wow has this man had a tragic past, a past he’s still living with heavy guilt, responsibility and paying an unrealistic debt to his brother. His heart is huge and pure despite having suffered tremendously. AL Jackson sure put us through it with his story, she made our hearts break into pieces. We fell in utter love with Zee and he held our hearts from page one till the last. A quiet stillness of a man with a storm brewing inside. A gentle giant living the consequences of his past. Living someone else’s life out of responsibility giving up on all personal dreams and hope.

‘An angel. The brightest light in the midst of my darkness. Starshine…I couldn’t get lost in this girl. But there was a part of me that wanted to do it anyway. Give up and give in.’

Sometimes we meet our soul mate when we least expect it. Alexis is a beautiful young woman who fights to live and grabs life by the hands. She’s suffering under the life of her twin sister’s demise into a life of violence, despair and harrowing distress. Finding herself in a dire situation which could have disturbing consequences, she’s saved by Zee who happens upon her and an immediate bond is formed. What comes from this fateful night is a road fraught with personal battles and open wounds. It’s captivatingly sad yet hopeful too insofar that love is persevering if you place your trust and faith in it.

“Do you feel it, Alexis? It’s about tapping into the emotion. The pain. The joy. The love. The lust.”

We fell in love with this story, not wanting it to end yet desperately wanting love and forgiveness to win out. Having read the last two books in this series we are needing to read the rest as Sunder is a group of lads who stole our hearts and we’re now desperate to hear everyone’s stories.

“Living is a choice. We decide how we wake up each morning and face the day. Either we’re led by hope or ruled by fear. And I won’t let circumstances define me. Maybe I’m a fool, because I will stand or I will fall, but I will never, ever allow fear to clip my wings.”


THE BLEEDING STARS SERIES by A.L. JACKSON
(Please note: Books #4-6 (Wait, Stay, & Stand) are Bleeding Stars stand-alone novels.)

A STONE IN THE SEA – BOOK ONE – FREE

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DROWNING TO BREATHE – BOOK TWO

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WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES – BOOK THREE

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WAIT – BOOK FOUR (Standalone)

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STAY – BOOK FIVE (Standalone)

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STAND – BOOK SIX (Standalone)

                    

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THE QUEEN and the CURE (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #2) by AMY HARMON :: REVIEW

5 Magnificent stars!
Fantasy romance series.
This can be read as a standalone but we recommend reading the first book – it’s stunning!

SYNOPSIS

“There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.”

Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He’d never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him.

But there is more to a man than his parentage. More to a man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.

Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.


THE QUEEN and the CURE is available to purchase below

          


Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny

(Note: Possible spoilers for The Bird and the Sword)

“I have been hated before. But I don’t know if I’ve been loved. I think…once…I must have been, because I know how to love.”

It was a year ago when Amy Harmon first led us into her Fantasy world in The Bird and the Sword in which she enchanted us with the charming magic and beauty of her vivid storytelling. The minute we closed that book we hoped Amy Harmon would write more and she did! Now, a year later, we’ve just finished devouring The Queen and the Cure, and again, we’re left in absolute awe of this lady’s incredible ability to take us into her world and feed our imaginations, sweeping us up in her captivating story, unable to move for a minute and unwilling to leave her world, becoming completely lost in this story; mesmerised until the last page was read.

The Queen and the Cure is breathtaking. This book isn’t a read, it’s an adventure; and it’s one that had our hearts racing, breaking, filling with love and brimming with warmth. There are epic battle scenes, edge of your seat thrills and suspense, unforgettable characters and epic soul deep love and oh the romance….our stars, the romance was beguiling! It’s a story that reminds us that love, hope, faith and selflessness are possibly the greatest gifts of all.

“Some things cannot be healed. They must simply be endured.”

In the land of Tellers, Healers, Changers and Spinners…the gifted, once shunned and feared are beginning to gain acceptance. Though for Sasha, her gift comes at a cost. Sasha was one of the most serene, sweet and beautiful heroines we’ve ever met. Yet, for all her gentleness there is a tenaciousness and bravery to this demure young lady, we found inspiring.

‘She saw him.
He saw her.
And they saw nothing else.’

Kjell of Jeru, oh this man! What a contradiction. A loyal, honourable warrior and a gentle Healer. The unlucky in love Kjell held our hearts in his strong, capable hands. The stoic, brave Captain, oh my Captain…….A natural born protector whose heart has been closed off to love after being deceived in a cruel and hurtful way. This man was the epitome of a hero.

‘He would be a good man. A wise man. A gentleman. For the first time in his life he would be a gentle man.’

Sasha comes into Kjell’s life in a sad and tragic way, with Kjell instantly feeling a natural protectiveness to her together with a connection he tries to avoid. However, Sasha might just be his undoing, possessing the ability to break through his wounded heart.

“I fell in love with you in pieces. Layer by layer, day by day, inch by inch.”

We won’t give anything away because to do so would be a travesty to the spellbinding story Amy Harmon has created. There are twists we didn’t see coming which left us exclaiming loudly and twisting our world upside down. We were kept on our toes with the excitement, feeling the romance and love within the depths of our hearts experiencing the true passion between Sasha and Kjell – not the Kindle fanning kind, but the sort that overwhelms all senses and feelings.

“I love her more than I’ve ever loved anything – or anyone – before. It was never a choice. “

We loved everything, absolutely everything about this magnificent story. As we closed our Kindles, hearts full, exhausted and breathless from our adventures in these great lands, we bid farewell for now but leave with a longing and a hope in our hearts that Amy Harmon has a little more adventure left in her to once again revisit this series because we would happily jump back in in a heartbeat! Please, Amy, we would love more! On that note, we’ll leave the final words to Tiras…..The Creator have mercy, brother. What a tale……What a tale.”

-Oo0-


Purchase THE BIRD AND THE SWORD SERIES below

THE BIRD and the SWORD Book One (Standalone)

                  

THE QUEEN and the CURE Book Two (Standalone)

          


  MORE FABULOUS BOOKS by AMY

Amy Harmon

Running Barefoot – Standalone :amazon usamazon uk
  A Different Blue – Standalone : our review |  amazon us | amazon uk
  Making Faces – Standalone : our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
Infinity + One – Standalone :our reviewamazon us | amazon uk
The Law of Moses – Standaloneamazon us | amazon uk
 The Song of David : amazon us | amazon uk
This has interconnecting characters  – to avoid spoilers it is recommended reading
The Law of Moses first.

 

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CONCOURSE (The Five Boroughs Book #5) by SANTINO HASSELL :: EXCERPT & REVIEW


EXCERPT and REVIEW – CONCOURSE by SANTINO HASSELL


Santino Hasell is an Author we’ve been desperate to read for a while now after hearing some amazing feedback about his storytelling.
Well, we finally took the plunge this weekend and wow! Everything…and we mean….everything we’ve heard about this author’s work is the truth!
We hung off every word, wanting to stop time, go back and devour every book he’s written.

If you haven’t read any of Santino’s work or you’re thinking about picking up Concourse…do it..do it now! 


Concourse is a standalone in the Five Boroughs Series.
About The Five Boroughs series
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New York City—home of soaring skyscrapers, concrete boulevards, and the hopes and dreams of millions. A city where opposites attract and romance is found in unlikely places. From the glittering penthouses of Manhattan to the blue collar neighborhoods of Queens, values get tested, cultures clash, and connections are made. Men of diverse backgrounds examine their lives, test their sexual boundaries, and seek success in an unforgiving urban landscape that moves fast and stops for no one. Despite the odds, there’s love to be found in the five boroughs as long as they’re willing to work for it.


Standalone in Series : MM Romance

 

SYNOPSIS

Ashton Townsend is the most famous celebutante of Manhattan’s glitterati. The black sheep of his wealthy family, he’s known for his club appearances, Instagram account, and sex tape. Most people can’t imagine him wanting for anything, but Ashton yearns for friendship, respect, and the love of his best friend—amateur boxer Valdrin Leka.

Val’s relationship with Ashton is complicated. As the son of Ashton’s beloved nanny, Val has always bounced between resenting Ashton and regarding him as his best friend. And then there’s the sexual attraction between them that Val tries so hard to ignore.

When Ashton flees his glitzy lifestyle, he finds refuge with Val in the Bronx. Between Val’s training for an upcoming fight and dodging paparazzi, they succumb to their need for each other. But before they can figure out what it all means—and what they want to do about it—the world drags them out of their haven, revealing a secret Val has kept for years. Now, Ashton has to decide whether to once again envelop himself in his party-boy persona, or to trust in the only man who’s ever seen the real him.

Purchase CONCOURSE below

          


Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 Stars

“I don’t care what happens tomorrow if you give me this one moment.”

It’s been said a good story doesn’t give up all its secrets at once, instead teasingly guiding us through intense feelings, a gamut of emotions, wickedly leaving our hearts in tatters or shouting triumphantly at the turn of a page. If that’s the case, then Santino Hassell told not just a good story, but an unforgettable story. Concourse felt honest and real and was told in a raw and captivating way.

No matter how battered and bruised I get, I’ll keep fighting for you.”

Santino Hassell is an author we’ve been desperate to read for a long time, and now, we want to kick ourselves because experiencing Concourse, hanging on every word from this gifted and talented wordsmith has us desiring to pause life and devour every one of his books.

This stunningly beautiful and raw romance between could easily be described as a friends to lovers’ story but that would be oversimplifying the enormity of the impact Ashton and Valdrin had on us and the emotions their relationship elicited from us.

I could never stop thinking about Ashton, and I would never stop missing the quiet moments when it was just us and he was a devastatingly beautiful force of nature that had calmed just for me.’

Ashton Townsend, A-Town as he’s known to the millions of Instagram followers he titillates and enthrals every day with his wild partying, carefree updates – is, in public, the gregarious, outgoing, rich kid party boy who couldn’t be further from the real Ashton, the Ashton, Valdrin Leka knows as the sensitive beautiful man whose only want is to be loved and who Val feels a need to protect.

At first glance Ashton appeared to be exhausting and high maintenance. A spoiled rich kid continually leaning on Valdrin when his partying ways became too much or he needed rescuing. However, dig deeper beneath the Instagram persona, the manufactured lifestyle and we find a lost boy with a quirky wit, and he was a man who broke our hearts. The unfolding of Ashton’s story hit us hard.

I’d watched his heart break right in front of me before he’d stitched it together with the same thread he’d used to create his Instagram mask.’

Valdrin Leka is the hard ruggedness to Ashton’s androgynous softness. A boxer who holds resentment towards the Townsend family. Val’s mother was Nanny to the three Townsend boys whose demand on her time, came at a cost to Val and his sister Hana. Following his mother’s death, Val holds onto the bitterness and blame towards the Townsends, with the exception of Ashton, who has been his friend since childhood. Val too had a story to tell, and his words held our hearts in his very capable hands.

‘There were so many reasons Ashton was the person who took up the most space in my heart…’

We know from the outset there are secrets and feelings in Ashton and Valdren’s past, and we know Ashton has held feelings for Val since he was ten, never imagining the gruff, working class boxer felt the same. As the story unfolds and secrets and feelings come to light, we witness the complexity that is the friendship between these two lost souls.  It was beautiful, heartbreaking, powerful and hopeful.

“Never Change.”
“I won’t.”
“I like it when you’re my Ashton and not the other guy.”
“I know.”

Santino Hassell expertly and mesmerizingly captured the intensity of emotions between these two men, painting the grittiness of Val’s surroundings to perfection, taking us into the chaos and scrutiny of Ashton’s public life and wilfully capturing the soulfulness and longing of this beautiful man and the pain and loneliness of Val. The passion was all consuming with nothing in Santino Hassell’s portrayal feeling contrite. An absolute winner from an author who will -from now on- be an automatic 1Click for us both.

“I think I’m in love with you. And I don’t know what to do.”
“I don’t know what to do either. No one has loved me before.”


EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT from CONCOURSE


There were so many reasons Ashton was the person who took up the most space in my heart, and none of them had to do with the fact that he was good in bed. And that line of thought was exactly why, or part of the reason why, I’d tried for so long to discourage his flirtation. And the attraction between us.

Even as teens, I could still remember those times when he’d coax me into “practicing,” and I’d pretended to be reluctant and annoyed, even grossed out, while digging my fingers into the couch or the bed to keep them from sliding up his face and into his hair. I hadn’t wanted him to know he wound me up, or that I fantasized about him. That I’d been so infatuated with him.

“I want to go home,” he said.

“Why?”

Ashton shrugged. “I don’t want to hear any lectures on my bad life choices. I’m tired, and you’re confusing me, and I just don’t . . . need anything else to make me feel bad about myself. I already feel like an ass for going back on my own promise to myself and going to meet Brett at the bar.”

I sat up straight. “Did he do anything or say anything to you?”

“Not anything surprising,” he said bitterly. “But the gossip columns will have a field day tomorrow.”

Between Brett pinning Ashton against a wall, and me swooping in like some poorly dressed white knight, there would likely be a circus of theories about what had gone down.

“I won’t lecture you about the TTC thing right now,” I said after a moment of watching his tense face. “I swear I wasn’t thinking about that.”

“Then what were you thinking about?”

“About us as kids. The way I’d pretended to not like kissing you even though I’d loved it.”

Ashton laughed softly. “‘Loved it’ is probably hyperbole.”

“No, it’s not. Even after we’d stopped, as we got older, I’d think about it.”

“Well, that’s a shame.” His eyes rose to fix on mine, confident and almost challenging in their directness. “I’m a lot more skilled now than I was back then.”

My breath caught. “I bet.” I swallowed hard. “I used to wonder about it.”

“You didn’t have to wonder. You could have just kissed me.” The challenge in those light eyes grew. “You could do it now.”

It was a bad idea, just like admitting all of this to him had been a bad idea. I should have known he wouldn’t leave it alone once I put it all out in the open. I should have known I’d have absolutely zero self-control if he was aware enough of my desire to act on it. Because that was Ashton—the person who went for what he wanted and spoke bluntly to make sure his desires weren’t misunderstood. And right now, he wanted me.

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THE FIVE BOROUGHS SERIES by SANTINO HASSELL

Sutphin Boulevard – Standalone – Book One

                    

Sunset Park – Standalone  – Book Two

                    

First and First – Standalone  – Book Three

                   

Interborough (Sequel to Sunset Park)- Book Four

          

Concourse – Standalone – Book Five

          


About the Author

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

Connect with Santino
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COMING 15th AUGUST! – ILLEGAL CONTACT
The first of a new series called The Barons by Santino Hassel

SYNOPSIS

The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love. 

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…

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