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review 2018-02-22 14:51
Hard To Let Go
Hard to Let Go: A Haven's Cove Novel - Jaclyn Quinn

 

Impressive. Honestly, if I had been handed this book and known nothing about this author (which I honestly know very little) I would never have guessed that this was her first book.  This was so fantastic.

 

A childhood bully/bullied, enemies to lovers story, this one had all the buildup I look for.  The kissing was scorching hot and honestly the entire relationship developed amazingly well.

 

While I started out feeling this had similarities to another recent book I have read, this steered quickly into new territory and the story grew quite beautifully.  Brody’s childhood and his relationship with his mother was just heartbreaking. But the love and devotion that transpired tapped into the feels something hard.  Phew.  I was a mess.

 

For the first time in Owen’s memory, the long table his grandfather built over 40 years ago, was filled with family-blood and chosen.

 

Family indeed.  This had such a strong sense of family. Of love.  Of commitment. And of support. These moments were simply beautiful.

 

I have heard more is to come from this author and eagerly await more on Jonah.  He was a quiet force but so compassionate and strong.  And Gabe…wow!  Look out.  I am so in love with this character.  His style, his wit and his love for Brody was written perfectly.  In addition, the banter with Leslie was just so well done and genuine.  Every scene felt real. 

 

I adored the aunts, the mothers and even sweet and confused Nate.  Cannot wait to see more from this guy as well.

 

Overall, I adored every moment of this book and cannot find one thing to complain about. LOL

 

** Highly Recommended**

 

An ARC was received from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-12-18 22:20
A Different Light
A Different Light - Morningstar Ashley

“Being with you is an adventure I wouldn’t miss for the world.”

 

And boy does this sweet Mac lead Bennett on quite the adventure.  Bennett whose nickname “Princess” suits him quite well, as he is in fact one of the most high maintenance characters I have read about in a while.  It takes someone with some wit, humor and honestly patience to become what Bennett in fact needs. 

 

Bennett

 

An adorable nerd with a fetish for sexy science boxers, this character while hard headed at times, is just so goofy adorable that you can’t help but just love him to death.  I have been unable to locate these boxers on-line, so I think our Morningstar could make quite a side company creating these nerdy creations…because I need these in my life.

 

Morningstar manages to not only create two very likable characters but a couple with actually some heartbreaking history. It is not until Bennett sees Mac in “A Different Light” that he knows just what Mac is to him.

 

“You…saved me that night. You showed them where I was, you…you held my hand…I remember that. I can sometimes still feel that warmth wrapped around my hand. It's what kept me grounded that night. I felt like if I had let go, I would’ve died…You were my anchor that night, and every night after when I thought I was lost.”

 

Mac may not consider himself a hero…but he is to Bennett.  And the cover image for our dear Mac, just perfectly portrays the beauty that is this character.

 

This book, like the author’s first, has some absolutely beautifully written sexy moments and it is the heart to heart moments where I believe this author is at her best. 

 

Passionate and thoughtful, these moments are just so touching.  I do wish a few of them had been longer, developing the character’s history, issues and their ultimate connection even further.  The body painting scene…good grief…after hundreds of M/M books (even some that from the cover imply body paint), it is not until this book that I have been able to see this scene in all its glory. 

 

Like in “Letting Go”, Morningstar has a way of interjecting such real genuinely funny situations that have me laughing out loud.  From the paper plate scene in “Letting Go” to the destruction of paper plates here, to the use of painter’s tape and even oven mittens…it is these moments that I love.

 

Overall, such a sweet story of finding comfort and home in the most unlikely of places.  I eagerly await Jaden and Danny’s story as I fell in love with them almost instantly.

 

*An ARC was received by the Author in exchange for an honest review*

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