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Book Review: ‘His Compass’ By Con Riley


Title: His Compass
Series: His Contemporary M/M Romance #2
Author: Con Riley
Published: January 14, 2021
Publisher: Self-Published/Figment Ink
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Designs
Genre: Erotic Romance; Contemporary Romance
Length: 306 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; May/December; Angst; Forced Proximity; Maritime; Self-Discovery; Workplace Romance; HEA; Standalone

4-heart Review by Toni at Kimmers Erotic Book Banter

His Compass, by Con Riley, is a heart wrenching and highly emotional tale that took me by surprise and left me so glad I took a chance on a new to me author. Part of the standalone His Contemporary M/M Romance series, this reader will definitely be taking an additional peek! 

This strongly character-driven book has so much depth and carefully unravels the personality and history of the protagonists, so it engages and captures the reader’s imagination. You see and feel the development of the relationship along with Nick and Tom.

Tom is our seasoned skipper: used to being on his own and dedicated to his work with his number one golden rule – never to sleep with the crew. A stoic and serious man, he can be relied upon to tell it how it is and to not accept any nonsense.

Con Riley creates a fascinating world on the back of a yacht and one that many readers will thoroughly enjoy, if they like a deeper delve into backstories and motivations behind the actions of their leading men.

Nick needs a chance: he just wants to learn to be a deckhand and be able to contribute. He knows he’s let others down before (Tom included) and he is sure he’ll do so again. But if he can just get Tom’s strong guidance, maybe he’ll learn something this time and be useful.

The slow plot development helps to build layers of emotional sentimentality, critical to making this story such a success. I am enamoured by the complex and deeply woven storylines, with so much invested into each characters’ history. It certainly makes for a gripping read and takes the reader to a deeper level in connecting with the characters.

His Compass has complexity and an engaging plot with mysterious undertones which builds to a hard-to-put-down finale. Con Riley creates a fascinating world on the back of a yacht and one that many readers will thoroughly enjoy, if they like a deeper delve into backstories and motivations behind the actions of their leading men.

A copy of His Compass was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Con Riley, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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Book Review: ‘Fake Friends’ By Saxon James


Title: Fake Friends
Series: Never Just Friends #2
Author: Saxon James
Published: December 28, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published/May Books 
Genre: Erotic Romance; Contemporary Romance
Length: 354 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Pansexual; Friends to Lovers; Second Chance; Coming Out; Fake Relationship; Family Drama; CW: Homophobia; Suicidal Thoughts; Standalone

5-heart review by Toni at Kimmers Erotic Book Banter

Fake Friends isn’t your typical fake relationship trope as it involves a second chance storyline with extra emotional baggage for our two troubled men who are brilliantly written by Saxon James.

If you can enjoy the emotional journey of a man so far out of a deep closet that he may as well be in Narnia, you will find your heartstrings plucked as strongly as mine were. As Rowan’s fragile psychological sense of self builds, it is both heart wrenching and beautiful to read.

And Circus is not without scars either. He is deeply lonely and fills his need for attachment with social media and online interactions, mostly with strangers. He still carries heavy weights from the loss of his parents and hides this burden from his friends.

If you can enjoy the emotional journey of a man so far out of a deep closet that he may as well be in Narnia, you will find your heartstrings plucked as strongly as mine were. 

When Circus needs a second person to fulfill a contract with a clothing company, he runs out of options until Rowan volunteers. After consulting the Magic 8-Ball (who wouldn’t, right?) a series of interactions and decisions made in the heat of the moment build a delicate relationship between the previously close men. To the locals, their friendship is reforming after a separation at the conclusion of school. But behind closed doors both men find themselves questioning their identities and their futures they had thought were clear.

Even though it sounds like Fake Friends would be a heavy read, Saxon James brings levity and fun to the story through clever dialogue and sharp-witted characters. The second title in the Never Just Friends series, this edition easily reads as a standalone.

A copy of Fake Friends was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Gay Romance Reviews, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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