Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review Tour ~ Equality by Helena Stone ~ (Review + Giveaway)

Buy Links: Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Length: 58,300 words

Dublin Virtues Series

Patience (Book #1) Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK
Renewal (Book #3) Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK 


Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?

Lorcan Barratt has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.

Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong?

When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a yes-vote cost them their relationship or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?

4 Stars!!!

Equality is book 2 in the Dublin Virtues series and while technically it could be read as a standalone, Eric and Lorcan are featured in book 1, Patience, and we see the start of their friendship there, so I recommend reading them in order. 

Lorcan and Eric weren't looking for love, but after sharing a passionate kiss the night before Eric leaves to go work in Canada for 3 months, they are both nervous and anxious for what might come out of it now that Eric is back in Ireland. However, Lorcan's insecurities and being involved in the fight for the marriage equality referendum in Ireland might prove too much for their relationship.

I loved the first half of this book. The chemistry between Lorcan and Eric was amazing and I just couldn't get enough of them together. I really liked seeing them move on from the friendship they'd forged in Patience and settle into a relationship. As we moved further into the second half of the book, I found myself wanting to strangle Lorcan more and more though. I understood where he was coming from, but really, Eric had done nothing but try to support him and be there for him and help with the whole referendum deal, so Lorcan's insecurities had me fed up. 

Still, this was an entertaining read, the fight for the yes-vote is definitely an important issue no matter the country and I enjoyed reading Lorcan and Eric's story for the most part. It was a well-written book and I am looking forward to the next book in the series! 

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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Author Bio

Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.

Helena can be found in the following places:

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