Friday, September 15, 2017

Review Tour: Maybe This Time by Annabelle Jacobs (Giveaway)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 60,000 words approx

Cover Design: Natasha Snow


Moving into a new home starts with a bang when Ryan Blackwell celebrates turning thirty. Being hungover means he’s bleary-eyed and clumsy the next day, but even in that state, he can appreciate how sexy and fit his neighbour is.

Matt Thomas isn’t looking for anything long-term—one and done is usually his life rule. Why settle down early, like his sister, when casual relationships are so easy? With Ryan living in the same building, chance encounters are inevitable. When one night together becomes two, a friends-with-benefits deal seems a natural progression.

There’s only one problem: sex with no strings relies on matching expectations, so Ryan can’t help worrying. His huge heart always wants more, but Matt’s been clear about his limits. As passion leads to caring, they’ll have to make some tough decisions—maybe this time, breaking some rules will be worth it if that means they’ll get to share a future.

4 Stars

After living with his mum for the last year and a half to help her deal with his father's illness and subsequent death, Ryan is finally moving into his own place again. Things are looking up when he catches sight of Matt, his new neighbor, all hot and sweaty from his run, as Ryan and his buddies unpack the moving truck, but he is discouraged later when he literally runs into Matt again and the man is completely unreceptive to the conversation Ryan tries to spark up.

Matt wants no part of his sexy new neighbor. He's not about relationships and even a one off with the new neighbor world be awkward after and just a terrible idea all around. His resolve doesn't last long and the two tentatively become friends with sort of benefits.

This was a delightful read. It had very little angst and was rather lighthearted and funny. I absolutely adored Ryan, but it took me a lot longer to warm up to Matt. Frankly, he was rude and a complete ass, but by the end of the story he had captured my heart, as well.

The story is well-written and paced well. I loved Ryan and Matt's friends as well as their parents. They were fun and entertaining to get to know. Ryan and Matt had great chemistry and they fit well together. The sexual tension between them was electric and the sex was nice and steamy and the ending was sweet and swoon-worthy. This is my first read by Annabelle Jacobs, but it won't be my last. I'll definitely be checking out her backlist and looking for more in the future. Very enjoyable and recommendable!

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

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Author Bio

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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