Monday, August 27, 2018

Book Tour ~ Haka Ever After (The Sin Bin #7) by Dahlia Donovan (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Book Tour ~ Haka Ever After (The Sin Bin #7)  by Dahlia Donovan (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Haka Ever After
The Sin Bin #7
by Dahlia Donovan
Genre: M/M/ Contemporary Romance

You are cordially invited to the Sin Bin wedding of the year—kilts required, undergarments optional.

Taine Afoa has faced opponents on the rugby pitch without an ounce of fear.  He hopes to find the same courage when asking the love of his life to marry him. First, though, he has to ask Freddie’s fathers for their blessing.

If Taine survives, popping the question should be a breeze.

Freddie Whittle knows Taine has something up his sleeve. A yes forms on his lips before the question is even asked. But can they survive the madness of friends and family, all wanting to help plan their wedding?

As their May-December romance tumbles into happily ever after, one surprise after the other brings them more joy than they ever imagined possible.

The short story Haka Ever After is the seventh (and last) book in Dahlia Donovan’s international bestselling gay romance series, The Sin Bin. Each one features hot rugby players and the men who steal their hearts.

“Will you stop laughing? How am I supposed to keep an erection when you’re giggling like a mad
hyena?” Taine Afoa sounded serious for all of five seconds before he broke out laughing along with his
lover, Freddie Whittle. “Shite. Untie me before I hurt myself.”
The two men had been together for a while now. They were opposites in size; Taine was
practically a giant compared to the slight Freddie, a young nurse who’d fallen head over heels in lust and
then love with the Māori-Scottish former rugby player.
Freddie tried. He really did. If he could’ve stopped laughing, he might’ve managed to do more
than lie on the floor trying to recall how to breathe normally. “Coc y gath.”
“Don’t say I told you so—and stop calling me a sheep’s willy.” Taine ground out the words after
several minutes of breathless mirth. “Bollocks.”
It had been his idea.
Why don’t you try tying me up?
Aren’t you curious?
Truth be told, Freddie wasn’t all that curious to have the restrained shoe on the other foot, but no
matter how much he tried to convince Taine, they still wound up trying it anyway. A memorable mistake
that he wished he’d gotten a video of it.
It started fine. Taine got up on the bed and rested on his knees. With quite a bit of fumbling,
Freddie managed to get the larger man’s wrists and ankles secured. He’d stepped back to survey his work,
and the fit of giggles had hit him almost instantly.
Why is this so funny?
Freddie had no idea what set him off. The giggling eventually morphed into full belly-shaking
laughter. He ended up on the floor with his arm clutching his waist.
“Are you going to untie me?” Taine asked patiently. “Can you manage the knots?”
Freddie dragged himself up off the floor and began to slowly undo the knots to release Taine.
“What’ve you done?” Taine craned his head around as far as the position would allow. “You
bollocksed up the knots, didn’t you?”
“Maybe?” Freddie blushed from the tip of his toes all the way up to his ears. “Let me grab a pair of scissors.”

4.5 Stars

Haka Ever After is book 7 in the Sin Bin series and you have to, at the very least, read The Caretaker, which is Freddie and Taine's book. I suggest reading the whole series, though, it's fantastic and you'll be missing out otherwise.

This book ties up the series and shows us, not only how perfect Freddie and Taine are together, but how amazing and special this tight-knit group of friends is. It was a fun, sexy, emotional read (I even teared up at one point during the reception with a gesture from the rest of the guys to Taine) and I am sorry this is the last installment, although I guess that's what re-reads are for. Highly recommendable for fans of the series!

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

4.25 Stars!

I really enjoyed this last book of the Sin Bin series. Taine and Freddie's book, The Caretaker (The Sin Bin #2) was my first book in this series, and they are still my favorite couple. I would suggest reading at least their book first, but would also encourage reading the rest of the series since they are fun books with a number of colorful characters.

Taine wants to marry Freddie, but first feels the need to ask for Freddie's fathers for their blessing. Considering the first time Taine met them in Book 2, I could see why he was so nervous. However, I was beyond happy to see them correct and try to undo the damage they did when Freddie brought Taine to meet them.

I don't want to spoil more from the story. There's a lot of highjinks that only Taine, his former rugby teammates, and Freddie and his friends can get into. The opening scene with Taine and Freddie was pretty funny and a great way to start this journey to their wedding. I loved that Freddie knew that Taine was up to something. I loved the surprise that the other rugby players put together for Taine. I loved the surprise that Freddie had for Taine as well. There were so many good feels and laughs to be had in this story.

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

4.5 stars

I adored this short story to wrap up this series. It was super sweet and funny and had the perfect combination of all of the characters from the previous books. This last novella had be tearing up a bit and basically just warmed my heart throughout the entire read. I loved seeing Freddie and Taine tie the knot, and I loved seeing what all of the rugby guys did for Taine at the wedding. Basically, I loved this entire story and I am going to miss reading about these guys!

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

Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

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