Roni Loren's wonderfully erotic Loving on the Edge series returns with a compelling romance of reunited friends to lovers between two men from very different worlds. Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Yours All Along, along with my impressions of it, and then add it to your bookshelf. In celebration of this latest installment fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 bookstore GC too!
The new Loving on the Edge romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Nothing Between Us turns on the heat between two men who wonder how much they’re willing to risk in the name of love.
Four years after an accident tore their friendship apart, Hunter and Devon are living separate lives. Hunter is now the all-American hero—a congressman’s son and a pro pitcher in Houston preparing to marry his beauty-queen girlfriend. Devon is in Dallas running a new restaurant.
But when Hunter unexpectedly shows up in Devon’s bar, Devon can’t turn him away. Damn it if the man isn’t still gorgeous. But engaged? Hell no. All he’s doing for Devon is bringing back memories of their college-roommate days, and the night their relationship went too far. Turns out Hunter has never forgotten it either.
Now Devon can’t help but be drawn in all over again by the only guy who’s ever gotten close enough to break his heart. Maybe one more night together would be enough for both of them to finally move on. Or maybe one night will change everything…
Hunter smirked, and they trudged toward the frat house, the wind seeming to get harder and colder as they walked. Where the hell did California get off having this kind of weather anyway?
But the chill only got marginally better when they slipped inside the front door of the house. Hunter’s breath came out in a white puff. “What the fuck?”
Ames, one of the brothers who’d run ahead of him, stepped out of the kitchen, coffee mug in hand. “Looks like we weren’t the only ones pranking tonight. Heat’s been cut off and some jerkoff threw all of our blankets and bedding into the pool.”
“What?” Dev asked, looking up the staircase.
“Maintenance can’t get out here until the morning. I’m heading over to my girlfriend’s apartment. You might want to find a place to crash, too, or plan on sleeping in your coats tonight.” He patted Dev on his way to the door. “Nice work tonight, gentlemen.”
Devon watched Ames go and then both he and Hunter vaulted up the stairs to their room. When they pushed open the door, they both cursed simultaneously.
“Son of a bitch.”
Devon’s bed had been completely stripped down to the mattress, and a bag of ice from the local gas station had been opened up and spread across it. A note pinned to the headboard read, Sigmas wet the bed.
Hunter’s bed was stripped as well, but apparently they’d run out of ice because instead of the full ice bath, all of Hunter’s underwear were strewn across the bed, and baby powder had been dumped all over them. His note read, Sigmas shit their pants. Hunter stalked over and swept the laundry from his bed, sending a powdery cloud wafting through the room. “Bastards.”
Devon coughed. “At least your bed is mostly dry. And smells baby fresh.”
Hunter looked over at the mess on Devon’s side of the room. “No shit. No way you can sleep on that. Let’s get all of that off of yours so it can dry out. I’ve got extra blankets and pillows in the closet. You can share my bed tonight.”
Devon lifted a brow. “You’re not even going to buy me dinner first? What kind of boy do you think I am?”
Hunter grabbed an ice cube and chucked it at him. “Shut it, Easton. You’re lucky I’m not making you sleep on the petri couch.”
Ugh, no way. Devon shuddered at the thought of putting any exposed skin on the main couch downstairs. Two decades of parties, hookups, and God knows what else on that fabric. “Screw that. I think the floor in the bathroom is cleaner than that couch. But seriously, you sure you’re okay with sharing a bed? I mean, if you’re weirded out by that or you’re worried about what the other guys will say, I’m not going to be offended. I can find somewhere to crash.”
“With one of your on-again, off-again boyfriends?”
“No, I don’t have boyfriends. Too much work. I have acquaintances who I occasionally do dirty things with.”
Hunter sniffed. “No need to go whore yourself out for a bed to sleep in. I’m fine. Just don’t steal my covers, ’cause it’s fucking frigid in here.”
Hunter walked over to the closet and dumped out a laundry bin, lined it with a garbage bag, and then brought it over to Devon’s bed to start moving the ice into it. They worked in silence for a while, just the clink of the ice hitting the plastic container filling the room, but the quiet was anything but calm for Devon. He was going to share a bed with Hunter. They’d roomed together for almost a year. Things were comfortable. Good. Devon admired without crossing any lines. But it was going to be fucking torture sharing that small bed with the warm, hard body of the university’s favorite athlete.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
The Loving on the Edge series continues to captivate with this tale of reunited friends to lovers and the tumultuous journey to HEA between two men from very different worlds. With Ms. Loren's impeccable storytelling it's easy to get caught up in this story and its immensely likable main characters who finally find happiness once they finally start living their lives for themselves. Though the characters haven't had an impact on the sensual world honed through the previous seven books I still found myself rooting for them and feeling immense satisfaction once the final page was turned.
Hunter Riley is the Golden Boy son of a Senator whose life is ruled by his father's money, demands, and bullying. He longs to be a different person though, a less rigid and less judgemental person and becomes that at a college thousands of miles from home. His befriending of his gay fraternity brother opens his eyes to living life on your own terms, but also complicates things as their close friendship leads to matters of the heart. Flash forward four years, and with his life feeling progressively stifling, he knows he can no longer keep the past in the past which leads to a night of eye-opening words and deeds. Through everything Hunter's immensely likable and I enjoyed seeing his and Devon's connection blossom from playful friends to an intense connection not easily defined. Only with Dev did he feel carefree and I ached for all the years he wasted being tied in knots.
Devon was a strong-willed character with a big personality and exotic looks from the first moment we saw him. After being kicked out of his home for being gay he took on the care of his sister and supported her in her rise to fame in the music world. He forged his own path never caring what people thought but was grateful for the wholehearted acceptance Hunter gave him along with a sense of family for the care and support between them. Their love was unspoken but clearly present at every turn which had me rooting for them every step of the way. Dev was understandably angry over all the wasted years but I was completely won over by their reunion after seeing the loving foundation that was laid years before.
Overall this book was a pleasant diversion as it doesn't have much impact in the overall Loving on the Edge universe. With its likable main couple and sweet and sexy storyline though it was a decadent delight that again shows why I celebrate each new book Ms. Loren puts out. With its steamy m/m lovin' and sweetly sentimental and heartwarming journey to HEA, all lovers of romance will want to add this to their bookshelf!
My rating for this is a B+
*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.
If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that's it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.
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