Release Blitz ~ Ache by Marley Valentine (Review)

From USA Today bestselling author Marley Valentine comes an all new emotional, friends-to lovers gay romance standalone.

I couldn’t tell you when I fell in love with Gael Herrera, 
but I wish I knew how to make it stop.

Falling in love with a straight man is a rookie mistake. But falling in love with my soon-to-be-married-to-a-woman best friend is nothing but heartache.

Through all the years, and all the men I’ve fooled around with, he’s always been at the back of my mind. An unrequited crush I wish I could shake. A dream that was never going to come true.

When I whisk him off to a surprise bachelor party weekend in Vegas, I surrender to the idea that this is an opportunity for me to finally let go of my feelings for him and say goodbye.

But after a heated exchange and an even hotter kiss, everything I thought I knew about our friendship changed.

Maybe I had it wrong. Maybe, after all this time, we were more than best friends. Maybe, just maybe, he felt it too.

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4.5 Stars!

Jordan has been in love with his straight best friend for a long time, and now that Gael is getting married, any hopes he still had come crumbling down… until a trip to Vegas and a heated argument and a scorching kiss change things for them.

I really liked Jordan and Gael, but there were times when I just wanted to knock some sense into them. A lot of things could’ve been resolved if only they’d talked, but then, we wouldn’t have had this book, now would we? LOL. Their chemistry was out of this world and it was obvious they belonged together. Even after the very awful twist around halfway into the book and that by all means, should’ve made things go back to ‘normal’, it was apparent that something wasn’t as it should be.

I usually don’t read books with cheating in them. It is one of my less favorite tropes, and I avoid it like the plague. However, the blurb sounded promising and I decided to give it a go, and even if overall, I enjoyed the book, there were parts that were difficult to read for me (not just the cheating either) and where I felt so bad for Elena. Yes, I thought Gael and Jordan were made for each other, but Elena was not at fault here. She was a victim of the circumstances and I wanted more for her… just not with Gael.

Still, as I said, Ache was enjoyable and angsty and hotter than hot and emotional and despite everything, I was rooting for Gael and Jordan to get together from the start. I was so very invested in them getting their HEA and that’s a testament to Ms. Valentine’s writing. It was a surprise for me how much I loved it and I have no trouble recommending it.

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


Meet Marley

Living in Sydney, Australia with her family, Marley Valentine is a USA Today bestselling author and a former social worker who uses her past experiences to write real life, emotional and heartfelt contemporary romance.

She enjoys mixing it up with both M/F and M/M Romance incorporating all forms of life, lust and love as her characters embark on their journey to their happily ever after.

When she’s not busy writing her own stories, she spends most of her time immersed in the words of her favourite authors.

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