Release Blitz ~ Sol by Con Riley (Reviews + Giveaway)

Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Length: 88,000 words approx.
Learning To Love Series 
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Solomon Trebeck’s heart broke the night of his bi-awakening.

Fifteen years later, Sol’s back in Cornwall where it happened, single, shy, and oh-so lonely. Teaching art to kids wasn’t his life plan. Neither is raising a teenage nephew, but with no family left to support him, a live-in job at a boarding school becomes his life raft.

Problem: that life raft is sinking.

Solution: Sol’s first love could have the cash to keep it afloat.

Reconnecting with Jace Pascoe might save the school—the one place Sol’s nephew is happy. Asking for his help opens old wounds, but Jace helps to heal them, fusing Sol’s broken heart back together. However, Jace has his own shadows, no matter how brightly his smile dazzles.

Falling for Jace again could be so easy. It could also be a huge risk when neither of them plans to stay in Cornwall forever….

♥ Featuring sweet angst, hurt/comfort, and second chances for a shy heart, Sol is a standalone MM romance novel in the Learning to Love series with a fulfilling happily ever after. ♥

~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

5 Stars
It’s really hard to write a review when all you want to say is—read this book, it’s amazing. I’m starting to think Con Riley can’t write a bad book.
This is book 2 in the Learning to Love series. Set at the same school as book 1 Charles, it would be possible to read it as a stand-alone but as Charles is a brilliant book, like Sol is, I would recommend you read that one first. You really don’t want to miss out.
This is a second chance romance and it’s a beautiful, funny, emotional read that’s a little sad at times. It is, however, heart-wrenchingly good and left me feeling an emotional mess when the MCs Sol and Jasper finally overcome the obstacles in their way to reach their HEA. I read it in one sitting and it was totally worth the book hangover the next day.
Not going to go into the plot, that’s what the blurbs for, what I will say is that you don’t read this gem of a book, you’re missing out on a slice of perfection. Loved it.

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


~ * ~ Annies Review ~ * ~

5 Stars

Sol is a fabulous read full of emotion, chemistry, and beauty. I loved how this story unfolded over the pages, devouring it so quickly that I scarcely believed I’d reached the end by the epilogue.

This author’s ability to create dynamic characters who can touch every emotion never ceases to amaze me. I loved Sol and Jace—on their own, interacting with secondary characters, and especially together. I also really loved the secondary characters in Sol. Each person played a role in creating a memorable story. Every moment felt purposeful, leading to a feeling of all-encompassing community and leaving my heart sated and warm.

Second chance romances can be lovely when they capitalize on the characters’ emotions, and Jace and Sol’s was just that. I loved how easy and seamless their reconnection was, completing one another in a way that left no room for doubt. Add to that a magnetic chemistry, and it all seemed effortless at times.

What perennially draws me to this author’s works is that they feel like so much more than a romance. Sol had heart, embracing family—both given and found family—and love, telling a story that made my heart clench and expand multiple times over. Sol shouldn’t be missed if you are looking for a story that will sweep you away and make you feel.

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


~ * ~ Jens Review ~ * ~

4.5 Stars!

I admit that I initially had a hard time getting into this one. Once Sol talks with Jace, however, the story goes much better for me. This story is one of healing, letting go of the past, and accepting situations and people as they are. It also has a second chance theme. I think this one has a little more angst than the first book, Charles, but don’t let that stop you from reading it.

Sol is initially a tough character to feel for as he is surly and overstressed. He is doing his best with a situation that he wasn’t prepared for, but everything is weighing him down. I liked that Jace was able to give Sol the support Sol needed to start seeing more opportunities and avenues with his nephew and at work. I enjoyed watching Sol realize just how much support he has at the school and with Jace. Sol’s revelations towards the end were hard fought for and well deserved. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll say that a certain set of truths laid out at the right time lead to a very poignant moment. I loved that both Sol and Cameron took the advice given.

While I might have liked initially to have Jace’s perspective, I was convinced it might have given too much away by the end. I loved how he viewed life and learned to accept the changes in his life. His support and belief in Sol were beautiful and much needed. Sol and Jace missed out on their chance as teenagers but took their second chance seriously. I liked that Jace was clear that he wanted to find a way for them to stay together early on and repeated it until Sol believed him. These two are amazing together; I was glad that they got their second chance and ran with it.

Fans of the author will find many old friends in this book. I need to catch up and read True Brit yet, but I’m sure other readers will enjoy seeing Ed again. A visit with Mitch from the His series was fun, and he provided his unique insight as usual. All in all, I enjoyed this one and really can’t wait for Luke’s story to come.

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


~ * ~ Jamies Review ~ * ~

4 Stars

Sol is the second book in the Learning to Love series by Con Riley. It is a second chance romance between two men who always missed the other.

Artist, Solomon aka Sol, is forced to take in his nephew, Cameron, after his mother passes away. Trying to provide the best life possible for him, he accepts a position as an art teacher at a failing school, Glynn Harber, in his hometown of Cornwall. He’s the sole caretaker of his nephew and needs the discounts to afford his schooling. After the headmaster tasks teachers to help find funding for the school, Sol comes face to face with his past. He reconnects with his high-school crush, the reason for his Bi-awakening, Jace. It turns out he might be the key to saving the school and Sol alike.

Jace helps Sol engage with his teenage nephew, Cameron, through street art. Jace is outgoing and easy-going, while Sol is shy and introverted. He could get lost in a face or a painting for all time if he could focus on his art. Sol feels a bit lost and helpless, leading him to live a life on the defense. It’s great watching him open up throughout the book. Watching their journey unfold was sweet. They both deserved a happy ending after the hardships they endured over the years.

The plot was well developed, and I was interested from the first few pages. While most of the book flowed well, there were spots where I wished Sol had been less in his head and talked more freely with Jace. He seemed open to everything Sol needed and wanted, so it could sometimes get frustrating and pull me from the book. It pays off in the end, in my opinion.

This book was not my favorite Con Riley book, but it was well written. Jace was charming, but it was just hard to like Sol at times. That said, I did like it. It was pretty low heat, moderately low angst, and filled with soft as butter love.

I’m 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. ***

CON RILEY lives on the wild and wonderful Welsh coast, with her head in the clouds and her feet in the ocean.

Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that make them live and breathe.

When not people-watching or reading, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her — she’s probably thinking up new plots.




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