Blog Tour ~ Necessary Space by Kate Hawthorne (Review + Giveaway)


by Kate Hawthorne

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Release Date: March 8, 2023

Cover Design:

Samantha Santana @Amai Designs

Genre: M/M Romance

Trope: Annoyances to lovers, age-gap, older submissive/arrogant young dominant



What’s the only thing more annoying than my years-too-young neighbor?

The way I want him more than air.

There are plenty of things I don’t like about my new home in California, and my neighbor, Miles, is at the top of the list. He’s smug and arrogant, he speaks out of turn. And even though I should have learned my lesson about fast-talking, younger, dominant men when I broke up with my ex, I want him. For better or worse, Miles and I are on the same page and that’s why we decide there’s no harm in taking things between us someplace a little more private.

Good thing it’s only a physical connection between us because I could never be with a man like him for the long term…


Can I tease my well-dressed and thick-thighed older neighbor into bed?

I’m not sure, but there’s no harm in trying.

There’s never been a man who twists me up inside the way Hendrix does, and from the very first time he tells me yes, I know I’m going to demand a thousand more agreements out of his gorgeous mouth before I’m anywhere close to being done with him. He says he only wants me for my body, but it’s not long before things between us feel anything but casual. Hendrix thinks I can’t tell he’s being cautious with me, that I don’t know his worries about the past repeating itself are a constant threat in his head.

Joke’s on him, though. Hendrix makes me want to be a better man and I’m not going to stop until I prove that I’m worthy of a partner like him, even if I stumble more than once along the way.

What’s the only thing scarier than falling in love with the older man who’s determined not to trust me? Giving him the space to discover he can.

Necessary Space is a 76,000 word age gap romance where coffee is a love language, annoying neighbors become lovers, kneeling is so much more than an act of submission, and love can be found all in good time.

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~ * ~ Jamies Review ~ * ~

4.75 Stars

Necessary Space by Kate Hawthorne is an “annoying neighbor-to-lovers” story. This fairly low-angst contemporary MM romance features an age gap and lots of kinky fun.
Hendrix moves to California for a job and starts over after a breakup with his boyfriend/dominant. He’s not happy being in California. He misses home. His annoying neighbor calling him “buddy” isn’t helping things either. His much younger, very attractive, intense neighbor. A man who is crawling under his skin.
Miles is a menace in many ways. A very sexy, dominant menace. He teases those close to him and almost seems to be very indifferent toward others. His expectations are high, and his walls are even higher. He doesn’t expect anyone to meet his needs in or outside the bedroom. He’s satisfied with hook-ups and hanging out with his best friend slash roommate Grayson. That is until his handsome neighbor turns his world upside down.
I’m not sure I can summarize this book in a way that does it any real justice. The banter, the flirting, the dialogue. It’s brilliant. Both men know straight away that they’ll be gone for the other quickly if they enter into anything. They just hit it off so well and realize they can provide what the other has been missing in their life. Regardless of what you thought you wanted or when you wanted it, finding your person makes everything click into place. Even though this story has instalove vibes, I think it’s different because of the characters’ dynamic and overall chemistry. The way to continue to grow with each other and not stay so rigid was nice to see too.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was deliciously kinky but had just enough of the ooey-gooey goodness I love. There were some great side characters, and I am really 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. ***


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About the Author

With over two dozen published romances to her name, Kate Hawthorne has built a recognizable brand around telling emotional stories that pack a figurative (and sometimes literal) punch.

Existing on a steady diet of wine and coffee, Kate spends her days dreaming up angsty stories full of heat, kink, and heart. Kate now lives in Louisville, where she writes romance, reads romance, and hides from the humidity.

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