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Personal Review: Scorch, by HJ Welch

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Book Series
Homecoming Hearts#1
About the Author
HJ Welch is a contemporary MM romance author living in London with her husband and two balls of fluff that occasionally pretend to be cats. She began writing at an early age, later honing her craft online in the world of fanfiction on sites like Wattpad. Fifteen years and over a million words later, she sought out original MM novels to read. She never thought she would be any good at romance, but once she turned her hand to it she discovered she in fact adored it. By the end of 2016 she had written her first book of her own, and in 2017 she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a fulltime author. 

She also writes contemporary British MM romance as Helen Juliet
Publication Date
October 02, 2017
Available Formats
ebook and paperback
274 pages
filed on personal shelves: 2018 reads, 5 star reads, male/male, crime/thriller, romance, too stinking cute, personal 2018
At twenty-three, bad boy Blake is facing what most don't see until decades later: the end of his career. His record label has dropped his band, and he's got no place to go but home. Except when he gets there, it's only to discover his entire life has been turned into a reality TV show. 

Elion isn't where he wanted to be. A barista in a town so small he knows every customer by name, his world is about to be turned on its head when Blake - and the attending media circus - walk right through his door. And like a fool, in front of thousands of viewers, Elion feels that old spark reignite.

Blake isn't sure he's a man's man, but his producer assures him that a fling will be great for ratings. It helps that Elion's set on showing him what being with a guy can really be like. As reality and fiction begin to blur, falling in love becomes tantalizingly possible. Dangerously so, as a real-life superfan decides that Blake belongs to him.

Elion will have to fight if he's to keep the man who's fallen into his arms, but Blake will also have to fight to keep Elion safe from harm.

Scorch is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a guaranteed HEA and absolutely no cliffhanger.

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a deliciously sexy read!
I was gifted my copy of this book, that I write a review was not required, however, I found this review written up on my desk when I cleared it off, so here it is!

Faced with the end of his boy band career, 23yr old Blake runs home to his family, only to find his parents have signed him up to an internet reality show. Elion happens to have had a crush on Blake since school. When the film crew following Blake blow an innocent encounter into something massive, Blake finds himself with Elion as a boyfriend. What starts off as a fictitious relationship rapidly turns into a real one for both young men. But someone doesn't want Blake to have Elion and both men could be in grave danger. 

How I can file a book on the "crime/thriller" shelf AND the "too stinking cute" shelf is beyond my current comprehensive, but when a book tells me that's where it needs to be, who am I to argue! 

The crime bit comes from the stalker/superfan who has targeted Blake as the object of their affections. I did see that one coming at me a mile off, though, and it's great to watch my ideas unfolding correctly. Ms Welch knows how to keep you on your toes, and even if I did see who it was, I did NOT see it going down like that! 

And the too stinking cute bit is the way Elion and Blake develop their relationship. Because, yes, in the beginning, it was all for show, it very quickly became something else for both of them. Something very REAL. And I loved watching that happen!

A very delicious, steamy, sexy read. 

5 stars

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