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Release Day Review: Steam, by HJ Welch

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Book Info

Book Series
Homecoming Hearts #4
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
April 17, 2018
Available Formats
ebook only
 Filed on Personal Goodreads shelves: personal 2018, 4 stars 2018, male/male, romance
Bad boy movie star Trent Charles is more famous for his outrageous behavior than he is for his acting these days. After one scandal too many, his manager sends him home to the snowy ski slopes of Wyoming to get his life together. No parties, no fast cars, and certainly no women. 

Ashby Wilcott is done with bad boys. His heart is broken from his last relationship disaster. A few weeks of peace and quiet in the mountains is just what he needs. He is absolutely not interested in moody Trent Charles, even if he is hot enough to melt snow with his rippling muscles and mysterious ways. Good thing Trent is straight. 

But the two men can’t seem to stay apart. Trent finds himself pretending to be Ashby’s boyfriend, a lie that gets Ashby invited to a wedding as Trent’s guest. Regardless of Trent’s protests that he’s not interested in the beautiful Ashby in that way, the chemistry between the two steams up. With only a few weeks together, what harm can they do having a little fun? 

As outside forces threaten to tear them apart, Trent realizes Ashby means more to him than just a fling. In fact, he’ll do anything to protect him. 

Steam is a hot, standalone gay romance novel with a guaranteed HEA and absolutely no cliffhanger.

Editor reviews

1 reviews

great, one sitting read!
 I was gifted my copy of this book, that I write a review was not required. 

This is book 4 in the series, but you do not need to have read the others for this one to make sense. They can be all read as stand alones. I have only read one and tow to date. 

I LOVED books one and two, but for me, this one did not quite hit the spot that they did. 

Don't get me wrong, it's a great read, and I read it in one sitting. My first instinct when starting to write this is 4 stars, and I cannot seem to budge off that! And *insert wailing* I don't know WHY!! 

Trent is sent home, to get his act together after punching a photographer. Ashby ran half way across the world to find himself some space after a break up. The two immediately have a connection but Trent is straight, right?? 

Like I said, it's a great read, some sexy spots, some emotional spots and some cute St Bernard puppy spots. It just....ARGH!!! 

I loved Trent, and what he was trying to do with his dad. He understood that Dad was maybe not in the best of places, and Trent hadn't helped that by not coming home sooner. I loved Ashby, and all his little quirks! Loved the Harry Potter response to everyone! 

I HATE it when I can't figure out what doesn't work for me, you know I do, but it's really bothering me her more so that usual! I love Ms Welch's work, she writes great stories with believable characters in real life situations. Her characters are quirky and unique, she spins a good, well written, well delivered tale. 

Before I go off on a tangent, I'll just say this. You should read these books. They are really excellent,just this one didn't quite hit that spot that Scorch and Spark did. 


4 stars

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