Title: As the Leaves Fall AND As the Ice Melts
Series: Love for the Seasons 1 & 2
Author: R.J. Jones
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: March 18, 2016 and April 1, 2016
The perfect job or the perfect man. Surely Aiden and Noah can have both, right?
Aiden Turner's world flipped upside down when his vengeful ex-boyfriend destroyed a major project, costing his uncle’s architectural firm an important client. Feeling guilty, Aiden has since sworn off all romantic involvement with anyone he works with.
Noah Walker is getting ready to interview for his dream role when he catches Aiden’s eye on the London Tube. They strike up a conversation, and even though the attraction sizzles between them, Noah must decline the offer of a morning coffee. The interview is crucial, and he needs to focus on getting the job, not getting a date.
When Aiden discovers the enigmatic man on the train is the same man he is interviewing, he is torn. But he knows Noah is the right man for the job, and he attempts to put some professional distance between them. However, it's not long before Noah makes his way under Aiden’s skin.
Neither man can afford to risk their employment, but keeping their relationship a secret takes its toll. When things get ugly, they need to decide what’s more important—or if the job is worth the sacrifice.
Okay, I now have a new author to add to my M/M romance favorites list! This is the first time I've read an RJ Jones story, and I loved it :-) Loved the storyline, great characters, a bunch of sexual tension, and an ending that left me with a big smile.
I really loved Aiden and Noah. They work so well together, which made the sexual tension between them as they tried to keep things professional between them all the more gripping. I did get frustrated with Aiden from time to time, but totally understood his position, especially given the things that happened in the past. I liked how supportive Noah's mother and best friend were too. Marcus was annoying and sometimes just a downright ass. But all of the characters worked great as a group in the overall story.
The setup is perfect, setting the taboo office romance up quite well (okay, taboo because it's not allowed in their company). It gives things a chance to develop slowly and really ramps up the tension. I love that we get both Aiden and Noah's points of view as it gives the story so much more depth. I found myself really caught up in the two of them!
As the Leaves Fall is a wonderful, well-rounded story that just makes you feel good, and was a 5-star read for me. I'd highly recommend it to M/M romance fans 18+ (for adult language and M/M sexual content).
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As hearts begin to thaw, a betrayal of trust threatens to put out the flames.
When Marcus McDonald receives a formal warning from his employer, he knows it’s time to tuck tail and head home to Manchester. His medical condition forces him to keep people at arm’s length, and it wouldn’t be the first time his temperament has landed him in trouble.
All Adam Radney wants is some time to paint, but his father’s death, leaving Adam and his mum up to their ears in debt, means taking on two jobs. Working at the family’s run-down Manchester fish and chip shop, Adam is confronted by a new, surly face in town and instantly dislikes the icy newcomer. So what if he pushes all of Adam’s hot buttons?
When the ice melts and things heat up between Marcus and Adam, Adam thinks all his dreams have come true. With Marcus’s help, new customers arrive and the chip shop starts to flourish, easing Adam’s mind. But when Adam puts all his trust in Marcus on the busiest night the shop has seen in years, thing go awry and it leaves Adam with more questions than answers.
Okay, after thinking Marcus was a real ass in the first book of this series, I feel really bad now. I LOVE Marcus. After reading As the Ice Melts, I just wanted to wrap him up in a big hug and not let go.
While reading the first in the series wouldn't keep you from enjoying this story, I do highly recommend reading As the Leaves Fall first, I think it will really enhance your enjoyment of this book...especially if you felt about Marcus how I did before I started As the Ice Melts. Here in the second book, we still have the great writing that lets the story flow smoothly and gets you wrapped up in the characters. We also get to see the reasons behind the attitude Marcus puts out.
When Marcus and Adam first meet, you would never imagine the two of them together. But we all know better, and every time after things keep warming up between them...even if their first time together is a bit unconventional and seems just like a hookup. But as time goes on and we get to see them together more and more, it's hard to imagine them not being together.
I want to give props for the supporting characters of Colin and Jerry. It made me smile the way they kept wanting to pull in a third (or even fourth) into their intimate encounters, and the support they show for Marcus is simply outstanding. Marcus couldn't ask for two better friends.
But Marcus still has that bit of personal medical history that he hasn't shared, his secret from Adam...which causes him a bit of anxiety, and you know how secrets turn out, right? So when things come to a head and everything hits the fan, my head was going crazy not just with their relationship hanging in the balance, but also worrying about Marcus. The same Marcus that I just wanted to smack upside the head in the first book.
As the Ice Melts was a fantastic 5-star read for me, and for those fans of M/M romance who haven't started the series yet, I'm going to poke you now to go use that one-click finger, because I promise you'll be really happy you did. Recommended for 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content. I can't wait to read more in this series!
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“This book is a great example of why I love M/M romance books.” - Goodreads Reviewer for As the Leaves Fall
“This is a fun, easy read that will keep you entertained all the way through.” - Alpha Book Club for As the Leaves Fall
“When I finish reading this the first thing to come to my mind was WOW this was really really good!” - Goodreads Reviewer for As the Ice Melts
RJ started as a reader and eventually made the progression to reviewing. It wasn't until two men popped into her thoughts, insisting on telling her their story that she started to write. It started with one scene. A hot and dirty one in the shower.
RJ's initial thought was if she could write their scene then they'd shut up and allow her to concentrate on other aspects of the day. That shower scene was 3000 words long and three hours of work. But they didn't shut up. They told her their entire story and she didn't sleep for days. Sometimes she couldn't keep up with what they were telling her and she had to keep a notebook by the bed.
Whilst RJ was writing their story a side character decided he needed his story told too. Then other characters followed suit.You see the problem? If RJ ever wants to sleep again then she needs to write.RJ is a wife and a mother to two boys. Even her dog is a boy.She is surrounded by males.
RJ writes emotionally charged, character driven romances. Her guys will always get their HEA, but it will never be easy.