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Ima not going to do the blurb, it’s there for you to read. What I like about this author is how Jay just makes characters come to life. They could be your friends or family or you wished they were your family! Fox is an astute person whose character is golden. He does such a good job of helping Leroy find himself. Leroy has so many inner battles and it is a reality that you could relate to work, life, family, sibling stressors. How we balance or don’t balance our lives or realise there is another person who could help us. So this book starts a bit slow but the story needs this to be creditable and to develop the main characters. Yes I cried, but it isn’t a big angst but enough to get you. The romance and steam is wonderful. This book sucks you in, you feel part of it and their lives. Wanting to be there with them. So again Jay Hogan you are a brilliant writer who has just made me all mushy from reading the story of Leroy and Fox, could’ve read them for another 20 chapters of their life.
I received an ARC of On Board and have been hanging out to post a review. It is truly is an amazing book. Jay Hogan’s ability to capture atmosphere - whether it be the physical or emotional - is on another level, and she weaves the story elements together seamlessly with dialogue that’s not forced or contrived. Not many authors can manage all of that so consistently across so many books. All of the characters, not just the main men, are written with life and personality of their own that builds a whole world you fall in love with. So if you are after a few hours of quality escapism, this is the book to read (any of Jay Hogan’s books are!) especially in the current world environment. For a greater impact read the first book of the series Off Balance, but it’s not necessary.
Another lovely book by Jay Hogan. I've been looking forward to Leroy's Story and it didn't disappoint. I love that Jay manages to create characters that behave badly and yet are still completely loveable. (Except for Cora. I can't stand her). Leroy's and Fox's relationship felt real and it was great to see it develop without losing some of their edges.
This author has done a marvellous job of taking a character I loathed in the previous book, and making me ache for their HEA in this one. Leroy did not treat his brother well at all, and for that, I was adamant I wouldn’t be able to forgive him. But what is spectacularly well-done in this book is the exploration of Leroy’s character; we get to see him as a flawed and vulnerable individual, and it was so genuinely raw that I pretty much fell in love with him myself.
The story itself is another winner. We have a cast of well fleshed-out characters, a sweetly heartfelt slow-burn relationship, mixed in with a dash of emotional angst and engaging external conflict, all amidst a stunningly gorgeous backdrop. Just beautiful!
This is the second book in the Painted Bay series set in New Zealand. It is the story of Leroy and Fox, and enemies to lovers romance. Leroy is in big denial of his sexuality and fights his attraction to Fox big time. It is a raw and gritty story full of angst and anger, guilt and denial. The tension was palpable and the chemistry sizzling. Jay's writing is brilliant, her descriptions of her country make me feel as if i am there. I loved it. Looking forward to more.
I so loved this book. Jay has such a way with words and there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments for me in this book. Snarky but with such a lot of heart. Wonderful story, read it, you won't regret it.
Anything written by Jay Hogan is bloody brilliant. Book two of the Painted Bay series is about Leroy and Fox. We met Leroy and Fox in book 1, Leroy is Judah’s grumpy a-hole brother, and Fox is the son of Martha, Leroy and Judah’s Mum’s girlfriend (phew long winded). When Leroy meets Fox the year before his sudden attraction scares the hell out of him so he becomes a very angry and prickly man. One year on he comes home to find Fox has moved into his house after his Mum Cora invited him to stay. Fox is dealing with a very bad divorce and his ex has literally stripped everything he holds dear away from him - his home, his business and his best friend (now his ex husbands lover). Leroy does not make Fox feel welcome and after many weeks of bitter arguments and sexual tension they find themselves tangled in each other’s embrace. This story is about Leroy discovering he is bi and dealing with pre-conceived ideas and Fox starting a new life with an ex who is constantly wanting to take more and more from him. This is an awesome story and I loved it❤️❤️❤️