Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Amy's Review of After The Scrum by Dahlia Donovan ~ BLOG TOUR ~ GIVEAWAY ~


Two men, so different, on track for a romantic collision.
Can they survive the impact?

Title: After the Scrum
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Genre: Sweet M/M Contemporary Romance, Sport/Rugby
Release Date: April 1, 2016
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Designer: Claire Smith

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Caddock ‘The Brute’ Stanford lost his brother and rugby career within the same year. The once man-about-town is now a has-been and guardian to his young nephew. Not sure where life will go after the scrum, he decides to purchase a pub in the Cornwall village of Looe. He never expects to fall in lust—and then love.

Francis Keen hides his crippling anxiety behind his eccentric habits, lush interior design, and beloved dog, Sherlock. Alone by choice after an attack in college left him emotionally scarred, he lives by the sea with his gran, resigned to working small jobs for local businesses. Revamping the pub for the new owner is right up his alley—especially when he realizes who the owner is.

Two men, so different, on track for a romantic collision. Can they survive the impact?


After the Scrum by Dahlia Donovan
5 stars
Reviewed by Amy W.

Take a retired rugby player who finds himself suddenly playing father to his nephew, desperately looking for a fresh beginning. That's the essence behind After the Scrum by Dahlia Donovan.

I was impressed that the author included a glossary at the beginning of the story to educate the reader on the use of British English slang used throughout. As someone unfamiliar with rugby, the sports terms were explained well.

Having read several m/m romances, I found this one to be especially well written. Caddock Stanford is a strong athlete whose life has been turned upside down. His interactions with his 4-year-old nephew are quite humorous, especially for someone not used to the demands of a young child.

Meanwhile, the author has set the stage for a budding romance with interior designer Francis Keen. He's the complete opposite of the athletic Caddock, but there is a strong attraction. Francis and his dog can always be counted on for a laugh.

As the story develops, there's a solid focus on the romantic aspect of their attraction. However, there is also a significant amount of spice thrown in. Even though some of the slang expressions were unfamiliar to me, I found the story to be fresh and engaging.

Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

 Hot Tree Publishing

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review for Dahlia <3