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Powder & Pavlova, by Jay Hogan

ccreadsbooks_'s review

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5.0


I’m not sure what I expected from the blurb, but what I got was one of the most moving and deeply touching books I’ve read in a long time. All the feels are packed in this page turner but so are the laughs. Main characters Ethan and Tanner are obviously so lovingly written. You can’t stop yourself (I couldn’t) from falling in love with both of them immediately. The cast of supporting characters are bright and add to the wonderful story. Honestly, I’m not surprised, Jay Hogan writes brilliantly and has quickly become one of my most favourite authors. Quick mention, I LOVED that the author including so many regional (New Zealand) touches, it was wonderful and immersive.⁣

janetted's review

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4.0

Powder & Pavlova is a solid, satisfying start to the Southern Lights series! It has just about everything you could ask for: past trauma, personal struggle, instant attraction, age gap and a love that defies the odds. That’s not even mentioning the snarky barista, angsty teen brother, and cheeky best friend you can’t help but adore.

Ethan’s working hard to hold onto his mother’s legacy after losing her a year ago, but it seems the cards are stacked against him. His struggling cafe is a local gem facing numerous challenges: the bank, local competition, and a PITA landlord. Fighting to keep the doors open means Ethan has no time for distractions, and that includes one sexy, older businessman temporarily living in Queenstown. Lucky for us, Ethan is terrible and doing what he should.

rosska22's review

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4.0

I struggle with the rating for this one, because I read the first few chapters, hated every second, put it down for two weeks, and then picked it back up and finished it in a day. I liked it a lot, once I got past the beginning. I was a little miffed towards the end,
Spoiler when Ethan and Tanner both suddenly decide that actually all of their relationship drama could be solved if only Tanner would have agreed to give up everything in his life from the get-go. ????? There's no indication through the book that Tanner wants to change his life or his job, and then right at the end he's suddenly been considering a shift for a while???? No way.
I got over it, but it was a little frustrating. I wished we'd gotten a little more interaction with Tanner and Stef, given that their relationship is so close, but, eh. I'm giving this a 4/5 star rating, but it's really more of a 3.5.

vicki_williams's review

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5.0

Absolutely wonderful. Loved every minute of this book. Great start to a new series. Comes with all the feels, some angst, a drop of drama and a well earned HEA for the 2 amazing main characters.

suze_1624's review

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4.0

3.5+* for a good character based story.
I enjoyed the development of the romance between Ethan and Tanner.
There were enough issues with the cafe to keep interest, but nteresting that the author took the hard option rather than an easy fix.
Kurt seemed well portrayed - teen, dealing with mum’s death, cafe, school, coming out .
Good secondaries - whose story is next?
A bit of angsty ‘adult’ separation at the end, which was always going to be resolved!
Felt it did drag a bit mid story but generally I enjoyed.

shazov's review

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5.0

This book is another perfect example why Jay Hogan has become an auto-buy for me. There's something in her storytelling that just seems to "fit".

I love the slow-burn (but boy does it burn hot once we get there, lol) in this relationship. There's an instant attraction but things don't move too fast. They are allowed to grow, which brings an authenticity to the story which I truly appreciate.

The guys aren't perfect, which also aids in making this all feel real. And when the story ended I wanted more (even though there's a gorgeous HEA in the making) which is another perfect reason to give it the 5 stars I did.

mwlgal's review

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4.0

I really enjoyed this book. Ethan and Tanner are a delightful couple. But it took awhile for them to get there. I liked the premise of the story, beautiful setting, and hot MCs. Ethan had quite the sassy side to his sexual persona. Nice story, not to complicated. Moderate angst. I recommend it. Looking forward to next in series. Nice HFN. Standalone.

regencyfan93's review

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3.0

After pages and pages of the first sex scene, I skipped to the end of the scene. One of the characters talked about laughter during sex, i was sorry to miss the laughter, but not enough to slog through the scene looking for it. I skipped future scenes.

It took a long time for Ethan to notice that his friends and family wanted to help him. I can understand not wanting to burden his brother with troubles, but his employees/friends? Ethan seemed deliberately oblivious and i got frustrated.

I enjoyed the people Ethan worked with or near - Adrian, Lucy, Elle.

beeziereadsromance's review

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4.0

Great low drama age gap romance

This is first book I've read by the author and now I'll be going back to read more.
A well written story about lovely, human characters (and their kooky friends and family) falling in love to the backdrop of the Remarkables. What more could you ask for?

kaje_harper's review

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4.0

Despite a pretty instant attraction, this story moved slowly and organically enough for the romance to feel real. Ethan spent four years traveling the world after high school, trying to find himself, with a lot of fast sex but not a lot of self-discovery along the way. Then his mother revealed that she had cancer, and six months later he finds himself home, trying to keep her beloved cafe running, and big-brothering a fifteen-year-old who resents Ethan for being gone when he was needed and missed at home.

To make matters worse, the cafe is on its financial last legs, with a landlord eager to see it gone. Ethan doesn't really have time or energy for a relationship, but he sure could use someone on his side. That's hardly fair to a prospective date, though, so Ethan doesn't date right now.

Tanner was a champion snowboarder, until a bad spill wrecked his knee beyond repair. It's mostly healed, but he has spent sixteen years avoiding the slopes and any memory of who he once was. Until now, when he's agreed to let his past celebrity open doors for his athletic team PR and support business. He's in Queenstown to do the job, hook his people up with the new generation of athletes, and go home. He's not looking for romance - especially a guy fifteen years his junior - and he plans to stay well away from the slopes.

But when Tanner and Ethan meet, their attraction is fast and hot. What would it hurt, for two gay men to give themselves just a little time out of their demanding lives to hang out? And if Tanner can help a young man with way too much on his plate, what's wrong with that? Before too long, they're in deeper than they'd planned.

The secondary characters in this are varied and interesting, particularly Adrian, the barista. The younger brother felt realistic. I enjoyed the Local setting and I was glad that saving the cafe wasn't some simple thing. The plot held together. There's some angst, but not as much as there might have been with the issues both men were dealing with. I didn't fall hard for these two, but I enjoyed their story, and will read the next one.