Thursday, 14 April 2016

Blog Tour | After The Scrum by Dahlia Donovan | #NEW #MMromance #UKbased #OppositesAttract #Rugby #Review

Title: After the Scrum
Author: Dahlia Donovan
Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 1, 2016

Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Designer: Claire Smith

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

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?


A sweet and charming read of opposites attract of a strapping ex rugby player and a timid interior designer.

Based in England in the south, this was an unexpected tale that took me by surprise. Although I enjoyed the romance of Craddock and Francis there was just something a little lack lustre in the chemistry and impact. I loved the inclusion of the nephew and how Craddock was his sole carer and the interaction between these two was lovely. I also loved Francis and his beloved sheltie dog who was a support dog for him.

There was a nice feel for the setting of the story which I could easily imagine myself being there. For me just a little more spice and passion would have improved my enjoyment of the book. Overall though a three and a half stars read. 

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

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