Good morning my lovely readers,
We’re celebrating the release day of Lily Morton’s latest book, Milo, book # 2 in her new Finding Home series with a blitz post.
This post also includes my review. So I hope you enjoy it. 🙂
This book catches a few events of the first book in the series, Oz, so some things might be small spoilers but you can perfectly read it as a standalone. 🙂
Read further for a cool excerpt.
Happy reading. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
This book was eagerly awaited when I heard that the second book in the Finding Home series was about Milo, the timid, almost shy assistant who helped Oz getting into his new job in Chi an Mor.
The book starts with content warning and I would suggest to read these first and to ask if you like to read a title with these topics. Although I was prepared to the content with the warnings I realised I was emotionally more attached than expected and the domestic violence of Milo’s former boyfriend is devastating and hurtful to read. Told in the prologue as a flashback scene we get to know how close and connected Milo and Niall are: Niall who’s Milo’s big brother’s friend and also caring about him and in this case protecting him.
This part gave a nice insight of the dynamics between these two and it added depth to the relationship of these two guys, which was hinted but not executed in the previous book. If you ask if you can read the book without knowing Oz I’d say: yes, you can. It’s build the way you can easily pick up the events, we actually skip a few years and see Oz and Silas in their blissfully and happy relationship, with an added family member, their adorable daughter.
I loved these parts when the sweet baby girl was playing a huge role for the growth in Niall’s and Milo’s relationship.
For me it was well-balanced how Niall became more and more smitten about Milo, how his view from “this is my best friend’s brother” to “this guy underneath all this vulnerability is sexy as hell and I care for him” and not on the brotherly side.
Milo, who has a crush on Niall for ages, is hesitant in acknowlinging the new attraction he gets. His somehow strained relationship to his brother, who’s a famous actor and became a bit distant and in ways a riddle for Milo isn’t helping him.
While I understand why the part with the brother was added and make a big part of the second part of the book I was getting a bit angry about Niall‘s behaviour and that he has had a close, as well as sexual relationship with Milo’s brother Gideon up until he’s getting more close with Milo. While it’s technically not cheating the remarks of Gideon sometimes left a stale taste in my mouth, but in his defense it’s pretty clear afterwards what he tried to accomplished and so I’d call his role being the devil’s advocat.
The book was a journey – for the reader as well as the characters and we followed their path in growing and realising new parts of themself. Milo and Niall balance each other out perfectly and the chemisty is there. Niall, who appears as shallow and a bit arrogant is a caring soul and when he loves someone he loves deeply. Milo is his center of attention and it’s quite cute how smitten and enchanted he is.
An incredible read with parts which are definitely not easy to read. With somekind troubled characters loaded with lots of burden but who finally find their path and place in life. 5 out of 5 stars.
Series: Finding Home # 2
Author: Lily Morton
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: February 15, 2019
Publisher: self published
Length: 280 pages
Cover artist: Natasha Snow Designs
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Once upon a time a brave knight rescued a young man. Unfortunately, he then spent the next few years bossing the young man around and treating him like a child.
Milo has been burying himself at Chi an Mor, hiding from the wreckage of his once promising career and running from a bad relationship that destroyed what little confidence he had. Niall, his big brother’s best friend, has been there for him that entire time. An arrogant and funny man, Niall couldn’t be any more different from the shy and occasionally stuttering Milo, which has never stopped Milo from crushing wildly on the man who saved him.
However, just as Milo makes the decision to move on from his hopeless crush, he and Niall are thrown into close contact, and for the first time ever Niall seems to be returning his interest. But it can never work. How can it when Milo always needs rescuing?
From the bestselling author of the Mixed Messages series comes a story about a man who needs to write his own happily ever after.
This is the second book in the Finding Home series, but it can be read as a standalone.
Content warning: There are descriptions of domestic abuse in this book.
“Bloody hell, is that a relation of my husband or a suspect in the Jack the Ripper case?”
I laugh and Cora startles slightly. I shush her and kiss the tiny fingers she holds up to my face. Moving next to him, I stare down at the picture. “He is a bit grim, isn’t he?”
“Grim? Caligula was grim. This is a new and previously undiscovered level of malevolence.” He cocks his head to one side. “Is it my imagination or do his eyes follow you when you move?”
I shake my head. “My remit isn’t to judge. Instead, I reveal what has been previously hidden.”
“While I’m sure that sounds romantic in your head, let’s be realistic. You’ve actually just wiped dirt off a grumpy old git’s face.”
I laugh. “I’m so glad my time at art college wasn’t wasted.”
He looks searchingly at me and opens his mouth but then closes it again. I stare at him. “Oh my God, what were you going to say? It must be bad if it’s made Oz Gallagher shut up.”
He laughs, and I look affectionately at him. I know he’s going to tell me the truth. Oz doesn’t ever shy away from that. He’s my best friend in the world and it comes as a shock to realise that I’ve only known him for a couple of years. He came here to Chi an Mor in all his wisecracking, sassy glory and proceeded to turn everyone’s lives upside down. Footloose and fancy-free, he only intended to stay for a few months and ease the old house into opening to the general public. The best-laid plans always go wrong – or right – and now he’s settled with his husband Silas, the current earl, and they have a beautiful seven-month-old daughter.
He clears his throat and looks at me, and I straighten from kissing Cora’s forehead. “What?”
“I just think that you’re actually a bit wasted here, Milo.”
“Because you’re so bloody talented. People from all over the country are starting to come here to consult with you, and rather than enjoying it you’re stuck in a small, cold room wearing ugly gloves and hunched over a hideous painting. It’s like something from a Dickens novel.”
He pauses for breath and I try to relax my instinctive defensive shield. I don’t need it with him.
He rubs my arm affectionately. “You’re so clever and talented and no one sees it here apart from us, and you need more than that. You should be living it up and going to exotic parties. Mixing with artists and the bohemian crowd.”
I swallow hard at the thought of the people that used to surround Thomas. “I don’t think I’m cut out for a bohemian crowd. They sound quite noisy and tiring,” I manage to say.
“Well, maybe look for a sub-branch. The whispering bohemians or something.”
Author bio – Lily Morton
Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.
She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!
She loves chocolate and Baileys and the best of all creations – chocolate Baileys! Her lifetime’s ambition is to have a bath in peace without being shouted by one of her family.
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