"Racing Into Love," by Noah Steele
New Adult Gay (M/M) Romance
Aiden Reed is stuck in a major boy rut.
Every date ends in something worse than disaster—boredom.
That is, until star racer Derrek Luna crashes the end of a terrible date at Aiden’s cozy bookstore. Derrek’s confident charm and killer good looks throw Aiden’s quiet, cautious world into chaos when he says he wants a shot at Aiden’s heart.
Derrek is sure Aiden is different. He’s sure Aiden won’t just vanish without a word. Not like the others did. But the closer Derrek gets to the man who charmed him without a word from across a crowded room, the more his life on the track threatens to keep them apart.
Aiden is ready to take the risk—he thinks.
What if Aiden’s panic attacks scare Derrek away?
What if Derrek’s ghosts come back to haunt him?
…what if it doesn’t matter because they’re already in love?
Racing into Love is a gay instalove romantic drama ready and waiting to take you from zero to sixty with every turn of the page.
I had the pleasure this week of reading the delightful Cut to the Feeling series by Noah Steele. He offered me books one and two plus a companion novella several months ago as a sort of “package deal.” It was so much fun to start with Aiden and Derrek in Racing Into Love, then follow Oliver into his own love story with Seth in Fighting for Love, while rounding out the experience with the tasty treat of Beckett and Alex’s darling first time romance in Act of Love.
I’m not usually a fan of instalove, but Steele handles it well. I wish I could’ve seen Derrek’s POV to better understand just what it was about Aiden that had him going so gaga, so quick, but sometimes a bit of mystery adds to the experience. Plus, I enjoyed their dynamic and the opportunities both had for growth throughout the story. When we finally reached their HEA, it was well earned. And preceded by an unexpected twist that my readerly heart adored.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves m/m romance but especially those who thrive on that jolt of fantasy and magic inspired by a well-played instalove.
So, what are you waiting for? Racing Into Love—and both of the stories below, which I’ll be providing brief reviews of, as well—are available for your immediate reading pleasure. And they’re all on Kindle Unlimited too!
When daydreamer Oliver Park falls—literally—into the arms of a boy he’s never seen at the coffee house before, the spark of mystery muscle boy Seth Kane’s touch sends him reeling.
He hasn’t felt anything like it since he was in love with his ex-boyfriend turned best friend Aiden. When Seth asks Oliver out, the immediate heat between them is too great to ignore.
But Seth is holding back.
Are stolen moments with Oliver enough, or will Seth’s growing love risk putting a target on Oliver’s back? Someone dangerous stands in the way of the new couple’s happily ever after. Someone willing to do whatever it takes to keep Seth and Oliver apart.
Can Seth get close to Oliver without letting the sweet, soft boy get too close?
What if the truth sends Oliver running scared?
Is their whirlwind romance worth the fight?
Fighting for Love is book 2 in the Cut to the Feeling series. It is a gay instalove romantic drama that is better read as part of the series.
I fell for Ollie in book one, so when I realized book two followed him on his own much deserved journey to HEA, I was stoked. Oliver was one of those characters that really sticks with you. He’s an amazing best friend to Aiden, and just overall a wonderful and adorable human.
The danger in this book really kept me yearning for that HEA. Steele did a great job of balancing the tension with the romance. He kept the story moving at an enjoyable pace while never letting the reader forget how much they really, really wanted Seth and Oliver together.
A sudden change of academic plans throws theater nerd Beckett Benson into an unexpected partnership with campus hockey god Alex Hayes.
When Alex jumps at the chance to act in a love scene for their drama final, Beckett refuses—until Alex gives him a reason not to.
It only takes one kiss for both boys to know they want more, but with one week before their final project—and their time together—ends, will the instant spark between them burn bright or burn out?
Acts of Love is a side story novella set in the Cut to the Feeling series. It is a gay instalove nerd/jock + first time romance with a guaranteed HEA that can stand alone alongside the series.
Another instalove handled quite nicely by Steele. As a novella, their story lacked some of the elements I truly enjoyed in books one and two, but it was still a satisfying romance with a thought out plot.
I went a bit squish for Beckett. His theater geek self was just too adorable, and Alex’s hot-jock presence was the perfect pairing to draw out some of my favorite tropes. This story could standalone without the others very well, but there was still enough influence from the other Cut to the Feeling books that it felt like part of the world. Overall, it was a wonderful addition to the series and I can’t wait to see what else Steele creates!
Until next time,