Helena Stone

Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Renewal (Dublin Virtues #3) by Helena Stone

We are excited to be a part of the Review Tour for Renewal by Helena Stone! This is a series I’ve really enjoyed and am really impressed with this lasted addition – check out my review to see why! 🙂 I hope you’ll check it out as well as the awesome giveaway!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

 

Buy Links: Pride (Available now) | Amazon US | Amazon UK (Out June 20)
Length: 64,000 words


Publisher:
 Pride Publishing


Blurb

When everything changes, can renewal bring redemption?

Shane Boyle left Dublin for America, burning most of his bridges, certain his future lay in Florida. When a family crisis forces him back to the city he grew up in, he knows his life will never be the same again. With his sister close to death, his mother and five-year-old nephew Danny need him not just to be around but also to be the rock they can depend on. Torn between panic about his new responsibilities and despair at his impending loss, love and a relationship are the last thing on his mind.

Chris Anderson left Australia for Dublin ten years ago with no intention of ever going back. For reasons he can’t explain, even to himself, he hasn’t been in a relationship for almost as long as he’s been in Ireland. Now thirty-five years old, he wonders what happened to his dream of a lasting bond and a family to call his own.

When Shane and Chris hook up one night in a pub, neither knows that the next day they’ll meet again, this time as colleagues in a tattoo parlour. Chris has no idea about Shane’s dodgy past and Shane can’t figure out the mountain of a man who refuses to take no for an answer. Having to reinvent his whole life is only the start of Shane’s process of renewal. Will Chris turn out to be his savior or his downfall?

 

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4 Stars

I feel like I have to start by saying I went into this one wondering how Helena Stone could make Shane into a redeeming character after his jerkiness but she really delivered. I appreciated what Shane was dealing with in Renewal and felt for him and it really did my heart good to see him grow. I adored Chris right from the start and so loved his loyalty towards Shane, not dismissing his crappy behavior in the past but believing in his future. These two really are meant to be.

Shane has returned to Ireland because his sister is on her deathbed and he, along with his mother, will be caring for her young son Danny. (Who is totally heart-meltingly adorable!) He’s back working at the tattoo parlor he used to work for and just trying to make it through each day. Chris works for Troy but ends up helping out at the parlor where Shane works. The two form a very tentative friendship at first, but there is an undeniable connection between them. Shane is good at pushing people away, it’s what he’s always done, but sweet heart Chris isn’t going to let Shane push, not this time.

This story definitely has some heavy, emotional moments that made my heart hurt, but it also had some wonderful smiles and heartwarming ones as well. This is a journey of healing for Shane and allowing someone else in his life in a very real way. Chris is that perfect person for Shane, who won’t take crap from him, won’t make excuses and will love him anyway. I was definitely surprised by this book and really enjoyed it. It’s more of a slow-burn story, really focusing on the relationship and healing. If you’ve read the first two books in this series (which you totally should) definitely give Shane a second chance!

Author Bio
Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.
The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.
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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Equality (Dublin Virtues #2) by Helena Stone

 Today we are a part of the review tour for Equality (Dublin Virtues #2) by Helena Stone. This is a sweet, touching story and I loved Lorcan and Eric! I hope you’ll check out my review and there’s a fantastic giveaway too!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

Buy Links: Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Length: 58,300 words


Dublin Virtues Series

Patience (Book #1) Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Renewal (Book #3) Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Blurb

Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?

Lorcan Barratt has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.

Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong?

When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a yes-vote cost them their relationship or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?

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4 Stars

After reading Patience I was very intrigued by and looking forward to Eric and Lorcan’s story and Helena Stone definitely delivered! I would definitely recommend reading Patience first since this book picks up where Patience ended and it would be good to know the other characters.

Eric and Lorcan shared some flirting and a hot kiss before he left for three months for work, but now he’s back and it’s time to see if that chemistry between the two men is real. I loved their reunion and seeing how their relationship grows. It’s not especially easy for Lorcan, never really having had a relationship and also not really expecting to ever be in one. He doesn’t think he’s right for that kind of thing but being with Eric makes him question that belief. Lorcan is incredibly passionate about equality and is something he is fighting for, and when Eric joins in with him the two get even closer. But Lorcan has major issues with his family and their lack of acceptance of him and as the vote for equality comes closer, those issues and his anxiety take hold.

Eric is a genuine, straight forward character who is just easy to love. I definitely saw him as the foundation here but as Lorcan struggles he certainly does too. He wants to support Lorcan and be there for him, but Lorcan has to learn that he can open up to him and have that communication. Their story isn’t overly angsty, but it definitely has feeling!

I really enjoyed this book, Lorcan and Eric did make my heart so very happy! I was rooting for them and the referendum! This story has a great mix of moments that touch your heart and make you smile. It also has a wonderful message of love and acceptance that Helena Stone delivers beautifully. I am already looking forward to more in this series.

*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book for The Geekery Book Review.


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Author BioHelena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.

Helena can be found in the following places:

Website
Blog
Facebook
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Twitter
Goodreads
Amazon Author Page
Pinterest

Email: helenastoneauthor@gmail.com

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Release Blitz & GIVEAWAY: Equality (Dublin Virtues #2) by Helena Stone

 Today we are excited to share the release blitz for Equality (Dublin Virtues #2) by Helena Stone! I really enjoyed the first book in this series and am really looking forward to Lorcan and Eric! Make sure to check out the awesome giveaway too!
Happy Reading!
~Jenn

 

Buy Links: Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Length: 58,300 words

Dublin Virtues Series

Patience (Book #1) Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Renewal (Book #3) Pride | Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Blurb

Love is love. But what if the fight for equality gets in the way of building a relationship?

Lorcan Barratt has never considered himself relationship material. After his parents made it perfectly clear they’d never welcome a partner of his into their home, he learned to love his own company and can’t imagine sharing his life with another. After a single passionate kiss with Eric Kavanagh—the night before he travels to Canada for three months—Lorcan’s no longer sure he wants to be on his own. The problem is, he has no idea what sharing his life with someone else might entail.

Eric Kavanagh grew up in a loving and supportive family and always assumed he’d end up in a committed relationship. Sure that he’s found the one, Eric doesn’t worry about the fact that Lorcan has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. They are good together, so what could possibly go wrong?

When both men get involved in the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, it appears to bring them even closer together until Lorcan’s insecurities get the upper hand and he shuts Eric out. Will the fight for a yes-vote cost them their relationship or will they be able to find a balance between the love they share and the need for equality?

Author BioHelena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.

The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.

Helena can be found in the following places:

Website
Blog
Facebook
Facebook Author Page
Twitter
Goodreads
Amazon Author Page
Pinterest

Email: helenastoneauthor@gmail.com
 

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Review Tour & GIVEAWAY: Patience by Helena Stone

 

Buy Links: Pride Publishing (Early download)



Pre-Order: Amazon US | Amazon UK  (March 28)



Cover: Emmy Ellis



Length: 62,945 words



Publisher: Pride Publishing



Blurb



Patience is a virtue. But what if you wait too long?



While Xander Ekman’s dream of becoming a successful artist has come true, his love life has gone from bad to worse. Sick of the endless string of one-night stands, he accepts the challenge when his best friend, Erik, bets him that he can’t be celibate for a month. Now all he needs is a reminder to keep his distance in the heat of the moment.



Troy Moriarty doesn’t have time for love. He’s too busy trying to keep his recently opened tattoo parlor afloat. Besides, ever since the man who was supposed to be his business partner abandoned him to run the shop on his own, he has a hard time trusting others.



When Xander turns to Troy for a tattoo that will remind him to be patient, the attraction is instant. But faced with Xander’s month of celibacy, Troy’s trust issues, and a nemesis lurking in the background, their relationship may be doomed before it has a chance to begin.

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4 Stars

Patience is a story I really enjoyed and found myself totally invested in – it’s a slow burn story of two men who have both been burned in the past trying to figure out if they can find real love. I really enjoyed Xander and Troy’s story and am already looking forward to more in this series.

Xander is a successful artist, living his dream professionally, personally not so much. He lives in an endless string of one night stands and when his best friend Eric calls him on it the two men make a bet – Xander has to be celibate for a month. Troy is struggling to make his business a success after his business partner leaves him high and dry after Troy set up the business. He doesn’t trust easily anymore and doesn’t want to get hurt again. When Xander walks into his tattoo shop to get a special tattoo the two seem to click right away. But, both men are hiding secrets that threaten to destroy anything they may be building together.

I really liked these characters, I felt like I really got to know them and understand what they were feeling. There is a slow, hesitant burn between them that can definitely be felt. There’s a lot of push and pull, Xander has the bet though and Troy resistant for his own reasons. Their attraction is undeniable though. I loved that they got to know each other though, it wasn’t insta-sex that takes over the story. It really is about the build up between them.

This is the kind of story where you really get to know the characters and their journey and I really enjoyed it! Xander and Troy are so easy to love as are their best friends Lorcan and Eric. This was a fun, romantic story that gets right to the heart. I really enjoyed it and definitely look forward to more in this series, and yeah, I’m really hoping for a Lorcan and Eric story, I felt just as invested in them by the end as I was in Xander and Troy. Definitely a great start to a new series.

*I received an advanced copy to review for The Geekery Book Review.

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Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.



The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.



Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.



Helena can be found in the following places: 

 

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