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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Release day review of Equality by Helena Stone

Equality (Dublin Virtues #2) by Helena Stone 4*
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?

My Review: I received a free copy for review purposes.  I was looking forward to reading this having recently read Patience the first book in the series. It was lovely seeing the four friends interact again and I loved how Lorcan and Eric seemed to fall so easily into a relationship. Not that it was all hearts and roses as Helena sets the whole story around the Ireland referendum for Equality for LGBTQ People and their right to get married. I liked seeing this momentous occasion from the point of view of the people involved (even if they are fictional!) as it gave the whole story a sense of tension that didn't relate to the romance, mind, the romance wasn't without it's odd hiccups to add spice to the story. Over all I really enjoyed it and hope to read book three, Renewal soon.

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Title: Equality
Author: Helena Stone
Series: Dublin Virtues Series #2
Length: 58,300 words
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: 23 May 2017
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?

Buy Links
Patience (Book #1) 
Renewal (Book #3) 
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. 
Helena can be found in the following places:
Email: helenastoneauthor@gmail.com
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