Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Ache by Marley Valentine

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(A standalone)

Publication Date: June 22, 2021

Genre/Tropes: Friends-to-Lovers/MM Romance

Author: Marley Valentine

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars



An achingly deep, beautiful book. Ache delves into touchy subjects, but it’s written with such personal emotion, that it transports the reader to an entirely different level to deliver all the feels.

Gael and Jordan have been friends since Kindergarten, but at some point those friendship feelings changed, at least for Jordan. However, Jordan kept them under lock and key as his BFF, Gael was straight. It isn’t until Gael’s bachelor party that all of those pent up feelings come out, but how do you lock back up what has now been released, especially when the man you love is getting married to someone else, a woman at that?

Gael is engaged to Elena and he does love his fiancee. However, if he really looked deep at his feelings, he loves Jordan more. He knows it’s messed up and he shouldn’t have feelings for his best friend when he’s engaged to someone else, but when Jordan takes him away for his bachelor party, to celebrate his pending marriage no less, Gael let’s his pent up feelings known. What’s the worst that could happen?

This book is so much more than two men lost in a craze of lust and emotion. They discuss the ramifications of what could happen should they pursue anything. They talk about their past, their future, the possibilities, they look at every angle and I love that they consider not just them but the ripple effect of how their actions will affect those they love. This is a book about real world consequences based in a fictional setting. I LOVE THIS!! It pulls on those deep heartstrings while still connecting to the characters. I was completely immersed in Gael and Jordan’s story the entire time and loved reading a new author.

I loved discovering a new author and I will not hesitate to jump back into something else she writes, as a matter of fact, I’m already itching to seek out more.

Ache brings the feels, the angst, and the right amount of steam to be an excellent read.


From USA Today bestselling author Marley Valentine comes an all new emotional, friends-to-lovers gay romance.

I couldn’t tell you when I fell in love with Gael Herrera, but I wish I knew how to make it stop.

Falling in love with a straight man is a rookie mistake. But falling in love with my soon-to-be-married-to-a-woman best friend is nothing but heartache.

Through all the years, and all the men I’ve fooled around with, he’s always been at the back of my mind. An unrequited crush I wish I could shake. A dream that was never going to come true.

When I whisk him off to a surprise bachelor party weekend in Vegas, I surrender to the idea that this is an opportunity for me to finally let go of my feelings for him and say goodbye.

But after a heated exchange and an even hotter kiss, everything I thought I knew about our friendship changed.

Maybe I had it wrong. Maybe, after all this time, we were more than best friends. Maybe, just maybe, he felt it too.



ACHE By Marley Valentine
Release Date: 22nd June, 2021
Narrators (Audio release Date TBA): Gomez Pugh and Teddy Hamilton

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