Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Release Blitz: Milo by Lily Morton #Excerpt #Review

RELEASE DATE: 02.15.19

COVER DESIGN: Natasha Snow Designs


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.



You know what it's like when you find an author that continues to deliver time after time after time and you know when you begin a new book by said author that you can trust that wherever the story takes you it will be amazing from beginning to end? Lily Morton is like that for me. Ever since I picked up her first book,she has never let me down and only continues to impress me more and more with her wit, her ability to make me connect to her characters on such a deep, emotional level, and of course, with her brilliant and wicked way to make me laugh as well. Because after all, laughter is what makes all the difference in the world. Her newest book, Milo, is a bit darker, has a bit more angst than her previous books, but man, the feels in this one just kept coming and coming and by the end, I was big pile of swoony, mushy emotions. 

Falling for your brother's best friend is a trope I adore. So. Much. Milo Ramsay has had a crush on, and been in love with, Niall Fawcett for a very long time. Milo has worshiped from afar, both his older brother, Gideon, and Gideon's best friend, Niall. Milo has always been shy, a bit of a nerd, awkward and not the most self confident person. To him, Niall has always been larger than life, and someone very much out of his reach. When circumstances arise and Milo needs help getting out of a bad situation, Niall comes to the rescue, no questions asked and is the rock Milo needs in order to find himself again. 

Milo ... ah, wonderful, quiet but fierce, Milo. Man, I can't tell you how much I loved him (though, in all honesty, it was Niall who really ticked all my boxes!). His soft nature, the way he keeps picking himself up and pushing himself to be brave, his loyalty, his quick wit all made me a fan. He's just an all around fabulous character. It really takes Niall though, to bring out the sassy, strong, and sharp Milo that's been lurking beneath the surface. Niall is my favorite type of character. You know the one who comes across as a bit of an asshole, but there's such a sweet side to him that it just makes him even more irresistible. He's loud and unapologetic about his sexual past (a thing I'm most appreciative of) and embraces life with both hands. He's brash and flirty and protective...especially when it comes to Milo. The thing is, with his larger than life personality, he could have easily been written to overshadow Milo but thanks to Lily Morton's deft and careful writing, instead Niall gives Milo the space to learn about himself, to grow and to understand his needs and wants better. I simply LOVED Niall, so very much. 

Each book of Lily Morton's is exceptional--the characters vivid and real, the imagery evocative, the emotions she pulls from her characters and then leaves her readers with are sharp and poignant and man she can make you laugh like no other. In Milo, I loved how big a part Oz, Silas, and Cora played and I'm SO intrigued by Gideon. I won't spoil anything but I know he's got something big in store for him. If you haven't yet picked up one of Lily's books, you must fix that ASAP. She'll make you laugh and sigh with happiness and feel like you're meeting new friends that you can't wait to get to know better from the very first page. She will leave you filled with joy and warmth and feel like you're home.


“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.”

Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.
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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