Pier Pressure by Anyta Sunday - Review, excerpt and giveaway

"I struggled to put Pier Pressure down, finishing it in a matter of hours." - Jacquie.

From the blurb:

Plenty of fish in the sea.

But what if there is no “plenty”? What if Leon Finn is a lone fish? A lone fish in a glass bowl

swimming in hopeful but ultimately lonely circles forever?

Dumped and forced to retreat to his tiny-town seaside bach, it’s time for Leon to cast some lines, and quick! Prove to everyone—(*cough*) ex, mother, other ex who he’s now accidentally living with—that he’s a catch.

Only no one is biting.

It sucks, but it’s solvable.

With his trusty sewing machine and endless stash of fabric he’ll make himself into the ultimate suitor. Stitch this right up.

But as a certain someone keeps whispering in his ear, is this the right way?

Jacquie's Review:

I've missed Anyta Sunday's books! Pier Pressure is a return to small towns, charming mc's and squirmy second hand embarrassment.

Seriously, I had to put the book down a couple of times to brace myself to get through the scenes. I was that invested in Leon that I felt it like it was happening to me.

Although they hook up pretty early on, the romance really is a slow burn, but so worth it. I adored Leon and Damon together and while I'd have liked the ex to have more karma against him, Leon being truly loved and valued for who he was, is probably better.

This one goes into the re-read pile.

Rating: 5 Stars

SNik's Review: 

Standalone. Second chance. Hurt/comfort. Slow burn. Single POV. 

After a nasty break up Leon returns to his small hometown and inadvertently ends up living with his childhood ex-boyfriend and town handyman Damon. 

Leon is seeking a new boyfriend and a series of adventures has him creating chaos everywhere, but Damon is always there to help bail him out. There are glimpses of Damon wanting more and Leon is clueless to the overtures, thinking Damon is still a playboy. 

This was a fun story, with truly likable characters in Leon and Damon, as well as an entertaining secondary cast of characters. 

Really, a true rom-com romp, with Leon getting himself into crazy situations, and Damon always encouraging and protecting him. Damon is patient and committed (I wish we got his POV), and Leon is quirky and relatable in so many ways being an introvert and happy, both men are generous with their affections. 

A swoony HEA for this couple that got a well deserved second chance at love.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Angel's review:

I was giggling and smiling as soon as I started this book. I truly feel for Leon. He has a lot of bad luck. Nothing is going his way, his boyfriend of 3 years just broke up with him and wants half of everything Leon owns, not just that but he says Leon is boring. And Leon...? Well, Leon is starting to think that's true. 

After his ex escorts him out of the house they once shared together, he goes back to the Bach he owns in his hometown. There he tries to become Leon 2.0 with the help of his ex Damon, who won't stop flirting with him. He won't fall for his looks and charms again, not after what happened last time. 

I haven't read a lot of books by Anyta Sunday, but I read the description of this book and knew I had to read it. And I'm so glad that it was so good! It had humor, snark, laugh out loud moments, spicy scenes, intense flirting, trying to be someone you're not, lots of hand sewn pajamas and grannies whom loves their bingo nights. 

This book was such a joy to read. I don't think I've giggled out loud this much in a while. My dog was looking at me weird the whole time I was reading this. It's a pretty decent length for a book, I read this in about an hour but I also could not put this down. I had to read it all. It was just that good! Really nice pacing, I appreciate that the author drew out the two mc's getting together, it wasn't rushed or forced, it was really nice seeing them slowly grow into their feelings for each other. 

I absolutely loved Leon. He's such a sweetheart, and he reminds me so much of myself. Maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much, cause I've been there! I mean, I've never bought eighty bottles of milk before, but I digress. 

I also enjoyed Damon's character. Yes, he was a flirt, but he was also caring and respected Leon's boundaries. All the whole encouraging him to be himself, that it was okay to enjoy staying in rather than going out and that he liked him more when Leon was himself than him trying to be someone he's not. 

I absolutely loved all of the humor that was in here, the background detail and the background and dimensions all of the characters had made this so much better. I've read a lot in 2022, but I think this is definitely in the top 5 for me. 

I highly recommend this to everyone who needs a laugh right now. 

Rating: 5 Stars

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I crouch and stare at it. “Hello.”

It wriggles its tail and swims away. A fish here means someone’s been coming regularly, to change the water and feed it. “Who’s looking after you, hmm?” My cousin Troy lives nearby, he’d be the type to buy a goldfish for his kid without asking his wife first. I can imagine him schlepping it here and regretting his stupidity every time he came by to keep it alive.

It’s stupid, but I’m ridiculously glad I’m not completely alone. Karl and I might not have had sex in six months, but he’d always shared my bed. I was used to someone being in the same room, in the same space, closest to the door. There was something comforting in it. Like, if we got murdered, they’d have to go through him first.

Wind howls around the bach, rattling the windows and whistling down the chimney. There’s the creak of a door on its hinges, and bloody hell. The bach never seemed this freaky in summer . . .

I raid my suitcase and yank on the kiddiest pyjamas I own, my fluffy ducky ones. Maybe if I look innocent enough, a murderer might think twice before offing me, giving me crucial time to—yep, that hearth shovel was coming to bed with me. And . . . and the fish. I couldn’t leave it all alone out here. The killer might . . .

Carefully, I lift the bowl, tuck it to my chest and take refuge in my room.”


I wake up to a shadow looming over me.

I scream and throw blankets into the darkened face. The shovel! Where is it? I plunge an arm down the side of my bed, between the mattress and the wall, and grope for the weapon. Nothing. And meanwhile I’m left in a frighteningly exposed, arse-up position. I forget the shovel and throw myself onto my back, hands balled at the ready.

Before me the figure is muttering something that gets lost under a thick layer of feather-down. A large hand with a vein running down the middle reaches around the duvet and with a whoosh, my cover is yanked off.

Instead of hauling arse out the window with Fishy, I’m asking the intruder to please at once remove himself from my bedchamber. Apparently, I turn into Darcy in panic—“Damon?”

Laughter. As heavy as the ocean, as warm as the dawn spilling into my room. “Well hello, Leon.”

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About the Author:

A bit about me: I'm a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.

Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.

I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Thai.

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