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Full Balance

(Peachtree #3)

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Love doesn't always look the way you expect.

Russ Bishop and Stephen Parker have settled into wedded bliss.

They've taken a new step forward, moving into a spacious new condo together. And not only have they found professional success, their connection in the bedroom is as sizzling as ever.

Parenthood has never been a part of either of their plans for the future but when thei
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Kindle Edition, 452 pages
Published October 22nd 2020 by Two Peninsulas Press
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Rachel Emily
It's a little bit bittersweet writing this review, because this is the last book in the trilogy with Russ and Stephen! I have absolutely LOVED getting to read about their journey to love and a full HEA, and honestly, this entire story was a treat since I never knew we'd be getting a third/new story with them!

The third book starts off a couple years after Russ and Stephen get married. They are settled happily into domestic bliss, continuing to work and live together in happiness, and I just love
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Bibliophile
Mar 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This review is for the entire series. Wow! What an epic tale! This is not your typical romance. It almost reads like a documentary of these two men's life. You get the romance and heated sex scenes, yes, but you also get a complex and detailed story of their life which is filled with ups, downs, unexpected moments, and growth and development over time. It was far more realistic, grounded, and real that most romances you'll likely read. Overall, I found the entire series to be well-told and enjoy ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Full Balance, the third book in the Peachtree series, is a wonderful read. This Brigham Vaughn book easily picks up on Russ and Stephen's life a couple years after their wedding.

Now married, Russ and Stephen are in a great place in their lives. But things are ever changing and they need to deal with Russ's new interest in being foster parents.

Austin's a teen at the LGBT center who suddenly he needs a new foster home. His backstory is heart wrenching, and his abandonment issues had me wanting to
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E.Muddle
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
A wonderful ending to this wholesome series about finding love and family. I’ve loved the journey Russ and Stephen have taken and I enjoyed that this one was focused on how they have settled into their married lives. It is honestly a treat that we got this instalment to see more of their HEA, and it comes with them opening up their lives to the sweetheart that is Austin. Austin’s story will make your heart ache a little, but with Russ and Stephen there for him, it all ends happily and beautifull ...more
Brenda Moser
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the third and final book in the series. The author once again brings Stephen and Russ , still as strong and in love after two and a half years. Volunteering at the LGBTQ and youth group , Russ thinks he's interested in fostering and adopting a youth in need of a home. Their new addition just adds even more love in their home. I enjoyed seeing past characters and enjoyed reading their story. I especially loved the epilogue! Highly recommend this book/series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC o
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Fernanda Parente
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great ending for an excellent series.
This book has been more than two years since Stephen and Russ's marriage, and the relationship remains sexy and stable.
They decide to volunteer for LGBTQ youth and meet Austin
I'm not going to say anything else to try this great book.

I received an arc in exchange of a honest review
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JD Crittendon
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love Begets Love!

Russ & Stephen are falling in love again with a complicated, surly young teen named Austin, let the turmoil begin. Same good storytelling as the last two books in this series. As mentioned, the story is heavy on detail, a bit charming, full of well-developed characters with a soap opera-ish premise. Enjoyable!
I do want to know: did Addie & Joseph get married? Will there be a Marcus & Dan love story?
Heather
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First off I just want to say, "say it ain't so, this can't be the end of Russ and Stephen". Okay I got that off my chest😉. I have loved these two since Brigham Vaughn originally released their story in what was then called Equals and kept devouring their journey with each new entry in that series. In the past few months when she re-released them in The Peachtree Series, I once again fell in love with the pair all over again. Now we see the finale to their journey or at least until Russ and Steph ...more
Brianne McCallum
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I was given a free arc copy from the author for review.

This is not a standalone. This is the 3rd book for this particular couple and the 4th book in the series. There was also Trust the Connection which is about Stephen's ex Jeremy and the young man named Evan that Stephen and Russ met at Stephens fathers funeral. There will also be other books in the series so I will definitely be keeping my eye out for those. Every book in this series has been fantastic.

This book was a wonderful way
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Amy Stauffer
I was both dreading and looking forward to this book. I loved this series from the moment Stephen spilled his coffee on the stairs, to their I Dos, and now when they start the next leg of their journey: parenthood.

I mean, it’s only ‘natural’, right? Not necessarily! Stephen and Russ have had the family discussion. They were on the same page. No kids. Life is funny, sometimes, and can turn on a dime. After filling in at a center for kids who need a place to go, Russ starts having thoughts that he
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Smut Librarian
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full Balance is the continuing story of Russ and Stephen, an established couple who have a comfortable life and great friends. Brigham Vaughn adds a whole new level when Russ decides that their cozy life should be shared by offering all they have with someone less fortunate – by seeking to become a foster family.

We get to experience the benefit of the solid foundation built in the previous two books with the trust and maturity shown by both main characters as they explore this new dynamic in th
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Marion
Oct 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the third book in this series. While it makes it easier to have read the other books first, it is not necessary to follow and enjoy this story. This is the continuation of Russ and Steven's story. Newly married, they have settled in for wedded bliss. Russ encourages Steven to give back to the LGBTQ community. They both end up volunteering at the Open Doors Shelter. Usually working behind the scenes; their professional skill set being put to good use. One day with a manning shortage Russ ...more
Amy Weller
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! The continuation of the sweet and wonderful love story of Stephen and Russ, this time, they have come to the decision to be foster parents. Working at the center has been amazing for them and when Russ meets Austin, he begins to see the need for him and Stephen to do more, like become foster parents. Neither wanted kids but they decide after some thought to go for it. This will lead them to Austin, a young man who loses his foster home when the husband gets a job out of sta ...more
Anne Harris
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
YES YES YES YES
OMG I was so glad to read about Stephen and Russ again I really missed these guys.
I don’t really wanna give much away because obviously this is the third book in the series but to say that these guys are happy with their life with each other every day brings them closer together they are just a perfect pair..

So these guys are still volunteering and they work at the youth centre. This is where they meet Austin and it makes them rethink everything They thought they wanted out of li
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C.B.
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent next phase, jumping off the deep end, parenting. Russ and Stephen were settled into married life. Their careers were booming and they were happy. They volunteered at Open Doors, a LGBTQ community center as a form of giving back and reaching out to help others. Russ, met a preteen, Austin at the center and felt an empathetic pull, while not really understanding why. He and his sister , Kellie were in the foster care system until she aged out. Austin spent a lot of time returning to the ...more
Mrs.V
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
After finished reading this book I am equal parts sappy-grim, heart-full happy and a bit sad, because this is the last chapter of Russ and Stephen’s story.
Having been married for ore than two years, Russ and Stephen are still going strong, they have a stable and loving relationship, a fulfilling if very demanding job, and an intensely satisfying and sometimes a bit kinky sex life.
Volunteering in a LGBTQ+ youth center is icing on the cake, but also what leads them to start thinking, maybe adding
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Juniper
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the final installment of Russ and Stephen's story, and it doesn't disappoint. Happily married and doing well at work, their stable, predictable lives are upended when they take in foster son Austin. There's a nice balance in this book of the emotional turmoil of fostering a teenager, creating a family, and maintaining a marriage. There are lots of emotions, but there's a lot of love and understanding to go along with all the drama. It's particularly nice to see the steady equilibrium Ros ...more
Elaine Gray
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I hate that this series is coming to an end. Russ and Stephen romance was delighted to read and they got their full circle with family, friends, and a child. These two have a special place in my heart after Russ became emotionally attached to a teenager that comes to the LGBTQ center that he and Stephen volunteer at. They decided to become foster parents so Austin would not have to go group home. They had to learn how to balance having a teenager in the house, dealing with families, and trying t ...more
AL
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stephen and Russ stole my heart from the first book in their trilogy! The relationship the author created and both their personalities were unique and very well thought out! This last part of their journey is a bitter sweet one for me - it is brilliant and was a pure pleasure to read, but I'm sad that's it!
I'm not always enthusiastic about a series following one couple through several books, as they tend to become repetitive over time. There was none of that here. Each book, including this one,
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Emily Pennington
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Russ Bishop and Stephen Parker have a strong marriage, a beautiful condo with lots of room, successful jobs. There is just one thing missing, maybe the next step for them? Doing volunteer work with young people who need love and guidance gives them a chance to foster snarky teen Austin. This is what has been missing, and having him join their family will change their lives for the better!

I hate to see this series end. The stability in their little family is perfect, the love they have always sha
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Stephanie W
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We're in the next installment of the Peachtree Series.

Stephen and Russ have finally settled into their happily ever after, to now include wedded bliss. Add a spacious new home and all is well in their space.

Why not another curve ball named parenthood. It wasn't in the cards for them. Volunteering at a shelter, Open Doors, gave context as to how many LGBTQ youth end up there and nowhere else to turn. Russ meets a snarky teen names Austin. What began as unplanned became so much more. The family u
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L H
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stephen and Russ are happy and moving forward successfully as a couple when we meet them again. The are married and stable and doing good things philanthropically and at work. They are complete as a couple until Russ starts actually working at the LGBTQ center and being there and growing fond of Austin makes him rethink the fact that their lives are complete. Austin brings a new element into their lives and them bringing him in makes a difference in his. This was such a good series about the evo ...more
Jessi Vanderveen
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Watching how Russ and Stephen’s relationship has matured and weathered difficulties, while still growing closer and not losing sight of what’s important . . . This is relationship goals and I am so sad the series is over. I love how real they are and how their friends become family. It’s great to reread the first book after this and see how far they’ve come.

Without giving spoilers, they are both content in their life together until something happens that makes them want more. They have to work
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Claudia
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the third instalment of Russ and Stephen's story, they begin to think about becoming foster parents to an LGBTQ child, maybe even adopting it.
From contemplating to the problems of parenting while both are on a full time job, especially parenting of an unstable teen.
A lot of ups and downs follow the two, as they learn by try and error.
A good story, that shows the difficulties of parenting, and especially of daring to take foster children.
Engagingly written, the reader feels fully along Russ an
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Siobhan Flynn
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After a couple years of wedded bliss they decide to adopt Austin from the lbtq shelter they volunteer at. Austin is desperately in need of love and support and what better people then Russ and Stephen to give that safe environment for him. I am so happy to say after not feeling 100% happy with the first two books that their communication is on point and any issues that have arrived are dealt with maturity and class. They have grown so much over the series and I'm glad that all the love they shar ...more
Caroline
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent ending to a really good series. I've loved all three books but I think this one was my favourite. Stephen and Russ get a happy ending on their already happy ending.

Full Balance is the third book in the Peachtree Series. It is a beautiful romance, where two men that struggled to agree on marriage now take another step into the unknown with their relationship. Both find there's more to life than work and hot sex, although that's not missing in the slightest.

The characters in these boo
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Heather Rawlins
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Russ and Stephen and the addition of Austin in their lives was great. I thought this was a great final book for the series and really brought the story together and we got to visit with all the people that have been impactful in their lives. I thought Austin was a very realistic teenager and I think he definitely added to their story. Russ and Stephen have such a great relationship that definitely showed a lot of growth through the series. The dialogue was interesting, it was super sexy ...more
T Paul
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a final chapter to this series we see a family created and a happiness that reaches out and touches you. Steven and Russ find their world enriched by Austin. No, it wasn’t always a smooth ride but the journey was worth it for all involved. Excellent support from friends just make this that much better. This author gave a great encouragement for fostering and delivered a lovely story that has some grit but lots of warmth.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily lea
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Shannon
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This last book of Stephen and Russ’ journey together was fantastic.
I thoroughly enjoyed every step as they navigated raising a teenage boy.
Austin was an absolute delight and I loved hearing his voice throughout.
There was a lot of emotion carried throughout this book. You felt everything, Russ’ anxiety over Austin and then his love for Stephen was so steamy.
And I admit, I teared up. I was overwhelmed with emotion.

I love Vaughan’s writing. It is evocative and packs quite the punch. You can fe
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Nissy Williams
I really enjoyed Russ and Stephen's continued story. I have loved them from the beginning. I also loved the addition of Austin. This was the best book yet. I really just fell more in love with this couple and their lives. There was so much put into this book, it's crazy. I don't know if the author will give more in future on these guys, maybe through Austin. Through many years and plenty of setbacks and disappointments, they came through beautifully. Just loved them and this book.

I received a fr
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