Saturday, December 10, 2016

What's On The Reading Radar #TBR #WishList

This past week flew by. I fought off a cold but that also meant I didn't write as much as I wanted to on Bespoken. I'm going to try and make up time this weekend around appointments and visiting relatives.

This coming week on the blog will be busy. I have a guest everyday it seems like. I have a couple of my own blog posts to get done but those won't go up until a little later. 

In the meantime, I'm still looking for reads for my Saturday Reading Radar posts. So if you have a recommendation, hit me with it. :)

Title: Once Upon A Dream
Author(s): Megan Derr
Length: 270 pages


Notes: Dudes, it's free.

BlurbA compilation of many of the fairytales I've written over the years, gathered tidily in one place. This volume is compiled from free works on my website, stories written for various challenges and prompts, and other straggling tales.
Some of these are my spins on familiar tales, like Cinderella and Ivan and the Wolf, others are simply based on well-known types of fairytales.

Stories included in this volume:

True Chivalry
If the Shoe Fits
Deeds Great & Small
Challenge of Quests
The Shining Knight
The Prince's Champion
The King's Challenges
Knight of the Rose
Three Questions
The Witch in the Woods
Ivan the Heartless
Blood in the Water
The Stable Boy
Three Goats
The Gardner
The Good Son
Play Me a Song
100 Words

Title: Without A Front: The Producer's Challenge
Series: Chronicles of Alsea, 2
Author(s): Fletcher Delancey
Length: 461 pages

Genre: Romance / Lesbian / Sci-Fi /


BlurbWhen the Voloth invaded Alsea, Lancer Andira Tal thought the hard part would be fighting off a technologically advanced army.

It wasn’t. In the aftermath of war, Alsean society is deeply divided and Tal is facing issues no Lancer has ever dealt with before. How to rebuild, what to do with the Voloth prisoners, when and how to release the new technologies—the pressure is building and Tal is showing cracks, which her enemies are glad to exploit.

The most divisive of the new technologies are the matter printers, desired by some castes and feared by others, especially the producers. When a challenge gives Tal the opportunity to bring the producers to her side, she leaves the capital to work in the fields of Hol-Opah. There she finds an unexpected sanctuary—and the promise of something she has wished for all her life.

But sanctuary and dreams are distractions, and Tal’s inattention may cost her everything.

Title: Destiny's End
Author(s): Tinnean
Length: 324 pages
Publisher: JMS

Genre: Romance / Historical / Gay / Paranormal / Shifters /


BlurbMany obstacles stand in the way of baronet’s son Warrick Synclaire being with his best friend, Thomas Smythe. Same-sex love is illegal in early 20th Century England, and Warrick is heading for Canada while Thomas is destined for the military college at Sandhurst. Warrick isn't sure he can bear the separation.

However, the day before Warwick leaves, Thomas persuades him to see a fortune teller. The old gypsy woman’s warnings fail to scare Warwick, but another gypsy, Nicolae, by turns intrigues, arouses, and terrifies him. That night, Nicolae breaks into Warwick’s bedchamber, bedding then biting him. Warwick, unable to process the encounter, convinces himself it was just a bad dream and sails off to Canada to start a new life.

In Canada, Warrick renews his acquaintance with Fox Sullivan, who he first met during the war. Soon the two become lovers, but for Warwick, the relationship is purely physical. Thomas still owns his heart. When he can stand their separation no longer, Warrick returns to his ancestral home in Kent, determined to reunite with Thomas, who now has a lover of his own. But the encounter with Nicolae years earlier changed Warwick considerably. Every full moon he turns into a ravenous creature, which seems able to rule Warwick’s life even during the daytime.

Determined to win over Warrick, Fox sells his medical practice and sails to England. But is he too late to save the man he loves?

Title: Nica's Legacy
Series: Hearts of Icarus, 1
Author(s): Laura Jo Phillips
Length: 271 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Paranormal /


BlurbWhen the leading lights of high society on planet Apedra host their glittering three month social “season,” there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in the Thousand Worlds. No visitor could help but be impressed by the formal dress balls, the beautiful mansions, the exquisite designer gowns, the sprawling country estates, and the glittering jewelry. And, let’s not forget the most memorable happening of the season: the series of brutal, blood-soaked serial murders. 

Unfairly expelled from the elite ICARUS Academy for blocking her own powerful psychic abilities to screen herself from the unbearable pain of a searing tragedy from her past, Nica Vinia, sister of Arima Honor Vulpiran, travels to Apedra to visit with her long-time school friend, Bree, and spend the social season with her. Almost immediately, her expectations of a few light-hearted months of dancing and “girl time” go awry. First, her hopes of a restful vacation are disrupted by the presence of Bree’s strikingly handsome brother, Ian, with whom she feels an instant connection and sudden, powerful desire, but who appears to despise her on sight. Then, Nica finds out that the planet itself is dying for reasons its residents can’t understand, and that—in addition to the humans there—Apedra is inhabited by magical beings with ties both to Earth and to the shifter clans of Planet Jasan, Nica’s adopted homeworld. In addition, it is revealed to Nica that her psychic gifts may be the key to saving that entire world from becoming a desolate wasteland of rock and ice. And, as if that weren’t enough, there’s a rampaging serial killer on the loose who has Apedra’s first families in the cross-hairs with Bree as the possible next target. 

With her friend’s life and the life of an entire world in the balance, Nica must confront and vanquish the pain of her past in order to fulfill the potential of her enormous gifts and liberate her emotions so that she can experience everything that love, and passion, have to offer. 

Nica’s Legacy, a full-length 108,000 word novel, is the first volume of the “Hearts of ICARUS” series, the new fantasy novel arc from Laura Jo Phillips, author of the “Soul Linked Saga” and the “Orbs of Rathira” trilogy. While departing (to return in later volumes) from the reverse harem relationships for which her earlier books are known, Nica’s Legacy is still all Laura Jo Phillips--it blends futuristic fantasy, magic, romance, sensuality, adventure, intrigue, danger, and passion in to an exciting, emotional roller-coaster ride which will be cherished by Laura Jo’s current fans and by readers who are new to her work.

Title: Kill Without Shame
Series: Ares Security, 2
Author(s): Alexandra Ivy
Length: 352 pages
PublisherPenguin Random House Publisher Services

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Former Military / Security Firm /

Notes: releases 12/27/2016

BlurbFive brave military heroes have survived the hell of a Taliban prison to return home—and take on civilian missions no one else can. They’re the men of ARES Security. Highly skilled, intimidating, invincible, and one by one, tested again and again . . .

Lucas St. Clair’s prestigious family had a political future neatly planned out for him—one that didn’t include his high school sweetheart, Mia Ramon. Under their pressure, Lucas gave her up. But since surviving captivity, he’s a changed man—and a crucial member of ARES Security. When he discovers a dead man clutching a picture of Mia that bears a threatening message, his fiercest protective instincts kick in, and he knows he must go to her.

Mia has never forgiven Lucas for breaking her heart, and she’s convinced her feelings for him are in the past. But it’s soon clear that isn’t true for either of them. Now, determined to solve the crime and keep Mia safe, with his ARES buddies backing him up, Lucas will have to reconstruct the murder victim’s last days—and follow a lethal trail that leads right back to the fate of the woman he still loves . .

Title: Demon's Don't Date
Series: Demonic Tales, 2
Author(s): Hannah Walker
Length: 401 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Sci-Fi / Fantasy /


BlurbCommander Bo’saverin Hevalis, head of the Cobalts, is trying to recover from the injuries he sustained in battle. The enforced downtime is giving him too much time to think, torture for a man of action. The trouble in their sector is weighing heavily on his mind as it seems to be getting ever closer to the demon homeworld. The only good thing is the strange green-haired man he rescued constantly stealing his attention. There is something about Ari that pulls at Bo in a way no other ever has.

As the two get to know each other, there is no denying the attraction between them. Bo longs to show Ari a life that he's never had a chance to experience before.

Held hostage by his mother, Ari grew up locked away from everything and everyone, only experiencing the world on his compcube and longing to explore what is outside the walls that trap him. Now, living with the demons, he's free to find himself and live his own life and find his passions. 

Even as feelings grow between Ari and Bo, enemies lurk in the shadows, slowly working to take down the demon leaders and send Ari back to his controlling mother. Bo will face down any danger to prevent Ari being taken from him, allowing them to start the life they both deserve.

Title: Roughing the Passer
Series: An ESC Mavericks Novel
Author(s): Alison Hendricks
Length: 189 pages
PublisherLoveLight Press (October 24, 2016)

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / College Sports /


BlurbThey couldn’t be more different, and yet they might just be exactly what each other needs.

Garrett Barnes is no stranger to overcoming the odds. Forced to walk away from a Division I scholarship to take care of his family, Garrett was sure he'd never play football again. When an offer comes in from the ESC Mavericks--a school near his hometown--it seems like a dream come true. There's only one catch: he's expected to single-handedly save the worst team in the state.

Diego Ruiz has known his whole life that the deck is stacked against him. The harder he tries to fight it, the more it hurts when it knocks him back down. With a lifetime of disappointment to back him up, he's stopped trying for anything more than mediocrity, both on and off the football field. If not for a promise he'd made years ago, he'd probably just be some nobody in a nowhere job.

So when Coach Ladner brings in some D1 "hero" to save the team, Diego is determined to show him exactly where hard work and perseverance get you--absolutely nowhere. Despite his best efforts, Garrett's unwavering optimism starts to get under Diego's skin. Caught on the verge of giving in, he relies on the one thing that's never failed him: his ability to get curious straight boys into bed.

As the friction between them gives way to passion, the stakes of their former rivalry increase tenfold. With both men's hearts--and a state title--on the line, there's no time for playing games. But when Diego's past comes back to remind him that everything eventually goes to hell, Garrett will have to convince him that some things are worth fighting for.

Roughing the Passer is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel with a HEA ending and no cliffhanger.

Title: Hanging the Stars
Series: Half Moon Bay, 2
Author(s): Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Mystery / Suspense /


BlurbAngel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter's son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found… and then lost… love.

Now, Angel's life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had.

When they were young, Angel taught West how to love and laugh, but when Angel moved on, West locked his heart up and threw away the key. Older and hardened, West returns to Half Moon Bay and finds himself face-to-face with the man he'd lost. Now West is torn between killing Angel or holding him tight.

But rekindling their passionate relationship is jeopardized as someone wants one or both of them dead, and as the terrifying danger mounts, neither man knows if the menace will bring them together or forever tear them apart.

Title: The Silver Dragon's Slave
Author(s): Genna Donaghy
Length: 108 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Contemporary Fantasy / Dragons /


BlurbWhen a bank robbery goes wrong, Kai becomes a hostage on the run. Worse, his captors are dragon shifters with a taste for gold and smart-ass river guides. Taken to the secret dragon sanctuary hidden within the Yosemite Valley, Kai is allowed to live under one condition: Become a servant to Sebastian, a sexy silver dragon who has been too long without a human companion of his own. 

Sebastian's dangerous, dominant, and his human form is hotter than dragon fire. With his life on the line, Kai wants to hate him. But when antagonism turns to understanding and simmering attraction, he's not sure he can.

Will fiercely independent Kai learn to let go and become the Silver Dragon’s slave? Or can he and Sebastian work together toward something deeper?

**This 32k novella is part one in a three-part series**

Title: Mated
Series: Imprisoned, 2
Author(s): Victoria Vallo
Length: 81 pages
PublisherTwisted E-Publishing, LLC; 1st edition (September 19, 2016)

Genre: Romance / Gay / Sci-Fi-ish / Paranormal /


BlurbIf you commit a crime on Vaharis 6, there’s more than one way to work off your sentence…

Sam doesn’t know what to think when his “alternative sentence” ends up being an arranged courtship with another male panther shifter. It’s better than going to prison, but Sam can’t help worrying when he finds out how much was paid for his freedom … and how determined his new keeper is to make Sam his true mate.

Laxus has been shunned by other shifters for many reasons, including his preference for male lovers. He’s more than willing to rescue Sam from the horrors of prison life, especially when he sees Sam’s reaction to his touch. As the younger man tries to deny his reactions, Laxus becomes more resolute than ever to seduce Sam and work his way into his heart.

Title: Jack of Thorns
Series: Inheritance, 1
Author(s): Amelia Faulkner
Length: 444 pages
Publisher: Lovelight Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal /


BlurbFlorist. Psychic. Addict.
Laurence Riley coasts by on good looks and natural charm, but underneath lies a dark chasm that neither heroin nor lovers can fill. Sobriety is a pipe dream which his stalker ex-boyfriend is pushing him away from. Luckily, Laurence has powers most can only dream of. If only he could control them.

Aristocrat. Psychic. Survivor.
Quentin d'Arcy is the product of centuries of wealth, privilege, and breeding, and is on the run from all three. A chance encounter with an arresting young florist with a winning smile could make him stop. Laurence is kind, warm, and oddly intriguing but Quentin's wild telekinesis and his fear of sex make dating a dangerous game.

When opposites attract, they collide.
Desperate to fix his rotting life, Laurence prays for aid and accidentally summons a fertility god who prefers to be called Jack. Jack is willing to help out for a price, and it's one Laurence just can't pay: he must keep Jack fed with regular offerings of sex, and the florist has fallen for the one man in San Diego who doesn't want any.

If they're to survive Jack's wrath, Laurence and Quentin must master their blossoming feelings and gifts, but even then the cost of Laurence's mistake could well overwhelm them both. How exactly are mere mortals supposed to defeat a god?

Jack of Thorns is the first book in the Inheritance series and contains mature themes and events which may be distressing to some readers. It has a low heat rating and an HFN ending.

Title: How To Claim Your Dragon
SeriesEternal Flame 4
Author(s): Cree Storm, Maggie Walsh
Length:173 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Dragon / 


BlurbJett has waited patiently for over twenty-five years for his mate Zev to acknowledge that they are mates. Then one harshly said word changes everything, forcing Jett to realize that he can’t go on like this. So Jett goes to their leader Illan and requests a transfer that will take him far away from his mate, his twin, and his family. 

He may still yearn for his mate and his brothers, but Jett’s new life is exactly what he was looking for, minus a loving mate, of course. A bitterness builds in Jett when his new pack, new firehouse, and new friends become what his life should have been and was not. Jett has no intention of returning to the pain and heartache he left behind...that is, until the phone rings.

Finn has been accused of murder. Jett may feel betrayed by his family, but he also knows his brother is no murderer, and returns to help clear Finn's name.

Zev and his clutch couldn't believe that the cold, angry man sitting in the diner was the same man that used to make jokes and laugh at every turn. He knew that he had caused this and it hurt to his very soul to see the bitter angry man he had created with his stupidity. Zev had denied his mate and he had said hurtful, vile things to the man he had loved for so many years. All he needed was a chance to make things right, but Jett's attitude told him his mate was lost to him, and Zev would have to accept that.

However, when Jett places himself in the arms of their enemy, to clear his brother, Zev realizes a couple of things. First, that Zev will do anything and everything to keep his mate safe, and second, that he is not ready to give up on Jett just yet. Now all he has to do is convince Jett that they still have a chance to be one before the man gets himself killed.

Title: Lord of the White Hell
SeriesThe Cadeleonian Series 1
Author(s): Ginn Hale
Length: 368 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Fantasy /


BlurbKiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements. But when the intimidation from his Cadeleonian classmates turns bloody, Kiram unexpectedly finds himself befriended by Javier Tornesal, the leader of a group of cardsharps, duelists and lotharios who call themselves Hellions. However Javier is a dangerous friend to have. Wielder of the White Hell and sole heir of a dukedom, he is surrounded by rumors of forbidden seductions, murder and damnation. His enemies are many and any one of his secrets could not only end his life but Kiram’s as well.

Title: Need
Series: Need, 1
Author(s): Sean Michael
Length: 195 pages
PublisherOmniLit / All Romance eBooks, LLC (November 1, 2016)

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Vampire / Hustler / 


BlurbCan a vampire and a street hustler transcend their roles to become friends…and lovers?

When Bast picks up Trick, a street hustler with few prospects, Trick is prepared to play along and have some fun. What he’s not prepared for is falling in love with Trick. Good thing for him the obsession is shared on both sides, with Bast just as quickly falling for him, needing him.

Bast is far older than Trick can even imagine, and he has another necessity that’s just as pressing as his love for Trick. Will his vampire nature drive them apart? Or can Trick accept that need takes all forms, and give himself to Bast completely?

Title: Guardian of the Dawn
SeriesThe Kormak Saga Short Story
Author(s)William King
Length: 25 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Sword & Sorcery /


BlurbTo the world at large, he is a mercenary and assassin, a brutal killer with a deadly blade. In reality Kormak is a Guardian, one of a dying order sworn to protect humanity from the servants of the gathering darkness.

In this chilling tale, Kormak seeks refuge for the night in an isolated peasant home only to find himself thrown into a terrifying confrontation with an ancient evil.

A thrilling sword and sorcery short story in the proud tradition of Robert E Howard from the bestselling creator of Gotrek and Felix.

"The King of High Adventure," Starlog.

Title: End Game
Author(s): Luisa Prieto
Length: 210 pages
PublisherMLR Press, LLC (August 19, 2016)

Genre: Romance / Gay / Zombies

Notes: I cheated. I took the blurb from the 1st edition. This edition only had a two sentence blurb that didn't say much. If you follow the link, you'll see what I mean.

BlurbSenergine has found a way for nannites to help people fight cancer. The problem is, when its people die, they don’t stay down...

Journalist Jessie Canning was on the phone when his cousin, Ben, was attacked. Fifteen minutes later, when Jessie arrived at Ben’s condo, his cousin was dead and the little evidence Jessie saw pointed at Ben’s employer, Senergine.

Now, while investigating Ben’s murder, Jessie is caught between people who would kill to protect their secrets and others who should be dead but aren’t, and who instead hunger for human flesh. With life and death as close as a minute away, Jessie must work with his estranged lover, Mathew, to learn more about what’s happening...and if there’s any way to fight it.

Title: The Fire Bird's Tale
Series: the Ironlands, 1
Author(s): Anya Ow
Length: 75k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Fairy Tales / Fantasy /

Notes: releases on 12/6/2016

BlurbThe Firebird's Tale begins with the end of a familiar story: a Prince who never smiled, and by Imperial decree, has to marry the one who managed to make him do so.

Except that it was all an accident, and the Prince would say he didn't actually smile at the thief who dared to rob a Tsar, and the thief was not even a woman—or, as it turns out, even human.

Title: Warrior Pledge
Author(s): E. E. Montgomery
Length: 324 pages
PublisherDreamspinner Press; 1 edition (October 3, 2016)

Genre: Romance / Gay / Fantasy / 


BlurbWhen the two moons of Thalazar cross orbits, the Warrior Pledge must be completed or the cat-shifting Mafdeti nation will face annihilation. There are four who can save the people and their land: the Silver Shining from Rock, the Great Heart Farseeing, the Changeling, and the Pure. They must find each other before time runs out. 

Silver-eyed Checa is Captain of the Guard for the Mafdeti. Thanks to the friendship and loyalty of Heath, son of the Mafdeti Matriarch, Checa has survived and thrived after a childhood of horrific abuse. He knows Heath is his Bond-Mate but refuses to bond with the younger man because he feels he isn’t worthy. Nor does Heath’s mother approve of her son bonding with a lowborn warrior.

Together they face deadly wing-strikes from carnivorous birds, earthquake, betrayal, ambush, and an enemy invasion, only to be confronted with the possibility that the Warrior Pledge will bond Checa and Heath to others. If Checa is to complete the Warrior Pledge, he must overcome the belief that he doesn’t deserve Heath’s love and fight for the one man who can make him whole.

Title: The Pining
Author(s): Devon McCormack
Length: 210 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Vampire / 


BlurbKevin's life changed forever the day he awoke to the face of a man with dark eyes. One bite transformed him from an ordinary suburban kid into a master vampire's drone.

Now Kevin struggles to adjust to his new life. Against his master's wishes, he refuses to hunt humans, but he knows it's only a matter of time before he caves. The longer a person is a vampire, the more compliant they are to their master's will because of a constantly strengthening bond known as the pining.

When Kevin is finally forced to hunt, he's kidnapped by vampire hunters. Rather than endure their severe torture, he agrees to help them kill his master. The hunters' plan goes horribly awry though, and they flee the scene with Kevin. But they have to devise a new strategy quick. The longer he's away from his master, the more painful his life becomes. He craves his master. He hungers for him. He pines for him. And as they get close to enacting their plan, Kevin isn't sure he'll be able to follow through.

Title: Wraith Queen's Veil
SeriesThe Sun Child Chronicles Book 2
Author(s): Lou Hoffmann
Length: 403 pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy / Young Adult / Gay / 


BlurbSequel to Key of BehlisethThe Sun Child Chronicles: Book Two

Lucky expected his arrival in Ethra, the world of his birth, to be a happy occasion. Unfortunately, something is awry at the Sisterhold—his home—especially in his mother’s insincere smiles. The Sisterhold is soon immersed in battle plans and magical emergencies, and Lucky’s confidants, like the wizard Thurlock, often disappear. His mother grows more secretive, and even Han Shieth, the warrior uncle Lucky thought he could always depend upon, becomes increasingly aloof.

Hurt, confused, and left to his own devices, Lucky makes unfortunate choices that put him and his friends, L’Aria and Zhevi, in dire peril. With threats around every corner, not even Han is safe from the growing evil. It falls to Lucky—on his own—to find the answers, but he doesn’t even know what questions to ask. Over the course of his journey, clues to Lucky’s destiny are revealed, and his power increases. Armed with knowledge and strength, he sets out to ensure the safety of those he cares about, now and in the future. But his efforts may come too late.

Title: Duke's Baby Deal
Series: Mercy Hills Pack, 3
Author(s): Ann-Katrin Byrde
Length: 296 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Mpreg /


BlurbAll his life, Bram’s been told what he would be, and what he would do. No one ever gave a thought to what Bram might think he wanted. There was only one career option for an omega—a mating and pups and looking after the household. But Bram wants more. He wants adventure and excitement and romance, and something different than looking after pups for the rest of his life. He flirts and teases with all the alphas, but the one he wants, he can’t figure out how to get. Until one of his more dangerous suitors goes too far, and Bram finds himself in a situation that could ruin him for life. Until Duke steps in with an offer of a respectable mating, and everything Bram wanted is somehow now within reach. But all gifts come with trials, and both Duke and Bram have difficult paths to tread on the way to happiness.

94,000 words in length

This book can be read on its own, but contains numerous references to characters and events in the first two books. It would be best read in series.

Title: Saving Lurien
Series: Time Lord Series, 3
Author(s): Teckla Satterlee
Length: 269 pages
PublisherVamptasy Publishing (March 29, 2016)
Genre: Science Fiction / Time Travel / Fantasy / 


BlurbLurien has been a slave for as long as he can remember. Captured by Humans as a child, he’s spent his years in darkness and pain—unaware that he has a champion in the outside world. Holding onto hope is a dangerous thing, but it’s all he has left as he suffers at the hands of his Mistress and her Human guards. 

After his cousin’s disappearance, Damis set out on his own to face the perils of the world and the dangerous Humans to find Lurien and return him to the world they once shared. When his every lead turns up cold and the winter approaches, it seems all may be lost for the young Libyons until whispers of a Time Lord who escaped slavery reaches Damis’ ears.

Answering his plea for help, the powerful and magic wielding Time Lords, Tukil and Katelyn, take Damis under their wing. Together, with a motley crew of Shifters, Libyons, Trolls, and Time Travelers, they set out on a mission to free Lurien and all the others who have fallen victim to the Human’s vile slave trade.

By a twist of fate, Lurien and Damis are reunited, but even though the physical chains are broken, the ones on his heart and soul remain. In order to survive this thing we call life, one must shed his fears and the other must look at the world through a slave’s eyes.

Title: Warrior Witch
SeriesMalediction Trilogy Book Three
Author(s): Danielle L. Jensen
Length: 384 pages
PublisherPenguin Random House Publisher Services

Genre: Romance / High Fantasy /


BlurbThe thrilling conclusion to the breakout Malediction Trilogy by Goodreads Choice finalist Danielle L. Jensen.

Cécile and Tristan have accomplished the impossible, but their greatest challenge remains: defeating the evil they have unleashed upon the world.

As they scramble for a way to protect the people of the Isle and liberate the trolls from their tyrant king, Cécile and Tristan must battle those who'd see them dead. To win, they will risk everything. And everyone.

But it might not be enough. Both Cécile and Tristan have debts, and they will be forced to pay them at a cost far greater than they had ever imagined.

Title: Between Love and Hate
Author(s): TA Chase
Length: 57 pages
Publisher: MLR PRess

Genre: Romance / Gay / Contemporary /


BlurbAfter hating his life for so long, Si Helms must learn to love himself before he can find someone else to give his heart.

Si Helms is rebuilding his life after spending more years than he could count high. But after getting out of jail and going to NA meetings, Si finds a way to become a man he can be proud of being. He gets help from his sponsor, Kip, but when Kip disappears, Si worries the man might have slipped back into his old habits.

Then he spies Kip on a movie poster, and is shocked to discover his NA sponsor is none other than Kipper James, former child star trying to make a come back. Wanting to talk to Kip, Si shows up at the movie premiere, hoping to talk to his friend.

Kipper James doesn't plan to backslide into the drugs that almost ruined his life. He fought hard to get back to where he could star in movies again. But while he's in Chicago for the premiere of his first movie in years, Kip plans on finding Si.

There's a connection between them that isn't the drugs. Kip wants to see if maybe it could be more than friendship.

Title: The Mercy of Men
Series: The Saint Flanerty Series, 2
Author(s): S. Hunter Nisbet
Length: 368 pages

Genre: Romance / Dystopia / Gay / Mob / Assassin /


BlurbA city without laws. A man without limits. A debt that will be paid.

When Simon Flaherty’s routine of training and fighting is interrupted by a sudden eviction, he never expects his new neighbor to be the one person he thought was long gone from Scioto City: Connor Hall.

It’s been six years since they escaped from Buchell together—six years since Connor walked out of Simon’s life and never looked back.

For Connor, it hasn’t been long enough. Trapped in a cycle of debt to the syndicate he works for, he’s barely making it payment to payment while juggling two jobs and university. One more burden will destroy him, and the help Simon is willing to give can’t balance the shadows of their past.

Fighting isn’t all Simon’s been doing in the years since arriving in Scioto, and the crime bosses of the city have their eyes on him. Getting involved with another syndicate’s business isn’t an option. But if Connor doesn’t find a way to pay back his debts, Simon will do anything to make sure Connor doesn’t pay the price for breaking a deal with a syndicate boss.

In a city without mercy, “anything” goes a long way.

Title: Battle Dawn
Series: The Chronicles of Arden, 3
Author(s): Shiriluna Nott, Saja H.
Length: 368 pages
PublisherSun and Shadow Publishing, LLC.; 1 edition (August 30, 2016)

Genre: Fantasy / Gay / Coming of Age / New Adult /


BlurbFor Gibben Nemesio, life hasn’t been easy.

Orphaned as a child and drafted into the army at thirteen, he’s no stranger to adversity. He’s fought hard for his coveted position as Seneschal Koal’s understudy and ever harder to make certain his young brothers live to see adulthood. Gib is prepared to sacrifice anything to ensure those closest to him, from his family and friends to his mentor and even the missing piece of his heart, remain safe.

But the stakes are higher than ever before. His beloved country, Arden, is in trouble. The new ruler has just sent the army to war. Gib's world is shattered anew as he finds himself marching toward a dark and uncertain fate in the faraway sands of Shiraz.

Even with so much to lose, Gib goes bravely. But bravery will only stretch so far in a hostile land prowled by ruthless raiders and other creatures too sinister to speak of—and all the courage in the world may not be enough to keep his family, friends, and Gib himself alive when they ride into battle.

Title: Release
Series: Jericho Brotherhood
Author(s): Jade Chandler
Length: 256 pages
PublisherCarina Press (October 1, 2016)

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / MC Club / 


BlurbPain is my addiction and tattoos are my art.

In the Jericho Brotherhood MC, I'm the man to get the job done. That's why they call me Rock.

From the first dance, I knew Avery Winston wasn't a fast f*ck. One taste will never be enough when it comes to her. I crave her sweet skin and sassy mouth.

I screwed up and she sent me packing. With my second chance, I'll do anything to keep her by my side.

But that ain't easy. She doesn't trust my MC, and they are my life. And there's too much happening right now to show her what being an old lady means. Brothers fighting and escalating violence has me on the edge.

Then Avery's family situation turns crazy. When chaos breaks out from all sides, I don't know if I can protect the one I love.

Book two of The Jericho Brotherhood

This book is approximately 94,000 words

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Title: The Dark Side
Series: Reese Holt, 1
Author(s): Laura Baumbach
Length: 236 pages
PublisherMLR Press, LLC (October 14, 2016)

Genre: Romance / Gay / Contemporary / Suspense /


BlurbKidnap victim Alex Throne literally drops into the arms of security specialist Reese Holt, pulling Holt into a battle against a ruthless drug cartel, personal betrayal, and a specter from Holt's CIA past.

Holt agrees to put his team of specialists on the trail of Alex's assailants while he takes on the personal job of protecting the life he inadvertently saved, motivated, in part, by a romantic attraction.

Keeping his mind on protecting Alex could prove difficult, especially when he can't keep his mind off Alex's body.

Title: The Lion's Roars
Series: Omega Boys, 2
Author(s): Ruby Nox
Length: 99 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / 


BlurbOver a year has passed since omega Dallas Holland separated from his abusive mate. While there have been challenges, he feels like he's finally starting to heal and move on. But his quiet life takes an abrupt turn when a new alpha drives into town with a young and hurting omega in tow. Things get even more interesting when his mother invites the alpha and his ward to stay at their home. Despite his resolution to stay away from shifters, he can't help but be drawn to the alpha's kind nature.

Haunted by a past failure, Gabriel Walker has devoted his life to helping omegas find better lives. His latest rescue, Leo, takes him to the small community of Frog Lake. While Gabriel's first and foremost priority is to take care of his charge, he can't seem to fight the growing attraction to the shy and awkward omega with a love for art, and the determination to make a better life.

When coincidence and circumstance keep pushing these two together, will Dallas learn to trust again? Will Gabriel let himself be happy?

Title: The Losing Game
Author(s): Lane Swift
Length: 247 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Futuristic / Suspense /


BlurbWinchester Crown Court, October 2035: Richard Shaw leaves, a free man.

Grief-stricken and angry, Lucas Green is hell-bent on revenge against Richard Shaw, who killed his sister. Lucas has heard of a man who can help—the handsome and urbane owner of a boutique sex shop with a head for planning crimes. But Dante Okoro has a past he’s desperate to keep buried. Though Lucas piques his interest in more ways than one, Dante turns him away. Still, he wonders if he made the right decision….

An unexpected death brings Dante and Lucas together once more. This time they can’t ignore the chemistry between them. But courting a lover with lies is a dangerous game. Dante has been spying on Lucas, convinced he has plans to kill Shaw. Lucas has been spying on Shaw, waiting for the right moment to strike. If Dante admits his suspicions to Lucas, he’ll surely lose him. If he doesn’t, Lucas might do something reckless—and end up losing everything.

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