The last part of the week, I've been working on Bespoken while preparing for a visit from my niece. She and her husband are moving across country and will be spending a couple of days with us. I haven't worked on Mestor and Sohm'lan's novella but I'll put aside time next week to see if I can't knock that out.
I'm putting together a list of flash fictions. I want to do one for Ariafella but I'm not sure where I want to start with her. I'm still mulling over her background and what exactly drew Azaes to her.
As for reading, I've been re-reading Laurel K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series and the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I'm several books behind on BDB and decided to re-read some of my favorites first. I'm on Rhage's book and I'd forgotten how much I liked his story. :) I'm also reading KA Merikan's We Met In Death. It's marked at dark romance, which I usually avoid but I been searching for something different to read and decided to give it a go. It is not as dark as I expected. There's some back and forth angst which is expected because one MC is in denial.
Title: The Leopard
Series: Marakand, 1
Author(s): KV Johansen
Publisher: Pyr (June 10, 2014)
Genre: Non-Romantic / LGBT characters / Epic Fantasy / Dragons & Mythical Creatures / Action & Adventure /
Notes: There is something about this cover...
Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him in a lifetime of death, a runaway slave named Ghu. Ahj knows Ghu is far from the half-wit others think him, but in Marakand, the great city where the caravan roads of east and west meet, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard.
To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before.
Title: His Mossy Boy
Series: Beings In Love
Author(s): R. Cooper
Length: 685 page
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal /
Notes: holy cow! 685 pages?!!
Blurb: Years ago, a very intoxicated Martin nearly died in the woods outside Everlasting, and a beautiful creature saved him, although Martin’s done his best to forget it. He spends his time in a haze of weed as he avoids his emotionally abusive mother—and the way he feels about men. Martin is already a weirdo in his isolated small town; he doesn’t need a sexuality crisis too. He’s a mess, but someone—or something—always seems to take care of him, usually a tall, sarcastic deputy by the name of Ian Forrester.
No one knows much about Ian, which is how he and his family prefer it. Ian has resigned himself to a lonely life keeping his secrets and guarding his forest. It’s safe to dream of Martin, because Martin never remembers Ian helping him. Besides, Martin barely speaks to Ian, so nothing can ever grow between them. Right?
But with the dragons—and the magic—back in Everlasting, suddenly anything seems possible, even a happily ever after for two men who never expected one....
Title: Late in the Day
Series: (The Vault Book 2)
Author(s): Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Romance / Gay / Contemporary / Badassery /
Notes: releases the 30th. I'm so excited for this!!!
Terrence Moss. Conrad Harris. Gold Team Leader. Darius Hawthorne. The Vault. Juggling all these names would bother some, but for Darius, it’s business as usual. When he closes a chapter in his life, he leaves a name—and the people associated with it—behind. He’s managed to keep a few colleagues, even fewer friends, and no companionship through his forty-plus years… but that’s now changing.
The newest chapter of his life is bringing serious change: a stable home, a recovered identity, an unlikely family, and now a chance encounter with the one man Darius ever loved: Efrem Lahm. The reasons they parted are still valid, and there’s no way they can trust each other. But Efrem has already decided he won’t let Darius go… and Darius will have to decide if he wants to take a chance with his heart this late in the day.
Title: My Dark Knight
Series: Kings of Hell MC, 2
Author(s): K.A. Kerikan
Length: 438 pages
Genre: Romance / Gay / MMM / Ghost MC / Paranormal /
Blurb: Love or hate. Life or death. No in-between. No compromise. No rules in love and war.
Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn’t do monogamy.
Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising.
Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he's interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him.
Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He’s also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot’s alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can’t help but catch Elliot every time he falls.
Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he’s bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he’s always wanted, for a price he can’t possibly pay.
Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men.
One alive, one dead.
One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear.
One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.
And Elliot doesn’t settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive.
Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying.
Title: Bound by Thorns
Series: (The Dragon Soul Series)
Author(s): Sean Michael
Length: 223 pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal /
Blurb: Meet the Beteferoce brothers: five dragon shifters, each with a strong elemental power. And each with a fierce desire to find his soul mate…
Park ranger Luke Beteferoce likes the quiet of the forest—a place he can be alone. The dragon shifter keeps himself busy maintaining his territory in the park…that is, until he meets ex-soldier Greyson Paulson. Suddenly, Luke finds himself thinking of all sorts of scenarios that involve Greyson. And with the kind of tension he’s feeling, hot, sweaty, nonkinky sex is only the beginning.
While he’s perfectly fine being left alone, Greyson finds he enjoys the company of the bossy yet tender park ranger. Soon, trying to fight the heat between them is a losing battle: he’s ready to give in to the irresistible lust he feels for Luke. Greyson may not be ready to completely submit, but he still can’t stop himself from following every command Luke whispers his way.
Luke hasn’t felt this kind of connection and satisfaction with anyone ever before, leading him to discover Greyson’s marked as his mate. But with Greyson battling his own limitations and lack of experience, it’s going to take Luke more than hours-long hot sex to convince Greyson to stay and accept his destiny.
Book three in the Dragon Soul series
This book is approximately 73,000 words
One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!
Title: A Single Heartbeat
Author(s): Morgan Elektra
Length: 46 pages
Genre: Romance / Gay / Enemies to Lovers / Vampires / Paranormal /
Blurb: Nature made them adversaries, but one glance ignites a lust stronger than the need for blood.
After 200 years, the nightlife has lost its allure for Reese. A leader among his kind, owner of a nightclub that serves as a banquet of nubile flesh and hot blood, he is bored out of his mind.
His heart hasn't stirred in over a century.
Born to a line of vampire hunters, Will ventures out every day after dark to track down those creatures who have crossed the line from feeding to murder, and destroy them.
All he wants is one night off to drink and dance and maybe get laid.
Too bad it's not his lucky night. Or maybe it is?
Not even witnessing Will stake one of his brethren is enough to quell the lust that Reese feels from his first glimpse of the gorgeous hunter. And though Will knows how dangerous it could be to take the sensual invitation in Reese's dark eyes, he can't resist.
Why fight when they could fuck instead?
Title: The Tiger King
Series: (Paladin Shifters Book 1)
Author(s): Patricia Logan
Length: 238 pages
Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Fantasy / Shifters /
Blurb: Damiano Satriale is hiding a deep dark secret, one that he’s had to cloak from the scent of other shifters all his life. Should anyone pick up on the vibrations of his royal bloodline, it will be the end of him. Ordered to the court of King Fain, monarch to all large cat shifters, the assignment leaves a bad taste in Dami’s mouth. The last thing he ever wanted or needed was the scrutiny that will come while serving as Paladin Primero, the king’s champion and most fearsome warrior knight. To top it all off, Dami is greeted by none other than his mate, someone he’d hoped never to meet.
Paget Jureaux, the panther who runs King Fain’s household, has been serving the monarch for nearly five years after the coup which resulted in the execution of the former king, Pasha Raab. He’s made lots of acquaintances and a few friends, but he’s never had any romantic entanglements. With no other gay cats around, there hasn’t been much chance for Paget to fall in love. When his mate arrives in the form of the king’s new paladin, he curses his fate. Not only does the man come with a vicious and cruel reputation, but a stunning face and an incredibly sexy body.
Thrown together by destiny, the two realize they must avoid each other at all costs and face the biggest challenge of their lives… trying to stay alive long enough… to walk away with broken hearts.
Author(s): Evelyn Drake
Genre: Romance / Gay / Contemporary / Foster Brothers / Detective / Mystery /
Blurb: Detective Tobias Sohbier spent his childhood between several foster homes, and the only time he found peace was when he fell in love with one of his foster brothers. It didn't last. His brother died, and Tobias went off the rails until he finally turned his life around. Now he's a homicide detective, and finds vengeance his own way. He's still broken, but the job hides it well.
Kyle Rivers is a bouncer on the run from his past. When his parents found out he'd fallen in love with the kid they took in, they kicked Tobias out and condemned Kyle to a living hell, trapped in his own basement while they tried to "fix" him. They told him Tobias was dead. They kept Kyle like a dirty secret. Now that he's free, he's found that Tobias is alive... But he doesn't know how to reach out.
A murder at Kyle's club brings them together, and as the body count racks up, so does Tobias' guilt and grief. Kyle, meanwhile, can't deal with the truth that all the conversion therapy in the world, all the women he's slept with, didn't change who he really is. Tobias is his first and only love.
If only he weren't the prime suspect in Tobias' investigation...
Recoil is a standalone M/M nail-biting romance about two damaged men who have loved and lost, and must learn to love again.
Title: Incubus Caged
Series: The Incubus Series, 1
Author(s): AH Lee
Length: 281 pages
Publisher: Pavonine Books (August 21, 2017)
Genre: Romance / MMF / Besexual / Urban Fantasy /
Blurb: A clever woman. A powerful incubus. A sorcerer who has finally made a mistake.
When Jessica volunteered as tribute to a sorcerer's court, she knew that sex would be part of her job. However, she did not expect Lord Azrael to "feed" her to his pet incubus on her first day at work. She's shocked that the incubus--a shapeshifting panther--can take the form of a man. She's shocked that they have an audience. She's even more shocked that she likes it. When the show is over, Jessica is sent off to new adventures, but she can't stop thinking about him.
Mal, the incubus, can't stop thinking about Jessica, either. Their liaison has revealed secrets about her--secrets that even Jessica doesn't know. Mal will stop at nothing to escape from Azrael and kill him. He thinks he may be able to use Jessica to do it. However, he is rapidly developing feelings for her that he doesn't understand. Even his relationship with Azrael is changing. Can an incubus fall in love? And what will happen when he is forced to choose between love and revenge?
The Incubus Series is an MMF bisexual shifter romance with lots of steamy scenes. Adults only.
Title: Quinn's Destiny
Series: (A Companion's Tale Book 1)
Author(s): Emily Jean
Length: 224 pages
Genre: Erotic Romance / Fantasy / Paranormal / Action & Adventure /
Blurb: Never Question, always obey.
The world is cruel for a companion whose sole purpose is to fight beside his warlock masters in the heat of war.
A war that rages between warlock and vampire.
A companion must be their mater's shield as well as their submissive, and a warrior who chooses otherwise will receive a cold-blooded punishment. Quinn is a companion who serves his master in any way that he desires, and always without question. Specifically created by the warlocks from a combination of magic and life essence to win the war, Quinn is the perfect companion to use in order to gain the upper hand against their blood sucking enemies.
But when Quinn's master perishes from a vampire attack, he finds that the warlocks no longer have a use for him, and Quinn is left with a choice. Run, or be disposed of like his brothers and sisters before him.
The world is cruel for a companion who chooses to run away, but when an enticing and dangerous vampire begins hunting Quinn for answers he may or may not be able to fulfill, his fate dangles by a thread.
Will he choose to escape the clutches of the warlocks and try to survive on his own? Or will his submissive nature take over and let the warlocks choose his destiny for him, putting an end to his freedom and the vampire who seeks him?
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