Friday, March 17, 2023

What's on the Reading Radar? #read #TBR #WishList

What's been going on? Well, I went in for a physical and came out with a flu shot and shingles vac. Then I had a couple of days of feeling achy with a temp. Fun times. But I didn't miss out on reading.

Series: Marriage Mayhem, 1
Author: Aja Foxx
Length: 277 pages

Genre/Trope: Romance / Contemporary / Marriage of Convenience / Low Angst / High Outside Drama /

Notes: If you follow me you know that I read very few contemporary romances. I was looking from something low angst and stumbled on this series by chance. When I say low angst, I mean the couple falls for each other pretty easily with little to no relationship drama. This hit the spot. It sort of reminded me of a Hallmark movie. Their is a lot of outside family drama that was pretty consistent throughout and kept things from going too slow to lose my attention. I ended up reading all the books in this series. They are interconnected in that this is about a group of frat brothers so there are crossover characters. You could probably read a couple of these as standalone, though book 3 will give away a spoiler for book one. The last book does have some relationship angst. I really wanted to punch Lucas in the face several times, but there is character growth and relationship growth and by the time they got together I was starting to believe that they could work. By then end, they were a solid couple. It's been a fun series to read and I will keep reading when new stories are added.  

Blurb: ~ Jai ~

When I learned that my parents had sold me into marriage to pay off my sister's debts, I was in no way surprised. They'd taken everything else from me my entire life. Why not my freedom, too? But Jake D'Amato is unlike anyone I have ever met. He's sweet and kind, and seems to really care about me. When my family decides my sister would make him a better husband, I put my foot down. For once in my life, I was going to fight for what I wanted, and I wanted Jake.

~ Jake ~

I hadn't gotten to where I was in life without learning to fight for what I wanted, and the moment I discover the abuse Jai Thomas is suffering due to his family, I decided I wanted him. Getting him to agree was going to be the hard part. He wanted no part of my money, which was a switch for me, but it also intrigued me enough to consider making our marriage of convenience permanent. I just had to keep his family away from him long enough to convince him to take a chance on a total stranger. Easier said than done when his sister decides she wants to replace Jai, not for my affections, but for my bank account.


Warning: Gay erotic romance. The material in this book contains explicit sexual content that is intended for mature audiences only. All characters involved are adults capable of consent, are over the age of eighteen, and are willing participants.

Title: Susix
Series: Susix, 1
Author: Amelia Rademaker
Length: 299 pages

Genre/Trope: Sci-Fi / Aliens / Slow Slow Burn Romance / 

Notes: This book was AWESOME. This is a slow burn RH series which is more on the side of polycule. There is no sex or amorous feelings in this first book since the aliens think she's an intelligent dog and she just learning how to survive. There are some really funny things that happens because they think she's a pet. All the things you do with your pet and you think nothing of it until it's flipped around like this. Cece is a great heroine and I loved her to pieces. I'm sorta dying since the next book isn't scheduled until Jan 2024 but this didn't end on a cliffhanger, which I 100% appreciated. I'll be rereading again and if I'm lucky there will be an audiobook version. 

Blurb: Being abducted by aliens is terrifying. Everything after that? Pretty boring.

Cece Levine didn’t believe in aliens. That is, right up until she was abducted. Life in space is not what she expected. She lives in a cage. She's left alone all the time. And the boredom is driving her insane.

When a thief who is more snake than man, mistakes her for an exotic pet, Cece decides to just roll with it. Who cares if her new owners think she’s a glorified dog? She’s fed, can walk around, and is safe. This is an improvement in her opinion. Until pirates attack and Cece realizes her new owners might be more dangerous than she thought.

With a Crown on the line, Vesex Forthusis will take any advantage he can to keep his Nest ahead of the rest. And alive. That might be asking for too much thought.

Vesex Forthusis has no desire to be the Sovereign of Susurex. He has no desire for power but he will fight to become the leader of his people if it means they will stop starving and begin thriving. All he has to do is find the Crown of Versetti, one of his people’s most valuable artifacts, and deliver it back home. Too bad it was stolen eons ago and every bloodthirsty Susix in the galaxy trying to steal it.

He and his nestmates will need to use every trick they have to survive the journey. What they do not need is a stray pet running around distracting everyone. But when their ship gets ambushed, it becomes obvious that there is much more to their new pet than they originally thought.

Will Cece and this misfit crew of snake men be able to work past their differences to survive an onslaught of aliens with murder on their minds?

Author’s Note: This is a slow-building reverse harem series. There’s not much spice in this book but there are some situations that are intended for a mature audience.

Series: Maverick Insurance Mysteries, 1
Author: MJ May
Length: 319 pages

Genre/Trope: Slow Burn Romance / Contemporary / Mystery / 

Notes: I recently read and enjoy MJ's Perfectly Imperfect Pixie and really loved it. I enjoyed it so much I thought I give her new release a try. There is a lot of who-done-it and what's-going-on tension in this book. I put it on pause because my anxiety's acting up and the trepidation was getting me too wound up. I have my suspicions about what is happening and I'm so worried about Perry's wellbeing!! *bites nails* I'll probably read through the rest this coming weekend because I really want to know what happens. 

Blurb: Three years ago, Perry Atherton tried to play the hero. Turns out real life isn’t like the movies. Instead of saving someone’s life, his reward was head trauma and a blown-out knee. Perry’s dream of becoming an astrophysicist was obliterated along with his memories of that tragic night. Left with a poor memory, painful migraines, and a constant limp, he’s grateful for his custodial position at Maverick Insurance.

Perry can’t remember. Detective Nathanial Harmon can’t forget. The first night Nate met Perry is seared into his brain—Perry lying on his back, the colorful sequences of his Pride shirt glittering in the otherwise dark alley. Perry’s ragged breaths, swollen face, and hemorrhaging body their first introduction.

Perry and Nate’s futures are about to collide again—the instigator: a note Perry was never meant to find, let alone read. A murderer lurks in the office building Perry cleans, and a nameless employee appears to be next on their hit list.

Perry’s not sure he’s ready to get involved again. He tried to play Good Samaritan before with horrific consequences. But the note screaming murder won’t let his conscience remain quiet and convinces him to tempt the phrase “No good deed . . .” again.

No Good Deed is the first book in the Maverick Insurance Mystery Series. No Good Deed is an m/m contemporary mystery romance and involves a man trying to make the best of being on Karma's bad side, the value of true friendship, demanding four-legged fur balls, the pros and cons of listening to your conscience, and finding love where you least expect. No Good Deed has a HFN ending with no cheating.

Possible trigger warnings include gun violence, past violent trauma, and murder.

Series: Trilogy Box Set
Author: Lola Glass
Length: 707 pages

Genre/Trope: Slow Burn Romance / Paranormal / Rejected Mates / Second Chances / 

Notes: When I started this I was sorta hoping that it was RH, but it doesn't appear to be. But I do love it when the rejected mate makes a new and better life for themselves and that is what happens here. I like the concept that the moon goddess gives rejected mates something extra if they are rejected. Cara's gift is that she calms feral wolves. My only quibble, her reasons for being distrustful of Knockout wouldn't have been mine. I'm enjoying the story so far. Also, one of the first things that I'd be doing once I escaped would be calling the family and letting them know what happens so that the x-mate doesn't trap them. Just sayin'. She is only 19 and doesn't really think of the consequences because that isn't how she thinks since she was brought up in a nice loving pack that didn't have situations in which she had to look on the darker side of someone's motivations.


Then he rejected me, threw me in the trunk of his car, and sold me into a backwater fighting club full of rabid werewolves.

My pack and family have no idea I'm in danger and my inner-wolf is still crying over the guy who rejected me, so I'm on my own.

At least I think so, until I realize I have the ability to tame rabid shifters.

But I have no idea how to use it--and accidentally end up with a dozen crazed wolves protecting me like I'm their favorite chew toy.

The only other sane trapped werewolf is a sexy, infuriating jerk who calls himself Knockout. He might be my ticket out of the fight club, but I don't know if I can trust him.

And even if I can, those dozen werewolves who think I'm theirs to protect?

They're not letting go.

I have to find a way out before I get too attached to the rabid wolves around me…

Especially Knockout.

Or the gift that's keeping me alive just might become my undoing.

*This paranormal romance trilogy is recommended for readers ages 17+, and contains the books Wolf Tamer, Wolf Charmer, and Wolf Whisperer.

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Friday, March 3, 2023

What's on the Reading Radar? #read #reading #TBR #WishList

What a relaxing week! And I'm not saying that because the husband has been gone all week. I took some time for myself. Put together some cubbies, did some spring cleaning (just one room and boy was I exhausted), made some jewelry, watching some true crime videos about serial killers (LOL), and read a couple of the books from last week's post.

Series: Realms of Love, 2
Author: Sheena Jolie
Length: 420 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Fantasy / Hurt-Comfort / 

Notes: Preorder drop! The first book in the series, Solstice Prince, is currently on sale for free.

Blurb: From bestselling author SJ Himes writing as Sheena Jolie comes the long-awaited new book in the Realms of Love Series!

The countries of Eistrea and Hellebore were once one land, torn asunder by a brutal war. A thousand years later, the Hellebore Empire and the Kingdom of Eistrea foster peace along the shared borders of the massive river Adracias, united by faith in a mysterious river god and an ancient treaty signed in blood and magic.

Prince Elia of Eistrea is the youngest of four and is hated by siblings and royal parent alike. Outcast for being different in more ways than one, Elia suffers through abuse and scorn without much hope for a better life. Gifted with magic that leaves him hated by his father, Elia is waiting for the day he's tossed aside like trash and left to die, or married off to a cold-hearted stranger after political power.

The festival of Adracias approaches, and the Hellebore Empire has sent their ambassador to Eistrea, guarded by a squadron of the infamous Hellions, the best warriors in Hellebore. One of their numbers is Sir Merrick, a kind, gentle warrior who notices Elia and treats him as if he were precious. Despite knowing better, Elia falls in love with the Hellion guard. Elia dreams of a day he can call a man like Sir Merrick his love, and yearns for the impossible.

Yet Sir Merrick has a secret, one even bigger than the magic abilities Elia keeps hidden from the realm under the threat of violence. When Elia learns the truth hidden in plain sight, the potential for war on a scale never seen before erupts between the two lands. Tensions rise and swords are drawn, and then Elia is offered a chance to both achieve his heart's most secret desire and preserve a thousand-year-old peace.

The River Prince is a standalone fantasy romance set in the same world as The Solstice Prince, in neighboring countries. There is an interconnected plot in the series that becomes relevant in later books. Both books can be read as standalone stories without any issue. CW for slavery, domestic abuse and bigotry. 124,000 words.

Title: Scout
Series: Chosen Champions, 4
Author: Macy Blake
Length: 326 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Paranormal / 

Notes: Preorder drop! I've been waiting for this forever, it seems like. :D

Blurb: Coal Volsunga is a dragon convinced he’s better off alone…

As alone as a dragon who is part of a pack can be, that is. Although he loves the work, his feelings are starting to get involved, especially for a wolf entirely too involved with pack life for a loner like Coal.

Jack “Scout” Jerrick is a wolf with two packs, but only one heart…

Dividing his time between his father’s pack and his new one hasn’t been an issue for Scout. He’s learning to protect the secrets of the shifter world and the innocents involved in a dangerous war over magic and power. But when he develops feelings for the cantankerous dragon in his new pack, things begin to get a whole lot more complicated.

After Scout is kidnapped by the mysterious threat hunting their pack, Coal realizes being alone isn’t his life’s mission after all. If he and Scout are able to survive, they must

…put aside their preconceived notions and work together to save their pack,

…learn to love and heal when nothing is as it seems,

…and realize when it comes to being mates, there’s nothing they won’t do to save each other.

Series: The Beastiary Book, 2
Author: Kaye Draper
Length: 365 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Paranormal / Polyamorous / 


Blurb: Life would be easier if I really was an evil witch like the rest of my family.

I did it. I managed to free all of the creatures enslaved in the pages of the Lovell family’s disgusting grimoire and I destroyed the book to make sure they stayed free. I thought life would go back to normal once I finished my task, but boy was I wrong.

Turns out I’m not the last remaining Lovell witch after all. I have an older sister, and she’s been hiding from everyone—including me—for years. Even better? One of my lovers was responsible for wiping her from everyone’s memory. And now, not only has my long-lost-sister been captured by a power-hungry coven who wants to tap into her powerful Lovell heritage…but they’re coming for me and my people as well.

I just got my new family of weirdos freed from the Lovell grimoire. There is no way I’m going to let some creeps from another coven steal them and use their power to start an interspecies magical war. But getting my lovers back means cooperating with The Supernatural Alliance—the governing body responsible for my parents’ beheadings—and that sketchy partnership might cost me everything I have left to lose.

Author's Note
This story is part of my serial, The Bestiary, on Kindle Vella. It is part of an ongoing series, and I will continue to release new books as the story progresses. A Fractured Family is 108,000 words long. The main plot arc is resolved, however since this is a series, a new complication is introduced at the end of the book, so expect a “for now”/”and then” feel. If you are interested in reading book 3 as I write it, you can find it on Vella. Season 3/Book 3 starts on episode 82 with a few exclusive scenes. You can also read along on my Patreon page.

Series: Ursa Shifters, 1
Author: Sam Hall
Length: 290 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Paranormal / RH / Rejected Mate Trope / No Second Chances? / 

Notes: So, I've been looking for a Rejected Mates story that I can sink my teeth into. There was one that looked promising but I should've read the reviews beforehand. Fast forward a couple of days and I came across this one. But now I'm leery. I've read Sam Hall before though. Their stories are usually heavy on the smexy times, but I've enjoyed them. I have high expectations and I'm hoping that there isn't a second chance romance for the ex-husband. I love the rejected mate tropes where the mate leaves and finds happiness elsewhere. Wish me luck!

Blurb: My ex-husband broke my heart asking for an open marriage. Then I found out he had already been sleeping with someone else.

So I dumped his arse and moved out,
But in the process found myself in the arms of four smoking hot strangers.

They pull out all the stops, lavishing me with all of the attention I’d been missing out on,
But these guys have a secret.

Am I going to be able to cope with the truth when it comes out, or is it going to be too much to bear?

This is a bear shifter paranormal romance where the girl is hurting and the guys pull out all the stops to try and make her feel loved again.

Series: Dead Gods Waking
Author: Toni Griffin
Length: 291 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Paranormal / Fated Mates / Rude Gods / Unwanted Prophecy / 

Notes: If you guys haven't seen it, Toni Griffin has a new release out! I have my copy!

Blurb: As fire rains down on the forest, Luke finds a hurt but powerful demigod in its wake— the kind of shifter that should only exist in legend.

Forest fires around California have got everyone working overtime. Between Luke's volunteer rescue efforts as the fires rage and his keeping up with regular police duties in his sleepy hometown of Half Moon Bay, he's barely had time to eat, let alone catch some shut-eye. It doesn't help that some out-of-towners have been pressing locals to sell up because they want to turn the little oasis into a hopping tourist destination.

Half Moon Bay is a place of sanctuary for shifters like Luke, with most of the town being descended from one kind or another. It's an open secret among the locals. One they're willing to fight to protect.

But the newest flames cutting a path toward town rage hotter and fiercer than normal forest fires. Something isn't right. Finding an overpowered elk shifter in the forest as it burns down around him causes Luke even more confusion—everyone knows those kinds of shifters exist only in legend. The questions raised keep jumping the firebreaks, especially when a dark presence falls on the town and homes start burning.

This book contains shapeshifters of all kinds, a prophecy nobody wanted, discussions about mental health issues, rude gods with no patience left, and a mate with a history of running from relationships but ultimately learns he's worth loving.

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Friday, February 24, 2023

What's on the Reading Radar? #reading #read #newrelease

What's going on? I got a book hangover from American Werewolf in Space. I spent a couple days sampling until some of this month's preorders started dropping. One of my preorders dropped super early and now I have plenty to read again.

Series: Not Your Momma's Alien Romance, 1
Author: Alisha Sunderland
Length: 335 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Sci-Fi / Paranormal / Bad@ss FMC / 

Notes: I picked this up because of the title and cover. I barely looked at the blurb before I started sampling. I was hooked from the first page and developed a girl crush on Jack before the end of page two. This will be in my top ten for this year. I'm going to buy the paperback and I'll pray to the book gods that it gets an audiobook because I want that too. There is action and plot. Mind the title. If you've seen American Werewolf in London, then you'll need to keep the expectation of a bit of gore. Jack's not apologizing for that. I really can't wait for book two. Funny story, at about the 60% mark I was experiencing the 'end-of-book anxiety' so I went to check the blurb for book two only to discover that it wasn't out yet. Then I consoled myself with talk of reading her backlist, only she doesn't have one since this is her debut book. I really hope book two comes soon. 

Blurb: On board this spaceship I’m only certain of two things:

1. The movies lied to me.
2. I’m about to mark an alien and take him like the beast I am.

Look, I didn’t believe in aliens either — until I was abducted by them.

Waking up on board a spacecraft among several other naked, terrified women prisoners mostly ruled out my government lab fears. Thank God.

But just in case, I tore our captors limb from limb.

That’s when I discover our fellow prisoner — General At’ens.
This alien is different from the others, mostly because he’s about ten times stronger, ten times — ahem —bigger, and... no. He can’t be my mate.

The things I’m imagining us doing are something no shifter should be contemplating with an alien. But if I’m going to hell, I’d rather earn my place...thoroughly.

My desires are about to become the least of my problems however, because like it or not we’re now embroiled in a vicious war of the planets — and that includes Earth.

If I want a home to go back to, I need to focus.

Yep, I’m screwed.

American Werewolf in Space is the first book in the Not Your Mama’s Alien Romance series by Alisha Sunderland.

**Author's Note**
This book contains bloody violence, spicy scenes with *extra appendages*, and a foul mouthed heroine. If you like your leading ladies delicate and in need of a rescue then this book isn't the one for you. If you want a kill and eat first and ask questions later kinda gal, well then keep on reading! This book ends on a soft cliffy!

Series: (The Sapphic Orcs of Torden Book 1)
Author: Lila Gwynn
Length: 236 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Fantasy / Arranged Marriage / Sapphic / 


Blurb: Sapphic fantasy romance with a monstrous twist…

RUGA KARRSDAUGHTER, dutiful orc princess with a heart of gold, has spent the years since her sister was elected queen serving the orc country of Torden. Her duties now include marrying an elf princess for a much-needed alliance against an outside threat.

ELKETH CERIDWEN, rakish elf princess with a penchant for chaos, has never lifted a finger in her life. Now that an engagement is sprung upon her by the stern elvish king, she has to fulfill a fifty-day betrothal period in Torden surrounded by strangers…unless she can wreak enough havoc to get sent back home.

These poor orcs don’t know what they’re in for.

A gentle orc princess is betrothed to a bratty elf princess in this sapphic fantasy romance. This novel is first in The Sapphic Orcs of Torden series but can be read as a standalone.

Series: Much Ado About Demons World
Author: Meghan Maslow
Length: 174 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Paranormal / Murder Mystery / Fated Mates / 


Blurb: Dryad Tuli Cato has 3 rules he lives by: No relationships, no drama, no trouble.

When a gorgeous incubus offers a night of no-strings passion, Tuli readily agrees. Only that no-strings night sure feels like a lot more.

Okay, Tuli has 2 rules he lives by: No drama, no trouble.

Being the sous chef at the most exclusive restaurant in town makes no drama a challenge. Especially when the kitchen’s in an uproar after a staff member turns up dead. Murdered.

Um, Tuli has 1 rule he lives by: No trouble.

Surely, he can stick to this 1 simple rule. . . except it turns out, he might be the murderer’s next target.

Incubus Kem Balthasar has only 1 rule he lives by: Enjoy life.

It’s a lust demon’s nature, after all. Creatures either want to be him or do him. Or maybe a bit of both.

When Kem lays eyes on a slender dryad hottie across a crowded sex club, suddenly he’s thinking of another L-word and it’s not one he ever thought he’d feel.

Okay, Kem has 2 rules he lives by: Enjoy life, romance Tuli.

Convincing the skeptical dryad that Kem’s a worthy—and faithful—partner is hard enough. But it’s even harder to date a guy who might wind up dead.

Right. Kem has 3 rules he lives by: Enjoy life, romance Tuli, and keep the little dryad safe.

Easy, right?

Demon for the Win is a 40k just-one-night, fated mates, novella set in the Much Ado about Demons world. Each book stands alone. This book contains explicit scenes, a little black book with loads of secrets, jealous trees, sex club shenanigans, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after.

*Previously published in the Your Book Boyfriend’s Boyfriend giveaway.

Title: Jenn Burke
Series: (The Gargoyles of Arrington Book 2)
Author: Stone Skin

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Paranormal / Bookish Historians / Hurt-Comfort / 

Notes: 2.28 release date. I'm counting the days.

Blurb: Can he break his curse before time runs out?

Despite being cursed to sleep as a gargoyle for a hundred years, and awake for only twenty-five, Rian O'Reilly is an optimist. He knows he can find a way to break the curse through the tattooed runes he's spent years mastering. No need to wait for this true love crap. But he hasn't found the right combination of magic and his time is almost up. Rian isn't ready to lose everyone and everything. Again.

Professor Logan Davis knows about loss. In the past year, he’s lost his mother, his twin, his werewolf pack, and he’s on the verge of losing his mind. So when he’s invited to Arrington to learn about a legend he’s never heard of, he jumps at the chance for a working vacation. He doesn’t expect to find a handsome gargoyle who needs his help to break a centuries-old curse—and he certainly doesn’t expect his grief to finally overwhelm him.

As Rian comforts Logan, he starts to wonder if there might be something to this true love crap after all. He'd give anything to help this gentle giant of a man, but Logan needs time to heal...and time is the one thing Rian doesn't have.

STONE SKIN is a male/male paranormal romance featuring a magical tattoo artist gargoyle who doesn’t want to go, a werewolf professor who needs time to rediscover himself beneath his grief, and a budding love that might be the answer to everything…if only it has time to bloom.

Series: Rescue Trilogy, 1
Author: Kassie Keegan
Length: 227 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Erotic Romance / Aliens / Polyamorous / 

Notes: this preorder was supposed to release in June but it's here now! So excited for this series!

Blurb: A woman is in love…

… with a man harboring a complicated past.

Both are running for their lives from a powerful enemy.

Kat has loved darkly handsome Michael since she first met the wary protector. Although he desperately desires her, he curbs his passion, believing he’s unworthy of her attention.

Will he trust her with his battered heart?

Kat utterly enchants Michael with her golden beauty, luscious curves, and compassionate nature, but he’s a killer-turned-bodyguard. His past would scandalize her gentle soul.

What will happen when time runs out?

When a vicious enemy stalks the royal children in their care, Kat and Michael agree to deliver them to safety, even though they must alter their very DNA to survive.

They barely escape a deadly explosion.

During the perilous rescue Ambassador Prime Mezere and his companions Dominik and Commander Courau are fiercely drawn to Kat and Michael, sensing they have finally found their destined mates.

As Kat and Michael adjust to their new beast-natures, the males must entice Michael to join them, and seduce Kat to claim them all.

Will they succumb to their beast-natures and accept the Call to Mate?

You’ll adore Savage Galaxy Rescue by USA Today Bestselling Author Kassie Keegan because it’s action-packed with spicy romance where everyone falls in love with everyone while experiencing delicious enticement ending with a satisfying happily-ever-after.

Savage Galaxy Rescue is a stand-alone in a series where the heroine’s Coalition is complete at the finale and was previously published in the Claimed Among the Stars Anthology. BONUS CONTENT! Savage Galaxy Rescue includes exclusive illustrations of the Lio Heroes and more!

Title: From Fear
Series: Princes of the Blood, 1
Author: Megan Derr
Length: 180 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Fantasy / Vampires / Evil Demons / Shifters / Polyamorous / 

Notes: It has been a while since I read this series. I meant to reread so that things were fresh in my mind, but I didn't get to it and when this released this week I just jumped right in. I'm a rebel like that. I did recall enough of the series so that I knew how the base world operated. I'd forgotten the slight undercurrent of horror that it's based on and now that I'm done, I wanna go back and immerse myself. I really enjoyed the addition to this series. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Blurb: Fifteen years ago, several wolf pups were kidnapped by poachers to be illegally sold abroad. They were rescued by a Prince of the Blood, and the Wolves of the Moon vowed the debt would someday be repaid. Now of age, wolf Ilkay Thrace is determined to fulfill that vow. Before he can, though, the Wolves' home high in the peaks of Dragon Claw Mountain is ravaged by an earthquake that reveals an ancient, forgotten temple—and awakens something dark and terrible in its depths. Now, instead of repaying their debt, the Wolves must once again ask the King's Legion for help.

Despite the time that has passed since the Legion was nearly wiped out, their greatest strength, the Princes of the Blood remain few. It is one of their newest, Prince Dalibor, who is sent to evaluate and assist the Wolves. But Dalibor is born of a demon of wrath, his greatest power the ability to drive all living beings out of their minds with rage and fear. He is brash, loud, and reckless, even by the standards of the Legion, and the very last person that should be going into dark, treacherous caves containing ancient evil.

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Friday, February 17, 2023

What's on the Reading Radar?

What are you up to? I missed last Saturday, again. I only had this post partially created and by the time I remembered I didn't finish, the weekend was pretty much gone. Not only that, I'm scrolling the list and not recalling what theme or the reasoning for my choices. What can I say, last week was crazy.

Title: January Blues
Series: Northarbor Coven, 1
Author: Jax Stuart
Length: 186 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay / Alternate Universe / 

Notes: I haven't read the other series referenced in this blurb. EDIT: I finished this on Thursday night and I really liked it! In this world, everyone knows about paranormal people. Going in, I suspected Cody would be a sunshine character, but he's a survivor who puts up a good front. He's so easy to identify with. Toth was great, too. This can be read without having read the series it spun-off from. I am going to go back and read the Sweetwater Pack series while I wait for more to be released on this one.

Blurb: While practically human in a coven of powerful witches, Cody has still picked up an enemy. After an assassination attempt fails spectacularly, his rival summons a demon to get rid of him.

Contracted to ruin Cody's life, Toth tries everything within the rules to break the perpetually cheerful man. Nothing he does seems to work, and he is pressed to try something else: seduce Cody.

Cody's hidden magic soon has Toth under his spell and he has to decide if his freedom or Cody's heart are more important.

January Blues is a 34k spinoff novella from the Sweetwater Pack series but can be read as a standalone. While MPREG can happen in this world, it doesn't in this story.

Title: Wielder
Series: Soldier and Swords, 1
Author: Margaret Couplet
Length: 143 pages

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary Fantasy / Dystopia / Gay / 

Notes: This isn't a a romance. None of the categories attached to this are gay romance but gay fiction, though there may be romantic elements. That doesn't mean that there isn't heat. I listened to the the audio clip and it is a smexy section. I did pick up the ebook sample and it I liked it. I might get the audiobook instead of the ebook, though, just because I have a hard time finding something to listen to when crocheting. 

Blurb: Hundreds of years after a race of magical beings called dindeary have taken over most of the world Corporal Clark Jameson is graduating from the Human Empire’s military academy after four years of grueling work. As a common born orphan from a small town too close to the border for anyone’s comfort Clark knows that he doesn’t have many prospects until, on the night before his future unit is to be decided he meets a strange pair of men who belong to the infamous Squad 42: Adam Milson, a sexy blonde that makes Clark’s blood run hot, and Harry Browning, the mysterious swordsman carrying one of the 13 magical swords which the dindeary will do anything to reclaim.

He never expected to see them again, especially considering Adam Milson was the heir to one of the most wealthy provinces but the next day he is called before all three of the members of Squad 42 and is offered the opportunity to try and wield Harry’s sword, Linsgarum. But Clark was a commoner, he couldn’t wield a sentient blade that burned any who were deemed unworthy, could he?

Title: Primal Instincts
Series: A Reverse Harem Love Story
Author: Nicole Edwards
Length: 244 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance, Contemporary / RH / BDSM? / 

Notes: I haven't read Nicole Edwards in a while. She only writes contemporary but she was one author that I could count on having a well rounded menage romance when she wrote it. This popped up on one of my searches and nostalgia got me. 

Blurb: What twenty-four-year-old recent college graduate would sign up to uncover a secret kink club rumored to be hidden within the walls of a multi-billion dollar  conglomerate?


Why? Well, that’s easy. I’ve spent my entire life with my nose to the grindstone, doing the right thing, focusing on my future, and now I’m bored, which isn’t a good thing when you have an insatiable curiosity.

I probably should’ve considered the type of bait needed for a fishing expedition of this magnitude when I applied for the job at Primal Instincts, LLC, looking to uncover the secret world that exists only on the whispers of those who’ve never so much as glimpsed the dark, seductive inner workings because those who had wouldn’t dare reveal anything.

Now that I’m through the door, I’ve got my determination and single-minded focus to keep me moving forward. I will figure it out if for no other reason than to say I did.

Provided I don’t get sidetracked by not one, not two, but three men who are ridiculously good at keeping secrets.

Title: Hitmen & Heartaches
Series: Hitmen & Hexes
Author: Charlotte Brice
Length: 304 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Mystery / 

Notes: I'm not sure if this should be considered a dark romance. This is a four book series which is complete and while reading through the blurbs there are references to different triggers. I actually really like the sound of the Russian hitman throughout the series and is the reason I might pick this up to read.

Blurb: Voodoo and Hunter are not your average private investigators. Being a witch doctor and a werewolf gives life added challenges. Finding love is one of them.

The Lincolnshire Poacher transmitted it's strange song for fifty years before going silent in 2008. When the disbanded ghost radio transmits one last message, no one can ignore the mystery sound. Things don’t go to plan when the inn keeper, Carl, becomes a target of international hitmen.

When Hunter loses his heart to the Russian Assassin, Doll, things start to change for the better.

It’s not an easy journey, but these men learn to accept each other, even if they are all squashed together in a magical motorhome
And they still need to solve why the world wants Carl dead.

This book is suitable for readers over 18. It contains graphic sex and violence, including the death of a main character. But no one says he doesn't deserve it. Otherwise, it ends on a HFN, no cliff-hanger.

Title: Heir's Companion
Series: Companion Series, 1
Author: RY Long
Length: 313 pages

Genre/Tropes: Medieval Fantasy / Alternate World / 

Notes: I'm in the middle of reading this one. This is not my usual pick. Despite the trigger warnings, the humor of the blurb and tags convinced me to give this a try. I won't categorize this as a romance or even having romantic elements simply because Cas is an unwilling slave. He's caught in a situation in which he does his best to make the situation more palatable for himself. I'm at the point in the story where the relationship between Cas and Raidon is slipping into more of a partnership. I'm invested in the story and interested in seeing where it goes, but I will admit if somethings don't happen by the end of the trilogy (i.e. abolishing that nasty tradition of sex slaves, freeing Cas) then I'll be highly disappointed.  

Blurb: Being transported to a strange world and sold as a sex slave to a young lord? 9 out of 10, Cas does not recommend (What? His master is hot.).

When the going gets tough, lit geeks analyze. Cas is going to analyze his way right out of this trope, thank you very much.

Trigger warning scene, check inside for details


Evil uncle, master/slave only in name, teacher kink, hurt/comfort, isekai, falling in love, medieval society, found family, brief, romance lovers unite, lit geeks for the win, sex education, carriages suck, seriously, who maintains these roads, the staff is awesome, maids really do know everything, the king and Bob are the best, Bob needs a bondage set, Cas and Raidon fuck like bunnies

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Friday, February 3, 2023

What's on the Reading Radar?

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for warmer weather. I need to bask in the sun and get some natural vitamin D. I've been cold here lately and if I had a sauna or hot tub, you'd find me in it 24-7, just sayin'. LOL

Reading had been alright this week. 

Author: Jenn Burke

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Sci-Fi / Alien /  Old Love / New Beginnings

Notes: I really enjoyed this story. It's told from Varuna's POV and I sympathized with him trying not to expect too much from Kerrick who he's loved for ages and thinks can do better. There's a brief mystery that leads some deeper revelations. Would definitely recommend. 

Blurb: Space station cop Varuna Das is different. He’s half-human, half-dimeti, and the mix of DNA has had some interesting consequences…like a tail he does his best to keep hidden. Well into middle age, he’s used to being treated badly because of his looks, and as much as he hates it, he understands it. Humans and dimeti just finished a twenty-year war, after all.

What he doesn’t understand is why Major Kerrick StarCourser, a young, beautiful war hero, keeps coming back to him for no-strings sexy fun. Or why Kerrick’s suddenly shown up, bruised and battered, just as Varuna transfers to Shard Hills, a small town on a nearby planet, to take over as sheriff. Kerrick doesn’t show any sign of leaving this time, settling into Varuna’s new home and cooking up a storm. It’s as though he was never a special forces officer.

Confused as he is, Varuna loves having Kerrick there. His life in Shard Hills is shaping up to provide everything he’s ever wanted: a home, a purpose, a family. But when Varuna’s dark past catches up to him, will Kerrick’s heroic integrity let him forgive and forget…and stay?

The Sheriff of Shard Hills is a 30,000 word novella with a middle-aged, half-alien cop who doesn’t see his own value, a young, fem war hero who does, and a happily ever after. Once the shooting stops, of course.

Title: Reject Me
Series: Immortal Vices & Virtues, 1
Author(s): Kel Carpenter, Aurelia Jane 
Length: 532 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Shifters / Alternate Reality / 

Notes: When I went looking for (again) for something in the rejected mate trope I stumbled across this one and decided to give it a go. It is set in a shared universe so any of these can be read as standalones. I really enjoyed how Dannie was a different kind of paranormal and though it set her up to be an outcast, she had a strong sense of self that was admirable. When I'm looking for rejected mate books, I want what was given to me here, where the mate who was her childhood bully doesn't get a pass just because they are mates. I also liked how Dannie handled him throughout the whole book. There for a moment or two, I was afraid it was going to be MFM and though I like reading those, I needed Markus to remain rejected. Elias was a great love interest, flawed though he was. He sorta walked right into that reading of his fate, thinking he was going to outwit it. I also enjoyed Dannie's family and the LBGT inclusion represented there. If you enjoy reading MF PNR, I would recommend this. Good writing, interesting plot with a couple of twists. I'm definitely looking up this writing duo to see what else they have.

Blurb: “Markus Del Reyes, I reject you.”

He left me no choice.

I refuse to spend the rest of my life with my childhood bully for a mate. I may be a cursed shifter, incapable of shifting—but I wasn’t desperate.

Not till the Alpha Supreme cast me out of the House of Fire and Fluorite for rejecting his son.

Now I’m packless.
No longer under the protection of a House.

Until the dark vampire king of Blood and Beryl turns his sights on me.

In return for protection from my former House, I have to become his fake mate.
I'll be a queen and a fraud.

It's a treacherous lie to live—and I find myself forgetting what’s real and what’s not with every stolen touch and heated kiss we share. What starts as a business arrangement turns complicated when my heat hits, and the king insists on being the one to help me through it.

I’ve lost everything for doing what I know is right, but the greatest danger I ever faced was never losing my life … it was opening my cursed heart.

**Reject Me is a spicy standalone paranormal romance set in the Immortal Vices and Virtues Universe. Every book is a guaranteed happily ever after with a satisfying ending and no cliffhangers. Perfect for fans of Immortals After Dark, Black Dagger Brotherhood, and the Demonica series.**

Title: Cair 
Series: Veiled City, 1
Author: Eryn Hawk
Length: 331 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Alternate World / Paranormal / Gay 

Notes: I just started this one but I'm enjoying it so far. The world is one that knows about the fae who live in a part of the city around the portal between worlds. It seems that the fae and humans don't mix too much, but I'm not that far in yet. Not much else to say yet since I'm only at the part where Luca is starting his job for Cair. I do think that plot for this book wraps up here because the name on the next book belongs to Cair's brother. 

Blurb: Twenty-five-year-old Luca Elliot lives in a city divided. The humans and the supernaturals mostly keep to their own kind, but Luca—curious and desperate for work—crosses the border and finds himself employed by a tall, stupidly handsome Fae with killer horns. He should be intimidated, but instead, Luca is utterly captivated. Falling for the boss is a bad idea though, right?

Cair Haryk is only a visitor to the human world and, between his position in the Fae kingdom and a bargain he made years ago, he can never remain. He's content with that until he meets Luca—his soulmate—and hires him to work in his high-end lounge. Cair tries to guard his heart, but fate has other plans and, despite his best intentions, he falls for the pretty little human. Hard.

Luca can't enter the Fae realm, and Cair’s time in the mortal lands is drawing to an end, so while the attraction between them is irresistible, their situation is impossible. They can't be together. It’s tragedy and heartbreak just waiting to happen.

Isn’t it?

CAIR is a MM paranormal romance with spice, size difference, and soulmates. It features a lovable human trying to find his place in the supernatural world, and a secretive Fae who's not as detached as he pretends to be. This is the first book in the Veiled City series.

If you want to know more about this story's tropes, kinks and warnings, visit my Instagram (authorerynhawk) for a full content list.

Series: The Den, 1
Author: Juniper Cole
Length: 252 pages

Genre/Tropes: Romance / Paranormal / UF? / Polyamorous / 


Blurb: Foster can’t explain the changes in his body that started when he escaped his abusive ex. Despite the eerie feeling that he’s being watched, he forces himself to leave his apartment after a month of hiding. To his surprise, his distracted wandering leads him to the Den, a night club unlike any he has ever been to.

Calix has never felt more trapped. With a boss that constantly makes inappropriate comments and magic he can’t control, the stress drives him to The Den, a perfect place to lose himself in pleasure.

Boaz thought it was going to be another boring night guarding the hellgate beneath his club until he spots two beautiful men dancing the night away. The moment their scents hit his nose, he knows that everything is about to change.

When unexpected dangers shake the foundation of their newfound love, the men must decide how much they’re willing to sacrifice to fight for their love, and their world.

Den of Escape is a paranormal romance about three men falling in love. It is the first book in The Den series, which will follow a new couple in every book. It can be read as a standalone though characters will make appearances in later books so they are better read in order. It contains explicit content, graphic language and situations some readers may find uncomfortable. For a more detailed description please check the content guide inside the novel.

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

What's on the Reading Radar? #read

How's your week going? Mine always see to be going fast. Trying to make friends with one of the flocks of crows that sweep through the neighborhood once a week. 

This is being posted on Sunday instead of Saturday simply because my writing week got in the way of blogging, which I'm not complaining about. So I decided I would create the post late. It's short too, with only books that I read this week in between searching through the rejected mate trope for a plot I want to read. Still searching... 

Author: Megan Derr
Length: 192 pages

Genre/Trope: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / Poly / 

Notes: This hit the spot. Grumpy character, sunny character, bickering, political intrigue, and occupations you don't normally see. I really enjoyed the story and was really happy with how things turned out. 

Blurb: Tashi is a body catcher, paid by inhabitants of the poor districts of Ossiri City to dispose of inconvenient corpses. The fewer questions he asks about them, the happier everyone tends to be. It's not an easy life, and the money isn't great, but it's better than the life he led when he was first thrown out on the streets with nothing but the clothes he was wearing.

Then a colleague asks him to help with the bodies of a woman and babe who died in the birthing. Not just any woman and child, either, but a royal princess and her secret bastard. Though he wants no part of the mess, Tashi agrees, and finds himself facing his past and enough trouble to kill him and anyone stupid enough to help him.

Series: (Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees Book 3)
Author: Jennifer Cody
Length: 189 pages

Genre/Trope: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Poly / Ace Spectrum Character / Sunshine Character / Grumpy Guts Character / Puppy Pile Cuddles / Found Family / Consent and Acceptance Galore / 

Notes: I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. If you have questions about Edovard, read the author's forward for the thorough and no-spoilery heads-up. I thought this was pretty much perfect and I loved every minute of it. Edovard is a delight and I loved seeing the world through his eyes. He's sweet and naïve and doesn't have a mean bone in his body. Highly recommend!



Um…I was told I’m supposed to summarize my story here, but recently I’ve learned that blurbs are hard so I’m not sure what to say.

My name is Edovard Durand Folange. I’m twenty seven years old from Fresno, California, and recently I moved across the country to live with my new parents and brother. Oppa kills people for a living, and Papa is his announcer guy, and my brother is like his assistant, and I guess it turns out I’m the person the magic tells who needs to die—it’s called being an Augur. I don’t really know what that word means, but even though it’s scary, I’m getting used to it.

It’s nice to have a job, but Santanos (he’s the Avatar of Evil) offered me a second job, and I’m really excited about that because I get to work with him and help him fix the minions. A lot of them aren’t doing very well, so my second job is to make sure that everyone gets as much love as they need in their lives. Sometimes that means killing people who are stealing all the love away from them. I guess maybe I’m a little evil too, because I don’t mind letting Oppa kill those people to save the minions.

The Trouble with Trying to Love a Hellion is a 52k MM+ paranormal romance, featuring a cinnamon roll narrator with more than the usual amount of love to give and a sultry incubus who happens to be the Avatar of Evil. If the minions are especially affectionate with the cinnabun, well, who can blame them when he’s the best cuddler they’ve ever met?

Contents include: blood, viscera, someone dies because they call Edovard dumb, and Edovard accidentally creates a polycule, but that’s ok because he’s just making sure everyone gets enough love to be emotionally healthy.

Author: Amanda Milo
Length: 4 hrs 44 min

Genre/Trope: Romance / Sci-Fi / Aliens / Beauty & the Beast

Notes: So this has been on my TBR for a while. Contagion is the second book in this series and follows the friend from this one, so I knew a little about what went on as well as the side character. When it came out on audio, I gave it a go and oh man, some places were hilarious. It also made me want to reread Contagion (which is one of my all time favorite rereads) another read. Would definitely recommend.

Blurb: The people of my planet are under a devastating genetic curse. To treat the disease’s effects, we’ve turned to cultivating a rare flower. That’s my occupation: raising and studying this flower. That’s precisely what I’m doing the daycycle that an alien drops into our research plot, approaches our plant….

And cuts my flower’s head off, stealing the bloom.

Note: This 37K standalone story is intended for listeners 18+ due to romantic elements. There is no cheating. There is a happily ever after, because this is a sci-fi retelling of Beauty and the Beast--you have to have an HEA. (There is, however, no singing cutlery.)

Important Note II: No unicorns were harmed in the making of this story.

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Friday, January 20, 2023

What's on the Reading Radar? #WishList #TBR

January's half gone and I've barely read anything this month. I've been thinking about this blog and whether or not I'm using it to it's full potential or not. The easy answer to that is 'not' but then that begs the question about what I want to do with it. There are so many different social media platforms that if I try to participate in all of them, I wouldn't get anything done. What I want to do is a question that I will be poking at the next couple of months. So for the time being, I'll continue to do the Reading Radar for Saturday's post. This is the one place that I feel comfortable talking about what I'm reading or wanting to read. 

I've save several soon-to-be released covers but didn't note when that release would be, so I'll save that for next week. Today will be all about manga/yaoi. 

Title: Moon & Sun
Series: Vol. 1
Author: Akane Abe

Genre/Trope: Yakuza Romance / BDSM elements / Friends / Non-Binary MC / 


Blurb: Masahiro, heir to a yakuza syndicate, has been skating through life without much purpose. When he stumbles one night into the drag club where his childhood friend Hana works, the drunk and obnoxious Masahiro causes such a stir that the beautiful owner of the club is forced to deal with the yakuza brat themself. Is one good spanking all it will take to put the heir apparent on the right path in life…and love?

Series: Adam & Shiro, 1
Author: Bella Chan

Genre/Trope: Mafia Romance / Paranormal / Omegaverse /  

Notes: So, when I grabbed this cover a couple of weeks ago, I thought it was yaoi manga but looking at the blurb, which doesn't follow managa's usual format, I think this might be book. No pictures. Imma going to leave here, 'cause why not?

Blurb: When an alpha wolf shifter mafia boss meets a beaten-up foxkin boy on the run, both their lives change in an unexpected way. A steamy hurt-comfort paranormal shifter mafia mm romance.

The Beautiful Monster.

Alpha wolf shifter Adam Sullivan, dubbed The Beautiful Monster, is on a “sabbatical leave” of his position as the head honcho of one of the most powerful mafia clans in America. Relishing in his newfound peaceful life, Adam’s wonderful tranquility is being threatened when he happens upon a beaten-up foxkin youth in the back alley of New York City. The moment Adam lays his eyes on the exquisite white-haired, cobalt-blue-eyed Shiro, he is beguiled and knows he’ll be kissing his serene life goodbye if he doesn’t walk away. When Shiro begs for his help, Adam loses the fight to the inevitability and takes the boy home.


Into the arms of a beautiful monster…

Shiro is a beastkin, a race of humans with small animal characteristics society despises. Having escaped the institute, he lives in the backstreet scavenging for survival. When Adam saves him after a deadly beating, he is grateful. It isn’t long when Shiro finds himself falling in love with Adam, whose rough exterior and standoffish kindness steals the boy’s fragile heart. Shiro knows he can’t linger around and take advantage of Adam’s generosity, but leaving is just so damn hard, especially when Adam makes him feels he belongs, a feeling he desperately yearns for.

Tales of Beastkin: Shiro is a hurt-comfort paranormal shifter alpha-omega mafia mm romance (boys love, yaoi) with some dark themes. The uke (Shiro) is a beautiful beastkin (a race of humans with small animal characteristics) and the seme (Adam) is an alpha shifter hunk. Note: Seme is the man who does the chasing (the top) and uke is the male being chased (the bottom) in the romantic relationship.

Tags: Hunky wolf shifters, standoffish mafia boss Adam, alpha shifters being protective of their cute mates, omegaverse, cute fox beastkin with white hair and blue eyes Shiro, twinks, sassy wolf beastkin, adorable fox ears, knotting, mpreg later in the series, hurt-comfort, age gap, some dark themes, BL stands for Boys’ Love, it’s a yaoi omegaverse with supernatural, beautiful Shiro is our baby uke, hotty-hot Adam is very daddy, expect steamy scenes between alpha and omega, omega pheromone is sweet nectar that drives their mate crazy.

Series: Vol. 1
Author: Rachel Manija Brown
Length: 176 pages

Genre/Trope: Futuristic Sci-Fi / Aliens / Master & Slave Society / 

Notes: I'm on the fence about this one and I keep moving it on and off the wish list. It sounds like Adrian saves Conri though doesn't ascribe to society's practice. But I could be wrong. It is on KU so it would be easy for me to check it out. 

Blurb: Alien refugees have come to Earth. They call themselves 9-Lives. Humans call them cat-boys, and force them to live as collared pets. Conri, a rebellious young 9-Life, ran away to escape this fate. But when a human named Adrian saves him from capture, Conri is torn between his desire for freedom and another desire he can't quite admit, even to himself... Can two people meet as equals in a world divided between masters and slaves?

Author: Ziloi
Length: 488 pages

Genre/Trope: Fantasy / Mistaken... IDK, from the blurb they both have made assumptions


Blurb: All ghosts in the Professional Malevolent Spirits and Creative Terrorizing Program aspire to become a top malevolent spirit of the underworld. And as for Cui Yue? He’s only here because of Bai Shaonan's unrequited love for him—or at least that was what he thought. Oh well. If Bai Shaonan likes him, it won't hurt to give a little feedback. But ever since he met Bai Shaonan, Cui Yue’s been spending all his time either being hunted, or on his way to being hunted. Hey Shaonan, do you want to fix your love life first?

After admitting a new student who would go on to break the record for the lowest grades in the school’s history, Bai Shaonan firmly believes that Cui Yue's devotion to academia is solely because of himself. Oh well. If Cui Yue likes him, it won't hurt to give a little feedback. But since Cui Yue is spending all his time either being hunted or on the way to being hunted, the only way toward a truly peaceful future is to deal with these issues, once and for all.

Author: Lo, Lorinell Yu
Length: 232 pages

Genre/Trope: Contemporary / Class Differences / Friends

Notes: I noticed that the reading age is 16 & up.

Blurb: Christian has always admired handsome, talented composer Daniel. Their shared appreciation for music marked the beginning of a friendship between a willful boy and a sophisticated young man... But when tragedy strikes and circumstances twist around to put Daniel in the service of Christian's wealthy family, their bond is tried in unexpected ways.

Years ago, the universal language of music drew them toward one another. Now, Christian has to hope it's still enough to bridge the gap between their vastly different lives.

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