I've been in a reading slump for most of the summer, only reading something new here and there. Lots of temporary DNFs because something isn't holding my attention or its not what I'm looking for in a story. Lots and lots of re-reading of my favorite series. But this week I stumbled across a new to me series from a new to me author. Loved it and then binged on the series. Now I'm back to looking for something to read... LOL!
Title: Gryphon's Pride
Series: (Gesa's Menagerie Book 1)
Author(s): Kaye Draper
Length: 133 pages
Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Reverse Harem Series / Bisexual /
Notes: I bought this in the spring and forgot I had it. I was looking for something to read and was flipping through my books when I and decided to give it a go. Then I read through it and the next book. Love Gesa who is barbarian-ish attracted to a short fae. It had a spot or two where it was serious but it was also FUN. I bought the rest of the series and binge read it all. Than then stalked the author, signing up for the newsletter, looked for their facebook page...
Blurb: Not your typical reverse harem…
Gryphon shifter Gesa Lionheart isn’t your typical heroine. Screwed over by her family—a stunningly medieval gryphon clan that is supposed to value loyalty and truth—the former bodyguard sets out on her own to a remote city growing in the Michigan wilderness. With little in the way of life skills outside her clan training, and no one to depend on, she becomes a bounty hunter—chasing down low-level supernatural criminals for the local human police department.
Gesa knew life would be hard outside the clan, but she had no way of predicting just how strange her life would become, all thanks to a beautiful but dangerous male fae and a simple missing person’s case. Now she’s over her head in a world that isn’t what it seems, where humans can almost see the truth, rich supe philanthropists make people disappear with ease, and harem lion prides aren’t just for males….
Gryphon’s Pride is a reverse harem romance novella with an urban fantasy feel. Suitable for mature readers (and those with a sense of humor) only. If swearing, sex, or talk of past trauma are offensive to you, this might not be your thing.
I was tired of reading the same old thing over and over again in reverse harem. Sick of all alpha male and fainting female all the time—and desperate to be able to tell the male characters apart—I tried to infuse some variety into my story. Gesa might not be your cup of tea, and that’s okay—she doesn’t care. Her lovers are as varied in physicality and personality as they are in supernatural race. And the characters all have their own definition of sexuality. I know reverse harem is all about the fantasy, and my fantasy is a bit outside the norm. You’ve been warned.
*Gesa’s Menagerie books are novellas of between 30,000-40,000 words.
*This is a series. There will be unresolved plot threads at times/ occasional cliff hangers.
*Do NOT read this series if you are easily offended. Contains: mentions of past trauma/rape, adult language (that’s cursing kids, lots of it), and sexual content (including male/female, male/male, female/female, male/male/female, female/female/male and any other combination you can think of. Oh, and probably some tentacles and diphallia).
Series: Facets of Feyrie, 4
Author(s): Zoe Parker
Length: 176 pages
Genre: Romantic Elements / Urban Fantasy /
Notes: I found this series in December and it was something I wouldn't typically read, but got sucked in, and I really loved it. So sad this is the last book of the series.
Blurb: The Dark wants vengeance...
A prophecy - that I have no faith in - unexpectedly brought me a home. Love. Family.
Now, the damn thing is trying to take it all away from me.
I refuse to let that happen! Fate can go eff itself.
They broke my heart, so I'm going to break their faces, and if I can't do it alone...
There's always Phobe.
This is the fourth and final book in the Facets of Feyrie series.
**Please be advised this book contains adult themes and situations.**
Title: Orc Haven
Author(s): Beryll & Osiris Backhaus
Length: 204 pages
Genre: Romantic Elements / Epic Fantasy / Lesbian /
Notes: I was looking through the Rainbow Award submissions and came across this one. I have a huge soft spot for Orcs.
Blurb: The great war is over. The Dark Queen has fallen, slain by a dwarven champion as the prophecies foretold.
Still struggling with her transition from farmer's daughter to Hero of the Free Races, Irma barters her newfound fame for the power to change things for the betterment of all - including her former enemies.
With the Dark Queen's death, her subjugated orcs either succumbed to madness or were slain in battle. Only few orcs remain, and Irma has sworn to protect them, to help them find their place among the Free Races. One of them is Vash, a breeding mother from the pits, searching for a new home among the ruins of her old world with a tiny horde of orc children in tow.
When they meet, they discover that despite their differences in size, upbringing and race, they share the same hopes for the future. And while the odds they face seem overwhelming, the feelings growing between them may be strong enough to overcome them all.
From Rainbow-Award-winning authors Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus comes a sweet, happy f/f romantasy that begins where other epic fantasy novels end, a stand-alone novel about courage, hope, and the importance of family.
Title: The Prey of Gods
Author(s): Nicky Drayden
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager (June 13, 2017)
Genre: Science Fiction
Notes: A group I'm a part of has a list of LGBTIAQ Multicultural BOMs and this is on it. I have seen this come up but kept putting it off because I seemed to have been in a book burn out--for months. But it's on audiobook so I'm going to give it a go.
Blurb: In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yes—the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:
A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country . . .
An emerging AI uprising . . .
And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat (but mostly blood) of every human she encounters.
It’s up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure there’s a future left to worry about.
Fun and fantastic, Nicky Drayden takes her brilliance as a short story writer and weaves together an elaborate tale that will capture your heart . . . even as one particular demigoddess threatens to rip it out.
Title: Here Comes the Son
Author(s): Dahlia Donovan
Length: 308 pages
Genre: Romance / Futuristic / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Gay
Blurb: When evil stirs in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, heroes come in both ordinary and extraordinary packages.
Ignatius Faber knows a few things for absolute certain. He’s half-demon, his father is the unequivocal prince of darkness, and demons want to destroy his city. And if he doesn’t make the first move on his crush, they’re never going to be anything more than a teenage fantasy that’s lasted into his thirties.
Lalo Pavia grew up hard and fast, orphaned at a young age. As an autistic, he’s learned to approach life cautiously. He throws his energy into gardening and photography—allowing both to provide a buffer between himself and the rest of the world.
Except for Iggy.
Can they find triumph, life, and even love in the middle of a city in flames?
Their fight for the mile high city has just begun.
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