Friday, April 16, 2021

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

What am I doing? Well... I might have jumped the gun thinking that Cherish (The Valespian Pact, 4) would be finished last week. Oh, look! Another week has gone by and I still can't type 'Fine'. I've been pushing to complete the book because the end is so very near. But there are also many exciting things going on with the story that added more story and I trying to exercise discretion and NOT SPILL ALL THE BEANS! I'm so excited but I have got to keep some revelations for later. I keep telling myself that... looks at manuscript and scribbles out series spoilers... well, it seems that might be a work in progress.


Series: (The Pudding Protocol Universe)
Author: Angel Martinez
Length: 178 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Action Adventure / Lesbian

Notes:

Blurb: Brave paladin. Royal princess. Fierce dragon. Simple. Being all three at once? Way too complicated.

Paladin Snillek's mother was human and ruled a planet. That's about the extent of her knowledge since they didn't see each other much. When her mom dies in a freak accident, her father tells Snillek she's inherited the title, and she has to learn how to pass as the mostly human Princess Siel for a planet she never thought about much. The dresses alone are horrifying and the courtiers aggravating.

In a moment of frustrated rage, Snillek's princess persona slips and frightened palace staff misinterpret what they see. Now Paladin Snillek has been called upon to rescue Princess Siel…from herself.

Gruyere wants desperately to journey into the wilds of Tarribotia, but it's too dangerous to go alone and so far, everyone's laughed at her for suggesting it. When she spots a Dzedek paladin sulking in a tavern, she offers her services, hoping to pass herself off as a rogue guide.

Two women with secrets and possibly opposing goals head out into the hinterlands of a planet neither one of them knows well. They might both make it back by Winterfest if nothing eats them first.

This book contains one out-of-her-element paladin, the perils of academia, deadly cake, and unconventional dragons.

Title: Braevan
Series: Mates of Mylos
Author: Leona Windwalker
Length: 

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Aliens / Gay

Notes: releases April 29th

Blurb: Chitose

When our parents died, I thought for sure my university days were over. I had a younger brother to look after, and he needed me. I couldn't turn him over to someone else just so I could work more hours in order to attend classes at least part-time. The Mylos scholarship program's expansion to include gay males sounded just the ticket! I currently didn't have a boyfriend, so there was no one to object to them checking if I was a one in a gazillion chance match to one of their warriors. The scholarship money would pay for my schooling, housing, and provide a stipend for food and other expenses for us both. It was too good to pass up. It was the solution to most of our current problems, I was sure of it.

Braevan

When the Bride Treaty's program was expanded to include males such myself, my hearts and mind became filled with hope. Was my mate one of the males below, thirsting for knowledge and open to finding their forever love? Matches were rare, and I knew that the odds of it happening were only one out of so many billions. One chance in however large a number was still one, though, not zero, and so every single day, I gaze out the windows as I walk down the corridors to my duty station. Please, let him be there. I am ready, my arms and hearts open.

Series:
Author: Mary Calmes
Length: 338 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Fated Mates / Detective / Mystery / Gay

Notes:

Blurb: You belong to me and I know it down deep, in muscle and bone, where my wolf lives.

Avery Rhine isn’t an average homicide detective with the Chicago PD. In fact, Avery isn’t an average anything. Sure, as an omega he knows he’s at the bottom of the food chain, but that’s never slowed him down. He’s got a great life, complete with a loving family and a best friend who’d take a bullet for him, so what more could he possibly want or need? Except, maybe, for the world to change. And to find someone to spend more than one night with, but that isn’t high on his list of priorities. He’s never been one to believe in destiny or whatever else the fantasies sell about there being someone special out there meant just for him.

Then a chance encounter at a party changes everything.

Graeme Davenport has no delusions about finding his true mate. The consensus is that if an alpha doesn’t find their other half by the time they’re thirty, the chances of it ever happening go from slim to none. He’s not a mere alpha, though; Graeme is a cyne who sits at the pinnacle of lupine hierarchy, so he’s obligated by tradition and duty to choose an omega now, sign a contract, and bond with him. Love is not part of the equation.

When Graeme and Avery meet, their fierce attraction to each other flies in the face of reason and logic. Avery’s intense physical reaction to the alpha is something he’s never experienced before, while Graeme, who has always been the soul of discretion, loses all his inhibitions to desire for the man he wants to possess. They are two very different men trying to navigate expectations, separate reason from innate primal drive, and do it while working together to solve a murder.

It will take everything they are to find a middle ground, and to learn to trust in a fated kind of love.

Series: (Nevermore Bookshop Mysteries Book 1)
Author: Steffanie Holmes
Length: 302 pages

Genre: Romance / Slow Burn / Urban Fantasy / RH

Notes:

Blurb: What do you get when you cross a cursed bookshop, three hot fictional men, and a punk rock heroine nursing a broken heart?

After being fired from her fashion internship in New York City, Mina Wilde decides it’s time to reevaluate her life. She returns to the quaint English village where she grew up to take a job at the local bookshop, hoping that being surrounded by great literature will help her heal from a devastating blow.

But Mina soon discovers her life is stranger than fiction – a mysterious curse on the bookshop brings fictional characters to life in lust-worthy bodies. Mina finds herself babysitting Poe’s raven, making hot dogs for Heathcliff, and getting IT help from James Moriarty, all while trying not to fall for the three broken men who should only exist within her imagination.

When Mina’s ex-best friend shows up dead with a knife in her back, she’s the chief suspect. She’ll have to solve the murder if she wants to clear her name. Will her fictional boyfriends be able to keep her out of prison?

The Nevermore Bookshop Mysteries are what you get when all your book boyfriends come to life. Join a brooding antihero, a master criminal, a cheeky raven, and a heroine with a big heart (and an even bigger book collection) in this brand new steamy paranormal mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Steffanie Holmes.

Series:
Author: Macy Blake
Length: 143 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Fated Mates / Gay

Notes:

Blurb: Even a human like me knows that to a shifter, pack is everything. So when my best friend asks me to check up on her brother—a lion/tiger hybrid who was been banished from his own pride—I agree...

And find out I’m his fated mate.

Hart’s been through a lot, and I know it. The circumstances of his birth made him an outcast, and those scars run deep. He’s also got a million excuses for why he never came back to claim me the way he says he wanted to.

But when he sees me on his doorstep and suddenly decides to make up for lost time… well, let’s just say I’m not falling for it.

Claiming is a forever thing. And nothing about Hart Sherman with his fancy career and solitary lifestyle says he wants forever with small-town guy like me.

If he wants me to believe he’s serious, he’ll have to prove it. By finding a place in the pride for the amazing man he made himself… and for the liger he was born to be.

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

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

 I missed posting the Reading Radar the last couple of weeks. I've been distracted as I push to get Cherish completed. I'm almost there. So close that I can practically taste the "The End". Another couple of day, I think, and Cherish will be done... then the editing begins and it not going to be pretty.

Series: Lost Shifters, 3
Author: Megan Derr
Length: 154 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Poly /

Notes: I love the Lost Shifter series. The first book where a snake shifter adopts wolf pups is adorable. This one has raccoon, platypus, and crane shifters. I wanted to taste test all of Oakley's cupcakes and inject him with a wealth of confidence. I have questions about the former alligator friend! Maybe we will get a story about him, too!

Blurb: All Oakley wants is a quiet life, to run his cupcake shop in peace, chat with the regulars, and be left alone otherwise.

Well, he'd also like a lover and a house full of kids, but thanks to his asshole relatives and their attempts to murder prominent members of the Lost Shifters Foundation, that's not likely to happen anytime soon. So he settles for quietly pining after men who will never look at him that way.

Then a sudden burst of impulse leads to a date—a date quickly ruined by an unexpected murder that is almost immediately followed by another, and another…

Series: Dragon Hoard, 3
Author: Minerva Howe
Length: 198 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / All The Dragon Babies / Mpreg / Gay / 

Notes: I've been waiting for Ty's story. He yearned for a mate so hard. When he does find, the journey isn't over. There is the tragedy that his mate is dealing with and the a learning curve with not only Ty and Myk, but with Ty and his brothers and their mates... and so many babies. It's a fun and heart warming story. The bonus is there will be more books in this universe. I'm so happy about that.

Blurb: Dragon shifter Tyson has been hearing a distant call for months now, a lonely cry that he hopes is his mate. All he has to do is find out where it's coming from. When the mournful voice screams for help, Tyson leaves his home and his brothers in the mountains of Colorado to rescue Myc, another dragon who's in a terrible and dangerous situation. Nursing Myc and his niece and twin nephews back to health, Tyson knows he's found what he's looking for, but he doesn't want to push. He's waited this long. He can wait until Myc is ready to mate with him.

Myc knows Tyson is the one for him, but he's lost his home and his family, and he's not sure he knows how to convince Tyson he's not shy or fragile. He also knows he's added three more kids to Tyson's rapidly growing family, and he's afraid to ask Tyson to mate with him and have more.

Tyson and Myc have to fight the past, their own fears, and their deep, stubborn notions of what's right to come together with the kind of love they both know they can make.

Series: Pizza Shop Exorcist, 1
Author: Dakota Brown
Length: 202 pages

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Why Choose / 

Notes: This was rather fun. I get a bit tired of the FMCs being in their early 20s and saw this one recommended with a FMC in her mid 30s. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. By the end of the book I was really starting to despise her 'best friend'. He is not even a friend to her. Angst level was pretty low. There is a backstory that is hinted at that is painful but she's avoiding it for now. She strikes me as chaotic neutral and that is part of the reason why this was fun to read. I was ready to jump into the next book, but it's not out until Summer, I think. I would definitely recommend it. 

Blurb: When my family died at the hands of a demon prince, I hung up my exorcist hat. I’d failed to protect them, and while I was willing to risk myself, the price had risen too high.

Now I’m serving up hot, fresh pizzas to everyone who wants them. I was the only person left to inherit the family business and I’m doing my best to keep it up and running in honor of my loved ones.

These days, my biggest challenge is telling off a rampaging customer, and endless paperwork. That is, until he shows up again.
Darius was the only guy I couldn’t say no to, the one who dragged me into the world of the occult in the first place. When he shows up and begs me to assist with an exorcism, I reluctantly agree. He’s still using me; because I’m the best exorcist around and he only calls when he needs my help.

Before I know it, I’ve got an incubus in the living room, a hellhound marking around my yard, and a demon prince who can’t decide if he wants to kill me or… you know. Not to mention the vampire and the nephilim I seem to have collected. Normally I wouldn’t work with the supernatural, but we all have a common goal. Prevent the crime syndicate from summoning a demon prince and becoming more powerful than we can hope to handle.

If I can keep my cool, it will be a miracle. If I can hold on to my soul it’ll be an even bigger one. No one ever claimed being an exorcist was easy, but to protect those I’m coming to love, I’ll pay whatever price necessary.

This book is intended for mature audiences. 18+ readers only! It contains language and sexual situations. This is a medium burn reverse harem where the girl gets all the guys. Why Choose? Harem members added as series progresses.

Series: Deadside Reapers, 1
Author: Debbie Cassidy
Length: 294 pages

Genre: Slow Burn Romance / Urban Fantasy / Why Choose / 

Notes: This was an interesting story. The broken world where the spirits/ghost of the dead have to wait in a cue to be processed before moving on because the number of reapers was affected by the same incident that allowed humans to see and interact with ghosts. There is a bit of suspense that played havoc with my anxiety so it took me about a week to read, but was interesting enough that I kept coming back to see what happens next. I tried to spoil myself by reading the blurbs for the other books in the series and that was a mostly useless endeavor because those blurbs were vague, vague, vague. I don't even know who she is going to have as mates. I can't decide if the author is devious or diabolical.

Blurb: Your dead are our business.

Got a loved one who’s passed? Want to ask your dead aunt where she hid that elusive will? Head over to Necro city and look no further than Soul Savers Inc.

One day the world was normal, and the next, it was filled with ghosts. And then the reapers came. Blood-sucking hot dudes with wings and wicked scythes. They took control, and now we have a system.

Now we have Necro city, the hub of all things untethered.

As a soul relocation agent, it’s my job to rehouse the dead until the reapers come to collect, but with so few of those dudes about, the wait isn’t pretty. Thank goodness for decent coffee, frosted donuts, and a pending promotion.

Things are looking good until they’re not.

One bar fight and a dead reaper later, I’m left holding the scythe.

Not just any scythe, but a scythe belonging to one of Lilith’s four favored sons—the most powerful reapers in the world.

For some reason, it’s chosen me.

Now, three very large, very pissed off reapers are on my case.

It looks like that promotion is going to have to wait.


A kickass Urban fantasy with a why choose romance. Vampires, ghosts, angels, and demons. Perfect for readers who enjoy forbidden romance, enemies to lovers, or friends to lovers.

Series: The Mystic Bay Series, 3
Author: MA Church
Length: 213 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Elementals / Gay 

Notes: Yay! It's here!

Blurb: He’s what things that go bump in the night fear.

Tragedy brings the ice elemental, Nicholas Frost, to America and lands him on the doorstep of the High Council. While surrounded by a group of Guardians who question his offer to kill the vampire Jackson, Nicholas stumbles across the man fate has decreed his. Although overjoyed, the secret he hides is now in jeopardy of being revealed.

Something lethal lurks within.

Cold. Powerful. Feared. A killer. Like the softly falling snow, Nicholas is silent and deadly. Always alone. Always guarded. His abilities are unrivaled, and other paranormals avoid him. With good reason.

And the man fate has paired him with is a truthsayer—a living lie detector.

Guardian Jonas Parker is convinced fate has made a monumental mistake. Guardian lifespans are practically eternal. Elementals only live a couple of hundred years. No way that golden thread which links them means what he thinks it does. Surely fate wouldn’t gift him with a man he’ll outlive?

Jonas is a truthsayer, which is difficult enough. Add in the chance of an accidental surface reading if he touches bare skin, and no one is willing to get close to him. Jonas can dig into anyone’s psyche and unearth all their secrets regardless if they’re willing are not.

No secret can remain hidden from him.

While Nicholas and Jonas struggle to figure out how a mating can work between two such different paranormals, Jackson plots. As the final battle looms on the horizon for the men of Mystic Bay, a terrifying prospect has emerged—something not even Nicholas and the others may be able to defeat.

Series: 
Author: Rachel Langella
Length: 181 pages

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Fated Mates / Gay /

Notes: 

Blurb: Sometimes Fate has a bizarre sense of humor.

Or at least it seems that way to Gus, owner of the Rainbow Room, Asheville’s main hangout for gay paranormals. He’s seen Fate catch up with the patrons of his bar while he served drinks and listened to their stories for three hundred years. He found all of it amusing, until his fated mate walks in and suddenly the twists aren’t so funny any longer!

Bear Hickes is a mage who specializes in fire, but life has lost its spark since his twin brother got married and left him alone. His older brother, Whimsy, is determined to help Bear find happiness no matter how much Bear objects, but meeting Gus gives Bear a wonderful idea: if Gus will pretend to be his boyfriend, Whimsy will get off his case. And somewhere along the line, Bear finds he wants it to be for real.

But there are secrets Gus is keeping from not just Bear, but the whole world. And when those secrets catch up with him at last, the danger won’t be just for Gus alone.

This story is set in the Asheville Arcana universe, but can be read as a standalone.

Stop Dragon My Heart Around is part of the multi-author Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This book contains explicit scenes, a grumpy mage, a paranoid dragon, a very arrogant vampire and a guaranteed HEA.


Series: 
Author: Aspen Black
Length: 476 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Why Choose / 

Notes: The curvy model caught my eye though this doesn't release until the 16th. 

Blurb: I can't see the shadows that lurk in the dark.

It was supposed to be my first summer on my own, but then I meet Seth, Axel, Jasper, and Cody. There's something about them that drew me closer and they seemed hell-bent on protecting me.

I didn't think I needed protecting until people started showing up dead in the woods.

So much for a quiet summer...

Can I escape the shadows, or will the darkness consume me?

Shrouded In The Dark is a standalone shifter paranormal reverse harem novel with 140k+ words that includes M/M.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

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

Another week gone in the blink of an eye! Wow! I'm not ready. LOL!

Title: Geoffrey the Very Strange
Series: 
Author(s): Angel Martinez
Length: 169 Pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Humor / Gay

Notes: 

Blurb: An outcast necromancer and a half-demon clerk need to save the world from seashell zombies. No pressure.
Everyone's always told Aspic that trouble can't help following him because of his heritage. Determined to put the lie to half-demon stereotypes, he's finally landed a good, quiet job as an herbalist's clerk where the owner trusts him to man the shop alone. What could go wrong selling coriander and thyme?

When Geoffrey first enters the shop, Aspic finds the little man's eccentric appearance startling, then intriguing. Geoffrey explains, in stops and starts, that he is a theoretical necromancer researching replacements for blood magic. His current line of inquiry involves seashells—do they have any in stock? Aspic's co-workers warn him that Geoffrey is a walking disaster, but he finds himself more and more drawn to a necromancer concerned with ethical death magic.

Aspic is with Geoffrey in his lab when he has his first success, but the results aren't at all what he was aiming for. Instead of raising the dead rabbit on his table, the ritual animates the seashell and rock spell components, which flee the lab and cause havoc. They soon discover that the spell-animated objects are "zombies" in that they can "infect" other inanimate things.

An unorthodox necromancer and an exasperated shop clerk are going to need some unconventional help to find a working de-animation spell before the world is overrun by zombie seashells and stones gone mad.

Geoffrey the Very Strange is part of the Magic Emporium series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need.

This book contains theoretical necromancy, unexpected spell outcomes, some extraordinarily angry seashells, and a guaranteed HEA.

Title: Soothing Nightmares
Series: I.S.S. Book 1
Author(s): M. Sinclair
Length: 268 pages

Genre: Romance / Alternate History / Urban Fantasy / RH / 

Notes: I have been looking for books where there are 'monsters' MCs and ran across this one. This reminded me of Harley Quinn with elements of, "Awe, he gave me a decapitated hand holding a rose. Isn't he so cute?" All of these monsters are not typical mates and I really loved all of it. Some might not like the hint of gore (see the hand holding flower), but there was no on-page violence. This will be a trilogy but doesn't end in a cliffhanger. 

Blurb: I didn’t fear my nightmares. I loved them... and they loved me.

I had never been afraid of the dark. Abandoned on the front step of ISS, I’d spent my entire life thriving in the realm of darkness that most humans avoided.

I was a woman living among monsters.

Arabella was abandoned at the front steps of INSTITUTUM SEQUUNTUR SOMNIA (ISS) one stormy night, only to be found and brought in by the monsters that lived there. An institute of nightmares that housed the most dangerous creatures that walked the plane of humanity. A place that trained and harnessed those abilities for their own use, while defending against the humans that were constantly attacking them.

But what happens when a young human woman grows up among the nightmares? Feeling no fear but instead taking comfort in her team that she surrounded herself by? By all regards, Arabella shouldn’t have fit in at the institute. Nothing like the warrior-like creatures around her, the 5’1’’ young woman with pink hair and a vision impairment was absolutely fundamental to her team. Not just for her strategic brilliance but her soothing lack of fear that seemed to tame the nightmares around her. Arabella is bound and determined to keep her monstrous men safe while they are on their missions.

What happens when their most recent mission attracts the wrong type of attention? What happens when ISS comes under attack and everything that she values is destroyed?

Join Arabella and her possessive nightmares as one human woman finds the monster within herself to protect those that she loves. The ISS series is promised to feature terrifying monsters that include everything from the literal monster under the bed to Lucifer’s overbearing son, the prince of Hell. If you love large harems, brilliant, sassy, but slightly naive female main characters with no fear, and a thrilling adventure filled with steam, vengeance, and a happily ever after, then you are absolutely going to love this.

Warning: This medium/fast burn RH contains several dark themes from swearing, violence, and sexual themes suitable for +18.

Title: Of Nuts and Men
Series: 
Author(s): LE Franks
Length: 65 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay / 

Notes: Who can resist a squirrel shifter? Not me!

Blurb: Jamie's desperate to shed his skin and let the squirrel inside run free, and a trip to the family cabin proves a perfect time to do so. But instead of revisiting his buried treasures, Jamie finds the man of his dreams.

Sawyer is ready to wrap up his season on the mountain. All he wants is a hot shower and his bed, but a frisky cougar has other plans for the naturalist. Chased up a tree Sawyer has no way to call for help and no company besides the inquisitive red squirrel on the tree limb next to him.

Jamie has a choice—expose his deepest secret and risk everything, or rescue the man of his dreams. With the sun setting, is time running out for Jamie’s best chance in finding love?

Title: Yours Forever After
Series: 
Author(s): Beth Bolden
Length: 499 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay

Notes: This sounds fun. Really love the cover.

Blurb: Fifteen years ago, Prince Graham of Ardglass barely escaped from the ancestral castle with his young life. Rescued by a magical creature and spirited off to a faraway valley, he grew into a strong, capable man—never shirking his duties on the farm, but forever bitter over his father’s betrayal. But just when he has finally come to terms with being lost and staying lost, a visitor arrives in his valley and changes everything.

After a lifetime spent lost in his beloved books, Prince Emory awakens to find his villainous aunt working to usurp the throne of Fontaine. When she sends him on a dangerous quest, he’s certain the journey is a trap, but he’s not willing to accept defeat without a fight.

But a fight is something Rory is unprepared and untrained for, until he’s saved by a handsome, unassuming farmhand and his snooty, smug, and surprisingly talkative unicorn.


Yours, Forever After now includes a bonus novella, completing Gray and Rory's magical quest for true love.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

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

Dear universe, why is it mid-March already. The cosmos needs to give me a break. I need like a pocket that I can slip into where time doesn't exist and I don't look at the date and despair that I'm still writing on Cherish (The Valespian Pact, 4). I want to be finished like yesterday. But here I am still slogging away. I need a break.


Series: Trouble Boys, 1
Author(s): Connor Peterson
Length: 260 pages

Genre: Paranormal / Historical / Mob / Romantic Elements / Poly / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Supernaturals are hiding out in Prohibition’s seamy underworld. Problem is, real monsters don’t always have fangs.

Garrett Fitzgerald didn’t ask to be the only son of Patrick “Paddy Fitz” Fitzgerald, but it isn’t all bad. He’s got his looks to get him into trouble and his fists to get him out. Or is it the other way around? He ran off to war five years ago and his family’s gambling business did just fine without him. Then Daniel Sullivan takes over, and Garrett has to come home.

Something isn’t quite right with the Sullivans. Their rise through the criminal ranks of Rochester has been nothing short of charmed, and now they’re the only game in town for importing booze. Getting on their bad side means dealing with Clinton Galloway, which everyone knows is a quick path to a shorter life-span.

Garrett and Daniel both want to keep the peace. When Daniel suggests they could partner in more than business, Garrett has no trouble introducing the young crime-boss to every indecent thing he learned overseas. But there’s a growing mystery that captures Garrett’s attention, and solving it also means uncovering the secret behind Clinton Galloway and the Sullivans’ rise to power.

When crates of liquor go missing, Garrett realizes there’s more going on than vampires and sirens hiding in plain sight. Someone or something has been setting the Sullivans and Fitzgeralds up for war, and that would really put a cramp on Garrett’s love-life.

Redhot Sugar is the first book of a gay poly/harem trilogy. Book one is open-ended, the series will have an HEA. 96,000 words.



Title: Witchbane
Series: Kitsune Chronicles, 3
Author(s): Lissa Kasey
Length: 359 pages

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay

Notes: 

Blurb: A power awakening within is tearing him apart.

All Sebastian ever wanted was a place to call home. Bound to Liam, his fated mate, and nestled in the center of a werewolf pack, he’s found one. However, opening portals filled with monsters in his sleep, Sebastian’s power is a wild thing he’s unable to control. And it’s slowly destroying him.

He never asked to be part fae, or for any of their magic. Now something dark is creeping through the pack bonds, bringing unrest and chaos. Desperate to find a safe way to release the churning well of power inside Seb, the pair venture into Underhill, the abandoned land of the fae.

Only Underhill is on the verge of collapsing. It’s a race against time to harness the power of the kitsune and find a way home, or risk being devoured by a dying world.

Series: Hidden Species, 3
Author(s): Louisa Masters
Length: 251 pages

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay / 

Notes: 

Blurb: I’m a one-and-done kind of hellhound… I don’t catch feeeeeeeelings…

Once upon a time, my first and last relationship taught me that romantic love isn’t enough to stop your boyfriend from trying to kill you. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. My awesomeness is now strictly reserved for one-nighters and casual hookups. Sure, my friends seem to be matching up in romantic bliss, but screw that—I’m not interested.

Besides, things are heating up at the Community of Species Government, and I’m right in the thick of it all. Those bad guys are going down—and not in the good way. They might seem to have the drop on us right now, but we’re going to turn the tables on them. Even if it means going on a mission with Aidan Byrne.

I’m still not happy about the way Aidan handled things with my bestest bestie a few months back, even if he did turn out to be right. Plus, there’s something about him that rubs my fur in the wrong direction. He’s the kind of guy who thinks karaoke is only for college kids and looks down on me for licking my own balls. He also thinks that just because he’s the species leader, he’s in charge.

Too bad for him, I’ve never backed away from a challenge… even if it is unnervingly sexy and really bendy. A hookup won’t lead to feelings… right?

Series: (Polished P & P Book 3)
Author(s): Lila Rose
Length: 202 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Motorcycle Club / Gay

Notes: I have read the first two books in this series and thought they were quite sweet. This one comes with a content warning so proceed with caution.

Blurb: College student West Millbrook is in financial dire straits since his overbearing parents refuse to support him when he moves away to study. His solution is working for the Polished P & P company which will also give him the freedom to be himself.

All he has to do is be an escort who sells his company, not his body. Easy, right?

It is until he meets Russian god Adrik Hail.

Wealthy businessman Adrik is lonely. His solution is to pay for no-strings-attached company. He doesn’t have time to waste impressing someone, nor does he want anyone to think they can weasel their way into his life. He’s a busy man who likes organization, and hiring someone from Polished means he’s the one in control.

Then adorable West walks through the door, changing everything. Now Adrik’s mind and body want more from the man, who is as sweet as he is kind. Adrik just needs to find a way of working out West.

Content warning: Please be aware this book contains torture, it may be a trigger for some readers. Proceed with caution.

Note: This is book #3 in the Polished P & P mm romance series, but it can be read as a standalone.
Book one: Wreck Me Forever
Book two: Never a Sain
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Series: 
Author(s): Clara Merrick
Length: 218 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Alternate Historical / Gay

Notes: 

Blurb: Loyalty is Lieutenant Owain Morgan’s watchword—loyalty to England’s Queen Elizabeth XII, to her daughter the Princess of Wales, and to the Royal Navy in which he serves. When his loyalty leads him into danger, an unseen something—or someone—lends a helping hand. Is he imagining it? Could it be a guardian angel? Or is it someone—or something—else?

Enter the intriguing Benjamin Fletcher. Owain knows that sharing a drink and a steamy afternoon together doesn’t have to mean anything, but Benjamin’s quiet charm works its way into his heart…. Until Benjamin turns up in the Earl of Essex’s retinue, that same Earl who, rumor says, is angling to marry the Princess of Wales and make her power his own.

Every encounter with Benjamin binds Owain’s heart more tightly to this enigmatic man yet tests his loyalty to Queen and Country. Will Owain be forced to choose between love and loyalty?

The Young Man’s Guide to Love and Loyalty is part of the Magic Emporium Series. Each book stands alone, but each one features an appearance by Marden’s Magic Emporium, a shop that can appear anywhere, but only once and only when someone’s in dire need. This alternate history contains princesses, palaces, steam trains, fumbling lovers, and a guaranteed HEA.

Series: 
Author(s): Shannon West
Length: 101 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / 

Notes: 

Blurb: When a knock comes on the door one cold December night and a beautiful, but grim warrior offers a bag of elven gold in exchange for Pavel, a poor young man whose family is on the brink of disaster, his drunken father sells him away to the mysterious fae creatures of the Quendi forest. The Elves seem more ice than flesh and blood, and soon Pavel finds himself in a glittering, snow-filled world of fantasy, where the boundary between life and death is thinner than a breath and safety can be stolen away as quickly as a kiss.

Finding his way through court intrigue and the cold, haughty disregard of the Elven Ice King, Pavel soon faces an impossible challenge and has to use all his charm, his wit, his skill and even a little fairy magic to find out why the king wants him and what he expects Pavel to do.

Unforgettable characters, a battle with ogres and other fae creatures, a fairy's flute, a wizard's spell and a series of insane bargains--will Pavel survive in this realm long enough to find his happily ever after? The Ice King's Consort explores a fantasy world that delves into the magic of a winter's fairy tale to craft a timeless love story that seems modern and new.

Title: Ruby Flame
Series: (Heartstone Dragons Book 1)
Author(s): Sean Michael
Length: 252 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay

Notes: 

Blurb: Can a stolen night of fantasy turn into something real?

Up and coming fighter Seamus McAlistair is working as hard as he can to put his twin Liam through university and keep a roof over their heads. On their birthday, Liam drags him out to a club, but when they get there, Seamus balks. Prism is a gay bar and he’s deep in the closet because of his profession. When Liam hands him a lion mask and insists no one will know it’s him, Seamus agrees to go in for Liam’s sake.

Inside, the sexiest man in a dragon mask dances with him and it is slow and sensual, the hottest thing he’s ever done. Dancing eventually leads to more, the whole evening like a fantasy. When Seamus leaves, he knows he’s going to remember the stolen evening for a long time to come.

Then he runs into his dragon in real life and things will never be the same.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Reading Radar #WishList #TBR #reading

What am I doing? Typing my butt off all week. I'm about 80% finished with Cherished (again. I see no rewrites in my future.) Jason is in Florida visiting his father. So I have the house to my. I have also found a new game on Steam that I like to play. All those 'clean the house' plans I had might not get done. Party! Party! Party of One! LOL

Series: The Vampire Detective, 1
Author(s): Arizona Tate, Laura Greenwood
Length: 216 pages

Genre: Slow Burn Romance / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Vampires / Mystery / Demi Heroine / Poly-RH / Ace / 

Notes: When I read that the FMC is demisexual (though not explained as such since how she's attracted is not a part of the plot) and one of the guys in her circle of lovers is ace (in the 3rd book), I picked this up. It is a cozy mystery and does a good job of revealing Lucy's backstory when needed. It does end with a bit of a... I don't want to say cliffhanger since it doesn't have anything to do with the plot or romance, but it did leave me with a, "WTH, William?" I did pick up the next book in the trilogy (which is complete) because "WTH, William?"

Blurb: Looking for something? Lucy Corentine, the Vampire Detective, is here to help!

Lucy's always been looking for a quiet life away from vampire society, and doing her PI work. But when a box with a blind cat, and her semi-fiancé turn up all in the same week, she begins to unravel a mystery unlike any other.

When someone hires her to find a missing watch, she thinks things have taken a turn for the better...she doesn't know how wrong she is.

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Fangs For Nothing is book one of the complete Vampire Detective Trilogy, an urban fantasy mystery series with a quirky heroine, a blind cat, and a romantic whychoose subplot.



Title: Hemlock and Exile: Origins (Prequel)
Series: 
Author(s): Christie Kenwyn
Length:

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Poly / Bisexual / 

Notes: I cannot find Hemlock and Exile which the blurb says was supposed to release 3/1/21. It obviously did not and I cannot find an update to the release. 

Blurb: Everyone lies to survive. Sometimes that means forgetting who you really are.

When Adrian's not-so-secret lover returns after three years abroad, he's faced with a conundrum. If he goes back to Benedikt, it means risking his life and soul. With the Kardinal breathing down his neck and a promotion on the horizon, Adrian has to choose between the man he used to love and the comfort and familiarity of the woman who adores him.

4,700 word prequel to Hemlock and Exile, which will be released March 1, 2021

Series: 
Author(s): Riley Long
Length: 199 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampire Rock Stars / Boss Romance / Gay

Notes: 

Blurb: Drew

What’s a retired rockstar vamp to do in a quaint, quiet English town?

Buy the only pub, make it a vampire haven, and flirt incessantly with my one and only employee, of course.


Nova

I hate everything about my new boss.
His face. His arrogant smile.
The way he acts like he knows everything.
I hate him so much I just want to… kiss him? What the hell?


Series: Soulbound, 6
Author(s): Hailey Turner
Length: 417 pages

Genre: Romantic Elements / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay

Notes: 

Blurb: Forgiveness is a hollow prayer you only hear in your dreams.

Patrick Collins has spent years handling cases as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency, even as his secret standing in the preternatural world has changed. He should have confessed to his role as co-leader of the New York City god pack when he and Jonothon de Vere took up the mantle months ago, but he didn’t. Now that split loyalty will cost him at a time when he can least afford it.

Outmaneuvered, framed for murder, and targeted by the Dominion Sect, Patrick has to face a past full of lies to regain his freedom. Revealing the truth means he’ll need to give up the life that has defined him. Everything he’s fought to build with his pack is at stake, and losing them isn’t a price Patrick is willing to pay, but some choices aren’t his to make.

Jono knows they can’t cede any more territory if they want to win the god pack civil war spilling into the streets of New York City. But the souls of werecreatures are free for the taking when demons come to town and angels sing a warning no one can ignore. When Jono’s worst fear comes to life, and he loses the one person he can’t live without, the only option left is to fight.

Facing down the demons of their past and the ones in their present, Patrick and Jono will learn the hard way that some sins never wash away clean.


An Echo in the Sorrow is a 118k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot. It is a direct sequel to On the Wings of War. Reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.

Series: 
Author(s): Lesli Richardson (Tymber Dalton)
Length: 217 pages

Genre: Love Story / Sci-Fi / Galactic War / Capture by the Alien / Poly / Egg-preg / 

Notes: I read this years ago when it was published through Siren. The author got the rights back and self-pubbed under her main pen name. This is one of the books that I recommended and reread several times, but it's been a while. There are a couple of places where I cried buckets of tears. It says that content was added so I'm tempted to buy again and reread to see what was added. 

Blurb: I hated the military…and now I’m an alien’s pet!

I hated the Terran military. I didn’t volunteer, either. Like so many others, I was drafted as cannon fodder in the senseless Terran war against the Algonquans. Not like I had much of a future ahead of me, though, without a rich family to pave my way or even pay for me to have a wife.

Now, my entire ship’s been captured. If what we’ve been told about the alien race is true, I’ll never be seen again. I hope they don’t eat me.

Turns out the truth is far different than we were led to believe. The Algonquans aren’t vicious, insectoid monsters, either.

We’re now their pampered pets…and they’re using us to help replenish their population to win the war.

You know, maybe this isn’t the worst life after all.

This standalone MMMM, sci-fi romance features humans as aliens' pets (and more), m-preg, a touch of power exchange, and…interesting alien tech. This book was previously published under my Tymber Dalton pen name. It has been revised and expanded for re-release.

Series: The Orc Prince Trilogy, 1
Author(s): Lionel Hart
Length: 167 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Enemies to Loves / Arranged Marriage / Gay

Notes: 

Blurb: Prince Taegan Glynzeiros has prepared since childhood to fight and lead armies against invading orc forces, the enemies of elves since time immemorial. But the terms of a successful peace treaty means the elven prince will not be fighting the orcs, but marrying one.

Zorvut the Relentless is the third son of Hrul Bonebreaker, leader of the loose coalition of orc clans that have accepted the unprecedented elven peace treaty. Though his name has come from his unyielding spirit on the battlefield, when he is offered to the elves to be married off to their prince, he knows better than to try and fight against his father's wishes.

The first words they speak to each other are their wedding vows. Despite being considered the runt amongst the orc warlord's children, Taegan finds him to be surprisingly intelligent and thoughtful—everything the stereotypes about orcs say he shouldn't be. He doesn't want to fall in love, but Zorvut's gentle soul makes it difficult to resist. Worse, their marriage bond, forged by ancient elven magic between their minds, proves to be a far deeper and stronger connection than anyone would have anticipated. In spite of their trepidation, a true relationship begins to blossom from the political union.

But such a long war is not easily forgotten, and there are many who want to see them apart, both elf and orc. When a dark secret comes to light that threatens to nullify the very peace treaty that brought them together, Taegan must decide if his feelings for Zorvut are worth fighting for.


This steamy MM fantasy romance, the first in the Orc Prince trilogy, is a play on enemies-to-lovers with an arranged marriage twist, and contains light omegaverse/A/B/O elements (mpreg is discussed as an in-world possibility, but does not happen on the page) and some delicious size differences. This 18+ novel contains explicit scenes; if that's not your thing, Lionel Hart probably isn't the author for you.


Series: Demon Mates, 1
Author(s): Xenia Melzer
Length: 148 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Summoning Gone Wrong / Gay / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Finding love is hard—especially when you’re a demon and your potential mate is your sacrifice…

Sammy is content with running his bookshop and leading a book club consisting solely of paranormal creatures. Despite the persistence of his friends, he has resolved himself to a life without romance, since he doesn’t think anybody could find him and his tendency to spill useless knowledge whenever he gets nervous attractive.

Dresalantion is a demon prince and slightly—make that majorly—annoyed when somebody persistently tries to summon him. He finally decides to show up and put the fear of Dresalantion into his summoners but finds himself rescuing their sacrifice instead.

Sammy intrigues him from the get-go, and when Dre realizes that Sammy can get him the manga he’s been hunting for months—not to mention that he refuses a wish he offered him—the sexy demon decides to get to know this fascinating man better. Much better.

Series: 
Author(s): Elizabeth Jewell
Length: 246 pages

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

Notes: Several of these short stories I read a few years ago and enjoyed them. I don't remember reading the last one list.

Blurb: There’s one place in the universe vampires can bask in full sunlight - a red star deep in open space.

Solar Flare: The Lightning Girl will take vampires to the crimson star to experience the novelty of constant day. But Kristof is afraid to take that last step into the light -- until Tomas takes his hand.

Crimson Star: With the entire crew of Lightning Girl dead except for Ash and Trev, the hyperdrive down and the oxygen running out, Trev is determined to save his lover’s life -- no matter what the cost.

Emerald Earth: Ash and Trev were lovers when catastrophe befell the long-haul freighter Lightning Girl, but after twenty-five years of solitude and starvation, things may never be the same between them.

Lightning Girl: Triss’s a type of gender-fluid vampire thought to be extinct. His intriguing nature piques Cal’s interest, but Cal’s not sure if it’s the journalist in him that wants to learn more about this enigmatic vampire or the man who wants to get to know him in every possible way. In the light of the Crimson Star, they’ll have to come to terms with their boundaries, their secrets, and the ultimate nature of love.


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Friday, February 26, 2021

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

It has been one of those weeks where I'm wondering, "What happened? Yesterday was Monday!" I gave myself a deadline for my current WIP where I'm supposed to finish Cherish (The Valespian Pact, 4), but I have this huge 'farseeing' moment where I'm blowing by that date at record speed. Bwuahahaha! (*cries*). I have this suspicion that Cherish will be closer to 200k than I wanted, but... (looks at the manuscript)... yeah, there is too much that needs to be resolved. 

For the reading side of my life, I've been binge reading (mostly, there are a couple different books that started the week off before that). Now I will be the first to say I cannot binge read a series because after about the third book I start getting disgruntled, knitpicky, I-think-I-know-what-is-going-to-happen-and-I'm-angry-with-the-MC. Seriously, that fastest way to put me off a series is for me to try bingeing. There have been exceptions, Kaye Draper's Gesa series is one and Anne Bishop's Others series is another, but for the most part I don't do it unless the author has standalones. I said I'd been bingeing this weekend. That would be Megan Derr. I've been dragon hoarding her releases for the last oh, 18 months or so. I do that sometime with my favorite authors because their stories take me to a special place and if I don't know how soon I'm going to get another 'hit' I will save the book. So like a junky, I gorged on her books this past week and now I'm out again. *sobs into coffee*

Series: Champions, 1
Author: Megan Derr
Length: 119 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Friends to Lovers / Tournament /

Notes: Loved this! Cannot wait for the next book.

Blurb: Two years ago, while he was away on a diplomatic mission, Davrin's best friend was murdered in cold blood. Finally home, with the mourning period ended, Davrin is determined to have justice—but as a noble, the law forbids him from fighting Lord Tekker directly. Instead, he must have a champion to face off against Tekker's champion. When he issues the challenge, however, no one steps forward to be his champion, leaving Davrin humiliated and despairing.

Cimar may only be an archivist now, but he earned his spurs the same as any knight, and he hasn't allowed his skills to lapse over the years. Though he did not arrive in time to answer as champion at dinner, he does see Davrin in the dark hours of the night—and infuriates the king, Tekker, and his slimy champion Grayne when he arrives in the morning to make the challenge official.

Though Cimar and Grayne are matched in skill and their rare ability to shift, Grayne and Tekker have the king's favor, and Grayne's hellhound form is nigh unbeatable. If Cimar is going to win the challenge to avenge an old friend on behalf of a man he's always secretly loved, it's going to take every skill and trick at his disposal—and a whole lot of luck.

Series: (Blodwen Forest Book 2)
Author: Megan Derr
Length: 126 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Fairy Tale / Frenemies / 

Notes: I read this series back to back, starting with The Huntsman. It is set in the world of Snow White. Ribald dwarves, evil queen, a black widow curse, and a huntsman who tries to save them all. Both stories were fun to escape into.

Blurb: Marcum sacrificed much to be the greatest alchemist on the continent and a master of poisons rivaled by precious few. Power and standing in his father's court. The chance to build friendships, find romance. His beauty, which was once considered noteworthy, but now is ruined by scars and burns. He is regarded with wariness at best and fear at worst.

Though a recent move to the kingdom of Blodwen, far from his home of Roseberry, offers something of a fresh start, still his ravaged appearance and eccentric ways do him no favors—especially not with Goulet, the handsome, infuriating goblin who will clearly never see Marcum as anything but an ugly, bothersome know-it-all unworthy of the tattoos Goulet inks into all their friends.

Then a goblin is murdered, and Marcum's laboratory mysteriously destroyed, opening the doors on a nightmare that should have ended for good more than a decade ago, but now seems to have returned with vengeance in mind…


Series: (Castle Rehm Book 2)
Author: Megan Derr
Length: 71 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Enemies to Lovers / 

Notes: This was a sweet romance for me with a side of adventure. I started with the first book, The Succubus.

Blurb: Years ago, Bedros was the right hand lackey to a cruel prince who became a crueler king. He's not proud of the role he played in that cruelty, but those days are well behind him. All he wants now is to take care of Castle Rehm, and enjoy the peace and quiet that comes from being a despised outcast.

That peace is shattered when the very last person he expected to ever see again arrives with dire news: that the king wants a war, and he is going to engineer the slaughter of Bedros and his people in order to get it.

Bedros has very little time to prepare to face the royal army and all the force it can bring to bear, but he'll do everything he can—include cooperate with a man who despises him, whose life Bedros once saved at the cost of everything he once thought he held dear.

Series: 
Author: Megan Derr
Length: 83 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy 

Notes: Currently reading this one. I just want to take Solae home with me 'cause his family doesn't deserve him.

Blurb: All Solae wants is to be accepted and loved by the family that has always rejected him. But given it was his late mother who cursed the kingdom to eternal winter, the chances of that happening are minimal. If he can find a way to break the curse, however, surely that would be enough to change their minds regarding him.

But Solae is forbidden to practice magic because of his mother, which limits his ability to pursue solutions. Desperate for advice and new ideas, he contacts a famous curse breaker—and has no idea what to do when the man unexpectedly shows up, handsome and friendly and dangerously intriguing.

Title: Beast
Series: 
Author: Megan Derr
Length: 135 pages

Genre: Romance / Fairy Tale Retelling / Fantasy /

Notes: This is next on my binge list.

Blurb: Alcor has it all: wealth, popularity, power. Whatever he wants, he has only to snap his fingers. He spends his days doped on dragonweed and enjoying the latest person seduced into his bed. He is cold, selfish, and cruel.

Then a dark faerie shows up at his birthday party, and a night of drugs and debauchery turns into a nightmare of fire and blood, killing everyone—except Alcor.

Instead of death, Alcor is left disfigured and cursed, unable to die, forced into a life of solitude, and his only hope for salvation is that someone can learn to love a beast…

Series: Their Vampire Queen
Author: Joely Sue Burkhart
Length: 206 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Vampires / Mythology / 

Notes: This is the second book in the Sunfires Trilogy. Where I thought the last few books in this series were a little too short, this one is not. The pacing was great. Nothing felt rushed which is excellent because Karmen has a horrific background to deal with. I loved everything about it. 

Blurb: A secret burns inside me that will very likely get me killed.

The wolf king may have gotten me out of Chicago alive, but he couldn’t burn rubber fast enough to get away from me once he’d dropped me off at his sister’s. Wearing nothing but a hospital gown and his borrowed coat, I have to face an Aima queen for the first time. Alone.

Luckily, she has enough scruples to fill me in on some vampire queen basics without trapping me into a sibling alliance without my knowledge. There is so much about this world that I don’t know. I’ve never lived as a vampire queen. I’ve certainly never fed.

I have no one on my side. No Blood of my own. I don’t know who to trust.

With Soldiers of Light and blazing sunfires on my trail, I’m trapped. I’ve got nowhere else to go.

But they aren’t taking me back to Heliopolis alive.

Note: Karmen is recovering from abuse with flashbacks to her past, which may be triggering to survivors of sexual assault.

Series: (The Fallen Gods Book 1)
Author: KA Knight
Length: 166 pages

Genre: Erotic Romance / Urban Fantasy / Sleeping Pantheon / Dark Romance / 

Notes: This is a bit on the dark side with references to previous rape and death of a loved one. There are seven sleeping gods and this series is about them waking up, finding their mates, and perhaps taking over. I've only read this one so far so I'm guessing here. 

Blurb: Seven sons, each with a bloodline of supernaturals that can be traced back to them, but where did they go?

Humiliation, pain and hunger become Dabria’s everyday life as a captive but when she is forced to watch the one person in the world she loves die...what will she become?

Rising from the blood and ashes, Dabria is tossed into a cell and left to rot...only she isn’t alone.

A monster so feared they locked him up and threw away the key...and now, he has his sights set on her.

Nothing is safe from him, not her body nor her mind, and definitely not her heart.

Gather around, little ones, this is the beginning of the end.



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