Saturday, July 2, 2022

What's on the Reading Radar? #WishList

 Well, today (Saturday) snuck up on me. Yesterday, I thought it was Wednesday, so imagine my surprise when my husband started talking about weekend plans last night (and me realizing that I wasn't prepared!). 

So today's Radar is going to be about, "Is this book for me?" 

I download a lot of samples to see if the book is something that grabs my interest. I always have a slew of them waiting for me to look . This is a short list (because I'm not going to have time at the moment to list all of the samples I downloaded this week). All the authors on this list are new to me, meaning I haven't read anything by them before, and with the exception of one, they haven't crossed my browsing history before. 

Title: Sky's Edge
Series: Tales from the Skies, 1
Author: Jessica Wood
Length: 241 pages

Genre: Alternate Universe / Diesel Punk / Historical / Cops / Mob / Gay / Trans? / 

Notes: I love genre mashups and this one was recommended in a group, but I can't remember the details given. Which I like so that I can discover on my own without other's opinions. And when I was assembling this post, I noticed this and the sequel are on sale for $0.99 cents. 

Blurb: It’s never easy to kill a man. Especially one you’re falling in love with.

Over York City, 1928.

Alcohol is banned throughout the Empire, including the sky cities. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find any, so long as you know where to look.

When police detective Rory Sullivan is assigned to go undercover to the Sky’s Edge speakeasy, he takes the job willingly. He’s been out for revenge on the Hell’s Alley Gang, who run the illegal and magically-hidden establishment, ever since they killed his father. But Rory doesn’t expect to meet the charming and beautiful drag queen, Lacey Liscious. He is even more surprised to discover she is actually Colin Gilbert - the son of the Don and one of the mob’s most deadly hitmen. As Rory closes in to enact his revenge, the Don also tasks Colin with killing the detective and tossing his body over the city’s edge.

But the more time Rory and Colin spend together as friends, the closer they become. And the more Rory spends in the hidden, underground sections of Over York, the more he realises the mob may not be the villains he believed. How can Rory and Colin kill each other when they’re also falling in love? And how can they keep their newfound relationship a secret?

Peaky Blinders meets Firefly in this exciting dieselpunk series.

Tales from the Skies is set in the same universe as the Tales From Undersea series, but can be read on its own.

This story has mature themes and content.

Series: Chaos Menagerie, 1
Author: Roan Rossner
Length: 256 pages

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Humor / Queer / 

Notes: I saw this in a group and thought it looked cute. I enjoy UF and with the promised cuteness I wanted to see if it was something that I'd like. The author seems to be really new.

Blurb: When you have chaos magic, the only thing you can do is expect the unexpected.

Zombies. Shoestorms. Illicit unicorn rides. A talking red panda.

Before today Max never believed in magic, despite bad luck so terrible he used to jokingly call it a curse. Now he’s a reluctant believer. His first day as a mage he draws the attention of the magic police, not to mention the mysterious hooded figures chasing him all over downtown Portland trying to kill him with magic.

With the help of his new speed-demon red panda familiar, his fortune-telling neighbor, a gadget-obsessed witch, a grumpy vampire, and his maybe-brother, Max needs to learn to use his chaos magic, and quickly, or his ‘curse’ is going to be the end of him and the people he loves.

Series: Blackrose Brotherhood, 1
Author: Ariana Nash
Length: 300 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Gay

Notes: I love vampire romances and I'm happy to see them come back in demand. I have been eyeballing Ariana Nash's work for a while now but whenever I get ready to start something, I catch wind of talk about angsty and hurt/comfort and neither one of those are my go-to trope. Depending on how I'm feeling I can't do angsty at all. But vampires. Hopefully, the sample will give me an idea of how angsty this is and it's something I'll be okay with.

Blurb: Twelve immortals, twelve outcasts, one mission.

To kill their own kind, before it’s too late.

Detective, killer, vigilante. Eric Sharpe is tired of watching criminals walk free. When a lowlife drug dealer kills his partner and escapes justice, Eric plots his own revenge. His plan is faultless but for one thing: the handsome, mysterious man who arrives moments before Eric’s plan comes to fruition. Not only does the mysterious man know Eric’s an undercover cop, he knows exactly what Eric did fifteen years ago—an event so traumatic Eric has been trying to bury it ever since. And the mysterious man? Fifteen years ago, Eric killed him.

Now he’s back to reclaim what’s his: Detective Eric Sharpe.

Immortal, predator, vampire. After betraying himself and the Blackrose Brotherhood fifty years ago, Zaine can’t afford another mistake. There’s one rule above all others the Brotherhood stand by. One rule that can never be broken. Never, ever care. All Zaine has to do is hunt and kill the savage nyktelios vampires and keep his head down. And he was doing just fine until he saved Detective Eric Sharpe from a vicious vampire attack. He can’t stop thinking about the intelligent, handsome, haunted man. Walking away is the right thing to do, but the detective and Zaine are hunting the same killer—a vampire who knows more about both of them and the Brotherhood than anyone realizes.

A vampire seeking to bring down the Brotherhood for good.

Zaine can’t walk away. Eric won’t walk away. The vampire must be stopped, Brotherhood rules be damned, and they’ll go down fighting together to end him.

Series: Cruel Shifterverse, 1
Author: Jasmine Mas
Length: 330 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / RH?

Notes: I've read enough of PNR that I've pretty much stopped reading it and turned to rereading my past favorites. I would like something new and different and I'm not really sure what I'm looking for. This blurb was vague enough that I got the sample.

Blurb: Fight like a girl...or a shifter of lore.

After growing up with nothing, I've finally found my path to freedom: I'm a shifter, an elite soldier who transforms into a monster.

All I have to do is survive.

I didn't count on my three 6'5 roommates. Covered in tattoos, jeweled, and horned, these are like no men I've ever dealt with before.

They don't think I belong.
They don't think I'm strong enough for war.
They don't think I can fight.

I'm about to prove them wrong.

The only problem, can I survive them discovering the secrets of my past? In the battle for life and death, everyone is so much more than they seem.

Jax, Ascher, and Cobra are going to be devastated when they discover my truth...just wait until they see my shifted form.

Series: Operations Colonise
Author: Millie Lowelle
Length: 125 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Aliens

Notes: I got a sample of this because I wanted to read book three which is M/M. Since there seems to be a series story arc I thought I would see how things went from book one. It's a novella, so quickish reads and the sample is intriguing. I was looking for a Sci-Fi Romance where the woman wasn't kidnapped and this seemed a step outside of that trope. 

Blurb: A jungle planet of Naga Aliens, who are civilised, allies, and sexy as hell? What's not to like?! The Ucfeni require a sponsorship program with any humans who will be living in their society. At a pairing party, if an Ucfeni finds your scent to be compatible, they will offer to be your sponsor. Enter Hannah, a scrappy human woman who thinks she's come all this way to Thelia to be her genius sister's keeper during their colonisation efforts. The Ucfeni have other ideas. There are currently 4 books in the Operation Colonisation series, each going live 2 months in between. There are strong sexual themes in this story, and it has a happy ending.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Summer/Winter Sale!

 This year I'm participating in Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale that will be taking place the month of July. From the 1st thru the 31st my titles with Smashwords will be 50% off. This would be the perfect time to stock up on my backlist! Check out my profile for the list by clicking HERE.

Friday, June 24, 2022

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

What's up! I've missed posting the Reading Radar the last couple of weeks for a combination of reasons which boils down to lack of time. My sister visited with her kids. A heat wave and power outage were here at the same time. LOL! But we enjoyed our time despite everything.

I haven't done a lot of reading so this Radar will be about the books I'm anticipating and they have either just released and on the TBR or are releasing soon and on the Wish List.

Author: Evelyn Benvie
Length: 328 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Biromantic / Graysexual / 

Notes: I'll be honest, even though the idea for the book sounded nice, I haven't been in the mood for fantasy. On a whim, I read the review on Amazon and the reviewer was nice enough to include the tags of biromantic and graysexual and heaps of sarcasm. That clenched it for me. It's now waiting for me and I'm looking forward to tackling it.

Blurb: Kell Hồ Sinh Porter is twenty-six years old and desperate to leave his unhappy life and his dead-end town.

One night his wish is granted by a mysterious voice—though not in any way he would've imagined—and he finds himself in the semi-magical land of Allune where everyone thinks he’s the “Chosen One.” Kell politely disagrees, and absconds from his duties. On the search for an adventure that doesn’t come with world-saving responsibility attached, he’s joined by companions. Every adventurer needs them, but his turn out to be Ansel, a sheltered fallen angel, and Fre, a half-orlk who wants to be a hero.

Destiny, bad luck, and the gods conspire against him. The Dawn Goddess wants him to take up his Chosen One mantle, which Kell is sure means becoming cannon fodder in an ancient divine war. The Lich King’s demonic minions carry out sporadic attacks in an attempt to kill him and prove he is not the Chosen One. Temperamental elves, talking stars that aren't all that helpful, image-conscious demons, maddening pieces of prophecy that everyone thinks Kell should already know, and his growing feelings for Ansel all mix in a frustrating stew as Kell tries to juggle his feelings, his duties, and all the things trying to kill him. No one asked him if he wanted to be anyone's Chosen One, and he can't begin to understand why he was chosen.

Kell needs to figure out who to trust and how to forge his own path before it's too late for Allune and for him.

Series: Variant Configurations, 1
Author: Angel Martinez
Length: 260 pages

Genre: Slow Burn Romance / Futuristic Sci-Fi / Gay

Notes: I did read this book a while ago when it was published elsewhere and enjoyed it. From what I understand, the story has undergone some expansion and rewrites so I'm really looking forward to a reread/rediscovery of the story. This releases on the 28th!

Blurb: Variant children are vanishing at an alarming rate. It will take a uniquely mismatched pair of trackers to untangle a web of conspiracy and misdirection to find them.

In his isolated cabin, variant Damien Hazelwood avoids human contact as much as possible to prevent attacks of blind berserker panic. But his rare talent as a locator makes him the go-to contractor for tricky missing person's cases and when agents bring him a troubling contract involving missing variant children, he finds it impossible to refuse.

Licensed tracker Blaze Emerson can't help being irritated when he's expected to follow the strange, twitchy locator's lead on his latest case. He works alone, he's damn good, and as a variant sparker, he has both the fire and the firepower to take on anything out there. Though he has to admit there's something intriguing about a man who can find people with his brain.

With vastly different temperaments and backgrounds, Damien and Blaze need to negotiate quickly how to work together if they're going to crack this case. Add in the sudden appearance of Blaze's outlaw ex, the perils of tracking in the wilds, and a maddening lack of discernible motive or method, and they soon find themselves in as much danger as the kids they're trying to rescue.

Variant Configurations takes place in a future Earth where humanity is reclaiming its spot in a gradually healing world. This book contains mentions of past abuse, action-adventure style mayhem, and the beginning sparks of a slow burn, series-spanning relationship.

Series: (The Next Generation Book 4)
Length: 324 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay

Notes: This is the last book in the spin-off and promises to be angsty. I'm taking the trigger warnings seriously and will hold on to this when I feel I ready to dive in. 

Blurb: A brief moment in time can change everything.

Laken Fihk has no idea his destiny waits for him on the Unity, a Tah’Narian starship. But all it takes is one look at the incapacitated male, and Laken knows that’s his fated mate. Which is a problem, because the severely beaten, bloody, and unconscious male is the Blishue warrior named Torin. The species is considered sadistic, cruel, and without mercy—bloodthirsty monsters who kill without regard.

No one, absolutely no one, is going to be happy if Laken claims Torin as his.

Torin, member of the Blishue House of Dorntok, has found his mate and nothing will stop him from claiming Laken. So what if he has Tah’Narians doubting his honor, Ne Reynians wanting to kill him, and a battle brewing that could jeopardize all he holds dear? War has bound them together, and nothing can break them apart. He and Laken will overcome all obstacles to find a love that could last a lifetime. No matter what.

Destiny doesn’t make mistakes.

Trigger Warnings: violence, mention of past sexual abuse and rape, flashbacks

Series: Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees, 2
Author: Jennifer Cody

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Gay

Notes: This releases on July 8th. I've already cleared my calendar.

Blurb: Romily:

You know what I’d like to know? Where the hell my romantic, how-we-got-engaged story is. Am I going to get it any time soon? Where is my bigass diamond?

Unfortunately, all that relationship angst gets put on hold when my beloved son, Bellamy, is abducted by a werewolf-ish person I kinda like. Am I going to get my kid back? You betcha. The question is, how many people does Fox have to kill first?

The Trouble With Trying to Save an Assassin is the second book in the Murder Sprees and Mute Decrees Series. It's a 60k word M/M Paranormal Romance with plenty of sass, gore, and questionable decision-making skills, and now there are tiny tables too.

Series: (Tempting Monsters Book 2)
Author: Kathryn Moon
Length: 516 pages

Genre: Erotic Romance / Historical Fantasy / Mystery / RH

Notes: I enjoyed the first book in this series and wasn't sure I wanted to continue since I wasn't interested in the theatre company, especially when the first book had some sadomasochistic play. That's just not my thing but since there are several partners, it wasn't even a quarter of the sexual encounters, so I decided I would give this one a try. It recently released and is pretty long. I did start it last night and only made it to about the 25% mark. I am struggling with the FMC who is closed off (for good reason) and doesn't know when to trust (for good reason). I keep reminding myself of the 'good reasons' 'cause I'm ready for the relationships to solidify. :)

Blurb: After eight years on the stage with The Company of Fiends, the glow of the spotlight is starting to wear thin for Hazel Nix. The theater is perfect for a girl like her—one with a secret she keeps even from her more monstrous peers—but playing pretend is only exciting for so long. After so many lovers, on stage and otherwise, Hazel has yet to make a lasting connection with anyone and considers taking her last bow at the company.

Just as Hazel encounters a new and intriguing patron, disaster strikes the theater. Girls are going missing and suspiciously bad luck plagues the stage. Between ex-lovers, current bed partners, and new faces at the theater, Hazel’s heart is tangled more than ever and she finds it increasingly impossible to draw herself away from the life she’s known for so long.

It is time to make a choice. Start fresh before she’s drawn into the mess, or take a stand and fight for the family she’s found in the strangest of places.

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Friday, June 3, 2022

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

So, I didn't create a Reading Radar last week. I didn't forget, there just wasn't anything that I wanted to put on it. I'd asked for stories with the #rejectedmate trope where the mate didn't reunite with the mate, and I got a few in the RH category. I was really excited until I continued to DNF the stories within the first 10%. When my mood is being picky, it is seriously picky.

Luckily, my mood moved on, and suddenly I wanted to read #secretbaby trope. This is really not a trope that I search out. I've read it here and there but it's not a favorite of mine. I actually fought my mood and then gave up and asked for recommendations in several groups. Now I know that this trope exists (you can type secret baby on the Amazon search bar and get pages of this trope in MF romance), but I got hardly any recommendations for LGBTQIA romance. Some people took mercy on me when I poked the posts and gave me more, and some people also suggested authors who write the trope a lot. I binged everything that I found, although, I wanted something really, really angsty. (I don't know why since I avoid angsty reads most days.) Many of these recommendations are a little angsty but flip to sweet once the baby is discovered.

So this is the list of books that are the secret baby trope. I was really hoping for more PNR recommendations, but the majority were contemporary omegaverse stories. Don't read the notes. I will try not to give spoilers while discussing them, but I might slip up. So if you don't mind possible spoilers, read away, otherwise, ignore my Notes section.

Series: Table Top, 3
Author: Alex Silver
Length: 231 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Second Chance / Secret Baby / Nonbinary /

Notes: This was a great read. Not as angsty in the secret baby compartment, but I really liked Errol because of that. This was a sweet read, though the characters have their set of problems to work thru. I also enjoyed the secondary characters (what a great set of friends) and plan on starting the series from the beginning. #recommended

Blurb: Rene was my first everything. Best friend, first kiss, first love, first heartbreak.

Seven years after walking out of my life, they tear open old wounds with a single photo of a smiling little boy and the message they’re coming home.

Mo has my smile and Rene’s eyes. It kills me that I didn’t know about him sooner. As furious as the news Rene kept such a major secret makes me, I want a relationship with my son more than I want to rehash old arguments. Besides, Rene has more baggage than the 747 they flew in on, and I swore off love the first time they left me heartbroken.

When I learn Rene and Mo need a place to stay while they settle into life in Vancouver, it sounds like a perfect opportunity. I’ve got a spare room. What better way to figure out co-parenting than living together? It’s not like I’m going to fall for the ex who hurt me deeper than anyone else could. That would be ridiculous.

Saving Throw is the third M/NB romance in the Table Topped series. It features Errol, demisexual panromantic production coordinator who likes to be in control and his first love, Rene, a non-binary trans masc ex-hockey player turned coach.

CW: Past mentions of a physically abusive alcoholic parent and portrayals of trauma/PTSD related to that, secret teenage pregnancy and related gender dysphoria/difficulty with accessing medical care. Side characters struggle with infertility.

Series: Millertown Moments, 1
Author: Jena Wade
Length: 99 pages

Genre: Romance /  Contemporary Omegaverse / Gay / Second Chances / Secret Baby / 

Notes: This author's name was offered as having several secret baby stories and so I went and read a lot of blurbs. This series seems to have the most of the secret baby/second chance trope. It's a quick read, fluffy and sweet, with nearly zero angst. I binged most of the series. LOL

Blurb: A shattered love…Six years ago, Oliver fell hard for an Alpha who was supposed to be his forever. He’d always want a happily ever after of his own, but he’d never expected to find it at eighteen.
With a promise that they’d love each other until the end of time, Oliver jumped in head first and came out on the other side with a shattered heart and a baby on the way.

A second chance…

When his Omega ghosted him with no explanation, Philip tried to get on with his life. Unfortunately, love seemed to only strike once for him, so he remained alone.

When Oliver comes back into his life, Philip demands answers. Starting with, whose child is that?

Just as questions are answered and Philip and Oliver begin to trust again, Oliver uncovers secrets that could rip the town apart and put their son in danger.

Dashboard Lights is 27K sweet mpreg romance. It is book one of the series Millerstown Moments. It contains mpreg, a secret baby, and a guaranteed Happy Ever After

Series: Millertown Moments, 2
Author: Jena Wade

Genre: Romance / Contemporary Omegaverse / Gay / Second Chances / Secret Baby / BDSM /

Notes: This is the second book in the series and reading the first book would help in understanding the side characters since they are still in the same house and work alongside each other. Book Three (Crying Out Loud) could probably be read as a standalone if you wanted. But book three is more of the oops baby trope with second chances and age gap.

All of this series is written to be sweet and fluffy so you don't have to worry about something too harsh jumping and stabbing you in the heart. I will admit that I was a bit disgruntled about how quickly Kayden fell back in with Turner. Turner needed to grovel more, in my opinion. But then again, Kayden didn't give everything up quickly which mollified me. This one had some light BDSM in it. That's really not my cuppa so I skipped the intimacy.

Blurb: A runaway love…Kayden ran when his Alpha told him he didn’t want children and never would.

Despite never planning to be a dad, let alone a single one, Kayden jumps in with both feet, determined to do right by his child, even if it means giving up the Alpha he loved.

Kayden makes quite a life for himself, owning his own business and writing children’s books. He put aside his own need for a Dom in order to raise his son.

A second chance…

After his Omega left him, Turner accepted that it wasn’t meant to be. He threw himself in to his work and didn’t look back.

When his job landed him in Millerstown, he never expected to find his Omega-that-got-away, and a son he didn’t know he had.

The two can’t stay away from each other, drawn back into each other arms like they’d never been apart.

Will their need for one another be enough this time to keep them together? Or will old fears and a new enemy tear them apart?

All Revved Ups is 28K sweet mpreg romance. It is book two of the series Millerstown Moments. It contains mpreg, a secret baby, light D/s relationship, and a guaranteed Happy Ever After

Series: Runaway Omega, 2
Author: Shannon West
Length: 152 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Omegaverse / Gay / Secret Baby / Second Chances+ / 

Notes: This was the only PNR recommended for this trope, and it was also the angstiest by far. There was a lot of back and forth. If you take a look at the reviews for this, there are a lot of critical ones about the on-again-off-again nature of this relationship, which is what I was looking for. In its way, this book has the sweet/fluffy going on when then characters reconcile. Some readers would like more fleshed out reconciliation, but I was alright with what it had, though I could see that if I was in a different mood, my thoughts would change.

Of the group of books that I read for the secret baby trope, this world had the harshest omega disparity/inequality/misogyny environment. I usually don't like this type of world, but here it's tempered by how the pack treats the MC, which in turn helped me not to snarl or DNF. The dubious consent trigger warning pertains to the 2 MCs having drunk sex and the omega was blind drunk. And I agree that if he'd been sober, he would have consented.  

The writing style is more on the narration/telling side. You get several key scenes in which there is action and showing, but in between the MC gives you a summary about how he got there. 

Blurb: Kade has been Logan’s beta since they were only boys and Logan considers him to be his best friend and closest advisor. But once Kade tells Logan how he really feels about him—and tells him he’d like to be more than just friends, things aren’t the same between them anymore. Logan rejects Kade, telling him lovers come and go, but friendship lasts forever, and he doesn’t ever want to lose what’s between them. But after a wild night under the moonlight, Kade discovers that he’s going to have a baby. It sounds impossible, unbelievable—betas don’t get pregnant! But it’s true, according to the doctors. He is not the beta he always believed himself to be. Somehow he must be a male omega, only valued for his ability to breed. Determined to keep his secrets and avoid the shame of being a lowly omega, he takes the first bus out of town. But after a few months, he finds himself broke, hungry and unable to to provide for himself. Then one day, walking to a food shelter, a big SUV pulls up beside him and Logan erupts from the truck like the wrath of God. He is shocked to learn of Kade’s pregnancy, but takes Kade back home with him, not realizing who the father of Kade’s baby really is. Can Kade somehow make this work, tell Logan the truth and make Logan fall in love with him? Or is his relationship doomed to failure, so that Kade has to run again?

Runaway Omega is an MM romance that contains one instance of dubcon--the character gives his consent, but there's an obvious power imbalance between an alpha and an omega in this world. Readers who don't enjoy reading this kind of book should be forewarned.

Series: Oceanport Omegas, 1
Author: Ann-Katrin Byrde
Length: 300 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary Omegaverse / Gay / Second Chances / Secret Baby / 

Notes: This wasn't secret baby angsty, but it did have conflict coming from outside of the relationship. This was a well-rounded, compelling story. I despised Matt's family from the get go, and for me, that is what caused the angst. I will admit that I skipped ahead because I needed spoilers to get me through a certain sections of the story. 

Blurb: Eight years ago, Eli gave up his future as a veterinarian because of a blue line on a pregnancy test. Now a single dad to the best little boy in the world, he’s working at an animal shelter and trying his hardest to ignore the small town gossip that follows him and his son around. Contrary to popular belief, he does know who the other father is—the irresistible alpha from his youth. But Matt’s upper class family doesn’t think an omega is good enough for their son, and Eli’s not going to expose his kid to that kind of prejudice. Besides, Matt ran off and married someone else, so he couldn’t have felt that much for Eli, could he?

After years of trying to make his arranged marriage work, Matt’s getting divorced--much to his high society family’s dismay and fury. And his relief—something had to change. It does, when he runs into the omega he’d fallen for as a college senior and never quite managed to forget. The moment he lays eyes on Eli, he wants him back, and to hell with what his parents think.

And there’s that little boy, Eli’s son, who tugs on Matt’s heart as hard as Eli does. Could it be…?

Series: Single Dads Support Group, 2
Author: Piper Scott
Length: 264 pages

Genre: Romance / Omegaverse World in Contemporary Setting / Gay

Notes: I haven't read this one yet. From what I understand, this series doesn't need to be read in order and this stands on its own.

Blurb: The secret baby Gage has been hiding from his childhood sweetheart might not stay a secret much longer. The proposal? It’s about to turn his life upside down.

Being a single dad isn’t easy, but Gage is determined to stay the course for the sake of his one true love—his best friend, Aaron. Sure, it’s been tough making ends meet, but he knows that if Aaron were to find out they have a son together, he’d quit studying at his prestigious international university and come home to make them a family. For the sake of their future, Gage can’t let that happen. If Aaron graduates, he’s all but guaranteed a job that will leave them wanting for nothing. Gage can go without for a few years if it means a better life for their family.

But when their son gets sick, going without isn’t enough.

Gage needs Aaron, and he needs him now. Needs to wrap himself up in the safety of his arms and depend on him, like he always did when they were kids. If Aaron were there with him, Gage would tell him everything, and Aaron would make it right.

And when Gage opens the door to find Aaron unexpectedly on his doorstep, that’s just what he’s going to do.

The Proposal is a 70,000 word contemporary omegaverse mpreg novel featuring a quirky group of single dads, a livestream you’re never going to forget, pretty pearls in naughty places, and a love that neither time nor distance can tear apart.

Series: Grimm Brothers' Tattoo World, 1
Author: November Sweets
Length: 340 pages

Genre: Romance / Alternate World / Paranormal / Poly / 

Notes: This is both rejected mate and secret baby tropes. The triggers that the blurb hints at is cheating. After she is rejected, her mates build a different life, but because of the mating bond she knows when they are sleeping with someone else. It's quite painful, physically and emotionally for her. This is a duet and I've only read the first book, and that was a while ago. I enjoyed it but there needed to be more groveling. I'm going to finish the story to see if the guys earn forgiveness and the people who deceived them all are eliminated.

Blurb: Five years ago, I thought life was nothing short of a fairytale. I had the love of my five mates and the future was looking so bright. Five years ago, I was an idiot.

Now I know that life isn’t sunshine and rainbows. Now I know that life is full of lies, darkness, and blood. It only took my mates abandoning me without a word or a trace to open my eyes to the things I had previously ignored.

When you are a rejected mate, you learn pretty quickly how people actually feel about you.

It took me five years to track them down, and now that I have, they have a choice: Break the bond, and finally set me free Or I’ll kill them, and hope I survive their deaths I’m Delphina Grimm, my enemies call me Umbra

Updated 05/15/2022
Betrayal is the first in a duet PNR/UF Reverse Harem romance. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 18 due to language, sexual situations, and violence. There is MM in this book which means swords will be crossing. There are things in here that people might find triggering.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

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

Lots of reading and writing going on this week, which makes it a typical week. 

Last week I'd asked for recommendations for the rejected mate trope on my FB group and timeline and in one of the RH groups that I'm in. There was a twist though. I want a story where the MC didn't return to the mate who rejected them. No @hole redemption arcs.

You would be surprised how hard these are to find. That trope is usually about forgiveness and second chances, and you can find them everywhere with a simple search of "rejected". I've read a few of them myself, but many times I find the redemption arc lacking and I still hate the @hole. Here lately, my reading mood really wants the rejected mate trope with "no take backs". I want the mate to find a new life, love, and be happier without that toxic relationship. So I asked.

A lot of the MM romance recommendations didn't quite meet my request since most had redemption arcs, though I think that I'd read all of them accept perhaps two before. The request in the RH group got more hits, enough that I'll probably have enough recs from them for a second post.

Series: Omega Reimagined
Author: Tanya Chris
Length: 101 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay

Notes: This was one of the ones that met my requests. I've seen this off and on for a while but mood and anxiety had me putting off reading. I'll be digging into it this weekend. :)

Blurb: "Of course I smelled him—smelled him and was drawn to him. Rich, ripe, male omega—not far away and well into his heat. Unsatisfied heat. I laughed, realizing that in this moment, at least, the omega was the boss of the alpha. I needed to help him."

Angel, an alpha who's left the violent, strictly hierarchical rules of his pack to find success in the big city, and Leo, an omega on the run from his abusive alpha, are thrust together to satisfy Leo’s urgent heat-lust. But can a once-hurt omega ever trust an alpha to care for and protect him again? And can an alpha sensitive to social injustice learn to enjoy his naturally dominant nature?

Angel and Leo must both face the pasts they ran away from before the two can build a new future together. They may not be able to change the laws of nature, but they can change the language of love.

Omega Reclaimed is a MM alpha/omega shapeshifter novella.

Content warning: this book includes references to past physical abuse and a description of suicide. This is not an MPREG universe. None of the Omega Reimagined stories include MPREG

TitleUnforgivableTale of a Luna
Series:  (Not Quite An Alpha)
Author: Leona Page
Length: 479 pages

Genre: Erotic Romance /  Paranormal / MFMM / 

Notes: This is an interesting series. I started with the first one, Teague's Breeder, which is a rejected mates with a redemption twist. I liked the difference but there were a couple of things that Teague did that grated and I'm still conflicted over it. 

Unforgivable was really great, though. Set in the same world, this is basically a plot of "how does a pack implode". It's a train wreck and it's impossible to look away. The alpha of her pack made one decision that had a domino affect and the author gave us his POV (even though he isn't a MC) so that we could see how his pack started to disintegrate.

Lyri experienced a great deal of trauma because of her alpha. It was really terrible, she barely survived and took weeks to recover. So take the trigger warnings very seriously. Though that scene happens off page, there is mention of it periodically, and it is heart wrenching.

There is a crossover with Teague from book one and Carmichael from book three. I tried to read book three because I liked the twins from book one. I thought I was prepared. Carmichael was called out a couple of time by Lyri for being mysoginistic, I thought I could deal. Nope, I couldn't. Carmichael's book is a redemption arc but I couldn't make it to the redemption part. I wanted to throat punch him for how he talked to Cassie and she just took it and let him do whatever because of the mate bond. Honestly, she might have really liked it but I didn't get back to her POV to find out. And with Mattie being an omega too, I just couldn't. I thought about skipping it and reading the last book in the series because I really liked Inuit in Unforgivable. He wouldn't be stupid and reject his mate, but I'm still peeved at Carmichael's book. I thought I had a couple issues with Teague, yeah, Teague is a complete saint next to Carmichael. I tried convincing myself that the read would be worth it if Teague kicked Carmichael's butt--like a lot. (Cassie and Mattie are Teague's adopted pups). But I still can't make myself.

Boy, I had a lot to say, didn't I?

Blurb: A Reverse Harem Wolf-Shifter Erotic Romance.

Lyri is a rejected she-wolf, but only she and her mate know the devastating truth. Her pack lives in ignorance of their alphason's betrayal of his truemate. Instead, his choice is celebrated and loved. Fiercely determined to gain her place by her mate's side, Lyri fights with everything she has... and fails spectacularly.

Her mate's father, the Alpha, declares Lyri nulla venia, unforgivable, and sentences her to suffer a brutal punishment under the Moon.

Lyri would have died, but three males take her to their home to heal. Now, Lyri must make a decision, does she stay and choose to belong to these males, or does she flee to live alone in the wilderness?

Her decision will have consequences that she never imagined, but she is already unforgivable. Can she finally win her battles, and become the she-wolf she was meant to be?

Warning - This story contains mature subjects including sex, mention of sexual violence, violence, and language.

Series: 12 Sectors, 3
Author: Isoellen
Length: 110 pages

Genre: Romance / Post Apocalyptic / MF

Notes: This sort of fit the bill. This is an Omegaverse but not a typical one, which is usually my cuppa tea. Here, Omega's contract with Alphas. Her alpha breaks the contract after a couple of things happen and Phee goes back to her parents house. There is a slow reveal about what Phee was raised to believe, and with the rejection of her alpha, Phee now has a bit of clarity and is seeing her parents with new eyes.

Phee's sister bonded with an alpha of a different sector and she's coming to visit, bringing with her an unbonded alpha who will change Phee's life.

I liked this right up until the end. This is the third book in the series and I was thinking about reading book one and two, but now I don't think so. It's not that anything bad happened in the story. The world is interesting and the reveal came at the right pace to keep me interested. But it just stopped after all the claiming happened. There was a lot more story to tell. The king was visiting. She needed to tell her sister what their mother did. She and her mate needed to face the parents and move back to his territory. We get none of that. It just stops and made me wonder if the first two books just stopped like that. It was unsatisfying even though the two got their HEA. I might convince myself to go back and read the series from the beginning, it just depends if it keeps bugging me.

Blurb: Phee was a proper Omega.

She’d done everything society expected of her–Obeyed her parents, married an appropriate choice of Alpha, tolerated his infidelity.

And what was her repayment? To be cast out by her husband in favor of his pregnant mistress.

With their marriage contract canceled and her reputation in tatters, Phee’s future seems hopeless.

Then, the most unexpected suitor appears… Right as her long-absent heat begins.

Her True Alpha is a side novella set in the world of the 12 Sectors, featuring the secondary characters Phee and Alreck, and features a HEA for the characters involved.

Title: Shameful
Series: Rejection Island
Author: May Sawson
Length: 254 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / RH

Notes: This was suggested in the RH group and I'm keen on the revenge part of the blurb. I'm reading it this coming weekend. 

Blurb: I’ve had a crush on Lucas Harley, the alpha’s son, since fifth grade. So when one moonlit night reveals Lucas and I are fated mates, I think I’m lucky. I have no idea my happy life in the Northwoods pack is about to crumble.
Lucas isn’t the only one drawn to me. When I’m attacked by a stalker with supernatural powers, I do everything I can to save myself… and I accidentally reveal my abilities to the human world.

Lucas rejects me. My pack turns on me. And I find myself kidnapped by surly shifters and taken away to Reject Island, where the unwanted—and unstable—wolves are both abandoned and guarded, until they can prove themselves worthy.

My stalker is still out there, still hunting me. Now he thinks I’m an easy target. But I’m determined to redeem myself by destroying him.

And as I get to know my grouchy but gorgeous guards, I realize I need more than redemption.

I need revenge on not only my stalker, but Lucas and the pack who wronged me. And I need a second chance at love.

Shameful is a standalone reverse harem romance that is part of the Reject Island shared world, which can be ready in any order. If you don't enjoy rejected mates, cocky shifters, snarky heroines and hot scenes, back away now.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

What's on the Reading Radar?

 What's Up? Nothing much here. Just a week that went by too fast and not fast enough. I'm sorely tempted to buy a couple of family sized bags of Doritos and just eat them in my back yard and bird watch. Weird, I know.

Title: Bad Blood
Series: (The Godbearer Book 1)
Author(s): L.C. Davis
Length: 336 pages

Genre: Romance / Friend to Enemies / Paranormal / Vampires /

Notes: So this was an unexpected surprise. The enemies to lovers trope (in this book its enemies with benefits out of necessity) isn't something that I normally read just because I'm a bit on the unforgiving side if they are truly enemies have done horrendous things to each other. This promised vengeance and I was hoping the MC would find something better. That last is not in the cards it seems but the devil in me loved the vengeance. I was like, "Oh, man, he is really going there." And I didn't blame him one bit. I kept reminding myself that this was supposed to be a romance, but I would have still kept reading it with glee if he demolished everything. I seem to be in a blood thirsty mood. There is no doubt about how he feels about these four. I know that there is going to be a redemption arc (I really wished the hunter for him, but is not to be, at least in this book) and you can see thread of it with a couple of characters but there are some major road blocks when it comes to betrayal, trust, and something else I can't say without giving away spoilers. 

Even though there is going to be a possible redemption (there should be lots of groveling & something huge to make up for what has happened) I'm going to read the next book. I absolutely loved the unforgiveness toward Alex (I mean, really loved and enjoyed every second of Alex being rebuffed and ignored. Imagine all the evil cackles coming from me--loved.) but that also means I probably won't like his redemption arc.

A plus in this story's favor is it's not an ABO world though there is mpreg.

I haven't read LC Davis before and I might look up their backlist to see what else they have. There is a light cliffhanger-not cliffhanger. You see it coming and it's not stressful.

Blurb: The bitch is back.

It's me. I'm the bitch. And thanks to my traitorous bestie Sarah's vampire cult having a funny definition of "virgin sacrifice," I'm back from the dead rather than back from a much-needed vacation in Cancun.

Now I'm possessed by their snarky deity, and my afterlife depends on keeping it a secret from her cult of four reincarnated vampire lovers. Budget Edward—I mean Cyrus—and his way more obnoxious twin, Cameron, are at the helm. Then there's Sam, the guy I thought was my friend, who apparently takes backstabbing way too literally. And because things just couldn't get any shittier, my soon-to-be ex-boyfriend Alex is involved. Ex-alive, that is.

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, which is perfect considering the frosty new powers at my disposal, but I think I took it a little too far. When my plan goes sideways and all I get is the attention of a hunter, the cult doesn't try to kill me a second time. I fall under their unwanted protection instead, and they claim I belong to them now—body and soul. And it turns out hate—and heat, which is a whole new experience for me, just like being with a guy is a whole new experience for them—spices things up.

Are enemies with benefits a thing?

Author's note: This is the first book in an MM Vampire Romance series that follows the same main character with multiple love interests. He won't have to choose between his men to get his HEA, and there is eventual male pregnancy in this series. This book ends on a cliffhanger, but not a distressing one.

Series: Coletti Warlord, 15
Author(s): Gail Koger
Length: 174 pages

Genre: Romantic Elements / Alien Romance / Action-Adventure / 

Notes: I have never read any of these in order and it hasn't mattered. My introduction to the series was book 6 and I still cherry pick which ones I want to read. Some of them I will probably never read and it won't affect what I do.

This is an alien romance so it has the trope's typical features of an alien race that has lost its females and now steal human women for mates. In this series, it's humans with psychic abilities and the women are all related in some way (large Jones family). None of them are wilting flowers, they are devious, do what they want though they usually choose the male pursuing them, and collect strange creatures/beings along the way.

This one has some super cute and fluffy moments. Jinx quickly collects an extended family of sentient creatures/beings and I loved them all, especially the spider-scorpion beings. There's also a cute winged crocodile-centipede being and a baby dragon. Oh, and can't forget the baby cthulhu-like being. Caleb is alright for a Coletti.

Blurb: My name is Jinx Tuva. To say my early childhood was rough is putting it mildly. I grew up on the isolated mining world of Cygnus. The population was a whopping three thousand. Loneliness was my constant companion. I dreamed of having friends, meeting new species and traveling the galaxy.

Turns out Fate is one twisted bitch. She granted me my wish. It’s hard to feel lonely while caring for the three feisty, alien children I had rescued. To make things even more fun, a bad-tempered Coletti War Commander has decided I’m his. As if. Okay, he does have a great ass and his kisses are pretty awesome, but bossy doesn’t even begin to describe him.

Mallox, the most hunted villain in the galaxy, is doing his level best to take the children from me. My psychic powers are unique, but are they enough to keep the kids safe? Maybe. The only way to guarantee their safety is to mate with Caleb Jones, the sexy War Commander.

Author: L. Rose
Length: 415 pages 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Poly / Slow Burn

Note: This author is a hit or miss for me but I really like poly PNRs. Plus it's a standalone.

Blurb: With three hearts to worry about, as well as my own, time will tell if I’m up for the task.

I’ve always been normal. Okay, maybe more of an average guy, who’s quiet and awkward. Just someone who’s trying to survive living in my trailer while dodging my mom’s debt collectors.

Everything changes when a power within me surfaces, and my eyes are thrown wide open.

Humans aren’t the only ones who walk the earth.

Read that again, but slowly. I know. I can hardly believe it either.

There’s more. With my newfound power, I’m expected to attend a college to learn how to use my slightly terrifying and temperamental telekinetic ability, a power I apparently should have received when I was a kid, not at twenty-one.

Throw in my new roommates and my brain threatens to overload while my heart can’t figure out who or what it wants. All my traitorous heart is sure of is that it’s greedy and beats far too fast when any of the three not-completely-human men are around.

Not that my wanting will do me any good. There’s Cade who hates me, Zeke who’s super nice and understanding but way out of my league, and Hyde who’s as scary as he is quiet.

I have no idea if I’ll survive the changes, but I really want to. Just wait and see for yourself. As soon as you meet these guys, you’ll understand and see our undeniable connection. Just be warned, nothing but death will stop me protecting my hearts.

Note: this is a standalone, slow burn, paranormal romance for adults only.

Author: Tanya Chris
Length: 101 pages 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / 

Notes: I've been wanting to read a good rejected mate story where the rejected gets on with their life and leaves the pond scum behind. This was recommended to me and I'll probably read it this weekend.

Blurb: "Of course I smelled him—smelled him and was drawn to him. Rich, ripe, male omega—not far away and well into his heat. Unsatisfied heat. I laughed, realizing that in this moment, at least, the omega was the boss of the alpha. I needed to help him."

Angel, an alpha who's left the violent, strictly hierarchical rules of his pack to find success in the big city, and Leo, an omega on the run from his abusive alpha, are thrust together to satisfy Leo’s urgent heat-lust. But can a once-hurt omega ever trust an alpha to care for and protect him again? And can an alpha sensitive to social injustice learn to enjoy his naturally dominant nature?

Angel and Leo must both face the pasts they ran away from before the two can build a new future together. They may not be able to change the laws of nature, but they can change the language of love.

Omega Reclaimed is a MM alpha/omega shapeshifter novella.

Content warning: this book includes references to past physical abuse and a description of suicide. This is not an MPREG universe. None of the Omega Reimagined stories include MPREG

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Friday, May 6, 2022

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

It's bee an alright week. I was sick last week and thought I was free and clear for this week but I was kidding myself. Caught some extra sleep and watched what I ate because nausea would pounce when I least expected it.

I'm rereading again (Murderbot). Surprising, yeah I know. Just so unexpected. :) So, I'm going to post about what I have waiting for me on my ereader.

Title: Relativity
Series: (Lateral Parallax Book 1)
Author: Carole Cummings, Andrew Q. Gordon 
Length: 416 pages

Genre: Magical Realism / Urban Fantasy /  New Adult / Gay / 


Blurb: We’re not alone. There are an infinite number of universes and no two are the same.
For Nathan Duffy, life involves several truths—he has an iron grip on his talent, he will never walk again, and he will never stop putting his best friend Camilo Almenara ahead of his own well-being. In a world where talent can kill or save, Nathan’s nearly did both at the same time. When a drunk driver T-boned Cam’s car, Nathan lost control of his talent. He saved his best friend and nearly killed himself.

Nathan thought the accident that left him with lifelong mobility issues was the worst pain he would ever experience. He was wrong. After years bottling up his talent, it finally breaks through. The hallucinations he experiences induce pain beyond anything he’s felt. It also means he is a danger to everyone he is close to.

For Cam, life has its own truths. Nathan only had the power to save one of them, and he chose his friend. Cam walked away without a scratch, but the guilt is never far. He’s spent the years since the accident taking care of Nathan—or at least trying to. Now something is happening to his best friend and Cam can’t help. So he goes to the one person who can--his father, Colonel Caesar Almenara, a walking legend whose talent has no equal. And who also refuses to help.

If Cam and Nathan don’t find a cure fast, Nathan will quickly find himself drugged, drafted, and shipped off to war. Desperate and angry with his father, Cam takes Nathan to the one person he thinks can help, a friend of his deceased mother who helped work on a top secret military project that could be behind Nathan’s condition. A project Cam’s father led.

When Cam’s father tracks them down, Nathan is out of time. He offers to go quietly, but the Colonel has other plans. One that includes the other personality that keeps taking over Nathan’s mind. If the Colonel succeeds, Nathan has a chance at a better life. If not….

Title: Swept Away
Series: Rabbit Hallow, 1
Author: Amy Bellows, C.W. Gray
Length: 176 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Mpreg / Gay

Notes: I've not ready anything by Amy Bellows before, but I love the sweetness of CW Gray. I reread her Hobson Hills and Blue Solace series all the time. 

Blurb: Tru Willis refuses to feel sorry for himself.

Sure, he’s a barren rabbit shifter who has to spend his heat alone every year. And of course, he’d love to have a mate and children of his own. But he’s too busy nursing wild animals back to health and babysitting his cute nieces and nephews to feel lonely.

Until someone starts leaving gifts on his doorstep. Sweet, handmade gifts that make Tru feel special and treasured. The gifts all smell of alpha–an alpha Tru has never met face to face.

One day Tru finds a letter on his doorstep instead of a gift. In it, the alpha requests to help Tru through his heat. He even leaves a photo of himself, and he’s breathtaking.

But the stranger doesn’t offer anything else. Just one heat. Just a handful of days, and then he’ll be gone.

Can Tru handle giving himself to a man he won’t be able to keep? And if he can’t, does he have the willpower to say no?

Swept Away is shifter romance set in the omegaverse with MPreg, knotting, and nesting. It’s book one in the Rabbit Hollow series.

Series: (The Olympus Pride Book 4)
Author: Suzanne Wright
Length: 370 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / 

Notes: I'm a little behind on this series. I'm in the middle of book three. There's nothing wrong with it, I'm just in that rereading mood that has been hanging on since January.

Blurb: Blair Kendrick was just twelve-years-old when she stared into slate blue eyes and sensed that her world was about to change. She’d known down to her bones that the broody alpha cat shifter was her true mate. For the past six years, Luke has watched over and supported her. When she turns nineteen in a few months’ time, he’ll officially claim her and she’ll then join his pride. Or that’s the plan. Knowing her parents are extremely opposed to it, she isn’t surprised when her mother attempts to derail it. But the recent discovery on her porch comes as a shock, forcing Blair to face that she’s become the focus of a predator that lurks in the darkness and now intends to close in on her.

Not even the most ruthless of men are without a weakness. Luke Devereaux has only one: a fierce, lethal bush dog shifter who is also his mate. Before Blair, his mind was a place of endless blackness. She gave him purpose, peace, and balance. It’s finally nearing the time he can make her his, and he’s done playing nice with her interfering parents. But it turns out that they’re the least of his problems, because Luke isn’t the only one who has been watching and waiting for Blair to grow. There’s another who believes he has a claim to her. Someone who has so far kept to the shadows. Someone who is proving difficult to unmask. Someone who has already shown he’ll do anything to possess her. Even kill.

Title: Nightmare's Dance
Series: Dream Bound
Author: Dakota Brown

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / RH

Notes: I jumped the gun on this one by a little bit. Dakota wrote the series about the pizza shop exorcist that I liked and in one of the groups she had a cover reveal and I grabbed it thinking that there would be a preorder. oops. Not yet, it seems. Pre-order is going up on June 15th.

But the premise, I want to read that. The wedding you had with your friends when you were four was real. 

Blurb: Playing pretend isn’t as innocent as it seems when your “imaginary” friends turn out to be all too real.

Running wild in the woods with three amazing friends is a great way to grow up. Even if my parents think they're made up. Everything is better with them by my side—hide and seek, pirates, wedding...

Twenty years later, I have everything I’ve ever dreamed of. I travel all over the country with my circus troop and our aerial silks acts are always sold out. Time stops while I'm in the air, and I live for every daring performance of aerial skill with my best friend and lover, Geraint Knight.

That all comes to an end after our last act of the season. Bloody Mary herself forces us through a mirror and drops us into the world of dreams and nightmares. My captors claim I'm the princess of Nightmare after my childhood "wedding."

And my princes want me back.

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