Sunday, July 5, 2015

What is on the Reading Radar?

I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for new interesting books to read. I read everything. Non-romantic fiction (usually only Sci-Fi/Fantasy), Lesfic, M/M, Menage in all the different match ups. If it's good, I'm there. I'm also a mood reader. Sometimes after I've bought the book, by the time get around to reading it I might not be in the mood. So I'm careful and pick books I know I'll come back to when I'm in the mood for something specific.

So I make lists and keep an eye on the books to see what is said about them. This is why reviews are important. I'm terrible at reviews because the most intelligent thing I can think when I go to write one is, Holy Cow I liked that. Not helpful to someone like me who needs a little bit more to make a buying decision. Before I changed jobs, I didn't have to worry about purchasing a book and discovering that it wasn't for me. Nowadays, I'm more frugal with my money and read more reviews than I used to.

The problem is, sometimes I can't find good reviews for what I like to read because lots and lots of people read and review contemporary and I'm a Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Paranormal gal. I do pick up books without reading reviews, but those are authors that I've read before and liked. New to me authors I'm hesitant about because there are so many out there and some just aren't for me.

I love dark a gritty sometimes. I had been watching this one sci-fi book that I loved the cover for. The blurb sounded interesting but it also hinted that there might be dub con. I can't do dub con or slaver societies because I always (ALWAYS) wish for the perpetrator to die. A friend read the book and let me know that yes there was a couple of dub con scenes which made me glad that I waited before making an impulse by.

So here are some books on my reading radar that I think that I might like. Y'all have any recommendations? I would love to know your thoughts.

Title: Betwixt and Between
Author: Alexis Duran
Genre: LGBTTQ, Fantasy & Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: LooseId


Reporter Ian Evers, obsessed with magical creatures since childhood, never experiences satisfying proof that the magical realm actually exists until he falls into an entrapment spell set by a handsome but dangerous elf. Barely escaping with his soul intact, Ian is able to undo the hex, but he can't escape the very real infatuation he's developed for the fierce, alluring elf.

Ezekiel Stormshadow is a svarta, a dark elf who serves the Queen of the dark realm. The realm of darkness needs the power of light to survive, and while hunting the last few magical beings on earth, Ezekiel discovers Ian, a light elf who's unaware of his true nature and ripe for the plucking. Their brief encounter awakens a great hunger in Ezekiel, and he's determined to feast on the light elf's power and body before the queen intervenes and claims Ian for herself.

Ian knows only he can save Ezekiel from the grasp of the dark queen. Driven apart by the ancient imbalance between the dark and light realms, an evil queen starved for power, and their fear of each other, Ian and Ezekiel are relentlessly drawn together even though their union might destroy them both.

Title: Idol of Bone

Author: Jane Kindred
Romance, GLBT, Paranormal & Alternate WorldsTags:Shape-shifters Gods and goddesses Gender bending Reincarnation
Series:Looking Glass Gods


One stranger seeks to claim her heart…another is destined to destroy her.

Looking Glass Gods, Book 1

Ra. Just two letters. Barely a breath. When she stumbles into the frozen Haethfalt highlands, her name is all she has—the last remnant of a past she’s managed to keep hidden, even from herself. Her magic, however, isn’t so easy to conceal—magic that’s the province of the Meer, an illicit race to which she can’t possibly belong.

The eccentric carpenter who takes her in provides a welcome distraction from the puzzle of herself. Though Jak refuses to identify as either male or female, the unmistakable spark of desire between them leaves Ra determined to find out what lies beneath the enigmatic exterior.

But more dangerous secrets are brewing underneath the wintry moors. Jak’s closest friend, Ahr, is haunted by his own unspeakable past. Bounty hunters seeking fugitive Meer refuse to leave him in peace.

Harboring feelings for both Ra and Ahr, Jak nonetheless struggles to keep them apart. Because like the sun and the moon coming together, their inevitable reunion has the potential to destroy Jak’s whole world.

Product Warnings
Shape-shifting? That’s so last millennium. Reincarnation? Yawn. Get ready for a gender-bending fantasy that will fire your imagination and haunt your dreams.

Title: Orion’s Circle
Author: Victoria Sue
Genre: Paranormal / MMMM Ménage
Series: Sirius Wolves, Part One


According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.

Aden, a young were, has been his pack’s omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn’t shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn’t know, however, was that on the same night he’d also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.

What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.

Title: Ari
Author: Cheryl Headford
Genre: LGBT, romance, transgender, intersex, M/M, F/F


After having known each other online for some time, writers, Benji and Ari meet at a convention. Their attraction is both immediate and mutual.

But all is not straightforward. Ari is intersex and Benji transgender. Together they embark on a journey. A journey that unites families, and heals old wounds. But not everyone is happy with the blossoming love between these two unique and special individuals.

Will an act of aggression crush the flower before it can bloom?

Title: Wolves of Black Pine
Author: SJ Himes
Genre: Paranormal
Series: The Wolfkin Saga #1


An ancient civilization long hidden from humanity is on the brink of chaos and war. Peaceful for thousands of years, the Wolfkin clans are mysteriously losing packmates, kidnapped and killed by unknown foes.

The nightmare begins with an ambush by humans at a gathering of their kind, and lives are lost. Among them is Luca, youngest grandson of the two most powerful wolves in the Northern Clans. Thought long dead and gone, he is forced into a half-life, hidden in the far northern wilds of Canada and cut off from his kind. Those who raised him have no idea the creature they harbor in their midst, and name him Ghost. He begins to lose himself over the long years, and though he barely recalls his true name, the one wolf he never forgets is Kane.

Kane, Heir to the Wolfkin clan Black Pine, is charged with hunting down the traitors who betrayed their kind to the humans. Years fly by, and more wolves are dying. He refuses to give up, and he vows to never again fail another of their kind, as he failed young Luca years before. His heart tells him Luca lives, but his mind tells him that it’s foolish hope, his guilt eating him alive.

Fate and magic change the course of their lives, and the two wolves long separated by the years find their paths intertwining. Though the gift of their reunion doesn’t come without price. Faced by the consequences of their growing love, and the goddess-forged bond between them, Kane and Ghost are besieged on all sides.

Enemies are coming for their blood, and without the steadfast loyalty and love of family and friends, they may not be safe from the very people they fight to protect.

Book one in a series, The Wolfkin Saga. 150,000+ words, contains graphic sex between men, dubious consent, mentions of abuse. Contains gore and violence. Mature readers only.

Title: Fever of the Fox
Author: Evie Collins
Genre: Paranormal
Series: The Kitsune Chsronicles


Studying and hard work have led Tai Murata to her dream of becoming the next valedictorian at Harington University. Feeling as though everything is finally within her reach, the decision is made to work up the courage and admit her true feelings to her best friend and room-mate, Jessa, on the night of Tai’s twenty-first birthday party. Everything seems to be going according to plan until something deep inside Tai is unleashed, and she discovers a whole other part of her she never knew existed.

Jessa Conway is a free-spirited girl who’s getting ready to graduate college and see where the wind takes her. While she’s excited about the prospects of what the future may hold, she isn’t too excited to explain the plan to her sweet but sensitive best friend Tai, who has been planning their next steps after college since they first met. It’s not that Jessa doesn’t want to be around Tai- in fact she finds herself being drawn to her in a different way than before- but the idea of being stuck in the same place she grew up is terrifying. When she finds out about the sudden dangerous other side of Tai, she decides to stay close by and help in any way she can.

With the powerful and animalistic change in Tai’s life threatening to tear apart everything that she’s worked so hard for, together the girls search for the answers that will help Tai rein in the ancient beast that is begging to be set free. Can Jessa help tame the fox within?

Title: Encounter
Author: Perie Wolford
Genre: Sci-Fi/Audiobook
Narrated by: William Turbett


It’s time to face the unknown.

In an attempt to prove to the world that crop circles are man-made and aliens don’t really exist, Ricky and his team of young enthusiasts (including one particular enthusiast, Josh, who is hopelessly in love with Ricky) start falsifying the phenomenon by creating their own crop circles. Their endeavors prove pretty much successful, but only until the day when Ricky sees his unique circle design replicated throughout the country by forces unknown.

Title: Guitars and Cages
Author: Layla Dorine
Genre: Contemporary


Asher Logan is a bartender and a pretty wicked guitar player, when he isn’t wrecking his hands fighting in a cage. With a past he keeps hoping to outrun, Asher’s been on a downward spiral for longer than he can remember. When his sister-in-law leaves Rory, his eight-year-old nephew, in his care, Asher is forced into two things he’s never been good at: sobriety and responsibility. As he struggles to care for Rory, his own life begins to unravel.

When Asher’s brother, Alex, turns up, presenting as a girl and announcing her new name is Alexia, it further complicates matters, as does the arrival of his new neighbor, Conner. Both, in their own way, compel Asher to look at his own closely-guarded views on sexuality.

When the siblings’ older brother, Cole, reacts violently to Alexia, Asher is placed squarely in the middle of a family conflict which compels him to confront who he pretends to be versus who he really is.

Asher must choose who to trust and who to finally walk away from.

I usually wait until the serial to finish and then I buy the set but the cover for this one is just so awesome. I'm worried about dub con.
Serial Series Title: Evolution: House of Théoden
Author: Nicholas Bella
Series: The New Haven Series
Genre: MM Paranormal


Théoden: Dante is within my grasp. I’m actually very excited to meet my future son. He’s got wolf’s blood flowing within his veins, so I know he’ll be the stubborn sort, but I do like a challenge. As for Deacon, the wolf Alpha has surprised me. I hadn’t expected him to locate Dante so quickly. He’s a cunning one I’m going to have to keep my eye on. His ambition is both admirable and dangerous. As for my King’s decree, things are moving along smoothly. I have two more children to sire and then I would have fulfilled my duty. The sooner I’m done with that, the quicker I can get to training my new child. I’m so looking forward to breaking him in.

Noel: As for my obligation to the King, I met his expectations. I’ve sired my first son and it’s been one hell of an experience. I thought I would feel overwhelmed, but Romeo is taking to this life so naturally. I guess you could say that I chose wisely. I’m also getting the hang of being in control and being his Father. No doubt, Marco’s training is seeing me through a lot of transition. Now, I have to hold up my part in the bargain Théoden made with Deacon. Can’t say I’m happy about being used as a bargaining chip, but it’s out of my hands. As for my training with Marco, he’s promised to put me through the ringer physically. I’m ready to learn more and grow stronger.

Warning: This serial contains strong adult content not meant for sensitive eyes. The novelettes in this serial will be filled with dark, twisted, raunchy and steamy scenes between powerful, sexy men that will either offend you or get ya revved up. This series will not be pulling any punches, and it won’t apologize for hurting your feelings, either. You’ll find no fluff and ruffles here. The vampires are not misunderstood, hopeless romantics looking for love. The werewolves are not cute and cuddly and the dragons aren’t the ones from your childhood. This is NOT a romance. 

Title: Gyrfalcon
Author: Anna Butler
Genre: Sci-Fi/Time Travel
Series: Taking Shield, #1


Earth’s last known colony, Albion, is fighting an alien enemy. In the first of the Taking Shield series, Shield Captain Bennet is dropped behind the lines to steal priceless intelligence.

A dangerous job, and Bennet doesn’t need the distractions of changing relationships with his long-term partner, Joss, or with his father—and with Flynn, the new lover who will turn his world upside-down. He expects to risk his life. He expects the data will alter the course of the war.

What he doesn’t expect is that it will change his life or that Flynn will be impossible to forget.

Title: Borderline
Author: Pop Cherry
Genre: Paranormal


In an acid-torn world, the plight of one rogue wolf surviving on the resources he gathers on runs across perilous, rover-infested borders is to live another day and find the ring the deranged Dr. Deveaux has promised a life-altering payment for. Getting caught by the Enforcer’s cronies does not fall into the plans, nor does the betrayal of his own heart as he finds himself pining for the severe Alpha, when he’s put through the remaking process all rogues who’ve left their packs are subjected to.

Now made to identify as the Enforcer’s “Little Wolf,” can Nor finish the job while he’s locked in the compound? Does he even want to? And how does he contend with the feelings Saren Lash stirs in him, when he’s not even sure the region’s commander feels them, too?

An intensely steamy, paranormal, bdsm m/m romance set in the borders of a post-apocalyptic world struggling for hope.

Title: A Sexy Space Opera (with Vampires)
Author: Madeleine Oh
Publisher: Loose id, LLC

Genre: Science Fiction & Space Opera, Vampires , Menage & Polyamory


Rand Farrar hires a vampire, Drak Varna, as body guard as protection from bounty hunters, never expecting to become a vampire himself in the process. Now the two vampires need willing human donors so they hire Ferda Wallace, a veteran navigator and pilot who has other talents and connections. Ferda proves to be a valuable crew member, even if she does convince them, despite Rand’s misgivings to risk the ship and themselves to break a blockade on a pioneer planet.

From there the trio embark on a series of galactic adventures, ferrying cargoes, avoiding pirate attacks, acquiring a succession of additional crew members/donors, reconnecting with old friends and acquaintances and always avoiding the steadfast and determine bounty hunters who seem hellbent on pursuing Rand across the galaxy… Will nothing convince them to stop their relentless pursuit?

>NOTE: This book was previously released by another publisher under a different title, but it has been substantially re-edited and revised in this version.

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