Saturday, January 5, 2019

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

What am I up to? This week I worked on Constant, trying to get to the end so I can take a two week vacation. I have about 100 pages to go but the next couple of scenes are new content, so that last 100 is not going to go by fast. Though, I am excited that I'm in the final 1/3 of the book. :) 

Today I was going to work on Assassins's Retirement, but last night I woke up sick and now all I want to do is stare at the wall.  It's a good thing that this post was mostly finished and I only needed to add the links and commentary. Ugh.

Title: Diplomacy
Series: Strands of Starfire
Author: May Sage
Length: 4 hours
Publisher: Madam's Books

Genre: Romantic Elements / Science Fiction / Space Opera / Fantasy / 


Blurb: For 1,000 years, being born with magic was a death sentence. Hart and his twin have survived by hiding who they truly were until their time came.

It started as a whisper, rumors, but when they find out there truly is a mage uprising, they join the fight, tilting the balance in the mages' favor.

The era of magicless mortals has passed in their multiplanetary kingdom. A war has started, and the mages will win it.

Hart has lived and breathed for liberating their kind, thinking of nothing else, until Dara.

When Dara's deluded father imprisons Kai Lor Hora's ambassador, she knows there will be reprisals. Her world stands at the brink of destruction. She has no love for mages, but trying to help this one escape might just save her family.

They're two mortal enemies who should never have met and can never go back to a simpler time.

Warning: Strands of Starfire is a space fantasy romance series, and each audiobook includes some explicit scenes.

Note that this series will only include stand-alone audiobooks.

Title: Shadowing the Light
Series: The Bearer of Truth, 1
Author: Miranda Turner
Length: 23 pages

Genre: Romantic Elements / Urban Fantasy / 

Notes: I stayed up late on Thursday night to finish this book. It's really good! (Do check out the content advisory.)

Blurb: Shadowing the Light
“Everybody has their own agenda. Everybody.”

Hunted for the unique blood that runs through his veins, half-angel, half-demon Gabriel Sinclair lives without expectations. On the run from forces on both sides of an ancient conflict, he searches for strength and peace in a world which only seeks to use him.

When Gabriel is forced to stop running, assigned a team—and a mate—he doesn’t want, and reluctantly tasked with a mission, he must overcome obstacles both real and imagined. Otherwise, the world as he knows it, and the mate he’s reluctantly come to care for, may cease to exist.

“I will do as the Creator bids me. Always.”

Evander Ryan is special, and he knows it. The final handcrafted immortal warrior for the light, he is the Creator’s greatest masterpiece. For fifty-eight years, he’s lived his life in black and white, coddled by his Maker, while leading his team to countless victories against their enemies. Those fights were easy. Working with a new, uncooperative mate who sees the world in shades of gray? Less so.

As Evander’s eyes are opened to the existence of light warriors who are not good, dark warriors who are, and the wider world of supernatural beings, he learns nothing is as he thought it was, and his mate isn’t who he thought he was either. Maybe there’s something to be said for not always following the rules. . .

This book is LGBT Urban Fantasy with a romantic subplot. Not recommended for readers under 18. Use the Look Inside feature or download a sample to see additional content advisories on the Copyright page.

Title: Diplomatic Relations
Series: Sci-Regency, 4
Author: JL Langley
Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / 


Blurb:A Sci-Regency Novel: sequel to My Regelence Rake

Opposites don’t just attract... they sizzle.

A lusty special forces soldier who lives by his own set of rules, Dalton Fairfax decided long ago to stop wishing for his father’s love, and he found his calling. Now that he’s back home and between assignments, he finds himself at loose ends. When the opportunity arises to play bodyguard and help out his country, Dalton jumps at the chance. Not only does it keep him busy, but it just so happens that his charge is the man he saw on leave last month and hasn’t been able to get out of his head.

Heir to a dukedom and a conservative politician, Blaise Thompson strives to prove himself worthy of carrying on the family legacy as the next IN Councilman. However, his closest competitor keeps getting in the way and taking credit for Blaise’s ideas. Maintaining his stellar reputation isn’t easy to do while keeping his outrageous younger brother in line and foiling his rival’s personal attacks. He has no time for a guard and even less time for romance.

When a priceless antique goes missing, Blaise and Dalton discover that Regelance has larger problems than just IN plots. Now the only way to stop a scandal that threatens both of them is to compromise, and they are forced to confront the risk of losing everything… even each other.

Title: Dragon Trees
Author: Hollis Shiloh
Length: 21 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay /


Blurb: Ulric is a dragon investigator. Peter is a troublesome merchant. Or possibly...more than that.

~6,000 words

Title: Grilled Cheese and Goblins
Series: Adventures of a Supernatural Food Inspector
Author: Nicole Kimberling
Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Blind Eye Books (October 9, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy /  Gay /


Blurb: Vampire Hunter. Leprechaun Fighter. Food Inspector. Keith Curry has his work cut out for him.

NATO's Irregulars Affairs Division is a secret organization operating in thousands of cities around the globe. Its agents police relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world, protecting citizens from both mundane and otherworldly dangers.

Former chef turned NIAD food inspector, Special Agent Keith Curry found out about magic the hard way and is now determined to keep dinner safe for everybody. Includes the novellas “Cherries Worth Getting,” “Magically Delicious” and the never-before-published “Bring Out Your Best” plus bonus shorts and more!
"In “Cherries Worth Getting,” Kimberling adeptly and humorously melds Portland, Ore.’s pretentiously earnest art and food cultures with a search for human traffickers." –Publishers Weekly

Title: Fox and Wolf
Series: APEX Investigations, 1
Author: Julia Talbot
Length: 150 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 28, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay /


Blurb: Apex Investigations: Book One 

Werewolf PI Dylan Weems is a hired to solve the murder of a client’s customer. As an ex-cop, Dylan is the perfect man for the job, but he doesn’t expect the complication of alluring fox shifter Rey.

Ever since finding the dead body of one of his clients, Rey Mercier’s life is a mess, and he needs help desperately. He has no idea why he’s the target of some ruthless people or what he did to anger them. Hopefully Dylan and his motley crew of shifters at Apex Investigations can help him find out, but first Dylan and Rey have to deal with literal corporate tigers and dire crocodiles shifters… all while deciding what to do about the mate bond that’s becoming undeniable. And is that even possible between fox and wolf?

Title: A Queen Rises
Series: Children of the Fae, 1
Author: Lola Andrews
Length: 481 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Bisexual / Poly / 


Blurb: A tale full of romance, betrayal, and tragedy, inspired by classic fairy tales. Fans of Girls Made of Snow and Glass, Princess of Dorsa, and the cult TV Show Once Upon a Time will love this gripping lgbt fantasy story.


Marcela, her mother tells her, doesn’t know how good she has it. Of noble birth, wealthy, and all but guaranteed a life of luxury, Marcela has only to learn how a real lady behaves — but that proves to be more difficult than it sounds. Chastised again and again, Marcela spends whole days locked in the cellar, going without food and shrouded in darkness. There, she dreams of the faraway lands of her father’s stories and wonders about her mother’s grim and mysterious past.

When the queen dies, all the noble families of the kingdom flock to attend a ball thrown to honor the king’s search for a new wife. There, Marcela finds herself seduced by a duchess’s daughter in-law and attracts the devoted attention of Princess Primrose, who Marcela rescues from the dark, fae woods beyond the manor and who now wants Marcela for a mother.

But those woods hide worse things than beasts. The faeries whisper in Marcela’s ears, and as she grows closer to the crown and further from her abusive mother, she discovers power beyond anything she’d ever dreamed of. And power, Marcela soon learns, will always corrupt.

For fans of fantasy epics and fairy tales... with a taste of lgbt romance!

Title: Mating of Convenience
Series: Second Chances, 1
Author: Ann-Katrin Byrde
Length: 283 pages

Genre: Romance / Marriage of Convenience / Friends to Lovers / Gay / 


Blurb: Money problems? Marry your best friend!

Nathan and Raphael were friends first, then lovers, then...nothing, when Raphael left to pursue his dreams of becoming a tattoo artist. But only one year after Raphael makes it out of his small-town home, bad news descends on him. His useless father has gotten their family into debt so deep it would take a thousand years to dig them out. With his siblings on the brink of becoming homeless, Raphael turns to his estranged but wealthy grandmother for help, and receives a deal: If he settles down and marries, he'll free his siblings of the debt.

When Raphael asks Nathan for a favor--to enter a marriage of convenience--Nathan agrees. After all, he's doing it so he can start his own pet shop, right? Wrong. Nathan just can't say no to the man who used to be his best friend--the man he's still secretly yearning for, even as he's doing his best to hide that fact. After all, he knows better now than to fall for Raphael again.

Haunted by the loss of their past relationship, Raphael regrets breaking Nathan's heart. Scars from the past are never easy to heal, though, and the more time he spends with his new husband, the harder it gets for Raphael to deny the sparks that Nathan ignites in him. Except... this is just a pretend relationship, isn't it?

While this book is part of the Oceanport Universe, knowledge of that series is not required to enjoy this story.

Title: Hothar's Folly
Series: (Coletti Warlords series Book 9)
Author: Gail Koger
Length: 150 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / 


Blurb: Undercover psychic investigator Casey Jones' hunt for a traitor in Central Command gets blown all to hell when the crew of the military C130 cargo plane she's riding on tries to kill her. Drawing on her telekinesis, Casey stops their assassination attempt and bails out as the aircraft goes down in flames.

Casey meets her new partner at eight thousand feet, when Hothar is suddenly wrapped around her like a limpet. He declares he has come to rescue her from a watery death. All the butthead is going to accomplish is getting them both killed. She's a battle-tested Siren and quite capable of catching the turncoat without his help.

Or maybe not. There's suddenly a shitload of bad guys trying to kill them. Casey quickly realizes they do make an unbeatable team. With the help of a shape shifting alien and an eight-legged Tabor, they race to stop the traitor. Can love flourish on the battlefield?

Title: Ignite
Series: (Ignite Series Book 1)
Author: Nora Phoenix
Length: 211 pages

Genre: Post Apocalyptic Future / Alien Invasion / Poly / Gay / New Adult / 


Blurb: The United States has split into three countries, and in the Conservative United States, being gay will get you sent to a reintegration camp. Tan has survived three years in camp, but he’s at the limit of what he can endure, even with the help of his best friend, Austin. 

When a massive meteor shower creates complete chaos at the camp, Austin and Tan see a chance to escape and they take it. On a whim, they decide to bring Mack with them, a newbie at camp who seems to know more about survival than anyone.

But when the meteor shower turns out to be much more and they discover aliens have landed on Earth with war on their agenda, their escape becomes a hell of a lot more dangerous. All of a sudden, they’re not only hiding from their own government, but from alien forces as well. Their only chance is to reach the border to find freedom. But without power and food, and with every man for himself, how will they survive?

While the world around them burns, all they have are each other.

Ignite is the first book in the Ignite series, which mixes dystopian elements with sci-fi and a slow burn MMM romance. The first book will end in a cliffhanger, so no HEA or HFN, but we’ll get there eventually. Rest assured: none of the main characters will die in this series. Please mind the trigger warnings in the front of the book.

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