Friday, January 29, 2021

What's on the Reading Radar? #WishList

Good-bye, January. I thought December went fast! I'm not where I want to be in Cherish's progress, though I am making progress, I had just hoped to be further along. I'm not going to beat myself up over it (mostly). I will just rearrange my plans (and expectation).

Today's Radar is all over. I read things here and there this past week, but my mind wouldn't settle so I've been sipping from book to book looking for the story that fits my mood. So today is all about the Wish List.

Author(s): RA Steffan
Length: 251 pages

Genre: Romance / Slow Burn / Urban Fantasy / Fae / Vampires / Demons / Gay

Notes: I was sent a note that this was a book that I would like. :D

Blurb: There's an unconscious Fae drooling on Len's couch. That's not even the weirdest thing to happen to him this week.

Len's been told that not all Fae are scheming, manipulative pricks. A moot point, since this one definitely is—he knows that much from bitter experience.

So, when his vampire ex-coworker dumps Albigard of the Unseelie on Len's doorstep, he gives her two hours to find a better hiding place for the Fae fugitive before tossing him straight to the curb with the rest of the garbage.

He should have known better, of course. Because if there's one thing Len's learned since being thrown into the deep end of the seedy paranormal underworld, it's that nothing is ever so simple.

Now he's on the run from a cataclysmic primal force trying to tear its way into the human realm, stuck with a charismatic bastard who already knows way too much about the inside of Len's messed-up head. The first time he met Albigard, Len punched the Fae in his too-perfect face. This time, they'll have to learn to work together—or risk having their souls torn apart and consigned to the void, with the rest of humanity facing the same fate soon after.

The Wild Hunt has slipped its chains.
Darkness is coming for the world.

* * *

Forsaken Fae is a slow-burn M/M urban fantasy trilogy. It's set in the same world as the bestselling series The Last Vampire and its other spinoff, Vampire Bound. Download Book One today, and enter a world shared by humans, fae, demons, and vampires. It’s a place where the supernatural threatens the mundane, nothing is as it seems, and enemies must overcome their tangled pasts in order to save the future.

Series: Time Served, 1
Author(s): Onley James
Length: 224 pages

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Mystery / Protection Services / Gay

Notes: Admittedly, I picked this one because I assumed from the title (I only glanced at the blurb) that it was a paranormal romance. It is a mystery. I've never read Onley James before so I'm keeping it on the list.

Blurb: After spending his formative years in an abusive home, NICHOLAS WEBSTER has made a pretty good life for himself. He has friends, a lucrative job with Elite Protection Services, and a side gig that lets him help out those escaping the same abusive home situation he left behind. But no matter how many people he helps, he can’t escape the guilt over the one person he didn’t—his step-brother, Cyrus.

CYRUS WHITAKER has spent the last twenty years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, put there by the very person he vowed to protect. On the inside, he’s made strides to better himself so he can have a future on the outside. But just when he thinks there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, he receives a new cellmate—the boy who put him away all those years ago.

In trying to make things right, Webster has triggered a series of events that will ruin both their lives, or worse, end them. Somebody has framed him and sent him to a prison where they hope Cy’s need to get even will get rid of Webster for good. But they don’t know Cyrus or the bond they shared. A bond they still share. But can Webster figure out who’s doing this to them and why before Cyrus is forced to choose between hurting the one person he loves or spending his life in a cage?

ENDANGERED SPECIES is the first book in the Time Served Series and is a spin-off of the Elite Protection Services Series. It is complete at 60,000 words and contains an HEA and no cliffhangers.

Author(s): Carole Cummings
Length: 419 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay


Blurb: Love, and war—and dragons!

"A sweet standalone romantic fantasy... richly imagined." -- Publisher's Weekly

Old Forge is known for its dragons—savage little things, more singe than snarl—and Milo Priddy is known for his way with them. When rumblings of conflict appear on the horizon, the dragons start to disappear. Milo is dragonkin, and knows what he must do. It is an uneasy choice, and one he dares not reveal even to his lover, Ellis.

As leader of neighbouring Wellech, Ellis has his own hard choices. His skills are crucial to a secure homeland. More and more, the homeland he and Milo once hoped to share is under threat--not only from outside, but within.

For their own people are sowing mistrust of the magic users, seeding a betrayal of not only the dragons, but their kin.

Series: Winsford Shifters, 1
Author(s): Alice Winters
Length: 345 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Mystery / Shifters / Humor / Gay


Blurb: RowanMy whole life, I’ve been taught to despise shifters. So when I’m hired to track two escaped convicts, I’m suddenly thrust into the world I hate—or thought I did. Yet I’m inexplicably drawn to the alpha of the pack whose land the convicts may be hiding on. He’s different than any shifter I've ever met—laid back and quick to laugh, caring and protective, and makes me feel complete for the first time in my life. As secrets are revealed, I start to wonder if everything I’ve been raised to believe was a lie, though it may not matter because it seems like someone wants us dead.

I’m no stranger to prejudice from humans, but it’s different when Rowan comes into my life. Though I shouldn’t let myself be distracted, I’m captivated by him. At first, he’s stiff, fighting to keep his misconstrued beliefs intact, but as I break down the wall he’s created, I’m able to show him a place among the fun chaos of my pack. After one of my pack goes missing, it leaves Rowan and me racing to bring them home, but the only way we’re going to survive this is if Rowan learns to accept the bond that’s growing between us—a bond that could give us the strength to put aside our reservations and give in to what both of us want.

Of Secrets and Wolves is an action-filled romance with a dash of comedy. It’s the first book in a series with a continuing storyline and an HFN.

Series: Horseman's Harem Saga, 1
Author(s): Freida Kilmari
Length: 462 pages

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Magic / Poly Romance / LGBTQ+


Blurb: No name. No past. One giant future?

The only thing worse than suddenly waking up in a magical house with the insanely gorgeous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Being the Fifth.

With no memory of who I am, where I came from, or what I’m doing here, I’m thrust into a new life with four people who I might want more from than just friendship. But with no past, how can I possibly plan for a future?

The only clue as to who I am? Four different species' magic resides within me—Vampire, Fae, Shifter, and Witch—and between them, I might be the most powerful creature on the planet.

For fuck's sake.

Look out world, Horseman of Magic coming through!


This is a 120,000-word fantasy polyromance book where the main character will not be forced to choose between their love interests. This book contains lesbian and gay content, excess profanity, a character who can shift their sex (both male and female), is gender and sexually fluid, and who spends a lot of time being a snarky, swearing badass. Please refer to this book's content guidance page in the front matter for specifics.

Author(s): Victoria Vallo
Length: 84 pages

Genre: Romance / Space / Gay


Blurb: Nobek doesn’t want to go to Endless Nights.

But he doesn’t have much choice. His older brother bought the resort, and it was his idea to do all the traveling for new acquisitions, so he’ll do as he’s told and go inspect the place. Endless Nights promises guests that “every pleasure” will be available to them, and Nobek’s assignment is to sample as many as he can.

Quinn doesn’t want to work at Endless Nights.

But the pleasure palace has bankrupted all the other resorts in the system, including the one his family owned, so he needs the money. They all do. To make matters worse, the resort has changed hands. Quinn’s job was already challenging enough, and he doesn’t feel like relearning how to do it just yet.

Neither of them wants to be where they are, but the cosmic fates don’t care about that. They have much, much better plans in the works.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

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

 This week went by way too fast. I'm seriously digging the NC winter. It is been like an Indiana early, frosty spring for months. I spent the week working from the kitchen table instead of my office. I should move all my stuff back downstairs, but the morning view out of five windows keep whispering, nope, to me. The table chair will probably be the reason why I go back to my writing den. LOL!

Series: Dragon Hoard, 2
Author(s): Minerva Howe

Genre: Erotic Romance / Paranormal / Dragons / mpreg / Gay / 

Notes: This releases Jan 26th! I loved the first book and I know what I'm going to be doing on Tuesday!

Blurb: Dragon shifter Eagan Drake knows Oliver Reaver is his mate. He's known it since they met, when Ollie braved Eagan's brother's den to try to save his business partner and best friend, Devon. The problem is, Ollie is convinced that Eagan needs a dragon mate, and that he's just an ordinary human.

Ollie loves Eagan desperately. He knows he should just leave and let Eagan find his true mate, but he keeps being drawn back to his dragon's side. When a dangerous vampire starts to stalk Ollie at his bookshop, he finally gives in and asks Eagan if he can come home to stay.

Now, if Ollie can just stop being the king of denial, Eagan knows Ollie can give him what he wants most. All his love, and a family of his own. But will Eagan be able to convince Ollie that he's a very special mate and let their dragons soar together?

Series: Hidden Species, 2
Author(s): Louisa Masters
Length: 255 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Vampire / Gay / 

Notes: Loved this book and the series. 

Blurb: Getting kidnapped was never part of my life plan. But being rescued opened up a whole world of crazy.

It’s not easy being the only human at the Community of Species Government—and especially not when you’re the rescue case. Two years ago, I was planning to go to college, have a wild time, then settle into a normal life. Instead, I was kidnapped, spent months being a test subject, was in hiding for nearly a year, and then found out that my whole existence is a science experiment conducted by the bad guys. It’s definitely time to reassess.

My rescuers at CSG have been awesome… mostly. They gave me a job, a home, and a support network. But the whole demons, vampires, shifters thing is not easy to get used to. Especially when one particular vampire makes me want to take up stake sharpening for a hobby. How can someone be over eight centuries old and have the maturity of a drunk frat boy?

The thing is, teenage mentality or not, Andrew is a fierce protector. With the bad guys still on the loose, I need someone like that on my side. Plus, did I mention that he’s not hard to look at? I could stare at him all day if only he never opened his mouth.

As we race to find my former captor before he can find me, life takes another twist and upends my world all over again. This time, though, I’m ready—after all, I’ve got an eight-hundred-year-old vampire at my back. What could possibly go wrong?

Series: The Alderbarian Alliance, 2
Author(s): Dianne Duvall
Length: 506 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-fi / Vampires in Space! / Action & Adventure

Notes: I have been waiting for this book. I actually squee'd when the preorder popped up on my kindle app! LOVE it. Can it be read as a standalone, yes. 

Blurb: Eliana’s life has never been what one might term ordinary. At least, it hasn’t been for a very long time. As a powerful Immortal Guardian, she spends her nights hunting and slaying psychotic vampires that most of humanity doesn’t even realize exist. Then an opportunity arises that instantly makes her extraordinary existence seem downright boring. The leader of the Immortal Guardians asks her to guard a group of mortals who are embarking upon a voyage across the galaxy to the planet Lasara. How could she possibly say no?

In no time at all, Eliana is hurtling through space on board a Lasaran battleship and getting to know not one but two alien races. It’s the most exciting adventure of her long life… until the ship is unexpectedly attacked. Amid the chaos and destruction that follow, she valiantly helps everyone she can before an explosion renders her unconscious. When Eliana awakens, she finds herself alone, floating in space, clad only in a spacesuit, with no ship in sight. Alone—that is—except for the warm, deep voice that carries over the comm in her helmet.

Commander Dagon and the crew of the Segonian battleship Ranasura respond to a distress call from their Lasaran allies and join a massive Alliance-wide search-and-rescue mission. He quickly achieves communication with a lone Earthling female and races toward her. Every time they speak, his fascination with her grows and he becomes more desperate to reach her before her oxygen supply runs out. Her strength, bravery, and humor entice him, even more so when she defies all odds and they meet in person.

As he and Eliana embark upon a quest to find her missing friends, a bond swiftly grows between them that deepens with every laugh and smile and tender touch they share. But they are not the only ones searching for Earthling survivors. When Eliana herself becomes the hunted and their enemies begin to close in, can the two of them fight their way to victory, or will their enemies take everything?

Title: Wild Wolf
Series: Wolf Hunt, 2
Author(s): RJ Blain
Length: 219 pages

Genre: Paranormal / Mystery / Action & Adventure

Notes: this is a preorder I completely forgot I order until it popped up on my kindle app. LOL! The first book was really good and it left me with a bit of HFN-hang. It wasn't a cliff, but he... I cannot say else give away spoilers to the first book. 

Blurb: After making his escape to Russia, Declan McGrady believes he finally has the chance to start over. Mysterious deaths in the place he’s chosen as home serve to shatter his delusions.

He can’t hide forever, and in Russia, folklores aren’t just tales of the past: they’re real. Alone, Declan has no chance of stopping the wild wolf preying on the innocent. For any hope of victory, he must rely upon those he’d abandoned on Bodwin’s mountain—if he dares.

Title: Lady Jackie
Series: Lady Jackie Chronicles
Author(s): Quirah Casey
Length: 176 pages

Genre: Dark Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Magic / Med Burn RH / Bisexual

Notes: I started this one the other night. I've not read this author before and since I like vampires and this one seemed that the vampires were morally ambiguous, I thought I would give it a go. 

Blurb: Some call me Madam, others call me The Devil's Spawn, but you can call me Lady Jackie.Being Gentleman’s Jack’s daughter has always made my life hard. So when he goes missing, I’m perfectly fine with letting him stay that way.

That changes when the Oliberos Coven appears on the doorstep of the brothel I now claim as mine. Beating down lowlifes looking for "Gentleman Jack" was one thing, but having the most dangerous vampire breathing down my neck is another.

Now if I want my five new stalkers out of my life, I have no choice but to find Daddy Dearest. But I don’t anticipate the new threats that lurk on Bourbon street or the way they force me to have to work with the Oliberos Coven.

And I certainly don't anticipate the dangerous attraction that ensues...

This is the first book in a dark, medium burn reverse harem series which will feature m/f, m/m, f/f, and everything in between. If you don't like chaotic, brothel owning vampire heroines with daddy issues this book may not be for you.

Series: Death Retired Mysteries, 1
Author(s): Cate Lawley
Length: 298 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery / Paranormal

Notes: I haven't read this author before. The cover is what caught my attention, then the title. It sounds like it will be fun and something different from what I'm listening to.

Blurb: Death's not taking a holiday, he's retired.

Or he was, until murder intrudes on his quiet retirement plans. Geoff's stalked by ghosts, and his former bosses have saddled him with the care of a possessed bobcat. With his beautiful neighbor Sylvie and his cat's help, can he solve a fiendish crime?

Click to see how Geoff becomes involved in his first murder investigation and all of the uproarious antics that ensue.

Death Retired is a humorous cozy mystery with no explicit sexual content or profanity, though the book does contain adult situations and some violence.

Series: (The Serpent Gates Book 1)
Author(s): AK Larkwood
Length: 498 pages

Genre: High Fantasy 

Notes: This has been on my TBR for a little over a year. I even bought the audiobook when I put it on the TBR. It came up on the group's reading list for the month and I dusted it off. LOL

Blurb: A. K. Larkwood's The Unspoken Name is a stunning debut fantasy about a young priestess sentenced to die, who at the last minute escapes her fate; only to become an assassin for the wizard who saved her.

What if you knew how and when you will die?

Csorwe does—she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard's loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn—gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

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

Today, I'm going to post about new releases in January that I want to read. Usually, within any given month there 'might' be one or two books that is releasing that I'm interested in. When I was book browsing at the beginning of this week I was pleasantly surprised by the number I found. This is going to be awesome. There are a lot of them and they aren't in any particular order.

Author(s): Mell Eight
Length: 465 pages

Genre: Romance / Fairy Tales / Fantasy / 

Notes: I love Mell Eight and I love a good anthology

Blurb: Nine tales of magic, love, and a little fairy dust: A military posting at the Rapunzel Tower to avoid war in The Tower; a Brownie that just wants to do something right in Cleanly Wrong; a dream of love unfulfilled in A Heart’s Dream; saving the victims of an evil witch in The Red Apple Witch; a boy who just wants to go to the ball in Cinder-Elle; a cursed kingdom and search for lost love in The Curse; a thief and his fairy godparent with different ideas about love in Happily Ever After; a lightning strike, a lost egg, an ancient battle, and love at first spark in Thunderbird; and a prince trapped, knowing his true love will never save him in The Beast.

Author(s): Jeanne Marcella
Length: 457 pages

Genre: Fantasy / Action & Adventure / LGBT

Notes: Technically, this released at the beginning of December but I didn't see it until this month through a blog tour. I'm counting it anyway. LOL

Blurb: Her past is postage due and centaurs are ready to collect.

Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs is a dark fantasy most daring and eccentric. A tale not for the faint of heart. Transgressive fiction. Trigger warnings: compliancy/submissiveness, genocide, drug use, sex, misogyny, violence, torture, and rape.

Pony is a bipedal half-breed centaur with no desire to waste tears on a past she can't remember. She's busy enough with her mail routes and package deliveries, and of course, floundering through hot-cold love affairs with the high class courtesans Mardyth and Lullaby.

The mundane drudgery of her life shatters when Konstantine Bywater takes over as Lightfoot Delivery's new boss. He asks questions she can't possibly answer, and stirs up a tragic past better left dead and buried.

But running away is no longer an option. Not when Kon and his minions accuse Mardyth of an unspeakable crime. With her lover's life at stake, Pony won't stop until she uncovers not only the truth of Mardyth's innocence, but the truth of the past as well.

Title: Best Beast
Series: (Enchanted Occasions)
Author(s): E.J. Russell 
Length: 107 pages

Genre: Romance / Comedy / Fantasy / Gay


Blurb: Being invisible makes it really hard to get laid.

When half-human Kai Schiffer steps into the Interstices—the post-creation gaps between realms—his supernatural half kicks in and he literally disappears unless…well, don’t ask.

But in a stroke (heh) of good fortune, Kai finally has a chance to show his face (and other parts, stars willing) to his long-time crush Jovan Kos—Interstitial Law Enforcement agent, wolf warrior, occasional berserker, and best man at their mutual best friends’ Imbolc wedding.

Jovan, who’s half in love with Kai already, is grateful his best man duties are light enough that he can focus all his attention on Kai. After all, with Enchanted Occasions Event Planning handling the Olesson-Pakulski wedding, what could possibly go wrong?

Title: Frost
Author(s): Jaclyn Osborn

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay

Notes: releases 01.25.2021

Blurb: The first time I met Jack Frost, I was eight years old and lost in the snowy woods.

He took my hand and leapt into the air, soaring high above the treetops. Carrying me to safety. He disappeared afterward, leaving me with nothing but a memory.

Nineteen years later, I’ve convinced myself Jack was only a dream.

So why can’t I forget him? He’s so vivid in my mind, silver hair and a mischievous gleam in his wintery blue eyes. Sometimes I can even recall the sound of his voice as he said my name. There’s only one way to get answers… to return to the woods where I first dreamed of him.

What I find there is more than I ever imagined.

Frost is an adult m/m romance between a legendary being and the mortal who loves him. You’ll find steamy nights, magic, cuddles by the fireplace, and an ice Pegasus with an attitude problem. HEA guaranteed.

Title: Paper Wings 
Series: (The Lost Demigods Book 1)
Author(s):  J.J. Riley

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay


Blurb: Do monsters deserve love? I wish...

I learned the hard way that my words have the power to become reality, and it became something I only use in my darkest moments of desperation. It made me a monster, an abomination, which was why I kept to myself. If I didn’t talk to anyone, I couldn’t hurt them, right?

Then he came into my life.

Embry was my opposite in every way, the light to my darkness. From the moment we met, he pushed the nightmares away, seeing the person beneath. The panic, the fear, the pain.

Is it possible I’m not the monster I’ve always thought I was?

With secrets and surprises lurking behind every shadow, my world was not meant for Embry’s sunshine, but I’m selfish enough to want it anyway.

Will my selfishness cost him his life or will it save mine?

This is a Paranormal MM Romance, intended for readers 18 and up. Triggers include abuse, neglect, and violence.

Author(s): Peyton Bogue
Length: 456 pages

Genre: Mystery / Romantic Elements / Paranormal / Cop / Werewolf Pack Alpha / Gay



Sage Kaelan has a unique talent of getting himself into danger. As one of New York City's best homicide detectives, it isn't easy to ignore the constant call of trouble and gore. At least, that's what he tries to tell his overprotective and brooding boyfriend, Rhys Becker, even if he knows it might be a lie.

Rhys is dangerous, beautiful, and a werewolf. As the Alpha of New York City, he is easily the most powerful being in the world. But when Rhys begins to lose his control over his shift, he slowly becomes aware of a bond that sends him reeling, and one he'd never thought possible.

But everything is not as it seems. After a homicide case unleashes a sequence of events that neither Sage nor Rhys are prepared for, they soon find themselves entangled with a danger that threatens to rip them apart. With the help of Sage's partner and best friend, Kai, Rhys and Sage navigate a dark web of pack politics, masquerade balls, and a crash course in what it means to be a pack, even as a greater danger looms. And one that might succeed in ripping them apart.

Series: (Soul Stones Book 1)
Author(s): Amy Sumida
Length: 348 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Fae / Shifters / Gay 

Notes: This one is lacking a content warning of attempted rape and a separate issue of harm during BDSM without consent.

Blurb: This Ravyn has the soul of a hawk.

My name is Ravyn. I'm a human soldier in a Fae army of shapeshifters run by a warlord. I'm a simple man; I like the three Fs—Feasting, Fighting, and Fu- well, you know the last one. I don't have many expectations for my life beyond those things and that's just fine by me. But when two fae amulets are stolen and only a human can retrieve them, my warlord asks me to help. He is the Hawk Lord—honorable, brave, terrifyingly powerful, and hot enough to set my pants on fire with a single look. That look was all it took to get me to agree to one of the most dangerous missions of my life. What I didn't know was that he'd be accompanying me, watching my back as we crept through the continent of Alantri—land of the monstrous Farungal. Nor did I know that our mission would bring us together in the most unexpected ways. The Hawk Lord is so much more than I thought. Stronger and more heroic, with a soul more beautiful than his face. But he also has a darkness inside him, one that could bind us together forever or tear us viciously apart. To survive his love, I'll need the heart and soul of a hawk.

The Hawk Soul is a steamy M/M fantasy based in an epic world of sexy fae shifters, terrifying monsters, and thrilling love that will have you laughing, crying, and begging for more!

Series: (Ambrosia Royals Book 1)
Author(s): P.S. Scott
Length: 189 pages

Genre: Young Adult Romance / Fantasy / Gay


Blurb: A jewel thief with magical powers…

Eighteen-year-old Will is a jewel thief with only one goal in life — to be rich. That's why when he spots Aidan, the second prince of Ambrosia saving a peasant girl from royal guards, he steals the prince's ruby bracelet. A few days later, Aidan stumbles into Will during a robbery, and the two strike a bargain.

Meets a prince with a secret…

Aidan is a prince torn between duty and desire. In a world where same-sex relationships are forbidden in the royal family, he is attracted to men. To make matters worse, his uncle is in possession of love letters that Aidan exchanged with his old lover. In a desperate attempt to retrieve the incriminating letters, Aidan hires Will.

A forbidden love that transcends time…

The unlikely partnership blossoms into something more but political tensions threaten to separate the lovers. Will’s loyalty lies with the rebels who want to overthrow the king, and Aidan is honor-bound to protect his family. Will they end up together or be torn apart by the hands of fate?

Filled with twists and turns, The Prince and the Thief is an enthralling YA M/M Fantasy Romance in the style of The False Prince, and King’s Maker.

Title: Tidal Wave 
Series: (Broken Chains MC Book 1)
Author(s): E.M. Lindsey
Length: 314 pages

Genre: Dark Romance / Contemporary / Bikers / Gay / Deaf MC


Blurb: Two men, two different worlds, one destiny.

Gunner has spent half his life running from his past, and the other half trying to protect himself from ever being vulnerable again. He’s escaped his old club and worked hard to earn the VP patch on his cut after joining the Broken Chains. But his entire life is turned upside down when Gunner’s past comes back to haunt him, and the club’s Deaf delivery guy ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time.

When his president asks him to protect the injured man, Gunner wants to say no. After all, he hasn’t been able to take his eyes off Logan since the day they met, and Gunner can’t afford that kind of distraction. But ignoring him is damn near impossible when every time he looks at Logan, he starts to feel something. And Gunner doesn’t think he has the power to resist him for much longer.

There will be no promise of a future though, if the Broken Chains can’t protect Logan from the mess he’s in, but even if they succeed, Gunner isn’t sure there’s a place for Logan in his world.

Broken Chains MC is a Motorcycle Club Romance series with dubious morality, mild violence, and happily ever afters.

Series: Magic Emporium Series
Author(s): Jacki James
Length: 137 pages

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Fantasy / Urban Fantasy / Gay


Blurb: Theodore Knight has a curious nature. Ever since he was a child, he’s loved books that are full of danger and adventure. In real life, he’s a simple bookstore owner. But in his imagination, he’s a hero who goes on great quests to save the princess, or in his case, the prince, from evil dragons.

Until one day, real life starts to look a lot like his imaginary world. . . and the fate of an entire kingdom rests on his shoulders. The world is more magical than he ever thought, and he will have to learn to accept the impossible as possible, if he and Samuel are to succeed.

Samuel Day had never journeyed to the human realm, and he sure didn't mean to get stuck there. That said, he’s found it all incredibly fascinating. Especially Theodore, the adorable human who holds a piece of the puzzle necessary to stop an evil immortal and save the magic realm known as Evorea. His loyalty is to his king, but it doesn’t take long for Theodore to become equally important.

They come from different realms and are as different as night and day, but together they have everything they need to save Evorea from ruin. They just have to find their way back there.

Knight and Day 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 a magic realm, a handsome guardian, one clueless human, and a guaranteed HEA.

Series: (San Amaro Investigations Book 1)
Author(s): Kai Butler

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Gay

Notes: Releases 01.18.2021

Blurb: Parker Ferro owes the fae his life. They’ve come to collect.

When the Summer Queen summons Parker to her court, the private investigator knows there’s trouble brewing. Trapped into compliance by his past debt to the fae monarch, he’s tasked with locating a missing girl in San Amaro. Now he has to find the girl or give up his life.

Things only get more complicated when a very familiar cop asks Parker for his help on a case involving murdered magic users. With the victims completely drained of their magic, the San Amaro Police Department needs Parker’s special skill set to track down a killer. Navigating through San Amaro’s paranormal underbelly while dealing with his own past and this new case is the last thing Parker wants or needs.

Now Parker’s stuck trying to locate a missing girl, stop a paranormal war, find a killer, and resist Detective Nicholas King’s many charms. Here’s hoping he doesn’t die trying.

Wormwood Summer is a 107,000 word MM urban fantasy with a HFN ending.

Series: Magic Emporium Series
Author(s): Eliot Grayson

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Gay

Notes: releases 01.21.2021

Blurb: A hitman and a fae walk into a café…
Callum always gets the job done—whether he likes it or not—but this job isn’t like any other. The target’s too young, too pretty, and too appealing for comfort, and the clients are offering more threats than cash. And either the target poisoned his hot chocolate or he’s going crazy, because now magic stores and wizard-looking dudes are appearing out of nowhere. It’s really not Callum’s day.

Linden’s on the run, and the human realm’s a good place to hide from evil sorcerers who think Linden’s the answer to a prophecy. But his enemy has found a way to send a very human and very dangerous assassin after him—a man who could kill Linden with one hand. Linden should be terrified, but his knees go weak for all the wrong reasons.

When Linden’s family is taken hostage, spending the night with Callum ought to be the last thing on his mind, but Linden can’t resist the chance to fulfill his deepest fantasies before sacrificing his own life. Callum knows he should walk away—it’s not his fight. But the beautiful fae is under his skin and now protecting Linden and his family feels more important than his own survival. A human learning to feel. A fae learning to trust. Can two worlds merge into one true love?

Brought to Light 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 explicit scenes, a magic flashlight, a prophecy that doesn’t quite work out the way anyone expects, and a guaranteed HEA.

Series: (Fire & Flutter Book 1)
Author(s): Bailey Bradford

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay

Notes: releases 01.26.2021

Blurb: When one fairy with a faulty memory meets a snarky dragon, the supernatural world will never be the same.

Griff was born a Love fairy, but he never quite fitted in. He didn’t want to be part of a harem…at least he didn’t think so. What with his wings gone and his memory damaged, he can’t be certain of what he felt in the past. All he does know is he wants his wings back. Without them, he’s grounded.

Blaze is a dragon shifter who tends to stick his foot in his mouth—and some other parts in other places—when he really shouldn’t. His brother’s the king, and his sister-in-law is scary. Blaze’s last screw-up got him grounded, unable to shift into his dragon form. His punishment seems harsh to him, but there's no escaping it.

When the Love fairies come to the castle to work on forming an alliance, Blaze has about had it with guarding the horny beings, and he's disappointed that they don’t stay small and cute. Swatting at something buzzing him, he almost starts an inter-species war when it turns out to be a fairy on a dragonfly.

And from that snarky first meeting between Griff and Blaze, something wonderful, and dangerous, will come…

Author(s): Sam Burns, WM Fawkes

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Fantasy / Gay

Notes: releases 01.28.2021

Blurb: Cillian Roarke is the world’s sweetest dragon. He’s a great boss, a good person, and he spends his days making honey-glazed caramel treats in the shape of bunnies for his bakery, Honey Bunny. Still, the highlight of every day is watching the adorable college student who’s Much Too Young For Him stuff his face full of Cillian’s sweet buns.

Finnick West is a college student who dreams of baked goods, much to the consternation of his figure-skating partner. She’s not offended by the temptation, but by Finnick’s continuing failure to ask out the cute baker. With pressure from all sides, Finn knows it’s time to take something for himself, if only he can catch Hot Baker’s eye.

While the two of them work up the nerve to ask each other out, an assassination attempt reveals forces working to not only stop their interspecies romance in its tracks, but destroy everything and everyone they love.

A Dragon’s Fortune 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 dragons, ice skating, a whole bunch of sugar, and a guaranteed HEA.

Series: (The Dorokhin Bratva Book 1)
Author(s): Raine Kennedy

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Mob-Mafia / mpreg / Gay

Notes: releases 01.31.2021

Blurb: Mikhail DorokhinBoss. Violent. Deadly. Alpha.

Mikhail runs his family’s billion dollar criminal enterprise with the illegal distribution of drugs and guns. He’s known as death personified, a man who feels no empathy and takes lives of all who get in his way. He’s never known love, until he meets a fiery redhead that gives him a run for his money. The more he gets to know Rian, the more he’s willing to move heaven and Earth for him.

Rian O’Hara
Boss’ son. Spoiled. Brat. Omega.
Rian’s the son of the Irish mafia boss. He’s used to getting everything he wants and doesn’t hold back in his demands. He’s a brat and his father’s men hate him for that reason. It’s no surprise that he ends up being kidnapped and sent to the Irish mafia’s enemies. Now he’s in the hands of the Russian bratva and he’s waiting for his impending death. What he doesn’t expect is the boss to be so devilishly handsome.

As their romance heats up, a surprise pregnancy and baby enters the picture. Can Mikhail and Rian make a future for themselves and their son even though they’re from different sides of an age-long war?

This book is a gay romance that includes mpreg, omegaverse, and a cold blooded mafia boss.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

2020 Favorite Books #read #2020favoritereads

2020 was a heavy (heavy) rereading year for me and there were times that I would finish the reread only to turn around and start at the beginning again. I honestly didn't think that I would have many new favorites. I'm glad I double checked before I decided to skip this end-of-year post. This is an eclectic list since I read lots of different things and it is in no particular order. What were your favorite 2020 books?

Series: RELIC #1
Author: Maz Maddox

My thoughts: This is my first book by Maz and I LOVED it. Lonely, nerdy guy in possession of a fossil that two different parties, a ruthless cartel and a pink mohawk dinosaur shifter who loves tourist traps, who want to claim by any means necessary.

There is a lot that I loved about this book. The writing was fresh and engaging. There wasn't a dull moment and I rooted hard for Dalton and Simon. I will be grabbing up the next book that comes out without even reading the blurb and I have designs on buying the paperback for my overflowing shelf. :) And I just noticed it is out on AUDIO on January 12th. Mine! Mine! Mine!

Title: Finch
Series: Forbidden Desires series
Author: Virginia Kelly & Piper Scott

My thoughts: I have loved this series from book one. Each Drake and their love interests have been vastly different, keeping the stories feeling fresh and exciting. I sort of did this hording thing where I bought and waited to read Swallow and Magpie. Both were great stories but there is a charm about Finch that endears the story to me. Hugh is described as whimsical, but he is also a bit clueless and so freaking Adorable. He so needs to a keeper and Finch is perfect for him. Of the series, this one is my absolute favorite. I didn't think that Bond would be knocked off that perch, but here we are with me cuddling Hugh and Finch as if they were my children. LOL

Series: Brimstone, 7
Author: Angel Martinez

My thoughts: What a fun and fantastic journey! I'm so sad that the series came to an end but everyone needed their HEA. This is a series that I will continue to re-read to visit my favorite characters. And maybe, hopefully, Angel will write another story, not with these characters but set in this world and we can get glimpses of a demon pirate gone legit.

Series: Alderbarian Alliance
Author: Dianne Duvall

My thoughts: I have been reading Duvall's Immortal Guardian series for a few years now. I found the series through my local library's audiobook catalog, and they are a fun twist on vampires, filled with action and suspense. I haven't read the last two books of that series, but I didn't need to to read this spin-off. I knew enough of the over-all plot and the characters to not be lost. Boy, I loved this book and have already reread it four times. I'm in the middle of the 5th because book 2 comes out this month (which I'm so freaking excited for!!!!!!) There is a mixture of the Immortals, Gifted Ones, and people from other planets. I'm in heaven.

Author: Jacquelyn Faye

My thoughts: This is off the beaten track from other RH books. A succubus falls in love, has a couple of children and then her husband passes away. The beginning of this story is her coming out of mourning and starting a new life with her two teenage kids. It's a fun story line that still has a bit of action to it without skimping on the sexy times. I Love that it is angst free and it has turned into one of my rereads. I hope the author gives Kara another dilemma. I would love to see where she and her kids are at.

Series: (Polished P & P Book 1)
Author: Lila Rose

My thoughts: The book and Never A Saint are on my favorites list for 2020. I rarely read contemporary anymore and dithered about this, though I loved the cover and kept coming back to it. I'm glad I took a chance because it was a nice break. Both books have very little angst and were fun in different ways. They are spin-offs of Rose's MC series but they can be read as standalones. I'm hoping to see another book in this series. :)

Title: The Quarry MasterA Grumpy Alien Boss Romantic Comedy
Series:  (The Grumpy Heroes Book 1)
Author: Amanda Milo

My thoughts: This is set in Milo's Stolen by an Alien universe. Do you need to read the other books? Not really. If you do, you understand some of the side character nuances better, but this can stand by itself. And if you truly want a grumpy character this one will fit the bill. He is grumpy without being mean or cruel. He just wants to be left alone. The romance is slow burn, which is great because it was great getting to see the characters develop. He's still grumpy at the end of the book but not as much so. Loved it.

Series: Earth Fathers
Author: Lyn Gala

My thoughts: This is a fun series and continues with Max trying to make sure Rick is properly compensated for his work and finding out just how much he does not understand about the world he now lives in.  He's sorta of winging it, making his way, teaching the aliens that their ideas about humans are wrong, and it was fun to watch. The Kids! Gah! I can just see James waving his tentacles around shouting, "Just shoot them all!" I'm kinda of excited that we get to see Rick's homeworld in the next book.

Series: (VRC: Vampire Related Crimes Book 1)
Author: Alice Winters

My thoughts: This was a fun series to get into. There is humor, and admittedly, some of that humor is mean. It's supposed to be because the vampires don't like humans that much. There is a lot of bad blood between humans and vampires. But the story is about the vampires learning to like a human.

Author: Amanda Milo

My thoughts: If you want something a bit different from the normal paranormal romance, then give this one a go. I'm trying to figure out what to say that won't give away the plot. Yikes. The romance is slow burn. Sexy times isn't until the end. There is a lot of humor and some really endearing moments. I loved how the pack is a mixture of canids, and the heirarchy in that is different too. Very refreshing as well as fun. And the kids! The youngest mad me laugh the most. I hope this goes to audio. 

Series: (Charybdis Station Book 2)
Author: CW Gray

My thoughts: All of the books in this series are some of my go-to rereads. They are angst free, fun, and full of kids and pets. Fire is one of my favorite characters and I was so happy that he got his mate and HEA. I loved that he didn't have to change who he was to have a family. He's so cute when he's trying to be stern. And being able to hear all the pets, that was totally cool. 

Series: (Tales of the High Court Book 3)
Author: Megan Derr

My thoughts: I snatched up the audiobook for this as soon as it came out. Tales of the High Court is one of my favorite series that I often reread. I love Kamir and how he fights to free himself from his dreadful family and that vile ex-husband. Michael Stellman does an excellent job narrating the story. <3

Series: (Casey Duncan Novels, Book 1)
Author: Kelley Armstrong

My thoughts: This past year, I went back and reread some books that I remember liking and found that I don't like them so much now. I didn't want to tempt fate with Armstrong's Otherworld series (which admittedly, I mainly read the series for the werewolves). Instead, I decided to try one of her newer series and really liked it. It's a mystery within a mystery with a bunch of flawed and/or damaged characters.

Series: Nora Jacobs, 1
Author: Jackie May

My thoughts: This is a slow (slow) burn romance series that has kept me guessing (and ranting). There is a wide range of magical characters that goes beyond the vampire shifter staple. Not only is the romance really slow, but each book uncovers something new about Nora as she helps others out. I'm not finished with the series yet but I have ideas. LOL

Series: Fae Out of Water, 1
Author: EJ Russell

My thoughts: This twist on Beauty and the Beast was both cute and fun. David is a walking disaster when it comes to his temp jobs and Alun is prejudice and grumpy, something that doesn't stick around for the whole story. When David did the Zombie-esque YMCA dance, I about laughed myself off the couch and had to stop the audiobook so I wouldn't miss anything. Great book.

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