Friday, March 19, 2021

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

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

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

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Humor / Gay


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I was a woman living among monsters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay / 

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

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

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

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

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

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay

Notes: This sounds fun. Really love the cover.

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

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

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

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

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Friday, March 12, 2021

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay


Blurb: A power awakening within is tearing him apart.

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

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

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

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

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay / 


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

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

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

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

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

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

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Motorcycle Club / Gay

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

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

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

It is until he meets Russian god Adrik Hail.

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

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

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

Note: This is book #3 in the Polished P & P mm romance series, but it can be read as a standalone.
Book one: Wreck Me Forever
Book two: Never a Sain

Author(s): Clara Merrick
Length: 218 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Alternate Historical / Gay


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

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

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

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

Author(s): Shannon West
Length: 101 pages

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / 


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

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

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

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

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay


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

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

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

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

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Reading Radar #WishList #TBR #reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Poly / Bisexual / 

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

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

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

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

Author(s): Riley Long
Length: 199 pages

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


Blurb: Drew

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

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


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

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

Genre: Romantic Elements / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Author(s): Elizabeth Jewell
Length: 246 pages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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