Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Blogtour: I'm Not Who You Think I Am by Felicitas Ivey



Please welcome Felicitas Ivey with 

I'm Not Who You Think I Am 




Blurb:

Mykayla's parents' marriage is in trouble, but they're working on it. Unfortunately for Mykayla, that means she's getting shipped off to Boston to spend her summer with Uncle Yushua while they work out their issues. Mykayla has issues of her own-like her confusion about her sexuality, or apparent lack of it-that she'd like to explore alongside her best friend, Xiu.The situation at her uncle's house is weird to say the least.

There's something off about his coworkers-aside from the fact that they won't go away. Things go from strange to stranger when a supernatural being shows up to protect Mykayla from someone he calls the Shadow Pharaoh. Sutekhgen is a sorcerer who never made it to the afterlife, with a huge Set Beast as a companion... and the mistaken assumption that Mykayla is the reincarnation of his lost romantic partner. She doesn't know what's worse: being caught in a metaphysical conflict between ancient gods or being stuck with a pushy jerk who doesn't know the meaning of personal boundaries.


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Whenever I start these types of posts, I spend time debating what I'm going to write. Mainly because I don't know what to say, because I don't know how much of my personal life I want to write about. My bio covers the basics of my life, mostly, and I don't want to overshare on the Internet. Basically I have a day job, which supports the three cats which own me.
Cats and writers go together like wine and cheese. Most of the writers I know have a cat or two as part of their family. And all those cats are spoiled rotten replacement children.  I grew up with cats, and except for an odd week or two, I've never been without one in my life. So here are some of the more memorable cats I've lived with and how they've come into my life.
Devilkitty Smaugu-Smaugu was my husband Russ's fault. And everyone in the family was very quick to remind him of that when he complained about him!  Russ had made the foolish move of mentioning to me that there was a stray kitten at work one Saturday morning. The kitten was trying to get into the building he worked at MIT. I was a little worried, because it was one of the buildings on Memorial Drive and pictured an eventual flat kitten.
Russ worked third shift, so when he woke up that afternoon, I wrangled permission to find said kitten and I did. I picked up Smaugu as he sauntered out of the bushes, complaining how long to took me to pick up.
The kitten started out with the name Smaug, after the dragon in the Hobbit, long before the live action movies had come out. He got the Devilkitty nickname after he levitated five feet in the air because the bag monster was going to get him (It had been attached to his tail somehow and was following him about before I untangled it).   Smaugu came about because all the anime I was watching at the time and the Japanese have a custom of adding vowel to the end of a name.
Smaugu lived a long and happy life before, passing away in his sleep after many years of dominating my husband, Russ. My cat population was down to none after that, so I was soon looking for new companions.
Tamazusa and Mason are sisters and my current owners cats. I've had them about eight years. Both are very demanding ladies and want my attention, lap and pets, whenever I'm home. I named them after two characters in my first novel, "Dreamlands" even though Mason is an elegant tuxedo lady cat and the character Mason is neither, while her sister is a sleek black car named after a sorceress.
I got the two of them from co-workers of my sister. They had who had an abundance of unfixed cats and needed to get rid of a few. They asked if my sister if I needed a cat, and after a couple of weeks of emailing and using my sister as a go-between, I chose the two I was interested in. To adopt them, I went one night to where my sister worked, because they all work the night shift and handed her two empty cat carriers To pass on to them. The next night I went back and before her shift, my sister handed me two full carriers. It's caused a lot of my friends to comment on the 'drug dealer' nature of my cat acquisition. I did think security was going to bust us, but it never happened.

ARC Review: Whiskey To Wine by B.A. Tortuga

Blurb:

Love is hitting the slopes, and the competition is fierce.

It’s Gay Ski Week in Aspen, and blind sculptor Bleu Bridey and his ex-fiancé, Dan, are at the Leaning N Ranch to unveil Bleu’s latest commission.

Former Olympic snowboarder Ryan Shields is there too… and he’s Bleu’s true love who got away. Seeing Bleu again, Ryan remembers how they couldn’t get enough of each other in college.

Too bad it looks like Bleu is with Dan now, because Ryan would love to remind Bleu how good they were together, in and out of the sheets.

Between Ski Week parties, a bunch of exes, a private ski lesson, and one terrible accident that leaves Bleu stranded and Ryan in rescue mode, it’ll be a wonder if these two manage to survive, much less find a few seconds alone to remember how much love they have to keep them warm even in the worst of storms.


Sandra's review:






This is the third book in the Leaning N series, and another installment of the popular Dreamspun Desires series.

Bleu Bridey is a sculptor, creating masterpieces with his hands. He's also blind, living in Santa Fe, and a good friend of Stoney and Ford, the owners of the Leaning N ranch near Aspen. Bleu has been working on a commissioned piece celebrating the love story between Stoney and Ford, and he's traveling up to the ranch for Gay Ski Week, a yearly event, to unveil said commissioned piece, with his ex-boyfriend, gallery owner Dan, who's a good friend to Bleu even if their romance is over, and professionally involved with him as well.

Also at the ranch is Ryan Shields, a well-known and successful snowboarder, who's been asked to attend Gay Ski Week by his publicist/ex-boyfriend Phil, to promote his exclusive line of snowboards to the folks attending the ski week, as well as performing a show run.

Ryan and Bleu were involved in college where they shared a room, but once college was over, Ryan panicked at the thought of spending his life with a blind man and fled. And in the process broke Bleu's heart.

Bleu is sharing a cabin with Dan, separate beds, and Ryan has to share a room with Phil. While it's made clear to the reader early on that neither is involved with anyone when they first meet again, Bleu and Ryan assume that the other is taken, and nothing can come of the sparks they still feel after all these years. Bleu's not a cheater, and Ryan isn't either.

While their initial interaction is awkward, the more time they spend together, the more they both realize that the feelings they once had for each other never really went away. And once they clear up that they're both unattached, they leap at the chance to be together again, more mature, less fearful, more secure in who they are, and more prepared to deal with what life throws at them. Yes, Bleu is still blind, but it's no longer a deal breaker to Ryan, and it was a joy to watch Ryan be subtly helpful to Bleu, while giving him the space he needed to do things on his own. He enabled him, and he never made him feel lesser than.

Blogtour: The Leprechaun Next Door by Elizabeth Coldwell


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The Leprechaun Next Door 




Blurb:

Happiness might be waiting at the end of the rainbow, but will it come with a price?

Devon’s down on his luck—he’s lost his job and discovered his boyfriend is cheating on him. His neighbor, Johnny, is not only cute, he also has a big secret: he’s a leprechaun with a pot of gold… and the ability to grant wishes.

Can Devon wish his way out of the hole he’s found himself in? He’d like a new job, some revenge on his lying ex, and maybe even love. Johnny can give him what he wants, but it won’t come for free… or in the ways Devon expects. Can he trust a sexy leprechaun to help him make a new start and wish himself into the arms of the man of his dreams?





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Interview With Devon Payne from The Leprechaun Next Door


Elizabeth: Hi Devon, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
Devon: That’s no problem. Though I’m a little concerned about what you might decide to ask me.


Elizabeth: Don’t worry, I promise you this will all be very painless. I’m sure everyone at My Reading Nook will be keen to know a little more about you. So can I start by asking you, how did you come to make friends with a leprechaun?
Devon: Well, I moved into a new apartment and that’s when I bumped into him. He was living just across the hall from me, and he offered to help me with my things. He seemed like a regular guy, and he was funny, helpful and had the sexiest Irish accent – how could I not want to be friends with him? It might sound crazy, but when he told me was a leprechaun, I didn’t have any reason not to think it was a lie.


Elizabeth: You didn’t stop to think he might just be winding you up?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

ARC Review : A Party to Murder by John Inman

Blurb :
When Jamie Roma and Derek Lee find their blossoming love affair interrupted by dual invitations to a house party from a mysterious unnamed host, they think, Sounds like fun. The next thing they know they are caught up in a game of cat and mouse that quickly starts racking up a lot of dead mice. Yikes, they think. Not so fun.

Trapped inside a spooky old house in the middle of nowhere, with the body count rising among their fellow guests, they begin to wonder if they'll escape with their lives. As a cataclysmic storm swoops in to batter the survivors, the horror mounts.

Oddly enough, even in the midst of murder and mayhem, Jamie and Derek's love continues to thrive.

While the guest list thins, so does the list of suspects. Soon it's only them and the killer.

And then the battle really begins.


Christelle's rating :




I was expecting an entertaining read and was not disappointed by John Inman. It was a sweet, sexy, romantic thriller with an Agatha Christie’s flavour and some good banter. Right up my alley.

Derek and Jamie have been friends for a very long time and they have added sex in the mix for a few weeks. Then, they receive a mysterious invitation to a party. Intrigued, they decide to go and end up trapped into a spooky house with five other guests and, they shortly realize, 2 dead bodies and no way to communicate with the outside world. As I said, an Agatha Christie’s flavour, but the similarity ends there.

Derek and Jamie have no other choice to acknowledge their feelings and to figure out who the murderer is and why the killing spread is happening. And they have to do it fast as time is of essence with dead bodies pilling up.

Release Blitz: All Souls Near And High by Hailey Turner

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All Souls Near & Nigh by Hailey Turner

Series: Soulbound 2

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date (Print & Ebook): March 19, 2019

Length (Print & Ebook): 104,100

Subgenre:  LGBTQ Urban Fantasy

Reader Warning:  This book contains on page sexual assault.



Book synopsis:

You can’t bargain with death if you’ve already sold your soul.

Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Learning to navigate his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world.

Manhattan’s club scene is overrun with the vampire drug known as shine and the subways have become a dumping ground for bodies. When the dead are revealed as missing werecreatures, Patrick and Jono find themselves entangled in pack politics twisted by vampire machinations.

Learning to trust each other comes with problems for both of them, and the gods with a stake in Patrick’s soul debt aren’t finished with him yet. Bound by promises they can’t break, Patrick and Jono must find a way to survive a threat that takes no prisoners and is stalking them relentlessly through the city streets.

Old and new betrayals are coming home to roost but the truth—buried in blood—is more poisonous than the lies being spun. Trying to outrun death is a nightmare—one Patrick may never wake up from.

All Souls Near & Nigh is a 104k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Ferry of Bones & Gold, and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one. Please see the disclaimer in the Look Inside for content some readers may find triggering.



Author Hailey Turner says All Souls Nigh & Near is an exciting sequel that builds on the series plot and will keep readers wanting more!


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Release Blitz: A Heart Divided by TL Travis




Length: 60,000 words approx.



Social Sinner Series

Book 1 is the only book in the series that can be read as a stand-alone.
Book 1 – Behind the lights (MM) - Amazon US | Amazon UK -
Book 2 – In The Shadows (MM) - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book 3 – A Heart Divided (MMM)
Book 4 – Beyond The Curtain (MM)
Book 5 – After The Final Curtain (MM/MMM)




Blurb


How can one’s heart be divided without someone feeling left out, even if it’s yourself?

That was the challenge Mickey Payne, bass player for the band Social Sinners, was tasked with when he fell in love with two men. “The heart wants what the heart wants, and you’d be a fool to deny it,” his mother told him when he brought his concerns to her over the unconventional relationship he was in.

Entering into the triad, he of course had his reservations, but all doubt gets cast aside when they need his help.

Will his heart be able to survive?





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Monday, March 18, 2019

ARC Review: All Souls Near & Nigh (Soulbound, #2) by Hailey Turner


Blurb:
You can’t bargain with death if you’ve already sold your soul.

Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Navigating his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world.

Manhattan’s club scene is overrun with the vampire drug known as shine and the subways have become a dumping ground for bodies. When the dead are revealed as missing werecreatures, Patrick and Jono find themselves entangled in pack politics twisted by vampire machinations.

Learning to trust each other comes with problems for both of them, and the gods with a stake in Patrick’s soul debt aren’t finished with him yet. Bound by promises they can’t break, Patrick and Jono must find a way to survive a threat that takes no prisoners and is stalking them relentlessly through the city streets.

Old and new betrayals are coming home to roost but the truth—buried in blood—is more poisonous than the lies being spun. Trying to outrun death is a nightmare—one Patrick may never wake up from.


All Souls Near & Nigh is a 104k word m/m urban fantasy with a gay romantic subplot and a HFN ending. It is a direct sequel to A Ferry of Bones & Gold, and reading the first book in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one. Please see the disclaimer at the beginning of the book for content some readers may find triggering.



Jewel's rating:




All Souls Near and Nigh, just like A Ferry of Bones and Gold is my kind of urban fantasy! Lots of mythology, meddling Gods, errant vampires, and a thieving, hungry dragon ... in New York City. What could go wrong? It's a good thing New Yorkers can take pretty much anything, because if it can happen, it did happen in this book.

Patrick Collins is settling into his life with Jono, being soulbound and part of Jono's pack. There's a lot for him to get used to, and he's not the type of guy that knows how to relax and let someone else in. Jono is making headway, though, since the events of book 1, showing Patrick that their bond is more than the soulbond. He hasn't quite accepted it all, yet, but he's getting there.

Jono de Vere is a god pack alpha, without a pack...well, officially. He skirts the rules and is nearing the time when he will no longer follow them at all. No one will take Patrick from him and no one will make him feel like he's less than. Jono is just biding his time until he finally lets his patron God out to play. I look forward to that day...heads are gonna roll!

Release Blitz: The Perfect Shine by J.K. Hogan




Title: The Perfect Shine
Author: J.K. Hogan
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: March 18, 2019
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 81600
Genre: Contemporary New Adult, LGBT, contemporary, new adult, romance, friends to lovers

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Synopsis


Jackson Meade was a shy, awkward kid just trying to survive a high school with too many bullies and too few friends. Now that he’s in college, his eyes have been opened to a whole world of possibilities, especially those regarding love and sexuality. However, he can’t enjoy any of it since he’s been separated from his best friend.
Blake Renault has been in love with his best friend almost since they first met. After escaping a bad family situation, he lived with Jackson and his mom for the last two years of high school, which made it much harder to keep his feelings a secret. Graduation brings lots of changes for the boys, including Blake moving to a different city to apprentice with a tattoo artist and Jackson going off to college.

Being forced apart after high school leads them to new revelations about themselves and their relationship. While Jackson questions whether his attachment to Blake is normal for best friends, Blake decides to risk everything and tell Jackson the truth. Jackson and Blake must figure out what they want from each other while the future of their deep friendship hangs in the balance. Will they find love, or lose everything?




Excerpt

The Perfect Shine
J.K. Hogan © 2019
All Rights Reserved

Jackson

Savannah, Georgia—2014

The foam ball made a blunt thud as it bounced off the drop-ceiling tiles above me. My dorm room was like an acoustic black hole—it pulled everything outside into it, then trapped it here. Every sound I made inside was muffled and dull, and every sound from outside came right to my ears, clear as a bell. It was maddening as hell, and not very conducive to productivity, but perfect for brooding.

It was my first week at Arden College. My first week alone… It had only been a few days since my best friend Blake dropped me off. He’d somberly helped me haul my crates of crap up the stairs to my brand new-old room. The elevators had been shut down because maintenance had believed the strain of carrying all the belongings of all the residents up and down in one day would cause them to break. So up and down we all had walked…grudgingly. Repeatedly.

Blake leaving had felt like my right arm being torn from my body. We were that close. We’d only known each other for a fraction of our lives, but Blake had lived with my mom and me during the last two years of high school, so we were rarely ever apart. And then graduation happened. And college.

I wasn’t going to go alone; I’d told him I wouldn’t. He’d begged me, and finally resorted to threats. Said he’d disappear and never come back, so I’d be staying for no reason anyway. I knew he wouldn’t do it, but it let me know how serious he was about me not fucking up my future for his sake. He could be stubbornly paternal sometimes, when it came to stuff like that—we’re working on it. So we’d packed my meager possessions into my too-janky-to-be-real pick-up truck and driven to Arden.

When we’d finally finished, and it was time for Blake to leave, because the school didn’t allow overnight guests during the first semester of a student’s freshman year. I struggled not to cry at first, but he’d just pulled me into one of his patented giant bear hugs and held me close while I sobbed all over his favorite Saints jersey. He was the only one in the world besides my mom who was allowed so close to me, who was able to touch me like that. And he was leaving. What would I do now?

Release Blitz: The Demon Lord Of California by Jeanne Marcella






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Length: 77,500 words 




Blurb


Earth, 1900.

Calico Winghorse has no choice but to flee to the plane of existence called Earth. His great grandfather, suffering from a terrible curse, strips him of his psychic abilities and nearly murders him.

As a mixed-blood phoenix concealing himself in human form, Calico first settles in England, then in the San Francisco Bay Area. In order to make a living, he opens a small bakery and quietly licks his wounds.

But just how Calico escaped his childhood home—via interdimensional portal—is the very reason why he’s drawn the unwanted attention of Infinity Corporation.

Representing this angelic-run company is Agustín Chávez de la Cruz, the Demon Lord of California. Even though Agustín is IC’s heir, he finds himself demoted from his daily duties for a new assignment: take absolute control of Calico’s portal.

Calico and Agustín’s first brief encounter ignites sparks of attraction. Their second is highly explosive, bogging down initial communication with innocent mistruths and a healthy dose of fear.

As Agustín struggles to restore trust, Harper, the demanding head of IC interferes, further complicating matters. With negotiations slowed, Calico and Agustín realize they both wish to establish more than just a business deal.

However, until the extensive and brutal psychic injuries Calico received from his great grandfather are healed, the portal remains vulnerable to the darker forces that want it at any cost. Agustín will have to push both his angelic heritage, and his psychic powers to the very limits to mend someone who bears more than celestial blood, but who is also the god of space and time.

And the clock’s ticking.






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Release Blitz: Rewind by Rowan Shaw



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Were Enzo and Florian truly meant to get a second chance 
or were they doomed from the start?



Book Title: Rewind

Author: Rowan Shaw

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Molly Phipps

Genre/s: MM Romance

Heat Rating: 4 flames

Length: 73 350 words/ 343 pages

Release Date: March 18th, 2019




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Blurb

The day Enzo Chevalier lost his hearing, everything changed. Forced to rebuild his future and fight for his dreams, Enzo refused to let anything take him down...until the man of his life walked out on him and shattered his heart.

Florian Beaudry had his whole life figured out. His business was flourishing and everything was settling down at last. Or so he believed...until he walked in on his girlfriend and best friend.

Still on the rebound and unable to trust another man, Enzo never expected a chance encounter with Florian. The one person he thought he would never see again. The one person he missed the most.

Were they truly meant to get a second chance or were they doomed from the start?


REWIND is an MM romance novel set entirely in France. Though part of a series, it is a standalone story without a cliffhanger.


Excerpt

I stared at Enzo, unsure what to do or how to react. I hadn't seen him in such a long time. When I smiled at him, the deep scar on his left cheek carved into his skin as he replied with a grin of his own, along with a shy wave. I gaped like a moron. He was even more breathtaking than he used to be, taller and stronger too.

My eyes caught on the gorgeous male with his arm around Enzo's shoulders. Something inside me sank. I could either be a coward and ignore Enzo, or I could be the bigger person and ask him to join me for a drink—even if that meant watching him flirt with that hot guy all evening.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

ARC Review : Rewind by Rowan Shaw

RewindBlurb :

The day Enzo Chevalier lost his hearing, everything changed. Forced to rebuild his future and fight for his dreams, Enzo refused to let anything take him down...until the man of his life walked out on him and shattered his heart.

Florian Beaudry had his whole life figured out. His business was flourishing and everything was settling down at last. Or so he believed...until he walked in on his girlfriend and best friend.

Still on the rebound and unable to trust another man, Enzo never expected a chance encounter with Florian. The one person he thought he would never see again. The one person he missed the most.

Were they truly meant to get a second chance or were they doomed from the start?

REWIND is an MM romance novel set entirely in France. Though part of a series, it is a standalone story without a cliffhanger.



Christelle's rating :




It’s a nice contemporary MM romance with a second-chance love trope. Enzo and Florian are both in their mid-twenties and each dealing with a past relationship that went sour. When they meet after an eight-year separation, they click right away again, remembering their shared past, learning who they have become, getting some light about what set them apart and what kind of struggles they overcame or have still to deal with.

It’s done nicely, with a satisfying pace for me and some good steam. And along this sweet romance with endearing characters, each in their own way, with their flaws but also with their strengths, some issues are addressed such as the bias against the hearing-impaired community, homophobia, and bi-erasure.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

ARC Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal BlueFrom the blurb:


A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends...

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.


As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

Heather's rating:






History, huh?

To be honest, I wasn't expecting to love Red, White and Royal Blue. I mean, this is Casey McQuiston's first book, and it's written in present tense (ugh), but love it I did. I loved it HARD.

Red, White and Royal Blue was everything I was looking for and more.

My reading experience was simply me laughing, crying, or swooning in a continuous cycle. Sometimes all three at once. It's been a long, long time since I've wanted to melt into a puddle of goo on the floor because the romance!!! Holy god, this story was the romancey-romance of your dreams.

I'm a sucker for a few things in a romance book, and this story has nearly all of them. We get a sexual awakening (can I get a halleloo?!), an enemies-to-lovers (with all the glorious damn, your face, bruising kissing that I could dream up), witty banter for daaaaaaaaaaays, and a romance with a literal (okay, fictional... but still) PRINCE OF MOTHER FORKING ENGLAND. Did Casey McQuiston worm her way into my brain and pull out my deepest fantasies?!?!?!

Friday, March 15, 2019

ARC Review: Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant

Prince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court, #1)From the blurb:

Phineas Smith has been cursed with a power no one could control.

Roark Lyne is his worst enemy and his only hope.

The only human student at Mather’s School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance—and will do anything to get it.

They don’t realize he can’t levitate a feather, much less defend the Faerie Realm as it slips into civil war.

Unseelie Prince Roark Lyne, Phineas’s roommate—and self-proclaimed arch nemesis—is beautiful and brave and a pain in the ass. Phineas can’t begin to sort through their six years of sexual tension masquerading as mutual dislike. But Roark is also the only one able to help Finn tame his magick.

Trusting Roark’s mysterious motives may be foolish; not accepting his temporary protection would be deadly.

Caught in the middle of the impending war, Phineas and Roark forge a dangerous alliance. And as the walls between them crumble, Phineas realizes that Roark isn’t the monster he’d imagined. But their growing intimacy threatens to expose a secret that could either turn the tide of the war…or destroy them both.

Heather's rating:





I was really looking forward to Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant thanks to a ton of glowing reviews, and I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. However, it killed me a little inside to know the potential of the story and that it was this close to being amazing.

I found the pacing and the plotting to be really compelling and I stayed up WAY past my bedtime to read. I finished the story in day, which is always a good sign for me. However, my niggles just kept on coming while I was reading. I kept finding things that bothered me.

I love a magick school storyline (duh) and an enemies-to-lovers story, and this book had both. The setting was fun, even though I was a little confused as to how all of these pantheons co-existed and how the class/collegey stuff worked. The story was actually really fuzzy on many details that I thought were quite pertinent, and I wish the author had taken the time to explain those things more. In fact, if I wasn't so up on my Dresden Files series (natch, the best series), I would have been really confused about what all of these seelie/unseelie and winter/summer fae even were. Dresden Files, FTW.

Blogtour: Hidden Powers by Tara Lain




Can a werewolf who makes people disappear save his world -- and get the boy of his dreams? 




HIDDEN POWERS 
(Superordinary Society Series, Bk 1)
By Tara Lain 

Blurb
Jazz Vanessen is weird—and not just because he’s a werewolf. For most of his life, he’s felt different from his alpha male brothers and friends. Since he’s adopted, he can’t even blame it on family.
Now eighteen, Jazz meets his idol, the social activist Lysandra Mason, and her breathtaking nephew, Dash Mercury. When Dash is around, even stranger things start to happen, including Jazz falling hopelessly in lust. Not only is Jazz having visions, making people disappear, and somehow turning invisible, but somebody’s following him and threatening to reveal his pack’s secrets to the world.

Together with Dash and Jazz’s equally amazing friends—Carla, BeBop, Khadija, and Fatima—they discover the danger is even more lethal than they thought, and Jazz’s weirdness may save all their lives.




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Excerpt


Lysandra’s nephew escorted her to a seat at the governor’s table, then sat beside her. After he pushed her chair back in, he suddenly raised his head like a deer scenting the air and glanced around the crowd. It was kind of like when Jazz smelled danger or someone he knew, but this guy was no werewolf. He might look supernatural, but to Jazz’s nose, he came across as human.
Carla gave Jazz a rough elbow to the ribs. “Close your mouth, or better yet, stuff it with some of that outrageous pile of protein. His name’s Dashiell”—she said it like Dasheel—“as in dash-ing, but she calls him Dash. You’ll get to meet him.”
“I will? Why?” Weirdly, his heart slammed against his ribs.
“Because they’re sitting at our table, and so are you. Come on.” She grabbed his arm.
He pulled it back. Okay, too much. “Uh, I’m not so sure.”
“Why? You’re not shy.”
“She’s just my idol, you know. Sometimes idols are best seen from afar. You don’t notice the cracks.”
She smiled wryly. “You sure it’s not fear of getting a mighty erection in public over Mr. Dashing Pretty Puss?”
He lightly punched her shoulder. Of course, she was close to the truth.
“Dad says Lysandra Mason’s a love.” She hauled on his arm again.
“My food—”
“Bring it.”
He left it on the table and wiped his hands on his jeans.
She laughed.
He let himself be dragged over to where the governor and his wife were sitting with some members of his staff that Jazz mostly recognized from photos. And sure enough, the great lady herself was there, sitting beside—what had Carla called him?—Mr. Dashing Pretty Puss. The closer Jazz got, the prettier he looked. Her too. Strange. Usually humans looked more—human up close. You saw the freckles and blemishes. It made them real and charming. These two just stayed beautiful. Flawless skin, glowing hair, and luminous eyes. Lysandra’s nephew turned to look at Jazz, and Jazz saw that his eyes were some shining shade of pale green. Lysandra’s hair was brown mixed with blond, or vice versa, while the guy’s hair was actually very dark brown with deep shades of red, like fire. Jazz wanted to be invisible so he could sit down and stare at the two of them until his eyes bled.
His hands started to tingle and a quiver vibrated up his spine. Totally cray.
Carla grabbed his arm. “Hey. You okay? You got kind of pale.”
He forced a smile. “Just too much hero worship.”
She marched up to the table like the daughter of a governor—one who knew no fear—and stuck out her hand to Lysandra Mason. “Hi. I’m Carla Mendes, and I’m thrilled to meet you.”
“Delighted, Carla.” The smile Lysandra gave her was warm and genuine.
Carla reached back to Jazz. “This is my best friend, Jazz Vanessen. He’s one of your biggest fans.”
Lysandra turned her gaze to Jazz. Whoa. Where her eyes had appeared hazel at a distance, he now saw that they were gold—a pale yellow-gold like some kind of bizarre cat—but beautiful. Those eyes widened a little, probably at his adoring expression. “Hello, Jazz. How lovely to meet you.”
They weren’t words. They were music that filled his head like sweet smoke. He took her offered hand, almost scared he’d get a shock. Instead, her touch might have been more of a mist that slipped into his veins and made his blood dance like champagne.
Her eyes never left his as she shook his hand, then held it a few seconds longer. She finally blinked. “Carla and Jazz, may I present my nephew, Dashiell Mercury. We call him Dash.”
Jazz was scared to look. He might turn to stone. But when he shifted his glance, Dash was staring at him, his gaze focused.
Carla made a slight snorting sound. “Dash Mercury? Planning on giving FedEx some competition?”

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Author Of The Month - Nicky James - Week Two


Welcome to our second week of celebrating the amazing 




In today's post, we'll look at the Healing Hearts series, plus five little-known things about Nicky. There's also another chance to win one of her books.

First up, No Regrets

Blurb:

Life makes no promises, and sometimes, you draw the short straw.

Landon Johnston’s life came to a grinding halt seven months ago when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

With the encouragement of his grandmother, Landon worked his way out of his slump and tried to live life while he still could.

Deciding he didn’t want to drag anyone else down his morbid path, Landon gave up all friendships and denied himself love. It was better that way, because all he had to offer was eventual heartache and sadness.

While traveling the world, Landon meets Abel Matheson, a free-spirited, unedited, and nerve-grating man who was supposed to only be a one-night-stand. Despite Landon’s insistence that he can’t form a relationship with his current diagnoses, Abel is persistent and will not be ignored.

Fighting against all his ingrained urges to run, Landon finds himself drawn down the road he swore he’d never take.

Intimacy grows and bonds form…

Only… Abel doesn’t know Landon is sick.

How can anyone love a man with no future?

Telling him might cause him to run, but staying silent means living a lie. A lie which will only reveal itself in time.

Excerpt:

The silence returned as we continued with our drinks. Abel was the one to break first when he slid his empty cup aside and leaned in, talking in a hushed voice. “So, Landon from Canada, computer nerd, and Spiderman wannabe. I’m gonna cut the shit and be blunt.”
“You mean more blunt?”
“Yeah, more blunt, so brace yourself. You’re incredibly hot, and I wanna find a room somewhere and fuck you senseless.”
“Oh. Umm…”
Who the hell says shit like that?
“There is a pub a block down. Let me buy you a couple of drinks and help you relax because you’re all stiff and uptight. Then, what do you say we find somewhere private after that?”
I had to search for my words because they’d fallen into a gaping chasm of disbelief. “You’re awfully presumptuous.”
“I can be. But, you haven’t told me to fuck off yet, so I’m guessing you’ve been considering it too.”
Yeah, I’d been considering it since he stood in line for drinks twenty minutes ago. Is that how these things worked? Hey, wanna fuck? Sure, let’s go.
Swallowing the dry lump from my throat, I pinned him with a glare, doing my best to show confidence even though I trembled on the inside. “Maybe I am. Only, I don’t drink.”
More like I couldn’t drink, at least not with the massive array of medications I took. It was something I had to give up long ago. What I wouldn’t have given for a beer to calm me down. He was right, I was wound tighter than a spring.
“A twenty-six-year-old, non-drinker. You just get more and more interesting. I’ll have to find other ways to get you to relax then. I can be creative. Are you here with anyone?”
“No. I umm… I came alone.”
“Do you have a room nearby?”
“What about your friends? Won’t they be looking for you?”
He chuckled. “Nah, they’ll be drinking themselves stupid half the night and won’t even know I’m not there.”
“Oh… umm…”
“A room?”
My gaze dropped to the table once again. My blood pressure rose with each slam of my heart against my ribcage. Why the hell was I so nervous? It wasn’t like I was some virgin or anything. I took a deep breath and tried to rein in the suffocating emotion before it got out of hand.
Shifting my gaze to my notebook, I saw my list in my head again and heard my grandmother’s words.
If I died tomorrow, I’d have no regrets. Can you say the same thing?
I was sure this wasn’t what she meant. Sorry, grandma.
Time to tick off another one.
“Fuck it. Yes, I have a room a block down the road.” With another shaky breath, I pushed my half-empty mug aside and grabbed my notebook. “What happens in China stays in China, right?” Standing, I glanced back at him.
His grin was facetious as he sucked the corner of his bottom lip into his teeth. “It’s not Vegas, but I think it applies.”


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Book 2 in the series, New Beginnings: Abel's Journey


Blurb:

**TRIGGER WARNING**(self-harm, depression, anxiety, substance abuse)


Life is beyond our control. It can bring joy, laughter, and happiness, then turn around and rip your heart out of your chest without warning.

Abel Matheson received a cold dose of life’s reality six months ago, when the man he loved most, lost his fight against cancer. Free-spirited, easy-going Abel, doesn’t know how to cope with the rotting, festering grief growing inside him. What was once an easy life, has become a struggle to put one foot in front of the other.

His grades are slipping, his job is suffering, money is tight, and the nightmares plaguing his sleep are relentless. Something has to give. He can’t keep going like this.
Desperate to end his suffering, Abel falls back on old habits. Self-destructive habits he knows are wrong. Every time he tries to stand, he ends up face-first in the mud.

On the advice of a counselor, Abel makes attempts to find a support system to help him handle his grief. Unexpectedly, during his quest toward healing, Abel makes a connection with the most unlikely of people.

His mind wants to rebel against the man who stands before him. Run far and fast in the other direction. But his heart forms a bond that annihilates his fear.

Why this man of all people?
Sometimes you find help and love where you least expect it.



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Book 3, The Escape: Soren's Saga


Blurb:

Dancing, loud music, drinking and sex…
Who wouldn’t love a job that entailed all these things?

After giving up on school and being cast aside by an unsupportive family, Soren Matheson figured he’d landed every young man’s dream job.
But… there is a catch.

Not everything is as it seems and at the end of the day…

Maybe even dream jobs don’t exist.
Remy Moretti lives in a world of precision and order. When a chance run-in with a sassy, sarcastic blond one evening upsets his structured world, Remy needs to find out who he is.

What he discovers makes his hair stand on end.

The defeat and fear hidden behind the young man’s eyes gives him nightmares.

Someone needs to get to the bottom of this.

Until then, Remy will need to do whatever it takes to keep Soren safe.




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And book 4, Lost Soul: AJ's Burden 


Blurb:

What does rock bottom look like to you?

AJ Silva is about to find out. His life has been spiralling the drain for the past year, and if he doesn’t find a way out soon, he may die on the streets of San Francisco. Drowning in a severe drug addiction, battling every day to survive, AJ doesn’t know where to turn. His past haunts him in more ways than one, and leaves him both grasping and begging for change, while fearing his future. All AJ knows how to do is chase one problem away with another. How can you win the war when your enemy is yourself?

Trystain Larsson is an addict. Five years ago, he discovered rock bottom first hand. Since that dreaded day, he’s worked his recovery with everything he has. Helping others who’ve fallen victim to drugs gives him hope for a better tomorrow. If he can save even one person from that life, it will mean victory.

When AJ lands at his doorstep, Trystain gets more than he bargained for. Not only is AJ at the end of his rope, but there is something darker going on.

Coming off drugs is not an easy task, and with AJ, Trystain has his work cut out for him. During their time together, a bond that goes deeper than friendship grows.

Will mistakes from the past be barriers for the future? It’s hard to move forward, when you can’t stop looking back.


**TRIGGER WARNING** This book deals with addiction and has on-page drug use.

Excerpt:


Fighting to center myself, I opened my eyes and examined what I’d found. I didn’t need light to make out the rainbow of colors which formed around an equal sign resting inside a heart, and I certainly didn’t need to read the words “love wins” underneath them to understand what I was looking at.
The man at my doorstep was completely fucked up on drugs and gay. The combination scored my heart in a way it wouldn’t most people, and instead of connecting the call to 911, I pulled up my buddy Blake’s number and hit send.
“It’s been less than an hour, you miss me already?” He chuckled, throaty and raspy, a sound similar to a man overcoming a rough bout of pneumonia, only that wasn’t the case.
“Do you know where we sit for space?”
There was a pause and shuffling. His humor evaporated. “What’s going on, Trystain?”
Eyeing the man sprawled out across the top of the stairs, I threaded fingers through my dirty blond hair. “I just got home. There’s a guy literally blocking the path to my front door, completely strung out. I mean he’s fucked. Bad.”
The silence on the other line expanded. Blake was a thinker and carefully constructed his thoughts before expressing them. It was something I’d learned from day one. “I need more.”
Licking my lips, I examined the man’s partially exposed face. His eyes had fallen shut. A film of perspiration glistened across his forehead and upper lip. “I don’t know much more. He’s gay. He needs help, Blake.”
“Did he ask you to help him? Did he come to you?”
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