Since it’s the first Sunday of the month, a blog post with my review list is in order. So, in chronological order, we have…
Salt Magic, Skin Magic
Author: Lee Welch
Themes & Genres: LGBT, M/M, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, magic, folklore
WARNING: Mature Content
Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father’s isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can’t leave. His sanity is starting to fray.
When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairytale, where all the rules of magic—and love—are changed.
To set Thornby free, both men must face life-changing truths—and John must accept that the brave, witty man who’s winning his heart may also be about to break it. Can they escape a web of magic that’s as perilous as love?
Date of my review: Monday, August 06
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Love Hate Repeat and Love Hurt Repeat – Books 1 and 2 of the Love Hate Repeat series (a two-in-one review)
Author: Vivyan Lynne
Themes & Genres: NA, Contemporary, Romance, LGBT, college
Love Hate Repeat
When Kell Roberts was with Damian Wylde in high school, it was all about the sex. No emotions, no getting invested. They split before graduating and Kell never thought he’d see Damian again.
Two years later, Kell is a techie and computer science student at the University of Washington. Seeing Damian again at a college party, sparks immediately start to fly. Kell rushes headlong into a new romance with Damian. This time trying to make it about more than just sex, but actually dating and getting emotionally involved is new territory for him. When Kell finds himself falling for Damian, he doesn’t know his own limits or how to handle getting emotionally involved. Especially when the relationship future and his own path are undefined.
Love Hurt Repeat
After a long courtship in spring quarter, Damian Wylde is finally in a committed relationship with Kell Roberts. They try to do a long-distance relationship when Kell’s away at an internship for the summer, but Damian struggles to manage daily life without him.
The distance strains their relationship. Their difficulties coming to a climax when Kell kisses someone else. Damian doesn’t know if their relationship will survive when Kell gets back for the new school year.
Date of my review: Thursday, August 16
Not So Vanilla (an audiobook review)
Author: Morgan Noel
Themes & Genres: Contemporary LGBT
WARNING: Mature Content
Bartholomew’s life is perfect. He’s got a job he loves, he’s in a committed relationship with his loving boyfriend who appreciates his neurotic tendencies, social anxiety, and general awkwardness. It’s not ‘white-picket-fence-and-Golden-Retriever’-perfect, but their nice little apartment in the city and the cat they rescued from the shelter come pretty close.
The domestic bliss gets disturbed when his boyfriend Kyle brings a very hot friend from high school into their sanctuary, making both of them wonder if perhaps ‘perfect’ is as relative as good sex.
This book is a sticky and delicious MMM romance that is hot and a little dirty with a surprise for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Date of my review: Sunday, August 12
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Mysteries, Secrets, and Lies – Through the Whole of Space-Time, A Keiff Carmadden Tragicomedy, Book 1
Author: Dean Rosenthal
Themes & Genres: Space Opera, Sci-Fi
WARNING: Mature Content
One thousand years in the future, Dr. Keiff Carmadden joins a small institute at the center of the galaxy and soon finds the layers of his enlightened society peeling away. Before long he discovers each of his new alien colleagues possess a mysterious background, although none more menacing than that of an enigmatic machine intelligence from a secretive realm at the edge of the galaxy, and only the institute’s chairman—himself a cybernetic simulation of life—is fully aware of the foreign entity’s true purpose. Can Carmadden and his new friends cut through all the half-truths and hype before the ominous machine seizes control?
Date of my review: Sunday, August 19
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Yeah, yeah, I know: I can’t stick to my resolution of two, maximum three reviews per month. I mean, this month there will be four, and one is one two books, so…
Anyway. I only have two books scheduled for September so maybe I’ll be able to stick to my resolution then.