Category Archives: Reviews: LGBTQ+

Brilliantly paced paranormal ghostly tale from Morgan

7FE74948-CDB8-42CE-AF2A-1E1CFFBAD680The Rising by Morgan Brice

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My favourite one so far in what is shaping up to be a quite excellent series which has a load of quirks that all add up to great storytelling.

Psychic medium Simon and his homicide detective partner Vic are still gloriously happy together when the threat of a big storm brings with it more ghostly troubles.

I loved both elements of this plot, the historical references to the Revolutionary War era and the Age of Piracy, and the vengeful spirit haunting the plantation.

Morgan Brice always turns out a polished narrative and this book is no exception.

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Right up there as one of Vicki’s best creations imho!

copy of touch of a yellow sun ebookTouch Of A Yellow Sun by V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

This is right up there at the top of the tree alongside the epic creation that is Victor Kalinski as one of my favourite offerings from Vicki.

Marek is just the sort of growly ice hockey player Vicki writes so well and my heart broke a million times as we found out more and more about his background and the circumstances which led up to his transfer to a barely hanging on team.

Shay, on the other hand, was such a joyous character to read, his personality and tranquil disposition just oozed off the pages.

Together they made magic and seeing the journey as they each found something precious in the other person was delightful.

Even the angst in this one, serious as it is in the subjects it touches on, never felt oppressive.

This was just what I was looking for in a sports romance, enough spice to balance the sweet, enough action to make the quiet times stand up. Bonus points for an awesome Siamese cat too 🙂

Book three’s sneak peek also looks brilliant.

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Best one in the series for me – and seriously hot!

Rapid ResponseRapid Response by D.J. Jamison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Without a doubt the best one for me in this series and some of the hottest writing that I’ve read from DJ Jamison.

Everything about this book worked for me, from the detail put into the way Jase introduced Sean to the joys of sexual activity with a man, to the slow awakening of Sean’s desires and his acceptance of his own sexuality – even if he never was able to put a label on it, he knew he loved Jase.

The dynamic in the bedroom, in the power exchange and the “not quite” full on submissive nature Sean exhibited and Jase took the time to nurture worked.

The setting worked, the tensions worked, there was no unnecessary melodrama, no unneeded angst, the relationship development just provided enough of its own complications without the book having extras added.

Loved this one a lot, even if it did leave one little element unanswered for now. This whole series has, in the majority, been an enjoyable read from start to finish and I hope Davina does return to it in the future.

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Perfect send-off to this excellent series from Charlie

Diamond-In-The-Rough-KindleDiamond in the Rough by Charlie Cochet

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been wanting to know more about the eponymous King who heads up the Four Kings security team since book one and with Diamond in the Rough, Charlie delivers an utterly brilliant conclusion to the series.

Ward Kingston is just my type of guy, brooding, honest, committed to the men who make up his extended family, loyal and a powerhouse of an ex-Green Beret.

Leo is the perfect foil for him, someone who can give him a daily challenge, who is a genius with a need for someone to remind him of the world outside cyberspace. They were both crazily cute and steaming hot together.

I liked the plot tension in this one and I didn’t spot the bad guy although, with hindsight, it made perfect sense, and I liked how the pacing leading up to the big reveal kept giving smaller hiccups to be overcome.

The Marvel and Avengers references throughout just made me smile, as did seeing the rest of the guys heavily involved too.

Can’t wait for the spin-off series and to find out more about the other guys.

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Devon and Wade wrap up their romance in another fabulous instalment

Eagle CoverEagle in the Hawthorn by Sam Burns

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I want to live in Sam Burns’ imagination, or if not there, I’ll settle for her amazing creation of Rowan Harbor.

This book wraps up Devon and Wade’s romance arc and gives us more clues as to just who the big bad is who has been threatening the town and the supernatural creatures who live there.

I loved the twist in this tale, which saw Devon’s mother returning to the Harbor and bringing with her another piece of the puzzle.

The whole feel of this series is unique, whimsical and quirky, even when dealing with quite seriously dark subjects like zombie possession and inadvertently messing up people’s minds.

As the series draws closer to the end, I have to say I still have no clue how it’s all going to wrap up and the enemy be thwarted but I’m sure it will be done in a way which is wholly fitting to this quite brilliant series.

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Everything about this Fae-based fantasy romance worked for me

Prince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court, #1)Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantasy has always been my first love and it’s fantastic to be able to add new authors to my list who can turn out fully compelling worlds with characters I desperately root for and fall in love with that have an MM romance at the heart, and with this one M.A. Grant has managed to all that.

It’s a young adult romance, although Roark is ageless as an Unseelie Prince, Phineas aka Finn is only just 21 and, while he might be the most powerful human on the planet, he’s not exactly in control of either his lay line or his feelings.

Everything about this book worked for me. It draws on some of my most favourite (and often overlooked) mythologies and folklore – that of the (mainly) Scottish/Irish Seelie and Unseelie Courts – otherwise known as The Fae Folk.

Now these guys can be utterly vicious and the book’s opening throws the reader straight into the potential for danger which the Winter Court, where Roarke is Prince of Air and Darkness, poses for all who threaten it.

I loved the sense of tension and danger throughout this, the UST and push/pull between Roark’s desires to protect the human he loves and the obedience he owes to his mother Queen Mab.

Both Roark and Finn are fully fleshed out characters, they have multiple layers and are complex and complicated. I loved the secondary group of characters which surround the main players and I was happy to see Book Two is about one of those, Sebastian, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about him.

The book’s complex themes are easy to follow even for those who don’t have knowledge of the folklore they draw from and it never becomes overwhelming in keeping up with the plot. I think the pacing perhaps slowed a little in the middle but it was a necessary lul to bring back up the tensions of the final 20% of the book when things really started to kick in.

A superb all-round narrative made this book difficult to put down!

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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The suspense element just didn’t work for me with this one unfortunately

ReboundRebound by Andrew Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I usually enjoy Andrew Grey’s work but this one just didn’t mesh for me into a cohesive narrative at all.

The suspense element was out of place and I still don’t really think there was enough build up given to it or to the big reveal of who the bad guy was. It just made no sense to me at all.

The romance element also seemed subdued and the lack of sexual intimacy until right at the very end left me feeling disjointed and not really connected to the characters at all.

Individually though, Obie and Bri were nicely crafted and I liked the setting and the secondary characters helped flesh out the world.

Still, overall I would have loved more of them together as a couple and a little bit more depth to the suspect’s identity.

#ARC kindly received from the publishers Dreamspinner Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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