Category Archives: Reviews: LGBTQ+

Aimee Nicole hits the target with another brilliant Road to Blissville romance

Prescription for love completePrescription for Love by Aimee Nicole Walker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know how she does it but each time I think I’ve just read my favourite book from Aimee Nicole Walker, out she pops with another one!

This latest Road to Blissville novel is my kind of read, light on the angst but with just enough to keep a layer of tension going, heavy on the emotional connections and perfectly pitched with the necessary steam to burn up the sheets.

Josh’s old college boyfriend Trent aka Doctor Love, is the one under the spotlight here as we follow his second chance romance with firefighter/EMT Tucker and it really is a beautiful tale of romance, of finding your person, of being able to be yourself.

There’s the usual great group of secondary characters and I am totally in love with both Trent’s sister Mercedes and Tuck’s grammie Shirleen, who are both everything I want to see in a strong female.

On the other hand, Trent’s parents can take a long walk off a short cliff and that’s all I’m saying there!

Wonderful book in an outstanding series.

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An intriguing debut but I’m still not sure how I feel about it!

The Rake's Regress (To the Manor Reborn, #1)The Rake’s Regress by Lollie Plantagenet

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not sure what to say about this book.

I don’t like cliffhangers and this stops with a sort of one, it’s a morass of different tropes and none dominates, none of the characters are particularly sympathetic.

And yet, it’s an utterly absorbing narrative which draws you in as you try to get your head round what’s actually going on.

I can’t say it had a sense of place to me, it’s set in Yorkshire but could be anywhere, there’s nothing to really identify the location as being uniquely Yorkshire.

It also is an Edwardian historical, but again apart from the references to titles and servants, there wasn’t much which gave it a sense of the past.

But the quality of writing is excellent, as is the imagination needed to come up with this idea in the first place. I would recommend it for lovers of quirky and kinky but it’s also not particularly sexy or erotic yet either.

It’s a puzzle and that’s why my rating falls in the middle. Even with the cliffhanger, I’m not sure I’m invested enough to read more. I’m not ruling it out though.

An intriguing debut.

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Loved this New York opposites attract second chance romance

Under His ProtectionUnder His Protection by LaQuette

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well that was just smashing.

A bit more steamy than I was expecting from a Dreamspun Desires romance and a whole load of wonderful family dynamics.

It’s a kind of opposites attract and a bit of a second chance romance with an entitled ADA and the New York cop he ran out on after a night of soul connecting sex five years earlier.

I know other reviewers have mentioned the quick way in which the big threat to Camden’s life was wrapped up, but to be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything else with this imprint.

Elijah and his family were awesome, I loved them so much, the humour was on point and I liked how he and Cam broke down their barriers to get back to the sense that their relationship could be something special.

My first book from LaQuette and I loved the representation of strong people of colour and the interracial romance. Gorgeous cover too.

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

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Broken Silence is an emotionally charged poetic romance

Broken SilenceBroken Silence by Felice Stevens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful, powerful, emotionally charged and filled with some wonderful poetry, this is a truly stunning romance from Felice.

Age gap, slow burn, opposites attract, professor/student, different side of the tracks, there are so many ways to describe this narrative but it’s ultimately about what’s on the surface not mattering at all when you find your perfect partner.

I adored prickly Justin, his past something which sat heavy on his shoulders every day, how he didn’t seem able to catch a break, how he opened up through the poetry which was grudgingly pulled out of him by Professor Harding.

And the Prof himself? Foster is a beautiful character, sheltered and alone in his youth because of parents who didn’t know how to deal with a child they hadn’t expected, to broken by his ex-wife’s trampling all over his heart but inspired and rejuvenated by Julian’s poetry and his passions.

This is a wonderful story and I adored it.

Now, Ross and Benny maybe please Felice?

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K.M. struck the right chord with this friends to lovers romance

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Strike a Chord
by K.M. Neuhold

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kyleen rounds off her thoroughly enjoyable Replay series with Benji’s friends to lovers romance and it’s a cracker.

Benji’s the good one, the one who is never any trouble but he’s struggling to see what he’ll do with his life if Downward Spiral actually do implode and split up.

As with the other books in the series, this one runs at the same time as the romances for the other three band members and we get to see what’s happening in their lives from snippets of conversation here.

I loved Benji and Paris and I also loved Paris’ twin brother London. He was determined to fix up Paris with Benji and he didn’t hide it, there was lots of great banter between him and Benji.

The romance starts off as a fake boyfriend Instagram get back at Paris’ ex-boyfriend but it’s pretty clear both men have been in love with the other since they were teenagers. It’s super sweet and slow burn, even though they hook up with blowjobs, before the feelings start coming into play.

There’s sort of flashbacks (but in their heads for brief moments rather than as specific chapters) to when Benji and Paris first met and they help to set the scene for this ultimate friends to lovers romance.

This book wraps up the wonderful Replay series with a romance that’s a study in contrast to Lincoln’s opener and it works perfectly to bring the band’s stories to a close.

I loved it and it ran a good race to become my favourite in the series but ultimately lost out to Jude, Archer and Bennett’s Beat Of Their Own Drum.

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Age gap slow burn in the beautiful Alaskan landscape

Arctic Wild (Frozen Hearts #2)Arctic Wild by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one a fair bit more than the first in the series as it was way less angsty and involved a lot less introspection – although it does still have a bit of drama that people may consider to be a little contrived.

The dual POV worked well to let me see inside both characters heads and I have to admit, at times I found Toby a little bit wearing and I wanted to thump him upside the head but I did also understand why he was behaving as he did. His culture and upbringing, and the way his dad was, had been a heavy influence he found difficult to shake off.

I adored Ruben though. So much more than the staid upright and stuffy lawyer he first appears, an older man with depth and a desire to find a family he can nurture and care for and desperate for a second chance at building a relationship with his daughter.

Like my lovely friend Dani says in her review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… – the pacing on this one still felt a bit off, as with book one, and things seemed to happen in odd places.

It took a while to get to the big dramatic point which is referenced in the blurb, not an issue on its own so much as it then also had a slow burn into them becoming lovers.

However, once they did, their relationship was a wonderfully supportive and seriously steamy one until Toby decided to have a bit of a crisis and I got all frustrated with him 🤣

Great secondary characters and the amazing sense of place which Annabeth has definitely brought to this series, a flying guest appearance from Griff and River (book one) and an awesome epilogue, meant I enjoyed this book overall.

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Prometheus steps out of the Underworld and into romance

45482837Prisoner of Shadows by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Greek Mythology is second only to Arthurian Legend in my list of loves and makes up the second largest section of my factual and historical library of books.

So, when Sam Burns started writing this series with W.M. Fawkes I was seriously happy and, with book two now finished, I have to say it’s been a two for two top quality five star reads for me.

This book goes a bit further down into mythology and steps into the Underworld in a surprisingly different place – with the Titan Prometheus – he who brought fire to mankind after crafting them from clay and so set them on the path of independence from the Gods.

Needless to say, Zeus had a toddler-style temper tantrum and chained Prometheus to a rock in Tartarus while an eagle eats his liver, only for it to grow back overnight -nice! And that’s where this story begins.

Hermes is trying to avoid his father after the events of book one, although this can be read as a standalone, and so he frees Prometheus in the hope Zeus will be distracted getting him back. Not all goes to plan however and Prometheus ends up crash landing in the path of New York’s head vampire cop Julian.

There then follows an absolute gem of a narrative which sees plotting and double-crossing in the vampire world having a parallel with the interference and actions of the Gods while Prometheus and Julian fall into an unlikely relationship.

I loved Julian, he’s all about duty and doing the right thing and he has an inbuilt need to look after people, and while Prometheus is the original rebel, after five thousand years underground, he’s like a newborn baby in the modern world and utterly out of place.

The passion between them is wonderfully spicy but it quite quickly turns into more as Julian becomes involved in Prometheus’ fight to stay out of Tartarus.

I also loved, as with book one, that the authors pulled in another lesser-known member of the Greek Pantheon – in this case Prometheus’ daughter Aidos and introduces my favourite Greek Goddess Nemesis.

***Spoiler***

There’s also a wonderful subversion of the vampire origins myth to here have them created by Artemis to be her eternal hunt, immortal warriors placed on Earth to protect mankind against the machinations of the Gods, and it works really well.

The pacing in this book is so good, I was still awake at 3am finishing it off (having started it at midnight) because I couldn’t find a spot at which I felt capable of leaving it overnight!

As with the first book, there’s humour, steamy scenes, romantic scenes and fast-moving dialogue which pulls the reader deep into the world of vampiric New York.

Next up is another hidden gem from Greek mythology Thanatos, the God of Death and Glaucus and I’m interested to see which version of his origins they’re going to use!

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