Nov. 13th, 2015

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The Duchess of Manusk by Jordan Falconer
Lesbian Fantasy
Paperback: 270 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (February 12, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562902
ISBN-13: 978-1939562906
Amazon: The Duchess of Manusk
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When Elizabeth St John is asked by her father, King Vincent, to govern the duchy of Manusk, she knows she's not in for an easy time. It's a dark place ridden with corruption and thieves holding the honest people at ransom. What she doesn't expect is to find an unmanned trader tied up at the docks and ship-wreck survivors on the beach. To make matters worse, neither one are from the King's Heartland's duchies. Who is the young maiden the survivors are protecting? Why is the ship in the harbor and where are her sailors? Elizabeth struggles to find answers to these questions as the threat of war with marauding, neighboring armies looms ever larger and her fate is left in the hands of the mysterious maiden.

This story was an absolute joy to read. The Duchess of Manusk is what all historical fiction should espouse to be; rich, sweepingly epic, full of both stunning heights and painful lows. The pacing was smooth, the manner engaging. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, and demand anyone who enjoys historical romance set in medieval times read it. 

I love a good historical. I'm a huge history nerd. So because the author introduces a sort of historical feel to the book with the clothing, means of transportation, titles, weaponry, etc. I read this book with an eye sort of turned toward certain historical elements; giving leeway to the fact that this was still a fantasy novel, therefore, anything was literally possible. There were moments when the spelling, speech, and dialogue were incorrect or changed/switched from one part to another, but in spite of that, this story, filled with non-stop action, adventure, survival, strength, endurance, courage, intrigue, trust, betrayal, friendship, loyalty, and love was simply brilliant. The actual plot in and of itself was delightfully refreshing, and certain elements of it were heart-wrenchingly emotional. I was very invested in the characters and the plot, and though there were times when I was lost when it came to the setting, it was still beautifully described. The entire book was amazing and I am so glad I read it twice.
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We Came Alive in '75 by Pat Deihl
Lesbian Biography / Memoir
Paperback: 164 pages
Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (February 12, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939562503
ISBN-13: 978-1939562500
Amazon: We Came Alive in '75
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The touching, often humorous memoir of two loving soul mates who lived together for 36 years on this earth. Mary Lee and Pat's saga of spiritual growth and transformation continues even beyond Mary Lee's untimely death in 2010, as she continues to interact remarkably from "the other side," providing Pat with new hope, joy and eternal love.

An extraordinary story of shared lives.

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Banshee's Honor (The Tales of Y'Myran Book 1) by Shaylynn Rose
Lesbian Fantasy
Paperback: 398 pages
Publisher: Ylva Verlag e.Kfr.; Revised Edition edition (August 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3955331032
ISBN-13: 978-3955331030
Amazon: Banshee's Honor (The Tales of Y'Myran Book 1)
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Warleader. This is what the people of Y'Dan used to call the proud warrior Azhani Rhu'len. Banshee. Oath breaker. Murderer. These are words that slip off their tongues now. Azhani Rhu'len, once one of the greatest of Y'Dan's warriors, is now just a common criminal, escaping the justice of the kingdom she swore to serve. Kyrian Stardancer. Goddess' Own. A healer and priestess, she is inviolate until one day, when her world is turned upside down and tossed over the back of a horse-literally. Torn from all she knows, Kyrian finds her fate now rests squarely on the shoulders of the oath breaker, Azhani Rhu'len. When signs of ancient evil appear, Azhani and Kyrian must choose whether to ignore the warnings or stand and face the terrifying menace.

This was intriguing… But I am a sucker for books like this.
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One, Two, Three, Salvation (Art From Ashes Book 2) by Joey James Hook
Gay Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Rooster & The Pig Publishing, Inc.; 2 edition (July 24, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: One, Two, Three, Salvation (Art From Ashes Book 2)

Kay Doyle spends a lot of time feeling plain and unworthy. Due to his father's debilitating illness, Kay lives with his mom's best friend, Kaleb Xander, who raises Kay as his own. Unfortunately, Kaleb can't keep Kay from feeling unwanted by his family.

Senior year, Kay meets Johnny Collins, an enigmatic rebel. Johnny yanks Kay out of his shell and discovers he has a wild side. When Johnny pulls Kay into a dark world of sex and hardcore drugs, Kay has to find a way out. More importantly, he wants to help Johnny find salvation from the harsh reality he lives in.

This was an incredibly good story. I will be looking for more from this author to read in the future.

The story of growing up and coming of age of a young adult. Not every family is ideal and sometimes you have to do the best you can with what you have.
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Sculpting Anna by Venus Reising
Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Bella Books (August 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594934479
ISBN-13: 978-1594934476
Amazon: Sculpting Anna
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After enduring a soul-crushing loss, Professor Lexy Strayer might be ready to love again. But she’s determined that when she takes that step it won't be with one of her students. Anna Stevens, back in the classroom after ten years away, is interested, interesting and oh so appealing, but when she makes a tentative advance, Lexy rebuffs her. Not with a student.

Jennifer Gardiner has no such scruples. She teaches in the English Department too—when she’s not cranking out gory murder mysteries or jumping in bed with anything that has breasts and a pulse. Jennifer would be happy to take her friend’s place with Anna, but for the moment she’s too busy with a new adjunct instructor, the sexy and secretive Andrea Cole, a big fan of Jennifer’s writing...and her other talents.

Lexy’s brain knows exactly what she should do, but her hands haven’t gotten the message. Every nude she sculpts at her weekly art class looks like Anna. Maybe Anna would be willing to give her another chance?

Then Jennifer's exes start to turn up dead in ways that copy her novels. As if things aren't complicated enough…

Another enjoyable read that sucked me into the story…
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Subjection (Demoted, Book One) by Alicia Cameron
Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Series: Demoted
Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (April 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622342259
ISBN-13: 978-1622342259
Amazon: Subjection (Demoted, Book One)
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In a world where intellect and achievement are valued above all else, a young man risks everything to save his brother from a life of slavery. Thrown into a harsh, unyielding world where slaves are treated as less than animals, Sascha struggles to come to terms with everything he knows being ripped away from him, but a life of success could never prepare him for his life as one of the Demoted. Sinking lower and lower, Sascha begins to lose hope, but the whim of a mysterious, wealthy man has the potential to change all that. Cashiel has a dark history that he guards carefully. Between family and business and politics, he rarely has time for a slave, much less a lover. But when he sees a young man who reminds him of the very history he is trying to escape, he makes an impulse decision that he’s not sure whether to regret or not. The slave could expose everything, or he could be the most valuable asset that Cashiel has ever acquired. Cashiel and Sascha share desires, hopes, and a home. Each man is limited by status, hindered by history, and desperate to succeed. The question is, will that be enough?

Usually first person not my cup of tea, but I enjoyed the story.
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Sedition (Demoted, Book Two) by Alicia Cameron
Gay Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Series: Demoted
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (July 27, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1622342437
ISBN-13: 978-1622342433
Amazon: Sedition (Demoted, Book Two)
Amazon Kindle: Sedition (Demoted, Book Two)

Sascha’s world changed when Cashiel Michaud bought him, rescuing him from a brothel and a life of torture. They developed a sexual relationship, but can their relationship amount to more than that? Deceit, lies, and political scandal color not only their world, but their relationship, and dark figures from both men’s pasts threaten to intrude on the few moments of peace they have. A slave is never safe from harm, nor is an outcast family member. In the end, are Sascha and Cash strong enough to face the challenges, or will they be torn apart forever?

This was a pretty good book… I enjoyed the story, and it helped I had the first story as well.


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