Oct. 2nd, 2017

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1) I really enjoy Tales From the Edge. I hate to see the series end. 

Binding the Edges (Tales from The Edge #8) L.M. Somerton
Gay - Erotic Romance
File Size: 2223 KB
Print Length: 146 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (January 10, 2017)
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Amazon: Binding the Edges (Tales from The Edge #8) L.M. Somerton

FROM BESTSELLING GAY ROMANCE AUTHOR L.M. SOMERTON

Book eight in the Tales from The Edge series

Never let go of the one you love.

After recent traumatic events, Olly is finding it hard to get his head around what happened. While he tries to deal with a maelstrom of emotions, renovations at The Edge are in full flow, alongside preparations for tenth anniversary celebrations. Joe, his Dom, recognizes Olly’s delicate state of mind and does his best to reassure him. A trip to the New Forest with their friends, Aiden and Heath, helps the healing process.

Returning home, Olly and Aiden focus on preparations for the party. When Aiden is called away, Olly takes a walk to clear his head, keeping his eye on a brewing storm. To his horror, he discovers Mark Vickery, an old enemy, has landed on the island by boat and is out for revenge.

With Olly missing and the storm raging, Joe, Heath and Aiden set out on a rescue mission that unfolds in a way none of them expected. Can the storm wash away the past or will Olly and Joe’s future be destroyed by a twist of fate?
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1) A breezy adventure story with a rather abrupt start and slightly underdeveloped characterization, but a tight, engaging plot and lots of imaginative ideas. Delving into the deeper aspects of Greek myth, and contrasting that with the pop culture versions of same, added some much-needed depth. In all, a fun book.

Coils Barbara Ann Wright
Lesbian - Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 13, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626395985
ISBN-13: 978-1626395985
Amazon: Coils Barbara Ann Wright

Cressida loves Greek mythology, tales of gods and monsters, but she knows they aren’t real no matter how awesome it would be to meet the beautiful women of myth. When her aunt June disappears, Cressida realizes the other members of her family aren’t so rational. June’s notes point to a possible entrance to the fabled Underworld before they cut off completely.

Following June’s footsteps leads Cressida into a world she knew only as legend, a place of marvels and danger, where the living are highly prized by the dead. Desperate, Cressida turns to Medusa, a demigoddess who’s been maligned by myth, but everything in the Underworld comes with a price. Medusa is more than willing to help find June, and all it will cost Cressida is one little murder.
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1) This was one of those rare books which made me care about the characters. They jumped off the page and became real in my mind.  I felt their pain, their frustration, and their happiness.
2) The prose is solid, the characterization is spot-on, and the pacing of the story is great.
3) An excellent storyteller, Laura Lascarso brings us a wonderful story of strife in first love with a happy ending founded in self-actualization, acceptance, and hope for the future. A highly recommended read for new adults.

The Bravest Thing Laura Lascarso
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 17, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 163533635X
ISBN-13: 978-1635336351
Amazon: The Bravest Thing Laura Lascarso

High school junior Berlin Webber is about to reap the fruits of his hard work and land a football scholarship—if he can keep his sexuality a secret from his best friend, Trent, and their homophobic coach. Then Hiroku Hayashi swerves into the high school parking lot on his tricked-out motorcycle like some sexy comic book villain, and Berlin knows he doesn’t stand a chance.

Hiroku is fleeing his sophisticated urban scene to recover from drug addiction and an abusive relationship when he arrives in Berlin’s small Texas ranch town. Initially sarcastic and aloof, Hiroku finds in Berlin a steady, supportive friend who soon becomes more. As Hiroku and Berlin’s romance blossoms, they take greater risks to be together. But when a horrific act of violence tears them apart, they both must look bigotry in the face. While Berlin has always turned to his faith for strength, Hiroku dives into increasingly dangerous ways of coping, pushing them in opposite directions just when they need each other most.

Two very different young men search for the bravery to be true to themselves, the courage to heal, and the strength to go on when things seem darkest. But is it enough to bring them back together?
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1) The writing style is very easy to read, and flows well.  The world building is complex but doesn't bog down the story, and I could follow along without any trouble although this isn't the first book in the series. The characters are interesting, and the perspective of the POV character works well as his self-righteous attitude colours his view of others, and the different society in which he finds himself.

Betrayal (Shifting Isles #6) G.R. Lyons
Gay - Fantasy
Series: Shifting Isles
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1544214324
ISBN-13: 978-1544214320
Amazon: Betrayal (Shifting Isles #6) G.R. Lyons

amril Shyford was betrayed, just like the prophecy said he would be. After seeing his former mentor brought to justice in the Westfield virus scandal, Sam goes off to Ceynes where he'll serve as personal mage to Emperor Phaerel. If he understands the prophecy correctly, taking that post is meant to be. Sam dives into his work, advising the emperor on various matters of state, but soon finds that all of his advice is being contradicted. Someone is working against him. When Emperor Phaerel's bride becomes mysteriously ill, Sam races from one crisis to another, trying to save the empress and her unborn child while still speeding along the prophecy, wanting the world to finally see freedom. Along the way, he discovers that his mentor's betrayal was not the one the prophecy meant…
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1) I enjoyed this book. I hadn't read any of the Tales of the High Court, but after reading this one I have to go get the first 2. Not my usual reading material, but so glad I as introduced to this series.
2) I enjoyed this book so much I went and bought this and the two other books in the series so I could have them on my kindle…

The Heart of the Lost Star (Tales of the High Court #3) Megan Derr
Transgender - Fantasy Romance
112,000 words
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (August 23, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 9781684310609

Kamir is on the verge of losing everything. Knowing full well he can't meet the ultimatum his parents have issued, he instead finally puts in motion his plans to live completely independent of them. His plans are interrupted, however, by the unexpected return of his despised ex-husband—and thrown even further into upheaval when he ends up comforting the man he's secretly loved for years.

Jader may not know where he comes from, but he knows where he belongs and what he wants—until he helps rescue some stranded Bentan travelers, one of whom looks almost exactly like Jader, throwing his life and everything he thought he knew into tumult. Scared and overwhelmed, Jader flees—and lands unexpectedly in the arms of a man he's always seen, but never really noticed.

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