Review: Megan Derr – Embrace

Author: Megan Derr
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Fantasy

Summary:

Centuries ago, humans and vampires lived alongside one another, sometimes hostile, sometimes peaceful—but always tense. Eventually, that tension tipped too far, and now vampires are few in number and known only as Pets, kept by the wealthy as intimate companions, most of their history lost, the rest shrouded in mystery.

Aubrey has returned home after spending many years away, though he is reluctant to live once … Continue reading

What we loved in 2017

Favorites of 2017

The books we just couldn’t put down this year, in no particular order!  Click to see reviews (where available).

Ashley

Sanctuary (A Tale from the Mercy Hills Universe) By Ann-Katrin Byrde

This was by far my favorite book of the year, and since Ann-Katrin always makes my favorites lists that’s no big surprise.  A friends-to-lovers book that follows two shifters, Ori and Patton, this book is full of sweetness and adventure.  Ori and Patton have always been best friends and in their heart of hearts they know they’ve always loved one another, but … Continue reading

Review: J. Alan Veerkamp – Salvaging Claus Day

Author: J. Alan Veerkamp
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mm Holiday

Summary:

For three years, Filo has reveled in silence and solitude as the sole occupant of a space station, where he maintains the communication satellite.

Everything changes with the appearance of Luz Espina’s lifepod. Filo shares many interests with the flirtatious Luz, though Filo’s isolation has strained his communication skills. Still, Luz pushes all his buttons… and reminds him of the last man he was … Continue reading

Review: M. Knopik – Royal Secret (Royal Secret #1)

Author: M. Knopik
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Fantasy

Summary:

To save his kingdom from war, Raven married Prince Nicholas—as a princess. But on their wedding night, instead of his secret being revealed, Nicholas refuses to have any intimate contact with his new bride, and even goes out of his way to maintain distance between them.

To make matters worse, the queen makes increasing demands for an heir. When Raven overhears Prince Nicholas ask his best … Continue reading

Review: Nina Rossing – Mick and Michelle

Author: Nina Rossing
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Genre: Contemporary

Summary:

Fifteen-year-old Mick Mullins has a great life: his parents are sweet, his sister is tolerable, and his friendships are solid. But as summer descends on Queens, he prepares to turn his carefree existence upside down by disclosing a secret he has kept long enough. It’s time to work up the courage to reveal that he is not a boy, but a girl—and that her name is Michelle. … Continue reading

Review: T.A. Creech – General (Theosophi #3)

Author: T.A. Creech
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: Fantasy

Summary:

Sequel to Herald

Adam Thomas has always known the angels invading his home were going to liven up his life in all sorts of ways. But none of them are quite like the archangel who’s been comatose in Adam’s bed for months. It almost feels as if Adam is losing his mind, pining for Michael. Then Michael wakes up, and all hell breaks loose.

The moment Michael … Continue reading

Review: Olivia Sitter – Brightest Gold

Author: Olivia Sitter
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: Fantasy

Summary:

Ever since their youth, Jorrah has hunted down shining tokens of affection. A ring, a flower, a lock of hair—so long as the trinket glows with the light of love, Jorrah will go to any length to add it to their collection. Their obsession leads them in pursuit of lovers, stopping short once gifted a bright object for their hoard.

A wicked and alluring person stalks Jorrah wherever … Continue reading

Review: M.A. Church – Dragon’s Hoard (Dreamspun Beyond #5)

Author: M.A. Church
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Fantasy and Paranormal

Summary:

To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically … Continue reading

Review: R. Cooper – His Mossy Boy (Beings in Love #8)

Author: R. Cooper
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Summary:

Years ago, a very intoxicated Martin nearly died in the woods outside Everlasting, and a beautiful creature saved him, although Martin’s done his best to forget it. He spends his time in a haze of weed as he avoids his emotionally abusive mother—and the way he feels about men. Martin is already a weirdo in his isolated small town; he doesn’t need a sexuality crisis too. He’s … Continue reading

Review: J.V. Speyer – Rites of Spring (Rites book 1)

Author: J.V. Speyer
Reviewer: Ashley
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Mm

Summary: Cameron has given up on romance, after a difficult childhood made it hard for him to trust enough for intimate relationships to develop. But mostly he’s happy with the life he’s built for himself.

When two paranormal investigators show up at the home he recently inherited, claiming he may be in danger, he sends them packing, convinced they’re nothing but con men.

Until several incidents prove … Continue reading