Review: Daylight Again by SE Jakes

Reviewed by Jen

It’s been years since the last time I read a book in this series…so long, in fact, I couldn’t remember why I stopped. I went back and read my old reviews for the first two installments. I talked about how they reminded me of the Cut and Run series, and that I liked them. I’d forgotten about the Mal and Cillian spinoff that disappointed me so much.

Anyway, what I got here—after jumping back in—was something of a mixed bag. Some things are done very, very well. Other things, distanced me from the romance and the bigger picture story.

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Review: Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles

Reviewed by Olive

Any Old Diamonds is the newest release from KJ Charles and tells the story of Alec, the estranged – and angsty about it – son of the Duke of Ilvar, and Jerry, one of the jewel thieves he hires to further his revenge plot against his father. Alec dangles the lure of an entrée into the famously remote and challenging Castle Speight (aka Castle Spite), as well as the Duke’s newly commissioned diamond parure, in the hopes of enticing Jerry and his partner to accept the caper. The blurb promises “betrayals, secrets, new loves, and old evils come to light” and it definitely delivers!

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Review: Sugar by Lauren Dane

Reviewed by Sara

“Sugar” is Lauren Dane’s sequel to her 2013 short story “Cake” and is definitely not a standalone story. It is, however, an interesting peek at a great couple that I was happy to connect with again.

Gregori and Wren have been together for years, but only now have situations, personal circumstances and Wren’s career aligned to make marriage a possibility. Together, marching to the beat of their own drum, they decide to elope and spend a week living the high life in New York City. Unfortunately, mechanical difficulties ground their flight and storms make travelling forward to New York an impossibility. The two find themselves stranded in Iowa. Instead of giving up on their wedding they quickly tie the knot and embark on a roadtrip honeymoon. Over the course of their travels they meet some interesting characters and encounter some highs and lows, but the focus of the trip is always on each other and their changing life together. [Read more…]

Review: A Gentleman Never Keeps Score by Cat Sebastian

Reviewed by Caitlin

A Gentleman Never Keeps Score is the second installment of Cat Sebastian’s “Seducing the Sedgwicks” series. Sebastian has been an autobuy for me since I read The Soldier’s Scoundrel (book 1 of “The Turner Series”), but this book is far and away my favorite since that series.

It’s 1817. Hartley Sedgwick is a 23-year-old gentleman and a social outcast. He inherited a house in Mayfair from his godfather, Sir Humphrey Easterbrook, with whom he carried on a sexual affair. Hartley has told himself he did it to get his brother Will a commission in the Navy and to make sure his other brothers had food on the table because the truth – that he was too young to make such a choice and was taken advantage of by someone who was supposed to care for him – makes him feel even weaker. At least this way, he was an active participant, rather than a victim. [Read more…]

Review: Ghost’s Sight by Morwen Navarre

Reviewed by Ronelle

Following her visions, the Witch seeks out a child, one plagued by dreams and visions he cannot explain, and in time he becomes her new apprentice healer. ‘Ghost’ is an apt moniker, for the boy is pale as the Northers who live at the top of the world and as shy and quiet as the phantom for which he is named. For many years, it is just the two of them.

When Gerry, a rugged and headstrong hunter, is brought to the Witch for healing, something awakens in Ghost. Gerry does not reject Ghost as an outcast, as many others would, and he finds the strange young man beguiling and mysterious. He declares his intent to claim Ghost as his own and all should be happily ever after for them. [Read more…]

Review: Single Malt by Layla Reyne

Reviewed by Jen

Feeling nostalgic for the Cut & Run books I loved so much, I asked Twitter to give me some recommendations of books with a similar feel and this one rose to the top. I can see the similarities for sure and they were close enough to scratch my itch, but there were enough differences that no one would confuse the two.

Like my beloved C&R books, this series centers around two FBI agents who are paired as unlikely partners. But these two guys are markedly different from Ty and Zane, who were always on the edge of spiraling out of control. Aidan is one of the FBI’s best agents, but he is just returning to work after an eight-month leave to recover from the accident that killed both his partner and his husband. His boss, Mel–his dead husband’s sister–assigns him to work with Jamie, a brilliant cyber-agent who is also a handsome former NCAA basketball star. Aidan is tasked with evaluating Jamie for field work. [Read more…]

Review: If the Fates Allow (An LGBTQ Romance Anthology)

Reviewed by Joanna

This anthology features Christmas shorts from a number of LGBTQ+ authors. All festive, romantic and in most cases super sweet.

Gracious Living Magazine Says It Must Be a Real Tree by Killian B. Brewer

Marcus works in a small-town diner. He loves his job, his boyfriend Hank, who’s the local mechanic, and he adores his deceased grandmother’s interfering friends. As Marcus never knew a traditional Christmas, he’s determined to make this year perfect. Suspecting Hank is going to propose, Marcus freaks out, and his grandmother’s friends only make it worse by giving him too much advice on exactly how to perfect his proposal scenario. [Read more…]

Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Reviewed by Joanna

I don’t usually bring YA to this site, for the reasons our name suggests, but this is just so adorable and lovely I want you all to read it then go see the film with me next March, m’kay?

Simon is a sixteen-year-old high school student, who is gay and hasn’t told anyone, and he recently started chatting via email with an unknown boy at his school in similar circumstances. Blue, the mystery boy, intrigues him, and they quickly fall into a screen-based friendship.

He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to. I mean, I just had to know him. [Read more…]

Review: Hamilton’s Battalion by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole

Reviewed by Jen

This anthology cashes in on the popularity of Hamilton with a trio of love stories against the backdrop of characters marginalized by race, religion, and sexuality. I haven’t seen the musical that has captured the hearts of so many, but you really don’t need to be familiar with it to understand what’s going on here. Eliza Hamilton is collecting stories from her husband’s soldiers after his death about their history with him. Hamilton, the Yorktown, and the Revolutionary are the threads that hold the novellas together. [Read more…]

Review: Golden by RL Mosswood

Reviewed by Ronelle

Elin is golden in a land of tan skin and brown eyes and hair. As such, his life as a harem boy in service to The Dragon was set from a very early age and he’s never known anything else. The only problem is, he’s never seen any appeal to intimacy or sexual acts. Nevertheless, he’s content enough with his life of uncomplicated, if restrictive, luxury… until an unremarkable chore becomes a case of love at first sight.

Mysterious newcomer Hathar, a roguish “merchant adventurer” from far-off lands, ignites an exploration of Elin’s first taste of physical desire, as well as a desire to experience life beyond the palace. Now, they must find a way to escape before Hathar’s ship departs, stranding them forever in The Dragon’s harem. [Read more…]