Shorts.

Despite the busy time of year I’ve found a few moments of reading time. I’ve had a few surprisingly good novels and some rather angsty, which I’ve liked! Normally if there is whining or sobbing the book finds its way into my did not finish pile. I might be getting a bit soft!

Change of Heart by Mary Calmes was a great shifter romance. There was a bit of the old “gay for you* trope going on, but it was well done and nicely wrapped up with the *we’re soul mates* kinda thing. I liked that it was angsty and that there were a few misunderstandings and heart to hearts that made for a nice, sexy wee read. I have a thing for cat shifter romances too, so a bit of were pussy romance was all good! Check it out via ARe.

The Strongest Shape by Tessa Cárdenas is one of the best ménage books I’ve read in ages. No one felt like that odd one out and the boys truly worked together to make their relationship work – with much angst of course!! The secondary characters were well written and while the world building was reasonably strong, it was the interactions between the 3 that held my attention. Honesty, there is nothing better than well written ménage, where all characters feel like they’ve a part to play, as opposed to one being the odd cock out. It was plenty hot too! Wicked, cool read and the cover is gorgeous. Best viewed in a large format. Merow. Pick it up here at ARe.

Cutting Cords by Mickie B. Ashling was an ok read, in the authors last book I found the overwhelming emotional moments a little too heavy. While this was in a similar vein, it felt more balanced. Sloan and Cole are certainly characters you have to grow to like and at times I did find them hard work. But, there is something about the author’s style that keeps me coming back for another go. Check it out here at ARe.

Dark Heart by Thom Lane was an absolutely magic fantasy read. Excellent world building with a sexy, servile slave boy and hot, badass mage. I loved this book and cannot believe I’ve not picked it up before now. The cover alone is enough to send me back for a second look. hehe. I loved the world the author created, even though I periodically wanted the slaves to rise up, the whole in service thing did rather appeal to my kink. I thought the ending was well done too and not wrapped up in a bow. Has me with fingers crossed that there might be more! A very good read that is well worth picking up. You can purchase here at ARe or Fictionwise is particularly cheap at the moment.

An Improper Holiday by K.A. Mitchell was a charming historical romance read. I do think an accurate historical depicting a gay relationship is a particularly difficult thing to do and there is only a certain amount of scope. But, I think the book was well executed and a very sweet read. This author consistently delivers the goods and this gem is no exception. Totally sexy reading and the story has one particularly intriguing secondary character that totally deserves a HEA too. Get the book here from ARe.

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  1. Cool reviews. 🙂

    I bought The Strongest Shape and it’s in my TBR pile…did the present tense throw you off? I’m hoping I won’t notice it after I get into the story. Or maybe I’m just weird and present tense doesn’t scare other readers lol.

    1. It was a little weird at 1st, but I got into the story and it was not so bad. To be honest, I usually find that kind of thing too annoying to read comfortably.

    1. hehe. I figure it’s a little better than – yep, it was good OR nope it was bad! For me it is a personal thing, I’m not too keen on reading long reviews. I’d rather read the book and draw my own conclusions. Just want to know if someone whose opinion I trust liked it or loathed it. 🙂

  2. Ah, I’ve just got back from reading the excerpt of The Strongest Shape to ask about the present tense, and you’re already talking about it. 🙂 I struggle to read present tense. Just reading the excerpt made my brain ache.

  3. Hey Jen, cheers man! Just maybe check Dakota and Lesley’s comment re how it is written. First person and kinda present tense weirdness. Usually this bothers me a little, but this book not so much.

    Lesley, I think 1st person is definitely a personal taste thing and also down to how well the author manages to convey that voice. Sometimes I just want to be a little more removed from a character!

    1. I was just thinking about this post, since I finished a first person present trainwreck read earlier this evening. *slams head on keyboard to dull the pain*

      1. LOL, nothing worse than spending money on a book and having it turn to custard! Honestly, 1st person can be a tricksy thing to do well. Don’t mind authors like Laurell K. Hamilton, even if Anita is whiney!

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