Series Spotlight: Captive Prince, by C.S. Pacat

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I always assumed that the Captive Prince trilogy was just one of those things that everyone knew about. It’s been around for years, first as a free online serial, and then published a few years ago. The fans of the series are devout, creating art and writing long theory posts and fan fiction.

But recently I’ve realized that a lot of people aren’t aware of this incredible series. With the third and final book finally coming out in a couple of days (after literally years of waiting!), I wanted to spotlight the series and tell you more about it.

This review will only cover the first two books of the series, and will contain no spoilers. My review of Book 3, Kings Rising, will post tomorrow evening (also no spoilers).

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Series Name: The Captive Prince Trilogy
Author: C.S. Pacat
Publisher: Berkley/NAL
Genres: Gay, Bisexual…

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Review: The Long Fall of Night, by A. J. Rose (Rating: 4.5/5)

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Publisher: The Grim Writer Press (June 16, 2015)
Page Count: 473 pages
Genre: Gay (M/M) Romance

Cover Artist: Elizabeth Mackey Cover Artist: Elizabeth Mackey

Short & Sweet: Welcome to the long fall of night… A sudden blackout hits New York City, leaving Ash Caine and his lab partner Elliot Davenport in darkness. But Ash knows that this is no ordinary power outage; twelve hours earlier he’d received a coded message from his Uncle Marvin, warning him to “be ready”. Now Ash has two goals: get to his sister’s house in upstate New York, and get her and her son to Seattle, where Uncle Marvin lives. But Elliot isn’t about to let Ash leave him behind, especially if what Ash says is true.

My Thoughts: This was one of my most anticipated books of June, and I’m always thrilled when…

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Cover Reveal for Mel Gough’s A World Apart (cover reveal and giveaway)

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Pre-order from Ninestar Press with the code PREORDER for 20% discount here
Release Date: September 18
Publisher: Ninestar Press
Length: 52,000 words
Cover Design:Natasha Snow 

Ben Griers is the darling of Corinth Georgia’s Police Department—intelligent, handsome, and hardworking. Thanks to his beautiful wife and clever daughter, Ben’s family is the envy of the town. Yet desperate unhappiness is hiding just below the surface.

When Donnie Saunders, a deadbeat redneck with a temper, is brought to the Corinth PD as a suspect in a hit-and-run, Ben finds himself surprisingly intrigued by the man. He quickly establishes Donnie’s innocence but can’t shake the feeling that Donnie is hiding something. When they unexpectedly encounter each other again at an AA meeting in Atlanta, sparks begin to fly.

With his marriage on the verge of collapse, Ben is grateful for the other man’s affection. But…

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Review: Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford

Murder and Mayhem (Murder and Mayhem #1)

Dead women tell no tales.

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner’d falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still made his blood sing.

Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.

The author had me at Cat. Burglar.

This had a fast paced, intriguing mysterry and two great MC’s. One being the said former cat burglar and the other being the cop who had a) previous history (Steven’s used to be his case until his former partner planted evidence on him) and b) accidental making out.

The banter is great. The sex is great. There’s just enough angst and hurt/comfort to keep me happy and satisfied like a well fed and content cat.

And there’s a sequel due out September 18th 2017

Review: Arctic Absolution Series by Lynn Kelling

Arctic Absolution Series by Lynn Kelling

Arctic Absolution (Arctic Absolution, #1)

Caged Jaye (Arctic Absolution, #.50)

Arctic Restitution (Arctic Absolution, #2)

    Series Summary

Jaye Larson is an ex-con with a troubled, terrifying past. Dixon Rowe is a good man in a hard world, a cop with a soft spot for saving bad boys. Things change for both of them the night Dixon nearly arrests Jaye for petty theft and decides to help him go… Well, not straight, exactly. As it turns out Jaye is just Dixon’s type, and Dixon’s interest quickly rises beyond the professional.

As if their growing romance wasn’t complicated enough, Jaye’s history won’t stay behind him, and it turns out that Dixon has a skeleton or two in his own closet. In order to build a future together, the two men have to put the past to rest.

Jay Larson has a special place in my heart. You learn pretty early on that Jay’s demons didn’t stay behind in prison. Scattered throughout the book you get a glimpse of the hooks that are still in him, from his disjointed thoughts and waking dreams/memories/flashbacks, you know what he went through was horrifying.

Things move pretty quickly between the two MC’s and usually that’s a large no-no for me, but I was so intrigued by Jay’s backstory, it was easily forgiven.

The 2nd in the series is actually a prologue, about the events that lead to Jay being imprisoned, and what Jay needs to do survive the time that he’s locked up. This, although much shorter than it’s predecessor and the final book in the series, was actually my fave. The horror of what happens is palpable and sits uncomfortably to the extent I could not stop reading. To see it laid out in detail and not the fragments of memories and dialogue Jay remembers from the first book, just makes everything that much more painful.

I didn’t take to the third of the series as much as the previous two, but it was nice to get some closure and some of Cash’s point of view through Dixon.

On top of all Jay’s issues, there’s also Dixon’s own skeleton’s (in the form of an abusive ex) that features more heavily in the first book

Overall, this series is great if you love really angsty and pysholigcally damaged boys (with a HEA/HFN ending). Be warned though, the violence, aggression and consent issues in the 2nd book (prequel) is off the charts.

Give and Take (Ties That Bind, #1) — Gay Book Reviews – M/M Book Reviews

Title: Give and Take (Ties That Bind, #1) Author: Claire Cullen Publisher: Self Published Release Date: August 15, 2017 Genre(s): Contemporary Page Count: 214 Reviewed by: Gigi Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: A new day, a new city, a new life. Where had he heard all…

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A MelanieM Release Day Review: Guardian (Aisling #1) by Carole Cummings

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Aisling Trilogy: Book One

As he pursues a man who is not what he seems, Constable Dallin Brayden learns the lines between enemy and ally, truth and deception, and conscience and obedience are not only blurred, but malleable.

Constable Dallin Brayden knows who he is, what he’s about, and he doesn’t believe in Fate. “Wilfred Calder” has no idea who he is or what he’s about, and he’s been running from Fate for as long as he can remember. When Wil flees after witnessing a murder, it’s Dallin’s job to pursue him. Along the way, he’s pulled into a maelstrom of ancient myth, fanatical religion, and the delicate politics of a shaky truce between two perpetually warring countries—all of which rests on the slender shoulders of the man he knows is not Wilfred Calder.

Even Dallin’s success proves a hollow victory. Wil is vengeful…

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Review: Permanent Ink

Permanent Ink (Art & Soul #1) by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn

Book one in the new Art & Soul series

At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.

Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.

Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent.

Word count: 67,800; page count: 250

After having a previous disappointing read I was absolutely delighted with Permanent Ink . I instantly adored Poe. Sarcastic, anti authority, smart-mouthed and a bad attitude to boot. And then Jericho comes into his life. This was right up my ally, Poe’s slow acceptance of an enforced apprenticeship and the authority that came along with it, alongside his obvious boner for his boss. Jericho is perfect for him and also a seemingly good role model (as well as parallel in regards to his past and the help he accepted to better himself). And then there’s Blue. The supposed friend (who i’m guessing will be the focus in the next part of the series although I still want to read more about Poe and Jericho ;D).

I loved this book to the point that as I was reading my head kept giving me imagines, head-canons and what if scenarios.


Review: Stripped Bare by Susan Mac Nicol

Review: Stripped Bare by Susan Mac Nicol

Though two years past, Matthew Langer is still getting over the death of a loved one. He’s steered clear of serious relationships, but when he meets the irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous Shane Templar that decision has never been harder. Shane is sexy, warm and funny, and Matthew finds himself trying like hell not to care about him. Especially when Shane, with his quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs. Then Shane strikes at the wrong target, and Matthew realises just how far gone he already is. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who’s broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.

Sorry. But I didn’t like this one.

It had all the elements that should have had me eating out of it’s hand.

Irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous.

Quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs.

Then Shane strikes at the wrong target

Shane was all these elements but it was like the author missed some of the plot. I was expecting Shane’s illegal striking out to be big, massive, moving the plot forward, but without giving the punchline away, this really isn’t what the storyline is about, and the ‘striking out’ was more like a teenager having an online tantrum with some financial implications. In fact the only consequence this had wasn’t towards the last quarter of the book. No, this story is about Matthew and his past, and how he’s coming to terms with it to try and move on.

Also, there’s things in this book I really couldn’t quite believe:

– Forgiving someone for date raping you and tying you up while sexually relieving themselves because their dad is an asshole?

– Ignoring the fact that your best friend drugged someone and tied them up because their dad is an asshole?

No, sorry.

I’m not a fan of insta-relatinships or love and the book isn’t bad – there were elements of it that I liked, just not enough to say it will be on a re-read list. From the summary I was hoping for hacker anarchy/robin hood-like anti-hero, but as I said before this really isn’t what the story was about.