Reviews by BJ Jansen

C+
Half

I am loathe to call Eli Lang’s Half an urban fantasy as for me, this always conjures up scenes of gritty violence and dystopian futures, and Half could not be more different.  In fact, I might have enjoyed a little gritty violence. So I’m going to say that it’s a standalone novel set in the c ...

B
Guarding Mr. Fine

Guarding Mr Fine is the third in HelenKay Dimon’s Tough Love romantic suspense series and unlike the first two can be read as a stand-alone title. Several characters from the first two books do make cameo appearances, but that doesn’t really affect this novel. Seth Lang is a modern alpha male ...

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Whiteout

I enjoyed this romance by Elyse Springer. I admire the way she confounds the reader’s expectations in the first part of the book. Whiteout begins with a mystery and a well-used trope when Noah Landers awakens with a head injury, and no idea where he is or who he is. Outside it is snowing heavil ...

B+
Rogue Magic

What a wonderful début from Kit Brisby Rogue Magic is. This is an exciting thought provoking novel and at 328 pages there is time to really get absorbed in the alternate universe and the story. This is an America that has outlawed magic and oppresses those born with magical powers. Such people a ...

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The Impossible Boy

I was not expecting to find a DIK queer romance so early in 2017, but Anna Martin has achieved that status with The Impossible Boy. Stan, a young gender-fluid fashion journalist and blogger from Russia via New York and Milan, is beautiful, and …proudly wears his blond hair long, his high heels sky ...

B+
Wanted, A Gentleman

K.J. Charles never disappoints. Sometimes, as with the wonderful Society of Gentlemen series this author exceeds expectations, but she never disappoints. Wanted A Gentleman is a perfect read with which to start 2017. Curl up in a chair and let her unfold this story for your delight. It involves a ...

C+
One Life to Lose

I’m going to start by saying that I have a lot of admiration for what Kris Ripper has done with the Queers of La Vista series. Human beings hate change, they fear what they see as abnormal or different. In these novels the author presents stories about normal, everyday people who also represent so ...

B
Glass Tidings

I have to say that I am not a great fan of Holiday romances, as they are usually full of ridiculous coincidences and enough sweetness to induce a diabetic coma. But in this lovely, well written Christmas romance, Amy Jo Cousins keeps the story and the characters the right side of realism and cynicis ...

A
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal

This book is a magnificent read and homage to the tradition of Victorian paranormal stories, and their ilk. I wish I could just let my review be those words, but if I did, I'd probably be drummed out of the ‘Reviewers Union’ ;) The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal is almost the ‘queering ...

C+
Chasing the High

Chasing the High is Beth Michele’s first m/m Romance, though she has quite a back catalogue of well-received m/f Romances. This novel starts well with a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald – “They slipped into an intimacy from which they have never recovered.” a perfect summation of the plo ...