Reviews by BJ Jansen

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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 ...

B
Romancing the Wrong Twin

Published under the Dreamspun Desires banner, Clare London’s latest is Romancing the Wrong Twin. When gruff, career mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George needs money for his next climb, his agent persuades him to get sponsorship from an outward bound equipment company. The company champions divers ...

B
Interborough

Interborough is the fourth in Santino Hassell’s Five Boroughs series and is definitely not a standalone. It re-visits an established pair, Raymond and David, eighteen months on from previous novels in the series. Raymond Rodriguez is now working two jobs and going to college. He still lives wit ...

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Bitter Legacy

I came upon this newly released novel by accident when it was commended by two authors whose work I admire. I am so glad I accepted their recommendation and bought this book. Bitter Legacy is the début novel by Dal Maclean and it is wonderful. I have recycled some of the book’s blurb in my descri ...

B
A Triad in Three Acts: The Complete Forester Trilogy

A Triad in Three Acts by Blaine D. Arden is just what is says in the title. It is a high fantasy tale of how a loving triad is formed between three males over three novellas, or ‘acts’. The males in question are elves and live in a beautifully thought-out forest world. The main point of view is ...

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Pansies

Pansies is the newest addition by Alexis Hall to his Spires Universe. I have been aware that this novel was forthcoming for a while and devoured it as soon as I got my hands on an uncorrected proof. Alfie Bell thinks he is fine. He’s got a six-figure salary, a penthouse in Canary Wharf, the car ...