Male/Male romance

B+
Trade Deadline

I'm a fan of sports romances and hockey themed ones in particular. I read and enjoyed Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn's Off the Ice and while I missed the second in the Hat Trick series, Goalie Interference, I got back into the game with Trade Deadline. It's a well told story of a man ready for his caree ...

A
The Same Breath

In honour of one of the principal characters in this book, I'm going to start this review with some statistics.  Gregory Ashe’s The Same Breath is the fifth of his books reviewed in 2020 to get a DIK review (he’s received nine since February 2019).  It’s also the eighth book he’s published ...

A-
Common Goal

Rachel Reid’s Game Changers series of hockey romances continues with Common Goal, the fourth book in the set and easily one of the best.  It’s a gorgeous May/December romance between a silver-fox goalie close to retirement, and a bartender sixteen years his junior; it’s tender, funny, emotion ...

D
The Extraordinaires

It’s the worst possible time to release a book that glorifies the police force – not that there was or will ever be a good time for that, for all obvious reasons -  but that is, unfortunately, what TJ Klune’s The Extraordinaries does.  The author has apologized for not thinking ahead and rid ...

A-
A Friend in the Dark

The first book in a projected series of four in the Arden & O’Callaghan Mysteries, A Friend in the Dark is an enjoyable introduction to our two quirky protagonists as well as an entertaining – if not especially complex - murder mystery.  Gregory Ashe and C.S Poe kind of snuck up on us with ...

B
A Much Younger Man

A Much Younger Man is, as the title would suggest a May/December romance, and it’s the first book in Z.A. Maxfield’s Men of St. Nacho’s series – a spin off of her earlier books set in the small California coastal town of St. Ingacio, (called St. Nacho’s by the locals).  It does feature so ...

B+
Let's Connect

Kelly Jensen’s Let’s Connect was originally written as a serial for the author’s newsletter subscribers, but now she’s collected the instalments together and published them as a novella.  It’s a charming, funny and poignant story about a fifty-year-old divorcé who alternates between wond ...

C+
Best Laid Plaids

Best Laid Plaids is the first book in a new series of historical romances set in 1920s Scotland by début author Ella Stainton.  The blurb promised a romance between an eccentric former academic who trashed his career when he announced he could talk to ghosts and a war veteran turned PhD student wh ...

A
The Sugared Game

Note: The Will Darling Adventures is a trilogy with overarching storylines and in which character and relationship development takes place throughout, so it’s advisable to read the books in order.  There are spoilers for book one, Slippery Creatures, in this review. K.J. Charles’ trilogy of ...

B
Better Than People

I like dogs and cats, and I like shifter stories that center ‘pack’.  Unfortunately, despite these things - and my fondness for this author’s work - I didn’t really like Better Than People.  No, it isn’t a shifter story.  But animals and pack are at its heart, and if you aren’t a big ...