Queer romance

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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 ...

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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
The Girl Next Door

Chelsea M. Cameron’s The Girl Next Door treats the reader to a small-town romance between lifelong acquaintances.  It’s a simple, sweet, low-conflict romance that’s perfectly adorable. Following a series of financial failures that resulted in her losing her business in Boston, Iris Turner ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Ghost and Charlie Muir

I’ve enjoyed a number of books by Felice Stevens, and when I saw she was writing something  a bit different - a love story with a paranormal twist -  I was intrigued and eager to read it. The Ghost and Charlie Muir is a cute and tender standalone romance, in which our protagonists are helped alo ...

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The Immortal CIty

I read and reviewed May Peterson’s début novel Lord of the Last Heartbeat last year, and although I liked the concept behind the story, the world it was set in, and the main characters, I found the author’s overly florid writing-style difficult to navigate; the words got in the way of the story ...