Queer romance

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The Wandering Prince

The Wandering Prince is the final book in the trilogy of fantasy romances featuring Jack Straw and Sebastian Beau, who have risked life and limb to rescue princes, track down mysterious artefacts and battle legendary beasts while bickering their way into love in the world of the 13 Kingdoms. These s ...

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Inevitable Disclosure

Note: This is an ongoing series featuring the same couple; it’s advisable to read the previous instalments before this one, and there are likely to be spoilers in this review. Nicky James’ fabulous series of romantic suspense novels featuring detectives Quaid Valor and Aslan Doyle continues w ...

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Shelf Life

I really enjoyed Kelly Jensen’s Sundays With Oliver, book one in her Hearts and Crafts series. Like her This Time Forever series, Hearts and Crafts features older characters (well, in their forties) finding love, and she does it very well, creating characters and situations that feel very realisti ...

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Foxed

Jay Hogan’s Foxed is a standalone contemporary romance featuring a couple of guys in their fifties – one a devoted father and grandfather, the other someone who never really thought a relationship and family was on the cards for him - who discover that maybe it’s time to re-think some of their ...

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All the Way Happy

Kit Coltrane’s All the Way Happy is an enemies-to-lovers story that spans twenty years. I liked the premise – two men who are meant to be together but whose paths diverged for various reasons finding each other again – but I came away from it thinking that what I’d read wasn’t really a rom ...

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Ocean's Echo

My deepest thanks to the commenters who recommended Ocean’s Echo by Everina Maxwell in some of our Best of 2022 posts. Thanks to you, I not only got a great read, but I got to it in time for my own Best of list! Tennalhin Halkana (Tennal) lives at the mercy of his own brain. A powerful reader, ...

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The Best Gift

Eli Easton is one of those authors I’ve been aware of for a while but hadn’t yet read – until this year when I read three of her books and was, on the whole, fairly impressed. That made my choice for this month’s (December 2022 TBR) festive prompt fairly easy after I found a copy of her 20 ...

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Masters in This Hall

A surprise Christmas present, K.J. Charles’ Masters in This Hall is a lively tale of mummery and mayhem, of family strife, adultery, blackmail and attempted defenestration – in short, just your regular round of seasonal festivities ;) Mr. John Garland worked for nine years as a detective at a ...

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A Dash of Salt and Pepper

A Dash of Salt and Pepper is a delightfully warm-hearted tale about two chefs who find love together in spite of their career doubts and family pressures. The romance is heady, the scenery beautifully described, and the food porn gorgeous. Xavier Reynolds is stuck rebuilding his life from basic i ...

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Down in Flames

Kate Meader has garnered quite a few good grades for her contemporary romances here at AAR, but I’m afraid that I found her latest book, Down in Flames, just about average. The romance between a newly-out hockey star and a probationary firefighter with a chequered past is well-written, but there ...