Release day: Darkening Moon

LOTTE IS BACK!

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The Games are over. But the fight has just begun. 

When one of her coaches goes missing, fixing the club’s tarnished reputation becomes the least of Lotte’s problems. Especially as her mission to locate Voit puts her in the path of the one person she desperately hoped to avoid.

Refusing to subject herself to Isa Vogt’s volatile presence for a second time, Lotte forms an unconventional alliance with a demon who’s set on bringing her coach to safety. But a common goal isn’t the only thing Lotte and Afanasiy share.

As their attraction deepens and the string of disappearances shifts to murders, Lotte can’t bring herself to walk away. From the demon or the case.

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Review: Ace of Shades (Amanda Foody)

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Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is notthe gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Review:

Can I hear a massive Hell Yeah for a POC bisexual character who also happens to be one of the two protagonists? HELL YEAH.

(shouts from the rooftops)

Right, now that I got that out of the way, I can tackle this a bit more calmly. Emphasis on a bit.

Ace of Shades is definitely my kind of book. I enjoy a variety of genres, characters, setups, etc., but give me a layered bi character, an incredibly vivid setting, a not-exactly-straightforward magic system, and a fast paced plot, and I’m hooked. Amanda Foody delivers it all.

I also have to point out I thoroughly enjoyed that the characters actually felt their age. Is Levi a crime lord at the age of 17? Yes. But he isn’t invincible. He makes mistakes. He has weaknesses. And while, as a street kid, he had to grow up fast, he’s still a teenager. Needles to say, I wanted to smack him over his pretty bisexual head a number of times, but therein lies part of the charm.

Enne, the second POV character, fits the same “believable” category. Her world shatters when she arrives in New Reynes, and throughout the book, she reflects how the old and the new clash, who she becomes because of it. It might look like a staggering turn at first glance, but her growth is there, sometimes outright, sometimes visible between the lines. I have to say, while I might not have been her fan at first, she quickly won me over. By the end of the novel, I found that I really wasn’t ready to part ways with her just yet. The sequel can’t come into my hands fast enough 😉

Last but not least, the world building/magic system. Aces of Shades slowly plies apart the layers, offering glimpses that later connect into a comprehensive whole. The two-talent aspect of their powers is an intriguing concept, as is the political (and historical) premise that is irrevocably tied to the aforementioned abilities.

All in all, this is a novel that has definitely found its place among my favorite 2018 reads, and I highly recommend it to everyone looking for queer representation packed in slightly gritty, but even more so spellbinding, fantasy.

 

Bisexual Protagonists Party: Part Five

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Today marks the last post in the BPP series and the release of SHADOW MOON! Yay!

If you haven’t yet ordered your copy of this bi werewolf ex-tennis player turned coach’s story (now that’s a mouthful), you can head over to Amazon, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, or any other preferred e-books store and still get it at a special discounted new release price 🙂

That being said, I have one last post to showcase bisexual protagonists in indie fantasy lit left. This one is slightly different, since these aren’t personal recommendations like before, but a list of titles with bi MCs that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet (although I definitely plan to).

So if you’re looking for more books to check out, I kindly invite you to sift through the list.

The books are in no particular order, and the link will take you to their respective Amazon page:

All right, that’s a wrap! If you missed any of the previous posts, they’re all available in the BPP tag.

I really enjoyed putting together this mini series, and I hope my schedule will allow me to do something similar again in the future 🙂

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Werewolf. Coach. Lover. Spy.

After the War, Lotte gave up the turmoil of pack life to pursue a far more placid career in tennis. Or so she believed.

When a player is found dead at the compound with only days left until the Munich Games, the Interspecies Crimes and Relations Agency rolls in. Senior Agent Isa Vogt suspects foul play and enlists Lotte’s help to discover who stands behind the lethal performance-enhancing drug.

While separating friend from foe seems like an impossible task, Lotte has no choice but to return to her ruthless werewolf ways—or see another athlete die.

Will she win the hardest match of her life? Join Lotte’s team by picking up your copy of SHADOW MOON to find out.

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The Dark Ones (Black Werewolves, Book 1)

In a world ruled by lethal Slavic immortals, Rose and her pack of Black werewolves are drawn into the beginning of a war as they try to uncover the being behind the mass murder of White werewolves.

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Katja is more than ready to meet Jürgen’s family. But she feels the need to share the shadows of her past first.

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