May reads

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It’s time for another overview of the books I’ve read the previous month. As always, the e-books couldn’t make it to the photo shoot. Unfortunately, I also forgot to include Heart of Iron. That baby was left behind on the shelves, although for the life of me, I can’t figure out what made me miss it when I was putting together my pile 😶

Anyway, here are the titles (an asterisk marks a reread):
💎 A Court of Mist and Fury (Maas)*
💎 Heart of Iron (Poston)
💎 Blood is Forever (Vers)
💎 Endless Knight (Cole)
💎 In the Dark (Taylor)
💎 Something Chosen (Owens)
💎 A Court of Frost and Starlight (Maas)
💎 The House of Gray and Graves (Stunich)
💎 Night Awakens (Walker)
💎 Dead of Winter (Cole)
💎 Chameleon Assassin (Kingsolver)
💎 Magic Waking (Chase)
💎 Arcana Rising (Cole)
💎 The Dark Calling (Cole)
💎 Bloody Thanks (Vers)
💎 Night Rises (Walker)
💎 Sky in the Deep (Young)

This completely awesome travel mug I featured in the photo was included in a previous @fairyloot box.

Bisexual Protagonists Party: Part One

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Since Shadow Moon releases on the 29th, I wanted to do something special to honor the bisexual protagonists out there. I decided to focus on indie authors, specifically those within the urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and fantasy genres.

Throughout the month, I’ll put up posts similar to this one, outlining a few bi-centric books you might be interested in. I would have loved to make some sort of master list, include more genres, but given the workload and the fact that I only want to recommend books I’ve actually read, I hope this shorter version will do 🙂

Before we get to the good stuff, I just wanted to point out that as a bi person, I consider myself attracted to people of the same and different genders. Plural.

(Actually, the way I truly see it, is that I don’t care about the gender of a person, only the person themselves. That defines my attraction to them. But for the sake of having a concise, widely accepted definition, let’s use the one above, shall we?)

Well, that being said, I simply wanted to share that, yes, if you use the term pansexual for those who are attracted to more than two genders, then such characters will most definitely be included.

And now for the books!

(And if you find yourself wanting to read them, clicking on the covers will take you to the title’s Amazon page)

Captive by Jex Lane

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Matthew Callahan has spent seven years struggling against the insatiable hunger for blood consuming him. Unable to stop the vampire inside from preying on humans, he keeps himself confined to a lonely existence.

Everything changes the night he is lured into a trap and taken prisoner by High Lord General Tarrick—a seductive incubus who feeds off sexual energy. Forced into the middle of a war between vampires and incubi, Matthew is used as a weapon against his own kind. Although he’s desperate for freedom, he is unable to deny the burning desire drawing him to the incubus general he now calls Master.

Personal commentary: Dark, devastating, and utterly compelling! Although be warned, as the title suggest, with captivity, torture, and non-consensual master-slave relationships, this is a story only for those who don’t mind a seriously dark edge to their romances.

 

Seers Stone by Holly Evans

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My name’s Kaitlyn Felis, and I’m a treasure-hunting alchemist.

I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to work for a mysterious elf called Fein Thyrin. Not only did he give me my dream alchemy lab, one that came with a beautiful part-nymph assistant (she’ll be the end of me, in the best possible way) he’s also hired me as his personal treasure-hunter. To say I was excited is a drastic understatement.

First on my treasure-hunting list? The Seers Stone – it’s a thing of legends, and I’m going to be the first hunter to get my hands on it.

Personal commentary: This was like Indiana Jones on alchemical crack! Such a fun, adventurous read, with characters I couldn’t help falling in love with.

 

The Pleasure Hound by N.S. Johnson

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What starts as a simple ritual soon turns carnal when a monk falls for a young woman under his tutelage.

All her life Chanyn has wanted to find her one true love. When she encounters the dashing Lord Dain, with his kind eyes and pure heart, she believes her dreams of love are finally coming true. Until she meets with the roadblock that is her betrothed’s bondmate.

In a world where men outnumber women ten to one, Khial never thought he’d have to contend with a woman entering his bond. He gave his heart to Dain when they were just boys and has been by his side every day in sickness and health. These days it’s mostly in sickness as Dain’s health deteriorates. Though his attraction to Chanyn increases with every encounter, Khial can’t help but resent the young woman who comes into his love story to play the hero, but marriage to her may be the only way to save the man he loves.

To prepare Chanyn for her union with the two males, Lord Dain hires a Pleasure Hound, an ancient order of monks tasked with instructing new husbands, who have little to no contact with women, in the art of female pleasure. Years ago a scandal left the Temple of the Pleasure Hounds near destitute. The young monk responsible for the scandal is given a chance to redeem himself and the temple when he is called upon to train the bonded triad in the orgasmic arts. But what starts as a simple ritual soon turns carnal when the monk’s heart begins to yearn for Chanyn, and hers for his.

The Pleasure Hound is the first in a dystopian, erotic romance trilogy full of strong men who worship their women and will go to any means to please them.

Personal commentary: I can’t tell what, exactly, I had been expecting when I started reading this (honestly, it was the title got me intrigued!), but finding myself all teary-eyed over a heartbreakingly beautiful romance definitely wasn’t it. This novel is absolutely sensual and with more tender hope sprinkled across its pages than anything I’ve read of late!

 

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The Bounty Hunting Queen fears nothing. Save for the dragon who’s after her heart.

Lena’s idea of a perfect reward after a hunt is losing herself in a stranger’s arms. But when that same stranger discovers her standing over a murdered mark, walking away becomes impossible.

Detective Caz Zeman could be the answer to solving her case, but with their compatible energies and magnetic attraction, spending more time together is the last thing Lena needs. Because when the demonic yearning for a mate wakes, distance is the only viable solution.

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Release day: Sirens & Scales

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Sirens & Scales is now live! During release week, the set is just 99c, so if you want to immerse yourself in 26 exclusive stories, filled with dragons and various mer-creatures, don’t miss out!

My contribution to the set is Paradise of Shadows and Devotion. The novel is set in the Kolovrat universe and is the first book to take place in the “Future” section. It’s exclusive to the set and has never before been published 

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Hunted for her present. Haunted by her past.

As a mermaid stranded on land, Liana’s only goal is to survive this new world and not succumb to the call of the sea—unless she wants death to find her a second time.

Her struggle takes a turn for the worse when a PI tracks her down to the small cafe in Piran where she sought refuge. Her dashing Italian boss offers her a way out of the clutches of her past. In exchange for her honesty.

Revealing the taint of her previous life to Santino is terrifying enough, but with her lethal nature and the attraction brimming between them, growing close could become dangerous. Especially as she realizes there is more to him than meets the eye.

With Santino’s aid, Liana just might overcome her darkness. But will she be able to accept his?

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Nightwraith. Necromancer. Bar owner. Target.

Lana Ambrose has always walked a thin line between light and darkness. However, dancing on the precipice is quite different from plunging into the void headfirst.

When an unknown threat forces her to seek out Alin, a dangerous gang leader and powerful demon lord, Lana realizes the void just might be her only choice.

To save her life, she has to allow Alin to use her beloved zombie bar as a front for his black marketeering. Losing her autonomy over her business is bad enough. But what Lana fears more than anything is losing her heart to a career criminal who seems to care for her just a little too much.

 

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The last full-length novel in the Black Werewolves series. The final rise. The ultimate stand.

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The pack knows Ljubljana’s sun-kissed streets will taste the touch of death. But whether they will walk upon them victorious or mar them with their own blood is a guess nobody dares to make.

Caged in the promise of war and with enemy forces pressing in from all sides, they struggle to keep ahead of the Upirs’ twisted game. But when the opposition changes the rules, the pack must face a harsh truth. The only way they can hope to fight chaos is with chaos of their own.

Only will their actions be any kinder to the world from what the Upirs hope to unleash? Or will they bury humanity in the rubble of battle all the same?

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