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Dec 29 2016 2:00pm

2016’s Male/Male Romance Best Bets

2016 is nearly over, trees have been decorated, parties have been planned and the time to celebrate the end of one year and the start of the next is upon us. But before the fireworks are lit and the champagne is drunk we have just enough time left to look back and remember some of the male/male romance books that made 2016 great. I’ve not necessarily picked the biggest books of the year, merely the ones that I found the most enjoyable to read. Hopefully you’ll see some books you loved reading too!

Hexmaker by Jordan L. Hawk

Hexmaker by Jordan L. Hawk

Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police—and Malachi’s witch.

Owen is horrified to discover his familiar is an uneducated thief. Even worse, Malachi threatens to unleash Owen’s deepest desires…desires Owen can’t act upon, as he’s destined for an arranged marriage to secure the Yates family fortune

Their agreement: Malachi will be Owen’s lover as well as his partner, until the day of the wedding. But as their hunt for the murderer carries them from teeming slums to Fifth Avenue mansions, Owens begins to realize Malachi commands his heart as well as his body.

With dark forces drawing ever closer around them, Owen must decide whether to bow to the demands of duty, or to risk everything for the man he loves.

Hexmaker is the second book in Jordan L. Hawk’s Hexworld series, following the adventures of witch policemen and the familiars they bond with. Download today to enter a world of magic, romance, and intrigue.

Full of magic, shifters and Victorian idiosyncrasies Hexmaker is the wonderful second instalment to Jordan Hawk’s Hexworld series. Ms Hawk weaves an incredible world that is both light and dark. One that could tear Own and Malachi apart, before they even have a chance.   

[Read more...]

Nov 26 2016 11:00am

Giving Thanks for November 2016’s Male/Male Romance Best Bets

November is the month of Thanksgiving for America and with it comes a bundle of M/M romance goodies. Stories of redemption, love, heartbreak and laughter abound, just in time for the run-up to Christmas.

Daring Fate by Megan Erickson

Daring Fate by Megan Erickson

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I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.

When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first...

Paranormal was the first genre of romance that I loved, and to this day I go back to it again and again. So when I saw that Megan Erickson had written a book about shifters it went straight to the top of my to be read list!

[Read more...]

Oct 27 2016 1:00pm

Dark Nights, Sweet Reads: Male/Male Romance Best Bets for October 2016

Hotline by Quinn Anderson

The month of spookiness and autumn fashion has finally arrived. The colder weather and darkening nights mean more time for reading and the perfect excuse to wrap up with a blanket and hot chocolate. So put the kettle on, sit in your favorite reading nook and cuddle up with one of the books below.

Hotline by Quinn Anderson

Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he’s in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fall for a client.

Until a man named “John” starts calling, and Zack finds himself interested in more than a paycheck. It’s not just that John has money, or that his rumbling baritone drives Zack wild. He’s everything Zack isn’t: educated, poised, and in total control of his life.

A twist of fate brings them face-to-face, and now that they’ve seen each other—and spent an unforgettable night together—they can’t go back to the way things were. A sex worker and a trust fund brat . . . It’s like Romeo and Juliet, but with less stabbing and slightly fewer dick jokes. Hopefully, they can pull off a more successful ending.

A phone sex operator falling in love with one of his clients has all the makings of a great Pretty Woman style romance. As long as John and Zack came look past what brought them together and focus on the future.

[Read more...]

Aug 31 2016 1:30pm

August 2016 Male/Male Romance Best Bets—Light-Hearted Reads

Boyfriend Material by K.A. Mitchell

Summer is still in full swing in London, and with it comes the season of beach (park) reading. With that in mind I’ve tried to keep these recommendations on the more light-hearted side of the male/male romance genre… Not always an easy feat for an angst addict!

Boyfriend Material by K.A. Mitchell

Physically, it’s easy for Ethan and Wyatt to be together—well, if “easy” means stolen moments when Ethan’s roommate is away, or sneaking away to a hidden nook in the library. Privacy is hard to come by in a dorm, but finding ways to connect is half the fun. 

Emotionally, though, that’s a different story. Wyatt isn’t sure if a relationship is something he can make last—years of having to hide his emotions have left him with a shaky sense of self-confidence. And when it’s time to head home for the holidays, their steamy on-campus connection may not translate so well to the real world…

Fans of the first book will be happy to see Ethan and Wyatt returning in Boyfriend Material, the second book in K.A. Mitchell’s latest series. Although Ethan and Wyatt have admitted how they feel about each other, telling the rest of the world isn’t as simple…

[More best bets ahead!]

Jul 25 2016 12:30pm

Male/Male Romance Best Bets for July 2016

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

What male/male romance novels should you read this month?

What is love without a little angst? Or maybe a lot of angst based on the books I’ve picked this month! Apologies for those who prefer the fluffier romance books but this month is all about love in impossible (or unlikely) situations.

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

After a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic 'Nicky' Costigan—the skirt-chasing player. They don't know I've been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.

When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it's for one-night only. That's fine with me, because I'm down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn't take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again.

He's got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he's as addicted to me as I am to him. He can't resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke's rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe too complicated.

Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell’s second book Fast Connection won’t disappoint fans of Strong Signal! Even if Costigan was a little bit of an arsehole in the previous book, this story about discovering yourself and learning to let go of the past will win over fans old and new.

[On to more goodness...]

Jun 30 2016 3:30pm

One Community: June 2016 Male/Male Romance Best Bets

Practice Makes Perfect by Jay Northcote

June has been an emotional month for the LGBT+ community, with the Orlando shooting bringing grief, anger and fear to our community. Yet June is also Pride month, a time for us to celebrate and come together as one community. Therefore I tried to pick books that show the breadth of the male/male romance genre, because at the end of the day love is love.

Practice Makes Perfect by Jay Northcote

Getting experience with the guy next door seems like a great idea—until the lines blur.

Dev, a geeky first year physics student, has zero sexual experience and he’s determined to change that ASAP. After a bad time in halls of residence, he’s starting the summer term with different housemates and a new plan of action.

Ewan lives in the house next door to Dev. He’s young, free and single, and isn’t looking to change that anytime soon. When awkward circumstances throw them together, Ewan offers to help Dev out in the bedroom in return for maths tutoring, and Dev jumps at the chance.

They work their way through Dev’s sex-to-do list, but what starts as a perfect no-strings arrangement gets more complicated as their feelings for each other begin to grow. If they’re going to turn their lessons in lovemaking into something more permanent, they need to work out how they feel about each other—before they get to the end of Dev’s list.

I’ve been eagerly following Jay Northcote’s Housemates series and was so excited for Practice Makes Perfect. Not because I had met either of the characters before but because the blurb mentioned a cute geek, friends with benefits and implied the perfect level of angst for my liking. Luckily it didn’t disappoint!

[One love...]

May 26 2016 3:30pm

May 2016 Male/Male Best Bets: Spring is Time for New Beginnings

Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk

It is finally starting to feel like Spring in the UK, even if the weather might still call me a liar some days. As Spring is the season of new beginnings I’ve brought together a selection of romances that feature heroes who’ll have to overcome their pasts to find their HEAs. Enjoy!

Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk

Will a dark history doom their future together?

New York copper Tom Halloran is a man with a past. If anyone finds out he once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.

Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate the disappearance of one friend and the death of another, even though no one else believes the cases are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the very bohemian Cicero instinctively recognizes the uncultured Irish patrolman as his witch. Though they’re completely unsuited to one another, Cicero has no choice but to work alongside Tom…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.

Tom knows that taking Cicero as his familiar would only lead to discovery and disaster. Yet as the heat between them builds, Tom’s need for the other man threatens to overcome every rational argument against becoming involved.

But when their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must make the hardest decision of his life: to live a lie and gain his heart’s desire, or to confess the truth and sacrifice it all.

Jordan L Hawk’s imaginative take on witches and their familiars makes Hexbreaker a must-read for any paranormal romance lovers. Add in a dash of suspense and a bottle of steamy romance and you’ve got a potion for greatness!

[And we will drink it up deep!]

27 Best Romance Novels—Your Ultimate TBR Pile

Choosing only twenty-seven books for this epic post was painful, but cuts had to be made! Below, LucyH and TanyaLK tackle the impossible and give a very opinionated opinion of the twenty-seven books they recommend romance lovers should read to fully experience all our wonderful genre has to offer.


The Bollywood Bride (2015) by Sonali Dev

Why? The story of a Bollywood star with a hidden past and the man she let go in order to save. The combination of the Indian culture and the tension between our broken heroine and hero holds the reader captive.

On the Island (2011) by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Why? An improbable story of a seventeen year old cancer survivor, T.J., and his thirty year old tutor, Anna, who survive on an island after their plane crashes. It’s a beautiful love story without the ick-factor.

Kiss an Angel (1996) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Why? A marriage of convenience between flighty up-town Daisy Devreaux and humourless traveling circus entertainer Alex Markov is never going to work. Or is it? The unusual circus setting and the passion between Daisy and Alex make this book irresistible.

[We know you want more ...]

Mar 30 2016 2:00pm

Hockey and Hookups: March 2016 Male/Male Romance Best Bets

Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

March was a month of debate in the Male/Male romance community surrounding the Gay-For-You trope, with many prominent people in the sub-genre offering their two cents. Luckily for us romance readers it was also a great month for new releases, with stories ranging from tales of stranded survivors, historical work-place relationships and more.

Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they?

When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Many of us devoured Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy and therefore couldn’t wait to return to our two favorite hockey players, Wes and Jamie, when Us was released. While it arguably can’t live up to the magic of Him (few books would), Us is a wonderful second installment. We see Wes and Jamie having to juggle fame, careers, a nosy neighbour and a hidden relationship.

[Ready for more male/male romance ...]

Feb 25 2016 2:00pm

Leap to Your TBR Pile: February 2016 Male/Male Romance Best Bets

Playing with Fire by Avery Cockburn

February may be the shortest month in the calendar, but that doesn’t stop it from being full of fantastic new M/M releases. In fact February seems to be the month when a lot of my favourite authors decided to release books. This makes me a very happy bookworm and a slightly irresponsible adult. But I stand by my purchases, despite what those around me may say. Now I just need to tempt some other people into irresponsibility…

Playing with Fire by Avery Cockburn

Robert McKenzie has a secret. As the only straight player on an all-LGBT soccer team, he’s known to fans as “McWhatAWaste.” No one would guess Robert’s actually bisexual. At twenty-one, on the verge of a brilliant career in video game design, he’s finally ready to be his true self. The only thing keeping him in the closet is…his gay best friend?

Liam Carroll has a problem. His gorgeous best mate wants to kiss him and touch him and…everything with him. But for how long? With Robert embarking on a bright future—far from their rough-and-tumble East End streets—Liam may soon be left behind. He can’t risk falling in love with a man he can’t live without. His solution? Keep things casual, see what happens.

Aye, right. After one night together, “just mates” is no longer an option. Robert wants more than sex, but diehard cynic Liam won’t drop the barriers around his heart. As they push and pull each other, their lifelong bond—the heart of the Warriors team—is ready to rupture. With the bridge back to mere friendship well and truly burned, Robert and Liam must go forward together—or fall to pieces apart.

Another wonderful addition to Avery Cockburn’s Glasgow Lad series, Playing with Fire tells the story of Liam and Robert. Best friends for fifteen years this book is perfect for anyone who enjoys the friends-to-lovers trope and yet still manages to tackle and discuss the serious issue of Biphobia.

[Oh it just gets better ...]

Jan 26 2016 9:30am

Don’t Quit Yet: Male/Male Romance Best Bets for January 2016

Cold Fusion by Harper Fox

A few years ago I gave up on New Year’s Eve resolutions. Every year I would promise to eat healthier, workout frequently and socialize more. And do you know what? It always made me bloody miserable. So now rather than forcing myself to give up the things I enjoy, I embrace my personality and set New Year’s Eve goals. This year’s goals include, but aren’t limited to, finishing my TBR pile, learning Swedish and reading 130 books in 2016. With that in mind I’ve been diving into the January Male/Male releases. So whether you’re in the midst of the January blues or are still firmly committed to achieving your New Year’s resolution surely you have time for a quick break with book… or two?

Cold Fusion by Harper Fox

As an environmental activist for Peace Warrior, Kier Mallory never hesitated to throw himself into dangerous situations. Until his hotheadedness costs the lives of two fellow crewmembers on an anti-whaling mission.

He finds no refuge in his hometown on Scotland’s north coast, where everyone knows what this son of a broken fisherman has done. Effectively homeless, Mal returns to one of his favorite places—Spindrift, a rustic colony of artist and crafter huts.

Spindrift is dilapidated and empty, save for a lone resident. Vivian Calder, a brilliant but emotionally detached scientist who appears to have done the impossible—mastered cold fusion. A clean, free, limitless source of power.

Despite Viv’s aversion to contact, a fragile bond forms between them, seemingly one atom at a time. Until Mal, determined to redeem himself by revealing Viv’s accomplishment to the world, brings down the wrath of an oil-dependent establishment, risking not only their love, but Viv’s life.

I was drawn in by the beautiful cover but became fascinated by the blurb. A contemporary romance with an environmental activist, a particle physicist and the invention of cold fusion, what else could you need?

[Love you can't quit ...]

Dec 29 2015 2:00pm

It’s Better to Give than Receive: Male/Male Best Bets for December 2015

Twofer by Daisy Harris

December is potentially the busiest month in the calendar what with presents to buy, parties to enjoy and work to finish-up it doesn't leave a lot of time for reading. Yet as any bookworm knows there is always time to settle down with a good book; especially once the whirlwind of December has passed! So start the New Year off in the best possible way with some delicious M/M romances.

Twofer by Daisy Harris

Bottoms up!

If a college freshman can’t get laid in sun-drenched Miami, he’s doing something wrong. Frankie Perez is determined to help his roommate get some man action in any way possible.

When Frankie’s arsenal of dating apps, fashion advice, and playing-hard-to-get lessons doesn’t work, he realizes Jeremy needs remedial help. Except tutoring Jeremy in the art of sex gets steamier than Frankie expected—and it scares the hell out of him

Jeremy’s not sure why he’s wasting his time hooking up when he’s only got eyes for the slinky, sexy roommate he comes home to at night. But the hotter their chemistry simmers, the quicker Frankie dances away.

In near desperation, Frankie suggests the two of them team up to find a third to top them both, forgetting that two bottoms aren’t immune from lusting after each other. In a world where every man is an option, choosing one to love can be the sexiest risk of all.

Daisy Harris is one of my favourite romance authors due to her wonderful ability to create humorous and light-hearted stories that still tug at my heart-strings. Twofer chronicles the story of Frankie and Jeremy, two confirmed bottoms who only have eyes for each other. Be prepared for some sexual escapades…

[Giving you these great male/male novels ...]

Nov 18 2015 9:30am

First Look: Joanna Chambers’ Unnatural (November 24, 2015)

Unnatural by Joanna Chambers

Joanna Chambers
Unnatural (Enlightenment #3.5)
Samhain Publishing / November 24, 2015 / $15.99 print, $5.50 digital

The heart breaks but does not change.

An Enlightenment Story

Captain Iain Sinclair. Perfect son, perfect soldier, hero of Waterloo. A man living a lie. The only person who really knows him is his childhood friend, scientist James Hart. But they’ve been estranged since Iain brutally destroyed their friendship following a passionate encounter.

Iain is poised to leave the King’s service to become an undercover agent in India. Before he leaves his old life behind, he’s determined to reconcile with James. An invitation to a country house party from James’s sister provides the perfect opportunity to pin the man down.

James has loved Iain all his life, but his years of accepting crumbs from Iain’s table are over. Forgiving Iain is one thing—restoring their friendship is quite another.

In the face of James’s determined resistance, Iain is forced to confront his reasons for mending the wounds between them. And accept the possibility that James holds the key to his heart’s desire—if only he has the courage to reach for it.

Warning: Contains a dashing military hero with one weakness—a scientist who feels their chemistry in every cell of his body. Kissing in the rain, skinny dipping, and emotional flashbacks. Huzzah!

I adored Joanna Chambers' Enlightenment series so when I heard she had written a novel set in the same universe, I was immediately intrigued. After reading the blurb of Unnatural I knew I had to read this book. A story about forbidden, potentially unrequited, first love from one of my favorite historical male/male romance authors is something I just couldn't resist! Also for any fans of the Enlightenment series, you’ll be pleased to know that David and Murdo make a cameo appearance in Unnatural. They might even have helped push one of our heroes in the right direction...

“Balfour and Lauriston were so utterly at ease with one another, every glance they shared was warm with easy intimacy and affection. Iain couldn’t help but reflect that he’d never had this with anyone—expect James Hart.”

[From childhood to the perfect HEA ..]

Aug 21 2015 8:30am

First Look: Ann Gallagher’s Lead Me Not (August 24, 2015)

Lead Me Not by Ann Gallagher

Ann Gallagher
Lead Me Not 
Riptide Publishing / August 24, 2015 / $18.99 print, $7.99 digital

Isaac Morris has devoted his life to preaching against the sin of homosexuality. But when his sister proposes a documentary to demonstrate once and for all that it's a choice-with Isaac choosing to be gay as proof-he balks. Until he learns his nephew is headed down that perverted path. Isaac will do anything to convince the teenager he can choose to be straight . . . including his sister's film.

When Isaac's first foray into the gay lifestyle ends with a homophobic beating, he's saved and cared for by Colton Roberts, a gentle, compassionate bartender with a cross around his neck. Colton challenges every one of Isaac's deeply held beliefs about gay men. He was kicked out by homophobic parents, saved from the streets by a kind pastor, and is now a devout Christian. Colton's sexuality has cost him dearly, but it also brought him to God.

As the two grow closer, everything Isaac knows about homosexuality, his faith, and himself is called into question. And if he's been wrong all along, what does that mean for his ministry, his soul, his struggling nephew-and the man he never meant to love?

When I first heard the premise for Ann Gallagher's (L.A. Witt) new book Lead Me Not I was both surprised and curious. After all religion and gay romance are not topics that usually inhabit the same page space. Yet increasingly this appears to be a combination that authors are exploring and Lead Me Not is a fantastic example of what this combination can produce. Did I find it the easiest book to read? In all honesty, not always. Isaac was a problematic hero for me in the beginning. Yet I know this is a book that I will remember for years to come.

[We all have a past...]

Aug 16 2015 9:30am

First Look: L.A. Witt’s What He Left Behind (August 18, 2015)

L.A. Witt
What He Left Behind
Samhain Publishing / August 18, 2015 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

Can you ever have a second first time?

Josh Carver thinks it's just another lunch with his best friend, Michael-until Michael confesses he just turned down a date with his hot veterinarian crush. It seems Michael's abusive ex left him more scarred than Josh realized.

Josh and his husband, Ian, have done their best to help Michael leave his horrific past behind, but even Josh is stunned when Ian suggests that Josh help Michael with his fear of physical intimacy. After all, it isn't like it would be the first time-Josh and Michael were once each other's firsts.

A hesitant first kiss, and Josh and Michael's natural attraction eases the way. But with Michael still balking at the prospect of sex with someone new, Ian steps into the breach.

Everything is fine and dandy until emotions become so entangled, their friendship-and a marriage-could be at risk.

Warning: Contains three guys who will do anything for each other, a hot tub that's always the right temperature, and a cat with an attitude problem.

Before starting What He Left Behind by L.A. Witt I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I knew it revolved around a three-way relationship between men and that it dealt with themes of sexual, physical and psychological abuse. Yet I was instantly intrigued because I wanted to see how L.A. Witt would tackle such heavy topics in the context of menage trios relationship. I was mainly interested in how Witt would show the progression of these three individuals from friends to so much more, how would they manage the transition from best-friends to being in love?

[Drop the third wheel...]

May 18 2015 8:30am

First Look: Astrid Amara’s Song of the Navigator (May 26, 2015)

Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara

Astrid Amara
Song of the Navigator
Samhain Publishing / May 26, 2015 / $15.99 print, $4.99 digital

Worst Possible Birthday: Being sold into slavery by none other than your lover.

Tover Duke's rare ability to move anything instantly across light-years of space makes him a powerful, valuable asset to the Harmony Corporation, and a rock star among the people of the colonies. His life is luxurious. Safe. Routine.

He has his pick of casual hookups passing through Dadelus-Kaku Station. His one brush with danger of any kind-the only bright spot in his otherwise boring life-is Cruz Arcadio, a dark-haired, hard-bodied engineer whose physical prowess hints he's something much more.

When a terrorist abducts Tover, hurling him into a world of torture, exploitation and betrayal, it's with shattering disbelief that he realizes his kidnapper is none other than Cruz. As Tover struggles to find the courage to escape his bondage, he begins to understand the only way to free his body, his mind-and his heart-is to trust the one man who showed him that everything about his once-perfect life was a lie.

Warning: This story contains descriptions of extreme violence and assault. It also contains graphic sexual depictions. It also has a lot of birds. And pirate movies from the future. And romance.

This is the book I have been waiting for. An incredible science fiction romance featuring two men. Science fiction and male/male are some of my favorite sub-genres in romance, therefore, for me Astrid Amara's Song of the Navigator was an instant must-read.

An essential ingredient for any good science fiction, in my opinion, is an imaginative, in-depth yet relatable world. Of course I want a world that is interesting, unique and alien, but I also want to be able to connect with that world’s problems! Be it through the issue of social injustice, political turmoil or economic espionage. In Song of the Navigator the idea of Navigators (humans able to move objects and people through space and time through vocal vibrations) immediately intrigued me, partly because Tover is a gifted and valued improvisational Navigator but also because of the role they occupied in society.

[They'll move more than objects through space...]

Apr 8 2015 12:40pm

Villainess to Heroine: Do They Exist?

Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsI have been pondering this very question for a couple of months now after I noticed the rise in villains becoming heroes. Happily Ever Afters are not just the realm of the honourable anymore; particularly with in paranormal romances I have noticed an increase in the bad guys getting the girl. In fact this has become one of my favorite tropes (read Lothaire by Kresley Cole and you'll probably be a convert as well). To me, the appeal of this trope is that the villains-hero retains an element of his evilness, yet our heroine can often see past this evil persona to the person beneath. Most villains are, after all, not born evil, but instead become evil due to circumstance.

My thinking is this: if villains are becoming heroes, is there hope for a villainess becoming a heroine? If so, how are they being portrayed? Are authors making the former villainess completely redeemable? Do they, after years of so-called “evilness,” have a change of heart and become “good.” Also I'm using quotation marks because defining someone as purely “good” or purely “evil” seems a little to simplistic; instead, what this trope allows the writer and the reader to explore is more complex, three-dimensional characters. Characters who have, sometimes, taken the wrong path, or multiple wrong paths, or even characters who have no interest in being “good” in the traditional sense of the word.

[Ain't nothing traditional about a kickass lady...]

Apr 1 2015 8:30am

First Look: Maggie Robinson’s Just One Taste (April 2, 2015)

Just One Taste by Maggie RobinsonMaggie Robinson
Just One Taste
Self-published / April 2, 2015 / $.99 digital

From the author of the Ladies Unlaced series and 2-time RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee: Just One Taste, a romance anthology. Ten never-before-published novellas and short stories span the centuries and genres. 110,000+ words. 

The novellas: A time-traveling, telekinetic hero must change a small town’s history book or lose the librarian love of his long life. An eighteenth century warlock’s widow finds the spell for true love and un-immortality with the help of a hot twenty-first century skeptic. A novice shape-shifting panther discovers his reluctant life mate on a secluded Maine island. A suburban Connecticut divorcee’s high school nemesis heals her heart. And a dominant viscount finds a remarkably submissive wife in Regency England. Plus five sexy, fun historical short stories.

I have been a fan of Maggie Robinson for many years now; in fact she was one of the first authors I discovered on Kindle. Consequently I was extremely excited when I heard about Just One Taste, a self-published anthology of her work that spans the sub-genres containing contemporary, historical, paranormal, and erotic romance stories.

[Will we see any familiar faces?...]

Mar 20 2015 12:45pm

First Look: Kate Meader’s Flirting with Fire (March 24, 2015)

Flirting with Fire by Kate MeaderKate Meader
Flirting with Fire (Hot in Chicago #1)
Simon & Schuster / March 24, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The first installment in Hot in Chicago, a brand-new, sizzling series from Kate Meader that follows a group of firefighting foster siblings and their blazing hot love interests!

Savvy PR guru Kinsey Taylor has always defined herself by her career, not her gender. That is, until she moved from San Francisco to Chicago to be with her fiancé who thought she wasn’t taking her “job” of supporting him in his high-powered career seriously enough—and promptly dumped her for a more supportive and “feminine” nurse. Now, as the new assistant press secretary to Chicago’s dynamic mayor, she’s determined to keep her eye on the prize: no time to feel inferior because she’s a strong, kick-ass woman, and certainly no time for men.

But that all changes when she meets Luke Almeida, a firefighter as searingly sexy as he is quick-tempered. He’s also the second oldest of the Firefightin’ Dempseys, a family of foster siblings who have committed their lives to the service—if Luke’s antics don’t get him fired first. When Luke goes one step too far and gets into a bar brawl with the Chicago Police Department, Kinsey marches into Luke’s firehouse and lays down the law on orders from the mayor. But at Engine Co. 6, Luke Almeida is the law. And he’s not about to let Kinsey make the rules.


Flirting with Fire by Kate Meader focuses on the romance between Luke Almedia, a sexy fire fighter whose stubborn, over-protective, ex-military and a complete alpha, and Kinsey Taylor, a woman who has always put her career before a relationship, despite moving to Chicago to be closer to her ex-fiance.

[Hmmm, that seems counterproductive...]

Dec 10 2014 4:45pm

Listening to History: Historical Romance Audiobooks to Try

The holiday season is upon us and I don’t know about you, but for me that means a lot of travelling, shopping, present wrapping and cooking. Initially this would not seem the ideal time for reading, but the secret weapon for romance reading during the Christmas period is audiobooks. I have loved audiobooks since I was a child and first listened to The Secret Garden on tape. Throughout the years I have listened to a fair few books, both romance and non-romance. To help you feed your romance reading addiction through the holiday season I invite you on a trip through the ages.

Late Medieval:

By Right of Arms by Robyn Carr

This is by far my favourite medieval romance on audiobook, partly due to Nicola Barber’s fantastic narration. Set during Prince Edward’s reign of England, it focuses on a French castle that has just been taken over by the English knight Hyatt. All that stands his is way is the young and newly widowed Aurelie who pledges to honor her late husband, although she is now being forced to marry the conquering knight. One of the reasons I loved this audiobook is the strength of Auriele’s character despite being born in a time when women were often seen as second-class citizens, regardless of rank.

I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the marriage of convenience trop and relishes watching a strong alpha fall to an equally strong heroine.

[We love a good trope...]