Book Bingo Update 9


Hard to find genre

The Mistress and Her Men by Minerva Howe

For my hard to find genre, I decided to go with a polyamorous femdom historical romance novel. I’m not going to lie, I agonised over that sentence 😅

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Anticipated Arrival: Tough Guy by Rachel Reid

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What is it?!

Tough Guy is the third book in the Game Changers series by Rachel Reid.

I have previously read the first two books, Game Changer and Heated Rivalry, and quickly fell in love with not only the characters of the books but the intricate and emotional stories told by Reid.

According to Reid’s website, the third book will feature Pro Hockey Star Ryan Price and a Fabian Salah who is from Ryan’s early hockey days when he was billeted with Fabians family. Reid’s description of Ryan as a tall, shy, red head, who doesn’t like flying, has jogged my memory and I think I remember this character, if only slightly (hello re-read).

When is it coming out?!

January 13, 2020.

We still have a few months to wait for this book but I am looking forward to starting the year off with another book of Reid’s from her Game Changer universe.

Why do you want it?!

I became really immersed and emotionally involved in the story telling from Reid’s first two Game Changer books and look forward to reading another story of hers from this universe. Plus, I have a very small knowledge of hockey, so it is always interesting to find out more about this game and professional sport.

Also as far as I am concerned Carina Press can do no wrong – I am always satisfied with the stories and books that are published through them. It is so great seeing more diverse content as well!

Why does everyone else need it?!

Um, because the first two books were amazing. Don’t believe me? Check out my two resews of the series and try not to be swayed into reading them. Plus who doesn’t like reading romances with shy characters?


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Small Snippet of September 2019

You might not know this but at the time of this post going up, I would have just returned from Hawaii!

I have been, until very recently, working almost seven days a week for two years and I am ready for a break! The main thing I want out of anytime off right now is just to sleep in, relax, read, and do nothing. Also a trip to Wet ‘n Wild and the Disney store would be nice 😋 I am sure I will post some pics in next months Small Snippet, so keep an eye out.


Charli by Charli XCX

It was a surreal experience listening to Charil for the first time – if only because I have never listened to a new album and already known almost every song. Since seeing Charil XCX live when she opened for Sia in Sydney, I have been a big fan and have been eagerly listening to each new release. I was so excited to see this new album and it does not disappoint!

Stand outs on the album are ‘Blame It On Your Love (feat Lizzo – who you know I love!),’ ‘Gone’ which features the amazing Christine and the Queens, and ‘1999‘ with Troye Sivan. While each song that I love is one that features Charil XCX and another singer, the solo songs are also amazing! Check out my favourite songs video clip!

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Blog Tour: The King’s Dragon by W.M. Fawkes & Sam Burns

The King’s Dragon

by W.M. Fawkes & Sam Burns

Lord Tristram Radcliffe has a secret—he is the only dragon at the king’s court in Llangard. It’s a secret he’s kept from the knights he’s fought beside, from the ladies who bat their lashes at him, and from his closest companion, Prince Reynold. If it were to get out, he’d be banished to the Mawrcraig Mountains along with the rest of his kind, but the kingdom of men is the only one he’s ever known, and his heart lives in the stone halls of those who’d count him an enemy.

When the old king dies and Prince Reynold takes the throne, two visitors from the north throw Tristram into the middle of the ancient conflict between dragons and men. They put him on a collision course with the king’s shadow, Bet Kyston, a dangerous assassin who may want him dead or may want more of Tristram that he’d ever thought to give.

With the eyes of dragons upon him and a threat from the north creeping toward the home he loves, Tristram must weigh his allegiances before his dual legacies tear him apart.

Taken from Book Blurb

Series: Fire and Valor #1

Release Date: September 26, 2019

Genre: QUILTBAG, High Fantasy, Romance.


Excerpt

When he glanced up to meet Bet’s eyes, they were wide, the whites showing all around them. He wondered, for a moment, if he’d earned a stabbing, but then those eyes dropped to his lips, and Bet’s own parted a fraction.

As was his most unfortunate habit, Tris dove in head first.

Their mouths crashed together, a clash of tongues and teeth that started out anything but good. Tris tasted blood in his mouth, and he wasn’t sure whose it was.

In a flash, Bet turned them so that Tristram was the one with his back to the wall. He wrapped a hand around the side of Tristram’s neck, thumb coming up to hold his jaw in place in a grip that felt downright dangerous. Then he turned his head a fraction, opening up a little space between their noses and allowing himself full access.

Not to stab anyone, thankfully, though he pushed his way into Tris’s mouth as though convinced he’d be rebuffed and wanted to taste his fill before that. Tris just tilted his head up to meet the onslaught, eyes sliding shut and fingers scrabbling against the tapestry on the wall.

Bet kissed like he fought: hard, fast, and with no intention of taking prisoners. His free hand fell to Tristram’s trousers, as though he would strip them off right there in the hall, and slowed to press against his growing arousal. It seemed he appreciated what he found there, because he let out a growl that reminded Tristram of his own nearly inhuman one.

What he’d have done, Tris would never know, because a giggle echoed down the hallway, and Bet pulled back as though he’d been slapped. He turned to see a couple of ladies’ maids enter the hall, and before Tristram could so much as say his name, Bet turned and melted into the shadows.


Author Bios

W.M. Fawkes is an author of LGBTQ+ urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She lives with her partner in a house owned by three halloween-hued felines that dabble regularly in shadow walking.

Sam lives in the Midwest with husband and cat, which is even less exciting than it sounds, so she’s not sure why you’re still reading this.

She specializes in LGBTQIA+ fiction, usually with a romantic element. There’s sometimes intrigue and violence, usually a little sex, and almost always some swearing in her work. Her writing is light and happy, though, so if you’re looking for a dark gritty reality, you’ve come to the wrong author.


Giveaway

Win one of 2 e-copies of any book from the Lords of the Underworld series by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes!

Follow this link to enter.

SLRG: Luck is No Lady by Amy Sandas

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Luck is No Lady

by Amy Sandas.

Publisher: link.

Goodreads: link.


Blurb: Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she’d live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father’s death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London’s most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma’s shameful secret or her reputation-and her life-will be ruined.

But Roderick Bentley, the hell’s sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game…and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace.

Length: 382 pages.

Series: Fallen Ladies #1.

Genre: Romance. Historical.

Read as an: Paperback.


My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Emma, is quite intelligent and was allowed to demonstrate this in an easy and respectful way. The romantic lead, Roderick, had a very accepting and almost nonchalant attitude towards Emma and her ‘scandalous’ behaviour.

The book is part of a trilogy that follows Emma’s two sisters, however I don’t think I will read these as the blurbs and characters didn’t grab my attention. Luck is No Lady was a sweet and smile inducing novel, I would really recommend this book for anyone looking for a good regency read.


Smut Level

Decent. I really liked the back and forth between these characters and the physical scenes were very focused on Emma.


Are there any romance novels that you love to read? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you 🙂

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Self Care Saturday: Melbourne Breakfast by T2

Melbourne Breakfast by T2

When the winds start howling, this brew will see you through. Indulge a little with this full-bodied vanilla sweet tea – bound to keep you cosy all year ’round. Sip it up Melbourne style!

Enjoy with: Perfect on its own or with a dash of milk.

Taken from the T2 website.

Okay, so I do realise that so far a lot of these ‘Self Care Saturday’ posts have been taken up by bath bombs. Any why wouldn’t they? Bath bombs are great! But another aspect of self care for me, is looking after myself during my more stressful moments.

Ways that I am able to do this is by trying to relax with a cup of tea. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the tea itself that helps, but the tea making process – namely being able to get out of the moment, to step away, and have a cuppa.

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Quick Picks: Books about Books

What’s more amazing than books? Books about books! The below are some of the books that I have read that are either love letters to readings and books, or they are books about or set in the world of books.

Dear Fahrenheit 451:
A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to Her Books

by Annie Spence

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Quick story run down: Annie Spence is a librarian who writes letters to books that she is weeding from her library. For those of you non librarians, weeding is when you remove an item from your library catalouge. It might be because it hasn’t been borrowed in a number of years, it may be too damaged to repair, or it may be a nonfiction book that is too old and has wrong information in it.

The letters are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes scathing, but they are always enjoyable to read!

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • The concept: I love how simple and quick this book is to read, the letters are often times short and sharp which makes this book an easy read.
  • I DO THIS: It’s not very often that I get to see actual parts of my job portrayed in any type of medium. It was great getting to see this essential part of working in a library features so prominently in a book. I often feel sad when I have to weed a book from our collection, especially if it is one that I enjoyed. Also, sometimes like Spence, I relish the chance to scrap books.

The Eyre Affair

by Jasper FForde

Goodreads ||  Author

Quick story run down: Imagine a world where fictional characters not only exist and are taken extremely seriously but they need to be policed. The Eyre Affair is set in an alternative universe in 1985 England where our main character Thursday Next is investigating and trying to stop Jane Eyre from falling victim to a terrible plot to kill Bronte’s famous heroine.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • The world: The alternative universe that The Eyre Affair inhabits is amazing. The scope of thought and detail that Fforde includes in his novels are amazing. If you are a fan of reading and want to be immersed in a world where literature is taken incredibly seriously, then you should really pick up any of the Thursday Next books.
  • Mycroft: Thursday’ uncle is a favourite of mine, not just in this book but throughout the series. It’s not a spoiler but when you find the story behind his name and his sudden retirement, was one of my favourite moments.

Book Love

by Debbie Tung

Goodreads ||  Author

Quick story run down: Book Love is a book filled with comics about, you guessed it, loving books. Each page tells the story of common problems that avid readers face. Whether these ‘problems’ include buying too many books, becoming engrossed in stories, or huge piles of books that you need to read.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • Beautiful: The art style of the comics are so wonderfully simple yet so detailed. I sped through this book and loved every second. The way the art captures the emotions and moments are perfect!
  • So relatable: Oh boy did this book hit me in some of my weak spots. I felt myself nodding so hard at some of these comics, shouting ‘yes! I do that too,’ and even showing my partner pages just to let them know that I wasn’t the only person to do these crazy things 😋
  • The below comic: Because honestly, we’ve all been there.

Inkheart

by Cornelia Funke

Goodreads ||  Author

Quick story run down: Inkheart is a book about the blurring of the real world and fiction. For what is described as a children’S book, Inkheart is full of ominous feelings and has a dark reality to the story. While I read this book as a child, I remember loving how the stories blurred the lines between fiction and reality, and how it reminded us that words have power.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • The tone: The book doesn’t pull its punches, I remember being very off centre with this book and I wasn’t sure if we would get a happy ending. However I loved that it had this air about it, books can be sinister, they do have power.
  • This quote: because yes, yes they do!

“If you take a book with you on a journey,” Mo had said when he put the first one in her box, “an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it… yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.” 
― Cornelia Funke, Inkheart


Do you love reading books about books as much as I do? Are there any books that you think need to be added to the list? Leave a comment and let me know 😊

Long Lost Review: Snakes Among Sweet Flowers by Jason Huffman-Black

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Snakes Among Sweet Flowers

Jason Huffman-Black.

Two-time ex-con Camden Sanders has decided that Hog Mountain—an isolated community on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia—is the perfect place to continue running small scams without the threat of more prison time. But there are a few problems with this plan. One is the neighbourly citizens of Hog Mountain thwarting his dirty dealings at every turn with their kindness. Another is Jackson Rhodes, a closeted Hog Mountain police officer who can see right through Cam’s good ol’ boy act and plans to catch him red-handed despite the attraction they both can feel. But the biggest problem of all is that Cam’s past is threatening to catch up with him, and it could mean trouble for more than just himself.

Taken from book blurb

Okay so I had always intended to review this book because I loved it. When I first read Snakes Among Sweet Flowers, it was a highlight of the year and I gave it a re-read last year and it stood the test of time because I still loved it.

I am a big sucker for stories that feature down trodden, poor, or struggling characters. I do not know why I love them so much but I really enjoy seeing characters suffer (omg I am terrible) but still manage to fall in love. I especially love the stories where the problems of a character aren’t magically fixed by falling in love, they just have someone else to share the struggles.

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Anticipated Arrival Rundown

Anticipated Arrived Rundown

In the time since posting my first and second Anticipated Arrival Rundowns, I finally have access to and gotten around to two things on my list. Check out the below two items I’ve been waiting for and finally experienced ❤


Fence by P.S. Pacat

PostAnticipated Arrival: C.S. Pacat’s Fence Vol.1

It has been pretty much a year since this Anticipated Arrival post and I can update that I have finally gotten around to reading this gem. I am a big fan of P.S. Pacat and her Captive Prince series (I totally have signed copies 😱😍) so anything new by her was a must read. And Fence really is a must read!

I finished the first volume of Fence in one sitting and fell in love. I was lucky enough to have Volume 2 sitting next to me and have just recently received my preorder of Volume 3 😄 For such small volumes they pack in a lot of story. I found all the characters very compelling, the art beautiful, and I really just want more so I can see where the rest of the story leads.

I would really recommend picking up Fence if you see it!

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Confessions of a Book Lover – I Don’t Read Unfinished Series

My name is Ally and I don’t read unfinished series.

Let me unpack this because I know that it can come across as very problematic. I shall rephrase:

My name is Ally and I don’t read unfinished series by bestselling authors.

I am more than happy to support smaller authors, independent publishers, and people who need the support so they can keep writing their books. I love you all and want you to keep writing so I will happily read your unfinished series!

All those multi-millionaire, best selling authors though – you can wait.

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