Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Heartstopper

by Alice Oseman.

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BCharlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…? 

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore, and he’s sort of got a boyfriend, even if he’s kind of mean and only wants to meet up in secret.

Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him. That is, until the start of January, in which Nick and Charlie are placed in the same form group and made to sit together.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…


From the author of Solitaire and Radio Silence comes a bind up of the first two chapters of Heartstopper, an ongoing webcomic.

Length: 288 Pages.

Series: Heartstopper #1

Genre: YA. M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Graphic Novel.

Read as an: Paperback


My Thoughts

Okay so first up I loved this book(!) but you need to know the emotional journey I went on while reading it.

  • I had a Bubble bath and read Heartstopper.
  • I needed to read more of Heartstopper.
  • I researched and found out it is a web-comic.
  • I read all that is available of the web-comic.
  • I needed to read more of Heartstopper.
  • I preordered the fuck out of the second book.
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SLRG: One-Two Punch by Katie Allen

One-Two Punch

by Katie Allen.

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Blurb: Beth is willing to do almost anything to meet her dream man-including taking boxing lessons. She passes Harry’s gym for weeks before mustering up the nerve to walk in and talk to the gorgeous owner. Once she does, sparks fly as well as punches. Their budding relationship is tested with the arrival of Ky, Harry’s old Army buddy.

After years of frustrated longing for his fellow soldier, Ky is hoping that he can win Harry’s heart. He hadn’t planned on Beth, however – or the scorching desire she inspires. As the trio struggle to accept their feelings for each other, a menacing figure stalks Beth, watching, waiting-and preparing to snatch her away from the two men she’s grown to love.

Taken from Goodreads

Length: 264 pages.

Series: N/A Standalone.

Genre: Romance. Erotica. Menage.

Read as an: Paperback.


My Thoughts

I absolutely love this book. The book was originally published in 2008 by the now defunct Ellora’s Cave. I read the book initially when it was released years ago, but as soon as I found out the company was closing, I snapped up this book as a paperback. Which was such a good idea, as I cannot find it anywhere online.

I think this book started me on reading the m/m and LGTBQI romance genre and since then I have not looked back. I loved the story, and the characters of this book really jump off the page. Beth had me smiling, Harry had me swooning, and Ky had me falling in love.

I would really recommend this book or any of Katie Allen’s books. If you’re interested in finding more of her work, Allen is currently writing under both her own name and Katie Rundle.


Smut Level

Oh. My. God. This book, while not full of a lot of sex scenes, was so intense! The love triangle in this book wasn’t so much a rivalry rather a polyamorous relationship. On goodreads the books has a readers advisory that states: ‘This book contains smoking-hot scenes of ménage and M/M sex.” So yeah it was smutty.

The novel starts off with the relationship between Beth and Harry which features a lot of passionate scenes and even an anal scene. The story then extends to include Ky, where the scenes develop into threesomes which includes the men loving each other as well.

So to conclude, this books smut level was intense, not so much in the amount but in the intensity and variety! Loved it ❤


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

LLR: Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

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Captive Prince

C.S. Pacat.

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomises the worst of the decadent court at Vere. But in the lethal web of Veretian politics, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen is caught up in a dangerous play for the throne, he must form an alliance with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: he must never reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else . . .

Taken from book blurb

Okay, so I have been promising myself that I would write a blog post dedicated to this book or the Captive Prince series as a whole… and I haven’t. So it looks like this is the perfect opportunity to force myself to write about how much I enjoyed this book.

I really enjoyed this book.

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Review and Blog Tour: Arctic Wild by Annabeth Albert

Arctic Wild

by Annabeth Albert.

Publisher: Carina Press.

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When a plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, the best place to land is in the arms of a younger man…

Hotshot attorney Reuben Graham has finally agreed to take a vacation, when his plane suddenly plunges into the Alaskan wilderness.

Just his luck.

But his frustrations have only begun as he finds himself stranded with the injured, and superhot, pilot, a man who’s endearingly sociable—and much too young for Reuben to be wanting him this badly.

As the sole provider for his sisters and ailing father, Tobias Kooly is devastated to learn his injuries will prevent him from working or even making it back home. So when Reuben insists on giving him a place to recover, not even Toby’s pride can make him refuse. He’s never been tempted by a silver fox before, but something about Reuben is impossible to resist.

Recuperating in Reuben’s care is the last thing Toby expected, yet the closer they become, the more incredibly right it feels, prompting workaholic Reuben to question the life he’s been living. But when the pressure Toby’s under starts closing in, both men will have to decide if there’s room in their hearts for a love they never saw coming.


eBook Release Date: June 3, 2019.

Length: 400 pages. Approx 105,000 words.

Series:Frozen Hearts #2

Paperback Release Date: June 25, 2019.

Genre: Romance. M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Contemporary.

My Thoughts

Having previously read and enjoyed Annabeth Albert’s novel Connection Error, I knew I had to check out her new series. Skipping straight ahead to the second book in the ‘Frozen Heart‘ series, I was so happy to see that Arctic Wild had the same emotional foundation and honest relationship building that I fell in love with in her previous writing.

Initially I found the characters of Arctic Wild quite separate from each other; they were each such strong presences but were held apart by their life experiences, age, and for Tobias a desire to maintain a professional relationship and Reuben, a reluctance to engage with anything outside of work. I will admit to sometimes finding it difficult to believe in and feel the connections between romantic pairs that have such an age difference, but in Arctic Wild, I had no such problems.

The real pleasure from Arctic Wild is seeing the emotional walls comes down and getting to see the pair really engage with each other. Once these walls were dropped, the real connections formed and the pair, for me, really started to make sense together.

Albert has a way of telling stories that sweep you off you feet and slowly pull you away. Arctic Wild is a novel that builds upon itself – you’re introduced to these characters and are taken on an emotional journey as the pair begin to open up to each other and make a real connection.

I really enjoyed the effortless way Arctic Wild is written and I found myself falling for both of these characters. I would really recommend giving Arctic Wild a read and if not, definitely picking up one of Albert’s other books.

Please note: I received a copy of Arctic Wild from A Novel Take Promotions.

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Kaidyn’s Courage by Diana Waters

Kaidyn’s Courage

by Diana Waters.

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When one man’s courage is lost to his own anger, another will try to rekindle it—no matter the cost.
Kaidyn is the son of the queen and a trainee officer in the kingdom of Sareen. He is also a Half-Blood—his father is from Iskandir, a neighboring kingdom which has been at war with Sareen for many years. Bitter and angry at the prejudice he faces, Kaidyn meets Sorin, a healer from one of Sareen’s most prominent noble families. As their relationship deepens, the war between Sareen and Iskandir grows worse. Not only will the pair inevitably become involved with the conflict one way or another, but Sorin is also hiding a secret, and time is running out for them both.

taken from the book blurb

Release Date: 22nd March, 2019.

Length: 147 pages.

Series: Wild Magics #2

Genre: QUILTBAG. M/M Romance. Fantasy.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: the author.


My Thoughts

Kaidyn’s Courage is an emotional fantasy novel that at times had my heart racing and tears in my eyes. I really enjoy reading fantasy books that include QUILTBAG romances and Diana Waters has written an amazing book which delivers on all of these fronts.

I foolhardily started the book in my lunch break and was quite disappointed that I had to put it down and return to work. After this however, I was able to quickly devour the rest of the book in one sitting. Waters has written a really well paced novel that was not only really easy to read but made me want to keep reading. I found myself immersed very quickly and emotionally engaged with the characters. While I did read Kaidyn’s Courage quite quickly, boy did it manage to pack an emotional wallop.

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the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by amanda lovelace

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one

by amanda lovelace.

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Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet and USA TODAY bestselling author Amanda Lovelace presents the mermaid’s voice returns in this one — the third and final installment in her “women are some kind of magic” series, featuring a foreword from Lang Leav and 13 guest poems from leading voices in poetry such as Nikita Gill, KY Robinson, and Orion Carloto.

The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.

Length: 210 Pages.

Series: Women are Some Kind of Magic #3

Genre: Poetry.

Read as an: eBook


My Thoughts

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one is a return to form and theme for amanda lovelace. NB. It is killing me not capitalising the titles and author name 😅 Just like her first book, the princess saves herself in this one, tackled some tough issues so too does her third book. Don’t be worried about being surprised by this content as the book itself begins with a trigger warning that outlines the issues that the book explores and advises people that some parts may be difficult.

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My Life in Lists by Nicole Barlettano

My Life in Lists: An Illustrated Journal to Record Your Loves + Goals + Dreams!

by Nicole Barlettano.

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Revolutionise the way you plan, create, and record your day-to-day experiences with My Life in Lists. Here, talented artist Nicole Barlettano has created beautifully illustrated collection pages for you to start filling in your thoughts, dreams, and lists of favourites as you push past planning into the wilder possibilities of a free-form journal.

Catalogue the rodeo of ideas and distractions constantly rattling around in your brain as you fill in these pages, with collections that include exercises in self-discovery and gratitude, but also a place to record important information and track your progress on ongoing projects.

Combining mindfulness with productivity, these thoughtfully designed collections will take you beyond basic journaling to help you manage your life in this crazy world:
Life Goals
Achievements & Milestones
Book Tracker
Music Tracker
Idea Page
Un-Do List
Dear Diary
Movie Tracker
Self Care To-Do List
Acts of Kindness
Travel Bucket List
Then vs. Now
Yearly Check-In/Resolutions
What Worked/What Didn’t

Improve every aspect of your life with this exceptionally useful journal. 

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 7th May, 2019.

Length: 128 pages.

Series: N/A

Genre: Non-fiction. Self-help.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

My Life in Lists is a book that prompts you to pay attention to and to take note of a lot of different aspects of your life. It is also really pretty! Pretty lists: a match made in heaven 😍

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Cooking Corner: The Mermaid Cookbook by Alix Carey

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The Mermaid Cookbook

by Alix Carey.

Format: eBook.

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Blurb: Make a splash and be the mermaid you always wanted to be with this beautiful, magical cookbook. Think Mermania meets Hello Kitty Cupcake!

The mysteries of the deep come to light in this delightful cookbook packed with pearls and sparkles. From a Sandcastle Cake and Turtle Doughnuts to Jam Clams and Treasure Trifle, fulfil all your dreams of becoming a mermaid. Or at least eating like one. 

Colour photographs are paired with easy-to-follow recipes. Besides various desserts (cupcakes, celebration cakes, cookies, and bars and bites), the cookbook also includes party food (i.e. Crispy Starfish Churros), breakfast (i.e. Mermaid Toast), and drinks (i.e. Seaplendid Smoothie) sections. Each recipe also shows the estimated time to make and difficulty rating.


My Thoughts

The Mermaid Cookbook is sweet, cute, and colourful. Initially while I was flipping through the recipes, I found my mouth watering – so many of these recipes just look sooo good!

I will admit I do have a weakness for cute food, and The Mermaid Cookbook delivers. The recipes included are ones that try to emulate and encapsulate mermaids – so expect a lot of greens, blues, and shells. The Mermaid Cookbook is broken up into nine main categories which feature unique recipes. The sections are:

  • What is Your Mermaid Name? (I am a proud ‘Moonshine Tide Dancer’)
  • Cupcakes
  • Celebration Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Bars and Bites
  • Party Food
  • Breakfast
  • Desserts and
  • Drinks.

Don’t be turned off by the cover and abundance of sweets, the book does include healthy mermaid friendly options 😉 Also the recipes aren’t just for special occasions, you can spruce up your breakfast and start the day with some mermaid magic.


The cookbook itself

Ease of Use: The recipes are set out in an easy to read layout and do let you know if you need special equipment at the start of the recipes. Each recipes also has it’s own picture, so you can see the whole mermaid effect.

Formatting:

Recipes: The recipes are set out in an easy to read manner and stay on theme by featuring a little blurb about the mermaid-ness of the food. Every recipe that I tried and had an in-depth look at, was really user friendly and easy to follow.

The ingredients are listed in order of usage and the following instructions are very clear and concise on what is needed to be done.

Book: After the introduction, the book includes a ‘What is Your Mermaid Name’ page, which I thought was really cute and engaging for any kids looking through or cooking from the book.

The recipes are separated into the types of food, with the desserts being separated into cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and it’s own section desserts. The recipes included in the ‘dessert’ section feature ones such a mousse, popsicles, and fruit tarts, so ones that are different from the other typical dessert foods featured in the book.

The back of the book also a ‘Conversions and Equivalent’ section, which is always appreciated when cookbooks are published in the United States of America.


Recommendations

I would really recommend this to people who want to cook with or for children (adults who are children at heart also count). The Mermaid Cookbook is not only full of amazing recipes but they look fabulous! I cannot wait to make the ‘Stormy Sea Brownies’ (pg. 64) and ‘Under the Sea Popsicles’ (pg. 119).

Also if you’re thinking about throwing a mermaid themed party – look now further, The Mermaid Cookbook is an excellent resource! Looking at all the fun recipes had me wanting to throw a mermaid theme party 🧜‍♀️


Please note, I received a copy of The Mermaid Cookbook from NetGalley.


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LLR: The Invisible Ring by Anne Bishop

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The Invisible Ring (The Black Jewels #4)

by Anne Bishop.


Jared is a Red-Jewelled Warlord bound as a pleasure slave by the Ring of Obedience. After suffering nine years of torment as a slave, he murdered his owner and escaped — only to be caught and sold into slavery once again. The notorious queen who has purchased him, known as the Gray Lady, may not be what she seems. Soon, Jared faces a difficult choice: his freedom, or his honour.

When I first read The Black Jewels series I was in high school and I was hooked. I loved the dynamics of the book, the dark world, and the gender politics surrounding the story. I LOVED seeing such strong female characters and I LOVED how they were treated by the men in stories.

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Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book

by Various (credited below).

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Blurb: As seen on The Daily Dot, Engadget, Pride, i09 and more, the Dream Daddy comics are now collected in a trade paperback! 

Oni Press presents Dream Daddy, a comics series based on the acclaimed Game Grumps visual novel video game!

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator invites the player to Maple Bay, where they play as a single Dad new to town and eager to romance other hot Dads. The comic series tells five standalone stories, each focused on different Maple Bay Dads, their kids, and their relationships with one another. Dive into entirely new stories featuring the backstories and adventures of your favorite Dads, told by game co-creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw, along with the comic industry’s top indie talent like C. Spike Trotman, Josh Trujillo, and Kris Anka!

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 14 May, 2019

Length: 128 pages.

Issues: Dream Daddy #1-5

Genre: Comic. QUILTBAG.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

If you don’t already know, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book is based off a dating simulator game called, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator. If you are still unsure, Dream Daddy is a gay dating sim where you play a Dad who finds romance in his new neighbourhood.

If you were ever unsure, yes both the book and game are amazing.

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