LLR: Shapestone by James Bibby

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Shapestone

by James Bibby.

Death is nasty and not a little inconvenient. Being dead even more so. Especially when you’re tied to an amulet that has its own designs on the world. For the Princess Macoby the annoying ghost with the axe in his head who keeps hangng around is just plain irritating. Little do either of them know that the fate of the world is in their substantial and not-so substantial hands.

Jim Bibby has created a world peopled with real people, with real concerns. Their lives are not played for laughs, these come from Bibby’s acute eye for timing and sympathy

with human foibles/ This is a serious cut above your average humorous fantasy.

Once again I’m looking back at a fantasy book I have always meant to review. Shapestone is a humourous fantasy novel that plays off of the tropes and plot devices of the fantasy genre.

From what I remember, Shapestone is a not only a funny book but it is an entertaining one. Bibby does not sacrifice plot for humour which means that not only are you smiling and laughing throughout the novel but you’re engaged with the actual fantasy story.

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Rough Trade by Sidney Bell

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by Sidney Bell.

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Blurb: Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.

He’s just always gone it alone.

Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes: Duncan Rook, a gruff cop whose ethics are as solid as his body.

Cozying up to a criminal is hardly what Duncan’s reputation on the force needs—especially when that criminal is temptation personified. Ghost is Duncan’s polar opposite, and the last person he expected to fall for.

So then why does every imaginable scenario for taking down their common enemy end with Ghost in his arms?


Release Date: 3rd December, 2018.
Length: 496 pages.
Series: The Woodbury Boys #3
Genre: M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Action/Suspense.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: Rough Trade is such an emotional roller-coaster! I am not exaggerating when I say I stayed awake until 3am reading this book. And not just for the action packed suspense of the story, but for the damned emotions it kept making me feel!

Plot wise, Rough Trade is action and angst packed. From intense action scenes, to emotional conversations, Bell  has packed so much into this book. However it wasn’t the action that kept me reading into the wee hours of the night, it was the emotions.

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Book Bingo 2019

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In preparation for next year, I am getting started on my 2019 Book Bingo card!

I have previously completed a Bingo Card in 2015 and I absolutely loved it. I was a little slow off the mark last year in putting one together, however I replaced it with the less intensive Comfort Zone Challenge which was also really fun. For the other previous years, I had taken a break from the blog, so I am really looking forward to tackling another Bingo Challenge!

In light of this, I am trying to think of Bingo squares and am struggling. So far I have thought of fifteen and have really just hit the wall in terms of thinking of others.

I currently have:

  • Fae
  • Sports
  • Shifters
  • Vampires
  • YA
  • TBR Pile
  • Goodreads Rec
  • Start the Series
  • Read that Sequel
  • Finish that Trilogy
  • Cinderella Retelling
  • Bi MC
  • Gender-queer MC
  • Lesbian MC
  • Trans MC

So I’m putting it to you, do you have any suggestions for books,  themes, or genres to add to my 2019 Book Bingo card?


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The Girl with the Sweetest Secret by Betina Krahn

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by Betina Krahn.

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Blurb: When Frances Bumgarten encounters a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night, her first impulse is to wallop the scoundrel on the head with a bread paddle. And when Frankie discovers he is “The Fox,” a disarmingly arrogant purveyor of gossip among England’s aristocracy, she’s tempted to take a second swing . . .

Never mind that Reynard Boulton, nephew of the Viscount Tannehill, is returning her inebriated uncle safely home. This chiseled intruder has sparked an infuriating physical sensation unlike anything the feisty Nevada silver heiress has experienced. In fact, the noblemen of London are so dull, Frankie’s sworn off marriage entirely. She will, however, help her younger sister win her own love match—even if it means secretly enlisting Reynard’s enquiring mind . . .

But secrets, as Reynard knows too well, can be costly. For Frankie is yet unaware that a villainous duke is scheming to claim her—and ruin him. Soon they’re racing to uncover the truth—and fueling a passion that won’t stay hidden . . .


Release Date: November 27th, 2018.
Length: 320 pages.
Series: Sin and Sensibility #2.
Genre: Historical Romance.
Read as an: ebook.
Sourced: Netgalley.

My Thoughts: The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is a great example of what historical romance novels can be – the book was well written, engaging, and funny!  From start to finish I found myself reading with a smile on my face.

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Polyamorous: Living and Loving More by Jenny Yuen

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by Jenny Yuen.

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Blurb: A look at how people are giving themselves a choice to love another way.

“The heart is not like a box that gets filled up, but expands in size the more you love.”

Enlightened words you wouldn’t expect to hear from the computer in the movie Her, but it also rings true for humans. More people than ever are exploring the possibility of opening up their relationships — and not only that, they are fighting for their legal rights to love however and whomever they choose.

In Polyamorous, reporter Jenny Yuen digs into why open relationships are such a hot topic, why they’re becoming more normalized, and how relationships with multiple partners can be a practical alternative to monogamy and an intriguing expedition through uncharted emotional territory. Couples are clearing a path for “throuples,” “quads,” and “relationship anarchists” who navigate through jealousy and reach a place of “compersion” — feeling joy because your partner feels joy with another — as pairing off is no longer the default option for many. For some, polyamory is just a part of who they are.

Poly is love. Infinite.


Release Date: November 17th, 2018.
Length: 300 pages.
Series: N/A – Standalone
Genre: Non-fiction. Relationships. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: Polyamorous: Living and Loving More is an in depth exploration of polyamory and all the issues that can surround these relationships. Jenny Yuen makes this topic real through her honest discussion of real relationships and real people.

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Taming Fire by Leora Gonzales

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by Leora Gonzales.

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Blurb: Steam 

Yoga instructor Louise Pine is the ultimate caretaker. Everyone around her seems to have an emergency, but Lou hasn’t met a fire she couldn’t put out—until she’s faced with the hunky, bossy firefighter who crashes into her own backyard—and her life. No one tells Lou what to do, yet somehow the guy’s take-charge style makes her tingle . . .

Simmer

Phoenix “Nix” Jones is used to calling the shots, whether he’s dealing with his younger siblings or taking on a dangerous blaze. Luckily, the fire at Lou’s is a false alarm. But the heat the fit and feisty woman ignites is far from dying out…

Afterglow

As the sparks turn into 5-alarm passion, can two strong-willed people end up engulfed by love—or will they crash and burn?


Release Date: November 27, 2018.
Length: 208 pages (on my tiny phone).
Series: Braving the Heat #2.
Genre: Erotica. Romance. F/M.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: Taming Heat was a quick and punchy read. While enjoying a nice glass of wine next to her fire pit, Louise (or Lou or Aunty Loulou) is interrupted by the fire brigade as they kick down her fence. It is here that Phoenix (or ‘Nix’) meets Lou. The story follows the pair as they hit it off, get turned down, and then fall in love.

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LLR: The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings

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The Redemption of Althalus

by David and Leigh Eddings.

Althalus, burgler, armed robber, is paid to steal a book by a sinister stranger named Ghend. Althalus sets off to the House at the End of the World where the book is kept. There, in the same room as the book Ghenddescribed, he finds a talking cat. What he can’t find as he turns around is the door by which he entered.

Back in the long long ago, The Redemption of Althalus was a book that was recommended to me by one of my high school teachers. I even think that they lent me the book so I could read it. Regardless of the recommendation I remember really enjoying the book.

The book has 913 pages and is huge! I do remember that it took me a while to get through the book, but I think I was just coming off of reading the Lord of the Rings, so I was used to the larger page counts. Continue reading “LLR: The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings”

Infinite Blue by Natalina Reis

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by Nataline Reis.

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Blurb: When a shifter and a human are bound by fate, neither man knows if their connection will be enough to save not only their growing love, but their lives.

Shahin Halcón has been taught that if and when he meets his soul mate, he’ll know immediately. Always the rebel, he doesn’t believe it until the day he crosses paths with Cai, a full-human.

Plagued by unsuccessful relationships and heartache, Cai Banes’s life is quiet and unexciting. When he meets young and wild Shahin, his life is turned upside down, and he’s not sure he likes it.

But neither can deny the powerful pull that draws them together.

Old secrets and ancient myths about cross-species relationships plague their romance and threaten to put their happiness and life at risk. Will their love for each other be strong enough to survive?


Release Date: September 8th, 2018.
Length: 182 pages.
Series: N/A – Standalone
Genre: Romance. QUILTBAG. M/M.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: Library eBook.

My Thoughts: As soon as I saw the beautiful cover of Infinite Blue I knew I had to read it. The fact that the blurb promised an interesting read, didn’t hurt either.

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Addict by Matt Doyle

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by Matt Doyle.

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Blurb: New Hopeland was built to be the centre of the technological age, but like everywhere else, it has its dark side. Assassins, drug dealers and crooked businessmen form a vital part of the city’s make-up, and sometimes, the police are in too deep themselves to be effective. But hey, there are always other options …

For P.I. Cassie Tam, business has been slow. So, when she’s hired to investigate the death of a local VR addict named Eddie Redwood, she thinks it’ll be easy money. All she has to do is prove to the deceased’s sister Lori that the local P.D. were right to call it an accidental overdose. The more she digs though, the more things don’t seem to sit right, and soon, Cassie finds herself knee deep in a murder investigation. But that’s just the start of her problems.

When the case forces Cassie to make contact with her drug dealing ex-girlfriend, Charlie Goldman, she’s left with a whole lot of long buried personal issues to deal with. Then there’s her client. Lori Redwood is a Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal. Cassie isn’t one to judge, but the Tech Shifting community has always left her a bit nervous. That wouldn’t be a problem if Lori wasn’t fast becoming the first person that she’s been genuinely attracted to since splitting with Charlie. Oh, and then there’s the small matter of the police wanting her to back off the case.

Easy money, huh? Yeah, right.


Release Date: 8th May, 2017.
Length: 149 pages.
Series: The Cassie Tam Files #1.
Genre: Sci Fi. QUILTBAG. F/F.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: from author.

My Thoughts: Addict is a futuristic detective story that follows Private Investigator Cassie Tam as she delves into the world of VR to investigate an accidental overdose. The story is told from a first person perspective and reads very much like an old school PI novel. Action packed, distinctive, and set in a detailed futuristic world, Addict grabs your attention from start to finish.

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LLR: The Barbed Coil by J.V. Jones

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Are you a blogger who keeps telling themselves you’ll get around to writing reviews, but then don’t. Do you write ‘review to come’ on Goodreads only to let them languish for years? Well then, the blog feature ‘Long Lost Reviews‘ is for you.

The aim of the blog feature is to start tackling your review backlog. Whether it’s an in-depth analysis of how it affected your life, one sentence stating that you only remember the ending, or that you have no recollection of reading the book at all. Let’s tackle your review backlog and dig up some long lost reviews!

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The Barbed Coil

by J.V. Jones.

When Izgard of Garizon put on the Coil and crowned himself King, he set in train a course of tumultuous events that would reverberate around the continent. For the Coil must have blood. And the first blood to flow is that of Berick of Thorn, the legendary conqueror of Garizon. His son, Camron, wants revenge and knows that Izgard can only be stopped by force of arms. He seeks out the man who knows most about Izgard’s murderous hordes – Lord Ravis, a ruthless mercenary with a dark and secret past. And Tessa McCamfrey is about to become caught up in this dangerous and exotic world – with the piratical Ravis, a beautifully patterned gold ring and a role to play in the momentous events that unfold.

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