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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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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Five Reasons My Book Club is Better than Yours

I love my book club. I love reading, and I love catching up with my friends, and I love that I get to do both at once!

If you ever think about joining or creating a book club, I would 100% recommend the experience and 110% encourage you. If you are interested in starting a book club check out my post about my Top Ten Book Club Books.

If you already are part of a book club, how awesome are they? Just to be completely honest with you though, my book club will always be better than yours.

The below are just a few reason why my book club is better than yours.

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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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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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Confessions of a Book Lover – I Dog Ear Books

My name is Ally and I dog ear books.

To mark my place in a book, I fold the corner of a page instead of using a bookmark like a civilised person. I am such a deviant that I not only dog ear my own books but also library books.

I hear you gasp in horror – I am fully aware of how people feel about dog earring books and just how passionate they can get about doing this to books. But honestly, who cares?

For books that are my own, you shouldn’t care because they’re mine.

I must admit though, when borrowing a book from a friend, I don’t dog ear their books because I do respect their property.

For library books, take it from someone who works in a library in the grand scheme of things, dog earring doesn’t damage a book. Bending the covers, cracking the spines, and mystery stains are why books are removed from catalogues, not because of bent top corners.

Having said this, please note that I do not dog ear large non fiction books or valuable older books. I am admitting to dog earring paperback, trade paperbacks, and hardcover fiction books. I am not a monster who dog ears valuable art print books or 1920 copies of classic fiction.

I know that this confession and my blasé attitude may annoy or even infuriate some people but oh well. I am a ‘dog earer’ and I do not care.


What are your opinions on dog earring books? Are you a avid bookmark supporter? Do you think I have a special place waiting for me in book purgatory? Or are you like me, a dog earrer who is no longer afraid to confess to their book crimes.

Leave a comment and let me know!

Play it Again by Aidan Wayne

Play It Again

by Aidan Wayne.

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The videos are fun.

But it’s the host who has him coming back for more…


When Seattle-based blind YouTuber Dovid Rosenstein finds Sam Doyle’s Let’s Play channel, playitagainsam, he’s instantly captivated by the Irish gamer. Everything about Sam is adorable, from his accent to his personality, and Dovid can’t get enough of his content.

Dovid’s glowing shout-out on Don’t Look Now, his own successful channel, sends Sam’s subscriber numbers skyrocketing overnight. He has more comments than he can read. And while the sudden surge in popularity is anxiety inducing, Sam decides it’s only right to dedicate his next episode to Dovid…which soon leads to a heart-pounding exchange of DMs.

They may have never met in person, but Dovid’s never felt this close to anyone before. What they have feels worth exploring—no matter the distance. But is it possible to already be in love with someone who’s half a world away?

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: 22nd April, 2019

Length: 288 pages.

Series: N/A

Genre: Romance. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.

Read as: eBook

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

Play It Again can be summed up in three words:

An Absolute Delight.

The word adorable could have been used but that would have been a bit too on the nose 😋

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The Fox, the Dog, and the King by Matt Doyle

The Fox, the Dog, and the KingThe Fox, the Dog, and the King

by Matt Doyle.

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Blurb: New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld …

When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.

Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.


Release Date: 23rd July, 2018.
Length: 193 pages.
Series: The Cassie Tam Files #2.
Genre: Sci Fi. QUILTBAG. F/F.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: The Fox, The Dog, and The King is a return to form for Matt Doyle. The second book of ‘The Cassie Tam Files’ sees us pick back up not long after the events of Addict with Cassie celebrating on a night out with her girlfriend, Lori. After a performance by Tech Shifter Kitsune, Cassie is on the case again searching for a missing dog. Like the first book in the series, The Fox, The Dog, and The King will quickly pull you in as you navigate a seemingly simple case as it slowly escalates and slips out of control. Continue reading “The Fox, the Dog, and the King by Matt Doyle”

My Hopeful Reads of 2019

Okay so I know I have my 2019 Goals and my Book Bingo challenge but I have so many other books I want to read and they’re ones that probably won’t feature in these challenges.

So I decided I’d make a quick image to display in a sidebar widget of my blog. The books featured are ones that I want to hopefully read by the end of 2019, thus the ‘Hopeful reads of 2019’ title.

The books that are featured are ones that:

Keep an eye out on my blog for the graphic which I will be updating as I read the books 😊



See any books in there that you want to know more about? Do you want a similar template for your blog? Leave a comment and let me know 😊