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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The Second Anticipated Arrival Rundown

Anticipated Arrived Rundown

In the time since posting my first Anticipated Arrival Rundown, I’ve finally read and watched two things on my list. Check out the below two items I’ve been waiting for and finally experienced ❤


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The Dragon’s Hoard by Mell Eight.

Post: Anticipated Arrival: Mell Eight’s The Dragon’s Hoard.

I have previously read the first four short stories in this collection. I really enjoyed re-reading them and also loved the new stories included.

I have a weakness for any type of romance novel. If you make it an fantasy romance novel ever better. If it’s a fantasy romance novel with dragons, then you have a surefire winner!

I would really recommend The Dragon’s Hoard if you were after a bunch of quick and happy m/m romance reads <# Continue reading “The Second Anticipated Arrival Rundown”

Grilled Cheese and Goblins by Nicole Kimberling

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by Nicole Kimberling.

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Review Tagline: You’ll have trouble not falling in love with Special Agent Curry and his bite sized stories.

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Blurb: Keith Curry has his work cut out for him.

NATO’s Irregulars Affairs Division is a secret organization operating in thousands of cities around the globe. Its agents police relations between the earthly realm and those beyond this world, protecting citizens from both mundane and otherworldly dangers.

Former chef turned NIAD food inspector, Special Agent Keith Curry found out about magic the hard way and is now determined to keep dinner safe for everybody. Includes the novellas “Cherries Worth Getting,” “Magically Delicious” and the never-before-published “Bring Out Your Best” plus bonus shorts and more!


Release Date: 9th October, 2018.
Length: 317 pages.
Series: N/A.
Genre: Urban Fantasy. QUILTBAG. M/M Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: Grilled Cheese and Goblins: Adventures of a Supernatural Food Inspector is a novel made up of collected stories that revolve around Special Agent Keith Curry.  Once a chef, now Keith is an agent of the NATO Irregular Affairs Division where he specialises in food inspections and investigations.

Grilled Cheese and Goblins is an incredibly fresh look at urban fantasy. Not only is the book a m/m romance, but it blends fantastical elements with food health and safety administration.

I mean, what?

Who would even think to mix the two?

Better yet, why would you?!

I’ll tell you what, Kimberling has merged the two to create such a nuanced and different world! With investigations ranging from searching for human protein (man meat 😛 ), illegal magical inclusions to food, contaminated blood supplements, and world saving blintzes, Grilled Cheese and Goblins is such a unique urban fantasy.  Continue reading “Grilled Cheese and Goblins by Nicole Kimberling”

Ghost’s Dilemma by Morwen Navarre

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by Morwen Navarre.

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Six Word Summary: Gripping sequel which shows us more of the world and the characters we love.

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Blurb: Ghost is content to spend all his free time with Gerry. But scandal and hate surrounding Ghost’s appointment as the first male witch, along with a deadly epidemic, force Ghost to make choices that will separate him from his love.

Spurred on by a message from his mentor, Ghost embarks on a journey through mystical underground tunnels and lost civilizations to the frozen lands of his origin, seeking a way to neutralize the threat back home. While he struggles to find a balance between his duties as a witch and his calling as a seer, all Ghost really wants is to return to the haven he has found in Gerry’s arms.


Release Date: 30th of July, 2018.
Length: 64, 300 words.
Series: Witch’s Apprentice #2.
Genre: Paranormal. QUILTBAG. Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: Netgalley.

My Thoughts: Once again I really enjoyed the world building and story telling of Morwen Navarre’s Witch’s Apprentice series. Where Ghost’s Sight was sweet and short, Ghost’s Dilemma, expands upon the world and offers a more in depth look and exploration of the characters.

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Quick Picks: M/M Romance novels

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QUICK Picks

I am a sucker for romance novels ❤ Even more so if they’re ones with QUILTBAG characters. Some of my favourite novels from the romance genre, are ones that have two men as the romantic leads.

Don’t get me wrong, I am just as likely to be reading romances with f/f, m/m/f, f/f/m, and how conventional of me m/f pairings. In addition to these, I also have an incredible weakness for romances that feature trans and/or asexual characters.

I have grandiose plans to eventually feature each of these pairings in a similar post. So keep your eye out! In the mean time, the below are just a quick look at some of my favourites from the m/m romance genre. I hope you enjoy.

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by M.L. Rhodes.

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The publisher of this series has stopped operating, however the book is scheduled for re-release within either 2018 or 2019. 

Quick story run down: Sebastian Keller is a straight laced ‘smart guy’ who runs his own travel book shop. Dylan Radamacher is the bad boy owner of the ‘Rad Tattoo’ store that just opened up next to Sebastian.

In a book that combines two stories, you see Sebastian and Dylan break down their misconceptions of each other. As they both learn more about each other, you see their walls fall down as the pair start to hit it off. A sweet and sexy romance story follows.

Quick reasons why I love the book:

  • Cute characters: From beginning to end Sebastian and Dylan make me smile.
  • Enemies to lovers: I’m a sucker for that trope and while the pair may not have been enemies, there was some understandable animosity between them.
  • Re-readability: I found this book about eight years ago and I have re-read it some many times. I caved and tracked down a physical copy.

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Ghost’s Sight by Morwen Navarre

Pride Month

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by Morwen Navarre.

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Six Word Summary: Surprisingly sweet post-apocalyptic fantasy love story.

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Blurb: Years ago, a bond was forged when a little boy, plagued by dreams and visions he could not explain, became the Witch’s new apprentice healer.

Gerry, a rugged and headstrong hunter, is brought to the Witch for healing, and Ghost is forced to reveal the mark beneath his snowy hair that sets him apart from other men.

But Gerry does not reject Ghost as an outcast. He finds Ghost beguiling and mysterious and declares his intent to claim Ghost as his own. When Ghost is kidnapped by a rogue ranger, Gerry will need to hunt a lethal and unpredictable prey, and Ghost will need to use all his skill to survive until Gerry can find him.


Release Date: June 11, 2018.
Length: 27, 000 words.
Series: Witch’s Apprentice.
Genre: Paranormal & M/M Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: Netgalley.

My Thoughts: I straight up loved this little book. Initially I sat down to read one or two chapters but I ended up reading it all in one sitting. I devoured the book, loved the characters, and want more! Continue reading “Ghost’s Sight by Morwen Navarre”

Currently Consuming: Megan Derr’s ‘The Lost Gods’

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An epic series that combines fantasy and gay romance in a way that is just as likely to melt your heart as break it.

About: The blurb of Megan Derr‘s The Lost Gods series describes the overarching plot of the books as:

“Nine gods ruled the world, until the ultimate betrayal resulted in their destruction. Now, the world is dying and only by restoring the Lost Gods can it be saved.”

The Lost Gods series follows the lives of a number of characters across five books. Each book details the story of how each of the five countries try to restore the ‘Lost Gods’ of the world.

With each book a new set of characters are introduced, however as the larger storyline of the series unfolds, you start to meet a few of the previous characters. Each book and each ‘God’ explores a number of different themes and story lines; topics such as love, forgiveness, sacrifice, suicide, power, destiny, death, and rebirth are all explored throughout the series.

Why: I am a massive fan of Megan Derr and felt it was time to tackle one her lengthier series. I am currently up to the third book in the series, ‘Stone Rose,’ and am, as ever, enamoured with the characters and the almost effortless storytelling.

Best Bits: The way that Derr mixes tragic themes with romance is nothing short of genius. Over the course of two books I have, with an almost bittersweet sense, watched numbers of characters face hardships and terrible choices with a smile and watery eyes.

As with any of Derr’s novels, they are extremely well written with an amazing cast of believable characters. One thing that I have noticed about Derr is her amazing world creation ability. The worlds that her characters occupy are incredibly detailed and each as multi-faceted as the last.  The sheer range that Derr can write makes each book a very different experience from the last.

Thoughts so far: So far the books have proven to be both character driven and story heavy, but with just the right amount of romance thrown in to keep me reading. Being only half way through ‘Stone Rose,’ I cannot wait to continue to read the series and watch as the larger narrative starts to unfold even further.

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If you are interested in reading the series, please check out the Less Than Three Press website, where each book has a small extract available.