SLRG: Natural Selection by Katie Allen

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by Katie Allen.

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Blurb: There’s something wickedly naughty about love on the run

Darwin Bloom has no true identity—his laboratory creators made sure of that. Darwin isn’t his real name and living on the lam doesn’t exactly allow for deep romantic relationships, but the feelings he’s developed for engineer Tom Cooper are strong enough to try.

Tom Cooper’s life changed forever when he met Darwin. Gone are his fears of intimacy—Tom wants to do whatever Darwin asks, whenever he asks. How is it that the big, beautiful construction worker can seem dangerous and delicious at the same time?

But when Darwin’s mysterious past comes back with a vengeance, there’s more than just incredible sex at stake. Darwin promised Tom he’d never leave him…but keeping him safe might mean doing just that.

Previously published under a different title:Darwin’s Natural Selection.’

Length: 222 pages.
Series: Research and Desire #2.
Genre: Romance. QUILTBAG. M/M. Erotica.
Read as an: eBook.

My Thoughts: So I thought the first book of the Research and Desire book series was good, but boy does this book blow that idea out of the water. Natural Selection was amazing! The relationship and interactions between Tom and Darwin were absolutely fantastic and had me smiling throughout the novel.

Okay, so I may be a little bias, as I am attracted to sarcastic and snarky personality types, but Darwin and Tom were so real to me. The moments that made the two characters for me where the back and forth puns they threw at each other. Near the end of the novel, there is a scene where the two are doing this, and one pun falls spectacularly short, with Darwin calling it out for being bad.

Yes! Thank you.

More of that please.

Whether or not my intense love of these two came from my own tendencies to have terrible pun battles with my partner or just my appreciation of punny moments, what cannot be refuted is how entertaining the book is – Natural Selection is funny and (despite the superhuman aspects) feels real.

Darwin and Tom had fun, they teased, and they were understanding of each other. I really enjoyed Natural Selection and cannot wait to read the third book in the series! For every book of hers that I read, Katie Allen never fails to be entertaining, tell emotional stories, and make me smile.

Smut Level: For reasons relating to the plot, it takes longer than ‘normal’ for the pair to become physically intimate but don’t fret, in-between this are intense verbal moments between the pair. When the physical part of Tom and Darwin’s relationship starts, boy does it start, the book is filled with interesting and intense physical moments between the two characters.


What did you think? Do you like the new feature? 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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Exercising Restraint by Tamir Drake

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by Tamir Drake.

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Blurb: Pierce may have a crush on Steve, his sweet, funny personal trainer, but he doesn’t plan to act on it. They have a great relationship in the gym but are also friends outside of it, and Pierce has no intention of jeopardizing that. Besides, he may be an omega, but he’s got a good handle on his body’s biology. He’s not worried he’ll accidentally take things too far.

Steve may have a crush on Pierce, his smart and incredibly hot client, but he’s definitely not planning to say anything anytime soon. Pierce can do way better than Steve, and anyway, Pierce is a pretty casual dater. What Steve wants is anything but casual. And that’s not just the alpha in him.

When Pierce goes to Steve’s gym one snowy afternoon to work out, he thinks nothing of the fact that he’s in heat. He’s taken his libido inhibitor and is wearing his odor blocker, so there’s no chance of bothering Steve. Except, then the blocker wears off.

Steve wants nothing more than to keep himself under control, keep himself from doing something Pierce might not want. But Pierce might have something else in mind…


Release Date: July 30, 2018.
Length: 16, 800 words.
Series: Different Dynamics #2.
Genre: Erotica. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: Purchased.

My Thoughts: Exercising Restraint proves to be just as punchy as the first book of the series, Different Dynamics. Set in the same world as the first novel, the second expands upon the concept of the Alpha/Beta/Omega (A/B/O) universe and features two incredibly likeable characters.

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Different Dynamics by Tamir Drake

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by Tamir Drake.

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Blurb: Richard doesn’t mind being an omega; all he cares about is playing good hockey, even though it means ignoring the media that tries to rip him apart for it. They don’t think omegas should be allowed on the ice, but he gets along fine. He’s team captain. He can play with the best of them.

The one sticking point is his heats; Richard might be on suppressants, but he’s one of the unlucky ones who still gets a heat every four months or so. They suck to deal with, especially alone, but seeking out a heat partner isn’t an option. The PR nightmare alone keeps him from any kind of hook-up. He can’t risk it. Hockey is all he’s got.

When Richard’s heat comes early while his team is on a roadie, teammate and best friend James helps him out of a bad situation. Tired of hurting, Richard decides it’s better not to go it alone. And James is safe and warm; he’s a great alpha who knows just what Richard needs. When Richard also imprints on big, bad rival player, Dmitry Sokolov? There’s sweet comfort in a three-way with lots of knotting and dirty talk.

Richard might be on cloud nine.


Release Date: June 26, 2017.
Length: 63 pages.
Series: Different Dynamics #1.
Genre: Erotica. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley

My Thoughts: Short, punchy, and a sexy little read, Different Dynamics is an erotic roller coaster. For the length of the novelette, I found myself immersed pretty quickly in the world and the characters.

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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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Fallen for You by Jules Dee

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by Jules Dee.

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Review Tagline: A distinct paranormal romance filled with action and intrigue that takes place across Britain.

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Blurb: When you work with someone for years, you think you know them pretty well.

Casey Wicker and Martin Bishop are a British Secret Service team with a reputation for ignoring rules but delivering results. They’ve also built a tight friendship, with more than a spark of unspoken attraction.

While on assignment to Scotland Yard, Martin rescues Casey and exposes him to a life-changing secret. Martin is not what he seems, and now that Casey is aware of that, the knowledge most likely comes with a death sentence.

When a way to avoid the tragic ending is suggested, it may very well take more cooperation than anyone is willing to expend.


Release Date: July 16, 2018.
Length: 70, 100 words.
Series: Stand Alone.
Genre: Paranormal. Romance. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: Netgalley.

My Thoughts: Fallen for You is an enjoyable paranormal novel, set in modern day Britain. I loved the two main characters Martin and Casey, they were each such unique characters who not only made me smile but had great chemistry. These two, coupled with the incredible world building had me racing through the book in a day. Continue reading “Fallen for You by Jules Dee”

Comfort Zone Challenge: Western (Pinkerton Man Series by C.J. Baty)

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This month I challenged myself to try the Western genre. My thoughts on the Western genre are somewhat limited to John Wayne, the knowledge my Grandad liked them, and the fact that they’re the old man version of Mills and Boon books.

So with that in mind I, once again, tried to find something that was of the genre but something that I would enjoy. So by some incredible stoke of luck I found a book while shelving that was both a Western and a gay romance!

So, happy Comfort Zone Pride Month!

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Quick Picks: M/M Romance novels

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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

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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.