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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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”

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis

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Written by Daniel Haack.

Illustrated by Stevie Lewis.

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Six Word Summary: So heartwarming! Need to make more!

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Blurb: In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place.

“Thank you,” he told his parents.

“I appreciate that you tried,

but I’m looking for something special

in a partner by my side.”

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far from here, there was a prince in line to take the throne, so his parents set out to find him a kind and worthy bride. The three of them traveled the land far and wide, but the prince didn’t quite find what he was looking for in the princesses they met.

While they were away, a terrible dragon threatened their land, and all the soldiers fled. The prince rushed back to save his kingdom from the perilous beast and was met by a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor. Together they fought the dragon and discovered that special something the prince was looking for all along.


Release Date: May 1, 2018.
Length: 40 pages.
Genre: Picture Book. Fantasy. 
Read as a: Hardcover.

My Thoughts: As an adult reader, I found this picture book to be adorable and heartwarming. The story of Prince & Knight is simple, sweet, and very much a classic fairy tale: Prince looks for partner, prince fails, prince goes to fight dragon, prince meets knight, prince falls in love. Continue reading “Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis”

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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Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

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rat-queens-vol-01Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

Written by Kurtis J Wiebe.

Art by Roc Upchurch.

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Six Word Summary: Intrigued. Compelled. Need to read more.

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Blurb: Who are the Rat Queens?

They’re a pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire and they’re in the business of killing all the god’s creatures for profit. Meet Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.

This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent, monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

Collecting Rat Queens #1-5!


Release Date: March 26, 2014.
Length: 128 pages.
Genre: Graphic Novel & Fantasy.
Read as a: Paperback.

 

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this graphic novel, it had me smiling, cringing, and (a truly rare occurrence) actually snorting. The first book, Sass and Sorcery is really in your face as the characters, world, and kind of bloody minded humour of the world is set up. Pages had me holding the book away from myself, taking in the bloody sense, others had me smirking at the banter between the Rat Queens, but as the book went on the more I felt connected to the story and the characters. Continue reading “Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery”

Quick Picks: M/M Romance novels

Pride Month

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.

undermyskinUnder My Skin

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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My Favourite Queer Films

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As someone who has previously studied film at a tertiary level, I have a intense appreciation for film and all that it can represent. Queer representation in film was a focus of mine, and even though I may be a bit rusty and not as up to date with films as I once was, I still know what I like. Which, fair warning, tends to be comedies or cheesy romances.

The Celluloid Closet (1995)

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The Celluloid Closet is a 1995 American documentary film directed and written by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. The film is based on Vito Russo’s book of the same name first published in 1981 and on lecture and film clip presentations he gave in 1972–1982. Russo had researched the history of how motion pictures, especially Hollywood films, had portrayed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters.

The Celluloid Closet is an important queer film because it documents and discusses the history of non-heterosexual characters within early Hollywood films. The film talks about how these characters were hidden in subtext, how they were portrayed as villains, and how censorship affects visibility. Continue reading “My Favourite Queer Films”

Anticipated Arrival: C.S. Pacat’s Fence Vol.1

Anticpated arrivals

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A graphic novel series by C.S.Pacat, Fence looks at the world of fencing. Below is the blurb of the upcoming graphic novel, mainly because I have next to no idea about the plot of the series 😛 Continue reading “Anticipated Arrival: C.S. Pacat’s Fence Vol.1”

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”