Life has been full of unexpected events since July and new adventures (read – new job) 😉 I have been reading as time allows but I have fallen behind on reviews. These will be brief, well brief for me. I have even received permission to link to a review on Goodreads for the book Stuff By Josephine Myles, by a reviewer I follow,~~Dani ♥ semi-colons~~. She writes wonderful reviews and also reviews for the blog My Fiction Nook.
The three m/m books listed here today cover urban fantasy, contemporary romance with a British flavor and historical mystery / romance.
Title: No Enemy But Time (Love’s Landscapes)
Series: Love’s Landscapes
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads
Genre: M/M, Urban Fantasy
Published: July 20th 2014
Word / page count: 62
Part of the Don’t Read In The Closet 2014 event.
This novella is set in the authors Brandywine Investigations universe.
Zagreus (Zack), the son of Hades, and his former guardian angel, Michael, live a quiet life of gardening, animal rescue, and playful sexual experimentation. They have a house near the beach, family close by and each other. This should be the happily ever after of every god’s dreams.
But lately, strange misgivings have plagued Zack, a sense of something dark and powerful approaching. Since he can’t pin down a source, he dismisses his instincts. Why borrow trouble? That is, until Michael begins to have strange mood swings and a dark stranger appears in the garden one night. Zack will need to battle time itself or lose both his hard-won peace and the love of his immortal life.
I always enjoy the “Don’t Read in the Closet” events that the Goodreads M/M Romance Group hosts every year. This year’s theme is Love’s Landscapes. I have found many new authors through these events and it is fun to get free short stories from some of my favorite authors too.
Which brings me to No Enemy But Time by Angel Martinez. I am a fan of Angel’s writing. She writes M/M sci-fi and fantasy. She can be light and humorous or deliciously dark. This story is a little mix of both. Zack and Michael have been together a while, a committed couple, very much in love. Michael is an angel that fell when he fell in love with Zack (Zagreus), son of Hades. It seems that many fallen angels succumb to a darker side over time. The love between Michael and Zack has been strong enough to keep him stable so far, but Zack notices changes in his lover and is worried but dismisses it. The first part of the book really gives the reader a feel for the depth of love these two have for one another. There is also a very erotic scene between them (something I had not read about before) that I thought was well written and portrayed the love and trust between them.
That said, this is not an easy story. When someone we love is going through something that we would rather believe is not happening, sometimes we hesitate to take action. In No Enemy But Time we can see this happening and matters become much worse before Zack realizes he must act to save Michael. There are heart-wrenching scenes and I felt the ending was not exactly happy, but hopeful. I read this story without reading Ms Martinez’s Canines, Crosshairs And Corpses, Book # 1 in the Brandywine Investigations universe. It is now on my tbr list and I am hoping we get more of Zack and Michael’s story too.
Title: Stuff (The Bristol Collection #2)
Series: The Bristol Collection #2
Author: Josephine Myles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: M/M, Contemporary romance
Published: May 27th 2014
Word / page count: 374 pages
When Mr. Glad Rags meets Mr. Riches, the result is flaming fun.
Tobias “Mas” Maslin doesn’t need much. A place of his own, weekends of clubbing, a rich boyfriend for love and support. Too bad his latest sugar daddy candidate turns out to be married with kids. Mas wants to be special, not someone’s dirty little secret.
When he loses his job and his flat on the same day, his worlds starts unraveling…until he stumbles across a vintage clothing shop. Now to convince the reclusive, eccentric owner he’s in dire need of a salesman.
Perry Cavendish-Fiennes set up Cabbages and Kinks solely to annoy his controlling father. Truth be told, he’d rather spend every spare moment on his true passion, art. When Mas comes flaming into his life talking nineteen to the dozen, he finds himself offering him a job and a place to live.
He should have listened to his instincts. The shop is already financially on the brink, and Mas’s flirting makes him feel things he’s never felt for a man. Yet Mas seems convinced they can make a go of it—in the shop, and together.
Warning: Contains an eccentric, bumbling Englishman, a gobby drama queen, fantastic retro clothing, scary fairies, exes springing out of the woodwork, and a well-aimed glass of bubbly. Written in brilliantly British English
Oh My! What can I say? Josephine Myles is one of my favorite authors and her very British style is so much fun to read. I love the way Perry and Mas work so well even though they are so very different. When I was going to Goodreads to get the blurb, I read a review by ~~Dani ♥ semi-colons~~. I always enjoy her reviews and this one said exactly how I felt about this book.
Check it out here: Goodreads reviews
Title: Think of England
Author: K.J. Charles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: M/M, Historical Romance, Mystery
Published: July 1st 2014
Word / page count: 236 pages
Lie back and think of England…
England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.
Curtis’s search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.
As events unfold, Curtis realizes that Daniel has his own secret intentions. And there’s something else they share—a mounting sexual tension that leaves Curtis reeling.
As the house party’s elegant facade cracks to reveal treachery, blackmail and murder, Curtis finds himself needing clever, dark-eyed Daniel as he has never needed a man before…
Warning: Contains explicit male/male encounters, ghastly historical attitudes, and some extremely stiff upper lips.
I first discovered K.J. Charles through her collaboration with Jordan L Hawk. I have since become a great fan of her writing.
Captain Archie Curtis is a soldiers, soldier. He is wounded in an arms mishap that is looking more and more to have been sabotage rather than a manufacturing error. When he arrives at the manor of a wealthy couple, he meets Daniel da Silva. Daniel is nothing like Archie and Archie forms an instant dislike for the man. What Archie and Daniel do not realize is that they are more alike than they imagine and find they are at the manor for the same purpose. I thought Daniel was wonderful. Rapier wit, not shy or repentant for who he is and perfect for the repressed, stoic Archie.
The way the author introduces us to Archie and Daniel as well as the other guest staying at the manor, gives the story a murder mystery feel, which, in fact, it is. Murder, mystery, treachery, decadence and blackmail, as well as witty banter, courage and loyalty, some steamy sex and two strong female characters that I thought were wonderful. K.J. Charles’ style is crisp and vivid and the dialogue flows perfectly for the period. Once again, I have found a historical novel that swept me off my feet, and kept me engaged to the point where I would rather read than sleep. Although this could be a standalone book, I am hoping there is a sequel in the works – soon – please. Highly recommended.
All books listed were purchased by blogger/reviewer