Books and Reviews – March 07, 2016

 

This week I read Historical romance, Steampunk and contemporary BDSM.  Quite a variety. First up is :

unnatural Joanna ChambersTitle: Unnatural (Enlightenment Book 4)
Author: Joanna Chambers
Publisher: Samhain
Publication Date: 11/24/2015
Genre: Historical, Regency, MM romance

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My rating: 4.5/5.0

 

Blurb:  James and Iain’s story – offshot of the Enlightenment series.Captain Iain Sinclair. Perfect son, perfect soldier, hero of Waterloo. A man living a lie. The only person who really knows him is his childhood friend, scientist James Hart. But they’ve been estranged since Iain brutally destroyed their friendship following a passionate encounter.

Iain is poised to leave the King’s service to become an undercover agent in India. Before he leaves his old life behind, he’s determined to reconcile with James. An invitation to a country house party from James’s sister provides the perfect opportunity to pin the man down.

James has loved Iain all his life, but his years of accepting crumbs from Iain’s table are over. Forgiving Iain is one thing—restoring their friendship is quite another.

In the face of James’s determined resistance, Iain is forced to confront his reasons for mending the wounds between them. And accept the possibility that James holds the key to his heart’s desire—if only he has the courage to reach for it.

 I was one of those people who said that historical romance was just not for me until I read a few recommeded by friends and I quickly learned that I Do like historical romance.   I found this fun review by Lirtle on Prism Book Alliance’s blog for Unnatural.
I hope you enjoy it.
Unnatural by Joanna Chambers ~ Book Review by Lirtle from Prism Book Alliance

 

Rag and Bone by KJ CharlesAuthor: K.J. Charles
Title: Rag & Bone (Rag & Bone #1)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: March 01, 2016
Genre: Historical, paranormal, romance, mm
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 Blurb:  It’s amazing what people throw away…Crispin Tredarloe never meant to become a warlock. Freed from his treacherous master, he’s learning how to use his magical powers the right way. But it’s brutally hard work. Not everyone believes he’s a reformed character, and the strain is putting unbearable pressure on his secret relationship with waste-man Ned Hall.

Ned’s sick of magic. Sick of the trouble it brings, sick of its dangerous grip on Crispin and the miserable look it puts in his eyes, and sick of being afraid that a gentleman magician won’t want a street paper-seller forever—or even for much longer.

But something is stirring among London’s forgotten discards. An ancient evil is waking up and seeking its freedom. And when wild magic hits the rag-and-bottle shop where Ned lives, a panicking Crispin falls back onto bad habits. The embattled lovers must find a way to work together—or London could go up in flames.

This story is set in the world of the Charm of Magpies series.

Warning: Contains a warlock who needs to go straight (but isn’t), a waste-man running out of patience, blood magic, bad-tempered justiciars, and a pen with a mind of its own.

My rating 5.0    I love the Charm of Magpie series.  This book is a fun off shoot of the series and I enjoyed revisiting some of the characters from previous Charm of Magpie books.  I would like to share a review by one of the two people who turned me on to mm historical romance and helped me understand what I had been missing. ❤
Rag and Bone (Rag and Bone book 1) review by Dianne at It’s About The Book

 

Clockwork Heart by Heidi CullinanTitle: Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Love)
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publisher:  Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:  February 02, 2016
Genre: Steampunk, mm romance, historical, erotic
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Blurb: 

Love, adventure and a steaming good time.

Clockwork Love, Book 1

As the French army leader’s bastard son, Cornelius Stevens enjoys a great deal of latitude. But when he saves an enemy soldier using clockwork parts, he’s well aware he risks hanging for treason. That doesn’t worry him half as much, however, as the realization he’s falling for his patient.

Johann Berger never expected to survive his regiment’s suicide attack on Calais, much less wake up with mechanical parts. To avoid discovery, he’s forced to hide in plain sight as Cornelius’s lover—a role Johann finds himself taking to surprisingly well.

When a threat is made on Cornelius’s life, Johann learns the secret of the device implanted in his chest—a mythical weapon both warring countries would kill to obtain. Caught up in a political frenzy, in league with pirates, dodging rogue spies, mobsters and princesses with deadly parasols, Cornelius and Johann have no time to contemplate how they ended up in this mess. All they know is, the only way out is together—or not at all.

Warning: Contains tinkers, excessive clockwork appendages, and a cloud-sweeping tour of Europe. A little absinthe, a little theft, a little exhibitionism. Men who love men, women who love women, and some who aren’t particular.

I loved this book so much.  Pirates, adventure, amazing clockworks, romance, steamy (in an erotic way. Think libertine) and strong women characters.
Conny and Johann are wonderful main characters, such opposites, but well matched. As always, Heidi Cullinan has an outstanding cast of secondary characters. I can’t wait to know more about them. This is a fantastic erotic steampunk adventure. Looking forward to Clockwork Love #2.

I found two reviews that I enjoyed very much and even though they both loved the book, they have different perspectives.

The first is from:

Jules at The Novel Approach Reviews

The second is from one of my favorite Goodreads reviewers:
Pain Slut by JA RockTitle: Pain Slut (The SUBS club Book 2)
Author: J.A. Rock
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Publication Date:  January 30, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM
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Blurb: Honestly, I’m ready to take a step back from the Subs Club. Making the kink world a safer place for subs is the sort of bandwagon I’d have boarded as an idealist in my early twenties, but now I’m a pragmatist in my late twenties. I prefer to focus on adopting and raising a child.
But unexpected factors inevitably derail my plans. Like Drix Seger—attractive and the first genuine sadist I’ve encountered. If I were not in the process of renouncing my masochistic ways and becoming the normal, responsible potential father the adoption agency wants to see, Drix and I might do well together.

But he has a foolish name and belongs to a cult of vampyres, and I am quitting kink. So why does Drix’s infatuation with blood and biting make me so hot I can’t think straight? And why, when he looks at me, does he seem to see something beyond a basket case with a stick up my ass?

Can I start a new phase in my life without leaving part of myself behind? Please send help.
-Miles

My rating 4.5/5.0   I enjoyed the first book in the series and was a little apprehensive about Miles book. He is seriously into pain, but as expected, JA Rock tells his story with humor, thoughtfulness, and some serious kink. Although I cringed in places, she made sure to let the reader know that Miles was ok. It was consensual and something he needed. It is great how the friends are there for each other and I love Kamon’s mom. Drix is a great match for Miles. I am looking forward to seeing them revisited in future books.
I found this thoughtful review I would like to share by:
Carrie at The Novel Approach Reviews

Happy Reading

Melyna

Finn and library

 

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