Books and Reviews – June 13, 2016

Good morning!

This week I listened to a new historical mm romance series.  This one was recommended by my dear enabling friend Janice, who I adore even though she keeps my tbr and tblt list filled to the brim.  xx

The book is Lessons in Love  – Book #1 (A Cambridge Fellows Mystery) by Charlie Cochrane.

Lessons in Love Book 1 A Cambridge Fellows Mystery by Charlie CochraneAuthor: Charlie Cochrane
Narrator: Phil Mayes
Length: 5 hours and 39 minutes
Audible release date: January 18, 2016
Publisher: Charlie Cochrane



He didn’t think he had a heart. Until he lost it.
St. Bride’s College, Cambridge, England, 1905.
Jonty Stewart is handsome and outgoing, with blood as blue as his eyes. When he takes up a teaching post at the college where he studied, his dynamic style acts as an agent for change within the archaic institution. He also has a catalytic effect on Orlando Coppersmith.
Orlando is a brilliant, introverted mathematician with very little experience of life outside the university walls. He strikes up an alliance with Jonty and soon finds himself heart-deep in feelings he’s never experienced. Before long their friendship blossoms into more than either man had hoped.
Then a student is murdered within St. Bride’s. Then another…and another. All the victims have one thing in common: a penchant for men. Asked by the police to serve as their eyes and ears within the college, Jonty and Orlando risk exposing a love affair that could make them the killer’s next target.

This was a lovely historical mystery set in Cambridge, England, 1905 at St Bride’s College.  I loved the academic setting and the formality of the speech between the characters.  Jonty and Orlando are an unlikely pair and it is sweet to watch their romance unfold even though it is during a series of homophobic murders.

The story deals with some abuse but overall it is low angst and no explicit sex.  It is sweet, entertaining and the mystery was well done and engaging.
The narration by Phil Mayes was fun and captured what I thought would be the very formal speech of the time period.  I especially enjoyed Orlando’s voice.


This is a twelve book series and I know I will be starting the next book soon.
You can find out more about the series here: (click graphic to go to Amazon page):
Cambridge Fellows Mysteries set amazon


(Click red link to go to Goodreads series page)

If the men of St. Bride’s College knew what Jonty Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith got up to behind closed doors, the scandal would rock early-20th-century Cambridge to its core. But the truth is, when they’re not busy teaching literature and mathematics, the most daring thing about them isn’t their love for each other—it’s their hobby of amateur sleuthing.

Because wherever Jonty and Orlando go, trouble seems to find them. Sunny, genial Jonty and prickly, taciturn Orlando may seem like opposites. But their balance serves them well as they sift through clues to crimes, and sort through their own emotions to grow closer. But at the end of the day, they always find the truth . . . and their way home together.

 I also read the second book in a series of anthologies titled Gothika.  The first book is Stitch and the second one is Bones.  There are two more in the series, Claw and Spirit, that I plan on reading over the summer.
Bones Gothika 2Authors: Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden and BG Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:  October 19, 2015







Vodou. Obeah. Santeria. These religions seem mysterious and dark to the uninitiated, but the truth is often very different. Still, while they hold the potential for great power, they can be dangerous to those who don’t take appropriate precautions. Interfering with the spirits is best left to those who know what they’re doing, for when the proper respect isn’t shown, trouble can follow. In these four novellas, steamy nights of possession and exotic ritual will trigger forbidden passion and love. You cannot hide your desires from the loa, or from the maddening spell of the drums. Four acclaimed m/m authors imagine homoerotic love under the spell of Voodoo.

The Dance by Kim Fielding
The Bird by Eli Easton
The Book of St. Cyprian by Jamie Fessenden
Uninvited by B.G. Thomas

I am a big fan of Kim Fielding’s and Eli Easton’s writing, and I love their stories in this series.   I have also enjoyed the stories in this series by Jamie Fessenden, who is a fairly new to me.    I love BG Thomas’s series Season’s of Love series and The Boy Who came in From the Cold, but the story Uninvited was not for me.


The first book in the series, Stitch is another great anthology and again I enjoyed the stories by Eli Easton, Kim Fielding and Jamie Fessenden very much.

Stitch Gothika #1Author: Kim Fielding, Jamie Fessenden, Eli Easton, Sue Brown
PublisherDreamspinner Press
Publication date: April 20, 2014
4,5 stars


Stitch is an anthology of 4 novellas by m/m romance authors, each with a Frankenstein/Creature theme. It is the first in a series of gothic m/m romance anthologies called gothika.

The stories in this volume are:

Made For Aaron by Sue Brown
As a teenager, Aaron Fox was sent to an asylum by his parents because he was gay, leaving him emotionally fragile after the treatment. However it gave him Damon Fox, the nurse he later married. For over twenty years, Damon’s devotion and strength has never faltered. When Damon is killed in a car accident, Aaron’s devastation soon gives way to confusion when he is shown Damon walking away from the hospital. Despite a desperate search, Damon isn’t seen again, and if Aaron can’t live with Damon, he may not want to live at all. But forces beyond Aaron’s understanding work behind the scenes, and if he can find the courage to unveil the secrets, he might get a second chance at happiness.

Watchworks by Jamie Fessenden
Harland Wallace made his name as one of the premiere watchmakers in Victorian London, so he isn’t surprised when a handsome young gentleman named Luke Prescott comes to his townhouse to hire him for a repair job. He is apprehensive when he discovers it is not a watch Mr. Prescott wants repaired, but a complex prosthesis he has in place of a hand.

As further repairs are needed, Harland begins to wonder how much of Mr. Prescott is real and how much is mechanical, but he cannot deny the growing attraction he feels toward him. When he learns Prescott’s household servants pose a threat to the man they see as a monster, Harland must choose between what his culture tells him is wrong and what his heart tells him is right.

The Golem of Mala Lubovnya by Kim Fielding
In a small, 17th-century Eastern European town, a rabbi creates a man of clay—a golem—to protect the Jewish people from the threat of pogrom. Awaiting a call to duty, the golem spends a long time confined to an attic, lonely and sad. His only joys are watching the stonemason at work across the street and listening to a lovely voice singing prayers.

When the golem meets the mason, Jakob, the two become friends, and Jakob names the golem Emet. But devout Jakob struggles with his attraction to Emet, and Emet dreads being used as an instrument for violence. Though Emet’s name means truth, honest love between a faithful man and a golem will only survive if they risk everything for a miracle.

Reparation by Eli Easton
On the harsh planet of Kalan, weakness is not tolerated. When young spore farmer Edward suffers an carriage accident that kills his mail-order bride and his factory manager, Edward has little chance of survival, until Knox—an enormous “reconstitute” labor slave—plucks him from disaster.

Recons are part machine, part human remains from executed Federation prisoners. But Knox is different from other recons. He can read and has flashes of brilliance. With no one else to rely on over the bleak winter, Edward forms an alliance with Knox, and against social taboos, they become friends. Edward struggles against his growing lust for the large humanoid, and while Knox thrives in his new life, memories of his past torment him.

A twist of fate brought Knox and Edward together, but there will be a price to pay in blood when they learn how deeply their lives truly intersect.



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