I haven’t posted anything in a while. Life has been busy with little time for reading. Reading is something that allows me to travel without leaving the house, go on adventures I would most likely never attempt in real life and walk in someone else’s shoes for a while, sharing their lives, emotions, successes and failures. I can fly with dragons and explore new galaxies. They are a source of knowledge, entertainment, comfort and so much more. I cannot imagine a life without books.
Wishing you a happy World Book Day filled with your favorite books!
Welcome to the final entry of my February 2017 Books and Reviews.
Part 5 is dedicated to one series. It is also not my usual MM genre. My friend and enabler extraordinaire, Janice , recommended this series to me. It was on audible and sounded like a fun diversion. I listened to the first book in 2016, but I am adding it anyway. It is, after all, where it all began.
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.
One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.
Throughly entertaining! This was recommended my friend, Janice – enabler extraordinaire. It is out of my usual genre, but with a title like that, it was a must listen. Fred is a delightful character, boring in death as he was in life or so he thinks.
After attending his high school reunion and reuniting with a girl he had been friends with, his life can no longer be considered boring. I loved the cast of characters that become part of Fred’s “gang” and the adventures that befall them.
Looking forward to listening to the next two books in the series.
Undeath and Taxes
(Fred the Vampire Accountant #2)
Author: Drew Hayes
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
The sequel to the Amazon bestseller THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT.
After discovering just how filled with magic, intrigue, and adventure the parahuman world of being an Undead American can be, Fredrick Frankford Fletcher did exactly what was expected–he became a certified parahuman accountant. Myths and legends, as it turns out, are not so great at taking appropriate deductions and keeping their receipts, and Fred is more than happy to return to a life others view as woefully dull, expanding his accounting business to cater to various monsters and their respective financial needs.
Said monsters are, unfortunately, still spectacular at pulling Fred into trouble, though. And despite merely wanting to stick with simple paperwork, Fred once again finds he is going to have to deal with enchanted weaponry, government agents, possessed houses, and one enigmatic dragon’s interest. In the parahuman world, any business can turn deadly, even one as mundane as accounting.
I adore this series. Told as a series of memoirs, Fred recounts his adventures (not that he was looking for any) of his not so mundane, undead life. The narration is wonderful, the cast of characters continue to grow as we get to know more about Fred and his friends who have become his family.
(Fred the Vampire Accountant #3)
Author: Drew Hayes
Narrator: Kirby Heyborne
The third book in Drew’s outrageously adventurous and satirical series, including THE UTTERLY UNINTERESTING AND UNADVENTUROUS TALES OF FRED, THE VAMPIRE ACCOUNTANT (Book 1) and UNDEATH & TAXES (Book 2).
With a thriving parahuman accounting practice, a steady relationship, and a circle of trusted friends, Fred’s undead life has become more enjoyable than his normal one ever was. Unfortunately, it also seems that he’s no longer the only vampire to appreciate the up-and-coming city of Winslow, Colorado. A new clan of vampires is moving in, and they aren’t well known for tolerating outsiders in their territory.
Now, Fred must cope with the growing presence—and threat—of other vampires even as he struggles to keep up with his business’s demands and make time for his friends. Between hidden parahuman towns, crazed vampire hunters, quarreling mages, and the world’s least subtle spy, it will take all of Fred’s wiles just to keep his head above water. And as the new clan sinks their fangs deeper and deeper into his city, the undead accountant is faced with a choice between two equally unappealing options: flee his home, or stand against an entire clan of fellow vampires.
I adore this series. (Yes, I have said this before) It is so much fun. I listened to all three books and the narration is very good. I love the way the story is told in segments as memoirs and how the author has other characters take the role of storyteller as needed. Fred is one my favorite vampire characters. Not a stereotype at all. I enjoyed the way the story develops the relationships between Fred and his friends. It is choosing who we are,who we want to be, and not who people think we should be. Our choices in life, ones moral compass and how family is more than blood or type of para-human. This book is humorous, at times predictable, but not always as I imagined things would go. For those who wonder, it is not MM which is my usual genre, but has LGBT characters. There is no on page sex and mild cursing. There is mage drug use (her own creations) and a lot of standing up for others regardless of your gender or para human form.
I enjoyed this book and the ending very much and I am excited that there is a fourth book in the plans. Go Fred!
Welcome to part 4 of the February 2017 Books and Reviews. I read and listened to 14 books in February.
I tried a different format for January’s Books and Reviews. I am trying something new for February. There are five parts to this months set of books.
First is a wonderful contemporary book.
Author: Megan Erickson
With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.
As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.
But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.
Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.
Wonderful friends to lovers, road trip book. There were times I cringed at the things Justin would say even though I understood where he was coming from. Justin and Landry are great characters,neither is perfect and their years of friendship shines when things get tough. I loved the road trip, the moments shared about Justin’s dad and the way Justin honored his dad through his photography. Lovely story.
Amazon series Link: In Focus
Next up is another story from one of the MM Romance Groups events, Love is an Open Road. This title is available at Amazon, which is where I bought it.
Can a broken heart ever be healed?
Cal believes he has caused a terrible wrong, created a wound that can never be put right. But with time and help, he confronts his worst fears. On the day he is released from prison, he meets Troy. Together, they go on a painful journey of self awakening that could end in tragedy, or hope and ultimately love.
This book contains explicit MM sex including non-con/ dub-con and was written as part of the GoodReads MM Love is an Open Road event.
Dark and intense. This is a well written story that was heartbreaking at times, left me feeling so angry at some of the characters and for some of the characters, but felt hopeful. These men have been through so much and the relationship between Callum and Troy was hard to witness, but I couldn’t stop reading, hoping for their HEA.
Last today is a historical romance.
By the good offices of Riptide Publishing
KJ Charles’s new Entertainment
WANTED, A GENTLEMAN
Or, Virtue Over-Rated
the grand romance of
Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem
Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love
Act the First:
the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London
where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling
Act the Second:
a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts)
a speedy Carriage
sundry rustic Inns
a private Bed-chamber
In the course of which are presented
Romance, Revenge, and Redemption
Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires
the particulars of which are too numerous to impart
Another wonderful historical romance from KJ Charles. An enjoyable adventure with a bit of mystery, plenty of witty conversation, passion, a bit of a heart tug now and then and an unexpected twist (well for me it was ;-).
Welcome to part 3 of the February 2017 Books and Reviews.
Today’s set of books starts with a sweet romance.
Loveland, Colorado is a special place all year around, a community of creativity and art, with scenic views and majestic mountains. But the town really shines once a year, on Valentine’s Day.
Lucky Roberts has lived in Loveland his whole life. He has good friends, strong family support, and is all about keeping his community fun and alive. The only thing Lucky has been “unlucky” with is love. But rather than avoiding February fourteenth in his hometown, he throws himself into helping others deliver their messages of love.
Enter Jack Canon. Jack moved to Loveland for a fresh start, in both his personal and professional lives. After a tough year, he’s finally hoping to just blend in, maybe carve a little niche for himself that his parents would have been proud of. What he didn’t expect was a pseudo-lumberjack with a killer body and shy smile to turn his world upside down – and he sure didn’t expect to like it so much.
When Lucky meets Jack, he feels like a thirteen year-old with his first crush. He’s clumsy, stammering, and the first greeting out of his mouth is a less than articulate, “Wow!” Words like adorable and manbun suddenly become part of his vocabulary as he discovers a deep, hidden need to romance the hell out of Jack.
And what better way to do that than during the most romantic season in the City of Love?
This is a very sweet love story. I started reading it on Valentines day not realizing that it was set very much around Valentine’s Day in Loveland, Colorado. Wonderful characters and slow burn romance. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
Next up is a contemporary book recommended to me by my favorite enabler Janice. She said I should listen to the audiobooks. She said it was a fun series. She was right. 🙂
Tyler can’t inherit unless he gets married… and when Glen proposes, hijinks ensue. Follow the guys on their world-spanning adventure as they defeat mobsters, an evil step-mother, a rakish brother-in-law and pirates. No, really – pirates! Plus, there’s an underground super-base. And hockey. Come for the romance, stay for the hockey.
This book is filled with adventure. Not just the honeymoon. It is fast paced and filled with larger than life characters leading larger than life…lives. Adventures of the rich and famous. It is fun, over the top, sweet and humorous. Tyler, Glen and Nana are great characters.
I listened to the audio book and I enjoyed the narration but I was distracted by some of the “room sound” changes. It did not stop my listening enjoyment overall. There is a very large cast of characters and the narrator did a wonderful job of differentiating all those voices. Looking forward to listening to the rest of Glen and Tyler’s adventures.
I wish I could remember how I found this next book. I have read many of the stories that the MM Romance Groups has published over the years. The events are a great way to discover new authors. (You may need to be a member of the MM Romance Group to access these titles)
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love’s Landscapes” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
I’m sending this on behalf of my boss of whom the picture depicted. Been working with him a couple of years as his law firm as his secretary replacing a string of female secretaries in just a few months.
He’s not difficult to work for, my boss is. Honestly. I just think my successors expected too much from him… outside of work. I mean, look at his face! Admittedly, even I have a bit of crush on him. But even I had to face the fact that he’s way, waaay out of my reach. Come to think of it, he’s never had any romantic involvement with anybody during the years I’ve worked for him. The only dinner, lunch, or breakfast reservations I have had to make for him were either for work meetings or with his folks. Which reminds me, I have to make one soon for the latter as his folks are coming for a visit the day after tomorrow.
As courteous as he’d been with them, my boss doesn’t really seem close or comfortable with his elders. He gave me a short version of his not-so-happy-happy childhood earlier in my days so that I stopped yapping at him to buy meaningful gifts for them. As kind and quiet my boss is, he can be quite stern when he rebukes me. I find this quite sexy, but please don’t tell him I say so.
So, dinner reservations for three on next Friday evening… Wait, is that a “4” he wrote in my agenda or I need to have my eyes checked? It IS! Does this mean he’d bring a date to meet the ’rents? How did I miss this? I didn’t see him behaving any differently around the office. People who date should’ve shown some symptoms, shouldn’t they? And how come I never known that he’s gotten close with anyone; male or female? I’m with him almost 12 hours a day! Well, at the office, on the phones, etc., etc.
I’ve got to find out more about this!!!
Enjoyable office romance. Light, sweet and sexy.
You can find a link to this book here
Happy Reading and Listening,
Hello and welcome to part 2 of the February 2017 Books and Reviews.
First up is a beautiful contemporary novel.
Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.
Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.
Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.
The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?
Trigger Warning: Suicidal thoughts
Another wonderful story from Eli Easton. She has become on of my auto buy authors. This story deals with some serious issues, homelessness, depression, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, acceptance. That said it is filled with hope and love. Mark and Josh are wonderful characters. Looking forward to the audio book.
The next book is a sweet contemporary that I received from Instafreebie.
Ex-Mormon Alma Larsen doesn’t know the first thing about alcohol, so he hires bartender Damian Banks to help out at his winter holiday party. They build a friendship that simmers with sexual tension – and possibly something much deeper. Will this Christmas bring them both a love that lasts?
Very short, sweet story. Enjoyable first experience with this author. Characters were engaging and enjoyed the flow of the story.
Free book from Instafreebie.
Visit the authors website here
Last is a novella from one of my favorite paranormal/shifter series.
In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.
After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.
Review: 4.0/5.0 A fun transitional story. Looking forward to seeing how the series progresses.
Find out more about the Thirds series on the Amazon series page
February was another great month for reading and listening to books. I managed to read nine ebooks and listen to five audiobooks.
The genres include eight books that I consider contemporary, one science fiction/mystery, four paranormal and one historical romance. I will be posting these in five parts.
First is a contemporary audiobook.
Don’t waste a chance at happiness…
Leo is a lonely workaholic with no time for romance in his life. His job in London takes all his energy and commitment. When he goes to Cornwall to stay with his terminally ill uncle, Edwin, love is the last thing Leo expects to find.
Tris lives in a cottage on Edwin’s land. Gay, but still half in the closet, he and Leo bond over their affection for Edwin, and the pull of attraction between them proves too strong to ignore. In Tris’s arms, in the wilds of Cornwall, Leo finds a peace he’d forgotten existed.
On his return to London, Leo finds himself grieving for more than just the loss of his uncle. When some unexpected news gives Leo the chance to return to Cornwall, he’s afraid it will be too late to rekindle things with Tris. But having learned much from his stay with his uncle, Leo doesn’t want to look back and wish he’d done things differently.
It’s time to seize the day—if it’s not already too late.
Review: This is probably my favorite Jay Northcote book to date. It is beautiful and touching. Although Leo has come home to care for his terminally ill Uncle, Edwin, it is not depressing or angst filled. The story involves all three men, Edwin, Leo and Tris. Their stories intertwine and make for a beautiful exploration of choices and opportunities. Love, friendship and taking chances.
The narration by Matthew Lloyd Davies is excellent as always. I adored the ending and epilogue and teared up several times.
Up next is a collection of short stories from one of my favorite paranormal series.
Victor Bayne sees dead people for a living…and he sees them off the clock, too. After all, ghosts don’t confine their appearances to a psychic medium’s work hours.
From the macabre to the mundane, from titillating to tender, these PsyCop shorts feature stolen moments between the novels. Get a glimpse of Vic’s life with Jacob between cases, from both men’s viewpoints. Gain new insight on their psychic talents by accompanying them on odd jobs, shopping runs and family visits, or simply enjoy some downtime in the cannery.
The twenty short works range in length from flash fiction to novelettes, woven together to create a novel-length narrative of Vic and Jacob’s relationship from a fresh perspective. The stories are gleaned from various sources: anthologies, newsletters, and web, with four all-new pieces to tie the collection together and delve deeper into your favorite PsyCops’ domestic life.
Stroke of Midnight
Most Likely To…
Jock Straps On Sale
Piece of Cake
In the Dark
Let the Chips Fall
Everyone’s Afraid of Clowns
On the Road
Off the Cuff
Locked and Loaded
I ❤ Victor Bayne! and by extension Jordan Castillo Price. 😀
This is an awesome addition to the PsyCop series. You need to read or listen the series before you read or listen to this book. I read some of these before, but it was a treat (as always) to hear Gomez Pugh narrate them. I can’t imagine anyone else being the voice of Vic or Jacob. Most of the stories are told from Vic’s POV. There are a few stories with other characters POV. Those were fun too. I enjoyed all of the stories, especially the last one, which takes place after the last book.
Last entry for part one is a book that I knew nothing about going in. It was a mystery. I found it to be so many things and they are all wonderful.
In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.
The people here know certain things as fact:
Amorea is the best little town there is.
The only good Commie is a dead Commie.
The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.
And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.
Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.
But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls, and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.
Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.
Not very eloquent but this was my initial reaction: I finished reading this book and was just blown away. It was -WOW and just WOW and I need to talk about this, and it reminds me of a television show from when I was a kid , but not. It’s more. The word trippy comes to mind, and WOW (but I already said that twice). There is no way I can write a review that won’t be spoilery.
This is unlike any other Tj Klune book I have read. It is sweet, romantic, mysterious and a definite keeper.
Suffice it to say, I loved it. I am looking forward to listening to the audiobook .
Happy Reading and Listening,
I am taking a feature from my old blog and revamping it a bit. 2017 is turning out to be a very busy year and weekly reviews are most likely not in my future.
My new goal is to make sure that I leave at least a short review for the books that I read and/or listen to. I will post them on Goodreads and Amazon. My Goodreads 2017 Reading challenge is to read 100 books this year.
I have read and listened to some outstanding books this month. (Click the blue links to go to the books Amazon page)
You will find contemporary romance –
Not Just friends by Jay Northcote,
Nothing Serious by Jay Northcote,
The Weight of it All by N.R. Walker,
David, Renewed by Diana Copland ,
Scrap Metal by Harper Fox
Scifi – The Persistance of Memory by Jordan Castillo Price,
Parnormal – Undertow by Jordan L Hawk
Fantasy/paranormal/shifter – Wolfsong by T.j. Klune,
Mystery – Foxe Tail by Haley Walsh, Blow Down by JL Merrow.
Plus, I revisited one of my favorite series by Josh Lanyon in audio,
The Adrien English Mysteries.
Some of you may know me from Books, Coffee and Captured Moments. It was my first blog and encompassed many of the things I love. After three years, I decided it was time for a change. All of the book related posts have been moved here to
The Bookish Blue Dragon. This includes the categories Books and Reviews, MM Holiday Delights and Dianne’s Throwback Thursday – Book Style. I also brought over the MM Holiday Delights Reading lists from 2014-2016.
This is a LGBTQIA friendly site. Most of the books I read and review are in the MM genre, but not exclusively. Most of the books I read also contain adult content, so the site is for 18 years of age and older. My tastes in books runs from contemporary to historical, you will also find Scifi, paranormal, fantasy, mystery, suspense, sports themes and holiday themes. Some may be dark and gritty and the next book may be light and sweet. Most of all I love stories with a bit of romance and always a happy ending.
Please take a moment to look around. Maybe you will find something new or run across one of your old favorites. I look forward to hearing about your favorite books too.
Thanks for stopping by,