Lately I have this new guilty pleasure: reading MC biker romance stories. It started with watching Sons of Anarchy of course, followed by reading some Kristen Ashley novels and from there on I lost control. I’ve now read quite a few different stories and bought even more. My latest read in this genre is Cole by Megan O’Brien. It’s one that is far less gritty and much tamer than most of the MC stories so far. The blurb: For eight years I’d been content with my quiet life. I was safe in the bubble I’d built for myself. But I wasn’t really living. Until one chance encounter changed it all. Scarlet Malone has lived quietly for years hiding from her past. Aside from her best friend Kat she doesn’t allow herself to get close to anyone. Then Cole Jackson, Vice President of The Knights MC comes bursting into her life with his gorgeous eyes and fierce determination to have her in his bed and his life. Scarlet’s letting her walls down for the first time in her life. Could Cole really be her happily ever after?1
I've been struggling with my love for m/m books for a while now, and have been reading more m/f romance for that reason too, but every now and then I try another m/m book again. Hoping to find what I loved about the genre once more. Last week I tried a book from a completely unknown author to me: Guys on Top by Darien Cox. It was discussed by Amy and Jen at Fiction Vixen and it piqued my interest because of the ménage that's not a ménage premise. Reading this book accomplished what not many m/m books could lately: I couldn't put it down! Doug Crandall’s perfect suburban life imploded after his boyfriend’s betrayal and a subsequent lawsuit left him personally and financially devastated. A year later, with a new place in the city and a fresh outlook, he’s back on his feet and ready to start over. Eager to lose his cynicism and heal his battered heart, he immerses himself in the local social scene, which includes a pair of charismatic men engaged in an open relationship. As Doug finds himself becoming emotionally and sexually entangled in their lives, he’s forced to reevaluate his views on fidelity, betrayal, love, and the often calamitous price of happiness.
It's been quite a while since my last blog post. The reason is that I was sort of suffering from a blogger burn out. It had become quite difficult to keep up with my reading and review obligations. At first it was mostly because of an increase of other activities in my personal life: I not only work full time but I also decided last year to go back to school. I’m studying Communication and Multimedia Design, and it’s been putting quite a strain on my spare time, as you can imagine. While I didn’t want my social life to suffer too much from all that, there was nearly no time left to read and write reviews.10
Poppy Dennison Wild Magic (Triad, #4) Dreamspinner Press, September 25, 2013 | 108 pages Author’s website | Goodreads | Buy book here Backblurb: Joseph Anderson was heartbroken when his childhood best friend Dominick Levent moved away. Years later, Joseph is a successful real estate broker with good friends, an easy smile, and a stunning house. When he finds a dying mountain lion who miraculously shifts into Dominick’s sister, Joseph must find Dominick and reunite him with the two young sons she left behind.3
Ava March All In with the Duke (Gambling on Love #1) Carina Press | November 11th 2013 | 81,000 words Author’s website | Goodreads | Buy book here Backblurb: London, 1822 Max Arrington, the Duke of Pelham, vows to never again let a handsome face blind him to a man's true intentions. But ten months of celibacy and lonely nights drive him to a decadent brothel, where a beautiful young man arouses his illicit passions as never before.
Alexa Snow Trace Evidence Torquere Press | March 6, 2013 | 99 pages Author’s website | Goodreads | Buy book here Backblurb: Mitch is a police detective with a life that should be smooth sailing; unfortunately, his boyfriend is getting on his nerves, he has a murder to solve, and he has a mysterious stranger telling him details no one but the killer could know. Can Mitch make sense of the chaos before the killer chooses another victim? Originally published in To Protect and Serve.
Tawny Weber Fearless Cosmo Red Hot Reads by Harlequin | September 15, 2013 | 150 pages Author’s website | Goodreads | Buy book here Backblurb: Promising career: check Amazing apartment: check The best of friends: check Sex life: MIA There’s just one thing missing from Gia Renyard’s life: sexual adventure. And the one man she’d like to have it with is her hot co-worker, Luke Monroe. If only company rules didn’t prohibit her from asking him out. So Gia comes up with a plan: make herself over into a fantasy seductress, follow Luke to a convention in Sin City, and have her way with him for one erotic weekend. The man will never even know who did him.
Josephine Myles Junk Samhain Publishing | August 27, 2013 | 351 pages Author’s website | Goodreads | Buy book here Backblurb: Letting go is the first step to healing…or bringing it all crashing down. When an avalanche of books cuts off access to his living room, university librarian Jasper Richardson can no longer ignore the truth. His ever-growing piles of books, magazines and newspapers can no longer be classified as a “collection”. It’s a hoard, and he needs professional help.1
I'm not sure what happened with September but it's October already. So, time for my monthly list of M/M releases. These titles caught my eye: Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan | Goodreads
Lauren Dane Cake Harlequin | September 15, 2013 | 85 pages Author’s website | Goodreads | Buy book here Backblurb: She won’t be satisfied with just one bite... Art student-slash-bike messenger Wren Davis pursues what she wants. And what she wants now is Gregori Ivanov, rock star of the Seattle art scene. With his tattoos, piercings and sensual sneer, Gregori is the ultimate bad boy. Wren’s gotten to know the man beneath the body art, too—and it only makes her crave him more.