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Review - Genie in a Vodka Bottle by Rob Rosen

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Paul is on his way to Spain, on a vacation he booked with his now ex-boyfriend and forgot to cancel. Through a series of seemingly random encounters, Paul ends up in Gibraltar and then Morocco, where a bartender insists on serving him a bottle of vodka, which just happens to hold a genie. Once the magical being is released, the fun really begins, taking Paul, the genie, and even Paul's ex on a ride around the world and back in time.

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Review - Ansariland by J. Alan Veerkamp

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In a dystopian future where the gulf between rich and poor is even greater (if you can imagine that), Arad is a “slug” — the common slang term for someone who's poor, homeless, and assumed to be uneducated. They are considered the dregs of society, and there are a lot of them. Most work is mechanized so jobs are scarce. The challenge is especially hard for Arad, whose true identity has been erased.

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Review - Awakening Ember by Meraki P. Lyhne

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Kindly note: This series is very much meant to be read in order. If you haven't yet read the first book of this series, this review may contain spoilers about how it turned out. Matt settling into life with his pack. His parents are reunited and expanding their small family. He has a boyfriend in Rasmus and lots of love from the entire pack. His biggest challenge is learning how to control the powerful “ember” that marks him as a true alpha.

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Review - A Suitable Consort (For the King and His Husband) by R. Cooper

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Arden has been on the throne for five years. Together with his husband Mil, who serves as captain of the palace guard, the pair have bought peace to the kingdom after years of turmoil. The pair's heroic love story is the subject of many a song in the city's taverns. But Mil's perceived “common” origins causes some nobles to suggest that the king might need a more suitable consort. One with at least some noble blood.

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Review - Painter's Rapture by Drake LaMarque

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Note: This series is very much designed to be read in order. If you haven't read the first three books, then this review may contain spoilers. The Gentleman's Bounty series comes to a conclusion as Cedric, along with his three lovers and the rest of the crew of the Devil's Whore, meet up with the crew of the Grey Kelpie from the His Piratical Harem series to defeat the cult seeking to use Cedric to open a gateway that would allow an ancient god to entire our world, and bring about its destruction.

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Review - Devon's Island by SI Clarke

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Earth, or more precisely, humanity, is headed for disaster. Seeing little chance that things will change, a mysterious consortium of nations and rich individuals decides to secretly build a colony on Mars, so that if the worst happens on Earth, humanity will survive. Two married scientists are hired to manage the project. They, and the team they assemble, have to come up with answers to some tough questions about how to ensure a human colony, which they have to assume will be cut off from Earth, can be viable.

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Review - Waiting for Ru by Barbara Elsborg

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Kindly note: If you haven't read some of the earlier books of this series, this review contains spoilers about some of the events in them. Ruari – “Ru” – is still adjusting to his new reality. Kidnapped by his aunt and uncle when he was eight years old, he was told his parents and brother were dead, and kept in isolation so he couldn't find out differently. In the second book of this series, Long Way Back, Ru found out that his family wasn't dead, and that his brother had been imprisoned for Ru's murder.

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Review - The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Shrefer

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Ambrose wakes up on board his ship, and is told by the craft's AI that he was injured during the launch and has been in a coma. He remember all his training for this special mission to rescue his sister, who was sent to see if Saturn's moon Titan could be colonized, but he doesn't remember getting on board the ship or the accident that apparently injured him. There's something else that's concerning: Ambrose's ship has been joined to another craft, that of his country's primary competitor, and that ship is occupied by another spacefarer, Kodiak.

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Review - Pampered Pet of the Alpha King by Dani Gray

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Earth has been invaded by a species from another planet, who take some of the humans as “pets” that are often badly abused. To escape becoming a pet himself, and protect his mother, Tom takes her to a cabin in the woods where the live almost entirely off the grid. Over time, Tom discovers and helps some pets that manage to escape their masters, becoming part of a sort of underground railroad for people running from enslavement.

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Review - Fate & Fortune by Maz Maddox

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The circus has come to Stallion Ridge, and with it is Victor, a phoenix shifter who tells fortunes and does slight-of-hand tricks. Sky is irresistibly drawn to the mysterious man, but doesn't want to get close for fear of being hurt. He's also concerned about repeating nightmares that seem to foretell a grim future for the town and especially the lawmen he calls family. Sky has been something of a fixture in most of the stories in this series, although he has so far remained something of a mystery.