Posts labeled Book Reviews

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Review - Lacuna by N.R. Walker

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For over a thousand years, the four kingdoms have lived in peace, under the guidance of a central council of elders. Each kingdom is ruled by someone marked with the symbol of their respective kingdoms. The North, a land of snow covered mountains, is ruled by Crow, while the king of the West wetlands is Tancho. Both are 25 years old, and destined to meet, along with the rulers of the other two kingdoms, for the first time at a festival celebrating a once-in-one-thousand-years eclipse.

Tags: Fantasy

 

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Review - A Long Way Back by Barbara Elsborg

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Having finally woken up from a semi-comatose state 14 months after Jonty's psychopathic wannabe boyfriend pushed him off a ladder, Tay is anxious to get his life back, on his own terms. He decides to move to London, away from the memories of Northumberland which include the realization that Jonty was more to him than just a best mate. But Tay doesn't yet have enough mobility to be completely independent, so his parents insist he get a live-in helper.

Tags: Contemporary UK Setting

 

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Review - Saffron Alley by A.J. Demas

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Note: The author kindly offered an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review. A month has passed since the events recounted in Sword Dance. Damiskos has returned to Pheme while Varazda has come back to Boukos, but now Damiskos is coming for a visit and Varazda wonders what the ex-soldier will make of the odd little family he has created over the years living in Saffron Alley.

Tags: Fantasy Ancient Greece

 

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Review - Restricted by A.C. Thomas

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Doctor Aristotle ‘Ari’ Campbell is a scientist from the Core world of Britannia. As such, he's more used to the ivory towers of academia than the rough and tumble worlds on the Verge, where a barrier supposedly keeps out the ruffians of restricted space. He's only there because he's desperate to find his kidnapped twin brother Theo. To help him navigate the Verge and the restricted space beyond, Ari enlists the aid of Orin, a down on his luck pilot in desperate need of work and a ship.

Tags: Science Fiction Steampunk

 

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Review - Sort Of Dead by Rob Rosen

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Nord wakes up in a strange place. “Wakes up” being not quite the right expression, since Nord is dead. Shot in the head while sitting at his desk. Only, this strange place isn’t heaven, apparently. It isn’t the other place either. It’s more like a giant departure hall full of people waiting to move on. Befriended by Max, another dead man, it soon becomes clear that perhaps this is the place where the recently departed who have unfinished business wait.

Tags: Mystery Humor

 

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Review - The Wish by Eden Winters

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They say ghosts are people who died with unfinished business. Byron’s rather unusual desire is to see his nephew and his partner’s nephew together. The two young men were like sons to the two older men, and it’s both their desires to see Paul and Alex get along. To say it’s not going to be easy would be an understatement. Alex is the very model of an rich entitled young man.

Tags: Paranormal

 

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Review - Obsexsion by Matt Converse

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Michael has retired his “Matt Jaxx” stripper persona and now lives in domestic bliss with his boyfriend Justin. But life isn’t perfect. Michael is still plagued by nightmares of the deranged stalker he dubbed “The Creeper”. He just has to console himself that his attacker is safely behind bars. When Justin gets a gig modeling in Paris for six months, both men wonder what it means for their budding relationship, but agree it’s too good an opportunity for Justin to pass up.

Tags: Thriller

 

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Review - The Arcane Heart by Caroline Gibson

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Warning: If you haven’t already read the first two books of this series, this review of the third may contain spoilers about what happens in them. Crown Prince Lonn is on a far away world quelling a rebellion when he senses a powerful magical presence nearby. In the unsavory depths of a market he finds a witch selling a slave. The wretched man in a cage is the source of the power Lonn senses, although he doesn’t understand it.

Tags: Science Fiction

 

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Review - Pieces of Me by N.R. Walker

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Kindly note: This sequel starts directly after the ending of the first book, and picks up with the same characters right where they left off. If you haven’t read the first installment of this series, be prepared for spoilers. When last we left our two lovers, Justin had just had a sort of breakthrough. He still has no memory of Dallas, but the meaning of the dreams his subconscious has been giving him is finally clear: Dallas really is where he is supposed to be.

Tags: Contemporary Australia

 

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Review - The Walls Between Hearts by L.A. Witt

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After burying two partners, Terry isn’t interested in another relationship. He doesn’t want to face the possibility of going through the loss of another man he was close to. Gene feels much the same way. He hasn’t had to face the death of a partner, but after two divorces and a lot of failed relationships, he’s not looking for love. Friends with benefits might be nice, though. When Terry and Gene meet at a Las Palmas Fencing Club event, there’s an instant attraction, and since neither of them is looking for a relationship, they think they’ve found just what they’re looking for.

Tags: Contemporary