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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Eye of the Dragon by BA Tortuga

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Blurb:
The Wildcatters: Book Two
Graduate student Cameron is on the trail of an ancient Chinese artifact, a ruby with a history. When he meets adventurer Poe in Mexico, he spills the beans on his quest, and Poe sees dollar signs as well as the hottest professor he’s ever met.

They head off to the salt flats and mountains of Utah, searching for a lost wagon train from the eighteen hundreds. What they find is danger beyond normal comprehension and a stone that drives men to insanity.

Soon Poe’s only concern is saving Cam, but to do that, he’ll need help from some old friends and a few new ones. When it becomes too late to turn away from their quest, Poe and Cam put themselves and their friends in deadly peril. It will take every bit of their talents and courage to make it through and survive the Dragon’s Eye.

Review: This was an OK story. The blurb drew me in, but the execution wasn’t quite there (IMO). There was quite a bit of sex (never thought I’d complain about that!), almost to the point that the plot hardly took off. When Poe and Cam weren’t horizontal, the adventure story – searching for the Eye of the Dragon – was fun. There was a bit of magic with the things the Eye could do.
I liked Poe – a rogue with a good heart and sweet Cam, who was able to hold his own with Poe and Poe’s friends. I love BA Tortuga’s books, but this one was not one of my favourites.

3 stars out of 5


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: The Mage on the Hill by Angel Martinez

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Blurb: The Web of Arcana: Book One
A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.

Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.

The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.

Review:
I really liked this book! The story is well written, fun and very interesting.
Toby has ‘wild’ magic and is about to be placed in mage hospice and left to die. However, Toby has other plans for his fate, leading him to escape and seek help from Darius, an outcast mage.
Darius has been living as a recluse and has very little in the way of social skills, which by no means deters Toby.
These two men are polar opposites – one chatty, the other not; but both men work so well together – well, after Toby wore him down! There is a lot of humour, a bit of adventure and romance. The romance is slow, in that it sneaks up on both men without them realising it – it’s rather sweet.
I liked Darius’s friends and hope there will be more books in this world.

4.5 stars out of 5


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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Book Dee Dreamspinner Gay Gay m/m Mid level steam/heat Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words)

Release Day Review: Tomb of the God King By Julia Talbot

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/tomb-of-the-god-king-by-julia-talbot-9594-b

Blurb

Englishman Christian Hewler travels to 1920s Egypt as the man Friday to an eccentric American millionaire, hoping to make history and establish his name in archaeology. What he doesn’t count on is meeting brash hired gun Eric Lawless, an American cowboy working for a rival team, or the paranormal mystery that draws them in and has them facing down crazy archaeologists, dark entities, and even ancient gods.
From dark tombs to the burning-hot desert of the Egyptian landscape, Christian has to prove his mettle. During this dangerous game of cat and mouse, the reluctant partnership between Christian and Eric blossoms into more—maybe even a love that can last beyond the deception and terror hidden deep in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

Second Edition
First Edition published by Torquere Press, October 2006.

Review

Historical books are one of my favourite reads, so I really wanted to read this.

It’s set in the 1920’s, at the height of mummy fever. Christian is an expert on archeological digs, but due to an indiscretion, he has to take a less than ideal job with an American ‘archeologist’. Christian is a bit of a ‘proper gent’, so when he meets Eric, a gun-slinging American (assigned to a rival team), there is a bit of a cultural divide J

The overall story is light but fun, complete with villains, ancient myths, some historically accurate facts – (if you want a factual story, that’s what history books are for!)

While I liked the overall story – the adventure, fun, humour – there was an aspect of the story that threw me a bit – .

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Readers who like ancient history/mythology mixed in with a bit of fun and suspense will have a good time reading it.

3.5 stars out of 5


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5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Author Provided Bi-Sexual Dee Friends to lovers Friends to Lovers Gay m/m Mild level angst Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Standalone

Friends to Lovers: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Audiobook by Mackenzie Lee, narrated by Christian Coulson

Audible Link

 https://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/The-Gentlemans-Guide-to-Vice-and-Virtue-Audiobook/B071NV6DG1?ref=a_a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=XGB2H3B070GV0AXTNQYA&

Blurb:
Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Review: This is a wonderful story made excellent by the narration. The story centres on Monty, a seemingly self-absorbed young man who has to clean up his act in order to take over the family business. Monty is also in love with his best friend and companion, Percy.

This is the first time I have listened to narration by Christian Coulson and I will definitely lookout for more of his work.
He managed to capture the essence of Monty as a decadent and somewhat selfish young man, but he also makes you sympathise with Monty. The narrator also voices the other characters – main and secondary – extremely well. The standout character (for me) is Felicity – snarky and intelligent; Mr. Coulson does her justice.
It’s hard to adequately describe how good the book is and how excellent the narration is. All I can say is that I recommend the narration unreservedly.

5 stars out of 5

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