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2020-2021 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Farview (Greynox to the Sea)

Farview (Greynox to the Sea) by Kim Fielding

This is a lovely fairytale-like story with a sweet ending, and main characters who quickly made me care about them, particularly Oliver. The feel is charming, magical and yet full of small day-to-day details that add hints of reality.

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2020-2021 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Remember Me, Synthetica

Remember Me, Synthetica by K. Aten

A truly intriguing story that kept me guessing the entire way through. This is a subtle story that sneaks up on you. It’s impeccably paced. The characters are original and unforgettable. And, unlike so many equally enjoyable stories, Remember Me Synthetica asks the deeper questions about the nature of love and of humanity itself. Thoroughly original and exceptionally well done.

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2020-2021 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: A Blind Eye

A Blind Eye by David Jackson Ambrose

Painful to read how people are so mistreated. David Jackson Ambrose, I think, has a bright future. Ambrose is very good at setting.

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2020-2021 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Consorts of the Red King

Consorts of the Red King by Eden Winters

The world building in this story is fabulous, and the characters multilayered and interesting. I liked how they were flawed, yet fitted together so well. I particularly liked how Jorvik developed as a character from someone with a sheltered background to becoming the king his people needed, whatever the cost. I thought the way around that cost was nicely done. The scenes with Jorvik, Tayn, and Van together are sweet. I liked the side characters of Connell and Stone too. Although there is a relationship at the heart of the story, the plot drives it, and is wonderfully complex and political. The ending with its clever way to give all three men what and who they need was a perfect HFN, with the hint of further adventures to come.

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2020-2021 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Finding Faith: When you're lost, Wynter will find you

Finding Faith: When you're lost, Wynter will find you. (Wynter Series #1) by Kim Pritekel

Well written story, with various layers. The settings were well fleshed out. Interesting how it unfolded. The author writes to invest you in every page.

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2020-2021 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Keeping Kellan (Keeping Him #2)

Keeping Kellan (Keeping Him #2) by Amy Aislin

This was an enjoyable read, following a traditional formula. But not quite. Brant and Kellan live happily ever after, but they don't get everything they want. Better: They realize that sometimes you have to let go of old dreams--in Brant's case, the saving of his childhood ballpark--to realize better, present-day ones. Amy Aislin is a master at making a setting come alive on the page. Amy's settings are just that--backdrops against which the action takes place. Yet the action could not happen without this backdrop. The setting slips in unobtrusively, like a supporting character. I now want to live in British Columbia.

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2020-2021 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Silent Sin (A 1920s Hollywood Gay Romance)

Silent Sin (A 1920s Hollywood Gay Romance) by E.J. Russell

This was a sweet and very enjoyable book, but I have to put a disclaimer on it: I have a masters degree in cinema television from USC, and my favorite movies are silent films. When I lived in LA I was a member of the Silent Society. Because of that, when the writer failed to do the homework right, it was a little bit like getting stabbed in the eyes! I was tempted to give the book lower scores because of these bits of homework that should have been fixed before going to press. It was such an overall good job, I felt very let down by these stupid mistakes, and I beg the writer to fix them!

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2020-2021 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Whatever He Needs

Whatever He Needs by Mia Kerick

Dimmy is forced by his father into unsavory practices. Liam is a wealthy man with a heart. The two should never have met and when they do, it's an uncomfortable moment for them both. But that old saying - oposites attract - certainly applies here and their story is as sweet as a fairy tale where dreams do come true.

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2020-2021 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Murder in the Big Easy (Wildeblood Coalition #1)

Murder in the Big Easy (Wildeblood Coalition #1) by Jules Monroe

Gritty, interesting story about gangs and street life in NOLA. Mike Jenkins in a naive young police officer determined to find the killer of a young boy whose body he finds in a dumpster. NOPD want to pass it off as another gang-related death but Mike thinks otherwise. Hard times, drug addiction and strange bedfellows are vividly portrayed in this well written novel.

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