October 31st, 2016

andrew potter

2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Knight of Flames by Amelia Faulkner (347-08-30-2016)

1) It's a fast-paced thriller and fairly comprehensible on its own, but as a sequel, it does refer back to events in Volume #1. Several settings, all clearly described, with reference to local weather events and their significance. Fairly realistic, considering that the major characters have superpowers and/or are descended from gods. Excellent writing style, including dialogue that shows differences between American and British characters. This novel manages to be a fast read despite being written from alternating viewpoints AND being over 600 pages long.

2) I loved this book completely from beginning to end. I adored to super Britishness of Quentin and Freddy, and how down-to-earth Laurence and his mom are, and the unapologetic bi characters – that this reads as a full-rainbow story is glorious. My only regret is that I didn’t read book one first (which makes for a bamboozling first couple of chapters, but I soon caught on), and I would recommend everyone does!

Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2) by Amelia Faulkner
Bisexual Paranormal Romance
Series: Inheritance
Paperback: 460 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 19, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1537178296
ISBN-13: 978-1537178295
Amazon: Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2)
Amazon Kinlde: Knight of Flames (Inheritance #2)

Headstrong. Telekinetic. Pariah.
On the run from his family, Quentin d’Arcy has settled in San Diego with dwindling funds and the growing suspicion that his gifts might not be limited to telekinesis. When he meets a psychic who can control people’s actions with a few words, his comfortable life starts to unravel.

Demigod. Oracle. Hunter.
Laurence Riley almost died killing one god only to discover that he’s descended from another. Before he can come to terms with that revelation, Quentin’s twin brother walks into his life, and there’s no way to know what his motives may be.

With great power comes great danger.
Kane Wilson wants to make a better world: a world in which psychics are open about who and what they are without fear of reprisal or hatred. With the power to control others he might be able to pull it off, but there’s going to be collateral damage.
If Quentin and Laurence can’t get to the bottom of Wilson’s plan, Kane will out the existence of psychics not only to San Diego but to the world, and all hell will break loose.

Knight of Flames is the second book in the Inheritance series and contains mature themes and events which may be distressing to some readers. It has a mild heat rating and an HFN ending.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Supernatural Consultant, Vol 1 by Mell Eight (220-07-26-2016)

1) Supernatural Consultant is one of those books where absolutely everything is perfect. This isn't my usual genre, but the story and the characters were so intriguing, that I simply couldn't stop reading. I really didn't want it to end and I hope there will be a sequel. Excellent writing style.

2) I loved this story which is really three novellas, each one set a little later in the timeline. It has a bit of everything in it - romance, bringing up kids (or in this case dragons kits), and some action/drama. The world building is very detailed and brings up some interesting parallels with the way different people in our own society are viewed. I particularly enjoyed the sense of family in the story, and the romance between the two MCs felt very real. Very happy to learn there's another in the series about to be released.

Supernatural Consultant, Vol 1 by Mell Eight
Gay Paranormal Romance
Series: Supernatural Consultant
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (May 24, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620048019
ISBN-13: 978-1620048016
Amazon: Supernatural Consultant, Vol 1

DRAGON CONSULTANT - The FAA has been struggling with dragons attacking their planes, and hire Dane, a supernatural consultant, to look into the matter. What Dane finds in the woods is not quite the problem he expected: a group of dragon kits and their sick father. When he learns the real reason the family was in the woods, his case only grows more dangerous, and while Dane is plenty experienced at watching his own back, taking care of baby dragons and their handsome, distracting father almost makes danger look easy. DRAGON DECEPTION - A life full of children and mysteries to solve doesn't leave much time for relaxation or each other, something Lumie wants to help fix for Dane and Mercury by way of arranging a picnic. But good intentions and life rarely cooperate, and Dane knows it's only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose. Hell turns out to be someone using Quicksilver's name to destroy buildings, but there's no way to tell whether the enemy is an impostor or a trap—and only one way to find out. Hopefully it won't mean missing the picnic. DRAGON DILEMMA - Dane doesn't get along with his parents. He hasn't spoken with his mother in years and he's never met his father. Somehow his mother finds out about Mercury and the kits anyway, and it's difficult to throw one's mother out when she happens to be a powerful, dangerous witch. She isn't the only uninvited guest either, and these ones are even less likely to take no for an answer—and much more likely to leave everyone dead if they don't get what they want.

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