November 2nd, 2016

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: My Zombie Fiancé by T. Strange (334-08-28-2016)

1) I found this book to be a joy to read with it's engaging plot, lovable MCs and colourful cast of supporting characters. Easy to follow, despite having not read book 1, which I will be doing very soon, and full of humour, atmosphere and plot, plot, plot.

2) This was a great story, and it was fun to follow the characters on another adventure, once i read the first book. i am curious as to what the author has planned next.

My Zombie Fiancé (The Undead Canadian Series #2) by T. Strange
Gay Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Torquere Press, LLC (July 12, 2016)
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Edward Grey is no stranger to the undead; since raising his cat as a zombie when he was a child, he and his mentor Mariel have explored and developed his power as a necromancer. Despite everything he's learned, as a necromancer and a medical student, he's never encountered a ghost.

While Mariel is unreachable in Haiti on mysterious business, a ghost wakes Edward in the middle of the night, claiming to be his grandfather. When the ghost offers to teach him about this different form of undeath, Edward has little choice but to trust the spirit.

After receiving a phone call from a young girl claiming her father is possessed, Edward and his Undead Canadian fiancé, Kit, must travel to an acreage in Kingston…Ontario.

The haunting proves far more complicated than Edward could ever have guessed, and he finds himself pitted against an ancient evil determined to engulf everyone on the farm.

Edward's love and connection to Kit will be tested, and his necromancy stretched to his limits as he has to find—and destroy—a twisted spirit more powerful than anything he's ever encountered.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Bitten By Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs (348-08-30-2016)

1) This was the most original wolf shifter novel I've come across in a long time, and I can't even remember how long it's been since I enjoyed one of those so much. It had all the key elements of "traditional" shifter stories - the biting, the 'mine', the bonding/ mating thing - and yet it gave me a pleasant surprise with its imaginative take on all of this. Laced with a dash of humor, snarky dialogue and just the right amount of angst between two very likable main characters, this was an entertaining read that I can warmly recommend.

2) Fresh and interesting take on the enemies-to-lovers trope that I enjoyed very much for the pace with which the trust, affection and love grew. The author didn’t shy away from conflict and didn’t make it easy on the characters. I particularly enjoyed that her characters didn’t have all the answers, but had to muddle through.

Bitten By Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 27, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1535496746
ISBN-13: 978-1535496742
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Wolf shifter Nathan Kohl’s pack is his whole life. Arrogant and handsome, he avoids commitment to anything or anyone outside of his pack. He works hard, plays hard, and pursues humans as lovers because there’s little to no chance of him forming a permanent bond. However, when Jared Taylor comes into Nathan’s life, every rule is broken. After a bad experience, Jared vowed to never get involved with another shifter, no matter how much they got under his skin. Despite being physically attracted to Nathan, who’s all kinds of hot, Jared only sees an arrogant, domineering bastard. A disastrous case of mistaken identity throws Nathan and Jared together until the next full moon. Forced to spend the next twenty-eight days in close proximity, they can no longer ignore the powerful attraction between them. Passion ignites, and their relationship takes a turn neither of them wanted. But when the full moon comes, everything might change again.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Priddy's Tale by Harper Fox (378-09-02-2016)

This was enchanting and one of the best books I’ve read this year! I’m not sure it shouldn’t have been in the Gay Fantasy category? but that didn’t matter to me. I adored the blend of mystery, merman fantasy, and contemporary lives. There was wit, angst, joy, and action. The setting was well and vividly described. Merou was adorable, as was his pure delight at stepping in and out of time periods and making the most of what each had to offer. His attraction and care for Priddy was superbly handled, pure and true, and left me with a genuinely happy smile on my face all through. Priddy’s awful life to date was handled pragmatically but compassionately, and my heart actually ached to see him battle on. What I loved most was that, despite all that, he remained as handsome in mind as he did in looks. He *deserved* any joy that was to come his way. Their banter was delightful, the unfolding of Merou’s true nature handled with plausibility (as much as it can LOL) and amusement. My only *tiny* disappointment was that, for me, it drifted into rather soppy ending scenes, and an obsession with where merman kept their cocks! But I sobbed, smiled and sighed all the way through and LOVED it.

Priddy's Tale by Harper Fox
Gay Contemporary Romance
Publisher: FoxTales (June 18, 2016)
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What doesn’t kill you sometimes makes you wish it had...
Priddy’s a lost soul in a part of Cornwall the tourists don’t get to see. He’s young, sweet-natured and gorgeous, but that’s not enough to achieve escape velocity from his deadbeat village and rotten family life.
He’s a drifter and a dreamer, and self-preservation isn’t his strong suit. An accidental overdose of a nightclub high leaves him fractured, hallucinating, too many vital circuits fried to function in a tough world. When a friend offers him winter work in a lighthouse – nothing to do but press the occasional button and keep the windows clean – he gratefully accepts.
His plans to live quietly and stay out of trouble don’t last very long. A ferocious Atlantic storm washes a stranger to Priddy’s lonely shore. For a shipwrecked sailor, the new arrival seems very composed. He’s also handsome as hell, debonair, and completely unconcerned by Priddy’s dreadful past.
Priddy has almost given up on the prospect of any kind of friendship, and a new boyfriend – let alone a six-foot beauty with eerily good swimming skills – out of the question entirely. But Merou seems to see undreamed-of promise in Priddy, and when they hit the water together, Priddy has to adapt to Merou’s potentials too, and fast. His lover from the sea might be a mere mortal from the waist up, but south of that line...
Far-flung west Cornwall has a hundred mermaid tales. Priddy’s loved the stories all his life. Now he has to face up to a wildly impossible truth. Merou’s life depends upon his courage and strength, and if Priddy can only find his way in the extraordinary world opening up all around him, all the ocean and a human lifetime needn’t be enough to contain the love between merman and mortal.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Devil's Gamble by Tess Barnett (375-09-02-2016)

Devil's Gambit is a wonderfully unexpected read with a fresh plot and perfectly drawn characters. I found the conflict original and believable, and the play between the classic themes of good & evil, angel & demon, and the redemptive power of love handled with finesse and humor. There was no heavy preaching here, just pleasure and delight.

Devil's Gamble by Tess Barnett
Gay Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 262 pages
Publisher: Corvid House Publishing (July 22, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692691650
ISBN-13: 978-0692691656
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Caleb Durant is half demon. His mother has spent his entire life telling him that he's the Antichrist, destined for great and evil things. He's mostly just trying to pass calculus. After his school principal's fatal and not-entirely-unintentional accident, he's forced to moved to a small country town, but he hopes he can at least get some solitude. But Andras, his demonic guardian, has made a friendly wager with an angel, and Caleb's soul is the prize. Isaac Mitchell, the sheltered Southern Baptist tasked by an Angel of the Lord to turn Caleb toward the light, is determined to keep his new friend on the straight and narrow. Isaac himself, however, is having some trouble remembering to keep his task and his feelings separate.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker (346-08-30-2016)

1) I'm hesitant to give any book a perfect score of 40, but really, there wasn't anything about this book that I didn't like. The writing was solid from start to finish. The characters were likable, the story compelling, the banter genuinely fun. I'm not keen on sex scenes in general, as they can be quite laborious and difficult to get through, but those in the story were well-written and kept me reading. Restaurant life and cooking were detailed smoothly and believably. This was an enjoyable read from the first page to the last.

2) The book is fun. It was well written and the characters are very well developed. They are real and their tension is palpable as you read the book. Unfortunately, the writers don't follow through with their third person point of view and I was confused several times asa to who "he" was. But I really liked the book and would recommend it to anyone who loves cooking and gay men.

King of the Kitchen by Bru Baker
Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 6, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634766474
ISBN-13: 978-1634766470
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Rising kitchen talents Beck Douglas and Duncan Walters have been on the foodie paparazzi radar for years, since their status as heirs to two of the biggest celebrity chef empires around makes them culinary royalty. Beck is known for his charm and traditional food as cohost of his uncle's popular TV cooking show, while Duncan earned himself a reputation as a culinary bad boy, both for his refusal to work in his father's restaurants and his avant-garde approach to cooking.

They're also heirs to a food rivalry that could put the Hatfields and McCoys to shame, and when they're photographed in the middle of a heated argument, the press goes wild with speculation. Damage control ensues, with a fake friendship engineered by PR cronies that leaves both of them secretly pining for more.

Beck chafes under his uncle's micromanagement, and Duncan's relationship with his homophobic father becomes even more tenuous when Beck and Duncan start getting closer. It's hard to hide their chemistry on national television when Duncan joins Beck's cooking show, but they won't be able to take their relationship―or their careers―to the next level without breaking a few eggs.

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