November 13th, 2016

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Vacations Can Be Murder by Jane DiLucchio (318-08-25-2016)

Well written. Mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. Would recommend.

Vacations Can Be Murder (Diega DelValle Series #3) by Jane DiLucchio
Lesbian Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 186 pages
Publisher: Quest by Rce (March 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1619292564
ISBN-13: 978-1619292567
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When her friends take Diega DelValle on an impromptu vacation to Talkeetna, Alaska, they envision a quiet setting in which to give Diega a breather from both teaching and heartbreak. However, even before the friends arrive, this small town on the edge of Denali National Park becomes a less than idyllic vacation spot. Gail, a Talkeetna native, dies on the mountain. Melissa, Gail's cousin and a former student of Diega's, arrives in Talkeetna and raises doubts about the death being accidental. Due to Melissa's pleas for help, Diega and her friends are thrust into an investigation of a small town and its inhabitants-an unsavory pastime that turns deadly.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Urban Fairy Tale by Lex Chase (372-09-02-2016)

After being thrilled by Book 2, I was looking forward to reading the final part of the trilogy and this book did not disappoint. I have really enjoyed being immersed in the Enchant world again and following Taylor and Corentin's story arc. I found the resolution to be very satisfying after several unexpected twists and turns. Hurrah for true love.

Urban Fairy Tale (The Screw-up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy #3) by Lex Chase
Gay Fantasy Romance
Series: Screw-Up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy (Book 3)
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 19, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634771575
ISBN-13: 978-1634771573
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Screw-up Princess and Skillful Huntsman Trilogy: Book Three

A Fairy Tales of the Open Road Novel

Modern-day fairy-tale princess Taylor Hatfield has problems. One, he's a guy. Two, he's an insomniac Sleeping Beauty. Three, his practically perfect brother, Atticus Hatfield, this generation's Snow White, has been irrevocably corrupted by the Witchking. The Library, a clandestine organization, seeks to write "The End" on Atticus, and Taylor is given the impossible task when his own parents endorse his brother's demise. With his true love, the huntsman Corentin Devereaux, at his side, they once again set out to find Atticus, but Atticus won't go down without a fight.

The quest ends how it began. But instead of the quirky, corkscrewing Americana road trip, Taylor and Corentin must contend with the dangers of the urban jungle. With an unexpected ally at their side, they're forced to question all they know about the legacy of Snow White.

As the world of the Enchants and the mundane hang in the balance, Taylor knows what he must do: go pick an apple.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt (007-02-16-2016)

L.A. Witt is always engaging, and this story was no different. Characterization is one of her strong suits, and while the two men in this story might not be my favorites of hers (Carter and Levi!), they still worked for me, as did the secondary characters. Plus I love the Bluewater Bay universe!

Rain Shadow by L.A. Witt
Gay Contemporary Romance
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing (October 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626493677
ISBN-13: 978-1626493674
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Jeremy Rose came to Bluewater Bay to work as Anna Maxwell's bodyguard, not to escape his increasingly bitter relationship with his estranged kids. He just wants to focus on his job and be alone for a while. He's done with love, especially now that three years after his long overdue divorce, he's got a front-row seat to the rapid deterioration between Anna and her girlfriend. Cynical doesn't even begin to describe him.

Then Anna and Leigh's attempts to reconcile put him in the crosshairs of marriage counselor Scott Fletcher. Scott's exactly what Jeremy needs right now: gorgeous, hot, horny, single, and 100% uninterested in a relationship. The problem is, too much no-strings-attached sex-and too much time in each other's company-inevitably builds emotional connection.

Except Jeremy refuses to seek counseling for his broken family, and Scott refuses to get seriously involved with men who work dangerous jobs. They both need to realize they can only hide for so long from the pain they came here to escape. They must face their pasts before they lose their shot at a happy future.

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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Fake It by Victoria Kinnaird (116-06-03-2016)

Fake it was an interesting surprise for me. The author manages to take some character types that are almost cliché – the gay kid that gets bullied, the rich and popular jock that’s secretly sensitive and talented, the silent, huge kid in the background, and the female best friends – and turn them into something fresh and engaging. The main characters and those around them have clear arcs and you can see them all grow, adapt, change as the story goes. They stumble, fall, start again. Jack and JJ’s love story develops slowly and keeps building up until they reach a point of no return. What I loved most about this was that the story managed to avoid the “my life is over, nothing interest me” trope when, inevitably, they hit a road block. Nor does this new found love completely changes either of them. It helps them grow and discover themselves, but they are not completely different people overnight. Beyond that, Fake it is an inspiring story about small town kids working their asses off to make it bg. It explores their relationships with themselves, their friends, their more or less absent parental figures, and the environment around them. It’s not overly optimistic, and it’s not dark either. It’s a feel good story with enough substance to make it worthwhile.

Fake It (The Keswick Chronicles #1) by Victoria Kinnaird
Gay Young Adult
Series: The Keswick Chronicles
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1523652225
ISBN-13: 978-1523652228
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Jack Daveyson grew up with a guitar in his hands and his head full of melodies. Ten years after writing his first riff, he knows exactly what he wants to do with his life - graduate high school, escape Wayville and hit the road with his band, Forever Fading Echoes. But it's a bit hard to launch a band without a singer. Enter JJ Keswick. JJ is everything Jack isn't: rich, confident and popular. He also happens to be one of the best singers Jack has ever heard. Jack reluctantly lets JJ into his band and into his life. The spark between them in the practice studio grows into something neither of them were expecting - a love that threatens to tear their lives apart. International bestselling author Victoria Kinnaird is proud to introduce you to The Keswick Chronicles, a YA rock'n'roll romance. Pack your guitar, pull on your band tee shirt and turn up the volume - it's time to meet your new favourite band.

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