October 27th, 2017

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Painted Crown (Unbreakable Soldiers #2) Megan Derr


1)  I really enjoyed this book that I will buy this and go and buy the first book in the series. There was just something about it that sucked me in.

The Painted Crown (Unbreakable Soldiers #2) Megan Derr
Asexual - Fantasy
Series: Unbreakable Soldiers (Book 2)
Paperback: 330 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (December 5, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620048434
ISBN-13: 978-1620048436
Amazon: The Painted Crown (Unbreakable Soldiers #2) Megan Derr

Prince Istari has spent his life reviled: his parents wish he had never been born, the royal court of Belemere avoids him for fear of angering the king, and everyone else is kept away by his notorious reputation as a deadly sharpshooter. Now a hostage of peace in Tallideth, he is subjected to their hatred as well—even that of Regent Vellem, who once considered him a comrade in arms. Unexpected solace comes in the form of Lord Teverem, a sad, quiet lord who assumed the title when his brother was killed in the explosion for which Istari's father is to blame. He is kind and sweet and a sorely needed bright spot in Istari's life—until Istari meets his family and learns of a dangerous family secret with unexpected ties to Istari's past, a secret that could drag Tallideth and Belemere right back into war...

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Bru Baker Tall, Dark, and Deported (Dreamspun Desires #31)


1) I adored this book from beginning to end. The writing and the characters kept me happily entertained.
2) Tall, Dark, and Deported drew me in from the first page where the author skillfully set up the conflict that allowed the main character to completely change his life at the end to follow his heart. In many books, that shift feels unreal, but, even though it isn't obvious at the beginning (more skill), you realize it made sense all along. The two romantic leads sizzle together, and the witty repartee, funny internal dialogues, and amusing situations filled the pages, and made reading effortless and compelling. There was enough sex to be hot, without it being so overblown, graphic, and boring that I wanted to skip pages. The 9 in character development came from the all-to-common writing of the "good guys" as all good, and the "bad guys" as all bad. It would have been nice to make the former love interest into less of a villain and more of a complex character, for example. Overall, extremely enjoyable, and I will look for more by Bru Baker.

Bru Baker Tall, Dark, and Deported (Dreamspun Desires #31)
Gay - Romantic Comedy
Series: Dreamspun Desires (Book 31)
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634776836
ISBN-13: 978-1634776837
Amazon: Bru Baker Tall, Dark, and Deported (Dreamspun Desires #31)

Crossing the border into love.

Snap decisions and misguided ideas bring Portuguese national Mateus Fontes and businessman Crawford Hargrave together at the Canadian border crossing.

Mateus is caught in a catch-22. With his almost-expired tourist visa, entrance to Canada is denied, but the US won’t let him back in either. Crawford thinks he’s solved things when he tells the border agent they’re engaged, and it works—except now they have to actually get married before either of them can get back into the United States. But Crawford has been burned by marriage once, and he’s determined not to make that mistake again.

Neither of them expects real feelings to bloom out of their fake marriage, but they do. And the two of them have to learn how to be honest with each other to make things work, which is especially hard when their entire marriage is based on lies.



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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Death Dancer (Dangerous Dancers #2) Tara Lain


1) Very natural writing, effortless, flows well. Interesting characters with complementary natures. Complex plot that draws you in. Dialogue-heavy, yes, but that’s my preference. ... Weird sex scenes. The first one really threw me. Didn’t seem to fit the rest of the story, the level of flirtation, the men’s characters. It became more understandable toward the end but still not quite sure. Regardless, a strong thriller and a good romance.

Death Dancer (Dangerous Dancers #2) Tara Lain
Gay - Romantic Suspence
Series: Dangerous Dancers
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (November 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1786860880
ISBN-13: 978-1786860880
Amazon: Death Dancer (Dangerous Dancers #2) Tara Lain

A tattooed dancer and a by-the-book detective dance with death in the ego-fueled halls of ballet.

Bad boy of ballet Valentin ‘Val’ Aalto stands poised on the verge of huge success—except for one big obstacle. Influential lead dancer Harry Hardesty hates Val and cheats him out of the lead in Romeo and Juliet.

When Hardesty winds up dead, Val looks like a prime suspect—and gets thrown under the detailed and methodical inspection of the handsome NY detective with the stick up his butt, Andrew Preston. At first, Preston believes Hardesty may be the victim of the chilling Dancer Killer who’s struck three victims, but evidence stacks up against Val.

Still, Andrew can’t seem to keep his hands off his suspect and when the Dancer Killer starts stalking Val, Andrew is forced to choose between his dedication to a job he loves and his growing passion for his beautiful dancer. Together Val and Andrew discover that chaos can be beautiful, one should choose desserts wisely, and love can even trump death in the rehearsal halls of ballet.

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2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Blood Borne (The Republic #3) Archer Kay Leah


1)  I liked reading this one seeing as I’ve not long finished #2 in the series… they are are pretty good read. And this is an author I’ve never heard of before, but I will be keeping my eye on for more from them.

Blood Borne (The Republic #3) Archer Kay Leah
Transgender - Fantasy
Series: The Republic
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (July 2, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1684310725
ISBN-13: 978-1684310722
Amazon: Blood Borne (The Republic #3) Archer Kay Leah

For Ress, survival is a complicated nightmare. Caught between two masters on different sides of the law, his life is falling apart one bad decision at a time. All he wants is to be is a good person, a loyal family man, and a successful metalsmith—a dream he can never obtain while he works for the Shar-denn, the violent gang that plagues the republic of Kattal. To make matters worse, he works as an informant for the High Council. He scrapes through both jobs waiting for his last breath. As the Shar-denn motto says: the only way out is dead. No stranger to living complicated decisions, Adren is caught between worlds of cir own. As the child of a Shar-denn faction boss, cir life is a conflicted tangle of expectation and duty. When cir family is arrested, Adren manages to escape, but nowhere is safe. Desperate and on the run, Adren is determined to punish Ress for turning in cir family. No one who betrays the gang can live. Ress must pay the price, even if Adren has to go against everything ce is.

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