Posts Tagged With: Historical

Book Review: The Arrangement by Alex Jane

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The Arrangement
Author: Alex Jane
Series: Homestead Legacy #1
Heroes: Gabriel & Nathaniel
Genre: M/M Historical Paranormal
Length: 194 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 30, 2019
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: 1895. New York.

Gabriel Webster’s pack is in trouble. His father’s failing health and his mother’s untimely death mean that the vultures are circling. It won’t be long before his family’s assets are stripped and his pack disbanded. When an offer of help arrives in the form of a marriage of convenience, he has little choice but to accept.

The arrangement would be the perfect solution, if not for one thing. Gabriel is to marry Nathaniel Hayward, the Alpha who was badly injured in the accident that killed his brother ten years before—and the man Gabriel has been in love with for as long as he can remember.

Trapped in a business arrangement masquerading as a marriage — in a strange, empty house with a damaged husband who barely tolerates him — isn’t what Gabriel expected from life.

But sometimes the last thing we want is the beginning of something more.
And an ending can be the start of something beautiful.

56k words
A standalone story set in the Homestead universe.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2019 | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Proper English by K.J. Charles

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Proper English
Author: K.J. Charles
Heroines: Patricia & Fenella
Genre: F/F Historical
Length:
Publisher: KJC Books
Release Date: May 8, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: A shooting party at the Earl of Witton’s remote country house is a high treat for champion shot Patricia Merton—until unexpected guests turn the social atmosphere dangerously sour.

That’s not Pat’s biggest problem. She’s visiting her old friend, the Earl’s heir Jimmy Yoxall—but she wants to spend a lot more time with Jimmy’s fiancée. The irrepressible Miss Fenella Carruth, with her laughing eyes and lush curves, is the most glorious woman Pat’s ever met, and it quickly becomes impossible to remember why she needs to stay at arm’s length.

But while the women’s attraction grows, the tensions at Rodington Court get worse. Affairs, secrets, betrayals, and blackmail come to light. And when a body is discovered with a knife between the shoulderblades, it’s going to take Pat and Fen’s combined talents to prevent the murderer destroying all their lives.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2019 | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Nova Praetorian by N.R. Walker

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Nova Praetorian
Author: N.R. Walker
Series: N/A
Heroes: Quintus Furius Varus/Kaeso Agorix
Genre: MM Historical
Length: 394 Pages
Publisher: Blue Heart Press
Release Date: October 24, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Quintus Furius Varus is one of the best lanistas in Rome. Tall and strong in build, fearsome in manner, and sharp of wit, he trains the best gladiators bound for the arenas of Rome. When Senator Servius Augendus seeks personal guards, he attends the Ludus Varus for purchase of the very best. He puts to Quintus an offer he cannot refuse, and Quintus finds himself in Neapolis, contracted as a trainer of guards instead of gladiators.

Kaeso Agorix was taken from his homelands of Iberia and delivered to Rome as a slave. Bought by a senator to be trained as a guard, his fate is handed to the man who would train him. Absent free will, Kaeso knows his life is no longer his own, though he soon realises the gods have favoured him when he learns his new master has a kind heart.

Quintus and Kaeso forge a bond that far exceeds the collar at Kaeso’s neck, and together they discover the senator’s move for promotion has an ulterior motive. Thrown into a world of politics and conspiracy, of keeping enemies close, they move against time to save Rome before traitors and the gods themselves see to their end.

And in doing so, see the dawn of the nova praetorian–the new guard–rise.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2018, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Faller by Daniel de Lorne

Reviewed by Ami

Title: The Faller
Author: Daniel de Lorne
Series: 2018 Advent Calendar – Warmest Wishes
Heroes: Charlie & Jack
Genre: M/M Historical
Length: 46 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Being caught with another man sends Charlie Young fleeing his family to the forests of southwestern Australia to scrape together steamer-passage to the big smoke of London. But life as a timber faller isn’t easy and it’s made worse when the men he works with are brash, bigoted, and often brutal. All except Jack Tapper, who’s the kind of gentle giant that sets Charlie’s heart racing.

While the other men head into town for Christmas, it’s just Charlie and Jack and acres of forest. But trees tell no tales and a few days alone is the perfect opportunity to indulge a bourgeoning passion. When the men return and find things not as they once were, Charlie and Jack have to make the hard decisions about whether to stay where they are or run for their lives. Continue reading

Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Salt Magic, Skin Magic by Lee Welch

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Salt Magic, Skin Magic
Author: Lee Welch
Heroes: Thornby & John
Genre: M/M Historical Paranormal
Length: 217 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 9, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Lord Thornby has been trapped on his father’s isolated Yorkshire estate for a year. There are no bars or chains; he simply can’t leave. His sanity is starting to fray. When industrial magician John Blake arrives to investigate a case of witchcraft, he finds the peculiar, arrogant Thornby as alarming as he is attractive. John soon finds himself caught up in a dark fairytale, where all the rules of magic—and love—are changed.

To set Thornby free, both men must face life-changing truths—and John must accept that the brave, witty man who’s winning his heart may also be about to break it. Can they escape a web of magic that’s as perilous as love?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Lord Heliodor’s Retirement by Amy Rae Durreson

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Lord Heliodor’s Retirement
Author: Amy Rae Durreson
Series: 2015 Daily Dose – Never Too Late
Heroes: Adem & Corun
Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy
Length: 52 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Unlikely hero Lord Adem Heliodor saved his queen’s life during the Screaming, a magical attack on his city, but his broken nerves have forced him into an unwanted early retirement to his country estate. Adem thinks his life is over, but retirement holds some surprises. First, there’s his new librarian, who turns out to be not just the first love he thought was dead, but also someone surprisingly knowledgeable about political intrigue. Then there’s the assassin in the orchard and the discovery that the Screaming was just the first attack on the city.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Medium by Bonnie Dee

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: The Medium
Author: Bonnie Dee
Heroes: Justin & Albert
Genre: M/M Historical Paranormal
Length: 53k+ words
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: To win a heart, he must risk his soul…

Cast out of his family for being a freak, psychic Justin Crump helps others find peace by using his ability. When he’s called upon to release a distressed soul from a haunted house, a child’s angry spirit draws him into a dark mystery. Equally intriguing is the skeptical homeowner, Albert, a man who has buried his sexuality deeper than the grave.

Albert Henderson humors his mother’s wishes by inviting the medium for a visit. While he doubts Justin’s gifts, he can’t deny one truth: the man stirs desire in him that Albert has spent a lifetime denying. Slowly, the walls of his proper life crumble. And when Justin proposes some emotion-free experimentation, neither imagines it might lead to love…and danger.

After learning the terrifying truth about the deceased child’s persecutor, the two men pursue a perpetrator of great evil. When they coax a confession from their quarry, the vengeful spirit unleashes power nearly beyond control. To free the earthbound ghost from the past that holds it shackled, Justin must risk his own soul. And Albert must find the courage to break free of the chains of doubt that will deny him and Justin the future of which they once only dreamed.

Warning: Contains mention of child sexual abuse.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2018, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Vampire’s Angel by Damian Serbu

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: The Vampire’s Angel
Author: Damian Serbu
Series: The Realm of the Vampire Council #1
Heroes: Xavier/Thomas
Genre: MM Historical Paranormal
Length: 334 Pages
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: March 19, 2018
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Set during the French Revolution, The Vampire’s Angel traces the lives of three characters: a Parisian priest (Xavier), his noble sister (Catherine), and a vampire from America (Thomas). The priest and vampire fall in love but hardship ensues as they struggle with separate demons. Thomas resists his impatience and temper, while hiding his undead nature from the man he loves. Xavier combats a devotion to the church and societal obligation, both of which speak against following his heart. As France crumbles around them, Catherine fights to maintain the family’s fortune, even as she falls prey to the schemes of a witchdoctor who casts a spell upon her. Will the death, danger, and catastrophes of a revolution doom these three, or will they find solace from one another and ultimate harmony? Find out in The Vampire’s Angel.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2018, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Home in Your Heart by Alex Jane

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Home in Your Heart
Author: Alex Jane
Series: Alphas’ Homestead #4
Heroes: Martha/Albert, Caleb/Jacob, etc.
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 213 Pages
Publisher: Alex Jane
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: When Martha returns to the homestead after five years away at school, the excitement of her arrival is somewhat overshadowed. There’s a new pack in town who appear friendly enough but something about them raises both the Alphas hackles. But any reservations about their new neighbors don’t stop Martha from falling for the charms of the handsome wolf set on seducing her.

With his stubborn daughter intent on giving up her future plans, his youngest son out of control and Ephraim not doing much better, Caleb struggles to keep his family together, risking his relationship with Jacob in the process. And, of course, the surprise guest that Martha brings with her doesn’t help matters either.

And as for Martha, her whole life has been an adventure of books and learning, until Albert captures her heart. But while she wrestles with her feelings, there’s a constant presence waiting in the wings. Someone that will catch her if she falls. Someone that always has, and always will. If she’ll let him.

No matter how far you go, there will always be a home for you in my heart.

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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2018, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Masked Heart by Calli Hall: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Exclusive Excerpt from Masked Heart

by Calli Hall

There was no more family, and she had never had true friends. The few people she had thought she could rely on had betrayed her in the worst way one could imagine.

Despite that, she had not been opposed to the beginning of a friendship with the aristocrat, only to then be left once more.

She, or rather he, was simply lonely. Under all of the layers of make-up and clothing the young man behind the masquerade longed for someone.

A person could survive alone, but not really live. He knew that. The reason for his displeasure likely laid with the Duke. Up to now he had constantly been at the side of Madame P.. He was not amicable or even well-disposed, but he was there.

That alone had been enough for her. She had been noticed.

How pathetic! She smiled cynically at herself. She was jealous because the Duke hadn’t offered her a snide remark as usual. Maybe he had been hiding in women’s clothes for too long if he was reacting to Lexerton with such feelings.

This was not only ridiculous, but also dangerous. If the Duke were ever to find out the truth about Madame P., or rather him, the hangman would be redundant— the Duke himself would tie the knots for the noose. Continue reading

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