ARC Review: Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White

Overview:

Rating: 4 stars

Genre: horror, YA, dystopian

Representation: gay trans guy main character, minor m/m romance, autistic gay love interest, side characters of colour, side queer characters

Content warnings: transphobia, deadnaming, misgendering, body horror, Christianity used for violence, religious trauma, violence

Release date: 7th June 2022

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

But when cornered by monsters born from the destruction, Benji is rescued by a group of teens from the local Acheson LGBTQ+ Center, affectionately known as the ALC. The ALC’s leader, Nick, is gorgeous, autistic, and a deadly shot, and he knows Benji’s darkest secret: the cult’s bioweapon is mutating him into a monster deadly enough to wipe humanity from the earth once and for all.

Still, Nick offers Benji shelter among his ragtag group of queer teens, as long as Benji can control the monster and use its power to defend the ALC. Eager to belong, Benji accepts Nick’s terms…until he discovers the ALC’s mysterious leader has a hidden agenda, and more than a few secrets of his own.

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I really enjoyed this book from the get go. It jumps right into the action without making the reader feel lost but the world. I immediately enjoyed the main character Benji from the get go. Even if we are seeing him first in a pretty traumatising experience. This was a great way to set up his character and his place in the story.

The book can be boiled down to a post apocalyptic horror. The book is set in a world where there has been an event called ‘the flood’ and the survivors can be split into two categories; people who are part of the religious cult and people who fighting back against the cult.

I liked a lot of things in this book. I liked Benji a lot and the supporting cast of entirely queer characters. You as the reader can tell how much this means to Benji as a gay trans boy. Since he grew up sheltered in an extreme version of Christianity with a mother who was a church leader, he has a lot of trauma around that to deal with.

While I did enjoy the book, I was pretty confused with a lot of the world building elements. I didn’t full grasp Benni’s own power or completely get what the ‘flood’ was but other than that, I really enjoyed reading this.

ARC Review: The Long Game by Rachel Reid

Overview:

Rating: 5 stars

Genre: Romance, contemporary, sport romance

Series: Game Changers, book 6

Representation: gay main character, bisexual main character, Japanese-white main character, m/m romance, side trans man character, side gay characters, side characters of colour

Content warnings: explicit sexual content, homophobia, mentions of drug use, alcohol consumption, implied transphobia, discussions of depression, mentions of past suicide,

Release date: 26th April 2022

Synopsis:

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To the world they are rivals, but to each other they are everything.

Ten years.

That’s how long Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov have been seeing each other. How long they’ve been keeping their relationship a secret. From friends, from family…from the league. If Shane wants to stay at the top of his game, what he and Ilya share has to remain secret. He loves Ilya, but what if going public ruins everything?

Ilya is sick of secrets. Shane has gotten so good at hiding his feelings, sometimes Ilya questions if they even exist. The closeness, the intimacy, even the risk that would come with being open about their relationship…Ilya wants it all.

It’s time for them to decide what’s most important—hockey or love.

It’s time to make a call. 

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ARC Review: If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales & Cale Dietrich

Overview:

Rating: 3.5 stars

Genre: Romance, contemporary

Representation: gay main character, biseuxal main character, m/m romance

Content warnings: referenced drug use, alcohol use, references to sexual content (off page)

Release date: 7th December 2021

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ARC Review: Role Model by Rachel Reid

Overview:

Rating: 5 stars

Genre: Romance, contemporary, sport romance

Series: Game Changers, book 5

Representation: gay main character, m/m romance, side queer characters

Content warnings: sexual content, alcohol consumption, refrenced sexual assault, homophobia

Release date: 10th August 2021

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ARC Review: Trade Deadline by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

Overview:

  • Rating: 5 stars
  • Genre: Romance, contemporary, sport romance
  • Series: Hat Trick, book 3
  • Representation: m/m romance, gay main character, bisexual main character, side queer characters, side characters of colour
  • Content warnings: sexual content, mentions of parent homophobia, alcohol
  • Release date: 17th August 2020
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Chelsea M. Cameron F/F Reading Guide

Hello everyone! Today I have a recommendation list/reading guide for the author Chelsea M. Cameron. Cameron has written quite a lot of f/f romances. I’m always excited when I find out she’s releasing another book!

Because she has so much to chose from in her library, I’ve decided to put together a recommendation post of my favourites, one I really liked, and ones I didn’t love but still recommend. To be clear: I do recommend all of her books. There are just some I like more than others. I do highly recommend Cameron’s books at the end of the day.

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eARC Review: Reveb by Anna Zabo

43185688.jpgSummary: The tougher they are, the harder they fall.

Twisted Wishes bass player Mish Sullivan is a rock goddess—gorgeous, sexy and comfortable in the spotlight. With fame comes unwanted attention, though: a stalker is desperate to get close. Mish can fend for herself, just as she always has. But after an attack lands her in the hospital, the band reacts, sticking her with a bodyguard she doesn’t need or want.

David Altet has an instant connection with Mish. A certified badass, this ex-army martial arts expert can take down a man twice his size. But nothing—not living as a trans man, not his intensive military training—prepared him for the challenge of Mish. Sex with her is a distraction neither of them can afford, yet the hot, kink-filled nights keep coming.

When Mish’s stalker ups his game, David must make a choice—lover or bodyguard. He’d rather have Mish alive than in his bed. But Mish wants David, and no one, especially not a stalker, will force her to give him up.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Rep: pansexual main character, trans man main character, side mlm characters

Release date: 6th May 2019

I received an arc from the publisher bia netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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eARC Review: Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

41150487.jpgSummary: First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you? 

Rating: ★★★★★

Rep: bisexual biracial (white-Mexican) main character, gay love interest

Release date: 14th May 2019

I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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eARC Review: The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace

36297088.jpgSummary: The mermaid is known for her siren song, luring bedroom-eyed sailors to their demise. However, beneath these misguided myths are tales of escapism and healing, which Lovelace weaves throughout this empowering collection of poetry, taking you on a journey from the sea to the stars. They tried to silence her once and for all, but the mermaid’s voice returns in this one.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release date: 5th March

I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for a free and honest review

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eARC Review: Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

42639798.jpgSummary: Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.

Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardize that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.

Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realizes he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.

As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…

Rating: ★★★★1/2

Rep: gay main character, bisexual main character, biracial (white/Japanese) main character

Content warnings: explicit sexual content, homophobic language, parent death

Release date: 25th March 2019

I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review

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eARC Review: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds

43733171.jpgSummary: Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.

Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.

But their love has time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?

Rating: ★★★1/2

Rep: bi main character, gay main character, m/m romance

Release date: 4th March 2019

I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review 

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eARC Review: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

42128976.jpgSummary:  While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Rep: Black sapphic main characters, f/f romance

I received an arc from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

38359013.jpgSummary: Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings.

Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.

Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hernández, his childhood best friend.

After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Rep: Black queer main character, Deaf gay Hispanic love interest, m/m romance

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Review: Definitely, Maybe, Yours by Lissa Reed

25446841.jpgSummary: Seattle-based baker Craig Oliver leads a life that is happily routine: baking cupcakes for an enormous family reunion, managing Sucre Coeur for its frequently absent owner, and closing out his day with a pint at the local pub. He has a kind heart, a knack for pastry, and a weakness for damaged people.

Habitual playboy Alex Scheff is looking to drown his sorrows, but instead discovers that he may have a weakness for Englishmen who carry cookies in their pockets. Can a seemingly incompatible pair find the recipe for love in a relationship they claim is casual

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rep: gay Black main character, gay main character, m/m romance

I received a review copy from the publisher via Netgally in exchange for an honest review 

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A Reread: Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh

17465574.jpgSummary: Blue is the Warmest Color is a graphic novel about growing up, falling in love, and coming out. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems average enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in her school. When her openly gay best friend takes her out on the town, she wanders into a lesbian bar where she encounters Emma: a punkish, confident girl with blue hair. Their attraction is instant and electric, and Clementine find herself in a relationship that will test her friends, parents, and her own ideas about herself and her identity.

 

 

First read: 2016

Initial rating: ★★★★☆

Reread rating: ★★☆☆☆

Rep: bisexual main character, f/f romance

Content warnings: homophobia, lesbophobia, nudity, explicit sexual content involving a minor

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SapphicAThon Announcement and TBR

You read the right folks, SapphicAThon is BACK for a round two! I’m hosting with Jami and Elise. For those that don’t know what SapphicAThon is, it is a readathon that had previously focussed on reading f/f books. This time around, the only ‘rule’ is that you read books with a sapphic main character. For those that don’t know what sapphic means, it means a woman attracted to women. So, m/f books with a bi or pan main character? Totally cool. No romance at all? Still counts. This is pretty chill and the point is to focus on books about sapphic women.

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Review: Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee

25837167.jpgSummary: The sea holds many secrets …

Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.”

Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish.

As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.  

 

Rating: ★★★★☆

Rep: Bisexual Chinese main character, chubby mlm main character, m/m romance

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Review: Crossroads by Riley Hart

25963015.jpgSummary: After divorcing the woman he’d been with since he was seventeen, Nick Fuller is starting over. He owns the restaurant of his dreams and he’s determined to meet new people, find new passions, and experience life to its fullest. Easier said than done—that is until he meets his new neighbor, Bryce Tanner…

Bryce is all about a good time. He plans to show Nick how it’s done, help him meet a few women, and enjoy the gift of the single life he’s been given. But things don’t go as planned, and soon they realize they’d rather be together than with anyone else.

Neither man has ever wanted another guy, but there’s a connection between them from the start—a spark they can’t deny. They find themselves navigating an unfamiliar new world and dealing with unforeseen obstacles. Physical desire isn’t enough, and now Nick and Bryce are at a crossroads. They have to decide which way to go: the easy path they’ve always followed, or the one that’s determined to trip them up at every turn.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rep: m/m romance

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Discussion: The I realised I Was Queer Because of You Trope, Why I Love It, and Some of My Favourite Examples

I feel like we all have a favourite trope that is weirdly specific. My personal favourite trope that exists in queer romance is “I realised I am queer because of you”. I used to default this to “I realised I was bi because of you” but this is doable with characters who realised that they’re gay.  What I mean by this is, a character starts off thinking that they’re straight to later realise because of their love interest, that they are queer.

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Review: Carolyn for Christmas by Lucy Carey

28191545.jpgSummary: Christmas. It’s supposed to be a time for peace, love, and goodwill to all men. But not for two women when it comes to nabbing the solo spot in the big Christmas concert. To get that spot, they’ll do whatever it takes…

Carolyn Roche and Saoirse Barrett have known—and hated—each other for a long time. Their lives have been dedicated to one-upping each other. Carolyn has worked hard to shake off her poor roots, landing a top job at a major accountancy firm. Saoirse has worked just as hard to set up her own business in the vain hopes of impressing her tough father.

They’re equally matched in life—and in vocal talent. But neither is willing to let the other woman win.

That is, until they find themselves trapped in their old school, with just a bottle of vodka and their memories for company. There, they discover that the hatred they feel for each other might not be hatred after all…

Rating: ★★★★☆-

Rep: lesbians mc’s, f/f romance

Content warnings: homophobia, homophobic parent

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Review: No Good Deed by Goldy Moldavsky

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Summary: He’s not asking for much. All Gregor Maravilla wants to do is feed all of the starving children on the planet. So when he’s selected to join Camp Save the World, a special summer program for teenage activists from all over the country to champion their cause, Gregor’s sure he’s on the path to becoming Someone Great.

But then a prize is announced. It will be awarded at the end of summer to the activist who shows the most promise in their campaign. Gregor’s sure he has the prize in the bag, especially compared to some of the other campers’ campaigns. Like Eat Dirt, a preposterous campaign started by Ashley Woodstone, a famous young actor who most likely doesn’t even deserve to be at the camp. Everywhere Gregor goes, Ashley seems to show up ready to ruin things. Plus, the prize has an unforeseen side effect, turning a quiet summer into cutthroat warfare where campers stop focusing on their own campaigns and start sabotaging everyone else’s.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Rep: biracial Mexican and white mc

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