• 4-star,  M/M,  Suspense

    Chrysalis (The Formicary #1) by S.E. Harmon

    Release date: September 1st This was an unexpected story. Maybe because this is a bit of a genre change for Harmon. It’s still MM, sure. But the romance is not center stage here. Instead, this is more of a suspense bordering on Sci-Fi. And it’s also a cliff-hanger. Sort of. Anyway, the story sucked me in right from the start. The MC wakes up in a hospital, having been shot in the head, and with no memory of what happened. Christian – Chris – has amnesia. There’s his doctor (boy)friend, Grayson, who appears to be keeping something from him. Chris doesn’t know who wants him dead. But he knows he can’t rely on anybody else to…

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  • 4-star,  M/M,  Paranormal,  Suspense

    Dark Summer by S.J. Coles

    Release Date: July 27th This is the sequel to Blood Winter – which I thought was rather amazing in a dark and despondent sort of way. Dark Summer has that same almost dystopian feel and it’s all because of Alec’s mood. He’s the sole narrator of the story and thus sets the tone for the entire book. He’s as anti-social as they come and broody as all get out. Borderline depressive actually. Synopsis: The story pretty much starts where Blood Winter ended. Terje has returned and they’re now trying to start a life together. In secret since no one can know that Terje is still alive. Alec’s and Terje’s differences…

  • 4-star,  M/M,  Paranormal,  Suspense

    Not Dead Yet (Not Dead Yet #1) by Jenn Burke

    This story has so much going for it. A living ghost. Witches. Supernatural beings. A murder mystery. And the most delicious thing of all, the ex lovers who are forced together by some shitty circumstances and who may or may not reignite their old spark. So of course I devoured this book. Synopsis: Wes is a Retrieval Specialist (read thief) who uses his special ability to turn ghost as a means to excel at his job. When he witnesses a murder during a break-in, he reaches out to his ex-boyfriend, Detective Hudson Rojas. Hudson is still hot AF, but any thoughts Wes might have had about maybe rekindling the old…

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  • 4-star,  M/M,  Suspense

    Love is a Stranger (More Heat Than the Sun #1) by John Wiltshire

    What a ride this story was! I was completely sucked into this book. This is an extremely well-written story in every way. The plot is captivating and intricate, and there is no way of figuring out where the story is headed in advance. Which is awesome. The story premise kept shifting, and right when I thought I had it all figured out, the story took yet another turn. Synopsis: Ben is an ex-SAS soldier recruited to a black-ops team within the British Intelligence Agency. He’s also involved with his boss, Sir Nikolas Mikkelsen, who happens to be married. It’s only supposed to be a physical relationship, but Ben has fallen…

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  • 5-star reads,  Dark,  M/M,  Romance,  Suspense

    Bad Judgment by Sidney Bell

    This book is a gem. It was so much more than I expected and an emotional ride for sure. I knew going in that it would have a strong hurt-comfort theme and also contain some triggers such as domestic abuse and sexual assault. But that still didn’t prepare me for the ups and downs of this story. Let’s just say I felt so much during this read. Which is pretty much the highest praise you could ever give a book. Synopsis: Brogan Smith works in private security, and has just started a new assignment – guarding one of the higher-ups of a weapons manufacturer who’s been receiving death threats. It’s…

  • 4-star,  M/M,  Romance,  Suspense

    Counterblow (Shatterproof Bond #4) by Isobel Starling

    This has got to be the most uneven series in the history of series. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sort of in love with both Sam and Declan and they’re the most amazing couple to follow. However, these are supposed to be suspense/spy/secret agent kind of books. But you can never know if an instalment will actually contain any secret agenting (that’s a word right?) or not. I keep expecting this series to have a classically composed plotline. You know where there’s a case/mystery/whatever that slowly unfolds and then escalates towards the end where it’s finally resolved. All the while there’s a long-term plot that continues in the next book. Well.…

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  • M/M,  Suspense

    The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter #2) by C.S. Poe

    No. This story just wasn’t right. In the first instalment, Poe laid the groundwork for a cute mystery series, with charming characters and some seriously hot shenanigans. So, why would she ruin it all by making the MC act so stupid in this book? I don’t get it. Synopsis: Sebastian Snow, antiques dealer and amateur sleuth, has caught the attention of someone who’s not averse to breaking the law. His antiques shop is vandalized and the culprit leaves cryptic notes for him to decipher. The police doesn’t really take him seriously, but then he finds a dead body in his apartment. With yet another note. Sebastian is dragged into –…

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  • 5-star reads,  Delicious smut,  M/M,  Paranormal,  Suspense,  Sweet sweeter sweetest

    Principles of Spookology (The Spectral Files #2) by S.E. Harmon

    S.E. Harmon never disappoints. Sure, I griped a bit about #1 of The Spectral Files, but I really didn’t have any other choice than to continue with the series. Because despite some of my reservations, I craved more. Synopsis: Rain’s back as a detective at the BBPD, in the newly founded PTU – the paranormal tactical unit. His ghost-whispering is supposed to help solve cold cases. But he can’t control his abilities and the ghosts appear to be getting stronger, now they’re even invading his dreams. And Rain can’t help to think Danny will get tired of constant ghostly interruptions – in and out of bed. Then a case they’re…

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  • 4-star,  M/M,  Paranormal,  Romance,  Suspense

    P.S. I Spook You (The Spectral Files #1) by S.E. Harmon

    This is a great story with some really unfortunate mistakes that should have been caught by a proof-reader. So I’m conflicted as hell about how to rate this one. I’ve read several of Harmon’s books and she’s the author of one of my all-time, favourite stories, the Rules of Possession duet; The Blueprint and A Deeper Blue. And no matter the storyline, her writing has always been top-notch. And yes, P.S. I Spook You is also high quality. It has a skillfully constructed story structure, the overall writing is great, the premise of the story is awesome and the plot development is too. But it’s also a suspense/detective story where…

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  • 5-star reads,  M/M,  Romance,  Shifter,  Suspense

    Cry Wolf (Big Bad Wolf #5) by Charlie Adhara

    Right now, I’m feeling sort of numb and a bit lost. Book hangover doesn’t begin to describe how I’m feeling. It’ll probably be a year until the next installment in this series is released and I won’t know what to do with myself in the meantime. So yeah. This was a spectacular story. And right now, when I’m in the process of returning to reality, Cry Wolf feels like the best in the series yet. With some time and a bit of distance I might re-assess, but considering I re-read the first four books in preparation for the Cry Wolf release, it’s not likely. Synopsis: Cooper and Park are supposed…

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