And again....the lovely Lisa from The Novel Approach is here for another edition of Booyah Books!
Bruce and I made it through a big month at The Novel Approach, not only loving lots of great books, but also in an outstanding response to the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia. It was lovely to see so many folks responding to all the participating bloggers with stories of their own, was well as with hope for a future in which the voice of homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia will be nothing more than a resounding whisper met by deaf ears.
Because I have such a long list of recommended reads to share, I'm keeping things short and sweet this month, so just know that these seven books that we've selected are the ones that made a big impression.
The first book on this month's list is Mercy Celeste's Behind Iron Lace, the story of Darcy Butler, a man who follows his on-again, off-again girlfriend from Oregon to New Orleans, where they'll continue to expand their successful online Magazine venture, with the help of photographer, artist, and all around sex-on-wheels, Caleb Mitchell.
Darcy's never been pursued by a man before... never been pursued by anyone quite like Caleb before... never been pursued in quite the same way Caleb pursues him before... And have mercy, is it one hot pursuit. I loved the struggle and the tragedy and the passion and the rage inherent in their relationship, as they fought not only each other but the things that’d already happened, things they couldn’t change, but things that intruded on their relationship nonetheless, things that brought them to the breaking point and forced them to face the question of whether they could be together and build a future with each other.
You can buy Behind Iron Lace HERE
Gene sees dead people, and Kerstrande is one of the walking dead, and their relationship is anything if not volatile. Sam Kadence’s briskly paced and tightly plotted introduction to this world has tucked me neatly into the bloody and fantastical city these character’s populate, but a word of caution here: don’t get overly invested in the hope that the end of this book won’t leave you hanging. There is an evil cliffhanger, but hey, what’s life without a few loose ends?
There’s angst and drama galore to be found, and a little bit of horror thrown in too, just to satisfy my love of Urban Fantasy and to give some added complications to this Young Adult romance.
You can buy Evolution HERE
"The series follows a mage, Simon, who from all accounts is a very beloved and rightfully so character in the series. Simon falls in love and becomes the alpha mate of Gray the alpha of a local werewolf pack. There are many supporting characters in this delectable series, but all three books find themselves centered in one way or another around Simon and Gray. Dennison takes three kinds of magic—mind, body and soul—and weaves them into her tale of her two main characters. Their struggle to find love and how the other characters find love and all of them deal and relate to the magical gifts bestowed upon them, is well told and makes for a wonderful, hopeful, and incredible story.
The fact that each story can stand on its own is a tour de force by Dennison, but even more so is how intricate and seamless the three books work together. It is a remarkable series that if one is a fan of paranormal romance or not is well worth reading."
You can buy Soul Magic HERE
The fact that the author was capable of making Lem, the man who is by turns gentle yet also is an unrepentant killer, a sympathetic character is truly impressive; the fact that he was capable of making me yearn for a happy ending for Anderson and Lem is nothing less than pitch-perfect storytelling.
You can buy Cold HERE
The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men is a story of hope and faith and of courage, in which courage doesn’t mean an absence of fear but is the sort of bravery a man sometimes finds when he feels he has nothing left to lose.
It’s a book that feeds the imagination and is a feast for every reader who loves the sort of prose that flows poetically through a world that is just on the other side of extraordinary. It is symbolic and supernatural and is the sort of book that makes me want to celebrate my love of reading. It’s one of the more unique books I’ve read in a very long time and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
You can buy The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men HERE
Kyle Grant and Sebastian Brambini play international spy and unwitting pawn, respectively, in a shoot-to-thrill, play-to-kill game to outwit the bad guys, the baddest of whom happens to be Sebastian's own father, the father who would rather see Sebastian dead than in the arms of a man.
What’s not to love about an action packed story filled with danger, espionage, international intrigue, and seduction? Not a lot, right? And Keira Andrews pulls this all off in a big way, with cover-to-cover action, exciting locales, and two characters I can’t wait to read about again and again. Kyle was the perfect blend of sophisticated agent for whom the mission is everything, and the lonely man for whom life is a lot less empty now that he’s found The One. Sebastian is a little bit innocent, a little bit hopeful, a whole lot intelligent and is no one’s shrinking violet, doing what needs to be done when it needs doing, whether he believes in all his strengths or not, and whether he believes he can trust Kyle or not.
The next mission has been assigned and danger is guaranteed to await these two men. I have no doubt that whatever is waiting for them on their next mission, I’ll be there to be sure they make it through.
You can buy The Chimera Affair and The Argentine Seduction HERE
Nick committed suicide in his cousin's bathroom and has effectively stolen Ryan's home and security out from under him, which is why Ryan needs what Jack is there to offer him—his company’s talent for erasing the stains of violence left behind for the survivor to bear. It’s not as easy a decision as it sounds, though, for Ryan to make. See, Ryan knows full well—or at least he thinks he does—the history Jack and Nick shared. But when the past comes clean with all its secrets and truths, secrets and truths that weren’t anyone’s but Nick’s to tell, they threaten to collapse the bridge the two men begin to build between the past and the present.
This book is quintessential ZAM, so if you love flawed characters who seem determined to keep wrecking their own chances at peace, and love lots of emotional substance to sink your heart into, you'll probably love this book.
You can buy Grime and Punishment HERE
And that's it for May's Booyah Books. Until next month, happy reading!