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    The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Review

    Genre: Historical Fiction, YA, Romance

    Pairings: M/M

    Queer Rep: Bi and Gay (I think)

    Warnings: Memories of abuse and trauma, homophobia, racism, sexism (all from outside characters and not condoned by the MCs. Still sucks), some violence

    Synopsis

    Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

    But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

    Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

    General

    The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue took me by surprise. Where I was expecting a mostly romcom slice of life during the 1700s, I was instead given a breathless adventure with humor and heart. This book made my heart soar, squeeze, and shriek (or maybe that was just me), and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the many subgenres it encompasses.

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    Unbroken – Review

    Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance

    Pairings: M/M

    Queer Rep: Gay, Pansexual

    Warnings: Depictions of blood play, references to self-harm and date rape within an abusive relationship

    [Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.]

    Synopsis

    Despite the rumors about Port Lewis, Michael Gates doesn’t expect the house he rents with his sister on Foxglove Lane to be haunted. An eerie meeting with Victor Lewellyn, the resident witch-turned-demon who is bound to the property by dark magic, changes his mind.

    Michael isn’t looking to start a relationship with anyone, let alone someone like Victor, but the intense attraction between them can’t be ignored. As he dives into the world of magical drug rings, demons, witches, and necromancers, Michael also grapples with the complicated past he left behind in Arizona.

    A relationship might not be what he wants, but it sparks something in him he didn’t realize he needs—the chance to heal.

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    Undertow – Review

    Genre: Paranormal Romance

    Pairings: M/M

    Queer Rep: Gay, Trans

    Warnings: Bloodletting, violence, some gore

     

    [Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]

     

    Synopsis

    Port Lewis, a coastal town perched on the Washington cliffs, is home to Crescent Cafe, a slew of micro-breweries, a downtown packed with antique boutiques, and violent, ancient storms. Thunder shakes rooftops and lightning cuts through dark skies, but Liam Montgomery has never been afraid.

    Until now.

    One night, Liam hears the scream of a kelpie, a Water horse whose cry foretells the beginning of a prophecy. Kelpies have not set foot on shore for decades, but as Liam digs into his magic and his family’s history, he uncovers a mysterious secret that could ripple into the lives of everyone around him.

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    Darkling – Review

    Genre: Paranormal Romance

    Pairings: M/M

    Queer Rep: Gay, Trans

    Warnings: Bloodletting, Narration of death and resurrection

     [Note: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.]

    Synopsis

     “Ryder is a witch with two secrets—one about his blood and the other about his heart. Keeping the secrets hasn’t been a problem, until a tarot reading with his best friend, Liam Montgomery, who happens to be one of his secrets, starts a chain of events that can’t be undone.”

    General

    “Darkling” is a whirlwind of a novella with witches, dark magic, and steamy smut. The world is rich and the plot engaging. Honestly, all I wanted was to peel away the layers for more.