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Wolf Haven, by Lindsay McKenna

21 Sep
Cover for Wolf Haven shows a white man wearing a shearling coat, a stetson, and a bit of scruff. In the background, prairie, a barn, and horses at sunset.

This is my entry for SuperWendy’s TBR Challenge this month–the theme is animals, and I’m just going with the title here. (Just kidding; there’s a wildlife refuge thing happening, mostly on the side.)

Reader beware: graphic descriptions of torture and heavy PTSD; glorification of the U.S. military; racism through the “model minority” stereotype for Native Americans and the “hellscape drug narco territory” for Latin America; autistic child as inspiration porn; sex on the page.

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“The Year of the Crocodile” by Courtney Milan

16 Sep
Cover for "The Year of the Crocodile"; a Chinese young woman stands against a young white man, looking up at him over her shoulder. His arms come around her as he looks into his eyes.

This very short story is part of the Cyclone Saga, set a year after Trade Me, and as the events in Hold Me take place.

Reader, beware: there’s a rather high rate of swearing for the actual word count, and there’s also a sex scene.

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The Right Sort of Man, by Allison Montclair

29 Jul
Cover for THE RIGHT SORT OF MAN; watercolor-type illustration; silhouette of a woman wearing a two-piece suit, period appropriate for 1940s, skirt below the knees. Background is a slightly blurry five-stories building

Spurred by this review by the lovely Kay, I finally read my ARC of this novel, the first title in the Sparks and Bainbridge series.

Reader beware: loss, trauma, mental health issues, alcoholism (mostly off page), and more threat of violence than actual violence. One of the protagonists is having an affair with a married man.

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Master of Dragons, by Angela Knight

20 Jul
Cover for MASTER OF DRAGONS: on a background representing a masonry wall and a stone arch, a muscular, barechested white man with long dark hair, and a sinuous dragon tattoo over his sternum; hands akimbo and a sword on his left hip

This is my entry for July’s TBR Challenge, and I’m making it fit in a very idiosyncratic way: I was aiming for any unread print book in my house, published at least 20 years ago (VINTAGE, get it?). Of course, I couldn’t find even one (watch me find a dozen as soon as the review is up). So I moved my goal to “oldest paper ARC in my possession”, and…look, I’ve had it for over fifteen years, I’m going with it (not taking bets on how many I’ve actually have had for longer, or how soon after posting I’ll find at least three).

It’s been a minute since I’ve read any of Ms Knight’s work, and this is the fifth novel (and eighth overall installment) in the Mageverse series, so please do take that into account when reading this review.

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