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Nowhere Else, by Felicia Davin

11 Jul
Cover for NOWHERE ELSE; the silhouette of a male figure over a field of asteroids, with both the Moon and Earth in the background, and space dust swirling about. The silhouette is warm in warm tones, the background in cool greens.

After struggling to read past the oh, 60% mark on Out of Nowhere for a few weeks (not the book, it was ::gestures at the world:: me; I couldn’t read anything for weeks!), I finally got back to it, finished it in one sprint, then immediately started Nowhere Else, which I inhaled in one greedy gulp. It may well be my favorite of the trilogy, to be honest.

Reader beware: some swearing, sex on page between two adult men, one of whom is dealing with PTSD from recent trauma; both characters had difficult childhoods, for different reasons.

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Honey & Pepper, by A. J. Demas

25 Mar
Cover for HONEY AND PEPPER; drawing of two men, one Black, big and smiling while he stirs something in crock, the other long-haired, white and slim, sitting on a kitchen counter, as they look at each other.

I mentioned in my review of Saffron Alley that I was torn between relief that there were only five books in the author’s backlist set in this world, and despair, because there were only five books set in this world.

Shortly after I signed up for the author’s newsletter, I saw that this book was coming out soon, and I was all set to buy it. Then, somehow I lucked out to get an ARC of this, and boy, am I glad–it’s so good!

There’s graphic sex, an absolutely adorable cinnamon roll of a man who’s dominant in bed, and a villain getting what he deserves. Also, mention of a death by suicide, a whipping, and a couple of incidents of violence.

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Something New (2006) (sort of a movie review)

18 Mar
Poster for Something New (2006); Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker in profile at the top and bottom of the poster, with her looking sideways to the viewer. The rest of the cast appears as screencaptures from the movie, in a line in the middle of the poster.

SOMETHING NEW was the March selection for #RomancelandiaMovieNight, and I’m very glad I chose it. This is very much a heroine-centric genre romance that touches on some difficult questions about race, racism, and parental and social expectations.

Please note that the sexytimes, while not full nudity, are quite enough to steam your glasses–the leads have chemistry to burn. And, well. They do.

Warning: there’s one burka joke, which. Really? Also, if you have spiders/spiderwebs issues, there’s one short scene (less than a minute–21min to 22 min marks), you may want to skip.

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Strong Wine, by A.J. Demas

4 Mar
Cover for Strong Wine, where a short haired man in a short Roman-ish tunic holds up another man, who has long black hair and is wearing a long tunic, in an embrace. It's nighttime and there are two swords on the foreground.

What a wonderful conclusion to the Sword Dance trilogy! As I said last week, I read Saffron Alley and Strong Wine literally back-to-back, then read them again when I was writing my reviews. Yes, they are that good. And by the by, am I glad I did not have to wait between books!

Reader beware: xenophobia, transphobia (one of the leads is a formerly enslaved eunuch–not by choice–and non-binary–entirely by choice), homophobia (the other lead is a bisexual man), a bit of violence, and some graphic sex on page.

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