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Out of Nowhere, by Felicia Davin

22 Jun
Cover or Out of Nowhere; the background is a photograph of space, showing a star breaking the horizon of a planet, with space matter around. The foreground is the silhouette of a man composed of starlit sky.

The second book in the Nowhere trilogy, Out of Nowhere ratchets up the tension from Edge of Nowhere. I confess, I stalled somewhere around the halfway mark, not opening the book again for weeks. Eventually, trusting the author to fulfill the promise of a happy ending that’s the immutable part of genre romance got me over the emotional block.

Reader, beware: some sex on the page between two adult men, swearing, trauma from childhood and from recent forced experimentation, including starvation, and a bit of violence. The author has a very comprehensive list of warning and tags here, below the blurb.

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Strange Love, by Ann Aguirre

3 Jun
Cover for STRANGE LOVE by Ann Aguirre, showing an armored figure silhouetted in profile over a luminous backdrop of buildings and other urban structures; upon examination, the buildings aren't your usual Earth architecture, and neither is the armored figure.

It’s been a minute since I last reviewed any of Ann Aguirre’s books 1 , but I remain very much a fan of her work, both writing voice and worldbuilding.

This novel, the first in what is now the Galactic Love trilogy, is an absolute and utter delight.

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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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Worth Any Price, by Lisa Kleypas

28 Feb
Cover for Worth Any Price; a white woman shown from the cheekbones down to the floor, wearing a purple off the shoulder gown with a belt, short puffy sleeves and a hem ruffle, holding one side of the hem to the top of her thigh, showing a glimpse of bare leg.

The final book in the Bow Street Runners trilogy, and easily the most problematic for me.

Reader, beware: there’s graphic sex; there’s parents literally selling their eldest daughter to a wealthy man; there’s emotional abuse, and a character dies by suicide on the page. There’s also a scene with iffy consent between the main characters.

Oh, and this ranting review spoils a lot of the previous book, so if you plan on reading Lady Sophia’s Lover, I would advise you not to continue reading.

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