Title: A Taste of Gold and Iron Author: Alexandra Rowland Series/Number: N/A Genre: Fantasy, Romance Age: Adult Publication Date: August 30, 2022 Themes: MM Romance, Anxiety rep, Bodyguard/Prince, Mystery, Political Fantasy elements, Standalone
Kadou, the shy prince of Arasht, finds himself at odds with one of the most powerful ambassadors at court—the body-father of the queen’s new child—in an altercation which results in his humiliation.
To prove his loyalty to the queen, his sister, Kadou takes responsibility for the investigation of a break-in at one of their guilds, with the help of his newly appointed bodyguard, the coldly handsome Evemer, who seems to tolerate him at best. In Arasht, where princes can touch-taste precious metals with their fingers and myth runs side by side with history, counterfeiting is heresy, and the conspiracy they discover could cripple the kingdom’s financial standing and bring about its ruin.
Title: Season of Love Author: Helena Greer Series/Number: N/A Genre: Romance Age: Adult Publication Date: October 11, 2022 Themes: Jewish MC, F/F Romance, Lesbian Romance, Christmas Tree Farm, Holiday Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Greif, Difficult Family Relationships
Miriam Blum has no choice but to face the past she thought she’d left behind when she inherits her great-aunt’s Christmas tree farm in this witty, glittering, heart-filled romcom.
Thanks to her thriving art career, Miriam Blum finally has her decoupaged glitter ducks in a row—until devastating news forces her to a very unwanted family reunion. Her beloved great-aunt Cass has passed and left Miriam part-owner of Carrigan’s, her (ironically) Jewish-run Christmas tree farm.
But Miriam’s plans to sit shiva, avoid her parents, then put Carrigan’s in her rearview mirror are spoiled when she learns the business is at risk of going under. To have any chance at turning things around, she’ll need to work with the farm’s grumpy manager—as long as the attraction sparking between them doesn’t set all their trees on fire first.
Noelle Northwood wants Miriam Blum gone—even if her ingenious ideas and sensitive soul keep showing Noelle there’s more to Cass’s niece than meets the eye. But saving Carrigan’s requires trust, love, and risking it all—for the chance to make their wildest dreams come true.
Title: Honeymoon For OneAuthor: Rachel Bowdler Series/Number: N/AGenre: RomanceAge: AdultPublication Date: November 1, 2022Themes: Vacation Relationship, Christmas Vacation, Cancelled Engagement, Canadian Honeymoon, FF Relationship, Complicated Mother/Daughter Relationship Synopsis: A cancelled engagement. A non-refundable honeymoon. A Christmas Robin will never forget. Robin Ellis has had a year she’d like to forget. She’s tired, overworked and most definitely not ready to spend the holidays with her rowdy … Continue reading Honeymoon For One – eARC Review
Title: Bloody Spade Author: Brittany M. Willows Series/Number: The Cardplay Duology #1 Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy Age: Upper Young Adult Publication Date: September 15, 2021 Themes: Gray-asexual female lead, Pansexual male lead, Aromantic/bisexual and Demisexual/demiromantic deuteragonists, Magic, Anxiety, PTSD Rep,
A girl full of heart A thief touched by darkness A boy with a fiery temper An unwitting servant of evil
The era of magic was once thought to be a myth, but after the Reemergence ushered forces both dark and light into the mundane world, it has since become a harsh reality. Now those affected by this strange power-a specialized group of Empowered called Jokers, known collectively as Cardplay-must protect their world from the darkness that threatens to consume it, all the while fighting for equality in a society clinging to normalcy.
But the Reemergence was only the beginning.
When another influx occurs on the seventh anniversary of that fateful event, an unfortunate encounter at ground zero lands Iori Ryone, a teenage boy in possession of a corrupt and legendary magic, in the care of recent Joker graduate Ellen Amelia Jane. From him, she learns the Reemergence may not have been the inevitable natural disaster it first seemed.
Someone is trying to tear down the barrier that separates the magical realms from the mundane. The question is, can Cardplay stop them before it’s too late?
Bloody Spade is the first installment in an urban fantasy duology that follows a cat-eared thief and a spirited girl as they try to navigate his wild magic, her hotheaded brother, a sinister plot, and the feelings they’re developing for each other.
Title: Check Your Work Author: Skye KilaenSeries/Number: Love At Knockdown #3Genre: RomanceAge: AdultPublication Date: November 1, 2022Themes: MF Romance, Bisexual MCs, Fake Dating, Teacher MC, Grumpy/Sunshine, Age Gap, Cinnamon Roll Hero Syopsis: One month. No feelings. They’ve totally got this fake dating thing under control. Bisexual ex-barista Oliver is finally a high school math teacher, and it’s everything he ever wanted. Until he stumbles across the mysterious … Continue reading Check Your Work – Book Review