If you have problems with Gay Romance in any form this post is not for you.
Due to my new crafting goal my reading goal temporarily fell by the wayside. Since I had a few days where I was miserably ill and could not do much more than sulk in bed and read my reading goal has gained some progress. I reiterate that this year I plan on reading a little bit of everything. I do not know what it is about this time of year, but I do tend to start out with Gay Romance. If I follow my past pattern I will then go back to some of my favorites, work my way into a new series obsession, taper off during the summer, then do a frantic read in the fall. Oh well, maybe things will be different this year, though the Gay Romance part is staying the same.
So Far, I have re-read several books by Megan Derr: Midsummer Baker, Suitable Replacement, Backwoods Asylum, and With Pride. In addition I have re-read Dragon Groomer, by Amber Kell. I have also read several new books by Derr:
The Stable Boy is essentially a book of a man betrayed by those he should be able to trust forced to sneak his way back to the position that is rightfully his. Of course there is a curse and mercenaries trying to kill him standing in his way. All the while his fiance is being tricked by the usurper that betrayed him and took his place. For all of the high drama this really does read like a bodice ripper, except that all parties concerned in the romance are male. This is some blatant sex but, as always, I skipped over those parts as much as I was able.
Once Upon a Dream is essentially a collection of short stories that ‘gay up’ traditional fairy tales. None of these stories have much in the way of character development, they are just a slightly light-hearted poke at traditional fairy tales. This is some blatant sex but, as always, I skipped over those parts as much as I was able.
The High King’s Golden Tongue is a fast paced book that leads the main characters through a good bit of trauma but everything resolves itself in the end, as a good romance novel should. *Spoiler alert* Though the high king at first does not take the suitor presented to him seriously, he expected a soldier and instead received a scholar, he quickly becomes aware of the mistakes he has made. There is some high drama, and emotional trauma, in this fast paced book, but for the most part this book is an easy, enjoyable read. This is some blatant sex but, as always, I skipped over those parts as much as I was able.
The Engineered Throne is an interesting tale of a noble son abused almost from birth by his drunken father, neglected by his drug addled mother, being given the opportunity to marry a prince. Of course the Noble Son has already made much of himself in the army and engineering corps. His regiment is quite capable of building bridges and taking down buildings with equal skill. Naturally the course of love is never smooth and this fairly fast paced novel is riddled with emotional trauma and death defying feats. I confess that this book kept me up most of the night, just to see how the emotional trauma would resolve. This is some blatant sex but, as always, I skipped over those parts as much as I was able.
Blood in the Water is simply a retelling of The Little Mermaid with some elements of the original version rather than Disney style. A young mermaid thinks that she fell in love with a handsome prince so she asks the wicked water witch to grant her legs to win his love. However this is not where we enter, we enter when the mermaid’s brother is called upon by their father to fix the mess she has gotten herself into before she is killed by the witches spell. The rest of the situation fixes itself rather nicely if you keep in mind it is a Gay Romance.
The Rapier Brothers This was quite an interesting novel. Each of three brothers, how they view their lives, and stations. When you first read about these brothers it is easy to cast one as the bad guy, one as the fop, and one has the scullery maid, however this does not explore the complexity present in each of their situations. For a book that is not very long Derr does provide you with ample opportunities to empathize with each of the brothers and their plights. I really enjoyed this fast paced novel, a light read even if there are some pathos.
Spell Weaver Is the last new book by Derr I have read so far. I will confess, this is a light read as most of Derr’s books are. Some of the trauma is a little more blatant since the main character is given the option of paying 20% more rent or giving sexual favors to his landlord in addition to only having enough to eat a single meal a day. Most of the plot goes well, the ending is a little too ‘damsel in distress’ for my tastes. Everything works out in the end, so I guess all’s well that ends well…if a bit unsatisfying. This is some blatant sex but, as always, I skipped over those parts as much as I was able.