15/100 The Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur Bearing Mammals by Amy Lane

Original Review: This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This is the start of a decent series, if you don’t mind M/M romance. The characters are a little odd, but I love that it is set in a wool mill with very accurate (to my knowledge) explanations of the processes involved.

Slight Update:

I have found several books that involve wool and various processes related to them incorporated in a fictional series.  Often they are under the Cozy Mystery genre, but the details are wonderful anyway.  This book, and the series, do contain a lot of graphic gay sex, which is not really to my taste.  I do still find the characters, what you see of them outside of the sex haze, to be likable and easy to relate to.

If you don’t like graphic sex, or have issues with M/M romance, then stay away from this series, and probably this author.

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10/100 The Vampire’s Werewolf Bodyguard by Liv Rider

If you ignore the two or three graphic sex scenes then this is a decent gay werewolf/vampire romance.  A werewolf bodyguard is having trouble keeping control of his instincts so he is laid off of his security job for a month.  A vampire drank blood that was tainted in an effort to poison him so his sire decided he needed a bodyguard.  Vampire and werewolf meet, the attraction is instant.  So on, so forth, there is a great twist to the mystery, and the standard ending.  It really wasn’t bad, the world building was there but sort of skimmed over.  I would like to know more about the world that they are in, but I’m not invested enough to actually read another book by this author.  Decent, not great.  This is a very fast paced book with a couple of very graphic sex scenes.  So if you are looking for a light read with some steamy gay bits in there then this is the book for you.

Happy reading!

8/100 Dance with the Devil by Megan Derr

I read this book strictly for the Book Riot reading challenge.  I have read books by Megan Derr before, if they would have just said “a book by a LGBTQ+ author” then I could have read one of the “Princes of the Blood” books that she wrote.  I enjoyed that series, there were a few vague mentions of sex in that series but not the copious, graphic, mentions that this book encompasses.

For this book, the plot is interesting, more of a retrospective of cases with jumping timelines and points of view, but the mysteries are minimal.  There is a lot of graphic sex in this book.  If you manage to ignore the graphic sex, then there are a couple of really sweet stories of people finding love in eachother…with a couple of murder mysteries thrown in there for color.  This is a fast paced book with quite a few jumps in POV.  If you have trouble with a Jumpy POV, graphic sex, or LGBTQ+, then this isn’t the book for you.  If you want graphic sex, a bit of plot, and interesting characters then this is the book for you.

Happy Reading!

 

60/100 The Painted Crown by Megan Derr

This is a gay romance, if that offends you do not read this book.
This novel of political intrigue, people trying to find their way, heartbreak, and newfound love is worth a second look. This author manages to balance her characters, giving them enough flaws to seem real without making them out to be horrible people. The prince, reviled by his own father, is to be held captive by their enemies for several years. They tell him they will treat him as an honored guest, but their resentments begin to get the better of them, they do better later on. While the prince is feeling lonely a friend stumbles upon him. This new person is having issues and, unknowingly, asks the prince for advice. This causes friendship, and later more, to bloom. If I tell any more I’ll give away the good parts, but suffice it to say the prince’s new friend has a couple of secrets of his own.
There is gay sex toward the end of this book, if that offends then don’t read or skip those parts.
Happy reading.

 

38-41 Granby Knitting Series by Amy Lane

Winter Courtship Rituals of Fur-Bearing Critters

This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This is the start of a decent series, if you don’t mind M/M romance. The characters are a little odd, but I love that it is set in a wool mill with very accurate (to my knowledge) explanations of the processes involved.

How to Raise an Honest Rabbit

This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This is a good story about a man who emotionally beats himself up, but really is a good man after all. As the characters grow up, physically in some cases and emotionally in others, you can’t help but like them a little more. It really is a short book, but there is quite a bit of emotional development.

Knitter in His Natural Habitat

This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This is a story of a gay playboy that happens to run a knitting store for a lovely woman who decides that he is tired of his club hopping ways. He takes up knitting, he loved the colors but never thought of knitting before, and finds himself. Then things begin to heat up! This was a pretty good read, there are certainly some heart-breaking scenes in there but the overall book was good.

Blackbird Knitting in a Bunnies Layer

This is the only series that I have found that incorporates a wool mill into the books in a meaningful way. Given that, it is a gay romance with some touching and heartbreaking scenes. This book is not m/m to the exclusion or derision of other types of couples, if anything the orientation is just taken as fact and treated as any other couple. That is not to say that this book does not include any graphic sex, they all seem to.
This book in particular is a poignant look at two characters that became a couple in the second book in the series. They are very sweet characters and I enjoyed reading about them as they grew as people. There are some elements of one of the other characters pregnancy, she is female, and some other background drama that can be heart wrenching. This was a decent read, and I really enjoyed the Fiber Arts aspect of the book!

Happy Reading!

23/100 Prince of the Moon by Megan Derr

This is a heart wrenching book, I found myself crying for the prince at one point.  In this book taking out the crimes of the mother on the son is taken to the extreme.  While the prince is allowed to grow up and there is no physical abuse visited upon him the effects of neglect and emotional abuse are certainly present.  Then one day a man comes, a witch, that the prince had written to so that he could break the curse his mother laid upon the land.  From there love blooms, well you’ll have to read the rest to find out how it turns out.

There were a couple of scenes of graphic sex, but most of the plot was heart rending and sweet.  If you like a good Gay Romance with a fragile prince and the dashing witch come to rescue him *except that’s not why he really came* then this is a good book for you.

20/100 The Painted Crown by Megan Derr

It’s like it is my fate to be reading about depressing characters right now.  Admittedly things perk up but at the beginning the self-flagellation in this book can be a bit much to take.  Really, the Prince is having a tough time of it, but things do get better.  I enjoyed reading much of this book, partially because there wasn’t that much explicit sex.  Okay a bit toward the end, but this book took a very good perspective on Demi-Sexuals and individuals that need to have a deep emotional connection before sex even enters into things.

This was a very good book.  Full of emotional turmoil and a lot of adventure.  It is fairly fast paced with a good amount of angst thrown in.  If you are in a bad mental place then don’t read this book.  If you like reading about angst and self-flagellation then this is a good fit for you.