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!



57/100 New York To Dallas by J. D. Robb

If you’ve gone and fallen in love with Eve Dallas and Roarke then you will want to read this amazing addition to the series.  In this book one of the people that Eve put away breaks out, not someone that we have met yet, and Eve has to put him back.  Most of the series revolves, at least in part, around Eve and Roarke’s respective pasts.  For this book Eve’s past is put front and center, for various reasons.  This heart wrenching book allows the reader to get wonderful insight into Eve’s history and where her future lies.  If you are looking for a fast paced drama with a lot of heart-wrenching moments then this is the book for you.  As always I skipped over the graphic sex parts, and there is mention of graphic child abuse.

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33/100 Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Okay, so this is a re-read.  The main difference is that I listened to this book on Audible this time.  Boy what a difference listening to a book makes.  However, that change is not positive in this case.  I really enjoy the characters, the narrator is phenomenal with the Bronx and southern accents.  It really makes a difference. On the other hand, the amount of graphic sex in this book is much harder to skip over when I’m driving a car than when I’m sitting down and reading.  If you don’t mind graphic sex then this is a good listen, if that squicks you out then it is a decent read if you are willing to skip some parts.    This is the start to an amazing series, there is some graphic sex throughout but the characters are so easy to fall in love with and laugh along with I ignore the sexy times.

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28/100 Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

This was a pretty good book, well book and a half really. The initial story, the beginning of the series, is a fascinating introduction to a very interesting world. There was a little too much graphic sex once that got started but the characters were funny and easy to relate to. If you are looking for a very ‘girl power’; ‘girls unite’ mentality like in her Crow books then you will be a bit disappointed. However if you are looking for strong female characters that know what they want and work hard to get it, then this is a decent book.

My favorite part was when the main character thought that the knight and dragon were separate entities. She had to make a hard decision, Aiken didn’t skip over that decision but included that aspect of the story.
I found this to be an enjoyable read, not wonderful or compelling me to get the next book in the series but enjoyable. I plan on reading the next book in the series to see if the writing develops to the level I am used to from this author under their other pseudonym.
It is my opinion that the ‘prequel’ half story adds to the background, but really is more graphic sex than much else.

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.

21/100 Bear Cop by Zoe Chant

If you want to read a romance novel with little to no character development, that jumps straight into shallow sex, and resolves the conflict almost before it begins then this is the book for you.  I am not sure why I even finished this book, I guess I kept hoping for something to happen that added depth to the characters.  They met, had a wreck, had sex, she confessed everything wrong, they were attacked, he confessed everything, then in a nice tight bow they fell in love, the conflict was resolved, and I’m left hanging.  There was a lot of graphic sex I had to skip over so that may have contributed to my extreme dissatisfaction with this book.

If you want a quick and dirty read with little depth then this is the book for you.

19/100 A Tooth For a Fang By Liv Olteano

This book sort of sucked.  Admittedly there was a lot of character development. I really began to feel for the characters but then they would do something stupid or insensitive and there goes my sympathy right out the window.  I really do like the universe.  Most of the characters are funny and easy to get along with.  Honestly, Travis might not be a complete jerk however his is not that far from it.  For Rick this is a very confusing time in his life.  He just broke up with an abusive boyfriend/boss, goes on vacation, is thrown into the paranormal world, then before his 2 week adjustment period is over he has Travis as his mate throwing him into the paranormal world and confusing the heck out of him with hormones and mating drives.  Then Travis goes and does something sweet (not to mention the tantalizing hints that Travis has been messed with on the partner front).

There are parts that are quite amusing, but really, if you want an emotional roller coaster combined with a lot of really explicit sexual innuendo (I skipped over as much as I could without losing the plot) Then this is the book for you.  One of the very few positives that this book has going for it is the utter lack of Mary Sue’s.  Nothing in this book is perfect, finding your mate isn’t a done deal (you can still hate them) the Lycans and Were’s can make mistakes, the stinky troll is a sweetheart, there are faults and flaws throughout this book.  Since I like my escapism there was a little too much reality for my taste, but the overall plot was not bad.

If you like your characters flawed, don’t mind Gay, can stand mentions of explicit sexual congress, and are okay with mentions of abuse then this is the book for you.  I wasn’t in the mood for a traumatic read but got one anyway.