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Oh, it’s a beautiful morning

Oh, it's a beautiful morning

Vacation, vacation, vacation!!

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Ok, ok, ok

Ok, ok, ok

I’ll do some book reviews, I swear, but LOOK, so pretty!!

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Today’s inspiration!

Todays' inspiration!

What? I get naughty in the mornings.

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Reading List!!

These are on my list, and I keep losing my list 😛 So I’m transferring it here.

Don’t Look Back – Josh Lanyon

Unconventional Romance – Cait Miller (reading tonight! hopefully. unless something comes up)

Remain – Alex Jones

Blue Fire – Z. A. Maxfield

Downtime – Tamara Allen

Love Next Door – Amelia Bishop

Ragnar The Just – Lily Byrne

Above All – Jane Elliot

Inertia – Amelia C. Gormley

Moths and Men – Hollis Shiloh

Grime And Punishment – Z. A. Maxfield

Catch a Ghost – S. E. Jakes

And adding more!

The Truth About Riley – Henrietta Clarke

The Telling – Eden Winters

Dark Soul, Volumes I through V – Aleksandr Voinov

The Dark Farewell – Josh Lanyon

Love, Like Water – Rowan Speedwell

Making it Personal – K. C. Wells

Whistling in the Dark – Tamara Allen

The Sol of Jupiter – Thaddeus J.

Catch my Breath – M. J. O’Shea

Last of the Summer Tomatoes – Sherrie Henry

Out of the Blackness – Carter Quinn

Seeing Red – E. L. Esch

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Standish ★★★★✩




Title: Standish

Author: Erastes

Genre: m/m historical fiction

Print length: 268 pages

Publication date: February 6, 2013

Rating: Four Stars

Blurb: A great house. A family dispossessed. A sensitive young man. A powerful landowner. An epic love that springs up between two men.

Set in the post-Napoleonic years of the 1820s, Standish is a tale of two men—one man discovering his sexuality and the other struggling to overcome his traumatic past. Ambrose Standish, a studious and fragile young man, has dreams of regaining the great house his grandfather lost in a card game. When Rafe Goshawk returns from the continent to claim the estate, their meeting sets them on a path of desire and betrayal which threatens to tear both of their worlds apart. Painting a picture of homosexuality in Georgian England, Standish is a love story of how the decisions of two men affect their journey through Europe and through life.

Second edition, newly revised by the author.

Sex, love, drama, mystery, pain, it’s all in here.
I’ll start off with the things I didn’t like. Emotional upheaval. It’s a little much. I can’t help but compare it with the other work this author has done and find it lacking in precision and finesse. Although, I was informed that this is actually the first book this author had published, and as such, can be considered an admirable beginning for an impressive legacy of m/m fiction.
The supporting characters were lacking. A few came very close to being flesh and bone but never quite got there. And to be honest, I didn’t like Rafe. Fortunately, I didn’t need to like him to keep reading, and that brings me to all of the good things about this book.
Love the descriptions. There is something very ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ about the setting of the story, the emotion, the descriptions of the landscape. Maybe I’m wrong, but even Rafe struck me as slightly Heathcliffish in nature. The result, of course, was that the story sucked me right in. I’ve always been a sucker for a decent Bronte misery. Even the love between Ambrose and Refe could be described in a famous Bronte line, “It was not the thorn bending to the honeysuckles, but the honeysuckles embracing the thorn.”
Did I throughly enjoy reading it? Yes. Is it my favorite work by this author? Not even close. But I was entertained, swept away in the love, sex and pain of the novel none the less.
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Today’s writing inspiration

Today's writing inspiration

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Chance Assassin ★★★★★ Oh! And link to an interview!!

Title: Chance Assassin: A Story of Love, Luck, and Murder

Author: Nicole Castle

Genre: m/m mystery, thriller & suspense

Print length: 337 pages

Publication date: February 28, 2013

Rating: Five Stars

Blurb: Vincent Sullivan is down on his luck. When a chance encounter generates a job prospect he’s too desperate to decline, Vincent is well on his way to a career in crime. But after the job goes wrong and he’s gravely injured in the process, things couldn’t get much worse. Except that he may have just killed a man.
With the entrance of a mysterious stranger, life is finally starting to look up. Unless his luck is about to run out for good.

Someone recommended this to me and I can’t remember for the life of me who it was. I need to track this person down and kiss them all over.
This is, hands down, one of the most engaging books I’ve ever read in this genre. Out of the hundreds of novels and short stories I’ve read over the years, maybe half a dozen could be said to match it in content and composition.
Solid plot line, impeccably created characters, a wonderfully smooth sentence flow, everything was just awesome. The romance between the two main characters is absolutely unique, nothing I’ve read so far even comes close to it. Despite what some might call a really bizarre chemistry between them, you never doubt for a moment that this is love at the most intense level. I got so attached to their story that I couldn’t pick up another book for weeks afterwards.
I don’t like putting spoilers in my reviews but I need to say that the blurb really doesn’t do this book justice. There’s just so much more going on here alongside the romance. There’s action and blood and guts and humor and some distinctly crazy supporting characters. I would LOVE to see someone make a movie based on this book; I was already casting actors in my head as I was reading it.
In short, read this. If you’ve been through hundreds of books in this genre, this will give you hope for the future. At the very least, it will make your week. I can’t wait to read it again.
And I have an unexpected treat!! The very awesome Lisa T from the AttentionIsArbitrary blog, has managed to track down the elusive author of this beautiful piece of work. Want to know more about Frank and Vincent? What other surprises this author has in store? Head on over to read the fascinating interview and ask any questions you may have!